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Superyacht Challenge Antigua 2016 Class Winners

February 01, 2016

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The final day of this year’s Superyacht Challenge Antigua, which ran from January 28 to 31, was marked by great sailing conditions. Fifteen knots of easterly breeze, pumping up to 20 knots in gusty squalls, offered fantastic conditions for the amazing range of superyachts participating in this popular race.

Tenaz underway - Photo by clairematches.com

Tenaz underway – Photo by clairematches.com

In the Corsairs Class, the 112ft sloop Nilaya took her third win on corrected time and won the class by three points from the 147ft sloop Visione. Swan 90 Freya was two minutes behind Visione on corrected time in Race 4, placing third in class.

Visione - Photo by clairematches.com

Visione – Photo by clairematches.com

In the Buccaneers Class, the last day’s race was the decider between the two leading yachts. The 128ft sloop Tenaz took line honours and won on corrected time in her class. Oyster 82 Zig Zag was second in the last race of the regatta to claim a well-deserved runner up in their first Superyacht Challenge Antigua. The 108ft ketch Marama was third in Race 4, to place third in class.

The participating vessels enjoyed a glamorous Prize Giving Cocktail Party yesterday night, which was held between the pillars at the Admiral’s Inn Hotel. Antiguan sensation, Asher Otto and Itchy Feet, were playing live for a rousing finale to the 6th edition of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua.

Excellent performance of Claasen Superyachts at New Zealand Millennium Cup 2016

February 01, 2016

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The last day of the popular New Zealand Millennium Cup 2016 saw the two superyachts built by Claasen Shipyards: the 108’ classic sloop SHAMOUN and the 90’ Truly Classic KEALOHA, shine on New Zealand waters.

108' Shamoun - Photo by Jeff Brown

108′ Shamoun – Photo by Jeff Brown

On the final day of the race, KEALOHA and fellow competitor TAWERA were catching charter yacht SHAMOUN by the fourth mark, and on the final stretch for home the three vessels were neck and neck.

90' Kealoha - Photo by Jeff Brown

90′ Kealoha – Photo by Jeff Brown

As the finishing line approached KEALOHA and TAWERA just eased out SHAMOUN, with TAWERA eventually taking out line honours and the series. Charter yacht KEALOHA placed second and took a special recognition for being the first luxury vessel to visit the South Pacific nation specifically for the Cup. SHAMOUN received the respect of all who participated in the Millennium Cup for the way she had set the pace during this race and on previous days.

More charter yachts built by Claasen Jachtbouw.

2016 to be extraordinary year for Nautor’s Swan celebrating its 50th anniversary

January 22, 2016

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The year 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the world renowned superyacht builder, Nautor’s Swan. It is expected to be a fantastic year for the company, full of new developments and plans for the future.

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Nautor’s Swan celebrating 50th anniversary in 2016

Leonardo Ferragamo, Group Executive Chairman of Nautor’s Swan, commented: “This anniversary is the perfect moment to look at our future taking inspiration from our glorious heritage and its core values, that are still fundamental to our company and our way of doing business.”

A strategic plan to develop a number of new models has been recently introduced by the company to strengthen its presence worldwide. The line of Maxi yachts has grown, unveiling the new SWAN 95, the first of which has already been sold, with launch scheduled for this autumn. The spectacular SWAN 115 has also been introduced, with the first unit already handed over, and three others on order. Furthermore, the SWAN 130 project will soon become a new flagship for the Swan Line.

Rendering of First Swan 95 currently in build at Nautors Swan

Rendering of First Swan 95 currently in build at Nautors Swan

The brand’s global strategy plan for 2016 will concentrate on reinforcing its sales and marketing by developing its sales network worldwide. This will be achieved with the support of Regional Directors for each market: the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Americas and Asia. A new corporate structure is currently being developed for the US, along with a long term  investment plan.

Moreover, Leonardo Ferragamo has recently announced the appointment of Sebastiano Fanizza as Commercial and Business Development Director. He will manage and develop new strategies for the company.

More charter yachts built by Nautors Swan.

This month’s Superyacht Challenge Antigua to host 11 beautiful ocean-going yachts

January 20, 2016

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Set to run in the fantastic Antigua in the Caribbean from January 28 to 31, this month’s Superyacht Challenge Antigua will host eleven beautiful ocean-going yachts. Dedicated to pure fun afloat and ashore, the sixth edition of the regatta will provide three days of exciting racing, complimented by laid-back social events.

Visione under sail - Image by Ted Martin

Visione under sail – Image by Ted Martin

This year’s impressive fleet will include vessels from 90 to 147 feet in length, comprising two of the latest superyachts to be commissioned, set to make their racing debut at the Superyacht Challenge Antigua. There is no overall winner, however participants are separated into two classes, Corsairs and Buccaneers. The top three vessels in each class win a barrel of Antiguan rum to celebrate their achievements. Awards are also made for the fastest yacht on the water and the best corrected time, using the ORC SuperYacht Rule. The best crew work observed by the race committee, led by International Race Officer John Coveney, will also receive an award.

Freya at full speed - Photo by Ted Martin

Freya at full speed – Photo by Ted Martin

Moreover, the shoreside fun will be once again rewarded with culinary prizes for the Best Coal Pot Dish and The Famous Cook-Off, with Superyacht chefs providing a gourmet supper for all competitors. Owners and crew will also have a tailoring challenge; the Loudest Caribbean Shirt and the Best Dressed Crew Competition are all part of the fun. Antigua Barbuda Search & Rescue (ABSAR) will be supporting the regatta and is the chosen charity for the event.

Cook-Off - Image by Ted Martin

Cook-Off – Image by Ted Martin

The all-new Gosnell Trophy will be also awarded this year, donated by Timoneer, who have been firm supporters of the Superyacht Challenge since its conception. This will be awarded to the yacht, who in the opinion of the competitors and the race committee, has competed in the Spirit of the Regatta, where they have sailed as hard as they can with the equipment available while still representing the yacht well ashore.

71st Rolex Sydney Hobart Race attended by impressive fleet of 108 yachts

January 05, 2016

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The 71st edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, which took place last month, was attended by an impressive fleet of 108 yachts, and was marked by the most dramatic weather and racing conditions this iconic race has seen in over a decade. The event attracted a record number of international entries, including the first ever Chinese boats.

Line Honours Winner of the 2015 RSHYR - Comance - Photo by Rolex Stefano Gattini

Line Honours Winner of the 2015 RSHYR – Comanche – Photo by Rolex/Stefano Gattini

Hometown favourites, the 100-foot maxis Wild Oats XI and Perpetual Loyal, were among the casualties of the first night, dashing their hopes of a line honours win. Bob Oatley’s team limped backed to Sydney after thrashing their mainsail, devastated not to have been able to add another line honours win to Wild Oats XI’s historic collection of eight titles. This would bode well for Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze-Clark’s Comanche, the 100-foot maxi which debuted at the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.

Kirsty Hinze-Clark, co-owner of Comanche with Rolex Yacht-Master II for Line Honours Win - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Kirsty Hinze-Clark, co-owner of Comanche with Rolex Yacht-Master II for Line Honours Win – Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

In fact, S/Y Comanche took line honours in the 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, completing the 628 NM course in 2 days, 9 hours, 58 minutes and 30 seconds and representing the first American entry to take line honours since 1998. Dockside at Constitution Wharf in Hobart, Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze-Clark celebrated, lifting the Illingworth Cup high. “It was really grueling. Pure terror at one stage. Excitement and now just total joy. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done,” said Comanche’s co-owner Hinze-Clark, the first female owner to take line honours in this race.

Overall Winner Paul Clitheroe and Balance Crew - Photo by Rolex Stefano Gattini

Overall Winner Paul Clitheroe and Balance Crew – Photo by Rolex/Stefano Gattini

The overall winner of the 2015 race has become Australia’s most famous financial guru and his crew on board Balance. Her crew were presented with the coveted Tattersall’s Cup and the engraved Rolex Yacht Master timepiece. “I started sailing at eight years old in a sabot, on a lake. But it’s stuff like this that makes you think this is an amazing sport. It makes kids jump in a little boat and take on a healthy sport.  In what other sport do you know that if you are in trouble in the middle of the night, your competitor is going to stop and come to help. I’m proud to be a part of our sport. I am proud of my team and the people in this community.  I’m honoured to win this trophy and sail with these folks, my crew. It’s an absolute privilege,” said Balance’s owner, Paul Clitheroe.

As the 71st edition came to an end, there was a tremendous sense of achievement shared among the participants, with their sights and hopes already set on for a return to Rolex Sydney Hobart on Boxing Day 2016.

Sleek 100-foot super maxi yacht COMANCHE arrives in Australia to participate in Rolex Sydney Hobart Race

December 21, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The sleek 100-foot super maxi COMANCHE has recently reached Australia to once again participate in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. She has arrived in Sydney under the expert shipping and handling of Peters & May UK. Aurora Global Logistics, one of Australia’s leading international yacht transport companies, then took over to ensure a smooth discharge and delivery.

COMANCHE touches down thanks to Aurora Global Logistics

COMANCHE touches down thanks to Aurora Global Logistics

Aurora Global Logistics was responsible for handling of Customs and Quarantine formalities, discharging of the vessel directly to water, 45-metre mast and purpose-built shipping cradle to barge, as well as 3 x 40-foot containers of sails and equipment by road.

“As a 100 percent Australian-owned and operated marine logistics provider, we are extremely proud to be associated with such an iconic sailing yacht and would like to wish the team the very best of luck in their second attempt at winning line honours in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart,” says Kane Bygrave, co-director of Aurora Global Logistics.

COMANCHE destined for Rolex Sydney Hobart - CREDIT ROLEX Carlo Borlenghi

COMANCHE destined for Rolex Sydney Hobart – CREDIT ROLEX/Carlo Borlenghi

Line honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart is high on the list of coveted crowns for this high-tech racing yacht, following a US and European season marked by success and a record. COMANCHE claimed line honours in the Transatlantic Race from Newport to the Lizard, where she set a new 24-hour sailing record for a monohull, 618.01 nautical miles, an average of more than 25 knots.

Yachting Developments to once again sponsor the eagerly awaited NZ Millennium Cup

December 14, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Yachting Developments has announced that they will once again sponsor the NZ Millennium Cup. The South Pacific‘s premier superyacht regatta will run in the fabulous Bay of Islands from January 27 to 29, 2016.

Dolphins race alongside Silvertip at the 2015 edition of the NZ Millennium Cup. Image by Jeff Brown

Dolphins race alongside Silvertip at the 2015 edition of the NZ Millennium Cup. Image by Jeff Brown

“The NZ Millennium Cup is the perfect showcase of all that New Zealand has to offer superyachts and we are proud to show our ongoing support for this popular regatta,” commented Ian Cook, Managing Director of Yachting Developments.

Steinlager 2 at NZ Millennium Cup 2015 - Image by Jeff Brown

Steinlager 2 at NZ Millennium Cup 2015 – Image by Jeff Brown

Twice a winner of the regatta, the 33,8m charter yacht Silvertip will once again attend in January. Built by Yachting Developments in 2002, this beautiful vessel has a fierce reputation for being one to watch on the course. The legendary Kiwi boat Steinlager 2 will also return, following her refit restoration at Yachting Developments in 2014, and her victory in the Pacific Cup division in 2015.

The event represents the perfect opportunity for visiting superyachts to enjoy three days of racing in the Bay of Islands, some of New Zealand’s most beautiful waters.

More charter yachts built by Yachting Developments.

Dramatically modified supermaxi yacht Wild Oats XI ready to attend this month’s Rolex Sydney Hobart race

December 14, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Following her hull modifications, the new-look supermaxi yacht Wild Oats XI has recently completed a very successful 24-hour qualifying run for this month’s Rolex Sydney Hobart race.

Unveiling of the new-look Wild Oats XI - Image credit to Andrea FrancoliniAUDI

Unveiling of the new-look Wild Oats XI – Image credit to Andrea Francolini/AUDI

“She just lifts her bow and goes like she’s never gone before,” commented her skipper Mark Richards. “It’s still early days, but I think we’ve got the yacht we wanted.”

Richards and his 18-man crew had pushed the 30-metre sloop as hard as possible during the trial that took place off Sydney. The near 300 nautical mile passage was the first solid test for Wild Oats XI since she was re-launched ten days ago following hull modifications. These saw the hull almost cut in half and a new, 14-metre bow section fitted. It was a meticulously calculated modification which it is hoped will lead to Wild Oats XI leading the 110-yacht fleet into Hobart for the ninth time in 11 starts in the 628 nautical mile Hobart classic, which will kick off on Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day.

Her next test will take place in the Solas Big Boat Challenge, a Hobart race curtain-raiser. This will be hosted by Sydney Harbour starting at 12.30pm tomorrow.

Richards said that the new, more buoyant forward sections of the hull, mixed up with the larger and more powerful sails the vessel now boasts, had contributed to a noticeable increase in speed on almost every point of sailing. However, he was quick to add that Wild Oats XI’s arch rivals for line honours in the Hobart race – Comanche and Rambler 88, as well as Perpetual Loyal and Ragamuffin – would be hard to beat to Hobart, especially if they get strong cross-wind reaching conditions.

“We’ve done everything possible to make Wild Oats XI a better all-round yacht,” commented Richards. “The Hobart race usually sees a real mixed bag of conditions: you get to sail upwind and down in light winds and strong. Wild Oats XI’s strength has been her ability to be competitive on all points of sailing, and now we think she’s even faster. While we are far from confident about being first to Hobart, we believe we will be hard to beat if we get our conditions.”

Wild Oats XI is the current record holder for the Rolex Sydney Hobart race with a time of one day, 18 hours, 23 minutes and 12 seconds. She represents the most successful yacht in the 71-year history of the Hobart race, but this year, she is likely to face her most challenging competition since being launched in 2005.

Perini Navi Cup 2015 hosted by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, Sardinia

December 11, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The Perini Navi Group has shared the video below from the Perini Navi Cup 2015. Exclusively dedicated to superyachts built by Perini Navi, this year’s regatta was held in September, and was hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) in Sardinia’s Porto Cervo.

A not-to-be-missed event on the international regatta calendar, this year’s 6th edition of the Perini Navi Cup was marked by the overall victory of the majestic 56-metre charter yacht ROSEHEARTY (ex AUDACE), a beautiful aluminium ketch with hull lines from Ron Holland and a superb interior by Christian Liagre.

Sailing Yacht ROSEHEARTY (ex AUDACE)

Year:2006 (Refit 2013/14)  L.O.A.:56.00m (183' 8")  Beam:11.50m (37' 8") 
Max Speed:15 knots  Cruise Speed:13 knots  Engines:2xDeutz TBD616 V12 
Cabins: Charter Guest:12  Crew:10 

More charter yachts built by Perini Navi.

Monohull Line Honours for Finot Conq 100 Sailing Superyacht NOMAD IV at RORC Transatlantic Race

December 09, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Jean-Paul Riviere’s French Finot Conq 100 sailing superyacht Nomad IV took Monohull Line Honours at the RORC Transatlantic Race and won the beautiful silver International Maxi Association Trophy. Moreover, the majestic Nomad IV has also set a new monohull record of 10 days 07 hours 06 minutes and 59 seconds.

Jean-Paul Riviere's French Finot Conq 100 Nomad IV approaching the finish line in Grenada of the RORC Transatlantic Race (RORC Arthur Daniel)

Jean-Paul Riviere’s French Finot Conq 100 Nomad IV approaching the finish line in Grenada of the RORC Transatlantic Race (RORC/Arthur Daniel)

Jean-Paul Riviere was full of joy as he sprayed the Nomad IV crew with champagne at the Superyacht Dock in Camper & NicholsonsPort Louis Marina. “Fantastic!” exclaimed the French skipper. “We were so disappointed last year when our broken boom made us retire, but this year has been really special. We have had very few problems, so it’s a different story. Nomad IV crew is a combination of five regular crew, five French TP52 sailors and five Russian guests and we have had such an incredible time together. To win Line Honours was our goal and we have achieved that. The possibility of winning the race overall will be amazing, but we will have to wait until the other boats finish before we can have a double celebration.”

Nomad IV Crew celebrating - RORC Arthur Daniel

Nomad IV Crew celebrating (RORC/Arthur Daniel)

Gerald Bibot’s catamaran ZED6, racing Two Handed with Michel Kleinjan, is expected to be the next vessel to complete the RORC Transatlantic Race tomorrow evening.