Of course, it isn’t just motion on four wheels that excites Tomas, there are the boats as well, or, more specifically the vintage yachts. “We were never far from the sea in Italy growing up”, he says, and, like many things for Tomas, as for all of us, there is a link to his formative years with his love of the ocean. Indeed, I’m sure many that sail found the roots of their passion in childhood, but not everyone chooses to sail vessels that date back to before the war, and it's this choice that interests me, more than as to why yachting in the first place. “There just isn’t the same kind of attachment to a modern, fibreglass yacht. These were created by craftsmen, in an era when things were built differently. Even now, to keep these yachts sailing requires the use of skills and techniques from a bygone era. Keeping them on the water means that the skills get handed down to the next generation as well, and provide opportunities for those that want to go to sea with an opportunity to be part of a crew on something much more special.”
There are those recurring themes again, the desire to curate ad look after a collection of, for want of a better term, old technology. To ensure the longevity of old-world skills and promote skilled craftspeople. Perhaps even just a penchant for nice, well-built, old things. In fact, for most of us, the latter would be enough, if indeed ownership was even possible. Through his success in the world of business though, Tomas has been able to take things further than most, as evidenced by the several yachts of The Classic Yacht Experience, and the continued work with HERO. It’s clear as well, that he feels a certain responsibility to use the good start he had in life to do something a little bit more than just achieve financial success, and that the CYE and HERO, provide opportunities to do that. The responsibility and duty of the nobleman, the apple does not fall far from the tree.