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welcome Welcome to the new look fraser, a dynamically different magazine that typifies the quality, the style and the understanding of our friends, clients and potential clients. fraser is written and compiled by a host of specialists in all fields, writers and contributors who excel at living, life and all things amazing. They have a passion for exclusive travel, enjoying exquisite food and wine, travelling on the world’s most sumptuous yachts and while on board, meeting incredible characters. The team behind fraser will enjoy telling you all about these rare life experiences. fraser magazine will travel the globe in search of the most luxurious and wondrous things that only the fortunate few can ever encounter or enjoy. It will deliver intelligent, artistic and fresh material, and make sure that you are aware of everything that is interesting and relevant to your life. The magazine has a very special personality and we hope will earn its place in your world, whether reading the opinion of a journalist, enjoying the perspective of a photographer, learning from an expert or just appreciating the way that fraser magazine makes you appreciate the life and loves of the Fraser Yachts world. fraser is more than just a magazine, it’s an intelligent, evolving, fascinating medium that will inform, entertain and educate like no other yachting magazine. The team understands who you are, what you want and how you want to experience it. It is all about you and a little bit more.

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04 Intelligent Acquisition In an age of mass consumerism, disposable fashion and efficiency measures that take the road most travelled, craftsman stand out as either truly unique or, to an extreme extent, pariahs. But those who strive to uphold tradition, excellence and the purveying of their craft, buck modern-day trends of fast living.

12 Y is for Yacht There are a million reasons to own a yacht and, after discussing the subject with several yacht owners over the past decade, Martin Redmayne writes that it is clear everyone has a different answer. But in each scenario, they have no problem justifying their latest acquisition.

16 Destination Anywhere Has beach chic gone global or are different dress codes still de rigueur at every port of call? Jonathan McKeever asks the experts and finds out the latest beach brands to know.

26 Hidden Treasures Have you ever heard of Kalhu Fahala Fushi in the Kolhumadulu atoll? We didn’t think so. There are many places in the world you may never hear about, or have the opportunity to explore. Unless, of course, you are the captain of a superyacht and the world is your oyster.

Turkey, the meeting point between East and West, Europe and Asia, Christianity and Islam. Christian crusaders, silk road traders and Mongolian horsemen are but a few who have crisscrossed what was once the heartland of the vast Ottoman Empire. Today they are joined by more and more discerning travellers keen to taste the exotic delights of this beguiling country, writes Felix Milns.

42 Toy Story Despite being top of their class in function, form and price, these must-have superyacht gadgets have something else in common: they’ll make sure you get wet and have an almighty adrenaline rush.

47 The US$20 million question There are many people in the world today who can afford to invest heavily in the finer things: cars, planes, property, jewellery, watches, wine. But how to invest and what to invest in is key to the success of a good life portfolio.

56 The Philanthropist A long way down a telephone line on a Florida Sunday afternoon, the bubbly, hyperenthusiastic voice of Lin Arison chimes that one day, the ‘jocks’ – the footballers, lacrosse players and cheerleaders – won’t rule the American schoolyard any more, writes Marissa Lynch.

64 TABLE TALK Now in his second Mediterranean season on board MY Paramour, Michael Savva is one of the top chefs in the Fraser superyacht fleet. Writer Felix Milns caught up with him to find out about a chef’s life on board and his favourite Mediterranean foodie port of call, Sicily.

68 Wine love “I’m in the fortunate position that I can afford to drink well for the rest of my life – I never want to risk having a poor bottle of wine again. Can you help?” Requests like this are not uncommon for master of wine Rod Smith from Vins Sans Frontières. Naturally he is happy to oblige.

50 Art for Sail Stepping aboard a superyacht is just like walking through the doors of a luxury waterfront mansion. Everything, from the walls to the halls, drips with fine-quality frills. Except for one pretty little detail – the artwork. Art experts say the trend of superyacht owners is changing with a preference for low-value pieces. It seems these days anything goes, including faking Picasso, writes Pavel Fiorentino.

78 FRASER NEWS The latest news from Fraser Yachts. Meet the crew behind this luxury superyacht empire and read about their latest projects.

81 THE SUPERYACHT GALLERY A small selection of the hundreds of yachts that Fraser Yachts represents exclusively for sale and charter worldwide.

94 FORTUNES AND THE FORTUNATE Walking the docks of the Yas Island marina in Abu Dhabi, Martin Redmayne was beckoned by a friend to step aboard motoryacht Trident. He was introduced to a gathering of immaculately dressed Frenchmen and stunning women, surrounded by a discreet, Gurkha-style security team. In the upper main salon, on display in high-security cabinets and draped around the necks of the women, was the latest collection of jewels by Louis Vuitton L’Ame du Voyage (The Soul of the Trip).

96 THE DIARY An entertaining guide to the key yachting, sporting, fashion, art and must-be-seen-at social events over the summer yachting season.

72 A DAY ON DECK Photographer Marc Paris spends the day on the Seawolf Explorer, capturing the magic of life on board a yacht.


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Editor: Lauren Barker Project Manager: Caroline Hillier Design: James Tredray and Gry Muledal Picture Editor: Sally Williams Advertising Manager: Charles Finney Many thanks to our contributors: Rod Smith, Felix Milns, Martin H. Redmayne, Jonathan McKeever, Marissa Lynch, Captain Drarg Richards, Captain Ferdinando Tarquini, Captain Robert Wilhelm, Captain Jonas Svensson, Captain Luca Mosca, Pavel Fiorentino, Carlos De Spinola, Jason Elliot, Jim Tiller and Marc Paris.

At the time of publication, all the information contained herein is believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed. Great care has been taken to ensure accuracy but neither Fraser Yachts nor the publishers can accept responsibility for any errors, inaccuracies or omissions. Charter rates are quoted on a weekly basis. The rates contained herein are believed to be correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change. No part of this publication may be reproduced or used in any form without permission from Fraser Yachts. Printed in the UK by Solutions In Ink Limited. © Copyright Fraser Yachts 2010. All rights reserved.

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S O M E C A L L I T A R T. W E C A L L I T D E D I C AT I O N T O D E TA I L . Producing a masterpiece calls for creativity, technical excellence and meticulous attention to detail. The same applies when designing a Maybach. In both cases, the only way to achieve something truly exceptional is to constantly strive for perfection. The Maybach philosophy: it takes the best to create the best. The result: an automotive masterpiece. Rediscover Maybach. Fuel consumption combined: 15,0 - 15,8 liters/100 km; combined CO2 emission: 350 - 368 g/km. The figures do not express any description of the emissions or fuel consumption of a car, are not part of any offer and are intended to compare types of vehicles only.




In an age of mass consumerism, disposable fashion and efficiency measures that take the road most travelled, craftsman stand out as either truly unique or, to an extreme extent, pariahs. But those who strive to uphold tradition, excellence and the purveying of their craft, buck modern-day trends of fast living. In the late 19th century, at the height of the industrial age, English furniture and textile designer William Morris started a rebellion against modernists and increased mass production of traditionally made crafts. Known as the arts and crafts movement, handmade was key and artisans desired to produce wares that could be afforded by all. Unfortunately they couldn’t compete with mass production. Costs were too high for these purists to survive and it became apparent that bespoke was luxury. These days there are craftsmen – suitmakers, tea blenders, stationery designers and patisserie chefs – who continue to stay true to tradition and excellence. But the real difference, and where the arts and crafts movement failed, is that more than often, true craftsmanship comes with a price. Words by Marissa Lynch


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ABOVE: Tom Mahon’s success comes from a constant strive for excellence and the desire to continually learn and improve. RIGHT: The bespoke tailor has made suits for the likes of Prince Charles, Ralph Lauren designer John Vizzone and Bryan Ferry. Photography by Carlos De Spinola

Tom Mahon’s self-deprecation fuses almost seamlessly with his northern English accent and half a laugh when he criticises his own personal style. On a train trip from his home and workshop in Cumbria, England, to the bustling capital where he meets his clients, the bespoke suit tailor says, in no uncertain terms, his appeal is far from cool – but that’s the way he and, more importantly his customers, like it. “There’s something special about the trade,” he says. “People would say, ‘Oh, that Tom Mahon, he’s from the north of England, how can clients want to wear his clothes?’ I’m not particularly cool and I’m not a ‘rock star’ tailor. Anybody who sees me would know that. But it’s that people always come back. When we go over to America every year, just about all of them are re-orders.” Mahon, the man behind English Cut bespoke tailoring in Savile Row, has made suits for the likes of Prince Charles, Ralph Lauren designer John Vizzone and Bryan Ferry. His success, he says, comes from a constant strive for excellence and the desire to continually learn and improve – and the fact that, by his own admission, he is slightly obsessive-compulsive when it comes to making sure each process done by his staff is strictly overlooked by himself. “I really do it the hard way, because I’m always striving to find that excellence,” he says. “But I think I do it the wrong way because I make sure I inspect everything that goes on. In theory I should close my eyes on everything, but I can’t.” One of the biggest surprises for Mahon, who only originally got into tailoring through a university holiday job, was how technical making one of the famed Anderson & Sheppard-style suits was and the personality needed to excel as a tailor. “I was really drawn into the cutting

when I realised. Well, I never thought of clothing as being about a form and quite like engineering,” he says. “I didn’t expect that and, 26 years down the line, I’m still surprised by the very high standards and the patience you need. It attracts a type of individual, people who are very patient and diligent with their work. And all the people I was working with as an apprentice were lovely as well.”

Training is a big part of becoming a tailor. In all, it took seven years for Tom to become qualified (he didn’t even attempt creating his own version of the Anderson & Sheppard suit until five years after he began his apprenticeship). He says there are so many facets and so many processes that go into the creation of the perfect suit – along with a small secret that makes his cut sublime. “It’s built from scratch, picking the lining, the pockets, the fabric, the type of fit, and you have to get the synergy, that’s very important,” he says. “Most tailors use a block pattern, which is like a standard pattern. I start with a blank sheet of paper.” One of the most important differences of his suit, he says, comes down to a “small arm hole”. If

you’re standing there and looking at yourself it might be OK, but as soon as you raise your arms up the jacket can bunch around the neck – that’s why we make our arms a bit smaller,” he says. “We make it fit just snugly around the arms. But that’s quite hard to do and it’s a fine balance to making it too tight.” Mahon is one of the youngest ‘properly trained’ tailors left on Savile Row but he insists no factory-made (or even custom-made) suit will ever match bespoke, despite the £3,000 starting price for one of his suits. Some of his friends tell him that eventually everything will be run off in a factory, but Mahon has faith in the continuation and tradition of tailoring – he sees the right skills in his current apprentices. It’s the personal touch that points towards strong vital signs for the craft, he says. “I think the main difference to other crafts is that it’s one of the most personal,” he adds. “It’s a bit like a hairdresser in that you really have to know what someone likes first. I have to know how people think. I know that the CEO of wherever likes it like that and what I’m doing is trying to fit a psyche.” And with an appointment schedule like his that is constantly filled, who’s to argue?


sweet skills They are the latest desire in the royal court of patisserie finery and Pierre Hermé is their king. The macaron is a tiny, brightly coloured, deliciously sweet combination between meringue and biscuit with a delectably creamy filling that is the latest craze in sweet-tasting delicacies. But despite their bite-sized stature, the macaron is far from humble. Notoriously difficult to create for even the most experienced of bakers, Hermé has tamed this exquisite beast and become a name synonymous with quality, excellence and flavour innovation. In fact, most weekends in his shop outside Paris, a queue snakes its way well out of the door, filled with customers dying to try the newest baked trend. In recent years, it was the cupcake that had been the most fashionable sweet eat, and continuing with the love affair of anything that revolves around the tradition of high tea, the macaron has emerged as the new favourite across the world in the wake of Hermé’s reign. The foundations for this supreme patisserie chef’s worldwide success actually began some years ago. His first store was opened in Tokyo in 1998, surprisingly, prior to the Paris boutique throwing open its doors in 2001. Just this year, the fanciful macarons have been made available to savvy Londoners – great fans of the perfect afternoon tea sweet – who can pick up their favourites at a pop-up store in Selfridges. Hermé’s domination in the field is set to continue in the UK this year with even bigger plans, such as opening a standalone store in Knightsbridge in July and the release of his famous macaron recipe book in English this autumn. The love affair with the macaron began for Hermé at a very young age and, following in his


family’s footsteps, he has never looked to any other career. “I started to bake very young as I helped my parents in their bakery,” he says. “I was about five years old. My father gave me the taste and inspiration to go in this direction.” His popularity stems from his standard of excellence in consistently making the most perfect examples of these baking fineries, which is surpassed only by his creativity. Hermé is known for a cacophony and explosion of flavours, ranging from strawberry and wasabi, to caramel and sea salt, to passion fruit and chocolate, and he says he is constantly reinventing classics. “Today I invented a new macaron – it’s the crème brûlé,” he says. “This is my favourite, but today only. Tomorrow something new. Always the newest.” Hermé himself admits that the reason why the macaron is so fabled is because of its temperamental nature, which seems to stump many would-be bakers. A quick internet search will reveal the trials and tribulations of many frustrated home patisserie chefs, including flat biscuit lids and slimy ganache filling – but most in the blogging community agree Hermé is certainly a master. “They are complex to bake,” he says. “To make a good macaron you have to have excellent ingredients and technique.” In his never-ending struggle to stay on top, there are a few ways he maintains a consistently high standard. “Always improve what we do, aim to be the best, and give the utmost attention to detail,” he says.


a pressing issue Moving well against the sweeping tide of everincreasing technology are two rather unlikely candidates to be partaking in a craft that has been used in Europe for more than 500 years. Theo Wang and Tom Boulton (pictured left), who both studied typography at the London College of Printing before working as graphic designers, go against the grain of the usual modern graphic designer ‘type’ with their version of a very dapper style that is reflected in their unusual but amazingly beautiful designs. The pair use letterpress (which was the primary method of printing books up until the sixties and seventies when it was phased out for cheap lithography) to create stunning books, stationery and photo albums along with bespoke designs for individuals and companies at their venture, Sort Design, in central London. The process is time consuming but for Wang the results are well worth the effort. “We initially have to design the piece, or work with a client if we are adapting something for them,” he says. “Once we’re happy with the layout and any colours we’ve chosen, we’ll need to decide on the format. From there, we work out the volume of materials required, trim them down to size and begin printing. Each colour and each element (such as creasing or die-cutting) has to go through the press once, so 100 business cards, in two colours and double sided is actually 400 prints, all done by hand on our treadle presses. The total time can vary wildly depending on the quantities and complexity of the job, but we aim to get most straightforward jobs completed within two weeks.” As well as keeping alive the history of the machinery and the knowledge involved, Wang believes it’s also necessary to keep up with the times. “It’s also important to keep it relevant and show that it’s still very much viable as a print technique in this day and age,” he says. “With our own products, we like to mix many different elements, both old and new, but all through the medium of letterpress.”


time for tea Effervescent and fast-talking with a witty edge, Alex Probyn comes across more like a honey-coloured glass of France’s finest Champagne than a smooth and relaxing cup of the drink he works with every day. The master tea blender and owner of bespoke tea blending company, Blends For Friends, jokes how he never meant to become “a brown drink man”. I got into it quite randomly,” he says. “I had left university having studied geography and social anthropology and I was looking for a job that was a bit quirky and different and I saw one as a trainee tea tester. Funny thing is I never liked tea at the time… but I thought it could be quite fun even though I didn’t like the product.” After spending five years at Tetley, training to pick out subtle differences in tea, Probyn now sends his custom-made

Master tea blender Alex Probyn jokes how he never meant to become “a brown drink man.” Photography by Carlos De Spinola


blends to customers all over the world and supplies his teas to some of Britain’s finest institutions such as The Langham Hotel for its famous high tea. “I have blended for lots of different people – from Middle Eastern royalty to actors in the UK to the average person on the street,” he says. “Locally, the market is going the right way. People are travelling a lot more and tea is drunk in a different way and people are seeing the health benefits. As a result, people are coming to us because they realise you get what you pay for. It’s like a fine wine. Gone are the days where French wines are the only thing you see, with four or five selections in the supermarket. People understand now that if they spend a bit more money, they will get better quality. There are a lot of very, very avid tea lovers out there.”

Even in tough times, quality still prospers and education and understanding is being passed down to those who will continue to enjoy handmade, detailed and beautifully finished products.



Y is for yacht Words by Martin H. Redmayne Photography by Marc Paris

Why own a yacht in the first place? This is one of the toughest questions to ask and probably the easiest to answer. There are a million reasons to own a yacht and, after discussing the subject with several yacht owners over the past decade, it is clear that everyone has a different answer. But in every scenario they have no problem justifying their acquisition. There is the age-old comment from cynics and the envious experts that “no one actually needs a yacht.” But, in reality, no one really needs a car or a plane, although the majority use both and, in many cases, people own several of each. When it comes to yachts, people say strange things such as “a yacht is an ego trip and a rich man’s toy” or “a yacht is an asset that depreciates in value but increases in cost the older it gets.” But, essentially, a yacht is designed to give pleasure and fun and, ultimately, entertain. Therefore if it isn’t entertaining or fun, you have obviously bought the wrong one. I think psychologists would have a field day talking about phallic symbols, ids and egos and status-driven insecurity complexes, but there is one common trait among yacht owners today: pride of ownership. Saying a yacht belongs to you, even if it is owned through a web of offshore wheel-less vehicles, is one of the most wonderful feelings in the world. To own one is not just part of that status-driven symbolism, but perhaps a sign that you have finally arrived and you’re now part of the most elite club in the world. The fortunate few who can afford to spend seven, eight or even nine figures on what is essentially a toy are in good company and should never question the decision of actually buying one, but perhaps make sure they question how often they use it. It is baffling to think out of the 52 weeks a year, some people only allow themselves two or three weeks


on board. This to me doesn’t make sense. Here you have an incredible floating asset, with crew all being paid handsomely, sitting in port awaiting your whimsical flight to Nice, or another such location, and you keep forgetting to make the time. The need to step on board should surely be both compelling and magnetic, but the “why do I have this huge asset sitting there?” question is probably on most owners’ minds today. Now take five minutes and look at the latest image of your floating toy and think what it means to you. Does it bring positive memories and visions of escape and relaxation? Or do you see it as a drain on resources and a painful platform of headaches and problems, all pointing to the fact you

haven’t found time to sign off on the repair or upgrade budget? If you finally do make the time, also make the time to use it and enjoy it. No matter how big or small your yacht is, there is a common denominator and theme in the world of ownership: everyone seems to enjoy the day they buy it, there is a euphoric feeling they have just solved all of life’s problems and created an escape route from life or other distractions and demands. Ownership is something that starts with a list of positives, yet very quickly people forget how to make the time to get on board. The fundamental issue today with owning

a yacht is to keep remembering why you actually bought it. Was it to compete with a colleague, friend or rival, or to impress a lover? Maybe you have everything money can buy apart from a yacht, or perhaps you have inherited the need for cruising from your parents? But in the end there is one key aspect of owning a yacht: make sure it delivers fun and relaxation at all times, otherwise why own one in the first place? A yacht is a life toy. It should provide the most exclusive comfort zone in the world, give you the ultimate food and wine experience, reflect your mood and taste in perfect harmony and, most importantly, it should allow you to escape and provide a place of reflection and relaxation that no health spa or resort can deliver. Now all of this sounds plausible and while walking around any yacht today, shadowing a designer, a captain or, in fact, the owner, there are often places for fun and relaxation, there are great dining venues and the sleep zone is ultimately dreamy. But the burning question is, how often are they employed? The time has come for personal assistants, designers, captains, yacht brokers and anyone who advises today’s wealthy yachting elite, to remind them to get back on board, to slip on those Villebrequin shorts and a Ferragamo polo shirt, walk barefoot along the teak passerelle and set sail for a favourite anchorage while the chef prepares their favourite dish. Why own a yacht if you don’t use it?

Those who have ever tasted the luxury and exclusivity that a private yacht offers will remember it forever.

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In order to better understand the question, ‘Why own a yacht?’ Fraser magazine spoke to the owner of M/Y Aerie, Professor Hudson. To own and enjoy a yacht properly, you need your personal situation to be right and to understand how to balance the impact of a yacht on your life. It all depends where you are in your life. Sometimes owning a yacht is a good thing and then there are times when there are constraints and obstacles that prevent you from using the yacht to its full potential. There is no point owning a yacht unless you use it. Why have one if you can only balance your life enough to allow you to spend three weeks a year afloat? The value and return becomes negligible and you will potentially think the yacht is a waste of time and money. In understanding yacht ownership, you need to appreciate the opportunities it delivers, the different perspective at every time of day, the ability to escape and enjoy new horizons and the opportunity to enjoy special time with your family. The idea of sitting in a marina and visiting a yacht club is not for me. I don’t want to force my social life and feel I have to meet all these new people. I like to cruise extensively and drop anchor in private places and be with people I want to be with, this is what yachts provide me. However, I have owned yachts four times and each time I have sold the yacht when it doesn’t deliver, the value and fun I expect and it all revolves around how much time you can devote to the yacht and the people who run the yacht.

If I was giving someone advice, then the fundamental part of owning a yacht is perhaps finding the ideal captain before you find the perfect yacht, as the right captain will make the experience far more valuable and enjoyable. In addition, he/she will obviously make sure you know the yacht is well maintained and will be ready to use whenever you have the time to be on board. The amount of use is also key, as a well-run, well-used yacht is a positive experience, because the crew are busy and less likely to jump ship and the yacht is a living piece of engineering that needs to be active and maintained, like any good piece of machinery. The headaches of crew replacement and unplanned maintenance are not fun. I would also like to add, it is important to be realistic when considering how to use it. A good yacht owner needs to devote time, care and attention to the yacht. If you cannot devote all of these, you may re-consider the value of ownership. I am now selling my yacht because I cannot devote the time to use it. With such a large family and the love I have for exploring and cruising, I know one day I will buy another yacht, but only when I can devote the time, care and attention it deserves. Maybe in a few years, but you never know … it may be sooner. Call Fraser Yachts for more information about the sale of M/Y Aerie.


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Why own a yacht if you have forgotten where to go with it? Why own a yacht if you question its value every time you embark on a voyage of mystery, rather than discovery? These questions and more must baffle everyone and anyone who has ever spent time on a large, luxurious yacht. Sitting in Porto Cervo, Saint Tropez, Monaco, St Barts, Ibiza and a host of private anchorages, it is key to remember that anyone ashore who sees you sitting on the aft deck at 11am reading your downloaded papers, with your perfectly prepared frothy macchiato and a stunningly exquisite, freshly made warm muffin and an equally toasty long-legged partner, will be so green that envy doesn’t even start to describe the feeling. Those who have ever tasted the luxury and exclusivity that a private yacht offers will remember it forever – or at least until the next encounter with the ultimate escape from reality on a floating paradise. It is worth remembering that while the euphoria of actually buying a €10 million, €20 million, €30 million or even €50 million piece of floating real estate is an amazing high and beats any known man-made substance, there is a reason why you have leveraged, financed and done the deal with a broker to acquire this personal statement of success: the asset is there to be used. Don’t ever forget how to use and abuse this incredible piece of engineering, a floating masterpiece that only a very fortunate few can ever say they actually own. Put the “Why?” back into yachting and make sure that even if a yacht may be an expensive exercise in unmanageable asset management, the choice is always yours and you only buy one if you really know how to enjoy it and


use it. Talk to other owners and find out how they use them. Talk to your guests and see if it is delivering on their expectations and perhaps talk to yourself; after all, you’ll be the best person to listen to and really delve deep into your fun lobe and make sure this toy is really a toy that makes you happy. If it doesn’t make you happy then perhaps it’s time to re-evaluate the way you think about your yacht, tell your captain that it’s not floating your boat, tell your broker it needs fixing because it is broke and tell your manager to handle your expectations

A floating masterpiece that only a very fortunate few can ever say they actually own. better. After all, a yacht is the ultimate status symbol, the perfect piece in life’s jigsaw and the final straw from which to drink the most incredible cocktail. If you own one, make sure you really ask yourself “Why?” on a regular basis. And make sure you come up with the answer that every happy owner gives. A yacht is part of the perfect club, a club that no one can join unless they have reached the right level in life, a level that requires hard work and dedication, a club that has a limited membership with unlimited reach, a club that pays huge dividends if you really know what being a member is all about and, perhaps most importantly, owning a yacht is all about having the greatest adventure life can deliver. From the day you say “Yes” to the day you say “I need a new one”, every day between should and could be fun, if only you know

how to step on board and not take it too seriously. Enjoy it for what it is — the ultimate piece of floating real estate that is designed to deliver pleasure and relaxation. Surely, there is no other reason why you should own a large, luxurious yacht. Finally, remember that when you buy a yacht you know why you have bought it, you know what it will cost to run and you know where you want to take it. But first and foremost, make sure you are buying the right yacht that will deliver the maximum pleasure and spending as much time on board as possible. A yacht is the ultimate asset and at the end of the day, lying on board looking at a remote sunset, drinking your favourite aperitif and scrolling through your BlackBerry checking for those vital messages related to reality, there is nowhere else anyone would rather be. This is perfection in life and it is there for the living. Achieving this utopian existence is not easy, not cheap and not for the faint-hearted, but once you have arrived you should never want to leave.

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Has beach chic gone global or are different dress codes still de rigueur at every port of call? Jonathan McKeever of asks the experts and finds out the latest beach brands to know.



It’s freezing in France, an unusually frosty reception for the fashionistas who have descended on Paris to view the hottest autumn/winter looks. But, it seems, summer is the season that’s really occupying everybody’s mind. It may be March, but British Vogue’s fashion features writer, Sarah Harris, is hard at work on the July issue – and her own holiday wish list. “Beachwear is just an extension of your wardrobe and should stay true to your style, no matter where you’re headed,” states Sarah, whose own beach bag is the envy of le tout St Tropez. “Extending one’s wardrobe is easier than ever, now that even designers such as Jil Sander are dipping their toes into the swimwear market.”

ABOVE: Pauline ‘Pool’ bikini by Bronzette, £145. right: Be individual: Pucci and Missoni bikinis are often found on the same beaches, such as Club 55 in St Tropez and Salinas in Ibiza.



Fiona Lintott, executive fashion and beauty editor at Condé Nast Traveller, stresses the importance of a flattering fit. “Swimwear in particular will only look good if it suits your body shape and you have confidence in what you’re wearing,” she adds. Sarah agrees: “A flattering fit is just as vital as a good look but, having said that, I absolutely pack different swimwear for different destinations. Every place has a different mood and that’s all part of the fun.” Designers, too, are similarly conscious of ‘sense of place’, a recurring theme in collections from Heidi Klein for example. “When designing the collection, inspiration in the form of colours, prints or even feel is often drawn from places we have visited,” remark Heidi Gosman and Penny Klein, the business partners behind the luxury London label. “‘Monaco’ is very nautical, ‘Jamaica’ is a beautiful pineapple print and ‘Zanzibar’ uses natural details to evoke the feel of the destination. We aim to give our customers the complete holiday wardrobe and drawing on different locations helps us to deliver this within the collection.” ‘Destination as inspiration’ is also a theme in the Tooshie bikini collection, yet these are definitely bikinis without borders. Tooshie creator Natascha Sayn Wittgenstein flew out


to Bali after this year’s Paris Fashion Week shows with three of her ‘Hampton’ bikinis, a ‘Goa’ triangle style and a funky, fringed ‘Ibiza’ two-piece in tow. “Trends for the season remain universal and you may wish to wear a certain colour, texture or print no matter where you go,” she emailed me from a Balinese beach. There is a fine line between fitting in and blending into the background, however. “Pucci and Missoni bikinis are often found on the same beaches, such as Club 55 in St Tropez and Salinas in Ibiza,” cautions Fiona. “Be individual,” she says. In fact, she recently drew compliments by sporting a space-age, scuba-style Lisa Marie Fernandez bikini in Marrakech, the spiritual home of the traditional kaftan. Indeed, the beach cover-up, an essential for boating beauties, is experiencing something of a renaissance. “My favourite is a Tomas Maier cashmere poncho, the ideal throw-on for sundowners on deck,” enthuses

Sarah, while Fiona favours the relaxed elegance of a playsuit, “a great way to avoid looking either over- or under-dressed and, if the right length, it can be worn at any age”. But trends aside, is there any tried and trusted advice on what to pack? Natascha from Tooshie puts things into perfect perspective. “Bring with you bikinis from home that fit like a glove and leave lots of room for on-site shopping,” she writes. “I love to complete my outfits on location with locally produced sandals and bags – I’m in Bali with a half-empty Samsonite and plan to stock up on local treasures.” “Keep it simple and you can’t go wrong,” reassures Fiona, with a final word of wisdom: “A good beach bag and its contents are international and able to take you from any hotel pool to the most remote beach.”

this page: There is a fine line between fitting in and blending into the background on the beaches of St Tropez, once the playground of legendary actress and beach babe Brigitte Bardot. OPPOSITE: The Lena playsuit by Naelie, ÂŁ165.


BRONZETTE WHO: Bronzette is the brainchild of Alexandra Joly-Firino Martell (pictured right), an impossibly chic Parisienne who swapped a legal career for the highs and lows of fashion show production in Paris and New York prior to launching her cult collection five years ago. WHAT: An elegant, understated collection of bikinis and cover-ups in genuine Liberty prints and the finest French fabrics (Bronzette is produced in the same factories as Chanel and Hermes) and flattering cuts, yet with a fashion edge. WEAR: British Vogue loves the totally tropical ‘Ihuru’ print pieces and the leopard-print Liberty styles, while French Vogue favours the ‘Rose’ bikini, which was modelled by Daria Werbowy in a recent issue. STYLE SECRET: “Make your holiday wardrobe work harder by altering your accessories to take a day look into night time. Simply changing from sandals to heels and from beach bangles to bijouterie can turn a chic afternoon outfit into an elegant evening ensemble.”

‘Rose’ bikini by Bronzette, £190.


TOOSHIE WHO: Designed by Natascha Sayn Wittgenstein, a former studio director at Nina Ricci in Paris, who is the ultimate jet-setter: the daughter of a German prince and a Swedish supermodel from the 1970s, she is married to an Italian and now divides her time between Geneva, Paris and Milan. WHAT: An exquisite collection of perfectly cut, Italian-made swimwear with French flair in colours ranging from black to brightest pink and looks that span classic chic to the cutting edge. New this season is the adorable addition of matching ‘mum and daughter’ stripey seersucker swimsuits.

WEAR: The ‘Hampton’ is a signature bikini style that has been redesigned as a reversible and the ‘Ibiza’ is a Tooshie legend. For a taste of tough luxe, try the studded ‘Marisa’ or ‘Bondi’ styles.

While sailing into paradise in Ibiza, add a dash of colour with the ‘Ibiza’ bikini by Tooshie, £175.

STYLE SECRET: “Bring the bikinis you feel best in, no matter what the destination or the season.”




WHO: Ex-Voguette Tara Matthews is a modern-day nomad. Her eponymous luxury swimwear label takes her from London to Corsica, Brazil, Santa Barbara, Ibiza and India in the space of a single season.

WEAR: The peacock-inspired, mismatched ‘Explosion’ bikini and ‘Ajaccio’ crinkled parachute silk cover-up to get noticed, or the subtly chic ‘Bastia’ dress and ‘Gecko’ bikinis for a lower-wattage luxurious look.

WHAT: Beautifully sequined Brazilian bikinis and one-pieces, which Indian artisans spend up to a week embellishing by hand with incredibly intricate beading, embroidery or silk knots to haute couture standards. Effortlessly elegant silk, cotton and jersey coverups in lively prints and sumptuous solid colours complete the look and are loved by celebrities of all shapes and sizes, from Kate Moss to Beyoncé Knowles.

STYLE SECRET: “Being on holiday is the perfect opportunity to splash out and wear brighter colours than you would at home. Colour really pops in bright sunshine. Don’t be deterred if you have pale skin: it’s all a question of tone. A bluish purple looks amazing against a porcelain complexion.”

Take inspiration from French actors Valerie Kaprisky and Bernard Giraudeau, on the set of the film ‘L’Annee des meduses’ (‘Year of the Jellyfish’), in St Tropez. Pack for your own steamy romance with the ‘Explosion’ bikini by Tara Matthews, £200.

Hidden treasures Have you ever heard of Kalhu Fahala Fushi in the Kolhumadulu atoll? We didn’t think so. There are many places in the world you may never hear about, or have the opportunity to explore. Unless, of course, you are the captain of a superyacht and the world is your oyster.




Captain Ferdinando Tarquini

ABOVE: The picturesque Kalhu Fahala Fushi in Kolhumadulu atoll, the Maldives; The best area for enjoying a cocktail is on the comfortable ‘bella vista’ chairs on the Fore Zone sun deck; A picturesque island in the Maldives.

What’s the ultimate cruising destination for charter guests? In the Mediterranean the best place to visit is Croatia, which has many bays and amazing villages. Some of the islands are virtually uninhabited and have beautiful water, making them among the best places for diving and jet skiing. In my opinion, one of the best places to visit by boat is the Maldives. With more than 1,000 islands, each surrounded by a unique coral reef and lagoons with different shades of blue, it is spectacular for snorkelling and swimming. Where is the best place on board to enjoy a sunset cocktail? The best area for drinking a cocktail is on our comfortable ‘bella vista’ chairs on the Fore Zone sun deck. Where is the best place on board to take an afternoon nap? The most popular area to find an undisturbed rest is on the sun deck. On the aft side you’ll find six kingsize sun beds, two sofas and four

armchairs under a soft, black curtain for a completely relaxed time. What part of the yacht is most used by the guests you have on board? What is it that makes this so popular? The spa, for its uniqueness, is the most used and requested area by our guests. Inside you will find different areas to relax: the steam room, mud bed, massage room and hairdressing area. The top destination for... For diving, magnificent bays, restaurants, nightlife, snorkelling and water sports, my favourite place is Greece. We discovered bays for swimming, diving and snorkelling. Check out Mykonos, Santorini, Paros, Tilos, Siros, Hydra and Kastellorizo. What is the most surprising destination you have visited? The most beautiful place I’ve ever seen in my life is Kalhu Fahala Fushi in Kolhumadulu atoll. Located in the Maldives, it is a spit about 7.5km long with about 100 metres of uninhabited land surrounded

by a crystalline sea. It’s one of the most unique places in the world. During our charter in winter 2007, we organised an unforgettable barbeque for the guests, taking in the magnificent sunset. The island was abundant with wildlife and palm trees full of coconuts in shades of violet and yellow. What is the most secluded spot you know of accessible only by yacht or tender? Ekincik in Turkey is the best place to leave your yacht. There’s a nice anchorage, beautiful marina and private dock under a mountain where you can take in the serenity. Is the yacht you run particularly suited to a certain destination or style of charter? Our boat, considering her structure (Royal Denship) might be suitable for navigation in the Baltic Sea and even in the North Sea during summer.


“There is something very pleasing about visiting natural bays and quaint villages while on board an elegant and sophisticated yacht.�




Captain Robert Wilhelm

ABOVE RIGHT: Captain Wilhelm takes time out in the afternoon sun. BELOW: The locals of the San Blas Islands, near Panama, live in a simple way without modern conveniences or electricity.

What is your ultimate cruising destination for charter guests? Croatia is the best by far. There is something very pleasing about visiting natural bays and quaint villages while on board an elegant and sophisticated yacht. The itineraries can easily be modified to accommodate a change in destinations or weather. The popular destinations are not too far from each other, leaving more time for the guests to enjoy themselves at anchor or ashore.   Where is the best place on board to enjoy a sunset cocktail? The sundeck. Last season we found a fantastic inlet on the island of Lastovo. We tied the stern to the trees and had the entire bay to

ourselves. The guests enjoyed this spot so much that we stayed for three days. Where is the best place on board to take an afternoon nap? Wherever the mood takes you. What part of the yacht is most used by the guests you have on board? What is it that makes this so popular? Again the sundeck. This is a big, comfortable area and the views are fantastic. The top destination for... Diving – Belize Magnificent bays – Croatia Restaurants – Riviera Nightlife – Ibiza Snorkelling – Red Sea Water sports – Caribbean

What is the most surprising destination you have visited with guests? Kotor, Montenegro. As you navigate into the Boca Kotor, there is the sensation of travelling back in time. What is the most secluded spot you know that’s accessible only by yacht? The San Blas Islands, close to Panama. These islands are governed by the indigenous Kuna Indians. There is absolutely no development. People live in a very simple way without modern conveniences or electricity. The San Blas are so remote they don’t appear on Google Earth.

What is the most popular toy on board? What is the most unusual? The most popular and also the most unique are the Hobie Kayaks. These have an ingenious system of propulsion. Foot pedals operate a pair of fins below the water in an efficient manner. You can go really fast. There is also a sailing kit. Is the Harmony III suited to a certain destination or style of charter? We are 100 per cent designed and geared toward the Mediterraneanstyle charter.


“The water is so clean, the sea life is amazing, the peace is indescribable and, if you still want a bit of a party, Phuket can offer that.�




Captain Jonas Svensson

ABOVE: M/Y Moecca cruises into paradise. BELOW and left: Thailand is so untouched and the experiences you have while visiting leaves such a ‘wow’ factor.

What do you consider to be the ultimate cruising destinations for charter guests and why? With no hesitation I have to say Thailand, Andaman Islands, Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar and Sabah in Malaysian Borneo. These places are so untouched and the experiences you have while visiting these islands leave such a wow factor. To describe it in one word: complete. The water is so clean, the sea life is amazing, the peace is indescribable and, if you still want a bit of a party, Phuket can offer that. We have been strong believers in South-East Asia for many years as we’ve been visiting since 2007. Our guests all say the same: complete. Where is the best place on board to enjoy a sunset cocktail and what would the setting be? Our sun deck, which is about 100 square metres, where you can rest in the comfortable sun beds or be seated around the table, which can accommodate up to 20 people. This is the highlight and the settings are astonishing, whether

you are in Thailand, Myanmar, Andaman or Sabah. Where is the best place on board to take an afternoon nap? I take mine on the sun deck and rest under the sun awning, but for those who like it a bit cooler, you can rest in the luxury cabins or on the comfortable sofas in the saloon designed by Giorgio Armani. It is so spacious and the beams make it feel open and wide with big windows capturing the surroundings outside. What part of the yacht is most used by the guests you have on board? What is it that makes this so popular? Without hesitation it’s the sun deck, the huge open deck with its awning and sun beds. Most of our guests take their lunch and dinner there. The top destination for ... Diving – Mergui Archipelago and the Andaman Islands. It’s so untouched, the corals are in excellent condition and the sea life is just amazing. You will be left completely

alone without anyone in sight. Magnificent bays – Mergui Archipelago consists of more than 800 islands and many of these have bays with mirror-like water and white beaches. You can snorkel the beautiful reefs that are in perfect condition with abundant sea life. Restaurants – Surin Beach in Phuket, Thailand. There are fivestar resorts and a newly opened restaurant right on the beach next to other local restaurants presenting the best Thai cuisine – you can sit on the beach with the ocean right in front of you. Nightlife – Surin Beach and Patong in Phuket, Thailand, have the perfect variation for those who love the nightlife. Snorkelling – All of the islands in Thailand, Myanmar, India and Malaysia. It doesn’t matter where you stop, each has its unique spot. What is the most surprising destination you have visited with guests? Mergui had such peacefulness, with more than 800 islands and beaches that are as white as a bed

sheet. The Andaman Islands were the same but with the added beauty of being able to swim with the elephants at Elephant Bay. What is the most popular toy on board? What is the most unusual? Jet skies are always appreciated, but also the diving and snorkelling equipment as we go to so many diving spots that are considered to be the best in the world. Otherwise, I must say, our guests spend a lot of time on the sun deck, relaxing into the surroundings. Is the yacht you run particularly suited to a certain destination or style of charter? Moecca is suitable for any charter, but what makes her so popular is that she is a catamaran with a beam of 13 metres so there is a huge open space inside and outside. Her draft of only 2.5 metres gives her access to bays and rivers that are not accessible to many yachts.



Captain Luca Mosca What’s the ultimate cruising destination for charter guests? It depends mostly on what guests want and what they are looking for. In my opinion, in the Mediterranean, nothing is better than the Sea of Sardinia, French and Italian Riviera, Croatia and the Balearics. These are all places where you can find history, culture, entertainment, comfort and all the services and support you need for a successful charter. The Caribbean is a good compromise between tropical and exotic and all the Mediterranean can offer. But if you are looking for discovery and adventure, the right location is the Pacific. Tribu’s next amazing destinations will be Society and Tuamotu in French Polynesia, and we are all really excited about that. Where is the best place on board to enjoy a sunset cocktail? Whether you are looking at a gorgeous sunset in Baja California or in Kornati, the right spot is outside on our owner’s deck. Candles, good music and the right drink, sitting and relaxing on the big sofa or the sun beds. We really love the Café del Mar (Ibiza) ‘chill out’ atmosphere, which inspires our sunset aperitifs. Where is the best place on board to take an afternoon nap? We have different outside social areas for guests: an owner’s deck, wheelhouse deck and, in the aft of the main deck, you can always find a shady shelter to have your nap, relaxed on the cushions or the sun beds. What part of the yacht is most used by the guests you have on board? What is it that makes this so popular? There are no doubts about that. Our 200 square metre open owner’s deck is where guests like to spend their days. We can accommodate up to 16 people sitting on our convertible tables or organise a great buffet and party. We can drop the two tenders,


remove their stands and create a huge, open dance floor. My top destination for... Diving – Recently we visited three of the best dive destinations in the world: the Republic of Palau, Galapagos and Coco Island. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the Maldives, Truk Lagoon, Turks and Caicos, Tuamotu and the Red Sea should also be considered ‘not to be missed’ spots.

Magnificent bays – One of my favourite cruising areas is Croatia. There are thousands of islands with sheltered and lonely bays. Telascica in Kornati or Polace in Mljet will amaze the guests. Restaurants/Nightlife – If you are looking for good food, great wine, entertainment and nightlife, please don’t move from the French or Italian Riviera and Ibiza. That’s heaven for gourmet eaters and clubbers. Snorkelling – The northern part of the Red Sea (close to Sharm El Sheikh), all around the Maldives, Great Barrier Reef and some unknown Pacific atolls. Water sports – Anywhere you like, but first check for sharks! What is the most surprising destination you have visited? Nothing has given me more emotion than Patagonia did. There you can really understand the strength of nature. We had wind gusts up to 110 knots in the Chilean channels. The seascape is unique, gorgeous, really emotional and exciting. You immerse yourself in

the history and the legends as you navigate the Strait of Magellan, Cape Horn, the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia. What satisfaction! Make sure you try a Pisco Sour cocktail at Mi Calvi, in Puerto Williams, the southernmost yacht club in the world. In this mythical ‘grounded’ bar you can meet all kinds of people, from the Swiss billionaire to the adventurer hippy looking for a lift to the South Pole. There you’ll really feel like Han Solo in Star Wars! What is the most secluded spot you know of accessible only by yacht or tender? Galapagos and Isla del Coco. In both places, the nature, animals and vegetation will astonish you. In Galapagos you can really understand what Darwin could feel in his explorations, even more so on land than at sea. Every night at anchor is a show with sea lions, sharks and turtles in concert. Coco is a lonely, deserted, blooming green rock in the middle of the sea. So peaceful.

What is the most popular toy on board? What is the most unusual? You can have any kind of water toys on board, but nothing is more funny and appreciated than noodles. You can also feel a slight sadistic pleasure to drive the tender and drag guests at 30 knots. Is the yacht you run particularly suited to a certain destination or style of charter? In the Pacific, M/Y Tribu’ has found her playground. We are an expedition yacht and here we can play our role. Whether entering a remote atoll, to take soundings with tenders and sonar in unsurveyed or uncharted areas, or to make long passages, here we are, waiting for you to see and discover new exciting, amazing and touching spots. We are ready. Later this year, the world’s top charter captains will once again be recognised by Fraser Yachts at The Captain’s Dinner. This annual black tie event, sponsored by Hublot, is held at Yacht Club de Monaco and is the highlight of the Monaco Yacht Show.

Clockwise from left: Accessible by yacht or tender are Galapagos and Isla del Coco; The nature, animals and vegetation on the Galapagos; Remote and beautiful; Every night at anchor is a show with sea lions, sharks and turtles in concert.

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ON LOCATION TURKEY Turkey, the meeting point between East and West, Europe and Asia, Christianity and Islam. Christian crusaders, silk road traders and Mongolian horsemen are but a few who have criss-crossed what was once the heartland of the vast Ottoman Empire. Today they are joined by more and more discerning travellers keen to taste the exotic delights of this beguiling country. You never forget your first view of Istanbul’s minaret-studded skyline, nor the twisting volcanic landscape of Cappadocia with its thousands of fairy chimneys, nor the smells and tastes of its unique cuisine. And for visitors arriving by superyacht, the Aegean coast is a wilderness just waiting to be explored, with ancient Roman and Greek ruins and stylish enclaves hidden in the curves and folds of the land. Words by Felix Milns



Aegean Sea

The turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea, dotted with both Turkish and Greek islands and bordered by the rugged charms of the Turkish mainland, are rapidly becoming more and more enticing for luxury yachting. With a new marina and excellent infrastructure and connections, 2010 is a big year for the Aegean coast, as it rolls out the welcome mat to increasing numbers of superyachts.



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Cesme Marina


Cesme Marina fully opened in the spring of this year in the bay of Cesme, a historic, cosmopolitan town in the northern Aegean. Developed by Camper & Nicholsons, the natural harbour offers 400 berths for yachts up to 60 metres, with excellent facilities and infrastructure shoreside. The sophisticated shoreside development has been designed in partnership with Atelier

Xavier Bohl, creators of Port Grimaud near St Tropez. Cesme, named after the fountains that made the town a vital port on the Mediterranean’s trade routes, dates back to the seventh century BC. Today the town and harbour are dominated by the 16th-century Genoese fortress, around which run tight warrens of narrow streets, chock-full of historic buildings housing tiny

01 The stunning Turkish coastline 02 A mosque in Istanbul seen from the water 03 Fishing boats moored in the harbour at Kalkan 04 Fishermen’s wives in rowboats off Kekova island 05 The ancient statue Ephesus 06 The southern Aegean hub, Bodrum


restaurants, bars and bijoux boutiques. The marina, right at the western end of the Izmir peninsula, is a 45-minute drive from Izmir Airport, which has excellent international and domestic connections. It is the perfect launch pad to explore Turkey’s interior and is set to become the regional hub for luxury yachting.

on location: Turkey explore


Water sports


The Aegean coast is the home of Troy, though its ruins are far less spectacular than the Roman ruins of Pergamum, and much of the coastline is littered with traces of past conquests of the Greek, Roman and Ottoman empires. Turkey has more Greek and Roman ruins than either Greece or Italy. Largely wild and rugged, it forms a stunning backdrop to the turquoise waters and bays that hug the coastline. The bays and beaches around Cesme are famous for water sports. The nearby beautiful resort of Alacati, with its well-protected bay and reliable northerly winds, is famous for windsurfing. While Pirlanta bay, a couple of miles north of the marina, is the kite surfing capital of Turkey.

Further southeast along the coastline is the charming bay and village of Bozborun. It looks like little more than a sleepy fishing village, though it remains one of Turkey’s premier boatbuilding ports, and is an unsung jewel in the crown of Turkey’s coastline. It is also home to Turkey’s best seafood restaurant. So if you want to give the chef the night off and explore the city, this is the place to go. Orfoz, a tiny six-table restaurant, is only accessible by boat, foot or seaplane. Selcuk, the chef proprietor, used to be a chemical engineer and his wife, Gunes, a banker in Istanbul. Famous for their fish-rich dinner parties, they left the city behind and moved to Gallipoli to open a small hotel-restaurant in 1986. It became as famous as their legendary dinner parties. So again, in 2002, they moved to this remote and inaccessible corner of Bozborun bay. And again, the crowds and plaudits follow them.


Islands aplenty The picturesque Greek island of Chios is just 12km away and the mountainous charms of Lesbos are 50km to the north, while a similar distance to the south is Samos, one of the most fertile of all Aegean islands, covered in vineyards, olive groves and almond trees. Kos, Rhodes and Crete are all within a day or two’s sail.


Businessmen from Istanbul fly down by seaplane for lunch and it’s easy to see why. The idea is to share six to seven dishes between two, mezze style. The menu is all about fresh fish, seafood and tomatoes. The tomato salad is an absolute must. Selcuk buys his tomatoes from one specific farmer in the village of Terges, near Dalaman. Served with plump capers hand-picked from the island across the bay, they are without doubt the finest tomatoes I have ever tasted. Seafood paella, with its cinnamon-rich Moroccanesque flavours, comes with aubergine, onion, garlic, mussels, tiny prawns, squid, octopus and handfuls of fresh parsley, while baby squid are dipped in breadcrumbs and flash fried. Select a lobster from the pot hanging off the jetty and don’t miss the chargrilled grouper (orfoz in Turkish).

Bodrum The southern Aegean hub is the party town of Bodrum. While it does cater to the package holiday crowd, there’s also a far more refined and sophisticated nightlife and dining scene, thanks largely to the presence of the 450-berth Milta Bodrum Marina. Bodrum first rose to fame on the back of the Mausoleum, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world, and has also managed to retain its character despite its metamorphosis into a modern party town. Head to the west of the bay for the more sophisticated nightlife.

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Elixir Art


If you plan to make a night of it and bunk down on the mainland, next door to Orfoz (and similarly inaccessible) is the idyllic retreat of Elixir Art. Named as an insider’s choice for Tatler’s 101 best hotels of 2009, it is a 14-room hideaway where birds of paradise and hammocks sing and swing through the garden palms. An infinity pool spills seawards and a large over-water teak deck, complete with shaded chill out zone and fully stocked cocktail bar, is home to sun loungers by day and restaurant tables by night. resorts/elixirart_info.html 03





A short sail from the Cesme Marina is one of the most captivating capital cities on earth. With its minaretpunctured skyline, bustling Grand Bazaar and thriving contemporary arts scene, there has never been a better time to visit Istanbul.


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Witt Istanbul Suites 01 Colourful pashminas are common in the markets 02 The bright nightlife of Istanbul’s city centre 03 Spices for sale at the Grand Bazaar 04 The stunning architecture of the Hagia Sofia 05 The view at night over the city of Instanbul


Tired of looking out across the glorious ocean? You could swap a night on the yacht with your loved one for a penthouse suite which has quite possibly the greatest view in modern-day Constantinople. High up on a hill in the oh-so-trendy Cihangir district, you have only chimney pots and seagulls for company as you gaze across the golden horn to the domes and minarets of

the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya and Topkapi Palace. The view is even more impressive at night when gulls circle all around the uplit Galata watchtower. The penthouse has a raw, loft-style feel, with two walls of glass and balconies, varnished concrete ceiling and fire hydrant-red steels. A contemporary Scandi-style sleigh bed is backdropped by retro fifties advertising prints,

with bedside tables of curved stools and oversized lamps. Low-slung leather sofas and suede rocking chairs furnish the open-plan living area. From here you can walk across the Galata bridge to sightsee in the historic Sultanahmet district, or explore the local happening party scene of Cihangir and Beyoglu.

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Just across the Galata bridge is the Sultanahmet district, home to the most famous tourist sites in the city. The Aya Sofya (Haghia Sofia in Greek) is Istanbul’s most famous monument and dates back to 537AD. For nearly 1,000 years it was the greatest church in Christendom, until Mehmet the Conqueror had it converted into a mosque after the conquest of 1453. And thus it remained until it became a museum in 1935. Don’t miss the first-floor galleries, with the magnificent 14th-century mosaic of Christ, the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist in The Last Judgement. The Blue Mosque, built by Sultan Ahmet I nearly 1,000 years later, is another megamonument, best appreciated by approaching it via the Hippodrome to get a real sense of its scale and majesty. Yet the most unmissable trip has to be a visit to Topkapi Palace, the seat of the sultans.It is home to the Harem, where up to 300 concubines would vie for supremacy in the Sultan’s affections. There is a whole litany of stories about mad, bad and dangerous Ottomans who ruled the roost here from 1450 to the late 1800s. One wary tale modern-day yacht cruisers should definitely heed was the fate of Selim the Sot, who drowned after drinking too much champagne.

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Rooftop restaurants

Sometimes you have to escape the coastline into the hills to find the best local cuisine. In a city built on hills, the finest eateries are perched high on the city’s rooftops. Try Mikla on top of the Marmara Pera Hotel for modern Turkish twists on Mediterranean food, under the direction of Istanbul’s celebrity chef, Mehmet GŸrs. Alternatively, try a night at the Maidens Tower (, on the island of Kizkulesi in the Sea of Marmara.

Marmara Pera Hotel Maidens Tower


Bazaar’s bizarre With every backstreet bustling with commerce, Istanbul seems like one giant market and the ultimate free-market economy – there really is no fixed price here – but the epicentre of it all is the Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s most magnificent markets. While full of hustle and bustle, it comes without the pushiness of the souks of North Africa. Expect to be offered tea at every turn, but it does not necessarily mean you have to buy. Best for jewellery, leather, textiles and ceramics.

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Capital of culture


One of three European ‘capitals of culture’, Istanbul has this year planned 500 free events. It is just reward following the recent trend of Istanbul’s family business dynasties financing a clutch of truly world-class contemporary art galleries. Discover a new art piece for your yacht collection at two of the best, the Istanbul modern in Tophane and Pera Museum in Beyoglu.

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Meyhane madness Your chef has delighted your taste buds with another scrumptious dish and now you want to explore the shiny lights that dot along the shore. While there are dozens of swanky bars and clubs in town, one of the most unmissable nights out has to be in the tight backstreets of one of Istanbul’s Meyhane districts. Meyhane means tavern in Turkish and rabbit runs of graffiti-rich narrow streets are given over to bars. You can hardly move through the streets where the sophisticated city set sip raki and eat mezze, hawkers sell their wares and mobile musicians fight the Euro disco pop blaring from the bars. The ancient spirit of Constantinople is alive and well. Finish up on the roof terrace of 360, a chic bar that morphs into a club after midnight on Friday and Saturdays.




Deep in the heart of the Central Anatolia region lurks one of the world’s most miraculous landscapes – the fairy chimneys and underground cities of Cappadocia. If you want to swap the view of ocean life and swaying trees for vast lands and breath-taking scenery, the caves are well worth the one-anda-half flight from either Istanbul or Izmir. Legend has it that the carved out conical stone structures were home to the fairies, though the truth about the chimneys, and the rest of the rock columns, pyramids and cascading cliffs, is that they were formed as a result of volcanic eruption from nearby Mount Erciyes. The first settlers then carved out the forgiving rock inside the chimneys to create homes and churches in one of the most spectacular neighbourhoods on earth. The entire landscape is like a living canvas, sparking the imagination and continually challenging your perceptions. Sometimes the rock formations resemble ocean waves, or whales breaching the ocean. Like giant volcanic topiary, as you change your perspective the stones transform before your eyes. The eagle becomes a Madonna with child, the turkey a camel and the mushrooms and toadstools turn into festival hats. It’s as if the whole landscape was danced into formation by the whirling dervishes themselves.

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Hot-air heaven The fairy chimneys are without doubt one of the most impressive sights on earth, particularly when enjoyed from the dawn thermals of a hot-air balloon ride. You take off in the half light before dawn in the company of 30 or so other hot-air balloons, which only add to the surreal majesty of the experience. As you dip in and out of valleys, it’s like a Groundhog Day of perpetual sunrise and surprise. travel

The Elixir of travel No concierge service? Try Luxury Turkey specialist Elixir Holidays who can arrange bespoke itineraries, including transfers, tours and discounted hotel accommodation. Private executive transfers from £100 a vehicle one way in Istanbul; in Cappadocia, £90 one way (both by Mercedes SL); and to Bozburun for Elixir Art, £175 one way (by Range Rover, BMW 5/6 series or Elixir sleeperettes).

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Cavern cathedrals The Göreme open-air museum is one of Turkey’s world heritage sites and an essential stop on any Cappadocian tour. It was an important site for Byzantine monks, who carved out churches in the rock and decorated the walls and ceilings with stunning frescoes and murals. Once such chapel displays a Maltese cross on one wall, and on the other a painting of St George and St Theodore slaying the dragon of paganism.

01 Ballooning over Cappadocia 02 Getting ready for take off 03 The fairy chimneys 04 Inside a chapel 05 The Sacred House 06 Giant volcanic topiary

Photography by Felix Milns



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Sacred House

If romance is on the cards and escape from yachting life is crucial, try the Sacred House hotel. In the style-conscious village of †rgŸp, it is a wonderfully romantic and theatrical boutique bolthole. Boy George hosted a weekend party here and the 12 wonderfully over-the-top rooms are furnished with Byzantine antiques and spectacularly sculpted woodwork. Some of the rooms are actually hewn from the old caves themselves. Giant circular baths sit in bathrooms of marble and gold leaf and new for this summer is a vast Roman bath-style spa. Meals are served on the first-floor roof terrace.




Going underground Kaymakli Deep below ground, meanwhile, lurks another peculiar secret of the region. During the sixth and seventh centuries Persian and Arabic armies would pour across Central Anatolia, raping and pillaging as they went. So the Byzantine Christians who inhabited the region constructed vast underground cities where they could decamp en masse for up to a year at a time.

Warning beacons were lit from Jerusalem to Constantinople and, in a matter of hours, entire populations would seek sanctuary in up to 140 different underground cities. Some were home to up to 10,000 people. Kaymakli is one such city and a popular stop. You can tour the ancient caves and passageways and see where the Byzantine Christians set up kitchens, blacksmiths and even wineries below ground. Giant stone wheels

would roll into place to lock off passageways, and specially constructed ventilation shafts were disguised as old wells. Marauding armies would drop dead animals down the wells, hoping to poison the water supply but unknowingly providing the people below with fresh meat. Fraser Yachts has a variety of quality charter yachts available in the Eastern Mediterranean. Contact your nearest office to discuss your bespoke itinerary with a charter broker.


TOY STORIES These days buying a superyacht is only the first step. Making sure all the best toys and gadgets are on board is as important as the boat itself. Superyacht owners are now investing in a second yacht to keep their latest gizmos close by. Despite being top of their class in function, form and price, the gadgets featured have something else in common: they’ll make sure you get wet and have an almighty adrenaline rush. Words by Marissa Lynch






WHAT: For a completely different aquatic experience that doesn’t only get you back to nature but makes you feel like you’re part of it, the Lunocet biomimetic (meaning mimicking biology) swimming device is it. This cleverly engineered gadget has been modelled on the lunate tail (the back fin) of whales and dolphins. This means that not only can you leave US swimming sensation Michael Phelps for dead, but the lift-based propulsion is so powerful it can launch a human out of the water.

WHAT: Is carrying an underwater camera cumbersome or easy to forget on board? The Scuba Series HD 320 Camera/Video Mask from Liquid Image eliminates the need to use your hands to take photos or record video. You can turn on the camera attached to the scuba mask at the start of the dive and with the capability of capturing 32GB (with its inbuilt micro SD card), precious images will all be caught to take home and admire later.

WHAT: Superyacht gadgets are getting bigger, better and simply more magical and this treat from DeepFlight does not disappoint. The aptly named DeepFlight Merlin casts a surreal spell, operating on the same principles as flight through the air with ‘wings’ and an open cockpit. This submersible is unconventional. Unlike others on the market, which use ballast to sink in the water, the DeepFlight submersibles use a downward ‘lift’ on the wings to fly down to depth. The three-person sub offers 360-degree views, the ability to ‘bank’ as it flies through the water and individual ‘wind shields’ that remove the pressure of slipstream, enabling comfortable speed and ranges previously unthinkable without enclosing the pilots – it can travel at up to six knots.

WHY: Jaws will certainly be wondering where breakfast went so fast. The device, engineered by Ted Ciamillo in conjunction with Siemens, works though a precise pivoting of carbon fibre hydrofoils on a rigid titanium and aluminium foot deck. The company, which also makes advanced cycling technology, says this device will make a dip in the ocean more efficient and faster than ever before. Seven years of research and development were used to come up with the unique toy. Power transfer is maximised through the use of any road cycling or triathlon shoes which simply bolt on with the titanium screws provided to the Lunocet’s foot deck. HOW MUCH: These fancy flippers will set you back US$831. WHERE: See online at for more information.

WHY: Does taking great underwater photos hands-free need justification? Well in case it does, the ‘specs’ speak for themselves. The video has HD 720P and the camera is 5.0 megapixels. There’s also no need to worry about breaking the lens while chasing some illusive fish to real depths – just like the limit for certified recreational divers, the Camera Video Mask can go to depths of 40 metres. It has a flexible silicon skirt that conforms to the face of the wearer and cross hairs on the goggle lenses that help to frame any interesting aquatic life. HOW MUCH: The Camera/Video Mask retails between US$250 and $300. High Power LED side lights are also available for US$89 each and Blue and Green Water Filter for US$49 each for all the budding photography amateurs. WHERE: Information on stockists can be found at

WHY: If the specifications and beauty of this sub don’t do it justice, then maybe a serious case of ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ will. The drool-worthy Merlin has just been delivered to Sir Richard Branson’s private Caribbean resort, Necker Island, and has been dubbed the Necker Nymph. And he’s not the only one who is a convert of DeepFlight. Venture capitalist Tom Perkins purchased one of DeepFlight’s Super Falcons in 2008 and the DeepFlight Challenger with a diving capability of 11,000 metres was built for the late adventurer Steve Fossett. HOW MUCH: POA. For a bit of an indication, Branson will charge US$25,000 a week to hire out the slick submarine. WHERE: DeepFlight submersibles are designed and built by engineer Graham Hawkes of Hawkes Ocean Technologies. See for contact details.


SEABOB WHAT: For an entirely different adrenalineseeking experience that makes sure you get wet while getting speed, from the Germanengineered Seabob, the limited-edition Cayago Magnum is the ultimate water toy. This motorised water sled is hand controlled, able to cruise on top of the water or dive up to 40 metres below the surface and can travel at speeds of up to 20km an hour. It’s agile, providing a unique experience that’s oh so fun. Controlling the device is simple – it’s all done by shifting body weight. Just by applying light pressure, the Magnum will dive and enter the underwater world. This fast-moving gizmo has been designed to be hydrodynamic and ergonomic. The internationally patented jetstream system consists of a special electro-motor and a protected running impeller in a jet channel, which means it’s also environmentally friendly, petrol free and battery rechargeable. WHY: Unlike other Seabobs in the range, the Magnum can last for four hours’ continuous use (other models will last only an hour), can get up to the fastest speeds and is equipped with a comprehensive navigation and location technology system so you never get lost in an underwater world. And this really is a limited issue – only 100 Magnums have been made.


HOW MUCH: The limited-edition Cayago Magnum retails for d78,000 (plus VAT). WHERE: Information and stockists can be found at



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The $20 million question Words by Martin H. Redmayne

Many people can afford to invest in the finer things in life. But what to invest in is key to a successful life portfolio. Choosing an extravagant investment needs careful consideration and with a modest spend of US$20 million, you need to know what you’re doing. Don’t just blow it; sow it with a view to building an investment in those rare commodities such as laughter, pleasure and fun. Here are our picks for making life richer and more fulfilling. After all, why else are we doing what we’re doing?


The car - $150,000

Perhaps the time has come to buy that perfect classic car for Sunday drives from Saint Tropez to Monaco. Don’t forget to leave before 7am so you can drive slowly and enjoy the stunning horizons and at those opportune revving moments, wake up the sleepy locals, as you roar past the emerging markets. Try the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Coupe ‘James Bond’ available between $135,000–$165,000. Go to You will feel perfectly shaken and stirred in this incredible classic.



Wine – $2,000,000

The yacht – $13,500,000 Go mad and spend a reasonable percentage of your slush fund on the motoryacht Alumercia – a superb 38-metre Heesen with a bit of an explorer attitude. It’s a perfect ‘go anywhere in luxury’ type yacht that will still leave you $6.5 million for other toys and luxury items.

Gold – $1,200,000 A small portfolio of gold bullion at approximately $1,200 an ounce will always be a nice investment, especially if you keep the bars in your private safe at home and bring them out as paper weights when you’re busy doing your tax returns. Or perhaps krugerrands might be more fun, to keep in a leather sack and jangle around on board your yacht, pretending it’s your latest haul from a rogue piracy attack on fellow yachties.

No yacht or lakeside villa is complete without a reasonably high standard cellar, and Berry Bros & Rudd will be more than happy to help create the ultimate list of fine wines for drinking daily and as an investment. With a couple of million dollars this is not only a palatable investment but a pleasurable one, too. With good Bordeaux being in great demand in new and old markets, 15 per cent returns per annum have been seen on some of the finest clarets. Now that’s the best return we’ve ever seen on a liquid asset. Berry Bros & Rudd will be more than happy to help create the ultimate list of fine wines with more than 3000 varieties priced from $9 up to $12,000 per bottle.

Jewels – $500,000 to $10,000,000 If you really want to impress your loved one, spend the remaining investment on your partner, this is what really counts and is worth double what you pay, just in terms of the reciprocal attention and gratitude. Your old friends Laurence Graff or Harry Winston can help you find what you’re looking for. Try the Winston Incredibles collection of custom jewellery, and the pear drop necklace (above), worth its weight in diamonds. Or really blow the budget and see if Mr Graff will help you acquire the Vivid Pink, a rare five-carat stone set flanked by two vast white diamonds that he sold at auction for a snip at more than $10.8 million – but then you might have to put the yacht back on the market.

Oil – $80 a barrel Don’t forget oil as a worthy investment, not only due to the fact that the yacht will need a fair amount of the refined stuff, but everyone will always need this black liquid gold. You could always become the overnight philanthropist and just finance the oil demands of the Dominican Republic for one year with the full $20 million.

Shoes – $12,000 A couple of pairs of Berluti Club Collection shoes are a must at $1300, but don’t forget the calfskin Tod’s at $250 for padding around the deck when you’re exploring the wild frontiers of St Barts. Obviously you need a few pairs to suit the mood or colour scheme, plus they would obviously match his and hers, depending on who you’re with. Two of the most iconic shoes in the Berluti collection are the Andy Warhol-designed Andy loafer (pictured above) and the Alessandro lace-up court shoe designed by the founding Berluti family’s ancestor Alessandro in 1895. Go to

Total shopping list – $18,612,000 Keep the change in the bank just in case you need something extra for the yacht you hadn’t thought about. As, with yachting, you just never know what might be around the corner. Fraser Yachts can offer expertise on all matters relating to the financing of a yacht purchase. Our in-house specialists have teamed up with Société Générale and CGI Finance to ensure fast and accurate advice.

Property $3,500,000 Hinckley T29 $400,000 The $3.5 million villa on Italy’s Lake Maggiore, Residenza Blu, is perfect for weekends away, when everyone is in the south of France dining in the sun and overlooking the vista that is Saint Tropez. Tranquillity and perfection, made for picnics on the water in a classic Hinckley T29 picnic yacht, the ultimate runabout that allows you to drive yourself from the shore to a special little anchorage for private time afloat. Make escape from your Italian villa with the Talaria 29 runabout, also known as the T29R, for $398,500. Go to


art for sail Stepping aboard a superyacht is just like walking through the doors of a luxury waterfront mansion. Everything, from the walls to the halls, drips with finequality frills. Except for one pretty little detail – the artwork. Art experts say the trend of superyacht owners is changing with a preference for low-value pieces. It seems these days anything goes, including faking Picasso. Words by Pavel Fiorentino

ABOVE: Montague Dawson’s Catch Me Who Can. RIGHT: Gerald Laing’s The Kiss II.


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A ABOVE LEFT: Montague Dawson’s Racing Home, The China Clippers. ABOVE RIGHT: Gerald Laing’s Gethsemane. LEFT: Ling Jian’s Grew Up Under The Sunshine No. 2

rt and yachts. The two were made for each other. But how does one merge the two successfully? If you’re keen to combine these two great passions and create a collection to accompany you on a sailing trip, the easiest – and most logical – way to do it is when your boat is at the design stage. That way, the art pieces on board will become an indispensable part of the yacht’s interior. There is also a pragmatic side to this: the resale value of your yacht will definitely be higher. Experts agree that the main determining factors in creating a collection are the owner’s budget and his or her art preferences. “Art that is acquired for yachts ranges in value from tens to hundreds of thousands of pounds,” says Simon Todd, a consultant at Art 4 Yachts company. Julian Farrow, the director of London’s Orel Art UK gallery, which is actively collaborating with a number of Russian artists, notes that “high-value art is rarely bought for yachts; their owners normally prefer medium- and lower-value pieces.”

When it comes to art types and periods, yacht owners buy a variety of items. The two main types are classic paintings and drawings of marine landscapes and boats, and modern and contemporary art collections containing paintings, graphics and photographs as well as small sculptures and installations. Personal preferences One of the best sellers in marine art is a British painter, Montague Dawson, one of the most outstanding artists of this genre in the 20th century. In his paintings he often included boats from the 18th and 19th centuries. The prices for his work today range between £60,000 and £250,000, but are normally a six-figure sum. Those who appreciate classic art but whose budget is more restricted often look for the landscapes and genre paintings of Cornelius Krieghoff, a Canadian painter whose career peaked in the middle of the 19th century. His works normally cost half the price of Dawson’s.

When it comes to contemporary art, the indisputable leaders are members of the Young British Artists group including Damien Hirst. While it might be difficult to find a suitable boat for his animals in formaldehyde – and the price for these normally exceeds several million pounds – his spot paintings are ideal for yacht interiors and are easily recognised, even by those who are not in the art business. The prices for these start at £3,000. Another popular category is that of contemporary Chinese artists, whose provocative and distinctive painting style has been shaped by their country’s transition from ‘everything prohibited’ to ‘anything goes’. As this group is quite large and new names are added regularly, these works are suitable for collectors with a range of budgets. Todd says that Ling Jian’s paintings are the perfect option for a yacht’s collection. Their auction prices normally go above £100,000.


“We used to find fake Picassos on board really expensive boats.”

Sculptures and installations are also included in yacht art collections, but owners often go for smaller works by renowned artists known for their monumental works, such as British sculptor Henry Moore. The admirers of Russian conceptual art often choose works by Andrei Molodkin.

“We used to find fake Picassos on board really expensive boats,” says Todd. Nowadays the boats, apart from being technological masterpieces, become floating museums thanks to the carefully selected art collections, which are regularly extended by the best pieces on the market.

Floating museum In putting together a yacht art collection, the only restriction is the vessel’s size. If it is small or medium-sized, the owners – or the art consultants working with them – normally acquire pieces with a specific place on board in mind. For those who are fortunate enough to own a superyacht, this criterion becomes less relevant. “In this case an owner would follow the same principles as for a land-based collection,” says Harvey Cammell, head of valuations at Bonhams auction house. These collections might include large and expensive paintings, such as Impressionist works. Yacht owners often see their boats as just one of the sites for keeping their works of art – they can easily take their favourite items from their land-based collection on a sailing trip. As in other luxury sectors, in this area certain trends – and trendsetters – exist. According to Farrow, “yacht owners’ buying habits in Russia are influenced by Roman Abramovich”. The businessman’s fleet consists of several boats including a 164-metre Eclipse. Abramovich’s girlfriend, Dasha Zhukova, runs The Garage gallery in Moscow, the largest non-state institution showcasing international contemporary art in Russia, and obviously influences the art collection of one of the richest men in the country. In general the quality of art collections on yachts has increased dramatically with the development of both industries.

Stealing beauty Creating, extending and maintaining an art collection on a yacht implies a number of paperwork and logistical issues. The lucky owners of several yachts have to rotate art between them. Here it’s not just a matter of transporting the art – normally taken care of by shipping companies with experience of handling this delicate task – but they must also think of security. “Comprehensive insurance cover should ensure that artwork is not only protected on board, but also at home and while being transported,” says Art 4 Yachts consultant Keith Sekree, an expert in insurance and financial markets. To put owners’ minds at ease, complex security systems used on board allow constant monitoring of the location of artwork anywhere in the world. Sophisticated technology ensures that the paintings and sculptures aren’t moved from their position on the yacht, despite the fact the paintings are themselves moving by virtue of being on the sea. If an artwork is moved, security services are instantly alerted.

I came, I saw, I bought

Eight major forthcoming art events that should not be missed if you are thinking about starting a collection for your own yacht – or maybe a fleet May 5, New York Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Works on Paper sale. Tel: +1 212 636 2050 May 12-13, New York Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening and Day sales. Tel: +1 212 606 7254


May 20, London Phillips de Pury & Company Photography sale. Tel: +44 20 7318 4092 Until May 22, London Orel Art London gallery Exhibition Irina Nakhova and Pavel Pepperstein. Moscow Partisan Conceptualism. Tel: +44 207 630 9585

June 8, Amsterdam Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art sale. Tel: +31 205 755 957 June 9, London Sotheby’s Russian Paintings day sale. Tel: +44 207 293 5684

June 23, London Christie’s British Prints and Multiples sale. Tel: +44 207 752 3209 June 25, London Sotheby’s Contemporary Art sale. Tel: +44 207 293 5398

Fraser Yachts can offer expert advice on all matters relating to the insurance of your yacht and its contents such as art, sculptures and collectibles.

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the philanthropist A long way down a telephone line on a Florida Sunday afternoon, the bubbly, hyper-enthusiastic voice of Lin Arison chimes that one day, the ‘jocks’ – the footballers, lacrosse players and cheerleaders – won’t rule the American schoolyard any more. Words by Marissa Lynch

Photograph by Jim Tiller


Striking figures Last year YoungArts gave away more than $500,000 in monetary awards to students. To date, 16,000 young artists have been honoured with more than $6 million in cash awards and nearly $84 million in college scholarship opportunities.


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ABOVE: After receiving his Presidential Scholar medal, 2009 Silver Award winner in hip hop dancing, Ernest Baker II, reflects outside the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. He was the first student to ever receive an award in the category of hip hop. Ernest was one of 20 YoungArts finalists to be named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts for 2009. left: California-based dancer Nathan Trasoras went though the YoungArts program last year, gaining a silver award in Jazz Dance.

“That’s my dream. I think one day, the footballers will be rooting for the arts,” she says. Her vision, as she puts it, is to have the beefy hulks of the athletic kids sitting in the audience of a school theatre production, dance recital or orchestra performance and think that it is no longer considered strange to enjoy artistic expression. It seems like a somewhat audacious fantasy concocted straight from an episode of Fox’s new hit series Glee, but Lin is adamant this could be reality in the US. Besides, as she says, it’s the arts that make the world go round. “If you don’t have art, you don’t have fashion, furniture, music; all those things just wouldn’t be without this creativity.” In the early eighties, Lin and her husband, the late Ted Arison, yacht owner and founder of Carnival Cruise Lines, knocked ideas around on how they could “give something back to Miami and be helpful like Miami had been” to them. At the time, says Lin, Miami had an ignominious record of artistic support – and with lost dreams of artistic fulfilment in her own life and Ted’s, the two were spurred to philanthropic measures, like many top earners before them. “It was obvious at the time, and both Ted and I were passionate about young people and the arts, and all those talented kids used to get out of high school and just leave Miami,” she says. “In the arts, there was nothing. It was a cultural wasteland. At the same time, both of us came to understand what made us tick as I was a frustrated writer and Ted was a frustrated pianist. Neither of us was ever encouraged. So we had this artistic notion to do this. Ted could have just written a cheque and kept that going, but instead he said, ‘Let’s take that search and bring it here to Miami and make it a way to encourage young artists.’” In 1981, YoungArts began with $3 million from the Arisons’ pockets – a generous sum for those days, but not nearly as generous as the time and work Lin threw at her new baby. “It was 24-7 when we first started,” she says

YoungArts rewards and funds its bursary award winners through cash donations, scholarship opportunities, a week-long masterclass with artists from various disciplines and the chance to be made a Presidential Scholar and to be presented with a medallion from the President himself. It’s a competitive process and young artists, from different disciplines of dance, music, theatre and the written word, travel to Miami and New York for around 150 places that will entitle them to cash and a workshop week. Last year between 7,000 and 8,000 youngsters applied for the bursary. And rather than just being a glorified chequesigner in her philanthropic endeavours, Lin was drawn in and involved, from coming up with ideas for the charity to using her social clout to influence big players. In fact, YoungArts has become so influential, it has been appointed by The Commission on Presidential Scholars as the only nominating agency for Presidential Scholars in the Arts. And its sway doesn’t end there. Lin Arison speaks openly about changing curriculums to make sure music, art and drama are studied more widely in schools, and with a new mini-series on HBO specifically on the work of the charity, she hopes the exposure will draw in children and adults alike. “What makes me proud is that Americans are now beginning to appreciate the arts more and more,” she says. “The miniseries on HBO will have nine masters of the arts in it and I’m really excited about it. It will expose young people to the arts. That’s what I am really proud of, that these kids are going to be able to see this and that this will now be drawn back into the school curriculum. It’s got to a point where it’s going to be making a very big difference in America.”



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opposite: Thought Process: Sara by Michael Jeffrey Okey, 2009 YoungArts Level I Winner in Visual Arts. ABOVE: Circus: Clown by Annie Madeleine Wentzell, 2009 YoungArts Silver Winner in Photography and Presidential Scholar in the Arts. LEFT: A portrait by Robert Olin Smith Jr., the 2009 YoungArts Level III Winner in Visual Arts.


Carrie from Sex and the City may have dropped actor Mikhail Baryshnikov for Mr Big, but YoungArts picked him up as a master teacher. Here he talks with a 2009 Visual Arts alumni.


Top performers: The Proof is in the pudding and it’s not hard to see the tangible success of YoungArts. Its enviable alumni feature TV and movie stars, principal dancers, famous musicians and brilliant writers. Alumni include Emmy nominated actress Vanessa Williams, three-time Tony Award nominee Raúl Esparza, star of HBO’s Entourage Adrian Grenier, Warner Brothers recording artist Josh Groban, executive director of the American Ballet Theater Rachel Moore, and internationally acclaimed multimedia artist Doug Aitken.

ABOVE: Nathan Trasoras is being booked for jobs as a dancer with the Black Eyed Peas and female artist JJ – one day he hopes he can really put his talents to good use and become a choreographer. Photo: Jim Tiller RIGHT: Raymond Pinto and Dan Mitra, 2009 YoungArts Silver Winners in Dance.

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Realising potential Ted Arison was once interviewed on the Today Show in the US about his charity. One of the presenters asked if indeed these artistically inclined kids were so talented, wouldn’t this alone make them successful? His response was that to most 17 and 18-year-olds, it was never immediately apparent just how talented they were. California-based 18-year-old Nathan Trasoras is a dancer who went though the YoungArts program just last year, gaining a silver award in Jazz Dance. He was one of the teens who perfectly fitted the description Ted Arison gave many years before. “At the age of 15 or 16 is when I really knew I wanted a career in the entertainment industry,” says Nathan. “I never believed I was really good and I was thinking of quitting, and it was my brother who pushed me to keep going. I was really discouraged but he told me to stick with it for one more year, so I did, and that made me keep on going.” Now Nathan is being booked for jobs as a dancer with the Black Eyed Peas and female artist JJ, and in television commercials – and one day he hopes he can really put his talents to good use and become a choreographer. “I also just filmed a movie trailer for Hawaiian Style (which won’t be out for a few years) and – I’m really excited about this – I’m going to be in the season premiere of the hit show Glee,” he says.

At the coalface CEO and president of the charity, Christina DePaul, a sculptor and artist in her own right, knows that every day is a challenge to continually raise and build the profile of YoungArts, but her altruism forces her to keep giving. “Not only is YoungArts affecting the lives of so many young artists every day, but we are cultivating the next generation of artistic excellence in our country, and ensuring the future of arts in America,” she says. “The discipline, patience and commitment needed to be an excellent artist is something that has to be confronted at the critical age. We work with students aged 17 and 18 because they are still half built and unfinished, and we help give them a better understanding of what it really takes to be excellent. We give them the tools and platform they need to launch their careers.” Vice-president of development and communications, Rebecca Gentry, says getting individuals, organisations and businesses to donate to YoungArts is not as difficult as one would assume. “When people see what we do and the impact we have on so many amazing young people, it is an immediate connection. They just get it,” she says. For both of these women, and for Lin Arison herself, the charity needs to take steps in becoming a truly nationwide programme – regionalisation is the key. “YoungArts can make improvements by being in a position where we have enough funding to reward more excellent artists than our budget currently allows,” says Christina. “Right now we have two regional programmes: YoungArts New York and YoungArts Miami. An improvement would be to have a regional programme in every city.”

Words from the art Lin Arison says the TV series Glee, despite its unique and sometimes politically incorrect comedy, is actually encouraging people to take a different view of the arts. It’s putting humour where only stigma of the very uncool performers, writers and musicians stood before. And she thinks the walls between those who excel in academia and those with artistic inclination and even the sporty youngsters are starting to be pulled down. She bases this on the support shown by all the Presidential Scholars when their artistic counterparts actually performed for them. “These are the future leaders of the country, and they too were falling in love with the arts,” she says. A charity that begins even small societal change to truly develop potential is worthy of all the money needed. And isn’t that what philanthropy, at its core, is all about? Fraser Yachts proudly supports YoungArts in 2010. To show your support for YoungArts go to


table talk Words by Felix Milns




ow in his second Mediterranean season on board M/Y Paramour, Michael Savva is one of the top chefs in the Fraser Yachts fleet, which he joined after a classical training in some of London’s leading hotels. He started in the infamous all-night restaurant at the four-star Cavendish Hotel, in the heart of Piccadilly, before becoming senior chef in the nearby world-famous Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill. After a short visa-curtailed stint at the Trump International Hotel in New York, Savva got his first taste of the Cote d’Azur at the five-star Hotel Martinez, Cannes, before moving to Badrutt’s Palace Hotel in St Moritz. His first executive head chef role came at Anouska Hempel’s multi-award-winning eponymous hotel and restaurant, and when this property was sold he again returned to the coast as executive head chef at the Lansdowne Place Hotel & Spa in Brighton where he was responsible for setting up the food operations throughout the property after its multi-million-pound restoration. And it was from here that Savva made the leap to the yachting industry, after being headhunted for one of the world’s most prestige superyachts, Talitha G. We caught up with him to find out about a chef’s life on board and his favourite Mediterranean foodie port of call, Sicily. What do you like most about cooking on board a superyacht? It’s a combination of being able to use so much home-grown and fresh-on-the-day produce, and getting to know and understand the different areas that the produce comes from. Just listening and interacting with the sellers at the markets, the fishermen and the farmers is an education in itself. Understanding how flavours work on the palate is the key to a fantastic meal, and the more you can feel, smell and understand your produce, the better your food will become.

THIS PAGE: The beauty of the Sicilian coast.

What challenges do you face? There are definitely a few things to contend with in cooking on board. Certain guests and crew members can be very demanding and dietary requirements can be a big issue, but that’s all part of the challenge. I enjoy giving the guests a fantastic variety of options, especially for their lunches. I like to show the guests exactly what I’ve been doing that morning, especially if you have had the time to go into town and find local produce, which is really the greatest asset a superyacht chef can have.

Yet the aim is to give the guests what they want and not what you think they want. A yacht is not a restaurant where the customer specifically comes because of the chef; the charter guest is paying a significant amount of money to be on a superyacht, so I have to give them exactly what they want and desire, whether that’s a bowl of chips and a coke, or a Côte de Veau rôtie washed down with a bottle of Château Pétrus. What’s the most difficult meal you have ever cooked on board? I think making a soufflé on board is very difficult, because it has to rise. The recipe has to be spot-on but when the yacht is listing your scales are not reading right. Digital scales don’t give you an accurate reading because there is movement, so before going on board I measure out my ingredients with teaspoons and tablespoons.

What is one of your favourite places to moor up and why? Sicily is a fantastic stop-off for a chef. For me, the food and the wine are Sicily’s main attractions, apart from Mount Etna maybe. After all, it is the largest active volcano in Europe. One of my favourite places is Syracuse. I think I like it there most because of my Greek heritage. You can still feel, and taste, the vibrations of the past. After mooring up, head up past the Temple of Apollo and you will soon be in the throng of market hustle and bustle. I’ve never seen such a colourful and gloriously misshapen assortment of fruit and vegetables. The pleasant smells of the fish stands, meat stalls and cheese sellers make such an assault on your senses, you just don’t know what to go for first.

But whichever port you are in in Sicily, the seafood is always superb. The markets sell the fresh catch of the day and the variety is simply astounding – anchovies and sardines, squid and octopus, a huge variety of mussels and clams, tiny sweet shrimp and big meaty red shrimp, mackerel, red mullet, tuna, bream, red snapper and sea bass, the list goes on. All of these are great ingredients for one of my alltime favourite Sicilian dishes, Zuppa di Pesce (see recipe overleaf). What are some of your favourite Sicilian specialities? Among other things, Sicily is famous for capers. Sumptuously delicious, they are preserved in sea salt and are among the finest in the world. They are just bursting with fragrance and flavour. I buy them in old preserving jars fresh from a market stall. One of the region’s finest vegetables is undoubtedly the artichoke. It first developed here in Sicily, and there are mentions of it being eaten as a delicacy at Roman feasts as far back as 77AD. There is even a two-day artichoke festival in Cerda, just east of Palermo. It’s in season from June to November so I always try to use it whenever I’m in Sicily in the summer. Fresh ricotta is another absolute must. It’s a well-known secret that Sicilian shepherds keep the best ricotta for themselves, but if you know the right people at the market you can still get shepherd grade. What about desserts? Aren’t Sicilians famous for their ice cream? Some of the world’s best gelato is made in Sicily, but the preferred way of eating it in Sicily is not in a wafer cone, it is usually served wedged inside a brioche bun. The brioche bun is served warm, so the gelato melts into the bread. It’s delicious. Sicilians keep their ice cream recipes simple, which is definitely the best way. It’s normally just milk and cream, local fresh fruit and nut purées and various types of flavoured sugars.

M/Y Paramour is available for charter through Fraser Yachts

OPPOSITE: Michael Savva at work in the kitchen. Photography by Jason Elliot








Pasta Dough

Sicilian Zuppa di Pesce

Pistachio Gelato

Ingredients 2 eggs 125g caster sugar 225g plain flour 11/2 teaspoons of baking powder 125g ground almonds 50g whole almonds 50g shelled pistachios

Ingredients 600g ‘00’ flour 6 egg yolks 4 whole eggs 50ml water (room temperature) 2 tablespoons of good olive oil Pinch of salt

Ingredients 2 large cloves of garlic, puréed 2 large carrots, diced 2 large onions, sliced Pinch of red pepper flakes or half a fresh red chilli 125ml olive oil 1kg squid, cleaned and cut into 1/2-inch rings (500-600g when cleaned) 8-10 mid-size shrimps 250ml dry white wine (Sicilian, naturally) 2 tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley Pinch of salt 2 cups (1/2 litre) water 350g small clams 350g small muscles 1kg assorted fish fillets (whatever you can get fresh at the market) such as monkfish, turbot, bream, red snapper, sea bass or red mullet cut into chunks Four slices of coarse country bread, toasted and rubbed with a garlic clove

Ingredients 2 cups (1/2 litre) whole milk 2 cups (1/2 litre) full-fat cream 13 / cup (95g) sugar 2 tablespoons (16g) cornstarch 7 ounces (230g) pistachio paste (40 per cent) A few drops of lemon juice

1. Preheat the oven to 130ºC. 2. Add the eggs and sugar into a kitchen bowl and beat well. 3. Sieve the flour and baking power into the egg and sugar mix. 4. Add the ground almonds, whole almonds and pistachios and mix until it forms a dough.

5. Roll out the mixture by hand until you get a cylinder shape and place on a baking tray. 6. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes. 7. Once the Biscotti is cooked, leave to rest for 5-10 minutes. 8. Cut the Biscotti at an angle, place on a tray and leave to dry. NOTE: If the Biscotti is still slightly wet in the centre, return back to the oven at 60ºC for a few minutes.


1. Sieve the flour, add whole eggs, egg yolks, pinch of salt, olive oil and mix. 2. When mixture comes together as a dough, place on a clean work surface and knead for four to seven minutes until smooth. 3. Leave to rest for one hour. 4. To get the best result, the dough must be rolled several times through a pasta machine, folding each time. 5. Once it is rolled out to the correct thickness and consistency it can be used for ravioli or tagliatelle.

In a large saucepan over medium heat, sauté the carrots for a few minutes and then add the onions, garlic and pepper flakes in the olive oil until lightly golden, about two to three minutes. Use a wooden spoon to stop it from catching. Add the squid and cook, stir until opaque, about two minutes. Add the wine and simmer for one minute or longer. Add tomatoes, salt and cook until the juices evaporate, about eight to 10 minutes or longer. Add water and bring to a simmer. Add clams, muscles (discard any that do not close to the touch) and fish fillets, cover and cook until all the clams open and the fish is opaque throughout, about five minutes. Discard clams that fail to open. Adjust the seasonings and add parsley Place a bread slice in each warmed soup plate. Ladle the soup over the bread and serve.

1. Make slurry by mixing a 1/4 cup of milk and a 1/4 cup of cream with the cornstarch, mixing until the starch is dissolved and the mixture is smooth. 2. Heat the rest of the milk in a medium-sized saucepan with the sugar. 3. When it almost starts to boil, stir in the cornstarch mixture and cook at a gentle simmer for a few minutes, stirring constantly. 4. Remove from heat, scrape into a bowl and chill thoroughly, preferably overnight. 5. Once chilled, whisk in the pistachio paste and add a few drops of lemon juice until smooth. 6. Churn the gelato in your ice cream machine until smooth. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, whisk thoroughly then chill for 15-20 minutes in the freezer. Repeat until it thickens. 7. Serve two scoops in a warm brioche bun for the ultimate Sicilian effect.


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wine love Words by Rod Smith Illustration by James Tredray

“I’m in the fortunate position that I can afford to drink well for the rest of my life – I never want to risk having a poor bottle of wine again. Can you help?” Requests like this are not uncommon for master of wine Rod Smith from Vins Sans Frontières. Naturally he is happy to oblige. “What constitutes ‘well’ and ‘poor’ differs from person to person,” says Smith. “One well-known owner only ever drinks Pétrus and, even then, specifically neither ‘younger than five, nor older than 15 years’ while for some, even of the richest people in the world, a bottle of wine is only a bottle of wine and is never worth more than about S25.” On the other hand, some delicious wines can be enjoyed at all price levels. The most expensive, blue-chip wines and Champagnes in the world only achieve their extravagant price tags because of rarity and demand, not because of the innate costs involved in their production. Although, says Smith, if Château Lafite were to come on the market tomorrow, there’s no telling the size of country whose gross domestic product the purchase cost would exceed. “Such is the esteem in which this extraordinary Premier Grand Cru Classé is held, especially in the Far East, the selling prices are now recalculated weekly,” says Smith. “In fact, in a recent flurry of wine auctions across the globe, the price for some good vintages rose by three per cent daily. This, of course, only serves to make some people want it more. But occasionally, for example, a particular Sicilian Catarratto can accompany the seafood risotto in a harbour-side restaurant so well that its memory lingers on as the perfect match despite the fact that it may have cost only a handful of change.” These wine memories can often be difficult to recapture and, as with many travel experiences, are often not worth trying to do so. However, Smith, who deals specifically with superyachts, says sometimes a yacht owner will be so enamoured by a particular wine they must have it, irrespective of the cost. “These are the challenges that we relish,” he says. “One Russian client wanted some Montrachet [the world’s greatest dry white wine from Burgundy] that he had enjoyed

in a Muscovite restaurant some time previously. But it was a specific vintage from a particular producer and the Montrachet vineyard’s ownership is divided so many ways that many productions are measured in the hundreds of bottles rather than thousands of cases. No supplier had any, so we found the producer and called up. He didn’t have any left either and it transpired that the only bottles left in the world were still in the restaurant in Moscow. They left on the client’s plane the next day.” Sadly, says Smith, most of the wine regions that border the great yacht cruising areas are not responsible for particularly inspiring wines. “It is not only the label that can be impenetrable on a bottle of Croatian wine,” he says. “So, unfortunately, can be the wall of tannins or clumsy oak.” According to Smith, it is better to ensure there is enough wine on board your superyacht for the whole trip rather than rely on making local discoveries. “The island of Capri has two grape varieties that grow only there. Sadly, neither is very good, which is probably why. Provence, of course, is responsible for many of the world’s greatest rosé wines, providing a welcome exception to the rule.” One of Rod’s clients discovered a sparkling Corsican wine and deemed it to be “better than Cristal”, instructing the chief stewardess to procure some for their return to the Côte d’Azur. “This we managed,” says Smith. “However, the customer has subsequently purchased quite a lot of Cristal. This suggests the Corsican number’s apparent superiority was probably more down to the occasion, and what’s left is at some risk of becoming a sauce – which might not be such a bad thing.”


Superyacht cellar staples Bordeaux The top wines from Bordeaux fall into two categories. Those from the gravel soils of the Médoc are mainly made from the blackcurranty grape Cabernet Sauvignon, while from the other side of the river the clay soils of St Emilion and Pomerol favour the softer Merlot grape. Both can be age worthy and hugely expensive as they are the most ‘blue-chip’ of all wines. From Château LafiteRothschild to Pétrus, many of the world’s most celebrated red wines originate in Bordeaux. The region is also responsible for the greatest dessert white wines from Sauternes.


Burgundy Whites from Chardonnay range from crisp, minerally Chablis in the north to rich, buttery and spicy Meursault in the south. The pinnacle is wines from Le Montrachet vineyard – the greatest and most prized Chardonnay on earth. The ethereal Pinot Noir grape produces elegant reds with excellent structure, often a little lighter than Bordeaux and with wider food-matching ability. Some of the rarest estates are so small their production could sell out each year many times over and they are priced accordingly.



New World

The exquisite medieval village of Brunello di Montalcino in the south of Tuscany produces the world’s finest wines from the Sangiovese (Chianti) grape. In some ways the wines can be regarded as a sort of ‘turboChianti’ as there are strict limits on how much fruit each vine can produce and the length of time the wine must age in barrels before release. Dense, dark and subtle, with spice and coffee hints and bright cherry fruit, they accompany meaty Mediterranean dishes especially well. French or international varieties also flourish in Tuscany, producing brands such as Sassicaia, Ornellaia and Tignanello, collectively known as the ‘Super Tuscans’.

Literally ‘foot of the mountain’, this region of northern Italy is responsible for some of the finest of the country’s wines due to its wholly indigenous grape varieties. The elegance and refreshing quality of the limited white production, notably from the area of Gavi, is perhaps eclipsed by the often stunning reds from the Nebbiolo grape that reach their apogee in the two villages of Barolo and Barbaresco. These are wines that benefit from long-term ageing and great vintages will last for many decades.

Wines from outside Europe continue to grow in internationally recognised stature. Names such as Cloudy Bay from New Zealand, Penfolds Grange from Australia and a variety of the top producers in California including Kistler, Joseph Phelps and Ridge compete with their counterparts from France and Italy in every way, often including price. The famous ‘Judgment of Paris’ tasting in 1976 saw a leading panel of (mainly French) wine experts place a range of Californian wines ahead of their French equivalents, when tasted ‘blind’. Every attempt to restage the event since has produced the same result.


Dom Pérignon


Storage tips

The distinctive look of this wonderful Champagne provides a clue to its heritage. The bottle and packaging were developed as a result of the Czar of Russia being obsessed (presciently as it transpired) that people were trying to kill him, although in this case via the medium of poison. He therefore commissioned Roederer to present the cuvée bearing a double-headed eagle and the Romanov crest on the label, in clear glass, and with a flat-bottomed crystal bottle, in order that any such tampering would be more easily visible. The wine within is worth these extreme efforts.

One of the ultimate symbols of luxury in liquid form, it may come as a surprise to discover that Dom Pérignon was a teetotal monk. He didn’t actually do any of the things for which he is credited, but was an innovator in the production of high-quality wine in Champagne and probably its most famous son. The Champagne that bears his name is elegant and fresh in a light and deliciously easy-to-drink way.

Maison Krug is one of the few remaining Champagne houses to age its base wines in oak barrels, which imparts a wonderful extra layer of deep, spicy waxed-melon fruit and a chocolate-digestive character to the wines. Its Grande Cuvée is a blend of vintages, including some wines decades old, to ensure supreme consistency of style and is probably, therefore, the ultimate ‘non-vintage’ wine. It occasionally releases vintage and single vineyard wines – always kept until ready to drink, of which the Pinot Noir Clos d’Ambonnay is the rarest and most expensive. Indeed, it is the most expensive, current-release wine in the world and yet still sells out immediately.

Fine wine and superyachts is a natural combination. The world’s greatest wines fit well with the highest standards of service and luxury in the best environment for the most discerning clientele. However, storage on a yacht is both at a premium and not ideal. A moving vessel is the least appropriate place for long-term cellaring of fine wine. Even gimballed wine storage (one superyacht has this) will not eliminate the movement that can cause wine to age prematurely. Ideally, each trip should be specially provisioned and the stock on board used and replenished regularly. A good, knowledgeable merchant is key here – someone with access to stocks of the best, and ready to drink, vintages of the greatest wines.

Rod Smith is one of only 279 masters of wine in the world





A DAY ON DECK date: 12:02:2010

Life on a yacht is always magical. So you can imagine the delight of the Seawolf crew when a pod of whales chose to frolic in their backyard in Los Suenos, off the west coast of Costa Rica. But that’s exactly what happened when photographer Marc Paris stepped on board for the day, proving that life on a yacht is as stunning as it is unpredictable. From air, land and sea, what follows is a photographic exploration from the decks of the Seawolf. Photography by Marc Paris and the crew of Seawolf





09:00 05:00 The crew find a flexible way to start the day with yoga.

06:00 Launching one of the tenders ahead of the day’s activities.

07:00 Catching an early morning swim before breakfast.

08:00 A tropical breakfast of fresh fruit and juice.



The instructor gives the ‘all OK’ safety check to the scuba divers before they jump in.

10:00 A young guest watches the whales on the starboard bow.

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11:30 10:00 A new-born humpback calf breaches near the Seawolf.

11:00 Dolphins frolic alongside the Seawolf.

11:30 A fresh seafood snack of sushi.

12:00 The traditional jump off the deck for the crew on the last day of their adventure.

13:00 Taking time out in the 29-metre Herreshoff Knockabout.

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16:00 Afternoon Champagne by the pool.

17:00 Cocktails and tapas by the bar.

18:00 Fresh local seafood to snack on.

19:00 The sun sets on the Seawolf.

20:00 Guests gather at the Party Deck. Seawolf is available for charter this summer at a rate of US$180,000 per week.


19:00 Special thanks to the captain and crew of Seawolf for their kindness, hospitality, hard work and patience during this stunning photo shoot.







CAPTAINS’ DINNER Fraser Yachts’ annual black tie gala function was held at the Yacht Club de Monaco on September 24, 2009. This exclusive event is now firmly established as one of the most prestigious evenings in the yacht show calendar. It was hosted by Fraser Yachts and sponsored by Hublot, Maybach, Vertu, VSF and Vilanova Grand Marina, to award the best charter captains of the year. The winning captain was awarded a Hublot watch, presented by Capucine Huard from Hublot.

CHARTER CAPTAIN OF THE YEAR Captain Ronald Woods, of M/Y Paramour

BEST CREW OVER 40M Captain Don Anderson, of M/Y Newvida

BEST CREW UNDER 40M Captain Ashley Benns, of M/Y Coco Loco


Rusty Preston was born and raised in Michigan. He started working in the marine industry part-time while attending Oakland University. After a few years in yacht sales he accepted a job offer from a former boat client to manage a new home real estate sales company outside Detroit. He held this position for several years before taking a job with another boat client doing business development, mergers and acquisitions. This also lasted a few years, after which, in the late eighties, Preston and his family of four moved to Florida where he returned to the marine industry. His first position in Florida was sales manager for Hatteras of Lauderdale. Hatteras became Westship Yacht Sales, where Preston held the position of president. He left Westship Yacht Sales to form his own company, Lauderdale Yacht Sales. This company in time became Westport Yacht Sales. As founder and president of Westport Yacht Sales he merged with Westport Shipyard to become a partner and C.O.B. of Westport Shipyard. In 2003 he sold his interest in Westport Shipyard to a partner. Preston took a hiatus for a few years until he was approached by Fraser Yachts to take a position with its company. He had missed working in the marine industry so he was pleased to accept the job in January 2010 with Fraser Yachts as commercial director for the US.

NEW LUXURY PARTNERS Fraser Yachts has recently worked on a number of joint marketing events with a select group of luxury partners including Maybach, Hublot, Asprey, Quintessentially, Vertu, Ritz-Carlton, Rémy Martin Louis XIII, Piper Heidsieck, Embraer Jets and Vins Sans Frontieres. “We’ve found there to be a great synergy between our brands,” says Patrick Coote, marketing director of Fraser Yachts. “We’re all viewed as the top players within our respective sectors of the luxury market and we can bring significant benefits to our clients by co-hosting events and inviting them to product launches and parties.” During 2010, Fraser Yachts will also be supporting Bentley, Candy & Candy and Guards Polo Club as our association with the world’s top luxury brands goes from strength to strength. Fraser Yachts is often able to secure exclusive invitations, offers and other benefits for its clients and will keep you informed about these through future editions of fraser magazine.


Elite yachting services Yachtique is a major new division of the Azimut-Benetti Group. The main objective is being able to offer seamless and comprehensive support to luxury yacht clients throughout the entire life cycle of acquisition or construction, ownership, charter, management and operation through to eventual sale. Yachtique is comprised of several companies all offering complementary services: refit and repairs, marinas, yacht design and styling, financial services, crew training and provision, yacht management plus comprehensive sales and charter services through Fraser Yachts. Look out for more on this ground-breaking new initiative from the Azimut Benetti Group in the next issue of fraser.

MICHAEL BACH JOINS FRASER YACHTS, FORT LAUDERDALE, AS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Michael Bach was raised in the Midwest where he raced one-design yachts extensively and sailed collegiately while attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he obtained a BA (English Lit). After graduating he worked his way up from chartering in the Caribbean to racing within the maxi boat and 50ft IOR circuits for five years, competing in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Bach then moved his young family from England to San Diego in 1992 to take a job as a service representative for Barient/Sparcraft during the America’s Cup. For the past 15 years he has represented new-build and service yards, working with the brokerage community, dealing with yacht owners and managers and participating in marketing events and sales efforts. At Palmer Johnson, Bach acted as one of four project managers, liaising between the company and the yacht to coordinate and monitor the progress of all trades. With Intermarine, he oversaw large yacht repair and refit in its entirety, from issuance of proposals to formulation of contracts, including oversight of the project management team. From 2003 to 2008, he assisted the Huizenga group in transforming the Rybovich brand into a world-class marina and full service repair facility. At Thunderbolt Marine, Bach worked with a conservatively oriented group to help structure the planning and sales effort to maximise repair efficiency and thereby ensure repeat business. Bach has recently been appointed business development manager for the Yacht Services division of Fraser Yachts and his focus is on developing new relationships with clients for charter management, yacht and project management and crew placement.



More than 40 luxury yachts* sold in 2009 In 2009 Fraser Yachts sold 43 superyachts as well as a number of high-profile new construction projects. During the first six months of 2009 sales were virtually non-existent right across the industry. Thankfully, sales levels increased in the summer and then again in December and saved the luxury yacht industry from what would otherwise have been a pretty dismal period. At the end of a turbulent and difficult 12 months, December sales were encouraging and finished the year on a higher note. Boats were sold in all size ranges but many sales involved part exchanges of smaller yachts. In the first few months of 2010 we’ve seen active buyers conducting serious searches and sellers who seem more resigned to the current price levels. We expect this to continue but at a moderate level. The total number of yachts for sale is still increasing, especially in the larger segment over 45-metre, and we don’t see any signs that prices will rise noticeably in the near future. *Over 24m


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01 Kokomo 02 M/Y Paraffin 03 M/Y Sea Ghost 04 M/Y Allegro 02

72M NEW CONSTRUCTION PROJECT – SOLD 2010 got off to a fantastic start as news flew round the industry that Fraser Yachts had secured the sale of a new construction project in Turkey. The contract for the construction of a new Proteksan-Turquoise 72.6-metre (238’) motoryacht was signed at the beginning of February. Stuart Larsen at Fraser Yachts in Fort Lauderdale and Nabil El Jammal in London worked in close partnership to bring this exciting sale to a successful conclusion.


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PT 70 70.75m (232’01”) | Proteksan | 2013 | 55,000,000 EUR Exceptionally generous 70 meter already under construction. Some changes to styling and layout are possible including a private owner’s deck. H2 design, garaged tenders, helicopter deck.

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ALIBI 51.00m (167’04�) | CBI Navi | 2005 | 23,900,000 EUR This vessel accommodates 12 passengers comfortably in 6 cabins. She also features extremely large and well laid out exterior deck spaces and a comfortable swim platform. This yacht must be experienced on board to appreciate all her qualities.

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MARCO POLO | 44.50m (147’00”) | Cheoy Lee | 2007 | 21,000,000 USD

Features a multipurpose foredeck where up to 4 big tenders/toys can be stored. Design also allows having the crew activities carried out while not disturbing guests. Seller will take vessel or real-estate trades. Private financing possible.

Josh Gulbranson | Ft. Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 |

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PRETTY WOMAN | 39.00m (127’11”) | Hakvoort | 2010 | 19,750,000 EUR Brand new displacement Hakvoort. Cor D Rover Exterior and Michela Reverberi interior design. Five cabins, owners full beam master suite and office on maindeck. Lloyd’s +100A1 S.S.C. Yacht Mono G6 +LMC UMS regulations. Dutch pedigree. The only one in this size on the market!

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S.Q.N. | 38.60m (126’08”) | Alloy Yachts | 2003 | 10,900,000 USD Her interior boasts an on deck Master plus three guest staterooms and a gym. Her large flybridge with Jacuzzi is a favorite entertaining area. Anybody considering a high pedigree vessel of this caliber and style should not miss this opportunity. Jody O’Brien | Ft. Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 |

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MAJOR WAGER | 48.77m (160’00”) | Feadship | 1988/2008 | 13,900,000 USD

Five stateroom Feadship with helicopter capability. Light and bright interior, full beam owners stateroom, 2 full width VIP staterooms, 2 queen staterooms and exceptional water access and deck spaces. Stuart Larsen | Ft. Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 |

for sale

Not for sale to US residents while in US waters.

HOLLANDER | 51.50m (169’00”) | Holland Jachtbouw | 2011 | 34,000,000 EUR Holland Jachtbouw (HJB), Hoek Design, Azure Naval Architects and Fraser Yachts have joined forces to introduce a brand-new concept . The 51.50-metre refreshing retro-classic design Hollander offers the finest performance yet seen on a full displacement yacht below 500 GT. Combining a straight bow with low-resistance

aluminium hull and diesel electric propulsion package, it offers major fuel savings and interior flexibility. She has a range of 5000 miles at her 12-knot cruise speed.

for sale

for sale

KANALOA | 48.46m (159’00”) | CRN Ancona | 1996/2008 | 13,900,000 USD

ALUCIA | 55.78m (183’00”) | Auroux | 1974/2009 | 42,000,000 USD

Stuart Larsen | Ft. Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 |

Tom Allen | Seattle + 1 206 382 9494 | Stuart Larsen | Ft. Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 |

Excellent volume for her size, six staterooms and great exterior deck spaces. Large tenders, water sports room and 5000 nm range. A well proven yacht with very high maintenance levels and properly priced.

Sales | Charter | Management | Construction | Crew

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David Legrand | Monaco + 377 93 100 450 |

Alucia is a true one of a kind ship. She carries 3 submersibles and also features state of the art scientific and filmmaking capabilities with five star accomodations for owner and guests.

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for sale & charter

for sale & charter

Not for sale to US residents while in US waters.

PURE WHITE | 34.11m (111’11”) | Arno | 2007 | 5,900,000 EUR Powerfull and elegant, her bright interior, clean lines and glissening white hull are easy on the eye. Her 40 knot maximum speed rousing your emotions.

BELLISSIMA | 38.81m (127’04”) | Baglietto | 2004 | 13,900,000 USD

Antoine Larricq | Monaco + 33 612 233 446 | Vassilis Fotilas | Monaco + 33 678 631 248 |

Beautiful eye catching fast motor yacht, 26 knot cruising speed, 5 cabin accommodations and great upper sundeck. Her striking blue hull and silver superstructure commands attention in any port. Currently entertaining offers and or larger trades.

for sale

for sale

MAISHA | 38.20m (125’04”) | Cobra Yachting | 2008 | 12,000,000 EUR

With an “avant garde” interior decor and incredible deck spaces MAISHA is an astonishing Superyacht of 38 meters.

AERIE | 38.00m (124’08”) | Delta Marine | 2001/2009 | 13,900,000 USD After an extensive refit completed at Delta in March she is in top condition. New upgrades include; AV system in high definition, communications including Vsat, at anchor stabilization, complete paint, tender and the list goes on.

David Legrand | Monaco + 377 93 100 450 |

Josh Gulbranson | Ft. Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 |

for sale

for sale

SOUTHERN CROSS III | 55.17m (181’00”) | Nishii | 1986/2008 | 12,000,000

TOUCH | 36.58m (120’00”) | Custom Built | 2004 | 8,500,000 USD

EUR With her Jon Bannenberg Design and Styling SOUTHERN CROSS III is possibly one of the most recognizable and well known super yachts of the late 1980’s. Outstanding spaces with an exceptional layout and huge observation lounge.

Richard Earp | Monaco + 377 93 100 450 |

Michael Selter | San Diego + 1 619 225 0588 |

Large volume yacht with 4 staterooms, all with king beds. Huge upper deck master with access to private aft deck. Proven charter history, meticulously maintained.

Josh Gulbranson | Ft. Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 | Jeff Partin | Ft. Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 |

for sale

HARBOUR MOON | 43.14m (141’06”) | Heesen | 1996/1999 | 11,750,000 EUR Together with Donald Starkey, the Owners gave HARBOUR MOON an extravagant stylish look with imposing glassware created by Dave Chihuly. Onyx and Marble are combined with semi-precious stones and impressive gold leaf panelling.

Antoine Larricq | Monaco + 377 93 100 450 |

for sale & charter

for sale

LET IT BE | 47.70m (156’06”) | Heesen | 2007 | 24,750,000 EUR This 6 cabin sparely used Hessen presents a high quality and a user friendly yacht for private as well as charter use. With large a deck area and comfortable swim-platform she caters to all types of outdoor living.

YAAKUN | 66.57m (218’05”) | Nicolini | 1987/2007 | 30,000,000 USD This magnificent yacht was built by Nicolini in Ancona for a royal family. Very voluminous and high specification interior. A world class mega yacht in excellent condition waiting for a new owner.

Dennis Frederiksen | Monaco + 377 93 100 450 |

Giulio Riggio | Palma + 34 971 700 445 |

Sales | Charter | Management | Construction | Crew

A Tradition of Innovation

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for sale & charter

for sale

Not for sale to US residents while in US waters.

AERO TOY STORE | 44.81m (147’00”) | Sterling | 1986/2008 | 15,900,000 USD

Jon Bannenberg designed this yacht to offer wide views with a sleek exterior featuring vertical oval-shaped windows on the main and sky decks.

Jose Arana Jr. | Ft. Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 |

VANQUISH | 36.58m (120’00”) | Palmer Johnson | 2006 | 9,900,000 EUR In perfect condition with all floors revarnished this winter. A unique opportunity to acquire the only pre-owned Palmer Johnson 120 available today. Sleek, fast and elegant. Antoine Larricq | Monaco + 377 93 100 450 |

for sale

for sale

SEVEN J’S | 33.53m (110’00”) | Lazzara | 2005 | 5,900,000 USD

ALUMERCIA | 37.70m (123’08”) | Heesen | 2001/2008 | 9,950,000 EUR

Josh Gulbranson | Ft. Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 |

Jan Jaap Minnema | Monaco + 377 93 100 450 |

for sale

for sale & charter

IMAGINE B | 33.60m (110’03”) | Alloy Yachts | 1993/2003 | 5,300,000 EUR She is in immaculate condition. VAT paid and never chartered. This vessel is the perfect yacht for long distance passages as well as coastal cruising. Must be seen to be appreciated.

SINDONEMO | 30.48m (100’00”) | Yachting Development | 2000/2005 | 4,500,000 EUR Comfortable lay out with raised salon and protected cockpit, the crew is located forward with crew mess and galley. Well dimensioned deck gear including captive winch for reduced crew on deck. Just completed full refit winter 2009/10.

Dennis Frederiksen | Monaco + 33 6 07 04 26 60 |

Antoine Larricq | Monaco + 33 612 233 446 |

Equipped for fishing and diving in complete luxury, featuring 5 staterooms for twelve guests, Jacuzzi, Vsat and new tender. Also quick to reach your next destination with a 20 plus knot cruising speed.

A very rare full displacement aluminium Heesen explorer yacht, featuring a Vripack/ Omega design. Toys and tenders include a Land Cruiser Jeep all stored inside for safe passage. Helicopter capable.

for sale & charter

HARMONY III | 43.60m (143’01�) | Benetti | 2009 | 155,000 EUR pw

The newest Benetti on the charter market delivering it all: pedigree, class, tasteful decoration, state of the art equipment, comfort and a professional and dedicated crew that will ensure your time on board surpasses all expectations! Five lavishly appointed staterooms for 10 guests. Available in the Mediterranean.

Sales | Charter | Management | Construction | Crew

A Tradition of Innovation

Call your preferred office for more information.

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for charter

SEAWOLF | 58.83m (193’00”) | JK Smit | 1957/2006 | 200,000 USD pw

An elegant expedition-style yacht with a 28’ Hereschoff Sailboat and 17’ x 9’ heated lap pool with resistance jets. Carries 12 guests in 6 beautiful cabins, five on the main deck and the owner’s deck above. Available in the Eastern Mediterranean. Call your preferred office for more information.

for charter

FORCE BLUE | 63.30m (207’08”) | Royal Denship | 2002/2006 | 255,000 EUR pw This huge customized yacht boasts the finest spa facilities afloat, complete with steam shower, Hammam, mud bath, Sauna, Jacuzzi and hydro massage. Plus separate massage room and beauty parlor. She sleeps 12 in 6 staterooms and transports guests in a new mahogany limousine tender. Available in the Western Mediterranean.

Call your preferred office for more information.

for charter

SOUTH | 53.20m (174’06) | Rossi Navi | 2008 | 285,000 EUR pw With a beautifully modern interior she accommodates 10 guests in 4 double cabins and 2 twins. She also features a large glass elevator servicing all decks, separate video meeting room aft of the bridge and a sundeck lounge area with entertainment center. Available in the Western Mediterranean.

Call your preferred office for more information.

for charter

for charter

PARAFFIN | 60.10m (197’02”) | Feadship | 2001/2006 | 330,000 EUR pw Now featuring zero speed stabilizers, a new tender and new deck furniture. This Feadship offers a large fully equipped upper deck gym with nearly 360 degree views. Beautiful, timeless traditional décor enhances the aura of this yacht. Available in the Western Mediterranean. Call your preferred office for more information.

DREAM | 51.82m (170’00”) | Feadship | 2003/2006 | 240,000 EUR pw

Sales | Charter | Management | Construction | Crew

A Tradition of Innovation

This pedigreed Feadship has the flexibility of 7 staterooms for 12 guests. She also offers the convenience of an elevator to most decks. A huge full beam owner’s stateroom includes a large lounging area with office and dressing area. Jacuzzi, gym and state of the art entertainment system complete the amenities. Available in the Western Mediterranean. Call your preferred office for more information.

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for charter

for charter

Not for sale to US residents while in US waters.

TRIBU | 50.50m (165’08”) | Mondomarine | 2007 | 185,000 EUR pw

She sleeps 10 guests in 5 cabins and is equipped with state of the art relaxation, entertaining and communication amenities. Tribu is designed for transoceanic voyages. Available in the Pacific Ocean for the summer. Call your preferred office for more information.

INEVITABLE | 49.99m (164’00”) | Feadship | 1990/2008 | 190,000 USD pw This stately yacht was completely rebuilt from bow to stern in 2008 at the Feadship De Vries Shipyard. She boasts a Patrick Knowles interior and zero speed stabilizers. She sleeps 10 guests in 5 staterooms. Available in the Western Mediterranean. Call your preferred office for more information.

for charter

for charter

GRACE E | 49.91m (163’09”) | Codecasa | 2004 /2009 | 295,000 USD pw Grace E has all the attributes of the perfect charter yacht. Spacious decks with sun and shade, a new gym, cooling spray mist on the sundeck, elevator to all decks and fresh interior with multiple areas for socializing and privacy. 12 guests in 6 staterooms. Available in the Western Mediterranean. Call your preferred office for more information.

KAI | 36.58m (120’00”) | Benetti | 2008 | 110,000 EUR pw

for charter

for charter

CYAN | 48.70m (159’09”) | Codecasa | 1997/2008 | 185,000 EUR pw

ANEDIGMI | 48.68m (163’00”) | Oceanco | 1993/2009 | 183,960 EUR pw

An extremely serene contemporary interior accommodates 12 guests in 6 staterooms. Amenities such as a gym and Jacuzzi are in addition to the entertainment features including a grand piano and cinema on the sundeck. Available in the Western Mediterranean. Call your preferred office for more information.

This Benetti Classic is the ultimate in style and comfort. 10 guests in 5 spacious staterooms. KAI is equipped with zero speed stabilizers and state of the art electronics. This yacht is the perfect yacht for families. Available in the Western Mediterranean for Summer 2010. Call your preferred office for more information.

Totally refitted in 2009. She accommodates 10 guests in five staterooms. No other yacht in her league can compete with her volume and vastness of all common areas, inside and outside. Abundant inventory of water toys. Professional charter crew. Available in the Eastern Mediterranean. Call your preferred office for more information.

Fortunes and the fortunate Words by Martin H. Redmayne

Walking the docks of the new Yas Island marina in Abu Dhabi, I was beckoned by a friend to step aboard one of the latest Feadships, motoryacht Trident, from the Van Lent shipyard. Not knowing what to expect, I dutifully followed this acquaintance and was introduced to a gathering of immaculately dressed Frenchmen and stunning women, surrounded by a discreet, Gurkha-style security team. Once the formal introductions were made, we were led into the upper main salon and, on display in high-security cabinets and draped around the necks of the women, were a collection of new jewels from the house of Louis Vuitton. These were not just ordinary jewels, but the L’ame Du


Voyage collection flown into Abu Dhabi for 48 hours to be unveiled to the high-flying sheiks who were in the region for the yacht show. They were then due to fly west to Los Angeles in time for a surprise wearing by global celebrities at the Oscars in Hollywood. This is an example of superyacht cross marketing but with a more direct link to Feadship than most people probably realised. LV Capital, the private equity investment division of Louis Vuitton’s parent LVMH, had recently acquired the majority of Royal Van Lent’s shares. Our expert, Albert Bensoussan, had recently arrived from Paris and was enthused by his audience: a globe-

Fortunes and the Fortunate

“The soft hues translate the pastel alliance of pink sapphires, giving the jewellery an impression of subtle softness in perfect harmony with its curves and its curls.”

The lace

trotting journalist and editor and two starry-eyed women who adored diamonds. His explanation was passionate and vivid, as this latest creation from the luxury powerhouse of LVMH was a unique collection of custom, individual jewellery that only the fortunate few would ever own for the simple reason that once a single piece was bought, it would never be replicated and sold again. This is true customisation and the ultimate in luxury. In essence, there is no risk of anyone ever arriving at a cocktail party with the same piece on their neck, finger or wrist. The synergy between the full-custom yacht built by Feadship and partially owned by LVMH, and the latest creation from the brand Louis Vuitton, was simple: there are only a handful of people in the world who will actually ever own one of each. The jewels themselves are exquisitely complex, not only in terms of their shape and design, but Louis Vuitton has developed two of its own unique diamond cuts to ensure the collection is truly one of a kind. The Louis Vuitton Flower cut and the Louis Vuitton Star cut are developed by Louis Vuitton and inspired by the lines of the Monogram flowers. Fashioned like the two legendary symbols of the luxury goods house, each precious stone reveals unbelievable sparkle. Hand cut, the diamonds follow either the sinuous contours of the rounded flower or the sharper lines of the pointed one. With their exceptional brilliance, every Louis Vuitton diamond is designed to be recognisable at first glance. The stones are cut in perfect symmetry. Both a complicated design and a technical challenge, the diamond flowers, with their rounded or pointed petals, reveal unprecedented brilliance. While a standard brilliant-cut stone has 58 facets, the Louis Vuitton Monogram flowers have between 65 and 77, increasing their light and sparkle to infinity. To describe the collection, the following extracts have been taken from Albert’s delivery.

Golden lace, created by Lorenz Bäumer for Louis Vuitton, enhances each piece of jewellery. Sculpted by the hand of a master, this remarkable new technical achievement showcases the extraordinary savoir faire of the goldsmith. Each delicate web is a unique masterpiece of ingenuity and interprets, through the jeweller’s prism, the extreme sensitivity of the feminine fabric. Formed from an asymmetrical bouquet of Monogram flowers, which are cut out, deconstructed and then reconstructed, the ultra-light gold mesh plays on transparency. “Like the finest lingerie, this precious gold lace exudes elusive sensuality,” explained Bensoussan.

The stones The collection features colours that are as cohesive as they are original. Each is associated with a specific chromatic palette, with each theme expressing itself in a range of exquisite tones. The soft hues translate the pastel alliance of pink sapphires, giving the jewellery an impression of subtle softness in perfect harmony with its curves and its curls. Like an Art Nouveau stained-glass window, one of the necklaces magnifies the glow of blue and orange sapphires with green tsavorite through the perfect form of the golden circle. Elsewhere, the daring of blue sapphires clings to the swirls of a necklace, sparkling with an evening light. Delicate monochromes or shimmering contrasts, the colours follow the forms, yielding to the will of the design and the demands of the creation. There is nothing more to say about this incredible collection, apart from the fact it’s not only collectible by the fortunate few, but it’s also affordable by the fortunate few, with the most complex pieces exceeding the €1 million mark. I suppose the next question to Feadship and LVMH is, if you buy the Van Lent custom yacht, will a custom collection of jewellery accompany the christening ceremony? Under the watchful eye of the shipyard’s management, Bensoussan coyly explained: “Anything is possible.”

L’ame Du Voyage bracelet and necklace in white and red gold, Louis Vuitton diamonds, spinels and spessartits. Prices on request. Go to





may Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix

Cannes Film Festival

What: Passion for motion pictures, discovery of new talent and the enthusiasm of festival-goers and professionals from around the world are the defining features of Festival de Cannes. Since 1939, the event has grown in size and shape with the prestige of the festival based on the quality of the films, the creativity of the artists, the fighting spirit of the professionals and the enthusiasm of the press. When: May 12-23 Where: Cannes, France Tickets: Invitation only


What: The aim of Swab is to present emergent contemporary art from around the world art scene being a platform for a young generation of national and international galleries. This year Swab will absorb 40 galleries around the world. When: May 13-16 Where: Barcelona, Spain Tickets: f10 from


What: The twisting 77-lap circuit offers incalculable opportunities for spectators to witness the thrill of screaming engines, smoking tyres and the genius of the drivers over the 263-kilometre race on a course that allows no margin for error. Since the inaugural race, the fastest average race speed has risen from 80 kilometres (50 miles) per hour to 142 kilometres (88 miles) per hour. When: May 14-16 Where: Monte Carlo, Monaco Tickets: Silver VIP – USD$2120, Gold VIP – USD$2599, Platnium VIP – USD$3009, Yacht VIP – USD$2462

Stars of the White Nights Festival

What: Taking its name from the short summer season when the sun never sets, the Stars of the White Nights Festival is an annual international arts festival. Set in the romantic Russian city of St. Petersburg, revellers soak up world-class performances of ballet, opera and classical music under a sky that never darkens. When: May 21-July18 Where: Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg, Russia

French Open

What: True tennis fans will have the Tournoi de Roland-Garros, commonly known as the French Open, firmly etched in their diaries. The slow playing clay surface and the five-set men’s singles matches without a tiebreak means the event is considered the most gruelling and physically demanding tournament in the world. While thousands of people turn up to witness the clashes of strength on the searing clay courts, many are there to hobnob with high society. Retire to the hospitality tents during the breaks for champagne. When: May 24-June 7 Where: Paris, France

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

American Superyacht Forum

International Contemporary Furniture Fair

What: If contemporary design is your first love, the fair draws the most intrepid seekers of design truth and design trends to an extraordinary exhibition of the most inspired models of design on the forefront, as well as through-provoking programs and a schedule of supplementary exhibits and features. When: May 15-18 Where: New York, United States Tickets: US$50

What: Now in its eighth year, the hugely successful American Superyacht Forum will this year be heading back to the east coast of America for four days of networking, interaction and debate. With 250 attendees including owners, captains, brokers, engineers, shipyard management and industry figureheads the event will provide the perfect networking platform. Check out: The famous Newport nightclub the Boom Boom Room has been secured for American Superyacht Delegates for another year. Those who still have energy (and the dance moves) will be excited to continue their networking and socialising late into the night – don’t forget your dancing shoes. When: May 23-26 Where: Newport, Rhode Island Tickets: $1295 ($324 per day)

What: The ultimate event in the gardening calendar, Chelsea sets the latest gardening trends, features the newest and most desirable gardening products and creates an explosion of colours and scents. When: May 25-29 Where: Chelsea, London Tickets: £14-£45, call 0844 338 7524


What: If your quest for art includes buying something you can’t find anywhere else in the world, then this is the show for you. Featuring international modern and contemporary art from more than 110 galleries across 24 countries, the event reflects Hong Kong’s ‘gateway’ status in presenting a unique chance for collectors to see and buy work of a quality and geographical diversity. When: May 27-30 Where: Hong Kong Tickets: From HK$50-HK$500 per person


JUNE FIFA World Cup 2010

What: This year marks the 19th year for premier international football tournament FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The event is the culmination of a qualification process that began in August 2007 and involved 204 of the 208 FIFA national teams. When: June 11- July 11 Where: South Africa Tickets: US$20-US$900

Le Mans 24 Hours

What: This year marks the 78th running of the le Mans 24-hour endurance race. The race was first run in 1923 when Andre Lagache and Rene Leonard won in a Chenard & Walker having covered 128 laps at an average speed of 92km/h. The Sarthe circuit has been altered many times since then and is now a 13.629km course driven by the fastest cars in under three-and-a-half minutes and more than 300 times. When: June 12-13 Where: Le Mans, France Tickets: £58 for general grandstand to £450 for the pitwalk

Royal Ascot

What: Fine fillies the world over are gathering fashionable frocks for this year’s Royal Ascot. With a rich heritage of more than 300 years, Royal Ascot has established itself as a national institution and the centrepiece of the British social calendar, as well as being the ultimate stage for the best racehorses in the world. Check out: The Gold Cup is the feature race of the third day of Royal Ascot and traditionally the busiest day of the week. It is colloquially known as ‘Ladies’ Day’ as, in the formative years, it was the dominant day in terms of the racing, attracting the largest crowds. When: June 15-19 Where: Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Berkshire Tickets: Grandstand admission £56-£66, Silver Ring £17-£26

Showboats Rendezvous

Wimbledon Tennis Championships

What: Since the first championships in 1877, Wimbledon has grown from its roots as a garden-party tournament to a Grand Slam tournament with a following of millions around the world. Last year Roger Federer and Serena Williams won the singles tournaments against a pool of well-known names in the sport. When: June 21- July 4 Where: Wimbledon, London Tickets: £30-£104

What: Since its debut in 1990, The Rendezvous has established itself as a must-attend event for superyacht owners from all over the globe. At this unique gathering of luxury yachts of over 30 metres, owners and their guests will enjoy four days of first-class hospitality in one of Europe’s most glamorous yachting destinations, as well as a fun-filled day programme of activities and onthe-water events to give owners the opportunity to enjoy their yachts and toys to the maximum. When: June 24-27 Where: Monaco

US Open

What: The US Open, is the second of the four major championships in golf and is on the official schedule of both the PGA Tour and the European Tour. It is staged by the United States Golf Association in mid-June, scheduled so that, if there are no weather delays, the final round is played on the third Sunday, which is Father’s Day. When: June 17-20 Where: Pebble Beach, California Tickets: The USGA will randomly draw the remaining tickets for the general public. Ticket orders will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

Henley Royal Regatta

Superyacht Cup Palma

What: Eighteen superyachts, 500 participants sailing over the three days and more than 1000 owners, crew and guests in an enviable social circle. The longest-running superyacht regatta in Europe, the event mixes the perfect recipe of racing and partying. Check out: The ‘Yacht Hop’ where owners and guests can view the fleet of superyachts and entertain their ‘neighbours’ along the quayside. When: June 23-26 Where: Muelle Viejo, Palma

What: From a fair and amusement park to a competitive amateur rowing race, the Henley Regatta has changed considerably since 1839, but it still manages to attract thousands of people who congregate beside the River Thames. Check out: One of the UK’s bestloved and longest running music and arts festivals, the Henley Festival showcases world-class performers in classical, jazz, pop, world and folk music from its floating stage built on the river. When: June 30-July 4 Where: Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire Tickets: £12-£20


SALON PRIVé july 21-23

JULy The Open Championship

Running of the Bulls

What: There’s the token people holding banners, singing, dancing and spraying each other with champagne and sangria, but the Running of the Bulls, or ‘San Fermin Festival’, is steeped in historical significance. The first bulls run on July 7, but don’t think that’s the only fun to be had. From the official opening to the closing ceremony in candlelight, there are religious services at San Lorenzo church as well as the Giants of Fiesta – eight larger-than-life figures that represent the mythical kings and queens of Europe, Asia, Africa and America. Check out: Caldo – a broth or light soup made from ham bones. Sometimes mixed with a shot of sherry, it’s popular with the bull runners and people who have stayed up all night in the streets. When: July 6-14 Where: Pamplona, Spain

What: The oldest of the four major championships in professional golf, The Open Championship is the only ‘major’ held outside the US. With last year’s prize pool of £4.2 million and £750,000 going to the winner, the event takes place annually on one of nine historic links courses in Scotland or England. The event features a fourhole playoff for all golfers tied at the end of regulation, with the playoff continuing into sudden-death holes if players remain tied after four holes. When: July 15-18 Where: Old Course, St Andrews, Scotland Tickets: Season tickets – admission to course for week (July 11-18) £200. Practice day – (July 11) £15-£60.

Cowes Week

What: A fusion of exciting competitive sailing and social events, Cowes Week now stages up to 40 daily races for more than 1,000 boats and is the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world. The 8,500 competitors range from Olympic and world-class professionals to weekend sailors. More than 100,000 people come to watch the sailing, enjoy the parties and live entertainment and experience the atmosphere. When: July 31-August 7 Where: Cowes, Isle of Wight

The 43rd Sydney International Boat Show

Cartier International Day

What: Known in polo circles as the ‘world’s greatest spectator polo day’, the highlight is definitely the afternoon Coronation Cup match featuring the best English players. Before lunch, turn your eyes to the field for talented upand-coming England players vying for the Golden Jubilee Trophy. However, the event is not all about polo, with Cartier entertaining 600 guests from the world of stage, screen, literature and fashion over a gourmet lunch prepared by Anton Mosimann. Also, visitors can head to the retail village for a cooling glass of champagne, or to check out a luxury dog bed, beautiful polo painting or the latest Audi. When: Sunday, July 25 Where: Guards Polo Club, Windsor Great Park, Egham, Surrey, UK

Salon Privé

What: Whether you’re into vintage super cars or modern, exotic motor cars, Salon Privé has it all, perfectly set amongst the backdrop of the exquisite and exclusive Hurlingham Club. A ‘garden party’ atmosphere infuses the event during the day, while at night the stunning grounds and super cars are subtly lit, transforming the event into a magical spectacle. When: July 21-23 Where: The Hurlingham Club, Hurlingham Road, London, UK

What: With a boat building competition, classic and historical boat displays, fishing clinics and fashion parades, you will have a wealth of information and entertainment over the five days. When: July 29-August 2 Where: Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre & Cockle Bay Marina, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia


What: You’re invited to an exclusive rendezvous between those who make ultra luxury and those who live it. Luxuria offers lovers of luxury the chance to sample tailor-made, rare or unique high-end products and services, made with savoir faire and creativity. Get your ‘invitation upon request’ at When: July 23-25 Where: Grimaldi Forum, Monte Carlo, Monaco

Fraser Yachts works with a number of exclusive luxury partners at joint events around the world. Look out for us in 2010 at dozens of events, including Art Basel in Miami, Cartier Polo in England, The Hampton Classic, Monaco Grand Prix and Cannes Film Festival.

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