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14th Annual PYA Golf Tournament supported by Marina Port Vell

May 21, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Marina Port Vell (MPV), positioned in the fantastic Spain yacht vacation destination – Barcelona and set to become one of the world’s most elite superyacht destinations and the pre-eminent home port in the Mediterranean, is honored to lend its support to the 14th Annual PYA Golf Tournament. This year’s event will take place at the Golf Grande Bastide, Opio, France, running on Friday, May 30.

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Marina Port Vell is also a corporate sponsor of PYA (Professional Yachting Association); as a supporter of the golf outing, Marina Port Vell’s contribution includes the Men’s Longest Drive Hole and operation of one of two refreshment buggies.

Marina Port Vell also has a complete foursome competing. It includes Captain Luke Raubenheimer of the charter yacht POLAR STAR; Glyn Hutchinson of Icon Connect; Joan Gonzalez, Salamanca Technical Services Project Manager; and, Miles Wring, former Chief Officer of M/Y SEA. Norma Trease, Director of Salamanca Group’s Marine Division, will award prizes.

The itinerary for the day includes a 07.30 breakfast, 08.15 shotgun start and 13.00 lunch and awarding of prizes. Cost includes entrance fees, breakfast, greens fees, scoring and lunch: €95 for PYA members and sponsors; €105 for non members; and, €45 for lunch only.

First Mediterranean Yacht Show a Great Success

May 20, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Organized by the Greek Yachting Association (GYA), this year’s first Mediterranean Yacht Show in Nafplion, positioned in the popular Eastern Mediterranean yacht vacation destination – Greece, was held from May 3 to 7. The MEDYS (Mediterranean Yacht Show) represents an international exhibition of crewed charter yachts, which targets professionals of the yachting industry. During the event, a total number of 57 luxury yachts were displayed and 21 pavilions hosted a variety of exhibitors.

First Mediterranean Yacht Show hosted by the fantastic Eastern Mediterranean yacht rent location - Greece

First Mediterranean Yacht Show hosted by the fantastic Eastern Mediterranean yacht rent location - Greece

202 yacht brokers from 17 countries attended the inaugural MEDYS: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, British Virgin Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Italy, Monaco, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, UK and USA.

The large number of participants, the immaculate organization of the show and the high quality of the vessels have already classified the Mediterranean Yacht Show as one of the top events of its kind.

Luxury yachts on display at the 2014 Meditteranean Yacht Show

Luxury yachts on display at the 2014 Meditteranean Yacht Show

During the exhibition, participants had the opportunity to inspect the boats, meet the crews and arrange deals.

The opening ceremony took place on Saturday, 03 May, and was attended by the Minister of Shipping and Aegean, Mr. Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, the Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Mr. Yannis Maniatis, the Deputy Minister of Culture and Sports, Mr. Yannis Andrianos, the Deputy Governor of the Argolis district Mr. Tassos Cheividopoulos, the Mayor of Nafplion, Mr. Dimitris Kostouros, the Commander of the Port Police of Nafplion, Mr. Spyros Marinos and a large number of guests. A reception followed at the fortress of Palamidi where those invited enjoyed a unique performance of live music by an electric string trio.

Aerial view of the 2014 Mediterranean Yacht Show

Aerial view of the 2014 Mediterranean Yacht Show

As part of the show, a series of parallel events were held:
• A seminar on Greek yachting legislation conducted by Yannis Markogiannis of the law Firm “Markogiannis Yannis & Partners” .
• A seminar regarding itineraries along the coastline of the mythical Peloponnese introduced by Ms Helen Kyriakakos of “Aris Drivas Yachting Company”.
• An open dialogue by the International Association MYBA on the present and the future of the union introduced by its representatives, Mr. George Pappas of “Big Blue Yachting” and Mr. Jean Claude Herve of  “International Marine”.
• A presentation of ISM Security Corporation.
• A seminar on environmental awareness, pollution prevention and safety at sea by Ms. Heleni Mastrokosta of the “Hellenic Association for the protection of Marine Environment”.
• Chefs’ Competition with the theme “Greek Sushi”.
• Social events hosted on board several yachts.

Chefs’ Competition

Chefs’ Competition

The yacht show was attended by the majority of leading global chartering companies such as: Camper & Nicholsons, Edmiston & Company, Fraser Yachts, Yachting Partners International, Merle Wood & Associates, Inc., Dahm International, OceanStyle by Burgess, Northrop & Johnson, Luxury Charter Group and many others.

A plethora of media were also present : “Kathimerini” newspaper, “Skai TV”, “Yachting USA” magazine, “Boat International Russia” magazine, “ Boat International UK” magazine, “Super Yacht World «magazine, “Yacht Charter Fleet” magazine, “Super Yacht Times” magazine, Charter Index.

The farewell gala was held on Tuesday, 06 May, and included the award ceremony of the Chefs’ Competition. In his closing address the President of the GYA, Mr. Michael Skoulikidis, announced the decision of the Board and the Municipality of Nafplion to hold the 2nd Mediterranean Yacht Show once again in Nafplion, from 2nd to the 6th of  May 2015.

Mediterranean Yacht Show 2014 by night

Mediterranean Yacht Show 2014 by night

On May 07, several yachts departed from Nafplion and dropped anchor at Spetses island, where a reception was hosted by Mr. Manolis Vordonis at the  Poseidonion Grand Hotel. The reception was followed by a tour of the island by the  Mayor of Spetses, Panagiotis Lyrakis, and Mr.Manolis Vordonis.

The event was supported by the Ministry of Shipping and Aegean, the Prefecture of the Peloponnese, the Municipality of Nafplion, and by MYBA, the largest yacht brokers association in the world with members on all five continents.

Golden Sponsor: ELINOIL S.A.

Sponsors: Nammos Mykonos, Cava Cellier, Skouras Winery, Chauffeur Greece, ISM Security, ON-AIR Pro

Media sponsors: “Kathimerini” newspaper, “SKY TV”, “Yachting USA” magazine, “Boat International Russia” magazine.

An impressive sponsor list of 27 key players for 2014 ICOMIA World Marinas Conference

May 20, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

With less than a month to go to this year’s ICOMIA World Marinas Conference in Turkey‘s Istanbul, organiser Amsterdam RAI has unveiled an amazing sponsor list of 27 key players from the global marina industry. With an exciting speaker line-up and a strong overall programme, this gathering of decision makers and influencers from June 2 to 4 has become a not-to-be-missed event for all marina professionals.

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With the theme of ‘Marinas into the Future’ as its main focus, the ICOMIA World Marinas Conference will place the spotlight on the global marina industry and emerging markets. The exchange of knowledge and best practice is sure to have long-lasting value to all who attend the Conference. And these are exactly the sort of synergies that have attracted sponsors such as Bellingham Marine, Poralu Roodberg, Marine travelift, ISPARK, Shenzhen Botongna and DualDocker to add their name and prestige to the event.

Commitment
“The fact that these key players have elected to sponsor the WMC underlines its standing,” comments Robert Perocchio, Chairman of the ICOMIA Marinas group. “We also have many top speakers joining us in Istanbul, including Gary Groenewold (Westrec Marinas), Bruno Meijer (Arte Marine LLC & Marina Division Dubai) and Julian Goldie (The Yacht Harbour Association). With such a high degree of commitment from sponsors and speakers alike, all marina professionals attending WMC 2014 are sure to reap the rewards.”

Simon Arrol, Managing Director of Arrol Ltd, explains his company’s decision to also sponsor this leading event: “There are numerous boat shows around the world but very few dedicated marina conferences. The ICOMIA World Marina Conference is the best and that is why Arrol supports it. While the worldwide yachting industry is worth many billions of dollars, much of the industry only exists because of marinas. With delegates attending from many countries around the world we can be sure that there will be a wide-ranging exchange of ideas.”

Comprehensive programmme
With only three weeks to go the programme is now well established. Among the highlights will be Ronaldo Souza (CMM, Director of Operations in Latin America for Westrec Marinas) giving an update on the situation in South America as well as speaking at the Dry Marinas session. Stavros Katsikadis (Managing Director Flisvos Marina S.A; President of the Greek Marinas Association) will focus on the Greek marina industry and its prospects in the Eastern Mediterranean, including up-to-date information on the Greek yachting market and its place in the region.

Nikos Koutsodontis (General Manager K&G Med. Marinas Management S.A., Vice President of the Greek Marinas Association) will examine the benefits of a network of marinas in establishing best operational practices. Jean-Michel Gaigné (CMM, GMI, International Director of the French Marina Federation) will look at marina management and design, showcasing some of the examples of good practice he has gleaned from around the world. And Kresimir Zic (President Marina Punat Grupa) will speak about the advantages of using modern technologies to streamline marketing and sales processes.

Organisers
The globally renowned travelling ICOMIA World Marinas Conference (WMC) is organised by the ICOMIA Marinas Group in partnership with METS organiser Amsterdam RAI and hosted by Turkish marine industry association DENTUR.

Adriatic Yacht Holiday aboard 54m Benetti Charter Yacht STARFIRE

May 20, 2014

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Escape the everyday life and enjoy a fabulous Adriatic yacht holiday aboard the 54m (178ft) Benetti charter yacht Starfire this summer! An Adriatic yacht charter can be a blissful way to spend a week and it is second to none when it comes to discovering such beautiful Mediterranean countries, as Greece, Montenegro, Croatia or the eastern coast of Italy. Lap up the luxury of some of Europe’s most ancient and inspiring sights, under the heat of the sun as it makes the sea sparkle all around you.

Yacht STARFIRE

Yacht STARFIRE

With so much on offer, it can be hard to know where to begin. The Adriatic superyacht charter itinerary below should offer some insights and guidance to ensure that a week spent exploring this wonderful region includes beach time, historic sights, fine food and much more.

Motor Yacht STARFIRE - Spa Pool

Motor Yacht STARFIRE - Spa Pool

ADRIATIC SUPERYACHT CHARTER ITINERARY

To guide your next Adriatic charter, Captain Sputh of MY Starfire, a 178′ luxury yacht for charter, gives you his insider’s tips on what to do on an eight day adventure.

Day One:  Corfu

Start your tour at the delightful island of Corfu – a famous Greece yacht holiday destination, stopping at Myrtiotissa beach for a morning of pure relaxation, alternating between sunbathing and cooling dips in the sea. For the afternoon, wander a little way up the road to visit the historic Myrtiotissa monastery, stopping for a delicious, homely lunch at the Bella Vista taverna on the way.

Day Two: Ulcinj

From Corfu, head to Montenegro’s southernmost town of Ulcinj, which sits prettily on the water’s edge. With some of the most beautiful beaches in Montenegro, as well as a quaint old town in which to lose yourself in the winding streets, Ulcinj provides a full day of exploration, as well as relaxation time on the sand.

Day Three: Herceg Novi

Further along the coastline, stop off at Herceg Novi, an appealing town to include in any Montenegro yacht charter itinerary, situated at the base of Mount Orjen. Spend the day visiting the cluster of exceptionally pretty beaches reached by boat from Herceg Novi, such as Miriste or Zanjic, or delving into the town itself to take in sights such as the castle Forte Mare, the Kanli tower and the St. Michael Archangel church. At night, head into town for dinner, accessing it via the old town gate in order to admire the clock tower lit up in all its glory.

BIG BEACH - ULCINJ - Montenegro - Photo credit Branko Banjo Cejovic

BIG BEACH - ULCINJ - Montenegro - Photo credit Branko Banjo Cejovic

Day Four: Korcula

From Montenegro, insert Croatia yacht charter in your vacation and head to the small island of Korcula, which makes for beautiful anchorage just off the Dalmatian coast. A day meandering around the quaint town on foot is well worth it and be sure to sample the local seafood, olives and wine to make the most of your day of exploration.

Day Five: Trogir

The lively Croatian town of Trogir makes for the perfect stop after the quiet charm of Korcula. Spend a leisurely morning exploring the many lovely nearby bays, before heading into town for a late lunch of wonderfully fresh seafood at Piccolo Ponte in the old town. The afternoon can be spent visiting a selection of the town’s many palaces, towers and churches, including the town’s most famous building – the church of St Lawrence.

Day Six: Mali Losinj

Continuing with Croatia luxury yacht charter, head to Mali Losinj next, being ready to admire the beautiful view of the town from the water as you approach. Follow the coast until you find the bay of your choice (there is an ample supply to choose from), then spend the day relaxing in the sun and frolicking in the delightfully clear and warm water.

Croatia yacht charter - Korcula city walls - Image credit to Korcula Tourist Board

Croatia yacht charter - Korcula city walls - Image credit to Korcula Tourist Board

Day Seven: Venice

Finish the week in the wonderfully romantic Italian city of Venice, with its myriad canals, lively shopping scene and original examples of Venetian architecture. At night, enjoy the starlight reflecting off the canals as you dine al fresco at one of the city’s many fine dining establishments, before heading to the opera to end the week in true Italian style.

Day Eight: Venice

Venice is so intoxicating that you must simply stay for another day. Take a tender ride to nearby Murano to admire the gifted glassblowing artist at work.  Don’t be surprised if you come back with arms full of glass blown masterpieces. Nothing beats buying a Murano vase in Murano.

Starfire Yacht - Watersports

Starfire Yacht - Watersports

About Superyacht STARFIRE

Luxury superyacht STARFIRE is an elegant Benetti-built vessel, with a number of refits since her launch in 1998. The latest refit in 2012 provided Starfire with beautiful new interior styling transformation from Traditional Orient to Art Deco. She is furnished with lovely custom-made furniture, coupled with exquisite fabrics and materials, creating a stylish and inviting yacht.

Main deck saloon aboard luxurious STARFIRE yacht by Benetti

Main deck saloon aboard luxurious STARFIRE yacht by Benetti

Conscientious expertise, craftsmanship and care have been worked into the construction and refits to ensure that she looks and performs to the highest level. That professionalism is now carried on by a vibrant and friendly crew who are waiting to welcome you aboard.

Enjoy your stay aboard STARFIRE

Enjoy your stay aboard STARFIRE

Accommodation layout was created to offer 12 charter guests with the ultimate in comfort and luxury in 6 lovely and spacious cabins, including one master cabin, two twin cabins with Pullman bunk, two cabins with queen beds and an additional cabin with a king-sized bed. Starfire’s crew have a separate companionway and accommodation.

Luxury yacht Starfire

Luxury yacht Starfire

For more information about chartering STARFIRE yacht, contact our experienced charter brokers here.

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

Images provided by MY Starfire & LuxeInACity.

Second Selene Yachts Rendezvous, June 27 – 29, 2014

May 20, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Selene Yachts has announced that the second Selene Yachts Rendezvous will run from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 June in Marina Punat, a lovely Croatia yacht charter destination, nestled in the popular Eastern Mediterranean. Last year’s event was a resounding success, bringing together Selene owners, journalists, as well as plenty of others from the nautical industry.

Marina Punat in the lovely Mediterranean yacht charter destination - Croatia to once again host the Selene Yachts Rendezvous

Marina Punat in the lovely Mediterranean yacht charter destination - Croatia to once again host the Selene Yachts Rendezvous

Many owners, some from as far afield as the United States, have already confirmed, and an exciting programme is already taking shape, full of exciting presentations and excursions to some of Europe’s finest landscapes.

Selene Yachts Rendezvous 2014 will bring together various Selene Trawlers, which attendees can visit and discuss with their owners. You can even spend some time sailing on your preferred yacht for the full experience.

The programme is already shaping up to be fun and action-packed and is likely to include practical presentations on fuel treatments, freshwater treatments, onboard fire fighting, safety at sea, rescue at sea, and many others.

Impressive superyacht fleet to attend Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2014

May 19, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The Mediterranean racing season will start in style at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2014 in just over two weeks. An amazing fleet of superyachts will be hosted by the chic Italy yacht charter destination – Porto Cervo in Sardinia, home of the prominent Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, for four days of exciting racing.

Picturesque Porto Cervo provides a stunning back drop for the superyacht fleet based at the YCCS

Picturesque Porto Cervo provides a stunning back drop for the superyacht fleet based at the YCCS

Set against Sardinia’s breathtaking coastline, the region offers idyllic sailing conditions that continue to attract a diverse range of cruisers and high performance yachts. To ensure fair and fast racing for all superyacht competitors, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s expert race committee have divided the fleet into classes based on the number of entries, the boats’ size, speed potential and performance characteristics.

Recently added to the line-up, Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones’ 30.5m superyacht Magic Carpet Cubed is the natural evolution of this experienced owners’ breed of yachts. Developed by Wally with naval architecture by Reichel Pugh, she is the second sailing yacht built to the WallyCento box rule class, resulting in a fast and seaworthy cruiser-racer that benefits from the latest performance technology.

WallyCento Yacht Magic Carpet Cubed - Photo by J. Renedo

WallyCento Yacht Magic Carpet Cubed - Photo by J. Renedo

Silver Sponsor Southern Wind is represented at the regatta by no less than six yachts who will compete in class as well as challenging for the coveted XII SWS Trophy, presented bi-annually at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, since 2008.  Returning competitor 30.26m SW 100 superyacht Cape Arrow designed by Farr Yacht Design and Nauta Yachts, is built to a very high specification offering excellent performance, comfort and elegance; SW 100 charter yacht Farewell, the DS version of this latter model, joins the competition with a highly motivated crew. SW 94 luxury yacht Windfall designed by Reichel Pugh and Nauta Yachts, will express the more performance oriented soul of the SW fleet, with veteran participant SW 78 yacht Whisper and newcomers 26.6m sailing yacht Feelin’ Good and 24.72m superyacht Grande Orazio – the first two units of the SW 82 project – completing the SW race fleet.

Sailing Yacht Cape Arrow - SW 100 RS

Sailing Yacht Cape Arrow - SW 100 RS

The new SW 102 superyacht Hevea will follow the regatta, offering guests of Southern Wind the unique opportunity to enjoy the spectacle of superyacht racing from the water.

The 46m performance superyacht Ganesha by Vitters, delivered in 2013, offers both comfortable cruising and the strong performance focus signature of a Dubois boat. Vitters are also represented by 33m luxury yacht Inouï, designed by Philippe Briand for an experienced owner who wanted to retain the comforts of his last yacht while augmenting the performance. With her striking green hull, Inouï is sure to make an impression on the start line.

Superyacht Ganesha, Vitters' 46m sleek-lined performance sloop joins the 2014 Regatta

Superyacht Ganesha, Vitters' 46m sleek-lined performance sloop joins the 2014 Regatta

Four days of competitive racing are complemented by a first-class social programme. Exclusive events for owners at the YCCS Clubhouse include the Loro Piana Owners’ Dinner and an elegant Embraer Executive Jets Owners’ Champagne Reception, as well as a Welcome Cocktail and fun-filled Pizza Party in the Piazza for all event participants sponsored by Sardinia Yacht Services and the famous Beach Party at trendy local night spot Phi Beach. After each day of racing, participants are invited to enjoy some after race refreshments in the regatta village courtesy of Pantaenius.

There are a limited number of berths remaining for late entries.

IMS Shipyard to become the Largest Yacht Repair and Refit Yard in the Mediterranean

May 19, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Super yacht refit and maintenance specialist, IMS Shipyard, is thrilled to announce that it expands its service offer and multiplies its berthing capacities five-fold. At the centre of the Toulon bay, in the popular Western Mediterranean yacht holiday location – the South of France, the shipyard will open 80 additional berths to accommodate up to 100 yachts from twenty to eighty metres in length on its two sites. The company will be ready to welcome the first yachts at the end of this year.

Rendering of the new site IMS 700

Rendering of the new site IMS 700

THE FORMER ST-MANDRIER NAVAL AIR STATION: A REMARKABLE SITE AND SETTING
Work has begun: IMS Shipyard’s extension project on the former naval air station in St-Mandrier on the bay of Toulon is currently underway. The infrastructures for super and mega yacht repair and maintenance will receive the first yachts at the end of this year on a site that is both beautiful and impressive!

The yard will offer everything super yacht owners and captains could wish for. Viewed from the former control tower, to be transformed into a VIP office to welcome clients and public figures, it is an awe-inspiring sight. With the magnificent bay of Toulon on the horizon, 50,000 square metres of a vast basin have been attributed to IMS in the form of a thirty year lease agreement. There is also the 60,000 square metres standing area on the hard (five times the surface area owned by the company on its site IMS 300) and four enormous boat-sheds for housing three yachts up to 50 metres at the same time.

Site IMS 700

Site IMS 700

UNCOMPARABLE CAPACITY AND SERVICE OFFER IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
IMS Shipyard has been a renowned key player in the maintenance, repair & refit sector for the last 25 years and with the addition of the IMS 700 site it becomes the largest yacht repair yard in the Mediterranean with a total surface area of 130,000 square metres. It has the capacity to house up to 100 twenty to eighty metres yachts and an extremely comprehensive service offerings:
– lifting equipment up to 670 tonnes (including two travelifts, cranes, forklifts, elevating platforms and a slip for vessels up to 100 tonnes 20 metres in beam) under full private management offering adapted costs and flexible usage;
– 100 slots including 25 floating berths;
– a draught of up to 10 metres for large sailing yachts;
– long term mooring available for work in closed, covered boatsheds;
– paint work shop: a boatshed dedicated to paint work that can hold three boats of up to fifty metres at the same time;
– a private and secure site 24/24 and 7/7 including the maritime zone monitored by the French Navy;
– individual box storage for sea toys and various equipment all year round;
– a 500 square metre CREW QUARTER designed to simplify daily life for crews (offices, multimedia room, fitness, terrace and BBQ);
– a conference/meeting room for 100 people.

Site IMS 300

Site IMS 300

FIRST BOATS TO BE RECEIVED END OF THE YEAR 2014
The definitive go-ahead to begin work was made possible by the signature of a 30 year temporary occupation agreement between the French Navy, the Toulon conurbation committee (TPM) and YSEC from the holding company Nepteam, owners of IMS Shipyard. Work has already begun on the preparation of the hard standing area by planing down the asphalt. This phase will be followed by preparation of the platform (crushing, ground levelling and treatment).

Work will continue throughout the summer and autumn of 2014 with several phases regarding the maritime zone (construction of a hauling out place, a floating break water and a floating pontoon); the buildings for in-house crews and ship crew members (including a 500 square metre CREW QUARTER specifically for crew members) and refurbishment of the sheds that were hosted French Navy planes and helicopters for a large part of the twentieth century.

Site IMS 300 from above

Site IMS 300 from above

IMS Shipyard – Key Facts & Figures:

Location
83430 – Saint Mandrier Sur Mer (Toulon) – South of France
IMS 300 Site N 43°05’ – E 5°55’
IMS 700 Site N 43°05’ – E 5°56’
On-site boat lifting and moving equipment
• 320 and 670 tonne travelift;
• 35 to 50 tonne cranes, 3 to 5 tonne forklifts, elevating platforms, a boat slip for vessels up to 100 tonnes and 20 m in beam etc.

Capacity
• 100 slots including :
• 25 floating berths
• 75 dry slots (including 35 in sheds for long-term winter maintenance)
• An average of 300 to 400 boats are expected every year.
Draught
• up to 10 metres.
Docks
Site IMS 300: width of 10 m and length of 35 metres.
Site IMS 700: width of 13 metres and length of 100 metres.

Surface area
Total surface area of 130,000 square metres including:
• 77,000 square metre platform (including 20,000 square metres of sheds – height up to 15 metres
• A 50,000 square metre secure maritime zone 24/24 and 7/7 3,000 square metres of offices and workshops including
• 500 square metres for crews (fitness, multimedia room, rest area, outdoor terrace and BBQ, private sea access…)
• and 1,000 square metre storage area (for tenders, jet skis, various equipment…) secured year round
Paint work
1 shed for paint work that can host three yachts up to fifty metres simultaneously.
Human resources
• Internal staff with over 100 employees :
• project managers,
• mechanics,
• electricity,
• welder and pipe work,antifouling and maintenance,
• purchasing department,
• concierge service,
• administrative staff.
• On-site subcontractor centre, the Marine Activity Park: naval architecture & engineering, design & decoration, painter, carpenter and teack work, welder, hydraulics, mechanics, sail making & rigging, sheet metal work, engines & generators, electronics & video hi-fi etc.)

About IMS SHIPYARD
Founded in 1987 for the construction of aluminium vessels for transporting passengers, the shipyard has been carrying out naval refitting, repairs and maintenance since 1992. Presided over by Denis PELLIGRINO since 2009, the company has been owned by the French holding company NEPTEAM since 2011. With an annual turnover of around 9M€, IMS Shipyard has established itself as a leading player in the sector, particularly appreciated for its serious attitude, the quality of relationships with its clients and its capacity for respecting quote prices and deadlines. IMS Shipyard has become the official base for After-Sale Support for a number of international yacht builders.

Luxury yachts to be displayed at Port Adriano’s ‘Best of Yachting’ Event

May 19, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

To be hosted by Port Adriano, which is nestled in the fantastic Spain yacht holiday location – Mallorca, the inaugural edition of the ‘Best of Yachting’ event is set to start in less than a month. The organizers have unveiled the list of luxury yachts that will be showcased during this eagerly awaited event, running from June 6 to 9, 2014.

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By the hand of Sunseeker Mallorca a S.53 Manhatan, S. 40 Portofino, S. San Remo, S. 84 Predator (example is charter yacht UM6) and S.60 Predator, by Nautor´s Swan Mallorca International a superyacht Swan 82, Swan 60 and Swan 53, by Yacht Moments San Lorenzo SD122 (example is motor yacht O), Leopard 27m, Monte Carlo Yachts 65 and San Lorenzo 88 (example can be superyacht Marcelina), by Venutra Yachts. The recently added vessels include Ferretti superyacht Navetta 33, Mochi Craft 64 Fly, Ferretti 550 M, Pershing 50 and a Riva 44 Rivarama, by Monte Fino Custom Yachts a Monte Fino 64, and among others by Princess like a Princess 72 yacht, Princess 56, Princess 85 (example is charter yacht Lady Beatrice), Princess V72 and Princess V62 as well as a selection by Frausher Shipyard.

Luxury yacht Swan 82

Luxury yacht Swan 82

It is an excellent occasion to find great opportunity of the best luxury yacht brands in the most exclusive port in Mallorca.

The event Best of Yachting will be held in the commercial quay of Port Adriano between the 6 and 9 of June. The entrance is open to all publics and free of charge, and will host a great program of activities and actions during the four days of the event.

Motor Yacht Princess 72 - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International

Motor Yacht Princess 72 - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International

The exhibitors of this first edition are renowned brands of the nautical sector: Princess Motor Yacht Sales, Sunseeker Mallorca, Nautor´s Swan Mallorca International, Yacht Moments, Monte Fino Custom Yachts, VenturaYachts  and Frauscher España.

The collaborating sponsors are Nautiparts, Bentley Frankfurt, Blevins Franks and Russkoe Radio.

Rolex Capri Sailing Week 2014 to kick off tomorrow

May 18, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Everything is ready for the start of this year’s Rolex Capri Sailing Week, running in the fabulous Italy yacht holiday location – Capri from May 19 to 24. The 10th edition of Mediterranean classic will kick off at 10:00 CEST tomorrow with the Volcano Race, a testing offshore race between Capri and the Aeolian Islands reserved for the 12 Maxi yachts competing this year.

Fleet berthed at Capri's Marina Grande - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Fleet berthed at Capri's Marina Grande - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

The nine TP52s that complete the international fleet make their debut on Tuesday. The favourable weather forecast looks set to guarantee an enthralling week of racing.

Since its first edition, Rolex Capri Sailing Week has always been a meeting point for the top international crews, and the 2014 edition will be no exception. The flags of Austria, Brazil, United Kingdom, France, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the USA fly from the competing yachts berthed at Capri’s Marina Grande, confirming the global attraction of this event organised by the International Maxi Association and the Yacht Club Capri.

The 21 yachts from 11 countries will be divided into three different classes: Mini Maxi (18.29m to 24.08m), Maxi (24.09m-30.5m) and TP52 (15.85m).

This morning the Maxi crews busied themselves with final shoreside preparations, before leaving the dock for some practice on the waters surrounding Capri. The real action starts tomorrow. “We have a four day window of moderate East-Southeast winds, which is promising for the Volcano course,” explains Principal Race Officer Peter Reggio. “That’s around 310 nautical miles of racing.” The racecourse takes the fleet south of Capri towards Sicily, and includes famous natural marks such as the active volcano Stromboli, the turning point for another offshore classic, the Rolex Middle Sea Race.

Competitors Briefing & welcome from Capri's Mayor at the Yacht Club Capri

Competitors Briefing & welcome from Capri's Mayor at the Yacht Club Capri - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Maxi fleet in offshore mode
The yachts racing the Volcano Race comprise an interesting mix of sizes from the 18.29 metres of Enrico Gorziglia’s Good Job Guys (ITA) to the 30.5 metres of Igor Simcic’s superyacht Esimit Europa 2 (SLO). In the Mini Maxi fleet, the two 72-foot Judel Vrolijk near sisterships, sailing yacht Robertissima III (ITA) and luxury yacht Jethou (GBR) are expect some close-quarter duelling. Brad Butterworth, four times America’s Cup winner calling the tactics on the British winner of the Rolex Capri Sailing Week 2012, is looking forward to the competition: “The new Jethou is a bigger boat so we’ve got some learning to do, and we are happy to learn as much as we can in the long race. We’ve got high hopes for the Volcano Race. We’ve won it before and the crew is very excited to be sailing against another very good team.”

“I don’t mind going offshore, as you know”, jokes Rolex Testimonee Paul Cayard, who won the Whitbread Round the World race with EF Language back in 1998. As tactician on Robertissima III, (former Rán 2, the three times Rolex Mini Maxi World Champion), the experienced American also expects good breeze for the Volcano Race: “It looks like it will be good wind going down, but maybe the wind will die on the way back, which would be a shame. But that’s sailing in the Mediterranean”. Asked about the conteste with Jethou, Cayard smiles: “It’s going to be interesting…”

On Thursday, the 12 Maxis and Mini Maxis will revert to inshore mode as they start a series of three coastal or windward leeward races.

While the Maxis take on the Volcano Race, the nine TP52s will undertake a practice race tomorrow before the first in their series of inshore races begins at 12:00 CEST on Tuesday . Competition is fairly even in this fleet, with strong teams like Doug DeVos’ Quantum Racing (USA), winner of three TP52 world championships; Niklas Zennström’s Rán Racing (SWE), the current TP52 world champion; and, Alberto Roemmer’s Azzurra (ITA), winner of the 52 Super Series in 2012.

Pure talent
It is tradition that Rolex Capri Sailing Week attracts some of the most talented owners and professional sailors in the world. Aside from Paul Cayard and Brad Butterworth, the crews include the German three-time Olympic champion Jochen Schümann on Esimit Europa 2, the French Whitbread Round the World Race winner Lionel Pean on Hubert Wargny’s Villa Saxe Eiffel, Italian ace Vasco Vascotto on Azzurra, Spanish multiple record holder Juan Vila and America’s Cup winner Ed Baird on Quantum Racing, Italian America’s Cup expert Francesco De Angelis on Michelle Galli’s B2,… the list is seemingly endless.

The varied social programme for the week starts tonight with an official Rolex reception for the competitors, followed by the Rolex Owner’s Dinner on Thursday and the Rolex Crew Party at the emblematic Canzone del Mare on Friday. All the week’s winners will be announced on 24 May during the prize giving ceremony held at the Marina Grande.

Croatia Yacht Charter aboard Classic Motor Yacht SEAGULL II

May 15, 2014

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Step back in time and enjoy a fabulous Croatia yacht charter aboard  the classic motor yacht Seagull II;  a luxury vessel boasting timeless elegance and an intriguing history. Superyacht SEAGULL II provides elegant and spacious accommodation for 12 charter guests in 7 cabins, a feature that is seldom found on yachts in this price range. She is available for Croatia yacht vacations, cruising the Adriatic Sea of the Eastern Mediterranean for a fantastic price of €82,650-€108,750 plus expenses and any applicable VAT, per week. Indulge in the luxury of Croatia charter yacht SEAGULL II this summer, with memories to last a lifetime.

SEAGULL II - Main

SEAGULL II - Main

Dating back to 1952, this sophisticated classic yacht belongs to the ’Six Poets’ series and was originally named after the famous Croatian author Vladimir Nazor; a name that beautifully reflected her graceful and poetic appearance. She was ‘born’ as a coastal passenger ship, carrying amazing 700 people on board between Dubrovnik, Rijeka, Kotor and Split – now renowned for their enchanting scenic beauty and as fabulous Croatia superyacht charter destinations.

SEAGUL II - Sun terrace on upper deck

SEAGUL II - Sun terrace on upper deck

In 2004/2005, the now called SEAGULL II superyacht was completely refitted and was reborn as a beautiful luxury charter yacht. The new Owner purchased the vessel, attracted by her elegant lines and cruise stern, providing her with an appearance of a 1930s ocean liner in a miniature version. Her interior design and decoration boasts Art Nouveau features with the first signs of the coming Modernism. Large number of art work from the same era adorns the interior spaces and all floors in the saloons and dining areas are covered with unique, high quality carpets. The ceilings are lined with tongue-and-groove plywood, covered with ‘alcanar’ in a solid-wood lattice screen.

SEAGULL II - Sun loungers on upper deck

SEAGULL II - Sun loungers on upper deck

SEAGULL II yacht - Spa Pool

SEAGULL II yacht - Spa Pool

Accommodation layout aboard SEAGULL II yacht is divided into 7 elegant cabins with luxurious amenities of a five-star hotel. Situated on the main deck is the VIP apartment, which includes two rooms; one with a queen-sized bed and one twin room. The VIP apartment has a common saloon, also situated on the main deck, and both rooms boast bathrooms with shower.

SEAGULL II superyacht - VIP Lounge on upper deck

SEAGULL II superyacht - VIP Lounge on upper deck

Located on the lower deck is the master cabin, also featuring two rooms. In this case, both are fitted with queen-sized beds. The two rooms have a large common bathroom with a Spa Pool and a shower cabin. There is also a twin cabin and two double rooms, both featuring queen beds. All are equipped with Sat TV, DVD, CD and a stereo.

Motor Yacht SEAGULL II - Formal Dining

Motor Yacht SEAGULL II - Formal Dining

Plenty of fun during your Croatia yacht charter vacation in the Mediterranean is guaranteed by the vast selection of water toys and amenities. These include: one 5.8m Avon RIB, 4.5m Williams RIB, one sea kayak – with additional one on request, one Seadoo RXP215 Waverunner, one windsurfer for beginners and intermediates, one solid floating swim platform, waterskis for children and adults, wakeboard, various inflatable toys as well as snorkelling equipment.

Classic Motor Yacht SEAGULL II - Watersport Toys

Classic Motor Yacht SEAGULL II - Watersport Toys

Croatia Yacht Charter

What better way to enjoy the beautiful Adriatic Sea and the Croatian coastline than aboard a luxurious superyacht? Croatia yacht charter is second to none when it comes to ways of traveling and exploring this enchanting country of important ancient history, breath-taking nature, splendid beaches, crystal clear waters and welcoming local people.

Croatia luxury yacht charter

Croatia luxury yacht charter

More than thousand of unspoiled islands make up the Dalmatian coast, creating an outstanding ‘playground’ for sailing yachts and motor yachts alike. There is something for everyone here! There are small quiet islands and islets to escape to from the hustle and bustle of the more vibrant ones. The northern part of the Adriatic coast offers more tranquility, whereas southern part is renewed for its vitality and vibrancy.

Hvar

Hvar

A Croatian yacht charter itinerary can vary depending on your preference and wishes, but Trogir, one of the jewels of Croatia, is one place that should not be overlooked. A town of extraordinary architectural beauty, Trogir is also on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Mljet, is the greenest of islands and a fantastic place for a stop-over when in need of some peace and complete natural surroundings. Boasting of unique forest habitat, this national park is romantically centred on two lagoons with a spirit and charm all of its own.

Dubrovnik Old Port - Photo credit Dubrovnik Tourism Board

Dubrovnik Old Port - Photo credit Dubrovnik Tourism Board

Another must visit place while enjoying your holiday aboard a Croatia charter boat is Dubrovnik. This famous and popular Croatia luxury yacht charter destination is also listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is amongst the most attractive Mediterranean cities. In addition to its ancient history, high stone city walls and beautiful old centre, Dubrovnik is known for its fantastic restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as the lively nightlife.

Island of Brac - Croatia - Bol

Island of Brac - Croatia - Bol

There are many more options and destinations to include in your Croatia yacht vacation plans and you can read about some of these here: CROATIA. A vast selection of charter yachts, including motor yachts, sailing yachts, catamarans, gullets and luxurious mega yachts is also available. For more information on Croatia charter superyachts or Adriatic yacht charter aboard the classic motor yacht SEAGULL II, please don’t hesitate to contact our dedicated and experienced team of brokers here.