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Sunreef Yachts unveils the new eco-oriented sailing yacht Sunreef 90 Ultimate

November 26, 2012

After having presented the Sunreef 80 superyacht in 2010 as well as the Sunreef 75 yacht in 2011, Sunreef Yachts is now proud to reveal the new model from the line, the eco-oriented, ultra-modern sailing yacht Sunreef 90 Ultimate. Superyacht Sunreef 90 Ultimate represents a truly accomplished masterpiece that took over 6 months for the design team to finalize.

The newest Sunreef 90 Ultimate superyacht by Sunreef Yachts

The newest Sunreef 90 Ultimate superyacht by Sunreef Yachts

The Sunreef 90 Ultimate superyacht is a very light carbon, high-performance oriented vessel which light displacement is only 55 T. Her sleek, marine hulls with reversed bow will allow her to enjoy 20+ knots speeds on sails even in light breeze with a safety and stability of a catamaran. A compact and minimalist superstructure will reduce air resistance.

Catamaran yacht Sunreef 90 Ultimate - rear view

Catamaran yacht Sunreef 90 Ultimate - rear view

For the first time, the flybridge of luxury yacht Sunreef 90 Ultimate will not be a typical leisure area but strictly dedicated to sails maneuvering and entirely covered by solar panels with a total area of 54sqm generating 8kW of power which allows for transparent ceilings in the saloon and master cabin. All supported on a honey-comb shaped carbon fiber super structure which becomes the main feature of the interior design.

Aboard Sunreef 90 Ultimate yacht

Aboard Sunreef 90 Ultimate yacht

Superyacht Sunreef 90 Ultimate will house internal saloon with galley in the central part and the master cabin in the front section on the right. She will have a stunning, uncovered view over the sea through the vast glass wall and sliding doors giving access to the private outdoor area protected by two side walls of the superstructure. Master bathroom will be located down in the port side hull.

Luxury yacht Sunreef 90 Ultimate - Interior

Luxury yacht Sunreef 90 Ultimate - Interior

Left front side of the Sunreef 90 Ultimate yacht’s superstructure will be dedicated to the navigation station. The port side hull will house one double guest cabin with en-suite bathroom and storage and one crew cabin in the aft. The starboard hull will comprise two double guest cabins with en-suite bathrooms and a service room with storage directly connected with the galley up on the main deck.

The 20m2 cockpit of the Sunreef 90 Ultimate yacht features a sofa, sun pads and a tender garage on the aft. This new concept clearly shows that Sunreef Yachts is a true trendsetter in the luxury catamaran design.

Technical Specifications of the Sunreef 90 Ultimate yacht:

Construction Composite
Length 27.43 m / 90.00 Ft
Maximum Beam 10.97 m / 36.00 Ft
Displacement 55 T
Draft 2.07 m / 6.80 Ft
Main Engines 2 x 240 HP
Fuel Capacity 2 x 2500 l / 2 x 660.43 US gal
Fresh Water Tank 2 x 780 l / 2 x 206.05 US gal
Naval Architecture Sunreef Yachts
Interior Design Sunreef Yachts

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

Southern Wind Launches New SWS Blog Community

November 23, 2012

The prominent South African luxury yacht builder, Southern Wind, is delighted to present the launch of the new SWS Blog Community. Some of SWS owners as well as crew are happy to share their Blue Water Experiences and invite all the enthusiastic sailors or simply passionate to follow them through their yachts blogs.

SW 100 RS superyacht Cape Arrow by Southern Wind

SW 100 RS superyacht Cape Arrow by Southern Wind

The SWS blogs community will also christen Cape Arrow superyacht‘s sailing blog. Cape Arrow will leave from Tenerife on November 26th competing in the Transatlantic Superyacht Regatta. Captain Andrea Balzarini and crew invite everybody to stay tuned on the yacht’s sailing blog and to track Cape Arrow Atlantic crossing as well as her next destinations and regattas.

Transatlantic Challenge: Swan yachts to participate in the 2012 ARC

November 23, 2012

Sunday, 25 November, will see the beginning of the well known Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), organised by the World Cruising Club. Yachts from 30 countries will participate in the transatlantic crossing from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to the Caribbean destination of St. Lucia. The 2,700 nautical mile passage on the NE tradewinds route takes between 14 and 21 days.

Swan 62 yacht Albatros in action on previous ARC race - Photo credit: Manfred Kerstan

Swan 62 yacht Albatros in action on previous ARC race - Photo credit: Manfred Kerstan

The ARC entry list stands at 230 boats, the majority of which are sailed by family and friends on the adventure of a lifetime. Of the fleet, Swan is well represented with 19 Swan yachts taking part ranging from the Swan 40 yacht Storm Svale to the Swan 80 superyacht Berenice. Italian owned Swan 80 Berenice is the largest boat competing this year and took line honours in the 2010 ARC. The Swans will be competing for the Swan Transatlantic Challenge Trophy, produced by Asprey, as part of the Swan Challenge Series which recognises Swan owners competing in the most important international offshore regattas.

ClubSwan member Manfred Kerstan will be taking part in the 2012 edition of the ARC with his Swan 62 sailing yacht Albatros. This will be his 18th ARC, his first transatlantic crossing was in 1986.

“I am especially looking forward to this event as I have won it 3 times already and now I want to be the first man to sail in 20 ARCs, as I plan to do about another 5 or 6 years. As I am now retired, the ARC is a good way for me to spend the winter in the Caribbean on my Swan 62 Albatros, and then the summer in Ibiza. Finding crew is never hard as many people would love to take part in this race,” said Manfred Kerstan, owner of Swan 62 yacht Albatros.

Also preparing for the ARC is Swan 45 Satori, entered into the racing division and skippered by Gideon Messink, Swan agent for the Benelux region. Anita van Oeveren, who is crewing on Satori commented: “We are really looking forward to the ARC; it’s the first time Satori has entered so it will be a new experience. We decided to enter so we can sail in the events over in the Caribbean up until the end of the season, before returning to Holland. The team is a selection of experienced sailors, who all share the same dream – to complete the ARC once. For me, I am especially looking forward to crossing the Atlantic, downwind under spinnaker. However, sailing with seven crew members and no shower will also prove interesting!”

Swan 62 sailing yacht Albatros - previous ARC race Photo by Manfred Kerstan

Swan 62 sailing yacht Albatros - previous ARC race Photo by Manfred Kerstan

The other Swan 45 taking part, in the cruising division is German Swan 45 High Yield, owned by Hanns Ostmeier.

There are three Swan 48s lining up on Sunday for the start, two Australian owned Swans, and a British Swan, Zen owned by John Bainbridge. John’s daughter Joanne is sailing onboard with him creating a father-daughter team.

“I have been sailing Swans now for about 8 years starting out on the Swan 45 circuit and completed my first Transatlantic when I was 19.  I have been trying to complete another ARC ever since and sail again with my father on board our Swan 48, Zen. This will be my second major offshore event and I cannot wait to get started, it will be great to have some time away from everyday life and really enjoy time on our boat together,” said Joanne Bainbridge.

At 1245 on Sunday 25th November the gun for the RORC Racing Division will sound, followed by the Cruising division at 1300.

From 11th – 15th March 2013, the Swan class will be descending on the British Virgin Islands for the Rolex Swan Cup, hosted by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. This will include four days of sailing and socialising for ClubSwan members and friends.

Nautor’s Swan wishes all competitors a successful Atlantic crossing!

Motor yacht FAIR LADY to undergo a 6-month winter refit at Pendennis Palma

November 23, 2012

The spectacular classic 1920s motor yacht Fair Lady first arrived at the Pendennis Falmouth yard in 1996, finishing a full restoration. This comprised major engineering works following a survey of the steel hull as well as systems. Fair Lady superyacht has remained a loyal visitor to the yard with subsequent visits in 2000 and 2006.

Motor yacht Fair Lady to be refitted by Pendennis Palma

Motor yacht Fair Lady to be refitted by Pendennis Palma

Luxury yacht Fair Lady recently arrived at Pendennis Palma for a six month winter refit. Work will include a 5 year MCA LY1 survey, a full overhaul of her systems and standing rigging. Also based in Palma currently is the 2004 Pendennis built charter yacht Margaret Ann.

Fair Lady superyacht - Interior

Fair Lady superyacht - Interior

Pendennis Palma has a strong order book confirmed after a busy autumn with superyacht Hemisphere, sailing yacht Adela and motor yacht A2 all recently completing minor maintenance works at the STP-based facility.

Update on the Pendennis refit of the luxury yacht M5 (ex Mirabella V)

November 23, 2012

Luxury sailing yacht m5 (ex Mirabella V) is currently undergoing an extensive 15-month refit at Pendennis. During her refit, m5 superyacht will be extended by three metres across three levels in order to dramatically increase the indoor as well as outdoor social areas onboard. Featuring  naval architecture by renowned Ron Holland, M5 was constructed in 2004.

Ron Holland's post refit render of sailing yacht m5 (ex Mirabella V)

Ron Holland's post refit render of sailing yacht m5 (ex Mirabella V)

The installation of the new composite stern is complete. Further structural modifications include the addition of a new side boarding platform, extending out from the port hull to water level.

The interior layout and styling of the superyacht m5 (ex Mirabella v) will also see a complete redesign by Redman Whiteley Dixon. The Owner’s cabin is already unrecognisable, having been enhanced to create a more open plan stateroom with luxurious ensuite and dressing room.

Works on the luxury sailing yacht m5

Works on the luxury sailing yacht m5

Currently the interiors of the m5 yacht have been completely stripped in preparation for new wiring and insulation throughout, and work on installing the new interiors commenced earlier this month.

Oceanair’s Distributor of the Year Award for International Marine Products (IMP) and its two superyacht projects

November 22, 2012

This year’s METS in Amsterdam was marked by Oceanair’s annual Distributor Conference that was well attended by Oceanair’s worldwide dealer network. During the event, Oceanair presented their prominent ‘Golden Blind Award’ to their chosen distributor of the year.

Oceanair award IMP with Distributor of the Year Award 2012

Oceanair award IMP with Distributor of the Year Award 2012

This year, Oceanair’s UK distributor International Marine Products (IMP) were the winners of the Golden Blind; Andy Smith, Oceanair’s Product Manager at IMP received the award on behalf of the company.

Oceanair chose IMP due to their continued hard work, focus and performance across all of Oceanair’s market sectors: including superyachts, OEM, retail, and the technical aftermarket.

Notable achievements for IMP this year included the management of two superyacht projects; installing Oceanair products throughout (charter yacht Light Blue and SY Adele 2). Furthermore, IMP fully embraced Oceanair’s newly launched retail product range, successfully rolling it out across the UK placing stands in chandleries and establishing the range online.

One of the IMP superyacht projects - luxury charter yacht Light Blue

One of the IMP superyacht projects - luxury charter yacht Light Blue

Ian Howarth, Oceanair’s Sales Director, commented; “IMP are doing a fantastic job for Oceanair in the UK, working across our markets and product range, they are playing a large part in further raising our profile as well as sales in the UK. We feel they are very deserving of The Golden Blind Award and would like to take this opportunity to thank the whole IMP team.”

Second SW94 sailing yacht WINDFALL by Southern Wind launched

November 21, 2012

November 11 in Cape Town saw the official launch of the second SW94 sailing yacht Windfall by Southern Wind. The beautiful Windfall superyacht boasts slippery lines, as well as sexy and sporty appeal.

Second Southern Wind SW94 superyacht Windfall waiting for the launch

Second Southern Wind SW94 superyacht Windfall waiting for the launch

After completing the sea trials in the windy waters of Table Bay, the SW94 superyacht Windfall will soon leave South Africa, for her maiden voyage of 7.300 nm to the Mediterranean.

Launching of the Windfall superyacht

Launching of the Windfall superyacht

SW94 yacht Windfall - side view

SW94 yacht Windfall - side view

SW94 superyacht Windfall by Southern Wind

SW94 superyacht Windfall by Southern Wind

Luxury sailing yacht Windfall hitting the water

Luxury sailing yacht Windfall hitting the water

Luxury yacht Windfall is planning an intense cruising and racing programm for the spring/summer season in the Med.

Technical Specifications of the second SW94 yacht Windfall:

General dimensions

L.O.A.: 28.64 m.
L.W.L.: 25.96 m.
Beam max.: 6.66 m.
Draft: 4.5 m.
Displacement: 52,300 kg.(Light prelim.)
Sail area: 463 sqm.
Year: 2012

Materials

Composite (Carbon fibre, Kevlar and Epoxy resin and Corecell) sandwich

Designers

Naval Architecture: Reichel Pugh Yacht Design
Concept, Interior design and Exterior styling: Nauta Design

Below is a choice of the beautiful charter yachts built by Southern Wind.

Nautical Design Award 2012 for WallyCento luxury yacht HAMILTON

November 21, 2012

Constructed by Green Marine and launched in June 2012, the magnificent 100-foot WallyCento sailing yacht Hamilton has won the ‘Sailing Yacht over 24-metres’ category in the third annual Nautical Design Awards, organised by Yacht & Sail magazine as well as the Associazione per il Disegno Industriale (ADI) in Italy.

100ft WallyCento superyacht Hamilton competing in Porto Cervo - Photo credit YCO

100ft WallyCento superyacht Hamilton competing in Porto Cervo - Photo credit: Y.CO

The ADI is known internationally for its annual Compasso d’Oro awards that are respected around the world for their recognition of the very best in industrial design. The Nautical Design Awards are an extension of their expertise in such events. They extend across ten categories and reward the most innovative projects undertaken by the Italian yachting industry.

Hamilton superyacht - rear view Photo by YCO

Hamilton superyacht - rear view Photo credit: Y.CO

WallyCento luxury yacht Hamilton was designed by naval architects judel/vrolijk & co with exterior styling and interior design by Design Unlimited. Monk Design contributed the steering pedestals and central instrument panel.

Luxury yacht Hamilton - Galley Photo by Justin Ratcliffe

Luxury yacht Hamilton - Galley Photo by Justin Ratcliffe

The judges’ citation stated that “(Hamilton) impressed the jury as a substantial boat intended to race at a high level yet also designed to function fully as a cruising yacht. The lines are very clean and while the deck is functional for racing, it also has the capability of being laid out with large cushions when cruising. The interior is characterised by an understated elegance that reflects the ethos underlying the whole project while not being too minimalist.”

100ft sailing yacht Hamilton - Saloon Photo by Justin Ratcliffe

100ft sailing yacht Hamilton - Saloon Photo by Justin Ratcliffe

The judging panel was chaired by Walter de ‘Silva and the jury members included mayor of Venice Giorgio Armani, Giorgio Orsoni and entrepreneurs Vittorio Missoni and Lamberto Vallarino Gancia.

WallyCento yacht Hamilton - Master Cabin

WallyCento yacht Hamilton - Master Cabin

Oceanair’s blinds and light management solutions for the 44m catamaran yacht HEMISPHERE

November 20, 2012

The magnificent 44-metre sailing catamaran yacht Hemisphere features Oceanair’s blinds as well as light management solutions throughout the cabins and saloon. Having enjoyed a number of accolades from the yachting industry this year, the 145ft Hemisphere superyacht was honoured with a Judges Commendation in the World Superyacht Awards, and was a winner of the 2012 ShowBoats Design Awards in two categories: ‘Interior Design’ as well as ‘Interior Layout’.

44m sailing yacht Hemisphere featuring blinds and light management solutions by Oceanair

44m sailing yacht Hemisphere featuring blinds and light management solutions by Oceanair

Built at Pendennis in the UK, Oceanair worked directly with interior fit out company Metrica Interior and interior designer Michael Leach Design. Oceanair installed large complex shaped SKYSOL pleated blinds in the huge saloon. These blinds were custom-made to work through Somfy powered motors on an incline. The blinds were installed in a way so that they were hidden from view when stowed.

Hemisphere superyacht boasting blinds and light management solutions by Oceanair

Hemisphere superyacht boasting blinds and light management solutions by Oceanair

In all other areas and cabins on board luxury yacht Hemisphere custom painted and stained 50mm wooden powered venetian blinds were fitted. The challenge was to match the slats to the oak window furniture in some rooms and painted window furniture in the other rooms. Oceanair’s extensive fabric collection and sourcing of material was able to deal with this requirement.

These blinds were powered by Somfy motors and most were installed at angles to follow the contours of the boat through the clever use of hidden guide wires. Powered blackout Openshade roller blinds were also fitted into recessed side tracks behind the venetian blinds installed behind the venetians to provide full blackout in each room if desired.

Oceanair's blinds and light management solutions for the 44m superyacht Hemisphere

Oceanair's blinds and light management solutions for the 44m superyacht Hemisphere

Catamaran yacht Hemisphere has enjoyed a few months cruising around the shores of Italy and will be heading to the Caribbean and the Pacific for the winter cruising season.

Tall ship Christian Radich to visit St. Maarten in January 2013

November 20, 2012

The spectacular A Class tall ship Christian Radich will be hosted by the St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies when it arrives in St. Maarten January 3-6 2013 as part of the Norwegian vessel’s Caribbean itinerary that comprises stop-overs in popular yacht charter destinationas – St. Lucia as well as Antigua.

Tall ship Christian Radich

Tall ship Christian Radich

The news was announced by President of the Caribbean Sail Training Association (CSTA) Jan Roosens whose foundation has been promoting the visits of tall ships and sail training vessels to the islands for many years.

Built in 1937, the 1,050 ton Christian Radich yacht is a full rigged three-masted steel hull with an overall length of 73 metres (204ft) including the bowsprit and has a width of 9.7metres. She can reach speeds of 10 knots under engine power and 14 knots under sail. She has a draft of 4.7 metres (15ft).

Roosens said he was delighted that Great Bay Harbour is cooperating on the visit. “We have reached agreements with ports and marinas on several islands where we receive through the CSTA reduced rates and sometimes these sail training ships don’t pay at all because they are very costly to maintain,” he noted. “Many port authorities and governments are helping the CSTA because they want to see more of these magnificent vessels visiting their islands.”

Luxury yacht Christian Radich will receive free ship agent services from Yacht Assistance not only in St. Maarten but other islands where it docks. According to CSTA part of the harbour costs will be covered by sponsors such as Maritime School of the West Indies (MSWI), St. Maarten-St. Martin Classic Yacht Club, and others.

Fabulous Caribbean yacht charter destination - St. Martin

St. Martin - a fabulous Caribbean yacht charter destination

The ship will be open to the public at the cruise ship pier on Saturday January 5 2013 from 9:00am to 4:30pm. The Harbour has expressed enthusiasm for the visit, expressing confidence the ship will be well received by the public.

Two young persons who will be taking a special interest in this visit are David Jeffers and David Benjamin. Five years ago the two St. Maarten sail trainees with the assistance of CSTA were placed on the Christian Radich for a leg of a tall ship race from Bergen, Norway, to Holland. They have been invited on board for the open day with their families.

Christian Radich yacht accommodates 88 passengers and 18 crew. She is well known internationally through her appearance in the 1958 film “Windjammer” and the 1970s BBC TV series “The Onedin Line.” She took part in the 1976 Bicentennial Celebration in the USA and Operation Sail parade in New York in the same year.

The vessel was originally built to train sailors for the Norwegian merchant navy. From 1999 on the ship has been on the charter market as well as sailing with paying trainees to foreign ports on summer trips, and participates in the Cutty Sark Tall Ship Race and other sail events in Europe.