On the final day of the race, KEALOHA and fellow competitor TAWERA were catching charter yacht SHAMOUN by the fourth mark, and on the final stretch for home the three vessels were neck and neck.
90′ Kealoha – Photo by Jeff Brown
As the finishing line approached KEALOHA and TAWERA just eased out SHAMOUN, with TAWERA eventually taking out line honours and the series. Charter yacht KEALOHA placed second and took a special recognition for being the first luxury vessel to visit the South Pacific nation specifically for the Cup. SHAMOUN received the respect of all who participated in the Millennium Cup for the way she had set the pace during this race and on previous days.
A short course for racing was selected by the race officials, due to the wind conditions, with the superyachts racing from the mouth of the Bay of Islands, around the Orams Marine buoy, out to Roberton Island, before flinging them out to Ninepin Island, back to Orams Marine buoy and then towards the finish line. Claasen’s charter yacht SHAMOUN was first over the line at 11:30 blasting a fast path down to the start. Added excitement was created when one of the crew members had to leap aboard form a tender flying alongside.
Sailing yacht KEALOHA - Main
Further into the race, charter yacht KEALOHA was leading the Millennium Cup division as the yachts turned down the bay. However, it was Janice of Wyoming that sailed a powerful race and crossed the finish line as the winner. KEALOHA did held onto the second place however, despite the tough competition. SHAMOUN also shows fabulous performance with all the grace one would expect from the last classic superyacht constructed in the 20th century.
TC 127 sailing superyacht ATALANTE by Claasen Shipyards
“It’s a genuine pleasure for us to show potential clients around a yacht on which we have worked so hard for the last two years,”said Joachim Kieft, sales director at Claasen Shipyards, during the Monaco Yacht Show. “Ongoing progress means that every boat we build is the best we’ve launched, but many people have said that Atalante breaks new ground in many ways. She is a testimony to the superb craftsmen at work in our yard.”
Sailing yacht ATALANTE represents the largest Truly Classic launched to date. She thus reinforces the success of the semi-custom concept, developed by Hoek Design. “Owners have an incredible choice of interior layout and design while accessing the benefits of a hull platform which has proven its performance in many superyacht regattas,”added Joachim.“Atalante also takes the Truly Classic approach towards ease of maintenance to a new level while illustrating how clients can put a truly individual stamp on their yacht.“
Luxury yacht ATALANTE on display at the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show
Pieter van der Weide, director at Hoek Brokerage, said:“As well as being a showcase for Claasen Shipyards and Hoek Design, the Monaco show is an excellent opportunity for us to profile the charter availability of this beautiful boat. With a maximum of six guests, Atalante is a luxurious and spacious option for those who appreciate an exclusive charter experience on a brand-new superyacht. She is available in the Mediterranean during the summer and the Caribbean over the winter, and I’m delighted to report that we’ve already booked two charters, one in December and another in March. We expect others to follow in the days ahead.”
Truly Classic 127 superyacht ATALANTE under sail – Photo by Rick Tomlinson
“She represents unrivalled value for money, and the craftsmen at Claasen have excelled in terms of the execution of materials, joinery and finishing,”comments André Hoek.“The same goes for the technical aspects – the systems, the layout of the engine room, the hydraulics, the cabling. Atalante has been built to a truly impressive level of quality.”
Super yacht ATALANTE under sail – Photo by Rick Tomlinson
Well suited as a cruising boat for a family and a luxury charter yacht, providing comfortable accommodation for both guests and crew, the 38,8-metre ATALANTE yacht is also a performance-oriented vessel, expected to participate in the bucket regattas and super yacht cups. She features a deep-draught keel, a thin foil section, carbon rudder and cable-based direct steering. The underwater configuration in conjunction with the carbon mast and rigging, and sporting North 3DI sails should make her a fast boat on the regatta circuit.
Luxury yacht ATALANTE – front view – Photo by Rick Tomlinson
ATALANTE Yacht – aft view – Photo by Rick Tomlinson
The elegant interior of luxury yacht ATALANTE is executed in raised and fielded panelling of carefully selected West Indies mahogany. Her full-beam salon, which seats at least ten people, is full of natural light. There is a lovely bar area, bookcases, a TV and plenty of comfortable seating, perfect for all kinds of entertainment.
Aboard sailing yacht ATALANTE – Photo by Silken
ATALANTE superyacht – Exterior – Photo by Silken
The owner’s cabin can be found aft of the saloon. The full-beam master cabin has been made as symmetrical as possible. To starboard, a pleasant vanity table opens up to display a back-lit mirror. To port is a comfortable sofa offering a quiet place to read or relax. There are plenty of easily accessible lockers, including some full-length lockers for the owner’s wife’s dresses, and the toilet and bidet are separate from the bathroom with shower.
ATALANTE Yacht by night – Exterior – Photo by Silken
The dining area is positioned in the main deckhouse forward, which is half a level up from the saloon via a curved staircase. This bright space hosts a large dining table to port and comfortable seating with a sliding card table and flag locker storage to starboard.
ATALANTE superyacht – Galley and Crew Area – Photo by Silken
Going forward, two lovely guest cabins are sited to port and starboard. On the port side is a large double berth with en-suite bathroom, a sofa and plentiful storage. To starboard is an equivalent twin berth cabin with en-suite facilities.
Superyacht ATALANTE – Saloon – Photo by Silken
Luxury yacht ATALANTE – Bar – Photo by Silken
Originally conceived as a 115-foot vessel, ATALANTE superyacht was extended to 127 feet to enhance the crew space. The captain’s cabin to port features a double bed and en-suite head and shower, as well as a monitoring screen in the wall to follow developments on board. The double crew cabin to starboard also has an en-suite head and shower.
Luxury yacht ATALANTE – Master Cabin – Photo by Silken
Super yacht ATALANTE’s deck features several practical social areas, ideal for al-fresco lounging, dining or sunbathing with breath-taking views. Two biminis – removable for racing – make it easy to take cover from the sun.
Sailing yacht ATALANTE – VIP Cabin – Photo by Silken
“We’ve built around 30 boats together with Hoek Design,” comments Jan Hart, owner of Claasen Shipyards.“Many, like Atalante, are part of the Truly Classic series where future owners do not have to make all the decisions required with a fully custom design. Using a proven hull concept and design removes the need for them to micro-manage a thousand small decisions. There is a great deal of interest in the TC127 design, which is a popular size for sailing yachts, as it can easily be sailed with four to five crew.”
“What sets Claasen apart is our small dedicated team and low overheads,”Jan Hart concludes.“We build the best possible boat in every set of circumstances and the people who worked on Atalante really gave it their all for the owner. The result is fantastic.”
Take a glimpse at the majestic Truly Classic 127 super yacht ATALANTE in the beautiful video, released by the shipyard:
Launch of New Truly Classic 127 Sailing Yacht ATALANTE at Claasen
Built in accordance with MCA LY2 regulations, Atalante yacht represents the largest ever Truly Classic vessel. Designed to provide a highly optimised performance, she will be able to participate in the Superyacht Cup and Spirit of Tradition regattas, while also being enjoyed privately. Furthermore, like all Truly Classics, behind her traditional looks are the very latest technologies as well as innovations.
New Truly Classic 127 Superyacht ATALANTE on the water
Even before the mast and rig are finished, one of the main visual aspects of the graceful Atalante superyacht is apparent in the form of her deck layout. This comprises both a private owner’s cockpit aft and a guest cockpit as well as deckhouse amidships, which is an immediately notable Hoek Design feature.
The Claasen craftsmen are currently completing the works on the beautiful, classic interior of Atalante yacht, with raised and fielded panelling, white painted panels above wainscot level, as well as a range of other classic details.
Rendering of Hoek Design Truly Classic 126' Yacht TC126
The classic lines of the aluminum hull are exceptional, as it is the workmanship going into every aspect of the TC126 yacht project.
Custom Designed Boarding
The hull has an innovative side platform that folds out. The GMT SeaStairs will ride on the platform and have a top landing platform that attaches directly to the deck using a new cantilevered design. This will eliminate the need for a hull stand-off brace under the top platform. The SeaStairs will also split apart in two pieces in order to fit inside the lazarette storage.
Side Boarding Platform
It is a good example of a GMT strong point that applies to all aspects of their business – the company looks to work closely with designers, owners, and builders to create custom designs that fulfill the technical requirements and match the aesthetic of each project.
The Claasen team has kicked off the year 2015 in a festive mood as they celebrate thirty years of service to the yachting community. The prestigious luxury yacht builder was established in 1985, when the company first made its name in the Dutch market for flat-bottomed yachts. By the mid-1990s, they had begun constructing yachts which mix up traditional looks with ultra-modern underwater configurations, and 19 Truly Classics have been launched so far.
Claasen Shipyards - Zaandam, The Netherlands
More recently Claasen has been part of the J-class revival. They launched the magnificent superyacht Lionheart in 2010 and are currently building ‘SVEA’, based on the 1937 design by Tore Holm. As they launch into their fourth decade, the goal is to expand Claasen’s presence in 30 to 40-metre classic and performance sailing yachts. The yard will also become even closer to owners and crews by taking part in and sponsoring events like the Superyacht Cup.
Sailing yacht Lionheart
Meanwhile, the forthcoming launch of a Truly Classic 126 yacht will showcase an increasing focus on new technologies and innovations. At the same time Claasen will continue to maintain their reputation as down-to-earth yacht builders who are very close to their clients. This spirit of cooperation has been the yard’s driving force over past thirty years and will continue to be crucial in the future.
Based in Zaandam, the Netherlands, Claasen Shipyards has recently begun construction of the all-new 77-foot Pilot Classic yacht, based on drawings by Hoek Design. The yard has already constructed various Truly Classic yachts over the years, comprising the popular Truly Classic 90 superyacht. The 77ft Claasen sailing yacht presently in development is the third yacht of this specific model. As classic sailyachts are becoming increasingly popular, Claasen Shipyards is building this new aluminium sailyacht with a modern underwater section on spec and entirely in-house. To be built to MCA, this Pilot Classic will be handed over in early 2016.
Rendering of the new 77ft Pilot Classic Yacht under construction at Claasen Shipyards
With this project Claasen Shipyards is responding to the growing demand for top-quality pilot classic yachts that are suitable for the most extreme sailing areas, and able to compete on the regatta circuit. In addition to the distinctive classic lines, these sturdily constructed yachts feature an ultra-modern underwater section combined with an intelligent deck layout. The latter makes it possible to safely sail the Pilot Classic single-handedly as all other functions can be operated from the cockpit.
In the design of the 77-foot Claasen Pilot Classic yacht, the keel of which will be laid shortly, the emphasis is on easy-to-maintain basic materials such as aluminium and GRP. Due to the extra solid construction and insulation, the yacht’s sailing range is virtually unrestricted, including the most extreme Arctic regions. There is room for eight people onboard in a luxury owner’s suite, a VIP cabin and two additional guest cabins. The spacious deckhouse offers ideal protection from all elements as well as stunning views which can be enjoyed in maximum comfort.
With its proven craftsmanship for over 30 years, Claasen Shipyards is known for superior quality as well as the use of intelligent design details. On the 77-ft Pilot Classic yacht this is illustrated by the smart anchor system, which was entirely developed in-house. As it is entirely flush and integrated within the aluminium hull below the waterline, the system is invisible on the exterior of the yacht. The application of the state-of-the-art anchor system prevents unexpected damage to both the anchor and the hull. In addition it keeps resistance to a minimum, which is an important aspect during races.
The Zaandam yard is currently involved in two other projects as well: a Truly Classic 90 and a Truly Classic 126 yacht. Partially as a result of the considerable interest in the yard from abroad, Claasen Shipyards recently renewed its entire website.
Below is a gallery for the superb charter yachts built by Claasen.
It has been an amazing first half of the year on the results board of Hoek Design yachts. They have demonstrated to the world that in addition to their beautiful classic looks they provide excellent performance.
Hoek Design Yachts underway
With sailing yacht Marie winning the St Barths Bucket in March, the 180’ ketch raced exceptionally well against a fleet of 38 of the finest super yachts in the world with a tantalizingly close finish to secure the overall title. The coveted ‘Bucket’ was hard fought by the owner and crew of Marie, which included Hoek Design’s Ruurt Meulemans, with a 1st, 3rd and 2nd in what were near perfect conditions. Her sister ship superyacht Adele also finished with an impressive overall 3rd place in her class.
This was followed by an unprecedented straight win victory for the Hoek Design J-Class luxury yacht Lionheart in the inaugural Menorca Maxi Trophy in Mahon at the end of May. Despite Lionheart’s unbeatable score sheet, there was yet more close racing for the Js on the final day but Lionheart held off charter yacht Ranger and superyacht Hanuman once again, crossing the line to take their fifth successive victory of the series and secure the event with a perfect score line.
At the prize giving the owner of Lionheart said ‘We’ve had the most magnificent sailing we’ve ever had. What a beautiful place, what a beautiful island, what kindness and hospitality we’ve encountered – it has really been a fantastic event. I’d like to thank the race committee, and of course everybody who helped organise this event on behalf of everyone in the J Class.’
Finally, the gorgeous Cornish coast provided the backdrop last week for what proved to be the most closely contested Pendennis Cup yet, with once again a Hoek Design yacht defeating the fleet.
The Truly Classic 85 yacht Velacarina claimed the title after a closely fought regatta, finishing less than 30 seconds ahead on day 3, and with only 2 points separating Velacarina and superyacht Christopher, it was all to play for on the final day. After a delayed start, gusts of 12-14 knots combined with a shortened course created exciting close-quarters racing, but it was to be Velacarina’s race, maintaining her lead throughout and storming first over the finish line to take the 2014 Pendennis Cup trophy.
Claasen charter yacht Atalante ready to splash - Image credit to Absolute Boat Care
Claasen Shipyards constructed superyacht Atalante as their second Truly Classic 90 vessel. She is a sister ship to the award winning luxury charter yacht Kealoha.
Luxury yacht Atalante has a customised interior, which can comfortably accommodate 4 guests or 6 family members in 3 elegant cabins. There is a generous master stateroom, which has direct access to the aft peak, two guest cabins, two crew cabins, as well as a mid social deckhouse with dining table and navigation station.