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Motor Boat Award 2015 for luxury motor yacht Princess S72

January 14, 2015

The all-new luxury motor yacht Princess S72 by Princess Yachts has recently won the 2015 Motor Boat Award for the over 55ft category. Following her successful launch early in 2014, Princess S72 yacht has received much acclaim.

Princess luxury yacht S72

Princess luxury yacht S72

In a recent test, Motor Boats Monthly Magazine said; “The proportions are absolutely spot on and it manages to be sporty and aggressive while maintaining Princess’s timeless look.

The S72 yacht is the first of the new S Class Sportbridge yachts and combines the sleek lines and performance of a true sports yacht with the space and practicality of an upper helm position and large tender garage.

S72 Yacht - Saloon

S72 Yacht - Saloon

S Class design features include dark wraparound glass and angled hull windows offering uninterrupted views. While inside, exclusive materials, detailing and bespoke contemporary furniture offer a new level of luxury and modernity that is only enhanced by Princess’s classically toned leathers and herringbone linings.

The S72 Sportbridge yacht exemplifies all the ability, quality and design expected from Princess Flybridge and V Class models while injecting a new level of performance, style and on-water attitude.

Princess Yacht S72 - Master Stateroom

Princess Yacht S72 - Master Stateroom

Below is a selection of the luxurious charter yachts built by Princess.

World premiere of new 22m motor yacht Sossego Comfort 22 at HISWA Amsterdam in-water Boat Show 2015

January 14, 2015

Gebr. van Enkhuizen in Makkum, the Netherlands is currently working on the construction of the first motor yacht Sossego Comfort 22. The luxurious and elegant 22-metre all-aluminium Sossego Comfort 22 yacht will be presented as a world premiere during the HISWA Amsterdam in-water Boat Show, running in September 2015.

New 22m motor yacht Sossego Comfort 22 by Gebr. Van Enkhuizen

New 22m motor yacht Sossego Comfort 22 by Gebr. Van Enkhuizen

The interior of Sossego 22 yacht can be customized to specific wishes of the owner. The interior is semi-custom built, and separate from the owners cabin. It has one or more spacy quarters for the guests. In addition, the vessel boasts generous deck space – ideal for day trips with family and friends.

Luxury yacht Sossego Comfort 22 at full speed

Luxury yacht Sossego Comfort 22 at full speed

Luxury yacht Sossego Comfort 22 has been designed to achieve an impressive maximum speed of 38 knots. The yacht is equipped with two 1550hp MAN diesel engines.

Sossego Comfort 22 Yacht - aft view

Sossego Comfort 22 Yacht - aft view

The Sossego Comfort 22 yacht is the third ship in the Sossego-line: Gebr. van Enkhuizen in Makkum has already built two Sossego Sport 23 yachts with a top speed of 43 knots.

Sossego Comfort 22 Yacht - Exterior

Sossego Comfort 22 Yacht - Exterior

Technical Specifications of Sossego Comfort 22 yacht:

Designer Mulder Design Benschop

Interior design Mulder Design Benschop

Shipyard Gebr. Van Enkhuizen

LOA 22m

Beam 5.80m

Draft 1.10m

Engine 2 engines 1250 Mann.


Sunseeker to attend boot Dusseldorf 2015 with 5 motor yachts on display

January 14, 2015

Sunseeker will be attending this month’s boot Dusseldorf, running from January 17 to 25. During the event, the prominent UK builder will present the German debuts of the 86 Yacht, the 75 Yacht, the 65 Manhattan and the 57 Predator, as well as one further craft from the current range of motor yachts: the 55 Manhattan.

Sunseeker 86 Yacht

Sunseeker 86 Yacht

Sunseeker 86 Yacht

For the first time the 86 Yacht will be presented on German ground. With a length of 26,70 meter it will definitely be one of the largest boats at boot 2015. This yacht will not only convince you because of its length but also because of its distinctive hull design and spaciousness of its interior. For sure the 86 Yacht will turn out to be a real darling of the public, it is recommend to make an appointment before!

Sunseeker 75 Yacht

Also the little sister of the 86 Yacht, the 75 Yacht, which also will be presented on German ground for the first time, will attract many visitors: her elegant design with her striking big hull windows and the optional carbon-hardtop will stand out from the crowd. Comfort and performance are two important additional properties of this breath-taking yacht.

Sunseeker 75 Yacht

Sunseeker 75 Yacht

boot Düsseldorf 2015 is open daily, from 17 to 25 January 2015, 10:00 to 18:00 hrs. Further details and entrance tickets are available in the ticket shop. Tickets can be printed out directly upon purchase and are also valid for free trips on public transport in the area covered by the local transport company, VRR, within zone D, Region Süd.

As additional German premiere Sunseeker Germany will present the Predator 57 and the Manhattan 65, both yachts are the newest products from the Sunseeker hangar in Poole. The Predator 57, which is already one of the most popular types from the Predator family, distinguishes herself by standard features like the automatic and hydraulic sunroof, hydraulic lifting bathing platform and the extensive hull windows, which will give you a total new sense of space.

The Manhattan 65 presents herself elegant, sporty and versatile – the classical flybridge Newcomer convinces at first sight with its sleek sculpted lines and its perfect finish. No less impressive than the four Newcomers is the Manhattan 55, which since her introduction is one of very popular models from the Sunseeker range.

Sunseeker partners at boot 2015

As an important regular for many years at boot, Sunseeker is part of the boat show’s success story and will also be on board in 2015. At the famous and well-known location in hall 6 Sunseeker will convince with a spectacular booth that certainly will become a constant visitor magnet at this boat show. As in the last few years, Land Rover will be also present at the booth. Both brands have more in common than their British origin: same as Land Rover, Sunseeker is one of the topaddresses since decades in its sector and is a synonym for innovative design, great interior design and fascinating products. The Sunseeker booth is therefore the perfect location for the get-together of these two companies. According to the motto “Best of British” this year Sunseeker has a new partner on board, the favourite champagne brand from Prince William and Kate, the British couple heir to the throne. Pol Roger, a champagne brand which is already famous in Great Britain, is getting more and more popular also in Germany. Pol Roger will exclusively be served in the Sunseeker Owners Lounge. As hotel partner Sunseeker is more than happy to welcome again the Hyatt Regency Düsseldorf on board. The recent cooperation with this 5-star top-hotel in the maritime environment of the Medienhafen in Düsseldorf has opened doors for more interesting cooperations.

Sunseeker at boot Düsseldorf from 17 to 25 January 2015: Hall 6 / Stand B61.

Yachts on display:

• 55 Manhattan

• 57 Predator (German debut)

• 65 Manhattan (German debut)

• 75 Yacht (German debut)

• 86 Yacht (German debut)

Below is a gallery for the lovely charter yachts built by Sunseeker.

Sailing yacht Oyster 825 to be presented at boot Dusseldorf as the largest sailing yacht on display

January 14, 2015

Oyster Yachts will present the best of British yacht design and construction at boot Düsseldorf from January  17 – 25, showcasing the majestic sailing yacht Oyster 825. Sleek and splendidly luxurious, the 25-metre superyacht Oyster 825 will be also the largest sailing yacht at the show. She will be displayed in Hall 16, Stand C58.

Luxury yacht Oyster 825 under sail

Luxury yacht Oyster 825 under sail

With her clean and easily driven hull lines drawn by Rob Humphreys, and detailed styling and engineering developed by the Oyster Design Team, the 25-metre luxury yacht Oyster 825 is certainly turning heads.

The attractions are many from brand pedigree, and the exceptional levels of customisation and lifelong customer care, to the actuality of the finely fitted and impeccably insulated interiors beneath deck and sail plans matched perfectly to sailing ambitions however adventurous. More Oysters have completed world circumnavigations than any other single brand.

Significantly with Oyster’s new twin-rudder configuration bringing max beam further aft and also lower in the hull, the Oyster 825 yacht’s internal volume is an astonishing 15 per cent up on her predecessor, the highly successful sailing yacht Oyster 82 of which 17 were built. With every jot of space above and below cabin sole minutely 3D modelled for optimal integration of ship’s systems, stowage and accommodation comforts, machinery noise is minimised but service access maximised, and all while achieving an unusually spacious primary arrangement of three private suites aft and, forward of the central elevated saloon, a clear separation of space for up to four professional crew to run the yacht discretely with minimal interruption to guests while still providing a ‘six-star’ service.

With the extreme levels of customisation Oyster offers, it is for the owner to choose how the interior is planned, and not just the timber grain, surface finishes and soft furnishings, the cabin plan itself. Systems include forced air ventilation for optimum climate control, high power diesel generator, water maker and extensive refrigeration. Electronics are to personal specification with recommendations to ease the way. And whether mood-lit electrically or simply by the expansive glazing with huge hullside Seascape windows, flush deck hatches, and panoramic saloon, the sense inside is always just right.

Easily capable of 250 miles per day, the Oyster 825 superyacht is a powerful, optionally carbon rigged yacht, yet one easily short-handed with the aid of joystick and hydraulic sail controls. Her spacious, ergonomically planned cockpit comfortably and safely separates guests from sail handling, and the wide areas of bulwark edged flush teak-laid deck fore and aft serve sunbathing and entertainment well. Decks are long, broad and unobstructed and Oyster’s fabulous trademark pushpit seats are just perfect also for watching this splendid yacht perform or just to enjoy the fun of others as they splash and play around the expansive boarding platform that folds out of the stern.

Super yacht Oyster 825; beautifully designed, crafted and delivered. Come and see her for yourself along with the sought after Oyster 575 in Hall 16, Stand C58.

Below is a choice of the beautiful charter yachts built by Oyster.

Cerri strengthens its management and announces new order for Cerri 102’ Flyingsport motor yacht Hull no. 5

January 13, 2015

Based in Avenza, Carrara, the well known Italian shipyard, Cerri, has kicked off the year 2015 celebrating the acquisition of a new order for Cerri 102’ Flyingsport motor yacht Hull no. 5. The shipyard has also presented its new organizational structure.

Luxury motor yachts built by Cerri

Luxury motor yachts built by Cerri

After gaining solid experience as CEO of Mondomarine and Baglietto, Diego Michele Deprati, an engineer, born in 1963, is the new Chief Executive Officer of the Carrara-based shipyard. He will be supported by Guido Penco, also an engineer and Baglietto’s Technical Director, who will be leading the Technical Department, and Giulio Bertani, as Sales Manager, who will have the task of relaunching the Tuscan brand on the international market. Carlo Cerri, who founded the brand, will keep his position as Chairman. The new, strengthened team will also include Adone Pucci – the Shipyard’s Director – and Raffaella Daino as Communication and Marketing Manager, the same position she holds in Baglietto.

Immediately after being appointed, the renovated team achieved a first important result by signing a new contract for the fifth hull of the Cerri 102′ Flyingsport line yacht, which will go to an Italian owner. This new job order follows another significant achievement that dates back to last summer, when a Cerri 86′ Flyingsport (example is motor yacht Pachamama) was sold to an American owner and then presented as a world premiere at the 2014 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.

New management announced by Cerri

New management announced by Cerri

Thanks to the new organizational structure and its significant know-how, the Carrara-based shipyard will be able to carry on with its strategic projects: an increased production of fibreglass crafts (the brand’s core business) and an expansion of the range, which will allow the brand to step into the ‘custom’ market with 2 fully-custom lines.

Cerri’s 2 most successful series – the Cerri 102’ Flyingsport and the Cerri 86’ Flyingsport – will be restyled, preserving their distinctive décor features but adding a more contemporary touch, and 2 new lines of steel and aluminium and/or all-aluminium yachts will start to be built. The shipyard is indeed currently working on the conception of a range of small superyachts between 24 and 35 metres in length, and of an ‘Expedition’-style line ranging between 30 and 35 metres. This will give Cerri the opportunity to offer its international clientele a complete product range.

“I am delighted about this new opportunity – comments Mr Deprati - Cerri is still a small, Italian-style shipyard, but I think that our plans, together with the enthusiasm and strong motivation that drive our team, will soon allow us to achieve amazing results. We are entering agreements with leading designers and we are supported by a great Group, the Gavio Group, which guarantees soundness and reliability. In addition to this, I believe our long-standing experience in the large pleasure yachts sector means that anyone deciding to put their dreams into our hands can truly rely on us and be sure we’ll turn them into reality”.

Below is a selection of the lovely charter yachts built by Cerri.

90th Anniversary Rolex Fastnet Race: 300 entries register in first 24 minutes

January 13, 2015

Last October saw RORC Racing Manager Nick Elliott predict ‘a scramble for places’, when it was announced that priority would be given to RORC members wishing to secure a place in the legendary race celebrating its 90th anniversary. He wasn’t wrong. Just 24 minutes after the online entry system opened at midday on 12th January, more than 300 yachts had signed up for the Rolex Fastnet Race 2015. The frenetic trend continued and by the end of the afternoon, 375 yachts had registered for the biennial 608-nautical mile race, which has been an established fixture on the ocean racing circuit since 1925.

French father and son team of Pascal and Alexis Loison, became the first ever doublehanded crew to win the Fastnet Challenge Cup and the Rolex Fastnet Race overall in 2013. They will be back to defend their title this year.  Night and Day, JPK 10.10 © Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

French father and son team of Pascal and Alexis Loison, became the first ever doublehanded crew to win the Fastnet Challenge Cup and the Rolex Fastnet Race overall in 2013. They will be back to defend their title this year. Night and Day, JPK 10.10 © Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

“Within 24 hours of online entries opening in the race two years ago it was oversubscribed, and with a waiting list. We thought that was remarkable, but yesterday we reached the same number in 24 minutes! The Rolex Fastnet Race has great reverence with sailors worldwide wishing to compete in this iconic race and add it to their bucket list,” says Elliott.

Still time to register an entry – priority to RORC members

All is not lost for those who still wish to enter. Following the popularity of the 2013 race, when the entry limit was increased to 340 boats, the RORC Committee decided that RORC members would get priority for the first week of registration. Boats have to meet the strict entry qualification and training criteria of the race and after Sunday 18th January, all registered boats will be sorted and places offered on a first come, first served basis, with RORC members receiving priority over non-members. Boats registering after this date will be allocated places in the order in which they apply, regardless of membership.

The advice from the RORC Race Team is to register as soon as possible and a useful guide for entrants, explaining the main points needed to consider before entering – crew qualification, boat suitability and the process of entry itself – is available on the RORC Rolex Fastnet Race website.

Timeless classics such as Stormy Weather, the S&S 1934 yawl, will compete in the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race  © Carlo Borlenghi/Rolex

Timeless classics such as Stormy Weather, the S&S 1934 yawl, will compete in the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race © Carlo Borlenghi/Rolex

80 years on, 1935 Fastnet winner returns

Among the first boats to register their entry for the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race was one of the best-known and loved classic yachts sailing today, Stormy Weather, the 1934 Sparkman & Stephens 52ft yawl who was named after the song. She has an illustrious racing pedigree, winning the King’s Cup in the Newport-Bergen Transatlantic Race a year after she was launched, before arriving to see Uffa Fox in Cowes in 1935 and going on to win the Fastnet Race the same year.

The race had just 17 starters and Stormy was the only American entry in a fleet dominated by 13 British entries. **Although some of the British press displayed a severe case of “sour grapes” when they bemoaned the quality, and perhaps quantity, of Stormy’s sails, Yachting World gallantly noted that, “By winning the Fastnet Cup in such a convincing manner, [Stormy Weather] has demonstrated her right to be the champion deep-sea yacht of the world.” And went on to add, “At the same time she is undoubtedly of a type which is well suited to the requirements of ordinary cruising.”

So far, six S & S-designed classic yachts have signed up for the race, including Matt Brooks’ 52ft yawl, Dorade which claimed victory for the second time in 2013 Transpac, 77 years after she won it in 1936.

The 46th edition of one of sailing’s greatest contests – the Rolex Fastnet Race – reconvenes on Sunday 16th August, starting from Cowes, Isle of Wight to Plymouth via the Fastnet Rock.

A great success of McConaghy-built yachts at 70th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

January 13, 2015

McConaghy-built yachts have once again secured the most coveted trophies and Rolex timepieces in the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. These include superyacht Wild Oats XI that has won line honours for a record eighth time.

McConaghy-built superyacht Wild Oats XI - Photo by Andrea Francolini Photography

McConaghy-built superyacht Wild Oats XI - Photo by Andrea Francolini Photography

● Bob Oatley’s Reichel/Pugh 100 sailing yacht Wild Oats XI claimed the J.H. Illingworth Trophy and a Rolex timepiece yet again after winning line honours for a record eighth time

● Roger Hickman’s Farr 43 yacht Wild Rose won the Tattersall’s Cup and a Rolex timepiece for first overall on corrected time

● Tony Kirby’s Ker 46 yacht Patrice claimed the  George Barton Trophy for first in IRC Division 1

In addition to the line honours trophy, Wild Oats XI yacht was awarded the F and J Livingstone trophy for ‘First yacht Due South of Tasman Island’.

Wild Rose Yacht - Photo by Andrea Francolini Photography

Wild Rose Yacht - Photo by Andrea Francolini Photography

Wild Rose also received trophies for first place in IRC Division 4, (the Sir Arthur Warner Trophy), first place in the Combined 20 and 30 Year Veterans Division (the Gordon Marshall Trophy), first place in the 20 Year Veteran Division (the CYCA Trophy)  second place overall in ORCi, and first place in ORCi Division 4 (the TasPorts Trophy).

The 2014 edition of the great race delivered a total of seven first places overall and in divisions for McConaghy built boats in a fleet of 117 highly competitive boats, from just seven yachts in the race from the McConaghy stable. It is a remarkable result, a testament to the dedication of the owners and the skill of the skippers and crews.

The summary of McConaghy Boats success in the Sydney to Hobart race now stands as follows:

● 3 course record holders

● 17 overall victories since 1990

● 74 podium places since 1983

● 13 overall victories and Rolex time pieces, out of a possible 20 over the past decade

In the 10 Rolex Sydney to Hobart races completed by Wild Oats XI, Bob Oatley’s super maxi has only been beaten to Hobart on two occasions; once by Neville Crichton’s McConaghy built Reichel Pugh 100 superyacht Alfa Romeo, and once by Anthony Bell’s Elliott 100 superyacht Investec LOYAL.

The McConaghy built Ker 40, St George Midnight Rambler, owned by Ed Psaltis, Bob Thomas and Michael Bencsik was part of the CYCA Gold three-boat team which won the Southern Cross Cup. The final race of the series was the Sydney Hobart. The Southern Cross Cup was awarded to St George Midnight Rambler and her team mates at the Rolex Sydney Hobart presentation in Hobart on New Year’s Day.

Unfortunately for Bill Wild and his crew on Wedgetail they were let down for the second year in a row by rig failure. It was a devastating blow to the Reichel Pugh 55 which was launched by McConaghy Boats as Yendys in 2006. They had sailed a fantastic race and were well placed on corrected time and within hours of the finish on both occasions

Congratulations to the winning owners, skippers and crews of Wild Oats XI, Wild Rose, Patrice, and St George Midnight Rambler, as well as the other McConaghy yachts that competed in this year’s event: Merlin (16th overall IRC and 4th in division 2)  and Helsal 3, and commiserations for the owner and crew of Wedgetail from the whole team at McConaghy Boats.

Esimit Europa project celebrating 20 years this year

January 13, 2015

The Esimit Europa project is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The project originally started by connecting two bordering cities between Slovenia and Italy, when Igor Simčič started realizing his vision of providing a symbol of the blurring borders. In 1995, first with the help and support of the mayors of the both bordering cities, he introduced the Esimit Gorizia & Nova Gorica sailing project. The project has been extending across boundaries ever since and gradually becoming more and more European. The yacht representing the project was granted the honourable privilege to sail under the European flag in 2002 and under the patronage of the European commission since 2006.

Esimit Europa 2 superyacht at the 2014 Rolex Capri Sailing Week - Photo by Francesco Ferri

Esimit Europa 2 superyacht at the 2014 Rolex Capri Sailing Week - Photo by Francesco Ferri

Since 2010, the project has been represented by one of world’s fastest and technologically most advanced yachts, superyacht Esimit Europa 2, and its multinational sailing team, composed of European and World champions, Olympic Games medallists, multiple time winners of the America’s Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race sailing races, coming from 11 different countries. With 35 consecutive wins since its christening in 2010, Esimit Europa 2 has carried the message of a successful and united Europe around the world.

Numerous official and personal endorsements that the project has received from the most distinguished European diplomats, including the official support of the European Commission, Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, presidents of European countries and governments, foreign ministers and ambassadors prove that it is much more than a sailing project. Throughout the 20 years of the project’s history , by organizing high level receptions and events, it has served as a platform for establishing and fostering sports, diplomatic and business connections, and by engaging in charity activities it extended the message of friendship and collaboration and connected all people without boundaries.

In the jubilee racing season of 2015 sailing yacht Esimit Europa 2 will again be spreading the message of collaboration at some of the classic races in the Mediterranean and conclude it with a gala event dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Esimit Europa project. The gala will be organized at the premises of the Yacht Club de Monaco, which is the home yacht club of the European flagged maxi.

Before that, with an early opening of the season in May, Esimit Europa 2 will participate in one of the first races for the maxis in the Mediterranean, the Volcano Race, at which she participated last year for the first time and took the line honours. In its fifth edition this 400 nautical miles long race will start from Gaeta, and go to Eolian Islands and back to Gaeta. The race will be organized by the International Maxi Association, in association with the Yacht Club Gaeta E.V.S. and the Base Nautica Flavio Gioia.

From there, Esimit Europa 2 yacht will continue to San Remo for the start of the Mediterranean classic in June – the Giraglia Rolex Cup – taking part in both offshore races of the event. First she will participate in the regatta from San Remo to St. Tropez that kicks off from the dock of the Yacht Club San Remo at midnight. This will already be the 6th edition of the approximately 60 nautical miles long offshore race. The team will then prepare for one of the most renown offshore races in the Mediterranean, the famous 242 nautical miles long Giraglia Rolex Cup set from St. Tropez, around the rocky Giraglia Island and back to Genoa. Esimit Europa 2 participated in this race already four times, each time taking line honours, while in 2012 she set an amazing course record of 14 hours, 56 minutes and 16 seconds, smashing the previous one by 3 hours and 6 minutes.

Next on schedule, in August, is the 500 nautical miles sailing challenge, the Palermo – Montecarlo Race, that is set across the Mediterranean, joining two coastal cities, Palermo and the Principality of Monaco. It is organized by the Circolo della Vela Sicilia in collaboration with the Yacht Club de Monaco. After setting a course record in 2010 and taking line honours in 2011 and 2012, Esimit Europa 2 superyacht will participate in this race for the fourth time.

Being the leading yacht that races for the Yacht Club de Monaco, it will be a special privilege for the Esimit Sailing Team to participate in this race with a destination of the course set in front of her home yacht club, even more so during a jubilee year in which the celebration of 20 years of the Esimit Europa project takes place after this race.

With this event the European flagged maxi will not only conclude the racing season of 2015, but also stand as a symbol of the Esimit Europa project’s 20 year story.

Yachting Shanghai – The first comprehensive international marine festival in Shanghai

January 13, 2015

The upcoming ‘Yachting Shanghai – The International Marine Expo’ represents the first comprehensive international marine festival in Shanghai, China. Scheduled to run from July 8 to 12, 2015, this luxury yachting and lifestyle event is expected to provide a trading platform that improves the yachting lifestyle in China.


China’s first-ever yacht appeared in Shiliupu Dock, the Bund in Shanghai in the 1920s. The Shiliupu Dock, once the largest wharf in the Far East and water portal of Shanghai, carries many history-related memories about the prosperity of the Bund in Shanghai. Another saying is that according to the China Yachting magazine, China’s earliest yacht even could be traced back to the Shanghai Yacht Society in 1873. Back then, only foreigners living in China could enjoy yachts. Shanghai, as China’s window into the world, has brought in luxury lifestyle products from around the globe including yacht. That being said, as China experiences the great transformation in modern times, the yacht clubs in Shanghai have been pushed out of business, which is truly a pity.

As times goes by, China’s coastal regions are now constantly enhancing support for the development of the yachting industry and various regions are witnessing prosperous and vigorous development of the yachting industry nearly a century later. Dalian, Qingdao, Shanghai, Xiamen, Shenzhen and Sanya, among other coastal cities are inlaid into the lengthy coastal line of China like a string of glittering pearl necklace. Some predicts that the yachting industry is expected to become another golden industry following the auto industry. As an important dimension in the marine economy, the yachting industry is turning into a new driving force for China’s economic development.

Old Photo of Shiliupu Dock, the Bund in Shanghai

Old Photo of Shiliupu Dock, the Bund in Shanghai

Take Hainan as an example. In January 2015, CCTV covered the news that “Hainan’s yachting industry becomes the new engine of economic development in Hainan”. Since 2010, Haikou has successively put in place the development plan for the yachting and cruise industry and the master plan of Haikou for yacht docks to advance the yachting industry, and hosted the World Yacht Economy Forum on an annual basis. By 2030, Haikou would build up 16 yacht docks and 35,000 berths. On top of that, Haikou is also trying to establish administrative rules on the sailing, mooring, departure and entry, trading, protective tariff and sea area use of yachts as it works to take the lead in integrating with international practice while developing yacht R&D, manufacturing, exhibition, marketing, maintenance and training and forming a comprehensive yacht industrial chain. The yachting industry is evolving into a new highlight of the tourist economy in Haikou, Hainan.

But Shanghai, which is in the middle of the pearl necklace and should have been the most resplendent, has seen its yachting industry lagging behind that of other coastal cities and failed to boost the marine economy. This truly doesn’t match with its rank as a “Luxury, Large, Level up” international metropolis.

Inviting guests to relax on own yacht is, in its own right, the most fashionable and decent commercial activity and many major commercial deals are sealed in the atmosphere of guest-host happiness. But Shanghai is only home to 200-300 yacht population, only accounting for a tiny share in the international metropolis of Shanghai. Although they spearhead the most front-end way of living in Shanghai, they are truly weak after all. Shanghai is in dire need of an enabling platform to cultivate and enlarge the client base of yachting.

With regard to water resources, Shanghai enjoys quality waterfront tourism resources which are enviable for other cities and deserve vigorous development. The thing is that the riverway of the Suzhou River is narrow, while the Huangpu River has the main function of transportation. Channels suitable for yacht sailing call for urgent treatment.

At this point, ashes of history have been brushed off. Looking southward from the old Shiliupu Dock, along the Nanpu Bridge and its southern area, the widest and cleanest surface of the Huangpu River is the premium water area that is the most suitable for the navigation of yachts and sailing boats. This is definitely the venue of water activities of the 2015 Yachting Shanghai The International Marine Festival. On the east coast is the well-known Shanghai Expo Park. On July 8, 2015, the onshore exhibition area with a total area of 150,000 sq.m. will be grandly opened to the public here. Expo L1 and L6 docks, with 200 million yuan in investment from Shanghai Major League Yacht Club, are well under construction along both ends of the Lupu Bridge and will be fully completed and launched in May this year. It is imaginable that with high prospects in such a predominant geographical position, the Yachting Shanghai is expected to fill in the gaps that Shanghai doesn’t have a comprehensive international marine festival.

At the early days, only foreigners and compradors could enjoy yachts, but today elites and even ordinary citizens may take part in. Based on three major concepts, the Yachting Shanghai pinpoints on elites and expands the scope of audiences to stage a popular park-style marine festival.

Concept 1, marine culture. The Yachting Shanghai mainly promotes the Chinese-European Shanghai Super Cup International Regatta. It has invited 4 European star teams to participate the Regatta which will be challenged by 2 Chinese star teams; not only excellent finals, but also such events highly fitting for the public as public yacht experience area and offshore cruise show, will be held, which represents an integration of elite culture and mass culture.

Concept 2, urban quality life. The Yachting Shanghai puts on display super yacht, top sports car, private jet, equestrian and golf, high-end property, tourism and diversified lifestyle varieties in the exhibition area of Shanghai Expo Park, with a view to correctly attract elites. In addition, the incomparable diversity and openness of Shanghai Expo Park will surely attract the strong interest and wide participation of the general public.

Concept 3, marine art. The marine culture and art exhibition area is located in the 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum (former Shanghai Expo French Pavilion), whereby static exhibition and dynamic exhibition promoting marine artistic works will be hosted to enhance the friendliness and recognition of the public about marine culture, especially the youth. Beyond that, sessions of marine strategy forum and conservation salon will be organized, whereby famous marine experts and international ocean conservation organizations will interact and communicate with visitors to advocate marine protection.

The Yachting Shanghai is truly a colorful rendez-vous covering a wide array of fields, ranging from single yacht test drive and trial voyage, the creation of yachting forum and multi-theme marine forum, through the exhibition of high-end lifestyle products in the exhibition area, to cultural, sports, artistic and entertainment projects under the marine theme.

With a compound transition from a yachting party for the rich to the popular marine festival, the 2015 Yachting Shanghai The International Marine Festival is committed to boosting the healthy development of China’s yacht ecological chain, which is definitely fitting against the background of the Marine Silk Road strategy and favorable policies of Shanghai Free Trade Zone. A comprehensive marine festival is bound to emerge on the horizon.

Three Dubois-designed yachts to attend New Zealand Millennium Cup 2015

January 13, 2015

Set to run in the breath-taking Bay of Islands yacht charter location from January 21 to 23, the New Zealand Millennium Cup is proud to once again host a number of Dubois-designed yachts in the line-up. Sailing yacht Janice of Wyoming, superyacht Silvertip as well as charter yacht Bliss are all Dubois-designed vessels with strong reputations for whipping around a course.

Dubois-designed charter yacht Bliss at the 2013 Dubois Cup - Photo by Rick Tomlinson

Dubois-designed charter yacht Bliss at the 2013 Dubois Cup - Photo by Rick Tomlinson

Ed Dubois gives his opinion on his take on the importance of an industry that is geographically removed from the wider global industry, yet integrally connected.

“We are very excited to see that the Millennium Cup is being held once again in 2015.

The new venue of the Bay of Islands, along with its well established regatta, is especially exciting for a number of reasons,” says Dubois.

“Firstly, it is one of the most beautiful coastal areas in the world and ideally suited for yacht racing.

Super yacht Janice of Wyoming under sail

Super yacht Janice of Wyoming under sail

“Secondly, it brings the large New Zealand-built yachts into an area and environment that particularly suits them; beautiful and away from the everyday rush and bustle of a city atmosphere and in an archipelago of islands that provides for stunningly scenic courses to be set,” he says.

Dubois’ connection with the New Zealand industry has been long and fruitful, with a number of award-winning yachts standing as testimony to both his skill and that of local yards and craftsmen. In recognition of that long association, the NZ Millennium Cup committee have named a day’s racing ‘Ed Dubois Race Day’.

“We have been fortunate, as a design office, to have had 37 large yachts built in New Zealand over a period of just under 30 years. This represents, astonishingly, just over $NZ1billion worth of contracts.”

Silvertip Yacht

Silvertip Yacht

“This large fleet not only represents our design input and experience; it is testament to the extraordinary yacht building skills and excellence that has been built up in New Zealand and which has reached the very highest level, worldwide.

The craftsman, engineers, spar builders and sail makers that have created this truly phenomenal industry should be congratulated on this extraordinary achievement. Some examples of their excellent work can be seen racing in the waters of the Bay of Islands in January 2015.”

The regatta runs from the 21-23 January in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands, and  will once again be handicapped to ISYR by Jim Teeters, to ensure close-fought, fun racing. Organised by the NZ Marine Export Group, the regatta is complemented by a range of onshore hospitality events, and runs concurrently with New Zealand’s biggest domestic regatta; Bay of Islands Sailing Week, delivering an unbeatable atmosphere of camaraderie to overseas guests.

Returning to the race are Janice of Wyoming, Bliss and Silvertip; all veterans of the race who’ve experienced first hand the New Zealand Millennium Cup experience and who are looking forward to battling it out once more for supremacy. Entries to date also include five-time circumnavigator, superyacht Silencio. The 50-metre Perini Navi comes fresh from a run of successful regattas which include taking third in class at this February’s St Barth’s Bucket and victory in the 2013 Perini Navi Cup.

Joining her is 34.2-metre Royal Huisman sailing yacht Sassafras, with new EC6 carbon rigging by sponsor Southern Spars. The sloop was designed by Fontaine-Hood for comfort over long distances as well as power under sail, and organisers are very much looking forward to seeing that power demonstrated as the fleet weaves through the Bay of Islands.

In a separate Pacific Division, special guests Steinlager 2 and Antaeus will go head to head, to the sure delight of local yacht watchers who know Steinlager from her unbeaten Round the World campaign records.