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Royal Yacht Squadron Bicentenary Regatta to host legendary competitors

February 16, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The yachts to compete in the Royal Yacht Squadron’s Bicentenary Regatta will enjoy the summer of sailing in the popular Solent yacht charter location, nestled in England. Expected to be a spectacle of timeless classic versus cutting edge modern, the event is set to run from July 25 to 31, 2015.

Royal Yacht Squadron start line

Royal Yacht Squadron start line

Three majestic J-Class Yachts, sailing yacht Velsheda, charter yacht Ranger and superyacht Lionheart, will line up alongside other historic legends including the 48ft Tomahawk built in 1938 and 52ft Dorade, built in 1929. Both are Sparkman and Stephens designs. From the breathtaking charter yacht Eleonora at 160ft to the two 8 metre yachts Helen and Enchantement born 1936 and 1923 respectively, the event has been a magnet for the most immaculate and competitive classics in Europe and beyond.  Several, including Dorade herself, are racing across the Atlantic from Newport, Rhode Island, to take part in this Royal Yacht Squadron’s 200 years celebration.

J Class Yacht Lionheart ©  Marina Johnson

J Class Yacht Lionheart © Marina Johnson

The event is set to be a mecca for grand prix yachts too – entries to date include the mighty 120ft Briand designed sloop Bristolian, mini-maxi Jethou and many well known names in the performance IRC fleets including Ker 46 Tonnere of Breskens, Elan 40 Flair, TP 52 Gladiator, and Grand Soleil 43 Quokka.  The Swan class will be represented too – entries include Swan 57 Noonmark VI, which will also be taking part in the Transatlantic Race, and Swan 44 Rosy Pelican.

Several clubs from around the world including one from each of the east and west coast USA, three from Europe, and the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club have already paid their entry fees for the Level Rating Class, whose teams will race in chartered Beneteau First 40s.  More are expected to follow.

Royal Yacht Squadron image © Rolex

Royal Yacht Squadron image © Rolex

The historic Royal Yacht Squadron, whose castle sits at the entrance to Cowes, looking across the Solent, will play host to the five day event, 25-31 July 2015, which includes daily inshore racing and a race around the Isle of Wight clockwise.  This latter will also be joined by other yachts too big to take part in the Solent races.

Officine Panerai announces 2015 calendar for Classic Yachts Circuit

February 16, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Officine Panerai is proud to announce the 2015 calendar for the leading international Classic Yachts Circuit. This is being sponsored by the Florentine luxury sports watch-maker for the 11th year running.

Officine Panerai announces 2015 calendar for Classic Yachts Circuit

Officine Panerai announces 2015 calendar for Classic Yachts Circuit

There remains one area of competitive sport in which beauty still prevails over performance, elegance trumps speed and passion counts more than investment. This is the world of classic sailing, in which the Florentine luxury sports watch-maker Officine Panerai is the undisputed protagonist through its sponsorship of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, the leading international circuit of its kind.

A year on from the circuit’s 10th anniversary, celebrated via the “10 Years of Passion” campaign, Officine Panerai is pleased to announce the stages for the 2015 season during which enthusiasts will once again see these Grandes Dames of the Sea do battle on some of the world’s most beautiful and historic stretches of water for the coveted Panerai watches and other prizes.

As per tradition, the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge gets underway in April with the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta (15 – 21 of the month). This year brings the 28th edition of the event which has been attracting dozens of boats to English Harbour to celebrate the end of the Caribbean season since 1967.

The Mediterranean Circuit commences on the Cote d’Azur in June with Les Voiles d’Antibes (3 – 7 June) and also encompasses such evocative and historic events as the Argentario Sailing Week in Italy (18 – 21 June), the Copa del Rey de Barcos d’Epoca on the island of Minorca, Spain (25 – 29 August) and, finally, Les Régates Royales de Cannes (22 – 26 September), which closes the competition and includes the final prize-giving ceremony. Also taking part in the Mediterranean Circuit will be sailing yacht Eilean, the 1936 Bermudan ketch Officine Panerai rescued from a state of advanced disrepair and restored with extraordinary meticulousness, returning what is one of William Fife III’s final designs to her original splendour.

Right at the heart of the American summer will be the three regattas comprising the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge North American Circuit: the Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta at Marblehead (7 – 9 August), the Opera House Cup at Nantucket (12 – 16 August) and the Museum of Yachting Classic Yacht Regatta at Newport (4 – 6 September).

In the month of July, the waters of the Solent around the Isle of Wight (United Kingdom) play host to the only European round of Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge taking place outside the Mediterranean: the Panerai British Classic Week at Cowes (18 – 25 July).

“Every classic boat,” declared Officine Panerai CEO Angelo Bonati, “is entirely unique and different from the rest. Each one has its own authentic details and allure, the fruit of its history and the skill of the shipwrights that built it. The beauty, elegance and craftsmanship of a classic boat are an expression of deep-seated human and seafaring values that are an inextricable part of the Panerai brand’s identity and which we intend to continue promoting through the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge”.



15 – 21 April 2015


3- 7 June 2015


18 – 21 June 2015


18 – 25 July 2015


7 – 9 August 2015


12 – 16 August 2015


25 – 29 August 2015


4- 6 September 2015


22 – 26 September 2015

China Rendez-Vous and INTR sign cooperation agreement

February 16, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Set to run in the lovely China yacht vacation location – Hainan from December 3 to 6, SO! HAINAN will showcase Turkish shipyards and lifestyle brands for the first time in China. In an emerging market where the lifestyle and outdoor industries are developing fast, the boarders are getting broader and Chinese wealthy travelers appreciate to discover new activities as well as destinations. The fabulous Turkey yacht charter destination, thanks to an increasing number of commercial exchanges with China, is becoming a new player to consider.

Bodrum Marmaris - a popular Turkey yacht charter destination

Bodrum Marmaris - a popular Turkey yacht charter destination

INTR Organization Fair Tourism Construction Foreign Trade Ltd. company and China Rendez-Vous have signed a cooperation agreement to develop the awareness around Turkish companies at SO! HAINAN (Dec 3-6). Delphine Lignieres, Founder & CEO of China Rendez-Vous states, “Turkey has fantastic potential and is gaining more and more market shares in the leisure industries with fantastic places to visit and an immense cultural heritage as well as competitive shipyards.”

Turkey now plays an important role in the yachting landscape. Turkish shipyards previously dedicated to building commercial vessels have now established facilities to build yachts with the finest standards. They are able to provide a great offer for value.

Along the coasts of Turkey are spread some of the most iconic sites of ancient civilizations, some pristine water bays and creeks, and some beautiful beach resorts and marines. As a tourism and investment destination, the beautiful Turkey yacht vacation destination offers many opportunities that have helped the country make a name for itself in the Mediterranean Sea and Central Asia. Building on these strengths, several companies have expressed interest in joining SO! HAINAN (Dec 3-6) as part of their expansion plan.

“We have been following Delphine Lignieres and her team for several years. They have a vision of what yachting in China should be, that is something we relate to and want to be part of,” explains General Manager, İlker Yalçın of INTR, when asked about the partnership that has been formed.

More and more countries are joining SO! HAINAN (Dec 3-6) as a way of supporting brands trying to reach the Chinese market and the HNWIs invited by China Rendez-Vous to visit the event. More partnerships and initiatives will be released soon.

About INTR

INTR Company, as one of the biggest fair & event organizer companies in Turkey based in İzmir, has been operating worldwide since 2005 in 37 countries as the official agent in Turkey and the overseas organization with more than 200 international fairs. INTR is specialized in boat & yacht exhibitions, hotel & motel equipment, jewelry, machinery, build & construction.

INTR is the official organizer of 12 fairs in 10 countries and the member of the IBSFO (International Boat Show Fair Organizers) which is called the most valid and corporate authority in the field of yacht & boat exhibitions.

INTR Company is the official representative company of Dubai International Boat Show, Dubai Int. Property Show, Kuwait Jewelry Show, Croatia Boat Show, Qatar Boat Show, Qatar Hospitality Fair HQ, International Hotel & Motel & Restaurant Show in New York, HD Expo in Las Vegas, Moscow Boat Show.

Growth of marine industry in Middle East

February 16, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

As the marine industry moves into another stage of growth in the fabulous Middle East yacht charter location, Wayne Shepherd, General Manager of the Dubai-based Mourjan Marinas, has invited owners to take a “pragmatic and phased approach” to luxury yacht marina development.

Almouj Marina Muscat Oman

Almouj Marina in Muscat Oman - a beautiful Middle East yacht vacation destination

“In recent years, we’ve observed an increased interest in waterfront developments across the Middle East, which is encouraging for the continuing growth of the marine industry as a whole,” said Shepherd.

“With a number of new marina projects currently underway in the region, we envisage this trend to continue.

“However, we see developers and marina owners moving into a more pragmatic approach in developing marinas through a phased approach to meet the market requirements.”

Mourjan Marinas’ current marina management portfolio spans across the GCC, including three marina facilities totalling approximately 380 berths and 1,321,063 square feet.

Wayne Shepherd - General Manager of Mourjan Marinas

Wayne Shepherd - General Manager of Mourjan Marinas

According to research conducted by Mourjan Marinas across 23 marinas, covering 4,289 berths in the UAE, Qatar and Oman, berthing rates have increased on average between three and five per cent in recent years.

A 10 metre berth is currently rated at approximately US$ 5,100, whilst 15 metre berths are rated at approximately US$ 10,500.

However, the research has found that Oman’s berthing rates are between five and 10 per cent lower than average – a reflection of the lower cost of living enjoyed by Omanis and residents.

Shepherd highlights the importance for developers to involve the services of a marina management company from the outset.

“Marinas are a gateway between land and waterways, so access to and from both areas should be a big consideration in any waterfront development,” he said.

“Engaging marina consultancy and management companies in the pre-evaluation phase allows us to consider the integration of a marina development with adjacent facilities, as well as long-term sustainability.

“Regional experience is key and developers should seek a marina management company with a highly skilled team, as well as extensive experience in the development and operations of a marina facility.”

Wayne’s performance indicator check-list for developers considering a marina consultancy and management company:

•             Broad skill-sets, depth of knowledge and track record of a company across: pre-evaluation, design and project management, through to operations and marketing

•             Experience within the region

•             Ability to think differently and introduce a pro-active approach in development or operational management

•             A company with the ability to bring and implement industry and international standards

A member of the Marina Industry Association, Mourjan Marinas is an award-winning Dubai-based marina consultancy and management company.

Mourjan Marinas provides industry specific solutions with an integrated approach through its team and their extensive experience. The company offers a broad range of skills, beginning with the pre-evaluation phases, through development and operations, to sales and marketing solutions.

Mourjan Marinas currently manages Mourjan Marinas – Lusail City and Mourjan Marinas – Four Seasons Hotel, Doha, as well as Almouj Marina, The Wave, Muscat.

Solar Powered Sailing Yacht HELIOS concept by Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi

February 16, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi from Italy, both students of Yacht and Cruise vessel design at Politecnico di Milano, have developed the solar powered sailing yacht Helios concept for Young Designer of the Year 2015 contest, organized by Boat International Media and sponsored by Oceanco. The performance flybridge ketch Helios concept represents an innovative and eco-friendly 55-metre vessel, able to explore the world, providing accommodation for 10 guests and 8 crew members.

Solar Powered Sailing Yacht HELIOS concept by Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi

Solar Powered Sailing Yacht HELIOS concept by Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi

The exterior styling of the deckhouse is modern and is shaped from the soft curves of an oyster-shell.  The height of the ketch rig allows the Helios yacht to pass through the Panama Canal, and the sails are suitable for cruising and occasional race.

The cockpit of super yacht Helios offers dining to 10 guests and is protected from the elements, while the deck , which is clean from riggings, offers a wide space for relaxation and sunbathing areas for the guests.

Superyacht Helios under sail

Superyacht Helios concept under sail

The flybridge deck has a dual helm stations with excellent all-round visibility and an infinity pool looking aft, but when luxury yacht Helios is under way the water is pumped out and is converted into a sunbathing area with cushions.

On the main deck there are two tender garages with a 5-metre tender, two jet skis and two canoes, while on the lower deck there is another  tender garage for the 7-metre exact-replica limousine tender with opening on the starboard side. On the port side the platform allows the guests to board the tenders.

The main salon can be converted in a cinema and is separated from the dining area.

Luxury yacht Helios concept - aft view

Luxury yacht Helios concept - aft view

On the lower deck there are crew cabins, four guest cabins and the owner’s suite that has a private beach club with a retractable swimming platform.

The main characteristic of Helios superyacht are the sails, which are composed of flexible solar cells made of silicon. The surface of the solar cells (2052 sq. m.) of about 2500 panels can generate a power of circa 355 kWh that can be accumulated in storage batteries placed in the engine room.

Helios Yacht Concept by night

Helios Yacht Concept by night

The spinnaker is made of nylon and the mizzen staysail is made of dacron because they must be light, handy and functional to be lifted up and then hauled down in the forepeaks.

Luxury yacht Helios is a diesel-electric sailing yacht that, together with the reduced draught of 4 metres thanks to the lifting keel, can go in shallow waters or protected areas using only electric propulsion expanding its range for expedition.

Helios superyacht concept - Owners Cabin

Helios superyacht concept - Owners Cabin

Helios yacht concept - Owners Cabin

Helios yacht concept - Owners Cabin

About Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi

Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi from Italy study Yacht and Cruise vessel design at Politecnico di Milano. They were among the Top 10 designers at 2014 Show Boats Design Awards in the Young Designer of the Year section with superyacht Project Lyra, a 60-metre SWATH design. They gained experience with internship at Mondo Marine Shipyard (Marco) and Amico & Co Shipyard (Alberto). They have both passion for the sea and go sailing during the summer.

DMCA to attend Dubai International Boat Show 2015

February 16, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority responsible for regulation, coordination and supervision of all aspects of the maritime sector in the lovely Dubai yacht vacation location, has revealed completion of its preparations for their attendance at the upcoming Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS). Set to take place from March 3 to 7, the event represents the largest, most important and most established show of its kind in the region.

DMCA’s stand at Dubai International Boat Show 2015

DMCA’s stand at Dubai International Boat Show 2015

DMCA’s participation, which is inspired by various elements of maritime innovation, will include the launch of the latest smart innovative services and applications that have been developed to facilitate the smooth, efficient and fast completion of transactions with the Authority. The move falls in line with the UAE’s efforts to becoming a leading smart government, thereby providing a high quality of life for its citizens and residents.

“Maritime Innovation” represents one of the most distinctive features of DMCA’s participation in the twenty-third session of the “Dubai International Boat Show”. DMCA will showcase marine craft licensing portfolio and new smart applications that has been developed based on ideas aimed at achieving a highly-renewable and sustainable maritime sector. The DMCA stand will also be providing marine craft licensing services and marine driving licensing services, which have become mandatory in Dubai since the start of 2015.

Meanwhile, the ‘Maritime Safety and Environmental Security’ app is expected to draw large interest from DIBS participants as it features the DMCA’s Maritime Safety Policy and other essential information like speed limits and beach break areas along the emirate’s coastline. The Authority will also be distributing English and Arabic versions of the ‘Dubai Powerboat Handbook.’ The Arabic version is the first and only version in the world to be offered in this language and covers the use of boats with engines. Both versions will be distributed free-of-charge at the event.

Amer Ali, Executive Director, DMCA, said, “Our presence at the 23rd edition of DIBS is a continuation of the momentum that we have gained from participating in previous editions of the show. This year, we will be throwing the spotlight on a wide range of smart services and applications that have been designed using the latest technological innovations in the maritime industry. Participating at this year’s DIBS demonstrates our commitment towards supporting the goals of the ‘National strategy for innovation,’ which was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to be among the ranks of the world’s most innovative countries.”

Ali added: “We are also looking forward to strengthen our communication ties with the maritime sector’s top decision makers, businessmen, investors and experts—creating a strategic platform to exchange best practices, industry knowledge and access to the industry’s latest innovations, which can represent important additions in enhancing the competitiveness of the international and local maritime segment while also reinforcing Dubai’s position as a global maritime hub.”

DMCA’s participation at DIBS 2015 is also aimed towards increasing awareness on safe operation conditions, environmental requirements and security & safety standards that must be met at yacht clubs and private and public marinas in Dubai. At the show, visitors at the DMCA stand will be taught about maritime safety procedures that should be followed by amateur and professional sportsmen while driving marine crafts of all kinds, with the aim of building a renewed and secure maritime sector in Dubai.

Andaman Sea Yacht Charter: Andaman Sea proposed as World Heritage Site

February 16, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The fantastic Thailand yacht charter destination – Andaman Sea will be proposed as a world’s heritage site under a plan by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. This great news for the fabulous Andaman Sea yacht holiday destination was unveiled by its minister Gen Dapong Rattanasuwan.

Havelock Island - a breath-taking Andaman Sea yacht rental destination - Image credit to Asia Pacific Superyachts

Last month saw minister Gen Dapong Rattanasuwan meet chief of the natural resources and environment reform committee of the National Reform Council Mr Pramote Maiklad to discuss the direction for the natural resources, as well as environment management and reform. One of the major topics was a plan to propose the Andaman Sea yacht rental destination as a world heritage site.

The lovely Asia yacht charter destination – Andaman Sea boasts beautiful beaches and warm turquoise waters. The cruising ground is extensive with miles of sailing pleasure between the Mergui Archipelago of Burma and the Malacca Straits of Malaysia, taking in the Similian Islands of Thailand.

Video: Arrival of 55m Amels LE180 motor yacht Hull 469 in Vlissingen

February 16, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Sunday, February 15, 2015 saw the arrival of the 55-metre Amels Limited Edition 180 motor yacht Hull 469 in Vlissingen, the Netherlands. Superyacht Hull 469 is scheduled for launch in 2016. Below is a video showing the arrival of Amels hull 469, released by RTV Vlissingen and shared by ‘Dutchmegayachts’.

Video: Newly launched 46m superyacht KISS (hull #689) by Feadship

February 16, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The latest Feadship launch, superyacht KISS (hull #689) successfully hit the water on Saturday, February 14, 2015. The 46-metre motor yacht KISS boasts powerful and purposeful exterior design by Dubois Naval Architects, while her stylish and elegant interiors are by Redman Whiteley Dixon, and offer superior accommodation to 8 guests in four suites. Below is a video showing the newly launched KISS, released by Feadship Fanclub.

Video: 40m J Class sailing yacht RAINBOW by Holland Jachtbouw

February 16, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Measuring 40 meters in length over all, the multi-winning J Class sailing yacht Rainbow was launched at the Holland Jachtbouw shipyard in 2012. Based on William Starling Burgess’ lines of the original 1934 America’s Cup winner, the majestic superyacht Rainbow has been beautifully designed by Dykstra Naval Architects. Below is a video showing this beauty, released by Holland Jachtbouw.

This spectacular J boasts a classic interior true to the 1930s and a modern hybrid propulsion and power system specifically designed and engineered for luxury yacht Rainbow. Her luxury accommodation has not in any way compromised her performance, illustrated by her proven track record on the race course.

Super yacht Rainbow is true to her original lines plans and built in aluminium to Lloyds Register and MCA Classification at the same time complying with the rules of the J Class Association. She carries carbon spars and EC6 rigging.

Her stunning finish is down to the Holland Jachtbouw craftsmen who worked tirelessly to provide exactly the correct finish both above and below decks, giving her a unique appeal. Unlike the original Rainbow, her interior is fully fitted out for elegant comfort and Dykstra partnered with deVosdeVries on the design, which features beautifully detailed profiles and panelling giving a 1930s Art Deco impression.

Below is a selection of the stylish charter yachts built by Holland Jachtbouw.