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Antigua Luxury Yacht Charter & Superyacht News

Henley & Partners stands firm with Hurricane Irma victims

September 13, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Henley & Partners, along with its managing partners and worldwide staff, has expressed its deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences with everyone suffering in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

View of Antigua from Shirley Heights

View of Antigua from Shirley Heights

Having witnessed the devastation of Hurricane Irma, Henley & Partners is working closely with partners and colleagues in Antigua and Barbuda to find the best way forward for delivering funds to those most in need as well as raise capital to aid in the reconstruction of Barbuda.

The company will continue its work to empower the youth of the Caribbean in conjunction with the Halo Foundation in Antigua: Three exceptional students are currently travelling to Nova Scotia, Canada, to take up scholarships at Saint Mary’s University after receiving the Henley & Partners Hero Scholarship and the Halo Foundation Hero Humanitarian Award.

Henley & Partners has a committed long-standing relationship to the Caribbean region and will continue to support its strong and resilient islanders throughout this difficult time.

Special offer: Charter M/Y Lady Lex in the Caribbean and Bahamas at a reduced rate

September 04, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

30m/100ft superyacht LADY LEX (ex.NO VACANCY) from Broward Marine is available for charter in the Bahamas and Caribbean at a reduced rate this winter.

Broward Marine superyacht LADY LEX (ex.NO VACANCY)

Broward Marine superyacht LADY LEX (ex.NO VACANCY)

With a shallow draft of under 2m/6ft, she is excellent at approaching the fantastical beaches and sheltered islands of this popular exotic destination.

Built in 1999 and refitted in 2008 with the styling of the Broward Marine team, she focuses on a simple and clean contemporary interior and the traditional nautical stripes of navy and white.

Superyacht LADY LEX - Main salon and formal dining area

Superyacht LADY LEX – Main salon and formal dining area

The salon makes full use of extensive port and starboard windows for an interior filled with natural light and sweeping views so that you group never misses a moment of such destinations as the Grenadines or Antigua. While the large lounge and games table occupy the aft section, the forward formal dining area receives just as much attention with surrounding artwork and plenty of illumination and space for a family or friends group of 6.

Luxury yacht LADY LEX - Main deck aft alfresco dining area

Luxury yacht LADY LEX – Main deck aft alfresco dining area

As an alternative place to have a group meal, the main deck aft has an alfresco dining table that provides comfort and the advantage of uninterrupted views and a closer connection to your destination.

Sundeck aboard motor yacht LADY LEX

Sundeck aboard motor yacht LADY LEX

Spend a relaxing afternoon on the sundeck lying on the shaded or exposed sunpads after a delicious lunch at the alfresco dining table complemented by a drink from the bar. Alternatively, the bow is covered in sunpads for the group to get together and chat while sunbathing or watching the other guests playing in the sea.

Superyacht LADY LEX comes with a select choice of water toys: Contact the expert brokers at CharterWorld to find out about her latest selection.

Motor yacht LADY LEX - Master suite

Motor yacht LADY LEX – Master suite

The accommodation is designed to sleep a maximum of 8 guests over 4 cabins: 1 Master suite, 2 VIP staterooms and 1 twin cabin with Pullman berths. her crew of 3 will ensure that everyone on board is well taken care of throughout the charter.

Motor yacht LADY LEX is available in the Bahamas and Caribbean from €37,500-€40,000 per week plus expenses with a current special offer of only €32,000 per week plus expenses. Contact CharterWorld with all enquiries and to make a booking.

10 Of The Best Luxury SuperYacht Photographers

February 23, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Ships have captured the public imagination for thousands of years as a symbol of power, elegance and affluence. Passing through history as worthy subjects of artist and poets, capturing the essence of a regatta fleet or the details of the most opulent and innovative mega yacht of recent times is as integral as ever. The yachting industry is filled with talented photographers and filmmakers, and here we highlight 10 prolific names who have shot prestigious yachts and events.

Jeff Brown – Breed Media

Notable superyacht shots: Savannah, Galactica Star, Ann G.

Best known in recent times for photographing the interior and exterior of Feadship’s 2014 superyacht Savannah, Jeff Brown captures the whimsical and abstract elements of modern design while retaining the realism that often disappears in vibrant environments and under dramatic lighting.

Savannah - photo by Jeff Brown

Savannah – photo by Jeff Brown

In 2003 Jeff Brown co-founded Superyacht Media, and his expertise combined with that of his team catapulted the company into a leading position in media content for superyacht-related marketing worldwide. His background in design has awarded him an uncommon perspective when it comes to selecting the focus of his photography and videos, which in turn has resulted in over 100 magazine covers in the last seven years alone and repeat business from builders.

Superyacht Ann G by Heesen Yachts. Photo courtesy Jeff Brown

Superyacht Ann G by Heesen Yachts. Photo courtesy Jeff Brown

Six deck luxury yacht Invictus by Delta Marine from 2013 and Irimari by Sunrise Yachts from 2014 have also prospered from Jeff Brown’s ability to see behind the finished product to pinpoint the detail from the designers, from the colour choice for the en-suite mosaic to the grooves amidst the gloss of the formal dining table.

Red Square. Photo credit Jeff Brown

Red Square. Photo credit Jeff Brown

 

Kurt Arrigo – Kurt Arrigo Photography

Maltese-born Kurt Arrigo is renowned for his superyacht regatta photography, although his diverse portfolio also includes superstars, fashion shoots and underwater photography of various subjects. There is a strong attachment to water in all his works and a nostalgic touch that turns modern events into instant classics. With an eye for the moment, Kurt captures fleeting scenes of celebrations and crowds in motion.

Sailing Yacht Moonbird. Photo courtesy of Kurt Arrigo

Sailing Yacht Moonbird. Photo courtesy of Kurt Arrigo

Contrast is a particularly strong element in the regatta pictures, balancing human fervour against a cool white deck, or the brand new fleet of superyachts sailing past ancient Mediterranean buildings. Kurt Arrigo also photographs the Rolex sponsored events.

Sailing Yachts. Kurt Arrigo Photography

Sailing Yachts. Kurt Arrigo Photography

 

Guillaume Plisson – Guillaume Plisson Photography

Notable superyacht shots: Silver Fast, Cloud 9, and Kismet

It’s likely that if you have browsed through the high-end yachts from shipyards Heesen and Lurssen in recent years, you have come across some of the work of Guillaume Plisson. Superyachts Ester III, Galactica SuperNova and Solandge have all benefitted from Guillaume Plisson’s playful touch with angled overhead shots and subtle lighting against moody skies.

66m super yacht ESTER III - Photo by Guillaume Plisson

66m super yacht ESTER III – Photo by Guillaume Plisson

Using the past as inspiration combined with cutting edge technology, Guillaume Plisson discovers the individual strengths of each design while treating them with the same respect as any vintage yacht. Stylised shots of the hull and up-close realism mark Guillaume Plisson’s work, making it recognisable whether as the cover of a high-end magazine or as one of a score of shots detailing the deck and interior.

Galactica SuperNova. Photo by Guillaume Plisson

Galactica SuperNova. Photo by Guillaume Plisson

 

Ed Wright – Ed Wright Images

Notable superyacht shots: Maltese Falcon, Auspicious

From his warm and vibrant home in Monaco to the chill white Antarctic landscapes, Ed Wright has travelled the world and brought back with him glimpses of untouched landscapes devoid of human life, save for a fleeting presence of a yacht on the horizon.

Maltese Falcon. Photo by Ed Wright

Maltese Falcon. Photo by Ed Wright

Much closer to home, Ed Wright has captured the spirit of sailing regattas through the Mediterranean and has completed shoots aboard yachts for luxury brands as well as yacht builders and owners. Whether taking wide-angle shots or close-ups of five-star dining delights, Ed Wright has produced consistently high-quality results that have made him an established name in the industry.

 

David Churchill – David Churchill Superyacht Photographer

Notable superyacht shots: Galactica Star, Galactica Super Nova and Athena

An award-winning photographer and co-founder of the Superyacht Creative, David Churchill has long-running experience with big-name builders in the yacht industry, working with Abeking & Rasmussen, Baglietto and Dynamiq to name but a few. He imbues his crisp imagery with a sense as if it were a still from a story in progress and this has contributed to his long-running success.

VICTORIA DEL MAR - Photo by David Churchill

VICTORIA DEL MAR – Photo by David Churchill

Past projects which received much acclaim in the media include Galactica Star and Galactica SuperNova, and his photographs have graced the covers of Yacht Design, Boat International, Architectural Digest and other magazines.

Charter Yacht Victoria Del Mar. Photo by David Churchill

Charter Yacht Victoria Del Mar. Photo by David Churchill

 

 Cory Silken – Cory Silken Photography

With an eye for sailing yachts, Cory Silken has photographed and videoed regattas for sponsors such as Bacardi.

Royal Huisman Pumula Yacht - Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Pumula Yacht – Cory Silken

His most recent work includes the Best Superyacht Challenge Antigua, which took place earlier this month. As well as creating visual marketing material for superyachts for charter, Cory Silken has a public gallery in his hometown of Newport in Rhode Island, where he exhibits and sells his photography.

Wisp superyacht - Exterior - Photo by Cory Silken

Wisp superyacht – Exterior – Photo by Cory Silken

Being close to New England and a quick flight to the Bahamas and Caribbean, he has filled his portfolio with invigorating photographs of favourite tropical locations.

 

Stuart Pearce – Stuart Pearce Photography

Notable superyacht shots: Sailing Yacht Aquijo

Sailing Yacht Aquijo. Photo by Stuart Pearce

Sailing Yacht Aquijo. Photo by Stuart Pearce

There’s more to a yacht than an impressive interior and a spa pool, and on a luxury charter, the crew can easily become the difference between an enjoyable break from the office and a holiday treasured for a lifetime. As well as photographing hulls, decks and interiors for marketing, Stuart Pearce covers the crews of luxury yachts and brings to life their passion and professionalism.

AQuiJo jacuzzi on board - Photo by Stuart Pearce

AQuiJo jacuzzi on board – Photo by Stuart Pearce

 

His experience with lighting and attention to detail brings out the best aspects of each room, and when the viewer’s eye roams away from the main focus, they are sure to discover some mundane element that is anything but when it serves to enhance the scene.

 

Kristina Strobel – Kristina Strobel Photography

Notable superyacht shots: Kismet, St David, Blade (ex.H2ome), Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem by Kristina Strobel

Carpe Diem by Kristina Strobel

Kristina Strobel has over a decade’s worth of experience in fashion, lifestyle and luxury travel, beginning her career working for Macy’s in New York. Her images have been published in international magazines, art books, lifestyle and travel publications and have featured notable yachts including Blade (ex.H2ome), St David and Kismet. In the diverse colour range and bustle of her works is a noticeable, crisp focus which is brought to the fore in her abstract work and used to focus the eye on background objects.

MY-MIRAGE-Exterior- Kristina Strobel

MY MIRAGE Exterior Kristina Strobel

 

Alberto Cocchi – Alberto Cocchi Photography

Notable superyacht shots: Param Jamuna IV, Vellmari’

M/Y Param Jamuna. Photo credit Alberto Cocchi

M/Y Param Jamuna. Photo credit Alberto Cocchi

Featuring on the covers of international luxury lifestyle and yachting magazines, Alberto Cocchi has a wealth of experience in photography with a focus on architecture, fleets, interiors and lifestyle shots. Turning already outstanding design into the captivating, bold colours are highlighted on his images of close-up cuisine to perfectly juxtapose the scope of his wide-angled evening fleet photography.

Luxury Yacht Vellmari by Rossinavi. Photo by Alberto Cocchi

Luxury Yacht Vellmari by Rossinavi. Photo by Alberto Cocchi

 

Alexis Andrews – Alexis Andrews Photography

Notable superyacht shots: Elysian (ex. Elandess), Panthalassa, Lady L

S/Y Panthalassa. Photo credit Alexis Andrews

S/Y Panthalassa. Photo credit Alexis Andrews

Alexis Andrews was born in Greece and studied fashion and advertising photography in Europe before he moved to Antigua in 1986. There he started his carrier of photographer in the yachting industry. Nowadays, Alexis Andrews works all over the globe for yacht designers, shipbuilders, yacht brokers and advertising agencies to deliver the best of the marine photography. His passion for sailing inspired Alexis Andrews to create the St Barts Bucket Race, which one of the most exciting racing events held every year in the Caribbean. His latest project is the Caribbean Documentary film Vanishing Sail.

Motor Yacht Elysian (ex Elandess). Photo credit Alexis Andrews

Motor Yacht Elysian (ex Elandess). Photo credit Alexis Andrews

 

 

Special mention: Marc Paris

Notable superyacht shots: Serene, Hokulani, DB9

Marc Paris photography

Marc Paris photography

Having completed assignments for renowned builders such as ISA, Mondo Marine and Amels, Marc Paris was a well-known photographer within the yachting industry, and before his untimely death in 2012, he had photographed a plethora of luxury yachts, including Lady Moura, Parsifal III and Seawolf. His agency FAB Studios continues to support young photographers looking to gain experience.

Seawolf. Photo by Marc Paris

Seawolf. Photo by Marc Paris

Featured Destination: Antigua & Barbuda

October 10, 2016

Written by Maria Korotaeva

When the yachting season in the Mediterranean eases up for winter, superyachts start to prepare for after-summer vacation among the beautiful beaches of the Caribbean Islands. The Caribbean has become a super-popular destination for yachting around Christmas, thanks to its warm climate, mesmerising views, on and off-water activities and friendly locals. With over 7,000 islands to explore, sea fishing, diving, kite-surfing, jet skies, parties, delicious food and white sandy beaches, yachters find it to be a perfect sailing destination. The peak season for visiting the islands is from November through to April, however, apart from a few rainy days tropical climate of the Caribbean attracts a large number of visitors all year around. 

The Caribbean Islands Antigua (pronounced An-tee’ga) and Barbuda (Bar-Byew’dj) are located in the heart of the Caribbean Sea. The award-winning destination of  2015 and 2016 Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination, located half-way down the Leeward Islands, Antigua and Barbuda are the hub of the yacht charter activity catering to different vacation preferences. Not only honeymooners adore the islands for their panoramic views, luxury resorts and relaxing lifestyle, but also celebrities, photographers and travellers.

Caribbean Islands

Caribbean Islands

The largest of the Leeward Islands, Antigua comprises 108-square miles with rich history and spectacular topography that provides a variety of popular sightseeing opportunities. Antigua is a perfect choice if you prefer a mix of Caribbean parties, great sailing, stunning white sand beaches and sightseeing. Barbuda, Antigua’s smaller sister island, is the ultimate celebrity hideaway. The island lies 27 miles north-east of Antigua and is just a 15-minute plane ride away. Barbuda is known for its untouched 17 mile stretch of pink sand beach and as the home of the largest Frigate Bird Sanctuary in the Western Hemisphere.

Here are five reasons why Antigua and Barmuda are a perfect destination for your next yacht charter.

1. Yacht charter Oasis

With the end of the wettest season and low humidity, a large amount of yachts start to cruise around the islands in November. The average temperature in the area is approximately 27°C  (81°F) during the day, while nightly low temperature is 22°C (72°F).  In addition to that, warm trade winds attract visitors from all over the world to enjoy the sunny-islands lifestyle.

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Lighthouse Bay, Barbuda. Photo by ConciergeAuctions.

2. 365 stunning pink and white-sand beaches — one for every day of the year

So many glistening beaches of various sizes provide an enormous selection for such a small island. Dickinson Bay, Darkwood Beach with great views of Monserrat, and Half-Moon Bay are great places to visit for mouth-watering food, swimming, snorkelling and walking.

Antigua by Mirjam Bleeker

Antigua by Mirjam Bleeker

 

3. “Mix and Match” type of vacation

Antigua and Barbuda are a perfect choice if you prefer a mix of Caribbean parties, great sailing and stunning white sand beaches and sightseeing. Nelson’s Dockyard, the only remaining example of a Georgian fort a listed UNESCO World Heritage site, is perhaps the most renowned landmark. The Islands also offers amazing museums and galleries for whose who are fond of arts and history.

Superyachts in Antigua by Jason Jordaan

Superyachts in Antigua by Jason Jordaan

4. The centre of Luxury yachting events

Antigua’s events calendar includes the prestigious Antigua Sailing Week in April, where hudrends of yachts participate in yacht racing.  The Megayacht challenge, Antigua Yacht Charter Show and the Superyacht Cup are also on the must-visit list of events for boat enthusiasts.

Antigua Carnival. Photo by Luca Gargano

Antigua Carnival. Photo by Luca Gargano

Apart from that, it is highly recommended to attend the annual Antigua Carnival; known as the Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival, which is, indeed, provides a spectacular island experience.

5. Shopping and Dining 

If you are keen on some shopping, the islands have a wide variety of stores from local items to polished diamonds. Famous straw hats, batik, pottery and Caribbean rum are found in tiny little stores around the island. The amount of art galleries will not leave you indifferent to the local art. Jacqui O’s Love Beach and Pillars Restaurant & Bar are the two great eclectic restaurants specialising in fine dining. Le Bistro and Le Cap Horn are ideal choices for gourmands. There is a wide variety of other types of restaurants and bars with delicious food and beverages, and outstanding service.

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Caribbean craft. Photo by Richard Smith

The twin-island paradise offers visitors ideal temperatures year-round, a rich history, vibrant culture, exhilarating excursions, award-winning resorts, mouth-watering cuisine and 365 stunning pink and white-sand beaches.

As one of the most well known yacht charter grounds in the Caribbean,  Antigua has all the main types of yacht charters such as motor, sailing, bareboat charter, skippered, crewed yachts, catamaran, power boat, sailboat, luxury yachts and off-course the ever increasing super yacht charter.

CharterWorld offers a great selection of yachts available for charter in Antigua and Barbuda. To secure your charter in the Caribbean Islands or to find out more please contact our team at CharterWorld.

Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta to Start Tomorrow

April 12, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The 12th Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge will kick off with the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, which is to begin tomorrow, 13th April and run through to 19th April. The regatta will see numerous beautiful international vintage and classic sailing yachts race from the Caribbean island of Antigua. The entire Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge will continue until September and cover such popular yachting and yacht charter holiday grounds such as the Mediterranean, North America and the Isle of Wight in Great Britain.

ANTIGUA CLASSIC YACHT REGATTA

ANTIGUA CLASSIC YACHT REGATTA

The regatta in Antigua has already more than 40 yachts signed up that are ready to compete in this unmissable event that attracts the globe’s most beautiful classic vessels. The fleet of private as well as charter yachts consists of Vintage, Classic, Traditional, Modern Classic, Spirit of Tradition and Tall Ships categories.

ANTIGUA CLASSIC YACHT REGATTA

ANTIGUA CLASSIC YACHT REGATTA

The largest vessel to participate in the regatta is the 65-metre ADIX. She is a three-masted gaff schooner constructed in Spain in 1984. Another stunning and large vessel to compete is the 43-metre COLUMBIA, a replica of the gaff schooner Gloucester. ALEXA OF LONDON is another elegant vessel of 36 metres to take part and represents a gaff cutter constructed in 1992. Other big boats include the luxury charter ketch CHRONOS and schooners ARGO and KAIROS. In addition, REBECCA of 42 metres will be also present, as well as EL ORO, a two-masted built in 1974.

YACHTS AT THE ANTIGUA CLASSIC YACHT REGATTA

YACHTS AT THE ANTIGUA CLASSIC YACHT REGATTA

Striking Dubois/Pendennis Superyacht TENAZ Winner of Superyacht Cup Antigua

March 04, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Designed by Dubois and built by Pendennis, the striking sailing yacht TENAZ has been announced as the winner of the 2016 Superyacht Cup Antigua. This is the first regatta won by TENAZ with her Owner, taking the victory in the Buccaneers Class, winning impressive four races after battling closely with the 2007 OYSTER 82 yacht ZIG-ZAG.

TENAZ - Image courtesy of Pendennis Shipyard

TENAZ – Image courtesy of Pendennis Shipyard

Originally launched as MAMAMOUCHI in 1996, with interiors by Redman Whiteley Dixon, the 39-metre performance sloop boasts beautiful sleek lines, trademark pilothouse and a very spacious Owner’s suite. Since her launch TENAZ underwent numerous refits at Pendennis, including one in 2005 and one in 2009.

The shipyard announced that it will be closely following her progress in the St Barths Bucket, which is scheduled to take place from 17th-20th March and represents one of the most enjoyable and iconic Caribbean events. In addition, the yard will be supporting Rebecca, which was also launched by Pendennis, but designed by Frers.

Viewing any sailing race from a luxury yacht is truly a unique experience. So, if you are thinking about chartering a yacht for the event combined with a relaxing week of holidays, don’t hesitate to contact CharterWorld for more information and the full list of suitable yachts available in St Barths and the surrounding Caribbean islands.

Beautiful 33m S/Y MARAE for Luxury Yacht Charters in the Caribbean

February 26, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

An exceptional and very good looking 33-metre sailing yacht, MARAE is  currently available for charters holidays in the Caribbean, Bahamas and  the US East Coast in the upcoming months. She can take her guests around Antigua and the Virgin Islands through to March and April, following which she is likely to cruise to the Bahamas for April through to May. She is an ideal vessel for family charters or vacations with friends, while her itinerary could also include local regattas; offering the perfect venue to races such as the Antigua Classics. For the summer season she will sail up the US East Coast, where she will be available around Newport, Chesapeake and the surrounding areas.

MARAE

MARAE

Built by the renowned New Zealand builder, Alloy Yachts in 2004, with refits in 2009 and 2014, MARAE can offer overnight stay for up to six guests in three comfortable and inviting cabins. She was designed by Ted Fontaine and represents an elegant vessel with great performance, served by a highly-skilled and friendly crew.

S/Y MARAE

S/Y MARAE

One of the main features is her raising centre board, allowing access to shallower waters, which could be inaccessible for many other vessels.

Sailing yacht MARAE

Sailing yacht MARAE

Her traditional interior is decorated mainly in cream and navy blue with walnut panelling throughout, creating a cosy and warm atmosphere. The main saloon area boasts comfortable sofas and chairs, as well as a more formal dining area.

The upper saloon has a bar area and an additional dining table with comfortable leather bench seating, convertible onto a reclining seating area to enjoy movies on the high-tech entertainment system.

Yacht charter with MARAE

Yacht charter with MARAE

MARAE’s exterior areas are also very spacious and well laid out for relaxations, sunbathing or al fresco dining. The cushioned aft deck and cockpit offer the perfect spot for surveying the action while the vessel is underway, while enjoying a refreshing cocktail and nibbles prepared by the crew. the pilothouse is yet another area from where to enjoy the breathtaking views and sailing conditions below decks.

Al fresco dining aboard MARAE

Al fresco dining aboard MARAE

Refreshing cocktails - MARAE

Refreshing cocktails – MARAE

A great range of water toys and amenities is also at guests’ disposal at all times: including a 5m Williams Turbo Jet Tender with a 110hp engine, two Laser sailing dinghies, waterskis, wakeboard and tows, two-person inflatable kayak, two inflatable paddle boats, fishing gear, snorkelling gear and two mountain bikes. For those who wish to participate, rendezvous diving sessions are available by appointment.

Relaxing aboard MARAE

Relaxing aboard MARAE

She is available from US$54,000 to US$65,000 per week plus expenses, depending on the season. Don’t hesitate to enquire about her availability, charter destinations and personalised itinerary.

MARAE is truly a wonderful yacht, and if you haven’t chartered a sailing yacht  or any yacht before, you might be surprised just how wonderful it is to spend your holiday pampered 24 hours a day and fully relax without having to worry about packing and unpacking, or finding restaurants and places to eat. A crewed luxury yacht charter is all about unlimited fun, relaxation and fabulous adventures. Should you have any questions or would like to explore the idea of chartering a vessel, our brokers are at your complete disposal.

Sailing yacht MARAE (ex PARAISO)

Year:2004 (Refit 2009, 2014)  L.O.A.:32.97m (108' 2")  Beam:8.00m (26' 2") 
Max Speed:12.5 knots  Cruise Speed:10 knots  Engines:2 x 300hp Lugger diesel e 
Cabins: Charter Guest: Crew:

Majestic Oyster 82 Sailing Yacht ZIG ZAG places second in class at 2016 Superyacht Challenge Antigua

February 05, 2016

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The majestic Oyster 82 sailing yacht ZIG ZAG placed second in her class at the 6th edition of the popular Superyacht Challenge Antigua, which took place from January 29 to 31, 2016. The race hosted eleven entries for the three days of exciting competing along the fabulous south coast of Antigua.

Zig Zag under sail - Image credit to Oyster Yachts

Zig Zag under sail – Image credit to Oyster Yachts

ZIG ZAG participated for the first time this year. She was part of the five-strong Class B, against the 128’ Dubois-designed Tenaz, the 102’ ketch Marama, the 108’ Dubois-designed sloop SeaQuell, and the 126’ schooner Gloria.

Interviewed after Race Day Two, Zig Zag Skipper Phil Howard Smith, was very satisfied with her performance. “What is really pleasing is that we are sailing the boat well and that is being rewarded in the rating system being used. We are getting off the line with good speed and the upwind team and the downwind team are driving and trimming the boat extremely well.”

With more and more Superyacht regattas adopting the ORC SY handicap rule and being open to boats over 80ft, it is a great opportunity for the 33 Oyster vessels built to date over 80ft to take part in these prestigious regattas.

With Zig Zag’s amazing result and the Oyster 825 Maegan’s class win and second overall in the Palma Superyacht Cup 2015, the next regatta to be attended by Oyster yachts will be the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta. Set to run from March 9 to 12 March, the race will host the Oyster 82 Pandemonium, the Oyster 825 Maegan, as well as the Oyster 885 Guardian Angel.

Moreover, the organisers of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta in Sardinia’s Porto Cervo, running from June 7 to 11, have offered class prizes to the Oyster fleet, if 10 or more Oyster boats will attend.

More charter yachts built by Oyster Marine.

Superyacht Challenge Antigua 2016 Class Winners

February 01, 2016

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The final day of this year’s Superyacht Challenge Antigua, which ran from January 28 to 31, was marked by great sailing conditions. Fifteen knots of easterly breeze, pumping up to 20 knots in gusty squalls, offered fantastic conditions for the amazing range of superyachts participating in this popular race.

Tenaz underway - Photo by clairematches.com

Tenaz underway – Photo by clairematches.com

In the Corsairs Class, the 112ft sloop Nilaya took her third win on corrected time and won the class by three points from the 147ft sloop Visione. Swan 90 Freya was two minutes behind Visione on corrected time in Race 4, placing third in class.

Visione - Photo by clairematches.com

Visione – Photo by clairematches.com

In the Buccaneers Class, the last day’s race was the decider between the two leading yachts. The 128ft sloop Tenaz took line honours and won on corrected time in her class. Oyster 82 Zig Zag was second in the last race of the regatta to claim a well-deserved runner up in their first Superyacht Challenge Antigua. The 108ft ketch Marama was third in Race 4, to place third in class.

The participating vessels enjoyed a glamorous Prize Giving Cocktail Party yesterday night, which was held between the pillars at the Admiral’s Inn Hotel. Antiguan sensation, Asher Otto and Itchy Feet, were playing live for a rousing finale to the 6th edition of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua.

Pendennis’ Custom Yachts REBECCA and TENAZ Compete in Superyacht Challenge Antigua 2016

January 28, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Pendennis shipyard will be cheering two of their custom-built superyachts on as they will take part in the 2016 Superyacht Challenge Antigua, taking place from 28th to 31st January. The 42,42m (1399’17”) ketch Rebecca and the 40m Dubois-designed Sloop TENAZ (ex. Mamamouchi) will join the fleet of eleven yachts racing along the spectacular Caribbean coastline of Antigua.

Superyacht Challenge Antigua

Superyacht Challenge Antigua

In addition, the Pendennis team will be also supporting the 38-metre charter yacht GLORIA, built by the Jongert shipyard in 1985. GLORIA visited the UK shipyard on a number of occasions to undergo refits at both the Falmouth and Palma facilities.

GLORIA Sailing yacht - Main shot

GLORIA Sailing yacht - Main shot

The 6th edition of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua attracted eleven wonderful ocean-going yachts, that will participate in this exciting three-day competitive racing. The regatta is a manifestation of sailing and parties dedicated to pure fun afloat and shore in a relaxed atmosphere, with no commercial endorsements.