YachtWorld Foundation plans gala

SEATTLE, Wash. – The YachtWorld Foundation, which recently announced SeaKeepers International as its primary beneficiary in 2011, will sponsor a gala event on Feb. 18 during the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show. The gala, themed “A Scientific Journey,” will include food from top Miami-area restaurants and tours of the research yacht “Golden Shadow.”

The event is hosted by His Royal Highness Khaled Bin Sultan, president and chairman of Living Yachts Foundation; the International SeaKeepers Society; the YachtWorld Foundation; Yachts International; and Epic Residences. It will take place along the Miami River at the Epic Marina. Tickets are $125 per person; VIP tickets are $250 per person. Funds raised will benefit SeaKeepers International.

Tours of the 219-foot “Golden Shadow” will include access to the divers’ recompression chamber, the amphibious sea plane lift, and an expo of the yacht’s scientific equipment, including the SeaKeepers 1000 unit — a fully automated, modular data-acquisition system designed to monitor weather and surface ocean parameters continuously, transmitting data by satellite or other wireless communications. Once aboard, participants will experience a part of the scientific journey the Golden Shadow will undertake in April to monitor the world’s coral reefs.

The beneficiaries of the YachtWorld Foundation are non-profits and individuals who support the mission of promoting awareness and protection of the world’s oceans. The International SeaKeepers was founded in 1998 by a small group of yacht owners to develop a compact, automated and cost-effective ocean and atmospheric monitoring system for yachts. The result, the SeaKeepers 1000, provides data to scientists on the health of the world’s oceans. The SeaKeeper 1000 is now deployed in more than 90 locations around the world, including yachts, cruise ships, ferry boats, buoys and piers.

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