PIMEX 2015, January 8 – 11

October 07, 2014

With the Cannes Yachting Festival and the Monaco Yacht Show successfully concluded last month, the Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) is just around the corner. The event will be running in Phuket, a fantastic Thailand yacht charter destination, from January 8 to 11, 2015.


The mainly European based yacht manufacturers are increasingly interested in the fast growing Asian market and the feedback from Monaco was just that. As marinas spring up all over Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia Asian buyers are in the market to join the marine leisure set. Where better to sample the goods and the cruising grounds than South East Asia’s stunning playground in Phuket?

Meanwhile in Incheon, South Korea the Asian Games are drawing to a close. A raft of Thai sailors battled other nations to win nine medals in sailing. Phuket will host the Asian Beach Games 2014, with over 4,000 athletes and officals attending. The games begin on November 14th, with marine events include sailing, water-sking, wakeboarding and wind-surfing.

Growing the Show

PIMEX 2015 is getting on with early bookings filling the hall and water display. Royal Phuket Marina, the home of Asia’s favourite Boat Show since 2007 is moving forward with Phase 3 and by January there will be five top class restaurants on the boardwalk and pop up food and beverage outlets planned for the duration of the show.

Whisgars, the high-end whisky and cigars bars in Bangkok will create a whisky tasting pop up event at RPM’s Speakeasy bar.

As in recent years the show is well supported by luxury brands, high class property, top end autos and many visitors keen to buy. Local expats, Bangkok Thais, Regional visitors and high-networth prospective buyers made up the majority of prospective buyers with 49 nationalities represented in 2014. Russians, Europeans and Thais were strongly represented.

Sunseeker Yachts to participate in Barcelona Boat Show 2014

October 07, 2014

This month will see the Barcelona International Boat Show return to Port Vell, a beautiful Barcelona yacht holiday location. Spain’s largest yachting event will run from Wednesday 15th to Sunday 19th October, and will be attended by the leading British luxury yacht builder, Sunseeker.

Sunseeker return to the Barcelona International Boat Show with an outstanding display from 15th-19th October

Sunseeker return to the Barcelona International Boat Show with an outstanding display from 15th-19th October

Promising some of the biggest brands in boating, the Barcelona Boat Show attracts thousands of visitors to the popular Spanish city, and is located just 45 minutes away from the World-class Sunseeker Spain sales, aftersales and service facilities in Empuriabrava.

The Sunseeker Spain Headquarters is housed at the World-class, 5000 sq m facility in Empuriabrava

The Sunseeker Spain Headquarters is housed at the World-class, 5000 sq m facility in Empuriabrava

Sunseeker Spain is to exhibit a stunning range at Barcelona for 2014, with 6 new Sunseeker yachts on display, from the ever-popular Portofino 40 to the game-changing 28 Metre Yacht – set to be one of the largest vessels at the show.

A star of the show - The Sunseeker 28 Metre Yacht will be on display at Barcelona Boat Show

A star of the show - The Sunseeker 28 Metre Yacht will be on display at Barcelona Boat Show

The full Sunseeker line-up across the 5-day show is as follows:

Portofino 40

San Remo 485

Manhattan 53

68 Sport Yacht

80 Sport Yacht

28 Metre Yacht (example is superyacht ZOZO)

Moll d’Espanya in Barcelona will be home to the Sunseeker display over the 5-day International boat show. Picture: Flickr

Moll d’Espanya in Barcelona will be home to the Sunseeker display over the 5-day International boat show. Picture: Flickr

Located on the Moll d’Espanya, the Sunseeker stand will be a core attraction at the boat show, with new and existing clients and visitors invited to view the amazing selection of Sunseeker yachts on display.

Note: Article supplied by the official Sunseeker Blog Book

Oyster Palma Regatta 2014 – Final Day

October 06, 2014

With the five-race series already in the bag, hopes for a bonus pursuit race on the last day of the Oyster Regatta Palma 2014 hung on a… zephyr. Those lucky, early gradient winds of the week looked to have disappeared. But a willful lot, the Oyster race team urged the fleet to come out and wait in the bay, ready to compete if the sea breeze came in. And slowly it did. The cumulus built above the Tramuntana hills. The planes changed take-off from inshore to offshore, and with six knots the call went out, “race on”.

Last Day of Oyster Palma Regatta 2014

Last Day of Oyster Palma Regatta 2014 - Photo by Martinez Studio

In the still hot morning, attrition had hit with a few ducking out for a swim instead, then a rallying call from Judy and Max Morrison on Oyster 575 Silver Lining brought a waivering five back in and the pursuit fleet settled at a mixed 17 with starting times of each boat based not on handicap but on actual individual performance, the elapsed times during the week. That way lies a fairer, better grouped end of race – which is after all the aim of pursuit racing.

The target was a 90 minute race for the smaller yachts, and to attempt the near equal ending, the first and last of fleet started with 31 minutes and all the other boats stepped between them: the first boat Oyster 46 Lazy Tern, the last boat 885 superyacht Karibu and the middle boat Oyster 625 Tiger. And so it went. From the deck of the 825 yacht Reina starting last but one, the fleet sailed off ahead. Most starts were individual with a focused chase on the transom dead ahead and then the next. The course was a simple triangle, extended as the breeze built to 11 with gusts to 13 with the start and finish reaching legs. So kites flew from word go and on one of the two paired starts, a luffing match immediately ensued. John Marshall’s 655 Rock Oyster and Henrik Nyman’s 625 Delicia ended 15 seconds apart, in that order.

The course was a simple triangle with a reaching start and on the beat generally more pressure offshore than in. From the deck of 825 Reina, last but one to start, the targets to reel in stretched forward and the race was on, her legacy Class 1 rivals Oyster 82 super yacht Starry Night eight minutes ahead, 885-03 charter yacht Clare two, and 885-02 Karibu one minute behind, and then knocked back further by a top-down furler failure on their code sail leaving them bare headed for minutes.

Oyster Palma Regatta 2014 Final Day

Oyster Palma Regatta 2014 Final Day - Photo by Martinez Studio

Eyes and minds moved forward. Starry Night, with regular regatta crew 83-year-old Peter Hetherington (uncle of Graham Hetherington of fourth placed 625 Great Bear V) steering the entire course, was taken by Reina just after the final turn but Clare stayed ahead and finished third. Crossing before her were Charles Billson’s Oyster 54 Sara Blue, and in the very front placing first, Judy and Max Morrison on that rallying 575 Silver Lining. From swimming to winning… they made the right call as they did with their white sails downwind. Novice racers but with helpful folk aboard, including the permanent crew of Oyster 655 Proteus, Max does the driving and he and Judy both work on tactics too. “We’ve never followed the crowd, even in business, and we’ve done the same here. Today on one tack we took a big risk and went inshore and stormed past boats. After the final turn we were so far ahead we thought we’d done something wrong!”

They hadn’t, they’d completely out-sailed their class and next boat was 96 seconds behind. Reina had ended sandwiched by 655 iSNL (fifth) and 625 Tiger (seventh), helmed by brothers Simon, Tim and Nick.

As David Tydeman, race officer and Oyster CEO, says: “It was good close sailing, all boats finishing within 10 minutes. You can lose 10 minutes through just tactics on a beat, so when you’ve three miles beating, you’ve plenty of time to separate.”

With the last boat crossing the line, the Oyster Regatta Palma 2014’s racing had come to an end, but what a week, four days with six good races, with conditions in no two races alike.

In celebration the Oyster party set course for the far side of the bay, by road this time, to the prize presentation and dinner at Cap Rocat, a simply awe inspiring transformation to boutique hotel of a former military fort of immense antiquarian stone block structure now blended in that clever Mallorcan conservational architecture with glass and steel and ancient timbers, all on a huge scale. Drawbridge, trenches, flaming torches, it’s monumental yet through the portal so private, so personal, a perfect proposition to Oyster regattistes!

The evening passage from terrace glass-chinking and canapés through dinner to dancing was of course via prize awards.

In the Concours d’elegance the Class 3 award went to Sara Blue V (Oyster 54 – Charles Billson), Class 2 to Great Bear V (625 – Graham and Victoria Hetherington), Class 1 superyacht Penelope (Oyster 100).

Overall in the series, with five races, four to count, in the words of David Tydeman: “In Class 3 such close sailing has not been seen before, with the first five boats all within 3.5 points.”

Fourth was Boarding Pass II (Oyster 575 – Bill Munro and Susan Harris), 3rd YoHoHo of Sark (Oyster 45 – Neil and Sue Speed), 2nd SUNsuSEA (Oyster 46 – Paulina and Mariusz Kierebinski,  “we never, ever expected this”), 1st Silver Lining (Oyster 575 – Judy and Max Morrison “We are very, very lucky to have won this prize. Thank you Oyster. And I think we should thank all of our crews”).

In Class 2, it was 4th Delicia (Oyster 625 – Henrick Nyman), 3rd Vamos (Oyster 625 – David and Joanne Furby) and then for 1st and 2nd in the big battle between the two carbon rigged 625s and with everything balanced on the last race, in the end it was 2nd place for Guardian Angel leaving 1st to Lady Mariposa. Truly testing sailing. “Fantastic, really good racing,” said Lady Mariposa. “We’ll be back!” said Guardian Angel.

In Class 1, results, too, were settled by the last race.  With 4.75 points, in 4th place, Clare (Oyster 885 – Sir Frank Chapman) who said: “Thank you, David [Tydeman – Oyster CEO] for the running of this event. And I must say you have the patience of a saint with all those requests for repeats on the radio! I’d like to say, too, that the fleet’s looking wonderful here and the new boats very pretty.”

Of third placed Starry Night, David said: “Great to see one of our older, bigger boats doing so well.”

Reina (Oyster 825) notched 2nd after a very hot contest, too, particularly against Karibu defending her title from last year but having to work a lot harder to keep it. Taking 1st, Karibu commented; “We’d also like to thank Oyster for this great event you organise and thanks to our crew permanent and race, too and we look forward to another year and hope we will do as well again.”

David Tydeman then awarded his discretional with Lazy Tern (Oyster 46 – David and Liz Mcnaghten) commended for great sportsmanship earlier in the week; Alpha Eden Island (625 – Tinus Slabber); Chione (525 – Jorgen Kjaernes) who had every intention of arriving and racing but whose journey completion juts wasn’t possible in the time but were present. Not making it to the regatta in time was the result of their very kind loan of the boat to Oyster for display at the autumn boats shows.

In thanking Jorgen, David Tydeman added: “It is a shame that they arrived on the last night with no boat but then there is always the next – the Oyster Regatta BVI, 13-18 April 2015, it will be a good one. There’s also of course the upcoming Oyster Pacific Rally in 2017 and Oyster Asia Rally in 2018.

“Thanks for sailing safely. Thanks, too, to the event’s generous sponsors: Dolphin Sails, Lewmar, Pantaenius, Pelagos Yachts, Raymarine, Reckmann, Sailkote and of course Real Club Nautico de Palma for hosting and helping ensure the smooth running of Oyster Regatta Palma 2014.”

Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2014

October 06, 2014

Les Voiles de Saint Tropez celebrated its 15-year existence with splendour and grand spectacle this year. The popular Mediterranean regatta was hosted by St. Tropez, a fantastic French Riviera yacht charter destination, from September 27 to October 5, 2014.

Les Voiles de St Tropez 2014 - Sailing yachts Marygold and Partridge

Les Voiles de St Tropez 2014 - Sailing yachts Marygold and Partridge - Photo credit to Gilles Martin-Raget

The wind and sea gods gifted them with some exceptional conditions offering 4,000 sailors from the world over, on some 300 Modern or Classic yachts, a packed week of racing, enjoyment and conviviality. And so the curtain falls this Sunday after a final moment shared between competitors with the traditional prize-giving for the 20 competing classes. There were some nice surprises amidst the list of winners, starting with the names of newcomers like Olympian, which triumphed among the gaffers and Dorade among the Marconis, as well as confirmation of the safe bets from their respect circuits, superyacht Magic Carpet3 among the Wallys and sailing yacht Robertissima III (ex Ran) among the large IRCs.

André Beaufils, President of the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez: “Another edition draws to a close and every year we find ourselves starved of superlatives in our bid to translate the general satisfaction. We have just enjoyed a beautiful edition. Every year we try to improve what is perfectible with small, added touches, and we continue to find little elements to modify. The competitors were able to get out on the racecourse everyday so they are happy. Our partners are delighted. Their guests cannot stop singing their praises. All our teams, both on shore and on the water have done a remarkable job in a great atmosphere. I am a happy President. After each edition we have a debriefing and we decide on what needs to be improved. That has been the case this year with the renewing of two of our Race Committees. For the future, we are considering making some minor modifications to the race village, if only to adapt to the work of the harbour master’s office, which will be in effect next year. The owners of the large classic boats are always appealing to us and we’re looking for solutions to satisfy as many of them as we can. We’re certainly going to address the balance between the number of traditional and modern yachts and we’re reconsidering our categories so as to best respond to the desires of certain categories of boats. The very core of my satisfaction is rooted in the observation that all our volunteers work with such passion and good humour. Those who are at the venue make Les Voiles their own, anxious that everything runs smoothly. Everything is coloured by good humour.”

Les Voiles de St Tropez 2014 Day 1

Les Voiles de St Tropez 2014 Day 1 - Photo credit to Gilles Martin-Raget

A snapshot of Les Voiles 2014

‘Grand Tradition’ group

As its name suggests, this group gathers together today’s largest classic craft and naturally it was dominated by the power of the immense charter yacht Elena of London (Herreshoff 2009) and her 1,300m2 sail area, ahead of superyacht Mariquita, the large gaff cutter by William Fife (1911) and the young centenarian charter yacht Moonbeam IV (1914).

Epoque Aurique A (Period Gaffer A) group

This year the category gathered together 14 sumptuous gaff-rig cutters, schooners or sloops, measuring 9 to 19 metres in length, half of which were over 100 years old. Up against the stalwarts of the podium in Saint Tropez, Nan of Fife (Fife 1896) and Bonafide (Sibbick 1899), it was newcomer Olympian, an American P Class from 1913, which triumphed supreme, leaving Chinook (Herreshoff 1916) to battle over the runners-up prizes with another surprise newcomer, Folly (Camper and Nicholson 1907) helmed in Saint Tropez by German Frers.

Epoque Aurique B (Period Gaffer B) group

A category placed under the glare of the spotlight this year by the awarding of the Rolex Trophy, this highly prestigious group is very coherent in terms of performance and is widely considered to be the ultimate expression of the classic spirit. The group’s triumphs went to the oldest yachts in the entire Les Voiles’ fleet. Launched in 1885, the gaff cutter Partridge honoured her fabulous creator, John Beavor Webb, by getting the better of the formidable yet dynamic ‘small gaffers’, Jap (Fife 1897) and Lulu (Rabot-Caillebotte 1897).

Les Voiles de St Tropez 2014 Day 1

Les Voiles de St Tropez 2014 Day 1 - Photo credit to Gilles Martin-Raget

Marconi A group

Among those carrying triangular sails or Marconi rigs, a most splendid spectacle was offered up by one and all, both in terms of pure aesthetics and the sporting intensity of the races. The American 12 m JI Seven Seas of Porto (Crane 1935) showed herself to be a cut above the rest, utterly dominating every race. The pacy sloop Rowdy, (Herreshoff 1916) hadn’t experienced such stiff competition for a long, long while. However, she managed to salvage something from the wreckage by securing second place ahead of another star of Les Voiles, the famous Marconi yawl designed by Olin Stephens, sailing yacht Manitou (1916).

Marconi B group

The Class Q designed by Paine (1930), Jour de Fête, entrusted to the expert hands of Pascal Oddo, triumphed during each of the three races validated in this group. Leonore, the other Q Class designed by Johann Anker, was unable to respond other than by keeping the Marconi sloop Sirius (Stephens 1930) astern of her to snatch second place.

Epoque Marconi C (Period Marconi C) group

This was another group, which was remarkably well balanced and gave rise to some delightful battles. Of these, it was the now legendary newcomer (Sparkman and Stephens 1930) Dorade yacht, helmed by her American owners Matt and Pam Brooks, which triumphed after a superb hand-to-hand combat with the no less legendary Skylark of 1937 (Olin Stephens) and Cholita (Potter 1937)

Epoque Marconi D (Period Marconi D) group

Smaller in size, the protagonists of this group from between the 1920 and 1950s raced entirely coherently. The May design Arrow from 1924 imposed ahead of the Cornu design Jalina (1946) and Sonda, a sublime 8m from 1951 designed by Gruer.

Classic Marconi A group

The large Italian Marconi sloop Il Moro di Venezia was embroiled in a fierce combat throughout the week but ultimately managed to resist the attacks of the formidable 12 m JI Sovereign skippered by the Bérenger brothers (Boyd 1963) and Ikra Boyd 1964). Eventually Philippe Monnet was able to get his 1956 Sparkman&Stephens design Lys onto the podium to conclude the achingly tight racing in this group.

Classic Marconi B group

The André Mauric design Marconi sloop Fantasque took the win ahead of Maria Giovanna (Stephens 1969) and Outlaw (Illingworth 1963)

J Class: Ranger supreme

Four J Class boats really were a feast for the eyes amongst amateurs and experts alike offshore of Pampelonne. These giants managed to complete 4 races and charter yacht Ranger, a beautiful replica by Jackson dating back to 2003, utterly outwitted her adversaries superyacht Velsheda (2nd) and Lionheart yacht.

15 m JI; The Lady Anne’s revenge

Though the Annual Trophy for the 15 m JI was already in the hands of sailing yacht Mariska (Fife 1908) before Les Voiles even kicked off, the Britons on The Lady Anne (Fife 1912) made it a point of honour to conclude this fine year with victory in Saint Tropez. Mariska snatched second with one Pierre Antoine Morvan at the helm, ahead of Hispania (Fife 1909) and Tuiga.

“Vintage” 12 m JI

Four Vintage 12 m JIs were competing in their own race circuit at Saint Tropez. Wings (Nicholson 1937) secured the win with two victories of the three races run, ahead of Vanity V (Fife 1936) and Vim (Stephens 1939)

Tofinous and Code 0

They represent the classic spirit in its modern version and so it was that the Tofinous and Code 0s were able to race on the same race zone as the classic yachts, combining their carbon sails with the large cotton sails. It was the Tofinou 12 Camomille who bagged the win ahead of the other Tofinou 12 Milou and Aloha 2, François Bouy’s Code 1.

Modern craft

Five groups from the IRC rule were this year accepted on the Modern round in Saint Tropez.


This category witnessed an absolute jewel of a battle between the impressive Maxi 72 prototypes, with Robertissima III (Judel Vrolijk 2009) taking victory and sailing yacht Jethou (JV 2012), just beaten to second place by luxury yacht My Song, the Nauta 84 designed by Reichel Pugh in 1999.


The X Yacht INXS RD by Philippe Frantz made a stunning comeback after a calamitous first day to rack up four race wins and dominate the densest and most homogenous group of the modern yachts. She was some three boat lengths ahead of Les Voiles’ stalwart, James Blackmore aboard Music, the large Frers-design Swan, and the other Music, a Swiss Baltic 590.


Another newcomer to Les Voiles that really made her presence felt is the TP 52 Nanoq and her “all star” crew led by James Spithill, who secured victory thanks to a marvellous start to the week. Astern of her was the other TP 52 Gladiator skippered by Tony Langley, and Spirit of Malouen VI skippered by Sébastien Petit Huguenin.


Some of the greatest international builders can be found amongst this eminently competitive group. Adrien Follin and Give me Five were victorious by a narrow margin against Frédéric Bouillon and his Wallis. Michael Mueller on Pappes made it onto the third step of the podium.


It was a fine victory for the A35 Chenapan with 3 successes out of the 5 races validated, ahead of another A35, Tchin skippered by Jean Claude Bertrand and the Lago 950 Java Bleue, skippered by the lovely Jacky Maitre.


Equalling the record, some twelve Wallys graced Les Voiles in their dedicated round off Pampelonne. Magic Carpet3 took the win, though the grand slam eluded them after they lost their hold on victory in the third race to Magic Blue, which managed to secure second place overall ahead of the 94-foot superyacht Galma.


Rolex Trophy (1st Period Gaffer B yacht): Partridge

Edmond de Rothschild Trophy (1st Modern yacht over 16m): Robertissima III

BMW Trophy (Wally Class): Magic Carpet3

Town of Saint Tropez Cup (1st Modern yacht outright): Robertissima III

Yacht Club de France Trophy (YCF): Alcyon

Trophéminin (Women’s Trophy) (1st female crew): No Limit

French author: Denis van den Brink

Gold Coast International Marine Expo 2014 to feature plenty of fun and exciting new products

October 06, 2014

A wide range of fun and exciting new products are set to be launched at the 2014 Gold Coast International Marine Expo from 17-19 October. Some of these will make their premiere in Queensland, some of them in Australia… and some of them will be presented for the first time in the world.

Expo 2014 has also confirmed the official Queensland release of the highly anticpated limited edition 2015 Kawasaki Ultra 310R jet ski

Expo 2014 has also confirmed the official Queensland release of the highly anticpated limited edition 2015 Kawasaki Ultra 310R jet ski

The growing list of product premieres – already more than double last year’s number – includes some of the world’s most esteemed marine brands and certainly delivers on the Expo promise of being ‘much more than a boat show’.

Expo chairman Patrick Gay AM said the event will feature ‘all things aquatic – from super yachts to kayaks, jet skis to fishing equipment … and everything in between’.

“In fact, ‘everything’ casts such a wide net that it also covers style-setting marine fashion, practical safety equipment, fantastic fun accessories, much-needed maintenance products and all sorts of handy gadgets and gizmos designed to make your summer on the water one to treasure for a lifetime,” he said.

“We are extremely excited by the massive vote of confidence the marine industry has shown in the Expo – early demand prompted us to expand the event site and the fact we are almost 100 per cent full with trade exhibitors reinforces that our decision to bring the date of the Expo forward was correct.

The Hoverboard is possibly the most anticipated futuristic thrill-seeking accessory of all time which will be displayed at Expo 2014

The Hoverboard is possibly the most anticipated futuristic thrill-seeking accessory of all time which will be displayed at Expo 2014

“It really is the best chance to get out on the water before the summer rush and, with live attractions and demonstrations every 15 minutes, we are supremely confident that this year’s Expo will indeed be the biggest and best yet.”

The huge range of new and innovative boats to be unveiled at this year’s Expo, at the Gold Coast Marine Precinct at Coomera, ranges from luxurious sports yachts and specialist fishing vessels to family recreation boats and inflatable dinghies.

And as for toys, Event & Marketing Manager Emma Milne advises to get set for a great summer with the debut of the fastest production jet ski on the planet, the first-release of futuristic and fun personal water craft accessories, as well as power-assisted snorkelling equipment and versatile inflatable water toys such as stand-up paddleboards.

“The Expo is so much more than just a boat show,” she said. “We have extreme high-diving, fishing and live cooking demonstrations, the 12km Coomera Cup paddle race, factory tours as well as a heap of activities for the kids … and for those young-at-heart.

The Jetovator which taps the power of personal watercraft will be on show at Expo

The Jetovator which taps the power of personal watercraft will be on show at Expo

“It really is going to be a whole lot of fun for everyone.”

The not-for-profit Expo will again offer free on-site parking for visitors and has a nominal entry fee of $8 for adults, $5 for seniors, and children under the age of 15 years are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. All proceeds will go towards supporting beneficiary charities – Rotary Club of Coomera River, Sailability Gold Coast, Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter Rescue Service and the Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation.

Just a sample of the futuristic and fun toys to premiere at Expo

Looking forward to fun on the water? This summer is shaping up as one of the best yet with a massive range of terrific toys and cool contraptions set for release at the 2014 Gold Coast International Marine Expo from 17-19 October.

Event & Marketing Manager Emma Milne said experiencing life beneath the water is about to get a whole lot more interesting with the release of the new Sea-Doo Seascooter from RIB Force Inflatables.

“This surprisingly affordable power-assisted snorkelling device is a bold way to experience the Big Blue, to explore local beaches or just have even more fun in the pool,” she said.

The Expo – to be held at the Gold Coast Marine Precinct at Coomera – has also been confirmed for the official Queensland release of the highly anticipated, limited edition 2015 Kawasaki Ultra 310R – the fastest Jet Ski on the planet.

Ms Milne said the 310R – at the Jet Ski World stand – draws on decades of championship-winning racing experience and its deep-V hull design offers superb straight-line tracking and precise cornering … and excellent all-day comfort.

“And as far as cool contraptions go, the Hoverboard is possibly the most anticipated futuristic thrill-seeking accessory of all time. It was in the 1989 blockbuster Back to the Future II that Marty McFly (aka Michael J Fox) introduced the world to the hoverboard – a jet-propelled skateboard without wheels,” she said.

“Rumours have persisted since the movie’s release that hoverboards were in fact real and, even after a series of false starts, that they were scheduled to hit the market on October 21, 2015 … again courtesy of the fictional Back to the Future II.

“The fact is: they weren’t real … until now!”

The Hoverboard has been described as a cross between wakeboarding and flying and taps the thrust of personal water craft to create adrenalin-pumping fun.

“It’s been said that: ‘if this is not the way you imagined a hoverboard would work, that’s ok … it might be time to accept that the future may be better than we first imagined’,” said Ms Milne.

And then there’s the Jetovator, which also taps the power of personal water craft – it combines the acrobatic aptitudes of an aircraft with simplicity of riding a motorbike and meets the growing demand for innovative and exciting water sports experiences.

“Shoreline Jet Skis will introduce The Tubby, which transforms your personal water craft into the ultimate fishing machine,” said Ms Milne. “This is an innovative design which offers more stability, more storage … and more functionality. It latches on and off in seconds, has a built-in cutting board and prep area, adjustable rod-holders … and more.”

Ms Milne said Gold Coast Boat and Jet Ski Licensing will also be offering an approved online learning environment that offers the flexibility of completing the theory component of boat or personal water craft licences in your own time, online.

Dubai Maritime Summit 2014 to host International Speakers

October 06, 2014

As part of its preparation to play a host to the first-of-its-kind maritime summit in the world, Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority responsible for regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of Dubai’s maritime sector, announced the presence of top-notch international speakers at Dubai Maritime Summit 2014. This will be held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, on October 27, 2014 in line with the opening of the 2nd edition of Dubai Maritime Week.

Dubai Maritime Summit logo

H.E. Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al-Nuaimi, Minister of Public Works and Chairman of the National Transport Authority (NTA), will be participating at the Summit as a key note speaker, accompanied by a number of high-profile industry experts, decision-makers and professionals from all over the world to discuss the latest issues and subjects on the international maritime landscape and showcase latest developments in Dubai’s maritime sector.

Delivering the opening speech will be H.E. Sultan Bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation and President of Dubai Maritime City Authority. Other speakers will include Jo Espinoza-Ferrey, Director, International Maritime Organization (IMO); Philipe Donche-Gay, Chairman, International Association of Classifications Societies (IACS); Dr Phillip Belcher, Marine Director of INTERTANKO; and Doug Barrow, Chief Executive, Maritime London.

Amer Ali, Executive Director, Dubai Maritime City Authority, said: “We expect Dubai Maritime Summit to see a series of live discussions on the latest global maritime industry developments and showcase the ongoing local efforts aimed at promoting international maritime clusters and reinforce Dubai’s position as a leading international maritime destination. We are honored to welcome local, regional and international high-profile industry leaders at this first-ever event to exchange expertise and new ideas. This is a clear indication of the Summit’s strategic importance as an ideal platform gathering leading experts and industry professionals under one objective to promote the international maritime sector and increase its contribution to global economy.”

Dubai Maritime Summit 2014 will be held on first day of Dubai Maritime Week 2014 which is organized by DMCA every two years and is expected to attract wide participation of leading government officials, regional and international experts and ship owners and operators from the UAE and the region to discuss latest developments and updates of the local and international maritime industry.

Important charity cycle race supported by CRN Yachts

October 06, 2014

CRN, part of the Ferretti Group specializing in the building of fully-custom steel and aluminium pleasure vessels between 40 and 90 metres in length, is supporting Cogs4Cancer. This represents an important charity cycle race, which has reached its second edition this year. It kicked off from CRN’s shipyard in Italy’s Ancona yesterday, on October 5, 2014.

Start of the race at CRN - ribbon cut

Start of the race at CRN - ribbon cut

Cogs4Cancer is a charity bike ride ridden in stages, organised by the captains of megayachts from various countries in order to raise funds for cancer research organisations. This year it will run from Ancona (Italy) to Antibes (France).

CRN supported this charity event by hosting the starting ceremony, which was held on 5 October at the shipyard in Ancona.

Team Cogs4Cancer at CRN

Team Cogs4Cancer at CRN

The 16 participants – captains of megayachts and representatives of the international yachting world – will pedal approximately 850 kilometres. Following the first stage between Ancona and Forlì, the race will stop in Empoli, La Spezia, Arenzano and Sanremo and then reach Antibes, in France.

Cogs4Cancer, which this year has already raised over € 200,000, is supported by international celebrities like Rihanna and The Kings of Leon and will donate the entire total to cancer research organisations.

Barcelona Boat Show 2014 to introduce over 120 new products and multiple activities and experiences

October 06, 2014

To be hosted by Port Vell, a lovely Barcelona yacht holiday destination, The Barcelona International Boat Show will be once again the platform chosen by the main national as well as international companies in the sector to showcase their products this year. Around 250 exhibitors will introduce 70 new boat models, in addition to more than 650 boats on show, 50 innovations in electronic accessories and the latest motors, as well as a wide range of services, products and trends. The event, to be held in a context of gradual recovery of the sector, will also play a host to a wide-ranging program of activities and talks for nautical professionals and enthusiasts.

Barcelona International Boat Show 2013

Barcelona International Boat Show 2013© Fira de Barcelona

Organised by Fira de Barcelona in collaboration with the National Association of Nautical Companies (ANEN), from 15 to 19 October the Boat Show will once again showcase its products and activities in the Moll d’Espanya and Moll de la Fusta in Barcelona’s Port Vell. In addition to the boats on show in the sea, from 8 metres in length, on land, visitors will also find all kinds of nautical products and services, as well as small boats and inflatables.

The President of the Show, Luís Conde, notes that ‘this year’s show exudes optimism, both because of the first positive data on the sector in the last six years and the quality of the exhibitors’ products and the ambitious programme of activities.’

According to ANEN data, registration of recreational boats has grown by 13.27% in the first eight months of this year, in comparison with the same period last year. For Luís Conde ‘this is only a first step, let us hope that the show can help consolidate this change of trend.’ The Secretary General of ANEN, Carlos Sanlorenzo, expresses similar sentiments: ‘The nautical season has been positive, with an average growth of almost 16% in the months of June, July and August, which reflects the stability of the sector to date.’

In this respect, the potential growth of the national market is awakening the interest of countries such as the United States, which this year is participating for the first time with its own official pavilion, thanks to a cooperation agreement with the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).

Launch of new models

Notable among the new products to be presented in Barcelona are the Rodman Muse 44, a motor cruiser made in Spain and a world reference, and the Sunseeker 75 Yacht (example is motor yacht Finezza), a luxury yacht that combines the experience of the British company in the design and implementation of new technologies. Moreover, the Lagoon 630 MY, a spectacular catamaran, is ideal for those who enjoy long crossings without giving up the comforts of a motor yacht. Sail enthusiasts will also enjoy two new models: Bénéteau’s Oceanis 60, a majestic deep-sea cruiser, and the Dufour 560 GL at the top of the range of long-length boats, for their appearance, finishes and features.

In addition to its role as a commercial platform, the show aims to stimulate initiation in sailing and encourage enthusiasts. Therefore, this year it has supported the development of the Beginner’s Guide to Tugboat Sailing, which will be given to visitors. It details the main aspects of getting started in this world, from diploma regulation, procedures and insurance, to the census of shore ramps on the Catalan coast. Moreover, a pass to use the services of ports in Catalonia with discounted prices will be presented.

A showcase of experiences

Moreover, a wide-ranging programme of activities has been designed ‘to attract all kinds of people – from beginners to experienced practitioners – and offer them new experiences,’ explains the Director of the show, Jordi Freixas. ‘We are even going to install a wave generator in the sea of the Moll de la Fusta for surfing enthusiasts, a pioneering initiative in Spain that promises to be spectacular.’ The event will once again be organised into thematic areas, where most of the activities will be held: the Fun Beach area, which, as well as bringing together products and services related to nautical sports, will have a trial area with access to the sea so that the public can enjoy beginner’s sessions in dinghy sailing, canoe, kayak, jet skis or paddle surf; ‘the sea’s space’, for the presentation of boat races, trophies or awards, and where there will also be debates and talks on the marine environment and sailing; and ‘Traditional Sailing’, where classic wooden boats will be on show and workshops held.

In the professional field, the show will once again offer a wide-ranging programme of talks and meetings, notably including the presentation of the new Law on Ports in Catalonia, of the Andalusia Ports Management Plan, a session on the current state of initiation in sailing in Spain and the signing of a cooperation agreement between associations of marinas in Northern Spain. Moreover, for the fifth consecutive year, The Freixenet Village on the Moll d’Espanya wharf, with its restaurant and terrace bar, will once again be the social hub of the Boat Show and the meeting point for professionals from the business and financial sectors, sportspeople and guests from the nautical world. Alongside the Village there will be an area of stands exhibiting premium products and the latest trends from exclusive brands in fashion, beauty, gourmet food, art and design.

Italianyachtmasters announces the 2nd annual ‘Captain’s Day’

October 06, 2014

Italianyachtmasters, the association of Italian Captains launched in March 2013, is delighted to announce the 2nd annual ‘Captain’s Day’. The event is to be hosted by the Yacht Club Marina di Loano, a lovely Italy yacht holiday destination, on October 13, 2014.

Yacht Club Marina di Loano in the popular Mediterranean yacht holiday location - Italy

Yacht Club Marina di Loano in the popular Mediterranean yacht holiday location - Italy

It has been a year rich of events since the first Captain’s day, held in October 2013 in the magnificent  Yacht Club Marina of Loano – the headquarters of the Italianyachtmasters association. The number of Superyacht Captains joining the association has doubled over the course of its second year, despite the high standards and tough requisites that need to be met. Moreover, Italianyachtmasters has expanded in order to welcome First Mates into its realm.

During the past year,  members had the opportunity to partake in a number workshops organised to provide Superyacht Captains  with the opportunity to improve their knowledge on a whole range of subjects, including:

Navimeteo, held at YCML: advance meteorology course.

Martec, held at YCML: fire detection  systems course.

H2O, held at YCML: code course MLC2006

DN-GL, held at the Academy in Porto Mirabello: PSC course

Highly productive seminaries have also been organised during the past year, with the intention of creating and strengthening synergies between the major players of the yachting sector; in particular:

Fraser Yacht and Italian Yacht Master

Yacht Zoo and Italian Yacht Master

Vship and Italian Yacht Master

Burgess and Italian Yacht Master

Italianyachtmasters was invited to a number of events, including: MYS 2013, Amsterdam GF 2013,  Yare 2013 – at the conference of Large Ports of the Riviera, and The Great Nautica of Argentario, where it represented the  Italian Yacht Master category.

The First Mates group has produced a list of courses regarding the development of professionalism on board, and which will form part of the PTP Navigo Regione Toscana Super Yacht Academy Program – of which Italianyachtmasters is a partner.

Institutional meetings have also taken place with Government representatives of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport to improve bureaucratic issues, which only too often generate serious obstacles for the profession.

Last but not least, the Italianyachtmasters association has been investing in young students of the Nautical Institute in Tuscany and, for the first time, and thanks to the willingness of our captains, they had the opportunity to spend some time on board superyachts, completing short internships, thus gaining first-hand experience of the opportunities this profession has to offer.

“Italianyachtmasters rests on the thirty-year wealth of experience of its board and is driven by the desire to constantly improve the competence of its members, helping them to become leaders in this profession” – declared Gino Battaglia – member of the board of Directors -  “We are looking forward to meeting the majors representative of the international yachting industry, to share with them our thoughts, ideas and all the contents of our activities during the 2nd Captain’s Day meeting that will be held on the 13th October in the Yacht Club Marina of Loano”.

Hodgdon announces launch of 100ft carbon race yacht COMANCHE

October 06, 2014

Hodgdon Yachts is thrilled to announce the launch of the all-new 100-foot pre-preg carbon race yacht Comanche. The mighty sailing yacht Comanche hit the water at the company’s yard in East Boothbay, Maine on Saturday, September 27, 2014.

Launch of the 100ft superyacht Comanche by Hodgdon Yachts

Launch of the 100ft superyacht Comanche by Hodgdon Yachts

Next, superyacht Comanche will be towed to Newport Shipyard, Rhode Island, where the rig and the keel will be fitted, and then sea trials will begin, before making the voyage aboard ship to Sydney, in Australia to compete in the famed Sydney to Hobart Race.

“She was designed and built to break monohull sailing records”, said Timothy Hodgdon, President of Hodgdon Yachts.

100ft sailing yacht Comanche at launch

100ft sailing yacht Comanche at launch

Racing yacht Comanche was commissioned by Jim Clark about a year ago. With black and red paint, the vessel boasts an impressive beam of 30ft. The build of Comanche was completed by about 60 workers in only one year. The hull was constructed at the Hodgdon Yacht facility in Boothbay, while the mast and keel were built by the companies from New Zealand and Italy, respectively.

100ft Hodgdon super yacht Comanche on the water

100ft Hodgdon super yacht Comanche on the water

Luxury yacht Comanche was constructed with aerospace technology that comprises the usage of pre-impregnated composite fibres, “pre-preg,”. The vessel is expected to break records in the upcoming races, also thanks to this advanced technology.

Below is a video from the launch of sailing yacht Comanche, released by Onne van der Wal and shared by Hodgdon Yachts: