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New Zealand Heli-Golf Yacht Charter Vacation 2014

December 16, 2013

Written by Eva Belanyiova

How do you imagine the “ultimate holiday”? If your answer is a great game of golf, coupled with fantastic scenery, adventure, luxurious accommodation and utmost in comfort, than we might just have the perfect holiday package for you: the beautiful ‘ISLAND PASSAGE’ charter yacht is offering a fantastic 7 or 10-day New Zealand yacht charter combined with Heli-Golf yacht charter cruise spread over some of New Zealand’s best golf courses.

Hole #17 - Image credit to Kauri Cliffs

Hole #17 - Image credit to Kauri Cliffs

Imagine waking up surrounded by New Zealand’s unparalleled beauty, being treated to a scrumptious breakfast on the aft Terrace of luxury yacht Island Paradise, then jumping on board a helicopter and flying out to the first tee of the day. Green fees, carts, hell transfers, all onboard gourmet meals, plus some afternoon sport fishing are all included.

ISLAND PASSAGE -  Main

ISLAND PASSAGE - Main

The Heli-Golf season in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands operates during February and March, and there are only a few spaces left for 2014. To embark on the holiday of your lifetime, please contact us here to discuss the best options for you and your team. And in order to keep you home team happy, non-golfers can enjoy the fantastic New Zealand yacht charter trip at half price.

ISLAND PASSAGE -  Salon

ISLAND PASSAGE - Salon

ISLAND PASSAGE -  Helicopter

ISLAND PASSAGE - Helicopter

7 DAY HELI-GOLF YACHT CHARTER IN NEW ZEALAND

January – February 2014 – 2015

Kauri Cliffs – Carrington – Kauri Cliffs – Titirangi – Gulf Harbour

Heli-Golf combined with yacht charter provides visitors to New Zealand with an entirely new level of adventure and entertainment. In addition to the daily game of golf, enjoy the luxurious accommodation aboard charter yacht ‘Island Passage’, together with leisurely afternoon fishing, helicopter transfers to and from every golf course, as well as great cuisine and excellent wine.

Once in New Zealand, you’ll discover that New Zealand Golf Courses offer players a golfing environment surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery on earth. The 7 day helicopter-golf yacht holiday starts and ends in Auckland.

Auckland Viaduct Harbour - New Zealand - Image credit to Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Auckland Viaduct Harbour - New Zealand - Image credit to Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Day 1 – Sunday

Arrive in Auckland. A Corporate Cab will wait for you and transfer you to the Sebel Suites in Auckland Viaduct. Enjoy the evening at the harbour, full of great restaurants, cafes and bars.

Image credit Gulf Harbour Country Club - New Zealand

Image credit Gulf Harbour Country Club - New Zealand

Day 2 – Monday (Breakfast)

Following the leisurely breakfast, you will be transferred to the Auckland helipad for a 12-minute flight over the northern beaches of the Gulf Harbour Country Club where you will lend next to the 1st tee. Enjoy the fantastic finishing holes, amazing ocean views, rolling terrain and classic, traditional values combined to make the Gulf Harbour Country Club one of the most thrilling golfing experiences in New Zealand. This 6,400 metre, par 72 golf course is located at Gulf Harbour on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, just north of Auckland. It winds through native grasses and vegetation and has a natural look and feel from start to finish. The front nine is slightly hillier and has an open feeling, while the back nine wanders towards the ocean and culminates with some of the most scenic holes anywhere. Comparisons have already been made between Gulf Harbour and Pebble Beach Golf Links. The helicopter is waiting for you on completion of your round to take you back to Auckland and then onto the Sebel Suites.

Image credit Titirangi Golf Club - New Zealand

Image credit Titirangi Golf Club - New Zealand

Day 3 – Tuesday (Breakfast, Dinner)

Breakfast followed by a helicopter ride to play 18 holes at Titirangi Golf Club, which has a great history of hosting exceptional players from all over the world. It has been the venue of many international tournaments, including the New Zealand Open Championship. It is ranked as one of New Zealand’s top golf courses and is the only one in  the country designed by Alister MacKenzie. The course measures just over 6025 metres of the championship tees and provides a genuine challenge to all golfers. After the game you will be picked up and transferred to Auckland Airport for a short 40min scenic flight up the coast to the Bay of Islands. Here you will be transferred by coach to the Island Passage yacht, where you will be greeted with a welcome dinner prepared by the ship’s talented chef.

Hole #7 Luxury Lodge New Zealand   Golf Spa Resort – Kauri Cliffsb - Image credit to Kauri Cliffs

Hole #7 Luxury Lodge New Zealand Golf Spa Resort – Kauri Cliffsb - Image credit to Kauri Cliffs

Day 4 – Wednesday (Breakfast, Dinner)

Following the breakfast, fly to play 18 holes at one of the world’s most famous golf courses – Kauri Cliffs. The par 72- championship golf course measures 6,510 metres and provides five sets of tees to challenge every skill level. Fifteen holes provide views of the Pacific Ocean, six of which are played alongside seaside cliffs. The beautiful inland holes wind through marsh, forest and farmland. Kauri Cliffs is beautiful and challenging but a delight to play. After golf the helicopter transfers you back to Island Passage. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent relaxing onboard with fellow passengers or you could enjoy the area’s great fishing. Island Passage yacht offers a range of Shimano rods, reels, tackle and lures. Dinner is served onboard from 7pm.

Peppers Carrington Hero - Image courtesy of the Matra Group

Peppers Carrington Hero - Image courtesy of the Matra Group

Day 5 – Thursday (Breakfast)

One of the main features of the Carrington Club golf course is that, although situated oceanside, it looks and plays like an ‘inland golf’ course, complete with rolling hills, vales, and natural water hazards but with the beautiful ocean views of its seaside location. The course is 6146 metres in length, par 72, and includes a mixture of terrains from rolling vales to challenging water holes. The course was created to accommodate golfers of all abilities and provides an excellent variety of hole play, from one of the longest par 5’s in New Zealand 605 metres, to one of the shortest over water par 3’s at 113 metres. Following, the helicopter will be waiting to fly you back to the ship after the round with dinner served at 7pm.

Golf Green with Cavallis Sunrise - Image credit Kauri Cliffs

Golf Green with Cavallis Sunrise - Image credit Kauri Cliffs

Day 6 – Friday (Breakfast)

Transfer by helicopter to play 18 holes at Kauri Cliffs. You have had 36 hours to contemplate the course to be prepared for this second round. The course changes its character depending on which direction the wind is blowing. After golf the helicopter transfers you back to the ship. The ships farewell dinner is served onboard from 7pm.

Day 7 – Saturday (Breakfast)

After breakfast you will be taken by coach to the Bay of Islands Airport. By this time you have visited some of the most beautiful charter destination in New Zealand and enjoyed numerous spectacular games of golf.

For more information on the 7 Day New Zealand Heli-Golf charter vacation as well as the 10 Day version, please contact our experienced brokers here.

Photos of 75m Tall Ship STAD AMSTERDAM in Tuscany, Italy

July 31, 2013

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The impressive 75m (250ft) tall ship STAD AMSTERDAM is currently cruising the Mediterranean and was photographed in Tuscany by yachting enthusiast and photographer, Roberto Malfatti. Charter yacht STAD AMSTERDAM is a very unique vessel and a large classic sailing ship clipper, constructed in the modern era using modern technology. Speed, impressive sails and the promise of adventure will greet you as you step aboard.

75m Tall Ship Stad Amsterdam - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

75m Tall Ship Stad Amsterdam - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Sailing Yacht STAD AMSTERDAM  - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Sailing Yacht STAD AMSTERDAM - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

STAD AMSTERDAM sailing yacht

STAD AMSTERDAM sailing yacht

Stad Amsterdam clipper was constructed between 1997 and 2000 and was christened in the new Millennium. This magnificent tall ship draws attention in every port she visits. She was built by Damen Oranjewerf, refitted in 2009 and is kept in excellent condition.

Charter yacht STAD AMSTERDAM  - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Charter yacht STAD AMSTERDAM - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Charter yacht STAD AMSTERDAM clipper - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Charter yacht STAD AMSTERDAM clipper - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Twenty-eight charter guests will find accommodation in 14 cabins; and the ship is managed by a attentive crew of 30 experienced sailors and trainees. All cabins feature en suite bathroom with wash stand, shower and a toilet, air-conditioning and telephone with satellite connection. The wood and copper trimmings give the cabins a classical feel.

STAD AMSTERDAM clipper charter yacht  - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

STAD AMSTERDAM clipper charter yacht - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

STAD AMSTERDAM sailing yacht - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

STAD AMSTERDAM sailing yacht - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

With 29 sails this square rigger can reach 17 knots under sail. There are also on board conference facilities, great for business meetings and get-togethers, seating up to 40 guests.

STAD AMSTERDAM clipper yacht - sails  - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

STAD AMSTERDAM clipper yacht - sails - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Stad Amsterdam’s long room boasts a luxury bar and a small library for guests to relax. It seats up to 55 guests during lunch or dinner. The warm woodwork, luscious copper and circular staircase with graceful lattice work all recall the legendary sailing yacht, clipper Cutty Sark. Of course, all modern audiovisual equipment is available for presentations and such.

STAD AMSTERDAM yacht  - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

STAD AMSTERDAM yacht - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Stad Amsterdam in the port of Livorno  - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Stad Amsterdam in the port of Livorno - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Charter Yacht SEA DREAM for Large Corporate Events, Family Celebrations and Parties in Style and Luxury

July 10, 2012

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Organising your next corporate event or a large family affair or even anniversary celebration aboard a luxury charter yacht is a great way to make your clients feel special, the meetings go smoother,  your staff feel appreciated or in the case of a family event, your friends and family will get a chance to spend some quality time together  and fully enjoy the celebrations . Everyone on board will feel rewarded and relaxed. One exceptional charter yacht available for special events, gatherings and festivities is the luxury charter yacht SEA DREAM, measuring 105 metres (344 feet), providing large groups with a unique opportunity to indulge in a private get-together in luxury and opulence.  Great attention to detail, quality and hospitality is paid aboard mega yacht SEA DREAM, to ensure the greatest satisfaction of every one of her charter guests. SEA DREAM is available for special charter events in the Mediterranean during the European summer and in the Caribbean during the winter months. The charter rent is from €325,000.00 to €650,000.00 per week plus expenses, for more precise information please, contact our professional charter brokers at CharterWorld.

Luxury corporate event and private party charter yacht SEA DREAM

Luxury corporate event and private party charter yacht SEA DREAM

Luxury Events aboard charter yacht SeaDream

Luxury Events aboard charter yacht SeaDream

SEA DREAM mega yacht events and celebrations

Organising your event aboard luxury superyacht SEA DREAM, is quite different to big ship cruising. 112 charter guests are pampered by an attentive and professional crew of 95, raising the level of service and attention paid to each of its guests to much higher level, making them feel as if they were on their own private yacht. The mega yacht is designed for ultra-luxury yachting experience, constructed with teak decks, pleasant seating and lounging areas with a large amount of space to walk-around or simply unwind with your favourite cocktail.

Sea Dream superyacht - Piano Bar

Sea Dream superyacht – Piano Bar

Top Of The Yacht Bar - Luxury yacht SeaDream

Top Of The Yacht Bar – Luxury yacht SeaDream

 

Accommodation on board charter yacht SEA DREAM

Every single one of the 54 staterooms aboard Sea Dream Yacht is with an ocean view. The luxury cabins measure 195 square feet and 16 of them can be converted into 8 Commodore (double) Suites. The Master Suite measures 447 square feet and features elegant and stylish interior, with a private master bedroom and bathroom suite with a soaking tub, living and dining room area, as well as a private guest bath offering additional comfort for private entertaining.

Owner Suite - Luxury mega yacht Sea Dream

Owner Suite – Luxury mega yacht Sea Dream

Commodore Suite - Luxury yacht Sea Dream

Commodore Suite – Luxury yacht Sea Dream

Furthermore the staterooms are equipped with a refrigerator stocked with beer, soft drinks and water, an entertainment centre with flat screen television, DVD/CD player and iPod Docking Stations, a data-port for access to internet with a laptop available upon request, marble-lined bathroom with multi-jet shower massage and Bvlgari bath amenities, the finest Belgian linens and selection of pillows, blankets or down duvet,  SEADREAM’s 100% Turkish cotton robes with slippers, personalised yacht stationery, direct dial phones, personal safe, individually controlled AC, make up mirror and hair dryer as well as 24-hour suite ‘Small Bites Menu’ to spoil the charter guests at midnight or anytime.

Sea Dream Yacht - Admiral Suite

Sea Dream Yacht – Admiral Suite

Luxury mega yacht SEA DREAM personalised party, event celebration or itinerary

Our professional agents at CharterWorld will assist in organising your event on Sea Dream, including arranging a ‘tailor-made’ itinerary according to your desires and wishes, dining, activities as well as entertainment for your entire party of guests. To enhance the charter experience you can promote your company aboard Sea Dream thanks to personalised gift items with your business logo from the yacht’s boutique. Whether you are interested in a privately organised vacation or a corporate event, luxury yacht Sea Dream can offer what few yachts in the world can. Previous satisfied corporate clients that have rented Sea Dream for special events are Jaguar, Nokia, GE and Chrysler, RJ Reynolds as well as some notable private individuals.

Mega yacht Sea Dream - Outdoor Private Massage

Mega yacht Sea Dream – Outdoor Private Massage

Luxury mega yacht Sea Dream - Glass Bottom Kayak

Luxury mega yacht Sea Dream – Glass Bottom Kayak

CUISINE

Cuisine on board SEA DREAM is truly exceptional. From the ‘Welcome Aboard’ cocktails to SeaDream’s Signature Champagne and Caviar Splash, the perfectly designed menus and surprise treats are a melody of flavours.

Caviar on the Beach - Superyacht Sea Dream

Caviar on the Beach – Superyacht SeaDream

To entertain your guests, clients and business partners, mega yacht Sea Dream has plenty of offer, too. Enjoy an after dinner drink at the Piano Bar and stroll across  a few steps to the Casino to practice your moves at the Black Jack tables. On clear night you will have the opportunity to experience a concerto or a movie with a starry sky and your port of call as the backdrop on the yacht’s pool deck.

Live guitar entertainment aboard mega yacht Sea Dream

Live guitar entertainment aboard mega yacht Sea Dream

The Top of the Yacht Bar is another place to relax and enjoy a drink and listen to the sounds of a live guitar. In addition to all this, special events and parties can be organised on request. For more detailed information please click here ‘Sea Dream Yacht‘ or contact our team at CharterWorld.

Charter Yacht Sea Dream  - Early Risers

Charter Yacht Sea Dream – Early Risers

For those interested in chartering Sea Dream, but the guest party is not large enough to occupy the whole yacht, there is a possibility to charter only one part of the vessel or a deck. This possibility provides charter guests with the feeling of a private luxury yacht charter at a lower cost.

Luxury Events and Parties in the Mediterranean aboard Sea Dream mega yacht

Mega Yacht SEA DREAM is available for charter rent in the Mediterranean throughout the summer yacht charter season in Europe. Popular destinations include France with famous and glamourous locations as St Tropez and Nice, as well as Bonifacio in Corsica, Italy with its historically rich and beautiful Portofino, Portovenere, Viareggio, Portoferraio (Elba), Amalfi, Sorrento, Positano, Lipari, Taormina in Sicily and Venice. In Croatia your itinerary could include Rovinj, Opatija, Rab, Sibenik, Split, Hvar, Mijet, Kotor or Dubrovnik.

Italy - Portofino

Italy – Portofino

You could entertain your guests, family or clients aboard Sea Dream cruising the Greek coast discovering Athens, Hydra, Santorini and Lindos, continuing onto the preffered charter locations in Turkey, such as Bodrum, Fethiye and Gocek.

SeaDream in Mykonos

SeaDream in Mykonos

From France or Italy, your yacht charter itinerary could take  you to Spain and its fabulous locations of Barcelona or Ibiza.

Luxury mega yacht Sea Dream in Monaco

Luxury mega yacht Sea Dream in Monaco

If you are interested in chartering Sea Dream, please contact our team at your earliest convenience, in order for us to be able to confirm Sea Dream’s availability. The vessel is also offering scheduled voyages, so plenty of notice for private charters is essential.

Luxury Yacht 'Sea Dream'

Year: (Refit 2002)  L.O.A.:105m  Beam:47' 
Max Speed:15 knots  Cruise Speed:14 knots  Engines: 
Cabins:56  Charter Guest:112  Crew:89 

Arkin Pruva Argos 25m SHINDELA Superyacht completed

December 01, 2011

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Turkish Arkin Pruva Argos Yachts has successfully completed the 25m sailing yacht SHINDELA. This superyacht is a wooden epoxy cold-moulded world cruiser designed by Burnett Yacht Design to satisfy her owner´s desire for a family cruiser that could sail all around the world with comfort, performance and ease of handling.

25m Super Yacht SHINDELA

25m Super Yacht SHINDELA

25m super yacht Shindela´s interior is a combination of matt varnished teak joinery and white painted panels and ceilings. She provides 6 guests with a highly-comfortable accommodation, including a stunning master suite with the saloon and galley area in the middle. There are two-double guests cabins to the rear, together with a crew cabin at the front. The raised deckhouse has a beautiful outside view and includes seating which can convert to berths for two guests. There is a lot of storage space underdeck.

25m luxury yacht SHINDELA by Arkin Pruva Argos Yachts

25m luxury yacht SHINDELA by Arkin Pruva Argos Yachts

The flush deck and large cockpit area allow guests to enjoy plenty of open space both underway and at anchor.

83ft Arkin Pruva Argos luxury yacht Shindela has a beam of 5.51m and a draught of 3.4m. She is powered by single Cummins QSB 5.9 engine and is perfectly adapted for less-than-ideal wind conditions.

Bavaria Yachts presents new Cruiser yachts range at the 42nd US Sailboat Show

October 05, 2011

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Bavaria Yachts USA, supported by the top executives from the German shipyard, will be on B dock at the 42nd US Sailboat Show in Annapolis in October 6 – 10, 2011. CEO, Dr Jens Ludmann and senior members of the Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH marketing and production teams will discuss with their existing and potential customers the latest Bavaria Cruiser yacht designs, engineering and performance modifications.

Cruiser 40 Yacht by Bavaria Yachts

Cruiser 40 Yacht by Bavaria Yachts

“It’s exciting to be bringing the reinvigorated brand back to the US Sailboat Show,” said Kenny Feld, managing director, Bavaria Yachts USA. “Over the last few months the sailing media have been testing the performance of the new range of Bavaria Cruisers yachts with highly favorable reports. The US Sailboat Show is the perfect opportunity to showcase the luxurious quality, spacious layouts and advanced elegant design features that set Bavaria Yachts apart.”

Designed in partnership between Farr Yacht Design and BMW DesignworksUSA, the new Cruiser yachts range of 32 – 55 foot sailboats combine Bavaria’s heritage with the latest advances in marine architecture and modern design.

Sailing Yacht Leopard 3 by Farr Yacht Design

Sailing Yacht Leopard 3 by Farr Yacht Design

The Bavaria Yachtbau shipyard is the single largest yacht production facility in Europe delivering over 2,000 sail boats per annum to new owners throughout the world. In 2009 the company completed its transition from family to private equity ownership and in 2010 appointed Dr Jens Ludmann as its new CEO. Under his leadership Bavaria Yachtbau used its financial strength to acquire Cantiere del Pardo Group, builders of Grand Soleil and Dufour Yachts, and in June 2011 re-entered the US market.

Bavaria Yachts USA is the sole importer, distributor and dealer for Bavaria Yachts in the US. Founded by a new management team, the business is focused solely on the sales and after-sales support of Bavaria Yachts, eliminating the three-tier structure currently in place for other manufacturers.  This new business model provides new owners with “factory direct” pricing, boats built to personalized specifications, and purchase to delivery lead-times of under three months. Bavaria Yachts USA also offers an integrated, full-range customer experience from chartering to learn-to-sail programs as well as a range of comprehensive yacht management services.

Bavaria Yachts USA will be displaying the Cruiser 32, Cruiser 36, Cruiser 40 and Cruiser 45 yachts at the boat show. The company’s flagship office, located at 303 Second Street in Annapolis, will also be open for site visits.

Cruiser 36 Yacht by Bavaria Yachts

Cruiser 36 Yacht by Bavaria Yachts

STX Finland and TUI Cruises sign a contract for a 295m luxury Cruise Ship

September 28, 2011

Written by Chelsea Smith

STX Finland Oy and TUI Cruises have today signed a contract for the design and construction of a 97,000 GT cruise vessel. The sophisticated and highly innovative cruise vessel is scheduled to be delivered in spring 2014. The vessel has many environmentally friendly features, with a particular emphasis on the vessel’s energy efficiency. The project will bring some 5,500 man-years of labour to STX Finland’s Turku shipyard. TUI Cruises has an option to order another ship subject to the decision of TUI Cruises shareholders.

STX Finland and TUI Cruises sign a contract for a 295m luxury Cruise Ship  - An artist's impression of the new cruise liner. Image STX

STX Finland and TUI Cruises sign a contract for a 295m luxury Cruise Ship - An artist's impression of the new cruise liner. Image STX

The vessel will be approx. 295 meters long and approx. 36 meters wide. The ship will have 1,250 staterooms and will serve maximum of 2,500 passengers and a crew of 1,000 persons. High balcony ratio will ensure that most of the passengers will have a possibility to enjoy their own balconies during the cruise. The ship has a wide variety of restaurants, a theatre, a spa, a nightclub and a large deck area which all are carefully designed to ensure a unique cruising experience for passengers of all ages.

“We are extremely pleased to sign this contract with TUI Cruises. This order is highly important for STX and STX Finland. By building this innovative ship we continue our successful and long history of building top class cruise vessels”, says Sujou Kim, CEO of STX Europe and STX Finland.

“This is a very important contract for STX Finlands Turku Shipyard and for the entire Finnish maritime cluster. We are delighted to deliver to TUI Cruises their first newbuilding which will represent the next generation of energy efficient and environmentally friendly cruise ship”, says Jari Anttila, Director of STX Finlands Turku Shipyard.

“Due to its outstanding positioning as a shipyard and long-term cooperation with Royal Caribbean Cruises, we trust that STX Finland is a great partner for us and will successfully realize our ideas in the new ship”, says Richard J. Vogel, CEO of TUI Cruises.

STX Finland Oy has three shipyards in Finland, Turku shipyard, Rauma shipyard and Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Oy, of which STX Finland Oy owns 50%. STX Finland’s subsidiaries include Aker Arctic Technology Oy and STX Cabins Oy, among others. The company belongs to the STX Europe Group, an international shipbuilding group with a product range including cruise vessels, ferries, offshore services vessels, arctic and other specialized vessels. STX Europe has approximately 14,000 employees.

STX Europe’s principal shareholder, the Korean-based international industrial group STX Business Group, has approximately 58,000 employees and aims to be a global top player in its core areas; shipping and trade, shipbuilding and machineries, plant and construction, and energy.

TUI Cruises is a joint venture between TUI AG and the global cruise shipping line Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. The company founded in April 2008 and headquartered in Hamburg has been offering cruises for the German-speaking market since May 2009. The Mein Schiff fleet of TUI Cruises provides some 3,836 beds and has been designed from bow to stern with well-being and relaxation in mind. With its Premium All-Inclusive concept TUI Cruises is targeting first and foremost couples and families whose focus is on freedom, space, quality and personal service. Mein Schiff’s numerous service restaurants, the spa and sport zone, a personal Nespresso machine in every cabin, spacious balconies as well as relax islands on the deck ensure that cruise holidays with TUI Cruises are perfect for body and soul.

This information is subject of the disclosure requirements acc. to §5-12 vphl (Norwegian Securities Trading Act)

Published: 12:58 CEST 27-09-2011 /Thomson Reuters /Source: STX Europe AS /XOSL: STXEUR /ISIN: NO0010222995

Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai 2011: Sailing yacht Nan, S/Y Moonbeam IV, Arcadia, Léonore and Classic yacht Shamrock V win

September 25, 2011

Written by Chelsea Smith

The Régates Royales last and decisive event of the 2011 Panerai Trophy ended today in Cannes. Due to the extremely light easterly wind on the bay of La Napoule organizers had no choice but to abandon racing and the eye-catching traditional yachts had their final “red carpet” coming back to the old port. Sailing yacht Nan, S/Y Moonbeam IV, Arcadia, Léonore and Classic Yacht Shamrock V win in their respective classes

Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai 2011: Au revoir Cannes, see you next year! - Photo Alexis Courcoux

Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai 2011: Au revoir Cannes, see you next year! - Photo Alexis Courcoux

The “autumn festival” came to an end today with no wind and no racing. After exceptional weather conditions on the first two days, with the 68 classic yachts battling in a south-westerly wind topping 20 knots, lighter airs on the following days, the wind gods were not on the sailors’ side for the shutdown of the Régates Royales. Still, the 33rd edition of event with its stunning scenario, the excellent organization by Yacht Club de Cannes, world famous sailors coming from all over the world, was a huge success.

After four races it was the fore and aft cutter Nan of Fife to get on the first step of the podium f the classic gaffers, second place went to Italy’s Bona Fide the Charles Sibbick’s design that won the last two races in real time and bronze to ever consistent Avel tied at points.

In the Big Boat division, Moonbeam IV, Moonbeam III and Mariquita were also tied at points but, thanks to a win in the last race Moonbeam IV, the youngest of the Fife’s designs, was crowned 2011 champion. Mariska and Cambria follow, distanced by a mere two points. The biggest yacht competing at the Régates Royales de Cannes, sailing yacht Elena the 55 metre long fore and aft gaff schooner designed by Nathanaël Herreshoff finished seventh.

Among the nine Classics it was Arcadia, dating back to 1968 to score two wins that place her on the highest step of the podium followed closely by Sagittarius (Sparkman & Stephens 1971), White Dolphin (Beltrami 1967) and Stella Polare, the ketch representing the Italian Navy

Nothing and none seem able to stop Graham Walker’s Flying Forty Rowdy. Once more the British flagged boat is the winner in Cannes in the Classic Marconi class of more than 15 metres, the most crowded division with seventeen competitors. Light wind or strong breeze, the 1916 Nathanaël Herreshoff ‘s one-design won three races out of four. Only The Blue Peter could have opposed to this supremacy, but the 1930 Alfred Mylne’s designed boat had to do with a second place whilst  L’Oiseau de Feu, the 1937 Camper & Nicholson finished third.

Léonore’s score in Cannes was impressive, the John Anker’s design simply won all the four races in the Classic Marconi of less than 15 metres division triumphing over the 1937 Nicholas Potter designed Cholita and Anne-Sophie. Among the Spirit of Tradition, the newly arrived Lionheart, the gigantic J Class could not manage to beat Shamrock V. Despite two victories the yacht designed by Burgess and Stephens in 1937 and launched last year, was undoubtedly faster on the water when the wind was over ten knots but could not keep Shamrock V’s pace in lighter wind. The third place, in the 14 boats strong class, went to the “little” Jessie the Tofinou designed by Joubert-Nivelt in 2005.

Viking Recruitment expands and moves office

September 15, 2011

Written by Chelsea Smith

VIKING, the leading Cruise Ship and Large Yacht Crew Management specialists primarily offer career opportunities globally for Officers & Crew of all positions. After 23 years of operation and 8 years in their current premises, Viking Recruitment has outgrown the existing office and has decided to move to new environmentally friendly offices.

Viking Recruitment expands and moves office

Viking Recruitment expands and moves office

Viking will commence operations from the brand new 4,526 sq ft Viking House. Located in Whitfield, Dover, it boasts the latest in fully sustainable technology and dramatically enhanced health benefits due to the natural working environments. It is the first ever certificated PassivHaus office in the UK with energy efficiency considered to be around 80% better than conventional office buildings.

Some of the technology and features that make Viking House extremely ‘Green’ are:

•Triple glazed, argon filled windows

•Exposed thermal mass to which the building absorbs and stores heat from the sun

•Shock thermal connectors to prevent energy loss from conductivity to the ground

•Fibreglass reinforced, lightweight concrete to minimise energy leakage through the wall

•Heat recovery & ventilation system which draws in fresh air, removing pollen and allergens

•Rain water harvesting is used for ‘grey water’ distribution to the toilets

•Sedum roof that contributes to filtering pollutants and carbon dioxide

Check out the ‘How to find us’ page for full details on our new address, phone number and directions.

Viking will also be at the Monaco Yacht Show – 2011. Being held in the beautiful and wealthy surroundings of Monte Carlo, the 21st annual Monaco Yacht Show will take place between the 21st – 24th September.

VIKING will be taking a stand in the Superyacht UK Pavilion located in the Darse Sud tent, stand QS41.

The team attending this year will use the show to speak with clients old and new about our Crew Management packages on offer. Everything from Offshore Employment, Payroll Functions, to tailored Travel services, Training and of course Recruitment of individuals for all ranks.

Celebrity Cruises and Meyer Werft celebrate keel laying of Celebrity Reflection Cruise Ship

September 15, 2011

Written by Chelsea Smith

Celebrity Cruises celebrated the keel-laying of the fifth in its stylish, five-ship Solstice Class series, Celebrity Reflection, at shipbuilder Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany. The 500-ton block measuring 66-ft by 118-ft was lifted into the building dock with an 800-ton crane, and commemoratively placed on a collection of coins, consistent with tradition. Doing the honors of placing the obligatory coins under the first block in the grand hall of building dock II was Mr. Jarmo Laakso, the cruise line’s Project Director.

Celebrity Cruises and Meyer Werft celebrate keel laying of Celebrity Reflection Cruise Ship

Celebrity Cruises and Meyer Werft celebrate keel laying of Celebrity Reflection Cruise Ship

Celebrity Reflection is the 10th ship to be built for Celebrity Cruises by Meyer Werft. The two organizations’ collaboration began in 1988, with the building of the former Celebrity Horizon. And in a unique twist, Celebrity Reflection shares the same trio of numbers as designated by Meyer Werft to the first Celebrity ship built at the yard: The former Celebrity Horizon’s shipyard number was S-619; Celebrity Reflection’s is S-691.

Celebrity Reflection’s energy balance is on par with the other ships of the series: All electric consumers operate with high energy efficiency, while special underwater paints with greatly improved resistance reduce the required propulsion power. Heat exchangers make use of the generated warmth, and the extensive heat- and cold recovery system implemented on the predecessors can be found on this ship as well. For the lighting, highly efficient illuminants and a large number of LED lights will be used.

Manfred Knoop Head of Group (Meyer Werft), Jarmo Laakso Project Director (Celebrity Cruises), Uwe Wulf Project Manager (Meyer Werft), Lambert Kruse Managing Director (Meyer Werft).

Manfred Knoop Head of Group (Meyer Werft), Jarmo Laakso Project Director (Celebrity Cruises), Uwe Wulf Project Manager (Meyer Werft), Lambert Kruse Managing Director (Meyer Werft).

The predecessors Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Eclipse and the recently delivered Celebrity Silhouette are successfully established in the market and are still pioneers in the energy efficiency sector.

American Cruise Lines launch Queen of Mississippi sternwheeler nine weeks ahead of schedule

August 01, 2011

Written by Chelsea Smith

American Cruise Lines (ACL), a leader in small ship cruising, last week announced the launching of the motor yacht Queen of the Mississippi, a brand new sternwheeler built for the Mississippi. At Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Maryland on Sunday, July 17, the launching went picture perfect at nine weeks ahead of schedule. Immediately after the launching, tugboats skillfully nudged the new riverboat into Chesapeake Shipbuilding’s Outfitting Basin Number 2 where the upper decks and outfitting will be completed.

New sternwheeler named Queen of the Mississippi by American Cruise Lines

New sternwheeler named Queen of the Mississippi by American Cruise Lines

“The birth of a new ship is a significant milestone,” said Timothy Beebe, Vice President, American Cruise Lines. “Watching the Queen of the Mississippi come to life is a fascinating experience. It’s history in the making and we encourage everyone to tune in as construction proceeds.”

The launching comes just a few weeks after the joining of the two hull sections, weighing at almost 500 tons apiece. With the completion of the fourth and fifth decks up next, Queen of the Mississippi’s superstructure will come together quickly, giving shape to the first riverboat built for the Mississippi in many, many years, and the grandest ever!

The Queen of the Mississippi yacht will boast huge staterooms larger than any former Mississippi riverboat, spacious private balconies and all of the amenities today’s travelers expect, while maintaining the elegance and traditional Victorian appearance of classic Mississippi riverboats.

American Cruise Lines will operate the sternwheeler over the entire Mississippi River System, with the option of cruising at significantly higher speeds to make more itineraries possible than ever before on the Mississippi River, with longer visits to the river towns. A number of unique 7-, 10-, and 14-day cruises are planned that take passengers as far as St. Paul, MN on the Mississippi River and Pittsburgh, PA on the Ohio River.

American Cruise Lines operates the newest fleet of small ships in the industry and offers more than 30 unique itineraries along the inland waterways and rivers of the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, the Mississippi River System and East Coast of the Untied States, from New England to Florida.