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Latest photos of Nordhavn 86 super yacht Koonoona from her delivery

May 26, 2014

Nordhavn Yachts has published the latest photos of their tenth Nordhavn 86 super yacht Koonoona, enjoying the azure waters of the fabulous islands nestled in the Malaysia yacht charter location, while heading to the popular Southeast Asia yacht charter destination – Singapore. This represents the final leg of the motor yacht Koonoona’s delivery.

Nordhavn 86 motor yacht Koonoona in Pulaua Pemanggil, Malaysia

Nordhavn 86 motor yacht Koonoona in Pulaua Pemanggil, Malaysia - Image credit to Nordhavn Yachts

N86 superyacht Koonoona

N86 superyacht Koonoona - Image credit to Nordhavn Yachts

Luxury yacht Koonoona in Pulau Tioman, Malaysia

Luxury yacht Koonoona in Pulau Tioman, Malaysia - Image credit to Nordhavn Yachts

Luxury yacht Koonoona from above

Luxury yacht Koonoona from above - Image credit to Nordhavn Yachts

N86 motor yacht Koonoona

N86 motor yacht Koonoona - Image credit to Nordhavn Yachts

Sunreef 60 LOFT Yacht Range The Most Popular Amongst Sunreef Yachts Customers

May 26, 2014

The Sunreef 60 LOFT yacht range was developed by Sunreef Yachts in order to meet the huge request for the fully equipped luxury yachts, providing comfortable sailing as well as living conditions. The undoubted advantage of the Sunreef 60 LOFT catamaran is not only its impeccable quality, custom-made functional interiors and high performance sailing, but manoeuvrability comparable to smaller catamarans. The yard has recently launched the second Sunreef 60 LOFT sailing yacht MERI II.

Sunreef 60 LOFT Yacht

Sunreef 60 LOFT Yacht

Almost immediately after launching the first unit in 2013 – Sunreef 60 LOFT sailing yacht Grace, the shipyard signed another two contracts for this model. In April 2014 the fourth contract was signed, this time with a customer from China, whose magnificent yacht will be delivered in November of this year.

A few weeks ago, the second Sunreef 60 LOFT yacht MERI II was launched at the shipyard. She offers comfortable accommodation for 6 people in 3 spacious cabins and 2 crew members in the aft cabin, which is accessible from the outside giving the guests maximum privacy on board.

Sunreef 60 LOFT Yacht - Saloon

Sunreef 60 LOFT Yacht MERI II - Saloon

The interiors of luxury yacht MERI II have been designed in a very elegant and functional way, to meet the exact expectations of the owner. The navigation station has been located on the main deck, along with the saloon and lounge area offering spacious cream white and dark brown sofas and an impressive dining table. Thanks to the “magic glass” wall, the galley in the left hull is visible from the saloon. The whole unit has been equipped with high quality Bang & Olufsen audio- video equipment.

At the owner’s request, the surfaces of the yacht have been covered in elegant and light anegre wood combined with dark wenge. The noble black corian accents are repeatedly seen in the interiors as well. Due to the owner’s passion for literature, all the spaces on the boat are equipped with additional book shelves.

Sunreef 60 LOFT luxury yacht MERI II - Guest Cabin

Sunreef 60 LOFT luxury yacht MERI II - Guest Cabin

Comfortable sofas, sunbathing mattresses and a dining table with chairs are all located on the cockpit. The sun deck moreover, also contains additional seating space situated next to the main navigation station. Waterproof speakers in the cockpit and on the sun deck allow guests to enjoy music from anywhere on the boat.

The MERI II yacht is largely automated through the innovative Navylec light control, blind control and DC system. The system has been specifically designed for the needs of the Sunreef Yacht’s shipyard, so that lights on the yacht can be managed from every part of the boat, therefore all the control systems can be accessed through a touch screen conveniently located in the navigation station.

Sunreef 60 LOFT sailing yacht MERI II - Interior

Sunreef 60 LOFT sailing yacht MERI II - Interior

Just like all other Sunreef Yachts, the Sunreef 60 LOFT yacht MERI II has been perfectly designed in terms of construction and technology. The mast and boom have been produced on the grounds of the shipyard, entirely from carbon fibre. The square shaped mainsail increases the yachts performance and adds a modern shape to its form. In addition to the above, the unit is equipped with two Yanmar engines 110 hp each and the best on the market, folding Brunton propellers.

Below is a choice of the stylish charter yachts built by Sunreef:

Update on construction of Hatteras GT70 Yacht

May 26, 2014

Construction of the all-new Hatteras GT70 yacht is progressing well. Luxury motor yacht GT70 will feature traditional and modern elements, that will undoubtedly impress at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show 2014 in October.

Rendering of Hatteras motor yacht GT70

Rendering of Hatteras motor yacht GT70

On schedule to debut this fall, is the anticipated Hatteras luxury yacht GT70, the newest model of the popular GT series. Dennis Barker, Hatteras GT Construction Manager states, “We are making great progress. This week the 2600BHP MTU engines were set for the final finish. We chose to use an upgraded engine on this model, intended for more horsepower and speed, something our customers have been looking for. However, we do have the option to use the standard CAT C-32A 1900 horsepower. Both engines are ideal for covering vast distances- for those weekend trips with the family to the Bahamas or extended fishing tournaments ready to endure any type of seas.”

”While the structural bones of the GT70 are progressing, Hatteras in-house interior designer, Cullen Moser, continues to plan the interior styling of each space. “Our five stateroom, four head layout with flexibility for crew’s quarters, will have the traditional GT styling and performance with an elevated and innovative look and feel.”

Hatteras Yacht GT70 MTU's are in

Hatteras Yacht GT70 MTU's are in

Hatteras team members diligently worked with existing GT customers to perfect the styling of the new GT70 yacht. All have contributed useful feedback making the GT70 an impressive design, made to outperform other models in the market with warm and luxurious interiors to match. “We want to give it a smarter and more sophisticated look but one in which people could walk around in shorts and bathing suits after a day of fishing and not feel out of place. We are going back to our traditional roots by using classic teak interiors, clean lines juxt-a-posed with modern and innovative products and materials incorporating lively regional North Carolina artwork.

“Boat interiors can suffer from rooms with brass fittings that make them look like a gentlemen’s club.” The customer feedback was—good, smart, contemporary design with custom furnishings that are durable and versatile for years of continued use. All elements are thoughtfully integrated into the GT70 yacht.

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

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show 2014: Day 4

May 25, 2014

The last day of the 2014 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show was marked by soaring temperatures and blue skies. Sunday is traditionally a family day at this popular event, and with this sunshine, the restaurants, pub, as well as cafes were full.

SCIBS 2014

SCIBS 2014

More than $30 million in sales were achieved over a bumper four day event, which injected millions of dollars into the Gold Coast economy.

Visitor numbers from the first three days suggest a 15 per cent increase on last year, as marine enthusiasts flocked to see more than 300 exhibitors from the Asia-Pacific region.

Luxury manufacturer Maritimo sold three motor yachts for $2 million each, while Riviera clocked up several multi-million dollar deals and Maserati sealed the deal on four luxury cars worth a combined $1.5 million.

Clipper Motor Yachts has the largest on-water display at this year’s Show and is holding the world premiere of the Hudson Bay 32, priced at $329,000.

But their sales and inquiries have been in the $1.2 million to $1.8 million range, according to managing director Brett Thurley.

“It’s the bigger boats, in the 50 to 60 foot range which are attracting the most attention this year,” says Brett.  “In a number of instances we’ve dealt with existing owners upgrading.”

Multihull Central director Brent Vaughan, who is at his 14th Boat Show, has seen the return of some long term customers this year.

“We’re in the heart of catamaran territory on the Gold Coast so we’ve had a lot of local interest,” says Brent.  “It’s made for some great leads throughout the four days.”

“We’ve set up some sea trials for next week so the hope is that will flow through to sales.”

Leigh-Smith Cruiser Sales, which has exhibited at the Show since its inception and will soon relocate its base from Gold Coast City Marina to Sanctuary Cove’s Marine Village, has also witnessed some repeat inquiry.

“We’ve planted a few seeds and we’re hoping to harvest the fruit later,” says dealer principal Dean Leigh-Smith.

Mr Leigh-Smith said it was important for his company to have a presence at the Show each year, recalling a recent deal he closed with a client he met at SCIBS in 2009.

Peter Hrones from Team Windcraft says he has had a couple of strong leads on the Greenline hybrid motor yacht, which he is confident will convert to sales post-show.

“Last year we sold six after the show, so I am sure we will go well again this year.” The other brands he represents in sail are Hanse, Moody, Dehler and Buizen, with a new brand joining soon, Solaris.

“We always have a great SCIBS and this year is no exception. The weather has made it just that much better.”

In the trailer boat segment, Collins Marine has two of its Arvor boats on show – the Weekender and the launch of the Sportsfish 605.

“It’s been solid for us today, much better than last year,” says Peter Collins. “The show is better organised, better laid out this year. It has really worked for us. Thursday and Friday were great, Saturday was steady and today is cranking up. Our boats are the ideal family boat for fishing and fun so they are well suited for SCIBS. People are saying they love the product.”

Runaway Bay Pontoon Boats have sold two boats in the last two days and are confident of selling more post-event. “Our boats are custom made so we rarely sell at the show,” says Craig Winch who is proud of their Queensland-made boats. “We are in a great position near the main pavilion, plenty of people passing. We’ve been to six SCIBS and this show will be our best ever.”

Graeme Hall from the Jetty Specialist is exhibiting in Pavilion A and has been satisfied with traffic through. “Without a doubt it’s been our best show for five years,” he says. “People are very positive and happy with the show. We have a great spot and we have been speaking with a lot of key commercial contacts, as well as quite a number of people about residential pontoons.”

Raymarine is celebrating the launch of the new 19-inch chart plotter, which has been greeted with great enthusiasm from both the consumer and OEM market. “This is ideal for the big boat market, sail and power and people have been very excited with the look and function,” says Tom Green, adding that the new product is covetable for its aesthetics, fast processing and multi-touch function. Feedback over the past few days has been that it is a ‘jaw-dropping’ product. We expect a lot of post-show uptake through our dealers.”

After a year break from SCIBS, Gill clothing is back exhibiting at SCIBS. “We are very happy with our position and the flow-through of traffic has been great,” says Paul Schulz. “We are happy with our sales the past few days, mostly yachties from all over the country – Tasmania, WA, NSW and Victoria. This show works well for us. Sunday is quieter for sales, but the first three days were very good.”

At Telic Footwear, Johnny Nunnerley is thrilled with the sales of their bright and versatile shoes, each and every day. “It has been fantastic! There have been times where we have been inundated, and then some slower periods where we catch our breath and restock. We have seen a lot of people who are repeat customers from last year, coming back to buy more shoes in different colours. This is our second SCIBS and this year is better than last year for us.”

New to SCIBS but not to trade and consumer shows, Minijumpstarters.com are very happy with the visitor numbers and sales so far. “Friday was really busy for us,” says Bill Brett. “This is our first SCIBS and we were late to book. Next year we will get in earlier and get a better position on the corner, which will be even better for us!”

Boaties are also seeing syndication as a good way to enter the market, with Boating Syndication Australia selling six shares in a Riviera 44 and further two shares in a Riviera M360 at the Show.

Mulpha Sanctuary Cove head of events Johan Hasser says while they noted a marked increase in visitor numbers, the true barometer of success was exhibitor sales.

“The general consensus has been very favourable and exhibitors are thrilled with strong sales and leads throughout the four days of Boat Show,” Johan says.

“There has been a big change in sentiment this year, they’re genuinely out to buy.

“Bringing an event of this magnitude together is a 12-month operation and the hard work of the team has really paid off this year.”

Mulpha Sanctuary Cove executive general manager Keith Allardice said SCIBS would continue to be Sanctuary Cove’s flagship event.

“It’s been excellent to showcase the unique Sanctuary Cove lifestyle to visitors and exhibitors from all over Australia and overseas once again this year,” Keith says.

“It’s a key event on the international Boat Show calendar and will continue to be so for years to come.”

The 27th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show will run from May 21 – 24, 2015.

SCIBS is a key event on the national and international marine industry calendar and has injected millions of dollars into the Gold Coast economy over the past 25 years with last year’s show generating more than $148 million.
The $A2 billion Sanctuary Cove, located on the northern Gold Coast, is Australia’s leading and most successful master-planned community.

Featuring two 18 hole championship golf courses, a 300 berth marina, five-star InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, Country Club including full fitness centre, tennis courts and 25m swimming pool, Sanctuary Cove is also home to some of the most diverse waterfront, golf course fronting or hilltop residential house and land options on the Gold Coast.

At the heart of the community is the Marine Village – Sanctuary Cove’s very own waterfront commercial, retail and dining precinct, with more than 80 tenancies.

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show 2014: Day 3

May 24, 2014

It has been another amazing day at the 2014 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, with the buses full of visitors from all over the region, and according to exhibitors, from all over the country as well as New Zealand. In the Superyacht & Marine Pavilion the traffic has been constant and quality, despite the beautiful weather, which usually finds people heading outdoors.

SCIBS 2014 Day 3

SCIBS 2014 Day 3

“I have noticed a good strong turnout of people from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and New Zealand, all saying this is a great time of year to visit Queensland and come to SCIBS,” says Bob Charleston, director at PTI, which is here representing the Boat Stabilizer Anti-Rolling Gyro.

The product, manufactured by Japanese company, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in their aerospace division is designed to work better than its competitors. “It’s simple, robust, low maintenance. It relies on the same technology as those they used in the international space station.”

All the way from Auckland, Bob says SCIBS is the ideal means of getting the brand out to end users, boat owners, and the boat builder market. “It’s about awareness, letting people know there are 3,300 of these in boats worldwide.” This is his first SCIBS and he’s elated. “Where else can you go to a trade show in a place like this?” he says, looking out over the marina with perfect, clear blue skies above.

All the way from Sweden for SCIBS this year, Johannes Rask, sales and project manager for the Humphree brand of trim and stabilisation systems says he is impressed with the boat show. “It’s a friendly show, lots of things to see and yes, the weather is incredible!”

David Murray, director of Ultimate Marine Power, distributor of the Humphree product, has been to about 16 SCIBS over the years, and four with his own company. “SCIBS is a good value show, you do get your return on investment. This year is a quality crowd and we are very pleased with the enquiries.” As David explains, the company has a three tiered approach to marketing the product, so SCIBS is the ideal platform. “We target the end user, naval architects and boat builders so brand awareness and explaining the product at this show is very important to us.”

Rachel Haynes of Multihull Solutions says the company has had an extremely successful show, noting a positive change in the market.  “There’s no doubt this year is better than last,” she said, referring to the sale of a Fountaine Pajot Hélia 44 for $925,000 and two syndicate shares in another of the same model, worth $162,000.

(L-R) Brenda and Brett Flanagan from Integrity Motor Yachts and Kim and Russel Dahl

(L-R) Brenda and Brett Flanagan from Integrity Motor Yachts and Kim and Russel Dahl

“We’re also expecting to seal the deal on a Mahé 36 tomorrow.”

JSW Powersports, which has jet skis available from $7,700, has already eclipsed its sales result from the 2013 Boat Show, clearing 20 units in three days. “And we sold most of our units on Sunday last year, so we’re in good stead to smash our sales record,” says dealer principal Jeff McNiven. “There’s a great atmosphere this year, people are here to buy.”

Alan Whittley, from Whittley Marine Group, is at the Show with dealer Northside Marine and echoed the sentiment that 2014 is overall a stronger Show.

Whittley has launched its 2600 and SL 26 models at the show, and already has several sales runs on the board and “bulging” quote pads.

“We’ve got a high profile position so that has delivered a lot of foot traffic,” says Alan.

“More importantly, we’ve been able to convert enthusiastic browsers into buyers which is ultimately what the Boat Show’s all about.”

The 2014 Boat Show showcases a wide variety of international boating brands, products and technologies on display alongside the superb backdrop of the award-winning Sanctuary Cove marina and The Marine Village.

Tickets are on sale now online and at the gate. Adult day passes are $25, with concession passes available for seniors and students. Children under 18 are free.

In 2014, SCIBS has teamed up with Translink to provide free train travel for all pre-paid ticket holders for travel to and from the show.

Visitors to SCIBS are entitled to free train travel on all regular Queensland Rail City Network trains when they display a pre-purchased ticket to the event, along with accessing the free ‘Park ‘n’ Ride’ services from Helensvale.

The $A2 billion Sanctuary Cove, located on the northern Gold Coast, is Australia’s leading and most successful master-planned community.

Featuring two 18 hole championship golf courses, a 300 berth marina, five-star InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, Country Club including full fitness centre, tennis courts and 25m swimming pool, Sanctuary Cove is also home to some of the most diverse waterfront, golf course fronting or hilltop residential house and land options on the Gold Coast.

At the heart of the community is the Marine Village – Sanctuary Cove’s very own waterfront commercial, retail and dining precinct, with more than 80 tenancies.

Rolex Capri Sailing Week 2014 Winners

May 24, 2014

The lovely Italy yacht charter destination – Capri played a host to the Rolex Capri Sailing Week for 10th consecutive year. The event’s programme was planned to comprise six days of competing and, attracted a truly international fleet of 21 yacht from 11 different nations. Despite two days lost due to lack of wind, there was sufficient high quality racing to place three yachts at the top of their respective classes: luxury yacht Robertissima III (GBR) took Mini Maxi Racing, sailing yacht Good Job Guys (ITA) won in Mini Maxi Racing/Cruising and sailing yacht Azzurra (ITA) placed first in TP52. All three were rewarded for their efforts with a Rolex timepiece.

Luxury yacht ROBERTISSIMA III (GBR) at the start of the Volcano Race - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Luxury yacht ROBERTISSIMA III (GBR) at the start of the Volcano Race - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

The Rolex Capri Sailing Week is always a special event. The first event in the Rolex’s Mediterranean yachting season, it always comprises different racing formats, and a selection of the most glamorous racing yachts in sport today. All set against the stunning backdrop of the Italian island of Capri.

12 Maxis and Mini Maxis arranging in length range from 18.29 to 30.5 metres, and nine TP52s, were the stars of  the show organised by the International Maxi Association and the Yacht Club Capri. Teams from Austria, Brazil, United Kingdom, France, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the USA competed for the Caprese glory.

Robertissima III ignites the Volcano Race
The assembled Maxis and Mini Maxis started their week on Monday with the Volcano Race, a 230 nautical-miles offshore course from Capri to Stromboli and back. The fleet found light to moderate wind conditions and Roberto Tomasini Grinover’s JV72 Robertissima III outperformed her opponenets to win out overall. Fastest on the water was Slovenian 100 foot Maxi yacht Esimit Europa 2, which finished the course in 27 hours, 16 minutes and 44 seconds to secure the line honours victory.

Enrico Gorziglia's sailing yacht GOOD JOB GUYS (ITA) at the Rolex Capri Sailing Week - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Enrico Gorziglia's sailing yacht GOOD JOB GUYS (ITA) at the Rolex Capri Sailing Week - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Robertissima III arrived in Capri three hours and a half after than the Slovenian Maxi, and one hour and 12 minutes ahead of her near sistership sailing yacht Jethou (GBR) after an intense duel on the water. According to Robertissima III tactician and Rolex Testimonee, Paul Cayard: “It seemed like we were a little bit faster (than Jethou) in upwind conditions. Maybe we have a little more stability.” A key moment in race occurred at the active volcano, Stromboli, the most southerly mark of the racecourse, as Cayard explained: “Esimit was in front and sailed into a hole behind Stromboli, so we went wide. Jethou tried to cut the corner on us and parked also.” Robertissima used the opportunity to build an all-important lead.

Bothersome breeze

Robertissima III was declared the overall winner of the race on xx, when it became clear her corrected time could not be bettered. At this point, the Maxis changed their mode or set-up for the scheduled three days of coastal racing.

Fate or the wind gods conspired against the best laid plans and both Thursday and Friday were written off due to lack of any breeze. Principal Race Officer Peter Reggio tried his considerable best to come up with a solution. On Thursday Reggio set the fleet off on a coastal course in the waters around Capri, but as the yachts approached the dramatic Faraglioni rock formation the breeze disappeared. On Friday, the fleet left Capri’s Marina Grande in two occasions without success.

Alberto Roemmers' sailing yacht AZZURRA (ITA) on Day 2 - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Alberto Roemmers' sailing yacht AZZURRA (ITA) on Day 2 - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Final day reprieve
As frustration built for all concerned, the situation for the final day was studied intently. The predictions were good, and hopes were high for a final bout of spirited competition across all classes.

In the Mini Maxi class, Giuseppe Puttini’s Swan 65 Shirlaf  from Italy won the coastal race, held over a racecourse of 20 nautical miles, in tricky, shifting wind conditions. Second was British entrant Lupa of London followed by Hungary’s representaive, Wild Joe.

The combination of the Volcano Race and coastal race results gave the overall win in Mini Maxi Racing division to Robertissima III. “Capri is a fantastic place”, said owner Roberto Tomasini Grinover. “I never found such a hospitality like in Capri in no other club in the world. All my crew was really delighted to be here and to be treated to the hospitality of the Yacht Club Capri and Rolex, and of course the result is absolutely positive.”

In the Mini Maxi Racing/Cruising division, Enrico Gorziglia’s Italian entry Good Job Guys  performed best across the too races to secure top spot.

TP52s debut in Caprese waters
Away for the Maxi racing, attention was firmly on the debut of the TP52 class at Rolex Capri Sailing Week. Nine teams from seven different countries took part.

Newcomer, Phoenix, won the first race of the championship and its first-ever race. Eduardo de Souza Ramos owner and helmsman of the Brazilian TP52, was enthralled with his debut: “It was such a fantastic experience. I never thought it would ever be like that. It is an experience I am never going to forget.”

In the end, the TP52 fleet sailed six out of the its 10 races scheduled. Five different teams took bullets to confirm the competitiveness of the class: Phoenix, Quantum Racing (USA), Vesper (USA), Azzurra (ITA) and Rán (SWE). Overall victory went to Alberto Roemmer’s team after a final day were they came close to perfection, scoring a second and a first place.

“It is a great feeling”, Azzurra helmsman Guillermo Parada emphasised. “Capri is a unique place to sail, and is known for light conditions. We made some changes in the mast, the sails, the trimming, we changed some members of the crew to improve the performance in these conditions, and it allowed us to be competitive. I’m happy, because we made a plan and it worked out. We would be delighted to come back here next year.”

Second overall was Jim Swartz’s Vesper, followed by Doug DeVos’ Quantum Racing.

Michelle Galli’s B2 (ITA), winner of the Rolex Middle Sea Race in 2013, suffered through lack of experience inshore. “We are really an offshore team, but this year we decided to be here in Capri and in Porto Cervo with the TP52 fleet,” the Italian owner explained. “This fleet competes at a very high level, and we are still trying to learn how to race with them. A great experience.” Galli will be in Saint-Tropez for the Giraglia Rolex Cup in June, “where we’ll be back to offshore mode, my passion.”

Successful formula
Andrew McIrvine, Secretary General of the International Maxi Association, wa enthusiastic about the event despite the whimsical Caprese breeze: “The owners love it here. Mixing the TP52s and the Maxis worked very well, as there was always something to look at. When the Maxis were away for the Volcano Race, the TP52s were racing here in Capri, and that was good for everybody. I think it is a very good formula.”

Rolex Capri Sailing Week 2014 drew to a close with a prize giving ceremony held at the Yacht Club Capri, where class winners received their trophies and Rolex timepieces.

Next event in the Rolex sailing portfolio is the Giraglia Rolex Cup, which celebrates its 62nd edition from 13-21 June.

2014 ROLEX CAPRI SAILING WEEK WINNERS

Mini Maxi Racing

Robertissima (GBR), Roberto Tomasini

Mini Maxi Racing-Cruising
Good job guys (ITA), Enrico Gorziglia

TP52
Azzura (ITA), Alberto Roemmers

Second day without racing for Rolex Capri Sailing Week 2014

May 23, 2014

Unstable wind on the Bay of Naples prevented racing at the currently running Rolex Capri Sailing Week 2014 for a second consecutive day. The race committee twice called the fleet out on to the water, the 52 Super Series to sail windward-leewards and the Maxi fleet to compete a coastal race. However, both times the wind failed to stabilise enough for the race committee even to begin a start sequence.

Capri's dramatic Faraglioni with the mainland in the distance. Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Capri's dramatic Faraglioni with the mainland in the distance. Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Principal Race Officer, Peter ‘Luigi’ Reggio, exercised his frustration: “There were times when there were zero knots, then the wind would come in at 170° and then 240° – it was just all over the place. It was two breezes fighting, the sea breeze trying to come in from the southeast and another one was trying to come in from the west. Every time a cell came through it just killed it.”

On the two occasions when the wind stabilised enough, the fleet ventured out to the start zone only for Mother Nature to let them down. On the second occasion, mid-afternoon, the boats arrived only for the wind to shift hard right and to die once again.

Expert forecaster Mike Broughton, navigator on Sir Peter Ogden’s Mini Maxi yacht Jethou, explained: “We got an intense trough line which went through this morning at 0500 with lots of wind and rain. Then a second came across bringing thunderstorms and 30 knots in Sardinia, but since then it has got a bit shy and slowly dissipated.”

On a positive note, Broughton’s pre-regatta predictions have finally come to pass. “I keep going to do the Volcano Race and warn ‘this is a light area’ and then it’s blown 30 knots!”

Esimit Europa 2 lines up with Sir Peter Odgen's Jethou. Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Superyacht Esimit Europa 2 lines up with Sir Peter Odgen's sailing yacht Jethou. Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Steve Hayles, navigator on Niklas Zennström’s Rán Racing, competing in the 52 Super Series fleet at Rolex Capri Sailing Week, said that they were expecting the conditions to prevent racing today. “It is the remnants of a cold front from days and days ago that’s drifted into the area. The wind was just massively unstable.”

Fortunately the conditions are looking much better for tomorrow, the final day of racing. As Peter Reggio anticipates: “The forecast is the best of the week, so we are pushing racing forwards by an hour. They are saying that at 1100 we should have 8 knots, building to 13. It is the most aggressive forecast we’ve seen all week.”

Mike Broughton believes the wind tomorrow will be a more steady northwesterly, while Steve Hayles says that its strength will still depend upon a thermal breeze developing: “There is no gradient around. If the skies clear up then hopefully a 8-10 knot sea breeze will come in and it will be fine. We had great conditions here during training, it’s just been unfortunate for the last couple of days. So fingers crossed for tomorrow.”

Marton Jozsa's Hungarian Mini Maxi Yacht Wild Joe. Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Marton Jozsa's Hungarian Mini Maxi Yacht Wild Joe. Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Tonight, Rolex Capri Sailing Week’s magnificent social schedule continues with the ‘Rolex Dinner Party’ at Canzone del Mare (Song of Sea) in the Marina Piccola. Held on the site of a small fort, where the Sirens were once supposed to sit and sing to lure sailors on to the rocks, the property with its lido was initially made famous by English/Italian singer Gracie Fields. Its notoriety gained in the 1950-60s when the beach club was frequented by the jet including Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis, Princess Grace of Monaco, Elizabeth Taylor and Brigitte Bardot among many others as well as being the inspiration for Noël Coward’s “A bar on the Piccola Marina.”

However for the crews it will be case of going home early. Because of the lack of racing over the last two days, the start tomorrow is being brought forwards to 1100. The latest time a start can be given is at 1530. The prizegiving will be held at Marina Grande at 1800.

Sunseeker Predator 80 Yacht receives Asia Boating Award 2014

May 23, 2014

British luxury yacht builder, Sunseeker International, got off to an amazing start at this year’s Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show as it received a top prize for its Predator 80 yacht at the prominent 2014 Asia Boating Awards.

Asia Boating Award 2014 for Sunseeker superyacht Predator 80

Asia Boating Award 2014 for Sunseeker superyacht Predator 80

The Sunseeker motor yacht Predator 80 was named the Best Worldwide Production Motoryacht (15m to 24m). Held on the first night of the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show, the awards ceremony highlights the best that the Asian and International yachting industries have to offer.

Organised by Asia-Pacific Boating magazine and China Boating magazine, the Asian Boating Awards is the most iconic of yacht awards and has served as a benchmark for the marine industry in the Asia-Pacific region since 2005. The awards are particularly special as they bring recognition not only from industry insiders but also from yacht lovers themselves, as readers of Asia-Pacific Boating selected the nominees.  This is clearly testament to the stunning design and engineering excellence of the superyacht Predator 80.

“We are extremely proud to receive the Best Worldwide Production Motoryacht Award for the Predator 80,” commented Sunseeker International Sales Director Sean Robertson. “We continue to strive towards excellence in yacht design, manufacturing, and quality, to provide superior luxury yachts and customer service to our yacht owners from around the world.”

Below is a choice of the lovely charter yachts built by Sunseeker.

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show 2014: Day 2

May 23, 2014

The currently running Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show was once again greeted by blue skies today, on May 23. There is a definite positive vibe to match the sunshine throughout the boat show precinct as exhibitors say that this year’s event is “a boaties’ show”.

SCIBS 2014 Day 2

SCIBS 2014 Day 2

And sales have echoed their upbeat response, with more than $5 million worth of boats already sold amid an 18 per cent increase in visitor numbers. Official ticket sales suggest 8,531 visitors passed through the gates on Thursday alone.

“There are lots of people here who have boats or who have had them and are seriously looking,” explains Brett Flanagan from Integrity Motor Yachts. With the world launch of the Aspire 45 Sedan at SCIBS this year, Brett says there has been a lot of attention on this boat and the others he has on display. “We sold this boat, the second of the Aspire range, and have a third on order.”

This year’s show is working well for Integrity and the Aspire brand. “It’s a great show for us!”

From Multihull Solutions, the incredibly popular Summerland 40 power cat is drawing steady visitation. “This is as good as last year for us,” says Conrad Gair. “We have three sea trials lined up so far and hope they will convert into sales.”

Horizon display at SCIBS 2014

Horizon display at SCIBS 2014

The Helia 44 too is attracting large numbers – and any wonder! “It’s actually the most popular multihull in its size worldwide,” he states.

Sports Marine, representing Meridian Boats have had a great show – selling their one and only boat on display on the second day of SCIBS.

“But if people come through and like it, we can order another one from Florida,” says a contented dealer, Max Sutherland, who hasn’t been at a SCIBS for 10 years and is thrilled with the quality of people through this year.

“We have had good steady flow, very good quality – lots of boaties. Absolutely we’ll be back next year.”

With no actual boat on the water, but a high-tech demonstration of the soon-to-be-realised first hull under the Elandra brand, Luke Durman is heartened by response to the concept – a 53-ft luxury motor yacht built for long-range cruising.

Luke’s impression of this year’s SCIBS is that it has returned to being “the lifestyle show it once was”. “Sanctuary Cove was always synonymous with celebrating the boating lifestyle. It feels like that again with the mix of exhibitors and the atmosphere.”

Back up in the marine village, Scott from boatshoesonline.com.au says the second day of SCIBS has been “flat out and frantic”. From their prominent position on Masthead Way the shoe retailer is experiencing a constant flow of traffic, back and forth. “People pass us a few times and they pop in, and buy! A lot of people are previous clientele we’ve acquired over the years at SCIBS. This is our 16th boat show!”

Just down the avenue, Glacier Bay with dealer Fishing & Leisure Boats is attracting some major interest from the fishing and boating crowd, returning to the market after several years away.

“We are very close to some sales,” says dealer Jamie Neilsen, who also has the Carolina Cat and Livingstone pro-fishing boats on display. “We have some solid leads and hope they will buy post-show.”

Kevin Barr from BarzOptics says SCIBS is his first or second best show globally for sales and leads with trade. “We are having a good show. People are back to spending for sure.”

Steve Ackerie, known as Stefan, has an awesome location at SCIBS, complete with bright pink RazarCat, banners and the make-up booth for the ladies. He says that his second SCIBS is proving very fruitful. “Business is hard these days, you have to hunt for it. So we are here in force, with 25 boats and 100 more at our showroom.”

On show under the Stefan Boating World signage are the Scout Sportsfish boat, Smartliner – excellent value for a 21-ft boat with 90hp Yamaha engine for under $30,000 – and a few boats from the Karnic range. “I have sold two so far,” says Steve, adding that he should have brought some of his tinnies along too, judging by customer enquiry in to the sturdy, well-priced product.

Northside Marine is enjoying the traffic that has come out with the sunshine, prominent in the trailer-boat section. In the Whittley range, dealers are very busy and have booked in plenty of demos for next week and well as two sales and lots of enquiries.

In the Superacht and Marine Pavilion, P&W Marine Engineers have enjoyed steady trade and customer enquiry. For them, SCIBS is all about networking, meeting companies they supply to as well as boat owners, to reinforce the brand and inform them of new products.

This year, P&W have a new exhaust mixer, deck hatch, nominated for its innovation at the recent ASMEX awards, and new trailer jack to make changing tyres easy. The glass-topped propeller coffee tables too are a hit with the boaties!

“We supply 95 per cent of all OEMs in Australia,” says Ross Cameron. “We are the most awarded marine engineering companies in the country, with a focus on innovation and creativity – all manufactured here in Brisbane.”

Aqualuma is ecstatic by traffic at today’s show, after a relatively quiet first day. “We sold out of all our product by the second day – which hasn’t happened in 10 years of exhibiting. Today has been very, very busy!” says Carl Amor.

Adit Marine, opposite Aqualuma are selling gel mat, Fuel’s Gold diesel cleaner and Barnacle Buster, as well as the practical gadget, the EasyKlip. An exhibitor for five years, Greg Maxwell says it’s evident the market is “getting better”.

“People seem more confident to buy,” he says. “We have had a massive day today, people have been three deep. Looking forward to the weekend!”

Colin Creed who is on the marina edge with his product TrackSat says his second day has been steady and satisfying. “It comes in waves,” he says. This is our first SCIBS and we are very happy with our spot. We will definitely come back next year – especially if we can have the same spot!”

The 2014 Boat Show showcases a wide variety of international boating brands, products and technologies on display alongside the superb backdrop of the award-winning Sanctuary Cove marina and The Marine Village.

Tickets are on sale now online and at the gate. Adult day passes are $25, with concession passes available for seniors and students. Children under 18 are free.

In 2014, SCIBS has teamed up with Translink to provide free train travel for all pre-paid ticket holders for travel to and from the show.
Visitors to SCIBS are entitled to free train travel on all regular Queensland Rail City Network trains when they display a pre-purchased ticket to the event, along with accessing the free ‘Park ‘n’ Ride’ services from Helensvale.

The $A2 billion Sanctuary Cove, located on the northern Gold Coast, is Australia’s leading and most successful master-planned community.

Featuring two 18 hole championship golf courses, a 300 berth marina, five-star InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, Country Club including full fitness centre, tennis courts and 25m swimming pool, Sanctuary Cove is also home to some of the most diverse waterfront, golf course fronting or hilltop residential house and land options on the Gold Coast.

At the heart of the community is the Marine Village – Sanctuary Cove’s very own waterfront commercial, retail and dining precinct, with more than 80 tenancies.

Lurssen to present 85m super yacht SOLANDGE at Monaco Yacht Show 2014

May 23, 2014

The premier German shipyard, Lurssen, is thrilled to announce that they will present their brand new 85-metre super yacht Solandge at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show. Delivered in October 2013, luxury motor yacht Solandge is a family vessel, built for pure yachting pleasure. At the same time however, she also boasts what it takes to become an iconic vessel on the luxury yacht charter market.

85m Lurssen mega yacht Solandge - Photo by Klaus Jordan

85m Lurssen mega yacht Solandge - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Above all, superyacht Solandge is engineered for self-sufficiency during extended voyages on the high seas and well-equipped for whatever she may face.

Exterior Designer Espen Oeino has given mega yacht Solandge exceptionally harmonious proportions and generous spaces. Despite her stately dimensions (length: 85.1m; beam: 13.8m) and the accommodation of the full scope of the owner’s wishes, her lines remain sleek and elegant. A dark blue hull further highlights her graceful and dynamic flair.

Interior designer Aileen Rodriguez has created a highly luxurious atmosphere with classical touches and a contemporary backdrop. A special mix of rare and strikingly beautiful materials gives Solandge superyacht a unique and exclusive style.

Viewings are, as always, by appointment only.

Main Characteristics of luxury super yacht Solandge

Name: Solandge
Loa: 85,10 m / 279’2”
Beam: 13,80 m / 45’3’’
Builder: Lürssen Yachts
Exterior Designer: Espen Oeino Design
Interior Designer: Rodriguez Interiors

Below is a selection of the outstanding charter yachts built by Lurssen.