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Fabulous Virgin Gorda to host Inaugural Maxi Yacht Rolex Caribbean Cup in April 2016

August 27, 2015

The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) is pleased to unveil the all-new Maxi Yacht Rolex Caribbean Cup. This new Caribbean Maxi regatta will take place in the fabulous British Virgin Islands yacht vacation location – Virgin Gorda from April 4 to 9, 2016.

Clubhouse Virgin Gorda - British Virgin Islands

Clubhouse Virgin Gorda – British Virgin Islands

The five-day regatta will run on coastal courses set within the Virgin Islands archipelago and yachts will be divided into categories ranging from the Mini Maxi and Maxi 72 classes to Supermaxis with Wally and J-Class yachts also expected to take part in the regatta. The event will be organized with the support of the International Maxi Association.

The Maxi Yacht Rolex Caribbean Cup will take place biennially starting in 2016 on alternate years to the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean. The original Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup hosted by Porto Cervo continues to attract innovative and highly competitive fleets of Maxi racers with some particularly remarkable yachts expected for the 2015 edition, running from September 6 to 12.

J Class racing during Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014

J Class racing during Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014

YCCS Commodore, Riccardo Bonadeo, explained the thinking behind the new event: “Our activities in Virgin Gorda have been in continuous expansion since we inaugurated our Clubhouse there in 2012. In addition to a full sporting programme in Porto Cervo, we now organize three to four major regattas in the Caribbean Sea during the winter months. In recent years we have received numerous requests from owners for a Maxi event in the Caribbean. Given that the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is possibly the event that best embodies our sporting DNA, exporting this classic event to the other side of the Atlantic is the logical next step. We have already successfully transferred our organizational know-how with events such as the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean, and the addition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Caribbean Cup to our calendar will, I’m sure, be a highlight of the winter racing season.”

Launch of New Zealand Superyacht Group to promote New Zealand superyacht and luxury yacht charter industry

August 27, 2015

The New Zealand Superyacht Group (NZSG) has been recently launched by a number of leading superyacht companies, in order to boost the superyacht and luxury yacht charter industry in the breath-taking New Zealand yacht holiday location. With the board members to be appointed in the upcoming weeks, the group will concentrate on a number of areas, including promoting New Zealand to superyacht owners, fostering collaboration and alignment within the superyacht industry, as well as sharing resources at offshore events.  

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New Zealand is becoming increasingly popular as a superyacht and luxury yacht charter destination with last season being one of busiest. In the summer, a total number of 57 vessels reached the fantastic New Zealand, up from 37 visits the season before.  This was the highest number of superyacht visits since New Zealand played a host to the America’s Cup in 2000.

With the New Zealand dollar at its lowest in years against the US dollar, NZSG says it will strive to ensure demand for members’ products as well as services is maximised, and maintain close relationships with regulators and share best practice.

According to Duthie Lidgard, Managing director of Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand, and NZSG member, a dedicated organisation is needed to grow the country’s superyacht sector. “The needs of the superyacht sector have traditionally been squeezed between the marine leisure and the professional marine industries,” says Mr Lidgard. “The NZSG will fully support its members, who are the best in their field and pride themselves in being able to meet the high standards demanded by owners, guests and crew.” 

134m super yacht SERENE docked in Auckland’s Silo Marina

134m super yacht SERENE docked in Auckland’s Silo Marina

Among the vessels to visit New Zealand recently have been two of the largest superyachts in the world. Earlier in the year, the 134m luxury yacht Serene enjoyed the waters of the New Zealand coast, while the 140m mega yacht Ocean Victory reached Auckland in July.

“Attracting vessels like Serene and Ocean Victory to New Zealand is a huge coup for the industry. Each visit contributes significantly to New Zealand’s economy through tourism, hospitality and marine services,” added Mr Lidgard. “The formation of the NZSG will allow us to continue promoting the New Zealand superyacht industry to the world and get more of the world’s biggest superyachts to our shores.”   

New Asia Pacific Yacht Charter Destinations to be Present at the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show

August 13, 2015

Asia Pacific Superyachts will be amongst the first-time exhibitors at the upcoming Monaco Yachts Show, to be held in Monaco from 23 to 26 September, 2015. APS will be located at QH28 Stand to provide visitors, superyacht Owners, Captains, managers and other industry professional with valuable new information regarding the exhibiting regions of Asia Pacific, including Bormeo, Cambogia, Fiji; Hong Kong; Indonesia; Koh Samui, Thailand; Malaysia; Maldives; Myanmar; New Zealand; Phuket, Thailand; Philippines; Seychelles, Singapore; Sri Lanka; and Tahiti. Grodon Fernandes, leading the APS Phuket and Myanmar region teams and co-organiser of the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous will be there to present this fascinating yachting region together with other agents.

Credit Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia

Credit Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia

In discussing why it was decided to join MYS this year, Fernandes explains, “It became important to us to have an opportunity to meet face-to-face with our past and future clients so we can help provide answers to owners and captains directly about cruising destinations and new regulations”.

The preeminent Superyacht Agency  assisted over  300 superyachts over the past 15 years and the APS director noted that APS agents are looking forward to connecting with their past clients as well as those interested in a first-time journey or in returning to the Asia Pacific area. Private meetings may be arranged in advance by contacting Captain Charlie Dwyer at: charlie@asia-pacific-superyachts.com

“The APS Stand QH28 will share custom itineraries uniquely crafted of their regions by the APS network of superyacht experts”, continued Fernandes:  “There’s exciting new changes coming up for Superyachts interesting in returning or cruising the Asia and Pacific areas. We’ll be at MYS in force to share our new information and knowledge with our past clients and future clients.” 

Videos playing at the exhibit will showcase the most thrilling and least visited yacht charter and yachting destinations around the world, with APS agents ready to point out some of their secret anchorages, gorgeous cruising waters and new cultural activities while visitors enjoy cold refreshments.

Fiji Yacht Charter: New Offices in Fiji by SPE for Bespoke Dive Adventures

August 13, 2015

Superyacht Private Expeditions (SPE), specialising in tailor-made international dive adventures, are pleased to announced the opening of their new offices situated in the beautiful South Pacific yacht charter destination Fiji, at the Marina Denarau. The new offices have been opened to service the breath-taking underwater playground of the region.

Diving in Fiji - Photo credit Rodolphe Holler / Superyacht Private Expeditions

Diving in Fiji – Photo credit Rodolphe Holler / Superyacht Private Expeditions

As a result of the successful Tahiti Private Expeditions (TPE), owners Christelle and Rodolphe Holler developed SPE a few years ago to satisfy the needs of discerning superyacht customers wishing to explore new areas in the Pacific and South East Asia with trusted dive experts.

With the main office in Auckland, New Zealand, the powerhouse couple has weighty industry and client credentials backing their latest venture. Rodolphe is a dive instructor, marine biologist and professional underwater photographer, filmmaker and award winner of the 2nd Tahiti Underwater Film Festival (FISPOL). Christelle is a dive master, long-time consultant to the Tahiti Department of Tourism in charge of promoting the destination to the superyacht industry and has significant high-end international hospitality experience.

David Jamieson, superyacht captain, dive master and Fiji resident of more than 10 years has been hand chosen as the manager of the  Fiji operations for SPE.

Underwater world in Fiji - Photo credit Rodolphe Holler / Superyacht Private Expeditions

Underwater world in Fiji – Photo credit Rodolphe Holler / Superyacht Private Expeditions

“Combining significant dive experience, extensive local knowledge and contacts with the drive to create outstanding tailored experiences for our clients make David and his team the natural choice” says Christelle Holler.    

Jamieson first arrived in Fiji as captain of the 30m classic yacht sailing yacht Aile Blanche in 1999. He has been the owner of the Superyacht shore support agency, Asia Pacific Superyachts Fiji (previously Yacht Help Fiji) for the past 13 years. This provides him with a unique insight into the wants, needs and expectations of today’s superyacht owner, both onshore and off. Asia Pacific Superyachts Fiji has joined Superyacht Private Expeditions as a partner in providing the best diving experience in Fiji for visiting private yachts as well as charter superyachts.

“I’m excited to share my expertise and enthusiasm for diving in Fiji. Although Fiji benefits from strong tourism only 110 of the 332 islands are inhabited. Most of these islands are of volcanic origin and feature great sheltered anchorages for superyachts. Few yachts go there so you feel like you are the first ones to explore the area; notably with a custom itinerary tailored to each guest’s experience and interests whether the group is experienced, complete beginners or includes children. The ongoing project of turning the Vatu-i-ra area into a Marine protected area means there is even more dive excitement coming up in Fiji” says Jamieson.

Fiji yacht charterers can expect tropical weather patterns similar to Tahiti, however both destinations offer two completely contrasting and unique experiences. Fiji is abound with a profusion of thousands of small colourful fish, shark encounters aplenty and abundant magical soft coral, whilst Tahiti is known for thrilling drift dives, brushes with dolphins, manta rays and humpback whales amidst expansive coral reefs. This makes Fiji the natural ‘next location’ to visit arriving from Tahiti in a journey through the Pacific particularly at a time where Fiji is developing a marine protected area.

Superyacht Private Expeditions will continue to provide the highest quality dive experience in Fiji that clients of TPE have become familiar with; namely using the very best dive guides, professionally trained underwater videographers and the latest technology to enable clients to share their adventures with friends and family all over the world.

“Onboard dive crew are often very busy when guests are onboard and diving is not their sole responsibility so having a dedicated person in charge of this activity makes things much easier for the crew and captain,” says Holler. “Not only are we peace of mind for the captain we also support charter managers and brokers in setting up custom itineraries for their clients in areas they have sometimes not experienced themselves.  We step onboard to make our clients’ trip unforgettable.”

TPE and SPE’s rich portfolio of superyacht clients includes: Charter Expedition Yacht Big Fish, Mega Yacht Octopus, Luxury Support Charter Yacht SuRi, S/Y Silencio, M/Y Askari, Charter Motor Yacht Unbridled, M/Y A, and Charter Superyacht Maltese Falcon.

“Quite often we’ll work with yachts on both their charter and owner’s trips,” notes Holler, saying that they recently worked for clients of Sailing Yacht Silencio on a Tahiti yacht charter having previously worked with the owner. A same guide is often requested to join in another destination the following season.

SPE is expanding to other fantastic yachting destinations in order to offer professional tailored itineraries and consistently excellent dive standards throughout the Pacific; from one destination to the next.

Ni sa bula vinaka! Superyacht Private Expeditions looks forward to welcoming you to Fiji.

Luxury Yachts and Charter Brokers Getting Ready for the 2015 MYBA Pop-Up Superyacht Show Montenegro

August 10, 2015

In less than a month’s time the eagerly awaited MYBA Pop-Up Superyacht Show Montenegro will open its doors to its visitors. To be held from 4th September through to 6th September 2015, the event is shaping up well, with luxury yachts and brokers getting ready to host some of the most discerning visitors from around the world.

MYBA Pop Up Superyacht Show Montenegro

MYBA Pop Up Superyacht Show Montenegro

Montenegro is steadily becoming one of the most important superyacht hotspot of the Mediterranean and a sought-after destination for superyacht charter vacations. Its yacht-friendly legislation, outside EU tax benefits and fast growing infrastructure sees superyachts flocking year-round to use this advantageous charter base and explore the 4000+ islands which line the coast from Croatia to Greece. Montenegro is often used as a starting or a finishing point for Eastern Mediterranean superyacht charters.

The MYBA Pop-Up Superyacht Show Montenegro programme is currently being finalised. Every day Porto Montenegro’s prestigious Jetty One will see a growing line-up of yachts. Saturday and Sunday are scheduled to start with a breakfast seminar, and finish respectively with a dock party and the official closing party at the new Porto Montenegro Yacht Club. Throughout the event brokers, captains and press can also sign-up for a private tour of the marina to gain a better knowledge and understanding of its constantly evolving infrastructure.

BIG BEACH  - ULCINJ - Montenegro - Photo credit Branko Banjo Cejovic

BIG BEACH – ULCINJ – Montenegro – Photo credit Branko Banjo Cejovic

If you would like to discover more about Montenegro, don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a day on the bay with various familiarisation trips and cultural excursions on the 7th September, just before the brokers’ and yachts’ departure.

The 50% discount on the broker, agent, service and supplier registration fee has been extended to the 13th August. For more information, and to apply, visit the MYBA Pop Up Shows website.

Find our more about MONTENEGRO YACHT CHARTER here …

South Pacific Yacht Charter: Superyacht Experts Discuss Newly Launched Website

August 07, 2015

Following the recent launch of a new website which promotes South Pacific as a yacht charter destination, superyacht agents and experts have been discussing the advantages of the new alliance of such beautiful and colourful countries as Australia, Fiji, Tahiti and New Zealand, and why it is of a huge asset to the superyacht industry.

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FIJI

When cruising the waters of the Pacific Ocean, charterers become part of a big family. Visitors will receive a warm welcome and have the opportunity to experience one-of-a-kind Fijian, Tahitian, Aboriginal and Maori cultures as insiders. Doors to the world of fresh and exciting new cuisine will open, unveiling new tastes and ingredients to the charterers. A personalised South Pacific itinerary includes adventures in pure, awe-inspiring and untouched environments, visiting places so beautiful one would think they have been photoshopped. Endless fishing, diving and extreme adventure sports opportunities await around each ‘corner’ of this special and breath-taking part of the world.

South Pacific Map

South Pacific Map

Meet great people who are also some of the best hosts, experienced guides, admired sailors and world class refit craftsmen – then come back again for more. This time as a mate.

The new website ‘Southpacificsuperyachting.travel’ allows superyachts to navigate the South Pacific countries’ websites to gain valuable information they need for making their cruising decisions and itinerary suggestions richer and even more exciting.

A cross-national alliance of Australia, Fiji, Tahiti and New Zealand launched the new website this week, showcasing South Pacific’s hidden treasures and everything that is needed the meet the global superyacht fleet demands, with agents who are experienced, knowledgeable and ready to offer a huge welcome and the best of service.

“Superyacht agents of the South Pacific have been working together for many years to promote a continuity of care for superyachts travelling between the various countries represented in the South Pacific. The new South Pacific Superyachting initiative will strengthen this network by promoting the whole destination experience and alliances between these South Pacific countries, to give visiting superyachts the best South Pacific experience,” says Carrie Carter of Carter Agencies Australia

Etienne Boutin, of Asia-Pacific Superyachts Tahiti agrees with Carter.

“The Asia Pacific Superyachts network of strategic locations looks forward to promoting the South Pacific Superyachting initiative and the South Pacific Region as a whole. The South Pacific is already a well-appreciated cruising destination in most people’s mind but what the SPSY initiative can achieve is to raise it into the select club of prime cruising destinations, which it belongs to by all standards: great sailing and exploring, fun activities for all, security, good support and top technical facilities,” says Boutin.

“Agents provide detailed knowledge of the destination and a personalised service to crew and guests. In a destination like Fiji your agent can ensure your visit to Fiji is plain sailing. Asia Pacific Superyachts Fiji believes that the South Pacific Superyachting initiative will attract more superyachts to the South Pacific and we look forward to welcoming them when they do,” says David Jamieson, Asia Pacific Superyachts Fiji.

“The launch of South Pacific Superyachting is another example of the marine industry and its commitment to offer reliable, experienced and dedicated suppliers and contractors to visiting superyachts. The formation of South Pacific nations to unite and encourage superyachts to the region will only benefit the area as whole and give the superyacht captain and owner assurance that the support for these yachts is available from a reliable source. The formation will give strength and credibility to the destinations,” says Allan Jouning, director, 37 South.

The new ‘Southapacificsuperyachting.travel’ website is now live with links to some of the respective countries’ marine and tourism websites for visiting yachts.

Luxury Superyachts built in the Netherlands

August 06, 2015

Think Yachts, Think Holland’, the branding campaign of the HISWA Holland Yachting Group, representing the Netherlands and the Dutch superyacht industry, has released a great video below, showing such outstanding vessels built in the Netherlands as the 65m mega yacht GALACTICA STAR, to name but a few. Launched by Heesen in 2013, superyacht GALACTICA STAR (Project Omnia, YN 16465) is a breath-taking Fast Displacement (FDHF) vessel, superbly penned by Omega Architects.

There are more details about Heesen here.

Fantastic Royal Yacht Squadron’s Bicentenary International Regatta Comes to an End

August 03, 2015

The fantastic Royal Yacht Squadron’s Bicentenary International Regatta came to an end on Friday, July 31, 2015. The crews from the 24 clubs from all over the world celebrated all together the club’s 200th birthday.

A diverse fleet. The majestic charter yacht Eleonora and Bella Mente yacht at the RYS Bicentenary International Regatta - Photo by Paul Wyeth pwpictures.com

A diverse fleet. The majestic charter yacht Eleonora and Bella Mente yacht at the RYS Bicentenary International Regatta – Photo by Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

Mike Broughton, navigator on sailing yacht Jethou comments on the conditions in the Western Solent “We started in a completely different breeze to the J Class who had started upwind to the east in a south easterly. Then the westerly came and went a bit as it fought with the conditions to the east.  Eventually a light sea breeze prevailed but there were some big holes making the race a bit of a lottery. Added to that there is a spring tide, up to 3 or 4 knots, so the racing was extremely tricky. The Race Committee could have cancelled the race today given the conditions but it was a good afternoon with lots of challenges and ultimately a good race.”

IRC Class 1’s course was shortened from five to four legs at Saltmead in the western Solent.  The winner of the race was Tom Siebel’s Swan 90 superyacht Odin, sailed well by her crew which benefitted from the talents of Peter Isler as Navigator, as well as Steve Hayles as strategist/trimmer. Overall honour for the week went to Tony Langley’s fantastically sailed TP52 Gladiator.

Velsheda was the winning J Class yacht in the RYS Bicentenary International Regatta. The three J's included Ranger and Lionheart, making a fine spectacle on the Solent during the week © Paul Wyeth pwpictures.com

Velsheda yacht was the winning J Class yacht in the RYS Bicentenary International Regatta. The three J’s included charter yacht Ranger and superyacht Lionheart, making a fine spectacle on the Solent during the week © Paul Wyeth pwpictures.com

In the J Class, superyacht Velsheda won all four races. Luxury yacht Lionheart and Velsheda ghosted down through a shortened course finish on the last day of the regatta, followed by charter yacht Ranger, with guest Sir Ben Ainslie on board, in a thrilling finale with only the tidal current helping them to the final winning guns of the week.

“It is great to win overall and to win on handicap today,” said Velsheda owner Ronald de Waal on the last day of the regatta, “That really capped it off for us. We were on the wrong side after the start and got back into it and so it is a nice feeling to win here. This is where the J’s heritage is, Velsheda’s home, and so it very special indeed to win here.”

The three grand Classics, charter yacht Eleonora, sailing yacht Mariquita and Sumurun yacht started in the same direction, and were given one long leg to a mark near the forts off Portsmouth, against the tide.  A breakage to the top of her mast cost Mariquita a position in this last race. The overall winner has become Robert Tobin’s 1914 built Sumurun, which gained two second and two firsts in the series.

Horizon Yachts shows guests of TAITRA press conference brand new superyacht RP120

July 30, 2015

This month saw the Taiwan-based shipyard, Horizon Yachts, welcome guests of a press conference, hosted by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA). Guests had a unique opportunity to admire the brand new superyacht RP120, currently under construction. Luxury motor yacht RP120 will be the largest yacht displayed at the 2016 Taiwan International Boat Show.

Guests of TAITRA press conference at Horizon Yachts

Guests of TAITRA press conference at Horizon Yachts

Horizon also toured guests through the first private luxury yacht marina in Taiwan that they developed, Horizon City Marina, as well as Atech Composites, Horizon’s specialized composites factory that produces all of the company’s yacht hulls.

Tour of Horizon City Marina

Tour of Horizon City Marina

As soon as the first Taiwan International Boat Show came to an end on May 11, 2014, TAITRA started planning for the 2016 show, which will run at the  Kaohsiung Exhibition Center from March 10 to 13. Following a great success of the 2014 event, TAITRA decided to start promoting the 2016 event this year, and hosted a press conference on July 14 and 15 for 12 prestigious global yacht publications, offering them tours of various Taiwan shipyards as well as factories, including Horizon Yachts.

See more charter yachts by Horizon here.

Majestic J Class Sailing Yacht VELSHEDA wins class in Royal Yacht Squadron’s Bicentenary International Regatta’s Race Around the Island

July 30, 2015

Yesterday, July 29, 2015 saw the majestic J Class sailing yacht VELSHEDA win the class in the Royal Yacht Squadron’s Bicentenary International Regatta‘s Race Around the Island. Superyacht VELSHEDA was followed by luxury yacht LIONHEART, placing second.

J Class superyacht Velsheda © Beken of Cowes

J Class superyacht Velsheda © Beken of Cowes

Following a cancellation of the first two days of racing due to strong winds, the J Class fleet enjoyed the boisterous conditions around the outside of the island, with the breeze touching 20 knots at times.

Sailing yacht Lionheart © Beken of Cowes

Sailing yacht Lionheart © Beken of Cowes

“We were never really worried at any point,” said super yacht Velsheda’s Tom Dodson.It’s a good one to win and I think we did all the right things we should have.”

Luxury charter yacht Ranger © Beken of Cowes

Luxury charter yacht Ranger © Beken of Cowes

Superyacht Lionheart’s tactician, John Cutler, comments: “Velsheda sailed really well. They got the jump on us at the first shift after the start. I am kicking myself for that but I did say before that it could down to the first cross, the first shift and that pretty much was it.”