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Three Neptune Trophies for Feadship at World Superyacht Awards 2014

May 05, 2014

Feadship is thrilled to announce that it has been honoured with no less than three Neptune trophies at the prominent World Superyacht Awards gala evening, which took place in Amsterdam on May 3, 2014. The majestic 99-metre Feadship mega yacht Madame GU received the award for best ‘Displacement Motor Yacht of 2,000GT and above’, while the outstanding 62-metre Feadship motor yacht Sea Owl won the Neptune for best ‘Displacement Motor Yacht of 1,300GT to 1,999GT’. To cap off an amazing evening for Feadship, Madame GU was honoured with the most coveted prize of all: ‘Superyacht of the Year 2014’.

Neptune Trophy for mega yacht Madame Gu

Neptune Trophy for Feadship mega yacht Madame Gu

The World Superyacht Awards already had a special allure for Feadship and the other leading Dutch yards, as this was the first time that the annual ceremony was held in the Netherlands. The recently renovated National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam (where Sea Owl’s owners held their launch party last year) made a phenomenal backdrop to the ‘Oscars of the superyacht world’, and the three awards were a triumph for Feadship and the pioneering owners with whom it created these entirely custom motoryachts.

Neptune Trophy for superyacht Sea Owl

Neptune Trophy for Feadship superyacht Sea Owl

Big is beautiful
With an interior and exterior designed by Andrew Winch, superyacht Madame GU is the largest yacht built in the Netherlands to date. Despite her length of 99 metres, she can reach 25 knots thanks to her quadruple 3,600kW MTU engines. Among the many features that earned her the Superyacht of the Year award were a fully enclosed helicopter hangar (first pioneered on the Feadship motor yacht Ecstasea), fibreglass domes for the satcom/navigation gear, and an exceptionally elaborate interior.

Feadship luxury motor yacht Madame GU

Feadship luxury motor yacht Madame GU

“It was a privilege to work with such a groundbreaking owner on Madame GU and to enjoy a delightful cooperation with Andrew Winch,” comments Feadship director Henk de Vries. “The client pushed us to our limits by demanding the most complicated interior ever on the largest Feadship ever. Onboard Madame GU we created things that resemble the Palace of Versailles, except the technology we applied and the finesse and craftsmanship were unavailable at the time that chateau was created.”

Feadship superyacht Madame Gu

Feadship superyacht Madame Gu

Feadship Yacht Madame Gu at night

Feadship Yacht Madame Gu at night

Extraordinary detail
The equally sophisticated Feadship superyacht Sea Owl was built for experienced owners who are exceptionally private. Her distinctive jade mist green and oyster white exterior contains an interior (also designed by Andrew Winch) with an extraordinarily detailed selection of hand carved pieces, sculptures, petrified wood items and marbles. One of the countless highlights is a sensational stairwell carving of the tree of life: From the depiction of the canopy on the sun deck to the ‘roots’ in the floor of the guest suites in the lower deck aft, the tree takes up the entire wall.

Feadship luxury yacht Sea Owl

Feadship luxury yacht Sea Owl

“Sea Owl is the most refined boat built by the industry to date,” says Feadship director Dick van Lent. “From the interior to the exterior, from the tenders to the onboard systems, from the wood carvings to the murals, she is a truly extraordinary bespoke achievement. It was a magical adventure to work with the owners of Sea Owl on a family-oriented superyacht that captures the essence of the highly individual Feadship building experience.”

Sea Owl Yacht by Feadship at night

Sea Owl Yacht by Feadship at night

Below is a choice of the oustanding charter yachts built by Feadship.

Winners of the World Superyacht Awards 2014

May 05, 2014

The newly crowned winners of a prominent Neptune trophy were unveiled at the 9th annual World Superyacht Awards on Saturday, May 3, 2014. The host city of Amsterdam, with its rich maritime history, offered a fitting backdrop as a distinguished audience of superyacht owners as well as industry specialists gathered at the Het Scheepvaartmuseum, Amsterdam’s National Maritime Museum.

Winners of the World Superyacht Awards 2014 celebrate with their Neptune trophies

Winners of the World Superyacht Awards 2014 celebrate with their Neptune trophies

The ceremony, which celebrates excellence in superyacht build and design, is the most anticipated event in the superyacht calendar. Throughout the evening, international broadcaster, Natasha Kaplinsky, presented a selection of prized awards to the owners of the finest sail and motor yachts delivered in 2013. A total of twenty-seven coveted Neptune trophies and Judges’ Commendation prizes, custom made for the occasion by Baccarat, were presented throughout the ceremony.

Motor Yacht of the Year was awarded to the 99m Madame Gu
The Motor Yacht of the Year Award honours the very best motor yacht delivered to its owners in 2013, chosen from amongst the winners of the motor yacht classes. Whilst size is not a factor in determining the victor of this award, this year the judges did select the largest yacht of those shortlisted. Built by Feadship–de Vries in Makkum, The Netherlands, with both exterior and interior design from Andrew Winch Designs, motor yacht Madame Gu is widely recognised as one of the most exquisite yachts afloat. It was not just appearance that swayed the judges; a superb quality of structural build, the design and installation of the mechanical elements and systems, and the perfection of interior joinery and decoration was absolutely beyond reproach. This resulted in a unanimous decision to name her as the highly deserved Motor Yacht of the Year.

Motor Yacht of the Year - Madame Gu - Image Credit Jeff Brown Superyacht Media

Motor Yacht of the Year - Madame Gu - Image Credit Jeff Brown/Superyacht Media

Sailing Yacht of the Year went to 32.64m Inukshuk
After much consideration of the two sailing yacht class winners – sailing yacht Ganesha and superyacht Inukshuk – the judges voted almost unanimously to select Inukshuk, a 32.6-metre sloop built by Baltic Yachts in Finland, as the winner of this prestigious award. Their decision was largely based on recognition that this yacht provides an optimal balance between excellent sailing performance and the high degree of comfort and customisation offered to its owner. Inukshuk’s elegant looks, which feature uncluttered deck spaces derived from the drawing board of German Frers, state-of-the-art sailing systems and the high standards of construction seen both in the structure of the vessel and its interior finish by Adam Lay Studio, were all factored into the decision.

Sailing Yacht of the Year - Inukshuk - Image Credit Jeff Brown Superyacht Media

Sailing Yacht of the Year - Inukshuk - Image Credit Jeff Brown/Superyacht Media

World Superyacht Awards 2014 Winners

Displacement Motor Yacht of 2,000GT and above
Sponsored by Holland Jachtbouw

Winner: Madame Gu
Madame Gu
Length: 99.00m
Builder: Feadship
Naval Architect: Feadship
Exterior Stylist: Andrew Winch Designs
Interior Designer: Andrew Winch Designs

Judges’ Commendation: Chopi Chopi

Luxury motor yacht Chopi Chopi by CRN

Luxury motor yacht Chopi Chopi by CRN

Length: 80.00m
Builder: CRN
Naval Architect: CRN Engineering
Exterior Stylist: Zuccon International Project
Interior Designer: Laura Sessa

Displacement Motor Yacht of 1,300GT to 1,999GT

Winner: Sea Owl
Length: 62.00m
Builder: Feadship
Naval Architect: De Voogt Naval Architects
Exterior Stylist: Andrew Winch Designs
Interior Designer: Andrew Winch Designs

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

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

Judges’ Commendation: Axioma (ex Red Square)

Length: 72.50m
Builder: Dunya Yachts
Naval Architect: Dunya Yachts
Exterior Stylist: Sterling Scott
Interior Designer: Alberto Pinto

Dunya MegaYacht Red Square - Profile Image courtesy of Dunya Yachts

Dunya MegaYacht Red Square - Profile Image courtesy of Dunya Yachts

Judges’ Special Award for technically advanced construction

Winner: Invictus
Length: 66.00m
Builder: Delta Marine
Naval Architect: Delta Design Group
Exterior Stylist: Delta Design Group
Interior Designer: Diane Johnson Design / JW Architecture

66m Delta luxury super yacht INVICTUS

66m Delta luxury super yacht INVICTUS

Displacement Motor Yacht of 500GT to 1,299GT
Sponsored by Clyde & Co

Winner: Event
Length: 60.00m
Builder: Amels
Naval Architect: Amels
Exterior Stylist: Tim Heywood Design
Interior Stylist: Laura Sessa

Displacement Motor Yacht of below 500GT
Sponsored by Royal Huisman

Winner: CaryAli
Length: 39.16m
Builder: Alloy Yachts
Naval Architect: René van der Velden Yacht Design
Exterior Stylist: René van der Velden Yacht Design
Interior Designer: Lynne Grossman in collaboration with Redman Whiteley Dixon

39m explorer yacht CaryAli by Alloy Yachts

39m explorer yacht CaryAli by Alloy Yachts

Judges’ Commendation: Sofia

Length: 41.78m
Builder: Moonen Shipyard
Naval Architect: Stolk Marimecs
Exterior Stylist: René van der Velden Yacht Design
Interior Designer: Art-Line Interiors

42m Moonen motor yacht Sofia

42m Moonen motor yacht Sofia

Semi-Displacement or Planing Two-Deck Motor Yacht including Raised Pilothouse Designs
Sponsored by Admiral Tecnomar

Winner: Finish Line
Length: 36.70m
Builder: Trinity Yachts
Naval Architect: Trinity Yachts
Exterior Stylist: Yacht Next / Joanne Lockhart
Interior Designer: Yacht Next / Joanne Lockhart

Trinity Yachts superyacht FINISH LINE (Hull T-058) - Profile

Trinity Yachts superyacht FINISH LINE (Hull T-058) - Profile

Semi-Displacement or Planing Three-Deck Motor Yacht of 30m to 44.99m
Sponsored by Tansu

Winner: Cacos V
Length: 40.00m
Builder: Admiral Tecnomar
Naval Architect: Admiral Tecnomar
Exterior Stylist: Luca Dini Design / Admiral Centro Stile
Interior Designer: Admiral Centro Stile

Cacos V Yacht

Cacos V Yacht

Semi-Displacement or Planing Three-Deck Motor Yacht of 45m and above
Sponsored by Esenyacht

Winner: Galactica Star
Length: 65.00m
Builder: Heesen Yachts
Naval Architect: Van Oossanen Naval Architects / Heesen Yachts
Exterior Stylist: Omega Architects/ Heesen Yachts
Interior Designer: Bannenberg & Rowell Design

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

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

Judges’ Commendation: Vellmari
Length: 47.50m
Builder: Rossinavi
Naval Architect: Arrabito Naval Architects
Exterior Stylist: Team for Design by Enrico Gobbi
Interior Designer: Team for Design by Enrico Gobbi

Vellmari superyacht by Rossinavi - Copyright- Alberto Cocchi

Vellmari superyacht by Rossinavi - Copyright- Alberto Cocchi

Catamaran Award

Winner: Quaranta
Length: 33.70m
Builder: Curvelle-Logos Marine
Naval Architect: Incat Crowther Naval Architects
Exterior Stylist: Mauro Giamboi
Interior Designer: Alex Isacc

Curvelle QUARANTA superyacht - profile.jpeg

Curvelle QUARANTA superyacht - profile.jpeg

Motor Yacht of the Year Award
Sponsored by Embraer Executive Jets

Winner: Madame Gu
Length: 99.00m
Builder: Feadship
Naval Architect: Feadship
Exterior Stylist: Andrew Winch Designs
Interior Designer: Andrew Winch Designs

Sailing Yacht in 40m+ Size Range
Sponsored by Heesen Yachts

Winner: Ganesha
Length: 46.00m
Builder: Vitters Shipyard
Naval Architect: Dubois Naval Architects
Exterior Stylist: Dubois Naval Architects
Interior Designer: Newcruise

Rendering of the 46m Vitters superyacht Ganesha

Rendering of the 46m Vitters superyacht Ganesha

Spirit of Tradition Award
Sponsored by Feadship

Winner: Mikhail S. Vorontsov
Length: 64.50m
Builder: Dream Ship Victory / Balk Shipyard
Naval Architect: Dream Ship Victory / Dykstra Naval Architects
Exterior Stylist: Ken Freivokh Design / Dykstra Naval Architects
Interior Designer: Ken Freivokh Design

Mega yacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov

Mega yacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov

Sailing Yacht in 30m to 39.99 size range
Sponsored by Dream Ship Victory

Winner: Inukshuk
Length: 32.64m
Builder: Baltic Yachts
Naval Architect: Frers Naval Architecture & Engineering
Exterior Stylist: Frers Naval Architecture & Engineering
Interior Designer: Adam Lay Studio

Judges’ Special Award for advanced design and high quality construction

Winner: Inoui
Length: 33.44m
Builder: Vitters Shipyard
Naval Architect: Philippe Briand
Exterior Stylist: Philippe Briand Yacht Design
Interior Designer: Andrew Winch Designs

Luxury yacht Inoui - side view - Photo by Carlo Baroncini

Luxury yacht Inoui - side view - Photo by Carlo Baroncini

Sailing Yacht of the Year Award
Sponsored by Embraer Executive Jets

Winner: Inukshuk
Length: 32.64m
Builder: Baltic Yachts
Naval Architect: Frers Naval Architecture & Engineering
Exterior Stylist: Frers Naval Architecture & Engineering
Interior Designer: Adam Lay Studios

Yacht Conversion Award
Sponsored by Amels

Winner: Enigma XK
Length: 72.00m
Original Builder: Richards Shipbuilders
Refit Yard: Atlantic Refit Center
Refit Naval Architect: Macfarlane Yacht Design
Refit Exterior Stylist: Vitruvius Yachts
Refit Interior Designer: Vitruvius Yachts

Luxury explorer yacht ENIGMA XK

Luxury explorer yacht ENIGMA XK

Rebuilt Yacht Award
Sponsored by Amels

Winner: Keyla
Length: 45.30m
Original Builder: Trinity Yachts
Refit Yard: RMK Marine with project management by Mark Poirier
Refit Naval Architect: Trinity Yachts & RMK Engineering Department
Refit Exterior Stylist: Hot Lab Yacht & Design
Refit Interior Designer: Hot Lab Yacht & Design

45m superyacht Keyla refitted by RMK Marine and Hot Lab

45m superyacht Keyla refitted by RMK Marine and Hot Lab

Refitted Yacht Award
Sponsored by Amels

Winner: Auspicious
Length: 50.80m
Original Builder: Mondo Marine Refit Yard: Mondo Marine with project management by KK Superyachts
Refit Naval Architect: Mondo Marine
Refit Exterior Stylist: Cor D. Rover Design
Refit Interior Designer: Eidsgaard Design

Motor Yacht Auspicious (ex Streamline)

Motor Yacht Auspicious (ex Streamline)

Quality & Value Award
Sponsored by Hodgdon

Winner: Ileria
Length: 50.4m
Builder: Proteksan-Turquoise Yachts
Naval Architect: Proteksan-Turquoise Yachts
Exterior Stylist: Proteksan-Turquoise Yachts
Interior Designer: J.G. Verges Design

NB56 motor yacht Ileria

NB56 motor yacht Ileria

Voyager’s Award
Sponsored by Alloy Yachts

Joint Winner: Exuma
Length: 50.00m
Builder: Picchiotti / Perini Navi
Voyage: New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Micronesia, Palau, Sabah, Philippines

Super Yacht Exuma photo courtesy of Perini Navi

Super Yacht Exuma photo courtesy of Perini Navi

Joint Winner: Zeepaard

Length: 37.00m
Builder: JFA Yachts
Voyage: Circumnavigation through 39 countries

Zeepaard superyacht in Carribean - Copyrights Zeepaard

Zeepaard superyacht in Carribean - Copyrights Zeepaard

Legacy Award
Sponsored by Gassan Diamond

Winner: Sir Donald Gosling

Voyager’s Award

The Voyager’s Award credits superyacht owners who have undertaken a passage of an unusual or exploratory nature. This award, determined by the jury who have all cruised the world extensively, unusually resulted in the secret ballot creating an exact tie. Rather than breaking the deadlock to determine a single winner, the judges decided to award an equal first place to two owners who have both undergone extraordinary voyages – The owners of superyacht Exuma and luxury yacht Zeepaard.

Superyacht Exuma is a 50-metre motor yacht built by Picchiotti/Perini Navi to a design by Philippe Briand of Vitruvius Yachts. At the design stage, Exuma was specifically customised for cruising the more remote areas of the Pacific and her entry, written personally by the owner, catalogues an example of this: An adventurous voyage, made between 2012 and 2013, that started in New Caledonia and Vanuatu and progressed through the Solomon Islands to Papua New Guinea, Micronesia, Palau, and Sabah ending in the Philippines. Not only was the account well written and beautifully illustrated, it also displayed an enviable depth of knowledge of, and interaction with the various populations encountered throughout the itinerary. The judges considered it to be an excellent example of a cruise that deserved recognition.

Images of Exuma superyacht's navigation throughout the South Pacific and beyond

Images of Exuma superyacht's navigation throughout the South Pacific and beyond

Built by JFA Yachts in France in 2003, superyacht Zeepaard is a 37-metre expedition yacht designed for adventurous voyages. Her circumnavigation between 2009 and 2013, starting and finishing in the Mediterranean, certainly qualified as such, covering a total of 50,000nm and 39 countries. While the totality of the voyage was too long a duration to qualify for the Voyager’s Award, the judges extracted a portion which fell within the two year limit specified within the rules. Even so, this was an epic cruise. As the judges were to see from a small sample of the 40,000 or so images, it was clear that the owner, along with his family and friends, encountered incredible experiences everywhere they went, even in the rather more adventurous ‘pirate zones’, for which they were well prepared. This was a notable voyage of exactly the type for which expedition yachts were designed, and the judges considered it most worthy of a Neptune.

A small sample of over 40,000 images captured during Zeepaard yacht's circumnavigation of the globe

A small sample of over 40,000 images captured during Zeepaard yacht's circumnavigation of the globe

Legacy Award

The Legacy Award was presented to Sir Donald Gosling who, with over 60 years in superyachting – and counting – is the archetypal yacht owner. His love affair with the sea began at a young age and enrolling in the Royal Navy was a logical route for his career to take. In 1953 he acquired his first yacht which was followed by an array of pre-owned and custom yachts throughout the years. In 1993, Sir Donald Gosling’s current yacht, Leander G (named after HMS Leander – Sir Donald’s Royal Navy posting), was launched and she has been a much-loved staple of the superyacht scene ever since, welcoming both charter guests and Royalty on a regular basis.

Sir Donald Gosling

Sir Donald Gosling

The 2014 edition of the awards relocated to one of Europe’s foremost hubs of yacht design with the support of leading Dutch yacht builders; Amels, Feadship, Heesen, Holland Jachtbouw and Royal Huisman. Boat International Media would also like to thank Gold Sponsor, Embraer Executive Jets, Silver Sponsors; Dream Ship Victory, Esenyacht, Gassan Diamonds and Hodgdon, Bronze Sponsors; Admiral Technomar, Alloy Yachts, Baccarat, Clyde & Co and Tansu and Contributing Sponsors; Royal Delft, Sabrina Monte-Carlo, Spyker, Wajer & Wajer and Holland Yachting Group for helping to create a wonderful evening and for making the World Superyacht Awards a resounding success.

Antigua Sailing Week 2014 Finale

May 02, 2014

Taken place in the enchanting Caribbean yacht charter destination – Antigua, this year’s 47th edition of Antigua Sailing Week concluded with high drama and exciting conditions. Going into the last day, two yachts competing under CSA were undefeated, scoring seven straight bullets: Piet Vroon’s Dutch Ker 46 sailing yacht  Tonnerre de Breskens 3 and David Cullen’s Irish J/109 yacht Pocket Rocket were both vying for the prominent overall prize, The Lord Nelson Trophy.

Piet Vroon's Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens 3, Credit: Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Piet Vroon's Ker 46 yacht Tonnerre de Breskens 3, Credit: Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Several classes hung in the balance and the outcome of a whole week of racing was to be decided by seconds in CSA 2 & CSA 4. The last day of racing provided the windiest conditions of the week. Gusting up to 20 knots with an agitated sea state, the spray was flying off hulls on the south coast of Antigua and there was a ‘Cinderella moment’ for one of Antigua’s veteran yacht racers.

When the course was announced for CSA 0, Tonnerre de Breskens 3 knew they had it all on today, a 22-mile windward leeward eight mile offshore into big waves with a beat finish! The breeze was up and so was the sea state and the bigger yachts, especially TP52, Balearia/Team Varg could plane away downwind, surfing off the Caribbean swell. Balearia/Team Varg hit the turbo button off the wind and screeched downwind away from Tonnerre de Breskens 3. Carlo Vroon, son of Tonnerre owner Piet, explains the outcome:

“We got a good start and managed to keep our time on the other yachts upwind. The crew had to work hard, hiking the boat out and we managed to be seven minutes ahead on corrected time by the top mark. We knew that we would lose out on the run and once again we played the shifts well and stayed in pressure, but our lead had been eroded for the final beat to finish. We won the race by three minutes to finish off a highly rewarding Caribbean season. We have been racing in Florida and the Caribbean since January and our worst result in any race has been second, it has been a memorable season.”

David Cullen's Irish J/109, Pocket Rocket and Beluga, Richard Klabbers' Contest 42CS  Credit: Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

David Cullen's Irish J/109 Yacht Pocket Rocket and Beluga yacht, Richard Klabbers' Contest 42CS Credit: Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Tonnerre de Breskens 3 was the winner of CSA 0. Second overall was TP52, Balearia/Team Varg, which held off a strong challenge from Leo van den Thillart’s American Kernan 47, True.

This morning, Pocket Rocket had scored a perfect seven bullets securing CSA 7, but the perfect eight was to elude the team: “It is the first time we have really made any major errors, but we had problems hoisting our spinnaker today. If you had offered me seven first places and a second at the beginning of the week, I would have said – thank you very much! The lads’ heads are down but I don’t think that is right and I have a couple of bottles of champagne to cheer them up. We have had a fantastic week and congratulations to the organisers for laying on a very enjoyable and well run regatta.”

Aage Kristensen’s Dufour 40, Frilaens III finished the regatta in style by winning the last race, elevating the Norwegian team to third in class. Reginald Williams’ Soverel 42, Legacy was second overall. The team from Trinidad had a consistent week, scoring six podium finishes.

In CSA 2, the battle between Jonty Layfield’s Azuree 46, Sleeper and Ross Applebey’s Oyster 48, Scarlet Oyster was decided. Sleeper beat Scarlet Oyster today to win the class by two points, but closer analysis reveals that on corrected time, 12 seconds was the slender margin. Andy Middleton’s Canadian team racing Global Yacht Racing have scored six podium finishes for the regatta and deserve their third in class.

Bernie Evan-Wong's High Tension - Credit: Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Bernie Evan-Wong's sailing yacht High Tension - Credit: Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

In CSA 3, Alex Sastre’s Argentinean team racing Salona Racing Team won the class yesterday. However, Jan Oleson’s Essex Girl won today’s race, delighting the team from Denmark. Richard Wesslund’s J/122 El Ocaso and Philippe Falle’s Grand Soleil 43, Quokka 8 tied on points for second overall, but El Ocaso were second in class by virtue of one more race win than Quokka 8.

CSA 4 provided the closest finish of the entire regatta. Ian Hope Ross’ Melges 32 Kick ‘em Jenny 2 took line honours for Race 8, but corrected out to 6th place for the race putting the team from Sint Maarten out of contention for the class title. Next to finish was Bernie Evan-Wong’s Mumm 36, High Tension, which stayed in the vicinity of the finish line to see how far back the Cork 1720, Team Sojana was from their transom. About 11 minutes would be enough after time correction for High Tension to win the class. The result was too close to call, but High Tension won the race and the class by just 14 seconds:

“Amazing!” smiled Antigua dentist, Bernie Evan-Wong, when he got the news. “This team has been racing at Caribbean regattas all season and to win the last one on home soil is just fabulous. This morning we thought we might not race at all though. Just before the start, we developed a big problem. Our chainplate was coming loose, fixing the rig to the hull. ABSAR came to our rescue, quite literally! They gave us a lift to shore to get materials to fix the problem and we set off on the race. High Tension would like to say a big thank you to ABSAR!”

In Bareboat 1, Kiev Racing Yacht Club finished off the regatta on a high by winning the last race by 34 seconds. Domas Vysniauskas’ Lithuanian team racing Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 44i/Sunsail, Tintamarre, crossed the finish line in a dead heat with Colman Garvey’s Irish KH+P Bageal. The Lithuanian team had rather a large number of supporters out on the water and there was a lot of cheering as they crossed the finish line! Colman Garvey’s team could also celebrate as the team from Ireland had won the Bareboat 1 Division.

Best Bareboat overall with seven straight bullets was Max Katinov’s Russian Dufour 44, Cayenne. Cayenne also won Bareboat 2 with Pieter Crul’s Let Me Go in second place and Herbert Muenzel’s KH+P Sea You Later in third.

After racing, the daily prize giving was held on the lawn at the Antigua Yacht Club with Latin DJ number 7 playing the tunes. Tonight the 47th edition of Antigua Sailing Week will come to a conclusion in Nelson’s Dockyard with the Final Awards Ceremony & After Party with DJ Purist and the legendary Asher Otto & Itchyfeet playing live.

Successful Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota

May 02, 2014

From April 25 to 27, Marina Jack in Florida‘s Sarasota hosted this year’s 32nd annual Suncoast Boat Show. The three-day event boasted hundreds of boats from the Gulf Coast’s leading boat dealers, including the 110-foot Broward motor yacht Entrepreneur. In addition, the event featured a full range of marine electronics, products and accessories, together with food, refreshments and live musical entertainment.

110ft Broward superyacht Entrepreneur on display at Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota

110ft Broward superyacht Entrepreneur on display at Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota

The show was larger this year than ever before, with the total number of boats on display in-water up 14 percent compared to 2013. The new boat category was up 18 percent with the 46-foot-and-under category up 16 percent compared to 2013, indicating renewed demand from buyers of smaller boats who were temporarily shut out by the recession. The number of brokerage boats on display was comparable to 2013.

Reports from many exhibitors point to very strong sales activity during the show, several finishing with contracts in place.

“We came away from the show with several contracts, many more scheduled sea trials and we look forward to enjoying strong results from the event,” said Darren Plymale, vice president of Galati Yacht Sales, which had 18 boats in the show. “The show provided us the opportunity to showcase our new yacht brands and an excellent selection of pre-owned vessels, both of which were met by great consumer interest.”

Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota

Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota

The show’s success was also seen at Sarasota Yacht & Ship. “We have contracts pending from the show which are currently in the due diligence process and we fully expect to write additional orders based on the relationships formed during the Suncoast show,” said Jason Mashke, managing partner of Sarasota Yacht & Ship. “Our brokerage and new build markets are showing great signs of activity.”

MarineMax Regional Vice President Kyle Langbehn shared this sentiment: “We experienced outstanding results at the show this year, greatly surpassing last year’s units and revenue totals.  We are very pleased to see people back in the market deciding to enjoy the boating lifestyle, demonstrated by both the qualified traffic at our display and the influx of new visitors to our Sarasota store.  We are very confident about the future, given the customer excitement around the innovative models we showed, including the Sea Ray 350SLX, the Boston Whaler 35 Outrage, all the way up to the new Ocean Alexander 90 yacht.”

The show featured boats of all kinds, including personal watercraft, center consoles, cruisers, sportfishers and motor yachts, including the largest yacht ever to be displayed in the show, the 110-foot Broward motor yacht Entrepreneur, which was available for sale and luxury yacht charter.

Luxury yachts on display at Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota

Luxury yachts on display at Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota

“We enjoyed a good flow of interested people throughout the show and came away with some quality leads,” said David Johnson, a yacht broker with Denison Yacht Sales, which had the 110-foot luxury yacht Entrepreneur on display. “Having a boat like this in the show attracted people from the area who otherwise may have not come. Some people like to see the biggest boat in the show.”

For those looking for a smaller, more affordable ways to get out on the water, the show offered a great selection of paddleboards, canoes and kayaks.

“The City of Sarasota and Marina Jack always have been great partners and we are grateful for all their support over the busy weekend,” said Efrem” Skip” Zimbalist III, CEO of Show Management, the company that produces the show. “We truly enjoy being part of the excitement and energy in Sarasota that surrounds the Suncoast Boat Show every year.”

With onsite restaurants, plenty of downtown parking and convenient access, the show is one of the Gulf Coast’s premier boating events. Marina Jack offers fresh seafood and other dining specialties at its restaurant in a spectacular setting with panoramic views of the marina, downtown, Sarasota Bay, Big Pass and the Gulf of Mexico. Sarasota’s attractions make it an unparalleled destination for boating enthusiasts, with pristine beaches, world-class shopping, international cuisine, renowned museums and galleries, Florida‘s signature water sports and outdoor activities, aquariums, botanical gardens, and more.

The annual Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota is managed and produced by Show Management and sponsored by Lincoln, Budweiser, Gosling’s Rum, ABC7 WSSB MySunCoast, BoatQuest and AIM Marine Group.

Superyacht GALACTICA STAR and CRAZY ME Yacht with naval architecture by Van Oossanen nominated for World Superyacht Award 2014

May 02, 2014

Two luxury yachts with naval architecture by Van Oossanen Naval Architects have been nominated for the 9th annual World Superyacht Awards: superyacht GALACTICA STAR and CRAZY ME yacht. The winners will be unveiled in Amsterdam on May 3, 2014.

Galactica Star Yacht with naval architecture by Van Oossanen - Photo by Jeff Brown

Galactica Star Yacht with naval architecture by Van Oossanen - Photo by Jeff Brown

The breath-taking 2013 motor yacht GALACTICA STAR (Project Omnia, YN 16465) is a 65-metre Fast Displacement (FDHF) superyacht concept vessel, built by Heesen Yachts to a design by Frank Laupman from Omega Architects. She can comfortably accommodate up to 12 guests in 6 stylish cabins and has a crew of 13. Among special features of this beauty belongs a sauna, hammam, as well as a large sunbathing area, which can be transformed into a touch-and-go heli-deck.

50m superyacht Crazy Me - Photo by Dick Holthuis

50m superyacht Crazy Me - Photo by Dick Holthuis

Launched by Heesen Yachts in 2013, the 50-metre superyacht CRAZY ME (YN 16250) is an outstanding twin propeller hard chine semi-displacement vessel, with exterior styling by Gary Grant Design and interior design by Cristiano Gatto. She offers elegant and comfortable accommodation to up to 12 guests in 6 beautifully appointed staterooms, including a spacious Owner’s suite, a VIP cabin, as well as 4 double guest cabins. The sundeck is fitted with a huge custom glass-bottomed pool.

The impressive shortlist of World Superyacht Awards 2014 finalists includes 62 of the finest new build superyachts delivered in 2013. The winners of the World Superyacht Awards will receive a highly coveted Neptune trophy during a gala evening and prize giving ceremony attended by an international audience of superyacht owners and influential players in the superyacht industry.

Photos from launch of 24m Lynx support yacht ‘YXT ONE’ designed by Diana Yacht Design

May 02, 2014

Diana Yacht Design has released the photos from the recent launch of the all-new 24m support yacht ‘YXT One’, where ‘YXT’ stands for ‘Yacht-X-Tender’. Designed as a support vessel to yachts between 30m and 70m, the lovely 24-metre superyacht support vessel Project ‘YXT One’ was built by the Dutch shipyard Lynx Yachts and features interior design by Weber Yacht Design. Below are the photos from launch of ‘YXT One’, published by Diana Yacht Design on their Facebook page.

24m support yacht Project YXT One in her shed ready to be launched

24m support yacht Project YXT One in her shed ready to be launched - Image credit to Diana Yacht Design

24m superyacht support vessel YXT One

24m superyacht support vessel YXT One - Image credit to Diana Yacht Design

Launch of 24m support yacht YXT One

Launch of 24m support yacht YXT One - Image credit to Diana Yacht Design

Luxury yacht support vessel YXT One - aft view

Luxury yacht support vessel YXT One - aft view - Image credit to Diana Yacht Design

24m luxury yacht support vessel YXT One - side view

24m luxury yacht support vessel YXT One - side view - Image credit to Diana Yacht Design

Superyacht support vessel YXT One ready to hit the water

Superyacht support vessel YXT One ready to hit the water - Image credit to Diana Yacht Design

Support yacht YXT One on the water

Support yacht YXT One on the water - Image credit to Diana Yacht Design

New 26m motor yacht ‘Project 3126′ by Francesco Struglia from A-Sign Studio

May 02, 2014

Italian designer Francesco Struglia from A-Sign Studio is delighted to present the new 26-metre displacement motor yacht ‘Project 3126′. Superyacht ‘Project 3126′ has been designed to achieve a highly comfortable set in a five-cabin solution.

26m motor yacht 'Project 3126' by Francesco Struglia from A-Sign Studio

26m motor yacht 'Project 3126' by Francesco Struglia from A-Sign Studio

With the non-conventional main entrances on the two sides, the 26m luxury yacht ‘Project 3126′ hosts a unique aft dinette which could compete with one on a 50-metre MY.

The transversal stairs to the top, featuring vertical masts with incorporated sliding side tents, create new inputs for the sundeck living by A-Sign Studio.

Some technical specifications of superyacht Project 3126

Project: 3126 A-Sign
Type: Displacement MY
LOA: 26 m
WL: 23,3 m
Max Beam: 6,2 m
Design Displacement: 78 t

For layout and full technical information about the 26m displacement superyacht ‘Project 3126′ designer Francesco Struglia suggests to contact A-sign Studio on: info@asignstudio.it

Cor D. Rover awarded ‘Best Yacht Designer of 2014′ at Asian Marine and Boating Awards

May 02, 2014

The prominent Dutch luxury yacht design studio, Cor D. Rover, is proud to announce that they were awarded ‘Best Yacht Designer of 2014’ during this year’s China (Shanghai) International Boat Show.

Mondo Marine charter yacht Manifiq and toys designed by Cor D. Rover - Image credit to Luca Dini Design

Mondo Marine charter yacht Manifiq designed by Cor D. Rover - Image credit to Luca Dini Design

According to the motivation of the judges of the Asian Marine and Boating Awards Cor D. Rover received the award for their contribution to the worldwide yachting industry, for their successful cooperation with the Azimut-Benetti Group and for their knowledge of the Asian market in particular.

Cor D. Rover is quite proud to receive such recognition in this strongly emerging continent.

Valencia Boat Show 2014 a Resounding Success

May 02, 2014

Taken place in the fantastic Western Mediterranean yacht charter location – Valencia in Spain, this year’s Valencia Boat Show closed its doors with a very satisfying balance for the organization. The event provided five days of intense commercial as well as recreational activity.

Valencia Boat Show 2014

Valencia Boat Show 2014

An increase in exhibitors, water and dry boats, new socio-cultural disciplines and sports activities repositories, dining and entertainment strengthening, have been applauded both by audience and participating companies.

With a profuse business that has fully satisfied the exhibitors, the show also met expectations of many fans and uninitiated of all ages who came to the event.

President of the show Jorge de Haro stressed: “Firms, federations involved and visitors were very satisfied. With more than 40,000 people, there has been an increase in trade visitors from all over the country. Several companies requested information to become exhibitors for the first time next year. We leave this new edition very reinforced and fully motivated to start working on 2015 edition”.

2014 Valencia Boat Show

2014 Valencia Boat Show

As last year, Valencia University is immersed in drafting a report on the socio-economic and touristic impact of the showroom. The report, which will be made public soon, is made out of information gathered during the Boat Show.

In sporting terms, the highlight of this year’s show was the celebration of the Regional Championship Cruise, which VALENCIA BOAT SHOW co-organizeed with the Valencian Community Sailing Federation.

Other developments within open to the public nautical disciplines included a program of activities that incorporated diving and a valencian cart corcheo fishing exhibition, a native modality that aroused the curiosity of many visitors.

A novel highlight of the current edition was the gastronomic strengthening with two new areas: VV Nautica, Food & Music, located on the third floor of the “Veles e Vents” building and managed by El Corte Inglés Club del Gourmet and Grupo La Sucursal, and Valencia Boat Show Gastro, a tapa fair located at the end of the channel managed by Quintessence.

Both proposals were integrated with other interesting activities such as fashion shows, lectures and courses, music performances, etc.
As in last edition’s, the show had different institutions and sports organizations collaborating to offer free sea baptisms in various disciplines, workshops for all ages, children’s play sea themed activities and water sports exhibits. The sea turtle recovered in the Sea Ark traditional release, starred by three loggerhead turtle this year, attracted considerable interest among the audience.

First day of Palma Boat Show 2014

May 02, 2014

Considering that the 2012 edition was called off due to insufficient support, the Palma Boat Show has returned to the enchanting Spain yacht charter destination – Palma with a bang, following its resumption last year. The event has grown amazingly in its present format.

Palma Boat Show 2014 - Photo credit to Joan Colom

Palma Boat Show 2014 - Photo credit to Joan Colom

The turn around has to a large extent been due to the success of the adjacent Palma Superyacht Show, which this year has attracted around fifty superyachts in the size range from 25 to 70 meters, with 19 specialist companies all presenting their services in tents along the dockside overlooking the moored yachts.

This has almost doubled the amount of exhibitors in the Superyacht area, which has temporary occupation rights at the newly reformed Moll Vell superyacht marina, whose club house and facilities building was only at the foundations stage last year and had to be cordoned off behind safety barriers thus reducing the width of the quayside to just a couple of metres.

This year the building is completed although not quite ready for occupation yet, and offers on its top floor, an elevated viewing terrace open to the public via a staircase outside of the show perimeters. This must be one of the worlds best ‘boat show panorama’ photography spots, and the modern stylish building itself provides an attractive backdrop to the show, with a wide newly paved area in front allowing comfortable viewing of all the moored yachts.

2014 Palma Boat Show - Photo credit to Joan Colom

2014 Palma Boat Show - Photo credit to Joan Colom

One of the most notable and representative of the brokerage superyachts on display is the 50 metre ketch Thalia, she was built by Vitters shipyard in Holland and is presented for sale by Ventura Yachts.

As expected the weather in Mallorca obliged with all day sunshine and a pleasant sea breeze in the afternoon on the opening day, with temperatures reaching 25C by the time the show was opened and inspected by Jose Ramon Buaza the President of the Balearic Islands, who has been strong supporter of the yachting sector in Palma.

There are 158 exhibitors in the total show including the traditional section with exhibitors such as Azimut, Fairline, Princess and Bavaria displaying the whole range of family size sailing and motor yachts. And with the usual large selection of RIBS, dayboats, sailing dinghys and accessories its fair to say that nothing at all is missing at the 2014 Boatshow Palma.

Fairline at the 2014 Palma Boat Show - Photo credit to Joan Colom

Fairline at the 2014 Palma Boat Show - Photo credit to Joan Colom

A good sign for the organisers is that around 40 (25%) of the 158 exhibitors are at the show for the first time, proving that last years revival is being built upon successfully in terms of support from the yachting industry.

The total exhibition area covers 2,375 m2, with lots of places to chill out with a cool drink or a light lunch, and over 200 boats are viewable actually in the water. With the public holiday on the 1st May, the show is expected to attract a large number of tourists and locals on its second day.

Entrance is €5,00 and free for under 12’s pensioners and professional visitors. The show is open until Sunday 4th May with opening times from 11am to 9pm with a ‘Night of the Sea’ on Friday 2nd May, where exhibitors will stay open to 11pm, and many will hold dockside parties for visitors and clients.

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