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Luxury catamarans are increasing in popularity worldwide, both for yacht charters and as private yachts, as newer and better catamarans are being designed and built. Catamarans are still predominantly sailing yachts, by number, although there are some important larger motor yachts that are being designed and built, chartered and sold.

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British Virgin Islands Yacht Charter in the Caribbean Aboard Charter Catamaran AKASHA

November 21, 2014

Embarking on a British Virgin Islands yacht charter in the Caribbean aboard charter catamaran AKASHA you can be sure to experience the holiday of your lifetime, with plenty of fantastic memories and experiences to share for many years to come. Charter Yacht AKASHA combined with her exceptional and attentive crew provide charter guests aboard with utmost in luxury, comfort, entertainment as well as relaxation. In addition to being a British Virgin Islands charter yacht, AKASHA is also available for rent in other Caribbean destinations; these include St. Martin and French West Indies Yacht charter and Grenadines yacht charter. For more information a completely made-to-measure vacation itinerary, please contact our brokers here.

Catamaran AKASHA

Catamaran AKASHA

‘Infinite Space’ – this is Sailing Catamaran AKASHA

Her name speaks for itself! AKASHA in the ancient language of Sanskrit means ‘infinite space’ and this what she is truly about. She is a 76ft (23m) Matrix catamaran, launched in 2005, hosting futuristic design and vast spaces aboard. Her flybridge has cushioned seating, a nice sunbathing area and a refrigerated bar. From here guests will also enjoy the fantastic 360° panoramic views, perhaps while listening to their favourite music throughout the Bose wave entertainment system. AKASHA yacht is also fully air-conditioned and comes with a Playstation 2 and satellite TV.

AKASHA yacht - Saloon

AKASHA yacht - Saloon

Sailing Yacht Akasha - Flybridge.jpeg

Sailing Yacht Akasha - Flybridge.jpeg

“Phenomenal experience of a lifetime … Your personal service, attention to detail, and genuine T.L.C will be remembered forever! We look forward to joining you, again, soon!” guests chartering AKASHA catamaran

Lovely accommodation for 10 charter guests is divided into five cabins, one of which is the spacious master suite with a king-sized bed, a lounge and a spa pool. The additional four guest rooms are all with queen-sized beds, one of which can be converted into a twin cabin; all of them have their own en-suite bathrooms.

AKASHA yacht - master cabin

AKASHA yacht - master cabin

You British Virgin Islands yacht vacation in the Caribbean aboard AKASHA catamaran includes the highly professional crew, all meals and snacks, standard beverages and the use of all water-sports toys on board. The latter includes water skis, wakeboard, kneeboard, sunfish, sailing dinghies, scuba diving equipment, double tube, kayaks, fishing gear, snorkel gear or floating mats. For complete relaxation and rejuvenation one of the stewardess aboard is a qualified masseuse offering full body swedish massage, and there is also a scuba diving instructor.

Luxury catamaran AKASHA - The Crew

Luxury catamaran AKASHA - The Crew

THE AKASHA CREW

AKASHA’s Captain Oswaldo and talented Chef/Mate Briar, stewardess Emma and deckhand Mitch look forward to welcoming you aboard this exceptional  76ft Matrix catamaran. This highly professional team of four is very friendly, attentive as well as entertaining, with their diverse cultural backgrounds and rich life experience.

Sailing Yacht Akasha - Gourmet Food

Sailing Yacht Akasha - Gourmet Food

“What a fantastic time we have had on the Akasha. Your efforts to please us is way beyond what can be expected, for this we are very grateful. The food and presentation as well as the service, fantastic times. Hope we can catch up again sometime in the future.” Guests chartering sailing yacht AKASHA

Enjoy this video of AKASHA and be ready to be inspired for your next holiday!

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS YACHT CHARTER

The BVIs represent a breathtaking cluster of over fifty volcanic islands and cays located to the east of Puerto Rico. Around fifteen of these spectacular islands are inhabited. With the majority of the smaller islands spread only a few miles from each other, the British Virgin Islands yacht vacation offers countless bays to explore, swim and dive around or simply enjoy the spectacular scenery. The largest island is Tortola, which is also home to the capital, Road Town. The southern side of Tortola is prevalently cliff face, whereas the North side boasts unspoilt white sand beaches.

In addition to the first-class cuisine prepared to perfection by Chef Briar in the comfort of your BVI charter yacht AKASHA, the islands also offer a nice selection of lovely restaurants offering delectable menus made of fresh local produce.

Tortola - Photograph BVI Tourist Board

Tortola - Photograph BVI Tourist Board

Norman Island or Treasure Island is one of the destination which is often included in a British Virgin Islands yacht rental itinerary and represents a perfect place for snorkelling at the caves, where you will be amazed by the sheer amount of fish swimming in the crystal clear waters. For those in love with hiking, you can walk to the top of the Spy Glass Hill, a renowned lookout point for the pirates.

Another great place to dive and snorkel is the Salt Island. Here you will find The Wreck of The Rhone, which is one of the most famous dive sites in the world. The R.M.S. Rhone (Royal Mail Steamer) went down in 1867 in a hurricane storm and represents one of the first iron ships constructed, featuring elegant lines of a sailing ship.

Peter Island, renowned for its romantic beaches, is the next stop with secluded bays – White Bay and Spring Bay – located on the southern side of the island. This area is excellent for water sports and sunbathing. On the other side, we have the Little Harbour and Great Harbour, both offering pristine anchorages and fabulous place to relax.

Situated in a stunning and sheltered emerald-green lagoon, Marina Cay is an island like no other. It is covered in flowers and surrounded by soft, white-sand beaches.

The Baths on Virgin Gorda - Photographs © BVI Tourist Board

The Baths on Virgin Gorda - Photographs © BVI Tourist Board

The third largest island in the BVI is Virgin Gorda with a unique geologic formation known as ‘The Baths’ situated on the southern end of the island. Here the beach shows evidence of volcanic origins, with massive granite boulders lying in piles on the beach. While on a Virgin Gorda yacht charter you could also visit the Yacht Harbour located in the charming little town called the ‘Spanish Town’, with a few restaurants, small shops and a bank.

Anegada -  Photograph credit to BVI Tourist Board

Anegada - Photograph credit to BVI Tourist Board

Anegada is a home to the third largest barrier reef in the world and a ‘must see’ on any British Virgin Islands yacht charter in the Caribbean. It boasts deserted beaches, fringed reefs and distinctive flora and fauna, including the pink flamingo. Any Anegada yacht charter should include a visit to the Cow Wreck Beach and the Loblolly Bay. Snorkelling here you might see turtles and other fascinating sea creature hiding behind the reef.

Jost Van Dyke is renowned for its casual lifestyle, lovely beaches and fantastic beachfront restaurants and bars. Places to visit are the White Bay, the Great Harbor, the Diamond Cay and Sandy Spit.

Sailing Yacht Akasha - at the beach

Sailing Yacht Akasha - at the beach

There are many, many more islands and islets to visit on a British Virgin Islands yacht holiday and even more when it comes to Caribbean yacht charter itineraries in general. Luxury catamaran AKASHA is a fabulous boat to take you around and, as mentioned above, she is available around the entire Caribbean, not only the BVI. If you would like to have more information or you would like to talk to us about different itinerary options, please don’t hesitate to contact our professional brokers here, for free and unbiased advise and service.

JFA sailing yacht WindQuest to be displayed at Antigua Charter Yacht Show 2014

November 20, 2014

The prominent French shipyard, JFA Yachts, is proud to announce that the Long Island 85’ charter yacht WindQuest will be available for inspection at this year’s Antigua Charter Yacht Show, running from December 5 to 11. To be available for rent in the fabulous British Virgin Islands yacht charter location from January to April 2015, the 2014 sailing yacht WindQuest was built by JFA Yachts to a design by Marc Lombard.

Catamaran WINDQUEST - Main

Catamaran WINDQUEST - Main

The striking 26m superyacht WindQuest can comfortably accommodate up to 8 guests in a generous master cabin on the main deck and three double guest cabins, each with private en-suite facilities and double beds. The yacht’s crew of four members has private quarters separate from guest accommodation, ensuring maximum privacy. In addition, there is a contemporary and stylish saloon, which is surrounded by panoramic windows and features a lounge and wet bar on the starboard side, with formal dining to port.

Catamaran WINDQUEST - Main Salon

Catamaran WINDQUEST - Main Salon

Built by Yachts Industries and refitted at JFA Yachts, the lovely 95’ sailing catamaran Mashua Bluu will also be presented at the show. She will be available for luxury yacht charter in the Mediterranean in Summer 2015.

Luxury yacht Mashua Bluu after refit at JFA Yachts

Luxury yacht Mashua Bluu after refit at JFA Yachts

Delivery of supplies to St. Maarten aboard sailing yacht NECKER BELLE in partnership with YachtAid Global

November 13, 2014

October 14, 2014 saw Hurricane Gonzalo race through St. Maarten in the Caribbean. Jessica Price from H20 Yachtwear connected Ms. Blake with Captain Beez Evans of the luxury charter yacht NECKER BELLE, who was keen to assist and participate in his first YachtAid Global delivery.

Luxury charter yacht NECKER BELLE and YachtAid Global Volunteers

Luxury charter yacht NECKER BELLE and YachtAid Global Volunteers

The people of St. Maarten were expecting a tropical storm and—only 30 minutes prior to landfall—received notice the storm had grown into a Category 3 hurricane. With very little preparation time, the island residents did not have proper protection in place as the storm swept over the island.

Learning of this and set to attend the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, YachtAid Global Volunteer Event Advisor, Dhardra Blake, sought out which yachts would be headed South after the show and could assist in delivering much needed supplies to either St. Maarten or Antigua.

“YAG’s mission simply is to seek out and find like-minded Captains and Owners to participate in our humanitarian efforts,” says Blake. “There are so many yachts which travel close to areas in need—whatever the cause. It’s our suggestion to deploy private yachts as a transport vehicle for donated aid and relief supplies. With YAG assisting in disaster relief, literally any region is accessible.” Blake has been volunteering for YachtAid Global since 2009.

Jessica Price from H20 Yachtwear connected Ms. Blake with Captain Beez Evans of the luxury yacht NECKER BELLE who was keen to assist and participate in his first YAG delivery. With a short turnaround time prior to the yacht’s departure from Rybovich Superyacht Marina, relief aid supplies were solicited from local yachting industry firms including Yacht Chandlers, Medical Offshore Support Limited, MedAire and The Ditch Kit. Yacht Chandlers generously picked up the donations from YAG’s donated storage facility at RoboVault in Ft. Lauderdale and arranged delivery to the yacht at Rybovich Superyacht Marina in West Palm Beach. A team of volunteers then transferred the supplies to NECKER BELLE. IGY Marinas in St Maarten is also donating a slip for the offloading of aid/supplies as well as an overnight stay for the crew.

“Working with YAG on disaster relief is a welcome opportunity for us and a meaningful philanthropic endeavor,” says Captain Beez Evans of superyacht NECKER BELLE.

Mark Drewelow, Founder of YachtAid Global, remarks, “YachtAid Global is proud to be able to be able to assist quickly and efficiently with aid to disaster areas. We are still seeking more yachts to deliver needed supplies to Antigua which was also affected by Hurricane Gonzalo, and would like to assist the island in preparation for the 2014 Antigua Charter Show coming up in a few weeks.”

TAHITI YACHT CHARTER: Take Advantage of the Recent Tahiti Charter Tax Drop

November 11, 2014

Places not to be forgotten and memories of adventures to cherish forever is what you can expect from a Tahiti yacht charter in the South Pacific. Take advantage of the recent Tahiti charter tax drop from 12% to 5% of gross revenues and embark on the holiday of your dreams in this breath-taking French Polynesia yacht charter destination. The tax reduction combined with the recent extension of yachts allowed to stay up to 36 months in Tahiti ‘duty free’ creates a good opportunity for yacht owners in the Asia Pacific to base their yachts in Tahiti. We have selected a few of our favourite Tahiti charter yachts, offering fantastic accommodation, indoor and outdoor areas for entertainment, and last but not least professional and highly skilled crew aboard. For more information and a personalised itinerary contact our brokers here.

TAHITI - Photo by Kirkland Photos.com  - Courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

TAHITI - Photo by Kirkland Photos.com - Courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

TAHITI CHARTER YACHTS

62M (203’) SAILING YACHT ATHOS

The imposing 62m Holland Jachtbouw superyacht ATHOS is a double-masted schooner custom-made to the design by Hoek Design Naval Architects. Accommodation aboard ATHOS is provided in 5 luxurious en-suite cabins to a maximum number of 10 charter guests. She has an elegant and modern interior, boasting supple leathers, fine fabrics and a traditional flair. Her upper saloon is a great place for entertainment and socialising, featuring a large u-shaped sofa and a coffee table.

Sailing yacht ATHOS -  Main

Sailing yacht ATHOS - Main

The elegant dining table can be converted into two games tables, to enjoy a casual game of cards. There is also a wet bar further to port. Another great area to unwind is ATHOS yacht’s lower deck saloon, with a large comfortable sofa, occasional chairs and a custom pouf. Exterior deck areas are also ample with plenty of seating, and possibilities for al fresco dining or sunbathing. More information about ATHOS yacht …

Sailing yacht ATHOS -  Aft Deck

Sailing yacht ATHOS - Aft Deck

50M (163’4’’) SAILING YACHT SILENCIO (EX PERSEUS)

Built by the renowned Italian shipyard Perini Navi, the 50m sailing yacht SILENCIO (ex Perseus) is another magnificent yacht featuring accommodation in four deluxe cabins, two of which with Pullman berths. The full-beam master suite boasts a comfortable sitting room, which can be also converted into a private stateroom with its own facilities.

Sailing yacht SILENCIO

Sailing yacht SILENCIO

The outstanding outdoor spaces aboard SILENCIO include a large aft cockpit with sheltered lounging and dining area, as well as a large and comfortable fly-bridge with al fresco dining and sun-pads. Her main deck saloon is surrounded by large windows allowing for unprecedented views of the yacht’s surroundings. SILENCIO’s interior can be described as elegant and cosy, with fine joinery in cherry wood. More information about SILENCIO yacht …

SILENCIO Yacht -  Aft Deck Seating

SILENCIO Yacht - Aft Deck Seating

24M (78’) LUPA OF LONDON SUPERYACHT (EX RUSALKA)

Charter yacht LUPA OF LONDON (ex RUSALKA) represents a spectacular Baltic 78′ yacht for keen sailors and is an exceptional performance sailing yacht designed by Reichel / Pugh. The yacht features an easily driven hull, powerful sail configuration as well as canting keel.

LUPA OF LONDON Sails

LUPA OF LONDON Sails

LUPA OF LONDON superyacht offers accommodation to 6 charter guests in 3 double guest cabins. The master cabin is situated aft of the saloon and features an en suite bathroom, whereas the two double cabins are located forward of the saloon, each with a head, sharing shower. There is also a large comfortable saloon and a separate galley. Fantastic al fresco dining opportunity is offered by the large cockpit table on deck, seating all guests comfortably. More information about Lupa of London yacht …

LUPA OF LONDON Cockpit

LUPA OF LONDON Cockpit

33M (106’) CHARTER YACHT COSMOS

Charter yacht COSMOS is a great luxury motor yacht, sure to impress even the most seasoned charterer. There are vast deck areas aboard, such as the massive bow section boasting comfortable sunbathing couch and a spa pool. Fantastic panoramic views are offered by the top deck, where charter guests can also enjoy dining al fresco. One of the main features of the COSMOS superyacht is her swimming platform situated aft, also boasting a great range of water toys and sports equipment.

Cosmos Yacht

Cosmos Yacht

Deluxe accommodation is divided into three cabins, sleeping up to eight guests, however Cosmos can entertain up to 75 guests during the day; an excellent option for work functions, parties or banquets during your holiday. The three staterooms include one master cabin and two guest cabins, with a double and single bed in each. There is a further double cabin of a similar quality accessible front the swim platform only, which is perfect for staff, dive instructors or anyone requiring little more privacy. More about COSMOS yacht …

Super yacht Cosmos Flybridge dinning

Super yacht Cosmos Flybridge dinning

48M (158’) MOTOR YACHT HANSE EXPLORER

For serious adventurous the 48-metre HANSE EXPLORER might be just the right choice! She was built by Fassmer Werft with interior design by Mieske Design, providing light and functional styling, and a relaxed atmosphere. The HANSE EXPLORER superyacht is a certified ice-breaker yacht with ice class GL-E3. She is ideal for charters of longer duration and able to explorer any corner of the world. In addition to the comfort aboard she is also very safe.

HANSE EXPLORER

HANSE EXPLORER

HANSE EXPLORER provides comfortable and luxurious accommodation to up to 12 charter guests in 7 cabins. All can be configured for either queen or twin sleeping arrangements. The master suite is located on the upper deck and includes a stateroom, en suite bathroom and a large private lounge. The rest of the guest cabins are located on the main deck, all with private en suite facilities. More information about HANSE EXPLORER yacht …

HANSE EXPLORER - Main Deck Alfresco Dining

HANSE EXPLORER - Main Deck Alfresco Dining

23M (75’) CHARTER YACHT MISS KULANI

Another fantastic explorer yacht is MISS KULANI. She is a 2010 launched Marlow Explorer superyacht based in Papeete in Tahiti. MISS KULANI superyacht has a beautiful interior and a lovely open and airy main deck. Her main saloon boast comfortable settee to starboard with occasional chairs to port. There is also a hidden sink, a fridge and an ice maker, a bar with three stools and an entertainment system featuring surround sound and a 50’’ retractable TV/DVD as well as docking station.

Yacht MISS KULANI -  Main

Yacht MISS KULANI - Main

Accommodation offered by MISS KULANI comprises four staterooms, sleeping up to 6-8 charter guests. The owner’s stateroom is situated below deck forward, boasting a walk-around king bed, Cedar-lined hanging lockers and a vanity, as well as en-suite facilities with a sink and shower. There is also one guest stateroom with two Pullman berths (for small children only) and a queen bed, one twin stateroom and one stateroom with upper/lower twin beds, best suited for children. More information about MISS KULANI yacht …

Yacht MISS KULANI -  Al Fresco Dining on the Sundeck

Yacht MISS KULANI - Al Fresco Dining on the Sundeck

45M (147’7’’) MOTOR YACHT BIG FISH

At 45 metres, expedition yacht BIG FISH represents yet another excellent choice for the great adventurers. She was designed by Greg Marshall Design and built by New Zealand’s McMullen & Wing in 2010. Her styling is powerful, yet elegant and accommodating. She is a fantastic example of a modern blue water, stable, functional and comfortable exploration superyacht.

BIG FISH -  Main

BIG FISH - Main

Her charter accommodation includes five double staterooms with en suite bathrooms, sleeping up to 10 charter guests in total. BIG FISH superyacht has a good range of water toys and equipment as well as comprehensive electronic equipment list, including audio video system, capable of storing 1200 films and thousands of music CDs. More information about BIG FISH yacht …

BIG FISH -  Spa Pool

BIG FISH - Spa Pool

19M (62’) LAGOON CATAMARAN FEEL SO GOOD

For those looking for something smaller, yet comfortable and spacious, a catamaran could be an ideal option. The Lagoon 62 catamaran FEEL SO GOOD was designed by Van Peteghem and Lauriot Prévost (VPLP) in collaboration with Lagoon. Thanks to her catamaran dual hull design, she is a very spacious yacht with generous interior living areas created by Nauta Design. The saloon and dining area are open plan, with neutral contemporary décor accented by vibrant red soft furnishings.

Cat FEEL SO GOOD -  Main

Cat FEEL SO GOOD - Main

There are also plenty of exterior living areas to take advantage of when on a Tahiti yacht vacation. The guest cockpit offers an excellent area for al fresco dining with ample seating and a bar area with a sink and a fridge. The sugar scoop transoms aft of the lower guest cockpit provide effortless water access. Wide wrap-around decks lead to the foredeck where an additional guest cockpit is perfect for private escape, followed by two large safety trampolines, ideal for sun lovers. Additional information about FEEL SO GOOD catamaran yacht…

Yacht MISS KULANI -  Relaxing on the Bow at anchor

Yacht MISS KULANI - Relaxing on the Bow at anchor

TAHITI LUXURY YACHT CHARTER

Vision of Paradise on Earth – these are the islands of Tahiti in the French Polynesia. A Tahiti luxury yacht charter includes sailing through turquoise-blue lagoons with white sand beaches, relaxing under palm trees and exploring the underwater beauty of expansive coral reefs. Discover the islands of Bora Bora, Moorea, The Marquesas, Huahine, Fakarava, Rangiroa, Taha’a, Raiatea, Manihi or Tikehau and enjoy the freedom only a Tahiti superyacht charter can offer.

Tahaa - Photo by G. Le Bacon - Courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

Tahaa - Photo by G. Le Bacon - Courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

Polynesian people are friendly and inviting, boasting of great love for their islands which is reflected through their music and dance. Whether you are on a romantic getaway with your loved ones or simply celebrating life with your family and friends, Tahiti yacht holiday is a perfect choice.

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

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

The islands are easily approachable thanks to the conveniently located Faa’a Airport with daily international flights from all over the world. Once landed, your crew will be waiting for you, ready to take you to your yacht and make sure all of your expectation are not only met, but also exceeded. The Captain and his crew will organise a personalised itinerary, cruising to places you always dreamt of, engaging in activities of your choice. For additional details and a full list of yachts that are available for Tahiti boat rental contact our experienced charter brokers here.

Sailing catamaran Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE – Best Sailing Boat of the Year 2014 at Robb Report’s Best of the Best

November 03, 2014

Sunreef Yachts is excited to announce that the new sailing catamaran Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE has been awarded in the ‘The Best Sailing Boat’ category on the China market, organized by the Robb Report Magazine. The prominent gala event took place during the elegant venue at the Peninsula Hotel in Shanghai on October 27, 2014.

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The “Best of the Best” awards ceremony organized by Robb Report presents its’ readers with the world’s finest high quality products and services. The exact standards of the “Best of the Best” and the scrutiny to which products and services are subjected has won the “Best of the Best” awards worldwide recognition and prestige, and the awards ceremony has the reputation of being ”the Oscars” of luxury goods. Among the categories, in which the awards exert its influence, are cars, yachts, aircrafts, watches, jewelry, real estate, travel, fashion and many others.

Best Sailing Boat of the Year 2014 Award for superyacht Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE

Best Sailing Boat of the Year 2014 Award for superyacht Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE

The winning yacht model from the Sunreef Yachts ULTIMATE range – the Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE yacht has even more dynamic and sophisticated design elements. With its spacious, stretched fully to the beam, interior and exterior living spaces and the dynamic sporty exterior lines, this catamaran is a masterpiece accomplished by Sunreef Yachts’ design philosophy – pushing the yacht design industry to its highest limits.

This is the third award for Sunreef Yachts in China after the opening of the office in Shanghai in 2013. In May this year, the 70 Sunreef Power charter yacht DAMRAK II was awarded as “The Best Asia Based Charter Yacht“ by the Asia Pacific Boating Magazine. In 2013 Sunreef Yachts was awarded at SIBEX, Shenzhen International Boat Show 2013 for “The Most Spectacular Entry to China“.

Sunreef Yachts to display 70 Sunreef Power Yacht DAMRAK II at Qatar International Boat Show 2014

October 31, 2014

Following its amazing participation in the most prestigious yachting exhibitions in Europe as well as USA, Sunreef Yachts is pleased to announce its presence at the Middle East‘s most prominent event – the Qatar International Boat Show. This will be hosted by Lusail Marina, a fabulous Doha yacht holiday destination, between the 11th and the 15th of November 2014.

DAMRAK II - Main

DAMRAK II - Main

At the show Sunreef will disclose further details of its custom power and sailing catamaran-superyachts that have been gaining worldwide recognition. Especially for the visitors, the shipyard will display its TOP POWER model – the 70 Sunreef Power charter yacht DAMRAK II, a luxury catamaran that is currently listed for sale. The true “floating villa” with superior performance and a sporty looking streamlined vessel offers stability, extensive storage space, top comfort of cruising and low fuel consumption. The yacht is fully equipped with water gadgets, surrounding systems and is perfectly finished in terms of interior design. DAMRAK II is definitely the best option for those who appreciate luxury cruising and the greatest pleasure aboard.

DAMRAK II - Cockpit 2

DAMRAK II - Cockpit 2

“Due to the growing interest in Sunreef`s catamarans around the great Persian Gulf, the shipyard is present at the most prestigious initiatives in the nautical industry in this region. It is the second time when Sunreef Yachts participates in QIBS. The show focuses the attention of visitors of the highest status in society and those who really appreciate top quality and luxury custom design that characterizes all Sunreef Yachts catamarans. This year we decided to display our 70 Power Damrak II because we strongly believe that this motor star will interest the most sublime visitors of the boat show.” – says Mr Francis Lapp – the Founder and CEO of Sunreef Yachts.

DAMRAK II - Salon 2

DAMRAK II - Salon 2

Participating in the greatest yachting, business and high lifestyle events in the Middle East is one of the most important promotional activities in this region. From the expansion perspective, the shipyard is opening new offices in the key places in the region. In 2014 Sunreef was delighted to open a new office in Bahrain and plans to continue its development in the further years.

The Sunreef Yachts Team will be at the visitors disposal at stand SBY 02 and Damrak II will be on display at M7 & M8 at the QIBS in Lusail Marina – Doha.

ISS Design & Leadership Awards 2014 Winners

October 30, 2014

The International Superyacht Society (ISS) is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Design & Leadership Awards. Representing superlative achievement, the awards were presented at the 24th Anniversary of ISS’s Awards Gala, which took place last night in the beautiful Florida yacht charter location – Fort Lauderdale.

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DESIGN AWARDS

Best Sail 24-40m

InukshukBaltic – 32,64m/107’2” – FrersAdam Lay Studio

Baltic 107 Super Yacht INUKSHUK

Baltic 107 Super Yacht INUKSHUK

Best Sail 40m+

Mondango3 – 56,4m/185’1” – Alloy YachtsDubois NA – Reymond Langton Design

56m sailing yacht MONDANGO 3 (AY46) by Alloy Yachts - Image credit to Chris Lewis

56m sailing yacht MONDANGO 3 (AY46) by Alloy Yachts - Image credit to Chris Lewis

Best Refit

Dream – 60m/196’11” – Jones Boatyard/Dynamic Yacht Management (Abeking & Rasmussen) – Donald StarkeyBannenberg & Rowell

MY DREAM -  Main

MY DREAM - Main

Best Power 24-40m

Quaranta – 34,1m/111’11” – Curvelle – Mauro Giamboi – Alex Isaac – Incat Crowther

Curvelle QUARANTA superyacht - profile.jpeg

Curvelle QUARANTA superyacht - profile.jpeg

Best Power 40-65m

Como – 46,22m/151’8” – Feadship – Dubois NA – Redman Whiteley Dixon

Luxury super yacht COMO at her launch

Luxury super yacht COMO at her launch

Best Power 65m+

Galactica Star – 65m/213’4” – Heesen Yachts – Frank Laupman/Omega – Bannenberg & Rowell Design – Van Oossanen NA

65m Heesen superyacht Galactica Star - Photo credit to Jeff Brown

65m Heesen superyacht Galactica Star - Photo credit to Jeff Brown

Best Interior

Como – Redman Whiteley Dixon

AWARDS OF DISTINCTION & LEADERSHIP AWARD

2014 Excellence in Innovation

Waterscapes

2014 Business Person of the Year

John Percival, Hoylake Sailing School, John Percival Marine Associates, Posthumously

2014 Distinguished Crew Award

Captain Russell Pugh & Crew of the M/V Arctic P

2014 Leadership Award

Tom & Henk De Vries, Feadship

2014 ISS Fabien Cousteau Blue Award

International SeaKeepers Society

New superyacht projects unveiled by JFA Yachts

October 28, 2014

The well known French shipyard, JFA Yachts, has proudly unveiled their latest superyacht projects, including a superb 115′ power catamaran, developed with Peugeot Design Lab, a striking 144’ explorer yacht, as well as a majestic 100’ sailing yacht.

115' JFA Power Catamaran Yacht Concept

115' JFA Power Catamaran Yacht Concept

Motor Yacht 144’ New Explorer

Designed by Dixon Yacht Design, the 144’ JFA explorer yacht project is issued from the 164’ New explorer yacht project. This 144’ offers a large aft deck for a large tender up to 36ft. As the 164’, interiors are designed by Franck Darnet Design.

New 144' Explorer Yacht Concept by JFA and Bill Dixon

New 144' Explorer Yacht Concept by JFA and Bill Dixon

SY 100’ Modern Ketch

New 100´ JFA superyacht developed by Rhoades Young Design in partnership with Rob Humphreys Yacht Design is a beautiful performance cruiser with the emphasis on relaxation as well as lifestyle at sea. The 100´ Young/Humphreys superyacht permits the user to be content, comfortable and safe while being able to select from a wide range of relaxation or entertainment areas all available aboard, depending on the mood.

100' JFA superyacht concept

100' JFA superyacht concept

The profile appearance of a contemporary twin deckhouse 100´ Young/Humphreys luxury yacht belies the expanse of accommodation within. A secluded aft beach is accessible directly through glazed doors to the aft cabin within, whilst the sunken cockpit is inviting and sheltered, and maintains a strong and alluring link to the main deck house.

100' JFA luxury yacht concept

100' JFA luxury yacht concept

Sporting 360 degree views, enhanced by drop down bulwarks and near full height windows, the deck saloon features an uninterrupted vista from the seating / dining area within. Yet another cockpit nestles forward of the main house for secluded privacy.

100' JFA Yacht Concept - Interior

100' JFA Yacht Concept - Interior

With every aspect of life on board considered and revisited, the well developed 100´ JFA yacht is bristling with fresh thinking and approaches to living afloat.

Below is a selection of the lovely charter yachts built by JFA.

British Virgin Islands Yacht Charter aboard 2014 Victoria 67 Catamaran Yacht LIR

October 15, 2014

Experience a British Virgin Islands Yacht Charter aboard the 2014 Victoria 67 Catamaran Yacht LIR and enjoy the exclusivity of your own crew and personalised itinerary, discovering the Caribbean’s most beautiful treasures. Luxury charter yacht LIR is a 2014-launched Fountaine Pajot Flagship Class Victoria 67 catamaran, available not only for BVI yacht charter, but also in the rest of the Caribbean (and the Mediterranean during European summer season).  Her Caribbean yacht holiday destinations include the US Virgin Islands, Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, St Barts, Anguilla, St Martin and many other fabulous islands and islets. We have spoken to LIR’s dedicated and professional Captain, Chris Stollery, who was kind enough to reveal what it is like to spend your vacation aboard a luxury yacht, and even talked to us about some of his personal experiences. Enjoy the interview below and don’t hesitate to contact us for more information and your own customised itinerary.

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

INTERVIEW WITH LIR’S CAPTAIN, CHRIS STOLLERY

Captain Chris Stollery talks to CharterWorld about the Berret Racoupeau-designed LIR catamaran, his years of professional experience as well as life aboard this fantastic vessel. The British Virgin Islands charter yacht LIR  measures 20.44 metres (67 foot) and provides comfortable and stylish accommodation in four spacious cabins to up to eight charter guests in total. All cabins have their own en-suite facilities, air-conditioning, and feature contemporary and elegant decor. The vast open plan living areas, both inside and out,  are ideal for relaxation and socialising with family, friends or colleagues. For endless entertainment and fun, she is equipped with a great range of water toys, such as diving and snorkelling gear, donut, wakeboard, paddle surf, kayaks etc. …

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

What was your first encounter with yachts and how did you begin your career in yachting?

I sailed with my family for pleasure until I was eight years old when my brothers introduced me to the dinghy class. Since then I have been involved with different projects as crew, in charge of deliveries, maintenance and trimmer during regattas.

When I was eighteen years old I decided that the sea was my passion, and a perfect way to keep travelling and meeting people around the world. For this reason I followed my career path for two years obtaining different commercial certificates, and today, I continue updating and upgrading my knowledge and certificates.

What attributes does one need to run a yacht?

The ability to connect with all kinds of people to make them feel comfortable.

Be positive and kind with guests, to create a nice atmosphere on board.

Show good manners at all times. Be a leader whom people trust onboard to conduct all kinds of activities.

Entertainment and team work are key within the crew for success.

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

There are many aspects to working as a Captain on a Luxury yacht. What is the most pleasurable part and what, on the other hand, is the most challenging?

The most pleasurable part is showing people amazing places on the sea, the inland or under the water, and observe how they enjoy their holidays. It is challenging to please everyone and  to be lucky with the weather.

Can you tell me about the most memorable or magnificent experience you have had on the water?

The most recent experience was after a perfect sailing day from Capri to the Aeolian Islands, just arriving at the Stromboli Island with a fantastic sunset at our stern and seeing the constant flowing of lava coming from the crater toward the sea ahead of us.

Last year in Montenegro sailing the salt water lakes, where we felt as if we were sailing in the fjords. We also really enjoyed diving around the wrecks from the Second World War.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

As an active person I love to go with Natalia to wild places to practice Kite surfing,  diving, find various adventures like renting a bike to discover new and different places and things to do. I also like to meet local people to share experiences with and have fun.

LIR - Water toy fun

LIR - Water toy fun

You work together with Natalia Sanchez, Stewardess and a talented Chef. Can you introduce her to our readers and charter guests?

Natalia, without a doubt,  is the person on board who naturally loves to take care of all the small day to day idiosyncrasies, starting by connecting with guests to please them right from the beginning. Regarding Victoria 67 Catamaran LIR she is always giving that little touch to the interiors to be seen by the guests as if each day was the first day of their charter.

In the galley she is a real surprise due to her love of cooking based on the fresh food found daily wherever we might be, to complement the main dishes. As she has a strong background in catering she can improvise all week in different ways depending on each day’s needs or likes of the individual guests.

In the water she loves to teach people using the wake board, snorkel or jump into the water to tighten the stern line to a tree. Natalia always goes with the dinghy to find the local markets, to buy fresh food in the mornings and during sailing she helps me with everything, including skippering when needed.

In a few words Natalia is a joy on board and always smiling.

Victoria 67 luxury catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 luxury catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

LIR yacht spends the European season in the Mediterranean and moves to the Caribbean for winter. What is your favourite place in both of the destinations?

In the Med the top one has to be the Aeolian Islands in Sicily and Montenegro in the Eastern Mediterranean as an interesting destination with plenty of things to see and do.  The Balearic Islands are also a fantastic place for a yacht charter.

In the Caribbean the British Virgin Islands as a well-organized place with a lot of different itineraries for a week’s charter, depending on the guests’ preferences. Grenadines are a great destination for guests whom prefer the wild and natural habitats.

Victoria 67 charter yacht LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter yacht LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

For those less experienced in yacht charter, what can guests expect when embarking on a holiday aboard LIR? Can you describe a typical day aboard charter yacht LIR / how do you determine a yacht charter itinerary?

First of all, we greet our guests with a really nice welcome cocktail, then we introduce ourselves, explaining our roles as a crew, followed by the captain. We continue with a safety briefing explaining how to behave on board a vessel at sea. We need to find out if any guests have allergies so that they can inform us of the best way to assist in case of an emergency.

Before taking them to their cabins, establish if any guests are sensitive to seasickness to allocate them the stern cabin.

Normally, before dinner, we talk about my suggested itinerary so that the guests can discuss this during dinner.

The following morning, during breakfast, I normally take the chart to the table to explain my initial plan and be ready to change it according to our guests’ suggestions.  Following this I would set up a plan for the week, showing them the weather forecast and making sure that they are aware of the fact that if the weather changes the itinerary might change as well; this is to avoid possible misunderstandings during the week.

Before setting off, I will invite the guests for a swim to cool down and get used to the local sea conditions.

Normally on the first day I do a check dive for the divers, so that we are ready once we have arrived at the nice spots.

Lunch should be light and fresh, followed by an afternoon sailing, water sports, beach time, dive or siesta before cocktails.

Dinner time is when guests will find the cockpit and dinner table properly dressed.

After dinner we usually offer drinks, followed by the crew going to bed. Normally, for safety reasons, each night one of us will stay up until the last guest has retired.

Then improvise day by day by asking and recommending the options of each island, cove, village etc., and change the itinerary according to the weather conditions.

LIR - Salon tea

LIR - Salon tea

Would you recommend LIR to families with children as well as couples holidaying with friends?

Yes, why not, we love children and we are prepared with different equipment for them. We have experience with different types of charterers, from couples that don´t know each other to groups of guests invited by the company where they work or just families, friends etc…

What activities would you suggest for families with small or teenage children?

We have water sports for all ages excluding diving. When the child/children are older than 16 years and depending on the situation, I can, as a fully qualified dive instructor, conduct a Discover Scuba diving program. In addition we have plenty of films, games etc…

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

What would you say to clients that never chartered a yacht and are considering it, as opposed to staying at a luxury resort or a hotel?

On a boat there are many aspects that make a big difference as opposed to a hotel. Just arriving at the marina, where the boat is waiting for her guests, is a fantastic and more personal experience. The crew is ready and waiting for you, and that feeling of exclusivity and luxury is priceless.

During the entire trip guests will not need to organise any visits to places they would like to see, adventures to be part of  nor take care of their dinner bookings.  On board LIR, the crew will take care of all the guests’ needs at any time.  LIR is well equipped with amenities and water toys, where guests can enjoy water sports, diving, snorkelling, going to the beach for a picnic or just relaxing in the hammock with a cocktail.

With reference to the food, LIR has a high quality galley where the chef cooks to the same standard as a luxury restaurant on land. There is no need to go out, unless of course the guests wish to go ashore.

The crew is well trained and qualified in all aspects, so that guests will receive an exclusive and professional service.

Holidays at sea are a totally relaxing experience where, in one week, there is enough time to satisfy almost everyone’s wishes and expectations.

A yacht can, for example, access coves that would result impossible to reach from land and the landscape is constantly changing  during a yacht charter, compared to staying in a hotel in one place the entire time.

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR suite - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR suite - Photo credit LIR Yacht

What do you think makes LIR unique, compared with other catamarans on the market?

What makes LIR special is the happy and totally professional ambience on board the most beautiful catamaran designed and fitted out to date. LIR is also the latest Fountaine Pajot Flagship Class Victoria 67 yacht and she was designed by Berret Racoupeau. At the moment it is the second unit afloat and possibly the only one offered for charter, as well as being a brand new catamaran launched in spring 2014.

“It could not be better. Chris – Great captain, smart, well-educated knows the area and very helpful. We saw much more things than last time we’ve been here. We owe this to Chris. Natalia – We never ate so well before. We had good chefs before, however, Natalia did a great job every day through the whole charter. She is a great chef and very nice! Steward – Connor is very helpful and friendly. Great team and nice cat! Maybe it was the best crew we’ve ever had.“

Charter Guests chartering Catamaran LIR in Italy, July 2014

Anegada -  Photograph credit to BVI Tourist Board

Anegada - Photograph credit to BVI Tourist Board

A FEW WORDS  ABOUT BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS YACHT VACATIONS

British Virgin Islands are located east of Puerto Rico and northwest of the Leeward archipelago, in the popular winter yachting destination, the Caribbean. BVI yacht charter is characterised by relaxed sailing around the world’s finest sailing destinations, snorkelling and diving in the crystal clear waters or simply enjoying the sun, light warm breeze and the tranquil sandy beaches.

Jost Van Dyke, a small and picturesque island, is amongst the most popular islands to visit on a BVI charter yacht vacation. The island is a perfect destination for those wanting to escape the busy holiday resorts, boasting lush green forests teaming with wildlife  as well as white sandy beaches.

Virgin Gorda - British Virgin Islands - Photographs © BVI Tourist Board

Virgin Gorda - British Virgin Islands - Photographs © BVI Tourist Board

Tortola, representing the main island of the British Virgin Islands, is famous for great tourist attractions and its natural beauty. Thanks to the island’s volcanic origins, Tortola is defined by rugged spine formations that merge with lesser ridges that undulate towards the sea. It is a treasure trove of natural wonders and breathtaking panoramas, and a great place to depart and explore other nearby destination including the Norman Island, Peter Island, Virgin Gorda, Marina Cay or the above mentioned Jost Van Dyke.

Situated 4 kilometres from Tortola, Peter Island is a good place to enjoy nature trails and hiking, in addition to scuba diving and snorkelling. There are various turtle species that survive in this region as well as other underwater wonders. For dining, there are a number of fine restaurants offering a good selection of international cuisine.

Devil's Bay National Park - Virgin Gorda - Photographs © BVI Tourist Board

Devil's Bay National Park - Virgin Gorda - Photographs © BVI Tourist Board

Discovered in 1493 by Christopher Columbus, Virgin Gorda is another sought after destination for a British Virgin Islands boat rental. This tranquil island is not frequented by very large crowds, thus offering pristine coastline with beautiful azure waters and fantastic beaches. It is renowned for some of the finest beaches around the world!

On the whole, BVI offer unforgettable holiday experiences and undoubtedly the best way to enjoy its numerous heavenly islands is by embarking on a yacht rental. Follow the link for more detailed information about Caribbean yacht vacations and don’t hesitate to contact our experienced brokers to find out more about chartering catamaran LIR or any other vessel that best suits your budget, style and desires.

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Note: Victoria 67 Catamaran yacht LIR will be present at the 2014 Antigua Charter Yacht Show, to be held from 5th to 11th of December. Please, contact us for the possibility of viewing this outstanding vessel.

Sunreef Yachts to participate in Fort Lauderdale Boat Show 2014

October 14, 2014

As part of its international expansion, the Sunreef Yachts shipyard will present its accomplishments at the largest Yacht Show on the American continent – the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The event annually hosts the world-renowned yacht builders, designers, brokerage yachts as well as unique cars.

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In this year’s edition of the exhibition in Florida, Sunreef will present the sailing Sunreef 60 Loft yacht GRACE launched in 2013, owned by an American client. GRACE is a ‘pret-a-porter’ yacht which can be easily operated even by one crew member, due to intelligently designed wheelhouse on the flybridge. An interesting solution used on the unit is a fully equipped open galley, with both Siemens and Gorenje appliances, situated in the portside hull which connects with the saloon located on the main deck via a transparent “magic glass” wall. The cockpit and the saloon are both on the same level divided with a large sliding door, which after opening gives the impression of one enormous seamless space. The interior is filled with an elegant combination of bright upholstery, distinctive rustic oak floors and high-gloss walnut furniture.

GRACE Yacht - Cockpit

GRACE Yacht - Cockpit

Upon the client’s request, the light weight vessel was equipped in innovative illumination, including LED lit flybridge stairs and illuminated cockpit and flybridge tables all made from 3 form panels. The catamaran also features a system of 4 underwater OceanLED lights that makes the boat look stunning at night. Among technological conveniences there is also an in-house made carbon mast with canoe boom, a square top main sail increasing sea-keeping qualities and Bruntons’ folding propellers – the best available on the market. The boat stands out thanks to her impeccable construction quality, customized and very elegant luxury finish as well as high seaworthiness.

GRACE yacht - Saloon

GRACE yacht - Saloon

Fort Laudeurdale – known as the “Yachting Capital of the World” was chosen by Sunreef Yachts in 2010 as one of the places in which the shipyard located its world-wide sales offices. Since then, the shipyard has become increasingly popular among American customers who appreciate flawless design, luxury finishes and high performance.

FLIBS will take place between the 30th of October and the 3rd of November 2014. Sunreef Yachts team will be at your disposal in the GH23, Bahia Mar Yachting Center.