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Luxury Yachts nominated for the 2014 World Superyacht Awards

December 30, 2013

Below is a list of exceptional luxury yachts nominated for The 2014 World Superyacht Awards, organised by the BoatInternational Media. The Awards will be held in Amsterdam on 3rd May, 2014.

MOTOR YACHTS

Columbus Sport Hybrid 40M

Motor Yacht Columbus Sport Hybrid 40M - a Palumbo Superyacht

Motor Yacht Columbus Sport Hybrid 40M - a Palumbo Superyacht

Param Jamuna IV

Motor Yacht PARAM JAMUNA IV (Project Prince Shark, hull FR027) - a Rossinavi Superyacht

Motor Yacht PARAM JAMUNA IV (Project Prince Shark, hull FR027) - a Rossinavi Superyacht

Vellmari

Vellmari superyacht by Rossinavi - Copyright- Alberto Cocchi

Vellmari superyacht by Rossinavi - Copyright- Alberto Cocchi

Apostrophe

40m Hakvoort superyacht Apostrophe (YN247)

40m Hakvoort superyacht Apostrophe (YN247)

Axioma – Ex Red Square

MegaYacht Red Square - Image courtesy of Dunya Yachts

MegaYacht Red Square - Image courtesy of Dunya Yachts

Ileria

NB56 motor yacht Ileria on the water

NB56 motor yacht Ileria on the water

Monokini

Baglietto superyacht Monokini

Baglietto superyacht Monokini

Le Must (Majesty 105)

Majesty 105 superyacht Le Must

Majesty 105 superyacht Le Must

Pride

Superyacht PRIDE -  Main

Superyacht PRIDE - Main

Solandge

Newly launched 85m Lurssen mega yacht Solandge (Project Niki) - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Newly launched 85m Lurssen mega yacht Solandge (Project Niki) - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Chopi Chopi

Luxury motor yacht Chopi Chopi by CRN

Luxury motor yacht Chopi Chopi by CRN

J’ade

Luxury motor yacht J'Ade by CRN

Luxury motor yacht J'Ade by CRN

FB263 – MY Ocean Paradise

Luxury yacht Ocean Paradise

Luxury yacht Ocean Paradise

FB502 – MY Panthera

47m superyacht Panthera (FB502) by Benetti

47m superyacht Panthera (FB502) by Benetti

Sea Owl

62m Feadship superyacht Sea Owl - Photo credit to Kees Torn

62m Feadship superyacht Sea Owl - Photo credit to Kees Torn

Madame Gu

Feadship launch superyacht Madame Gu

Feadship launch superyacht Madame Gu

Aziza

Luxury superyacht Aziza by ISA

Luxury superyacht Aziza by ISA

INVICTUS by Delta Marine

66m Delta luxury super yacht INVICTUS

66m Delta luxury super yacht INVICTUS

Cacos V

Cacos V Yacht

Cacos V Yacht

Nameless

NAMELESS yacht profile

NAMELESS yacht profile

Quattroelle

Luxury mega yacht Quattroelle - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Luxury mega yacht Quattroelle - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Sea Raider V

A Sunseeker 40m Yacht

A Sunseeker 40m Yacht - Same model as Sea Raider V superyacht

Event

Erossea

115 'M Ocean' Superyacht by Arcadia Yachts - sistership to EROSSEA

115 'M Ocean' Superyacht by Arcadia Yachts - sistership to EROSSEA

Engelberg

Amels LE180 superyacht Engelberg

Amels LE180 superyacht Engelberg

Galactica Star

65m Heesen superyacht Galactica Star - Photo credit to Jeff Brown

65m Heesen superyacht Galactica Star - Photo credit to Jeff Brown

MY FF1

Superyacht FF1 by Benetti

Superyacht FF1 by Benetti

Crazy Me

50m superyacht Crazy Me by Heesen - Photo by Dick Holthuis

50m superyacht Crazy Me by Heesen - Photo by Dick Holthuis

Project 12

Project 12 yacht by Cantieri di Pisa

Project 12 yacht by Cantieri di Pisa

Sea Fire

Motor yacht Seafire - AB 140 by Fipa Group at launch

Motor yacht Seafire - AB 140 by Fipa Group at launch

Sofia

42m Moonen motor yacht Sofia

42m Moonen motor yacht Sofia

Vulcan 46m

Vicem Vulcan 46m superyacht Le Caprice V

Vicem Vulcan 46m superyacht Le Caprice V

Finish Line

Trinity Yachts superyacht FINISH LINE (Hull T-058)

Trinity Yachts superyacht FINISH LINE (Hull T-058)

Lady Candy

Superyacht Lady Candy on the water

Superyacht Lady Candy on the water

Codecasa 42-Vintage Series Hull F75

Codecasa 42 Vintage superyacht Hull F 75 by Codecasa Shipyards

Codecasa 42 Vintage superyacht Hull F 75 by Codecasa Shipyards

Framura 3

Codecasa 50s superyacht Framura 3 (hull C 120) by Codecasa Shipyards.

Codecasa 50s superyacht Framura 3 (hull C 120) by Codecasa Shipyards

Odessa II

73m motor yacht Project 423 - Exterior by Focus Yacht Design

73m motor yacht Project 423 - Exterior by Focus Yacht Design

Heliad II

Luxury yacht Heliad II on the water - Photo by Jac Beekers

Luxury yacht Heliad II on the water - Photo by Jac Beekers

Agora

Horizon RP105 Yacht AGORA

Horizon RP105 Yacht AGORA

CaryAli

39m explorer yacht CaryAli by Alloy Yachts

39m explorer yacht CaryAli by Alloy Yachts

Andrea VI

superyacht Andrea VI by Horizon

superyacht Andrea VI by Horizon

Tango 5

Horizon EP115 expedition yacht Tango 5

Horizon EP115 expedition yacht Tango 5

I-Nova

Cosmo 50 Explorer Yacht I-Nova - Photo credit AB Photodesign

Cosmo 50 Explorer Yacht I-Nova - Photo credit AB Photodesign

Lyons Pride

Westport 112 yacht - sistership to Lyon's Pride yacht

Westport 112 yacht - sistership to Lyon's Pride yacht

Quaranta

Curvelle QUARANTA superyacht - profile.jpeg

Curvelle QUARANTA superyacht - profile.jpeg

Aurora

N120 superyacht Aurora by Nordhavn

N120 superyacht Aurora by Nordhavn

Safira

39m Expedition yacht - Sparkam and Stephens

39m Expedition yacht - Sparkam and Stephens

SAILING YACHTS

Inukshuk

Baltic 107 Super Yacht INUKSHUK

Baltic 107 Super Yacht INUKSHUK

Hevea

Luxury yacht Hevea

Luxury yacht Hevea

Inoui

Vitters 33m luxury sailing yacht INOUI

Vitters 33m luxury sailing yacht INOUI

Twilight

Sail Yacht TWILIGHT -  Main

Sail Yacht TWILIGHT - Main

Lunar

Luxury yacht Lunar

Luxury yacht Lunar

Nativa

48m superyacht Nativa by Arzana Navi under sail

48m superyacht Nativa by Arzana Navi under sail

Seahawk

Perini superyacht Seahawk

Perini superyacht Seahawk

State of Grace

Perini Navi 40m State of Grace yacht

Perini Navi 40m State of Grace yacht

Ganesha

Ganesha - Sailing 2

Ganesha - Sailing 2

Chronos

SY CHRONOS -  Main

SY CHRONOS - Main

Mikhail S. Vorontsov

Mega yacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov - side view

Mega yacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov - side view

REFITTED AND REBUILT YACHTS

Keyla

45m superyacht Keyla refitted by RMK Marine and Hot Lab

45m superyacht Keyla refitted by RMK Marine and Hot Lab

Dream

Ocean Dream -  Main

Ocean Dream - Main

Auspicious (now Motor Yacht Lisa IV)

Leopard 46 LISA IV -  Main.

Leopard 46 LISA IV - Main.

G5

Enigma XK

Perle Bleue

PERLE BLEUE superyacht

PERLE BLEUE superyacht

The Big Blue

The Big Blue yacht

The Big Blue yacht

This is Us

Luxury sailing yacht THIS IS US (ex Skylge)

Luxury sailing yacht THIS IS US (ex Skylge)

VOYAGER’S AWARD

Exuma

Super Yacht Exuma photo courtesy of Perini Navi

Super Yacht Exuma photo courtesy of Perini Navi

Cookson 50 Yacht Victoire becomes Overall Winner of 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race

December 30, 2013

Day 5 and the remaining yachts participating in the 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race had a slight respite from prevailing weather conditions as the southwesterly moderated to 20 – 25 knots over night into this morning. Unfortunately for Roger Hickman’s Wild Rose yacht, any chance of upsetting sailing yacht Victoire as overall handicap leader went by the boards with the diminishing breeze – at 4am AEDT, when the boat needed to cross the finish line, it still had 35 miles to go.

Sailing yacht Victoire at race start - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Sailing yacht Victoire at race start - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

By mid-morning the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia could confirm that Darryl Hodgkinson’s Cookson 50 yacht Victoire was the official Overall Winner of the 69th edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. At a dockside presentation, Hodgkinson the owner/skipper, was presented with the Tattersall’s Cup and a Rolex timepiece.

Hodgkinson, a plastic surgeon from Sydney, bought the boat as a birthday present to himself and told his wife his goal was a two-year plan to win the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race — he fast tracked the timeline, succeeding on his first try. This was Hodgkinson’s third go at the race, having competed in 2010 and 2011 on his Beneteau 45.

Elated with the win, Hodgkinson said, “This is the culmination of a great campaign, it’s a personal victory and one I share with all sailors who did the race. I feel somewhat humbled to have won.”

Victoire Yacht - 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Overall Winner - Photo by Rolex Daniel Forster

Victoire Yacht - 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Overall Winner - Photo by Rolex/Daniel Forster

The exuberant skipper was quick to praise his mostly amateur crew and put the win down to meticulous planning and preparation. He praised tactician and strategist Sean Kirkjian – a 17-time race veteran – and said, “He’s a wizard, who is just playing ‘ocean chess’ all the time”.  As well he touted Danny McConville, who has prepared two or three Hobart winners before, and said “This boat was in marvelous condition before we left the dock. We had a fair bit of preparation, I’d say.”

Victoire yacht’s navigator, Phil Eadie confirmed the meticulous preparation and ‘leaving no stone unturned’ approach and said, “A lot of work has gone into this with Darryl. He had meetings every morning for months, making sure everything works.

Eadie has sailed in 34 editions of the race, and used that experience to draw from, “I plotted the tracks of a lot of the ones we’ve won before or other people have won before, just to sort of get a feel of it – that we didn’t step too far outside of the paddock.

“There was a lot of preplanning, mostly in the last 24 hours before the start – we planned the whole race what we would do in theory, based on the weather, and had that laid out – and balanced that against reality. We have a really good weather guy, Chris Buckley from Perth, and he gave us a lot of good input.”

Victoire crew - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Victoire crew - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Hodgkinson recalled the key elements of Victoire yacht’s win, “It was a fairly tough race. When we got that heavy northeasterly, there were moments when we had to believe in ourselves, and our yacht. We knew this boat had won before, and so we let it run. We knew we were only going to win if we pressed really hard, and we couldn’t let our foot off the pedal. And there were some moments when the foot was right down and it was like ‘oh, this is a ride’, and we were thrilled. Of course it was part terror! At one point, we had a Chinese gybe – which was pretty scary – but amazingly we got the boat up and going, and it worked out.

“But we changed our sail plan after that, and were quite surprised with the change from the A4 (headsail) to A6, how we could still maintain the speed. So I think we learned on the stick, as it were, on that one.”

A steady stream of yachts crossed the line over the past 24 hours, and as of 6pm local time AEDT, there were 17 yachts still racing, 67 finishers, and 10 retired. The back marker was the 38-footer, Déjà Vu, which was expected at the finish early on the morning of January 1st.

Highly innovative sailing yacht Infiniti 100R by Infiniti Yachts

December 30, 2013

The impressive 100-foot sailing yacht Infiniti 100R by Infiniti Yachts is a highly innovative vessel, engineered and designed to be the fastest monohull in the world, capable of shattering every monohull record and claiming line honours in every race.
 Superyacht Infiniti 100R is run by man and not machine, as she does not require an engine to drive winches or canting keel, and thus she is eligible for all credible records.

Superyacht Infiniti 100R by Infiniti Yachts

Superyacht Infiniti 100R by Infiniti Yachts

In conditions that deliver 20-25 knots of wind luxury yacht Infiniti 100R has the potential to sail 700 nautical miles in a 24 hours; the current world record stands at 596 nautical miles.
 No supermaxi has ever undergone such intensive development and testing prior to construction. This has included radio controlled models, a 23ft test yacht, an extensive tank testing program at the Wolfson and GKN tanks, wind tunnel testing at the Twisted Flow facility at Auckland University and 3 years of refinement sailing an 27ft scale model of the Infiniti 100R yacht in all conditions. This is product development and testing at the highest level.

The Infiniti 100R superyacht dimensions are:

30m in length

20,000kg of displacement

6.2m beam

6.0m draft

DSS foil fitted Wild Oats XI Yacht takes 7th line honours victory at Rolex Sydney Hobart

December 30, 2013

Fitted with the Dynamic Stability System (DSS) foil developed by Infiniti Yachts Ltd, the impressive 100-foot Wild Oats XI yacht has taken her seventh line honours victory at the just concluded Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.

DSS foil powered 100ft superyacht Wild Oats XI - Photo credit to Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

DSS foil powered 100ft superyacht Wild Oats XI - Photo credit to Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Infiniti Yachts Ltd and its sales team at Yachtzoo, Monaco congratulate Bob Oatley’s superyacht Wild Oats XI team for its record-levelling seventh line honours victory in the 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart. Infiniti Yachts has the revolutionary Dynamic Stability System (DSS) at the core of its design and as such provides unparalleled performance and comfort.

Part of the Australian 100 footer’s success in this year’s race can be directly attributed to the DSS foil fitted to sailing yacht Wild Oats XI this season. Some 10 years in development, the patent-protected DSS foil runs laterally across the boat and when required can be deployed to leeward beneath the waterline. The vertical lift this provides, which increases with the speed of the yacht, dramatically improves righting moment, an effect similar to having many more crew on the weather rail. This in turn translates into the boat having more power, less drag and therefore improved performance.

On Wild Oats XI yacht, the DSS foil protrudes from the leeward side of the hull by just over 2m and the foil provides eight to ten tonnes of vertical lift. The added righting moment the foil provided in the Rolex Sydney Hobart was also vital in enabling Wild Oats XI, with her narrow beam of 5.2m, to compete with the newer and more powerful Perpetual LOYAL yacht, which has a beam of 7.4m, in bigger conditions and points of sail when righting moment was a key factor.

“The trial results were quite remarkable. There was an impressive increase in speed,” said Wild Oats XI skipper Mark Richards of the effect of the DSS foil prior to the Boxing Day start. Following the race he enthused how they hit 35 knots boat speed at one stage. “The new foils were phenomenal,’ he said. “They gave us a lot more control in the extreme conditions, and the hard running we did today.”

Chris Links, one of Wild Oats XI yacht’s helmsmen, said of the DSS foil before the race: “It gives us some more stability in those tighter angles and in the heavy downwind it lifts the bow 300mm. In those steep little seas it helps get us on to the waves and surf for longer. We have seen it really work a couple of times, which has really blown us away when it clicks in.”

Arriving in Hobart, tactician Iain Murray attributed a 5% gain in Wild Oats XI’s speed to the DSS foil, which had been put to good work as the wind built to more than 30 knots coming down the east coast of Tasmania and continued to build as they hardened up to cross the aptly named Storm Bay.

In fact according to the DSS’s creator British yacht designer Hugh Welbourn, Wild Oats XI superyacht’s retro-fitted foil can be considered a ‘DSS-lite’, and therefore only achieves a relatively small percentage increase in performance compared to what would be expected with from an Infiniti yacht where the DSS foil is integral to the original design. It has a smaller area and is shorter than would normally be fitted to a 100ft maxi. It is also straight, whereas DSS foils normally have some curvature to them that raises the tip of the foil when it is deployed, creating yet more lift.

Luxury yacht Wild Oats XI is the one of the latest to be fitted with a DSS foil, however Infiniti Yachts have several Welbourn designs that have been created specifically to harness the potential of the foil. Rather than gaining righting moment from traditional features such as keel bulb weight or draft or waterline beam, the Infiniti Yachts are typically lighter and more slender than many other designs, deriving a greater portion of their righting moment from the DSS foil. This is a highly potent combination providing blistering pace off the wind in anything above light to moderate conditions and a fine, low drag hull in light conditions when the DSS foil is simply retracted into the hull. Upwind the DSS foil produces less righting moment but decreases pitching and heeling, resulting in better performance and more comfort.

The Infiniti 100R for example weighs just over 20 tonnes making her the world’s lightest 100ft offshore racing monohull, capable of covering more than 700 miles/day. All the Infiniti Yacht designs benefit from DSS and its significant improvement in performance and comfort.

“It is great to see Wild Oats XI perform so well and this gives us even greater confidence that the Infiniti 100R, which is lighter and has much more optimised DSS foils, will perform as we expect and will deliver our clients something truly spectacular and unique,” said Infiniti Yachts’ Gordon  Kay.

Chris Richardson from Yachtzoo added: “We at Yachtzoo are delighted to see DSS leading the field in a top quality event and are proud to be the exclusive sales team for Infiniti Yachts.”

DSS creator Hugh Welbourn said: “This race has been a great demonstration of the effectiveness of DSS even when not allied with a purpose-designed hull and rig. However even when the configuration is less than ideal, it’s been good to see the dramatic benefits being well repaid in this victory for Wild Oats XI against a quality fleet, and reinforcing the belief we have in our technology and its application to varying design configurations.”

Flying start for Princess Yachts in 2014 with three dazzling boat show displays

December 30, 2013

It will be a flying start for Princess Yachts in 2014, with three amazing boat show displays at London, Düsseldorf, as well as Miami.

Motor yacht Princess 82 to be presented at 2014 London Boat Show

Motor yacht Princess 82 to be presented at 2014 London Boat Show

Each show will feature new and exciting models from the Princess range. The highly acclaimed V48 Open will make her UK debut at the London Boat Show (4-12 January 2014) at ExCeL, London, where Princess will deliver the largest and most spectacular display the show has ever seen, with 10 boats exhibited.

The V48 Open will be presented amongst a stunning collection of ten motor yachts, including the new 88 Motor Yacht and Princess 43, both of which will appear at the show for the first time, and the 82 Motor Yacht, 72 Motor Yacht, Princess 64 and 56 flybridge models as well as the V57, V52 and V39 sports yachts.

At boot Düsseldorf – taking place at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre in Germany from 18 – 26 January 2014 – Princess will be presenting its largest display at the show to date, with nine models, including debuts of the 82 Motor Yacht, Princess 52, Princess 43 and the V48. Completing the line up on stand B21, Hall 6 will be the 98 Motor Yacht, which will once again be one of the largest yachts on display at Düsseldorf, the 72 Motor Yacht, Princess 56 flybridge models and the V39 and V57 sports yachts.

Across the Atlantic, the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show (13 – 17 February 2014) will play host to the world premiere of the new Princess S Class, with the S72 yacht making its debut. The first of a new breed of Princess yacht, the S72 will set a new standard on performance, style and on-water attitude.

Fitted with twin Caterpillar or MAN engines from 1622hp to 1800hp, the S72 will handle every bit as well as she looks. A proven deep-V hull and low centre of gravity will deliver class-leading ride quality, with speeds expected to pass 37 knots, along with a highly efficient cruising range. With intelligent design and sleek looks to match the S72 will be a true show stopper.

Record Six Nominations for Princess Yachts at 2014 Motor Boat Awards

December 30, 2013

Princess Yachts has been nominated as a finalist in four categories of the 2014 Motor Boat Awards. The amazing six Princess yacht models have been shortlisted at the annual IPC Marine Media awards, a record for one builder.

Princess 32M Yacht nominated for 2014 Motor Boat Award

Princess 32M Yacht nominated for 2014 Motor Boat Award

Following the success of the V39 and V52 in previous years, the V57 and V48 are both nominated in the Sportscruiser over 45ft category. Both the Princess 52 and 43 are finalists for best Flybridge up to 55ft while the Princess 56 will contend in the over 55ft category. From Princess expanding range of M CLASS superyachts the Princess 32M yacht has been shortlisted for best Custom Yacht.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on the 6th January 2014.

Sunseeker 101 Sport Yacht and 86 Yacht to be launched in 2014

December 30, 2013

Sunseeker International has announced that the all-new 101 Sport Yacht as well as 86 Yacht will be both launched in 2014. Both superyacht models are set to become available in Spring 2014.

Sunseeker 101 Sport Yacht

Sunseeker 86 Yacht

The highly anticipated new generation 101 Sport Yacht is set to be a head turner thanks to its striking looks and styling. Sporting aggressive yet sleek lines and the option of carbon eyebrows and coachroof, the 101 Sport Yacht is unmistakable. The epitome of contemporary styling, this stunning yacht takes modern boat building to the next level.

The interior of the 101 Sport Yacht has been expertly finished and the attention to detail throughout the yacht is second to none. The open plan saloon has a spacious feel to it thanks to the expansive glazed windows, which flood the saloon with natural light.  The luxurious theme continues in the four exquisitely detailed cabins. The 101 Sport Yacht also offers a flexible galley combined with crew quarters amidships.

Blending almost imperceptibly within the sleek lines of the yacht, the large flybridge on the top deck provides the perfect open air entertaining area. Boasting two lounge areas in which to relax, a dining area, a sunpad and fully seated bar, the flybridge is a sight to behold.  The 101 Sport Yacht matches its good looks with outstanding performance and can achieve top speeds of up to 30-40 knots depending on whether shaft or arneson drives are chosen.

Sunseeker 86 Yacht

Sunseeker 101 Sport Yacht

The 86 Yacht is sure to be the star of 2014. This very special boat will undoubtedly stand out from the crowd as it successfully teams performance with exceptional design. Achieving top speeds of up to 31 knots, the 86 Yacht boasts exceptional handling and extended cruising with highly impressive range of up to 1,500nm.

The 86 Yacht is clearly identifiable as a Sunseeker thanks to its striking hull design, which showcases clean cut lines and sharp features. While the carbon hardtop and large span of windows enhances the sleek look of the 86 Yacht.

However, comfort, space and technology are all key characteristics of the yacht’s interior. The 86 Yacht also offers large flexibility with an option for owners to tailor the design and layout to suit their needs as the main deck galley can be open plan or enclosed. The standard 86 Yacht offers four suites with full beam master with the unique option of a fifth cabin and a two berth crew cabin. It is this lower deck accommodation that sets the 86 Yacht apart from the competition as it provides the equivalent space of a 90ft model.

The 86 Yacht exudes exclusivity as the VIP stateroom is accessed from its own private stairway leading from the main deck.

Stewart McIntyre, Managing Director at Sunseeker International, commented: “The entire Sunseeker team has worked incredibly hard on both the 101 Sport Yacht and 86 Yacht so we are looking forward to launching these in early 2014. Both are stunning yachts, which are true testament to the hard work of the team and the level of design you can come to expect from a Sunseeker.”

To find out more about the eagerly anticipated 101 Sport Yacht and 86 Yacht visit the Sunseeker team at stand B220 at London Boat Show from 4th to 12th January 2014.

Horizon receives Taiwan Excellence Awards for Horizon Polaris and E56 Yachts

December 30, 2013

Horizon is thrilled to announce that superyacht “Horizon Polaris” as well as motor yacht E56 have each been honoured with the Taiwan Excellence award from the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Taiwan.

Superyacht Horizon Polaris by Horizon

Superyacht Horizon Polaris by Horizon

This is the first Taiwan Excellence award for the E56, Horizon’s smallest motoryacht offering and one of its most popular models, and the second award for luxury yacht Horizon Polaris, which is Horizon’s largest yacht built to-date; the Horizon Polaris is also a contender for the Taiwan Excellence Gold Award, the highest award given among all products.

Horizon E56 Yacht

Horizon E56 Yacht

“We are honored to receive Taiwan Excellence awards for the E56 and Horizon Polaris – these awards reflect Horizon’s complete dedication to yacht quality and design, something we take extreme pride in and will continue to improve upon throughout our luxury yacht collection,” said Horizon CEO John Lu.

Taiwan Excellence is awarded each year to Taiwanese products that exhibit the best R&D, quality, overall design and marketing. Horizon has received a total of four awards over the past four years and hopes to add the Taiwan Excellence Gold Award to the list.

Horizon’s 2013 End of Year Report

December 30, 2013

As another year comes to an end, Horizon looks back at the various yachts they have constructed and delivered in 2013, and they are proud to report that this year they handed over 20 yachts and the total length is over 1600 feet to both new as well as returning owners from all over the world.

Horizon shipyard

Horizon shipyard

Owners from six countries, spread out over 3 continents, purchased yachts ranging from 56 to 115 feet from the E series, EP series, P series, PC series, and RP series. These yachts were built in a variety of styles – open bridge, skylounge, CMY – and with a number of custom features – cockpits, hi/lo swim platforms, beach clubs – taking advantage of the flexibility Horizon offers in customizing a yacht to suit the owner’s individual needs and lifestyle.

Growth will continue for Horizon into 2014, with 18 yachts currently under construction from 52 to 120 feet within the E series, P series, PC series, RP series, and V series. Horizon is extremely grateful to all the owners who chose them as their yacht builder in 2013, and they look forward to another successful year of helping their clients’ creative visions come to life with their Horizon yacht.

ARC 2013 attended by 15 Oyster yachts

December 30, 2013

As the tail-enders tied up in Caribbean‘s St Lucia just in time for Christmas, this year’s ARC as well as the first ARC+ Atlantic crossings ended with the fastest and slowest ever times for a fleet that also had never before spread so wide north and south, there being a full 1,300 miles between the extremes.

ARC 2013

ARC 2013

That’s equivalent to half the entire rhumb line crossing distance, or as Yachting World’s Elaine Bunting quipped: “…a good three clothing layer difference and a 20-point SP factor variation.”

The split in the fleet came in three parts. A predicted depression way north of the rhumb with the promise of high winds tempted the outright racing element while the cruising core went south and then further divided over the decision to chase or not the trades which were untypically being pushed southward by a high. Those who went at first hit calms. Those who stayed sailed into unexpected winds and powered up.

Storming the longer northern route, one-off carbon lightweight flyer Caro, 65ft and just 17 tonnes, may have smashed the course record by eight hours, arriving in just 10 days 21 hours, but the Oyster fleet with two Class winners and seconds overall in both the Racing and Cruising Divisions racked up more honours than any other single builder.

First of the Oyster ARC fleet of 15 to arrive in St Lucia was Oyster 885 superyacht Karibu, skippered by Eric Sweetser, in a comfortable 14 days 23 hours, but on corrected time, including hours under engine (this is cruising after all!), it was Eric Alfredsom aboard Oyster 53 Lisanne who scooped that prize and also took first place in Cruising Class D with Andreas Zimmerman following in third aboard sistership Oyster 53 Dragonfly and, confirming Oyster’s domination in this Class, then Klaus Schmidt fifth with Sleipnir, again an  Oyster 53.  Reinforcing how well first-placed Lisanne had sailed, her crew had also pulled off a second overall in the Cruising Division’s 162 finishers.

Another owner particularly delighted to take top slot in Class, and also second overall this time in the Racing Division, was Ross Appleby with his well travelled and much raced Oyster Light Wave 48 Scarlet Oyster. “We’ve now won Racing Class B for the third time in a row,” Ross enthused, “we are so delighted, only one other boat has won twice in a row in a race division so the hat-trick is very pleasing!”  And well earned by a determined entrant who, troubled by time and the pre-start bad weather in the Bay of Biscay, had gone to the extreme of trucking Scarlet Oyster from the UK to southern Spain to guarantee getting to the start!

Meanwhile, the first running of the sibling ARC+ event, beginning two weeks before the ARC itself, and stopping en route at Mindelo in the Cape Verdes islands, proved a resounding success with the stopover presenting a fascinating snapshot of a welcoming and highly individual island culture. The ARC+ fleet numbered 42, taking total ‘ARC’ numbers this year to a record 268, making this the largest ever transocean event. Included in the ARC+ were three Oysters with June and Alex Laidlaw’s Oyster 46 Sonsy Lass first Oyster into St Lucia while notching third in Cruising – Class B.

The staging and staggering of these two events placed the Oyster Customer Services team on station in Las Palmas for longer than ever before with the legendary free pre-departure servicing and support for all Oyster ARC entries. And again for some rather than just being helpful this proved near critical with one self-cared for boat found to have a failed through-hull exhaust fitting that was leaking water into the lazarette. The team arranged the fabrication on the island of a complete new unit which was then fitted, tested and trialled before a safe departure.

Also among the usual several autopilot issues, custom delays for one yacht awaiting a replacement drive unit were resolved only by Oyster ultimately sourcing for the owner another unit in England and packing a staff member off on a plane to Gran Canaria.  But then that’s always been the Oyster way, safe sailing well served, whether new or old, first- or pre-owned. And that’s why and how so many of the Oyster ARC participants are now enjoying more distant adventures. World Cruising too should of course be congratulated, in the 28 years of running this event they’ve helped an astonishing total of 27,000 sailors to cross the Atlantic – an extraordinary contribution to yachting and, of course, stories at the bar!

Racing – Class B
1st Scarlet Oyster – Oyster Lightwave 48

Cruising – Class A
2nd Essex Girl – Oyster one-off
3rd Delicia – Oyster 625
8th Acheron – Oyster 655
10th Red Cat – Oyster 625
12th Karibu – Oyster 885

Cruising – Class B
5th Ayesha II – Oyster 575

Cruising – Class C
8th Surya – Oyster 54
13th Vamos – Oyster 625
17th Oyster Reach – Oyster 54

Cruising – Class D
1st Lisanne – Oyster 53
3rd Dragonfly – Oyster 53
5th Sleipnir – Oyster 53

Cruising – Class H
5th Merlyn of Poole – Oyster 45
11th Sephina of Beaumaris – Oyster 406

ARC+

Cruising – Class A
3rd Sonsy Lass – Oyster 46

Cruising – Class B
8th Josie Maria – Oyster 575
12th Babella – Oyster 35 Mariner