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Eight Princess yachts being transported by Sevenstar Yacht Transport

March 10, 2014

A total number of eight new Princess yachts have been recently loaded on the Erasmusgracht, one of Sevenstar Yacht Transport’s modern vessels. The Princess motor yachts vary in size from 56 to 88 feet and are heading to Turkey, Spain and Croatia.

Princess yachts on Erasmusgracht

Princess yachts on Erasmusgracht - One of Sevenstar Yacht Transport's vessels

Sevenstar Yacht Transport and Princess Motor Yachts Sales have been longtime partners when it comes to the shipment of luxury Princess Yachts from Southampton to clients all over the world.

Roger Lipman from Princess Motor Yacht Sales smiles saying: “It’s a great sight to see our beautiful yachts safely on deck of Sevenstar’s vessel, knowing our respected customers will soon be able to receive their precious yachts.” Commenting on the partnership he continues: “Sevenstar Yacht Transport has proved to be a reliable partner for us over the last 15 years and every time, their expert staff goes above and beyond their means to make our shipments hassle free, safe and sound.”

Princess yachts being loaded on Erasmusgracht

Princess yachts being loaded on Erasmusgracht

Mike Herrebrugh, Director of the Southampton Sevenstar Yacht transport office says: “We are very proud to be the yacht transportation company of choice for Princess Motor Yacht Sales. Princess is a highly respected brand in the business and our aim is to match its superb quality with our transportation expertise”.

The Erasmusgracht loaded as planned on March 8th and will be unloading the yachts in the next two weeks at their respective Mediterranean ports. Sevenstar Yacht Transport uses a highly specialised lift-on, lift-off technique to load the yachts, closely monitored by experienced and highly qualified load masters.

Holiday bonus offer at Karpaz Gate Marina

March 10, 2014

Karpaz Gate Marina is delighted to announce that it is extending holiday wishes and good will to clients observing the Easter and Passover occasions, who desire to berth at the luxury destination in Northern Cyprus, positioned in the popular summer yacht charter destination – the Eastern Mediterranean.

Karpaz Gate Marina is offering a special holiday berthing package to visitors in April

Karpaz Gate Marina is offering a special holiday berthing package to visitors in April

Boat owners taking advantage of the holiday bonus offer during April will be able to double their stay for no extra charge. At any time during the specified dates, boat owners staying for one day will receive an extra day for free, those berthing for two days are gifted an additional two days and so on.

“Easter and Passover are special occasions for friends and family to spend time with each other and we would like to bring people together to come and celebrate with us at Karpaz Gate Marina,” said Harbour Master Deniz Akaltan. “We can offer peace and relaxation at our unique location on the beautiful Karpaz Peninsula, as well as fine dining at Hemingway’s Resto-Bar and first-class berthing facilities. It is the perfect retreat during the holiday.”

Boat owners visiting during the holidays will be able to enjoy the spectacular 33m infinity pool located at the Karpaz Gate Marina beach club and will also have access to the well-equipped gym.

The short-term mooring packages are available from Friday, April 11 to Tuesday, April 22, inclusive.

Karpaz Gate Marina is a 5 Gold Anchor-rated marina which can accommodate vessels up to 55m and offers services including power and drinking water to all berths and high speed Wi-Fi and TV connection.

Barcelona International Boat Show 2014, October 15 – 19

March 06, 2014

Preparations for this year’s 53rd edition of Barcelona International Boat Show are underway. It will be held from October 15 to 19, with the aim of fitting in better with the calendar of international shows, maximising participation, as well as boosting commercial activity in the nautical market. Organised by Fira de Barcelona, in partnership with the Asociación Nacional de Empresas Náuticas, Anen, this major nautical sports and recreation trade fair will once again play a host to all exhibits and activities in Port Vell.

Barcelona International Boat Show 2013

Barcelona International Boat Show 2013

For the Director of the Barcelona Boat Show, Jordi Freixas “the latest data from the recreational boat market in Spain show that the crisis is touching rock bottom that will give way to a slow recovery of demand. We have to be prudent but we believe that this edition can mark a turning point in sector sales. In any case, we will continue to dedicate our efforts to attracting buyers from more dynamic economies, such as Germany, France and Russia, and also foreign residents in our country”.

According to the Secretary General of Anen, Carlos Sanlorenzo, “the event has to evolve in line with new nautical trends that are prevailing in leading European trade shows. In this sense, one of the factors to be considered is to try not to overlap with other international shows. With regard to expectations, the nautical market’s performance in February, with a 5% growth, is positive but some time will have to pass before domestic demand is stronger and therefore the show has to focus on international markets”.

In search of innovations in the sector
According to the opinion poll conducted by Fira de Barcelona, out of a sample group of 300, 48.2% of visitors to the last edition came to find out about innovations in the nautical market and 23.7% came to buy. Of the latter group, 54.9% wished to acquire nautical accessories, 25.4% motor boats, 18.3% inflatable boats and 9.9% sailboats. 75% stated they were satisfied with their visit and considered they had met their goals. The poll also shows the high degree of loyalty, since 90% had visited in previous years and 90.3% said they would return in 2014.

Spain’s biggest and most varied commercial platform in Spain
For the third year running, the Boat Show will concentrate all exhibits and activities in Port Vell, the only large Mediterranean port situated in the centre of a big city. In addition to the in-water exhibition of boats from 8 metres in length visitors will also be able to find all types of nautical products and services on land including electronics and engines, paints, sails, tugs, fishing articles, charters, sports marinas, small boats and inflatable crafts.

Experiences and sector debate at the show
Founder member of the IFBSO, the Boat Show will again be a sector meeting point and centre of promotion for nautical sports and recreation. In this sense, the organisers will set up the usual Fun Beach Area, which will have a zone for trying out nautical sports with sea access, in the Moll de la Fusta, where families can enjoy beginners’ sessions in surfing, windsurfing, dinghy sailing, canoeing and kayaking.

The Espai del Mar will host presentations of regattas, books, awards and conferences on the marine environment and navigation. The show will also host the Marina Tradicional Area will feature exhibitions of traditional wooden sailboats, workshops and concerts. For the fourth year running, the organisers will set up the Village, which will again be the show’s social centre and meeting point for business meetings.

Barcelona, the best city for a Boat Show
In addition to its undeniable appeal for tourists, Barcelona is the hub for a large number of companies and organisations that that bring all types of products and services to the nautical sector.  It is also second in the world ranking of sports cities, behind London but ahead of other cities such as Paris, New York and Berlin, according to the latest Sports City Index compiled by TSE Consulting and the sports magazine Around the Rings, which takes into account aspects such as the success of major sports events and facilities.

Superyacht Cup Palma: New Partnership with St Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort

March 06, 2014

The original St. Regis New York was inaugurated over one hundred years ago. Since then, the St. Regis brand has sought to offer an experience that goes beyond expectation. Positioned on the waterfront close to Palma, the fabulous five star St Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort will play a host to an exclusive dinner for guests and owners during the Superyacht Cup. The hotel’s Michelin Star chef will prepare a Mediterranean summer selection of courses, highlighting the very best of Mallorca‘s fresh local produce.

St Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort

St Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort

The five Platinum Partner shipyards, Alloy Yachts, Holland Jachtbouw, Perini Navi, Royal Huisman and Vitters Shipyard will jointly host the Owner´s Dinner, which will be held on the bougainvillea-surrounded terraces overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean Sea.

“This will be a very special evening, bringing the owners and their guests together with representatives from throughout the superyacht industry. We are delighted to have formed this important partnership with the St Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort, a worldwide recognized premium brand with an outstanding reputation for quality and friendly service. The Superyacht Cup regatta has a reputation for creating a unique relaxed environment and this exceptional hotel is the perfect location to offer our guests the highest quality service and gastronomic experience while maintaining the informality and friendliness the regatta is so proud of”, explained Event Director Kate Branagh.

St Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort will sponsor the racing on Saturday June 21st for both classes and their highly experienced outside catering and banqueting team will serve a collection of appetizing canapés for the Prize Giving Ceremony. In a change to previous years, the awards will be presented on the dock in the Superyacht Cup village straight after the final race. A celebration with the victorious winners on Mid Summer Day will bring the 2014 Superyacht Cup Palma to a close.

The entry list so far is an impressive collection of some of the world´s finest superyachts including 4 previous winners of the Big Bent Cleat, the perpetual trophy awarded to the overall winner each year: Sailing yacht Heartbeat winner 2013 (Claasen Shipyard/Hoek), charter yacht Maria Cattiva winner 2012 (Royal Huisman/King), luxury yacht Drumfire winner 2010 (Bloemsma/Hoek), and still looking as immaculate as the year she was launched, superyacht Unfurled (Royal Huisman/Frers) winner in 2003.

Competing in the same event but in their own division, the 5 J Class yachts are sailing yacht Hanuman (Royal Huisman/Dykstra), charter yacht Ranger (Danish Yachts/Burgess & Stephens/Dykstra), superyacht Velsheda (Camper & Nicholson/Nicholsons/Dykstra), luxury yacht Lionheart (Claasen Shipyard/Hoek) and superyacht Rainbow (Holland Jachtbouw/Dykstra).

Porto Montenegro to present latest project developments at three major Moscow exhibitions

March 06, 2014

The leading superyacht homeport and marina village in the lovely Eastern Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Montenegro, Porto Montenegro is taking major steps in terms of infrastructure development this season. In July, it will inaugurate its first five-star hotel with leading hospitality brand, The Regent, and complete works on a luxury yacht marina expansion, taking berth capacity from the current mix of 250, to 430. To mark these important milestones, Porto Montenegro will attend three major exhibitions, which will be held in Moscow throughout March.

Porto Montenegro in the popular Eastern Mediterranean yacht charter location - Montenegro

Porto Montenegro in the popular Eastern Mediterranean yacht charter location - Montenegro

In partnership with leading yacht brand, Azimut Benetti, Porto Montenegro will make its debut at the Moscow Boat Show from the 11th to 16th March, at Crosus Expo, Moscow. Visitors of Russia’s leading yacht show will be able to obtain in-depth information about the project and its latest developments, the benefits of berthing outside of the European Union and consult with Russian office representatives on the elite real estate investment potential in Montenegro, one of the fastest growing Balkan states. Stand A340, Hall 3, Pavilion 15.

Porto Montenegro will also take part in the Moscow MICE Forum on the 17th March, at Tishinskaya Square, Moscow. In line with recent developments, the marina has developed several short stay travel packages including adventure, sailing and spa experiences plus a comprehensive catalogue of onsite event spaces. With Porto Montenegro just a 3 hour flight from Moscow, this unique MICE offering is ideal for the Russian market. Stand 1-1 / 59.

Finally, Porto Montenegro will feature at the very first Conde Nast Traveller Luxury Travel Fair, taking place on the 18th March, at the Metropol Hotel, Moscow. As the leading superyacht homeport and marina village in the Mediterranean, Porto Montenegro aims to attract more private, family and business tourism from the Russian luxury travel market. Stand 056.

Luxury superyacht tender JET TENDER 33 by Castoldi

March 03, 2014

Luxury superyacht Jet Tender 33 is the largest model of the Castoldi range and represents the only one fitted with two waterjet drives and two engines. The new JET TENDER 33 yacht tender by Castoldi offers two engine choices:  the Yanmar 260 HP, for a top speed of 40 knots or the Mercruiser 350 HP for a top speed of 45 knots.

Jet Tender 33 by Castoldi

Jet Tender 33 by Castoldi

Jet Tender 33 is equipped, as standard, with the bow landing stepped ramp (for beaching), a recessed bow shelter and all the possible electronic devices: Multifunction/GPS display (also connected to the engines and radio for showing data on it), Radio with iPod/bluetooth connections, VHF and so on.

Among the many optional equipment Castoldi would like to underline, is the possibility of equipping the tender with their professional ACES electronic control system, installed on work and military vessels worldwide (Chinese Coast Guard, Russian Marine Police etc…) This system allows to perform easy docking manoeuvres, such as 360° rotation and sideways by means of a 3 axes joystick.

Castoldi believe Jet Tender 33 is perfect for large luxury yacht tender use or as a chase tender/day boat.

Technical Specifications

Length O.A. : 9,90 m

Beam max : 3,00 m

Height at bow : 1,58 m

Diameter of inflatable tube (at stern) : 0,56 m

Passengers capability (C.E. directive) : N. 16

Design category (C.E. directive) : B

Waterjet unit : N. 2 x Castoldi type Turbodrive 284 H.C. with stainless steel impeller, titanium impeller housing liner, integrated gearbox, hydraulic multi-disc disconnecting clutch electrically operated, debris screen on water intake electrically operated, Clear-Duct system (superior waterjet duct cleaning system by synchronised dual action of back-flushing and intake grid opening), all oil lubricated bearings

Marine diesel engine :

– N. 2 x Yanmar 6BY-260, 260 HP @ 4.000 rpm

– N. 2 x Mercruiser QSD 4.2, 350 HP @ 3.800 rpm

Fuel : 500 lts

Fresh water : 80 lts

Displacement (with standard equipment) : 3.190 Kg – 3.480 Kg

Hull Type : Hard chine deep V monohedric hull with spray rails and 21° of deadrise at transom. Purposely developed for waterjet propulsion system

Construction: Hull : Single skin structure with Kevlar and vinylester resin

Deck, console, engine hatch : Sandwich structure with glass and isoftalic polyester resin with nidaplast core

Stringers system : Sandwich structure with Kevlar and vynilester resin with polyurethane closed cell foam core

Inflatable tubes : Hypalon-Neoprene coated polyester fabric, 1670 Dtex N. 6 independent airtight compartments

Remarkable transformation of 160ft Delta yacht Newvida into 185ft Motor Yacht MySeanna

February 27, 2014

Motor Yacht My Seanna does not represent your usual refit. Rather than selling their yacht and purchasing a bigger one to suit their needs, the owners chose to re-built luxury superyacht My Seanna which they loved, by adding and incorporating all the new amenities they desired.

MySeanna Yacht - after her refit

MySeanna Yacht - after her refit

In April 2013 Rybovich was contracted to transform the 160 ft (48.80 mtr) Motoryacht NEWVIDA, originally build by Delta Shipyards as Gallant Lady, into the 185ft(56.40 mtr) MySeanna superyacht by performing an extensive re-built. The hull and decks were extended at the aft end of the yacht by 25ft (7.60 mtr), to allow the creation of a great beach club inside the hull, with a large opening transom door and a new swim platform to become the new centre of watersports entertainment which the yacht did not have before.

Also the outdoor spaces on the main deck and bridge deck have been greatly enlarged and improved, offering 180 degree vistas. In the original situation the aft decks were fully enclosed by tinted glass panels wrapping around the back of the boat (see photo). In the new version the aft decks have been completely opened up, and on the main deck a step has been created in the deck to raise the central seating area to even further enhance the view of the surrounding areas.

MySeanna superyacht  - before her refit at Rybovich

MySeanna superyacht - before her refit at Rybovich

On the (extended) sundeck a fantastic lounging and social area has been created, which when not in use is transformed into a helicopter touch ‘n go pad. A new oversized hot tub, with sun pads behind and bar in front will certainly be the place for some great parties, or just for hanging out to relax. On the portside there is a new sauna and a separate bathroom so you will never have to leave this deck if you don’t want to. Forward is also the gym equipment where working out in the morning should be the best way to start the day. If you want to be more private, on top of the sundeck structure a new sunbed area has been created with windbreak glass all around and views of 270 degrees make you feel like you are on top of the world.

Inside of My Seanna yacht has not been forgotten and some major improvements have been incorporated in the interior spaces. The top deck interior has been transformed into a spectacular 360 degree view VIP stateroom. The new interior and opened up staircase has been made to match the rest of the vessels décor. On the bridge deck, the staircase that used to be there is no longer there, greatly improving the entertaining opportunities and seamlessly connecting the indoor and outdoor spaces on this deck through new fully hiding double sliding doors. The guest staterooms all get new much enlarged porthole windows also giving more visual connection to the outside world on the lower deck.

The exterior of the luxury yacht My Seanna has been given a major work over, changing the fashion plates, railings, bulwarks, window shapes and accent lines and to top it all off the hull will be painted in beautiful metallic silver.

This is a full make over and certainly justifies the name change as this is really an entirely new yacht for the owners to enjoy and fall in love with all over again. My Seanna will be cruising the Mediterranean waters this summer. She will be an excellent yacht for those who would like to entertain or just escape from the busy every day life.

54m Super Yacht STARFIRE – Scuba Diving on a Mediterranean Yacht Holiday

February 27, 2014

Relaxing under the shimmering summer sun is, perhaps most enjoyable on a Mediterranean island, but if you are one that seeks underwater adventure, you might end up spending most of your time taking pleasure in the darkness of the sea. Whether you are a diving enthusiast holding several certificates or simply keen to shed your title as a non diver,  a Mediterranean yacht holiday is the ideal diving platform to discover what lies beneath the Mediterranean Sea. Not sure where to anchor off for your next diving excursion?  Captain Sputh from the 54m  (178’) Benetti super yacht STARFIRE and his crew have curated the top ten scuba diving islands in the Mediterranean Sea for a memorable rendezvous with underwater beauty. Below you will find information about the striking superyacht STARFIRE with a lovely video as well as some ideas for a fantastic Mediterranean yacht charter itinerary. For enquiries, contact us here.

Yacht STARFIRE -  Main

Yacht STARFIRE - Main

About Benetti Motor Yacht STARFIRE

As soon as you join the 178-foot Benetti motor yacht STARFIRE you will be greeted by her spacious and elegant main saloon; serving as a gathering area before the dinner is being served and a fantastic place for relaxation and socialising.

Yacht STARFIRE -  Main Salon

Yacht STARFIRE - Main Salon

Yacht STARFIRE -  Cinema on Sundeck

Yacht STARFIRE - Cinema on Sundeck

Accommodation

Superyacht STARFIRE sleeps twelve guests in six staterooms, each with its own luxurious bathroom and state-of-the-art amenities.

Entering the master stateroom, there is a large 42” TV with an integrated computer. Further forward is the California King-sized bed, two seating areas as well as a vanity. The luxurious en-suite bathroom boasts a his and hers spa pool tub, and an adjoining shower.

Yacht STARFIRE -  Master Cabin

Yacht STARFIRE - Master Cabin

The VIP cabin is characterised by two large windows offering unparalleled views right from the comfort of the room’s kind-sized bed. There is also a small couch, a vanity and an elegant en-suite bathroom with a full tub.

There are also two additional double cabins and two twin cabins.

Yacht STARFIRE -  Master Cabin Ensuite

Yacht STARFIRE - Master Cabin Ensuite

Entertainment and socialising

A fantastic place to gather in the evening is the skylounge, providing comfortable seating and a bar. The teak aft-deck is another great place to unwind. The sun deck, in addition to the large lounging area where you can watch movies under the stars, boasts a sauna, a massage room, an al-fresco dining area, a bar and the popular spa pool tub. One of the unique features of charter yacht STARFIRE is that she offers four separate dining areas and a world-class cuisine, prepared by her two talented chefs.

Water fun and adventure

STARFIRE yacht has an excellent range of water toys, including two two-person wave runners, a stand-up Jet Ski, two Seabobs, two one-person kayaks, two two-person kayaks, a trampoline, a five person water toboggan, wake boards, tow tubes, snorkelling equipment as well as water skis.

SCUBA DIVING MEDITERRANEAN YACHT HOLIDAYS ON BOARD STARFIRE superyacht

Sardinia – Mesmerising Marine Life

The island of Sardinia in Italy welcomes divers to a stunning underwater wonderland featuring reefs, overhangs and unique rock formations. Diving into the crystal clear waters around Sardinia offers you a world filled with beautiful red corals, sponges, octopus, barracudas and groupers. If you are lucky, you may even encounter eagle rays, one of Mediterranean’s largest species.

Corsica – Wreck Diving

Whether you are a professional diver or just a beginner, France’s Corsica caters to those who seek a great wreck to explore. Swim along a B17 American Bomber to learn a little WWII history or along a Canadair Wreck, once an emergency plane trying to tank water over a disaster forest fire.

Sušac – Undiscovered Nirvana

There is so much underwater life along Croatia’s lovely shoreline.  Visit the waters around Sušac, located southwest of the island of Korcula, for loveliness that will fascinate even the most discerning diver on a Croatia yacht charter with its subterranean caves, tunnels, canyons, crevices, pillars and arches carved by centuries of erosion.

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

Korcula - Image credit to Korcula Tourist Board

Mykonos – Cosmopolitan Diving Destination

Apart from its notorious nightlife, Mykonos is also a heaven for divers. Seasoned as well as amateur divers on a Greece yacht holiday can brace themselves for an amazing underwater escapade; then unwind the afternoon away on the island’s many golden sandy beaches.

Malta – Diving Mecca

Ranked the best diving destination in the Mediterranean, Malta yacht charter boasts ample diving options in a picturesque setting. Deep under the azure waters lives a vibrant marine community of octopus, anemones, fire worms, tube worms and seahorses (very rare). The presence of caverns, underwater cliffs and wrecks further appeals to the adventurous spirit.

Azure Window - Dwejra - Photo courtesy of Malta Tourism Authority

Azure Window - Dwejra - Photo courtesy of Malta Tourism Authority

Santorini – Startling underwater topography

Santorini offers one of the most delightful diving experiences in the Mediterranean. Take a plunge on your next Santorini yacht vacation to meet multihued sponges, snappers, groupers and barracuda; then wind past the remains of the island’s volcanic explosion.

Formentera – Shallow Waters for Beginners

If you prefer to dive in shallow waters, Formentera in the Balearics is your ideal destination. This classic dive site offers divers the chance to catch a glimpse of lobsters, small groupers, crustaceans, scorpion fish and cardinal fish. You will find them taking refuge in the mighty La Plataforma structure.

Menorca – Fun Cavern Diving

Another classic site, Menorca in Spain offers tranquil diving similar to Formentera. Soft limestone rocks have formed a series of natural caves that rise above the sea and under the clear, warm waters. Divers can indulge in some stunning cavern diving.

Formentera

Formentera

Mallorca – Emerging to be the best

Divers find more than one reason to love Mallorca. Creeping through rock formations, you may come across a Mediterranean grouper or a starfish nestled on a reef wall. If you are a diving enthusiast with a penchant for history, wrecks dive in Mallorca are always a great option to add to your Spain yacht holiday.

Ibiza – Explore the ‘Cave of Light’

With more than 50 individual dive sites, Ibiza offers myriad diving opportunities amidst scenic settings. Bring a flashlight when diving into the depths of the clear, cool waters to undercover stunning gorgonian corals, yellow anemones and Mediterranean fan corals.

Ibiza - Es Calonet - Photo by Xescu Prats - Credit to Ibiza Tourist Board

Ibiza - Es Calonet - Photo by Xescu Prats - Credit to Ibiza Tourist Board

Beautiful landscapes, abundant marine life and diving opportunities aplenty; the Mediterranean has it all to gift you an unforgettable diving yacht holiday.

Blues, reds, greens and yellows, an infinite rainbow of colours awaits you if you plunge into the Mediterranean Sea. Just ask your captain to bring you to his secret spot.

Bio: Article provided by LuxeInACity, a luxury travel magazine, in collaboration with MY Starfire, a 178′ Benetti superyacht for charter in the Caribbean and Mediterranean Sea. For additional information contact our brokers here.

Final racing calendar for 2014 season confirmed by Wally Class

February 26, 2014

The final racing calendar for the 2014 season has been confirmed by the Wally Class, representing the largest fleet of performance yachts over 24 metres. The calendar includes four of the world’s most significant luxury yacht regattas in the most enchanting locations of the popular summer yacht charter destination – the Mediterranean.

Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2013 - Day 1 - Wally Yachts and J Class

Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2013 - Day 1 - Wally Yachts and J Class

Gaastra PalmavelaPalma de Mallorca, 30 April – 4 May
• Menorca Maxi – Mahón, 21– 25 May
Maxi Yacht Rolex CupPorto Cervo, 31 August – 6 September
Les Voiles de Saint TropezSt.Tropez, 28 September – 4 October

Wallys will also competitively race in other renowned regattas against yachts of other types: further events include Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous in Virgin Gorda, BVI and two of the most important offshore races in the Mediterranean, the Rolex Volcano Race, 22 May and the Giraglia Rolex Cup, 13-21 June.

The new addition to the traditional racing circuit is the first edition of the Menorca Maxi Regatta, an event specifically created for Wallys and J Class yachts, that will take place in the beautiful Balearic Island, and supported by the Government of Menorca.

The close competition will engage participants and spectators: this year the Wally fleet is scheduled to display between eight and 12 yachts on the starting line of the different events, offering a unique and spectacular sight of the highest performance sailing cruisers. Everybody is looking forward to the exciting and close racing!

Due to the exceptional performance of Wally yachts and their resulting competitive advantage, the Wally Class is part of the IMA (International Maxi Association) and is recognised internationally as a division of the world’s most important Superyacht regattas.

New Managing Director for Marina Port Vell

February 26, 2014

Positioned in the lovely Spain yacht charter destination – Barcelona, Marina Port Vell (MPV), expected to become one of the world’s most elite superyacht destinations and the pre-eminent home port in the Mediterranean, is delighted to announce that Marcel Brekelmans will join the marina as Managing Director effective 10th March 2014.

MPV's Managing Director Marcel Brekelmans

MPV's Managing Director Marcel Brekelmans

A Dutchman, Brekelmans has spent many years as an accomplished Project and Managing Director in the demanding business of hotel administration, with considerable experience in branding, opening and pre-opening of properties and repositioning notable hotels on three different continents: Europe, the Middle East and Caribbean. His diverse background and ability to communicate in five languages—Dutch, English, German, French and Spanish—make Marcel the perfect candidate to manage the intricacies of Marina Port Vell.

“To say we are lucky to have Marcel join us as the new Marina Port Vell comes fully on-line is a great understatement,” says Uri Nachoom, Vice Chairman of Salamanca Group. “The extent of Marcel’s direct experience managing some of the world’s most prestigious hotel brands makes him ideally suited to provide leadership, to develop operating budgets, to set standards for  the highest level of customer relations, and, perhaps most importantly, to bring the marina and our yachting guests an unparalleled level of sophistication, ” he continues.

Most recently, Brekelmans worked with HIM4Hotels/Hospitality Interim Management on projects including Roca Golf Hotel, Tinapa Hotel & Free Zone, and Hotel Rwanda, now all exquisite properties following his deft repositioning efforts. As with other ventures—Ancient Hospitality Group, Kempinski N’djamena, Le Meridien Abuja—Brekelmans excelled at providing constancy, developing and adhering to operational and finance parameters, and to bringing an entrepreneurial acumen for creative marketing.

As Marina Port Vell’s Managing Director, Marcel Brekelmans will further position the brand as a leader in 5-Star services for yachtsmen, their families and guests. He will also provide strategic planning and execution of all aspects of operations on a day-to-day basis.