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Infiniti 100S Yacht by Danish Yachts completes tank testing

June 28, 2013

The prestigious luxury yacht builder, Danish Yachts, is delighted to announce a very successful completion of tank testing for the all-new sailing yacht Infiniti 100S.

Infiniti 100S Yacht by Danish Yachts completes tank testing

Infiniti 100S Yacht by Danish Yachts completes tank testing

The two scaled down Infiniti 36s yacht were also recently seen on the race track at Palma Vela. This concluded months of testing, and data collection from both Infiniti 36s yacht Skazka launched from the shipyard in Skagen in April this year and Foiled yacht launched last year.

Both boats proved the DSS foil unquestionably, producing boatspeeds exceeding all expectations from their design VPPs (Velocity Prediction Programme).

Infiniti 36s Yachts at Palma Vela 2013

Infiniti 36s Yachts at Palma Vela 2013

Danish Yachts are delighted with the outcome and the results of this extraordinarily in depth data analysis programme and predictions for the superyacht Infiniti 100S are looking extremely positive, moving into the next phase of build.

Both of the Infiniti 36s yachts are in the Mediterranean during the summer season where test sails can be arranged to experience the unique difference that DSS brings to vision in high performance sailing.

Royal Huisman appoints Regional Liaisons in Hong Kong and China

June 28, 2013

In recent years, the prestigious Dutch luxury yacht builder, Royal Huisman, has been increasingly active in expanding its brand within the dynamic Asian economic region. These activities have comprised annual appearances at the Hainan Rendezvous, presence at the Singapore Yacht Show and the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous, as well as dinners and presentations for select audiences in Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Bart Kimman - Alice Huisman - Rene Ho - Evert van Dishoek of Royal Huisman

Bart Kimman - Alice Huisman - Rene Ho - Evert van Dishoek of Royal Huisman

In parallel, the 57.5m Royal Huisman-built ketch Twizzle yacht has become an acclaimed ambassador in the region. She has cruised and chartered extensively in Asian waters, presided spectacularly at the Singapore and Phuket shows, and won an impressive array of awards including Asia Boating Awards’ Best Custom Yacht (2011) and Best Asian-based Charter Yacht (2013).

Having established networks and friendships among owners, prospective customers, industry contacts and media representatives, Royal Huisman is now consolidating its presence in these important markets with the appointment of two highly experienced and capable Regional Liaisons.

Royal Huisman Yacht Twizzle

Royal Huisman Yacht Twizzle

To cover the Hong Kong region, the yard has appointed Bart Kimman, a Dutch national and director of Northrop & Johnson HK. Bart has been based in the region for 25 years and is well known and established in the industry.

To cover mainland China, the yard has appointed Rene Ho, director and founder of Martello Yachting. Rene, although a Dutch national and born in Holland, is a native Chinese speaker and is well connected in major cities throughout mainland China. He is based in Beijing.

…ambassadors for Dutch quality in superyacht building to distinguish between “what looks good” and “what seriously is good”…

Ambassadors for Dutch quality in superyacht building

Ambassadors for Dutch quality in superyacht building

The role of the Regional Liaisons will be to provide an on-the-ground presence not only in support of Royal Huisman and its customer development activities, but also in support of future clients: providing them with expert advice and guidance, especially those who are new to the world of custom superyachts and to sailing.

More specifically, this means they will act as ambassadors for Dutch quality in superyacht building; in this fastevolving market the distinction between “what looks good” and “what seriously is good” will take time to be fully appreciated. Bart and Rene will do their best to hasten that process!

As more and more yachts in the Huisman fleet are drawn to these magnificent cruising grounds, their presence in the region will add considerable weight to the expanded promotional programmes now being undertaken between the yard and its experienced new Regional Liaisons in Hong Kong and China.

A great success of Claasen Superyachts at Superyacht Cup Palma 2013

June 28, 2013

The recently concluded Superyacht Cup Palma 2013 was a resounding success, hosting a total of 20 superyachts from the world-renowned manufacturers. Claasen Shipyards was represented by four luxury superyachts of its fleet. The yard was also a ‘Silver Sponsor’ of the event.

A great success of Claasen Superyachts at the 2013 Superyacht Cup Palma

A great success of Claasen Superyachts at the 2013 Superyacht Cup Palma - www.ingridabery.com

The weather in the Bay of Palma was excellent, with a sea breeze of 15 to 19 knots on average and a wave height of only 1.5 metres. The calm conditions created a level playing field in which the tactics and teamwork onboard the yachts and their design & construction would ultimately make the difference.

The classic Claasen yachts that took part were all from the boards of Hoek Design and easily recognisable by their elegant and traditional lines, reminiscent of the stunning yachts built in the 1930s. This new generation of classic yachts also has modern underwater bodies that allow them to perform extremely well in the competition. The J-class superyacht Lionheart – the first J to be built in aluminium – was one of the participants in the Superyacht Cup.

Superyacht Cup Palma 2013 - Photo credit to www.ingridabery.com

Superyacht Cup Palma 2013 - Photo credit to www.ingridabery.com

With Hoek Design responsible for the naval architecture, Lionheart was built by Claasen based on original drawings from the 1930s. And she certainly roared in Palma, coming second to luxury yacht Hanuman in the overall J-Class results. Lionheart actually led on points at one stage and will look forward to taking on the mighty J Hanuman again very soon.

In Class 2 of the non-J superyachts, Claasen’s Truly Classic 78 yacht Heartbeat won the overall cup thanks to a consistent performance over the days. The 27.50m Claasen charter yacht Atalante came in third in the same class to complete an impressive event for the yard.

A very successful Superyacht Cup Palma 2013 for Claasen Yachts

A very successful Superyacht Cup Palma 2013 for Claasen Yachts

And there would have been more prizes if the rating system for the Class 1 had been a little more favourable. Despite taking line honours by a considerable distance on both the first and second race day, the Claasen-built superyacht Firefly was still not judged to be leader of the pack. Firefly’s owner and crew were so disappointed by the rating system that they informed the race committee of their wish to retire from the race. Rating system apart, however, Firefly, her owner and crew enjoyed three great race days.

Claasen Shipyards hope to compete in the Superyacht Cup in Palma de Mallorca again next year. The next event in which the yard will be participating is the Monaco Yacht Show, which takes place from 25 to 28 September.

J Class Yacht HANUMAN with Rondal Rig wins 7 out of 8 races

June 28, 2013

Onlookers as well as race-crews alike were attracted by the amazing participation of five J-Class yachts, competing in close contention during last week’s Superyacht Cup Palma. It was a great success for sailing yacht Hanuman, fitted with a Rondal rig.

J Class superyacht Hanuman with a Rondal rig

J Class superyacht Hanuman with a Rondal rig

Performance-optimised and sailed to perfection by some of the world’s finest professional sailors, the five J’s drew attention not only for their size and beauty, but for their close proximity during starts, mark roundings and finishes. This was racing at its quintessential best.

Once it became clear, in 2012, that Hanuman, luxury yacht Lionheart, Rainbow yacht, charter yacht Ranger and superyacht Velsheda would all be lining up for St Barths Bucket this year, their crews and support teams began intensive optimisation and training programmes.

For the superyacht Hanuman team this included highly focused attention to rig performance, with input from both Rondal and North Sails, resulting in a decision to replace discontinuous rigging with continuous standing rigging. The aim of the rig upgrade and refit was not only to enhance stiffness and control, but also to reduce weight and drag. To this end, Rondal designed and manufactured new low profile spreaders and a set of jumpers to accommodate continuous rigging. In addition, many electronics such as lights and antennae on the Rondal carbon mast were removed or lowered for weight saving purposes.

As race skipper Ken Read remarked, Hanuman yacht is now very fast, both upwind and down. And as the rest of the world has remarked, Ken and his crew have sailed impeccably to achieve 4/4 firsts in St Barths and 3/4 in Palma against such strong competition. Only an OCS in race 3 dented a perfect result for Hanuman but, hey, who is ever perfect? Good crews and good spar makers certainly strive for perfection but if they ever achieved it, it wouldn’t be half so much fun to go racing!

Lewmar equip newly launched sailing yacht ZENITH

June 27, 2013

Lewmar has announced that it has equipped the latest luxury sailing yacht ZENITH built in Turkey. Zenith yacht was designed by Dykstra Naval Architects, inspired by the beautiful sailing yacht Windrose, and constructed in Bodrum, Turkey by Ada Turizm.

Sailing yacht ZENITH

Sailing yacht ZENITH

Lewmar’s Worldwide Custom Sales Director, Hendrik van der Linde, was on hand to witness the launch and commented, “the launch went without a hitch and the boat looks stunning in the water. I’m pleased to say that all the systems worked perfectly from the moment they were commissioned.”

Sailing yacht Zenith chose Lewmar equipment for the vast majority of its systems. Line handling is taken care of with a combination of 88 and 111 sized stainless winches driven by a custom hydraulic power-pack system. Glistening stainless steel hardware was chosen for the various blocks and travellers, together with a twin V10 windlass installation on the bow. Lewmar’s investment in Super Yacht windlasses means that cast stainless parts can be used in place of the solid items commonly found, resulting in drastic weight reductions.

Turkish superyacht ZENITH

Turkish superyacht ZENITH

In addition, Lewmar’s mechanical Mamba steering system was specified together with a custom 500 retracting thruster. The combination of the two means that Zenith yacht should be easy to handle in the most extreme of conditions and tightest of spaces.

In the coming days, the rig will be put in place. Navtec rod rigging will ensure ultimate reliability, whilst a selection of Navtec hydraulic cylinders will take care of the necessary tuning to ensure she sails to her optimum at any point of sail.

Six Sunreef Yachts to be displayed at Cannes Boat Show 2013

June 27, 2013

Founded by Francis Lapp in 2002, Sunreef Yachts has constantly grown to its current, strong position of the world’s leading designer as well as manufacturer of luxury sailing and power catamarans and catamaran-superyachts from 60 to 200 feet. This year, the yard will have no less than 6 yachts, the first ever such important Sunreef yachts gathering, on display at the Cannes International Boat Show, with 2 world premieres: the Sunreef 80 Sailing yacht LEVANTE and the new Sunreef 60 sailing catamaran yacht LOFT concept.

Sunreef 80 superyacht Levante and Sunreef 60 yacht Loft

Sunreef 80 superyacht Levante and Sunreef 60 yacht Loft

The new Sunreef 80 Sailing is a concept based on light displacement, performance and speed. Commissioned by a European owner, the Sunreef 80 is made of an advanced composite sandwich combining vinylester, PVC foam and carbon/glass fibre, with a carbon mast and boom, standing rigging with Kevlar and total sail area of 340 m², weighing just 45T lightship and 60T fully loaded. The sleek and sporty exterior line was designed carefully to reduce windage and water resistance.

The 2nd world premiere is the new concept of 60 footer, the Sunreef 60 yacht LOFT, a ready- to- sail, luxury yacht with comfortable accommodation for 6 guests. Fully equipped open galley with both Siemens and Gorenje appliances is located in the portside hull, directly connected with the saloon. The cockpit and the saloon are both located on the same level and connected with a large sliding door which enhances the impression of one, seamless space. Actually two units of this new concept have already been sold, only two months after its presentation in spring this year.

60 Sunreef Power Lilu Yacht and Sunreef 82 superyacht Houbara

60 Sunreef Power Lilu Yacht and Sunreef 82 superyacht Houbara

In addition, the shipyard will exhibit its first poweryacht, the 60 Sunreef Power LILU YACHT equipped with the innovative IPS system allowing this imposing yacht easy maneuvering in tide marinas and side docking. Moreover, the system helps to be even more efficient on the fuel consumption side and increases maximum speed adding 2 knots.

Fourth yacht on display was launched in April 2013. The Sunreef 70 yacht MAVERICK is the 12th unit of an extremely popular Sunreef 70 Sailing. Distinctively different, this superb modern catamaran features an ultra-sleek profile, flawless interior design, exceptional amenities, and the latest in entertainment technology.

Another big presence will be ensured by the superyacht HOUBARA. The Sunreef 82 Double Deck will be again the biggest unit on Sunreef Yachts display this year. Presented last year in Cannes, HOUBARA accommodates up to 7 guests in one beam-wide owner suite, one VIP queen cabin and one guest twin cabin convertible to a double cabin with an additional Pullman bed, attended by two crew.

70 Sunreef yacht Skylark and Sunreef 70 yacht Maverick

70 Sunreef yacht Skylark and Sunreef 70 yacht Maverick

On the power side, besides the 60 Sunreef Power, Sunreef will showcase again its extremely popular 70 Sunreef introduced in 2008. This yacht model attracts many motoryacht enthusiasts thanks to its stability and subsequently the comfort in cruising, an extended living and storage space thanks to its large beam, superb exterior space, and oceanic range combined with very low fuel consumption and all that in keeping with Sunreef’s customized design.

The shipyard will also introduce more its new projects underway, the 90 Sunreef Power, the Trimaran 210 and the new sailing superyacht of 165ft.

Trimaran 210 Yacht and 90 Sunreef Power Yacht

Trimaran 210 Yacht and 90 Sunreef Power Yacht

Below is a choice of the superb charter yachts built by Sunreef.

HISWA Amsterdam in-water Boat Show 2013, September 3 – 8

June 27, 2013

Following on from last years’ success, this year’s HISWA Amsterdam in-water Boat Show will once again take place in the center of Amsterdam, running from September 3 to 8. The new Amsterdam Marina will host around 300 brand-new Dutch as well as international yachts.

HISWA Amsterdam in-water Boat Show 2012 - Photo credit to LookDown

HISWA Amsterdam in-water Boat Show 2012 - Photo credit to LookDown

As in previous editions, Dutch steel motoryacht builders will have a prominent place, while many international brands will also be showcasing their latest yachts. A visit to the HISWA Amsterdam in-water Boat Show is even better in combination with a stay in the historic city. The boat show is easily accessible via a free ferry which departs from behind Amsterdam Central Station.

Basic to luxurious
The HISWA Amsterdam in-water Boat Show is a fabulous day out for everyone who enjoys the water and beautiful boats. Visitors will get to see the crème de la crème of Dutch and international yachtbuilding. From small to large, series-built or custom, in aluminium, steel or GRP: The show offers an impressively comprehensive overview of some 300 vessels, including dozens of (global) premieres.

During the HISWA Amsterdam in-water Boat Show the quays of the new Amsterdam Marina will accommodate open sailboats, sailyachts, luxury catamarans, motoryachts, launches, tenders, speedboats and RIBs varying in length from five to 24 metres. The exhibited boats will be presented within three nautical theme worlds: Adventure Island is focused on smaller and faster open boats, Pleasure Island features cruisers, while luxurious motor and sailyachts will be berthed at Luxury Island.

Masters in steel
Dutch steel yachtbuilders have an excellent global reputation. At the HISWA Amsterdam in-water Boat Show 2013 they will once again reinforce their name for quality with a wide range of innovations and premiers. Aquanaut Yachting will showcase the European Voyager II 1700, which has been given a major facelift. Jetten Yachting will be featuring its new ‘mini megayacht’, the Jetten 35 AC, as a global premier. Linssen Yachts has two global launches: The New Classic Sturdy 32 AC and the New Classic Sturdy 42 AC. Vivante Yachts is bringing its Vivante 50 Cabrio to the show as a global premier, while Vri-Jon Yachts added the Vri-Jon Open Kuip 29 to its range. Yacht Gallery/Serious Yachts will be unveiling for the very first time the Gently 45’ Low Bridge from the boards of A.R. Design.

The segment of polyester boats, fast speedboats, launches and tenders will also feature various premiers during the event, including models by Interboat, the Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly by Jansma Jacht, the North-Line 37 Pilot by North-Line Yachts (currently under construction), and the Oud Huijzer 700 Tender by Omtzigt Watersport.

Broad selection of launches and tenders
The selection of launches, weekenders and tenders is another key segment of the exhibition programme at the HISWA Amsterdam in-water Boat Show. It will offer visitors a range of over 50 models of a large variety of brands.

The average length of the exhibited motorboats is 11.50 metres, the majority being in the seven to 15 metre segment. In the motoryachts with a length of over 17 metres, Lengers Yachts will be showcasing yachts by Riva, Feadship and Mochi Craft. Princess Yachts is showing a series of three in lengths between 18 and 20 metres. Hofstra Jachtbouw will be presenting the Proliner 63 and B. van den Hoven Jachtbouw the Executive 1700. Mulder Shipyard and the De Valk Group will once again have the largest motoryachts of the event on display.

Diversity in sailboat premieres
The sailyacht segment includes Dutch-built and international (global) premiers as well. One of the eye-catchers is the Aelicia 77 by Jachtbouw Vels & Partners, at 24 metres the largest sailyacht in the show. It is fully constructed in composite, with a lifting keel, 30-metre carbon mast, electric floor heating, full double glazing and an anchor chain below deck. Contest Yachts is bringing the new Contest 42CS, which has a spacious aft cockpit and twin steering position. Saffier Maritiem added the Saffier Sc 8 m Cabin to its range.

Het Nautisch Kwartier is presenting a new revolutionary concept in its Beneteau Oceanis series. Arcona is returning to the HISWA Amsterdam in-water Boat Show with its new Arcona 410 as a premier. Jansma Jacht is featuring the Bavaria Cruiser 37 and Bavaria Cruiser 41 as global launches, while West Yachting is showcasing the Hanse 505 to the Dutch market for the first time.

In addition to the Elan 400 WNE Yachting is presenting the Elan 320 as a global premier, as well as a yacht by the Sly brand, a new addition to the boat event, with a 38-foot Italian performance cruiser. X-Yachts Holland is revealing the Xp-50 with a new interior option in the Netherlands for the first time.

In the luxury catamaran and trimaran segment, the Lagoon 39 and Dragonfly 32 are Dutch premieres.

Dutch glory: Ocean tug Holland
A unique feature of the HISWA Amsterdam in-water Boat Show is the 57-metre historic ocean tug Holland, the last remaining representative of a generation of Dutch craftsmanship. Visitors to the HISWA Amsterdam in-water Boat Show will have the opportunity to admire this unique monument of Dutch shipbuilding. Built in 1951, the ocean tug made over 200 spectacular rescues. The vessel was almost lost for good until funds were raised to restore Holland to her former glory. Maritime enthusiasts will enjoy the characteristic hull, authentic pilot house, beautifully restored cabins and last-remaining ‘Werkspoor’ diesel engine, one of a limited series of ten built in the Netherlands.

Seminars on expedition vessel De Pooh (in Dutch)
For many ‘future travellers’ ocean sailing is a dream. Between dream and realisation, various steps are required to make a comfortable and safe crossing. One of the first steps many sailors take is following the seminars organised by Watersportmedia and Expeditiezeilen. During the HISWA Amsterdam in-water Boat Show visitors can attend short seminars aboard the fully equipped expedition vessel De Pooh on topics such as equipment for long-distance yachts, communication on board, meteorology and routing, navigation, (emergency) astro, and much more besides. De Pooh will be the place for novice long-distance sailors to learn tips & tricks from experts, and for more experienced sailors to exchange knowledge and experiences on the water.

Exciting activities
The exhibition also includes a wealth of exciting activities for children of all ages on and around the water, almost all of which are free of charge. The programme that includes sea trials in open sailboats, sailing lessons for kids, skill tests in launches, wakeboarding, flyboarding, rowing, surfing, bubble walking, manoeuvring competitions and match racing will create a dynamic atmosphere around the exhibited vessels.

Culinary and wellness highlights
The HISWA Amsterdam in-water Boat Show offers more than boats alone with exhibitors presenting nautical items, clothing and accessories on the quay. Restaurant Duin&Kruidberg will serve delicious delicacies at its terrace overlooking the Amsterdam Marina. Good food and drinks will also be offered elsewhere on site; for example at the stand of Fort Resort Beemster between the yachts of Luxury Island, where visitors can enjoy wine tastings, relaxing massages and beauty treatments.

Opel transfer service
Opel will have a prominent presence at the HISWA Amsterdam in-water Boat Show as well. As a sponsor Opel will ensure that VIPs, invitees and visitors will be transported in style from, for instance, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport or their hotel to the boat show. There will also be cars shuttling between the various parking areas and the show entrance. Additionally, visitors will be offered the opportunity to test drive the electric Opel Ampera and the new Opel Cascada convertible.

HISWA Amsterdam in-water Boat Show 2013
The HISWA Amsterdam in-water Boat Show will be held in the Amsterdam Marina at the NDSM wharf, just opposite Amsterdam Central Station, from Tuesday 3 to Sunday 8 September. It will be open daily from 11.00 to 19.00. The main sponsor is Delta Lloyd, with I Amsterdam as partner and Gaastra and Opel as official suppliers.

Adam Lay Studio to celebrate 10th anniversary in September

June 26, 2013

This September will be marked by the 10th anniversary of Adam Lay Studio, to be celebrated during the Monaco Yacht Show 2013. Adam has been designing yachts for 18 years in total, comprising his time spent working with John Munford.

10th anniversary for Adam Lay Studio

10th anniversary for Adam Lay Studio

The last 10 years have seen the studio complete new-build sailing and motor yacht projects, including sailing yacht Artemis (ex Salperton III) and charter yacht Salperton IV, as well as the 61m Lurssen motor yacht Lady Kathryn V, and refits including charter yacht Blue Attraction, charter yacht Red Anchor and Endeavour yacht.

SALPERTON IV - Main

SALPERTON IV - Main

The studio’s unique selling point of providing excellent personal attention and an artisan hand-drawn approach has proven to be extremely successful in providing a wonderful experience for its clients.

A great success of Salperton IV Yacht with interior design by Adam Lay

June 26, 2013

Featuring lovely interior design by Adam Lay Studio, luxury charter yacht Salperton IV has had an amazing run of success over the last few months by winning the Boat International Media Trophy at the Lora Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta in Virgin Gorda as well as overall victory in the Lora Piana Superyacht Regatta in Sardinia, Italy.

SALPERTON IV - Main

SALPERTON IV - Main

Adam Lay Studio would love to say that their interior had something to do with the boat’s success but they can’t find anything to hang that on! The studio would like to congratulate to Barry Houghton and his crew.

SALPERTON IV -  Saloon

SALPERTON IV - Saloon

World Superyacht Award 2013 for ENDEAVOUR Yacht with interior design by Adam Lay

June 26, 2013

The beautifully refitted J Class sailing yacht Endeavour received the accolade of ‘Best Refitted Sailing Yacht’ at this year’s World Superyacht Awards, held in Istanbul on May 4. Featuring interior design by Adam Lay Studio, Endeavour yacht has already won the 2012 International Superyacht Society Award for ‘Best Refit’.

Classic Yacht Endeavour with interior design by Adam Lay after refit at Yachting Developments

Classic yacht Endeavour with interior design by Adam Lay after refit at Yachting Developments

Adam Lay Studio would like to congratulate to her owner, to Yachting Developments, and the entire design and build team.

“It is truly an honour to be involved in this unique vessel’s ongoing life story. Having been involved with the reconstruction of Velsheda yacht during my time working with John Munford in the mid 1990s, there is something truly special about these historic projects”.

Endeavour Yacht - Interior

Endeavour Yacht - Interior

Sadly Adam Lay could not be at the award ceremony because he was in Finland overseeing the latter stages of their project at Baltic Yachts.