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Chairman Richard to Head America’s Cup World Series Development

March 21, 2012

The chairman of America’s Cup marketing arm is to become its head of world series development, permitting him to concentrate exclusively on finding new America’s Cup World Series venues as well as generating increased broadcast revenues from the promising growth of America’s Cup competitive sailing.

34th America´s Cup Yacht Race to be held in San Francisco in 2013

34th America´s Cup Yacht Race to be held in San Francisco in 2013

The America’s Cup Event Authority announced today that Richard Worth will become the head of America’s Cup World Series Development and spearhead what is becoming one of the most important efforts to grow the sport of sailing and the America’s Cup, bringing the race to new and old fans alike through television and the internet.

“I am excited about the opportunity to focus my efforts and help America’s Cup sailing to reach new audiences and advertisers,” Worth said. “The 34th America’s Cup and the Louis Vuitton Cup are established sporting properties but occur only every three or four years. Our challenge is to develop the World Series into a fantastic asset and this is the key to future growth of the sport internationally.”

In the interim, the CEO’s role will be filled by Stephen Barclay, a Board Member of the America’s Cup Event Authority.

With the television product now largely developed, the focus turns to developing the AC World Series as a sporting property, and as a result, Gary Lovejoy (Director of Media Production) will revert to a consultancy role before leaving the Event Authority in September. Stephen Barclay notes “the TV pictures are a real achievement of this edition of the America’s Cup. Finally, the sport of sailing looks like a sport when watched on TV and Gary has been the person who has led this development. We thank him for his enormous contribution”.

Denis Harvey will take on more responsibility in his role as Production Executive of America’s Cup Television as the Event Authority moves into the final three events of the inaugural America’s Cup World Series season. “This is an exciting time for capturing and distributing this racing to viewers and I am excited to participate in the effort,” said Harvey.

The next generation images that are capturing the world are enabled through high-definition cameras and microphones on each boat, bringing the live action directly to race fans watching online and on television. In addition, viewers are able to clearly see who’s leading a race through a helicopter shot that incorporates augmented reality, the LiveLine graphics system created by the same team that developed the yellow first-down line in American football telecasts.

The AC World Series Naples will be broadcast in the U.S. by Comcast SportsNet and in Europe by Sky Sports, Viasat, Canal+ and a main stream Italian broadcaster, amongst others, starting April 11, 2012. The AC World Series will be sailed in the wing-sailed catamaran yachts AC45.

The NBC Sports Group also will broadcast live, over-the-air races from the Louis Vuitton Cup and the America’s Cup Final between July 4 to September 22, 2013. The America’s Cup events of 2013 will be sailed in the next generation America’ s Cup boat, the AC72 yacht, more than double the size of an AC45 with its 131-foot mast.

45th Antigua Sailing Week: Entries fast approaching over 100 yachts

March 21, 2012

The entry list for the 45th Antigua Sailing Week is fast approaching over 100 yachts. There are just six weeks to go before the final curtain call of the Caribbean racing season. The Organising Committee is recruiting dozens of volunteers for the SWAT team (Sailing Week Antigua Team) to make sure that the Caribbean’s oldest and most prestigious regatta is a joy to behold.

Flying the Antiguan Flag - Sir Hugh Bailey's famous spinnaker on Hugo Bee. Photo Courtesy of Alan Aflak

Flying the Antiguan Flag - Sir Hugh Bailey's famous spinnaker on Hugo Bee. Photo Courtesy of Alan Aflak

Kathy Lammers ,  Chairman of the Regatta Organising Committee for Antigua Sailing Week comments:

“The management team is working flat out to deliver a great event and we are ready to have a bit of a celebration when we pass 100 entries. We know there are a lot of boats coming that have not entered yet and we would encourage them to submit their online entries now. If you haven’t got a ride for Antigua Sailing Week and want to come, there are still plenty of opportunities.”

“We are expecting as many as 2,000 visitors from abroad to come to Antigua Sailing Week and we intend to give them the best possible Antiguan experience.”

Tom Paterson was raised in Antigua and has lived here virtually all his life. He is well known to regulars to Antigua Sailing Week as the larger-than-life Master of Ceremonies at the Final Awards Presentation and Tom has an intimate knowledge of the event; he was Chairman of the Race Committee for 12 years:

“There are just too many happy memories to single one out,” admitted Tom.  “Antigua Sailing Week is what it is – it means so many things to so many people. I guess some of the most memorable battles on the water have been between Caribbean boats because Antigua Sailing Week marks the end of the regatta season. It has always been the time to settle old scores, until next time. I remember a great battle that I was involved in sailing with Carlo Falcone’s Caccia Alla Volpe up against Dougie Myers’ Legacy. Both boats were 44 feet and evenly matched. We even ended up toe-to-toe in the protest room but that was thrown out. Sadly, Dougie is no longer with us but the Legacy racing mark we use today is named after his boat. It’s great to see Caribbean boats returning to Antigua Sailing Week this year and I hope there will be many more.”

This year prior to Antigua Sailing Week, the Yachting World Round Antigua Race will take place on Saturday 28th April. The 50-mile race was previously a part of Antigua Sailing Week, but this year the race has been re-introduced as an optional race open to all yachts.

Peter Harrison’s 115-foot Farr-designed ketch Sojana holds the race record, completing the course in 4 hours, 37 minutes and 43 seconds in 2009. Sailing yacht Sojana will be back this year to defend her title but is expecting some serious competition as Sojana’s skipper, Marc Fitzgerald, explains:

Charter Yacht Sojana

Charter Yacht Sojana

“I was delighted to hear that the Yachting World Round Antigua Race is back. It is a great day out on the water for everyone involved and racing round Antigua is a fantastic race course. Given the right conditions, I think we can definitely better our own record. In 2009, we had good breeze but it never really got above 20 knots. We have also invested in better sails since that time and modified Sojana – we now have a bowsprit and we carry much larger spinnakers. Looking at the current scratch sheet, our closest competition will be the 92′ Maxi Med Spirit, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see a few other superyachts getting involved, which will make the race even more exciting. Sojana will have her usual crew including principle helmsman, Poul Hoj-Jensen, Antigua’s Karl James and possibly one or two other well-known sailors. We will be hoping that the trade winds deliver on the day and if they do, I am sure we will be in with a chance of beating the course record.”

Racing at Antigua Sailing Week starts on Sunday 29th April and concludes on Friday 4th May – five days of sizzling action on the foaming blue waters that Antigua is famous for. Every afternoon and evening the entire English Harbour area will be hopping with the sound of live music. Wednesday 2nd May is Lay Day and there will be a fun-filled party on Pigeon Beach and a few surprises in store.

Dubois 90 sailing yacht Genuine Risk to compete in the 2012 Rolex China Sea Race

March 20, 2012

Dubois 90 sailing yacht Genuine Risk owned by Geoff Hill is expected to race in the Rolex China Sea Race which starts on Wednesday 4 April. The Genuine Risk superyacht arrived last week and went straight to a yard to be commissioned. She is being put onto the water today.

Dubois 90 sailing yacht Genuine Risk

Dubois 90 sailing yacht Genuine Risk

Proud new owner Geoff Hill admits that time is his biggest challenge for the Rolex China Sea Race. “We will only have limited time to commission the boat and tune her up. The other challenge will of course be the putting together of an experienced crew and moulding them into a team. I’m fortunate in having a very good nucleus available from my Strewth team here in Hong Kong and I have been able to attract some very well credentialed Australian and American sailors with big boat experience,” says Hill.

Purchased in 2011, Geoff enthuses that the luxury yacht Genuine Risk is “an amazing boat” – built to state-of-the-art specifications in 2004 at a total cost in excess of US$8 million. Apart from her 2010/2011 campaign, Geoff is quick to point out “that she has been very lightly raced with only 1,200 engine hours on the clock – less than 50 days.” He picked her up for a song along with two containers full of gear and an entire suite of 2011 sails.

The Dubois 90 superyacht Genuine Risk is a step up for Hill as his new toy is nearly double the size of his TP52. With a canting keel, a 16 foot draft, huge sails and enormous power, Geoff and his crew will be dealing with a very different machine.

Sailing with Geoff across the China Sea will be one of Australia‘s most experienced and well-known yachtsmen, Syd Fischer – who will be leading Genuine Risk’s Australian programme later in the year. David Witt, a world-class yachtsman who previously ran Grant Wharington’s Skandia, will be leading a team of big boat sailors including Led Pritchard and two of Genuine Risk’s recent crew, including Bill Jenkins. Old Strewth crew, Alan Tillyer, Olivier Decamps, Adam Mowser (who will run the boat’s Hong Kong programme), Mark Fullerton, John Hall and Clyde Freeman are also expected to be on board.

Geoff is no stranger to the Rolex China Sea Race which this year celebrates its 50th Anniversary. He first did the Race in 2004 on John Leigh’s Farr 40 yacht Time. Subsequent Races were on his own boat and whilst he says he has enjoyed every Race so far, he admits “perhaps less so in 2008 when we lost the keel on Strewth”.

“I regard the Rolex China Sea Race as one of the true offshore blue water classics, and I have done most in the same category such as the Newport to Bermuda race because, unlike the Sydney to Hobart, you are genuinely offshore for most of the race. I also enjoy the fact that it’s a very tactical race and therefore you really need to get your navigation correct… particularly in the Philippines sector,” adds Geoff.

Hill is a great fan of the Rolex China Sea Race and is looking forward to the 2012 edition in particular: “Anniversaries are always important events and the 50th Rolex China Sea race is very important because it demonstrates the popularity of the event and its success in establishing itself as one of the premier world offshore races. I participated in the Rolex Sydney Hobart centenary race where we had over 200 vessels it would be great if we could get at least half this to reflect our 50 years.”

Once the issue of time has been conquered, Geoff looks to his next concerns:“My major competition will be firstly, as they always are, the sea and the weather as they will determine who wins the race. Having said this, the Rolex China Sea Race can often be a small boat race and on handicap there are plenty of contenders, ranging of course from Neil Pryde who has had a lock on first place with HiFi to Anthony Root on Red Kite II who has also been very successful. On handicap, you can never leave out Nick Burns and Fred Kinmonth’s EFG Bank Mandrake. As for first across the line… only Ludde Ingvall’s old Nicorette (which last raced in Hong Kong under the Audi ultra banner in the China Coast Regatta) stands in the way if she comes back to Hong Kong from Singapore,“ says Hill.

On that score, Ludde is indeed looking to bring his boat up for the Race and has put an entry form in: “I figure that this has to be the premium offshore race in Asia and a 50th Anniversary is a big deal. It would be a real gem of a race with two maxis. That would be a dream situation.”

Geoff is quick to agree with a ‘Battle Royal’ scenario: “It would be terrific. I would really like to see some of the other more competitive maxis like Wild Oats XI, Wild Thing, Ranger, Morning Glory and of course Investec Loyal come up for the Race too, but we will get the chance to race them later in the year if they don’t, as we will be taking the boat to Australia to do the Rolex Sydney to Hobart before bringing it back next year for the Asian circuit.”

“Hopefully the Genuine Risk yacht being based in Hong Kong will bring other Maxis to the region to compete. I am a firm believer that the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club sponsors two of the best races in the world – the Rolex China Sea Race and the VinaCapital Hong Kong to Vietnam Race. These are world-class events, as is the China Coast Regatta, and we need the international competition. Unfortunately one of the issues that we have today with a boat like Genuine Risk is finding a suitable place to keep her in Hong Kong, as there is a lack of big boat facilities; but we think we’ve got that sorted.”

34th America´s Cup: Energy Team stepping up the pace

March 19, 2012

Following the last competition in San Diego last November, Energy Team has slowly but surely continued to build its project, as it looks forward to the 34th America’s Cup. The next event on the World Series calendar will be held in just a few weeks from now in Naples in Italy from 7th to 15th April and the main aim of the French challenger will of course be to confirm the good results reached in San Diego last November.

Energy Team Photo Credit: Gilles Martin-Raget

Energy Team Photo Credit: Gilles Martin-Raget

For the moment, the team is hard at work on every level: racing, the technical aspects, strategy and marketing. As the line up for Naples is being drawn up, an announcement is expected soon about a major agreement, which will allow Energy Team to move up a gear.

Ambition, forward thinking and fast response are the principles behind the French challenger, which has led them to step up the pace and continue to adapt to the increasing importance of the event, planning for various situations and racing programmes in these economically challenging times, where adjustments are always necessary in terms of marketing and finance. After the preparation phase and the hard work done ashore, it is now time for training, commitment and battle out on the water.

Confirming the progress we saw in San Diego
Since the Energy Team project was launched, the goals have been clear and well-planned. They wish to achieve the highest level of racing in the AC45 and get up there with the top teams. Having already obtained two final places and climbed up on the podium several times last November in San Diego, the French showed that they were capable of doing battle with the finest in the world like Oracle or Emirates Team New Zealand. In Naples in April, they will have to confirm these achievements, but also build on their performance, in spite of a lack of training this winter. As Loïck Peyron explains, “We haven’t sailed together on the AC45 since the races in San Diego, but no one has been taking it easy, I can assure you. I took part in the Jules Verne Trophy during the winter and have just got back into the Extreme 40 circuit. Yann Guichard and other members of the team, like Christophe André trained in a MOD 70, while Arnaud Jarlegan confirmed his 18-foot European championship title.”

A new line-up for Naples
Although he will be there in Naples, Loïck Peyron will not be on board Energy Team and as in San Diego, he will be handing over the helm of the French boat to Yann Guichard. As for the crew, the British sailor Peter Greenhalgh will be replaced by the Swiss sailor Arnaud Psarofaghis. Loïck Peyron: “Peter is moving on, largely because of the difficulty we had in communicating on board. Even if Peter’s work has always been excellent, it is tricky talking two languages on the same boat in a race. I just hope that given his immense talent, we’ll be seeing him again in the circuit. The crew of Energy Team for Naples will therefore be entirely French-speaking, including Yann Guichard, Arnaud Jarlegan, Christophe André, Devan Le Bihan and Arnaud Psarofaghis.”

Men at work
The schedule for the French challenger has been drawn up to ensure they are ready in Naples and they will be beginning the training as soon as possible. The technical team has been in Valencia over the past few weeks and have been checking over the boat after she was stripped down in San Diego, so that everything has been verified now for the 2012 season. In Naples, to deal with the light conditions that are expected, the wings of the AC45 will be extended by an additional section at the top (5m2) allowing them to find some more wind higher up and obtain more power. Working along the same lines, Energy Team will be lining up in Naples with a new set of headsails, in order to be even more efficient in the light airs in Italy, first in Naples and then in Venice.

Making sure everything is perfect to get to the Louis Vuitton Cup in an AC72

Energy Team’s partners enable the French team to commit to the AC45 circuit until the final races planned for the summer of 2013 in San Francisco. But Energy Team is stepping up the pace (in terms of racing, communication, marketing and R&D), in able to be able to enter the AC72 circuit or at least to be in the best of shape in the AC45 circuit.

As Bruno Peyron explains, “We are looking at the idea of competing with a second AC45 next season, in order to build up a squad, which will form the basis of our AC72 crew. We are therefore continuing to do our utmost to be there in San Francisco for the2013 Louis Vuitton Cup. We know what is at stake and the conditions: we have the experience, credibility and the racing talent. Our design team and builders are capable of coming up with a great boat. Finally, a coherent marketing strategy and a suitable commercial product should ensure a good return on investment. Looking at the overall situation, our team is ready and able to do well at every level, so everything is in place to ensure the French are present in the next America’s Cup. I should add that we are committed to the long term and while our goal is to be present in the 34th America’s Cup, it is also to prepare for the next one. That is why we want to remain hard at it and we will be trying to get partners together around our exceptional project”.

Extreme Sailing Series™ 2013-2015 Host Venue Bid Process Starts

March 19, 2012

Following the successful first Act of this year’s Extreme Sailing Series™ 2012 yacht race at The Wave, Muscat in Oman, the OC ThirdPole is delighted to announce the opening of the next round of Host Venue selection process for prospective cities as well as regions that desire to host an event in 2013 and beyond. The award-winning and innovative circuit offers Host Venues with an important value-for-money destination marketing package, together with the direct economic benefits that each event brings to the host cities.

Extreme Sailing Series fleet racing only a few meters from the beach in Nice Credit Lloyd Images

Extreme Sailing Series fleet racing only a few meters from the beach in Nice Credit: Lloyd Images

In 2012, three new host venues of Porto (Portugal), Cardiff (UK), and Brazil (Brazilian venue to be confirmed at separate press announcement) have signed up to the circuit, as the fleet returns to previous host venues of Muscat (Oman), Qingdao (China), Istanbul (Turkey), Trapani (Italy), and Nice (France).

With UK, Brazil, Oman, China and Turkey already committed in 2013 as part of multi-year deals, there are three Host Venue slots available in the bid process for next year. The circuit will retain a core of European venues, but continue its development in to new markets across 4 continents.

The Extreme Sailing Series 2011. Act 2. Qingdao. China.  Credit: Lloyd Images

The Extreme Sailing Series 2011. Act 2. Qingdao. China. Credit: Lloyd Images

Bids will be evaluated on the same criteria that were applied to select the 2012 venues. These include first and foremost, a suitable and ideally ‘iconic’ venue that can facilitate the ‘stadium’ racing concept, strong support from local government and authorities, the ability to attract tens of thousands of spectators and a solid regional and national marketing and communications plan.

Fleet racing on the final day in front of the packed Race Village in Trapani Credit Lloyd Images

Fleet racing on the final day in front of the packed Race Village in Trapani Credit: Lloyd Images

All host venues enjoy the direct and indirect benefits of having thousands of spectators visiting the event, as Don Luciano Alonso, Minister of Tourism, Trade and Sports for the Andalucia government who invested for three years in the event explains: “The hotels were 90% full, 75,000 spectators watched the event… The results we have witnessed make it clear that we made the right decision when we bought the Extreme Sailing Series™ for Almeria.” An independent report commissioned by the region confirmed a 5 times ROI on their financial investment.

Each Act gives the Host Venue a global media platform to showcase the region and its waterside facilities to the world, as well as promote the sport of sailing within their local community. The Extreme Sailing Series™ strives also to leave a lasting legacy in each location, activating charitable, volunteer and ‘try sailing’ programmes for all ages and experience levels.

Extreme Sailing Series 2011. Act 3.Turkey . Istanbul Credit Lloyd Images

Extreme Sailing Series 2011. Act 3.Turkey. Istanbul Credit: Lloyd Images

Prior to the opening Act at The Wave, Muscat, Oman Sail, CEO, David Graham commented: “The value of hosting such events is enormous in terms of inspiring even more Omanis to discover sailing and writing the next chapter of Oman’s maritime history. We expect to bring many new visitors to Oman and many others to see the country through the global media coverage the event will generate.”

Extreme Sailing Series 2012. Act 1.The Wave Muscat. OmanCredit: Lloyd Images

Extreme Sailing Series 2012. Act 1. The Wave Muscat. Oman Credit: Lloyd Images

Closing date for the tender process is 18th May 2012, by 1st June a shortlist will be confirmed and final confirmations made by 29th June, ahead of announcing publicly the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series™ circuit dates and venues in September.

Motor yacht INSPIRATION B and yacht MARHABA available for charter at the Naples America’s Cup World Series 2012

March 19, 2012

Luxury motor yacht Inspiration B, a Custom Line 97 and the Ocea 33 metre commuter motor yacht Marhaba are available for charter at the Naples America’s Cup World Series from the 7th to the 15th of April 2012 in an exclusive “yachting pole position” in Naples. The yachts will be at the Naples America’s Cup World Series ready for a luxury yacht charter with no delivery fees. What a great chance to admire AC45 catamarans hitting speeds in excess of 20 knots, right out of the box!

Inspiration II motor yacht available for charter at the Naples America's Cup World Series 2012

Inspiration II motor yacht available for charter at the Naples America's Cup World Series 2012

Motor yacht Marhaba available for charter at the Naples America's Cup World Series 2012

Motor yacht Marhaba available for charter at the Naples America's Cup World Series 2012

The AC45 will allow all America’s Cup teams to grow their experience on wingsailed multihulls. The 45 will be used throughout 2012 in the America’s Cup World Series events. AC45 – designed by the ORACLE Racing design and engineering team – is an high-tech, grand prix race boat, powered by a wing that towers over 20 meters above the deck and has already demonstrated excellent performance in winds from 5 to 30 knots. The America’s Cup World Series allows the teams and their sailors to prepare for the Louis Vuitton Cup and the America’s Cup Finals. With the switch to the AC45 class of cutting-edge multihulls, powered by towering wingsails, this time on the race courses will benefit all of the sailors. Equally, the regattas are bringing America’s Cup racing to fans around the world and giving – in particular for Marhaba or Inspiration B charter guests – the opportunity to experience the action up close and personal.

Motor yacht Inspiration B is a 2006 29m (97′ 7″) CRN Ancona Custom Line 97 motor yacht with a smooth silhouette and interior styling that are the product of uncompromising expertise by in-house designers and engineers. Every aspect is both modern and sophisticated. INSPIRATION B offers a stylish contemporary interior as well as very good deck spaces with features such as large dining table on the aft deck and great sundeck with Spa Pool pool.

Magnificent views can be enjoyed through the newly designed panoramic windows in all of the guest cabins. A fully equipped bar is situated on the starboard side, and a spacious wine cooler is provided as an extra. The dining area onboard yacht INSPIRATION B provides seating for up to eight charter guests. At the touch of a button a 42-inch plasma TV with surround sound, folds down from the ceiling.

The Inspiration B motor yacht aft deck and fore deck are the ideal places to start your day, with breakfast in the open-air, or enjoy evening cocktails among friends whilst relaxing in your favourite bay.

M/Y INSIRATION B offers accommodation for 12 guests in 5 cabins with 5 crew in 3 cabins. Inspiration B’s Master Stateroom is located forward of the galley and saloon, and designed to the highest specification. This magnificent suite is provided with many extras including a wireless a B&O TV with surround sound, and Radiomarelli Playtime slave. The panoramic windows are fitted with remote controlled electric blinds, and an extra large shower unit is installed in the bathroom. In addition there is a two-seat sofa, vanity unit and walk in wardrobe.

The Inspiration B fly bridge means relaxation and fun. Enjoy a barbeque with friends or sit back in the Spa Pool. Fully equipped sundeck is designed for total relaxation and includes cooking facilities and a dining area for up to ten people.

Luxury motor yacht INSPIRATION B is available for yacht charters in the Western Mediterranean.

• Cruising speed: 24 knots
• Summer Location: West Mediterranean
• Low Season Rate (per week / Myba): € 65.000 (plus VAT if due)
• High Season Rate (per week / Myba): € 60.00 (plus VAT if due)

Motor yacht MARHABA is a 32,9m (108ft) “fast commuter” motor yacht built by Ocea Shipbuilding in 2007. M/Y MARHABA features exterior design and engineering by Joubert Nivelt.

The charter yacht MARHABA has an attractive, contemporary interior, decorated mainly in crisp white and navy blue, with attractive dark wood flooring. The comfortable salon boasts beautiful wooden floors and a large comfortable couch in a blue and white striped nautical theme creating a relaxed and modern ambiance, with a separate dining room for formal dining. She is able to accommodate 9 guests in 4 cabins located below decks including a master cabin with a double bed along with three twin bedded cabins.

Charter yacht MARHABA

Charter yacht MARHABA

CHARTER RATES High Season (July & August): € 48.000 per week/MYBA
Low Season (other periods): € 46.000 per week/MYBA
CRUISING AREA West Mediterranean and ACS in Naples

More about the Marhaba 108’ fast commuter motor yacht

The MARHABA motor yacht features a navy blue hull and timeless classic lines along with supreme exterior spaces offering several areas to dine or relax on sunbeds. The range of deck spaces offers different environments for outdoor living and dining including an attractive seating and dining area aft of the main deck, with a nicely laid out sun deck, comprising a central lounge and dining area, a sunbathing area aft and ample sun pads forward of the bridge, where you can retire to soak up some sun with a cold drink and a glorious view.

The upper deck can accommodate 12 guests at the dining table and plenty more for larger social gatherings. The aft deck also has an al fresco dining table covered from the elements.

The MARHABA motor yacht has a range of indoor amenities, including Internet / Wifi, TV, DVD and CD players. If you enjoy water sports, motor yacht MARHABA offers a good selection of water sports equipment, including a 5.5m Zodiac Medline Tender, a Seadoo Jetski (3 seater), a Seabob, a Canoe, a Donut, a Banana, Water Skis and Snorkeling Gear.

The very elegant “fast commuter” yacht MARHABA is available for luxury yacht charters along the Cote d’Azur and throughout the Western Mediterranean. Motor yacht MARHABA has 4 crew, and cruises at an average speed of 12 knots, reaching a maximum of 15 knots. She measures 32.79m in length with a beam of 6.8m and a draft of 1.90m.

Contact the CharterWorld team here for more inormation in chartering motor yacht INSPIRATION B and yacht MARHABA for the Naples America’s Cup World Series 2012.

2nd annual Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous, March 14-17, 2012

March 16, 2012

Victor International, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) as well as Boat International Media have once again put their forces together to present the second edition of the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous, running from March 14 to 17, 2012 in the British Virgin Islands (BVI).

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous 2

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous

The highlight of the Caribbean season, this exclusive four-day event, for superyacht owners and their guests, celebrates the opening of the highly anticipated Yacht Club Costa Smeralda Virgin Gorda (YCCS VG), the premier superyacht marina base in the Caribbean. The clubhouse debuted this season, marking the official completion of the new yacht club and marina. Developed by Victor International to the highest standards of design and construction, YCCS VG is linked to the new Oil Nut Bay Luxury Resort Community and Beach Club, and Biras Creek, a Relais & Chateau property.

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2012 Race Day 1:  FIREFLY - Image Carlo Borlenghi

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2012 Race Day 1: FIREFLY - Image Carlo Borlenghi

The Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous brings together the world’s yacht enthusiasts to take advantage of the best cruising waters in the Caribbean. A stellar fleet of 28 sailing and motor superyachts are in attendance to enjoy four days of racing, cruising, and fabulous parties and receptions. The privileged guests of this unique event are among the first to experience this magnificent Clubhouse at YCCS VG as well as enjoy the new Oil Nut Bay Beach Club.

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2012 Race Day 1: ZEFIRO - Photo Carlo Borlenghi

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2012 Race Day 1: ZEFIRO - Photo Carlo Borlenghi

With an idyllic location strategically positioned in the protected waters of the North Sound, Virgin Gorda – one of the safest, natural harbors in the Caribbean – YCCS VG is situated to take full advantage of the region’s renowned sailing waters. The superyacht racing portion of the event is organized by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, the renowned yachting association known for running international top-class sporting and superyacht events.

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2012 Race Day 1:  MARIE - Photo credit Carlo Borlenghi

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2012 Race Day 1: MARIE - Photo credit Carlo Borlenghi

New to the regatta for 2012 is the addition of a catamaran category. The race is now divided into three classes: performance, cruising and catamaran, with a fleet of the world’s fastest yachts competing to win the perpetual silver cup made by Garrard of London – the Boat International Media Trophy. Among those participating are the 49.7m  sailing yacht Zefira, the 42m superyacht Hanuman – a sailing yacht of the year; last year’s regatta winner; the 34m Classic 1973 Burger motor yacht Chanticleer and M/Y Icon, among many others.

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous

Set amidst lush landscapes, pristine beaches and protected anchorages, the new yacht club & marina features easy access to the best of what BVI has to offer. Echoing the YCCS tradition of excellence, YCCS VG offers exceptional amenities and hospitality services including an external bar, pool, boutique, gym, wine bar and a restaurant capable of hosting up to 150 guests.

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2012 Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Virgin Gorda

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2012 Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Virgin Gorda - Photo Carlo Borlenghi

The state-of-the-art Marina boasts 38 slips for yachts up to 100 meters length and 9 meters draft and features extensive on-board provisioning services, crew facilities and on-site customs clearance. Yacht owners and guests also have access to Biras Creek Resort facilities including fine dining, a spa, beach and sports activities.

Victor International, creator of Oil Nut Bay, a premier resort community set on a private peninsula on the eastern tip of Virgin Gorda, is an internationally-respected luxury real estate developer, based in the BVI and USA. The epitome of “life on vacation”, Oil Nut Bay is emerging as one of the hottest living opportunities in the Caribbean providing an unparalleled experience for those seeking barefoot luxury coupled with the intimate feeling of private island living. Only accessible by helicopter or boat, this pristine 300 acre, low- density property offers whole ownership for only 88 families. Oil Nut Bay brings together distinctive architecture, stunning natural beauty and a host of world-class amenities including a new Beach Club (officially open this season).

Oil Nut Bay

Oil Nut Bay

“I am thrilled to partner with Boat International Media, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and now Loro Piana to once again host this prestigious event,” says David V. Johnson, chairman of Victor International. “Combining this premier yacht club & marina with one of the finest real estate developments in the Caribbean, coupled with the annual Regatta & Rendezvous event, we have created an unparalleled Caribbean resort destination that brings the BVI to the forefront of the international stage.”

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2012: YCCS Virgin Gorda hosts the Superyacht fleet

March 16, 2012

Twenty eight sail and motor superyachts, competing in the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous, running these days (March 14-17) are hosted by the YCCS Virgin Gorda.

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous

The second edition of this event organised by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and Boat International Media has attracted some of the most powerful and iconic sailing yachts on the water for three days of racing, expertly organised by the YCCS Race Committee under the leadership of Principal Race Officer Peter Craig.

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous 2012 Race Day 1- MARIE

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous 2012 Race Day 1- MARIE

Jim Clark is back to defend his title with the 138’ J-Class sailing yacht Hanuman built by Royal Huisman, competing against Vitters’ 145’ superyacht Lady B and the 115’ fast charter yacht Sojana which return as challengers in 2012.

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2012 Race Day 1:  FIREFLY - Photo: © Carlo Borlenghi

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2012 Race Day 1: FIREFLY - Photo: © Carlo Borlenghi

Racing alongside Lady B will be four other Dubois designed yachts: the 147’ fast luxury charter yacht Salperton IV, 128’ charter yacht Ganesha and 163’ superyacht Zefira – all built by Fitzroy Yachts – and the 120’ charter yacht Bliss from Yachting Developments.

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2012Race Day 1:  LADY B - Photo: © Carlo Borlenghi

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2012Race Day 1: LADY B - Photo: © Carlo Borlenghi

Bob Eichler, owner of the 96’ Altair yacht – participating in his first superyacht regatta – is thrilled to be in the BVI for this exclusive event: “It’s absolutely amazing. The YCCS is fabulous and beyond my expectations,” he said. The owners of the Zefira, meanwhile, wished fair winds for all and declared: “May the best man win!”

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous 3

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous

New entries completing the fleet are the 101’ Wally superyacht Indio, the Philippe Briand designed 125’ charter yacht P2, Huisman’s 114’ Billy Budd, the 179’ Marie superyacht built by Vitters and Classen Shipyard’s 115’ new F-class Firefly yacht.

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2012Race Day 1: ZEFIRA - Photo: © Carlo Borlenghi

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2012Race Day 1: ZEFIRA - Photo: © Carlo Borlenghi

As the sailing yachts prepare for three days of racing around the stunning archipelago, an impressive display of motor yachts will be turning out to follow the fleet and enjoy the spectacle of the regatta, as well as enjoying their own social programme alongside the sailing during the day.

The event began in the evening on 15th March with motor and sailing yacht owners coming together at the YCCS clubhouse for welcome cocktails and a BBQ on the lawn, with crew participating in the Mount Gay Cocktail Competition on the dock. Racing begins today at 1100 AST, with the current forecast suggesting a perfect day for racing with winds averaging 15 knots.

Fitzroy Superyachts attending the BVI and St Barths regattas

March 16, 2012

The prominent NZ shipbuilder, Fitzroy Yachts announces its attendance at this year´s BVI as well as St. Barths yacht regattas, with a presence of such important sailing yachts as Zefira, Salperton, Artemis, Inmocean, Ganesha and Moonbird. The  Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous, is being held at the moment (March 14-17) and the St. Barths Bucket Regatta, will take place from March 22 to 25.

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous Fleet

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous Fleet

Fitzroy superyachts competing in the Caribbean Regattas 2012 include:

ZEFIRA
49.7m sailing yacht Zefira is a beautiful fast cruising sloop and the largest vessel built by Fitzroy Yachts to date. The Dubois designed Zefira is extremely spacious and stylish vessel, featuring lovely interior by renowned Remi Tessier.

49.7m luxury sailing yacht ZEFIRA

49.7m luxury sailing yacht ZEFIRA

SALPERTON IV
Launched in 2009, the 45m luxury charter yacht Salperton IV is another magnificent fast cruising sloop, representing impeccable workmanship throughout. With naval architecture by Dubois and interior design by Adam Lay Studio, Salperton IV is practical, spacious as well as light.

Fitzroy 45m charter yacht Salperton IV

Fitzroy 45m charter yacht Salperton IV

ARTEMIS (ex Salperton III)
Dubois designed 44m superyacht Artemis is a sleek super-low profile fast cruising sloop launched in 2007. Artemis is a vessel of distinctive pedigree as well as luxury, offering modern and stylish interior by Adam Lay Studio.

44m superyacht Artemis (ex Salperton III)

44m superyacht Artemis (ex Salperton III)

INMOCEAN
At 41m, the Inmocean superyacht represents a classic style sloop with an easy flowing sheerline and classic ends. Launched in 2008, Inmocean is another spectacular Dubois design, featuring spacious and comfortable interior by Adam Lay Studio.

41m IMMOCEAN superyacht

41m IMMOCEAN superyacht

GANESHA (ex Zulu)
Truly an exceptional vessel, the 38.9m charter yacht Ganesha was launched in 2006 as the third Dubois performance sloop designed for Fitzroy Yachts. Featuring amazing interior by Redman Whiteley Dixon, Ganesha is a direct and refined development from her slightly smaller twin, the 37.48m charter yacht Ludynosa G.

38.9m superyacht Ganesha (ex Zulu)

38.9m luxury charter Ganesha (ex Zulu)

MOONBIRD (ex Midnight)
Luxury charter yacht Moonbird measures 37 metres in lenght over all and was launched in 2003. Moonbird (ex Midnight) boasts striking black and silver exterior by Dubois, while her splendid interior is by Dick Young Design.

37m luxury yacht MOONBIRD (ex Moonlight)

37m luxury charter yacht MOONBIRD (ex Moonlight)

39th International Rolex Regatta: Sailing yachts from all corners of the world

March 16, 2012

The International Rolex Regatta reflects in its name a tradition of attracting sailing teams from all corners of the world, and from this perspective its 2012 edition is expected to be the most diverse ever, with entries from the USA, Russia, Sweden, The Netherlands, Monaco and beyond.

International Rolex Regatta 2011 - Photo by Rolex/St. Thomas Yacht

The International Rolex Regatta 2011 - Photo by Rolex/St. Thomas Yacht

The three-day event, scheduled for March 23-25, is hosted by St. Thomas Yacht Club, which for 39 years has devoted itself to producing this regatta’s famed offerings:  three days of high-quality racing and serious fun in an inspiringly scenic island atmosphere.

The International Rolex Regatta is one of only two in a line-up of several springtime Caribbean regattas to host dedicated racing under the internationally recognized IRC handicap system, which results in some of the world’s best sailors and grand-prix racing machines finding their way to the starting line.

Among them this year will be Lord Irvine Laidlaw of Monaco and his new 52-foot Reichel/Pugh designed Highland Fling yacht. Sailing with him will be America’s Cup notables Peter Holmberg, who is serving as tactician and also is renowned as St. Thomas’s homegrown Olympic medalist, and the USA’s Matt Wachowicz and Mike Toppa, serving as navigator and trimmer, respectively.

The remainder of the crew hails from Australia, the United Kingdom, and South Africa, with most counting this as their first time competing at the International Rolex Regatta.

Sailing yacht Green Boat - Photo by Rolex/St. Thomas Yacht

Sailing yacht Green Boat - Photo by Rolex/St. Thomas Yacht

“We are a brand new boat, and a good result would be a bonus,” said Holmberg, confirming that his team is looking forward to racing around the islands with the other 52-footers entered, including Ashley Wolfe’s (CAN) Mayhem and Peter Cunningham’s (Cayman Islands) PowerPlay.  “The other 52s are more refined and sorted, so I expect them to have the advantage.  That being said, some smart ideas were put into our design, and hopefully they will start showing their merit.”

Also racing under IRC will be International Rolex Regatta veteran Bill Alcott, who will be sailing his newly acquired Farr 65 sailing yacht Equation (formerly Rosebud, the 2007 Rolex Sydney Hobart winner).

“We are still basically an amateur-sailed boat,” said Alcott, who thinks his new Equation is a “bucking bronco” compared to the Andrews 68 Equation yacht he owned prior to this, “but necessarily, there are a few more professionals onboard to supplement the same gang I’ve been sailing with for years. Racing the world’s best 52 footers is going to be tough, but it’s hard to call; more than likely, the game is going to go to who makes fewer mistakes.”

Also in IRC, an international team from Russia will be led by Alexander Markarov aboard the chartered X-65 Karuba 5 yacht. “We have some very experienced sailors, but we have intermediate and beginners, too,” said Markarov. “We’re looking forward to joining the permanent crew on Karuba 5 and hope she will perform well in competition with the other very serious crews and great boats.”

One of Karuba 5’s main competitors will be Bob Erixon’s (SWE) 81-foot Maxi Rothmans yacht. Originally built to compete in the 89-90 Whitbread Round the World race, the legendary yacht has been restored to its original form and will be skippered by Sweden’s Klabbe Nylöf, with navigator Torsten Ulfeld and tactician Patrik Salén joining Erixon in the afterguard.

“The expectations of this regatta are to get in some fun and interesting races, with great winds in nice weather conditions,” said Veronica Widell, a spokesperson for the team. “What attracted the team to this event was that they have heard a lot of good things about the regatta. The event has a great reputation, and Klabbe Nylöf has participated in the Rolex Regatta before; he had a great time and wanted to do it again.”

Currently, the St Thomas Yacht Club anticipate dividing the fleet into two IRC classes, four classes for CSA (Caribbean Sailing Association) handicap racing and one each for IC-24s and Beach Cats. There is an 1100 AST start time for each day, beginning with Friday’s picturesque and traditional distance races from the east end of St. Thomas to Charlotte Amalie Harbour and back.

The tactically demanding Pillsbury Sound Race in and among the cays of St. Thomas and St. John is Sunday’s highlight. This “Sunday drive” has decided final standing in most classes in each of the last five years. The culmination of the International Rolex Regatta’s lively competition is a presentation on Sunday of coveted Rolex timepieces to winners in select classes.