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Full 2013 order book for Southern Spars

May 23, 2013

The 2013 order book of Southern Spars is full of projects, including four America’s Cup AC72 wing sails, up to ten Volvo 65’ One Design rigs, multiple superyacht rigs, as well as a new era of Grand Prix racing rigs. All of these demonstrate that Southern Spars is leading the way with design, technology and manufacturing of composite spars and rigging.

One of the 2013 Southern Spars projects - WallyCento superyacht Magic Carpet 3 - Photo by J. Renedo

One of the 2013 Southern Spars projects - WallyCento superyacht Magic Carpet 3 - Photo by J. Renedo

“This year we’ve been busy producing the AC72 wings for Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge,” says Richard Lott, Southern Spars’ managing director. “At present, the Volvo 65’ One Design rigs and numerous superyacht projects ranging from 30 to 90 metres are moving through our Custom Projects facility in Auckland, New Zealand.”

Lott and Southern Spars director and co-founder Mark Hauser believe the yachting sector appears to have pushed through the hump of the global financial crisis. “It’s great to see the marine industry slowly recovering,” says Lott. “With the America’s Cup ramping up with a new era of racing in the exceptional AC72 foiling catamarans and the Volvo Ocean Race taking a new turn into One Design, we’ve seen grand prix racing teams coming back in full force as they gear up for the 2013/14 busy regatta calendar. There are exciting times ahead for Southern Spars and clients around the world.”

Hauser adds: “Southern Spars was founded on the backbone of this Grand Prix yacht racing with one of our first major projects resulting in Sir Peter Blake’s Steinlager II winning all six legs of the Whitbread Round the World Race – that’s a record yet to be trumped. Since then the team at Southern Spars has pursued a passion for excellence, building and supplying the world’s finest carbon spars and rigging.”

Other significant projects delivered by Southern Spars in 2013 include the recently-launched WallyCento superyacht Magic Carpet 3 and the Mills 72’ yacht Alegre.

Hauser says: “Both Magic Carpet 3 and Alegre sport the latest high performance technology from Southern Spars, with high modulus Thin Ply Technology (TPT) throughout. Both masts have all the bells and whistles from internal tangs through to the latest Top-Lok (locking mainsail car for square top sails), racing booms with nomex honey cone cores and EC6 carbon continuous rigging.”

Developed by Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design with the exterior styling and interiors by Wally, sailing yacht Magic Carpet 3 fully exploits the WallyCento box-rule to create a fast, seaworthy cruiser-racer that benefits from the latest performance technology while respecting the Wally spirit. Magic Carpet 3 is the second WallyCento be launched to date; Southern Spars also supplied the rig package for the 30m WallyCento superyacht Hamilton which won the first Superyacht Cup Cowes regatta after just five days of sailing since her launching in July 2012.

A stunning performance also marked the debut for Magic Carpet 3 – just two weeks after her launch, she competed in Gaastra Palmavela regatta (Mallorca, 1-5 May) out-matching competitors in all races in real time and crossing the finish lines between five and 20 minutes ahead of the closest competitor.

Magic Carpet 3 yacht’s owner and helmsman Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones commented: “I’m highly satisfied with the outcome of this ground-breaking project. Magic Carpet 3 is precisely what I wanted and expected her to be, totally fulfilling my goals and briefs – fast, beautiful, comfortable, technologically-advanced, and easy to sail.”

Presently, Andy Soriano’s brand-new sailing yacht Alegre is getting ready for her busy regatta season in Valencia, Spain. With her Southern Spars rig package stepped and tuned, the 72-footer, designed by Mark Mills and built at Longitud Cero, has successfully completed her maiden sea trials.

Alegre yacht’s owner’s representative Dave Williams comments: “We are very happy with the new Southern Spars rig and rigging package. It is exactly what we expected and the Southern team have done an excellent job.”

Hauser adds: “For the team at Southern Spars, it was great to get back into the mini maxi game after a little downturn in this market. We’re delighted to hear we have yet another happy customer.

“We are also pleased to announce that we have recently received orders from three of the world’s most high profile racing teams: Ichiban (newly-designed Carkeek 65’), superyacht Wild Oats XI and Loyal (ex-Speedboat).

“This year’s Sydney to Hobart will be one to watch, with all three going head-to-head with their newly-stepped, fully-specified Southern Spars rig and rigging packages.

“The positive feedback we have from Americas Cup teams, grand prix race teams and superyacht owners about why they choose to work with Southern Spars means a great deal to everyone in the company. We continually strive to be at the forefront of the world’s mast and rigging industry in terms of design, technology, manufacture, safety and performance.”

Perini Navi launches 60m sailing yacht SEAHAWK (hull C.2193) and completes mast stepping operations

May 23, 2013

The Perini Navi Group, a world leader in the design and building of large sailing and motor yachts, has successfully launched the 60-metre sailing yacht Seahawk (hull C.2193) at its shipyard in Viareggio, and subsequently completed the mast stepping operations. Seahawk yacht is a beautiful ketch, representing the first luxury vessel in the new Perini Navi 60 m series.

Launch of the 60m Perini Navi superyacht Seahawk (hull C.2193)

Launch of the 60m Perini Navi superyacht Seahawk (hull C.2193) - Photo credit: Giuliano Sargentini by courtesy of Perini Navi

This new series of sailing yachts has innovative hull lines and technologies that will enhance speed and performances, without compromising the comfort and spaces, both onboard hallmarks of the Perini Navi brands.

Superyacht Seahawk features a sleek hull and superstructure in aluminium that make for a gross tonnage of under 500 GRT and a displacement of 570 tons. The variable keel length, allows for a draught that goes from 4.30 to 12.30m.

Perini Navi sailing yacht Seahawk

Perini Navi sailing yacht Seahawk - Photo credit: Giuliano Sargentini by courtesy of Perini Navi

The ketch, designed by the naval architects at Perini Navi in collaboration with New Zealander Ron Holland, has a total sail plan area of 2.125 sqm featuring two aluminium masts of 62 e 52m. The booms are in carbon fibre as  are the spreaders. Carbon fiber as well for the foils and for the standing rigging, this latest for the very first time on a Perini Navi ketch.

On the foredeck: a new generation of furlers, fully recessed, for the furling of the head sails has been created by the Mast Division of Perini Navi which has also developed the new captive winches installed on board, increasing the manoeuvring speed.

Luxury yacht Seahawk (hull C.2193)

Luxury yacht Seahawk (hull C.2193) - Photo credit: Giuliano Sargentini by courtesy of Perini Navi

The interiors of luxury yacht Seahawk are by the famous French designer Christian Liaigre, who has created an extremely elegant contemporary allure matched with a sheer marine tradition.

The Group is currently working on the second yacht in this series at their Viareggio shipyard. Delivery of superyacht C. 2218, the 60-m sloop with a carbon fibre mast of 75m, is scheduled for 2014, while the third unit in this series, the ketch C.2232 yacht, will be delivered in 2015.

Below is a choice of the stylish charter yachts built by Perini Navi.

Esimit Europa 2 Yacht to enter new season with four excellent Russian sailors and some technological improvements

May 22, 2013

Three excellent Russian sailors will join the Esimit Sailing Team, composed of all-star sailors coming from 10 European nations and Russia, as recently announced by Igor Simčič, founder of the Esimit Europa project. Alexander Ekimov, Egor Larionov, Nikolay Kornev as well as the last year’s addition to the team, Anton Sergeev, represent the Russian part of the Esimit Sailing Team.

Luxury sailing yacht Esimit Europa 2 ©2013/photo: ESIMIT EUROPA 2 / BYBOSCH

Luxury sailing yacht Esimit Europa 2 ©Esimit Europa/Vicent Bosch

The Esimit Europa 2 yacht skippered by the best German sailor Jochen Schümann will not only further extend her message of Pan-European collaboration, but will also enter the new season with some technological improvements to be able to keep up her record breaking performances in the northern Europe.

“The Esimit Europa 2 yacht symbolizes the future of a successful European continent, which tightly lies in cooperation between Europe and Russia. I am convinced that as on our yacht, the foundation to common success is in close collaboration and mutual understanding, a winning mentality and constant innovations. Only by doing this, we at the Esimit Europa project can be a step ahead of the competition, achieving victories and setting records and remaining the most ambitious sailing project in the world.

Esimit Sailing Team ©2013/photo: ESIMIT EUROPA 2

Esimit Sailing Team ©Esimit Europa/Vicent Bosch

Therefore, I am extremely happy and proud to welcome to our Pan-European team 3 excellent Russian sailors, multiple Russian and European champions in various Olympic sailing classes, winners of match races and the most prestigious big boats regattas. After the extremely successful run in the Mediterranean, when we crossed the finish line first at every attended race and also set 5 records, now together with the newly joined Russian sailors, we await new challenges in the seas of northern Europe – in Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom – before returning back to the Mediterranean in the second half of the season,” said Igor Simčič, founder of the Esimit Europa project.

Along with announcing new sailing challenges (Kieler Woche in Germany, ÅF Offshore Race in Sweden and Cowes Week and Rolex Fastnet Race in the United Kingdom), Simčič presented also the new technological perfections to the world’s fastest monohull yacht. “With a clear goal of taking line honours at all the attended races in the upcoming season in mind new sails with technologically revolutionary processes of construction have been developed in collaboration between our crew member Jordi Calafat as a designer and North Sails company as a manufacturer. We have also placed a couple of new yacht’s components made of titan and carbon fibres, while at the same time we did an extensive revision of electronics and hydraulics. Therefore, nothing is left to coincidence and we are ready for the tough conditions awaiting in the seas of northern Europe,” added Simčič.

All-new sailing yacht Solaris 72 Classic to be launched soon

May 22, 2013

The Italian shipyard, Solaris Yachts, is thrilled to announce that construction of its all-new sailing yacht Solaris 72 Classic is at the final stage in its Aquileia yard. Set to be launched soon, Solaris 72 Classic yacht has surpassed the yard’s expectations in beauty as well as elegance. A minimum of three weeks of builders sea trials are planned.

Luxury sailing yacht Solaris 72 Classic by Solaris Yachts

Luxury sailing yacht Solaris 72 Classic by Solaris Yachts

Luxury yacht Solaris 72 Classic is brimming with innovative solutions including a newly developed lifting keel, a high modulus carbon mast with integrated magic trim in the Park Avenue boom. The rigging is in carbon and the code zero will have a recessed furler from Reckmann. The powerful rig and waterlines are designed by Javier Soto Acebal.

Interior and deck have been developed by the yard together with the owner. The set up and the appearance are classic, that’s why the completely new developed semi-custom Solaris 72 yacht has the “Classic” designation. The space allowance corresponds to a bigger yacht and with this model Solaris Yachts completes its offering in the segment of rapid, comfortable and luxurious blue water yachts up to 80 feet.

The large deck is spectacular and the very sizable owner’s cabin stands out particularly.

Solaris now offers two completely different yachts in the 72 sector, both captivate with their uniqueness.

Holland Jachtbouw starts construction of the 46m Tripp Design Yacht

May 21, 2013

Tripp Design is thrilled to announce that Holland Jachtbouw has started construction of its 46m sailing yacht. Continuing in the tradition of the Tripp Design’s award winning superyacht Mystere as well as Alithia yacht, the all-new 46m Tripp Design yacht is a beautiful world cruising sloop, designed to just clear the Bridge of the Americas in the Panama Canal. Scheduled for launch in Spring 2015, this spectacular vessel will be able to cruise easily from the Caribbean to the Pacific.

New 46m Tripp Design Yacht currently under construction at Holland Jachtbouw

New 46m Tripp Design Yacht currently under construction at Holland Jachtbouw

The 46m Tripp Design superyacht represents the first project of Tripp Design with Holland Jachtbouw, but the studio continues a long-time collaboration with Jens Cornelsen as Project Manager and Rhoades Young Design as Interior Designer.

46m Tripp Design superyacht - aft view

46m Tripp Design superyacht - aft view

Main Characteristics of the 46m Tripp Design Yacht

LOA: 46.1m (151.3’)
Beam: 9.3 m (30.6’)
Draft: Lifting Keel
Concept: Tripp Design
Interior: Rhoades Young Design
Builder: Holland Jachtbouw
Hull: Alustar
Launch: Fall 2015

Below is a selection of the superb charter yachts with design by Tripp Design.

The Oceans Polar Circle expedition: New scientific adventure for TARA Yacht

May 21, 2013

Sunday, May 19, saw the 36m expedition yacht Tara begin a new scientific adventure: The Oceans Polar Circle expedition. Tara yacht will travel 25 000 ams around the Arctic Ocean via the Northeast as well as Northwest passages, returning to Lorient in France in December 2013.

The Tara Yacht's Oceans Polar Circle Expedition

The Tara Yacht's Oceans Polar Circle Expedition

The new challenge brings together biologists and oceanographers to focus on plankton biodiversity in the Arctic. Research will be conducted at the edge of the ice pacha where plankton is most abundant.

Circumnavigating the Arctic Ocean, Tara Oceans Polar Circle will complete the main objective of the Tara Oceans Expedition (2009-2012): to collect plankton in all the oceans of the world. Indeed, the Arctic is the only ocean missing form our global study of plankton. Other issues will also be explored: the assessment of mercury levels in the atmosphere and in the sea, and the concentration of plastic particles. Our aim is to obtain new measurements of these pollutants in the Arctic, and better assess their impact on the arctic ecosystem.

Extreme conditions
Sailing yacht Tara will be sailing in an environment where natural conditions are difficult. Although the period of thaw lengthens every year, time is short before the ice closes in between the Northeast and Northwest passages, leaving little room for improvisation. Beyond the Arctic Circle, temperatures vary between -10 ° C and +5 ° C in summer. Daylight will constant in the Russian Arctic (midnight sun) and then gradually diminish to 12 hours per day in September.

The context
The Arctic region is subjected to the efforts of accelerated climate change more intensely than anywhere else, as evidenced by the rapid melting of the ice pack in summer. This unique and fragile environment is increasingly coveted for its minerals and other riches, and is a key area for understanding climate change on the planet.

Summary of the scientific mission
– Comparison of biological data on plankton and their physicochemical environment in the Arctic with the data collected in other oceans during the Tara Oceans expedition (2009-2012)
– Study of floating plastic, and mercury (dissolved and atmospheric) present in the Arctic.
– Study of the “coolr” of the ocean, its composition and surface pigment particles.
– Specific study of spring phytoplankton blooms at the ice pack’s edge.

Superyacht Cup Palma 2013: Sponsors announced and participation of 19 yachts confirmed

May 21, 2013

Set to take place from June 19 to 22, the Superyacht Cup Palma is very delighted to announce return of sponsors Claasen Shipyard, Marina Port Vell as well as Rondal. Now in its 17th year, The Superyacht Cup is a popular annual 4-day regatta in the Bay of Palma, drawing attention of some of the most beautiful sailing superyachts in the world, coming to enjoy competitive sailing as well as a relaxed and informal social programme.

Superyacht Cup Palma annually hosted by the popular Spanish yacht charter destination - Palma

Superyacht Cup Palma annually hosted by the popular Spanish yacht charter destination - Palma Photo credit to Claire Matches

As builders of several of the participating yachts, Dutch yacht builders Claasen Shipyards are returning as Silver Sponsors for 2013. The yachts they have built competing in this years regatta include the stunning J Class yacht Lionheart, the F Class sailing yacht Firefly and the 27m classic charter yacht Atalante. This impressive range of beautiful yachts highlights their world-class skills and craftsmanship.

Organisers offer a warm welcome to returning Silver Sponsors, Marina Port Vell. Located in the heart of the Spanish City of Barcelona, a favorite vibrant cosmopolitan destination for yachts of all sizes, the Marina is currently undergoing a huge transformation to create 162 fully serviced berths for sail and power yachts up to 180m. The significant investment in state-of-the-art infrastructure and new seven-star services will position the marina as one of the leading superyacht destinations in the world.

Based in the Netherlands, Rondal is a powerhouse of the superyacht industry, serving a global clientele. Modern engineering skills, excellent craftsmanship and a constant emphasis on ingenuity are the hallmarks of a company that believes above all in forward thinking. They have had a long-standing relationship in supporting the Superyacht Cup Palma and building relationships with their clients participating in the event.

Superyacht Cup Palma 2013, June 19 - 22

Superyacht Cup Palma 2013, June 19 - 22 Photo credit to Claire Matches

The highly experienced race team at Real Club Nautico de Palma headed up by Gaspar Morey will again manage the all so important racing. The Superyachts will be using the new ISYR rating system, which was well received at the recent British Virgin Islands regatta and the St Barth’s Bucket, whereas the J Class yachts will fleet race in their own class under their JCA rules.

The SYC Dock is now at full capacity with 19 entries and a few places remain for yachts who shall be accommodated in close proximity. As in previous years the yachts will be berthed stern-to at Moll Vell (formerly Pier 46) and STP and a central tented area will be the base for the post-race social programme. The Prize Giving Evening will be held at Es Baluard Museum overlooking the Paseo Maritimo and the yachts in the Port of Palma with live music from Groov Collectiv.

Luxury charter yacht KOKOMO III to attend Dubois Cup 2013

May 21, 2013

The majestic 58-metre charter yacht Kokomo III has confirmed her participation in the Dubois Cup 2013, bringing the total of attending yachts to 16.

Sailing Yacht Kokomo III - Underway at Sea

Sailing Yacht Kokomo III - Underway at Sea

Launched by the prestigious NZ builder Alloy Yachts in 2010, the 58m sailing yacht Kokomo III is designed by Dubois Naval Architects, with lovely interior design by Redman Whiteley Dixon. She is available for luxury yacht charter in the Mediterranean, Europe, as well as the Caribbean, providing elegant and comfortable accommodation for up to 10 guests.

Superyacht Kokomo Sailing

Superyacht Kokomo Sailing

Royal Huisman launch 43m sailing yacht BLUE PAPILLON (hull 391)

May 20, 2013

Last week saw the respected Dutch shipyard, Royal Huisman, launch its all-new 43m sailing yacht Blue Papillon (hull 391). Designed by bespoke German Frers, Blue Papillon yacht is a beautiful all-aluminium sloop with a low-profile deckhouse. Transferred to Harlingen for sea trials, she will be presented to the press during this year’s Yacht Valley Press Tour, organised by HISWA.

43m Royal Huisman Yacht Blue Papillon

43m Royal Huisman Yacht Blue Papillon

Royal Huisman superyacht Blue Papillon boasts lovely interior design by Rhoades Young, providing elegant and comfortable accommodation for up to 8 guests in 4 well appointed cabins. There is a full-beam master suite, a double, a twin and a convertible cabin. The spacious owner’s cabin is connected with the aft deck to be used as a beach club.

Luxury yacht Blue Papillon is powered by a single 533kW Caterpillar C-18 diesel engine. She features a moderate fixed-bulb keel as well as a deep carbon rudder.

Below is a choice of the spectacular charter yachts built by Royal Huisman.

Pendennis – Sponsor of Dubois Cup

May 20, 2013

The prestigious UK luxury yacht builder, Pendennis, is proud to be involved in the Dubois Cup as one of its sponsors. The 4th edition of the event will take place in the popular Italian yacht charter destination – Porto Cervo in Sardinia, from 1st to 3rd June, 2013. It will host 15 Dubois designed vessels, including the Pendennis built charter yacht Nostromo, as well as sailing yacht Tenaz (ex Mamamouchi).



Still retaining the wonderful ethos and atmosphere that is at the heart of the Dubois brand, the regatta grows year on year.