Yacht Design Talent Award 2015 launched by Sea Level Yacht Design & Engineering

August 28, 2015

Sea Level Yacht Design & Engineering always search for new inspiration and talent and especially fresh ideas. In fact, the Dutch studio has launched a new design competition for students – the Yacht Design Talent Award, organized in partnership with the prestigious Dutch superyacht builder, Heesen Yachts.

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Participants were asked to design a new profile & sundeck of a 50m motor yacht. A total number of 26 students from all over the world have submitted their designs. A professional jury has selected the 6 best designs, which are now available for voting through social media until September 4, 2015.

One of the Yacht Design Talent Award 2015 Finalists - Dani Santa Vives

One of the Yacht Design Talent Award 2015 Finalists – Dani Santa Vives

The winner will be unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show, on September 26, 2015.

13th edition of MYDA – Millennium Yacht Design Award

August 28, 2015

Seatec, the 14th International Exhibition of Technology, Subcontracting and Design for Boats, Mega Yachts and Ships, has launched the 13th edition of MYDA – Millennium Yacht Design Award. The competition is dedicated to designers and architects, both professionals as well as beginners, and presents two sections: ‘New Projects’ and ‘The people-oriented boat’.

One of the MYDA – Millennium Yacht Design Award 2015 Winners - Luxury motor yacht MET' 80 by BMG Style Project

One of the MYDA – Millennium Yacht Design Award 2015 Winners – Luxury motor yacht MET’ 80 by BMG Style Project

The jury of the MYDA – Millennium Yacht Design Award 2016 will consist of experts from the fields of culture and design, a representative from CarraraFiere, yacht design professors, as well as yacht building experts.

Seatec will take place from April 6 to 8, 2016 at the CarraraFiere Exhibition Centre, in Italy‘s Marina di Carrara. The awarding ceremony will be held during the afternoon of April 6, 2016.

Photos: Beautiful interiors of Bachmann Group-managed 65m Classic Motor Yacht LA SULTANA available for mega yacht charter

August 28, 2015

Take a glimpse at the beautiful interiors of the magnificently restored 65-metre classic motor yacht LA SULTANA in the photos below, showing an exceptional attention to detail and workmanship. Available for a luxury mega yacht charter, superyacht LA SULTANA is managed by Bachmann Group. The Guernsey-based company is able to bring 40 years of maritime services experience to the management of luxury yachts. Read more on the outstanding LA SULTANA yacht here.

Beautifully restored 65m classic motor yacht LA SULTANA managed by Bachmann Group

Beautifully restored 65m classic motor yacht LA SULTANA managed by Bachmann Group

Classic Yacht LA SULTANA - Interior

Classic Yacht LA SULTANA – Interior

LA SULTANA Yacht

LA SULTANA Yacht

Luxury yacht LA SULTANA - Dining

Luxury yacht LA SULTANA – Dining

Super Yacht LA SULTANA - Detail

Super Yacht LA SULTANA – Detail

Classic mega yacht LA SULTANA - Deluxe Suite

Classic mega yacht LA SULTANA – Deluxe Suite

LA SULTANA superyacht - Suite

LA SULTANA superyacht – Suite

Superyacht LA SULTANA - Bathroom

Superyacht LA SULTANA – Bathroom

Beautiful Racy and Sporty Maxi Open Superyacht Mangusta 132

August 28, 2015

Overmarine Mangusta has just released a great video below, introducing the beautiful racy and sporty Maxi Open superyacht Mangusta 132, launched in May 2015. Superbly penned by Stefano Righini, the brand new motor yacht Mangusta 132 offers an excellent performance, as well as a supreme onboard comfort, while at the same time ensuring increasingly lower consumption. She will make her world premiere at the Monaco Yacht Show 2015 in September.

The striking Mangusta 132 yacht boasts great onboard volumes, with the layout of the various different areas focusing on quality, excellence, as well as wellbeing onboard even at high speeds. Designed by the Overmarine Group’s Interiors Design Department, the stylish and elegant interiors offer comfortable accommodation in 4 magnificent cabins.

More charter yachts built by Mangusta (Overmarine).

Chainsaw Chop for Australia’s Most Successful Ocean Racing Yacht WILD OATS XI

August 28, 2015

Today, August 28, 2015 saw the Australia’s most successful ocean racing yacht WILD OATS XI literally get the chop at the hands of Bob Oatley and skipper Mark Richards to lop off 10 meters of the sleek, silver-hulled beauty. All is part of a plan to bring a new lease of life to the record-breaking, 10-year-old sailing yacht WILD OATS XI and make her more competitive against more recent supermaxi designs. The new-look vessel is expected to be sailing again in November 2015.

Bob Oatley and Mark Richards make the first cut into the forward sections of the all-conquering supermaxi yacht Wild Oats XI. (Image credit to Andrea Francolini)

Bob Oatley and Mark Richards make the first cut into the forward sections of the all-conquering supermaxi yacht Wild Oats XI. (Image credit to Andrea Francolini)

The chop represents the first stage of a three-month program that will see WILD OATS XI yacht back to being 30 metres long, but with a completely different profile. In a few days the hull will be shortened even more, when additional two metres are cut from the stern.

“This is exciting,” Richards said when sharing the first chainsaw cut with Bob Oatley. “I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it when we started, but this is the future for the old girl. She will be an even better yacht when we have finished. The more we cut the better I felt.”

There she goes! A 10-metre section of the bow of supermaxi Wild Oats XI is removed so the yacht can be remodelled for this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart race. (Image credit to Andrea Francolini)

There she goes! A 10-metre section of the bow of supermaxi Wild Oats XI is removed so the yacht can be remodelled for this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart race. (Image credit to Andrea Francolini)

The next part of the plan will see WILD OATS XI yacht trucked to the McConaghy’s boat building facility on Sydney’s northern beaches, where she will receive a new transom to be fitted where the stern has been cut off. Simultaneously, shipwrights will fit an entirely new bow to the yacht – two metres longer than what was cut off today – so that she returns to the same overall length.

Much of the design work for the new-look sailing yacht WILD OATS XI has been done by the original California-based US designers, Reichel-Pugh. By extending the bow forward the yacht will boast remarkably more buoyancy, a feature which all design testing indicates will make her notably faster. Not to forget, she will also be lighter.

WILD OATS XI yacht represents the most successful yacht to have contested the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race over its 70-year history, and Mark Richards is considered the most successful skipper. Since being launched in 2005, the supermaxi has claimed line honours eight times. She is also the only yacht to claim the triple-crown – line and handicap honours and a race record time – on two occasions, and take four consecutive line honours.

New Motor Yacht CRESTA 70 – Mix of Ultimate Luxury and Superior Performance

August 28, 2015

Mixing up ultimate luxury with superior performance, the all-new motor yacht CRESTA 70 represents the flagship vessel of the Australia-based shipyard, Cresta Motor Yachts. Luxury yacht CRESTA 70 has been developed in partnership with the bespoke Australian superyacht designer, Sam Sorgiovanni.

New Motor Yacht Cresta 70 by Cresta Motor Yachts at full speed

New Motor Yacht Cresta 70 by Cresta Motor Yachts at full speed

The entire CRESTA 70 yacht is handmade and boasts the best fixtures and fittings for any marine environment. Accommodation is provided in a full-beam master stateroom aft with his and hers walkthrough private ensuite, as well as a VIP stateroom forward with queen side bed and private ensuite, and two guest cabins port and starboard with private ensuite. There is also an ensuited crew cabin accessible from the cockpit to ensure the maximum privacy of owners and guests.

Luxury yacht Cresta 70 from above

Luxury yacht Cresta 70 from above

“Whilst, all future vessels will be custom built to order, it was important we could demonstrate our capabilities in the production process. Its Vivid Red hull is bold and different, but that’s what Cresta has always stood for. Ultimately some people will want different and not the same. The more challenging the vessel is for us, the more Cresta will excel,” said Mr Tim Ballintine, CEO of Cresta Motor Yachts.

Cresta 70 Yacht - Interior

Cresta 70 Yacht – Interior

Luxury motor yacht CRESTA 70 also offers a generous saloon, a fully equipped galley, an 8 person dining table, as well as sumptuous lounges. The helm station provides 260 degree visibility and was purposefully designed to have an automotive feel, at an amazing top speed edging 40 knots.

Luxury yacht Cresta 70 - Cabin

Luxury yacht Cresta 70 – Cabin

“It was important that in the year 2015, the new range of Cresta vessels still maintained the Cresta lines. With the help of world renowned Superyacht Designer Sam Sorgiovanni, we were able to modernize the side profile, whilst still staying close with our heritage,” said Mr Ballintine. “Cresta has withstood the test of time, and Cresta’s reputation in Australia as one of the safest and most reliable ocean going vessels is hard earned. The inedible ethos of Quality, Workmanship and Dependability has helped the company get to where it is today.”

Newly launched 57m Superyacht HALO by FEADSHIP

August 28, 2015

The all-new 57m superyacht HALO (hull 810) has recently splashed during a private ceremony at the Feadship Kaag yard. Built for an owner who had previously chartered luxury yacht HELIX, the brand new motor yacht HALO boasts sophisticated exterior styling by Eidsgaard Design, in close collaboration with the owner. Take a glimpse at this beauty in the video below, made by ‘perfect’.

Specifically designed for world cruising, luxury yacht HALO (hull 810) boasts beautiful interiors by Bernardi Peschard, comfortably sleeping her guests in the main guest suites and the owner’s stateroom on the main deck, as well as one VIP stateroom on the bridge deck. Moreover, HALO features a vast array of special features, including an exceptionally large sun deck and a dark grey coloured custom Jacuzzi, as well as a large selection of diving equipment, including 28 bottles, to name but a few.

More charter yachts built by Feadship.

Imposing 134m Fincantieri Mega Yacht SERENE arrives at Palumbo Super Yachts facility in Malta

August 27, 2015

This week saw the Palumbo Super Yachts facility in Malta welcome the imposing 134-metre mega yacht SERENE for a refit. Built by Fincantieri, the impressive superyacht SERENE was the largest yacht built in Italy at the time of her launch in 2011.

134m Fincantieri motor yacht Serene at the Palumbo Super Yachts facilit in Malta

134m Fincantieri motor yacht Serene at the Palumbo Super Yachts facility in Malta

One of the most important service destinations in the Mediterranean, Palumbo Super Yachts of Malta is well equipped to host any super yacht. The facility boasts a 160m long graving dock and a 140m covered dock.

Luxury superyacht Serene

Luxury superyacht Serene in Malta

As the summer season comes to an end and superyacht captains make plans for winter works, Palumbo are experiencing an increase in activity not just in Malta, but also in their facilities in Marseille and Naples.

Mega yacht SERENE in Malta

Mega yacht SERENE in Malta

Luxury motor yacht SERENE is just one of many super yachts that have confirmed booking in to the extensive network of refit and service centres that Palumbo have throughout the Mediterranean. It will be undoubtedly a busy and successful season for the Palumbo team.

Fabulous Virgin Gorda to host Inaugural Maxi Yacht Rolex Caribbean Cup in April 2016

August 27, 2015

The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) is pleased to unveil the all-new Maxi Yacht Rolex Caribbean Cup. This new Caribbean Maxi regatta will take place in the fabulous British Virgin Islands yacht vacation location – Virgin Gorda from April 4 to 9, 2016.

Clubhouse Virgin Gorda - British Virgin Islands

Clubhouse Virgin Gorda – British Virgin Islands

The five-day regatta will run on coastal courses set within the Virgin Islands archipelago and yachts will be divided into categories ranging from the Mini Maxi and Maxi 72 classes to Supermaxis with Wally and J-Class yachts also expected to take part in the regatta. The event will be organized with the support of the International Maxi Association.

The Maxi Yacht Rolex Caribbean Cup will take place biennially starting in 2016 on alternate years to the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean. The original Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup hosted by Porto Cervo continues to attract innovative and highly competitive fleets of Maxi racers with some particularly remarkable yachts expected for the 2015 edition, running from September 6 to 12.

J Class racing during Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014

J Class racing during Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014

YCCS Commodore, Riccardo Bonadeo, explained the thinking behind the new event: “Our activities in Virgin Gorda have been in continuous expansion since we inaugurated our Clubhouse there in 2012. In addition to a full sporting programme in Porto Cervo, we now organize three to four major regattas in the Caribbean Sea during the winter months. In recent years we have received numerous requests from owners for a Maxi event in the Caribbean. Given that the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is possibly the event that best embodies our sporting DNA, exporting this classic event to the other side of the Atlantic is the logical next step. We have already successfully transferred our organizational know-how with events such as the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean, and the addition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Caribbean Cup to our calendar will, I’m sure, be a highlight of the winter racing season.”

Cannes Collection – A new exhibition dedicated to luxury goods and services

August 27, 2015

From June 2 to 5, 2016, the Old Port of Cannes, in the popular South of France yacht vacation location, will be hosting the launch of a brand new exhibition: Cannes Collection. The event will feature a selection of the world’s most desirable goods and services, including luxury yachts from 22 to 60 meters in length, available for sale, along with yacht services, including superyacht charter and yacht management.

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Turned toward the exceptional, the beautiful and the rare, Cannes Collection will feature a selection of the most prominent brand names in the luxury sectors: from yachting to prestige automobiles, from private aviation to the finest villas, and more.

Cannes is a fabulous place and the perfect venue for Cannes Collection. Its bay, luxury hotels, casinos and plenty of shops attract an exclusive international clientele: over 2 million visitors a year, more than half of whom come from abroad. Famous the world over, with the Cannes Film Festival and its Palme d’Or, Cannes represents one of the most emblematic destinations on the French Riviera.

Rendering of Cannes Collection Event

Rendering of Cannes Collection Event

Cannes Collection will be held from June 2 – 5, 2016, timed to open just days after the Cannes Film Festival closes, ensuring that the city will be busy with summer visitors, especially key Russian clientele.

This first show is expected to draw attention of a large number of visitors from Europe, the Middle East, Russia and Asia, thanks to a great selection of luxury brands.