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Pendennis attending Antibes Yacht Show 2013

April 18, 2013

Pendennis is currently participating in the 2013 Antibes Yacht Show, running from April 18 to 21. The company’s team is available to discuss Pendennis most recent refit projects, the current expansion of the Falmouth yard, as well as refit slots available at Pendenis Palma.

Pendennis' remodelling and major upgrade for luxury yacht m5 (ex. Mirabella V)
Pendennis’ remodelling and major upgrade for luxury yacht m5 (ex. Mirabella V)

The stand showcases Pendennis full range of refit projects which range from more standard 5/10year surveys, through to major restoration projects, such as the 55.5m sailing yacht Adela, and yacht remodelling projects, including the 5m stern extension of the Feadship charter yacht Illusion.

Interior of the Pendennis refitted yacht Illusion

Interior of the Pendennis refitted yacht Illusion

Pendennis Plus offering provides the expertise to refit larger 60m+ vessels including the 2012 refit of superyacht Dona Amélia and current remodelling and major upgrade of luxury yacht m5 (ex. Mirabella V).

Pendennis is present on the stand BSJ B431.

Ultimate cruising yacht Swan 80RS introduced by Nautor’s Swan

April 18, 2013

Nautor’s Swan, a world renowned builder of prestigious and elegant sailing yachts, is thrilled to introduce the new ultimate cruising yacht Swan 80RS (raised saloon). Boasting sleek raised saloon, the latest Swan 80RS yacht is a sophisticated, high performance vessel, exquisitely crafted in Finland. She completes the already established and successful 80 foot range. Designed by German Frers, the Swan 80RS is the perfect choice for those with a passion for long distance cruising in style.

Latest superyacht Swan 80RS by Nautors Swan

Latest superyacht Swan 80RS by Nautors Swan

With knowledge gained from close to half a century of design and build experience, Nautor’s Swan has incorporated state of the art materials into the technology of the Swan 80RS yacht. The light, performing hull uses unidirectional fibres resulting in a strong and stiff structure. The yacht will utilise SPRINT™ laminating technology, the same method used for as the Swan 60 and the flush deck version of the Swan 80 yacht. However, the choices of the reinforcements are optimised for a high technology cruising yacht.

Luxury sailing yacht Swan 80RS

Luxury sailing yacht Swan 80RS

Above deck, luxury yacht Swan 80RS offers a well thought out sheltered cockpit, which enhances the safety aspects of the yacht especially under challenging offshore conditions and provides plenty of natural light for the spacious interior. The aft cockpit is designed around the needs of the helmsman, with plenty of room to manoeuvre. A sunbathing area is located on the bridge between the aft cockpit and guest cockpit. This progressive deck layout has been developed based on the experience gained from this Swan’s successful predecessor the Swan 82 yacht, which has been further optimized for long distance cruising.

Swan 80RS Yacht - Layout

Swan 80RS Yacht - Layout

Down below the stylish, central living area provides the perfect place for entertaining or relaxing, the main saloon is open and inviting, with an additional lounge area on the port side. The Swan 80RS superyacht has four comfortable cabins making it ideal for cruising with family and friends. The owner’s cabin offers two large hull windows providing extensive natural light, this is continued into the midship cabin which also includes two hull windows, as well as the large deck house windows around the whole top-deck to create a luminous environment. The crew accommodation is separated from the guest cabins in this well-appointed layout.  The ease of access to the engine room is also a welcome feature, as is the dinghy ‘garage’.

The standard draft of sailing yacht Swan 80RS is 4m, but there is also the option of a shallow draft keel for coastal cruising to inviting shallow harbours. This new model embodies the spirit of Swan and the ethos of Nautor, which is world renowned for unrivalled build quality.

Superyacht Swan 80RS - Layout

Superyacht Swan 80RS - Layout

Luca Lucheschi, Commercial Director of Nautor’s Swan, is proud to be presenting the Swan 80RS yacht this spring: “The new Swan 80RS is indicative of Nautor’s commitment to cruising, long distances in particular, without any compromises in terms of performance and style. The concept and design for the Swan 80RS is based on in-depth market research, including valuable feedback from our customers and it is designed for true sailors. The Swan 80RS combines elegance and leading edge build technology, which is unique for a cruising yacht, especially of this size.”

Below is a selection of the beautiful charter yachts built by Nautor’s Swan.

Luxury Yacht Charter in Spain this Summer 2013

April 17, 2013

If you have decided that you should spend your summer holiday on a yacht charter in Spain than reading this article is just the right place to start. One of the most popular countries in the Mediterranean and amongst the most beautiful and diverse places to visit, Spain and its islands is a destination that tourists like to explore over and over again. Whether it’s the lovely warm climate, Spaniards’ passion for good life and food or the beautiful anchorages, this place will keep you entertained, amazed, relaxed and most of all, wanting for more. Balearic Islands, located in the western Mediterranean Sea, are  the most popular charter location in Spain with charter itineraries starting and ending in either Mallorca or Ibiza.



On a charter vacation in the Balearics you will encounter continuous sunshine, azure waters, beautiful beaches and rugged landscape with numerous historical sites to visit, including castles, museums and ancient cobbled streets in charming little towns.  The four largest islands to explore are Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera.


Majorca yacht charter offers world-renowned beaches and coves, and is an excellent destination to enjoy everything from countryside golf to historic culture or water sports and lively entertainment. The capital city Palma has plenty of outdoor cafés, pubs and large seafront discos hosting some of the best DJs on the music scene. In Palma de Mallorca you could also visit the elegant Cathedral of Palma (Sa Seu), commissioned by King Jaume I and built on the site of a preexisting Arab mosque.




Menorca boasts more beaches than Ibiza, Mallorca and Formentera combined and there are numerous attractions, including fabulous archeological sites and cultural attractions throughout the island. For Menorca yacht charterers this is a perfect place to enjoy some diving, thanks to the crystal clear waters and fantastic diving sites. Minorca is also a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and features marked trails and routes in southern Europe‘s most important wetland areas. The S’Albufera d’Es Grau Nature Reserve is where many aquatic and migratory birds thrive, or visit one of the monumental sites such as the historic old town of Ciudadela.




Known as the ‘White Island’ thanks to its typical architecture, Ibiza is one of the best known islands in the world. If you are after lively nightlife and great entertainment on your luxury yacht charter, than Ibiza is the right destination. The entertainment isn’t just reserved to the night clubs. After the sunset Ibiza plays host to street markets, terrace bars, open-air cultural events and concerts.

However, there is much more to Ibiza than night-time entertainment. The island is a UNESCO World Heritage destination for its cultural wealth, boasting wonderful archaeological history and museums. By day you could choose to explore the ancient heritage of the island or simply relax and enjoy one of the many tiny coves, broad white sand beaches and water activities.  There are also two beautiful National Parks to visit in Ibiza: the Ses Salinas National Park and the Es Vedrà – an uninhabited nature reserve island.




Your Spanish charter itinerary will not be complete without a visit to Fromentera; a mecca for nature lovers with rich vegetation of pines and palms. Formentera is a lovely little island situated 11 miles from the South Eastern coast of Ibiza and can only be reached by boat. Adding to the exclusive atmosphere, there are numerous great beaches and tranquil bays to relax and unwind.

Read more about Spain yacht charter and its destinations here…


44m motor yacht APACHE II

The Baglietto 44 motor yacht Apache II is a modern vessel launched in 2009. Featuring striking exterior lines as well as modern and minimalistic interior designed by famous Francesco Paszkowski, the yacht offers luxurious and comfortable accommodation to 10 to 12 charter guests in 5 cabins. Her elegant salon boasts a comfortable low lying L-shaped sofa and a low coffee table, as well as a large 42” pop up Plasma TV to port. There is also an elegant dining room, with two unique extendable terraces.



For outdoor relaxation, the aft deck features a seating area and an easy access to the swimming platform. The yacht’s special features include a huge top deck with a vast space for al-fresco dining, sun pads, a wooden steamer, sun loungers, a wet bar, ice maker, teppanyaki and two bimini shade covers. She is available for charter in the Western Mediterranean for EUR€ 130,000.00 − 140,000.00 per week plus expenses (delivery fees may apply from France). More about APACHE II yacht…

APACHE II -  Dining Terrace

APACHE II - Dining Terrace

70m Motor Yacht SHERAKHAN

Undoubtedly, one of the most impressive charter yachts around, motor yacht SHERAKHAN provides her charter guests with a feeling of grandeur and comfort, with such unique features as the glass bottom Spa Pool and the themed cabins, accommodating from 22 to 26 guests. She is the culmination of a dream for her owner. Whether it be the luxury dining room with its massive 7m Atrium bathed in natural light filtered down through the glass bottomed Spa Pool or the joy of standing in the lookout house perched above the sundeck a massive 20m above the water line.

Luxury Yacht SHERAKHAN

Luxury Yacht SHERAKHAN

Additional important features to guarantee comfort, luxury and relaxed charter vacation, include the library, beauty saloon, the fitness-massage, sauna and the Spa Pool on the lower deck.  Guest suites range from 30-50 square meters and are impressive for their decor, style and of course sheer size. They all include a television, DVD, stereo, mini bar, safe, air-conditioning/heating, a vanity desk, a computer point, relaxing chairs, saloon table, a very spacious walk-in closet, bathroom with toilet, bidet, bath (Spa Pool), double basin and a shower. She is available for yacht charters in the Western Mediterranean for EUR€350,000.00 per week plus expenses (delivery fees may also apply from France). More about SHERAKHAN yacht …

Aboard motor yacht SHERAKHAN

Aboard motor yacht SHERAKHAN

33m Motor Yacht DANIELLA

With an intensive refit from 2009, Daniella superyacht offers her charter guests lovely accommodation and spacious indoor and outdoor areas to fully enjoy their Western Mediterranean charter vacation. She has a large main saloon, ideal for entertaining, relaxing in front of the large 77” HD projector or simply playing games at the games table seating four. There is also a large sofa with comfortable chairs, seating eight. The adjoining formal dining area offers plenty of space for 8 to enjoy the sumptuous cuisine, by candle light or by soft ambient ceiling lighting, prepared by Daniela’s talented Chef.

Daniella yacht

Daniella yacht

Accommodation on board includes the Owner’s stateroom, featuring contemporary fabrics, combined with light Oakwood, creating a relaxing and inviting ambience. The remaining charter guests are accommodated in three spacious cabins aft, including a full width VIP cabin, a double and a twin cabin, all fitted to the highest standards. The yacht is available for charter in the Western Mediterranean, including Spain, Italy and France, as well as Eastern Mediterraneancountries of Turkey and Greece for EUR€ 52,000.00 − 58,000.00 per week plus expenses. More about DANIELLA yacht …

Daniella yacht -  Salon

Daniella yacht - Salon

34m Sailing Yacht NEPHELE

Nephele was built by the prestigious New Zealand shipyard McMullen & Wing with naval architecture by German Frers, drawing plenty of attention wherever she sails. The yacht boasts a perfect balance of elegant clean lines and quality finish, combined with great performance. Her salon is light and spacious, boasting a large L-shaped leather sofa as well as a dining table to the port side, and a couch for lounging to the starboard side. Her interior can be described as neutral, stylish and elegant, offering plenty of natural light as well as soft ceiling lighting.

Sailing yacht Nephele -  Main

Sailing yacht Nephele - Main

Accommodation aboard this outstanding charter yacht is offered to 6 guests in one double cabin and two twin cabins with en-suite bathrooms. Exterior areas include a spacious cockpit and a central walkaway. Al-fresco dining can be enjoyed under the bimini. She has an excellent selection of water toys and is available for charter in the Western Mediterranean including Spain and the Balearics for EUR€ 52,000.00 − 58,000.00 per week plus expenses. More about Spanish charter yacht NEPHELE …

Sailing yacht Nephele -  Deck Seating and Bimini at night

Sailing yacht Nephele - Deck Seating and Bimini at night

27m motor yacht CENTO

“We had a great vacation on Cento. A very nice yacht, well maintained and a superb crew. It was clearly one of the best crews in my experience (15 charters in the last 18 years). All in all an outstanding experience and no complaints.”

Built by Maiora in 2001, luxury superyacht Cento is an excellent example of simplicity in cruising, combining high standard of comfort and performance. Along with her outstanding crew, the yacht offers a tasteful interior, with an elegant saloon and dining room, boasting wood panelling, cream carpets and leather finishings. There are number of areas for to relax, including an al-fresco dining area on the aft deck and a relaxing lounge area on the flybridge.



Cento provides accommodation in three spacious double cabins, with the large master cabin being located amidship, offering a king sized double bed, walk-in closet and en-suite bathroom with a Spa Pool bath. It also features an adjoining office, convertible into a single berth for a child. The VIP cabin is located forward and there is also another double cabin. She is available for charter in Spain, including Ibiza, Balearics and Palma, for EUR€25,000.00 per week plus expenses. More about CENTO yacht …




Champagne O’Clock is a well equipped charter vessel built by Falcon Yachts in 2001. The yacht has a professional and attentive crew and is well equipped for charter with a good range of amenities and air conditioning throughout. Her interior is attractive and contemporary, nicely decorated with cream carpets and soft furnishings, with touches of beige, pale blue and caramel. She has also got a good range of deck space, providing different settings for outdoor living and al-fresco dining.

Champagne O Clock -  Cruising

Champagne O Clock - Cruising

Eight charter guests will find comfortable accommodation in four homely cabins, nicely decorated in cream with pastel striped linens and high gloss wood cabinets. There is a spacious master cabin, a VIP cabin equipped with King sized bed and further two double cabins, convertible into twins with the advantage of Pullman bunks. The yacht is available for charter for EUR€ 35,000.00 − 38,000.00 per week plus expenses. More about CHAMPAGNE O’CLOCK yacht …

Champagne O Clock -  Al fresco Dining on Flybridge

Champagne O Clock - Al fresco Dining on Flybridge

37m Motor Yacht ELENE

Launched by Benetti in 2011, ELENE yacht is an outstanding charter yacht and one of the best available in Spain. The Benetti 120 provides her guests with a great design and vast interior spaces, as well as spacious exterior deck areas for sunbathing and entertaining. Her interior can be described as contemporary, with a large stylish main saloon and two large couches, two occasional chairs facing the large flat screen TV. Adjoining is the formal dining area, separated by the stairwell.

Benetti 122 Motor yacht -  Main

Benetti 122 Motor yacht - Main

Accommodation is provided to 10-12 guest in 5 elegant cabins, including the impressive master cabin situated on the main deck forward, with outstanding views. The lower deck provides space for the remaining guest cabins, comprising two doubles and two twin cabins. The vessel is available for charter in Spain, including the Balearics, for EUR€ 110,000.00 − 140,000.00 per week plus expenses. Read more about ELENE Yacht here …

Benetti 122 Motor yacht -  Main Salon

Benetti 122 Motor yacht - Main Salon

40m Sailing Yacht PHILANDERER (ex Mirabella II)

Built by Concord Yachts with naval architecture by Farr Yacht Design, Philanderer yacht is a sistership to the famed Mirabella sailing yacht. Launched as one of the most stylish sailing vessels in 1990, she has received a full refit from 2009 to 2011, boasting lovely interior design by Derek Frost & Associates.  The yacht has a large interior and an excellent layout for 10 people. Main features include a sauna and a gym, which are unusual for a yacht of her size.



She is able to accommodate ten charter guests in five stylish cabins, including a master cabin with a double bed and en-suite bathroom. The remaining guest cabins are convertible, able to change to a double or a twin configuration, depending on the needs. All of the cabins are equipped with en-suite bathrooms. Philanderer also has a fantastic aft-deck, sheltered by bimini that is favoured by guests to dine al-fresco. She is available for charter in the Balearics and Spain for EUR€49,000.00 − 56,000.00 per week plus expenses. More about Philanderer yacht …



33m Sailing Yacht SOUTHERN CROSS (ex Patrilla, Amstel)

Originally built for the British Royal Family in 1962 by Yarrow & Co. and designed by W.McPherson Campbell, luxury yacht Southern Cross has been owned and enjoyed by such well known celebrities as Frank Sinatra. Boasting a Bermuda rig, she was the biggest steel auxiliary ketch built in Scotland for many years and was awarded the Lloyd’s Register ‘Yacht of the Year’ trophy for the best design and construction in 1962, beating 86 competitors.

Yacht Southern Cross -  Sailing

Yacht Southern Cross - Sailing

She is able to accommodate up to 10 charter guests in 5 double cabins with en-suite bathrooms. Guest can enjoy a large main salon with a formal dining area and a bar. She also features an al-fresco dining table covered by a hard top on the aft deck, ideal for all weather conditions. The yacht is available for luxury charter in Barcelona and around Spain for EUR€ 29,000.00 – EUR€ 34,000.00 per week plus expenses. More about Southern Cross yacht…

Yacht Southern Cross -  Salon and Dining

Yacht Southern Cross - Salon and Dining

For more information about the above yachts or any other charter yachts available in SPAIN or the Western Mediterranean this summer, please contact our friendly and professional brokers here.

China (Shanghai) International Boat Show 2013 closed its doors on April 14

April 17, 2013

This year’s 18th edition of China (Shanghai) International Boat Show closed its doors on April 14, 2013. It will take some time for the dust to settle and for organizers, exhibitors as well as visitors alike to decide whether the event was a success or otherwise.

China (Shanghai) International Boat Show

China (Shanghai) International Boat Show

As far as visitor numbers are concerned it should come as no surprise if, pre-show, numbers were expected to be down on last year with two primary reasons to expect this drop but the pundits who thought this would be the case were clearly wrong.

By a peculiar coincidence the Shanghai Formula One Grand Prix fell on the same weekend this year and with a bright sunny day on both the Saturday and Sunday, long queues could be seen on the highways heading to the circuit so a natural source of visitors for both events was split between the two.

Secondly and with a deeper seated impact in visitors to Shanghai in general is the current worry of Bird Flu, particularly in the part of the country that has Shanghai at its heart.

However, in spite of the competition and the health concerns, both of which took visitor numbers away, CIBS 2013 saw an increase of 10% in visitor numbers to just under thirty five thousand, 34,822 from 51 countries to be precise visiting around 500 exhibitors.

It would also appear from exit surveys that more visitors were better prepared prior to coming to the show indicating more serious visitors rather than just people lost for something to do. So once again the China (Shanghai) International Boat Show matched or exceeded the growth rates being experienced by the country as a whole, healthy in anyone’s calculation.

Too early yet for a correlation of business transacted, feedback from exhibitors ranged from that of those finding it interesting what was happening here in China through to some dealers not just finding interest in one boat but in cases fleets of boats with particular interest in smaller boats perhaps signaling a market shifting towards not just the very rich to the middle classes who are also being tempted to get on the water.

A wealthy city with (clearly) thousands of interested citizens, more exhibitors by far than any other show in Asia increasing the opportunities for potential owners to compare, a vast covered airy exhibiting space – why would you want to go anywhere else?

‘Sailing for Kids’ Charity Regatta supported by China (Shanghai) International Boat Show
The Charity Regatta hosted competing 23 boats on the water, there were 3 races sailed and the 1,200 dictionaries that will shortly be in the hands of the less fortunate kids in rural valleys in China. Actually that’s not really true – the sailors had fun, the organisers felt good by helping those less fortunate then themselves but the difference to those children who will receive those dictionaries is almost incalculable.

If just one ends up in a life position they might not have otherwise achieved due to the increased learning opportunities then it was worth not just the efforts of the day but 10 times that or more.

The 5th China (Shanghai) International Boat Show Charity Regatta was held on Dianshan Lake at the Shanghai Yacht Club & Resort (SYC&R) with Shanghai Boat & Yacht Club (SBYC) providing rescue cover.

Conditions could not have been better for either the sailors or the gathered spectators with 8-10 knots of breeze and clear sunny blue skies leading to exciting sailing. Too exciting for one or two teams who ended up with a short swim but SBYC’s rescue cover was on hand to make sure things didn’t get too serious.

The race management was provided by Team 4 Dragons (T4D) both on the water and correlating the results after the racing with the monohulls won by Uli & Lucia Biller in an RS Vision while the multihull class was won by Jonathan Kingdon crewed by Nicholas Poynder on a Taipan Catamaran.

At the end of day prizegiving the charity providing the dictionaries thanked all concerned for their efforts and gave a short report on the difference last uyear’s regatta had made to the kids.

A wonderful of inter-discipline cooperation by SYC&R, SBYC, CIBS and T4D where no thought was given to anyone’s ultimate benefit other than that of  over 1,000 under-privileged kids who will soon have brand new dictionaries that none of us might ever meet.

The 4th running of the Asian Marine & Boating Awards attended by the genuinely great and the good of Chinese business community along with leading lights of the international marine Industry took place on the first evening of the China (Shanghai) International Boat Show at the Intercontinental Expo Hotel in Pudong, Shanghai.

Asia Boating Awards

Asia Boating Awards

The evening hosted by Alistair Skinner and Lillian Lee saw the winners in the sixteen categories well received by the gathered guests.

The evening was the culmination of a process that stated with nominations for each category from boating media in Asia and followed by a robust and independent voting procedure with more than 70 local mainstream media organizations.

Starting where many boaters start, with the small boats with the first category being, appropriately Best Dayboat, Sportboat or dinghy with the nominees being Ten, J-80, soto 27, Platu 25 and the RS Sailing Range. The category was won by not one boat but rather a complete range. The winner was the RS Sailing range which has “introduced more to sailing in recent years than any other type of boat having provided many thousands of people with their first introduction to sailing or actually owning a boat in Europe and are now bringing their expertise and range to Asia.”

Increasing the size somewhat was the category for sailing yachts under 45 feet. The nominees were the Dehler 38, the Dufour 36 Performance, the Hanse 415, the new Hunter 40 and the Chinese built Ker 40. The category was won by the Hanse 415, a “modern, yet slightly retro-styled yacht’ from a builder that has truly re-invented themselves in recent years.

The other side of 45 feet saw nominations including the British Southerly 47, the Danish Xp-50, from France the Jeanneau Sun Odessey 469 and the German Bavaria Vision 46.

Topping off the list were catamarans from two of the world’s best known cat builders, the Nautitech 542 and Catana 59.

The Philipe Briand designed Jeanneau Sun Odessey 469 won the category proving that “style and performance can indeed go together”.

Next up were the motor yachts starting with those under 40 feet were there was an international field of nominees with a strong European presence. However the British  Princess V39, German Bavaria Sport 39 and the Italian Cranchi Endurance 30 were upstaged by the Americans with the The Regal 35 Sport Coupe manufactured by what is still a family owned and run company taking away the prize.

In the next size range from 40 to 75 feet, again no one country dominated with the Ferretti 690, Monte Carlo 65, the Sunseeker Portofino 40, the Fairline Squadron 42, from the Pestige 620S and Sunreef 70 power cat.

It could be said that the Monte Carlo 65 is built under a combined Mediterranean influence. “From the bottom of her keel to the fop of her carbon fibre T-top this Italian operated yet French owned yard has produced a fine looking boat yet with her top speed of 30 knots she isn’t just for show.”

On to the big boys, Motor yachts over 75 with Sunseeker obviously impressing the judges producing two nominees the 28M (example is motor yacht Spontaneous) and the 40M yacht making up the nominee list were the Ferretti 124 Custom Line (example is superyacht Thalyssa) and IAG’s 100 foot luxury yacht Electra.

Superyacht Electra with design and naval architecture by YD&AS
IAG 100 Superyacht Electra

Despite 2 Sunseekers in the mix (perhaps they split the Sunseeker vote) the Ferretti Custom Line 124 took the award with a top speed of 27kts and sleek enough to be a patrol boat but with an interior no admiral ever enjoyed.

The penultimate boat category for Best Sports Boat shows with its number of nominations the popularity of this type of boat.

Running through them all there are the Chris Craft Corsair 32, the Quicksilver Activ 705, the Bayliner 642, the XO 240 RS, the Windy Kharma 26, the Riva Iseo yacht tender and the Regal 2300RX.

In spite of the large list of competitors it was the Chris Craft Corsair 32 superyacht tender, a new model but “enough signature elements to still be readily recognised as a Chris Craft which is a name that is almost as old as leisure boating itself. The company, named after its founder started building boats full time over an incredible 135 years ago so more than just a little experience built up over the years. “

The final category was the relative specialist category of Sports Fishing Boat. The nominees in this category are the Rodman 1250 Fisher Pro, the Barracuda 7, the Boston Whaler 270 Dauntless, the Bertram 57 and the Oceania 22C.

A varied list of candidates but te Boston Whaler carried off the category but the unsinkability and safety this brings impressed the judges with the company still sawing the odd boat in half to demonstrate their claim.

Having awarded trophies for individual baots the judges turned their attention to Best Brand Penetration in Asia.

As international a group of nominees as one could imagine with Sunseeker from the UK, the Chinese company, SeaStella, Feadship from Holland, Nautor Swan of Finland. From the United States, Brunswick Corporation and finally Jeanneau of France and with three individual nominees across the categories it came as no surprise when Sunseeker were announced winners.

Lots of pretty boats up to this point but what about those who draws them – The yacht Designer of the year had nominations for Bill Dixon who is well known in China, Phillipe Briand who across the years has designed everything from quarter tonners to superyachts, Mark Mills who has drawn some of the fastest sailing boats around, Axis Design from the powerboat world and Jason Ker, the man of the moment in the yacht racing world but up against some illustrious competition Axis Design won the award with an impressive client portfolio which includes the likes of Azimut, Perini Navi, Couach and SanLorenzo.

There are so many ways to judge the top regatta. China Cup has growth over the years to be the biggest yacht regatta in Asia, King’s Cup has a long history and great parties, the Neptune Regatta to the Equator and back has perhaps the widest net to attract entries from both sailboats and powerboats, the Round Hainan Regatta a brave attempt to bring long distance racing to China, the Top of the Gulf Regatta with the largest number of competing boats of all shapes and sizes and the China Club Challenge Match which has grown into the largest keelboat regatta for Chinese sailing clubs.

But after many years of being nominated, the winner China Cup International Regatta which had just over 90 entries in the latest edition carried the day.

To be the Asian Boating Capital of the Year requires many qualities. Facilities, activities, participants and many other factors. The nominees in this category were as follows; Sanya, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Singapore, Phuket. The winner, is Hong Kong is so popular amongst the water users, never mind the judges that all her marinas are virtually full. Waters already crowded by commerce are joined each weekend by 100’s of leisure users.

No other category runs the risk of hurting someone’s feelings like this one, the Asian Boating Personality of the Year. The nominees here include Xu Lijia who won China’s first sailing Gold Medal in a boat rather than on a board, Frank Pong a long time supporter of the growth of sailing in China and owner of more boats than some country’s navies and Russ Parker who since its inception has been Principal Race Officer of the China Cup and finally Chinese long distance sailor, Guo Chuan.

“I first met the winner some years ago in Qingdao on a cruising Hunter sailboat. He went on to become the first Chinese crew member on a Volvo 70 race boat around the world, race single handed across the Atlantic Ocean and just 6 days ago sailed back into Qingdao having spent 138 days at sea to become China’s first solo non-stop around the world sailor breaking the class record for that type of boat as well.“

In the category for Asian Yacht Cub of the Year there were nominations for Shanghai Yacht Club helping to develop small boat sailing here in the city, Royal Varuna Yacht Club responsible to amongst other things Asias most numerous regatta and Ironrock YC who have nurtured the China Club Challenge Match from a 2 team head to head in beat up old boats to one of China’s must do events with a number of the key members still finding time to sail around the world together in the past year and the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club.

“Sometime, just as in football you find your opponent is Manchester united or Barcelona so in sailing you find yourself up against a club with a 100 year plus history, more members than almost any other club in the world, 3 sailing bases and  regattas renowned the word over. To beat them in this category is never going to be easy.“

There are 4 nominations in the category for the Most Eco-Friendly marine Business, Hansheng Yachts for their solar Cruiser, Axis Design/Kingship for their Green Voyager yacht), Fountaine Pajot’s hybrid power catamarans and Torqueedo, manufacturers of a range of electric outboards, a category that was won by Hansheng Yachts for their new and novel use of solar power on a cruiser  currently floating on a city lake in Xiamen.

The final award, in some ways looks to the future, that for the Most Innovative Marine Company. Garmin were up for their recent launch of a GPS watch which amazingly also has the ability to provide remote control for some of the yacht’s functions.

Spinlock’s Deckvest got a nomination for its comfort making personal safety more sufferable, Hangsheng Yachts received a second nomination for their solar yacht while Yamaha was nominated or their helm-master Outboard Control System and it was that system that allows joystick control for multiple outboard engine boats to be controlled by a computer aided joystick that picked up the final award of the evening.

Final comments from the Judges Panel Chairman, Alistair Skinner once again highlighted the involved process that produced the final results on the evening, awards that had to be nominated, pondered over and voted for and correlated, winners AND nominees that  “deserved to be the category listings and were there on merit and not because they placed their advertising in a particular direction” and the deserving eventual winners, won against, in some cases, pretty stiff competition.

Hardly will these awards be put away and the whole process will start all over again.

Singapore Yacht Show 2013 to open tomorrow

April 17, 2013

The highly anticipated Singapore Yacht Show 2013 will start tomorrow, on April 18. The event will be hosting a bigger choice of boats, yachts as well as superyachts than Singapore has ever seen.

Singapore Yacht Show 2012

Singapore Yacht Show 2012

One°15 Marina Club is now a hive of activity with the 57.5m sailing yacht Twizzle, the 59.3m motor yacht I-Dynasty, Kingship’s 42m superyacht Star, Sunseeker’s 40m flagship yacht Tanvas, eight boats by Princess, Palmer Johnson’s 47m yacht Vantage, a 33m San Lorenzo yacht, luxury day cruisers by Wider Yachts and the classic 33m charter yacht Shamoun.

The number of exhibitors has more than doubled this year, presenting everything from sporty runabouts and sailboats, perfect for the first time buyer, to glamorous superyachts with all the on-board toys and tenders a billionaire could want.

The event also showcases luxury cars, fabulous property, private jets, contemporary art, and a live fashion show from international resort-wear brands (at 4pm Saturday, at Boaters’ Bar). Complementing the hip, beachside ambiance, DJ Miles Slater of exclusive, members-only nightclub Boujis in London and Hong Kong, will play from 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Shamoun - Photo Credit Hoek Brokerage

Shamoun - Photo Credit Hoek Brokerage

Managing director of Singapore Yacht Events, Andy Treadwell, said exhibitors anticipate healthy sales at this year’s event as the region’s growing number of increasingly wealthy people see boats as their next luxury leisure purchase.

“We are proud to be achieving what we were asked to deliver at the beginning – an event with the vibrancy, quality and reputation of the world’s best marine shows,” Mr Treadwell said.

“With so much going on every day – industry conferences, a luxury gala dinner tomorrow night and plenty of parties – the Singapore Yacht Show 2013 is shaping up to be the region’s premier lifestyle event this year.”

Speaking to journalists today, Roger Liang, founder and managing director of Kingship said he was excited to bring superyacht Star to Singapore Yacht Show. He built Asia’s first superyacht here in Singapore 20 years ago and has since been committed to building beautiful boats that match the Asian consumer’s needs as well as the  region’s regulations.

Kingship superyacht STAR

Kingship superyacht STAR

“For me, being at Singapore Yacht Show is like a homecoming. I am very happy to see the industry here develop so well,” Mr Liang said.

Singapore Yacht Show will be open to the public from 1pm – 6pm tomorrow (Thursday April 18) and 2pm until 8pm from Friday April 19 until Sunday April 21. Door sales $50.

Kingship M/Y Star:

The 42m Kingship M/Y Star launched in 2012, was designed by acclaimed Dutch studio Vripack and built by Chinese shipyard Kingship.

Luxury yacht Star is the largest superyacht built by Kingship to date and picked up an award for Best Asian Yacht Builder at the Asia Boating Awards 2013.

Rolex Capri Sailing Week Volcano Race 2013, May 16 – 24

April 17, 2013

Set to run from May 16 to 24, this year’s Rolex Capri Sailing Week Volcano Race, marking the opening of Rolex’s Mediterranean yachting calendar, is expected to host an international fleet of Maxi yachts. Open exclusively to yachts over 18.29 metres or 60-feet in length, the race is organized by the International Maxi Association (IMA), in partnership with the Yacht Club Gaeta EVS as well as the Yacht Club Capri, and comprises three distinct segments, each with their own, individual characteristics.

Sailing yacht Jethou - Overall Winner of the 2012 Rolex Volcano Race - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Sailing yacht Jethou - Overall Winner of the 2012 Rolex Volcano Race - Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Competing yachts will be divided into different classes: Mini Maxis (from 18.29m-24.08m), Maxis (from 24.09m-30.5m) and Supermaxis (upwards of 30.5m). Proceedings on the water commence on 18 May when the fleet attacks a 100-nautical mile race from Gaeta on the Italian mainland to the island of Capri. Competitors will then have time to appreciate the captivating island during two days of tactical inshore racing on 20 and 21 May. The final segment, and the most challenging, lends its name to the title of the event: a 300-nm journey around the UNESCO-protected, volcanic, Aeolian Islands, commencing on 22 May at 13:00 CEST.

Dockside at the Marina Grande in Capri

Dockside at the Marina Grande in Capri - Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Around twenty Maxis  – representing eight countries – are expected to take part. Among the entrants is last year’s overall winner sailing yacht Jethou, Sir Peter Ogden’s impressive, primarily British-crewed Mini Maxi. Jethou was the third fastest boat on the water in 2012, finishing behind line honours winner superyacht Nilaya and the 30.48m German Maxi charter yacht Kim (ex Y3K), owned by IMA President Claus-Peter Offen, which is another entrant scheduled to return for the 2013 event.

Superyacht Nilaya with Capri in the background - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Superyacht Nilaya with Capri in the background - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Also participating will be Andres Soriano’s brand new, Mills-designed Mini Maxi yacht Alegre, set to launch at the end of April with this event scheduled as her first competitive outing. The previous Alegre, with which Soriano secured line honours and the overall win at the inaugural Rolex Volcano Race in 2011, has been entered by current owner Alex Schärer under the name Caol Ila. Spanish Maxi yacht Plis Play, a Swan 80 that raced at the 2012 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Rolex Middle Sea Race, is another highlight of the entry list.

Luxury yacht Nilaya - Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Luxury yacht Nilaya - Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

The 2013 Rolex Capri Sailing Week Volcano Race promises an impressive programme of activities both on and off the water, upholding a decade-long tradition of Rolex’s involvement in Capri’s international yachting calendar.

Prize Table at La Canzone del Mare - Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Prize Table at La Canzone del Mare - Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Event Schedule

Thursday 16 May, Gaeta
12:00 – 18:00 Registration, Measurement and Inspection

Friday 17 May, Gaeta
09:00 – 18:00 Registration, Measurement and Inspection
18:30 Briefing

Saturday 18 May, Gaeta
11:00 Opening Ceremony
15:00 Race 1 (Gaeta – Capri)

Monday 20 May, Capri
12:00 Race 2 (Inshore Race)

Tuesday 21 May, Capri
12:00 Race 3 (Inshore Race)
20:00 Rolex Dinner and Prizegiving for Races 1, 2, 3 at La Canzone del Mare

Wednesday 22 May, Capri
13:00 Race 4 Volcano Race (Capri-Aeolian Islands-Capri)

Friday 24 May, Capri
18:00 Time limit for Volcano Race
19:00 Prizegiving for Race 4

‘Friends of NZ Marine’ – New initiative launched by NZ Marine Industry

April 17, 2013

When stepping into just about any marine environment, anywhere in the world – a superyacht in Monaco, a shipyard in Gibraltar, a spar maker in Holland – chances are, there will be a kiwi. If not, there will be someone who has worked with a kiwi and come away with a good impression. Such connections have brought successful contracts to New Zealand marine companies.

Friends of NZ Marine launch - Graeme Solloway-NZTE, Peter Busfield-NZM and Grant Dalton-ETNZ by Chris Cameron

Launch of 'Friends of NZ Marine' - Graeme Solloway-NZTE, Peter Busfield-NZM and Grant Dalton-ETNZ - Photo by Chris Cameron

NZ Marine Industry (NZMI) intends to harness these connections through a new social media network called Friends of NZ Marine. Peter Busfield, executive director of NZMI, is hoping over the next few months and throughout the imminent America’s Cup buzz hundreds, possibly thousands, of kiwis and kiwi friends will be signing up.

NZMI selected the home-base of one of its most dynamic ambassadors, Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ), to launch Friends of NZ Marine on 16 April.

Grant Dalton, managing director of ETNZ, says: “Emirates Team New Zealand is part of a ‘strategic alliance’ – the marine industry, the team, the government – which has as its objective the growth of the New Zealand marine industry as a source of jobs, technology and exports.”

Busfield adds: “Emirates Team New Zealand is the perfect example of what Friends of NZ Marine is all about. It is high profile, has a reputation for the highest quality and it’s made up of a group of people who have many, many connections worldwide.

“It’s a wonderful endorsement of Friends of NZ Marine to have Emirates Team New Zealand onboard. Friends of NZ Marine will be well positioned to take maximum advantage of ETNZ’s presence at the 34th America’s Cup, as well as international boat shows, conferences and the networks of NZMI’s 450 member companies.”

Friends of NZ Marine members will receive quarterly, electronically-distributed updates introducing them to new New Zealand-designed or built boats, technology and equipment. The network will also distribute relevant information from central and local government; for example, the opening of new superyacht berths in New Zealand and cruising destinations around New Zealand for visiting yachts to explore.

As members feed referrals back to NZMI, it will distribute the leads and information to relevant member companies to follow up.

“There are hundreds of New Zealanders closely involved in marine industries around the world,” says Busfield. “Many of these expats and interested persons already have a high regard for the New Zealand marine industry and are acting as good ambassadors already. This will allow us to show our appreciation of these on-going referrals and encourage more referrals to New Zealand marine industry companies.”

Mr Busfield believes the Friends of NZ Marine network will also be active in attracting refit projects to New Zealand as kiwi crews’ overseas share their enthusiasm for New Zealand-based projects and for cruising here. Captain Max Cumming, a New Zealander, oversaw the nine-month refit of sailing yacht Athena at Orams Marine Services in Auckland in 2011. The 90m (295ft) three-masted schooner is the largest superyacht refitted in New Zealand. Athena was a showpiece of New Zealand workmanship at the Monaco Yacht Show last year and will be at San Francisco for the America’s Cup. Captain Cumming says New Zealand was chosen as a refit location by Athena’s previous captain, based on a good experience some years earlier and after gathering quotes from yards in Europe and the USA.

90m mega yacht Athena after refit at Orams Marine Services

90m mega yacht Athena after refit at Orams Marine Services

Friends of NZ Marine will work closely with KEA, a New Zealand organisation which links expat kiwis of all vocations, while Friends of NZ Marine will specialise in offshore people who are involved with or who have a love for boats.

Some high-profile international maritime figures have already signed up to Friends of NZ Marine, including superyacht designer Ed Dubois of Dubois Naval Architects, UK; and Ron Holland, a kiwi superyacht designer based in Canada.

Another supporter is American boat designer and blue water sailor, Steve Dashew, who regularly has his rugged, offshore boats built here for himself and for his clients. Dashew says: “We keep coming back to New Zealand for our yachts because of its tradition of quality and the positive experiences we have had over the past 35 years working with the Kiwi yachting industry.”

Owen Rutter, former chairman of the NZ Marine Export Group, is a firm believer in what he calls the kiwi factor – the proliferation of New Zealanders working in marine industries and on yachts throughout the world.

“Many superyachts have kiwis on board, captains, stewards, deckies – it keeps the New Zealand profile high,” Rutter comments. “Those people are an important connection because they’re so enthusiastic about what New Zealand has to offer, not only in skills with refits but as a fantastic place to explore.”

Busfield says the friend concept embraces kiwis everywhere. “Whether a lead comes from a superyacht designer or a kiwi operating a travel lift in Sardinia, we are eager to hear from them and help convert that lead to a project for a New Zealand company.”

Alloy Yacht DRUMBEAT in Southeast Asia as part of her two-year World Tour

April 17, 2013

Launched by the prestigious NZ yard Alloy Yachts in 2002, the breath-taking 53m yacht Drumbeat (ex Salperton) is a spectacular fast cruising ketch. One of the largest modern sailing yachts worldwide, luxury charter yacht Drumbeat has been anchored at Port Blair, while cruising the Andaman Islands, as reported by R. Rathnam of Asia Pacific Superyachts Andamans.

Sailing yacht DRUMBEAT

Sailing yacht DRUMBEAT

Designed by Dubois Naval Architects, the 174-foot luxury sailing yacht Drumbeat is a 2005 Aloha Cup winner. She is currently on her two-year World Tour. You can read more about Drumbeat’s World Tour here.

Three luxury yachts launched by Sunreef Yachts

April 16, 2013

Ordered in late 2012, three new yachts have just been launched in the Sunreef Yachts shipyard. The hulls nr 2 and 3 of the new 60 Sunreef Power yacht model, LILU-YACHT as well as FOREVER, are now ready to be delivered to their new owners. The prominent Polish yard has also launched the Sunreef 70 sailing yacht MAVERICK.

Launch of Sunreef 70 Yacht MAVERICK

Launch of Sunreef 70 Yacht MAVERICK

Both 60 Sunreef Power yachts LILU-YACHT as well as FOREVER feature numerous strong points such as attractive, sporty hull line, superb living space both indoors and outdoors, stability, comfort of cruising, custom finishes and long range and low fuel consumption. In addition, both enjoy the innovative IPS system for easy engines maneuvering with a simple joystick.

The port of call for luxury yacht FOREVER will be exclusive marina complex featuring luxury villa proprieties in Cancún on the Mexican Riviera. The owners wish to explore Central America and the Caribbean with their family and friends. LILU-YACHT yacht will start with Mallorca as the first destination chosen by the owner and then will continue the exploration of the Mediterranean.

Newly launched 60 Sunreef Power Yacht LILU-YACHT on the water

Newly launched 60 Sunreef Power Yacht LILU-YACHT on the water

Third yacht launched, the Sunreef 70 yacht MAVERICK is a sleek sailing catamaran featuring stylish and minimalist interior design, vast deck area and the latest trends in entertainment technology. She will easily accommodate up to 12 guests in 5 elegant staterooms appointed with the most desirable amenities.

Luxury yacht MAVERICK will be available for charter in the Mediterranean this summer.

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

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2013 to host strong international fleet of yachts

April 16, 2013

Cowes Week Limited (CWL) is pleased to announce that nearly 20% of the entries that have signed up for the 2013 Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week to date, are from overseas.

Australian sailing yacht Secret Mens Business - yacht with the longest journey to Cowes

Australian sailing yacht Secret Mens Business 3.5 - yacht with the longest journey to Cowes

It’s no coincidence that in “odd” years, when the Rolex Fastnet Race starts immediately after this historic regatta, international participation increases. However, this year boats have been much earlier submitting their entries and regatta organisers are pleased to be welcoming back familiar faces, as well as some exciting newcomers to the world’s best-known regatta.

The boat with the longest journey to Cowes is the Australian Secret Mens Business 3.5, which was winner of the 2010 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race. Owner and skipper, Geoff Boettcher has competed in a total of 23 Sydney to Hobart Races but has never raced in either Cowes Week or the Fastnet Race.

Commenting on their entry into the regatta, Geoff said
: “The crew are ecstatic about taking part as both events have a reputation not only for great sailing but great onshore events too. The only time I have raced in Cowes was as crew on an Australian entry in the 1996 Etchells Worlds. I loved the place then and my ambition was to come back with my own yacht. I’m now fulfilling that ambition!”.

Geoff’s Australian crew consists of the team that have raced with him in the Sydney to Hobart and they’ll be joined by UK sailors Will Best & Andy Meiklejohn who Geoff believes will be great assets. For the last 17 years Geoff and his team have sailed most of the Australian regattas including Hamilton Island Race Week and Geelong Week and they’re now ready to venture out!

The Mini Maxi sailing yacht Bella Mente is travelling from the USA to take part in the special three-day Big Boat Series (Tuesday 6 – Thursday 8 August), and will face the Slovenian entry, superyacht Esimit Europa 2 (both of whom are racing in UK waters for the first time), the Spanish X612 Hansa, as well as regular Cowes Week competitor Niklas Zennström with his British Mini Maxi yacht Rán.

The country to have best representation so far, outside the UK, is the Netherlands, and a contingent of familiar faces from the country have confirmed their attendance at this year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week with regulars Harry Heijst (with Winsome), Peter Vroon (with Tonnerre De Breskens 3), and Wouter Hermsen (with Luctor et Emergo II) once again taking their places on the start line on Saturday 3 August.

Commenting on how entries are shaping up for this year’s event, CEO Stuart Quarrie said: “We’re delighted to report a strong entry for this year’s regatta so far, and are really looking forward to an exciting regatta. We’re particularly pleased to be welcoming such an international fleet and so many new faces, many of whom will be taking part in Cowes Week prior to the start of the Fastnet”.

This year’s event takes place over the traditional dates of 3 – 10 August. Those yet to enter are reminded to do so before midnight on Monday 27 May in order to benefit from the discounted Early Bird entry fee. Discounts also apply to bookings made with the main accommodation agencies in Cowes and for vehicle ferry bookings made with Red Funnel prior to the end of April.