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St Tropez to Monaco Charity Bike Ride 2014

April 30, 2014

Written by zuzana

Sunday, April 27, 2014, in the popular Western Mediterranean yacht charter destination – French Riviera, was marked by the 3rd annual St Tropez to Monaco charity bike ride in aid of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation. Organised by the Champagne and Oyster Cycling Club (affectionately known as COCC by members), cyclists comprised Eddie Jordan and other members of the Maclaren F1 group, Prince Albert II of Monaco, who is patron, as well as professional cycling heroes Mario Cipollini and Tiffany Cromwell.

Start of Oyster Cycling Ride from the popular South of France yacht charter location - St Tropez

Start of charity bike ride from the popular South of France yacht charter location - St Tropez

Double the number of cyclists took part this year and 140 enthusiastic people started out in the lovely South of France yacht charter location – St Tropez. Although the weather was windy and cold, and dark clouds loomed, the atmosphere and camaraderie between riders was unquenchable.

The team of cyclists were led out of St Tropez  by professionals Mario Cipollini and Tiffany Cromwell. Mario in particular gained a lot of attention at the front of the peloton with cyclists passing by the group nearly falling off when they realised quite who was in lead position!

COCC Prince Albert and Steve Crowe with daughter

COCC Prince Albert and Steve Crowe with daughter

Highlights of this event included Eddie Jordan playing the spoons at a stop between Nice and Monaco and the leading cyclists Mario and Tiffany, plus Steve Crowe, MD of Yachting Pages and two other fighting fit contenders, realising they were two hours ahead of the rest of the group and having to stop for them to catch up. The group was also able to cycle down the Promenade des Anglaise in Nice without any other traffic, due to a half marathon finishing just ahead of them.

COCC Eddie Jordan and Steve Crowe

COCC Eddie Jordan and Steve Crowe

Steve Crowe, MD of Yachting Pages said, “As a keen cyclist I have taken part in cycle rides for charity before, but never with this many riders. It was a real mix of people and fitness levels, and the team spirit was fantastic. Being in a group of 140 riders was intense, especially at the start, but we all soon found our place in the group and settled in to the challenge. From raising money for such a worthwhile cause to participating in the race with various industry icons, this has been a great experience.”

COCC Mario Cipollini

COCC Mario Cipollini

The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation promotes the importance and reinforces awareness of water safety. Every single day at least two children die through drowning. Quoted on the charity website Princess Charlene explained. “We are all aware of horrible stories about small children drowning because they could not swim. Teaching them how to swim could save their lives, and the importance and awareness will help them to feel more comfortable and confident in all aquatic areas as well.

“My foundation is about children who can become great adults, if we collectively show them the way forward with strong sport values and solidarity, then together we can ensure that these young athletes get the opportunity to succeed.”

A very successful Antibes Yacht Show 2014

April 29, 2014

Written by zuzana

Taken place from April 23 to 26 in Antibes – a fantastic French Riviera yacht charter destination, this year’s 8th edition of the Antibes Yacht Show was deemed a huge success by exhibitors and visitors alike.

Antibes Yacht Show 2014 - Image credit to VERTIGE PHOTO

Antibes Yacht Show 2014 - Image credit to VERTIGE PHOTO

Being the only brokerage and charter Show early in the season, the spring gathering has become a key event on the French Riviera. Granting access to the Show to shipyards also meant we have fulfilled our visitors’ expectations in terms of diversity of vessels on offer, while keeping the traditional focus on brokerage and charter units, two fundamental axis early in the season at the heart of the French Riviera. It is now obvious to all that Antibes Yacht Show kick starts the boating summer season.

More than 12 000 visitors attended the Show this year. A slight decrease compared to last year, but which, according to exhibitors, was largely compensated by the quality of contacts made with an international mix of yachting enthusiasts and professionals.

Held for the first time in late April, the 2014 Antibes Yacht Show was blessed with stunning weather. That is why organizers are extremely pleased to invite you to join them from April 22 to April 25 2015 for the next edition of the Antibes Yacht Show.

Key figures

12 000 visitors including 54% of international visitors (23 countries)
83 units on display from 12 to 50 meters
164 international exhibitors coming from 35 countries
More than 20 hours of conferences and professional seminars

Sunseeker hosts its 5th annual Captains Party in Golfe Juan, Cannes

April 29, 2014

Written by zuzana

April 11, 2014, saw Sunseeker France Group with Sunseeker Monaco as well as Sunseeker Super Yacht Management launch the new ‘SYM’ office in Golfe Juan, Cannes. Positioned in one of the busiest superyacht marinas along the fabulous Western Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Cote D’Azur, the new affiliated Sunseeker office will provide Captains, crew and clients with a full tailored management service.

Sunseeker France Group, Sunseeker Monaco and Sunseeker Superyacht Management came together for the Captains Party

Sunseeker France Group, Sunseeker Monaco and Sunseeker Superyacht Management came together for the Captains Party - Image credit to Sunseeker London

The Sunseeker Captains Party, which celebrated its 5th anniversary, was an evening of great food, delicious Provence rose wine and attended by a number of captains and crew, including Patrick Miremont Captain of the Sunseeker 37M superyacht ‘The Snapper’ and Paul Drissell and Hannah Vallberg, Captain & Chef of Sunseeker 28M charter yacht ‘High Energy’.

Ben Young, MD of SYM, pictured with Warranty Assistant Mylene Pedretti (L), Commerical Director Lindsay Hutchinson (M) and Sales Assistant Gloria Erre (R)

Ben Young, MD of SYM, pictured with Warranty Assistant Mylene Pedretti (L), Commerical Director Lindsay Hutchinson (M) and Sales Assistant Gloria Erre (R) - Image credit to Sunseeker London

Lindsay Hutchinson, Commercial Director of Sunseeker France commented, “We are delighted to be back in Golfe Juan again this Spring evening celebrating what is a staple event in the Sunseeker calendar. It is great to see the Captains and Crew of some of Sunseeker’s most famous motor yachts here, along with discussing their charter and client plans for the coming season.”

Paul Drissell and Hanna Vallberg of Sunseeker 28 Metre “HIGH ENERGY” picutred at the Sunseeker Captains Party

Paul Drissell and Hanna Vallberg of Sunseeker 28 Metre charter yacht “HIGH ENERGY” pictured at the Sunseeker Captains Party - Image credit to Sunseeker London

The new SYM office, affiliated with Sunseeker Super Yacht Management and owned by Ben Young, a Captain himself commented, “We work throughout the year to ensure when the boating season arises, we have plenty of support and management services in place to ensure a smooth running summer season for Captains, crew and their clients. We manage all brands of super yachts, including some of Sunseeker’s larger motor yachts giving us great insight into the super yacht market.”

MTU’s Gabriel Christ (L) and Darren Barnett (R) joined Sunseeker representatives at the Captains Party

MTU’s Gabriel Christ (L) and Darren Barnett (R) joined Sunseeker representatives at the Captains Party - Image credit to Sunseeker London

The evening including exclusive tours of the Sunseeker motor yacht ‘Black Knight’ and ‘Lady Laura’ yacht both available for sale with Sunseeker France immediately. Canapés and food were provided by Susan Brunner, chef on board Sunseeker 28M charter yacht ‘In All Fairness’. The event was sponsored by MTU and attended by their associates from the UK and Germany.

Darren Barnett, MTU Account Manager – Marine, commented, “MTU are extremely grateful to be partnering with Sunseeker France, Sunseeker Monaco and Sunseeker Super Yacht Management in cross promotional activities as this evenings ‘Captains Party’. We feel that events such as these are hugely beneficial for us, not only to support such highly valued customers, but also to meet the people that operate and maintain these amazing motor yachts. The new Sunseeker Super Yacht Management office is also worthy of celebration, the atmosphere and evening sunshine really made it a fantastic evening. Thank you to all involved.”

Porto Montenegro announces 32nd Nautic Show

April 28, 2014

Written by zuzana

Porto Montenegro is thrilled to announce the 32nd Nautic Show, in collaboration with Adriatic Fair. Set to be held at the Adriatic‘s most prominent luxury yacht marina from 1st to 4th May, the event will mark the beginning of the 2014 nautical season in the popular Eastern Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Montenegro.

Porto Montenegro nestled in the lovely Eastern Mediterranean yacht charter location - Montenegro

Porto Montenegro nestled in the lovely Eastern Mediterranean yacht charter location - Montenegro

Bringing together local and international exhibitors this year’s event will present an array of luxury sailing and motor yachts, inboard and outboard engines, workboats, sport and leisure boats, tenders, nautical equipment and other specialized nautical businesses.

In addition, throughout the 4 days there will be a host of entertainment, networking and evening events for participants to enjoy. Several new dynamic elements have been added to the programme including product presentations, lectures and live open-air DJ sessions.

The event’s diverse product showcase and event programme coupled with outstanding facilities and amenities at the port has been attracting quality trade visitors, buyers and media for 3 years now, and this year the crowds are predicted to be even higher.

Launch of Yachting Pages Directories at Antibes Yacht Show 2014

April 28, 2014

Written by zuzana

For the first time ever, Yachting Pages Directories have been launched at the 2014 Antibes Yacht Show. The event represents the first yacht show of the Mediterranean season in the popular South of France yacht charter destination – Antibes.

Yachting Pages at the 2014 Antibes Yacht Show

Yachting Pages at the 2014 Antibes Yacht Show

With a new look and striking branding, the book has been extremely well received by captains, crew and exhibitors alike. Each of the three superyacht directories has its own primary colour with the Med book in pink or magenta, the USA in blue or cyan and Australasia in yellow.

Steve Crowe, founder of Yachting colours said, “I based the new branding on the primary colours used in printing. I’ve still got one of the old inkjet printers at home and every time I change the ink cartridges it strikes me how powerful those colours were. In the printing industry, to produce varying colours the subtractive primaries cyan, magenta, and yellow are applied together in varying amounts – what this means is that whatever you want to print you have to start with pink, yellow and blue. The three bold colours of cyan, magenta, and yellow perfectly represent the three different Yachting Pages books and help differentiate them from one another. It was an obvious choice really.”

Antibes Yacht Show 2014

Antibes Yacht Show 2014

Feedback so far has been wonderful and the 300 copies of the books that were distributed at the show in the first two days have been very well received. The team will then continue to distribute the 65,000 copies of the essential reference tool globally in the weeks following the Antibes Yacht Show.

Another outstanding feature of the show has been the WiFi provided by Global Marine Communications. The company who specialise in VSAT or internet via satellite has hooked up the whole event and provided ta completely comprehensive service.

AYS 2014

AYS 2014

Sarrah Macey from Yachting Pages said, “Internet is always a struggle at boat shows. You usually get some coverage on the first morning but as soon as the exhibitors and visitors all log on the signal drops and it is then a nightmare trying to access the internet. More and more businesses want a live demonstration of Yachting Pages’ website so a good internet connection is essential for us. I am happy to report that the service provided by GMC has been outstanding. All areas of the event have great signal and it is the first show I have attended where we can happily look at websites, update social media, email photographs and generally get online at any moment.”

The boat show continued until Saturday with a cocktail party for exhibitors on Friday night. For a show usually plagued with poor weather for the South of France the sun was out and the atmosphere was fantastic.

Varadero Valencia once again attending Valencia Boat Show

April 28, 2014

Written by zuzana

Superyacht refit and repair centre, Varadero Valencia, is once again attending the Valencia Boat Show this year. The company is present at the event, updating its clients as well as friends on the services it offers.

Varadero Valencia at the 2014 Valencia Boat Show

Varadero Valencia at the 2014 Valencia Boat Show

Varadero Valencia has announced a very special promotional offer solely for clients who visit the stand: when they request a quote for antifouling they’ll get 10% off any of the company’s services or maintenance work such as hull painting, polishing, repairs to cracks, exterior varnishing and more. This opportunity will be available only during the four days of the show.

Varadero Valencia - Valencia Boat Show 2014

Varadero Valencia - Valencia Boat Show 2014

This year’s Valencia Boat Show seems to be very well supported and has already received many visitors during its first few hours, thanks to the hundred or so craft that are on display and a programme packed with activities, including the Valencian Community’s Regional Championship for Cruisers.

Varadero Valencia's stand at Valencia Boat Show

Varadero Valencia's stand at Valencia Boat Show

Varadero Valencia, located within the site of the RCNV, is one of the Mediterranean‘s go-to shipyards, with hoisting capacity for boats of up to 150 tonnes. This refit and repair centre has its own workshops and modern facilities staffed by experienced professionals delivering a latest-generation range of services.

Rolex Capri Sailing Week 2014, May 19 – 24

April 25, 2014

Written by zuzana

A fascinating Italy yacht charter destination – Capri, positioned in the Gulf of Naples, represents a strategic balcony over the cobalt waters of the Mediterranean and one of the world’s most spectacular locations. Since 2005, this amazing venue has played a host to Rolex Capri Sailing Week, a yearly rendezvous for first-class yachts and sailors from all over the world. The traditional opener for Rolex’s Mediterranean yachting calendar will celebrate its 10th anniversary from 19-24 May, with an amazing programme, including one week of inshore and coastal sailing off Capri, as well as a testing offshore race.

Maxi yachts at the start of the first Coastal Race 2013 - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Maxi yachts at the start of the first Coastal Race 2013 - Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Competing yachts will be divided into three different classes: Mini Maxi (18.29m to 24.08m), Maxi (24.09m-30.5m) and TP52 (15.85m). For the Maxi fleet, action on the water starts on 19 May at 10:00 CEST with the emblematic ‘Volcano Race’, a 250 – 300-nautical mile offshore race to the volcanic Aeolian Islands and back. The TP52 fleet will make its debut on 20 May with the first in a series of inshore and coastal races. All the week’s winners will be announced on 24 May during the prize giving ceremony held at the Marina Grande.

Sailing yacht Caol Ila R, Overall Winner of the Rolex Capri Sailing Week 2013 - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Sailing yacht Caol Ila R, Overall Winner of the Rolex Capri Sailing Week 2013 - Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

21 crews from 11 countries have so far registered to take part including 12 Maxis and nine TP52s. The Maxi fleet will range from the 30.5m/100ft Slovenian superyacht Esimit Europa 2, campaigned by Igor Simcic, down to the 18.57m Italian entry Good Job Guys. Esimit Europa 2 won monohull line honours at the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race and is the current race record holder at the Giraglia Rolex Cup. The competitive TP52 fleet comprises experienced teams such as Michele Galli’s B2, overall winner of the Rolex Middle Sea Race 2013.

Superyacht Esimit Europa 2 - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Superyacht Esimit Europa 2 - Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

The Rolex Capri Sailing Week is organised by the International Maxi Association in collaboration with the Yacht Club Capri.

La Canzone del Mare is the venue for the Rolex Dinner Party - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

La Canzone del Mare is the venue for the Rolex Dinner Party - Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

While the action on the water is guaranteed, the 2014 Rolex Capri Sailing Week also promises an inviting programme of activities ashore in the idyllic environment of Capri. Full details are provided below:

EVENT PROGRAMME

Sunday, 18 May
09:00-18:00 Registration, Measurement and Inspection
18:00 Competitors Briefing

Monday, 19 May
10:00 Maxis: Offshore ‘Volcano’ Race

Tuesday, 20 May
12:00 TP52: Windward/Leeward Races

Wednesday, 21 May
12:00 TP52: Windward/Leeward Races

Thursday, 22 May
12:00  Maxis: Coastal or Windward/Leeward Race
12:00  TP52: Coastal Race

Friday, 23 May
12:00  Maxis: Coastal or Windward/Leeward Race
12:00  TP52: Windward/Leeward Races

Saturday, 24 May
12:00  Maxis: Coastal or Windward/Leeward Race
12:00  TP52: Windward/Leeward Races
18:00  Prize giving – Marina Grande

Antibes Yacht Show 2014: Day 1

April 24, 2014

Written by zuzana

This year’s eagerly awaited Antibes Yacht Show opened its doors yesterday, on Wednesday, April 23, in Antibes, French Riviera, providing an ideal place for crews to gather before heading off on summer cruises. This year signalled a change of management for the eight year old event and heralded a decision to allow yacht manufacturers to attend for the very first time.

AYS2

It has to be said that builders were thin on the ground and only Azimut really showed up, with Pendennis and Royal Huisman putting in an appearance, but heavily promoting their refit capabilities.

Overall the show did seem a bit quieter than usual with less exhibitors from the main stream yacht services, and more local ‘trade fair’ types occupying the few tents on the dock.

What also has to be taken into consideration is the proximity in timing of AYS to Italy’s Genoa Charter Show and also the relatively new, but most definitely burgeoning Palma Superyacht Show in Mallorca, which starts just four days after Antibes closes its doors on 26th April. This means three large yacht shows all in the same two week period, so logically something has to suffer.

The opening day of the 2014 Antibes Yacht Show  was greeted, with clear blue skies overhead, a pleasant breeze and temperatures nudging the low 20’s C when a small crowd gathered to see the mayor of Juan-les-Pins cut the tape and declare the show officially open.

It was a great day for dock walking and taking in the sights of  well prepared shiny yachts, all waiting for new owners or charterers to fall in love with them.

One thing that AYS  demonstrates is that a lot of good value, solidly built and well maintained boats are available in the market at fair value prices without potential buyers having to delve into new builds.

One example at the show and being very actively being promoted in the luxury charter market was the Azimut 110 charter yacht Avella. The locally based charterers ‘Mover & Shaker’ have worked with the owner to get this 1991 built yacht in pristine condition with the benefit of complete refit last year.

Avella - Running profile

Avella - Running profile

The original Azimut build quality and ongoing professional care shines through and presents a very luxuriously appointed year round, Western Med charter yacht Avella for up to 8 guests, with  master and VIP double cabins, and deep warm interior wood finishes that really appeal.

As another example, but this time a ‘seriously for sale’ super sailing yacht is the 147ft charter yacht Mari Cha III exhibited in a prime position on her own individual quay by Bernard Gallay Yacht Brokers.

Mari Cha II superyacht - dining

Mari Cha II superyacht - dining

This one really justifies her ‘superyacht of distinction’ tag!

Designed by Philippe Briand and John Munford and built by Sensation Yachts in 1997. This is an award-winning and record-breaking yacht which was originally conceived as a hybrid high performance cruiser, with a lavish interior so that her owner could enjoy fast, comfortable and safe cruising whilst entertaining his guests in style and luxury.

To this day she is regarded as one of the fastest ´super sailors´ afloat and still turns heads at any anchorage with her sleek hull and huge ketch rig.

For those with deep enough pockets, at just under $13 million USD superyacht Mari Cha III is a fine example of superbly maintained quality and distinction which can be purchased at well below new build prices in today’s market.

The Antibes Yacht Show continues until Saturday 26th April, and is also running its usual daily program of Captains Lounge technical/commercial seminars alongside the show.

Altogether around 100 yachts and exhibitors are participating at AYS so there is more than enough  of interest to occupy a full day.

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Oyster Yachts to attend Palma Superyacht Show 2014

April 24, 2014

Written by zuzana

From April 30 to May 4, Oyster Yachts will be attending the 2nd edition of the Palma Superyacht Show. This year, the yard will be showcasing for sale the very well presented Oyster 82/09 sailing yacht Dama de Noche.

Oyster Yachts Palma during the 2013 regatta

Oyster Yachts Palma during the 2013 regatta

The show, specifically for larger yachts, and built out of the con-current Palma Boat Show for smaller craft, is gathering quite a momentum with a 50% increase in exhibits among which superyacht Dama de Noche will be a significant draw.

With in-mast cutter configuration and five-cabin, ten-berth plan in a crisp maple and pale leather interior, the Rob Humphreys designed luxury yacht Dama de Noche was completed in 2008 with a particularly well detailed specification. Construction is to MCA Cat 2, so she’s ready for luxury yacht charter, too, although to date her fastidious owner has kept Dama de Noche purely for private use. She’s in meticulous condition and won the 2013 Concourse d’Elegance award at last year’s Oyster Palma Regatta.

With Oyster’s ongoing investment in Palma and customer services there now offering owners the Western Med convenience of full charter, brokerage, new boat sales, service and refit, the team is set shortly to move into brand new offices at Locales 6-7, Edificio Moll Vell, Muelle Viejo S/N, 07012 Palma de Mallorca, directly overlooking the Superyacht Show in the Old Port.

Meantime, and in conjunction with expert advice at the show, Jamie Collins and the Oyster teams from Palma, UK and Germany will be on hand for accompanied viewings also of an interesting roster of other pre-owned Oysters available locally, including:

Spirit of Montpelier 72/02 – 2005 (Palma – Port de Mallorca)
Matelot Moon 66/07 – 2002 (Palma – RCNP)
Blue Horizon 655/15 – 2010 (Palma – Naviera Balear)
Rock Oyster 56/39 – 2004 (Palma – Port de Mallorca)
Olanta 56/14 – 2000 (Palma – Naviera Balear)
Blue Bayou 54/04 – 2009 (Palma – Club de Mar)
Janus of London 53/36 – 2003 (Palma – Naviera Balear)
Aleda LD43/11 – 2008 (Alcudia)

Registration for Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2014 to close on May 4

April 23, 2014

Written by zuzana

Registration for the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta will close on 4th May 2014 and the organizers are delighted to welcome a spectacular fleet of sailing yachts to the 2014 edition.

Images by Jeff Brown and Superyacht Media

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta - Images by Jeff Brown and Superyacht Media

The event, which takes place 3 – 7 June, boasts a competitive fleet of sailing superyachts set to take to the start line for four days of racing on the glistening emerald waters of La Maddalena archipelago, off Porto Cervo. With 25 entries confirmed, six of which built by the event’s Silver Sponsor, Southern Wind Shipyard, a limited number of berths remain and owners yet to register are encouraged to do so as soon as possible to secure their place in the fleet. The Notice of Race and registration form are available to download from the event website.

Confirmed entries for the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2014

Confirmed entries for the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2014

Established in 2008, the annual Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta has become a firm favourite on the superyacht racing calendar, renowned for kicking off the Mediterranean racing season in style. Set against Sardinia’s spectacular coastline, the regatta is recognized for an elegant and diverse social programme and high performance racing in equal measure.

Pictures by Jeff Brown and Superyacht Media

Pictures by Jeff Brown and Superyacht Media

Boat International Media together with the world renowned Yacht Club Costa Smeralda provides participants with the highest level of superyacht race management, idyllic sailing conditions, unrivalled hospitality services and a first-class programme of social events.

Porto Cervo's famed Piazza Azzurra plays host to a variety of social events throughout the regatta

Porto Cervo's famed Piazza Azzurra plays host to a variety of social events throughout the regatta

Glamorous Porto Cervo delivers the perfect backdrop as superyacht owners are invited to enjoy the Loro Piana Owners Dinner at the YCCS Clubhouse, whilst all guests are set to attend a stylish welcome cocktail, an exquisite gala dinner and a beach party which takes place on the island’s pure white sands. The event culminates in a final prize-giving ceremony in Porto Cervo’s prestigious Piazza Azzurra which brings together owners and their skilled race crew.

The event welcomes sailing yachts with an LOA over 80ft. Registration is recommended without delay to secure a place in the fleet and berth at YCCS Marina.