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Sailing yacht TARA to embark on new expedition in the Arctic

May 14, 2013

This month will see sailing yacht Tara circumnavigate the Arctic Ocean via the Northeast and Northwest passages, representing a scientific and academic adventure covering 25,000 kms and lasting 6 months. This international expedition will be in partnership with countries bordering the Arctic Ocean as well as in association with the Prince Albert II de Monaco Foundation and agnès b.

Sailing yacht Tara is finally heading back to the sea - Photo credit to J. Collet TaraExpeditions

Sailing yacht Tara is finally heading back to the sea - Photo credit to J. Collet/TaraExpeditions

All the scientists and institutes involved in the Tara Oceans 2009-2012 expedition will participate, along with Canadian & Russian laboratories specializing in Arctic research.

During the Tara Oceans Expedition 2009-2012, only the Arctic Ocean was missing in our effort to collect plankton from all the world’s oceans. There is therefore great interest in comparing  biodiversity in the Arctic with other oceanic regions, especially in the context of the major  transformations taking place. In fact, the summer of 2012 marked the most extensive Arctic ice melt ever observed.

The Tara Oceans Polar Circle 2013 research will be conducted around the borders of the ice pack where planktonic activity is the most important.

In addition to this global biological approach, oceanographic and chemical analyses specific to the Arctic will be undertaken. The aim is to understand the vulnerability of polar biodiversity in the face of human activity; how melting of the ice pack impacts the polar marine ecosystem and what types of pollution come into play in these remote areas.

Several key factors assure the success of this expedition. The scientific team has been working together since 2009. Their collective expertise and overall ecosystem approach, the availability of existing equipment, and Tara Expeditions’ experience in polar environment logistics are also invaluable assets.

Loic Vallette, Tara Yachts Captain is glad to find Tara back in the water - Photo credit to J. Collet TaraExpeditions

Loic Vallette, Tara Yachts Captain is glad to find Tara back in the water - Photo credit to J. Collet/TaraExpeditions

This mission will contribute to the international effort to study the Arctic ecosystem before a probable climate change. It will provide baseline data on the ecological status of Arctic waters, and help identify issues concerning the future development of this region.

Tara Expeditions will also use its presence to inform the public, politicians and the business world about the most urgent environmental issues in the Arctic, as well as problems faced by the people who inhabit the Arctic Circle. For some, the opening of maritime routes is an economic asset but for others, this development has an environmental risk. Sustainable development in the Arctic is definitely in question.

Etienne Bourgois, President of Tara Expeditions
Roman Troublé, General Secretary of Tara Expeditions
Loïc Valette, Captain of Tara and the crew
Scientific Directors:
Chris Bowler, Spokesman(CNRS / ENS)
Eric Karsenti (EMBL / CNRS)
Gaby Gorsky (CNRS)
Marcel Babin (U LAVAL, CNRS)
Colomban de Vargas (CNRS / UPMC)
Emmanuel Boss (U of Maine)
Jean-Claude Gascard (CNRS)
Scientific coordinators of Tara Oceans
Stefanie Kandels-Lewis, Logistics (EMBL)

– Plankton nets
– Special net for collecting surface plastic
– CTD rosette (pressure, temperature, conductivity, nitrogen, oxygen, fluorescence, optical properties of water)
– FlowCAM to count and characterize plankton
– Flow Cytobot (underwater) to count and characterize plankton
– UVP (Underwater Video Profiler) to characterize zooplankton, large particles and their vertical distribution
– AC-s spectrophotometer for continuous pigment and particle distribution measurement at the ocean’s surface (coordinated with satellite ocean color imaging)
– Retrodiffusion device to characterize surface material (linked with ocean color satellite)
– Cytofluorimeter able to determine small groups of organisms by size and fluorescence
– Spectrofluorimeter ALFA capable of continuous measurement of fluorescent organisms at the ocean’s surface
– UltraPath spectrophotometer able to characterize optical properties of dissolved material
– PAR radiometer, measuring the luminescence of photosynthesis

Expedition yacht Tara is back at sea, the scientists are testing the CTD device - Photo credit to J. Collet TaraExpeditions

Expedition yacht Tara is back at sea, the scientists are testing the CTD device - Photo credit to J. Collet/TaraExpeditions

– A journalist will be constantly on board Tara yacht to cover the expedition via texts, video and photos for the internet and social networks.
– Media partnerships
– Tara Journal at the end of the expedition
– Production of TV programs
– Tara Junior educational program

Tara Oceans Expedition global approach. Its goal is to compare the plankton and physico-chemistry of the Arctic with data collected in other oceans during the Tara Oceans expedition (2009-2012):
– Study of drifting plastic and air pollutants in the Arctic
– Study of ocean color, composition and pigments of surface particles for NASA by the University of Maine, USA
– Study of spring plankton blooms at the edge of the ice pack, conducted by the Université Laval, Quebec
– Collaboration with the Shirshov Institute of Oceanology (Moscow) and the Russian Arctic National Park

As of today, only 2 sailboats have circumnavigated the Arctic Ocean.

Several types of risks can be identified: natural and technical. Natural hazards include the unpredictable weather, and the formidable presence of ice. Although the period of thaw gets longer almost every year, the window of passage (before the ice closes in again) is short and doesn’t leave much room for the unexpected. Temperatures will be between -10°C and +5°C  when expedition yacht Tara sails beyond the Arctic Circle from July to October. Daylight will predominate in the Russian Arctic, and will gradually turn into clear nights lasting 12 hours starting late August. Tara will undergo some adaptations to protect the workspaces and scientific equipment from the cold.

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Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation
City of Lorient
NASA and the OCEAN consortium laboratories

Under the High Patronage of François HOLLANDE, President of France.

Below is an amazing video made on board Tara yacht, released by Tara Expeditions in February 2013.

All-new BOUGAINVILLE Yacht nears completion at Claasen Shipyards

May 13, 2013

The modern 72 ft racer/cruiser Bougainville yacht nears her completion at the prominent Dutch builder, Claasen Shipyards. Sailing yacht Bougainville incorporates the very latest technologies as well as most advanced yacht building methods.

72ft sailing yacht Bougainville by Claasen Shipyards

72ft sailing yacht Bougainville by Claasen Shipyards

Her keel is fitted with an hydraulic lifting system, giving the yacht a depth of 2.30 m and 3.90 m, respectively. Luxury yacht Bougainville is being built to the MCA code for sailing yachts up to 24 m and will be CE-A certified.

The brief from Bougainville yacht’s owner required Claasen Shipyards to create a yacht that will perform equally well as a cruiser and a racer. Weight plays a crucial role therefore hence the choice for an aluminium hull and composite deck and superstructure. In addition, the interior is built of foam /sandwich panels to further reduce weight. And the Claasen craftsmen individually weigh every single item that is installed onboard.

Sleek and modern
Berret Racoupeau Yacht Design is responsible for both the naval architecture and the exterior profile of this performance cruiser. Impressive features of the exterior include the sleek, modern lines and the large windows in the superstructure, which bathe the spacious interior with light. The reverse stern gives the design a sporty appearance and is equipped with a large hydraulically operated door.

When open, the latter serves as a lovely swim platform and a place from which to launch the tender, stored in the lazarette. The door itself is made from composite material in order to reduce weight and is watertight when closed thanks to its inflatable seal.

Sailing yacht Bougainville’s cockpit is furnished with a large Bimini that offers welcome shade when sailing in sunnier climates. This Bimini can easily be stored completely out of sight in the yacht’s superstructure.

Bougainville yacht is rigged with a carbon mast from Southern Spars, which is incredibly strong despite its low weight. The main sail has a surface area of 132 m2 and features slab reefing with reef locks.

Luxury yacht Bougainville also carries carbon EC6 carbons stays: Offering the ideal combination of strength, stiffness and elasticity, this is the ideal rig for a yacht of this calibre. The lines and the other running rigging can all be controlled from the two steering stations in the cockpit. The winches are hydraulically driven.

A superyacht interior
The interior of Bougainville yacht has been created by Rhoades Young Design, which has achieved global fame for its work with other leading yards such as Royal Huisman and Vitters. Superyacht influences are immediately visible where the large windows and exquisite materials create the allure of a much larger vessel, and meet the standards you would expect from a Claasen yacht. The entire interior is finished in French walnut with a subtle maple edging.

The layout sees an owner’s suite and two guest cabins located forward, each with their own shower and toilet. Amidships is the voluminous saloon, dinette and navigation corner. The galley is located aft, along with a two-person crew cabin and toilet.

Below is a choice of the superb charter yachts built by Claasen Shipyards.

FC100 sailing yacht NOMADE IV leaves Maxi Dolphin shipyard to continue construction in Marghera, Italy

May 13, 2013

The beautiful 30,48-metre FC100 sailing yacht Nomade IV left the Maxi Dolphin shipyard in Erbusco, Italy to be transported to Marghera, near Venice, where construction works will continue. Nomade IV yacht is set to be delivered to her new owner in mid-July 2013.

Transportation of FC100 Yacht Nomade IV by Maxi Dolphin

Transportation of FC100 Yacht Nomade IV by Maxi Dolphin

Designed by the French naval architects Finot-Conq, superyacht Nomade IV has sleek waterlines with her hull and superstructure built entirely of carbon fibre and Nomex, which, with 51 tons of displacement, will guarantee outstanding sailing performance.

The “racing” style of the Nomade IV yacht is given by the shape of the hull with its prominent hard chine running from bow to stern, 9 tons of ballast on each side, lifting keel and two rudders.

The “cruiser” element of the Nomade IV yacht is expressed by her stylishly minimalist interior layout, designed by Pierre Frutschi and developed and implemented by Maxi Dolphin’s design office in close collaboration with the owner.

Superyacht Nomade IV - aft view

Superyacht Nomade IV - aft view

The elegant living spaces and cabins, designed and planned by the architect Pierre Forgia’ of Finot-Conq architects, are very comfortable and the luxury yacht Nomade IV can accommodate up to 12 guests in addition to the crew.

Following tests and sea trials (800 miles of sea trials are planned), an intense season of racing is planned for the FC100 yacht Nomade IV, starting from the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.

Francis Joyon and his trimaran yacht IDEC to visit Dennis Conner’s North Cove

May 12, 2013

One of the best single-handed sailors in the world, Francis Joyon, is expected to visit Dennis Conner’s North Cove in New York today, May 12, with his extreme trimaran yacht “IDEC”.

97ft Francis Joyon trimaran yacht IDEC at full speed

97ft Francis Joyon trimaran yacht IDEC at full speed

Joyon will be berthed in the marina for a week or longer as he waits for a weather window to challenge the Single-Handed Trans-Atlantic Record.

IDEC yacht is 97 ft in length and one of the fastest ocean-going trimarans in the world. In 2008, Joyon and IDEC set a new Single-Handed Round the World Record of 57 days, 13 hours and 34 minutes, beating the previous record by 14 days.

Francis Joyon

Francis Joyon

Joyon was last at North Cove in 2005 when he arrived to attempt the Single-Handed Trans-Atlantic Record. He succeeded in that attempt, smashing the previous record but also losing his sailing yacht IDEC after crossing the finish line. His feat was so inspirational for local sailors that they established the “Atlantic Cup” as a symbol of the Single-Handed Trans-Atlantic Record.

British Excellence recognized at World Superyacht Awards 2013

May 10, 2013

Three British Marine Federation (BMF) as well as Superyacht UK (SYUK) members have been honoured with one of the most prestigious awards in the superyacht sector at the 8th annual World Superyacht Awards held in Istanbul. These members have been recognized for their expertise and excellence in superyacht design and construction.

Motor yacht A2 (ex Masquerade of Sole) after refit at Pendennis - Photo by Paul Warchol

WSA 2013 for motor yacht A2 (ex Masquerade of Sole) refitted by Pendennis - Photo by Paul Warchol

The Rebuilt Motor Yacht award went to the 47m motor yacht A2 which was refitted and exterior styling by Pendennis while the naval architecture was a combination of Pendennis and BMT Nigel Gee.

Toby Allies, Sales & Marketing Director at Pendennis said of the win: “A2 was a substantial project for Pendennis, with the vessel stripped back to her bare hull and rebuilt completely over her 16 month period in the Falmouth yard. Being awarded the World Superyacht Award for Best Rebuild is testament to the high level of excellence that is achieved by all our in-house trades and confirms our status as one of the leaders in the worldwide superyacht rebuilds market.”

The Judge’s Special Award for Performance was awarded to the 30m sailing yacht Hamilton, built by Green Marine. Marcel Muller, Managing Director at Green Marine said “We are very happy to have been awarded with this prestigious award. Hamilton is the first racing yacht that could convince the judges to have the qualities of a Superyacht.

WallyCento Yacht Hamilton launched by Green Marine - Image credit YCO

WallyCento Yacht Hamilton launched by Green Marine - Image credit to YCO

“We were lucky to execute this project with a great team of designers, engineers, project managers and builders for an owner who had a clear vision in mind. Only to mention a few of the key players: James Stagg as owners project manager kept the project on a very tight time line and Struik & Hammerslag did a fantastic job on the light weight interior.”

The dedicated award for Three Deck Semi-Displacement or Planing Motor Yacht went to superyacht Imperial Princess, Princess Yachts International’s first Princess 40M from their M Class range of 100ft yachts.

Imperial Princess superyacht by Princess Yachts

Imperial Princess superyacht by Princess Yachts

Chris Gates, Managing Director at Princess Yachts International, said: “We are extremely honoured that Imperial Princess has been awarded in her category at the 2013 World Superyacht Awards.  The standard of yachts within her class were exemplary and we are delighted to receive this internationally recognised accolade for our Princess 40M.  This is a tremendous achievement for all involved.”

Albert Levy, SYUK Chairman commented: “The consistent recognition of quality in design, construction, refit and engineering consultancy evidences a depth of experience and knowledge at the highest level. This enhances the attraction of the UK’s Superyacht Industry to all who work in it and more especially the owners who have entrusted their projects to, in particular the winners of the Awards, whose teams are to be congratulated for their singular efforts.”

Along with the success of the BMF and SYUK members further British accomplishments were recognised with Overall Motor Yacht of the Year and winner of the Raised Pilothouse Semi-Displacement or Planing Motor Yacht awards going to luxury yacht Loretta Anne, designed by Dubois Naval Architects Ltd and with interior design completed by Donald Starkey Designs.

47m Alloy motor yacht Loretta Anne designed by Dubois

47m Alloy motor yacht Loretta Anne designed by Dubois

Charter yacht Endeavour won Refitted Sailing Yacht with its interior design created by John Munford and Adam Lay while superyacht Mogambo took Displacement Motor Yacht of 1,300GT and Above with its exterior and interior design by Reymond Langton Design.

The World Superyacht Awards, in its eighth year, took place at the stunning Ciragan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul, Turkey on 4 May, celebrated the finest new superyacht builds delivered to their owners in the last 12 months. News broadcaster, Natasha Kaplinsky presented the coveted silver Neptune awards and five Judge’s Commendation prizes to the superyacht owners and industry professionals.

Classic Charter Yacht Endeavour

Classic Charter Yacht Endeavour

The UK superyacht industry is a significant contributor in the global arena, delivering revenue over £440million and employing around 3,550, according to the latest Superyacht UK statistics. The diverse nature of the UK’s offering to the superyacht sector has allowed the industry to continue providing excellent services thanks to its refit, broking, design, insurance and legal offerings. British excellence within the industry was highly recognised on the international stage at the spectacular awards event where eight British companies were acknowledged for their expertise and success in the industry.

World Superyacht Award 2013 for WallyCento luxury yacht HAMILTON designed by Design Unlimited

May 10, 2013

The spectacular 30-metre WallyCento luxury yacht Hamilton added another award to her growing collection earlier this week, when she won a judges’ special award for performance, in the Sailing Yacht 30-39m category, at the 2013 World Superyacht Awards. The styling as well as lovely interior, both by Design Unlimited, played an important role in Hamilton yacht’s receiving the recognition of the international jury, tasked with choosing the winners.

WallyCento luxury yacht Hamilton designed by Design Unlimited - Image by RolexCarlo Borlenghi

WallyCento luxury yacht Hamilton designed by Design Unlimited - Image by RolexCarlo Borlenghi

In their citation the judges referred to her ‘comfortable, relaxing interior ambience’ and her ‘premium quality interior’. It was these attributes, combined with her exceptional performance and technical excellence, which led to her being marked out for the special award.

In recent years Design Unlimited has gained a reputation for designing interiors for high performance sailing yachts that deliver all the comforts required for family cruising yet use materials and build techniques that keep the weight to the absolute minimum. The layouts also ensure that they work equally well for racing and family crews, with the necessary facilities for both conveniently yet pleasingly positioned.

30m superyacht Hamilton - Master stateroom

30m superyacht Hamilton - Master stateroom

The attraction of these high quality, high performance ‘cruiser / racers’ in the 20 to 40+ metre range is expected to grow as they offer a dual solution to owners who want to win on the race course and yet enjoy time with friends and family on board their own boats when time permits.

“We’re delighted that Hamilton was awarded this prize and our thanks go out to the judges and all those who worked alongside us to make her such a successful boat,” said Design Unlimited’s Mark Tucker. “Modern materials and build techniques allow us to achieve things that were impossible just a few years ago, but above all it was a pleasure to work with the owner to create an interior that he will enjoy whatever kind of sailing he is doing.”

Below is a choice of the stylish charter yachts with design by Design Unlimited.

WallyCento Yacht HAMILTON – First Grand Prix Racing Yacht to Receive World Superyacht Award

May 10, 2013

Launched by Green Marine in Summer 2012, the majestic 100ft WallyCento yacht Hamilton has received a coveted Neptune award at the 2013 World Superyacht Awards, presented by Boat International Media in Istanbul earlier this week. Sailing yacht Hamilton was honoured with a Judge’s Special Award for Performance, in the Sailing Yacht 30-39m category. She represents the first contemporary racing yacht to win at the World Superyacht Awards.

WallyCento Yacht Hamilton launched by Green Marine - Image credit YCO

WallyCento Yacht Hamilton launched by Green Marine - Image credit to YCO

The award was the result of Hamilton yacht’s achievement in combining high performance with a comfortable, relaxing interior.  The judges also recognised the exceptional challenge that Green Marine and its partners faced in creating a yacht that was both remarkably light for its size, yet capable of managing enormous loads when in racing trim. They summed up their verdict by saying: “The judges felt that this combination of thoroughbred Grand Prix racer and luxury cruising yacht, with a premium quality interior executed to the highest levels of craftsmanship, was well deserving of a Neptune.”

The award was received at the gala dinner by Marcel Müller, Managing Director of Green Marine, who later said: “We were lucky to undertake this project in partnership with a great team of designers, engineers, project managers and builders for an owner who had a clear vision in mind.

“As well as naval architects judel/vrolijk and interior designers and overall stylists Design Unlimited, I should particularly mention the fantastic contributions from project manager James Stagg who was instrumental in keeping the project on schedule, and Struik & Hamerslag UK who built the beautiful lightweight interior.”

One of the judges at the ceremony was heard to say that yachts like Hamilton were ideal for young, successful businessmen who wanted to own boats of the highest standard that had enough comfort for a weekend trip with family or friends, but at the same time were highly competitive and sexy. Another added that even though Hamilton did not look like a ‘normal’ superyacht, its build quality was to superyacht standards and hence it well deserved a superyacht award.

Esimit Europa 2 yacht to compete in northern Europe for the first time

May 09, 2013

Following three fantastic seasons in the Mediterranean, the fastest as well as most successful European sailing yacht Esimit Europa 2 sails to the northern Europe for the first time. Esimit Europa 2 yacht will participate in the races in Germany (Kieler Woche), Sweden (ÅF Offshore Race), United Kingdom (Cowes Week and Rolex Fastnet Race), Italy (Bernetti Lombardini Cup and Barcolana) and will attempt to set a new world sailing record from Trieste – Valletta for the Medot Sailing Trophy and race in Malta (Rolex Middle Sea Race). New design of the Esimit Europa 2 yacht and her sails reflects new challenges and her mission in encouraging unity among Europeans.

Esimit Europa 2 Yacht

Esimit Europa 2 Yacht - Photo by Esimit Europa/Vicent Bosch

On the Europe Day, during the first official training in the new season, Igor Simčič, founder of the Esimit Europa project, and Jochen Schümann, skipper of the Esimit Europa 2 yacht, revealed ambitions for the upcoming sailing season. After achieving 19 victories at all the attended races so far and setting 5 new course records, one of the fastest yachts in world is eager to repeat its success – for the first time outside the Mediterranean since its christening in 2010. New challenges will be accompanied with the new hull and sails design. Brand new big yellow stars on the sides of the hull and on top of the mainsail, together with new light blue lines, illustrate new ambitions in the northern seas, while they project the team spirit among crew members and cooperation within all partners in the Esimit Europa project at the same time.

Luxury superyacht Esimit Europa 2

Luxury superyacht Esimit Europa 2 - Photo by Esimit Europa/Vicent Bosch

At the end of June, superyacht Esimit Europa 2 will race at the Kieler Woche. The happening with more than 3 million visitors, 1800 sailing yachts and 450 races is one of the biggest sailing events in the world. The Esimit Sailing Team will perform at 2 races and will move to Stockholm immediately after for the start of the most renowned Swedish regatta, the ÅF Offshore Race, on 30. June. The 350 nautical miles long race, which rounds the scenic Gotland Island and ends in Sandham, will see the record fleet of extremely attractive yachts, all of them eager to take line honours at this Swedish classic.

After her performance in Sweden, the 30-meter luxury yacht Esimit Europa 2 will be shipped to the United Kingdom for the start of the Cowes Week at the beginning of August, one of the oldest continuing sporting events in the United Kingdom (established in 1826). 18-member crew will show its skills at 3 inshore races and prepare for one of the toughest and most renowned European races, the famous Rolex Fastnet Race.

Esimit Sailing Team

Esimit Sailing Team - Photo by Esimit Europa/Vicent Bosch

With 608 nautical miles in front of legendary Jochen Schümann and his all-star crew, the Rolex Fastnet Race represents season’s highlight, but also a big test for the Esimit Europa 2 yacht herself due to always unpredictable weather conditions. In addition, the competition will be very tough, many excellent boats registered for the race, in total 380 yachts from 20 countries.

After the Rolex Fastnet Race, Esimit Europa 2 yacht will return to Mediterranean for 4 races in October. Starting with Bernetti Lombardini Cup and Barcolana in the Gulf of Trieste. On her way to Malta’s Rolex Middle Sea Race Esimit Europa 2 will try to break the course record (Medot Sailing Trophy).

Schuemann Simcic

Schuemann and Simcic - Photo by Esimit Europa/Vicent Bosch

New sailing challenges of the Esimit Europa 2 yacht and her mission in fostering European unity are embodied in the new yacht’s design. It features two big yellow stars on the sides of the hull and additional one on the top of the mainsail. Accompanied with light blue waving lines, showing a dynamic environment we are living in, all new graphic elements illustrate collaboration among crew members and cooperation within the partners of the Esimit Europa project.

Two World Superyacht Awards 2013 for PUMULA Yacht with interior design by Rhoades Young

May 09, 2013

Rhoades Young Design are thrilled to announce that the classic sailing yacht Pumula (Project Bugamena) was honoured with two prominent Neptune trophies at the recent 2013 World Superyacht Awards, presented at the fabulous Ciragan Palace Kempinski in Istanbul. Pumula yacht won in the categories: ‘Sailing Yacht of Year’ as well as ‘Best Sailing Yacht 30m – 39m’.

Royal Huisman Pumula Yacht with interior design by Rhoades Young - Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Pumula Yacht with interior design by Rhoades Young - Photo by Cory Silken

Rhoades Young Design are very grateful to the owners of Pumula for allowing them to be involved in such a fantastic project and they are delighted to share this prize with their colleagues at the Royal Huisman shipyard, Dykstra Naval Architects and project manager Jens Cornelsen.

Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - main deckhouse dining - Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - main deckhouse dining - Photo by Cory Silken

Rhoades Young Design would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the other prize winners.

Below is a choice of the beautiful charter yachts with design by Rhoades Young.

J Class Yacht RAINBOW by Holland Jachtbouw wins World Superyacht Award 2013

May 09, 2013

Holland Jachtbouw is thrilled to announce that its J Class yacht Rainbow received a highly coveted Neptune trophy in the ‘Sailing Yachts 39M+’ category at the World Superyacht Awards 2013, held on Saturday, May 4.

HJB receives the World Superyacht Award 2013 for its J Class yacht Rainbow

HJB receives the World Superyacht Award 2013 for its J Class yacht Rainbow

The owner of sailing yacht Rainbow, along with Tako van Ineveld, Commercial Director at Holland Jachtbouw, Jeroen de Vos from Dykstra Naval Architects and Michiel de Vos from DeVosDeVries Design were presented with the trophy which has become synonymous with excellence in superyacht build and design.

Hosted by Boat International and held once again at the spectacular Ciragan Palace in Istanbul, the ceremony – dubbed the Oscars of the superyacht industry, was attended by an elite guest list of international superyacht owners and the most influential players in the industry.

J Class superyacht Rainbow by Holland Jachtbouw

J Class superyacht Rainbow by Holland Jachtbouw

J Class Rainbow

For the last two decades HJB has been distinguished by a no-nonsense, proactive approach to innovative custom projects, and Rainbow yacht was no exception. The highly talented engineering team developed a unique Hybrid Propulsion System to meet the owner’s specifications for an environmentally friendly yacht which will hopefully lead the way in the future of superyachts.

Below is a choice of the stylish charter yachts built by Holland Jachtbouw.