Inaugural Superyacht UK Young Designer Competition

December 19, 2014

Superyacht UK will put the invaluable skill of hand-drawing under the spotlight at the next year’s CWM FX London Boat Show. Set to run from Wednesday 14 to Thursday 15 January 2015, the very first Superyacht UK Young Designer Competition will challenge eight university design students from around the country.  Sponsored by BMT Nigel Gee and Pendennis Shipyard, the competition will raise the profile of the marine industry as a potential career option and ensure more talent is available for design houses.

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Peter Brown of Burgess Yachts and Vice Chair of Superyacht UK said: “As people become more comfortable using advanced computer software to design, it is possible that the specialized skill of drawing by hand is becoming a lost art.  In the superyacht world, designing a yacht by hand is essential.  Designers need to be able to quickly capture the client’s imagination in the short time they have with them.”

James Roy from BMT Nigel Gee added: “The future success of our industry lies in the hands of the next generation, it is important that we encourage, motivate and foster their development and entry into the Superyacht industry. We are very pleased to support the SYUK Young Designer Competition in collaboration with leading industry partners, and look forward to seeing some exciting results.”

The students, in their third year, will be issued a brief in advance and will then have 36 hours from Wednesday 14 to Thursday 15 January 2014.  The judging panel comprises of Mark Tucker (Design Unlimited), James Claydon (Claydon Reeves), Peter Brown (Burgess Yachts) and Philippe Briand (Philippe Briand Ltd).

The winner will be announced at the Superyacht UK Technical Seminar at 4pm on Thursday 15 January and will receive a four week paid internship at Pendennis Shipyard.

Sunreef Yachts once again teams up with La Mania Fashion House

December 19, 2014

December 17, 2014, in the Soho Factory in Warsaw, was marked by the Spring – Summer 2015 collection by the LA MANIA Fashion House. For the following year in a row, the strategic partner of the event was the prestigious catamaran builder, Sunreef Yachts.

The Spring - Summer 2015 collection by the LA MANIA Fashion House

The Spring - Summer 2015 collection by the LA MANIA Fashion House in partnership with Sunreef Yachts

The joint adventure for Sunreef Yachts and La Mania began in 2012, when two visionaries, the Founder and President of Sunreef Yachts- Francis Lapp and the Creative Director of the La Mania Fashion House- Joanna Przetakiewicz, met during Economic Forums in China and the Middle East. It was then that it turned out, that the two companies have the same approach to luxury and their visions of extending into foreign markets. The motor and sailing Sunreef catamarans, just like the La Mania clothing are based in Poland and are appreciated by lovers of sublime elegance in Europe, the Middle East, China and both Americas.

This was already the third show in which La Mania partnered up with Sunreef Yachts. The Fashion House also took part in an exclusive cocktail party that was organized in 2012 in Cannes to celebrate the shipyard’s tenth anniversary. The special guest of the evening was the legendary Polish President – Mr. Lech Walesa. The La Mania collection fashion shows also graced two past editions of the Pomorskie Rendez – Vous (2013 and 2014), which has been created by Francis Lapp and is known as the most exclusive event in the luxury goods sector in Poland.

Founder and President of Sunreef Yachts- Francis Lapp and the Creative Director of the La Mania Fash

Founder and President of Sunreef Yachts- Francis Lapp and the Creative Director of the La Mania Fash

The La Mania brand has been highlighting that it’s definition of luxury is beauty. Fresh colours and new designs characterized this year’s collection. The whole event was accompanied by a great musical and choreography fitting. One of the key points of the event was the Sunreef exposition area, where Guests could admire luxury catamaran models and beautiful photographs of unique superyachts.

Atlantic Record broken by 100ft Maxi superyacht LEOPARD 3

December 19, 2014

Mike Slade’s canting keel 100ft Maxi charter yacht Leopard 3 took Line Honours for the 2014 ARC Race (IRC Racing Division), crossing the finish line off Rodney Bay, a beautiful St.Lucia yacht charter destination, nestled in the Caribbean, on 3 December at 01:09:51 UTC. Superyacht Leopard by Finland, co-skippered by Chris Sherlock and Samuli Leisti, set a new record for the race.

100ft Maxi charter yacht Leopard 3 breaks Atlantic Record

100ft Maxi charter yacht Leopard 3 breaks Atlantic Record

In an elapsed time of 8d 14h 39m 51s, this sets a new record for the 2700 nautical mile course, which has been run for over 30 years. The previous record was set last year by Max Klink’s Knierim 65, Caro. Leopard’s time beat the previous record by 2d 6h 45m 19s.

For the race, luxury yacht Leopard by Finland was chartered to Samuli Leisti ‘This project started 18 months ago when I decided to charter Leopard and put a team together to work with Leopard’s team 50/50. There has not been any bigger project from Finland since 1989/1990 Whitbread Race, hopefully this will be a big push for Finnish big boat racing. I think all sailors dream of doing a record transatlantic run and this has been the best way to do it. Hopefully we can announce future projects soon.’

Super yacht Leopard by Finland had excellent sailing conditions with a consistent breeze throughout and Captain Chris Sherlock commented: “This was a very good race for Leopard we had good downwind sailing conditions the whole way, albeit getting lighter towards the finish in St Lucia. Leopard’s top speed for the trip was 32.6 knots and the boat consistently averaged in excess of 20 knots. A proper blast across the Atlantic – it is what the boat was built for and a real thrill.”

Leopard currently holds four Transatlantic records beginning with the WRSSC powered sailing systems record from Ambrose light to the lizard in the UK (7 days, 19 hours and 21 minutes), the South Atlantic race record from Cape town to Brazil (10 days, 5 hours, 46 minutes and 35 seconds), the IMA maxi association race from Tenerife to Virgin Gorda (7 days, 8 hours, 59 minutes, 12 seconds), and now the ARC race record from Gran Canaria to St Lucia.

“Four different courses, four different records! It is a fantastic achievement for Leopard” commented owner Mike Slade. “A fantastic result particularly in her new racer cruiser mode and all credit to our charterers from Finland. We now head to Antigua for the RORC Caribbean 600 before returning and looking forward to a full on season back in the Solent throughout the summer.”

New 115’ Power Catamaran Concept by JFA Yachts & Peugeot Design Lab

December 19, 2014

JFA Yachts and Peugeot Design Lab are proud to introduce their new 115’ power catamaran concept. The 115’ JFA and Peugeot Design Lab superyacht concept is 35m long and 14,5m wide. Both partners have developed this project in order to answer new trends on the design market, but also in the design in general.

New 115' Power Catamaran Concept by JFA Yachts and Peugeot Design Lab

New 115' Power Catamaran Concept by JFA Yachts and Peugeot Design Lab

Thanks to its experience on multihull market, JFA Yachts would like to present a power catamaran definitely innovative.

115' JFA and Peugeot Design Lab superyacht concept - side view

115' JFA and Peugeot Design Lab superyacht concept - side view

Compared to conventional monohull motor yachts, catamarans offer large areas (inside and outside) with a high stability (no need of stabilizers), low draft and fuel efficiency.

115' JFA and Peugeot Design Lab Yacht Concept - aft view

115' JFA and Peugeot Design Lab Yacht Concept - aft view

So, Peugeot Design Lab created a power catamaran project with a sportive look dedicated to exploration and remote destinations. This boat proposes large glass area including a sky dome on the upper deck, large glass on sides on main deck with wide glass aft. Aft deck is wide and clear and proposes an easy and safe access to sea. A wide 6.5m tender specifically developed for this superyacht project, would fit perfectly aft in a sheltered area between 2 hulls.

115' JFA and Peugeot Design Lab Yacht Design

115' JFA and Peugeot Design Lab Yacht Design

The 115’ JFA and Peugeot Design Lab luxury yacht project is still a concept up to now and specifications can be developed quickly upon client’s request.

115' JFA and Peugeot Design Lab luxury yacht concept

115' JFA and Peugeot Design Lab luxury yacht concept

Below is a choice of the beautiful charter yachts built by JFA:

Launch of sailing yacht Rambler 88

December 19, 2014

George David’s sailing yacht Rambler 88 officially hit the water in Newport, Rhode Island, USA in mid-December 2014. Designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian, the all-carbon superyacht Rambler 88 was just completed at the New England Boatworks, and replaces the prior luxury yacht Rambler 90 and super yacht Rambler 100, both of which won numerous regattas, such as the RORC Caribbean 600 in 2011, the Newport to Bermuda Race in 2012, as well as the Block Island Race in 2011 and 2013.

New sailing yacht Rambler 88 at launch

New sailing yacht Rambler 88 at launch

“We’re targeting the Transatlantic Race 2015,” explains David, who holds the record with Rambler 100 yacht, “but the RORC Caribbean 600 and Les Voiles de Saint Barth are right up there. Les Voiles de Saint Barth is a great venue and event. It starts with St. Barth and all that means, plus typically solid sailing breezes that bend around the island and have their gusts and lulls. This is a regatta where you need to get in front and stay in front; it rewards those who can sail where they want.”

David and his crew are regulars at Les Voiles de Saint Barth, and have won three of their four outings in the race. Their spring calendar is already quite full, with the Caribbean 600 in February, then Les Voiles de Saint-Barth in April 2015.

East Cowes luxury yacht marina to be developed by Camper & Nicholsons Marinas

December 19, 2014

Camper & Nicholsons Marinas have proudly announced that they have been selected to lead the development of the new Victoria Marina, to be positioned at East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, UK. Construction of the new 400-berth luxury yacht marina is expected to start next autumn.

Victoria Marina at East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, UK

Victoria Marina at East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, UK

Site owner the Homes and Communities Agency selected Camper & Nicholsons Marinas to work as part of a consortium to lead the development of a vibrant new 400-berth luxury yacht marina. The proposed scheme includes a boutique hotel and a wide range of residential, commercial and leisure amenities for the 2.6 hectare site.

Subject to contracts, Camper & Nicholsons will work with Westcourt Real Estate, who are involved in developing the London City Cruise terminal in Greenwich, to redevelop the marina and bring forward detailed proposals for other key buildings on the site.

The selection sees Camper & Nicholsons return to UK shores after an absence of more than 10 years. It represents a coup for East Cowes and is expected to generate more than 250 jobs as a result of the redevelopment and creation of new employment opportunities.

Victoria Marina - Plan

Victoria Marina - Plan

Paul Flatt HCA Senior Development Manager said: “The proposals for a new marina are bold and ambitious and we need a development partner who shares this vision and has a track record of success.

“Camper & Nicholsons’ name has a strong historic connection to the Solent area. This is an exciting opportunity to apply their extensive international experience in marina development and operation in the UK, on one of the remaining key elements in the regeneration of East Cowes.”

Camper and Nicholsons are recognised as one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious yachting names, with specialisms in waterfront and marina development stretching back for more than 40 years.

Camper & Nicholsons’ Business Development Director Dan Hughes said: “Our selection as part of the preferred bidder consortium signals a return to the UK for the Camper & Nicholsons’ heritage yachting brand. Working in partnership with Westcourt Real Estate, we are very keen to develop and operate such a facility, in the heart of UK yachting.”

Isle of Wight Council leader, Councillor Ian Stephens, said: “This announcement is excellent news for a project which is bringing major economic, employment and other benefits to East Cowes and the island as whole. This project will continue with the aims and the objectives of the Isle of Wight Council in bringing economic growth and employment to the island and also reflecting our traditional yachting and leisure industry.

“We welcome the appointment of such a renowned company with strong historic links with the Solent.”

East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, UK

East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, UK

Sir Christopher Lewinton, Chairman of Camper & Nicholsons Marina Investments Limited, added, “Camper & Nicholsons are very pleased to have been selected by the Homes & Communities Agency to lead the development of a world class 400 berth marina in East Cowes.

“We also look forward to working with Westcourt Real Estate who will lead the related landside development programme.  The Board of CNMIL believe that this marina presents a significant growth opportunity for us along with creating employment and contributing to the regeneration of East Cowes.”

The development of a 400 berth marina was granted detailed planning permission in 2013. Further detailed plans for development on key parts of the site are due to be announced early next year and are expected to include:

Improvements to the Columbine building to create a mix of marine, commercial and leisure space Conversion of the nearby Victoria Barracks building as an inn and hotel More than 100 new and affordable homes.

The site sits beside the recently announced redevelopment of the Red Funnel terminal at East Cowes. Recent phases of regeneration in East Cowes have included a new Waitrose store, medical centre and the completion of 180 new and affordable homes on the successful Victoria Walk development.

International Superyacht Coatings Conference 2014 comes to an end

December 19, 2014

The International Superyacht Coatings Conference (ISCC) came to an end on Friday 12 December, following two days of presentations as well as discussions on issues relevant to the industry in the Amsterdam RAI congress centre. Ninety-nine professionals from eleven countries around the world were present at the ISCC, underlining the commitment of professionals who realise the importance of regulations and consensus in this field. Experts representing all key roles involved in the coatings process of newly built and refitted yachts gathered to discuss hot topics, define standards and investigate relevant innovations. ISCC 2014 was made possible by the four key sponsors: Gold Sponsor Jotun, and silver sponsors CAP Industrial, Tribos Coatings and Tufcoat Ltd.

The International Superyacht Coatings Conference (ISCC) 2014

The International Superyacht Coatings Conference (ISCC) 2014

The conference began with a welcome by Peter Methven, OBE, president of ICOMIA, and an introduction by Tony Rice, conference chairman. “The ISCC has been prepared for the industry, by the industry, with valuable input from both ICOMIA committees and SYBAss,” Rice said. “The focus has been on feedback from delegates and maximum interaction with the audience around every topic.” He went on to emphasise that the conference slogan ‘Driving quality, ensuring success’ would be achieved by “capturing the main issues that need addressing: matters that can be solved and goals that can be achieved – not just vague statements, but genuine conference outcomes.”

Next up was the keynote speaker, Joop Ellenbroek, managing director at Ellenbroek Coating Solutions (ECS), who challenged the coating industry to develop and introduce new and more sustainable products and technologies which match the new EU rules and legislation. “It is mainly the shipyards that are left to follow up on these rules currently but they need support from the paint industry, “he explained. “Moreover, in order to work with more sustainable products and techniques, we may have to accept coatings which are not so glossy as in the past. This makes it vital that our industry innovates and looks for solutions, products and new technologies.”

Coatings: contracting and delivery

The remainder of the first day of the ISCC focused on coatings-related aspects of yacht management. This led to wide-ranging discussions, as representatives from key roles and company types involved in the industry expressed different, and sometimes conflicting, points of view. There were many strong opinions and interests – perhaps unsurprisingly so, given that a paint job is a crucial part of the appearance of a yacht, and therefore inextricably linked to the emotions it creates. Led by the ICOMIA environmental consultant Albert Willemsen, the contracting and delivery session ultimately improved the overall understanding of parties’ roles and responsibilities, including the need for risk assessment.

ISCC 2014

ISCC 2014

First Registered Marine Coatings Inspectors

The Thursday of the conference also saw homage paid to the sixteen professionals from the marine coating industry who participated in the first RMCI course in Amsterdam. Organised by the Marine Survey Academy (the training division of the International Institute of Marine Surveying), the course was an initiative by the leading players in the marine coatings and associated fields, namely ICOMIA, SYBAss and IIMS. Its aim is to respond to a global need for formal qualifications for marine surveyors in the field of superyacht coatings.

Rory Marshall, coatings inspector for twelve years and a fresh RMCI candidate, described the new RMCI course as “a long overdue certification for a specialist field within the painting and construction part of the yachting industry. The RMCI course certifies sufficient knowledge of superyachts and provides a good basis for inspectors, paint managers and technical advisors so that inspection and evaluation is carried out in a more standardised way.” Tony Rice agreed: “ICOMIA is very pleased with the positive attitude towards the RMCI course from the industry and would like to reach a broad consensus on a standardised report.”

Standards and guidelines

One of the most important roles of the ISCC was to inform the industry on relevant legislation and influence the latter through associations, communication and information. Associations were encouraged to keep members informed on emerging mitigation techniques.

The hot topic of the second day of the ISCC was international ISO standards. Activities focused on the need to keep ISO standards up to date through industry feedback, and on the importance for industry participation in the revision of ISO 11347. Other themes included updating ICOMIA guidelines starting January 2015, developing ICOMIA tolerance guidelines, encouraging yards to develop their own consistent finish standard.

Innovation

Having focused on traditional subjects, the final part of the ISCC examined new coating technologies and materials. There was a session on the future of superyacht coatings, which considered the suitability of a new antifouling foil as an alternative to traditional antifouling methods. The foil has been tested by MARIN and in various marine environments and was found to be more sustainable and require less maintenance and less fuel thanks to its positive effect on hydraulic dynamics (i.e. less drag). Other innovative techniques discussed were electrostatic spraying, minimisation of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and ionisation methods.

Another session focussed on the maintenance of coating systems and measuring the quality of coatings. It described different techniques for the improved maintenance of coatings, underlined the importance of correct maintenance and of ensuring that measurement equipment is consistently well calibrated and certified, and focussed on the role of management companies in this context.

Outcomes & follow up

“The industry can be proud of its efforts to professionalise the coatings process over the years,” concludes Tony Rice. “Change is often perceived as risky and expensive, yet it ultimately reduces risk and ends up protecting both workers and the environment. It is important to continuously improve working conditions and environmental impact, and this requires investment. One of the ways of doing this is by means of new technologies such as ionisation in the workplace, which reduces VOCs and dust and meets government approval when implemented.”

In January, ICOMIA will update its Technical Guideline: Minimum Acceptable Finish and Appearance for Super Yacht Gloss Coatings in light of the outcomes of the conference and will start developing an ICOMIA tolerance guideline for acceptance of contract finish specifications.

“ISO standards also need to be kept up to date though industry feedback, which is why ICOMIA and SYBAss are requesting input from the industry,” adds Robert Van Tol. “SYBAss will further discuss all outcomes in the SYBAss Coatings Working group and plan actions on behalf of its members accordingly.”

To summarise, in Joop Ellenbroek’s words, “Due to the fast pace of change within the industry, the innovation and the obvious need for consultation, I believe that the ISCC should be held more frequently – I’d like to see the next ISCC in 2016.”

Video: Sanlorenzo 108 motor yacht ALEGHI heading to Miami, Florida

December 19, 2014

Luxury motor yacht Aleghi is a beautiful Sanlorenzo 108 vessel, built by the well known Italian shipyard, Sanlorenzo. The 33-metre superyacht Aleghi provides deluxe accommodation to up to 8 guests. She can reach an impressive top speed of 29 knots. Below is a video showing Aleghi, while heading to the glamorous Florida yacht charter destination – Miami on Sunday, December 14, 2014. The video has been released by ‘ZipZapPower’.

Video: Launch of 73m motor yacht YALLA (CRN 132)

December 19, 2014

Ancona-based shipyard CRN, part of the Ferretti Group, celebrated the launch of the 73m CRN 132 motor yacht YALLA, symbol of Made in Italy excellence, on May 31, 2014. Superbly penned by Omega Architechts, mega yacht YALLA can easily accommodate up to 12 guests in stylish and elegant interiors, created by Droulers Architecture. Below is a video showing the launch of this jewel of the sea, published by CRN Yachts.

Sailing yacht WILD OATS XI Crew preparing for next week’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

December 19, 2014

With the early weather outlook for next week’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race indicating it will be a sometimes torrid all-round test over the 628 nautical miles, the highly skilled crew of race record holder, sailing yacht Wild Oats XI, is feeling comfortable, but not over-confident.

100ft Supermaxi yacht Wild Oats XI at the 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Image by Brett Costello

100ft Supermaxi yacht Wild Oats XI at the 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Image by Brett Costello

“It’s too early to be certain about the weather, but today it looks like we’ll have a upwind test into a southerly wind heading away from Sydney, then a bit of everything down the track,” said Wild Oats XI yacht’s skipper, Mark Richards. “If that’s what we get then we’ll be pretty happy because we know we’ve got a good all-round boat. Even so, we know it’s a Hobart race, and our experience reminds us it’s usually a game of snakes and ladders.”

The experience Richards was referring to is his 20-man crew with a total of 225 Sydney to Hobart races in their wake. Included in that number are five crew who have done all previous nine races aboard the 30-metre long supermaxi since she was launched in 2005 – Richards, world champion and Olympic sailor Iain Murray, Steve ‘Mothballs’ Jarvin, John Hildebrand and Rodney Daniel.

Owned by prominent wine maker and philanthropist, Bob Oatley AO, luxury yacht Wild Oats XI is already the most successful yacht in the 70-year history of the Hobart race. This year she will be going for a record-breaking eighth line honours, but unfortunately for the 86-year-old owner, a medical condition will prevent him from being aboard. That won’t stop him, however, from doing the next best thing – he will be following his yacht’s progress from the air, and be waiting at the finish, no matter the result.

Oatley, Richards and the team know that being first into Hobart will not come easily this year as there are four other 30-metre long supermaxis competing, and all have been prepared for one thing – to cross the finish line ahead of the fleet. Of the four, most attention will focus on the radical and untried, black and red-hulled American entry, superyacht Comanche, owned by American Jim Clark and his Australian wife, Kristy Hinze-Clark.

Internationally recognised yachting meteorologist, Roger Badham, said today that the computer models he is analysing for the Hobart race forecast currently indicate it will be a downwind spinnaker start for the fleet on Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day, then a rough ride south into a 20-25 knot headwind for the first few hours after the yachts clear the harbour entrance. Badham also said that the weather pattern for the remainder of the race will not become apparent until late tomorrow, at the earliest. Currently though, it does appear that after crossing Bass Strait the leading yachts will have a fast, cross-wind reaching leg in a westerly wind when sailing down Tasmania’s east coast.

Badham added one other prediction, based on the current weather outlook: super yacht Wild Oats XI’s race record time of 1 day 18 hours 23 minutes 12 seconds will not be broken this year.

Wild Oats XI yacht’s final ocean trials will be conducted off Sydney this weekend.