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Sailing yacht BELLA MENTE – The overall winner of 2015 RORC Caribbean 600

February 27, 2015

The overall winner of this year’s RORC Caribbean 600 has become Hap Fauth’s American JV72 sailing yacht Bella Mente. Whilst several yachts are still competing, by the morning of Friday 27th February none of the remaining teams had the ability to better Bella Mente yacht’s corrected time under IRC. It was third time lucky for Bella Mente as the Maxi 72 has finished second overall for the past two years.

Overall winner of the 2015 RORC Caribbean 600, Hap Fauth's JV72, Bella Mente ©RORC/Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Overall winner of the 2015 RORC Caribbean 600, Hap Fauth’s JV72 sailing yacht Bella Mente
©RORC/Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Luxury yacht Bella Mente was also the winner of the highly competitive IRC Zero Class and retained the Bella Mente Trophy as the first IRC Yacht to finish that is wholly manually powered, without either variable or moveable ballast. A delighted Hap Fauth spoke about the achievement and was full of praise for both the race team and shore crew:

“Friday, before the race start, we had a structural problem with the boat and limped home from practice to assess the problem. We took the boat apart and for two days the shore team set up a temporary boat building workshop and did a great job just to get us to the start line. Throughout the race we had no problems at all and my hat goes off to our ground crew.

“This is the third go at winning this race and three is the beauty! This is the third Bella Mente since 2006 and the majority of this team have been with me for at least five years – it is an outstanding group of guys. They like each other, we have a good time together – they are all mates. Everybody puts safety first, that’s the way it should be offshore, but after that we push to the limit.

Team Bella Mente ©RORC/Ted Martin/Photofantasyantigua.com

Team Bella Mente ©RORC/Ted Martin/Photofantasyantigua.com

“This race is a series of sprints and every leg is different, you are trying to get out of the blocks at the start of each segment and as soon as you get going, you are looking to get to top speed without increasing the distance sailed in that quest for boat speed. We try to make a couple of minutes up at every corner – with 12 corners if you save three minutes a corner then that makes a real difference to your finish time. Everybody works together, it is our big strength; the crew did a phenomenal job.”

Bella Mente’s British navigator, Ian Moore, spoke about a crucial part of the course. Nicknamed the ‘Guadeloupe Casino’, the wind shadow of Guadeloupe can make or break a performance as the largest and tallest island on the course can be an unforgiving trap.

“We knew that the wind direction would flick to the south east just as we were arriving at Guadeloupe and,although we were looking at the current situation, we had pretty much made the decision to take our chances by going inshore. In the past, we have had some bad experiences going offshore, if you run out of wind you can get trapped for a very long time. I would give Bella Mente’s performance in the wind shadow a solid nine out of ten, we did really well but we had to fight for it and use all our skill to keep the boat going. Moose (Mike Sanderson) was driving, Terry (Hutchinson) and Ado (Adrian Stead) had their eyes out of the boat and I was just giving them the numbers and I believe that combined tactical sailing knowledge got us through.”

Hap Fauth had left nothing to chance in his quest to win the RORC Caribbean 600 and brought a team of world class sailors to run the afterguard which included Volvo Ocean race winning skipper, New Zealand’s Mike ‘Moose’ Sanderson, current Rolex US Sailor of the Year, American Terry Hutchinson and British America’s Cup tactician, Adrian Stead, who has been on the winning team for the RORC Caribbean 600 on three occasions. Mike Sanderson spoke about Bella Mente’s victory:

“It was a great race at the end of the day and we had Maserati to race with some of the time. To be boat-on-boat with a Volvo 70 was a nice surprise. We have worked on the boat very hard since we were here last year. Hap loves this race and it was very pleasing for us sitting on the dock feeling that we didn’t leave anything on the table. This was one of our best overall performances. We have two big races this year; the RORC Caribbean 600 and the Rolex Fastnet and we have produced a sail programme that covers the range well for those races. At one point we went through the lee of Leopard, reaching with a jib-top. Charter yacht Leopard is a fast 100 ft canting keel boat, so we are really excited at how well Bella is going with its new mast and new sails. We have done a lot of work on the aero-package and the boat feels great and she is going quick but we are really ringing its neck. To be honest the boat is pretty cranky and very physical. It is some of the most physical keel boat sailing that we do because you are muscling a windward leeward orientated boat around a reaching course, so it is tough on the wheel and there is a lot of grinding for the big boys.”

Bella Mente yacht has become the third Maxi 72 to win the race overall and the fifth American owner to win the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy. The RORC Caribbean 600 Prizegiving will take place on Friday 27th February at the Antigua Yacht Club.

Sailing yacht Bella Mente Crew: Owner Hap Fauth, Thomas Allin, James Baxter, Michele Cannoni, Carlo Castellano, Sean Clarkson, Sean Couvreux, James Dagg, Federico Giovanelli, Peter Henderson, Terry Hutchinson, Keats Keeley, Brian Macinnes, Craig Monk, Ian Moore, Michael Sanderson, Matt Smith, Adrian Stead, Morgan Trubovich and Jim Turner

Sint Maarten Yacht Club to host sailors during 35th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

February 27, 2015

The St.Maarten Heineken Regatta includes a variety of locations, spread out across the island, providing spectators as well as island visitors with a unique opportunity to see and experience everything the fabulous St.Maarten yacht charter destination has to offer, while enjoying the regatta experience. For sailors this can make things a bit difficult, when trying to track down results or each other for that matter. This year, Budget Marine has sponsored a Lounge, which will be a place for gathering, reminiscing and relaxing after a hard day on the water, and since it is based at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club, it is easy to find as it is the same location as registration.

New Budget Marine Lounge under construction

New Budget Marine Lounge under construction

This fun Budget Marine Lounge will be open from Tuesday March 3rd through Sunday March 8th, and will be the only location where results will be posted, making it the place to be.  In addition to showing up to the minute results they will also offer screens running footage of the days racing as well as highlights from the past Budget Marine Match Racing Cup events.

When asked about the new Lounge, Budget Marine General Manager Christopher Marshall had the following to say “We’re very excited to make a change this year and offer something that we always felt was missing. Unlike the smaller regattas this event is so large and spread across different venues each night. This will offer sailors and supporters one central place where they can meet up with friends, talk about the day on the water and squeeze in some relaxation in between while catching up on e-mails or sharing some moments with family and friends online on the free wifi available”

Budget Marine has been a supporter of the St.Maarten Heineken Regatta for many years and their continued involvement in the event is something both Budget Marine and the regatta are proud of. “Budget Marine was officially incorporated almost 26 years ago although we were in operation before then. This event is huge! It definitely puts the island on the map and perhaps most importantly it gives the people and residents an opportunity to showcase all that we have to offer to a wide audience” said Marshall.

“The founder of Budget Marine, Robbie Ferron, is also one of the Founders of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta and so there is a definite link there and we are proud to see that both organisations continue to flourish.” No regatta Lounge would be complete without a bar serving ice cold Heinekens and other beverages of choice.  The bar will be open daily from 11am through 8pm on registrations days of Tuesday and Wednesday.  During racing days Thursday through Sunday the bar will be open from 4pm to 8pm.

Daily winners will receive a personal invitation to the lounge after racing to enjoy a relaxing glass of champagne while enjoying the ever so comfortable bean bags. The lounge will actually be elevated above existing containers already on property making this an ideal place to enjoy the world famous bridge openings after racing has finished, and with a little bit of luck, a stunning sunset or two.

For those who still need to pick up some last minute gear for their boat, or perhaps you want to take advantage of Budget Marines great prices and wide selection of merchandise, they will be offering a water taxi service that will run daily on the hour between their Cole Bay store and the Sint Maarten Yacht Club. The Sint Maarten Yacht Club will be the central location for sailors, from registration to results and everything in between. It is the location of the regatta office, the Jury and protest rooms and the CSA measurers will also be on hand to assist in any rating issues that may arise. Organizers are hoping to turn this regatta hub into the place to be for sailors, making it easy for them to find each other after a day of sailing.

A great success of British companies at ShowBoats Design Awards 2015

February 27, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015 saw Britain steal the show at the prominent Superyacht Design Symposium in Kitzbuhel, Austria. From the 17 ShowBoats Design Awards presented on the night, 12 included the work of nine British-based architect as well as design companies. 

One of the ShowBoats Design Awards 2015 Winners - WinWin superyacht with interior design by Design Unlimited - Photo by Jesus Renedo

One of the ShowBoats Design Awards 2015 Winners – WinWin superyacht with interior design by Design Unlimited – Photo by Jesus Renedo

The Awards aim to honour the creative talents behind the most innovative, elegant and inspiring new yacht designs for the world’s leading yacht design studios. As such winners are chosen by an independent panel of yacht owners, senior yacht crew, naval architects, designers and stylists from within and outside the marine industry. This home success proves the heritage and strength of British expertise in superyact design.

British Marine Federation (BMF) members, Redman Whiteley Dixon (RWD) and Design Unlimited were among the British companies to receive success at the Awards.

The 33m sailing yacht WinWin, for which Design Unlimited was the interior designer, received the Interior Design Award – Sailing Yacht 30m to 39.99m.

Mark Tucker of Design Unlimited comments on the project: “We were fortunate enough to design for an experienced owner with a clear vision of how he planned to use his yacht. We worked with him to create an interior that would perform well in both cruising and racing situations and the result is a layout that is functional and modern, and which uses the space available in the most efficient way possible.  We included a number of distinctive features such as retracting glass windows between the deck saloon and cockpit that creates a single expanse of living space at the touch of a button and this, combined with soft tones and natural finishes across the décor, has delivered a clean, elegant look.“

COMO superyacht

COMO superyacht with interior design by Redman Whiteley Dixon

RWD was the interior designer on the winning motor yacht Como which picked up the Interior Design Award – Motor Yacht below 500GT.

Tony Dixon, Partner of RWD commented:Redman Whiteley Dixon is thrilled to win the ShowBoat Award for best interior for Como.  It is wonderful to work with the client again on this his sixth boat with RWD.”  

To support and develop UK design the BMF is working with representatives from across the superyacht sector on initiatives to promote British talent, such as Superyacht UK (SYUK) Young Designer Competition. This event put students’ hand-drawing skill to the test with an acclaimed judging panel, including Philippe Briand. A well-known name in the design world, the British-based designer also saw success at the ShowBoats Design Awards for his work on the 73m motor yacht Grace E which picked up three Awards.

Tom Chant of Superyacht UK, a group association within the British Marine Federation, added: “Congratulations to all winners of the Design Awards, but particularly our BMF and SYUK members.  It was great to see such success for Britain at these global awards, really strengthening and confirming the profile and reputation of British excellence.”


Dukley Marina – The splendour of Montenegro

February 26, 2015

A member of Camper & Nicholsons1782 Club, Dukley Marina is a five-star superyacht marina, positioned in Budva, a breath-taking Montenegro yacht charter destination, nestled in the Eastern Mediterranean. Dukley Marina offers berthing for 300 yachts, measuring up to 70 metres in length.

Dukley Marina - a beautiful Montenegro yacht holiday destination

Dukley Marina – a beautiful Montenegro yacht holiday destination

It’s not every day that you can moor right beside the stone fortifications of a 3,500 year-old town. But in Budva, you can. From here, the dramatic charms of Montenegro are yours for the taking.

Part of the prestigious Dukley complex, with its super luxurious residences, and beach lounge, itself a study in beach-side sophistication, Dukley Marina is the ideal place to start your foray in to Montenegro.

Budva is bustling in summer, with visitors flocking to the many music and theatre festivals, gourmet fairs, and regattas hosted along the Budva riviera’s scenic 11km shoreline.

Dukley Marina

Dukley Marina

Sample some of that dramatic coastline for yourself with an array of stunning beaches right on your doorstep – such as Kraljicina plaza, Milocer or Jaz, all just a short drive out of town. Even closer to base, visit Bečići beach, or take a local water taxi across the bay to St Nicholas’ island, known by the locals as ‘Hawaii’. This verdant, uninhabited island is popular with locals and visitors looking to escape the midday heat.

Back in Budva, lose yourself in the quiet neighbourhoods of the old town, with its cobblestone squares, medieval cathedrals and Venetian heritage at every turn. Or wander the selection of boutiques, wine bars and cafés. When you get peckish, stop off at Demizana, just on the edge of the historical centre of Budva. Here you can savour superb seafood in the cooling shade of palm trees.

At night the town comes to life, buzzing with activity. Sip cocktails in one of the many charming bars and then, if you’re in the mood for dancing, ascend to the thronging Top Hill club, overlooking Budva below. With a capacity of 5,000 and a number of visiting DJs, it’s the best place to dance the night away.

Budva, Montenegro

Budva, Montenegro

Venture further afield

There’s no shortage of rugged beauty or things to see and do in this country. If you have time, venturing beyond Budva is an unforgettable experience. Here is a small selection of things to do.

Southern delights

South of Budva on Montenegro’s Adriatic coastline is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered: the Aman Sveti Stefan 5-star resort. The entire island of this once fortified 15th century village is now a playground of uber-luxury. It has 50 cottages, an elegant 8-suite villa, and grounds spanning 3 beaches, 3 pools, a spa and myriad restaurants.

Nearby there’s also the newly opened and highly acclaimed Italian Casa Mira restaurant. Run by an Italian couple who are deeply passionate about their food, you can enjoy sumptuous dishes made with super-fresh ingredients, a well-stocked wine cellar and outstanding views over the Adriatic.

Northern lights

In the opposite direction, heading north from Budva, is the magnificent Njegoš Mausoleum monument. Sitting on Lovćen National Park’s second-highest peak, it’s home to the tomb of Montenegro’s greatest hero. Even though you can drive to the top, you’ll still need to climb the final 461 steps yourself. But when you reach the top, you’ll be duly rewarded with dramatic views stretching almost the entire country.

If you have time, further northeast is the must-see Đurđevića Tara Bridge. Built over the deepest canyon in Europe, it’s an extraordinary 365 meters long and 172 meters above the water. If looking at its impressive design isn’t enough, you can organise an adrenaline-charged bungee jump off it or a flight along Europe’s longest zip wire.

Other Montenegrin musts include:

  • Durmitor – Go kayaking in Europe’s grandest canyon
  • Bay of Kotor – Explore this stunning fjord-like coast with its gargantuan cliffs and the beautiful historic town of Kotor
  • Stari Bar – Get transported back in time among these centuries-old ruins set amid tranquil countryside
  • Cetinje – Once the royal capital of Montenegro, today Cetinje is a delightfully sleepy town

Holland Jachtbouw – a New Partner of the J Class Association

February 26, 2015

Holland Jachtbouw, which enjoys close ties to J Class yachts, has become a Partner to the J Class Association at a pivotal point in the history of this magnificent Class. The all-new J Class superyacht J8 is scheduled for launch from the shipyard in Zaandam during Spring 2015, joining her stablemate luxury sailing yacht Rainbow, launched from HJB in 2012.

40 m J-Class superyacht Rainbow by Holland Jachtbouw

40 m J-Class superyacht Rainbow by Holland Jachtbouw

In terms of the predicted performance for J8, the Naval Architect, Andre Hoek explains, “When Frank Paine originally drew this vessel in 1935, he was prepared to take a sail area to displacement penalty in order to gain the extra length required. By optimising the design for the modern handicap rules of the JCA, we paid enormous attention to J8’s stiffness to weight ratio and lightweight aluminium hull.”

Exciting times lie ahead for the J Class, which was recently invited to take part in the 2017 America’s Cup, and also for Holland Jachtbouw, which has exclusive ownership of the rights to build two J Class yachts – J9 and Yankee.

Eleven Dubois Superyachts confirmed for Dubois Cup 2015 so far

February 25, 2015

This year’s fifth edition of the Dubois Cup will return to the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) in the fantastic Sardinia yacht charter location – Porto Cervo on May 28. So far, eleven Dubois superyachts have confirmed their participation in this popular Mediterranean regatta, and more are expected to enter in the upcoming weeks. Included in the line-up are the 46m sailing yacht Ganesha, the 50m luxury yacht Ohana and the 53m superyacht Nirvana.

Dubois Cup, May 28 - 30, 2015

Dubois Cup, May 28 – 30, 2015

In a change from previous years, the 2015 Dubois Cup is also open to select superyachts of ‘other pedigree’. Only Dubois designs will compete in the racing, but the organizers welcome other interested owners to spectate the race fleet and share in the evening hospitality.

The Dubois Cup has gone from strength to strength over the years, famed for its family-focused atmosphere and enjoyable racing. This non-profit event brings the Dubois superyachts together for three days of sailing and socializing – Dubois Cup has become well-known for putting on a good party and this year will be no exception.

New training programme unveiled by Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand

February 25, 2015

Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand is proud to announce new training programme. This will allow superyachts to cruise Fiordland, a breath-taking New Zealand yacht charter destination, pilot-free.

Milford, a beautiful New Zealand yacht rental destination

Milford, a beautiful New Zealand yacht rental destination

Superyacht cruising in New Zealand has just received a huge boost with the news that for the first time it is now possible to undertake a training course to gain a Pilot Exemption Certificate when cruising in Fiordland. This exemption to the pilotage laws, developed in association with Southland’s Regional Maritime division, is available to superyachts via Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand (APSNZ).

Thanks to its remote beauty and unspoilt waters, New Zealand’s Fiordland has long proved a must-do destination for superyachts. But, in recent years, cruising Fiordland has been hindered by compulsory pilotage for superyachts in these areas.

Over the past 24 months APSNZ has worked closely with the Southland Regional Maritime Manager to help develop this programme and clear the way for more superyachts to enter the Fiordland region and cruise with guests without the requirement of a full time on board pilot.

New Zealand's Fiorland dusky

New Zealand’s Fiordland dusky

Cruising Fiordland

“The necessity for a pilot to be onboard whilst cruising Fiordland was always one of the main stumbling blocks for our superyacht clients considering cruising the region,” said Duthie Lidgard, Managing Director of Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand. “The South Island, and particularly the Fiordland region, is an amazing place to cruise and we wanted to help open the area up and make it a viable destination that every visiting superyacht could realistically consider.”

These two years of hard work have paid off, with a new Pilotage Exemption Certificate (PEC) Structured Training Programme, specifically for SUPERYACHT MASTERS up to 6000GRT, now up and running. This will allow superyachts a previously unprecedented freedom when cruising Southland.

Applicable for both Fiordland pilotage areas and Stewart Island pilot areas., an application for a pilotage exemption certificate will be considered only for the following classes of ships under this training programme:

–              Class 3 Ships up to 1,000GT

–              Class 2 Ships 1,001 GT to 2,000 GT

–              Class 1 Ships 2001 to 6,000GT

Requirements and documentation for the programme will need to be submitted via a superyacht agent, well in advance of the yacht’s arrival in New Zealand. Asia Pacific Superyachts welcomes all inquiries from yachts looking to come to New Zealand and cruise the Southland Fiords, undoubtedly one of the wonders of the world. Duthie Lidgard is available to discuss the new programme in full, and will also be present at the Monaco Yacht Show to answer any questions about cruising, luxury yacht chartering and luxury tourism within New Zealand.

APSNZ is in the middle of an extremely successful summer cruising season, with record numbers of yachts coming to New Zealand over 2014/2015. The country is proving an increasingly popular choice for superyachts, thanks to a combination of diverse and unique cruising grounds, a strong cultural heritage, safe berthage and world-class provisioning.

“New Zealand is relaxed, but we keep levels of service as high-end as possible,” said Lidgard. “The clients are comfortable, there’s no harassment from media and nobody knows them. They feel safe and comfortable and they don’t need security. It’s a secure, welcoming nation and, combined with the attention to detail and service that New Zealanders deliver, that’s the icing on the cake for our guests.”

As well as its work to open up cruising in the fabulous New Zealand yacht holiday location, the company is continuing to promote New Zealand throughout the world. Tobin has just returned from a successful trip to the Caribbean, talking to new new clients about the opportunities opening for superyachts cruising in NZ, including the Pilot Exemption Certificate programme, bio-security entry into New Zealand, facilitating pets on board and more.

UAE to reinforce its position as Yacht Manufacturing Hub

February 24, 2015

As stated by industry experts, the UAE is expected to strengthen its position as one of the world’s leading international yacht manufacturing hubs as local manufacturers expand their operations, international developers relocate and the maritime industry expands with coastline developments.

DIBS 2015 Press Conference

DIBS 2015 Press Conference

The UAE currently ranks ninth in the world for superyacht manufacturing, with 15 projects under development, according to the 2015 ShowBoats International Global Order Book. Local and international manufacturers are set to announce a slew of new projects for the UAE at the 23rd Dubai International Boat Show.

The region’s leading leisure marine event, taking place from 3-7 March of 2015, will have boats on display worth AED 1 billion according to the organisers, Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

Dr. Khalid Al Zahed, Vice Chairman, Dubai International Marine Club Board, said: “This year’s Dubai International Boat Show will reaffirm Dubai’s status as a leisure marine hub. As the water-based lifestyle becomes increasingly popular in Dubai, we will see this sector continue to expand and grow in the future. Dubai’s commitment to excellence in everything it does will drive the marine industry to achieve new heights and bring more visitors to the city.”

According to the Dubai Council for Marine and Maritime Industries (DCMMI), the total UAE maritime industry is worth more than USD 61 billion, with 386 boats above 24m built in 2014, up 8% on 2013. The fleet of yachts in Dubai has doubled since 2009 and the DCMMI predicts the creation of a national classification society – Tasneef – and the introduction of the world’s first code governing private yachts, the UAE Yacht Code, will boost the industry’s future development.

DIBS 2015 Press Conference

DIBS 2015 Press Conference

Boat builders expand manufacturing activities in UAE

Boosting Dubai’s position as a global maritime hub, Comar Yachts, which has produced more than 6,200 yachts to date, will relocate some of its production facilities from Italy to the UAE. The company aims to manufacture locally around 100 catamarans and powerboats per annum in the 26-46 foot range, as it looks to penetrate the wider GCC market and beyond. Comar Yachts will also announce a major global launch at this year’s Dubai International Boat Show, with the world premiere of its Comet Power Cat line of power catamarans.

“The UAE has the advantage of being a major geographical hub, allowing us to extend our reach not only across the GCC but to India and south-east Asia as well. By moving production facilities here we are able to build boats, reach new markets and attract new customers more economically,” said Marco Liello, Partner, Comar Yachts. “If you look at the success of the regional yachting industry then a lot more shipyards should come to this part of the world, it’s just a question of finding the right place.”

Local manufacturers are also expanding activities in line with the growth in Dubai’s maritime industry, which also aligns with Dubai’s National Innovation Strategy aiming to make the UAE one of the world’s most innovative nations within the next seven years.

The UAE’s Gulf Craft is investing USD 100 million over the next five years to develop a state-of-the-art facility to build a shipyard for the manufacture of mega and super yachts within the marine district of Dubai Maritime City, a world-class maritime cluster in the heart of Dubai.

Named one of the top ten superyacht shipyards in the world, Gulf Craft has played a significant role in cementing the UAE’s position as a yacht production hub, and continues to support developments that build the country’s credibility on the international marine scene.

“Dubai has everything in place to become a global maritime industry hub and to be a centre of excellence for the yachting industry – there is a high degree of wealth, a commitment to the water-based lifestyle and the allure of Dubai as a brand that stands for excellence,” said Erwin Bamps, CEO of Gulf Craft.

“Regulation and integration of the industry are key to establishing international credibility, and the recent announcement of the UAE Yacht Code is a prime example. With these new regulations in place, which is a first-time globally for private superyachts, the UAE is put on the map when it comes to the production of world-class vessels.”

ART Marine, the Middle East’s largest 360 degree leisure yachting enterprise and one of the show’s largest annual exhibitors, is also consolidating its presence in the region with its Oman launch and reopening in Egypt.

“We are focused on continuing to forge strategic partnerships and cementing our presence in the countries of the region we believe in, not only for the superyacht market but also for people who want to enter this lifestyle with a smaller, affordable boat. The Dubai International Boat Show is the best platform for us, to announce new projects, new partnerships and the ongoing collaborations with our partners in this ever challenging but promising market,” said Gregor Stinner, CEO of ART Marine.

The company will also be signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Kleindienst Group – developer of the Heart of Europe at The World Islands, on an exciting yet-to-be-announced cooperation of the two companies at several levels for the unique archipelago, on the second day of the show.

Another UAE-based luxury yacht manufacturer, Al Shaali Marine, will unveil its new USD 5.45 million AS100 model superyacht at the Dubai International Boat Show, which it describes as the first of its kind designed and manufactured in the Middle East.

“The UAE’s embrace of innovation and best-in-class technology, which has seen it develop in so many other areas, will help it to become the global market leader in the yachting industry,” said Sultan Al Shaali, CEO of Al Shaali Group. “The Dubai International Boat Show will allow us to showcase our offerings to a wider market and help to continue to develop Dubai’s maritime industry.”

With potential first-time boat owners set to make up a large number of the expected visitor turnout, the Dubai International Boat Show has ensured a wide range small to medium sized builders will be participating to showcase a range of crafts that also include speed boats, jet skis, quad skis and other marine leisure products. On display are pleasure craft from return exhibitors Delma Marine, Macky Marine and Ocean Boats, as well as boats in the same range from new show entrants Brodie Boats, Dar Al Tawasel Services, Mercan Yachts, Revolver Yachts and Rio Yachts.

With over 800 companies and brands from 54 countries exhibiting at this year’s Dubai International Boat Show, tens of thousands of visitors, from more than 120 countries are expected to attend.

New country participants in 2015 include Djibouti, Indonesia and Luxembourg, while Italy and the USA return as top participating countries, and the event will see 45 global and regional launches over the five days of the show.

New and returning show features draw range of leisure marine enthusiasts

New show features include dedicated sections for DIBS Sailing, DIBS Fishing, and DIBS Water Sports – industry areas supporting strong sales growth over the last several years as Gulf states increasingly develop planned communities around an active, on-water lifestyle.

The DIBS Sailing section is designed as an interactive zone, where enthusiasts – from experienced sailors to first-timers – can see boats, brands, equipment and suppliers from across the globe in a relaxed environment.

The DIBS Fishing sector will meet the needs of even the most expert fisherman, allowing them to get specialist technical advice from experts and see the latest technologies and products. DIBS Water Sports is an exciting new show zone dedicated to all related things, from kayaking, canoeing, jet skiing, and paddle boarding to surfing, kite surfing, and wind surfing, with a dedicated testing pool for water sports enthusiasts

Show sectors for this year include Marina Display, Superyacht Life Area, Outdoor Display, Marine Luxury and Lifestyle, Equipment Services and Supplies (ESS), with popular show features including the Supercar Promenade and the Retail Village returning to the show. The Middle East Yachting Conference – the region’s largest maritime networking session – will bring together some of the leading industry experts, region’s top boat manufacturers, marina operators, in a collaborative knowledge platform. In addition, Marine Talks will offer leisure marine enthusiasts the chance to glean the latest tips, trends and tricks from experts in fishing, diving, sailing and watersports.

The UAE has a strong maritime heritage of dhow construction, ocean commerce, fishing and pearl diving and this tradition has continued with the manufacture of contemporary, state-of-the-art leisure crafts for today’s boating market. The UAE Inspired Pavilion is back again with a range of local small to medium boat builders exhibiting this year. The unique pavilion provides an ideal platform for small-to-medium UAE boat builders to increase market exposure.

Dive Middle East Exhibition (DMEX), held in association with Emirates Diving Association, returns with a 42% increase in exhibiting companies and brands.

“As the region’s maritime industry expands, and as the UAE consolidates itself as a hub for boating and manufacturing, it is important that the Boat Show evolves and develops alongside it,” said Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President of DWTC. “By expanding the reach of the Dubai International Boat Show into wider areas of the marine leisure lifestyle we can better serve the needs of exhibitors and the desires of our visitors,” she said.

The Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss) will again unite to represent the world’s most leading superyacht builders, bringing them together in one dedicated platform at the Superyacht Life Area of the show’s Marina Display.

Key returning partners include Italian luxury watch brand Officine Panerai, Mercedes Benz and Emirates Diving Association. Bombardier, the world’s only manufacturer of both planes and trains, returns as a Supporting Partner.

A vast array of entertainment and show-stopping prizes are available to marine leisure enthusiasts and members of the public this year.

The 23rd Dubai International Boat Show at Dubai International Marine Club – Mina Seyahi is open to trade visitors and the general public from 3pm – 9.30pm daily from 3-7 March 2015.

Sold out 74th annual Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show a Huge Success

February 23, 2015

The sold out 74th annual Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show, which took place over President’s Day weekend in the lovely Florida yacht charter location – Miami, attracted 96,009 visitors from all over the world – a one percent increase over 2014. The event featured more boats than ever before, hundreds of product launches, as well as a new high-end and state-of-the-art Accessory Pavilion that was custom built on the Convention Center’s outdoor exhibition area. Early reports from exhibitors in every market segment indicate the show generated strong sales – in many cases, record sales – helping to kick start momentum for the recreational boating industry in 2015.

Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show 2015

Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show 2015

Exhibitor reports: “We wanted to thank you for a great show this year! My five booths sold a combined 67 boats! My manufacturers are very pleased with our performance (Wellcraft, Glastron, Cobalt, Seafox & Forest River). I know it’s early, but I wanted to let you know that the manufacturers I represent will be back and some want more space.” Jim Sabia, Top Notch Marine

“This year exceeded our expectations. We sold 16 boats and have two more under contract. Miami is always a great show for us. We look forward to another great year next year.” Lana Lohe, CNB Lagoon

“We’ve done better this year than we have in the past couple of years and are already thinking about how to configure our booth for next year to make it even better.” Bob Meagher, Doyle Sailmakers

“We eclipsed our targeted sales number, and those are signed deals! We still have many more to work – the show has been fantastic.” Sean Halley, Boston Whaler

“We had an amazing show. We knew it would be good – but it was beyond our wildest dreams. The 53’ was so well received. So exciting! We’ll be back.” Terri Nuechterlein, HydraSports Custom

As the industry follows up on leads from the 2015 show, plans are already well underway for 2016. The Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show will celebrate its 75th year at Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin – one of the most beloved and historic boating destinations in South Florida – located on Virginia Key off the Rickenbacker Causeway, just across from downtown Miami; the Strictly Sail Miami portion of the show will stay at Miamarina at Bayside.

The City of Miami is investing $16 million to rejuvenate the Park and prepare it for the 2016 boat show. Additionally, NMMA will build customized docks and erect state-of-the-art structures to accommodate land exhibitors. The vast area of water, which is the size of the Washington Mall, will accommodate more than 700 boats including large boats in the deep water basin. On land, large, cutting-edge temporary outdoor structures will be both air-conditioned and open-air and will span Marine Stadium Park.

Other elements of the new site announced by NMMA include plentiful parking in downtown Miami and near the show with quick water taxi and shuttle bus rides directly to the show. Additionally, water taxis will be stationed at numerous ports and hotels throughout Miami to take attendees to and from the show quickly and efficiently. The show will also offer the ability for private boats to dock at the show and have access to launch services. With an abundance of hotels nearby, experiencing the show will be easier than ever. What’s more, the show will offer a hassle-free VIP experience, allowing exhibitors the opportunity to attract and engage customers in a new way.

Spain Yacht Charter: New Yachting Legislation IS Working

February 23, 2015

Palma-based Network Marine Consultants is proud to announce that the new yachting legislation works in the popular Spain yacht charter destination. It is now well over a year since all charter yachts operating Spain, irrespective of size, could claim exemption from the infamous matriculation tax, and several months since non-EU-flagged superyachts were allowed to charter within Balearic waters.

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Es Porroig Ibiza www networkmarineconsultants com

Patricia Bullock, Director of Network Marine Consultants founded some 32 years ago, comments, “2014 was a year to remember, giant steps were taken and the brakes came off Spain’s yachting sector.  We are now open for fair and commercially-viable business and the industry has started to flourish.  Right now at Network Marine Consultants we are busier than ever with plenty of boats going through the process of obtaining their first licence for charter in the Balearic Islands, many of them superyacht sized. Word is spreading, trust is being earned, and we should see a busy summer charter season.”

From a base of zero (yes, zero) in 2013, Network Marine Consultants administered no less than 33 superyacht charter licences in 2014.  Taking renewals out of the equation, these brand new licences were for 25 motor yachts, four sailing yachts and four catamarans, up to a substantial 52 metres LOA.

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Formentor Mallorca www networkmarineconsultants com

Patricia continues, “It’s these superyacht statistics that prove that the new legislation is working and give us hope that the Spanish superyacht charter fleet will continue to expand.  Worldwide yachting association, MYBA, estimated back in 2011 that there were around 802 large yachts for rent in the Mediterranean of which only 17 were available in Spain.  Taking only our endeavours into account, we’ve already managed to increase this figure by 200%, bringing clients with high purchasing power to the Islands.  Spain should welcome with open arms these MLC-compliant, eco-friendly, tax-legal, efficiently-run enterprises that generate employment and economic prosperity to the tune of an estimated five million US dollars spent each year by a 50-metre yacht.”

Official figures from Spanish marine trade association, ANEN, back this sentiment.  In its 2014 review, it stated that Spain’s recreational yachting market grew almost ten per cent after six years of decline.  Director of ANEN, Carlos Sanlorenzo, believes the market has stabilized post-crisis and attributes much of the growth to the removal of the 15-metre ceiling for charter yachts claiming exemption from matriculation tax.

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Palma de Mallorca www networkmarineconsultants com

Supporting Network Marine Consultants statistics, ANEN found the greatest increase in yacht registrations happened in the higher LOAs, with the 16-metre-plus market (52-foot) growing by 48.2% in 2014.  Taking into account just charter boat registrations of 16-metre-plus, this figure jumps higher to 157.14% year-on-year.  The Balearics still dominate Spain’s recreational yachting market taking 14.78% of boat registrations in 2014 nudging Barcelona into second place with 10.75%.

Network Marine Consultants will be exhibiting at the 3rd Edition of the Palma Superyacht Show running from 30 April to 4 May, concurrently with the 32nd Edition of the Palma International Boat Show.