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Heesen Yachts announces sale of YN 16847 superyacht Project MARGARITA

June 17, 2014

Heesen Yachts is excited to announce that YN 16847 superyacht Project Margarita was sold on May 19, 2014 to a seafaring enthusiast, who is looking forward to cruising with his family in maximum comfort and style. Luxury motor yacht Project Margarita represents the first of the newly styled vessels in the award-winning 47-metre class, a breed of Heesens that are icons of classic contemporary yacht design.

YN 16847 superyacht Project MARGARITA by Heesen Yachts

YN 16847 superyacht Project MARGARITA by Heesen Yachts - Photo credit to Dick Holthuis Photography

Frank Laupman has created the timeless design of the YN 16847 luxury yacht Project Margarita, a vessel that exudes luxury and elegance in every detail. Contrasting fabrics of silk, wool and linen complement the subtle patterning and rich textures featured in the main saloon, while the walnut floor, oak walls and gloss lacquered ceiling bring an element of gravitas to the interior.

In the sky lounge, large windows stretch luxuriously across the entire length of the saloon creating a light and airy place for relaxation, and yet the bar and home cinema system make this area equally suited for cosy evenings as guests move inside from the terrace. Heesen craftsmanship abounds, right down to the walnut flooring where the grain has been cut to radiate outwards echoing the circular theme.

The master suite, classic in contemporary style, is a true masterpiece with its sumptuous en-suite bathroom with central bathtub and a myriad of marble vanity units, oak panelling, an Art Nouveau custom-created mosaic as the centre panel and a pale travertine marble floor. A large private study and walk-in wardrobe complete the Owner’s private suite.

On the lower deck, Project Margarita superyacht has two double and two twin suites decorated with walnut panels, deep ultra-soft wool carpets and silk textured wallpapers. All en-suite bathrooms have marble walls, limestone floors and contemporary polished steel fittings.

The exterior deck spaces offer the 12 guests many options for enjoying life at sea: an impressive 180 square meters – 85 of which is just on the sundeck! – will be ideal for al fresco dining in four different areas, lounging around the Spa Pool, and sunbathing on the large sun-pads in front of the bridge in peace and quiet, even when docked in harbour stern to.

Zero speed stabilisers will ensure maximum comfort at anchor and the wellengineered round bilge hull with bulbous bow, powered by two MTU 8V 4000 M63, will ensure smooth and safe cruising in all sea conditions and a range of 4.000nm at 12 knots.

Project Margarita yacht will be delivered to her Owners on June 30 2014 after intensive sea trials in the North Sea for summer cruising in the Mediterranean and will be available for inspection at the Monaco Yacht Show next September.

Technical Specifications of YN 16847 super yacht Project Margarita:

Hull type: Displacement
Naval Architect: Heesen Yachts
Interior Designer: Omega Architects
Exterior Styling: Omega Architects
Classification: Lloyds  100A1 SSC YACHT [] LMC
Large Commercial Yacht Code LY2 / MCA
Hull: Steel
Superstructure: Aluminium

Length over all: 46,70m / 153ft 2in
Beam over all: 8,83m / 29ft
Draft: 3,07m / 10ft 4in
Displacement (50% load): 400 tons

Guests: 12
Cabins: Full-beam Owner’s stateroom, two double cabins, two twin cabins


Maximum speed(50% load): 15 knots
Range at 12 knots: 4.000Nm
Fuel capacity: 60.000 litres / 15.850 US Gallons
Fresh water: 20.000 litres / 5.280 US Gallons

Main engines: 2 x MTU 8V 4000 M63
Maximum power: 2 x 1.000kW
Gearbox: 2 x ZF 4661
Engine control: MTU Blue Vision, three control stands
Propellers: Schaffran five blade fixed pitch Ø 1.600mm
Generators: 2 x Kilo-Pak
Bowthruster: ZF Marine 90kW, hydraulically driven
Steering system: Sperry Marine Systems
Stabilizers: Naiad Dynamics, type 621 with 2 fins of approx. 3m², zero speed

Below is a selection of the outstanding charter yachts built by Heesen.

Launch of Admiral Regale 45 superyacht FLYING DRAGON at The Italian Sea Group Shipyard

June 17, 2014

Last Saturday saw the all-new Admiral Regale 45 superyacht Flying Dragon (ex Capri) hit the water at The Italian Sea Group shipyard in Italy‘s Marina di Carrara. Set to be displayed at the next Monaco Yacht Show, luxury motor yacht Flying Dragon represents the fourth of the seven launches scheduled for 2014.

Admiral Regale 45 Yacht Flying Dragon

Launch of Admiral Regale 45 Yacht Flying Dragon at The Italian Sea Group Shipyard in Marina di Carrara, Italy

The first three to touch the water had been an extra large floating barge able to launch yachts up to 90m long, the M/Y “FOAM”, a 35m Full Custom yacht by Admiral, and M/Y “LOW PROFILE”, a 40m from the Tecnomar Nadara series, which were launched  in the past few weeks.

Christened under the name “FLYING DRAGON”, the motoryacht Admiral Regale 45 features a fast planing hull entirely built in aluminum and able to reach a top speed of  about 27 knots.

Luxury yacht Flying Dragon is a raised pilot house design yacht, with an elegant light blue hull enriched by a blue dragon graphic on both sides, which has been designed by Dobroserdov Design.

The main deck of Flying Dragon yacht features huge and comfortable spaces with full headroom opening sliding doors on the starboard side of the main salon.

The main salon is a mixture of dark wood furniture and joinery, combined with precious upholstery and beige colored lackered ceilings.

The floor is made of Tabu lati chololate parquet.

Super yacht Flying Dragon on the water

Super yacht Flying Dragon on the water

A little bit forward the dining area finds place, with a large table for up to 12 people placed on centerline; behind this, a large decorative wooden panel of 4m x 2m enriches the area.

Forward on the main deck is all about master cabin, taking the full beam of the yacht and featuring large side windows which give natural light to the whole environment.

An opening 2m x 2m balcony is also available on the right side, delivering a nice corner for delightful breaks.

On the floor a precious light color carpet is boarded by black St Laurent marble.

A 4m x 2m mirror hides a 55” TV.

The Owner bathroom has black marble washbasins, white onyx tub and shower which also features a light blue onyx wall.

Forward of the owner cabin the steam bath is set between his and her dressing rooms, featuring white onyx floor and glass walls.

Both the main deck cockpit and the sun deck feature a big bar corner with white onyx backlit top and front.

The sun deck of Flying Dragon superyacht is actually a terrace overlooking the sea with a large sunbathing area, Spa Pool and a large table for up to 12 guests made of  teak.

The hard top covering part of the sun deck features a teak ceiling with the graphic of a TAO.

Every external area can be covered with arab tents tied on removable poles.

The 4 guest cabins are located on the lower deck and include two twin bed cabins and two double Vips, all with ensuite bathrooms.

All cabins features dark wood furniture, in contrast with the light color carpets, which are further enhanced by red onyx borders and leather headboards.

The crew area is located forward on the lower deck, featuring three double cabins and a large captain cabin.

The main galley is also located on the lower deck and the crew can also benefit by a huge crew mess and by a separate laundry area.

The new construction project is managed by Nakhimov, which after completion of the Flying Dragon yacht, will also take care of her management and it will act as central agency for luxury yacht charter purpose.

New ‘Riva Aquarama Lounge’ unveiled by Ferretti Group and Yacht Club de Monaco

June 13, 2014

The leading Italian luxury yacht builder, Ferretti Group, and the prestigious Yacht Club de Monaco, are proud to unveil the new ‘Riva Aquarama Lounge’. This represents an exclusive space, entirely dedicated to the iconic brand RIVA.

Yacht Club de Monaco

New 'Riva Aquarama Lounge' to be located on the top floor of the Yacht Club de Monaco

The project, the result of an exclusive partnership between two absolute leaders in the global nautical industry, involves the creation of an exclusive space, inspired by the elegance and timeless style of the legendary Riva Aquarama yacht tender, which will be located on the top floor of Sir Norman Foster’s masterpiece, the new venue of the Yacht Club de Monaco.

Ferretti Group, a world leader in the design, construction and sale of luxury motor yachts, with a unique portfolio of prestigious, and some of the most exclusive, brands in the global nautical market, and Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM) – the most exclusive yacht club in the world founded in 1953 by Prince Rainier III and since 1984 chaired by HSH Prince Albert II – are proud to present a new, completely unique area, intended to perpetuate the legendary Riva over time: the exclusive ‘Riva Aquarama’ lounge.

A space completely dedicated to the Italian brand and intended to host the over 1,300 members of the YCM, located on the top floor of Sir Norman Foster’s masterpiece, the used venue of the Yacht Club de Monaco.

The project, the result of an exclusive partnership between Ferretti Group and the YCM, has fulfilled the dream of a contemporary space designed with the same elegance as the legendary Riva Aquarama superyacht tender.

The Riva lounge, which will be inaugurated on 20 June, is the most precious piece of a mosaic that sees the Riva brand by Ferretti Group, an icon of the global nautical industry, expand into used spaces and territories, such as interior design with “searching light”, the iconic table light presented at the last Milan Furniture Show, inspired by the Riva boats of the ’60s.

“Elegance is the noble, intrinsic form of beauty, that surpasses the fashions and tastes of the moment. Just like Riva, a timeless synonym of elegance and beauty in the sea. This lounge, designed by one of the biggest names in architecture, gives the used, fantastic venue of the most prestigious yacht club in the world an extra touch of exclusivity. So, I’m particularly proud to be able to inaugurate such an important space for the Ferretti Group, the YCM and the global nautical industry. This is a satisfaction that I want to share with the women and men, boat owners and talents that built the legendary Riva over the years, starting from its founder, the engineer Carlo Riva” – commented the lawyer Alberto Galassi, CEO of Ferretti Group.

“Since the 1950s the stories of Monaco and Riva have been entwined. They evolved naturally together for sixty years, from the first floating dock, by Carlo Riva, supported by Prince Rainier III, to the creation of the 100 m tunnel dug out of the rock, to keep the temperature of the boats constant in winter, like the methods used for fine wines. We are really proud that our two worlds have met in this used scenario, sharing their expertise to create a welcoming and sophisticated atmosphere. Riva is the symbol of l’Art de Vivre and of the pleasure of experiencing the sea, which is the same philosophy we adopt on a daily basis” – commented Bernard D’Alessandri, Secretary General of the Yacht Club de Monaco.

Giraglia Rolex Cup 2014 to kick off tomorrow

June 12, 2014

Set to run from June 13 to 21, this year’s 62nd Giraglia Rolex Cup has had a special feel about it ever since the Yacht Club Italiano announced that the offshore race would exceptionally finish in Monte-Carlo this year, as part of the celebrations surrounding the inauguration of the Yacht Club de Monaco’s new clubhouse. The added allure of Monegasque principality has been reflected in the entries. Of the 242 yachts registered for the 2014 Giraglia Rolex Cup, some 214 are expected to attend the 241-nm race from Saint-Tropez to Monte-Carlo via the Giraglia rock.

Giraglia Rolex Cup 2014 course map

Giraglia Rolex Cup 2014 course map

The Giraglia Rolex Cup was first held in 1953 as part of the Yacht Club Italiano and Yacht Club de France’s contribution to rebuilding friendship between their respective countries in the aftermath of the Second World War. It immediately became a firm favourite in the Mediterranean yachting calendar. Rolex first partnered the event in 1997, and the event has grown in size, complexity and stature all the while retaining its Italiano-Franco flavour and popularity.

The 2014 event starts at midnight on 13 June with a 59-nm race from Sanremo to Saint-Tropez. Immediately following will be three days of inshore racing in and around the Gulf of Saint-Tropez from 15 – 17 June. Then, on Wednesday, 18 June, the main event, the offshore race, sets off to Monte-Carlo, via the now iconic landmark of the Giraglia rock located just off the northern tip of Corsica.

Mini Maxis JETHOU (GBR), STIG (ITA) and ALEGRE (GBR) reach the Giraglia rock at daybreak in the 2013 race - Image by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Mini Maxis JETHOU (GBR), STIG (ITA) and ALEGRE (GBR) reach the Giraglia rock at daybreak in the 2013 race - Image by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

The Slovenian Maxi flyer superyacht Esimit Europa 2, owned by Igor Simcic and skippered by Jochen Schumann, is expected to set the pace. In 2012 the all-blue, canting-keeled rocketship set a course record between Saint-Tropez and Sanremo of 14 hours 56 minutes and 16 seconds; less that half the time taken by the line honours winners in 1953 (a photo-finish between Ea and Amity in 30h 26’ 15’’).  Esimit Europa will be pursued by three other Maxi’s including Leanardo Ferragamo’s Swan 90 charter yacht Solleone skippered for the race by French single-handed sailor Marc Thiercelin.

A strong contingent of seventeen Mini Maxis, including four state-of-the-art out-and-out racers will form a harrying pack. Given the right conditions, the British crews of sailing yacht Jethou, luxury yacht Alegre and Ràn will be hoping to emulate Shockwave yacht’s victory in 2010, as will the Italian team on Robertissima III yacht, who will be equally conscious that an Italian yacht has not won since the 13.7m Tartaruga in 2008.

Saint-Tropez will host three days of inshore racing and the start of the Giraglia Rolex Cup - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Saint-Tropez will host three days of inshore racing and the start of the Giraglia Rolex Cup - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

In the middle of the fleet, where competition will be typically fierce in spite of the largely Corinthian leanings of the crews, last year’s winner Alizée, owned by Laurent Camprubi, has returned understandably hoping to repeat a glorious performance and be the first yacht in many years to achieve back-to-back victories. Camprubi will have his work cut out. First the conditions have to favour a yacht of around 13-metres, and then Camprubi has to get his tactics and strategy absolutely right. And, all the while, his crew needs to eek every last performance edge from their craft throughout the course, day or night, rain or shine, wind or no wind. It is a tough task and not to be under-estimated.

The international fleet looks set to fall just short of the previous record fleet of 220 yachts set in 2010. All the same it is a kaleidoscope of nationalities, drawn mainly from Europe, with Italy best represented followed by France, United Kingdom, and, impressively, Russia. More exotic flagged yachts come from the British Virgin Islands, USA and even New Zealand.

Aerial view of Saint-Tropez's Vieux Port and the Giraglia Rolex Cup fleet during the 2013 edition

Aerial view of Saint-Tropez's Vieux Port and the Giraglia Rolex Cup fleet during the 2013 edition - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

The 2014 Giraglia Rolex Cup begins on Friday, 13 June with the main offshore race scheduled to start on Wednesday, 18 June. The final prize giving will be held at the Yacht Club de Monaco on Saturday, 21 June at noon CEST.

Motor yacht DOUBLE TROUBLE back home following full hull wrap by Wild Group International

June 06, 2014

Last month saw the luxury motor yacht Double Trouble (ex Naturalle Dee) return to her home port in the glamorous Monaco yacht charter location, following a full hull wrap up in Malta, performed by Wild Group International. Designed by Dubois Naval Architects, the lovely and elegant 50m superyacht Double Trouble was originally launched by the prominent Turkish shipyard Proteksan Turquoise in 1994. Her beautiful interiors have been created by Donald Starkey and can comfortably sleep up to 12 guests.

Luxury motor yacht Double Trouble after a full hull wrap by Wild Group International (2)-001

Luxury motor yacht Double Trouble after a full hull wrap by Wild Group International - Image credit to Wild Group International

“The yacht has a totally new look… The team went above and beyond the application, they were very enthusiastic and helpful… very pleased at her rejuvenation. The economy of time is very attractive too.” - Captain of 50m super yacht  Double Trouble.

Captain looking very happy at the bow of the Double Trouble yacht with a full hull wrap by Wild Group International - Image credit to Wild Group International (2)-001

Captain looking very happy at the bow of the Double Trouble yacht with a full hull wrap by Wild Group International - Image credit to Wild Group International

Super yacht Double Trouble - front view

Super yacht Double Trouble - front view - Image credit to Wild Group International

Double Trouble Yacht - side view

Double Trouble Yacht - side view - Image credit to Wild Group International

Luxury motor yacht Double Trouble

Luxury motor yacht Double Trouble - Image credit to Wild Group International

New Sunrise 45m motor yacht SUNSET to be launched in Summer 2014

June 06, 2014

Turkish shipyard, Sunrise Yachts, has announced that the new Sunrise 45m motor yacht Sunset (hull 182) will be launched in Antalya this summer. The luxury superyacht Project Sunset is a sister ship to the acclaimed luxury yacht “Africa”, delivered by the shipyard in 2009.

Rendering of the new Sunrise 45m superyacht Sunset (hull 182)

Rendering of the new Sunrise 45m superyacht Sunset (hull 182)

The new 45m luxury yacht Sunset will feature new design feature and a spectacular contemporary interior. The yacht will be showcased – by appointment only – at the Monaco Yacht Show, September 24-27, 2014 and at the Ft Lauderdale International Boat Show, October 30-November 3, 2014.

Four New Unconventional Vessel Classes unveiled by Pastrovich

June 04, 2014

Monaco-based luxury yacht design studio, Pastrovich, has developed four New Unconventional Vessel Classes: Backpacker, Dressage, Freeride and Parkour, each representing a kind of Owner’s personality. The Parkour Class is represented by the breath-taking 90m motor yacht X-KID STUFF concept, featured on CharterWorld on May 28, 2014.

Four New Unconventional Vessel Classes by Pastrovich

Four New Unconventional Vessel Classes by Pastrovich - Credits Pastrovich

Each industry sector has its own rules, conventions and “clichés”, certainly the yacht industry is the same. It is accepted that there are certain, standard methods which allow you to share your thoughts, words and feelings. Certainly, however, designers’ is also the profession of creativity and imagination, two properties that are very difficult to contain.

The rebellious nature of the Pastrovich studio has lead them to rethink these conventions and create their own language. “Exception to the rule” is the foundation on which the studio builds all their ideas. Everything starts with a vision, blurred in its infacy which gradually becomes more and more clear: for every dog there is a master, such as for each boat there is an owner.

By listening and studying very closely the owners for whom Pastrovich has the pleasure of working they realise that there is something that could be further improved in the superyacht industry. Listening to them, the studio perceived a very special need for them: they needed to tell them their desires, their ideas and expectations through an unconventional scheme, made up of images and ideas that were part of their daily lives.

90m X-KID STUFF Superyacht - Closed Profile - Credits Pastrovich

90m X-KID STUFF Superyacht - Closed Profile - Credits Pastrovich

Hence the birth of the idea to categorize their projects according to a new and very customer oriented framework, based on a key concept: Sport.

Each traditional “Vessel Class” has been reinterpreted and revised in order to adapt it to the sport field that best represents it. At Pastrovich, now, they speak a new language…


Why Backpacker
“Backpacking” is a travel and life philosophy. Going around the world with the bare minimum for survival, a backpack and a tent as your “home”. Translated into yacht industry, Pastrovich looks at vessels constructed for breaking the ice of the North Pole or face the fearsome storms of Cape Horn. Not limited to private vessels, but also scientific research vessels. Interiors furnished with a very careful attention to every little detail but not necessarily luxury. Hiking into the sea, this is the true spirit of a Backpacker vessel.

Backpacker Class - Credits Pastrovich

Backpacker Class - Credits Pastrovich

How to recognize a Backpacker Owner
This is a person who wants to feel their emotions directly on their skin, the thrill and the adrenaline course through their veins. It‘s the typical character that is at stake in every situation: dealing with a storm, a hard mooring… There are those who look at the everyday world from the glass of an office and those who choose enchanted landscapes and breathtaking views to be their everyday playground: these are “Backpackers” owners.

What identifies a Backpacker Vessel

Sturdiness, grandeur, safety and reliability, comfort (but not excessive luxury) and practicality. Think about a vessel that needs to be able to navigate in the cold northern seas and at the same time to sail the waters of the warm equatorial seas.


Why Freeride

Freeride, for Pastrovich, is a state of mind. A code of life that is part of some peoples DNA. It means constantly living beyond the limits with a large dose of adrenaline throughout the body. The feeling of fear does not exist for those who encapsulate Freeride philosophy. The freedom of action and unpredictability are two key features of this type of person. Search the risk, face it and beat it, this is their mission and their daily bread. Raw energy, this is their fuel!

Freeride Class - Credits Pastrovich

Freeride Class - Credits Pastrovich

How to recognize a Freeride Owner
On the mainland, he is covered head to toe in mud, as happy as a child as he embarks on a new spectacular downhill mountain bike race or, if you prefer, think of a man, battling against the cold, teeth chattering from the chill, as he prepares to jump from the skid of the helicopter hovering at the peak of the mountain staring down the steepest side of the ridge he intends to conquer. Out at sea he loves the sea waves breaking on the bow of his yacht travelling at breakneck speed, the tight turns, the roar of the engines. The spirit of challenge is always with him and never leaves him: the real Freerider is always ready to embark on a daring new competition. Soemeone said “Stay hungry, Stay foolish”. The Freerider Owner embodies exactly this motto!

What identifies a Freeride Vessel
Speed, sportiness, determination and similarly perfection, accuracy and ease of handling. Cozy, elegant interiors, open space, great for a simple afternoon nap. Several “tricks” on board as a powerful and ultra-light tender, a jet-ski, etc. …


Why Dressage
Trot, gallop, crossover step, in dressage horse and rider perform beautiful geometric movements on a rectangular field. Everything is precise, with meticulous attention to every detail, from the horse’s harness to the riders uniform. Every gesture, every movement, every change of pace reveals intense elegance. Elegance, this is precisely the term that best allows us to understand the combination from this sport and a vessel category. The elegance of dressage is thus transposed into the rich luxury of the furnishings and finishes of the vessels belonging to this category. In a Dressage Vessel everything is in its place, everything is clear, everything is special, rich and luxurious … everything is close to perfection!

Dressage Class - Credits Pastrovich

Dressage Class - Credits Pastrovich

How to recognize a Dressage Owner
A dressage owner greets a woman with a solemn kiss on the hand. For him, a circumstance is never random. It ‘s always perfect, the right dress for the moment, the hairstyle care, a suitable fragrance. If he smokes, Pastrovich imagines him with a fine pipe in his hand, if it is a woman with a long black cigarette holder. In any case, it is an educated person, with refined tastes and manners, a truly luxury lover but never too ostentatious.

What identifies a Dressage Vessel
Elegance, sumptuousness, extreme attention and high value for every detail. Rare marbles, very precious kinds of wood, gold and other precious metals expertly mixed. Sparkling crystals and interesting light design, built to enhance the ornamental in all its characteristics.


Why Parkour
Have you ever seen, in cities, foolish people doing crazy jumps from one building to another, from one wall to another? If you’ve seen them, have you ever noticed that all those amazing maneuvers had their own style and were not made at random? Well … Parkour, an “underground” discipline that was born in France in the early 90s. It consists of following an established path, overcoming any present kind of obstacle, with the greater efficiency of possible movements, and adapting the body to the surrounding environment. Pay attention, if you are going to see a video on Youtube, you will appreciate the expressed elegance in every movement, the fluidity with which the tonic figures of these urban athletes “glide” on each obstacle.

Parkour Class - Credits Pastrovich

Parkour Class - Credits Pastrovich

How to recognize a Parkour owner
Sunset, Thailand, Phra Nang Peninsula, in the background the beautiful Railay Beach. Two hands bleached from talc firmly grip a tiny rocky protuberance, hanging, in the typical “triangle” position, the body of a man. Suspended in the air at an altitude of 125mt of a crystalline sea so that you can catch a glimpse of the coral on the bottom. Slowly he begins the descent to an altitude of 40 meters. Suddenly, with a sharp twist of the body, he jumps. Down, forty feet below, a handful of seconds at most, the traditional Thai lukewarm water. The man emerges and reaches with a few quick strokes the tender that leads him on his yacht, moored a handful of meters away. A Brief foray into the onboard Spa to invigorate the spirit as well as the body and than immediately at the table to enjoy a gourmet dinner of the fresh fish caught that morning. This, is just a day in the life of a typical ‘Parkour’ owner

What identifies Parkour Vessel
elegant, grand exterior, stylish, glamourous interior, the ability to browse without limits, an adrenaline rush in view of a relaxing environment.

29 teams confirm their participation in first Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup

May 30, 2014

The very first Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup will be hosted by Port Hercule, a lovely Monaco yacht charter destination, positioned in the Western Mediterranean, in less than two months, running from July 9 to 12, 2014. Representing the first solar-powered boat race, the event is organised by Solar1 and the Yacht Club de Monaco, who are excited to announce an influx of newcomers as the closing date for entries is approaching. 29 international teams have now registered, some coming from as far afield as Brazil and the USA.

Monaco Sea Trials ahead of the Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup 2014

Monaco Sea Trials ahead of the Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup 2014

Most of the boats entered have been designed and built by engineering students from international universities committed to promoting solar power as a credible source of energy for the future.

Some teams from major engineering institutions, like the Antwerp Maritime Academy (Belgium), the Carnegie Mellon Solar Racing Team (USA) and the Solarboot Team Emden (Germany) have been pushing solar technology boundaries since the mid-2000s.

Others like the Solar Team Lindenborg from the Netherlands are new to the challenge. They face some very experienced high performance teams such as Private Energy Solar Boat (Netherlands) and Vento Sul (Brazil), five-time champion of the Brazilian Solar Challenge.

Within the new V20 class, Solar1 have also attracted – Synergy Team Powered by Beluga, whom will race for the first time in their brand new V20, rivalling against the Monaco based team piloted by Pierre Casiraghi.

“It is immensely satisfying for us to see such enthusiasm and sends a strong message for the future: once again the new generation is showing us its desire and determination to develop technologies to preserve our environment,” comments Bernard d’Alessandri, General Secretary of the Yacht Club de Monaco.

Scheduled to take place from 9th to 12th July 2014, the Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup promises to be a highlight of the Yacht Club’s summer nautical calendar and comes barely a month after the opening of the YCM’s new building (20th June).

Some of the world’s most famous brands and company’s are proud to have their name associated with Solar1. The famous Fondation Prince Albert II of Monaco is amongst the abundance of collaborators, to express their joy of this new and green event-taking place in the principality as well as the direction du tourism et des congress.

Solar1 has really attracted a large amount of support, to name a few they have confirmed, Eurosport as the Official Media Sponsor, Hill Dickinson the Official Legal Sponsor, Ortso the Official Timing Sponsor, Fairmont Monte Carlo as the Official Hospitality Sponsor, Green TV the Official Online Media Sponsor, Boat International as the Official Super Yacht Media Sponsor, Wajer & Wajer the Official Tender Sponsor, Super Yacht Times Solar1’s Media Sponsor, Sun Factory as the Official Solar Panel Provider, Vripack the Official Technical Partner, Enphase Energy as an Event Sponsor.

While there may be other solar boat races, the Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup is the first competition held on the open sea. Divided into three classes (Class A, V20 and Open Class), competitors face three challenges held on the sea in front of Port Hercule and in Larvotto Bay: a Fleet Race round two buoys, a Slalom Race and finally the thrilling One-on-One Sprint Championship races between two buoys.

Three days of festivities are planned to raise awareness among as many people as possible of the progress made in solar energy and affirm Monaco’s position as a centre of excellence in yachting and technologies for nautical industries. Exactly 110 years after the first powerboat meetings, when the world’s industrialists flocked to the Principality to present their latest developments in engine technology, the story continues.


Class A: single crew boats, max length 6m with four standard solar panels limited by a maximum power output of 1750WP.

V20 from Solar1’s technical partner the Dutch firm Vripack: a new class. As with Formula 1 cars, this is a one-design class but teams can add innovative extras like foils, propellers or larger or lighter batteries to make the difference.

Open Class: single crew boats, max length 8m with no limitation on solar panel power output. Teams are free to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation to the limit.

Provisional Programme (note: may be subject to change)

Wednesday 9th July 2014
From 10.00: Boats start arriving and registering and the “Boat Paddock” opens.
10.00 to 14.00: Solar power conference

Thursday 10th July 2014
15.00: Team Parade
17.00: Press Conference

Friday 11th July 2014
From 09.00: Paddocks and Solar Village open to the public – free entry
11.00 to 16.00: Fleet Races

Saturday 12th July 2014
09.00 all day: Paddocks and Solar Village open to the public
10.00 to 12.30: Slalom Races
11.00 to 13.00: Kids Solar Model Boat Race
13.30 to 16.30: One on One Championship sprint races

Latest 90m Parkour Class motor yacht X-KID STUFF concept by Pastrovich

May 28, 2014

Monaco-based design studio, Pastrovich, has proudly unveiled their 4 New Unconventional Vessel Classes: Backpacker, Dressage, Freeride and Parkour, each representing a kind of Owner’s personality. The all-new 90m motor yacht X-KID STUFF concept belongs to the Parkour Class. Representing a seamless match to her owner, luxury mega yacht X-KID STUFF concept blurs the lines between absolute luxury and utility.

X-KID STUFF superyacht concept by Pastrovich - Parkour Class

X-KID STUFF superyacht concept by Pastrovich - Parkour Class

X-KID STUFF motor yacht concept classes by Pastrovich

X-KID STUFF motor yacht concept classes by Pastrovich

TRANSFORMER – Cool Silhouette – Unlimited Exploration
The hangar becomes a part of its everyday life, the toys become your bucket and spade, they are tools, tools for exploration and tools for fun. From storing jet skis all the way up to 15m explorer ribs, all bases are covered, anything is possible.

90m X-KID STUFF  Superyacht -  Closed Profile - Credits Pastrovich

90m X-KID STUFF Superyacht - Closed Profile - Credits Pastrovich

Pastrovich started from scratch with superyacht X-KID STUFF concept. Their mission is clear in their mind, the end result is outlined by the class of yacht chosen ‘cool silhouette, unlimited exploration’.

MY 90m X-KID STUFF - Open Profile - Credits Pastrovich

MY 90m X-KID STUFF - Open Profile - Credits Pastrovich

WALK TO THE BEACH – A Seashore Connection
Imagine driving a buggy transporting all of the yachts provisions directly into the food store. Not only does it create a fantastic opportunity for guests, but it also streamlines normal crew practices on board.

By deploying a simple, inflatable, modular jetty one can simply ‘walk to the beach’. This gives the user an experience of freedom not yet realised in a yacht even close to this size. The potential for such an object is enormous, quad bikes, jeeps, motorbikes, vehicles of any kind can simply be driven from sea to land.

Motor yacht 90m X-KID STUFF - Emotional View - Credits Pastrovich

Motor yacht 90m X-KID STUFF - Emotional View - Credits Pastrovich

Traditionally a yacht of 90m could not lay anchor close to the shore, luxury yacht X-Kid Stuff brings the versatility of a small pleasure craft to a superyacht which would sit happily inside the top 100. However, even a small day boat requires a tender to get you to the beach. This is not the case with X-Kid Stuff.

LOW DRAFT – High Level Technology and Lightweight Materials
The engineering and technology of the X-Kid Stuff yacht are key to its core values. The studio’s inspiration first comes from nature. The beehive is one of the most efficient structures in one’s comprehension. It combines Maximum strength with the minimum amount of material. This beautiful natural structure has formed the architecture for the entire design.

MY 90m X-KID STUFF - Engineering - Credits Pastrovich

MY 90m X-KID STUFF - Engineering - Credits Pastrovich

Lightweight is the main focus, that’s why the entire hull is made in carbon fiber, the floating decks are in titanium, the large openings are all in lightweight materials, as also the superstructure. Our outlook focuses on going back to basics, we are constantly asking ourselves, why this, Why that, and Why do we need?

For example, the ceilings;

If the systems architecture of ducting and wires can become a feature, why hide the pipes? The resulting aesthetic would be just like a space ship while also save a considerable amount of weight.

Here, you can distinguish some of the interior design features. This is an open deck concept, where one open space is intelligently partitioned to fit with the next. Each space has its own different purpose while each space exists harmoniously with the next. The hangar is connected to ‘the terrace on the sea’ which is connected to the beach and the natural pool.

MY 90m X-KID STUFF yacht profile layout - Credits Pastrovich

MY 90m X-KID STUFF yacht profile layout - Credits Pastrovich

The idea is that there are no boundaries, the interior flows seamlessly into the exterior. A simple slide of a singular wall can transform an open space into a private space when necessary, but the important message is that each space is connected, whether its the interior or the exterior. Then, with the movement of a single wall, those individual spaces can be opened into one enormous open area.

Super Yacht 90m X-KID STUFF - Main Deck layout - Credits Pastrovich

Super Yacht 90m X-KID STUFF - Main Deck layout - Credits Pastrovich

Traditionally yachts are built using transverse and longitudinal beams, X-Kid stuffs’structure itself is hexagonal, and interior design is matched to the structure, that way walls, windows etc are always located in a correct and convenient position between structure. The design exploits the beauty of the hexagon form and puts into good use with a modular arrangement of walls and furniture resulting in a very useable, practical interior arrangement.

90m X-KID STUFF Superyacht- Hangar Deck layout - Credits Pastrovich

90m X-KID STUFF Superyacht- Hangar Deck layout - Credits Pastrovich

From this interior development sketch you can appreciate in some more detail the interior design concept. Demonstrated here is the connections between different spaces within an overall larger area.

90m X-KID STUFF Yacht - MAIN DECK - Credits Pastrovich

90m X-KID STUFF Yacht - MAIN DECK - Credits Pastrovich

The studio’s method always is to refine their knowledge and understanding of all the singular systems that comprise the architecture of the yacht. Such as; tender launching systems, fuel systems, the exact and precise layout of the furniture on the terrace, even something as benign as a conventional staircase.

Luxury Yacht 90m X-KID STUFF - HANGAR DECK - credits Pastrovich

Luxury Yacht 90m X-KID STUFF - HANGAR DECK - credits Pastrovich

The studio likes to compartmentalize, study, and then bring all these elements back together to achieve something new. As such, the connection between the hangar deck and the main deck Duplex design is threefold; Conventional stairs, a free climbing wall and a fireman’s pole.

Lurssen to present 85m super yacht SOLANDGE at Monaco Yacht Show 2014

May 23, 2014

The premier German shipyard, Lurssen, is thrilled to announce that they will present their brand new 85-metre super yacht Solandge at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show. Delivered in October 2013, luxury motor yacht Solandge is a family vessel, built for pure yachting pleasure. At the same time however, she also boasts what it takes to become an iconic vessel on the luxury yacht charter market.

85m Lurssen mega yacht Solandge - Photo by Klaus Jordan

85m Lurssen mega yacht Solandge - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Above all, superyacht Solandge is engineered for self-sufficiency during extended voyages on the high seas and well-equipped for whatever she may face.

Exterior Designer Espen Oeino has given mega yacht Solandge exceptionally harmonious proportions and generous spaces. Despite her stately dimensions (length: 85.1m; beam: 13.8m) and the accommodation of the full scope of the owner’s wishes, her lines remain sleek and elegant. A dark blue hull further highlights her graceful and dynamic flair.

Interior designer Aileen Rodriguez has created a highly luxurious atmosphere with classical touches and a contemporary backdrop. A special mix of rare and strikingly beautiful materials gives Solandge superyacht a unique and exclusive style.

Viewings are, as always, by appointment only.

Main Characteristics of luxury super yacht Solandge

Name: Solandge
Loa: 85,10 m / 279’2”
Beam: 13,80 m / 45’3’’
Builder: Lürssen Yachts
Exterior Designer: Espen Oeino Design
Interior Designer: Rodriguez Interiors

Below is a selection of the outstanding charter yachts built by Lurssen.