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Moscow Boat Show 2014: ‘Yacht Design Day’

March 14, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Today, Friday, March 14, will see the currently running Moscow Boat Show 2014 host the ‘Yacht Design Day’ within its business program. The program of the day will comprise yacht projects presentations, master classes of famous designers, including Albert Nazarov from Albatros Marine Design, Theo Werner from Werner Yacht Design, Jaron Ginton from Ginton Naval Architects BV, Inigo Toledo from Barracuda Yacht Design and other prominent experts, as well as meetings between designers and potential customers.

Moscow Boat Show 2014

Moscow Boat Show 2014

Designers and manufacturers will present superyachts projects during the ‘Yacht Design Day’ that will be organized in the framework of the Moscow Boat Show business program:

– Ing. V. Ruggiero from Ruggiero Yacht Design (Italy) will present projects of the 77,7 m yacht and make a Master-class on creating mega-yachts projects;
– Inigo Toledo from Barracuda Yacht Design (Spain) will present several projects being realized in different countries, including superyacht B-165’ and classic sailing yacht B-190’. He will also make a Master-class on creating a design concept from the very beginning;
– Jaron Ginton (Ginton Naval Architects BV) from the Netherlands will describe his 40 m Motor yacht and 35 m Sailing yacht projects and answer the questions.
– Stefano Pagani Isnardi, the Italian marine industry association representative, will make a report on Italian Superyachts market and key Italian superyachts manufacturers;
– Barbara Amerio from Permare Group (Amer yachts) will present all stages of yacht construction – from design project to launch;
– Ervin Bamps (Gulf Craft, UAE) will present Majesty yachts brand;
– Albert Nazarov (Albatross Marine Design, Thailand) will present his projects and make a Master-class ‘Yacht design: delving into reality’.

Besides, the visitors are welcome to arrange individual meetings with each expert, ask questions, discuss opportunities for partnership, projects design and yachts construction.

The ‘Yacht Design Day’ will be held on Friday the 14th of March on 12:00-19:00 in the framework of the Moscow Boat Show business program. The Conference hall will be located in the Hall 13 of International Exhibition Center Crocus Expo (Moscow, 65 km Moscow Ring Road). Participating in all events of the business program is free for Moscow Boat Show visitors.

Les Voiles de St. Barth 2014 expected to host 70 or more yachts

March 14, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Set to run from april 14 to 19, Les Voiles de St. Barth 2014 is expected to host 70 or more yachts. So far, sixty two racing yachts have confirmed plans to line the docks or otherwise slip into the warm embrace of Gustavia’s inner harbor and protected anchorage on the western side of St. Barthelemy island, where the Quai Général de Gaulle is the event’s headquarters and lively epicenter for shoreside socializing.

Les Voiles de St Barth 2014 Preview - Image credit to Christophe Jouany

Les Voiles de St Barth 2014 Preview - Image credit to Christophe Jouany

Seven or more “maxis” (to be further separated into Maxi-Racing and Maxi-Racing Cruising/CSA Rating) are sure to steal the show in terms of sheer elegance and their precisely calculated approaches to competition, while at least 39 “spinnaker” yachts (to be further sorted into Spinnaker 1 and 2/CSA Rating), three IRC 52s, five Non-Spinnaker yachts and eight Racing Multihulls will impress with a dazzling array of sailing talent aboard, ranging from home-grown Corinthians to worldly professionals.

“We’re delighted to be coming back to Les Voiles de St. Barth with Rambler 90 yacht (a Reichel-Pugh designed 90 footer),” said owner George David (Hartford, Connecticut), giving an appreciative nod to the event’s fifth anniversary. “It’s an exceptional regatta given its venue and organization, and this will be the fourth year for us (three in the 90’ Rambler and one in Rambler 100 superyacht). The winds begin to moderate seasonally in April, but we recall a good many days of well over 20 knots.”

Although he credits consistently good sailing with helping Rambler to win its class in three prior appearances, David expects tough competition in 2014 from at least two of the newer mini-maxis. “They’re quicker around shorter courses than we are, and they’re a decade newer in design and build.”

Les Voiles de Saint Barth - Photo credit to Christophe Jouany

Les Voiles de Saint Barth - Photo credit to Christophe Jouany

David’s reference is undoubtedly to Hap Fauth’s (Minneapolis, Minn.) Judel/Vrolik 72 luxury yacht Bella Mente and Alex Schaerer’s (Newport, R.I.) Mills 68 sailing yacht Caol Ila R. Both are new to the regatta.

“I’ve done a fair amount of racing at the St. Barths Bucket, about five or six, over the years, but I’ve never done this regatta,” said Fauth. “I love sailing around St. Barths. We keep (our cruising sailboat) Whisper there a lot, and the conditions are just fantastic. It will be fun to race a raceboat in this environment, which I know from a cruising standpoint.”

Just off the high of steering Bella Mente to win the mini maxi class at Key West Race Week (where Caol Ila R came second) and finish second overall and second in IRC Z class at the RORC 600, where Rambler finished sixth and fifth, respectively, Fauth added, “Rambler has got a lot of waterline, and they’re tough; they’re well sailed. We have a couple of tricks up our sleeves, and our team will get four days of practice in and then we’ll let ‘er go. It should be fun.”

Les Voiles de St Barth - Image credit to Christophe Jouany

Les Voiles de St Barth - Image credit to Christophe Jouany

Bella Mente finished fourth to Caol Ila R‘s fifth at last year’s Mini Maxi Worlds and, according to Fauth, is “tactically and strategically up to speed” on the coastal racing that is signature to Les Voiles de St. Barth. “If we sail well and don’t make any mistakes, the outcome will take care of itself, but you’ve got to practice before these regattas to get the crew back in sync.”

As many teams will do during the regatta, Bella Mente Racing will spread out over several villas, with one central gathering house designated for meetings and meals that are not enjoyed at the regatta or at local restaurants. “We are going to tie up next to Whisper in the anchorage because Bella Mente draws so much water,” said Fauth.

Along with the 72’ sailing yacht Aragon, the 77’ charter yacht Ocean Phoenix and the 112’ charter yacht Highland Breeze, Wendy Schmidt’s Swan 80 superyacht Selene will be another decidedly American entry to watch among the Maxis. Having last year won Maxi class overall, Schmidt will be traveling over 2300 miles for her repeat appearance, yet she will find St. Barth in many ways similar to her home island of Nantucket off the coast of Massachusetts.

Only eight square miles, the tiny collectivity of St. Barth–nestled among the leeward islands that comprise the French West Indies–is at once both sophisticated and quaint, busy and laid back, complicated and simple. In-season, it’s a luxurious destination for the rich and famous, with its cobblestone streets, gingerbread architecture, fine restaurants and fancy boutiques, while off-season, during Les Voiles de St. Barth, it’s the perfect playground for enjoying all of that plus the best regatta action in the Caribbean.

Piet Brouwer completes upgrade of the main electrical distribution system aboard sailing yacht MYSTERE

March 13, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The upgrade of the main electrical distribution system aboard the 38,5-metre sailing yacht Mystere has been recently completed by Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology. Superyacht Mystere is presently anchored in Palma de Mallorca as the upgrade has been managed by the company’s Palma de Mallorca office.

Superyacht Mystere with upgrade of the main electrical distribution system by Piet Brouwer - Credits Photo courtesy of Vitters Shipyard – Albert Brunsting

Superyacht Mystere with upgrade of the main electrical distribution system by Piet Brouwer - Credits: Photo courtesy of Vitters Shipyard – Albert Brunsting

Built by Vitters Shipyard in the Netherlands, luxury yacht Mystère was launched in 2006. The refit has seen her shore converter replaced entirely with a 100 kVA hybrid-cooled Marpower unit. As the old system was air-cooled, this entails a reduction in weight, space, heat and noise, as well as an upgrade in power and capacity.

The main electrical distribution system aboard sailing yacht MYSTERE

The main electrical distribution system aboard sailing yacht MYSTERE

During the installation, it became obvious that this was also the right moment to upgrade the main switchboard and the decision was made to install the latest technology from DEIF systems. Piet Brouwer electrotechnology fitted two new DEIF genset controllers to allow full control of power management and generator protection.

Luxury yacht Mystere

Luxury yacht Mystere - Credits: Photo courtesy of Vitters Shipyard – Albert Brunsting

The new system controls the starting and stopping of gensets, seamless transfer to shore power and paralleling of gensets. In case of high loads a second generator is started, and when the load is too high non-essential consumers are switched off. The new controllers also make it possible to monitor the systems via logging files and remote login options.

2014 Palma Superyacht Show set to be a great success

March 12, 2014

Written by Eva Belanyiova

To be held from 30th April to 4th May 2014, in the fabulous Spanish yacht charter destination Palma de Mallorca in the Balearics, the 2014 Palma Superyacht Show is set to become a fantastic event, realising its potential as the Mediterranean’s most attractive ‘season opener’. From an international visitor’s perspective, Majorca’s hospitable climate, combined with mainland Europe’s 1st May public holiday, have made the prospect of visiting the Show an attractive proposition.

Palma Superyacht Show 2013 seen in front of the Cathedral in Palma - Image courtesy of Palma Superyacht Show

Palma Superyacht Show 2013 seen in front of the Cathedral in Palma - Image courtesy of Palma Superyacht Show

From an organisational point of view, take-up has exceeded all expectations, with berths for over half the expected number of 60+ yachts over 24m length taken, and 75% of shore-side exhibitor stand space already allocated. Running concurrently with the 31st Boat Show Palma, in the heart of Palma, exhibitors and visitors benefit from the very real prospect that yachts can be sold and charters booked in comfortable readiness for the coming season. As the only public admission event organized by the industry itself, the Show remains unique and commencing this year, benefits from a recently signed partnership agreement with MYBA The Worldwide Yachting Agency.

Palma Superyacht Show - Image courtesy of Palma Superyacht Show

Palma Superyacht Show - Image courtesy of Palma Superyacht Show

Returning exhibitor, Paul Allan, Business Development Manager of Palma Refit and member of Refit Alliance, said “The Refit Alliance is an open and transparent group of five or six specialist companies offering complete flexibility and no internal politics! For us, being at the Show provides a great marketing opportunity to discuss refit opportunities and summer cruising support with international owners, captains and senior crew”.

2005 Jongert 2900TC sailing yacht Scorpione dei mari 29.10m  - Image courtesy of Palma Superyacht Show

2005 Jongert 2900TC sailing yacht Scorpione dei mari 29.10m - Image courtesy of Palma Superyacht Show

Unlike other shows, Palma Superyacht has a unique and pleasing ability to attract an approx. 50:50 ratio of sail to power. Confirmed highlights from the beauty of sail include sailing yacht Mystere – 43.2m, currently the largest sailing yacht signed so far and for sale through Ocean Independence. Luxury yacht Ganesha 1 – 38.9m, built by Fitzroy Yachts 2006 and shown by McMasters Yachts. Scorpione dei mari yacht – 29.10m, built in 2005 and refitted in 2010/11, is one of two magnificent Jongert vessels on show from Dahm International’s Palma office. Northrop & Johnson senior broker/director, Simon Turner and his team will be displaying three yachts, including the 23.98m Sailing Yacht Paula Rosa, Seaway Shipman 80, built in 2008 and having been owned, enjoyed and thoroughly spoilt by a private family ever since.

Hakvoort 103 La Reina del Mar 31.40m - Image courtesy of Palma Superyacht Show

Hakvoort 103 La Reina del Mar 31.40m - Image courtesy of Palma Superyacht Show

Summarising progress so far, CNI Palma, Senior Yacht Broker and member of the Superyacht Show organising committee, Arne Ploch, said “Most of the yachts attending fall between 28m and 35m, with the 47m Heesen Let it Be the largest booked to attend so far, but that’s likely to change in between now and when yacht registrations close on 1st April.”

2008 Sailing Yacht Paula Rossa 23.98m Seaway Shipman 80 - Image courtesy of Palma Superyacht Show

2008 Sailing Yacht Paula Rossa 23.98m Seaway Shipman 80 - Image courtesy of Palma Superyacht Show

Long-standing partnership between MDL Marinas and Ocean Youth Trust South

March 12, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

MDL Marinas is extremely proud to have partnered with Ocean Youth Trust South for more than 20 years, helping to provide adventure under sail to young people who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments as well as qualities, which have inspired or supported others.

Dean Smith of MDL Marines present cheque to Mark Todd, Chief Executive of the Ocean Youth Trust

Dean Smith of MDL Marines present cheque to Mark Todd, Chief Executive of the Ocean Youth Trust South

The winners of MDL’s annual Sail Training Awards are now being chosen, with a final team of six due to set sail for an unforgettable sailing experience on board the Ocean Youth Trust South’s training yacht John Laing next month. The youngsters selected will spend five nights living and sailing on board, and will become involved in all aspects of life at sea, including hoisting sails, helping with maintenance, sailing the boat at night and cooking and cleaning with the rest of the crew.

The Sail Training Awards have so far allowed over 140 young people the opportunity to experience a trip on board sailing yacht John Laing, something which has been life-changing for some of our past winners.

And it doesn’t stop there. Through fundraising activities carried out as part of their 40th anniversary year in 2013, MDL were able to present the charity with a cheque for £60,000 at the end of last year.

Ocean Youth Trust South is now looking to launch a major new campaign to enable them to purchase a new training yacht for use by the young people helped by the charity. The campaign is being dubbed “A new boat for a new generation” and the charity is keen to spread the word and get more people involved in this long term project to replace the John Laing yacht.

Get involved…

Donations and gifts will help to ensure that young people continue to enjoy the benefits of Adventure Under Sail. If you would like to contribute, you can do so in a number of ways:

Online – with your PayPal account or with a credit card
By phone – just call the office on 023 9260 2278
By post – send a cheque made payable to “Ocean Youth Trust South” to Ocean Youth Trust South, 8 North Meadow, Weevil Lane, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 1BP

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2014 to feature strong Doyle fleet

March 12, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

This year’s Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous will be attended by six luxury vessels powered by Doyle, with plenty of them sporting brand new sails. The Doyle-powered entries will comprise sailing yacht Blues, charter yacht Leopard 3, luxury charter yacht Moonbird, superyacht Ohana, Sarafin, as well as Tempus Fugit.

Doyle-powered luxury charter yacht Leopard 3

Doyle-powered luxury charter yacht Leopard 3 - Image courtesy of Doyle Sails NZ

Matt Bridge and Justin Ferris from the Doyle NZ loft will both be in the regatta along with other members of the international Doyle team. Following a strong win from the Doyle-powered charter yacht Salperton in 2013, all these yachts will be looking to follow in her footsteps and take the title.

Soon after the Loro Piana regatta, Ohana, Moonbird and Sarafin will join Doyle yachts including sailing yacht Blue Too and superyacht State of Grace at the St Barths Bucket (28 – 30 March).

New 52m superyacht DONA FRANCISCA to feature full suit of Doyle Stratis sails

March 12, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The recently launched 52,5m superyacht Dona Francisca is a majestic schooner, built by Uruguay-based Astilleros Buquebus to a design by Javier Soto Acebal. The all-new sailing yacht Dona Francisca will boast a full suit of Doyle Stratis sails, built by the Doyle Sails New Zealand loft in early 2013.

Superyacht Dona Francisca - Image courtesy of Soto Acebal NA

Superyacht Dona Francisca - Image courtesy of Soto Acebal NA

Dona Francisca Yacht - Sail plan - Image courtesy of Doyle Sails NZ

Dona Francisca Yacht - Sail plan - Image courtesy of Doyle Sails NZ

Below is a video from launch of superyacht Dona Francisca, published by Stefano Menelecco on YouTube and shared by Doyle Sails NZ on their website.

Doyle Sails NZ to supply full set of Stratis sails to 56m Perini Navi sailing yacht ASAHI

March 12, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Doyle Sails NZ is thrilled to announce that they have been commissioned to supply a full set of Doyle Stratis sails to the 56m Perini Navi sailing yacht Asahi. Having selected Doyle to supply the new sails for the refit of his previous charter yacht Zenji, the owner commissioned Doyle Sails NZ to supply Doyle Stratis sails to replace the existing inventory on the Asahi superyacht. The sails are scheduled for delivery in May 2013.

56m Perini Navi superyacht Asahi to feature a full set of Doyle Stratis sails - Image courtesy of Doyle Sails NZ

56m Perini Navi superyacht Asahi to feature a full set of Doyle Stratis sails - Image courtesy of Doyle Sails NZ

“We are very proud to secure this order for Asahi’s sails,” said Chris McMaster, MD of Doyle Sails NZ. “Having proved ourselves with the first set of sails, the owner decided to commission a second set of sails from us, and we are very happy to have built this long term relationship as customer satisfaction is hugely important to our team.”

Doyle Stratis sails for 46m Royal Huisman Yacht Project 392 completed

March 12, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Doyle Sails NZ have completed the Stratis sails for sailing yacht Project 392 and they are currently on their way to the Netherlands. Superyacht Project 392 is a beautiful 46,4-metre high performance cruising ketch, nearing completion at Royal Huisman.

Doyle Stratis sails for the 46m Royal Huisman superyacht Project 392

Doyle Stratis sails for the 46m Royal Huisman superyacht Project 392

Luxury yacht Project 392 represents the first new build Huisman project Doyle Sails NZ have supplied sails to and the company is looking forward to seeing the finished yacht on the water.

Swan 90 sailing yacht SPIRIT with full set of Doyle Stratis sails

March 12, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Doyle Sails NZ have supplied the rigging and a full suit of Stratis sails to the Paul Blakeley’s Swan 90 sailing yacht Spirit, currently under refit at Yachting Developments. Superyacht Spirit will be used as a cruising racer and her inventory consists of a Stratis main, staysail, roll furling blade, Code 0, as well as full size running gennaker.

Spirit yacht's gennaker in progress - Image courtesy of Doyle Sails NZ

Spirit yacht's gennaker in progress - Image courtesy of Doyle Sails NZ

“I liked working with the Doyle Sails NZ team from the outset – we had really good conversations and talked about sail choices that truly reflected our needs,” says Blakeley. “We wanted sails that would give us good boat speed and yet were durable, practical and manageable for a small crew. We have also been able to keep our options open, for a bit more racing if we want, and Doyle have worked well with Yachting Developments to ensure all the rigging and deck gear supported the overall concept.”

The running shots of the Spirit yacht will be released following her launch on 2 April.