Oyster chairman Richard Matthews has a classic connection with the Turkish builders of his new superyachts


Here’s Richard Matthews head of Oyster Marine enjoying some superyachting aboard Larry and Jan Finch’s Janice of Wyoming at the Dubois Cup, held in Palma just prior to the Superyacht Cup Ulysse Nardin. Seven yachts took part in a particularly enjoyable event.
Richard was there largely because of his well advanced plans to build two new super-sized Oysters, a 100-footer and 125, both designed by Ed Dubois.
Interestingly both models will be built in female moulds using some form of sandwich composite construction and the go-ahead is about to be formalised with the RMK shipyard in Tuzla, Istanbul, part of the wealthy Koc group. Richard tells me that he and the boss of RMK have much in common including ownership of Fife classics. Richard is currently re-building two Fifes and his counterpart at RMK has a classic, gaff-rigged 12 metre. “I am very keen to sign the contract aboard his yacht,” said Richard.
Will they, I wonder both be bringing a selection of their yachts to the Fife regatta due to be held in Scotland next year?