Sailing Yachts Luxury Yacht & Superyacht News

Unforgettable ShowBoats Design Awards 2014 Ceremony at Swarowski Crystal Worlds in Austria

February 27, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The winners of this year’s prestigious ShowBoats Design Awards were unveiled in the fabulous surrounds of Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens, Austria yesterday evening. Eighteen coveted golden Neptune trophies were presented in front of a sell-out audience of superyacht owners, designers, as well as icons of industry from all over the world.

The evening's big winner - Palumbo 40s Hybrid Yacht - Image credit to Thierry Ameller

The evening's big winner - Palumbo 40s Hybrid Yacht - Image credit to Thierry Ameller

The evening’s big winners included Palumbo and the creative team behind the innovative Columbus Sport Hybrid 40m yacht, which picked up three awards for her fresh, elegant interior design, harmonious holistic design and environmental considerations. The judges felt that stylist Hydro Tec, interior designer Hot Lab Yacht & Design and the build team were firmly on the same page for this project and this was reflected in their decision to award multiple prizes to her talented creators.

In the Interior Design category, the 32.64m sailing yacht Inukshuk was deemed a runaway on visual appeal, functionality, use of space and innovative features. The passion of the method by which Adam Lay’s cerebral design approach met the owner’s brief — “with nature not with glamour” — was key to the win. In addition, the judges agreed that her exterior styling by Frers Naval Architecture and Engineering shows the seamlessness of the design vocabulary between naval architect and owner; resulting in a fast and safe family sailing yacht that offers exceptional comfort.

Baltic 107 Super Yacht INUKSHUK

Baltic 107 Super Yacht INUKSHUK

Andrew Winch and his design team were commended for their work on custom tenders to Feadship’s 99m mega yacht Madame Gu and 62m superyacht Sea Owl, resulting in a joint first-place and the studio receiving two neptunes for different tender projects.

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

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

The Young Designer of the Year Award, sponsored by Oceanco, once again produced a high standard of finalist entries from aspiring yacht designers all over the globe; many of whom were present at the gala evening. The winner, chosen by a panel of the industry’s leading yacht designers and naval architects, was judged to be Raphael Laloux for his project Symphony yacht. In the judges’ opinion, he created an elegant, well balanced vessel that entirely fulfilled design brief while introducing some novel ideas.

The final award presented was the Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Fincantieri Yachts, honouring yacht designer Terence Disdale who this year celebrates forty years in the superyacht industry. Guest presenter Tim Heywood described his designs as “distinctive, timelessly modern exteriors with rich, interiors that create a calming, stylish and welcoming ambience.”

Boat International Media take this opportunity to acknowledge all of the sponsors and partners of the 2014 ShowBoats Design Awards who have helped to make the event a resounding success.

Special thanks are extended to their gracious gala evening hosts and gold sponsor, Swarovski, and to silver sponsors Hodgdon Yachts and Blohm+Voss. Thank you to bronze sponsors Oceanco, who continue to support the Young Designer of the Year Award, and to RINA and Greenline Yacht Interiors. Their gratitude also goes to the new award sponsors for 2014; Boutsen Design, Fincantieri Yachts, JFA Yachts, Front Street Shipyard and to DKT Artworks who supplied the beautiful Judges’ Commendation prize.

As published by boatinternational.com

David Easton Incorporated shortlisted for IY&A Award 2014 with Vitters Yacht MARIE

February 27, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

design et al are proud to announce that David Easton Incorporated has been selected as one of the finalists for the International Yacht & Aviation Award 2014, with Vitters yacht MARIE. Luxury sailing yacht MARIE has been nominated for the ‘Yacht Interior Design’ award.

Luxury yacht Marie - Cockpit

Luxury yacht Marie - Cockpit

A client, for whom David Easton Incorporated have designed a previous sailing yacht, asked them to help create a thoroughly unique and sleekly elegant sailing vessel, transcending all believable realms of luxury.

Superyacht Marie - Main saloon

Superyacht Marie - Main saloon

Come in, go down a few steps and you will find friends singing. Food pours from the galley. Fingers run along smooth wood-paneled walls. A piano clings to the floor and hammers out tunes at any angle. Chopin at 15 knots – the Clients’ lives revolve around music and their love for the Sea – the team were basically asked to design superyacht Marie around a Steinway Baby Grand piano – protected in a crate, as it would be impossible to install it afterwards. All the furniture aboard was custom designed to be like music – there is a flow to it. The skylights, the window reveals, the mirrors, everything is in rhythm with each other.

Marie Yacht - Staircase

Marie Yacht - Staircase

Physically David Easton Incorporated wanted Marie superyacht to be open with an unobstructed flow of energy. They wanted to create light and warmth, at the same time it was important to keep spaces intimate. Opening the main salon to the lower salon was a fundamental move that radically transformed the living space. The traditional dark finish was replaced with buttery Anigré throughout the vessel.

Sailing yacht Marie - Cabin

Sailing yacht Marie - Cabin

Luxury yacht Marie embodies tradition and romance – but she also needed to be modern and comfortable. Accessorising Marie – German rapiers, English pistols, daggers, barometers, compasses and cannons galore – it was a fun mission to outfit Marie with bits and pieces from history – each with their own story.  A library containing a leather-bound collection of 16th, 17th and 18th century classics.  Period marine paintings, and 15th century-style suits of armor – all add an interesting twist to the contemporary furnishings aboard Marie yacht.

RORC Caribbean 600: Monohull Line Honours for BELLA MENTE Yacht

February 27, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Wednesday, February 26, saw Hap Fauth’s JV72 yacht Bella Mente cross the finish line in Antigua to take Monohull Line Honours for the 2014 RORC Caribbean 600 in an elapsed time of 48 hours, 5 mins, 44 seconds. George David’s RP90 superyacht Rambler crossed the finish line in second place, just 10 minutes later and was followed by George Sakellaris’s RP72 sailing yacht Shockwave, which took third place on the water and just over two minutes after Rambler.

Line Honours win for Bella Mente pictured here at Redonda - Credit: Tim Wright/photoaction.com

Line Honours win for Bella Mente yacht pictured here at Redonda - Credit: Tim Wright/photoaction.com

Bella Mente, Rambler and Shockwave yachts had an intense battle for 48 hours, with the lead changing on numerous occasions around the 600 mile course. After time correction, Shockwave leads the race overall with Bella Mente second and Rambler third. Shockwave must wait for more yachts to finish the race before an overall winner can be announced.

Hap Fauth was all smiles on the dock even though Shockwave had beaten Bella Mente after time correction. Bella Mente was first IRC Yacht to finish that is wholly manually powered (without either variable or moveable ballast) and will be awarded the Bella Mente Trophy as well as the Line Honours award.

Bella Mente celebrate dockside after their finish - Credit: Kevin Johnson/kevinjohnsonphotography.com

Sailing yacht Bella Mente celebrate dockside after their finish - Credit: Kevin Johnson/kevinjohnsonphotography.com

“Oh yeah, we had lots of funky wind and, you know, all kinds of stuff: a lot of storms, a lot of thunder cells going through, crazy shifts,” commented Hap Fauth dockside. “We got caught under a couple of thunder cells and sat for 45 minutes, if you can believe that, until the breeze came back in. But the back of Guadeloupe – Bella Mente was 100% out of 100%. We studied it and the result was perfect. I will have to think about it, but I don’t think that we’ve had a closer offshore race than this. It was back and forth, back and forth – obviously you guys watched that on the tracker. But it’s a hell of a race! Those guys, (Shockwave and Rambler) they can get up and go and cover a lot of ground. The last beat coming in, we just basically sat in front of them and made sure they never got away from us. So, it was a classic match race, they tack, we tack – tack and pick up and go.”

George Sakellaris' Shockwave en route to Redonda. Credit: Tim Wright/photoaction.com

George Sakellaris' Shockwave yacht en route to Redonda. Credit: Tim Wright/photoaction.com

George Sakellaris was delighted with the team’s performance dockside: “An excellent race, the wind, the intensity of the racing. It was a very close race. In the big picture, the winds were favourable to us. The first half of the race had wind angles that suited Bella Mente but we knew that we would have our strengths in the second half. Great racing against very well sailed boats and, at the end of the day, winning yacht races is all about the team performance more than anything else.”

Rambler 90 at Redonda - Credit: Tim Wright/photoaction.com

Superyacht Rambler 90 at Redonda - Credit: Tim Wright/photoaction.com

George David was philosophical about the performance of Rambler. “Just look at the difference in hull shape between Rambler and the Mini Maxis. Rambler is now 12 years old and we haven’t sailed the boat since September. Rambler has been a great boat, but we were well beaten on handicap in this race. We were disappointed not to take line honours, but there was no way we were going to let both 72s beat us! I would like to congratulate the RORC on producing a fantastic race that has grown incredibly in a very short time period. We will be back next year with the new boat and we feel, given the right conditions, the new Rambler will be able to challenge the record we set in 2011 with Rambler 100.”

Below is a video about Hap Fauth’s JV72 sailing yacht Bella Mente RORC Caribbean 600 Finish.

St.Maarten Heineken Regatta 2014: Gill Commodore’s Cup to host fine fleet of yachts

February 27, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

This year’s 34th edition of St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is set to kick off in just one week. The popular Caribbean regatta will host dozens of yachts and hundreds of competitors, coming to enjoy racing in the waters off St. Maarten.

Gill Commodore's Cup - Photo by Bob Greiser

Gill Commodore's Cup - Photo by Bob Greiser

To kick off the action on March 6, over 40 spinnaker-flying race boats will set sail in the Gill Commodore’s Cup, the traditional warm-up series sponsored by Gill, the regatta’s official technical apparel supplier. Then, on March 7, the main event – the three-day St. Maarten Heineken Regatta – will commence.

“Racing on the waters of St. Maarten in early March…what’s not to love about that?” said David Pritchard of Gill North America, the sponsor of the event. “Gill NA is proud to once again sponsor the Gill Commodore’s Cup, a warm-up and tuning day prior to the start of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. “Please stop by the Gill booth or visit our retail partner, Budget Marine, and check out the technical ranges, including our new Race Collection and UV ‘HR 2014′ branded kit.”

Measuring in at nearly 90-feet, the largest boat in this year’s fleet is British magnate Sir Frank Chapman’s Oyster 885 charter yacht Clare, representing the venerable Royal Thames Yacht Club. Another formidable entrant from the United Kingdom, the 72-foot ketch-rigged sailing yacht Zenara, designed by Robert Clark and built in 1972, will join Clare on the starting line, as will countryman John Wilson and luxury yacht Idea of London, a 78-footer designed by Reichel/Pugh.

Another powerful offshore racer is Cuba Libre – coincidentally, when she competed in the 1993-94 Whitbread Round the World Race with an all-female crew, her name was Heineken. The Bruce Farr-designed 64-footer is now under the command of another British team who are veterans of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, and they hope to make their mark beginning with the Gill Commodore’s Cup.

Speaking of all-women crews, this year’s St. Maarten Heineken Regatta will feature at least one: Sophie Olivaud’s J/109, Albacor IV, from nearby St. Barths. And the popular J-Boat brand is well represented in the fleet, with Robert Armstrong’s J/100, Bad Girl; Richard Wesslund’s J/120, El Ocaso; Jim Madden’s J/125, Stark Raving Mad IV; and Peter Lewis’s J/105, Whistler, all slated to race in St. Maarten this year.

As always, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta and Gill Commodore’s Cup will showcase some of the top boats and sailors from the Caribbean, including local St. Maarten favorite Ian Hope-Ross, aboard the Melges 32, Kick ‘em Jenny, and a pair of well-sailed yachts from Antigua, Bernie Evan-Wong’s Mumm 36, High Tension, and Patrick Halloran’s Beneteau First 40.7, Caipirinha.

All of those yachts will be on the lookout for Otra Vez, a Ker 43 from Houston, Texas, that’s skippered by William Coates. Team Otra Vez has moved up through the ranks, previously sailing a Beneteau First 36.7 and then a J/122, which were also called Otra Vez. In fact, in 2011 aboard the J/122, the crew was the CSA 5 class champion. But their new boat, built by the highly respected Salthouse yard in New Zealand, will definitely be the quickest of them all, and it will be interesting to see how the team fares with their fresh ride.

Gill’s David Pritchard noted that there’s extra incentive for this year’s top boat in the Gill Commodore’s Cup. “Keep in mind the overall winner of the day’s racing will receive Gill UV shirts for the entire crew,” he said. “Now we’re talking Serious Fun!”

The Gill Commodore’s Cup is one out of two pre events of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. On Tuesday March 4th the Budget Marine Match Racing will take place. This is an invitation only event, but a spectacular day of racing, which makes it particularly interesting for spectators. So much is going on; it’s a full week of Serious Fun!

For over three decades, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has showcased the top boats and sailing-and has become equally famous for its world-class slate of parties and musical entertainment-in the Caribbean. Now recognized by sailors around the planet as one of the sailing world’s best regattas, each year the event lives up to its worthy motto: Serious Fun.

The closest finish ever for RORC Caribbean 600 Yacht Race

February 26, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The last leg of the course for the IRC Zero leaders at the currently running RORC Caribbean 600 is marked by the closest finish ever in the six-year history of the race. At 0700 on Day Three, Hap Fauth’s sailing yacht Bella Mente, George David’s superyacht Rambler and George Sakellaris’ luxury yacht Shockwave were approaching the last island of the course in fighter formation, preparing themselves for a battle royale.

Bella Mente and Rambler at the start. Credit: RORC Caribbean 600/Tim Wright/photoaction.com

Luxury yacht Bella Mente and superyacht Rambler at the start. Credit: RORC Caribbean 600/Tim Wright/photoaction.com

After exiting the Stealth Zone at Guadeloupe, the American trio lit the afterburners, at times sending it at 20 knots of boat speed, towards Barbuda. A hair-raising reach to reach gybe, in darkness, at Barbuda and then the battle resumed as they blasted to Redonda.

As dawn broke on what will be the last day for the leaders race, torrential rain has engulfed the area, reducing visibility but soaking away the salt of a ballistic reach to Barbuda and a broad spinnaker reach to Redonda. The adrenalin levels on board will be peaking, as the teams work their stations to maximize the performance, all three yachts are speeding at over 15 knots, but it will be a cold beat on the rail back to the finish in Antigua.

After an incredibly demanding 40 hours of non-stop action, the teams will be exhausted but digging deep to summon the energy for a last push to victory. Rambler should be quicker than both of the Mini Maxis on the beat back to Redonda and George David’s team will throw everything at the last leg of the race to take Line Honours. With the speed of all three yachts, one handling error or wrong tactical decision will prove very costly. The Line Honours Prize is most definitely on.

Although sailing yacht Shockwave is behind luxury yacht Bella Mente, on corrected time, George Sakellaris’ team is ahead after time correction, but by a slender five minutes. The beat to finish will be a titanic struggle between three world class teams. It’s every hand to his sheet or winch, where quick’s the word and sharp’s the action.

Newly launched DONA FRANCISCA Yacht by Astillero Buquebus and Soto Acebal

February 26, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Beautifully designed by Soto Acebal, the majestic 52,5-metre sailing yacht Dona Francisca has been recently launched by Astillero Buquebus from Uruguay. Intended for hard cruising, superyacht Dona Francisca is not only strongly rigged and masted, but also sturdily built.

Luxury Schooner Dona Francisca by Astillero Buquebus and Soto Acebal NA

Luxury Schooner Dona Francisca by Astillero Buquebus and Soto Acebal NA - Image courtesy of Soto Acebal NA

The lines of luxury yacht Dona Francisca are those of a fast yet very weatherly cruiser, below the waterline there is Acebal racing boats heritage and above the water level their deepest respect to aesthetics and naval architecture of the past. This boat is not a past replica but brings up aesthetics elements from the golden Era of yachting that have been carefully studied, processed and redesigned to produce a unique actual vessel.

Superyacht Dona Francisca

Superyacht Dona Francisca - Image courtesy of Soto Acebal NA

It was important in Acebal’s aesthetic search to analyse the earlier British cutters, with their vertical stem posts, narrow hulls, and bowsprits, painted dark and above all fast and exceptionally seaworthy. ‘Mosquito’ (1848) was a nice example but as many vessels of that period were designed according to Scott Russell’s wave line theory, a problem was a lack of volume forward.

Luxury Schooner Dona Francisca

Luxury Schooner Dona Francisca - Image courtesy of Soto Acebal NA

After CDF analysis, Acebal went for a bow zone with plenty of volume and powerful ‘shoulders’. Their prismatic is high; they know the Dona Francisca yacht will be fast so lines are according to the real speeds she will show. Firm buttocks, easy diagonals, and waterlines yet no hard bilges all combined make a sweet set of lines with high speed potentiality.

Dona Francisca Yacht - Interior

Dona Francisca Yacht - Interior - Image courtesy of Soto Acebal NA

Dona Francisca superyacht is the biggest sailing boat built in carbon in America, ever. Carbon was the material chosen for her construction, among the benefits of this material is to increase the ballast/displacement ratio, more tended in this case to increase ballast than to reduce displacement.

Superyacht Dona Francisca - Saloon

Superyacht Dona Francisca - Saloon - Image courtesy of Soto Acebal NA

The process for lamination was after lots of test decided to be by resin infusion, being the largest epoxy infusion already done. After the process the samples tested did shown excellent mechanical properties and best than expected fibber ­resin ratios.

All structural members are laminated in epoxy carbon layup ending with a light and stiff structure, the result is a big amount of ballast to be located in the 70 tons bulb.

52.5m superyacht Dona Francisca by Astillero Buquebus and Javier Soto Acebal

52.5m superyacht Dona Francisca by Astillero Buquebus and Javier Soto Acebal - Image courtesy of Soto Acebal NA

It was requested that the Dona Francisca yacht must be capable to sail in shallow waters, the River Plate included. So design draft was fixed at 3.60m, a real challenge to the Naval Architect. A hollowed high tensile steel strut was precisely engineered saving weights that are aggressively added to the bulb. Finally the keel is of the ‘T’ type with very low center of gravity helping in sustaining all her sail plan.

Sail area is divided into a snug and strong schooner rig, which makes her look very seaworthy and workmanlike. Mast and standing rigging will be of carbon, helping in the lowering of the center of gravity. It was decided to use roller furling for booms and foresails; reduced crew usage is a design target present all along the full project. The deck arrangement will show an intention to reduce visual elements, as far as a proper function allows.

Dona Francisca Yacht on the water

Dona Francisca Yacht on the water - Image courtesy of Soto Acebal NA

Houses and skylights are kept to a minimum; Acebal feel that increasing the teak flat surface areas aesthetics are improved. In the same thinking hardware elements were reduced with carefully analysis. Most hardware is in bronze. The main goal of this is to avoid stainless steel shining, and create a pleasant atmosphere. The teak layout has been trimmed by mahogany trims and planks properly located to create a nice balance between bare and shinny dark reddish woods.

Down below there is a classic Edwardian style interior with a mix of Honduras mahogany and white  paneling. Owner’s cabin if aft of the deckhouse, separated and independent with an adjacent fully operative office.

Luxury sailing yacht Dona Francisca

Luxury sailing yacht Dona Francisca - Image courtesy of Soto Acebal NA

Forward of the deckhouse is the saloon which extending the whole width, is spacious and airy. There is a living zone on port and opposite is the dinner room, with a table for ten persons. Following through a corridor is an accommodation zone with three guest cabins, all with their bathrooms en suite. Next forward is the galley and crew mess area, with a companionway entrance.

Captain in on starboard and there are two crew cabins in the forward end of the interior arrangement. Forepeak and lazarette are bigger than normally seen on these boats; Acebal foresee this will be much appreciated when this Schooner turns from stationary to real life service.

MAIN DATA OF DONA FRANCISCA YACHT:

LOA 52.55 M.
LOD 45.80 M.
LWL 39.00 M.
BEAM 8.60 M.
DRAFT 3.60 M.
DISPLACEMENT: 210 TONS.
BALLAST: 82 TONS.
SAIL AREA: 1100 M^2
MAINSAIL: 396 M^2
SCHOONER MAINSAIL: 334 M^2
JIB: 254 M^2
GENOA: 424 M^2
MAIN ENGINE: Caterpillar C18 ­ 873 hp.
TRANSMISSION: Hundested CPG­32 variable pitch.
GEN SETS: 2 x Caterpillar C4.4 50kVA.
DESIGN AND ENGINEERING: SOTO ACEBAL NAVAL ARCHITECTS
INTERIOR DESIGN: SOTO ACEBAL NAVAL ARCHITECTS
BUILDER: ASTILLERO BUQUEBUS, URUGUAY

George David’s RP90 sailing yacht Rambler leading at RORC Caribbean 600

February 25, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

At 0700 local time, on Day Two of the RORC Caribbean 600, George David’s RP90 sailing yacht Rambler had kicked off the race with a four-mile lead on the water from Hap Fauth’s JV72 luxury yacht Bella Mente. Rambler yacht’s water-line length is a big advantage on the longest reaching leg of the course and the American Maxi is expected to extend that advantage during the day, on the water at least.

George David's Rambler 90 - Credit: RORC Caribbean 600/Tim Wright/photoaction.com

George David's superyacht Rambler 90 - Credit: RORC Caribbean 600/Tim Wright/photoaction.com

Overnight, sailing yacht Bella Mente had stretched six miles ahead of George Sakellaris’ RP72 yacht Shockwave, to lead IRC Zero on corrected time by 15 minutes. Johnny Vincent’s Pace was in a solid third place in class and will be hoping that the lead boats will run out of breeze at some stage of the race so that the British TP52 can press home their rating advantage.

During the first night, squalls were ripping through the race course at regular intervals, bringing cold rain and erratic wind; both in speed and direction, testing the mettle of the 60 strong fleet. One of the smallest yachts in the race, Hot Stuff, crewed by Girls 4 Sail, was approaching St.Kitts. The rest of the fleet, bar Rambler, Bella Mente and Shockwave, were negotiating the chicane at the top of the course, weaving through the stunning islands that make the RORC Caribbean 600 one of the most beautiful offshore races in the world.

The twin masted schooners, superyacht Adela and charter yacht Athos, have covered over 230 miles in just 20 hours. Athos is just a mile ahead of Adela on the water but, after time correction, Adela leads the Superyacht Class. The two largest yachts in the race are about to enter the narrow confines of the Anguilla Channel and a tacking duel of epic proportions is the likely outcome.

In IRC One, Piet Vroon’s Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens 3, has covered over 200 miles of the course in just 20 hours and continues to lead the class, both on the water and on corrected time. Behind Tonnerre are two displacement Swans: Colin Buffin’s Uxorious IV, and Todd Stuart’s White Rhino. Taking into account time correction, the beat through the Anguilla Channel and the reach down to Guadeloupe may favour the two heavyweight competitors, especially as the current wind speed is sub 15 knots which is too little for the light displacement Tonnerre to use her planing ability.

In IRC Two, all 12 yachts have averaged close to eight knots since the start, providing a highly competitive fleet. Peter Sowrey’s First 40, Lancelot II, has been punching above her weight, no doubt aided by the talents of solo round the world sailor, Alex Thomson. On the water, Global Yacht Racing’s First 47.7, EH01, and Bernie Evan Wong’s Grand Soleil 43, Quokka 8, are having an intense battle for line honours in the class, with Lt Col Paul Macro’s Royal Armoured Corps team on Southern Child, just a mile behind the on-the-water leaders.

In IRC Three, Classic S&S 52, Dorade, has stretched out a five mile lead on the water and leads the class after time correction. Adrian Lower’s Swan 44, Selene, has taken an absolutely flier. After rounding Saba, Selene tacked and bore away to take up an extreme offshore position, looking to lay St.Barths in one tack: Banging the Corner. Presumably, Selene feel that this tactic will pay off but it is quite a gamble.

Below is a video with start and first leg highlights from the 2014 RORC Caribbean 600 yacht race:

New sailing yacht DONA FRANCISCA launched by Astillero Buquebus

February 25, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Uruguay-based shipyard, Astillero Burquebus, has successfully launched the impressive 52,5-metre sailing yacht Dona Francisca. Featuring classic looks and lines inspired by the golden era of yachting, superyacht Dona Francisca is a beautiful carbon schooner, entirely designed by Javier Soto Acebal.

172ft superyacht Dona Francisca by Astilleros Burquebus and Javier Soto Acebal

172ft superyacht Dona Francisca by Astillero Buquebus and Javier Soto Acebal

Intended for deep ocean sailing, luxury yacht Dona Francisca provides elegant and comfortable accommodation to up to 8 guests in 4 cabins, including a full-beam master suite, one VIP double cabin, as well as two twin guest cabins.

Three ShowBoats Design Awards 2014 announced by MCM

February 25, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

MCM is thrilled to announce that two of its 2013 launches, motor yacht CaryAli and sailing yacht Inukshuk, have received three best in class ShowBoats Design Awards 2014. The company acted as owner’s construction manager for these superb vessels.

Luxury yacht CaryAli

Luxury yacht CaryAli - Image courtesy of Alloy Yachts

Luxury yacht CaryAli, designed by Rene Van Der Velden won the “Exterior Design & Styling Award – Displacement Motor Yachts 30-59.99m). Rene Van Der Velden told MCM’s Peter Wilson, who acted for the owner, that he was thrilled as the competition was so stiff.

Superyacht Inukshuk, designed by Frers with interior by Adam Lay Studio, won both the “Interior Design Award – Sailing Yachts” and the “Exterior Design & Styling Award – Sailing Yachts”. Peter Wilson, who attended the awards, said “Inukshuk received hearty applause and was the talk of the room. Adam Lay said he was enormously proud of the recognition. The Frers father and son were present to collect the exterior award”. MCM’s Nigel Ingram acted for the owner.

Superyacht INUKSHUK

Superyacht INUKSHUK

The ShowBoats Design Awards was specifically devised to judge and recognise the designers responsible for the individual elements of a superyacht. Aspects of the most impressive yachts launched in the preceding calendar year are scrutinised and judged by a panel of design experts.

Now in its fifth year, the ShowBoats Design Awards’ golden Neptunes have already become a symbol of pride and distinction for the industry’s design professionals.

ShowBoats Design Award 2014 for Perini Navi Yacht SEAHAWK

February 25, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Luxury sailing yacht Seahawk, the first yacht in the Perini Navi 60 m series, has received the prominent Holistic Design Award. The award was handed over during the Showboats Design Awards 2014 ceremony, hosted by Boat International at the elegant Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens, Austria.

Luxury superyacht Seahawk by Perini Navi - Photo by Studio Borlenghi/Stefano Gattini

Luxury superyacht Seahawk by Perini Navi - Photo by Studio Borlenghi/Stefano Gattini

The Holistic Design Award is awarded yearly to the yacht that represents “the finest example of a harmonious combination of interior and exterior design.” The jury of experts saw in mega yacht Seahawk a perfect synergy amongst spaces, functionality, practicality and innovation. This on top of her strong visual impact.

Superyacht Seahawk has innovative hull lines and technological solutions to guarantee speed and performance under sail. These are combined with even more ample and comfortable interior volumes that make this first yacht in the new generation Perini Navi series truly unique. Amongst many other technological innovations, the yacht has new and improved furlers designed by the Perini Navi Mast department and new winches that are faster to manoeuvre and more powerful than ever. The interiors, penned by the French designer Christian Liaigre, have a refined contemporary allure with strong ties to maritime tradition.

Sailing yacht Seahawk from above

Sailing yacht Seahawk from above

Luxury yacht Seahawk is also a finalist in the Sailing Yacht in 40m+ size range category at the ninth edition of the Boat International World Superyacht Awards that will be held in Amsterdam on May 3rd. Superyacht State of Grace, the first yacht in the new Perini 40 m Fast Cruising series is also a finalist, this time in the Sailing Yacht in 30m to 40m size range, at this prestigious event.

Below is a gallery for the oustanding charter yachts built by Perini Navi.