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Overmarine Group to attend upcoming Cannes and Monaco yacht shows

August 05, 2014

This year will once again see the prestigious Italian luxury yacht builder, Overmarine Group, attend both the Cannes Yachting Festival (September 9 – 14), as well as the Monaco Yacht Show (September 24 to 27).

Mangusta 110 Yacht to make her official debut in Europe during the 2014 Cannes Yachting Festival

Mangusta 110 Yacht to make her official debut in Europe during the 2014 Cannes Yachting Festival

Luxury motor yacht Mangusta 94 as well as superyacht Mangusta 110 will be both displayed during the Cannes Yachting Festival. The latter, after her success at the Miami Yacht Show, will make her official debut in Europe during the event. The shipyard will be on hand at Jetée Albert Edouard Sud, just like the last year.

Mangusta 165 R Yacht to make her world premiere at MYS 2014 - Photo credit to Reply Story courtesy of the Owner

Mangusta 165 R Yacht to make her world premiere at MYS 2014 - Photo credit to Reply Story courtesy of the Owner

The Monaco Yacht Show, on the other hand, will provide an opportunity to present the brand new 50 metre flagship, superyacht Mangusta 165 E, as a world première. The yacht will be moored in the renewed wharf opposite the new Yacht Club de Monaco at Quai de l’Hirondelle.

Vilanova Grand Marina-Barcelona to once again attend Monaco Yacht Show

August 04, 2014

Nestled in the popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Spain, the Vilanova Grand Marina-Barcelona is getting ready to participate in one of the most anticipated events of the year in the Superyacht industry, the Monaco Yacht Show 2014, for the seventh year in a row. This year’s 24th edition of the event will take place from September 24 to 27.

Vilanova Grand Marina - Barcelona at MYS

Vilanova Grand Marina - Barcelona at MYS

The Marina will attend the MYS’14 in the stand QD51 located in the Darse Nord. The company, in partnership with BWA Yachting, will welcome journalists the first day of the show in its stand, in an event in which a Spanish wine tasting and an Iberian ham selection are going to be offered.

Within the activity plan organized along the days of the show, it is highlighted the prestigious Captains’ Dinner, which will take place on September 25th, hosted by Fraser Yachts and sponsored for the sixth year in a row by Vilanova Grand Marina-Barcelona. The dinner gathers captains and crew of numerous yachts worldwide. Guests will enjoy an exclusive dinner at the new facilities of the Yacht Club de Monaco, where the awards to the Best Captain and Crew of the Year will be given.

New 58m (190’) sailing yacht by Dubois Naval Architects and Royal Huisman

August 01, 2014

Dubois Naval Architects and Royal Huisman are thrilled to announce that they have been appointed to design and construct a new 58m (190ft) sailing yacht. The all-new 58m Dubois and Royal Huisman superyacht is an edgy and innovative high performance sloop, new in every sense of the word. To be officially unveiled at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show in September, it will embody the past experience of both designer and yard, whilst encouraging advances in all the disciplines required to design and build a yacht of such stature.

58m superyacht by Dubois and Royal Huisman - A preview image by Dubois Naval Architects

New 58m (190') superyacht by Dubois and Royal Huisman - A preview image by Dubois Naval Architects

In an innovative move for Dubois the 58m Dubois and Royal Huisman luxury yacht will feature a dramatic sheer line and sculpted bow that beside its ‘edgy’ look returns added strength and seaworthiness. The molded glass superstructure and crisp stern shape add further to the look of this inherently progressive design.

A slender easily driven hull form will be refined with extensive tank testing to include studying the shape of a high-span lifting keel and the configuration of the carbon fiber rudder arrangement. With mast and deck hatches by Rondal a high aspect sail plan and large square top mainsail will add the final measure of horsepower that will be tamed by twin steering stations noted for Royal Huisman’s ability to engineer these without power assistance.

On deck, wide teak planking with off white seams will downplay a hidden crane, tender garage and large swim spa forward, whilst aft a sun bed connects to a beach deck with articulated swim platform.

Described as an Innovator, Francis Sultana will style relaxing accommodations comprising a master ‘apartment’ that includes a gym, sauna and library as well two guest staterooms and large open expanse of main deck salon with attached outdoor seating. Accent pieces and exotic finishes will be created in the workshop of London based Rick Baker LTD and having been involved in some of the most high profile projects on the planet The Light Corporation has been asked to artfully shed light on the project.

Keel laying, scheduled for January 2015 offers a delivery in the Spring of 2017.

Ed Dubois comments: “This is a thought provoking design that does not take for granted the marriage of high performance, style and comfort. She’s a design that marks a fresh and progressive turning point in our long and successful history. We are so very thrilled that this yacht will be built by one of the world’s most experienced and famous builders of sailing yachts, Royal Huisman. This is some yacht, inspired by a client looking for the next new, new thing; a dream project for a designer.”

Below are the galleries for the stylish charter yachts by Royal Huisman and Dubois.

Isle of Man Superyacht Forum to host networking breakfast at Monaco Yacht Show 2014

August 01, 2014

To be held in the glamorous Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Monaco, the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show will see the Isle of Man Superyacht Forum host an informal networking breakfast. This will take place at Zest Bar and Restaurant on September 25, 2014.


The breakfast will open with a short introduction from Andrew Roy (Chairman of the Forum) and Dick Welsh (Director of the Isle of Man Ship Registry).

The event, entitled “The Isle of Man – A Centre of Excellence” will promote many services available on the Island and the Isle of Man’s considerable experience in vessel registration, management, company formation taxation and other corporate services.

The sponsors of the event will have representatives attending to answer any questions you may have. The sponsors are Abacus, Affinity, Appleby, Baker Tilly, Boston, IBOS, Knox House, and MHG Ocean Benefits.

Monaco Yacht Show 2014 to be the best ever

July 30, 2014

To be hosted by the glamorous Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Monaco, this year’s Monaco Yacht Show, the world’s No. 1 showcase for superyachts afloat, will be the best ever, boasting 115 beautiful yachts and about 30 luxury yacht tenders. In addition, there will be an extended exhibition, that will host the most renowned and finest suppliers to the industry.

MYS 2014

The extension reflects the increasing demand for exhibiting bigger yachts in the Port. From the 2014 event and into the future the Monaco Yacht Show will be able to berth these giants measuring over 100 m for all to see!

For all to see… and for just few that will be visiting the show a chance to buy them! This annual, one-of-a-kind event attracts billionaires from around the world, many that will be inconspicuously walking the docks as they catch up on the latest superyacht trends. This princely destination is a well known staple amongst Mediterranean cruising grounds and has long been the destination of choice for superyacht owners and guests, making Monaco a natural home for this unique event.

85m Lurssen mega yacht Solandge to be displayed at MYS 2014 - Photo by Klaus Jordan

85m Lurssen mega yacht Solandge to be displayed at MYS 2014 - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Amongst the 115 floating palaces from 25 to 100 m that will be exhibited at Monaco next September, around forty of them will be unveiled to the public for the first time. This is the annual event that the builders of the world’s largest yachts look forward to, it is their chance to showcase their finest luxury yachts.

A few outstanding superyachts that will be attending are mega yacht Solandge, the 85m highly luxurious family orientated vessel delivered last October by Lürssen. She has been notably engineered for self-sufficiency during extended voyages on the high seas.

Monaco will be also hosting motor yacht Como, a new 46m yacht by Feadship. With her modern bow and whaleback sheer, the exterior design of this new build reflects the owner’s specific ideas with large windows in the hull and glass in the superstructure that offers spectacular uninterrupted views from the owner’s stateroom.

Luxury super yacht COMO at her launch

Luxury super yacht COMO at her launch

Out of the four superyachts being displayed by the Admiral shipyard, the new 47m superyacht Entourage will be their largest.

Admiral Maxima 47 Yacht Entourage at launch

Admiral Maxima 47 Yacht Entourage at launch

But for pure yachting pleasure it is worth noting the elegant and distinguished sailing yachts that will be exhibited at the Show this year too: sailing yacht Wisp is the new 48m classic sloop by the Dutch shipyard, Royal Huisman, she is a fine example of revival naval architecture by Hoek Design. The owner’s brief was for a boat that would perform well without excessive heel, thus allowing comfortable cruising and at the same time a little ‘gentleman’s racing.’

Sailing yacht WISP - Ruud Burgers Maritieme Fotografie Harlingen

Sailing yacht WISP - Ruud Burgers Maritieme Fotografie Harlingen

These few examples of 2014 launches are typical of the ultra chic and sophisticated fleet of superyachts that will be unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show. For Gaëlle Tallarida, the show’s Managing Director the comparison of Monaco’s superyacht offering with Haute Couture collections is clearly obvious: “In superyachting, as well as in Haute Couture, everything is possible, harmonious and luxurious with only the best of the best materials being used. Designers enjoy saying that the only limit to creating a yacht is the limit of the owner’s imagination! Each yacht is made possible by the work of hundreds of specialised and passionate employees. By listening carefully to the expectations and requests of both market professionals and yacht owners the MYS strives to bring the two together in a befitting business ambience.”

Top-class services for high-end visitors

The MYS attracts industry leaders and a ultra wealthy clientele from around the world and offers top-class services to meet the demands of this elite clientele: VIP passes, luxury courtesy car services, helicopters, bus or boat shuttles.

In the heart of the show area, the Upper Deck Lounge is designed to be a place where businessmen can hold their meetings, or maybe invite their favorite clients to dine in the restaurant catered by Private Dining by Fairmont Monte-Carlo, or simply enjoy a glass of champagne by Taittinger in a luxurious setting designed by interior decorators Sabrina Monte-Carlo in collaboration with Italian designer Paola Lenti, the French crystal manufacturer Baccarat and the art gallery Opera Gallery. The Upper Deck Lounge also includes several reception areas reserved exclusively for the executives of exhibiting companies, areas where they can talk with their customers in confidence.

On display in the lounge will be the finest timekeepers manufactured by the Swiss luxury watchmaker Ulysse Nardin, official sponsor of the MYS for the 6th consecutive year.

Welcome to the Captains and crews

New this 2014, the MYS will be hosting the superyacht captains and crews in an exclusive lounge for the four days of the show. Located in the show venue, beside the new Monaco Yacht Club, the MYS C&C Lounge will offer services of high quality: animations, a relaxation area with massages, this is a lounge area where captains and Crew can meet up and chill out.

According to Gaëlle Tallarida, “offering a real lounge especially for crews has become essential and natural for us. We know a few crew facilities around the show already exist but our main concern was to really welcome those men and women who are the heart and soul of a yacht”. She also stresses out the importance of the captain and crewmembers on board a yacht: “their role is incommensurate: their relationships with the owner are unique and privileged, based on complete trust. How could it be otherwise with “men” who are entrusted the management of a floating palace that is worth several millions of Euros? The Monaco Yacht Show must be the celebration of the superyachting way of life, whether you are the owner or a crew member”.

And what makes Monaco also so special during the show is the hundred of social events organised by the exhibitors: press conferences, debates with the market leaders, and friendly happy hours at stands. Cocktail or evening parties on board the yachts, yacht awards or gala dinners in the luxury hotels in the Principality are also some of the many highlights that enable formal and informal networking and often attract those that can afford and do buy superyachts.

DREAMLINE – New range of luxury motor yachts unveiled by DL YACHTS

July 30, 2014

Italy-based shipyard, DL YACHTS, is thrilled to introduce DREAMLINE. This is an exciting range of innovative yachts, including the 26M DREAMLINE yacht as well as the 30M DREAMLINE superyacht, with a hull length below 24 meters, followed by models 34, 40, 46 and 49m. All these luxury vessels mix up research, innovation and premium design.


Recently launched 26M DREAMLINE Yacht

Featuring highly distinctive solutions, endless passion and state-of-the-art design, DREAMLINE family originates from the 35 years’ nautical experience of Mr. Peter Zuber, engineer and mastermind of the DL YACHTS shipbuilding philosophy.

His design and management team of skilled professionals is headed by Paolo Bencivenni, CEO of DL YACHTS, who says: “After several years of research we are proud to present an exceptional range of yachts aimed to impress the yacht owners worldwide. We are focused on innovative technology, eco-efficiency, unmatched level of quality, original design solutions providing the maximum level of comfort. Our goal is to guarantee the maximum pleasure of navigation while keeping an eye on beauty”.

Rendering of 30M DREAMLINE superyacht to be launched this summer

Rendering of 30M DREAMLINE superyacht to be launched this summer

DL YACHTS DREAMLINE features special “lama chine waveless hull” designed by Giuseppe Arrabito at Arrabito Naval Architects. Its groundbreaking shape tremendously reduces fuel consumption (only 75 l/h at 12 knots in displacement trim) and allows remarkable range, up to 3500 nautical miles. In the same time, the yacht can develop up to 30 knots in semi-planning trim. EcoPerformance Technology powered by Siemens Hybrid makes navigation on 34M DREAMLINE yacht pleasant and extremely silent. The noise and vibration level is barely perceived, both: of engines and generators.

Timeless and stylish interior and exterior design applied to spacious areas is introduced by renowned naval architect Enrico Gobbi at Team4Design. He perfectly combines original shapes with convenient functionality, providing any Dreamline yacht, from the smallest to the largest, with the maximum level of comfort.

34M DREAMLINE superyacht to be launched this summer

34M DREAMLINE superyacht to be launched this summer

DL YACHTS manufacturers a fully customized family of yachts in aluminium or fiberglass. The company owns a modern shipbuilding naval plant in the province of Ancona where the 26M DREAMLINE yacht has been recently launched and the 34M DREAMLINE will be officially launched later this summer. Both models will be available for viewing during the Cannes Yachting Festival and Monaco Yacht Show.

Sophisticated elegance, eco-friendly standards, ultra-premium execution and absolute comfort will make DREAMLINE a symbol of prestige and innovation throughout the world.

Launch of Admiral Maxima 47 motor yacht ENTOURAGE announced by The Italian Sea Group

July 30, 2014

The launch of the all-new 47m motor yacht Entourage from the Admiral Maxima series took place at The Italian Sea Group in Marina di Carrara, Italy. Superyacht Entourage represents the latest Admiral beauty hitting the water this year, after the extra large floating barge and the luxury vessels, including the 35m Admiral Full Custom  yacht “FOAM”, the 40m Tecnomar Nadara series superyacht “LOW PROFILE“, the 45m Admiral Regale series yacht “FLYING DRAGON”, as well as the 37m Admiral Impero luxury yacht “NONO”.

Admiral Maxima 47 Yacht Entourage at launch

Admiral Maxima 47 Yacht Entourage at launch

Luxury yacht Entourage features a full displacement steel hull, with aluminum superstructure; she is truly an ocean passage maker, with a range in excess of 6.000 nm.

ENTOURAGE superyacht is a trideck yacht, boasting a traditional white color enriched by matt black areas in correspondence with side windows. The full-height panoramic windows flood the yacht interior with natural light and offer unparalleled views.

The main deck is incredibly spacious with full headroom opening sliding doors on both sides of the main salon.

This area also includes the dining area, while forward on the main deck is the master suite.

The master suite features private gym and sauna, huge master bathroom and of course office corner and walking wardrobe.

As requested by the owners, the king size bed is placed in the middle of the suite.

On the lower deck four large guest cabins find place, two VIP’s and two doubles which may become two twin or even triple bed when required; all of those cabins feature a private ensuite bathroom, enriched with precious materials.

On the upper deck, a spectacular skylounge salon finds its perfect location, taking the whole beam of the yacht, featuring full headroom side windows and even an opening balcony on the starboard side, which creates a further terrace to enjoy the nights at anchor.

Forward on the same deck there is the pantry directly connected to the galley and to the sundeck through a dumb-waiter, and the wheelhouse, which is directly connected with the captain cabin.

Forward of the wheelhouse, outside, another lounge and sunbathing area has been arranged, the perfect place to enjoy the best sea view.

Going upstairs we find a huge sundeck area, normally found on much larger yachts, partly overshadowed by the hard top and featuring a bar corner, a large Jacuzzi, large table for ‘al fresco’ dinners and of course sun bathing areas.

The crew area is divided between the main deck, where the pantry and the main galley find place, and the lower deck, where the crew quarter boasts four double cabins with ensuite head, crew mess and secondary galley, laundry storage and last but not least, the cold storage and laundry which are placed on the extra big underlower deck, obtained within the hull forward tunnel.

This area also include a separate staircase from the guests’ one, in order to secure privacy and discretion and of course both the main deck pantry and the upper deck one are connected through the exterior side deck through watertight doors.

The Entourage yacht also features big external areas on the upper deck, where the external dining area finds place on the aft terrace, and on the main deck, where the aft cockpit offers a huge lounge and reception area.

This space is also directly connected to the aft beach club, which is obtained opening the transom door. This area is also connected to the garage where all the toys find place. The launching system for those is provided through a crane which launch and lift the tenders through a side opening port.

The garage is directly connected to the engine control room, which gives access to the actual engine room, and it’s also accessible by a staircase which connects the garage to the main deck.

Luca Dini drew the Entourage superyacht’s exterior styling working closely with the Admiral Centro Stile and Baldo Gjurasic, owner representative and project manager of the yacht since the contract signing dated June 2012.

Versus Design is responsible for interiors in cooperation with the Admiral Centro Stile.

M/Y ‘ENTOURAGE’ will be displayed at the next Monaco Yacht Show 2014 and at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show 2014.

Honorary Committee for 2014 Bal de la Mer announced by International Seakeepers Society

July 29, 2014

The International Seakeepers Society is delighted to announce the Honorary Committee for the 2014 Bal de la Mer honoring Wendy Benchley at the Yacht Club de Monaco, positioned in the glamorous Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Monaco. The event will be held on Friday, 26 September, 2014 at 7:00pm EDT (-04:00).

2014 Bal de la Mer Save The Date

Based in Washington D.C., Benchley is engaged in the marine policy and conservation community as a respected leader and generous supporter. Benchley’s efforts span decades of activism including a 28-year commitment as National Council and Advisory Trustee of the Environmental Defense Fund and Co-Founding the Peter Benchley Ocean AwardsTM, dedicated to her late husband’s legacy to recognize the remarkable ocean conservation efforts of marine explorers, policy makers, researchers, and scientist. Today she is recognized as a global voice on ocean and shark conservation.

The Honorary Committee is comprised of remarkable women, who in their own right have embodied the many achievements of women in ocean advocacy from around the globe. Notable names from environmental organizations, philanthropies, and the superyacht industry and community form an impressive assembly in support of Benchley’s achievements. This year’s Honorary Committee Chair is Maria Damanaki who was elected as the European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries in 2009. Patty Elkus, Founding Member of SeaKeepers and former Honorary Committee Chair, (2012, 2013) is this year’s Founding Chair of Women in Yachting & Ocean Advocacy.

The Committee is charged with promoting the event and extending a warm invitation to their far reaching professional interests and networks.

2014 Bal de la Mer Honorary Committee Biographies

Honorary Committee Chair- Maria Damanaki

Maria Damanaki is the European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. Damanaki, a native of Greece, studied chemical engineering at the National Technical University where she became involved with political movements. She was elected as the Commissioner-designate for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries in November of 2009.

Founding Chair of Women In Yachting & Ocean Advocacy- Patty Elkus

Patty Elkus is a Founding Member and former Board Member of the International SeaKeepers Society. Elkus currently serves on Dr. Margaret Leinen’s Director’s Cabinet of The Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, CA. and the Board of Directors for Dr. Sylvia Earle’s Misson Blue, and the BLUE Ocean Film Festival.

Captain Alexia Barrier

Captain Alexia Barrier founded the ocean research program “4myplanet” which saw her commission and sail a 60 foot sailing yacht around the world single-handedly, while gathering ocean status data and educating school children worldwide via satellite podcasts and in person along the way. She was supported in this endeavor by many Monaco-based ocean groups and by The International SeaKeepers Society.

Jill Bobrow

Jill Bobrow is Editor-At-Large of Yachts International Magazine. She has had an extensive career in yachting journalism and is the author of more than a dozen books. She is a Director on the Board of the International Superyacht Society, an organization dedicated to excellence and sustainability in the global large yacht industry. Additionally, she is a founding Board member of Ports of Cause, an emerging philanthropic organization dedicated to a variety of ocean advocacy initiatives.

Gigi Brisson

Gigi Brisson is Founder and CEO of OceanElders, Director and Advisor for PONO, and Founder and Partner of Attractor Investment Management Inc. She is also a Board Member for the Sylvia Earle Alliance/Mission Blue.

Diane M. Byrne

Diane M. Byrne is a journalist and publisher in the global yachting industry. She is the founder and editor of MegayachtNews, a popular online yacht news resource. She is active in various yachting organizations including the U.S. Superyacht Association and the International Superyacht Society, the latter of which has her on its Board of Directors.

Joyce Clear

Joyce Clear is Founder and President of Clear Group International LLC, Founder of Clear Yacht Interiors, and Founder of Ports of Cause, a non-profit organization innovating sustainable luxury to benefit ocean advocacy. She is also a published interior designer and has served on various panel discussions for SMART Yachts and interior design. Clear is a member of the International Superyacht Society, The US Superyacht Society and member of the Luxury Marketing Council.

Pamela W. Cole

Pamela W. Cole is a private Portfolio Manager. She was previously a Research Associate for Salomon Brothers. She is currently Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the Gables Club Condominium, LLC, is a member of the Coral Gables Garden Club and a sustaining member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Dr. Sylvia Earle

Dr. Sylvia Earle, “Her Deepness”, is a celebrated Hero of the Planet and Living Legend. She is an oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer with experience as a field research scientist. Her work with The Aspen Institute, the Conservation Fund, American Rivers, Mote Marine laboratory, Duke University Marine Laboratory, Rutgers Institute for Marine Science, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and Ocean Conservancy is unparalleled. Dr. Earle is a former chief scientist of NOAA and founder of the Mission Blue Foundation. She is an Explorer-in Residence for National Geographic and serves on the SeaKeepers Scientific Advisory Council.

Jenifer Austin Foulkes

Jenifer Austin Foulkes is Manager of Google Ocean. Her work with Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Lab, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and NOAA is well known. She led the publication of Google Earth & Maps, the baseline for global ocean exploration and is a Board Member for the Sylvia Earle Alliance/Mission Blue. Foulkes holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Neuroscience.

Amy Halsted

Amy Halsted of The Halsted Agency has held a deep dedication to promoting environmental responsibility by encouraging practical individual accountability. Amy’s commitment to ocean advocacy has included the creation of the International Superyacht Society’s “Fabien Cousteau Blue Award.” She is a founding director of Chesapeake Climate Action Network, the Coastal Conservation Association, the Rainforest Alliance, Earth Day Roanoke and now Earth Day Bethel in the Mahoosuc Range of Northwestern Maine where she resides.

Dr. Nigella Hillgarth

Dr. Nigella Hillgarth is the President and CEO at the New England Aquarium in Boston. Dr. Hillgarth focuses on public awareness of the oceans and the importance of protecting our environment. Previously Dr. Hillgarth was Assistant Director at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Executive Director of their Birch Aquarium which is Scripps public outreach facility for ocean education and cutting-edge discoveries.

Shannon Joy

Shannon Joy is Director of the Joy Foundation, which focuses on the protection of marine ecosystems and the biodiversity and conservation of the oceans. Joy is a Board Member for the Sylvia Earle Alliance/Mission Blue and a Board Member for WildAid.

Deborah Kinder

Deborah Kinder, an award winning documentary filmmaker, is Founder and CEO of the BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Event. She is Co-Founder of BLUE’s parent non-profit organization, Make A Difference Media. Kinder also consults with other advocacy organizations and helped to establish the Dominican Republic’s Environmental Film Festival.

Ann Luskey

Ann Luskey is Founder of Charlotte’s Web, a private foundation that focuses on ocean conservation, African wildlife conservation, experiential education for undeserved children, and plastic pollution. Luskey is the President and Executive Producer for Oceans Are Talking and is a Board Member for the Sylvia Earle Alliance/Mission Blue.

Shari Sant Plummer

Shari Sant Plummer is President of the Code Blue Foundation, and a Trustee of the Summit Charitable Foundation. She also serves as Vice President of Seacology, Trustee of the Sylvia Earle Alliance, Chair of the International League of Conservation Photographers, and is on the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund and the Advisory Board of BLUE Ocean Film Festival.

Sharon Kwok Pong

Sharon Kwok Pong is Founder of Aquameridian Limited, a company that produces educational products to help promote positive changes to the environment. Pong is an Ambassador for SPCA Hong Kong, is a Board Member for the Sylvia Earle Alliance/Mission Blue, and is on the International Board for WildAid.

Claudia Potamkin

Claudia Potamkin is a dedicated philanthropist, environmentalist, Co-Owner and Founder along withCaptain Sandra Yawn, of Global Oceans, a yachting-based ocean advocacy company. She reports on the yachting world for website genConnect. Potamkin is aMember of the DISCOVERY Yachts Program at The International SeaKeepers Society.

Sally Dane Sperry

Sally Dane Sperry is an active member of the marine insurance industry and resides with her husband Austin Sperry and their two children outside of New Orleans, LA. She has a unique knowledge of the boating industry and sailing world as both her father, John Dane III and her husband Austin were members of the 2008 U.S. Olympic sailing team representing the USA in China. John Dane is President of Trinity Yachts and Austin is employed in the barge transportation industry. Austin and Sally are expecting their third child in November.

Charlotte Vick

Charlotte Vick is the Strategic Partnership Director of the Sylvia Earle Alliance/Mission Blue and Curator for Explore the Ocean in Google Earth. She serves on the Boards of Ocean Exchange, Blue Ocean Film Festival and TARA Expeditions USA.Vick also serves on the Steering Committees for the Sargasso Sea Alliance, High Seas Alliance & the Antarctic Southern Ocean Coalition.

Dr. Sandra Whitehouse

Dr. Sandra Whitehouse is a marine biologist and as a consultant serves as the Senior Advisor to Ocean Conservancy, a national non-profit organization that educates and empowers citizens to take action on behalf of the ocean and uses science to guide a policy that protects the ocean. She is also the former chair of the Coastal Zone Management Agency for Rhode Island and Environmental Policy Advisor to the Rhode Island House of Representatives. She currently serves on the board of Trustees for the Consortium for Ocean Leadership.

Captain Sandra Yawn

Capt. Sandra Yawn is the only female to win the International Superyacht Society Distinguished Crew Award. She is a well-known charter Captain for international superyachts and has participated in DISCOVERY Yacht expeditions for the International SeaKeepers Society. Captain Yawn is the co-owner and founder of Global Oceans along with Claudia Potamkin.

New 50m motor yacht S501 project by Tankoa Yachts

July 23, 2014

Genoa-based boutique shipyard, Tankoa Yachts, is excited to announce the latest addition to their line-up: the 50m (164’) motor yacht S501 project. Superyacht S501 project has been beautifully penned by bespoke Francesco Paszkowski. Full project details and 3D movie of Project S501 will be officially released at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show in September.

New 50m superyacht S501 project by Tankoa Yachts

New 50m superyacht S501 project by Tankoa Yachts

Following the construction contract for their 69.4 meter yacht S693, due for delivery in July 2015, Tankoa benefited in the tremendous interest of the brokerage community as well as directly from Yacht-Ology’s clients who came to Genoa to visit what is considered a new “case history” in the Italian yachting industry.

The increasing attention given to Tankoa Yachts allowed Yacht-Ology to spot the substantial demand for a 50 meter/499 GT yacht with modern design, the latest trends in amenities and top-notch engineering. So far, four clients have shown a solid interest for this new model that will be available with two different hull designs.

In its full displacement version, the S501 yacht will be capable of a 16 or 18 knot top speed, depending on the chosen power package, while in its semi-displacement variant, she will be capable of 27 knots.

Super yacht S501 project by Tankoa Yachts

Super yacht S501 project by Tankoa Yachts

Both versions will be entirely built in aluminum light alloy 5083.


The S501 superyacht has been created around fundamental layout criteria and technical parameters collected from yacht owners, captains, surveyors and engineers. The genesis of the project did not rise from a specific design idea. At this stage, Francesco Paszkowski received the list of non-negotiable items that had to be part of the new project, which he drew in accordance to his style and special feel.

Tankoa S501 project from above

Tankoa S501 project from above

The main parameters that were given to the designer and ended up being an integral part of the project:

–              Simple administration and reduced management cost. The S501 superyacht’s displacement will be kept under the 500 Gross Tons mark.

–              Reasonable consumption. The S501 hull – even in its full displacement version – will be built in light alloy to reduce weight and the need for kW at a given speed. Three power packages will be offered for respective top speeds of 16, 18 and 27 knots.

–              Amenities. Under both technical and layout aspects, the S501 concept derives from the principle that form follows function. While most of the 50 meter yachts available on the market are evolutions of existing models, with new “trends” in equipment and amenities fitted at a later date, the S501 yacht has been conceived and engineered around the modern amenities.

–              Design within 499 GT. The choice of Francesco Paszkowski was a natural fit considering the long lasting relationship between the star designer and Tankoa’s executives. His mission was clear: to design a breath-taking yacht that would allow the integration of all modern equipment and amenities while maximizing guest and owner space while staying at 499 GT.

–              Hull design from cruise ships. The hull design has been assigned to Massimo Visibelli whose work is famous in the cruise ship industry. He is also considered an eminent design expert of hydrofoil hulls.

–             Running comfort. Most clients are concerned about silence and running comfort. For these reasons, S501 has been designed with a modified plumb bow, a wide hard chine and high free board to minimize spray when at speed.

–              Enjoying the sea. Another widespread desire of yacht owners is to enjoy the sea around them. For this reason, the Tankoa S501 yacht is equipped with hydraulic lateral foldout terraces on the aft deck, floor to ceiling windows in the dining room, safety-glass balconies aft, sliding side windows in the dining room, foldout balconies in the master cabin, and a panoramic view of the sea from wherever owners or guests may be seated.

–            Extended outdoor spaces. Three huge sun pads and three external dining areas are part of the initial design package offered with the luxury yacht S501. A swimming pool may also be included in the package.

–              Oversized teak-finished tender garage for a 6,50 meter RIB, that converts to a real beach-club once the transom door is opened.


Length overall: 50.00 mt – 164’

Beam:  9,20 mt – 30’4”

Draft full loaded:  2,50 mt – 8’3”

GRT:  Approx. : 499 GT

Displacement (Full Load):  Approx. 380 t

Fuel Capacity: 75.000 lts – 19.813 US Gallon)

Fresh water:  15.000 lts – 3.960 US Gallon)

Classification: Lloyds + MCA

Engines:  2 x MTU 1,432 KW @ 2.450 rpm

Propulsion:  Twin shaft propellers (5 blades)

Generators:  2 x 125 kW + Emergency Generator

Max Speed:  18 Kts

Cruise Speed:  14 Kts

Range @ 11 knots:  4.500 n.m.

Stabilization:  Zero speed stabilizer

Bow Thruster:  100 Kw

Hull and superstructure:  light alloy 5083

Designer:  Francesco Paszkowski Design

Naval architecture:  Massimo Visibelli

Launch of Admiral Impero 37 motor yacht NONO

July 22, 2014

The all-new Admiral Impero 37 motor yacht NONO hit the water at The Italian Sea Group last week as their  fifth launch of the year. Superbly penned by Luca Dini, superyacht NONO will be displayed at the Monaco Yacht Show, as well as the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, both running this Autumn.

Admiral Impero 37 RPH superyacht NONO

Admiral Impero 37 RPH superyacht NONO

Designed by the Admiral ‘Centro Stile’, the striking interiors of luxury yacht NONO provide beautiful  and comfortable accommodation in 5 magnificent cabins, including the generous master stateroom on the main deck, and four largest guest cabins on the lower deck.

Destined for long distance traveler vacation, Admiral Impero 37 super yacht NONO is expected to achieve a top speed of 20 knots.

Below is a choice of the exquisite charter yachts built by Admiral.