A blistering start expected for RORC Transatlantic Race 2014

November 28, 2014

The first RORC Transatlantic Race, in partnership with the International Maxi Association (IMA), will kick off from Lanzarote in Canary Islands tomorrow, on Saturday, November 29, 1200 CET. This 2,995-nautical mile race across the Atlantic Ocean will finish in the fabulous Grenada yacht holiday location, nestled in the Caribbean.

Jean-Paul Riviere and Jacques Delorme on board Finot-Conq 100, Nomad IV, study the weather before the start of the RORC Transatlantic Race - Image by RORC James Mitchell

Jean-Paul Riviere and Jacques Delorme on board Finot-Conq 100 superyacht Nomad IV, study the weather before the start of the RORC Transatlantic Race - Image by RORC/James Mitchell

A blistering start to the 2014 RORC Transatlantic Race is very much on the cards, with a low pressure system expected to arrive from the northwest on Friday, bringing gale force winds and adding to the significant sea state that has already built up during the recent stormy weather in the Canary Islands. By Saturday, as the international fleet tackle the first part of the course, the wind is expected to moderate to 30-35 knots and lighter conditions are expected by Sunday.

After a short upwind leg in front of Puerto Calero Marina, the fleet will ease sheets turning east towards Lanzarote’s capital, Arrecife. A fast downwind blast along the east coast of Fuerteventura will put the fleet at full speed, followed by a close reach to Gran Canaria, where a significant sea state is expected to test the competitors. After rounding a buoy off the coast of Gran Canaria, the fleet will harden up, racing north and eventually northwest to Tenerife. For the majority of the fleet, the leg from Tenerife to La Palma should be a fast reach before passing south of La Palma, flying spinnakers into the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

The fleet features four Maxi Yachts vying for Line Honours and the exquisite sterling silver trophy donated by the International Maxi Association.

The RORC Transatlantic Race starts with a 160 mile course through the Canary Islands © RORC YB Tracking

The RORC Transatlantic Race starts with a 160 mile course through the Canary Islands © RORC/YB Tracking

Jeremy Pilkington’s British canting keel RP78 charter yacht Lupa of London was a class winner at the Rolex Mini Maxi World Championship in September and the powerful maxi crew includes Vendée Globe sailor, Jonny Malbon and Figaro rookie, Jackson Boutell.

Southern Wind 94 superyacht Windfall is very much in the running for Line Honours; the international crew include the legendary America’s Cup and Admiral’s Cup sailor, Lorenzo Mazza, multiple world champion Francesco Mongelli and Irish Olympic Finn sailor, Tim Goodbody.

Classic Swan 68, Yacana, owned by Aref Lanham has already covered over 2,000 miles sailing to the start from Greece and will be racing with a crew of 10, mainly from their home port of Piraeus, Greece.

Finot-Conq maxi yacht Nomad IV has one of the most experienced offshore teams in the race, including Vendée Globe winner, Alain Gautier and yacht designer, Pascal Conq. Boat captain, Jacques Delorme was on board La Poste and Charles Jourdain for consecutive Whitbread Round the World Races and has won two Atlantic doublehanded races with Loick Peyron.

“For the start, the general picture is a north westerly wind. We are expecting 30 to 35 knots at a height of 10 metres with more at the top of our rig, and there could be significant gusts of wind in between the islands,” commented Jacques Delorme. “At times we will be beating into this strong wind and there will be a significant swell because of the wind direction and also because these heavy seas have built up over several days. We are expecting waves of at least four metres, maybe as much as seven metres. So I think we will be very cautious. We will be taking a reef well in advance and we will not push the boat too hard, especially avoiding pitching in the big waves. If you want to win a race, first of all you have to finish it. At the moment, after a windy start it could become lighter, but the ITCZ (Intertropical Convergence Zone) does not pose any problems and currently our routing is suggesting that we will finish the race around the 10th December.”

Cowes-based, Brett Aarons will be racing on Nigel Passmore’s British J/133, Apollo. This will be Brett’s eighth Atlantic crossing and prior to the start, he gave a resume of what the smaller yachts can expect on Saturday.

“It’s going to be a hard start to the race, full-on around the islands. The jet stream has been funnelling low pressure systems down to the Canary Islands for a while. It looks like it will go light on Sunday but it is certainly going to be a hard race for the first 24 hours. The start of the course is about 160 miles through the Canary Islands before we head out into the Atlantic.

“After the start we will be in the wind shadow of Fuerteventura and it could be quite gusty with the wind clocking west in the gusts, which we will have to be careful about, but it should be quite a fast leg. I think the toughest leg will be to Gran Canaria, as it will be a tight angle with some big waves beam on, making it very lumpy and we will be arriving at a lee shore in about 30 knots of wind at midnight. We have a roller-furling jib and we can run a storm jib off an inner staysail, which might be a nice option. There are some upwind elements after that, but even in the big breeze this is more controllable. It is easier to spill wind when beating rather than when we are just cracked off. There are not too many navigational hazards around the course, but we will be aware of some tuna pens around the coast. For the first part of the race, it will be tough going and our goal is just to settle down into life offshore and not go at it too hard, as we have another 2,800 miles to go.”

Canadian round the world sailor, Derek Hatfield, will be making his 27th Atlantic crossing as skipper of Volvo 60, Spirit of Adventure, which will be competing in the RORC Caribbean 600 after the race. American Class40, Oakcliff Racing, skippered by Dan Flanigan, has a young team of four sailors from Rhode Island, USA, who will all be crossing the Atlantic for the first time. Oakcliff Racing should have a close encounter with Class40 Sensation and their French crew of six.

With at least 27 French sailors, the RORC Transatlantic Race crew list is dominated by competitors from France. Yves & Isabelle Haudiquet ‘s French Pogo 40, Bingo, will be sailing with four crew from the Paul Vatine Yacht Club in Le Havre. This will be Yves third Atlantic crossing. Frank Lang will be making his fifth Atlantic crossing as skipper of X-40, Optim’x. In total the crew from South Brittany have crossed the Atlantic on numerous occasions. Denis Villotte from Paris will be racing JNP 12 Biquille, Sérénade across the Atlantic for the second time.

Yesterday night, Thursday 27th November, the social programme continued in Puerto Calero Marina with the RORC Transatlantic Race Gala Party at the stylish Amura Restaurant in Puerto Calero Marina.

Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show 2014: Busy first day

November 28, 2014

The largest showcase of marine and luxury lifestyle in the enchanting Thailand yacht charter location, opened in Pattaya yesterday, on November 27, 2014, with 105 businesses as well as products exhibiting in 14,000 sqm of space at the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show. The event is being hosted by Ocean Marina, the largest luxury yacht marina in South East Asia, and will last until Sunday, November 30, 2014. The first day was marked by record numbers of visitors that had an opportunity to enjoy the displays and activities at the third annual Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show.

OMPBS 2014 Opening

Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show 2014 Opening

The USD40 million line-up of luxury sail and powerboats in-the-water ranges from small day trip boats up to those for extended cruising and the largest in the Show, the 115-foot superyacht Phatsara. Attracting a lot of attention on the first day was the world’s first solar-assisted luxury catamaran, the Heliotrope 65. Designed in Thailand and built at the Bakri Cono Shipyard in Ocean Marina, the Heliotrope team were busy fielding enquiries from visitors and media alike today.

Many of the world’s top boat brands are on display and represented at the Show, including Princess Yachts, Azimut Yachts, Cranchi, Beneteau, CNB Yachts, Lagoon Catamarans, Monte Carlo Yachts, Carver Yachts, Century Boats, Boston Whaler and more.

Onshore, the top yachting brands are joined by leading auto marques Rolls Royce, Bentley, Aston Martin, Porsche and Ducati while elsewhere in the Show visitors can enjoy everything from boat accessories, services and insurance, to charter, water sports, marine toys and gadgets, luxury real estate, fashion and jewellery.

Aerial view of OMPBS 2014

Ocean Marina, the largest marina in South East Asia, home of the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show

“Now in it’s third year, the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show has grown to become Thailand’s largest exhibition of marine and lifestyle. The number of exhibitors this year has increased and the quality is the best yet. The depth and diversity of exhibitors shows that Thailand’s marine and lifestyle sector is robust and has a bright future,” said Mrs. Supatra Angkawinijwong, Deputy Managing Director of Ocean Property, the organisers.

Extended this year to be held over four days, organisers introduced the Boat & Yacht Thailand 2014 Conference on 28th November – a first of its kind in Thailand – and with the theme of ‘Green Boating’ as well as the two-day International Fishing Boat Competition held 29th and 30th November.

Highlights for visitors include free yacht cruises, luxury car test drives, kayak and paddle boat experiences, an open-air drinks and food festival with live band, jetpack flying board and radio control power boat demonstrations, games and much more.

The Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show is open Thursday 27th to Saturday 29th November from  11:00 to 19:00, and from 11:00 to 18:00 on Sunday 30th November. Entry is free.

New Chief Executive Officer for Sunseeker International

November 28, 2014

Today, November 28, 2014, saw the prominent UK luxury yacht builder, Sunseeker International, announce the appointment of Phil Popham as Chief Executive Officer. Phil will join the company on January 1, 2015.

Philip Popham

Philip Popham

Phil joins Sunseeker from Jaguar Land Rover where he has had a long and successful career over the last 25 years contributing to a major UK-based automotive success story.  He has worked most of his career at Jaguar Land Rover, latterly as Group Marketing Director but he has also held the positions of Group Sales Director, Managing Director of Land Rover, as well as working in North America and South Africa for the company. During his time at the company he presided over a period of rapid growth and success for these iconic brands.

Robert Braithwaite CBE, Founder & Acting President of Sunseeker International stated: “Phil’s expertise and wide-ranging experience in iconic brands, manufacturing and international markets made him the perfect choice to continue developing world-class, innovative and dynamic yachts. We are very pleased to welcome him to the team as we develop the next generation of models and continue to strengthen the iconic Sunseeker brand around the world.”

In response, Phil commented: “I am delighted to be joining Sunseeker, a famous British luxury brand that I have always admired. It is an incredibly exciting opportunity to lead a company that produces the world’s best luxury performance motor yachts. Tremendous opportunities exist to grow this industry leading, world-renowned brand and I look forward to working with the Sunseeker team to do exactly that.”

New 30m motor yacht concept by Nick Mezas

November 28, 2014

Nick Mezas is proud to introduce his new 30m motor yacht concept design, representing a well-thought-out 2,5 deck split level ship. The idea behind the 30m Nick Mezas superyacht concept has everything to do with connecting the guests of the yacht to the environment.

New 30m superyacht concept by Nick Mezas Yacht Design

New 30m superyacht concept by Nick Mezas Yacht Design

Being brought up on the waters around Curacao, Mezas got inspired to design a yacht for young families who share a passion for outdoor living. Especially for those families keen on an on board experience where awareness for the environment and safety on board are considered important.

While staying aboard, the elements like the meteorological circumstances, effects of sea state etc. are filtered to provide only the benefits of the outdoor life and not the inconveniences. This will contribute to a safe and pleasant internal environment, which will undoubtedly be appreciated by young families while enjoying their holidays.

Connecting to the environment is fully integrated in the design. Like the wide and spacious windows with sliding doors on either side of the dining table. The sliding doors will give a panoramic view and enable the ambient sounds and breeze the opportunity to get into the indoor living spaces.

30m Nick Mezas superyacht concept

30m Nick Mezas superyacht concept

In various lounges and living areas a wide and sheltered view is created. Sheltered enough to be protected against the elements and open enough to enjoy the environment.

“Details like the height and the angle of the seats or the distance to the table top all make a difference in the way surroundings can be perceived. Whether you are inside or outside, I make sure guests will achieve the level of privacy they desire but still enjoy the location and the views,” Mezas explains.

Unusual for a 30m superyacht design is the wide body on the main deck. This results in extra interior space, which will be a welcome fact for young families. The yacht offers accommodation in 4 cabins on both the main- and lower deck for a total of 8 guests. The layout also provides space for 5 crewmembers and storage for water sports equipment. Nick Mezas invested a lot of time to come up with a practical, functional and spacious layout, which provides maximum privacy for guests, by allowing crew to move virtually unseen throughout the yacht through separate crew corridors and staircases.

30m Nick Mezas luxury yacht concept - side view

30m Nick Mezas luxury yacht concept - side view

The 30m Nick Mezas luxury yacht design has several ecological aspects and aims to leave a minimum footprint in the environment. Therefore Nick Mezas approached Naval Architect Menno van Dijk from Studio Delta. “The 2,5 deck can be constructed using light weight material, and will have the benefit that it will result in a low fuel consumption while at cruising speed, which can be considered another environmentally friendly factor,” Menno explains.

The 30m Nick Mezas yacht concept is designed for cruising and staying in coastal waters. In particular for exploring the environment in a prudent way. The yacht will be equipped with a water jet driven tender which is stowed on the main deck towards the bow. Water jet propulsion does not damage the seabed and the underwater life. To further boost the concept of the environmentally friendly lifestyle, Studio Delta integrated an on board sewage treatment system in the concept. All discharged water will have been purified by this system. The interior styling, the on board technology and additional equipment are naturally, the choice of the owner.

To get a bird’s-eye view of the yacht’s surroundings, you take the stairs up to the sun deck. Here, guests can choose to either go sunbathing or simply relax in the shade, created by the sun deck’s roof. Guests can also choose to enjoy another sunbathing area which is located just in front of the split level bridge. When the day turns into night, there is a cozy seating area with a large round table at the yacht’s stern for outside dining and some quality time with family and friends.

30m Nick Mezas super yacht concept from above

30m Nick Mezas super yacht concept from above

The lines of the 30m Nick Mezas yacht are clean and have sharp angles. “As with my other designs, I aim to create a modern but classic look that gives off a timeless feel. I want to be innovative in my designs but I also make sure they will still look fresh and modern twenty years from now,” Mezas explains.

The 30m, 2.5 deck split level superyacht design by Nick Mezas is a clear example of exactly that, moreover, she puts the focus on a more sustainable future for generations to come.

Inspiration for the 30m 2.5 deck split level design

Nick Mezas says: “The initial challenge I set for this project was to come up with a modern 30 meter design that made the most of the space on board, without compromising the aesthetic appearance of the yacht. I wanted to somehow incorporate a full beam owner’s cabin or wide body on the main deck yet still keep a sporty, aggressive looking profile. During sketching it became clear that a vertical bow was best suited for the profile to work. Then came the fun and exciting process of designing an attractive, functional and practical layout for a total of 8 guests including the owners and 4 crew plus one captain. I always enjoy this stage in the design process, especially on a project such as this because at first it might seem impossible to get all the design ideas to work together harmoniously, yet thru perseverance it always works out!”

30m Nick Mezas motor yacht concept

30m Nick Mezas motor yacht concept

The General Arrangement of the 30m Nick Mezas Yacht Concept

The Lower Deck

The lower deck of the yacht features one VIP guest cabin towards the bow, 2 twin guest cabins on the port- and starboard side, a captain’s cabin and a spacious galley on the starboard side with direct access to the Engine Room. A short walk through the Engine Room reveals a door that leads to the crew mess together with two cabins for 4 crewmembers in the stern of the yacht. There is also a staircase that runs from the crew area up to the Main Deck and opens via an exterior door on the yacht’s port side. This prevents undue passage through guest areas by the crew and maximises the guests privacy. There is also a food lift running from the galley to a pantry on the main deck which makes serving dinner a delight.

The Main Deck

One of the bigger design challenges was to incorporate a full beam owner’s cabin on the main deck. This wide body, rarely seen on yachts of this size, not only provides the owner’s with more floor space, but the elevated views through the large wide body windows is unmatched by for example, having the owner’s cabin on the lower deck!

The main salon offers a lounge area which invites guests to sit back and relax as well as a dining table for 8 persons. This whole area can be opened up to the yacht’s surroundings thanks to large sliding doors and balconies opposite to the dining table.

There is also a day head on the port side and comes with arguably the best view a day head on a 30m yacht can offer thanks to the wide body window.

Stepping outside, guests can either sit down at the large round table at the stern of the yacht and enjoy the fresh breeze with drinks and snacks or, when in the mood for sunbathing, move towards the bow where they find a large sunbed. The yacht’s water jet driven tender is stowed under the sunbed.

The Split Level Bridge and Sun Deck

Guests can also enjoy themselves in the split level bridge as there are seating areas dedicated especially for those who enjoy watching the ever changing horizon while cruising in total comfort. The same can be done on the sun deck which features a fly-bridge helm, a cosy shaded seating area, another large sunbed and loads of deck space for even more sunbathing or storing water toys during cruising.

Preliminary technical specifications of the 30m Nick Mezas superyacht concept:

LOA 30,00m

B 7,20m

T 2,20m

Displacement 130 Ton

Fuel 15000 l

Range 1500 nm

@ speed 14 knots

max speed 20 knots

Fresh Water 3000 l

Grey water 1500 l

Engines 2x 1800hp

Generator 2x 60kW

Systems:

Watermaker

Sewage treatment

HVAC with energy recovery

Southern Wind SW 94 sailing yacht WINDFALL to compete in 2014 RORC Transatlantic Race

November 28, 2014

One day separates the majestic Southern Wind SW 94 sailing yacht Windfall from the start line of the first RORC Transatlantic Race. This represents an exciting race across the Atlantic, from Canary Islands’ Lanzarote to the beautiful Grenada yacht charter destination, nestled in the Caribbean.

Southern Wind SW94 super yacht Windfall under sail

Southern Wind SW94 super yacht Windfall under sail

After a great luxury yacht charter season in the Mediterranean, superyacht Windfall – the second hull of the highly successful Southern Wind 94 miniseries – is preparing for her first Transatlantic racing experience, led by a brand new, enthusiastic crew.

Chartered for the occasion by a passionate Russian sailor, Igor Katalevskiy with his High Spirit Sailing Team from Russia, luxury yacht Windfall will carry this group of friends and sailors through the thrilling experience of their first Oceanic adventure.

In preparation for this event, the team undertook an intense six-month training program designed for them by the brand new Southern Wind Sailing Academy in collaboration with the VMB RYA Training Centre.

For some of the participants, this is more than just a race as it represents final step in the achievement of their Yachtmaster Ocean Certification.

Windfall yacht’s Captain, Tim Goodbody, who is originally from Dublin and represented Ireland in the Finn Class at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, has successfully raced in mono-design classes all over the world, becoming a well-known figure on the Maxi Racing circuit. In relation to this edition of the RORC on superyacht Windfall, Goodbody commented: “We will have 19 crew in total, which includes some top Italian sailors such as the legendary America’s Cup and Admiral’s Cup sailor, Lorenzo Mazza. The charter guests are a group of Russian sailors who recently competed and finished a very tough Rolex Middle Sea Race. They are great fun and keen to learn as a number of them are taking their Yachtmaster Ocean examination during the race. They are very much in control of the boat and we are there to give them a hand if they need us. It is a great combination.”

SW 94 yacht Windfall has been chartered within the context of Racing In Comfort formula, a special service offered by Pegaso, Southern Wind’s Marketing Representative. Through this formula clients can experience the thrill of high performance sailing aboard elegant semi-custom yachts by taking part in some of the most exclusive super yacht regattas with highly qualified crew, top chefs and discreet stewards.

Designed by Reichel Pugh and Nauta Design and launched in early 2013, Windfall superyacht is a performance cruiser of 28m. Her light displacement, aggressive lines and luxurious yet highly functional interiors, make the yacht one of the most emblematic semi-custom racing yachts built by the Southern Wind Shipyard.

Prior to the imminent departure of her first Transatlantic race, super yacht Windfall has been chartered for the last two editions of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta in Porto Cervo, as well as for the 2013 edition of the Maxi Rolex Cup, revealing her racing oriented spirit.

Three Units of the new Sunreef 74 Sailing Yacht Line to be launched soon

November 28, 2014

Sunreef Yachts is thrilled to announce that three units of the new sailing yacht Sunreef 74 model will be launched at the beginning of next year. The all-new luxury yacht Sunreef 74 was created in 2014, replacing Sunreef 70 yacht from the sailing line. She is based on the experience of the shipyard’s design team in the super-yacht range.

Luxury sailing yacht Sunreef 74

Luxury sailing yacht Sunreef 74

The first unit named sailing yacht WildBerry, which will be launched within the next months, is a private yacht adapted for on board living and consists of many comfortable areas and numerous storage spaces as the owners are planning long cruises. The yacht will comfortably accommodate 6 guests and 2-3 crew members.

Sunreef 74 Yacht - Interior

Sunreef 74 Yacht - Interior

Two other boats, twin catamarans manufactured for an Italian customer, luxury yacht 19th Hole and Blue Deer yacht, are aimed for luxury yacht charter and will be available in the Mediterranean. The layout of both boats provides room for up to 10 guests in 2 double cabins and 2 twin, convertible to double, cabins with pullman beds, making these luxury catamarans perfect charter yachts for groups of friends and families. They delight with an outstanding liveability due to their maximized indoor and outdoor space, comfort and high performance.

Luxury yacht Sunreef 74 - Interior

Luxury yacht Sunreef 74 - Interior

The 19th Hole yacht is an innovative boat which stands out thanks to its striking color combination of bright white, cool graphite, dark ebony and splashes of gem-toned hues whilst luxury yacht Blue Deer is characterized by a sophisticated urban chic color scheme accentuated by luxe linens in bold ruby and emerald jewel-toned shades.

Sunreef 74 Yacht - Cabin

Sunreef 74 Yacht - Cabin

The Sunreef 74 yacht represents a perfect balance between luxury, stunning style, high performance and advanced innovations.

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

SILVERYACHTS to attend Singapore Yacht Show for the first time

November 28, 2014

SILVERYACHTS has recently confirmed their first-time participation in Asia‘s most important annual yachting event, the Singapore Yacht Show. The shipyard hopes to be able to debut their impressive 77-metre motor yacht SILVER FAST at the Singapore Yacht Show 2015. Luxury mega yacht SILVER FAST is currently at the final stage of construction.

77m mega yacht SILVER FAST by SILVERYACHTS - Image credit to Klaus Jordan

77m mega yacht SILVER FAST by SILVERYACHTS - Image credit to Klaus Jordan

“We have chosen to participate at SYS 2015 as we know there are plenty of potential buyers in the region, and we are impressed with the growth and calibre of visitors to this event. Our yachts are ultra-modern in design and aesthetic but also in technology and operation. We know they will appeal to the dynamic, vibrant clientele in Asia and the Singapore Yacht Show is clearly the proven platform in the region for accessing those individuals,” explains Guido Krass, owner of SILVERYACHTS.

The company hopes to be able to present its very latest vessel, superyacht SILVER FAST, in her world debut at the Singapore Yacht Show next year. Jona Kan, Director of Sales for SILVERYACHTS, says: “The yacht is now in the final stages of construction and our shipyard is working hard to complete her in time to make her world debut at the Singapore Show. We really hope she can be there, we are keeping our fingers crossed, and we have asked the organisers to keep a berth for her right in the heart of the Show!”

The Espen Øino-designed mega yacht SILVER FAST has a sleek, aerodynamic hull form and superstructure that is characteristic of the shipyard. The largest vessel to be built by SILVERYACHTS to date, she is due to be launched in the months leading up to the Show. At 77m (252.6ft), she would be the longest vessel ever displayed at the Singapore Yacht Show. Kan continues: “She is a super-sleek, eco-friendly modern yacht whose construction and design give her ocean-going capabilities that push the boundaries of yachting. We believe that Asian yacht buyers will be impressed with the simplicity, efficiency and speed of our yacht, and we also believe that the Singapore Yacht Show is the best regional platform for those buyers to network with the industry and make the best, most informed choice for their yachting future.”

Along with all the comforts of a world-class superyacht, luxury yacht SILVER FAST will have technical capabilities to live up to her name. Fuel efficiency and sustainability were high on the agenda for this project, and the super-sleek cruiser will be able to complete the passage from Australia to Europe in just 21 days with a single fuel stop. She is expected to reach top speeds of 29 knots, with a range of 4,500nm at 18 knots and 6,000nm at 14 knots. Built to Passenger Yacht Code standards, she will accommodate up to 16 guests, with an impressive owner’s apartment including lounge and large private deck beneath the sun deck.

Video with photos of Luxury Superyachts

November 28, 2014

Yachting enthusiast and photographer Roberto Malfatti from Italy has released a video with his photos of luxury superyachts. It includes the photos of such outstanding vessels as the 75,5-metre Oceanco charter yacht Anastasia, the 60-metre Benetti Swan (ex Lyana), Sanlorenzo 46Steel Trident, the 67-metre Feadship mega yacht Drizzle (hull 683), the 90m Raffles charter yacht Nero, Sanlorenzo 46Steel Achilles, Shipworks Brisbane charter yacht Alaska (ex Aliska), Custom Line 124 Lady Dia (ex Blue Angel, Al Mohammady), Sanlorenzo 40Alloy Liliya, the 36m Heesen charter yacht Duke Town, Rizzardi 118 Custom GUILTY, Cantieri di Pisa Gladius and Benetti Illusion.

Video: First Palmer Johnson SuperSport 48M motor yacht KHALILAH (PJ 48/01, PJ265)

November 28, 2014

Luxury motor yacht KHALILAH (PJ 48/01, PJ265) represents the latest delivery of the prestigious US shipyard, Palmer Johnson. The largest yacht ever built entirely from carbon, superyacht KHALILAH is the first SuperSport 48M vessel, entirely designed by the yard’s in-house team, expected to reach an impressive top speed of 32 knots. Below is a video showing this striking vessel on Welland Canal, positioned in the enchanting Canada yacht charter location – Ontario, while docked at Wharf 2, on November 18, 2014. The video has been released by ‘RightInNiagara’.

Registration for Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous 2015 now open

November 28, 2014

The Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous will be once again hosted by the beautiful Virgin Gorda yacht charter destination from March 11 to 14, 2015. The regatta will bring three days of exciting sailing, with a full race programme, organised by the highly experienced Yacht Club Costa Smeralda international race committee.

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The notice of race is available to download from the event website and with a strong intake of early interest, yacht owners who wish to participate in the event should register without delay to secure their place in the fleet.

This popular event on the international racing calendar attracts some of the finest superyachts in the world. Pre-registered yachts include Royal Huisman’s recently launched 48m classic sloop Wisp, sleek lined 46m performance charter yacht Ganesha, stunning contemporary designed 60m Perini Navi charter yacht Seahawk and Southern Wind’s newly built 31m sailing yacht Farfalla.

The regatta capitalises on the region’s Caribbean trade winds that, set against the island’s spectacular backdrop, make for captivating racing. Whilst sailing remains at the heart of the regatta, the event welcomes spectating motor yachts and is renowned for providing guests with a social programme that distinguishes Loro Piana regattas on the international circuit.

Guests are welcome to enjoy a Welcome Cocktail on the YCCS lawn, the Loro Piana Owners’ Dinner at the YCCS Clubhouse and a luxurious Beach Party hosted by Oil Nut Bay. Nestled on a private peninsula at the eastern tip of the island, the Oil Nut Bay Beach Party will feature live music under the stars.

The Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous welcomes sailing and motor yachts with an LOA over 100ft to compete for the Loro Piana Prize: The Boat International Media Trophy. Yachts under 100ft can register to race for the class trophies.