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Video: 80m CRN super yacht CHOPI CHOPI in Monaco

April 16, 2014

Written by zuzana

Hull number 129 built by the prominent Italian shipyard CRN, part of the Ferretti Group, the breath-taking 80-metre super yacht CHOPI CHOPI represents the largest luxury vessel ever built by the yard and one of the biggest ever produced in Italy. Providing deluxe accommodation to up to 12 guests, the impressive 6-deck motor yacht CHOPI CHOPI has been designed by Studio Zuccon International Project, with interior design by Laura Sessa. Below is a video of CHOPI CHOPI cruising the waters of the popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Monaco, published by Alistair Mason on YouTube.

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Southern Italy and Sicily Yacht Charters aboard 27m Motor Yacht ARIA

April 14, 2014

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Thinking about cruising the beautiful Western Mediterranean this summer? Southern Italy and Sicily yacht charters aboard the 27m motor yacht ARIA is a fantastic way of discovering some of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean and Italy’s hidden (and not so hidden) treasures. At 90-feet, luxury charter yacht ARIA is a perfect option for charterers seeking a displacement yacht with generous living spaces, offering accommodation to up to 10 guests.

Luxury Motor Yacht ARIA

Luxury Motor Yacht ARIA

ARIA was launched in 2009 by C-Boat and is available for Western Mediterranean yacht charters, including Southern Italy, Sardinia, Sicily, French Riviera and the surrounding destinations. Vast spaces provide for great entertainment and relaxation, with contemporary yet warm exterior and interior styling.

Charter yacht ARIA - Dining

Charter yacht ARIA - Dining

Accommodation for 10 charter guests on board ARIA superyacht is divided into one Owner’s stateroom, two double cabins and two twin cabins. A crew of 4 professionals will ensure your expectations for that perfect Italy yacht holiday are well exceeded.

Exterior - ARIA superyacht

Exterior - ARIA superyacht

Sicily Yacht Charters

There is no better way to discover the breath taking Sicily and its surrounding islands than aboard a luxury superyacht. Cruising around in a comfort of your chosen sailing or motor yacht, pampered by five-star-hotel amenities and professional, friendly crew, Sicily yacht rental is definitely the most comfortable and rewarding way of spending that well-deserved holiday with your family and friends.

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Sciacca in Sicily

On your Sicily yacht holiday you will discover that nature and history have joined forces to give Sicily its most striking feature: impressive monuments of the past set against backgrounds of astonishing natural beauty. You can climb the hill to the 3rd century BC Greek amphitheater at Taormina and experience a setting where nature enhances art: on one side stretches the dramatic, jagged coastline of the azure blue Ionian Sea, on the other, snow capped Mt. Etna.

Lipari - Sicily - Photo Raffaele Tolomeo

Lipari - Sicily - Photo Raffaele Tolomeo

Aeolian Islands (Isole Eolie), include Vulcano, Salina, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi, Panarea and Basiluzzo, and are also well worth a visit. The present shape of the islands is a result of volcanic activity over a period of more than 250 000 years and two of the volcanos; with Stromboli and Vulcano being still active.

Breathtaking vistas and unparalleled natural beauty will accompany you throughout your holiday aboard your chosen Sicily luxury charter yacht. Take in the semi-tropical landscape of lemon groves and pine forests, miles of sparkling sea shore, dotted with small fishing villages or the towering mountains framed by a brilliant blue sky. Enjoy the colourful Sicilian cuisine, full of fresh flavours of the land and the bounty of the sea. Savour Sicily’s and Italy’s traditional dishes prepared by ARIA’s talented Italian chef while dining al-fresco or in the yacht’s inviting saloon.

C.Boat 27 Classic-

C.Boat 27 Classic-

For more information about ARIA yacht or other Mediterranean charter yacht, please contact our brokers here.

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Just over two weeks to go to Mediterranean Yacht Show 2014

April 14, 2014

Written by zuzana

Mediterranean Yacht Show, the largest yachting event in the popular Eastern Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Greece, is set to be held in just over two weeks’ time. The event has attracted leading delegates and industry experts, who will drive the agenda for innovators in the Greek charter yachting business.

The beautiful Eastern Mediterranean yacht charter location - Greece to host the  2014 Mediterranean Yacht Show

The beautiful Eastern Mediterranean yacht charter location - Greece to host the 2014 Mediterranean Yacht Show

65 yacht charter companies from all around the world have already registered for the unique 1 in 1 yachting business opportunity in Greece.

The Mediterranean Yacht Show 2014 brings the yachting community together, providing the industry with a platform across five days to discuss major advances and trends. The agenda contains a mix of events, informative hours and valuable opportunities, with many important industry brands sharing their practices and insight.

Make sure you don’t miss out on this unique opportunity!

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Exclusive ‘Frozen Package’ on offer at Karpaz Gate Marina

April 14, 2014

Written by zuzana

Karpaz Gate Marina has announced a special privilege for yacht owners who chose a long-term berthing package at the prestigious 5 Gold Anchor-rated Eastern Mediterranaen destination during 2014.

The stunning setting of the Karpaz Gate Marina beach club

The stunning setting of the Karpaz Gate Marina beach club

The unique ‘Frozen Package’ on offer at the Northern Cyprus marina allows boat owners to suspend their mooring contract if they wish to visit another location or spend time cruising. Available to boat owners signing a deal for six months or more, the frozen mooring option allows clients to freeze their contract for up to three months and is valid only once during the period of the contract.

The option gives boat owners unprecedented freedom, flexibility and value for money when they sign a long-term or annual contract at one of the Eastern Mediterranean’s premier marinas. It guarantees that clients at Karpaz Gate Marina will not be locked in to remaining in one location or forced to pay extra fees when spending time at another marina.

Karpaz Gate Marina Harbour Master Deniz Akaltan said: “We understand the needs and priorities of boat owners and have carefully considered the issues which are most important to our clients when they chose our marina. Signing an annual contract is a big commitment, which is why we have created this unique opportunity for our customers to enjoy all the benefits and facilities at Karpaz Gate Marina while retaining the freedom to venture elsewhere in the surrounding cruising area and perhaps spend their summer out of the marina. We hope the flexible option will give boat owners a new peace of mind when signing an annual contract.

“At other marinas, boat owners can sign a yearly deal and then find they will lose two or three months because they want to spend a few weeks in another country. With the requirements of boat owners foremost in our minds, this new benefit is part of our continued efforts to offer our clients unparalleled service and attention at this luxurious setting.”

The ‘Frozen Package’ is one of a number of special advantages for boat owners available at Karpaz Gate as part of its ‘Stay Longer, Save More’ berthing offers for 2014, with individually-tailored packages created for clients at this tax-free destination on the unspoilt Karpaz Peninsula. Annual berth holders can also receive free anti-fouling and there are further discounts available for dry dock services for specific maintenance and repair work.

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SOS Yachting to open new office in Barcelona

April 10, 2014

Written by zuzana

SOS Yachting is excited to announce that it will open a new office ‘SOS Yachting Spain’, which will be dedicated to providing VAT services to commercial yachts chartering in Spanish waters. Located in the popular Spain yacht charter destination – Barcelona, the new office will be officially open on Friday, April 11, 2014.

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SOS Yachting, the European leader in VAT services to the yachting industry specialized in fiscal representation and fiscal agency services, was founded in Italy in 2012 following the enforcement of common VAT regulations throughout the EU.

In the wake of a highly successful first season SOS Yachting in association with Thierry Voisin opened SOS Yachting France in Nice in 2013. With a fleet of over 200 yachts (and counting) SOS Yachting helps clients navigate the often choppy waters of international regulations as applied in different EU countries.

Mr. Alessandro Mazzoni, CEO of SOS Yachting, explains “Our challenge is to ensure that wherever our clients wish to charter, they can do so with the knowledge that we are providing them with accurate and timely solutions and ensuring that their vacation is stress free”.

SOS Yachting is staffed by a team of long-term professional with over 40 years’ experience backed by an international team of maritime legal advisors and accounting experts. The maritime lawyer León von Ondarza, who specialises in maritime law applied to the yachting industry, will be providing counsel and guidance to the new Spanish branch of SOS Yachting from his offices in Palma de Mallorca.

Mr. Mazzoni continues: “SOS Yachting is unique in the industry since we understand the requirements of large commercial yachts with demanding schedules and provide tailor-made assistance to support their charter plans. And we are available 24/7 during the season”.

“We are very excited about our new operation in Spain.” Mr. Mazzoni concluded “On account of the limitations imposed by past Spanish regulations, compared to most of the western Med, Spain is still unspoiled and we look forward to a busy season assisting yachts chartering in this stunning area”.

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YachtInfo-Antibes Yacht Show 2014 Seminar Topics announced by ISS

April 10, 2014

Written by zuzana

The International Superyacht Society (ISS) has announced the YachtInfo-Antibes Yacht Show 2014 seminar topics. The event will take place on 25th April, 2014 from 10:30 – 17:30 and will bring five separate seminars, lasting an hour each, with time for Q&A between each session.

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Location:
Antibes Yacht Show
Port Vauban, Antibes, France
Bastion Saint Jaume
Vieux Port – Quai Rambaud (Ramparts)
Quai Camille Rayon / International Yacht Club Quay

The Business of Superyachts:

Session One 10:30 – 11:30
Growing Your Business in the Superyacht Industry
“The only things unique about this business are the yacht’s themselves”

Session Two 12:00 – 13:00
Attracting and Nurturing the Next Generation
“A yacht is only as good as her crew: a business is only as good as its team.”

Superyacht Operations:

Session Three 13:30- 14:30
Prepare to be Boarded! VAT and Port State Inspections
– how it MIGHT look in the Med this year
“Nothing’s as universal as taxes – if only the rules were all plain and the same”

Session Four 15:00 – 16:00
Defining Crewing Excellence
“Excellence – not just a word, it’s what makes our industry special.”

Session Five 16:30- 17:30
Smart Yacht
“It’s time to get smart about Sustainability in Superyachting and recognize the companies, Captains and yachts who are taking the lead”

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Antibes Yacht Show 2014 Seminar Program

April 09, 2014

Written by zuzana

Organisers of the 2014 Antibes Yacht Show are delighted to unveil the program of seminars. These will be hosted by the Seminar Center in Port Vauban on Quay Camille Rayon (Billionaires’ Quay), running on April 23, 24 and 25, 2014, in Antibes – a fantastic French Riviera yacht charter destination.

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The Antibes Yacht Show seminars are sponsored by THE SUPERYACHT GROUP.

Antibes Yacht Show 2014 Seminar Program:

Wednesday April 23rd 2014

Seminar presented by EASYTAX, subsidiary of the Mathez Group
Bookings: ays@easytax.fr
3pm – 5pm   YACHTING & VAT Mr. Christopher POUSSE Yachting Department at Easytax, fiscal representation agency based in Nice

Thursday April 24th 2014

Seminar presented by GROUPEMENT DES PROFESSIONNELS DU YACHTING & CABINET REVAH  –
Bookings: avocat@revah.fr

TOPIC SOCIAL RIGHTS OF CREW Mr Johannès BETHENOD Lawyer at the MARSEILLE bar
10am PARTICIPANTS WELCOME Mr Éric PAUGET, Deputy Mayor of Antibes & Port Affairs Officers
10am – 11am MARITIME LABOR CONVENTION Ms Corinne ARCHAMBAULT Member of Groupement des Équipages Professionnels du Yachting
11am – 12pm PREVENTION OF SOCIAL DISPUTES AND RECOURSE OPTIONS Mr. Grégory NAILLOT Lawyer at the TOULON bar

TOPIC NEW VAT REGULATIONS, PAVILION CHOICE & YACHT MANAGEMENT
2.15pm – 2.30pm PARTICIPANTS WELCOME Mr Olivier REVAH Lawyer at the DRAGUIGNAN bar
2.30pm – 3.15pm NEW VAT REGULATIONS (Italy, France, Spain, Croatia, Greece) & pavilion selection factors Ms. Janet XANTHOPOULOS Head of Yacht Division MONOECI MANAGEMENT SAM
3.15pm – 4.15pm THE REGISTRE INTERNATIONAL FRANÇAIS: Lessons learnt Ms. Muriel GIGNOUD Communications Manager at Registre International Français (RIF) & Mr. Stéphane GARZIANO Technical Officer

TOPIC THE YACHT IN THE PORT
4.30pm – 5.15pm THE YACHT AND ITS ENVIRONMENT IN THE PORT Mr. Antoine-Jean LEONETTI MOORING RIGHTS Mr Johannès BETHENOD

Friday April 25th 2014

Seminar presented by the INTERNATIONAL SUPERYACHTS SOCIETY
Bookings: bbean@finefocusing.com

TOPIC THE BUSINESS OF SUPER YACHTS
10am – 11.30am GROWING YOUR BUSINESS IN THE SUPERYACHT INDUSTRY “The only things unique about this business are the yacht’s themselves.”
Mr Peter Murray KERR Young Professionals in Yachting
12pm – 1pm ATTRACTING AND NURTURING THE NEXT GENERATION “A yacht is only as good as her crew; a business is only as good as its team.” Ms Norma TREASE Marina Port Vell

TOPIC SUPER YACHTS OPERATIONS
1.30pm – 2.30pm PREPARE TO BE BOARDED! VAT AND PORT STATE INSPECTIONS – HOW IT MIGHT LOOK IN THE MED THIS YEAR
“Nothing’s as universal as taxes – if only the rules were all plain and the same.” Ms. Fiona MAURESO of Northrup and Johnson / MYBA
3pm – 4.30pm DEFINING CREWING EXCELLENCE “Excellence – not just a word, it’s what makes our industry special.”
Mr. Ken HICKLING President, International Superyacht Society
4.30pm – 5.30pm SMART YACHT “It’s time to get smart about Sustainability in Superyachting and recognise the companies, Captains and yachts who are taking the lead.”
M. Ken HICKLING AwlGrip/AksoNobel

Saturday April 26th 2014

Seminar presented by the CITY OF ANTIBES
Bookings: chloe.dumesnil@ville-antibes.fr

10am – 11am YACHTING & MARINE BIO-DIVERSITY Ms. Chloe Dumesnil Marine & Coastal Services, NATURA 2000 Mission & Mr. Daniel LAURENT Marine & Coastal Services Manager

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Superyacht Cup Palma 2014 Full Line up

April 09, 2014

Written by zuzana

The Caribbean season is coming to its end and focus is now switching to the upcoming Mediterranean circuit, where interest is as high as ever. With 22 yachts already confirmed for the regatta, the STP and Moll Vell docks that host the Superyacht Cup Palma are close to full capacity. Real Club Nautico de Palma (RCNP) and STP are assisting with plans for additional entries to find berths in close proximity to the SYC Village.

Perini Navi's 45m luxury yacht Clan VIII - Photo by clairematches.com

Perini Navi's 45m luxury yacht Clan VIII to attend the 2014 Superyacht Cup Palma - Photo by clairematches.com

Palma has always been a popular choice for yachts returning from the Caribbean, preparing for luxury yacht charter, racing and cruising throughout Europe. The facilities at STP are some of the best in the world, incorporating the latest technology with the quality and experience of specialist companies for repair, refit and maintenance. Long term SYC sponsors Rolling Stock and RSB Rigging Solutions are located within the STP yard and many of the international shipyards including Royal Huisman and Vitters Shipyard have satellite teams based in Palma ready to assist with warranty and regular service work.

The latest entry to confirm and a first time participant at SYC Palma is the 45m sloop Clan VIII, built by Perini Navi and launched in 2011. Captain Dave Evans and his wife Fiona will have the yacht beautifully prepared for her debut visit. Another new yacht for 2014 is the Nautor Swan 100 superyacht Muzuni, recently sold to a new owner by SYC sponsors Y.CO.

New Entry Swan 100´ superyacht Muzuni

New Entry Swan 100´ superyacht Muzuni

Reckmann and Rondal have confirmed silver sponsorship for 2014 and join the impressive line up of the biggest names in the superyacht industry. Reckmann´s functional and reliable reefing systems and hydraulics are used by the majority of the superyacht fleet. Rondal is internationally recognised for quality and advanced design engineering of its custom superyacht solutions, designing and manufacturing spars and rigging, winches, hatches and deck equipment. Both companies are key suppliers to the superyacht industry worldwide and work closely with the partner shipyards of SYC.

STP´s facilities in the popular Spain yacht charter destination - Palma

STP´s facilities in the popular Spain yacht charter destination - Palma

Racing will be managed by internationally renowned yacht club RCNP, they will coordinate the J class fleet racing and the staggered start superyacht classes. All yachts will be fitted with Trac Trac GPS units so that racing can be viewed live on the internet. Additionally all yachts will carry Pantaenius Range Finder to help measure boat-to-boat distances. Pantaenius have been a long-standing sponsor and supporter of the Superyacht Cup Palma and will host a race day, awarding Pantaenius Trophies to the winners of the superyacht classes on Thursday June 19th.

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Valencia Boat Show 2014, April 24 – 28

April 09, 2014

Written by zuzana

Monday morning, April 7, 2014, saw the Valencia Boat Show launch its second edition at a press conference. To be hosted by the glamorous Spain yacht charter destination – Valencia, the event will take place around Chipperfield’s impressive “Veles e Vents” building at the Marina Real Juan Carlos I, running from April 24 to 28.

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The press conference was hosted by Valencia Boat Show’s Chairman Jorge de Haro; Generalitat Valenciana Sports General Director Mateo Castellá; Sports and Youth City Council councilor Cristóbal Grau; Sailing Federation of Valencia (FVCV) Chairman Jose Martinez; and Mapfre’s territorial CEO Vicente Guarch.

A huge media impact and last event numbers were overwhelming: 40,000 visitors, 1.2 million euros turnover during the event and almost 3 million euros post event turnover.

Valencia Boat Show 2013 edition had an investment of 116,929 euros, which is a direct ratio of 10.2 euros generated per euro invested.

The new edition significantly outperforms the previous one, both in exhibitors and surface as in activities and gastronomic offer. As reported by its chairman, this year’s edition has a 5% budget increase over last year’s edition.

De Haro emphasized the show’s positioning in the boat market and the amount of innovations that offers Valencia Boat Show 2014. He also wanted to thank the participating administrations,  exhibitors and sponsors confidence.

Sports General Director Mateo Castellá referred to Valencia Boat Show as “the most important sailing meeting point of Spain” and highlighted “the excellent conditions the city of Valencia gather for water sports”.

Meanwhile, Grau stressed that this event, organized by the Marine Companies Union (UEN) in collaboration with the City Council and the Real Marina Juan Carlos I, “its a consolidated proyect with many possibilities, and besides promoting an economic sector that generates employment, it consolidates Valencia and projects its image as a city of reference in the marine environment”.

FVCV president has referred to water sports as “part of our identity” and sailing in particular as “one of the most important references, which has positioned our Region worldwide through the biggest events”.

Therefore, the Federation strengthens its relationship with the event, as this year it expands the sports program and includes new disciplines such as diving and guided visits to Tirant I Schooner, Generalitat’s Valenciana training ship.

Valencia Boat Show will also held the Regional Cruise Championship and the II Sport Boat Valencia Congress, organized by the FVCV and the Valencian Community Yacht Club Association.

Finally on behalf of the event’s sponsors, Mapfre’s territorial CEO Vicente Guarch explained that it is an honor for the company to support an event of this nature, which is also a way to return to society part of the profits of their businesses.

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WD J. Martins Interior Yacht Refit to attend Antibes Yacht Show 2014

April 08, 2014

Written by zuzana

From April 23 to 26, the French interior design office, WD J. Martins Interior Yacht Refit, will be present at the 2014 Antibes Yacht Show in Antibes – a popular French Riviera yacht charter destination – together with the Portuguese luxury furniture company Jetclass, to provide a VIP area of extreme sophistication and glamour. WD J. Martins offers innovative and original design solutions for yachts, hotels and residences. To the extensive portfolio of the company’s clients belong such outstanding vessels as the 53m Feadship charter yacht Elisabeth F, as well as the 58m Amels motor yacht Lady Mona K.

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Established in 1981, WD J. Martins Interior Yacht Refit can also provide a full project management service, using an established team of highly skilled and professional tradesmen. They offer a follow-up that includes the establishing the building site, purchase management, the coordination of trades, and full support during the reception of the work.

The studio can respond to special requests both in the choice of materials and the organising of any manufacture. The creation of bespoke interiors that combine aesthetics, form and function, and made-to-measure products are routine elements of their daily lives.

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