Last week we spoke with entrepreneur, adventurer and explorer, Jonny Dodge. If there's anyone we know that embodies the saying "living the dream", it's this guy. Famed for his unique adventures and experiences around the world, Jonny is the owner of a yacht sales & charter company, an F1 events company, a supercar rally - and if that's not enough, he's also an astronaut in training. Luckily for us, we managed to pin him down for 10 minutes to dig into his life a bit more and catch some tips from his favourite places.
What does a day in the life of Jonny Dodge look like?
Getting up early, I spend my Summers in Monaco and Winters in Dubai, so a run along the beach ideally. Seeing my businesses are in F1 and Yachts means my week is often at an F1 circuit or joining a yacht charter with friends or clients, and often hopping on a plane between the two, with my team between London, Monaco and Dubai.
You just launched My Ocean Company, a superyacht charter and sales business. Can you tell us a bit more about it - what would you say sets you apart?
We've been working in the industry for years, I saw it was time for a change and having understood the charter from a clients perspective. We knew it was about creating unique experiences, and supporting the young owners and charters. We a young fast moving company, we make sure, everything can we done on your mobile, from viewing boats to agreeing contracts, everything is instant messaging and 24hr speedy response, and we curate incredible experiences on yacht, so from Antarctica to Monaco F1.
How did you get into the yacht world?
My fathers company had been fitting out superyacht for years so I remember going to the Monaco Yacht Show as a teenager and dreaming of being on these boats, never did I imagine I'd be managing and selling them now. But my passion for yachts was from a young age our family always had Sunseeker yachts and I loved being in and around the water. When I got into Formula 1, one of our biggest races of the year was of course Monaco, so we ended up chartering a lot of yachts there and in Abu Dhabi for the race.
Your favourite yacht in the world?
Well so many to choose from I mean money no object then for 3million euros a week, of course Flying Fox in the one! But for the more sensible budget then we've just added Babylon a 38meter to our fleet having know the boat for year and I love the dark grey yachts they look super cool and this one is pretty awesome.
Dubai or Monaco? Why?
Wow thats a tough one, Monaco is magical and has such heritage being a mecca for F1 and superyacht. But Dubai people can love or hate but its the future, just yesterday I was diving in Fujairah at 8am in morning with sharks, 2pm at Drift Beach for lunch, and 8pm at a party in the desert with Bedouin, where else in the world can you do that!
Best bar in the world for a sunset cocktail?
The beach bar on Necker Island is where I've had some of my favourite sun downers for sure.
What's playing on your Spotify this month?
Rufus du Sol.
Your favourite Saint Luke item?
My Haleiwa swim shorts.
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