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The 43-metre S/Y Bella Ragazza Relaunched and Ready for Charter in South-East Asia

May 08, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

After an extensive refit, the 43-metre luxury sailing superyacht Bella Ragazza was relaunched from Oceania Marine’s Shipyard in New Zealand. Over the 4-months refit, sailing yacht Bella Ragazza received a new teak deck maintenance work on the rig and refurbished interior. Looking fantastic, she is ready to cruise the waters of New Caledonia and South East Asia in summer 2017.

43M Superyacht Bella Ragazza Ready for Launch at Oceania Marine Shipyards

43M Superyacht Bella Ragazza Ready for Launch at Oceania Marine Shipyards

Built to the design of Dubois Yachts at Vitters Shipyard in Holland in 2004, Bella Ragazza has a distinctive accommodation layout for a yacht of her size. She can accommodate 10 charter guests in 5 well-appointed cabins. Her incredible interior by Rhoades Young Design has been maintained to the highest standards, which included some work carried out during her refits in 2010, 2014 and 2017.

43M Superyacht Bella Ragazza Ready For Roll-out From Shed A Oceania Marine Shipyards

43M Superyacht Bella Ragazza Ready For Roll-out From Shed A Oceania Marine Shipyards

The decor is simple, yet tasteful, with soft colours and lovely furnishing. Welcoming ambience onboard invites charter guests into the living spaces, where there is plenty of room for dining, entertainment and leisure.

Accommodation is offered in 5 cabins in the following layout: owner’s stateroom, three double and two twin cabins.

Bella Ragazza- Sailing

Bella Ragazza- Sailing

The large salon is separated into two parts: deck salon, which offers awe-inspiring views, and lower salon, which is an ideal place for lounging and dining. Sailing yacht Bella Ragazza has all the latest technology for entertainment on board: there is a flat-screen TV with a DVD player and Bose sound system.

“Incredible yacht charter experience is provided aboard charter sailing yacht Bella Ragaza, as she features an outstanding combination of seaworthiness and plenty of interior living spaces. Available from EUR€ 91,000.00 per week plus expenses you can charter Bella Ragaza in tropical Micronesia and the Philippines from July 2017. Contact CharterWorld now to find out more.”

Bella Ragazza- Sailing Away

Bella Ragazza- Sailing Away

A variety of water toys is provided onboard to ensure charter guests will enjoy the water activities to the fullest. Carbon fibre kayaks, snorkelling equipment, guests and crew tenders are just some of the items stored in the garage for leisure activities.

It was certainly a busy time for Oceania Marine, as right after this project, the next one needed to be commenced. Superyacht Be Mine is now undergoing a major refit based in the facilities of Oceania Marine in Port Whangarei.

Oceania Marine Group Managing Director, Martin Gleeson commented:

“For some years our company has been promoting New Zealand and, in particular, Port Whangarei as a world class refit option for the superyacht fleet. That promotion together with a very successful record of projects completed at Oceania Marine shipyards places us as one of the top choices, internationally, for refits. We have also grown the Groups capabilities to the extent that we can now deliver all aspects of a complete rebuild including removal and replacement of the yacht’s interior if required.” 

Gadji bay, Pines Island, New Caledonia. Photo by Flickr/mathieu

Gadji bay, Pines Island, New Caledonia. Photo by Flickr/mathieu

Incredible yacht charter experience is provided aboard charter sailing yacht Bella Ragaza, as she features an outstanding combination of seaworthiness and plenty of interior living spaces. Available from EUR€ 91,000.00 per week plus expenses you can charter Bella Ragaza in tropical Micronesia and the Philippines from July 2017. Contact CharterWorld now to find out more.

Bella Regazza also has availability for Christmas 2017 in Thailand and Malaysia. Luxury charter yachts are booking up fast this yer, so do not miss out on the opportunity to secure the dates now.

Interview with the Owner of Sailing Yacht Q: What Makes this Charter Yacht Highly Successful?

May 05, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

The highly popular charter sailing yacht Q was built in 2009 by Alloy Yachts.  Specifically designed for long voyages, Q provides total comfort and luxury to her charter guests and boasts incredible interior design by bespoke Reymond Langdon.  With lavish accommodation for ten guests and a variety of opulent amenities, Q has become one of the most admired charter yachts. What makes her so successful in the charter market, Roxanne Hughes found out in the interview with the owner of sailing yacht Q, Kim Vibe-Petersen.

Sailing Yacht Q - Exterior - Photo by Quin Bisset

Sailing Yacht Q – Exterior – Photo by Quin Bisset

 

Interview with Kim Vibe-Petersen, the Owner of the 52m Charter Sailing Yacht Q

Written by Roxanne Hughes of Breed Media

When Vibe-Petersen presented his latest purchase, the 51.7m sailing yacht Q, to the charter market, his intention was to inspire people: “People see me aboard with my family and how we’ve put our soul into this yacht and they say ‘Ah, I would love to do the same with my family’. We have become an advert for how the yacht should be used.”

Having completed a full interior refit, giving this 2009-launched Dubois design a new lease of life with Scandinavian style, Q has been quickly booked up and this summer is now back-to-back with charters.

SY Q - Salon - Photo by Quin Bisset

SY Q – Salon – Photo by Quin Bisset

SY Q - Master suite - Photo by Quin Bisset

SY Q – Master suite – Photo by Quin Bisset

“Myself and the family haven’t had much chance to use her yet! But we have a week or two planned – we may go to New York later this Spring, then on to Bermuda to watch the America’s Cup, but after that she’s straight into the charter season. When my last boat, Parsifal III, was launched, we had bookings for her a year in advance and with Q it’s basically the same, that’s seldom seen these days.”

Sailing Yacht Q - lifestyle shot - Photo by Quin Bisset

Sailing Yacht Q – lifestyle shot – Photo by Quin Bisset

Vibe-Petersen describes Q as the ultimate holiday home or summer house, highlighting her adaptability between blue water cruiser, regatta racer, luxurious home and even nightclub – recently illustrated at the St Barths Bucket where many guests partied the night away on the yacht’s large flybridge during the event’s ‘Yacht- Hop’ evening.

SY Q - Aft deck - Photo by Quin Bisset

SY Q – Aft deck – Photo by Quin Bisset

Q is an award-winning sailing superyacht that can accommodate up to 12 guests in five luxurious en-suite staterooms. Q’s spacious cockpit can be opened to the sunshine and breeze or protected from the elements with a fully retractable window system that encloses the area at the touch of a button, whilst retaining 360-degree views.

“It’s the joy of superyacht charter; if you don’t like the scenery today, you can make it different in half an hour – just move the boat to another anchorage. Move from St Barths to New York – go and see the Statue of Liberty, sail around Martha’s Vineyard, or go to New Zealand! Be wherever you want to go. Go around the world and take Q with you – she’s the optimal summer house.” – Kim Vibe-Petersen, Owner of 51.7m Q.

SY Q - Transom - Photo by Quin Bisset

SY Q – Transom – Photo by Quin Bisset

On deck, Q boasts a large flybridge with a comfortable seating and dining area and a large Jacuzzi on the foredeck, surrounded by sun pads.

S/Y Q credit Quin BISSET

S/Y Q credit Quin BISSET

Q is available for charter in the Caribbean this winter, and in the Western Mediterranean for Summer 2018. Rates are from €180,000 per week. Contact CharterWorld brokers for more information and to make a booking.

Top 15 Superyachts with Helicopters

April 28, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

With plenty of various amenities, superyachts offer comfortable and truly opulent travel experience, while yacht helicopters are an essential part of it. Just imagine: you can reach the most remote destinations to explore some hidden gems in the finest yachting locations in the world or land in busy city centres. All that includes total flexibility of point-to-point travelling, getting you to places you need to be at in luxury and style. The magnificent charter yachts nowadays offer the ultimate fun experiences for you and your group, including heli-fishing, heli-skiing and private island dining, due to their capabilities of landing and carrying helipads. Let’s take a look at the top 15 private and charter yachts with helicopters.

1. Amarula Sun (ex. Mine Games)

The incredible 50m charter superyacht Amarula Sun offers everything her guests would wish to have on a charter yacht: a spa pool with a swim-up bar, huge sun pads, BBQ area, gym, Xbox, Playstation, Plasma TV with satellite connection and luxury dining spaces are among her outstanding amenities. Amazing yacht charter experience is guaranteed. The guests have the opportunity of travelling to and from Amarula Sun by helicopter, as her sundeck area can serve as a touch-and-go heli pad. Amarula Sun can sleep 10-12 charter guests and is available for charters in the Bahamas and Florida from US$ 195,000.

Amarula Sun (ex. Mine Games) with helicopter

Amarula Sun (ex. Mine Games) with helicopter

 2. Cloudbreak

Cloudbreak is certainly one of the most popular superyachts of 2016. There is no wonder, as the team of acclaimed engineers and designers worked on the naval architecture, as well as her interior and exterior. She is a 72m expedition yacht, capable of cruising anywhere in the world. This head-turning floating masterpiece has some special features including a Jacuzzi, exercise equipment, an elevator operated on all decks, and a large tender garage.  Charter Cloudbreak this summer from €750,000 per week plus expenses.

Motor Yacht Cloud Break - top view. Photo credit @brandondax

Motor Yacht Cloud Break – top view. Photo credit @brandondax

 3. Lady Christine

Undoubtedly, the list of the top 15 superyachts and their helicopters has to include a Feadship superyacht. The bespoke Dutch shipyard is best known for building exceptional quality superyachts. Motor yacht Lady Christine is one of those. Not only Lady Christine provides absolute comfort to her guests, but she also has an enormous storage space for a rescue boat, a large tender and a small sailing boat. This section of the vessel also serves as a helipad and stores two helicopter fuel tanks.

Lady Christine and helicopter

Lady Christine and helicopter

4. Attessa IV

Upon her re-launch in 2010 Attessa IV became the largest superyacht in North America. She made it to the top 25 largest yachts in the world, and back in 2010 was at the 23rd position. Originally built by Hayashikane Zosen Kk in 1999 and called Evergreen, she was sold to a new owner in 2007. She underwent an extensive rebuilt by Washington Yachting Group, where she was also extended by 30 feet. Attessa IV accommodates 36 guests, assisted by 21 crew members. This massive five-level yacht measures 100.60 metres and features a helipad on the upper aft deck and forepeak.

Attessa IV. Photo credit @rickyracer

Attessa IV. Photo credit @rickyracer

5. Garçon

Although Garcon is not an opulent superyacht but a fast yacht support vessel, she deserves the praise for carrying a huge luxurious helicopter, as this is what support vessels are for. Built specifically to serve Lurssen mega yacht Ace and to carry her water toys and tenders, Garcon measures 67m LOA.  Garcon also features a fully SOLAS certified helipad with 5,000 kg take-off weight for commercial use. Garson was built and launched in 2012 by Damen Shipyards, and in 2013 was honoured with the ISS Awards of Distinction for Innovation.

Garcon. Photo credit Jeff Brown

Garcon. Photo credit Jeff Brown

6. Sunrays

Motor yacht Sunrays was launched in 2010 by Oceanco, and in the same year received an award for the “Best Power Yacht over 65 metres” at the ISS Design and Leadership Award Ceremony. Her striking teal coloured aluminium hull is a work of Bjorn Johansson Design, while the interior styling is by famous Terence Disdale. Sunray’s heavenly interior design is unique, and have an airy and welcoming ambience. Indulge in luxury and add a helicopter ride when booking Sunrays this for charter in the Mediterranean.

Sunrays at Abu Dhabi Yas Marina. Photo @yachthelicopters

Sunrays at Abu Dhabi Yas Marina. Photo @yachthelicopters

7. Luna

If you are into yachts and luxury travelling, you probably know by now that the 155-metre mega yacht Luna is one of the largest yachts with some extraordinary features. She carries a submarine, multipurpose limousines and has not just one, but two helipads. Her 20-metre swimming pool is another wow characteristic. We wish Luna would be available for charter one day, as this expedition yacht could take her charter guests to breathtaking Galapagos, Alaska and the Pacific.

Luna: Helicopter landing. Photo credit Muscapix

Luna: Helicopter landing. Photo credit Muscapix

8. Samar

Motor yacht Samar is a 77m steel-and-aluminum luxury motor yacht designed by Laurent Giles and built by Devonport Yachts of England in 2006.  She is a very large and luxurious charter yacht which boasts everything that can be offered on a private motor yacht. Samar is capable of extended global cruising, where her charter guests will never get bored. Samar has a helipad, a large Spa Pool pool, an open bar, large outdoor living areas, a garage, as well as a movie theatre. Accommodation is offered for 12 guests, assisted by a professional crew of 26. Portofino, NaplesCapri, Amalfi, Monaco, and France are the places she will be available at for charter in summer 2017. She is available from US$ 650,000 per week plus expenses.

Samar. Photo credit @kdewet

Samar. Photo credit @kdewet

9. Skyfall (ex. Mi Sueno)

Skyfall is a symbol of a high-quality motor yacht, which features the latest marine technology and exquisite styling. Launched in 2010 by Trinity Yachts, luxury yacht Skyfall measure 58 metres and offers accommodation for a party of 10. Her cabin configuration consists of a master suite, 2 VIP cabins, one double and one twin. Her name comes from the James Bond famous movie series, which implies that this superyacht surely has an outstanding feature. Aboard Skyfall, the guests will have an opportunity to have delicious breakfast prepared by a private chef and continue the day with taking off in a helicopter to explore the best of Mediterranean. The Ionian Islands, Grenadines, Greece, Turkey, East and West Mediterranean, and Croatia is where motor yacht Skyfall will be available for this summer from $275,000 per week plus expenses.

Skyfall. Photo credit @yachthelicopters

Skyfall. Photo credit @yachthelicopters

10. ICE (ex. AIR)

Motor yacht ICE became the Superyacht of the Year at the 2006 World Superyacht Awards. No doubt that the title of one of one the best yachts in the world implies that ICE is a very special vessel. The two famous designers Terence Disdale and Tim Heywood worked on her interior and exterior respectively. The result is the striking exterior profile and divine interior decor. ICE can sleep 14 guests in 7 well-appointed cabins. She has been spotted in various locations with her massive helicopter.

Superyacht ICE. Photo credit Julien Hubert

Superyacht ICE. Photo credit Julien Hubert

11. Serene

At 134 metres, motor yacht Serene boasts a huge beam of 18.5 metres. Can you image how much luxury living space is offered on board this beauty? Serene provides a full seven decks of exterior and interior space. With an abundance of amenities, this mega yacht stands out among other luxury yachts. The two helicopter landing platforms, an enormous internal sea water pool, several spa pools, plus storage for a large submarine are some of the superb features. Serene has enough space to accommodate 24 guests and 52 crew members.

Superyacht Serene. Photo credit Mark Oconnell

Superyacht Serene. Photo credit Mark O’Connell

12. Madame Gu

Madame Gu is a superyacht that has it all for a luxury vacation in style. A helipad, excellent water toys and tenders, a spa pool and a night club guarantee lots of entertainment to her guests. Although Madame Gu is not available for private luxury charters, we still admire this vessel. She was built by Feadship to the design by De Voogt Naval Architects. Her interior is by Andrew Winch. She has 6 lavish cabins to accommodate 12 guests, and 18 crew cabins to sleep 36 crew members. This floating masterpiece was photographed in Port Vell in Barcelona where is always a very welcomed guest.

Madame Gu. photo credit Jeff Brown

Madame Gu. photo credit Jeff Brown

 13. Triton

Back in 2004 motor yacht Tritone became the largest composite yacht built in the U.S. upon her delivery. Her capabilities include prolonged cruising distances, as well as cruising in the most distant locations. Triton was built for her owner, who is passionate about sports fishing, deep-sea scuba diving, and water games and various activities. Hence, the yacht was built with an advanced hull laminate schedule utilising carbon fibre to ensure strength and durability. Triton’s red-coloured striking helicopter is seen in the photo of her cruising in the icy waters.

Triton and Helicopter

Triton and Helicopter

14. Vibrant Curiosity

Another outstanding superyacht built by Oceanco, Vibrant Curiosity is an 85-metre displacement vessel that turns heads at any port. She was photographers in Auckland, New Zealand with her large helicopter a few weeks ago. This giant luxury vessel can sleep 18 guests in 7 beautifully furnished cabins. A professional crew of 26 professionals take care of everything on board. Vibrant Curiosity reaches a top speed of 20 knots and is powered y a pair of MTU 16V 595 TE70 engines.

Vibrant Curiosity in Auckland. Photo credit CharterWorld

Vibrant Curiosity in Auckland. Photo credit CharterWorld

15. Pegasus VIII (ex PEGASUS V, PRINCESS MARIANA)

At 78.60 metres, luxury motor yacht PEGASUS VIII provides a lot more than you would think. Her amazing interior layout includes a large salon with sophisticated decor, a cinema theatre, formal and casual dining spaces, as well as other great living areas. There are five lavish cabins to accommodate 12 guests. Those who love water activities will love the beach club of Pegasus VIII, which can be “flooded” and therefore provides the easiest access to the water with embarkation and disembarkation inside the yacht. Pegasus VIII is ideal for charter with family and kids. The 12m swimming pool with underwater light, six wave runners, jet-skis and tenders will add extra enjoyment when on a charter vacation. The helipad on board also transforms into golf driving range. Secure motor yacht Pegasus for charter in the Italian and French Rivieras this summer, from US$ 650,000 per week plus expenses.

Pegasus VIII. Photo credit @yachtmasters

Pegasus VIII. Photo credit @yachtmasters

You can view a great selection of luxury yachts available for charter here. To find out more or to make a booking, please contact our friendly charter brokers. They will be able to assist you with all enquiries, as well as provide impartial advice and professional service. With the Mediterranean yachting season being just around the corner, superyachts are booking up very fast. Check out the 2017 Mediterranean charter specials and 10 brand new superyachts for charter.

 

Charter 60m/197ft sailing yacht Seahawk in the South Pacific from June

April 27, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Sailing yacht SEAHAWK will be available for charter in the South Pacific this summer, cruising through destinations including Fiji, Tahiti, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

Sailing yacht SEAHAWK - Built by Perini Navi

Sailing yacht SEAHAWK – Built by Perini Navi

Built in 2013 by Perini Navi with an interior design by Christian Liaigre, superyacht SEAHAWK won the Holistic Design Award category at the 2014 Showboats Design Awards and made it into the finalists at a number of different events:

  • Best Sail 40m+ (International Superyacht Society Awards 2014)
  • Best Sailing Yacht in 40m+ size range (Superyacht Awards 2014)
  • Interior Design Award: Sailing Yachts (Showboats Design Awards 2014)
  • Exterior Design & Styling Award: Sailing Yachts (Showboats Design Awards 2014)

At 60m/197ft, she creates an impressive figure on the water and her interior and exterior spaces are perfectly balanced to make the most of outdoor living in some of the most beautiful locations in the world.

Luxury yacht SEAHAWK - Salon

Luxury yacht SEAHAWK – Salon

The large salon is a contemporary and masculine environments using dark colours, glass and burnished metal for an atmospheric environment that creatively divides the space for formal dining and socialising. Forward of the salon is the media room for entertainment while in transit and evenings curled up with a film.

“Discover your piece of paradise this summer on a high performance yacht fresh from maintenance in New Zealand and contact CharterWorld now to secure your favoured dates.”

Superyacht SEAHAWK - Formal dining area

Superyacht SEAHAWK – Formal dining area

On the foredeck guests can take morning coffee at the forward seating or have a cocktail under the stars. The aft deck offers an impressive dining experience with shaded cockpit dining, additional seating and a wet bar. Towards the stern the spacious deck are can be used for sunbathing or exercise using the on board gym equipment.

Sunpads on the flybridge add an additional place for guests to unwind under the tropical sun and in the evenings, the upper flybridge becomes an outdoor cinema for entertainment under the stars.

Superyacht SEAHAWK has a great selection of water toys, which include:

  • 4 x Seabobs
  • 2 x jet skis
  • wake boards
  • water skis
  • scuba diving equipment, and
  • inflatable toys

As an Approved RYA Water Sports Centre, every guest has the opportunity to learn how to use the water toys for the first time for skills that last a lifetime.

Sailing yacht SEAHAWK - Master suite with private salon

Sailing yacht SEAHAWK – Master suite with private salon

The on board accommodation sleeps up to 12 guests across 5/6 cabins: 1 Master suite, 2 VIP staterooms, 2 double cabins and 1 double cabin convertible into 2 cabins. An expert crew of 11 will ensure that everything runs smoothly and your guests receive and exceptional level of service throughout the charter.

Sailing yacht SEAHAWK is available in South Pacific destinations including Fiji, Tonga and Tahiti from €250,000 per week plus expenses. Discover your piece of paradise this summer on a high performance yacht fresh from maintenance in New Zealand and contact CharterWorld now to secure your favoured dates.

New Build 39.5m Expedition Yacht for Charter due 2018

April 25, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

The New Zealand shipbuilder Profab Engineering is building a new superyacht for charter – The Beast. Designed as a charter superyachts, the 39.5m catamaran The Beast is scheduled for delivery in 2018 and will be a fantastic new addition to the New Zealand and South Pacific charter market.

Catamaran The Beast

Catamaran The Beast

With a beam of 12m, The Beast has a total gross tonnage of 495GT. Accommodation will be provided for a total of 12 guests in 5 cabins. Luxurious feel onboard The Beast is also provided by airy open spaces, as well as plenty of options for outdoor entertainment.

Catamaran The Beast Profab Engineering

Catamaran The Beast Profab Engineering

One of the great features of this catamaran includes the ability carry a 13m Sportfisher, a 9m Amphibious tender, kayaks, paddle boards, dive equipment and a full range of heavy and light fishing equipment. The Beast hosts a Teppanyaki restaurant style BBQ on the fly bridge. The Beast is capable of carrying 76,000 litres of fuel for an extensive range.

The Beast - Profab Engineering

The Beast – Profab Engineering

Catamaran The Beast was designed by LOMOcean, the New Zealand design company, who has designed shadow vessel Charley, recently launched in Australia.

38.7m Motor Yacht Hull 1015 Nearing Completion at Yachting Developments

April 20, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

New Zealand yard Yachting Developments is nearing completion of the 38.7m sportsfisher Hull 1015. Earlier this month (April 8) the hull and superstructure of the vessel were joined together, and the new sportsfishes is now in the final stage of construction.

Yachting Developments New Zealand - motor yacht Hull1015

Yachting Developments New Zealand – motor yacht Hull1015

Upon delivery, the new motor yacht will become the largest all-carbon sportsfisher in the world. She is currently being built for her very experienced yacht owner and a passionate fisherman. Her exterior design and naval architecture were developed by Michael Peters Yacht Design. Yachting Development’s in-house team is taking care of the interior, as well as structural engineering.

The Managing Director of Yachting Developments commented on the project: “It is always gratifying to see a project start coming together in its finished form and this transformational stage of the build of Hull 1015 is a tangible reminder of what a unique and exciting project this is. We are looking forward to her launch later this year.”

Motor yacht Hull 1015 is scheduled for delivery in Q3 of 2017.

While this project underway, there are two stunning sailing yachts built by Yachting Developments that are available for private charters. Charter sailing yachts BLISS and Silvertip in the South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Contact CharterWorld now for more information.

The Beauty of New Zealand is yours when you charter Sailing Yacht Silvertip

February 14, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Discover the beauty of the “Land of the long white cloud” while chartering the beautiful sailing yacht SILVERTIP. This 33.8m vessel has spent so many summers cruising in New Zealand, one of the fantastic locations in the South Pacific,  and is ready for a new adventure.

Sailing yacht SILVERTIP

Sailing yacht SILVERTIP

Visit the famous sites of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbiton, indulge in gastronomic delights in some high-end seafood restaurants in vibrant Auckland, enjoy some world class wineries, secluded beaches and discover abundant marine life.

Sailing yacht SILVERTIP- Main Salon

Sailing yacht SILVERTIP- Main Salon

Sailing yacht Silvertip was built by the prestigious New Zealand shipyard Yachting Developments and was designed by Dubois Naval Architects. Her stunning interior design is by Agnes Comar.

The magnificent interior features Swedish pear wood and beautiful fabrics. Silvertip offers accommodation for a total of 6 guests in 3 cabins. These include a nice owner’s cabin, one twin, and one double cabin. A friendly and professional crew of 4 will ensure the guests on board will have an unforgettable charter vacation.

Sailing yacht SILVERTIP- Master Cabin

Sailing yacht SILVERTIP- Master Cabin

Silvertip joined several times in the NZ Millenium Cup. Although she is probably one of the smallest yachts participated, she was one of the quickest in the light breeze.

Sailing yacht Silvertip is available for USD 55,000 per week plus expenses. For more information about chartering SILVERTIP in New Zealand, please don’t hesitate to approach our experienced team of brokers.

In Pictures: The first day of racing of the NZ Millennium Cup 2017

January 25, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

The first day of the world’s most southerly superyacht regatta NZ Millennium Cup, saw Tawera take line honours, on a bright, breezy day of racing. Reigning champion, Tawera, crossed the line first today on the Orams Marine Race Day of the 2017 New Zealand Millennium Cup. The 28-metre ketch secured her win with New Zealand sailing icon, Chris Dickson, and her designer Ron Holland onboard, giving owner and experienced helmsman Mike Mahoney the tactical edge.

New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017

New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017 Photo credit Mark Sims

 

Some great photos from New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017

Some great photos from New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017. Photo credit Mark Sims

 

Farfalla.  New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017

Farfalla. New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017. Photo credit Mark Sims

 

On the run. New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017

On the run. New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017. Photo credit Mark Sims

 

Stunning yachts on the run. New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017

Stunning yachts on the run. New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017

 

New Zealand Millennium Cup

New Zealand Millennium Cup. Photo credit Mark Sims

 

Silvertip. New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017

Silvertip. New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017. Photo credit Mark Sims

 

Sailing. New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017

Sailing. New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017. Photo credit Mark Sims

 

Stunning photographs. New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017

Stunning photographs. New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017. Photo credit Mark Sims

 

Janice of Wyoming. New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017

Janice of Wyoming. New Zealand Millennium Cup 2017. Photo credit Mark Sims

 

To find out more about superyacht regattas, attending events and chartering sailing yachts please contact your preferred charter broker.

Successful Period For Superyachts Visiting New Zealand – IMG

September 01, 2016

Written by Mike Smith

IMG New Zealand reports on a successful period for visiting superyachts. New Zealand has recently benefited from the introduction of a 24-month temporary import entry for visiting luxury yachts. Superyachts are now able to stay in the country for up to two years, undertaking a mix of charter work, owner cruising and maintenance – most of which qualifies for exemption from the local 15% Goods and Services tax.

 Auckland Superyachts


Auckland Superyachts

‘The team at IMG are thrilled to report a record refit season with larger yachts, and more of them heading to our shores than in previous seasons. The team capped off 2015 with work on a 140-metre Fincantieri vessel Serene – the largest superyacht to visit New Zealand. 60-metre charter yacht Senses sought out IMG for an extensive refit which extended into 2016, as did work on a 91-metre Oceanco vessel.

The IMG team has been pleased to see repeat yachts, such as 73-metre Dragonfly, as well as 33-metre Claasen Classic, Shamoun, return to use their services. “Yacht refit size has been trending up,” says IMG’s managing director, Mark Wightman. “We have to be ready collectively as an industry to cope with the challenges of larger vessels, different code compliance requirements and their more complex maintenance requirements; often working to a tight timeframe with no margin for error.”

“Dragonfly is an extremely busy yacht which operates without the limitations of seasons and schedule, of course this brings much freedom to the owner and a high expectation of readiness upon the crew,” says Fleet Captain Mike Gregory of M/Y Dragonfly. “In order to achieve this constant readiness, we need expert assistance when released for maintenance periods in order to remain on time and budget.”

Gregory adds to this in saying, “IMG have assisted us multiple times now and have always met our high expectations, often exceeded them. We cannot recommend the team at IMG highly enough.” “In terms of vessel size and refit complexity, this season has been one of our most challenging but also the most enjoyable,” says IMG’s refit manager, Dave Low.

“As our relationship and trust with our clients past and present grows we are beginning to see more of them make their refit base here in the Pacific; safe in the knowledge they have an ongoing and reliable place to service their yachts to the high standard they expect.”

The Safest Place to Charter a Private Luxury Yacht

August 17, 2016

Written by Mike Smith

With the recent turmoil in the world, and ever changing political landscapes, cruising on a private yacht is surely the safest way to travel. Not only that but it is the ideal way to see the most beautiful and fun coastlines of the world. A yacht brings both comfort and safety, privacy and freedom. There’s no better way to enjoy a holiday. This is one reason why the yachting industry is booming.

However, in this ever changing world, the safety of some locations is ever evolving. Even though a yacht charter is surely the safest way to enjoy your holiday, I have decided to rank which areas are likely the safest of the safe. I’ve scored the 10 safest places to cruise on your private yacht subjectively, according the following criteria: weather & seas, infrastructure & health care and lastly, violent crime.

The Top 10 Safest Places in the world to enjoy a yacht charter:

Caribbean Yacht Charters by Alexis Andrews

10. French West Indies

A beautiful part of the wider Caribbean cruising area, the centrally positioned French West Indies includes the likes of Martinique, Dominica, Guadeloupe, and Isle de Saints. This corner of the Caribbean is as ‘classic Caribbean’ as anywhere because so you get the full package of near faultless beaches with white soft sand. It’s certainly not unknown to visiting superyachts, but there are still many a secluded cove to tuck up in and relax at anchor or jettison your gear and dive in for a swim. There are also unspoiled and authentic fishing villages on offer, lush inland rain forests, rugged peaks, exotic fruit & flowers and even hot springs. Natural beauty does not come at the expense of safety here as this part of the Caribbean is mostly know mostly for only petty crime and theft and the Caribbean somehow seems a long way removed from many of the current political problems of the world.

“This part of the world suddenly feels nicely isolated, and thus insulated, from the sometimes crazy problems emanating from globalisation and troubled world politics. It’s almost a taste of a simpler and more naive version of the world as it once was.”

Far flung sailing destinations can be an experience of a lifetime

Far flung sailing destinations can be an experience of a lifetime

9. Thailand

Thailand is the land of the smile, and it also has a fairly well-established yachting industry and infrastructure for South East Asia. In addition, there are some amazing areas to visit on you yacht like Puket, Krabi, Phang Nga Bay, Koh Phi Phi and Ko Lanta and the Similan Islands might be places that your yacht charter broker suggests you consider. There are not a huge number of luxury yachts permanently available in Thailand but there are always superyachts passing through on a world tour that you might like to consider renting.

The Bahamas offers superior ocean landscapes

The Bahamas offers superior ocean landscapes

8. Bahamas

The Bahamas always feels to me like a clean and fresh part of the Caribbean. It certainly doesn’t tend to be as overcrowded as some parts on the water. Safety is pretty good here in terms of crime and what a magnificent place to charter a yacht, especially a yacht with a shallow draft so you can get into all those special bays and beaches. If you like the water and like sea creatures this is the place to come.

Luxury yacht Hana in Italy

Luxury yacht Hana in Italy

7. Italy

Italy is perennial, seemingly almost lost in time sometimes. Italy in the heart of the Mediterranean is also a yachting smorgasbord, offering both culture and natural beauty. Think picturesque bays, amazing food ideal temperature and great nightlife. Think Capri, Sardinia, Portofino. Italians generally have a strong culture and an even stronger sense of community, and in many ways it’s a connected community that makes a place safe. Italy is a yachting powerhouse in the middle of Europe and as yet this country hasn’t specifically been affected as much as many neighbouring countries by recent world events.

Sailing an Oyster 100 superyacht

Sailing an Oyster 100 superyacht

6. Balearic Islands

Perhaps the most relaxed of the major Mediterranean yachting destinations, the Spanish Balearic Islands with great cities like Palma de Majorca have been the heart of sailing in Europe for many a year. Not only is there great sailing here but it’s a bit more low key than some of the other more glitzy Mediterranean hotspots. If you want to charter a sailing yacht, come here because there are plenty to choose from and the is more steady breeze than most other parts of the Mediterranean.

Tropical yacht charters are an evergreen delight

Tropical yacht charters are an evergreen delight

5. Fiji

Not only one of the most beautiful places on earth but also quite possibly one of the safest to visit on your charter yacht. The locals in this South Pacific cluster of magical islands are warm and friendly, with the biggest smiles of anywhere in the world. ‘Bulla Bulla’ is the local’s greeting and it comes with sincere friendliness. Like the rest of the South Pacific, Fiji does get cyclones during the cyclone season but if that time of the year is avoided the weather is nice and safe. Fiji has seen plenty of recent investment in infrastructure from new luxury resorts and marinas to roading. Moreover, despite being so wonderfully isolated, access to the first world countries of New Zealand and Australia is only a 3-4 or so hour flight away.

Heesen Yacht Galactica Star

Heesen Yacht Galactica Star

4. Croatia

It wasn’t a very long time ago that Croatia was only a new and developing yachting location after years of debilitating war. Competing with the rest of the Mediterranean, there was a lot of ground for the country to make up in terms of attracting luxury holiday makers to this beautiful location with thousands of islands. Well Croatia succeeded in not only attracting superyacht clientele to their home but in flourishing as one of the most requested luxury charter destinations in the world. Debrovnick, Korcula, Havar, Split, Sibenik are some of the most well-known and respected hot spots, but there are many others dotted along this amazing coastline. Croatia offers friendly locals, wonderful nightlife and generally a secure and safe environment.

New Zealand is known for sailing and whales

New Zealand is known for sailing and whales

3. New Zealand

The land of the long white cloud is very politically settled and safe and what’s more the locals are also known to be extremely friendly. This together with the fact the country is considered ‘First World’ with a modern first class heath system, means New Zealand is near the top of the safest yachting destinations. It has also seen a huge lift in general tourist numbers recently due to its many interesting and beautiful sights and its relative isolation and safety. While on a luxury yachting holiday you might visit the Bay Of Islands, the Coramandel and even the Marlborough Sounds (in the South), it’s also worthwhile to travel off the yacht inland to visit luxury destinations like Queenstown where you might rub shoulders with the world’s rich and famous. New Zealand has a world class superyacht maintenance infrastructure, so there are plenty of visiting superyachts to take advantage of. And if you like yacht racing like the Kiwis you could enter the Millennium Cup near Auckland.

Monaco means luxury yachting!

Monaco means luxury yachting!

2. Monaco

Anyone who has been to Monaco for more than a day or two knows there is a lot more to the Principality than just fast cars, superyachts, and the rich and famous. The Monégasque locals look after each other well and they also look after their guests. Accordingly, security has always been taken very seriously here and it’s hard to imagine a better protected population in Europe. Of course Monaco has first class infrastructure and the weather is generally mild Mediterranean. Monaco has gone from strength to strength as both a destination for superyachts cruising in the Mediterranean and as a service area with its large marina and luxury yacht focused economy.

Benetti in the Caribbean

Benetti in the Caribbean

1. The BVIs

The British Virgin Islands is a Caribbean yacht charter powerhouse which is popular for many reasons. There are hundreds of successful charters enjoyed here every year. But it’s also relatively very safe. The amazing beaches, bays and climate go a long way but there is also good supporting infrastructure. Crime is moderate for this part of the world and the weather is typically very easy and consistence outside hurricane season. The Caribbean Islands generally score very well with their relative safety, with only some exceptions only as a minority. This part of the world suddenly feels nicely isolated, and thus insulated, from the sometimes crazy problems emanating from globalisation and troubled world politics. It’s almost a taste of a simpler and more naive version of the world as it once was. The BVIs give a yachtsman a smorgasbord of tropical Caribbean delights to explore, Tortola, Peter Island, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, to mention a few of the most famous.

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