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Bulgari and Azimut Yachts’ exclusive jewel display in Italy

June 27, 2013

Two famous and iconic luxury brands: Azimut Yachts and Bulgari, have recently signed a partnership and joined their forces to use their creativity and manufacturing talent to create inimitable objects, based on undisputed products and outstanding service.

Bulgari and Azimut Yachts

Bulgari and Azimut Yachts

From 20 to 22 June, top clients from all over the world came to Italy and were welcomed by ‘personal jewellers’ who showed them jewellery from the new collections and helped them make purchases. It was an exclusive event in the setting of spectacular yacht charter destination Portofino, another of the Italian luxury lifestyle’s favourite names.

For the entire duration of this magical experience Azimut yachts were made available for the exclusive use of guests, taking them on excursions exploring the breathtaking sights of the Cinque Terre and to transfer them to the gala dinner on 22 June. What better setting could there be for this targeted, high-level, private event to show guests Azimut’s jewels and let them try them for themselves, and to convey the pleasure of the Italian way of life?

Bulgari & Azimut Yachts - Piazzetta Portofino Italy

Bulgari & Azimut Yachts - Piazzetta Portofino Italy

Just some of the values that the two brands have in common are creative talent, impeccable service, the inseparable bond between craftsmanship and a culture of innovation, ethical conduct, attention to human resources and coherence and transparency in communication, not to mention a shared strategic mission, whose aim is make total luxury an unforgettable experience for clients. Bulgari is the ideal representative for traditional jewellery-making and Italian manufacturing, with its timeless collections of jewellery, as well as accessories, leather goods and perfumes, and of course its luxury hospitality collection of hotels and resorts in the world’s most beautiful and glamorous cities.

Azimut Yachts, together with Benetti and the yacht services company Yachtique, is part of the Azimut|Benetti Group, the largest yacht and megayacht construction company in the world. The Azimut Yachts division offers the widest range of 40’ to 120’ craft.

Bulgari Azimut Yachts

Bulgari & Azimut Yachts in Portofino Italy

The Azimut Yachts range comprises three different product collections: Flybridge, S and Magellano, all of which, in spite of how different they are, reflect the values of beauty, design, comfort, safety, technology, innovation and quality.

“We are very satisfied with this partnership,” emphasised Francesco Ansalone, Azimut|Benetti Group Marketing Director, “We are two companies with very different backgrounds, but we undoubtedly share a nurtured passion for well-made, beautiful things that conveys the best of Italian style and culture to an international audience.”

Umberto Macchi Di Cellere, Worldwide Sales & Marketing Managing Director continued, “The Bulgari name has always been a symbol of excellence and prestige around the world and an ambassador for the creative talent and skill that is capable of creating excitement thanks to daring aesthetic innovation and inspiration, whose roots lie in ‘real’ Italian culture, including figurative Greek and Roman art.

Working together with Azimut Yachts on this event in the wonderful setting of Portofino, another great icon in the Italian luxury way of life, is a prime example of a choice that once again confirms an inimitable style that can interpret every era, now and in the future.”

Delivery of Sunseeker 40 Metre motor yacht SEA RAIDER V

June 27, 2013

At the moment cruising the azure waters of the beautiful summer yacht charter destination – the Mediterranean, the all-new Sunseeker 40 Metre motor yacht Sea Raider V is presumed to have been successfully handed over to her new owner.

A sister ship to Sea Raider V Yacht - Sunseeker 40M Yacht Princess K

A sister ship to Sea Raider V Yacht - Sunseeker 40M Yacht Princess K

Sunseeker 40 Metre superyacht Sea Raider V provides luxurious accommodation to up to 12 guests. Service aboard this spectacular vessel is ensured by a professional crew of 9. Among special features belong the automated balconies to the forward master suite and main deck.

RINA classed, the 40m luxury yacht Sea Raider V can achieve a top speed of about 25 knots. She has an impressive beam of 8m (26’3”).

Below is a selection of the magnificent charter yachts built by Sunseeker.

Photos of 75m ANASTASIA yacht available for Italy superyacht charter

June 26, 2013

The beautiful Oceanco built 75m ANASTASIA yacht has been spotted in Italy by photographer and yacht spotter Roberto Malfatti. Charter yacht ANASTASIA is a spectacular steel-hull vessel with aluminium superstructure, designed by renowned Sam Sorgiovanni and constructed to perfection by the famous Dutch shipyard. She is available for Italy superyacht charter this summer for €650,000.00 per week plus expenses.

luxury charter yacht ANASTASIA

luxury charter yacht ANASTASIA

Featuring six spacious decks, Anastasia yacht has been fitted with every convenience and a superyacht charter in Italy aboard this magnificent vessel will leave you wishing for nothing; or at most wishing for a longer holiday.

Western Mediterranean charter yacht Anastasia

Western Mediterranean charter yacht Anastasia

A large mega yacht by any standards, her overall feel is however one that is sleek and visually exciting. Both her interior as well as exterior boasts design by Sam Sorgiovanni, featuring flowing, natural, sinuous exterior lines.

Mediterranean charter yacht Anastasia

Mediterranean charter yacht Anastasia

Anastasia superyacht was created with practicality in mind, offering harmonious blend of light open spaces and areas of seclusion. There are numerous internal and external areas where charter guests can relax or be entertained.

75m charter yacht Anastasia in Italy

75m charter yacht Anastasia in Italy

Some of the main features of the yacht include Anastasia’s large sundeck Spa Pool pool, a full sized Gymnasium, an aquarium and a disco lounge. Outside fun is guaranteed thanks to her excellent water toys range, including every conceivable water sports products, as well as custom design tenders and a fantastic aft swim platform.

Luxury mega yacht ANASTASIA

Luxury mega yacht ANASTASIA

Accommodation is offered in 6 luxurious and highly comfortable cabins to 12 charter guests. The yacht’s elegant suites are made up of one Master suite, two VIP suites and three further guest staterooms. All of the cabins provide levels of sophistication and luxury rarely attainable.

Western Mediterranean charter yacht Anastasia

Western Mediterranean charter yacht Anastasia

Oceanco ANASTASIA yachts is available for Western Mediterranean yacht charter, including the Italian Riviera and French Riviera, as well as Corsica, Sicily and Sardinia. Her rate is of €650,000.00 per week plus expenses.

Lovely ANASTASIA yacht - Italy superyacht charter

Lovely ANASTASIA yacht - Italy superyacht charter

Motor Yacht ANASTASIA

Year:2008 (Refit n/a)  L.O.A.:75.5m 245.7ft   Beam:13.4m / 43.93ft 
Max Speed:18 knots  Cruise Speed:15 knots  Engines:2x MTU 4000 Series V16 27 
Cabins: Charter Guest:12  Crew:20 

The end of Superyacht Cup Palma 2013 marked by a supermoon

June 25, 2013

It was a supermoon that rose over the Es Baluard Museum, where the prize giving dinner took place on Saturday night. It was the closest that we will see the moon to the earth this year and the perfect symbol to celebrate not only the longest day of the year, but the end to this year’s Superyacht Cup Palma. The guests and crew of the 20 attending yachts enjoyed cocktails as well as canapés, whilst they grooved the night away to an amazing live band.

Prize giving at the Es Baluard Museum. www.clairematches.com

Prize giving at the Es Baluard Museum. www.clairematches.com

This week has also seen some exceptionally close racing between the two Classes in the 15 strong Superyacht Fleet. In Class 1, the performance Perini charter yacht P2 picked up the Yachting World starters prize for the most consistent starts (all under 5 seconds), with stiff on water competition from the 45m Dubois charter yacht Salperton, helmed by Shirley Robertson, and Rebecca yacht the Frers designed ketch built at Pendennis racing back in the Med for the first time since 2007. On corrected time, charter yacht Highland Breeze flying her Gaastra spinnaker was the overall winner, her Owner congratulated all for a fantastic time, and threw down the gauntlet for next year’s event.

In Class 2, the female Owner driver of superyacht Heartbeat, one of the Claasen Yachts, was estatic to be collecting the Big Bent Cleat trophy for the first time holding off last year’s winners charter yacht Maria Cattiva to second. Third placed Atalante yacht collected their prize courtesy of Nespresso, with praise for the event and race management team saying “it was another great week at the Superyacht Cup it all worked perfectly.”

Crew of Heartbeat collecting the Big Bent Cleat Trophy. www.clairematches.com

Crew of Heartbeat Yacht collecting the Big Bent Cleat Trophy. www.clairematches.com

It goes without saying that the “cream on the cake” was to see 5 of the magnificent J Class Yachts fleet racing with a mix of windward leeward and coastal courses for the first time in the Med, with the hopes that this will see the beginnings of a growing class of these unique and historical yachts. It’s exciting times, competition is tough and the calibre of crew is impressive “it’s the who’s who of yachting”, commented Jerry Kirby sailing aboard Hanuman yacht, “we have the best sailors in the world right here right now.”

Even with a fairly even playing field, it was Hanuman who took three bullets this week showing that the boat is quick and certainly “has legs”. Jim Clark, the Owner of Hamuman, extended his thanks to the Owners of superyacht Velsheda and charter yacht Ranger for having the vision to create the competitive J Class fleet that we see today.

Ranger running to the line. Jesús Renedo

Charter yacht Ranger running to the line. Jesús Renedo

A big thank you to the Owners and Crew for participating in the 2013 Superyacht Cup, sunshine and the steady afternoon sea breeze make for perfect sailing conditions in the protected bay of Palma “it’s by far our favourite regatta of the season” commented one crew member.

“Racing this week has been brilliant”, thank you to the Race Officers Ariane Mainemarie and Gasper Morey for setting fair and interesting courses, as well as to John Winder from SYRA.

Superyacht Cup Palma 2013: Day 2

June 21, 2013

Sponsored by Pantaenius, the second day of the currently running Superyacht Cup Palma saw some amazing sailing, enjoyed by all participating yachts. The start of competing designed to coincide with the arrival of the sea breeze in the early afternoon was much the same, if a little lighter and shiftier than yesterday. One of the most admired of the modern classics from Pendennis, sailing yacht Rebecca had one of the best starts.

Superyacht Cup Palma 2013 Day 2 - Photo credit to Ian Roman

Superyacht Cup Palma 2013 Day 2 - Photo credit to Ian Roman

It is great to see her back in the Med competing here for the first time since 2007 on the eve of her 15th year with still many of the same team enabling her to be as competitive as ever. In typical superyacht fashion Jens Christensen, from North Sails, the tactician on board stated “We sailed a good race, everything went up and everything came down”, it is all about getting round the course safely and having a good time.

Superyacht Firefly led the fleet for majority of 3.5 hour race with her bright orange spinnaker providing a beacon for all to follow, she took line honours and would have finished well ahead of charter yacht P2 if it had not been for a blown spinnaker in a downwind leg. Firefly is one of four boats from Claasen yachts participating in this event, others include Atalante yacht who is presently first overall and sailing yacht Heartbeat lying third, in addition to luxury yacht Lionheart who is providing some stiff competition in the separate J Class event. P2 put in a good performance and is looking forward to maintaining her lead in Class 1.

Luxury charter yacht P2 at the Superyacht Cup Palma 2013 - Photo credit to www.clairematches.com

Luxury charter yacht P2 at the Superyacht Cup Palma 2013 - Photo credit to www.clairematches.com

“This is some of the closest superyacht racing that we’ve seen, the results are proof that the rating system works as there are only seconds between the yachts on corrected time.” John Winder, ISYR. This is the first time that real time wind data (strength and direction) has been applied per leg to create a more accurate result, rather than relying on a pre race estimate.

The J’s had another thrilling windward leeward race; superyacht Rainbow and luxury yacht Hanuman were quick off the start with Hanuman then taking the lead for another bullet. It was a tight race, again with only 5.5 minutes elapsed time splitting the fleet over the 2 hour 10 minute race.

Happy Hour was sponsored by RSB Rigging and Southern Spars. As the sunset the crew and guests of the 20 yachts enjoyed some respite from the heat with shade provided by the stylish Undercover Events tent on the dock. A great evening was had by all catching up on the day’s happenings, fuelled by some delicious paella and tasty mojitos.

Friday will bring the third race for the J’s and the second for the Superyacht fleet.

Next Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum confirmed for May 2015

June 20, 2013

The Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum organisers confirmed yesterday, on June 19, 2013, that the 3rd edition of the Forum will take place in Athens in May 2015. The biennial event has managed to quickly establish itself as a leading business platform for global cruising and yachting industry decision makers and governments, tourism bodies, regulators and ports as well as destinations from the entire Mediterranean and Black Sea region.

Posidonia Sea-Tourism-Forum

“We are excited with the success of this addition to our event portfolio,” said Theodore Vokos, Project Director at Posidonia Exhibitions S.A., who is also the organizer of Posidonia Shipping Exhibition, the world’s most prestigious trade shipping event.

Over 650 delegates and 32 exhibitors from 25 countries attended this year’s Forum which was held over a two-day period at the Athens Megaron last month and organisers believe that this is just the beginning, for 2015 the bar has been set even higher.

“The quality of the Forum’s keynote speakers and panelists was tremendous as they represented the world’s biggest cruise and yachting operators and associations. The issues they raised and discussed were extremely topical to many direct or indirect stakeholders of the sea tourism industry in this region and this alone made for one great event that challenged, provoked and inspired,” said Vokos.

All participants from both cruise and yachting sectors agreed that Greece has significant competitive advantages with regard to sea tourism, but needs to do more to overcome certain ill conceived policies and regulatory anachronisms that impede development. According to senior speakers at the Posidonia Forum, Greece has the potential of greatly increasing its current share of a European sea tourism pie that amounts to a combined output of over 40 billion euro annually. Although Greece’s recent efforts to improve transparency and simplify bureaucratic procedures are commendable, effective change can only happen through longer-term strategies and better coordination. Infrastructure development and legislative reform aimed at increasing competitiveness in both cruise homeporting and yacht berthing would accelerate sea tourism development in Greece and thus helping boost the country’s economic revival and fight against high unemployment.

“We believe that all who attended realized the enormous potential that Sea Tourism presents for the region and what a positive impact it can have on the region’s economies. We are committed to making our next event even more thought-provoking and we are asking all stakeholders to look into the issues raised at the Forum and introduce strategies and measures to help our region reap more benefits from this lucrative sector.” Vokos concluded.

The event was lauded by delegates and exhibitors as a resounding success. Significant partnerships were forged during the two days as delegates and exhibitors engaged industry executives and participated at a series of workshops and targeted meetings with the goal of finding mutual synergies. As Eleftherios Kechagioglou, President at the Hellenic Network Small Islands Network, said: “Thanks to our participation, we are about to close a deal with Seabourn Cruises for two exploratory calls at Hydra this summer. In addition, this coming September and in collaboration with Donomis Cruise Services we will organise a B2B conference for local entrepreneurs focusing on their responsibilities to these sectors and ways they can improve their services in order to experience growth.”

Cahya Summaningish of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, said: “This is our 2nd participation at the Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum. When we first visited the Forum in 2011 we immediately realised the importance of the nature of this institution and hence we decided to participate this year as exhibitors. In addition, the fact that a number of top stakeholders of the cruise and yachting industry would attend the event was also a very important factor that urged us to visit Greece for yet another year.”

Jamal Humaid Al Falasi Director Cruise Tourism Dubai added: “We are looking really to tap into the region and open new markets by meeting representatives of companies like cruise lines and convince them to reposition some of their assets and use Dubai as a hub. We are very happy with our participation at the 2nd Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum as we met the right people and we achieved our objectives. We also had a very constructive meeting with the Minister of Tourism and talked about future cooperation. We discussed strategies of encouraging passengers from Dubai coming to Greece for a cruise as well as the other way round.”

An important feature of the Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum was the dedicated session for Black Sea destinations, organised by the United Nations Development Programme, which gave the cities of Sochi, Batumi and Trapzone the opportunity to present their potential and recent infrastructure improvements to senior executives of the cruise industry. Dita Daniela Drone, Business Broker at UNDP BSTIP, commented: “The Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum’s programme was full with a good range of thought-provoking content. And in this setting the event was a really great opportunity for the UNDP BSTIP invitees –the port authorities and tour operators from the Black Sea region – to learn about of the new trends, legislation and the activities of the key players in the industry as well as network and have specifically pre-scheduled and focused meetings with the cruise line representatives. We look forward to working again with Posidonia at the next Forum”.

Mr Alexander Kikava of Batumi Sea Port concluded: “The Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum was one of the most interesting and valuable events for Batumi Sea Port this year. During the event there was a great focus on the Eastern Black Sea region as a growing destination. With support of UNDP Black Sea Trade and Investment Promotion Programme, our Port’s representatives were able to present our destination and to participate in B2B meetings with top-managers of region’s major cruise operator companies.  This forum was a great opportunity to meet the colleagues from another ports and cruise market players face-to-face to improve understanding and find a ways of collaboration.”

The 2nd Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum thanks the following sponsors for their support: Gold Sponsors Greek National Tourism Organisation & Samsung Electronics Hellas, Silver Sponsor Piraeus Port Authority and Sponsors RINA, Louis Cruises, Dubai Maritime City Authority and MVS Associates.

The 2nd Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum was organised under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Tourism, the Greek Ministry of Shipping, Maritime Affairs and the Aegean, CLIA – Europe, the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), the Association of Passenger Shipping Companies, the Association of Mediterranean Cruise Ports (MEDCRUISE), the Hellenic Ports’ Association (ELIME), the Hellenic Professional Yacht Owners’ Association, the Greek Marinas’ Association, the Union of Greek Cruise Ship Owners & Associated Members, the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourist Agencies (HATTA) and the Hellenic Yacht Brokers’ Association.

First edition of Contemporary Ibiza 2013 to be hosted by Marina Ibiza next month

June 19, 2013

Ibiza, the coolest Island in the popular summer yacht charter destination – the Mediterranean as well as favourite summer playground to the discerning international jet set is thrilled to introduce the inaugural edition of Contemporary Ibiza 2013. Marina Ibiza, the most exclusive Superyacht Marina in the Mediterranean, will play a host to this unique art fair, the first of its kind on the Island, running from July 18 to 21, 2013.

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During four exciting and unforgettable days, Ibiza Marina will become a unique worldwide showroom and international meeting point for 50 handpicked world renowned galleries as well as a glittering array of key figures and celebrities from today’s contemporary art world.With the support of a renowned advisory board joined by authorities, gallery owners, experts in art and culture as well as internationally acclaimed artists, Contemporary Ibiza 2013 is poised to become the preeminent destination for art patrons, creative professionals and a culturally astute public audience.

For those looking to experience cutting edge modern contemporary art combined with the beauty and mysticism of this beautiful and enchanting island with it’s unique and colourful history, Contemporary Ibiza is the key highlight of the summer social diary, and the location could not be better.

Contemporary Ibiza 2013 to be hosted by Marina Ibiza positioned in the lovely Spanish yacht charter location - Ibiza

Contemporary Ibiza 2013 to be hosted by Marina Ibiza positioned in the lovely Spanish yacht charter location - Ibiza

Set within 10 kilometers from Ibiza International Airport with direct routes to all European cities Contemporary Ibiza’s spectacular 3000 m2 tent will be located in the heart of the marina. With 400 mooring capacity, Marina Ibiza is home to the world’s most prestigious and exclusive super yachting community and is strategically located a few meters away from Ibiza town as well as being just a few minutes walking distance to world famous nightlife attractions such as Pacha and it’s spectacular new partner, Lio, while Cipriani’s, provides the most tasteful of Italian cuisine and a chic backdrop for Ibiza’s international elite.

Spectacular art exhibitions from the most highly regarded and internationally acclaimed artists on the contemporary art circuit, proximity to such amazing restaurants clubs and parties and the inherent magic of the island combines to make Contemporary Ibiza 2013 a dream realized on the island that never sleeps.

A very successful 14th Argentario Sailing Week – second round on Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge Mediterranean Circuit

June 18, 2013

Sunday, June 16, 2013, saw the 14th edition of the Argentario Sailing Week, the second round on the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge Mediterranean Circuit, come to an exceptionally successful end. The event was attended by a total number of 42 yachts, coming from six different nations: France, Germany, Spain, Great Britain, the United States and Italy. The yachts competed in three races on triangle courses in consistently calm waters, with sunny summery weather and breezes of 6 to 10 knots.

Classic Yachts Mariette of 1915, Javelin and Mariquita

Classic Yachts Mariette of 1915, Javelin and Mariquita - Image by Panerai/Guido Cantini/seasee.com

The overall winners in the four main categories were the 1928 sailing yacht Cambria in the Big Boat, the 1915 Q-Class yacht Leonore in the Vintage, the 1971 sailing yacht Sagittarius in the Classic, doubling up on her win at the first round at Antibes, and, lastly, the little seven-metre gaff cutter, Wianno, in the Spirit of Tradition. Each of the aforementioned ladies took home a Panerai watch as her prize.

Luxury yachts Capricia, Stella Polare and Eilean

Luxury yachts Capricia, Stella Polare and Eilean - Image by Panerai/Guido Cantini/seasee.com

The yachts racing in the event staged in stunning bay off the Tuscan town by the locally-based Yacht Club Santo Stefano were split into further sub-classes also. Skylark of 1937, a yawl with round the world and Pacific voyages to her credit, won the Vintage – Over 15 Metres, while in the Vintage – Under 15 Metres category, victory went to Sirius, a 1937 American New York 32, of which just 20 examples were ever built worldwide.

Prize Giving

Prize Giving - crew of the 1915 Q-Class yacht Leonore - Image by Panerai/Guido Cantini/seasee.com

With three wins out of three races, the top step on the Classic – Under 12 Metres podium went to Namib, a recently restored 1966 Sangermani. Il Moro di Venezia I, on the other hand, topped the Classic – Over 15 Metres standings ahead of the Italian Navy’s training vessels, Stella Polare and Capricia.

Santo Stefano Harbour in Italy - Image by Panerai Guido Cantini seasee.com

Santo Stefano Harbour in Italy - Image by Panerai/Guido Cantini/seasee.com

The lovely 1968 Britton Chance Jr. design, Tara, also made a very impressive Panerai Circuit debut in the International 5.5-Metre Class, taking six out of seven races, to triumph masterfully in her category on the dedicated course.

All in all, it was an unforgettable edition of the Argentario Sailing Week, an event that has re-established itself as one of the leading lights of the classic sailing calendar. The Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2013 Mediterranean Circuit next moves a little further south to Naples for Le Vele d’Epoca a Napoli, which makes its debut on the Officine Panerai-sponsored calendar between June 26th and 30th.

Convention UCINA SATEC 2013 aimed to relaunch Sardinia’s leisure boating

June 18, 2013

Taken place in the lovely Italian yacht charter destination – Cagliari in Sardinia, on May 31 and June 1, this year’s UCINA SATEC conference was marked by two important provisions to relaunch Sardinia’s leisure boating. These were presented by Ugo Cappellacci, President of the Region of Sardinia, on the second day of the Satec, devoted to the convention: “The development of leisure boating tourism. Tourism, the driving force of our country”.

Convention UCINA SATEC 2013

Convention UCINA SATEC 2013

The aim of the two provisions is to relaunch leisure boating in Sardinia. One is a financial measure connected with the national budget law to reduce fuel taxes and the other is a bill to be presented during the Regional Council meeting on June 5 to equalize marina resorts and dry marinas to other hospitality businesses. Consequently, the vat would drop to 11%, the same for hospitality businesses.

The second day of the Satec, devoted to the convention “The development of leisure boating tourism. Tourism, the driving force of our country”, began with this announcement, made by the President of the Region of Sardinia, Ugo Cappellacci.

During his speech, the President said, “We wish to work towards launching a sector that is important for the development of the tourist industry. The disposable income of leisure boat owners is very high and leisure boating makes it possible to extend the vacationing season. We must also take into account the satellite businesses, such as those related to boat maintenance. Unfortunately, over the past few years our government has been short-sighted and oppressive towards a sector that has enormous potential. Our commitment goes further than the financial aspects, as 200 million euros will be invested in the completion and upgrading of our port infrastructures, which will attract visitors and new users.”

Convention UCINA SATEC 2013 aimed to relaunch Sardinia's leasure boating

Convention UCINA SATEC 2013 aimed to relaunch Sardinia's leasure boating

There followed the presentation of a research project run by the National Nautical Observatory on leisure boating tourism in Sardinia, whose results provided important information on the trend of leisure boating on the island. This information will be useful for determining the growth potential of this sector in Sardinia and the benefits it will bring to satellite businesses and employment.

The participants of the workshop that followed were Anton Francesco Albertoni (President of UCINA Confindustria Nautica), Luigi Crisponi (Director of Tourism, Crafts, and Commerce for the Region of Sardinia), Marco Bruschini (Director of Promotion Projects for ENIT), Matteo Giuliano Caroli (tenured professor at the Luiss Guido Carli University), Franco Cuccureddu (President of the Sardinia Port Network), Paola De Micheli (Vicar Coordinator of the Partito Democratico at Parliament), and Piergiorgio Massidda (President of the Port Authority of Cagliari). The speakers debated on what mainly hinders today the relaunching of leisure boating tourism and the strategies to be implemented in order to overcome the obstacles.

All participants agreed on the need to reduce the relevant bureaucracy and help Italy compete on a level that is equal to other Mediterranean players. In his conclusion, Anton Francesco Albertoni said, “The project that President Cappellacci illustrated this morning should be an example for other regions of Italy. We’re not saying anything new, because in Spain and France the vat for leisure boating tourism and hospitality businesses is already the same. We are confident that the new Administration and Parliament will listen to us. We have spoken with the Minister for Infrastructures and Transport, Maurizio Lupi, and with the presidents of the two committees at Parliament and Senate, and the feedback has been encouraging. We are now waiting to see what happens.”

Season Opening Party hosted by Karpaz Gate Marina

June 17, 2013

Saturday, June 8, 2013, saw hundreds of guests attend an amazing season opening party, hosted by Karpaz Gate Marina. Situated in Northern Cyprus, this luxury superyacht marina proved itself to be the perfect setting as it played a host to the biggest event in its two-year history to mark the opening of its new beach club.

Marina clients, invited guests and local dignitaries at the VIP reception at Karpaz Gate Marina

Marina clients, invited guests and local dignitaries at the VIP reception at Karpaz Gate Marina

Some 80 people arrived by sea, including 15 boats with the Carreta Carreta rally, especially to take advantage of the free weekend’s berthing and VIP invitation offered by the marina, joining other invited guests and dignitaries at the stylish gathering.

The landmark occasion was a significant moment for Karpaz Gate Marina, as the party represented the successful culmination of years of planning and work to complete the impressive venue and associated facilities.

Guests enjoy drinks and canapés before viewing the new photography exhibition ‘Karpaz Untapped Beauty’

Guests enjoy drinks and canapés before viewing the new photography exhibition: ‘Karpaz Untapped Beauty’

After approximately €70 million of investment in the project, Karpaz Bay Resort Ltd’s Liza Singer said that Karpaz Gate Marina had now opened up the gateway to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and the Karpaz region as a tourist destination.

“North Cyprus and Karpaz Gate Marina are finally on the map,” said Singer. “When we started our development eight years ago, there was an army zone covering all shores of Northern Cyprus. We managed to lift these limitations and re-draft those maps to make the Northern Cyprus coasts free sailing and cruising grounds. Our marina has been built to be the gate through which people can enter the TRNC. Here, as opposed to flights to the TRNC, the arrival is direct.”

A saxophonist entertains the guests on the promenade

A saxophonist entertains the guests on the promenade

First, at an elegant, early evening VIP reception and cocktail party, with the perfect backdrop of the setting sun over the boats alongside in the marina, some 350 guests and marina clients sipped Champagne and sampled canapés while they were serenaded by a live saxophonist.

Following welcoming addresses by marina representatives and local officials, including Singer, Karpaz Gate Marina Harbour Master Deniz Akaltan and Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Mr Sahap Asikoglu, the assembled guests were then invited to view a new photography exhibition, ‘Karpaz: Untapped Beauty’, which will remain open to the public for 45 days. The photographs by renowned Brazilian photographer Dudu Tresca, featuring stunning scenes from the surrounding TRNC, were arranged in a specially-created gallery space at the marina.

The saxophonist takes centre stage at the beach club party

The saxophonist takes centre stage at the beach club party

Karpaz Gate Marina’s unique hospitality continued with an extravagant sit-down meal as diners enjoyed the atmosphere inside the marina’s acclaimed Hemingway’s Resto-Bar or took advantage of the al fresco option on the promenade area.

The marina then opened its doors to hundreds more revellers as the party began by the beautiful infinity swimming pool at the new beach club a short walk along the promenade where a stage and huge screen had been constructed.

The dancing started as DJ Funky Fish warmed up the assorted guests before up-lifting Austrian electro band Makossa & Megablast took to the stage to showcase their impressive vocals with an authentic and unique fusion of African rhythms and electronic club music. Featuring Marcus Wagner-Lapierre and Sascha Weisz, the band thrilled the crowd with their interactive style and broad appeal to both young and old.

Austrian electro band Makossa and Megablast entertain the guests at the beach club party

Austrian electro band Makossa and Megablast entertain the guests at the beach club party

About 80 marina staff and other personnel were on hand to cater for everyone, entertain the guests and capture the event on video and camera, with the celebrations continuing until 2.30am.

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