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WIDER sells three units of WIDER 32’ yacht tender just a few weeks since its launch

September 08, 2014

Luxury boat builder, WIDER has announced a sale of three WIDER 32’ yacht tenders, just a few weeks following its launch. It looks like the invitation to “create your own yacht” has certainly hit home.

WIDER 32' yacht tender

WIDER 32' yacht tender

One of the Express Cruisers is destined for the United States and shall have an orange “sun” hull, another will be sent to Australia sporting a gleaming “ice” white hull, and the third shall be beautifully finished in red and delivered to Asia. Each one of the units shall also be personalised with selected side groove colours, tinted windows, and a number of other customisable features.

WIDER 32' superyacht tender

WIDER 32' superyacht tender

The WIDER 32’ boat is produced at WIDER’s Express Cruiser production facility in Castelvecchio di Monteporzio on the east coast of Italy, and workers have been kept busy keeping up with the demand for this innovative and stylish vessel.

The WIDER 32’ shall be on display at both the Cannes Yachting Festival and Monaco Yacht Show in September.

36m Royal Huisman Motor Yacht ARCADIA visits Dun Laoghaire Marina in Dublin

September 08, 2014

Paal Janson CMM, the General Manager of the Dun Laoghaire Marina, has sent us the below photo of the striking Royal Huisman Motor Yacht Arcadia visiting the Dublin marina located in Dublin, located in the beautiful yacht charter location Ireland.

36m Royal Huisman superyacht ARCADIA at Dun Laoghaire Marine in Dublin, Ireland

36m Royal Huisman superyacht ARCADIA at Dun Laoghaire Marine in Dublin, Ireland

“We are currently very excited to accommodate the beautiful M/Y Arcadia. This Royal Huisman built superyacht is particularly impressive, having successfully navigated the Northwest Passage and is now berthed in Dun Laoghaire Marina, Dublin where the owners and crew are sampling the local culinary and cultural hotspots, as well as taking advantage of the easy access to Dublin airport.” said Paal Janson.

Luxury yacht ARCADIA is a 36-metre Classic Motor Yacht featuring naval architecture by Tony Castro and interior styling by Rhoades Young Design. She was delivered in 2006 and represents a long rage vessel, with excellent engineering, immaculate details and construction to last a lifetime. All her fine detailing is encapsulated in an unobtrusive but elegant and compact envelope.

Dun Laoghaire Marina is located in the historic harbour of Dun Laoghaire, positioned on the southern shore of Dublin Bay.

Admiral Regale 45 Motor Yacht FLYING DRAGON delivered

September 05, 2014

The Italian Sea Group announced today the delivery of Admiral Regale 45 Motor Yacht FLYING DRAGON (ex Capri). Featuring  a fast planing hull entirely constructed  in aluminium, superyacht FLYING DRAGON is able to reach a maximum speed of  about 27 knots. She is a raised pilot house design yacht, with an elegant light blue hull enriched by a blue dragon graphic on both sides, which has been designed by Dobroserdov Design.

Admiral Regale 45 Motor Yacht Flying Dragon

Admiral Regale 45 Motor Yacht Flying Dragon

The main deck of the luxury yacht FLYING DRAGON features huge and comfortable spaces with full headroom opening sliding doors on the starboard side of the main salon. The main salon is a mixture of dark wood furniture and joinery, combined with precious upholstery and beige coloured lacquered ceilings. The floor is made of Tabu lati chololate parquet.

A little bit forward the dining area finds place, with a large table for up to 12 people placed on centreline; behind this, a large decorative wooden panel of 4m x 2m enriches the area.

Forward on the main deck of FLYING DRAGON yacht is all about master cabin, taking the full beam of the yacht and featuring large side windows which give natural light to the whole environment.

An opening 2m x 2m balcony is also available on the right side, delivering a nice corner for delightful breaks.

On the floor a precious light colour carpet is boarded by black St Laurent marble. A 4m x 2m mirror hides a 55” TV.

The Owner bathroom has black marble washbasins, white onyx tub and shower which also features a light blue onyx wall.

Forward of the owner cabin the steam bath is set between his and her dressing rooms, featuring white onyx floor and glass walls.

Both the main deck cockpit and the sun deck feature a big bar corner with white onyx backlit top and front.

The sun deck is actually a terrace overlooking the sea with a large sunbathing area, Jacuzzi and a large table for up to 12 guests made of  teak.

The hard top covering part of the sun deck features a teak ceiling with the graphic of a TAO.

Every external area can be covered with arab tents tied on removable poles.

The 4 guest cabins are located on the lower deck and include two twin bed cabins and two double Vips, all with ensuite bathrooms.

All cabins aboard FLYING DRAGON yacht feature dark wood furniture, in contrast with the light colour carpets, which are further enhanced by red onyx borders and leather headboards.

The crew area is located forward on the lower deck, featuring three double cabins and a large captain cabin.

The main galley is also located on the lower deck and the crew can also benefit by a huge crew mess and by a separate laundry area.

The new construction project is managed by Nakhimov, which after completion of the yacht, will also take care of her management and it will act as central agency for charter purpose.

Charter Yacht Flying Dragon will be displayed at the next Monaco Yacht Show.

Tecnomar Nadara 40 Motor Yacht LOW PROFILE delivered

September 05, 2014

The Italian Sea Group is pleased to announce the delivery of Tecnomar Nadara 40 Motor Yacht LOW PROFILE. Featuring a fast planing hull, entirely constructed in aluminium, superyacht LOW PROFILE can reach a maximum speed of over 26 knots. She is a trideck yacht with modern and captivating lines.

Luxury super yacht LOW PROFILE by The Italian Sea  Group - a Tecnomar Nadara 40 Yacht

Luxury super yacht LOW PROFILE by The Italian Sea Group - a Tecnomar Nadara 40 Yacht

The dark grey colour of the hull creates an elegant contrast with the soft grey of the superstructure, lowering the all profile of the yacht and delivering a more sporty and sleek design.

The main deck of the luxury yacht LOW PROFILE features a spacious main saloon enriched with top quality furniture and upholstery which include precious fabrics, a bar with a marble top, a large handmade table for up to 10 people with a glass backlit panel set in the centre, mirrored ceilings with brass inserts and crystal lamps.

Forward on the main deck the owner cabin finds place, taking the full beam of the yacht and featuring large side windows which give natural light to the whole environment.

On the floor the precious ivory and blue carpet acts as a “tray” to the four-poster bed with tufted headboard.

The Owner bathroom has glass washbasins, marble floor with inserts in steel and diamond design and chromo therapy shower and bathtub.

The upper saloon covers the entire beam of the deck and it’s lightened by windows that span the entire length of the deck, delivering a sportier profile to the yacht.

The sky lounge saloon has marble floors, mirrored ceilings and a corner sofa with a double chaise lounge, which can be opened and converted into a bed, a 65” TV and a wet bar.

The sun deck aboard LOW PROFILE yacht is actually a terrace overlooking the sea with a large Jacuzzi fitted aft, wet bar with marble and glass top and a barbecue corner.

The bridge is also equipped with external wheelhouse and partially covered  by a hard top with further awning systems.

The 4 guest cabins are located on the lower deck and include two twin bed cabins, a double, and a large VIP with ensuite studio.

All cabins features high quality finish headboard in different colour and custom ceilings with crystal inserts.

The crew area is located forward on the lower deck, with two double cabins and a crew mess, while the captain’s cabin is located on the upper deck with direct access to the wheelhouse.

Partnership of British Marine Federation (BMF) and The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights

September 05, 2014

The British Marine Federation (BMF) is teaming up with The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, in order to encourage apprenticeships within the marine industry. The Shipwrights’ Apprentice Scheme (SAS) offers advice, guidance, as well as funding of up to £8.5k to SMEs taking on marine apprentices.

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The scheme is currently funded by Lloyds Register Foundation (LRF) and the Shipwrights’ Ark Appeal.  A maximum grant of £8.5k is potentially available to marine SMEs to finance the first year of a three or four year apprenticeship.

Paul Harris has been recruited by the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights as the Scheme Administrator.  He is based at the BMF office in Egham to enable him to engage with BMF members, as well as educational establishments/training providers.  The main objectives of his role will be to talk with marine SMEs to make them aware of the benefits of taking on an apprentice, let them know about the funding available, assist with recruiting apprentices and offer ongoing support such as contractual and mentoring advice.

Paul comes from a marine training background, making him the perfect candidate to assist employers when trying to recruit the right apprentice.  Paul said: “It can often seem daunting to a marine company looking to take on fresh talent; whilst they want to invest in their company’s skill base and someone’s future they often do not know where to start.  That is where the SAS comes in.  We will help BMF members find the right candidate for their business by supporting them through the whole process.”

BMF member, Brian May of Berthon Boat Company, has been heavily involved in the setting up of the SAS scheme which was founded by Worshipful Company of Shipwrights Ark Appeal Committee. He added to Paul’s comments: “The recruitment of apprentices can be of enormous benefit to employers, bringing renewed enthusiasm and a growing skilled labour force trained to their specific business needs, reducing reliance upon sub-contractors and delivering higher quality output with less warranty issues. It is recognised, that the first year wages of an apprenticeship are generally cash negative and as such may create a barrier for smaller companies from considering this option. With the SAS funding, taking on an apprentice can become a viable option for marine companies and after the first year they can expect to see a return on their investment.”

Paul Harris will be at the PSP Southampton Boat Show on Apprenticeship Day, Tuesday 16 September.  He will be at the Show in the BMF Members Lounge to talk with interested companies, to answer any questions and give further information and advice about the scheme. Alternatively BMF members can contact him to discuss the SAS and the options available to them on 01784 223617 or email sas@shipwrights.co.uk.

New 26m motor sailer yacht ELENA by Ava Yachts

September 05, 2014

The all-new 26,20m motor sailer yacht ELENA is currently under construction at Ava Yachts in Antalya, Turkey. The hull as well as superstructure of superyacht ELENA have been successfully completed. Before proceeding with the building, the yard is waiting for a new owner. The vessel can be completed within 12 months after purchase.

Rendering of the 26m super yacht ELENA by Ava Yachts

Rendering of the 26m super yacht ELENA by Ava Yachts

Ava luxury yacht ELENA will comfortably sleep up to 8 guests in 4 double guest cabins, all with en-suite facilities. There will be also accommodation for a crew of 2 members, which can be extended to 4, if required.

Motor sailer yacht ELENA under construction at Ava Yachts

Motor sailer yacht ELENA under construction at Ava Yachts

Super yacht ELENA will be powered by twin Cummins QSL9 330 HP diesels, reaching a maximum speed 15 knots and a cruising speed of 9 knots.

Azimut Benetti Group to attend Cannes Yachting Festival with Four World Premieres and Fleet of 22 Yachts

September 05, 2014

The Italian Azimut|Benetti Group, the world’s top builder of yachts and superyachts, will be one of the star attractions of the first must-see Autumn Boat Show, Cannes Yachting Festival, set to be hosted by the fantastic French Riviera yacht holiday destination – Cannes from September 9 to 15, 2014. The Group will be showcasing Azimut Yachts, as well as Benetti brands, including the Benetti motor yacht Ocean Paradise – at 55 meters the largest superyacht to be displayed at this year’s event. The constant research and development efforts, together with the new know-how sharing methods between Group brands, have led to remarkable results.

Benetti super yacht Ocean Paradise

Benetti super yacht Ocean Paradise

AZIMUT GRANDE 95RPH, AZIMUT 77S AND AZIMUT 50 FLY PAY HOMAGE TO THE TECHNOLOGICAL EXCELLENCE OF AZIMUT YACHTS

Azimut Grande 95RPH superyacht reaches the Atlantis, Magellano, Flybridge and S collections. Among the major innovations introduced on board of the new 29-metre yacht are: its Raised Pilot House, an extensive, over 60 sqm flybridge, and the very distinctive layout of the internal spaces, which include four VIP cabins in addition to the master suite.

The uniqueness of this exclusive cruising experience begins with new features introduced by Stefano Righini, responsible for the concept design and exterior lines. The point of departure is the separation of the pilothouse from the main deck through the creation of a half deck. This move increases the space dedicated to the boat owner and guests, maximizing their privacy in relation to the crew. All this is accomplished without weighing down the exterior lines and continuing to honor that elegant quality that the Azimut Grande Collection is known for.

The interiors are designed by Studio Salvagni Architetti. They feature an eclectic and contemporary style with every detail produced by master Tuscan craftsmen in precious and exclusive materials. A very effective feature is the stair that connects the decks with backlit honey-colored onyx steps. It is an impressive sculptural element.

Azimut Grande 95 RPH Yacht

Azimut Grande 95 RPH Yacht

The real gem, with a sporting spirit, is the luxury yacht Azimut 77S. With an elegant exterior profile and precious interiors and finishings, it sold four yachts during the pre-launch stages, and stands the chance of being a sure hit and the new benchmark for sporty boats. Great performances and low fuel consumption are guaranteed by the three engines Volvo IPS propulsion and by the new innovative hull.

Another recent launch is the Azimut 50 Fly, which is also making its debut here. The 15-metre craft from the Flybridge Collection is an imposing vessel with very effective style solutions. The 17.5 sqm flybridge is the largest in its category.

And after Cannes, the Azimut Yachts novelties continue. Azimut Yachts is preparing to launch two more models during the first months of 2015, thus expanding every one of its brand’s collections: Azimut Atlantis 43 and Azimut 66 Magellano.

Motor yacht Azimut 77S at full speed

Motor yacht Azimut 77S at full speed

BENETTI ‘ON STAGE’ WITH THE BRAND NEW TRADITION SUPREME 108’ AND ITS FLAGSHIP, THE OCEAN PARADISE, THE LARGEST MEGAYACHT AT THE BOAT SHOW

The Group brand devoted to megayachts is sure to stand out in Cannes, given its exceptional “size”. Indeed, the 55-metre Benetti superyacht Ocean Paradise, the queen and flagship of the Benetti shipyard, will be the largest vessel on show at the Cannes Boat Show.

But the greatest Benetti novelty that is most likely to capture the attention of yacht owners and enthusiasts alike will be the 33-metre motor yacht “My Paradis”, the first of the three Tradition Supreme 108’ yachts currently being built. This new model represents the three-deck entry level craft of the Benetti Displacement Class, the range of displacement yachts made out composite materials measuring between 93’ and 145’.

Tradition Supreme 108 super yacht MY PARADIS

Tradition Supreme 108 super yacht MY PARADIS

Benetti thus reinforces its leadership in the sector with an extremely innovative yacht. The My Paradis yacht, with its exterior lines designed by Stefano Righini, has three decks plus a sundeck, the first of the craft’s distinctive features: the upper section of the superstructure, the roll bar and the hard top are in carbon fibre, a choice made by our Benetti technicians to make the superstructure lighter and endow the ship with greater stability.

The yacht, hosting up to 12 guests, has been equipped with a new hybrid system that will allow you to navigate, as well as the traditional main engines, also using two 35 kW electric motors connected directly to the regulators / inverters of the main dieselelectric propulsion. The electric motors are powered directly by generators allowing to navigate up to a speed of about 6 knots. This configuration will allow to minimize noise and vibration while maximizing comfort.

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014: Day 4

September 05, 2014

An important part of any yacht race or regatta is the expertise of the organizing body. Top class events, attended by cutting-edge, expensive yachts and the cream of international sailing talent, require the highest professionalism in their race management. Participants require competing to be fair, enjoyable, well managed. Such an event is the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup: one of the most illustrious and complex regattas in the world. The stakes are high, attendees ultra competitive and the wind capricious.

Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship approaching the starting line - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship approaching the starting line - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is held on Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda, often described as one of the most perfect sailing landscapes in the world for grand prix racing. The event celebrates its 25th edition this year and the 30-year association between the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and Rolex, one of the most longstanding relationships in sailing.

“This is always the top pick of where we like to sail around the world,” explains world-renowned sailor Brad Butterworth. “The environment of the Costa Smeralda is fantastic: the rock formations, the colour of the water, the wind and sea conditions, there is nowhere as beautiful as this for yacht racing.”

Rolex’s involvement in yachting is centred upon its privileged alliance with some of the most skilled yacht clubs around the world, including the YCCS, whose race management team is highly respected through its flawless handling of events like the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Rolex Swan Cup. Ensuring the regatta runs smoothly and efficiently on the water falls to the YCCS Race Management Team led by Principal Race Officer Peter Craig and YCCS Sports Director Edoardo Recchi.

CAOL ILA R (USA) sailing by the Committee Boat - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

CAOL ILA R (USA) sailing by the Committee Boat - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Course planning

One of the principal functions of the race management team is to ensure clear communication between the organizers and the competitors. Ahead of the event, the individual classes for different boat types are defined, ratings analysed, race documents meticulously prepared. The Skippers’ Briefing kicks off the week providing a communal opportunity for last minute queries. A global idea of the week’s weather and racing schedule are provided, and then each evening the intention for the following day is given.

Communication with the competitors begins each morning with a radio announcement at 09:30. Ahead of this, Craig works with the YCCS Race Management team, analysing up to five professional weather forecasts. This information helps determine location and length of the day’s racecourses. The team will also canvas the opinion of the professional navigators onsite, weathermen in their own right.

“When people ask me what a good race is, I’ll tell them in one word: fair,” explains Craig. “If you are a sailor, or former sailor like in my case, you have a good sense of what the owners want, you’ve been there on the boat with them, you know what they are looking for.”

According to Craig, making good decisions is not a one person job, he’s only as good as the people around him, and the YCCS team is highly respected by the competitors. “The yacht club is high end in terms of race management, they’re on top of everything, very professional. They have been here for a long time, they know the environment and conditions,” confirms Butterworth, tactician on Sir Peter Ogden’s Mini Maxi yacht Jethou.

View of a Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship start from the Committee Boat - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

View of a Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship start from the Committee Boat - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Clean start

To the untrained eye, the starting area on the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup can appear confused. Watching 35 yachts ranging from 60 to 143-ft hoisting sails, running through last minute preparations, ensuring they make the right choice about where and when to cross the start line is nerve-jangling. There is order; each class has its own individual start time, its own sequence of instructions to follow. “As it gets closer to the first gun the boats not involved in that start will clear out and give appropriate room to the starting class,” explains Craig. “We’re looking for people to behave themselves, you will hear us on the radio if they are not.”

One of the key factors at the start is ensuring no boat crosses the line too early. When competitors are timing their arrival by split seconds, seeking small but significant advantages, it’s a critical, but difficult task for the race officers. “These boats have the latest technology, the very best sailors, so they are not two or three boat lengths beyond but a matter of metres. If they have started early and must double-back, we have to make that call.” The Race Committee has boats stationed at both ends of the start line to ensure an optimum view.

Sir Peter Ogden's JETHOU (GBR) surfing the waves at full speed downwind - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Sir Peter Ogden's JETHOU (GBR) surfing the waves at full speed downwind - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Adapting to conditions

Once a race has started, the focus changes to ensuring the racing remains fair on the water. Planning commences beforehand. “We look at the VPPs (speed predictions) for each of the boats in each of classes, because they can vary greatly. We decide what the starting order and the differential between start times should be,” explains Craig. “You don’t want to have a one hour starting sequence but at the same time you don’t want one class of boats running over a second 15 minutes into a race. There’s an awful lot that goes into it. It’s a challenge, but it’s a challenge we really enjoy.”

One additional layer of complexity is that racing may take place simultaneously on more than one course. While one group may be contesting windward/leeward racing on a narrow, short racecourse, others will be embarking on a coastal race upwards of 40-nm through La Maddalena’s rocky archipelago. “We have YCCS service boats with very capable people tracking the boats reporting back to the race officer what the wind conditions are, where the boats are on the racetrack, if conditions are changing drastically.”

Shared respect

Monitoring the finish line is generally easier than the start but scrutiny is still needed. In the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship it is not uncommon to have two or three boats finishing in close proximity. Results then have to be calculated and published.

For Craig this ends a busy, stressful but enjoyable day. “When the Race Management team have pulled off a great day’s racing, particularly on the hard, difficult days, it’s the same satisfaction you experience when you have a great day as a competitor. You come in feeling good about what you’ve done.”

The proof of success lies in the post-race atmosphere, as the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup community gather on Piazza Azzurra in front of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda to discuss the day’s racing. There is evident camaraderie and shared respect, not just between competitors, but between competitors and the Race Management team too.

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) and the International Maxi Association (IMA). Rolex has been title sponsor since 1985.

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2015, August 15 – 22

September 05, 2014

In the wake of what plenty of long-time Audi Hamilton Island Race Week participants declared to be “the best ever” regatta in its 31-year history, series organizers have already unveiled the dates for the 2015 event. This will be hosted by the Hamilton Island, a beautiful Australia yacht charter destination, from August 15 to 22.

AHIRW 2014 Fleet - Photo credit to Andrea Francolini

AHIRW 2014 Fleet - Photo credit to Andrea Francolini

And, bringing added impetus to what is already Australia’s premier offshore regatta is the news that Yachting Australia has advised that the 2015 IRC Australian Championship will be part of the event.

Interestingly, Hong Kong’s Karl Kwok, who is the current Audi IRC Australian champion, and who won the Grand Prix division at this year’s Race Week with his TP52 Team Beau Geste, has already declared, “I will be back.”

It was the same sentiment from 15-time Race Week veterans, John and Kim Clinton, who this year raced their Beneteau Oceanis 50, Holy Cow, in the cruising division. They too will be back for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2015.

“It’s a fantastic event that caters for everyone and every budget,” John said. “For us, as cruising people, it has become an annual reunion. It’s fabulous fun, and the island staff really look after us.”

Multihulls made their mark this year with more than 20 entries among the fleet of 182 yachts … and the regatta really impressed those competing: “Absolutely fantastic,” said William Dicker, owner of the Seawind 1000, Miz Behavin. “Everything about it was great – the racing, the combativeness of the competition and the dockside fun.” Drew Wooler echoed his sentiments, saying, “I don’t think there’s a better regatta anywhere, both on and off the water”.

Motor yacht Prestige 750 to be showcased at Yacht CN 2014 – Nansha Bay International Boat Show

September 05, 2014

Speedo Marine will be attending this year’s Yacht CN 2014 – Nansha Bay International Boat Show, showcasing the luxury motor yacht Prestige 750 by Prestige Yachts. The event will run in Nansha, Guangzhou, China, from October 16 to 19, 2014.

Luxury motor yacht Prestige 750 by Prestige Yachts

Luxury motor yacht Prestige 750 by Prestige Yachts

With the arrival of the new luxury yacht Prestige 75’, a new chapter is being written in the Prestige story. And yet, the Prestige 750 is born of the same values that constitute the DNA of Prestige: a passion for innovation and an enduring commitment to quality and excellent value, to originality in layout, and to timeless design.

Motor yacht Prestige 750 - Interior

Motor yacht Prestige 750 - Interior

The new Prestige 750 yacht has been conceptualized for fuller enjoyment of life at sea, with exceptional exterior living spaces, from the extra-large swim platform to the spacious cockpit and generously sized flybridge. The layout affords privacy as well as safety and ease of movement on board.