World Yacht Group - Sea and Sailing Have Always Been My Passion

"Sea and sailing has always been my passion" says Joan Plana, co-founder and Director of World Yacht Group . Joan sits in his Hollywood Hills office surrounded by stunning pictures of the super-yachts he represents, charters and sells. He explains why his business recently opened an office here in LA so distant from headquarters in Barcelona, Spain. The charming, Spanish born Joan Plana is dedicated to the yachting industry and passionate about making your experience in chartering or purchasing a yacht outstanding. Joan Plana graduated as a Naval Engineer in the Naval University of Barcelona, acquired the international MCA master yacht license and logged 8 years experience as a yacht manager and professional captain of several luxury yachts. 

Opening in 2009 in Barcelona, JoanPlana quickly realized the demand of the  "celebrity factor" and need for a dedicated office to service these high-profile clients. When a rap mogul wants to charter the spectacular Solemates at $600,000 per week - time changes, international communication can be the delay that loses this very demanding customer’s attention. When we add to this World Yacht Groups core philosophy based on excellence, professionalism and complete discretion the office in Los Angeles was a perfect fit. A-List celebrities have realized the many benefits of chartering yachts for vacations, attending international events like the Cannes Film Festival or simply knowing that their lifestyles can be maintained around the world.  George Clooney, Brangelina, Leonardo Di Caprio, Orlando Bloom, Ellen Degeneres, P. Diddy, Denzel Washington… all have a history of chartering yachts for these reasons. 

While there are prime yachting destinations all over the world, celebrities tend to enjoy the Mediterranean in the summer time, and the Caribbean in the fall. The Côte d’Azur still remains as one of the most popular yachting destinations. Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones are recurring visitors to the nearby Balearic Islands, while Jon Bon Jovi, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, and Denzel Washington prefer the island of Sardinia. Joan Plana at the helm of World Yacht Group has the experience as a seasoned captain / manager that ensures the most perfect port and right spots at any destination. 

What possesses A-List Celebrities to charter a yacht with price tags from US$ 100,000 - US$ 1,000,000? "Celebrities simply love everything the yacht vacation has to offer" – says Mr. Plana. WYG's yachts are selected to offer only the finest amenities, that include a professional captain, Michelin star chef preparing every meal and service crews of 4 to 20 depending on the yacht’s size.  All of their inventory offer minimum of 3 double cabins with en-suite bathroom, Jacuzzi and the latest on Visual and Sound systems. The facilities on-board the yachts are state of the art and outfitted with the best equipment providing guests the ultimate comfort. Be it a professional gym, on-board theatre/recording studio or secure office guests will have exactly what they're accustomed to, they can bathe on the sun deck, snorkel in a cove, or explore a nearby deserted island.  The options are nearly limitless. 

World Yacht Group / Joan Plana also offers yacht sales and management of current inventory. WYG provides management service capable of handling the full spectrum of yacht operation. "Our goal is to make life easier for our clients allowing them to focus on enjoying their yachts and know that all management aspects are well taken care of." - Joan Plana, World Yacht Group Director 

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