Sir Richard Matthews - The People Behind The Faces

5th September 2020

Boating Business

Q: How I got into this industry

It all started more or less by accident in an attempt to build a one-off racing yacht tax efficiently. We won races and at the end the season we were approached by potential buyers asking “where can I get one of these” – the rest is history.

Q: Best advice I've ever received

Sailing is a disease for life for which there is no antidote.  Design is the key to success. Design and build great boats and look after your customers - they will come back for more again and again.

Q: One thing the industry needs less of is

A lack of confidence in the future. We should all inspire potential buyers in the philosophy that they should look at yacht and boat ownership as an investment in a longer life to enjoy with family and friends.

Q: Most hated buzzword or workplace expression

I don’t do buzzwords.  

Q: Best place I’ve been

One of the many joys of being in the yachting industry is that it takes us to so many amazing places that most people can only dream about.  I love Antigua, Bora Bora and the Quarters Anchorage at home in Mersea Island Essex.

Q: Don't worry about

Things over which I have no control. Look after the things you can influence, plan for the worst and hope for the best has always been my maxim, in business and in life.

Q: Favourite meal

Is one shared with good friends, preferably in a nice anchorage with a lovely sunset aboard Midnight my Oyster 82. The food and wine are less important than sharing and enjoying camaraderie with people you really care about.

Q: One thing I couldn’t live without

Support of my special friends – they are the ones that are always there for you unconditionally and regardless of circumstances.

Q: How I cope with stress

I’m a lover not a fighter, I avoid situations that require a fight.

Q: Something about you that people might be surprised  

People say we were clever to build Oyster Yachts into a global brand. I’d say it was half luck and the other half making what turned out to be crucial decisions at the right time.  Focussing on cruising yachts, being passionate about quality and selling internationally in the early years are all pointers into what the Oyster brand represents today.   

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