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New Deutsche Yachten Member Drettmann Yachts to present first Explorer Yacht DEY24 in January

July 24, 2015

A new member of the German Boat and Ship Building association GERMAN YACHTS (Deutsche Yachten), Drettmann Yachts has announced that the first 24-metre explorer yacht DEY24 will be officially introduced to the public in January 2016. Completion of the luxury yacht DEY24 is planned for late September 2015.

Drettmann Explorer Yacht 24

Drettmann Explorer Yacht 24

Once completed, superyacht DEY24 will offer accommodation in 3 lovely and comfortable cabins. In addition, there will be a generous eating and living area on the main deck, as well as a beach club with a lounge and sauna directly next to the swimming platform and a large garage for a Williams 445 tender and a SeaDoo RXP, launched with the use of a 1.2 t crane.

The family owned Drettmann Yachts builds their yachts in a very close cooperation with the new owner of their individual yacht, boasting the most innovative technical parts and striking interior design by the yard’s in-house team.

A spectacular start for Panerai British Classic Week 2015

July 20, 2015

Yesterday, July 19, 2015 saw a spectacular start to the much anticipated Panerai British Classic Week 2015 off Cowes, hosting a strong fleet of 77 yachts. The regatta kicked off with a course race in the Solent, marked by glorious sunshine and a warm southwesterly breeze of 15-25 knots. 

Sailing yacht Mariquita at the 2015 Panerai British Classic Week - Photo by Guido Cantini Panerai Sea&See.com

Sailing yacht Mariquita at the 2015 Panerai British Classic Week – Photo by Guido Cantini/Panerai/Sea&See.com

First away were the giants of Class 0, who sailed beautifully down the Solent with truly awe-inspiring power. From the outset John Caulcutt, Jamie Matheson and Stephen Hemsley’s 1911 William Fife II Cutter ‘Mariquita’ and Armin Fisher and Robert Towbin’s 1914 William Fife III Ketch ‘Sumurun’ were well matched, and after almost three hours of competing they concluded the race just eighteen seconds apart on corrected time with ‘Mariquita’ taking victory.  Zak Zbynek’s Nathanial G Herreshof-designed charter yacht ‘Eleonora’ took third place.

Eleonora Yacht - Photo by Guido Cantini Panerai Sea&See.com

Eleonora Yacht – Photo by Guido Cantini/Panerai/Sea&See.com

Yesterday evening the crews were enjoying a Welcome Reception at the Royal Yacht Squadron. Today’s forecast is for southwesterly winds of up to 30 knots so the planned Around The Island Race sponsored by EFG International has been postponed until Thursday. Instead the fleet will sail the Long Inshore Race sponsored by Classic Boat supported by Wight Vodka, starting at 10.00 from the Royal Yacht Squadron line.  Racing continues until Friday 24 July and the regatta will come to an end on Saturday 25 July with a Parade of Sail past the Royal Yacht Squadron and Cowes Green at 11.00.

Hull Wrap for new DYNAMIQ superyacht series models by Wild Group International

July 20, 2015

Wild Group International team wrapped the hulls of the new Dynamiq superyacht series models to demonstrate to potential new clients the range of customisation available. Dynamiq will offer either paint or vinyl finishing to their clients, in order to ensure the perfect finish to meet the client’s wishes.

DYNAMIQ range of Superyachts

New DYNAMIQ range of Superyachts

The all-new innovative ‪Dynamiq superyacht series has been recently launched at the Yacht Club de Monaco in Monte Carlo. It includes three aluminium superyacht models in their GTT – Gran Turismo Transatlantic range, all providing thrilling speeds, as well as long range cruising capability. Each vessel features a hull developed by Azure Yacht Design & Naval Architecture and optimisation by Van Oossanen Naval Architects.

“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 Dynamiq’s founder and CEO.

In 2014, the keel of the first DYNAMIQ D4 yacht was laid at the NCA shipyard in Carrara, Italy. Her construction is presently in full swing, with launch and delivery scheduled for Summer 2016. She will be displayed at the Monaco Yacht Show 2016.

Fabulous Porto Cervo in Sardinia to host 26th Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in September

July 16, 2015

The fascinating Porto Cervo yacht charter destination, nestled in Italy’s Sardinia, will host the 26th edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup from September 6 to 12, 2015. Organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), the popular Mediterranean regatta is celebrating a 30-year partnership with its title sponsor, Rolex.

Sir Lindsay Owen Jones' superyacht MAGIC CARPET CUBED (GBR) rounding Mortoriotto - Image by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Sir Lindsay Owen Jones’ superyacht MAGIC CARPET CUBED (GBR) rounding Mortoriotto – Image by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

The race will be attended by a wide array of contrasting and beguiling monohull Maxi yachts, impressive Supermaxis, the majestic lines of the Wally yachts, as well as a group of all-out racing Maxi 72s.

Among the 2015 fleet is the exciting new Jim Clark’s 100-ft Maxi yacht Comanche. Led by skipper Ken Read, Comanche will undoubtedly attract plenty of attention during the event, well known for its excellent race management and a sailing environment revered throughout the world for its fabulous scenery, navigational demands and potential for challenging conditions.

CAOL ILA R (USA) leading SHOCKWAVE (USA) upwind

Sailing yacht CAOL ILA R (USA) leading SHOCKWAVE (USA) upwind – Image by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

“It’s a fantastic event; the combination of Sardinia, Porto Cervo, Rolex, great organisation on the water and on the shore…,” says regular competitor, Bouwe Bekking, “… it’s why these owners come back every year.”

The sixth running of the Maxi 72 Rolex World Championship, previously Mini Maxi, is expected to be one of the highlights of the week. Of the former champions only Hap Fauth’s sailing yacht Bella Mente (USA), winner in 2012, is expected to attend. The other editions were claimed by Niklas Zennström’s formidable luxury yacht Rán 2 (2010, ‘11, ‘13) and Andres Soriano’s yacht Alegre (2014), now owned by Swiss yachtsman Alex Schaerer and known as Caol Ila R (USA).

Eric Bijlsma's FIREFLY (NED) sailing in coastal mode - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Eric Bijlsma’s super yacht FIREFLY (NED) sailing in coastal mode – Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

There is the all-new entry in the form of MOMO (IVB), owned by Dieter Schoen, while the crews of Sir Peter Ogden’s yacht Jethou (GBR) and Roberto Tomasini Grinover’s sailing yacht Robertissima III (ITA), previously known as Rán 2, boast extensive Porto Cervo experience.

“This is always top pick of where we like to sail around the world, the yacht club is always welcoming, it is high end in terms of race management, says renowned sailor Brad Butterworth, tactician on Jethou yacht. “No place in the world is as beautiful as this to go yacht racing.”

Claus-Peter Offen's superyacht Y3K (GER) sailing upwind - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Claus-Peter Offen’s superyacht Y3K (GER) sailing upwind – Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

The Supermaxi class is destined for yachts measuring upwards of 100-ft, typically designed to both race as well as cruise. Last year’s star performer was Eric Bijlsma’s 35m/115-ft superyacht Firefly while the impressive 66,7m (218’) mega yacht Hetairos (CAY), the largest ever yacht to participate in the event, is expected to return to the competition after a three year absence.

Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones’s superyacht Magic Carpet Cubed (GBR) will attend the race, competing in the Wally class. Having recently won the Giraglia Rolex Cup, she will start as favourite to repeat her exploits of last year. The Wally fleet will also include Jean Charles Decaux’s luxury yacht J One (GBR) and charter yacht Y3K (GER), owned by International Maxi Association (IMA) President Claus-Peter Offen.

Throughout the week, there will be a rich social programme, and following five days of racing, the individual class winners will be rewarded for their brilliance on the water with Rolex timepieces during the final prizegiving at the YCCS, partner club of Rolex since 1984.

Awe-Inspiring Charter Yacht ELEONORA to attend Panerai British Classic Week 2015

July 08, 2015

More than 70 yachts have already registered for the upcoming Panerai British Classic Week 2015, set to be hosted by Cowes Yacht Haven from July 18 to 25. The popular regatta annually attracts classic yachts of all shapes and sizes. The largest yacht to compete this year will be the awe-inspiring 49,5-metre charter yacht Eleonora. Available for rent in such popular Mediterranean yacht holiday destinations as French Riviera and Croatia, luxury sailing yacht Eleonora is a beautiful schooner, built by Van de Graaf to a design by Nathaniel G Herreshoff in 2000.

Superyacht ELEONORA the largest yacht to attend 2015 Panerai British Classic Week

Classic charter yacht ELEONORA – the largest yacht to attend the 2015 Panerai British Classic Week

Sailing yacht ELEONORA

Year:2000 (Refit 2008)  L.O.A.:49.50m (162' 4")  Beam:8.20m (26' 10") 
Max Speed:10 knots  Cruise Speed:9 knots  Engines:Baudouin 6R124 - 460 hp 
Cabins: Charter Guest: Crew:

The oldest yachts to participate will include David Sherriff’s majestic 1897 Fife Gaff Cutter ‘Jap’, winner of the Panerai British Classic Week in 2012, Richard Oswald’s 1902 Fred Shepherd Gaff Schooner ‘Coral’, as well as Pelham Olive’s 1903 Alfred Mylne Gaff Cutter ‘Kelpie’.

Monday, July 20, will see the Royal Yacht Squadron Racing run a six race series plus the special Around the Island Race.  The ever-popular Ladies Race will take place on Wednesday 22nd July and the regatta will come to an end with the Parade of Sail past the Royal Yacht Squadron and Cowes Green on Saturday 25th July.

Ashore the Panerai Lounge will be the focal point for pre and post sailing gatherings. The rich social programme will include a Welcome Reception at the Royal Yacht Squadron, the traditional “Open Yachts” Pontoon Party, as well as the Prize Giving Dinner at Cowes Yacht Haven Events Centre.

Inaugural MYBA Pop-Up Superyacht Show to host Private Yachts and Charter Yachts from September 4 to 6

July 08, 2015

To run in the fabulous Eastern Mediterranean yacht holiday location – Montenegro from September 4 to 6, the inaugural MYBA Pop-Up Superyacht Show was proudly unveiled by Porto Montenegro and MYBA The Worldwide Yachting Association. The event will host a wonderful selection of private yachts and luxury charter yachts.

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Boasting top-class facilities, Porto Montenegro will be the ideal stage for the very first event of its kind in the region. The Show will provide international brokers, agents and yachts with the perfect opportunity to connect and do business in one of the world’s most fascinating cruising grounds.

Chartering a yacht in Montenegro

The last few years saw Montenegro become the new hotspot of the Mediterranean for private yachts, charter yachts, superyachts, motor yachts, sailing yachts, as well as luxury catamarans. Thanks to its yacht-friendly legislation, outside EU tax benefits, as well as fast growing infrastructure, superyachts reach this breath-taking country year-round to use its advantageous superyacht charter base and explore more than 4000 fabulous islands, which line the coast from Croatia to Greece.

A breath-taking Montenegro yacht vacation location - Boka Bay

A breath-taking Montenegro yacht vacation location – Boka Bay

What better way to experience the spectacular Montenegro than on a luxury charter yacht? Montenegro is not only a beautiful area to explore, but also an enchanting country full of ancient history, interesting culture and traditions, lovely weather, as well as striking natural beauty. For more information, you can contact our friendly team of brokers here.

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.