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Luxury Yachts nominated for the 2014 World Superyacht Awards

December 30, 2013

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Below is a list of exceptional luxury yachts nominated for The 2014 World Superyacht Awards, organised by the BoatInternational Media. The Awards will be held in Amsterdam on 3rd May, 2014.

MOTOR YACHTS

Columbus Sport Hybrid 40M

Motor Yacht Columbus Sport Hybrid 40M - a Palumbo Superyacht

Motor Yacht Columbus Sport Hybrid 40M - a Palumbo Superyacht

Param Jamuna IV

Motor Yacht PARAM JAMUNA IV (Project Prince Shark, hull FR027) - a Rossinavi Superyacht

Motor Yacht PARAM JAMUNA IV (Project Prince Shark, hull FR027) - a Rossinavi Superyacht

Vellmari

Vellmari superyacht by Rossinavi - Copyright- Alberto Cocchi

Vellmari superyacht by Rossinavi - Copyright- Alberto Cocchi

Apostrophe

40m Hakvoort superyacht Apostrophe (YN247)

40m Hakvoort superyacht Apostrophe (YN247)

Axioma – Ex Red Square

MegaYacht Red Square - Image courtesy of Dunya Yachts

MegaYacht Red Square - Image courtesy of Dunya Yachts

Ileria

NB56 motor yacht Ileria on the water

NB56 motor yacht Ileria on the water

Monokini

Baglietto superyacht Monokini

Baglietto superyacht Monokini

Le Must (Majesty 105)

Majesty 105 superyacht Le Must

Majesty 105 superyacht Le Must

Pride

Superyacht PRIDE -  Main

Superyacht PRIDE - Main

Solandge

Newly launched 85m Lurssen mega yacht Solandge (Project Niki) - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Newly launched 85m Lurssen mega yacht Solandge (Project Niki) - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Chopi Chopi

Luxury motor yacht Chopi Chopi by CRN

Luxury motor yacht Chopi Chopi by CRN

J’ade

Luxury motor yacht J'Ade by CRN

Luxury motor yacht J'Ade by CRN

FB263 – MY Ocean Paradise

Luxury yacht Ocean Paradise

Luxury yacht Ocean Paradise

FB502 – MY Panthera

47m superyacht Panthera (FB502) by Benetti

47m superyacht Panthera (FB502) by Benetti

Sea Owl

62m Feadship superyacht Sea Owl - Photo credit to Kees Torn

62m Feadship superyacht Sea Owl - Photo credit to Kees Torn

Madame Gu

Feadship launch superyacht Madame Gu

Feadship launch superyacht Madame Gu

Aziza

Luxury superyacht Aziza by ISA

Luxury superyacht Aziza by ISA

INVICTUS by Delta Marine

66m Delta luxury super yacht INVICTUS

66m Delta luxury super yacht INVICTUS

Cacos V

Cacos V Yacht

Cacos V Yacht

Nameless

NAMELESS yacht profile

NAMELESS yacht profile

Quattroelle

Luxury mega yacht Quattroelle - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Luxury mega yacht Quattroelle - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Sea Raider V

A Sunseeker 40m Yacht

A Sunseeker 40m Yacht - Same model as Sea Raider V superyacht

Event

Erossea

115 'M Ocean' Superyacht by Arcadia Yachts - sistership to EROSSEA

115 'M Ocean' Superyacht by Arcadia Yachts - sistership to EROSSEA

Engelberg

Amels LE180 superyacht Engelberg

Amels LE180 superyacht Engelberg

Galactica Star

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

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

MY FF1

Superyacht FF1 by Benetti

Superyacht FF1 by Benetti

Crazy Me

50m superyacht Crazy Me by Heesen - Photo by Dick Holthuis

50m superyacht Crazy Me by Heesen - Photo by Dick Holthuis

Project 12

Project 12 yacht by Cantieri di Pisa

Project 12 yacht by Cantieri di Pisa

Sea Fire

Motor yacht Seafire - AB 140 by Fipa Group at launch

Motor yacht Seafire - AB 140 by Fipa Group at launch

Sofia

42m Moonen motor yacht Sofia

42m Moonen motor yacht Sofia

Vulcan 46m

Vicem Vulcan 46m superyacht Le Caprice V

Vicem Vulcan 46m superyacht Le Caprice V

Finish Line

Trinity Yachts superyacht FINISH LINE (Hull T-058)

Trinity Yachts superyacht FINISH LINE (Hull T-058)

Lady Candy

Superyacht Lady Candy on the water

Superyacht Lady Candy on the water

Codecasa 42-Vintage Series Hull F75

Codecasa 42 Vintage superyacht Hull F 75 by Codecasa Shipyards

Codecasa 42 Vintage superyacht Hull F 75 by Codecasa Shipyards

Framura 3

Codecasa 50s superyacht Framura 3 (hull C 120) by Codecasa Shipyards.

Codecasa 50s superyacht Framura 3 (hull C 120) by Codecasa Shipyards

Odessa II

73m motor yacht Project 423 - Exterior by Focus Yacht Design

73m motor yacht Project 423 - Exterior by Focus Yacht Design

Heliad II

Luxury yacht Heliad II on the water - Photo by Jac Beekers

Luxury yacht Heliad II on the water - Photo by Jac Beekers

Agora

Horizon RP105 Yacht AGORA

Horizon RP105 Yacht AGORA

CaryAli

39m explorer yacht CaryAli by Alloy Yachts

39m explorer yacht CaryAli by Alloy Yachts

Andrea VI

superyacht Andrea VI by Horizon

superyacht Andrea VI by Horizon

Tango 5

Horizon EP115 expedition yacht Tango 5

Horizon EP115 expedition yacht Tango 5

I-Nova

Cosmo 50 Explorer Yacht I-Nova - Photo credit AB Photodesign

Cosmo 50 Explorer Yacht I-Nova - Photo credit AB Photodesign

Lyons Pride

Westport 112 yacht - sistership to Lyon's Pride yacht

Westport 112 yacht - sistership to Lyon's Pride yacht

Quaranta

Curvelle QUARANTA superyacht - profile.jpeg

Curvelle QUARANTA superyacht - profile.jpeg

Aurora

N120 superyacht Aurora by Nordhavn

N120 superyacht Aurora by Nordhavn

Safira

39m Expedition yacht - Sparkam and Stephens

39m Expedition yacht - Sparkam and Stephens

SAILING YACHTS

Inukshuk

Baltic 107 Super Yacht INUKSHUK

Baltic 107 Super Yacht INUKSHUK

Hevea

Luxury yacht Hevea

Luxury yacht Hevea

Inoui

Vitters 33m luxury sailing yacht INOUI

Vitters 33m luxury sailing yacht INOUI

Twilight

Sail Yacht TWILIGHT -  Main

Sail Yacht TWILIGHT - Main

Lunar

Luxury yacht Lunar

Luxury yacht Lunar

Nativa

48m superyacht Nativa by Arzana Navi under sail

48m superyacht Nativa by Arzana Navi under sail

Seahawk

Perini superyacht Seahawk

Perini superyacht Seahawk

State of Grace

Perini Navi 40m State of Grace yacht

Perini Navi 40m State of Grace yacht

Ganesha

Ganesha - Sailing 2

Ganesha - Sailing 2

Chronos

Yacht CHRONOS - 00101

Yacht CHRONOS - 00101

Mikhail S. Vorontsov

Mega yacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov - side view

Mega yacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov - side view

REFITTED AND REBUILT YACHTS

Keyla

45m superyacht Keyla refitted by RMK Marine and Hot Lab

45m superyacht Keyla refitted by RMK Marine and Hot Lab

Dream

Ocean Dream -  Main

Ocean Dream - Main

Auspicious (now Motor Yacht Lisa IV)

Leopard 46 LISA IV -  Main.

Leopard 46 LISA IV - Main.

G5

Enigma XK

Perle Bleue

PERLE BLEUE superyacht

PERLE BLEUE superyacht

The Big Blue

The Big Blue yacht

The Big Blue yacht

This is Us

Luxury sailing yacht THIS IS US (ex Skylge)

Luxury sailing yacht THIS IS US (ex Skylge)

VOYAGER’S AWARD

Exuma

Super Yacht Exuma photo courtesy of Perini Navi

Super Yacht Exuma photo courtesy of Perini Navi

Cookson 50 Yacht Victoire becomes Overall Winner of 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race

December 30, 2013

Written by zuzana

Day 5 and the remaining yachts participating in the 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race had a slight respite from prevailing weather conditions as the southwesterly moderated to 20 – 25 knots over night into this morning. Unfortunately for Roger Hickman’s Wild Rose yacht, any chance of upsetting sailing yacht Victoire as overall handicap leader went by the boards with the diminishing breeze – at 4am AEDT, when the boat needed to cross the finish line, it still had 35 miles to go.

Sailing yacht Victoire at race start - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Sailing yacht Victoire at race start - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

By mid-morning the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia could confirm that Darryl Hodgkinson’s Cookson 50 yacht Victoire was the official Overall Winner of the 69th edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. At a dockside presentation, Hodgkinson the owner/skipper, was presented with the Tattersall’s Cup and a Rolex timepiece.

Hodgkinson, a plastic surgeon from Sydney, bought the boat as a birthday present to himself and told his wife his goal was a two-year plan to win the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race — he fast tracked the timeline, succeeding on his first try. This was Hodgkinson’s third go at the race, having competed in 2010 and 2011 on his Beneteau 45.

Elated with the win, Hodgkinson said, “This is the culmination of a great campaign, it’s a personal victory and one I share with all sailors who did the race. I feel somewhat humbled to have won.”

Victoire Yacht - 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Overall Winner - Photo by Rolex Daniel Forster

Victoire Yacht - 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Overall Winner - Photo by Rolex/Daniel Forster

The exuberant skipper was quick to praise his mostly amateur crew and put the win down to meticulous planning and preparation. He praised tactician and strategist Sean Kirkjian – a 17-time race veteran – and said, “He’s a wizard, who is just playing ‘ocean chess’ all the time”.  As well he touted Danny McConville, who has prepared two or three Hobart winners before, and said “This boat was in marvelous condition before we left the dock. We had a fair bit of preparation, I’d say.”

Victoire yacht’s navigator, Phil Eadie confirmed the meticulous preparation and ‘leaving no stone unturned’ approach and said, “A lot of work has gone into this with Darryl. He had meetings every morning for months, making sure everything works.

Eadie has sailed in 34 editions of the race, and used that experience to draw from, “I plotted the tracks of a lot of the ones we’ve won before or other people have won before, just to sort of get a feel of it – that we didn’t step too far outside of the paddock.

“There was a lot of preplanning, mostly in the last 24 hours before the start – we planned the whole race what we would do in theory, based on the weather, and had that laid out – and balanced that against reality. We have a really good weather guy, Chris Buckley from Perth, and he gave us a lot of good input.”

Victoire crew - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Victoire crew - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Hodgkinson recalled the key elements of Victoire yacht’s win, “It was a fairly tough race. When we got that heavy northeasterly, there were moments when we had to believe in ourselves, and our yacht. We knew this boat had won before, and so we let it run. We knew we were only going to win if we pressed really hard, and we couldn’t let our foot off the pedal. And there were some moments when the foot was right down and it was like ‘oh, this is a ride’, and we were thrilled. Of course it was part terror! At one point, we had a Chinese gybe – which was pretty scary – but amazingly we got the boat up and going, and it worked out.

“But we changed our sail plan after that, and were quite surprised with the change from the A4 (headsail) to A6, how we could still maintain the speed. So I think we learned on the stick, as it were, on that one.”

A steady stream of yachts crossed the line over the past 24 hours, and as of 6pm local time AEDT, there were 17 yachts still racing, 67 finishers, and 10 retired. The back marker was the 38-footer, Déjà Vu, which was expected at the finish early on the morning of January 1st.

Highly innovative sailing yacht Infiniti 100R by Infiniti Yachts

December 30, 2013

Written by zuzana

The impressive 100-foot sailing yacht Infiniti 100R by Infiniti Yachts is a highly innovative vessel, engineered and designed to be the fastest monohull in the world, capable of shattering every monohull record and claiming line honours in every race.
 Superyacht Infiniti 100R is run by man and not machine, as she does not require an engine to drive winches or canting keel, and thus she is eligible for all credible records.

Superyacht Infiniti 100R by Infiniti Yachts

Superyacht Infiniti 100R by Infiniti Yachts

In conditions that deliver 20-25 knots of wind luxury yacht Infiniti 100R has the potential to sail 700 nautical miles in a 24 hours; the current world record stands at 596 nautical miles.
 No supermaxi has ever undergone such intensive development and testing prior to construction. This has included radio controlled models, a 23ft test yacht, an extensive tank testing program at the Wolfson and GKN tanks, wind tunnel testing at the Twisted Flow facility at Auckland University and 3 years of refinement sailing an 27ft scale model of the Infiniti 100R yacht in all conditions. This is product development and testing at the highest level.

The Infiniti 100R superyacht dimensions are:

30m in length

20,000kg of displacement

6.2m beam

6.0m draft

DSS foil fitted Wild Oats XI Yacht takes 7th line honours victory at Rolex Sydney Hobart

December 30, 2013

Written by zuzana

Fitted with the Dynamic Stability System (DSS) foil developed by Infiniti Yachts Ltd, the impressive 100-foot Wild Oats XI yacht has taken her seventh line honours victory at the just concluded Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.

DSS foil powered 100ft superyacht Wild Oats XI - Photo credit to Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

DSS foil powered 100ft superyacht Wild Oats XI - Photo credit to Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Infiniti Yachts Ltd and its sales team at Yachtzoo, Monaco congratulate Bob Oatley’s superyacht Wild Oats XI team for its record-levelling seventh line honours victory in the 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart. Infiniti Yachts has the revolutionary Dynamic Stability System (DSS) at the core of its design and as such provides unparalleled performance and comfort.

Part of the Australian 100 footer’s success in this year’s race can be directly attributed to the DSS foil fitted to sailing yacht Wild Oats XI this season. Some 10 years in development, the patent-protected DSS foil runs laterally across the boat and when required can be deployed to leeward beneath the waterline. The vertical lift this provides, which increases with the speed of the yacht, dramatically improves righting moment, an effect similar to having many more crew on the weather rail. This in turn translates into the boat having more power, less drag and therefore improved performance.

On Wild Oats XI yacht, the DSS foil protrudes from the leeward side of the hull by just over 2m and the foil provides eight to ten tonnes of vertical lift. The added righting moment the foil provided in the Rolex Sydney Hobart was also vital in enabling Wild Oats XI, with her narrow beam of 5.2m, to compete with the newer and more powerful Perpetual LOYAL yacht, which has a beam of 7.4m, in bigger conditions and points of sail when righting moment was a key factor.

“The trial results were quite remarkable. There was an impressive increase in speed,” said Wild Oats XI skipper Mark Richards of the effect of the DSS foil prior to the Boxing Day start. Following the race he enthused how they hit 35 knots boat speed at one stage. “The new foils were phenomenal,’ he said. “They gave us a lot more control in the extreme conditions, and the hard running we did today.”

Chris Links, one of Wild Oats XI yacht’s helmsmen, said of the DSS foil before the race: “It gives us some more stability in those tighter angles and in the heavy downwind it lifts the bow 300mm. In those steep little seas it helps get us on to the waves and surf for longer. We have seen it really work a couple of times, which has really blown us away when it clicks in.”

Arriving in Hobart, tactician Iain Murray attributed a 5% gain in Wild Oats XI’s speed to the DSS foil, which had been put to good work as the wind built to more than 30 knots coming down the east coast of Tasmania and continued to build as they hardened up to cross the aptly named Storm Bay.

In fact according to the DSS’s creator British yacht designer Hugh Welbourn, Wild Oats XI superyacht’s retro-fitted foil can be considered a ‘DSS-lite’, and therefore only achieves a relatively small percentage increase in performance compared to what would be expected with from an Infiniti yacht where the DSS foil is integral to the original design. It has a smaller area and is shorter than would normally be fitted to a 100ft maxi. It is also straight, whereas DSS foils normally have some curvature to them that raises the tip of the foil when it is deployed, creating yet more lift.

Luxury yacht Wild Oats XI is the one of the latest to be fitted with a DSS foil, however Infiniti Yachts have several Welbourn designs that have been created specifically to harness the potential of the foil. Rather than gaining righting moment from traditional features such as keel bulb weight or draft or waterline beam, the Infiniti Yachts are typically lighter and more slender than many other designs, deriving a greater portion of their righting moment from the DSS foil. This is a highly potent combination providing blistering pace off the wind in anything above light to moderate conditions and a fine, low drag hull in light conditions when the DSS foil is simply retracted into the hull. Upwind the DSS foil produces less righting moment but decreases pitching and heeling, resulting in better performance and more comfort.

The Infiniti 100R for example weighs just over 20 tonnes making her the world’s lightest 100ft offshore racing monohull, capable of covering more than 700 miles/day. All the Infiniti Yacht designs benefit from DSS and its significant improvement in performance and comfort.

“It is great to see Wild Oats XI perform so well and this gives us even greater confidence that the Infiniti 100R, which is lighter and has much more optimised DSS foils, will perform as we expect and will deliver our clients something truly spectacular and unique,” said Infiniti Yachts’ Gordon  Kay.

Chris Richardson from Yachtzoo added: “We at Yachtzoo are delighted to see DSS leading the field in a top quality event and are proud to be the exclusive sales team for Infiniti Yachts.”

DSS creator Hugh Welbourn said: “This race has been a great demonstration of the effectiveness of DSS even when not allied with a purpose-designed hull and rig. However even when the configuration is less than ideal, it’s been good to see the dramatic benefits being well repaid in this victory for Wild Oats XI against a quality fleet, and reinforcing the belief we have in our technology and its application to varying design configurations.”

ARC 2013 attended by 15 Oyster yachts

December 30, 2013

Written by zuzana

As the tail-enders tied up in Caribbean‘s St Lucia just in time for Christmas, this year’s ARC as well as the first ARC+ Atlantic crossings ended with the fastest and slowest ever times for a fleet that also had never before spread so wide north and south, there being a full 1,300 miles between the extremes.

ARC 2013

ARC 2013

That’s equivalent to half the entire rhumb line crossing distance, or as Yachting World’s Elaine Bunting quipped: “…a good three clothing layer difference and a 20-point SP factor variation.”

The split in the fleet came in three parts. A predicted depression way north of the rhumb with the promise of high winds tempted the outright racing element while the cruising core went south and then further divided over the decision to chase or not the trades which were untypically being pushed southward by a high. Those who went at first hit calms. Those who stayed sailed into unexpected winds and powered up.

Storming the longer northern route, one-off carbon lightweight flyer Caro, 65ft and just 17 tonnes, may have smashed the course record by eight hours, arriving in just 10 days 21 hours, but the Oyster fleet with two Class winners and seconds overall in both the Racing and Cruising Divisions racked up more honours than any other single builder.

First of the Oyster ARC fleet of 15 to arrive in St Lucia was Oyster 885 superyacht Karibu, skippered by Eric Sweetser, in a comfortable 14 days 23 hours, but on corrected time, including hours under engine (this is cruising after all!), it was Eric Alfredsom aboard Oyster 53 Lisanne who scooped that prize and also took first place in Cruising Class D with Andreas Zimmerman following in third aboard sistership Oyster 53 Dragonfly and, confirming Oyster’s domination in this Class, then Klaus Schmidt fifth with Sleipnir, again an  Oyster 53.  Reinforcing how well first-placed Lisanne had sailed, her crew had also pulled off a second overall in the Cruising Division’s 162 finishers.

Another owner particularly delighted to take top slot in Class, and also second overall this time in the Racing Division, was Ross Appleby with his well travelled and much raced Oyster Light Wave 48 Scarlet Oyster. “We’ve now won Racing Class B for the third time in a row,” Ross enthused, “we are so delighted, only one other boat has won twice in a row in a race division so the hat-trick is very pleasing!”  And well earned by a determined entrant who, troubled by time and the pre-start bad weather in the Bay of Biscay, had gone to the extreme of trucking Scarlet Oyster from the UK to southern Spain to guarantee getting to the start!

Meanwhile, the first running of the sibling ARC+ event, beginning two weeks before the ARC itself, and stopping en route at Mindelo in the Cape Verdes islands, proved a resounding success with the stopover presenting a fascinating snapshot of a welcoming and highly individual island culture. The ARC+ fleet numbered 42, taking total ‘ARC’ numbers this year to a record 268, making this the largest ever transocean event. Included in the ARC+ were three Oysters with June and Alex Laidlaw’s Oyster 46 Sonsy Lass first Oyster into St Lucia while notching third in Cruising – Class B.

The staging and staggering of these two events placed the Oyster Customer Services team on station in Las Palmas for longer than ever before with the legendary free pre-departure servicing and support for all Oyster ARC entries. And again for some rather than just being helpful this proved near critical with one self-cared for boat found to have a failed through-hull exhaust fitting that was leaking water into the lazarette. The team arranged the fabrication on the island of a complete new unit which was then fitted, tested and trialled before a safe departure.

Also among the usual several autopilot issues, custom delays for one yacht awaiting a replacement drive unit were resolved only by Oyster ultimately sourcing for the owner another unit in England and packing a staff member off on a plane to Gran Canaria.  But then that’s always been the Oyster way, safe sailing well served, whether new or old, first- or pre-owned. And that’s why and how so many of the Oyster ARC participants are now enjoying more distant adventures. World Cruising too should of course be congratulated, in the 28 years of running this event they’ve helped an astonishing total of 27,000 sailors to cross the Atlantic – an extraordinary contribution to yachting and, of course, stories at the bar!

Racing – Class B
1st Scarlet Oyster – Oyster Lightwave 48

Cruising – Class A
2nd Essex Girl – Oyster one-off
3rd Delicia – Oyster 625
8th Acheron – Oyster 655
10th Red Cat – Oyster 625
12th Karibu – Oyster 885

Cruising – Class B
5th Ayesha II – Oyster 575

Cruising – Class C
8th Surya – Oyster 54
13th Vamos – Oyster 625
17th Oyster Reach – Oyster 54

Cruising – Class D
1st Lisanne – Oyster 53
3rd Dragonfly – Oyster 53
5th Sleipnir – Oyster 53

Cruising – Class H
5th Merlyn of Poole – Oyster 45
11th Sephina of Beaumaris – Oyster 406

ARC+

Cruising – Class A
3rd Sonsy Lass – Oyster 46

Cruising – Class B
8th Josie Maria – Oyster 575
12th Babella – Oyster 35 Mariner

Teaser video of new sailing yacht under construction at Jongert

December 30, 2013

Written by zuzana

The well known Dutch builder, Jongert, has recently released a teaser video of their all-new sailing yacht, currently in build. Featuring exceptionally sleek lines, the new Jongert superyacht will be a distinctive and innovative vessel, boasting excellent sailing performance, without loosing the distinguishing Jongert comfort standards. The yard is expected to unveil more details about this new beauty in January 2014.

Sailing yacht Wild Oats XI takes line honours win at 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race

December 28, 2013

Written by zuzana

While not the record-setting pace, sailing yacht Wild Oats XI still made her indelible mark in the record books, claiming the line honours victory at this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. Close reaching up the Derwent River, the 100-foot superyacht Wild Oats XI crossed the finish line off Battery Point in Hobart, at 7:07pm local time (AEDT). Wild Oats yacht’s elapsed time of 2 days, 6 hours, 7 minutes, 27 seconds gave skipper Mark Richards and crew their seventh line honours victory, which ties the record reached by the yacht Morna/Kurrewa IV.

Final sprint for Line Honours Winner Wild Oats XI Yacht - Photo credit to Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Final sprint for Line Honours Winner Wild Oats XI Yacht - Photo credit to Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Thousands of spectators lined the shore and docks of Constitution Dock and neighboring piers on a beautiful summer’s evening to cheer Wild Oats XI as their crew tied up to the dock. Stepping ashore, a tired looking Mark Richards said, “It was all hard…a lot of testing conditions, a lot of light air and mentally very draining. We had a bit of everything that was the great thing about it.

“This is one of the best wins you could probably have. There’s a lot of new competition and a lot of anxiety, no one hadany idea how we were going to go against each other. To sail away from these guys throughout the race was pretty amazing.” Wild Oats XI owner, Australian winemaker Bob Oatley, joined Richards ashore and exclaimed, “Greatest thrill of my life…seven!”

Superyacht Wild Oats XI passing the iron pot - Photo credit to Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Superyacht Wild Oats XI passing the iron pot - Photo credit to Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Following was a dockside presentation where skipper Mark Richards and owner Bob Oatley were presented with the JJ Illingworth Trophy and a Rolex timepiece as the first yacht to finish.

The Reichel/Pugh-designed boat, built in 2005, showed itself as still competitive in this year’s race, up against the toughest fleet ever assembled – which included 100-foot superyacht Perpetual Loyal and the 100-foot luxury yacht Ragamuffin 100, Volvo 70s Giacomo and Black Jack, and the newly launched 80-foot yacht Beau Geste. Richards said “To see a nearly nine-year old boat like this perform against the greatest and latest ocean racing boats in the world is pretty impressive.”

Ian Burns, Wild Oats’ strategist recalled a key part of the race, “The first night proved to be a huge parking lot for us and a lot of boats cleverly maneuvered through that, and really gave us quite a hard time to catch up. Luckily we had quite light conditions, which I don’t think suits them (Perpetual Loyal) anywhere near as well as us. We were able to chip away slowly, you know a 1/10th of a mile at a time.  Just after we got past them we came into a really light zone of wind and we managed to keep going – and they got parked up in the same zone and lost a huge amount of distance there.

Line Honours Winner - superyacht Wild Oats XI - Photo credit to Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Line Honours Winner - superyacht Wild Oats XI - Photo credit to Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

“It started off (first day) if you were in front, you sort of lost to the guys behind you; but the second half of the race, once you got in front you got richer and richer, the wind got stronger, and more shift to you. We were able to leverage that pretty heavily and make some steady gains right through the whole race right down to Tasman.”

Anthony Bell’s Perpetual Loyal yacht was second across the finish line with a time of 2 days, 9 hours, 19 minutes, 56 seconds. Bell is familiar with the front of the fleet – the skipper took line honours in the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race on his previous boat Investec Loyal. That boat, now in the hands of Syd Fischer as Ragamuffin 100, was on track to be third over the finish line, giving Wild Oats and Loyal a run for their money.

When the bulk of the race fleet reached Bass Strait earlier today, the notorious body of water proved somewhat benign, with a 20 – 25 knot northeasterly providing perfect downwind sailing conditions. But the threat of the approaching low pressure that is forecast to bring a 30 – 40 knot southwesterly has the boats pushing to get as far south, as fast as possible.

Wild Oats XI Yacht on the approach to the finish line - Photo credit to Rolex Daniel Forster

Wild Oats XI Yacht on the approach to the finish line - Photo credit to Rolex/Daniel Forster

Overnight tonight, a closely grouped pack of bigger boats are due to finish including Black Jack, Beau Geste, Giacomo, and Wild Thing.

The race for overall handicap winner is still up for play. With the changing weather conditions, competitor’s chances have been reshuffled. At 10pm local time AEDT, Bruce Taylor’s Caprice 40, Chutzpah was leading IRC overall on handicap.

Ninety boats are still racing – today Wilparina retired for unknown reasons, while Canute retired with rudder bearing problems.

Busy December 2013 for Solent Refit

December 23, 2013

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Solent Refit reports a busy December as well as year 2013 and wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The refit yard also bid farewell to the 57m Sailing Yacht Montigne after which she headed to exhibit in the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. She has completed her extensive refit on time and is now looking resplendent and waiting for a new owner.

Sailing Yacht Montigne

Sailing Yacht Montigne

Quote from Capt Mark Lumley:

“The boat looks amazing and we had some great feedback from the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, I just wonder what we could have achieved if we had more time! If I am in the area, and need work doing, you will be the first people I call.”

MONACO YACHT SHOW

Solent Refit returned from exhibiting at the prestigious Monaco Yacht Show, the stand was busy and attracted plenty of interested visitors. We also managed to get the unofficial “best give away” with our LED cooling fans. Interest in the Yard and hits on the website have risen dramatically since we returned from the Show.

Superyacht TIGERLILY

Solent Refit welcomes two new vessels for winter refits, one of which is the 33m S.Y. Tigerlily, which arrived ready to go straight into the main hall.

Luxury yacht Tiger Lilly

Luxury yacht Tiger Lilly

Solent Refit will remove her masts and she will be transferred into the main hall on the rail system, her works include a new paint job, some steel works plus her 5 year RINA survey.

Sailing Yacht TIGER LILLY

Sailing Yacht TIGER LILLY

Sailing Yacht EARL OF PEMBROKE

Next to arrive was the 44m Tall Ship “Earl of Pembroke”, a star of many television shows and films. She is being hauled on the transverse slipway and will spend a few weeks ashore, where she will keep Solent Refit’s shipwrights busy. She is having some timbers and frames replaced along with the 1500 meters of deck joints. This is to be done in keeping with her age, to keep her authentic to continue with her film star roles, using Oakham and Jefferies Pitch.

Superyacht Earl of Pembroke

Superyacht Earl of Pembroke

Superyacht Shipyard Expansion for Yacht Solutions at Italthai Marine

December 20, 2013

Written by zuzana

Yacht Solutions at Italthai Marine has expanded its facility and tripled its superyacht yard capacity, as more superyachts come to Thailand’s first dedicated superyacht facility, based in Bangkok, for refit work.

Superyacht refit and repair team at Yacht Solutions

Since the partnership began in January between Yacht Solutions and Italthai Marine (ITM) at Samut Prakarn in Bangkok Yacht Solutions has received more enquiries for shipyard work than ever before and has already undertaken work on 43-metre charter yacht Douce France, 45-metre charter yacht Big Fish, 52-metre motor yacht Elysium, a 60-metre Oceanco MY, 62-metre SY Lamima and 40-metre superyacht Amoha.

Gareth Twist, managing director of Yacht Solutions commented, “Whilst the larger yachts are now travelling to Bangkok to undertake refit, repair, paint and remedial work; we are still working on yachts in Phuket. Our yard in Bangkok offers a fantastic alternative to yachts considering Singapore or having to travel out of the region to Australia, New Zealand or Europe. We offer the best value for money in terms of superyacht expertise, experience, quality and pricing. By running two Yacht Solutions’ teams in both Phuket and Bangkok, we have the option to run any sized project at any time, giving our clients the flexibility they need.”

Floating dock

This new expansion increases Yacht Solutions’ superyacht facilities by 300% expanding its refit capabilities for hauling-out and opens up a great yard option for any resident yachts and superyachts passing through the Gulf of Thailand. This facility is accessible to all of Southeast Asia being less than 800 nautical miles from Singapore.

Yacht Solutions at Italthai Marine is expanding in response to the demand for more superyacht refit and repair facilities in the Asian region from both owners of superyachts based in Asia and those  travelling from Europe and America.

To satisfy this increase in demand for yard time, in addition to increasing its dedicated yard space within ITM, Yacht Solutions has also had to increase the size of its teams. The local area has benefited from the arrival of these luxury yachts, with more crews needing to be housed locally, the restaurants and bars seeing an increase in customers and also more local tradesman are being taken on by Yacht Solutions at ITM.

Gareth Twist commented, “We are very excited to be expanding our yard area to accommodate more yachts. And we have been able to double our workforce in only 6 months and we are still looking to further expand our team and bring in more superyacht professionals to run these teams.”

In October, Gareth Lewis joined the team as a highly experienced project manager with over 35 years in the yachting industry. He is currently managing the build of the 62-metre Lamima. This Phinisi, a traditionally built Indonesian two-masted sailing ship and is due for completion in 2014. Gareth has been involved with many high profile projects including SY Mirabella V, which to date still has the tallest rig in the world and Charter Yacht Sojana, a Farr design 115 foot ketch.

Steve Lodge works as the chief superyacht engineer overseeing all the technical aspects of major refit projects in the yard. He has over 24 years of marine engineering experience on yachts up to 90 metres. Previously he has worked in shipyards such as MB92 Barcelona, as well as others in Malaysia and Australia.

Thailand born Tossapon Mondee is the operations manager for Yacht Solutions at ITM, a highly trained professional, he graduated from Sukhothai Tammathirat University in Construction Management. He has worked in marine related companies in Thailand for over 26 years. He oversees the Thai refit teams working on the large yacht projects in the shipyard.

Rob ‘Doc’ Taylor is a project manager and electrical engineer who has been involved in the superyacht industry for close to 20 years. Doc has a background in marine electrical engineering and a career exposed to all elements of the industry, including chief engineer on various luxury yachts including MY Monaco and Michaela Rose, fleet engineer for yacht manufacturers such as Leight Notika Yachts and project manager for a number of yacht refit companies including Adam Marine.

Gareth Twist added, “Our aim is to create Asia’s best-in-class superyacht refit team. We have a tremendous pool of talented tradesmen here in Thailand and this facility combines European management, standards and quality with the renowned finishing skills of Thai craftsmen. Our unique combination ensures international standards are maintained while owners receive exceptional value for money and service due to the efficiencies of operating out of Thailand. With this facility we are able to compete with the European yards but with the distinct advantage of a lower labour cost base.”

MY Elysium, a 52-metre Benetti was in the yard for 3 weeks undertaking various engineering work, antifouling and woodwork. Captain Andreas Pape commented on his experience “the project management and knowledgeable technical assistance by the western yacht engineers stands out in Asia, we experienced a highly personalised service.” This was “an efficient and cost effective haul-out where every job was done as good and fast as possible and this was greatly appreciated.”

Simon Twist, operations director of Yacht Solutions at ITM is based in Bangkok and said, “Looking to 2014 we already have yard bookings for a 62-metre motor yacht and a 38-metre catamaran. So our future plans are to upgrade the floating dock, continue to develop additional space in the yard for yachts and increase the skill-base and staffing.”

Yacht Solutions at Italthai Marine is determined to create the very best superyacht facility in Asia. This 112,000 square metre facility offering full shipbuilding and repair capabilities plus a bonded warehouse and in-house design office. Yacht Solutions at Italthai Marine is ISO 9001:2000 rated and boasts a lifting capacity up to 95 metres and 3,500 tonnes. It has access to two 115 metre dry docks, 300 metre alongside berthing, a floating dock up to 160 metres and 5000 tonnes lift capacity, making this the largest superyacht repair facility in Asia.

This has been the busiest year yet for Yacht Solutions and as predicted this yard is full for refits for this year. This is great news for the superyacht industry in Thailand and for the Asia-Pacific region.

Third WallyCento Yacht signed and in build

December 20, 2013

Written by zuzana

The convincing premiere of sailing yacht Hamilton as well as luxury yacht Magic Carpet3, duelling on the race course, persuaded an American passionate Owner to join the club of the innovative box-ruled super yachts: the third WallyCento yacht has been recently signed and is currently under construction.

Rendering of WallyCento #3 Yacht

Rendering of WallyCento #3 Yacht

“The Wally Class and the wallycento Class successful competitiveness attracted the new Owner” explains Luca Bassani, Wally and Wally Class President “who is a keen sailor and racer, determined to participate in all our regattas, as well as to cruise in the Mediterranean.”

Developed by Reichel Pugh naval architects with the exterior styling and interiors by Wally, the third wallycento superyacht differs from Magic Carpet3 yacht, designed by the same architect duo, in many aspects both technical and stylistic.

She features different hull lines with a rig that has been balanced accordingly. She has one rudder versus the two of Magic Carpet3. The shaft line is mechanical, whilst remaining retractable. On deck, the new design has been applied to the deckhouse and the coaming that is completely covered by teak to be integrated into the rest of the deck, resulting even slimmer.

WallyCento #3 superyacht from above

WallyCento #3 superyacht from above

Inside, the layout and the styling are very similar to those of superyacht Magic Carpet3, but the galley has been moved to the port side and the crew cabin to the starboard side to avoid any interference of the access to the engine room  with the meal preparation. Furthermore, the new wallycento is the first to feature the bow thruster, enhancing the cruising capability of this class of super yachts.

“The sale of the wallycento third unit confirms the success of the formula” says Bassani “We are confident to further expand the fleet of these super yachts, that share similar high performance to increase the closeness of the racing and the competitive level while remaining very comfortable and fully equipped cruising yachts.”

“Cruising in comfort at the speed of the fastest maxi racer and racing at the highest level of competition is the dream of every passionate yachtsman –continues Bassani– wallycento  is the first and only super yacht making this dream come true. By keeping the boats very similar in size and concept, the wallycento Class offers closer racing within a narrow rating range.”

The construction of wallycento #3 yacht has already started at Green Marine, UK with the delivery of the male plug, while the lamination of the female mould on the male plug is scheduled in January, and the lamination of the hull around mid February. The launching is set for June 2015.

The sale of the wallycento #3 yacht marks a great ending of the year for Wally, that is currently building an array of motor boats recently signed, including the 26m wallyace, 73 wallypower, 55 wallypower, 47 wallypower, Wallyone.

WallyCento #3 Yacht Main Technical Specifications:

length o.a. 30,48 m
beam max 7,2 m
draught 4,40 / 6,20 m
displacement 49,95 tons
speed (engine) 11 knots
sail area 640 m2
accommodation 6 guests + 2/4 crew
saloon table and seats for 10
naval architecture Reichel Pugh
exterior design Wally / Luca Bassani
interior design Wally / Luca Bassani
construction Green Marine, UK
certification Germanish Lloyd
mast and boom Southern Spars TPT
rigging Southern Spars EC6
engine TBD – 300 hp

About wallycento
wallycento is the unprecedented box-ruled superyacht by Wally: a groundbreaking super yacht developed from the innovative lines of the latest racing yachts featuring reduced displacement, a powerful sail plan, moveable ballast, improved stability and planing hull characteristics.

Cento stands for onehundred, that is the overall length in feet of the new racer-cruiser: it is the perfect size to combine absolute comfort, outstanding performance, and racing manoeuvrability.

The simple wallycento box-rule has been designed to create closely matched fast seaworthy sound cruiser-racers that benefit from the latest performance technology, respecting the Wally spirit.