Looking ahead to the third RORC Transatlantic Race

July 22, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Saturday the 26th of November marks the start of the third Royal Ocean Racing Club Transatlantic Race between some of the most experienced and competitive RORC racers. From the start gate at Marina Lanzarote, Arrecife, competitors will sail a course of 2,995 nm and past competitors have already voiced their intention to race this year. The following is a press release from the Royal Ocean Racing Club.

Press Release

Laying down the gauntlet for the third RORC Transatlantic Race

MOD70 duel at the start of the 2015 RORC Transatlantic Race from Marina Lanzarote. Tony Lawson’s Concise 10, skippered by Ned Collier-Wakefield and Lloyd Thornburg’s Phaedo3 © RORC/James Mitchell

The third edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s RORC Transatlantic Race will start on Saturday 26 November 2016 and the line-up will include MOD70s and Maxi yachts vying for the prestigious IMA Transatlantic Trophy awarded to the line honours monohull winner. The usual diverse range of highly competitive, experienced offshore RORC racers will also be on the start line. Their focus will be competing for the RORC Transatlantic Race antique silver trophy and the new RORC Caribbean Series Trophy for the best combined result in the RORC Transatlantic Race and 2017 RORC Caribbean 600.
The 2,995 nm RORC Transatlantic Race will be welcomed back to Marina Lanzarote, situated in Arrecife where the ‘lunar-like’ volcanic mountains provide a spectacular backdrop to the start of the race from the most easterly Canary Island. Race hosts are the well-known Calero family who are no strangers to race boats and major regattas. They have organised a full week of hospitality and parties before the start of the race which will keep the race crews fully entertained.
Grenada welcomes back competitors
The highlight for most crews is the arrival and warm welcome received in Grenada, where Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina will be hosting the fleet once more, along with the continued support of the Grenada Tourism Authority. The beautiful tropical spice island is also famed for its dive sites, including the world’s first underwater sculpture gallery at Molinere Bay. The prizegiving will be held on Friday 16th December, giving crews enough time to enjoy everything the island has to offer before Christmas, or to join in the Caribbean regatta season on their way to the RORC Caribbean 600 in February 2017.
Nomad in Grenada @ Arthur

Competitors in the 2016 RORC Transatlantic Race can expect a warm spice island welcome once they reach Grenada. Jean-Paul Riviere’s 100ft Finot-Conq, Nomad IV set a new monohull record in the race last year and is aiming to return to defend his title © Arthur Daniel/RORC

Super-Maxis return
Several yachts have expressed their interest in the race and intend to compete in the 2016 edition. Returning for the third consecutive race will be the Southern Wind 90, Windfall and Jean-Paul Riviere’s 100ft Finot-Conq, Nomad IV who won IRC overall in the 2015 race, along with the IMA Trophy for monohull line honours. Nomad IV also set a new monohull record for the RORC Transatlantic Race in the same year.
Other notable Maxi’s include the largest on the entry list, Peter Harrison’s Farr 115ft (35m) ketch, Sojana, and current holder of 5 World Speed Sailing records and 7 course records, Mike Slade’s 100ft Farr (30m), Leopard:
“Full congratulations to the RORC for promoting an east to west transatlantic race which has proved a success in the last two years. Leopard is hoping to compete in the event and would be keen to attack the record set last year by Nomad IV of 10 days 07 hours 06 minutes and 59 seconds to add to our other Atlantic records,” exclaims Slade.
Leopard Alex Irwin _ Sportography.tv

Hoping to set a new monohull race record in the RORC Transatlantic Race. Mike Slade’s Maxi 100, Leopard © Alex Irwin @Sportography.tv

Multihull battle for line honours
The on-the-water MOD70 battle looks set to continue between Lloyd Thornburg’s unstoppable Phaedo3 and Tony Lawson’s Concise 10, skippered for the past eight years by 28-year old Ned Collier-Wakefield of Team Concise. Both record-breaking crews have registered their intent to repeat the MOD70 duel after match racing across the Atlantic in last year’s race.
Hotting things up is the possibility of Sidney Gavignet’s Musandam-Oman Sail joining the race. Oman Sail’s flying machine recently claimed multihull line honours, taking over 2 hours off their existing record and setting a new world record for the fastest-ever sail round Ireland in the Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race – with Phaedo3 and Concise 10 minutes behind them!
Following the recent launch of Giovanni Soldini’s newly refitted semi-foiling MOD70, Maserati, the Milanese navigator seems to also have his sights set on smashing records such as the RORC Transatlantic Race in a bid to continue his record breaking campaign. Watch this space, as it will be huge battle by the four MOD 70’s for the first to arrive in Grenada.
Infinity 46, Quin Bisset

One to watch: Maverick, the new Infinity 46, equipped with DSS foils © Quin Bisset

Diverse fleet
It’s not all about super-maxis and trimarans though, as the last two editions of the race have attracted highly competitive boats from the smaller end of the fleet, such as Class40s and several Two Handed teams. This third edition is set to follow in the same mode.
The first boat to enter the 2016 RORC Transatlantic Race was James Heald’s Swan 45, Nemesis and he will have good competition from Ossie Stewart’s Dufour 45, Island Girl. Veteran Olympic sailing medallist, Stewart last crossed the Atlantic in 2014 with the ARC. This time they are hoping to cross with the RORC Transatlantic Race and have big aspirations of a podium position before taking on another season of racing in the Caribbean. Rónán Ó Siochrú’s Sun Fast 37, Desert Star is also hoping to be on the start line and the Principal at Irish Offshore Sailing has a wealth of offshore experience.
Two new boats to watch out for will be the DSS equipped Infinity 46, Maverick and a brand new Marc Lombard designed IRC 46, Pata Negra for Giles Redpath. Redpath is planning a full RORC Offshore Championship season and the 2016 RORC Transatlantic Race will be the first event of his 2017 campaign.
For more information about the race check out the website: http://rorctransatlantic.rorc.org/
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Expedition yacht Enigma XK ready for charter

July 21, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Built in 1987 and having undergone an award-winning refit in 2013, 71m/234ft luxury yacht ENIGMA XK (ex.NORMA) provides contemporary elegance fit for any occasion and destination.

Expedition yacht ENIGMA XK

Expedition yacht ENIGMA XK

Whether you are looking to relax in the Seychelles or go for a fast-paced holiday amongst the waves, superyacht ENIGMA XK has excellent facilities for up to 12 guests. Vitruvius designed her layout for efficient use of light and space whilst ensuring comfort and an intimate atmosphere between guests. The 360° glass surround main saloon epitomises this mind-set by using a neutral palette and bright whites to create the illusion of larger furniture. The ‘U’ shaped sofa setting is the perfect place to socialise or stretch out and watch a film together.

Luxury yacht ENIGMA XK - Main salon

Luxury yacht ENIGMA XK – Main salon

The dining room uses natural materials and neutral colours to create an environment of understated simplicity which serves for both informal meals and special occasions. In warmer climes, there is an alfresco dining area close to the sunpads and Jacuzzi, making it an excellent lunch spot.

Superyacht Enigma XK - Interior

Superyacht ENIGMA XK – Interior

Guests will find plenty to entertain themselves whilst aboard luxury yacht ENIGMA XK: from the Waveriders, scuba diving equipment, inflatables and on board gym, anyone looking for sports or exercise will find there are many outlets. Explorers can take to the land in the Wrangler Jeep and there is also a helipad on deck for ease of access and taking in the sunning scenery of the Maldives from above.

Expedition yacht ENIGMA XK - Master suite

Expedition yacht ENIGMA XK – Master suite

Each of the 6 rooms is generous in size, so whether your guests are sleeping in the Master suite with its adjacent sauna, one of the 4 double cabins or the twin cabin, everyone is sure to have a comfortable and relaxing journey. Able to carry up to 19 crew, expedition yacht ENIGMA XK ensures that no matter what activity is on the itinerary, everyone will be well looked after.

Expedition yacht ENIGMA XK is currently available in the Indian Ocean from €275,000 per week plus expenses. For more about her availability and other possible charter destinations, contact CharterWorld.

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Superyacht Elixir joins the global charter fleet

July 21, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Delivered only earlier this year from the Amels shipyard as part of the 180 range, 55m/180ft luxury yacht ELIXIR is now available for charter in the Mediterranean as part of the global charter fleet.

Luxury yacht ELIXIR

Luxury yacht ELIXIR

With internal design by Laura Sessa and naval architecture by Tim Heywood, guests can expect beautiful modern surroundings with exceptional attention to detail. The spacious skylounge is the focal point for entertainment and socialising between guests: the grand piano is perfectly tuned for a night of live music, or guests can take advantage of the state-of-the-art cinema setup and dim the lights in the Celtic-inspired surroundings.

Luxury yacht ELIXIR - Skylounge

Luxury yacht ELIXIR – Skylounge

The large, bright sauna offers an excellent opportunity to ease tired muscles, or guests can relax in the Jacuzzi or drink a cocktail from the wet bar while taking in the sights of the French Riviera.

The beautiful dining area is perfect for special occasions and formal affairs through its modern use of sleek curves, tonal contrasts and polished surfaces. For more informal dining, the main deck aft provides an alfresco dining option with a nearby lounge area for resting in the cool sea breeze.

Luxury yacht ELIXIR - Dining area

Luxury yacht ELIXIR – Dining area

Down by the beach club there are plenty of water toys, including jet skis, paddleboards, seabobs, wakeboards, water-skis and inflatables. As an Approved RYA Water Sports Centre, guests can learn a new skill during their luxury charter holiday.

Luxury yacht ELIXIR can accommodate up to 12 guests through 5 immaculate and spacious cabins: 1 Master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, 1 double cabin and 2 twin cabins. With a crew of 13, all your needs will be taken care of for the ultimate charter experience.

Superyacht ELIXIR is available from €275,000 per week plus expenses in the Mediterranean. Be one of the first parties to charter this stunning 2016-built luxury yacht: Contact CharterWorld now.

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New concept design for 66m yacht from Nuvolari Lenard

July 20, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Nuvolari Lenard has released its latest yacht concept design for Turquoise Yachts. The 66m/217ft luxury yacht will feature a helideck, a hammam and a beauty and massage room with a sea terrace. The following is a press release from Nuvolari Lenard.

Press Release:

Snazzy 66-meter Nuvolari Lenard Design for Turquoise Yachts

66m/217ft motor yacht concept design from Nuvolari Lenard

66m/217ft motor yacht concept design from Nuvolari Lenard

7 July 2016, Venice, Italy: Nuvolari Lenard’s new 66-meter NL233 motoryacht—conceived for Turquoise Yachts—is a sexy, sporty machine designed with fast fluid lines that extend from her vertical bow all the way to the stern. Typical of Nuvolari Lenard designs is a continuity that makes the yacht appear as if it is all of one piece—where the hull and superstructure form a seamless line.

“It is impossible to have a nicely proportioned design by separating the hull and the superstructure,” says Carlo Nuvolari. “Beautiful buildings and automobiles are composed of integrated parts; so too should a yacht be.”

Aft view including beach club of new Nuvolari Lenard design for Turquoise Yachts

Aft view including beach club of new Nuvolari Lenard design for Turquoise Yachts

This 66-meter has a sweeping sundeck that offers a flexible Mediterranean living area which can be protected from wind and weather via glass partitions. Other notable features are the luxurious beach club adjacent to the swim platform and a particularly generous garage for a yacht of this size—capable of handling two 8+meter tenders as well as jet skis and other toys.

Primary Specifications and Characteristics

  • LOA 66.00m
  • Beam Overall 12.16m
  • Draft 3.15m
  • GT 1370
  • Speed (max) 16 knots approx.
  • Material Steel Hull & Aluminum Superstructure
  • Exterior Design Nuvolari Lenard
  • Interior Design Nuvolari Lenard
  • Naval Architect Azure Naval Architects BV

Guest Accommodation

  • 1 full beam owners’ suite
  • 4 double guests’ cabins
  • 2 VIP cabins
  • 1 main salon and dining area on main deck
  • 1 salon on upper deck
  • 2 external dining areas: on upper deck and sun deck
  • 1 sun deck with aft lounge and forward sunbeds & Jacuzzi
  • Guest lift
  • 1 VIP lobby
  • Aft beach club with gymnasium, hammam, beauty/massage room with sea terrace
  • Lounge area on aft main deck with 6.2m swimming pool
  • Helideck Non-Certificated Touch & Go

Crew Accommodation

  • 1 Captain’s Cabin
  • 8 Double Crew Cabins
  • 1 Single Crew Cabin

Tenders & Toys

  • Jet ski and wave runners
  • 2 Luxury Tenders (8.5m / 27,8ft)
  • 1 Crew Tender (6.5m / 21ft)
  • 1 Rescue tender (4,5m / 14,7ft each)
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First Matica ‘Bijoux’ completes sea trials

July 19, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Sea trials for 30m/100ft luxury yacht BIJOUX have been completed successfully, with all results easily meeting her contractual requirements. The yacht has now been delivered to her new owners, who report that luxury yacht BIJOUX has surpassed their standards in every way.  The following is a press release from Moonen Shipyards.

Press Release

Exceptional sea trials results for 30-metre Bijoux

Moonen Shipyards in the Netherlands has delivered the first motor yacht in its exciting new semi-custom Caribbean series. Christened Bijoux, this 30m/100ft ‘Matica’ performed exceptionally well during her sea trials and her owners will soon embark on a summer of cruising on board a superyacht they describe as surpassing their expectations in every respect.

Designed by René van der Velden, this raised pilothouse version of the new Caribbean series features stunning curved windows on the main and bridge decks, a finely recessed hull and a modern yet timeless aesthetic that showcases a bright new future in motor yacht elegance. After her launch in May Bijoux was put through a stringent regime of sea trials before her final delivery handover and the results have been highly impressive.

“It is always an exciting moment when you get to put a brand-new design through its paces for the first time in reality,” says project manager Nicky van Zon. “This first Matica easily attained the maximum speed specified in the contract of 13 knots and passed all other tests with flying colours. Her sailing performance was exactly what you would expect from a Moonen and the noise levels were exceptionally low, even at full capacity. The owner’s suite and main lounge on Bijoux measured only 56 db(A) and 53 db(A) at an rpm of 1840 respectively, even though the suite is adjacent to the engine room and the salon directly above.”


Delighted owners
As launch customers for this model, the owners have had a significant influence on the design and layout of the first Matica. “Although they have visited the yard on a number of occasions during the build, they were delighted that the yacht looked even better in the water than they had imagined,” Van Zon continues. “The owners were also impressed by the views from the pilothouse and the second steering position on the flybridge. And it was wonderful to see the superb colour combination of a grey hull, white superstructure and black striping come into its own.”

Bijoux also features a superb transom stern, one of the key design elements that distinguishes the Matica from any previous Moonen project. The entire transom can be transformed into a giant hatch, which opens aft to form a large swimming platform. A fixed stairway on the starboard side connects this leisure area to the main deck.


Refined style
The Adam Lay Studio has developed a refined interior design concept for the first Matica, emphasising the broad range of bespoke choices that owners have within the Caribbean concept. Clean lines, symmetry, balance, proportion and lots of natural light are prominent themes, all set within a practical and liveable environment. A wide VIP stateroom is in a prime position forward on the main deck, offering a magnificent panorama. On the lower deck are the full-beam owner’s stateroom and two guest suites, all of which have large portholes and are luxuriously appointed.

Bijoux comes in at just below the 200 GT mark with the maximum volume possible. Her hull is based on the tried and tested Moonen 97, providing comfortable seakeeping and low fuel consumption. A steep bow gives a narrower waterline entrance and a longer waterline, adding to the comfort and fuel economy. The Matica models have a limited draught and well protected propellers so that they can easily explore shallow waters.

A fine experience
“It has been a wonderful experience to work so closely with the owners on this project,” concludes Van Zon. “The trust and confidence they have in Moonen has been rewarded by all the craftsmen at the yard giving their all to this project. Now the owners are going to enjoy the boat as much as we have building her. Bijoux completed her shakedown trip from the Netherlands to Malta in one go and will be on display at the upcoming boatshows in Cannes and Monaco for everyone to admire.“

Moonen also has another project in the Caribbean series which is available for new owners. The hull of the first Martinique motoryacht is almost completed and her superstructure is taking shape. Parties interested in taking over this 37m/120’/350 GT build are encouraged to contact the yard directly.

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Video hi-lights: The results of Race Week at Newport

July 19, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

The final race has decided the champions for the 2016 New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport. The biggest fleet of the event was J/109 with 19 yachts competing: watch the hi-lights from the event and read up on the results of the final day below. The following is a press release from the New York Yacht Club.

Press Release

J/109 Championship Decided in Final Race Showdown at 2016 Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex

NEWPORT, R.I. (July 16, 2016) — With 19 boats, the J/109 fleet was the biggest to compete in the 2016 New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex. By the time today’s first race started just after 1 p.m., however, only two mattered. David Rosow’s Loki (Southport, Conn.) and Donald Filippelli’s Caminos (Amagansett, N.Y.) started the day each with 23 points. With third place 14 points back and a morning delay limiting the class to just one race, the class’s North American Championship, and a Rolex Stainless Steel Submariner Date timepiece, came down to which of these boats beat the other around the track.

Rosow preached all regatta about keeping things simple. With the regatta on the line, he didn’t see any reason to stray from the approach that had gotten them this far.

“We wanted the pin end and to be near Caminos,” he said. “If the opportunity presented itself we would’ve gotten in front of them. We knew we had boat speed compared to the fleet. We had a good start in the front row. We knew it was a two-boat race, and we just had to beat them.”

While Rosow was able to get away cleanly from the pin end, Caminos found itself mired in traffic after a mid-line start, and was eventually forced to tack away. By the time the boats came together at the windward mark, Loki was second, with Caminos two spots back. With the early advantage, and a steady 6- to 10-knot breeze opening few passing lanes, the key was to simply not overthink the strategy for the remainder of the race.

“From there we just shepherded them around the course,” said Rosow, who’s owned Loki for 10 years. “Full credit toCaminos they sailed very impressively. They’re good competitors.”

For Rosow, this is his first North American championship. He’s won distance races before, but never anything on this scale in one-design competition. Adding in a Rolex watch and, no surprise, he was pretty elated.

“Pumped up,” he said. “Incredible. I have a perma grin that won’t come off for a while.”

Dan Cheresh (Saugatuck, Mich.) was no less excited about his win in the C&C 30 One-Design’s inaugural North American Championship. Cheresh has won a handful of North American titles in other boats, but this was the first time the trophy came with a wearable component. The C&C 30 One-Design winner was the recipient of the second of three Rolex timepieces awarded during Part II of Race Week at Newport.

“We put a plan together 15 months ago, starting at the NYYC Annual in 2015,” said Cheresh.”This is a great sailing venue, New York Yacht Club is a great yacht club. There’s unbelievable history here. To win the first North American championships in Newport at the NYYC, it doesn’t get any better than this. This was by far the most rewarding event I’ve ever sailed in.”

Of the nice classes in Race Week, Cheresh’s team started the final day with the largest lead over second place, nine points. A missed shift off the line in Race 1 quickly put the majority of that advantage in jeopardy.

The first race was a little tough, we got off the line up toward the committee boat, tacked over to port and the guys on the inside of us just got wound up and we were in a deep, deep sixth place,” said Cheresh. “We just talked to each other and just said, ‘Stay settled, stay calm.’ We passed a couple of boats and that made us feel a lot better.”

With a first in today’s first race, Kip Meadow’s roXanne (Raleigh, N.C.) pushed itself clear of a pack of five boats contesting second place, and within reach of the lead. But off the line in Race 2, Cheresh and his team did their best to quash any hopes of a final-day comeback.

“We focused on roXanne in the pre-start maneuvers and the rest of the guys peeled away,” said Cheresh. “We did a little bit of match racing in the pre-start. We got of the line in good shape had a nice hole to leeward and we were able to get in front and extend.”

From there, Cheresh let his boat do what it had done all regatta, sail fast. “Speed,” he said with a smile, “is a great tactician.”

With the North American title in the bag, Cheresh will switch hats back to that of the class’s president and lead cheerleader. A nine-boat North Americans is a nice start, but he expects bigger things in the next 12 to 18 months.

“This is a high-profile class and a high-profile boat, and we hope we can continue to build upon this,” he said. “At Key West next year hopefully we’ll have 15 to 16 boats. The 2017 North Americans at Block Island Race Week, we’ll have 15 to 17. I think the class is continuing to grow. 2017 is a very important year in my mind for the class.”

The third Rolex went to the top-performing yacht among the 25 that competed under IRC. The winner was Stephen Murray’s Decision (New Orleans), which won IRC 2 with a 3-point cushion over Andrew and Linda Weiss’s Christopher Dragon (Mamaroneck, N.Y.).

“We have been to this event many times, but I do not think we have ever been on the podium so winning is a real treat,” said Murray. “The team has been sailing together for about a year, it is the same team that we had last summer, so we have been building upon the team’s experience over the last year. Our best day was [Day 3 when we did] Stadium Sailing so results wise that was our favorite I would have to say, but we enjoyed having the variety of courses because that let us try out different strategies and strengths.”

Decision‘s regatta got off to a bumpy start. After winning the first race, the starboard lifeline broke on the approach to the first windward mark of Race 2 and dumped three crew into the water.

“The crew responded quickly, and we were able to keep racing,” said Murray. “Lots of credit goes to the guys in the water. [The guys on the boat never thought of retiring] and apparently the guys in the water felt the same way as they waved off all the support boats who were moving to grab them. Pretty proud of that.”

The sixth place was Decision’s worst finish of the regatta, but the three points they saved over a DNF proved crucial in a very tight class.

“I think we had very good boat speed. Our main trimmer, David Gerber, is fantastic and fantastic at keeping me focused,” said Murray. “Our tactician, Marty Kullman, did a really great job at connecting the dots on wind shifts. We had all different variation of breezes, some light days and some heavier but our strongest tactic was connecting the breeze. Especially on the stadium day.”

IRC 1, which featured a three-boat battle between TP52s, was won by Steve and Heidi Benjamin’s Spookie (South Norwalk, Conn.), with Jim Swartz’sVesper (Park City, Utah) in second and Richard Cohen’s Phoenix (New York, N.Y.) in third.

NYYC Rear Commodore Bill Ketcham (Greenwich, Conn.) started the regatta on fire, his J/44 Maxine winning the first four races in IRC 3. But a 10th in Race 5 put the lead back into play for Craig Albrecht’sAvalanche (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) and Larry Landry’s White Witch(Newport, R.I). After two races today the difference between the three boats’ overall scores was just half a point, with Ketcham taking the class andAvalanche winning the tiebreaker for second.

The Swan 42 class competed for its 10th National Championship at 2016 Race Week at Newport. John Hele (Newport, R.I.) has sailed in nearly all of them, but despite always being among the boats to beat, he had only won it once before. This year he added his second national title to his resume, which includes two wins in the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. With just five veteran boats competing, the competition was extremely tight.

“Our plan was to average second,” he said. “We did a little better than that but it was tough to the very end. I think the teamwork on our team was excellent, we got around the corners better and that really helps out. Just a great fun week and though the fleet was smaller, it wasn’t any less competitive.”

Other classes competing at 2016 Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex include the J/88, which was won by Douglas Newhouse’s team on Yonder(Newport, R.I.) and the M32 catamaran class, which sailed a remarkable 19 races.

What was looking like a tremendous showdown between Michael Dominguez’ Bronco(Barrington, R.I.) and Ron O’Hanley’s Escape Velocity(Salem, Mass.)–both of which started the day tied on points–ended early when an incident between the two boats forced both to retire for the day. Broncowas awarded redress for the remainder of the day’s races and won the regatta.

The ORC Club class, a new addition to Race Week at Newport, was won by Brian Cunha’s IRC 55 Irie (Newport, R.I.) with Alfred Van Liew and David Brodsky’s 52-year-old Odyssey (Middletown, R.I.) coming in second.

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The Hottest Helicopter Decks on Private Yachts

July 19, 2016

Written by Rebecca Pascoe

A Helicopter deck on a private yacht can be a thing of beauty. The best designers incorporate them integrally into the yacht’s theme. Additionally, many of them have a dual purpose or even more than two uses. Some double as a disco dance floor and others become a golf tee, outside move theater or an alfresco dining area. Lets have a look at some of them.

Amels Helipad

Amels Helipad

As the old saying goes, time is money. One of the quickest ways to board a superyacht is surely by helicopter. For many prestigious luxury yacht owners, their very own helicopter deck is an important feature to have. Helicopter decks make it so much easier to board and exit a superyacht, what’s more it makes an impressive sight for onlookers and fellow superyacht enthusiasts. Here are six hot luxury yachts that have helicopter decks.

Image Gallery of SuperYacht Helicopter Pads

 

Stella Maris VSY -2012

Stella Maris VSY -2012

1. Stella Maris – yacht designer Espen Øino redefined the typically utilitarian helicopter deck on VSY’s revolutionary 72 m superyacht Stella Maris. He envisaged a superyacht helipad that was a focal point. Rather than trying to disguise the helicopter deck it defines the exterior on the Stella Maris by jutting out on the upper aft deck. When not welcoming helicopters, the huge deck is put to good use as space for sunbathing and socializing.

Lady Christine Helicopter Landing

Lady Christine Helicopter Landing

2. Lady Christine – there are a myriad of superyacht helicopter pad solutions, from touch-and-go, helipads, to full decks and hangars. The helipad on the 68 m Feadship motor yacht, Lady Christine, was specially designed for full helicopter operations. It also has the capacity of helicopter refueling onboard – now that’s what you call forward planning!

Eclipse Helipad

Eclipse Helipad

3. Eclipse – as the second largest luxury superyacht in the world, the amazing 162.5 m Blohm & Voss Eclipse has plenty of room for a helicopter to land. Helicopter touch-down can be carried out on the helideck located on the superyacht’s bow. Eclipse’s helicopter tucks away in a hangar before the foredeck in a specially designed heli-garage – how awesome!

Akula

Akula

4. Akula – a converted 59 m former Dutch navy vessel, the Akula was designed specifically for her helicopter pilot owner. Later a superyacht helicopter deck and hangar were added. Akula’s helicopter is put to good use when luxury charter yacht clients enjoy extensive heli-cruising around the Canadian Arctic region. Just what superyacht charter clients need, a quick entry and exit point.

NORTHERN STAR Helipad

NORTHERN STAR Helipad

5. Northern Star – the stylish Northern Star has an exterior designed by Espen Øino with an aft upper deck superyacht helipad arrangement. One thing’s for sure, being helicopter-capable compliments the Northern Star’s other world-roaming assets. These include an ice-classed hull and massive 7,000 nautical mile range, ideal for exploring the ocean.

Umbra

Umbra

6. Umbra – in a recent refit in 2014, the Damen-built sea axe vessel, the Umbra, gained a removable helicopter deck. The octagonal superyacht helipad can disappear when not in use and be deployed when needed. Hot helicopter decks on luxury yachts are big and bold on the bow or blend seamlessly with outdoor spaces on the sundeck. It’s no surprise that the Umbra’s helicopter deck is one of the vessel’s major attractions.

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Some Latest Interesting Superyacht Launches This Year.

July 19, 2016

Written by Rebecca Pascoe

This year has been a bumper year for interesting new yacht launches. Yacht design has evolved significantly of late and the result is now being seen on the water with some amazing yachts to be launches this year. Here are the actual launches so far.

Yacht launches…perhaps one of the most exciting events when you are lucky to be one of the first to see these huge new superyachts unveiled. The blood, sweat and tears that go in to producing these beasts is nothing short of incredible and nothing can replace the awe of seeing one of these beauties for the first time. Here we talk about the launches upon us and in the near future. There are yachts who cruise the Antarctic and yachts that dock near the Galapagos. Check when these launches take place and what the yacht has in store for charter.

Echo Yachts Trimaran

Echo Yachts Trimaran

1. Trimaran 84 metres, Echo Yachts
The largest superyacht in Australia is being built by Echo Yachts for an experienced owner and is due in 2017. It’s 46 metre support vessel is due in the first quarter of this year. The exterior will be built by yacht designer Sam Sorgiovanni and the 84-metre aluminium multi-hull yacht The yard is building an 84 metre Trimaran superyacht, due in 2017, and a 46m catamaran support vessel.

Kleven

Kleven

2. Project 370, 116 metres, Kleven
This expedition superyacht Kleven is a partner for the same owners’ other expedition yacht, the Ulysses. They have a range of big toys and equipment for long and rough expeditions with luxury built throughout the interior. Built as a sistership to 107-metre Ulysses for the same owner, these two expedition superyachts are heavy-duty explorers, with a huge range of equipment and toys. She is being launched March 2016.

Sybaris

Sybaris

3. Sybaris, 70 metres, Perini Navi
The Sybaris yacht is the second biggest sailing yacht designed and built by Perini Navi. With an interior by PH Design Studio in Miami, the Sybaris has advanced technology for performance and also for the guests to enjoy on their charter. The engineering on board is also designed to be economic and cut carbon emissions. There is a 30 metre guest area on the main deck and an 18 metre fly-bridge so there is no escaping relaxing outside and sunbathing all day. She was launched at the end of 2015 so she is onj the seas and ready for charter.

Dynamiq

Dynamiq

4. D4, 36.6 metres, Dynamiq
Launching this Summer, this Dynamiq Gran Turismo yacht can travel a wide range on just one tank of fuel. So if you want to get to Miami to the Galapagos on one tank of fuel or Monaco to St Tropez reached in just over two hours this is the lady for you at a cruising speed of 20 knots. She is currently being built in the NCA shipyard in Carrara, Italy.

CRN74

CRN74

5. CRN 74, 74 metres, CRN
Italian studio Zucco International Project architects and Feretti shipyards have joined forces to build the CRN 74 to be shown at the Cannes Yachting Festival for 2016. The interior will be designed by Andrew Winch and is using an innovative way of expanding space and helping the exterior designer Zuccon increase the outside area of the vessel used by an owner and their guests.

Freefall

Freefall

6. Project Freefall, 74 metre, Amels
This Tim Heywood designed superyacht has just been announced as being launched this Spring by Amels and will be launched as the largest yacht by Moran Yacht & Ship in a decade. The yacht features a huge a dedicated owner’s deck, full-beam spa on the lower deck and an aft deck pool. Andrew Winch will be the interior designer and will furnish two VIP cabins on the main deck of which each will sport a guest suite, dressing room and an office.

Illusion

Illusion

7. Illusion, 88.8 metres, Pride Mega Yachts
Being sold as the largest yacht ever built in China it will be wonderful to see this 88.8 metre Mega Yacht come to fruition. The Illusion’s naval architecture is by Azure and the exterior styling is by Rainsford Saunders who has designed the swimming pool, a gym, cinema and spa. The exclusive interior yacht designers, Sinot, will be responsible for furnishing this lady and always come up with extraordinarily beautiful, clean styling. The Illusion was sold last year and is on its way for delivery to its new owner.

Project Cecelia

Project Cecelia

8. Project Cecilia, 50 metre, Wider Yachts
Project Cecelia was dreamt up by designer Fulvio De Simoni in collaboration with Wider’s founder and CEO Tilli Antonelli and the in-house design team and the instructions form the new owner were to “enhance the owner’s contact with the sea”. The Wider 165 will have a ‘Wider beach,’ a spacious swim-and-sunbathing deck with indoor swimming pool, submersible tender bay and a touch-and-go helipad. She was being moved to be fitted out in November 2015 and was unveiled at this year’s Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show and will officially launch soon.

Benetti Mediterraneo

Benetti Mediterraneo

9. Benetti Mediterraneo 116, 35.5 metres, Benetti Yachts
The Benetti Mediterraneo is the first yacht in Benetti’s new range and is a huge undertaking. She accommodates 10 guests and 7 crew in the outside space that have really been the main focus of this yacht. The open area on the foredeck has a hot tub, sundeck with a bar and outside dining. There is a 6-metre-wide cockpit for the captain to enjoy as well. The build has been announced as being launched this year so watch this space.

LionSpirit

LionSpirit

10. Lion Spirit, 57 metres, Sunrise Yachts
Previously called Lionwind when first built in 1993, this 57 metre new refit is underway at Sunrise Yachts in Antalya in Turkey. She will be due for delivery in March 2016 and the exterior designer Espen Oeino has been brought in to work his décor magic. The Lion Spirit is a steel and aluminium yacht which they have lengthened so that the owner and his family can enjoy a suite on the sundeck and the sliding glass panels that open to the accommodation areas. There is a nicknamed “crazy room” that has been filled with crazy colours and shapes by interior designer Reymond Langdon, who has also helped install the photographic studio and extensive dive shop for the owner of Lion Spirit, who is a highly skilled scuba diver. Look out for the Lion Spirit and when you can charter her from March.

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Part II of NYYC Race Week commences

July 18, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

A strong breeze provided powerful racing conditions for the start of Part II of NYYC Race Week. In the powerful six-boat IRC 1 fleet, SPOOKIE and VESPER vied for the finish line with under a minute to spare between them. There was drama in IRC 2 when a snapped lifeline sent three crewmen overboard, which would have resulted in a DNF for their yacht team had a support boat picked them up. Find out the full results below: The following is a press release from the New York Yacht Club.

Press Release:

Steady As She Goes, The Breeze Delivers on Day 1 of Part II of Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex

NEWPORT, R.I. (July 13, 2016) — Just before noon today, on a sparkling, lumpy, Rhode Island Sound, the race committee for the White Circle competitors in the 2016 New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex called for the mark to be set at a bearing of 220 degrees and a distance of 1.7 nautical miles. Four-plus hours later, a pair of race committee volunteers hauled the mark and ground tackle back on board having not touched it through nine races and 146 individual roundings. Newport is known for its steady summer sea breeze. But this was still a rare day.

“[The breeze was from] 220-222 all day long and then 230 right at the end,” said Chris Larson, the tactician on Steve Benjamin’s TP52 Spookie. “It was making my job fun because there was not a lot in it with the other boats; It was just a lot of positioning and starboard-tack advantage. The first beat of the third race we were pushed hard left and Vesper went hard right and we actually came out slightly ahead, which was surprising as you think late in the day it would come in hard right.”

In the six-boat IRC 1 fleet, which is stocked with blazing fast custom designs and top professional sailors, the combination of Benjamin and Larson—both winners of the Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award—proved quite potent. With the top four boats separated by less than a minute in each of the three races, Benjamin and Larson and the rest of the Spookie team were as steady as the breeze, scoring three seconds to lead by one point over Jim Swartz’ Vesper and two points over Austin and Gwen Fragomen’s Interlodge.

While three of the six boats in IRC 1 are TP52s (top, left to right: Phoenix,Vesper, Spookie), the class’s box rule allows for slight differences between boats. When sailing under IRC, owners are constantly looking for the right combination of outright speed and beneficial rating. The perfect solution is never obvious, if even attainable.

“We slowed ours down a little bit and Phoenix increased their speed, whileVesper stayed right in the middle,” said Benjamin, a silver medalist in the 1984 Olympics. “We just re-weighed the boat. So far so good.”

Equaling Spookie‘s consistency—and going one better in the position department—wasMaxine, the J/44 owned by NYYC Rear Commodore William Ketcham, which won all three races in IRC 3. Two of those wins were by substantial margins, while the delta in the final race was just four seconds. But they all count the same on the scorecard. With three races in the books, Maxine has a five-point lead over Larry Landry’s White Witch—the largest of any fleet racing in Part II. Tom Sutton’s Leading Edge, the smallest boat in IRC, is third.

The scores of the top three boats in IRC 2 are identical to those in IRC 1, with Andrew & Linda Weiss’s Christopher Dragon in the pole position with six points, John Cooper’s Cool Breeze in second with seven points and Stephen Murray’s Decision in third with eight. Murray’s day took an unexpected turn in Race 2 when a lifeline snapped just as the boat was about to round the windward mark. Three crew fell into the water and into the path of the rest of the fleet. Some quick work by the Decision crew got everyone back on board in relatively short order. While the resulting sixth place is nothing to write home about, it’s a few points better than the DNF that would’ve resulted had the lost crew been picked up by a support boat. And in these tight IRC fleets, that could well be the ultimate difference between first and second.

Among the one-design keelboats, the teams coming ashore with the biggest smiles were Paul Zabetakis’ Swan 42 team, the J109 crew led by David Rosow, Dan Cheresh’s C&C 30 One-Design team and the J/88 crew of Mike Bruno. But in each case, there is reason for caution as no one-design class leader has an advantage of more than two points.

Among the 6-boat M32 catamaran class, the top two boats—Michael Dominguez’s Bronco and Ron O’Hanley’s Escape Velocity—are tied on 10 points after six races. Third place is a ways back after Day 1, but this fleet rips off so many races in a single day that not one of the six team competing could be considered out of it after Day 1.

The final group of boats racing is the four teams in ORC Club. Brian Cunha’s Ker 55 Irie won both races and leads that by two points over Tom Wacker’s J/105SD Trading Places.

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Charter superyacht Jade 959 in the Mediterranean this summer

July 17, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

52m/170ft luxury yacht JADE 959 is ready for Mediterranean charter. Built in 2014 by Jade Yachts, her eye-catching appearance is courtesy of Espinosa Yacht Design and her interior design work is by Central Yacht. Together, the designers have used smooth angles and pale colours to create a continuous flow both inside and out.

Superyacht JADE 959

Superyacht JADE 959

Absorb the full chaotic and traditional beauty that is Naples from the upper deck, or sunbathe on the loungers while sipping a cocktail from the bar on the main deck. Take to the Jacuzzi to ease tired muscles after a long workout in the gym, or after scuba diving under the waves.

The open plan main saloon and dining area makes use of neutral colours to enhance the light already pouring in from the windows lining both sides of the room. The semi-transparent blinds allow for greater daylight privacy, making dining at the contemporary oval table a far more intimate affair. The comfortable and informal alfresco dining area offers an excellent opportunity to watch the early morning sunrise or the sunset over the stone arches of the Maltese coast.

Luxury yacht JADE 959 - Internal dining area

Luxury yacht JADE 959 – Internal dining area

Entertainment-wise, JADE 959 boasts a sundeck cinema, karaoke and water toys which include water skis, jet skis, a canoe, a paddle-board and a collection of towable inflatables – plenty to keep both old and young members of the party busy. Should all the activity become too much, there is a qualified on board massage therapist who can ease even the most stubborn knots.

Containing 2 Master suites, 2 double cabins and 2 twin cabins, luxury yacht JADE 959 has ample room for 12 guests as well as up to 9 crew.

Superyacht JADE 959 is currently available in the Mediterranean at €245,000 per week plus expenses. Contact CharterWorld today to find out more about her amenities and availability.

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