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New sailing yacht Swan 105 concept by Nautor´s Swan and German Frers

May 14, 2012

The new sailing yacht Swan 105 concept is a fresh addition to the outstanding superyacht market development of the prestigious Finish builder, Nautor´s Swan. Designed by the Swan´s in-house team in partnership with renowned German Frers, the Swan 105 superyacht is an exceptional accomplished performer, belonging to the SwanLine´s sustained, progressive designs.

Luxury sailing yacht Swan 105 at anchor Credit: Nautor's Swan 2012

Luxury sailing yacht Swan 105 at anchor Credit: Nautor's Swan 2012

The luxury yacht Swan 105 is a bold statement in luxury style and ocean-going performance, taking its lead from the previous interpretations which produced the Swan 112 (an example is the charter yacht Highland Breeze), the luxury yacht Swan 100 and the Swan 130. Since 1998 when Nautor’s Swan successfully penetrated the superyacht world for yachts over 100 feet, design has developed in order to pave the way for the breath taking Swan 105.

Swan 105 superyacht running - view from above Credit: Nautor's Swan 2012

Swan 105 superyacht running - view from above Credit: Nautor's Swan 2012

Sleek, luxurious and reliable, the superyacht Swan 105 is built to perfection within the cruising context. The performance orientated hull with clean deck layout concealing the substantial internal volume and innovative technical features combine to afford true comfort for owners and guests. Layouts include owner’s cabin forward and aft for a personalised preference. A diligence to pulling in natural light to the main saloon area has resulted in six hull windows on each side of the hull coupled with ten deck hatches and the raised saloon windows, producing a bright heart to the Swan 105 living quarters.

Superyacht Swan 105 Running - front view Credit: Nautor´s Swan 2012

Superyacht Swan 105 Running - front view Credit: Nautor´s Swan 2012

Above decks commitment to comfort continues with the visually pleasing sweeping top of the raised saloon flowing naturally into the entertainment cockpit amidships. This provides a protected area with access to the main companionway which also benefits from an elegant integrated in-deck bimini hydraulically operated. Seating eight at ease in sumptuous comfort whether at anchor enjoying dining al-fresco or under passage, the wonderful space forms a cocooned and welcomed retreat from the business ends of the yacht.

Cruising pursuits have received the majority of attention by the designers, demonstrated by the broad transom at the stern opening out to reveal an extensive swimming platform with additional space ideal for a 4 metre tender with its own hydraulic launching and recovery system.

Sailing yacht Swan 105 Main Saloon - looking aft towars the port side Credit Nautor's Swan 2012

Sailing yacht Swan 105 Main Saloon - looking aft towars the port side Credit: Nautor's Swan 2012

Luca Lucheschi, Commercial Director at Nautor’s Swan has been involved throughout the Swan 105 yacht design project and commented on the latest addition to the SwanLine: “The Swan 105 is essentially an extension of our fast maxi-cruiser concept, central to our portfolio of yachts. As well as using the knowledge gained from 45 years of developing the ultimate in hull lines, foils, deck layout and internal arrangements, we have produced a successful package with the Swan 105. She not only commands respect for sailing performance but also stands out from the crowd through her interior comfort quality. A truly beautiful cruising boat with the benefit of modern technical improvements, the Swan 105 expertly continues the proud traditions of the Nautor’s Swan marque”.

62ft Swan charter yacht Glisse arrives at Dennis Conner’s North Cove

May 09, 2012

Dennis Conner´s North Cove as well as Battery Park City are pleased to welcome another spectacular vessel in NYC, the 62ft sailing yacht Glisse. The luxury charter yacht Glisse was built in 2005 by the renowned Finnish shipyard Nautor Swan, with a complete upgrade in 2010.

62ft Swan charter yacht Glisse at Dennis Conner´s North Cove

62ft Swan charter yacht Glisse at Dennis Conner´s North Cove

During the 2010 Swan Rendezvous Regatta in the Caribbean the Swan luxury yacht Glisse was awarded the “Best Boat” trophy out of 26 boats, chosen by four industry professionals for her level of perfection. She sleeps up to six guests with a crew of two.

Glisse is available for charter in the Caribbean from December through May, and in New England from June through October. The captain has years of experience in both areas, and can guide guests to the secret spots far from the crowds, or right in the center of the action.

CharterWorld has a selection of wonderful Nautor’s Swan sailing yachts currently available for charter in the Mediterranean, such as the Swan 112 sailing yacht Highland Breeze and the Swan 82 superyacht Astro De L’Est. You can view the full list of Nautor’s Swan Yachts here or contact our friendly team for more information.

Antigua Sailing Week 2012: Final Day 5 – Winners

May 04, 2012

In CSA 1A, Geoff Hill’s Santa Cruz 72 sailing yacht Antipodes placed first, winning the last race of this year´s Antigua Sailing Week on the final day 5.

Geoff Hill's Santa Cruz 72 sailing yacht Antipodes Credit: Jason Pickering

Geoff Hill's Santa Cruz 72 sailing yacht Antipodes Credit: Jason Pickering

Geoff Hill spoke dockside in Falmouth Harbour: “This is the first time we have raced the yacht and to be honest we could have done with another week to get her ready for racing, we have been tuning her up as we raced and the team have done a great job. I have been to Antigua Sailing Week before but not for about seven years and I have to say we have received a very friendly welcome from the race organisers and all of the Antipodes team are looking forward to tonight’s prize giving.”

Peter Harrison’s Farr 115 charter yacht Sojana could only manage a third today, which put them on equal points with Antipodes. Sojana could only count three first places to Antipode’s four and lost on countback, it was that close. Jan Rupert’s Tripp 75 yacht Blackbird finished the regatta with a second place in the last race to secure third.

In CSA 1B, Stefan Lehnert’s Tripp 56 yacht Passion 4C won the last race by a handsome margin to secure not the division title. Lenhert’s team has been racing in the Caribbean all season. Antigua Sailing Week did not start well for Lehnert when his son went overboard in the first race but the German Admiral’s Cup winner has had a great week, as Lehnert explains:

“When Richard Matthews and Zig Zag picked up Phillip, I was so relieved, I thanked him by giving them a crate of champagne and it has been champagne sailing since then,” smiled Lehnert. “I must also congratulate the organisers of this regatta. It has a great atmosphere and I especially enjoyed the daily prize giving, which gives you a chance to meet other sailors during the week, I am sure Passion 4C will be back in Antigua.”

Fleet shot on the final day at Antigua Sailing Week Credit: Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

Fleet shot on the final day at Antigua Sailing Week Credit: Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

The winner of CSA 2 was already decided before today’s race. Ulrich Rohde’s Swan 53 sailing yacht Dragon Fly Plus had an unassailable lead but that didn’t stop Ross Applebey’s Oyster 48 yacht Scarlet Oyster from going for it today with Yachting World Editor, David Glenn on board. The vintage Oyster corrected out to win by just 25 seconds from Christian Reynolds, Swan 51 yacht Northern Child, posting their best result of the regatta. In today’s race Andy Middleton’s First 47.7 came third. Chris Brand’s Swan 53 yacht Merel Four could only manage a sixth today but the team from the Royal Thames Yacht Club maintained their position as third overall.

In CSA 3, Richard’s Wesslund’s J/120 yacht El Ocaso made it a perfect seven with their win today. Boat Captain, Mike Caldwell spoke dockside after racing: “It may look like we ran away with the victory but many of the races were won by a few seconds. Every single member of the El Ocaso team has made a significant contribution, we all had our moments when the bow, the trim, the driver all needed to step up and be counted and that is what they did and I am very proud of them. We have been partying together all week and I am sure we will enjoy the English Harbour rum tonight!”

Second place in the class went to Nick Burn’s First 40 sailing yacht Lancelot II. His Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club team have been battling all week with Maurio Martinez’s Brazilian team racing First 40, Smile and Wave.

In CSA 4, Calvin Reed’s First 40.7 yacht Elandra won the last race of the series by a significant margin to win Class for the second year in a row. Sir Hugh Bailey’s Beneteau 456, Hugo B was second today. The team from Falmouth, Antigua have shown incredible consistency. Throughout the week, Hugo B has only been off the podium on one occasion and that was a fourth. However, Elandra has been unstoppable and the team are class winners in consecutive regattas. Jonty Layfield’s J/39, Sleeper was third overall.

Passion 4 C

Sailing yacht Passion 4 C Credit: T. Wright/photoaction.com

In CSA 5, Geoffrey Pidduck’s Six Metre yacht Biwi Magic came out on top in the last race of the series to win the class: “The decisive moment today was the start. Blue Peter was lee-bowing High Tide and I was taking the lee-bow off Blue Peter, but because we can point much higher than both of them, Biwi Magic got right over the top of them and we made the top mark first. High Tide should have caught up downwind but they chose to go inshore and got caught up in traffic, whilst we stayed in clear air pointing directly at the mark and that as that really. It has been a fantastic week of racing but I have to say I was kicking myself yesterday when I rounded a mark the wrong way and had to go back, we could have thrown away the win there and then. It is great to win and I am sure I will be enjoying an English Harbour rum very shortly at the Antigua Yacht Club.”

Steve Carson, owner of runner up High Tide was in good spirits despite losing out on the last race. ” I helped build that boat (Biwi Magic) before it crossed the Atlantic and I suppose it has come back to bight me!” quipped Carson.

In CSA 6, Resting Goose were already secure of the class win before today’s race. Owner David Chatterton talked about his experience at Antigua Sailing Week: “It has just been fantastic, well organized, friendly, a real joy to be here and we are delighted with our win. We are just a bunch of boys from the East Coast of England, here to have some fun and all of the yachts in our class have been a delight to sail against and party with. It has been a very special week, a big thank you to everybody involved in Antigua Sailing Week.”

Sailing yacht Resting Goose

Sailing yacht Resting Goose Credit: Jason Pickering

In today’s race, Vince White’s O’Day 35 yacht Seal saved the best to last, winning their first race of the series but a country mile. Beneteau Oceanis 473, Ormeau was second with Philip Eynon’s prestine Swan 36 yacht Arc Angel third.

In the Bareboat Class, three yachts from KH+P had a tremendous battle, as they have done all week. Alexander Pfeiffer’s L’Oiseau des Iles won today’s race putting pressure on class leader, Horst Schultze’s Sea You Later. However Sea You Later corrected out to take second place in the last race by a solitary second from Andreas Kadelbach’s Cayenne. After a six race series, Sea You Later won the class by the narrowest of margins.

In Bareboat 2, KH+P Sapphire Dancer took a convincing victory. In second place was Stewart Reed’s Dilligaff. No doubt Stewart and his team from the UK will be celebrating the skipper’s 50th birthday in fine style tonight. The Swiss Team Carondimonio racing Balaou were third.

Tonight the legendary Antigua Sailing Week Final Awards Party will take place on the water side of the Copper and Lumber Store in the historic setting of Nelson’s Dockyard. Once the silverware has been distributed the dancing will begin. The whole place will be jumping to live music from Rico and the 4 Play Band and music from Choice FM & Grown n’ Sexy featuring Dave VJ.

Antigua Sailing Week 2012: Day 3 – Another day of big breeze

May 01, 2012

Sailors competing in the Antigua Sailing Week 2012 experienced another day of big breeze on day three of this popular Caribbean race. The Ocean mark laid for today’s big yachts was a new addition. It needed more than 300 feet of line to lay the mark four miles off the leeward coast of Antigua.

Antigua Sailing Week 2012 Credit P. Wyeth/pwpictures.com

Antigua Sailing Week 2012 Credit: P. Wyeth/pwpictures.com

The sizeable yachts in CSA 1 were an awesome sight today, smashing through the start line to windward through the Caribbean surf and after coming off the wind at the Ocean mark, the yachts speared off downwind, bow up, accelerating off big waves to surf at speeds of 20 knots plus.

In CSA 1A, Geoff Hill’s Santa Cruz 72 sailing yacht Antipodes scored its first win of the regatta. Geoff Hill has been to Antigua Sailing Week many times before but, surprisingly, this is the first visit to the Caribbean’s longest running regatta for the true Australian sailing legend. At 85 years of age, Syd Fischer is probably the oldest competitor at Antigua Sailing Week. Syd shares a record of five America’s Cup challenges and has won just about every classic yacht race going, including the Fastnet and the Sydney Hobart Race, which Fischer has competed in on 40 occasions.

‘It’s a long flight to get here from Australia but I have to say it has been worth it, great conditions similar to Hawaii when I used to compete there in the Kenwood Cup. This is my first visit to Antigua but I have enjoyed the sailing so far and it was great to get a win today. We have only had the boat for a very short time and it always takes a bit to get a new yacht up to speed.’

Antipodes beat Peter Harrison’s charter yacht Sojana in today’s race by less than a minute. However Sojana has a virtually unassailable lead in the division. Jan Rupert’s Tripp 75 yacht Blackbird is in third.

In CSA 1B, Stefan Lenhert’s Tripp 56 sailing yacht Passion 4C had an outstanding protest dismissed last night and came out for today’s race meaning business to take the race by over two minutes on corrected time from Peruvian NM92 yacht Locura skippered by Hector Velarde. The result means that Passion 4C now leads the division. However, the win for Passion 4C was not as straight forward as it might seem. Approaching the bottom mark for the first time, Passion 4C’s genoa halyard parted company from the sail, sending it into the water. The crew quickly gathered the sail whist still flying their spinnaker and perfected a last minute manoeuvre to avoid losing any time. Slick crew work definitely won Passion 4C’s race today. Locura is second overall but Richards Matthews’ Oyster 82 superyacht Zig Zag could only manage a third today, knocking it off the podium position.

Another day of big breeze at Antigua Sailing Week 2012 Credit: jasonpickering.com

Another day of big breeze at Antigua Sailing Week 2012 Credit: jasonpickering.com

In CSA 2, Dragon Fly Plus is the new leader after winning today’s race. The Swan 53’s boat captain is Frank Brown from Florida and he explains the unique set up of the elegant 2007 edition from Nautor Swan. “Dragon Fly has a dagger board rather than a keel, which we can raise downwind to reduce drag. To accomplish this, the yacht has significant internal ballast, so today’s deep water race was ideal for us as we go just fine in a sea state upwind. Ulrich Rohde is a close friend of the yacht’s owner and we have crew from Austria, Canada and America on board. Antigua Sailing Week is a new experience for many of the crew and I have to say we are enjoying ourselves on and off the water!”

Chris Brand’s Swan 53 yacht Merel Four was fourth today and remains in third position overall. However Christian Reynolds’ Swan 51, Northern Child scored a third today and is tied with the same number of points.

In CSA 3, Richard Wesslund’s J/120 El Ocaso was unstoppable today, taking its fourth straight bullet of the regatta by some distance. Don Payan’s Farr 40 yacht Rigel got a great start but could not hold off El Ocaso and on corrected time also lost out to Mario Martinez’s First 40 sailing yacht Smile and Wave.

In CSA 4, American Calvin Reed’s First 40.7 Elandra steered by John Linton kept up its winning ways by taking the fourth race of the series by two minutes after time correction. Sir Hugh Bailey’s First 456 yacht Hugo B could only manage a fourth place today but the Antiguan local yacht is still second overall.

In CSA 5, Stephen Carson’s Dehler 34 sailing yacht Hightide put in an impressive performance today, winning both races to put pressure on class leader Geoffrey Pidduck’s Six Meter, Biwi Magic. Hightide’s Stephen Carson spoke dockside after racing today. “I can’t really pin down one area that brought us success today but we started well and the crew work was excellent and if you don’t make mistakes you often end up winning. But Biwi Magic was very quick today and it was very close, especially in the last race of the day, which we only won by half a minute.”

In CSA 6, David Chatterton’s Jeanneau 49 yacht Resting Goose was once again the victor, scoring their third and fourth wins of the regatta. Last year’s class winner, Seal, owned and steered by Vincent White had its best day so far scoring two third place finishes to lift them to second overall. Phil Munday’s Great Escape of Southampton is third in class. However, Eduardo Lentz’s Voilactus and Alex Johnstone’s Blue Water Sailing Grenada are also very much in contention.

In the Bareboat Class a tremendous battle has developed in Bareboat 3 between three boats chartered by KH+P. Horst Schultze’s Sea You Later is the current leader but Alexander Pfeiffer’s L’Oiseau des Iles won the last race of the day and is just a single point off the lead. Andreas Kadelbach’s Cayenne is just two points behind the class leader.

Tonight, Ky-Mani Marley will play to a full house in the historic setting of Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour. Thousands of fans of the reggae artist are expected to pack out the Antigua Sailing Week venue for the live concert performed by Bob Marley’s son. Tomorrow is Lay Day on Pigeon Beach beginning at 2:30 pm, so it could well be a late night for many of the competitors at Antigua Sailing Week.

Antigua Sailing Week 2012 Day 2: Dream-like conditions

April 30, 2012

The second day of Antigua Sailing Week saw another day of fantastic racing conditions, providing some high octane competing at the end of the day 2 of this popular race in the sublime waters on the leeward side of Antigua. So far Antigua Sailing Week has offered dream-like conditions. The crews experienced a wild ride downwind through the amazing Caribbean sea, thanks to their heavy upwind work mixed up with warm sea spray breaking over the deck.

Antigua Sailing Week 2012 Credit: P. Wyeth/pwpictures.com

Antigua Sailing Week 2012 Credit: P. Wyeth/pwpictures.com

Peter Harrison’s Farr 115 team on the luxury charter yacht Sojana continued to deliver in CSA 1A with another two bullets to top the class, but Sojana was pushed hard in the last race of the day. Jan Rupert’s Tripp 75 sailing yacht Blackbird posed a big threat and after time correction was less than a minute behind the winners. Geoff Hill’s Santa Cruz 72 yacht Antipodes, with legendary Australian sailor Syd Fischer on board, posted a second and a third today, claiming second place in the series just two points behind Sojana.

In CSA 1B, Stefan Lehnert’s Passion 4C had a great day on the water winning both races, with Hector Velarde’s NM92 yacht Locura showing great speed to post two second places. However the result of Race 3 is subject to a protest in which Locura is calling Passion 4C to the room. Richard Matthews’ Oyster 82 superyacht Zig Zag leads the division, Passion 4C is currently in second place and consistent sailing from OnDeck’s Farr 65 yacht Spirit of Isis has the team in third place but only on countback. Oyster 82 sailing yacht Starry Night of the Caribbean ripped its mainsail in the first race and hope to have it repaired to get back on the race track tomorrow.

In CSA 2, Chris Brand’s Swan 52 yacht Merel Four started the day with a lowly fifth, ten minutes behind the winner, Ulrich Rohde’s Swan 53 yacht Dragon Fly Plus. However, Merel Four finished the day on a high, scoring its first win of the regatta. Dragon Fly Plus scored two podium finishes to claim second in the series just one point behind the class leader, Ross Applebey’s Oyster 48 sailing yacht Scarlet Oyster.

Antigua Sailing Week 2012 Day 2: Dream-like conditions

Antigua Sailing Week 2012 Day 2: Dream-like conditions Credit: P. Wyeth/pwpictures.com

In CSA 3, Richard Wesslund’s J/120 El Ocaso stamped its authority on the class with two more victories today. However, Don Payan’s Farr 40 yacht Rigel found an extra gear in the last race of the day to come within a minute of spoiling El Ocaso’s perfect score line. It might be the jet lag, the Royal Hong Kong team on First 40 yacht Lancelot, skippered by Nick Burns was called OCS again today but the squad showed determination and scored two podium finishes to claim third overall in the class.

CSA 4 produced the most competitive race of the day. Race 2 was eventually won by Sir Hugh Bailey’s Hugo B much to the delight of his crew. In a photo finish Hugo B corrected out to beat reigning class champion Elandra, owned by American Calvin Reed and helmed by John Linton by just ten seconds. Carlo Falcone’s Caccia alla Volpe was a very close third. Elandra came back to take the last race of the day with Hugo B second and Jonty Layfield’s J/39 Sleeper had a great race to take third. After three races, Elandra leads the class but Hugo B is just one point behind.

Doctor John has been racing on Hugo B for 20 years. He comes from Seattle but ask any of the Bailey family and they will tell you he is an adopted son of Antigua. “That was just fantastic racing today, most of the time the competition was so close you could have reached out and touched them. Hugo B is 28 years old and a lot heavier than Elandra. If the wind keeps blowing we have a chance, so fingers crossed that these wonderful conditions continue but you can be sure that Hugo B will be giving it everything we’ve got.”

Stefan Lehnert's sailing yacht Passion 4C

Stefan Lehnert's sailing yacht Passion 4C Credit: jasonpickering.com

In CSA 5 Geoffrey Pidduck’s Six Meter, Biwi Magic was unstoppable today, demonstrating some awesome upwind speed and no short amount of guile, which was demonstrated by a fantastic manoevre on the first windward beat of the day. Biwi Magic lee bowed a larger boat and showed great pointing ability to climb up and over the top of the competition to make the top mark by some distance. Tanner Jones’ J/30 Blue Peter had another good day to take second place but Stephen Carson’s Dehler 34 yacht Hightide was pushing hard and was only 11 seconds behind on corrected time.

In CSA 6, David Chatterton’s Jeanneau 49 sailing yacht Resting Goose is having an excellent start to Antigua Sailing Week, scoring their second win of the series by some margin. After two races, Alex Johnstone’s Bluewater Sailing Grenada is in second place with Phil Munday’s Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 52.2 yacht Great Escape of Southampton in third. Today was a better day for the Argentinean skipper of Voilactus, Eduardo Lentz, which scored a second today after retiring from racing yesterday.

In the Bareboat fleet, Canadian Dave Read racing Jamais had a great day on the water. “This is my first Antigua Sailing Week and I am here with my two sons, Jake (20) and Merrick (21). We like to take one sailing trip together every year. We normally sail at home on Lake Ontario but the water temperature is mighty cold at this time of the year. We had heard so much about this event and it has been just fantastic sailing and to be moored up in English Harbour with a great crowd, well it doesn’t get much better than that.”

The Antigua Sailing Week video team, Acquafilms were out today ripping it up on Peter Aschenbrenner’s 63ft trimaran yacht Paradox and Ross Applebey’s Scarlet Oyster.

Tonight’s Prize Giving takes place on the lawn at the Antigua Yacht Club and after the winners have cleared the stage, rock band Itchy Feet will rip it up. The wicked local band doesn’t play to empty dance floors! Racing continues for all classes tomorrow; weather forecasts predicts that normal service will continue; good wind and waves should result in more adrenalin pumping action at Antigua Sailing Week.

Antigua Sailing Week 2012: Day 1 – King Viv to attend the imobile Dockyard Festival

April 29, 2012

Tonight´s imobile Dockyard Festival in Nelson´s Dockyard will be attended by the well known West Indian batsman, Sir Vivian Richards, also known as ´King Viv´, bringing sparks on the first day of Antigua Sailing Week 2012. The first day of competing saw strong wind as well as lumpy seas, providing fantastic start to this popular sailing regatta with more extraordinary action and drama.

imobile ambassador, the legendary Sir Vivian Richards helps make Antigua Sailing Week a memorable occasion for competitors at today's prizegiving Credit: Ted Martin/photofantasyantigua.com

imobile ambassador, the legendary Sir Vivian Richards helps make Antigua Sailing Week a memorable occasion for competitors at today's prizegiving Credit: Ted Martin/photofantasyantigua.com

Peter Harrison’s Farr 115 charter yacht Sojana corrected out to win CSA 1A today but there was a dramatic rescue in CSA 1B. Stefan Lehnert was understandably concerned when his son, Phillip went over board from Tripp 56 yacht Passion 4C during a broach when approaching the Half Moon mark. The two Oyster 82 superyacht Starry Night and Zig Zag yacht were the closest to the scene and Richard Matthews, steering Zig Zag was the first to spot the man in the water and perfected a recovery. Philip Lehnert was unharmed in the incident, however the quick action of Zig Zag in pulling him from the water and the willingness of other competitors to assist was commendable. Richard Matthews’ Zig Zag got their just rewards for their valour by winning today’s race after a decision by the Race Committee regarding duress.

CSA 2 produced probably the best skirmish of the day, Chris Brand’s Swan 53 sailing yacht Merel Four took line honours but Ross Applebey’s Oyster 48 yacht Scarlet Oyster corrected out to win the first battle of the series. However, the top six yachts were all very much in contention during today’s three-hour race. Ulrich Rohde’s Swan 53 yacht Dragon Fly Plus took the last podium position. However, Christian Reynolds’ Swan 51 Northern Child, Andy Middleton’s Global Yacht Racing and Gijs van Liebergen’s Swan 65 yacht King’s Legend were all very much in the running.

Oyster 82 sailing yacht Starry Night enjoys spectacular racing on day 1 of Antigua Sailing Week  Credit: Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Oyster 82 sailing yacht Starry Night enjoys spectacular racing on day 1 of Antigua Sailing Week Credit: Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

In CSA 3, today’s race was won by Richard Wesslund’s J/120 yacht El Ocaso by just six seconds on corrected time. Wesslund’s Florida based crew have been in fine form all season but the team may well have a battle royal on their hands this week. Mario Martinez skipper of Smile and Wave has brought a Brazilian team to race at Antigua Sailing Week.

“We all come from Sao Paulo and we had heard about how great Antigua Sailing Week is, so we decided to come. The sailing today was just fantastic! Back home we rarely get to race in more than 12 knots of wind so we do not have much experience in big conditions, so we feel a bit tired right now but one of the other reasons we have come to Antigua is that we have heard there is a great party atmosphere, so we are looking forward to tonight!”

Nick Burns’ First 40 sailing yacht Lancelot II made a great recovery after turning back to restart. Lancelot II was called OCS and it was at a big cost but the team from the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club dug deep and managed to climb back through the fleet to finish in third place.

In CSA 4, Calvin Reed’s First 40.7 Elandra is defending their class win from last year and took the first race of the series. Sir Hugh Bailey’s First 456 Hugo B was just a minute ahead of archrival, Carlo Falcone steering Caccia alla Volpe.

Oyster 82 superyacht Zig Zag Credit: K. Johnson/kevinjohnsonphotography.com

Oyster 82 superyacht Zig Zag Credit: K. Johnson/kevinjohnsonphotography.com

In CSA 5, Geoffrey Pidduck’s Six Metre yacht Biwi Magic put in a polished performance today, winning the opening race of the regatta by a substantial margin. Tanner Jones’ J/30 Blue Peter corrected out to take second place with Rick Gormley’s First 38 yacht Elethea taking third. Biwi Magic’s owner-driver, Geoffrey Pidduck was born in Dominica 74 years ago but grew up in Antigua and is remarkably fit and agile for his age. Geoffrey spoke dockside outside the Antigua Yacht Club shortly after racing:

“I was a late starter to sailing, so I have only been coming to Antigua Sailing Week for about 40 years,” joked Geoffrey, dockside at Antigua Yacht Club. “Today was great fun, that’s what racing in Antigua is all about – good breeze and warm water. We got away well and seemed to leave the rest behind, which was very satisfying. I have invested in some new sails and I was delighted with our boat speed today. However, it was important to make the fewest mistakes today but we did have a bit too much sail up on the last beat and took in a bit of water but all in all a great day. Two of the crew have come all the way from Canada and I want to make sure they have a challenging week, so we can all better ourselves.”

In the Bareboat division, there are 35 teams racing at Antigua Sailing Week. Gold Sponsors Sunsail and other charter companies provide a user-friendly way of entering the regatta and with virtually identical boats in each division, racing is incredibly competitive. Stewart Reed’s Dilligaf placed third in Bareboat 2 today. Stewart is racing with a group of friends from the UK to celebrate his 50th birthday. It has been 25 years since Reed has come to Antigua Sailing Week and you can see an interview with Stewart and on board action in the Day One Video wrap up video on line.

The last paragraph of today’s report must mention the highly inventive and extremely successful race course for the multihull class. Peter Aschenbrenner’s 63′ trimaran yacht Paradox is lightening quick, so much so that the multihull is rated at twice the speed of the rest of the competition. So Paul Miller, Race Officer for the multihull division for the day, elected to send Paradox twice around the 14.5 mile course. The decision paid off as the Paradox crew had a real race on their hands and crossed the finish line less than a minute in front of Robbie Ferron’s Lagoon 410 Katzenellenbogen.

Tonight the imobile Dockyard Festival kicks off with a special appearance from the West Indian cricket legend Sir Vivian Richards. Nelson’s Dockyard will be buzzing with live music from the Harmonites Steel Orchestra and great local bands including Hygh Tempa, 1761°, Claudette Peters & the Taxik Band and if that isn’t enough, Mindful Movement will be bringing Zumba to Sailing Week!

Swan yachts attended the Mapfre PalmaVela yacht regatta

April 27, 2012

The winners of the 7th edition of the Mapfre PalmaVela yacht regatta were encouraged by four days of ideal sailing conditions. 115 yachts coming from countries such as Spain, Italy, Ireland, Russia, Virgin Islands, England and Sweden were hosted by the Real Club Náutico de Palma. With this event officially starts the Mediterranean sailing season.

Luxury sailing yacht SWAN 80

Luxury sailing yacht SWAN 80

The fourth and last day of the races of the 2012 Mapfre PalmaVela regatta started in tactically demanding conditions of 6 to 8 knots of Northeasterly wind and light overcast skies which prevented the breeze from pushing through until 14:00 hours, when a nice Southerly breeze stabilised in the bay of Palma.

The magnificent Maxi fleet had its coastal race on the last day which was shortened from 24 down to 12 miles due to the shifty and light winds which prevailed in the morning. Johan Killinger’s owned and helmed Emma finished third thus claiming the same position in the overall classification.

The Swan 60 team aboard the newly launched sailing yacht Bronenosec, sponsored by Gazprom finished their first international regatta in 7th place within the Maxi class. With a combined style of racing required for their first regatta requiring both tight inshore racing and longer distance coastal racing within a range of wind conditions, the event has proven to be an ideal season opener for the team.

A steep learning curve for all of the crew working from testing breezy conditions at the beginning of the week to lighter shiftier conditions over the last 2 days of racing, Mapfre PalmaVela has been an excellent test bed for the Yacht Club of St. Petersburg’s competitive campaign.

The prize-giving ceremony took place at the facilities of the RCNP, which has once more been able to gather some of the best sailors and yachts in the world.

3rd – Emma, Swan 60, Dr. Johann Killinger
7th – Bronenosec, Swan 60, Alpenberg S.A
9th – Alpina, Swan 80, Alpina by Finimmo

Swan 60 yacht Bronenosec takes 7th place at Mapfre Palma Vela 2012

April 23, 2012

The Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg´s Swan 60 sailing yacht Bronenosec, sponsored by Gazprom has taken the 7th place in the Overall Maxi Combined Class of her first international yacht regatta of 2012 at Mapfre Palma Vela.

Swan 60 yacht Bronenosec experienced international fleet racing with some of the world´s top names at Mapfre Palma Vela Credit: MartinezStudio.es

Swan 60 yacht Bronenosec experienced international fleet racing with some of the world´s top names at Mapfre Palma Vela Credit: MartinezStudio.es

Finishing today in a tactically challenging 6 to 8 knots form the North East during the morning’s overcast skies which lifted towards the afternoon producing a Southerly breeze, the team worked closely on their fourth day of racing.

With a combined style of racing required for their first regatta requiring both tight inshore racing and longer distance coastal racing within a range of wind conditions, the event has proven to be an ideal season opener for the team.

A steep learning curve for all of the crew working from testing breezy conditions in the Bay of Palma at the beginning of the week to lighter shiftier conditions over the last 2 days of racing, Mapfre Palma Vela has been an excellent test bed for the Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg’s competitive campaign.

Light winds of 6 to 8 knots provided testing conditions for the Gazprom sponsored team on the final day of racing  MartinezStudio es

Light winds of 6 to 8 knots provided testing conditions for the Gazprom sponsored team on the final day of racing Credit: MartinezStudio.es

Vladimir Liubomirov, Commodore, Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg and helming the Swan 60 this week for racing, sees this regatta as a committed start to their global debut: “I am keen to now debrief constructively with the team and set about making realistic changes to our boat handling, kit and general set up to continue pushing our boat speed forwards to meet that of the race boats who clearly have identified their top settings across all wind conditions from a few more years’ experience on this competitive circuit and to also spend time as a cohesive crew so we smoothly continue understanding each other in order to consistently achieve ultimate boat handling techniques, which I hope will translate to race wins.”

Having achieved a 5th place in the heavy weather and to have led fellow Swan 60 yacht Emma round the race track for a noted period of time, the Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg team have proven that they have the ability to move up a gear on demand.

The Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg Bow Team working cohesively downhill  MartinezStudio es

The Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg Bow Team working cohesively downhill Credit: MartinezStudio.es

It is an excellent achievement for this newly formed team to have finished all of the races in the series of their first event with limited breakages.  The Swan 60 can now look forward to slotting into the elitist world of high profile big boat racing against some of the world’s most competitive and accomplished yachts.

The Gazprom sponsored team now have now have another 5 international sailing events on the campaign agenda to prepare for with the long term aim of achieving consistent race results in order to build a solid series and focus on a podium finish.

Mapfre Palma Vela Regatta: Day 1 – Consistent Results for Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg´s Swan 60 yacht Bronenosec

April 20, 2012

The first day of the Mapfre Palma Vela Regatta brought consistent results for the Mini Maxi Class Swan 60 sailing yacht Bronenosec, belonging to the Russia´s Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg. It is the first official race for the new Bronenosec yacht and her team.

Bronenosec yacht competing in the Mapfre Palma Vela Regatta

Bronenosec yacht competing in the Mapfre Palma Vela Regatta Credit: MartinezStudio.es

With 1,000 sailors taking part in this year’s regatta, some of the world’s leading sailing talent can be found on the race track and coupled with strong winds of 24 to 25 knots provided a good challenge for the Swan 60 by Nautor Swan to launch into her first campaign.

The cosmopolitan team worked consistently together in order to generate a 5th place in Race One and then followed on consistently with a 6th place in Race Two.

Swan 60 sailing yacht Bronenosec

Swan 60 sailing yacht Bronenosec Credit: MartinezStudio.es

Skipper, Tomasso Chieffi, is positive commenting on the Swan 60 yacht Bronenosec’s performance today: “The team worked in a very efficient manner today. We are still tweaking the Swan 60 due to it being a new race boat this season and are working to maintain our consistent standard across all wind conditions.  Our overall boat speed is similar to that of Swan 60 yacht Emma who are currently in 3rd place overall so we have some good competition over the next couple of days to look forward to and will be aiming to improve upon our results.”

The team returned to Palma all smiling and helm, Vladimir Liubomirov also Commodore at the Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg was congratulated on return to shore for his performance at the wheel in strong winds. With only one ripped spinnaker, there was limited boat repair activity post racing. The Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg’s entry now sits 5th overall in the Mini Maxi Class with racing scheduled daily until April 21st.

2nd Rolex Volcano Race, May 19-25, 2012

April 20, 2012

The second edition of the Rolex Volcano Race taking place from May 19 to 25, 2012 in the Tyrrhenian Sea is supposed to welcome twenty-two Maxi yachts measuring more than 18.29m/60ft in length. This popular race marks the start of Rolex’s fascinating Mediterranean yachting season.

Swan 90 sailing yacht DSK PIONEER INVESTMENTS

Swan 90 sailing yacht DSK PIONEER INVESTMENTS Photo By: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

In contrast to last year’s inaugural event when one race took place, three segments will be contested, commencing in the form of a day’s inshore racing on Saturday 19 May in Gaeta, a seaport on the Italian mainland located approximately halfway between Rome and Naples. During the second segment, beginning on Sunday 20 May, the fleet tackle Leg One of the 400-nautical mile offshore race, a 100-nautical mile voyage from Gaeta to Capri through the Pontine Islands. On arriving in Capri, the fleet will berth on the island for the night of Monday 21 May before attacking the most arduous segment of the week the following day. A 300-nautical mile adventure around the volcanic, UNESCO-protected Aeolian Islands awaits. The overall winner of this last section will take the plaudits at the finish line back in Capri, receiving the coveted Rolex Trophy and timepiece during the traditional Rolex party at the iconic La Canzone del Mare.

18.57m WILD JOE yacht

18.57m WILD JOE yacht Photo By: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

An intriguing contest is ahead. Of the 22 registered entrants, 11 different nationalities are represented. The bulk of the fleet is formed of Mini Maxi yachts measuring 18.29-24.08 metres in length. Nine of the 13 crews that took part in last year’s inaugural race have committed to return: the rise in the size of the fleet and high volume of returning crews proves the race is an enticing prospect.

Of the larger yachts, Filip Balcaen’s 112ft sailing yacht Nilaya (BEL), launched last year, will be amongst the most eye-catching craft. With experienced tactician Bouwe Bekking calling the shots the crew impressed in winning the Supermaxi class at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in 2011. Close competition is guaranteed in the shape of Claus-Peter Offen’s 100ft Wally superyacht Y3K (GER), winner of its category for three straight years at the same event, in the hands of a honed and savvy crew who have enjoyed sustained success for over a decade.

18m luxury yacht GRANDE ORAZIO

18m luxury yacht GRANDE ORAZIO Photo By: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

Not only is Offen owner and skipper of the luxury yacht Y3K, he also acts as President of the International Maxi Association (IMA), the event organisers, and is therefore particularly enthusiastic about the event. “In terms of the environment, the race course takes us to one of the most enthralling sailing areas in the world,” he explains. “We are all looking forward to this event and finishing in Capri will be very exciting.”

“Wherever we are competing in the Mediterranean there is tremendous competition. The Rolex Volcano Race will be no exception,” continues Offen. “I expect rather light to moderate winds. Under these conditions tactical decisions will play an important role – as will a little bit of luck. This race takes us through the night with tricky, thermal wind conditions resulting from the changing land and sea breezes. A big lead can turn into a big loss in no time. You have to be cool and patient.”

RP Custom 60 yacht WILD JOE

RP Custom 60 yacht WILD JOE Photo By: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

As is form at an IMA event, there will be a significant presence of Swan yachts. Six are set to feature. One of these is returning entrant, Danilo Salsi’s DSK Pioneer Investments (ITA), the consistent sailing yacht Swan 90 and another class winner at last year’s Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, and sure to benefit from the experience of the 2011 race when she was the closest rival to eventual winners Alegre (GBR). The array of international crews also features Armeigin 3 (POR), Arobas (FRA), Bronenosec (RUS), Caol Ila (USA), E1 (AUT), Jethou (GBR), Vertical Smile (DEN) and Wild Joe (HUN). Twelve Italian crews complete the roster including Ernesto Gismondi’s Wally 65 Edimetra yacht, a regular on the Rolex sailing circuit, and Marco Rodolfi’s elegant Swan 80 yacht Berenice Bis featuring a crew that performed both at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Rolex Middle Sea Race in 2011.

Swan 60 yacht VERTICAL SMILE

Swan 60 yacht VERTICAL SMILE Photo By: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

A fascinating contest is in store, comprising a finely-matched, balanced fleet with navigators and tacticians – including former America’s Cup sailors of the calibre of Brad Butterworth, Tommaso Chieffi and Tiziano Nava – currently preparing in earnest for the various meteorological challenges that await them when negotiating Europe’s most volcanic region.