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Rolex Middle Sea Race 2012: The official prize giving ceremony

October 29, 2012

Teams that have participated in the 2012 Rolex Middle Sea Race gathered in Malta’s capital city Valletta at midday on Saturday, 27th October, for the official prize giving ceremony. By keeping close to the island’s rich and amazing history, the prize giving took place at the scenic Mediterranean Conference Centre & Hall. Almost 1,000 competitors, distinguished guests, race officials as well as media representatives arrived to reward those, who demonstrated extraordinary performances at the Rolex Middle Sea Race. In addition to the Line Honours Trophy for the first monohull boat completing the competition, awarded to the Esimit Sailing Team, one of the event’s highlights was the presentation of the Medot Sailing Trophy.

Medot Sailing Trophy

Medot Sailing Trophy

The trophy, initiated by Esimit Europa and named after the high-class sparkling wine Medot, was created for monohulls, which will break the world record time on the Trieste – Valletta route in the period between the Barcolana regatta and the Rolex Middle Sea Race. Luxury yacht Esimit Europa 2 established the benchmark time, which is recognized by the World Sailing Speed Record Council as the new world record time for the approximately 740 nautical miles Trieste – Valletta passage route. The clock stopped at 68 hours, 42 minutes and 24 seconds.

The Medot Sailing Trophy enjoys the patronage of the Deputy Prime Minister of Malta. It is not only recognized as the award for the next supreme result in sailing the Trieste – Valletta route, it also carries a message of collaboration between the cities of Trieste and Valletta, the two yacht clubs (Società Velica di Barcola e Grignano and Royal Malta Yacht Club) and the two famous races – the Barcolana regatta and the Rolex Middle Sea Race. Furthermore, due to short time gap between both races, Esimit Europa’s initiative opened an opportunity for the Barcolana and the Rolex Middle Sea Race organizers in attracting even more yachts to participate at both sailing events.

Prizegiving of the 2012 Rolex Middle Sea Race

Prizegiving of the 2012 Rolex Middle Sea Race

At the prize giving ceremony in Valletta, the Medot Sailing Trophy was handed to Godwin Zammit, commodore of the Royal Malta Yacht Club. The trophy will await at the Royal Malta Yacht Club for the next record breaking yacht.

Dixon Yacht Design’s superyacht Antares III wins ISS Award

October 29, 2012

Dixon Yacht Design is naturally pleased with the success of its design for sailing yacht Antares III, which has won the prestigious International Superyacht Society Award in the ‘Best Sailing Yacht in the 24m to 40m’ category. Antares III superyacht had already won the company ‘Best Sailing Yacht in the 30 to 40 metre range’ at the 2012 World Superyacht Awards, held in May.

Sailing yacht Antares III designed by Dixon Yacht Design

Sailing yacht Antares III designed by Dixon Yacht Design

“To have two separate, highly respected, and independent judging panels select Antares against some excellent competition is very gratifying” says Bill Dixon. “Antares III is actually the third yacht we have designed for her owner and I know he will be just as delighted with this second award as we are”.

Antares III wins World Superyacht Award

Luxury yacht Antares III, designed by Dixon Yacht Design, has won the coveted title of ‘Best Sailing Yacht’, in the 30 to 40 metre size range at the World Superyacht Awards 2012. She was deemed a ‘clear winner’ by the judges offering ‘everything that made cruising a pleasure for her owner’, a real commendation for the skill of those involved.

The Antares III yacht, whose naval architecture and exterior styling where the work of the Dixon team, was built in New Zealand by Yachting Developments with interior styling by Rhodes Young.

Luxury yacht Antares III under sail

Luxury yacht Antares III under sail

Bill Dixon is particularly pleased with this award as the experienced and qualified judges have seen beyond what some might consider a relatively conservative profile and focused on the many factors that define a well-executed vessel.

The Antares III yacht’s owner was looking for a modern classic and a vessel which would be capable of extended offshore ‘exploration’ cruising and making fast passage times in considerable comfort.

Superyacht Antares III - Lower Salon

Superyacht Antares III - Lower Salon

The designers have translated these requirements into a yacht which has a beautifully balanced hull form and a long waterline length. To satisfy the fast cruising demand superyacht Antares III was built from composite, which provided not just a considerable weight saving compared to aluminium, but had the additional benefit of allowing the design team to exploit every square inch of interior volume with the absence of structural frames which would otherwise have been required.

First and foremost Antares III is a sailing yacht of course and, with her powerful carbon rig and rigging package, coupled with her long waterline and moderate displacement, she is certainly no slouch. Responsive and stiff, she is a sailors yacht………with more than a touch of luxury!

Below is a choice of the stylish charter yachts designed by Dixon Yacht Design.

Sailing yacht Tempus 90 by Humphreys Yacht Design and Arkin Pruva Yachts with launch in June 2013

October 29, 2012

The joint venture of Humphreys Yacht Design and Arkin Pruva Yachts represents the splendid sailing yacht Tempus 90. Scheduled for launch in June 2013, the 27-metre Tempus 90 superyacht is the first vessel belonging to the Tempus Class series to be constructed at the Turkish shipyard. This range also includes Tempus 125 as well as Tempus 150.

Tempus 90 yacht by Humphreys Yacht Design and Arkin Pruva Yachts

Tempus 90 yacht by Humphreys Yacht Design and Arkin Pruva Yachts

The Humphreys designed TEMPUS range of classically inspired yachts were influenced by the traditional lines of the original ‘J’ Class. A new class of its own; spiritually close to its forebears, but developed in a number of ways to comply with contemporary lifestyle requirements. All vessels are to be built with a choice of sloop, cutter or ketch rigs.

Technical Specifications of the 27m luxury yacht Tempus 90:

LOA 27.4
LWL 18.9
DRAFT 3.2
BEAM 5.6
DISPLACEMENT 56
BALLAST 20
SAIL AREA 346
ENGINE 305
GENERATORS 22
FUEL 2000
WATER 1400
GUESTS 6-8
CREW 2-3

Below is a gallery for the outstanding charter yachts designed by Humphreys Yacht Design.

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.