Royal Huisman superyacht Borkumriff IV - Image credit to Roy Roberts
Her Rondal aluminium plate masts are over 50m tall (166ft) and carry Rondal carbon fiber booms and gaffs, towering over her vast deck.
Luxury yacht Borkumriff IV last took part in the Superyacht Cup in Palma in 2007 where for the first time she raced against her sister ship Meteor who had been launched just weeks before the historic Superyacht Cup (which incorporated the Millennium Cup), where an unbeaten record fleet of 52 superyachts raced in the Bay of Palma.
Out of the five Js participating in Palma, only the 40m superyacht Rainbow (Dykstra & Partners/Holland Jachtbouw) has been racing in the Caribbean over the winter, the others have all stayed in Europe. The competition will be closer than ever this year, everyone looking for improved performance and an edge on their stable mates. The photo below shows the sleek lines of all five J’s but the size difference is highlighted from this birds eye view.
Five J Class Yachts at SYC Palma 2013 - Image by Jesús Renedo
After the successful 2013-season including her impressive win at the Superyacht Cup, the 24m sailing yacht Heartbeat (Hoek/Claasen Shipyard) returned to Royal Huisman´s Huisfit in Vollenhove for an interior and exterior cosmetic upgrade over the winter. The work included the production and installation of various new interior sections to re-locate the aft owner’s suite to the fore ship. Additional portholes were installed providing extra daylight in the forward part of the yacht and she will return to Palma to defend her title in June.
Complete Marine Freight return as the official logistics partner to the Superyacht Cup, providing shipping and storage services for the event and their partners. With a large warehouse close to Palma and office facilities in the STP yard, Complete Marine Freight´s experienced team are a great asset to the regatta as well as providing logistics support to many of the participating yachts in the fleet. Complete Marine Freight are also an active supporter of the Superyacht Cup’s official charity, Joves Navegants.
A recent dock party at STP organized by CMF and the crew of the yacht Aglaia raised over €31,000 for three local charities including Joves Navegants. This year’s Superyacht Cup is aiming to raise a further €11,000 which will help disadvantaged young people of Mallorca, giving them the opportunity to learn to sail, a life changing experience for many.
Tuesday, April 15, saw the Complete Marine Freight and the crew of Aglaia yacht hand over a cheque for a total of 12,258€, representing the funds raised at their recent dock party. Comprised in this sum were 713€ from Bar Mojo in La Lonja, Palma who played a host to the after party, as well as a generous donation from MTN for 2000€ and 1000€ from Klaus Allebrodt from A2B project management.
Complete Marine Freight and crew of sailing yacht Aglaia with cheque for 12,258€ for charity 'Mediterranea'
These funds, actually a heavy bag of cash, and a mountain of donated kids clothing, toys, food and books will all go to helping the charity ‘Mediterranea’ provide vital support to families who live in abject poverty in this paradise isle.
Continued effort is needed, yachts can donate unwanted items such as clothing and linens as well as popping a little extra in their provisioning run for example milk, dry and canned foods and baby food and supplies are in high demand.We all live so well, let’s help others to live a little better!
Friday, April 5, saw the crew of sailing yacht Aglaia as well as team from Complete Marine Freight convert a secured area in STP shipyard into a stylish party venue, with a covered bar serving wines, beers as well as various shots. All of these were donated by other yachts and businesses in the Superyacht industry, both locally and from as far away as Florida, with a substantial donation from Pinmar USA.
Dock party raises 10.000€ for Mallorca Charity
The grills served over 500 burgers and sausages with accompanying salads over the course of the evening, all food being donated by the yacht, BBQ on loan from Delicioso and grill from Club Hipico La Gubia. A Mixology team served a selection of 3 different exotic cocktails and a DJ provided nonstop music.
The crew of superyacht Aglaia once again made all their hard work look so easy, the girls behind the bar appropriately dressed as bunnies for Easter along with Captain Mark Stevens and Tom Sell of Complete Marine Freight, other crew serving food and providing the music are an inspiration to us all on how to throw a cracking good party as well as how to raise money for charity!
Vitters sailing yacht AGLAIA designed by Dubois Naval Architects
Attendance was spectacular with yacht crews, local businesses and industry professionals from far and wide! Even the onset of rain later in the evening did not dampen the spirit of giving and we have received a huge mountain of donated clothing, toys and food for distribution through the charity. Over 9500€ raised at the party itself then Bar Mojo in Sta. Catalina and raised a further 800€ putting the grand total over the goal of 10.000€ raised – all by throwing a party!
Complete Marine Freight would like to thank to all who contributed to the success of this event and to STP for providing the safe location and security within the shipyard. What a great effort and result!
This year seems to be another busy year for superyacht competing, starting with the Antigua Superyacht Challenge at the end of this month. In March, there are two events virtually back-to-back, in the British Virgin Islands and then in St Barth’s, where more participating yachts are expected to be competing than ever before.
Perini Navi luxury charter yacht P2 to compete in Antigua Superyacht Challenge
PalmadeMallorca is preparing for a full line up of 20 entries this year and with the confirmation of the J Class yachts the spaces are being taken up fast. Last year saw numbers in Palma reduced as several yachts made the decision to head to the UK for the London Olympic celebrations and the Superyacht Cup Cowes, but this year the focus will once again be on Palma. The Notice of Race is now available on the website of Superyacht Cup and entry forms can be obtained from email@example.com
The latest yacht to register is the new modern-classic 26m sailing yacht Tulip, designed by German Frers and built by K&M Yacht Builders in Holland. Tulip was launched in the Autumn 2012 and with her lightweight interior and carbon rig is likely to be a competitive entry.
Luxury sailing yacht Tulip by German Frers and K&M Yachtbuilders
The Superyacht community in Palma got behind several fund raising events for local charities over the Christmas period, collecting food, clothing and children’s Christmas presents for some of the most needy families in Mallorca. A party was organized by the yacht Aglaia together with Complete Marine Freight and STP boatyard in Palma where dozens of superyachts are wintering.
The party raised over 2,800€ and collected a mountain of presents which were presented to the charity Mediterranea for local distribution. Additionally STP in association with The Rotary Club of Mallorca collected more than 800kg of food, clothing and toys donated by staff and crew from the boat yard. Various projects are planning to continue such as a monthly food collection from marinas on the Island in an effort to reduce some of the suffering in the local community.
Superyacht community with Christmas presents for the most needy families in Mallorca - Photo by Avena Clarke
Long-term Superyacht Cup sponsor Pantaenius have generously purchased 40 Nikon Rangefinders to help ensure safe racing at SRYA (Superyacht Racing Association) sanctioned regattas. All SYRA regattas are sailed under the Racing Rules of Sailing 2013-2016 and the recently approved Appendix SY (see SYC NOR).
The changes to the RRS through this appendix are all based on the fundamental need to keep appropriate distance between superyachts and 40 meters is the designated minimum separation. Thanks to Yacht Insurance provider Pantaenius the range finders will be used by the on-board Safety Officers to assist safe racing practice.
The Vitters superyacht Aglaia started off her second Mediterranean season with a spectacular novelty: Her Code 1 sail which measures around 3,600m2 features artwork by Norwegian artist Magne Furuholmen. This extraordinary price of art is the largest artwork on canvas in the world. The owner of yacht Aglaia had a series of Furuholmen pieces on board and after christening her, chose to make his art a more integral part of the yacht design by putting his work on her sail.
Vitters Sailing yacht Aglaia with sail art by Magne Furuholmen - Photo by Christopher Scholey
Aglaia is a spectacular 66m sloop-rigged aluminium sailing yacht built by Vitters with a low superstructure and a clean deck. Yacht Aglaia’s rig is all carbon with EC6 rigging and gives a sail area to displacement ratio equivalent to a racing yacht. This Dubois design breaks new grounds in several areas – not just the length of this sloop but in the design and all the engineering, innovation, technique and craftsmanship coming together.
The performance sloop Aglaia’s design brief asked for an all-weather performance sailer with sleek and clean lines. In addition, requirements were stated for sailing, steering and manoeuvrability. With the motto to develop a 60m+ yacht that sails like a dinghy, the design team set specific targets like hoisting the main sail in less than two minutes and tacking the boat within 30 seconds. The 83m carbon mast one of the tallest in the world and is the largest ever produced by Southern Spars and had to be transported to The Netherlands in two pieces. The three-dimensionally curved glass in the deckhouse has a spectacular light effect and gives undistorted panoramic views.
Vitters sailing yacht Aglaia with curved glass in the deckhouse
For performance reasons, the Owner and Naval Architect Dubois chose to avoid a double headstay. The size and weight of the Staysail and Code 1 implied difficult manual handling. This challenged them to develop an innovative storage system on two drums in the forepeak. In addition, they designed an inline furler for the Staysail. This new type of furler significantly increases safety of the crew by completely avoiding manual handling for large sail hoisting and setting.
Vitters Sailing yacht Aglaia with sail art by Magne Furuholmen
While designing yacht Alaia’s magnificent sail artwork, Magne Furuholmen took a modern approach to portrait paintings of 100 years ago. The sail artwork is his interpretation of a history that has a connection to the context in which the work was going to be placed and a connection to that person who he was portraying.
The new artwork on the Aglaia yachts sail by Norwegian artist Magne Furuholmen includes letters from the names of the owner’s family. He began with the Christian names of the owner’s family, with letters becoming a ‘personal alphabet’ to generate words. With these he created an abstract narrative (in the orange sections) – a family portrait in text.
Sailing yacht Aglaia with sail art by Magne Furuholmen - Photo by Christopher Scholey.
The final version of Aglaia’s sail was produced by the expert sail painters Harris Sailpainting, in Majorca.
Organised under the initiative of the Monaco-based Wally shipyard, in partnership with the Yacht Club de Monaco as well as the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, the 100ft sailing yacht Esimit Europa 2 crossed the finish line of the Wally Record at 3.10pm and 18 seconds. This well known world speed record between Monaco and Sardinia is recognised by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (international authority in place to validate sailing records).
30-metre sailing yacht Esimit Europa 2
Under 10 hours, 13 minutes and 42 seconds, at an impressive speed of 18 nautical miles for a mono-hull, the prestigious maxi owned by Igor Simcic, luxury yacht Esimit Europa 2, smashed the existing record set in 2003 by the Wally sailing yacht Nariida, of 15 hours 25 minutes and 9 seconds.
Having left Monaco at 4.56am and 36 seconds in a stiff 12-knot westerly breeze and after 185 nautical miles, the 33m sail yacht Esimit Europa 2 skippered by Jochen Schuemann, assisted by navigator Juan Vila, made the most of the ideal weather conditions, particularly the 25-knot Mistral near the finish line.
This latest record is the icing on the cake for the European crew flying the Monegasque flag, which has had a fantastic season this year. They beat the Giraglia Rolex Cup record (Saint-Tropez-San Remo via the Corsican cape) and took second place in corrected time in the Palermo-Montecarlo (having established the benchmark record in 2010).
Crew aboard Esimit Europa 2 yacht celebrating
A top performance warmly acknowledged by Riccardo Bonadeo, Commodore of the YCCS and Bernard d’Alessandri, Secretary General du YCM, as well as Luca Bassani Antivari, Wally Yachts CEO and founder and the man behind this record-setting event open to all mono-hull sailing yachts: “All my sincerest congratulations go to the crew on Esimit Europa 2! You have represented in fine style the spirit of this trophy and the raison d’être of the Wally brand: sailing at high speed and having fun!”
The new record calls out to be challenged and already the 66 meters long megayacht Aglaia, designed in 2011 by Dubois Naval Architects and skippered by the Norwegian Kjell Rokke, has announced her intention to beat this record in September 2012.
Sailing Yacht Aglaia, the largest yacht ever to have been lifted out of the water in Mallorca, was hoisted by STP at the weekend. 66m super sloop AGLAIA also boasts the second longest mast in the world at 83 metres.
Sailing yacht AGLAIA hoisted by STP in Mallorca
Speaking to STP News, superyacht Aglaia’s captain, Marc Stevens, considered that safety must come first for big boats like this one. That is why he chose STP for hoisting this spectacular super-sloop: safety measures are a core value for STP, whose premises have recently been upgraded to meet the highest standards of quality and innovation. Having worked with STP since 2008, Aglaia’s captain confirmed that he has every confidence in the STP team’s professionalism – all the more so since the intricate job of hoisting her was carried off successfully. After first being launched in September 2011 the sailing yacht moored at STP to have all the operations to improve the rigging mechanisms carried out, and now she’s been lifted out of the water for antifouling painting, work on her superstructure, and other servicing.
STP-Servicios Técnicos Portuarios (Harbour Technical Group) is part of the IPM Group of recreational sailing sector companies in Mallorca, Ibiza and Valencia, which manages marinas and boatyards, including Marina Port de Mallorca and Varadero Valencia, along with others, in such a way that they work together seamlessly to provide exclusive advantages and very special terms for their loyalest clients. Thereby STP offers added value unmatched by any other boatyard in the Mediterranean.
Sailing yacht AGLAIA at 66 metres (216.5 ft) was launched earlier in March by Dutch Shipyard Vitters a well known high quality super sailing yacht Shipyard. The Superyacht AGLAIA sloop (hull number 3063) is a huge modern luxury yacht as designed by Dubois Naval Architects with interior design by Redman Whitely Dixon. S/Y AGLAIA was actually launched to water on Thursday 3rd March at the Vitters shipyard in Zwartsluis, The Netherlands after being barged to Harlingen where the yacht’s sloop mast was also stepped.
One interesting point about this sailing yacht is her massive mast. As she is a sloop she needs one very tall and technologically advanced mast which stands over 80 meters above her deck and even further above the water line. Superyacht AGLAIA also features one of the largest composite rudders created to date.
The AGLAIA yacht is the largest Vitters boat that has launched so far. She has racing yacht performance due to her powerful rig, long waterline length, light weight and lifting keel, which when full extended provides enviable upwind pointing and speed. a futuristic Vitters superyacht she makes a very impressive sight.
Brief Specifications of Vitter’s Aglaia Super Sailing Yacht:
Length hull overall: 66 m / 217 ft
Beam (max): 10,3 m / 190 ft
Draft: 4.9 m (16 ft) keel up / 9.0 m (30 ft) keel down
Gross tonnage: 494
Ballast: 100 tonnes
Mast: 83 m / 272 ft
Sail area (sum): 2370 sqm
Main engines: 2 x Caterpillar C18
Power per engine: 532 kW at 2100 rpm
Fuel – total tank capacity: 50,000 litres
Architect: Dubois Naval Architects
Interior architect: Redman Whitely Dixon
Two C-18 Catipillar diesel engines drive yacht Aglaia to over 13 knots with their 532 kW at 2100 rpm. The yacht began as Dubois Yacht’s P 1409 sailing yacht design which had a model shown at the Monaco Yacht Show.
Vitters Shipyard is a well established and respected custom yacht builder situated in Zwartsluis, The Netherlands. The facility opened in 1990 and has delivered an impressive list of yachts, working with top designers, up to 75 meter in length.
Yacht design P 1409: “This exciting new concept is currently under development. At 65m, this yacht combines our racing-design experience with our expert knowledge of world-cruising requirements; reliability, seaworthiness and strength. With racing yacht performance by virtue of the lifting keel and a sleek, novel appearance, this yacht will be a ground breaker. Tank and wind tunnel testing is being conducted throughout November and December. A model of the yacht was on our stand at the 2010 Monaco Yacht Show.”
Equiplite Europe – SP supplied the yacht’s deck hardware and running rigging hardware. Equiplite Europe worked closely together with Vitter’s Shipyard on ‘Aglaia’ to customize the deck set up. The boat has an ideal balance between sailing performance, style and great comfort.
Vitters’ most important project to date, hull number 3063 sailing yacht Aglaia, has been reported completed a month and a half after her launch. The 66 metre super-sloop Aglaia is currently one of the largest sailing yacht sloops in the world.
The impressive superyacht Aglaia boasts sleek lines with an extended aft and a deep navy hull with teak decks. Her draft is 4.9 m (16ft) keel up / 9.0 m (30ft) keel down, featuring a beam of 10,3 m (190ft).