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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.

Majestic 46m Vitters Superyacht GANESHA Wins Dubois Cup 2015

June 01, 2015

Organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) in the fantastic Sardinia yacht charter location – Porto Cervo from May 28 to 30, the recently concluded Dubois Cup 2015 was marked by the overall victory of the majestic 46-metre Vitters superyacht Ganesha. Second place overall went to the 54m Vitters sailing yacht Nirvana, the largest vessel that has participated in this year’s race. The 29m luxury yacht Alcanara placed third overall.

Sailing yacht Ganesha, first classified at Dubois Cup 2015. Photo by Jeff Brown Breed Media

Sailing yacht Ganesha, first classified at Dubois Cup 2015. Photo by Jeff Brown/Breed Media

YCCS Commodore Riccardo Bonadeo summed up the spirit of the event during the final prize giving:This is a wonderful gathering of superyachts in a friendly and convivial atmosphere. We have had three great days and our thanks must go to Ed Dubois for designing these beautiful boats and of course to the owners for bringing them here to our waters. We look forward to seeing an even more impressive fleet in 2017 to help us celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the foundation of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.”

Luxury yacht Nirvana, second classified at Dubois Cup 2015. Photo by Jeff Brown Breed Media

Luxury yacht Nirvana, second classified at Dubois Cup 2015. Photo by Jeff Brown/Breed Media

Ed Dubois, Director of Dubois Naval Architects, comments:The regatta has been a great success due to the amazing venue and the great work done by the YCCS team. We had wonderful sunshine and great breeze on the first day, just too little breeze on the second day but everyone enjoyed the event enormously and we are very happy to have joined forces with the yacht club for our biennial gathering.”

Superyacht Alcanara, third classified at Dubois Cup 2015. Photo by Jeff Brown Breed Media

Superyacht Alcanara, third classified at Dubois Cup 2015. Photo by Jeff Brown/Breed Media

The event came to an end in typical Dubois style with a prize giving at the YCCS Clubhouse, followed by a closing party for owners as well as crews. The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s sporting calendar will continue this week, with the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2015, running from June 2 to 6.

Rolex Fastnet Race 2015 to host a record-sized fleet of yachts

May 08, 2015

August 16, 2015 in the enchanting Solent yacht charter location, will be marked by the start of the Rolex Fastnet Race, the world’s biggest offshore race. This year’s regatta is expected to host a record-sized fleet of as many as 350 offshore racing yachts.

An impressive sight as The Rolex Fastnet Race fleet heads out of the Solent in the last race © Rolex Kurt Arrigo

An impressive sight as The Rolex Fastnet Race fleet heads out of the Solent in the last race © Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

The 603 mile course will once again take the fleet west along the south coast of England, across the Celtic Sea to the Fastnet Rock off the tip of southwest Ireland, south around Bishop Rock and the Scilly Isles and back east to the finish in Plymouth.

The Rolex Fastnet Race also represents one of the most popular events in sailing: the original limit of 300 boats racing for the overall handicap prize under IRC was increased to 340 in 2013 due to the increased demand. When registration opened in January 2015, all 340 places were filled within just 24 minutes!

This year’s race for monohull line honours will be attended by two brand new American maxis, both launched late last year: George David’s 88ft sailing yacht Rambler 88 and Jim Clark’s 100ft superyacht Comanche.

George David's Rambler 88 in the 2015 RORC Caribbean 600 © Tim Wright Photoaction.com

George David’s Rambler 88 in the 2015 RORC Caribbean 600 © Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

This year’s battle of the multihulls will include the world’s fastest race boat – the 40m (131’) trimaran Spindrift, skippered by Yann Guichard and Dona Bertarelli. In 2009 this superyacht covered 908,2 miles a day at an average speed of 37,84 knots and has been first home in the last two editions of Rolex Fastnet Race.

The 2015 regatta will also see the participation of the three MOD70 trimarans, comprising Musandam-Oman Sail, skippered by Sidney Gavignet. In 2014, this yacht participated in an amazing Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, setting not only a race record time, but also becoming the outright record holder for the Round Britain and Ireland course.

Eddie Warden Owen, Chief Executive of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, explains the uniqueness of the Rolex Fastnet Race:The Rolex Fastnet Race is a world classic and probably the largest, most famous of its type. This year the demand has been huge with places selling out in 24 minutes and a waiting list of over 80 boats. The challenge for many is completing what can be a very tough adventure, but also its attraction for the experienced offshore racer is that they can compete with the top professionally raced yachts and have a realistic chance of winning. In 2013 the race was won by a very experienced father and son team sailing two handed which shows that anyone has a chance of winning the most prestigious race in the world calendar.”

Super-fast 100’ COMANCHE Yacht smashes record at Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015

April 30, 2015

The recent debut of the striking 100-foot Comanche yacht at the 6th edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 has been a huge success. This year’s Caribbean regatta, hosted by the fantastic St. Barth yacht holiday location, was attended by an amazing number of 70 teams, competing in 10 classes.

100ft superyacht Comanche at Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 - Photo by Christophe Jouany

100ft superyacht Comanche at Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 – Photo by Christophe Jouany

Maxi yacht Comanche has surpassed all expectations and performed excellently in the match-off between the newest, fastest, and most sophisticated racing yachts in the world. Commissioned by experienced sailor Jim Clark and constructed by Hodgdon Yachts, Comanche was built as a sailing vessel capable of breaking records.

Sailing yacht Comanche at full speed - Photo by Michael Gramm

Sailing yacht Comanche at full speed – Photo by Michael Gramm

Superyacht Comanche set the first record during construction at Hodgdon Yachts, when becoming one of the of the largest single-hull infusions undertaken stateside. Subsequently, she smashed the second record during Les Voiles de St. Barth on April 15, when she established a speed record of 2 hours, 33 minutes, and 4 seconds in the Maxi 1 class.

The fleet of luxury sailing yachts at Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 - Photo by Christophe Jouany

The fleet of luxury sailing yachts at Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 – Photo by Christophe Jouany

During the four-day regatta, Comanche superyacht claimed all the line honors in her division and took second place, just behind sailing yacht Rambler 88, with 12 points on the scoreboard according with the corrected-time performances. This year’s regatta was the first time that Comanche and Rambler 88 were seen competing against each other, providing an amazing competition.

Superyacht Comanche and Rambler 88 yacht - Photo by Christophe Jouany

Superyacht Comanche and Rambler 88 yacht – Photo by Christophe Jouany

Comache’s skipper, Ken Read, said:Unreal sailing with the “Fat Bottom Girl” (Comanche) at the Voiles St Barths. When the rivals all go home happy the stars aline. Comanche wins line honors 4 for 4. Mission accomplished. Rambler wins rating handicap in class 1. Mission accomplished. The first meeting of the monsters a huge success. These boats are changing how we look at sailing. A special thanks to the owners who are making it happen.”

Upcoming Wally Class 2015 Season to see the highest ever number of participants

April 24, 2015

Set to kick off with the Gaastra Palmavela in the lovely Mallorca yacht vacation location on April 30, the upcoming Wally Class 2015 season will see the highest number of participants since the founding of the Division in 1999. The Wally Class represents the association of the Owners of Wally yachts, and organises races exclusively between the fast cruisers branded by Wally.

Wally Class start at Menorca Maxi 2014 - Photo by Jesus Renedo

Wally Class start at Menorca Maxi 2014 – Photo by Jesus Renedo

The number of participating yachts will range from nine at the inaugural regatta of the year Gaastra Palmavela (29 April/3May) , to 11 at Menorca Maxi (27-31 May) and Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup (6-12 September), while the record number of 14 yachts will attend the season ending event, Les Voiles de Saint Tropez.

“The increasing number of Wallys supporting the racing division of our brand  reflects the booming passion for the sailing competition that has marked super yachting in the last few years – explains Luca Bassani, Wally Class President and founder – Today it’s very common, almost essential,  to own a mega yacht and go racing, while when founded the Wally Class in 1999, we were in the fore front, as usual! And I strongly believe that we contributed to this new passion, showing to Owners that comfortable cruising yachts can offer great enjoyment also on the race course”.

WallyCento superyacht Magic Carpet Cube at Palmavela 2013 - Photo by J. Renedo

WallyCento superyacht Magic Carpet Cube at Palmavela 2013 – Photo by J. Renedo

“A winning formula of our Class since the beginning, is the Owner driving rule, that encourages the Owners to steer their yachts, otherwise they get penalized – continues Bassani -In this way, we prevent the typical situation of the racing circuit when super professionals become the actual Owners of the yacht, confining the real Owners to spectators. In general I think that the big attraction of sailboat racing, compared to many other team sports, is that the Owners are into the action and share the fight.”

The upcoming Wally Class 2015 season will be marked by the new live tracking system, available on the Wally website and on the event monitors onsite. The TracTrac system will gather the race data of each yacht and will provide the standings in corrected time at the marks.

Superyacht Magic Carpet Cubed is the absolute champion of the series, and she will have to fiercely defend the title. The racing will be undoubtedly tough and tight, with highly professional crews and fast yachts on the water. These will include Galma; sailing yacht Genie of the Lamp – that is celebrating 20 years; Inti; J One; Kenora; Magic Blue; Nahita; the newly refitted luxury yacht Open Season, boasting new length, new keel, new sails; Ryokan 2; Sensei; charter yacht Tango G; Tilakkhana and charter yacht Y3K.