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New Zealand’s Best Superyacht Refit Specialists to Deliver Centralized Service

May 27, 2015

Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand is proud to announce a new superyacht refit collective in New Zealand. The aim of the initiative is to allow yachts to save time by choosing pre-vetted refit providers, when organising a refit in the Pacific nation.

Refit of charter yacht Big Fish at Titan Marine in New Zealand

Refit of charter yacht Big Fish at Titan Marine in New Zealand

APS NZ has pulled together a selection of New Zealand’s best refit service providers to deliver a centralized service. These include Titan Marine Engineering, Oceania Marine and Babcock (NZ) Ltd., as well as specialist large yacht refit project managers, MML. The new refit collective is thus able to provide the best New Zealand’s refit services have to offer.

Led by Jeanette Tobin and Duthie Lidgard, APS NZ is able to offer yachts proven refit services within the Pacific nation. These services include access to a dry dock of 181-metres, a 1500 GRT slipway in the centre of central Auckland, a 100T travel lift, as well as repair berth to 190-metres. Contractors with a proven track record including work on such outstanding vessels as superyacht Arctic P, mega yacht Mayan Queen, as well as luxury yacht A, are ready to provide clients with a complete refit  or five, or ten year survey.

Auckland's central refit hub

Auckland’s central refit hub

“After 12 years of business we know who are the most reliable and cost-effective contractors in the country. With a strong track record in agency work and the sourcing of parts, moving in the direction of refit was a natural progression for the team,comments Duthie Lidgard of Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand.

The agency doesn’t charge for this service and is happy to introduce the yacht to its vetted yards and project managers and oversee the works, or simply make the introduction. Recent projects by APS NZ’s partners include a seven year, multi-faceted refit of Arctic P yacht, a major refit of a Damen Sea Axe, as well as a full refit of heritage Feadship superyacht Alchemy.

Successful debut of Southern Wind SW82 Sailing Yacht GRANDE ORAZIO at Volcano Race

May 27, 2015

It has been a highly successful debut for the Southern Wind SW82 sailing yacht GRANDE ORAZIO at the Volcano Race 2015, placing first in the Maxi category and third overall. The Race is a prominent offshore regatta for superyachts, organized by the International Maxi Association (IMA), in partnership with the Yacht Club of Gaeta.

Southern Wind SW82 Superyacht GRANDE ORAZIO under sail - Photo by IMA Gianluca Di Fazio

Southern Wind SW82 Superyacht GRANDE ORAZIO under sail – Photo by IMA/Gianluca Di Fazio

The Volcano Race 2015 Line of Honours went to superyacht Esimit Europa 2, followed by Wild Joe yacht and luxury yacht Grande Orazio. This about 500-mile ‘route of the volcanoes’ is a challenging race, defined by the unpredictable weather and nature of the course, which was only announced on the day of departure, on May 20, 2015.

A wonderful regatta, tough and extremely varied, with weather conditions that can only be described as extremely variable ( with constant sail changes), in a landscape of rare and wild beauty like the sea around the Aeolian Islands in spring,commented Grande Orazio’s owner, Massimilian Florio, who also won the Challenge Trophy awarded by the Base Nautica Flavio Gioia.

Designed by Farr Yacht Design, SW82 superyacht Grande Orazio will now continue her racing season in Sardinia’s Porto Cervo, where this majestic racer cruiser will participate in the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta.

Additional charter yachts by Southern Wind.

Highly Successful Quaynote Superyacht Conferences 2015

May 22, 2015

The first edition of the Quaynote Superyacht Conferences 2015 has been a huge success. Taken place from April 30 to May 1 in Palma, alongside the 2015 Palma Superyacht Show, the two-day conference program for superyacht professionals was attended by around 200 delegates.

Quaynote Superyacht Conferences 2015 Delegates

Quaynote Superyacht Conferences 2015 Delegates

Antonio Deudero, Director General of Balearic Ports and Airports, delivered a welcome speech to around 100 delegates from the international Superyacht industry. During his speech, he stressed the importance of the superyacht sector to the region’s economy, and confirmed his government’s commitment to continue supporting the nautical leisure sector and the infrastructure that supports it.

As an example of the recent growth in The Balearics, partly due to the relaxation of the previously punitive matriculation tax on charter yachts, Deudero mentioned that superyacht charter bookings had increased by 52% during the last four years, and that 2000 additional jobs had been created in the local refit as well as repair yards since 2008.

Rob Papworth, the Superyacht Refit Group chairman of ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations), was also one of the key speakers during the event. Rob stated that the overall objective of his working group’s activities was to “bring certainty to refits,” and pointed to figures from his association’s recently completed survey which showed that 853 Superyachts (over 24 metres) were refitted around the world in 2014, constituting approximately 20% of the global fleet.

Cocktail Party at Port Adriano Superyacht Marina

Cocktail Party at Port Adriano Superyacht Marina

At the end of Day 1, the delegates and participants could enjoy the lovely roof terrace of the Melia Palace Atenea Hotel during a cocktail party, sponsored by the paint company Jotun Iberica.

Day 2 switched to the ‘Future for Captains and Crew‘, with a good number of knowledgeable speakers and panelists covering development of careers in yachting, and regulatory, licensing and compliance issues for the operation of Superyachts. The day finished with Round-Table sessions including: MLC in relation to superyachts, The changes in matriculation tax and the impact of Spanish Chartering, Onboard training, What steps do captains and crew need to take to ensure yacht security? And how to network for career success.

In the early evening, courtesy of the management of Port Adriano Superyacht Marina, delegates were transported to El Toro for a fabulous cocktail party and a look around the Philippe Starck-designed facilities. Subsequently, on Saturday, May 2, a group of delegates enjoyed an organised day at the Son Gual Golf Course.

Speaking for Quaynote Communications and YachtMedia who jointly organised the conferences and the golf day, Peter Franklin of YachtMedia said:Based on the excellent feedback we have received from delegates and sponsors, we have already decided to run a second edition alongside next year’s 2016 Palma Superyacht Show, and will be announcing the actual dates very soon!”

Multi-award winning designer Philippe Briand joins Superyacht UK

May 21, 2015

The world-renowned French naval architect and superyacht designer, Philippe Briand, has recently joined the Superyacht UK (SYUK), following the relocation of his Head Office to London. Philippe is responsible for naval architecture of such outstanding vessels as this year’s award-winning 73m mega yacht Grace E.

Luxury motor yacht Grace E - Photo credit to Vitruvius Yachts

Luxury motor yacht Grace E – Photo credit to Vitruvius Yachts

A group association of the British Marine Federation (BMF), SYUK represents the interests of Britain’s superyacht industry, and already boasts a membership of over 250 of the leading marine companies, from pioneering engineers to award-winning builders. Philippe joins 11 other naval architects and yacht designers, including Dixon Yacht Design, Design Unlimited, Claydon Reeves, as well as BMT Nigel Gee.

Tom Chant of Superyacht UK commented:Superyacht UK is delighted to be gaining another master in yacht design. By working alongside leaders in the industry we can refine and showcase our expert knowledge and advice. As a member we will be working with Philippe to utilise our technical expertise and together develop events and activities championing innovation in design. In particular we look forward to engaging with Philippe on another excellent Superyacht UK Design competition.”

Philippe Briand added:I am very happy to be a member of Superyacht UK, because the association has the most accumulated experience in the field and the members have the biggest potential to be the ones that create the best superyachts in the years to come. Let’s hope one day we can bundle this experience and create another stunning, but this time, truly British yacht.”

Additional charter yachts with design by Philippe Briand.

Inaugural Barcelona Yacht Rendezvous a Huge Success

May 18, 2015

The inaugural Barcelona Yacht Rendezvous 2015 has been a huge success. Hosted by The International SeaKeepers Society, the event was held at the recently re-launched Marina Port Vell on May 8 to celebrate DISCOVERY Yachts and unveil plans for expanding SeaKeepers mission in Europe.

Inaugural Barcelona Yacht Rendezvous hosted by Marina Port Vell

Inaugural Barcelona Yacht Rendezvous hosted by Marina Port Vell

During the event, the DISCOVERY Yachts Program, SeaKeepers’ most important initiative in accomplishing its mission and goals, was presented to the Mediterranean.

Guests enjoyed a video here below showing the 2014/2015 DISCOVERY Yachts missions. The video comprised scientific expeditions, educational outreach programs, instrument deployments, as well as future research plans.

SeaKeepers was delighted to introduce Christina Sorensen Lotter of Danish Yachts as SeaKeepers first DISCOVERY Yachts program partner in the Baltic. Danish Yachts will be supporting SeaKeepers instrument deployment initiative by placing five SeaKeepers Drifters on each of their future Cat SWATH vessels. SWATH vessels serve as a platform for vital ocean research.

Barcelona Yacht Rendezvous 2015

Barcelona Yacht Rendezvous 2015

Two of SeaKeepers recent European scientific program partners, Dr. Pierre-Marie Poulain, from the Italian State Funded Research Institute OGS, and Barbara Jackson, The Baltic Sea Program Director for the Zennstrom Foundation, were also present at the event.

Successful Barcelona Yacht Rendezvous 2015

Successful Barcelona Yacht Rendezvous 2015

The event represents the beginning of plenty of international locations for SeaKeepers ocean research and conservation programs as SeaKeepers plan to launch their expeditions globally.

A Great Success of UK Companies at World Superyacht Awards 2015

May 18, 2015

It has been a great success for the UK-based companies at this year’s World Superyacht Awards 2015, winning an amazing number of 8 coveted Neptune trophies. Reymond Langton Design, Dubois Naval Architects and Rhoades Young Design, as well as the architectural and design work of Superyacht UK members Vitruvius Yachts by Philippe Briand, Design Unlimited, Canark Marine and Redman Whiteley Dixon proved victorious on the night.

Luxury motor yacht GRACE E - Photo credit to Vitruvius Yachts

Luxury motor yacht GRACE E – Photo credit to Vitruvius Yachts

Naval architect and exterior designer of mega yacht Grace E, Philippe Briand, celebrated as the yacht received two trophies, making her a true star of the night. The breath-taking 73-metre vessel was awarded the ‘Motor Yacht of the Year’ and won in its category of ‘Displacement Motor Yacht of 1,3000GT to 2,999GT of Below 75m’.

Philippe Briand commented on the award:Vitruvius Grace E has been a very special project as we really had to push the infamous envelope to create a yacht propelled by the diesel electric engine and we also had to integrate the azipods. This had never been done on a yacht this size. I am very proud of this yacht; she will be a reference for the industry and more importantly a safe haven for her guests. I was very surprised to win the Yacht of the Year award as the competition was very important.”

Sailing yacht WinWin was an amazing victory for Design Unlimited, winning two trophies – ‘Sailing Yacht of the Year’ and ‘Sailing Yacht of 30m to 44.99m’.

Sailing Yacht WinWin - Photo credit to Jeff Brown SYM

Sailing Yacht WinWin – Photo credit to Jeff Brown SYM

Mark Tucker, Founder of Design Unlimited remarked:We are totally delighted at WinWin’s success in the Awards. WinWin has been a fantastic project and it is heart-warming to receive recognition from the judging panel for the amount of work that went into her.”  

In addition, Design Unlimited, along with the architectural talents of Canark Marine, won the Judges’ Special Award in the Refitted Yacht category for the restored motor yacht Shemara.

Redman Whiteley Dixon was also one of the winners during this year’s 10th World Superyacht Awards with the 46,2-metre motor yacht Como, of which the studio was responsible for the interior. This beautiful vessel won its category for ‘Semi-displacement or Planing Two-deck Motor Yacht of 38m and Above’.

Speaking at the Awards Justin Redman, Founder of Redman Whiteley Dixon commented:This is our sixth interior for this prolific yachtsman and we are thrilled to have been recognised for our creative response to a brief to create a masculine, contemporary environment for his very first FEADSHIP. The project has been an enormous success and we are most grateful indeed to receive this very important award for our work within this highly talented team.”

Mediterranean Yacht Show 2015 Exceeds All Expectations

May 15, 2015

This month’s 2nd edition of the Mediterranean Yacht Show, which ran in the lovely Greece yacht holiday location – Nafplion from May 2 to 6, has exceeded all expectations. Organized by the Greek Yachting Association (GYA), the event represents one of the leading superyacht charter shows for crewed yachts.

2nd Mediterranean Yacht Show

2nd Mediterranean Yacht Show

This year’s Show was marked by an increase in the number of attending yachts as well as an overall improvement in their quality. During the event, a total number of 67 crewed luxury yachts were displayed.

Aerial view of the Mediterranean Yacht Show 2015

Aerial view of the Mediterranean Yacht Show 2015

One of the highlights of the show was the chefs’ competition. The chefs of attending yachts were tasked to express their culinary talents and creativity in order to impress the judges. This year’s theme was the creation of a dish based on a traditional island recipe.

MYS 2015 Chefs' Competition

MYS 2015 Chefs’ Competition

Michelin-starred chef Ettore Botrini presided over the judging committee and the winning chefs were:

Category A

  1. Chef Stelios Petsa – S/Y NOVA
  2. Chef Ilias Roshi – S/Y AEGEAN SCHATZ
  3. Chef Stelios Arakas – M/Y SPACE

Category A’ Platinum

  1. Chef Angelos Christodoulou – M/Y OURANOS
  2. Chef Ioannis Papageorgiou – M/Y DUKE
  3. Chef George Kalavros – M/Y ENDLESS SUMMER
  4. Chef Sotiris Kourtis – M/Y O’PATI

    Mediterranean Yacht Show 2015 by night

    Mediterranean Yacht Show 2015 by night

The Mediterranean Yacht Show 2015 came to an end with a farewell party on May 5, during which the president of the GYA Mr. Michael Skoulikidis announced the decision of the GYA Board of Directors and of the Municipality of  Nafplion to hold the 3rd Mediterranean Yacht Show in the same location, at the beginning of May 2016, with exact dates to be unveiled soon.

Prominent Marina of the Year Award 2015 for Australia’s Rivergate Marina

May 07, 2015

Rivergate Marina has been honoured with the 2015 Commercial Marina of The Year (up to 140 boats) award, handed over by the Marina Industries Association at this year’s marine15 conference. The award is destined for outstanding luxury yacht marinas in Australia and internationally, which have reached success through exemplary business practices within the Marina Industry.

Rivergate Marina in Australia

Rivergate Marina in Australia

Boasting 105 berths for yachts measuring up to 80m in length, Rivergate Marina was also nominated as a finalist for the Best Marina Shipyard (20 plus boats) on the night.

General Manager, Andrew Cannon, with award

General Manager, Andrew Cannon, with award

The prize was accepted by General Manager, Andrew Cannon. He said:We work hard to provide the highest level of customer service and pride ourselves on our reputation – this award reflects that hard work. It’s a wonderful compliment to be recognised in both categories.

New Zealand Yacht Charter and Luxury Tourism Offerings Showcased at Singapore Yacht Show

May 05, 2015

Renowned for its breathtaking scenery, natural beauty and as a fantastic destination for adventurous travellers, New Zealand was represented by Tourism New Zealand and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) at the recently held 2015 Singapore Yacht Show. Both, TNZ and ATEED have taken the opportunity to showcase this unique destination to the luxury superyacht owners, professionals as well as yacht charterers seeking new and exciting destinations to explore.

Tourism New Zealand at Singapore Yacht Show

Tourism New Zealand at Singapore Yacht Show

Singapore Yacht Show is a leading luxury lifestyle event in the Asia Pacific region and a valuable platform for many companies, associations and organisations from the marketing point of view. New Zealand’s debut at the show was marked by Tourism New Zealand attending the Asia Pacific Conference on 21 and 22 April, at Singapore’s ONE°15 Marina Club, where they sponsored two networking lunches. During the conference Tourism New Zealand used a speaking slot highlighting various attractions and opportunities for visitors coming to New Zealand aboard luxury super yachts, provided superyacht cruising information as well as presented TNZ’s luxury yacht The Big Blue video.

Milford Sound - Fiordland - Kayak - Photo by Chris Sisarich - Tourism New Zealand

Milford Sound – Fiordland – Kayak – Photo by Chris Sisarich – Tourism New Zealand

Steven Dixon, Tourism New Zealand’s Regional Manager for South and South East Asia, said: “The wider Asian region is a popular cruising ground and, with New Zealand and the Pacific a logical onward destination for superyachts, there is huge potential to attract yachts to New Zealand from the region.”

Launched in 2014, the Destination New Zealand Superyacht Attraction Initiative has achieved excellent results, with two fantastic seasons in a row for New Zealand as a superyacht destination and yacht charter destination. The 2014/2015 season attracted 57 yachts to New Zealand, which represents the highest number to visit New Zealand since the America’s Cup held in 2000.

Cruise ship in Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand. Leaving entrance

Cruise ship in Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand. Leaving entrance

“Each visiting superyacht represents over one million dollars in economic impact, making the overall benefit to the country hugely significant.”

The New Zealand stand at the show was created to attract superyacht owners, yacht charterers and other yachting enthusiasts, and was used as a base for appointments, meetings and discussions related to New Zealand yacht charter, private superyacht cruising and luxury tourism in general.

Aoraki-Mount Cook National Park - Canterbury - Photo by Miles Holden - Image courtesy of Tourism New Zealand

Aoraki-Mount Cook National Park – Canterbury – Photo by Miles Holden – Image courtesy of Tourism New Zealand

“With the show having a strong focus on the wider luxury sector, the stand aided the goal of cementing New Zealand’s offering as a luxury destination and raised further awareness of the country as a destination for high-spending visitors.”

Discovering New Zealand aboard a Luxury Superyacht

Positioned in the beautiful South Pacific, New Zealand is a destination that no visitor will ever forget. Not only it offers breathtaking natural beauty and endless adventurous activities, it is also renowned for its high-quality services, produce as well as laid back and friendly locals – Kiwis.

Queenstown - Photo by Chris Sisarich - Image courtesy of Tourism New Zealand

Queenstown – Photo by Chris Sisarich – Image courtesy of Tourism New Zealand

You can view more information about New Zealand yacht charter here, where you will also see a small selection of luxury yachts available for rental. However, if you are contemplating on exploring New Zealand aboard a luxury yacht, the best option is to send us a quick message and we will provide you with the entire list of yachts that best suite your needs as well as your budget.

Yacht BELLE AIMEE -  Fun in the water

Yacht BELLE AIMEE – Fun in the water

There is a selection of various boats and it is worth talking to us directly. CharterWorld is a company that has access to all the yachts and chooses the right one for you – impartially, based on your requirements, quality of the yacht, its amenities, and most importantly the crew.

Our professional and experienced brokers will be pleased to assist you in organising your personalised itinerary at no expense. Visit our ‘Testimonials‘ page to see what other charterers think of our service and don’t hesitate to contact us for more info.

Quaynote Superyacht Conference 2015 gets underway

May 04, 2015

Last Thursday, April 30, 2015 saw the Quaynote Superyacht Conference program of events get underway in the fantastic Spain yacht holiday location – Palma de Mallorca, followed by the official opening of the Palma Superyacht Show 2015.

Quaynote Superyacht Conference 2015 Day 1

Quaynote Superyacht Conference 2015 Day 1

Day 1 was dedicated to ‘Refit and Repair’, with a welcome speech delivered by Antonio Deudero Director General of Balearic Ports and Airports to approximately 100 delegates from the international Superyacht industry. He stressed the importance of the superyacht sector to the region’s economy.

As an example of the recent superyacht growth in The Balearics, partly due to the relaxation of a previously punitive tax regime on charter yachts, Antonio Deudero said that superyacht charter bookings had increased by 52% during the last four years. Moreover,  an amazing number of 2000 additional jobs had been created in the local refit and repair yards since 2008.

Quaynote Superyacht Conference 2015

Quaynote Superyacht Conference 2015

This was followed by a keynote speech from Rob Papworth, the Superyacht Refit Group chairman of ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations), who mentioned figures from his association’s recently completed survey. This demonstrated that 853 Superyachts (over 24 metres) were refitted around the world in 2014, constituting approximately 20% of the global fleet.  This generated a turnover of 332 million euros, compared to 224 million in 2013.

This first agenda session of the day was related to commercial contracts for refit projects and was moderated by Diego Colon, Managing Director of Astilleros de Mallorca shipyard. Diego was supported by a panel including Mallorca-based maritime lawyer Leon Von Ondarza, as well as Jens Ploch of marine insurance company Pantaenius. Along with Tristan Rowe of UK-based Pendennis Shipyard, they discussed the all important  aspects of effectively creating a sound contract for a major refit, whilst legally safeguarding insured liabilities for all parties involved.

2015 Quaynote Superyacht Conference

2015 Quaynote Superyacht Conference

Day 1 also saw panel style interactive sessions, which involved plenty of feedback in the way of questions and comments from the audience. The remaining subjects ranged from how to professionally project manage a refit to a satisfactory completion, insights into future designs of yacht interiors, and how to successfully apply the final paint finish to the highest possible standard.

A very productive and engaging day came to an end with a number of Round-Table sessions, where smaller groups could choose a specific subject to discuss with an industry expert. These covered specialities such as flameproofing of interior furnishings, waster water treatment, antifouling paints, and even introduced a revolutionary new flat panel satellite antenna. This is a new technology unveiled by the world’s richest man, Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates, and now being marketed to the Superyacht world by Mallorca-based company e3 systems.

At the end of the day, the delegates and participants could enjoy the lovely roof terrace of the Melia Palace Atenea Hotel during a cocktail party, sponsored by the paint company Jotun Iberica.