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Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design reveals latest commission for a 78m luxury sloop

September 22, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design has revealed details on its largest project to date – a 78m/256ft sailing yacht from Project MM78.

Malcom McKeon luxury sloop concept - PROJECT MM78

Malcom McKeon luxury sloop concept – PROJECT MM78

Research and development took place over several months to create an innovative sailing yacht that incorporates the owner’s wish to have 360° views from the cockpit without the elevation of a flybridge.

MM78 will feature fully automated sailing systems that ensure that a minimal human contact is required with load-bearing sheets and the lifting keel will ensure that guests can approach closer to the shoreline.

Malcolm McKeon Yacht Designs 78m sloop - PROJECT MM78

Malcolm McKeon Yacht Designs 78m sloop – PROJECT MM78

Inside, the accommodation layout consists of 5 cabins and provides for a crew of 14. One of the outstanding features of the MM78 design is the Owner’s aft apartment, which comes complete with its own salon and dining area to cover a total area of 150m². The apartment directly accesses the extensive aft swim platform and the folding bulwarks produce a total of 100m² of outdoor lounging space.

“This is a ground-breaking concept and we are delighted to have had the opportunity to develop this design for the client. The design progressed through several evolutionary stages and now, with the final arrangement confirmed, we’re pleased to share news of this project.”

– Malcolm McKeon

PROJECT MM78 - Aft view into Owner's suite

PROJECT MM78 – Aft view into Owner’s suite

The full-beam main salon and Owner’s suite make use of floor-to-ceiling hull windows to allow guests extensive views of the natural surroundings and a skylight floods the interior with natural light for comfortable living.

The amidships lazarette layout allows for improved crew access and yacht operations and guest facilities include a 7.5m foredeck swimming pool, spa facilities and a gym.

Luxury schooner ZanZiba available for Eastern Mediterranean charters

September 21, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

40m/131ft luxury sailing yacht ZANZIBA is available for charter in the Eastern Mediterranean and offers guests the beauty of a traditional sailing yacht with all the modern amenities: Built in 2015 by Archipelago Yachts, her naval architecture was completed by Fairlie Yachts while David Wright Design produced her sophisticated interior.

Luxury schooner ZANZIBA - Built by Archipelago Yachts

Luxury schooner ZANZIBA – Built by Archipelago Yachts

The open plan interior makes use of the 9m/30ft beam to create a beautifully laid-out interior for dining and relaxing in style: The interior uses zebrano wood, pale oak and teak to create a seamless natural environment in which to relax and spend time together among family and friends.

The open-plan salon and formal dining area aboard luxury ketch ZANZIBA

The open-plan salon and formal dining area aboard luxury ketch ZANZIBA

After a tiring time exploring such amazing destinations as the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia, watch a film together on the widescreen TV while curled up on the plush sofa. Skylights add to the illumination of the interior and at night guests can catch a glimpse of the stars without leaving the party. Whether taking lunch indoors or celebrating a special occasion, the formal dining area is a comfortable and stately environment that will make an event even more unforgettable.

Sailing yacht ZANZIBA - Bow seating

Sailing yacht ZANZIBA – Bow seating

The deck is designed for outdoor living and guests will be spoiled for choice for places to sit and watch the changing scenery: The foredeck provides a quiet retreat for those looking to spend time with hobbies and rest in the sunshine, while the spacious aft deck cockpit can be shaded or opened up for guests to dine and relax in the utmost comfort while watching sports on the TV by the bar. Along the stern, the sunpads are the perfect place to to take a nap in the fresh air and warm afternoon sun of such destinations as Turkey or Greece.

“Superyacht ZANZIBA is ready for charters in the Eastern Mediterranean from €75,000-€80,000 per week plus expenses. Contact CharterWorld for more information and to reserve your preferred dates today.”

Superyacht ZANZIBA - Aft cockpit and sunpads

Superyacht ZANZIBA – Aft cockpit and sunpads

There is a choice selection of quality water toys on board, including water skis, a canoe and a trampoline. Contact CharterWorld to find out more about the latest selection.

Master suite aboard luxury yacht ZANZIBA

Master suite aboard luxury yacht ZANZIBA

The accommodation is designed for up to 10 guests over 5 cabins: 1 Master suite, 1 double cabins and 3 twin cabins, all with en-suite facilities. A professional crew of 6 will ensure that everyone one board receives first-class service throughout their time sailing through the beautiful Mediterranean seas.

Superyacht ZANZIBA is ready for charters in the Eastern Mediterranean from €75,000-€80,000 per week plus expenses. Contact CharterWorld for more information and to reserve your preferred dates today.

Spirit Yachts unveils largest wooden yacht concept since 1930s Shamrock V

September 20, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

At the Southampton Boat Show, British shipyard Spirit Yachts revealed its 34 metre wooden sloop concept: SPIRIT 111. Once built, she will be the largest single-masted superyacht constructed from wood since the creation of S/Y SHAMROCK V in the 1930s.

SPIRIT 111 - Concept. Image credit Spirit Yachts

SPIRIT 111 – Concept. Image credit Spirit Yachts

The eye-catching interior design of SPIRIT 111 sets her apart from most other superyachts, as every wall is curved. Due to her innovative deck arrangement, a professional crew is unnecessary to sail her, allowing her experienced owner and repeat Spirit Yachts client (who requested ‘the most beautiful yacht on the water’) a more personal sailing experience with family and friends.

SPIRIT 111 - Cockpit converts into sunbeds. Image credit - Spirit Yachts

SPIRIT 111 – Cockpit converts into sunbeds. Image credit – Spirit Yachts

SPIRIT 111 will give outstanding performance both cruising and racing by using the latest hardware and a low freeboard. The generous cockpit is designed for entertaining with guests and the two curved seating areas transform into sunbeds for economical use of the deck space. Four high-powered lithium banks allow for extended periods of cruising and enhances her green credentials, making her one of the most environmentally friendly yachts ever created.

“The Spirit 111’ is an incredibly significant project. A single-masted wooden yacht of this size that can also be owner driven is nothing less than a feat of engineering…”

SPIRIT 111 - Deck layout. Image credit Spirit Yachts

SPIRIT 111 – Deck layout. Image credit Spirit Yachts

Inside, the furnishings are moulded to create a seamless appearance. The main salon will feature a skylight for greater natural light, while the owner’s suite and forward guest cabin will make use of steamed timber to ‘cocoon’ the beds, and discreet doors and storage will ensure an uninterrupted, flowing design.

SPIRIT 111 - Owner's cabin. Image credit Spirit Yachts

SPIRIT 111 – Owner’s cabin. Image credit Spirit Yachts

The interiors will be styled by Rhoades Young, the first collaboration for the shipyard with an external design studio, and structural engineering is being completed by Spirit Yachts’s in-house naval architect and Synolo Design.

Construction began in April on the single-masted SPIRIT 111. Image credit Spirit Yachts

Construction began in April on the single-masted SPIRIT 111. Image credit Spirit Yachts

“These designs show for the first time her truly amazing classically beautiful lines; a balanced blend of timeless elegance and practicality that will quite simply wow anyone lucky enough to be on board,” Spirit CEO and head designer Sean McMillan commented on the yard’s largest build to date.

SPIRIT 111 - Salon concept. Image credit Spirit Yachts

SPIRIT 111 – Salon concept. Image credit Spirit Yachts

“The Spirit 111’ is an incredibly significant project. A single-masted wooden yacht of this size that can also be owner driven is nothing less than a feat of engineering and with an exquisite interior design, will truly be a sight to behold once on the water. I am immensely proud of the world-class boat-building team we have at Spirit, who are turning the vision of this exciting project into a reality.”

Built to RINA standards, SPIRIT 111 is currently in construction at the Spirit Yachts headquarters in Ipswich, Suffolk, and is due to launch summer 2019.

Charter through Indonesia’s stunning Komodo National Park aboard S/Y Dunia Baru

September 14, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Luxury sailing yacht DUNIA BARU, is available for charter in Indonesia, offering your guests a true taste of the history and living culture of the region.

Luxury phinisi DUNIA BARU - Available for charter in Indonesia

Luxury phinisi DUNIA BARU – Available for charter in Indonesia

Built in 2014 by Konjo Boat Builders using traditional methods, S/Y DUNIA BARU is a familiar sight around the charter grounds of Komodo and Raja Ampat, the latter of which is considered to be one of the world’s top diving spots.

51m/167ft sailing yacht DUNIA BARU has an exemplary reputation as a charter yacht and offers guests beautiful wooden interiors finished to a very high standard with all the benefit of modern conveniences such as WiFi and air conditioning.

The bright and comfortable main salon aboard S/Y DUNIA BARU

The bright and comfortable main salon aboard S/Y DUNIA BARU

The main salon is a bright and airy environment with views out onto the foredeck and port and starboard sides, so guests will never miss the most beautiful sights whilst passing through the island-speckled seas.

Towards the aft, the spacious formal dining area also contains a Teppanyaki bar where guests can watch their meals being prepared in front of them by their skilled and professional chefs.

Luxury yacht DUNIA BARU - Dining area and galley

Luxury yacht DUNIA BARU – Dining area and galley

Outside on the bow there is a seating area for guests to sit back and socialise together while keeping an open eye out for Indonesia’s impressive wildlife, from birds of paradise to sea turtles and sharks.

Discover some of the worlds best dive sites with the great selection of water toys and equipment, which includes:

  • 3 x kayaks
  • 2 x jet skis
  • 2 x paddleboards
  • 1 x sail boat, and of course,
  • scuba diving equipment
Superyacht DUNIA BARU - Master suite

Superyacht DUNIA BARU – Master suite

The accommodation layout consists of 1 Master cabin and 6 double cabins to provide luxurious comfort for up to 14 guests. A crew of 18 will take care of every guests to ensure a relaxing and memorable charter experience in some of the world’s most exciting destinations.

Superyacht DUNIA BARU is ready for adventures in Indonesia and Southeast Asia from $87,500-$94,500 USD per week plus expenses. Find out more about her future destinations and on board facilities and contact CharterWorld to secure your reservation.

The results of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2017

September 13, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup was held in Porto Cervo from the 3rd to the 9th of September and provided a treat for onlookers with seven classes participating in five races or more throughout the week-long event.

Overall winner of the Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship, SY MOMO. Photo credit: ROLEX / Carlo Borlenghi

Overall winner of the Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship, SY MOMO. Photo credit: ROLEX / Carlo Borlenghi

Sailing yacht MOMO claimed the 2017 Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship, beating closest competitors PROTEUS by a single point BELLA MENTE and CANNONBALL were also close to claiming the top spot, only 2 points behind the overall winner.

“We feel really good. We are happy and proud to win here finally,” said Dieter Schön for the crew of MOMO. “After last season we improved a lot of details in our boat and as a team – very small things multiply to make you quicker.”

The Super Maxi class victory went to RIBELLE. Photo credit: ROLEX / Carlo Borlenghi

The Super Maxi class victory went to RIBELLE. Photo credit: ROLEX / Carlo Borlenghi

In the Super Maxi class, WINWIN also vied for top spot with a single point’s difference between them and RIBELLE deciding victory for the latter, while NILAYA, INOUI and VIRIELLA were challenged as much by the the changeable wind conditions and light breezes as they were by the other racers.

Among the Mini Maxi yachts, the crew of JETHOU proved her worth by coming in first in all 5 races to secure a lead of 7 points or greater against SEPCTRE, LUCKY and ADELASIA DI TORRES.

S/Y SUPERNIKKA claimed Mini Maxi Racer Cruiser 1. Photo credit: ROLEX / Carlo Borlenghi

S/Y SUPERNIKKA claimed Mini Maxi Racer Cruiser 1. Photo credit: ROLEX / Carlo Borlenghi

Although ATLANTA II finished first on the final day of racing for the Mini Maxi Racer Cruiser 1 group, it was the consistent performance of SUPERNIKKA that earned her first place, while the Mini Maxi Racer Cruiser 2 group was won by H20.

Although GALATEIA finished 9th in the penultimate race, finishing 2nd against OPEN SEASON in the final race ensured that she was the overall winner of the Wally class.

The impressive line starts from some of the world's biggest regatta yachts. Photo credit: ROLEX / Carlo Borlenghi

The impressive line starts from some of the world’s biggest regatta yachts. Photo credit: ROLEX / Carlo Borlenghi

The International Maxi Association and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda organised the event, the latter celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. International Maxi Association President Thomas Bscher said of this year’s Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup: “It has been a fabulous week with very good conditions – strong winds, no swell, no big waves. There is a little room for improve on the organisation side and we are trying to support the officials, because we want people to come back and we want to increase the number of boats.”

Prizes were awarded by YCCS Commodore Riccardo Bonadeo, President of Rolex Italy Gian Riccardo Marini, IMA President Thomas Bscher and His Highness the Aga Khan and Princess Zahra Aga Khan.

Charter sailing yacht Germania Nova in the South of France

September 07, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

55m/180ft luxury sailing yacht GERMANIA NOVA is available for charter in the South of France this September, and this 2011-build from Marin LuxurYachts provides a classic sailing experience with all the benefits and conveniences of modern technology.

Marin LuxurYachts sailing yacht GERMANIA NOVA

Marin LuxurYachts sailing yacht GERMANIA NOVA

Prepare for the day ahead in the spacious main salon and formal dining area, where the skylights illuminate the pale white interior decorated in a traditional style.

Salon adjecent to the formal dining area aboard luxury yacht GERMANIA NOVA

Salon adjecent to the formal dining area aboard luxury yacht GERMANIA NOVA

Adjacent to the dining table, the sofa wraps around a nook to create a cosy setting for family get-togethers or time spent with reading material, watching a film or listening to music.

Aft deck alfresco dining aboard superyacht GERMANIA NOVA

Aft deck alfresco dining aboard superyacht GERMANIA NOVA

Dine alfresco to the backdrop of the French Riviera, then make use of the spacious deck for sunbathing or outdoor exercise such as Yoga or Pilates. There is also an on board gym for guests to wear off excess energy before bed time and to maintain a fitness regime throughout the charter.

Master suite with private lounge aboard luxury yacht GERMANIA NOVA

Master suite with private lounge aboard luxury yacht GERMANIA NOVA

The on board accommodation sleeps 10 guests over 5 cabins: 1 Master suite and 4 double cabins. Her expert crew of 13 will ensure smooth sailing and a fantastic adventure for you and your family along the French Riviera.

Sailing yacht GERMANIA NOVA remains available in the Western Mediterranean this September from €70,000-€80,000 per week plus expenses. Contact CharterWorld to find out more and to reserve your dates aboard this beautiful sailing yacht now.

Sailing yacht Alexa available for charter in the Western Mediterranean

September 04, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Superyacht ALEXA (ex.BELLA CRIOLA) is remaining in the Western Mediterranean for the winter charter season and currently offers Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, the French Riviera and the Balearic Islands among her choice destinations.

Luxury sloop ALEXA - Built by Gdansk & Jarlow Filipiak

Luxury sloop ALEXA – Built by Gdansk & Jarlow Filipiak

Built by Gdansk & Jarlow Filipiak in 1992 and refitted in 2002, this timeless sloop has an eye-catching silhouette made all the more magical at sunset. While on board, guests are treated to plush seating and bedding for restful days and nights that follow on from tiring adventures in the Mediterranean.

Luxury yacht ALEXA - Main salon

Luxury yacht ALEXA – Main salon

The main salon is a timeless interior that uses pale furnishings, white-painted walls and accents of warm wood to make a welcoming environment suited to group gatherings at anytime. While there is a widescreen TV to entertain the little ones while sailing between destinations, it is also a good spot for morning coffee and catching up on the latest sports.

Sailing yacht ALEXA - Formal dining

Sailing yacht ALEXA – Formal dining

Above deck, take full advantage of her 38m/123ft length and lie out as a group on the sun loungers or eat your meal in the warm air on the bow, or under the refreshing shade of the cockpit.

Alfresco dining on the bow of Superyacht ALEXA

Alfresco dining on the bow of Superyacht ALEXA

As well as her tenders for travel to and from the shore, sailing yacht ALEXA comes with 2 x sailing dinghies, water skis and snorkelling gear. Contact the friendly brokers at CharterWorld to find out more about her current selection.

Master suite aboard motor yacht ALEXA

Master suite aboard motor yacht ALEXA

The accommodation layout sleeps 6-8 guests over 4 cabins: 1 Master suite and 3 double cabins, all of which have en-suite facilities. The expert crew of 5 will ensure that everyone on board receives excellent service throughout the charter.

Sailing yacht ALEXA is ready for charter in the Western Mediterranean this summer and along Spain and the Balearic Islands this winter from €44,000-€46,000 per week plus expenses. Secure your dates today: Contact CharterWorld.

Sailing yacht Nephele ready for Western Mediterranean charter

September 04, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

34m/112ft sailing yacht NEPHELE (ex.IPANEMA) is available for charter now in the Western Mediterranean and up to 6 guests can enjoy her perfect balance between indoor and outdoor living spaces.

Sailing yacht NEPHELE - A McMullen & Wing superyacht

Sailing yacht NEPHELE – A McMullen & Wing superyacht

Built by McMullen & Wing in 2003 and refitted in 2009, the shipyard was also responsible for her interior styling while German Frers took care of her exterior appearance, designing beautiful and efficient deck spaces for sunbathing and experiencing the Mediterranean sights up close.

Luxury ketch NEPHELE - Salon and formal dining area

Luxury ketch NEPHELE – Salon and formal dining area

The interior was styled by McMullen & Wing and offers guests a generous layout that amplifies the natural light using cream coloured panelling and pale furnishings. The salon is split between a large L-shaped integrated sofa and adjacent seating with a table for meal times and recreation. While cruising between destinations and for relaxing at the end of a busy day, there is a widescreen TV where the family can sit together and watch the latest films.

Superyacht NEPHELE - Cockpit dining at night

Superyacht NEPHELE – Cockpit dining at night

Above deck, the cockpit can be covered or removed for full contact with the wonderful autumn sun. The separate tables can be transformed into a larger one for alfresco dining enjoying the invigorating morning air or the colours of sunset.

Along the bow and the aft, there is plenty of room for sunbathers to lie back and relax as a group, or simply sit and watch the sights of the Italian Riviera pass by.

As well as a number of tenders, luxury yacht NEPHELE has a variety of water toys , including 2 x Laster sail boats, water skis, a wakeboard and snorkelling equipment.

Luxury yacht NEPHELE - Master suite

Luxury yacht NEPHELE – Master suite

The accommodation is designed to sleep a maximum of 6 guests over 3 cabins: 1 Master suite and 2 twin cabins. A professional crew of 4 will ensure that everyone on board has a relaxing cruise while sailing to such destinations as the Balearic Islands and the South of France.

Luxury sailing yacht NEPHELE is ready to charter in the Western Mediterranean from €52,000-€54,000 per week plus expenses. Contact CharterWorld for more information and to reserve your dates for upcoming holidays.

Charter sailing yacht Infatuation in the Balearic Islands

September 04, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Now that the summer holiday crowds have returned to work and to school, the Balearic Islands are yours to explore with luxury charter yacht INFATUATION.

Jongert Yachts-built luxury ketch INFATUATION

Jongert Yachts-built luxury ketch INFATUATION

Built in 2004 by Jongert Yachts with her last refit in 2015, her living spaces provide guests with a wealth of recreational activities whether anchored or in transit.

Sailing yacht INFATUATION - Main salon and formal dining area

Sailing yacht INFATUATION – Main salon and formal dining area

Within the interior of this 42m/136ft ketch is an expansive split salon that uses extensive skylight windows to create a bright and airy space for the whole family to enjoy. On the lower level, the lounge contains an informal seating area for coffee among friends, while the grand adjacent table creates a great setting for formal celebrations or for spreading out with games and other pastimes.

Luxury yacht INFATUATION - Cockpit dining

Luxury yacht INFATUATION – Cockpit dining

Above deck, the aft cockpit is an ambient location for a moonlit dinner in the Mediterranean, or for simply catching up with friends and family as you move on to the next incredible anchorage around Ibiza or Mallorca. Sunpads can be laid out forward of the helm to make the perfect resting spot after a tiring day of sightseeing and playing along the sandy beaches.

There is a choice selection of water toys on board, including water skis, snorkelling equipment, and inflatable and towable toys. Contact CharterWorld to find out more.

Superyacht INFATUATION - Master suite

Superyacht INFATUATION – Master suite

The accommodation sleeps 8 guests over 4 cabins: 1 Master suite, 1 VIP stateroom and 2 twin cabins. A professional crew of 5 will ensure that everyone on board has a relaxing charter experience.

Sailing yacht INFATUATION is ready for charter in the Balearic Islands from €52,500-€57,500 per week plus expenses. Contact CharterWorld with all enquiries.

Results of the inaugural Newport J Class World Championship

August 30, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

The very first J Class Championship took place between the 21st-26th of August in sunny Newport, Rhode Island and produced seven races of expert sailing from renowned J-class veterans SVEA, TOPAZ, HANUMAN, VELSHEDA, RANGER AND LIONHEART.

Racing underway at the J Class World Championship, Newport, Rhode Island. Photo credit Onne van der Wal

Racing underway at the J Class World Championship, Newport, Rhode Island. Photo credit Onne van der Wal

Although HANUMAN took first place in three of the seven races, it was LIONHEART’s consistent performance, remaining in the top three of all seven races, that earned her the world title by three points.

LIONHEART also took the Terry Kohler Trophy for becoming the 2017 J-class season champions, combining the results of the St Barth’s Bucket and the America’s Cup J Class Regatta as well as the J Class World Championship.

“I think the strongest thing we have is the crew,” LIONHEART’s Nigel Ingram commented. “I don’t think we have changed a single crew position in the last year and a half. The boat is fast, the sail programme is good. We look after all the small details, we work very hard on making sure the bottom of the boat is good, it is vital in these big boats, we work hard at optimising the displacement and righting moment for the different conditions we sail in.”

HANUMAN were the winners of the St Barths Bucket in March and third place on the podium went to RANGER after narrowly beating TOPAZ, both of whom were also a presence at the J Class regatta earlier this year.

Race Results:

1 LIONHEART – 17

2 HANUMAN – 20

3 RANGER – 24

4 TOPAZ – 27

5 SVEA – 29

6 VELSHEDA – 30

Some of the above sailing yachts are available for charter: Contact CharterWorld for more information and location availability and take your next holiday on an historic, high-performance racing yacht.