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Sea trials for 82m Blohm + Voss mega yacht GRACEFUL

April 01, 2014

Launched by the respected German shipyard Blohm + Voss at the end of last year, the breath-taking 82m mega yacht GRACEFUL is currently undergoing sea trials. Luxury motor yacht Project Graceful has been superbly designed by renowned H2 Yacht Design.

Luxury motor yacht GRACEFUL by Blohm + Voss

Luxury motor yacht GRACEFUL by Blohm + Voss

Originally constructed by Sevmash in Russia, luxury yacht Project Graceful was moved to Germany and now features modifications, including an addition of a bulbous bow, as well as a part of her superstructure, built by Blohm + Voss.

Superyacht Project Graceful can comfortably accommodate up to 14 guests in 6 spacious cabins, including one Owner’s stateroom, two VIP cabins and three guest cabins. Further accommodation is provided for 24 crew. Among unique features of this striking vessel belongs an impressive 15m x 3m indoor pool with raising dance floor, as well as a substantial helicopter deck.

Below is a selection of the outstanding charter yachts built by Blohm & Voss.

Two Awards for Westport Yachts Interior Designer

April 01, 2014

Teresa Francis, one of Westport Shipyard’s two interior designers, has recently received two awards at the Seattle Design Center’s 15th annual Northwest Design Awards gala. Ms. Francis took a first place award for a 130-foot superyacht Westport 130 as well as a second place award for a 112-foot motor yacht Westport 112. Both prizes were in the Exotic Retreats category.

Luxury yacht Westport 130 - Saloon

Luxury yacht Westport 130 - Saloon

According to a Seattle Design Center spokesman, the event recognizes projects in 14 categories by firms working in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Western Canada and Alaska. Through an anonymous process, a panel of West Coast industry experts evaluated the 120 entries on the basis of proportion, composition, use of space, materials and appropriateness of the design solution.

W112 Yacht - Galley

W112 Yacht - Galley

Westport Shipyard is an American-owned builder of high-quality composite yachts and military vessels with three shipyards in the state of Washington.

The company is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

JFA Yachts announces launch of first sailing yacht Long Island 85′

April 01, 2014

JFA Yachts is proud to announce that it launched the all-new sailing yacht Long Island 85’ on Monday, March 31, 2014. Penned by the Naval Architect Marc Lombard from La Rochelle in France, superyacht Long Island 85’ is the first vessel of this new Long Island semi custom catamaran range.

First superyacht Long Island 85 by JFA Yachts

First superyacht Long Island 85 by JFA Yachts

Hulls are built in aluminum whereas superstructures are made in composite and assembly using bolt and glue.

This Long Island 85’ catamaran offers a groundbreaking arrangement for this size of boat with the master cabin on fore wet deck with panoramic view and direct access on the fore net. Aft, Salon offers a 360° view, a helm station, a dining area and a bar.

Sailing yacht Long Island 85

Sailing yacht Long Island 85

Starboard hull is fitted with a guest cabin, an owner office and the master bathroom.

Portside hull receives another guest cabin, galley and crew mess and 2 crew cabins.

Luxury yacht Long Island 85

Luxury yacht Long Island 85

Long Island 85′ yacht is equipped with 2x 380Hp Yanmar engines and 2x 27kW gensets.

Masting and sea trials to follow.

Long Island 85 Yacht

Long Island 85 Yacht

Long Island 85’ Yacht Characteristics

LOA: 26.25 m
LWL: 25.47 m
BOA: 11.93 m
Draft: 2.24 m
Engines: 2x 380 cv
Displacement: 60 T light

Below is a selection of the lovely charter yachts built by JFA.

Spectacular Sailing Conditions at Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2014

March 31, 2014

The recently concluded 2014 Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous took to the azure waters of the enchanting Caribbean yacht charter location – Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands for four days of exciting racing. A collection of twenty sailing superyachts and a flotilla of motor yachts gathered at the world-class YCCS Marina, hosted by Boat International Media and Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Virgin Gorda.

Yachts left YCCS Marina following a 'Round Virgin Gorda' Course on Day 1 and 2. Jeff Brown / Superyacht Media

Yachts left YCCS Marina following a 'Round Virgin Gorda' Course on Day 1 and 2. Jeff Brown / Superyacht Media

The region, renowned for outstanding sailing conditions, did not disappoint. Crews were met with a warm Caribbean wind that filled their sails as they moved powerfully around each course set by the skilled YCCS race committee. Double Olympic Gold Medalist, Shirley Robertson OBE, made her intentions clear from the outset taking line honors on all three days of racing on charter yacht Moonbird. However, staggered starts, handicaps, three class categories and corrected times meant that results could not be calibrated until the last yacht in each fleet had completed the course.

A close fleet fueled adrenaline on the race course. Jeff Brown / Superyacht Media

A close fleet fueled adrenaline on the race course. Jeff Brown / Superyacht Media

Three days of closely fought action ensued leaving the top spot in each class open until the final race. Class C in particular showed a tight battle as the yachts Moonbird and luxury yacht Sarafin sat tied on four points apiece. The final cumulative standings gave the Class A win to superyacht Nilaya after a near unbeatable performance. Her impressive 1-1-2 scoreline earned her the overall prize – the Boat International Media Trophy – which was presented by Pier Luigi Loro Piana and Boat International Media CEO Tony Harris. A similarly dominant performance from Freya gave her overall victory in Class B whilst Moonbird’s solid race on the final day secured her Class win over Sarafin.

Seahawk are Presented with the 'Spirit of the Regatta' Award. Carlo Borlenghi / Studio Borlenghi

The 'Spirit of the Regatta' Award for superyacht Seahawk. Carlo Borlenghi / Studio Borlenghi

As is customary at Loro Piana Regattas, superyacht owners along with their guests and crew enjoyed a bountiful social programme in celebration of the action on the water each day. Virgin Gorda with its stunning coastline, quiet coves and luxury resorts provided a striking backdrop upon which to do so. Attendees made the most of the exclusive yacht club facilities at a relaxed Welcome Cocktail on the YCCS lawn. Guests reconvened at the YCCS Clubhouse for an exquisite dinner hosted by Loro Piana to round-up day one and shared a commemorative prize giving on the lawn to commend the illustrious victors on the race course as well as mega yacht Seahawk, the team crowned ‘Spirit of the Regatta’.

The 40 Strong Crew of Hetairos Were Powerful On and Off the Race Course. Carlo Borlenghi / Studio Borlenghi

The 40 Strong Crew of mega yacht Hetairos Were Powerful On and Off the Race Course. Carlo Borlenghi / Studio Borlenghi

Owners and their guests made the most of Oil Nut Bay’s exquisite beach club facilities throughout the event and at the ‘Emerald Elegance’ beach party. Whilst Embraer Executive Jets along with Pamela and David V. Johnson hosted an intimate cocktail reception for superyacht owners at one of the resort’s private villas. Captains and crew were not disappointed either and celebrated their regatta successes in laid-back Caribbean style at a beach party sponsored by BVI Tourism and Marina Casa de Campo. Each crew competed off the racecourse in a lively tug-of-war which left the crew of the mighty superyacht Hetairos triumphant.

Owners and Crew Come Together to Celebrate the 2014 Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous. Carlo Borlenghi / Studio Borlenghi

Owners and Crew Come Together to Celebrate the 2014 Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous. Carlo Borlenghi / Studio Borlenghi

Boat International Media and Yacht Club Costa Smerelda, Virgin Gorda would like to thank our sponsors for helping to make the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous a great success. Special thanks go to Title Sponsor; Loro Piana, Gold Sponsors; Embraer Executive Jets and Oil Nut Bay, Silver Sponsors; BVI Tourism and Westport and Bronze Sponsors; Marina Casa de Campo, Quadrivio and Willis.

The organisers are delighted to announce dates for the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous for the next three years 10-14 March 2015, 8-12 March 2016, 7-11 March 2017.

Sailing yacht OHANA places third at Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta 2014

March 31, 2014

Last week in the popular Caribbean yacht charter location – Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands saw the four-day Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous 2014. The Superyacht Owners’ Guide has sponsored sailing yacht Ohana, who participated in the regatta, and can proudly announce that she has taken third place.

Luxury superyachts competing at the 2014 Loro Piana Caribbean Regatta and Rendezvous

Luxury superyachts competing at the 2014 Loro Piana Caribbean Regatta and Rendezvous

One of the most exhilarating activities you can do with your yacht is enter a regatta. The teamwork, physical challenge, and dedication to win makes for an unbeatable atmosphere both on board and for the spectators who are lucky enough to be able to watch the race.

The Superyacht Owners’ Guide team will continue to follow the 50m luxury yacht Ohana and report back on her performance in the St. Baths Bucket Regatta which took place over the weekend.

Crew aboard luxury yacht Ohana

Crew aboard luxury yacht Ohana

The Bucket Regatta website states that this event has been focused on great sailing competition, seamanship, sportsmanship, a large dose of creative left-field fun and most of all, hospitality and sharing the joy of this magnificent sport among the fleet.

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous 2014 Award

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous 2014 Award

Giovanni Copello, owner of Yacht Club Portofino and lead sponsor of luxury yacht Ohana reported to the Superyacht Owners’ Guide, “The race in which Ohana was placed third was one of the most exciting races I have ever watched. I know I have invested interest but I would encourage anyone who is interested in sailing to come and be part of a regatta at once in his or her lifetime. The atmosphere at the show is amazing and the people attending are so passionate about sailing, it has been a pleasure just to be here.”

Luxury superyacht marinas managed by Calero Marinas

March 31, 2014

Well known for their warm welcome and high level of service, Calero Marinas provide safe haven and optimum facilities for visiting yachts in their twin superyacht marinas on Lanzarote, nestled in the lovely Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Spain. The marinas include a well established racing location, Puerto Calero as well as the city-based hub, Marina Lanzarote.

Calero Marinas-managed Puerto Calero - Photo by jamesmitchell.eu

Calero Marinas-managed Puerto Calero - Photo by jamesmitchell.eu

Why the Canaries?
The Canary Islands have had a long and illustrious nautical history. For centuries, their strategic location between Europe, America and Africa made them a nexus for trade and a tactical point of call for the supplying and repair of ships in the Atlantic.

Today, cruising sailors from all over the world are setting course for the Canaries, recognising the quality of sailing conditions here and relishing the temperate climate and exceptional hospitality of the Canarian people. Increasing numbers of international sailing rallies and races are choosing the Canaries as the perfect host destination.

Since the first stone of their flagship marina, Puerto Calero was laid in 1983, Calero Marinas have been making a commitment to provide state of the art facilities for visiting yachtsman to make their stay, long or short, as comfortable and as easy as possible.

Evening at Puerto Calero - Photo by jamesmitchell.eu

Evening at Puerto Calero - Photo by jamesmitchell.eu

Why Calero Marinas?
Offering reassuringly complete services to visiting yachts, with additional VIP guest options and competitively priced bunkering, Puerto Calero and Marina Lanzarote provide engaging and refreshing alternatives to a traditional mid-Atlantic stopover.

Rich in national parkland and home to the largest marina reserve in Europe, Lanzarote and her surrounding waters offer some tremendously rewarding sailing with reliable forecasts, uncluttered seas and attractive anchorages.

Situated on the sheltered Southern coast, the marinas provide secure, pleasant surroundings that can be enjoyed year-round, thanks to the temperate Canarian climate.

Fuerteventura - Playa de Jandia

Fuerteventura - Playa de Jandia

Helpful, dedicated staff can assist with:
•    Advanced repair and maintenance services, with up to 820 T hoist
•    Extensive pontoon and shore-side services including:
o    gourmet catering
o    chauffeur services
o    provisioning
o    laundry and much more…

In addition to Marina La Palma in the west of the Archipelago which already provides a historic, picturesque haven for boats with LOA up to 20m (up to 8m draught), Calero Marinas are expanding their presence in the Canaries and have just announced plans for Marina Jandía, at Morro Jable on the island of Fuerteventura.

Puerto Calero - Photo by jamesmitchell.eu

Puerto Calero - Photo by jamesmitchell.eu

Puerto Calero
Puerto Calero in Lanzarote is Calero Marinas’ most established and exclusive sailing destination. This sheltered sun-trap bustles with a friendly, village-like atmosphere and the scenic marina waterfront offers an engaging variety of restaurants, cafés and shops. Word is spreading amongst the race circuit navegati and Puerto Calero has become an important start point for top-level international racing regattas, hosting numerous sailing World Championships (RC44, TP52 and GP42) and currently home to its fourth resident Volvo training campaign, Team SCA.

Puerto Calero has also earned a reputation as a haven for cruising sailors looking to escape the rigours of winter. A quiet and relaxing resort, it is only a few kilometres from the bustling resorts of Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca and the island’s capital Arrecife, but a world away in style and atmosphere.

Late afternoon at Puerto Calero

Late afternoon at Puerto Calero

The security and peacefulness afforded by a safe environment, combined with a sunny climate and easy access to the well-connected international airport just 10 kilometres away means that for many, relocating to cruise around the Canaries is becoming an increasingly attractive proposition.

Marina Lanzarote
Marina Lanzarote is a new and stylish addition to Calero Marinas, recognised as the primary port of call upon arriving in the temperate Canarian archipelago. Authentically situated in the island’s capital, this city hub destination with gym, pool, restaurants and shops offers plenty of distractions both within and nearby the marina.

The marina comfortably features secure 60m superyacht berths and a clear 5m draught. Technical services include an 820-tonne lift, two keel pits and specialist repair workshops. Set to host the Panerai Transat Classique, the Mini Transat and Jimmy Cornell’s Atlantic Odyssey in 2014/5, the marina enjoys a naturally nautical buzz and has proven to be an instinctive landmark for visitors since its inception.

Marina Lanzarote

Marina Lanzarote

Arrecife offers much to visitors with old forts, museums and a pretty shopping high street. A colourful market fills the old square on Saturdays and a walk along the waterfront and Charco San Ginés reveals tiny bars and a charming impression of the relaxed Canarian way of life.  Well positioned to enjoy the island’s colourful street festivals, the best time to be in port is for Carnival and the King’s festival in January.

Lanzarote is currently being boosted by a considerable surge in interest from young active holiday makers drawn to the island’s world-class sporting scene. Healthy living and a perfect climate combine to attract top athletes and sports enthusiasts to enjoy cycling, surfing and race training.

Busy Florida Winter Boat Show Season for Outer Reef Yachts

March 31, 2014

Outer Reef Yachts, the US builder of custom long range motor yachts, took full advantage of the South Florida boat show season. The company was present at the Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show, the Trawler Fest in Lake Part, as well as the Palm Beach International Boat Show.

Outer Reef Yachts at the 2014 Palm Beach Boat Show

Outer Reef Yachts at the 2014 Palm Beach Boat Show

One of the highlights for the three shows was the introduction of the Outer Reef 630 Motoryacht in the US. She has become an extremely popular model, representing a modification of the 630 Cockpit model, whereas Outer Reef removed the cockpit and re-allocated this space creating a larger boat deck, aft deck and salon. This Outer Reef features an excellent layout, with a large pilothouse and flybridge, stand up engine room, king master, Queen VIP, and guest cabin and crews quarters or lazarette.

Outer Reef also showcased a brand new 2014 Outer Reef 700 yacht loaded with new features, which include solar panels and a Sea Torque enclosed shaft system.

GBS loads 4 luxury yachts heading to the Mediterranean

March 31, 2014

Global Boat Shipping (GBS) has recently loaded 4 luxury yachts in UK‘s Poole, heading to the popular summer yacht charter destination – the Mediterranean. The largest vessel was a 140-foot Sunseeker Predator 115 superyacht, accompanied by two 28M Sunseeker yachts, weighing 80t each. Poole is the home of luxury motorboat builder, Sunseeker. The fourth vessel was a 17m yacht from Princess Yachts in Plymouth.

A Sunseeker superyacht being loaded by GBS

A Sunseeker superyacht being loaded by GBS

The yachts were loaded on board the MV „Eendracht“, a Dutch vessel chartered for this voyage. All yachts are scheduled for the Mediterranean. Two were transported to Nice, where they arrived last weekend. The other two are bound for Malta and expected to arrive in the middle of this week.

GBS Yacht Transport organized the transport, supervised the loading and a supercargo will also be present during discharging. Additionally GBS provided necessary cradles.

GBS Yacht Transport has substantially expanded its business this year and opened new offices in Hamburg, Genoa, Ft. Lauderdale and Vancouver. “We have a team of very experienced professionals and this latest transport shows our expertise in Load on / Load off services,” says Christian van Hoorn, Managing Director of GBS.

GBS Yacht Transport is part of EMS-Fehn-Group which gives GBS direct access to a fleet of cargo vessels and excellent contacts in the shipping and logistics industry. This allows GBS flexibility in offering Load on / Load off services as well as Float on / Float off services for super yachts. GBS offers clients a full package, which includes cradle systems, insurance and all handling.

Luxury motor yacht EXUMA to be displayed at Singapore Yacht Show 2014 for the first time

March 31, 2014

To be showcased at the Singapore Yacht Show for the first time, the superb motor yacht Exuma represents the perfect superyacht for those with taste for modern design as well as thrilling adventure. The 50-metre superyacht Exuma was the first vessel completed by the Vitruvius® Yachts brand from the partnership with Italian superyacht manufacturer Perini Navi, acclaimed naval architect Philippe Briand and Picchiotti Ltd.

Stunning Super Yacht Exuma -  Photo courtesy of Perini Navi

Stunning Super Yacht Exuma - Photo courtesy of Perini Navi

Luxury yacht Exuma was conceived and created with a strong aptitude for exploration, much like 55.7m M/Y Galileo G and soon-to-be-delivered 73m M/Y Grace E, which followed from Vitruvius® Yachts (and there are two further concepts on the drawing board). “In the most remote harbours of the world, Exuma and Galileo G stand out as a testimony of brilliant design and superior practicality,” comments Perini Navi on the Vitruvius® Yachts appeal.

Completed in 2010, Exuma superyacht has vast storage space for the impressive collection of toys that assist with remote exploration, including an amphibious vehicle, 12ft hovercraft, large tenders, electric land scooters, Seabobs and Sea-Doo jet skis. She also has extensive diving equipment and facilities on board, and sleeps up to nine guests attended by a professional crew of nine.

The Exuma yacht platform was created for her owner’s brief of a very technically advanced motoryacht with low consumption, says Philippe Briand of the original Vitruvius® concept. He highlights her knife-edge bow and lean hull shape as her most distinctive features, with a majestic sweeping foredeck and striking windows.

Spa Pool aboard Superyacht Exuma -  Photo courtesy of Perini Navi

Spa Pool aboard Superyacht Exuma - Photo courtesy of Perini Navi

Briand’s extensive experience on the professional racing circuit and designing sailing yachts means he has a particularly heightened awareness of hull structure optimization. This is a quality required of all sailing yacht designers, he says, because they need to know how to create a hull that travels fast through the water with only the wind for propulsion. Briand applied this scientific approach to the Exuma hull, resulting in a 40 per cent more efficient performance in relation to consumption compared with other motoryachts of her size. He dubbed the Vitruvius® hullform the Briand Optimised Stretched hull.

“The low fuel consumption on Exuma is not a matter of fashion, it is first and foremost a fundamental requirement. Why consume more when you don’t need to?” says Briand of Exuma yacht’s efficiency. “We have always been careful not to impact the comfort of the yacht. But when the crew travel very long distances – to bring the yacht from the Philippines to Singapore, for example – it is of no use to consume unnecessary fuel. We also install diesel electric engines in our bigger yachts, which consume less and also make no noise or vibration whatsoever.”

Salon Super Yacht Exuma -  Photo  courtesy of Perini Navi

Salon Super Yacht Exuma - Photo courtesy of Perini Navi

Superyacht Exuma has an impressive range of 5,500nm (over 10,000km) and has spent a significant amount of time in the Asia Pacific region, much like her sister yacht Galileo G. Not all superyachts have the luxury to able to cope with cruising in remote regions with long distances between refuelling and restocking. But this is a primary consideration for the Vitruvius platform, says Briand: “The ability to go anywhere is a luxury, as it means there are no constraints. This distinguishes superyachts from smaller yachts, which need to stay closer to popular holiday destinations. Asia is beautiful and there are so many exotic places to explore, but not everybody can reach those destinations like Exuma.”

Credited with a combination of technical brilliance and first class design, Perini Navi has delivered 56 superyachts, with 19 clients having returned to build a second yacht with the company and two having built a third. Although Perini Navi is most recognized for it sailing vessels, the new Vitruvius® Yachts brand collaboration with Philippe Briand has now produced three high-profile motoryachts that have won critical acclaim. Most recent of these is M/Y Grace E, which completed sea trials this February and will soon be delivered to her owners at the La Spezia-located Picchiotti Shipyard, owned by the Perini Navi Group.

Southern Wind 94 Yacht KIBOKO nominated for ADI Compasso D’Oro Design Award

March 31, 2014

Southern Wind 94 yacht Kiboko has been announced as one of the finalists for the XXIII Edition of the ADI Compasso D’Oro Design Awards. Luxury sailing yacht Kiboko has been superbly penned by Nauta Design as well as Reichel Pugh Yacht Design.

SW 94 superyacht Kiboko by Southern Wind - Photo by Carlo Baroncini

SW 94 superyacht Kiboko by Southern Wind - Photo by Carlo Baroncini

Southern Wind Shipyard and Nauta Design are glad to announce that SW 94 superyacht Kiboko has been selected as a finalist in the ADI Compasso D’ Oro Awards the most prestigious awards in Italian design today. The yacht is competing in the ‘Design for Environments’ category.

The ADI Compasso D’Oro Awards have taken place 22 times in its 60 year history and has established itself as the most sought-after award in the design industry. Since its inception, it has recognised 293 products and selected almost 2,000 for an Honourable Mention. Those products that win an award, or are mentioned, make up part of the Historic Collection established by ADI in 2001, and are recognised as being of exceptional artistic and historic interest. All the finalists will take part in the XXIII Mostra Compasso D’Oro exhibition in Milan, with the patronage of Lombardy Region and Comune di Milano.

SW 94 Yacht Kiboko - Interior - Photo by Carlo Baronicini

SW 94 Yacht Kiboko - Interior - Photo by Carlo Baronicini

Southern Wind Shipyard, founded in 1991 by Italian entrepreneur and current Managing Director, Willy Persico, specialises in the production of semi-custom, composite sailing yachts, ranging from 24 to 35 metres. It is the leader in the 30m+ category, with 15 yachts produced in the last 15 years. The yard has commissioned the semi-custom project, SW 94, from Nauta Design, for general concept, exterior and interior design, and American Reichel/Pugh for naval architecture.

Built and launched in 2010, luxury yacht Kiboko the first unit of this extraordinary miniseries is a racing cruiser which guarantees high performance and comfort, along with typical Italian elegance and functionality.

Since 1985, Nauta Yachts, whose design division name is Nauta Design, has designed projects tailored to meet the specific, personal needs of the owner – blending elegance with ease of handling, style with performance, and comfort with seaworthiness. From the first sketch they move on to specific aesthetic and functional aspects of the project, drawing the general plans, shaping the hull and the superstructure and planning the interior and deck layouts.

By working with the naval architect that best suits the client’s preferences, Nauta Design combines its unique blend of style and functionality with performance technology hailing from the top racing boats. Working either on sailing or power yachts, Nauta Design successfully meets aesthetic, functional and performance goals. Its wide design versatility spans from oceangoing sailing racer-cruisers to elegant and performer large tenders, from explorer vessels to the 180 metre mega yacht ‘AZZAM’ – the largest of its kind in the world.

Below are the galleries for the luxurious charter yachts by Southern Wind and Nauta Design.