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Superyachts are large, privately owned vessels, usually measuring more than 24 metres (79 feet) in length over all. Superyachts represent the ultimate luxury ‘item’ and feature the latest in design, technology, luxury amenities and materials; they are constructed with extremely high attention to detail. Superyachts are maintained and serviced by a professional crew 24/7 and are often available for luxury superyacht charter. Although there are many owners, who choose to keep their vessel for private use, there are those that offer their yacht for charter in order to cover some of the running and maintenance costs.

Featuring numerous decks, super yachts offer their guests and passengers aboard plenty of space for entertainment, relaxation and socialising. There are number of saloons, outdoor/indoor dining areas, multiple sunbathing areas; many feature the popular Jacuzzi or a swimming pool, a gymnasium, an outdoor or indoor cinema, right through to helipads, spas or even basketball courts and discotheques.

Luxurious accommodation with en suite bathrooms, large full-beam bedrooms, or even a small study and a private lounging area can be found aboard super yachts. Master suites can include an entire deck, called the ‘Owner’s deck’, which could boast anything from a private dining area to a private jacuzzi spa. Luxury superyachts can be easily spotted at popular holiday destinations like the Mediterranean or the Caribbean, however they often cruise the more remote destinations of the world, as well.

If you’d like to learn more about the world of super yachts, you can browse the below selection of the latest news from the industry; or contact us for more information should you be interested in chartering one for your upcoming holiday.

New 74 metre Yacht CLOUD 9 Launched by CRN

January 21, 2017

Written by Mike Smith

The 74 metre superyacht CLOUD 9 has been launched by CRN in Ancona Italy on 21 January 2017. The custom motor yacht’s launch was on schedule and has already received great acclaim both at the launch and in the news.

Yacht CLOUD 9 Launch Video

CLOUD 9 has been awaiting her launch party after being positioned to hit the water a couple of days ago. She is the result of a close collaboration between CRN shipyard, Zuccon International Project and Winch Design. According to CRN the yacht is “a spectacular and powerful combination of engineering expertise and ground-breaking design, CLOUD 9 is a close collaboration between CRN shipyard, Zuccon International Project and Winch Design. CLOUD 9’s clean lines are enhanced by subtle superstructural design details and the elegant aesthetics of all her guest areas, resulting in a superyacht of world-class calibre.”

“It has been a great pleasure to work with Zuccon,” commented Andrew Winch of Winch Design. “I have always admired Mr Zuccon’s exterior designs and to partner with him and CRN for this project has been very exciting. We have previously designed a 60 metre motor yacht for these clients with whom I have a very close friendship which makes this project particularly enjoyable. It is a pleasure to work with them again and I am appreciative of their trust and confidence.”

Alberto Galassi, CRN’s Chairman and CEO of the Ferretti Group, said: “We are really thrilled to have been involved in the construction of this extraordinary yacht which was a new and exciting challenge for CRN. This incredible 74 metre vessel will reinforce CRN’s expertise and varied range in working with a completely new concept to fulfil an owner’s vision. The result is a cutting-edge yacht that perfectly combines state-of-the-art technology, astonishing design and the best CRN features.”

Images of the Yacht:

74m CLOUD 9 at her launch by CRN

74m CLOUD 9 at her launch by CRN

74m superyacht cloud 9 launched by CRN

74m superyacht cloud 9 launched by CRN

Burgess Technical Services were appointed the yacht owner’s representatives on CLOUD 9 and have played a key role from the early stages of the yacht’s design and build.

Key Cloud 9 Specifications Features:

– A beam of 13.50 metres
– five expansive decks plus a sub deck,
– comfortably accommodates up to 12 guests
– has a master suite and five guest cabins,
– additional 34 crew members accommodation plus two staff cabins.
– The boat is powered by two Caterpillar 3516C 2,000 kW @1600 rpm engines,
– The engines deliver a maximum speed of 16.5 knots and a cruising speed of 15 knots.

Official PR by CRN:

“A spectacular and powerful combination of engineering expertise and ground-breaking design, CLOUD 9 is a close collaboration between CRN shipyard, Zuccon International Project and Winch Design. Commissioned by an experienced superyacht owner, the vessel will be delivered in April 2017.

The technical aspects of the project were developed by the CRN engineering team working in partnership with exterior designers Zuccon International Project, while Winch Design was appointed to create the exterior guest areas, livery, interior decoration and owner’s supply, resulting in excess of over 1,000sq metres of design elements being created across all decks.

Alberto Galassi, CRN’s Chairman and CEO of the Ferretti Group, said: “We are really thrilled to have been involved in the construction of this extraordinary yacht which was a new and exciting challenge for CRN. This incredible 74 metre vessel will reinforce CRN’s expertise and varied range in working with a completely new concept to fulfil an owner’s vision. The result is a cutting-edge yacht that perfectly combines state-of-the-art technology, astonishing design and the best CRN features.”

“It has been a great pleasure to work with Zuccon,” commented Andrew Winch of Winch Design. “I have always admired Mr Zuccon’s exterior designs and to partner with him and CRN for this project has been very exciting. We have previously designed a 60 metre motor yacht for these clients with whom I have a very close friendship which makes this project particularly enjoyable. It is a pleasure to work with them again and I am appreciative of their trust and confidence.”

The design vision of CLOUD 9 demonstrates an optimised balance between interior and exterior spaces, with impressive volume and a high degree of comfort along with a free flowing layout for a relaxed indoor-outdoor living environment. Distinctive open-air areas such as the private deck forward of the master suite and the large beach club with extended platform at sea level have been conceived to offer maximum scope for alfresco enjoyment. Burgess Technical Services were appointed owner’s representatives on CLOUD 9 and have played a key role from the early stages, beginning with developing and agreeing the technical specification with the owner and CRN, and extending through the build to responsibility for technical review and acceptance, project management, on-site supervision and coordination of consultants (paint, interior installation, AVIT).

The benchmark for quality has been set high on CLOUD 9. “Not only in terms of immediate appearance to her owners and guests,” explains Ed Beckett, Naval Architect with Burgess Technical Services, “but also from the perspective of seakeeping and comfort, the arrangement of engineering systems, the quality of the paintwork and attention to detail throughout whether visible or invisible.”

“The clients’ knowledge, along with that of Captain Colin Boyle’s, has been exceptional throughout the design process,” remarks Andrew Winch. “Burgess brought a wealth of technological capability and understanding, resulting in a yacht that is not only beautifully designed, but also exceptionally well built for purpose.”

CLOUD 9’s clean lines are enhanced by subtle superstructural design details and the elegant aesthetics of all her guest areas, resulting in a superyacht of world-class calibre. With a beam of 13.50 metres and five expansive decks plus a sub deck, the yacht comfortably accommodates up to 16 guests (12 when chartering) in a master suite, VIP suite and six guest cabins, in addition to 22 crew members in 13 cabins plus berths for four staff in two cabins. The vessel is powered by two Caterpillar 3516C 2,000 kW @1600 rpm engines, delivering a maximum speed of 16.5 knots and a cruising speed of 15 knots. “

9 Things NO ONE Will Tell you about Professional Superyacht Photography

January 12, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Lots of incredible things happen around us in the world. Being able to see them is easy; being able to capture them is the art of photography. Being a good photographer is not easy; but being a professional photographer is an adventure, challenge and lifestyle. We have spoken to one of the greatest photographers in the superyacht media, Quin Bisset from Q&K Media. In between sailing, surfing, mountain biking, travelling and professional superyacht shooting, in this exclusive interview, Quin told us about his profession, passion for superyachts, and some challenges behind his very successful assignments.

Exclusive Interview with the Professional Superyacht Photographer Quin Bisset

Superyacht OKTO. Photo credit Q&K

Superyacht OKTO. Photo credit Q&K

Starting at the beginning. When did you realise you wanted to become a professional photographer?

I had a keen interest in photography from a very young age and never really considered it to become a profession. It was a natural progression from becoming an assistant while studying film at Canterbury and being based near the stunning backdrop of the Southern Alps of NZ. I don’t think there was any other option for me than to become a professional photographer as it combined my love of travel, storytelling and need to share my experiences.

What brought you to the world of yachting and what was your first assignment in this industry?

 My first real yacht shoot was during the last Americas Cup challenge in New Zealand and I filmed and photographed a superyacht which was in NZ to spectate the racing and charter the coastlines. I have always had a passion for sailing, the ocean and it was like a match made in heaven.
The Dubois Cup. Photo credit Q&K

The Dubois Cup. Photo credit Q&K

What are the challenges when it comes to photographing luxury yachts?

 There are many challenges when it comes to luxury yacht photography, first of which would be weather and weather is rarely perfect. You have to be able to adapt quickly and use the conditions to your best advantage. When you have a multi million dollar yacht made available for you and a big yacht crew waiting for your direction you can not start scratching your head :). Another challenge can be logistics on location, if the yacht is in an isolated area and you need to coordinate a helicopter which could be coming from another country or island and there may only be a rock to land on.

Your professional equipment must be pretty impressive. Those readers with a passion for photography will surely find interesting to know what type of camera and lenses you use most of the time.

I travel with mostly Canon bodies and lenses. I have a Canon 1DX and 2 Canon 5D mkIII in case of breakdown. My go to lenses would be 24-105mm, 16-35mm, 50mm and a 300mm which covers most requirements on location. I now also travel with a drone which can be very useful in very remote areas. Oh, and an underwater housing and moonlight flash kit.
Q&K-5314-credit Quin BISSET

Luxury Lifestyle. Photo Credit Q&K

Do you usually work alone or have an assistant(s)?

 It depends on the size of yacht and requirements of the shoot whether or not I use assistants. I have a small number of people that I trust to work with and can be considerate of the yacht and her crew. If working with models it can be useful to have someone shooting second camera or concentrating on details.

How long would a typical mega yacht shoot last? Can you describe, in a few words, what does an average superyacht shoot entail?

A typical yacht shoot takes anywhere from 3 -10 days depending on logistics. The average shoot requires photographing the interior, exterior, lifestyle and toys. In an average day I could be underwater capturing diving, in a helicopter for aerial running and location shots or in a galley with the chef at work. The day generally starts pre dawn and finishes well after sunset.
Photoshoot from a helicopter. Photo credit Q&K

Photoshoot from a helicopter. Photo credit Q&K

 What was your most memorable assignment and why?

 Thats a tough question as there are so many. I have photographed from a parasail in Egypt as it was illegal to fly a helicopter, captured sharks swimming under the yacht as a model sits on the swim platform. Last year I was hired to photograph a maxi trimaran breaking ocean records and ended up sailing with the team and capturing 3 World Records myself including Newport to Bermuda and the Transpac overall speed record from LA to Hawaii.
Q&K-9834-credit Quin BISSET

Superyacht Bacchus. Photo credit Q&K

What do you love about your job?

I love everything about my job but especially the ability to capture a moment which comes together with team work from the crew and having them getting as excited as I do about the result. It is constant travel and problem solving which is not for everyone but luckily it is what gets me excited.

What would you recommend to photographers wanting to enter the world of superyacht photography?

 I would recommend to just get out there on the water, even if its a fishing boat, dinghy sailing or photographing superyachts at anchor, it is all experience and will help you discover the light, lenses and conditions that start to prove your craft. If you can its always good to try assisting as its not just being a photographer it is learning how to work with people.
About Q&K
Q&K Media offer professional filming and photography of superyachts and yachting events. In addition to that, the company provides printing services with a thorough selection of printing papers and textures that best suit to exemplify style and quality of everything from business cards and brochures to invitations and books. Q&K also specialise in website design and have already won the hearts of some bespoke companies in the industry proving incredible and fast loading websites.

8 Impressive Superyachts for New Year’s charter

November 14, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

The start of 2017 is fast approaching and what better way to begin the year with a bang than by watching the fireworks over the Hong Kong Harbour or the London Eye from the sundeck of your own luxury yacht? To inspire your own selection, here are eight impressive luxury yachts currently available for charter through the Christmas and New Year period, with some special features and centrepieces that you won’t soon forget.

Whichever yacht you want for charter, be sure to book in advance: availability disappears quickly as the holiday season nears.

LAMIMA – The largest wooden sailing yacht in the world

Enjoy the services of a highly skilled crew aboard sailing yacht LAMIMA

Enjoy the services of a highly skilled crew aboard sailing yacht LAMIMA

Begin 2017 with a different experience and sail Thailand and Indonesia aboard sailing yacht LAMIMA. Built in 2014, she is the largest wooden sailing yacht in the world at 65m/194ft. Her traditional Indonesian appearance contains the conveniences of air conditioning and wi-fi while removing the majority of modern-day distractions so you can relax and enjoy the uninhabited islands and glassy blue lagoons that set the backdrop for your relaxing massage.

Sailing ketch LAMIMA - Main

Sailing ketch LAMIMA - Main

Unwind in the spacious Main saloon with a cocktail from the wet bar, or take in the fresh air from the seating on the main deck while learning about the local history and culture from your guide. When you want to get up close to the pristine beaches and sea life, the water toy chest has jet skis, paddleboards, Indonesian canoes and snorkelling and scuba diving equipment. Guests can even earn their PADI diving card while on the trip.

The crew of luxury sailing yacht LAMIMA exemplify how the staff are as much a part of the luxury charter experience as the yacht itself: from expert chefs to yoga teachers, onboard tour guides, masseuses and dive instructors, the skills available are unrivalled in a crew of 19, ensuring that every guest has a fantastic experience.

Accommodation: 14 guests: 5 double cabins, 2 twin cabins

Crew: 19

Price per week: €160,000 plus expenses

New Year charter grounds: Southeast Asia – Thailand and Indonesia

 

TIARA – Bedouin heaven and Thai splendour

Alfresco dining aboard the magical luxury sailing yacht TIARA - the largest sailing yacht from Dubois to date

Alfresco dining aboard the magical luxury sailing yacht TIARA – the largest sailing yacht from Dubois to date

The second luxury sailing yacht on our list, 54m/178ft custom built TIARA is a PADI Certified Training Centre Yacht, and what better place to learn to dive than surrounded by tropical fish in Thailand?

S/Y TIARA

S/Y TIARA

Built by New Zealand based Alloy Yachts in 2004 and refitted in 2013, the exterior features design work from the renowned Dubois Naval Architects.  Combined with the internal styling of John Munford, superyacht TIARA has exceptional flow between its indoor and outdoor spaces in authentic Art Deco style.

The main aft deck has plenty of room to host an open-air special occasion, or as a helipad for ferrying guests to and from the mainland. As the evening quietens down, the bedouin tent can be set up as comfortable and atmospheric cinema seating, or for a memorable New Year’s honeymoon under the stars.

Vavona burl, Honduras and flame mahogany create a rich interior that is welcoming while at the same time an excellent environment for formal occasions and corporate yacht charters. Two working fireplaces are located in the main saloon and the Master suite and Art Deco furnishings, statuettes and detailing can be found throughout the rooms.

Custom sailing yacht TIARA has plenty of water toys on offer and with her experienced PADI diving instructor and kite-surfing instructor aboard, there is no better luxury yacht to couple a memorable new year location with lifelong new skills.

Accommodation: 10 guests: 1 Master suite, 2 double cabins, 2 twin cabins and 2 Pullman beds.

Crew: 10

Price per week: €180,000 plus expenses

New Year charter grounds: Southeast Asia

 

LADY BRITT – Effortless style in silver and gold

Rest and rejuvenation aboard superyacht Lady Britt

Rest and rejuvenation aboard superyacht Lady Britt

Built by Feadship in 2011, 63m/207ft superyacht LADY BRITT has all the elegance and innovative design elements that took her to the finals in the 2012 World Superyacht Awards and Showboats Design Awards.

M/Y LADY BRITT

M/Y LADY BRITT

Designed for entertainment, her deck can be converted into a stage and used as an outdoor cinema.

Light, airy and full of beautifully crafted furnishings designed for comfort and relaxation, luxury yacht LADY BRITT is an ideal choice for a restful retreat from the New Year’s crowds. Featuring a wellness room with massage facilities and a sauna, she has everything to compliment a day of adventure on the ocean, exploring with her Laser Pico sail boats, kayaks, windsurfers or scuba diving equipment.

Accommodation: 12 guests: 1 Master suite, 4 double cabins, 2 twin cabins

Crew: 16

Price per week: €445,000 plus expenses

New Year charter grounds: The Bahamas and the Caribbean

 

W – What more could you need?

Motor yacht W - Formal dining area ready to see in the New Year

Motor yacht W – Formal dining area ready to see in the New Year

Built by Westport in 2014, 40m/140ft motor yacht W is a glimmering white attention-getter with all the facilities of a luxury holiday and the comforts of home life. Her rich mahogany interior features elegant, black and white furnishings with a splash of colour to draw the eye. Relaxing and airy with plenty of bright lighting to carry your special occasion long into the night both indoors and outside, luxury yacht W is a perfect choice for a New Year’s charter in the Caribbean.

Make use of the deck space all day long with plenty of sunning space at the front of the pilothouse deck. Relax at the bar on the main deck and watch the latest sports live on the outdoor TV before enjoying smoky taste of barbequed meat and fish cooked by your expert on board chef.

Westport Motor yacht W - Main

Westport Motor yacht W - Main

Both the main deck and the flybridge have plenty of seating for alfresco dining, with the latter having the advantage of sunbeds and a sizeable Jacuzzi for a truly laid-back day in the sun.

It’s the toy chest where superyacht W truly shines: She has no end of entertainment on board for group outings, including:

  • 2 x 3-seater jet skis
  • 2 x Seabobs
  • 4 x paddleboards (stand-up)
  • 2 x 2 person kayaks
  • Waterskis
  • Beach games
  • Fishing equipment
  • Scuba diving (only with Rendezvous Diving)

For land, there are even 3 mountain bikes to help adventurers see the most of the lush Caribbean islands visited.

Accommodation: 10 guests: 1 Master suite, 2 VIP staterooms, 2 twin cabins

Crew: 7

Price per week: €114,000 plus expenses

New Year charter grounds: Bahamas and Caribbean

 

MARIE – A St. Barths Bucket winner

The dining area and outdoor living space aboard regatta-winning S/Y MARIE

The dining area and outdoor living space aboard regatta-winning S/Y MARIE

Built in 2010 by Vitters, 55m/180ft luxury sailing yacht MARIE already has a prestigious history as a winner of the St Barth’s Bucket and a finalist at the World Superyacht Awards 2011 and the Showboats Design Awards 2011 for her exterior and interior design respectively.

Whether you’re out on the ocean or pulling into harbour, you’re sure to be noticed with her large sails and striking crimson and black hull from Hoek, who are also responsible for her exterior and interior design. The cockpit dining features sumptuous red seating complimented by solid wooden surrounds. The area is excellent for intimate dining between 8 guests from morning to evening and its shaded lounging area will allow guests to spend as much of the charter outdoors as possible.

Sailing Ketch Marie  - Image credit Tom Nitsch Image

Sailing Ketch Marie – Image credit Tom Nitsch Image

Inside, guests can pass by the wet bar and descend the staircase to reach the Main saloon, where a grand piano awaits for nightly entertainment. Portholes and skylights allow for natural lighting whichever room guests choose to occupy, from the Master suite complete with library and seating area to the formal dining area.

There is plenty of deck space for lounging in the sun, or make use of the water toy chest which contains a wakeboard, a jet-ski, an inflatable trampoline, snorkelling equipment, fishing equipment and more.

Not only does sailing yacht MARIE have an excellent variety of water toys, she also has 2 scooters to let guests explore the islands independent of any local transport. Begin the New Year aboard this competitive yacht and when you return home, you and your guests will have an enviable vacation story to tell.

Accommodation: 8 guests: 1 Master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, 2 twin cabins

Crew: 8

Price per week: €189,000

New Year charter grounds: Bahamas and Caribbean

 

ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM – From one underwater paradise to the next

You won't miss the winter chill aboard luxury  yacht ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM

You won’t miss the winter chill aboard luxury yacht ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM

Enjoy the classic cruising experience on a beautifully designed luxury yacht with 49m/161ft motor yacht ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM. Built by Trinity Yachts in 2005 and refitted in 2013, this splendid yacht has a laid back atmosphere and impressive detailing that adds to the ambience of every onboard area, from the dining area to the hallways and the guest rooms.

In the main saloon, rest and relax in gorgeous wood-panelled surroundings with a drink from the bar and turn your Christmas meal into a night to remember at the grand dining table, able to seat all 10 guests in comfort with plenty of elbow room.

Yacht ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM - Main

Yacht ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM - Main

Dine alfresco and watch the glitter of lights upon foreign shores as you see in the New Year and celebrate from the flybridge with a fully-stocked wet bar and watch the fireworks over St Martin from the Jacuzzi. Begin the 1st of January as you mean to go on and take advantage of the large beach club and swim platform, dividing your day into relaxing in the shade and swimming amongst the corals and undulating sands which are home to thousands of unique species of fish as well as sea turtles, docile nurse sharks and dolphins.

Looking to keep fit or learn a new sport as a New Year’s resolution? Tackle it immediately with the impressive toy chest aboard ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM. As an approved RYA WATER Sports Centre, every guest can learn how to use the water toys on their vacation, gain certification and learn a new skill for the start of 2017.

Accommodation: 10 guests: 1 Master suite, 1 VIP staterooms, 1 double cabin, 1 twin cabin

Crew: 10

Price per week: €164,000 plus expenses

New Year charter grounds: Bahamas, Caribbean and Florida

 

AQuiJo – The world’s largest sailing ketch

The impressive architecture of sailing yacht AQUIJO makes the ideal location to see in New Year's Day

The impressive architecture of sailing yacht AQUIJO makes the ideal location to see in New Year’s Day

Wherever you sail the beautiful 86m/282ft custom sailing yacht AQUIJO, you’re bound to be noticed. Following the modern maxim of bright, clean and uncluttered surroundings, sailing yacht AQUIJO is exquisite in its simplicity. Her focus is placed on breath-taking architecture and the practical use of her surroundings to create an atmosphere of intimacy and adventure befitting a luxury sailing yacht heading to the Caribbean.

A sundeck on the flybridge takes full advantage of the summery Caribbean weather while showcasing the charter ground’s beauty to its full extent.

The formal alfresco dining seats up to 20 guests for open air nighttime entertainment.

There is plenty of room in the beach club’s indoor Jacuzzi, lit from above by the skylight in the floor of the main deck, or guests may prefer the sauna and steam rooms to chat while relaxing.

Incomplete without a selection of water toys, luxury sailing ketch AQUIJO has plenty for entertainment in the waves, from sunrise to sunset:

  • 2 x Kayaks
  • 2 x Paddleboards
  • 2 x RS Aero Sail Boats
  • 8 x Scuba Diving Equipment
  • Snorkelling Equipment
  • Wake Boards
  • Towable Toys
  • Water-Skis

Delivered only this year, sailing enthusiasts shouldn’t miss this opportunity to charter this brand new and exceptional craft from Oceanco and Vitters, who have paid attention to every minor detail when it comes to living space arrangement, amenities and entertainment.

Accommodation: 12 guests: 1 Master suite, 3 VIP staterooms, 1 double cabin, 1 twin cabin and 1 convertible

Crew: 17

Price per week: €400,000 plus expenses

New Year charter grounds: Caribbean

 

JOY – The brand new flagship from renowned yacht builders Feadship

Yacht JOY Gasswork Detail - Copyright Feadship

Delicate detail in glass and metalwork can be found throughout superyacht JOY

Visit the warmth of the Seychelles in luxury and style whilst the northern hemisphere struggles for daylight hours. Brand new to the charter market as of September 2016, Feadship’s 70m/230ft flagship JOY is ready to charter to Indian Ocean destinations this coming winter.

Featuring exterior design work and engineering by Bannenberg & Rowell, superyacht JOY consists of wide decks, a spacious beach club and plenty of uninterrupted views from the upper deck. Impressive as both a corporate event charter, a venue for a special occasion or a holiday getaway, the impressive stylistic features both outside and in will leave a lasting impression.

Superyacht JOY

Superyacht JOY

The interior is tastefully decorated by Studio Indigo to modern standards, using a neutral colour palette, textures and patterning to great effect. These stylistic elements are epitomised in the spiral staircase and lift that connect the floors, from the airy and light suites up to the gym and the sky deck.

The main saloon provides an inviting area to socialise: every seating area is positioned for maximum natural light throughout the day from the floor to ceiling glass panes.

A range of water toys can be found in motor yacht JOY’s toy chest, including water skis, jet skis, wakeboards, towable toys and equipment for fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving.

Accommodation: 12 guests: 1 Master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, 5 double cabins, 1 twin cabin

Crew: 17

Price per week: €600,000

New Year charter grounds: Indian Ocean

To find out more information and available dates before the festive season, contact CharterWorld now.

Remember When available for Caribbean charter this winter

October 12, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Superyacht REMEMBER WHEN

Superyacht REMEMBER WHEN

From November onwards, 49m/162ft REMEMBER WHEN will be available for charter to Caribbean destinations such as Antigua and Barbuda, the Antillies and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Built in 2011 and maintained to a high standard annually, luxury yacht REMEMBER WHEN is elegant and unmatched in the scope of her facilities and water toys on a yacht of her size: Designed for entertaining large gatherings, the unique Jacuzzi has ample space for 10 guests on the fore of the sundeck, with access made easy across the floors via a lift.

Take in the exotic vistas of the Turks & Caicos Islands that experience summer year-round and relax on the sunpads with a cocktail from the wet bar, or enjoy the subtle smoky flavour of a barbecued meal.

Luxury yacht REMEMBER WHEN - Sundeck

Luxury yacht REMEMBER WHEN – Sundeck

For sedate evenings and a retreat from the summer sun, the bridge deck saloon has timeless grandeur and comfort: Plush sofas are arranged for easy socialisation and the nearby wet bar has plenty of choice on hand. The VIP stateroom is also located on this floor, conveniently located for the best views anywhere on board while enjoying an alfresco meal.

On the main deck, inlaid stone flooring leads from the spacious Master suite through the hallway to the main saloon, where the mirror-like American walnut table and ambient lighting offer a welcoming space for special occasions.

Motor yacht REMEMBER WHEN - Main saloon

Motor yacht REMEMBER WHEN – Main saloon

The impressive toy chest contains enough equipment to keep any guest entertained, from scuba diving and snorkelling equipment to jet skis, kayaks, Seabobs, paddleboards, wave-runners and even a Laser Pico sail boat.

At a cruising speed of 11 knots and a maximum speed of 17 knots, motor yacht REMEMBER WHEN will take you to all of the secluded beaches of the Grenadines without missing an opportunity to watch the sea-life pass by.

The American walnut fittings makes for an inviting and refined interior throughout the 1 Master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, 2 double cabins, 2 twin cabins and 2 pullman beds, which altogether can accommodate for up to 12 guests. The crew quarters can comfortable accommodate up to 10 crewmen for a relaxed atmosphere throughout the charter.

Superyacht REMEMBER WHEN - Master suite

Superyacht REMEMBER WHEN – Master suite

Superyacht REMEMBER WHEN is available for charter from €230,000 this winter to locations throughout the Caribbean. For more information about on-board amenities and destinations, contact a CharterWorld broker today.

Feadship 92 Meter Yacht Aquarius Launched

September 05, 2016

Written by Mike Smith

CharterWorld brings happy news that yacht Aquarius (Project Touchdown) has been officially launched to celebration by Feadship at their Aalsmeer yard in the Netherlands.

Superyacht AQUARIUS at her Launch - Profile image by Feadship

Superyacht AQUARIUS at her Launch – Profile image by Feadship

Superyacht AQUARIUS at her Launch - image by Feadship

Superyacht AQUARIUS at her Launch – image by Feadship

Initially work began on the 92 meter boat (301’10”) at the Scheepswerft Slob yard in Germany before, in June 2015, her hull was relocated to the Dutch shipyard Feadship for finishing.

Sinot Yacht Design of the Netherlands designed the yacht’s exterior and interior while De Voogt was the naval architect.

Aquarius Yacht Video of the Launch:

Superyacht Aquarius can accommodate 12 guests in 6 staterooms or suites. The owner’s upper deck suite is joined by and 5 VIP staterooms forward on the main deck. The Owner Suite is enhanced with a separate his and her bathroom, a massage room, a media room and a private balcony.

Superyacht AQUARIUS at her Launch - Above View image by Feadship

Superyacht AQUARIUS at her Launch – Above View image by Feadship

The superyacht is Steve Wynn’s, of Wynn Resorts, latest boat replacing his previous 67-meter Aquarius for an unknown cost. It is not known the price of the yacht or what is was sold for.

The private yacht’s twin MTU 16V4000M63L (2240 kW @ 1800 rpm) engines propel her at a top speed of 17 knots with a cruising speed of 12 knots. This gives an effective range of 5500 nautical miles.

A yacht of this caliber offers many remarkable features but one of the best is a bar and lounge area at sea level which is located under the glass bottom pool. Her capabilities are further enhanced by a helicopter landing pad, a gym and a beauty salon. A Jacuzzi pool and large outdoor deck spaces round off the notable offerings.

AQUARIUS at her Launch - image of side deck detail by Feadship

Superyacht AQUARIUS at her Launch – image of side deck detail by Feadship

Henk de Vries Comments on the yacht:

“We had been in regular contact for several years before the owner concluded that, in order to create the truly fantastic yacht he envisaged, he simply had to commission an entirely bespoke Feadship. The client is a fiercely competitive player in the hospitality business and highly ambitious in terms of his personal possessions. It has been a pleasure to work with him on this phenomenal project.”

Superyacht AQUARIUS at her Launch - image of bow by Feadship

Superyacht AQUARIUS at her Launch – image of bow by Feadship

Comments by the Yacht Owner:

“We dedicated two years of intense design work on Aquarius. As a result, she represents a perfect marriage of interior and exterior, and seamless integration with the sea. I am convinced that Aquarius will become a future benchmark for global superyacht excellence.”

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Superyacht AQUARIUS at her Launch – Aft Deck – image by Feadship

Official Release and Images From Feadship:

Age of Aquarius: Spectacular new Feadship launched
Feadship launched the 92-metre superyacht Aquarius in a private ceremony at its yard in Aalsmeer on Saturday 3 September. This pure custom Feadship has been created on behalf of and in partnership with an immensely experienced yacht owner. It sees Feadship once again raise the bar of perfection across the board.

Superyacht AQUARIUS at her Launch - image by Feadship

Superyacht AQUARIUS at her Launch – image by Feadship

Aquarius features a resolutely contemporary exterior design with a number of archetypal Feadship elements, such as a conventional bow and raked superstructure shape.

The profile comes from the boards of the Dutch company Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design, which was also responsible for the interior design together with the owner’s design team in close cooperation with Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects.

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Leveraging on experience:
The client is a hugely experienced owner whose previous superyachts include 50-metre and 60-metre yachts. “Having enjoyed his time on yachts from renowned yards, the owner of Aquarius recognised that the only way to move up to the highest possible standard was to come to Feadship,” comments CEO Henk de Vries.

“We had been in regular contact for several years before the owner concluded that, in order to create the truly fantastic yacht he envisaged, he simply had to commission an entirely bespoke Feadship. The client is a fiercely competitive player in the hospitality business and highly ambitious in terms of his personal possessions. It has been a pleasure to work with him on this phenomenal project.”

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The owner agrees: “We dedicated two years of intense design work on Aquarius. As a result, she represents a perfect marriage of interior and exterior, and seamless integration with the sea. I am convinced that Aquarius will become a future benchmark for global superyacht excellence.”

Let there be light
A terrific amount of light in the ceilings and in the comprehensive (and energy-conscious) LED lighting system, combined with a phenomenal amount of glass in the superstructure, makes Aquarius one of the brightest Feadships launched to date. Moreover, as the owner is an avid art lover, Aquarius has the space for some pieces from his private collection.

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The client’s expertise in the hospitality and high-end hotel sectors is also apparent on Aquarius, with the infrastructure of the galleys, pantries and crew service areas optimised to the highest degree. The staterooms and suites are also arranged in a way that makes the most of the owner’s unrivalled understanding of luxury accommodation. Overall, the entire yacht shows off a meticulous attention to detail and perfect dimensions & scale, all within an intuitive and supremely user-friendly layout.

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Aquarius’ propulsion rests upon a conventional package honed by Feadship to an exceptional degree of refinement. The yard is confident that Aquarius will prove to be the quietest Feadship to date once sea trials get underway. In this as in every other aspect, this latest member of the Feadship fleet encapsulates everything that has made the Feadship name a byword for extraordinary craftsmanship and a genuinely superior owner experience.

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Superyacht AQUARIUS at her Launch – Profile image by Feadship

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Feadship Superyacht AQUARIUS Specifications:

Builder: Feadship

Launch name: Aquarius
Project name: Touchdown
Year: 2016
Length: 92.00m / 301’10”
Beam: 13.50m / 44’3”
Draught: 4.00m 13’1”
Speed: 17 knots / 12 knots. Range: 5500 NM @ at cruising speed

Capacity
Fuel Capacity: 220,000 litres / 58,118 US Gallons
Water Capacity: 50,000 litres / 13,209 US Gallons

Design
Naval Architect: Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects
Exterior & Interior Design: Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design

Propulsion
Main Engines: 2x MTU 16V4000M63L 2240 kW @ 1800 rpm
Generators: 3x Caterpillar C32 – 1x Caterpillar C18 (emergency generator)

Accommodation
Staterooms: Owner’s stateroom on owner’s deck with separate his and her bathroom, massage room, media room and private balcony
Crew: 31 crew in fourteen crew cabins, one in captain’s cabin and two in staff cabins
Guests: Twelve guests in six staterooms

Water sports: 2x 9.90m tenders, 1x 8.60m tender

Image Gallery of Aquarius Photos:

 

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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.

Please get in touch with CharterWorld the leading luxury yacht charter expert, to experience the delights of a superior charter holiday. Here are some very happy people who have already.

Some Latest Interesting Superyacht Launches This Year.

July 19, 2016

Written by Rebecca Pascoe

This year has been a bumper year for interesting new yacht launches. Yacht design has evolved significantly of late and the result is now being seen on the water with some amazing yachts to be launches this year. Here are the actual launches so far.

Yacht launches…perhaps one of the most exciting events when you are lucky to be one of the first to see these huge new superyachts unveiled. The blood, sweat and tears that go in to producing these beasts is nothing short of incredible and nothing can replace the awe of seeing one of these beauties for the first time. Here we talk about the launches upon us and in the near future. There are yachts who cruise the Antarctic and yachts that dock near the Galapagos. Check when these launches take place and what the yacht has in store for charter.

Echo Yachts Trimaran

Echo Yachts Trimaran

1. Trimaran 84 metres, Echo Yachts
The largest superyacht in Australia is being built by Echo Yachts for an experienced owner and is due in 2017. It’s 46 metre support vessel is due in the first quarter of this year. The exterior will be built by yacht designer Sam Sorgiovanni and the 84-metre aluminium multi-hull yacht The yard is building an 84 metre Trimaran superyacht, due in 2017, and a 46m catamaran support vessel.

Kleven

Kleven

2. Project 370, 116 metres, Kleven
This expedition superyacht Kleven is a partner for the same owners’ other expedition yacht, the Ulysses. They have a range of big toys and equipment for long and rough expeditions with luxury built throughout the interior. Built as a sistership to 107-metre Ulysses for the same owner, these two expedition superyachts are heavy-duty explorers, with a huge range of equipment and toys. She is being launched March 2016.

Sybaris

Sybaris

3. Sybaris, 70 metres, Perini Navi
The Sybaris yacht is the second biggest sailing yacht designed and built by Perini Navi. With an interior by PH Design Studio in Miami, the Sybaris has advanced technology for performance and also for the guests to enjoy on their charter. The engineering on board is also designed to be economic and cut carbon emissions. There is a 30 metre guest area on the main deck and an 18 metre fly-bridge so there is no escaping relaxing outside and sunbathing all day. She was launched at the end of 2015 so she is onj the seas and ready for charter.

Dynamiq

Dynamiq

4. D4, 36.6 metres, Dynamiq
Launching this Summer, this Dynamiq Gran Turismo yacht can travel a wide range on just one tank of fuel. So if you want to get to Miami to the Galapagos on one tank of fuel or Monaco to St Tropez reached in just over two hours this is the lady for you at a cruising speed of 20 knots. She is currently being built in the NCA shipyard in Carrara, Italy.

CRN74

CRN74

5. CRN 74, 74 metres, CRN
Italian studio Zucco International Project architects and Feretti shipyards have joined forces to build the CRN 74 to be shown at the Cannes Yachting Festival for 2016. The interior will be designed by Andrew Winch and is using an innovative way of expanding space and helping the exterior designer Zuccon increase the outside area of the vessel used by an owner and their guests.

Freefall

Freefall

6. Project Freefall, 74 metre, Amels
This Tim Heywood designed superyacht has just been announced as being launched this Spring by Amels and will be launched as the largest yacht by Moran Yacht & Ship in a decade. The yacht features a huge a dedicated owner’s deck, full-beam spa on the lower deck and an aft deck pool. Andrew Winch will be the interior designer and will furnish two VIP cabins on the main deck of which each will sport a guest suite, dressing room and an office.

Illusion

Illusion

7. Illusion, 88.8 metres, Pride Mega Yachts
Being sold as the largest yacht ever built in China it will be wonderful to see this 88.8 metre Mega Yacht come to fruition. The Illusion’s naval architecture is by Azure and the exterior styling is by Rainsford Saunders who has designed the swimming pool, a gym, cinema and spa. The exclusive interior yacht designers, Sinot, will be responsible for furnishing this lady and always come up with extraordinarily beautiful, clean styling. The Illusion was sold last year and is on its way for delivery to its new owner.

Project Cecelia

Project Cecelia

8. Project Cecilia, 50 metre, Wider Yachts
Project Cecelia was dreamt up by designer Fulvio De Simoni in collaboration with Wider’s founder and CEO Tilli Antonelli and the in-house design team and the instructions form the new owner were to “enhance the owner’s contact with the sea”. The Wider 165 will have a ‘Wider beach,’ a spacious swim-and-sunbathing deck with indoor swimming pool, submersible tender bay and a touch-and-go helipad. She was being moved to be fitted out in November 2015 and was unveiled at this year’s Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show and will officially launch soon.

Benetti Mediterraneo

Benetti Mediterraneo

9. Benetti Mediterraneo 116, 35.5 metres, Benetti Yachts
The Benetti Mediterraneo is the first yacht in Benetti’s new range and is a huge undertaking. She accommodates 10 guests and 7 crew in the outside space that have really been the main focus of this yacht. The open area on the foredeck has a hot tub, sundeck with a bar and outside dining. There is a 6-metre-wide cockpit for the captain to enjoy as well. The build has been announced as being launched this year so watch this space.

LionSpirit

LionSpirit

10. Lion Spirit, 57 metres, Sunrise Yachts
Previously called Lionwind when first built in 1993, this 57 metre new refit is underway at Sunrise Yachts in Antalya in Turkey. She will be due for delivery in March 2016 and the exterior designer Espen Oeino has been brought in to work his décor magic. The Lion Spirit is a steel and aluminium yacht which they have lengthened so that the owner and his family can enjoy a suite on the sundeck and the sliding glass panels that open to the accommodation areas. There is a nicknamed “crazy room” that has been filled with crazy colours and shapes by interior designer Reymond Langdon, who has also helped install the photographic studio and extensive dive shop for the owner of Lion Spirit, who is a highly skilled scuba diver. Look out for the Lion Spirit and when you can charter her from March.

Racing: days two and three in Palma de Mallorca

June 29, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

After three intense days of racing, the 20th Superyacht Cup in Palma de Mallorca has drawn to a close. Every crew put in a prime performance that made for attention-grabbing races on all three days of the event. The following article summarises the class winners for days 2 and 3 and names the overall winner of the 20th Superyacht Cup.

Day 2:

As spectators gathered, the second day of racing saw a repeat appearance of the perfect weather from the day before. 22 stunning superyachts prepared for the custom courses where participants in Classes A and B were to race 21.1 nm and Classes C and D needed to cover a shorter distance of 14.3 nm.

Sailing yacht KIBOKO DOS – Image © Claire Matches

When racing began at 13:00 the sea breeze blew around 8-11 knots. This was all the invitation 32m SEA WAVE required to be first across the starting line for Class A, followed closely by 45m MARI CHA III and 33m INOUÏ.

SEA WAVE took the lead from the first mark as WIN WIN and INOUÏ piled on the pressure in the race to the next mark.  It was only once WIN WIN passed the second mark that she caught up with the race leader and pulled ahead to become the first to reach the fourth and fifth markers and become the winner of Class A.

In Class B, P2 proved her worth once more, passing 35m SOJANA at the third mark 2 minutes and 55 seconds ahead before taking first place again, pushing GANESHA into second place.

Class C began neck and neck as TEMPUS FUGIT, KIBOKO DOS, STAY CALM, FIREBIRD and HEARTBEAT all rounded the first mark within one minute and nine seconds of each other. STAY CALM and KIBOKO DOS continued to compete for first as the second mark approached, but KIBOKO DOS broke out in front and won in Class C.

Two-masted gaff schooner MARIETTE of 1915 raced against 42m NAEMA and 60m GERMANIA NOVA to take the lead in Class D, making it her second win of the regatta. Second place went to new participant NAEMA, who finished 9 minutes and 42 seconds behind the lead.

 

Day 3:

The final day of the Palma de Mallorca Regatta was expected to have the lightest winds: 8-12 knots in the morning and 6-10 knots from 14:00. The race committee chose two courses designed to test each crew’s skill: a 20.6 mn course for Class A and a 17.8 nm course for Classes B, C and D.

Sailing yacht P2 – Image © Claire Matches

 

The racing day began at 13:00 as Class A SEA WAVE took the lead to round the first marker with Mari Cha III and Inouï following close behind. Mari Cha III overtook SEA WAVE in an effort to reach the second mark first and pull ahead. However, Mari Cha III was not the only yacht to overtake SEA WAVE and in the end  it was WIN WIN and UNFURLED who fought to reach the third mark ahead of the competition. In a similar scenario to day one, WIN WIN, SAUDADE AND UNFURLED competed for the fourth mark and the finish line, but it was UNFURLED who drew ahead to cross the finish line 1 minute 4 seconds ahead of SAUDADE.

P2 made great time from the very start of the Class B race, going on ahead of the rest of the competition to beat SOJANA to the third Porrasa mark by 1 minute and 45 seconds. As P2 passed the fourth mark and crossed the finish line it was regatta veteran GANESHA who was trailing closest behind.

Class C saw a close fight between TEMPUS FUGIT, KIBOKO DOS and newcomer FIREBIRD. The latter 27m sailing yacht pushed ahead of the two winners from earlier races, but couldn’t keep up the pace. 28m KIBOKO DOS closed the distance and overtook before the fourth mark, creating a gap of 1 minute and 44 seconds between them as she crossed the finish line.

MARIETTE of 1915 won both the first and second Class D races and intended to add a third win against competitors NAEMA and GERMANIA NOVA. After making it past the first and second marks ahead of her rivals, MARIETTE of 1915 was overtaken by GERMANIA NOVA who went on to finish 3 minutes and 49 seconds out in front.

Once corrections were applied, the overall class winners were:

Class A – WIN WIN

Class B – P2

Class C – TEMPUS FUGIT

Class D – MARIETTE of 1915

The winner of the Superyacht Cup 2016 was from Class A: WIN WIN. Her captain, Clive Walker, told spectators: “I’ve got a huge smile on my face. We’ve been trying to win a regatta ever since we launched the boat two years ago and we’ve finally done it, which is a huge relief. To be part of this team for the last eight years and having won [in the past with Scorpione dei Mari] as well is incredible, just fantastic. A win-win situation!”

At the regatta’s 20th prize-giving ceremony, the WIN WIN crew held high the winner’s trophy the ‘Big Bent Cleat’, looking as impressive as ever on its newly refitted base.

The Superyacht Cup also presented a €11,000 cheque to the Joves Navegants charity, a long-running sailing initiative on the island designed to improve the lives of underprivileged boys and girls. Donations give the chance for 8 young adults in a drug dependency programme the chance to sail 21m GALAXIE and learn about yacht maintenance, sail preparation and steering at sea. Other projects from Joves Navegants include circumnavigating Mallorca and Menorca and La Ruta de la Sal, a sailing regatta where at risk young adults sail GALAXIE between Barcelona and Ibiza.

Facilities expand to meet demand in Dutch superyacht market

June 27, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

25 luxury yacht deliveries are expected from Dutch yacht builders in 2016. In 2015, Dutch shipyards launched 22 superyachts – six more than the year before – and totalling a worth of €1.18 billion. On top of the 22 launches in 2015, members of the HISWA Holland Yachting Group also received 24 new superyacht orders, which was an increase of more than a quarter compared to 2014.

Feadship - New Amsterdam facility location

Feadship – New Amsterdam facility location

The recent increase in demand for superyachts has created an atmosphere for expansion in the Netherlands. Feadship has recently announced it will open a fourth manufacturing and refit facility in Amsterdam, and fellow members of HISWA Holland Yachting Group are finding creative solutions to the escalation in orders and deliveries.

“There are a number of key reasons why the superyacht industry in the Netherlands has come through the global downturn in rude health,” Jeroen Sirag, export director for the HISWA Holland Yachting Group, comments. “One critical factor has been a longstanding commitment to investing in the future during both good times and lean, with Dutch yards keen to ensure they retain their globally recognised lead in quality and innovation. The same applies to the Dutch equipment suppliers who consistently seek new ways to ensure their first-class products and technologies adorn the finest superyacht builds both in the Netherlands and further afield.”

Heesen Yachts has expanded to meet growing demand from clients for larger superyachts by constructing a new 85 metre dry dock in Oss. The facility is expected to be operational by October this year. The sailing yacht sector has also seen expansion: Royal Huisman and Holland Jachtbouw have both increased their build hall capacity.

Heesen Yachts - GALACTICA STAR, launched May 2015

Heesen Yachts – GALACTICA STAR, launched May 2015

Dutch marine equipment supply companies are also making significant changes. Hydromar Marine Equipment moved to a new production facility during 2015 to strengthen its relationship with Cramm Yachting Systems as they continue to make and market superyacht hydraulics. Van Berge Henegouwen has not only moved into Amsterdam offices which include a professional workshop and testing facilities, they have also opened a new office in Antibes, France to be ‘closer to the yachts and… improve support and service for our customers’.

Van Berge Henegouwen isn’t the only company expanding abroad as Huisman Maritiem, Heinen & Hopman add offices and facilities across the Mediterranean and De Keizer opens its seventh location in West Palm Beach, Florida.

“All these new initiatives and investments showcase how the members of the HISWA Holland Yachting Group are looking to continue offering the best possible services to their clients,” concludes Sirag. “Equally important, of course, is the industry-leading experience and skills of the workforce at the various yards and supply companies. This remains the backbone of the Dutch superyacht cluster and the number one reason why Holland continues to rule the waves.”

An intense first day of racing at Palma de Mallorca

June 24, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

The first day of the 20th edition Palma de Mallorca regatta got off to a fine start with sunny skies and favourable winds on the 22nd this month, with 22 competing teams signed up for the three day event. The energy between crewman and competitors was electric as each luxury yacht was primed for the start of the first race.

Palma de Mallorca Superyacht Regatta 2016

Palma de Mallorca Superyacht Regatta 2016

Four categories will be used this year and SYC will implement the ORC-sy rating rule to ensure fairness between competitors in a move which has been approved by yacht captains, crews, organisers and onlookers alike.

New names 39m ATALANTE and 45m UNFURLED launched only last year and will be competing against established yachts such as 38m sailing yacht P2 built in 2008, and 2013-built superyacht TEMPUS FUGIT.

Coming fresh from wins at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta earlier this month were 33m WIN WIN and 45m SAUDADE. As proven competitors, neither team will take the other for granted and spectators experienced a fierce but friendly rivalry between the two crews as they vied for top place against UNFURLED in Class A. Although SAUDADE looked as though she would take first place, WIN WIN caught up and overtook in the final minute to become the winner of the regatta’s opening race.

Sailing yacht SOJANA

Sailing yacht SOJANA

In Class B, 45m SALPERTON and 35m SOJANA tried for first but both were beaten by P2 in an outstanding performance.

29m KIBOKO DOS, 25m STAY CALM, TEMPUS FUGIT and FIREBIRD created a dramatic battle to the finish in Class C, with a margin of only 4 seconds between leading sailing yacht KIBOKO DOS and fourth place STAY CALM.

The Class D regatta saw the 60m traditional gaff-rigged schooner GERMANIA NOVA head off course from the start in pursuit of the second Pantaenius mark. The set back cost valuable time when she had to go back to round the first Alpha mark. MARIETTE of 1915 put in a solid performance from the start, rounding all markers ahead of her competitors to take first in Class D.

MARIETTE’s captain Charlie Wroe commented: “We’ve had three really good days sailing in the bay, leading up to today’s first race and it went really well. We had a good start, it was lovely sailing out there and it’s really good to see all the boats out there, powered up and going along. We’re really happy.”

Almost half the luxury sailing yachts in the regatta are available for charter throughout the year. Those currently available for charter are:

ATALANTE: 39m/129ft (2015)

GANESHA: 46m/151ft (2013)

GERMANIA NOVA: 47m/182ft (2001)

P2: 38m/125ft (2008)

PENELOPE: 31m/100ft (2012)

SALPERTON: 45m/148ft (2009)

SOJANA: 35m/112ft (2003)

TEMPUS FUGIT: 27.5m/90ft (2013)

TENAZ 39m/131ft (1996)

Contact CharterWorld for more information on seasonal pricing and availability.