Three Dubois-designed yachts to attend New Zealand Millennium Cup 2015

January 13, 2015

Set to run in the breath-taking Bay of Islands yacht charter location from January 21 to 23, the New Zealand Millennium Cup is proud to once again host a number of Dubois-designed yachts in the line-up. Sailing yacht Janice of Wyoming, superyacht Silvertip as well as charter yacht Bliss are all Dubois-designed vessels with strong reputations for whipping around a course.

Dubois-designed charter yacht Bliss at the 2013 Dubois Cup - Photo by Rick Tomlinson

Dubois-designed charter yacht Bliss at the 2013 Dubois Cup - Photo by Rick Tomlinson

Ed Dubois gives his opinion on his take on the importance of an industry that is geographically removed from the wider global industry, yet integrally connected.

“We are very excited to see that the Millennium Cup is being held once again in 2015.

The new venue of the Bay of Islands, along with its well established regatta, is especially exciting for a number of reasons,” says Dubois.

“Firstly, it is one of the most beautiful coastal areas in the world and ideally suited for yacht racing.

Super yacht Janice of Wyoming under sail

Super yacht Janice of Wyoming under sail

“Secondly, it brings the large New Zealand-built yachts into an area and environment that particularly suits them; beautiful and away from the everyday rush and bustle of a city atmosphere and in an archipelago of islands that provides for stunningly scenic courses to be set,” he says.

Dubois’ connection with the New Zealand industry has been long and fruitful, with a number of award-winning yachts standing as testimony to both his skill and that of local yards and craftsmen. In recognition of that long association, the NZ Millennium Cup committee have named a day’s racing ‘Ed Dubois Race Day’.

“We have been fortunate, as a design office, to have had 37 large yachts built in New Zealand over a period of just under 30 years. This represents, astonishingly, just over $NZ1billion worth of contracts.”

Silvertip Yacht

Silvertip Yacht

“This large fleet not only represents our design input and experience; it is testament to the extraordinary yacht building skills and excellence that has been built up in New Zealand and which has reached the very highest level, worldwide.

The craftsman, engineers, spar builders and sail makers that have created this truly phenomenal industry should be congratulated on this extraordinary achievement. Some examples of their excellent work can be seen racing in the waters of the Bay of Islands in January 2015.”

The regatta runs from the 21-23 January in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands, and  will once again be handicapped to ISYR by Jim Teeters, to ensure close-fought, fun racing. Organised by the NZ Marine Export Group, the regatta is complemented by a range of onshore hospitality events, and runs concurrently with New Zealand’s biggest domestic regatta; Bay of Islands Sailing Week, delivering an unbeatable atmosphere of camaraderie to overseas guests.

Returning to the race are Janice of Wyoming, Bliss and Silvertip; all veterans of the race who’ve experienced first hand the New Zealand Millennium Cup experience and who are looking forward to battling it out once more for supremacy. Entries to date also include five-time circumnavigator, superyacht Silencio. The 50-metre Perini Navi comes fresh from a run of successful regattas which include taking third in class at this February’s St Barth’s Bucket and victory in the 2013 Perini Navi Cup.

Joining her is 34.2-metre Royal Huisman sailing yacht Sassafras, with new EC6 carbon rigging by sponsor Southern Spars. The sloop was designed by Fontaine-Hood for comfort over long distances as well as power under sail, and organisers are very much looking forward to seeing that power demonstrated as the fleet weaves through the Bay of Islands.

In a separate Pacific Division, special guests Steinlager 2 and Antaeus will go head to head, to the sure delight of local yacht watchers who know Steinlager from her unbeaten Round the World campaign records.

New Caribbean Leeward Islands Representative for Sevenstar Yacht Transport

January 13, 2015

With the demand for yacht transport rapidly expanding in the Caribbean, Sevenstar Yacht Transport is delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Manley as its new Caribbean Leeward Islands representative. Simon will be based in the fabulous St. Martin yacht charter destination.

Simon Manley

Simon Manley

Amongst others the leeward islands consist of the British Virgin Islands and US Virgin Islands as well as the French West Indies. Sevenstar is the leader in the industry of yacht transport, and specialises in lift-on/lift-off (LO/LO) yacht transport services offered by a fleet of over 120 ships wholly owned and operated by Amsterdam-based parent company Spliethoff Group.

“We are happy to have Simon join our team,” said Richard Klabbers, Sevenstar’s managing director, “Simon will be working closely with the Amsterdam headoffice of Sevenstar Yacht Transport. And will start right on time for the approaching season in the year where yachts will start to turn their attention towards their return across to the Med or the USA.”

Simon’s company Shore Support was founded in 2009 before he already had 15 years experience as the Caribbean manager of one of the largest yacht charter companies. It is this background and technical knowledge that sets Simon apart from the competition.

Over 90 luxury yacht marinas now part of MDL’s Freedom Berthing Network

January 13, 2015

MDL Marinas’ berthing package represents the most comprehensive available on the market. The company has delivered on its commitment to continually add value to Freedom Berthing, with more than 90 luxury yacht marinas now part of its cruising network.


MDL has added a further 20 marinas to the network during 2014, giving MDL berth holders access to even more amazing locations where they can enjoy complimentary berthing across France, Spain, Italy and the UK.

This huge benefit is in addition to the many great benefits already enjoyed including fuel at cost, the most generous boatyard discount and unlimited complimentary WiFi.

Chris Brown, a berth holder at MDL’s Woolverstone Marina, commented: “Freedom Berthing is a very good package from MDL Marinas that we have enjoyed making use of. We spent three months travelling around France using Passeport Escales and unlike other marina operator packages, we had the advantage of not having to double up on costs. With no additional visitor berthing fees to pay at those marinas included in Freedom Berthing on top of our annual fee, this was a huge benefit to us.”

The very latest technology is also being employed to further enhance the Freedom Berthing experience, with all customers gaining access to the exclusive MyMDL online portal. MyMDL allows members to view all their benefits in one place, and in some cases redeem them online using their smart phone, laptop, tablet or PC. This includes the innovative Berth Swap scheme, where customers can exchange their berth directly with a Freedom Berthing member in another MDL marina with just a few simple clicks.

Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “The team has worked hard to increase the benefits offered and the number of marinas our customers can freely cruise, and we have been delighted to see so many berth holders cruising these marinas last season. We are now looking forward to what the new season will bring and ensuring we continue to maximise and expand the benefits offered to our customers.”

Seattle Boat Show 2015 to open its doors next week

January 13, 2015

From stand up paddleboards to superyachts and everything in between, there is lots to take in at the Seattle Boat Show (Indoors +Afloat). The 2015 event will open its doors on January 23 and will last until February 1. The largest show on the West Coast, the event will once again host some 1,000 boats and yachts in two locations, more than three acres of accessories, electronics and boating gear, 430+ exhibitors, 225 free seminars, as well as advanced training classes for a fee.

Seattle Boat Show

Seattle Boat Show

Highlights this year include:

Uncorked— Opening Night, Friday Jan. 23, 5pm – 9pm

Showgoers can sniff, swirl and sip their way through the show, tasting a variety of award-winning Washington wines. Tasting stations will be set up throughout the indoor location. Tickets are $27 and include show admission, tasting tokens and a souvenir glass.

Inaugural Seattle Boat Show SUP-er Joust Tournament

Pairing one of Seattle’s most popular water sports with a medieval pastime, competitors in outrageous costumes will jab, poke, bump and shove each other and attempt to outwit their opponents and knock them off their stand up paddle boards and into the water in the jousting pool. Competitors can sign up in advance for a spot or try their luck during Open Jousting times throughout the show. The champion will be crowned on SUPer Joust Sunday, Feb. 1 and will win an adventure cruise for two in Mexico’s Sea of Cortés.

Boatless in Seattle – Free admission Monday – Thursday after 5pm

Those who don’t own a boat but would like to learn more about how to get into boating shouldn’t let the ticket price get in the way of deciding whether to attend the show. They can simply show up any weeknight of the show after 5pm, announce that they are Boatless in Seattle and they will be admitted for free.

Biggest and Most Expensive Boat in the Show’s 68-Year History

Built locally in Westport Wash., superyacht ‘Evviva’ is 164 feet of pure luxury for $25 million. She features: six luxurious suites; helicopter landing pad; elevator; hot tub; gourmet galley; marble and granite heated floors; spa tub for two in the master suite; and a yacht garage housing a 23’ ski and dive boat. Tour her and a host of other luxury boats at South Lake Union.

Super yacht EVVIVA - Photo Credit Westport yachts

Super yacht EVVIVA - Photo Credit Westport yachts

Kids Zone

There’s tons of fun for the little boaters too. Kids can enjoy time on the water using the Aqua Paddler boats, build a wooden toy boat with help from the Center for Wooden Boats and learn some fundamentals of boating while having fun with Plankton Races, Tug o’ War, the Rain Gutter Regatta and more.

Wakeboard trampoline tricks and demos

Members of the Central Washington University wakeboard team will be demonstrating tricks on a 13×13 Springfree trampoline. Showgoers can watch them do whirlybirds, 720s, grabs, glides and other impressive moves. When not being used for demos, kids and adults can test jump the world’s safest trampoline.

Most Unusual Boats in the Show

For those who have always daydreamed of being James Bond, they have a chance with two unusual amphibious boats at the show. Quadski: an ATV that converts to a jetski, is powered by a high performance BMW engine and can reach speeds of 45 mph on both land and water. (At CenturyLink Field.) Sea Legs: an amphibious 20’ dinghy that goes from land to water and vice versa with the simple push of a button and can top 60 mph on the water. (At South Lake Union.)

Is it a Boat or is it a Plane? It’s both.

The MVP is a revolutionary amphibious aircraft that transforms from an airplane into a fishing and camping platform. When you get to a marina you taxi up, shut down the engine, fold the wings, and propel the MVP towards the slip with an on-board trolling motor. Hinged panels create a flat platform large enough for two people to stretch out and sleep in the custom tent fitted to the platform.

Women’s Day – Monday, Jan. 26

By downloading a special Women’s Day pass, women can attend the show for free on Jan. 26th and enjoy a slate of seminars designed specifically for women, by women boaters. Starting at 5 pm, women can enjoy also complimentary libations, live music and tons of great giveaways in the Boater’s Lounge.

Sails & Ales – Friday Jan. 30, 5pm – 9pm

What better combination than hops and props? That’s what’s on tap for Sails & Ales Craft Beer Night at CenturyLink Field. Attendees will be able to cruise the show with ale in hand and enjoy the best of NW beers and boats. Tickets are $27 and include show admission, tasting tokens and a souvenir beer glass.

New for 2015 – See the floating portion of the show from the water with complimentary boat rides

The 20-minute guided tours in all electric 21′ enclosed, heated Duffy boats will point out fun facts about South Lake Union and the unique qualities of the spectacular yachts in the show. It’s a great way to see the show from a new perspective. Blankets are provided for an added snuggle factor.

CenturyLink Field Event Center hours:

Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 8 pm,

Fridays: 11 am – 9 pm, Saturdays: 10 am – 8 pm,

Sundays: 10 am – 6pm*

South Lake Union hours:

Weekdays: 11 a.m. – 5 pm.

Weekends: 10 am – 5 pm*

* The show will close at 3pm on Sunday, February 1st

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous 2015 chooses new ORC SuperYacht Rule

January 13, 2015

In order to create a fairer and more competitive event, the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous will use the new ORC SuperYacht Rule to handicap racers during the event, running in the fabulous Virgin Gorda yacht charter location in March 2015. The new handicapping system has also been adopted by the St Barth Bucket and Newport Bucket Regattas as well as Superyacht Cup Palma.

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2014. Photo Jeff Brown Superyacht Media

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2014. Photo Jeff Brown/Superyacht Media

Handicapping widely disparate superyachts represents one of the most formidable challenges any rule authority can undertake. With racing yachts that include schooners, sloops and ketches of varying lengths and with displacements ranging from 50 to 600 tons, it is a challenging task.

It is not unusual for a century old cruising schooner to share the same racecourse with a newly launched, state of the art performance oriented cruiser/racer. It is the huge disparity in yacht type, size and shape that creates the biggest challenge to fair racing. Superyacht regattas have used a number of different rules over the years – the Bucket Rule, IRC, ORCi, and most recently the International Super Yacht Rule (ISYR).

YCCS Sporting Director Edoardo Recchi will debut the ORCsy at the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta in March. “We have been listening to our constituents and there have been recurring requests for more transparency with the handicapping. The ORCsy rule delivers that and their working party continues to make great progress as they prepare for the 2015 regattas,” Recchi remarked.

All yachts entering the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous in Virgin Gorda must adhere to Amendment N.01 Rating/Handicap Rule and Certificates within the Notice of Race, and all handicap certificates are due to the Organising Committee, YCCS, no later than 1st March.

The ORCsy handicap application is available now at the Superyacht section on the ORC website, together with an explanation of the background of the rule, how it works, and practicalities for the 2015 season.

The deadline to enter the Loro Piana Caribbean Regatta and Rendezvous is 30th January 2015.

SO! DALIAN 2014 Video

January 13, 2015

China Rendez-Vous has released a video showing the SO! Dalian 2014, which was hosted by DongGang Marina, a beautiful China yacht holiday destination, in July 2014. The event represents the first ever superyacht show to be organized in the North of China. With over 7,800 visitors, the first edition was a huge success. Guests had a unique opportunity to discover an amazing range of 40 yachts, comprising several superyachts measuring over 30m in length.

A very successful 12th Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX)

January 13, 2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015, saw the 12th Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX), presented by Thailand Elite, come to an end, following four busy days of deal-making at Royal Phuket Marina, a breath-taking Thailand yacht charter destination. Thousands visited the Show daily, re-writing the record books, emphasising the Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) as Asia‘s leading consumer boat show.

A record display and visitor turnout at this years Phuket International Boat Show.

A record display and visitor turnout at this year's Phuket International Boat Show

A record of more than 5,000 visitors – verified by an independent auditing company at the Show – made PIMEX 2015 the biggest yet. But for the organisers, numbers is only part of the story.

“We’re very happy with the turnout, and with over 5,000 independently verified visitors this year it is one of the busiest Show’s to date. However, our focus for PIMEX goes beyond the numbers. Our focus is on attracting quality visitors, the type with an interest in the offerings at the Show and those who have purchasing power,” said Mr. Andy Dowden, PIMEX Show Director. “Having talked to many people at the Show, the feedback from exhibitors and the interest from serious buyers has been very encouraging. We expect there to be a lot of business done after the Show as a result of leads made at the Show.”

A packed marina included 17 boats over 20 metres in length and a total of 51 boats on display.

A packed superyacht marina included 17 yachts over 20 metres in length and a total of 51 boats on display

Following record numbers of 2,000 visitors on the first day, thousands of interested buyers from within Thailand and overseas each day enjoyed the offerings onshore and in-the-water, with visitors continuing to arrive long into the evening. Confirmed sales at the Show include real estate, products by Sea-Doo and Quadski, lots of interest in brokerage boats and with offers made, as well as contracts signed for new builds and luxury cars.

The boardwalk at Royal Phuket Marina was abuzz from opening to closing, and long into the nights, with a collection of pop-up bars and eateries complementing the established restaurant outlets. The marina atmosphere was accentuated by a packed in-water display of 51 boats.

PIMEX 2015 from above

PIMEX 2015 from above

“The quality of boats on display included many of the top brands from around the world as well as Thailand’s leading dealers and brokerages. With boats from 32-foot to 112-foot the variety was impressive, as was the 17 boats over 20 metres in length – another record for PIMEX,” added Dowden. “With 51 boats displaying, the in-water space for the Show was close to full. We are already looking at expansions in-water for 2016 and new ideas onshore which will increase the available exhibition space and also enhance to the visitor experience.”

Dates for the 13th Phuket International Boat Show are set: 7th to 10th January 2016 at Royal Phuket Marina.

New CEO for Blohm+Voss

January 13, 2015

The premier German superyacht builder, Blohm+Voss, has announced that Fred van Beers has been appointed as its Chief Executive Officer Management Board (CEO). As of 1 March 2015, Fred van Beers will take over from Dr Herbert Aly as CEO to lead Blohm+Voss’ growth strategy. His focus will be on developing the luxury yacht business. He will also work to reinforce the leading position of Blohm+Voss in general repairs as well as conversions, with a specific focus for cruise ships and vessels for the off-shore industry.

82m mega yacht Graceful by Blohm+Voss - Repair Lille Belt Denmark

82m mega yacht Graceful by Blohm+Voss - Repair Lille Belt Denmark

Fred van Beers (52) has held senior leadership positions in the maritime industry for more than 15 years. He joins Blohm+Voss from his current position as Vice President Services Northern Europe at Wärtsilä, the global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the maritime industry and energy markets with a presence in more than 70 countries.

Fred van Beers is a qualified ship engineer, went to sea for four years, and has led all stages of design, engineering, production and aftermarket services. He has a proven track record in delivering profitable sales growth. Throughout his career at Wärtsilä and his positions in various maritime industry organisations in the Netherlands and Europe, Fred van Beers built up an extensive international network within the community of yacht and ship owners, yacht designers, shipyards and the maritime supply industry. For the past 20 years delivery of systems and services for yachts has been part of Fred van Beers his responsibilities.

“I admire Blohm+Voss for having delivered some of the most iconic yachts over the last 80 years – ranging from charter yacht SAVARONA delivered in 1931 to mega yacht GRACEFUL in 2014. I am committed to highest quality engineering and project management. I share Blohm+Voss’ strategic vision and look forward to further developing the business with my new colleagues”, said Fred van Beers.

Dr Herbert Aly joined Blohm+Voss as a Managing Director in 2004 and became Spokesman of the Management Board in 2008. He successfully focused the business on the three areas: cruise ships, off-shore units and yachts. Dr Aly initiated the change of ownership in 2012 when Blohm+Voss’ civil business was acquired by funds advised by Star Capital Partners and the members of the management team. Under the new ownership and as part of thes trategic development of the company, the product portfolio was expanded and the sales and services business further strengthened.

Ernst von Freyberg, Head of the Supervisory Board of Blohm+Voss, said: “We welcome Fred van Beers. He is an exceptionally skilled leader with a long track record in the maritime industry. As owners, we are committed to a long-term viable growth plan for Blohm+Voss. On behalf of the owners, the supervisory board and the entire team, I would like to thank Dr Herbert Aly for leading Blohm+Voss over the last years.”

Below is a selection of other outstanding charter yachts built by Blohm+Voss:

KRM Yacht starts working on refit of 31m Bilgin motor yacht APRIL

January 13, 2015

December 2, 2014, saw the Turkish shipyard, KRM Yacht, start working on the refit of the 31-metre motor yacht April, originally launched by Bilgin Yachts in Turkey in 2006. The refit of superyacht April is expected to last six months.

31m Bilgin motor yacht April at KRM Yacht - Hauling

31m Bilgin motor yacht April at KRM Yacht on hauling day

The refit of super yacht April will include changing of the whole deck and fitting of the new teak decking. The galley and saloon will be redesigned and constructed. All glasses will be changed and a new sitting area on fore deck will be designed and built. The board and superstructure will be painted with Jotun paint system and flybridge will be redesigned and constructed. All Navigation systems will be upgraded and ONAN gensets ( 2 X 24 kW ) as well as main engines (2 X MAN 1360 Hp) will be overhauled. Windlasses Capstans and Main winch will be repaired and all interior as well as exterior fabrics and upholstery will be renewed. All electrical systems will be also repaired and upgraded.

31m Bilgin super yacht April at KRM Yacht - Hauling

31m Bilgin super yacht April at KRM Yacht - Hauling

April Yacht at KRM Yacht - Hauling

April Yacht at KRM Yacht - Hauling

Technical Specifications of luxury yacht April:

Length overall 31m

Beam 6,5m

Draft 1,9m

Accommodation 4 cabins (1 master, 1 VIP, 2 guest)

Crew Cabins 2

Max. Speed 28 knots

Build year 2006

Builder Bilgin Shipyard

Refit KRM Yacht

The recent sale of three yachts announced by Cheoy Lee

January 13, 2015

Cheoy Lee is proud to announce the recent sale of two Alpha 76 vessels, one Alpha 76 Express yacht and the other Alpha 76 Flybridge yacht. In addition, the new motor yacht Global 104 has been recently sold and is currently in build.

New super yacht Global 104 by Cheoy Lee

New super yacht Global 104 by Cheoy Lee

The Alpha Series yachts are designed by Michael Peters Yacht Design and the interior decor is by Luiz De Basto Designs. In addition to the Alpha 76 Express yacht and Alpha 76 Flybridge yacht, there is an Alpha 87 Sportbridge yacht in the series. Cutting edge design and innovative technology combine to create a line of exceptional, fast cruising yachts that offer a comfortable ride, exceptional stability and unparalleled ease of operation.

Cheoy Lee’s Alpha 76 Flybridge yacht at full speed

Cheoy Lee’s Alpha 76 Flybridge yacht at full speed

Superyacht Global 104 currently under construction is the latest model in the Global Series. The new 104 is the result of a collaboration between naval architect Overing Yacht Designs, Cheoy Lee, and interior designer Sylvia Bolton Design. The concept was for a highly efficient, 5-stateroom, tri-deck motor yacht with convenience of a master stateroom and large country kitchen, both on the main deck….features rarely found on yachts in this size range.

Additionally, Cheoy Lee is working on two new designs:

Explorer 150 yacht, the first in new series of very long range yachts designed by Overing Yacht Designs.

One-Eleven yacht, an entirely new sleek 111 designed by Overing Yacht Designs.

Below is a gallery for the stylish charter yachts built by Cheoy Lee.