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Join the action at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta in Sardinina

March 30, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

The Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous is set to take place in Sardinia, Italy, from the 30th of May until the 3rd of June, kicking off the summer events season with intense action from newcomers and veterans alike.

The rocky coast of Sardinia creates an impressive setting for the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta. Photo credit: YCCS

The rocky coast of Sardinia creates an impressive setting for the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta. Photo credit: YCCS

Registration is currently open until the 2nd of May for what promises to be the largest fleet in the event yet. Previous winners SAUDADE and OPEN SEASON have returned to defend their titles against proven competitors MAGIC CARPET 3 and INOUI, while new additions FARFALLA, ESCAPADE and GALATEIA promise to spice up the action.

Porto Cervo is set to welcome participants at the world renowned Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, where each crew and owner had the opportunity to size up the competition for the Silver Jubilee Cup before the first day of sailing.

Saudade from the 2016 edition of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta. Photo credit: Carlo Borlenghi

Saudade from the 2016 edition of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta. Photo credit: Carlo Borlenghi

Sardinia is one of the most highly regarded destinations in the Mediterranean: Regattas, yacht clubs such as the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, glittering beaches and high-end shopping all add to the allure of the area, where many new superyachts make their summer season debuts. Find a fine selection of yachts available for Sardinia charters here.

 

Top 5 Superyachts for Charter at the America’s Cup 2017 in Bermuda

March 22, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

This year Bermuda is hosting the 35th edition of the thrilling America’s Cup. A month-long celebration of thrilling race action also includes America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta and J Class Regatta. Not only that but also a vibrant on-shore entertainment programme is a must-attend.  Join in and celebrate in style, plus get access to the best viewing spots, premium berths and deluxe accommodation aboard these breathtaking luxury yachts:

1. MONDANGO 3

With plenty of space to host a party of 25 guests while at anchor, sailing yacht Mondango 3 is one of your best options if you plan to celebrate the event with the beautiful people in Bermuda. She is available for charter at a special rate and only during the event. Mondango 3 sleeps 11 guests overnight, assisted by a crew of 9. Her beautiful interior design was developed by bespoke Reymond Langdon Design and features some vibrant colour palette, lavish furnishings, outstanding attention to detail and sumptuous seating. Take advantage of a 20% discount on a two-week booking (EUR 358,000) or 10% on a one-week booking (EUR 200,000).

56m sailing yacht MONDANGO 3 (AY46) by Alloy Yachts - Image credit to Chris Lewis-680-2

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

AY46 super yacht MONDANGO 3 - Flybridge Image by Chris Lewis

AY46 super yacht MONDANGO 3 – Flybridge Image by Chris Lewis

2. ATHENA

The multi-award winning 90-metre sailing yacht Athena offers accommodation for ten guests, assisted by 21 crew members. She features a sophisticated mahogany interior with lots of space for socialising and relaxation. The lower deck boasts a full-width owner cabin with full-width master bath, Spa Pool, the Owner’s Office and walk-in wardrobe. There are also three queen-size cabins and one twin.

The stunning 90 m charter yacht Athena

The stunning 90 m charter yacht Athena

Dining room - sailing yacht Athena - one of the largest charter yachts in the world

Dining room – sailing yacht Athena – one of the largest charter yachts in the world

3. GRACE E

Grace E will be sure to turn heads at the America’s Cup this summer. Not only this 73-metre luxury motor yacht features striking exterior, but she also offers exterior viewing points to admire the racing. Her luxury amenities include a hydrotherapy room, a large pool, a beauty salon, full gymnasium, massage room and sauna. Named the “Motor Yacht of the Year” in 2015, Grace E will provide an unforgettable luxury experience for her guests visiting the America’s Cup.

1-73m Vitruvius mega yacht Grace E sold by Perini Navi Group-680

1-73m Vitruvius mega yacht Grace E sold by Perini Navi Group-680

Grace E superyacht - Main Saloon - Photo by Giuliano Sargentini

Grace E superyacht – Main Saloon – Photo by Giuliano Sargentini

4. MALTESE FALCON

No famous racing events are held without the “superstar” of the sailing world, Maltese Falcon. This high-performance vessel measures 88m and provides luxurious and comfortable cruising experience to her guests. Maltese Falcon can carry 50 people and is perfect for social gatherings. Some of her outstanding features are the alfresco cinema, massage room, as well as luxurious social spaces and lavish accommodation overnight for a total of 12 guests.

Maltese Falcon under sail in front of Viareggio

Maltese Falcon under sail in front of Viareggio

Maltese Falcon

Maltese Falcon

5. SAVARONA

The beautiful 28-metre sailing yacht Savarona is offering a VIP berth at the event this year. Savarona has a traditional interior design with glossy elements and simple, yet tasteful furnishing. The salon is an open plan with plenty of natural light. Cool taupe toned upholstery compliments rich wood panels. Savarona comfortably sleeps up to 6 guests in three beautiful staterooms: a gorgeous master suite, a VIP and a twin cabin. A professional crew of 4 will take care of everything onboard.

Sailing yacht SAVARONA - Main-

Sailing yacht SAVARONA – Main

Sailing Yacht Savarona - guest cockpit

Sailing Yacht Savarona – guest cockpit

CharterWorld specialises in luxury yacht charters aboard crewed superyachts. When it comes to superyacht charter CharterWorld is the largest specialist retail broker worldwide. Our very experienced brokers have a lot to offer in terms of specific experience, advocacy and advice for charterers or new to yacht charter, before and during their booking and holiday. Equire now.

St Barths Bucket 2017: 30th edition race results

March 21, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

VELSHEDA - One of 8 yachts from Dykstra competing in the regatta. Photo credit: Michael Kurtz/Pantaenius

VELSHEDA – One of 8 yachts from Dykstra competing in the regatta. Photo credit: Michael Kurtz/Pantaenius

After three days of high-octane racing, the winners of the 2017 St Barths Bucket have been announced across the various classes, and sailing yachts WINWIN, SPIIP, WISP, ROSEHEARTY and KOO have each taken first place.

Of the competing yachts of Class A, or ‘Les Gazelles des Mers’, WINWIN and VISIONE proved the greatest challenge to the rest of the fleet and consecutively finished in the top three across all racing days. Although UNFURLED put in an excellent performance, NIKATA outmatched her on the second day of racing to push sailing yacht UNFURLED into third place overall with VISIONE in second and WINWIN in first.

Sailing yachts SPIIP and GANESHA were expected to provide a thrilling race in Class B and they did not disappoint in any of their matches, always placing between first and third with SOJANA or P2. On the final day, ‘Les Elegantes des Mers’ class rankings placed SPIIP in first, then SOJANA and GANESHA.

‘Les Mademoiselles del Mers’ of Class C proved agile on the water with mere seconds often determining the difference between second and third place. In the final standings, WISP was first, with REBECCA and AXIA taking second and third respectively.

Arguably one of the most aniticipated classes in the whole event, Class D, ‘Les Grandes Dames des Mers’, saw some of the world’s largest yachts compete for a first place in the 30th St Barths Bucket. Superyacht MALTESE FALCON built by Perini Navi competed against younger sister ROSEHEARTY, and it was the latter that took first place, followed by METEOR AND PERSEUS^3.

In the newly created ‘Les Voiles Blanche’ class, or Class E, sailing yacht KOO earned first place, with Q and ESCAPADE filling up the other podium positions.

The final results of the Loro Piana Caribbean Regatta

March 15, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

In the final results of the Loro Piana Caribbean Regatta 2017, S/Y NILAYA from Class A has come out on top of all competitors to take the Boat International Media Trophy at the prize giving ceremony in the beautiful British Virgin Islands.

Nilaya Class A, Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2017.

Nilaya Class A, Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2017.

Nilaya won in Class A and overall during the 2017 Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous Photo credit BorlenghiYCCSBIM

Nilaya won in Class A and overall during the 2017 Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous Photo credit BorlenghiYCCSBIM

This is not NILAYA’s first victory in the regatta: Baltic Yachts’ 34m/112ft sailing yacht has earned the trophy twice before in the past four years, beating INOUI last year and proving her.speed and agility against the newer yacht.

In Class B, P2 took the lead after tight competition with GANESHA throughout the three day event.

P2 and Ganesha clash in Class B at the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2017.

P2 and Ganesha clash in Class B at the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2017.

P2 Class B Winners, 2017

P2 Class B Winners, 2017

“…we had a great race with Ganesha,” said P2 tactician Tony Rey. “It seems it always comes down between us. Matt Humphries and the guys on Ganesha are incredible competitors. We like to think we’re getting better and better at sailing P2. We all take pride in getting on the podium here. It’s a big deal.”

2012 Nautor’s Swan FREYA won all three of her Class C races, gaining her third class victory in the last 4 years.

Class C Freya won all her races during the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2017.

Class C Freya won all her races during the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2017.

Freya Class C Winners, 2017

Freya Class C Winners, 2017

“It was a fantastic week, we did well because we’re a crew,” FREYA’s owner Don MacPherson comented. “It was really good racing and we made very few mistakes. I attribute our success to the crew, they did a great job.”

PERSEUS^3 proved that persistence pays off, having lost the last two Loro Piana regattas in the Caribbean but consistently crossing the line first for Class D in the 30th edition of the event.

Perseus^3 won in class Class D of the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2017.

Perseus^3 won in class Class D of the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2017.

Perseus^3 Class D Winners, 2017

Perseus^3 Class D Winners, 2017

A great number of the Loro Piana fleet also has confirmed attendance at the St Barths Bucket Regatta running from the 16th-19th of March, with P2, GANESHA, REBECCA, SUNLEIGH DANNESKJOLD and LADY B amongst some of the competitors.

The charter yachts of the St Barths Bucket Regatta

March 14, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

The 2017 St Barths Bucket Regatta is due to get underway on the 16th of March for three days of intense racing around the stunning scenery of the Caribbean. One of the largest racing events in the sailing calendar, this edition is expected to be even more impressive in celebration of its 30th anniversary, and of these participating high performance yachts, many are available for charter throughout the year.

P2 and Perseus^3 come fresh from wins at the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous, ready to add to their collection of wins for this regatta season. Here are more of this year’s iconic competitors:

Maltese Falcon

Sailing yacht MALTESE FALCON - Photo credit: Andrew Ballantyne

Sailing yacht MALTESE FALCON – Photo credit: Andrew Ballantyne

The world’s largest sailing yacht at 88m/289ft, superyacht MALTESE FALCON is truly a sight to behold and the judges agreed unanimously: She holds 10 design awards from the International Superyacht Society, Showboats Awards and the Robb Report.

Her interiors from Ken Freivokh Design are just as sporty as her exterior and her facilities are just as impressive, with an on board gym, movie theatre and Jacuzzi as well as a host of water toys aboard this Approved RYA Water Sports Centre.

S/Y MALTESE FALCON - Salon

S/Y MALTESE FALCON – Salon

Length: 88m/289ft

Beam: 13m/42ft

Builder: Perini Navi

Year: 2006

Top speed: 19.6 knots

Accommodation: 12 guests: 1 Master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, 4 double cabins

Crew: 17

Price per week: €400,000-€440,000plus expenses

Charter grounds: Mediterranean and Caribbean

 

Rosehearty

S/Y ROSEHEARTY - Perini Navi

S/Y ROSEHEARTY – Perini Navi

Built in the same year and from the same builder as MALTESE FALCON, luxury yacht ROSEHEARTY (ex.AUDACE) may be dwarfed by her bigger sister but her exceptional interior by Christian Liagre makes her just as an impressive a charter yacht for holidays, special occasions and regattas.

Luxury yacht ROSEHEARTY - Formal dining

Luxury yacht ROSEHEARTY – Formal dining

Length: 56m/184ft

Beam: 12m/38ft

Builder: Perini Navi

Year: 2006

Top speed: 15 knots

Accommodation: 12 guests: 1 Master suite, 2 VIP staterooms, 2 double cabins and 2 single cabins with Pullman berths

Crew: 10

Price per week: $225,000-$225,000 USD plus expenses

Charter grounds: Mediterranean and Caribbean

 

Q

Sailing yacht Q (ex.MONDANGO II) - Alloy Yachts

Sailing yacht Q (ex.MONDANGO II) – Alloy Yachts

Winner of 3 awards in 2008-2009 for the best sailing yacht over 40m, luxury yacht Q (ex.MONDANGO 2) represents New Zealand yacht builders Alloy Yachts, whom have a stellar reputation in the yacht building industry. Reymond Langton Design created her bright and spacious contemporary interior and while not participating in regattas, charter guests can use her tender garage as a freshwater Jacuzzi.

The tender garage converts into a freshwater Jacuzzi aboard sailing yacht Q

The tender garage converts into a freshwater Jacuzzi aboard sailing yacht Q

Length: 52m/170ft

Beam: 10m/34ft

Builder: Alloy Yachts

Year: 2008

Top speed: 15 knots

Accommodation: 10 guests: 1 Master suite, 2 double cabins and 2 twin cabins with Pullman berths

Crew: 8

Price per week: €180,000-195,000 plus expenses

Charter grounds: Mediterranean and Caribbean

 

Danneskjold

Luxury yacht DANNESKJOLD - Built by Southern Ocean Marine

Luxury yacht DANNESKJOLD – Built by Southern Ocean Marine

After taking place in the Loro Piana Caribbean Regatta, sailing yacht DANNESKJOLD (ex.LIARA) is ready to prove her power in 2017 having won and placed on the podium at previous Caribbean regattas. As a charter yacht, she offers spacious and comfortable surroundings for Caribbean and Mediterranean charters, with vast music and film libraries for evening entertainment after a full day of excitement and exploration.

Salon inside luxury yacht DANNESKJOLD

Salon inside luxury yacht DANNESKJOLD

Length: 32m/105ft

Beam: 7m/23ft

Builder: Southern Ocean Marine

Year: 2009

Top speed: 14 knots

Accommodation: 6 guests: 2 double cabins and 1 twin cabin

Crew: 4

Price per week: $54,000-$62,000 USD

Charter grounds: Mediterranean and Caribbean

 

Perseus^3

Luxury yacht PERSEUS^3

Luxury yacht PERSEUS^3

A finalist at the World Superyacht Awards 2016 in the ‘Sailing Yacht of 45m and above’ category, PERSEUS^3 is one of the most recent competitors at the regattas. As a charter yacht, she has plenty of water toys and on board and her contemporary interior efficiently uses space for a comfortable charter experience.

Length: 60m/197ft

Beam: 11m/37ft

Builder: Perini Navi

Year: 2015

Top speed: 15.5 knots

Accommodation: 12 guests: 1 Master suite, 2 VIP staterooms, 1 double cabin (convertible to twin) and 2 twin cabins

Crew: 10

Price per week: €250,000 plus expenses

Charter grounds: Mediterranean and Caribbean

 

Elena

S/Y ELENA

S/Y ELENA

This gorgeous traditional sailing schooner is the namesake of a yacht built over 100 years ago and was recreated from the original drawings by designer Nathaniel G Herreshoff. The classic interior by Steve McLaren makes traditional sailing yacht ELENA an enjoyable charter yacht for close friends and family.

Sailing yacht ELENA - Main salon and formal dining area

Sailing yacht ELENA – Main salon and formal dining area

Length: 55m/180ft

Beam: 8m/27ft

Builder: Marin Luxur Yachts

Year: 2009

Top speed: 13 knots

Accommodation: 8 guests: 1 Master suite, 1 VIP stateroom and 2 twin cabins

Crew: 8

Price per week: €80,000-€90,000 plus expenses

Charter grounds: Mediterranean and Caribbean

 

Meteor

S/Y METEOR - By Royal Huisman

S/Y METEOR – By Royal Huisman

A previous winner of the St Barths Bucket (2009) and the Newport Bucket Regatta in 2014, sailing yacht METEOR has a proven race record as well as winning 3 awards for her design in 2008. The seating and sun pads on deck are comfortable areas for outdoor living, and her classic appearance above deck continues into the main salon and cabins for a spacious and relaxing environment.

Superyacht METEOR - Main salon

Superyacht METEOR – Main salon

Length: 52m/171ft

Beam: 9m/30ft

Builder: Royal Huisman

Year: 2007

Top speed: 13 knots

Accommodation: 6 guests: 1 Master suite and 2 twin cabins

Crew: 10

Price per week: $126,000-$150,000 USD plus expenses

Charter grounds: Mediterranean and Caribbean

 

Ganesha

Sailing yacht GANESHA - Built by Vitters

Sailing yacht GANESHA – Built by Vitters

Built in 2013 by Vitters, S/Y GANESHA features contemporary interiors from Newcruise Design using Indian motifs and patterns with splashes of vibrant colour to create welcoming living spaces. At only four years old, GANESHA has already proven her agility at previous regattas, including two wins at Porto Cervo.

Formal dining aboard luxury yacht GANESHA

Formal dining aboard luxury yacht GANESHA

Length: 46m151/ft

Beam: 9m/30ft

Builder: Vitters

Year: 2013

Top speed: Unknown

Accommodation: 8 guests: 1 Master suite, 3 double cabins

Crew: 7

Price per week: Contact CharterWorld for current rates

Charter grounds: Contact CharterWorld for current charter grounds

 

Ningaloo

Sailing yacht NINGALOO

Sailing yacht NINGALOO

A finalist in 3 awards categories in 2011 and also earning a special commendation, superyacht NINGALOO (ex.LADY B) uses glass to create sultry curves both inside and out. NINGALOO is no stranger to the St Barths Bucket and has performed well in her class, making her a yacht to watch out for during the races as well as an exciting charter.

S/Y NINGALOO - Lower salon

S/Y NINGALOO – Lower salon

Length: 45m/147ft

Beam: 9m/30ft

Builder: Vitters

Year: 2010

Top speed: Unknown

Accommodation: 6/7 guests: 1 Master suite, 2 VIP staterooms, 1 double cabin (convertible to twin) and 2 twin cabins

Crew: 6

Price per week: €88,000-€100,000 plus expenses

Charter grounds: Mediterranean and Caribbean

 

Nikata

Sailing yacht NIKATA - Photo credit: Ian Campbell

Sailing yacht NIKATA – Photo credit: Ian Campbell

Luxury yacht NIKATA is available for charter with a great selection of water toys and on board entertainment, including games consoles, a music and film library, audiovisual equipment and much more.

S/Y NIKATA - Formal dining

S/Y NIKATA – Formal dining

Length: 25m/82ft

Beam: 6m/19ft

Builder: Nautor’s Swan

Year: 2005

Top speed: 12 knots

Accommodation: 8 guests: 1 Master suite, 1 double cabin and 2 twin cabins

Crew: 4

Price per week: €28,000 plus expenses

Charter grounds: Mediterranean and Caribbean

 

Axia

Superyacht AXIA

Superyacht AXIA

No stranger to the St Barth’s Bucket, luxury yacht AXIA has won overall in the Grand Dames category as well as receiving the ‘All Star Crew’ award in 2013. Her classic interiors, spacious decks and variety of water toys make her a firm favourite for family charters with guests of all ages.

Alfresco dining aboard sailing yacht AXIA

Alfresco dining aboard sailing yacht AXIA

Length: 37m/123ft

Beam: 8m/27ft

Builder: Palmer Johnson

Year: 1990

Top speed: 15 knots

Accommodation: 6 guests: 1 double cabin, 2 twin cabins

Crew: 6

Price per week: $60,000 USD plus expenses

Charter grounds: Mediterranean and Caribbean

 

Spiip

Luxury yacht SPIIP from Royal Huisman

Luxury yacht SPIIP from Royal Huisman

Regatta enthusiasts will remember sailing yacht SPIIP racking up the podium places in the past under the name UNFURLED. One of many performance sailing yachts to be given the name UNFURLED, SPIIP from Royal Huisman has been racing since 2000 and is fully prepared for charters, with snorkelling and diving equipment on board for charter groups to discover everything their destination has to offer.

Length: 34m/112ft

Beam: 8m/26ft

Builder: Royal Huisman

Year: 2000

Top speed: 14 knots

Accommodation: 6 guests: 1 Master suite, 1 double cabin and 1 double cabin convertible to twin

Crew: 4

Price per week: $52,500-$58,500 USD plus expenses

Charter grounds: Caribbean

 

Leopard 3

Sailing yacht LEOPARD 3 - Built by Farr Yacht Design

Sailing yacht LEOPARD 3 – Built by Farr Yacht Design

S/Y LEOPARD 3 turns 10 this year and has a lot to celebrate: in 2016 alone she won the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Puerto Cervo as well as the International Maxi Association trophy for the RORC 2016 Transatlantic Race. Superyacht LEOPARD 3 is also available as a corporate yacht charter, able to host up to 20 guests on board, as well as having availability for private charters throughout the year.

The contemporary main salon within S/Y LEOPARD 3

The contemporary main salon within S/Y LEOPARD 3

Length: 30m/100ft

Beam: 7m/22ft

Builder: Farr Yacht Design

Year: 2012

Top speed: 25 knots

Accommodation: 8 guests: 1 Master suite, 2 double cabins and 2 single cabins with Pullman berths

Crew: 5

Price per week: €47,500 plus expenses

Charter grounds: Mediterranean and Caribbean

 

Sojana

Luxury yacht SOJANA - Photo credit: Farr Yacht Design

Luxury yacht SOJANA – Photo credit: Farr Yacht Design

Sailing yacht SOJANA is a veteran of the sailing calendar, taking part in events such as the Palma de Mallorca regatta and Cowes Week. With a proven speed of 25 knots, S/Y SOJANA is one of the fastest competitors on the water. Her spa pool, inviting interiors and collection of water toys make her a great charter choice both in and out of the regatta seasons.

Main salon - Superyacht SOJANA

Main salon – Superyacht SOJANA

Length: 34m/112ft

Beam: 8m/25ft

Builder: Green Marine

Year: 2003

Top speed: 25 knots

Accommodation: 8 guests: 1 Master suite, 1 VIP stateroom and 1 twin cabin

Crew: 6

Price per week: $53,500-$65,000 USD plus expenses

Charter grounds: Mediterranean and Caribbean

 

P2

Superyacht P2 - Built by Perini Navi

Superyacht P2 – Built by Perini Navi

Designed by Philippe Brand for Perini Navi, the focus was to create a yacht that was responsive to wind changes while remaining desirable for family and group charters through her elegant interiors. Winner of Sailing Yacht of the Year in 2009 as well as two other awards, superyacht P2 has fulfilled every criterion set, achieving First in the 2016 Loro Piana Regatta and the St Barth’s Bucket. The gym equipment, massage table and water toys available on request have ensured that this yacht is as exciting to charter as she is to spectate.

S/Y P2 - Main salon

S/Y P2 – Main salon

Length: 38m/125ft

Beam: 8m/27ft

Builder: Perini Navi

Year: 2008

Top speed: Unknown

Accommodation: 6 guests: 1 tripple cabin with Pullman berth, 1 double cabin with Pullman berth

Crew: 5

Price per week: €70,000 plus expenses

Charter grounds: Mediterranean and Caribbean

 

Find out if one of these high performance yachts are available for your next holiday: contact CharterWorld and you could be sailing through the Mediterranean or Caribbean and enjoying your special occasion on a regatta winning sailing yacht.

Freya and Cuordileone champions of the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean

March 07, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

After four days of intense racing, the winners of the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2017 have been decided, with Don Macpherson’s Swan 90 Freya and Leonardo Ferragamo’s ClubSwan 50 Cuordileone seeing off all competition to take top spots on the podium.

Fierce competition in the Grand Prix Mini Maxi division - Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2017

Fierce competition in the Grand Prix Mini Maxi division – Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2017

YCCS Commodore Riccardo Bonadeo commented on what sets the Rolex Swan events apart from other regattas throughout the year:

“What makes the Rolex Swan Cup events in Porto Cervo and here in the Caribbean so special – in addition to the enduring partnership between YCCS, Rolex and Nautor’s Swan – is the way the Swan family comes together. We have classic and new boats here, large and small yachts, world-class professional sailors and amateur crews of friends and family – but what they all have in common is their passion for these boats and for sailing and we are pleased to share that passion.”

Freya won against Plis in the Maxi Division of the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2017

Freya won against Plis Play in the Maxi Division of the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2017

Entrants ranged from 13.5 metres up to 35 metres, and the 18 strong fleet boasted tried and tested names including Shamanna and Sayula, launched in 1973 and the oldest competitor in direct contrast to Earlybird, a Clubswan 50 christened only last week.

Yacht Club Costa Smeralda is holding its 50th Anniversary regatta today and the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous will take place from the 10th to the 13th of March.

Sailing Yacht Tawera Brings Home the New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017

January 30, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

The trilling and nerve-wracking New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017 has come to a close. New Zealand, one of the most beautiful countries famous for its breathtaking vistas, held the event over three days from 25 to 27 January in the beautiful Bay of Islands.

Tawera

28m/92ft sailing yacht Tawera

The 28m/92ft sailing yacht Tawera took line honours for a third consecutive day and brought home the NZ Millennium Cup 2017.

In Action. NZ Millennium Cup 2017

In Action. NZ Millennium Cup 2017

Coming into the final day of racing, Pacific Division competitors, Antaeus and Steinlager 2, were tied on points. Rumours of an extensive tactical defence strategy to retain the Pacific Cup emerged from Steinlager 2’s camp after the skippers briefing.

Beautiful shot from the 2017 NZ Millennium Cup

Beautiful shot from the 2017 NZ Millennium Cup

The honour of best start in the series, reserved for the final day’s racing as confirmed by the race committee’s Dennis Corbett, was, however, Cavallo’s.

To find out more about chartering sailing yachts and participation in racing events please contact your preferred charter broker.

 

In Pictures: Day 2 of the NZ Millennium Cup 2017

January 27, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Dominating an exciting 21nm short course that saw competitors round the Nine Pin twice and wind changes challenge seasoned tacticians, Tawera has again taken line honours. Crossing the line 11 minutes in advance of her closest challenger, the Pacific Division’s Antaeus, Hawera commanded racing on New Zealand Marine Race Day of the 2017 New Zealand Millennium Cup.

2017_01_26_Millenium_Cup-2525First and second over the Mark Foy start, Tawera and Antaeus, set the tone of their race as they reached past the committee boat hoisting their spinnakers for faultless starts. Their dual finishes of first place in their respective divisions, the NZ Millennium Cup and Pacific Cup, was a credit to the tactical nous of the skilled sailors onboard.2017_01_26_Millenium_Cup-3094

Third over the start, Pumula, fell foul of the wind shadow, languishing on the start line. Seeing an opportunity, Janice of Wyoming deftly slipped around her windward side and bucked forward – stealing any remaining wind Pumula may have had. Cowboy gennaker unfurling, Janice of Wyoming strode out in front.

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All photos are courtesy of Mike Sims

In Pictures: The first day of racing of the NZ Millennium Cup 2017

January 25, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

The first day of the world’s most southerly superyacht regatta NZ Millennium Cup, saw Tawera take line honours, on a bright, breezy day of racing. Reigning champion, Tawera, crossed the line first today on the Orams Marine Race Day of the 2017 New Zealand Millennium Cup. The 28-metre ketch secured her win with New Zealand sailing icon, Chris Dickson, and her designer Ron Holland onboard, giving owner and experienced helmsman Mike Mahoney the tactical edge.

New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017

New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017 Photo credit Mark Sims

 

Some great photos from New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017

Some great photos from New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017. Photo credit Mark Sims

 

Farfalla.  New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017

Farfalla. New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017. Photo credit Mark Sims

 

On the run. New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017

On the run. New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017. Photo credit Mark Sims

 

Stunning yachts on the run. New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017

Stunning yachts on the run. New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017

 

New Zealand Millennium Cup

New Zealand Millennium Cup. Photo credit Mark Sims

 

Silvertip. New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017

Silvertip. New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017. Photo credit Mark Sims

 

Sailing. New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017

Sailing. New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017. Photo credit Mark Sims

 

Stunning photographs. New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017

Stunning photographs. New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017. Photo credit Mark Sims

 

Janice of Wyoming. New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017

Janice of Wyoming. New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017. Photo credit Mark Sims

 

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Exclusive: Asia Pacific Rendezvous Wrap Up Interview with Gordon Fernandes of Asia Pacific Superyachts

January 24, 2017

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The 16th annual Asia Superyacht Rendezvous in Phuket, organised and co-sponsored by Asia Pacific Superyachts has come to close. CharterWorld has spoken to one of the organisers, Mr Gordon Fernandes of Asia Pacific Superyachts to find out who took home the first ever ASR Winner’s Cup and just how much fun everyone had during this prestigious boutique event organised each year in Thailand.

DUNIA BARU sailing yacht racing

DUNIA BARU sailing yacht racing

Let’s start with the overall feeling that an event like this can create for everyone. What was the atmosphere like during the entire event?

Fun, fun, fun … is what we wanted and this is what we got! People who own these fantastic yachts want to have a good time and mix with other like-minded people and it is great for them to get out for a sail and enjoy their magnificent vessels.

The opening night was held aboard the beautiful luxury phinisi-style superyacht DUNIA BARU. How did the evening go?

Every year the opening party gets better and this was no exception, the owners of Dunia Baru went to amazing lengths to make guests feel welcome and they wanted them to party. The DJ and lighting system made people feel like dancing on the tables and the crew went to amazing lengths to pamper each guest on board. The owner of Dunia Baru has built a stunning yacht for his family to use. The lighting and layout of the yacht are exceptional. I’ve never been on board a yacht which has a breakfast bar in the galley where guests can watch the chef cooking delightful mouth-watering treats.

DUNIA BARU - Anchored

DUNIA BARU – Anchored

The next day saw the start of the race. How many yachts participated and who took the brand new ASR Winner’s Cup home for the very first time?

Four yachts participated in the race and there was some intense sailing during the racing with very close line honours so everybody had fun. The first winners of the ASR Cup were APHRODITE.

ASR 2016 Celebrations

ASR 2016 Celebrations

What is your overall feeling about the ASR?

The event is gaining momentum and people around the region are starting to recognise that this established event is fun for the owners and guests, this is a boutique style event, so sponsors are also limited thus giving the owners a relaxed environment where they can enjoy themselves. The resort is stunning and the food is world class, this makes it easy for guests to enjoy the Rendezvous. The captain of TIARA, Pascal Pellat-Finet has been to many events like the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous and his comments were that this is a well organised great event which will grow in stature like similar events which are already held in the Caribbean.

Fun Activities during ASR 2016

Fun Activities during ASR 2016

What benefits does it bring to the luxury superyacht tourism in this area?

Owners and managers are realising that they can bring their yachts to Asia and they will be safe. They see that other yachts are joining in on the Rendezvous and ask their captains to bring their yacht to Asia for next season. Some of the owners then decide to do a world cruise and head further East while some cruise around Thailand, Myanmar, Andaman Islands, the Seychelles and the Maldives before going back to the Med for the summer season.

Where would you want the event to be in 5 to 10 years time?

We would like to see more yachts attend the event but we recognise that this is a boutique style event and our main aim is to make sure that all the guests have a great time. There are already a lot more sailing and motor yachts in the area and we want to encourage others to visit this special place in the world.

Mr Gordon Fernandes of Asia Pacific Superyachts

Mr Gordon Fernandes of Asia Pacific Superyachts

Many thanks to Gordon for taking the time to answer our questions and we look forward to the next year’s Asia Superyacht Rendezvous. Keep following our news to find out the dates in 2017.