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Superyacht Cup Palma 2014: Overall victory for sailing yacht LIONHEART in J Class

June 24, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

With a victory in the fourth as well as final race, a fast 30-mile coastal course with over 20 knots of brisk sea breeze back and forth across the lovely Mediterranean yacht charter destination – the Bay of Palma, sailing yacht Lionheart lift the trophy that they consider the season’s most prominent and hardest to win, triumphing in the five strong J Class at the Palma Superyacht Cup.

Luxury superyacht Lionheart under sail - Photo by

Luxury superyacht Lionheart under sail - Photo by

Having missed out on overall victory on the last race here last year when they could not recover from a poor start, this time Lionheart fought back from a modest opening to the first upwind and took the lead when they went to the far left of the upwind, making a big gain to lead charter yacht Ranger around the first buoy.

From there they were challenged only when the breeze went soft at a leeward mark and the leaders compressed closer, but with excellent speed upwind and downwind Lionheart yacht proved comfortable winners.

With their second win from four races, also sharing Wednesday’s King’s Hundred Guinea Cup with superyacht Hanuman, the team which has Volvo Ocean Race skipper Bouwe Bekking as tactician win their second J Class regatta in a row, after winning in Mahon, Menorca last month. Consistency proved key for the Erle Williams skippered Ranger which took an excellent second overall, pipping last years champions Hanuman by half a point.

Today’s coastal race brought the series to a fitting showdown. With just one point separating regatta leaders luxury yacht Lionheart from Hanuman, the latter made poor start and only on the final run to the finish did they rescue fourth place when they passed superyacht Rainbow.

The well drilled, diligent Lionheart yacht team learned from their own mistakes from Friday’s race, and their extensive post race de-briefs this time offered a pointer towards today’s improved start.

Even if the five boats did not all hit the line at the same time, within seconds they were all bow to bow for a remarkable few minutes of intense action. A long fast reach down across the bay saw no place changing, but on the return leg all the way back to a mark under Cabo Blanco, Velsheda yacht held low and were able to pop through into second which they held to the finish, their best score of the regatta.
Bekking, who returns tomorrow to skipper’s duties on the Volvo 65 in Kiel, was delighted with the Lionheart win:

“This was the one we wanted to win because this is where we have the five boats. Last year we were leading until the last day and then we lost it. We had a bad start then and could not get back. Today we got a good start and got bounced back a bit but we got back into it and clawed our way back to first and from there on it was quite easy.

We have such a nice group of people and are always having a good time. We work very hard at it. We always do three full days of practice and every race we do a big, full debrief for at least 45 minutes to an hour with video integrated and even like yesterday we had a bad start and we executed on that today.

In Minorca we had speed upwind and downwind so the other guys have caught up or perhaps it is the venue a bit, some boats go really well at a venue, Ranger has gone fantastic at this event, some boats just fit certain events.

I have won a few events here so I was pretty confident when we went to the big left. I was a bit amazed the others let us go. After that it was game over.

I think we have been sailing well and I think our crew work is among the best here. And the owner driver has made huge steps in the last two years and now with two events in a row it is finally paying off.

It is so great to win here. This is for the owners because they look after us and so it is good to give something back.”

Ranger skipper Erle Williams was almost bemused to have taken second, but with four times America’s Cup winner Murray Jones sailing his second regatta as tactician, and solid, dependable crew work to build from their excellent starts ñ they started four times off the left, pin end of the line, their success was well earned:

“We are thrilled because the newer boats are fast and are being sailed well and they are hard to beat. Last year we struggled and it was hard. There are some great sailors out there sailing these boats. The whole J Class story here is a great success story, having five boats here, different winners on each day has been fantastic. But here consistency has been good for us in a tough field, we didn’t win this time, but maybe next time.

Lionheart is extremely fast, they had pace today. They were tucked in behind at the start and they just sailed around us but they are sailing well. But the rest of the boats are very even. Today we saw Velsheda sail better for second. Ranger has form as a team. The boat is set up nicely and the guys are trimming very nicely. Our sails are nice. The boat is kind of heavy and hard work at times, but I think we are sailing it well.

We don’t have as much stability as the others, about six to ten per cent less, and so the stronger breeze was not so good for us, we struggle a little. Apart from Lionheart I think all the boats are pretty even and I think it is down to who sails the boat best and gets off the line and can keep clean air. That has been the big thing for us, to have a regatta where we have been able to sail in clear air. We have started off the pin and that has worked well for us.”

Superyacht Cup Palma 2014 attended by five Claasen yachts

June 24, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Taken place in the popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Palma in Spain from last Wednesday to Saturday, the recently concluded Superyacht Cup Palma 2014 was attended by 26 top sailing yachts from around the world. The fleet of giants comprised five jewels built by the Claasen shipyard, namely charter yacht Atalante, Heartbeat, sailing yacht Lionheart, Drumfire and luxury yacht Firefly. All five performed exceptionally well in the fabulous location of the Bay of Palma as the crews were pushed to their limit in a series of amazingly exciting and extraordinarily close races.

Claasen yachts at the Superyacht Cup Palma 2014 - Photo courtesy of Claasen Shipyards - Stuart Pearce

Claasen yachts at the Superyacht Cup Palma 2014 - Photo courtesy of Claasen Shipyards - Stuart Pearce

The fierceness of the competition makes it all the more admirable to report that Lionheart and Heartbeat yachts both came out top in their class. Lionheart won two of the four J-class races outright and shared the King’s 100 Guinea Cup with superyacht Hanuman on another. Luxury yacht Heartbeat won Class 3, coming first in two races and second in the other.

Superyacht Cup Palma 2014 - Photo courtesy of Claasen Shipyards - Stuart Pearce

Superyacht Cup Palma 2014 - Photo courtesy of Claasen Shipyards - Stuart Pearce

Sailing yacht Drumfire was third in Class 3 and Atalante yacht sixth, while Firefly came sixth in Class 1. With such small margins of victory, all our yachts can be delighted with their performance and we congratulate the owners, the crews and designer Andre Hoek!

Classen Shipyards has released a short video to capture a flavour of this successful four-day event in the stunning Palma yacht holiday location.

Always exceptional Giraglia Rolex Cup

June 23, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

This year’s 62nd edition of the Giraglia Rolex Cup has recently come to its end. Bernard Vananty’s sailing yacht Tixwave from Switzerland has become the overall winner of the offshore race, while Igor Simcic’s superyacht Esimit Europa 2 took the line honours trophy as the fleet’s fastest boat.

Final prize giving of the Giraglia Rolex Cup 2014 at the new Yacht Club de Monaco clubhouse - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Final prize giving of the Giraglia Rolex Cup 2014 at the new Yacht Club de Monaco clubhouse - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

The 62nd Giraglia Rolex Cup ended in true style, befitting “an old lady of yacht-racing” as Carlo Croce, President of ISAF and the Yacht Club Italiano described the Mediterranean’s top offshore race during his prize-giving remarks. Hosted by the Yacht Club de Monaco on the upper level of its new clubhouse, the occasion was a mix of emotion, pride, celebration and humour as the winners were rewarded for their efforts.

206 yachts including 12 double-handers – a first for the event – took part in this classic contest that attracts crews from around the world. 189 finished this year’s race that began with light, troublesome winds, offered most competitors an unusually easy rounding of the Girgalia rock, and, for some of the smaller yachts, a welcome steady beat to the finish.

Overall winner, Bernard Vananty, took to the stage with his entire Tixwave crew to receive deserved plaudits for a job well done. Vananty was awarded the Rolex Trophy and a Rolex Timepiece.

ESIMIT EUROPA 2 (SLO) sailing her last miles to Monaco - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Superyacht ESIMIT EUROPA 2 (SLO) sailing her last miles to Monaco - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Vananty came second overall last year and was delighted to have gone one better this year. It had not been plain sailing though: “This year’s race was more complicated than last year given the wind conditions. We had to avoid losing contact with the bigger boats and constantly find ways to profit from the opportunities presented by the wind. We handled this quite well, especially during the night, when we managed to keep up with the bigger boats on the leg from the Giraglia rock to Monaco.”

Vananty felt things were going well, until the final moments: “We arrived in windy conditions, but 20 to 30 metres from the finish line there was hole and we were in trouble. We started to check the time, thinking that all our efforts had been ruined in these last metres… it took us 14 minutes to cross the finish line!” Their concerns were without foundation. Tixwave had sailed well enough to correct out 3 minutes 36 seconds ahead of their nearest rival, Thetis. Luca Locatelli and Thetis’ consolation was to win the Trofeo Challenge Marco Paleari for the Combined Classification of Sanremo to Saint-Tropez Race + Saint-Tropez Inshore Series + Offshore Race.

Igor Simcic, a member of the Yacht Club de Monaco and owner of Esimit Europa 2, won a Rolex Timepiece, the Rolex Trophy and the Trophy Rene Levainville for first place on elapsed time and the Beppe Croce Trophy for the first yacht to reach the Giraglia rock: “The race was perfect. In the beginning we had some light wind, which made it a little tricky in deciding which tactic to follow. Then it became much easier when the fresh breeze came in during the night and we were really fast. For me it was the best finish in my life. It was a unique idea to finish the race in Monte-Carlo.”

Bernard Vananty's Swan 42 TIXWAVE on her way to an overall win in the 2014 Giraglia Rolex Cup - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Bernard Vananty's Swan 42 Yacht TIXWAVE on her way to an overall win in the 2014 Giraglia Rolex Cup - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Line Honours: 62nd Giraglia Rolex Cup offshore race
Esimit Europa 2 (SLO), Igor Simcic, 
24 hours, 35 minutes, 56 seconds

Overall Results: 62nd Giraglia Rolex Cup offshore race
1. Tixwave (GBR), Bernard Vananty
2. Thetis (ITA), Luca Locatelli
3. Magic Twelve (ITA), Francois Pailloux

Cannes Yachting Festival 2014, September 9 – 14

June 23, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Unveiling a new name for the 37th edition, the Cannes Yachting Festival, previously known as the Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes, represents Europe’s leading in-water boat show. This year’s event will take place on the glittering Bay of Cannes, a beautiful French Riviera yacht charter destination, running from September 9 to 14.

Cannes Yachting Festival 2014, September 9 - 14

Cannes Yachting Festival 2014, September 9 - 14

Living up to its reputation as Europe’s leading yachting festival, showcasing the latest boats from the world’s finest shipyards; the Cannes Yachting Festival welcomes a host of international exhibitors. The regular exhibitors are joined by new companies, all of which come to present their latest releases, including world premieres, such as;  Benetti Tradition Supreme 108 superyacht My Paradis – with its hybrid diesel-electric model; the debut of the 58 HT Chaseboat from Otam – celebrating its 60th anniversary; the Riva Mythos 133; the Lagoon 630 Motor Yacht – 1st motoryacht of the French Shipyard; and the Jeanneau Oceanis 60, amongst many others. In addition, more than 500 new crafts and 50 second hand boats – with both sails and engines, mono and multi-hulls – are already expected to dock at the Festival to launch in the 2014-2015 season.

To coincide with the rebrand of the Festival, the Nice-Côte d’Azur Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has undertaken major renovations to Cannes’ marinas, which completed for the summer will welcome over 50,000 visitors to the show. As well as the chance to see the famous ships from the likes of Benetti, Sunseeker and the Beneteau Group, guests will be able to enjoy new spaces for day-boats and RIBs as well as to explore a new Shopping Village of lifestyle brands.

For 2014, the Festival has simplified the layout of the show and it will now be divided into eight different exhibitor category zones (seven in the Vieux Port, one at Port Pierre Canto), each with its own name and associated colour, for clearer navigation.

The Vieux Port will showcase inspiring new models and products over the six day event, with a mix of motor boats and sailing boats ranging from 5 to 50 metres on the water, and parts manufacturers and service companies positioned on the land.

At the other end of the Croisette, Port Pierre Canto, that is also finishing a makeover that began in autumn 2012, will reveal a brand new harbour master’s office, to restore the area to all its glory. It will also act as the destination where the world’s most important brokers will gather at the “Espace Brokerage & Charter”. As well as a range of used boats, companies offering brokerage, luxury yacht charter,  and services will also be present.

Sailing Yacht UNFURLED wins Superyacht Cup Palma 2014

June 23, 2014

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Sailing yacht Unfurled with a 2,1,1 scoreline in Class 2 won the 2014 Superyacht Cup Palma following a fantastic finale on the Bay of Palma – a fantastic Mallorca yacht charter destination –  for the 26 sailing yacht fleet. With the wind topping out over 20 knots on the first fast broad reach the conditions produced excellent racing.

Sailing Yacht UNFURLED - Photo by Claire Matches

Sailing Yacht UNFURLED - Photo by Claire Matches

With four families on board – including renowned father and son partnership Ross and Cambell Field – the 112ft/34.2m Frers design took the top award with a consistently strong set of results across the three different races.  Field Jr, described the winning family affair:

“ There are four families on board, Ross and myself Campbell Field. Ross is the safety officer on board because he has had every accident under the sun and so he knows what to expect. He can see things happening. But he offers some input, and some criticism and keeps reminding all the Poms that we won the rugby this morning. Gary Wiseman and his wife Sue and their son Sam are on board. John Barrett the project manager had his son Connor on board for the week and the owner’s daughter and so that is four families on board. That seems like a pretty good formula. We have Steve Branagh and Fraser Brown trimming and Adam Bateman trimming and Nik Pearson on the bow. It is a good solid bunch of guys.”

“ It was a really nice race today. It was an interesting course, a little favoured on starboard out of the Bay. We had to get over to the east once and then all the way back across to the west we had a couple of transitions a bit of a hole at Islettas again. We popped offshore to get a bit more air and we almost had a bit of a get out of jail free card with that one. It was a bit of procession after that but a nice long run home. Gary Wiseman did us a nice job of getting the angles right, so when we saw the breeze was a little lighter in the Bay then overstanding a bit and then we came charging in and it was great.

“ It is a brilliant regatta. To have that breeze dial up at 1300hrs, they have set some lovely courses with a good mix of windward leewards and some reaching as well.”

“ It is fantastic for the owner and fantastic for the team. This has been a successful team over 15 years. It is really satisfying but we sail the boat really, really well. I am thrilled of the owner.”

In Class 1 Saudade yacht won the final race but could not beat sailing yacht Ganesha’s overall score, the new Dubois 149ft/46m sloop winning their class at their fourth ever regatta. Navigator Nacho Postigo commented:

“ It was another interesting course today, not least on the second leg when the breeze came in with a bit more than we all expected, we were on a broad reach with big gear up when the wind peaked for us at 24kts and we kind of thought ‘Oh My God!’ but we hung on, it was a bit of a wild ride. But we were fine.”

“ I think the last downwind leg kind of defined the results. The wind dropped approaching the finish and that was good for the boats that had finished or were finishing. And so there were some big gains and that was a bit unexpected to get that cloud cover and that just killed off the sea breeze.

“ For us today second to Saudade was OK they are a good team and for the overall Unfurled are well deserved winners, they sailed better, they sailed clean and sailed well, they were better all round.”

But for us winning the class is good, it is only our fourth regatta with the boat and we are still learning, in fact it is a bit of a surprise to get second, but we sailed well.”

And in Class 3 Heartbeat yacht needed to win today in order to win their class overall and retain the Class title they won here last year, at the only regatta the crew do each year together:

The owner said:

“ It was great to win again but it was more difficult this time with more competition. We have a secret weapon, my holiday spinnaker, we had it up today and that makes a difference. We had our best race today. We had to win today. ”

Marina Ibiza hosts first international meeting of Mangusta superyachts owners

June 23, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Marina Ibiza, a beautiful Ibiza yacht charter destination, nestled in Spain, was chosen by Michl Marine, representing Overmarine Mangusta, as the venue to present its new loyalty program aimed at owners of these impressive yachts and to enjoy cruising with the new yacht models. The exclusive distributor of the brand to the Balearics prepared a full program of activities, that made the weekend the beginning of a twinning story among Mangusta superyacht owners, which promises to be repeated from now on every year.

First international meeting of Mangusta superyachts owners at the Marina Ibiza

First international meeting of Mangusta superyachts owners at the Marina Ibiza

Mangustas between 25 and 40 meters long shared views in this event that started on Friday with the arrival of the boats and a cocktail at Calma Bistro. This relaxed meeting allowed all participants to known each other, being the official start of an unforgettable weekend. On Saturday morning all owners departed towards Formentera in what seemed to be an impressive cavalcade of Mangustas, where they enjoyed navigation to the last paradise with a spectacular day and sea to get to eat at the famous Moli de Sal.

Mangusta yachts on display during the event

Mangusta yachts on display during the event

On the afternoon they were able to catch the last rays of sun with a swim and also tested the latest models of Seabob before departing back to Marina Ibiza. The day ended up with a surprising and spectacular show-dinner Lío which they surely will not forget easily. On Sunday, they took leave of this first encounter with a brunch at Calma Bistro specially prepared for the occasion.

Luxury motor yacht by Mangusta at Marina Ibiza by night

Luxury motor yacht by Mangusta at Marina Ibiza by night

It was a meeting of great success, not only for participation but because the organization and the program of activities. All participants agree that next summer also has to be opened by the second edition of Mangusta owners. A large family as unique as endearing was born.

Inaugural Frers Cup – Trapani, Sicily 25-28 June, 2014

June 23, 2014

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The inaugural Frers Cup represents an invitational sailing regatta organised for the complete enjoyment of the owners, guests and crew of yachts designed by three generations of the Frers family. The first design was hand-drawn by Germán Frers Snr. in 1928 and since that time more than 1,200 yachts have been created. From dinghies to megayachts, production boats to America’s Cup machines, custom-designed offshore cruiser/racers to technologically advanced power yachts.

94-foot Frers sailing yacht Bristolian - Tim Wright

94-foot Frers sailing yacht Bristolian - Tim Wright

The Frers Cup will be based in the ancient city of Trapani on the west coast of Sicily with a three day racing programme in the hauntingly beautiful Tyrrhenian Sea, taking in the beautiful marine reserve of the Egadi Island Archipelago. Dockside in Trapani, an exclusive event village will cater for the crew and fabulous social occasions will ensure a fabulous environment after sailing. Parties will include: Welcome Reception, Boat Hop Party, Sunset at Mount Erice, Prize Giving Ceremony and a Favignana Beach After-Party.

94′ Frers Sloop, sailing yacht Bristolian was one of the early entries for the Frers Cup. Designed by German Frers and launched in 1998, as Mari Cha II, the Frers Maxi smashed the Trans-Atlantic record. Completing the course from Ambrose Lighthouse, New Jersey, to Cape Lizard, England in just under nine days, Mari Cha II broke the previous record by over two and a half days. Bristolian is both luxury yacht and racing thoroughbred. Extensively refitted with a new carbon rig and teak deck, Bristolian yacht races extensively in the Caribbean winter and cruises and races in the Mediterranean in the summer months.

“Mani Frers had the idea about the regatta some year’s ago and the owner of Bristolian was very keen on a regatta, racing against similar yachts and his incentive kicked started the event.” commented Bristolian’s racing skipper, John Burnie. “This will be a proper head to head race, using IRC as the rating rule. The Frers Cup will be great fun and a popular social event but Bristolian will be going flat out to win it. A professional race management team, GWM Racing, are providing excellent courses and organising all of the race management. Frers have been a huge influence in performance yacht design for so many generations and although all of the boats at the regatta will be different, they are all of the same overall concept. Using IRC as a rating system, the winner will be decided by the team that sails their yacht well, rather than the conditions suiting a particular yacht on the day. It will be enormous fun to get all of the Frers owners together as a group, racing each other under common design parameters.”

100-foot Frers Wally sailing yacht Gibian - Carlo Borlenghi

100-foot Frers Wally sailing yacht Gibian - Carlo Borlenghi

Launched in 2000, the Frers Wally 100, sailing yacht Gibian will be in Trapani for the Frers Regatta. Custom designed to the owner’s specification, Gibian has a sophisticated interior conceived around the deck saloon. Gibian is a fine example of the collaboration between Frers and Wally Yachts, which began in the mid 90’s, developing a new design concept of performance yachts with clean, uncluttered decks and comfortable bespoke accommodation.

“I decided to participate in the Frers Cup because of a longtime friendship with the Frers family from when I was living in Argentina.” commented Armando Grandi, owner of Wally 100, Gibian.

“I was personally delighted to be invited and accept the opportunity to enter the inaugural Frers Cup Regatta. I know Trapani very well, it’s a very interesting location from sailing point of view and the city is a wonderful place to visit.”

Mani Frers sums up the aim of the Frers Cup. “The starting point for the Frers Cup was to identify a distinctive location to discover and learn about new places, bringing together history, substance, beauty and an elegant but casual atmosphere with suitable wind conditions. The main aim of the Frers Cup is to bring exceptional boats along with their owners and crews to an equally exceptional place.

Frers have a historic link with Italy, gained in various projects over the years, and Sicily met all of the features and requirements that define the event. Trapani was chosen for its surroundings and the ability to be able to carry out a successful event both on the water and land.

Frers owners have shown a strong interest in the event and those boats that cannot be in the Mediterranean this year are already thinking ahead to 2015. In the meantime, we focus on the success of this first edition. The Frers Cup has all the characteristics of becoming a unique event and a recurring appointment for years to come.”

Exclusive presentation of Riva 122′ MYTHOS motor yacht SOL

June 23, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

An exclusive presentation of the Riva 122’ Mythos motor yacht SOL took place during the official opening of the new premises of the Yacht Club de Monaco, which was held in the lovely Monaco yacht holiday destination over the weekend. Measuring 37 meters in length, luxury motor yacht SOL represents the largest Riva ever built.

Riva 122 superyacht Mythos - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

Riva 122 Mythos superyacht SOL - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

Superyacht SOL is the first yacht by Riva completely built in light aluminum alloy, as well as the largest yacht in the world ever produced by the historical Italian brand, an icon of the world yachting industry.

Riva’s new flagship, luxury yacht SOL represents an over 35 ton aluminum construction, of 37 meter overall length and 7.60 meter beam. About 100,000 man/hours have been required to build it, with 50 people working on average for 18 months. These few but very meaningful figures bear witness to how the Riva brand, which became globally known due to its legendary wooden motor yachts – symbols of the Dolce Vita and icons of truly unforgettable times – is now marking a new milestone in its history.

Aerial view of Mythos Yacht underway - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

Aerial view of SOL Yacht underway - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

From mahogany to fiberglass, from fiberglass to aluminum, the Riva brand keeps evolving, in terms of both yacht size and applied technology, and can now boast one of the widest and diversified ranges worldwide, featuring as many as 12 different models between 27 and 122 feet, including open, coupé, and flybridge yachts.

“We are both proud and amazed – commented Alberto Galassi, Ferretti Group’s CEO - , every day I feel how important it is to meet the highly demanding task assigned to me by Weichai Shareholders to take care and re-launch this leading brand of the world boating industry. As an Owner of a Riva yacht myself, it is as if a new child or a new travel companion had joined our Riva family. A family which would well fit in a novel by Garcia Marquez: with a more than a century old history made up of a multitude of different lives and experiences, disseminated all over the world throughout all these years. Celebrating the new ‘Heir’ of this history, namely the 122’ Mythos – the brand’s flagship as well as its most futuristic product – is simply extraordinary. We believe that with everybody’s efforts within the Ferretti Group, we will succeed in taking this ‘newborn’ and the Riva brand as a whole to even higher goals, while getting stronger in all our loyal markets and penetrating new emerging ones. Indeed, while Riva is an icon of Made in Italy production, ingenious design, production excellence, and much appreciated style, from now on the 122’ Mythos will be its standard-bearer.”

Luxury yacht Mythos from above - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

Luxury yacht SOL from above - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

The 122’ super yacht SOL draws inspiration from the 86’ motor yacht Domino – a real long seller of Riva coupe yacht range – whose main stylistic features have been taken up and revamped on this almost 38 meter long yacht. The 122’ Mythos yacht is the outcome of the collaboration between yacht Designer Mauro Micheli – the founder, together with Sergio Beretta, of Officina Italiana Design (which designs Riva’s entire range), AYT&D – Advanced Yacht Technology & Design, Ferretti Group’s research, style and product development centre, and the Interior Design and Technical Department of CRN, which was in charge of the interior and naval project development. This flagship is a ‘100% Riva’ model, as confirmed by its clean lines, a painstaking care for details, the selection of traditional and yet ‘evergreen’ materials – like steel, wood and leather -, which give every Riva yacht a unique, timeless flair.

“Talking about a boat is always more difficult than designing it. The concept and lines of the 122’ were conceived in about 10 minutes; what really makes a difference and makes this model truly unique is the time devoted to defining its details. The 122’ Mythos stems from pure instinct – this is why I am convinced it will be successful for a long time, just like the Aquariva, the Rivarama and the Rivale, which are still being produced after so many years.” This was one of Designer Mauro Micheli’s first statements on the new flagship yacht. ”I saw it a few days ago in Ancona and I am increasingly sure of this. This is Riva’s flagship, which I believe to be absolutely worthy of being part of this great brand”.

Luxury motor yacht Mythos - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

Luxury motor yacht SOL - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

The 122’ yacht SOL, with its stunningly balanced and refined outer lines and essential interiors, is presented in “Regal Silver” color, a brand new light gray hue, specially designed for this model to further highlight its dynamic and sleek profile. Some “Bright Black” superstructure details provide additional contrast to the yacht’s aesthetic presence, and contribute to its uniquely sleek and elegant style.

The first 122’ superyacht SOL features the optional 3-cabin version, specially requested by its Owner for its true luxury lies in its spaciousness and privacy. The standard version proposed by the shipyard has 4 cabins, and an additional optional layout with 5 cabins is also available.

Main Deck
The main materials used on this yacht include Canaletto walnut, in a light, softer shade – and specially selected by the Owner for all the yacht interiors – leather and chromium-plated steel, in line with Riva’s traditional style. Every detail is characterized by essential, clean lines, which result in a timeless, extremely natural and yet elegant style.

Mythos superyacht - Exterior

Mythos superyacht SOL - Exterior - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

The large uninterrupted glazing, which runs along the entire main deck, offers a breathtaking panoramic view and lets in plenty of light into the day area, connected to the raised pilot station and to the forward galley.

The salon and the dining area have been conceived as an open space; the living area features 3 white leather sofas and 2 armchairs in a contrasting brown shade all signed by Cappellini. The 55″ TV, which can be completely concealed in the ceiling, is placed inside one of the two – starboard and port – lacquered and steel panels at the entrance to the salon when coming through the glass door from the cockpit.

The living area also features a large coffee table designed by OID and lined with dark brown leather, a carpet by Bottega Conticelli, and a couple of “Atollo” lamps by Oluce, also to be found in the Owner’s suite.

Motor yacht Mythos - Exterior

Motor yacht SOL - Exterior - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

The dining area is furnished with a large steel and glass table with 10 dark brown leather Minotti chairs, in pleasant contrast with the steel and white lacquered details. At the end of the open space, a white niche with its top lighting hosts a walnut and lacquered cabinet. On both starboard and port sides there are two doors: the right door leads to the lobby with a head and the stairs leading below deck, while the left door opens into a spacious, comfortable full-beam galley, entirely furnished with white lacquered furniture and, considering the great number of electric appliances available, reflecting the Owner’s love for cooking and for practical solutions. Thanks to the dinette, featuring a table seating 5/6 people, and its great spaciousness, this area is very pleasant and can be enjoyed throughout the day. Walking further down, just before the crew quarters, there is a cold room, with some more household appliances and an additional technical area.

Mythos Yacht - Wheelhouse - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

SOL Yacht - Wheelhouse - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

Lower Deck
On this first Riva 122’ motor yacht SOL, the very practical layout is further enhanced by the Owner’s decision to have a spacious master stateroom and only two guest cabins. All three cabins are amidships, to ensure maximum comfort also when cruising, while the crew quarters – consisting of a captain’s cabin with en suite bathroom and discreet shower stall and two twin crew cabins, – are located forward.

The full-beam master stateroom is the typical expression of Riva’s unique ‘style’. It is furnished with square and sober, natural wood furniture with dark brown (“Africa”) leather and chromium-plated steel details. Opposite the bed, placed at the center of the cabin, a low rectangular unit hosts the 46” TV with concealing mechanism and several storage compartments. Under the side glazing are a small starboard living area with a couple of brown leather couches and a wooden coffee table in between, and a portside office area with vanity/large central desk lined with leather and low side cabinets. The wardrobes in alternating colors, which run along the walls in front of the bed on both sides of the cabin, are very capacious and functionally organized.

Super yacht Mythos - Galley - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

Super yacht SOL - Galley - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

The master bathroom comes in a very original layout fully customized for the Owner, and divided into 4 different areas, with portside bathroom and separate toilet, two mid-ship washbasins in white Thassos marble (the same material used for the floors). Above the washbasins there is a steel and Corian container and a mirror with led lights from an overhead panel and two steel sconces by Flos at both sides. In two separate starboard areas, there are the shower stall and the sauna. Contrasting hues of bathroom furniture create an intriguing play with colors and light, where dark Laminam highly contrasts with some lighter details such as the bleach white sauna bench.

The VIP cabins, which mirror each other, one to starboard and one to port, have been furnished to match the style of the master stateroom, and are both fitted with a spacious bathroom and separate shower stall. The large side glazing ensures great brightness along the entire lower deck.

Mythos superyacht - Interior - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

SOL superyacht - Interior - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

Outdoor areas and sundeck
The outdoor areas of Riva 122’ luxury yacht SOL are striking for their extraordinary elegance, spaciousness, and functional layout, and allow Owners and guests to enjoy cruising in the utmost comfort. The stern cockpit includes 2 large L-shaped sun pads, coffee tables and a teak and steel dining table with seating for up to 10 people. From the cockpit access can be gained to the aft swimming platform, which separates the two garage doors. The garage can fit a more than 5 meter tender and a jet-ski on the right-hand side. A special electrical-hydraulic platform has also been installed, allowing for safe diving into the sea from the aft platform and easily launching of the water toys.

A large portside cabinet in the cockpit is well equipped to cater for outdoor cooking and dining.

The upper deck can be accessed from the cockpit using an external staircase and has been designed to offer the Owner and his guests unmatched comfort. The first 122’ Mythos yacht features a large Spa Pool, sided by a comfortable aft sun pad and a bar unit to the bow. In front of the bar another spacious C-shaped aft-facing sofa. Steering from the forward flybridge offers perfect viewing of yacht operations that can also be followed from three side-by-side seats in front of it.

Super yacht Mythos - Saloon - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

Super yacht SOL - Saloon - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

The 122’ Mythos superyacht SOL is also the symbol of the long-standing partnership between two historical and iconic Ferretti Group brands: Riva, which in 2012 celebrated its 170th anniversary, and CRN – the Group’s shipyard specializing in the construction of fully-custom mega-yachts in steel and aluminum between 40 and 90 meters – which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year.

Through the 122’ Mythos yacht SOL, Riva and CRN, two leading players of the international boating industry, are breathing new life into their more-than-40-year old partnership dating back to 1970, when Carlo Riva decided to terminate his agreement with a Dutch shipyard and establish a partnership with CRN. A decision that proved to be successful and that between 1970 and 1978 led to the construction of six 23.50 meter motor yachts in the Marco Polo series and two Vespucci models (a 90 footer and a 100 footer) designed by Carlo Riva Yacht Division.

Luxury yacht Mythos - Cabin - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

Luxury yacht SOL - Cabin - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

The aluminum planning hull can reach top recorded speed of 28,5 and a cruising speed of 26 knots, thanks to two MTU 12 V 4000 M 93L, 3510 mhp engines. This is a high-tech planning yacht ensuring great comfort and top performance in its class.

The high-tech shaft drive propulsion system is fitted with an elastic free standing gearbox to ensure maximum comfort and noise and vibration reduction. Propellers have been designed for utmost efficiency and outstanding performance in terms of both consumption and range. Maximum comfort is also guaranteed by the American Boat Thruster stabilizing system.

Mythos yacht - Bathroom - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

SOL yacht - Bathroom - Photo by Alberto Cocchi


In the design of the new Riva flagship, maximum attention was given to environmental impact reduction: several construction solutions have been adopted for which RINA has issued the voluntary “Green Plus” Class Notation. Launched in October 2008, this new Class Notation takes into account several environmental impact issues, including Co2 emissions, for both commercial and pleasure vessels.

The “Green Plus” Class Notation is granted to all vessels for which significant investments have been made in new design solutions, on board outfits and equipment, and in the adoption of procedures, which, in addition to meeting minimum international standards, contribute to improving a vessel’s environmental protection performance.

Based on a scoring system rather than on compliance with mandatory requirements, the Green Plus Notification approach offers designers sufficient flexibility in deciding the most appropriate solutions to achieve maximum emission reduction.

The “Green Plus Yacht” certification actually assesses 12 different pollution sources – 6 for airborne and 6 for waterborne pollution – and identifies any technical, design or equipment solutions likely to prevent them. Each of these solutions is then scored and summed up in order to determine the vessel’s overall environmental impact, on which a different Green Plus Class will be assigned. This system is also encouraging research and the use of new ‘green’ technology: in order to obtain the certification, innovative solutions, in addition to those already listed in the classification rules, are assessed and scored by RINA’s experts.

On Riva 122’ Mythos yacht, in particular, the following construction solutions have been adopted: energy saving LED lighting; particular focus on waste handling procedure through solid waste source-sourcing and discharge of sewage (black and gray water), in compliance with an environmental protection plan; high-tech engines with low particulate matter and NOx emissions.

Below is a beautiful video presenting the Riva 122′ Mythos super yacht SOL, released by Riva Yachts.

Official opening of new Yacht Club de Monaco premises

June 23, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Friday, June 20, 2014, saw HSH the Sovereign Prince Albert II inaugurate the Yacht Club de Monaco’s new premises, as well as showcase for the Principality’s ambitions in the yachting sector.

HSH the Sovereign Prince Albert II inaugurating new Yacht Club de Monaco premises

HSH the Sovereign Prince Albert II inaugurating new Yacht Club de Monaco premises - Image credit to Eric Mathon

HSH the Sovereign Prince Albert II, accompanied by the royal family and the building’s architect Lord Foster officially opened the new premises of the Yacht Club de Monaco of which he has been president for 30 years. It was a historic occasion for the 4,000 guests, which included all government ministers, the Minister of State Michel Roger, President of the National Council Laurent Nouvion, YCM members (1,300 society members, 66 nationalities), friends of the Club from around the world, and all those taking part in the Giraglia Rolex Cup, the first time in its history that this prestigious offshore race has finished in Monaco.

On Friday 20th June starting at 4.00pm, the official part of the proceedings started with the cutting of the ribbon and a blessing bestowed on the building by Monaco’s Archbishop Bernard Barsi, before the Prince toured the building. Shortly after 7.00pm, to symbolise the continuity between the two buildings, HSH Prince Albert II closed the old premises on Quai Antoine 1er by lowering the YCM flag.

New Yacht Club de Monaco Premises from above - Image credit to Carlo Borlenghi

New Yacht Club de Monaco Premises from above - Image credit to Carlo Borlenghi

Then accompanied by the Club’s General Secretary Bernard d’Alessandri they brought the flag across the harbour in a “pointu” (traditional Mediterranean fishing boat) to Quai Louis II where the new building is moored. The Sovereign was welcomed on the quay by HSH Princess Charlene and nearly all members of his family, to the cheers of YCM members dressed in formal yachtsmen attire in a prolonged spontaneous ovation for their President.

YCM 2014 ©Guillaume Plisson

YCM 2014 ©Guillaume Plisson

Welcome aboard!

“The flag I have just raised today flies proudly on the mast at the top of our new premises. It marks an important phase in the life of our Club, for Port Hercule and for the Principality,” said the Sovereign Prince of Monaco as he officially opened the doors to the harbour’s new flagship, and home to the Yacht Club de Monaco and Société Nautique rowing club. He continued: “With this architectural masterpiece we wished to affirm Monaco’s yachting identity, our ambition being to continue to orient our country’s future prosperity towards the sea.”

The Monaco Government chose Lord Foster to design the YCM’s new flagship, as the renowned British architect is famous for his hi-tech approach to the environment. “When designing this building which is open to the sea, at the centre of the harbour and embracing the city, we wanted to preserve the traditional spirit so dear to the Principality,” said Lord Foster, adding that if this building was a real liner he would call her Free Spirit.

New Yacht Club de Monaco Premises by night @FranckTerlin

New Yacht Club de Monaco Premises by night @FranckTerlin

Sleek and elegant with an LOA (length overall) of 200m, the building blends harmoniously into the site, and was built in partnership with the Monaco architect Alexandre Giraldi, supervised by the Public Works Department. Designed to be both aesthetically pleasing and state of the art, it has been constructed to HQE (Haute Qualité Environnementale) standards. A stunning showcase, the building symbolises Monaco in the third millennium, looking ahead to the future and the sea.

Inauguration Ceremony YCM Lord Norman Foster

Inauguration Ceremony YCM - Lord Norman Foster - Image credit to Carlo Borlenghi

A new jewel in the crown of the yachting sector in Monaco

The Principality of Monaco now has a tool to develop and promote Monaco’s position as the World Capital of Yachting, with a series of initiatives that include establishing a Yachting Cluster (a focus for improving competitiveness), setting up a training centre issuing internationally recognised professional certificates, and increasing the number of regattas and nautical events.

The festivities continued throughout the weekend with the Giraglia Rolex Cup prize-giving, with Pierre Casiraghi in the team that took line honours on superyacht Esimit Europa 2 and an exclusive presentation of the 122’ motor yacht Mythos, the largest Riva ever built (37m). Symbolising the YCM’s attachment to its maritime heritage, the four surviving International 15M class yachts (Tuiga, Hispania, The Lady Anne and Mariska) were racing over the weekend, with victory going to Mariska (1908).

Next rendezvous: the Challenge Inter-banques – Trophée Eri (28-29 June 2014), followed by the first edition of the Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup (10th to 12th July), a race meeting for around 30 solar-powered boats designed by young engineers from international universities. The Yacht Club de Monaco has embarked on a new chapter in its history. And it looks very promising.

INOUI yacht wins today’s race at Palma Superyacht Cup

June 21, 2014

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Briand-designed sailing yacht INOUI was the winner of today’s race on the MAG5 coastal race of the 2014 Palma Superyacht Cup in the beautiful Mediterranean Mallorca yacht charter destination Palma, by anticipating a wind hole at the Illetas off Bendinat and taking avoiding action.

INOUI superyacht - Image by Claire Matches

INOUI superyacht - Image by Claire Matches

It was a much more traditional, easy to read sea breeze day than it was yesterday where a different breeze on the west of the race course fell away and shifted the further east the fleet sailed. Today’s upwinds fell much more in line with conventional logic and the key to success seemed to be a smooth passage through the one noticeable park up. For yacht InouÏ, with Chris Main calling tactics, that was the biggest headache around a track which he considered was otherwise quite straightforward.

InouÏ, the new 33m Briand design won by 54 seconds on corrected time ahead of sailing yacht Saudade with yesterday’s winner Ganesha in third.

I don’t think it was what we did right today, it was more about what we did not do wrong. Said Main, “We were dealt a pretty good set of cards today because of the timing. When we came into Illetas there was a park up and we just managed to come down with pressure and had a gap to tack out and so we were not in that hole very long. That really was probably it.

It was reasonably straightforward, a more typically Palma day than yesterday so the left paid up the first beat. It was all pretty self explanatory. And it was really only that little hole at the bottom which was unusual for Palma. It was certainly hard to keep 40 metres from other boats! We just got through the gap well.

Our boat just needs a little bit of breeze to get going, it is good. And it looks good. It is lovely for the owner to get a first here, he was very instrumental in the design of the boat and he will be very proud today. ”

InouÏ lies second overall two points behind behind sailing yacht Ganesha.

Biggest margin of the day was that of superyacht Unfurled in Class 2, winning by over 16 minutes on corrected time. The 34 metres Frers design leads her class after two races and has Ross and Campbell Field on board, and they too made light work of the sticky going around the Illetas mark:

“ It was good for us.” Ross Field commented, “ The sea breeze was in and our tactician got us around the hole at the bottom mark and we were away. That was that. Then it was a procession after that. We did sail well this is a team which has been together for a long, long time. Most have been together for 10 years and we like a bit of breeze. Over 15kts we are home and hosed. It was a great day. ”

In Class 3 Maria Cattiva charter yacht prevailed, reversing Heartbeat’s winning margin of Wednesday.

“It was a good day, we had some tough moments at that leeward mark. I think everyone had their fair share of good luck and bad luck today. We could have been better on board. But it was a fabulous day.  The very best gybe we did was Bingo! on the finish line.  Sailing yacht Heartbeat’s Nicolai Gelissen said.

As Good As it Gets

That winning or losing in the J Class at the Palma Superyacht Cup is down to mere seconds was illustrated again today when Hanuman yacht triumphed in the MAG5, 21 miles coastal race by only 12 seconds ahead of charter yacht Ranger. In brilliant sea breeze conditions on the Bay of Palma which were punctuated by one lighter, shiftier period adding an extra dimension, Hanuman only just got the better of a very tenacious Ranger team who really only made one small error.

HANUMAN superyacht - Image by Claire Matches

HANUMAN superyacht - Image by Claire Matches

After a dead heat on corrected time required them to share the top trophy from Wednesday’s opening race, then missing the podium yesterday by three seconds Kenny Read, Hanuman’s skipper-helm declared:

“ It does not get any better racing-wise than this. It is as good as it gets, high quality, high powered racing.”

“ Yesterday was a little disappointing and to be honest the helmsman – that is me – got a lousy start and from that point we were trying to dig ourselves out of that hole. I have no other person to blame for yesterday other than myself. Today it was goal to make amends for that.”

“ Even yesterday we lost third by two seconds. If you think about this the first race we were tied for first, second race we lost third by two seconds and then today we won by 12 seconds. It is amazing.”

Around a course which took the fleet east across the bay for a windward leeward it proved to be a compelling duel between Ranger and Hanuman. The newer boat had the legs upwind, not least due to a new headsail – Read revealed – but there was an element of sheer dogged determination in the Ranger demeanour.

Denied a win on Wednesday they chased Hanuman around the first mark in the 13-16kts brisk sea-breeze, after another trademark pin end start.  As the leaders closed to the shore on the end of the first long downwind the breeze died and headed them. Hanuman superyacht lead back out but as the duo arrived back upwind into the old, established breeze Ranger took the shift better and were able to roll ahead of Hanuman again.

It was on the last beat when they tacked for layline that Ranger just slightly overstood, losing out to Hanuman, as Ranger skipper Erle Williams acknowledged ruefully:

“ We should have tacked with them on the last beat. We ended up going over the layline. We hesitated, got into three or four big waves when I could not really tack and we would have come out slow so we hesitated and that cost us quite a bit, it cost us the lead.”

The winning delta on corrected time was just 12 seconds after 21 miles or about two hours and 40 minutes of racing.

“ We had a good start and we have legs upwind.” Read confirmed, “ We have a brand new genoa on the boat, we really felt we were off the pace in that 13 – 16kts range in Mahon and Jim pulled the trigger on that new sail and it was right in that sweet spot today. Not only did it get us a little bit of a lead at that first mark but we actually missed one bog shift half way through the race, lost Ranger and this helped us get it back again. It was great upwind. Ranger has always been quick downwind. We have a hair of an edge upwind and they have an edge downwind. Ranger have had great starts this week, all credit to Erle. His whole afterguard have really started the boat well and it shows in the results.”

But with each race seemingly now going down to mere seconds, does Read feel the mercury rising, the pressure increasing?

“ You are sailing in a beautiful place, in these amazing boats it does not get any better than this. We feel as sailors and as people very, very fortunate to be doing this. Period.”

And while Ranger is clearly sailing to within seconds of their first win in this full scale fleet, Erle Williams agrees there is an element of frustration:

“ It is always frustrating. We have been up the front of the fleet, won the race and got protested out and then yesterday we were right amongst it. And then today we were right there again. So, at least we are at the right end of the fleet. That is good for us, we are the big steel boat and struggle at times with being heavy. But she is going through the water quite well today.”

Meanwhile with a fifth again today sailing yacht Velsheda’s crew are dealing with their own gremlins and playing catch up after a big winter refit. Tactician Tom Dodson says they regret missing out on Mahon’s first regatta of the season.

“ We are still ironing things out a bit. We have improved the boat and if we had not done that we would be doing worse for sure, but there are a few gremlins to be sorted. It is small bits adding up to big bits at the moment. The GPS was down at the start. Out start was pretty good but we were probably half a knot down on the guys around about us and once upon a time we could have lived with that but now you can’t. There is gremlins stuff and tuning stuff. The boat feels different and so the sail calls are a bit different. I think we missed not doing that regatta in Mahon. We have gone through our years with this boat turning up green and being able to be OK. But now if you do that it you are not OK. We were doing the old eyeball start today. We are getting decent starts but we need to be able to hold the lane and we can’t right now.”

Lionheart yacht finished third – their unbeaten this season record falling today – Rainbow yacht fourth and Velsheda Racing concludes Saturday with one final coastal race.