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Registration for incredible Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta to close on May 3, 2015

April 16, 2015

Registration for the 2015 Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, running from June 2 to 6, will close in only three weeks, on May 3, 2015. To be attended by the world’s finest sailing superyachts, this incredible Mediterranean sailing event will once again provide four days of exhilarating racing in the azure waters of the archipelago of La Maddalena off the northern coast of the fabulous Sardinia yacht holiday location.

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This year’s Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta will use the new ORCsy handicap rule, first implemented at the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and St Barths Bucket. Tony Rey, tactician on board superyacht Marie and a participant in the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta, said:This kind of racing is spectacular. The ORCsy rating couldn’t ask for a better soft launch. This event at YCCS was absolutely spectacular and the perfect way to introduce it. The fact we had a few different winners, close finishes: that’s what we want and that’s what we got.”

An amazing fleet of luxury vessels will participate in this year’s Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, including the 46m Vitters sailing yacht Ganesha, the 55m Vitters super yacht Marie, the 37m Fitzroy luxury charter yacht Moonbird and the 33m Baltic yacht WinWin. In addition, the event will feature a rich social programme. Yacht owners and crew members will gather at the Welcome Cocktail Party at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) on the eve of the regatta; all participants will enjoy a Party in the Piazza with live entertainment; the Loro Piana Owners’ Dinner on the YCCS terrace is expected to be an unforgettable night and guests will party the night away at the fantastic Phi Beach. As tradition dictates, the regatta will come to an end with the prize giving ceremony and farewell cocktails in Piazza Azzurra.

Moonbird -  Cruising

Moonbird - Cruising

“I really love this place,” said the owner of 24 metre sloop Ivanka. “When I came here the first time I was already thinking about the next time, and just waiting, waiting, waiting… It’s the best start to the Med season – nice people, nice marina with beautiful views, very good conditions, and it’s always a pleasure for me to take part in this regatta.”

Opulent Riviera 75 Enclosed Flybridge Motor Yacht SEABREEZE to be displayed at Singapore Yacht Show 2015

April 16, 2015

Australian shipyard, Riviera Yachts, will be displaying the opulent Riviera 75 Enclosed Flybridge motor yacht Seabreeze at this month’s Singapore Yacht Show. To be showcased for the first time in Asia, luxury yacht Seabreeze will be on display in D-Arm of the ONE°15 Marina Club in Sentosa Cove, a lovely Singapore yacht holiday destination.

The supremely seaworthy Riviera 75 Enclosed Flybridge motor yacht Seabreeze underway

The supremely seaworthy Riviera 75 Enclosed Flybridge motor yacht Seabreeze underway

The supremely seaworthy Seabreeze yacht earned individual international recognition for her amazing voyage to Singapore from Sydney, Australia last December. She travelled on her own bottom from Darwin to Singapore without a landfall, and without taking on additional fuel.

Luxury yacht Seabreeze completed a 1850nm journey in 193 hours at an average 9,5 knots, with fuel to spare from the initial 14,800 litres onboard when she left Darwin with her skipper, one crewman and the Singapore-based owner.

Luxury yacht Seabreeze - an opulent saloon comparable to a world-class resort

Luxury yacht Seabreeze – an opulent saloon comparable to a world-class resort

Experienced skipper Tim Edwards said: “Her MAN 1800s didn’t miss a beat even though, at one point south of Borneo, the tips of the waves were at eye level with the flybridge, and currents were running at 5-6 knots.

Riviera chairman and owner Rodney Longurst said the 75 Enclosed Flybridge hull was developed in close consultation with bespoke superyacht designer Frank Mulder, ensuring safety, comfort and performance. “The 75 Enclosed Flybridge features a level of opulence comparable to a world-class luxury resort, four luxurious staterooms, including an unashamedly indulgent full-beam master suite. She also carries all the hallmark Riviera luxury alfresco lifestyle designs, as well as the full range of the latest marine technology to ensure she can be comfortably handled by an experienced cruising couple.

Gulf Craft announces its presence at eagerly awaited Singapore Yacht Show 2015

April 16, 2015

Gulf Craft is proud to announce their participation in the upcoming Singapore Yacht Show 2015. This eagerly awaited event will take place from April 23 to 26 at the ONE°15 Marina Club in Sentosa Cove, nestled in the fantastic Southeast Asia yacht vacation location – Singapore. The video below shows luxury yachts by Gulf Craft to be displayed at the 2015 event, including the striking motor yacht Majesty 105

During the event, Gulf Craft will be showcasing and regionally launching superyacht Majesty 105, finalist in many international awards, alongside the largely popular motor yacht Majesty 48, which has been designed expressly for family leisure cruising, as well as the latest addition to its wide range of yachts and boats, the Nomad 65. Nomad 65 yacht is the first hybrid semi-displacement vessel under the recently established brand, Nomad Yachts.

By blending yachting with luxury lifestyle, the Singapore Yacht Shows gives us the perfect platform to connect with ultra-high net worth individuals from the region and demonstrate our commitment to making their boating aspirations a reality,said Erwin Bamps, CEO of Gulf Craft.

As the maritime infrastructure in South East Asia continues to progress, from the development of marina facilities to beautiful yachting destinations, we want to continue to give people an opportunity to create memorable experiences on water with their friends and families.

Visit Gulf Craft at the Singapore Yacht Show 2015 on Stand A1, and view Gulf Craft charter yachts here below.

Bright Future for Cuba Yacht Charter

April 10, 2015

The 2015 Superyacht Summit organised by the U.S. Superyacht Association, held in West Palm Beach, Florida in March, saw a great discussion regarding the current and future state of the Cuban tourism industry in relation to Cuba yacht charter and yachting tourism in general. Although the non-American crew and private yachts can travel to Cuba, the recent announcement of the changes in travel restrictions for Americans are expected to increment the amount of charter yachts visiting Cuba in he future.

Cuba - Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board - Yachting

Cuba – Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board – Yachting

As reported by The Triton, during a Superyacht Summit session entitled “Cuba:The Last Frontier” a panel of yachting industry professionals suggested a rise in yachts visiting Cuba, aiding not only the local yachting industry but the local economy as well. It seems that the biggest impact is expected in the Cuban yacht charter industry. There are number of private yachts visiting Cuba each year, however charter yachts are limited due to the legal restrictions on Americans.

Cuba - Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board

Cuba – Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board

Once the restrictions have been dropped, Cuba has a great potential of becoming a popular destination for American charter clients. Although the island is currently able to accommodate yachts up to about 150 feet only, there is plenty of areas to anchor out, not to mention the various areas to explore. Cuba represents a fantastic destination for charter guests seeking adventure and excitement, and something new to discover in addition to the popular Caribbean.

Cuba holidays  - Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board

Cuba holidays – Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board

A law to eliminate tourism restrictions for the American travellers to Cuba has been proposed, however it still needs to be voted on. Currently all Americans can travel legally to Cuba, however with some limitations. When it comes to visiting Cuba aboard a boat/yacht, the vessel must have less than 10% American components, has to be registered outside of the U.S.; and there has to be a reason for its visit such as an environmental or professional research, or attendance of an event. Some expect the restriction to be dropped in about a year’s time, some longer. One thing is for sure, eliminating these restrictions will have a positive effect on the Cuban yacht charter industry as well as the local tourism industry in general.

Cuba - Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board

Cuba – Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board

About Cuba Yacht Charter

“The most beautiful land eyes have ever seen” Christopher Columbus, 1492.

What better way to explore this fascinating island, situated between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, than on a luxury Cuba yacht charter? Cuba represent the largest country in the Caribbean, offering plenty of interesting destinations and a colourful culture. The island offers a beautiful array of landscapes, from green valleys to imposing mountains. It has hundreds of spectacular sandy beaches and crystal clear waters to cruise through.

Cuba - Aerial  - Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board

Cuba – Aerial – Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board

One of the many places to visit in Cuba include the province of Holguin. It is a breath-taking rugged mountainous region, renowned for its undulating hills and exquisite beaches and a fantastic place for diving enthusiast with lovely diving sites and a variety of beaches, lagoons and bays waiting to be explored. The city of Holguin is also well worth a visit with La Periquerra (parrot cage) being one of its highlights. It is a historical museum where Spanish colonial troops hid behind the building’s barred windows during a native attack in 1868. Visitors on a Cuba charter yacht have the exclusive opportunity to visit Cayo Saetia, a tiny island, approachable by sea or helicopter only, which is home to imported animals like antelopes, buffalo or zebras.

Cuba - Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board

Cuba – Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board

Travellers on a Cuba yacht holiday should not miss a visit to Havana. Havana represents the largest city in the Caribbean and for centuries it served as a gateway to the Gulf of Mexico. Havana’s historic centre, Old Havana was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982, with the city’s firs building dating back to 1519.

Cuba - Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board

Cuba – Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board

Trinidad de Cuba is another destination with ancient palaces and colonial architecture which has remained unchanged. It offers magnificent Caribbean beaches contrasted by the Escambray mountain range. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site from 1983 is the colonial town and nearby Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills).

Said to be one of the most Caribbean cities on the island of Cuba is the second largest city, Santiago de Cuba. The city saw a large influence by immigration and trade from the Caribbean islands and is particularly known for its carnival .

Cuba - Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board

Cuba – Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board

Cuba’s almost 6000-kilometre coastline is dotted with about 200 sheltered bays, more than 4,000 keys and islets and 588 kilometres of beaches. Both the Atlantic and Caribbean sides of the island are sheltered by coral reefs, one of which belongs to the second-largest reef, originating in South America. When it comes to sailing and waters sports, Cuba has it all!

Cuba - Beaches - Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board

Cuba – Beaches – Image credit to Cuba Tourist Board

When planning for your next Cuba yacht vacation, make sure to choose a yacht broker that has access to all the yachts… And choose a company that works for you personally (not the yacht owner) and has your best interests at heart – like CharterWorld. We are the largest professional broker specialising in luxury yacht charters and we are the most dedicated – as evidenced by our happy customers here.

For additional information on Cuba yacht availability and personalised itineraries, please get in touch with our experienced charter agents who will be pleased to assist you in planning your next dream holiday.

Giraglia Rolex Cup 2015 to start Rolex’s European yachting season in mid-June

April 09, 2015

Rolex’s European yachting season kicks off in mid-June with the Giraglia Rolex Cup, which comprises the oldest offshore race in the popular Mediterranean yacht charter location. The competition is a treasured part of Rolex’s association with sailing, encapsulating the sport’s noble values and the spirit of fair play and bonheur that unites all of Rolex’s yachting events.

The fleet rounding the Giraglia Rock - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

The fleet rounding the Giraglia Rock – Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

A winning format

The Giraglia Rolex Cup celebrates its 63rd edition in 2015. Following a first leg from Sanremo (starting on Friday, 12 June) the fleet will gather in the chic harbour of Saint-Tropez for three days of inshore competition (from Sunday 14 – Tuesday 16 June) before embarking on the main event, the 243-nautical mile offshore race (commencing Wednesday 17 June) to Genoa via the Giraglia rock.

History and camaraderie

A historic event, the Giraglia Rolex Cup has emerged from humble origins to become internationally-revered, attracting in excess of 200 yachts. The event has always enticed a core of amateur French and Italian sailors as well as professional crews sailing state-of the-art racing yachts. This combination remains at its heart. The dockside atmosphere is always welcoming and by the end the crews are like old friends, readily sharing their experiences. The final prizegiving, where winners are awarded a Rolex timepiece alongside some impressive trophies as reward for their excellence, is a celebratory occasion, and a true demonstration of the competition’s spirit.

The Giraglia rock - the symbol of the 248-nm race - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

The Giraglia rock – the symbol of the 248-nm race – Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Striking backdrop

Saint-Tropez is a popular destination among sailors, and is an ideal location for three days of competitive inshore racing and the start of the Giraglia Rolex Cup offshore race. This picturesque artist’s haven offers the crews a relaxing and convivial summer atmosphere and the perfect setting for the highly-anticipated Rolex crew party.

Friendship and fraternity

The race was founded in a Paris bistro in 1953 by members of the Yacht Club de France and today’s principal organisers the Yacht Club Italiano (YCI). It has run each year since. Collaboration between the organising yacht clubs has always been close. Today, the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez and the YCI, both partner yacht clubs of Rolex, have maintained that tradition of close friendship and fraternity. Last year’s decision to finish the race in Monte-Carlo was made in keeping with the spirit of the race – the YCI’s contribution towards the inauguration of the Yacht Club de Monaco’s stunning new clubhouse. As a partner of both yacht clubs, Rolex was fully supportive of this demonstration of comradeship and was proud to be a participant in a landmark moment in the life of the race. The arrival point for this year’s race will be the YCI’s home in Genoa.

Superyacht ESIMIT EUROPA 2 (SLO) leads the fleet during the offshore race - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Superyacht ESIMIT EUROPA 2 (SLO) leads the fleet during the offshore race – Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Legendary landmark

The iconic symbol of the Giraglia Rolex Cup is the Giraglia rock itself. Like the Fastnet Rock, Stromboli and the Organ Pipes, it has become mythic in the minds of competitors. A large ridge-backed rock, the Giraglia is the northern extension of the Cap Corse, the out pointed finger on the hand of Corsica. It lies barely one nautical mile off the coast of the island, measuring 600-metres in length, a mere 50 metres wide and rises just 60 metres above sea level. For the fleet it signals the race’s virtual halfway point.

Record entrants

Rolex has partnered the competition since 1998, helping revive the race’s fortunes after a period of difficulty. The event enjoys a significant international standing and over the past decade has witnessed a rise in fleet size, notably from double-handed and single-handed crews, those most fervently pushing resources to the limit. The current record stands at 220 race starters, set in 2010.

Prizes at final prizegiving - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Prizes at final prizegiving – Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Excellent exploits

The race record at the Giraglia Rolex Cup has been broken seven times in the event’s illustrious history. The list of winners comprises boats which have defined eras in the sport, including Stella Polare and Benbow through to Neville Crichton’s two versions of Alfa Romeo (victorious in 2003 and 2008) and Igor Simcic’s 100-ft Maxi yacht Esimit Europa 2, four-time line honours winner at the event, which in 2012 set what looks like an unbeatable race record time of 14 hours, 56 minutes 16 seconds.

Open field

The current defending champion is the Swiss yacht Tixwave, a Swan 42. She follows a host of Corinthian crews to win the race on handicap, sailing boats largely in the 30-52 foot range. Seven of the last ten winners of the race have been crews composed entirely of Corinthian sailors. “It was quite special to do the Giraglia Rolex Cup this year because it is exactly 40 years ago that I did my first one,” explained Tixwave skipper Bernard Vananty following last year’s victory. “I was 18/19 years old. It was very windy, we had a prototype boat and we could not finish the race. Last year we came back to do the race again, we were second overall and this year we have won!” Vananty’s story is typical and his victory demonstrates the persistence characteristic of the competing crews as well as capturing the race’s timeless appeal across generations.

Expect the unexpected

Competing in the Giraglia Rolex Cup does not require the same level of resources or endurance as a 600-nm race, but the race is intense and the fleet can face testing, brutal conditions. With most crews aiming to finish within a 24-48 hour window, the watch systems employed by the longer races are often ignored and the Giraglia becomes a full on, ‘stay awake’ experience. Conditions – whether calm or ferocious – can be punishing; in 1998 only five yachts out of 78 completed the race due to an almost complete absence of wind.

Tight finishes

The relatively short course ensures the fleet remain more compressed than during other offshore races; yachts often have their main rivals in sight which creates interesting tactical duels. Some of the finishes have been notoriously tight, notably in 2005 when Black Dragon sneaked passed Magic Carpet only 300m from the finish line in Genoa, eventually finishing a mere minute ahead.

Asia Pacific Superyachts to attend Singapore Yacht Show 2015

April 08, 2015

The leading superyacht care and services provider, Asia Pacific Superyachts, will once again attend the Singapore Yacht Show, running in the beautiful Southeast Asia yacht charter location – Singapore from April 23 to 26, 2015. The event continues to gain international recognition with a strong showcasing of an elite group of Superyacht industry participants.

Photo Fiji Tourism Bay of Island

Photo Fiji Tourism Bay of Island

Representing Asia and the Pacific’s most interesting and diverse cruising destinations, visitors to the APS Stand #K45 will be welcomed by highly experienced APS agents offering new Superyacht cruising information on: Andaman Islands, Borneo; Cambodia; Fiji; Hong Kong; Indonesia; Koh Samui, Thailand; Langkawi, Malaysia; Maldives; Myanmar; New Zealand; Phuket, Thailand; Philippines; Seychelles; Sri Lanka; Singapore and Tahiti & French Polynesia.

Visitors are invited to the APS Exhibit ‘Island’ – and open plan design shared with North American Boat Services and located across from the event’s Exhibitors Lounge.  Within the display stunning moving images and cruising advice will be on offer from APS superyacht experts, collectively servicing the highest number of superyacht visitors in most of the Asia and Pacific regions.

Happy to discuss cruising and destination planning, visitors stopping by the APS stand will get the inside scoop of Asia and the Pacific’s safe and fantastic cruising grounds, little known anchorages and new adventure and diving Superyacht journey options.

APS Singapore’s Scott Walker, coordinating the APS/ North American Boat Services Exhibit, comments: “As a founding member of the Superyacht Singapore Association (SSA), my motivation and that of Asia Pacific Superyachts collectively is to strongly support the Superyacht industry in our APS areas. From my vantage point in Singapore and that of my APS colleagues, many clients aren’t familiar with the areas we represent and have very specific needs and desires which are much different from what goes on in the Med and the Caribbean. We want to share critical information of Asia – Pacific cruising with our visitors.”

New ORCsy Rating System proves extremely promising during first two superyacht regattas in the Caribbean

April 02, 2015

The new ORCsy rating rule, which will be used at this year’s Superyacht Cup Palma, proved extremely promising during the first two regattas in the fabulous Caribbean yacht charter location last month. It provided competitors with some of the closest and most exciting superyacht racing to date.

Luxury charter yacht P2 at The Superyacht Cup Palma 2013

Luxury charter yacht P2 at The Superyacht Cup Palma 2013 – Image by Claire Matches

“The ORC collaborating with the Superyacht Racing Association (SYRA) is already evaluating the race results and reviewing the feedback provided by the event organisers and yacht representatives,” said SYRA Executive Peter Craig. “Based on lessons learned in Virgin Gorda and St Barths, the VPP will change and rule policy will be adjusted before the next regatta. We knew from the outset that this would be a challenging undertaking, but are really pleased with the rule´s debut. There is no question that full transparency is the key to success for the ORCsy.”

The impressive entry list for Palma has continued to grow with the addition of charter yacht P2 and superyacht Visione since their respective wins at the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht regatta and the St Barths Bucket.  “The three of us, Visione (45m Reichel Pugh/Baltic Yachts), superyacht Inoui (33m Briand/Vitters Shipyard and P2, Briand/Perini Navi 38m) have been neck-and-neck at the finish each race and I can say we are all sailing very well, so the handicap is clearly working. There are a few outliers that need some help and fixing but the heart of it is working. These boats are so complex that it does take a couple of years to get them to their top performance. I´d say we are pretty good at sailing our boat around the track and getting every ounce of speed out of it” explained P2´s helmsman Peter Holmberg after their win in Virgin Gorda. Clearly the three highly competitive yachts will continue their close racing in Palma in June. Visione, P2 and Inoui have all participated at the Superyacht Cup in previous years but not all in the same year so the competition is going to be as tight as ever.

Winner of the St Barths Bucket 2015 now heading to the Superyacht Cup Palma

Superyacht Visione – a winner of the St Barths Bucket 2015 – now heading to the Superyacht Cup Palma – Image by Claire Matches

Long term partners of the Superyacht Cup Pantaenius, Astilleros de Mallorca and Rolling Stock are  looking forward to this year´s regatta as many of the fleet head back to Palma from the Caribbean for various refit and painting projects prior to the European season. Rolling Stock´s Shore Support are offering SYC participating yachts assistance with all their on-shore arrangements during the regatta including housing, transport arrangements and provisioning.

New sponsors to recently confirm a three year partnership at silver level is Jotun. Jotun is one of the world´s leading manufacturers of decorative paints, marine, yacht, protective and powder coatings and is recognized as the leading supplier of megayacht topcoats, fillers, antifoulings and primers. “I am delighted with our new partnership with the Superyacht Cup Palma, it is a great opportunity for us to support this prestigious regatta and develop relationships with some of the best names in the superyacht world,” commented Marcus Reynolds, Yacht Marketing Manager for Jotun. 

The Superyacht Cup will be held from June 17-20th at Muelle Viejo, Palma with racing on the 18th/19th and 20th June.

Carla Demaria – New President of UCINA

April 02, 2015

Carla Demaria, Chairman of Board of Directors and a member of Monte Carlo Yachts based in Monfalcone, has become the new President of Ucina Confindustria Nautica. The Association brings together companies dedicated to recreational boating.

Carla Demaria

Carla Demaria

She was elected with a majority and presented her innovative work program entitled “Etica, Solidarietà, Rinnovamento” (Ethics, Solidarity, Renewal).

The Electoral Assembly of Ucina Confindustria Nautica during which new President Carla Demaria was elected with a majority was held today at Santa Margherita in Ligure. 884 votes of a total of 1128 votes available were represented in the Assembly, that is approximately 80%, confirming a broad elective bases. Those in favor were 879.

The title of her program “Etica, Solidarietà, Rinnovamento” (Ethics, Solidarity, Renewal), which was presented to Members, anticipates a broad revision of the Statute and the intensity of the work programs for the next months: Carla Demaria is a strong voice in an important moment for the life of the association.

“After some companies left – said the new President – we were resized but strengthened as far as democratic values inspiring an organization and representation of business interests are concerned. I do not believe in the contrast between big and small ones, and I am convinced that the differences can be transformed into confrontation. The changes I proposed to the Statute will expand Shareholder’s participation in decisions through the shortening of the chain of governance. In addition each one of the seven sectors which we have identified will have a precise representation”.

Among the new President’s intentions the statutory mission of Ucina for representing, defending and promoting the entire Italian boating industry, both in Italy and abroad, remains essential.

The institutional activities of Ucina can count on an advisory board that will support the decisions and which is composed of representatives belonging to the academic world of entrepreneurial professions.

The program also provides the start-up of new projects of international fame that will benefit from greater integration with the European Boating Industry and an enlargement of membership as a result of new services made available that will increase the advantage of the business relationship.

Carla Demaria has confirmed the central role of the Genoa Boat Show, whose organization continues being performed at a rapid pace: “which continues to be the best showcase for our marine industry, for tradition and knowledge of the public. In terms of layout you can expose boats and create events for the public which other shows around the world are not able to do. According to our Association doing it right also means representing and protecting the category”.

Carla Demaria was born in Turin, educated in Italy and is one of the reference managers in the nautical world. She is currently President of Monte Carlo Yachts, a company that that has over a 50 million Euro turnover and more than 300 direct employees in Italy. She is also President of Benetau Italia and General Manager of brand Beneteau.

She worked at Gruppo Azimut Benetti Group for twenty years, holding positions with an increasing responsibility: Sales Manager in 1988, Director of Sales and Marketing in 1990, member of the Steering Committee starting in 1996 and Director of Azimut Capital in 2000. In 2002 she became President and CEO of Atlantis Spa (former Gobbi).

In 2008 she left the Gruppo Azimut Benetti and together with Beneteau Group she founded Carlo Yachts, in order to build high-end yachts in Italy and with an Italian design.

She became part of the Board of Directors of Ucina for the first time in 2006 and became vice president in 2008. She became part of the Board of Directors once again in 2014.

55th edition of the Genoa Boat Show officially presented

April 02, 2015

This year’s 55th edition of the Genoa Boat Show has been officially presented in Genoa, a lovely Italy yacht vacation destination, earlier this week. Among the great news of this year’s event is the partnership with Volvo Ocean Race. The players of the historic race around the world will come to Genoa for the first time. The most visited Boat Show of the Mediterranean has thus strengthened its mission to excitedly ignite the passion for the sea.

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There are great news for the upcoming edition of the Boat Show, which will open its doors on 30 September and will end on 5 October. Once again, this Boat Show is the most important Mediterranean event dedicated to lovers of the sea. In an economic situation that justifies a dose of lost optimism the event will achieve its mission to ignite passion for the sea and to enjoy the boat for holidays and amusement, and as ideal for spending time with the family, friends, and for practising water sports.

Right after being elected President of the UCINA Confindustria Nautica (the Italian Marine Boating Industry Association), Carla Demaria confirmed the central role that the Show plays for the pleasure boating industry: “The Boat Show is still the best showcase for our industry in terms of tradition and public knowledge. Boats can be displayed and events can be created, which is impossible to do at other events. During the recent shareholders’ meeting, the defence of Genoa as the venue was unanimous. Although the shareholders come from all regions of Italy, nobody proposed alternative sites within their specific territories, of which, I imagine, they have good knowledge. This confirms that currently there is no other option that includes all product sectors in only one event”.

Anton Albertoni, the President of the organising company I Saloni Nautici, affirms: “Gone are the days when the primary motivation for selling of boats was the status symbol. We are facing a whole new market. Nowadays, organising a trade fair is primarily about knowing how to anticipate industry trends and no longer about photographing a situation in order to obtain the maximum benefits, as happened in the past. Now, for all of us, the real value lies in the quality of life, how we spend our free time and with whom we share it. It is no longer about with what we spend this free time. So, this is how our Show discovered that it is no longer about big and small boats, sail or motor boats, but it is all about something shared between all enthusiasts: excitement”. I Saloni Nautici was established by the will of the UCINA member companies. These companies have the shared goal of enhancing their ability to organise the Show by making sure that the Boat Show has the market features typical of the companies in this sector, by anticipating consumer habits and addressing the trends of producers.

So, a great novelty will be surrounding this year’s edition of the Show, with its Sea Experience: the boats that took part in the Volvo Ocean Race, the hardest crew race that is currently facing the very arduous stage including the passage from Cape Horn, will be presented. The In Port Reunion Race Event, a first-time race held in the break between the two editions of the World Tour, offers an excellent opportunity to meet the renowned sailors and experience the excitement of offshore sailing. In fact, in addition to the boats, there will be the Dome, a cinema offering visitors the most powerful images of the race and a full-scale model of a boat in which the public can enter.

Tom Touber, the Chief Operating Officer of the regatta, said: “Volvo Ocean Race is very happy to sign a partnership with the 2015 Boat Show. The regatta will end in Gothenburg, Sweden, in June and, after a rest following the great effort, the teams will enter the water again at the end of the summer for some events dedicated to their sponsors. So, we want to bring them together as much as possible in Genoa starting from 30 September during the Boat Show. We will bring our best attractions to create a mini Volvo Ocean Race village. All teams of the regatta have expressed a keen interest to take part in the event. We chose Genoa because the quality of the Show and the city has played a crucial role, especially with its easy access to deep water to race the regattas. But, as is often the case, the people also made a difference. Alessandro Campagna, sales manager, and Antonio Vettese, media relations, worked well with my team in creating a great event for the crews and the Italian audience that has taken our regatta to heart. The choice of date is perfect, and we hope for some good weather in late September”.

The layout of the Boat Show consolidates some insights of the previous year. The model of the event was immediately well appreciated and has attracted the interest of some exhibitors who were not present last year and have decided to attend this year. It has been confirmed that sailing world will be present at Marina 1 and in the square Piazzale Marina 1. In these areas, we are working on developing formats that enable an easy visit and immediate contact with the products. There will be novelties such as private piers and the development of an area dedicated to the catamarans. The Teatro del Mare, under the large tensile structure, will be the meeting place for the community. It will be opened but independent from the exhibition area. The collaboration started last year with the European Boat of The Year has already been confirmed.

The Boat Show will dedicate even more space to the piers for sea testing. For two years now, the world of outboard motor boats has used a formula that brings the visitor on board and in close contact with the performances of the most innovative and entry level products. This is perfect for those making their first steps in the world of ship owners.

The New Grande Darsena has wharves ideal for the world of inboard motor boats. A new design of the wharves has been developed to ensure a circular route that will offer exhibitors the best conditions and visitors the thrill of immersing among the jewels of the sea in a unique floating route.

To conclude the product exhibition part of the Show, there will be the world of accessories and components and parts that, as of this year, will be integrated in the world of marine engines and power control systems. It is a unique environment where the trade tools needed for this sector can be developed. In fact, this year meetings with international operators will be reinforced. These will be joined by technical

and purchasing categories with enhanced agreements with the international press of the sector for a format that is dedicated to innovation of technology and the product. The world of Design will also be present so that the Boat Show is also used as a breeding ground for new solutions.

Alongside these “historic” sectors that define the soul of the Show, there will also be a great push to broaden those areas that represent the downstream boat services. Therefore, there will be pavillon for representatives of the nautical tourism destinations, for charters as the first approach to the world of the sea. There will also be spaces for fishing, which in Italy counts for 1,300,000 sportsmen of which 87% in salt water, and spaces for scuba diving. The partnership with Eataly for the food&beverage part has also been confirmed for the 55th edition of the Show.

The Show’s sale manager, Alessandro Campagna, explains: “We have a new image and the new portal for the Boat Show is online. This will be used as a showcase and in the upcoming days, the communication project for the Boat Show will start and will be especially addressed abroad. In fact, we are concluding agreements with several spokespeople. They include both famous and emerging people from the various communities that represent the exhibition supply chain of the Boat Show and who will promote the event as we approach the date”.

A few days ago, the Italy Pavilion of Expo 2015 announced the event sponsorship. As of the middle of September, this pavilion will be the venue of an important appointment anticipating the event that will take place in Genoa. For the international community it is an important vehicle to communicate and position the Boat Show.

MYBA Charter Show 2015 Innovations

April 02, 2015

Benefitting from a spread of new ideas as well as innovation, this month’s MYBA Charter Show 2015 is well known as one of the most significant annual fixtures for professional yacht and superyacht charter brokers. The event will take place from Monday 27th to Thursday 30th April in Genoa, a lovely Italy yacht vacation destination.

Jacqui Lockhart - Chair of the MYBA Charter Boat Shows Panel

Jacqui Lockhart – Chair of the MYBA Charter Boat Shows Panel

The undisputed star attraction, once again, will be the assembled fleet; comprising an impressive line-up of many of the world’s most glamorous and elite motor and sailing yachts available for luxury yacht charter. Proud Captains and eager-to-please Crew, assisted by hard-working Central Agents, will spend much of the week courting the attention of as many of the 350+ pre-registered brokers as possible.

For their part, the brokers and yachting professionals, who are all vetted and pre-registered, come to discuss cruising itineraries and inspect, appraise and assess the living & accommodation quality and the general ambience & welcome offered onboard the yachts.

Many use the occasion of the well-attended and highly successful Show Cocktail Party and combined Yacht Hop on the Aquarium Quay as a great opportunity to network and socialise with fellow charter professionals and Captains. This year’s extended ‘Opening Cocktail’ takes place on the traditional Tuesday evening and will stay open right through to 23.00 hrs.

2015 MYBA Charter Show - New Reception Area Plan

2015 MYBA Charter Show – New Reception Area Plan

For yachts, the opportunity to create long-lasting impressions is what it’s all about and the increasingly popular MYBA Superyacht Chefs’ Competition – with a parallel award for Best Service – is one such chance for Chefs and Chief Stews to stand out.

This year’s culinary theme is a “Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet Dinner Party with Decadent Chocolate Dessert” and since the first competition in 2013, the standard of cooking and service presentation has risen to such an incredibly high level that 2 top chefs, including a local Genovese fine dining Chef, and the double Michelin starred Chef Antonio Mellino from Quattro Passi in Italy and London, along with the manager of La Mère Germaine in Villefranche sur Mer, Thierry Blouin, will form part of the already highly experienced judging panel.

Of the most recent new yacht launches from 2014, the event welcomes many first-timers including, for example, the 40m Sunseeker motor yacht ‘Thumper’, the 43.6m Benetti superyacht ‘Latiko’ and the 28.5m Benetti luxury yacht ‘Zehava’.

Conversely, one of the oldest yachts attending for the first time will be the 1927 classic charter yacht ‘Xarifa’. Fresh from a refit and looking her absolute best in readiness for the season, ‘Xarifa’ was built in Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK and originally owned by Franklin Morse Singer, one of the sons of the founder of the Singer Sewing Machine company. Later in the 1950’s the yacht then passed in to the hands of famous Austrian oceanographers Hans & Lotti Haas, who pioneered the underwater filming of marine mammals and sea-life. And with such a long and fascinating history, the colourful story of ‘Xarifa’ will be guaranteed to keep her superyacht charter guests enthralled for hours!

Classic Sailing Yacht XARIFA -  Main

Classic Sailing Yacht XARIFA - Main

Also new this year will be the relocation of the visitor reception area and combined lounge/ complimentary breakfast zone (sponsored by GIS), which is now no longer part of the tented structure on the quayside but will instead be located inside the Marina Molo Vecchio building itself.

Benefits of the move are twofold. Firstly, this has enabled a further 13x exhibitor spots to become available on the quay, which means that a record number 90 charter related companies have now been given the chance to attend. Secondly, the move inside the marina building offers the prospect of better visitor reception/hospitality facilities including, for example, more reliable Wi-Fi and the addition of a new upstairs meeting room for up to 100 seminar delegates. Finally  those seeking a little gentle relaxation therapy in-between yacht inspections will welcome the new complimentary MYBA Revitalize Area, offering yoga, early morning fitness/kickboxing classes, mini-massage sessions and one or two additional beauty treatments by Noona Ayres from Revitalize and partners throughout the duration of the Show.

Taking place over a marginally shorter period of four days, the Show closing time will now be 17.00hrs on Thursday evening. The thought process behind this decision was to allow extra time for visitors wishing to attend the Palma Yacht Show and/or others with long-haul return journeys, to make the most of Thursday evening or Friday morning flight departure times.

Last but not least the renowned MYBA Crew Party will take place on the last evening of the Show at new venue RossoPomodoro, co-sponsored by MYBA and Global Services, with associate sponsor EventsbyZoom. The fancy dress theme this year is Moulin Rouge, with prizes for best boat, best individual and most unique costume.