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South Pacific Yacht Charter now supported by South Pacific Superyachting

June 30, 2015

Some great news for an increasingly popular South Pacific yacht charter, now supported by the newly formed South Pacific Superyachting. This was officially launched on Friday, June 26, 2015, at the annual Superyacht Australia Tahiti Rendezvous event, hosted by Marina Taina.

A breath-taking South Pacific yacht holiday location - Fiji

A breath-taking South Pacific yacht holiday location – Fiji

Formed by NZ Marine, Port Denarau Marina, Fiji, Tourism Tahiti and Superyacht Australia, South Pacific Superyachting sees Tahiti, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia promote the region as one cohesive destination, in the way that the Mediterranean and Caribbean act as large cruising grounds beyond the borders of the nations that form them.

Hamilton Island - Great Barrier Reef Hill Inlet Whitehaven - Photo courtesy of South Pacific Superyachting

Hamilton Island – Great Barrier Reef Hill Inlet Whitehaven – Photo courtesy of South Pacific Superyachting

“Working as a cohesive unit to encourage yachts to and through the South Pacific is a step that will produce real benefits for superyacht marine and tourism industries within the region,” says Nigel Skeggs, of Fiji’s Port Denarau Marina.

With well established routes and clear communication on how to best make the most of the region, yachts will circulate more, stay longer and – crucially – entertain more guests during their time in the region.”

Crew from yachts cruising the region gather in Marina Taina to hear the announcement

Crew from yachts cruising the region gather in Marina Taina to hear the announcement

“Joining forces to market the region as one cruising destination was the logical step forward for the South Pacific nations,” says Peter Busfield, CEO of NZ Marine, who along with Tourism NZ has developed the South Pacific Superyachting logo and brand story for this project.

The region has everything a yacht requires from cruising grounds – on land entertainment and world class boatbuilding and refit facilities.”

Destinations within the region have all worked hard to promote their own cruising grounds, and as a by-product of that promotion, we promote the greater region. The four countries offer sheltered coves, diverse tourism experiences, first-class superyacht marinas and of course thousands of unpopulated islands and pristine beaches for yacht owners, family and friends to explore and enjoy, says Maryanne Edwards, CEO of Superyacht Australia.

Beautiful South Pacific Yacht Charter Experiences - Photo courtesy of South Pacific Superyachting

Beautiful South Pacific Yacht Charter Experiences – Photo courtesy of South Pacific Superyachting

The governments of the four major Pacific countries now have user-friendly rules that allow yachts to visit each country for a longer period of time, and passage from one country to the other is as simple as possible. The South Pacific also provides luxury charter yachts with an exciting, relatively untouched and very desirable location to add to their marketing mix, and that is something South Pacific Superyachting will be helping them achieve.

Visit the South Pacific region on board a luxury charter yacht - Photo courtesy of South Pacific Superyachting

Visit the South Pacific region on board a luxury charter yacht – Photo courtesy of South Pacific Superyachting

“The plan for marine industries of Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and the islands of Tahiti to collaborate in promoting the South Pacific as a destination for visiting superyachts is a great idea, in addition to each country’s own promotion to attract high net worth visitors from around the world,” says Tahiti Tourisme chief executive officer Paul Sloan.

The aim of the group is to double both the number of superyachts that presently reach the South Pacific each year, and the number of days they spend in the region by 2018. The most important is to ensure that the region provides strong appeal for both private and charter yachts, and the parties involved are active in streamlining charter yacht entry laws between countries.

DYNAMIQ – A new category of Superyachts

June 30, 2015

Officially launched at the Yacht Club de Monaco last week, DYNAMIQ presents a new category of superyachts: grand touring vessels for spirited long-distance journeys in supreme comfort and style, fully customizable through an online configurator, allowing clients to select everything straight on the company’s website. In 2014, the keel of the first DYNAMIQ D4 yacht was laid at the NCA shipyard in Carrara, Italy. Her construction is currently well underway, with launch and delivery scheduled for Summer 2016. She will be showcased at the Monaco Yacht Show 2016.

DYNAMIQ D4 Yacht in Bright Atlantic Blue

DYNAMIQ D4 Yacht in Bright Atlantic Blue

Taking inspiration from GT car philosophy, DYNAMIQ series superyachts are designed and equipped for everything from relaxing family cruising to vibrant deck parties. They offer maximum speeds of over 20 knots, a huge sun deck and ocean-going autonomy.  The top-class 120 square metre sundeck has been carefully designed with five versatile zones: an aft sunbathing area, an al-fresco dining area with optional home theatre, a bar and barbecue zone, a spa pool, as well as a forward sunbathing area, that can also be specified as an optional exterior gym.

DYNAMIQ D4 superyacht in Bright Atlantic Blue - aft view

DYNAMIQ D4 superyacht in Bright Atlantic Blue – aft view

Luxury motor yacht DYNAMIQ D4 - Sundeck

Luxury motor yacht DYNAMIQ D4 – Sundeck

DYNAMIQ has called this new category of yachts GTT – Gran Turismo Transatlantic. They are available in three base models: the 38,6m (127’) D4 base model and S4 sport version, as well as the lengthened 40m (132’) D4 L limousine version.  With a hull developed by the top Dutch naval architects Azure and optimisation by world-renowned hydrodynamic specialists Van Oossanen, the overall interior design has been realised by the prestigious London-based design studio Bannenberg & Rowell, and features an elegant, contemporary base style.

Superyacht DYNAMIQ S4 GTS Yellow

Superyacht DYNAMIQ S4 GTS Yellow

DYNAMIQ range of Superyachts

DYNAMIQ range of Superyachts

To be built in aluminium to the highest standards of comfort, safety and emission control, all three superyacht models feature RINA Comfort Class and Green Star Plus notations, as well as LY3 commercial code equivalence. They provide deluxe accommodation in four or five guest cabins, with crew quarters for six crew members.

Superyacht DYNAMIQ D4 under construction - May 2015

Superyacht DYNAMIQ D4 under construction – May 2015

“Our goal was to create a next generation yacht for a new era – efficient, clean, easy to order and customize. And that’s what Dynamiq is all about,” explains Sergei Dobroserdov, the company’s founder and CEO.

Heading to Monaco this summer? Don’t miss the SOLAR 1 race from July 9-11

June 26, 2015

If you happen to be in Monaco on a superyacht charter holiday or for any other reason between 9-11 July this summer, you might want to check out the second edition of the Solar 1 race, set against the backdrop of some of the most beautiful yachts on display in the Principality of Monaco. Why not include this fantastic event in your luxury yacht charter itinerary and enjoy the great atmosphere and excitement of the races, as well as learn more about solar-powered boats and energy efficiency in the boating industry.

SOLAR 1 Race 2014 @Franc TERLIN

SOLAR 1 Race 2014 in the lovely Monaco yacht charter location @Franck TERLIN

For the second consecutive year, the Yacht Club de Monaco is expected to host this contest, destined for competitive solar-powered boats, designed and driven by students from international universities. The race will be attended by around 30 entrants from a dozen nationalities.

The race highlights a long-established maritime tradition of innovation and commitment by the Principality and its Yacht Club to be a key player in the environmental protection field. History is repeating itself with the Yacht Club’s President, Prince Albert II, who wants to encourage a new generation of groundbreaking boats that are more respectful of the marine environment.

SOLAR CUP @FranckTerlin

SOLAR CUP hosted by the Yacht Club de Monaco @Franck Terlin

Sergei Dobroserdov, Director of Solar1 and the man who initiated the project, comments: “We at Solar1 love innovations and try to support them as much as we can. Last year we had a huge success with the first Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup with 25 teams participating and almost 300 team members who came to Monaco from all over the world. Thanks to the Yacht Club de Monaco, we have the opportunity to continue this year and organise the latest in solar racing! Monaco is a pioneer in giving the new generation such an opportunity, while at the same time communicating the importance of renewable energy sources to preserve our planet.”

The three-day event will see these ‘green’ boats attend a slalom course, fleet race and one-on-one sprints. The boats are able to reach impressive speeds of up to 30 knots – run only by the sun, giving the impression of flying over the water.

SOLAR CUP @Franck Terlin

SOLAR CUP @Franck Terlin

Bernard d’Alessandri, General Secretary of the Yacht Club de Monaco, says: “It seems to me essential that we encourage any initiative in favour of the future of our industry. This technology being developed by a new generation of engineers suggests it could soon be applied to leisure boats, including the biggest yachts. A promising message for the future…”

Great Promotional Video of Five-Star Marina di Stabia

June 19, 2015

The five-star Marina di Stabia, an MDL Mediterranean Network marina, is an enchanting Naples yacht holiday destination, positioned in Italy. Boasting a new generation facility with 900 berths for superyachts measuring up to 100m in LOA, the marina is based in the center of one of the world’s most prestigious tourist areas, close to Sorrento, Amalfi and Ravello. A great promotional video of the marina can be found here below.

Mixing up modern style with efficiency, Marina di Stabia is a safe and secure international marina, boasting a dedicated and friendly team of professionals ensuring year round, high quality service and assistance. Moreover, the Long Lease Sale of the berths in the marina has been recently launched by MDL Italy, offering the berth places with a 5, 10 or 30 year lease. This is a great option for those who wish to enjoy more than just the summer in the popular Mediterranean superyacht charter location.

Nauta Yachts Founders Awarded as ‘Pioneers of the Boating Industry’

June 19, 2015

June 5, 2015, during the annual convention of Ucina, the Italian Boat Builders Association, saw Mario Pedol and Massimo Gino, Nauta Yachts founders, receive the “Pioneers of the Boating Industry” award in the category “Designers, for their contribution to the promotion of pleasure yachting in the world”.

Nauta Yachts Founders Awarded as ‘Pioneers of the Boating Industry’ - Photo courtesy of UCINA

Nauta Yachts Founders Awarded as ‘Pioneers of the Boating Industry’ – Photo courtesy of UCINA

Composed of different categories, such as Managers, Craftsmen, Journalists and Designers, that have been active in the boating business for at least 30 years, the prize recognizes their professionalism, skills, as well as quality of their work.

This year saw Nauta Yachts christen its largest sailing yacht, the Baltic 116’ superyacht Doryan, on top of the Baltic 115’ super yacht Nikata, Southern Wind 103’ #4, Southern Wind 94’ #3, Advanced 80’ yacht Apsaras, as well as Cantiere delle Marche CDM Nauta Air 90’ motor yacht Noga.

Nauta Air 90' Yacht NOGA by CdM

Nauta Air 90′ Yacht NOGA by CdM

The Nauta studio is presently working on their sailing flagship, a full carbon Baltic 130 yacht, and has four new projects in build at the Southern Wind Shipyard that total 370 feet in length all together. Moreover, the studio has two vessels under construction at Cantieri delle Marche, the CDM Nauta Air 108’ and the CDM Nauta Air 111’, in addition to the first Moonen Martinique 120’ yacht, boasting Nauta Design interiors.

Rendering of Baltic 130 Custom Yacht with launch in 2016

Rendering of Baltic 130 Custom Yacht with launch in 2016

At the moment in the design phase are a 115’ sloop, the all-new Grand Soleil 58’ for Cantiere del Pardo; new Oceanis models for the Bénéteau Group, as well as the new 2016 catamarans for Lagoon. Nauta is also presently working on the design of three very large superyachts for private owners under strict confidentiality.

More Nauta Design charter yachts.

6th Perini Navi Cup exclusively dedicated to Beautiful Perini Navi Yachts

June 18, 2015

Perini Navi has proudly announced the 6th edition of the Perini Navi Cup. Exclusively dedicated to Perini Navi yachts, this popular Mediterranean regatta will be hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) in the fabulous Sardinia yacht holiday location – Porto Cervo from September 2 to 5, 2015.

Perini Navi Cup from above hosted by the gorgeous Porto Cervo yacht charter destination

Perini Navi Cup from above hosted by the gorgeous Porto Cervo yacht charter destination

This year’s event will be attended by approximately 15 Perini Navi yachts, competing in the azure waters of North-East Sardinia, following the new ORC SY handicapping rule, with a full race program organized by the YCCS international race committee. In addition, there will be once again a rich program of post-race events.

Luxury sailing superyachts by Perini Navi at the Perini Navi Cup

Luxury sailing superyachts by Perini Navi at the Perini Navi Cup

The event is expected to host the latest launches such as super sloop Perseus^3 and charter yacht Seahawk, both representing the newly developed 60m series. They will be joined by such outstanding vessels as: the 46m ketch Aquarius, the 56m sloop Bayesian (ex Salute), the 45m sloop Clan VIII, the 25m sloop Elettra, the 40m charter yacht Ellen, the 52m ketch Jasali II, the 38m charter yacht P2, the 56m charter yacht Rosehearty, the 64m charter yacht Spirit of the C’s (ex Felicita West), the 52m sloop Squall, the 30m charter yacht Xnoi, as well as the 88m charter yacht The Maltese Falcon – the most iconic sailing yacht in the world.

88m charter yacht The Maltese Falcon at the Perini Navi Cup

88m charter yacht The Maltese Falcon at the Perini Navi Cup

The Perini Navi Cup 2015 announcement video can be found here below:

More charter yachts built by Perini Navi.

New J Class Sailing Yacht TOPAZ (J8) splashes at Holland Jachtbouw

June 18, 2015

The new J Class sailing yacht TOPAZ, previously known as J8, has recently splashed at the Holland Jachtbouw’s shipyard in Zaandam, on the outskirts of Amsterdam. Magnificently penned by Hoek, superyacht TOPAZ has been built with a reduced wetted surface and higher keel aspect ratio to the longest waterline length yet to be seen in a J Class yacht.

J Class super yacht TOPAZ (J8) just launched at Holland Jachtbouw

J Class super yacht TOPAZ (J8) just launched at Holland Jachtbouw

Topaz will soon start her commissioning sea trials with the project teams from HJB and Cornelsen and Partner, the project managers, as well as the naval architects from the Hoek office.

The all-new luxury yacht TOPAZ brings the J Class Association’s fleet to 8 yachts on the water.

More charter yachts built by Holland Jachtbouw.

Ultimate Yachting and Superyacht Charter Destination, New Zealand teams up with Superyacht Cup Palma

June 17, 2015

For the first time, the Superyacht Cup Palma will be marked by the partnership with the ultimate yachting and superyacht charter destination, New Zealand. As ‘Destination Partner’, the 100% PURE New Zealand team’s presence at the prestigious long-running regatta will aim to additionally promote New Zealand as the superyacht hub of the South Pacific and increase awareness of New Zealand as a world class cruising and luxury yacht charter destination.

A spectacular New Zealand yacht charter destination - Image by Miles Holden - Courtesy of Tourism New Zealand

A spectacular New Zealand yacht charter destination – Image by Miles Holden – Courtesy of Tourism New Zealand

A record number of 57 superyachts visited New Zealand from April 2014 to March 2015 –  the highest number of superyacht visits since the America’s Cup in 2000, when approximately 90 to 100 superyachts visited Auckland’s shore.

Beyond Auckland lies 14,000km of fabulous coastline set against a backdrop of fantastic and diverse landscapes within short cruising distances, with the luxury experiences to match.

Alloy super yacht Blue Too (ex Charlatan) under sail

Alloy super yacht Blue Too (ex Charlatan) under sail

Intelligently-crafted legislation, like the 24-month Temporary Import Entry for yachts, enables yachts to undergo refit, owner cruises, as well as charters and reap the benefits of GST-free refits and goods purchases during their visit of up to two years.

Moreover, the new and flexible rules now allow visiting superyachts to charter in New Zealand waters, offering a unique opportunity to those who wish to have a brief taste of what New Zealand has to offer as well as an amazing business opportunity for luxury charter yachts and management companies seeking a competitive edge outside the traditional, saturated cruising regions.

Luxury yacht Perseus3 with sail fibre by Doyle Sails New Zealand to participate in the Superyacht Cup Palma for the first time - Photo by G. Sargentini

Luxury yacht Perseus3 with sail fibre by Doyle Sails New Zealand to participate in the Superyacht Cup Palma for the first time – Photo by G. Sargentini

New Zealand technology will be well-represented in this year’s regatta. Constructed by the New Zealand-based shipyard Alloy Yachts, superyacht Blue Too will be present at the event, along with the newly launched mega yacht Perseus^3, participating for the first time. Perseus^3 boasts the biggest single sail ever made, at 2,602 square meters using Stratis – a sail fibre invented by Doyle Sails New Zealand.

100% Pure New Zealand is brought to the Superyacht Cup Palma by Tourism New Zealand, NZ Marine, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Foreign Flagged Superyacht Charter to Boost in Sydney Harbour

June 16, 2015

The recent changes to Australian maritime legislation have been warmly welcomed by d’Albora Marinas, Australia‘s leading supplier of marina berths. The changes will enable foreign flagged superyacht charter to boost in Sydney Harbour.

d'Albora Marinas The Spit Marina Refurbishment

d’Albora Marinas The Spit Marina Refurbishment

As stated by CEO of d’Albora Marinas, Brett Bolton, the changes represent an amazing start. They involve simplifying requirements for luxury yacht charters in Australia by removing the requirement to fully import a foreign flagged vessel.

“We promote tourism to our harbours, yet until now, legislation had not been updated to reflect the emergence of superyachts wanting to cruise in Australia. Like Tourism Australia, a key focus for us is to make it easier for superyachts to stay longer in Australia and enjoy the fantastic facilities we have to offer both owners and crew,” Mr Bolton said.

d’Albora Marinas The Spit can presently accommodate yachts measuring up to 80-90 feet in length, however, following completion of the marina’s redevelopment scheduled for August 2015, yachts measuring up to 131 feet will be able to berth at the popular facility at The Spit, strengthening Sydney’s capability to host superyachts.

“It stands to reason that when times change, legislation often needs to follow. For instance, when d’Albora Marinas The Spit was operating some thirty-plus years ago, thirty foot used to be largest boats you’d see out on the harbour. Now however, you’d find it hard to find one this size on the water at all as this size has since been superseded many times over,” he added.

The redevelopment of The Spit is currently in full swing, being performed in stages to minimise disruption to existing clients, who will still have access to all the usual services.

Unveiled in May 2015, the eagerly awaited upgrade to The Spit’s berthing capability will increase the number of berths to 200, expanding the marina’s capacity by 35 berths. This will reinforce the marina’s position as a leading marina in Sydney’s lower north shore.

The Federal Government announcement was also greatly appreciated by Superyacht Australia, who has been lobbying the government for changes to the chartering regulations for the past five years.

As stated by Superyacht Australia CEO, M. Edwards, the recent announcement was great news for the industry and is only the beginning, as there is already legislation going to parliament that aims to simplify the process even further.

The new legislation features a two-pronged approach to ensure that owners of superyachts – generally classed as vessels over 24m (85’) – will be able to charter in Australia under the temporary licence system issued under the Coastal Trading Act 2012.

This means that those operating under such a licence can charter in Australian waters and do not need to fully import the vessel.  Under this licence, the superyacht is also able to undergo refits, repairs, as well as routine maintenance – a big plus for both the vessels and for Australian refit businesses.

Superyacht Australia recommends however, that under the current Temporary Licencing system, all Captains and owners should use a qualified Australia agent who has been trained to understand exactly how this system works. All Australian agents can be found on the Superyacht Australia website.

Royal Yacht Squadron’s Bicentenary International Regatta To Be Amazing Spectacle

June 15, 2015

Set to run in the lovely England yacht holiday location – the Solent from July 25 to 31, the Royal Yacht Squadron’s Bicentenary Regatta is expected to be an amazing spectacle. Mike Slade’s 100ft charter yacht Leopard 3, one of the world’s most recognised yachts, will be one of the participants of this eagerly awaited race.

Sail Yacht LEOPARD 3 -  Main

Sail Yacht LEOPARD 3 - Main

Sailing yacht Leopard 3 will participate in the regatta alongside such beautiful vessels as the 88ft superyacht Rambler, making her UK debut this summer. “The Bicentenary gives us the challenge of top level racing in the Solent on our home patch,” comments Mike Slade.  “We would love to be on the podium!”

The inclusion of so many large yachts has resulted in the amendments that have been made to the crew classification requirements in the IRC event. “We wanted our fellow clubs to bring their members along to help us mark this great occasion and initially set the crew classification limits with that in mind,comments Jonathan Peel, Chairman of the Regatta Committee.However, it has become apparent that our original limits on Group 3 sailors in some of the larger yachts were unrealistic, not least on safety grounds and, as a result we have made some changes.”

Celebrating the Royal Yacht Squadron’s 200th Anniversary, the regatta will also host such majestic classic yachts, some more than 100 years old, as the William Fife-designed sailing yacht Mariquita, launched in 1911. The largest yacht in the fleet, the 162-foot charter yacht Eleonora represents an exact replica of the famous schooner Westward, designed and constructed in 1910 by N.G. Herreshoff, designer of America’s Cup defenders, which turned back all six challenges from 1893 to 1920. She was the fastest schooner in the world in 1910 and in the following years.  The owner said that he has a “passion for racing Big Class classic yachts and is looking forward to enjoying the RYS Bicentenary and racing safely.”