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SICILY yacht charter aboard luxury yacht MY LOTTY

July 26, 2013

Available for Sicily luxury yacht charter and other fabulous destinations in Italy, motor sailer MY LOTTY is a lovely 27m (88′) vessel, originally built by Benetti Sail Division in 1983. MY LOTTY superyacht has received a full refit by BR1 Ltd Yacht Management and Refitting, which concluded in 2013. Her new interior, originally designed by Stefano Natucci, was created following Giovanna Locatelli‘s designs and Doyle Sailmakers Italia assisted with sail plan and rigging maintenance.

Luxury yacht MY LOTTY

Luxury yacht MY LOTTY

My Lotty yacht has started her charter season last week of June and is currently sailing the spectacular coastlines of Sicily, with a base in Palermo. Accommodation on board is offered to 8-10 charter guests in 4 or 5 cabin configuration, providing elegant and high-quality facilities.

MY LOTTY yacht - Owner cabin

MY LOTTY yacht - Owner cabin

Twin D2566ME diesel engines power the 27 m charter yacht My Lotty to a top speed of 12 knots. She can comfortably cruise at 9,5 knots. Built in steel and aluminium, MY LOTTY (ex SERENA)  features a beam of 6,2m (20’4”) and a maximum draft of 3,45m (11’4”).

MY LOTTY yacht - Dinette

MY LOTTY yacht - Dinette

Luxury sailing yacht MY LOTTY - lovely details

Luxury sailing yacht MY LOTTY - lovely details

More information about charter rates and images of Luxury yacht MY LOTTY here.

Sicily Yacht Charter in Italy

The largest island in the Mediterranean and one of Italy’s charter holiday destinations, Sicily is renowned for its varied landscape of white sandy beaches in some parts and black volcanic sandy beaches in other places, azure waters, ancient history as well as exquisite cuisine, amongst others. Embarking on a Sicily luxury yacht charter vacation is rich in everything a sailer could look for: mesmerising landscapes and anchorages, medium-moderate winds throughout the year, fantastic weather and sunshine as well as architectural and historic sites.

Lipari - Photo by Raffaele Tolomeo

Lipari - Photo by Raffaele Tolomeo

Aeolian Islands yacht charter

Aeolian Islands yacht charter is a great way to spend your cruising holiday around Sicily. Also known as Lipari Islands, they are a volcanic archipelago of eight islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Sicily. Lipariis the largest island with others including Vulcano, Salina, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi, Panarea and Basiluzzo. The islands are on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.

Lipari - Aeolian Islands - Photo by Raffaele Tolomeo

Lipari - Aeolian Islands - Photo by Raffaele Tolomeo

Sailing around Sicily and these unique, picturesque islands will leave you relaxed and refreshened. There are numerous beautiful anchorages for you to choose from and enjoy the water toys available on board your charter yacht or simply sit back and take in the magnificent scenery.For more information about Sicily and Lipari Islands yacht charter, or any other destination around the Mediterranean, please contact our professional charter brokers here.

Luxury yacht QUINTESSENTIAL demonstrating a great success of NZ companies

July 26, 2013

Plenty of New Zealand marine companies, including yacht manufacturers, designers, as well as suppliers, can be proud of their contributions to numerous award-winning vessels. This year, the multi award-winning 100-foot composite sailing catamaran yacht Quintessential represents this excellent collaboration of Kiwi expertise.

30m sailing yacht Q5 Quintessential (hull YD 66) by Yachting Developments

30m sailing yacht Q5 Quintessential (hull YD 66) by Yachting Developments

Naval architecture/exterior styling: Warwick Yacht Design and Yachting Developments
Interior design: Redman Whiteley Dixon and Warwick Yacht Design
Builder: Yachting Developments
Carbon fibre mast: Southern Spars
Sails: Doyle Sails

Q5 Quintessential superyacht - Interior

Q5 Quintessential superyacht - Interior

Awards
– Judges’ Special Award for Catamarans (Neptune) at the World Superyacht Awards 2013
– Winner, Interior Design – Sailing Yachts in the 2013 Showboats Design Awards
– Finalist in the 2013 Showboats Design Awards categories:
Exterior Design and Styling – Sailing Yachts
Interior Layout – Sailing Yachts
Recreational Area for Guest Use
Holistic Design

Below is a selection of the beautiful charter yachts built by Yachting Developments.

Rolex Fastnet Race 2013 to represent A Truly International Challenge

July 25, 2013

The biggest and best offshore racing boats from all over the world will be hosted by the Solent for the start of the Rolex Fastnet Race, kicking off from Cowes on Sunday, 11th August, 2013. At present the tally for the Royal Ocean Racing Club‘s flagship event, the world’s largest offshore yacht race, stands at a record breaking 351. Of these, 47 are in the ‘non-IRC classes’ comprising the multihulls, Class 40s and IMOCA 60s, while the remaining 304 are gunning for the overall IRC prizes of the Fastnet Challenge Trophy as well as a Rolex chronometer.

2010 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Handicap Winner - Geoff Boettcher's Secret Men's Business 3.5 (AUS)  Credit: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

2010 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Handicap Winner - Geoff Boettcher's Secret Men's Business 3.5 (AUS) Credit: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Impressively, this year one third of the fleet, 119 boats are from overseas.

The boat having travelled furthest is Geoff Boettcher’s Secret Men’s Business 3.5, from Adelaide in South Australia. The 3.5 refers to how the boat’s original hull was chopped away from the deck, and somehow replaced with an upgraded design four foot longer, now up to 51ft. This dramatic modification worked, for in 2010 she won the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

Boettcher admits this will be his first Rolex Fastnet Race, although several of his crew, including Will Best and Andy Mieklejohn are old hands. “I did the Etchell Worlds there in 1996 and I have been saving up ever since!” he quips of his return to the UK.

Secret Men’s Business 3.5 rates well under IRC and is expected to be a strong contender for the overall IRC prize. Boettcher says she is more ‘offshore orientated’ than the TP52s she regularly races against. As to how the Fastnet Race stacks up against the Rolex Sydney-Hobart, he hedges: “I’m sure it won’t be a walk in the park. I’ve heard mixed reactions… I gather it is 20 miles shorter.”

Hap Fauth's Mini Maxi Bella Mente (USA) Credit: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Hap Fauth's Mini Maxi Bella Mente (USA) Credit: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Also gunning for Rolex Fastnet Race honours will be Bella Mente. American Hap Fauth’s Mini Maxi is certain to be a thorn in Rán 2 yacht‘s side, as Niklas Zennström’s team attempts to become the first to ever win the Rolex Fastnet Race three times in a row: luxury yacht Bella Mente is a newer generation Judel-Vrolijk design and beat Rán 2 to the Mini Maxi World title last year.

Fauth admits that this will be his first Rolex Fastnet Race. “It has been on my bucket list! It is an iconic race – one of the four majors. We have won the Bermuda race. We hold the record in Transpac. We haven’t done Sydney Hobart, but it is a long way to go and quite frankly too expensive for one race. I must be getting cheap in my old age!”

On board Fauth sails with a fully pro crew including Volvo Ocean Race winner Mike Sanderson, navigator Ian Moore and America’s Cup veterans John Cutler and Dee Smith. “We have spent about six years developing this crew and the chemistry is terrific and a great experience base line and they work very well together. You have to have professionals, because amateurs can’t practice with you. I commit about 90 days a year and a large percentage of that is practice. We practice a week before every regatta.”

As to their prospects, Fauth says: “I know Rán has won the Rolex Fastet Race twice before and has just put a new fin and bulb on to optimise her offshore performance. I have been sailing against Niklas [Zennström] for a long time and have a great relationship with him. We are extremely competitive on the water – the boats rate almost evenly and are equally quick, so it is about tactics and who puts the boat in the right place the fastest. We’ll have a great race.”

Bronenosec (RUS) Gazprom Swan 60 World Champions 2013 Nautor's Swan Credit: Kurt Arrigo

Sailing yacht Bronenosec (RUS) Gazprom Swan 60 World Champions 2013 Nautor's Swan Credit: Kurt Arrigo

The Russians are out in force. While some are sailing on Monster Project, the former Team Russia VO70, the most substantial Russian presence will come from the three Gazprom-backed Swan 60s, two set to be sailed by Russian crews.

Vladimir Liubomirov, Commodore of the Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg Russia and owner of one, is looking forward to the Rolex Fastnet Race: “This is the first time we will be racing in the Rolex Fastnet Race with the Swan 60 sailing yacht Bronenosec and we are excited to be taking part in such a renowned and popular race.

“The crew now have experience of sailing in these waters thanks to both the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race and the Gazprom Swan 60 World Championship where we took the winning title. We also have experience of offshore racing in tough conditions, so hopefully we are prepared for all weather types. We are all looking forward to competing in the largest offshore race in the world and meeting our competition.”

Lithuanian Volvo Ocean 60, Ambersail at the start of the 2011 RORC Caribbean 600 Credit: Tim Wright/photoaction.com

Lithuanian Volvo Ocean 60, Ambersail at the start of the 2011 RORC Caribbean 600 Credit: Tim Wright/photoaction.com

Hoping to be back for a return visit to the Rolex Fastnet Race after competing in 2011 is the Lithuanian team on the Volvo Ocean 60, Ambersail. The boat is owned by a collective of around 50 people and has notched up huge mileage. “We calculated roughly that we have sailed 150-180,000 miles in five years,” says the team’s Simonas Steponavicius. This includes the Rolex Sydney Hobart, a transatlantic race, the RORC Caribbean 600, Rolex Middle Sea Race and the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race.

Sadly last week Ambersail, their 2001 vintage former ASSA ABLOY training boat, dismasted off her homeport of Klaipėda. According to Steponavicius they have located a replacement rig, but their chance of being on the start line is now in the hands of their insurers. Steponavicius says he will be deeply disappointed, if Ambersail can’t make it:

“The Rolex Fastnet Race is one of my favourites. It is very challenging tactically and extremely interesting upwind along the coast with all the tidal gates, etc. I enjoy it very much. It is truly one of the classic races, absolutely on a par with the Sydney Hobart. I have been looking forward to doing this race since we finished the last one.”

It is perhaps this widely shared sentiment that attracts such strong international entries back to compete in the world’s largest offshore race again and again.

The Best Luxury Charter Yachts

July 24, 2013

Mediterranean yacht charter season is in full swing, with the best of the best cruising the fabulous waters of such popular European yacht charter destinations as the South of France, Italy, Croatia, Turkey, Greece as well as Spain and other spectacular vessels seeking adventure in such breathtaking charter destinations as South East Asia and the South Pacific. With a great range of motor yachts, sailing yachts, superyachts and mega yachts available this summer, there is no doubt that the perfect luxury yacht is out there, waiting for you to step aboard and sail towards the charter vacation of your dreams. Whether you prefer a laid-back catamaran yacht or an elegant mega yacht, our experienced agents will find the best match to suit your needs. Below is a list of outstanding Western and Eastern Mediterranean charter yachts to begin with; for more information don’t hesitate to contact us here.

Cannes le Suquet - Photo courtesy of CRT Cote d'Azur - Photo by Robert-PALOMBA

Cannes le Suquet - Photo courtesy of CRT Cote d'Azur - Photo by Robert-PALOMBA

57m Motor Yacht DIAMOND A

Built by the well known and respected luxury yacht builder Abeking & Rasmussen, motor yacht Diamond A is a 1998 launched, full-displacement steel vessel, refitted in 2010 and available for Croatia luxury yacht charter. Her lovely interior by Donald Starkey is light, spacious and luxurious, providing plenty of communal spaces for social gatherings and private relaxation.

Diamond A -  Main

Diamond A - Main

The yacht’s interior is as impressive as her massive sun-deck with dedicated areas for al-fresco dining, sunbathing and enjoyment of the Spa Pool. Further area for relaxation is found on the bridge deck, offering a table and a seating area forward. Twelve guests are accommodated in 6 elegant cabins and charter guests are taken care by a crew of 16 professionals.

Diamond A -  Bridge Deck Dining

Diamond A - Bridge Deck Dining

54m TIARA yacht

Representing a world-class sailing yacht, TIARA was built to perfection by New Zealand‘s Alloy Yachts and designed by Dubois Naval Architects. She was created to sail and perform on the ocean and boasts outstanding stability and sea handling capabilities. Her impressive 62.5m (205′) carbon fibre mast is fitted with boom furling. Her sail inventory includes a Genoa, Job, Staysail, MPS and a Mainsail, all made from Spectra Carbon by North Sails. They are handled by Alloy Yachts captive winches and composite furlers. She is available for Croatia charter yacht vacations, in addition to Italy and French Riviera superyacht charters.

Luxury yacht TIARA - Image credit to Alloy Yachts

Luxury yacht TIARA - Image credit to Alloy Yachts

Charter guests aboard Tiara yacht are welcomed with a light and easy atmosphere with Art Deco styling in flamed mahogany. Her decks are very spacious and flow very well, with a number of areas dedicated to sunbathing, relaxation and al-fresco dining. Accommodation is offered in 5 luxuriously outfitted cabins to 10 charter guests and there is a separate crew accommodation for 12.

Luxury superyacht TIARA - Image credit to Alloy Yachts

Luxury superyacht TIARA - Image credit to Alloy Yachts

52m Superyacht RED DRAGON

Another fabulous Alloy Yachts constructed vessel is the 52m superyacht Red Dragon, also designed by renowned Dubois Naval Architects. She is a high-performance aluminium sloop, with the ability to stay operational for long periods at sea without outside assistance. She is fitted with a massive 62.5m carbon fibre mast with a fully battened in-boom furling mainsail.

RED DRAGON - Under Sail View From Aft

RED DRAGON - Under Sail View From Aft

Available for Western Mediterranean luxury yacht rental, sailing yacht Dragon’s accommodation offers a beautiful owner’s suite and three guest suites. There is also a separate gym with a Pullman berth and en-suite facilities. Crew is accommodated in five cabins all with en-suites. RED DRAGON is very striking with topsides finished in anthracite grey and a white superstructure. Her excellent sailing performance and clean decks will without doubt turn heads wherever she goes.

RED DRAGON - The Cockpit (Photo by Axel Clark)

RED DRAGON - The Cockpit (Photo by Axel Clark)

50m Benetti motor yacht JO

Built by the Italian Benetti shipyard in 2004, luxury charter yacht JO is a great vessel with exterior styling by Stefano Natucci and lovely interior by Francois Zuretti. Her versatile interior and exterior spaces offer comfort and a perfect place to relax and unwind. Amongst JO’s priorities are waters sports, providing a very unique choice of water toys and other equipment to entertain her charter guests.

Motor Yacht Jo - Cruising6

Motor Yacht Jo - Cruising6

She was designed and built to the highest of standards, and has sleek, powerful and modern features. Her accommodation has been divided into 5-6 cabins and sleeps 10 to 12 charter guests. There is a full-beam master cabin situated on the main deck, two double and two twins (with additional Pullman bunk beds) on her lower deck. There is also a multi-purpose cabin located on the upper deck, which can be easily converted into  twin sofa beds, well suited for children or a nanny. Jo is available for charter in the Mediterranean countries of Italy, France, Croatia, Greece in addition to Turkey yacht charter holidays.

Luxury superyacht JO - Dining

Luxury superyacht JO - Dining

50m ARIANNA Yacht

Arianna yacht has enjoyed a very busy first season since her launch in 2012 and has also become an international star following her appearance in this summer’s Pittbull/Arianna/Fiat music video ‘Sexy People’. This beautifully elegant luxury charter yacht has been designed and constructed to perfection, accommodating twelve charter guests in six stylish staterooms.

Yacht ARIANNA -  Main

Yacht ARIANNA - Main

Available for New England superyacht charter, Arianna is celebrating her first birthday and offers a great special of 3 FREE NIGHTS on any one-week charter booked between August 18-28th. This very spacious vessel of excellent first-year charter record, features wide-open interior architecture with a beam of nearly 34 feet and a unique harmony of vibrant colours, tropical floral accents and natural grain patterns.

Yacht ARIANNA -  Gymnasium

Yacht ARIANNA - Gymnasium

45m BIG FISH yacht

An outstanding charter yacht and superb expedition vessel, BIG FISH is available for South East Asia yacht charter and was designed by Greg Marshall Design, launched by McMullen & Wing of New Zealand in 2010. She is an excellent example of a modern blue water, stable, functional and very comfortable explorer type yacht.

BIG FISH -  Main

BIG FISH - Main

Excellent choice for ultimate South East Asia yacht charter vacation full of fun and adventure, Big Fish yacht offers accommodation to 10 charter guests in 5 staterooms. She can also accommodate adequate stores of fuel, water, consumables, specialised cargo and supplies for any imaginable ocean adventure.

BIG FISH -  Top Deck

BIG FISH - Top Deck

45m Superyacht OURANOS

Boasting high performance and stylish elegance, Ouranos yacht is a 2012 launched Nadara 45 vessel built by Tecnomar and represents the fastest and the largest tri-deck planing yacht constructed by the shipyard at the time of her launch.  She is available for Italy superyacht charter as well as South of France, taking her charter guests around the enchanting destinations of these two beautiful Western Mediterranean countries.

OURANOS At anchor

OURANOS At anchor

Ouranos superyacht’s accommodation is divided into six staterooms to up to 14 charter guests, including a spacious full-beam master cabin situated on the main deck, three stylish VIP staterooms and two twin cabins located on the lower deck. All staterooms feature en-suite facilities.

OURANOS Spa Pool

OURANOS Spa Pool

37m RL NOOR yacht

Launched by Bilgin Yachts in 2010 RL NOOR Yacht is a Bilgin 123 SKY custom built luxury superyacht, boasting contemporary interior by the Italian design studio Hot Lab Yacht & Design. She is available for Croatia yacht charter this summer, as well as Montenegro.

MotorYacht NOOR

MotorYacht NOOR

Luxury yacht RL NOOR was fully constructed in wood and provides accommodation in 4 staterooms to 8 charter guests in total. There is an ultra-luxurious full-beam owner’s suite with two beds, a seating area, desk and en-suite with a tub, shower, sauna and a steam room. Her large guest suites boasts large windows for natural light. She received an international recognition for her interior design and detail, and was awarded best interior yacht design on any semi-displacement yacht in 2011.

Motor-Yacht-NOOR-Upper_dining_3_low-435x650

Motor-Yacht-NOOR-Upper_dining_3_low-435x650

31m Luxury yacht DUKE

Luxury yacht DUKE, launched in 2010 is a fast and sporty luxury superyacht from Azimuts‘ 103′ SL sports line. She is able to reach impressive 31 knots at top speed and cruise at 27 knots, able to take you from port to port in no time. She is available for Turkey and Greece yacht charter, turning heads wherever she appears thanks to her Stefano Righini exterior design, combined with luxury interior by Carlo Galeazzi.

DUKE Sistership Azimut 103 S Running 4

DUKE Sistership Azimut 103 S Running 4

Able to accommodate 8 to 10 charter guests in four cabins, DUKE features one master suite with en-suite facilities, as well as one VIP cabin and two twin cabin, also featuring en-suite bathrooms. Carlo Galeazzi used luxury materials, creating a unique exclusive interior style and her exterior boasts a distinctive bordeaux red hull, providing DUKE with distinctive personality.

DUKE Sistership Azimut 103 S Cockpit Detail 4

DUKE Sistership Azimut 103 S Cockpit Detail 4

42m DE LISLE III luxury yacht

One of Australia‘s largest charter yachts, DE LISLE III is an outstanding luxury vessel perfect for the French Polynesia and Great Barrier Reef superyacht charter, and exploration in style and comfort. She is a Majesty 132, constructed by Gulf Craft and launched in 2008, featuring high-powered performance able to handle the most extreme weather conditions.

DE LISLE III -  Main

DE LISLE III - Main

From her elegant exterior lines to the fine fabrics and woods, DE LISLE III provides her charter guests with best in quality, rarely seen on yachts available for Australia yacht charter. She has numerous interior and formal dining areas, two salons, alfresco flybridge dining and a spa pool with sun lounges. Accommodation is divided into one full-beam master suite, a VIP suite, a double and a twin cabin as well as one convertible cabin. Her professional and experienced crew offer first class service and exceptional local knowledge.

DE LISLE III -  Upper Deck

DE LISLE III - Upper Deck

21m Luxury Catamaran DAMRAK

Built by Sunreef and launched in 2009, DAMRAK catamaran represents a spacious and stable vessel, ideal for Mediterranean and Caribbean superyacht vacations. She was designed to be elegant, offering great speed and a low draft, enabling her to moor close to the coastline. Her interior is spacious, elegant, offering functionality and stability.

DAMRAK

DAMRAK

Motor yacht DAMRAK features accommodation in two wide master cabins situated in the bow section; both with en-suite bathrooms. Furthermore, there are two guest cabins located aft, with double beds and en-suite facilities. The galley and crew cabins can be found at a lower level within one of the catamaran’s hulls. Charter guests will enjoy the spacious saloon designed for entertainment and relaxation, with large casual sofas and a dining table. DAMRAK’s vast flybridge has a Spa Pool pool, a drinks bar with a barbecue and a good sized dining table. The sundeck on the Sunreef 70 power yacht makes an ideal place to enjoy warm Mediterranean and Caribbean evenings with friends and watch the sunset.

DAMRAK Salon Aerial

DAMRAK Salon Aerial

More Information

For more information on any of these superb luxury charter yachts or if you have questions regarding yacht charter vacations around the world, don’t hesitate to contact our professional and experienced charter brokers here.

Formentera

Formentera

10,000th news article on CharterWorld News

Reaching a significant milestone, this article is the 10,000th post published since the beginnings of CharterWorld News.

We strived and continue to strive to bring our readers the freshest news from the superyacht industry, covering important luxury yacht launches, deliveries and design concepts. We aim to inspire with some of the most beautiful yacht charter destinations around the world, unveiling the beauty of the outstanding luxury superyachts cruising our seas and oceans. We trust that yachting enthusiasts, maritime professionals, superyacht buyers and owners find useful information every single day, to keep them up to date with the latest in our industry.

Despite the ongoing economic situation, the superyacht industry continues to work hard to overcome this difficult period and we have seen some fabulous developments and forward thinking ideas come out of designer and naval architecture studios. There were numerous magnificent yachts launched  or re-launched this year; many of which will be present at the upcoming boat shows. We continue to see new marinas and ports being developed around the world offering top of the class services to visitors as well as creating additional jobs for the locals. And to complete the picture, there are the innovative (sometimes even crazy) superyacht toys and top of the class luxury yacht tenders, and other complementary superyacht products created by the talented people of this industry.

We would like to thank all of our readers and companies we work with, for their continued support. We trust you enjoy following our news through our website, or social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

Launch of the 53m sailing yacht ZEN

July 24, 2013

The breath-taking 53m sailing yacht Zen has been launched in Indonesia. Luxury superyacht Zen is a beautiful Phinisi Schooner, designed by Zygmunt Choren, with interior design by Digital Effect Design Studio from Poland. Zen is expected to be available for rent in the lovely yacht charter destination – South East Asia from around August 2013.

53m luxury sailing yacht ZEN

53m luxury sailing yacht ZEN

Launched by Global Adventure Group Ltd., luxury yacht Zen offers deluxe accommodation in a spacious owners two-level suite master cabin with adjoining children’s room and 6 guest staterooms. There is also accommodation for the vessel’s crew in a captain’s cabin and two crew cabins.

Superyacht Zen is also fitted with a wide range of tenders and water toys, including two Zodiac tenders, two Yamaha WaveRunners jet skis, as well as snorkeling, diving, water skiing and wake boarding.

Biggest ever Rolex Fastnet Race to be attended by US sailors

July 24, 2013

The world’s largest offshore race, the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race, will be attended by US sailors, joining 3,500 competitors in 380 boats from more than 20 nations. The iconic race sets sail from Cowes, Isle of Wight on Sunday 11th August and will host the most diverse range of yachts imaginable; from 30ft to 130ft, drawing attention of aspiring sailors to professional crews who race all over the world.

Luxury sailing yacht Bella Mente

Luxury sailing yacht Bella Mente to attend Rolex Fastnet Race 2013 - Photo by Tim Wright/photoaction.com

Now in its 45th year, the race started with seven boats in 1925 and nowadays, sailors worldwide are drawn by the history and sporting lure of the greatest offshore contest. The challenging 608 mile race from Cowes to the Fastnet Rock off southwest Ireland and back around the Scilly Isles to Plymouth, is now by far the biggest of all the international 600 mile offshore races.

Local Seafarers Challenge
As well as attracting some of the fastest and largest record-breaking boats on the planet, 4 American boats and their crews will be on the start line for the world’s best-known historic offshore race: Bella Mente, Team Wild Goose, Momentum Ocean Racing, as well as Lilla.

The starters include:

BELLE OF THE BALL
Bella Mente, Mini Maxi 72-foot Judel/Vrolijk, Hap Fauth
(Minneapolis, Minn./Naples, Fla.)

“This is a world-class distance race. The race has a reputation for being multifaceted and extremely challenging and the Bella Team loves the idea of challenging conditions as well as great competition.” says owner, Hap Fauth.

Launched in Spring 2012, luxury yacht Bella Mente is the second racing yacht built for owner Hap Fauth. This latest Mini Maxi is 72 feet long and was designed by Judel/Vrolijk.

Hap has been building Bella Mente Racing since 2005 when he purchased the first of the three racing yachts that have been part of the program. With his team, Hap has raced throughout the U.S. and all around Europe.  When he is not competing on the water, Fauth runs a number of businesses that span many industries – from agriculture to aerospace – and brings many of the same principles and tactics that he uses in the boardroom to the development of his sailing campaign.

Hap Fauth purchased his first Bella Mente yacht (a Judel/Vrolijk 66 built in 2002) in late 2005 and still has many members of the original team sailing with him today. The team won the Newport Bermuda Race in 2006 on the original Bella Mente and the 2011 Transpac on the second Bella Mente (a modified Reichel/Pugh 69 built in  2009). In 2012, the team captured the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship with the current Bella Mente, and in 2013 plan to defend that title at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in September and also go after the Rolex Fastnet.

Crew includes some well known names in racing:
Michele “Mickey” Cannoni’s sailing background includes working as mid-bow for Luna Rossa at the 32nd America’s Cup where the team made it into the Louis Vuitton Cup finals.

John Cutler is best known for winning the bronze medal in the Finn Class at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. In 1992, he was selected to be a sailing coach for the New Zealand team for the Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.

Daniel Fong’s major sailing accomplishments include winning the 2011 America’s Cup onboard Oracle as the headsail trimmer. Fong also sailed in the Whitbread Round-the-World race in 1997.

Hartwell “Hart” Jordan’s career highlights include seven world championship titles and the bronze medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia in the Soling Class. He  also has been involved in four America’s Cup campaigns.

Ian “Soapy” Moore has been a navigator in the Volvo Ocean Race and as navigator and performance manager for America’s Cup Campaigns.

Mark Newbrook has worked for two America’s Cup syndicates as a grinder.

Romolo Ranieri’s sailing accomplishments include racing in three America’s Cup campaigns with the Italian syndicate Luna Rossa, which won the Louis Vuitton Trophy in 2000.

Mike Sanderson is a two-time winner of the Volvo Ocean Race and has held numerous World Records. Mike has been involved in four America’s Cup campaigns and was ISAF World Sailor of the Year in 2007.

Grant Spanhake has been involved in six America’s Cup and four Whitbread campaigns. Grant has also been involved in three Olympic campaigns where he was sail designer and trim coach.

TICKING THE ROCK OFF!
Momentum Ocean Racing, Class40 GBR93, Emma Creighton (Deer Island, Maine, USA), Dan Dytch (Lymington, Hants) and Skip McCormack

Emma Creighton tells the story of how the crew met: “Dan and I met in France during the 2011 season while we were both preparing for the Mini Transat. After racing against each other for the year, we decided we should start sailing together. In 2012, I had a Class 40 for the summer, and competed in The Atlantic Cup (up the East Coast of the US) and Dan joined me for the inshore crewed portion of the race. I joined him for some racing at Maxi Worlds and Les Voiles de Saint Tropez on the Wally he was running. Two years later and we’re engaged, living together and have our own Class 40 (an Akilaria RC2, ex-Concise II).

“Joining us for Fastnet will be our friend Skip McCormack (USA) who also raced with us in Newport, RI for the inshore portion of the Atlantic Cup in 2012.  Dan’s been around Fastnet Rock a number of times before. I’ve competed in two races that were supposed to go around the Fastnet but had a course change at the last minute due to weather (2011 Mini Fastnet and 2013 Normandy Channel Race), and Skip’s never been there either – so we’re looking forward to ticking it off the bucket list.”

“The Class40 fleet should be a really competitive one this year, the race will be great training for the Transat Jacques Vabre (France to Brazil in November) and a chance to see how much we’ve learned about our new boat this season!”

The Course
The testing course passes several famous landmarks on the south coast of England. Initially, from Cowes, the race heads westward down The Solent, exiting into the English Channel at Hurst Castle. As the fleet leaves the notable rock formations of The Needles to port, it enters the next phase in the race: the series of headlands and tidal gates that mark the journey to Land’s End at the south-west tip of England.

The legs across the Celtic Sea to and from the Fastnet Rock are long and unpredictable. Openly exposed to fast moving Atlantic weather systems, the fleet often encounters the toughest weather of the race on its approach to and return from Ireland. The Fastnet Rock has significant standing in the minds of competitors, and is viewed as the halfway mark, even though the actual distance remaining is less. The finish in Plymouth, with its maritime heritage is always memorable for crews and yet another historic Fastnet Race.

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2013, September 1 to 7

July 22, 2013

The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup represents one of the most eye-catching and momentous events in the international sailing calendar, hosting an amazing line up of design, power, as well as prowess. The 24th edition of the world’s most important meeting of Maxi yachts will take place in the fabulous Italian yacht charter location – Porto Cervo in Sardinia. The event is organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) and the International Maxi Association (IMA). Rolex has been title sponsor since 1985.

Mini Maxi Fleet dwarfed by the sails of superyacht Hetairos - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Mini Maxi Fleet dwarfed by the sails of superyacht Hetairos - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

The stage is set for a dramatic week of sailing with an impressive fleet of yachts all upwards of 60-feet (18.29-metres) in length preparing to grace the alluring but often uncompromising waters of Sardinia’s La Maddalena Archipelago. Competition will take place in different categories, including Mini Maxi, Maxi Racing, Maxi Racing/Cruising, Supermaxi and Wally.

The 12-strong mini maxi fleet - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

The 12-strong mini maxi fleet - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

The highly competitive Mini Maxi Class – yachts measuring from 60-79 ft – is experiencing something of a golden age; the fleet is closely matched, highly competitive and increasingly popular. This year marks the fourth running of the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship. The defending champion is Hap Fauth’s 72-ft American entry, sailing yacht Bella Mente. Last year, the new launch narrowly defeated Niklas Zennström’s 72-ft yacht Rán 2, winner in 2010 and 2011. The level of competition is even greater this year. Andres Soriano is expected to arrive with his recently launched 72-ft yacht Alegre (GBR), the freshest Mini Maxi design. His former 68-ft Alegre is now owned by Alexander Schaerer and is continuing to excel as Caol Ila R. Other forecast entrants like George Sakellaris’s Shockwave, Sir Peter Ogden’s yacht Jethou and Alessandro Rombelli’s luxury yacht Stig are all equally capable of upsetting the form book.

At 66m, mega yacht Hetairos recently became the tallest vessel to navigate the Panama Canal

At 66m, mega yacht Hetairos recently became the tallest vessel to navigate the Panama Canal - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Rivalries will be renewed throughout the competing fleet. The Wally class always reserves dramatic action. This year looks particularly appetising. Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones’s Magic Carpet crew – perennial winners in Porto Cervo – will be racing for the first time on Owen-Jones’s new Wally Cento superyacht Magic Carpet 3. The line honours winner at June’s Giraglia Rolex Cup features experienced former Olympic medallist Jochen Schümann as skipper. Meanwhile Claus-Peter Offen’s 100-ft luxury yacht Y3K from Germany will hit the water after recent modifications in an effort to maintain her remarkable run of success in Porto Cervo.

Luxury sailing yacht Ran 2

Luxury sailing yacht Ran 2 - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Belgian Filip Balcaen’s 112-ft superyacht Nilaya has dominated the Supermaxi class – reserved for yachts measuring in excess of 100-ft – over the past two years. The Class is typically the most diverse, attracting yachts built for both luxurious cruising and competitive sailing. Last year, the event set a new record with the appearance of the gigantic 216-ft mega yacht Hetairos, the largest boat to ever feature in the competition.

Luxury yacht Stig chases Bella Mente yacht - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Luxury yacht Stig chases Bella Mente yacht - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

EVENT PROGRAMME:

Sunday, 1 September

YCCS Welcome Reception
Inspections, registration and briefing

Monday, 2 September

Race (s)

Tuesday, 3 September

Race (s)

Wednesday, 4 September

Race (s)

Thursday, 5 September

Lay day or resail

Friday, 6 September

Race (s)
Rolex Crew Party

Saturday, 7 September

Race (s)
Final Prize Giving

Classic sailing yacht ‘ANDROMEDA’ just launched by Castagnola shipyard

July 22, 2013

The majestic and unique sailing yacht ‘ANDROMEDA’ has just hit the water at Castagnola shipyard in Italy. Measuring 38 meters in length over all, superyacht Andromeda is a spacious and comfortable classic schooner, with excellent sailing performance.

Launch of classic yacht Andromeda at Castagnola shipyard

Launch of classic yacht Andromeda at Castagnola shipyard

Luxury yacht Andromeda was fitted at Costruzioni Navali Tigullio – Castagnola shipyard in Lavagna (Ge) Italy, and features a modern interior. She has been designed with a fast hull, huge sail plan, twin rudders and state-of-the-art equipment.

External design is particularly sleek. The line of the hull is classical, while the superstructure is up-to-date. A highly skilled experts team, together with Costruzioni Navali Tigullio – Castagnola Shipyard, managed this complexe project: Silverio Della Rosa for the naval architecture and sail plan, Studio Faggioni for the structural plan, Nauta Yachts for the interior design while Studio Tecnico Averame supervised the whole project.

Superyacht Andromeda on the water

Superyacht Andromeda on the water

The hull is made by wooden composite West System with epoxy fairing and finish. The two Sparcraft masts are impressive, high around 40 mt each, according to the wide sailing plan. All equipment is by the best producers on the market, as well as the furling system for sails.

The interiors are wide, sleek and functional: accommodating 10 guests in five cabins (a full-beam master, two VIPs and two twins) in the forward section of the lower deck and up to eight crew in crew quarters aft, the yacht also feature spacious main saloons with seating and dining areas, that open out to aft cockpits. The interior design is elegant and modern, in the best Italian tradition without compromising functionality.

38m luxury sailing yacht Andromeda

38m luxury sailing yacht Andromeda

The original feature
Andromeda yacht also feature a large fold-out swimming platform which allows easy access to tenders.

Superyacht Andromeda has a pair of MAN 2866 LX40 engines which produce a maximum speed of 12 knots. Ideal for private owners, Andromeda, for her features, is also suitable for Charter.

Castagnola, “The craftman of Luxury” shipwright
Mind and soul of the shipyard Costruzioni Navali Tigullio, Giovanni Castagnola has become famous over the years for its exclusive motoryachts, which are masterpieces of craftsmanship. Castagnola is a shipwright since 1959, for over 50 years he has specialized in the production of wooden boats  and he personally oversees all phases of production, from the construction of the keel up to the launch. There are several famous names who rely on Giovanni Castagnola’s  experienced hands to make their dream come true, members of noble Italian families and  important people who take part into the industrial and political, national and European Society.

Specifications of Andromeda Yacht:

Construction
Built/Refit 2013
Builder C.N.T Costruzioni Navali Tigullio – Castagnola Lavagna (GE) ITALY

Main characteristics
Length 39.00m (127’95”)
Beam 8.2 m (26’90”)
Draft 3.66m (12’01”)
Hull W. Cold Moulded
Engines 2 MAN 2866 LX40 – 400 CV x2
Generators 2 x 40Kwa Kohler
Speeds 12 (maximum speed)

Accommodation
Guest Cabins 5
Guests 10
Crew Cabins 4
Crew 5

Premiere and first sea trials for 80 Sunreef Carbon Line sailing yacht LEVANTE

July 19, 2013

Sunreef Yachts‘ newest launch, the 80 Sunreef Carbon Line sailing yacht Levante, has been officially presented at the Hilton Hotel in Gdansk, Poland. Superyacht Levante is currently going through sea trials, before her departure to the lovely summer yacht charter destination – South of France for this year’s Cannes Boat Show.

80 Sunreef Carbon Line Yacht LEVANTE by Sunreef Yachts

80 Sunreef Carbon Line Yacht LEVANTE by Sunreef Yachts

The superb sailing catamaran Levante yacht concept is based on light displacement of 45 tones, performance and speed. It is made of an advanced composite sandwich combining vinylester, PVC foam and carbon/glass fiber, with a carbon mast and boom. Standing rigging with Kevlar and total sail area is 340 m2. Her sleek and sporty exterior line was designed carefully to reduce windage and water resistance.

Superyacht LEVANTE in front of the Hilton Hotel in Gdansk

Superyacht LEVANTE in front of the Hilton Hotel in Gdansk

The 80 Sunreef Carbon Line Levante yacht is meant for fast sailing with easily reached 15 knots and maximum speeds on sails set for 20+ knots. Main sail and Genoa are made of Vectran while the Gennaker is made of Cuben Fiber, best materials available on the market for performance-oriented cruising yachts.

80 Sunreef Carbon Line luxury yacht LEVANTE

80 Sunreef Carbon Line luxury yacht LEVANTE

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

Multihulls to become permanent feature at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week

July 19, 2013

Multihulls are expected to become a permanent feature at Australia’s premier big-boat regatta, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, kicking off with the 30th anniversary edition of the award-winning event next month. The event will be held from August 17 to 24, 2013.

Perfect venue - the harbour at Hamilton Island

Perfect venue - the harbour at Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island’s CEO, Olympic and world champion sailor, Glenn Bourke, said the decision to open the regatta to multihulls had come as a consequence of the completion recently of a new 40-berth marina arm in the island’s harbour, a structure that is ideal for accommodating catamarans and trimarans.

‘Having multihulls as part of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week has been on our agenda for some time,’ Bourke said. ‘However, it has not been until now, with the new marina arm completed, that we’ve had the opportunity to offer the right facilities for them within Hamilton Island’s harbour.

‘In recent years we have had the ORMA 60s, Team Australia and Team Vodafone, racing within the fleet, and they have really impressed everyone. Now, in what we see as another significant milestone for the regatta, we are in a position to have all eligible multihulls become part of the fleet.’

Team Vodafone at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2011

Team Vodafone at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2011

Glen Bourke said that the island’s owners, the Oatley family, were very enthusiastic about multihulls participating at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. The family’s patriarch, octogenarian, Bob Oatley, is the owner of the 30-metre supermaxi yacht Wild Oats XI, which is the Rolex Sydney-Hobart race record holder.

Equally supportive is Audi Hamilton Island Race Week’s Race Director, Denis Thompson. He has worked hard to make sure the multihulls will enjoy exciting and spectacular racing around the beautiful islands that surround Hamilton Island.

‘Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is unique on the Australian sailing scene,’ Thompson said, ‘and we are looking forward to having multihulls become a permanent part of the event. I’m hoping that many of the multihull owners who will be racing at Airlie Beach the week before the start of racing at Hamilton Island, will make the effort to be with us. It promises to be a wonderful experience for them.’

More than 130 yachts are now entered for this year’s milestone regatta. As well as being the 30th staging of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, it also represents 10 years of ownership of Hamilton Island by the Oatley family.

Luxury carmaker, Audi, returns as the title sponsor of Hamilton Island Race Week in 2013. The German premium brand will host a range of special events on the island for yacht owners and guests to enjoy during the week.