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Fitzroy Yachts launch the 50m superyacht OHANA (G50)

October 29, 2012

The prominent NZ shipyard, Fitzroy Yachts, launched its latest 50-metre sailing yacht Ohana (G50) on October 28. Designed by Dubois Naval Architects, Ohana superyacht is a beautiful flybridge sloop, currently going through sea trials. She is due to be delivered in December.

50m Fitzroy luxury sailing yacht Ohana (G50)

50m Fitzroy luxury sailing yacht Ohana (G50)

Fitzroy luxury yacht Ohana boasts 6 lovely and comfortable cabins. These include the Owner’s cabin, 4 guest cabins aft, as well as one guest cabin forward. The vessel’s highly trained crew sleep in 4 crew cabins.

Powered by a Cat C32 1450 BHP @ 2300RPM diesel engine, the 50m all-aluminium superyacht Ohana (G50) features a maximum beam of 9,96m and a draught of 5,5m. She is ABS +A1 Commercial Yachting Service +AMS, E classed.

Below is a selection of the spectacular charter yachts constructed by Fitzroy Yachts.

Great Success of Kiwi Boatbuilders at the 2012 Superyacht Awards

October 28, 2012

New Zealand superyacht builders, Yachting Developments and Alloy Yachts, have been once again honoured with awards at the prominent International Superyacht Society Awards, thanks to the excellence of their work, as announced by the NZ Marine Export Group.

Superyacht Antares III by Yachting Developments

Superyacht Antares III by Yachting Developments

At the awards, which were held in Florida’s Fort Lauderdale, the 30–metre sailing superyacht Antares III, built by Yachting Developments in Hobsonville in less than 400 days, won the award for the Best Sailing Superyacht in the 24-40 metre category.

The west Auckland yard also won the Best Refit 2012 Award for their comprehensive refurbishment of the classic 1934 America’s Cup J Class charter yacht Endeavour.

The world renowned superyacht yard, Alloy Yachts, which is based in Henderson, won the ISS Award for the Best Sailing Superyacht over 40 metres for their 67.2-metre luxury yacht Vertigo. The ISS Award, Vertigo’s seventh major international award, makes the yacht the most awarded Alloy Yachts’ creation so far. An incredible 19 Alloy Yachts’ vessels have now won international superyacht awards.

67m sailing yacht Vertigo by Alloy Yachts

67m sailing yacht Vertigo by Alloy Yachts

The International Superyacht Society Awards are held in conjunction with the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, one of the world’s largest and most important marine exhibitions.

New Zealand marine industry companies have a very high profile at the show, with around 20 local exporters showcasing their New Zealand-built yachts and marine products at the high profile show.

“Our NZ Marine Export Group member companies, with the support of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, are working hard at the show, generating new business and more exports for our country,” says NZ Marine executive director, Peter Busfield. “It is another great example of fiercely competitive companies working together to benefit both the New Zealand marine industry and the country as a whole.”

Continuing the strong export promotion of New Zealand’s innovative marine industry, in November twelve NZ Marine Export Group companies will showcase their latest New Zealand-designed and -manufactured products at METS, the world’s largest marine equipment exhibition, in Amsterdam.

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2012: The first Maltese yacht Artie comes home

October 26, 2012

The past two days at the Royal Malta Yacht Club during the 2012 Rolex Middle Sea Race have seen the pontoons fill quickly. The line honours winner of this popular race has become sailing yacht Esimit Europa 2, arriving on Wednesday and the overall race winner, Hi Fidelity yacht, was confirmed yesterday evening. The focus moved to welcoming home the first Maltese boat together with the remainder of the fleet following a slow as well as punishing 606-nm competition.

Post race dockside ambiance at the Royal Malta Yacht Club - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Post race dockside ambiance at the Royal Malta Yacht Club - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Early this morning (Friday), the first Maltese finisher and last year’s overall champion Artie yacht, crossed the line. “This is a difficult race. The first night makes or breaks it,” explained co-skipper Christian Ripard, a veteran of the race. “We worked very hard that first night and got it right. Unfortunately we then got stuck in some big holes, which was very frustrating.” At Capo San Vito (the halfway mark) Artie failed to make the slight wind shift in time while her closest rivals took advantage and pulled clear. “The boats slightly larger than us were always a little bit ahead with the weather,” admitted Ripard.

Times recorded at waypoints along the course suggested luxury yacht Artie was leading on handicap for much of the race. Ripard insists that this did not affect the crew’s approach. “The race is over when its over, and we weren’t really aware of that. We did our best, it was a great race and everybody did a great job working really hard but we just kept on getting stuck.”

Royal Malta Yacht Club - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Royal Malta Yacht Club - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

British boat Trustmarque Quokka yacht crossed the finish line at midday today. Skipper Philippe Falle was brimming with enthusiasm despite the long week: “Retiring never really crossed the mind. It was an intriguing race, a bit off the wall with the conditions and parking. The overall performance of team and scenery made up for everything. This is my favourite of the four (Rolex Middle Sea Races) I have done even though it was so slow.”

The nine boats still sailing have until 08:00 CEST on Saturday 27 October to complete the course ahead of tomorrow’s final prizegiving, to be held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta at 12:00 CEST.

Slovenian entry, superyacht Esimit Europa 2, claimed line honours finishing the course in 85 hours, 33 minutes and 15 seconds.

South African entry, sailing yacht Hi Fidelity, is the overall race winner.

Joachim Kinder designed 90m ‘Sail Cruise Vessel’ Yacht Concept

October 26, 2012

Measuring an impressive 90 meters in length, the spectacular ‘Sail Cruise Vessel’ yacht concept developed by Joachim Kinder represents proof of the confidence from a previous client for whom two sailing yachts had been drawn in the eighties. The voluminous 90m Kinder sailing yacht ‘Sail Cruise Vessel’ features an avant-garde exterior design with a reverse bow as well as plenty of new formal implementations.

Modern 90m 'Sail Cruise Vessel' yacht concept designed by J. Kinder

Modern 90m 'Sail Cruise Vessel' yacht concept designed by J. Kinder

Joachim Kinder designed megayacht ‘Sail Cruise Vessel’ has been specified for luxury charter trips for 50 guests and a crew of 25. Attractive outdoor decks with pool landscapes and a helipad for quick and comfortable arrivals and departures create the perfect scope for this cruise ship.

'Sail Cruise Vessel' superyacht - rear view

'Sail Cruise Vessel' superyacht - rear view

90m sailing yacht 'Sail Cruise Vessel' - superstructure detail

90m sailing yacht 'Sail Cruise Vessel' - superstructure detail

Luxury yacht 'Sail Cruise Vessel' concept - Bridge

Luxury yacht 'Sail Cruise Vessel' concept - Bridge

An extensively equipped ‘spa’ area with fitness room, bar and relaxing zone aft and access to a generous bathing platform offer additional interesting worlds to enjoy. Tenders and water sports equipment are housed mid-ships and may be accessed by a door in the side of the hull.

Sailing yacht 'Sail Cruise Vessel' - Sundeck

Sailing yacht 'Sail Cruise Vessel' - Sundeck

'Sail Cruiser Vessel' yacht concept - Helipad

'Sail Cruiser Vessel' yacht concept - Helipad

Main Characteristics of the Joachim Kinder designed 90m luxury yacht ‘Sail Cruise Vessel’

Name of the yacht: ‘SAIL CRUISE VESSEL’ 90 m ‘modern’
Material: Steel
Naval-Architect: Hannu Nurminen
Yard Country: Poland
Exterior & Interior Design: J. Kinder

ISS Design & Leadership Awards 2012 Winners

October 26, 2012

ISS (International Superyacht Society) is delighted to unveil winners of the 2012 Design & Leadership Awards. Representing superlative achievement, the awards were presented last night at the 22nd Anniversary of ISS’s Awards Gala in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Sailing yacht Antares III by Yachting Developments wins in the category 'Best Sail 24-40m'

Sailing yacht Antares III by Yachting Developments - Winner in the category 'Best Sail 24-40m'

DESIGN AWARDS

Best Sail 24-40m
Sailing yacht Antares III

Best Sail 40m+
Superyacht Vertigo

Sailing Yacht Vertigo as designed by Philippe Briand and launched by Alloy Yachts in 2010

Sailing Yacht Vertigo as designed by Philippe Briand and launched by Alloy Yachts in 2010

Best Refit
Charter yacht Endeavour JK4

Best Power 24-40m
Charter yacht O’Pati

Yacht OPATI -  Main

Yacht OPATI - Main

Best Power 40-65m
Motor yacht Galileo G

Motor Yacht Galileo G by Perini Navi Group

Motor Yacht Galileo G by Perini Navi Group

Best Power 65m+
Megayacht Musashi

Luxury Yacht MUSASHI by Feadship

Luxury Yacht MUSASHI by Feadship

Best Interior
Musashi

AWARDS OF DISTINCTION & LEADERSHIP AWARD

2012 Excellence in Innovation
Marcel Onkenhout, Oceanco

2012 Business Person of the Year
Dean du Toit, National Marine Suppliers

2012 Distinguished Crew Award
Captain Len Beck of the M/V Battered Bull

2012 ISS Fabien Cousteau Blue Award
Chicago Park District & Westrec Marinas

2012 Leadership Award
Terence Disdale, Terence Disdale Designs

Two awards for Yachting Developments at the 2012 International Superyacht Society Awards

October 26, 2012

Yachting Developments is proud to announce that both the new sailing yacht Antares III as well as the extensive refit of the legendary J Class charter yacht Endeavour have won in the 2012 International Superyacht Society awards, which took place in Fort Lauderdale. Antares III received this prestigious award in the category ‘Best Sail 24m – 40m’, while Endeavour won in the ‘Best Refit 2012′ category.

Sailing yacht Antares III by Yachting Developments

Sailing yacht Antares III by Yachting Developments

It was a very special moment for everyone that worked on both projects. Yachting Developments Managing Director, Ian Cook was present at the awards: “To win not one, but two awards today has been extremely overwhelming. Antares III was a great project built in under 400 days, a great accomplishment for the team. Being involved in Endeavour’s extensive refit was an honor for myself and the staff at Yachting Developments. It was all made possible thanks to the foresight of the respective Owner’s and their teams.”

Second Oyster 100 sailing yacht PENELOPE launched

October 26, 2012

The prominent UK manufacturer, Oyster Yachts, is proud to announce that the second Oyster 100 sailing yacht Penelope has been successfully launched at builder’s RMK Marine. A sistership to luxury yacht Sarafin, Penelope superyacht is designed by renowned Dubois Naval Architects. She will be available for inspection in Palma.

Oyster 100 superyacht Penelope at launch

Oyster 100 superyacht Penelope at launch

Commenting on the launch, Oyster Group Chief Executive, David Tydeman said: “Hot on the heels of her sistership, the Oyster 100–01 Sarafin, Penelope is a real treat to sail and will excite and enthral anyone who sees her. Her colour scheme and fine detailing below is a credit to her owner and his interior designers. Whilst Sarafin will be in the Caribbean this winter, entering the St Barths Bucket and other regattas, Penelope will be available for viewings in Palma. The first Oyster 125 superyacht will be launched in early Spring 2013 and we look forward to sailing her.”

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

New Hybrid propulsion system by WhisperPower USA introduced at the 2012 FLIBS

October 26, 2012

WhisperPower USA are to unveil their new hybrid propulsion and power systems for megayachts to the North American market at the 2012 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The new green technology of the hybrid propulsion and power systems reduces emissions, noise and fuel usage. The WhisperPower Hybrid Power System has been under development and testing for more than two years. One system is in operation aboard a new 40m J-class sailing yacht Rainbow, built by Holland Jachtbouw and two others are being installed on large sailing yachts in the Netherlands.

New Hybrid propulsion system by WhisperPower USA introduced at the 2012 FLIBS

New Hybrid propulsion system by WhisperPower USA introduced at the 2012 FLIBS

The Hybrid Power System is based on WhisperPower’s variable-speed Genverter technology, which consists of an intelligent permanent magnet alternator with an ultra-compact diesel engine fitted inside a sound shield. The Genverter feeds a DC-power bus connected to the propulsion systems and the DC-AC power conversion system for the hotel load. The system also includes deep-cycle long-life Lithium-Ion batteries, a DC-power distribution system, an efficient DC-AC inverter, high-efficiency electric drive motors for the propeller shaft and an overall power management system.

Installation options are parallel hybrid or serial hybrid drive. The parallel hybrid system maintains the mechanical connection between the engine and propeller shaft, with the electric motor acting on the drive shaft in parallel with the engine. You can drive the propeller directly from the engine or from the electric motor, or from both. You can also disconnect the propeller for a stand-alone generator function. The engine is disconnected during regeneration. In a serial hybrid system, the conventional diesel engine is replaced by an electric motor. A battery bank is connected to the common electric power bus, which is connected to the motor. The electrical energy is either provided by the variable speed Genverter or by the battery bank. With large batteries, you can have long periods of electric propulsion and running electrical appliances without resorting to the generator.

The batteries are charged from the Genverter power pack or shore power. They can also be recharged during sailing by the shaft generator.

“The design goal was to create a sophisticated power management system that can provide silent electric propulsion for an hour or more and manage the ship’s house loads for extended periods of time strictly on battery power,” said Rudolf Mes, general manager of WhisperPower USA. “Our Genverter-based system reduces emissions and audible noise inside and outside the vessel and reduces fuel consumption by up to 30 percent by running the ship’s propulsion from the batteries during periods of low energy consumption, such as nighttime.”

In addition to the Hybrid Power System, WhisperPower USA will show a full range of power generation and management solutions at the Fort Lauderdale Show.

“With WhisperPower’s wide selection of generators, chargers and electrical management products, we can supply complete integrated electrical systems for recreational and commercial vessels of all sizes,” Mes said. “We also stock a complete inventory of WhisperPower replacement parts and consumables for all Mastervolt generators currently in the market.”

WhisperPower USA is showing in Booth 1236 at the Fort Lauderdale Show.

Sailing yacht HI FIDELITY overall winner of the 2012 Rolex Middle Sea Race

October 26, 2012

Sailing yacht Hi Fidelity has been confirmed as overall winner of the Rolex Middle Sea Race 2012. Arriving at 04:18.15 CEST this morning, Eddie De Villiers’ Welbourne 46 onboard S/Y HI FIDELITY established a corrected time benchmark that has proved impossible for the remainder of the sailing yacth fleet to beat. Yacht Hi Fidelity arrived in Marsamxett Harbour in dramatic style under a punishing thunderstorm, strong gusts and torrential rain, conditions atypical of those witnessed earlier during the 606-nm race.

Sailing yacht HI FIDELITY overall winner of the 2012 Rolex Middle Sea Race – Rolex Kurt Arrigo

South Africa becomes the ninth different country to provide a winner of the Rolex Middle Sea Race Trophy joining yachts from Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Success is just reward for the crew of Hi Fidelity following their consistent performance throughout a race largely characterized by light winds and during which they benefited from the leadership of co-skippers and noted professional sailors Michael Joubert and Mark Sadler. “It was a challenging race with lots of breeze and different forecasts,” explained Sadler, taking part in the race for the first time. “It was very demanding from a navigational and tactical point of view. We had a lot of opportunities (to take advantage) when the bigger boats parked and we could decide which way to go.”

Staying in touch with boats rated faster and well ahead of those rated slower coupled with the fresh breeze Hi Fidelity hit while attacking the western stretch of the racecourse proved critical. “It was a challenge beyond challenges,” remarked Joubert. “We didn’t get a lot of sleep, and each new leg brought something new. We tried to mix it between what the weather forecast said and where the fleet was going.” Excelling after almost six full days is testament to the crew’s true Corinthian spirit.

Sailing yacht Hi Fidelity crew – Credit Rolex Kurt Arrigo

“The crew have been absolutely fantastic, I cannot give them enough praise. This has been one hell of a race, we have had just about everything thrown at us. Coming through the Comino [passage] there was a terrific amount of thunder and lightning; it was all around us, and the wind touched 37 knots. To come through the finish and find out that we have such a great result is truly amazing!” said a delighted De Villiers.

By mid-afternoon on Day 6 of the 33rd Rolex Middle Sea Race, 16 yachts had completed the race, 11 have retired and 56 boats are still sailing.

The rebuild of sailing yacht Britannia launched on Kickstarter

October 25, 2012

Sailing yacht Britannia was the most famous racing yacht in the world at the turn of the last century and now K1 Britannia are re-building this prestigious J Class sailing yacht at her former home in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The design and engineering of the new Britannia, the famous yacht originally owned by King George V, son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert will be one of Kickstarters first projects, when it goes live in the UK on October 31st 2012.

Panorma of yacht Britannia's refit © K1 Britannia 2012

Panorma of yacht Britannia's refit © K1 Britannia 2012

Over the course of the next 40 days, through the Kickstarter funding site, sailing enthusiasts, those with a passion for heritage, and philanthropic individuals and organisations who are keen to be involved with this unique project will have a short window of opportunity to make history.

Since Kickstarter’s launch on April 28, 2009, in the US over $350 million has been pledged through the site by more than 2.5 million people; funding above 30,000 creative projects. With each pledge to support the Britannia project supporters will receive a wonderful reward that’s been uniquely designed and crafted by the rebuild team and/or the opportunity to be part of her new life when she is completed.

View stern to bow of Britannia at refit by K1 Britannia © K1 Britannia 2012.

View stern to bow of Britannia at refit by K1 Britannia © K1 Britannia 2012.

Rewards range from original sketches and blueprints to rigging blocks, crew clothing, beautiful landing mats and oil paintings by world renowned marine artists; everything is custom made, and there is something for everyone. The limited edition rewards at the higher end include experiences aboard the finished yacht Britannia on sailing days during her first regattas in Monaco, Cannes, the UK and Caribbean, where she will race for charity, and the opportunity to dine aboard Britannia with her Captain and Officers.

What makes this project so special is Britannia’s charitable purpose. She will be used for maritime education, programs for veterans, and gifted to 80 – 100 charities a year as a marvelous floating venue for fundraisers and events. Britannia will reclaim a lost piece of maritime history and rekindle memories of a world where nobility and honour were the norm.

Sailing yacht Britannia is now being stripped and prepared for her refit at Venture Quays in East Cowes. Upon completion in 15 months’ time she will be launched with an overall length of 52m and a staggeringly tall 55m mast; the tallest wooden mast in the world!

Sailing yacht Britannia

Sailing yacht Britannia

“Britannia shares her noble heritage and her history with the people of the United Kingdom,” said Scott Ward, founder of K1 Britannia, the company behind the rebuild. “By putting her design and engineering on Kickstarter to be crowd funded we are giving people a chance to share in the experience of bringing this part of history back to life.”

The spirit of this project is all about “Gifting Britannia to the People”; it is a project that reclaims a piece of maritime history and elevates charitable giving globally. With Kickstarter’s help, the design and engineering of Britannia will be completed to the standard and specification that made her one of the most incredible vessels in the world.

In order to complete the design of the interior, special materials will need to be acquired, a full laser scan of the interior and exterior of the hull must be rendered and skilled craftsman will dedicate many hours of their time creating each individual piece on board.

“All of us at K1 Britannia cannot wait to see her sail go up, and to witness the beginning of her new life at sea,” said Scott Ward of K1 Britannia. “We need your help to finish this incredible project. Make a pledge today, and take home a reward and part of the spirit of the Britannia project.”