Rolex Swan Cup 2014 to mark 30th anniversary of relationship between Rolex, Nautor’s Swan and YCCS

September 01, 2014

This year will see one of the sporting world’s most enduring partnerships celebrate a significant milestone: the 30th anniversary of the relationship between Rolex, Nautor’s Swan luxury sailing yachts and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), partners in the biennial Rolex Swan Cup. One of the world of sailing’s signature regattas, this year’s event will run in the fantastic Sardinia yacht charter destination – Porto Cervo from September 8 to 14.

Eurosia during the 2004 Rolex Swan Cup - Photo: Carlo Borlenghi/ROLEX

Eurosia during the 2004 Rolex Swan Cup - Photo: Carlo Borlenghi/ROLEX

The 2014 Rolex Swan Cup will once again provide the dynasty of elegant Swan yachts an opportunity to engage in close racing in the challenging and scenic waters off Porto Cervo, Sardinia. Following directly on from the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, held at the same venue, this year’s 18th edition will provide a typically graceful spectacle conducted in the traditional spirit of ‘gentlemen sailing’.

Shared values

“The Rolex Swan Cup is one of the iconic regattas in the world. It is rewarding to see how it builds up and is consolidated event after event,” explains Leonardo Ferragamo, Chairman of Nautor’s Swan since 1998. “It represents the utmost co-operation between three great entities: Rolex [title sponsors since 1984], the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda [event organizers] and, of course, Nautor’s Swan.” Fittingly, 2014 also marks the 30th year of the partnership between Rolex and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.

Start Swan 45 Class

Start Swan 45 Class - Photo: Carlo Borlenghi/ROLEX

“The event embodies several values, first of all the pleasure of owning a Swan,” continues Ferragamo, a long-time and passionate Swan owner and sailor. “A Swan owner is a person who really loves their boat and is full of pride, dedicating time and energy to their yacht. Swan owners have passion and a noble approach which is characterized by the racing and the competitive spirit that shines through at the Rolex Swan Cup.” These principles firmly align with those of Rolex. For over a century the Swiss watch brand has derived inspiration from people and events that define quality, precision and prestige.

Tradition & innovation

Rolex has championed innovation from the very beginning, adapting to dynamic, changing lifestyles and pioneering the development of the wristwatch as early as 1905. The brand is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism, introduced in 1931. In the course of its history, Rolex has registered over 400 patents. Famous worldwide for the chronometric precision, robustness and reliability, and uncompromising quality of its timepieces, Rolex seeks to promote the virtues of excellence across a wide spectrum of activities, from sports – including yachting – and exploration to the arts.

On board Cuor di Leone, 2006 Rolex Swan Cup - Leonardo Ferragamo and Rolex Testimonee Paul Cayard

On board Cuor di Leone, 2006 Rolex Swan Cup - Leonardo Ferragamo and Rolex Testimonee Paul Cayard - Photo: Carlo Borlenghi/ROLEX

Likewise, Nautor’s Swan has been synonymous with elegance, style, innovation and reliability throughout its nigh-on 50-year history. When he founded the company in 1966 in Pietarsaari, Finland, Pekka Koskenkyla was inspired by hundreds of years of Finnish boatbuilding to build high-quality, high-performance sailing yachts. Ninety-five different models of Swans have been produced, measuring, from the first design, some 11 metres (36ft) through to an ambitious 39.9m (131ft).

Sparkman & Stephens of New York, one of the most acclaimed yacht designers at the time, was persuaded to draw the lines of the first Swan yacht, which was built in fibreglass. Prior to this point, nobody had built a boat over 10 metres long in this material. Fibreglass was then still new to yacht building, but would dominate mass production of boats in years to come. Proof of the longevity and quality of these designs are demonstrated by the large number of Sparkman & Stephens yachts still competing at the Rolex Swan Cup today.

Prizegiving at the YCCS Piazza Azzurra, 2012 Rolex Swan Cup

Prizegiving at the YCCS Piazza Azzurra, 2012 Rolex Swan Cup - Photo: Carlo Borlenghi/ROLEX

The first Swan model was the Swan 36, a yacht that introduced a significant number of innovations, several of which were aimed at improving steering stability, such as: positioning the rudder fully aft, separating it from the full length of the keel and thickening the aft section of the keel. The Swan 36 proved equal to more traditional wooden boats in general handling and safety, but outshone them with better performance under sail and improved living space.

This small but impressive beginning ensured the growth of the most revered boat builder in the world, one that would shape the history of sailing. Nautor’s Swan quickly became synonymous with quality, elegance, reliability and prestige. All Swan yachts are marked simply by an unmistakable ‘arrow’ – indented in every hull – a mark so iconic that the brand name is not needed to identify the yacht afloat.

PLENTY, testifying the strong winds during the 2008 Rolex Swan Cup

PLENTY, testifying the strong winds during the 2008 Rolex Swan Cup - Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

In the 1980s, Nautor’s Swan entered a new era with the appointment of naval architects German Frers as its house designer. Frers has been responsible for the design of all production Swan yachts since, and has helped the Finnish builder reinforce the vital balance between producing boats dually designed to race and cruise. In 2012, Nautor’s Swan celebrated the launch of its 2,000th boat, the Swan 90S superyacht Freya. Similarly, integrity, consistency and reliability are the foundation on which the peerless reputation of Rolex watches is built. These virtues apply to every aspect of the company’s activities, from the manufacture of each timepiece, in which every element – from the rotor to the bracelet – meets the highest standards, to the quality of after-sales service worldwide.

World-renowned sailor and Rolex Testimonee Paul Cayard is a long-time admirer of Nautor’s Swan yachts and a frequent competitor at the event: “The Rolex Swan Cup in Porto Cervo is a historic event in our sport because it has a lot of tradition. The Swan yacht has gone through a gentle evolution over the years, but has always maintained its style, class and quality.”

2006 Rolex Swan Cup - The Swan 45 fleet cross tacking upwind

2006 Rolex Swan Cup - The Swan 45 fleet cross tacking upwind

Competition and camaraderie

The five classes of Swan yacht competing in Porto Cervo this year are: the Maxi (18.29 metres and above), Grand Prix (18.28m and below), Classics (vintage/historical designs by Sparkman and Stephens), Club Swan 42 and Swan 45. The latter, the Swan 45 one design class, will compete in its own World Championship. Winners of all categories will be awarded a coveted Rolex timepiece.

Ferragamo draws pleasure at seeing the ClubSwan family of owners and enthusiasts united both at the Rolex Swan Cup in Porto Cervo and, since 2013, at the biennial Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean which takes place at the YCCS’s stunning base in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands. It creates a genuine sense of belonging in the sailing world: “The atmosphere is friendly and sporting; people like being here together, racing their boats and sharing their experiences,” he says. This passion for yachting and the event’s Corinthian spirit are sentiments embraced wholeheartedly by Rolex.

Dubai Maritime Vision 2030 supported by Dubai Maritime Sector Strategy

September 01, 2014

H.E. Sultan Bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation and President of Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority responsible for regulation, coordination and supervision of all aspects of the maritime sector in the fabulous Middle East yacht holiday destination – Dubai, has underlined the important role played by the Dubai Maritime Sector Strategy (MSS) in support of Dubai Maritime Vision 2030.

H.E Sultan Bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation and President of DMCA

H.E Sultan Bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation and President of DMCA

The vision aims to develop, regulate and promote the local maritime industry while at the same time reinforce Dubai’s position as a world-class, premiere international maritime hub. H.E. Sultan Bin Sulayem’s statement was given during a recent DMCA supervisory coordination meeting that showcased the latest updates and achievements in the efforts to boost Dubai’s maritime competitiveness and offer key foundations to raise the bar on the local maritime industry in line with internationally recognized standards and best international practices.

H.E. Sultan Bin Sulayem said, “Dubai Maritime Vision 2030 is positioned as a strategic base to promote Dubai and its highly competitive maritime segment. In fact, Dubai is as equally competent with other leading maritime and logistics centres in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region and the rest of the world. To achieve the goals set out by Dubai Maritime Vision 2030, industry players in the emirate must work closely and intensify their efforts in reaching this vision.”

“The local maritime industry is considered to be a key cornerstone in the unified efforts to drive sustainable growth and overall development in the future. It is also a major partner in the move to further enhance Dubai’s regional and international competitiveness. Moreover, the Dubai MSS is a key step forward in aiming to make a difference in the maritime industry and increase its contribution to the country’s GDP, which is poised to enhance its position as one of the leading value-added economical industries in Dubai, following the vision and directives set forth by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai,” H.E. Sultan Bin Sulayem added.

During the meeting, participants discussed current performance indicators and the execution stages of the Dubai MSS, which has so far resulted in the creation and implementation of new regulations and guidelines that ensure further compliance with the highest maritime standards in safety and operations management. These efforts are not only aimed at meeting the objectives set by the Dubai MSS but also to help increase productivity, competitiveness and the creation of an integrated and highly-sustainable maritime environment that can respond effectively to market changes and emerging trends by continuously attracting regional and international investors into Dubai.

The local maritime sector recently made major leaps in terms of its direct contribution to Dubai’s GDP, which amounted to 4.6 per cent or the equivalent of AED 14.4 billion. Maritime operations, maritime engineering, ports and shipping come as leading marine components that contribute to the local economy, followed by maritime and recreational services and different offshore support services. These components played an active role in supplying the labor market with more than 75,000 promising job opportunities to meet the demand for qualified human resources, especially in maritime operations, maritime engineering and ports, which accounted for 51 per cent and 25 per cent of the employment rates within Dubai’s maritime sector, respectively.

H.E. Bin Sulayem commended the ongoing efforts made by Dubai MSS team to make a positive change in the emirate’s maritime industry via a series of pilot initiatives focused on implementing modern regulations and legislation; applying the highest standards in maritime safety; developing integrated logistics programs and improving the emirate’s infrastructure in order to establish clear and strong foundations aimed at creating a vibrant and secure maritime sector that can act as a key driver for economic development.

H.E. Bin Sulayem further added that the positive results achieved by the DMCA can be attributed to the fruitful cooperation between government and non-government entities and the unlimited support given by the Dubai Executive Council. He also called on the attendees to remain committed in developing all components of the local maritime sector and make the best out of potential opportunities to help accelerate Dubai’s transformation into one of the most advanced maritime centers in the world.

“The Dubai MSS is gaining strategic momentum with a strong focus on developing essential maritime industry components. We are confident in our ability to achieve significant results and make a radical shift in lifting the local maritime sector to a higher level of growth and sustainability in collaboration with our strategic partners in the public and private sectors. We look forward to further work on the application of maritime strategic axes, which will have a central role in the local maritime sector’s move to help drive in more economic growth and turn Dubai into a major centre of entrepreneurship and investment,” H.E. Sultan Bin Sulayem concluded.

New appointments for Azimut|Benetti Group

September 01, 2014

Today, September 1, 2014, will see Fabio Ermetto take on the role of Chief Commercial Officer of Benetti, the Azimut|Benetti Group’s flagship superyachts division. This specializes in the production as well as worldwide sale of luxury yachts.

Fabio Ermetto

Fabio Ermetto

The 42-years-old manager has worked in the yachting industry for over 15 years, specializing in the world of mega- and gigayachts. In his new role, Mr Ermetto will be responsible for further enhancing the prestige and commercial development of Benetti, particularly in markets with a high growth rate.

Fabio Ermetto will be handing over the Executive Chairmanship of Fraser Yachts, having redefined its set-up and organisational structure, to Roberto Giorgi.

Mr Giorgi has held a seat on the Group’s Board of Directors, and has served as Honorary President of V. Ships, in which he gained a unique experience in the naval and nautical world, launching and managing the Leisure and Ship Management divisions. In his new role, Mr Giorgi will execute Fraser Yachts’ growth strategies and coordinate its top managers. His objectives also include developing internal talent and identifying the next CEO.

These appointments form part of the company’s current strategic development plan. Mr Ferruccio Luppi, CEO of the Azimut|Benetti Group, has said of the new organisational structure: “We are extremely pleased with these new appointments, which show that over the years the Group has been able to attract top-level professionals into key roles with a view to pursuing our latest strategies. I’m sure that Fabio Ermetto’s appointment will infuse new energy and enthusiasm into the Benetti sales team, which is already acknowledged worldwide for its expertise. I also wish to thank Mr Giorgi for sharing his unique expertise in the nautical industry with the Azimut|Benetti Group, and in particular with the Fraser Yachts brand, in order to pursue our strategic objectives for the next three years.”

Flushline™: Flush sliding doors and windows for superyachts by Fehrmann

September 01, 2014

Flushline™ represents a dream design with flush sliding doors and windows for superyachts, developed by the Hamburg-based Fehrmann, from the Working Group DEUTSCHE YACHTEN. The company has supplied its products to such outstanding vessels as mega yacht Octopus, superyacht Samar (ex Lana), motor yacht Siren, luxury yacht Vava II and Lady Moura.

Flushline door by Fehrmann

Flushline door by Fehrmann

The gold bronze tinted glass panels enclose the deck saloons of the mega yacht. Whether and where windows or doors break the clear lines cannot be seen with the naked eye, for the Flushline™-principle closes them flush with the wall. That looks really elegant and ultra-modern and is, in addition, weather tight, noise and vibration insulating and, if required, can be fire and bullet proof as well. Flushline™ sends the designer of every extremely large yacht into raptures.

Flushline hull window with electric opening

Flushline hull window with electric opening

While regulations and standards mean that many futuristic designs quickly reach the limit of their feasibility, the Hamburg company simply turns the tables. ‘Function follows form’, declares Henning Fehrmann,The designer must be free and bold when it comes to the glazing of mega yachts’. His company arranges the implementation of design aspirations and ideas. ‘Freedom to design’ says Fehrmann, in his eyes often flounders too fast on technical shortcomings in the super yacht industry.

Flushline Pantograph door

Flushline Pantograph door

Besides the highest level of design freedom, the Fehrmann products meet the extensive regulations specified in PYC, SOLAS, MCA, LY3 and ISO and from the classification of this yacht. But not only that, they have developed safety standards in house and improved them. Even with glass sliding doors the continually improved Flushline™-principle has set the worldwide standard. Weathertightness is guaranteed by the Fehrmann all-electric Flushline™-door without the need for inflatable seals; and crushing – incidentally not specified in any standard – prevented on Fehrmann’s doors by a braking distance of only 20 millimetres.

Flushline Pantograph door open

Flushline Pantograph door open

Not only doors and windows, but also glazed sun roofs can be integrated into a yacht’s design. Thus the Yoga room on the sun deck can become the open air gym in the twinkling of an eye. All is designed, constructed, manufactured and fitted as a made-to-measure project. Says Fehrmann: ‘We are in business to provide the technical know how to implement individual designs’.

World premiere of Filippetti Navetta 30 motor yacht GATSBY at Cannes Yachting Festival 2014

September 01, 2014

Filippetti Yacht will be once again present at the Cannes Yachting Festival, running in the lovely French Riviera yacht charter destination – Cannes from September 9 to 14, 2014. During the event, the company will debut the all-new Filippetti Navetta 30 motor yacht Gatsby. The flagship of the Filippetti fleet, Filippetti Evo 760 yacht, will be also on display.

Filippetti Navetta 30 super yacht Gatsby

Filippetti Navetta 30 super yacht Gatsby

Filippetti Navetta 30 superyacht Gatsby was launched the last June. This 30 meter vessel has been entirely designed in line with eco-friendly principles: displacement hull, soft, rounded lines, low emissions and consumption. The first Filippetti Navetta 30 was born in the “custom” version, with six cabins and a completely revised layout, resulting from the Owner’s desires to reserve for him more private spaces and accommodate a large number of guests.

During the boat show, it will be also possible to admire a flagship of the fleet of Filippetti yachts: the Filippetti Evo 760 yacht.

Filippetti Evo 760 Yacht

Filippetti Evo 760 Yacht

Every day Fausto and Giovanni Filippetti will wait on board to receive the Press, owners, dealers and boat lovers to admire together this exemplar and to present the news of the Filippetti Yacht lines.

Where to find Filippetti Yacht:

Extension Super Yacht

Stand: SYE127

Filippetti Navetta 30: SYE015

Filippetti Evo 760: SYE022

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 to start today

September 01, 2014

An international fleet of 35 Maxi yachts have reached the fabulous Sardinia yacht charter destination – Porto Cervo for one of the sailing calendar’s great annual occasions. This year marks the 25th edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, a competition sponsored by Rolex since 1985 and organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) as well as the International Maxi Association (IMA). The event represents a meeting of elegance, power and speed. Weeklong racing will kick off today, on Monday, September 1, 2014.

Dockside preparations at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda - Photo credit to Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Dockside preparations at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda - Photo credit to Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Riveting racing

Three-time runner up sailing yacht Alegre starts off as one of the favourites. Andres Soriano’s 2013 launch will be expected to use last year’s strong showing to good measure. Soriano’s former Alegre, now Swiss Alex Schaerer’s luxury yacht Caol Ila R, is one of four other boats in the championship reserved for racing Mini Maxis. 2012 champion Bella Mente yacht and Artemis/George Sakellaris’s sailing yacht Shockwave both represent the United States while Sir Peter Ogden, from the United Kingdom, will be expected to mount a serious challenge with his latest version of Jethou.“One day out, it looks like it’s going to be a terrific week,” explains Principal Race Officer Peter Craig. “We’re going to see plenty of breeze during the first three days of racing. What makes this regatta stand out is the boats, the crews. For big boat racing it doesn’t get any better. I don’t think there’s anywhere in the world that people talk about that is better sailing.”

Skippers Briefing at the YCCS clubhouse - Photo credit to Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Skippers Briefing at the YCCS clubhouse - Photo credit to Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

In terms of tight competition, the spotlight will shine brightly on the fifth running of the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship. At the outset of the week the most pressing question on the sunkissed docks of the YCCS is how Niklas Zennström’s Rán 5 will perform on its championship debut. Rán’s crew has a strong Porto Cervo pedigree, Zennström is the defending champion and with his former yacht Rán 2 won the competition three times. However, in a competition defined by marginal gains she will need to adapt to the challenging environment seamlessly. Curiously, Zennström will come face to face with the boat he helmed to three world titles, now a key rival in the hands of Italian Roberto Tomasini Grinover and renamed Robertissima III. The clash between Zennström’s new and old boat will be an intriguing one.

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup Event Map - Photo credit to Rolex/KPMS

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup Event Map - Photo credit to Rolex/KPMS

Style and power

Elegance will be provided by the J-Class. At 43,7m (143ft) superyacht Lionheart – a replica of the original 1930s design – is the largest boat in attendance. Competition will be provided by superyacht Rainbow, charter yacht Ranger, charter yacht Shamrock V and defending champion luxury yacht Velsheda. Boats which weigh in excess of 170 tonnes and possess a sail area close to 1,000m2 require expert handling. Style and top quality racing is always provided by the Wally class which features nine boats including both defending champion – Jean-Charles Decaux’s 80-ft super yacht J-One – and two Wally Centos in Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones’s superyacht Magic Carpet Cubed and Thomas Bscher’s Open Season. Pursuers of power will be impressed by the Supermaxis, imperious goliaths measuring upwards of 100-ft. The 2014 title is up for grabs with three-time winner luxury yacht Nilaya not in attendance. Three contrasting designs –  superyacht Firefly, Inoui and charter yacht Viriella lock horns. Lord Irvine Laidlaw’s Wally 82.8m hybrid yacht Highland Fling, competing in Maxi Racing, will be among the fastest boats on show.

Coastal races through La Maddalena archipelago are forecast for today’s first day of competition. The long wait is now over, the compelling verdicts will be delivered on the water throughout the week.

China Yachting Conference 2014 Speakers: Gian Battista Borea D’olmo and Horacio Bozzo

September 01, 2014

The organizers of the China Yachting Conference are pleased to introduce two more outstanding Speakers – Mr. Gian Battista Borea D’olmo as well as Mr. Horacio Bozzo. The 2014 event will be running in Nansha, Guangzhou, China on October 17 and 18.


Who hasn’t heard about the European ”yacht heaven” – Monaco or Italy—the home of the world most renowned yacht brands? Italian design—for those in the Industry no need to say more..

So today the organizers are proud to present Mr. Gian Battista Borea D’olmo—a Managing Director of one of the busiest ports in Monaco, Port of Monaco, and Mr. Horacio Bozzo — a prominent yacht designer, Managing Director of Axis Group Yacht Design.

Speaker: Gian Battista Borea D’olmo, Managing Director, Port of Monaco

Tentative Topic: Managing superyachts in marinas ‐ the Monaco experience

Bio: Gian Battista Borea d’Olmo started his career as a Deck Officer in the Italian Navy and continued his education in the Naval Academy in Livorno. He specialized in Missile management and sailed for seven years in the Mediterranean and in the Atlantic. He grew up in the yachting and sailing world, since his father was already a very well known yachtsman.

Gian Battista Borea D'olmo

Gian Battista Borea D'olmo

When he left the Navy in 1979, he ran one of the first Marinas in Sardinia and realized that no managing model existed at that time in this field. The first Marina Managing program was based on his analysis of the management of a yacht harbor.

He was a President of the Italian Association of Marinas— Asso.NAT, and a Secretary-General of the European Association of Marinas EUROMARINA. He was also member of the Board of the Marinas belonging to the Group Ferragamo.

Since 2006 he has been nominated a General Manager of the new Company SEPM in charge to run the harbors of Monaco. This Company was born thanks to the strong will of H.M. the Prince Rainier III and is owned by the Monaco Government. One of its goals is to upgrade these beautiful harbors to the needs for a Superyachts market.

In 2010 with Mr. René Bouchet, Senior expert in maritime works, Technical Advisor of the Monegasque Government, he drew up the “Guidelines for Superyachts Marinas”, a list of the technical needs for a Superyacht harbor and their suggested sizes.

Speaker: Horacio Bozzo, Managing Director of Axis Group Yacht Design, Italy

Tentative Topic: Choosing a yacht — design considerations

Bio: As a cosmopolitan, the Argentinian yacht designer and naval architect, Horacio Bozzo, after graduating from university, moved back to Italy, the home of his parents.

Horacio Bozzo

Horacio Bozzo

He began his career in Rome before going to the USA where he worked for six years in a high-profile Fort Lauderdale studio. It was in the Florida city, one of the hubs of American yachting, that Horacio Bozzo set up the Axis Group Yacht Design studio in 1996.

After few years, in 2001, he made the decision to return to Tuscany, Italy.

With Axis, Horacio Bozzo won in May 2012 the “Best Yacht Designer In Asia of the Year 2012″ award at the Asia Boating Awards, in June 2012 the “Naval Architecture Award – Motor Yachts” for the 70 meter motor yacht High Power III (ex Numptia) at the ShowBoats Design Awards 2012 and in April 2013 the “Best Yacht Designer” award at the Asian Marine & Boating Awards.

Horacio Bozzo, through Axis, is involved in collaborations all over Europe, America and Asia. As he says: “Being confronted with new cultures means immerse yourself in new ideas and concepts which challenge and stimulate you to create truly original projects.”

“I feel it is essential to reconcile the demand of design, functionality and simplicity of construction.”

More Speakers and their details will be revealed in the future. So stay in the loop!

Only 2 weeks remain till the registration deadline, so sign up now to ensure your participation in the biggest expert forum of the region!

The registration deadline is September 15th. Tentative program, as well as the related Conference fees for delegates, please check at Yacht CN 2014 official website.

Project Italian Charme 45 superyacht tender by Studio Pannone Architetti

September 01, 2014

The all-new Italian Charme 45 superyacht tender project has been unveiled by Studio Pannone Architetti from Italy. This striking boat represents a turning point in the design of luxurious tender ribs.

New Italian Charme 45 superyacht tender project by Studio Pannoni Architetti

New Italian Charme 45 superyacht tender project by Studio Pannoni Architetti

A new era has begun. Italian Charme 45 yacht tender is a sporty yet luxurious boat.

The sculptural and sinuous forms of IC 45 luxury yacht tender do not go unnoticed, they strike and delight ship owners of all over the world and not only lucky owners. The Italian Charm 45 can be considered a luxurious boat customizable in every detail from the colors of the exterior to finishes and interior materials. Until choice of closing the top.

Project Italian Charme 46 yacht tender

Project Italian Charme 45 yacht tender

Architect Alessandro Pannone, owner of the Pannone Architects studio, is satisfied with the Italian Charm 45 yacht tender project. “Surpassing the success of the Capri Tender was a challenge, but I think I succeeded. Although they are both ribs, the specific design aims were different. In regard to Capri Tender, my aim was to revolutionize the art status of the open rib , while in the Italian Charm project I tried to go a step further in the process of approaching the world of car design and that of yachting. I imagined a boat with a hard top for a long time which had a hard top and not the usual awning that we find everywhere.”

The external lines of Italian Charme 45 superyacht tender are muscular and aggressive, but the strength of this project is the space of the dinette.

Italian Charme 46 luxury yacht tender project - aft view

Italian Charme 45 luxury yacht tender project - aft view

This space with convertible sofa is the heart of the boat, where the demolition of the lateral walls, the possibility of opening the hart top, rotating the back of sofa and raising the table with hydraulic pistons, is transformed from a dining area to total relax area.

At bow there is the internal area with kitchen, bathroom and a cabin, and there is also a crew cabin with bathroom, in case you want a crew on board.

The wheel-house is exciting, with the last generation instruments. Its position is similar to super sports cars.

Aboard Italian Charme 45 yacht tender project

Aboard Italian Charme 45 yacht tender project

At bow and stem, there are two great sunbathing areas to live wonderful days in dream places. The keel is stable and safe owing to greater width of the hull and the presence of two shaped tubulars, in addition to other technological innovations.

The engines and speed are to be defined, but you can install the last generation electric motors and glass with photovoltaic cells – ideal for the owners attentive to the respect of the environment.

Aboard Italian Charme 45 luxury yacht tender

Aboard Italian Charme 45 luxury yacht tender

Technical Data of Italian Charme 45 yacht tender project

Overall length: 14 mt

Width walled closed:  4,66 mt

Width walled open: 5,53 mt

Draft: 0,7 mt

Weight: to be defined

Engines: 2  to be defined

Cabin: 1

Speed: to be defined

Kitchen : 1

Cabin crew: 1

Toilet: 2

Width tubular:  0,64 mt

Weight: to be defined

Tanks: to be defined

Sunreef Yachts announces its participation in Monaco Yacht Show 2014

September 01, 2014

Sunreef Yachts is delighted to announce that after the Cannes Yachting Festival 2014 they will be present at the Monaco Yacht Show, which will run in the glamorous Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Monaco from the 24th to 27th of September 2014. During the event, Sunreef will present its latest project of the catamaran rowingboat – superyacht Sunreef 156 from the ULTIMATE series, along with selected concepts introduced to the market last year, including the Sunreef 165 ULTIMATE yacht, the 210 Power Trimaran yacht, as well as the 90 Sunreef Power yacht.

Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE Yacht

Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE Yacht

The ULTIMATE line of fast catamarans, which includes yachts from 70 to 170 feet was introduced to the market in recent years. This is a range of very modern, environmentally friendly, luxury yachts characterized by high performance. The Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE superyacht stands out thanks to its three independent areas on the main deck, a two-story terrace, a huge living room (255 m²) with a dining area and a 65-meter master suite consisting of a walk-in wardrobe and a spacious bathroom. The minimalistic and slim outline of the unit enchants not only by its elegance, but also its innovation.

Sunreef 165 Ultimate Yacht by Sunreef Yachts

Sunreef 165 Ultimate Yacht by Sunreef Yachts

The models from the ULTIMATE range are created for yacht enthusiasts who appreciate exceptional elegance as well as comfortable large living spaces that provide the option of spending unforgettable time on board with even more friends and acquaintances The futuristic concept of the 210 Power Trimaran yacht has repeatedly delighted its visitors at fairs in Dubai, Moscow, Sanya and Singapore. The concept involves nearly 1,000 m² of usable area on three floors interconnected by a life.

90 Sunreef Power Yacht

90 Sunreef Power Yacht

90 Sunreef Power yacht is the perfect solution for today’s sailors – trendsetters who, above all, appreciate luxury, design and high performance. The yacht has a sporty and very modern outline. It’s a real floating villa with living space of 522 m².

Sunreef Yachts Team will be available at the Monaco Yacht Show- Port Hercules- Darse Nord Tent – QD27.

Below is a choice of the lovely charter yachts built by Sunreef.

Newly launched ROCK.IT Yacht by Feadship

September 01, 2014

The outstanding 60,35-metre motor yacht ROCK.IT (hull 687) has recently hit the water at Feadship in the Netherlands. Destined for an experienced owner who rented luxury charter yachts by Feadship and appreciated the essence of the brand, the all-new ROCK.IT yacht has raised the bar of what can be achieved in an entirely bespoke project. Fast from the outside, cozy on the inside, she boasts the first-time application on a superyacht of an intuitive control and maneuvering system developed for naval application.

Newly launched mega yacht ROCK.IT by Feadship

Newly launched mega yacht ROCK.IT by Feadship - Photo credit to Feadship

“Each Feadship is unique and no two Feadship owners are the same,” stated Feadship director Henk de Vries to an audience of several hundred guests at the launching ceremony. “It is our privilege at Feadship to create the most amazing yachts on the oceans for the most fascinating people on the planet, and it has been an amazing and sometimes rollercoaster ride to partner with the owner of ROCK.IT.

“During his many visits to the yard, we had terrific fun with this unconventional and no-compromise client. His between-your-eyes honesty and tremendous respect for and appreciation of Feadship craftsmanship pushed us to new heights. This is the epitome of the Feadship experience, which encompasses the entire design and construction process. ROCK.IT is a true 21st-century Feadship: stunning aesthetic design nestled in a super-stable oceangoing package that will truly rock the waves.”

Luxury motor yacht ROCK.IT

Luxury motor yacht ROCK.IT - Photo credit to Feadship

Taking the challenge

It takes only the briefest of glances at superyacht ROCK.IT to see the challenge faced by the yard, the designers and naval architects from Sinot Yacht Design and Feadship. They had to pull out all the stops to realise the owner’s vision of a striking, innovative and sporty look. “ROCK.IT is very sleek and bold without being pretentious,” explained exterior designer Sander Sinot. “A natural flow of lines and surfaces makes the yacht breathe speed and exude elegance.”

The awesomeness continues inside, where dark precious woods and light stones are blended in a fantastically detailed classic modern interior. Splendidly spacious thanks to the full-beam throughout, crotched mahogany and striking diagonally veneered sycamore panelling create a very personal touch. Backlit pure White Onyx in combination with the most exquisite Portoro and other marbles elevate the interior to a higher level without losing its main purpose of being a true family yacht. But ROCK.IT yacht is also a party boat when the time is right.

Superyacht ROCK.IT

Superyacht ROCK.IT - Photo credit to Feadship

One of the most striking features of mega yacht ROCK.IT is the skylight in the sun deck canopy, which dims automatically depending on the strength of the sunlight. This allows for an open feel while optimising comfort levels.

Cutting edge

The ROCK.IT superyacht contains cutting edge technology, as in the installation of a unique control system that includes a semi-DP autopilot system. This will allow the yacht to keep her heading at anchor, hovering on the main engine and the thrusters. Optimal use of the various manoeuvring modes is made by means of a three-axis steering joystick with a rotational factor. “I was willing to accept this new system because it comes from a proven military background,” said ROCK.IT yacht’s captain. “I’m also glad we did this with Feadship as it requires a high degree of confidence in the hardware and the people. This maneuvering system represents a real step towards the future. To make it happen at this point in time, took real vision and considerable skill.”


ROCK.IT Yacht - Photo credit to Feadship

Technical specifications of luxury yacht ROCK.IT (hull 687)

Year built:  2014

Length: 60.35 m / 197’0”

Beam: 10.80 m / 35’5”

Draught (loaded): 3.30 m / 10’10”

Fuel capacity: 120,000 litres / 31,701 US Gallon

Fresh water capacity: 24,000 litres / 6,340 US Gallon

Design  Naval Architect: Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects

Exterior styling: Sinot Yacht Design

Interior design: Sinot Yacht Design


Main engines:  2x MTU 12V4000M53R, 1140 kW @ 1600 rpm

Generators: 3x Kilopak 175kW


Owner: Two in owners’ stateroom

Guests: Eight guests in four guest staterooms

Crew: Twelve crew in six crew cabins; one in captain’s cabin. Storage rooms, laundry, galley and crew mess on lower deck

Water sports: 1 x 7.00-metre tender,1x crew tender, wave runners, etc.

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