The well known Vripack design studio is delighted to present its new 45,5m classic motor yacht B-52. Luxury yacht B52 boasts the gracious characteristics of those of the late 1920’s till end 1940’s.
45-metre classic motor yacht B-52 by Vripack
As the B-52 superyacht is to become a real family yacht suitable for exploring coastal areas, Vripack produced a tailor-made layout following the wishes of the young client resulting in a functional and spacious design. Besides exploring the outskirts of the world, she will be used as a stand-by mother ship during classical sailing boat regattas, hence the B in her name.
B-52 Yacht - front view
On the very comfortable main deck a master suite, two twin cabins for the owner’s children, a small cabin in between for the children’s nanny, an office and a pantry are situated. “To create maximum privacy for the owner and guests, we paid special attention to the routing of this yacht, making it possible for the crew to be able to do their jobs properly whilst needing to encounter the guest’s deck or internal spaces as little as possible,” says Vripack designer Bart Bouwhuis. The complete lower deck, situated above the waterline, is specially designed for the crew, including a galley, laundry facilities, crew mess, crew quarters and their own relaxation area on the foredeck.
Luxury motor yacht B-52
The aft part of the main deck has a large tender deck platform for two 7,5 meter tenders, both just tucked away under the sky lounge deck and behind the bulwark to prevent any loss of aesthetics. When the tenders are to be launched by overhead cranes, the bulwark is folded down to provide easy access. Also there is a large extendable swim platform integrated in the classic stern, including a dive store and all of today’s needs for a full entertainment beach area.
Vripack-designed superyacht B-52
The sky lounge fore deck has a large inside explorers lounge and bar with very special view and fully sun covered by the canopy which is one of the style elements that really gives you the ‘travel back in time’ feeling. Aft, the main salon including a dining space is linked to the outside deck. The wheelhouse is located on the sundeck including a seating area in front and an additional seating with Jacuzzi aft.
Classic motor yacht B-52 - Interior
Vripack has created a bridge with an open layout. You can walk fully around making it one of the most interesting eye catchers of this yacht. On top of the bridge and at the same time the highest point of the B-52 yacht, the exploration deck provides the best views when cruising.
45-metre superyacht B-52
Following their unique Holistic design approach Vripack gave special attention to the large technical space of superyacht B-52 to guarantee the possibility for good maintenance of the whole yacht and her tenders, while at the same time also focused on a super efficient and comfortable hull by using CFD analysis resulting in a maintenance-free green system functioning well and being reliable in all weather conditions.
Technical Specifications of the new B-52 yacht designed by Vripack
Classic yacht B52 - General Arrangement
Below is a gallery for the beautiful charter yachts with design by Vripack.
Set to take place from June 19 to 22, the Superyacht Cup Palma is very delighted to announce return of sponsors Claasen Shipyard, Marina Port Vell as well as Rondal. Now in its 17th year, The Superyacht Cup is a popular annual 4-day regatta in the Bay of Palma, drawing attention of some of the most beautiful sailing superyachts in the world, coming to enjoy competitive sailing as well as a relaxed and informal social programme.
Superyacht Cup Palma annually hosted by the popular Spanish yacht charter destination - Palma Photo credit to Claire Matches
As builders of several of the participating yachts, Dutch yacht builders Claasen Shipyards are returning as Silver Sponsors for 2013. The yachts they have built competing in this years regatta include the stunning J Classyacht Lionheart, the F Class sailing yacht Firefly and the 27m classic charter yacht Atalante. This impressive range of beautiful yachts highlights their world-class skills and craftsmanship.
Organisers offer a warm welcome to returning Silver Sponsors, Marina Port Vell. Located in the heart of the Spanish City of Barcelona, a favorite vibrant cosmopolitan destination for yachts of all sizes, the Marina is currently undergoing a huge transformation to create 162 fully serviced berths for sail and power yachts up to 180m. The significant investment in state-of-the-art infrastructure and new seven-star services will position the marina as one of the leading superyacht destinations in the world.
Based in the Netherlands, Rondal is a powerhouse of the superyacht industry, serving a global clientele. Modern engineering skills, excellent craftsmanship and a constant emphasis on ingenuity are the hallmarks of a company that believes above all in forward thinking. They have had a long-standing relationship in supporting the Superyacht Cup Palma and building relationships with their clients participating in the event.
Superyacht Cup Palma 2013, June 19 - 22 Photo credit to Claire Matches
The highly experienced race team at Real Club Nautico de Palma headed up by Gaspar Morey will again manage the all so important racing. The Superyachts will be using the new ISYR rating system, which was well received at the recent British Virgin Islands regatta and the St Barth’s Bucket, whereas the J Class yachts will fleet race in their own class under their JCA rules.
The SYC Dock is now at full capacity with 19 entries and a few places remain for yachts who shall be accommodated in close proximity. As in previous years the yachts will be berthed stern-to at Moll Vell (formerly Pier 46) and STP and a central tented area will be the base for the post-race social programme. The Prize Giving Evening will be held at Es Baluard Museum overlooking the Paseo Maritimo and the yachts in the Port of Palma with live music from Groov Collectiv.
Three British Marine Federation (BMF) as well as Superyacht UK (SYUK) members have been honoured with one of the most prestigious awards in the superyacht sector at the 8th annual World Superyacht Awards held in Istanbul. These members have been recognized for their expertise and excellence in superyacht design and construction.
WSA 2013 for motor yacht A2 (ex Masquerade of Sole) refitted by Pendennis - Photo by Paul Warchol
The Rebuilt Motor Yacht award went to the 47m motor yacht A2 which was refitted and exterior styling by Pendennis while the naval architecture was a combination of Pendennis and BMT Nigel Gee.
Toby Allies, Sales & Marketing Director at Pendennis said of the win: “A2 was a substantial project for Pendennis, with the vessel stripped back to her bare hull and rebuilt completely over her 16 month period in the Falmouth yard. Being awarded the World Superyacht Award for Best Rebuild is testament to the high level of excellence that is achieved by all our in-house trades and confirms our status as one of the leaders in the worldwide superyacht rebuilds market.”
The Judge’s Special Award for Performance was awarded to the 30m sailing yacht Hamilton, built by Green Marine. Marcel Muller, Managing Director at Green Marine said “We are very happy to have been awarded with this prestigious award. Hamilton is the first racing yacht that could convince the judges to have the qualities of a Superyacht.
WallyCento Yacht Hamilton launched by Green Marine - Image credit to YCO
“We were lucky to execute this project with a great team of designers, engineers, project managers and builders for an owner who had a clear vision in mind. Only to mention a few of the key players: James Stagg as owners project manager kept the project on a very tight time line and Struik & Hammerslag did a fantastic job on the light weight interior.”
Chris Gates, Managing Director at Princess Yachts International, said: “We are extremely honoured that Imperial Princess has been awarded in her category at the 2013 World Superyacht Awards. The standard of yachts within her class were exemplary and we are delighted to receive this internationally recognised accolade for our Princess 40M. This is a tremendous achievement for all involved.”
Albert Levy, SYUK Chairman commented: “The consistent recognition of quality in design, construction, refit and engineering consultancy evidences a depth of experience and knowledge at the highest level. This enhances the attraction of the UK’s Superyacht Industry to all who work in it and more especially the owners who have entrusted their projects to, in particular the winners of the Awards, whose teams are to be congratulated for their singular efforts.”
The World Superyacht Awards, in its eighth year, took place at the stunning Ciragan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul, Turkey on 4 May, celebrated the finest new superyacht builds delivered to their owners in the last 12 months. News broadcaster, Natasha Kaplinsky presented the coveted silver Neptune awards and five Judge’s Commendation prizes to the superyacht owners and industry professionals.
Classic Charter Yacht Endeavour
The UK superyacht industry is a significant contributor in the global arena, delivering revenue over £440million and employing around 3,550, according to the latest Superyacht UK statistics. The diverse nature of the UK’s offering to the superyacht sector has allowed the industry to continue providing excellent services thanks to its refit, broking, design, insurance and legal offerings. British excellence within the industry was highly recognised on the international stage at the spectacular awards event where eight British companies were acknowledged for their expertise and success in the industry.
Royal Huisman Pumula Yacht with interior design by Rhoades Young - Photo by Cory Silken
Rhoades Young Design are very grateful to the owners of Pumula for allowing them to be involved in such a fantastic project and they are delighted to share this prize with their colleagues at the Royal Huisman shipyard, Dykstra Naval Architects and project manager Jens Cornelsen.
Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - main deckhouse dining - Photo by Cory Silken
Rhoades Young Design would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the other prize winners.
Below is a choice of the beautiful charter yachts with design by Rhoades Young.
HJB receives the World Superyacht Award 2013 for its J Class yacht Rainbow
The owner of sailing yacht Rainbow, along with Tako van Ineveld, Commercial Director at Holland Jachtbouw, Jeroen de Vos from Dykstra Naval Architects and Michiel de Vos from DeVosDeVries Design were presented with the trophy which has become synonymous with excellence in superyacht build and design.
Hosted by Boat International and held once again at the spectacular Ciragan Palace in Istanbul, the ceremony – dubbed the Oscars of the superyacht industry, was attended by an elite guest list of international superyacht owners and the most influential players in the industry.
J Class superyacht Rainbow by Holland Jachtbouw
J Class Rainbow
For the last two decades HJB has been distinguished by a no-nonsense, proactive approach to innovative custom projects, and Rainbow yacht was no exception. The highly talented engineering team developed a unique Hybrid Propulsion System to meet the owner’s specifications for an environmentally friendly yacht which will hopefully lead the way in the future of superyachts.
Originally built by Burger Boat Company in Manitowoc, Wisconsin USA, the now called motor yacht Zerlina was constructed under Hull 216C and named Leipal at her launch in 1967. Her first owner, Doyke W. Cotton Jr, sold the yacht after 18 years to Paul R. Ilyinsky, who renamed her Angelique. Once Ilyinsky sold the yacht, she fell into disrepair and got abandoned. In 2011, Angelique was purchased by her current owners, Bjarke Fugl and Karla M. Polito, who restored the newly renamed ZERLINA yacht to her full glory. After 44 years, Zerlina was ready to take on the longest journey of her life, with her initial voyage, from Florida to Denmark, being just the beginning …
Motor yacht Zerlina
ZERLINA’s Journey: Six weeks and 4860 nautical miles
Captain/Owner: Bjarke Fugl and Karla M. Polito
Crew: Anders Bjarnø Rasmussen, Richard DeWolf and Robert Keim
Motor yacht Zerlina
June 12, 2012—ZERLINA yacht is launched in Green Cove Springs, Florida. Having been restored by her owners, ZERLINA was ready for her voyage to her new home. As it was time to bid farewell, almost everyone from the city came to the docks to see us off. The voyage to Denmark had just begun!
Motor yacht Zerlina
June 16 2012—Green Cove Springs, Florida to Jacksonville, Florida
June 18, 2012—Jacksonville, Florida to Charleston, North Carolina
June 26, 2012—Charleston, North Carolina to Atlantic City, New Jersey
June 28, 2012—Atlantic City, New Jersey to New York, New York
Motor yacht Zerlina
We arrived in New York harbor on the eve of America’s 236th birthday and found no place to dock ZERLINA. Captain Bjarke, maneuvering in the choppy waters of the Hudson River, brought the nimble motor yacht ZERLINA alongside the walls of Battery Park, where our new crew members, eager to start the voyage, tossed their bags and leaped aboard ZERLINA.
There is no greater place to enjoy the Macy’s fireworks spectacular then on your own yacht in the Hudson River! An evening of fireworks, seeing old friends and creating new ones was what the first day of our voyage was all about. Bjarke, Anders, Richard and Bob were now the team to take ZERLINA to Denmark.
Zerlina Yacht by Burger Boat Company and her incredible journey
July 7, 2012—New York, New York to New Bedford, Massachusetts
The first couple of days were spent taking small trips and getting ready for the Atlantic crossing. We spent a day in New York City where we took the tender into the city and walked to Fin’s. We decided that since it may be the last time we saw a real city; we would enjoy singing Neil Diamond’s “Ramblin Rose” at the karaoke bar while indulging in the salty taste of fresh margaritas. ZERLINA’s final preparations were made; food was stored, loose items were packed for safe keeping, a lengthy systems testing, safety check lists reviewed and drills performed. No matter the confidence of the crew or how stout and dependable the quality of a Burger yacht, safety is paramount. But now, a big decision needed to be made. Which direction would we head? With a democratic vote, we chose the northern route. This route included Greenland, the land of glaciers and polar bears, as opposed to the shorter and warmer route to the popular islands of the Azores, maybe next time.
July 10, 2012—New Bedford, Massachusetts to Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, Canada
While crossing Cape Cod Bay, we were joined by a large whale and three dolphins on our portside. Absolutely beautiful!
Earlier that day, Bjarke, Richard and Anders decided that these might be the warmest waters we might be in for some time, so we jumped off the swim platform! Once we realized how cold the water really was, there was an even quicker jump out of the water. It was a sunny day and the temperature of the water was soon forgotten so we repeated the routine two or three more times. The four of us are different ages, but we all felt like little kids playing in our local swimming hole.
A whale passed us early that day, showing its large tail and slapping the water—by contrast, a Disney and Carnival ship passed in the evening. The moon rose with its fiery glory, does the moon always rise over the ocean so beautiful?
Early on the ninth day of our voyage, we pulled ZERLINA into Port Hawksburry. The hills were a pleasant change of scenery but, when Bjarke called customs we found out that they were a four hour drive away. Waiting aboard ZERLINA made the hills feel even further away, but an older couple in the boat next to us kept us company with their 9-month old puppy and fresh cookies. Puppies, cookies, grandparents!
Zerlina yacht's journey
July 12, 2012—Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia to Nanortalik; Greenland to Frederiksdal; Greenland to Prins Christian Sund Greenland—one of the most beautiful places on earth with huge icebergs.
The straits of Bells Isle are where we started keeping a double watch for icebergs. During Richard’s watch, he spots another whale—a Killer Whale this time. It was noted by all that the whales were always seen on Richard’s watch. To our starboard side is Cape Breton Island with vertical cliffs and quaint white farmhouses dotting the shoreline. The waters off Newfoundland and Labrador can be rife with ice and icebergs, so caution is advised. Icebergs are usually visible on radar, but the bergy bits (small icebergs) and growlers (small remnants) may not be.
Zerlina Yacht by Burger Boat Company
The moon is getting smaller each evening. The compass slowly and gracefully swings, telling us which way to go. As we are drawing a line to Greenland, we clear the deck of anything that could be lost to the seas in rough weather. Expecting 20’ waves on a calm day, what should we expect or be ready for? Of all the boats built in the world, most stay close to their home port, but ZERLINA is in unfamiliar waters, with unfamiliar sunsets and sunrises.
What a week! Nothing was written as the seas of the Labrador Sea were very heavy. The crew watches were now four hours on and four hours off, with two people having a two hour overlap. We zigzagged through the fjords to the weather station on the eastern side of Greenland, called Prins Christian Sund, where we were served Danishes, coffee and juice. The weather report showed a favorable high pressure so we headed out into the arctic, dodging icebergs, growlers and bits for 24 nautical miles.
Zerlina Yacht by Burger Boat Company
We arrived in Nanortalik earlier in the week after four days of bad weather and angry waves! Tossing about makes some men tougher and weakens others. No matter which you are; it feels good to have your feet on solid ground. Darkness was still on the shore as we approached Nanortalik, forcing us to take turns on the bow with the VHS giving signals to Bjarke as we navigated the iceberg strewn waters. The fog began to lift and an incredible coastline of jagged mountains, towering icebergs and small islands softened by the power of the eroding waves gave us a view worth the four days at sea. Bjarke skillfully docked ZERLINA and, after crafting a rum and coke with ice from our travels, we jumped ashore.
The next morning we enjoyed fresh bakery and headed back to the boat. Bob had stayed on board to protect the fuel from thieves. Bob and Richard changed the oil and Bjarke and Anders worked on adjusting the starter motor. ZERLINA was carrying the four of us through the most amazing waters with icebergs of every shape and size. We had two goals for icebergs: to get beautiful photographs with ZERLINA and to climb aboard an iceberg and make it our playground.
Yacht Zerlina during restoration
To get photographs meant we had to be in a different boat, so Richard captained the dinghy while Anders took the photographs. The iceberg we wanted to photograph was simple in shape but with two ribbons of blue flowing through it with grace and beauty. The ribbons somehow matched the shape of ZERLINA. We spent an hour taking the most incredible photos. Driving the dinghy so the sun would shine through the pure blue streaks, maintaining proper distance from ZERLINA and keeping Anders with the lens pointed in the right direction was Richard’s job. It was beautiful, pure perfection, the best, or so we thought. After capturing the best photos anyone could possibly get, we took off towards Frederiksdal.
Just a few miles further east, Bjarke’s and Anders’ eyes lit up as we saw another iceberg we had to check out. Back into the dinghy and we were off. The right side had a gentle curve to the top, the left side was much steeper, but the two sides were about the same height. What drew our attention to this iceberg was that it gradually sloped to a perfect flat center, just about 3’ from the surface of the icy arctic water, providing us a perfect height to climb aboard.
Zerlina Yacht by Burger Boat Company - Happy Birthday
Bjarke donned a bright red US Coast Guard survival suit and was the first one to the dinghy. Richard drove the dinghy and pushed the nose straight into the berg and let the motor run so there was constant pressure between the two. With a successful dismount, the big red Bjarke was running around the ice. Feeling that everything was safe, Anders joined Bjarke and Richard stayed in the dinghy for security reasons.
Climbing onto a huge chunk of ice was like stepping on the moon. Something you just can’t imagine, so beautiful and scary at the same time. Tossing the anchor onto the ice, the three of us met and played like little kids seeing snow for the first time. There was a shallow pool, maybe 20 yards across, where we all drank the coolest and most refreshing water ever. Climbing to the top was, to say the least, very difficult and slippery. We slowed as we reached the tiny summit because we didn’t know what was on the other side. We were climbing with our hands and feet, but when we reached the top, we were able to stand and face a perfectly blue lake, about 80’ across, with the sea between us and the mountains of Greenland. Though it was so inviting to try and go swimming, we were sure the shock of the ice cold water would paralyze us. Instead, we slid down the hill we had just climbed. Not with a sled, or disk, or chunk of plastic, just on our rears, our backs and arms, laughing all of the way. We had too much adrenaline to feel how cold we should have been and, after a few moments of reflecting on where we were, what we had just seen and done, we got back in the dinghy and headed back to ZERLINA.
Taken place in Istanbul, on May 4th 2013, the World Superyacht Awards ceremony was attended by plenty of Superyacht owners as well as Superyacht industry members. During the event, the prestigious Dutch luxury yacht design studio, Dykstra Naval Architects, received four Awards.
Royal Huisman Pumula Yacht designed by Dykstra Naval Architects - Cory Silken
Dykstra Naval Architects has won ‘Sailing Yacht of the Year’ and ‘Best Sailing yacht in the 30m – 39m size range’ for the 37,3 m classic sailing yacht “Pumula”, Naval architecture and exterior styling by Dykstra Naval Architects, Interior by Rhoades Young design and built by Royal Huisman.
40 m J-Class superyacht Rainbow by Holland Jachtbouw
J Class charter yacht Endeavour refitted by Yachting Developments
It is easy to see why luxury yacht Endeavour has been awarded the best Refitted yacht, the extensive 18month refit of Endeavour JK4 included the replacement of the complete weather deck, new deck equipment, relocation of steel deck framing, reconfiguration of the accommodation forward and new interior. The main engine, electrical system, electronics, air conditioning, hydraulics bow thruster and winches were all replaced. A new carbon fibre mast was built by Southern Spars and the new interior was built in house by Yachting Developments tradesmen. Dykstra & Partners Naval Architects, have been instrumental in the design of the new sail plan, deck layout, and structural engineering. The interior was collaborated by John Munford and Adam Lay Design Studios to ensure the originality of the boat was maintained.
Care was taken throughout the refit to preserve as much of the vessel as practical, yet still enhance performance and improve functionality.
Superyacht Quintessential is a 100ft composite sailing Catamaran, built in house at Yachting Developments Auckland, New Zealand. Not for the faint hearted, this superyacht was built with the main purpose to be to entertain friends and family, this superyacht has a very welcoming feel and is definitely a luxurious home away from home.
It was an amazing start to this year’s Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, the international regatta circuit for classic as well as vintage yachts sponsored by Officine Panerai, with 65 magnificent yachts participating in its first round; the 26th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. The event took place from 18 to 23 April, 2013.
Caribbean leg of Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2013 - 26th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta Image courtesy of Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge
The four competitions in the traditional Caribbean season-closing regatta (dubbed “the Old Road”, “the Butterfly Course”, “the Cannonball Race” and “the Windward Race” respectively) were absolutely spectacular and hard-fought to the last, while the Caribbean climate lived up to competitors’ expectations, treating them to very variable weather conditions with winds ranging between 15 and 30 knots and waves of up to three metres.
Overall victory in the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, as well as first place in the Vintage Class, went to the 28-metre sailing yacht Sumurun, a Bermudan ketch launched in 1914 at the historic Fife yard in Fairlie, Scotland. However, this is not the first time this splendid yacht has won at Antigua as she already triumphed on other occasions. Sumurun also underwent restoration in Italy and took part in the very first edition of the Fife Regatta in Scotland in 1998. This year, she left Antigua with an Officine Panerai watch, which is the prize awarded to all overall winners of the various rounds on the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge calendar.
Luxury yachts competing in the 26th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Image courtesy of Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge
Victory in the Classic Class went to another two-master, luxury yacht Stormvogel, a 22-metre ketch built in South Africa in 1961 and a joint design effort by two renowned pens, Van de Stadt Design of Holland and Englishman Laurent Giles. Stormvogel is also a familiar face in the Mediterranean, having won her category in the 2008 Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge. In Antigua, she successfully fended off the advances of her closest rival, the 1957 Lone Fox, to the end.
The Spirit of Tradition class for yachts recently built to a classic design was won by the W-Class 76 yacht Wild Horses (1998) after withstanding some very tough competition from the likes of Spirit of Rani, Farfarer and Aurelius. Other prizes went to the 13-metre Genesis (2003), which took a resounding victory in the Traditional Class having won all four races, and Petrana, a 15-metre built in Hong Kong in 1968, in the Classic GRP Class for fibreglass boats.
The racing at sea was preceded by the 14th Single Handed Race, during which the classic yachts entered were sailed solo by a single crew member. The 20 yachts in that fleet did battle on a 12-mile course off Falmouth Harbour. Final victory went to the 1965 Saphaedra, Spirit of Rani, a 2011 Spirit Yachts, and the 1919 Aquila. The schooner Adventurous, on the other hand, won the Concours d’Elegance in which 33 yachts competed. The Parade of Classics also took place in English Harbour on Sunday, April 21st, giving the assembled spectators a close-up view of the stunning yachts taking part in the Antiguan event.
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 2013, April 18 - 23 Image courtesy of Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge
Also present once again this year at Antigua were the Carriacou sloops, robust local boats inspired by those once used for inter-island trade. Wood-plank-built on the beach, these lovely craft proved they too are capable of delivering some dazzling clashes on the competition field.
Despite being part of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta remains very much a stand-alone event independent of both the Mediterranean and North American circuits. The Mediterranean Circuit, of course, gets underway with Les Voiles d’Antibes (29th May – 2nd June 2013).