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Marina Real Juan Carlos I to keep the same rates in 2013

December 19, 2012

The beautiful Spanish superyacht marina, Marina Real Juan Carlos I, has announced that the rates for vessels will remain unchanged in 2013. Thus, for boats of up to 8 metres in length price shall be 7,50 EUR/day, up to 12 meters the cost is 16 euros per day and up to 20 meters will be 35 Euro per day.

Marina Real Juan Carlos I

Marina Real Juan Carlos I in a fabulous yacht charter destination - Valencia in Spain

Discounts are offered by advance payment that can reach up to 35% by six months or more and a cumulative 5% by direct debit.

This pricing policy is intended to maintain the competitiveness of the Marina, in its bid to become a reference marina in the Mediterranean, and center of hibernation for great length boats.

Likewise, within the Plan of uses of the Marina, the creation of an industrial-nautical use in Marina South area is considered, in order to promote the services and maintenance of sector large vessels in the Region of Valencia. One of the projects is the installation of a dry dock in that space.

Currently, the Marina is with an average occupation of 70 per cent, thus confirming the path to sustained growth since the end of the America’s Cup, when just 14 boats were moored at North Marina.

Marina Real Juan Carlos I has 643 berths from 8 to 150 meters in external marinas and 42 berths for vessels of over 25 metres in the central pontoon.

Marina Ibiza and Blue Marlin Ibiza to hold a DJ Contest this Saturday

December 19, 2012

In order to find the best disc jockey out of 7 finalists chosen from a total of 68 entrants, Marina Ibiza and Blue Marlin Ibiza will be holding a DJ Contest this Saturday, 22 December, from 16:00 to 19:00 hours. The winner will be honoured to play upcoming summer’s music at Blue Marlin Ibiza, which has previously hosted DJ’s Tom Crane, Wally López, Bruce Hill, Sylvain Armand as well as the two duos Glowinthedark and Goldfish.


7 DJ’s will compete in the final
68 contestants from 12 countries (Spain, Italy, England, Germany, Sweden, United States, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Romania, Belgium, Holland and Zanzibar) sent in their 20-30 minute demo sessions to the panel of judges, and 7 were picked to compete on Saturday for next summer’s coveted DJ job. First in the shortlist by alphabetical order is DJ Deafnoxx, who has been deaf in one ear since birth and so has only half his hearing capacity.

The contest will be broadcast live by radio station Ibiza Sonica, and will include Candi Staton’s Hallelujah Anyway and Electricity by Lee Foss & MK featuring Anabel Englund, along with themes by Betoko, Guti etc.

Blue Marlin Ibiza situated in a beautiful Mediterranean yacht charter destination - Ibiza

Blue Marlin Ibiza situated in a beautiful Mediterranean yacht charter destination - Ibiza

The contest will be judged by Igor Marijuán, of Ibiza Sonica; Anna Tur, of Ibiza Global Radio; Valentín Huedo, of Blue Marlin Ibiza & Sonica; and Vidal Rodríguez, Blue Marlin Ibiza’s resident DJ, who is from Ibiza. The live broadcast will be presented by the radio station’s director, popular DJ Igor Marijuán.

Blue Marlin Ibiza

Blue Marlin Ibiza

An incomparable choice for leisure activities
Next Saturday’s DJ contest is just one event in a full programme that helps make Marina Ibiza one of the Mediterranean‘s most attractive harbours, not just for the quality of its services and facilities but also for the incomparable choice of leisure activities offered on the marina site by Ibiza’s trendiest hangouts.

Valencia’s Marina Real Juan Carlos I to host the first VLC BOAT SHOW in April 2013

December 14, 2012

Scheduled to take place from April 18 to 22, the first VLC BOAT SHOW will be hosted by the beautiful superyacht marina, Marina Real Juan Carlos I, situated in a popular Spanish yacht charter location – Valencia. The Show is set to become an important nautical event that will bring together the most prominent companies in the sector in a privileged enclave of the Mediterranean.

Marina Real Juan Carlos I to host the first Valencia Boat Show

Marina Real Juan Carlos I to host the first Valencia Boat Show

The first Valencia Boat Show is born with an international vocation and aiming to become a mandatory appointment for the nautical world. The Union of Nautical companies (UEN), organizer of the show, is supported this year by the city of Valencia and the Marina Real Juan Carlos I, which are part of its organizing Committee.

VLC BOAT SHOW has been conceived according to Sport strategic Plan of the city of Valencia which, after an analysis of the current situation of the practice of physical activity and sport in the city, puts forward measures and strategic lines of action to promote the nautical sector in Valencia.

The Show represents a public-private partnership that serves the interests of the city and the business sector through a comprehensive vision.

VLC BOAT SHOW is the result of the experience of the floating exhibition held during the past four years. Access will be free and it will be located in the Marina Real Juan Carlos I, concentrating its activity around the Veles e Vents building.

The organization aims to promote the economic sector along with the consolidation of Valencia as a prime location in the nautical world and the popularization of nautical activities, both sporting and recreation ones.

Thus, alongside the actual business activity, the event will offer a comprehensive, socio-cultural and sports programme, with an important recreational component aiming at all publics.

Sevenstar Yacht Transport sailings to Porto Montenegro as from spring 2013

December 13, 2012

As from spring 2013, Sevenstar Yacht Transport will expand its service with regular sailings to the beautiful superyacht marina Porto Montenegro, situated in one of the most fabulous yacht charter locations – the Adriatic Sea. Sevenstar already calls into the Mediterranean ports of Palma as well as Genoa regularly. The company presupposes the most of the yachts to be transported to Porto Montenegro will be from the Caribbean and the USA.

Superyacht marina Porto Montenegro in the Bay of Kotor

Superyacht marina Porto Montenegro in the Bay of Kotor

Montenegro is one of the world’s fastest growing yachting destinations with some of the most spectacular coastline in the Mediterranean. Montenegro has made significant legal and infrastructure improvements over the last few years including upgrades to its transportation network (airport and highway modernization), utilities and a revised law on yachts, which makes Montenegro an ideal location to berth a private or charter vessel.

Yacht owners can benefit from the tax free bunkering as well as the easy documentation process needed for importing and exporting yachts. The currency in Montenegro is the Euro and the coastal climate is typically Mediterranean with warm, dry summers (average temp: 27 degrees) and mild winters (average temp: 13 degrees).

Porto Montenegro
Porto Montenegro is accessible through three international airports: Tivat (7 kms from the site), Dubrovnik (46 kms) and Podgorica (80 kms). Flights to most European destinations are under two hours.

The state-of-the-art facility of Porto Montenegro has been designed to cater to the advanced needs of all yachts, their owners, guests and crew with specific infrastructure for the largest yachts afloat.

The superyacht marina currently has over 200 berths, with work underway to double its capacity by 2014, and over 100 luxury apartments, as well as restaurants, bars, cafes and shops. A five-star Regent Hotel & Residences is currently under construction due for completion by summer 2014.

The on-land development, which encompasses 24 hectares of waterfront property, includes waterfront promenade and residences, bars and restaurants, art gallery, day spa and beauty centre, fashion boutiques plus numerous leisure facilities.

IMA Transatlantic Race Winner charter yacht LEOPARD 3 with new interior by Design Unlimited

December 13, 2012

Following her refit earlier this year that comprised the installation of a new interior designed by Design Unlimited, Mike Slade’s 31-metre canting keel maxi charter yacht ICAP Leopard 3 has set a new course record for the 3,300nm IMA Transatlantic Race of 7d 8h 59m 12s. Chartered by Niklas Zennstrom’s Team Ran, Leopard 3 superyacht smashed the previous record set in 2011 by the 66-metre megayacht Hetairos, by 25 hrs.

Luxury charter yacht ICAP Leopard 3 with new interior by Design Unlimited

Luxury charter yacht ICAP Leopard 3 with new interior by Design Unlimited Credit: Ocean Images

Owner Mike Slade said on Leopard yacht’s arrival at Virgin Gorda,”Isn’t it fantastic? Leopard hasn’t lost any of her pace, even though we have added a couple of tonnes with a full interior. In fact the extra weight of five cabins forward may well have improved her in certain conditions. She looks magnificent and is far more comfortable.”

Luxury yacht ICAP Leopard 3 - Galley

Luxury yacht ICAP Leopard 3 - Galley Credit: Ocean Images

A popular day and race charter yacht Leopard 3 previously had very little in the way of a conventional interior, with just a crew area plus a basic galley aft and a simple saloon amidships. Design Unlimited retained the crew area but restyled the existing saloon to create a spacious and comfortable space that seats twelve along with a dining area, and drew a completely new, fully-equipped galley.

Leopard 3 superyacht - Saloon

Leopard 3 superyacht - Saloon Credit: Ocean Images

Five luxury cabins, three double with en suite and two single, were designed and installed in the forward part of the hull that had previously been used for stowing sails. The entire interior was built to tight weight tolerances and now allows luxury yacht Leopard to undertake longer charters in the Mediterranean.

Design Unlimited is the leading studio for creating ultra-lightweight interiors for large racing yachts, but this was their first project to essentially convert an outright raceboat into a fully-fledged superyacht equally capable of comfortable cruising.

Superyacht Leopard 3 - Double Cabin

Superyacht Leopard 3 - Double Cabin Credit: Ocean Images

At the end of the race Niklas Zennstrom, owner of 72′ Mini Maxi yacht Ran 2 which also has an interior by Design Unlimited, commented that he and his wife had “chartered a superb offshore boat, which was very comfortable. We enjoyed hot showers and cooked meals with homemade bread, which would not have been possible in our own boat.”

Below is a selection of other stylish charter yachts with design by Design Unlimited:

Video of Ribbon 45SC yacht tender at the 2012 MYS

December 13, 2012

During this year’s Monaco Yacht Show, Ribbon Yachts offered visitors the possibility to test drive its Ribbon 45SC yacht tender. It was an amazing Mediterranean debut for the new Ribbon 45SC high speed tender, designed by renowned Vripack. The company also provided Icon Yachts with high level tendering services, to visit their super yachts, anchored in Port Hercules, in style.

Ribbon 45SC yacht tender

Ribbon 45SC yacht tender

Below is a video of the Ribbon 45SC yacht tender during the 2012 Monaco Yacht Show, made by Andrew Clelland, ABC Seca Blue Photography.

A unique international agreement between Malta’s Birgu and St Tropez

December 13, 2012

St Tropez and Malta‘s Birgu signed a historic international agreement on the same weekend of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, where yachts set sail from Camper & Nicholon MarinasGrand Harbour Marina on a 606 nautical mile race.

Yachts at Grand Harbour Marina situated in a beautiful Mediterranean yacht charter destination - Malta

Yachts at Grand Harbour Marina situated in a beautiful Mediterranean yacht charter destination - Malta

This agreement was formed as a direct result of the Trophee Bailli du Suffren, a race from St Tropez to Malta, finishing at Grand Harbour Marina and considered by many as the Mediterranean’s most beautiful classic sailing yacht race.

Superyacht Eleonora at Grand Harbour Marina

Superyacht Eleonora at Grand Harbour Marina

For two centuries both ports, St Tropez and Birgu have held a close partnership. However at the end of October 2013, both made the decision to officially join forces in promoting sustainable tourism, particularly in the maritime sector.

The signing ceremony at the Auberge de France Malta

The signing ceremony at the Auberge de France Malta

The signing ceremony took place in the Auberge de France in Malta, the seat of the Birgu Local Council. Where Ben Stuart, General Manager of Grand Harbour Marina joined many notable figures from Birgu and St Tropez such as the French Ambassador to Malta, Dr. Michael Vandepoorter and St Tropez Deputy Mayor Claude Berard, to name a few.

Christmas party at Vilanova Grand Marina – Barcelona, December 12

December 10, 2012

The beautiful Mediterranean superyacht marina with berths for sale or rent, Vilanova Grand Marina – Barcelona is inviting everybody to get into the festive mood and celebrate Christmas with all crew members and staff at the marina’s Christmas party.


The party will be held on Wednesday, 12th December at 18:30 hours at the marina premises. There will be a prize draw for some amazing techy gifts.

Yachting Pages Delivers – new hand-distribution service on the French Riviera

December 05, 2012

Launched on the French Riviera this month, Yachting Pages Delivers, the brand new hand-distribution service in the region, was well received by superyachts as well as related businesses.

Yachting Pages Delivers delivering Burger Sotheby's Vision magazine to the 105m megayacht Lady Moura

Yachting Pages Delivers delivering Burger Sotheby's Vision magazine to the 105m megayacht Lady Moura

Simon Brooks manages this welcome new service on the Riviera. He takes advantage of Yachting Pages’ extensive contacts across the Mediterranean, in France and Italy, to hand-deliver the marketing materials of other companies to select superyachts, marinas, capitaneries and related businesses and customers.

This new innovation is a value-added service from Yachting Pages, the World’s leading superyacht directory and website, which features over 12,000 superyacht-related businesses. Yachting Pages is renowned for its unique distribution methods, which contributed to its winning the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade in 2009.

Simon said, “Yachting Pages Delivers is advertised online, in print and on Riviera Radio. I’ve just completed my inaugural drop, hand-delivering over 800 copies of Burger Sotheby’s beautiful Vision magazine to prestige yachts and businesses from Marseille to Menton.”

Burger Sotheby’s is a top-end international realtor, dealing in luxury real estate on the French Riviera. Its independent marketing consultant, Maria McLean, wanted to outsource the bespoke distribution of Burger Sotheby’s premium marketing materials, and chose Yachting Pages Delivers for its high quality personalised service and extensive network of contacts.

Ms McLean spoke of the efficiency and reach of the Yachting Pages Delivers service, saying
, “Frankly, I’m delighted.” Simon looks forward to continuing this burgeoning relationship into 2013 and beyond.

Simon stated, “Cannes and St Tropez capitaneries were delighted to receive between 10 and 20 copies of Vision, which they happily left in prominent positions in their public offices. I also delivered to Lady Moura yacht – at 105m, the largest resident superyacht in Monaco. The total number of yachts I visited exceeds 550.”

Simon added, “I was extremely well received by yachts and businesses alike. Everyone was impressed, both by the quality of Burger Sotheby’s Vision magazine and by the individually sealed packages.”

Yachting Pages Delivers offers two main options; firstly, distributing clients’ marketing materials to a set schedule as it hand-delivers the Yachting Pages print directory to superyachts and businesses and, secondly, organising bespoke drops to meet individual clients’ distribution and timing needs.

To discuss this new hand-delivery service, it is advised to contact Simon Brooks on +33 610 58 18 39 or

Antibes Yacht Show, April 18 – 21, 2013

December 05, 2012

One of the largest superyacht marinas in the world, the fabulous Port Vauban in Antibes will once again host the prominent Antibes Yacht Show from April 18 to 21, 2013. The event represents the only show for brokerage, charter, refit, as well as services before the start of the season in a popular yacht charter destination – the Mediterranean.

Antibes Yacht Show

Antibes Yacht Show

For next year’s event the organisers have planned the following changes:
•    The show will concentrate on yachts from 20m up
•    The VIP area will be more spacious and located in the middle of the IYCA
•    The very successful Seminar area will be bigger (100m2) and moved to the IYCA

AYS 2013 MAP

AYS 2013 MAP

Antibes is the Center of the European yachting business, the homeport of many mega yachts and as such the best place for a yachting event.