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55m Benetti motor yacht OCEAN PARADISE – the biggest yacht to be displayed at Cannes Yachting Festival 2014

August 04, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Built by the prestigious Italian shipyard Benetti, the 55-metre motor yacht Ocean Paradise (FB263) will be the longest superyacht at the upcoming Cannes Yachting Festival 2014, set to be held in the glamorous Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Cannes in September. Made of steel and aluminium, luxury superyacht Ocean Paradise is based on a consolidated and tested Benetti platform, yet rich with innovative contents, especially with regards to partitioning, interior design, décor, as well as fitting out.

55m Benetti super yacht Ocean Paradise (FB265)

55m Benetti super yacht Ocean Paradise (FB265)

With luxury yacht Ocean Paradise, Benetti gives further proof of their second to none capability in interpreting and adapting to Owner’s requests. Many elements make this yacht an example of custom avantguard solutions: from the furnishings to the highly elaborate illumination plan, with the use of novel architectural solutions and the combination of both transparent and opaque materials that emphasize the traditional relationship with the sea, or a more contemporary look and feel, as required.

Luxury motor yacht Ocean Paradise from above

Luxury motor yacht Ocean Paradise from above

All this is coordinated and managed by BEST (Benetti Exclusive Sea Technology), the proven domotic system adopted by the yard aboard several vessels and very much appreciated by Owners and crew. Many of these innovations aboard Ocean Paradise have been specifically developed by the yard’s technicians and designers, based on specific requests by the Owner – a dynamic young businessman from Singapore – who was always closely involved in the phases of design and construction.

Ocean Paradise yacht - aft view - Image by Jeff Brown

Ocean Paradise yacht - aft view - Image by Jeff Brown

The Benetti super yacht Ocean Paradise was also conceived to fulfill the specific need of the luxury yacht charter activities, but despite this is characterized by several notable one of a kind elements, such as the designer’s research for solutions that guarantee communication between adjacent environments and especially with the sea, even while relaxing in the main saloon or lunch area. This was obtained by the intense study and development of the height of the opaque elements, and the adoption of plexiglass and crystal materials, with the absence of bulwarks in the floor to ceiling windows in the salon. Minimalist, but never cold, and always connected with the sea: these were some of the guidelines given by the Owner for the development of this project. The Benetti team of interior and exterior designers interpreted the desires of the Owner, bringing it to an ideal fruition from both the technical and esthetic/functional points of view.

Aerial view of Ocean Paradise superyacht at anchor

Aerial view of Ocean Paradise superyacht at anchor

There are four guest cabins, all located on the lower deck, with access from a central hall connected to the main deck foyer. Each cabin has its own spacious bath, and a view of the sea is guaranteed by ample portholes. The Owner’s suite is located on the forward portion of the main deck, and stretches the full width of the yacht. This environment, both in size and position, is also unique for aspects such as expansive bathroom suite and a side terrace (balcony). Here, like in the rest of the vessel, an intense study by the lighting design team has created just the right atmosphere. This results from the use of LED and LED RGB, skillfully hidden in the cladding and managed by sophisticated, yet simple to use systems managed by exclusive Benetti BEST System.

Luxury yacht Ocean Paradise - Sundeck

Luxury yacht Ocean Paradise - Sundeck

Light is of primary importance throughout the entire Ocean Paradise superyacht project, both natural light, filtered through ample openings in the yacht’s structure, in addition to transparent solutions such as the crystal skylight, and artificial light, with temperature controlled color to match the natural light. Special attention has been paid to the passageways used by the Owner, guests and crew, skillfully separated but always able to ensure rapid service by the personnel to all shared living and private areas.There are numerous solutions adopted to exploit the spaces and volumes designed to guarantee comfort and contact with the sea aboard the Ocean Paradise: one is the aft beach area with adjacent relax zone and sheltered service areas, complete with a large platform created by lowering the transom door.

Ocean Paradise superyacht - Sundeck

Ocean Paradise superyacht - Sundeck

To create an open air area, yet hidden and independent from the tender and toy launching area, the Benetti designers have developed a system of lateral openings, complete with a mooring platform for jet-skis or the custom made 6.2 meter tender which is stowed inside the garage while under way. The rescue boat is house in it’s own forward garage so hidden from the view of the guests and protected from the seas. The jet-skis are mounted on the foredeck in a separate area, but offering a tantalizing view from the circuit used by the Owner and his guests.

Motor yacht Ocean Paradise - Upper Deck

Motor yacht Ocean Paradise - Upper Deck

The Owner, who also has interests in interior design, was a very active participant in the design of the secondary ambient too, with the objective of creating a natural and relaxing atmosphere, where encased Zen gardens appear, with the successful intent of infusing perceptive serenity. In bringing the natural greenery of plants aboard using transparent surfaces that double as display cases and natural light openings for the interior, the Ocean Paradise yacht gains a particularly eclectic atmosphere. For his yacht the Owner has commissioned details such as the wardrobe door handles (designed by the winner of a design competition), light switches, light fixtures, automatic hatch and panel latches, chromatic contrasting leather stitching, completely clad leather interiors for lockers, and the many “hidden” storage areas perfectly integrated among the various environments.

Ocean Paradise Yacht - Beach Area

Ocean Paradise Yacht - Beach Area

The design motive of every area, even the smallest and least visible, has been customized by the Owner to ensure coherency with the entire project’s inspiration. This is also true on above decks, where we find an oversize swimming pool with waterfalls on the sun deck, and furnishings that suggest natural environments and facilitate the view of the sea. There is also a gym on the sun deck which dominates the ocean, and a mini bar with DJ console.

Ocean Paradise superyacht - Wheelhouse

Ocean Paradise superyacht - Wheelhouse

Technically, Benetti Ocean Paradise yacht (FB263) keeps to a classic configuration: steel displacement hull, with a displacement of 651 tons and 710 gross tonnage; two CAT 3512C (1765 kW) motors with 2,367 horsepower, which always guarantee the best yacht’s performance and navigation efficiency at every speed. Cruising range is 4,000 nautical miles at an economical cruising speed of 12 knots, with an easily reachable top speed of 17 knots and a fast cruising speed of 15.5 knots using 85% of the available propulsion power.

Superyacht Ocean Paradise - Skylounge

Superyacht Ocean Paradise - Skylounge

Super yacht Ocean Paradise - Main Saloon

Super yacht Ocean Paradise - Main Saloon

Ocean Paradise yacht - Dining

Ocean Paradise yacht - Dining

The bridge is fully equipped with the “Integrated Bridge” Benetti technology, enabling the crew to quickly and easily monitor all onboard systems, guaranteeing safety and easy repair access when necessary. Using touch-screens, the system displays the state of all onboard systems, managing both alarms and function monitoring. From the bridge the crew has complete control of the vessel and is immediately informed of any malfunctions, even from remote areas of the vessel. This advanced system, adapted by Benetti, also allows monitoring of the AC systems to rationalize the system’s energy consumption while underway in varying atmospheric conditions. The bridge also has modern design elements, as well as some classic in the form of the stitching in the leather work to complement the advanced technology.

Ocean Paradise yacht - Owners Cabin

Ocean Paradise yacht - Owners Cabin

Ocean Paradise superyacht - Owners Bathroom

Ocean Paradise superyacht - Owners Bathroom

Completely clad in leather with contrasting stitching and several different illumination settings, the walk-around instrument console and separate chart table, make the Bridge seems a unique design piece itself. The exterior of the wheel house allows undisrupted access from the wing station from where the Captain has excellent visibility for docking operations, and severs as an exterior crew lounge as well.

Below is a video showing the beautiful Ocean Paradise yacht by Benetti:

DIMENSION AND MAIN CHARACTERISTICS OF FB265 SUPERYACHT OCEAN PARADISE:

Builder AZIMUT-BENETTI SPA – Benetti Shipyard, Italy

Year of Construction 2013

Construction Material Steel/Aluminium

Length Overall (LOA) 55 m 180’ 5”

Maximum Beam 9,6 m 31’ 6”

Maximum Draft 2,77 m 9’ 1” @ Draft Amidship at half load from B.L. (B.O.K) 2,89 m 9’6” @ Draft Amidship at full load from B.L. (B.O.K)

Full load displacement 651 t

Half load displacement 617 t

Light load displacement 543 t GRT 709

Fuel tank capacity 73.800 litres

Fresh water capacity 15.200 litres

ReverserOsmosis water

Maler Plant Idromar 2 x 12.000 litres/day

Main Engines CAT 3512C (1765 kW) 2.367 hp @ 1.800 rpm

Gear Boxes Reintjes WAF 743L

Generators 2 x Northern lights x 155kW 1 x Northern lights x 80kW

Propellers Benetti Design

Stabilizer at anchor Quantum – Zero Speed system

Stabilizer underway Quantum – Zero Speed system

Max Speed 17 Kn

Cruising Speed at 85% of maximum power 15,5 Kn

Range at economic speed 4.000 n.m.

Economic speed for Range 12 Kn

Classification ABS ✠ A1 Commercial yachtingservice, ✠ AMS

Number of cabins Guest + Owner 4 + 1

Number of crew berths 7 (including the first officer’s cabin)

Captain’s cabin double

First officer’s cabin 1 single bed (increased size)

Exterior Styling & Concept Benetti

Interior Design Benetti

Below is a gallery for the exquisite charter yachts built by Benetti.

PlanetSolar arrives in Athens as part of ‘TerraSubmersa’ scientific expedition

August 04, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Following an amazing passage through the Corinth Canal on July 28 and a stop in Eretria from July 31 to August 2, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Swiss archeological excavations in this region, the world largest solar-powered boat, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, docked yesterday afternoon in the port of Piraeus in Athens, a fantastic Greece yacht charter destination. This is the second stop on the itinerary of the TerraSubmersa scientific expedition, led in partnership with the University of Geneva (UNIGE).

PlanetSolar across the Korinthos Canal

PlanetSolar across the Korinthos Canal - Image credit to PlanetSolar

The purpose of this expedition is to explain the scientific objectives of this archeological mission, which will be launched on August 11 in the Argolic Gulf (Greece). The ship will reprise her role as a scientific platform, lending her exclusive features in service of the UNIGE researchers, whose goal is to explore the prehistoric landscapes submerged by the water, in order to reconstruct them and identify any potential traces of human activity.

MS Turanos PlanetSolar

MS Turanos PlanetSolar - Image credit to PlanetSolar

The expedition will allow the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar to continue to prove her uses, both as a platform for communication and events, and especially as a scientific platform. “PlanetSolar’s second life is not just an occasion to expand upon prestigious visits to New York, London, Paris, or Athens, or event for spectacular voyages like the crossing of the Corinth Canal, but it also offers the crew the pleasure of accomplishing the most diverse kinds of missions. Among these, TerraSubmersa, which is the highlight of our 2014 season, is certainly the most fascinating. The highly precise navigation we will need, together with the excitement of discovery… all in the magnificent setting of the Argolic Gulf,” declared Gérard d’Aboville, the ship’s captain, with great enthusiasm.

PlanetSolar from above

PlanetSolar from above - Image credit to PlanetSolar

TerraSubmersa expedition: discovering submerged prehistoric landscapes

This Greco-Swiss expedition, led by Julien Beck, a researcher in the classical archeology department of UNIGE, aims to explore the prehistoric landscapes that have been submerged by the waters of the Argolic Gulf, in order to reconstruct them and to identify any potential traces of human activity.“Prehistoric underwater archeology and the study of ancient submerged landscapes are new fields of study in Greece,” Julien Beck explains. This research will allow archeologists to reconstruct landscapes that have vanished underwater, and to understand the interactions between prehistoric man and the sea.

The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar will mainly be used to take geophysical measurements, which will allow the researchers to model the topography of ancient coastal zones, and to identify any potential traces of human activity. The Alkyon, a boat from the Hellenic Center for Maritime Research, will also be used for this work, which will be carried using state-of-the-art equipment (multi-beam sounder, lateral sweeping sonar, GPS, etc.). Subaquatic excavations will then be led by divers, thanks to a hydraulic aspirator which will remove a layer of protective silt from the site.

Isle of Man Superyacht Forum to host networking breakfast at Monaco Yacht Show 2014

August 01, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

To be held in the glamorous Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Monaco, the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show will see the Isle of Man Superyacht Forum host an informal networking breakfast. This will take place at Zest Bar and Restaurant on September 25, 2014.

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The breakfast will open with a short introduction from Andrew Roy (Chairman of the Forum) and Dick Welsh (Director of the Isle of Man Ship Registry).

The event, entitled “The Isle of Man – A Centre of Excellence” will promote many services available on the Island and the Isle of Man’s considerable experience in vessel registration, management, company formation taxation and other corporate services.

The sponsors of the event will have representatives attending to answer any questions you may have. The sponsors are Abacus, Affinity, Appleby, Baker Tilly, Boston, IBOS, Knox House, and MHG Ocean Benefits.

Genoa Boat Show 2014: Statements by UCINA’s Chairman Massimo Perotti

August 01, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Massimo Perotti, the Chairman of UCINA – Confindustria Nautica and a member of the Board of Saloni Nautici SpA, the company organizing the Genoa Boat Show and associated with UCINA, has confirmed his satisfaction with the results achieved so far. He has once again stressed the crucial points of the three-year plan to re-launch the event and to renew it, two processes that began in this edition. The aim is to restore the event, held in the lovely Italy yacht charter destination – Genoa, to its previous levels of importance in Europe as well as in the Mediterranean region.

International Boat Show of Genoa

International Boat Show of Genoa

RELAUNCH PROJECT

“Even if we have already spoken about the 2015 edition linked to the Milan Expo, we are still intensely concentrating on the 2014 edition. The Boat Show’s new organisation is working full time on the October event – the last participation requests are arriving now. There is great excitement and work is proceeding according to the scheduled three-year development plan. The 2015 Boat Show (despite its different format) will clearly be an evolution step that is part of a coordinated operation to relaunch the Genoa International Boat Show as the most important event that valorises Italian ship building. This project is popular among workers in the industry and exhibitors.”

WORK OBJECTIVES

“It pays to be realistic. 2013 was ‘year zero’. Now we have started again, fully aware there is lots to be done. We are all in the same boat and it is best to deal with problems, set up a system, put aside regrets and, most importantly, avoid burying our heads under the sand. The main objective is to make the Genoa Boat Show the largest and most important in Europe once more. The conditions for doing so exist.”

Massimo Perotti

Massimo Perotti

STRATEGIC ELEMENTS FOR REDEVELOPMENT

“We are concentrating on three factors in 2014. The first is the truly international dimension of the Boat Show. We must be a topic of conversation abroad and the data on the presence of

foreign journalists recorded at the end of July is very positive indeed. We must use the press to help people understand the system’s great potential strength and that our tradition is a unique heritage that cannot be lost. These concepts must be stressed. To this we must add the buyers  who are invited to view the quality of Italian ship building productions directly, thanks to funding from the Ministry of Economic Development.

We have organised the show more effectively. Areas are organised according to more logical criteria. Having the boats afloat allows exhibitors to valorise their models with tests in the water and, at the same time, exhibition-related costs are lower. A clear division according to product sectors helps visitors move around more easily. In addition to all the above, all services (from catering to parking) have been considerably improved.

The third point is that the Boat Show must make a firm entrance into the Made in Italy system. It must be a showcase of excellence in our tradition of large and small boat production. We have a long tradition which is an integrating part – the jewel in the crown – of our production. People from all over the world want true Made in Italy. We must bring this home to them in the sector that involves us. At the same time we must act in coordination with other high-quality sectors that have made us famous and that have contributed to the great reputation that continues to endure.”

SUPER MADE IN ITALY

“This new brand will unite all great Italian yachts at the Genoa Boat Show. Strong synergies are being established with the worlds of design and furnishing. The Super Made in Italy project fits into this context, which will help us overcome the individualist logic that is typical of our Italian character. We are more creative and original than anybody else and Italian design is a point of reference for people all over the world, just as the quality of our components is. This leadership must be highlighted and made known via the Boat Show.”

STRONG POINTS OF THE EXHIBITION LAYOUT

“Last year accessories and small boats (inflatables and otherwise) fitted very well in pavilion B. The same applies to boats with motors and large facilities, which were exhibited in the Power Village. This year sailing boats will have a better and improved position, with the new and impressive Sailing World section under the frame. So will the great yachts, in the Super Made in Italy area. I like the fact that every product category has a clear, well-defined position.”

EXHIBITOR PARTICIPATION

“Some important ship yards, which did not participate in the past (struggling) editions are back this year. Some have increased their exhibition areas. Of course I am upset some historical Italian ship yards are not taking part – it is not good for the Boat Show and does not benefit the sector. On the whole, however, people find the 2014 Boat Show appealing. We are enthusiastically and confidently rising to the challenge.”

Delivery of 45m Holland Jachtbouw superyacht HEUREKA

August 01, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Built by the prominent Dutch shipyard Holland Jachtbouw, the all-new 45m superyacht Heureka (ex Y3 or YIII) is currently enjoying the azure waters of the popular Mediterranean yacht charter locations, following her successful delivery. Luxury sailing yacht Heureka has been superbly penned by Bill Dixon, while her beautiful interiors have been designed by Rhoades Young.

Holland Jachtbouw super yacht Heureka at launch

Holland Jachtbouw super yacht Heureka (ex Y3 or YIII) at launch

Luxury yacht Heureka has been commissioned by a repeat client, who has enjoyed many years sailing on his current HJB yacht.

Heureka yacht has been designed to do very well in the light airs of the Mediterranean. She boasts a number of special features, including a fully automatic bimini and dodger, a double hinging transom door/swim platform, as well as a telescopic lifting keel, that has been designed in such a way that it does not interfere with the interior layout of this sleek high performance sloop.

Below is a choice of the exquisite charter yachts built by Holland Jachtbouw.

Dining in Venice on Italy Yacht Holiday with Charter Yacht STARFIRE

July 31, 2014

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Venice, Italy’s finest romantic destination and a fantastic place for a romantic Italy yacht holiday in the Mediterranean aboard the 54m (178’) STARFIRE superyacht, has been sweeping lover’s off their feet for centuries with its candied rooftops, sun kissed spires and decadent piazzas awash with art, flowing wine and high class  food. As a beautiful Italy luxury superyacht charter destination nothing compares to the glory of Europe’s golden child – Venice.

Dining in Venice on a Superyacht Charter in Italy

Dining in Venice on a Superyacht Charter in Italy

Sip dark sweet coffee beneath the ethereal beauty of St Marks Basilica, slip away into the tight knit winding streets, peruse the jewelled fruit stalls of the local markets and sigh with delight at the maze of canals that criss-cross the sweetest city in Italy while enjoying your holidays on an unforgettable Venice yacht charter aboard luxury yacht STARFIRE. Of course no luxury superyacht adventure to these shores would be complete without exploring the delectable array of fine food on offer. From traditional trattorias to innovative flavours, take a look at the must experience places to dine in Venice.

Trattoria da Remigio

Hearty, simple surroundings and fresh dressed crab makes Trattoria da Remigio a firm favourite for those who adore seafood served without the fuss. The burst of Italian atmosphere, the clatter of cutlery and the chilled crisp wines make for a fabulous ambience. The gnocchi alla pescatora is a ‘must try’ for melt in the mouth goodness, gentle aromas and bright catch of the day fish that flakes on the fork.

Dining in Venice on a Superyacht Charter -Trattoria da Remigio

Dining in Venice on a Superyacht Charter -Trattoria da Remigio

Vini da Arturo

If you fancy rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous over tender steaks and golden artichokes then Vini da Arturo is the place to be. The likes of Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Andreessen have all fallen head over heels with the award winning menu that hasn’t been touched in decades and the pure local feel that lights up the place. The tight narrow dining space delivers an intimate feel and the owner of this hidden gem is always happy to crush a cup of wine with guests.

La Cantina

Avoid the tourist traps that pepper the streets of Venice and head to La Cantina for chic tapas, locally brewed beer and freshly shucked oysters glistening on the counter. The lightly seared tuna falls apart on the tongue, the blue veined cheese softens on oven fresh bread and the ancient charcuterie slices premium cured meats that match the Prosecco with perfection. On sultry days grab a table on the sidewalk and watch the beautiful people of Venice pass by.

Dining in Venice on an Italy Superyacht Charter - La Cantina

Dining in Venice on an Italy Superyacht Charter - La Cantina

El Refolo

This unassuming hole in the wall wine bar is brimming with local fun and is an absolute diamond for starting your night in style. Watch the venetians bustling past with their brown paper bags from the market, the dark-eyed children running by and the sound of wine soaked jazz filtering through the air. On fair weather evenings guests should make the most of the charming courtyard space, celebrating with a house special Bellini and basket of warm bread, olive oil and plenty of cured meats and market cheeses.

Dining in Venice on a Superyacht Charter - El Refolo

Dining in Venice on a Superyacht Charter - El Refolo

Terrazza Danieli

The sunset spot of Terrazza Danieli offers breath-taking views of the Grand Canal from its premier rooftop terrace. Nowhere else in the city can you watch the sky blush pink and the gold sparkle and fade over Venice. Start with a seasonal Octopus Carpaccio, move on to the truffle scented John Dory and finish with a saffron and mascarpone cheese mousse adorned with strawberry coulis.

Dining in Venice on a Italy Yacht Charter - Terrazza Danieli

Dining in Venice on a Italy Yacht Charter - Terrazza Danieli

About 54m (178-foot) Motor Yacht STARFIRE

Refitted in 2012 to a beautiful Art Deco styled superyacht, motor yacht STARFIRE is a available for Mediterranean yacht charter, including Eastern Mediterranean destinations of Croatia, Greece, Turkey as well as Western Mediterranean’s Italy and French Riviera. She is a fantastic Benetti-built superyacht and a perfect choice for a luxurious Venice yacht holiday.

Charter Yacht STARFIRE

Charter Yacht STARFIRE

Aboard superyacht STARFIRE

Aboard superyacht STARFIRE

Accommodation aboard STARFIRE yacht is provided in 6 beautifully appointed cabins. The layout includes the Owner cabin, which features a large king-sized bed with an en suite bathroom with a spa pool tub, shower and a head. Furthermore, there are two double cabins with queen-sized beds and en suite shower and head, as well as two twin cabins with a Pullman bunk, en suite facilities with a shower and a head. The final cabin boast a king-sized bed, an en suite bathroom with a bath tub, shower and a head.

54m Luxury Charter Yacht STARFIRE by Benetti

54m Luxury Charter Yacht STARFIRE by Benetti

Luxury yacht STARFIRE offers the latest and most advanced in communication systems, offering high speed internet access anywhere and at any time and top audio-visual entertainment systems. She is powered by two Deutz 6 cylinder engines to a maximum speed of 14 knots and cruises comfortably at 12 knots.

Dining on board STARFIRE charter yacht

Dining on board STARFIRE charter yacht

For more information about charter yacht STARFIRE and Venice yacht charter in Italy, please contact our experienced brokers here.

Bio: Captain Carl Sputh spends the majority of his time at the helms of MY Starfire, a 178′ superyacht for charter. When ashore, he enjoys travelling the world, driving his custom Triumph motorcycle and learning to fly helicopters.

All photographs courtesy of M/Y Starfire

Panerai Transat Classique 2015 to be hosted by Marina Lanzarote

July 31, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Nestled in the popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Spain, the fabulous Marina Lanzarote, managed by Calero Marinas, has been announced as departure host to the fleet of the Panerai Transat Classique 2015. Yachts preparing to participate in this amazing transatlantic race will be able to enjoy a new, comfortable and vibrant marine facility, positioned right in the capital of the beautiful volcanic Canary Island of Lanzarote.

Marina Lanzarote is Calero Marinas’ third and most ambitious project, providing a tremendously important nautical centre for the island’s capital Arrecife and a vibrant marine destination for this strategic location in the Canaries

Marina Lanzarote is Calero Marinas’ third and most ambitious project, providing a tremendously important nautical centre for the island’s capital Arrecife and a vibrant marine destination for this strategic location in the Canaries

Leaving on the 7th January, next year, this almost 3000-mile long race is the pinnacle of the classic yacht racing series and currently the only transatlantic event of its kind dedicated exclusively to classic yachts. Owners speak of the purest kind of delight forged from the pleasure of sailing a real distance on board these magnificent vessels and the fulfilling sense of accomplishment, competing with crew as a skilled and offshore racing team.

Castillo San José – overlooking the harbour entry

Castillo San José – overlooking the harbour entry

A number of participants will be returning to the race after having competed in previous editions and the line-up of yachts having expressed an interest is impressive. With the larger proportion of the fleet travelling down from the Mediterranean where many of the Panerai series events are held, these boats will be looking to secure a place in Lanzarote this autumn, ahead of the race.

Along with a new 820 tonne hoist, a splendid new yard in Marina Lanzarote is also home to shipwright “Maestro Tito”; a mainstay of the island’s long-standing tradition of boat-building dating from the late 18th century.

Part of the city’s cultural heritage, these craftsmen descend from those who built and maintained the island’s fishing fleet, also offering a valuable repair service to the traffic of boats passing through Lanzarote

Part of the city’s cultural heritage, these craftsmen descend from those who built and maintained the island’s fishing fleet, also offering a valuable repair service to the traffic of boats passing through Lanzarote

These innate skills and years of experience will serve the Panerai Transat Classique fleet well in the event that work is required. Calero Marinas boatyard staff and resident team of specialists of riggers, sailmakers, machinists and mechanics amongst other skills will help ensure that participants have everything they need.

The preparation week from the 1st to the 7th January will give the fleet a taste of Lanzarote hospitality and an introduction to the island’s famous geography and culture. Participating yachts will be berthed together in Marina Lanzarote during this week, promising quite a sight.

Castillo San Gabriel, Arrecife

Castillo San Gabriel, Arrecife

The event will be well supported by the Real Club Náutico de Arrecife (Royal Arrecife Sailing Club) and the Patronato de Lanzarote.

Monaco Yacht Show 2014 to be the best ever

July 30, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

To be hosted by the glamorous Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Monaco, this year’s Monaco Yacht Show, the world’s No. 1 showcase for superyachts afloat, will be the best ever, boasting 115 beautiful yachts and about 30 luxury yacht tenders. In addition, there will be an extended exhibition, that will host the most renowned and finest suppliers to the industry.

MYS 2014

The extension reflects the increasing demand for exhibiting bigger yachts in the Port. From the 2014 event and into the future the Monaco Yacht Show will be able to berth these giants measuring over 100 m for all to see!

For all to see… and for just few that will be visiting the show a chance to buy them! This annual, one-of-a-kind event attracts billionaires from around the world, many that will be inconspicuously walking the docks as they catch up on the latest superyacht trends. This princely destination is a well known staple amongst Mediterranean cruising grounds and has long been the destination of choice for superyacht owners and guests, making Monaco a natural home for this unique event.

85m Lurssen mega yacht Solandge to be displayed at MYS 2014 - Photo by Klaus Jordan

85m Lurssen mega yacht Solandge to be displayed at MYS 2014 - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Amongst the 115 floating palaces from 25 to 100 m that will be exhibited at Monaco next September, around forty of them will be unveiled to the public for the first time. This is the annual event that the builders of the world’s largest yachts look forward to, it is their chance to showcase their finest luxury yachts.

A few outstanding superyachts that will be attending are mega yacht Solandge, the 85m highly luxurious family orientated vessel delivered last October by Lürssen. She has been notably engineered for self-sufficiency during extended voyages on the high seas.

Monaco will be also hosting motor yacht Como, a new 46m yacht by Feadship. With her modern bow and whaleback sheer, the exterior design of this new build reflects the owner’s specific ideas with large windows in the hull and glass in the superstructure that offers spectacular uninterrupted views from the owner’s stateroom.

Luxury super yacht COMO at her launch

Luxury super yacht COMO at her launch

Out of the four superyachts being displayed by the Admiral shipyard, the new 47m superyacht Entourage will be their largest.

Admiral Maxima 47 Yacht Entourage at launch

Admiral Maxima 47 Yacht Entourage at launch

But for pure yachting pleasure it is worth noting the elegant and distinguished sailing yachts that will be exhibited at the Show this year too: sailing yacht Wisp is the new 48m classic sloop by the Dutch shipyard, Royal Huisman, she is a fine example of revival naval architecture by Hoek Design. The owner’s brief was for a boat that would perform well without excessive heel, thus allowing comfortable cruising and at the same time a little ‘gentleman’s racing.’

Sailing yacht WISP - Ruud Burgers Maritieme Fotografie Harlingen

Sailing yacht WISP - Ruud Burgers Maritieme Fotografie Harlingen

These few examples of 2014 launches are typical of the ultra chic and sophisticated fleet of superyachts that will be unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show. For Gaëlle Tallarida, the show’s Managing Director the comparison of Monaco’s superyacht offering with Haute Couture collections is clearly obvious: “In superyachting, as well as in Haute Couture, everything is possible, harmonious and luxurious with only the best of the best materials being used. Designers enjoy saying that the only limit to creating a yacht is the limit of the owner’s imagination! Each yacht is made possible by the work of hundreds of specialised and passionate employees. By listening carefully to the expectations and requests of both market professionals and yacht owners the MYS strives to bring the two together in a befitting business ambience.”

Top-class services for high-end visitors

The MYS attracts industry leaders and a ultra wealthy clientele from around the world and offers top-class services to meet the demands of this elite clientele: VIP passes, luxury courtesy car services, helicopters, bus or boat shuttles.

In the heart of the show area, the Upper Deck Lounge is designed to be a place where businessmen can hold their meetings, or maybe invite their favorite clients to dine in the restaurant catered by Private Dining by Fairmont Monte-Carlo, or simply enjoy a glass of champagne by Taittinger in a luxurious setting designed by interior decorators Sabrina Monte-Carlo in collaboration with Italian designer Paola Lenti, the French crystal manufacturer Baccarat and the art gallery Opera Gallery. The Upper Deck Lounge also includes several reception areas reserved exclusively for the executives of exhibiting companies, areas where they can talk with their customers in confidence.

On display in the lounge will be the finest timekeepers manufactured by the Swiss luxury watchmaker Ulysse Nardin, official sponsor of the MYS for the 6th consecutive year.

Welcome to the Captains and crews

New this 2014, the MYS will be hosting the superyacht captains and crews in an exclusive lounge for the four days of the show. Located in the show venue, beside the new Monaco Yacht Club, the MYS C&C Lounge will offer services of high quality: animations, a relaxation area with massages, this is a lounge area where captains and Crew can meet up and chill out.

According to Gaëlle Tallarida, “offering a real lounge especially for crews has become essential and natural for us. We know a few crew facilities around the show already exist but our main concern was to really welcome those men and women who are the heart and soul of a yacht”. She also stresses out the importance of the captain and crewmembers on board a yacht: “their role is incommensurate: their relationships with the owner are unique and privileged, based on complete trust. How could it be otherwise with “men” who are entrusted the management of a floating palace that is worth several millions of Euros? The Monaco Yacht Show must be the celebration of the superyachting way of life, whether you are the owner or a crew member”.

And what makes Monaco also so special during the show is the hundred of social events organised by the exhibitors: press conferences, debates with the market leaders, and friendly happy hours at stands. Cocktail or evening parties on board the yachts, yacht awards or gala dinners in the luxury hotels in the Principality are also some of the many highlights that enable formal and informal networking and often attract those that can afford and do buy superyachts.

Mallorca Yacht Charter aboard striking 52’ RIVA Rivale Yacht SAKURA

July 29, 2014

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Enjoy an unforgettable Mallorca yacht charter aboard the striking 52’ RIVA Rivale yacht SAKURA and discover this fantastic Spain yacht vacation destination in style, luxury and comfort.  Charter Yacht SAKURA is a striking 52-foot RIVA Rivale yacht available for charter around the beautiful Balearic Islands and Mallorca in the Mediterranean.

Motor yacht SAKURA - a Riva Rivale 52 yacht - Image credit to easyboats.com

Motor yacht SAKURA - a Riva Rivale 52 yacht - Image credit to easyboats.com

Boasting beautiful Italian design and quality craftsmanship, motor yacht SAKURA combines, comfort, luxury and safety. She is a fantastic vessel for Spanish island hopping thanks to her impressive top speed of 40 knots and a cruising speed of 36.5 knots. Her striking ‘grey sand’ colour and sporty appearance are sure to turn heads wherever she might appear; so be prepared for a lot of attention!

Luxury yacht SAKURA - Riva Rivale 52 - Image credit to easyboats.com

Luxury yacht SAKURA - Riva Rivale 52 - Image credit to easyboats.com

Riva Rivale yacht SAKURA - Image credit to easyboats.com

Riva Rivale yacht SAKURA - Image credit to easyboats.com

Accommodation is offered in two lovely cabins to four charter guests in total, allowing for fantastic Mallorca yacht holiday in a company of friends or a family. Mallorca charter yacht SAKURA has a good selection of water toys for additional entertainment while on board, including waterskis, wakeboard, donut, snorkelling gear as well as an Avon jet RIB suitable for towing.

Sakura yacht - interiors - Image credit to easyboats.com

Sakura yacht - interiors - Image credit to easyboats.com

Sakura yacht - Onwer cabin - Image credit to easyboats.com

Sakura yacht - Onwer cabin - Image credit to easyboats.com

About Mallorca Yacht Charters

Located in the beautiful Western Mediterranean, Mallorca represents the largest island of the famous Balearic Islands Archipelago. Mallorca yacht rental holidays are very popular, steeped in history of being an old coastal settlement that dates back to the first millennium. Guests visiting this fabulous island will enjoy the colourful culture of the Majorcan people, fantastic history and beautiful beaches.

Nikki Beach in Mallorca - Ultimate beach club experience for luxury yacht charter guests at Nikki Beach Mallorca in the Balearic Islands

Nikki Beach in Mallorca - Ultimate beach club experience for luxury yacht charter guests at Nikki Beach Mallorca in the Balearic Islands

Palma de Mallorca is the capital and a good place to fly into and start your holiday from. Important places to visit could include the Pueblo Espanol, the Castel de Bellver, the Paseo Maritimo, the Museum of Contemporary Arts and the Cathedral de Mallorca. For those who’d like to embark on a shopping therapy, Palma’s El Corte Ingles is the place to head to.

One of the best Spanish yacht charter destinations – Palma de Mallorca

One of the best Spanish yacht charter destinations – Palma de Mallorca

Mallorca has numerous interesting and beautiful beaches, resorts and anchorages to discover on your yacht charter. It is known as a Mediterranean paradise enclave renowned for its sunny weather, pristine beaches and vibrant life.

Majorca - Spain - © 2011 Nikki Beach Worldwide

Majorca - Spain - © 2011 Nikki Beach Worldwide

If you are interested in chartering the sporty and striking RIVA Rivale 52 charter yacht SAKURA or any other Mallorca boat rental, please contact our experience charter brokers here.

Two new apps launched by Mediterranean’s leading superyacht homeport Porto Montenegro

July 29, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The prestigious superyacht homeport positioned in the fabulous Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Montenegro, Porto Montenegro has launched two new apps for guests as well as visitors. Porto Montenegro’s lifestyle app is designed specifically for residents and guests in the port, whilst Visit Montenegro is a comprehensive destination guide, covering the very best of what this fantastic country has to offer. Each app is now available to download for iPhone and iPad on iTunes / App Store.

New apps launched by Porto Montenegro, a fabulous Montenegro yacht charter destination

New apps launched by Porto Montenegro, a fabulous Montenegro yacht charter destination

Matthew Morley, Senior Brand and Marketing Manager commented: “Porto Montenegro is constantly evolving, with the launch of the Regent Porto Montenegro Hotel and Residences, the new Lido complex – including 64m pool, restaurants and Scaramanga nightclub – plus a 150 berth extension of the marina all taking place this summer. It was time for us to go digital and offer our network of owners, crew and guests a more interactive way in which to connect with the brand and the lifestyle here. We are really happy with the outcome of these two new apps, and confident they will make a valuable contribution to our exceptional customer experience.”

Porto Montenegro App offers everything you’ll find on the PM website without the need for an internet connection, including practical arrival information for visiting yachts, event announcements, news, videos and photography. The app also boasts a private area exclusively for Owners Club members with info on forthcoming Club events, Owner benefits, newsletter and more. Available in English, Montenegrin and Russian, the app also has a weather forecast feature allowing you to view the local weather conditions in an instant. Simply search for “Porto Montenegro” in the App store.

Visit Montenegro App is a guide to the best that Montenegro has to offer the sophisticated traveler. Also available online, the App features a guide to the towns and cities that matter, with practical recommendations on the top things to do in each; listings and contact details for 4 and 5 star accommodation; an insider’s guide to local, international and specialty restaurants around the country; an annual calendar of events including festivals, art exhibitions, music performances and sports; details on the best places for shopping, sports, wellness and nightlife; and direct links to a selection of hand-picked travel and tour agencies to help book your trip. Search “Visit Montenegro” in the App store.