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Antibes Yacht Show 2014, April 23 – 26

October 14, 2013

The next year’s Antibes Yacht Show is scheduled to be once again held in AntibesPort Vauban from Wednesday, April 23 to Saturday, April 26, 2014. The event represents the first show in the season for sales, charter, refit, as well as services.


In 2014:
•    The organizers invite not only BROKERS but also SHIPYARDS to participate in the show to attract a wider range of visitors and potential buyers
•    The show will concentrate again on yachts from 20m up
•    The very successful Seminar area will be located in front of the biggest yachts of the show, the tent will be separated from the main tent.
•    Finally the new PARKING in Antibes will be opened in November 2013, so for the 2014 show there will be 600 new parking spaces at the doorstep of the show
•    The show DATES for 2014 have changed slightly, instead of Thursday to Sunday, the event will start on WEDNESDAY 23 and finish on SATURDAY 26 of April.

The popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Antibes represents the Center of the European yachting business, the homeport of many mega yachts and as such the best place for a yachting event.

Italy’s Marina di Loano receives the Certificate of Excellence Plaque

October 11, 2013

Nestled in the popular Mediterranean yacht charter location – Italy, Marina di Loano is the only superyacht marina in the country to have been honoured with the Plaque certifying the successful attainment of certificates for Quality, Environment, as well as Safety.

Certificate of Excellence Plaque for Marina di Loano

Certificate of Excellence Plaque for Marina di Loano

Offering berths for yachts measuring up to 65 meters in length, Marina di Loano has obtained the “Certificate of Excellence Plaque” concluding the certification programme that the marina commenced two years ago.

The Plaque, assigned for the first time to an Italian marina during the recent Monaco Yacht Show in Monte Carlo, attests the successful achievement of three important certificates:

Quality – certificate UNI EN ISO 9001:2008 – certifying that the Marina di Loano meets international standards in relation to organisational management, in particular in relation to the efficiency of services and client satisfaction;

Environment – certificate UNI EN ISO 14001:2004 – certifies that the marina adheres to Environmental Standards and is dedicated to continually improving the management systems for activities that have an impact upon the environment;

Safety – OHSAS 18001 – certifying that the Marina di Loano meets the effective occupational health and safety standards in its management of operative systems within the marina, providing protection for its workers.

Marina di Loano positioned in the lovely summer yacht charter destination - Italy

Marina di Loano positioned in the lovely summer yacht charter destination - Italy

Marco Cornacchia, Harbourmaster at the Marina di Loano, says: “The plaque represents a prestigious acknowledgement for those who, like us, are constantly striving towards excellence. Indeed, it represents the successful conclusion of a certification programme we commenced two years ago: the Plaque is the result of all the hard work and progress we have made as well as our constant dedication to striving towards higher service and hospitality standards for our clients.”

Solaris Yachts completes Mediterranean Boat Shows with a Great Success

October 11, 2013

The Mediterranean Boat Shows in Cannes, Barcelona, as well as Genoa came to their end, marking a great success for the Italian luxury yacht builder, Solaris Yachts.

A huge success for Solaris Yachts at the Mediterranean Boat Shows

A huge success for Solaris Yachts at the Mediterranean Boat Shows

Solaris Yachts want to thank all visitors for their great interest in their yachts. The direct contact with them during the exhibitions is very important for the yard. In this way Solaris Yachts can collect essential information, understand the wishes of their customers and translate them to the company’s production to continuously improve their Solaris models.

The flow of people was very large in Genoa, so Solaris Yachts weren’t able to dedicate to every visitor the appropriate time. That’s why you are always welcome at the yard in Aquileia, where you can have a close-up view of the construction of Solaris yachts. The Solaris Team will take the time to carefully answer to all of your questions.

The Solaris 72 Classic sailing yacht “CEFEA” at Port Grimaud, the Solaris 72 Deck House yacht “Lilys” and the Solaris One 60 yacht “Aquileia” at Sardinia‘s Porto Rotondo are also available for a visit during the winter. In agreement with the owners Solaris Yachts can also arrange appointments on all other yachts.

Marina Port Vell announces sponsorship of this week’s Pinmar Golf Tournament

October 10, 2013

Nestled in the popular Spanish yacht charter destination – Barcelona, Marina Port Vell (MPV), set to become one of the world’s most elite superyacht destinations and, with phased marina completions throughout 2013/2014, the pre-eminent home port in the Mediterranean, is delighted to announce its sponsorship of this week’s Pinmar Golf Tournament.


The tournament, begun in 1989 with 19 teams, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, has grown to 364 golfers with more than 800 guests attending the Gala Dinner. This year’s match runs from October 9-11 in Mallorca. Golf is played at the Son Gual course.

Marina Port Vell is again sponsoring the event at the Albatros level and has the noble goal of raising $25,000 in raffle prizes to commemorate the event’s 25th Anniversary. Through Marina Port Vell’s outreach, the following companies have donated items for the raffle: BWA, Chelsea Clocks, Decker’s, Electric Tuk Tuk Company, Eurostars Grand Marina, Evolution, Global Services, H10 Port Vell, ISS-GMT, National Marine, Ricky Tollenare, Smallwoods, St. Tropez Rocks, Van Allen Group, and the W Hotel.

Marina Port Vell’s support also includes sponsoring a specific golf hole, contributions to the event program and raffle tickets.

Marina Port Vell is proud to be participating in this noteworthy annual industry event.

A very successful MDL charity auction at PSP Southampton Boat Show 2013

October 07, 2013

MDL Marinas has raised an amazing £51,180 during a special charity auction, taking place at the 2013 PSP Southampton Boat Show. The auction represented the culmination of a year of celebration, as MDL marks 40 successful years since the inauguration of its first luxury yacht marina.

Nick Bonham, auctioneer at the event, in action

Nick Bonham, auctioneer at the event, in action

MDL is a huge supporter of the Ocean Youth Trust South’s work and had originally pledged to raise £40,000. The money raised will go towards a new boat, providing adventure under sail to young people from the widest possible range of backgrounds. The 40th anniversary charity auction was presided over by Nick Bonham, former chairman of Bonham’s and one of the most experienced auctioneers in the Country, as well as a well-known yachtsman.

Lots on offer included a half-day Land Rover experience for three people, a skiing holiday in the Alps, a luxury hotel stay in Devon and a five-night sail training voyage.

Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are very pleased and proud to be celebrating 40 brilliant years at MDL Marinas and we’re delighted with the success of the auction. We have worked with the Ocean Youth Trust South charity for over half of our 40 year history, and so it seemed only natural to further this relationship with our anniversary charity auction. We’d like to say a big thank you to our very generous berth holders and visitors for their much appreciated bids on our lots. We’d also like to thank all those who donated products or experiences to help us meet our fundraising target. It was a very special afternoon that meant a lot to us.”

Purchased in 1973, Penton Hook Marina in Surrey has since been joined by 18 marinas and boatyards in prime locations across the UK, as well as two first-class marinas in its MDL Mediterranean network. A third Mediterranean site, Marina del Gargano in Italy, opened this summer.

Record entry of 109 yachts to attend Rolex Middle Sea Race 2013

October 04, 2013

A total number of 109 yachts from 18 different nations have entered this year’s Rolex Middle Sea Race, which is set to eclipse the record entry of 82 yachts, participating last year. The race represents the most prominent international sporting event in the popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Malta and thousands of people will be watching the start from the fabulous limestone bastions, high above the Grand Harbour, which will be televised live on Maltese Television and a huge worldwide audience of race fans will visit the Rolex Middle Sea Race web site, as the event unfolds.

Start of the 2012 Rolex Middle Sea Race - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Start of the 2012 Rolex Middle Sea Race - Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

In 2009, the Royal Malta Yacht Club moved to a new purpose built premises, located right on the water in Ta’ Xbiex Marina. Extensive mooring facilities are available at the club and close by and with three extensive al fresco terraces, a lounge bar, restaurant and conference rooms, the Royal Malta Yacht Club is expecting a record attendance at the club, as well as out on the 630 mile race course.

The 2013 Rolex Middle Sea Race will be the largest ever gathering hosted by the Royal Malta Yacht Club since it was established in 1835. Probably the biggest attendance will be the Rolex Middle Sea Race Crew Party. 2000 members, competitors, as well as guests from overseas and the Maltese community are expected to attend.

Superyacht Esimit Europa 2 wins the 2012 Rolex Middle Sea Race - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Superyacht Esimit Europa 2 winner of the 2012 Rolex Middle Sea Race - Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

“The club will be exceptionally busy before and after the race, with this in mind, the club staff and members have been preparing for the influx of visitors and we are all excited by the prospect of welcoming so many guests to the Royal Malta Yacht Club. We are absolutely delighted with the enormous international interest and we will offer everyone a warm welcome and all the assistance we can during their stay,” confirmed Godwin Zammit, Commodore of the Royal Malta Yacht Club.

“The design of the club really lends itself to a large party, as there are open areas on several levels allowing the crew party crowd to spread out giving a quieter area or a busy dance floor, whatever is the preference. Everyone at the club is really looking forward to the race, I think that it is proving so popular because we have seen more and more people wanting to coming back to do the Rolex Middle Sea Race again and again. The race is popular with a wide variety of people, professional sailors, passionate amateurs, both young and old. For overseas visitors, many of them are coming here from colder countries, so the weather in Malta is very attractive, as well. We are determined to make sure that all of the competitors receive a Maltese welcome that they will never forget.”

Luxury sailing yacht Ran 2 sailing towards Malta during sunrise - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Luxury sailing yacht Ran 2 sailing towards Malta during sunrise - Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Key Dates
16 October – On the water action begins with the Rolex Middle Sea Coastal Race
17 October – Crew Party hosted by the Royal Malta Yacht Club
19 October – The start of the Rolex Middle Sea Race in Malta’s spectacular Grand Harbour

Opening of Port Iasos Marina in Bodrum, Turkey

October 04, 2013

Nestled in the fabulous Eastern Mediterranean yacht charter location – Bodrum in Turkey, the all-new Port Iasos Marina has been officially opened. Described as the SECRET PARADISE, this beautiful superyacht marina features 150 berths for yachts measuring up to 35m in length and offers quality marina services.

The all-new Port Iasos Marina situated in the popular Eastern Mediterranean yacht charter destination - Bodrum in Turkey

The all-new Port Iasos Marina situated in the popular Eastern Mediterranean yacht charter destination - Bodrum in Turkey

For those who love and long for nature, Port Iasos Marina is a wonderful, peaceful and out of sight boutique facility, positioned very close to the Bodrum Airport. At the same time, it is situated at Güllük-Kıyıkışlacık Göklimanı area, in the vicinity of most sought out Bodrum locales such as Güvercinlik, Torba, Gündoğan, Türkbükü, Didim, as well as the Greek isles of Leros, Kalimnos and Farmakoni.

First luxury yachts anchored at Port Iasos Marina

First luxury yachts anchored at Port Iasos Marina

Services on offer at Port Iasos Marina:
– Mooring service
– Reception
– Safe med-mooring
– Electricity- water
– Showers, wc, laundry, dishwasher facililities
– Wc, shower for handicapped
– Change Agency services
– Diver airtank refill
– Diving services
– Fast sea-taxi
– Closed circuit camera and security
– Autopark
– Technical services and support
– Fire alarm and system
– Luggage transport vehicle
– Fuel service

Port Iasos, Bodrum, Turkey

Port Iasos, Bodrum, Turkey

Established by three sailor brothers in 1990, the company has been active as a Tour Operator in England and in Real Estate development in Turkey. It has earned a position of respectability by national and international client satisfaction. Licensed for two marinas at the Güllük Inlet, Kıyıkışlacık Port Iasos Marina has entered service in October 2013 and the second Güllük Marina will commence operations shortly.

Video of Azimut Yachts’ BEING ITALIAN advertising campaign

October 03, 2013

Azimut Yachts‘ ‘Being Italian’ promotional video represents a 100% Italian shipyard in terms of its design, craftsmanship, as well as ownership. Being proud of Italy and its heritage is what the 2013-2014 campaign symbolises. Created by the Neriwolff Agency, the campaign celebrates the universally acknowledged quality of Italy’s manufacturing culture, a quality that is engraved in their very DNA.

Below is a selection of Azimut Yachts available for charter

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2013 to host more than 100 international yachts

October 02, 2013

The upcoming Rolex Middle Sea Race 2013 will close the Mediterranean sailing season. This year’s 34th edition is destined to mark an important chapter in the history of a popular offshore event.

Start of the 33rd Rolex Middle Sea Race - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Start of the 33rd Rolex Middle Sea Race - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

The race is in a period of ascendancy. Over one hundred international yachts have registered for the 606-nm contest commencing and finishing in Malta, and comprising a challenging anticlockwise circumnavigation of Sicily. There is every indication that the number of competitors will comfortably surpass last year’s record of 82 race starters. First held in 1968 and organized by the Royal Malta Yacht Club, the race has been sponsored by Rolex since 2002.

The appeal is clear: first-rate competition, a largely Corinthian atmosphere, a fascinating racecourse – which includes views of Stromboli and Etna, two of Europe’s active volcanoes – and a uniquely Maltese flavour to the shoreside welcome. The start from Valletta, scheduled for Saturday 19 October at 11:00 CEST, is one of yachting’s most dramatic; cannons fire from the Saluting Battery overlooking Malta’s magnificent Grand Harbour as an enthusiastic public cheers the fleet on its way.

Superyacht Esimit Europa 2 approaching Stromboli at sunset

Superyacht Esimit Europa 2 approaching Stromboli at sunset - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

The 2013 entry is diverse and international. The 100-ft superyacht Esimit Europa 2, line honours winner of the past three editions, will make history if she claims a fourth straight triumph. Perhaps holding more appeal for owner Igor Simčič and his pan-European crew is breaking the race record that has stood since the extreme conditions of 2007 when American George David’s 90-ft Rambler yacht finished in an elapsed time of 47 hours, 55 minutes and 3 seconds. This benchmark is capable of being bettered by the high-tech maxi racer, but the racecourse has a deserved reputation for being complex and the wind is never straightforward. Hasso Plattner’s 86-ft luxury yacht Morning Glory from Germany, an overall race winner in 2006, will provide Esimit Europa’s stiffest competition.

In any race of this type, the most coveted prize is for overall victory. Along with Morning Glory two other recipients of the Rolex Middle Sea Race Trophy are in attendance. Lee Satariano and Christian Ripard’s J/122 Artie ended a near ten-year wait for a Maltese victory in 2011, and become the sixth local boat to win the race. Andres Soriano led his British Mini Maxi Alegre to overall triumph in 2009, following line honours success in 2008. Soriano returns with a new, 72-ft sailing yacht Alegre fresh from impressive performances at the Giraglia Rolex Cup and the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup.


Stromboliccio - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

A continuing trend that gives the organizers immense pleasure is the number of returning yachts and the spread of nations. Some twenty countries will be represented, with Italy providing the largest contingent. The Swan 56 Clem from Spain, the 42-ft Kuka Light from Switzerland and the Marten 49 Speedy from Germany are just a few of those taking part again.

Yachts representing nine countries have won the race during its 45-year history with South Africa joining the list in 2012 following Eddie de Villiers win with Hi Fidelity. With size of fleet assembling this year, few would bet against a tenth nation being added to the roll.

Prizegiving table

Prizegiving table - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Event Schedule

Monday, 14 – Thursday, 17 October


Wednesday 16, October

Coastal race, 10:00

Thursday 17, October

Crew Party

Friday 18, October

Briefing & Prize giving, 17:00

Saturday 19, October

Start Rolex Middle Sea Race, 11:00

Monday 21, October

In order to beat the record the first boat must finish by approximately 11:00 CEST

Saturday 26, October

Rolex Middle Sea Race Prize Giving Ceremony, 12:00

Overall victory for Cambria, Leonore and Il Moro di Venezia Yachts at Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2013 Mediterranean Circuit

October 01, 2013

Saturday, September 28, saw this year’s 35th edition of the Régates Royales de Cannes bring the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2013, sponsored by Officine Panerai since 2005, to a successful end.

Regates Royales 2013 Photo: Panerai/ Guido Cantini /

Regates Royales 2013 Photo: Panerai/ Guido Cantini /

In the course of the traditional season-closer, almost 90 grand old ladies of the sea from more than 20 nations did battle between the west coast of the Golfe de La Napoule and Îles de Lérins, in variable winds of between 10 and 20 knots and over both coastal and triangle courses. At the end of the five days of racing, the prizes for the event were presented as were, of course, the much-sought after trophies for the overall winners of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2013 Mediterranean Circuit which comprised stages at Antibes, Argentario, Naples, Mahon and Cannes. The winners in the three classes were superyacht Cambria (Big Boats), sailing yacht Leonore (Vintage) and Il Moro di Venezia (Classics).

This was the second victory in the Big Boat category for luxury yacht Cambria, built in 1928 and the only International 23-metre Class still afloat: she also won the same trophy in 2010. This wood-built Bermudan cutter stretches 40 metres if her bowsprit is included, and was designed and launched at the famous William Fife yard at Fairlie in Scotland. Cambria, her Australian captain Chris Barkham and her 22-strong crew are assiduous competitors on the Panerai Circuit.

In fact, over the last nine years, they have taken part in no less than 42 races and taken line honours in their category an impressive 38 times. A glorious present for a yacht that in the past has sailed from Turkey to the Canaries, from the Caribbean to New Zealand and Australia where she underwent a massive restoration process that allowed her to return to winning form.

The season trophy in the Vintage category went for the second consecutive time to the 1925 15-metre Leonore, a Marconi sloop belonging to the Q-Class, a sleek, fast, narrow type of yacht designed to the Universal Rule which was developed in 1904 by the great American designer Nathanael Herreshoff. Leonore was built at the Anker & Jensen yard to a design by Johan Anker and has been crewed by a group of former America’s Cup sailors, including the hugely successful helmsman Mauro Pelaschier, for the past number of years.

Their recent victory at Cannes brings to four the number of season trophies won in the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge by the crew. On her second consecutive year competing on the Panerai Circuit, Il Moro di Venezia achieved her objective of winning the prestigious season title in the Classic category. The 20-metre Bermudan sloop was penned in 1975 by Argentinean designer German Frers and was the first Italian IOR Maxi Yacht. The yachts that followed in her wake and shared her name also made Italian yachting history competing in the America’s Cup.

Built from laminated wood, Il Moro di Venezia was commissioned by leading Italian chemical industrialist Raul Gardini. Today she is owned by Massimiliano Ferruzzi, son of Arturo, who came to Cannes to celebrate her victory. The latter also owns the 1931 31-metre sailing yacht Puritan, one of the most beautiful American schooners still afloat.

Aside from the season trophies, Cannes also saw the presentation of the prizes for the winners of the Régates Royales and, most particularly, the Officine Panerai watches for the victors in the Big Boats, Vintage, Classic and Spirit Of Tradition categories. The winners were the 1903 superyacht Moonbeam III in the Big Boats, the 1916 Chinook in the Vintage, the 1952 Bermudan cutter Ea in the Classic and the 2012 Catleya in the Spirit of Tradition. The latter is a One Design belonging to the new Dilong class and won the same group last year at Cannes also.

Other prizes went to Skylark of 1937 in the Vintage Marconi Over 15 Metres, and to Sirius, a New York 32, also from 1937, which dominated the Vintage Marconi Under 15 Metres. There was also a very moving moment during the prize-giving ceremony when a tribute was paid to the memory of the former Yacht Club de Cannes President Jean-Claude Montesinos who passed away recently.

In addition to the classic fleet that gathered at Cannes, there were also 36 Dragons, a racing one design first launched in Norway in 1929. After nine races, final victory went to English skipper Gavia Wilkinson Cox and Jerboa. In the Requin class, another one design penned in Finland in 1931, the winner was the French boat Slim, while Marsh Harrier triumphed in the the Broad One Design class of elegant gaff sloops designed in England over a century ago.

The many world class sailors participating included French champion Florence Arthaud, while English designer Rob Humphreys was aboard the new super classic yacht Tempus Fugit, and German Frers brought his 1935 boat Sunny all the way from South America to Europe for these races.

Thanks to the sheer number and quality of the yachts taking part, from superyacht Mariquita to Mariska yacht and the majestic gaff schooners superyacht Altair (1931), charter yacht Elena of London and charter yacht Eleonora, the annual Cannes event confirmed its status as the leading and best-attended classic yacht regatta in the Mediterranean. In fact, both owners and crews alike already have pencilled it in their diaries for 2014, the year the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge celebrates its 10th anniversary.