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Full Monaco Marine Shipyard in La Ciotat with 18 yachts on site

February 25, 2013

The Monaco Marine shipyard in La Ciotat is thrilled to announce that it is full with 18 yachts on site. At the moment, the company has the magnificent 43m charter yacht Annamia in the paint shed, undergoing a hull paint job.

43m superyacht Annamia under refit at Monaco Marine in La Ciotat

43m superyacht Annamia under refit at Monaco Marine in La Ciotat

The Monaco Marine shipyard in La Ciotat has on the hard:
•    30m catamaran PLANET SOLAR – New propulsion

30m catamaran yacht Planet Solar under refit at Monaco Marine

30m catamaran yacht Planet Solar under refit at Monaco Marine

•    50m motor yacht KANALOA – Hull Sandblasting and steel works
•    56m catamaran MK1 – General maintenance
•    43m HARBOUR MOON – General maintenance
•    54m charter yacht LATITUDE – Superstructure paint under the cocoon
•    50m superyacht Cuor di Leone – General maintenance
•    44m motor yacht 360 – Full refit wheelhouse (included paint job, mechanical work, electricity and interior works)
•    43m SOFIA – Full refit wheelhouse engine room
•    50m motor yacht AQUILA – Interior refit
•    44m RAHAL – General maintenance
•    47m luxury yacht SIROCCO – General maintenance
•    47m KIJO – Hull paint and 5 years survey

Luxury yachts Sirocco and Kijo

Luxury yachts Sirocco and Kijo undergoing refit at Monaco Marine

•    37m motor yacht SEA BLUEZ – Paint job and for a general maintenance

Motor yacht Sea Bluez going through refit

Motor yacht Sea Bluez going through refit

•    And finally, 74m mega yacht ILONA – Hull Sandblasting and 5 years survey

74m mega yacht Ilona under refit at Monaco Marine

74m mega yacht Ilona under refit at Monaco Marine

In the water, alongside, the shipyard has:
•    50m motor yacht RUSH – General maintenance and paint work
•    47m RAHIL – Just hull paint work finished inside the paint shed.
•    44m luxury yacht BLADE – General maintenance and paint work

The Monaco Marine Shipyard in La Ciotat is expecting in the upcoming weeks the arrival of the 62m charter yacht MARY JEAN II, the 63m mega yacht KOLAHA, the 64m charter yacht SOLEMAR, the 52m MY ALTITUDE, the 55m SPIRIT, the 55m STEP ONE, …etc.

Swan 90 charter yacht NEFERTITI becomes Winner of Swan Caribbean Challenge Award

February 22, 2013

Yesterday, February 21, saw the conclusion of the fifth edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s (RORC) Caribbean 600 yacht race in Antigua. The popular race hosted eight Swan yachts, as part of a fleet of 53 yachts from 27 countries.

Swan 90 superyacht Nefertiti competing in RORC Caribbean 600 2013

Swan 90 superyacht Nefertiti competing in RORC Caribbean 600 2013 - Credit: Tim Wright

Competition was intense for the Swan Caribbean Challenge Trophy which was won in 2012 by Wendy Schmidt owner of Swan 80 sailing yacht Selene. The prestigious Swan Challenge trophy goes to the first Swan to finish on corrected time under IRC and will be presented to Anders Nordqvist owner of  Swan 90 charter yacht Nefertiti which completed the 600 mile course in just two days, seven hours and 57 minutes, finishing 5th in IRC overall on corrected time. This was the second year Nefertiti superyacht has competed in the RORC Caribbean 600 and the Swedish team showed a marked improvement on their 2012 results.

Collin Buffin and his crew on Swan 62 yacht Uxorious VI (GBR) also sailed an impressive race finishing in two days, 21 hours and 39 minutes, completing course more than six hours faster than in 2012.

In IRC 2, Joseph Mele’s Swan 44 yacht Triple Lindy (USA) finished second overall, just beating Christian Reynolds’ Swan 53 yacht Northern Child (GBR) who finished third in IRC 2 on corrected time.

The prizegiving will take place this evening at the Antigua Yacht Club at 1900 and will be a welcome celebration for the competitors.

From Antigua, several of these Swans will head to Virgin Gorda for the inaugural Rolex Swan Cup – Caribbean, from 11-15 March 2013 at the stunning Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. This inaugural event has evolved from the past decade of ClubSwan Caribbean Rendez-vous held in the British Virgin Islands exclusively organised for Swan owners.

Sunreef 70 Yacht to be exhibited at Hainan Rendez-Vous 2013

February 22, 2013

Presented to the market in 2008, Sunreef 70 yacht, a beautiful vessel meeting the expectations of even the most demanding clients, will be displayed at the upcoming Hainan Rendez-Vous. With her amazingly spacious exterior as well as interior decks, comfortable cabins and full-beam flybridge – the trademark of all Sunreef yachts – luxury yacht Sunreef 70 Sailing (example is charter yacht ANINI) represents truly every charterer’s or catamaran owner’s dream.

Luxury catamaran yacht Sunreef 70 Sailing by Sunreef Yachts

Luxury catamaran yacht Sunreef 70 Sailing by Sunreef Yachts

Certified as an ocean going vessel, the Sunreef 70 yacht has proven her ability to sail in the most challenging weather conditions. In addition to her space and sailing performance, this model offers unlimited options for customization and space arrangement.

Spending holidays on this exquisite 70 feet yacht also means playing with the numerous water toys comfortably stored on the boat, including a jet ski hidden in the purpose-built locker in the front section.

Sunreef 70 Yacht - Galley

Sunreef 70 Yacht - Galley

So far 15 units of the luxury yacht Sunreef 70 have been sold worldwide with the first order from China delivered in the beginning of 2013.

Her ample beam means she is exceptionally spacious. Her layout, easily accommodates 8 to 10 guests in 4-5 double cabins. Her impressive living space allows a selection of layouts with room for a big bar, a lounge area and a comfortable navigation station. There is space for KTV and large party meals and receptions.

Luxury sailing yacht Sunreef 70 - Interior

Luxury sailing yacht Sunreef 70 - Interior

The exterior profile of luxury charter yacht Sunreef 70 Sailing is smooth and elegant while very aerodynamic and streamlined with purpose-built recreational space perfect for maximum fun on board. The Owner has requested oriental interior design with typical simplicity and minimalism in brown (wenge) and cream (Finnish Birch) with touches of muffled red.

Structural geometry is enhanced achieved this luxurious yet minimalistic interior with Tatami mats and decorative elements imitating Shoji screens and sliding doors all accentuated by the horizontal arrangement of low-level tables and bar, surrounded by cushions in wooden frames, simple platform beds.

Luxury yacht Sunreef 70 - Cabin

Luxury yacht Sunreef 70 - Cabin

Below is a selection of other splendid charter yachts built by Sunreef.

Sailing Yacht ‘MY LOTTY’ (ex Serena) getting ready for her first Mediterranean charter season

February 21, 2013

Following her purchase by a new Owner, the lovely 1983 Benetti Sail Division built and Laurent Giles designed 27-metre sailing yacht My Lotty (ex SERENA) is currently undergoing a refit at BR1 Ltd Yacht Management & Refitting, with Doyle Sailmakers Italia assisting with sail plan and rigging maintenance.  Recently renamed to sailing yacht ‘My Lotty’, the vessel is due to be completed by mid April, just in time for the Mediterranean charter season.

Charter Yacht MY LOTTY - with interior by Giovanna Locatelli and refitted by BR1 Ltd

Charter Yacht MY LOTTY - with interior by Giovanna Locatelli and refitted by BR1 Ltd

My Lotty yacht interior design proposal by Giovanna Locatelli

My Lotty yacht interior design proposal by Giovanna Locatelli

In the past, ‘My Lotty’ yacht (then Serena) was privately owned and was not available for luxury charters. Now, that the new Owner has taken over, the yacht looks forward to a busy and successful charter season with, what promises to be a beautifully refurbished new interior designed by Giovanna Locatelli.

Luxury sailing yacht My Lotty (ex Serena) - Interior by Giovanna Locatelli

Luxury sailing yacht My Lotty (ex Serena) - Interior by Giovanna Locatelli

My Lotty yacht - Onwer's bathroom

My Lotty yacht - Onwer's bathroom

The photos published in this article show My Lotty’s preliminary design created by her interior designer that will be further developed to satisfy the Owner’s wishes. Particulars that can be seen in bordeaux in her saloon will be realised in lovely brown colour. The floor coverings of all of the common areas, such as the saloon, corridor etc., will be upgraded to solid wood and replace the current moquettes. Moquettes will be used inside the guest cabins only.

Twin guest cabin aboard My Lotty yacht

Twin guest cabin aboard My Lotty yacht

My Lotty yacht (ex Serena)

My Lotty yacht (ex Serena) - Guest bathroom

Luxury yacht My Lotty’s refit will also entail the upgrade of all technical plants and the yacht will also receive new technology to provide her guests with even better service.

Charter yacht My Lotty - twin cabin

Charter yacht My Lotty - twin cabin

Motor Sailer My Lotty (ex Serena) - Guest Cabin

Motor Sailer My Lotty (ex Serena) - Guest Cabin

BR1 Ltd will polish all the hull and will repaint all of her superstructure. Her deck will also be updated, creating a new sunbathing area. There will be many other additional new features and upgrades to this fabulous new charter yacht – My Lotty, and we will endeavour to keep  you updated with the latest information regarding her refit and re-launch; as well as additional information about her charter rates and availability. MY LOTTY will be available for charter in such spectacular destinations as Sicily, Sardinia, the Neapolitan Archipelago (Campano Archipelago), the Pontine Islands and the Ionian Greece.

My Lotty (ex Serena) Yacht

My Lotty (ex Serena) Yacht

Singapore Yacht Show 2013 to feature top yacht brands

February 21, 2013

With less than two months to go, the Singapore Yacht Show 2013 continues to grow at a phenomenal rate. At already twice the size of the 2012 show, more and more market top companies are signing up to attend the show, running at ONEo15 Marina Club, Sentosa Cove.

Singapore Yacht Show 2012

Singapore Yacht Show 2012

Speaking to media at the show’s partner hotel, W Singapore–Sentosa Cove today (Thursday, February 21), Andy Treadwell, Managing Director of Singapore Yacht Events, unveiled a number of the yachts and boats that visitors can expect to see at the April gathering, and revealed why he believes Singapore Yacht Show is playing a significant part in positioning Singapore as a true “Monaco of the East”.

Set to run for four full days this year, from April 18 – 21, the 2013 show will welcome the award-winning 58m sailing yacht Twizzle, designed by Ed Dubois and built by Royal Huisman in Holland, making her international boat show debut at the Singapore Yacht Show.

British builder Sunseeker will be exhibiting some of its world-leading range of production yachts for the first time, including their 40m flagship motor yacht Tanvas, built specially for an Asian client in 2010, alongside a newly-launched 20m model.

Another hugely popular British brand joining the lineup for the first time this year is Princess Yachts, part of LVMH’s luxury brand portfolio, who will be exhibiting no less than seven vessels at Singapore Yacht Show.

They join other world-renowned builders such as Riva, Fairline, Grand Banks, Hanse Yachts, Sealine, Cranchi and the stunningly innovative Wider Yachts will be on display for those looking to explore their coastline by day-boat.

At the superyacht end, Palmer Johnson, Benetti, Royal Huisman, Westport, Kingship, Azimut, Aycer Yacht and Gulf Craft will all be represented, while leading local dealers and brokers such as Simpson Marine, Luxury Yachts, Premium Nautical and SG Boating will all be participating, with many more exciting announcements to follow shortly.

Now heading into its third year, the show is achieving what it was always asked to deliver – an event with the vibrancy, quality and reputation of the world’s best marine shows, providing a genuinely meaningful marketing platform for the international industry in Singapore. It is the true gateway to the Asian market.

The organisers have added plenty of complementary lifestyle elements to the bill, too. Private aircraft manufacturer Embraer joins the list of exhibitors in the Luxury Pavilion, alongside BMW M-Cars and Lamborghini, and leading contemporary fine art galleries. International realtors iProperty, will also be presenting their showcase of regional high-end properties, and international fashion houses, live bands and a world-famous nightclub will be presenting live shows during the social events.

The Singapore Yacht Show will also this year sit alongside two business-to-business conferences held on April 16 and 17; the annual Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference, and the inaugural Singapore Private Aircraft Conference & Expo (SPACE). In addition, a forum for the international luxury industry, entitled Luxury Keynotes – Understanding Wealth in Asia, is being co-organised on Friday 19th April with event partners Robb Report magazine.

Undisputedly, the Singapore Yacht Show 2013 will be the region’s premier lifestyle event, set in a magnificent location. Conveniently held at ONE°15 Marina Club, the show lends itself perfectly to sunset cocktails and uber-stylish waterside dining at the club and at all the neighbouring bars and restaurants lining the show on Quayside Isle.

Mr Treadwell says the opening of Quayside Isle and the eagerly-anticipated W Singapore – Sentosa Cove, “really completes the visitor experience of the show, offering the perfect stopover to absorb the sights and sounds in style”.

The Singapore Yacht Show has grown to become a yachting event that rivals some of the most important boat shows in the world, thanks to the support of the local yachting and boating industry and the Show’s sponsors and partners.  In terms of the significance of the event, and the quality of its exhibitors, there is little doubt that the Singapore Yacht Show is playing a very significant part in positioning Singapore as the South East Asia business hub for the international yachting and boating industry.

Singapore Yacht Show 2013 opening hours:
Thursday April 18: 1 – 6pm
Friday April 19 – Sunday April 21: 2 – 8pm

Public entry fee: $50

Wrap up of the last night of the NZ Millennium Cup 2013

February 21, 2013

Sunday, February 17, saw the Auckland’s Viaduct Event Centre host the NZ Millennium Cup’s penultimate evening. Owners, crew, sponsors as well as guests arrived to celebrate an amazing three days of competing, and applaud the winner, as the sun went down on a hot Auckland day.

Sports Broadcaster Peter Montgomery announcing the prices

Sports Broadcaster Peter Montgomery announcing the prizes

Touch of Spice, luxury lifestyle company ensued all the ingredients were in place to make the evening a success. Plying guests with superb Mount Gay Millennium Mai Tais, Stoke Beer, Allan Scott wines and outstanding food.

As the guests gathered, talking waterbombs, photo finishes and cruising routes around the region, sports broadcaster Peter Montgomery was preparing the prizes. Sailing yacht Silvertip placed second overall, and also received the prize for sportsmanship, in recognition of her approach to, and goodwill during the racing.

Table settings by Seletti

Table settings by Seletti

A special prize went to the owner/skipper of sailing yacht Sea Toy, for her fun approach to the regatta. Her owner has been appointed ambassador-at-large for yachts in the 60-80ft division for the 2014 event. From enthusiastically encouraging other owners to enter, to dropping a line and catching enough for a mid-race lunch on the aft-deck, Sea Toy’s owner and guests were a great example of making the most of a beautiful three days on the water.

A special prize was also in store for superyacht Janice of Wyoming. Awarded the accolade of best exit from the Viaduct Harbour, Janice had earned her stripes with a slingshotted waterbomb volley at rival yachts, as well as sponsors and bystanders. MC, Montgomery, also made sure to take the time to thank Janice’s owners for their constant support and advocacy of the New Zealand superyacht industry.

Superyacht Zefiro Crew

Superyacht Zefiro Crew

And then it was time for the results. Third place went to the yacht who’d been drawing admiring glances throughout the competition, luxury yacht Ohana, having battled with Silvertip for the duration of the regatta. Second place went to her competitor and Sunday’s winner, Silvertip, earning her place with her ability to fight all the way to the line.

But the winner of the NZ Millennium Cup 2013, was superyacht Zefiro – storming away with the trophy after winning two of the three races. The popular owner and crew were roundly applauded and then the business of the evening was over and it was time to get down to the serious task of celebrating a great regatta and plotting next year’s tactics.

Luxury yacht Zefiro Owner and Skipper

Luxury yacht Zefiro Owner and Skipper

With Touch of Spice steering the festivities guests were in for a treat. Topping off a great three days on the water, the gala dinner was the icing on the cake. And (a few long sleep ins aside) it’s safe to say the NZ Millennium Cup 2014 will be one that’s already chalked into the regatta calendar for any owner with a fierce competitive spirit and sense of adventure.

ISAF Class Status for Gazprom Swan 60 Class

February 21, 2013

The world governing body for the sport of sailing, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), has officially recognise the Gazprom Swan 60 Class as a one design class. This follows a successful inaugural year during 2012 that saw the fleet participate in the Rolex Swan Cup, and subsequently, in the first edition of the Nord Stream Race.

Team Russia aboard Swan 60 yacht Bronenosec © onEdition/Nautor's Swan

Team Russia aboard Swan 60 yacht Bronenosec © onEdition/Nautor's Swan

The Swan 60 was designed by German Frers and the first boat was launched in 2008; eight Swan 60s are now racing from five countries across two continents including Russia, USA, Denmark, Italy and Germany. The Swan 60 retains the fundamental values of Swan, a performance racer combined with features that offer cruising comforts when required. To date, the Swan 60s have raced under IRC in events such as the Copa del Rey, Palma Vela, Rolex Volcano Race, Rolex Giraglia Race and the Rolex Swan Cup.

The Gazprom Swan 60 Class has been developed in conjunction with the Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg. The Class is set to grow and with its newly recognised ISAF status will hold a World Championships in Cowes during the Gazprom Swan European Regatta this summer.

As part of the Gazprom Swan 60 Class Executive Committee, Mike Urwin, Technical Director of the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) Rating Office has been appointed the Class Technical Manager. Mike commented; “It is a privilege to take up this position and to be able to play a role in defining the direction of this exciting new class. Given our previous experience working with Nautor’s Swan at their events and with the Swan 45 Class, allied with our other activities such as the Volvo Ocean Race, we believe that we can contribute significantly to developing a strong and successful class.”

The 2013 Gazprom Swan 60 Class circuit will kick start the summer with the Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta held in Scheveningen, Netherlands on 17 – 21 May.

Team Europe in action © onEdition/Nautor's Swan

Team Europe in action © onEdition/Nautor's Swan

From 13 – 19 July, the fleet will head to the shores of Cowes, Isle of Wight for close racing in the Solent during the Gazprom Swan European Regatta. Hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron, the regatta will consist of 11 races over five days, the majority being windward-leeward courses for the Gazprom Swan 60 Class with one long race around the Isle of Wight scheduled for the Thursday. The event will conclude with a prize giving taking place at the Royal Yacht Squadron, one of the most prestigious yacht clubs in the world.

Staying in UK waters and enjoying the challenges that the Solent has to offer, the Gazprom Swan 60 Class will then take part in Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week from 3-10 August.

Concluding the Gazprom Swan 60 Class Circuit is the Nord Stream Race in September 2013 where the Swan 60s will follow the route of the Nord Stream pipeline. The race will begin in Germany and finish in Saint Petersburg.

The 2014 Gazprom Swan 60 Circuit will keep expectations high, starting with the Nord Stream Race in May from Saint Petersburg to Germany. It will then include the Gazprom Swan 60 World Championships followed by the Rolex Swan Cup held in Porto Cervo, Italy. The Circuit will conclude with the start of the Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup in Tenerife before competitors race to the British Virgin Islands in preparation for 2015.

2015 will see the Swan 60s making the most of the Caribbean waters and completing their three year world tour with events being held in Antigua, the British Virgin Islands, Newport and concluding in the Baltic for the fourth edition of the Nord Stream Race.

Enrico Chieffi, Managing Director of Nautor’s Swan commented, “We are delighted that the Gazprom Swan 60 Class has achieved ISAF Class status. We believe that the benefits of this recognition are significant and will contribute to the Class continuing to grow both in numbers of Swan 60s racing and geographical reach, while continuing to attract some of the world’s very best sailors alongside the owner drivers as we saw at the Rolex Swan Cup with Freddie Loof alongside Leonardo Ferragamo onboard Swing and Tommaso Chieffi as tactician for Vladimir Liubomirov onboard Bronenosec yacht.”

Luxury yachts nominated for World Superyacht Awards 2013 equipped with Ocean Yacht Systems’ thrusters

February 21, 2013

Ocean Yacht Systems (OYS) is proud to have been involved with some of the spectacular yachts which have been announced as finalists in the World Superyacht Awards 2013.

Luxury superyacht OHANA

Luxury superyacht OHANA by Fitzroy Yachts equipped with Ocean Yacht Systems' thrusters

Ohana
Formerly known as project G50, sailing yacht Ohana, built by Fitzroy Yachts (NZ), is equipped with 2 x 99kw custom hydraulic swing thrusters. Uniquely designed to mechanically raise and lock into place leaving behind a completely faired hull providing minimal drag and so optimising sailing performance. These are identical to the thrusters designed, manufactured and installed by OYS to the award winning superyacht Zefira.

Sailing yacht Q5 Quintessential (hull YD 66) by Yachting Developments

Sailing yacht Q5 Quintessential (hull YD 66) by Yachting Developments

Quintessential
The Warwick 100 yacht Q5 Quintessential, built by Yachting Developments in Auckland, is the first superyacht to be equipped with both thrusters and rigging by OYS. She has 2 x 36kw hydraulic swing thrusters one bow and one stern, for ultimate manoeuvrability in restricted waters. Quintessential is also equipped with Kevlar lower and upper mainstays and a forestay by OYS.

A2 superyacht on her maiden voyage

Feadship A2 superyacht refitted by Pendennis on her maiden voyage

A2
During a recent major refit by Pendennis Shipyard, the 47m Feadship motor yacht A2 (ex Masquerade of Sole) was equipped with an OYS electric bow thruster. OYS enjoys a great relationship with the Pendennis team and this is just the latest in long list of successful projects.

Superyacht 111 by Sanlorenzo - 7th 40Alloy launched by the shipyard

Superyacht 111 by Sanlorenzo - 7th 40Alloy launched by the shipyard

Alloy 40
Alloy 40 (example is motor yacht 111) is equipped with an electric fixed thruster designed, manufactured and installed by OYS. This striking aluminium yacht is one of many planned for the future.

46m Sanlorenzo luxury yacht Achilles at launch

46m Sanlorenzo luxury yacht Achilles at launch

Achilles
The 46m steel San Lorenzo built superyacht Achilles is the fourth in the series and is equipped with an electric 20inch, 48hp fixed thruster. Achilles cruises comfortably at 15knts with a maximum speed of 17knts.

Dream Ship Victory Classic Schooner  Mikhail S. Vorontsov

Dream Ship Victory Classic Schooner Mikhail S. Vorontsov

Mikhail S. Vorontsov
The largest all wood classic schooner to date, the hull and deck of mega yacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov were built by Dream Ship Victory shipyard in Turkey before being shipped to Balk Shipyard in Holland for final completion. She is equipped with a full Nitronic 50 standing rod rigging package by OYS.

Ocean Yacht Systems wishes them all the best at the award ceremony, taking place on 4th May in Istanbul.

Ocean Yacht Systems’ thrusters for 32m Swan 105 Yacht

February 21, 2013

Ocean Yacht Systems (OYS) are thrilled to announce that they have signed a new contract with Nautor’s Swan which will see them supply class leading thrusters to the new sailing yacht Swan 105. Described as sleek and luxurious mixed up with substantial interior volume, the latest Swan 105 superyacht will incorporate innovative features with added comfort for the Owners as well as their guests.

Luxury sailing yacht Swan 105 Credit Nautors Swan 2012

Luxury sailing yacht Swan 105 Credit: Nautors Swan 2012

Based in Christchurch UK, OYS have a long standing association working on innovative hydraulic and electric thrusters and sail control systems.

The H-0300-S is a 30kw hydraulic swing thruster with thrust of up to 394kg. When not in use the thruster unit itself fH-0300-S_3_copy_websiteully retracts into the hull leaving a fair hull with minimal drag. The compact design has a small hydraulic locking pin which engages ensuring no movement during passages. There is an added safety feature of being able to manually lift and lower the thruster in case of power failure, whilst there is no environmental risk as all main drive hydraulic hoses are fully enclosed within the upper leg assembly and not open to sea water.

H-0300-S thruster by Ocean Yacht Systems

H-0300-S - a 30kw hydraulic swing thruster by Ocean Yacht Systems (OYS)

“We are looking forward to this new project with Nautor,” comments Mark Barwell Sales Director for OYS. “Both companies have an enviable reputation for producing high quality performance products so we really believe this to be the perfect match.”

RORC Caribbean 600 Yacht Race: First yachts finish

February 20, 2013

Today, February 20, saw Mike Slade’s crew on charter yacht ICAP Leopard enjoy a cold beer in the Antigua Yacht Club. The Leopard’s owner, Mike Slade, was really enjoying winding down after a difficult competition at this year’s RORC Caribbean 600 in which sailing yacht ICAP Leopard took Line Honours for the second time.

Phaedo's Lloyd Thornburg invites Peter Aschenbrenner to enjoy a celebratory glass of champagne on board to toast the 63ft trimaran, Paradox as winners of the Multihull Class:  Credit: Ocean Images/Team Phaedo

Phaedo yacht's Lloyd Thornburg invites Peter Aschenbrenner to enjoy a celebratory glass of champagne on board to toast the 63ft trimaran yacht Paradox as winners of the Multihull Class Credit: Ocean Images/Team Phaedo

“That was definitely the toughest of the three races I have done, but I absolutely love this race; the course, the weather and the welcome we receive back in Antigua is just the best, anywhere. The RORC Caribbean is one of the premier yacht races worldwide and ICAP Leopard will definitely be back next year,” said Mike Slade.

Peter Aschenbrenner’s 63ft trimaran yacht Paradox has been announced as the winner of the RORC Caribbean 600 Multihull Class. Lloyd Thornburg’s Gunboat 66 yacht Phaedo was desperately close to taking the title for the second time but crossed the finish line at 13:31:09, less than an hour behind Paradox on corrected time.

“I have to say I was surprised that we beat Phaedo,” admitted Peter Aschenbrenner. “It is very difficult to rate multihulls because they are so different, but we have now raced Phaedo in light airs and heavier breeze and both times the corrected result has been mighty close, so I guess the rating must be working.”

Phaedo’s owner, Lloyd Thornburg, was delighted to see Paul Aschenbrenner dockside, as “Paradox is a quick boat, I noticed Peter didn’t have much of a suntan, he doesn’t get to spend too long in a boat that fast!”

Phaedo, Gunboat 66, Lloyd Thornburg - Credit: Ocean Images/Team Phaedo

Lloyd Thornburg's Gunboat 66 yacht Phaedo - Credit: Ocean Images/Team Phaedo

Filip Balcaen’s Baltic 112 superyacht Nilaya completed the race this afternoon. The crew included sailors from the Volvo Ocean Race including Bouwe Bekking calling tactics. Filip has been sailing with the same crew for many years, but this was his first RORC Caribbean 600.

“We have competed in quite a number of races, so we are all well used to each other,” commented Filip Balcaen. “We wanted to be conservative without much damage and we have done that. We always race to win but also to have fun and we laughed a lot during the race. I have to convince some others Maxi owners to come next year.”

Too close to call for overall
The overall winner of the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy which is raced under the IRC rating system is still undecided. Hap Fauth’s American JV72 yacht Bella Mente, finished the race just after noon local time and is currently in pole position. Hap Fauth competing in his first RORC Caribbean 600 was all smiles dockside, but the canny American knows that the champagne will have to be kept on ice.

Although several yachts have a mathematical probability of winning overall, Ron O’Hanley’s American Cookson 50 yacht Privateer, and superyacht Adela, skippered by Greg Perkins, have a realistic chance of beating Bella Mente to lift the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy.