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Registration for Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2014 to close on May 4

April 23, 2014

Registration for the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta will close on 4th May 2014 and the organizers are delighted to welcome a spectacular fleet of sailing yachts to the 2014 edition.

Images by Jeff Brown and Superyacht Media

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta - Images by Jeff Brown and Superyacht Media

The event, which takes place 3 – 7 June, boasts a competitive fleet of sailing superyachts set to take to the start line for four days of racing on the glistening emerald waters of La Maddalena archipelago, off Porto Cervo. With 25 entries confirmed, six of which built by the event’s Silver Sponsor, Southern Wind Shipyard, a limited number of berths remain and owners yet to register are encouraged to do so as soon as possible to secure their place in the fleet. The Notice of Race and registration form are available to download from the event website.

Confirmed entries for the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2014

Confirmed entries for the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2014

Established in 2008, the annual Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta has become a firm favourite on the superyacht racing calendar, renowned for kicking off the Mediterranean racing season in style. Set against Sardinia’s spectacular coastline, the regatta is recognized for an elegant and diverse social programme and high performance racing in equal measure.

Pictures by Jeff Brown and Superyacht Media

Pictures by Jeff Brown and Superyacht Media

Boat International Media together with the world renowned Yacht Club Costa Smeralda provides participants with the highest level of superyacht race management, idyllic sailing conditions, unrivalled hospitality services and a first-class programme of social events.

Porto Cervo's famed Piazza Azzurra plays host to a variety of social events throughout the regatta

Porto Cervo's famed Piazza Azzurra plays host to a variety of social events throughout the regatta

Glamorous Porto Cervo delivers the perfect backdrop as superyacht owners are invited to enjoy the Loro Piana Owners Dinner at the YCCS Clubhouse, whilst all guests are set to attend a stylish welcome cocktail, an exquisite gala dinner and a beach party which takes place on the island’s pure white sands. The event culminates in a final prize-giving ceremony in Porto Cervo’s prestigious Piazza Azzurra which brings together owners and their skilled race crew.

The event welcomes sailing yachts with an LOA over 80ft. Registration is recommended without delay to secure a place in the fleet and berth at YCCS Marina.

Australia Week in China coincided with Shanghai Boat Show

April 23, 2014

From April 11 – 14, 2014, China hosted the 19th annual Shanghai Boat Show at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Centre. With more than 550 exhibitors, a newly added ‘on the water’ facility, as well as 48,000m2 of exhibitor space, exhibitors and event organisers have reported a huge success, with numbers expected to be well up on those from previous years.

From the left Peter Dowdney - Ronstan Richard Chapman - Coursemaster Steven Vincent - Veem Alistair Murray - Ronstan

From the left Peter Dowdney - Ronstan Richard Chapman - Coursemaster Steven Vincent - Veem Alistair Murray - Ronstan

It was observed that there were far less brochure collectors and tyre kickers than before’ with more people appearing serious about what was on offer. With the additional of a leisure section and theme the show aimed to tap into the growing Chinese people’s interest in outdoor leisure.

There was a strong Australian presence in Shanghai with AIMEX members Veem, Superior, Magnum Top Gear, Pyrotech Noise Control, Marine Tech Industries, Riviera, Ronstan, Hydrive Engineering and Coursemaster Autopilots all exhibiting under the Australian Pavilion or attending the lunch and conference.

Australian Week in China, Australia’s largest ever trade mission to China, coincided with the show. The four day mission, a government initiative to enhance Australia’s trade, investment, education and tourism engagement with China was attended by a delegation of more than 700 representatives from 564 organisations.

AIMEX President Richard Chapman and AIMEX member John Spragg of Bellingham Marine took part in a panel discussion bringing to light capabilities and opportunities for cooperation between Australia and China the Australian & Chinese Marine Industry.

President of AIMEX Richard Chapman said “I was impressed by the huge profile Australia week in China received. It certainly supported our drive into this market and increased visitor traffic to our pavilion. This is an important market for Australian manufacturers and having our Prime Minister host a lunch which attracted key industry stakeholders was a real benefit to our industry. The contacts made were invaluable and will no doubt bear fruit in the future.”

Chapman represented the Australian marine industry on a panel as part of the conference held during the Australia week. “Interest in the Australia marine sector is high in china, we are renown for our quality, technology and expertise, so for those building boats for export Australian product is high on the agenda,” Chapman stated.

Over the course of the programme Australian delegates from the marine sector and a range of other industries were able to participate in a series of events, had the opportunity to meet and network with their Chinese counterparts and hear from Senior Chinese and Australian Government Officials.

‘Top Gun’ Guides with Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia

April 22, 2014

Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia provides the services of an experienced ‘Top Gun’ guide to superyachts cruising the azure waters of the breath-taking Southeast Asia yacht charter destination – Indonesia.

'Top Gun' Guides Ricardo Buxo

'Top Gun' Guides Ricardo Buxo

“Indonesia and its vast expanse of 17,000 islands is a ‘must-see’ world cruising destination and a top guide can ensure a spectacular cruise”, reports Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia.

The Superyacht agency is encouraging visiting yacht captains to, “Make your stay the best it can be while making your life easier by enlisting the services of an experienced ‘Top Gun’ guide during your time in Indonesia.”

Captain Jimmy Blee of APS Indonesia explains, “It is one thing to have the pre-planned cruising itinerary we work together with Captains to produce before they arrive, however, to ensure the owners and/or guests’ trip goes off with a high level of satisfaction along with meeting the fine details required in viewing and activities in the best locations, it is highly beneficial to have an ‘on-board professional guide.’

'Top Gun' Guides Didier Romero

'Top Gun' Guides Didier Romero

Jimmy notes Superyacht cruising in Indonesia is a relatively new experience for local authorities and villagers alike, so the boats themselves tend to make quite an impression when they turn up in some of the more outlying locations. The skills of the on board guide again come forward here, to deal with this attention on the Captain’s behalf and in an empathetic and culturally effective manner.  Such interest can range from local police inquiring into the nature of the boat’s presence in their area to local villagers in canoes wanting to sell fish to the visitors.

As an example, Captain Jimmy says, “While cruising in Papua the ADAT, or local customs [laws], see that villages actually own the water rights to their areas up to three miles off shore. The on board guide will skillfully negotiate in these matters if and when they come up.”

‘Our prime objective for our client boats is to ensure the Captains have as much support and care as we can give them”, Jimmy states. “As we well know their jobs are already demanding, we can relive some of these demands with the on board guide, while at the same time show the vessel’s owner and guests the best Indonesia has to offer.”

'Top Gun' Guides Paul "Bob" Brunskill

'Top Gun' Guides Paul "Bob" Brunskill

‘Top Gun’ Guides can be provided by APS Indonesia; the company selecting a guide for each boat on an individual need and compatibility basis. Owners and captains can rest assured the company has assembled some of the most knowledgeable, skilled and culturally sensitive guides the country has to offer, as outlined by APS Indonesia in the ‘Top Gun’ Guide listing profiled below:

‘Top Gun’ Guides with Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia

Ricardo Buxo
Ricardo Buxo is a Spanish skipper and diving instructor that left his native Barcelona in 1993 to sail and dive the world. After five years of diving and cruising the Red Sea he moved to Indonesia in 2000, to personally supervise the construction of a 100-foot traditional wooden schooner to be dedicated to diving charters. Ricardo has plied the waters of the Indonesian archipelago with his boat and others since. He lives in Bali, where he combines the management of the boat with publishing stories for yacht and diving magazines, and private guiding for yachts visiting Indonesia.

Richard’s recently published book, Underwater Paradise, A Diving Guide to Raja Ampat, has proved to be a great publishing success.
Ricardo speaks Indonesian like a native and has a wonderful sense of empathy for the Indonesian people and its differing cultures. One of his strengths is his ability to relate to all Indonesians whether they are high level officials or local villagers with a perception and dignity that makes him an absolute asset to have on board.

Didier Romero
Born in Guadeloupe in the West Indies, Didier grew up in Paris and fell in love with diving, becoming a certified Dive Master Mexico, and working as a dive guide in Playa del Carmen, in the Dominican Republic and in Barbados.

Traveling through the Caribbean, Thailand and the Philippines as a dive instructor, he landed in Indonesia in 1999, where he continued his diving education to become a master instructor for recreational diving as well as a technical diving instructor.

Didier extended his experience (7000+ dives) and knowledge of this wonderful archipelago as a cruise director on ‘live aboard’ diving boats operating in the Komodo region, Nth Sulawesi, Raja Ampat, Alor and most Eastern locations.

Didier’s extensive knowledge and easy going nature has transferred well in Superyacht guiding, working for APS Indonesia on MSY Naos, MY Karima, MY Double Heaven, MSY Vertigo and MY Helix, to name a few, and says, “After more than 15 years in Indonesia I am still looking forward to sailing and exploring the archipelago. Didier is fluent in French, English and Indonesian.

Paul “Bob” Brunskill
Bob left the United Kingdom in 2003 in search of a better life. He was certified to dive in Thailand and began working on ‘live aboard’ dive boats in Australia, where he honed his excellent guest communication skills and enhanced dive guide skills. Adventure attracted Bob to Indonesia, with the sheer scale of the divable ocean and the amount of high quality diving to discover.

For the last 10 years and 4,000 dives later Bob has marked himself as one of the real personalities in the local dive community and is a perfectionist when it comes to quality of dive activity presentation. Additionally Bob has intimate knowledge of all land based and cultural programs APS Indonesia offers. With his fluency of the Indonesian language and a keen love of local people and traditions, Bob is an all-rounder on any of our client vessels.

Bob has organized and guided hundreds of successful dive trips in the remote regions of Indonesia, bringing specialist local knowledge to the Asia Pacific Superyachts guide team.

Inaugural Taiwan International Boat Show: A three-day Promotional Event

April 18, 2014

Today, April 18, 2014, saw the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) launch a three day promotional event in downtown Kaohsiung, in order to welcome the arrival of Taiwan’s first-ever international boat show, coming to the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center from May 8 to 11, and to underscore Taiwan’s boat show as the crowning event of six decades of industry in yacht making.

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Micro-booths beckon coming Taiwan Int’l Boat Show
With this pre-show outdoor promo campaign comes a flotilla of scale-model yachts that are being displayed at Hanshin Arena Shopping Plaza. This micro-fleet of 10 mini-yachts — by Horizon, Kha Shing, PRESIDENT, TAYANA, Johnson, Ting Hai, Corum and Shing Sheng Fa give a sneak peek of Taiwan’s world-renowned shipbuilding craftsmanship.

And with them comes ARITEX, Asia’s largest yacht part manufacturer who is throwing in the anchor to mark the launch of the Taiwan Int’l Boat Show, a milestone in the country’s yacht-building history.

Success of the May show is certain since it combines full support from central and local governments and the industry. It’s organized by the Bureau of Foreign Trade and Kaohsiung City Government, implemented by TAITRA and held under the auspices of Taiwan Yacht Industry Association.

The show will undoubtedly enhance the global competitiveness of the Taiwanese yachting sector. Already May’s show has already won much enthusiasm and pre-registration from boat companies from home and abroad.

60 Luxury Yachts to display with Components in 8 Areas
Taiwan’s yachting industry holds global acclaim for its quality production that dates back six decades. The ShowBoats International’s report showed that Taiwan filled orders for large yachts (80-foot or longer) totaling 5,656 feet in length in 2014, making it the world’s 6th largest and Asia’s top yacht-manufacturing hub.

The first Taiwan International Boat Show brings together these strengths to further profile the island’s incredible output. Those visiting the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center this May will be treated to all ranges of large yachts and yacht-related products or services that are featured in the 27-meter-high, pillar-less South Hall and North Hall in conjunction with an on-the-water yacht exhibit at Wharf 22.

The show hosts 27 Taiwanese, Swedish and German shipbuilders who are displaying 60 luxury yachts, sailboats and power-driven vessels both indoors and at the pier. Meanwhile, 139 component and equipment suppliers from Taiwan, Australia, the U.S., New Zealand, UK, Italy, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Indonesia are going to turn the exhibition floors into a treasure trove of hardware, generators, engines, underwater propellers, navigational instruments, radar devices, radio systems among other electronics, interior remodeling or design solutions, ship furnishings, maintenance equipment/services and maritime recreation amenities.

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Joining it is luxury residence provider GREATSUN Architecture Co. that offers the show’s one and only titanium sponsorship through a cross-industry partnership, targeting upscale consumers visiting this unprecedented event. And nearby further emphasizing the elegance of the yachting event is a Maserati sports car show presented by Modena Motori, the holder of this iconic Italian brand’s exclusive distribution rights in Taiwan.

Eye-Opening Seminars on Taiwan’s Maritime Heritage
Many in Taiwan will be astonished to learn of the country’s rich maritime heritage. Taiwan, a nation surrounded by water, shaped by maritime history, and boasts a wealth of maritime resources.

The Taiwan International Boat Show is aimed at inspiring a sea-oriented culture unique to the island. With an array of workshops and speeches held on its sidelines, the show aims at encouraging domestic makers to go global while offering visitors a fresh vision on “maritime culture.”

The show’s forums and many related events are tailored to different demographic groups, for both beginners and advanced yachting enthusiasts. For instance, the exciting Knowledge Box offers a rare peek into the maritime entertainment sector with expert guidance on recreational marine activities, yachts and sailboats.

Meanwhile the “Sailing Experience Sharing,” unfolds a workshop lead by Captains Nelson Liu, Ding Shawn Lin and Sylvia Utoto Tsui, among other prominent figures in Taiwan’s sailing sectors. They all share a rare passion for marine navigation. Boating industry experts will also address the county’s new yachting regulations and maritime entertainment with a focus on yacht marketing, regulations, safety, business practices and fishing-port empowerment.

Tickets for the Public Available via iBon Kiosks in Convenience Stores
The first Taiwan International Boat Show will be open to both industry insiders and the general public across Taiwan.

Participants from overseas and Taiwanese boating-related companies may register online to gain admission confirmation and get their own badges at the venue. The general public is advised to pre-order tickets through ibon kiosks at 7-ELEVEN convenience stores. In addition to the NT$250 early-bird offer valid from April 7 to 27, a special NT$300 pre-order price is available from April 28 to May 7. During the exhibition, tickets of NT$380 can be purchased at the door.

Italy’s Marina di Loano inaugurates new Superyacht Area

April 18, 2014

Nestled in the fabulous Italy yacht charter destination – Liguria, Marina di Loano, owned by Gruppo Unipol, revealed a new Superyacht Area yesterday, on April 17, 2014, confirming its position as European and Mediterranean yachting hub. The Area has been built with cutting edge technology and can accommodate recreational vessels measuring from 55 to 77 metres (180-250ft). More than 100 guests participated in the inauguration, comprising local authorities, superyacht brokers, captains and owners from Italy and abroad, local entrepreneurs, as well as national and international media.

Marina in Loano - Italy - Superyacht Area

Marina in Loano - Italy - Superyacht Area

Gianluca Santi, President of Marina di Loano, said of the new development: “Through the new Superyacht Area, Marina di Loano consolidates its leadership position in the world of European and international yachting, becoming a benchmark in the large yacht segment. At the same time the Marina offers the whole territory of Western Liguria additional opportunities in terms of accommodation capacity ensuring a positive impact on local tourism”.

According to the latest figures released by Federagenti, the National Maritime Broker and Agent Federation in Italy, the global fleet of yachts over 30 metres (90 feet) will continue to grow steadily in the medium to long term (2015-2032). The figures also demonstrate that the Mediterranean is the destination of choice for 74% of recreational vessels operating in the international charter market and that Italy is the world leader in orders of pleasure craft (36%). In the report Federagenti also states that since 2012, new orders in shipyards that buildyachts of over 30 metres are on the rise having declined between 2009 and 2010.

Thanks to a new mooring plan, Marina di Loano boasts more than 800 berths reserved to vessels ranging between 6 and 25 metres and a total of 32 berths dedicated to recreational yachts measuring up to 77 metres (250 feet), of which seven are in the Superyacht Area.

Marina di Loano - New Superyacht Area

Marina di Loano - New Superyacht Area

“Our aim was to create a dedicated area on floating pontoons that on one hand would assure the strength and efficiency of a fixed pier and that on the other would offer the flexibility of a floating dock,” explained Marco Cornacchia, Director of Marina di Loano. “This was a challenge from a design point of view as we wanted to make sure that the walkways would aesthetically fit inwith the existing curving fixed pier: the floating quay is 122 metres long and 3,5 metres wide. Finally we had to take into account the significant size of the yachts we were going to be accommodating and the interaction with the three finger pontoons. These are up to 77 metres long and 2,8 metres wide and areanchored to a floating dock, which also has the function of service pier”.

Marina Di Loano inaugurates new Superyacht Area

Marina Di Loano inaugurates new Superyacht Area

The mooring system is anchored by 24 steel poles, 14 metres high and with a diameter of 810 mmthat have been driven into the harbour bed up to half their length. Two of the leading companies in the design and construction of this kind of complex structure took part in the project: Interprogetti, an Italian engineering company specialised in maritime and environmental work, and Bellingham Marine, an American company and global leader in building marinas, that specialises in the construction of floating docks.

Marina Di Loano unveils new Superyacht Area

Marina Di Loano unveils new Superyacht Area

All areas of operation and mooring have a five-metre (17ft) draft and every berth is equipped with IPS Service System columns that include drinking water and electrical power hook-up with free energy up to 400 amperes. Wi-Fi Internet, video surveillance and a fire alarm system are available in the entire area.

Marina di Loano also offers its guests a truly unique experience at the Yacht Club Marina di Loano, which includes nine suites, three meeting rooms, three lounge-bars, a restaurant and a solarium with an outdoor pool,which in the summertime is complemented by the Marina Beach on the east coast. The Amico Loano Shipyard as well as many opportunities that the area offers in terms of diving, tennis, golf clubs and cultural and gastronomic itineraries represent additional advantages for yachtsmen and women who choose to make Marina di Loano their home port.

Marina di Loano in numbers:

State land grant: 60 years
Total land grant area: 356,000 square metres
Total water surface area: 330,000 square metres

A highly successful Singapore Yacht Show 2014

April 17, 2014

The last day of this year’s Singapore Yacht Show saw an amazingly successful event, attended by satisfied exhibitors, celebrating more high-quality visitors as well as more leads than ever before, with plenty of reported sales.

Singapore Yacht Show 2014 @Michael Denker @YachtsXL

Singapore Yacht Show 2014 @Michael Denker @YachtsXL

Around 14,000 public and trade visitors from all over Asia attended the event, which featured a total of 96 watercraft, from jet skis and tenders to luxury motorboats and elegant super yachts, covering a total area some 50% bigger than last year’s show.

Managing director of organisers Singapore Yacht Events, Andy Treadwell, said, “These numbers clearly demonstrate that people in this region are increasingly enthusiastic about boating. The feedback we have had from our exhibitors and sponsors shows that everybody now sees the Singapore Yacht Show as Asia’s number one event for the global yachting industry.”

Brokers, builders, marine industry brands and lifestyle exhibitors alike all reported having a truly excellent show with impressive numbers of highly qualified visitors expressing serious interest.

Singapore Yacht Show 2014 from above

Singapore Yacht Show 2014 from above@Michael Denker @YachtsXL

Charlie Birkett, CEO of first-time exhibitors Y.CO, which jointly represented the 67m S/Y Vertigo, told SuperyachtNews he was very pleased with the interest they had received over the event. “This show is fantastic and we are very happy to be here. We’ve seen a lot of people who have shown interest in S/Y Vertigo, the star of the show, which we are presenting here for charter. We take this region really seriously.” Birkett said.

Mike Simpson, CEO of Simpson Marine, Asia’s largest and longest-established yacht broker and dealer, agreed: “The sun has been shining on a fantastic show that is packed with boats. It’s very interesting to see how the show has developed over the last few years since it was started. We see this as the key show for the region.”

Last day of SYS 2014

Last day of SYS 2014@Michael Denker @YachtsXL

Many of the biggest and best-known yacht builders in the world were in attendance. Michael Breman, Sales Director of Lürssen Yachts, builder of M/Y Azzam, at 180m the world’s biggest yacht, commented: “Singapore is the hub for a larger region so it is a good backdrop to have an event like this where you can show your brand to the affluent. For Lürssen, the Singapore Yacht Show is the cornerstone in the building of [our] brand awareness in Asia”.

Other world-leading shipyards echoed Breman’s views. Burak Akgül, managing director of Perini Navi Group, was also enthusiastic about the potential for the big yards in Asia: “This first occasion that we’re at the Singapore Yacht Show is a great opportunity. We’ve had some interesting appointments made, with some very recognisable names, [for] introducing the Picchiotti and Perini Navi products.”

Majesty Yachts at SYS

Majesty Yachts at SYS@Michael Denker @YachtsXL

While the superyachts draw much of the attention, being highly visible and inspirational, and therefore a seriously important part of the “educational” aspect of developing the industry in Asia, it is in the smaller production boat sector that the builders can expect to see most rapid growth and uptake. Leading players in this arena were also highly impressed with SYS 2014. “I have been to many boat shows all around the world, and this particular show has grown tremendously in size and there is huge potential here. We have been very happy with the clients that we have been talking to”, commented Alister Brunksill, Princess South East Asia.

The show organisers also ran the Asia Pacific Yachting Conference (APYC), a yachting industry forum, as part of the event, as well as a ‘Captains Lounge’, where business to business networking was the order of the day. Chief Executive of Superyacht Australia MaryAnne Edwards, which sponsored both of the aforementioned, was impressed: “Over four years, the Singapore Yacht Show will have quadrupled and I think that now, it is really becoming the superyacht show in Asia.”

Sunseeker at SYS

Sunseeker at SYS@Michael Denker @YachtsXL

Alexander Tesch, MD of MTU Asia, which co-sponsored the APYC and Captains Lounge with Superyacht Australia and Sevenstar Yacht transport, added: “For MTU, the Singapore Yacht Show is a very good showcase for what we can offer here in this region. The event has grown every year and we believe it is the strongest show here in Asia. We are very happy to be part of it and we hope to see it continue to expand over the coming years.”

Complementary lifestyle and industry services exhibitors also commended the quality of visitors at the show. Andreas Arnold, head of key account management at Luxaviation Group, one of the show’s main sponsors this year, said: “We have had great feedback, especially in charter, but also in aircraft management solutions from the whole of South East Asia.” His CEO, Barth Foucart, Luxaviation, added: “The reason we partner with the Singapore Yacht Show is that the public looking for this type of boats, is the same market we are targeting for private jet flights”.

Singapore Yacht Show 2014 by night

Singapore Yacht Show 2014 by night@Michael Denker @YachtsXL

While yachting and boating was naturally the main focus for the show, it would be impossible to ignore the enormous enthusiasm for supercars and fashion in Singapore and the wider region. Making special appearances over the weekend, local car owner clubs for Ferrari and Lamborghini put on crowd-drawing convoys of over 30 and 20 vehicles respectively. And the complementary luxury lifestyle elements continued with fashion shows from Camilla by Wattletree, JOG Swimwear and White Moon. To ensure VIPs arrived and departed in style befitting the show, BMW provided a courtesy car service, taking guests practically from doorstep to passarelle.

Karl Hamman, Singapore CEO of insurance provider QBE said he had thoroughly enjoyed his first year of partnering the Singapore Yacht Show: “The show has completely surpassed expectations and is a true testament to the growth potential in the industry.”

Asia Pacific Yachting Conference

Asia Pacific Yachting Conference - Image credit to Singapore Yacht Show

The event’s organisers have already been inundated with enquiries from potential exhibitors and sponsors hoping to get involved in next year’s show.

Entries for Panerai British Classic Week 2014 now open

April 17, 2014

The British Classic Yacht Club (BCYC), in collaboration with the event sponsor Officine Panerai, are delighted to announce that entries for the 2014 Panerai British Classic Week are now open. The event will take place in Cowes, Isle of Wight, running from Saturday 12th to Saturday 19th July 2014.

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Panerai British Classic Week is one of the highlights of the UK’s sailing calendar and this year’s event promises to be another spectacular celebration of classic yachting. With teams travelling from across Europe the Solent and Cowes Yacht Haven will be awash with glistening varnish and sparkling brass work as the crews compete for racing glory and enjoy a fun filled après sailing social programme. The famous and highly challenging “Around the Island Race” will once again be a highlight of the event as will the popular “Je Ne Sais Quoi” competition where the sailors themselves vote for the boat they feel has that certain something.

This is the thirteenth edition of the BCYC’s annual regatta for classic and vintage yachts, and it is the fifth year that the event has formed part of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge Series (PCYC), which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The regatta attracts an extraordinarily diverse entry ranging from the iconic classics including designs by Fife, Mylne, Nicholson, Giles, Illingworth, McGruer and Sparkman & Stephens, through to boats whose background stories are as important and fascinating as their design and racing pedigree.

An entry of more than 70 boats is expected this year and alongside the historic yachts, the oldest of which is more than 100 years old, there will once again be a strong field in the modern classics division. The newest boat taking part will be the brand new Spirit 74 yacht, which will be making her debut at the regatta having been commissioned only a few weeks before.

Fleet of 34 international yachts start Rolex China Sea Race

April 17, 2014

Yesterday, April 16, 2014, saw the official start of this year’s 27th edition of the 565-nm Rolex China Sea Race, attended by a strong fleet of 34 international yachts. With Hong Kong’s impressive skyscraper skyline forming a domineering backdrop, the fleet made a clean start under a steady easterly breeze of eight knots.

Rolex China Sea Race 2014 Race Start - Image by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Rolex China Sea Race 2014 Race Start - Image by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

The largest competing boat and favourite for line honours superyacht Ragamuffin 90 made a positive start, immediately pulling ahead of the fleet following the 13:20 start in Victoria Harbour. Syd Fischer, Ragamuffin’s legendary Australian skipper, was in confident mood dockside. “We believe we can get line honours as long as we don’t make mistakes or sit in a hole which can happen in this shifty weather. We’ve got to pay attention to detail. The golden rule for us is to get between the other boats and the finish!”

Rolex China Sea Race 2014 Race Start - Maxi yacht Ragamuffin leading - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Rolex China Sea Race 2014 Race Start - Maxi yacht Ragamuffin leading - Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

At 18:00 local time, Ragamuffin 90 yacht maintained her lead over the fleet and lay some 525-nm from the finish. The four 52-ft yachts – Freefire, Hi Fi, Lucky and Standard Insurance Centennial were in close pursuit travelling at a consistent 10 knots. Ragamuffin 90 was forecasting an ETA at the finish line in Subic Bay, The Philippines of around two days, five hours meaning early Friday evening. That would be some way short of the current race record of 47 hours, 43 minutes.

Luxury sailing yacht Ragamuffin 90 - the largest competing boat in the 2014 Rolex China Sea Race - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Luxury sailing yacht Ragamuffin 90 - the largest competing boat in the 2014 Rolex China Sea Race - Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Ernesto Echauz, Standard Insurance Centennial skipper and two-time race winner, was also in buoyant mood. “It is highly competitive race, with excellent sailors and scientific strategies. To win the key components are teamwork, equipment and good routing.” As the only Philippines entry, Echauz knows his crew will receive a warm welcome at the finish in Subic Bay.

Teamwork on superyacht Ragamuffin 90 following the race start - Image by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Teamwork on superyacht Ragamuffin 90 following the race start - Image by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

“The long term forecast is for it to go light but that’s the South China Sea at this time of year,” explained Alex Johnston, Sailing Manager of organizers the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC). It is going to be a very tactically challenging race.”

Rolex China Sea Race 2014 to kick off tomorrow

April 15, 2014

Final preparations are in full swing for the 27th Rolex China Sea Race, Asia’s principal offshore competition, which is set to kick off tomorrow, on Wednesday, 16 April. A fleet of 34 yachts from eight nations are expected to make the start line in Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong ahead of a 565-nm race through the South China Sea to Subic Bay, The Philippines.

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club ahead of the 2014 Rolex China Sea Race - Photo credit to Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club ahead of the 2014 Rolex China Sea Race - Photo credit to Rolex Kurt Arrigo

“The Rolex China Sea Race is without question our most important and best known offshore race,” explained Joachim Isler, Commodore of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. “We have competitors from all over the world and it is the first time we have broken the 30-boat threshold in this millennium. We are delighted to see that. In terms of conditions, it should be a medium to light race. It could get tough for the crews in terms of patience at points of very light airs.” Isler, also co-skipper of the 41-ft Ambush, will be taking part in the race for the eighth time.

Among the international entrants is the predominantly American crew onboard Brian Ehrhart’s TP52 Lucky, overall winner of the 2010 Rolex Middle Sea Race. The Lucky crew includes Australian navigator Adrienne Cahalan, multiple line honours winner at the Rolex Sydney Hobart onboard the all-conquering 100-ft Maxi superyacht Wild Oats XI. “This is my first time doing the race and indeed sailing in Hong Kong, The Philippines or the South China Sea,” revealed Cahalan. “I’ve sailed with the team before and there is a nice fleet of TP52s, so we’re looking forward to good close, racing.” Lucky will face strong competition on the water from two TP52 rivals Freefire and Standard Insurance Centennial, the latter skippered by Ernesto Echauz (overall winner in 1998 and 2008).

Joachim Isler, Commodore of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club - Image credit to Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Joachim Isler, Commodore of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club - Image credit to Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Geoff Hill skippered sailing yacht Genuine Risk to line honours in 2012 and is aiming for a repeat performance this time onboard 72-ft sailing yacht Antipodes (GBR). “This is a real ocean race in the true sense of the word,” explained Hill. “It’s very challenging in terms of the conditions and a true test of seamanship and experience.”

Genuine Risk remains favourite for line honours in 2014 although under its new guise as the Syd Fischer-skippered superyacht Ragamuffin 90.

The defending champion is Jonathan Mahony’s Humphreys 42 Zanzibar, keen to start off where she finished in 2012. “We signed up for the 2014 race within half an hour of the posting of the Notice of Race,” explained Mahony. “We’ve sailed together for ten years or more and we know each other quite well. Usually in this race you start off with the cold weather in Hong Kong, it is a bit chilly, a bit windy, then it gets warmer and warmer.” No boat has successfully defended its Rolex China Sea Race title since the mid-1960s, a daunting challenge as Mahony admits: “The odds are probably against us as the fleet is larger and stronger this time around and includes many former winners.”

One of those former winners is Rolex China Sea Race veteran Neil Pryde who first competed in the race in 1968 and is aiming to add to his impressive haul of Rolex China Sea Race honours which includes two overall and two line honours victories. “Line honours is probably out of reach considering we have two much bigger boats in the fleet this year but we are certainly looking for a podium position and overall first place is definitely on the agenda,” said Pryde, owner of the Welbourne 52 Hi Fi.

The course record to beat was set by Karl Kwok on his Volvo 60 Beau Geste (elapsed time 47 hours, 43 minutes and 7 seconds) in 2000.

The 2014 Rolex China Sea Race commences at 13:20 local time tomorrow. The race is organized by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) and has been sponsored by Rolex since 2008.

EVENT PROGRAMME

Wednesday, 16 April

13:20 Race start, Victoria Harbour – Hong Kong

Sunday, 20 April

17:00 Location prizegiving, Subic Bay Yacht Club, The Philippines

Wednesday, 30 April

19:00 – 21:00 Final prizegiving, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

All times listed are local

Australian Superyacht Industry at Singapore Yacht Show 2014

April 14, 2014

Thanks to Superyacht Australia, the capability as well as expertise of the Australian superyacht industry were well presented at the 2014 Singapore Yacht Show and Conference over the 6-day period. These events provided a platform to showcase what Australia has to offer to the Asian market and were facilitated via the Australian governments Asia engagement strategy programme.

Andy Treadwell, MaryAnne Eswards and Bruce Maxwell

Andy Treadwell, MaryAnne Edwards and Bruce Maxwell

The networking events organized during the show and conference were considered by many more valuable than the conference itself.  Key stakeholders from around the world were at the show, some not exhibiting but making sure they had a good feel for what is happening in Asia and evaluating the show for next year.  The Captains Lounge was a hub of activity attracting many of the Captains, key media and stakeholders over the 4 day period.  The lounge was sponsored by Superyacht Australia and prominent industry player MTU.  MTU, also a Superyacht Australia member had a significant presence at the show.

Peter Luke, Superyacht Solutions, a key Australian business in the superyacht sector stated “Singapore is certainly now for our company the leading show in Asia.  It is the ideal hub for the Asian industry for a number of reasons, the language, the facilities and the ease of access.  The show has been really valuable for us in the identification of business opportunities and the opportunity to network with the key players.  Luke said “Having a platform like the Captains Lounge to use as a base and to catch up with industry was invaluable for the Australian members present and this kind of support from your industry association is what you want to see.”

Steffan Panaho Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development MaryAnne Edwards Superyacht Australia CEO and Arthur Tay Marine One 15

Steffan Panaho - Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development, MaryAnne Edwards - Superyacht Australia CEO and Arthur Tay - Marine One 15

Similar comments were received from Hillary Buckman Editor- in -chief and Director of Ocean Magazine, a media partner for the event.  Buckman said “With part of our focus looking to push more into Asia being at the show was critical to get a feel for the Asian Market and catch up with industry personalities.”  Buckman said “Having Superyacht Australia sponsor the welcome function for the conference and partnering with MTU in the Captain’s lounge was great profile for Australia and a real benefit to the members present. Ocean Magazine supported the Australian presence by placing their magazines in the lounge.

Asia is a critical market for Australia with the ever growing number of yachts cruising in the region. Despite the fact that chartering is not as easy as the industry would like, this is not stopping a strong focus on bringing the big yachts to Asia. This was clearly evident with the number of global brands displaying yachts at the Singapore Yacht show with several members of SYBASS present. With over 80 boats and superyachts like charter yacht Cloud 9, motor yacht Exuma & sailing yacht Vertigo amongst this significant on water display, the Singapore Yacht show has certainly come of age.

CLOUD 9 - Profile

CLOUD 9 - Profile

Marine one 15 owned by Arthur Tay, is the perfect venue for this event and one would have to be impressed by Tay’s initiatives, foresight & design when developing this amazing complex of accommodation, marina, conference facilities and restaurants.  Having the W hotel in the complex alongside high end residences makes this spot the perfect location for Asia’s premier yacht show.

It can certainly be claimed by show owner Andy Treadwell that this is becoming without doubt the premier superyacht show in the Asia Pacific region. Treadwell and his team of experienced players Phil Blake, Nicola Tyler, Clare Wray plus many others understand what it takes to put on a successful show, they worked tirelessly to ensure exhibitor’s expectations were met, never an easy task with so many competing interests.

Superyacht Australia CEO MaryAnne Edwards said
“Having a presence at this show is important for Australia. It is the perfect platform to promote the capability and expertise in the Australian superyacht sector and speak to key stakeholders regarding the attractions cruising Australia has to offer. Yes we are a long way from traditional markets but there is no doubt with Asia becoming such a hub, cruising further down to Australia is becoming far more attractive and feasible. The quality of our refit yards and the experience of our superyacht agents are well known. Feedback received at the show by Superyacht Australia members present: Rivergate, Superyacht Solutions, Ocean Alliance, Riviera, Ocean Media and other key Australian players in the superyacht sector confirms Australia is considered a key player in the market. We just have to work harder to get our government to see the huge potential in this industry sector.”

Going up against the Shanghai show always meant a number of key Australia players would be absent however Edwards said she believed next year if the dates did not clash a greater contingent of Australian exhibitors would be at the show.

Edwards said “It will be interesting to see the true outcomes from the show and the growth in visitor numbers.  It is always hard to quantify the true results from these events but whatever we hear in the media, the true picture will certainly circulate word of mouth around the industry. For Australia it will be critical to maintain a high profile in Asia to take advantage of the opportunities this growing region creates for the Australian superyacht sector and we for one will be back next year.”