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New superyacht projects for Rondal

October 21, 2014

Rondal’s status as a leading producer of high performance custom superyacht rigs is already well established, but prominent new orders for breath-taking superyacht projects emphasize the growth not only in business, but in recognition of the company’s outstanding technical capabilities.

58m Sloop by Dubois and Royal Huisman - Photo by Hand Westerink

58m Sloop by Dubois and Royal Huisman to feature the complete rig package by Rondal - Photo by Hand Westerink

Powering ‘The Beast’…

The latest order is the complete rig package for a radical 58m sloop from Dubois Naval Architects – described at its Monaco Yacht Show unveiling as “The Beast” due to its unswerving commitment to exceptional performance.

The rig features a 71m/233ft five-spreader carbon fibre mast and performance boom to store a flat head mainsail. In addition, Rondal will supply captive winches, feeders, deck hatches and entrances.

The build is being undertaken by Royal Huisman.

58m Sloop by Dubois and Royal Huisman - Photo by Hans Westerink

58m Sloop by Dubois and Royal Huisman - Photo by Hans Westerink

…as well as an illustrious fleet of in-build projects

The Dubois 58m superyacht project is the latest addition to a very high quality fleet of superyacht projects that have chosen Rondal to supply them with high performance spars and rigs. Setting aside ”The Beast” order, they total some 300m in combined rig height:

–          37m/123ft classic Dykstra Sloop at Royal Huisman

–          70m Contemporary Ketch C2227 at Perini Navi: the complete package includes

Superyacht C.2227 by Perini Navi

Superyacht C.2227 by Perini Navi

–          73m/ 240ft main mast, 59m/ 194ft mizzen mast, booms, spreaders, standing and  running rigging, and load monitoring system

–          43m/142ft Frers Performance Sloop at Royal Huisman. The rig features a 58m, four-spreader carbon fibre mast and a ‘styled to order’ carbon fibre furling boom.

–          47m/156ft Tripp Design Performance Sloop at Holland Jachtbouw. The rig features a four-spreader ‘Panamax’ carbon fibre mast, a ‘styled to order’ carbon fibre furling boom and composite standing rigging.

Tripp 212 Yacht

Tripp 212 Yacht

The industry increasingly seems to agree that Rondal rigs are a sailing force to be reckoned with – as are the people who make them!

100-foot limit lifted for 2015 Rolex Fastnet and Rolex Middle Sea Races

October 16, 2014

The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and the Royal Malta Yacht Club have lifted the 100-foot (30,47m) LOA monohull limit for the 2015 editions of the Rolex Fastnet Race as well as the Rolex Middle Sea Race, set by a number of the classic 600 mile races, such as the Fastnet, Sydney Hobart and Middle Sea races. This will allow superyachts attending the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series to compete.

Start of the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race from Cowes, Isle of Wight - Credit Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Start of the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race from Cowes, Isle of Wight - Credit: Rolex Kurt/Arrigo

The AORS consists of four events: the RORC Caribbean 600, the 2015 Transatlantic Race from Newport to the Lizard, the Rolex Fastnet Race and Rolex Middle Sea Race. Superyachts have always been eligible to race in the RORC Caribbean 600 and a number have entered for the west to east Transatlantic Race at the end of June/July 2015, organised by the Royal Yacht Squadron and New York Yacht Club in association with the Royal Ocean Racing Club and Storm Trysail Club.

In previous editions of the Rolex Fastnet Race only monohulls of 100ft or less were eligible to win the coveted Fastnet Challenge Cup. In 2013 there were two monohulls at this upper limit of 100ft: Mike Slade’s Farr 100 charter yacht ICAP Leopard (GBR), and Igor Simcic’s RP100 superyacht Esimit Europa 2 (SLO).

With a number of superyachts competing in the 2015 Transatlantic Race, such as Elena Ambrosiadou’s, 289ft Dykstra/Perini Navi charter yacht Maltese Falcon, and superyacht Mariette, the 1915 Herreshoff classic, the increased LOA limit for the 46th biennial Rolex Fastnet Race will entice yachts over 100ft to enter and possibly win the Fastnet Challenge Cup, making for a spectacular race from Cowes, Isle of Wight in August 2015.

Rolex Fastnet priority for RORC members

“Another initiative in place for the Rolex Fastnet Race is to give RORC members priority when entering in January 2015,” explains Nick Elliott, RORC Racing Manager. “The race was oversubscribed in 2013 within 24 hours of entry opening with many boats, including those of RORC members, having to go on a waiting list. To cope with demand, the Club increased the limit to 340, but with the 2015 Transatlantic Race from Newport to the Lizard having close to 60 boats and the Rolex Middle Sea Race breaking the 100 boat barrier, we can only envisage another scramble for places when entry opens at midday on the 12th January 2015,” continues Elliott.

Delivery of 20,25m Bestevaer 66ST sailing yacht ANABEL

October 16, 2014

Measuring 20,25 meters in length, the Bestevaer 66ST sailing yacht ‘Anabel’ was one of the most visited yachts during the Hiswa in-water boat show in Amsterdam, where she was showcased by KM Yachtbuilders as the longest sailing yacht on display. Following the event, luxury yacht ‘Anabel’ was successfully delivered to her new Owner.

Bestevaer 66ST Yacht Anabel under sail

Bestevaer 66ST Yacht Anabel under sail

It wasn’t long before ‘Anabel’ yacht was the talk of the town and people on the jetties were calling out that ‘you really have to go and see the ‘helicopter’ boat!’.

The owner of the ‘Anabel’ yacht does indeed like to fly in an helicopter, and this is clearly reflected on board his yacht. There is one big leather helm seat in the pilot house. And on the dashboard you will see countless meters, displays, buttons and warning lamps. Below in the salon you will find the ‘master panel’, where all the yacht’s functions can be read out, steered or monitored.

Luxury yacht Anabel sailing

Luxury yacht Anabel sailing

But why to have such a panel in your yacht? Other yachts don’t have them, do they?

Eeuwe Kooi, owner of KM Yachtbuilders: “Our philosophy is that a yacht has to ‘fit’ its owner, like a tailor-made Italian suit. That’s only possible if everything is made-to-measure according to the owner’s wishes and ideas. It’s sometimes hard for outsiders to understand certain choices that are made on board, or they’re not the choices they would make themselves. That’s understandable – after all, no two people are the same. Anabel was designed and built for her owner and for nobody else. That’s the great thing about custom building. If the owner is happy we are too, and we’ve succeeded in our mission!

Anabel Yacht at HISWA in-water Boat Show in Amsterdam

Anabel Yacht at HISWA in-water Boat Show in Amsterdam

The owner of Anabel wanted a yacht based on his own ideas. He couldn’t find what he wanted ‘in the market’. One of his wishes was the ability to sail completely self-reliantly and independently, i.e. no quayside power connection, a large set of batteries, plenty of solar panels on deck, a water maker and two large telescopic wind generators.

‘Safety’ was also on his wishlist, another important reason to choose a KMY aluminium yacht. This requirement was met by the ice reinforcement in the 8 mm hull and 10 mm hull plates around the lifting keel, the standard integrated watertight bulkheads, the addition of a watertight door and the deep cockpit from which everything can be operated.

Sailing yacht Anabel - Interior

Sailing yacht Anabel - Interior

The type of wood used for the interior catches the eye: oiled tiger wood. This is a wild wood type that is rarely used for yacht interiors. Combined with the white ceiling and walls the appearance remains fresh and light.

The designers of Dykstra Naval Architects have once again designed a superb yacht with outstanding sailing qualities. During one trial in the North Sea a speed of 19.5 kn was measured, and up to now she has an average of 242 nm per 24 hours.

Aboard Anabel Yacht

Aboard Anabel Yacht

After the Hiswa the Bestevaer 66ST yacht ‘Anabel’ was delivered to its new owner and headed towards Southern Europe. The owner will be then be making the crossing to the Caribbean. He has not yet decided where he will be continuing his voyage after that.

Bestevaer 66ST Yacht ANABEL – Technical Specifications:

Length overall 20.25 m

Length over deck 19.30 m

Length waterline 18.03 m

Air draft (above DWL) 27.00 m

Beam 5.00 m

Beam waterline 4.51 m

Lift Keel:

Draft Keel Up 1.60 m

Draft Keel Down 3.25 m

Displacement (light ship) 28,500 kg (full load) 33,100 kg

Ballast 7,500 kg

Cabins 3 (2x double, 1x single)

Baths 2

Tanks

Fuel tank 2 x 800 l

Fresh water tanks 2 x 1200l

Black water tank 2 x 200 l

KM Yachtbuilders is currently working on the following projects:

Preparation:

• Stadtship 71

• Bestevaer 56ST

• Catamaran 100ft

Hull:

• Bestevaer 62ST

• Bestevaer 56ST

• Koopmans 37

• 10x B2B project work vessels

Finishing:

• Bestevaer 49ST

• Bestevaer 53ST

Refits/major overhaul:

• Koopmans 43

• Koopmans 44

• Bestevaer 49ST

• Bestevaer 55ST

• Bestevaer 65S

• Stadtship 70

Royal Huisman sailing yacht KAMAXITHA hosted by RSB Rigging Solutions at STP Palma

October 07, 2014

RSB Rigging Solutions has recently had the majestic Royal Huisman sailing yacht Kamaxitha at STP shipyard in Palma, Spain. The 55-metre superyacht Kamaxitha has had her main mast prepped and pulled. The team will now get on with servicing the rig.

Royal Huisman super yacht Kamaxitha at STP shipyard in Palma, Spain

Royal Huisman super yacht Kamaxitha at STP shipyard in Palma, Spain - Photo credit to RSB Rigging Solutions

Luxury yacht Kamaxitha was launched in 2012 with her naval architect Dykstra combining classic traditional lines – including plumb bow and elegant counter stern – with an invigorating aptitude for performance and fast passage making.

RSB Rigging Solutions team aboard Kamaxitha Yacht

RSB Rigging Solutions team aboard Kamaxitha Yacht - Photo credit to RSB Rigging Solutions

Luxury sailing yacht Kamaxitha at STP shipyard

Luxury sailing yacht Kamaxitha at STP shipyard - Photo credit to RSB Rigging Solutions

The interior designers of Kamaxitha superyacht, Rhoades Young Design, have succeeded in creating a very luxurious and inviting interior by combining classic references and traditional craftsmanship.

55m Royal Huisman Yacht Kamaxitha

55m Royal Huisman Yacht Kamaxitha - Photo credit to RSB Rigging Solutions

Holland Jachtbouw at upcoming Monaco Yacht Show 2014

September 22, 2014

Holland Jachtbouw will be attending the Monaco Yacht Show this week, and also the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show later in October. The company will be on hand on Stand QT20 on the T-Central Dock, sharing the latest news and developments in the shipyard, including expansion of build halls, exciting launches scheduled for 2015 and the latest successes of sailing yacht Rainbow on the race course.

Luxury charter yacht Calliope

Luxury charter yacht Calliope by Holland Jachtbouw to be showcased at MYS 2014

Holland Jachtbouw Fleet in and around Monaco during the Monaco Yacht Show 2014:

M/Y Calliope on berth T22 – T-Central Dock

Launched in the summer of 2010, the 42-metre charter yacht Calliope is an exceptional semi-displacement vessel. Commissioned by repeat clients, she combines all her owners’ rich cruising experiences onboard Cassiopeia yacht with the very latest thinking in superyacht construction. Innovative demands in terms of customisation and quality included a highly specified and fully integrated bridge.

J Class super yacht Rainbow

J Class super yacht Rainbow

The J Class superyacht Rainbow moored nearby in Villefranche and available for viewing on 24th and 25th September – by appointment only

One of the yard’s most iconic projects to date is the build of the J-Class yacht Rainbow. A replica of the famous J designed by William Starling Burgess which was commissioned by Harold Vanderbuilt to defend the America’s Cup in 1934, which she won against charter yacht Endeavour.

Dykstra & Partners were asked to re-design superyacht Rainbow closely following the original plans but as an aluminium yacht with a carbon mast, boom and rigging and a luxurious interior by deVosdeVries. She was built to Lloyds Register and MCA classification so that the owner could use her for racing and luxury yacht chartering.

YII - Under Sail

YII - Under Sail

Also in the area S/Y Shogun (formerly YII)

Designed by Bill Dixon, charter yacht Shogun was built to meet the owner’s specifics for a sleek, uncluttered yacht with a contemporary, minimalist appearance. This was achieved with a low profile deckhouse and a range of features such as a concealed bimini and dodger spray hood – designed by the team at HJB, recessed headsail furlers, a through hull anchor system, pop-up cleats, deck recessed Genoa tracks and concealed hinges for the hatches.

Life Saga Yacht

Life Saga Yacht

Also in the area M/Y Life Saga

She looks and feels magnificent after a comprehensive 18-month rebuild at HJB. During sea trials Life SAGA yacht’s noise and comfort levels were beyond even the yard’s highest expectations and the yacht handles superbly. Life Saga returned to Holland Jachtbouw in 2012 for an interior makeover.

Luxury yachts Skat, Hyperion, Athena and Adéle take advantage of Huisfit expertise

September 10, 2014

Since 2011, when Royal Huisman renewed its focus on refit, repair and renewal, the word about Huisfit has been spreading constantly. The division reports steady growth in yachts year after year, appreciating Royal Huisman’s quality guarantee, competitive pricing and reliable delivery schedules.

Huisfit by Royal Huisman

Huisfit by Royal Huisman

Not to mention the exceptional facilities in Vollenhove and its deepwater locations in Harlingen, or the comprehensive support package for crews and owners’ advisers. Whether it is a ‘cosmetic’ paint job and interior refurbishm ent, or a more complex hull extension and new systems installation, Royal Huisman is able to draw on the skills and expertise of both a dedicated refit team and the wider resources of its new-build capability.

With four maintenance and renewal projects conducted in Holland (Flyer One Yacht, SAMURAI, Heartbeat, Juliet) and a fifth carried out by the Huisfit team in Antibes (Borkumriff IV), it has been a very busy time for the shipyard’s refit department so far this year.

Furthermore, motor yacht Skat and Hyperion yacht recently arrived in Holland to start their refit programmes and Huisfit is pleased to announce that Athena has signed up for Huisfit support in the Med the coming fall/winter season. In addition, Adèle has booked a slot for 2015-2016.

Sailing Yacht FLYER ONE delivered

A performance-oriented project, and a highly nostalgic one for Huisfit, the 20m/65ft ketch Flyer designed by Sparkman & Stephens was launched by Royal Huisman in 1976 for the late Conny van Rietschoten. The renowned Dutch sailor (who sadly passed away at the end of last year aged 87) famously raced the yacht to victory in the 1977-1978 Whitbread Round the World Race.

Flyer One before Huisfit -photo by Hans Westerink

Flyer One before Huisfit -photo by Hans Westerink

Flyer returned to the Netherlands earlier this year after being acquired by the ‘Revival of Flyer’ foundation and having sailed more than 300,000 nautical miles as the sloop Alaska Eagle. She has been given back her ketch rig by re-stepping the mizzen mast, a deckhouse has been added and her aluminium hull has been overhauled and repainted the original dark blue.

Flyer One yacht after Huisfit - photo by RoyalHuisman

Flyer One yacht after Huisfit - photo by Royal Huisman

The foundation ‘Revival of Flyer’ was initiated by Dutch sailor and entrepreneur Diederik Nolten, Els Vroegindewey, skipper Gerard Schootstra and Paul Wilms with the aim of returning the yacht to the country where she was built as a maritime monument under her original name. Gerry Dykstra, the founder of Dykstra Naval Architects, was navigator and watch leader aboard Flyer during the 1977-1978 Whitbread Race. Van Rietschoten went on to win the event for a second time in 1981-1982 with the Frers-designed, Huisman-built 76ft maxi sloop Flyer II.

Flyer One yacht after Huisfit -photo by Foundation Revival of the Flyer-Marlene Stoffelen

Flyer One yacht after Huisfit -photo by Foundation Revival of the Flyer-Marlene Stoffelen

Royal Huisman has supported the initiative from the start and, now restored to her former glory, Flyer departed Vollehove this summer. She will take part in various regattas and charitable events and will also be available for charter.

Length overall 20m/65ft

Hull & Superstructure Aluminium

Build: Royal Huisman, 1977

Huisfit: 2014

Huisfit location: Vollenhove

Sailing Yacht SAMURAI in progress

The client’s mission statement to Royal Huisman was that sailing yacht SAMURAI must be beautiful, stealthy looking, very fast, elegantly comfortable, technologically advanced and unforgettable to sail. William Bishop of Yachting Partners International assisted the client with the selection of the interior designer, the creation of the exterior concept design and the choice of the refit shipyard. Yacht consultant Jens Cornelsen & Partner has undertaken the project management.

SAMURAI before Huisfit - ext photo by Hans Westerink

SAMURAI before Huisfit - ext photo by Hans Westerink

The conversion began with modifications to the carbon composite structure. Some carbon composite bulkheads have been re-installed to make way for an interior where once there was none. The new Japanese-inspired luxury furniture designed by Rhoades Young Design and built by Greenline Yacht Interiors is focused on being extremely lightweight yet comfortable.

SAMURAI Yacht - Huisfit - ext rendering by Rhoades Young Design

SAMURAI Yacht - Huisfit - ext rendering by Rhoades Young Design

The exterior has also been revisited by Rhoades Young Design and will receive a new deckhouse and cockpits, a completely new colour scheme and decks covered with easy-tomaintain, ‘teak’ surfacing. A swim platform will be added to the transom, which will be deployed manually using a halyard, as a hydraulic system would have added unwanted weight.

Sailing Yacht SAMURAI - Huisfit - ext rendering by Rhoades Young Design

Sailing Yacht SAMURAI - Huisfit - ext rendering by Rhoades Young Design

Onboard systems that the original race boat lacked (including alarm, monitoring, entertainment and navigation equipment) are being installed and high-speed hydraulic winches will substitute the manual winches. Her canting keel will be replaced with a lifting keel more suitable for cruising and access to shallow anchorages, in addition to a lightweight anchor system with a removable davit. The Huisfit team is well prepared and fully equipped to work with carbon composites where optimum performance is the driving factor (Royal Huisman is also building a 20m/65ft sailing yacht with carbon composite hull, deck, spars and standing rigging, its 35th project with Sparkman & Stephens).,As the hull and rig of SAMURAI yacht have remained largely intact, after being thoroughly checked using laser and ultrasound equipment, the focus of the Huisfit team has been on modifications to the deck and interior composite structures.

SAMURAI yacht - Huisfit - ext rendering by Rhoades Young Design

SAMURAI yacht - Huisfit - ext rendering by Rhoades Young Design

“The aim has been to convert a pure racer into a fast cruiser and still keep the weight below a certain threshold, which has been very challenging for the team,” says Royal Huisman’s design manager Jan Knol. “This has meant closely investigating the weight of both the interior and exterior components being added. Honeycomb substrates, for example, are used for the interior furniture, and titanium for items of deck gear instead of stainless steel.” The conversion of SAMURAI is scheduled for delivery in the summer of 2015.

Sailing yacht SAMURAI - Huisfit - int rendering by Rhoades Young Design

Sailing yacht SAMURAI - Huisfit - int rendering by Rhoades Young Design

Length overall 42m /139ft

Hull & Superstructure Carbon composite

Build: JMV Industries, 2003

Huisfit: 2014 – 2015

Huisfit location: Vollenhove

Other superyachts signed up:

Huisfit - motor yacht Skat - photo Skat crew

Huisfit - motor yacht Skat - photo Skat crew

Motor Yacht Skat

Following on from her visit to Harlingen in 2012, the owner and captain of the motoryacht Skat were so impressed with the quality and timeliness of the refit programme, they returned for more. Work on the project has just commenced and includes:

  • Servicing main engines and gensets
  • Systems updates
  • New teak decking for all decks
  • Painting hull and superstructure
  • Servicing of all transom doors, passarelle, side boarding platforms, cranes, etc.
  • Overhaul of complete sewage plant

Length overall: 71m/232ft

Hull & Superstructure: Steel & aluminium

Build: Lürssen, 2002

Huisfit: 2014-2015

Huisfit location: Harlingen

Huisfit - sailing yacht Hyperion - Norway photo by Daniel Rawlins

Huisfit - sailing yacht Hyperion - Norway photo by Daniel Rawlins

Sailing Yacht Hyperion

Following a Scandinavian cruise this summer, the Royal Huisman built sloop launched in 1998 has returned to Vollenhove for a Huisfit programme with a master list that will keep her on schedule for many more years to come:

Upgrading propulsion shaft and propeller

Replacement and installation of new gensets

New main switchboard

Upgrading of navigation and communication electronics

Upgrading of PLC hardware and Alarm and Monitoring software

Maintenance, overhaul and painting of hull and superstructure

New teak decking

Length overall: 47m/156ft

Hull & Superstructure: Aluminium

Build: Royal Huisman, 1998

Huisfit: 2014-2015

Huisfit location: Vollenhove

Huisfit Athena yacht  - Malta photo by Max Cumming

Huisfit - Athena yacht - Malta photo by Max Cumming

Super Yacht Athena

Since her delivery 10 years ago, Athena has been engaged in some extensive world cruising. Taking advantage of a stopover in the Mediterranean, the Huisfit team will be taking care of:

Refinishing work on the interior varnish

Updates of the electrical systems

Rod inspection of her rig

Length overall: 90m/295ft

Hull & Superstructure: Aluminium

Build: Royal Huisman, 2004

Huisfit: 2014

Huisfit location: Palma de Mallorca

Huisfit sailing yacht Adele - photo by Adele crew

Huisfit sailing yacht Adele - photo by Adele crew

Luxury Yacht Adèle

Her owner’s team has booked Adèle into Vollenhove for a 2015-2016 Huisfit, which will include:

Servicing and overhaul of propulsion, gensets, thrusters and various board systems

Climate control update incl. new chiller, fancoils and ducting

Replacement of batteries

Replacement of various existing lights with LEDs

Upgrade and replacement of various electronics (nav, com, alarm and monitoring

Interior touch-ups and repairs

New teak deck and partial replacement of the caprail

Servicing of hatches, winches and various deck equipment

Painting of inside of hull and parts of the interior

Repaint/varnish of the hull, superstructures and rig

Length overall: 55m/180ft

Hull & Superstructure: Aluminium

Build: Vitters, 2005

Huisfit: 2015-2016

Huisfit location: Vollenhove

Refit, repair and renewal defined by Royal Huisman

Summary of Huisfit’s flexible facilities:

3 climate controlled halls: 45m to 81m, with gantry cranes

Dedicated spray booths: up to 55m (masts up to 75m)

3 covered dry docks: 90m to 144m

4500 ton synchro lift: 120m

Electrical supply: up to 1000A @ 400V 50Hz

Keel of 50m Dykstra Sailing Yacht RAINBOW II laid by Holland Jachtbouw

September 10, 2014

On the 5th August 2014, the keel was laid down for a new 50m schooner. This yacht is to be built in the “spirit of tradition” and is based on the lines from the big schooners designed around 1900. The yacht will be built by Holland Jachtbouw in Zaandam for the owner of the J Class, Rainbow yacht to a design from Dykstra Naval Architects.

Spirit of Tradition luxury schooner RAINBOW II

Spirit of Tradition luxury schooner RAINBOW II

Keel for a new 50-metre luxury schooner RAINBOW II, constructed in the “spirit of tradition”, was laid down on the 5th August. Sailing yacht RAINBOW II is based on the lines of big schooners designed around 1900. She will be constructed at Holland Jachtbouw in Zaadam for the Owner of the J Class sailing yacht RAINBOW to a design by Dykstra Naval Architects.

Holland Jachtbouw has a depth of knowledge and experience in building schooners, such as the 46m Windrose yacht, the 40m This is Us superyacht and the 65m sailing yacht Athos.

Rainbow II Yacht Keel Laying

Rainbow II Yacht Keel Laying

The hull is to be constructed at the Made Shipyard in Holland and will be moved to Holland Jachtbouw early in 2015, where she will be finished ready to launch in the summer of 2016.

Once sea trials have been completed, the owner is planning another Transatlantic record attempt from New York to the Lizard, to beat the existing 10.5 days currently held by Windrose over 12 years. The previous record had been held by the infamous Charlie Barr for 98 years and stood at 12 days.

The new RAINBOW II schooner is to have a mahogany Art Deco style interior by deVosdeVries design. She will be fitted with a hybrid power installation which allows her to sail on electric power. Fully charged from sailing, the batteries can be loaded sufficiently for a full day of consumption, truly making her a “green boat”.

This exciting 50m RAINBOW II yacht will be fitted with wooden spars, Dacron sails and traditionally hand crafted wooden blocks, all produced by specialist Dutch engineers. With around 1525 square metres of sail area, and an additional 823 square metres downwind, she will displace around 325 tons.

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014: Day 1

September 02, 2014

Yesterday, September 1, 2014, was marked by the official start of the 25th edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, which kicked off with gusto as the 35 participating Maxi yachts completed a coastal course through La Maddalena archipelago, a beautiful Sardinia yacht charter destination, nestled in Italy. Strong winds ensured conditions were exciting for the five classes of Maxi yacht contesting the event, among them the beguiling J-Class yachts, where competition offers competitive racing as well as a compelling insight into sailing heritage.

J-Class bowmen calling the start - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

J-Class bowmen calling the start - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Restoring glories

Owing to their sleek lines, tall masts and decks gleaming with polished winches and varnished woodwork, the five attending J-Class boats catch many admiring glances on the docks of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. The America’s Cup boat of choice in the 1930s, victim of the steel shortage during World War 2 when a number of its kind were destroyed, has enjoyed a revival since the turn of the century. In 2000, the J-Class Association was formed encouraging the construction of replicas of the perished originals. Superyacht Lionheart, superyacht Rainbowcharter yacht Rangercharter yacht Shamrock V and luxury yacht Velsheda are the five J-Class boats on show in Porto Cervo for the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. The former three are replicas of original designs; the latter two restorations. Graceful to watch, captivating and fun to sail, the Class is equally defined by the Corinthian spirit of its competition.

Jeroen de Vos designed the replica of the original Rainbow for Dykstra & Naval Architects. It was launched in 2012 after two years of intense work between the design studio and shipbuilders Holland Jachtbouw. The great challenge for a latter-day J-Class designer is creating a finished yacht which is aesthetically loyal to its original design, complies with class rules, includes a full, luxury interior and is capable of high performance.

In order to compete on racecourses as demanding as those at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, the contemporary take on the J-Class requires 21st century engineering musts. “We worked with the original line span from 1934 – it’s the one fixed factor in the design,” explains de Vos, “the boat now has an engine and there are an extra ten centremetres of freeboard to allow for all the systems and interior – all the stuff that they didn’t have in the ‘30s. Additionally, there are powered winches, there is a little deck house, the rig is taller and there is more sail area so while it looks the same from a distance, the way the boats are sailed is completely different from the old days.”

ROBERTISSIMA III (GBR), BELLA MENTE (USA) and JETHOU (GBR) Yachts fighting for the best start - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

ROBERTISSIMA III (GBR), BELLA MENTE (USA) and JETHOU (GBR) Yachts fighting for the best start - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Bouwe Bekking is a professional sailor of considerable expertise, drawing on a career competing on boats as varied as Farr 40s, Volvo 70s and Supermaxis. At the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, he is a key decision maker on Lionheart, a restoration completed in 2010. “I’ve been sailing with Lionheart for about three years,” explains Bekking. “All the boats are pretty similar that’s the nice thing about the J’s. Sailing them goes back to heritage of the America’s Cup, the roots of offshore racing, they are magnificent to view, great to sail.”

The similarities in design of the J-Class yachts ensures close competition in the Class, rewarding who sails best on a given day. They are challenging boats to manoeuvre – loads are enormous, they weigh in excess of 170 tonnes, the sail area can cover up to 1,000m². The crew of 35 skilled sailors onboard need to plan and execute manoeuvres effortlessly, communicate efficiently. “Every manoeuvre has its time and point to make a decision. The tactician and the navigator know those cut off times and they have to make a decision at a certain point,” explains de Vos. “We have departments onboard; the foredeck, mast, middeck and trimmers and back of the boat and a crew boss who needs to reach a couple of people. Then there are the radios, so communication is quick.” “It’s practice, practice, practice,” adds Bekking, “so you can get in a routine that allows the guys can do a good job. However, we approach it like sailing a Farr 40, sometimes jibing every 2-3 minutes. The pressure is on but its great fun when you can pull manoeuvres off in such short distances.”

In parallel with the yesteryear elegance is fierce competition and a will to win as intense as the all out racers contesting the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship. “They all want to win, the owners are competitive, the atmosphere is nice. It’s great competition, everyone can win,” says Bekking.

BELLAMENTE (USA) chases JETHOU (GBR) downwind - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

BELLAMENTE (USA) chases JETHOU (GBR) downwind - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Day 1 – On The Water

Velsheda is the defending J-Class champion, however today it was three-time Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup winner Ranger who claimed the first bullet. Defeating Rainbow by only five seconds on corrected time further demonstrates the close nature of the competition.

The eagerly anticipated first race of the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship was dominated by Andres Soriano’s sailing yacht Alegre, particularly important as today’s coastal race is doublescored. American Hap Fauth’s luxury yacht Bella Mente claimed second place while Niklas Zennström’s Rán 5, on its competition debut, finished in third.

Elsewhere, defending champion J One won the Wally class, pursued by Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones’s Wally Cento superyacht Magic Carpet Cubed. Luxury yacht Firefly won Supermaxi, Lord Irvine Laidlaw’s Highland Fling yacht prevailed in Maxi Racing and charter yacht Lupa of London triumphed in Mini Maxi racing/cruising.

2014 MAXI YACHT ROLEX CUP – PROVISIONAL RESULTS DAY 1

Place, Boat Name, Boat Owner, Races- Total Points

Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship

1. ALEGRE (GBR), Alegre Yachting Ltd., 1.5; 1.5

2. BELLA MENTE (USA), John Fauth, 3; 3

3. RÁN 5 (GBR), Niklas Zennström 4,5; 4,5

Mini Maxi R/C

1. LUPA OF LONDON (GBR), Jeremy Pilkington, 1; 1

2. AROBAS (FRA), Gerard Logel, 2; 2

3. WALLYNO (LUX), Benoit de Froidmont, 3; 3

Maxi Racing

1. HIGHLAND FLING XI (MON), Irvine Laidlaw, 1; 1

2. ODIN (CAY), Tom Siebel, 2; 2

3. BRISTOLIAN (GBR), Bristolian Marine Ltd., 4; 4

J-Class

1. RANGER (CAY), R.S.V. Ltd., 1; 1

2. RAINBOW (NED), Chris Gongriep, 2; 2

3. VELSHEDA (GBR), Tarbat Investment Ltd, 3; 3

Supermaxi

1. FIREFLY (NED), Eric Bijlsma, 1; 1

2. INOUI (SUI), Marco Vögele, 2; 2

3. VIRIELLA (ITA), Vittorio Moretti, 3; 3

Wally

1. J ONE (GBR), Jean Charles Decaux, 1; 1

2. MAGIC CARPET 3 (GBR), Sir Lindsey Owen Jones, 2; 2

3. Y3K (GER), Claus Peter Offen, 3; 3

20,25m Bestevaer 66ST Yacht ANABEL – the longest sailing yacht to be displayed at Hiswa in-water Boat Show

August 28, 2014

Bestevaer 66ST yacht Anabel will be displayed at the upcoming Hiswa in-water Boat Show, running in Amsterdam from September 2 to 7, 2014. Measuring 20,25 meters in length over all, luxury yacht Anabel will be showcased at the KM Yachtbuilders stand (E48) as the longest sailing yacht at the event.

Bestevaer 66ST sailing yacht Anabel

Bestevaer 66ST sailing yacht Anabel

Sailing yacht Anabel is a good example of what can be called a ‘custom built’ sailing yacht, but what does ‘custom built’ actually mean?

Eeuwe Kooi, owner of KM Yachtbuilders: “Our philosophy is that a yacht has to ‘fit’ its owner, like a tailor-made Italian suit. That’s only possible if everything is made-to-measure according to the owner’s wishes and ideas. It’s sometimes hard for outsiders to understand certain choices that are made on board, or they’re not the choices they would make themselves. That’s understandable – after all, no two people are the same. Anabel was designed and built for her owner and for nobody else. That’s the great thing about custom building. If the owner is happy we are too, and we’ve succeeded in our mission!”

The owner of Anabel yacht wanted a yacht based on his own ideas. He couldn’t find what he wanted ‘in the market’. One of his wishes was the ability to sail completely self-reliantly and independently, i.e. no quayside power connection, a large set of batteries, plenty of solar panels on deck and two large telescopic wind generators.

‘Safety’ was also on his wishlist, another important reason to choose a KMY aluminium yacht. This requirement was met by the option for ice reinforcement in the 8 mm hull and 10 mm hull plates around the lifting keel, the standard integrated watertight bulkheads, the addition of a watertight door and the deep cockpit from which everything can be operated.

You can tell from the pilot house that the owner also likes flying helicopters. Just one big helm seat, centrally positioned, straight in front of a ‘motherboard’ featuring many meters, digital panels and buttons. There are even switches with various functions on the ceiling. The windows provide an all-round view outside and above in order to keep an eye on the sails.

It will come as no surprise that blue is the owner’s favourite colour. The hull has a blue stripe between the coaming and the fender strip, and the gangways and front deck area also painted blue. The mast and the jib were also sprayed the same colour on request. Inside there are no standard cupboard doors, but custom based blue roller hatches that are guaranteed to stay shut in the event of a roll-over. The colour blue is also found in the upholstery and other details on board.

The type of wood used for the interior of luxury yacht Anabel catches the eye: oiled tiger wood. This is a wild wood type that is rarely used for yacht interiors. Combined with the white ceiling and walls the appearance remains fresh and light.

The Bestevaer 66ST yacht ‘Anabel’ can be viewed together with the Bestevaer 49ST ‘Zwarte Raaf’ during the Hiswa in-water boat show from 2 to 7 September in Amsterdam at the KM Yachtbuilders stand (E48).

Technical Specifications of sailing yacht Anabel

Type: Bestevaer

Name: Anabel

Designer: Dykstra Naval Architects

Year: 2014

LOA: 20,25 m

LWL: 18.03 m

Beam: 5 m

Displ.: 33 ton

Draught: 1.60 – 3.25 m

Rigging: Cutter

Material: Aluminium/Sealium

Holland Jachtbouw to build 51m sailing yacht designed by Dykstra Naval Architects

August 04, 2014

Based in Zaandam, the prestigious Dutch builder, Holland Jachtbouw, has recently signed a contract to build a 51m schooner, superbly penned by Dykstra Naval Achitects. In keeping with the original built in 1897, luxury yacht Rainbow II (formerly Hamburg), the 51m Holland Jachtbouw and Dykstra sailing yacht will be built traditionally to modern Germanischer Lloyd certification.

51m Holland Jachtbouw and Dykstra superyacht

51m Holland Jachtbouw and Dykstra superyacht

The aluminium hull is being built at Shipyard Made in Moerdijk and will arrive with Holland Jachtbouw early in 2015. The rig, including all spars and topmasts will be made by Ventis Enkhuizen, with the main mast at a length of 52m supporting a 25m boom.

Displacing 343 tons, the schooner will be fitted with a hybrid drive, similar to the system developed by Holland Jachtbouw which was built into the J Class superyacht Rainbow.This hybrid system ensures silent running at night and while sailing the drive can generate sufficient power to run all the systems overnight without the need for additional fuel.

The 51m Holland Jachtbouw and Dykstra superyacht has been designed for both racing and cruising and will accommodate 8 guests and 7 crew, with a classic interior from De Vos De Vries.

Due to launch in Spring 2016, the schooner’s maiden voyage will be to the Baltic for the Summer, followed by winter in the Caribbean. From 2017, she will be seen cruising remote parts of the world, and taking part in races on the Classic Circuit, Tall Ships and Transatlantic.

51m Holland Jachtbouw and Dykstra Schooner Specification

LOA: 51.36m

Beam: 8.31m

Draft: 4.2m

Upwind sail area: 1,525 square metres

Downwind sail area: Plus 863 square metres

Below are the galleries for the beautiful charter yachts by Holland Jachtbouw and Dykstra Naval Architects: