The 53z Is Commissioned in Newport


On a spectacular summer evening in front of dozens of MJM owners and friends the Reverend Mary Johnstone pronounced “I christen thee Breeze,” and with a crack of the champagne bottle, CEO Bob Johnstone and his wife made MJM’s 53z the flagship of the fleet. Just days before, Mercury Marine clocked the boat topping out at 51 mph with her quad Mercury Verados 400 hp motors. The boat also earned ISO CE Category A Ocean rating for its seaworthiness. Doug Zurn, her designer, and Scott Smith, CEO of Boston BoatWorks, joined the celebration looking like proud co-conspirators.

A Triumphant Week at the 12 Metre Worlds.
The 53z commissioning started MJM July Week in Newport, but the fun had just begun. Sixteen MJMs enjoyed VIP spectator status during the 12 Metre World Cup races where 21 12 Metre yachts from around the globe raced in four divisions. 53z Breeze served as the Official Boat of the International Jury. The event organizer, Peter Gerard, had this to say: “Not only where we able to wow the judges with their ride, but the quality of the spectator fleet was certainly impacted by the MJM owners fleet.” In addition to watching the racing, MJM owners had a great time rafting up at the beach, attending several 12M events and socializing dock-side at a cocktail party hosted by East Coast Yacht Sales and McMichael Yacht Brokers. Many, many thanks to those who made this week so memorable!

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