Ferretti Group Sales Award for Ventura UK

September 19, 2014

The recently concluded Cannes Yachting Festival saw Ventura UK receive the award for Best Sales Performance by the Ferretti Group. Ventura UK is the London division of the international Ventura Group, and is the official UK dealer for all the brands in the Ferretti Group portfolio: Ferretti YachtsFerretti Custom Line,Ferretti NavettaPershingRivaMochi CraftItamaBertram and CRN.

Ventura team receive Ferretti Group Sales Award

Ventura team receive Ferretti Group Sales Award

Ventura UK’s sales grew 28% over the past 12 months, following a 16% increase in the previous year. Ventura UK won the award against competition from the entire worldwide Ferretti Group dealer network.

The Ventura Group provides an international sales and after-sales service across Europe and the Western Mediterranean through its offices in London, Marbella, Mallorca and Barcelona, with support from the Ferretti Group giving worldwide coverage.

Many of Ventura UK’s customers are British, but the company’s London location, and its links to Spain and the Mediterranean through the group’s other offices, attract clients of many different nationalities with connections in London.

Ferretti Custom Line Navetta 28 Yacht presented at the 2014 Cannes Yachting Festival

Ferretti Custom Line Navetta 28 Yacht presented at the 2014 Cannes Yachting Festival

Head of Ventura UK, Michael Newton-Woof, is in no doubt about the importance of their London base: “Around half of our London clients are British, but the nationality of the other 50% is increasingly diverse, ranging from Russia and Scandinavia to central and southern Europe as well as from across the Atlantic. What they have in common is that they generally have a home in the UK, and that they use their boat in the Western Mediterranean. So we are well placed to serve their needs in the Med, as well as providing a convenient UK point of contact.”

New Pershing 70 Yacht

New Pershing 70 Yacht

The range of Ferretti Group boats sold by Ventura covers over 50 different models, ranging in price from around £400,000 to over £30m. The latest additions to the fleet launched at Cannes were the Ferretti Yachts 650, Pershing 70 yacht and Ferretti superyacht Navetta 28.

PG Legal to host business breakfast at Monaco Yacht Show 2014

September 19, 2014

An essential reason to participate in the prominent Monaco Yacht Show is to discuss, learn and keep up-to-date with fundamental changes in the yachting world. In an attempt to clarify the complex and ever-changing laws surrounding superyachts, PG Legal will host a business breakfast to focus on relevant industry developments. This will take place on the second day of the event, Thursday 25 September.

Gianfranco Puopolo speaking at a previous PG Legal event

‘Yachting Team’ lawyer Gianfranco Puopolo speaking at a previous PG Legal event

PG Legal, whose specialist department ‘the Yachting Team’ was launched in 2006 and focuses specifically on corporate and financial aspects of the yacht and shipping world. PG Legal, based in Italy, has an extensive international network of clients and also specializes in insurance, finance, IT and renewable energy sources.

‘Yachting Team’ lawyer Gianfranco Puopolo will give a short presentation at the breakfast discussing various ship and yachting legal issues, including berthing taxes, VAT on luxury yacht charter fees, VAT exemptions and new customs procedures in Italy. The breakfast, held at Restaurant Virage moments away from the show, is an excellent opportunity to gain awareness of changes to Italian yacht laws.

America’s Cup: AC45s to be modified into fully foiling catamarans

September 19, 2014

The six America’s Cup teams have agreed to a project that will see the modification of the existing fleet of AC45 sailing yachts into fully foiling catamarans for competing in the America’s Cup World Series (ACWS).

An ORACLE TEAM USA foiling AC45 during testing in 2013. Photo by Guilain Grenier

An ORACLE TEAM USA foiling AC45 during testing in 2013. Photo by Guilain Grenier

Importantly, the teams have also committed to continue to race the foiling AC45s on the America’s Cup World Series circuit in 2018, following the conclusion of the 35th America’s Cup in 2017.

“I’m pleased all of the competitors have agreed on a way forward, beyond the current America’s Cup cycle,” said Harvey Schiller, the Commercial Commissioner for the 35th America’s Cup.

Luna Rossa Challenge flying in its foiling AC45. Photo by Carlo Borlenghi

Luna Rossa Challenge flying in its foiling AC45. Photo by Carlo Borlenghi

“To have the teams give certainty to all stakeholders as to what will happen following the racing in 2017, regardless of who wins, is a huge step forward for all involved.”

The teams have undertaken the project to modify the one-design AC45s into fully foiling catamarans with a view to racing the foiling versions as early as the 2015 ACWS season.

Luna Rossa Challenge on a testing session with two foiling AC45 catamarans. Photo by Luna Rossa Challenge

Luna Rossa Challenge on a testing session with two foiling AC45 catamarans. Photo by Luna Rossa Challenge

A feasibility study has been commissioned to determine whether the mods will need to wait until the 2016 season as the timeline to make changes to the entire fleet ahead of racing in 2015 is extremely tight.

The competitors have also appointed a working group to select a Regatta Director, as required by the Protocol.

British Marine Federation’s apprentices awarded by Sir Ben Ainslie at PSP Southampton Boat Show

September 19, 2014

September 16, 2014, saw the gold medal winning Olympian, Sir Ben Ainslie, celebrate the British Marine Federation’s Apprentice award scheme at the PSP Southampton Boat Show. Fifty five graduating apprentices from all areas of the marine industry were presented with their awards by the America’s Cup sailor.

Sir Ben Ainslie at the Apprentice Awards Ceremony at the PSP Southampton Boat Show 2014

Sir Ben Ainslie at the Apprentice Awards Ceremony at the PSP Southampton Boat Show 2014 Copyright onEdition 2014

The British Marine Federation (BMF) Apprenticeship Graduation is now in its fourth year, rewarding apprentices in roles varying from marine engineers’ right through to riggers and carpenters; recognising the diversity of accessible skills and careers in the marine industry.

The BMF has been working with companies to support marine apprentices for a number of years to ensure that the industry, bringing £2.9 billion worth of turnover to the UK economy and employing 30,635 people, continues to thrive.

News that Sir Ben Ainslie has had a £7.5 million government grant to boost the marine industry by training apprentices, as part of his current bid for a British America’s Cup team, makes this year’s BMF graduation event its most exciting.

The marine industry has led the way in introducing apprentices into their business. Over many years some of the biggest names in the marine sector have run successful apprenticeship schemes in a bid to develop their future workforce, including:

•             Yacht building company, Green Marine, with an apprentice scheme running for over 20 years, where apprentices or ex-apprentices make up at least 10% of the entire workforce. One former graduate is Jason Carrington, world renowned sailor and build manager.

•             Builder of superyachts, Pendennis, has been taking on apprentices for over 15 years and has trained over 150 apprentices. Just under one third of the current workforce started off their careers as apprentices;

•             Sunseeker International, UK builders of the world famous motor yacht has recognised the benefits of developing apprentices for over 35 years, training on average 70 apprentices annually.

Sir Ben Ainslie, who presented the certificates to the apprentices, was keen to be involved in rewarding the students for their hard work, innovation and the value they bring to the future of the marine industry.

Sir Ben Ainslie, BAR Team Principal and four-time Olympic gold medallist, comments: “Apprenticeships and training schemes are vital to encourage participation in not only the sport of sailing, but in all areas of the marine industry. To maintain the high quality and success of UK services in the marine sector that we currently hold, we must invest and commit to developing the talent of the future.”

Howard Pridding, Chief Executive of British Marine Federation comments: “The success and commitment that the marine sector has to solid apprenticeships, with real long term gains, is simply outstanding. The Apprenticeship Graduation event is an important way of both recognising and showing our appreciation to the students and companies investing in the future of the industry.”

Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable, said: “This Apprenticeship Graduation rightly recognises the achievements of the future generation of boat builders and marine engineers. Apprenticeships offer young people the chance to reach their potential, while giving employers in the marine industry the skilled workforce they need to grow and compete. “Investment in Sir Ben Ainslie’s American Cup project will create new jobs, apprenticeships and opportunities for young people looking to work in this important sector.”

FEEBE items for Heliad II and YXT Yachts by Lynx Yachts

September 19, 2014

Amsterdam-based builder, LYNX Yachts, launched two exciting projects over the last year: the 24m superyacht support vessel YXT One (Yacht-X-Tender) with aluminum hull and superstructure, as well as the 33,5m motor yacht Heliad II. Both vessels bear interior design by Weber Yacht Design, with naval architecture by Diana Yacht Design, and have been supplied with items by FEEBE. For superyacht Heliad II, the project realization was the responsibility of AZ Scheepstechniek. Heliad II is offered for luxury yacht charter and YXT is currently for sale.

24m Lynx superyacht support vessel Yxt One

24m Lynx superyacht support vessel Yxt One

Luxury yacht HELIAD II features a steel hull and aluminum superstructure with a beautiful canoe stern. A total of 8 guests can stay over the night in 2 twin guest cabins and 2 VIP-cabins. The owners have their spacious cabin on the main deck in the fore part, with all luxury one could wish. The crew area fore of the yacht accommodates 5 crew members (including the captain) in three cabins. Heliad II is fully equipped with FEEBE passerelle, deck crane, boarding ladder, overhead crane, tide ladder, swim stair, hydraulic systems, as well as Muir deck equipment.

YXT yacht support vessel can carry a host of toys and large tenders. When at anchor, the YXT acts as a large beach club and, depending on the custom configuration below decks. She offers a sauna, spa, gym or extra accommodations for guests, staff or crew.

Heliad II Yacht by Lynx Yachts

Heliad II Yacht by Lynx Yachts

The supply from FEEBE for YXT is also impressive as they delivered the passerelle, deck crane, Muir deck equipment, hydraulic equipment and the drive system with hinges for the transom hatch.

FEEBE boarding ladder

FEEBE boarding ladder

FEEBE, which was started by Philip Feenstra, has more than 20 years of experience with the engineering, the manufacturing and installation of different shipboard systems in the superyacht industry. These products of Dutch high quality are custom made. From the start to the end of the project, a team of dedicated professionals are involved in the engineering, manufacturing, installation, commissioning and servicing of the equipment. Everything is developed in house under strict quality control.

Supplier of the Year award for Williams Performance Tenders

September 19, 2014

Williams Performance Tenders is proud to announce that it has been awarded with a Supplier of the Year award for Business Improvement from the leading British luxury yacht builder, Sunseeker International. The prize was handed over during the PSP Southampton Boat Show 2014.

Supplier of the Year award for Williams Performance Tenders

Supplier of the Year award for Williams Performance Tenders

The award, presented by Group President, Robert Braithwaite to owners Mathew and John Hornsby, was given in recognition of Williams’ outstanding performance in meeting Sunseeker’s most demanding requirements.

Sales Director, Mathew Hornsby, commented: “It is a real honour to have been presented with this award from Sunseeker. We have worked together for many years to deliver hundreds of bespoke tenders for Sunseeker’s customers and it is fantastic our work together has been recognised in the awards ceremony. We look forward to many more successful years working together.”

Robert Braithwaite CBE, Founder and Acting President at Sunseeker International, commented: “The Williams range of yacht tenders continues to set the industry benchmark for design, quality and consistency. We are proud to have them as a long-term partner.”

Founded by brothers Mathew and John Hornsby in 2004, Williams has established itself as the world’s leading jet tender specialist, renowned for design excellence and practical attention to detail across its range of Turbojet and Dieseljet and Sportjet models. The company now employs 50 staff at its Oxfordshire base and is supported by a global team of factory trained engineers. Williams produces up to 700 boats per year and had a turnover of £11.2M in 2013.

Hodgdon Yachts: New office in Monaco and new European Sales & Marketing Director

September 19, 2014

The prominent US superyacht and tender manufacturer, Hodgdon Yachts, expands by opening a new office in the glamorous Mediterranean yacht holiday location – Monaco. In addition, the company has appointed Cyril Le Sourd as new European Sales & Marketing Director.

Cyril Le Sourd - Photo credit to Guillaume Plisson

Cyril Le Sourd - Photo credit to Guillaume Plisson

Le Sourd will be operating out of the company’s new Monaco office. Le Sourd is charged to develop Hodgdon’s business activities for new sailing and motor yachts, custom tenders and superyacht interiors within the region.

As European Sales & Marketing Director, Le Sourd will be a direct liaison with clients, as well as overseeing key projects, forging business relationships and facilitating the development and growth of HODGDON Yachts in the region.

Le Sourd’s career in yachting started 14 years ago, following a degree in naval architecture. Over his time in the industry he has held a range of technical and commercial positions, including five years at OCEA shipyard as a naval architect and seven years at CMN shipyard (starting as a project engineer and eventually leading the sales and marketing for yacht building).

Commenting on his appointment at HODGDON Yachts, Le Sourd says: “I am honored to be joining such a renowned shipyard with such a prestigious heritage. I have enormous respect for the  attention to detail and dedication that is shown by  the highly skilled craftsmen at HODGDON, led by fifth-generation owner Tim Hodgdon . Building a yacht should be an enjoyable and well-planned journey, and I look forward to helping guide our European clients through their projects, from the first sketches to after-sales support”.

Commenting on the appointment, HODGDON’s CEO Tim Hodgdon said: “We are very excited to be opening an office in Monaco, at the epicenter of the European luxury yacht industry. There is no place on Earth that represents uniqueness and quality at a higher level than Monaco. It is therefore a fantastic fit for the dedication to innovation, quality and integrity that HODGDON holds central to its core business philosophy”.

“We are delighted to welcome Cyril Le Sourd on-board to represent us in Europe; his wide experience, knowledge and commitment are a great asset to our team,” commented Ed Roberts, Hodgdon’s Worldwide Director of Sales and Marketing. “As well as leading sales in the region, our European expansion will include increased service support for our tenders” noted Roberts.

The opening of the Monaco office comes on the heels of the opening of the Newport, Rhode Island (USA) office. The Newport office will serve as home base to Eric Leslie in the newly established position of Sales Director for Hodgdon Yacht Services offering boatyard services as well as superyacht refit services at Hodgdon’s facilities in Maine. The Newport office will also be home base for superyacht industry veteran Holy Paterson who has served as Hodgdon’s Marketing Manager since January 2014.

MedAir to be part of New Zealand Street at 2014 Monaco Yacht Show

September 19, 2014

MedAire will present exciting new products at next week’s Monaco Yacht Show, exhibiting at QJ12 as part of the New Zealand Street. The company will have their professional team on-site to help superyacht crew choose the on board medical equipment that best suits their, and their guests’ needs – both at sea as well as on shore.

MedAire Resuscitation Kit

MedAire Resuscitation Kit

MedAire’s CrewMeds solution saves crew time and reduces the need to shop onshore  through delivery of commonly-needed medical and personal health supplies. The comprehensive assortment contains everything from jellyfish sting protection, to sinus pain relief at a cost competitive with chemists.

The MedAire Resuscitation Kit gives crew peace of mind that lifesaving equipment is ready to go when needed most. The kit is colour-coded to ensure crucial equipment is easy to find in an emergency.

MedAire’s Trauma Kit is an advanced trauma management kit designed particularly with larger vessels, or vessels travelling to remote regions, in mind. Attendees at the Monaco Yacht Show are invited to learn more about the MedAire medical kit systems and MedAire MCA-compliant first responder training.

MedAire’s Trauma Kit

MedAire’s Trauma Kit

MedAire will be exhibiting at QJ12 as part of New Zealand Street with a line of up of other New Zealand companies demonstrating the strength of a collaborative approach to the superyacht industry.

While individually strong, together the companies of New Zealand Street add to that distinctive New Zealand brand for quality, innovation and an approach which gives a nod to doing things just a little bit differently. Distinctive with its New Zealand forest scene shade stretching across Quai Jarlan, on site at New Zealand Street will be industry experts to guide you in making the most out of this island nation, for cruising, new build or refit.

Representatives from the South Pacific’s premier regatta, the New Zealand Millennium Cup, will also be on hand to help with any enquiries. Don’t miss the chance to stop by the shaded forest atmosphere of New Zealand Street for a warm Pacific welcome and cool break in the bustle of the Monaco Yacht Show.

Forward-thinking companies, a quality result, and a collaborative approach; welcome to New Zealand Street.

New Zealand marine industry companies exhibiting at MYS include:

Robinson Interiors

Events Clothing QJ13

Southern Spars QJ2

Tourism Fiji QJ6

New Zealand Millennium Cup QJ3

Destination NZ QJ3

McMullen & Wing QJ14

MedAire QJ12

Orams Marine QJ6

IMED QJ10

Doyle Sails QJ1

North Sails QJ4

TNL GAC Pindar

37 South

Harken QJ5

Magnus Marine QJ11

Alloy Yachts QT15

Hall Spars QS28

Manson Anchors QJ20

Asia Pacific Superyachts

Marine Management Ltd

Photos: Carbon Composite 48M SuperSport PJ 265 Yacht by Palmer Johnson

September 19, 2014

The all-new motor yacht PJ 265 is a ground-breaking carbon composite 48M SuperSport model, launched by the prestigious US maker Palmer Johnson this year. The striking Palmer Johnson PJ 265 yacht is one of the largest luxury vessels ever built entirely from the advanced material of carbon. Below are the photos of this jewel, taken by Chris Miller Photography.

Carbon Composite 48M SuperSport PJ 265 Yacht by Palmer Johnson - Image credit to Chris Miller Photography

Carbon Composite 48M SuperSport PJ 265 Yacht by Palmer Johnson - Image credit to Chris Miller Photography

Superyacht PJ 265 by Palmer Johnson - Image credit to Chris Miller Photography

Superyacht PJ 265 by Palmer Johnson - Image credit to Chris Miller Photography

PJ 265 superyacht by Palmer Johnson - Image credit to Chris Miller Photography

PJ 265 superyacht by Palmer Johnson - Image credit to Chris Miller Photography

Tahiti Yacht Charter Tax Drops

September 19, 2014

Etienne Boutin of Asia Pacific Superyachts Tahiti has announced that the charter tax in the fabulous French Polynesia yacht charter destination - Tahiti has just dropped to 5% of gross revenues.

Motor yacht Ultimate Lady à Moorea in the fantastic French Polynesia yacht charter location - Courtesy Asia Pacific Superyachts

Motor yacht Ultimate Lady in the fantastic French Polynesia yacht holiday location - Tahiti (Photo Courtesy of Asia Pacific Superyachts)

“I would like to report that Tahiti charter tax has just dropped to 5% of gross revenues (previous rate was 12%)”, announced Etienne Boutin of Asia Pacific Superyachts Tahiti.

“We hope this change will help more guests decide on our islands as their next charter destination and enjoy the French Polynesia preserved marine environment and fun land based activities.

This drop of the charter tax, combined with the recent extension of yacht’s allowed ‘Duty Free Stay’ to 36 months, is also a great opportunity for yacht owners in the Asia Pacific region and further afield to base their yacht in Tahiti”, the agent explains.

Etienne Boutin - Owner and Manager of Asia Pacific Superyachts Tahiti

Etienne Boutin - Owner and Manager of Asia Pacific Superyachts Tahiti

Etienne notes French Polynesia charter regulation was first put in place in 1995 and simplified in 2004. One hundred large yachts have applied for a license since then. The license is granted to yachts over a certain size and quality (yacht value over USD 1M, Charter weekly tariff over USD 15,500 and minimum crew of three).

The agent explains: “We (APS Tahiti agency) will organize the charter license application and will also manage all the paperwork involved for a seamless experience, leaving the crew to the only important task on board: the guests’ satisfaction.”

Etienne Boutin worked over 20 years in the shipping and yachting industry before creating Tahiti Ocean in 1995 as the first agency exclusively dedicated to the service of luxury yachts visiting French Polynesia.  He now heads up Asia Pacific Superyachts Tahiti.