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Fourth Line Honours victory for sailing yacht Esimit Europa 2 at Giraglia Rolex Cup

June 20, 2014

This year’s Giraglia Rolex Cup saw the impressive 100-foot maxi sailing yacht Esimit Europa 2 cross the finish line off Monte-Carlo at 12:35 CEST. Superyacht Esimit Europa 2 has thus secured her fourth Line Honours victory in the offshore race of this popular regatta.

Superyacht ESIMIT EUROPA 2 (SLO) arriving at the finish off Monte-Carlo to secure her fourth Line Honours victory - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Superyacht ESIMIT EUROPA 2 (SLO) arriving at the finish off Monte-Carlo to secure her fourth Line Honours victory - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Her elapsed time of 24 hours, 35 minutes, 56 seconds was well outside her record (14 hours, 56 minutes and 16 seconds) for the 62nd edition of 241-nm race, which she set in 2012 when the race finished in Sanremo. The predicted tricky wind conditions of the past 24 hours put paid to any hope of bettering her benchmark time.

The arrival was a special moment. The Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM) is the home-club for the Slovenian yacht and owner, Igor Simcic, and the race crew featured Pierre Casiraghi of Monaco and a member of the YCM Management Committee.

Luxury sailing yacht ESIMIT EUROPA 2 (SLO) sailing her last miles to Monaco - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Luxury sailing yacht ESIMIT EUROPA 2 (SLO) sailing her last miles to Monaco - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Quotes
Jochen Schumann, Skipper, Esimit Europa 2
“It was perfect to win line honours in this special edition of the Giraglia Rolex Cup finishing in Monaco. We were lucky to finish much earlier than expected. Aside from a critical point off Saint-Tropez where the wind was very light and Robertissima was really close we got our strategy just right.

“It was better than expected because we never stopped 100%. We always had breeze even if it was down to 2/3 knots at times. Usually in this race it shuts down and gets very glassy off the tip of Corsica, but on this occasion we had 13 knots of wind and sailed around with 14/15 knots of boat speed.”

Igor Simcic, Owner, Esimit Europa 2
“The race was perfect. In the beginning we had some light wind, which made it a little tricky in deciding which tactic to follow. We made a compromise in the beginning to cover the competition. Then it became much easier when the fresh breeze came in the night when we were really fast. Even here at the end when we were expecting it to be really tough there was enough.”

“For me it was the best finish in my life. It was a unique idea to finish the race in Monte-Carlo. We were prepared to win. With Jochen everything is clear. We have to choose the best members for the crew, not just as sailors but also as a person because we are a big family and are happy when we are sailing together.”

18:00 CEST Update
Six yachts have currently finished the race, with sailing yacht Robertissima III second boat home. Today will see a flood of yachts arriving and the docks in front of the new Yacht Club de Monaco clubhouse filled will crews enthusiastically joining the festivities and ceremony surrounding the inauguration of the building by HSH Prince Albert II, President of the YCM, today afternoon and evening.

The 62nd Giraglia Rolex Cup race started on June 18 at 12:00 CEST. The final prize giving will take place on Saturday, 21 June at the Yacht Club de Monaco. Rolex has been a partner of the event since 1997.

New senior appointments for McMullen & Wing

June 20, 2014

New Zealand superyacht manufacturer, McMullen & Wing, is pleased to announce a number of senior appointments to help lead the company in the delivery of their current 50m custom luxury expedition yacht ‘yard number 1016′ (ex Big Star), as well as several further projects in development.

New 50m explorer yacht 'yard number 1016' by McMullen and Wing - Image courtesy of McMullen & Wing

New 50m explorer yacht 'yard number 1016' by McMullen and Wing - Image courtesy of McMullen & Wing

Experienced yacht builder and Dutch national Stef Smeenk has been appointed to the position of Production Manager, bringing eight years’ experience in a similar role as Manager Business Office with Feadship De Vries Aalsmeer, where he was responsible for managing and overseeing shipyard activities including progress of all work on their projects and leading and directing their building coordinators.  At McMullen & Wing, Smeenk has overall responsibility for all building operations at the shipyard, directing operations through an experienced team of six departmental supervisors.

New Zealander Steve Bates joins McMullen & Wing as Design Manager, from fellow New Zealand superyacht builder Alloy Yachts. Bates brings over 20 years’ experience across the full range of design disciplines, with a particular specialty in systems engineering. Bates has responsibility for all design activities, managing McMullen & Wing’s multi-disciplinary in-house design office, through a design leadership team of four departmental lead designers.

Well-known fellow New Zealander and former yacht captain Richard Low joins McMullen & Wing as Project Coordinator. Low has over 20 years’ and  some 300,000 nautical miles of experience as captain and chief engineer on a range of sailing and motoryachts, most notably the 45m superyacht Imagine D and 33m sailing yacht Imagine B. Low’s extensive experience in superyacht operations and project management around the globe, together with close personal experience representing clients in new build and refit projects gives Low a unique first-hand knowledge of the reasons why clients choose to build their new yachts in New Zealand. Low will play a lead role in liaison between McMullen & Wing and the clients’ project teams.

Long time McMullen & Wing team member Jeff Porter has been appointed to the role of Chief Technical Officer with responsibility for overall technical delivery. Porter is a professional engineer with 18 years yacht building experience at McMullen & Wing including design management and project management. Moving from direct project management into an oversight role will enable Porter to contribute more broadly to design, project management and production as well as being more available to share his exceptional technical strengths in the project development and pre-contract stages.

Overall leadership of the organisation has been assigned to Michael Eaglen, who takes the role of Chief Executive, having been Commercial Manager for the past three years. Eaglen’s own background is also technical, having qualified as a naval architect and spent time as a designer, engineer and more recently manager of New Zealand-based global composites engineering consultancy High Modulus (now Gurit).

An internationally acclaimed custom yacht builder with specialist new build and refit capability up to 60m, McMullen & Wing is rare in the yacht building world in their ability to build to the highest world standards in steel, aluminium and advanced composites, leading to the moniker “A Jack of All Trades, and a Master of Every Single One”.

McMullen & Wing recently signed a contract for a 50m steel/aluminium motoryacht, a close sistership to their multi award winning 45m charter yacht BIG FISH (recently recognised by IPC Superyacht World as one of the 50 finest yachts ever built). The new yacht, known only by its yard number “1016” will be delivered in early 2016.

First coastal course of the Superyacht Cup Palma 2014

June 20, 2014

The breath-taking Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Bay of Palma set a typical challenge for the Superyacht Cup Palma 2014 fleet, making their first coastal course of the regatta. With progressive changes in pressure as well as wind direction as the 21 yacht fleet crossed the bay and passed upwind and downwind, it was the teams, which had the best handle on the big picture and could second guess the changes, which rose to the top of the three classes.

Superyacht Cup Palma 2014 - Image credit to www.clairematches.com

Luxury yacht Ganesha at the Superyacht Cup Palma 2014 - Image credit to www.clairematches.com

While the five strong J Class did their second windward-leeward of the week, a coastal course of 28.6Nms was set in the SSWly sea breeze. Crucial choices were to take the left of the first beat where there was more wind pressure and a beneficial left shift, and, correspondingly to recognise the breeze becoming lighter and shifting back as the fleet raced downwind towards the shore.

The sea breeze built from a gentle 8 to 9kts for the first starters of the fleet which is set of at two minutes staggered intervals. By mid race there were 13-16kts at times which placed a premium on good boat handling and excellent communication.  Those teams which had not sailed together before or had changes in line up found they suffered against the crisper crew work around the intense course.

The course opened with a four miles upwind leg, rounding a mark to starboard on to a fetch which some could set Code Zeros, before a three miles downwind leg. With the breeze easing it was important to compensate and keep up the boat speed sailing higher angles. There was then an upwind leg to the Sech mark on the outer edge of the bay, followed by a fetch to the centre of the bay, then rehoist the spinnaker. Then it was upwind to a port rounding and then a critical reach to the finish with the breeze lifting approaching the finish.

Aboard sailing yacht Ganesha, the 46m/149ft new Dubois design, the local knowledge of navigator Nacho Postigo and firm understanding of the impending changes in the breeze of tactican Matt Humphries were the foundations of their comfortable owner driven win in Class 1. They won their seven boat division by over seven minutes.

2014 Superyacht Cup Palma - Image credit to www.clairematches.com

2014 Superyacht Cup Palma - Image credit to www.clairematches.com

“It was interesting.” Postigo recalled, “ It was a very typical day on the Bay of Palma when the wind in the morning is the Xaloc wind which is more southerly. The more you go out of the bay the more it goes to the left. And more importantly there is a big difference in pressure. The left side of the bay has much more pressure. On the left you can have 15 or 16 kts of pressure while on the right it can be quite light and so the course was interesting because it mixed the two sides of the bay. It was difficult to predict what was going to happen next on the course. Our guys on the boat did a very very good job manoeuvring the boat, on the bow and at the mast.”

Among the keys to their success were choosing the left side of the first beat and giving themselves a fast, high passing lane coming into the first mark which allowed them to pass many boats unhindered: “Our first leg was the best, where we probably did best. Compared to the boats around we looked to have overstood the layline but that let us come in with speed and we could roll the whole line. In these things when you start so far behind the important thing is the passing lanes. We managed to get a very good passing lane there, getting five or six boats in a row there. And the gybe sets at the marks, playing the right shifts on the downwind legs. Our owner drives all the time and loves it.”

Meanwhile Postigo is enjoying a big change between his own solo Mini 6.50 project and navigating the superyachts. He has just won his first solo race from Rome, raced the Superyacht regatta in Sardinia, delivered the Mini back to Palma to jump on board the 149 footer Ganesha.

“It is a contrast from the 20 footer to the 150 footer. I finished from Rome and went to do Sardinia on the big boat then went and delivered the boat here and now back on the 150 footer. It is a bit bizarre to come back and have a whole lot of people on the boat when you are used to being on you own.”

Another Palma sailor was making winning calls in Class 2. Superyacht Gaia, the 101ft/30.6m Spirit Yachts won with Miguel Sanchez calling the shots on his home waters: “We made some little mistakes but overall we sailed generally well, in the end the big boats overtook us when the breeze is up. We have some new crew and it is their first time with us and there was some disorganisation in the boat handling and manoeuvring but for sure the last race will be our best!

“We did Loro Piana earlier in the month and have some new crew since after refitting through last winter. In Sardinia our kites were not so good but we have a different one here, we were much better today so we are quite happy here.”

And last year’s overall winner, sailing yacht Heartbeat, the Hoek designed Classen built 80ft/24m sloop, was back to her winning ways in Class 2. The first boat to start she finished just under four minutes ahead of second placed charter yacht Maria Cattiva.

J Class

If Wednesday’s J Class race for the King’s Hundred Guineas Cup at Palma’s Superyacht Cup proved inconclusive, superyacht Hanuman and luxury yacht Lionheart finally being required to share the top trophy, there were no such doubts cast about the winners of the second windward-leeward race of the series.

Lionheart took the lead on the second beat and extended progressively to win by one minute and five seconds ahead of luxury yacht Rainbow across the finish line after three laps of racing.

Racing conditions were something close to Palma’s sea breeze best. The wind built from a relatively gentle 7-9kts at the start to 16kts on the third round to provide some sparkling downwind sailing with the five J Class yachts pushing their crews increasingly hard.

Charter yacht Ranger won the pin end of the start and were able to quickly gain the left side of the course which, as is often the case, proved the passport to a good lead at the first windward mark. But at the leeward gate they let the prowling Lionheart separate to the left hand gate mark, work back to the left again – toward the bluff, cliff lined Cabo Blanco shore – and the Lionheart crew which has Bouwe Bekking as tactician converted a 15 seconds deficit to a lead of more than one minute at the second windward turn.

Rainbow’s profit was not as valuable but they rose to earn a well deserved second place.

After a modest start Hanuman pulled through to cross the finish line third but dropped behind Ranger on corrected time.

Bekking, who skippers the Team Brunel Volvo Ocean Race team, was pleased to have kept the ‘winning’ record of Lionheart intact, claiming a share of Wednesday’s top trophy as a victory!

“ We had a good start and so far our crew work has been excellent so it is good and our owner has been driving superbly. It is all coming together nicely and so we have our seven wins in a row.”

He was less enthused by the idea of a head to head match with Hanuman for the Cup: “Maybe.” He grinned, “ But I think he is quite handy at that. So maybe we should not go there.”

Bekking believes the J Class racing here keeps him and some of his core crew sharp for the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race: “I made this commitment to sail these three regattas before the Volvo came along but I think this is really got for us who are on the Volvo as we are in a good racing environment, it is good for my communication and relationship with Andrew Cape the navigator and we have four guys from the team here. It all fits in really well and it keeps me sharp.”

Of their success to date he concludes: “We have worked hard on the boat and as a crew. We have a great group of people and a great owner-driver. There is much more pressure with the pro driver. Our owner says to just relax from start to the finish. I sometimes get a bit tense but you want it to be good for everyone on board. I made a mistake at the start yesterday and I have to put my hand up for that one.”

Rainbow’s helm, Holland’s five times Olympian Mark Neeleman, was delighted with second: “The competition is so complete here with five boats that we are very happy to get second today, the boat is going very well, nice and quick. The wind shifted 15 or 20 degrees to the left on the second beat and we got that with Lionheart. It was a good side of the course. Our Italian team at the back Francesco (De Angelis) and Michele (Ivaldi) worked it well. We are very happy with the result. Everything went well, we are working all the time to get better. The boat is relatively new and we are changing and modifying the crew a little and getting better all the time. We have sailed the least together of all the teams I think so it is pleasing today. We have had five boats a couple of times but all the teams are getting better all the time, this is the best competition there is. The differences are minimal and so you can’t make mistakes. You have to do everything right if not you go from first to fourth.”

STP Shipyard Palma chosen by 85% of Superyacht Cup yachts for refit and maintenance

June 20, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, saw the start of a new edition of the Superyacht Cup Palma where, once again, the call for participation was a success. Twenty-five sailing superyachts, from all over the world, have gathered in the fabulous Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Palma de Mallorca in Spain to participate in this legendary competition that is already one of the oldest in Europe.

J-Class superyachts ready to compete in the Superyacht Cup Palma 2014

J-Class sailing yachts ready to compete in the Superyacht Cup Palma 2014

It is noteworthy the high level of preparation of teams as well as the boats, all of them tuned up to give the best possible performance. As a curiosity, it should be mentioned that among all participating boats, 85% of them have chosen STP Shipyard for their maintenance and refit over the past winter and spring, and at the same time is the place where part of the race has been taking place over the last past years.

Luxury superyacht Velsheda

Luxury superyacht Velsheda

Next Saturday 21st of June the Superyacht Cup it’s going to be open to the public between 9 and 13 hours for everyone who wants to see the participating vessels. And in the evening, after celebrating the last race, this high level competition will conclude positioning Mallorca as a leader in the marine industry worldwide.

Superyacht Cup Palma 2014 Fleet anchored in the lovely Mediterranean yacht charter location - Palma de Mallorca in Spain

Superyacht Cup Palma 2014 Fleet anchored in the lovely Mediterranean yacht charter location - Palma de Mallorca in Spain

Pachoud Motoryachts working on new 24m Jutson Exploration HeliCat Yacht

June 20, 2014

New Zealand-based shipyard, Pachoud Motoryachts, is currently working on the construction of the all-new 24m Exploration HeliCat yacht, superbly penned by Jutson Power Cats. Scheduled for launch in September 2014, the innovative 24m Jutson Long Range Cruising Yacht is full of unique features that will ensure a high level of autonomy, with a range in excess of 2500 NM.

24m Jutson Exploration HeliCat Yacht

Rendering of the 24m Jutson Exploration HeliCat Yacht under construction at Pachoud Motoryachts

The helicopter deck has a sliding landing pad for maximum clearance when landing as well as a 500g refueling facility. While the 24m Jutson Exploration HeliCat superyacht is purposely suited to suit a range of smaller machines she will be launched with a Hughes MD500. Obstructions such as the radar arch slide forward for optimal clearance during take off and landing.

24m Jutson Exploration HeliCat superyacht - side view

24m Jutson Exploration HeliCat superyacht - side view

24m Jutson Exploration HeliCat

24m Jutson Exploration HeliCat Yacht

The 24m Jutson Exploration HeliCat yacht also sports a custom landing craft tender that will transport 2 Honda 230 motorbikes which are handled with a dedicated crane system discreetly built in to the aft deck overhead. For non motorised exploration there are two Hobie Triaks stored in the transom face locker and easily launched with the hydraulic tender platform.

24m Jutson Exploration HeliCat Yacht - aft view

24m Jutson Exploration HeliCat Yacht - aft view

24m Jutson Exploration HeliCat Yacht - Exterior

24m Jutson Exploration HeliCat Yacht - Exterior

The interior of the 24m Jutson Long Range Cruising Yacht is based around a sumptuous main deck stateroom with an additional three guest cabins and crew cabin below. Power will be by 2 MAN R6 800 diesel engines.

Technical Specifications of the 24m Jutson Exploration HeliCat Yacht:

Year 2014
Designer Scott Jutson
Construction Epoxy Composite
LOA 24m
Beam 9.5m
Draft 1.4m
Cruise Speed 12 knots
Max Speed 20 knots
Displacement 70 tonne
Water 2,000L
Fuel 14,000L
Engines 2 x 800hp MAN R6-800

24m Jutson Exploration HeliCat Yacht under construction

24m Jutson Exploration HeliCat Yacht under construction

Sanlorenzo announces four superyacht launches in a row

June 20, 2014

The prominent Italian shipyard, Sanlorenzo, is excited to announce that four luxury vessels over 24 meters have been launched in just two weeks. These include two 29,10-metre SL96 models: motor yacht ‘India’ and luxury yacht ‘Peacemaker’; the 27,6-metre SD92-33 superyacht ‘Noor’, as well as the 33,65-metre SD112-35 luxury yacht ‘Aventus’.

Sanlorenzo SL96-606 superyacht India

Sanlorenzo SL96-606 superyacht India

Sanlorenzo SL96-606 motor yacht “India”: 29,10 meter vessel with planing hull, specially designed for her Italian owner who choose for the interiors a refined decòr combining two precious woods: the light-grey bleached oak for floorings and walls and the Canaletto walnut for the furniture. The best Italian design brands were selected to complete both the indoor and the outdoor areas onboard: Minotti, B&B, Maxalto, Flexform, Roda, Paola Lenti.

Sanlorenzo SL96-611 motor yacht Peacemaker

Sanlorenzo SL96-611 motor yacht Peacemaker

Sanlorenzo SL96-611 motor yacht “Peacemaker” is characterized by a 4 cabin interior layout, instead of the traditional 5 cabins, in order to house, on the lower deck, a comfortable gym for the fitness. For her American owner fond of technology, Sanlorenzo installed a domotics system onboard that enables the management of all the electronic appliances via smart phone, Ipad and similar devices.

Sanlorenzo SD92-33 luxury yacht Noor

Sanlorenzo SD92-33 luxury yacht Noor

Sanlorenzo SD92-33 motor yacht “Noor”, 27,6 meter length, is the 21st vessel of the successful SD92 line. Her Italian owner chose a total white interior design, very modern and minimal, given by the use of white lacquered finishing for furniture and ceiling, alternated with white leather. The owner’s cabin is located astern on the main deck, while the lower deck houses 3 guest cabins and a fitness area.

Sanlorenzo SD112-35 Yacht Aventus

Sanlorenzo SD112-35 Yacht Aventus

Sanlorenzo SD112-35 motor yacht “Aventus” is the second unit of the new SD112 line launched just few months after the debut of the first superyacht “O”. 112ft length (33,65m), a semi-displacement hull in fiberglass and 4 decks characterize this model, which external lines resemble the  transatlantic liners of the ’30. Her Belgian owner preferred a 5 cabin layout, with a large  owner’s suite astern on the main deck and two fold-down terraces in the salon that offer an  exclusive view on the sea. The main wood chosen for the interior design is the fine lined American elm, both for the walls and for the furniture. The decor is completed with elements by Cassina, Gallotti & Radice and Minotti for the interior and Summit, Maxalto and Lenti for the exterior.

Unmistakable style and sophisticated design place Sanlorenzo motoryachts to the peak of International yacht building. The Italian Shipyard, in over 50 years of history, has now become a synonym of excellence both in terms of refinement and attention to detail. Today, Sanlorenzo has reached the second place in in the world ranking of the top builders over 24 meters (Global Order Book 2014).

Below is a choice of the stylish charter yachts built by Sanlorenzo.

Cantiere delle Marche announces launch of 86′ motor yacht YOLO and new CdM Nauta Air Line

June 19, 2014

Last Saturday, June 14, saw the Italian shipyard Cantiere delle Marche launch motor yacht YOLO. The all-new superyacht YOLO is a striking 86-foot explorer vessel in aluminium, built by Cantiere delle Marche and designed by Mario Pedol and Massimo Gino of Nauta Design.

Night transport of CdM Nauta Air 86 superyacht YOLO

Night transport of CdM Nauta Air 86 superyacht YOLO

Luxury yacht YOLO is the first yacht in the new CdM Nauta Air line. These Explorer Yachts in aluminum offer the perfect blend of superyacht style and the same sturdy substance that characterizes Cantiere delle Marche’s Darwin Class Explorer yachts, already a benchmark in the market.

Explorer yacht YOLO at launch

Explorer yacht YOLO at launch

Vasco Buonpensiere, Director of Sales and Marketing and partner at CdM, had these words at the launching: “Thanks to the new Nauta Air 86’ project, Cantiere delle Marche has yet again shown that we are a shipyard that pays close attention to the market and knows how to anticipate its needs. We noticed that a large group of owners was looking for motor yachts that are different from the typical white-hulled planing boat with a flying bridge. They wanted an energy efficient boat that has larger interior volumes, something fully customizable and with sturdy metal construction. This without having to go for a large, three-bridge displacement yacht that can be heavy in more ways than one. Cantiere delle Marche decided to create the Nauta Air 86’ line to meet their needs. This line has the essential superyacht characteristics of ample, fully customizable spaces united with energy efficient autonomy and freedom of use with limited crew. The CdM Nauta Air line is designed to meet the needs of experienced yachtsmen who want the security and comfort of a large metal-hulled displacement yacht without losing the flexibility and the ease of use of a planing yacht. The project has been an immediate success. Several yachts have been sold even before the launch of the first yacht in the series and I want to thank Nauta Design for their perfect interpretation of our brief. Their designs for the Air line fully meet our goal for yachts with strong, direct character combined with simple and elegant lines”.

YOLO yacht ready to hit the water

YOLO yacht ready to hit the water

CdM Nauta Air yachts have been designed with new proportions and balance. Interior and exterior spaces are kept in direct visual contact thanks to use of transparent glass in both windows and doors. The galley on the main deck has been designed to be accessible both from indoors and out and the central main salon is divided into conversation, relaxation and dining areas.

CdM offers full customization to its clients. YOLO yacht’s owner was able to define, together with the shipyard and the designers, the yacht’s layout. The 60 smq panoramic fly bridge, with a sun area and spacious al fresco lounge, was specifically designed for easy outdoor living. A dedicated stairway leads from the main deck to the owner’s suite for total privacy. A separate entrance leads to the lower deck and guest cabins.

Luxury yacht YOLO on the water

Luxury yacht YOLO on the water

Arch. Mario Pedol says, “We feel that the unique aspect of life aboard a yacht lies in the opportunity it gives you to immerge yourself totally in the natural environment around you. When we sat down to design the CdM Nauta Air we always kept one priority in mind: that of bringing the outside world “in”. To do this we used wide areas of glass and created architectural spaces where the indoors could communicate in harmony with the outdoors. By thinking of the yacht as one continuous space we created a new concept of on board living, especially on the main and upper decks. CdM Nauta Air yachts are motor yachts that stand out thanks to their autonomy, their on board safety and their ample living spaces. All this while retaining a solid, robust, seaworthy core that inspires confidence.”

With the new Nauta Air range, Cantiere delle Marche has established its name as a byword for evolution in the conception of yachts. This range can modify its interior layouts without changing its nautical DNA, making CdM Nauta Air owner’s dreams come true in waters anywhere in the world.

Technical Specifications of CdM Nauta Air 86′ super yacht YOLO:

DIMENSIONS
Length, overall 27,15 m 89.10 feet
Length, water line 24,70 m 81.00 feet
Beam, moulded 6,50 m 21.35 feet
Depth, moulded 3,85 m 12.65 feet
Draught, at full load 1,60 m 5.25 feet
Displacement, full load 99,9 t 98.30 long ton

LOAD LINE LENGTH UNDER 24 METERS

TANK CAPACITIES

Fuel oil 17 265 l 4 560 U.S.gal
Fresh water 2 135 l 565 U.S.gal
Black water 860 l 225 U.S.gal
Grey water 1 715 l 450 U.S.gal
Oil 300 l 80 U.S.gal
Dirty oil 300 l 80 U.S.gal
Sewage 335 l 88 U.S.gal

PROPULSION
Engines 2x CATERPILLAR C18 ACERT (2x 870 hp @ 2200 RPM) or eq.
Transmission/Propulsion 2x Gearbox i=3:1
Diesel generator 2 x33kW Kohler 33EFOZD or equivalent
Bow thruster Electrical engine 25 kW

PERFORMANCE
Maximum continuous speed 17.0 knots
Cruising speed 13.5 knots @ 80% MCR Range 3.200 nm @ 9 knots

ACCOMMODATION

Guest up to 4 double cabins, up to 10 beds
Crew up to 2 double cabins, up to 4 beds

Sunseeker Germany Announces Change in Board of Directors

June 19, 2014

After eight years of working for Sunseeker Germany, Board Member Frank Schlaack has left the company as of 1 June 2014, in order to pursue new projects.

Luxury charter yacht CASSIOPEIA built by Sunseeker

Luxury charter yacht CASSIOPEIA built by Sunseeker

Frank Schlaack joined Sunseeker Germany AG in 2006 as sales manager. Most recently, he was responsible for the business development of the company. Sunseeker Germany thanks Mr. Frank Schlaack for his many years of successful work and wishes him all the best for the future.

The current board of the Sunseeker Germany AG thus consists of Knut Schaefer and Torsten Sieckmann. Chairman of the Board remains Jürgen Dorsch.

Australia and New Zealand partner to challenge superyacht status quo

June 19, 2014

Delegates from Australia and New Zealand industry bodies have recently met and agreed to a complementary approach to marketing their region as a destination for cruising yachts, including luxury charter yachts.

Superyacht Elandess in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia - Credit to Superyacht Australia

Superyacht Elandess in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia - Credit to Superyacht Australia

Delegates from the New Zealand Marine Industry Association (NZ Marine), Superyacht Australia, Tourism New Zealand, Tourism Australia, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Austrade and the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX), met recently to create a mandate aimed at increasing the number of superyachts visiting the Pacific, Australia and New Zealand.

The move comes in response to growing awareness of the number of yachts looking beyond the milk run in their hunt for the charter edge and successful owner trips, as well as to meet managerial demands for cost-effective, high-quality refits and services.

Taking a collaborative approach allows the two nations to market as one hugely-attractive destination, offering an impressive range to superyachts, including tourism experiences and refit capabilities and services, plus iconic events.

Cairns - Photo Credit to Superyacht Australia

Cairns - Photo Credit to Superyacht Australia

The first of the mandates agreed on by the group was to increase international yachting fraternity awareness of cruising within the Pacific. The meeting identified a number of industry events where joint promotions could prove the best way forward.

With her understanding of the way superyachts cruise, Maryanne Edwards, CEO of  AIMEX and Superyacht Australia, pointed out that presenting a united front to promote the destinations will highlight the strength of regional cruising grounds and services.

“It is a positive step forward for Australia and New Zealand to work together to promote the South Pacific. Between us we have everything that a superyacht owner could possibly desire in terms of iconic tourism attractions, security and privacy, plus the reputation, quality and skills of our repair and refit sector is world-renown. Working together is certainly going to create a greater awareness of our region, especially with the globally-recognised events being hosted here in the next few years,” says Edwards.

MILLENNIUM CUP 2013 - Credit to Lucas Sprague

MILLENNIUM CUP 2013 - Credit to Lucas Sprague

Another mandate agreed on by the meeting was to share statistics regarding visiting superyachts, including where they have come from and where they are going. In sharing statistics between the industry bodies, both countries’ representatives are able to offer tangible reasons to their respective governments for superyacht-friendly legislation and encouragement of cruising.

“New Zealand, Australia and countries in the South Pacific are being viewed by many cruising yachts as the ‘new Mediterranean’ of the southern hemisphere. We look forward to introducing many more superyacht owners, their guests and crew to this relatively-undiscovered paradise,” says Peter Busfield, NZ Marine CEO.

The promotion of visitation and discussion of superyacht-friendly practices which encourage this is also on the group’s radar. The key focus of the joint initiative is to attract yachts to the South Pacific region, with an increase of both cruising duration and breadth, and increased superyacht refit and repair services undertaken, for the greater economic benefit of both nations.

Millennium Cup NZ 2013 - Credit to Lucas Sprague

Millennium Cup NZ 2013 - Credit to Lucas Sprague

The meeting took place at Sanctuary Cove, as part of the Australian Marine Export and Superyacht Conference (ASMEX) where superyacht industry players from across the region, gather.

Strong demand for pre-owned yacht tenders confirmed by Superyacht Tenders (SYT)

June 19, 2014

Based out of Barcelona in Spain, Superyacht Tenders (SYT), yacht tender sales and service company, has seen an increasing demand for high end used craft over the last 18 months. The company is currently actively seeking to increase its supply range.

Strong demand for pre-owned yacht tenders confirmed by Superyacht Tenders (SYT)

Strong demand for pre-owned yacht tenders confirmed by Superyacht Tenders (SYT)

Limited supplies of high quality pre-owned yacht tenders has created a buoyant market across the industry where demand is rapidly outstripping supply. As a result now is a good time to look at trading-in your old tender and upgrading.

Nigel Upton, founder of Superyacht Tenders said “We are seeing a terrific ‘buzz’ within the luxury tender market with plenty of demand for the best quality new and used stock. Buyers looking to invest in a quality vessel, but nonetheless conscious of cost, will find buying used craft a far more accessible route. Demand for these high value vessels continues to increase but supply remains restricted. As a result we’re looking at a very lively pre-owned market right across the superyacht sector with a strong focus on value for money and choice.”

Superyacht Tenders provide both new and used craft and also offer a ‘sell your tender’ service, which allows clients to gain an accurate market valuation of their used tender prior to them putting it on the market. Superyacht Tenders can also provide a stand-in tender service for those who require a back-up vessel during lengthy new build and delivery periods.