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Holland Jachtbouw Yacht RAINBOW Winner of Classic Boat Award 2013

April 19, 2013

Holland Jachtbouw yacht Rainbow has become the runaway winner in the European Spirit of Tradition class at the inaugural 2013 Classic Boat awards. Comedian, writer as well as classic boat owner, Griff Rhys Jones, handed over the award for sailing yacht Rainbow to HJB’s Commercial Director, Tako van Ineveld, at an awards ceremony that took place at the Bremont watch boutique in Mayfair, London.

J-Class sailing yacht Rainbow by Holland Jachtbouw

J-Class sailing yacht Rainbow by Holland Jachtbouw

Redesigned by Dykstra Naval Architects, the majestic 40-metre J-Class yacht Rainbow is based on the original sailboat by William Starling Burgess from 1934. She was launched by Holland Jachtbouw in 2012.

40 m sailing yacht Rainbow - Cabin

40m sailing yacht Rainbow - Cabin

Superyacht Rainbow boasts beautiful and elegant interiors, overseen by the Owner, with developments from Dykstra & Partners. She can comfortably sleep from eight to ten guests and is managed by a professional crew of seven.

Below is a choice of the superb charter yachts built by Holland Jachtbouw.

Green Marine Yacht HAMILTON named as finalist in ShowBoats Design Awards and IY&A Awards

March 25, 2013

Following her success in the Nautical Design Awards earlier this year, the WallyCento yacht Hamilton by Wally Yachts has been shortlisted in two further awards competitions: the ShowBoats Design Awards as well as the International Yacht & Aviation Awards. Luxury sailing yacht Hamilton was constructed by Green Marine and displayed at the 2012 Monaco Yacht Show.

WallyCento luxury yacht Hamilton by Wally Yachts and Green Marine - Image by RolexCarlo Borlenghi

WallyCento luxury yacht Hamilton by Wally Yachts and Green Marine - Image by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

In the Showboats Design Awards, the WallyCento luxury yacht Hamilton has made it through to the final round in both the interior design and exterior styling categories. The design work was undertaken by Design Unlimited and made reality by Green Marine’s skilled workforce in association with its specialist suppliers. The awards will be made at a ceremony being held fittingly in Monaco on June 21.

Superyacht Hamilton has also been shortlisted as a finalist in the Sailing Yacht 25-40 metres category of the International Yacht and Aviation Awards. These are awarded via an open voting process, and votes can be cast online. The voting closes on 12 April and the awards will be presented at the Dorchester Hotel, London on 19 April.

30m superyacht Hamilton - Master Stateroom

30m superyacht Hamilton - Master Stateroom Photo credit: Justin Ratcliffe

The Green Marine’s thanks go to naval architects judel/vrolijk, interior and exterior stylists Design Unlimited, and Monk Design for together designing the innovative and graceful yacht Hamilton.

Reymond Langton designed yachts MOGAMBO and EXCELLENCE V among finalists for 2013 World Superyacht Awards

March 08, 2013

The acclaimed UK design studio, Reymond Langton Design, is thrilled to announce that the 74m Nobiskrug motor yacht MOGAMBO as well as the 60m Abeking & Rasmussen charter yacht EXCELLENCE V have been nominated as finalists in the eagerly awaited World Superyacht Awards 2013 in the ‘Displacement Motor Yacht GT and above’ category. Both yachts boast sophisticated exterior styling as well as beautiful interior design by Reymond Langton Design.

The impressive 74m Nobiskrug mega yacht Mogambo designed by Reymond Langton

The impressive 74m Nobiskrug mega yacht Mogambo designed by Reymond Langton

EXCELLENCE V - Main

EXCELLENCE V - Main

This follows on from last year’s success for sailing yacht DESTINATION as winner of Best Refitted Yacht and the interior design aspect of motor yacht SERENE as the winner of Best Displacement Motor Yacht of 3 000 GT and above.

Below is a gallery for other outstanding charter yachts with design by Reymond Langton.


MDL’s Freedom Berthing network grows to 70 marinas across Europe

February 26, 2013

Europe’s top marina operator, MDL Marinas, is thrilled to announce that it has joined forces with French marina operator Sagemor to provide its annual berth holders with special cruising opportunities from 1st April 2013. This completely unique package sees MDL’s annual berth holders join “Passeport Escales” to gain access to free visitor nights at a further 54 marinas on the North-West coast of France – all within their annual berthing fee.

Signing of the contract - Jon Eads (left) and Arnauld Devys

(from left) Glidas Mottais, Mike Gates, Arnauld Devys, Jon Eads, Nicolas Gonzales and Xavier Labouret

This deal, which was signed at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show, sees MDL’s Freedom Berthing network grow to 70 marinas in the UK, France, Spain and Italy, opening up the largest cruising network offered by any European marina operator – reaffirming MDL’s clear market leader position.

All of MDL’s annual berth holders will be able to take advantage of the scheme which is an easy-to-use, fully automated online system. It works as a reciprocal programme where berth holders check out of their marinas and choose another marina to stay at from the network. The only condition of the scheme is boaters must check out on leaving.

Signing of the contract - Jon Eads (left) and Arnauld Devys

Signing of the contract - Jon Eads (left) and Arnauld Devys

Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We have been working hard to expand our European marina portfolio and we are delighted to have signed a deal with Sagemor. The private marina operator has a collection of wonderful marinas to explore in some beautiful and interesting areas of France, from Granville on the Normandy Coast right round to Port Médoc in the Gironde.

“This is fantastic news for our customers, with our annual berthing package just getting bigger and better every year. It also immediately opens up brilliant cruising opportunities for our annual berth holders to carry out their boating freely and effortlessly without any additional bills to worry about.”

The established scheme will be backed by MDL’s proven experience, knowledge and professionalism, and will not only give MDL customers a very simple solution to cruising, but will also give owners access to discounts and offers at local tourist destinations and places of interest during their stay.

Photo and filming opportunities for Sunseeker Manhattan 73 Yacht ahead of the 2013 Brit Awards

February 19, 2013

After a great success marked by record sales at this year’s London Boat Show at Excel in January, Sunseeker were happy to keep one of their beautiful new vessels, motor yacht Manhattan 73, in central London for a number of photo as well as filming opportunities.

Sunseeker Manahattan 73 Yacht captured by Sam Pelly

Sunseeker Manahattan 73 Yacht captured by Sam Pelly

The magnificent Sunseeker luxury yacht Manhattan 73, boasting 73 feet in length, includes 3 luxury double cabins and a £2.5m price tag along with a string of millionaire necessities including drinks bar, BBQ/grill, steam showers and jet tender.

The Sunseeker Manhattan 73 yacht has been centre stage on the VIP pontoon at St. Katharine’s Dock since mid-January but is set to leave at the end of this week for the Mediterranean after being the jewel of the river during the Brit Awards which takes place on Wednesday night at London’s O2 arena.

Luxury yacht Manhattan 73 in central London

Luxury yacht Manhattan 73 in central London - photographer Sam Pelly

Last week saw society favourite photographer Sam Pelly in a chase boat capturing the Sunseeker motor yachts majestic lines against the back drop of London’s iconic sites with the company’s ‘Sunseeker Girls’ on board dressed in theatrical ‘Brit Award styling’.

Stewart McIntyre, Managing Director of Sunseeker International commented, “It is rare that a brand new Sunseeker boat of this size is kept in central London for such a long period of time. It has been wonderful to see so many people enjoy her presence on the river and of course be involved with the truly British ‘Brit Awards’.

'Sunseeker Girls' aboard Manhattan 73 Yacht

'Sunseeker Girls' aboard Manhattan 73 Yacht - photographer Sam Pelly

Sunseeker is an iconic British brand, famed for its appearance in many 007 Bond films and high profile clientele from Jenson Button to Chris Evans, both of whom supported Sunseeker at recent Boat Shows in Southampton and London.

Sunseeker International employ 2,300 skilled craftsman at its factory and headquarters in Poole, Dorset and a dealership network in over 70 countries, Sunseeker are flying the flag for the British manufacturing Industry.

Luxury motor yacht Manhattan 73 and 'Sunseeker Girls'

Luxury motor yacht Manhattan 73 and 'Sunseeker Girls' - photographer Sam Pelly

Below is a choice of the exquisite charter yachts built by Sunseeker.

Vain Interiors’ interior scheme on board 77 m Hanseatic Yacht SMERALDA to compete for IY&A Award 2013

February 15, 2013

Vain Interiors‘ interior scheme on board 77 m Hanseatic motor yacht Smeralda has reached the shortlist for the Yacht Interior Design Award at the upcoming International Yacht and Aviation Awards 2013. Designed by Espen Oeino, the breathtaking Smeralda yacht herself has also been nominated within the Asia Pacific Yacht and Aviation Awards 2013.

77 m Hanseatic Yacht Smeralda with interior design by Vain Interiors

77 m Hanseatic Yacht Smeralda with interior design by Vain Interiors

The interior design scheme on board superyacht Smeralda was led by Vain Interiors’ Andreas Holnburger, who shares his thoughts on the project here: “When I started this project the guideline was very clear regarding the general arrangement of Smeralda. The Owner wanted to take advantage of the already developed design that was used on Silver and Silver Zwei, in order to utilize the “blueprint” as a series. As the Owner had used the first 2 boats extensively, it was quite easy to incorporate all the improvements he wanted to make into the interior design from a technical side.

Luxury yacht Smeralda - Interior

Luxury yacht Smeralda - Interior

“While creating the design concept for the interior I paid close attention to the owner’s identity and lifestyle and developed an interior that is luxurious, sophisticated and modern, without being formal. I knew that the interior of the yacht had to reflect this kind of lifestyle in order to be in synch with the Owner.

Mega yacht Smeralda providing maximum comfort

Mega yacht Smeralda providing maximum comfort

“Beyond this, I wanted to create a very individual interior with a harmonious but distinctive range of colours and gentle contrast. This was brought forth through the careful selection of materials which reveal their beauty upon touch, through the tactile nature of their textures. Over time these materials will develop a rich patina, bringing out the depth of their natural beauty even more. The unexpected combination of the highest quality materials on subtle surfaces, combined with the smooth and sophisticated lines of Smeralda, has resulted in the ultimate expression of a lifestyle instilled with timeless beauty.”

Luxurious cabins aboard Smeralda superyacht

Luxurious cabins aboard Smeralda superyacht

The 3rd annual International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2013 will close for applications on Friday 1st March.

The awards will be celebrated at the Dorchester hotel, London, on Friday 19 April 2013.

Exclusive reception for ClubSwan members in London

February 12, 2013

February 6 saw Leonardo Ferragamo, Chairman of Nautor’s Swan, along with ClubSwan partners Gazprom as well as the Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg (SPBYC), Russia host an exclusive reception for ClubSwan members in London.

Leonardo Ferragamo, Chairman of Nautor’s Swan (right) and Captain Richard Woodman, Elder Brother of Trinity House (left) at ClubSwan Reception© onEdition/Nautor’s Swan 2013

Leonardo Ferragamo, Chairman of Nautor’s Swan (right) and Captain Richard Woodman, Elder Brother of Trinity House (left) at ClubSwan Reception© onEdition/Nautor’s Swan 2013

Held at the iconic British maritime venue of Trinity House, close to 200 guests were introduced to 200 years of nautical history. The VIP event was an opportunity for Mr Ferragamo to celebrate the successes of winning yachts during high profile regattas. Awarded bespoke Asprey designed trophies the following worldwide owners were congratulated by the elegant audience:

- Swan Maxi Class Trophy – Vladimir Liubomirov, Swan 60 yacht Bronenosec
- Swan Mediterranean Challenge Trophy – Mr Torres, Swan 80 superyacht Plis Play
- Swan Transatlantic Challenge Trophy – Gideon Messink, Swan 45 sailing yacht Satori
- Swan 45 Mediterranean Circuit Award – Hendrik Brandis / Christian Nagel, Swan 45 luxury yacht Earlybird
- Swan Mediterranean Circuit Award – Hendrik Brandis / Christian Nagel, Swan 45, Earlybird

David Aisher, Rear Commodore Yachting at the Royal Yacht Squadron welcomed the involvement of Gazprom as title sponsor to the regatta which will also include the Swan 45 World Championships and the inaugural Gazprom Swan 60 World Championships.

Hendrik Brandis, co-owner of Swan 45 Earlybird (GER) and guests at ClubSwan Reception© onEdition/Nautor’s Swan 2013

Hendrik Brandis, co-owner of Swan 45 Earlybird (GER) and guests at ClubSwan Reception© onEdition/Nautor’s Swan 2013

Vladimir Liubomirov, Commodore of the Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg, Russia addressed the ClubSwan members and shared his vision for the partnership with Gazprom and Nautor’s Swan, “We embarked upon an incredibly ambitious project and 2012 was a wonderful year in which we saw the launch of the partnership along with the build of five new Swan 60s that form the core of the Gazprom Swan 60. Looking now to the future, 2013 is set up to surpass last year with the first World Championship for the Class and we already have a full calendar of racing for 2014 and 2015.”

The reception gave both cruising and racing sailors the opportunity to showcase their work from the past year and to introduce the Swan family to plans for the year ahead.

National Boat Shows and British Marine Federation (BMF) announce details of 2014 London Boat Show

February 04, 2013

National Boat Shows and the British Marine Federation (BMF) are pleased to present details of the 2014 London Boat Show. The event will continue to represent a major showcase for the leisure marine industry in the UK.

LBS 2014

Following the success of National Boat Shows (NBS) 2013 show, next year the show will be held on the same Show layout in the world-class ExCeL London, bringing all the exhibitors together in the South Hall. Feedback from this year’s show indicated that exhibitors and visitors alike appreciated the extra buzz and atmosphere that was created by being in one hall and there was a strong desire to continue with this format. In order to guarantee that same layout, and to avoid any clashes with the Dusseldorf Boat Show, the show will run from 4 to 12 January in 2014.

As the trade association for the leisure marine industry, the BMF, alongside NBS, has a duty to investigate any opportunity that may be commercially beneficial to the industry. While focusing on the core shows, NBS has considered many other options and opportunities including an alternative show at Canary Wharf.

However, despite NBS being chosen by Canary Wharf as their first choice partner against strong opposition, following feedback on the 2013 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show, and consultation with key industry leaders, it has been decided that the leisure marine industry is best served by building on the successful London Boat Show at ExCeL. All of the BMF/NBS’s energies will be poured into ensuring that the show delivers what both industry and visitors need.

Howard Pridding, Chief Executive of the BMF, said: “We are thrilled to be able to announce the details for the 2014 London Boat Show today. The response we received of the 2013 Show from exhibitors and visitors was very positive, particularly about the layout of using one hall, and we will continue to improve the experience for everyone involved.”

“We have been listening hard to our exhibitors and our industry and have worked very closely with our partners at ExCeL to ensure that we can continue to stage a show in London that offers a great showcase in a superb world-class facility. The industry representatives who sit on our boards have done a very thorough job in looking at all potential sales platforms for the industry and taken the right decision with the option that makes commercial sense and offers all elements of the industry the very best showcase.”

Oceanskies participated in London and Dusseldorf Boat Shows

January 30, 2013

Oceanskies is delighted to announce that the company’s attendance at the first two premier international boat shows of the year, London Boat Show and Dusseldorf Boat Show, was a great success.

London Boat Show - Photo onEdition

London Boat Show - Photo onEdition

Oceanskies was launched in the Channel Island of Guernsey shortly before the start of the London Boat Show.

Duncan Swanson of Oceanskies commented “the London Boat Show remains an important show in the marine calendar and provides the UK’s yachting industry with a timely opportunity to unveil new models and connect with their clients ahead of the forthcoming boating season.”

This year marked the 59th London Boat Show and was attended by approximately 500 exhibiting companies. The 90,000 visitors who made their way to the show held at the Excel exhibition centre in London’s docklands were joined by a number of celebrities including Chris Evans, Suzi Perry, Nick Knowles and John Terry.

From London it was onwards for Oceanskies to Germany to attend the 44th Dusseldorf Boat Show or ‘Boot Dusseldorf’ as it is more commonly known.

Boot Dusseldorf 2013 - Photo by Messe Duesseldorf / constanze tillmann, exploi

Boot Dusseldorf 2013 - Photo by Messe Duesseldorf / constanze tillmann, exploi

“The Dusseldorf Boat show remains the world’s largest indoor boat show” said Duncan. The show’s geographic location ensures that it remains a popular show for the entire Northern European boating community. Many of the larger production brands attend the show with examples of their range whilst many superyacht builders also exhibit.”

In total 1,674 exhibitors from 63 countries exhibit at the show with 1,700 yachts in display.

The London and Dusseldorf boat shows provided an ideal opportunity for Oceanskies to introduce itself to the global yachting market.

Tom said “Although both Duncan and I are well known from our years of working within the superyacht industry it is important to send a message that we are now working as Oceanskies.” “Rather pleasingly our efforts at both shows seem to be paying off with a healthy number of enquiries and prospects being received.”

In addition to promoting its own services Oceanskies also finds itself acting in an ambassadorial role for Guernsey. When meeting new clients and trade contacts there is always an interest taken in where the company is based and Guernsey is well regarded as a yachting destination.

MGMT Yacht focusing on future of London as a Superyacht destination

January 25, 2013

This Sunday will mark six months since the Olympic opening ceremony as well as six months since London has become the superyacht destination of 2012. MGMT Yacht, the superyacht advisory firm and London yacht agent who were responsible for offering technical and administrative expertise to visiting superyachts during the games, is now concentrating on the future of London and its role as a superyacht destination.

MGMT Yacht concentrating on future of London as superyacht destination

MGMT Yacht concentrating on future of London as superyacht destination

Few cities in the world boast the kind of landmarks London has in spades – and with unique access to iconic backdrops, such as Tower Bridge and Europe’s tallest building the Shard a berth on the River Thames undoubtedly offers some of the most impressive city moorings in the world.

There is no reason to be put off by the weather either. It’s officially not raining in London 94 per cent of the time! London has less rain than Rome and more Michelin star restaurants than Paris. London has recently been voted both the business capital of the world and the fashion capital of the world. London has also recently retained its standing as the world’s top financial centre. With so much choice, an endless list of things to do and see, it is no wonder that London should be the new playground for super wealthy yacht owners.

126 m Lurssen superyacht Octopus that visited London in summer 2012 - Photo Credit Lurssen Yachts

126 m Lurssen superyacht Octopus that visited London in summer 2012 - Photo Credit: Lurssen Yachts

Superyacht owners looking for an alternative destination to the crowded marinas of the Mediterranean are attracted to London with its better mooring rates and access to Northern European shipyards. London offers things that the South of France simply cannot.

Mark Upton, Managing Director of MGMT Yacht said “For the first time this summer, during the Olympics Games, some of the world’s largest superyachts came to London. But it appears that won’t be last time. Superyacht owners are now convinced that London has much more to offer them than the more traditional and predictable yacht destinations – namely Monaco or Cannes.”

Some of the largest superyachts were in London this summer, including mega yacht ‘Octopus’, owned by co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen and the 74m motor yacht ‘Ilona’, owned by Frank Lowy, co-founder of Westfield. Moored in Canary Wharf they couldn’t have been closer to the action!

74 m Amels luxury yacht ILONA

74 m Amels luxury yacht ILONA

MGMT will be offering numerous services to visiting yachts, such as cruise planning, clearances, visas, bunkering, aviation support, provisioning, ground tours, full concierge service and more to enable superyacht guests and crew to enjoy the best that London and the UK has to offer.