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Newly launched 56m sailing yacht MONDANGO 3 by Alloy Yachts

December 11, 2013

Written by zuzana

After having her rigs stepped, the majestic 56,4-metre sailing yacht Mondango 3 (AY46) glided into the Auckland Viaduct on Thursday morning, December 5, 2013. Superyacht Mondango Three was successfully launched by the Alloy Yachts launch crew and will be delivered in late February 2014.

56m superyacht Mondango 3 by Alloy Yachts

56m superyacht Mondango 3 by Alloy Yachts

Luxury yacht Mondango 3 is a 56.4m Ketch designed by Dubois Naval Architects. She features a swing down centerboard, twin sub-deck tender wells, and aft deck spa pool.

Mondango 3 yacht has 5 cabins to accommodate up to 11 guests. The interior design was developed by the London-based studio of Reymond Langton Design.

Superyacht Mondango 3 rigs were built by NZ based Southern Spars and sails supplied by North. Mondango 3 sports the latest Alloy Yachts custom Superyacht Winches.

Mondango 3 superyacht was built to Lloyds Classification ✠ 100 A1 SSC YACHT MONO G6 MCH UMS & LY2.

Below is a gallery for the outstanding charter yachts built by Alloy Yachts.

SOLAS Big Boat Challenge 2013 to kick off today

December 10, 2013

Written by zuzana

Today, December 10, 2013, will see the Sydney Harbour host some of the world’s best yachts and sailors, participating in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s not to be missed 20th SOLAS Big Boat Challenge. The race will get underway off Vaucluse at 12.30pm.

Superyacht Wild Oats XI at SOLAS Big Boat Challenge

Superyacht Wild Oats XI at SOLAS Big Boat Challenge - Image credit to Andrea Francolini

By invitation only, this is the one time of year the Australian public can witness the cream of international talent display their skills and form against the spectacular backdrop of Sydney Harbour, as the yachts race a 14 nautical mile course taking in the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, Opera House, Fort Denison, Shark Island and Manly.

It is a preview of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, and a day when the line honours contenders come out for some ‘friendly’ rivalry and leaves the winner with a psychological advantage heading into the 628 nautical mile race on Boxing Day.

It also marks the first time Bob Oatley’s super maxi yacht Wild Oats XI, Anthony Bell’s superyacht Perpetual LOYAL (the former Speedboat/Rambler) and Grant Wharington’s luxury yacht Wild Thing will face off.

After taking line honours in the CYCA’s Port Hacking Bird Island Race, Mark Richards, Wild Oats XI yacht’s skipper, voiced the thoughts of many yesterday when he said of Bell’s boat: “It’s the most impressive and powerful boat around, so we’ll have to sail a faultless race to beat them.”

It is also the first time too that the VOR 70’s, New Zealand’s Giacomo (Jim Delegat) and Queensland’s Black Jack (Peter Harburg), will go head-to-head since the former won the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race as Groupama 4, in which the latter won the first three legs as Telefonica.

Entered also is Yachting Australia’s new president and past CYCA commodore, Matt Allen, with his brand new Carkeek 6,0 Ichi Ban, contesting only its second race.

Aboard the yachts are Olympic medallists, America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Sydney Hobart stalwarts and some big names that will be announced tomorrow morning. Mark Richards has assembled his usual strong Wild Oats crew, inclusive of Iain Murray, Stu Bannatyne, Tom Addis, Robbie Naismith, Steve Jarvin and Chris Harmsen.

London Laser Olympic gold medallist and Oracle strategist Tom Slingsby and other big names such as Stan Honey, Justin Clougher, Tom Braidwood, Tony Mutter, Will McCarthy and rugby player turned yachtie Phil Waugh, along with celebrities Guillaume Brahimi of Bennelong fame, Larry Emdur and Karl Stefanovic who join owner Anthony Bell on superyacht Perpetual LOYAL.

Giacomo boasts America’s Cup stars Chris Dickson and Juan Vila, along with Hobart veteran, VOR and America’s Cup sailor, David Blanchfield, while Black Jack has VOR veteran Hobart and VOR navigator Andrew Cape and Olympian, VOR and America’s Cup sailor Anthony Nossiter.

On Ichi Ban are Will Oxley, Gordon Maguire, Darren Senogles, Phil Harmer, Anthony Merrington – their sailing spans Sydney Hobarts and VOR among others, and Michael Spies, a 36 Hobart veteran who can claim line and overall victories in the great race.

The highly spirited SOLAS Big Boat Challenge takes the yachts from Steele Point (Nielsen Park) Vaucluse down the Harbour to Manly for two and a half laps and finishes off Sydney’s famous landmark Opera House.

Other entries include the 1997 Sydney Hobart line honours winner, Brindabella (Jim Cooney), Andrew Wenham’s Southern Excellence II (formerly Ichi Ban), Rob Hanna’s Shogun V from Victoria, Graeme Wilson’s 12 Metre former America’s Cup boat, Kookaburra and a number of other grand prix racers.

The CYCA SOLAS Trusts were set up by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia following the tragic 1998 Sydney Hobart to raise money to help the families of those who lost a loved one at sea and to help the various search and rescue organisations that help countless people each year; and foster and fund research and training to improve safety and rescue procedures and equipment used in ocean races. To-date CYCA SOLAS Trusts has made donations totalling $893,000 to various organisations.

TARA Yacht comes back home from the Arctic expedition

December 10, 2013

Written by zuzana

Following the 7-month Tara Oceans Polar Circle expedition around the North Pole, Tara yacht returned to her home port in Lorient, France, on December 7, 2013. The schooner docked at 6:30 in the marina, especially illuminated in honor of sailing yacht Tara’s return.

Return of expedition yacht Tara - Photo credit to Caroline Tattevin

Return of expedition yacht Tara - Photo credit to Caroline Tattevin

The scientific mission in the Arctic Ocean covered 25,000 kilometers, and traversed the Northeast and Northwest passages in a single season. Supported by agnès b., the Albert II of Monaco Foundation, CNRS, CEA, EMBL, Lorient Agglomeration, EDF Foundation and other private and public partners, the expedition’s goal was to research plankton biodiversity in the Arctic.

By circumnavigating the Arctic Ocean, Tara Oceans Polar Circle completes the goals of the Tara Oceans expedition (2009-2012): to collect plankton in all the world’s oceans, in order to understand how oceans are reacting to the major changes taking place. In addition, other issues were studied, including an assessment of mercury levels, and also the concentration of plastic particles in the sea.

55 scientific sampling stations were carried out under extreme conditions, and 5,000 samples of plankton were collected. “We were able to carry out the entire mission beyond our expectations — with a half-dozen more sampling stations than originally planned,” explains Eric Karsenti, the scientific director of the mission.

Analysis of the samples will continue in laboratories for years to come, but as of 2013 (just 4 years after the start of Tara Oceans) 8 scientific publications have already appeared.  These articles are devoted to very precise subjects. The 7-year Oceanomics research program began in March 2013 with thousands of samples collected during the Tara Oceans and Tara Oceans Polar Circle expeditions. The data will be organized and used to understand how plankton biodiversity and the oceanic carbon pump function. In the long term, certain compounds will be identified for the pharmaceutical field. Raw data has been made available online to the scientific community.

“It is surely one of the most important achievements of this kind of  expedition,” continues Eric Karsenti. “It’s almost like a library, where researchers around the world can work on the samples, without anyone knowing what will be the outcome.”

During recent months,Tara Expeditions appealed to policy makers and the general public concerning the most urgent environmental issues in the Arctic, by publishing “A Plea for the Arctic.”

Nearly 10,000 students followed the expedition via the website “Echos d’escale” where they could discover the key environmental issues affecting the Arctic. Older students can continue exploring by participating in the program, “From boat to laboratory” which allows them to use real scientific data, and be in contact with researchers who are examining the collected samples.


55 sampling stations, including 18 long stations, at depths down to 1,000 meters – 5,000 samples –  23 scientific instruments on board – 11 stopovers – 5 countries visited –  202 days of expedition – 3 captains relayed each other: Loïc Vallette, Samuel Audrain and Martin Hertau – 57 people took turns aboard Tara including 40 scientists, and 17 crew members – lowest recorded temperature: -8° C in the Canadian Arctic in September – highest recorded temperature: 29° C in Dudinka (Russia) in July – the northernmost position attained: N 080° 48′- E 047° 41′ at Franz Josef archipelago (Russia)


10 years ago, with the leadership of Etienne Bourgois and the support of agnès b, the Tara Expeditions project was conceived to promote the protection of the oceans and thus the planet. During this last decade, a lot of water has flowed under Tara’s round hull. 6 short campaigns, each several months long, were conducted between 2004 and 2006 with artists and scientists aboard, from Greenland to Antarctica, before the launch of 3 major missions devoted to climate and marine biodiversity: Tara Arctic (2006 – 2008), Tara Oceans (2009 – 2012) and Tara Oceans Polar Circle (2013).  Ecology needs more science. The next decade will be crucial for making major decisions on climate change.

For the entire Tara Expeditions team, the coming years will be rich in discoveries and full of promise.


After more than 4 years sailing around the world and the Arctic, Tara is preparing a mission to raise awareness concerning the Mediterranean Sea, cradle of our civilization. Continuing our actions in favor of more sustainable development, this mission will be the occasion for Tara Expeditions, along with local and regional associations, to focus attention on the many environmental issues in the Mediterranean. During these 5 months, Tara Expeditions will also make public the initial results of the Tara Oceans Expedition (2009-2012).

The main partners of Tara Oceans Polar Circle:
agnès b., Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco, Lorient Agglomération, CNRS, EMBL, GENOSCOPE – CEA, ENS, UPMC, TAKUVIK (Canada, Univ. Laval & CNRS), Shirshov Institute of Oceanology (Russia), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia), Fondation EDF, NASA, ACCESS-iAOOS, the laboratories of the Tara Oceans Expedition (OCEANOLOGY consortium), Région Bretagne, IUCN et UNESCO – Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.

Update from crew of 91′ Brooklin Boat Yard sailing yacht BEQUIA

December 09, 2013

Written by zuzana

Last month saw the US shipyard, Brooklin Boat Yard receive a wonderful letter from the crew of sailing yacht Bequia. Named after ‘Bequia‘, a small island in St Vincent and the Grenadines, positioned among the Windward Islands in the popular yacht charter destination – the Caribbean, superyacht Bequia is a majestic 91-foot world-cruising yawl, built by Brooklin Boat Yard to a design by Stephens Waring in 2009. Below is the letter sent by the crew of Bequia.

Brooklin Boat Yard-built superyacht BEQUIA in the popular Mediterranean yacht charter location - Montenegro

Brooklin Boat Yard-built superyacht BEQUIA in the popular Mediterranean yacht charter location - Montenegro - Image courtesy of Brooklin Boat Yard

16.48 North, 62.01 West
To: Steve White and the Boys of the Brooklin Boat Yard.

“Some seven years ago, [we] commissioned the Brooklin Boat Yard to build a 91′ yawl. In the early summer of 2009 Bequia was lowered into the waters of Center Harbor, and as a wooden boat, joined the fleet of wooden boats built under the direction of the White family. We were deeply honored.

There was something sincerely satisfying to be part of a sailing yacht that shares a connection with boats like Grace, Vortex, and the beautiful Wild Horses. So many boats of “sculptural composition and curved lines” paying homage to the artistry of boat building and the universal beauty of a sailing vessel, have called Center Harbor home. To her owners’ eyes, Bequia was a magnificent realization of a dream, and we felt deeply indebted to the craftsman that built her, and the family of boats she joined.

The boys of BBY labored to build a “safe, strong, and seaworthy boat”. A yacht that could take a family safely anywhere in the world. And a boat whose beauty and warmth — lined with cedar, ash, and teak — would provide physical comfort and visual joy to those that sailed on her.

We thank again, Brian, Eric, and the rest of the crew that built Bequia.

Steve once wrote, wishfully, that Bequia “would have her own history and place in the world.”

I hope we have made a first step in the foundation of such a history. Bequia has sailed into the bay of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. She has traveled south to the San Blas Islands, anchoring off Achodup, perhaps the prettiest atoll in the Gulf of Mexico. She has gone north east to Sweden and cruised the archipelago of Stockholm. Bequia spent two days in the Stora Nassa Skargard, on the edge of the Baltic Sea, where father and daughter braved the cold and jumped in the sea.

And we raced Bequia against some of the finest yachts of Europe. In 2012 in England, in the Penndennis Cup, Bequia came in third in class. In the 2013, Loro Piana Super Yacht regatta, in Sardinia, Italy, Bequia let her skirt fly, and finished first in class. (With a little help from a tactician named Whidden, and a helmsman named Campbell James).

We are arriving in the next hours to anchor in Falmouth Harbor, Antigua, after an eleven day crossing of the great Atlantic Ocean, captained by Seumas Meharg. We are sailing under yankee, staysail, main, and mizzen. For her owner, the crossing was fulfilling an adventure harbored for years.

I hope, Steve, we have respected the history of your yard, and honored the work of those that built Bequia.

[We] are grateful.”

McConaghy Boats preparing for Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

December 09, 2013

Written by zuzana

The 118nm Port Hacking – Bird island race, which took place over the weekend, was a resounding success for McConaghy Boats, old and new, in the all important build up for the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

Sailing yacht WILD OATS XI at sunrise - Photo credit to Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Sailing yacht WILD OATS XI at the 2012 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race - Photo credit to Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Bob Oatley’s Reichel Pugh 30m super maxi yacht Wild Oats XI claimed line honours and second on IRC, while Tony Kirby’s brand new Ker 46 Patrice won ORCi and claimed 3rd on IRC in conditions that favoured the bigger boats. In only his third event, coming fresh from winning the Sydney Short Offshore Championship last weekend. Tony’s new 46 footer beat the bigger boats and its contemporaries overall after finishing sixth on line in good time, firming its Hobart chances.

One of the oldest boats in the McConaghy stable, Roger Hickman’s Farr 43 Wild Rose (originally launched as Wild Oats for Bob Oatley in 1985) continues to lead the CYCA Blue Water Point score winning division 2 on both IRC and ORCi.

Overall winner on IRC was Grant Warrington’s 30m Super maxi yacht Wild Thing, benefiting from some last minute optimisation from the McConaghy Sydney team, with a new rudder blade designed by Fred Barrett. The rudder was refitted to Wild Thing only minutes after it was completed on Friday morning, just in time for Grant and his team to head out for a shake down on the Harbour. Whilst at the McConaghy’s Mona Vale factory to inspect his rudder Grant spotted the carbon fiber McConaghy power boat steering wheel, and decided it was a must have accessory for his motor yacht to match his McConaghy wheels on his maxi yacht.

McConaghy’s Sydney team is working around the clock at the moment helping with last minute repairs and modifications to Anthony Bell’s luxury yacht Perpetual Loyal.

Counting down the minutes to the Big Boat showdown on the harbour tomorrow, all the super maxis will be in fighting form thanks to the support of McConaghy tireless team of highly skilled tradesmen. A well deserved break is planned for McConaghy Staff tomorrow with a day out on the MC38 to watch results of their hard work in the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge.

Good luck to all McConaghy Boats skippers and crew.

Additional renderings of 46m PS46 Yacht Concept by Alloy Yachts and Philippe Briand

December 06, 2013

Written by zuzana

Introduced by Alloy Yachts at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show, the 46-metre sailing yacht PS46 concept is a striking performance sloop, beautifully penned by renowned Philippe Briand and developed by Alloy Yachts as a fully engineered turnkey project, available with a range of personalised options. The 46m PS46 yacht concept was developed by the yard to cater to those owners searching for a high quality individual build, but without the time as well as cost that a full custom boat usually demands. The sloop has also an optional race/regatta upgrade package. Below are some additional renderings of the beautiful PS46 design.

PS46 Yacht Concept by Alloy Yachts and Philippe Briand - Profile - blue hull

PS46 Yacht Concept by Alloy Yachts and Philippe Briand - Profile - blue hull - Image courtesy of Alloy Yachts

PS46 superyacht concept - Profile - white hull

PS46 superyacht concept - Profile - white hull - Image courtesy of Alloy Yachts

Luxury yacht PS46 concept - Sail Plan

Luxury yacht PS46 concept - Sail Plan - Image courtesy of Alloy Yachts

Luxury yacht PS46 concept - Sail Plan High Performance Upgrade

Luxury yacht PS46 concept - Sail Plan High Performance Upgrade - Image courtesy of Alloy Yachts

PS46 superyacht concept - deck view closed

PS46 superyacht concept - deck view closed - Image courtesy of Alloy Yachts

Sailing yacht PS46 design - Deck View open

Sailing yacht PS46 design - Deck View open - Image courtesy of Alloy Yachts

Luxury yacht PS46 concept - Saloon

Luxury yacht PS46 concept - Navigator Saloon - Image courtesy of Alloy Yachts

PS46 superyacht concept - Traveller Saloon

PS46 superyacht concept - Traveller Saloon - Image courtesy of Alloy Yachts

Sailing yacht PS46 concept - Voyager Saloon

Sailing yacht PS46 concept - Voyager Saloon - Image courtesy of Alloy Yachts

PS46 Yacht Concept - Navigator Owners Cabin

PS46 Yacht Concept - Navigator Owners Cabin - Image courtesy of Alloy Yachts

Superyacht PS46 concept - Traveller Owners Cabin

Superyacht PS46 concept - Traveller Owners Cabin - Image courtesy of Alloy Yachts

PS46 Yacht Concept - Voyager Owners Cabin

PS46 Yacht Concept - Voyager Owners Cabin - Image courtesy of Alloy Yachts

Brooklin Boat Yard working on 74′ sailing yacht designed by German Frers

December 06, 2013

Written by zuzana

The well known US shipyard, Brooklin Boat Yard, is currently building a 74-foot sailing yacht, beautifully designed by well known German Frers. Frers 74′ yacht is a gorgeous cold-molded daysailer, scheduled for launch in 2015.

Rendering of Frers-designed 74' Yacht under construction at Brooklin Boat Yard

Rendering of Frers-designed 74' Yacht under construction at Brooklin Boat Yard

Technical Specifications of luxury yacht Frers 74′ under construction at Brooklin Boat Yard

Designer: Germán Frers
LOA: 73′ 9″
LWL: 66′ 4″
Beam: 18′ 10″
Draft: 12′ 5″
Ballast: 18959 lbs
Displacement (light load): 54454 lbs
Displacement (full load): 67210 lbs.
Sail Area: 1016 sq ft

Brooklin Boat Yard christens 70′ sailing yacht SONNY

December 06, 2013

Written by zuzana

Brooklin Boat Yard successfully christened the lovely 70-foot sailing yacht SONNY in September 2013. Luxury yacht SONNY represents another rendition of an earlier Brooklin Boat Yard built boat. In 2000, the yard launched the Dieter Empacher-designed 70’ Center Cockpit Racing / Cruising Sloop SONNY and she was actively used year round by her owner, participating in major offshore races, along with cruising back and forth between the popular yacht charter destinations – New England and the Caribbean.

70ft luxury yacht Sonny by Brooklin Boat Yard under sail

70ft luxury yacht Sonny by Brooklin Boat Yard under sail

Designed for performance and cruising comfort, luxury yacht SONNY is a custom cold-molded yacht that marries traditional finishes with modern structures. Her contemporary hull profile is low and sleek, ending in a stylishly raked transom that incorporates a hydraulically operated, hidden swim platform. The flush deck and low cabin trunk are reminiscent of classic racing yachts in which the foredeck is cleared for sail handling. The keel, designed with maximum lift-to-drag ratio, features winglets for greater stability without sacrificing motion comfort. The winglets run almost the full length of the keel and end in sharp corners, which help reduce leeway.

SONNY yacht’s interior is elegant in the Herreshoff finish — white and cream paintwork offset with American cherry joinery and a teak and maple cabin sole. The bright finish of the cold-molded hull peeks out in numerous places as a pleasant reminder that this is indeed a wooden boat.

Luxury yacht SONNY is ready for cruising with a spacious owner’s stateroom aft plus two double guest staterooms and a captain’s cabin forward. There are three heads and three showers aboard this mini mega-yacht. SONNY sports a carbon fiber mast by GMT and a hydraulic roller furling headsail by Harken.

SONNY yacht easily makes over nine knots on the wind, and 12 to 15 knots off the wind. She’s a true racer/cruiser built to last lifetimes by Brooklin Boat Yard.

Technical Specifications of SONNY Yacht

Designer: Dieter Empacher
Launching: September 3 2013
LOA: 69ft 10in
LWL: 58ft 0in
Beam: 16ft 6in
Draft: 8ft 0in
Displacement: 76750 lbs
Sail Area: 2170 sq ft

Below is a video from christening of luxury yacht SONNY, held at Brooklin Boat Yard in September 2013, made by Billy Black.

Ben Ainslie at 2014 London Boat Show & 2014 Round the Island Race entries opening

December 05, 2013

Written by zuzana

Saturday, June 1, 2013, was undoubtedly a day to remember, marked by the new Round the Island Race record. It was the day when Great Britain‘s most successful Olympic sailor and America’s Cup winner, Sir Ben Ainslie, and his all-British crew aboard the AC45 J.P. Morgan BAR yacht, smashed the existing Round the Island Race multihull record, held for 12 years by Francis Joyon, by an amazing 16 minutes. The gauntlet has been well and truly thrown down for Race Day on 21st June 2014 …and 2.52.15 is the time to beat!

A bird's eye view is captured through the lense of photographer Ian Roman who was covering the 2013 Race from a helicopter

A bird's eye view is captured through the lense of photographer Ian Roman who was covering the 2013 Race from a helicopter.

Meanwhile, Sir Ben, under the auspices of J.P. Morgan Asset Management and the Island Sailing Club, will be holding a public Q&A session on 8th January at the London Boat Show where his Race record-breaking AC45 yacht will be on display and there will be some exciting Race news announced at 11.30am.

Race entries open 3rd January 2014

Entries for the 2014 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, taking place on 21st June, will open on Friday 3rd January with the Notice of Race being simultaneously published online.

With a fleet comprising in excess of 1,500 yachts and 16,000 sailors, the annual one-day J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is firmly established as one of the top sailing events on the international sporting calendar and ranks amongst the most challenging of its kind.

As the 4th largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs, the Round the Island Race can certainly prove to be a marathon for some, lasting many hours depending on wind, tides and seamanship, whilst for others, such as race record-breaker Sir Ben Ainslie, it started at 0500 and he was back in time for an early breakfast!

The current monohull race record set by Mike Slade on the 100ft charter yacht ICAP Leopard on 1st June 2013 stands at 3.43.50. This is 9 minutes and 45 seconds inside ICAP Leopard’s own race record set back in 2008.

Set yourself the challenge to compete in Britain’s favourite yacht race

Year after year, the Race welcomes many new participants – old and young, male and female, amateur and professional – who want to challenge themselves and undertake this extraordinary 50 nautical mile adventure that starts and ends off Cowes, Isle of Wight.

The Island Sailing Club organises, hosts and manages the Race, and the Club’s new elected Commodore, John Dudley, sums up why he thinks this race means so much to so many, commenting:

“I am proud to be Commodore of the Club that runs this iconic event; a race where Cruisers and Racers alike are matched up against some of the leading sailors in the World making it a “Race for All”.

If you are thinking of entering the 2014 Race and haven’t competed before, there is a wealth of information, including a series of practical preparation videos, available on the Race website. There is also a Forum on which you can post ‘Crew available’ or ‘Crew wanted’ notices.

The Island Sailing Club is grateful for the continued support of the Race Title Sponsor, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, and the Race Partners for 2014: Dream Yacht Charter, Haven Knox-Johnston, Henri Lloyd, Nautica Watches, Old Pulteney Whisky, Raymarine, Red Funnel, Volvo Car UK.

NAO Victoria Yacht Aboard DYT’s Super Servant 4

December 05, 2013

Written by zuzana

November 28, in Spain‘s Palma de Mallorca, saw the historic replica of Ferdinand Magellan’s galleon, NAO Victoria yacht, sail aboard Dockwise Yacht Transport’s semi-submersible yacht carrier, Super Servant 4. Dedicated to yacht transport of yachts of all sizes, DYT is world renowned for its fleet of unique ships that submerge to a draft required by the yachts, loading to safely and easily sail on and off.

NAO Victoria Yacht aboard DYT's Super Servant 4 in Palma de Mallorca

NAO Victoria Yacht aboard DYT's Super Servant 4 in Palma de Mallorca - Photo credit to Andriy Antonenko/DYT Loading Master

Upon her arrival in Port Everglades, Florida, mid-December, the 25.9-meter (85-foot) carrack will sail to St. Augustine for the Christmas holiday before beginning a cultural exhibition tour that will take her along the coast of Florida and up the U.S. East Coast to educate the public about the first complete circumnavigation of the world by Magellan’s expedition in the 16th Century.

Leave Nothing to Chance
“Although she can sail perfectly on her own keel, she would take nearly two months to get from Spain to Florida, so we decided to ship her to reduce the voyage time,” said Eduardo Almagro Blanco, the general manager for Fundacion NAO Victoria, the Spanish not-for-profit foundation that manages NAO Victoria along with El Galeon, another historic Spanish replica. He added that the organization chose DYT based on its credentials, unique float-on/float-off loading method, and timely schedule.

Historic replica of Ferdinand Magellan’s galleon, NAO Victoria (Photo Credit: FUNDACION NAO VICTORIA)

Historic replica of Ferdinand Magellan’s galleon, NAO Victoria Yacht (Photo Credit: FUNDACION NAO VICTORIA)

Paving the Way
The original NAO Victoria, launched in 1519, was one of five ships in the Portuguese explorer’s Spanish expedition to discover the passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans known as the Strait of Magellan.  After his death and under the command of Juan Sebastian Elcano, it became the first ship in history to complete the 32,000-mile voyage in 1522 and the first ever to successfully circumnavigate the globe.  In 1570, the original ship disappeared without a trace during a treacherous storm while underway from the Antilles to Seville.

Not All Who Wander Are Lost
The replica of the NAO Victoria was built for the Universal Exposition of Seville in 1992.  Directed by Ignacio Fernandez Vial, extensive research and in-depth analysis was conducted on 164 written and iconographic documents from different Spanish historical archives, 126 drawings and engravings, 22 affidavits, 18 treaties on naval construction, and three wrecks. “Florida residents and visitors are eager to participate in the unique experiences that the vessels from the NAO Victoria Foundation have to offer,” commented Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, continuing to say “the overall cultural, historical and tourism benefit is exceptional.”

Classic yacht NAO Victoria

Classic yacht NAO Victoria (Photo Credit: FUNDACION NAO VICTORIA)

In Good Hands
With excellent safety standards and an experienced staff behind the operation, DYT’s Super Servant 4 will complete the delivery of NAO Victoria from Palma de Mallorca to Port Everglades, Fla. by mid December.