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Rolex Middle Sea Race 2013 to host more than 100 international yachts

October 02, 2013

The upcoming Rolex Middle Sea Race 2013 will close the Mediterranean sailing season. This year’s 34th edition is destined to mark an important chapter in the history of a popular offshore event.

Start of the 33rd Rolex Middle Sea Race - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Start of the 33rd Rolex Middle Sea Race - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

The race is in a period of ascendancy. Over one hundred international yachts have registered for the 606-nm contest commencing and finishing in Malta, and comprising a challenging anticlockwise circumnavigation of Sicily. There is every indication that the number of competitors will comfortably surpass last year’s record of 82 race starters. First held in 1968 and organized by the Royal Malta Yacht Club, the race has been sponsored by Rolex since 2002.

The appeal is clear: first-rate competition, a largely Corinthian atmosphere, a fascinating racecourse – which includes views of Stromboli and Etna, two of Europe’s active volcanoes – and a uniquely Maltese flavour to the shoreside welcome. The start from Valletta, scheduled for Saturday 19 October at 11:00 CEST, is one of yachting’s most dramatic; cannons fire from the Saluting Battery overlooking Malta’s magnificent Grand Harbour as an enthusiastic public cheers the fleet on its way.

Superyacht Esimit Europa 2 approaching Stromboli at sunset

Superyacht Esimit Europa 2 approaching Stromboli at sunset - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

The 2013 entry is diverse and international. The 100-ft superyacht Esimit Europa 2, line honours winner of the past three editions, will make history if she claims a fourth straight triumph. Perhaps holding more appeal for owner Igor Simčič and his pan-European crew is breaking the race record that has stood since the extreme conditions of 2007 when American George David’s 90-ft Rambler yacht finished in an elapsed time of 47 hours, 55 minutes and 3 seconds. This benchmark is capable of being bettered by the high-tech maxi racer, but the racecourse has a deserved reputation for being complex and the wind is never straightforward. Hasso Plattner’s 86-ft luxury yacht Morning Glory from Germany, an overall race winner in 2006, will provide Esimit Europa’s stiffest competition.

In any race of this type, the most coveted prize is for overall victory. Along with Morning Glory two other recipients of the Rolex Middle Sea Race Trophy are in attendance. Lee Satariano and Christian Ripard’s J/122 Artie ended a near ten-year wait for a Maltese victory in 2011, and become the sixth local boat to win the race. Andres Soriano led his British Mini Maxi Alegre to overall triumph in 2009, following line honours success in 2008. Soriano returns with a new, 72-ft sailing yacht Alegre fresh from impressive performances at the Giraglia Rolex Cup and the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup.


Stromboliccio - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

A continuing trend that gives the organizers immense pleasure is the number of returning yachts and the spread of nations. Some twenty countries will be represented, with Italy providing the largest contingent. The Swan 56 Clem from Spain, the 42-ft Kuka Light from Switzerland and the Marten 49 Speedy from Germany are just a few of those taking part again.

Yachts representing nine countries have won the race during its 45-year history with South Africa joining the list in 2012 following Eddie de Villiers win with Hi Fidelity. With size of fleet assembling this year, few would bet against a tenth nation being added to the roll.

Prizegiving table

Prizegiving table - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Event Schedule

Monday, 14 – Thursday, 17 October


Wednesday 16, October

Coastal race, 10:00

Thursday 17, October

Crew Party

Friday 18, October

Briefing & Prize giving, 17:00

Saturday 19, October

Start Rolex Middle Sea Race, 11:00

Monday 21, October

In order to beat the record the first boat must finish by approximately 11:00 CEST

Saturday 26, October

Rolex Middle Sea Race Prize Giving Ceremony, 12:00

Overall victory for Cambria, Leonore and Il Moro di Venezia Yachts at Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2013 Mediterranean Circuit

October 01, 2013

Saturday, September 28, saw this year’s 35th edition of the Régates Royales de Cannes bring the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2013, sponsored by Officine Panerai since 2005, to a successful end.

Regates Royales 2013 Photo: Panerai/ Guido Cantini /

Regates Royales 2013 Photo: Panerai/ Guido Cantini /

In the course of the traditional season-closer, almost 90 grand old ladies of the sea from more than 20 nations did battle between the west coast of the Golfe de La Napoule and Îles de Lérins, in variable winds of between 10 and 20 knots and over both coastal and triangle courses. At the end of the five days of racing, the prizes for the event were presented as were, of course, the much-sought after trophies for the overall winners of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2013 Mediterranean Circuit which comprised stages at Antibes, Argentario, Naples, Mahon and Cannes. The winners in the three classes were superyacht Cambria (Big Boats), sailing yacht Leonore (Vintage) and Il Moro di Venezia (Classics).

This was the second victory in the Big Boat category for luxury yacht Cambria, built in 1928 and the only International 23-metre Class still afloat: she also won the same trophy in 2010. This wood-built Bermudan cutter stretches 40 metres if her bowsprit is included, and was designed and launched at the famous William Fife yard at Fairlie in Scotland. Cambria, her Australian captain Chris Barkham and her 22-strong crew are assiduous competitors on the Panerai Circuit.

In fact, over the last nine years, they have taken part in no less than 42 races and taken line honours in their category an impressive 38 times. A glorious present for a yacht that in the past has sailed from Turkey to the Canaries, from the Caribbean to New Zealand and Australia where she underwent a massive restoration process that allowed her to return to winning form.

The season trophy in the Vintage category went for the second consecutive time to the 1925 15-metre Leonore, a Marconi sloop belonging to the Q-Class, a sleek, fast, narrow type of yacht designed to the Universal Rule which was developed in 1904 by the great American designer Nathanael Herreshoff. Leonore was built at the Anker & Jensen yard to a design by Johan Anker and has been crewed by a group of former America’s Cup sailors, including the hugely successful helmsman Mauro Pelaschier, for the past number of years.

Their recent victory at Cannes brings to four the number of season trophies won in the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge by the crew. On her second consecutive year competing on the Panerai Circuit, Il Moro di Venezia achieved her objective of winning the prestigious season title in the Classic category. The 20-metre Bermudan sloop was penned in 1975 by Argentinean designer German Frers and was the first Italian IOR Maxi Yacht. The yachts that followed in her wake and shared her name also made Italian yachting history competing in the America’s Cup.

Built from laminated wood, Il Moro di Venezia was commissioned by leading Italian chemical industrialist Raul Gardini. Today she is owned by Massimiliano Ferruzzi, son of Arturo, who came to Cannes to celebrate her victory. The latter also owns the 1931 31-metre sailing yacht Puritan, one of the most beautiful American schooners still afloat.

Aside from the season trophies, Cannes also saw the presentation of the prizes for the winners of the Régates Royales and, most particularly, the Officine Panerai watches for the victors in the Big Boats, Vintage, Classic and Spirit Of Tradition categories. The winners were the 1903 superyacht Moonbeam III in the Big Boats, the 1916 Chinook in the Vintage, the 1952 Bermudan cutter Ea in the Classic and the 2012 Catleya in the Spirit of Tradition. The latter is a One Design belonging to the new Dilong class and won the same group last year at Cannes also.

Other prizes went to Skylark of 1937 in the Vintage Marconi Over 15 Metres, and to Sirius, a New York 32, also from 1937, which dominated the Vintage Marconi Under 15 Metres. There was also a very moving moment during the prize-giving ceremony when a tribute was paid to the memory of the former Yacht Club de Cannes President Jean-Claude Montesinos who passed away recently.

In addition to the classic fleet that gathered at Cannes, there were also 36 Dragons, a racing one design first launched in Norway in 1929. After nine races, final victory went to English skipper Gavia Wilkinson Cox and Jerboa. In the Requin class, another one design penned in Finland in 1931, the winner was the French boat Slim, while Marsh Harrier triumphed in the the Broad One Design class of elegant gaff sloops designed in England over a century ago.

The many world class sailors participating included French champion Florence Arthaud, while English designer Rob Humphreys was aboard the new super classic yacht Tempus Fugit, and German Frers brought his 1935 boat Sunny all the way from South America to Europe for these races.

Thanks to the sheer number and quality of the yachts taking part, from superyacht Mariquita to Mariska yacht and the majestic gaff schooners superyacht Altair (1931), charter yacht Elena of London and charter yacht Eleonora, the annual Cannes event confirmed its status as the leading and best-attended classic yacht regatta in the Mediterranean. In fact, both owners and crews alike already have pencilled it in their diaries for 2014, the year the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Les Voiles de Saint Tropez 2013, September 28 – October 6

September 28, 2013

The autumn’s major festival of international yachting, Les Voiles de Saint Tropez, is getting ready for battle in the popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Saint Tropez and right around the bay. A festival on shore, a sporting celebration at sea, the proven recipe for success that is synonymous with the race is once again pulling in thousands of sailors, fans of spectacular yachts, journalists, as well as photographers.

Les Voiles de Saint Tropez - Photo by Carlo Borlenghi

Les Voiles de Saint Tropez - Photo by Carlo Borlenghi

A participation as dense as ever
Every year, it’s a real brainteaser for the team at the Harbour Master’s Office, in collaboration with the organisation, to face up to the challenge of accommodating the yachtsmen and women competing in Les Voiles. And every year, the waiting list remains as long as it ever was. Shoehorning them in to satisfy the multitude of requests, a minor miracle is accomplished and the small port in France’s Var region has managed to satisfy the demands of nearly 330 yachts, spread across the ports around the Bay, including a number of Classic and Modern boats spanning over 30 metres in length. The distribution of participants can be broken down into 115 Classic yachts, 160 Modern boats, 18 Tofinous, 8 Code 0s, and no fewer than 13 Wallys!

Newcomer among the Modern boats, Nomade IV, a Finot Conq design 100-footer
Superyacht Nomad IV has been putting in her first tacks this summer and will be one of the many attractions in Les Voiles de Saint Tropez’s Modern category. Built entirely from carbon Nomex, Nomade IV can be distinguished by a slender design that sits low on the water, with a chined hull. This Finot Conq design boasts a Pierre Frutschi minimalist interior with a layout by Pierre Forgia that comfortably accommodates 12 guests in addition to the crew.

FC100 Yacht Nomade IV

FC100 Yacht Nomade IV

The pearls of Les Voiles
Five classic yachts in their seventies and eighties and rigged either as gaff or Bermudan, will be making their first appearance at Les Voiles de Saint Tropez this year. They bear the symbolic marks of excellence in the rare and magical combination of aesthetics and performance. Sonny, the Bermudan sloop, (Olin Stephens 1935), Bounty, the Bermudan ketch (Herreshoff 1936), Blazing Star, the Bermudan yawl (Alden 1928), and the Bermudan schooner Belle Lurette (Alden 1927) are the Stars among the Stars.

Leonore is… Cotton Blossom II
A familiar sight at Les Voiles for many years, the splendid Bermudan sloop Cotton Blossom II has created a stir in the bay on numerous occasions through the quality of her restoration and her prowess on the water in the expert hands of her owner, a past America’s Cup winner, Dennis Conner. Cotton Blossom II is a Johan Anker design from 1924, restored with passion and in minute detail, which has earned her all manner of praise in the U.S. Built at the Jensen yard near Oslo this sloop won multiple prizes in the thirties.

BMW partner to Les Voiles de Saint Tropez with Loïck Peyron!
The German car manufacturer BMW and Saint Tropez’s Société Nautique have signed a partnership agreement for Les Voiles de Saint Tropez. Eckhard Wanniek, head of international sponsorship at BMW, is delighted by this move: “Les Voiles de Saint Tropez is the spot par excellence where Modern and Classic yachts come together, where timeless aesthetics meet design and high technology. The desire to win and the team spirit play a key role here too, as does the passion of yachting and the camaraderie. BMW is happy to support such values, as they are of primary importance for our brand.”

The French sailor Loïck Peyron, a sailor with multiple feats under his belt, will take up the role of the brand’s ambassador in Saint Tropez. He’ll be presenting the latest BMW model, the hybrid BMW i8 during a reception within the context of Les Voiles. BMW has also chosen to celebrate a Class of yachts that is particularly committed to high technology, the famous Wallys. The BMW Trophy will be awarded to the best Wally when the racing draws to a close.

Nikki Beach’s Season Closing Red Party to mark the end of first summer season

September 27, 2013

With the 2013 summer season soon coming to an end in the lovely Spanish yacht charter destination – Ibiza, the focus is now upon the White Isle’s famous Closing Parties. Not least, Nikki Beach’s Season Closing Red Party will mark the end of the first successful summer season at its new location in Santa Eulalia, on Ibiza’s fabulous East Coast.

Nikki Beach in the popular Spanish yacht charter destination - Ibiza

Nikki Beach in the popular Spanish yacht charter destination - Ibiza

Taking place on Sunday 6th October, guests will dance their way through the day to the cool, summer beats mixed by Nikki Beach’s resident DJs. Nikki’s signature white décor will be transformed with splashes of crimson and filled with guests dressed head to toe in red as they descend on the hip beach club for the thrilling finale to Nikki Beach Ibiza’s inaugural season.

Starting from 1pm, closing party guests will be treated to the hottest Nikki-style entertainment with tune spun by resident DJs Maxx-C and Mademoiselle Sabah, appearances by electric violinist Julio Cuba, Florencio Cruz on Saxaphone, a percussionist duo and Nikki Beach Energy dancers. Alongside Nikki Beach’s emblematic white teepees, a blazing red dress code, plus a few finale surprises – Nikki Beach Ibiza’s first closing party is set to be hotter than ever.

Nikki Beach

Nikki Beach

Since opening its doors in July this year, Nikki Beach has cemented its status as the ‘go-to’ hot spot for White Isle glamourous beach club dining, reclining and partying. Inaugurated with a spectacular Grand Opening White Party on 11th July, the international jet set along with Ibiza regulars have since flocked Nikki Beach Ibiza to enjoy the club’s signature plush all-white sun beds, private beach and pool, and incredibly fresh food concocted by British chef David Farber.

Tickets for Nikki Beach Ibiza’s Season Closing Red Party are still available and start from €50 per person, including a complimentary drink upon arrival. Doors open at 1pm, last guests will be allowed entry at 6pm and the party will finish at 10pm. Guests will be able to enjoy delicious food inspired by Nikki Beach locations around the world – signature Sushi and Sharing Platters with fine champagne. Prices start at 1500€ for a table of six.

Nikki Beach Ibiza is open daily from 11am, closing at 1am (Thursday – Saturday) thoughout high season (July – August), and 8pm off season (June, September and October).

Nikki Beach will re-open on 1st May 2014.

Trieste Yacht Berths providing quality superyacht moorings & services

September 25, 2013

Growing superyacht traffic in the lovely Italian yacht charter destination – the Gulf of Trieste, together with fostering local economy re-launch, that is the mission of Trieste Yacht Berths (TYB). This represents an umbrella group, comprising Marina San Giusto, Porto San Rocco, as well as Trieste Terminal Passeggeri (TTP), which is to be developed through a series of measures to draw the attention of captains, ship owners and shipping agents, thereby creating an appealing berth alternative to the to-date more popular Eastern Adriatic and Venice.


“I believe Trieste is ready to be at the forefront of the luxury yacht sailing sector,” has started off TTP CEO Franco Napp, “owing both to its remarkable historical, cultural and landscape charm and to the excellent vessel services provided by highly specialized companies. TYB’s innovation lies in three historical adversaries joining forces to create critical mass and carry out a co-marketing strategy to shine a spotlight on our province starting from docking fee leveling and a joint partaking in the Monaco Yacht Show, next September, 25-28th.”

“Figures,” followed Porto San Rocco Director Roberto Sponza, “tells us that the world super-yacht fleet amounted to 4,695 units in 2012 and is bound to hit 7,000 by 2032, about half of which sailing across the Mediterranean. Working at attracting an ever-increasing number of over-40-meter yachts does not just mean advantaging dock dealers but also companies in the sector: remember that a yacht square meter expense may hit 1 million Euros and maintenance cost per year adds up to 7% of its overall value.”

“Trieste Yacht Berths,” concluded Marina San Giusto President Paolo Zelco, “thanks to the three founders’ diversity, offers tailor-made berths: from Molo Pescheria (100 meter long) and Molo Bersaglieri (220 meter long) – for those wishing to dock in the heart of the city, to Porto San Rocco (60 meter long), the ideal location for full-comfort service lovers in one of the Gulf’s most peaceful spots. I am therefore persuaded that overcoming contrasting opinions to offer expertise, facilities and services is a useful, in fact necessary step to be taken to get into the market more effectively. TYB is not a flash in the pan; on the contrary, it aims at becoming a permanent platform for medium/long-term strategy planning.”

Good Start to the Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai 2013

September 24, 2013

Although a bit late, the breeze eventually set in on the Bay of Cannes on the opening day of the Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai and the racing fleet was pleased by the ideal conditions for the first skirmishes. The Classics and the Broad One Designs finished one race, while the Dragons had two.

Photo by James Robinson Taylor - Elena under full sails

Photo by James Robinson Taylor - Elena under full sails

I’ve rarely seen such a show on the water. It was a bit hot at the mark roundings with so many different boats, but we had a great day” declared offshore single-handed star sailor Florence Arthaud, who’s racing on board Sonda, a French Bermudan sloop from 1951. “We’ve made our tactics not so much based on the course but on the competitors, because if you happen to be to the leeward of Elena that has some 1,000 square metres of sail area, you need to be prepared to deal with it. I took the helm after the first windward mark, even if generally I let the owner steer at the start, which is always a bit tricky with so many boats on the line.”

Photo by James Robinson Taylor - Classics fleet fighting for clean air

Photo by James Robinson Taylor - Classics fleet fighting for clean air

The faster and bigger boats quickly covered the 12 mile long course in the Bay of Cannes, hoisting their huge sails. The first line honours went to charter yacht Elena, followed a few minutes later by S/Y Cambria, the J Class yachts Shamrock V and Savannah.

Confronted with these giants, smaller boats like the Wianno Senior struggle to find clean air on a very crowded and mixed race course. “We made a few mistakes, but hopefully we are going to get better. We were second to last at the start, just in front of the big boats, and with our tiny 7,6 metre boat when they roll us we feel very small. We had to be very cautious, but it was really fun.” said Yula de Sambuy, skipper of Wianno, the replica of the very first boat owned by US president John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Fighting one-designs

Conditions in the Bay of Cannes proved to be almost to the limit for the Broad One Design Class, more at ease on their familiar protected waters. “The conditions were pretty tough today. The Broad One Design is a boat that thrives in choppy waters, but it was almost un-sailable for us today. Unfortunately, one of our boats dismasted”. said Guillemot’s skipper Stuart Rix. Despite the difficult conditions the BODs managed to complete one race that was won by Mark Duffield’s Moorhen with a slight margin on Ken Clabburn’s Flittermouse, that shortly after was dismasted. Daniela, the only French-flagged BOD, skippered by Roger Quenet, scored a fourth.

The Dragons, faithful to their reputation, were the only class to wind up two races both sailed in pretty tricky conditions, debuting at the Régates in the best possible way. Soaking wet but happy, the 36 crews made it back to the Vieux Port of Cannes with one goal set in their minds: climbing back on the general scoreboard tomorrow. After two races it’s Martin Payne on Bear to be on top, thanks to a very consistent opening day (3,2). With more races scheduled for tomorrow it will be imperative for some of the more accredited teams to bounce back. Russian title holder Anatoly Loginov on Annapurna, who had a disastrous first race finishing 27th , made up for the lost terrain on the second one with a win and is currently 8th, 23 points shy of the leader.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, the weather forecast is set for calmer conditions with a SSW wind that should not exceed ten knots.

Approximately 90 yachts to participate in the 35th edition of Régates Royales de Cannes

September 23, 2013

From September 24th and 28th, around 90 yachts will engage in the course of the 35th Régates Royales de Cannes, the final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2013. Following the Antibes, Porto Santo Stefano, Naples and Mahon events, the renowned Cote d’Azur city stage brings the presentation of the much-sought-after trophies in the Vintage, Classics and Big Boat categories. The winning vessels will go down in the annals of the Mediterranean Circuit of the international competition for classic and vintage yachts sponsored by Officine Panerai for the ninth consecutive year.

Image courtesy of Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2013 2

Image courtesy of Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2013 2

The fleet – the oldest member of which was launched in 1896 – hails from more than 10 different nations and represents over a century of yachting history, spanning the spectrum from the sport’s earliest days to the present. The hull lines and rigs of the yachts competing are the work of the finest naval architects of all time, including America‘s Olin Stephens and Nathanael G. Herreshoff, Fife of Fairlie in Scotland, Camper & Nicholson of England and Italy‘s Cesare Sangermani and Carlo Sciarrelli. Most are also built from hard woods of the likes of teak and mahogany.

Image courtesy of Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2013

Image courtesy of Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2013

Each of the participating yachts has her own story to tell. Many have sailed the world’s seas and participated in historic regattas of the likes of the America’s Cup or completed long cruises across Mediterranean, Northern Europe or the world’s oceans. In fact, White Dolphin, winner of the Panerai Transat Classique 2012, and The Blue Peter, a 1930 Bermudan cutter and Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge regular since the event’s inception, have both recently returned to the Mediterranean from the Atlantic. White Dolphin’s owner will presenting the Panerai Transat Classique 2012 trophy he won just a few months ago at Barbados, at the Officine Panerai stand where we will also be welcoming owners, crews and journalists from all over the world each day. Already inscribed with the names of the winners of the two previous editions, the Cup will also be presented to the winner of the next Panerai Transat Classique, scheduled for winter 2015. Plenty of spectacular racing is guaranteed too by the presence of yachts varying in size between 7.62 metres (the little gaff sloop Wianno) and 50 metres (the majestic charter schooner Elena, built recently in Spain to original plans from 1911). Other larger craft competing include the 50-metre gaff schooner – charter yacht Eleonora, the 1931 S/Y Altair and the 1930 Shamrock V yacht, the fifth and final America’s Cup challenger fielded by legendary English tea magnate Sir Thomas Lipton, and also the sole surviving wood-built J-Class. Previous winners of the Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge Cambria (1928), Emeraude (1975), Leonore (1925) and Naïf (1973) also make a welcome return to Cannes.

Image courtesy of Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2013

Image courtesy of Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2013

The 20-metre 1916 Nathanael G. Herreshoff-designed Bermudan sloop Chinook (ex-Pauline and Banshee) is expected to provide some exhilarating action on the water too, as the New York 40 only emerged from a complete restoration in Tunisia a few months ago. We are also marking two important milestones at Cannes: the French gaff cutter Nin celebrates the 100th anniversary of her launch, while Outlaw (1963) celebrates her first half century on the water. The 15 or so Spirit of Traditions attending include RùM, the 13-metre wooden gaff sloop strip-plank-built by the Vels of Medemblik shipyard. The D&D One Design takes her inspiration from the hull lines of the legendary Fife of Fairlie yachts.

Image courtesy of Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2013

Image courtesy of Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2013

Needless to say, the lovely Eilean, the 1936 wood-built two master Fife rescued in the Caribbean and loving restored by the Officine Panerai, will be attending the final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2013 too. Eilean is much more to us than a mere brand ambassador: she also hosts the “Captain for a Day” initiative organised in collaboration with various not-for-profit associations. At Cannes, our partner for the second consecutive year for this event is the Monte Carlo-based Les Enfants de Frankie charity which helps disadvantaged young people skipper a vintage yacht for a day.

Regates Royales de Cannes 2012

Regates Royales de Cannes 2012 - Avel - Ph:Guido Cantini/Sea&See/Panerai

A string of dockside events also flanks the racing. These include daily cocktail parties at the Panerai Lounge and several outdoor concerts. Painting and photography stands in front of the area where the yachts are moored will also be open to visitors.

Regates Royales de Cannes 2012  - Avel -  Ph:Guido Cantini/Sea&See/Panerai

Regates Royales de Cannes 2012 - Avel - Ph:Guido Cantini/Sea&See/Panerai

Joining the fleet at Cannes also are 40 9-metre Dragons. The former Olympic class was originally designed in 1929 by Norwegian Johan Anker. Thousands have been built in the intervening decades and dozens of Dragon regattas are organised all over the world each year.

D-Marin Marinas Group 2013 World Program announced

September 19, 2013

D-Marin Marinas Group proceeds full speed with its programs, privileges, as well as network, which make the Doğuş Group company a regional powerhouse in the popular yacht charter destinations – the Eastern Mediterranean and the Adriatic Sea.


With a network of 10 marinas located across three Mediterranean countries that are well known for the beauty of their coastlines – Turkey, Greece and Croatia -, D-Marin’s overall capacity reaches almost 9,000 berths, which makes it the largest international chain of marinas in the said regions. Offering a unique experience at distinguished marinas, D-Marin gives its customers the freedom to cruise and discover new destinations within the network with all the privileges of D-Marin World.

After joining any of the annual programs – named Passenger, Explorer and Conqueror -, a yacht or superyacht owner can benefit from noteworthy berthing options, bespoke advantages and unrivalled rewards. There are other advantages programs like Plus 1, D-Cat Club and Superyacht Freedom (to be launched soon) which enable to enjoy seasonal benefits not to be missed.

The Passenger program enables the customer with an annual berthing contract with D-Marin to experience other D-Marin marinas within the program for up to 30 days without having to pay extra berthing fees.

By giving the power to choose, the Explorer program allows owner to create a tailor-made annual berthing package securing a berth at multiple D-Marin marinas. One annual fee enables the customer to choose the duration at each marina, providing guaranteed berthing with peace of mind.


The Conqueror premium annual package will allow the ultimate freedom to cruise the Eastern Mediterranean. The Conqueror is flexible and allows yachts to berth at D-Marin marinas any time, for as long as the owner wants and with the highest priority. The freedom of the Conqueror package gives access to D-Marin marinas without having to pay extra berthing fees or plan the voyage in advance.

The said Plus 1 program enables an owner to invite a friend to join D-Marin Marinas Group as a ”Plus 1” with his yacht. If he signs an annual agreement at the same marina, the proposer will receive one month free berthing at the time of the next annual contract renewal.

D-Marin World destinations are: D-Marin Turgutreis, Göcek and Didim (Turkey); DMarin Mandalina, Dalmacija and Borik (Croatia); Flisvos Marina, Zea, Gouvia and Lefkas (Greece).

D-Marin World destination Zea

D-Marin World destination Zea

Doğuş Group – one of the largest private-sector conglomerates in Turkey, with a portfolio around 180 companies -, entered the marina industry in 2003 with DMarin Turgutreis (Bodrum) and continued afterwards with the construction of the Didim and Göcek facilities, after which came, respectively, the acquisition of the Croatian and Greek marinas.

Flisvos - a superyacht marina in the popular Eastern Mediterranean yacht charter location - Greece

Flisvos - a superyacht marina in the popular Eastern Mediterranean yacht charter location - Greece

Flisvos, located a mere 6km from the centre of Athens, is Greece’s first exclusive marina to offer a large-scale mooring capacity for megayacht owners. It features 303 berths, 50% of which accomodate yachts with a length in excess of 35 metres. Its acquisition dates back to December 2012 and was followed, early this year, by that of the remaining Hellenic marinas.

Also located near Athens, Zea Marina represents another starting point to the Aegean islands, the Saronic Gulf and Crete, and is the natural home of large-sized yachts. The two remaining facilities are both ideal ports of departure for cruises in the Ionian and the Adriatic seas: Lefkas is situated right in the heart of the enchanting Ionian archipelago, while Gouvia, on the island of Corfu, is the largest marina in Greece in terms of berth capacity (with a total of 1,235 moorings plus 520 dry berths).

Aerial view of Zea Marina

Aerial view of Zea Marina

The overall in-the-water capacity of the four Greek marinas is 2,828 yachts (3,626 including the dry berths).

The Group is actively evaluating acquisition and development of prestigious marinas in throughout the Mediterranean in order to build a marina network which will also grow the benefits of D-Marin World.

Video of Motor Yacht Glaze approaching Venice in Italy

September 18, 2013

This time-lapse video was taken as motor yacht Glaze was entering the port of Venice in Italy earlier this month. Superyacht GLAZE (ex Lady Michelle) is an elegant Trinity Yachts built luxury vessel, boasting open plan layout with large exterior entertainment and relaxation areas. She was refitted in 2010 by Derecktor shipyard in Florida.

Some of the highlights aboard Glaze include her vast sundeck, first-class sky lounge, deluxe master suite, spacious and comfortable guest accommodation and large amount of space throughout the entire yacht.

Her interior can be described as light and airy, with an open plan main saloon and dining area. The aft section is dedicated to comfortable seating and full entertainment systems and forward of the saloon is a large formal dining table. Aft to starboard there is also a guest desk with a laptop computer and internet access. A small wet bar is located opposite to port.

Accommodation on board Trinity yacht Glaze is provided to 12 guests, in a full-beam master suite situated on the main deck, a VIP stateroom located starboard aft on the lower deck, two double guest staterooms and a twin stateroom. All four guest staterooms are of equal size, with the only difference being, that the VIP features a sit bath/shower. More about Superyacht GLAZE

Motor yacht GLAZE (ex Lady Michelle)

Year:2007 (Refit 2010)  L.O.A.:49.25m (161' 6")  Beam:8.50m (27' 10") 
Max Speed:18 knots  Cruise Speed:15 knots  Engines:2 x CAT 3512B rated at 22 
Cabins: Charter Guest:12  Crew:

Croatia Yacht Charter – Eastern Mediterranean Specials

September 17, 2013

Summer in the Mediterranean is slowly coming to an end, but we still have a few weeks of lovely weather ahead and a list of beautiful yachts that are offering excellent  rates for Croatia yacht charter in September. Amongst them the 27-metre super yacht ICARUS and the Sunreef 70 charter catamaran ANINI. Both of these sailing yachts are a fabulous choice when it comes to Croatia yacht holidays, offering elegant and comfortable accommodation and friendly, professional crew.

Island of Brac - Bol - Photo credit Croatia National Tourism Board

Island of Brac - Bol - Photo credit Croatia National Tourism Board

27m Jongert sailing yacht ICARUS

Doug Peterson designed performance yacht ICARUS was launched by Jongert in 2007 and boasts sleek exterior lines combined with exceptional sailing performance and vast interior spaces. She is currently offering 10% off her East and Western Mediterranean rates, with accommodation to up to six charter guests in 3 lovely cabins.

ICARUS -  Main


The master cabin features a double bed, with en-suite bathroom. Moreover, the the two guest cabins are furnished with two twin beds, a shower and a toilet. Her professional and friendly crew of three has a dedicated companionway, heads and a shower. Icarus is full air-conditioned throughout.

ICARUS -  Cockpit dining

ICARUS - Cockpit dining

ICARUS yachts unique features include a complete sliding roof for the open deckhouse, two steering positions and an open aft deck with cockpit settees that convert into comfortable sunbathing lounges. Her light, elegant interior has been created with whitewashed teak and brushed stainless steel detailing, achieving a pleasant, modern atmosphere. More about Croatia charter yacht ICARUS here …

ICARUS -  Salon

ICARUS - Salon

ICARUS -  Twin


Sailing yacht ICARUS

Year:2007   L.O.A.:27.00m (88' 6")  Beam:6.58m (21' 7") 
Max Speed:0 knots  Cruise Speed:10 knots  Engines:Engine Type: John Dear G 
Cabins: Charter Guest: Crew:

Sunreef 70 catamaran ANINI

The 70-foot sailing catamaran ANINI was launched by the well known Sunreef Yachts shipyard in 2011 and represents the 7th Sunreef 70 vessel, with clear references to the popular Sunreef 114 charter yacht CHE. She is available for Croatia yacht charter in September for a special rate of €22,500 per week plus expenses, down from 25,000 per week.

Sunreef 70 Super Yacht ANINI.png

Sunreef 70 Super Yacht ANINI.png

Eight charter guests will find accommodation in one master suite and one guest cabin on the portside and two guest cabins (one with bunk beds) in the starboard hull. One crew cabin for 3 members is also located in the starboard hull.



The master suite boasts a comfortable double bed, an extendable sofa, work desk, TV and DVD and vast amount of storage for longer cruises. One of the guest cabins and the crew cabin are fitted with double beds, whereas the second guest cabin, well suited for children, features bunk beds. All of the cabins are provided with en-suite bathrooms.

ANINI Master

ANINI Master

Guest will find comfortable space to unwind in the beautiful saloon and dining room on the main deck, boasting two cofee tables, convertible into a dining table. There is also a 40” LCD TV and DVD and a fully equipped galley with elegant bar to serve cocktails and meals.

ANINI Aft Deck

ANINI Aft Deck

Anini yacht’s aft deck boasts an al-fresco dining area with a small fridge, large colourful sofas and sun pads, and great storage. The flybridge comprises the main helm station, and a comfortable dining area with a small fridge, sun pads and benches. Both the cockpit and the flybridge are finished in teak. More about ANINI catamaran here …

ANINI Galley

ANINI Galley

Sailing Yacht ANINI

Year:2011   L.O.A.:21.4m (70´)  Beam:10.40m 
Max Speed:28 knots  Cruise Speed:25 knots  Engines:2x 240 HP YANMAR diesels 
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Croatia Yacht Rental

One of the most beautiful parts of the Eastern Mediterranean and amongst the most popular summer destinations, Croatia is a fascinating country offering an array of activities and places to explore. Undoubtedly, the most rewarding way of exploring this country and its hundreds of beautiful islands is on a Croatia yacht vacation. A huge selection of beautiful and exceptional Croatia charter yachts is available each year, from open-style sports yachts, large luxury motor yachts, spacious catamarans, sailing yachts, right through to large super-luxurious mega yachts.

Dubrovnik Walls - Photo credit Dubrovnik Tourist Board

Dubrovnik Walls - Photo credit Dubrovnik Tourist Board

Whether you are a lover of history and art, nature and secluded beaches or exciting night life and chic restaurants are your ‘thing’, you are bound to find all of this in Croatia. Brac is famous for the ‘Golden Horn’ beach, embellishing many photographs and post cards. A beautiful island with a charming old town is Hvar and it is also a very popular hub for young and young-at heart, as it offers a good selection of beach bars, spas and night-clubs.

Hvar in Croatia

Hvar in Croatia

To fully enjoy Croatia’s rich natural beauty, the island of Mljet should also be included on your yacht charter itinerary, known as the greenest island of the Adriatic. You could anchor in the bay of Polace and explore the National Park with its beautiful lakes.

An absolute ‘must’ is a stopover in Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik, as many other sites in Croatia, is also listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is one of the most engaging cities in the Mediterranean. Trogir is also amongst the best places for sailors and holidaymakers, offering charming sites, significant landmarks and an array of unforgettable yachting opportunities. Other destinations for a Croatia boat rental include Pula, Split, Vinisce or Sukosan.

Trogir - Image courtesy of Trogir Tourism Board

Trogir - Image courtesy of Trogir Tourism Board

Even though not situated in Croatia, the Bay of Kotor in the stunning Montenegro is also a fabulous place to begin or end your Eastern Mediterranean superyacht vacation. Montenegro is rich in cultural history and boasts some of the best preserved natural and historical sights.

For more information about Croatia yacht charter specials or any other enquiries related to luxury superyacht charter, please contact our friendly team.