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Must Have Accessories for the America’s Cup 2017

May 29, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

This summer Bermuda is hosting the 35th America’s Cup. The most significant yacht racing event of the year begins on May 26th, 2017. A month of lavish celebrations, parties and sailing experience will be concluded with the Top Challenger will meet Defending Champions Oracle Team USA in the 35th Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Match starts on June 17th, 2017. Best known for its crystal clear waters and fantastic secluded beaches, Bermuda is gaining popularity in terms of opulent charter vacations and on land fun activities. Whether you are chartering a yacht and watching the race from the best spots or taking part in the race, take a look at the best accessories you have to have for the America’s Cup 2017.



“Renowned for crystal blue water and beautiful pink sand beaches, Bermuda’s Great Sound will form a natural amphitheatre for the race course while the planned America’s Cup Village at the Royal Naval Dockyard, will be the beating heart of the America’s Cup experience.” America’s Cup

Photo credit America's Cup

Photo credit America’s Cup


1. LV – Latitude Pilot

LV - Latitude Pilot

LV – Latitude Pilot

Features: Japanese titanium frames, limited edition America’s Cup 2017, removable cord system



2. Officine Panerai – Luminor 1950 Regatta Oracle Team USA 3 Days Chrono Automatic Titano – 47mm

Officine Panerai - Luminor 1950 Regatta Oracle Team USA 3 Days Chrono Automatic Titano - 47mm

Officine Panerai – Luminor 1950 Regatta Oracle Team USA 3 Days Chrono Automatic Titano – 47mm

Features: Calibre P.9010 mechanic automatic, 300 metres waterproof, limited edition official America’s Cup collection



3. Bottega Veneta – Bi-Fold Wallet in New Dark Navy Peacock Intrecciato Calf


Bi-fold Wallet in New Dark Navy Peacock Intrecciato Calf

Features: Hand-crafted Intrecciato design with Washed Vintage finish, leather lining, calf, lambskin



4. Apple Watch Hermes – 38mm Bleu Agate Epson Leather Single Tour

Apple Watch Hermès - 38mm Bleu Agate Epsom Leather Single Tour

Apple Watch Hermès – 38mm Bleu Agate Epsom Leather Single Tour

Features: Handmade by artisans in France from Barenia leather



5. LV – Travel BagKeepall 66 BANDOULIÈRE N44009

LV - Travel Bag Keepall 66 BANDOULIÈRE N44009

LV – Travel Bag Keepall 66 BANDOULIÈRE N44009

Features: Limited edition for the 35th America’s Cup Regatta, “V Gaston” logo, nautical look and Damier Latitude canvas,



6. Theo Fennel – Blue Enamel J Class Yacht Cufflinks

Theo Fennel - Blue Enamel J Class Yacht Cufflinks

Theo Fennel – Blue Enamel J Class Yacht Cufflinks

Features: stunning and classic 18ct white gold with blue enamel

Around $6,750


7. Sperry – Men’s Gold Cup Authentic Original Camino Boat Shoe

Sperry - Men's Gold Cup Authentic Original Camino Boat Shoe

Sperry – Men’s Gold Cup Authentic Original Camino Boat Shoe

Features: lambskin linings, tumbled nubuck uppers and 18k gold-plated eyelets



Attend exclusive superyacht events in style. View a selection of superyachts available for the America’s Cup and some incredible yacht under 35m. Contact CharterWorld now for more information.

Attend America’s Cup In-Style aboard Sailing Yacht Mondango 3

March 22, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Sailing yacht MONDANGO 3 invites you to come aboard and take part in the 35 America’s Cup in Bermuda. She is available at an exclusive rate from late May until the end of June 2017. Mondango 3 has a secured berth at the event and offers a large aft deck and cockpit, as well as the flybridge for outstanding viewing.

56m sailing yacht MONDANGO 3 (AY46) by Alloy Yachts - Image credit to Chris Lewis

56m sailing yacht MONDANGO 3 (AY46) by Alloy Yachts – Image credit to Chris Lewis

The event includes the Cup Qualifiers, Cup Challenger playoffs, The Match, the Superyacht Regatta, the J Class Regatta and the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, which you are welcome to join when chartering Mondango 3.

America's Cup Bermuda

America’s Cup Bermuda

Mondango 3 was launched in 2013 and built by Alloy Yacht in New Zealand. Her stunning exterior design is by Dubois Naval Architects, while the contemporary interior design is by Reymond Langton Design. The beautiful deluxe furnishing, outstanding attention to detail, sumptuous seating and dining area create a fantastic atmosphere for socialising. While at anchor Mondango 3 carries 25 guests and is large enough to host a vibrant party.

super yacht MONDANGO 3 - Flybridge Image by Chris Lewis

super yacht MONDANGO 3 – Flybridge Image by Chris Lewis

Some luxury extras aboard sailing yacht Mondango 3 include aft deck spa pool, sunbathing area and plenty of space for socialising.

super yacht MONDANDO 3 - Foredeck Image by Chris Lewis

super yacht MONDANDO 3 – Foredeck Image by Chris Lewis

Yacht MONDANGO 3 - Master Suite Image by Chris Lewis

Yacht MONDANGO 3 – Master Suite Image by Chris Lewis

Accommodation onboard is for a total of 11 guests in 5 lavish staterooms: a master stateroom, two double cabins and one Pullman bed. A highly professional crew of 9 will take care of everything onboard, while guests will enjoy the thrilling America’s Cup.

Luxury yacht MONDANGO 3 - Dining Room Image by Chris Lewis

Luxury yacht MONDANGO 3 – Dining Room Image by Chris Lewis

Take advantage of a 20% discount on a two-week booking (EUR 358,000) or 10% on a one-week booking (EUR 200,000). To secure sailing yacht Mondango 3 please contact out charter brokers.

S/Y Marae Offers Special Rate For America’s Cup Charter

March 21, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Undoubtedly, one the best sailing charter yachts available at the America’s Cup 2017 in Bermuda, MARAE lowers her weekly rates by more than $50,000. The fantastic charter offer included a dedicated berth, a concierge service to the on-the-water viewing area and a berth at the finish line. Get behind the scenes this thrilling event – secure Marae for charter now.



You can find out about luxury sailing yacht Marae here, as well as find out why she is one of the best for charter at the event.

Contact your preferred charter broker for more information. Alternatively, you can view a selection of luxury sailing yachts available for charter.

Lionheart Wins J Class Corinthian King’s Cup

September 12, 2016

Written by Mike Smith

Lionheart won the final, deciding race of  the J Class duel at the Rolex Maxi Yacht Cup. Managing to hold arch rivals Velsheda behind them all the way around the 25 miles figure 4 shaped course on the Costa Smeralda, the Lionheart crew retain the Corinthian King’s Cup or the fourth time in a row.

Lionheart © Martinez-Studio

Lionheart © Martinez-Studio

They previously won the Class’s most prestigious owner-drive award in Saint Barths in 2013, in Palma in 2014 and last year in Falmouth. Once again the outcome of the race was largely decided off the start line. But today it was Lionheart which came out of the blocks with slightly better speed. At the first cross they were already one boat length ahead of Velsheda. “From there it was old school stuff. Keep between your man and the next mark. That is pretty much what we did. They got very close to us a couple of times, they sailed right on our transom , but we stayed ahead.” grinned a relieved Bouwe Bekking, tactician on the Lionheart. “I have to say that both of the owners have done a great job driving this week.”

“We are very happy.” added the Lionheart Owner. With the scores evened at 2-2 over the week long regatta, Lionheart win the J’s duel on countback.

Velsheda © Martinez Studio

Velsheda © Martinez Studio

“We tried to keep it tight to the end but there were times when they were just that bit quicker.” Tom Dodson, the Lionheart tactician confirmed. “There were not much after the two mile beat that gave us a chance to get by them, but that is how it is racing with the two J’s in the mixed fleet. With three J’s we can get some windward-leewards and our own start. But it’s been a good week, Lionheart sailed well, we sailed well and we have all enjoyed the racing and look forwards now to Saint Tropez.”

Bekking, the winning tactician concludes: “We had to win it today and we did. I’m very happy we did.”


September 09, 2016

Written by Mike Smith

Sailing Yahts Open Season, Bella Mente, My Song, Windfall hold lead while Leopard 3, Lucky, Wallyño move to top.

Leopard 3 and Rambler 88 - Maxi Racing, Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup & Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship 2016. Photo Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Leopard 3 and Rambler 88 – Maxi Racing, Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup & Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship 2016. Photo Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

In Porto Cervo, Italy the 52 sailing yachts participating in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup were keen to get back on the water today after yesterday’s second enforced rest day caused by severe wind and sea conditions. A start scheduled for 10.30 had boats out in the starting area bright and early and a 10 knot north-easterly breeze accompanied the various competing divisions across the line.

Coastal courses were set for all divisions which brought the Maxis south to round Mortorio and Soffi islands and – while the Maxi 72s and Wallys finished off Porto Cervo – the remainder of the fleet sailed on into the Gulf of Arzachena and were set to continue to round the Monaci islands before heading back to port. However a dying breeze forced the YCCS Race Committee to shorten the course for the remaining divisions in the early afternoon.

Nahita - Wally, Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup & Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship 2016.   Photo Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Nahita – Wally, Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup & Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship 2016.
Photo Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

The 32.5-metre Open Season, Jochen Schuemann on tactics, added a third consecutive victory to a thus-far perfect scorecard. The lighter conditions obviously suited some as Y3K posted her best score of the week with a second place in today’s coastal race, while the Wally 94 Galma took third place, also her top score so far. Today’s result allowed Open Season to lengthen her overall delta to 8 points ahead of the Wally 80 Tango G while the Wally 77 Lyra remains in third place.

Maxi 72
The race for the World Championship title remains incredibly tight at the top of the Maxi 72 fleet with Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente scoring a second place in today’s coastal race to retain her overall lead less than one while point ahead of Robertissima. The Italian team, with Vasco Vascotto on tactics took victory in today’s 16-mail race, thereby overtaking Germany’s Momo which moves down to third place overall.

WinWin hangs tight in the top spot thanks to another solid second place finish today and widens the gap just slightly between herself and Nikata in second. Just two points further back is Inoui, climbing back up the leaderboard with a win today after a disappointing seventh place on Tuesday. The newly-launched Highland Fling 15, with Mike Toppa calling tactics, claimed third place in today’s competition.

Maxi Racing
Fortunes were reversed today in the Maxi Racing division as the match race between George David’s Rambler 88 and Mike Slade’s Leopard 3 saw the latter storm around the course to cross the finish line 6 minutes ahead of her rival. With today’s win Leopard, with Ian Budgen on tactics, edges into first place, on equal points with the new Rambler.

Maxi Racing Cruising
No change at the top of the Maxi Racing Cruising Division as Pier Luigi Loro Piana’s My Song notched up a second consecutive bullet to consolidate her top spot overall ahead of the Southern Wind 94 Windfall. Hot on Windfall’s heels are both Altair-Aegir and Grande Orazio – all three of whom sit on 7 points.

Mini Maxi Racing
With a 2-2 scoreline the American boat Lucky lived up to her fortunate moniker today as she moved up to first place overall. Now just one point behind her thanks to a win today is Atalanta II with Gabriele Benussi on tactics, while the American team on Prospector moved down to third place.

Mini Maxi Racing Cruising
A bullet for the Wally 60 Wallyño took her to first place overall today ahead of the Vallicelli 80 H2O. The French Swan 601 Arobas claimed second place today to take her up to third place overall.

Southern Wind
Windfall holds on to her lead of the Southern Wind classification followed by Grande Orazio on the same points score.

Crews gathered at the YCCS this evening to kick back and relax at the Audi Crew Party.
Participants will be back on the regatta course tomorrow, Friday 9th September, with the first starting signal scheduled for 11.30 a.m. The forecast is for variable breeze of 10-12 knots.

Jethou, Momo, Bella Mente - Maxi 72, Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup & Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship 2016. Photo Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Jethou, Momo, Bella Mente – Maxi 72, Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup & Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship 2016. Photo Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

PROVISIONAL RESULTS at 8th of September 2016
Position. Boat (R1, R2, R3) – Total
1. Open Season (1,1,1) – 3
2. Tango G (4,2,5) – 11
3. Lyra (2,4,8) – 14

Position. Boat (R1, R2, R3) – Total
1. Bella Mente (1,2.5,2.5) – 6
2. Robertissima (3,2.5,1.25) – 6.75
3. Momo (4,1,3.75) – 8.75

Position. Boat (R1,R2) – Total
1. WinWin (1,2) – 3
2. Nikata (2,4) – 6
3. Inoui (7,1) – 8

Position. Boat (R1,R2) – Total
1. Leopard 3 (2,1) – 3
2. Rambler 88 (1,2) – 3

Position. Boat (R1,R2) – Total
1. My Song (1,1) – 2
2. Windfall (2,5) – 7
3. Altair – Aegir (4,3) – 7

Position. Boat (R1,R2) – Total
1. Lucky (2,2) – 4
2. Atalanta II (4,1) – 5
3. Prospector (1,6(DNF)) – 7

Position. Boat (R1,R2) – Total
1. Wallyño (2,1) – 3.2
2. H2O (1.2,4) – 5.2
3. Arobas (4.2,2) – 6.2

Position. Boat (R1,R2) – Total
1. Windfall (2,5) – 7
2. Grande Orazio (3,4) – 7
3. Blues (5,7) – 12

Velsheda all-square with Lionheart on the Costa Smeralda

September 09, 2016

Written by Mike Smith

Velsheda moved the J Class match at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup to all-square today on the Costa Smeralda when they got the better of Lionheart, leading all the way from the start line to the finish gun of a course which was shortened because of the fading, unsettled breeze. In the aftermath of the strong winds which cancelled racing Wednesday, the awkward leftover seas and uneven, mainly light wind pressure put a premium of maintaining boatspeed, minimising manoeuvres and smooth, fast helming. Indeed it was a day when both J Class Owner-drivers had to work especially hard and efficiently.

lionheart martinez studio

lionheart martinez studio

The course took the Super Maxi fleet on a two mile opening beat to the Alpha mark then south first, to round the little, rocky Mortorio and Soffi islands to starboard, dealing with the awkward transition zones, then in to the Kilo and Golf marks at the entrance to ‘bomb alley’ before finishing in the final vestiges of the breeze at Echo, by the Monachi islets.

After a lacklustre start on the opening day Velsheda proved they had learned from their mistakes and made the better start of the two Js, on the pin end of the start line, on the gun and sailing with pace. This time it was the older boat which won the first cross and was then able to sail their own race and extend away from Lionheart. The ‘men in black’ did close up a little bit towards the finish but in many respects this was a soldier’s course with very little upwind, tactical work. “We did really make a decision to sail our own race. In these conditions you lose so much speed tacking and making manoeuvres and so a couple of times at least we did let Lionheart tack away and do their thing and we did ours and were the better for it.” Commented Tom Dodson, tactician on Velsheda. “But in saying that our trimmers and our owner really did an exceptional job keeping the boat going well. We are much more comfortable in that light stuff now than we were say a year or two ago.” “And we enjoyed the company of the Lionheart crew last night on the Bystander. Maybe our hospitality helped them overindulge?” grinned Dodson mischievously.

“Concentration really was the name of the game today in these soft and shifty conditions, especially towards the end of the race.” commented the Owner-helm of Velsheda.



“To be honest Velsheda just sailed better than us today. They were going better, got a good start – so did we – but they got away and that was pretty much it. It was game over for us really, there were no real opportunities to get back at them. We did a bit when they double tacked near the finish. But that’s it, all square 1-1 at the moment. Bring on tomorrow.” Bouwe Bekking the Lionheart tactician summarised.

In the Super Maxi class race Velsheda took sixth place today with Lionheart seventh. Inoui, the Briand designed lime green 108 footer won today’s race, Race 2 of the regatta.

J Class Yachts Begin Their Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

September 07, 2016

Written by Mike Smith

The 32 mile traditional course up ‘Bomb Alley’ passing the La Maddalena Archipelago and returning offshore of the islands offered a brisk passage for the J Class yachts to open their account at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. Velsheda made a small error in their timing and so Lionheart made the better start to lead Velsheda all the way around a relatively straightforward track and finished one minute and six seconds ahead. On corrected time under the regatta’s ORCsy scoring Velsheda placed fourth and Lionheart sixth with the Javier Jaudenes designed Baltic Yacht 108 Win Win taking victory in the Super Maxi Class which the two J Class compete in.

J Class yachts open their account at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2016 - Yacht Lionheart - © Martinez Studio

J Class yachts open their account at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2016 – Yacht Lionheart – © Martinez Studio

After the first scheduled racing day was lost to a buffeting Mistral yesterday conditions for Race 1 started out manageable and ended up moderate. With the wind easing progressively the mean wind speed around the course was between 14 and 15kts. Velsheda were forced to scrub off too much speed in the final seconds before the gun and left them flat footed compared with rivals Lionheart. Lionheart were ahead at the first cross on the two miles opening windward leg and from there built their lead until they lost their jib halyard and had to sail bare headed while it was retrieved during a drop. “We had a good start when I think Velsheda were early on their timing. We held them out to the layline and could cross them and from there we got ahead a bit ahead. Mostly we were around a minute ahead until the jib halyard came undone when we lost a little.” Recalled Lionheart’s tactician Bouwe Bekking. “But overall it was a good fun race.”

J Class yachts open their account at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2016 - Yacht Velsheda - © Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

J Class yachts open their account at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2016 – Yacht Velsheda – Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

“We made it a little hard for ourselves, we really did.” Smiled Tom Dodson the Kiwi tactician from Velsheda. “We wanted the pin end of the line and were just a bit late in pulling the trigger. Lionheart had it spot on and were away.” “We are probably a day short on practice really. We had a couple of small problems along the way which did not help. It was a nice course but with quite a lot of reaching there were not too many opportunities to come back.” Dodson concluded. Interestingly under J Class scoring the two boats level rate on the circular random heavy airs course format and so Lionheart takes first blood in the J Class match up in Sardinia.

Another Record Fleet of Racing Yachts for Sardinia

September 02, 2016

Written by Mike Smith

Another record sized fleet for Sardinia. A large number of the world’s largest performance sailing yachts have entered the race and their crews are now keenly readying their yachts in Porto Cervo, Sardinia in the Mediterranean for next week’s Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup.

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo, Sardinia

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo, Sardinia

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 4

Photos by ROLEX / Carlo Borlenghi

Press Release: Organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and the International Maxi Association (IMA) with Rolex as title sponsor, this year’s event takes place over 4th-10th September and has 52 entries. Of these, 25 belong to members of the IMA, the body which since 1979 has been guiding and structuring maxi yacht racing globally, in collaboration with the world’s leading yacht clubs.

In terms of length, the fleet spans the giant 49.7m Ohana to entries at the shorter end of the IMA’s permitted size range – 60 footers such as Gérard Logel’s Swan 601 @robas and the Wally 60 Wallyño.

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 6

The biggest class at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup will once again be the Wallys (an associated class within the IMA), which features 13 examples of the modernist high performance luxury yachts. Leading the charge off the Costa Smeralda will be the two Wallycentos, Sir Lindsay Owen Jones’ Magic Carpet Cubed and the latest example launched last October, David Leuschen’s Galateia, plus the elongated version, (now 32.7m) Open Season of International Maxi Association President, Thomas Bscher.

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

The Supermaxi class has a formidable line-up including Irvine Laidlaw’s new Swan 115 Highland Fling 15, plus two Baltic Yachts-built high performance carbon fibre one-offs: the Nauta 115 Nikata and the Javier Jaudenes-designed Win Win – both making their Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup debuts. This year sees the return of Sir Peter Harrison’s Farr 115 ketch, Sojana, following a lengthy refit.

The Js are back this year. Lionheart and Velsheda will match race their way around the race track.

The Maxi class (79-100ft) will see two high profile yachts making their Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup debuts. Best known for her offshore program, Mike Slade’s Farr 100 Leopard 3 has travelled to the four corners of the earth to compete in races such as the Rolex Sydney Hobart, the RORC Caribbean 600 and the Fastnet Race, in which she has twice scored line honours victories.

Despite only being two years old, George David’s Juan Kouyoumdjian-designed Rambler 88, also has notched up thousands of sea miles. This year alone she has won the IMA’s annual Volcano Race (from Gaeta, Italy, south around the volcanic Aeolian Islands off northeast Sicily) and last week claimed line honours in the Palermo-Montecarlo race, the fourth and final event of the IMA’s inaugural Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge.

The Maxi class also includes four entries from Southern Wind Shipyard, including the Farr-designed 100ft Blues and Michael Cotter’s Windfall. There are two SWS 82s: Massimilano Florio’s Grande Orazio was winner of the IMA’s Volcano Race in 2015, while Ammonite is brand new, campaigned by leading Australian skipper Marcus Blackmore.

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 1

Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship

As ever a major feature of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is the Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship. This year six examples of the ultra-competitive, owner-driven, grand prix racers will be lining up, their challenge being to dislodge Hap Fauth’s dominant Judel Vrolijk design, Bella Mente. The reigning Rolex Maxi 72 World Champion goes into this year’s Worlds straight from victories at Copa del Rey MAPFRE and the inaugural Maxi 72 North American Championship held in Newport, RI in June.

“This is our favourite regatta,” commented Fauth, who is President of the Maxi 72 Class, which is affiliated to the IMA. “There will be six 72 footers and competition will be fierce. It is always challenging conditions both for the around the buoys and the coastal race. It is normally all you want.”

As to Bella Mente being favourite for a third World title, Fauth added: “We have the oldest boat and I am the oldest helmsman, but we have got a very good team. Our execution over the course of a regatta has been good and if there is one reason why we might have a small advantage it is because of that. But it is a very small advantage: The margin of victory in this fleet is two or three seconds – the boats are very close.”

The Mini Maxi class (60-79ft) also has a strong line-up. Roberto Lacorte’s Mark Mills 68 Supernikka returns to defend her title, while she will be up against another Mills 68, the more thoroughbred racer, Prospector, which as Alegre and then Caol Ila R was one of the most competitive boats in what is now the Maxi 72 class. Also to be watched will be American Bryon Ehrhart’s Reichel Pugh 63, Lucky. Winner of last year’s Transatlantic Race, Lucky in her previous life was Loki, winner of the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart.

In 2015 the Mini Maxi Racer-Cruiser class had one of the tightest finishes and the top four boats return this year, including winner, Riccardo de Michele’s Vallicelli 80 H2O, which finished on equal points with Giuseppe Puttini’s Swan 65 Shirlaf (which this year will face stiff competition from new IMA member Marietta Strasoldo’s Swan 651 Lunz Am Meer.)

Andrew McIrvine, Secretary General of the IMA commented: “It will be an exciting year with a number of new boats competing, especially in the SuperMaxi division where a new generation of more race-oriented boats are appearing. The challenge of manoeuvring these huge craft around the tight courses around the islands of the Maddalena makes for a great spectacle and keeps so many sailors coming back year after year.”

Racing will take place over a mixture of windward-leeward and coastal courses. As usual there will be a magnificent social programme including the annual International Maxi Association Dinner and parties sponsored by Rolex and Audi.

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2

The International Maxi Association:

The International Maxi Association (IMA) represents the owners of Maxi yachts from all over the world. Recognised in 2010 as the ISAF international class of Maxi yachts, the IMA is uniquely entitled to organise World and European championships for Maxi yachts.

The Association now has 60 members from all over the world, more than a dozen honorary members, among whom was recently inducted Gianfranco Alberini, Secretary General of the Association for more than 30 years, who died in June 2013. The current President of the Association is Thomas Bscher, owner of the Wally 107 Open Season, while the Secretary General is Andrew McIrvine, also Admiral of the Royal Ocean Racing Club.

P/R: Final leg of Clipper world yacht race commences

June 21, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

The final leg of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race commenced on the 21st of June with 12 teams heading to their final destination at Derry Londonderry in Northern Ireland. See the race viewer for current positions and overall team rankings as the race unfolds.

The following is a press release from Clipper Ventures.

Press Release

Final Clipper Race leg starts as leading teams feel pressure at top of the leaderboard

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race teams have departed New York on the final leg of the circumnavigation, the ‘Atlantic Homecoming’.

Following a Departure Ceremony and Parade of Sail in front of the New York skyline and Statue of Liberty, the 12 international teams started Race 12 of the series, the ‘LegenDerry Finale’ to Derry Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

The teams performed a Le Mans start at Ambrose Lighthouse at 1944 local time Monday (2344 UTC) on the first of three races making up the final leg. Race 13, Derry Londonderry to Den Helder, The Netherlands, and Race 14, Den Helder to London, UK will complete the global series which concludes on 30 July.


Points are extremely tight at the top of the leaderboard, with LMAX Exchange, Skippered by Frenchman Olivier Cardin, 10 points ahead of second-placed Derry~Londonderry~Doire.

GREAT Britain is seven points behind the Northern Irish entry in third position, and just four points ahead of Garmin, in fourth.

With a maximum of 41 points available over the next three races, the top four positions are still up for grabs, creating a lot of pressure for the leading Skippers.

Olivier Cardin said ahead of the LegenDerry Finale start: “We will be paying close attention to the ice marks set by the Race Office in the first part of the race. Then we will be close to the North Atlantic High. It might be difficult to go to the Scoring Gate section of the course as a result.

“We want to control Derry~Londonderry~Doire and maintain our position 10 points ahead of it by staying close to the boat, GREAT Britain and Garmin by covering them. The team is not complacent at all, and we know we must keep fighting hard to stay at the top of the leaderboard, but we are confident after five overall race wins out of eleven, so far,” Olivier added.

Peter Thornton, Skipper of GREAT Britain, said the sailing would be quite challenging for the first half of the race.

“There are some good southerlies forecast, and the longer they last then the better. That will tempt quite a lot of people to be close to the ice limit gates, if the winds don’t turn out as we forecast that might cause some problems.

“The low pressure systems that are over the top of the North Atlantic High can throw up all sorts of things, even in the summer.

“We are giving it our all. We are in a situation where the top four places are available. We will keep on fighting and never give up. We had better be pretty tired when we arrive into St Katharine Docks, London, on 30 July.

“There is a lot of pressure and that is playing on my mind,” Peter added.

Dan Smith, Skipper of Derry~Londonderry~Doire, is also feeling the strain as his team races to its home port.

“The race is incredibly tight now with all the podium positions still up for grabs. We are going to be putting everything into the LegenDerry Finale and hoping, at the very least, that we can maintain our second place in the Overall Race Standings,” Dan added.


Ash Skett, the Garmin Skipper, said the first part of the race was likely to be a drag race limited by the ice gate as the teams can’t go too far north. He then described the battle for points:

“Once we round the corner of the ice gate it will get more interesting. Weather wise, we should be downwind for the majority of the race.

“We need to prioritise getting on the podium in London and are very much looking at GREAT Britain. There is a potential danger of being sucked into a battle for a lead position with the other boats, so I have told the crew we need to focus on beating GREAT Britain.

“Anything above that will be a bonus. We have always exceeded our own goals and built on our objectives,” added Ash.

All the teams will be gunning for a good result on the final ocean crossing of the circumnavigation, with just one point separating Qingdao, fifth, (65 points), and Mission Performance in sixth (64 points).

ClipperTelemed+, in seventh, (59 points), is three points ahead of Da Nang – Viet Nam, (56 points), after podiums on the last two races for the first time.

Close behind is Visit Seattle (ninth, 50 points), Unicef, tenth, 49 points), IchorCoal, eleventh, 41 points, PSP Logistics, twelfth, 34 points.

To follow the action, click here for the Race Viewer.

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Press Release: The winners of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta

June 14, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

The winners of the final day of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta in Sardinia, Italy were announced on the 11th June 2016. Victors in Superyacht Class A were Saudade, while Grande Orazio took first place in Superyacht Class B. Open Season placed first in the Wally Class and Saudade placed first again in Grande Superyacht Sub-Class C.

The following is a Press Release from the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.

Press Release

Winning Dreams Come True at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta on the Costa Smeralda Saudade, Grande Orazio and Open Season victorious

Saudade, Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2016. Photo Carlo Borlenghi

Saudade, Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2016. Photo Carlo Borlenghi

Porto Cervo, Itay. 11th June 2016. Three experienced superyacht owners realised their personal goals today as the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in collaboration with Boat International Media, concluded in light winds on the Costa Smeralda.

A delighted Albert Büll fulfilled his dream when the crew of the Wally 45m Saudade retained the regatta’s top award, The Loro Piana Prize: The Silver Jubilee Cup by Boat International Media, for the second year in a row. Their consistent performance across a very varied range of wind conditions sees them top Class A just as they did in 2015.

And Massimiliano Florio realised his own dream of winning his class three times in a row on Grande Orazio, the successful Southern Wind 24.7m.

On the Yacht Club Smeralda dock where he first stood some 30 years or more ago, the Saudade owner revealed: ” It was a dream of mine to win again and now it is reality. It was a fight because we had everything this week, strong wind, we had light winds and we had very light winds. The conditions were so different each day and that is the speciality of the Costa Smeralda. The boat sails very well in the light.”

“I sailed here for the first time in 1976 and it is always great to come back. I have done so many races here, the Settimana delle Bocche and the Sardinia Cup which we won (in 1988 with the German team). And there are still people here this week who have been racing for as long.”

Grande Orazio, Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2016. Photo Carlo Borlenghi

Grande Orazio, Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2016. Photo Carlo Borlenghi

And Florio, the effervescent winner of Class B, with two bullets and two second places was delighted to have fulfilled his goal of winning the Loro Piana regatta in Porto Cervo three times in a row:
“I dreamed and hoped but I never really thought we could do it. Two out of three is good but three in a row I thought was impossible. But this such a great regatta.” the owner-driver commented. “The regatta was fantastic. The wind helped us all the way through the week. Our team worked so very hard and really we did not make many mistakes and that means we were always competitive. And above all to win for the third time is really special. Our class is very competitive indeed with boats which have won here before such as My Song and so winning this time, for us is the most satisfying Loro Piana win yet.”

The 12-strong Wally Class witnessed a head-to-head battle of the giants between Open Season and Magic Carpet 3 that went to the wire over two final windward leeward races. The first circuit saw an incredible tie between the two, corrected out to the same second after handicap. But on the deciding race Open Season clinched the Class win with a crucial victory while Magic Carpet 3 -which has led the regatta since the start – scored a fourth to drop to second, one single point behind their German-flagged rivals on aggregate.

Jochen Schumann, the Open Season tactician smiled with relief: “Sometimes you have to wait until the last race to win a regatta but we got there in the end. We made a couple of rough decisions early in the week but when we had good starts and got away we won those races. I think in the end we deserved it. I think we are such even boats with Magic Carpet, we have such close fights. And I think that matters. We all come here to enjoy the racing and make sure the owners enjoy their sailing with competitive crews around them. It could not be much closer.”

The superyacht fleet today raced a relatively short course as dictated by the forecast for capricious light winds from the SE. For most the 13.7Nm course south to round the little islands of Mortorio and Soffi before running back NW to a turning mark at Capo Ferro – just at the entrance to Bomb Alley – then beating back upwind for a short final loop to the finish at the YCCS line at the entrance to Porto Cervo.

In the gentle breeze – 6 to 9kts – it was essential to stay in clear air and reduce the number of manoeuvres where possible. In the Superyacht A division the pre-regatta decision to make a full survey of the anticipated rocky corners paid off today for SeaWave, the 31.78m Southern Wind which was only launched less than a year ago.

Tactician Titch Blachford and navigator Mike Broughton’s rock reconnaissance allowed then to shave a few corners today which allowed them to build from their excellent start. They sailed clear ahead of started very well and were able to stay clear of their key rivals to win on corrected time by over three minutes today.

“The key was from the windward mark to the islands. With the fleet mixing and playing with each other behind us we worked hard to extend away from them. And then the next critical stage was being able to cut the corners at the islands, looking at the rocks earlier in the week.” remarked Blachford. “Winning today means so much for this team at their first Superyacht regatta together.”

Open Season, Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2016. Photo Carlo Borlenghi

Open Season, Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2016. Photo Carlo Borlenghi

Saudade’s fourth today was enough to seal the class overall, scoring 1-5-2-4 over their four coastal races. Tactician Bouwe Bekking, who sailed with the owner Büll many years ago, remarked: “I think we have a great team and that made it easy for me to step on board for the first time this week even if I sailed with the owner many years ago. This is such a different beast to when we sailed so many years ago on a 40 foot one tonner. This is a big animal but it still takes the same spirit and drive to win a regatta.”

In the Superyacht B division Maegan, the 25.15m Oyster, finished their regatta on a high note, winning by over one minute ahead of the overall class winner Grande Orazio.
“We made our best start today. We were on the gun, on the pace and that helped.” Recounts David Tydeman, Maegan’s safety officer, “We got the key wind shifts right and that helped on the leg down to the islands, making it more of a port fetch. We had good hoists at the islands. It has been great to have the two Oysters racing here.”

The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s sporting calendar continues with the Invitational Team Racing Challenge from 15-18 June and the Audi Settimana delle Bocche from 27 June to 2 July. The next appointment for the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta is in 2017 with the Caribbean edition scheduled to be held in Virgin Gorda from 10 – 13 March.