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Special Festive Week at Karpaz Gate Marina

December 06, 2013

Karpaz Gate Marina, a luxury superyacht marina nestled in Northern Cyprus, will be playing a host to a series of special events for clients as well as visitors to enjoy with family and friends during Christmas and New Year.

Special Festive Week at Karpaz Gate Marina in the popular yacht charter destination - Eastern Mediterranean

Special Festive Week at Karpaz Gate Marina in the popular yacht charter destination - the Eastern Mediterranean

Festive Week at the Marina begins on Christmas Eve with Christmas dinner at Hemingway’s Resto-Bar, featuring fine dining, house wine or Raki and live music. Dinner for two is priced at 240TL, or a package is available which includes the Hemingway’s dinner, bed and breakfast at a nearby hotel and complimentary shuttle service to and from the marina at a price of 350TL per couple.

The festivities continue on December 25th with a special Christmas Day lunch at Hemingway’s and a preview of an art exhibition by Turkish Cypriot artist Nil Köken at the Karpaz Gate Marina Gallery. Entitled ‘A journey in Nature’s Dreams’, it is Köken’s first exhibition in the TRNC.

The regular Friday Music Night at Karpaz Gate Marina will be presented with a special festive theme on December 27th.

Karpaz Gate Marina - Hemingway's

Christmas at Hemingway’s Resto-Bar at Karpaz Gate Marina

The Nil Köken Art Exhibition is officially launched on December 28th, with the children the centre of attention on December 29th as Köken leads an art workshop with local youngsters.

Guests can welcome in the New Year on December 31st by enjoying a fantastic dinner at Hemingway’s, costing 300TL for two. A bed and breakfast package, with shuttle service, is available at a price of 400TL per couple.

Finally, visitors can start 2014 in style on January 1st with a New Year’s Lunch at Hemingway’s and a guided tour of Nil Köken’s exhibition.

Photos of Sanlorenzo 40Alloy Luxury Yacht LILIYA

December 02, 2013

Luxury yacht LILIYA, the 8th 40Alloy superyacht built by Sanlorenzo and launched in 2013, was photographed by the Italian yacht-spotter and photographer Roberto Malfatti at the port of Livorno last Friday. Measuring 40 metres, LILIYA superyacht offers spacious and comfortable interior, boasting modern Canaletto walnut, a very rare Aniegrè wood and opaque, shiny and Pearlescent varnishing. Some of the main features include the four extendible terraces in the main saloon and the Owner’s cabin, providing unique spaces and panoramas while on board. Below are the photos of LILIYA:

Motor Yacht Liliya - Photo credit Roberto Malfatti

Motor Yacht Liliya - Photo credit Roberto Malfatti

Sanlorenzo superyacht Liliya - Photo credit Roberto Malfatti

Sanlorenzo superyacht Liliya - Photo credit Roberto Malfatti

Sanlorenco Alloy 40 yacht LILIYA - Photo credit Roberto Malfatti

Sanlorenco Alloy 40 yacht LILIYA - Photo credit Roberto Malfatti

Sanlorenzo 40 Alloy motor yacht Liliya - Photo credit Roberto Malfatti

Sanlorenzo 40 Alloy motor yacht Liliya - Photo credit Roberto Malfatti

Superyacht LILIYA - Photo credit Roberto Malfatti

Superyacht LILIYA - Photo credit Roberto Malfatti

Luxury yacht LILIYA - Photo credit Roberto Malfatti

Luxury yacht LILIYA - Photo credit Roberto Malfatti

Alloy 40 yacht LILIYA by Sanlorenzo - Photo credit Roberto Malfatti

Alloy 40 yacht LILIYA by Sanlorenzo - Photo credit Roberto Malfatti

Luxury motor yacht LILIYA - Photo credit Roberto Malfatti

Luxury motor yacht LILIYA - Photo credit Roberto Malfatti

Attractive winter package launched by Marina Ibiza

November 29, 2013

This winter, the clients of Marina Ibiza can enjoy another type of luxurious offer as exclusive as the summer season ones, but at an almost symbolic price: the Marina Ibiza Weekends. This is a winter package, comprising mooring from Friday to Sunday, a convertible car for rent available for the client, as well as a luxurious tour through the most unknown corners of the island, for four people, which will enjoy the magic of Ibiza and discover places on the island that very few people know about. A real luxury within reach of very few that thanks to Marina Ibiza is now a unique, but affordable experience.

Marina Ibiza in the popular Spanish yacht charter destination - Ibiza

Marina Ibiza in the popular Spanish yacht charter destination - Ibiza

Ibiza has 300 days of sunshine a year and is a very special destination, ideal for a weekend getaway. Every year around this time, the island recovers the rhythm with Christmas activities and in January, the famous calm season helps retrieve the temperature and the good sea to navigate.

For this reason, Marina Ibiza wants to offer to all the sea enthusiasts the opportunity to sail to the most exclusive Mediterranean port, enjoy this authentic luxurious experience and driving in a classic car rally or take excursions in luxurious convertible cars or 4 x 4s. The options being considered are really interesting: visits to fincas and ateliers from artists and DJ’s, wineries, stud farms, hippie markets or simply make a peaceful journey to the Gates of Heaven where you can spend the afternoon in a small shelter with local cuisine to witness one of the best and most amazing views of Ibiza that already the hippies discovered in the 60’s.

Marina Ibiza from above

Marina Ibiza from above

Interested parties may consult the specific rates for your vessel, the vehicles available, conditions and the excursions to choose from by visiting the website, by calling the 971.318.040 or by email at

RIVA 122′ MYTHOS SUPERYACHT – Work in Progress

November 22, 2013

The Riva 122’ MYTHOS superyacht represents the first yacht by the renowned Italian company RIVA completely built in light aluminium alloy, as well as the largest yacht in the world ever constructed by this historical shipyard. Riva’s new flagship MYTHOS yacht, which is currently under construction at CRN in Ancona, is an over 35-tonne aluminium jewel, a real head-turner with her 122 feet in length (37m) and its almost 25-foot beam (7,60m).

Riva 122 Mythos superyacht

Riva 122 Mythos superyacht

The Riva Mythos will include an estimated 15,000 man hours for its painting, 10,000 man hours for carpentry work and 8,000 for electrical systems. These few but very meaningful figures bear witness to how the Riva brand, which became globally known due to its legendary wooden motor yachts, the symbols of the Dolce Vita and the icons of a truly unforgettable time is now marking a new milestone in its history.

From mahogany to fibreglass, from fibreglass to aluminium, the Riva brand keeps evolving, in terms of both yacht sizes and applied technology, and can now boast one of the widest and diversified ranges at a worldwide level, featuring as many as 12 different models between 27 and 122 feet, including open, coupe, and flybridge yachts.




The new Riva flagship is currently on schedule for its delivery date. The hull and the superstructure were completed over the last few months, and carpentry works are currently being finalised. As for the exteriors, the disc grinding and primer application, the primer is a protective material separating the sheet metal from the putty layer, have already been completed and the puttying process is currently ongoing. The top coat application – which is always the last stage in the process – will be completed by the end of February, when the hull takes on its final appearance. To highlight the hull lines Officina Italiana Design (OID) proposed two different shades of grey. A lighter one (“Regal Silver”, a brand-new shade, specifically conceived for this model) and a darker one (“Charcoal”, one of the most largely appreciated colours within the shipyard’s available colour range).

Luxury motor yacht Riva 122 Mythos under construction

Luxury motor yacht Riva 122 Mythos under construction

All the main technical systems are already onboard: the engines, the gensets, the converters, the main electrical panel and the air conditioning compressor assembly have been installed, and all hydraulic and electrical connections are about to be made.

On the lower deck, workers have completed space compartments and installed the ceilings in Canaletto walnut (the wood chosen by the Owner for the entire yacht) as well as part of the furniture.


The 122’ Mythos yacht is also the symbol of the long-standing partnership between two historical and iconic Ferretti Group brands: Riva, which in 2012 celebrated its 170th anniversary, and CRN – the Group’s shipyard specialised in the construction and sale of fully-custom and semi-custom mega-yachts in steel, aluminium and fibreglass between 131 and 295 feet – which, in turn, will celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Motor yacht Riva 122 Mythos under construction at CRN

Motor yacht Riva 122 Mythos under construction at CRN

Through the superyacht 122’ Mythos Riva and CRN, two leading players of the international boating industry, are breathing new life into their more-than-40-year partnership as back in 1970 Carlo Riva decided to terminate his agreement with the Dutch shipyards and to establish a partnership with CRN. A decision that proved to be successful and that between 1970 and 1978 led to the creation of six 77 ft. motor yachts in the Marco Polo series and two Vespucci models (a 90 footer and a 100 footer) designed by the Carlo Riva Yacht Division.


The Riva 122’ Mythos superyacht, which draws inspiration from the 86’ Domino yachts’s main stylistic features, is the outcome of the cooperation between yacht Designer Mauro Micheli – the founder, together with Sergio Beretta, of Officina Italiana Design (the design firms that designs Riva’s entire range), Ferrettigroup Engineering (the Company’s team of engineers and architects, including some of the best in the naval design sector worldwide) and AYTD – Advanced Yacht Technology & Design centre (the Group’s research centre).

Riva 122 yacht Mythos - WIP - Work In Progress

Riva 122 yacht Mythos - WIP - Work In Progress

This yacht is a “100 percent Riva” model, as proven by its clean lines, a painstaking care for details, the use of traditional and yet “evergreen” materials – like steel, wood and leather – which give every Riva yacht a unique, timeless flair. The motor yacht 122’ Mythos stands out for its flawless balance both indoor and outdoor.

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

Work in Progress on the new motor yacht Riva 122 Mythos

Work in Progress on the new motor yacht Riva 122 Mythos


The aluminium planning hull can reach a maximum speed of 27.5 knots and a cruising speed of 25 knots thanks to two MTU 12 V 4000 M 93L, 3510 mhp engines (preliminary data). This is a high-tech planning yacht ensures great comfort and top performances in its class. The shaft drive propulsion system propellers have been designed to ensure the utmost efficiency and outstanding performances in terms of both consumption and range. Maximum comfort is also guaranteed by the stabilising system.


Hull #1 will be in the optional 3-cabin version and its true luxury lies in its spaciousness and privacy. The standard version proposed by the shipyard has 4 cabins, and an additional optional layout with 5 cabins is also available.

Main Deck

The main materials used on this yacht include Canaletto walnut, in a light, softer shade, leather and chromium-plated steel, in line with Riva’s traditional style. Every detail is characterised by essential, clean lines, which result in a timeless, extremely natural style. The salon and the dining area have been conceived as an open space; the living area features 3 white leather sofas and 2 armchairs in a contrasting shade; the 55″ TV can be completely concealed in the ceiling. The dining area is furnished with a large steel and glass table with 10 dark brown leather chairs that are in contrast with the steel and white lacquered details.

Luxury yacht Mythos - Main deck saloon

Luxury yacht Mythos - Main deck saloon

The large uninterrupted glazing, which runs along the entire main deck, offers a breathtaking panoramic view and lets in plenty of light into the day area, connected to the raised pilot station. Continuing towards the bow, there are two doors separated by a wide white lacquered panel: the right door leads to the lower deck, while the left one opens into a small pantry located just before the spacious, comfortable full-beam galley, entirely furnished with white lacquered furniture and reflecting the Owner’s love for cooking and for practical solutions. Thanks to the dinette, featuring a table seating 5/6 people, and its great spaciousness this area is very pleasant and can be enjoyed throughout the day.

Walking further and down towards the crew quarters, the cold room can be reached, with more household appliances and an additional technical area. Lower Deck On this first hull, the very practical layout is further enhanced by the Owner’s decision to have a large suite located amidships and only two VIP cabins. All cabins are located in the central part of the yacht, to ensure maximum comfort also when cruising, while the crew quarters – including the Captain’s cabin and two twin crew cabins, can be found forward. The full-beam master stateroom is furnished with square, natural Canaletto wood furniture with dark brown (“Africa”) leather and chromium-plated steel details. Opposite the bed, located in the centreof the cabin, a low rectangular unit hosts the 46” TV with concealing mechanism and several storage compartments. Under the side glazing are a small living area to starboard and an office area to port. The wardrobes, which run along the walls in front of the bed on both sides of the cabin, are very capacious and functionally organised. The master bathroom comes in an optional configuration and is divided into 4 different areas: from left to right are the bathroom and toilet areas, the two washbasins in “Thassos” white marble (the same material used for the floors) – located in the central part of the room -, the shower box and the sauna. The VIP cabins, which mirror each other, one to starboard and one to port, have been furnished to match the style of the master stateroom, and are both fitted with a spacious head and shower box. The large side glazing ensures great brightness along the entire lower deck.

The outdoor areas are striking for their extraordinary elegance, spaciousness, and functional layout, and allow Owners and guests to enjoy cruising in the utmost comfort. The cockpit includes2 large L-shaped sunpads and a teak and steel dining table with seating for up to 10 people – access can be gained to the aft swimming platform, which separates the two garage doors. The garage can fit a tender exceeding 16 ft. in length on the left and a jet-ski on the right-hand side. A special electrical-hydraulic platform has also been installed, allowing for Owners and guests to safely dive into the sea from the aft platform and to easily launch the water toys.

Luxury yacht Mythos - Flybridge

Luxury yacht Mythos - Flybridge


The upper deck can be accessed from the cockpit using an external staircase and has been designed to offer the Owner and his guests unmatched comfort. Hull #1 features a large Spa Pool, a comfortable sunpad and a bar unit with cooking top. Walking further towards the bow, another C-shaped sofa and the second pilot station can be found.


After the launch, scheduled for February 2014, final decoration and fitting-out operations will be performed, followed by the trials. Delivery is currently expected at the end of April. Next spring and summer the motor yacht Riva 122’ Mythos #1 will cruise in the Mediterranean Sea, where its splendour will undoubtedly greatly admired, and will then head off to Brazil, where its Owner is based.

Luxury superyacht marina at ‘Portonovi’ designed by Marina Projects

November 21, 2013

Marina Projects Ltd is delighted to announce its role as marina consultant for the new, luxury destination Portonovi, due to open in the popular Eastern Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Montenegro in 2016. Azmont Investments d.o.o’s new development will comprise a 250 berth superyacht marina with berths up to 75m, a VIP yacht club and helipad, as well as dedicated pier for visiting superyachts and boutique cruise ships.

Former Kombor Barracks location for Portonovi

Former Kombor Barracks location for Portonovi

Designed to the highest of standards, Portonovi is set to be a world class marina and waterfront development. Located within the stunning Bay of Boka Kotorska with excellent access to the cruising grounds of the Adriatic and beyond, the marina will appeal as both a homeport and visitor destination.

Marina Projects’ Jeff Houlgrave commented, “We are delighted to be working as part of Portonovi’s international, multi-disciplinary team, led by architects Harper Downie. From our experience in the region and further afield we are able to bring a unique design perspective to Portonovi marina.”

Construction is due to begin at the end of November on the 60-acre project. The resort will feature high-end residences; One&Only Portonovi, an ultra-luxury resort offering approximately 120 guest rooms, suites and villas; a destination wellness spa; luxury beach club; Portonovi Arena and Conference Centre, and a tennis academy. In addition there will be waterfront shops, cafes and restaurants, botanical gardens with biodiversity and eco-park, plus a fish market and organic food market.

Portonovi marks Azmont’s vision to create a 21st Century Riviera for Montenegro. James Wilson from Azmont Investments comments; “Montenegro is a culturally rich destination that is catching the attention of a truly international audience. As part of our work we are looking to maintain and enhance the surrounding areas whilst at the same time delivering an unparalleled luxury mixed-use resort. We feel that Portonovi, as a location, reflects the balance between international luxury and local community that Azmont Investments is seeking to achieve.”

New representative for Oyster Yachts based in Italy

November 13, 2013

The well known UK luxury yacht builder, Oyster Yachts, has selected Marine Services as a new representative based in Italy for the Mediteranean Riviera. Marine Services is a new and modern agency, born out of its founders’ strong passion for sailing as well as plenty of years of experience at sea.

New representative for Oyster Yachts based in the popular summer yacht charter destination - Italy

New representative for Oyster Yachts based in the popular summer yacht charter destination - Italy

Marine Services will act as an extension of Oyster’s own European team for its range of deck saloon yachts, from the Oyster 475 to the Oyster 885 (example is superyacht Karibu). The Oyster team will continue to be closely involved in all aspects of their customer’s yacht purchase and ownership.

Below is a choice of the superb charter yachts built by Oyster.

Vilanova Crew Party marks start of winter season at Vilanova Grand Marina – Barcelona

November 01, 2013

Last week in the beautiful Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Barcelona in Spain, saw the Vilanova Grand Marina- Barcelona host a sensational Vilanova Crew Party – Winter edition, in order to mark the start of its fifth winter season. Attended by more than 200 people, the event was destined for captains as well as crew from superyachts anchored at this lovely luxury yacht marina.

Vilanova Crew Party at Vilanova Grand Marina positioned in the lovely Spanish yacht charter location - Barcelona

Vilanova Crew Party at Vilanova Grand Marina positioned in the lovely Spanish yacht charter location - Barcelona

During the event, sponsored by BWA and YCV yacht services, both with offices in the marina, guests enjoyed a delicious barbecue and a live concert during a magnificent evening, followed with a lively party late into the night.

As part of the programme of activities for crew planned for this winter, Vilanova Grand Marina- Barcelona will organise a new ski weekend trip in one of the best ski resorts in the Pyrenees.

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2013: Persistance rewarded in Maltese Classic

October 29, 2013

As always, the Rolex Middle Sea Race kicked off in style. The opening the 34th edition of this popular race was marked by an amazing start sequence, set against Valletta’s sun, kissed limestone bastions and animated by the firing of cannons from the grandiose Saluting Battery.

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2013 - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2013 - Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

For the second year running the sizeable watching public witnessed a record-breaking fleet depart from Malta ahead of a 606-nm anticlockwise loop around Sicily. 99 yachts from 19 countries easily surpassed the figure of 82 entrants from 2012. A remarkable ascendancy for the event organized by the Royal Malta Yacht Club and sponsored by Rolex since 2002. The reasons for its continued popularity are clear: a breathtaking race course, tactically challenging and scenic in equal measure, close competition throughout the fleet and, above all, the indomitable spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie.

The 2013 race was characterized by light conditions, demanding patience and perseverance in the quest for small positional gains. The Kristina Plattner-skippered Maxi yacht Morning Glory from Germany claimed line honours as the race’s fastest boat while the Rolex Middle Sea Race Trophy for overall winner was awarded to B2 from Italy.

Sailing yacht Morning Glory - Photo by Rolex Rene Rossignaud

Sailing yacht Morning Glory - Photo by Rolex/Rene Rossignaud

B2 is the answer
Michele Galli’s TP52 sailing yacht B2 ended an eight-year hiatus since the last Italian victory at the Rolex Middle Sea Race. On that occasion, Carlo Puri Negri’s Farr 70 Atalanta II scooped both of the race’s main prizes.

B2 arrived in Malta with winning intentions as Spanish navigator Nacho Postigo confirmed shortly before the race. “This is a boat which has a good chance as it performs well in both light and strong winds.” Almost exactly three days after the start, B2 was the eighth boat to complete the race. An impressive feat that saw her top the leaderboard on corrected time. Immersed in rapidly fading conditions, the chasing fleet would find it impossible to surpass the B2 benchmark.

The TP52 is a stripped-down racing boat, not designed for comfort rather constructed for maximum performance. It is a model that regularly performs well in the fickle world of offshore racing. Both Franck Noel’s Near Miss from Switzerland, winner of the 2012 the Giraglia Rolex Cup, and American Brian Ehrhart’s Lucky, Rolex Middle Sea Race winner in 2010, are TP52s.

B2’s success was one of persistence, teamwork and creative thinking in the face of adversary. On the second night the crew lost their onboard electronics, probably due to flooding. “We tried everything to reboot the system, but it simply didn’t work, all the displays went black,” explained Postigo. The solution relied on the height of modern cellular technology: one smart phone with a compass app strapped to wheel pedestal to maintain course and another phone loaded with digital cartography to plot position.

Sailing yacht B2 approaching the finish line - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Sailing yacht B2 approaching the finish line - Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Technology may have provided a stopgap solution to the navigation, but in the absence of key instruments, the Italian-Spanish crew was forced to rely inherent nautical instincts and traditional methods to get the best from the yacht. “We ended up racing B2 like a dinghy and Francesco (de Angelis) had to call strategy almost completely blind – I don’t think he had more than two hours sleep!,” confirmed Postigo.

Expertly guided by de Angelis, B2 was able to avoid many of the traps the chasing fleet fell into. “It was a difficult race, the first time this team has done a race this long together. To arrive ahead of almost 100 boats is a great achievement,” explained de Angelis, no stranger to the course. Sailing an all out racing boat like a TP52 is not necessarily the most relaxing way to experience the Rolex Middle Sea Race. “We are very tired!,” he continued, “comfort is not really associated with a TP52 and we experienced everything: light, medium and some strong wind. Technically and physically it was a very challenging race. The key was not losing ground in the difficult moments or becoming blocked during periods of light air.”

Triumphant Return
Morning Glory returned to the Rolex Middle Sea Race for the first time since winning the competition in 2006. Derailed by a last minute technical hitch the 100-ft Maxi superyacht Esimit Europa 2, line honours winner during the last three editions, was unable to defend her title and consequently the chase for line honours was more open than in recent years. Morning Glory and the two competing 72-foot Mini Maxis yacht Alegre (GBR) and yacht Robertissima (ITA) began as favourites.

Morning Glory, Hasso Plattner’s 86-ft Maxi, skippered for the first time by his daughter Kristina, led from the start and was able to gain a march on her nearest rivals through the Messina Strait and the approach to Stromboli. While the race record of 47 hours, 55 minutes and 3 seconds was never under serious threat, her position at the front of the fleet was comfortable. “There were a few light patches in the north of Sicily after Stromboli. We got in the lee of the island and ended up with a lot of light running so it wasn’t conducive to getting the record. However, we never felt threatened by the boats behind us,” explained navigator Andrew Cape.

Fellow afterguard member Chris Nicholson agreed: “The conditions were lighter than predicted but that didn’t surprise anyone. This is a very changeable racecourse, which definitely keeps you concentrated. Weather forecast and routing software are not that useful, you have to see what is happening around you and react.”

Despite not being able to race the boat to anywhere near its full speed potential, most evident during the painful crawl to the finish line after just over two days and 16 hours at sea, the crew enjoyed their success. “The victory means a lot,” explained Kristina Plattner. “It is the first time my father has not been on the boat when I am here. I was quite scared beforehand to do this without him but I’ve known some of these guys for years and they looked after me really well. It’s been pretty awesome!”

Fleet sailing close to the Stromboli shore - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Fleet sailing close to the Stromboli shore - Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Corinthian courage
Despite the difficulties encountered during the long week at sea, the vast or mainly Corinthian fleet revelled in the competition, its challenges and warm welcome on arrival back in Malta.

Massimo Juris and Pietro Luciani’s First 40.7 Blucolombre (ITA) won the increasingly popular and keenly contested double-handed class, where resources are stretched to the limit. “I originally entered the boat with a regular crew and then I saw there was already a lot of double-handed boats so I switched my preference,” explained Juris.

When pressed for his reasons for sailing double-handed, Juris admitted: “Sailing with just two people, there is more room on board. For an owner to manage a crew it’s always a big ask. In long races with a lot of people it can be uncomfortable.” On the other hand, sailing double-handed the hours are longer and responsibility greater. “You have to be available at all times,” continued Juris, “the watch shifts are very important, you have to manoeuvre continually as if you had a full crew. The legs are relatively short so you can’t put things off. We are always having to bang on the boat to suddenly wake the other one up!”

Racing fully-crewed and as a local sailor Edward Gatt Floridia, Maltese skipper of J/122 Otra Vez, could draw on greater Rolex Middle Sea Race experience. “Racing in light airs is very tiring, to keep the boat moving requires the whole crew to concentrate, even the off-watch have to wake up and move their weight to the correct side of the boat. The weather suited the bigger yachts this year.” The rare statistic of just one retirement demonstrates just how well prepared the largely amateur fleet was and their determination to finish the course, in spite of what the elements dictated.

Hopeful for a hundred

With the race over for another year, the Royal Malta Yacht Club is already looking to the future and is confident that the race will break the symbolic hundred entrant level next year. “The club speaks with many sailors and yacht clubs in the Mediterranean, word of mouth from sailors who have enjoyed the race helps. We have seen a big increase in the medium to smaller boats and amateur crews. Hopefully it will grow even more,” explained Commodore Godwin Zammit.

The 2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race will start on Saturday 18 October, 2014.

Palumbo Malta Superyachts ready to welcome Superyachts in renewed facility

October 25, 2013

The Autumn season has just begun and Palumbo Malta Superyachts is ready to host the most spectacular Superyachts in its renewed facility. Three impressive and stylish Superyachts are presently at Palumbo Malta SuperYachts Yard that worked the whole summer to prepare the Yard for the season.

Palumbo Malta Superyachts working on a luxury Superyacht

A 110-metre yacht berthed at Palumbo Malta Superyachts at Hamilton Wharf

A 110-metre yacht is berthed at Hamilton Wharf, under the bright sun of the warm Autumn in Malta, in the meanwhile PMSY workers are carrying out some finishing works on another 55-metre yacht that had a massive refitting during the last month. Moreover, another 50-metre yacht is waiting to enter in the 140-metre covered dry dock for her winter refit.

There is a lot of work at PMSY yard, and its’ skilled and English speaking team knows that this represent just the beginning of a very good season. “Three very big Superyachts are coming next week” says the yard manager Mr Zammit, “and this give us the pride to say we are very confident about the next future, it seems that our Yard recovered the previous bad reputation that had in the past and that the captains are again confident in the services we offer. We are very proud of this result we gained investing a lot in infrastructure and skilled personnel”.

Aerial view of Palumbo Malta Superyachts Facilities

Aerial view of Palumbo Malta Superyachts Facilities

PMSY is one of the biggest superyachts’ dedicated facilities in the Med, currently offering a unique and comprehensive package to yacht owners and captains searching for the perfect winter place for refitting, berthing or maintenance in a premium location with one of the best winter climates in the Mediterranean.

Owners can be sure that their yacht is in safe hands at Palumbo Malta Superyachts, which is ISPS compliant, and has gate control and security 24/7 with CCTV cameras located throughout the marina and a security staff 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Company has also achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification for quality control management.

Palumbo Malta Superyachts Facilities

Palumbo Malta Superyachts Facilities

Malta Superyachts covers an area of 45,000m² with over 377m of quays, enabling the yard to host the largest super yachts in the world. Malta Superyachts has two large dry docks and a 40m floating dock for yachts up to 350T. No.3 dry dock can be covered by a 30m high, 130m long retractable shed which allows almost any yacht to enter without removing her masts. The dry docks are also served by a range of cranes and facilities.

PMSY is looking forward to welcoming you soon in the sunny Maltese Island.

Marina Port Vell announces sponsorship of Anchor Lounge at FLIBS

October 24, 2013

Positioned in the enchanting Spanish yacht charter location – 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 next week’s Anchor Lounge at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show at the Swimming Hall of Fame. The Show will run from October 31 to November 4, 2013.

Fort Lauderdale Boat Show 2012 - Photo credit to Forest Johnson

Fort Lauderdale Boat Show 2012 - Photo credit to Forest Johnson

The Anchor Lounge is designed to offer superyacht captains and crew an environment of relaxation and hospitality which is slightly removed from the hustle and bustle of FLIBS. The Anchor Lounge features a business center, spa services, music, an open bar and TV.

The Lounge is open daily from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm with spa appointments from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, lunch from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm and refreshments from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Marina Port Vell is proud to be a participating sponsor of the Anchor Lounge.