On Saturday, August 17th, Edmiston Yachts and polo icon Nacho Figueras hosted the first annual Edmiston Charity Chukka, presented by luxury destination Amaala, at the Ashkenazy family estate in Water Mill. Supported by Feadship, NetJets, Hublot, de Grisogono, Overfinch, Berkeley Travel, Zang Toi, and other venerable partners, benefitting Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.
Recalling the glorious days of polo in the Hamptons, Edmiston President, Robert Shepherd, noted that “we were pleased to work with Nacho Figueras again to bring this kind of experience back to the Hamptons. Our goal was to create a curated day for the whole family, featuring a polo match, gourmet cuisine, sublime beverages, kid’s activities, classic cars, cutting edge yachts, fashion, spa services and luxury lifestyle amenities.” Inspired by the elegant polo events of the past, the Edmiston Charity Chukka rendered a luxurious and immersive lifestyle experience, beyond the exciting polo match between the Edmiston and Amaala teams – including a mini Concours d’Elegance featuring Stuart Parr’s rare vintage and exotic cars, a Petrossian caviar and Veuve Clicquot champagne reception before the match, followed the trophy presentation (the Amaala team, led by Nacho Figueras, won the cup) and for those taking a break in between chukkas, mini massages by Zeel.
There was also a full sushi and sashimi bar, lobster and fish tacos by K Pasa, as well as watermelon juice and Fiji water. Guests were also gifted a variety of baseball caps, sun hats, towels, umbrellas, and more with courtesy of the sponsors.
“It was such a pleasure to be part of this event in what is such a magnificent setting for a polo field. I was really motivated by this great opportunity to bring polo back to the Hamptons, raise funds for the local hospital and, most importantly, to have fun with old and new friends. That was three goals achieved before we even started to play!” Nacho Figueras remarked.
Guests of the invitation-only event were polo enthusiasts and notables from the yachting, finance, art and fashion worlds including Nacho Figueras, Thom Browne’s Rodrigo Bazan, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Whitney Fairchild, Delfina Blaquier Figueras, Libby and Terry Fitzgerald, Roberto De Guardiola, Bobby Genovese, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Tico Mugrabi, Shark Tank’s Rohan Oza, Erica Pelosini, Lady Jane Rothschild, Andres and Lauren Santo Domingo, Susan Shin, Zang Toi, Gucci Westman and David Neville, and Rachel Zoe.
Founded in 1996, Edmiston specializes in the sale & purchase, charter, new construction and management of the finest yachts in the world. With the HQ in Monaco and international offices in New York, London and Mexico City, Edmiston offers unrivalled service to their clients wherever they may be through a highly experienced and multi lingual team. From the popular hot spots of the Mediterranean to the undiscovered atols and islands of South East Asia, the Edmiston fleet is constantly cruising in the world’s most spectacular destinations. Edmiston – the Business of Yachting.