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Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2013: Day 1 won by sailing yachts MY SONG, VIRTUELLE and BEQUIA

June 05, 2013

Day 1 of this year’s Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta saw the sun rise early on Wednesday morning, June 5, to greet the 21 sailing superyachts, participating in this popular race. Organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) as well as Boat International Media, the event, hosted at the YCCS in the popular Italian yacht charter destination – Porto Cervo, marks the start of the Mediterranean regatta season.

My Song - Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2013 ©Jeff Brown/Superyacht Media

Sailing yacht My Song at Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2013 ©Jeff Brown/Superyacht Media

The diverse fleet, ranging from the 24m Starck-styled sailing yacht Virtuelle and Hoek-designed luxury yacht Drumfire to 45m regatta regulars charter yacht Salperton IV and superyacht Saudade, and 49.7m Zefira yacht, were looking forward to racing getting underway in earnest. The fleet, which is racing under the International Super Yacht Rule (ISYR), covers a broad spectrum of superyachts, from modern classics to ocean thoroughbreds, sloops to yawls, and pure cruising yachts to those with a more performance orientated design.

The 21 yachts have been divided into three equal cruising divisions – A to C – according to their ratings, and each yacht has three ratings that can be applied depending on the windspeed on the course.

After a brief postponement the breeze filled in to around eight knots, and the patience of the yacht owners and crews was rewarded as the race committee set three courses of roughly 29, 25 and 23 nautical miles for class A to C respectively. The three courses followed roughly the same track – a short beat to a laid mark, followed by a fetch to the Mortorio islands, then a long run to Monaci, a short dog leg to the south of Caprera and then home to the finish off Porto Cervo.

By the time the fleet got to the famous Monaci rocks at the end of the run, luxury yacht Virtuelle had powered into the lead on the water, rounding the rocks and dowsing her spinnaker nearly six minutes ahead of the second yacht, 49.7m superyacht Zefira. The rest of the yachts came round in tight formation, making for a spectacular sight as the faster yachts such as 30.3m Southern Wind sailing yacht Cape Arrow began to haul in the slower yachts.

Visione - Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2013 ©Jeff Brown/Superyacht Media

Luxury yacht Visione at Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2013 ©Jeff Brown/Superyacht Media

The 30.8m Oyster yacht Sarafin snuck through to take line honours for Race One, closely followed by Bequia yacht, Drumfire and the sleek 45m Baltic Yachts-built superyacht Visione. Of course, it is the corrected time that counts, and the provisional results showed that in Cruising Class A the 25.4m yacht My Song – owned by Pier-Luigi Loro Piana – had won through; Virtuelle held on to take Class B on corrected, while Bequia took the win in Class C.

‘It looks like it’s going to be a light regatta,’ said Seamas Meharg, boat captain and safety officer of Bequia yacht. ‘The lighter airs and flatter water are good for us, and today’s long downwind leg was also beneficial. We got a good start, and did well at the bottom rounding at Monaci – we ducked Zefira’s stern and managed to get inside her, staying close in to the rocks.’ Meharg will be hoping that the forecast light airs continue. ‘We’re keeping an eye on Drumfire,’ he continued, ‘and there might be a little more breeze tomorrow, but if we can hold on tomorrow we might be looking good…’

For Zefira yacht, today’s second place in Class B was a strong result – not least because she beat arch-rival charter yacht Salperton by just 10 seconds on corrected time after an epic battle that played out round nearly the whole racecourse. ‘We tried hard,’ her delighted captain, Federico Biaturri, smiled on the dock. ‘We were a bit slow on one gybe and had to tack to avoid Visione near the end which allowed Salperton to sneak over the line ahead of us, but it was a great race and we’ve been getting better and better since the start of the Dubois Cup last weekend. The owners are very happy!’

The close-fought battle with Salperton is a fine demonstration of just how accurate the ISYR rating system is getting. ‘The handicaps are getting better and better all the time,’ Biaturri commented. ‘It shows in our battle with Salperton – it’s very close and it’s just going to get better and better from here.’

Racing continues tomorrow with the first start scheduled at 12:00 and scirocco winds of 10-12 knots forecast.

First Superyacht Regatta for newly launched Oyster 885 sailing yacht KARIBU

June 05, 2013

The Mediterranean superyacht season is expected to be marked by an amazing start as the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo welcomes twenty-one spectacular sailing yachts for the sixth edition of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, running from 4 – 8 June, 2013. Organised by the YCCS and Boat International Media, the event attracts an ever-increasing fleet of sailing yachts.

Luxury yachts by Oyster at Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta

Luxury yachts by Oyster at Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta

The emerald waters of the archipelago of La Maddalena off the northern coast of Sardinia will once again be the setting for some exciting competition and the diverse fleet of modern and classic, performance and cruising vessels will enjoy five days of exhilarating sailing.

Joining the fleet of some of the world’s most notable sailing superyachts, two Oyster yachts; the recently launched Oyster 885 superyacht Karibu and the first Oyster 100 yacht Sarafin, a finalist in the 2012 World Superyacht Awards.

Luxury yacht Karibu is the second Oyster 885 on the water and new to the Mediterranean superyacht calendar. After the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta she will cruise extensively and show her colours at the Cannes Boat Show before making her debut on the Oyster Regatta circuit at the yard’s Palma event in September.

Amels sell second Limited Editions Amels 199 yacht

June 04, 2013

The world-renowned Dutch shipyard, Amels, is proud to announce the sale of the second AMELS 199 yacht, featuring avant-garde design  by Tim Heywood – blending perfectly with all the Limited Editions advantages. The first Limited Editions Amels 199, charter yacht EVENT, was christened recently and is now cruising the spectacular fjords of Norway.

Second Limited Editions AMELS 199 yacht sold

Second Limited Editions AMELS 199 yacht sold

The flexibility of the AMELS 199 superyacht design has allowed the Owner to highly customise his yacht and have it delivered in less than two years.

The Owner, originally from South America, has opted for many advanced features on the yacht, and was reassured by having his yacht built at a financially stable and successful Dutch family-owned yard.

Amels now has five Limited Editions designs ranging from 55 to 83 metres. The yard has achieved annual growth of 10% over the past 5 years and currently has eleven projects under construction.

Limited Editions Amels 199 yacht statistics:

  1. LOA: 60.00 metres
  2. Beam: 10.30 metres
  3. Gross Tonnage: 1119
  4. Owners & guests: 12 + 2 spare
  5. Crew: 14 plus captain
  6. Speed: 16.5 knots
  7. Range 5,000 nm @ 13 knots

Fam-trip aboard exceptional Mediterranean charter yacht JO

June 04, 2013

The month of May is usually very busy for our charter specialists at CharterWorld with a number of them attending various yacht charter shows, inspecting the vast selection of beautiful luxury yachts available for charter during the Mediterranean summer season. In addition to the shows, our brokers have the opportunity to attend familiarisation trips, also known as Fam-Trips. This year we were invited aboard the fantastic 50m Benetti charter yacht JO, providing us with a great, first-hand experience on board as well as additional knowledge of the cruising destinations; in this case along the spectacular coast of Croatia, beginning in Dubrovnik and cruising down to Montenegro.

Charter yacht JO

Charter yacht JO

ABOUT THE YACHT

One of the best maintained yachts in the fleet, the 50-metre motor yacht JO is always a pleasant surprise when you see her, after remembering she is a 2004 yacht (launched by the prestigious Benetti shipyard with exterior styling by Stefano Natucci). Stepping aboard, it is instantly noticeable that she is a superbly maintained vessel and well taken care of. Both interior and exterior are impeccable.

Motor Yacht JO - Main deck aft

Motor Yacht JO - Main deck aft

Luxury charter yacht JO - Bridge deck aft

Luxury charter yacht JO - Bridge deck aft

The layout is great for charter, starting with her typical Benetti sun-deck, which is very spacious and divided into 3 areas: massive sun-pads forward with retractable umbrellas, centre area with Spa Pool, seating and bar, as well as aft deck-chairs on a raised platform. The Upper aft deck provides an excellent space for al-fresco dining, with comfortable seating aft and three separate tables for relaxation.

Luxury yacht JO - Sundeck

Luxury yacht JO - Sundeck

JO superyacht - Sun Deck Bar and Spa Pool

JO superyacht - Sun Deck Bar and Spa Pool

The interior of JO superyacht by Francois Zuretti is light and comfortable. Accommodation is provided to 10-12 charter guests in 5-6 spacious cabins, all with large bathrooms; including one full-beam master stateroom, two twin and two double cabins. An added bonus is the fully convertible upper deck games room, which can be used as a double cabin if required, and is perfectly comparable to the other doubles. It also offers great view and easily reconverts into a TV/games room when only 5 cabins are needed.

Luxury charter yacht JO - Master Cabin

Luxury charter yacht JO - Master Cabin

Motor Yacht JO - Burberry Guest Bedroom

Motor Yacht JO - Burberry Guest Bedroom

Superyacht JO - Ralph Lauren Guest Twin Room

Superyacht JO - Ralph Lauren Guest Twin Room

Super yacht JO  is well equipped with everything expected of a luxury yacht of this size; tv/satellite (Sky), a library of over 800 DVDs, VSAT internet.  iPads and laptops are also available for guests to use.

Water Toys - Luxury yacht JO

Water Toys - Luxury yacht JO

The toys are another strong point of this outstanding charter yacht, as there are many and all in great condition:

1 x Williamsjet tender 625
1 x ZAR 53. Suzuki 140HP.
2 x Kawasaki Ultra 300LX
Windsurf Equipment
• 3 Boards to suit Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced levels.
• Sails – 2.5, 3.5, 4.2, 4.7, 5.2, 6.0, 7.5 m2
1 x Gyro tube
1 x Mable
Waterskis
• 1 x Elite Alpha O’Brien Mono.
• 1 x Connolly Mono Ski
• 1 x Connolly twin skis
• Children’s Learner skis.
Wakeboard
• 1 x O’Brien Valhalla 143
• 2 x CWB
Wake-surf
• 1 x Nalu
Kitesurfing –
• Sails 7m, 9m, 11m, 12m, 13m.
• Range of boards. (Crew personal equipment but they are happy for guests to use)
2 x Clear bottom kayaks
2 x SUP (Stand Up Paddleboards)
Plus donuts, snorkelling equipment, fishing equipment

JO’s CREW

The crew are excellent, and clearly a very cohesive team throughout. Bruce Handyside was the captain for this trip and he is an experienced, knowledgeable and friendly person. The interior crew are friendly and attentive. During the fam-drip the Chef prepared excellent dishes,  fresh and well presented.

Charter Yacht JO - Main Saloon

Charter Yacht JO - Main Saloon

Having toys is one thing, but a keen deck crew is what really matters! The crew aboard JO are superb at encouraging you to use the toys, teaching you how, and being there to make it safe and comfortable. They can give jet-ski licenses, there is a kite boarding and wind surfing instructor and even a free diving instructor on board.

Luxury superyacht JO - Dining

Luxury superyacht JO - Dining

Motor Yacht JO - Sky Lounge

Motor Yacht JO - Sky Lounge

THE FAM-TRIP ITINERARY

Our broker arrived in Dubrovnik airport and embarked in Cavtat a beautiful little bay and village, around 5-10 minutes’ drive from the airport. Cavtat is an excellent place to start or end a yacht charter holiday anywhere near Dubrovnik. The vessel can cruise out to several great nearby anchorages and charter guests can enjoy the vast selection of water toys, go for a swim or simply unwind sunbathing. In the late afternoon a short cruise took the group to a perfect anchorage in front of the old town of Dubrovnik: another fabulous place to be or tender-in for shore visits.

Dubrovnik in Croatia

Dubrovnik in Croatia

JO left Dubrovnik overnight to cruise to the north eastern tip of Mljet, with everyone waking up in one of the quiet bays of the National Park.

“The whole island is very lush and green, and the surrounding waters amazingly calm and clear. This is a good area for shore visits, and there are great walks, but we opted for cycling.” Nick Benazeth – CharterWorld yacht charter specialist

There are relatively easy trails that lead through quiet forest to the other side of the island where there is a lake, and a small island with a charming monastery on it.  There are also many different diving options for scuba diving around, with a lot of ancient Roman remains – mainly amphoras.

Porto Montenegro Marina

Porto Montenegro Marina

Another early morning cruise took everyone back towards Cavtat to clear out of Croatia and along the coast into Montenegro. The whole of the Kotor bay area is spectacular, with fortifications at the entrance, impressive cliffs all around and the picturesque islands off Perast (Our Lady of the Rocks and St George Island). Once at Porto Montenegro, a 30-minute scenic cruise will take you to the heart of the fjord and towards Kotor. There are many good anchorages here for water-sports and relaxation.

“After a slow cruise throughout dinner and a great night at anchor, we sailed back out towards Tivat for a final day of watersports and free diving.”

Benetti Charter Yacht JO

Benetti Charter Yacht JO

Luxury yacht JO is in superb condition and comparable to the best charter yachts available in the Mediterranean, and so is her crew. She is a busy vessel due to her excellent reputation and she has many happy repeat guests year after year. There are still a few weeks available for yacht charters on JO in late season in the Eastern Mediterranean with EUR€195,000.00 per week plus expenses in August and a negotiable rate of €175,000 per week plus expenses in the low season. JO is also available for charter in the Caribbean during the European winter. For more information contact our charter professionals here.

Les Voiles d’Antibes – Trophée Panerai 2013 attended by 65 classic sailing yachts

June 04, 2013

Having run between May 29 and June 2, this year’s 18th edition of Les Voiles d’Antibes – Trophée Panerai was once again hosted by the French town of Antibes as the first round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2013 Mediterranean Circuit. The event was marked by four days of exciting racing between 65 classic sailing yachts, divided into 8 categories this year, with the spectacular 49,5-metre superyacht Eleonora as the fleet flagship.

Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2013 in Antibes, France

Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2013 in the popular summer yacht charter destination - Antibes in France

Luxury yacht Mariska won the ‘Big Boats’ category, Savannah yacht the ‘Spirit of Tradition’ category, sailing yacht Leonore the ‘Epoque Marconi’ category (above 15m), Duet the ‘Epoque Aurique’ category (below 23m), Helen K33 the ‘Epoque Marconi’ category (below 15m), Sagittarius the ‘Classique Marconi Racer’ category, Ea the ‘Classique Marconi’ category and Speedbird won the ‘Super Tofinou’ category.

Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2013 in Antibes attended by 65 classic sailing yachts

Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2013 in Antibes attended by 65 classic sailing yachts

Entertainment and conviviality were guaranteed for the duration of Les Voiles d’Antibes, by the presence of the Panerai Lounge and Le Villages des Voiles, the latter featuring yacht club, painting and photography stands and providing an excellent gathering place for skippers and crews alike. There was also live music in the square at Port Vauban each evening.

Top Luxury Yachts for Charter Vacation in Greece

May 27, 2013

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.

ENDLESS SUMMER - From The Bow

ENDLESS SUMMER - From The Bow

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 …

ENDLESS SUMMER - Aft Deck Dining TAble

ENDLESS SUMMER - Aft Deck Dining TAble

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.

Sanlorenzo launch 5th 46 Steel Motor Yacht STARLING

May 27, 2013

With the launch of the new 46m Motor Yacht STARLING, in the presence of her owner, his friends and the proud workforce and technicians of the yard, Sanlorenzo carries on with the launches for the forthcoming summer season. Superyacht STARLING is the fifth hull of the 46 Steel series by Sanlorenzo.

Motor Yacht Starling launch - 5th Sanlorenzo 46 Steel

Motor Yacht Starling launch - 5th Sanlorenzo 46 Steel

Built by Sanlorenzo in its Massa Carrara shipyards, STARLING yacht is a five-deck superyacht with an aluminum superstructure and a displacement hull in steel that guarantees maximum endurance and a 3,500 nautical miles range of cruising across the oceans, in autonomy and without refueling.

The hull hosts two decks inside: the lower-deck where the guests’ cabins and the crew’s area are located, and an underlower-deck, housing a service area with laundry room, large cold storage and direct access to all technical and engine rooms, allowing the crew to manage the yacht without hampering the onboard life.

Launch of STARLING yacht - 5th Sanlorenzo 46 Steel yacht

Launch of STARLING yacht - 5th Sanlorenzo 46 Steel yacht

Luxury yacht STARLING is characterized by a blue hull and an elegant superstructure design featuring large windows along her main-deck that not only enlighten the interior but they also perfectly reflect the unmistakable timeless family feeling of Sanlorenzo.

In perfect line with the traditional tailor-made philosophy of Sanlorenzo since 1958, also the STARLING’s interiors were designed in total concert with her owner who chose the elegant natural mahogany wood for furniture and floorings and selected a refined inlay to further embellish the parquet floors. Covered with delicate beige Alcantara fabrics, the ceilings are lighted up by golden spotlights that perfectly match with the Lalique decorated glasses and the ornamental mirrors used to open up the space. The bathrooms are enriched with precious stones like honey onyx marbles.

Super yacht Starling launched by Sanlorenzo

Super yacht Starling launched by Sanlorenzo

The spacious stern houses the Beach Area, an exclusive and reserved fitness area with gym and relaxation equipment (SPA) and a dedicated bathroom. The Beach Area faces a huge bathing platform on the water level – all on one floor and no steps – from where it is easy to dive into the water and come up onboard. Exterior as well as interior stairs connect the Beach Area with the cockpit and the salon.

Significant features of the Sanlorenzo 46Steel Starling yacht are the stern terraces located on each deck – from the sundeck to the Beach Area – that without any obstacle offer an exclusive and unbroken view of the sea.

For more than 50 years, Sanlorenzo has been building unique made to measure yachts following the desires and the style of every single owner and it is positioned on top international production levels: today Sanlorenzo’s models are considered synonyms of absolute elegance and class.

Sunseeker delivers Predator 115 motor yacht CHIMERA

May 27, 2013

The brand-new 34-metre motor yacht Chimera has been successfully handed over to her new Owner. Built by the prestigious UK manufacturer Sunseeker, the Predator 115 series charter yacht Chimera is currently on her maiden voyage in Gibraltar.

CHIMERA -  Main

CHIMERA - Main

Available for charter in the Mediterranean, as well as the Caribbean, the Predator 115 superyacht Chimera provides a total number of 10 guests with maximum luxury and comfort in 5 large and elegant cabins. The spacious full-beam master stateroom offers a magnificent center lined double bed, walk in wardrobe, love seat, vanity and en-suite facilities. Service aboard this lovely vessel is ensured by a crew of 5.

CHIMERA -  Sundeck Bar

CHIMERA - Sundeck Bar

Twin MTU 2640HP diesels can deliver the 34m luxury yacht Chimera a maximum speed of 26 knots. Fitted with state-of-the-art stabilizers, she can comfortably cruise at 21 knots.

CHIMERA -  Main Salon

CHIMERA - Main Salon

Yacht Club Costa Smeralda to welcome over 35 yachts expected to attend Dubois Cup and Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta

May 24, 2013

With the start of the Mediterranean superyacht season, the prestigious Yacht Club Costa Smeralda is preparing to welcome over 35 luxury yachts to the waters of the Costa Smeralda, in the breath-taking summer yacht charter destination – Sardinia in Italy. The impressive fleets will attend the Dubois Cup, running from June 1 to 3, as well as the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, taking place from June 4 to 8, 2013. Competing will take place against the fabulous backdrop of the La Maddalena archipelago, while social events will be held around the YCCS Clubhouse in Porto Cervo Marina.

Dubois Cup 2011 in Porto Cervo - Photo credit to Rick Tomlinson Dubois

Dubois Cup 2011 in Porto Cervo - Photo credit to Rick Tomlinson/Dubois

The Dubois Cup, held biennially and now in its fourth edition, will see a fleet of 14 sailing yachts and two motor yachts designed by the UK’s renowned Dubois Naval Architects gather on the quays of Porto Cervo Marina. Several of the yachts will be spectating while those competing will include defending champion sailing yacht Timoneer, a 44.8-metre ketch, as well as the 30 metre charter yacht Nostromo which placed second in the 2011 edition. The largest of the Dubois yachts taking to the starting line will be the 51.7 metre superyacht Prana, built by Alloy Yachts of New Zealand, while the latest design from the Dubois stable, the 38 metre luxury yacht Twilight – launched earlier this year – will be following racing and soaking up the atmosphere as a spectator.

The spectacle doesn’t finish here, however, and the busy YCCS calendar immediately continues with 21 superyachts enrolled in the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta. The event, which has been taking place annually since 2008, has fast become a fixture on the Mediterranean racing circuit and this year’s participating yachts count an average length of over 34 metres.

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2012 - Photo credit to Superyacht Media

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2012 - Photo credit to Superyacht Media

The fleet represents the cream of international nautical design and construction and hails from some of the world’s top shipyards including Fitzroy of New Zealand, Oyster of the UK, Perini Navi of Italy, Royal Huisman of Holland and Southern Wind of South Africa.

Some of the most imposing participants include the 45m charter yacht Salperton, winner of the Caribbean edition of the Loro Piana regatta in March of this year, and the Wally 148 yacht Saudade, also 45 metres in length. The colossus of the fleet is however the award-winning, ultra-modern superyacht Zefira at just under 50 metres.

“Following an excellent start to our sailing calendar at our Caribbean base in Virgin Gorda, we are delighted to welcome such a remarkable fleet of superyachts to Porto Cervo,” commented YCCS Commodore Riccardo Bonadeo. “It is great to see so many yachts return year after year, as a testament to the quality of our regattas and hospitality, and also to welcome numerous new participants. A special thanks obviously goes to our sponsors and supporters who allow us to remain at the forefront of the international yachting scene.”

Marina Port Vell – Sponsor of Conde de Godó Regatta and Sailing Control Yacht

May 23, 2013

Positioned in the lovely Spanish yacht charter location – Barcelona, Marina Port Vell (MPV), set to become one of the world’s most elite superyacht destinations and, with phased marina completions throughout 2013, the pre-eminent home port in the Mediterranean, starts sponsorship of the 2013 Regatta Conde de Godó today, on May 23. The race takes place through Saturday, May 25.

Marina Port Vell Sponsored Sailing Control Yacht in Port

Marina Port Vell Sponsored Sailing Control Yacht in Port

2013 marks the 40th edition of the Regatta which features 60 boats from 9m-40m with a growing international race roster. Marina Port Vell supports the event in a number of ways: by providing mooring for 20 of the boats for 2 weeks; by sponsoring the real time race tracking program; and, in sponsoring the Soto40 yacht Sailing Control.

The regatta tracking program, Sailing Control Tracking, provides tracking solutions and covers nautical events from professional needs to social events. The Soto40 class (like others such as Tp52, Farr 40 or Open 60) brings together a group of vessels of the same features and designed to extract full power. It has two permanent competitions—one in South America and one in Europe—and a world championship.

Marina Port Vell Sponsored Sailing Control Yacht Racing

Marina Port Vell Sponsored Sailing Control Yacht Racing

Marina Port Vell is proud to be participating as a supporter of this noteworthy annual sailing competition.