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Superyacht Challenge Antigua 2014 marked by dramatic finale

February 02, 2014

This year’s 4th edition of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua was marked by a dramatic finale, due to lighter shifty conditions. The overall winner was decided on the last leg of the final race and by just two seconds.

Superyacht Challenge Antigua 2014 - Photo by Tim Wright

Superyacht Challenge Antigua 2014 - Photo by Tim Wright

Superyacht Unfurled nailed the pin end of the line with just a second to spare, the German Frers 112′ sloop was at full pace and the crew knew they had a chance of overall victory. Before the final six mile beat, Unfurled was up to fourth in pursuit of the leaders and played the current in Rendezvous Bay to great effect to stay in touch with the bigger, more powerful yachts and take the lead. A smart, tack bare away set, at Nelsons and Unfurled extended the lead and managed to hold off the chasing pack. Unfurled took the gun and then had to wait for the time correction to be factored in, the result was astonishing. The Superyacht Challenge Antigua delivered one of the closest finishes in the history of superyacht racing.

126′ Schooner Gloria finished the regatta in style scoring their second bullet to elevate the team into third overall, but only just, Gloria was tied on points with 180′ Hoek designed ketch Marie. Gloria took the podium place ahead of Marie by virtue of two first places in the regatta.

182′ Dykstra Schooner Adela was runner up to Gloria in Race 4, assuring the the Adela team of second place overall, just a point ahead of both Marie and Gloria. In the last race, Adela beat Unfurled by just 2 seconds after time correction. Significantly if Unfurled had beaten Adela, the 112′ sloop would have tied for an overall victory for the regatta. However, the overall winner of the 4th edition of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua was the 102′ Ketch Marama by a single point from Unfurled.

The Superyacht Challenge Antigua Prize Giving was held at the Copper and Lumber Store in Nelson’s Dockyard and true to the event’s traditions there was not much pomp or ceremony, just several hundred good natured, lovers of yachting, getting together for a big laugh and congratulating each winner as they went up to the stage.

The Superyacht Challenge Antigua has one clear objective; to provide all the facilities to stage an ideal event for an exclusive selection of yachts, where fair racing and good companionship are valued above all else.

The regatta will continue with a limited entry of 12-15 yachts depending on the type of vessels. This decision was made to ensure that the magnificent amenities available at Nelson’s Dockyard would comfortably host the event. Furthermore the event will have no title sponsorship, to ensure that the Superyacht Challenge Antigua will be held for the pure enjoyment of the participants without any conflict of interest with a third party.

Last year’s regatta was extremely well received by all who took part. Four races are scheduled over a 3-day weekend with social evenings ashore hosted by the Admiral’s Inn, English Harbour.

Superyacht Challenge Antigua 2014 to host eight of some of the world’s finest sailing yachts

January 28, 2014

This year’s 4th edition of Superyacht Challenge Antigua, well known as a unique superyacht event, will be running from January 30 to February 2, hosting eight of some of the world’s finest sailing yachts. The event represents an exciting and friendly regatta, designed as a wonderful celebration of sailing and parties, solely for the enjoyment of superyacht owners, their guests and crew.

Superyacht Challenge Antigua 2014, January 30 to February 2

Superyacht Challenge Antigua 2014, January 30 to February 2

The challenge is held each year at the end of January, hosted by the Admiral’s Inn in Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua. Whilst the racing is very competitive, the Superyacht Challenge Antigua is dedicated to pure fun afloat and ashore, where all participants enjoy a relaxed party atmosphere free from any commercial endorsements.

There are three days of spectacular racing with ratings and start times being determined by the International Superyacht Rule. Starting just outside English Harbour, the magnificent superyachts take part in daily pursuit races along the stunning south coast of Antigua.

The new superyacht Inoui to participate in the Superyacht Challenge Antigua 2014 - Photo by Carlo Baroncini

The new superyacht Inoui to participate in the Superyacht Challenge Antigua 2014 - Photo by Carlo Baroncini

For the fourth year in succession, an impressive line up of some of the world’s finest sailing yachts will be racing. This year, eight superyachts yachts, with a combined length of over 1000ft, will be taking part. Half of the fleet are returning from last year and three superyachts are new to the event.

Last year’s overall winner, superyacht Adela is back to defend the challenge. The 182ft Dykstra designed schooner is the largest yacht competing, whilst the smallest is the 90ft Maxi Swan yacht Freya, which will be making its debut. The 102ft ketch Maramar was second last year and will be hoping to go one better. 113ft Germán Frers sloop, sailing yacht Unfurled was third in last year’s event and returns to the challenge and the magnificent 147ft Dubois ketch, luxury yacht Timoneer is also back. Hoek-designed ketch, superyacht Marie returns to the Superyacht Challenge Antigua, the 180ft ketch competed in 2011 and 2012. Whilst the 110ft Vitters Maxi yacht Inoui and the 126ft Schooner, superyacht Gloria will be making their first appearance.

Vitters Sailing Yacht Marie - Image credit to Tom Nitsch Image

Vitters Sailing Yacht Marie - Image credit to Tom Nitsch Image

“We are looking forward to three days of excellent sailing, spectacular racing and great sportsmanship,” commented Paul Deeth, one of the founders of the event. “As always, we will be encouraging all participants to indulge in the after hours social activities, which are aimed at creating an ideal social environment to enjoy the company of the various contenders.”

The schedule for the 4th Superyacht Challenge Antigua starts on Thursday 30th January with an exclusive welcome reception cocktail party and continues with three days of racing and private parties, organised purely for the enjoyment of every competitor.

Ken Freivokh-designed mega yacht MIKHAIL S. VORONTSOV among ShowBoats Design Awards 2014 Finalists

January 02, 2014

Measuring impressive 63,5 meters in length over all, the majestic Ken Freivokh-designed mega yacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov has been announced as one of the finalists for the 2014 ShowBoats Design Awards. The Awards will take place at the Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens, Austria, on Monday, February 24, 2014.

Ken Freivokh-designed superyacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov

Ken Freivokh-designed superyacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov

Featuring naval architecture by Dykstra & Partners and the DSV Project Group, superyacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov, the first vessel from Dream Ship Victory, is a beautiful three-masted classic yacht, with a concept design by Valeriy G. Stepanenko. Her elegant and comfortable interiors have been designed by Ken Freivokh. Both Ken Freivokh and Dykstra & Partners are responsible for her exterior styling, while Balk Shipyard in the Netherlands has worked on her outfitting and completion to the highest possible superyacht standards.

Below is a choice of the luxurious charter yachts with design by Ken Freivokh.

Photos of 63,5m mega yacht MIKHAIL S. VORONTSOV by Dream Ship Victory

November 26, 2013

Measuring impressive 63,5 meters in length over all, sailing yacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov by Dream Ship Victory is a breath-taking three-masted classic schooner, with a concept design by Valeriy G. Stepanenko and exterior styling by Ken Freivokh as well as Dykstra & Partners. Mega yacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov features an amazing 53-metre hull, built in laminated wood by Dream Ship Victory in Turkey. Balk Shipyard has been responsible for the outfitting and finishing of this majestic schooner to the highest possible superyacht standards. Below are some beautiful photos of Mikhail S. Vorontsov under sail, published by Dream Ship Victory on their Facebook page.

63.5m superyacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov by Dream Ship Victory

63.5m superyacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov by Dream Ship Victory - Image courtesy of Dream Ship Victory

Mega yacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov - side view

Mega yacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov - side view - Image courtesy of Dream Ship Victory

Mikhail S. Vorontsov superyacht from above

Mikhail S. Vorontsov superyacht from above - Image courtesy of Dream Ship Victory

Mikhail S. Vorontsov Yacht from above

Mikhail S. Vorontsov Yacht from above - Image courtesy of Dream Ship Victory

Mikhail S. Vorontsov superyacht

Mikhail S. Vorontsov superyacht - Image courtesy of Dream Ship Victory

Luxury yacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov by Dream Ship Victory

Luxury yacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov by Dream Ship Victory - Image courtesy of Dream Ship Victory

Mikhail S. Vorontsov Yacht - aft view

Mikhail S. Vorontsov Yacht - aft view - Image courtesy of Dream Ship Victory

Mikhail S. Vorontsov Yacht

Mikhail S. Vorontsov Yacht - Image courtesy of Dream Ship Victory

Luxury yacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov

Luxury yacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov - Image courtesy of Dream Ship Victory

2013 hat-trick for Royal Huisman luxury yacht PUMULA

November 22, 2013

It has been a very successful year for the Royal Huisman luxury yacht Pumula (Project Bugamena), winning three prestigious awards. Delivered by the respected Dutch shipyard in 2012, the 37-metre sailing yacht Pumula features naval architecture by Dykstra Naval Architects, while her beautiful interior design is by Rhoades Young.

Royal Huisman sailing yacht Pumula - Photo Cory Silken

Royal Huisman sailing yacht Pumula - Photo Cory Silken

At the 2013 World Superyacht Awards in Istanbul, superyacht Pumula first won Best Sailing Yacht in her category and was then crowned Sailing Yacht of the Year by a team of judges who described her as “the epitome of a modern classic sailing yacht…built to perfection by Royal Huisman”.

Pumula Yacht  - Photo by Cory Silken

Pumula Yacht - Photo by Cory Silken

Now the International Superyacht Society Awards have added their seal of approval at the ISS Gala Awards in Fort Lauderdale, where Pumula yacht won Best Sail in the 24-40m category. A great year for a fine yacht and a proud owner…

Pumula superyacht - Owners cabin - Photo by Cory Silken

Pumula superyacht - Owners cabin - Photo by Cory Silken

ISS Best Sail 24m – 40m Award for Royal Huisman sailing yacht PUMULA

November 13, 2013

Luxury sailing yacht Pumula (Project Bugamena) has been honoured with the prestigious ISS Design Award in the ‘Best Sail 24-40m’ category. Measuring 37 meters in length, superyacht Pumula is a majestic Classic Cutter, launched by the respected Dutch shipyard Royal Huisman in 2012. She bears beautiful exterior design, with plenty of traditional features and nostalgic references, created by Dykstra & Partners. Her lovely interiors have been designed by Rhoades Young.

Royal Huisman superyacht Pumula - Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman superyacht Pumula (Project Bugamena) - Photo by Cory Silken

Luxury yacht Pumula offers elegant and comfortable accommodation to up to 8 guests. In addition to the Owners accommodation, there are two twin guest cabins as well as one double flex cabin forward for guests or a crew. The vessel’s crew sleep in two crew cabins, including one double cabin for the Captain and his wife as well as one additional twin crew cabin.

Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - Photo by Cory Silken

Interior designers Rhoades Young have succeeded in creating an environment below decks that is evocative of an earlier era yet offers a fresh, light and stimulating interpretation rather than a formal homage. A theme of bleached oak joinery, finished to emphasise the texture of the grain and the figuring of the wood, contrasts with darker oak flooring and white-painted panelling and deck-heads to create an intimate, almost contemporary styling.

Pumula Yacht - main deckhouse dining - Photo by Cory Silken

Pumula Yacht - main deckhouse dining - Photo by Cory Silken

Below is a gallery for the outstanding charter yachts built by Royal Huisman.

New 50m sailing yacht TROY by Esenyacht with delivery in 2014

October 28, 2013

The well known Bodrum-based builder, Esenyacht, is currently working on the all-new 50m sailing yacht Troy, scheduled for delivery in 2014. Featuring naval architecture by Dykstra Naval Architects and the yard’s in-house team, superyacht Troy is a majestic sloop, bearing both exterior as well as interior design by Tim Saunders.

New 50m sailing yacht TROY by Esenyacht

New 50m sailing yacht TROY by Esenyacht

Esenyacht superyacht Troy will comfortably sleep up to 12 guests in 5 comfortable cabins. These will include a master suite, two double guest suites, as well as two twin guest suites. Service aboard this spectacular sloop will be ensured by a crew of 10.

Luxury yacht Troy under sail

Luxury yacht Troy under sail

Technical Specifications of luxury yacht TROY

TYPE: PERFORMANCE CRUISING SLOOP
EXTERIOR DESIGN: Tim SAUNDERS
INTERIOR DESIGN: Tim SAUNDERS
NAVAL ARCHITECTURE: Dykstra Naval Architects & Esenyacht NA & ENG
BUILDER: Esenyacht Shipyard
CLASSIFICATION: R.I.NA. “C X Hull, ● Mach Ych” MCA LY2 Unrestricted Navigation

Troy superyacht - aft view

Troy superyacht - aft view

LENGTH OVERALL: 50.25m (including Bow Sprit)
LENGTH OVER ALL: 47,25 m
LENGTH WATERLINE: 43,4 m
BEAM: 9,80 m
DRAUGHT: 4,83 m (From Ballast Keel)
DISPLACEMENT: 425 Tonnes

Troy Yacht - Cabin

Troy Yacht - Cabin

Superyacht Troy - Bathrooom

Superyacht Troy - Bathrooom

MAIN ENGINE(S): CAT C32 Acert 1000 BHP@1800 rpm
TOTAL SAIL AREA: Elvstrom Sails – 2638 m2 include Gennaker
HULL: Steel Hull
FUEL: 20000 Litres
WATER: 10000 Litres

SPECIAL FEATURES: Carbon Mast, Boom and Superstructure/Custom Carbon Diesel Jet Tenders/Carbon Shell Doors

Troy Yacht - Plan

Troy Yacht - Plan

GUEST ACCOMODATION:
2 x Double Guest Suites
2 x Twin Guest Suites
Master Suite

10+2 People Total Guest Capacity

CREW ACCOMODATION:

3 x Crew Cabins
1 x Engineer Cabin
1 x Captain Cabin

Max. 10 people Crew Capacity

Troy Yacht - Layout

Troy Yacht - Layout

Video of B.A.S.E. jump from 40m mast of Dykstra 110 sailing yacht ANNAGINE released by Red Bull

October 18, 2013

Red Bull has released a video of a B.A.S.E. jump from a 40-metre mast of the classic Dykstra 110 charter yacht Annagine, performed by Marco Waltenspiel close to the St. Tropez harbour, in the popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination – South of France.

The world has seen some interesting BASE jumps – but this is one of the few in which ‘B’ could stand for ‘boat’. This summer, Austrian skydiver Marco Waltenspiel envisioned the idea of jumping from the not-exactly-steady platform at the top of the mast of the St. Tropez-based sailing yacht Annagine. At 42m, it’s not the absolute longest BASE jump ever, but unquestionably one of the most daring.

Video of Ken Freivokh-designed 141m mega yacht DREAM SYMPHONY

October 17, 2013

Ken Freivokh Design has released a video of the impressive 141-metre mega yacht Dream Symphony, currently under construction. Scheduled for launch in 2014, superyacht Dream Symphony by Dream Ship Victory will represent the world’s largest sailing yacht, once completed. Below is a video of Dream Symphony, released by Ken Freivokh, responsible for her exterior and interior styling, while the naval architecture is by Dykstra & Partners.

Unforgettable 2013 Voiles de Saint-Tropez

October 08, 2013

The word ‘unforgettable’ comes from Bruno Troublé, Louis Vuitton Cup mastermind, who participated in the 2013 Voiles de Saint-Tropez on board Jour de Fête yacht, a sleek Bermudian Q boat. The event was marked by a week full of contrasts, with a quiet start in calm weather, culminating with two amazing sailing days on Wednesday and Saturday, offering the 4,000 sailors and 300 Classic and Modern vessels excellent sailing conditions under a blazing sun.

Les Voiles de St Tropez 2013 - Photo by Gilles Martin-Raget

Les Voiles de St Tropez 2013 - Photo by Gilles Martin-Raget

The 15th edition of the Voiles de Saint-Tropez proved once again the place to be, to put a smiling finish on a great sailing season. Good times ashore with parties on board, and the great musical atmosphere of the Village were only rivaled by the excellence of the regattas inside and outside the spectacular Gulf of Saint-Tropez. Whether in the Modern Class or amongst the fabulous Classics, every year brings new boats to life, freshly renovated or brand new futuristic prototypes. This year’s stars were Chinook, a New York 40 and Herreshoff design from 1916, superyacht Shenandoah of Sark, 54 meter gaff schooner by T E Terris, John Alden’s 1930 yawl Blazing Star and Ronne’s gaff cutter Runa VI, last of the Runas freshly renovated by le Guip Shipyard in Brest, just to name a few.

Sailing yacht Il Moro di Venezia - Photo credit to Gilles Martin-Raget

Sailing yacht Il Moro di Venezia - Photo credit to Gilles Martin-Raget

Action Packed Pampelonne

Pampelonne Bay outside the gulf usually belongs exclusively to the magnificent Wallys. Twelve of them battled all week long, in either short courses or 15 mile coastal races. Wally Cento sisterships superyacht Hamilton and luxury yacht Magic Carpet 3 gave full value, racing aggressively all week long, with Sir Lindsay Owens-Jones’ latest Magic Carpet, faster in Saturday’s strong winds, coming out ahead by the slightest margin in real time. Compensated time went to 94 footer Open Season, with Wally 77 sailing yacht J One in second place and Magic Carpet a brilliant third.

Superyacht Tempus Fugit - Photo by Gilles Martin-Raget

Superyacht Tempus Fugit - Photo by Gilles Martin-Raget

Class J in full swing

Another big first in Saint-Tropez was the course dedicated to the big and slender J Class. Four of them provided Pampelonne Bay with magic, excitement and the best nautical sports can provide. Superyacht Velsheda, the 1930 Nicholson yacht got strong competition from newer, lightly built luxury yacht Hanuman (Dijsktra 2009) and sailing yacht Lionheart (Hoek 2010) and managed to come out a winner after 5 fantastic races.

Les Voiles de St Tropez 2013 Prizegiving

Les Voiles de St Tropez 2013 Prizegiving

Personnalities from all backgrounds

Saint-Tropez attracts the stars, both human and sailing machines. Bill Jayson, son of the late Dick Jayson, founder of the famous Nioulargue in 1981 aboard his Swan Pride, provided a link to  today’s Voiles and its roots. Also on the emotional side, was the presence in Saint-Tropez of world famous naval architect German Frers Jr, sailing his father’s 1935 Bermudian cutter Sonny. Quite a sensation for all Frers aficionados. Loïck Peyron, long time Voiles supporter also showed up, always eager to discover new boats and marvel at the timelessness of the centenary boats. Sébastien Col, Jan Dekker, James Blakemore, Peter Holmberg, Jean Pierre Dick… they were all here, sailing anonymously and enjoying one of the world’s greatest sailing show.