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Oyster signs contract for the 4th sailing yacht Oyster 885

December 31, 2012

Oyster is delighted to report that they have signed the contract for the 4th sailing yacht Oyster 885. The new Oyster 885 superyacht will feature a raised saloon with a custom layout under a coach-roof almost a foot higher than the other three Oyster 885 yachts.

4th Oyster 885 superyacht by Oyster Yachts

4th Oyster 885 superyacht by Oyster Yachts

Demonstrating the success of Oyster group strategy to offer more customised larger yachts through its Southampton shipyard David Tydeman, Group CEO says “….we’re really pleased with this 6th contract in less than 18 months for the new Oyster 825 yacht & 885’s. It takes the value of our 2012 closing order book to our highest ever year end with build programmes now spreading out well into 2014. In 2012 we also sold 7 of our successful Oyster 575’s giving us confidence we are responding to customers across our market.”

Below is a gallery of the beautiful charter yachts built by Oyster Yachts.

Sailing Yacht Wild Oats XI sets new race record at 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

December 28, 2012

Bob Oatley’s sailing yacht Wild Oats XI crossed the finish line at Hobart at 07.23.12 AEDT taking the line honours in the 68th edition of the 628 nm regatta – Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, setting a new race record in the process.

Line honours presentation - (L to R) Bob Oatley (Wild Oats XI owner), Mark Richards (Wild Oats XI skipper) and Patrick Boutellier (Rolex Australia) - Photo Rolex - Carlo Borlenghi

Line honours presentation - (L to R) Bob Oatley (sailing yacht Wild Oats XI owner), Mark Richards (Wild Oats XI skipper) and Patrick Boutellier (Rolex Australia) - Photo Rolex - Carlo Borlenghi

Reichel/Pugh designed Wild Oats XI  yacht completed the course in 1 day 18 hours, 23 minutes and 12 seconds; 16 minutes 58 seconds inside the course record she set in 2005. This is sailing yacht Wild Oats XI’s sixth line honours victory in eight years

At a ceremony at Constitution Dock, Bob Oatley and skipper Mark Richards were presented with a Rolex Chronometer and the Illingworth Trophy for being first yacht across the finish line.

Second day at the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

December 27, 2012

The second day at the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart showed the largest yachts profiting massively from the overnight change in the wind direction to the northeast. One yacht in particular, sailing yacht Wild Oats XI, a five-time Rolex Sydney Hobart line honours winner, raced about 40 nm ahead of her own record pace as she got closer to Tasmania, brutally exposing the shortcomings of her competitors in straight-line speed sailing, even coming to an 50nm lead over maxi sailing yacht Ragamuffin Loyal.

Sailing yacht WILD OATS XI at sunrise - Photo credit Rolex - Carlo Borlenghi

Sailing yacht WILD OATS XI at sunrise - Photo credit Rolex - Carlo Borlenghi

Wild Oats XI yacht appears on the cusp of a remarkable repeat of her 2005 triple-crown success: first boat home, new course record and overall win. Well in front of her rivals and the record on the water, all day long she has been trading the top handicap position with Peter Harburg’s sailing yacht Black Jack, according to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s position tracker. Harburg has his own history making in mind: to become the first yacht from Queensland to lift the Tattersalls’ Cup. He will not be getting over-excited. This being a yacht race, the organizers are a long way from inscribing names onto silverware.

Wild Oats XI’s dream run will come to an end as the second weather transition kicks in during the night. The wind is forecast to die and to gradually back to the west, before steadily building into an, at times, strong southwesterly. The timing of this change, and the ability of skipper Mark Richards’ tactical team to get though it with minimum disruption, will determine the eventual outcome. Wild Oats XI must finish before 07:40 AEDT tomorrow to break the record of one day, 18 hours, 40 minutes and 10 seconds.

RAGAMUFFIN LOYAL, Syd Fischer - Photo credit Rolex - Carlo Borlenghi

RAGAMUFFIN LOYAL, Syd Fischer - Photo credit Rolex - Carlo Borlenghi

For the smaller yachts yet to enter Bass Strait, the northeasterly looks likely to hang in until around midnight on 27 December. From then on the expected series of fronts moving through the Strait and across Tasmania will dramatically affect progress; buffeting the fleet north and south of island’s land mass, and at other times beguiling it with lighter, more fickle breeze, particularly in its lee.

43m Sailing Yacht by Jim Robert Sluijter

December 27, 2012

To obtain his master’s degree in Integrated Product Design at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, Dutch design student Jim Robert Sluijter decided to take on a new challenge and design a sailing yacht. In order to gain the best experience, he spent two months at the Andrew Winch Designs studio and three months at Vitters Shipyard to complete his graduation project. The assignment was to design a new deckhouse and cockpit area for a 43-metre sailing yacht.

Jim Robert Sluijter designed 43m Sailing Yacht

Jim Robert Sluijter designed 43m Sailing Yacht

To begin with, the project was based on a hull and a layout of an existing 43-metre sailing yacht, except for the cockpit and salon/deckhouse.

Jim Robert Sluijter designed 43m Sailing Yacht - Birds view

Jim Robert Sluijter designed 43m Sailing Yacht - Birds view

The inspiration behind the design is based on requests by a fictional client with a young family and two children aged 4 and 9. In addition the Owner is very tall (2,05m), requiring additional adjustments in design. Because a yacht of 43 metres provides larger open spaces than a smaller sailing boat, children find more difficulty in moving around, while the yacht is at sea. The handles and bulkheads to hold onto are hard to reach, due to the size of the yacht, limiting children’s enjoyment while the yacht is under sail. Surely, while the yacht is at anchor, children have fun outside, however it becomes more difficult during long crossings.

Jim Robert Sluijter designed 43m Sailing Yacht - Interior layout

Jim Robert Sluijter designed 43m Sailing Yacht - Interior layout

Accommodation aboard the Jim Robert Sluijter designed 43m sailing yacht is provided to the Owner, his wife, two children and four additional guests.

Jim Robert Sluijter designed 43m Sailing Yacht - Child-friendly interior

Jim Robert Sluijter designed 43m Sailing Yacht - Child-friendly interior

The most important exterior design feature of this luxury yacht is her sleek exterior profile. Even though the interior provides enough headroom for the tall owner, the designer was able to maintaing her sleek profile, by detaching the profile line from the deckhouse towards the front.

Jim Robert Sluijter designed 43m Sailing Yacht - Interior

Jim Robert Sluijter designed 43m Sailing Yacht - Interior

On the other hand, the most significant interior design feature is her salon, breathing an ambience of child friendliness, incorporating bright colours with dark rounded edges throughout. Its layout allows children to be able to hold onto something at any location in the saloon and offers a dedicated area for them to play within. Special seats for the children and a multifunctional wall define this ‘play zone’. The flexibility of seats support the needs of the children, whether they want to lie down, play video games, play with toys or study. In addition it allows for additional use of these seats when children are not  on board.  The multifunctional can hold trophies and ‘treasures’ collected by children during the voyages, such as locally found items, rocks, shells – a fun and adventurous way to record their journeys.

Jim Robert Sluijter designed 43m Super Yacht

Jim Robert Sluijter designed 43m Super Yacht

The yacht is designed to be constructed with an aluminium hull and an aluminium or carbon fibre superstructure, depending on the client’s desires. In terms of design and construction, technical equipment in and around the salon of the existing yacht were analysed, such as the fan coils units, navigation equipment, engine room ventilation and captive winches. These elements were rearranged, so they would work well with the new design. For example, the captive winches had to be rearranged, compared to the original yacht, because of the low continuous line of the profile. This made the ventilation air slots move higher up to the side. In the new design, they form a unique detail and a funny reference, since some fish have similar shaped gills with comparable functionality.

Jim Robert Sluijter designed 43m Super Yacht

Jim Robert Sluijter designed 43m Sailing Yacht

About Jim Robert Sluijter

Jim Robert Sluijter is a Dutch design student who gained experience in designing motor yachts thanks to his internship at De Voogt Naval Architects and Andrew Winch Designs. He was a runner up at this year’s ShowBoats for the Young Designer of the Year Award. As mentioned previously, he has decided to take on a new challenge in the form of a sailing yacht, to get his master’s degree in Integrated Product Design at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. To have the best learning experience, he has spent two months at the office of Andrew Winch Designs and three months at Vitters Shipyard to complete his graduation project – the 43m Sailing Yacht.

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race starts with great conditions

December 26, 2012

The 68th Rolex Hobart begun with excellent conditions. The predicted southerly breeze offered the perfect angle for a spinnaker start and run down the harbour. The angle was less kind as the sailing yachts left the Sydney Heads and made their turn towards Hobart in 20-25 knots. Mark Richards and sailing yacht Wild Oats XI did not want to be interrupted in her bid to claim a sixth line honours, blasting off the line and showing Syd Fischer’s Ragamuffin Loyal yacht a clean pair of heels before arriving at the Heads comfortably in the lead.

Fleet leaving Sydney Harbour after start of 68th Rolex Sydney Hobart - Photo by Rolex - Carlo Borlenghi

Fleet leaving Sydney Harbour after start of 68th Rolex Sydney Hobart - Photo by Rolex - Carlo Borlenghi

An interesting night lies ahead. The decision how far to head out to sea was the first conundrum facing the crews. So far the bulk of yachts appear firm in the belief that staying inshore, and inside the rhumb line will pay better. Only, one or two boats have shown a determination to head offshore for any length of time. Mike Broughton, navigator on Chris Bull’s sailing yacht Jazz, felt ahead of the start that the fleet would do well to stay inshore for the initial section of the race, certainly until the major swing in wind direction expected during the night. This transition should see the wind back to the northeast and will have the yachts running under spinnaker for an extended period.

Bird's eye view of start of the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart, with cityscape in background - Photo by Rolex  Carlo Borlenghi

Bird's eye view of start of the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart, with cityscape in background - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Earlier this morning, Gordon Maguire, tactician on Stephen Ainsworth’s Loki yacht, indicated some of their pre-race routing suggested the bigger yachts could profit enormously from the predicted northeasterly. If it arrives on cue, they could bite a huge chunk out of the course during the hours of darkness and be lying off Green Cape by mid-morning on the second day, 27 December. The small boats, meanwhile, such as race veteran Roger Hickman’s sailing yacht Wild Rose, might only find themselves parallel with Jervis Bay as dawn breaks. The difference in power between segments of the fleet will be all too apparent at this juncture.

BLACK JACK yacht charges down Sydney Harbour - Photo by Rolex-Daniel Forster

BLACK JACK yacht charges down Sydney Harbour - Photo by Rolex-Daniel Forster

At 17:30 AEDT Wild Oats XI was 8 nautical miles north east of Kiama travelling at 12 knots, with some 50 nm under her belt after 4.5 hours of sailing. Any thought of setting a new record seemed to be on hold as navigator Adrienne Cahalan called in to report the wind speed dropping as evening arrives. Ragamuffin Loyal yacht lies within striking distance just astern. Sailing yachts Lahana, Ichi Ban and Black Jack round out the top five on the water. Conditions have been wet and hard on crews during these first few hours and the measure of performance differential between front-runners and back markers is clearly demonstrated by yacht Charlie’s Dream. Averaging just 3.4 knots, Peter Lewis and crew were parallel with Botany Bay having knocked a mere 13 nm off the 628nm course distance.

Sailing Yacht RAGAMUFFIN LOYAL plunging through steep chop on first afternoon - Photo by Rolex-Carlo Borlenghi

Sailing Yacht RAGAMUFFIN LOYAL plunging through steep chop on first afternoon - Photo by Rolex-Carlo Borlenghi

The start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart is like few other yacht races. The natural amphitheatre formed by the deep-water harbour offers great viewing potential from the water, at water level from the beaches and coves, and grandstand opportunities from higher ground. Every Sydney-sider has a favourite location, and South Head must be one of the most popular and dramatic. A huge crowd always assembles to watch the fleet barrel down the harbour and make the sharp out into open water. This year’s spectacle was worth the effort involved. After a dreadful Christmas Day, when rain and wind battered Sydney, Boxing Day has been a joy. Blue sky and reasonably warm temperatures brought the locals out in their thousands to cheer the determined and enthusiastic crews off on their compelling adventure.

Final day of the 2012 Asia Superyacht Rendezvous

December 20, 2012

The final day of this year’s Asia Superyacht Rendezvous was very busy and exciting. The day began with the second race around the bay. Captains as well as crew were a bit concerned that the wind would be too light, but at the end it started to blow again and the fleet set off.

Asia Superyacht Rendezvous 2012 Final Day

Asia Superyacht Rendezvous 2012 Final Day

Luxury yacht Twizzle finished first by only 4 boat lengths from Yanneke Too superyacht and Asia following closely behind in position three. Once the sailing was complete, all sail and motor boats came together for a parade. All the participating yachts were lined up out at sea and this gave photographers a chance to get some great shots of all the boats together.

After the parade, children and adults transformed themselves into pirates for the Rendezvous Booty Treasure Hunt. Everyone waited aboard their boats for Black Beard himself (Andy Dowden) to commence the countdown to search for the Treasure. In full character and dressed in their pirate gear, all those partaking jumped on their tenders and headed out to sea to find their next clue which would hopefully lead them closer to the treasure.

Once clue 2 was found in the water, everyone raced to land and crews from charter yacht Si Datu Bua and charter yacht Silolona had their pirate flags flying high and everyone ran from one clue to the next as if their lives depended on it. It was very exciting to watch! Everyone on the beach cheered the teams on, but it was Yanneke Too yacht who claimed the treasure.

Luxury superyachts hosted by Asia Superyacht Rendezvous 2012

Luxury superyachts hosted by Asia Superyacht Rendezvous 2012

Once the pirates boarded their ships again, organisers of the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous began preparation for the Gala Dinner, which was sponsored by Boat International Media, the International Media Sponsor for the Rendezvous. The evening began with a greeting from a baby elephant, followed by some traditional Thai dancing.

Angsana Laguna Phuket then provided a buffet filled with delicious Thai dishes. Every year there is a ‘Spirit of the Regatta’ prize presented by Victoria Lister of Boat International Media and this year it went to sailing yacht Yanneke Too who have been great supporters of the event for the past 12 years.

Once the dinner drew to a close, everyone began saying their goodbyes by the lighting of the traditional Thai lanterns. It was a spectacular sight seeing so many lanterns filling the sky. For many guests, the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous is the highlight of their sailing season and gives them a chance to meet with old friends and make new ones.

Treasure Hunt - Photo credit: Guy Nowell

Treasure Hunt - Photo credit: Guy Nowell

Everyone had a wonderful time and the event was a great success. The organizers and sponsors are already focusing and planning for the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous 2013. Feadship, along with Boat International, have pledged their continued support for 2013 and beyond.

Full inventory of sails by Doyle Sails and Stratis for Fitzroy superyacht OHANA

December 20, 2012

The spectacular 50-metre sailing yacht Ohana was launched by the respected NZ shipyard, Fitzroy Yachts, on October 28. Subsequently, she has undergone sail trialing and commissioning work in Auckland. Boasting a 63.1m Southern Spars rig, Ohana superyacht will have a full inventory of sails by Doyle Sails and Stratis, with a total sail area of 4,085m2, comprising her main sail of 636m2 as well as a gennaker of 1,600m2.

50m Fitzroy superyacht Ohana with sails by Doyle Sails and Stratis

50m Fitzroy superyacht Ohana with sails by Doyle Sails and Stratis

Under sail the 50m luxury yacht Ohana will achieve a maximum speed of 18 knots, and average at 12 knots.

Mainsail and staysail of Ohana yacht getting ready to leave the sail loft with forklift for ligtinh the sails on to the trailer

Mainsail and staysail of Ohana yacht getting ready to leave the sail loft with forklift for lifting the sails on to the trailer

Ohana yacht will make her racing debut in the NZ Millennium Cup in February 2013. Doyle Sails NZ is also proud to be returning as silver sponsors of the NZ Millennium Cup.

Soyaslan Denizcilik designed 35m sailing yacht MUSIC by Aydos Yatcilik

December 19, 2012

Designed by Soyaslan Denizcilik, the magnificent 35-metre sailing yacht Music is a modern cutter rig performance cruiser, delivered by the Turkish shipyard, Aydos Yatcilik, in August. Available for sale at a very convenient price asking €7.5 million, Music superyacht is ideal for both long-range cruising as well as day sailing, offering maximum comfort thanks to her very large and protected cockpit, full beam raised salon and generous guest accommodation for eight.

Soyaslan Denizcilik designed 35m superyacht MUSIC by Aydos Yatcilik

Soyaslan Denizcilik designed 35m superyacht MUSIC by Aydos Yatcilik

Handling is easy thanks to the simplified controls and well thought out engineering of the 35m luxury yacht Music which includes a unique tender garage and swim platform that transforms into a “teak beach” at the push of a button, making water access incredibly easy. A pleasure to show and a delight to sail on all wind angles, MUSIC is most deserving of inspection.

Luxury yacht Music under sail

Luxury yacht Music under sail

Luxury sailing yacht Music - front view

Luxury sailing yacht Music - front view

35m superyacht Music - aft view

35m superyacht Music - aft view

Sailing yacht Music - Exterior

Sailing yacht Music - Exterior

Accomodation
Luxury sailing yacht Music features a very spacious and functional layout providing accommodations for 8 guests in 4 large staterooms and 5 crew forward in total comfort. From her bright and airy Salon, companionways forward, reach the VIP cabin to starboard and to port to the galley and crew area. Another companionway aft leads to the master and guest cabins as well as up to the large protected cockpit deck.

35m sailing yacht Music - Interior

35m sailing yacht Music - Interior

Superyacht Music - Saloon

Superyacht Music - Saloon

Luxurious cabins aboard Music yacht

Luxurious cabins aboard Music yacht

Superyacht Music - Bathroom

Superyacht Music - Bathroom

Technical Specifications of the 35m Aydos Yatcilik superyacht Music

LOA: 114′ (34.7 m)
LWL: 99′ (30.2 m)
Beam: 27’6″ (8.4 m) Rig: Cutter
Draft: Min 13’5″ (4.1 m) Max 13’5″ (4.1 m)
Hull Mtrl: Epoxy composite
Hull Designer: Soyaslan Design, Ltd.
Deck Mtrl: Teak
Disp: 297624 lb (135001 kg)
Flag: USA
Location: Gocek, Turkey

Year: Mfg-2012 Model-2012
Mfg: Aydos Yatcilik
Type: Performance Sailboat
Rig: Cutter
Speed: 10 knots / 11 knots
Engines: 1xCummins QSL9-405 450 HP
Fuel Cap: 1347 g (5098 l)
Water Cap: 924 g (3497 l)
Holding Tank: 581 g (2199 l )

Staterooms: 4
Sleeps: 8

Price: approx. (9,698,000) USD 7,500,000 EUR

For enquiries call Jonathan Chapman on Cell: +1.401.474.4793

Below is a gallery for the stylish charter yachts with design by Soyaslan.

First images of the Southern Wind SW 94 superyacht WINDFALL

December 19, 2012

The prominent South African shipyard, Southern Wind, is pleased to present the first images of its all new sailing yacht Windfall, taken during the sea trials in Cape Town on December 4. The spectacular 29-metre Windfall superyacht is the second SW 94 series cruiser, successfully launched last month.

SW 94 superyacht Windfall by Southern Wind during her sea trials in Cape Town

SW 94 superyacht Windfall by Southern Wind during her sea trials in Cape Town

SW 94 luxury yacht Windfall features naval architecture by renowned Reichel Pugh Yacht Design, while her both interior design as well as exterior styling are by well known Nauta Design.

Luxury yacht Windfall by Southern Wind

Luxury yacht Windfall by Southern Wind

SW 94 superyacht Windfall

SW 94 superyacht Windfall

Luxury superyacht Windfall

Luxury superyacht Windfall

Windfall yacht - aft view

Windfall yacht - aft view

Windfall superyacht - Guests Cockpit

Windfall superyacht - Guests Cockpit

Luxury yacht Windfall - Saloon

Luxury yacht Windfall - Saloon

SW 94 superyacht Windfall - TV Lounge

SW 94 superyacht Windfall - TV Lounge

Superyacht Windfall - Master cabin

Superyacht Windfall - Master cabin

Windfall superyacht - Crew quarter

Windfall superyacht - Crew quarter

Below is a selection of the luxurious charter yachts built by Southern Wind.

Asia Superyacht Rendezvous 2012 in full swing

December 18, 2012

This year’s Asia Superyacht Rendezvous is well underway and all captains, owners, sponsors as well as guests are getting to know one another and are talking about their journeys over the past year, what brought them to Asia and most importantly, to the Rendezvous in Phuket, Thailand.

Asia Superyacht Rendezvous 2010

Asia Superyacht Rendezvous 2010

The first day of sailing took place in the morning around Bang Thao Bay and was a great success. The rain stayed away and all sail boats raced on a course set by race officials in the morning, finishing in good spirits.

Last night the guests headed to Xana Beach club for the second evening of the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous. Xana provided delicious cuisine which was enough to keep all guests happy and  hurrying back for more. It was then time to get competitive and creative. All participating yachts, along with host hotel and sponsor Angsana Laguna Phuket, entered their teams into the popular Feadship Challenge.

The Challenge is this: Teams need to construct a model sail boat from a kit that was provided to them during the evening, which include items such as sheets of paper, wood and drawing pins for sails and plastic foam for the boat itself. Once the teams have completed their masterpiece, they then need to pick a member with very strong lungs to blow their model sail boat along the metal gutters which have been filled with water.

Everyone cheered on their appointed member and did the best they could to get from one side to the other and back again, in order to win the race. It was a very close call between motor yacht Callisto, superyacht Helix and luxury yacht Samax, but the final race winner was Callisto, which was much deserved. Everyone was in good spirits and it was great to see the various shapes and sizes. The award for best design went to charter yacht Si Datu Bua.

SI DATU BUA Romantic Under Sail

SI DATU BUA Romantic Under Sail

Bas Nederpelt of Feadship, the event’s Principal Sponsor, said that the evening was a great success. Whilst teams were building their boats, he went from team to team, ensuring that all were following the rules provided by the organisers. Charter yacht Silolona presented Bas with a model of a traditional Indonesian whale hunting boat called Tena, from the Lamalera Villiage. These whale hunting boats are eco-friendly and a way for locals to sustain a living.

The Asia Superyacht Rendezvous gives everyone a chance to relax and spend time enjoying the company of others who share their love of the ocean and being on board the decks of a superb sail or motor boat. The Rendezvous has some magnificent boats this year. When walking through Xana Beach Club at sun set, the view of all the boats anchored at sunset is like no other. The degree of high caliber provided by Motor boats Samax, Helix and Callisto, all from the Feadship Shipyard, along with charter yacht Maverick, as well as sailing boats Twizzle yacht, superyacht Yanneke Too, charter yacht Shamoun, Asia, Si Datu Bua and Silolona have the ability to take one’s breath away.

Evert van Dischoek of Royal Huisman stated that he was enjoying the Rendezvous and was looking forward to another day of sailing. Royal Huisman have joined the Rendezvous this year as a Contributing Sponsor and organisers are pleased to have them on board.

Now its on to day 3, where organisers have arranged a Treasure Hunt for both adults and children and all will dress as Pirates and show who can best follow clues and find a hidden treasure. Ahoy!