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Motor yacht SOFIA with U-Boat’s C-Quester 3 submersible cruising the Mediterranean

July 23, 2013

Motor yacht SOFIA is currently enjoying the azure waters of the popular summer yacht charter destination – the Mediterranean. Superyacht Sofia features a luxury ‘C-Quester 3‘ three-man personal submersible by U-Boat Worx on board as part of her stable of marine accessories.

Moonen superyacht Sofia with C-Quester 3 private submersible by U-Boat Worx

Moonen superyacht Sofia with C-Quester 3 private submersible by U-Boat Worx

The superb Sofia yacht was built in 2013 by the highly regarded Moonen Shipyards in Holland, and is testimony to the co-operation of all involved in bringing together an integrated solution that incorporates the submersible option within the overall specification of this vessel with impressive capabilities.

Luxury motor yacht Sofia - aft view

Luxury motor yacht Sofia with C-Quester 3 submersible - aft view

With a range of some 5,000 nautical miles, luxury yacht Sofia is a true explorer above and below the oceans.

Moonen Yacht Sofia

Moonen Yacht Sofia from U-Boat's C-Quester 3 submersible

Wajer & Wajer – Official Supplier of Rendezvous in Monaco 2013

July 19, 2013

The well known Dutch luxury yacht tender builder, Wajer & Wajer, was a proud Official Supplier of this year’s  Rendezvous in Monaco, running from June 20 to 23. The world’s top eight superyachts have attended this event, taking place in the beautiful Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Monaco, where they shined in and among the coast of Monaco as well as St Jean Cap Ferrat.

Wajer and Wajer Tenders with Luxury Superyachts at the 2013 Rendezvous in Monaco

Wajer and Wajer Tenders with Luxury Superyachts at the 2013 Rendezvous in Monaco

Wajer & Wajer was amongst the Official Suppliers of this glamourous event, along with Rolls Royce Motor Cars. While the prestigious British brand has provided Ride and Drives on shore, three Wajer Osprey’s have been at the service of the yacht owners and their families for all transfers on the water.

Luxury yacht tender by Wajer and Wajer at full speed

Luxury yacht tender by Wajer and Wajer at full speed

MDL’s Marina del Gargano in Italy to Open to the Public tomorrow

July 18, 2013

Positioned in the popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Italy, the all-new MDL superyacht marina, the fabulous Marina del Gargano, is expected to open to the public tomorrow, on Friday, July 19, 2013. Boats are already coming in preparation for the exclusive opening event, which will take place today, on Thursday, July 18. The event will welcome all customers, together with the team that constructed the marina, as well as the Mayor of Manfredonia, local authorities and politicians. The Archbishop of Manfredonia will also be on hand to conduct a short service, as part of the ceremony to bless the marina and those who use it.


Located in the Gulf of Manfredonia, Puglia, within a few minutes walking distance from the city’s historic centre, the new marina offers 700 berths alongside parks and gardens, children’s play areas, extensive parking, restaurants and shops. Its newly-built floating pontoons are unique to the area, featuring state-of-the-art service bollards for water and electricity supplies. As one of the deepest marinas in the Adriatic, Marina del Gargano can accommodate boats of up to 60m. To celebrate the opening of the marina, boat owners can benefit from great opening offers, including free berthing for 2013 for anyone reserving their annual berth for 2014.

Puglia is renowned for its sun-drenched landscapes and delicious food as well as for having some of Italy’s most beautiful coastline. The historic town of Manfredonia itself is situated in the heart of the Gargano National Park, a unique ecosystem covering over 120 thousand hectares, and famous for its wide variety of plant life. The new marina offers boaters access to the whole of the stunning Adriatic coast, with its caves, bays and secluded inlets that can only be accessed from the sea.

Customers at the new marina will also benefit from MDL’s renowned levels of service, offering berth holders all the advantages and benefits of the network’s facilities across Europe.

RAINBOW Yacht and Holland Jachtbouw team participated in Superyacht Cup 2013

July 16, 2013

The last month’s Superyacht Cup Palma played a host to the second J-Class event of 2013. The event was another amazing regatta, with 5 J’s on the start line for the first time in history in the Meditteranean, in what were pretty perfect conditions.

40m J-Class superyacht Rainbow by Holland Jachtbouw

40m J-Class superyacht Rainbow by Holland Jachtbouw

The crew of sailing yacht Rainbow, which included 4 of the Holland Jachtbouw team, had their work cut out competing against many of the world’s best sailors in what was to be, once again, some very close and exciting racing.

Superyacht Rainbow and the team from HJB will race again with the J’s at the Rolex Maxi Worlds in Sardinia at the beginning of September.

Superyacht Cup Palma 2013 attended by Frers-designed sailing yacht REBECCA

July 16, 2013

Sailing yacht Rebecca attended the Superyacht Cup Palma 2013, running last month. Launched by Pendennis in 1999, the 42-metre luxury yacht Rebecca represents a beautiful Frers design. It was the first time since 2007 that she sailed the waters of the popular summer yacht charter destination – the Mediterranean.

Frers-designed Rebecca Yacht - Courtesy of Pendennis

Frers-designed Rebecca Yacht - Courtesy of Pendennis

Superyacht Rebecca is a very special yacht built to the exact specifications of the owner. She is a successful blend of traditional values and modern technology – a yacht with her own character and distinction.

Below is a selection of the luxurious charter yachts with design by German Frers.

Prominent 5 Gold Anchor Award for Karpaz Gate Marina

July 16, 2013

Karpaz Gate Marina is the first marina in Cyprus to have achieved the Gold Anchor status. This beautiful superyacht marina was honoured with the prominent 5 Gold Anchor rating, following an assessment by The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA).

Karpaz Gate Marina is rated at 5 Gold Anchors

Karpaz Gate Marina is rated at 5 Gold Anchors

The luxury 300-berth marina in Northern Cyprus sailed through the rigorous appraisal process to seal the highest accolade available and join an elite group of marinas across the world with only the most superior facilities and service.

Managed by the Sea-Alliance Group, the marina has benefited from the Group’s extensive experience in the requirements of yacht owners, focusing on customer service and the provision of industry-leading services both in the marina itself and shore-side.

Director of Sea-Alliance Roy Klajman said: “This is a significant milestone for Karpaz Gate Marina and we are extremely proud of our team which has produced the exceptional standards required to achieve this award. Our attention to detail and comprehensive training of everyone involved with the marina has created a blue print for other projects in the future.”

Karpaz Gate Marina, the first marina in Cyprus to achieve Gold Anchor status. Photo Dudu Tresca

Karpaz Gate Marina - the first superyacht marina in Cyprus to have achieved the Gold Anchor status. Photo: Dudu Tresca

Opened in 2011 on the remote and unspoilt Karpaz Peninsula, Karpaz Gate Marina is praised in the glowing report for its ‘charming ambiance’ and ‘superb services’, while the marina staff were also lauded for their friendly and professional support.

The unique qualities of the Eastern Mediterranean location of the marina, providing a perfect base to introduce visitors and boat owners to a new cruising destination and a largely untouched region of Northern Cyprus, also featured strongly in the Gold Anchor assessment summary.

TYHA assessor Murat Tuncer described Karpaz Gate Marina as “an ideally situated base in the heart of the area – the perfect place from which the Karpaz peninsula’s pristine waters, untouched bays and deserted sandy beaches can be explored.”

He continued: “The marina is just as enticing, offering a first-class range of facilities including bars, beach club, cafés, restaurants, chandlery, yacht repairs and duty-free shopping. Inland, the delights of Northern Cyprus await. It’s a land of pine-clad mountains, quiet villages, fascinating historical towns, ancient sights and welcoming people.”

In conclusion, Tuncer added
: “Manager Deniz (Akaltan, Harbour Master) and his crew were very friendly, helpful and professional. I believe that the marina with its charming ambiance and superb services deserves to have a 5 Gold Anchor rating.”

Karpaz Gate Marina in Northern Cyprus. Photo: Dudu Tresca

Karpaz Gate Marina in Northern Cyprus. Photo: Dudu Tresca

The high rating granted to Karpaz Gate Marina reflects the commitment of the staff and the meticulous attention to detail which is visible in all aspects of the marina’s facilities and customer service.

The comprehensive assessment report, which includes a ‘mystery shopper’ visit and consultation with berth-holders, highlights the impressive range of facilities, the quality of the marina staff, the excellent berthing services and the commitment to good environmental practice and safety procedures.

As part of its 5 Gold Anchor status, Karpaz Gate Marina has also achieved the internationally recognised ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations) clean marinas award.

Karpaz Gate Marina Harbour Master, Deniz Akaltan, said: “We are delighted and extremely proud that we have achieved the highest level of award.

“We have invested a lot of time, work and energy to reach this high standard so that we are able to present an exemplary level of facilities and service in such a new sailing destination.

“We are delighted to now have formal recognition of our commitment to ensuring the marina provides the best facilities and service to all our visitors and berth-holders and we will continue to strive to maintain the highest standards.

“The Karpaz region of Northern Cyprus is a truly beautiful and unspoilt area, with rich cruising ground, sheltered anchorages and deserted beaches, as well as historical sites and stunning scenery inland, and we are very pleased that our marina is now providing a gateway to the region.”

The first modern superyacht marina in Northern Cyprus, Karpaz Gate Marina can cater for vessels ranging from 5 metres up to 55 metres. The finger mooring system caters for boats up to 12 metres LOA and its Mediterranean type mooring system caters for vessels from 12 metres LOA. There are alongside or stern-to mooring facilities for super yachts.

Boat maintenance facilities on site include an 18,000 sq m dry dock for refit and repairs, as well as a substantial 300-ton travel lift that is capable of lifting vessels up to 45 metres and with a beam of up 10 metres.

New for the 2013 season, Karpaz Gate Marina has opened an international beach club adjacent to the marina.

The Gold Anchor Award scheme is the trusted measure of marina excellence. It has been operating for almost 25 years and is a voluntary assessment programme which is focused on customer service and providing quality berths for the boat owner. Ratings range from one to five Gold Anchors and provide assurance of quality and credibility of the marina. Qualifying technical criteria is based on TYHA’s Code of Practice for the Construction and Operation of Marina and Yacht Harbours.

New sailings from the Mediterranean to the Carribean announced by Sevenstar Yacht Transport

July 13, 2013

MV Schippersgracht is transporting last of this season-s luxury yachts to the Mediterranean and Sevenstar Yacht Transport is able to announce new sailing going back to the Caribbean after the European summer season in October and November 2013.

Sevenstar Yacht Transport

Sevenstar Yacht Transport

Estimated loading in Tivat between 20th October & 5th November 2013

Ports of call on route:

 Tivat


Palma de Mallorca

St. Thomas, USVI

 Palm Beach, Florida

Estimated loading in Genoa between 20th November & 5th December 2013

Ports of call on route:

 Genoa

 Palma de Mallorca

 St. Thomas, USVI

 Palm Beach FL

“With in excess of 200 yachts being shipped in the last four months from Florida and the Carribean to Europe, we can look back on the most successful summer season in Sevenstar history”, Richard Klabbers Managing Director of Amsterdam-based Sevenstar Yacht Transport states. “And as our customized approach and our unique range of packages continue to expand, those numbers are still growing”.

2014 Schedule

Sevenstar Yacht Transport can offer roundtrip deals, meaning yacht owners can secure their spot again for return sailings in March, April and May 2014 back to the Med.

ARC Rally 2013 participants can be moved back to Southampton in May 2014.

The world’s leading provider of yacht shipping services Sevenstar Yacht Transport has over 25 years experience in worldwide yacht transportation via a global network of offices and exclusive agencies. The company is part of The Spliethoff Group based in Amsterdam which has its own fleet of more than 100 independent carriers and ships on average 1,500 yachts each year through more than 100 ports in over 40 countries, up to 60 meters and 650 metric tons.

Please contact our Amsterdam Head Office, UK or USA Agencies for specific dates and rates.

Captains’ Coating Forum in Antibes, September 4 to 5, 2013

July 12, 2013

Set to run in the popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Antibes in France from September 4 to 5, 2013, the inaugural ‘Surface to Surface Captains’ Coating Forum’ will be hosted by Jotun. The event, a first of its kind, is looking to bring together captains, shipyards, as well as applicators to enter into a dialogue with a view to improving the understanding of the wants of all parties in the shipyard.

The lovely French yacht charter location - Antibes to host first ever Captains' Coating Forum

The lovely French yacht charter location - Antibes to host the first ever Captains' Coating Forum spoke to those involved to find out more about the need for the event in the context of today’s industry. Troy Harvey, Jotun’s yacht concept project supervisor, explained that growing relationships in the industry mean this dialogue is needed now more than ever.

How has the context surrounding paint application changed, and why is 2013 the time to stage this inaugural event?

Troy: The days of just selling paint and not having a close relationship with the captains, the shipyards, the applicators, are a thing of the past. We’re finding already that the earlier a paint company is brought into the team and working hand-in-hand with the captain, the applicator and the shipyard, the better the projects are succeeding.

Why has Jotun made the captains the focus of this event?

Troy: We feel that one of the biggest voices should be the captains, so to put them in a room and have them say how they want to be worked with, we think is the way forward. We’re learning how purely our customers want us to react. You’re never going to be able to put owners around a table. You might be able to do the same sort of thing with yacht management companies, but we feel the captains are usually the closest people to the owner. also spoke with attendees Captain Manele Avenia of motoryacht Daniella and Clive Johnson, managing director of Magma Structures, about what they expected to get from this event.

Why should this event be on the radar of today’s superyacht captains and fellow industry professionals?

Captain Avenia: I think it is important to meet the contractors and hear them out. It gives a broader understanding of what they have to offer regarding their products. I want to attend this event because of my professional interest in developing more knowledge in every aspect of this industry and this time it’s coating – you stop learning the day you die. It is important to me that next time my boss decides to paint his yacht, I will be fully informed about options and products’ quality.

Johnson: This is a great opportunity for the superyacht community to meet and discuss one of the key elements of any build or refit project. It’s a chance to learn more about the life expectancy of today’s coatings and finishes, after care, practice for maintenance, the most reliable products, the most reliable colours, and how contracts should be drafted to ensure best practice for both the builder and the client.

What will you be hoping to get from this event?

Captain Avenia: I hope to learn something new. We have all done major refits and new builds, but technology and materials evolve and better techniques are applied, so keeping up to date is important.

Johnson: The chance to meet fellow people within the industry, talk about current projects and new opportunities, as well as discussing technologies and innovations, current trends in the market and challenges with today’s suppliers.

Do we need more discussion about coatings in today’s industry?

Captain Avenia: I don’t know how many coating discussions are going on in a yearly period, but I believe that more knowledge I can add to my personal experience will better my work.

Johnson: The industry is progressing fast and the demands are ever increasing. Structures are becoming much larger and hence the challenges in application and durability in life are ever increasing. The opportunity to have all the relevant parties in one location to discuss openly must be of value.

The Captains’ Coating Forum is an invitation only event, taking place in Antibes from 4 – 5 September 2013. For more information, or to express an interest in attending, then please contact Emma Tower at The Superyacht Events Agency at The event is hosted by Jotun, with headline sponsorship from Rolling Stock; and support from Cathelco, MarinTurk Turkuaz and Safinah.

Fourth 60 Sunreef Power Yacht MEOW launched by Sunreef Yachts

July 10, 2013

Sunreef Yachts is excited to announce the launch of the fourth 60 Sunreef Power yacht MEOW. The 60 Sunreef Power yacht MEOW was built in response to the growing demand for compact yet highly impressive powerboats. She has all the features of the successful 70 Sunreef Power (example is charter yacht DAMRAK II), except her 27.8 ft / 8.5 m beam that makes her more convenient for crowded marinas, mainly in the Mediterranean. This was one of the main reasons the Owner decided to buy the yacht as it will be her first destination.

60 Sunreef Power yacht MEOW by Sunreef Yachts at launch

60 Sunreef Power yacht MEOW by Sunreef Yachts at launch

Apart from the perfectly sized beam, the 60 Sunreef Power yacht MEOW is all about fun and relaxation with the Spa Pool on the flybridge and a wet bar with an ice maker and a mini fridge in the cockpit.

Launch of fourth 60 Sunreef Power yacht MEOW

Launch of fourth 60 Sunreef Power yacht MEOW

Luxury yacht MEOW ready to hit the water

Luxury yacht MEOW ready to hit the water

The interior represents a modern mix of walnut and white oak furniture. The hulls are finished in light grey and the superstructure in white. The MEOW yacht also features 16 underwater lights and a sound system installed both on the inside and the outside of the boat.

Fourth 60 Sunreef Power Yacht MEOW

Fourth 60 Sunreef Power Yacht MEOW

Below is a choice of the stylish charter yachts built by Sunreef.

A €70 million development of Karpaz Gate Marina

July 09, 2013

A €70 million development of Karpaz Gate Marina has transformed the accessibility of the remote as well as untouched Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), as stated by Karpaz Bay Resort Ltd’s Liza Singer.

Dudu Tresca's photograph of the promenade area of Karpaz Gate Marina

Dudu Tresca's photograph of the promenade area of Karpaz Gate Marina

Singer said the challenging project to open up the area as a premium cruising destination and help more visitors experience the coastline, history, landscape and wildlife on offer is vitally important to the TRNC.

Eight years after the ambitious plans were formulated to build one of the most advanced marina facilities in the Eastern Mediterranean, the early success of Karpaz Gate Marina is already proving that this historically significant, non-Turkish investment will have a dramatic and long-term effect on the country.

Karpaz Gate Marina photographed by Dudu Tresca

Karpaz Gate Marina photographed by Dudu Tresca

With no direct flights to Northern Cyprus, the completion of Karpaz Gate Marina, along with its new beach club and associated promenade and facilities, has now opened ‘a gate to the TRNC’ said Singer.

“Our marina, a gate to the TRNC, means that North Cyprus and the Karpaz region are finally on the map. We are seeing the international flags and different nationalities visiting our marina. This investment is allowing people to enter a country that is in many ways isolated. Here, at Karpaz Gate Marina, the entrance is direct and free,” commented Singer.

Karpaz Gate Marina is captured at night by Brazilian photographer Dudu Tresca

Karpaz Gate Marina is captured at night by Brazilian photographer Dudu Tresca

“The type of tourists who arrive by boat are adventurous and curious. Therefore, once their vessel is secured and sheltered, they are immediately drawn to explore the surrounding area – to see, touch, smell and feel what the TRNC has to offer.”

Situated on the northern shore of the island’s Karpaz peninsula, the luxury 300-berth marina is surrounded by rich cruising ground featuring remote beaches, sheltered anchorages and a spectacular coastline. Kyrenia Harbour and Famagusta Harbour are within easy reach and the southern Turkish coastline is a short sail away. Ashore, the north-east-pointing pan-handle in the region of Iskele features rolling countryside and ancient Byzantine churches.

The beautiful coastline of the TRNC. Credit to Dudu Tresca

The beautiful coastline of the TRNC. Credit to Dudu Tresca

“When we started our development on the island and planned our marina in 2005, the international nautical maps of this area showed an army zone covering all shores of Northern Cyprus,” added Singer. “With negotiation and deliberation, we managed to lift these limitations and re-draft those maps, so Northern Cyprus coasts will be free sailing and cruising grounds.

“To be able to attract yachts to an unknown, unrecognized, internationally embargoed country, and to a remote area like the Karpaz, we knew we had to invest and give significant attention to every detail – attractive berthing packages, maintenance and service, as well as food and beverage hospitality. This investment was a quantum leap in faith and proves the investor has a genuine interest in this country. We knew we would need to educate the world about the TRNC.

One of the picturesque beaches on the Karpaz peninsula. Credit to Dudu Tresca

One of the picturesque beaches on the Karpaz peninsula. Credit to Dudu Tresca

“I believe that a project like this, especially as Karpaz Gate Marina is a national port of entry to the country, is a long-term partnership between the TRNC and private investor. I personally am very excited about the continuation of this investment and will give my utmost effort to see it materialise in the correct way for the Karpaz, the TRNC and the investor.”

Benefiting from duty-free status, Karpaz Gate Marina, located on the north eastern tip of Northern Cyprus, opened in 2011. It provides 300 berths for vessels up to 55 metres and boat maintenance facilities on site including an 18,000 sq m dry dock for refit and repairs, as well as a substantial 300-ton travel lift that is capable of lifting vessels up to 45 metres and with a beam of up 10 metres.

A perfect bay in Northern Cyprus. Credit to Dudu Tresca. The exhibition, Karpaz Untapped Beauty, is showing at Karpaz Gate Marina throughout July

A perfect bay in Northern Cyprus. Credit to Dudu Tresca. The exhibition, 'Karpaz: Untapped Beauty', is showing at Karpaz Gate Marina throughout July

Karpaz Gate Marina is currently hosting a photography exhibition by Brazilian photographer Dudu Tresca, entitled ‘Karpaz: Untapped Beauty’, which showcases the marina and surrounding area of the Karpaz in a series of panoramic scenes. The ‘Karpaz: Untapped Beauty’ exhibition at Karpaz Gate Marina is open daily from 10am to 8pm until July 30.