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MCM and sailing yacht WISP to attend Monaco Yacht Show 2014

July 08, 2014

From September 24 to 27, 2014, Marine Construction Management (MCM) will be once again attending the prestigious Monaco Yacht Show, exhibiting in the Parvis Piscine, stand QP58. MCM is also delighted to announce that their first Royal Huisman new-build sailing yacht WISP (hull 393) will be on display during the event.

MCM MYS 2014 booth - Photo credit to

MCM MYS 2014 booth - Photo credit to

“MCM #163” superyacht WISP was launched at Royal Huisman in the summer – designed by André Hoek with a Rhoades Young interior, the 48-metre classic sloop is a comfortable cruising yacht that may also indulge in a little “gentleman’s racing”.

Royal Huisman superyacht WISP - Photo credit to Ruud Bergers

Royal Huisman superyacht WISP - Photo credit to Ruud Bergers

During the event, MCM founding partners Nigel Ingram and Peter Wilson will be on hand along with Michael Tywhitt-Drake, Mark Dauplaise and Erika Moore from the Yacht Management Division.

2014: 26 YEARS of managing new construction projects!

MCM has managed the construction of over 70 yachts in the last 26 years.

A very successful Monaco Week

July 08, 2014

Monaco Week, an event jointly-organized by Blu Inc Media’s China Boating and Asia-Pacific Boating magazines, the Principality of Monaco, as well as Shanghai Yacht Club on the Bund (SYC), has successfully come to its end in Shanghai. The exclusive three-day event, which was held from June 26 to 28, showcased the numerous economic, tourism and yachting opportunities of the glamorous Mediterranean yacht charter location – Monaco, and generated much interest amongst China‘s elite circles.

Fabulous Mediterranean yacht holiday destination - Monaco

The fabulous Mediterranean yacht holiday destination - Monaco during the Monaco Yacht Show

China Boating, China’s leading yachting lifestyle publication since 2004 and an Official Media Partner of the prestigious Monaco Yacht Show, has promoted Monaco in China for the past 7 years with its annual gala event, Monaco Night. The success of Monaco Night paved the way for its evolution into this year’s Monaco Week, a three-day-long affair that brought together Chinese high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs), business leaders and representatives from the Principality in celebration of Monaco’s rich culture and heritage. Through a series of impactful forums and presentations, complemented by glamorous social events, distinguished guests were able to gain valuable insights into the various opportunities available to them in the Mediterranean city-state.

Monaco Week opened on 26 June at the Shanghai Yacht Club with a road show presented by the Monaco Government Tourist and Convention Authority. Guests were taken on a virtual journey through the Principality’s leisure options – from golden beaches, historic gardens and museums to the iconic Prince’s Palace with its distinctive Renaissance and Baroque architecture. The day rounded off with China Boating hosting a cocktail function for guests by the Huangpu River.

The second day of the showcase kicked off with the “Monaco Economic Forum”, where the Chinese business leaders were enticed by the attractive investment opportunities available to them in Monaco. Organised by the Monaco Chamber of Economic Development, this event also allowed top executives of both Chinese and Monaco companies to network and forge mutually beneficial ties. Michel Dotta, Chairman of the Monaco Chamber of Economic Development, said, “The cosmopolitan nature of Shanghai makes it an excellent platform for Monaco companies wanting to expand their business into China and Asia. As for the Principality, it offers a window and jumping off point for Chinese companies wanting to increase their influence in Europe.”

In the afternoon, The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation held the “Monaco Environmental Forum”, which showcased its environmental preservation initiatives since 2006 in the areas of climate change, biodiversity and clean water. In particular, the “Solar Impulse” and “Formula E Grand Prix” projects supported by the Foundation generated much interest amongst the Chinese VIPs.

On 28 June, the third and final day of Monaco Week, the focus turned to yachting lifestyle, one of the key allures of Monaco, with its reputation as the world’s “Mega Yacht Capital”. The Monaco Yacht Show (MYS), Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM) and the Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss) – three global titans of the yachting industry – collaborated to host the “Monaco Yachting Lifestyle Forum”. In attendance were Chinese yacht owners and potential buyers, many of whom have, or are intending to, visit the Monaco Yacht Show.

Held every year in September, the MYS is widely-recognised as the most prestigious mega yacht show in the world. “The international elite clientele consider the show to be the ultimate luxury rendezvous,” said Ms. Ga?lle Tallarida, Managing Director of MYS. By the invitation of the Principality of Monaco, and as an Official Media Partner of the MYS, China Boating organises an annual trip for a select group of Chinese HNWIs to visit the French Riviera and the MYS, where they will enjoy luxury yacht cruises, visit vineyards, and be shuttled around by helicopters and private jets.

Monaco Week 2014 finally drew to a close on the evening of the 28th under the nighttime skyline of The Bund with the much-anticipated Monaco Night Gala, traditionally hosted by China Boating. The evening started with yacht cruises along the Huangpu River for selected Chinese VIPs and journalists. Following which, 130 distinguished guests, including Chinese tycoons, international business leaders and influential socialites, walked down the red carpet into the elegant ballroom of the Shanghai Yacht Club on the Bund (SYC). Prominent guests gracing the occasion included Mrs. Catherine Fautrier, Ambassador of Monaco to China, Ms. Yue-Sai Kan, founder of Yue-Sai Cosmetics, as well as Ms. Diana Xu, Miss China 2012, amongst others. As guests sipped on fine champagne by Veuve Clicquot and sampled the exquisite cuisine created by the SYC chefs, the presence of other luxury brand sponsors like business jet manufacturer Gulfstream, iconic carmaker Jaguar Land Rover, and Art Residences by Armani/Casa, enhanced the classy atmosphere of the evening.

Managing Director of Blu Inc Media China, Mr. Alexandre Heng, said, “As the event co-organiser, Blu Inc Media is delighted to take part in Monaco Week. This year’s edition has grown exponentially – in terms of participants, partners and exposure – demonstrating our media platform’s capability to bridge and strengthen relations between the Principality and China. The Monaco Week in Shanghai will be followed by an exclusive journey tailored for discerning Chinese guests to the Monaco Yacht Show in September 2014.”

Mr. Kevin Lin, President of Shanghai Yacht Club on the Bund, said, “We are truly honored to be co-hosting the Monaco Week after last year’s successful cooperation with China Boating and the Principality of Monaco. We are happy to see an increasing number of China’s elite coming to appreciate yachting culture, and proud that our Club has become a landmark for Chinese HNWIs to gather and exchange ideas.”

Mrs. Catherine Fautrier, Ambassador of Monaco to China, said, “Through Monaco Week, we have continued to build the strong bridge between China and Monaco. Our wish is to organise this event each year in Shanghai and host the China Night in Monaco during the Monaco Yacht Show in September. We would like to impress upon our friends in China that Monaco is not just a glamorous place where you can find luxury hotels, cars, and superyachts; it is also an international business hub with strengths in various niches. Combined with strong political stability and a safe environment, Monaco is the place where the HNWIs of the world would like to be.”

PlanetSolar to participate as Guest of Honour in first Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup

July 07, 2014

Following a sunny, nearly 20-day stay in the Marchica lagoon in Morocco, PlanetSolar enjoyed an amazing journey towards the popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Monaco, where it dropped anchor at Port Hercules in the afternoon on July 6, 2014. Upon returning to the very place that witnessed the first solar-powered journey around the world, the catamaran will participate as the guest of honour in the ‘Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup 2014′, representing the first solar boat race organized within the Principality of Monaco.

PlanetSolar back in the lovely Mediterranean yacht holiday destination - Monaco

PlanetSolar back in the lovely Mediterranean yacht holiday destination - Monaco - Image credit to PlanetSolar

From July 6th to July 12th the boat will host events, and will become the official vessel of the members of the jury during the race, which will take place from July 10th to 12th. The ship will set sail on July 13th to continue its Mediterranean journey towards Greece, where it will embark upon the University of Geneva’s TerraSubmersa scientific expedition.

After 12 days at sea, the solar-powered boat reached its destination. Strong winds forced the captain to take shelter in the Balearic Islands, which gave the catamaran the chance to enjoy some of the archipelago’s most beautiful scenery.

Aboard PlanetSolar

Aboard PlanetSolar - Image credit to PlanetSolar

The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar dropped anchor at the Hirondelle dock of Port Hercules (Monaco) yesterday, on the occasion of the Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup 2014, the first solar boat race organised by the Principality, which will take place from July 10th to 12th. A strong symbol of the efficiency of photovoltaic energy, the largest solar-powered ship in the world will offer its unique characteristics to the competition’s organisers, serving both as an event platform, as well as to welcome the race’s jury panel.

PlanetSolar in front of Yacht Club de Monaco

PlanetSolar in front of Yacht Club de Monaco - Image credit to PlanetSolar

The catamaran will then continue upon its Mediterranean journey towards Greece. Once in the Hellenic Republic’s waters, the ship will once again become a scientific platform for the University of Geneva, enabling the study of submerged prehistoric landscapes as part of the “TerraSubmersa” expedition.

Baglietto announces launch of new 46m displacement motor yacht Hull 10216

July 07, 2014

Italian shipyard, Baglietto, is proud to announce the launch of the brand new 46-metre displacement motor yacht Hull 10216. Launched at the shipyard in La Spezia on Thursday, July 3, 2014, superyacht Hull 10216 represents the first unit of Baglietto displacement yacht range. She will be showcased at the 2014 Cannes Yachting Festival from September 9 to 14, as well as at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show from September 24 to 27. The technical launch was performed at the presence of the workers, craftsmen and management of the shipyard. They greeted the yacht with emotion, being the very first among five vessels within 43 and 54-metre range, currently in build at the shipyard.

46m displacement super yacht Hull 10216 by Baglietto

46m displacement super yacht Hull 10216 by Baglietto

The design of the new 46-metre displacement yacht Hull 10216 is created by Francesco Paszkowski who conceived both the exterior profiles as well as the interiors. The interior design has been developed in co-operation with Margherita Casprini, architect. This sophisticated and outstanding yacht can be inserted within Baglietto new product range, yet maintaining the traditional features of Baglietto motor-yachts such as,for example the combination of slightly squared lines with lines being more winding and more gentle. A wide beach club of about 25 square metres characterizes the yacht stern while the bow area represents the location of a 5,50-metre dinghy as well as of a rescue boat.

The interior spaces of super yacht Hull 10216 are outstanding, too and are characterised by harmonious contradictions between features inspired by the purest minimalism and by Nature, in a mixture of dark and light colours, thus creating an atmosphere of sophisticated elegance.

The Autumn boat shows will also become the occasion to introduce the new projects of Baglietto shipyard conceived by Francesco Paszkowski: three planing motor-yachts – a 46 metres, a 43 metres currently undergoing construction as well as a new 35 metres and two new projects of displacement yachts – a 55 metres and a 62 metres. To these two product range which are the core business of the shipyard, it is worthwhile mentioning the MV’s product range to be considered the “elder sister” of MV13 that was exhibited with success in Cannes last year. Baglietto shipyard, which this year celebrates its 160th anniversary, was recently appointed by two European ship-owners to build a 46-metre and a 54-metre motor-yachts.

Below is a gallery for the stylish charter yachts built by Baglietto.

New 110m DP028 motor yacht PRIMADONNA concept by Oceanco and Hot Lab

June 27, 2014

The bespoke Milan-based design studio, Hot Lab yacht & design, is thrilled to introduce their all-new motor yacht “Primadonna”, coded DP028. Luxury mega yacht “Primadonna” is an impressive 110m (360’9”) superyacht concept, based on the reputable Oceanco hull platform.

110m super yacht Primadonna (DP028) concept by Oceanco and Hot Lab

110m super yacht Primadonna (DP028) concept by Oceanco and Hot Lab

Despite the Primadonna yacht’s generous dimensions, her lines have been designed to express a visual sense of lightness which is also underlined by darkened glazing clearly defining each deck level and giving a lengthening effect rather than heightening the profile. The interplay of empty and filled spaces optimizes the introduction of large windows, often full height, and reduces the visual impact of the significant volumes.

The aesthetic of the stern area is low and sleek; a beach area has been developed around a swimming pool on the aft main deck with a cascade waterfall that spills over the end wall into a whirlpool on the aft lower deck. This whirlpool can be used all year around as it is surrounded by sliding glass panels.

Guests can access the sea from the pool area by using the symmetrical staircase covered with teak panelling. Under the main deck pool area is the spa area/beach club that opens up on the two sides, enabling guests to enjoy easy access to the sea.

Luxury motor yacht Primadonna (DP028)

Luxury motor yacht Primadonna (DP028)

The upper deck and owner’s deck are visually linked by bold external arches that add an imposing graphic effect, while also tricking the eye into believing that two deck levels are in fact one and providing the vast Owner’s suite with abundant natural light. The owner could arrive by helicopter using the touch-and-go pad on the upper deck bow area and walk straight into the lower level of the suite – without passing through any guest areas.

Guests can enjoy the relaxing lounge and bar area with panoramic views; adjacent to this lounge bar area is an open gym area and whirlpool. The elegant and sleek Primadonna yacht with one Owner’s suite with private deck, six VIP cabins and two guest cabins can accommodate up to 18 guests and 40 crew & staff.

Stunning lines and striking volumes already characterise the new Oceanco Primadonna superyacht concept, and she no doubt will make heads turn wherever she cruises.

The 1:50 scale model of the beautiful Primadonna yacht project will be displayed on the Oceanco stand QT7 on the T-jetty during the Monaco Yacht Show, from 24 to 27 September 2014.

Technical Specifications of luxury yacht Primadonna (DP028)

Length overall: 110.0m/360.9ft
Beam Overall: 18.0m/59.1ft
Max speed: Approximately 18.5 knots
Engine type: 4 x 4,290hp/3,200kW MTU 20V 4000M 73
Classification: Lloyd’s Register100ΞA1 Passenger YachtΞLMC UMS ECO SCM
Material: Steel hull & aluminium superstructure
Accommodation: Master suite with private lounge, gym, exterior deck area & whirlpool; 6 VIP cabins (4 with a private balcony), 2 twin cabins
Naval architect: Oceanco/BMT Nigel Gee
Exterior designer: Hot Lab yacht & design
Interior designer: TBD

A great regatta season for McConaghy yachts in USA and Europe

June 26, 2014

McConaghy Boats is proud to announce that it has been a very successful 2014 regatta season for their yachts so far. McConaghy yachts have taken home the trophies in the USA as well as Europe.


McConaghy Yacht Shockwave under sail


George Sakellaris’s McConaghy built and Reichel/Pugh designed mini-maxi yacht Shockwave crossed the finish line off Bermuda’s St. David’s Lighthouse Monday morning at 6:34AM local time to take Line Honours in the Legendary 635-mile Newport Bermuda Race.

Her elapsed time was 63:04:11, which is fast enough to secure victory in IRC and ORR. Congratulations to George Sakellaris and the team aboard sailing yacht Shockwave for winning this year’s race. The win adds to Shockwave’s growing list of recent victories, highlighted by their division win in the 2012 Newport-Bermuda Race, the 2013 Montego Bay, and the 2014 RORC Caribbean 600 Race. Originally launched in 2008 as Alfa Romero 3, Shockwave continues her winning ways and adds to McConaghy Boats long history of success in this race.

Esimit Europa 2

Superyacht Esimit Europa 2


Igor Simcic’s superyacht Esimit Europa 2 crossed the finish line off Monte-Carlo at 12:35 CEST, to secure the Reichel Pugh designed 100’ super maxis’ seventh Line Honours victory in the offshore race of the Giraglia Rolex Cup. (3 victories as Neville Crichton’s Alfa Romeo and 4 victories as Esimit Europa).

Her elapsed time of 24 hours, 35 minutes, 56 seconds was well outside her record (14 hours, 56 minutes and 16 seconds) for the 62nd edition of 241-nm race, which she set in 2012 when the race finished in Sanremo. The predicted tricky wind conditions of the past 24 hours put paid to any hope of bettering her benchmark time.

Skipper Jochen Schumann said: “It was perfect to win line honours in this special edition of the Giraglia Rolex Cup finishing in Monaco. We were lucky to finish much earlier than expected. Aside from a critical point off Saint-Tropez where the wind was very light we got our strategy just right”.


Ned Collier-Wakefield skippered his McConaghy built Ker designed Forty(1) Design, Team Concise 8 to a class victory in the 2014 Round the Island race last Saturday. Ned and his crew were 9th boat across the line in a fleet of over 1500 yachts and multihulls. An outstanding result for this exciting new design from Ker which is starting to show its potential in the highly competitive short handed offshore focused Class 40 fleet.

Giraglia Rolex Cup: A symbol of friendship between countries, yachtsmen and yacht clubs

June 26, 2014

The Giraglia Rolex Cup has always been more than a simple yacht race. It represents a symbol of friendship between countries, yachtsmen, as well as yacht clubs. This year’s 62nd edition was no exception. An impressive number of 242 yachts attended the event as a whole, some 206 participating in the offshore race; 20 nations were represented; five clubs from three sovereign states cooperated in the organization; and, yachts from France, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom shared the major silverware. In all respects, the 2014 Giraglia Rolex Cup exceeded its normal high standards of camaraderie and competition.

Superyacht ESIMIT EUROPA 2 (SLO) arriving at the finish off Monte-Carlo to secure her fourth Line Honours victory - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Superyacht ESIMIT EUROPA 2 (SLO) arriving at the finish off Monte-Carlo to secure her fourth Line Honours victory - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Cross-border relations

The dominant story ahead of the race was the decision to finish in Monte-Carlo. Since 1953 tradition dictates the Giraglia Rolex Cup offshore race starts in France and ends in Italy, or vice versa. It would take something exceptional to break this convention. The founding organizers, Yacht Club Italiano and Yacht Club de France, were united in the view that the inauguration of a new clubhouse by their twinned club, Yacht Club de Monaco, was appropriate justification. Rolex, a partner of the event since 1997, was fully supportive. The Yacht Club de Monaco is one of its partner clubs. Most importantly, the competitors endorsed the decision with a record fleet participating across the event.

The Giraglia Rolex Cup started life as a 241-nm offshore race linking two nations torn apart by the Second World War. The motive of the founding fathers was to help build bridges through the sport of yachting.  Over the years the course has departed from different ports and finished in just as many. A single constant has been the rounding of the Giraglia, a rock off the northern tip of Corsica. Since 1997, the event has evolved considerably, growing in size, shape and popularity. In 1998, the decision was made to fix the starting port at Saint-Tropez and to add a series of inshore races. 10 years later a prologue race starting from Sanremo, historically one of the Italian start/finish ports, was added.

Bernard Vananty's Swan 42 Yacht TIXWAVE on her way to an overall win in the 2014 Giraglia Rolex Cup - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Bernard Vananty's Swan 42 Yacht TIXWAVE on her way to an overall win in the 2014 Giraglia Rolex Cup - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Prelude acts

The success of these decisions lies in the number of entries. An impressive 107 yachts took part in the 58-nm sprint from Sanremo to Saint-Tropez. Setting off at midnight on Friday, 13 June, first across the finish line on Saturday morning was the French VOR 70 SFS, skippered by Lionel Péan. Richard Burton’s 35-foot Jet Lag took the overall win on handicap under IRC.

The three days of inshore racing off Saint-Tropez is always a spectacle. This year 172 yachts took part, at times filling the eastern horizon of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez with a blanket of sails. Competition was fierce as yachts across five classes sought to stamp their authority within their own division. Only one, appropriately named, achieved a clean sweep: Jean Marie Vidal’s Easy in IRC B. Most eyes were on the battle of the big boats, those yachts 60-feet and above, which included four 72-ft professionally crewed Mini Maxis. The three-time Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship winning crew on Ràn 5 set the pace, winning race one. The following day, Andy Soriano’s Alegre took victory. The third day witnessed a tense tussle from which Alegre once more emerged triumphant, enough to take the series win from Ràn 5 by virtue of a tiebreak.

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Gian Riccardo Marini and the TIXWAVE (GBR) team, overall winner of the 62nd Giraglia Rolex Cup - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Gian Riccardo Marini and the TIXWAVE (GBR) team, overall winner of the 62nd Giraglia Rolex Cup - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

The main attraction

The day of the offshore start dawned seemingly unaware of the major race about to leave from the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. An insipid sky and no wind set all the crews wondering not when they would finish, but how far from Saint-Tropez they would be that first night. The owner of the 45-ft Alizée and winner of the race in 2013, Laurent Camprubi, was on the one hand excited by a forecast of light winds with the possibility of breeze at the rock. Such conditions might favour his yacht once again. On the other hand, he had a real concern, which he expressed with a smile: “I’m not even sure if I will be out of the Gulf tonight.”

Jochen Schümann, skipper of the fastest yacht in the race, the 100-ft Slovenian Maxi yacht Esimit Europa 2, suggested the concern for the larger yachts would be the finish: “All the models are showing the same: 10 knots in the beginning and then quite a bit lighter at the approach to the Giraglia rock, and the final leg. Tomorrow afternoon in Monaco if we are lucky.”

The models were almost spot on. After starting at midday on Wednesday, 18 June in light airs, the blue Maxi escaped Saint-Tropez unimpeded by virtue of a 44-metre mast-height and mammoth sail-area. Sailing yacht Robertissima 2 briefly spoilt the party by leading off the start line, but superyacht Esimit Europa had established a race winning lead by the time she reached the first turning mark off Cavalaire-sur-mer.

Luxury yacht ALEGRE (GBR) enjoys some downwind sailing during Day 1 of the Inshore Series off Saint-Tropez - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Luxury yacht ALEGRE (GBR) enjoys some downwind sailing during Day 1 of the Inshore Series off Saint-Tropez - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

First home

Rounding the Giraglia by moonlight at 03:00 CEST on Thursday, Schümann’s 11-nation crew, including Pierre Casiraghi of Monaco, faced a difficult last leg to Monte-Carlo. Estimated times of arrival were as variable as the wind. In the end the line was crossed at 12:35: “We were lucky to finish much earlier than expected. Aside from a critical point off Saint-Tropez where the wind was very light and Robertissima was really close we got our strategy just right. We always had breeze even if it was down to 2/3 knots at times.”

Casiraghi, a member of the YCM Management Committee, was delighted to be the first Monacan to finish the race and to dock off the magnificent new clubhouse: “It’s fantastic to [be part of] the first real race to arrive here with this new building. I’m really happy.”

Esimit Europa yacht’s arrival did not open the floodgates, as the next arrivals dripped in over several hours. The bulk of the fleet would arrive in the early hours of Friday. However, she did mark the beginning of 48 hours of festivity and celebration in Monte-Carlo.

Bowmen calling the start - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borleghi

Bowmen calling the start - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borleghi

Opening Day

Friday was to be a remarkable day as HSH Prince Albert II, accompanied by the royal family and the building’s architect Lord Foster officially opened the new premises of the Yacht Club de Monaco. It was a historic occasion attended by 4,000 guests, including government ministers, members representing 66 nationalities, and crews taking part in the Giraglia Rolex Cup.

The official part of the proceedings started at 16:00 with the cutting of the ribbon and a blessing bestowed on the building by Monaco’s Archbishop Bernard Barsi. Later that evening, HSH Prince Albert II crossed the harbour by boat to deliver the club’s flag from the old premises to the new. He was greeted on arrival by members of his family, to the cheers of members who lined two levels of the yacht club, and by the Giraglia Rolex Cup fleet, which filled the marina in front of the clubhouse.

HSH Prince Albert II, President of the YCM for the past 30 years, said this about the building: “The flag I have just raised today flies proudly on the mast at the top of our new premises. It marks an important phase in the life of our Club, for Port Hercule and for the Principality. With this architectural masterpiece we wished to affirm Monaco’s yachting identity, our ambition being to continue to orient our country’s future prosperity towards the sea.”

And, of the show of support from the organizers of the Giraglia Rolex Cup, he commented: “We have had a great relationship with the Yacht Club Italiano and the Yacht Club de France for many years. We’ve been talking about this for quite some time and to have it actually come to realisation is a wonderful testimony not only to what these two friendly yacht clubs mean to us and what they wanted to do with us, but I think it’s a tremendous honour and I think it’s a great part of the celebration.”

Close Mini Maxi battle between JETHOU (GBR), ALEGRE (GBR) and RÁN 5 (SWE

Close Mini Maxi battle between JETHOU (GBR), ALEGRE (GBR) and RÁN 5 (SWE) - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

40 years on

Shortly after the ribbon had been cut, the Yacht Club Italiano added to the excitement by announcing the overall winner of the offshore race. The victory of Bernard Vananty and his Swiss-French crew on the 42-ft Tixwave further contributed to an overriding sense that this edition was something exceptional: “It was quite special to do the Giraglia Rolex Cup this year because it is exactly 40 years ago that I did my first one. I was 18/19 years old. It was very windy, we had a prototype boat and we could not finish the race. Last year we came back to do the race again, we were second overall and this year we have won!”

It had not been plain sailing for Tixwave, after effectively managing her race strategy for 241-nm it almost all fell apart: “20 to 30 metres from the finish line there was hole and we were in trouble. We started to check the time, thinking that all our efforts had been ruined in these last metres… it took us 14 minutes to cross the finish line!”

The euphoria on Tixwave echoed that elsewhere in the marina as crews and YCM members celebrated well into the early hours of Saturday morning the closing of another chapter in the history of the Giraglia Rolex Cup and the opening of a new one in the history of a yacht club founded by remarkable coincidence in the same year as the race: 1953. Sometimes the script just writes itself.

The final prize giving on Saturday brought the events to a fitting conclusion. Rolex timepieces and trophies were awarded to Vananty and Igor Simcic, the owner of sailing yacht Esimit Europa 2 in recognition of their successes. And, while no one was in the mood to end this year’s festivities, fortunately the “old lady of yacht-racing”, as Carlo Croce, President of the Yacht Club Italiano, described the race will return again next year to provide a platform that proves the passion and dedication associated with yacht-racing knows no boundaries.

Unveiling of New Yacht Club de Monaco Building

June 25, 2014

June 20, 2014, in the glamorous Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Monaco, was marked by the official opening of the new Yacht Club de Monaco building. Designed by British architect Lord Norman Foster, renowned for his hi-tech environmentally friendly approach, the new building resembles a sailing yacht, and is sited below the Casino de Monte Carlo and above the F1 Grand Prix circuit.

New Yacht Club de Monaco Building

New Yacht Club de Monaco Building

Monaco yacht charter destination is renowned as the sun drenched playground of the rich and famous on the French Riviera, headed by a 700-yearold Royal dynasty, mainly financed by an elegant casino and home to a superyacht marina brimming with billions of dollars of the best yachts money can buy.

At Monaco’s hub is the Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM), traditionally presided over by the head of state, in this case for 30 years by the accomplished sailor Prince Albert II, who succeeded his late father Prince Rainier with ambitions to morph Monaco into the world’s premier yachting destination. Part of that plan was a world class yacht club to turn Monaco into this self proclaimed “Capital of Yachting.”

New Yacht Club de Monaco Building

New Yacht Club de Monaco Building

So, on 20 June, 2014 Prince Albert presided over the opening of YCM’s stunning new building, a gleaming 200 m long, five storied, 1300 high society member (66 nationalities) showcase.

Designed to evoke a ship moored in the (also new) marina, YCM is a living monument to contemporary chic and design. The main designers are British (Lord Foster) and French, Jacque Grange, who designed much of the interior, albeit with Italy’s Fendi Casa providing many of the furnishings. Jacques Grange clients include Yves Saint-Laurent and HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover.

New Yacht Club de Monaco - Bar

New Yacht Club de Monaco - Bar

Design meets classicism.

The lounge, living areas and reception rooms feature the Fendi Casa contemporary collection with Soho and Metropolitan sofas, Serengeti tables with matching Blixen chairs and small Colombus tables. White outdoor furniture for the terrace and pool is from the Fendi outdoor collection.

Prince Albert’s spacious office features a rectangular Margutta sycamore and ebony table imbedded with a stylized Fendi logo. Matching Ripetta chairs contribute to an atmosphere of sheer elegant, fit, yes, for a Prince.

At the heart of the interior is a monumental spiral staircase with links to all parts of the building. The flag bedecked atrium has views across Monte Carlo harbor to the former YCM and the Prince’s Palace of Monaco. Lord Foster’s emphasis on the environment is visible everywhere. YCM’s large windows and deck like terraces allow unrivalled views of the many major sailing races now attracted to Monaco.

New Yacht Club de Monaco Premises

New Yacht Club de Monaco Premises

Behind the scenes the building is powered by renewable energy and incorporates photovoltaic cells, solar thermal panels and sea water cooling systems to take advantage of Monaco’s year round sun and waterfront site. LED light, state of the art systems to manage energy, waste and water use and points to recharge electric cars are all included in the design.

Below the club is the new YCM Marina, capable of accommodating everything from small sailing boats to 26 births for 25-60 metre super yachts. YCM’s historic sailing school is inside the club. The marina is alive with busy Riva Aquarama runabouts and other larger motor and sailing yachts of various sizes.

One reason for such activity is the huge number of yacht races now attracted to Monaco by its facilities and promotion as a yachting centre of excellence. For example, in July 2014 the Solar 1 Monte-Carlo Cup, the first solar powered completion in the open Mediterranean Sea is to be held. Another is the Classic Yachting 15M IR Challenge, held at the time of the opening, of four beautifully preserved 15M Class wooden sailing yachts. The Venture Cup powerboat race pays homage to the 1972 London to Monaco endurance powerboat race over 2750 nautical miles. It is unique in sporting history. One of the winners was, appropriately, a Riva Super Aquarama boat.

New Monaco Yacht Club

New Monaco Yacht Club

Riva’s 172-year history is inextricably intertwined with Monaco’s yachting centuries of sailing narrative. Riva’s largest agency, run by Lia Riva, great, great granddaughter of the founder Pietro Riva and daughter of 92-year-old Carlo Riva, creator of the most famous Riva, the Aquarama; sits next to the former YCM site.

The only lounge named in the building is the Riva Aquarama Lounge, in homage to the mahogany topped runabouts made famous by royalty and celebrities such as Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Peter Sellers, Richard Burton and Aristotle Onassis, amongst many.

Today Riva owners are much more discrete, but there still many of them and a good proportion belong to YCM. The cost of the building was met by the principality and membership fees are carefully kept secret.

New Yacht Club de Monaco Building - Staircase

New Yacht Club de Monaco Building - Staircase

Whatever the cost to Monaco and the 1600 members (300 on the waiting list) YCM is a pleasing architectural addition to the principality’s famously crowded, cluttered landscape overlooking the possibly world’s most famous luxury yacht marina.

Always exceptional Giraglia Rolex Cup

June 23, 2014

This year’s 62nd edition of the Giraglia Rolex Cup has recently come to its end. Bernard Vananty’s sailing yacht Tixwave from Switzerland has become the overall winner of the offshore race, while Igor Simcic’s superyacht Esimit Europa 2 took the line honours trophy as the fleet’s fastest boat.

Final prize giving of the Giraglia Rolex Cup 2014 at the new Yacht Club de Monaco clubhouse - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Final prize giving of the Giraglia Rolex Cup 2014 at the new Yacht Club de Monaco clubhouse - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

The 62nd Giraglia Rolex Cup ended in true style, befitting “an old lady of yacht-racing” as Carlo Croce, President of ISAF and the Yacht Club Italiano described the Mediterranean’s top offshore race during his prize-giving remarks. Hosted by the Yacht Club de Monaco on the upper level of its new clubhouse, the occasion was a mix of emotion, pride, celebration and humour as the winners were rewarded for their efforts.

206 yachts including 12 double-handers – a first for the event – took part in this classic contest that attracts crews from around the world. 189 finished this year’s race that began with light, troublesome winds, offered most competitors an unusually easy rounding of the Girgalia rock, and, for some of the smaller yachts, a welcome steady beat to the finish.

Overall winner, Bernard Vananty, took to the stage with his entire Tixwave crew to receive deserved plaudits for a job well done. Vananty was awarded the Rolex Trophy and a Rolex Timepiece.

ESIMIT EUROPA 2 (SLO) sailing her last miles to Monaco - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Superyacht ESIMIT EUROPA 2 (SLO) sailing her last miles to Monaco - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Vananty came second overall last year and was delighted to have gone one better this year. It had not been plain sailing though: “This year’s race was more complicated than last year given the wind conditions. We had to avoid losing contact with the bigger boats and constantly find ways to profit from the opportunities presented by the wind. We handled this quite well, especially during the night, when we managed to keep up with the bigger boats on the leg from the Giraglia rock to Monaco.”

Vananty felt things were going well, until the final moments: “We arrived in windy conditions, but 20 to 30 metres from the finish line there was hole and we were in trouble. We started to check the time, thinking that all our efforts had been ruined in these last metres… it took us 14 minutes to cross the finish line!” Their concerns were without foundation. Tixwave had sailed well enough to correct out 3 minutes 36 seconds ahead of their nearest rival, Thetis. Luca Locatelli and Thetis’ consolation was to win the Trofeo Challenge Marco Paleari for the Combined Classification of Sanremo to Saint-Tropez Race + Saint-Tropez Inshore Series + Offshore Race.

Igor Simcic, a member of the Yacht Club de Monaco and owner of Esimit Europa 2, won a Rolex Timepiece, the Rolex Trophy and the Trophy Rene Levainville for first place on elapsed time and the Beppe Croce Trophy for the first yacht to reach the Giraglia rock: “The race was perfect. In the beginning we had some light wind, which made it a little tricky in deciding which tactic to follow. Then it became much easier when the fresh breeze came in during the night and we were really fast. For me it was the best finish in my life. It was a unique idea to finish the race in Monte-Carlo.”

Bernard Vananty's Swan 42 TIXWAVE on her way to an overall win in the 2014 Giraglia Rolex Cup - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Bernard Vananty's Swan 42 Yacht TIXWAVE on her way to an overall win in the 2014 Giraglia Rolex Cup - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Line Honours: 62nd Giraglia Rolex Cup offshore race
Esimit Europa 2 (SLO), Igor Simcic, 
24 hours, 35 minutes, 56 seconds

Overall Results: 62nd Giraglia Rolex Cup offshore race
1. Tixwave (GBR), Bernard Vananty
2. Thetis (ITA), Luca Locatelli
3. Magic Twelve (ITA), Francois Pailloux

Exclusive presentation of Riva 122′ MYTHOS motor yacht SOL

June 23, 2014

An exclusive presentation of the Riva 122’ Mythos motor yacht SOL took place during the official opening of the new premises of the Yacht Club de Monaco, which was held in the lovely Monaco yacht holiday destination over the weekend. Measuring 37 meters in length, luxury motor yacht SOL represents the largest Riva ever built.

Riva 122 superyacht Mythos - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

Riva 122 Mythos superyacht SOL - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

Superyacht SOL is the first yacht by Riva completely built in light aluminum alloy, as well as the largest yacht in the world ever produced by the historical Italian brand, an icon of the world yachting industry.

Riva’s new flagship, luxury yacht SOL represents an over 35 ton aluminum construction, of 37 meter overall length and 7.60 meter beam. About 100,000 man/hours have been required to build it, with 50 people working on average for 18 months. These few but very meaningful figures bear witness to how the Riva brand, which became globally known due to its legendary wooden motor yachts – symbols of the Dolce Vita and icons of truly unforgettable times – is now marking a new milestone in its history.

Aerial view of Mythos Yacht underway - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

Aerial view of SOL Yacht underway - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

From mahogany to fiberglass, from fiberglass to aluminum, the Riva brand keeps evolving, in terms of both yacht size and applied technology, and can now boast one of the widest and diversified ranges worldwide, featuring as many as 12 different models between 27 and 122 feet, including open, coupé, and flybridge yachts.

“We are both proud and amazed – commented Alberto Galassi, Ferretti Group’s CEO - , every day I feel how important it is to meet the highly demanding task assigned to me by Weichai Shareholders to take care and re-launch this leading brand of the world boating industry. As an Owner of a Riva yacht myself, it is as if a new child or a new travel companion had joined our Riva family. A family which would well fit in a novel by Garcia Marquez: with a more than a century old history made up of a multitude of different lives and experiences, disseminated all over the world throughout all these years. Celebrating the new ‘Heir’ of this history, namely the 122’ Mythos – the brand’s flagship as well as its most futuristic product – is simply extraordinary. We believe that with everybody’s efforts within the Ferretti Group, we will succeed in taking this ‘newborn’ and the Riva brand as a whole to even higher goals, while getting stronger in all our loyal markets and penetrating new emerging ones. Indeed, while Riva is an icon of Made in Italy production, ingenious design, production excellence, and much appreciated style, from now on the 122’ Mythos will be its standard-bearer.”

Luxury yacht Mythos from above - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

Luxury yacht SOL from above - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

The 122’ super yacht SOL draws inspiration from the 86’ motor yacht Domino – a real long seller of Riva coupe yacht range – whose main stylistic features have been taken up and revamped on this almost 38 meter long yacht. The 122’ Mythos yacht is the outcome of the collaboration between yacht Designer Mauro Micheli – the founder, together with Sergio Beretta, of Officina Italiana Design (which designs Riva’s entire range), AYT&D – Advanced Yacht Technology & Design, Ferretti Group’s research, style and product development centre, and the Interior Design and Technical Department of CRN, which was in charge of the interior and naval project development. This flagship is a ‘100% Riva’ model, as confirmed by its clean lines, a painstaking care for details, the selection of traditional and yet ‘evergreen’ materials – like steel, wood and leather -, which give every Riva yacht a unique, timeless flair.

“Talking about a boat is always more difficult than designing it. The concept and lines of the 122’ were conceived in about 10 minutes; what really makes a difference and makes this model truly unique is the time devoted to defining its details. The 122’ Mythos stems from pure instinct – this is why I am convinced it will be successful for a long time, just like the Aquariva, the Rivarama and the Rivale, which are still being produced after so many years.” This was one of Designer Mauro Micheli’s first statements on the new flagship yacht. ”I saw it a few days ago in Ancona and I am increasingly sure of this. This is Riva’s flagship, which I believe to be absolutely worthy of being part of this great brand”.

Luxury motor yacht Mythos - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

Luxury motor yacht SOL - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

The 122’ yacht SOL, with its stunningly balanced and refined outer lines and essential interiors, is presented in “Regal Silver” color, a brand new light gray hue, specially designed for this model to further highlight its dynamic and sleek profile. Some “Bright Black” superstructure details provide additional contrast to the yacht’s aesthetic presence, and contribute to its uniquely sleek and elegant style.

The first 122’ superyacht SOL features the optional 3-cabin version, specially requested by its Owner for its true luxury lies in its spaciousness and privacy. The standard version proposed by the shipyard has 4 cabins, and an additional optional layout with 5 cabins is also available.

Main Deck
The main materials used on this yacht include Canaletto walnut, in a light, softer shade – and specially selected by the Owner for all the yacht interiors – leather and chromium-plated steel, in line with Riva’s traditional style. Every detail is characterized by essential, clean lines, which result in a timeless, extremely natural and yet elegant style.

Mythos superyacht - Exterior

Mythos superyacht SOL - Exterior - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

The large uninterrupted glazing, which runs along the entire main deck, offers a breathtaking panoramic view and lets in plenty of light into the day area, connected to the raised pilot station and to the forward galley.

The salon and the dining area have been conceived as an open space; the living area features 3 white leather sofas and 2 armchairs in a contrasting brown shade all signed by Cappellini. The 55″ TV, which can be completely concealed in the ceiling, is placed inside one of the two – starboard and port – lacquered and steel panels at the entrance to the salon when coming through the glass door from the cockpit.

The living area also features a large coffee table designed by OID and lined with dark brown leather, a carpet by Bottega Conticelli, and a couple of “Atollo” lamps by Oluce, also to be found in the Owner’s suite.

Motor yacht Mythos - Exterior

Motor yacht SOL - Exterior - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

The dining area is furnished with a large steel and glass table with 10 dark brown leather Minotti chairs, in pleasant contrast with the steel and white lacquered details. At the end of the open space, a white niche with its top lighting hosts a walnut and lacquered cabinet. On both starboard and port sides there are two doors: the right door leads to the lobby with a head and the stairs leading below deck, while the left door opens into a spacious, comfortable full-beam galley, entirely furnished with white lacquered furniture and, considering the great number of electric appliances available, reflecting the Owner’s love for cooking and for practical solutions. Thanks to the dinette, featuring a table seating 5/6 people, and its great spaciousness, this area is very pleasant and can be enjoyed throughout the day. Walking further down, just before the crew quarters, there is a cold room, with some more household appliances and an additional technical area.

Mythos Yacht - Wheelhouse - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

SOL Yacht - Wheelhouse - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

Lower Deck
On this first Riva 122’ motor yacht SOL, the very practical layout is further enhanced by the Owner’s decision to have a spacious master stateroom and only two guest cabins. All three cabins are amidships, to ensure maximum comfort also when cruising, while the crew quarters – consisting of a captain’s cabin with en suite bathroom and discreet shower stall and two twin crew cabins, – are located forward.

The full-beam master stateroom is the typical expression of Riva’s unique ‘style’. It is furnished with square and sober, natural wood furniture with dark brown (“Africa”) leather and chromium-plated steel details. Opposite the bed, placed at the center of the cabin, a low rectangular unit hosts the 46” TV with concealing mechanism and several storage compartments. Under the side glazing are a small starboard living area with a couple of brown leather couches and a wooden coffee table in between, and a portside office area with vanity/large central desk lined with leather and low side cabinets. The wardrobes in alternating colors, which run along the walls in front of the bed on both sides of the cabin, are very capacious and functionally organized.

Super yacht Mythos - Galley - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

Super yacht SOL - Galley - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

The master bathroom comes in a very original layout fully customized for the Owner, and divided into 4 different areas, with portside bathroom and separate toilet, two mid-ship washbasins in white Thassos marble (the same material used for the floors). Above the washbasins there is a steel and Corian container and a mirror with led lights from an overhead panel and two steel sconces by Flos at both sides. In two separate starboard areas, there are the shower stall and the sauna. Contrasting hues of bathroom furniture create an intriguing play with colors and light, where dark Laminam highly contrasts with some lighter details such as the bleach white sauna bench.

The VIP cabins, which mirror each other, one to starboard and one to port, have been furnished to match the style of the master stateroom, and are both fitted with a spacious bathroom and separate shower stall. The large side glazing ensures great brightness along the entire lower deck.

Mythos superyacht - Interior - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

SOL superyacht - Interior - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

Outdoor areas and sundeck
The outdoor areas of Riva 122’ luxury yacht SOL are striking for their extraordinary elegance, spaciousness, and functional layout, and allow Owners and guests to enjoy cruising in the utmost comfort. The stern cockpit includes 2 large L-shaped sun pads, coffee tables and a teak and steel dining table with seating for up to 10 people. From the cockpit access can be gained to the aft swimming platform, which separates the two garage doors. The garage can fit a more than 5 meter tender and a jet-ski on the right-hand side. A special electrical-hydraulic platform has also been installed, allowing for safe diving into the sea from the aft platform and easily launching of the water toys.

A large portside cabinet in the cockpit is well equipped to cater for outdoor cooking and dining.

The upper deck can be accessed from the cockpit using an external staircase and has been designed to offer the Owner and his guests unmatched comfort. The first 122’ Mythos yacht features a large Spa Pool, sided by a comfortable aft sun pad and a bar unit to the bow. In front of the bar another spacious C-shaped aft-facing sofa. Steering from the forward flybridge offers perfect viewing of yacht operations that can also be followed from three side-by-side seats in front of it.

Super yacht Mythos - Saloon - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

Super yacht SOL - Saloon - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

The 122’ Mythos superyacht SOL is also the symbol of the long-standing partnership between two historical and iconic Ferretti Group brands: Riva, which in 2012 celebrated its 170th anniversary, and CRN – the Group’s shipyard specializing in the construction of fully-custom mega-yachts in steel and aluminum between 40 and 90 meters – which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year.

Through the 122’ Mythos yacht SOL, Riva and CRN, two leading players of the international boating industry, are breathing new life into their more-than-40-year old partnership dating back to 1970, when Carlo Riva decided to terminate his agreement with a Dutch shipyard and establish a partnership with CRN. A decision that proved to be successful and that between 1970 and 1978 led to the construction of six 23.50 meter motor yachts in the Marco Polo series and two Vespucci models (a 90 footer and a 100 footer) designed by Carlo Riva Yacht Division.

Luxury yacht Mythos - Cabin - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

Luxury yacht SOL - Cabin - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

The aluminum planning hull can reach top recorded speed of 28,5 and a cruising speed of 26 knots, thanks to two MTU 12 V 4000 M 93L, 3510 mhp engines. This is a high-tech planning yacht ensuring great comfort and top performance in its class.

The high-tech shaft drive propulsion system is fitted with an elastic free standing gearbox to ensure maximum comfort and noise and vibration reduction. Propellers have been designed for utmost efficiency and outstanding performance in terms of both consumption and range. Maximum comfort is also guaranteed by the American Boat Thruster stabilizing system.

Mythos yacht - Bathroom - Photo by Alberto Cocchi

SOL yacht - Bathroom - Photo by Alberto Cocchi


In the design of the new Riva flagship, maximum attention was given to environmental impact reduction: several construction solutions have been adopted for which RINA has issued the voluntary “Green Plus” Class Notation. Launched in October 2008, this new Class Notation takes into account several environmental impact issues, including Co2 emissions, for both commercial and pleasure vessels.

The “Green Plus” Class Notation is granted to all vessels for which significant investments have been made in new design solutions, on board outfits and equipment, and in the adoption of procedures, which, in addition to meeting minimum international standards, contribute to improving a vessel’s environmental protection performance.

Based on a scoring system rather than on compliance with mandatory requirements, the Green Plus Notification approach offers designers sufficient flexibility in deciding the most appropriate solutions to achieve maximum emission reduction.

The “Green Plus Yacht” certification actually assesses 12 different pollution sources – 6 for airborne and 6 for waterborne pollution – and identifies any technical, design or equipment solutions likely to prevent them. Each of these solutions is then scored and summed up in order to determine the vessel’s overall environmental impact, on which a different Green Plus Class will be assigned. This system is also encouraging research and the use of new ‘green’ technology: in order to obtain the certification, innovative solutions, in addition to those already listed in the classification rules, are assessed and scored by RINA’s experts.

On Riva 122’ Mythos yacht, in particular, the following construction solutions have been adopted: energy saving LED lighting; particular focus on waste handling procedure through solid waste source-sourcing and discharge of sewage (black and gray water), in compliance with an environmental protection plan; high-tech engines with low particulate matter and NOx emissions.

Below is a beautiful video presenting the Riva 122′ Mythos super yacht SOL, released by Riva Yachts.