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63m motor yacht SuRi to be refitted by Yacht Solutions

September 24, 2014

The impressive 63-metre charter yacht SuRi has arrived in Bangkok to undergo a two-month major refit with Yacht Solutions at Bangkok Dock. In the world of superyachts, motor yacht SuRi is unique; she represents one of a very few purpose-built luxury exploration yachts in the world.

MY SURI - Main

MY SURI - Main

The vast collection of toys enables luxury yacht SuRi to turn any destination into an adventurer’s playground. Onboard you will find; a fold-up seaplane, a Eurocopter helicopter, one Stan-Craft Speedster, a 37-foot gamefisher, an array of jet skis and quad skis, a sailing yacht, five road bikes, two BMW bikes, a 23-foot landing craft and coming soon … a submarine, arriving 2015.

Works to be carried out on SuRi yacht include the tank blasting, exterior painting, steel work, interior carpentry, engineering, HVAC work and electrical work.

Pendennis sailing yacht CHRISTOPHER travels to London

September 24, 2014

Built by the prestigious UK manufacturer Pendennis, sailing yacht Christopher has been exploring the breath-taking Northern Europe yacht charter locations, following her participation in the 2014 Pendennis Cup in Falmouth, UK. After her visits to Ireland as well as Scandinavia, the majestic 46m superyacht Christopher has now traveled to London.

46m Pendennis Yacht Christopher in London - Copyright onEdition 2014

46m Pendennis Yacht Christopher in London - Copyright onEdition 2014

Luxury yacht Christopher had an adventurous journey up the Thames – with an air draft of just 54m under the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge, Christopher cleared the central span which traverses the Thames at Dartford, by just centimetres after removing her lightening rod and burgee to pass through. Christopher’s main mast, at 53.4m tall, is the largest to ever pass under the bridge.

Ron Holland, the Christopher yacht’s designer when she was built at Pendennis is 2011, follows the yacht’s adventures with interest “It is a delight to see such beautiful yachts returning to the UK, and fantastic for the British superyacht industry that yachts such as Christopher are including the British Isles as part of their global voyage.”

Sunreef Yachts participating in 34th International Istanbul Boat Show

September 24, 2014

The prestigious Polish luxury catamaran builder, Sunreef Yachts, is delighted to announce that it is currently present at another of this season’s honorable nautical fairs – The International Istanbul Boat Show. This will last until September 28, 2014.

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Sunreef showcases one of its power novelties that arrives in Turkey straight from the Cannes Yachting Festival. 60 Sunreef Power yacht Ocean’s 11 is a stunning azure hulled catamaran with a brand new layout. Especially upon the client`s request, Sunreef’s interior design team prepared a “tailor made” project of this power model with a semi-open saloon combined with the lounge area and bar instead of the interior navigation station. The concept of the 60 Sunreef Power was introduced in response to the growing demand for compact yet highly impressive powerboats. This yacht has all the features of the popular 70 Sunreef Power (example is charter yacht Damrak II), except its slightly smaller 27.8 ft / 8.5 m beam that makes it more convenient for crowded marinas.

During the event, the visitors also have the opportunity to meet Radek Pstrokonski, who is the Sales Director in Sunreef Yachts and discuss the company’s latest projects. Sunreef cordially invites you to the International Istanbul Boat Show – Marinturk City Port – A Pontoon # 16.

Claasen Shipyards begins construction of 77ft Pilot Classic yacht

September 24, 2014

Based in Zaandam, the Netherlands, Claasen Shipyards has recently begun construction of the all-new 77-foot Pilot Classic yacht, based on drawings by Hoek Design. The yard has already constructed various Truly Classic yachts over the years, comprising the popular Truly Classic 90 superyacht. The 77ft Claasen sailing yacht presently in development is the third yacht of this specific model. As classic sailyachts are becoming increasingly popular, Claasen Shipyards is building this new aluminium sailyacht with a modern underwater section on spec and entirely in-house. To be built to MCA, this Pilot Classic will be handed over in early 2016.

Rendering of the new 77ft Pilot Classic Yacht under construction at Claasen Shipyards

Rendering of the new 77ft Pilot Classic Yacht under construction at Claasen Shipyards

With this project Claasen Shipyards is responding to the growing demand for top-quality pilot classic yachts that are suitable for the most extreme sailing areas, and able to compete on the regatta circuit. In addition to the distinctive classic lines, these sturdily constructed yachts feature an ultra-modern underwater section combined with an intelligent deck layout. The latter makes it possible to safely sail the Pilot Classic single-handedly as all other functions can be operated from the cockpit.

In the design of the 77-foot Claasen Pilot Classic yacht, the keel of which will be laid shortly, the emphasis is on easy-to-maintain basic materials such as aluminium and GRP. Due to the extra solid construction and insulation, the yacht’s sailing range is virtually unrestricted, including the most extreme Arctic regions. There is room for eight people onboard in a luxury owner’s suite, a VIP cabin and two additional guest cabins. The spacious deckhouse offers ideal protection from all elements as well as stunning views which can be enjoyed in maximum comfort.

With its proven craftsmanship for over 30 years, Claasen Shipyards is known for superior quality as well as the use of intelligent design details. On the 77-ft Pilot Classic yacht this is illustrated by the smart anchor system, which was entirely developed in-house. As it is entirely flush and integrated within the aluminium hull below the waterline, the system is invisible on the exterior of the yacht. The application of the state-of-the-art anchor system prevents unexpected damage to both the anchor and the hull. In addition it keeps resistance to a minimum, which is an important aspect during races.

The Zaandam yard is currently involved in two other projects as well: a Truly Classic 90 and a Truly Classic 126 yacht. Partially as a result of the considerable interest in the yard from abroad, Claasen Shipyards recently renewed its entire website.

Below is a gallery for the superb charter yachts built by Claasen.

Meeting of 10th World Superyacht Awards Jury to take place in Italy’s Trieste in March 2015

September 24, 2014

Boat International Media has recently announced the 10th anniversary edition of the World Superyacht Awards, which will be once again hosted by Amsterdam on May 9, 2015. Early interest has seen a plenty of nominations, submitted for yachts launched during the qualifying period 1st January – 31st December 2014.

Trieste's Chamber of Commerce will host the World Superyacht Awards Judges for their annual deliberation

Trieste's Chamber of Commerce will host the World Superyacht Awards Judges for their annual deliberation

Whilst nominations remain open until 30th November 2014, Boat International Media looks ahead to the judging process undertaken by their judges panel comprised of twenty superyacht owners and led by Chairman Roger Lean-Vercoe.

The meeting of the jury will take place in March 2015, in picturesque city of Trieste, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. The region boasts almost 8,000 square km of unspoilt natural beauty featuring a mountainous coastline that rolls into the deep blue sea of the north Adriatic.

The historic town centre houses Trieste’s Chamber of Commerce, which hosted official international delegations during the G8 Summit in 2009. Here, the judges panel will come together to evaluate the quality of yachts delivered throughout 2014.

86m mega yacht Ecstasea is one of many superyachts to have arrived in Trieste. Photo credit to Raphael Montigneaux

86m mega yacht Ecstasea is one of many superyachts to have arrived in Trieste. Photo credit to Raphael Montigneaux

The culture of the city is rich and diverse. Positioned where the Alps and the Adriatic meet, the locality brings together Italian, Slavic and Germanic traditions. Drawing from the maritime history of these nations, and a wealth of services in the nautical district of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Trieste Yacht Berths and Trieste Refitting System were born. This network of local businesses unites Marina San Giusto, Porto San Rocco and Trieste Terminal Passeggeri as well as shipyard Officine Quaiat and its partners (Meccano Engineering, Ocean and Zinelli & Perizzi), creating an abundance of amenities for yachts including berthing, refuelling, maintenance, refitting and restyling works. Such facilities cater for superyachts of all sizes and in recent years have attracted luxury yachts including superyacht Al Said (155m), mega yacht Eclipse (162m), motor yacht Topaz (147m) and many more.

Prior to the meeting in Trieste, each judge will be presented with a detailed dossier containing information, images and testimonies for each yacht. In addition, each judge will undertake extraordinary efforts to visit as many of the contending yachts as possible in order to objectively evaluate the finalists. Many of the judges are present at the Monaco Yacht Show where they will view nominated yachts. Viewings will continue to take place until the judges convene in Trieste.

Winning yachts in their categories will be presented with a prestigious Neptune trophy at the World Superyacht Award gala evening.

The Superyacht Rendezvous Montenegro 2015, July 2 – 5

September 24, 2014

The popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Montenegro is fast becoming the place to cruise and as such, the Bay of Kotor has become a superyacht playground. With that in mind, Boat International Media is delighted to introduce The Superyacht Rendezvous Montenegro. This will run at Porto Montenegro from 2 – 5 July 2015.

Porto Montenegro will play host to an exclusive gathering of superyachts at The Superyacht Rendezvous Montenegro 2015.

Porto Montenegro will play host to an exclusive gathering of superyachts at The Superyacht Rendezvous Montenegro 2015. Image courtesy of Porto Montenegro

Building on Boat International’s portfolio of events, and the success of the Rendezvous in Monaco, this unique event gives the opportunity for superyacht owners to make the most of their yachts in the company of like-minded peers. Yachts attending The Superyacht Rendezvous Montenegro will take up residence at Porto Montenegro, the region’s foremost superyacht marina facility.

When talking of their partnership with Boat International, Managing Director of Porto Montenegro, Oliver Corlette, said “Porto Montenegro is delighted to be working with Boat International to host next year’s Superyacht Rendezvous. With the event moving from Monaco, considered the world’s centre of yachting, to Porto Montenegro, we will firmly position not only the marina, but also Montenegro, as a premiere homeport for superyachts in the Mediterranean”.

Join a glamorous season opening party at the Lido Mar Pool Club.

Join a glamorous season opening party at the Lido Mar Pool Club. Image courtesy of Porto Montenegro

Owners attending the event will feel at home surrounded by the venue’s world-class facilities that offer onshore provisions to complement the superyacht lifestyle found onboard. Whilst few marinas in the world can accommodate superyachts, Porto Montenegro currently offers 400 berths for yachts 12–180m. The event welcomes both sailing and motor superyachts from 30m and upwards.

Marina facilities are complemented by the five star Regent Hotel and Residences, shops, restaurants, sports and leisure facilities and 200 luxury waterfront residences. Beyond this, Porto Montenegro boasts the luxurious Lido Mar Pool Club, around which the nautical season’s must attend opening party will take place as part of The Superyacht Rendezvous Montenegro social programme.

From this impressive host venue, yachts will partake in a lively ‘yacht hop’ including a champagne reception and entertainment on the dock. Yachts of the Superyacht Rendezvous will explore the Bay of Kotor during a relaxing cruise in company around the stunning waters and guests will be able to enjoy activities and culture presented by the region.

Montenegro's famed picturesque Bay of Kotor and a stunning coastline attract superyacht owners from around the world.

Montenegro's famed picturesque Bay of Kotor and a stunning coastline attract superyacht owners from around the world. Image courtesy of Porto Montenegro

The relatively undiscovered gem of Montenegro boasts unspoiled beauty, an abundance of nature and clean, clear waters – it is this well-preserved charm that has rapidly drawn superyacht owners to the Adriatic in recent years.

The country’s 295km coastline has countless uninhabited islands, secret coves and attractive harbours alongside unique historical sites. Meanwhile, Montenegro’s mountainous interior features monasteries, river canyons, wildlife reserves, glacial lakes and one of the world’s most important national parks, Durmitor. The Superyacht Rendezvous Montenegro is set to capitalise on the splendour of this exquisite coastline, onshore and off.

We are delighted to invite superyacht owners along with their family and friends to a very special launch edition of this annual event and look forward to welcoming the world’s most impressive luxury yachts to start the season in style at The Superyacht Rendezvous Montenegro.

Monaco Yacht Show 2014: Day 1

September 24, 2014

The organizers’ pre-show comments promised the biggest Monaco Yacht Show ever, against a background of ever growing optimism as well as positive developments for the superyacht building and services industry over the last couple of years.

Monaco Yacht Show 2014 - Photo credit to Peter Franklin

Monaco Yacht Show 2014 - Photo credit to Peter Franklin

The buzz surrounding the first day, the numbers of visitors crowding around the stands in the air conditioned tents, and the sheer number of gleaming vessels, and ever more stylistically designed tenders, packed side by side along the dock certainly seemed to back up their claim.

And by way of a change, the temperature outside on the docks was pleasantly inviting, with a heavy cloud cover shielding the intensity of the sun.

Dick van Lent, boss of Superyacht Builders Feadship, said “Monaco with clouds and no rain, is the way I like it!”

2014 Monaco Yacht Show - Photo credit to Peter Franklin

2014 Monaco Yacht Show - Photo credit to Peter Franklin

Jim Acher yacht broker with Bluewater Yachting who was showing clients the new Swan 40 metre sailing yacht, echoed that view, saying that a south facing berth would normally be a like facing a furnace in the afternoons.

Simon Spong from Yachting World magazine was busy handing out his publication and also mentioned that a few friendly clouds make life easier for everyone to do business without getting scorched in the midday heat.

Possibly the highlight of the day, (although there are too many to cover all of them amongst nearly 700 exhibitors) was the launch presentation on the Royal Huisman stand of a new build project that the yard have termed ‘The Beast.’

Unveiling of the new 58m superyacht Beast by Royal Huisman - Photo credit to Peter Franklin

Unveiling of the new 58m superyacht Beast by Royal Huisman - Photo credit to Peter Franklin

To a fairly large crowd of industry players and journalists the yard’s CEO Alice Huisman introduced the concept and the team behind it, with renowned naval architect Ed Dubois by her side, who later gave his view on the spectacular model of the 58 metre sailing yacht Beast as it was ceremoniously unveiled from behind a curtain.

It was explained that negotiations with the owner started back in 2007, and his overall brief was; “build me a beast. It has to be innovative and edgy, fast and furious!” Dubois said;“the owner is a highly experienced yachtsman and offshore racing sailor, and working with his vision and the enviable reputation of Royal Huisman is a great privilege.”

“He wanted a high performance, go-anywhere cruising yacht, that not only looks excitingly different, but is also beautifully built and luxuriously comfortable.”

Somewhat unusually the interior design contract has been handed to a team with no previous experience of working with yachts. But the owner has had first hand experience of working with the London based team of Rick Baker and Tom Morgan on land based projects, and Ed Dubois says, having seen their work he can see why they have been chosen!

Later in the day, the cocktail parties were in full swing, with the HISWA happy hour in the Dutch pavilion being well attended as always.

It’s manic, it’s hectic, it’s impossible to plan as you never know who you’re going to bump into and have your schedule changed..but hey, it gets bigger and busier every year, and when all is said and done, there is only one MYS!

The frenetic pace continues with even more cocktail parties planned for Thursday, and the show continues until Saturday 27 September.

Reported for BYM News by Peter Franklin

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The Superyacht Shipyard Tour 2014 from Italy’s Ancona to Antibes

September 23, 2014

Following a great success of last year’s inaugural charity cycle ride in aid of Cancer Research, 16 riders from the yachting industry are once again back in the saddle. The Cogs 4 Cancer team will be riding from Ancona in Italy to Antibes in the South of France via Monaco, in aid of Cancer Research UK, Clinique Tzank in Mougins, as well as the children’s cancer unit at the Lenval hospital in Nice.

The Superyacht Shipyard Tour 2014 from Ancona to Antibes

The Superyacht Shipyard Tour 2014 from Ancona to Antibes

The C4C riders are setting off from CRN Shipyard in Ancona on the 5th October 2014.

They will travel 850km in six days and will arrive in Antibes via a special ‘Tribute Stage’ from San Remo through Monaco to Antibes.

The Tribute Ride is open to all riders for a charity fee of €350 euros and will take place on Friday the 10th of October.

100% of funds raised will go direct to the charities, with riders providing their own funding for the ride and sustenance en-route provided by Gourmet Deliveries.

The riders can be followed in real-time online thanks to the specialist satellite tracking devices provided by Yellowbrick.

The riders will be well looked after during the event with sports therapists & masseuses Liz Wright and Chelsea Good providing post-ride care and with Marine Medical providing  extensive medical kits and first aid support.

The C4C Gala Fund Raising dinner takes place on Friday 19th September at Le Provencal Golf in Biot.

Organised by Abacus & March & the Interior Training Academy there will be a Sports Memorabilia Auction plus a raffle to raise extra funds.

Steve Crowe, MD of Yachting Pages who is taking part in the bike ride commented, “Everyone has their own story as to why they’re riding, but it is also an opportunity for the yachting community to give something back and to honour the memory of so many friends lost to this terrible disease.”

Once again HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco is very generously sponsoring Adrian Long who will be participating in the event for the second year running – with a Brain Tumor…

There is a limited number of sponsorship opportunities remaining so if you would like to sponsor, make a donation or even do the Tribute Ride then use these contact details:

info@cogs4cancer.org  or call Ben on +33 6 13 07 58 77.

Queensland’s Marina Industry Held Back by State Government Inertia

September 23, 2014

Queensland (QLD) luxury yacht marinas are being held back from making a much more significant contribution to the State economy, as stated by Colin Bransgrove, Executive Officer of the Marina Industries Association (MIA).

Manly Boat Harbour in Queensland, Australia

Manly Boat Harbour in Queensland, Australia

“While QLD marinas have been optimistic about revenue growth the reality is they have not been investing in their businesses”.  His comments are founded on independent research commissioned by the MIA and supported by leaders in the industry.

The research was conducted by the Recreational Marine Research Centre, Michigan State University using industry data from the 2012/2013 financial year.  The data was collected from 163 of Australia’s 347 marinas.

Nationally 40% of marinas expected growth in gross revenues in the 2013/14 period with marinas in QLD (55%) and NSW (44%) the most optimistic. According to Marine Queensland General Manager Don Jones the projected optimism from QLD marinas has been tempered by on-going uncertainty around the matter of marina leases and lease payments.  “This uncertainty is having a significant and negative impact on the marina sector in the State” he said.

The data from the research relating to capital investment highlights that QLD has been suffering from the uncertainty around these issues for some time. During the survey period the ratio of capital expenditure to gross revenue was 16% for QLD marinas while the national average was 62%.  Furthermore only 9% of QLD marinas surveyed invested in new revenue producing facilities or services against at national average of 33% and only 9% of QLD marinas invested in new boat storage capacity against the national average of 27%. The average amount spent on new or improved environmental facilities or technologies at QLD marinas was $9,000. This was half the national average despite QLD marinas being the biggest in the country as measured by turnover and boat storage capacity.

MIA QLD Director Mike Harvey from Runaway Bay Marina said the data provides a clear indication that State government inertia has been holding back the marina industry. “It is ironic that QLD has the most registered recreational boats, the biggest marinas in the country and close to average boat occupancy. Yet we have a government that has been sitting on its hands and it has not sorted out the mess with three agencies meddling in the management and setting of marina lease charges. The State should be leading the country with marina investment as it is a clear competitive advantage and strongly linked to our vital tourism industry.”

The research indicated that across Australian marinas provide employment for approximately 19,000 people and generate gross revenues of $4.1 billion per annum. According to Colin Bransgrove the QLD marina industry has the most latent potential of any state to grow strongly and significantly boost employment in coastal communities. “It needs the State government take the shackles off industry and let it fulfill its potential” he said.

Graduation ceremony of Pendennis’ Apprentices

September 23, 2014

Last week saw further 14 young people graduate from Pendennis’ award-winning Apprenticeship Scheme. To celebrate the completion of four years of training the apprentices, their families, as well as mentors enjoyed a sumptuous meal in the company’s new hospitality suite against a backdrop of beautiful views over the Fal estuary.

Apprentices graduation

Apprentices graduation

At their graduation ceremony apprentices were presented with certificates and blue hats which replace their red apprentice caps, signifying their progression from apprentices to full time members of staff. The graduates were: Joe Chambers, James Hitchens, Lewis Doubleday, David Banks, Luke Hocking,

Tobias Arkell, Harry Smith, Sam Coltman, Dan Peek, Sam Philpott, Dean Oliver, Tom Blewett, Josh Skelton, and Jacob Stone. Amarjit Basi, Principal and CEO of The Cornwall College Group, said: “It’s a proud moment for all of these young apprentices, who have worked extremely hard over their traineeship.  As a college our ethos is about ‘making learning work’ and building partnerships with local businesses, like Pendennis enables these young people with all the skills they need to succeed.”

Apprentices graduation

Apprentices graduation

The scheme is one of the most popular in the South-West, seeing over 150 applicants for 12 spaces each year, with a new intake having recently started the course. During their first year apprentices spend time studying at Cornwall College to gain NVQs in relevant areas. Alongside this they visit each department at Pendennis to gain insight into all aspects of the business. Each apprentice then selects their speciality area, such as fabrication, engineering, electrical, or joinery and commences on-the-job training mentored by some of Pendennis’ most experienced staff. Over the history of the scheme over 160 apprentices have completed the course, and now over a third of today’s current workforce consists of young people currently undergoing or having completed the course.

Jill Carr, Director of Human Resources at Pendennis, who founded the scheme 15 years ago, commented “We are extremely proud of all the young people who have completed the scheme, and look forward to welcoming them as permanent members of our staff. The high standard of training that they have received ensures that as a company we are able to sustain the exacting standards expected as leaders in the superyacht industry.”