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Video from launch of Codecasa 42 Vintage Yacht Hull F 75

July 01, 2013

The second Codecasa 42 Vintage yacht Hull F 75 was launched by the respected Italian builder Codecasa Shipyards on Thursday, June 27, 2013. Lloyd’s registered and MCA compliant, motor yacht Hull F 75 offers beautiful accommodation to up to 10 guests in 5 cabins. Below is a video from the launch of the Codecasa 42 Vintage Hull F 75, made by Angelo Meini.

MCP Yachts to launch 42m motor yacht HEMISPHERE 140 on July 6

July 01, 2013

Currently under construction at the Brazilian shipyard MCP Yachts, the 42,5-metre motor yacht Hemisphere 140 is due to be launched on Saturday, July 6, 2013. Designed by the yard’s in-house team and Vripack, Hemisphere 140 yacht is entering the final stages of build, including fairing, painting, general outfitting, as well as finishing.

Luxury yacht Hemisphere 140 by MCP Yachts

Luxury yacht Hemisphere 140 by MCP Yachts

The brand-new superyacht Hemisphere 140 will provide luxurious accommodation for up to 10 guests. The main deck will offer a spacious master stateroom, fitted with a study, generous bathroom, as well as a walk in wardrobe.

Hemisphere 140 Yacht - upview

Hemisphere 140 Yacht - upview

Lloyd’s registered, Hemisphere 140 yacht will be run by twin 1825 HP Caterpillar C32ACERT diesel engines, delivering her a top speed of 19 knots.

Below is a choice of the superb charter yachts built by MCP Yachts.

New Director of Communications for New York Yacht Club

July 01, 2013

New York Yacht Club Commodore, Thomas J. Harrington, has announced that Stuart Streuli will become the new Director of Communications. The appointment reflects the mission of the NYYC as well as initiatives of Commodore Harrington and fellow flag officers – namely “state-of-the-art communications and technology making club access real, available and part of everyday club life”.

Stuart Streuli

Stuart Streuli

As Director of Communications, Stuart Streuli will lead and coordinate the NYYC’s communications and marketing activities. He will promote club events, such as the NYYC Annual Regatta presented by Rolex, NYYC Race Week at Newport and NYYC Invitational Cup presented by Rolex, in a way that is consistent with the Club’s mission.

After nearly 15 years as an editor at Sailing World magazine, Stuart brings a tremendous amount of media experience. He was one of the driving forces behind the magazine’s multimedia efforts, working extensively across a variety of mediums, including print, photography, video and social media. He has extensive experience in top-end sailing competitions from the perspective of a participant and a journalist.

Stuart succeeds Michael Levitt who is retiring after 17 years as Director of Communications. Michael came to the NYYC having written 13 books, some of them with NYYC members such as Dennis Conner, Tom Whidden and Ted Hood and was an editor of Nautical Quarterly, Yachting magazine and what is now Sailing World. He recognized early on the importance of websites as a communications tool for an organization like the NYYC and worked on four iterations of the NYYC’s website. He edited the New York Yacht Club Magazine and also led marketing efforts for the Club. The Club thanks Michael for his many contributions to the Club and wishes him a healthy and happy retirement.

Orange Coast Yachts of California – New Member of the Horizon Sales Team

July 01, 2013

Horizon Group, the largest yacht manufacturer in Taiwan and accredited as one of the world’s top 10 of yacht builders as well as member of SYBAss (Super Yacht Builders Association), is delighted to announce that Orange Coast Yacht Sales in California has joined its team of Sales and Service Partners.

Jim McLaren, the new Sales and Service Partner of Horizon Yachts

Jim McLaren, the new Sales and Service Partner of Horizon Yachts

Jim McLaren, the head of Orange Coast Yacht Sales, brings with him a wealth of experience with over 43 years of promoting and servicing his clients in the South West market and is a welcome addition to the Horizon family. Orange Coast Yachts will work together with Emerald Pacific Yachts (EPYS) as the center points for Horizon sales and service on the U.S. West Coast.

With EPYS focusing on the Pacific North West market for Horizon and Orange Coast’s extensive experience in South West, this will allow Horizon to expand its network and provide more defined coverage throughout the West Coast Market.

Preparations for 2013 Newport Bucket Regatta well underway

July 01, 2013

Plans as well as preparations for this year’s eagerly awaited 12th edition of the popular Newport Bucket Regatta are in full swing.

Newport Bucket Regatta 2012 - Photo by Billy Black

Newport Bucket Regatta 2012 - Photo by Billy Black

The hallmarks of an enjoyable sailing competition and camaraderie will be very much in evidence when the yachts convene at the Newport Shipyard headquarters. In the growing superyacht racing arena, the “Spirit of the Bucket” is unique and time-honored with a storied 27 year history. The nightly social activity begins at the Newport Shipyard with a welcoming party for participating yacht owners, guests and crews.

Early entries are coming in and the organizers anticipate an exciting, well-rounded fleet with yachts ranging in size from 80′ to 180′. Two Royal Huisman built yachts – 154′ charter yacht Hyperion and 170′ charter yacht Meteor will be gracing the starting line along with the 180′ Vitters built superyacht Marie, and other classic and elegant yachts.

METEOR - Sailing

METEOR - Sailing

The event features two days of racing in the beautiful waters of Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound. Racing begins on August 24.

The International Yacht Restoration School is the official non-profit organization of the 2013 Newport Bucket.

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Bucket Regattas the Bucket committee commissioned a beautiful coffee table book highlighting the Regattas’ evolution. A limited number are still available.

Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia attended first Indonesia Yachts Show in Jakarta

July 01, 2013

Designed to set the pace as one of the leading luxury yachting lifestyle exhibitions in the region, the inaugural Indonesia Yachts Show 2013 took place in Jakarta on June 8 and 9. The event showcased a great variety of yachts as well as leisure crafts, together with suppliers of quality services to the yachting world.

Captain Jimmy from APS Indonesia at Indonesia Yachts Show 2013

Captain Jimmy from APS Indonesia at Indonesia Yachts Show 2013

Among debuting exhibitors, the Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia team, led by Captain Jimmy Blee and Richard Lofthouse, were part of the new yachting extravaganza showcasing the latest yachts to the growing class of Indonesian millionaires with massive dispensable income.

Captain Jimmy said APS Indonesia enjoyed a notable presence at the first Indonesian Yachts Show, reporting: “With Indonesia emerging as the ‘go to’ cruising destination in Asia, it was only fitting that Asia Pacific Superyachts had a strong and profiled presence during the event held at the Batavia Marina Jakarta.”

The APS display was decorated with beautiful cruising scenery and collected a great deal of interest over the two day event with APS reporting good crowds on both days: “We were very surprised how much interest there was in the potential for domestic Superyacht cruising at our booth”, said Capt Jimmy Blee. “We were often two deep in people at our exhibit booth, people with serious interest inquiring about our Superyacht services and what role APS played in the yachting industry in Indonesia.”

Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia is the most experienced Superyacht agency in the country with a 12-member team of dedicated marine, F&B and administrative staff well led by Richard Lofthouse. Richard’s luxury F&B background has established a service base Captains and Owners have to come recognize and appreciate. Captain Jimmy is often in demand by Superyachts as he has led many a fantastic cruising journey and comes equipped with a wealth of experience to share in designing a custom itinerary.

APS Indonesia Richard Lofthouse at Bali harbour

APS Indonesia Richard Lofthouse at Bali harbour

“Given the excellent reputation of APS in Indonesia it has been a natural progression that the majority of the bigger Superyachts, 50 meters and over, have relied on APS Indonesia for all of their cruising advise, support, service and logistic needs. We at APS Indonesia were very pleased to be part of the success of the first Yachts Show and look ahead to an even bigger and better Indonesian Yachts Show in 2014”, reports the APS Indonesia directors.

Captain Jimmy believes that as the fledgling Superyacht industry grows in Indonesia and more and more Captains and Owners discover the amazing cruising potential of the region, Asia Pacific Superyachts will be in the forefront to provide honest and transparent services of the highest level to all visiting and domestic vessels.

The country is seen as being tapped as an upcoming luxury yacht market and the Indonesia Yachts Show is expected to be among the leading luxury yachting lifestyle exhibitions in the region. The government’s Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy gave its formal backing (to be found on the Indonesia Yacht Show’s website and throughout the media leading up to the event), announcing: “The government has prepared a Presidential Decree No. 79 about how they will facilitate the ships sailing into Indonesia, said Director General Of The Tourism Destination Development, Firmansyah Rahim, alluding to work underway to make it easier for yachts entering and cruising in Indonesia.”

Jakarta is home to many of the country’s burgeoning nouveau riche and with the luxury yacht and lifestyle event in their own backyard, the yachting event is of keen interest to area millionaires, a population segment which is rapidly growing according to the Credit Suisse Research Institute: “The number of Indonesian millionaires will almost double to 207,000 by 2017, from around 104,000 in 2012.” From the ‘Indonesian Millionaires The Global Wealth Report’ by the Credit Suisse Research Institute, “Indonesia’s total wealth increased by US$420 billion to $1.8 trillion from January 2010 to June 2011 and was among the top 20 highest contributors of wealth growth.”

Next year’s dates for the Indonesia yacht and luxury lifestyle event in Jakarta has already been announced for 7-8 June. With the high interest from Superyachts in cruising Indonesian waters and the growing amount of highly affluent local Indonesians and expats in Indonesia searching for yachts and providers, Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia is among those looking forward to being part of the second Indonesia Yachts Show in 2014.

Perini Navi sailing yacht FIDELIS at Dennis Conner’s North Cove

July 01, 2013

A new record breaker reached Dennis Conner’s North Cove on Friday, June 28, 2013. She is the breath-taking Perini Navi sailing yacht Fidelis. At 184 feet, superyacht Fidelis smashed the marina’s former record of 182 feet.

Perini Navi Yacht Fidelis anchored at Dennis Conner's North Cove in NYC

Perini Navi Yacht Fidelis anchored at Dennis Conner's North Cove in NYC

The captain of Fidelis yacht was flawless, bringing her in through the entrance, then spinning her around to go stern to and starboard tie to the north breakwall.

Superyacht Fidelis arriving at Dennis Conner's North Cove

Superyacht Fidelis arriving at Dennis Conner's North Cove

Luxury yacht Fidelis was built in Italy and launched in 2011. Her maximum speed is 15 knots. This past winter, she sailed in the Caribbean. But rather than return to the Mediterranean for this summer, she is cruising the East Coast, expecting to go all the way to Maine.

Fife Regatta 2013: Day 2

June 30, 2013

The second day of the currently running Fife Regatta saw the action in the Largs channel as Solway Maid yacht’s spinnaker ripped in the first few minutes after the start of Race 2. Following an amazing sail to the line right on the start gun, she was looking fantastic, however, the classics are challenged by winds of up to 25 knots.

Sailing yacht Astor on the Clyde Day 2 - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

Sailing yacht Astor on the Clyde Day 2 - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

If it is a challenge on the large yachts then  consider the extremes on the smaller Fife’s with freeboard of 2ft. Being so close to the water is exhilarating and very much a feature of these well designed craft. Bob Fisher, attired in his blazer and tie, was getting the very best from Mignon with crew Barry Dunning working hard as the yacht was surfing downwind.

Stephen Bennie, from Troon Yacht Haven commented that the boats were pushing the drawing board with great sailing and Viola breaking her top speed of 10kts. The fleet headed north form Largs upto Skelmorlie bank buoy, across to Toward Lighthouse and then towards the beautiful harbour of Rothesay where they anchored.

Viola Yacht on the Clyde Day 2 - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

Viola Yacht on the Clyde Day 2 - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

Yacht Latifa, with a good percentage of Clyde based sailors, have been welcomed by their skipper Mario Pirri. Mario’s journey to Scotland is an example of sheer determination and strength. Sailing his 75ft yacht singlehandedly, he unfortunately suffered injury. He was not to be discouraged and got friends and family to safely deliver the boat to Scotland while he addressed his medical needs. Mario is now back on board and racing with his crew in all weathers here in Scotland. He is relishing every minute of sailing his fine vessel on home waters. It is such passion and dedication that keeps these yachts afloat which provides pleasure for those aboard and watching from ashore.

The Bilgewater Gin Media boat hosting the international press representatives were blown away by the dramatic sailing and how boats as old as 126 years old are still strong enough to handle such conditions. Bilge water would be something most of the yachts would have experienced today unfortunately not in the form of Invergordon distilled gin!

Ayrshire Lass Yacht on the Clyde Day 2 - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

Ayrshire Lass Yacht on the Clyde Day 2 - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

Todays results showed one of the guests yachts, Rainbow, a Lynton Hope design, chasing the class winners Mignon. Mignon scored her second first and continues to lead class 3. Class 2 saw a change in the leader board with Mikado, 1904, stamping their mark on the class with Truant having to settle for 2nd. Class one was again dominated by Saskia, with Sonata and Astor yacht finishing behind her.

Monday will be a day to cruise together through the Kyles of Bute, famed as one of the beauty spots of Scotland. Argyll Secret Coast will host the Fife Regatta in Tighnabruaich for a celebration ashore to embrace this unique event.

Fife Regatta 2013 kicks off

June 29, 2013

Celebrating William Fife’s Classic yacht design, this year’s Fife Regatta set sail for the first race of the week tour along Scotland’s Clyde coast. This is the fourth edition of the event, which will be marked by amazing racing from some of the world renowned Fife yachts.

The Fife Regatta 2013, Classic sailing on the Clyde Day 1 - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

The Fife Regatta 2013, Classic sailing on the Clyde Day 1 - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

Put these beautiful yachts against the stunning backdrop of Scotland’s west coast and you have a recipe for one of the top, classic sailing events of the year.

Astor, Latifa, superyacht Kentra are some of Fife’s finest along with smaller yachts such a mignon which was created as a scale model to create the famous charter yacht Shamrock which completed in the America’s Cup. Astor was built for the first Commodore of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Sydney, and this is her first time back in the Atlantic since her delivery to Australia in 1923. She has competed in and won the America Schooner Cup five times in succession. She has also won the Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s Opening Day Race eight times. She has been based in the Pacific for and has come back to the Clydeto celebrate her 90th birthday which is a great honour for the Fife Regatta Committee. The skipper kindly invited double gold medallist Shirley Robertson onboard as she is attending the regatta to compose a legacy film piece for CNN.

The race started in a south westerly with light, challenging conditions and throughout the day local knowledge came into play.  The Truant, skippered by Ross Ryan of Crinan Hotel, took the early advantage from the tide close to the shore. As the breeze built the 8 metre Saskia, moved out ahead and her crew of upper Clyde sailors applied their skill and experience of their home waters to their advantage. In class three, the smaller Fifes, were in close competition and at the end of the day Mignon, owned by renowned yachting journalist Bob Fisher, secured first place. Among the Mignon crew is Largs based sail maker John Highcock whose local knowledge of the Clyde waters would be invaluable.

William-Fife designed Yacht Saskia built in 1931 - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

William-Fife designed Yacht Saskia built in 1931 - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

With a great day’s racing, circumnavigating Great Cumbrae was an excellent way to kick off  the event. The results of the day represent the local input with Class 1 winner Saskia, Class 2 winner The Truant and Mignon leading Class 3. Tomorrow the yachts will cast off and race to Rothesay before venturing through the Kyles on Monday.

Feadship Mega Yacht UTOPIA relaunched after refit

June 28, 2013

Following her refit, to the complete satisfaction of her owners and captain, the magnificent 71,60m Feadship mega yacht UTOPIA has been re-launched. The extensive repainting job on her superstructure and hull was exhibited as she re-entered the water at Feadship. Luxury charter yacht UTOPIA has also received number of mechanical improvements and updates in the refit project, which was completed in a remarkably short time.

Luxury superyacht UTOPIA relaunched

Luxury superyacht UTOPIA relaunched

This was the second occasion that the owner of this wonderful Feadship has had Utopia yacht refitted by Feadship since she was first launched there in 2004. In close cooperation with the owner’s representatives and the Feadship refit team, the yard period was carefully planned to meet the owner’s cruising schedule and budget.

Feadship UTOPIA superyacht relaunched after refit

Feadship UTOPIA superyacht relaunched after refit

With her new top coating, Utopia superyacht is set to again steal the show in the world’s finest marinas. The new HMSA Sewage treatment plant system will allow her to operate for extended periods in all cruising areas and ports, fully meeting the authorities’ requirements. With her newly installed A-Sea water cooled shore convertors, Utopia will be able to hook up to both 50 and 60 cycle power networks.

Feadship luxury yacht UTOPIA

Feadship luxury yacht UTOPIA

“The main reason to come to Feadship for a refit is to retain the essence of how the boat was built and ensure she remains of the highest pedigree possible in the world today,” says Utopia’s captain, Kevin Collins. “This has certainly been achieved and the owners are looking forward to putting their better-than-new Feadship through her paces as they embark on their next adventures.”

Feadship mega yacht Utopia

Feadship mega yacht Utopia

Feadship superyacht UTOPIA

Feadship superyacht UTOPIA

Feadship charter yacht UTOPIA relaunched

Feadship charter yacht UTOPIA relaunched