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Top 18 Mediterranean Superyachts for Summer Charter

July 04, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Ice cold feet and runny noses might seem like a distant memory, but take the warm weather for granted and the summer months will evaporate before you even think about having a break from the office: Make an escape from lacklustre days and reinvigorate yourself in the vibrant Mediterranean, a melting pot of architectural wonders, distinctive artistic styles and cuisine fresh from the land and sea straight onto your plate.

Make time to make your dream holiday happen today and gather your inspiration from these 18 amazing luxury charter yacht examples of what you could be doing in your free time.

1. Siren

Motor yacht SIREN - Photo credit Nobiskrug Shipyard

Motor yacht SIREN – Photo credit Nobiskrug Shipyard

Sleek and sophisticated M/Y SIREN is a proven charter yacht from renowned designers Nobiskrug, who went to great lengths to ensure that the interior and exterior deck space were equally appealing to guests aboard this 74m/241ft superyacht.

The on board facilities include a generous beach club, massage therapy and beauty services, a personal trainer and indoor and outdoor cinemas, not to mention her incredible array of water toys aboard this Approved RYA Water Sports Centre.

Uncluttered without feeling clinical, superyacht SIREN is ready to turn your Mediterranean charter into a full-on spa experience with effortless entertainment under the stars. From fine dining in the main salon to soaking in the spa pool on the sundeck, not a single day will pass where you regret answering the euphonic call of luxury yacht SIREN.

Luxury yacht SIREN - The main salon

Luxury yacht SIREN – The main salon

Destinations: French Riviera, Italian Riviera, Amalfi Coast

Price: €525,000-€600,000 p/w plus expenses

Why Siren: “SIREN is a fabulous choice, as it offers a fantastic range of amenities and has a super experienced crew.” – Senior Charter Broker Nicolas Benazeth.

2. Dragon

Luxury yacht DRAGON - Built by Couach

Luxury yacht DRAGON – Built by Couach

Featuring a sophisticated and timeless palette, open yacht DRAGON is an island-hoppers perfect match, capable of a maximum speed of up to 30 knots.

Her toy chest has not been neglected either, with enough to entertain all ages and fitness levels with jet skis, inflatable toys and certification as a PADI Certified Dive Centre for viewing the best of the Eastern Mediterranean: the unbelievable wildlife hidden just under the waves.

Motor yacht DRAGON - Salon

Motor yacht DRAGON – Salon

Destinations: Greece, Croatia, Montenegro

Price: €90,000-€100,000 p/w plus expenses

Why Dragon: “The best charter crew in the East Med, owner keeps the yacht in incredible condition year after year.” – Senior Charter Broker Nicolas Benazeth.

3. Silver Angel (Joint)

Superyacht SILVER ANGEL - Built by Benetti

Superyacht SILVER ANGEL – Built by Benetti

Playfully using texture and a hint of pastel colour within a black and white interior, luxury yacht SILVER ANGEL is an impressive example of Italian shipyard Benetti’s ability to combine functionality and form to create interiors that guests will never want to leave behind.

Whether chartering for a celebration, corporate event or simply a family escape, M/Y SILVER ANGEL is perfectly equipped to meet your needs within her delicate Art Deco surrounds.

With an amazing selection of water toys (including a windsurfer, kitesurfer and kayaks) and PADI Dive Centre Certification, charter guests will experience heaven on earth in the bright and breezy charter grounds of the Mediterranean.

M/Y SILVER ANGEL - Bar and Jacuzzi

M/Y SILVER ANGEL – Bar and Jacuzzi

Destinations: French Riviera, Italian Riviera, Amalfi Coast

Price: €425,000-€450,000 p/w plus expenses

Why Silver Angel: “The 60m+ Benettis have the best sundecks in the fleet.” – Senior Charter Broker Nicolas Benazeth.

3. Lioness V (Joint)

Mega yacht LIONESS V - Built by Benetti

Mega yacht LIONESS V – Built by Benetti

Considered by many yacht industry experts to be one of Benetti‘s finest superyachts, 64m/208ft LIONESS V combines Asian aesthetics in contemporary design to create a sophisticated environment that flows effortlessly between indoor and outdoor space.

A PADI Certified Dive Centre, superyacht LIONESS V is as much about fun in the water as she is entertainment while cruising along the impressive Mediterranean coasts.

Superyacht LIONESS V - Sundeck

Superyacht LIONESS V – Sundeck

Destinations: Balearic Islands, Corsica, Montenegro

Price: €425,000-€650,000 p/w plus expenses

Why Lioness V: “The 60m+ Benettis have the best sundecks in the fleet.” – Senior Charter Broker Nicolas Benazeth.

4. Christina G

Motor yacht CHRISTINA G - Built by Kingship Magellan

Motor yacht CHRISTINA G – Built by Kingship Magellan

Unwind in the Mediterranean aboard 34m/110ft motor yacht CHRISTINA G, built for taking life at a slower pace and absorbing in your surroundings, whether it’s the warm and bright sundeck surrounded by the twisting red cliffs of Santorini, or the cosy contemporary interior of the skylounge or main salon.

Spend your mornings sightseeing and return in time for a sumptuous lunch before wearing it off using the kayaks and diving gear throughout the afternoon. Built by Kingship Magellan, superyacht CHRISTINA G represents the high quality of renowned architects and designers Vripack and Luiz de Basto while offering a stellar price.

Luxury yacht CHRISTINA G - Jacuzzi

Luxury yacht CHRISTINA G – Jacuzzi

Destinations: Balearic Islands, Greece, Montenegro

Price: €80,000-€95,000 p/w plus expenses

Why Christina G: “Great value for money, ideal for up to 10 guests and great local knowledge of Balearics.” – Senior Charter Broker Nicolas Benazeth.

5. Here Comes the Sun

Superyacht HERE COMES THE SUN - Built by Amels

Superyacht HERE COMES THE SUN – Built by Amels

Launched in 2017, motor yacht HERE COMES THE SUN from Amels is one of the newest luxury yachts on this list, and she benefits from the knowledge gained from decades of ship building experience as well as an understanding of modern trends: Across her 83m/272ft length guests will be treated to a sauna, spa services, a swimming pool, a large beach club with drop-down terrace and a generous sundeck with a large 8-person Jacuzzi.

Andrew Winch and Tim Heywood Design have created another stunning superyacht for family and friends cruises, bustling festivities at the height of the Mediterranean party season and for impressing guests on that all-important corporate event charter. Discover her beauty for yourself and contact CharterWorld for more information today.

Destinations: Monaco, Capri, Malta

Price: €1,200,000-€1,300,000 p/w plus expenses

Why Here Comes the Sun: “Incredible attention to details and highest quality interior finish I’ve seen in a long time. Huge volume.” – Senior Charter Broker Nicolas Benazeth.

6. Robbie Bobbie (ex.Heliad II)

Superyacht ROBBIE BOBBIE (ex.HELIAD II) - Built by Lynx Yachts and designed by Diana Yacht Design

Superyacht ROBBIE BOBBIE (ex.HELIAD II) – Built by Lynx Yachts and designed by Diana Yacht Design

34m/110ft luxury yacht ROBBIE BOBBIE (ex.HELIAD II) has plenty to offer the groups that charter her, including an award-winning chef, a spacious beach platform and a well-proportioned balance between indoor and outdoor space for everyday living.

A finalist in the World Superyacht Awards 2014 for Best Displacement Motor Yacht of Below 500GT (30m to approx. 49.9m) and in the Showboats Design Awards 2014 for Naval Architecture Award: Motor Yachts, M/Y ROBBIE BOBBIE has everything guests need for a relaxing fine dining charter in the Mediterranean.

Motor yacht ROBBIE BOBBIE - Sundeck

Motor yacht ROBBIE BOBBIE – Sundeck

Destinations: St Tropez, Naples, Sardinia

Price: €75,000 p/w plus expenses

Why Robbie Bobbie: “Great chef and crew, good value.” – Senior Charter Broker Nicolas Benazeth.

7. Jo

Luxury yacht JO - Built by Benetti

Luxury yacht JO – Built by Benetti

Designed for family entertainment, there are few yachts available in the Mediterranean that can beat 50m/164ft motor yacht JO: Among her amenities is a dance floor, plus plenty of entertainment through music, films and video games to keep everyone busy while cruising between destinations.

With a great selection of water toys including a sail boat and water slide, there’s something for all ages aboard this Approved RYA Water Sports Centre.

M/Y JO - Convertible games room

M/Y JO – Convertible games room

Destinations: Balearic Islands, Ionian Islands, Adriatic

Price: €175,000-€195,000 p/w plus expenses

Why Jo: “[Superyacht Jo is] still hard to beat in terms of charter crew experience and value for money.” – Senior Charter Broker Nicolas Benazeth.

8. Toby

Open yacht TOBY - Built by Cerri

Open yacht TOBY – Built by Cerri

Built for speed, open yacht TOBY is capable of up to 40 knots and will get your group from one destination to the next in no time flat, so that there is as little down time during your holiday as possible.

Cerri Cantieri Navali ensured that her size of 31m/102ft did not leave guests wanting, creating bright contemporary interiors that efficiently use space for dining and lounging. Most impressive however, are her outdoor spaces; a circular seating area on the bow makes an excellent place to start the day with coffee under the canopy, dine alfresco on the main deck aft or choose from the sunpads or the sun loungers on the flybridge. Wherever guests choose to spend their time on board, they can expect excellent service from an experienced crew knowledgeable in the local area.

Superyacht TOBY - Bow seating area

Superyacht TOBY – Bow seating area

Destinations: Amalfi Coast, Naples, Palermo

Price: €50,000-€58,500 p/w plus expenses

Why Toby: “[She’s the] best way to see all the sights of the Amalfi coast in style, speed and with a great local crew.” – Senior Charter Broker Nicolas Benazeth.

9. Astro

Open yacht ASTRO - Built by Baia Yachts

Open yacht ASTRO – Built by Baia Yachts

The fastest yacht of these 18 Mediterranean superyachts, open yacht ASTRO is capable of a cruising speed of 40 knots and a top speed of 50 knots. Her glass top ceiling creates a bright interior that enhances the sense of space within, while also making for an atmospheric space to relax even if there’s the odd shower during your charter.

Another unique benefit of this superyacht is the archery range among her toys – they only superyacht for charter to have this activity available.

Luxury yacht ASTRO - Formal dining area

Luxury yacht ASTRO – Formal dining area

Destinations: French Riviera, Italian Riviera, Monaco

Price: €65,000-€75,000 p/w plus expenses

Why Astro: “Incredible speed, a beautiful glass canopy and the only charter yacht with an archery range amongst the toys.” – Senior Charter Broker Nicolas Benazeth.

10. Entourage

Mega yacht ENTOURAGE - Built by Technomar

Mega yacht ENTOURAGE – Built by Technomar

Renowned builders Technomar launched luxury yacht ENTOURAGE in 2014 and her glimmering monochrome spaces: she won the MYS/RINA Award at the Monaco Yacht Show Awards the same year, as well as becoming a finalist at the Showboats Design Awards 2015 for her design and the lengths her engineering has gone towards environmental protection.

Whether chartering for a glamorous getaway break or to impress on a special event charter, superyacht ENTOURAGE will not disappoint with her flawless Luca Dini interiors along with expansive deck spaces and a beach club that is just as generous.

Superyacht ENTOURAGE - Formal dining area

Superyacht ENTOURAGE – Formal dining area

Destinations: Sardinia, Corsica, St Tropez

Price: €200,000-€225,000 p/w plus expenses

Why Entourage: “Excellent crew, superb captain, great toys and tenders including a 31ft chase tender that can go 50 knots! Plus, an excellent chef.” – Charter Broker Josh Burdett.

11. Menorca

Classic superyacht MENORCA. Photo credit: Mare e Terra

Classic superyacht MENORCA. Photo credit: Mare e Terra

After an extensive refit both inside and out at the hands of Menorca-based design group Mare e Terra, classic luxury yacht MENORCA has returned to the charter market in the Mediterranean with a brand new look updated for the 21st century while retaining her original charm.

Built in 1960, her classic lines make marvellous ambiance for parties in the Balearic Islands, surrounded by twisting pale cliffs and the scent of ancient forests. Enjoy an evening film together in the outdoor cinema or use her water toys in the shallow and secluded bays and coves, where the shoreline can vary dramatically while always remaining picture perfect.

Classic motor yacht MENORCA - Al fresco dining. Photo credit: Mare e Terra

Classic motor yacht MENORCA – Al fresco dining. Photo credit: Mare e Terra

Destinations: Spain, Balearic Islands

Price: €85,000-€98,000 p/w plus expenses

Why Menorca: “A beautifully refit classic, excellent chef and a nice alternative in the Balearics.” – Charter Broker Josh Burdett.

12. Silver Dream

M/Y SILVER DREAM - Built by Dubois Yachts

M/Y SILVER DREAM – Built by Dubois Yachts

44m/144ft motor yacht SILVER DREAM (ex.SLIPSTREAM) has a proven reputation with charter guests and all the amenities one would expect with a luxury charter yacht: an experienced and professional crew, beautifully appointed interiors and spacious exteriors designed for outdoor living, status as an Approved RYA Water Sports Centre and a great selection of water toys for making the best of any destination.

Superyacht SILVER DREAM - Salon

Superyacht SILVER DREAM – Salon

Destinations: Antibes, Portofino, Sicily

Price: €133,000-€154,000 p/w plus expenses

Why Silverdream: “The full charter package in terms of excellent crew, space, style, amenities, toys, and charter reputation.” – Charter Broker Josh Burdett.

13. O’Neiro

Mega yacht O'NEIRO - Built by Lamda Shipyards

Mega yacht O’NEIRO – Built by Lamda Shipyards

Whether heading off for a special event, taking a family break or preparing for a corporate event charter, superyacht O’NEIRO will impress with her timeless interiors and great amenities that include a home theatre, a vast library of music, videos and games, status as an Approved RYA Water Sports Centre and PADI Certified Dive Centre along with a fantastic sundeck Jacuzzi as well as a Jacuzzi in the Master suite.

The excellent range of water toys, from fast-paced Waverunners to meandering kayaks, lets guests discover the beauty of Greece’s many beaches at their own pace.

Luxury yacht O'NEIRO - Sundeck

Luxury yacht O’NEIRO – Sundeck

Destinations: Greece, Dodecanese, Corfu

Price: €180,000-€215,000 p/w plus expenses

Why O’Neiro: “My multiple repeat clients were so enthusiastic about the yacht and crew, I had to include this as a great yacht operating in Greece.” – Charter Broker Josh Burdett.

14. Deniki

Motor yacht DENIKI - Built by Amels

Motor yacht DENIKI – Built by Amels

When you and your guests want a superyacht with a proven charter reputation and the traditional interiors far removed from everyday life, luxury yacht DENIKI is the perfect choice for your holiday abroad.

Exceptional interiors down to the last detail will make any guest aboard motor yacht DENIKI feel like they’re indulging in an opulence – and that’s before even relaxing on her beautiful sundeck Jacuzzi or making use of her selection of water toys. Chef Gareth Alder won 2nd Place at the Antigua Charter Show 2014, so you and your guests can expect a sumptuous dining treat every mealtime.

Motor yacht DENIKI - Main salon

Motor yacht DENIKI – Main salon

Destinations: Balearic Islands, South of France, Italy

Price: €165,000-€215,000 p/w plus expenses

Why Deniki: “Operating in the Balearics, South of France and Italy, she’s a really solid charter yacht with one of the best crews around.” – Charter Broker Josh Burdett.

15. Malahne

Classic luxury yacht MALAHNE - Photo credit Pendennis Yachts

Classic luxury yacht MALAHNE – Photo credit Pendennis Yachts

Built in 1937 with an award-winning refit from Pendennis in 2015, classic luxury yacht MALAHNE (ex.ADELE XII) is an historically significant vessel that has hosted parties for many stars and politicians in the early-to-mid Twentieth Century. Carefully refurbished using authentic Art Deco antiques and fittings to match the style of the period, superyacht MALAHNE represents a 30-month effort to reinstate a rare classic yacht back to her former glory.

Able to host up to 10 guests over 6 cabins in periodic surroundings, she also has a tender garage filled with a fantastic selection of water toys for the best of the modern era and times gone by.

Classic luxury yacht MALAHNE - Salon

Classic luxury yacht MALAHNE – Salon

Destinations: Spain, Italian Riviera, Greece

Price: €135,000-€154,000 p/w plus expenses

Why Malahne: “[She is] probably the highest quality yacht I have ever seen. As a classic she might not appeal to everyone, but the refit is perfection for those who appreciate older superyachts.” – Charter Broker Josh Burdett.

16. Skyler

Luxury yacht SKYLER - Built by Benetti

Luxury yacht SKYLER – Built by Benetti

The newest luxury yacht on this list available for charter in the Mediterranean, 38m/125ft motor yacht SKYLER was delivered by Benetti only earlier this year and her cool minimalist interiors make her perfect for any group looking for a ‘no fuss’ modern design suited to special occasions as well as family charters.

Although all of the interior and exterior lounging spaces are finished to a high standard, many guests will chose the beach club as their favourite spot on board: the bar will provide refreshments effortlessly while you sunbathe on the sun loungers and listen to the gently lapping waves.

Motor yacht SKYLER - Bow sunpads and Jacuzzi

Motor yacht SKYLER – Bow sunpads and Jacuzzi

Destinations: Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica

Price: Contact CharterWorld for current rates

Why Skyler: “A pretty cool superyacht and a brand new Benetti.” – Charter Broker Josh Burdett.

17. Da Vinci

Open yacht DA VINCI - Built by Mangusta

Open yacht DA VINCI – Built by Mangusta

More than just a fast superyacht from getting from one destination to the next, M/Y DA VINCI is another modern marvel delivered in 2017 that represents an evolution in the way that open yachts are treated in terms of internal design and facilities: Once less likely to receive fewer amenities than larger, slower counterparts, DA VINCI competes with an on-trend interior in navy and gold, coupled with high-finish modern art, a great selection of water toys, a bow Jacuzzi and alfresco dining area and professional massage services with a folding massage table that can be used anywhere inside or out.

Destinations: Monaco, Portofino, Naples

Price: €225,000 p/w plus expenses

Why Da Vinci: “The ultimate flashy, sporty superyacht.” – Charter Broker Josh Burdett.

18. Endless Summer

Luxury yacht ENDLESS SUMMER - Built by Westport

Luxury yacht ENDLESS SUMMER – Built by Westport

40m/130ft superyacht ENDLESS SUMMER is an ever popular choice in the Eastern Mediterranean, giving guests the quintessential luxury charter experience as well as the latest state-of-the-art entertainment systems and amenities. Refitted in 2016, her as-new interiors provide comfortable surroundings for rest and relaxation.

Packed full of water toys – including diving equipment – she is the perfect choice for charter groups looking to discover the wonders of the underwater tunnels, caves and wrecks of Croatia and Greece.

Superyacht ENDLESS SUMMER - Main salon

Superyacht ENDLESS SUMMER – Main salon

“The boat was fantastic and the crew was actually even better. Manos was a total pro, the Chief Stew Katerina was amazing and the Bosun Christos was fantastic as well. We really loved the week… [The crew] were SUPER professional, never made you feel like you were putting them out with any request and were friendly throughout.

Poliyagos was by far our favorite spot – uninhabited island, amazing waters, private beaches – it was other worldly.”

– Charter guests, Athens-Santorini, June 2017

Destinations: Greece, Croatia, Corfu

Price: €89,000-€105,000 p/w plus expenses

Why Endless Summer: “In Greece I would pick M/Y ENDLESS SUMMER: An awesome, personable and can-do crew who has been together several seasons, Chef Antonis is culinary-school trained and enjoys twists on traditional foods, with gorgeous presentation. The boat has also had fantastic refit adding a 6th stateroom (VIP suite on the upper-deck) with wraparound views. Impeccably updated and maintained and being a Westport she is super-spacious with an amazing array of toys not usually seen on yachts in the Med.” – Amanda Brilliante Charter Broker.

Contact CharterWorld to find out more information about any superyacht available for charter this summer in the Mediterranean, including on board amenities and current special offers.

Top Luxury Yachts for Charter Vacation in Greece

May 27, 2013

Written by Eva Belanyiova

One of the important yachting events of the industry in the fabulous Mediterranean yacht charter destination of Greece, the East Med Yacht Show, opened its doors on 4th May, with luxury boats ready for the upcoming summer season in the Eastern Mediterranean. In order for us to provide our clients with the best possible charter yachts and unbiased advise, CharterWorld’s brokers visit all of the most important yacht charter shows around the world, with the Poros yacht show being no exception. The event featured numerous spectacular crewed vessels with a small selection of our favourite Yachts for Charter in Greece listed below:

Luxury yachts at East Med Yacht Show on Poros

Luxury yachts at the East Med Yacht Show held on the island of Poros in Greece

Santorini

Santorini

EXCEPTIONAL CHARTER YACHTS AVAILABLE IN GREECE THIS SUMMER

(Please, note that this is by no means the entire list of yachts available for charter in this area. For more information and additional charter options, please contact our brokers here.)

Motor Yacht OURANOS

The 45m Nadara vessel was constructed and delivered by the Italian yacht builder Tecnomar in 2012; representing a spacious and  tri-deck planing motor yacht with high performance, comfort and stability. She is clean, modern and very elegant. Her stylish monochromatic décor boasts excellent use of textures and fabulous silk wallpaper.

OURANOS yacht in Port - Photo courtesy of Kurt Jay Bertels

OURANOS yacht in Port - Photo courtesy of Kurt Jay Bertels

While aboard Ouranos we were greeted with an amazing attention to detail in her presentation. Her accommodation, divided into 6 six cabins, includes a fantastic and spacious master stateroom with a small gym adjacent. She is also well suited for families with children, as there are built-in (unnoticeable) child gates installed on each level. For outdoor relaxation there are sun shades on every single level and there is a fold-down TV aft deck – to enjoy a great movie after dinner. For dining you can choose from three fabulous dining areas. There is an attentive and professional crew of 8-9 to cater for your needs. More about charter yacht Ouranos …

OURANOS yacht - Salon - Photo by Kurt Jay Bertels

OURANOS yacht - Salon - Photo by Kurt Jay Bertels

Motor Yacht ENDLESS SUMMER

The Westport 130 superyacht represents a comfortable American-style yacht perfect for family yacht charters. Her flexible accommodation arrangements in 5 cabins includes two convertible twin cabins. The spacious and pleasant interior features crisp clean décor. There is a huge selection of ‘toys’ to enjoy, including diving gear, wave-runners, x-box, playstation, SAT TV, internet and many more. For those hot summer days and nights, there are fridges and ice-makers on all decks with all that is needed for a refreshing cocktail or a drink.

MY ENDLESS SUMMER - Upper deck

MY ENDLESS SUMMER - Upper deck

Large sunpads, seating for up to 14 people and 2 large umbrellas for shade can be found on her fly bridge, together with a large barbecue, 4 bar stools and a pilot station. There is also a foredeck circular seating area, located on the bow, for sunbathing or simply enjoying the fabulous Greek surroundings. More about charter yacht Endless Summer …

MY ENDLESS SUMMER - Upper deck seating

MY ENDLESS SUMMER - Upper deck seating

Motor Yacht MABROUK

Originally built as a “shadow” boat for the King of Qatar’s yacht, charter yacht Mabrouk is a 38,30m vessel built by Cantieri di Pisa with a very modern and contemporary design and décor, yet very elegant, with touches of whimsy.  Although built in 2004 her amenities include colour-changing Spa Pool showers and other modern features found aboard yachts built more recently. Her fantastic layout is perfect for entertaining and she is incredibly spacious throughout. She is an excellent choice for couples wanting to embark on a Greek charter holiday,  with luxurious accommodation offered in 5 superior cabins. Mabrouk is a high volume yacht cruising very well at 24 up to 28 knots.

Luxury yacht Mabrouk

Luxury yacht Mabrouk

Our charter brokers were not only impressed by the yacht, but also by her crew: “The crew were an absolute delight, the service and the lunch onboard were stellar, absolutely top-notch in every way. “

Yacht MABROUK -  Sundeck Dining

Yacht MABROUK - Sundeck Dining

They also enjoyed a fabulous lunch on board, with stellar table setting and service.  The portion size was absolutely perfect, with a really nice modern twist on flavour combinations, excellent flow to the dishes and top-notch wine pairings.

Mabrouk Sample Menu

Jerusalem Artichoke soup flavoured with Sichuan pepper

Baby beetroot leaves with siglino from Mani and orange in oxymeli sauce

Marinated salmon with jalapeño peppers and fresh algae served with flying fish eggs flavoured with lime

Handmade pie from Roumeli with melityro and nettle

Black cod from Alaska marinated with soya seeds and sake

Lemon sorbet in green vegetable soup

Lamb rib marinated with althea, served with Peruvian purple potato puree

Crème Brule flavoured with peppery tonka beans from Venezuela

More about charter yacht Mabrouk …

Motor Yacht HELIOS

A Falcon 115 vessel, Helios is a luxurious superyacht and an outstanding charter yacht available in Turkey and Greece. Equipped with stylish Italian interior, a great selection of water toys, and the requisite yachting comforts, Helios accommodates up to 12 charter guests in 5 cabins. Comfort and space are the highlights of the Falcon 115′, and with her 35.50 metres in length and 7.30 metres in beam, the model guarantees surprising space and versatility.

Falcon 115 Yacht Helios - Main

Falcon 115 Yacht Helios - Main

Our brokers were impressed by her excellent attention to detail and her engaging, enthusiastic and service oriented crew, who also love to put together beach parties!  There are Spa Pool showers throughout. Helios also features equal VIP cabins,  well suited for couples and family groups.  There is a full guest office setup on the bridge deck. More about charter yacht Helios …

Falcon 115 Yacht Helios - Double Cabin

Falcon 115 Yacht Helios - Double Cabin

Motor Yacht PARIS A

This Maiora 35 yacht was built in 2009 and offers lovely accommodation to 10-12 charter guests in 5 stylish cabins, and is also available in the beautiful islands of Greece in the Eastern Mediterranean. There are three equal king-size double cabins, excellent for couples, featuring very nice and elegant, dark-wood floor, as well as nice textures and fabrics.

Paris A -  Main

Paris A - Main

Her spacious sun-deck is well suited for entertainment and relaxation with bimini that can be put up while the yacht is underway. For guests’ commodity, there is a head accessible from the side deck port, boasting full private shower to use after the time spent enjoying the huge swimming platform and the yacht’s various water toys. More about charter yacht Paris A …

Paris A -  Salon

Paris A - Salon

Motor Yacht DUKE

This captivating 2010 built Azimut 103 yacht is a sleek, sexy, chic and modern vessel, absolutely fantastic for entertaining as her saloon opens up completely to the aft-deck and features a retractable glass sunroof. Luxury yacht DUKE is very modern, boasting somewhat masculine interior with clean, strong neutrals cleverly combined with soft textures to counter-balance. The yacht has also an outstanding all male crew.

DUKE Sistership Azimut 103 S Running 4

DUKE Sistership Azimut 103 S Running 4

Accommodation is divided into four stylish cabins, with creative interior by Carlo Galeazzi, who excelled in the use of luxury materials to create a unique and exclusive style. For the exterior, Azimut’s unique Bordeaux Red was chosen as the colour of the hull, giving this model an exciting personality. More about charter yacht Duke …

DUKE Sistership Azimut 103 S Cockpit 2nd View

DUKE Sistership Azimut 103 S Cockpit 2nd View

Sailing Catamaran ELVIRA

Elvira is a fantastic and welcoming luxury yacht with an engaging and professional crew of three. The Lagoon 500 model, designed by Marc Van Peteghem / Vincent Lauriot Prévost and built by CNB shipyard in 2009 was beautifully presented at the Poros yacht show this year, with great attention to detail. There are five double cabins on board, perfect both for couples as well as family holidays. She is also very child-friendly with a large selection of toys and vast space. For the fishing enthusiasts, the crew aboard Elvira love to fish and her talented chef enjoys preparing mouth-watering dishes from the fresh catch, including sashimi or cooked filets.

Catamaran ELVIRA

Catamaran ELVIRA

Available in the Eastern Mediterranean, the yacht features a modern interior in light oak and is fully carpeted in a neutral tone. There are large panoramic windows throughout, providing plenty of natural light. The salon and the dining area offer generous settee and leaf folding table on the starboard side. The galley is located to port and forward. The exterior living is also very spacious, with the guest cockpit offering space free from running lines and with plenty of seating, shade, removable al fresco dining option and built-in wet bar with sink. Wide flush decks wrap around the yacht leading to the foredeck and a second guest cockpit. Further forward, the 2 safety trampolines are ideal for relaxing and sunning. Read more about charter yacht Elvira …

Catamaran ELVIRA -  Al Fresco Dining

Catamaran ELVIRA - Al Fresco Dining

Sailing Catamaran NOVA

Another fantastic charter yacht with a stellar crew presented at the yacht show in Greece is the Lagoon 62 catamaran NOVA. She is impeccably maintained and was presented in every way with incredible attention to detail. There is also a licensed masseuse among crew and is happy to do massages at no extra cost based on the available free time. She was designed by VPLP Yacht Design and launched in 2011 by CNB shipyard.

Catamaran NOVA -  Cruising 2

Catamaran NOVA - Cruising 2

Accommodation is provided in 4 en-suite cabins to 8 charter guests with ample exterior and interior space for everyone to enjoy. Large sliding glass doors from the salon open onto the huge cockpit combining the 2 spaces as one, excellent for entertaining with great seating and an alfresco dining option. There is also a second relaxing area on the wide foredeck, with 2 double sunpads and 2 safety trampolines. Above the main deck, NOVA’s flybridge has further seating and sunpads. She also features flush decks making access to all points of the yacht effortless. Water enthusiasts will find the 2 swim platforms perfect for making the most of the water toys on offer. More about charter yacht NOVA …

Catamaran NOVA -  Salon

Catamaran NOVA - Salon

Motor Yacht LUCIGNOLO

This fabulous Aicon 64 yacht is new to the charter market, with a fantastic value price of €16,800 – €18,900 per week plus expenses, offering accommodation to 8 charter guests in total. She is in excellent condition, managed by a lovely and enthusiastic crew of 2. The crew have a great sense of humour, are very warm, welcoming and proud of their boat. Lucignolo represents a great value for a quality yacht and crew in her category.

Yacht LUCIGNOLO -  Main

Yacht LUCIGNOLO - Main

Delivered in 2007, she offers welcoming, contemporary interior and vast exterior spaces. There are two cream leather sofas in the saloon, balancing harmoniously with the deep chocolate toned wooden floors and white panelling. The lounge area has a TV and music entertainment systems and is flooded by plenty of natural light from the elongated windows and wide aft sliding doors. Charter guests can enjoy plenty of deck areas from the generous aft deck with al-fresco dining option to the extended swim platform and the double sun-pad on the foredeck, as well as the spacious fly-bridge above. More about charter yacht Lucignolo …

Yacht LUCIGNOLO -  Swimming Platform

Yacht LUCIGNOLO - Swimming Platform

Motor Yacht DRAGON

Dragon is a 36,88 m Couach Yachts built beautiful and luxurious yacht launched in 2009.  Her sexy and elegant design and décor is enhanced with nice nature touches throughout. She can accommodate 12 to 14 charter guests in 6 lovely cabins. Located on the main deck forward is the new and spacious master cabin with a Spa Pool tub and walk-down bathroom. With her ability to cruise between 26-30 knots, Dragon will take you around the stunning Greece and its islands fast and in style.

DRAGON Profile

DRAGON Profile

There is a modern open-plan main salon and dining area offering plenty of natural light. Her decks are also very spacious, providing areas to dine al fresco, both on the aft deck and on the fly bridge. The fly bridge also tends to be the favourite area to relax during day/night and enjoy a cocktail from the bar while lounging on the sun beds or relaxing in the Spa Pool. Dragon also features a generous swim platform to the aft to enjoy her vast selection of water toys. More on charter yacht Dragon …

DRAGON Salon

DRAGON Salon

Motor Yacht AURORA

Aurora is an outstanding charter yacht and a great choice for couples planning their charter holiday in Greece. She was built in 2011 by Tecnomar and boasts very modern décor in grey, red and black colour combination with wooden floors throughout. Ten guests will find comfortable accommodation in two king double and two king twin cabins convertible into doubles, with sexy and elegant interior.

AURORA -  Main

AURORA - Main

She also offers ample deck space with a large aft deck and alfresco dining option, which leads down to an extended swim platform, perfect for water activities. Above decks, the flybridge welcomes a relaxing area with sun-pads and BBQ, while the foredeck boasts the gem of exterior living with a Spa Pool tub and surrounding sun-pads, affording privacy in port. More about charter yacht Aurora …

AURORA -  Aft Deck Dining

AURORA - Aft Deck Dining

Power Catamaran THE CHRISMA

And last but not least, our selection of fabulous charter yachts in Greece includes the FrenchFountaine Pajot built power catamaran The Chrisma. This Cumberland 46 yacht has an excellent crew and a great charter rate of €10,000.00 – €12,000.00 per week plus expenses. She is a nice and different option for this popular charter destination in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Luxury yacht The Chrisma

Luxury yacht The Chrisma - Catamaran

Accommodation aboard is provided in 3 lovely en-suite cabins to 6 charter guests in total. The interior is elegant, with warm wood panels, soft neutral furnishings and fine attention to décor detail. In the saloon, guests can dine in elegance or unwind on the supple leather soft furnishings. The vessel also boasts vast exterior living over her wide 6.5 m multi-hull design. The guest cockpit boasts an al-fresco dining table and seating for 6, shaded by an overhead bimini cover. The foredeck is perfect for sunbathing, with plenty of open deck space, whereas the flybridge is ideal for entertaining and further al-fresco dining. The yacht also features an extended swim platform for effortless water access. More about charter yacht The Chrisma …

THE CHRISMA yacht -  Al Fresco Dining

THE CHRISMA yacht - Al Fresco Dining

GREECE YACHT CHARTEREASTERN MEDITERRANEAN

You can be sure to receive a warm welcome wherever you sail on your Greece yacht charter, thanks to the combination of renowned Greek hospitality, friendliness, sunshine and warm weather. Greece covers a very expansive territory in general, however yacht charters in Greece can be divided into four main areas: The Ionian Islands, The Aegean & Sporades, The Cyclades and The Dodecanese. All of these destinations offer unique and breath taking destinations, plenty of history, natural beauty and rich culture.

Greece - Image credit to Greek National Tourism Board - Visit Greece

Greece - Image credit to Greek National Tourism Board - Visit Greece

One of the spectacular places to visit when on a Ionian Islands yacht charter is the Smuggler’s Cove, which can only be accessed by sea at Zakinthos and is one of the most famous and stunning beaches in Greece. There is also the Blue Grotto – another spectacle of the ocean. For those looking to charter a yacht in a less crowded greek destination, Aegean & Sporades could be the best choice, particularly those interested in history, culture and art.

The Cyclades are great for both culture as well as hedonistic pursuits. There are plenty of ancient sites, museums, but also lively night clubs, great restaurants, shopping and of course famous beaches. The most southerly group of islands in the Southern Sporades is The Dodecanese, offering quite a variety of options. You will be greeted by rustic, rugged landscapes, clear blue ocean stretches and perhaps less touristy destinations than the Cyclades or other parts of the Greek Islands.

Greece

Greece

Still one of the most sought-after yachting holiday destinations, Greece offers a huge amount of activities to do and places to see as well as the relative close proximity of everything by water. There are numerous itineraries you can choose from that will be tailored to your own requirements by our professional brokers. Feel free to contact us for more information on the different yachts available in this area or general information on yacht charter, if this is your first time. Our team is here to help you to choose the best sailing yacht or motor yacht to suit your needs, offering a wide range of luxury vessels from smaller sailing yachts, catamarans, motoryachts to ultra-luxurious mega yachts.

Top 10 Yachts for GREECE Yacht Charter in the Mediterranean

February 12, 2013

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Greece is considered as one of Eastern Mediterranean‘s top yacht charter destinations and one of the most beautiful places to visit in the Mediterranean. With the 2013 European summer charter season approaching, this is the perfect time to start thinking about your next holiday aboard a luxury charter yacht. If you long for lovely warm summer days, ancient history, humbling architecture and beautiful little waterfront villages than Greece is the ideal place to visit with The Ionian Islands, The Aegean & Sporades, The Cyclades and The Dodecanese as the main areas to charter your yacht. This time of the year there are still many options available, meaning you can really choose the best vessel to suit your needs. We have selected 10 fabulous yachts to get you started, but feel free to contact us anytime for the full list and additional information.

Mykonos - Image credit to Visit Greece - the Greek National Tourism Board

Mykonos - Image credit to visitgreece.com - the Greek National Tourism Board

LUXURY SUPERYACHT AVAILABLE FOR CHARTER IN GREECE

83m Motor Yacht O’MEGA

As her name would suggest, O’MEGA is an outstanding charter yacht able to accommodate and entertain a large group of charterers, be it a private holiday cruise or a special corporate event. There are 15 well appointed cabins  providing comfortable and luxurious accommodation to 30 guests in total. Her spacious conference room is accessible from the main salon and offers privacy when required. To relax, you and your guests will surely enjoy spending time in the massage parlour, gymnasium/yoga studio or the indoor or outdoor Spa Pool.

OMega Main

OMega Main

Aboard charter yacht O’Mega you can experience life as a king in your personal floating palace surrounded by gracious and elegant mahogany interior, beautiful built in furniture, custom-made linens and carpets and fabrics. To entertain and be entertained there is a dedicated piano bar in the upper saloon with oversized sofas. The dining room, found adjacent to the main saloon, seats 32 guests and offers an ideal opportunity for you to arrange a seated dinner party in an elegant environment. For more details about O’Mega Yacht …

Superyacht OMEGA - VIP suite

Superyacht OMEGA - VIP suite

55m Classic Sailing Yacht ELENA

For a more traditional charter, we have chosen the beautiful Herreshoff classic schooner ELENA, a conscientious replica of the original 1928 vessel of the same name. This spectacular boat combines performance, elegance and beauty, offering accommodation to 10 guests in 5 cabins. All guest cabins are exquisitely finished with mahogany paneling, while all interior ornamental details follow the original Herreshoff designs. The en-suite bathrooms have separate showers and toilets, and are finished with elegant period fittings.

ELENA in action

ELENA in action

With her expansive decks, luxurious interior and state-of-the-art facilities, this sailing yacht will leave you with a thrilling experience and an unforgettable holiday. She is absolutely one of the most remarkable charter yachts available today. More about ELENA yacht here…

ELENA Salons

ELENA Salons

49.90 m MARIU superyacht

This unique charter yacht offers clean, minimalist yet luxurious interior and exterior spaces with the ability to accommodate up to 12 guests. Mariu yacht is also one of the best vessels available for charter in her class, serviced by a friendly and professional crew.

Motor Yacht MARIU

Motor Yacht MARIU

Guests will find comfort in a fantastic main owner suite located on the main deck, with a ‘his and her’ en-suite bathroom each, shower and a central Spa Pool. Furthermore, there is another double cabin on the main deck, two queens convertible to twins, both with a spa pool. In addition, there are two twin cabins with en-suite showers each. Charter yacht Mariu …

Interior of the lovely motor yacht MARIU

Interior of the lovely motor yacht MARIU

52.7m Charter Yacht O’NEIRO

Available for Eastern Mediterranean charters in Greece and Turkey, O’Neiro yacht is a Golden Yachts built vessel, able to accommodate up to 14 guests in absolute luxury. This yacht offers spacious tastefully decorated interior as well as exterior areas. All of her staterooms are fitted with Plasma Monitors and Home Theatre systems. There is also a great selection of water-toys for charter guests to enjoy.

ONEIRO - Foredeck Seating

ONEIRO - Foredeck Seating

Her extravagant salon instantly captivates you with her firm oak and maple floors and elegant rug, coupled with the unique furniture surrounded by zebrano wood and wonderful large windows. O’Neiro’s dining area accommodates up to twelve charter guests who will most certainly enjoy the delicious gourmet dishes prepared by her talented Chef and elite crew. Read more about O’Neiro yacht …

ONEIRO - Alfresco Dining

ONEIRO - Alfresco Dining

50 m Sailing Yacht BARACUDA

Constructed by Perini Navi with naval architecture by Ron Holland, Baracuda yacht is a wonderful choice for keen sailors, featuring many innovations. These include a canting keel that changes from a 4m draft with her keel up to a 9.7 m draft with her keel down. Her transom door can be conveniently opened, becoming a large platform for both tender launching and swim access. The hydraulically operated swimming platform can be submerge 8 inches below the water’s surface and is accessible via a staircase on the aft deck.

Perini Navi Sailing Yacht Baracuda

Perini Navi Sailing Yacht Baracuda

Ten guests will find elegant and minimalist accommodation in five cabins on the lower deck, comprising a full-beam owner’s suite, two VIP cabins and two twin cabins. All of the cabins are equipped with en-suite bathrooms. To summ-up the overall style of the yacht, her project philosophy is an extreme simplicity with clear lines, concepts of light, space and proportion. More about Baracuda yacht ….

Interior of the Perini Navi charter yacht Baracuda

Interior of the Perini Navi charter yacht Baracuda

45m Motor Yacht Ouranos

Delivered in 2012 by Tecnomar, charter yacht OURANOS is a fast and spacious tri-deck planning yacht, offering accommodation to up to 14 charter guests in 6 cabins. Her interior offers superior comfort with modern decor, providing a perfect setting for a memorable and relaxing charter experience. Conveniently, there are three dining areas to enjoy the wonderful dishes prepared by her Chef and served by the experience crew. There is also a possibility to enjoy a private massage therapy, which is also available on board.

MY OURANOS - Aft deck

MY OURANOS - Aft deck

The Nadara 45 yacht Ouranos is an elegant yacht that boasts high performance, comfort, stability and state-of-the-art technology, as well as an extensive selection of toys onboard, including a 3 seat wave runner and sea-bobs. More about OURANOS yacht …

MY OURANOS - Salon

MY OURANOS - Salon

40m Superyacht O’Pati

Launched in 2011, O’Pati is an excellent modern superyacht, bound to turn heads in any Mediterranean port. She is a perfect solution for those wanting a fast, sporty and reliable vessel, able to take them from port to port in no time. With her tripple MTU 16V 2000 M91 engines, she is able to reach an impressive top speed of 31 knots.

Yacht OPATI -  Foredeck Dining at Night

Yacht OPATI - Foredeck Dining at Night

Ten to twelve guests are provided with accommodation in a five stateroom layout, including one owner cabin, one VIP cabin, a double cabin and two twin cabins, both featuring pullman berth each. All cabins can be found on the lower deck and boast en-suite facilities. Find out more about O’Pati yacht…

Yacht OPATI -  Flybridge

Yacht OPATI - Flybridge

40m MELINA C motoryacht

Boasting the attractive sleek lines of a 38 DP Maiora, motor yacht Melina C is a fabulous Greek charter yacht with modern and stylish interior. She also offers accommodation to 12 charter guests in one master cabin, two double cabins and two twin cabins (both with Pullman berths). There is also an additional playroom that can be converted into a double cabin if needed.

Charter Yacht MELINA C

Charter Yacht MELINA C

Fabulous outdoor entertainment areas include the aft deck and sundeck, both featuring beautiful dining areas for al fresco meals. The sundeck has a bar along with a comfortable couch for lounging. The yacht also boasts a generous swim platform and a selection of the latest toys ensuring excitement to lovers of water sports. More about charter yacht MELINA C …

Melina C superyacht

Melina C superyacht

36,88m Charter Yacht DRAGON

Another fast and sporty vessel is the Couach Yachts built motor yacht DRAGON, with accommodation to 10 charter guests in 5 lovely cabins and one convertible office. With a top speed of around 30 knots, this stylish vessel will take you around the spectacular Greek Islands in no time at all. She has a modern open-plan main saloon and a dining area, with plenty of natural light penetrating through her windows.

DRAGON Profile

DRAGON Profile

Her exterior areas are also very spacious with possibilities for al-fresco dining both on the aft deck as well as on the fly bridge. The fly bridge also tends to be the favourite area to relax during the day or night and enjoy a cocktail from the bar while lounging on the sun beds or relaxing in the Spa Pool. She also features a generous swim platform to the aft. More about Dragon yacht …

DRAGON Aft Dining

DRAGON Aft Dining

35,5 m Motor Yacht HELIOS

HELIOS is a spacious and luxurious Falcon 115 superyacht launched in 2010. Twelve guests will find comfortable accommodation aboard this excellent charter yacht in five cabins, including 3 doubles and two twin cabins (both with Pullman berths).

Falcon 115 Yacht Helios - Main

Falcon 115 Yacht Helios - Main

The vessel displays all the careful craftsmanship of Falcon Yachts as well as the love for fine finishing and detail refined over the years. Her main saloon was created as a large ‘open-space’ area and divided into living and dining spaces, connected to a well equipped galley on the main deck. All of the cabins can be described as prestigious and extremely comfortable. Privacy of her charter guests is guaranteed thanks to the separate crew area with a dinette on the fore lower deck. Find out more about HELIOS yacht here …

Falcon 115 Yacht Helios - Double Cabin

Falcon 115 Yacht Helios - Double Cabin

CRUISING GREEK ISLANDS ABOARD A LUXURY CHARTER YACHT

Chartering a yacht you are given the freedom of movement coupled with the luxury of a five-star hotel. Undoubtedly, there is no better way to discover the world than sailing its waters and soaking up its wonders from that unique, unparalleled  point of view… and Greece is no exception.

Kos in Greece

Experience the endless Greek coastlines and its aquamarine waters, the distinctive white houses of the Cycladic Islands, fresh olive oil, feta or the traditional ouzo. You will be greeted by passionate locals, the melancholic throb of rembetika and the numerous ancient sites.

Greece - Image credit to Greek National Tourism Board - Visit Greece

Greece - Image credit to Greek National Tourism Board - Visit Greece

Yacht charter in Greece covers a very large territory, with four main areas to explore: The Ionian Islands, the Aegean & Sporades, The Cyclades and The Dodecanese. Whatever your destination you are sure to find white-sand beaches and palm-fringed beaches with endless amount of activities. No surprise that so many myths of gods and giants have originated in this large and diverse landscape.

Greece

Greece

As with any other yachting destination, there is a large selection of lovely sailing yachts, motor yachts, luxury mega yachts, catamarans or even traditional gullets available for rent. In addition, there is a possibility to include Turkey or Croatia in your Eastern Mediterranean itinerary. There are truly endless possibilities and we will make sure your holiday is personalised to suite your needs. For professional and free no obligation advise and information, please contact our charter brokers here.

Transatlantic Race 2011: Perini Navi Sailing Yacht Maltese Falcon largest in fleet

June 16, 2011

Written by Chelsea Smith

The extremes of crossing the Atlantic Ocean will be experienced very differently by crews on the longest and shortest yachts competing in the upcoming Transatlantic Race 2011 (TR 2011).  This adventure challenge, which aims to add 2,975 nautical miles to its participants’ log books, is co-organized by the Royal Yacht Squadron, New York Yacht Club, Royal Ocean Racing Club and Storm Trysail Club.  The TR 2011 starts off Castle Hill in Newport, R.I. (on Sunday, June 26; Wednesday, June 29; and Sunday, July 3) and expects to greet its first finisher off Lizard Point in South Cornwall (UK) sometime in mid-July, depending on many things, not the least of which are the lengths of the boats making the crossing.

The 289-foot Maltese Falcon (shown here sailing in New York) will be the largest yacht in the 2,975 nm Transatlantic Race 2011.

The 289-foot Maltese Falcon (shown here sailing in New York) will be the largest yacht in the 2,975 nm Transatlantic Race 2011.

On the one hand there is the  Perini Navi designed sailing yacht Maltese Falcon, at 289 feet, one of the largest privately-owned sailboats in the world.  On the other there are two Class 40s, which at 40 feet are specially designed for short-handed offshore and coastal racing.  These extremes are punctuated by the fact that Maltese Falcon looks every bit the world cruiser, with stem-to-stern luxury incorporated into its design, while the Class 40s seem relatively stark–even like dinghies–in comparison. But each team at either end of the spectrum has its reasons for undertaking the TR2011 challenge, and each team intends to succeed, if not win.

“The experience of sailing on Maltese Falcon is incredible,” said the boat’s longtime captain Chris Gartner (Antibes, France). “Since there is no other boat in the world like it, it’s really a one-off. Every time I go sailing on her and we get her wound up, I’m almost in awe just looking up at the rigs.”

The yacht’s three self-standing and rotating carbon fiber masts, which carry 15 sails with a combined sail area the size of three and a half tennis courts (25,833 square feet), are of such an imposing height–190 feet, in fact—that recent visitors to Newport have experienced “the Falcon” at almost eye level as they’ve crossed the 206’ high Claiborne Pell Bridge, which serves as the gateway to Narragansett Bay and its adjacent Newport Harbor.

With its long waterline and such magnificent sail power, Gartner thinks superyacht Maltese Falcon has a good chance to win, but “it’s hit or miss with the weather,” he says.  “If we get good pressure coming up behind us and we stay with it, we could finish this race nicely.”

Gartner added that logging 500-mile days would make Maltese Falcon’s voyage about six days, but longer is more likely. “If we do it in less than 12, I would be very happy,” he said, noting that the World Sailing Speed Record Council will ratify a new Newport to Lizard Point race record based on the fastest yacht’s elapsed time.

And while S/Y Maltese Falcon will be dry and comfortable, and sailing with a large crew, the two Class 40s will be roughing it with minimum comfort, eating freeze-dried food and sailing with anywhere from two to six onboard.

Team Concise was set up four years ago by owner Tony Lawson (Haslemere, UK) specifically to encourage and develop young British offshore sailors and will be entered in the TR 2011’s challenge for the Youth Trophy.  His team of six (the maximum for the Class 40) will be skippered by Ned Collier-Wakefield (Oxford, UK).

“We sail six-up when allowed simply to give the largest number of young sailors a chance to do these big races,” said Lawson, explaining that the Class 40, built to a box rule and considered the world’s fastest growing offshore class, is designed for short-handed sailing, but several of the events on the class’s calendar are fully crewed. “So far, Concise teams have won the Class 40 World Championships, broken the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race record for a 40-foot boat, and twice set a new Class 40 course record at the RORC Caribbean 600.”

Sailing yacht Dragon, at 40 feet, will be the shortest yacht competing in the Transatlantic Race 2011 and will be sailed by a crew of two. Credit Billy Black

Sailing yacht Dragon, at 40 feet, will be the shortest yacht competing in the Transatlantic Race 2011 and will be sailed by a crew of two. Credit Billy Black

Sailing double-handed in the Class 40 division will be Michael Hennessey  (Mystic, Conn.) on Dragon.

“Just me and one other guy (co-skipper Rob Windsor) – less people to get along with,” joked Hennessey, adding seriously, “We’ll be on deck at the same time for sail changes, but otherwise it’s typically two hours on, two hours off.”

Hennessey was encouraged that in April of this year a Class 40, skippered by Eric Defert, sailed from Ambrose Light (off Sandy Hook, NJ) to Lizard Point (a distance of 2880 miles) in 11 days and 11 hours.

“That sort of sets the benchmark at the bottom end of the range; however, Eric was able to pick his weather system,” said Hennessey.  “I would be thrilled with anything less than 12 days. I’m realistically expecting 13 to 14 days, and upper end who knows? It’s up to the weather gods.” As for plotting Dragon’s course relative to the rest of the fleet scheduled for the June 29 start (that includes Maltese Falcon), Hennessey said, “We’ll be most conscious of where Concise 2 is, as she is our pace horse, if you will. For the rest of the fleet, I think it really depends on how the IRC (handicap rating) spread looks.”

There are 26 entries sailing in the TR 2011, with the U.S. fielding 10 teams, Germany six, the UK four, and South Africa, St. Barth’s, Italy, Monaco, China and Lithuania one each. The yachts will be tracked with Yellowbrick Trackers, self contained units that transmit the position of each boat at regular intervals using GPS and Iridium (a global satellite phone network). Synchronized position reports will be available to the public by using the Race Player Application at the www.transatlantic.org website, where regular race reports will appear and Facebook and Twitter accounts are linked.  As well, throughout their journeys, many of the boats will be posting blogs and sending back photos and videos to the race website, so race fans can be further assured of an up-close and personal experience with the teams and the racing action.

Sponsors of the TR 2011 are Rolex, Thomson Reuters, Newport Shipyard, Perini Navi, and Peters & May.

TR 2011 Roster of Entries

Yacht Name, Skipper, Hometown

Ambersail, Simonas Steponavicius, Vilnius, Lithuania
Beau Geste, Karl Kwok, Hong Kong, China
British Soldier, Lt. Col. Nick Bate, Falmouth, Cornwall, U.K.
Carina, Rives Potts, Essex, Conn., USA
Concise 2, Ned Collier-Wakefield, Oxford, U.K.
Dawn Star, William N. Hubbard III /William N. Hubbard IV, both New York, N.Y., USA
Dragon, Michael Hennessy, Mystic, Conn., USA 
ICAP Leopard, Clarke Murphy, New York, N.Y., USA
Jaqueline IV, Robert Forman, Bay Shore, N.Y., USA
Jazz, Nigel King, East London, U.K.
 S/Y Maltese Falcon, Elena Ambrosiadou, Monaco
Norddeutcshe Vermoegen Hamburg, Eike Holst , Hamburg, Germany
Nordwind, Hans Albrecht, Munich, Germany
Ourson Rapide, Paolo Roasenda, Vedano al Lambro, Italy
Phaedo, Lloyd Thornburg, St. Barthelemy
Prodigy, Chris Frost, Durban, South Africa
PUMA Ocean Racing mar mostro, Ken Read, Newport, R.I., USA
Rambler 100, George David, Hartford, Conn., USA
Sasha, Albrecht Peters, Hamburg, Germany 
Scho-ka-kola, Uwe Lebens, Hamburg, Germany 
Shakti, Christoph Avenarius / Gorm Iver Gondesen, Hamburg, Germany / Flensburg, Germany
Snow Lion, Lawrence Huntington, New York, N.Y., USA
Sailing yacht Sojana, Peter Harrison, U.K.
Vanquish, USMMA Oakcliff All American Offshore Team, Kings Point, N.Y., USA
Varuna, Jens Kellinghausen, Hamburg, Germany
Zaraffa, Huntington Sheldon, M.D., Shelburne, Vt., USA