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PlanetSolar and UNIGE launch TerraSubmersa expedition in Greece

May 13, 2014

Written by Eva Belanyiova

This summer will see a team of research scientists from Greece and Switzerland participate in the TerraSubmersa  expedition in the Greece yacht vacation destination – Argolic Gulf in the Mediterranean. Following the success of the DeepWater expedition which took place along the Gulf Stream in the spring of 2013, the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and PlanetSolar vessel, are pleased to launch TerraSubmersa.

MS Turanor PlanetSolar vessel

MS Turanor PlanetSolar vessel

This new expedition is the result of a close collaboration between the Laténium in Neuchâtel (Switzerland), the Greek Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, the Swiss School of Archaeology in Greece, and the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research. It aims to explore the prehistoric landscapes submerged in the Argolic Gulf in Greece, in an attempt to reconstitute them and perhaps to find traces of human activity. At the end of the last ice age, around 20,000 years ago, sea level was considerably lower than it is today. By studying these submerged prehistoric landscapes, archaeologists can reconstitute the environments that have disappeared under water and comprehend the interactions between prehistoric man and the sea. These studies, which are likely to become one of the major archaeological challenges of the 21st century, will enable to identify the mechanisms of population settlement in coastal areas.

Investigations in Kiladha bay

Recent work has demonstrated that navigation in the Eastern Mediterranean started much earlier than experts have imagined up to now. Indeed, it would appear that man navigated on the seas for the first time more than 100,000 years ago. This discovery would lead us to suggest that Greece played a key role in the rise of the Neolithic way of life (around 7,000 B.C.) as it spread from the Middle East into Europe. Scientists are thus interested in the spread of the Neolithic civilisation in Europe and in finding out how the nomadic, huntergatherer camps of the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic eras transformed into the sedentary villages of farmers of the Neolithic age. Julien Beck, researcher at the Classical Archaeology Unit at the UNIGE and TerraSubmersa scientific leader is fascinated about these questions. «The Franchthi cave on the northern shore of Kiladha bay (Argolic Gulf) was occupied for some 35,000 years, from the Palaeolithic to the Neolithic ages. Such a surprisingly long period of occupation is an exception in Europe.

The cave is therefore an ideal target for studying submerged prehistoric landscapes, since there must have been interactions between people there and the sea during these many thousands of years», explains Julien Beck. «Maybe we shall find evidence of the very first European village. »

A collaboration between Greece and Switzerland

Thanks to more than 150 years of studies of pile-dwelling sites in Swiss lakes, Switzerland has acquired an outstanding know-how when it comes to sub-aquatic archaeology. This knowledge will be combined with the expertise from Greek and Swiss institutions heavily implicated in the scientific and communication aspects of TerraSubmersa.

PlanetSolar turns into a scientific platform for the second time

Completely transformed into a scientific laboratory for the DeepWater expedition carried out in 2013, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, the  largest solar-powered catamaran in the world, will again be a sea-borne home for scientists. Thus, an iconic 21st century catamaran, a symbol of modern technology, will lead the search into the past on an expedition that may well be able to re-write the history of the very first man-made boats.

The vessel will mainly be used for carrying out geophysical measurements which will enable the scientists to reconstruct the topography of the former coastal areas and to identify possible traces of human activity. The Alkyon, one the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research’s vessels will also be associated to the project. The work will involve the use of leading-edge equipment (a multi-beam echo sounder, sidescan sonar, GPS, etc.). Submarine excavations will then be carried out by divers, using a hydraulic vacuum, operated by a motorised pump on the surface.

All this research work will be preceded by three ports of call, starting on 1st August* (Swiss National Day): Eretria, Athens and Nafplio. At each stopover, there will be events organised for the general public, both adults and children (lunches, visits, private meetings, etc.). The two following weeks will be devoted entirely to the scientific research. The Henri Moser Foundation, the Arditi Foundation and the Academic Society of Geneva are supporting the Terra Submersa expedition.

Exclusive Summer Packages for Yacht Owners at Karpaz Gate Marina

May 12, 2014

Written by zuzana

Situated in the enchanting summer yacht charter destination – the Eastern Mediterranean, Karpaz Gate Marina is proud to announce the exclusive summer packages for yacht owners and crew. This summer, they can take advantage of savings on top-class sport and spa facilities as well as luxury hotel rooms at the prominent Korineum Golf & Beach Resort. Available between May and September 2014, the exclusive offer follows this year’s collaboration between two of Northern Cyprus’s leading and most prestigious luxury tourist destinations in their sectors.

Karpaz Gate Marina

Karpaz Gate Marina

The new range of summer season packages allows boat owners visiting the 5 Gold Anchor-rated Karpaz Gate Marina to enjoy discounted rates for the Korineum Resort’s accommodation and restaurant, as well as the use of the outstanding facilities, including the international standard golf course and four clay tennis courts, and the Spa and Wellness Centre, with international massage menu, sauna and Spa Pool.

Featuring the first 18-hole golf course in Northern Cyprus, the Korineum Golf & Beach Resort boasts views of the Mediterranean Sea on one side and the famous Five Finger Mountain range on the other. It is a short, one-hour drive from Karpaz Gate Marina, approximately 70km west along the northern coast of the Karpaz Peninsula.

Karpaz Gate Marina Harbour Master Deniz Akaltan said: “We are dedicated to catering for and entertaining our clients here at the marina, while also helping to introduce them to everything on offer in Northern Cyprus. Our long-term commitment is to provide events and activities for visitors to participate in and this collaboration with Korineum Resort provides more choice and another privilege for our clients to enjoy.

Korineum Golf & Beach Resort

Korineum Golf & Beach Resort

“We are open to new opportunities to collaborate with other companies and already offer discounts for our clients at Kaya Artemis Resort Hotel & Casino and Noah’s Ark Deluxe Hotel & Casino.”

Both Karpaz Gate Marina and Korineum Golf & Beach Resort represent historically significant and important investments in Northern Cyprus, with both venues introducing new types of tourism to the TRNC, thus enlarging the offering to visitors to the region. As the first modern marina in Northern Cyprus, luxurious 300-berth Karpaz Gate Marina is an official port of entry and has opened up a rich cruising ground for the first time. Meanwhile, the Korineum Resort is leading the way in golfing tourism on the island.

Meryem Çerkez Gürtunç, Resort Coordinator, Korineum Golf & Beach Resort, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer these significant savings at our resort for Karpaz Gate Marina clients and to provide some possibilities in North Cyprus which they might not otherwise have discovered.

The spa at Korineum Golf & Beach Resort

The spa at Korineum Golf & Beach Resort

“This collaboration with Karpaz Gate Marina will really work well to promote North Cyprus as a destination. It is undoubtedly the Mediterranean’s untouched and undiscovered gem. As well as the natural beauty and hospitable people, this part of the island features great cuisine, historical ruins and buildings, plus plenty of activities including yachting, golfing, scuba diving, relaxation breaks and historical sight-seeing breaks.

“The quality of the service and experience at the two destinations is very similar and will appeal to similar client groups so we are confident our facilities will be very popular with the Karpaz Gate Marina clients.”

Situated on the coast at the foot of The Five Finger Mountain in Esentepe, Korineum Golf & Beach Resort has stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and the mountain range and is surrounded by Umbrella Pines and olive trees. It is also just 5 miles away from turtle preservation beach Alagadi.

Sunset over the golf course

Sunset over the golf course

The 72-par golf course is 6,232 metres and designed for golfers of all standards and ages, providing a challenge for every player with its strategically placed bunkers and water hazards. The front nine holes are hilly and the back nine are flatter. There are also practice facilities and a driving range available at the Golf Academy, and a Club House with large terraces.

The resort also boasts other sports facilities, including tennis, swimming, billiards, darts and entertainment evenings, with spacious hotel accommodation starting from the Standard Residence rooms.

The special Karpaz Gate Marina package rates are valid between May 15 and September 30, 2014. Entrance to the private beach and swimming pool is included. Transfers are not included.

Classic sailing yacht MOONBEAM IV now available for French Riviera yacht holiday

May 12, 2014

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The legendary 29m classic sailing yacht MOONBEAM IV is now available for French Riviera yacht holidays. Due to a cancellation she can now be rented around the Western Mediterranean from 17th June, 2014, starting from the glamorous Cannes luxury yacht charter destination. MOONBEAM IV yacht is a spectacular 1914/1920-built classic vessel constructed by the renowned Scottish shipwrights William Fife & Son.

“Chartering Moonbean IV is an exquisite experience … one that will be remembered for a lifetime.”

Luxury sailing yacht MOONBEAM

Luxury sailing yacht MOONBEAM

This beautiful yacht was refitted in 2001 and features an impressive amount of sail area on a cutter gaff rig as well as fantastic deck spaces. Charter Yacht Moonbeam also offers comfortable and luxurious accommodation to six lucky guests, who will certainly enjoy being taken back in time to place when elite sailed aboard these elegant sailing yachts.

Sailing Yacht MOONBEAM  - Interiors

Sailing Yacht MOONBEAM - Interiors

Luxury yacht MOONBEAM also boast an amazing racing history, winning the King’s Cup in 1920 and in 1923, amongst others. Her previous owners include the HSH Prince Rainier de Monaco, who owned her in 1950 and she hosted the young prince and Grace Kelly on their honeymoon.

Luxury super yacht MOONBEAM IV - Deck

Luxury super yacht MOONBEAM IV - Deck

Charter guests aboard Moonbeam IV will be impressed by her graceful luxury present both on decks as well as below. Her teak decks are vast and open, her hull is sleek with sexy lines, seldom found on today’s yachts. The space below deck is airy with open-space interior, simple, yet oozing a gentlemen’s club atmosphere with fine waxed rosewood paneling, Persian rugs and antique lamps. There are two custom-built sofas as well as a formal dining table in the saloon and large double hatch allows for plenty of natural light and fresh sea breezes.

Sailing Yacht Moonbeam - under sail

Sailing Yacht Moonbeam - under sail

Plenty of possibilities for sunbathing, relaxation and socialising are found on deck, including an optional beautiful wooden al fresco table and chairs aft; perfect for leisurely lunch or dinners under the sky full of stars.

1914 yacht MOONBEAM from above

1914 yacht MOONBEAM from above

Western Mediterranean Yacht Charter

One of the most popular destination for sailors during the European summer, Western Mediterranean yacht charters represent a fantastic way of discovering and enjoying the enchanting coastlines of Italy, France, Monaco, Corsica, Sardinia or Sicily. French Riviera and Italy are both renowned for their architecture, history, charming coastal towns and villages, fantastic sea-side restaurants, cosy cafes and resorts as well as numerous beaches. There is plenty to do and discover during the day and great entertainment for the night time. For those wishing to escape the hustle and bustle, there are lovely hidden beaches, islands and coves to retreat to; and most importantly, the privacy of your own yacht.

Southern France

Southern France

France luxury yacht charter includes some of the most glamorous destinations of the Mediterranean, including St Tropez, Cannes, Villefranche, St Jean Cap Ferrat, Nice or Monaco. The 29m classic charter yacht MOONBEAM IV is currently available for boat rental from one of the most famous charter destinations in France – Cannes. Cannes luxury yacht charter is the best way to experience this alluring and chic sea-side resort, with stunning beaches, two yacht-filled harbours and world-class hotels and restaurants. Cannes also represents a perfect base while holidaying in the heart of the Mediterranean action.

Cannes le Suquet - Photo courtesy of CRT Cote dAzur - Photo by Robert PALOMBA

Cannes le Suquet - Photo courtesy of CRT Cote dAzur - Photo by Robert PALOMBA

For more information about renting the elegant and legendary sailing yacht MOONBEAM and French Riviera yacht holidays, don’t hesitate to contact our experienced and friendly brokers here. Our recommendations are based on quality, amenities and most importantly, the crew.  We are proud of our track record and our ability to satisfy clients by organising the finest yachts, crews and charters possible.

Marina Real Juan Carlos I becomes 5 Blue Star certified Superyacht Marina

May 12, 2014

Written by zuzana

April 24, in the glamorous Spain yacht charter location – Valencia, saw the official opening of this year’s Valencia Boat Show. During the opening ceremony, the Marina Real Juan Carlos I received the official certificate, plate and flag as a BLUE STAR MARINA, rated with 5 stars.

Marina Real Juan Carlos I nestled in the fantastic Spain yacht charter destination - Valencia

Marina Real Juan Carlos I nestled in the fantastic Spain yacht charter destination - Valencia

The president of the Valencia community, Mr. Fabra, the Mayoress of Valencia Ms. Barberá, the representative of the region on the federal level, Ms. Sanchez, and the president of the regional trade organisation, Mr. Horge de Haro, repre-sented the marina during the ceremony.

During the ceremony speech, IMCI certification manager Ulrich Manigel pointed out that the certification is a strong signal of the high quality with regards to the service, facilities and organisation that Marina Real Juan Carlos I offers to the water-leisure tourist. Furthermore it helped the management to identify topics for further improvement and to get these on the track.

Marina Real Juan Carlos I

Marina Real Juan Carlos I

Marina Real Juan Carlos I is operated by the town and region of Valencia. In 2007 the marina hosted the 32nd Americas Cup successfully and in grand style. Since then, the management started to develop new strategies to benefit from the large area and rich capabilities of the marina.

The land side area of the marina is about 500,000 square meters. The marina provides 900 berths including an exclusive area of the port, the T-Dock Superyacht Marina, specially designed to house up to 42 superyachts in moorings ranging from 25 to 150 meters in length.

Blue Star certification for Marina Real Juan Carlos I handed over on the first day of the 2014 Valencia Boat Show

Blue Star certification for Marina Real Juan Carlos I handed over on the first day of the 2014 Valencia Boat Show

The Valencia Boat Show is just one result of the management strategies. Furthermore, a renovation of the buildings which were built for the Americas Cup Syndicates is planned. Gustavo Benavento, the marina manager has already developed a master plan for the broad renovation. For sure more interesting news from Marina Real Juan Carlos I will reach us in future.

As a BLUE STAR MARINA with 5 stars, all actual and further actions taken will be guided by the requirements of the certification to remain at the high level of quality now achieved.

Successful Palma Superyacht Show 2014 for Sunseeker Mallorca

May 12, 2014

Written by zuzana

Taken place in the lovely Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Palma in Spain on the first weekend of May, this year’s Palma Superyacht Show was a great success for Sunseeker Mallorca. The company was represented with a stand in the super yacht sector.

Sunseeker 155 Yacht BLUSH recently handed over by Sunseeker

Sunseeker 155 Yacht BLUSH recently handed over by Sunseeker

The sunny weather and the casual Mediterranean atmosphere of the Palma harbor was one reason for the good atmosphere among exhibitors and visitors. The Super Yacht Show scored with its new look, the sales team was positively impressed by the maritime atmosphere and announced promising contacts made through the event.

The remarkable model of the new and biggest Sunseeker ever built, the 155 Yacht superyacht Blush was for sure a highlight of the Sunseeker stand, inviting many people to stop by. The 155 Yacht had just recently been handed over to its new owner, Eddie Jordan. The success of the 155 feet yacht speaks for itself, two more have already been ordered.

Additional shine was delivered to the event with the visit of the water-enthusiastic Spanish Queen Sofia, who took up the opportunity to make herself a picture of the still young boat show.

“Through the new concept of the Super Yacht Show, we were able to gain many interesting contacts”, says Torsten Sieckmann, Director of Marketing & Sales at Sunseeker Mallorca.

However, these events, as Sieckmann points out, are likely important for the company to be used as a platform to communicate and share information with many of the long-term customers. Due to the generally positive response, and the potential of the show to establish itself in the coming years as one of the top events in the super yacht sector in Europe, Sunseeker Mallorca is already looking forward to its participation next year.

Since 2012 Sunseeker Germany operates under the name Sunseeker Mallorca on the Balearic Island. Just recently the Sunseeker Germany AG announced that it will shift its longtime headquarter from Hamburg to Mallorca, Port Adriano and Neustadt/Holstein in Germany. This change will not only allow the company to be even closer to the customers, but also offers greater business flexibility. The completion of the new offices in Port Adriano, which is associated with the relocation, is planned for this summer.

Claasen Shipyards – Official ‘industry partner’ of Superyacht Cup Palma

May 12, 2014

Written by zuzana

The yachts of Claasen Shipyards have been participating in the Superyacht Cup, running in the fantastic Spain yacht charter destination – Palma de Mallorca, for many years. For this year’s edition, which will run from 18 to 21 June, Claasen Shipyards is an official ‘industry partner’. The yard is sponsoring a range of activities surrounding the event, which will be underlined by the participation of various beautiful Claasen yachts.

Claasen sailing yacht Heartbeat in Superyacht Cup Palma 2013 - Photo by jrenedo

Claasen sailing yacht Heartbeat in Superyacht Cup Palma 2013 - Photo courtesy of Claasen Shipyards – Jesus Renedo

The Superyacht Cup offers the ideal combination of a professionally organised sailing regatta and a relaxed, informal social programme for participants, supporters and visitors alike. The first Superyacht Cup was organised in 1996, making it the longest running sailing event in Europe for prestigious sailyachts from around the world. The Cup is extremely popular among owners and their friends, captains and crew who come to Palma to attend the annual four-day regatta.

A total of 21 yachts have already registered to participate in the 2014 event. A quarter of these yachts were partly or entirely built by Claasen Shipyards, marking another strong representation of the yard in this year’s races. At the Superyacht Cup 2013, the Claasen-built Truly Classic 78 sailing yacht Heartbeat and Truly Classic 90 charter yacht Atalante came in first and second in the overall rankings, and the J-class superyacht Lionheart achieved second place overall in her segment. The yard is looking forward to achieving some equally impressive results this year.

Superyacht Cup Palma 2013 - Photo by Jesus Renedo

Superyacht Cup Palma 2013 - Photo courtesy of Claasen Shipyards – Jesus Renedo

Meanwhile, the craftsmen at Claasen Shipyards hope that the new yachts currently under construction will also feature in future Superyacht Cup events in Palma. This includes a Truly Classic 126 yacht, a Truly Classic 90-03 yacht and a 45-metre J-class, all of which have been optimised for their future regatta performances.

Claasen Shipyards wishes the owners and crews of the participating yachts the best of luck during the upcoming edition of the Superyacht Cup in Palma.

Extremely positive and successful Palma Superyacht Show 2014

May 09, 2014

Written by zuzana

Following five extremely positive and successful days, the 2nd Palma Superyacht Show (PSS) was held amidst the congenial and pleasant surroundings of Old Port area, situated in the fantastic Spain yacht charter destination – Palma. The event closed its doors on Sunday, May 4, 2014.

Palma Superyacht Show 2014 hosted by the lovely Spain yacht charter destination - Palma

Palma Superyacht Show 2014 hosted by the lovely Spain yacht charter destination - Palma Photo credit to GW-Yachtphotography.net

Local and international visitors were treated to a line-up of 56 glorious superyachts and 34 service & equipment related companies onshore. An approximate 50:50 sail to power ratio meant the Show could lay claim as being ‘one of the largest sailing superyacht shows in the world.’

High visitor attendance proved conclusively the ease of accessibility, friendliness and laid-back nature of this lovely yachting region hit the spot with many. The organiser’s strategy to coincide the show with the 1st May public holiday and for it to take place at the same time as the prestigious Gaastra Palma Vela Regatta, clearly worked well.

Combining these facts, the number of existing and potential superyacht owners and charterers known to have visited the Show at various times was reported by brokers and exhibitors to have been high.

Justifying participation, Steve Worral, from onboard electrical installers and service agents, OC3EAN and ETY said: “The Palma Superyacht Show attracted quality visitors, many yacht owners and senior crew and we are very pleased with the contacts we have made.”

2nd Palma Superyacht Show

2nd Palma Superyacht Show - Photo credit to GW-Yachtphotography.net

With three significant yachts in the Show, Burgess / Oceanstyle, Senior Broker, Jamie Small, said: “We have received an offer on each of the yachts we had at the show.”

Other MYBA brokers were equally enthusiastic about the Show: Marc Händle, Sales Broker from Ocean Independence said: “We had high quality clients on board SY Mystere and, in fact, on board all of our other yachts during the show and we will definitely continue showing high quality sailing yachts here in the future.” Marc added: “In my opinion the Palma Superyacht Show has already developed in to the perfect platform for owners and brokers to present vessels in a beautiful atmosphere and at the perfect time of year.”

Fraser Yachts Sales Broker, Giulio Riggio, confirmed: “An excellent and positive Show once again!” and Thorsten Giesbert, also from Frasers sales office said: “I received two very reasonable offers from qualified northern European clients on two of my yachts at the Show!”

Busy immediately after the Show had ended, Jochen Brill, Senior Broker with Dahm International said: “I went out for two sea trials with three different clients onboard Jongert 2900M superyacht SCORPIONE DEI MARI and M/Y ALEXANDER K”

Palma Superyacht Show 2014

Palma Superyacht Show 2014 - Photo credit to GW-Yachtphotography.net

Joost Goverts, Broker/Director at Northrop & Johnson said: “The show was very positive with a good number of clients with some returning up to four times to inspect the same boat. One offer has been made already and we are now working in expectation of a further two serious offers.”

But it was not only sales brokers who benefitted. Plentiful enquiries were made for luxury yacht charter, confirmed by Ocean Independence Charter Broker, Barbara Müller who said: “It was a very successful show and you could see the improvement from last year. We got many interested charter clients on our 3 charter yachts present.”

Natascha Weber, Charter Director at Northrop & Johnson Spain said: “ I am thrilled to convey that we received no less than 10 promising charter enquiries from qualified new clients, including six for charters in the Balearics and the rest for charters abroad. All we need now is a final and crystal clear ruling about the exemption of the Spanish matriculation tax on foreign flagged vessels that want to charter here and BYBA/MYBA brokers here will be rolling!”

During the Show, similarities were drawn between Palma’s growing reputation as a world-class sailing destination, and that of Sardinia who’s Marina Portus Karalis were exhibiting with even greater ambitions for next year.  Zdenko Radman, Operations Director, said: “Next year we will have an even larger stand, enabling us to promote the five different marinas within our network and the Island of Sardinia as a whole.”

Having stifled the domestic industry for so long, PSS benefitted from an upsurge in interest following last year’s announcement by the Spanish Authorities of the exemption for yachts of 15m and above, of the harmful 12% matriculation tax.

Summarising the net effect, Palma based Nick Stael von Holstein, Medical Support Offshore Ltd said: “I’ve had the best sales of any Yacht Show I’ve attended in the last 10 years!” Likewise Kety Sierra, STP Shipyard Palma confirmed: “PSS has grown in just two years and is now a top quality event that attracts many professional visitors.”

With an official partnership agreement in place with MYBA The Worldwide Yachting Association, PSS (in its present format) remains a dedicated public-admission ‘brokerage and charter only’ Show organized ‘by the industry, for the industry.’ And with Spanish and Balearic maritime authorities behind the continued growth and future prosperity of this show, expect to see an even larger and more successful event in 2015.

The Securitas Group providing Marina Port Vell with Superlative Security and Safety

May 08, 2014

Written by zuzana

Marina Port Vell (MPV), positioned in the fantastic Spain yacht charter destination – Barcelona and set to become one of the world’s most elite superyacht destinations and the pre-eminent home port in the Mediterranean, has as a primary and compelling mission the security, safety and privacy of its guests and the well being of its employees and visitors. In March 2014, MPV contracted The Securitas Group, a well known global security company, to provide unprecedented security through access control, perimeter, as well as interior surveillance and response. Securitas is fully coordinating with law enforcement entities – Civil Guard, National Police and the Port Authority – operating in the Port sector.

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“Securitas is a highly competent company and a global presence. During an intense ITT process, they understood and identified the key points of our demanding safety measures in order to meet our intentionally high requirements to provide capable and cost effective solutions for both technical and manned security,” says Uri Nachoom, Vice Chairman of Salamanca Group. “Securitas is providing a very real presence and increased sense of protection within Marina Port Vell and a fresh approach to the type of security we promote strongly: one that is customer-oriented with client privacy as paramount,” he continues.

Securitas is a global knowledge leader in its field. From a broad range of services including specialized guarding, technology solutions and consulting, The Securitas Group employs more than 300,000 people in 52 countries with 15,000 employees in Spain. It protects protect Marina Port Vell through security officers and security technologies managed by its innovation and technology division.

“Securitas provides manned and technical security, featuring state-of-the-art CCTV and intruder detection systems,” says Nachoom. “Since taking their post in March, Securitas’s efforts are applauded by our clients as providing a safe and discreet environment in which to enjoy their activities.”

72m VSY mega yacht STELLA MARIS featured in popular award-winning soap opera

May 08, 2014

Written by zuzana

The impressive 72-metre VSY mega yacht Stella Maris has recently visited the fascinating Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Monaco, in order to feature in ‘The Bold and The Beautiful’, a popular award-winning soap opera. Luxury motor yacht Stella Maris provided a very special backdrop to some scenes, starring main characters, Brooke Logan and Bill Spencer, who moved the entire audience in their passionate scenes – an intriguing prelude to a new exciting adventure.

Don Diamont, Katherine Kelly Lang "The Bold and the Beautiful" Monaco Location Monte Carlo, Monaco 06/13/13 © Denis Guignebourg/jpistudios.com 310-657-9661

Don Diamont and Katherine Kelly Lang in"The Bold and the Beautiful" in Monaco Location Monte Carlo, Monaco 06/13/13 © Denis Guignebourg/jpistudios.com 310-657-9661 - Courtesy of The Bold and The Beautiful

For over two decades, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL has explored the entangled lives, passionate loves, high-stake battles, loyalties, tragedies and the inspiring triumphs of the Forrester, Logan and Spencer families. With romance, sensuality, complex characters and intricate and compelling storylines, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL is, at its core, a gripping tale of high fashion glamour, honour and, most importantly, family.

72 m mega yacht Stella Maris by VSY

72 m mega yacht Stella Maris by VSY

New look Rolex Capri Sailing Week

May 07, 2014

Written by zuzana

The big boat racing season in the popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Italy will fire up over 19th-24th May, with a new look Rolex Capri Sailing Week. This year, for the first time, the Maxi yacht fleet will be joined by the international grand prix 52 fleet, with Rolex Capri Sailing Week being the opening event of the class’ 2014 European circuit – the Barclays 52 Super Series.

Rolex Capri Sailing Week fleet, stern-to at Marina Grande, Capri. Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Rolex Capri Sailing Week fleet, stern-to at Marina Grande in the fantastic Italy yacht charter destination - Capri. Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Organised by the International Maxi Association (IMA) in collaboration with the Yacht Club Capri (YCC), the event will comprise separate courses for the Maxis and 52 Super Series over the first three days. While the 52s will be racing windward-leewards on the waters off Capri, the Maxis will be competing on the Volcano Race. Provided conditions allow, this will take the Maxis some 130 miles south to the Aeolian Islands north of Sicily, famous for their active volcanoes such as Stromboli, before returning to Capri. For the second half of Rolex Capri Sailing Week, the Maxis will join the 52 Super Series sailing windward-leewards.

The prize fight in the Maxi fleet will be between the racing Mini Maxis, in particular the Judel Vrolijk 72 near sisterships, sailing yacht Jethou and luxury yacht Robertissima III.

Jethou owner Sir Peter Ogden is a regular at Rolex Capri Sailing Week. The reason? “Capri,” he states simply. “The Volcano race is nice, but Capri is very attractive and I am looking forward to it. This is one of the five or so events we do every year.”

Roberto Tomasini Grinover, owner of Robertissima III, has similar sentiments about the idyllic island perched off the Sorrento Peninsula, although he admits he’s never sailed out of Capri itself. “It will be a very nice event,” he says. As to the Volcano Race, he hopes they won’t have a repeat of last year’s Rolex Middle Sea Race when they were becalmed off Stromboli.

Rolex Party and official Prizegiving at La Canzone del Mare. Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Rolex Party and official Prizegiving at La Canzone del Mare. Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Because five of Robertissima III’s key crewmen will be competing in the 52 Super Series, the team will feature some world class replacements for this regatta, including America’s Cup legend Paul Cayard and former Team New Zealand helm Cameron Appleton. However Jethou is no less well stocked in this respect, with four time America’s Cup winner Brad Butterworth calling tactics.

Both boats are relatively new for their crew. The Jethou team only raced their boat (ex-Stig) for the first time at Gaastra PalmaVela last week, while the first outing for Robertissima’s (ex-Rán) was the Rolex Middle Sea Race last autumn.

The Hungarian 60 footer Wild Joe is another Rolex Capri Sailing Week regular. “We like it very much. It is a nice event and a beautiful place,” says skipper Marton Józsa. “We are the smallest boat in this fleet and we’re up against some top boats and the top teams, but it will be interesting for us and under IRC we have some chance”.

Also competing in the Mini Maxi class is the former Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing VO70, recently acquired by Frenchman Hubert Wargny and renamed Villa Saxe Eiffel, with a crew including Whitbread Round the World Race winner Lionel Pean.

If conditions are strong, the French VO70 could well be nipping at the heels of the biggest boat in the Maxi fleet, Igor Simčič’s European-flagged 100ft maxi yacht Esimit Europa II, where multiple Olympic medallist and America’s Cup winner Jochen Schümann will be calling the shots tactically.

The racing fleet is joined by a number of cruiser racers including the classic Swan 65 and 651, Giuseppe Puttini’s Shirlaf and Austrian Marietta Strasoldo’s Luz Am Meer and Jeremy Pilkington’s much travelled Baltic 78 charter yacht Lupa of London.

The Maxi fleet will be divided up into Mini Maxi (18.29 – 24.08m) Racing and Racing/Cruising and Maxi, for yachts of 24.09 – 30.50m.

Nine boats are entered in the Barclays 52 Super Series with the favourites being the American Quantum Racing, victors of the 52 Super Series overall last season and skippered by America’s Cup winning helmsman Ed Baird. They will be up against the local heroes on Alberto Roemmers’ Azzurra on which Vasco Vascotto is calling tactics. However all eyes will be on the latest addition to the fleet, the brand new Brazilian entry Phoenix, skippered by former Star sailor Eduardo de Souza Ramos.

As ever at Rolex Capri Sailing Week, a magnificent social program is being laid on, including a Rolex reception at the Grand Hotel Quisisana on Sunday, 18th May; the Rolex Owners’ dinner on 22 May and the ‘Canzone del Mare’ evening on Friday 23th May.

Andrew McIrvine, Secretary General of the International Maxi Association looks forward to the event: “This is an exciting event for the IMA for a number of reasons. It is now the fourth edition of a new offshore race in the Med. It is a new cooperative venture with the 52 SuperSeries. Finally it is set in the idyllic location of Capri with all the glamour that we can add with the Maxis and the support of Rolex.”