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Esimit Europa 2 Yacht to visit northern Europe for the first time

April 04, 2013

After three years of wins at all the attended races and five course records set, Europe‘s fastest sailboat, luxury yacht Esimit Europa 2, is leaving the Mediterranean and is heading to northern Europe for the very first time, in order to participate in the 131st edition of the Kiel Week, running from June 22 to 30. The 18-member crew Esimit Europa 2 yacht, currently coming from 8 different European nations, will have to face plenty of competitors as well as unpredictable waters of the Baltic Sea.

Luxury sailing yacht Esimit Europa 2

Luxury sailing yacht Esimit Europa 2 Photo by: Rolex/Guido Trombetta

According to the organizers of the German sea festival, this year’s sailing events in Kiel expect more than 3 million visitors, 1800 boats and 4500 sailors from more than 50 countries, which will compete at 450 races on 11 different courses.

“A new chapter in the history of the Esimit Europa project is starting, because after 19 fastest times at 19 races and 5 records set, this will be our first race outside the Mediterranean. Kieler Woche is the perfect opportunity to introduce ourselves to the German sailing enthusiasts and a chance to carry the European flag to the highest step of the podium for the 20th time. Currently, preparations of the yacht are since the end of last season underway at our winter base in Valencia, Spain, where Esimit Europa 2 has seen some technological improvements, while we will enter the new season also with new design. It will exploit the yacht’s main sponsor, Gazprom, even better and also connect better to our mission of fostering European identity,” said Jochen Schümann, skipper of Esimit Europa 2 yacht, twice America’s Cup winner and three times Olympic champion.

Luxury yacht Esimit Europa 2 will be presented with her new design on Europe’s Day, in Valencia on 9th May. On this occasion the future sailing ambitions will be also revealed.

“We are looking forward to the race for the “Royal Ocean Cup,” which will see the participation of the exceptional Esimit Europa 2 yacht with the sailing legend Jochen Schümann as the skipper. I’m positive that trimarans, catamarans and Esimit Europa 2 guarantee exciting racing. At the same time we warmly welcome the European idea of the Esimit Europa project, which also correlates with the first “EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup” within the Kieler Woche, a series of races for the Olympic and Paralympic sailing classes,” added Eckhard von der Mosel, head of regattas organization at the Kieler Woche.

Antigua Sailing Week 2013 to kick off in less than one month

April 04, 2013

With just under a month to go until the next Antigua Sailing Week, the organisers of this popular Caribbean event would like to remind some key dates and present some of the new things, planned during the 2013 event.

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At Antigua Sailing Week ‘Sailing Comes First’ and this year is no exception. The racing takes place from Sunday 28th April to Friday May 3rd, with one days break for Lay Day.

If heading up island to join in Antigua Sailing Week, there is always the option of entering  the Guadeloupe to Antigua Race which takes place on Friday 26th April. A party the night before in Deshaies will ensure one gets to enjoy some famous French hospitality before the beautiful sail over to Antigua. The Guadeloupe to Antigua Race record has been held by the 43m sailing yacht Senso One (ex Mari-Cha IV) since 2004.

Then on Saturday 27th April there is the option to take part in the Yachting World Round Antigua Race, giving a possibility to enjoy some stiff competition, with using the race as a practice race in readiness for the week ahead, and challenge the existing elapsed time record held by the Farr-designed 115-foot charter yacht Sojana.

THE NONSUCHBAY RS ELITE CHALLENGE – WEDNESDAY 1ST MAY, 2013

An invitational racing event will be held as part of the Lay Day party at Pigeon Beach. Everyone is welcome to watch the exciting racing from the beach and to participate in other beach activities which will take place throughout the afternoon and into the evening. The day’s activities will kick off at midday and racing will start at 1 pm. Eight skippers and their teams will compete to win a week’s stay at Nonsuch Bay Resort for two people.

PARTY, PARTY…………………

Sailing comes first of course, but that means, once the sailing is done, the parties kick in. This year is no exception and there will be a fun line up this year.

The post race Daily Prize Givings’ will be once again held on the lawn at the Antigua Yacht Club following each day’s racing. Cold beers, rum punch, cold Champagne and a full bar will be ready each afternoon along with light bites (and of course a full menu inside Cloggy’s for the truly ravenous).

The big parties will take place as follows:

Saturday 27th April- in Nelson’s Dockyard – The Yachting World Round Antigua Race Awards Party & Antigua Sailing Week Welcome Party, followed by the After Party at Abracadabra.
Sunday 28th April- in Nelson’s Dockyard – The Sunday Sunset Pary
Monday 29th April- at Cloggy’s – Disco Night
Tuesday 30th April – The Big Party Night , sponsored by English Harbour Rum – more to come on this very soon.
Wednesday 1st May – on Pigeon Beach – The Nonsuch Bay RS ELite Challenge & Lay Day
Friday 3rd May – in Nelson’s Dockyard – the Final Awards Party followed by the After Party at Abracadabra.

The best of live bands and DJ’s from around Antigua will provide the weeks entertainment and of course the bars and restaurants throughout English Harbour and the Wadadli Grill in Abracadabra Car Park will be open all week ready to serve dinner each evening.

Esimit Europa 2 Yacht promoting pan-European cooperation

April 03, 2013

Founded by Igor Simčič in 1995, the Esimit Europa project, represented by the Esimit Europa 2 yacht as well as Esimit Sailing Team, aims to promote pan-European cooperation and spread a sense of common European identity through the unifying power of sports.

Esimit Europa 2 Second Race

30m sailing yacht Esimit Europa 2 at full speed

The 30 meter long, 5.3 meter wide Esimit Europa 2 yacht with a 44 meter high mast, on board joins 18 highly skilled sailors, coming from 8 different European nations. With maximum speed of more than 35 knots she is one of the world’s fastest monohull yachts.
Inspired by Esimit Europa’s main message “All together – for Europe”, the Esimit Sailing Team sails under the flag of the European Union and promotes the sailing values of teamwork, solidarity, innovation and collaboration.

Since its christening in June 2010, sailing yacht Esimit Europa 2 claimed 19 line honours at the 19 races attended and set 5 records. Main sponsor is the global energy company Gazprom, while BMW is the official partner.

The Esimit Europa project is under the patronage of the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and is endorsed by Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament, and Sergey Lavrov, Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation.

Esimit Europa racing crew

Esimit Europa racing crew

Esimit Europa racing crew is composed of 18 outstanding sailors. It has representatives coming from eight different European countries, who all together compete under the European Flag. They have an impressive record of sailing victories at the most prestigious events in the world, such as the America’s Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race, and also the Olympic Games.

Luxury yacht Esimit Europa 2 skipper Jochen Schümann is one of the most outstanding sailors of all times. He is a two times America’s Cup winner, three times Olympic champion and holds several world and European titles in different sailing classes.

Doyle Sailmakers to supply the complete sail inventory for 60m Perini Navi Yacht Hull C.2218

April 03, 2013

Based in Salem, Massachusetts, Doyle Sailmakers has recently announced that it has been awarded the contract to supply the complete sail inventory for the all-new 60m Perini Navi yacht Hull C.2218. Luxury sailing yacht Hull C.2218 is a beautiful performance sloop, currently under construction. She is due to be completed in early 2014 and will make her debut at the 2014 St. Barths Bucket.

Doyle to supply the complete sail inventory for 60m Perini Navi Yacht Hull C.2218

Doyle to supply the complete sail inventory for 60m Perini Navi Yacht Hull C.2218

The inventory for the 60m Perini Navi superyacht Hull C.2218 encompasses a staggering 10,200 square meters (110,275 square feet) of sail area including what will be the world’s two largest spinnakers.

The order reinforces Doyle’s commitment and expertise in engineering some of the largest projects in the Superyacht industry including the sails aboard charter yacht Maltese Falcon and superyacht M5, two of the world’s largest and most sophisticated sailing yachts.

Essential to the success of this program will be the contribution of Doyle CFD’s analysis which is being used to model all aspects of the sail shapes and loading, completely integrating data from the boat’s hull and rig in real sailing conditions. This will ensure that the sails as well as the associated hardware are all up to the task of propelling this yacht through the water.

CFD & FEA has been performed to quantify loading and refine shapes in all the sails

CFD & FEA has been performed to quantify loading and refine shapes in all the sails

After several months of discussions, the final inventory was decided on after reviewing a number of possible combinations with an eye on smooth sail crossovers for an aggressive racing schedule the boat has planned. For upwind sailing, the Hull C.2218 yacht will have a 840 sqm mainsail which is complemented by a range of headsails – a reacher, a blade jib, a working jib, and then a Code 0 for light air conditions.

The upwind inventory will be constructed of Doyle’s proprietary Stratis membranes which have proven themselves on many of the world’s most glamorous Superyachts. This technology will enable Doyle’s engineers and sailmakers in Salem to construct high performance sails with minimal weight.

Downwind is where the 60m mega yacht Hull C.2218 will really shine. “We looked at every material available for these spinnakers and realized that there wasn’t anything in existence that would deliver the performance we were looking for,” explains CEO Robbie Doyle. “We partnered with Dimension Polyant to develop a new high-performance Polyester spinnaker fabric that is reinforced with Dyneema for durability and burst strength.”

60m Perini Navi mega yacht Hull C.2218

60m Perini Navi mega yacht Hull C.2218

The new cloth allows the sails to be light and soft like a traditional spinnaker yet has tensile strength on par with other, heavier options. The addition of Dyneema to the cloth will ensure that the sail resists tears, essential to success on the Superyacht racing circuit. The 60m luxury yacht Hull C.2218 will have two spinnakers, one measuring in at 2448 sqm and the other at 2170 sqm. In addition, she will be equipped with a 643 sqm spinnaker staysail set with a top down furler.

“With this project we are fortunate to take everything we have learned in the last 30 years on both Superyachts and Grand-Prix race boats and put it all together in one package,” comments Doyle. “We are extremely excited to be working with the project management team at Perini Navi, Future Fibers and Ron Holland Design to see this through its completion.”

The order caps a string of good news for Doyle Sailmakers in the Superyacht arena, highlighted by the recent debut of the 50m sailing yacht Ohana, new inventories for the 52m superyacht Prana, 45m luxury yacht Artemis, and the launch of the 40m Perini Navi superyacht State of Grace (hull C.2180) with a full Doyle inventory. When the 60m performance sailing yacht Hull C.2218 launches next year, it will be spectacular to see her perform.

Tim Gilding reveals 30m high-performance sailing yacht Project IMMERSION concept

April 03, 2013

Tim Gilding unveils his all-new 30m high-performance sailing yacht Project Immersion concept. Luxury yacht Project Immersion was designed with maxi yachts as well as the Wally Cento in mind, to compete with the likes of charter yacht ICAP Leopard, Wild Oats XI yacht, and superyacht Hamilton.

30m high-performance sailing yacht Project Immersion by Tim Gilding

Cruiser/racer version of the 30m high-performance sailing yacht Project Immersion by Tim Gilding

The original concept was for a 100ft monohull with a wave-piercing hullform and powerful rig developed from AC-style wingsails. This quickly developed into a trio of yachts based on the same hull/appendage set-up: a luxurious cruiser/racer, a race-ready version, and a wingsail-powered speed chaser. The vision of a sleek monohull blasting through the seas at speeds upward of 40 knots inspired the name, Project Immersion.

Luxury yacht Project Immersion - view from above

Luxury yacht Project Immersion - view from above

All three benefit from the highly-efficient, albeit wet, reverse-raked bow flowing gently through to the powerful, flat transom.
The long bow helps carry the waterline length forward while reducing pitching in choppy seas. A deep canting keel sits just behind a central daggerboard – which is hydraulically lifted in the luxury version. Twin high aspect ratio rudders provide the steering.

Project Immersion Yacht Concept - front view

Project Immersion Yacht Concept - front view

Shown in these renderings provided by the designer is the cruiser/racer version of Project Immersion yacht. It’s large glass-topped superstructure conceals a comfortable saloon, dining, and navigation area.

Forward of the main saloon area is a layout providing minimalist accommodation for 6 guests and 4 crew. The decks are free from any stairs, instead rising gently alongside the superstructure to form the large foredeck area. All decks are kept free from clutter by running all main lines below decks. All movement of the canting keel and canard are controlled by a central computer system which analyses the Project Immersion superyacht’s speed, wind angles, and heel angles, and adjusts things accordingly.

Superyacht Project Immersion concept - aft view

Superyacht Project Immersion concept - aft view

The race-ready version does away with the weighty superstructure and interior, replacing them with a no-nonsense cockpit layout and all-business lightweight interior. The weight-saving in this version results in a displacement of under 28,000kg. Coupled with the generous upwind sail area of approximately 565m2, this promises to be a truly potent racer in the maxi scene.

The final version of the trio is the high-speed wingsail-rigged concept. With a huge power-weight ratio, the Project Immersion yacht concept will make full use of the heavily-sheltered helms when blasting through large waves at speeds upwards of 40 knots. There is only one thing this concept is truly at home doing: conquering records.

30m sailing yacht Project Immersion concept by Tim Gilding

30m sailing yacht Project Immersion concept by Tim Gilding

Still under development, this trio of high-performance yachts may provide a unique competitor to the current kings of the sea.

San Fernando Race 2013: Double victory for Smith 72 sailing yacht ANTIPODES

April 02, 2013

With eleven boats of the 24-boat San Fernando Race 2013, safely moored off the beach, and target finish times for the other boats now passed, Geoff Hill can relax in the knowledge that the Smith 72 sailing yacht Antipodes will receive not only the silverware for Line Honours, but also for IRC Overall at the formal prizegiving back in Hong Kong.

San Fernando Race 2013 Start

San Fernando Race 2013 Start - Credit: Guy Nowell

The Philippine team of Standard Insurance Centennial, headed by Ernesto Echauz, finishes second overall, with the Ker 40, Peninsula Signal 8 coming in third, and 1st in IRC Racing Division 1.

Speaking after the race, co-owner Jamie McWilliam described the thrill of the boat, on its first offshore race: “We thought we were doing 9 or 10 kts all the way home, then all of a sudden at midnight, we had 15,16,17 kts and then the breeze clocked round to the north. It was awesome, just brilliant. We had a brilliant full moon, pointing exactly where we were pointing … 15.7kts was the top [boat speed] that we got. The closest we ever got to stopping was at Lei Yue Mun gap [at the start].”

The steady conditions enjoyed by the leading boats did not last for those further back in the fleet, with the curse of the Luzon hole hitting both early this morning and at sundown. Never the less, for the 13 boats still on the water, a steady procession beckons through tonight, with the last boat on the water, Allegro, due to arrive on Sunday morning.

A great success of Royal Huisman Yacht TWIZZLE in Asia

April 02, 2013

The majestic 57,5m Royal Huisman yacht Twizzle loves sailing as well as chartering in the fabulous Asian waters and, it seems, that those with passion for superyachts cruising in these waters love Twizzle. Sailing yacht Twizzle is a beautiful flybridge ketch that was voted ‘Best Custom Yacht’ in the 2011 Asia Boating Awards. She has also been honoured as ‘Asian-based Charter Yacht of the Year’ at the 2013 Asia Boating Awards.

Superyacht Twizzle by Royal Huisman

Superyacht Twizzle by Royal Huisman

It was especially pleasing for the Huisman team to learn that their high performance 49m Spirit of Tradition ketch Kamaxitha yacht ran close to  winning in the category of ‘Best Custom Build Yacht’.

Royal Huisman Yacht Kamaxitha - Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Yacht Kamaxitha - Photo by Cory Silken

Luxury yacht Twizzle took pride of place at the recent Phuket Superyacht Show and will be doing the same at the Singapore Yacht Show from 18th – 21st April. Between these appearances, she is turning heads on charter in many of the regions finest anchorages.

Below is a selection of the outstanding charter yachts built by Royal Huisman.

Ramazan KAYA designed 25m sailing yacht POSEIDON concept

April 02, 2013

The striking 25-metre sailing yacht Poseidon concept represents a new design, developed by the Turkish designer, Ramazan KAYA. The sharp look of Poseidon yacht concept is based on the AUDI car manufacturer’s signature lines.

25m Audi Yacht Poseidon Concept by Ramazan KAYA

25m Audi inspired Yacht Poseidon Concept by Ramazan KAYA

Are these car lines important or not in the yachting sector? According to KAYA, each brand should have a specific design line and can repeat it in its new form for every new model. Without new rendition, every model would be exactly the same.

Luxury yacht Poseidon concept

Luxury yacht Poseidon concept

KAYA says that yacht design is about people’s appreciation. Yachts represent a very important sector, which is mainly about desire and people’s appreciation, but on the other hand, many models are the same and ordinary. This is very a interesting and contrasting situation, caused by companies that work close to new opinions, but do not draw on young ideas.

Sailing yacht Poseidon concept - aft view

Sailing yacht Poseidon concept - aft view

Poseidon yacht concept - front view

Poseidon yacht concept - front view

Luxury yacht Poseidon concept is a new design for a special brand and generally designed to be constructed in composites. KAYA chose to use sharp lines because he wants to design aggressive, sporty and iconic vessels. Poseidon’s appearance at a marina and her lines should say: “I am here!”

25m Poseidon yacht concept under sail

25m Poseidon yacht concept under sail

KAYA uses wood from deck to catch so that the exact harmony between composite and nature can be found. KAYA did not want the Poseidon yacht concept to use classic wind and fosil fuel only. This is why she is fitted with solar energy panels, featuring a compact design. However, the yacht can also use this energy in combination with wind and fossil fuels.

Ramazan KAYA designed luxury yacht Poseidon design

Ramazan KAYA designed luxury yacht Poseidon design

Technical Specifications of the Audi Yacht Poseidon Concept by Ramazan KAYA

LOA: 25 m
Max width: 4,2 m
Height: 2,2 m
Material: Generally Composite

New Sunreef 70 FENG Yacht delivered to her Owner in Hong Kong

April 02, 2013

February 22 saw the delivery of the latest Sunreef 70 FENG yacht to her owner in Hong Kong. Following the mast installation, the luxury sailing yacht FENG departed for her maiden voyage from HK to Sanya to participate in the luxury Hainan Rendezvous 2013. The event started on the Chinese Rivierain Hainan Island on Saturday, March 30 and will last until Tuesday, April 2.

Sunreef 70 FENG Yacht

Sunreef 70 FENG Yacht

Francis Lapp, Sunreef Yachts‘ founder and president and Ewa Stachurska, head of Sunreef Yachts China’ Shanghai office are currently attending the exciting four day event in Sanya, with luxury yacht FENG as the biggest catamaran on display!

After HRDV, Sunreef Yachts China, presently established in Shanghai, will take part in the China International Boat Show in Shanghai in April and the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show in May 2013. All these shows except the Shanghai one will include the presentation of the Sunreef 70 Sail FENG yacht.

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

St Barths Bucket Regatta 2013: An Easter Sunday Celebration

March 31, 2013

Today, March 31, saw the “Wrong Way Around” race wrap up sailing at the four-day St. Barths Bucket Regatta, and it was more colorful and full of goodies than a child’s Easter basket. Thirty six superyachts in four classes (Grandes Dames, Mademoiselles, Gazelles and J Boats) circumnavigated the French West Indies island of St. Barths, giving Bucket fans on shore and at sea an amazing view of some of the largest and most spectacular and technologically advanced yachts sailing in the world today.

St Barths Bucket Regatta 2013 - Photo by Pila Pexton

St Barths Bucket Regatta 2013 - Photo by Pila Pexton

The race course, which covered 21 to 26.4 nautical miles (depending on the class), reversed Friday’s “Around the Island” journey and put boat handling skills to the test right off the bat with a downwind start. All but the J Boat class adhered to a “pursuit-style” racing format, requiring each yacht to time its run to the gun for a separate pre-determined start time and hoist a spinnaker as soon as possible after crossing the starting line – the theory being that if all crews in each class sailed equally well, aboard their varied yachts of different speeds, they would meet at the finish line all together.

The theory worked especially well today in the 18-20 knot breezes, with yachts barreling down on the finish line, drawn again by their giant spinnakers, within minutes – sometimes seconds – of each other.

In the Mademoiselles class, the 55 meter superyacht Adela, built by Pendennis and helmed by Dennis Conner, maintained her regatta-long position at the top of the scoreboard with a second-place finish today. Adela was presented with the St. Barth’s Bucket trophy as the regatta’s overall winner. The 45 meter Dubois designed charter yacht Salperton IV, skippered by Shirley Robertson with Cameron Appleton in the afterguard, won today’s race to claim second overall, while another Dubois design, the 50 meter yacht Zefira, took third overall.

In the Grandes Dames class, the 48-meter charter yacht Georgia, built by Alloy Yachts, claimed overall victory by crossing the finish line first in her class today. Georgia’s Captain Brent Daw said that his yacht, conceived as the ultimate family world cruiser, has seen many ocean miles since she splashed in 2000, thus she is going into the yard for a refit after the Bucket.

“We sailed steady and cautious like the hare and the turtle, and we were the steady turtle,” said Daw, who came aboard as skipper of the yacht only three months ago. He added that the crew had to sail intuitively, since the majority of them are new to the boat. “The team is more of an organic group, a mix, nationally, of South Africans and Kiwis,” he said explaining that Chris Dickson, of America’s Cup fame, is helming. “The owner lives on board and loves a great day on the water. He is thrilled!”

Claiming second place overall in this class, with a fourth today, was the 54 meter Perini Navi charter yacht Parsifal III, while the 38 meter charter yacht Axia, which was presented with both the All Star Crew Award and the Wolter Huisman Memorial Spirit of the Bucket Trophy at this regatta, finished third overall after posting a third for today. The winner of the Vitters Shipyard Seamanship Trophy was also from this class: the Perini Navi charter yacht Zenji.

One of the biggest stories on the water today was in the Gazelles class, where the 45 meter superyacht Visione, the 38 meter Perini Navi charter yacht P2, and the 30 meter luxury yacht Cape Arrow were all tied with six points going into today’s race. Trailing only one point behind was the Royal Huisman-built Unfurled yacht, which won today’s race to upset the apple cart and claim overall victory in the class. P2, which took home the Perini Navi Cup, took second today to claim equal points (8) with Unfurled but conceded for a second-place finish overall, after tie-breaking rules were applied. Visione and Cape Arrow finished third and fourth overall, respectively.

This was a historic event for the J Class, as it was the first time five of them have graced the same starting line since 1937. Sailing yacht Hanuman, built by Royal Huisman, proved unbeatable throughout the three days, winning handily over the line and on corrected time in the first two of three races held here. Today, Lionheart edged out Hanuman by just two seconds at the line, but Hanuman still prevailed on corrected time to leave luxury yacht Lionheart in second overall. Superyacht Velsheda, charter yacht Ranger and the Holland Jachtbouw built Rainbow yacht followed in third through fifth places, respectively.

Winning the King’s 100 Guinea Cup for Thursday’s “extra day” race for J Boats at the Bucket was Hanuman. The top Corinthian J with an amateur owner/helmsman to win the Corinthian King’s Cup was Lionheart.

“The owner was thrilled,” said Bouwwe Bekking, who called tactics on Lionheart. “This was his fourth regatta ever, and he has done remarkably well. For today’s race, it was neck-and-neck with Hanuman after 26 miles. We knew that with them that close to us they would win, but we had to get our nose out there to win line honors. We loved that we got the gun.”

Bekking said that having the J Boats sailing fleet-style in their own group in the same regatta as the superyachts, which were sailing pursuit-style, worked perfectly. “It was great that we had our own start procession, it wouldn’t have worked any other way. To maneuver these boats is way harder, so the emphasis on safety is good. It was really incredible, and we owe a great thanks to the Bucket Committee and the J Class organization.”

Every year the Bucket Organization devotes a portion of its entry fees for a worthy cause in St. Barths. This year, a donation in the amount of 18,000 euros was made to the St. Barths Yacht Club Youth Sailing Program.

Next year’s event is scheduled for 27 – 30, March 2014.