Video: Lazzara 92 LSX motor yacht FREDDY cruising into Fort Lauderdale, Florida

September 04, 2014

Luxury superyacht FREDDY is a striking Lazzara 92 LSX vessel, launched by Lazzara Yachts in 2010. Measuring 28 meters in length, motor yacht FREDDY offers lovely and comfortable accommodation to 8 guests in total. Below is a video showing FREDDY while cruising into Fort Lauderdale, a popular Florida yacht charter destination. The video has been released by ‘ZipZapPower’.

New Ferretti Custom Line motor yacht Navetta 28

September 04, 2014

The all-new motor yacht Navetta 28 has been proudly unveiled as the latest addition to the Ferretti Custom Line, part of the Ferretti Group. A sister ship to luxury yacht Navetta 33 Crescendo, Ferretti Custom Line superyacht Navetta 28 is expected to make her premiere at next week’s Cannes Yachting Festival. She will be also displayed at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show, running later this month.

Ferretti Custom Line super yacht Navetta 28

Ferretti Custom Line super yacht Navetta 28

Cruise in perfect harmony with the sea on board a yacht that perfectly embodies the most sophisticated Made in Italy classic elegance and a flawless sea-keeping ability in any and all conditions. Enjoy its outstanding efficiency, which ensures an impressive range and goes hand in hand with a user-friendliness that can normally be found on smaller vessels. Relax surrounded by refined interiors, customized to the owner’s needs and made even more precious by top-quality furnishings signed by the best internationally renowned designers. Experience unique moments on a ‘villa’ overlooking the sea, conceived for those owners who prefer quiet cruising, surrounded by unparalleled comfort.

This is the ‘slow motion’ philosophy, that has always characterized Ferretti Custom Line semi-displacement maxi yachts, which have long been part of the history of the Italian Group and are now joined by the new model in the Navetta line: the Ferretti Custom Line luxury yacht Navetta 28.

Bound to become a new reference point in its segment, the new maxi yacht is the outcome of the cooperation between the Group’s Research and Development AYT&D department and the in-house Centro Stile, together with Studio Zuccon International Project. The Ferretti Custom Line Navetta 28 has a 28.31-meter (92.11-foot) length overall (LOA) and a hull length (HL) just below 24 meters (78.8 feet), allowing it to be classified as a Category A EC pleasure boat. Its full beam is 7 meters (23 feet).

Navetta 28 Yacht from above

Navetta 28 Yacht from above

Introducing the new model, Alberto Galassi, Ferretti Group’s CEO, has talked about “a new chapter in the Ferretti Custom Line’s adventure – a new extraordinary yacht that we are proud to present this year in Cannes. The Ferretti Custom Line Navetta 28 is a perfect blend of engineering, design, style and construction expertise and abilities, that harmoniously come together in Ferretti Custom Line and have allowed to build the five models currently making up the range – cutting-edge, innovative yachts that make the time spent onboard truly unique, meeting the needs and expectations of the most demanding owners”.

The Ferretti Custom Line super yacht Navetta 28 inherits various innovative solutions already in place on its ‘sister’ and flagship Navetta 33 Crescendo, but also includes several innovations, starting from an unmistakable outer profile, whose elegant and sinuous lines add a touch of sophistication to this yacht built with unrivalled craftsmanship, to the point of making it a true sculpture on the sea whose rounded shapes seem to have been moulded by the sea breeze itself.

Among the many details combining aesthetic features and functional solutions is, for instance, the circular sliding glazed door system in the panoramic dining area, located on the upper deck, which ensures a very flexible use of this area, allowing it to be closed towards the stern and connected to the salon, or, conversely, opened towards the outdoor areas. The wide sun-deck is a comfortable private deck for the owner and his guests, which upon request can be fitted with a Jacuzzi and an awning.

Natural light is the dominating element of the interiors: on the main deck, a continuous glazing stretches from bow to stern, widening amidships, while a series of innovative, extraordinarily large (1.4 sq. m each), stanchion-free hull windows have been installed for the first time on this model, at the height of the four guest cabins, and feature a very original design thanks to two ‘invisible’ portholes that are glued on the glass itself instead of being anchored to a fibreglass frame. Designed by AYT&D in cooperation with the Italian company Amaregroup, these special windows have passed a series of tests performed by RINA (Italian Naval Registry) to obtain the Type Approval certificate – a hydrostatic test at a pressure of 0.85 bars aimed at verifying any possible deformations and leaks -, as well as additional crash and breaking tests carried out voluntarily by the Ferretti Group.

Luxury motor yacht Navetta 28

Luxury motor yacht Navetta 28

STERN AREA AND DUAL MODE TRANSOM (DMT) PATENTED SYSTEM

The Ferretti Custom Line Navetta 28 immediately strikes for its absolutely innovative aft outer area, which is bound to become a trend-setter in the maxi yacht sector thanks to the Dual Mode Transom (DMT), the result of the cooperation between the Research and Development AYT&D department and the Group’s technical partners, Centro Stile srl and Besenzoni SpA. The DMT is an exclusive patent by Ferretti Group which provides huge advantages in terms of convenience, safety, and comfort, perfectly blending into one single system a floodable garage, a bathing platform, and a beach club of unparalleled dimensions on any other models of similar size.

This revolutionary electro-hydraulic system allows to open the hatch both upwards and downwards, thanks to one single pair of pistons, combining together three different functions and maximising the use of this area. When the hatch is opened upwards, access is gained to the wide floodable garage, which can store a jet tender up to 4.45 meters long; the latter can be easily launched or hauled by means of a few safe procedures without using a davit, but simply lowering the central part of the platform into the water, so that the tender can float inside the garage. The central submersible platform can also become a comfortable surface from which to dive into the sea or get back on board, but it can also be used as a lift for water toys and other equipment. The garage, indeed, can also be used to store, for instance, diving equipment.

When the hatch is opened downwards – even with the tender inside the garage – an approximately 9 sq. m beach area is obtained, since the hatch, completely open, turns into a horizontal platform flush with the two side areas of the aft bathing platform. To this purpose, the inside wall of the hatch has been lined in teak. A second teak sliding platform fitted on the ceiling of the garage may also be lowered to the level of the door to cover a large part of the garage, thereby further extending the beach area by an additional 6 meters, reaching a total area of almost 15 sq. m.

Superyacht Navetta 28

Superyacht Navetta 28

MAIN DECK

Access to the cockpit from the bathing platform is guaranteed by a double staircase carved into the stern, with an additional electro-hydraulic gangway port side. This area features a wide and original multi-function sunbathing area including three pads with adjustable backrest that allow it to be used in five different ways:

-              in the ‘walk around’ mode the aft pad is reclined onto the central one, creating a passage between the sofa and the garage hatch;

-              if it is moved towards the bow, the backrest can be used to dine at the cockpit table;

-              in the chaise longue mode facing the bow, it becomes a headrest against the upper part of the hatch;

-              when the backrest is lowered down completely at the extreme bow, it further enlarges the sunbathing area;

-              finally, when the forward pad is completely reclined, the entire area is converted into a large sun pad overlooking the sea.

This system, which has been installed for the first time ever on this model, will also be installed on future Ferretti Custom Line maxi yachts.

From the starboard side of the cockpit the upper deck can be accessed, while port side a door opens onto the stairs leading to the engine and system rooms. This convenient independent access, which is typical on mega yachts and particularly appreciated by captains and crews in general, leads into a system room which is separate from the engine room.

Continuing towards the bow along the outer walkways, another relevant innovation can be noticed: the gunwale is now approximately 40 cm higher, a solution that adds personality to the bow profile, making the entire yacht lines look considerably lighter and increasing onboard safety. Approximately halfway through the port side walkway an additional storage cabinet, extremely convenient for the crew, has been obtained in the deckhouse.

The area at the extreme bow – a true ‘hideaway’ for onboard guests – is fitted with a dinette with a C-shaped sofa, a teak wood table, and a sun pad at the extreme bow extending throughout the entire elevated fore triangle. A second sun pad is located on the deckhouse and can be accessed from the upper deck walkways.

Access to the interiors of the main deck is gained through a large sliding glazed door which leads into a wide, skilfully arranged open space characterized by the light shade of bleached oak, which on this first motor yacht Navetta 28 has been combined with natural oak – contrasting colours that are further complemented by numerous light polished lacquered inserts in all interiors areas. Besides enjoying strikingly large indoor volumes – a feature shared by all Ferretti Custom Line models – the owner has also the chance of customising the yacht interiors by modifying the onboard soft décor with the help of the Group’s architects and designers, so as to make his yacht truly unique. On this first hull, the carpet floors have been replaced by bleached oak floors. To starboard, upon request, a bar area with two seats can be arranged, fitted with a sink, an icemaker and a bottle-rack/refrigerator – an optional solution aimed at letting the cockpit and the salon ‘interact’ even more with one another.

Walking further, a central U-shaped sofa can be found, facing a low cabinet and an armchair. The concealing TV screen, available in sizes from 46 to 55 inches, has been installed in the ceiling. The salon, like all the other interior areas, is lit up by LED built-in lights in lacquered wood planks. But on this first hull LED light strips have been fitted along the entire salon length. To the left, a front wall with horizontal slats separates the living area from the central lobby, from which a staircase leads both to the guest cabins and to the upper deck. Interior fittings are completed by a full-height storage cabinet for glassware. Starboard, the galley can be accessed, equipped with all necessary household appliances and a large side-by-side refrigerator, as well as a dinette area. Entrance to the galley can also be gained from the starboard outer walkway and from the crew cabins below deck.

Continuing towards the bow, a sliding door leads into a second lobby, where the day head is also located, while a second shutter door gives access to the master stateroom, including, on the left, a wide walk-in wardrobe/dressing room closed by sliding doors and the double cabin fitted with low-rise furniture along both walls, leaving an open view on the sea. To starboard stand a writing desk and a glass vanity set. LED-lit shelves on both sides of the bed contribute to creating a special, very cosy atmosphere in the entire room. The owner’s head is on the right-hand side, aft of the cabin: it is furnished with lacquered walls, a marble top and twin ceramic washbasins. The washbasins may also be in marble, or be replaced by one single washbasin, in marble too. The shower, fitted with a dish in the same material as the washbasin top, has lacquered walls that, upon request, can be replaced by a mosaic.

LOWER DECK

Going down the stairs from the main deck, a central lobby with a mirroring wall and a wide storage cabinet is reached, leading to the four guest cabins, three of which are double cabins and one is fitted with twin beds; all have ensuite heads and separate showers. The two VIP cabins, located aft, may be furnished with separable beds, while a third collapsible bed can be added in the twin guest cabin, to starboard. All cabins are fitted with top-of the-range furniture and furnishings for a maxi yacht of this size: indeed, every cabin, flooded with light thanks to the new windows that offer a magnificent panoramic view, features a lacquered totem in front of the bed, a LED tv, and low shelves on the wall facing the bed. A writing desk area with a vanity set and a pouf, as well as a mirroring wall, can be fitted in the two VIP cabins upon request.

The lighting system of the cabins is elegant and functional at the same time: in addition to the LED spotlights on the ceiling, which can be replaced upon request with LED light strips along the entire length of the cabin, the shelves beside the beds are backlit and create a very homey atmosphere. A pair of reading lights can also be added, in addition to a third one for the writing desk area.

The guest heads in the VIP cabins feature wall-mounted sanitary ware and a shower towards the centre of the boat, separated by a glazed wall. The décor harmonises with that of the master cabin head, with lacquered walls and marble shower dish and washbasin top. The washbasins are in white ceramic or, upon request, in marble.

In the crew area, located forward, a new ensuite independent captain cabin has been added to the two sailor cabins with wall-mounted twin beds and the related heads.

PANORAMIC UPPER DECK

The panoramic upper deck is dominated by the circular glazed sliding door system embracing the dining area and connecting the interiors to the outdoor areas in an even more effective and flexible way. This deck can be accessed in two different ways: either via a teak-lined staircase leading from the main cockpit to the outer panoramic lounge area, fitted with free standing sofas and a coffee table, or via the inside stairs coming from the lobby on the main deck.

The outdoor spaces are amazingly wide, also thanks to the removal of the davit, which can in any case be installed at any time on a special support if a second tender or a water toy has to be placed on the flybridge. A concealing TV screen can be fitted in the outer ceiling and, thanks to its 180° rotation system, be watched from both the outside area and the indoor dining area. The latter is furnished with an extendible glass table and is surrounded by a circular glazing which guarantees a wide, approximately 230° view and consists of four elements: two fixed ones forward and two mobile ones aft, which can be opened up to 120°. The interior panoramic lounge features an L-shaped sofa, a low cabinet with a refrigerator, and a second 32” TV screen. The forward wall with a sliding door separates this area from the helm station, which – as is the case on this first hull – can be equipped with new, last-generation Simrad multi touch displays. The helm station can also be accessed from the outer walkways, where two outdoor steering stations are located, for docking manoeuvres. From the outer walkway, which continues past the helm station, it is also possible to reach the sun pad located on the deckhouse.

SUN DECK

The sun deck of the Ferretti Custom Line yacht Navetta 28 can boast very spacious areas and truly impressive features. It is characterised by a central cabinet with a grill, a sink, and – upon request – an icemaker and a refrigerator. Above it stands the mast, featuring all electronic navigation systems. At the stern the sun deck can be furnished with several chaise longues, while a large sun pad and an armchair facing the cruising direction can be found at the bow. Upon request the sun pad may be replaced by a Jacuzzi with automatic temperature control system.

CONSTRUCTION, SOUND-PROOFING AND COMFORT-ASSURANCE PROCESSES

In addition to the Dual Mode Transom (DMT) system, the new maxi yacht features other cutting-edge solutions, in terms of both construction processes and onboard technological equipment.

The hull has been built by infusion – a technique that requires the utmost care and outstanding production skills. The result is a more effective weight management and a higher lamination quality, in terms of both thickness and resin/glass impregnation ratio, the final outcome being a truly outstanding product. Furthermore, the hull and the deck lining is in materials resisting to very high temperatures, which allow to maintain world-quality standards over time, even if the hull is painted and even in case of prolonged exposure to the sun.

In order to achieve the best possible noiselessness, thereby guaranteeing all guests the utmost privacy and maximum comfort, new soundproofing, sound-absorbing, and anti-vibration materials and agents have been used on the Navetta 28. Special care has also been devoted to the soundproofing between the engine room – where all systems running at night time have been installed at the extreme stern – and the VIP cabins, which are also separated from the engine room by the full-height vertical fuel tank. Bulkheads consisting of several layers and different soundproofing materials have been added between the walls of the different areas, as well as between the floors and the ceilings, both below deck and on the main deck, so as to ensure the utmost comfort, also in terms of privacy, in the owner’s, guest, and crew areas.

Comfort is also fully guaranteed by the electro-hydraulic stabilising fins with ‘underway’ and ‘zero-speed’ functions, which come standard on this yacht. A pair of gyroscopic stabilisers can also be installed upon request – as is the case on the first hull -, guaranteeing even more comfort when the boat is at anchor.

THE ‘VOTIS’ ONBOARD INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM

The standard audio/video equipment installed on the Ferretti Custom Line Navetta 28 is truly impressive. This amazing system, called ‘VOTIS’ (Videoworks One Touch Infotainment System), has been developed by the engineers of AYT&D and Videoworks, one of the most important technical partners of the Group, and allows to control through an iPad the whole entertainment system installed in the main deck salon, thereby replacing all the remote controls of the various onboard appliances with one single device.

Upon request, the control system can be extended to the other areas of the yacht, and can also be integrated with other owner’s personal devices. Additional optional functions may also be installed after the yacht has been built, allowing to verify the yacht’s correct operation, display on all devices and in each cabin the pictures recorded by the CCTV and the crew coordination system, as well as communicate between the yacht and the shipyard. This system also makes it possible to use the digital libraries stored on a central server, lower and lift the concealing TV set in the ceiling of the main salon, and surf the Internet. Last, but not least, thanks to the AirPlay technology and a wi-fi connection, audio/video contents can be shared in streaming in the different areas of the yacht.

This full technological set takes the onboard infotainment equipment to unprecedented levels: depending on one’s preferences, it is possible to listen to music while someone else is watching videos and movies, in a completely independent way, or share the same contents in several different areas of the yacht, even throughout the boat, thanks to the Party mode.

More specifically, the Navetta 28 superyacht is fitted with Samsung LED TV sets of different sizes in the indoor areas, Apple TV and configuration for satellite video connection, as well as CD, DVD and BluRay players, HDMI socket, hi-fi surround, mediaserver and Airplay. In particular, in addition to the concealing TV screen and the iPad for managing the infotainment system, the main salon features a powerful audio system with as many as five amplifiers and a subwoofer. The master stateroom is amplified through a sound bar under the TV screen and a subwoofer.

Both the main deck and the upper deck are equipped with the AirPlay technology and the Party mode, and can be connected to or isolated from all the outdoor areas. The same solutions can be found on the sun deck, an enchanting ‘terrace’ which can be the very heart of onboard life or become an exclusive ‘safe haven’ where one can relax, far from the rest of the world, listening to one’s favourite music and enjoying open air and the sea.

ENGINES AND PERFORMANCES

This new maxi yacht also stands out for its amazing performances, as proven by a few, but extremely significant data: the yacht is fitted with two MAN V8 1,200 mhp engines that allow it to reach a maximum speed of 16 knots and a cruising speed of 13.5 knots, with a 400 and 650 nautical miles range, respectively. And the range that the Ferretti Custom Line Navetta 28 yacht can ensure at the economic cruising speed of 10 knots is extraordinary too, reaching 1,250 nautical miles (preliminary data).

Entries for the exhilarating 2014 Governor’s Cup Yacht Race now open!

September 03, 2014

Sailors have the last chance to enter the unique Governor’s Cup Yacht Race before it changes forever! Entries are now open for the truly remarkable Governor’s Cup Yacht Race 2014 from False Bay Yacht Club near the historic Simon’s Town, South Africa to Jamestown, St Helena Island – one of the world’s best kept secrets. This exhilarating 1,700 nautical mile downwind race to one of the most extraordinary places on earth starts on 27th December 2014 and is the last time it will take place in its current format, making it a once in a lifetime race!

Image courtesy of the Governor's Cup

Image courtesy of the Governor's Cup

Every two years since 1996, intrepid sailors looking for a one-of-a-kind racing experience, have taken part in the Governor’s Cup Yacht Race, which after an 8 – 14 day handicap chase across the South Atlantic, culminates in an activity-filled stay on St Helena – an island currently only accessible by private yacht or on one of the last operating Royal Mail Ships, the RMS St Helena. Following their stay on St Helena, supporters, family and crews enjoy a relaxing cruise back to Cape Town onboard the RMS St Helena offering an abundance of fun-filled activities and post race parties.

2014 sees the last time the race will take place in this format with the opening of a new airport on St Helena due in February 2016 and the subsequent decommission of the RMS St Helena – so don’t miss the boat and make sure you enter today. Entrants typically range from fast racing boats with experienced crews to cruising boats manned by small families, offering an experience for everyone.

Yachts participating in the Governor's Cup Yacht Race

Yachts participating in the Governor's Cup Yacht Race

To find out more and to download an entry form for the 2014 Governor’s Cup Yacht Race, visit the ‘Taking Part’ section of their website. To connect with previous race entrants and those already signed up for this year visit the Governor’s Cup Facebook page or Governor’s Cup Twitter account. The closing date for entries to the race is 31st October 2014.

St Helena - Image courtesy of the Governor's Cup

St Helena - Image courtesy of the Governor's Cup

About St Helena

St Helena is a volcanic island in the south Atlantic, 1,800 miles from South America and 1,200 miles from South Africa. The island, also a fantastic destination for a yacht charter, has over 500 years of rich history, with its most famous inhabitant being Napoleon Bonaparte, who was exiled to the island in 1815 and remained there until his death in 1821. Much of the island’s history, from military forts to underwater shipwrecks, ancient churches and historic buildings, remain intact for visitors to explore.

Spectacular St Helena island - Image credit to the Governor's Cup

Spectacular St Helena Island - Image credit to the Governor's Cup

Today, the island’s history adds to its beauty as a sub-tropical island with a unique bio-diversity. Only 10.5 miles long and 6.5 miles wide, its landscape ranges from vegetation to sub-tropical desert, and is home to many natural wonders unique to the island, from its rugged coastline and seas teemed with tropical fish to night skies offering unrivalled views of the stars and the famous 600 foot high Jacob’s Ladder offering panoramic views. No visit to St Helena is complete without a visit to see the world’s oldest land animal, Jonathan, a rare Seychelles Giant tortoise estimated to be over 175 years old.

The seas around Saint Helena are teeming with sea life - Image credit to The Governors Cup

The seas around Saint Helena are teeming with sea life - Image credit to The Governor's Cup

New Sagitta 42 superyacht tender to be unveiled by Camper & Nicholsons Yachts at Cannes Yachting Festival

September 03, 2014

Camper & Nicholsons Yachts, the legendary UK yacht manufacturer established in 1782 and part of Nautor Holding owned by Leonardo Ferragamo, will be participating in the Cannes Yachting Festival for the first time, and will be on hand at stand PAN 245. During the event, the company will unveil the new Sagitta 42 yacht tender, as well as their new Restoration Division.

Sagitta 42 yacht tender by Camper and Nicholsons Yachts

Sagitta 42 yacht tender by Camper and Nicholsons Yachts

C&N Yachts will be also showcasing the Endeavour 42 yacht tender, available for viewing at PAN029.

Sagitta 42

The Sagitta 42 yacht tender is the newest commuter in the Camper & Nicholsons Yacht range, a revolutionary centre console powerboat, available in three versions, including a sport fishing (with an optional carbon fibre tuna tower) or diving configuration.  Exquisitely designed and hand crafted, with teak decks and the finest finishings.  The hull is in vinyl, with single skin on the bottom and sandwich on the sides. This yacht is built using the traditional techniques used for resin construction, to increase the efficiency and sturdiness of the structure, even in the most demanding conditions.

Technical specification of Sagitta 42 luxury yacht tender:

Length  13.96 m

Beam 3.8 m

Draught 0.96 m

Displacement 11.9 tonnes

Maximum speed 36 knots

Engines 2 x Volvo Penta IPS 500 370hp @ 3500 RPM

Concept &  design Camper & Nicholsons Yachts

Naval architect Hunt Design

Camper & Nicholsons Yachts – Restoration Expertise

Renowned yacht restorer and historian, Enrico Zaccagni has recently joined Camper & Nicholsons Yachts to oversee the refit and restoration division of C&N yachts.  Zaccagni brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Camper & Nicholsons Yachts having managed important restoration projects such as Patience, superyacht Eilean and Magda XIII.

Numarine 70 HT motor yacht MAGNETO among IY&A Awards 2015 Finalists

September 03, 2014

design et al are proud to announce that Numarine 70 Hardtop motor yacht Magneto has been shortlisted for the International Yacht & Aviation Award 2015. Numarine 70 HT luxury yacht Magneto will compete in the ‘Power Yacht up to 25 Metres’ category.

Numarine 70 HT Yacht Magneto

Numarine 70 HT Yacht Magneto

The 70 Hardtop yacht Magneto seamlessly blends comfort, luxury and performance to deliver the finest yachting experience possible. Radically different from anything else on the market, the 70 Hardtop “blends out” and turns heads wherever she goes. Signature lines and extensive use of glass create another opportunity to blend out from the crowd in absolute style with the performance to match her strikingly good looks.

Aboard Magneto Yacht

Aboard Magneto Yacht

For the design, great emphasis was given to the sensation of space and light. A large one-piece windshield, over-size saloon side windows along with large side glass in the master cabin draw abundant daylight into the interior giving the occupants an overwhelming sense of freedom and a togetherness with the sea around them in all areas onboard.

Luxury yacht Magneto - Exterior

Luxury yacht Magneto - Exterior

The radically modern interior reflects the contemporary design principles that set the 70HT yacht Magneto apart from anything else in its class. Modern colours, lacquers and wood veneering create a truly fresh environment. Outside, the spacious cockpit features a super wide aft facing sun-pad, vast dining area with wet-bar and a hydraulic platform as standard. The bow area offers a vast array of relaxation and sun bathing space on two separate sun-pads accompanied by a large ‘lounge’ like seating area complete with folding table for easy stowage.

Numarine 70 Hardtop Yacht Magneto - Cabin

Numarine 70 Hardtop Yacht Magneto - Cabin

There are many unique and “different” elements which combine to make this design work well. The highly intricate glazing throughout the boat gives a radical look whilst delivering a wealth of benefit through abundant light in all areas on –board which further accentuates the feeling of space. Every area on board has been designed to offer optimum use of space with every amenity an owner could ever want.

Oxygene Yachts Air range to be presented at this month’s Cannes Yachting Festival

September 03, 2014

Oxygene Yachts is delighted to announce that their Air range will be unveiled at this month’s Cannes Yachting Festival, running in the fantastic Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Cannes from September 9 to 14, 2014. The company will be on hand at Espace Riviera – Stand 061.

Superyacht AIR 99 by Oxygene Yachts - Profile

Superyacht AIR 99 by Oxygene Yachts - Profile© Oxygene Yachts

An extraordinary project

In September 2013, Oxygène Yachts presented its Air 77 yacht prototype at Cannes: a power catamaran with an exceptional design challenging old habits in the industry and establishing a new idea of space and fluidity of movement.

In addition to its highly characteristic design, the luxury yacht Air 77 also attracted attention for its huge 33 sq ft door cut into the front of the roof: a move away from the traditional way of separating indoor and outdoor space. The result offers an entirely unobstructed space and view on the main deck.

AIR 99 superyacht - aft view

AIR 99 superyacht - aft view© Oxygene Yachts

Since then, Oxygène Yachts has signed a partnership agreement with Couach Shipyard for the construction of the definitive version. This model will be presented to the press and public for trials during Spring 2015.

But Oxygène Yachts didn’t just stop there. During the course of 2014, the brand has expanded by adding three new models to form a well-balanced range of 66 to 99 foot boats. Three new worthy representatives of the Oxygène spirit will be presented at this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival.

AIR 99 Yacht from above

AIR 99 Yacht from above© Oxygene Yachts

Spirit of OXYGENE : purity and discretion… a unique stance

The remarkable design of Oxygène Yachts sprung from designer Frédéric Sarfati’s strong determination: to breathe new aesthetic inspiration into the universe of power catamarans. This inspiration is driven by the relentless quest for pure lines and on-board space. A quest for subtlety and balance that allows the boat to blend into its surrounding environment.

AIR 77 Yacht - Profile

AIR 77 Yacht - Profile© Oxygene Yachts

The result is impressive: a highly characteristic design rendered timeless by the simplicity of its lines. The name of the range does justice to this notion of space and movement: AIR.

Nothing glitzy or ostentatious about the Air boat range.

Luxury yacht AIR 77 - aft view

Luxury yacht AIR 77 - aft view© Oxygene Yachts

AIR range: harmony and sensuality

The lightness of the models in the Air range, made with strip planking (wood/epoxy and glass/carbon composite), their shallow draught and Ultrajet/Masterjet turbine engines give them a major technical advantage: they are incredibly easy to handle. They get as close as possible to the coastline, and weave easily in and out of small bays and creeks, even the most imposing models of the line!

The choice of engines goes towards defining the brand’s spirit, with a intentionally restricted top speed for each model and very reasonable fuel consumption.

AIR 77 Yacht - Saloon

AIR 77 Yacht - Saloon© Oxygene Yachts

The Air 66 yacht is the most compact boat in the range. With all the characteristics of the Air 77, it is even easier to handle and takes up less space when docked. With 2152 sq ft of living space for a length of just 66 feet, life onboard the Air 66 centres around the “carré” which alone offers an area of 645 sq ft for sharing enjoyable moments. With its glass roof and front opening, the view from the stern reveals a 52 ft perspective in the axis of the boat and an unbroken view of the horizon.

As a development on the Air 77 yacht, the Air 77 W yacht essentially presents aesthetical variations: raised bulwarks, remodelled hulls and deck, dingy integrated under the main deck… It illustrates all the design and variation opportunities of a concept that Frédéric Sarfati’s brush stroke adapts to each client’s individual desires.

AIR 77 Yacht - Cabin

AIR 77 Yacht - Cabin© Oxygene Yachts

Air 99 – the No-limit yacht. At the very least the 99 foot superyacht Air 99 is out of the ordinary, offering six cabins and 4305 sq ft of living space! While maintaining the harmony inherent to the concept of the AIR range, this boat makes its mark with an impression of outrageous serenity and sensuality. The 1292 sq ft “carré” designed in the style of a loft offers a unique sensation of freedom. The 88 foot perspective unfolds uninterrupted towards the horizon through the vast doorway at the front, suggesting an invitation to escape offered by no other boat today.

Motor yacht AIR 77 - Bathroom

Motor yacht AIR 77 - Bathroom© Oxygene Yachts

INNOVATION: variable transparency glass

To fit out the glass roofs present on each model in the AIR range, Oxygène Yachts looked at integrating variable transparency glass, a revolution in the nautical sector that finally makes it possible for widespread use of bay windows with no fear of adverse effects from the sun.

The double glazing becomes darker or brighter according to the amount of sunlight thanks to an electronic process incorporated into the glass. At the heart of this process is an electrochromatic coating and a low voltage current making it possible to constantly adapt the tint of the glass to variations in sunlight. The more sunlight there is, the more the glass darkens. It restricts light transmission and limits heat generation. When sunlight is weak, the transparent glass allows the light in, optimising the beneficial effects of the solar flux.

AIR 77 W Yacht

AIR 77 W Yacht© Oxygene Yachts

Controlling the lightness level is as simple as the touch of a button on the wall. It can also be done automatically with a light intensity sensor.

By using variable transparency glass, the Air concept and its vast curved windows maximizing light takes on its true meaning.

AIR 66 Yacht

AIR 66 Yacht © Oxygene Yachts

AIR 66 Yacht – SPECIFICATIONS

Hull length 19 m / 66’

Beam 9,50 m / 31’

Draught 0,80 m

Top speed 12 to 30 knots

Engines Volvo 2 x 300 to 600 hp

Propellers UltraJet / MasterJet turbines

Cabins 4 cabins + 2 crew cabins

Design Frédéric Sarfati

Naval architecture Couach Shipyard

Construction In collaboration with Couach Shipyard

AIR 77 W Yacht – SPECIFICATIONS

Hull length 23,50 m / 77’

Beam 10,40 m / 34’

Draught 0,80 m

Top speed 14 to 22 knots

Engines Volvo 2 x 260 to 600 hp

Propellers UltraJet / MasterJet turbines

Hulls and superstructure Wood / epoxy / glass / carbon composite

Glass roof Anti-UV moulded Plexiglas or variable transparency glass

Cabins 4 cabins + 2 crew cabins

Design Frédéric Sarfati

Naval architecture Couach Shipyard

Construction In collaboration with Couach Shipyard

AIR 99 Yacht – SPECIFICATIONS

Hull length 30 m / 99’

Beam 11,80 m / 38’

Draught 1,4 m

Top speed 20 to 30 knots

Engines MTU 2 x 800 to 1600 hp

Propellers UltraJet / MasterJet turbines

Hulls and superstructure Wood / epoxy / glass / carbon composite

Glass roof Anti-UV moulded Plexiglas or variable transparency glass

Cabins 6 cabins + 2 crew cabins

Design Frédéric Sarfati

Naval architecture Couach Shipyard

Construction In collaboration with Couach Shipyard

Launch of first Oceanic 90’ motor yacht TSA TSA (ex Dolce Vita)

September 03, 2014

The all-new motor yacht Tsa Tsa (ex Dolce Vita) has been successfully launched by Oceanic Yachts. Superyacht Tsa Tsa represents the first Oceanic 90’ vessel, built by Cantiere Navale di Ostia – Canados, with naval architecture by Arrabito Naval Architects. She will make her premiere at this month’s Cannes Yachting Festival, running in the glamorous French Riviera yacht charter destination – Cannes from September 9 to 14, 2014.

Rendering of Oceanic 90 motor yacht DOLCE VITA

Rendering of Oceanic 90 motor yacht Tsa Tsa (ex Dolce Vita)

The main features of the first Oceanic 90′ luxury yacht Tsa Tsa are extended outdoor and indoor living volumes, ability to carry large toys and tenders, as well as high performance and ability to navigate at economic speed with low fuel consumption, resulting in reduced overall operating costs.

Oceanic 90′ super yacht Tsa Tsa provides comfortable accommodation 4 lovely cabins. These include an upper deck owner’s suite with private terrace, as well as a VIP cabin and two guest cabins, all positioned on the lower deck. There is also space for a crew of 3/4 professionals in 2 crew cabins.

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014: Day 2

September 03, 2014

Day 2 of the currently running Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup was marked by clear skies and a fresh mistral breeze. The event represents the sailing’s annual rendezvous for Maxi yachts, hosted by the fantastic Sardinia yacht charter destination – Porto Cervo. Organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) as well as the International Maxi Association (IMA), the race has been sponsored by Rolex since 1985.

Roberto Tomasini's ROBERTISSIMA III (GBR) leading the Mini Maxi fleet around the windward mark - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Roberto Tomasini's ROBERTISSIMA III (GBR) leading the Mini Maxi fleet around the windward mark - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

The appeal of the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship is clear. Cutting-edge racing yachts crewed by skilled professional sailors, driven by the energy and passion of their owners. Races decided by fine margins. Nothing left to chance on the water. A sailing environment rated as the best in the world and competition in its truest sense: all seven competing yachts in this year’s Championship are in contention for victory.

The Mini Maxi Class is in the ascendancy; interest is high, enthusiasm palpable and new designs in the offing. Principally featuring 72-ft length boats, the fifth running of the championship is one of the standout features of this year’s Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup.

“The 72-footers are simply the top boats that exist in monohull racing,” reveals Vasco Vascotto, calling tactics on sailing yacht Robertissima III. “The boats are powerful, great to sail, versatile and the owner/driver rule allows the owners to go out and win,” explains Niklas Zennström whose Rán crew is the defending champion, winner of three of the four titles to date. The team to beat.

Bowman watching the competitors from the bow of FIREFLY (NED) - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Bowman watching the competitors from the bow of FIREFLY (NED) - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Hard yards

Leaving nothing to chance on water requires dedicated preparation. The working day for the Mini Maxi crews begins in earnest as the sun rises; physical conditioning and mental wellbeing are treated seriously. All teams have their own approach; whether it be hours in the gym, cycling northeast Sardinia’s mountain bike trails or swimming lengths in the sea.

Alex Schaerer’s luxury yacht Caol Ila R have their own personal trainer to ensure the crew are in shape to face the demands of each day’s racing. “Exercises and a stretching class help the boys wake up ready for the day’s sailing,” explains the crew’s Swiss fitness coach Andre Winterfield, who runs a beach session each morning. “On the boat you have to sprint quickly in different directions, lift heavy sails, be flexible when the boat is moving. We do a lot of group exercises: this improves spirit, creates trust between teammates.”

The emphasis on physical preparation is embraced by Caol Ila R’s rivals. “It’s a heavy boat so everything you do is loaded, especially for the grinders,” explains Terry Hutchinson, a key member of the afterguard on 2012 champion sailing yacht Bella Mente. “These guys train hard, go to the gym everyday. It’s a balance between physical and cardiovascular strength.”

ALEGRE (GBR) sailing downwind to defend her leadership in the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

ALEGRE (GBR) sailing downwind to defend her leadership in the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Practice makes perfect

The Mini Maxi fleet arrived in Porto Cervo in the week ahead of the event, allowing themselves crucial training days. The Costa Smeralda is a sailing paradise, but a challenging one. “Time on the water and on the boat is the most valuable thing,” reveals sailing yacht Alegre bowman Matt Cornwell. “The ethos of our team is to keep guys together year on year and build on it. It’s a strength of ours.”

“You need a well-honed crew of professionals, we are racing and practicing for up to 75 days a year,” reveals Bella Mente’s American owner Hap Fauth. “It’s a big programme, we move with 2-3 containers, our travelling crew now is 30, 22 sailing and the rest support crew: cooks, carbon fibre and winch guys, sailmakers. It’s not for the fainthearted, it needs to be organised and orchestrated a year ahead.”

Each training session and race is closely analysed, the boat’s performances assessed, data crunched and analysed, the results shared with the team. The quest is continual improvement. “We have a full time data analysis person who collects information and debriefs on the boat’s performance,” says Hutchinson. “When you get to 100% of the boat’s performance and you still get someone going faster than you that’s when you scratch your head and see what you can do in specific situations to race the boat better. It’s the pinnacle of our sport, you fight for every single inch.” “Each day we will make mistakes,” admits Vascotto, “but every day we try to improve, this is the important part.”

Sir Lindsay Owen Jones' MAGIC CARPET CUBED (GBR) rounding Mortoriotto - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Sir Lindsay Owen Jones' MAGIC CARPET CUBED (GBR) rounding Mortoriotto - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Raising the bar

There is widespread belief that this is the toughest Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship to date. Last year’s runner up Alegre, owned by Andres Soriano, appears to have found her ‘sailing legs’ having been the new entry in the 2013 Championship. Meanwhile Zennström is helming a new boat having launched Rán 5 earlier this year.  Zennström’s crew can rely on the latest thinking in Mini Maxi design including a wider hull and narrower waterline, but have had little time to adapt; Bella Mente is hungry to regain her crown after disappointment in 2013; Robertissima III and Jethou are consistent performers; Caol Ila R and Shockwave yacht may be the two smaller, older boats but remain highly competitive especially in light air.

“Everyone is strong and has their different modes and conditions they are good in,” adds Cornwell. “We consider Rán the benchmark in this Class, they have won the championship so any times. However, this year all the teams can win races and the championship.” “This is the event that these boats are built for,” explains Bella Mente’s Mike Sanderson, ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year in 2006, “all seven Mini Maxis are slightly different approaches with the same goal. There are some very successful businessmen and multiple world champion sailors racing against each other. Everyone is used to winning.”

“The 2014 Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship is going to be the toughest one ever because competition is getting better every year – we are improving yet so is every team. There’s going to be tight racing,” promises Zennström.

RAINBOW cuts through the waves of the Costa Smeralda - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

RAINBOW cuts through the waves of the Costa Smeralda - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Day 2 – On The Water

The day’s evidence suggests this to be the case. The Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship fleet engaged in two 8nm windward/leeward races designed to test short-course racing prowess. Strategy, tactics, timing and fitness were examined in equal measure. Sailed under a clear blue sky, crews found the tight course and shifting wind rewarded advance planning and determination, while punishing hard errors and weakness. Robertissima III proved boat of the day securing a 2,1 scoreline that moved her into second overall 4.5 points behind Alegre, which finished 1,3. Ràn 5 lies in third, a mere half-point back. Robertissima’s owner, Roberto Tomasini Grinover was understandably delighted: “The racing today was highly competitive. We did very well as the conditions on the racecourse were particularly complicated, and it was very technical racing.”

Both the Wally and J-Class fleets sailed the same courses as the Mini Maxi Racers. With the wind, around 10-12 knots in the first race and 7-9 in the second, swinging up to 40 degrees, it was tough going in the contrasting yachts. Charter yacht Y3K leapt to the top of the Wally standings posting a 2,1 score. Defending champion, Jean Charles Decaux’s J One is in second level on points. Superyacht Lionheart proved the most adept of the J-Class with a bullet and a second. She is now in second overall, level on points with charter yacht Ranger, and one point behind class leader superyacht Rainbow.

The remaining classes undertook a scenic coastal course that saw the yachts head briefly into the Maddalena channel to round Secca dei Tre Monti, before heading south to Mortoriotto. The Mini Maxi Racer/Cruisers sailed 24.7nm, while the Supermaxis and Maxis sailed a slighter longer 28.8nm version of the course. Charter yacht Lupa of London strengthened her grip on the Mini Maxi Racer/Cruiser class by finishing in first. The two Swans Brononesec and @robas are tied in second after coming in second and fourth respectively. Yesterday’s result was repeated in Supermaxi. Superyacht Firefly adding a second bullet to lead from Inoui. The same was true of Maxi, where Lord Irvine Laidlaw’s Highland Fling yacht won again.

While the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship fleet battle out another two windward/leewards today, the rest of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup classes will take on a coastal course.

2014 MAXI YACHT ROLEX CUP – PROVISIONAL RESULTS DAY 2

Place, Boat Name, Boat Owner, Races- Total Points

Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship

1. ALEGRE (GBR), Alegre Yachting Ltd., 1.5-1-3; 5.5

2. ROBERTISSIMA (CAY), Roberto Tomasini, 6-2-1; 9

3. Ran 5 (GBR), Niklas Zennstrom 4,5-3-2; 9,5

Mini Maxi R/C

1. LUPA OF LONDON (GBR), Jeremy Pilkington, 1-1; 2

2. BRONENOSEC (RUS), Alpenberg S.A., 4-2-; 6

3. AROBAS (FRA), Gerard Logel, 2-4; 6

Maxi Racing

1. HIGHLAND FLING XI (MON), Irvine Laidlaw, 1-1; 2

2. ODIN (CAY), Tom Siebel, 2-2; 4

3. BRISTOLIAN (GBR), Bristolian Marine Ltd., 4-4; 8

J-Class

1. RAINBOW (NED), SPF JH2, 2-3-1; 6

3. LIONHEART (GBR), Stichting Lionheart Syndicate, 4-1-2; 7

3. RANGER (CAY), R.S.V. Ltd., 1-2-4; 7

Supermaxi

1. FIREFLY (NED), Eric Bijlsma, 1-1; 2

2. INOUI (SUI), Marco Vögele, 2-2; 4

3. VIRIELLA (ITA), Vittorio Moretti, 3-3; 6

Wally

1. Y3K (GER), Claus Peter Offen, 3-2-1; 6

2. J ONE (GBR), Jean Charles Decaux, 1-3-2; 6

3. MAGIC CARPET 3 (GBR), Sir Lindsey Owen Jones, 2-1-5; 8

MIA announces opening for entries into 2015-2016 Marina of the Year Awards

September 03, 2014

The Marina Industries Association (MIA), with its Awards partner Club Marine Insurance, has announced the entries into the 2015-2016 Marina of the Year Awards are now open. These Awards recognize excellence and leadership across the luxury yacht marina industries and provide valuable benchmarks for industry as well as the wider community.

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Club Marine Chief Executive Officer Simon McLean said Club Marine is pleased to again be supporting the Awards. “Marinas play a key role in providing boating infrastructure and services that keep the boating industry developing. Club Marine values the opportunity to support these Awards, which encourage and reward excellence in the marina sector.”

The Marina of the Year Awards are open to both MIA members and non-members. The best International Marina category attracts entries from marinas across the globe. There are 16 award categories including best Commercial Marina under 140 boats, best Dry Stack Storage Facility and best Marina Innovation by a Supplier.

MIA President Andrew Chapman said Awards participation has grown strongly over the past six years. “As the status of the Awards has built so has participation. Winners and finalists have also got better at promoting their achievements and this in turn is encouraging more businesses to enter as they can see the promotional benefits the awards deliver”.

Award entrants are able to submit multiple entries. This year applications are purely on-line with strict limits on the size of entries to keep the process manageable for entrants.  The last day for applications is 12th December 2014 and all submissions must be received by the MIA by C.O.B. 19th December 2014. Entrants can find all the information needed to enter on the MIA web site.

The Awards will be presented at Marine15 International Conference and Trade Exhibition to be held 3-5 May 2015 on the Gold Coast.

Newport International Boat Show 2014: Activities and Highlights

September 03, 2014

Yesterday, September 2, 2014, saw the Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announce the activities and amenities for those planning to visit its 44th annual show. The largest boat show at the lovely America yacht charter destination – New England and the ‘kick off’ to the boat show season, the event provides visitors from around the world a venue to see the latest boats as well as product offerings from hundreds of manufacturers and dealers, including dozens debuting for the first time in the United States. Set along historic Newport Harbor in the center of downtown Newport, the show also offers a wealth of education and fun activities for boating enthusiasts of all ages and experience.

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•             Confident Captain’s At The Helm offers a variety of daily sail and powerboat on-the-water training classes by USCG Licensed Captains and American Sailing Association certified instructors.

•             Power & Motoryacht University will take place on Saturday, September 13th at the Hyatt on Goat Island (near the show site) and include a variety of top-notch speakers and topics to help boaters get the most from their passion.

•             Visitors on Thursday will have the opportunity to cast their vote for the best new boat making its US debut in the Newport For New Products People’s Choice Award. One voter will be selected at random to win an iPad with a $50 credit to the online Apple Store. Voting ballots are available at all gates.

•             The annual State of the Industry Press Conference will take place on Friday, September 12th at 8:15 a.m. in Sunset Lounge at the end of Commercial Wharf. Five executives representing Boating Gear, Engines, Marine Electronics, Powerboat and Sailboat manufactures will answer questions presented by an emcee about their view of the industry.

•             On Saturday, September 13th, join our Pep Rally to support the world’s greatest offshore sailing event, the Volvo Ocean Race. Excitement is overflowing as Newport was selected as the North American stopover city in May, 2015. Come hear what’s in store.

•             Cruising Outpost will host its 4th annual Cruisers Party. Open to all who are inside the show gates on Saturday at 6:00 p.m., the party will feature a prize drawing to benefit the “Call of the Sea Foundation;” live music, free pizza, beer and soft drinks while they last.

•             The Authors Corner in Tent C will feature book signings by Judy Silvia who captures the beauty of sailing in her writings.

•             The lovely and talented Sailor Donna will entertain children with singing, face painting and balloon art on Saturday.

“The Newport International Boat Show includes a wealth of exciting, fun and informative activities such as our in-water training, new boat and product debuts, educational seminars and, of course, entertainment that complements the boats, products and services that our 750+ exhibitors bring to the show,” said Nancy Piffard, show director of Newport Exhibition Group. “The experience that we provide, coupled with Newport’s own amenities such as award-winning restaurants, trendy boutiques and galleries, make for a boat show destination that is second to none!”

Expected to draw tens of thousands to historic Newport, the Newport International Boat Show will take place Thursday, September 11th through Sunday, September 14th, 2014 on the Newport Waterfront along America’s Cup Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island. One of the largest in-water boat shows in the country, the event will host nearly 750 exhibitors from around the world with an exceptional assortment of boats of every type and style from 15 to 90 feet, and a wide variety of accessories, equipment, electronics, gear and services for boaters. Online tickets are available through the Newport International Boat Show website. Children under 12 are admitted free any day when accompanied by an adult. On Friday, visitors with a valid Military or Newport County Resident ID receive half price admission.

The Newport International Boat Show covers over 13 acres along the Newport Waterfront. To get the lay of the land and locate all exhibitors and activities before coming to the show, visit the online sitemap on the website. While at the show, visit any of the Information Kiosks located on the show grounds. Low cost, off-site parking at Easton’s Beach is available with handicap-accessible shuttle service running daily from 8am-8pm.