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Record Fleet of 250 Yachts ready to start Giraglia Rolex Cup 2015 Offshore Race

June 17, 2015

After three days of thrilling inshore racing on the Côte d’Azur, nestled in the gorgeous South of France yacht charter location, the focus at the 2015 Giraglia Rolex Cup now turns to today’s 243-nm offshore race start. Running from Saint-Tropez to Genoa, the offshore race represents the oldest race in the Mediterranean. This year, it is expected to host a record fleet of almost 250 yachts, surpassing the total number of 220 yachts in 2010. The breath-taking fleet will include yachts from over 20 countries, measuring up to 100 feet in length.

Teamwork at the bow of ESIMIT EUROPA 2 Yacht - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Teamwork at the bow of ESIMIT EUROPA 2 Yacht – Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Igor Simčič’s 100-ft Maxi yacht Esimit Europa 2 is undoubtedly the favourite for line honours in this year’s offshore race, although the current weather forecast suggests the record Esimit herself set in 2012 of 14 hours, 56 minutes will not be threatened.

Esimit Europa 2’s main rivals will include a host of highly competitive Maxi 72s, including sailing yacht Caol Ila R, Jethou yacht, as well as sailing yacht Robertissima III (ex Ran 2).

Sailing yacht CAOL ILA R during the second inshore race - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Sailing yacht CAOL ILA R during the second inshore race – Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Caol Ila R yacht was a star performer in the inshore series, although the crew are cautious about their chances for the offshore race. “I don’t think it’s going to be a record breaking race,confirmed afterguard Gordon Maguire. “The forecast has been consistently showing light weather. This area of the Mediterranean is classically unpredictable. We are preparing for a light to moderate race. The computer is currently predicting a 28-hour race.”

The Giraglia Rolex Cup 2015 offshore race start is scheduled for approximately 12:00 CEST today.

Ultimate Yachting and Superyacht Charter Destination, New Zealand teams up with Superyacht Cup Palma

June 17, 2015

For the first time, the Superyacht Cup Palma will be marked by the partnership with the ultimate yachting and superyacht charter destination, New Zealand. As ‘Destination Partner’, the 100% PURE New Zealand team’s presence at the prestigious long-running regatta will aim to additionally promote New Zealand as the superyacht hub of the South Pacific and increase awareness of New Zealand as a world class cruising and luxury yacht charter destination.

A spectacular New Zealand yacht charter destination - Image by Miles Holden - Courtesy of Tourism New Zealand

A spectacular New Zealand yacht charter destination – Image by Miles Holden – Courtesy of Tourism New Zealand

A record number of 57 superyachts visited New Zealand from April 2014 to March 2015 –  the highest number of superyacht visits since the America’s Cup in 2000, when approximately 90 to 100 superyachts visited Auckland’s shore.

Beyond Auckland lies 14,000km of fabulous coastline set against a backdrop of fantastic and diverse landscapes within short cruising distances, with the luxury experiences to match.

Alloy super yacht Blue Too (ex Charlatan) under sail

Alloy super yacht Blue Too (ex Charlatan) under sail

Intelligently-crafted legislation, like the 24-month Temporary Import Entry for yachts, enables yachts to undergo refit, owner cruises, as well as charters and reap the benefits of GST-free refits and goods purchases during their visit of up to two years.

Moreover, the new and flexible rules now allow visiting superyachts to charter in New Zealand waters, offering a unique opportunity to those who wish to have a brief taste of what New Zealand has to offer as well as an amazing business opportunity for luxury charter yachts and management companies seeking a competitive edge outside the traditional, saturated cruising regions.

Luxury yacht Perseus3 with sail fibre by Doyle Sails New Zealand to participate in the Superyacht Cup Palma for the first time - Photo by G. Sargentini

Luxury yacht Perseus3 with sail fibre by Doyle Sails New Zealand to participate in the Superyacht Cup Palma for the first time – Photo by G. Sargentini

New Zealand technology will be well-represented in this year’s regatta. Constructed by the New Zealand-based shipyard Alloy Yachts, superyacht Blue Too will be present at the event, along with the newly launched mega yacht Perseus^3, participating for the first time. Perseus^3 boasts the biggest single sail ever made, at 2,602 square meters using Stratis – a sail fibre invented by Doyle Sails New Zealand.

100% Pure New Zealand is brought to the Superyacht Cup Palma by Tourism New Zealand, NZ Marine, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Royal Yacht Squadron’s Bicentenary International Regatta To Be Amazing Spectacle

June 15, 2015

Set to run in the lovely England yacht holiday location – the Solent from July 25 to 31, the Royal Yacht Squadron’s Bicentenary Regatta is expected to be an amazing spectacle. Mike Slade’s 100ft charter yacht Leopard 3, one of the world’s most recognised yachts, will be one of the participants of this eagerly awaited race.

Sail Yacht LEOPARD 3 -  Main

Sail Yacht LEOPARD 3 - Main

Sailing yacht Leopard 3 will participate in the regatta alongside such beautiful vessels as the 88ft superyacht Rambler, making her UK debut this summer. “The Bicentenary gives us the challenge of top level racing in the Solent on our home patch,” comments Mike Slade.  “We would love to be on the podium!”

The inclusion of so many large yachts has resulted in the amendments that have been made to the crew classification requirements in the IRC event. “We wanted our fellow clubs to bring their members along to help us mark this great occasion and initially set the crew classification limits with that in mind,comments Jonathan Peel, Chairman of the Regatta Committee.However, it has become apparent that our original limits on Group 3 sailors in some of the larger yachts were unrealistic, not least on safety grounds and, as a result we have made some changes.”

Celebrating the Royal Yacht Squadron’s 200th Anniversary, the regatta will also host such majestic classic yachts, some more than 100 years old, as the William Fife-designed sailing yacht Mariquita, launched in 1911. The largest yacht in the fleet, the 162-foot charter yacht Eleonora represents an exact replica of the famous schooner Westward, designed and constructed in 1910 by N.G. Herreshoff, designer of America’s Cup defenders, which turned back all six challenges from 1893 to 1920. She was the fastest schooner in the world in 1910 and in the following years.  The owner said that he has a “passion for racing Big Class classic yachts and is looking forward to enjoying the RYS Bicentenary and racing safely.”

MDL’s Ocean Village Marina to welcome beautiful J Class yachts at the end of this month

June 12, 2015

The end of this month will see MDL’s Ocean Village Marina in Southampton host the beautiful J Class yachts, ahead of the eagerly awaited Royal Yacht Squadron International Bicentenary Regatta. This will run in the lovely England yacht holiday location – Solent from July 25 to 31, 2015.

J Class yachts

J Class yachts

All four of the J Class yachts expected to participate in the Regatta will be accommodated by the marina – luxury yacht Rainbow, charter yacht Ranger, sailing yacht Velsheda and super yacht Lionheart – together with the 42-metre Bystander yacht, constructed as an escort for Velsheda. The yachts will be joining vessels from 25 UK sailing clubs as they compete in a number of challenging races to celebrate the 200-year history of the Royal Yacht Squadron.

The J Class will compete as a fleet, with exciting 2-3 hour courses in and beyond the Solent. Spectators as well as fans of the J Class will be able to enjoy the grace and power of these majestic vessels from a number of vantage points around the Solent, as well as at Ocean Village Marina itself.

J Class yachts - Ocean Village Marina

J Class yachts – Ocean Village Marina

Debbie Burns, Manager at MDL’s Ocean Village Marina, comments:We are excited and extremely proud to host these four magnificent yachts at the marina. Our deep waters and central location make Ocean Village the ideal location for these beautiful boats and we are highly experienced at catering for larger yachts. We were lucky to host three of the boats in 2012 for the J Class Solent Regatta and are thrilled that the boats will be returning.”

The J Class is a single masted racing sailboat that has its roots in the oldest sporting race in the world, The America’s Cup. The four J Class yachts that will be hosted by Ocean Village vary in length from the 39-metre sailing yacht Rainbow to the 43,7-metre superyacht Lionheart. The vessels will reach Ocean Village Marina, following their participation in the J Class Regatta in Falmouth.

A Huge Success of Nauta-designed Sailing Yachts at 2015 Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta

June 12, 2015

The recently concluded Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2015 in Sardinia hosted four sailing yachts, beautifully penned by Nauta Design. Two of these, the Cookson’s 84’ luxury yacht MY SONG and the Southern Wind’s SW82 super yacht GRANDE ORAZIO, won in Class B and Class C, respectively.

Super yacht MY SONG designed by Nauta under sail - Photo by Ingrid Abery

Super yacht MY SONG designed by Nauta under sail – Photo by Ingrid Abery

This year’s edition of this popular Mediterranean regatta hosted a total number of 15 vessels, including the SW 100 superyacht BLUES and the SW 100 sailing yacht CAPE ARROW, both superbly penned by Nauta Design. The 2015 race was marked by light winds, fair weather and high temperatures – slightly different conditions from the usual windy June in Sardinia.

Luxury yacht GRANDE ORAZIO under sail - Photo by Ingrid Abery

Luxury yacht GRANDE ORAZIO under sail – Photo by Ingrid Abery

During the race, BLUES and CAPE ARROW yachts were engaged in an epic duel that saw BLUES cross the line just 21 seconds ahead of her Southern Wind sister ship, a thrilling conclusion to the race.

Two first places of MY SONG and GRANDE ORAZIO yachts out of three Classes at the 8th edition of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta confirmed a great success of the yachts designed by the Milan-based studio Nauta, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

More charter yachts with design by Nauta.

A Great Success of Southern Wind Yachts at 2015 Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta

June 11, 2015

This year’s recently concluded Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta in Sardinia’s Porto Cervo has been a great success for three luxury sailing yachts built by the prestigious South Africa-based shipyard, Southern Wind. The event, held in the azure waters of the fantastic Costa Smeralda yacht holiday location, was once again marked by four days of beautiful weather, fair competition and entertainment.

SW82 sailing yacht Grande Orazio by Southern Wind

SW82 sailing yacht Grande Orazio by Southern Wind

Last year’s winner, the SW82 sailing yacht GRANDE ORAZIO once again confirmed her excellent pedigree. Taking three first places on each day of the three day race, she has become the overall winner in Class C.

Massimiliano Florio, proud owner of superyacht Grande Orazio, comments on the victory: “It was important for me, my family, the crew and also for Southern Wind Shipyard. It’s important because last year we won, but this year we did much better with three wins out of three. Next year, I would like to repeat this performance. I’m very happy!”

SW100 super yacht Blues

SW100 super yacht Blues

The SW100 superyacht BLUES made a very successful debut in Porto Cervo, placing third overall in Class C. Her owner says: “We had a very good time at Loro Piana Owners’ Dinner and Phi Beach party. The crew are happy, and for me everything is perfect. I have cruised in Sardinia a few times, but this is my first time racing here. You have the Italian feeling, the Italian way of life and I really appreciate the sailing and racing in Italy. For me it’s the best.

SW100 luxury yacht Cape Arrow

SW100 luxury yacht Cape Arrow

The Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2015 has been also a huge success for the SW100 luxury yacht CAPE ARROW, a veteran of the race. She placed third on the second day and took a fifth place overall.

More charter yachts built by Southern Wind.

SAUDADE, MY SONG and GRANDE ORAZIO Yachts win at 2015 Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta

June 10, 2015

Following three days of thrilling and highly tactical competing, with the fourth day cancelled due to an almost total lack of wind, the winners of the 2015 Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta have become sailing yacht Saudade in Class A, My Song yacht in Class B and superyacht Grande Orazio in Class C.

Superyacht Saudade, Division A - Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2015. Photo Carlo Borlenghi

Superyacht Saudade, Division A – Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2015. Photo Carlo Borlenghi

The 45-metre Wally superyacht Saudade placed first, following the head-to-head battle with the 46-metre sloop Ganesha, taking second place. Third place overall in Class A went to the 45-metre Perini Navi sloop Clan VIII.

Class B saw the overall victory of Pier Luigi Loro Piana’s My Song superyacht, winning all three races. She was followed by the 33m Baltic super yacht WinWin and the 33m sailing yacht Inoui, respectively.

My Song Yacht, Division B - Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2015. Photo Carlo Borlenghi

My Song Yacht, Division B – Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2015. Photo Carlo Borlenghi

Similarly, the Southern Wind-built Massimiliano Florio’s Grande Orazio yacht won all three races, gaining the victory in Class C. Second place went to the Wally 80 yacht Nahita, while the 30m sailing yacht Blues placed third.

Super yacht Grande Orazio, Division C - Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2015. Photo Carlo Borlenghi

Super yacht Grande Orazio, Division C – Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2015. Photo Carlo Borlenghi

Riccardo Bonadeo, Commodore of the YCCS, commented on the week’s proceedings: “It was thrilling to see how such imposing boats managed to provide exciting racing in fairly light winds. As always the Loro Piana event brought a varied fleet – some new boats competing for the first time here in Porto Cervo and many owners who come back year after year for the special atmosphere of this regatta.”

Pier Luigi Loro Piana, Deputy Chairman of Loro Piana, also commented during the prize giving: “A special thanks must go to the Yacht Club, they put on a wonderful  show but I know how much work there is behind the scenes in creating an event like this. As a sponsor I am really proud of supporting this regatta and superyacht racing. The quality of the boats was very high this year and the racing was super. Thanks to all the owners for attending and I’ll see you all next year.”

The next year’s edition of the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta will be hosted by the winter home of the YCCS in the British Virgin Islands from March 9 to 12, 2016.

Claasen Superyacht LIONHEART Ready for Another Thrilling Summer of Races

June 08, 2015

Following her amazing successes in 2014, the Claasen superyacht LIONHEART is ready to kick off her thrilling summer of races. The majestic J-class sailing yacht LIONHEART will participate in the Falmouth J-class Regatta from June 23 to 27, as well as the Royal Yacht Squadron’s International Bicentenary Regatta in Cowes from July 25 to 31.

Claasen super yacht LIONHEART under sail

Claasen super yacht LIONHEART under sail

Launched from Claasen Shipyards in 2010, the 43,40m new generation aluminium super yacht LIONHEART enjoyed an incredibly successful season last year as she triumphed in multiple regattas. These included the first Menorca Maxi Regatta in May, where she took home five amazing wins, as well as the Superyacht Cup in Palma at the end of June, where she placed first, not to mention her joint victory in the prestigious King’s Hundred Guinea Cup. Moreover, she also won in the jubilee edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup last September.

These remarkable results prove Claasen’s knack for building versatile, race-worthy yachts, and the shipyard looks forward to seeing their highly successful luxury yacht LIONHEART participate in the upcoming summer racing season.

An amazing video below, released by Claasen Shipyards, shows the gorgeous LIONHEART yacht at the Palma Superyacht Cup 2014.

Further charter yachts built by Claasen Jachtbouw.

Fleet of Luxury Sailing Yachts ready to start Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2015

June 03, 2015

The fleet of luxury sailing yachts gathered at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) Marina in the enchanting Sardinia yacht vacation location – Porto Cervo, ready to start the 2015 Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta. The popular four-day race is set to kick off today, on Wednesday, June 3.

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2015

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2015 Skipper’s Briefing at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda – Image credit to Carlo Borlenghi

This year’s event will be attended by previous competitors such as sailing yacht Ganesha, Cape Arrow, luxury yacht Inoui, superyacht Marie and Ohana, as well as newcomers, including the 45m Perini Navi Clan VIII, the 24,2m Oyster Maegan, the 24m Wally Nahita and the 33m Baltic super yacht WinWin.

Luxury yacht WinWin under sail - Photo by Jesus Renedo

Luxury yacht WinWin under sail – Photo by Jesus Renedo

The regatta will also mark the Porto Cervo premiere of the all-new superyacht rating rule. Conceived and refined by the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC), the ORCsy rule mixes up a sophisticated velocity prediction element with ‘dynamic allowances’ – basically meaning that allowances are made for yachts that, for example, take longer to tack because they have to furl away their headsails. Each yacht receives a number of ratings, covering different wind strengths as well as sea states, to ensure as close and fair competing as possible.

“The great thing about the new rule,” said Bruno Finzi, chairman of ORC, “is that it is transparent, so each owner can see how the data has been treated and can compare his yacht to all the others.”

Below is an amazing video from the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2015 registration day, released by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda:

Popular and Historic Giraglia Rolex Cup 2015 to kick off this month

June 02, 2015

The Mediterranean’s oldest offshore race, the popular and historic Giraglia Rolex Cup is set to kick off this month. The weeklong sailing contest will be hosted by the gorgeous French Riviera yacht holiday destination – St Tropez.

63rd Giraglia Rolex Cup - Course Map - Photo by Rolex

63rd Giraglia Rolex Cup – Course Map – Photo by Rolex

St Tropez will welcome the fleet, following a short, overnight race from Sanremo, set to start on Friday, June 12. Subsequently, three days of inshore competition will take place from June 15 to 16, before the eagerly awaited start of the main event, the popular 243-nm offshore race to Genoa via the Giraglia rock, set to kick off  on Wednesday, June 17.

When the offshore race kicks off, almost certain to lead the fleet is Igor Simcic’s superyacht Esimit Europa 2. The 100-foot Maxi has dominated the recent history of the offshore race, claiming line honours at the four editions she has entered. In 2012, Esimit Europa 2 set a new race record, finishing in just under 15 hours to break the previous record by over three hours.

Super yacht Magic Carpet Cubed during the 2013 Giraglia Rolex Cup - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Super yacht Magic Carpet Cubed during the 2013 Giraglia Rolex Cup – Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

However, Lindsay Owen-Jones’s superyacht Magic Carpet 3 could present a tough adversary for Esimit Europa 2. In 2013 and in her debut offshore race, Owen-Jones’s Wally Cento took line honours in Genoa. The race will represent a unique opportunity to see these the two yachts in direct competition for the first time.

These two 100-foot yachts will be pursued closely by the ever-competitive Maxi 72 racers, including Roberto Tomasini Grinover’s sailing yacht Robertissima III (previously the two-time Rolex Fastnet winner Rán 2), as well as sailing yacht Shockwave – the overall winner of the Giraglia Rolex Cup 2010, when owned by one of the race’s most successful competitors, New Zealander Neville Crichton.

Shockwave Yacht under sail - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Shockwave Yacht under sail – Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

The 63rd edition of the Giraglia Rolex Cup, expected to host an international fleet of over 200 yachts, will kick off on Friday, June 12. The final prizegiving will take place at the Yacht Club Italiano in Genoa on Saturday, June 20, following the conclusion of the offshore race.