2015 MDL Boat Shows

August 21, 2014

MDL Marinas is pleased to announce that two of their successful events, Hamble Point Boat Show and East Anglian Boat Show, will be once again hosted by their luxury yacht marinas next year.

Dates Announced for 2015 MDL Boat Shows

Dates Announced for 2015 MDL Boat Shows

Returning in May is one of the south’s premier new and used boat shows, Hamble Point Boat Show. The always-popular free family event will run on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May 2015, featuring over 250 new and used boats for sale, ranging from day boats to sports boats and RIBs to suit a wide range of budgets. Visitors to the event can also enjoy some exciting on-water demonstrations, practical workshops and lots of entertainment for all the family.

This will be closely followed by the East Anglian Boat Show, which took place for the first time this year and proved to be a fantastic success with exhibitors and visitors alike. The 2015 event dates will be Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June at Woolverstone Marina, with the free event playing host again to leading boat brands and an array of new and used boats for sale, as well as great entertainment and on-water demonstrations.

MDL Marinas at upcoming PSP Southampton Boat Show 2014

August 21, 2014

Set to run from September 12 to 21, next month’s PSP Southampton Boat Show will be attended by MDL Marinas. They will be on hand at their Waterside Pavilion (stand E52) overlooking the Boat Show marina. The show is the perfect opportunity to find out more about MDL’s luxury yacht marinas and boatyards, as well as the benefits of Freedom Berthing, and how it is possible to enjoy complimentary stays at over 90 marinas across the UK and Europe. Details will also be available on MDL’s winter offers.

Design Concept for MDL Marinas - SIBS 2014

Design Concept for MDL Marinas - SIBS 2014

Exclusive Benefits for Freedom Berthing Members

Freedom Berthing members will be able to enjoy the very best views of the show whilst sipping a refreshing drink, as well as soaking up the atmosphere either out on the terrace or within the stand. Don’t forget that Freedom Berthing members receive complimentary hospitality, so remember to bring your membership card.

Freedom Berthing members will also be able to enjoy free car parking at Ocean Village Marina, which is conveniently located just a short walk away from the show. Simply bring your car parking ticket and membership card to the stand and MDL will give you an exit card.

Exciting Events at PSP Southampton Boat Show

MDL will be hosting a series of special events on their stand throughout the show.

On Tuesday 16th September at 15:30 MDL will be welcoming a group of young visitors, as the winners of the MDL Sail Training Awards are presented with a trophy by Lord Iliffe, Chairman of the Yattendon Group, parent company of MDL. MDL will also be presenting Ocean Youth Trust South with a cheque following the #MyMDLSelfie campaign.

On Wednesday 17th September at 14:30 MDL will be announcing the winners of the annual MDL in Bloom competition, which rewards the ‘green-fingered’ teams across all our 19 UK sites. Always a hotly-contested competition, the winning luxury yacht marinas in each category will be presented with gift vouchers for the marina teams, as well as a coveted trophy to display at the marina. Later the same afternoon, the wait will be over as MDL reveal the winners of the 2014 MDL Photographer of the Year competition at 15:00.

On Friday 19th September MDL’s international team will be joining them for an ‘Italian Day’, where they will share details about the exciting new additions to MDL’s Mediterranean network – Marinara and Marina di Stabia.

Don’t miss MDL Tenants at PSP Southampton Boat Show

Over 40 tenants from MDL’s 19 UK sites will be exhibiting at the PSP Southampton Boat Show, showcasing a number of new products and services at the 10-day event.

Artemis Racing announces its challenge for the 35th America’s Cup

August 21, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, saw Artemis Racing officially launch its challenge to win the 35th America’s Cup at an inspirational event in Sweden’s capital. Guests had a unique opportunity to see the America’s Cup trophy first hand at the Moderna Museet, on Skeppsholmen Island at the centre of Stockholm’s proud maritime history.

Artemis Racing © Sander van der Borch

Artemis Racing © Sander van der Borch

Torbjörn Törnqvist, Team Principal of Artemis Racing said: “Sailing is my passion, and I’m very proud to once again represent Sweden in the America’s Cup. Given our experience from the 34th America’s Cup, what the team went through and achieved, we have an incredibly strong culture, a belonging to the team. Building on our core group from the last campaign, we have been able to secure talent across all areas, and I strongly believe that Artemis Racing is a team capable of winning the 35th America’s Cup”.

Artemis Racing will again challenge alongside Kungliga Svenska Segel Sällskapet (KSSS), the Royal Swedish Yacht Club, for what will be their second campaign together in the pursuit of winning the oldest competition in sport.

“The America’s Cup is the pinnacle of international sailing. KSSS is proud to be a challenger once again through Torbjörn Törnqvist’s Artemis Racing team. We are also very excited by the prospect of involving Swedish sailors in various ways in the project. We want to extend our gratitude to Torbjörn Törnqvist for making this possible” commented Staffan Salén, KSSS Commodore.

New team members were announced, including Swedish Olympic champions, Fredrik Lööf and Max Salminen, as well as America’s Cup veteran Rod Davis.

Lööf is one of the most successful Swedish sailors of all times and a long-time friend and competitor of Team Manager Iain Percy. With a wealth of experience, he has participated in an incredible six Olympic campaigns, winning a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics and bronze medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the Star class, and at the Sydney 2000 Olympics in the Finn class. Lööf’s career highlights also include three Finn World Championships, two Star World titles and a third place finish in the 2001-2002 Volvo Ocean Race.

On joining the team Fredrik said “I’ve been fascinated by the way sailing has been evolving over the last few years, with these new foiling boats and incredible TV production. I was really inspired by Artemis’ last campaign and having a Swedish boat on the start line again, and being part of it this time, is very exciting. Winning the America’s Cup and bringing it to Sweden for the first time would be something very special”.

One of the most promising talents in Swedish sailing, Max Salminen, still just 24, struck gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games alongside Fredrik Lööf in the Star class.

Artemis Racing also welcomed Sailing Coach Rod Davis. In his extraordinary America’s Cup career –now his 9th campaign – Davis brings an unparalleled wealth of experience to the team, having covered a variety of roles from bowman to mainsail trimmer, skipper, and more recently coach of Emirates Team New Zealand. Rod won a gold medal in the Soling class at the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984, and Olympic silver in the Star class in Barcelona 1992. His track record also includes winning the Admiral’s Cup and the Sardinia Cup several times, as well as seven World Champion titles.

The Team has already amassed an incredible 61 America’s Cup Campaigns between its members, including 14 victories. Team members (including two designers) have competed in 21 Olympic Games, winning 11 medals, including seven Gold medals.

“Where some teams may have one Olympic gold medallist, we have six of them, however the focus is very much on the team, and there is no individual bigger than the group. We are not only in this competition to win the 35th America’s Cup, but to dominate the America’s Cup arena for the next decade.” Said Team Manager and Tactician Iain Percy. “I’m also passionate that Artemis Racing is more than simply winning, it’s about producing a legacy and winning in a certain way”.

Harnessing fresh talent and inspiring younger team members is at the core of Artemis Racing’s new challenge, and the Team launched an internship programme which will give top Swedish students a chance to become directly involved in the key areas that make up a successful America’s Cup Team, spending up to 12 weeks working in the team base in Alameda, CA, USA, across different departments.

Artemis Racing also aspires to be the most sustainable and responsible team in the America’s Cup, announcing a number of initiatives including plans to ‘up-cycle’ or, ‘re-purpose’, their future base at the 35th America’s Cup venue.

The Team also announced partnerships with Pelle P, as the official clothing supplier and Cosworth Group, as technical supplier.

Below is a video showing Artemis Racing, prepared to face the irresistible challenge of the 35th America’s Cup:

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2014: Day 4

August 21, 2014

The trade winds are steadily building at currently running Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2014 towards the business end of the six-day race, and with up to 25 knots expected on Saturday the thrill and spill metre is on the rise.

AHIRW 2014 Day 4 - Photo credit Andrea Francolini

AHIRW 2014 Day 4 - Photo credit Andrea Francolini

Owner of the South Australian multihull Carbon Credit, Peter Hawker, had to swerve to avoid a whale calf that jumped out of the water 20 feet from the boat when they were powering downwind doing 15 knots in 12kts of S-SE breeze. The trimaran gybed away a second time to create some extra space, “We gybed away twice, we were worried that the mother or calf might breach again under or on top of the boat,” said Hawker. Photographer Andrea Francolini was in a helicopter and captured the moment.

Not long after the close encounter with the spirited junior, Hawker radioed the race committee to advise they were retiring after noticing a crack in the main beam between the two hulls. Carbon Credit is this afternoon moored at Airlie Beach. The boat’s regatta is over however the crew are planning to return to the island for the closing parties, and maybe pick up rides on other boats.

In IRC division 1 results three wins on the trot has Karl Kwok’s TP52 Team Beau Geste helmed by Will Tiller leading Phil Turner’s Hobart based Alive by the smallest of margins – one point. Heading off from the Dent Passage start Turner’s 66-footer, the former Black Jack, was kicking up a decent bow wave in 12-14kts of building pressure.

Aerial view of race start - Photo credit Andrea Francolini

Aerial view of race start - Photo credit Andrea Francolini

Hamilton Island CEO Glenn Bourke was at the helm of Bob Oatley’s supermaxi yacht Wild Oats XI today, the four-time Laser world champion in the groove for the final third of the 23 nautical mile race around North Molle, Daydream, South Molle and Henning islands to the finish back in Dent Passage. Another line honours win belonged to Oatley who was aboard sitting comfortably in his specially designed chair on a track that can be moved up and down to suit the heel of the boat. The 86 year-old was at the helm of the lightweight AC45 Wild Oats yesterday.

Performance racing boats were sent on a 20 nautical mile race around Daydream Island and White Rock. Including today’s points the two Volvo 60s are leading that division with two races remaining.

The Russell McCart skippered VO60 Spirit of Mateship, carrying a part-crew of soldiers from the Queensland RSL’s Mates4Mates program, is one point ahead of Bruce Absolon’s Spirit of the Maid, today’s race winner and a Hamilton Island entry. Walter Lewin’s Farr 400 Vento is third on the pointscore.

Bob Oatley at the helm of the AC45 - Photo credit Andrea Francolini

Bob Oatley at the helm of the AC45 - Photo credit Andrea Francolini

The cruising divisions make up the bulk of the 182-boat fleet at Race Week. Cruising division 2 winner today was Phil Jobe’s Kite Runner, a six-year-old Hanse 430e with eight crew on board. So far they are running in the top two thirds of the results table. “I’ve always dreamed about winning a division,” said Jobe. “We’ve been working hard; we’ve got decent sails and a good crew. I can’t believe it… I had a board meeting today and I wasn’t on the boat for the win.”

Stand-in skipper John Bower said, “The conditions were ideal and suited the boat. We had excellent planning and team work. We had one altercation and had to do a 720 degree penalty turn at Daydream Island, but we overcame it and won!”

On today’s conditions Principal Race Officer Denis Thompson said, “It was a very fast race, after three days of light weather it was good to get some breeze finally. The forecast is for fresher tomorrow and 25 knots for the last day of the series on Saturday. That will be interesting….”

The forecast for the penultimate day of racing tomorrow, Friday August 22, 2014, is for 18-22kt S-SE winds, possibly locally stronger.

Iguana Yachts announces partnership with Gulf Marine Services

August 21, 2014

Iguana Yachts is delighted to announce its new partnership with Gulf Marine Services (GMS). GMS is a very well reputed boat expert in the Middle East Region, with offices in Dubai as well as Beirut. These will now serve to authorized Iguana Yachts representatives.

Iguana 29 superyacht tender by Iguana Yachts

Iguana 29 superyacht tender by Iguana Yachts

“We are very excited to work with Gulf Marine Services. Their impressive growth over the years and genuine enthusiasm for their customers closely mirrors Iguana Yachts own goals and values.” – Steve HUPPERT, Sales manager at Iguana Yachts.

Gulf Marine Services is honored to serve the United Arab Emirates boating community, with its two locations, pride itself on his world-class and esteemed customer services and qualified employees to serve the most demanding.

About Iguana Yachts

Iguana Yachts has developed the IGUANA 29′ luxury yacht tender: an innovative, elegant and fast motor-boat. The inspiration for this project came from Antoine Brugidou, between the bay of Mont St Michel and the south of Jersey, where the tide can go out for miles and where one has to navigate between sandbanks, rocks and currents. The concept (which is subject to a word-wide patent) is based upon the integration of a caterpillar system within the hull without affecting its aesthetics, performance, or its seaworthiness.

Full Running Rigging package for new super yacht Baltic 116 Custom by RSB Rigging Solutions

August 21, 2014

RSB Rigging Solutions has been recently busy with the preparations of a full Running Rigging package for the brand new super yacht Baltic 116 Custom by Baltic Yachts, scheduled for delivery in October 2014. The shipment was packed and ready for dispatch last week.

Rendering of new superyacht Baltic 116 Custom

Rendering of new sailing yacht Baltic 116 Custom by Baltic Yachts

In the images below, there is the main-sheet block which is a custom made Karver Sailing block, the company’s man RSB Sergi mixing up the UV resistant paint for the Dyneema tips, and finally the lock-strops for the blade and stay-sail halyards.

A custom made Karver Sailing block for luxury yacht Baltic 116 Custom

A custom made Karver Sailing block for luxury yacht Baltic 116 Custom

RSB Sergi mixing up the UV resistant paint for the Dyneema tips

RSB Sergi mixing up the UV resistant paint for the Dyneema tips

The lock-strops for the blade

The lock-strops for the blade and stay-sail halyards

The lock-strops for the blade and stay-sail halyards

The lock-strops for the blade and stay-sail halyards

Eleventh Place for Horizon Yachts in Superyacht Intelligence Report’s Top 25 Shipyards

August 21, 2014

Horizon Yachts is delighted to announce that they have ranked number 11 in the Top 25 shipyards by number of yachts delivered according to the annual Superyacht Intelligence Report, released by The Superyacht Report. The prominent Taiwan-based builder also ranked number 14 in the Top 25 shipyards by total LOA delivered.

Horizon Ranks Eleventh in the Superyacht Intelligence Report’s Top 25 Shipyards

Horizon Ranks Eleventh in the Superyacht Intelligence Report’s Top 25 Shipyards

The Superyacht Intelligence Report takes an in-depth look at new build activity from years 2009-2013, specifically at shipyards that have delivered five or more luxury yachts.  Within five years, a total of 948 yachts were delivered around the globe from 185 shipyards; yet only 47 shipyards delivered more than 5 or more yachts, and only 20 shipyards delivered more than 10 yachts.  Horizon is one of those 20 shipyards, delivering 18 yachts for a total of 2,038.39 feet (621.30 m) during that time.  Horizon is also the highest-ranking Asia Pacific luxury yacht builder within the report, as well as the only Asia-Pacific luxury yacht builder in the Top 25 shipyards by average ranking.

Luxury superyachts by Horizon

Luxury superyachts by Horizon

“I believe it is important to stay updated on delivery reports and the order book, so that we better understand the health of the global yacht manufacturing industry,” says Horizon Group CEO John Lu. “I am proud that we are continuing to add new members to our Horizon family each year, but I am hopeful that our yachting industry as a whole continues to progress as well.”

Below is a choice of the exquisite charter yachts built by Horizon.

Video by YachtVid: Nordlund 111’ Sportfisher Yacht with interior designer Mary Flores

August 21, 2014

Currently available for sale, luxury motor yacht Nordlund 111’ Sportfisher is a beautiful 34-metre vessel, launched by Nordlund Boat Company in 2013. Nordlund 111′ Yachtfisher yacht features naval architecture by R. Edwin Monk, while her structural design is by Tim Nolan and her interior design is by Mary Flores – Yacht Interiors. Below is a video showing Mary Flores while explaining some of the features of this magnificent vessel, released by YachtVid – a video production company, dedicated to providing interesting, informative and entertaining action yacht videos.

Video: 101’ Hargrave motor yacht CARBON COPY

August 21, 2014

Hargrave Custom Yachts has recently published a video showing their brand new 101-foot motor yacht Carbon Copy. Boasting striking custom interiors by Yacht Interiors by Shelley, superyacht Carbon Copy features the popular country kitchen layout, four guest staterooms, plus crew aft.

Dependable CAT C-32 1700 hp engines give luxury yacht Carbon Copy a 22-knot performance. A stunning custom interior features 7’2” headroom on main deck, superb walnut hardwoods with detailed inlays, full beam master suite, completely private VIP suite forward, and a fabulous electronics package. Once you step inside you will begin to understand why Hargrave is the number one builder in this size range.

Highlights of super yacht Carbon Copy:

7’2” ceiling height

Clever Storage

High Gloss Walnut

Modern Interior Furnishings

Country Kitchen

Oversized windows and extra-large portholes fill all decks with natural light and fabulous views of exotic cruise destinations.

Below is a gallery for the lovely charter yachts built by Hargrave.

Dorries Yachts to present preliminary design for a 48m Yacht at MYS 2014

August 21, 2014

In order to highlight the fact that DÖRRIES YACHTS is the only yacht manufacturer in Germany that will construct custom yachts starting from 40 metres in length, the company will be presenting a preliminary design for a 48m Yacht at the next Monaco Yacht Show. This year’s prestigious event will run in the fabulous Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Monaco from September 24 to 27.

Rendering of the 48m Dorries Yacht

Rendering of the 48m Dorries Yacht

A noteworthy technical highlight of the custom 48m Dorries yacht is a hybrid propulsion system distributed on a single level engine room, thus freeing up an additional 50 sqm for owners & guest space.

The 48m Dorries displacement superyacht has exterior & interior design by London based H2 Yacht Design and is very competitively priced.

Early 2017 delivery can be assured with a contract closing before the end of this year.