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New image of Benetti superyacht VELOCE 140

February 04, 2015

Written by zuzana

The latest addition to the Benetti Class Fast Displacement range, superyacht Veloce 140’ by Benetti is a beautiful and elegant 42-metre vessel, with exterior styling & concept by Stefano Righini and interior design by Redman Whiteley Dixon. Providing comfort and fun, ranging from the huge sun deck overlooking the sea to the central swimming pool and the upper deck, luxury motor yacht Veloce 140’ offers deluxe accommodation to up to 12 guests in 6 beautifully appointed cabins. Below is a new running image of this beauty, released by Benetti.

Benetti superyacht VELOCE 140

Benetti superyacht VELOCE 140

Navantia launch new restricted ‘Yacht Club’ for crew members

February 04, 2015

Written by zuzana

The Spanish superyacht refit and repair shipyard, Navantia S.A., has announced the launch of its new restricted ‘Yacht Club’ on their website, dedicated to crew members. This exclusive club can be accessed from any computer or smartphone, and is linked to a VIP card and password.

Aerial view of superyacht refit and repair shipyard Navantia S.A.

Aerial view of superyacht refit and repair shipyard Navantia S.A.

When speaking to Yachting Pages, Navantia S.A. commented, “This new service provides exclusive information and services to our clients during their stay at Navantia S.A., Cartagena.

“The service was put in place to complement our bilingual yacht crew assistance service and allows crew staying within our region to access extra information on where to go, places to practice sports, rent a car, find taxi services, hotels, etc…”

Yacht Club offers additional exclusive advantages, such as discounts at certain restaurants and forms part of an initiative to improve the attention provided to crews at Navantia, providing a personalised service.

Founded in 1730, Navantia S.A. specialises in boat repair services for yachts and superyachts of all sizes in Cartagena, Spain. The shipyard boasts a large dry dock of 214m and a large workspace with capacity for 10 yachts simultaneously.

Navantia also revealed that in the first quarter of 2014 its turnover showed over a 25% increase compared to the total turnover in 2013.  The company puts this down to its marketing activity, improvements to crew services and competitive pricing.

Out of the 16 contracts signed throughout 2014, 12 were yachts that had already visited Cartagena in the past.

Dubai International Boat Show 2015 to feature sailing section

February 04, 2015

Written by zuzana

As sailing’s popularity continues to grow in the region, the upcoming 23rd edition of the Dubai International Boat Show, running in the breath-taking Dubai yacht holiday location from March 3 to 7, will feature a dedicated sailing section. This will help newcomers learn more about the activity and for enthusiasts to meet and interact with exhibitors as well as other fans and see the latest and best sailing boats on the market.

Dubai International Boat Show 2015 to feature sailing section

Dubai International Boat Show 2015 to feature sailing section

While sailing has formed part of traditional life in the United Arab Emirates and the wider region, as Gulf states have increasingly developed planned communities around an active, on-water lifestyle, demand and interest in the activity has skyrocketed in the past few years. Abu Dhabi’s recent hosting of a stage in the Volvo Ocean Race drew thousands of visitors.

“We are definitely seeing increased interest in sailing here in Dubai, with our waiting list to join being very long – from young children through to adults,” said James Shuttleworth, Chief Instructor Sailing Department, Dubai Offshore Sailing Club. “The conditions here in Dubai are ideal for sailing, with year-round sunny weather, favourable wind conditions and water being such a big part of Dubai life. For many people in the expat community, they may also have the time and money to try out things that they wouldn’t have been able to do in their own countries.”

The DIBS Sailing section, which will be a part of the Outdoor Display area of the show, is designed as an interactive zone, where enthusiasts – from experienced sailors to first-timers – can see boats, brands, equipment and suppliers from across the globe in a relaxed environment. Visitors will be able to get specialist technical advice from experts and see the latest technologies and products.

New sailing section at the Dubai International Boat Show 2015

New sailing section at the Dubai International Boat Show 2015

First time exhibitor, and participant in DIBS Sailing, Pelican Marine Equipment Trading will be bringing six sailing brands to the show, including boats from Laser Performance, the world’s largest producer of small sailboats.

“Even before we visited the show for the first time in 2014 we had noticed a huge demand in people wanting to get out onto the water and sail. Where only a few years ago it was much more of a niche activity, the Middle East is now a very up and coming market for sailing, and we’re thrilled to be able to bring the best and most popular sailing products to the region’s growing enthusiasts,” said Jayne Gilmour, General Manager, Pelican Marine Equipment Trading.

To enhance the sailing experience, DIBS Sailing will offer members of the public the chance to enjoy the pleasures of sailing, with visitors invited to take the helm, trim the sails or simply sit back and enjoy the ride as they soak up the atmosphere of Dubai Marina with the unique opportunity to participate as crew on a Match Race.

DIBS by night

DIBS by night

The races, which will be held on 6 and 7 March, will feature an experienced skipper on each boat, who will provide a safety and sailing brief for the crew, and are being promoted by DUBOATS, a long-time exhibitor at Dubai International Boat Show.

“We have been participating in the show every year since 2004; it’s important to be there to support the GCC’s maritime industry. By attending we get the opportunity to meet with our clients and other people in the industry,” said Miguel Contreras, General Manager, DUBOATS. “We really feel we are in the market not just to sell sailing and power boats but to promote and push for more sailing in the Gulf.”

“The Dubai International Boat Show has continued to grow year on year because every year we make sure that we are responding to the needs of the industry and helping to drive demand in growth areas,” said Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President of DWTC. “By listening to what our exhibitors and visitors tell us, we keep refreshing the event every time.”

“Here at the club, we have a good mix of experience levels across the board, with complete beginners through to people who have competed at Olympic level,” said Dubai Offshore Sailing Club’s Shuttleworth. “The future looks very good for sailing here in Dubai, with the growth and development of marinas and facilities that we are currently seeing there is only going to be more growth in sailing.”

The 23rd Dubai International Boat Show at Dubai International Marine Club – Mina Seyahi is open to trade visitors and the general public from 3pm – 9.30pm daily from 3-7 March 2015.

Bannenberg & Rowell-designed 70m motor yacht Hull 812 enters dry dock at Feadship Royal van Lent yard

February 04, 2015

Written by zuzana

January 31, 2015 saw the Bannenberg & Rowell-designed 70m motor yacht Hull 812 enter the dry dock at the Feadship Royal van Lent yard on Kaag island, the Netherlands, where she will be outfitted and completed. Luxury mega yacht Hull 812 was spotted in the photo below, while entering the dry dock. The photo was taken by Maurits Freijsen / Tugspotters and shared by Dutchmegayachts.

Bannenberg & Rowell-designed 70m motor yacht Hull 812 enters dry dock at Feadship Royal van Lent yard  - Photo by Maurits Freijsen

Bannenberg & Rowell-designed 70m motor yacht Hull 812 enters dry dock at Feadship Royal van Lent yard - Photo by Maurits Freijsen / Tugspotters

Luxury superyacht Hull 812 by Feadship is expected to be delivered in 2016. More details about this striking vessel are still expected to be released.

Rendering of superyacht Hull 812

Rendering of superyacht Hull 812

Luxury motor yacht Hull 812 by Feadship

Rendering of luxury motor yacht Hull 812 by Feadship

Below is a choice of the superb charter yachts with design by Bannenberg & Rowell.

Oyster Yachts close two new contracts at 2015 Dusseldorf Boat Show

February 04, 2015

Written by zuzana

Last month saw Oyster Yachts proudly introduce two of their British world-class cruising yachts, sailing yacht Oyster 575 as well as the Oyster 825 superyacht Reina, at the Düsseldorf Boat Show 2015. The superbly designed and crafted Reina yacht was the largest sailing yacht on display for the second year running.

Oyster 825 superyacht REINA underway

Oyster 825 superyacht REINA underway

Oyster CEO David Tydeman said: “For the second year running, we were pleased to present a ‘best of both’ approach with the 3rd of our Oyster 825’s built by our Southampton yard, alongside the 26th Oyster 575 built by our Norfolk operation. Both yachts featured new concepts, not previously shown at boat shows, which demonstrate our willingness to work with our clients on customisation. This included the shallow draft, centreboard and twin rudder of the 575 complemented by the extended transom. On the Oyster 825, the new ‘Skyships’ technology to monitor and control on-board systems caught the imagination of many.”

The nine-day event fulfilled the expectations of many exhibitors including Oyster, with the 575 and 825 enticing buyers to join over 1,000 current Oyster owners, as two new contracts were closed during the 2015 show bolstering the order book to a total of 32 yachts.

David Tydeman continued: “We are in a very good position which is enabling us to look at expanding production resources at both facilities in Norfolk and Southampton, reinforced by the two new contracts signed at the show. With 4 yachts currently in commissioning, 14 in build and 14 waiting to start, we now look forward to presenting the range at our annual Private View event in London at St Katharine Docks at the end of April.”

The next show for Oyster will be the Miami International Boat Show 12 – 16 February where the British yacht builder will be presenting the Oyster 575.

Below is a gallery for the lovely charter yachts built by Oyster.

Video: New Hatteras GT70 Yacht

February 04, 2015

Written by zuzana

Motor yacht GT70 represents the newest and largest convertible built by the US shipyard, Hatteras Yachts. Designed for speed, the Hatteras GT70 yacht is an amazing sea boat for fishing or cruising, boasting such technical highlights as the deep propeller pockets, closed-cell foam coring, optional twin MTU 2,600 bhp engines, as well as optional Seakeeper gyro stabilization. Released by Hatteras Yachts, the video below enables to experience the journey on the brand new GT70, expected to be displayed at this year’s Miami Boat Show, starting in the fantastic Florida yacht charter location – Miami on February 12.

Three Dubois superyacht designs among World Superyacht Awards 2015 Finalists

February 04, 2015

Written by zuzana

Luxury motor yacht Como, sailing yacht Mondango 3, as well as superyacht Escapade have been nominated for this year’s World Superyacht Awards. All of these striking vessels have been superbly penned by multi-award winning Dubois Naval Architects.

46m motor yacht COMO by Feadship

46m motor yacht COMO by Feadship

Superyacht Como features in the ‘Semi-displacement or Planing Motor Two Deck Motor Yacht – 38m and above‘ category. Luxury yacht Mondango 3 in ‘Sailing Yachts 45m and above‘, and Escapade yacht in the ‘Sailing Yachts 30m – 44.9m‘ bracket.

COMO

Luxury yacht COMO is a progressive 46,2m semi-displacement vessel, representing the first Dubois-designed superyacht to be built by Feadship. The interior styling by Redman Whiteley Dixon is sympathetic to the exterior theme and is particularly elegant, with dark timbers, polished stainless steel and fine detailing. The interior arrangement features a rotating circular floor in the main saloon, allowing the seascape to be admired from any direction with ease.

Luxury superyacht MONDANGO 3 - Image credit to Chris Lewis

Luxury superyacht MONDANGO 3 - Image credit to Chris Lewis

MONDANGO 3

The striking 56-metre superyacht Mondango 3 represents the 23rd Dubois design to be built by Alloy Yachts, with interior design by Reymond Langton. She features a swing down centreboard, twin sub-deck tender wells, aft deck spa pool and 60-square-metre flybridge. The vessel epitomizes the extraordinarily high standard of sailing superyacht achieved by the excellence in design combined with superb construction in all areas; structural, systems, engineering and interior finish.

Sailing yacht Escapade by Fitzroy and Dubois - Photo by Andrea Francolini

Sailing yacht Escapade by Fitzroy and Dubois - Photo by Andrea Francolini

ESCAPADE

Super yacht Escapade is a beautiful 37,5m fast cruising sloop, built by Fitzroy Yachts in New Zealand, with interiors created by Design Unlimited. She features a raised saloon and a fixed bimini over the cockpit, which has mechanically operated sliding windows. The master cabin and two guest staterooms can be found aft, with a 4th cabin, come day room, galley and crew space forward.

Below is a selection of the luxurious charter yachts with design by Dubois.

Maritime cooperation opportunities between Dubai and Hamburg discussed by DMCA

February 03, 2015

Written by zuzana

Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) has discussed ways to strengthen joint maritime cooperation and explore potential maritime-based investment opportunities between Dubai and Hamburg. This was announced during a recent visit to the DMCA offices, made by German trade delegation, headed by Prof Dr. Hans-Jorg Schmidt-Trenz, CEO, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, as well as Corinna Nienstedt, Executive Vice President and International Director, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce.

Amer Ali, Executive Director, DMCA, giving the Authority’s shield to Prof Dr. Hans-Jorg Schmidt-Trenz, CEO, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and the accompanying delegation at the headquarters of Dubai Maritime City Authority

Amer Ali, Executive Director, DMCA, giving the Authority’s shield to Prof Dr. Hans-Jorg Schmidt-Trenz, CEO, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and the accompanying delegation at the headquarters of Dubai Maritime City Authority

The delegation was met by Amer Ali, Executive Director, accompanied by the Authority’s senior executives and managers. During their visit, Ali stressed on the importance of consolidating ties between the two countries, especially across the exchange of knowledge and experiences, which can help serve common goals and visions set by the UAE and Germany.

Ali said: “DMCA believes in the importance of working together to reflect future ambitious aspirations–leading us towards intensifying efforts to enhance bilateral maritime relations between Dubai and Hamburg. This visit is an important move that will support our tireless efforts to enable German companies to optimally benefit from promising investment opportunities within the local maritime sector, which has seen steady growth over the past few years. The experienced increase can be attributed to the unlimited support given by the country’s wise leadership and the tireless efforts exerted by the DMCA to establish solid legislative standards and guidelines that will improve the performance, safety, efficiency and competitiveness of the maritime sector, which in turn will help strengthen Dubai’s status as a world class global maritime hub.”

In response to the warm reception that they received, the delegates from Hamburg praised the authority and their move to support the country’s efforts to position Dubai as an attractive maritime hub for potential regional and international investors. The delegates also lauded the DMCA’s continuing commitment in strengthening the competitive advantages of Dubai on the maritime level–regionally and globally, through developing world-class standards and guidelines and the upgrading of infrastructure, operational processes, logistics and diversifying investment opportunities.

Piers Wilson receives inaugural Superyacht UK Lifetime Achievement Award

February 03, 2015

Written by zuzana

Piers Wilson has been honoured with the inaugural Superyacht UK Lifetime Achievement award, presented at the CWM FX London Boat Show 2015. This new prize has been introduced to honour those who have made an outstanding lifetime contribution to the superyacht sector and, in particular, the aims as well as objectives of Superyacht UK (SYUK).  The recipient is chosen by past and present Chairmen of SYUK.

Piers Wilson receives inaugural Superyacht UK Lifetime Achievement Award - Photo credit to onEdition 2015

Piers Wilson receives inaugural Superyacht UK Lifetime Achievement Award - Photo credit to onEdition 2015

Piers’ started his career in the marine industry as Production Manager at Camper & Nicholson’s Northern Yard.  He then went on to establish Southampton Yacht Services in 1980 at Shamrock Quay with John Dean.  Classic yachts are very close to his heart and he soon secured projects such as Ticonderoga (Herreshoff), sailing yacht Belle Adventure (Fife), sailing yacht Altair and the J-Class superyacht Velsheda.  Piers has also been heavily involved with 45m motor yacht refits, racing yachts such as charter yacht Mari Cha and has worked with Vosper Thornycroft and Pendennis on numerous projects.

SYUK Chairman Mike Carr said: “Piers is a charming and enthusiastic man, who has great respect and following amongst his employees as well as industry colleagues.  He is without doubt a true pillar of the UK superyacht sector and a worthy recipient of this lifetime achievement award.”

On receiving the award Piers added: “This award has come as a complete surprise to me and I am delighted to accept it. I have been very aware of the importance of Superyacht UK in promoting British companies’ interests in the marine market and I am honoured that my friends and colleagues have chosen me to be the recipient.

“I opted to change careers from the automotive to the marine industry forty five years ago and I can honestly say that I have never regretted that decision. The combination of technical challenges, commercial considerations, employment of highly skilled craftsmen and meeting extraordinary owners has ensured a fascinating career.”

The award was presented to Piers at the annual Superyacht UK (SYUK) Technical Seminar on Thursday 15 January 2015.

Sailing yacht MALTESE FALCON with ‘DynaRig’ by MAGMA Structures

February 03, 2015

Written by zuzana

MAGMA Structures, a global leader in composite technology based at Trafalgar Wharf in UK’s Portchester, is a creator of the revolutionary ‘DynaRig’ for the outstanding 88-metre charter yacht Maltese Falcon. Launched by Perini Navi in 2006, sailing yacht Maltese Falcon has proved that the DynaRig is a highly efficient, reliable, practical, easy to use and, above all, safe sailing system, delivering ease of handling, reliability and efficiency, even when sailing at 18 knots.

Maltese Falcon -  (2)

Maltese Falcon - (2)

In 2000, Dykstra Naval Architects were one of a number of naval architects asked to come up with a proposal for a Perini Navi 87m hull for a fast and safe ocean passage making rig. Several rig options were proposed, including a schooner rig, a traditional and modernized barque rig and the DynaRig. The owner quickly selected the DynaRig as he was trying to revive the ‘Clipper’ sailing concept of safe, fast sailing speeds in ocean conditions, together with single person button-controlled sail handling and good windward performance.

The rig for The Maltese Falcon yacht was developed, tested and built by a specialist engineering team with years of successful large yacht and rig experience, under the personal guidance of the yacht’s first visionary owner, Tom Perkins. The team spent over 90,000 design and development hours on the rig, the fittings, the sails and the sailing systems.

Superyacht Maltese Falcon has 3 free-standing, rotating masts approximately 58m in height which hoist a total sail area of 2400m². Since its launch in 2006, the vessel has cruised and raced extensively in the Pacific, Caribbean, Atlantic and Mediterranean, covering well over 100,000 miles; a large majority under sail. The yacht has executed more than 11,000 individual sail sets, through storms, gales and calms and raced in many superyacht events and transatlantic regattas.

Remarkably, for a 1200 tonne, 89m LOA vessel, luxury yacht Maltese Falcon has won several regattas including wins in three consecutive Perini Navi Cups in conditions ranging from flat calm to 35 knots plus. In each of these regattas, the entire sailing operation was carried by a crew of just three; helmsman, trimmer and tactician.

The unique characteristics of her rig enable luxury charter yacht Maltese Falcon to be sailed easily by just a few crew, as well as being able to manoeuvre confidently in confined waters, sail on and off her mooring and set sails for even very short trips; something other sailing superyachts are not able to achieve.