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PlanetSolar concludes her TerraSubmersa expedition and leaves for Venice, Italy

August 26, 2014

Terrasubmersa, the archaeological mission led by the University of Geneva (UNIGE) aboard the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, was concluded on last Friday, following almost a month in the popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Greece, of which 11 days were dedicated exclusively to science. The expedition’s objective was to explore the prehistoric landscapes that have been submersed by the waters in the Argolic Gulf, and identify traces of human activity. Aboard the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar and a Greek research vessel, the Alkyon, the scientists took geophysical measurements and carried sub-aquatic excavations in the Bay of Kiladha. The research was preceded by three stopovers, all of which were marked with successfully organized events and visits of the boat. August 23, saw the largest solar-powered boat in the world leave for Venice in Italy, representing her next and last stopover of this year.

PlanetSolar in Napflio - a lovely Greece yacht charter destination - Image credito to PlanetSolar

PlanetSolar in Napflio - a lovely Greece yacht charter destination - Image credito to PlanetSolar

Since July 28, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar has travelled through Greece as part of the UNIGE-led TerraSubmersa expedition. This mission was divided into two distinct phases. The first was to introduce the archaeologists’ work among the public and local authorities through a series of events organized along the three stops (Eretria, Athens, Napflio), while the second phase was exclusively dedicated to archaeological research in the Argolic Gulf.

“The catamaran’s spacious liveable surface and her complete energy independence, as well as her low draught and great maneuverability made it an optimal work platform for the researchers. Once again, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar has shown that she is an ideal base for scientific research, and reaffirms her many versatile uses!” declared the ship’s captain, Gérard d’Aboville.

PlanetSolar from above

PlanetSolar from above - Image credit to PlanetSolar

PlanetSolar is extremely satisfied with this mission. At each stopover, the ship was met with enthusiasm by the public, and drew the attention of Greek authorities. Thus, more than 2,000 people stepped through the catamaran’s walkway. Moreover, PlanetSolar had the opportunity to welcome local political figures aboard, including Konstantinos Tassoulas, the Greek minister of culture, Giannis Maniatis, the Greek minister of the environment, energy, and climate change, as well as the wife of the Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. On the Swiss side, PlanetSolar also notably welcomed Walter Steinmann, director of the Federal Energy Office (OFEN).

Currently, the ship and her crew are sailing towards Venice. They are expected to drop anchor in the City of Doges on September 4.

PlanetSolar underway

PlanetSolar underway - Image credit to PlanetSolar

Preliminary results of the TerraSubmersa Expedition

This Greek-Swiss expedition, led by UNIGE in collaboration with the Laténium of Neuchâtel, the Greek Service for Underwater Antiquities, the Swiss School of Archeology in Greece, and the Hellenic Center for Maritime Research, aimed to explore the prehistoric landscapes that have been submerged by the waters of the Argolic Gulf, in order to map them and to identify any potential traces of human activity.

At the end of the last Ice Age, about 20,000 years ago, the sea level was considerably lower than it is today. By mapping the landscapes that have disappeared underwater, archaeologists hope to understand the dynamics through which coastal zones were populated. In the TerraSubmersa expedition, research focused on the Franchti cave, located on the northern shore of the Bay of Kiladha, which was used for close to 35,000 years, from the Paleolithic to the Neolithic ages.

PlanetSolar

PlanetSolar - Image credit to PlanetSolar

“We collected fantastic data, whose analysis will take two years of work,” enthuses Julien Beck, the expedition’s lead scientist. “The preliminary results are encouraging!”. In fact, by mapping the seabeds, the researchers found paleobeaches dating back to different periods in prehistory. All signs lead to believe that these beaches were visited by the users of the Franchti cave, in which scientists recovered shells and the fish bones. Furthermore, faults indicating tectonic shifts in the Argolic Gulf have been detected with the echo-sonar installed aboard the solar-powered ship. These faults could explain the difference in depth of the paleobeaches.

New office for Sunreef Yachts in Bahrain

August 20, 2014

Reflecting the increasing interest in Sunreef Yachts in the Middle East, the prominent Polish catamaran builder has announced their expansion into Bahrain, as a subsequent phase of the company’s plans for GCC expansion.

New office for Sunreef Yachts in Bahrain

New office for Sunreef Yachts in Bahrain

After the 3 month presence of 70 Sunreef Power charter yacht DAMRAK II in the Middle East, the shipyard decided to open in 2013 the first office in Dubai (UAE) which was the key step in spreading the brand and product awareness in this area. At the beginning of 2014 the company presented the most outstanding luxurious catamaran models including 90 Sunreef Power yacht and Sunreef 165 ULTIMATE yacht at the Kuwait Yacht Show and Dubai International Boat Show. Furthermore in March 2014 Sunreef Yachts organized a series of exclusive events held in 4 locations in the Gulf region during which the futuristic trimaran concept 210 Power Trimaran was presented – with 64 m in length and almost 1000 m2 living space that makes it the biggest vessel of this type on the market. The hightened interest of the local customers was certainly a reason for the opening of the new local office in Bahrain.

70 Sunreef Power charter yacht DAMRAK II in the fabulous Middle East yacht charter destination - Dubai

70 Sunreef Power charter yacht DAMRAK II in the fabulous Middle East yacht charter destination - Dubai

Surrounded by the crystalline waters of the Persian Gulf, with a rich industry and relaxed cultural rules, “The Kingdom of the two Seas” is a fertile environment for the sale of Sunreef catamarans. At the same time, the Bahrain office will be a portal in which Sunreef Yachts will be able to showcase itself on the broad Middle East yachting market. The company`s vision is to fulfill a gap in the GCC’s leisure marine market with truly unique luxury catamarans, offering much more than typical monohulls – ideal stability, exquisite custom luxury design, incredible space on board, speed, long range and low fuel consumption.

The Sunreef Yachts business in Bahrain will be headed by Anna Nowotarska who is with the shipyard more than 5 years now.

Sunreef Yachts at upcoming Cannes Yachting Festival 2014 with four luxury yachts on display

August 20, 2014

Sunreef Yachts is pleased to announce their participation in the upcoming prestigious Cannes Yachting Festival 2014, set to be hosted by the glamorous French Riviera yacht charter destination – Cannes from September 9 to 14. The shipyard will showcase four striking catamarans during this most exclusive event of the yachting industry.

70 Sunreef Power Yacht 1 Life

70 Sunreef Power Yacht 1 Life to be displayed at the 2014 Cannes Yachting Festival

This year’s power yacht selection will include the 70 Sunreef Power yacht 1 Life as well as the 60 Sunreef Power yacht Ocean’s 11.

The newly launched 70 Sunreef Power yacht 1 Life astonishes with the IPS system which eases maneuvering, an open saloon, a gym on the flybridge and a special aft platform from Tenderlift that enables rapid release of inflatable boats and skis. This yacht’s stability, subsequent comfort in cruising, an extended living space and low fuel consumption may delight many enthusiasts.

The interior of the 60 Sunreef Power yacht Ocean’s 11 was created upon the client`s request. It presents a custom-made special project with a semi-open saloon combined with the lounge area and a bar instead of the interior navigation station. The concept of the 60 Sunreef Power Ocean’s 11 has all the features of the popular 70 Sunreef Power, except its slightly smaller 27.8 ft/8.5 m beam that makes it more convenient for crowded marinas.

IPHARRA -  From Above

IPHARRA - From Above

As for the sailing range, the real star of the boat show will be the Sunreef 102 charter yacht IPHARRA launched in 2010. She is one of the largest cruising catamarans in the world, the first sailing catamaran from a Double Deck line, and the third biggest sloop rigged unit in the world.

Another sailing catamaran on display will be Sunreef 58 sailing yacht Blue Desert, introduced in July 2014 from high-tech composite materials with the oldest technology of vacuum infusion. The Sunreef 58 is a luxury yacht with comfortable accommodation for 7 guests and an internal wet deck space which features a galley, a navigation station and a dining area.

Sunreef Yachts is preparing a range of initiatives and activities accompanying the presentation of the yachts. They kindly invite you to visit their stand CAT 001 in espace CATAMARAN`S at Vieux Port during the Cannes Yachting Festival 2014 to discover more about these exclusive yachts.

Next week’s Audi Hamilton Island Race Week to feature high speed and high tech sailing

August 12, 2014

One of the world’s fastest sailboats for its size and type, the AC45 class catamaran, will be participating in next week’s Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, enjoying the waters of Australia’s Hamilton Island and the fantastic Whitsundays yacht charter destination.

AC45 sail catamaran in action

AC45 class catamaran in action

The AC45 class catamaran is one of the most technologically advanced sailboats of modern times – and probably the fastest sailboat ever to be on the waters of the Whitsundays. It is capable of sailing at more than 35 knots (65 kilometres per hour).

The great news for some of the crew from the 181 yachts entered for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is that they will get the chance to be aboard the catamaran on a demonstration run, and experience high speed sailing like never before.

These exhibition runs will happen on Dent Passage, immediately in front of Hamilton Island Yacht Club, after racing each day.

The AC45 class was designed to provide elite level sailors a smooth transition to the incredibly fast, America’s Cup hydrofoil catamarans. The secret to the AC45’s exceptional speed (for its size) is primarily due to the efficiency of its rig: the mast and mainsail form a single unit – an aerofoil-shaped, low drag, rotating wing. It has flaps on the trailing edge like an aircraft wing.

The hulls and much of the rig are built from ultra-lightweight carbon fibre. This means that while the hulls are 13.5 metres in length, the entire boat weighs only 1300 kilograms.

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week will be staged from August 16 to 23. The Notice of Race, entry form and regatta information are on the regatta website.

The event’s principal sponsor, Audi, is also demonstrating powerful, yet lightweight technology of its own with an exclusive preview of its A3 e-tron model throughout the week. The A3 e-tron is the company’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle which boasts zero emissions in full electric mode, yet is also the most powerful model in the A3 range. The brand is offering guests on the island a free shuttle service to experience the performance capabilities of this high-tech new model which will be on sale in Australia from March 2015.

Now in its ninth year at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week in 2014, the brand is hosting a range of events and activities on the island for yacht owners, yacht crews and guests to enjoy.

Largest Ever Australian Built Superyacht to be constructed by Echo Yachts in Henderson

August 12, 2014

A Singapore-based family has formed Echo Yachts, a yacht manufacturer positioned in Western Australia’s Henderson Marine Precinct to undertake the construction of the family’s yachts, comprising the largest ever super yacht built in Australia. The Company has brought together a regional ‘who’s who’ in the Australian super yacht industry.

Echo Yachts - Sheds

Echo Yachts - Sheds

The 84 metre aluminium yacht will also be the largest tri-hulled super yacht ever built anywhere – with tri-hull configuration allowing for an impressive 20 metre beam which in turn will accommodate a vast deck expanse and palatial interior spaces. Construction will take 3 years from start to finish.

The arrangement also includes the construction of a 46 metre fibreglass catamaran that will be deployed as a support vessel for the larger build. The catamaran will carry 12 tenders designed with a range of sporting and exploratory capabilities.  A 12m tender will be equipped with full navigation systems and high tech 3D sonar’s for the exploration of sea beds and sunken wrecks.

Both the super yacht and the support vessel will feature unique hull forms and the construction processes will incorporate numerous state-of-the-art build techniques and bold engineering ideas.

Commenting on the project, Echo Yachts director Mark Stothard said “Together with my partners Jurien Van Rongen and Nick Gardiner, we are thrilled to have been selected to head-up this project and, we are very excited about the world-class credentials of those who will be working with us.”

The super yacht’s external design and interior styling will be led by Fremantle based and world-renowned super yacht supremo, Sam Sorgiovani.

One2three Naval Architects, who operate from both Sydney and Henderson, will act as the project’s naval architects.

Construction of the support vessel is already well under-way with completion scheduled for late 2015. Designed by New Zealand’s LOMOcean, the vessel boasts the project’s hallmark and cutting-edge hull forms, lightweight lay-ups and state of the art build techniques.

PlanetSolar arrives in Athens as part of ‘TerraSubmersa’ scientific expedition

August 04, 2014

Following an amazing passage through the Corinth Canal on July 28 and a stop in Eretria from July 31 to August 2, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Swiss archeological excavations in this region, the world largest solar-powered boat, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, docked yesterday afternoon in the port of Piraeus in Athens, a fantastic Greece yacht charter destination. This is the second stop on the itinerary of the TerraSubmersa scientific expedition, led in partnership with the University of Geneva (UNIGE).

PlanetSolar across the Korinthos Canal

PlanetSolar across the Korinthos Canal - Image credit to PlanetSolar

The purpose of this expedition is to explain the scientific objectives of this archeological mission, which will be launched on August 11 in the Argolic Gulf (Greece). The ship will reprise her role as a scientific platform, lending her exclusive features in service of the UNIGE researchers, whose goal is to explore the prehistoric landscapes submerged by the water, in order to reconstruct them and identify any potential traces of human activity.

MS Turanos PlanetSolar

MS Turanos PlanetSolar - Image credit to PlanetSolar

The expedition will allow the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar to continue to prove her uses, both as a platform for communication and events, and especially as a scientific platform. “PlanetSolar’s second life is not just an occasion to expand upon prestigious visits to New York, London, Paris, or Athens, or event for spectacular voyages like the crossing of the Corinth Canal, but it also offers the crew the pleasure of accomplishing the most diverse kinds of missions. Among these, TerraSubmersa, which is the highlight of our 2014 season, is certainly the most fascinating. The highly precise navigation we will need, together with the excitement of discovery… all in the magnificent setting of the Argolic Gulf,” declared Gérard d’Aboville, the ship’s captain, with great enthusiasm.

PlanetSolar from above

PlanetSolar from above - Image credit to PlanetSolar

TerraSubmersa expedition: discovering submerged prehistoric landscapes

This Greco-Swiss expedition, led by Julien Beck, a researcher in the classical archeology department of UNIGE, aims to explore the prehistoric landscapes that have been submerged by the waters of the Argolic Gulf, in order to reconstruct them and to identify any potential traces of human activity.“Prehistoric underwater archeology and the study of ancient submerged landscapes are new fields of study in Greece,” Julien Beck explains. This research will allow archeologists to reconstruct landscapes that have vanished underwater, and to understand the interactions between prehistoric man and the sea.

The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar will mainly be used to take geophysical measurements, which will allow the researchers to model the topography of ancient coastal zones, and to identify any potential traces of human activity. The Alkyon, a boat from the Hellenic Center for Maritime Research, will also be used for this work, which will be carried using state-of-the-art equipment (multi-beam sounder, lateral sweeping sonar, GPS, etc.). Subaquatic excavations will then be led by divers, thanks to a hydraulic aspirator which will remove a layer of protective silt from the site.

Sunreef Yachts delivers motor yacht 1 LIFE – the first 70 Sunreef Power Yacht with IPS System

July 18, 2014

Sunreef Yachts, the world-renowned company specializing in the construction of luxury superyachts, constantly raises the level of innovations presented on its units. Last year saw Sunreef Yachts, along with VOLVO engineers, develop an innovative IPS system, installed for the first time in a 60 Sunreef Power model (example is charter yacht Ewhala). This year, specifically at a client’s request, the yard’s in-house specialists installed the IPS system in the all-new 70 Sunreef Power motor yacht 1 Life to ease maneuvering and accommodate side cruising and easy turning with just one joystick.

70 Sunreef Power Yacht 1 Life

70 Sunreef Power Yacht 1 Life

Despite being widely used on regular motoryachts, they are very uncommon on catamarans, especially large-sized yachts in which the shipyard specializes in. Moreover, the system helps to be even more efficient on the fuel consumption side. To maximize performance 70 Sunreef Power yacht 1 Life is equipped with wave piercers on both hulls.

A special hydraulic platform is another innovation in 70 Sunreef Power luxury yacht 1 Life. The device, manufactured by the French company – Tenderlift, enables rapid exit of inflatable boats, scooters, skis etc. The platform, powered by a hydraulic system, is very light, simple and quiet in use. Lowered to 600mm underwater, it can carry devices up to 450 kg. Moreover, it can stop in any position on every level. The platform dimensions are 4300 mm x 1780 mm, and it weighs only 100 kg, so that it does not affect the boat’s performance and can be fitted on every unit.

Luxury yacht 1 Life - Flybridge

Luxury yacht 1 Life - Flybridge

The interior of the yacht is equally cutting-edge. 70 Sunreef Power yacht 1 Life has a fully open saloon, which means that the saloon space, dining area and lounge have direct access to the full beam master cabin located at the front of the yacht. The space is upholstered with white fabrics on the ceiling and walls with contrasting dark flooring. Vivid accessories (pillows, poufs and the carpet) make the whole room more dynamic. Glass accents are a feature not only in the saloon composing the table legs to create the illusion that the gray-beige grained wooden table is levitating, but also for the minimalistic stair railings, which have been fitted deeply into the floors. The couch and two poufs in the television corner are made of soft comfortable leather in shades of gray. The area is completed with a TV wall, bookcase and a DVD rack.

1 Life Yacht - Galley

1 Life Yacht - Galley

The 13 square meter master cabin is made of high-quality natural white fabrics which contrast with the dark brown chocolate oak floors. On the customer’s individual request, a specially designed glass wall (magic glass) separates the bathroom from the sleeping area. When turned on it is 90% opaque, and when it is turned off, it is transparent.

1 Life Yacht - Saloon

1 Life Yacht - Saloon

A spacious, bright kitchen is fully equipped and includes a large fridge, two freezers, a microwave, dishwasher, cooking stove and a hidden pull-out table for the crew. The dominant colors in the master cabin are grays and blues. The same shades are also used in the aft cabins for guests, however the kid’s cabin, which contains 5 beds, is dominated by a mix of complementary blue hues and fuchsia. Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom, lots of storage space and a full-size wardrobe.

Motor yacht 1 Life - Saloon

Motor yacht 1 Life - Saloon

The over 37 m² flybridge (dimensions without the wheelhouse and stairs) has a very comfortable seating and gym area. Under the roof there is a large “U”- shaped sofa and an adjustable in height table that can be converted into a couch. The area is full of soft pillow mattresses, under which there are thinner and harder ones that are perfect for physical exercises. Adjacent is the gym area, where fans of various work-outs will definitely find suitable equipment for themselves, with options that range from a stationary bike, cross trainer, a weight bench or TRX zone. After a bit of relaxation or exercise, guests can move to the barbecue station, which is also equipped with a refrigerator and an ice machine. Surrounded by tasty delicacies they can rest in the front area of the yacht, where they will find couches, mattresses and poufs.

Luxury yacht 1 Life - Cabin

Luxury yacht 1 Life - Cabin

Amazing lighting has been installed on the 1 Life yacht. There are day light colored LED strips on the outer contours of each room and additional lights also illuminate from under the sofas in the saloon and beds and mirrors in the cabins.

The new 70 Sunreef Power motor yacht 1 Life has a total of almost 213 m² of usable space and can accommodate in the greatest comfort up to 12 guests.

Sunreef Yacht 1 Life - Cabin

Sunreef Yacht 1 Life - Cabin

SPECIFICATION OF 70 SUNREEF POWER YACHT 1 LIFE:

Lenght: 22 m

Maximum Beam: 9 m

Displacement: 48 T

Draft: 1,9 m

Main engines: 2 x IPS900MC

Fuel capacity: 2 x 8000 l

Water capacity: 2 x 1350 l

Main deck: 89 m²

Saloon: 34 m²

Master cabin: 13 m²

Flybridge: 37 m²

Cockpit: 45 m²

Naval architecture: Sunreef Yachts

Interior design: Sunreef Yachts

Below is a gallery for the stylish charter yachts built by Sunreef.

Inagural Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup world solar boat championship a Huge Success

July 16, 2014

The smell of success is cascading throughout the fabulous Monaco yacht charter destination, positioned in the Western Mediterranean, following the completion of the very first Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup world solar boat championship.

Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup 2014

Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup 2014

Three days of exciting festivities, filmed by Eurosport, attracted 24 teams from all over the world. The first Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup was held at the new Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM) which was designed by Lord Norman Foster. The core foundation of racing participants was made up of international university and college students who travelled from destinations from as far afield as the USA and Russia.

These futuristic vessels were designed and built by these young engineers who competed in 1 of 3 classes. Theses were A Class, Open Class and V20 and teams raced in fleet race, slalom and one-on-one sprints in front of the Principality, which was watched with great interest by passers-by and YCM members.

Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup hosted by Yacht Club de Monaco

Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup hosted by Yacht Club de Monaco

Champions of the event were the Dutch who pulled off a double, winning the Open Class (the most innovative, as there is only one restriction – the length – 8m or less) and in the A class (maximum length 6m and four solar panels). The Russian Team, Beluga, Powered by Synergy won the one-design V20 class (designed to plane on foils). Finally the Monegasques, who were the only team from the Mediterranean basin, took third in their Nakhimov Racing boat driven by Gianmarco Casiraghi, the son of Marco Casiraghi. Marco himself also played an extremely large role in the vision of the Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup.

Aside from racing, the on land activities never stopped. The stimulating solar conference attracted a range of speakers ranging from top universities and engineering businesses to extraordinary naval architects like Vripack, the technical partners for the Solar1 Cup 2014. This event drew in a variety of people of all ages, enthusiasts and curious passer-by’s alike. Solar1 guaranteed that this event was appreciated by one and all, with activities ranging from a live DJ playing right in the paddock to a children’s solar boat competition. This took place in the new YCM swimming pool, where 25 children from 5-14 participated in a miniature solar powered boat race to mimic that of the Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup.

PlanetSolar at Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup

PlanetSolar at Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup

If that was not enough for this outstanding and successful event, Solar1 attracted the unique 30m PlanetSolar catamaran. VIP’s, teams and publics were able to view the highly powerful racing right from the top deck surrounded by 512m2 of photovoltaic panels with Gérard d’Aboville, Captain of PlanetSolar.

“We had a fantastic collection of boats here in Monaco! It’s fantastic to see this bright new generation bringing their knowledge to the development of this energy of the future. I am full of admiration for the ingenuity and creativity of the teams, some of whom are only 18. It’s a bold challenge but above all a message of hope for the future. The technology on trial today – and not without its risks – will one day, I hope, become the norm in the leisure boat sector.”

To top off this exquisite event Solar1 received a little thank you at the closing dinner from HSH the Sovereign Prince Albert II of Monaco, President of the YCM, whose commitment to preserving the planet is well known through his eponymous foundation.

Inaugural Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup

Inaugural Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup

“Thanks to your ingenuity, your technical skills and scientific knowledge, you have shown that solar-powered propulsion is a very promising solution for the future – which I hope will be developed and applied in the leisure boat industry on larger vessels. It gives me great pride to see our Principality reviving a golden age, remembering that in 1904 the first power-boat races held here made a significant contribution to the development of the combustion engine. Monaco remains at the forefront of new technologies in the motor-boat sector.”

Appreciation and recognition must also be given to the Solar1 Partners and Sponsors, as this 1st year event would not have accomplished the level of success that it did with out them. Partners included; Yacht Club de Monaco, Vripack, Eurosport, UIM, PlanetSolar, Hill Dickinson, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Direction de tourism et des Congres, Oikos. Sponsors included; Orsto, Fairmont Monte Carlo, Green TV, Boat International, Wajer & Wajer, Super Yacht Times, WeWi, Nahkimov, Beluga, Enphase Energy, The Sun Factory, Rviera Magazine and RIB & HSC – High Speed Craft Directory.

“It was a fabulous event and the fact they were able to bring their various clients from across Europe to meet in a single venue of this standard and involved in such a great couple of days was a huge success for them”. Joanne Pochet, West/Central Europe Field Marketing Manager for Enphase Energy. The departure from Quai Louis II of the PlanetSolar catamaran signalled the end of an epic 3 days of racing. As she made her way out to sea she was followed by the blazing horns of her fellow vessels showing their appreciation for the 1st ever race for boats powered by the sun on the open sea in the Mediterranean.

“This is not only an event which will be repeated but an event created to change opinions and impact the minds of the now and the future.” Sergei Dobroserdov, CEO of Solar 1, the driving force behind Solar1.

French Polynesia Yacht Charter aboard 62′ Sunreef Catamaran IN THE WIND

July 09, 2014

With a new and enthusiastic crew aboard,  the (19m) 62-foot Sunreef 58 catamaran IN THE WIND, is currently offering unforgettable dream French Polynesia yacht charter sailing vacation in the Pacific Ocean. Charter Yacht IN THE WIND is a fantastic luxury catamaran of great design and technology. She was launched in 2011 and features contemporary Japanese-style interior design and an inviting atmosphere.

IN THE WIND - Main

IN THE WIND - Main

Charter guests on board IN THE WIND yacht will enjoy the innovative use of space, enabling them to relax, socialise or dine in any area in comfort. Her panoramic windows offers beautiful views and allow guests to enjoy the yachts surroundings to the fullest. The focal point of the entertainment is  her open and elegantly designed galley, fitted with high-tech appliances. For further entertainment and gatherings there is the wet bar, where guests can savour the fantastic culinary creations of the award-winning Chef Angie (Best Dessert and Best Overall Dish – BVI Boat Show).

IN THE WIND - Salon 4

IN THE WIND - Salon 4

Luxury yacht IN THE WIND offers exciting high-performance sailing as well as plenty of areas to relax on the lounge cushions. The flybridge boasts a top quality helm station with the capability to be docked single-handedly. There is plenty of seating available on the sun or shade. The lower deck is perfect for al fresco dining and in the evening the high-tech LED-lighting from above adds extra sparkle and ambience to the setting.

IN THE WIND - Cockpit 3

IN THE WIND - Cockpit 3

Accommodation aboard sailing yacht IN THE WIND is offered in four modern and inviting cabins to a total of 8 guests. Each cabin boasts a double bed facing large porthole windows and private en-suite facilities.

IN THE WIND - Master Cabin

IN THE WIND - Master Cabin

In The Wind Crew

In The Wind Crew

IN THE WIND FRENCH POLYNESIA AND SOCIETY ISLANDS YACHT CHARTER ITINERARY AND OVERVIEW

French Polynesia and the Society Islands

Situated midway in the Pacific Ocean between South America and Australia, French Polynesia is comprised of 118 islands in the Austral, Gambier, Marquesas, Tuamotu, and Society Archipelagos spread out in an area roughly the size of Europe. A Tahiti yacht charter itinerary typically includes easy passages within the protected waters behind the beautiful coral reefs that encircle the Leeward Islands of the Society archipelago. The Tahitian Leeward islands rise from the sea like emerald mountains amid a brilliant blue. Puffy white trade wind clouds ride the balmy breeze, and within the magnificent coral reefs that encircle these exotic isles are flat-water lagoons teeming with tropical fish and fjord-like bays so serene it seems time has stopped. A crewed Tahiti yacht charter touches the romantic side, inspires awe, and rejuvenates the mind. With a professional captain and a gourmet chef as crew, exploring the largest of the Leeward Islands, which include Bora-Bora, Raiatea, Huahine, and Tahaa is an adventure of a lifetime.

Plage de sable rose à Rangiroa - Photo by Philipe Bacchet  - Courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

Plage de sable rose à Rangiroa - Photo by Philipe Bacchet - Courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

Although Bora-Bora, Raiatea, Tahaa, and Huahine are neighbours, each island has a slightly different ambience. Of course, the South Pacific beauty is a common trait. The exquisite reefs, motus, and beaches are too. But on one island the emphasis may be more on catering to the chic, while on another Nature is supreme. On still another the handiwork of local artists or the quiet reverence at a stone temple dating back to the earliest times of Polynesian travellers is in evidence. Together, the four treasures of the Tahitian Leewards are an enchanting cruising ground for a memorable crewed Tahiti yacht vacation.

Photo by Tim-Mckenna.com - Courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

Photo by Tim-Mckenna.com - Courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

Raiatea Yacht Charter

Raiatea is the second largest island in French Polynesia (Tahiti is the largest) and the largest of the Tahitian Leewards. Raiatea was known as the Sacred Island. In many ways, it’s still the cultural heart of Tahiti because of its rich history. The many fascinating archaeological and historic sites are well worth visiting on the island. They provide a glimpse into Polynesian culture that must be experienced firsthand. Of particular interest is the site of Taputapuatea Marae, the most significant in the islands.

Photo by G. LE BACON - Courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

Photo by G. LE BACON - Courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

Tahaa Yacht Charter

The fragrant scent of vanilla fills the air on Tahaa, just north of Raiatea and encircled by the same barrier reef. In fact, 80 percent of all the vanilla in French Polynesia is grown in the mountain valleys of Tahaa, earning it the nickname of the Vanilla Island. Plantation tours are an interesting sojourn ashore. Black pearls, one of the prizes of the region, are grown on aquatic farms, some of which are open to the public. Local artisans craft fine jewellery featuring the pearls, and the intricate and beautiful bracelets, necklaces, and rings are for sale in shops throughout the Tahitian Leewards. Tahaa is home to a sea turtle reserve, where visitors can observe the creatures in a park setting. The island has many fjord-like inlets both scenic and well protected for anchoring, and the snorkelling on the reef is superb. White-sand beaches are ideal for swimming and picnicking.

Photo by Gilles DIRAIMONDO - AMV Voyages - Courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

Photo by Gilles DIRAIMONDO - AMV Voyages - Courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

Huahine Yacht Charter

Locally known as the Garden Island or the Wild Island for its lush tropical forests and agricultural land used to grow crops such as vanilla, copra, and even watermelons. Huahine is actually two mountainous islands spanned by a short bridge. The larger one is called Huahine-Nui, meaning big island, and, appropriately, the smaller one is called Huahine-Iti, meaning little island. Like Raiatea and Tahaa, it is much less traveled than Bora-Bora. Miles of pristine white-sand beaches, secure anchorages, and wonderful snorkelling are major appeals of this laid-back South Pacific treasure.

Photo by Tim-Mckenna.com - Courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

Photo by Tim-Mckenna.com - Courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

Bora-Bora Yacht Charter

The very name Bora-Bora conjures images of a far-off South Pacific paradise. The island has long been a favorite of sailors, and it still is. A single barrier reef encircles the two islands that make up Bora-Bora. The black basalt rock face of Mt. Otemanu rises 2,362 feet above an azure sea, with impressive Mt. Pahia nearby. Both dominate the heights and provide breathtaking views from the anchorages in the lagoon. The smaller island, Topua, is all that’s left of the ancient volcano of Bora-Bora. Secure anchorages, white-sand beaches, superlative snorkelling and swimming, restaurants, shops, art galleries, luxury resorts, and island tours are among the pleasures of a visit to Bora-Bora.

BORA BORA - Photo courtesy of www.Tahiti-Tourisme.com

BORA BORA - Photo courtesy of www.Tahiti-Tourisme.com

FRENCH POLYNESIA YACHT CHARTER ITINERARY – 14 DAYS

Arrival into French Polynesia would include a flight to Papeete, Tahiti. Guests should then take a direct connecting flight with Air Tahiti (the only domestic company available in French Polynesia) to Bora-Bora, where their luxury yacht charter crew will greet them and guide to IN THE WIND yacht.

DAY 1

BORA-BORA

Once you have settled into your yacht and enjoyed a gourmet lunch prepared by your chef, set sail to Motu Topua, the only remaining vestiges of the massive volcano that formed Bora-Bora. Enjoy snorkelling and swimming in the tiffany blue waters followed by cocktails on the fly bridge watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Later a decadent 3-course dinner awaits you, which is enjoyed in the perfect outdoor south pacific dining style, on the aft deck.

DAY 2

BORA-BORA

Sail to Pofai Bay and then visit the Vaitape Village and enjoy a cocktail at the famous Bloody Mary’s with its island atmosphere. The heights of Mt. Otemanu soar 2,362 feet above an azure sea, with impressive Mt. Pahia nearby.

DAY 3

BORA-BORA LAGOON

Sail along the string of motus (tiny islands) and participate in shark and manta ray feedings and swim with a myriad of colourful fish and turtles. Enjoy a picnic lunch on your own private motu set up by your crew. Spend the rest of the day waterskiing, kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding.

DAY 4

BORA-BORA – TAHA’A

After a morning of watching the manta rays feed at Pt. Raititi and enjoying the white sandy beaches near the point, set sail for the open-water passage to Tahaa. You’ll be off the wind the entire way, sailing fast and loving every minute. The soaring heights of Raiatea and Tahaa rise from a cobalt sea, cottony puffs of white cloud stark against a brilliant blue sky. This is South Pacific sailing at its best. As you draw near, the unmistakable sweet scent of vanilla carries to you on the balmy wind. Tahaa is nicknamed the Vanilla Island because of its vanilla plantations. The scenery is picture-perfect South Pacific. Once you’re through the pass at Tahaa, the fjord-like expanse of Haamene Bay is just a couple of miles away, scenic and secure.

DAY 5

TAHA’A

Wake up and enjoy a morning hike along a scenic hiking trail through the dense tropical forest over Mt. Taira to the head of Hurepiti Bay where your yacht can meet you and lunch is served. Then spend the afternoon relaxing in the bay swimming, snorkelling and water skiing followed by sunset cocktails on the fly bridge. After your 3-course gourmet dinner on the aft deck, the evening may be spent stargazing from the comfort of the bow trampolines under a magnificent South Pacific sky.

DAY 6

TAHA’A

Sail through the lagoon and anchor at a breathtaking spot north of the Mahea motu. Enjoy magical snorkelling near the barrier reef of the Pass Tohaotu. After lunch you can take a tour of a local vanilla plantation.

DAY 7

TAHA’A – HUAHINE

It is a 5-6 hours passage from the Pass Toahotu, Tahaa to the Avamoa Pass of Huahine Island. The sailing is wonderful and line fishing can be enjoyed. Visit Fare, a typical Polynesian village with some boutiques and small restaurants. A common barrier reef surrounds the two islands of magical Huahine and both are filled with vanilla, coffee and taro plantations and groves of breadfruit, mango, banana and papaya. Offshore motus lie inside the reef where watermelons and cantaloupe flourish in the white coral sand.

DAY 8

HUAHINE LAGOON

The next leg of your Tahiti yachting itinerary takes you along the west coast of Huahine inside the barrier reef past a number of beautiful anchorages, with tall mountains off the port beam, the blues, greens, oranges, and browns of the reef to starboard. The rich scent of tropical flowers carries on the breeze. One of the more scenic places to spend the night is at Bay d’Avea with its white sandy beaches, at the southern end of the island’s western shore. The snorkelling in the area is excellent. Later visit a local fruit farm and sample the natural delights, which Huahine is so well know for.

DAY 9

HUAHINE LAGOON

Sail to the along the lagoon and anchor in a protected bay where snorkeling, swimming and waterskiing are enjoyed. Later visit a pearl farm set on a coral outcrop on the eastern side of the island and tour the ancient temples and the old village of Parea by dinghy.

DAY 10

HUAHINE-RAIATEA

Fast passage downwind to Raiatea and enter the Irihu Pass into Faaroa bay, which is a fjord-like indentation deep into the shoreline. Steep mountains rise on either side, lush with tropical vegetation and tall palms. Beyond is the valley of Mt. Tefaatuaiti. Aside from its stunning beauty, the main attraction of the bay is the opportunity to explore the Aopomau River by dinghy. In no other place in French Polynesia can you take a river trip! As you head up the river, jungle fronts both shores, interspersed with the cultivated lands of working plantations. The mountains are ever present, looming above like watchful sentinels. At an elevation of approximately 3,400 feet above sea level, Mt. Tefaatuaiti is the tallest peak in the Tahitian Leeward Islands.

DAY 11

RAIATEA

Sail through the lagoon to the west side of Raiatea and be prepared to experience the cultural heart of Tahiti. The many fascinating archaeological and historic sites provide a glimpse into Polynesian culture that must be experienced firsthand. A short trip ashore will lead you to the site of the Taputapuatea Marae, the most significant in French Polynesia.

DAY 12

RAIATEA- TAHA’A

It’s a short sail north inside the barrier reef back to the uninhabited island of Tahaa. With the balmy vanilla scent on the wind enjoy a perfect day of snorkelling on the west coast.

DAY 13

TAHA’A-BORA-BORA

In the morning, it is a few hours of smooth sailing with the wind back to Bora-Bora where we anchor on a private motu for lunch and then later sail to the main island of Bora-Bora where shopping and perhaps a local Tahitian dancing performance can be enjoyed.

DAY 14

BORA-BORA

After a delicious breakfast and a morning spent soaking up all the charms of the Society Leeward Islands for a last time, it is a short sail inside the lagoon to the airport motu, where your crew will escort you and carry your luggage ashore.

Hiva Oa, Marquises - Photo by Tim-Mckenna.com - Courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

Hiva Oa, Marquises - Photo by Tim-Mckenna.com - Courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

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Sunreef Yachts unveils new sailing catamaran Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE

July 09, 2014

The prestigious Polish luxury catamaran builder, Sunreef Yachts, has proudly unveiled their all-new sailing catamaran Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE. Superyacht Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE represents the newest model from the ULTIMATE range.

New superyacht Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE by Sunreef Yachts

New superyacht Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE by Sunreef Yachts

In 2010 Sunreef Yachts launched a new range of fast performance cruisers from 70 to 170 feet of length – THE ULTIMATE RANGE. The company resolved to explore a new market niche by introducing a sophisticated design line of ultra-modern, high-performance sailing catamarans with environmentally friendly elements. Last year, Sunreef Yachts design team created the largest project of this range – superyacht Sunreef 165 ULTIMATE – and now in 2014 the Shipyard unveils the newest model from the ULTIMATE range, the Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE yacht, with even more dynamic and sophisticated design elements, prepared upon request to meet the expectations of a most distinguished client.

“The elegant and sleek minimalistic profile, extreme proportions and modern color combinations make Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE one of a kind. With its spacious, stretched fully to the beam, interior and exterior living spaces and dynamic sporty exterior lines, this catamaran is a masterpiece accomplished by Sunreef Yachts’ design philosophy, pushing the yacht design industry to its highest limits”- says Robert Blazejak- the Head of Concept Design Team in Sunreef Yachts.

Luxury yacht Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE

Luxury yacht Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE

The main deck of luxury yacht Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE has been split into two independent areas. The spacious 255 m² saloon offers comfortable dining space for 12 guests, a stylish lounge and bar space and exclusive 65 square meter master suite with wardrobe and his & hers bathroom that definitely meet the expectations of the owners. Floor to ceiling windows in the master suite overlook spectacular views and provide lots of natural light. The matte interior in natural whitewashed wood is contrasted with black polished elements. The quintessence of elegance is expressed in high-quality fabrics, walls and extraordinary carpets.

The front double deck terrace (70 m²) offers spacious entertainment area, accessible directly from the suite through slidable doors. The luxurious open space offers easy access to the upper terrace through two sets of stairs. The flexibility of the furniture arrangement on the front terrace allows it to quickly transform from a coffee table and sofa into a big sunpad area, all covered with a large size canvas bimini.

Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE Yacht

Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE Yacht

The upper terrace offers 142 m² of open space on board. The symmetrical and clean top of the superstructure includes a dining table for 12 guests which can accommodate both family and friends of the owner all together. Sunpads are the perfect place to get lazy under the sun and a kitchen module integrated within superstructure allows outside cooking. A minimalistic and functional navigation station is naturally separated from living zone.

Superyacht Sunreef 156 Ultimate is created for those who appreciate a glamorous lifestyle onboard, an incomparable sailing experience and perfect modern design.

Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE superyacht - Layout

Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE superyacht - Layout

Technical Specifications of super yacht Sunreef 156 Ultimate

LOA: 156 ft/ 47,5 m

BOA: 62 ft/ 19 m

DRAFT: 2,2 m

CREW: 8

GUESTS: 12

TOTAL LIVING SPACE: 841 m²

INTERIOR SPACE: 510 m²

EXTERIOR SPACE: 331 m²

Below is a gallery for the superb charter yachts built by Sunreef.