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fraser yachts celebrates 65 years Back in 1947 it’s unlikely that anyone could have foreseen that this would be the year that one of the largest yachting companies in the world would be founded. Except, perhaps, for the young man who took out his first yacht brokerage licence in California. That man was David Fraser and in 2012 the company that bears his name will celebrate 65 years in this illustrious industry. A born salesman with a lifetime’s love of boats, he is still an inspiration to many at the age of 90. Words by Kate Hubert Images supplied by the Fraser family

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“I sailed her across the lake to see a girl I liked, but when I returned the boat had sprung a leak and sank on her maiden voyage!” – David Fraser, founder of Fraser Yachts

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avid Fraser’s determination and fearlessness was evident at an early age. “When I was a child of eight I had a big barrel up in a tree in the yard. I used to climb into it and when the wind blew the tree swayed and I used to pretend I was in a crow’s nest on a ship in the ocean.” Anxious to set sail for real he took advantage of the timber that was available – his father owned a lumber yard. “When I was nine or ten years old I built a sail boat. There were no plans and I made the sail on my mother’s sewing machine. I sailed her across the lake to see a girl I liked, but when I returned the boat had sprung a leak and sank on her maiden voyage!” He finally made it out to sea just a few years later: when he was in high school the captain of a coastwise schooner who knew his father took him on during the summer – and David did such a good job he was hired back on board the Anna R. Heidritter for the next three summers at $55 per month. He joined the crew of eight as one of only four sailors – and the youngest. It was his job to climb aloft and set the topsails 100 feet above the deck – so the training in the swaying barrel in his backyard paid off at last! With just two sailors on watch at a time it often meant six hours of standing watch and steering, there was no power-assist and the wheel could be very hard to handle. The schooner sailed north from the lumber yards of Savannah and Charleston making for Providence, New York and New Bedford. There was no power, no electricity and no refrigeration but, according to David, “it was fabulous!” There

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were no toilets either – the captain had a head but the sailors made do with trips to the rigging or a bucket. It was one of David’s jobs to fill the seawater tank for the captains’ head. Despite the hard work there were, of course, times of sheer magic. “One of my favourite things was when I was on watch at night – I would climb up into the rigging and just sit up the mast and look out to sea...” Sadly the days of sail were numbered, even if the Heidritter could make 15 knots on a reach and overtake the smoky freighters chugging away at nine knots, there were only four schooners left plying the trade on the Eastern seaboard. David was in college in April 1942 when the schooner put into Charleston, so he sailed out to meet her; the captain tried to persuade him to do one more trip, but that would have meant dropping out of college so the boat sailed without him. It may have been a life-saving decision as later in the voyage the Heidritter sadly foundered off Cape Hatteras; the crew survived 24 hours lashed to the rigging before a breeches buoy could be rigged to get them all safely to shore. Some salvage was recovered and the captain gave the ship’s bell to David. Once it used to ring the change of the watch on board, now it still sits proudly on his mantle. The Second World War pulled David out of college and he saw three years’ of active service in the Navy, then later retired as a Commander. He was the gunnery officer on board USS Dauntless – the 256ft steam-driven yacht Delphine belonging

this page: (Clockwise from top left) A photo taken of Anna R. Heidritter by David’s brother, Don Fraser, in June 1947 off Charleston, leaving for New York; David Fraser at Midshipman School, Tower Hall Chicago, in the spring of 1944; David with Helen Marshall, marine insurance manager (left) and Evelyn Nickels, brokerage office manager (far right) in the 1960s; An excerpt from one of David’s early brokerage advertisements; Throwing the topsail sheet over the spring stay to the crew below to haul in; At the end of the Ensenada Race aboard White Cloud, a 60ft Sparkman & Stevens Cutter in 1955; Going around Cape Hatteras; David in the Newport Beach office about 1965. PREVIOUS PAGE: David Fraser on the Cross Trees of the Anna R. Heidritter. He had to go aloft on all masts when they set the topsails, which were hauled by the crew from the main deck. He also went aloft to haul up the sheet from the main deck and then over the spring stay to the crew on deck.


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this page: Sailing aboard White Cloud for Red Skelton in the movie, Watch the Birdie. (Left to right) David Fraser, Lee Lewis, Peggy Slater, Shirley Temple’s dance instructor Jack Donohue, Bill Nielsen and friend. David sold this yacht to actor David O’Brien for USD 20,000. OPPOSITE: A selection of advertisements used by Fraser Yachts over the past 65 years.

to the Dodge car family, subsequently re-fitted back as a yacht after the war and still available for charter through Fraser Yachts. In 1947, when both the war and college were over, David applied to be a yacht broker in Los Angeles and got his first yacht brokerage licence. Fraser Yachts was launched and David used his passion for both sailing and sales to build his business. In those early days the boats were mostly anchored off or on moorings in the harbour; sometimes the brokers never even went on board the yachts they were selling. 130140ft schooners and power yachts going for just $20,000. Right from the start, David proved to be a determined and successful salesman. “I hated not to be involved in a sale – any sale. If there was a yacht on the market I didn’t care about the price – I just didn’t want anyone else to sell it. I once sold a sailboat for $300 and made just $30 commission, but that was fine – I made the sale.” With an attitude like that it’s easy to see why his company became so successful. Back then the clients were mostly real sailors, ordinary people, doctors – but there were some movie stars like Sterling Hayden (who is said to have acted mostly to fund his love of yachting) who lived on board a 100ft schooner, with a 46ft Norwegian lifeboat and 50ft schooner Brigadoon alongside. Hayden was a sailing purist who famously dropped the engines over the side. David had to take Brigadoon to Los Angeles from Newport Beach, tacking out of the breakwater and having to come into the berth under sail. Two buckets on lanyards were on standby as makeshift brakes, but he brought her into her berth with a perfect landing – a feat any sailor will appreciate. David also loved the racing circuit and served

as navigator and helmsman in many trans-ocean races aboard the 73ft Phil Rhodes yawl Escapade. His enthusiasm and ability went from strength to strength and the company in its present form came about in 1961. A close friend was going to design the logo for him, and having heard stories of David’s adventures on board the Heidritter, her image seemed to be the logical choice. Indeed she can still be seen on the Fraser Yachts’ logo to this day. The company expanded from Newport Beach to San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle during the ’60s, making the hop to the Eastern seaboard in around 1967 when they opened an office in Florida. David was keen to expand across the whole of the US and not be confined to the West Coast – and after the war Fort Lauderdale was increasingly the haunt of the largest yachts. From the mid- ’80s his two daughters began to join the company. They’d always done part time work in the office during school and college, including cleaning boats to earn some money. The family connection worked well and is something David is clearly proud of. His company was built on a foundation of trust and fine attention to the detail of the contracts, and taking great care with the clients’ money. He could trust his family to act as he did; doing the best job possible with the utmost integrity. David stuck to what he did best, the brokerage of yachts, while his daughters developed the chartering and insurance sides of the business. Most people might be a bit wary about working for their father but the girls relished the chances he gave them. Diane Fraser is currently President of Fraser Yachts California. “Dad

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01 Movie stars like Sterling Hayden (who is said to have acted mostly to fund his love of yachting) lived on board a 100ft schooner, with a 46ft Norwegian lifeboat and 50ft schooner Brigadoon alongside. Hayden was a sailing purist who famously dropped the engines over the side. 02 David Fraser on the bowsprit of the Anna R. Heidritter with Captain Coleman’s son, Edmond, in 1948. 03 1997: The 50th anniversary of Fraser Yachts and David Fraser obtaining his first broker’s licence in California. (Left to right) Carlo Agliardi with Ellie and David Fraser.

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always gave us the liberty to grow the business as we saw fit. He trusted us to share his integrity and represent our clients fairly. He trusted our business skills and didn’t enforce daily meetings to check up on us. He taught us well, to ask for advice when we needed it, to behave ethically.” Having turned 90 on December 23 2011, it looks as if David is hanging up his brokers’ licence – probably the oldest in the state as it has run from 1947; but David still has an office of his own in Newport Beach, kept exactly the same as it’s been for the past 30-odd years. He may have finally retired from yacht brokering, but he doesn’t have much time to miss it. He’s kept busy trading options on the stock market and growing vegetables in his backyard. David is famous within the industry as a man full of vitality, the life and soul of any party – the sort of guy everyone gravitates towards at social events. His charm is undimmed and it’s easy to see why he was able to build up such a successful company – a business based on great interpersonal skills, trust, enthusiasm and determination. Of course, over the last 65 years he has witnessed some big changes in the industry. When he started out they had two big books with all the details of the yachts for sale. Clients would come in and leaf through them and mark the ones they were interested in. Then they’d talk through the pros and cons with their

broker; it was a close relationship. But even with the internet age often cutting out the middle-man as buyers go direct to the listing broker, David still sees a role for the best brokers. “Of those who want to be brokers maybe only one or two out of five will succeed – it may look glamorous and easy but it’s not. A good salesman is born, not made. A good salesman will find the right client for the boat and the right boat for the client. ‘Did you like the yacht – Yes? Then why not make an offer? What would you pay? How about a deposit?’ That’s how you make a deal.” Asked to pick out highlights of his career, David is for once stumped for an answer. “Everything was a highlight – almost every sale was a highlight. I just love to make the sale, I hated it if anyone else made a sale – I always wanted to be the one who sold the boat.” With Fraser Yachts’ 65th anniversary, David has high hopes for the future, that the tenets he held dear are now being carried forward by the current Fraser Yachts brokers and staff – now 150 strong. It’s often hard for the founder of a company to release the tiller and let the next generation take over a business that he’s worked so hard to build, body and soul for decades, but it’s a huge compliment to Fraser Yachts that he is so relaxed and confident in their abilities, as he says “they’re doing a wonderful job.”


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David is famous within the industry as a man full of vitality, the life and soul of any party – the sort of guy everyone gravitates towards at social events.

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Forget St Tropez, Monaco and the glittering congested charms of the Cote d’Azur, there is only one Riviera on the tongues of the trendsetters this season, and that is the Brazilian Riviera. Praised by Wallpaper, lauded by Tatler and hailed byVanity Fair as the coastal destination of choice, the Brazilian coastline is the place to drop anchor this winter. Words by Felix Milns

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ollowing the increasing interest in the region, Fraser Yachts recently partnered with local charter provider and Azimut dealer, Yacht Brasil, to offer charter services along this hitherto relatively unexplored Atlantic coastline. The Brazilian authorities are also in negotiations with Fraser Yachts to be the sole partner for superyachts for the 2014 football World Cup (in a similar arrangement that Fraser Yachts has with the America’s Cup). Up until now Brazil has not been a favoured superyacht destination, most of the boats there range in size from 20-30 metres, but it has all the ingredients to become prime superyacht territory in the years to come. Go, the brand-new Feadship, spent a few months exploring the coastline earlier this year and has posted rave reports. The booming economy has contributed to growing domestic demand for larger and larger boats, and the Atlantic shores spreading both north and south from the central hub of Rio and Sao Paulo has some of the most dramatic coastline in the Americas. Historically the entire Atlantic coast was covered in prime rainforest, but today only seven per cent of the coastal rainforest remains, most of which is in the central area between Rio and São Paulo along the incredibly dramatic Costa Verde coastline. São Paulo and most of central Brazil sits on a 1000m high plateau that cascades down only when it meets the sea. Most of this strip is protected by the National Park island of Ihla Grande, famed for its mountainous jungle, historic ruins and beautiful beaches, creating ideally sheltered cruising waters. North of Rio meanwhile lies the coastal state of Bahia, epicentre of laid-back Brazilian beach culture and old colonial charm. Founded by the Portuguese in 1549, Salvador de Bahia is Brazil’s oldest and most historic town and was capital of the country for 200 years. The city has a magnificent setting on All Saints Bay, the second-largest bay in the world (after Hudson Bay). The spiritual home of Capoeira and one of the finest colonial cities in South America it is an ideal base to explore the beach bounty of Bahia.

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PREVIOUS PAGE: The Brazillian Riviera has always provided an enigmatic mix of culture and character. THIS PAGE: (Top) A view over Rio and Sugarloaf Mountain at sunset; (Below) Salvador de Bahia is the spiritual home of the Capoeira dance.

With direct flights from most European cities and only a three-hour difference from Greenwich Mean Time, the azure waters and verdant rainforest-clad coastline are also surprisingly accessible, even for a shorter cruise. It’s a place of tranquillity and incredibly dramatic scenery, where jagged mountains back-dropped by lush mist-crowned jungle plunge into a sea strung with thousands of isles and islets and vast calm bays and endless sandy beaches. Yet at the same time it’s a hub of tremendous energy and activity, its booming economy encapsulated in this spirit of caipirinhas, capoeira, carioca and, of course, Carnival. It is this enigmatic mix of culture, character and wild topography that bookmarks Brazil’s potential as a superyacht destination. No destination without a spectacular coastline will ever truly develop a booming superyacht industry, but when all the ingredients are in place as they are in Brazil, it is only a matter of time before Copacabana is as familiar to superyacht captains as Cannes. The pioneers are already in transit, the secret is out and the sails are set for Sugarloaf.


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Every street corner buzzes with music and you are never more than a lime’s twist from the next Caipirinha.

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Of the world’s great seafront cities, Rio can perhaps lay claim to the most dramatic setting. On the southern shore of Guanabara Bay, the city has left its indelible footprint on the foothills of a magnificent mountain range that includes some of the most iconic images in the world. Sugarloaf Mountain, the awe-inspiring statue of Christ the Redeemer and, of course, Copacabana beach, quite probably the most famous beach in the world. Viewed from a yacht as you cruise into Guanabara Bay, it never fails to amaze. To its denizens Rio is known locally as the Cidade Marvilhosa, and it’s easy to see why. The spirit and passion of its glamorous thong-clad citizens spill out across the miles of white sand beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana up into the fashionable enclaves of Joa, Rio’s version of Beverly Hills and leafy Santa Teresa. Every street corner buzzes with music and you are never more than a lime’s twist from the next Caipirinha. Go surfing off Ipanema or Leblon beach, climb up the rock face of Sugarloaf Mountain or hang-glide, heli or microlight around Christ the Redeemer. Above all embrace the wild celebration of life that Rio encapsulates.

Known as the Green Coast on account of its incredibly dramatic mountainous rainforest flanks, the coastal strip from Rio down to São Paulo is prime superyacht territory, combining incredibly clear, calm and temperate waters with dazzling scenery of 1,000-foot cliffs and waterfalls and rainforest dating back millennia. Nestled in folded bay after folded bay are pockets of party towns for the great and good of Sao Paulo and Rio. Most famous of all is Buzios, Rio’s very own version of St Tropez. It’s hip, hyped and, in high summer at least, as busy as the Cote d’Azur. So it is perhaps no surprise that the area was put on the map by none other than Bridget Bardot, perhaps the world’s most ardent trendsetter. Another popular enclave is the old fishing village of Angra Dos Reis. A two-hour drive or a short Heli flight from Rio, it forms the hub of seafaring exploration around the many uninhabited islands that dot the surrounding coastline. However, while these charming ports of call provide some Mediterranean comforts, the true charms of the Costa Verde are the unspoilt fishing villages that have not yet become luxury hangouts of the landed gentry. Secluded within a stretch of prime rainforest coastline protected as a UNESCO world Heritage site is the tiny fishing village of Picinguaba. Home to a tiny boutique hotel (www.picinguaba.com), Picinguaba encapsulates the magnetic allure of the Costa Verde. The surrounding waters are dotted with sceptre islets and deserted beaches only attainable by yacht. Thirty kilometres down the coast is the quintessentially colonial town of Paraty, a fully preserved 18th-century harbour town which for two centuries was the only access to the gold mining towns of Minas Gerais in the interior. The beautifully restored town rich in baroque art and architecture is a true hidden gem.

01 The iconic Christ the Redeemer statue high atop Sugarloaf Mountain. 02 The Rio Carnival is the most famous and spectacular representation of Rio. Next page A must-see are the sychronised balletic movements of the Capoeira dancers.


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Up the northern coastline from Rio is the state of Bahia, a byword for Brazilian beach babylon. It is the place to go for a laid-back beach culture, whether that be to hippy enclaves like the oh-sotrendy Trancoso or remote wilds of Corumbao beach, where there is nothing but a tiny fishing village and the retro ‘70s style Vila Naia hotel (www.vilanaia.com.br). The beaches and dunes stretch the hundreds of kilometres and the best way to explore them is by beach buggy trek. Trancoso is an absolute must visit, a remote traffic-free cliff top fisherman’s village where pastel-coloured Fishermans houses surround a grass quadrado topped by a pure white colonial church. Every evening the local boys play football on the grass quadrado, while the Fishermans houses have been subtly transformed into boutique hotels and oh so very cool bars and restaurants. The tradition for New Year in Brazil is to dress all in white and party all night, and in Trancoso they do this with incredible aplomb. As the sun rises on the first day of the year the crowds wade into the waters to pay homage to the old gods. Salvador was the main entry port for the slave trade from Angola and the Portuguese Gold Coast and today that legacy comes through in its distinctive cuisine. The Comida Baiana is a rich marriage of a strong seafood base combined with traditional West African ingredients like palm oil, nuts and fiercely strong peppers. Just remember to wash it down with an ice-cold Caipirinha. The attractions for nautical visitors today remain the same as they have ever been. The calm waters of All Saints bay make it almost as breathtaking a city seascape setting as Rio. You could lose weeks just cruising around All Saints Bay. There are myriad creeks, waterfalls, mangrove forests and many idyllic beaches only accessible by ship. Don’t miss a cruise out to the tiny, but perfectly formed, island of Ilha de Tinharé.

The Rio Carnival is quite simply the biggest party on earth and all along the coastline the whole country rocks with Carnival Spirit. Five days long, it officially starts at midnight on the Friday before Ash Wednesday but in reality the build up to Carnival starts as soon as the New Year hangovers clear. Any visitors at this time of year should look out for the public rehearsals and dances which are almost as wild as Carnival itself. Its roots can be traced back to a 15th century tradition that was imported from the Portuguese speaking Azores, where for four days and nights the end of Lent would be celebrated with an orgy of riotous street celebrations. In the mid-19th century the well-to-do Rio society introduced masquerade balls and processions, while the men on the street quite literally marched to their own tune with vast neighbourhood bands. The most famous and spectacular of all is Rio, with its effervescent and hedonistic celebration of freedom, samba and song. Different samba schools representing different neighbourhoods or social clubs compete in the parade, with strictly choreographed 90-minute performances and judges marking them on everything from costumes, percussion and dancing to the music and story itself. Most of the shops shut down and the city parties like it’s the end of civilisation. Up the north-eastern coastline, Salvador is more like a Notting Hill Carnival by the sea. Eschewing commercialisation, thousands of different groups play everything from samba to carimbo. Further north still is the third party of the holy Carnival Trinity in the cosmopolitan suburb of Olinda. A magical colonial setting on the outskirts of Recife, it is slightly less frantic than Rio and Salvador but no less bewitching

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Capoeira At sunrise or sunset along the beaches of the Bahia coastline you are likely to see the synchronised balletic movements of Capoeira dancers. What started in Angola as a ritual fight to gain the nuptial rights of women was imported into Brazil with slavery and has now become a rite of passage from the streets of Salvador to the terraces of Trancoso. It involves a pair of dancers/fighters spinning and twirling in stylised dance/combat in a kind of high-energy martial Yoga. Though practised on the beaches it is best seen in the academias de capoeira, where anyone can call in to watch the classes or even join in. It is almost as enervating to watch as to perform.

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The beautiful game

It is impossible to visit Brazil without being dazzled by the display of footballing skills on offer. Whether you’re on the beaches of Rio or the streets of Salvador, kids, boys and men are chipping, flipping and dipping balls between them with unconscious barefoot ease. 2014 will see the World Cup come to Brazil and the country is already in almost feverish excitement. Plan ahead to book a trip to combine the best of the Brazilian coastline with the best of the beautiful game. see

When to go

Northern Brazil from Sao Paulo upwards is characterised by an equatorial climate with average temperatures of 25°C, so it is suitable for year-round cruising. The best times to visit are over the northern European winter encompassing Christmas, New Year and Carnival, though July and August are also high season on the coast for Brazilian holidaymakers and second home owners. stay

Where to moor

While facilities for superyachts are not quite so polished as the Mediterranean, there are nevertheless many commercial docks that can cater for refuelling and provisions while there are many yacht clubs that will happily play host to any visiting super yachts. In Rio the Rio Yacht Club (www.ryc.esp.br), is located in the old marina underneath Sugarloaf Mountain and celebrates its centenary year to coincide with the 2014 World Cup. Santos is the nearest coastal port of call to Sao Paolo and is home to a large yacht club (www.icsantos.com.br/) while Ihlabela is one of the most beautiful spots on the coast between Santos and Rio and has an equally welcoming yacht club (www.yci.com.br).

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Earlier this spring, fraser was invited on a four-day charter aboard the 46m regal superyacht Ionian Princess. The vessel is one of the finest charter yachts in the world today, and some of her striking features involve a classic, highgloss mahogany interior and lavish guest accommodation consisting of six sumptuous staterooms with luxurious en-suites.


With a pleasantly varied blend of activities in the offing, some of which were mysteriously kept secret until the last moment, all guests are bound to have an exciting mix of experiences.

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ur trip would turn out to be a remarkable one; a true experience starting at the main Poros Marina, and introducing us to a series of wonderful Greek locations along the way. The journey, meticulously planned by our captain, involved several stops at the Saronic Islands of Spetses and Hydra and would finish with a grand finale in the vibrant city of Athens. All this, immersed in Ionian Princess’ refined sense of luxury and class. Ionian Princess was built in 2005 and has since developed an outstanding reputation for refined luxury charters. This is partly due to her interior and exterior areas; the former having a warm and intimate yet spacious and luxurious atmosphere, and the latter being equally large and inviting. But a considerably large part of this outstanding reputation must be attributed to her crew, a team of highly skilled, hospitable and friendly professionals. It’s all in the details, which are abundantly present and precisely executed on board. From seamless tender operations to picture-perfect table settings, it all seems meticulously prepared and aimed at bringing

guests the most pleasurable experience. All crew members understand their trade to perfection, effortlessly combining their efforts to one soothing and relaxing vacation. As far as tempting physical characteristics and amenities are concerned, she has plenty. One of her most enticing features is the grand sun deck, which boasts a large Jacuzzi fore, a collection of comfortable sun loungers and a central dining table. The semi-circular fully equipped bar area completes this deck’s full array of amenities, making this one of the most pleasant areas to spend lots of time in utter comfort and relaxation. We are welcomed on board early in the afternoon, soon realising that this trip has already been planned to perfection. With a pleasantly varied blend of activities in the offing, some of which were mysteriously kept secret until the last moment, all guests are bound to have an exciting mix of experiences and entertainment at their disposal. After being welcomed on board by the captain and his crew, all exuding warm hospitality and professionalism, we are invited into the main deck saloon. In

this grand and stately room, where classic luxury is applied to perfection, our company of eight are invited to receive the captain’s welcome and a short and adequate safety briefing. After an introductory conversation, framed by refreshments that would offer a delightful taste of gastronomical highlights and hospitality we would come to experience over the course of the next few days, we are shown to our cabin to freshen up. With our luggage already neatly placed, all that rests is to wonder at our home for this trip and explore the ubiquitous luxury. Ionian Princess lavishly accommodates a company of up to 12 guests in six staterooms. Apart from the spacious full beam master stateroom, with luxurious en suite bathroom and separate shower area, all guest cabins are located on the vessel’s lower deck. One VIP, three doubles and one twin are at our disposal, making sure we are supplied with every commodity imaginable to make our stay on board as comfortable as can be. Highgloss mahogany combined with golden and marble details are the main ingredients for the interior design. With plush upholstery,

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classic artworks and a colour palette of rich, warm tones, the overall atmosphere is classic, refined and, above all, comfortable. What would become clear over the course of this journey is that such a trip is simply defined by the quality of crew on board. Even the most luxurious superyacht would be rendered uncomfortable if the crew would not be up to standard. In this case, the service of Ionian Princess’s crew members was of the highest level; always friendly, ever helpful, skilled and totally focused on tending to the guests’ every need imaginable. Their level of skill is striking and their relaxed, driven and charming manner is nothing short of admirable. When gathered on the sun deck, we embark on our magical journey by lifting anchor and waving goodbye to the island of Poros. We sail through the small strait separating Poros from mainland Peloponnese, a sight that is gorgeous and exhilarating. Looking at the island passing by, the captain skillfully manoeuvres his superyacht between small water taxis and tourist vessels, a sight that is simply fascinating when viewed from the top deck of a superyacht of this size. With our welcoming drinks in hand, the crew is already setting up the upper aft deck al fresco dining table for our first on board lunch. Protected by wind from a semi-transparent screen, assuring ample privacy and setting an intimate ambiance, we partake in a lunch that is sumptuous and delicious while sailing for our first location en route: a joyfully romantic deserted beach on the island of Spetses. Our four-course lunch is prepared and served to perfection, a standard that seems to come so natural on board Ionian Princess.

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Table settings are a joy to experience at every meal, with different themes and colours turning the dining table into a different style every time. As for our first extensive menu, from the delightful creamy asparagus soup to grilled vegetables and baby octopus salad, the meal is a heavenly introduction to all of the experiences we are about to receive over the next few days. Suffice to say, our company is already enthusiastically looking forward to our trip, toasting to a wonderful experience never to be forgotten. With a blend of the deep blue Aegean Sea, perfect blue skies, a soothing Greek sun and pleasant breeze added to a lavish lunch served with perfect elegance and friendliness, these few hours fly by and we soon arrive at Spetses island, where we anchor in a quiet bay, embraced by a sandy beach topped by one of the minuscule white churches that seems to be a charming addition to every island, beach and rock formation we pass. When our lunch is completed and all guests are satisfied by the chef’s first of many wonderful meals, we have the afternoon to further enjoy our superyacht’s many amenities. With the Jacuzzi bubbling away invitingly, the tenders and waverunners are available at our discretion and a collection of snorkelling equipment is set out on the swimming platform. Our company goes on to try all possibilities available. The WaveRunners are soon aiming for the horizon and a refreshingly cool swim is enjoyed by several others. The afternoon is finished by a common dip in the sun deck Jacuzzi, perfectly framed by a selection of drinks and sodas. Most opt for a fine glass of white wine or a cocktail, all skillfully prepared and served within the

Table settings are a joy to experience at every meal, with different themes and colours turning the dining table into a different style every time. blink of an eye. After an afternoon filled with pleasure, great food, fine wines and perfect company, we are already bound for our next stop. While enjoying drinks, Jacuzzi and fantastic views, we sail for the main town of Spetses, where the superyacht will anchor in the marina for the night. The last addition to our wonderful company of guests awaits us ashore, so the party is now complete. Walking around Spetses, we feel an atmosphere that seems to be a relaxed, Greek version of St. Tropez. The town is neatly organised, yet has that undeniable Greek sense of hospitality. The small luxury stores, impeccable white houses, narrow streets and mosaic-paved streets all form a pleasant ambiance that we enjoy while strolling around town. After several hours of shopping, sightseeing and simply enjoying the experience, we return on board with the skies darkened by the early evening, to find a magically set dining table awaiting us once again. Golden plates, shining silverware and delicate glasswork form an arrangement perfectly framing the five-course meal that

this PAGE: A culinary fairytale with each course surpassing the previous. OPPOSITE: A golden sunset is always rewarding after a day on the water.


awaits us. Anticipation is omnipresent as we read our personal menus, of which the exquisite lobster pasta is one of many dishes deserving to be commended. Our dinner, obviously, is sumptuous, delicious and highly fulfilling, with the impeccable service that is standard on board Ionian Princess. Our company moves upstairs to the sun deck, where a sound installation has turned this area into a nightclub under the skies. Enjoying our drinks, snacks and music, we laugh, talk and dance the early hours of the night away under the stars before retiring to our staterooms below. The next morning, we have time available to spend ashore. Some lastminute shopping is done by some, while others enjoy some pleasant Jacuzzi time. While freshening up after breakfast, we lift anchors and set off for the next leg of our journey. Several pleasant hours of sunbathing, relaxing, enjoying a gentle breeze and taking in the wonderful vista views that Greece has to offer later, we arrive at yet another picture-perfect beach, which will be the location for the rest of our day. After lunch, our day is spent in wonder and delight, on the WaveRunner, swimming and enjoying all of Ionian Princess’s amenities. In the afternoon, while relaxing on the sun deck, the captain joins us and enthusiastically speaks about all the possibilities Ionian Princess and Greece have to offer. Supported by a nautical map, he shows us several charming regions and must-see islands, thus illustrating the endless possibilities in the region for a charter on our vessel. It is not hard to imagine a charter on Ionian Princess is extremely fulfilling no matter where you go. With the many islands Greece has to offer, each with their own charm and character, possibilities are virtually endless. While enjoying our afternoon, it becomes clear that captain and crew have planned something special for us later that day. The crew members are all busy going ashore, setting up what would be the most wonderful dinner imaginable. After dark, we are invited by the captain to board the vessel’s largest tender, which easily suits our entire company, and brought ashore. Here, we find a breathtaking scene of a fully set beachside dinner table, as extensive, elaborate and exquisite as we would find on board. A complete

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open-air kitchen has been installed on the beach, and we are treated to a candlelit dinner that is beyond anything we ever imagined. Our talented chef has the skills to perfectly prepare a fivecourse dinner, including fresh lobster grilled to perfection, even outside the comfort of his own galley. The night’s atmosphere takes a fun and festive twist when the crew comes out dressed as a mariachi carnival – complete with sombrero, wigs and instruments. Thus, our perfect beachside dinner is transformed into a fun and light dance party, with music installation and dance floor lighting. Smiles, laughter and enjoyment aplenty, our company and crew dance under the stars, framed by the view of Ionian Princess floating contently in the background. After our tender takes us home, we enjoy a last drink and universally agreed that this was a night to remember. Early morning, before most are awake, we embark on our trip to the island of Hydra, famous for its lack of motorised traffic and therefore high level of traditional ambiance. After breakfast, we anchor near another deserted beach – our third of the trip –

With the many islands Greece has to offer, each with their own charm and character, possibilities are virtually endless.


this PAGE: The peaceful Poros at dusk. OPPOSITE: Lounging on the sun deck or taking the waverunner out for an exciting cruise are just two of many possibilities aboard Ionian Princess.

and have time for a post-breakfast swim, WaveRunner session and stroll on the beach. Snorkeling at the nearby rocky coastline of the bay shows a large variety of marine life, crystal clear waters and, above all, space and relaxation. During lunch we sail for the main town of Hydra, which gives us enough time to enjoy our meal, freshen up and enjoy the fantastic view of the town. At anchor just outside the town, our tender brings us ashore and we have time available for some shopping and sightseeing. Hydra, with its cute donkeys and mules, relaxing atmosphere and ample possibilities for quality shopping (notably fine jewellery and clothing) is the last island we visit as we embark on our trip to Athens in the late afternoon. The trip, which takes a little over three hours, is as smooth and comfortable as always, with the setting sun and island backdrop creating the perfect setting for a cocktail or two. Arriving in the Piraeus Marina of Flisvos, where Ionian Princess has her fixed berth, we enjoy our most formal dinner yet. The captain joins us and we all talk about our experiences and the levels of quality he and his crew are able to achieve. Here, we learn yet another surprise the captain has in store for us. After dinner, around midnight, we are picked up at the marina and taken to the grand finale party of our trip. We are invited to join and enjoy a front row table during an evening of Greek entertainment, traditionally called

a bouzoukia. This cultural phenomenon might best be described as a combination of dance club, concert and theatre. A series of performers, supported by a live band, extravagant dancers and spectacular lighting effects join the stage and drive the crowd of up to 1,000 people totally insane. The centre stage is surrounded by separate sofas and seats, dividing the audience in small groups, all facing the stage. The main act, arguably Greece’s most popular pop star today, is Sakis Rouvas, whose show we get to enjoy from the best seats in the house. Our captain went all out to make sure we had a good time, with drinks and snacks served right to our table. One particular ingredient of a bouzoukia is the throwing of trays full of white carnations on the stage, resulting in a spectacle unlike any we have ever seen. Dancing, singing, throwing flowers, enjoying the music and surrounding public all resulted in a spectacularly phenomenal evening that would certainly be a high point of our charter. The following morning a trip to the Acropolis and lunch in town are the main ingredients of our last day in Greece. Our company meets at the old neighbourhood of Pláka, a 10-minute taxi ride from the port, next to the ancient Akropolis site, where we enjoy a nice lunch and stroll around the area. The night is spent in Flisvos Marina. This is the only private marina in the city of Piraeus, part of the Athens Urban Area. A large selection

of shops, restaurants and children’s playgrounds can be found here. We toast a trip that has been as relaxing and exciting as it was truly remarkable, and have a few last dances. The next morning, we wave goodbye to our crew, and a taxi delivers us to Athens International Airport. Having a charter on Ionian Princess is being assured of the highest quality on all fronts. From food and wine, to service and ambiance. Captain and crew are all highly skilled in their profession, but what’s more is they all love what they do as a team. Communication is always key, but when on board a superyacht like this it is vital to the success and quality of a trip. The crew of Ionian Princess holds the key to this success. With this trip, we have been privileged to experience a journey that has felt harmonious and of the highest quality, but most of all unforgettable. We had the pleasure of being a company of fantastic people, both guests and crew, and we hope Ionian Princess will be around to spread such joy to lots of guests in the years to come. Ionian Princess is available for charter with Fraser Yachts, at €180,000 per week.

For more information about Ionian Princess, contact charter@fraseryachts.com

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of superyachting Jamil Hussein’s titles in the superyacht world have spanned from deckhand, bosun and mate, to captain. Along the way, and while circling the globe by sea, he has picked up an additional professional skill – that of art collector. Hussein’s practised eye for the unusual and unknown, which he searches out in off-the-beaten track locales on days off, provides a wealth of one-of-a-kind ideas for yacht owners who want to create a distinctive interior or exterior space. Words by Carol Bareuther

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amil Hussein’s affinity for art isn’t new. He graduated with a degree in entertainment business and recording arts and first worked as an assistant engineer at a top recording studio in Chicago. It was a time when technology was rapidly changing and the need for Hussein’s skills soon dwindled. He then looked to the horizon and found part-time work at the Chicago Yacht Club taking care of club members’ vessels. Soon after, he embarked on a career in yachting by buying a oneway ticket to Ft. Lauderdale with the brass ring of travel in mind. He immediately landed a position in La Paz, Mexico. From there, Hussein has worked on a variety of yachts for employers who have ranged from royalty to kings of industry. “I developed close relationships with owners and guests during pick-ups in Monaco and drop-offs in St. Tropez,” Hussein explains. “In my mind, I realised that I wanted to have something to offer these interesting and established individuals. By admiring my surroundings and the interiors of the vessels on which I worked, I developed a liking for the arts. After that, every time I saw an interior I would immediately start to think of what I could do to 02

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make it more colourful and inviting.” Hussein’s interest in art started with photography. He captured the exquisite scenery around him – from Mexico, Alaska, the Caribbean and Mediterranean to Africa, Egypt and Dubai – to share with family and friends at home. In doing so, he evolved from a hobbyist to a professional photographer. Similarly, seeking out local artists as well as those with established studios and galleries is another endeavor that started serendipitously and is now an undertaking that Hussein completes with an enthusiastic passion. This summer while based in Pai, Thailand, working three months on and one month off aboard an expedition yacht, Hussein visited the local northern tribes by motorbike, stopping at schools to teach sailing knots and black and white photography. “Photographing these amazing self-

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sustaining communities is something I enjoyed, as well as looking for artists amongst the tribes,” he explains. “The art I look for has to have international appeal. As more people travel and as art has become more popular, it’s more common to be interested in something that may reflect a country’s current situation or an artist who works in a variety of different mediums.” Hussein has found some incredible art along the way. For example, there’s the Brazilianbred Couto Brothers who express social issues collaboratively on canvas with surprising shapes and vibrant colours. American Aron Wiesenfeld is another and is developing into a well-known allegorical figurative painter. Paris-born, Hawaiian resident artist Franck Berthuot is yet a third artist in Hussein’s global community of artists who has taken his talent for extreme watersports photography

“The art I look for has to have international appeal. As more people travel and as art has become more popular, it’s more common to be interested in something that may reflect a country’s current situation.” – Jamil Hussein


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01 A French ballet dancer shot in Moorea, Tahiti. Photo: Franck Berthuot 02 ‘The Well’ measuring 65 x 87 inches by Aron Wiesenfeld. 03 A 6am photoshoot in Maui for Oxbow, capturing the beautiful light and background. Photo: Franck Berthuot 04 An African native carved chess set. Previous page: 01 A surfer waits peacefully for the next set of waves. Photo: Franck Berthuot 02 Students in a village north of Pai, Thailand. Opening page: Newlyweds pose for photographer Franck Berthuot during a photoshoot in Tahiti, diving beneath a famous Teahupoo wave.

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01 Jamil Hussein of Epoch Artists Relations. 02 The Hawaiian hunter; an underwater scene at Makena Beach, Maui, Hawaii. 03 Famous windsurfer Kai Katachadorian jumping over photographer Franck Berthuot at Hookipa beach, Maui North Shore, captured using his Canon camera with 15mm fish eye lens. 04 A perfect mix between nature and fashion, dancing under a Tahitian wave. Images: Franck Berthuot

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to a new level with underwater portraits full of fantasy and fashion appeal. “I met Franck in New York City through a mutual friend who had been photographed by him during a windsurfing session in Maui,” Hussein explains. “Franck has made teaser videos for major sports brands and I would like to see him collaborate with charter agencies to represent vessels to potential clients. Fantasy and imagery is his specialty. Franck’s imagination, action and perfection capture global audiences.” Hussein has given a face and a voice to this multinational collection of artists via his Epoch Artists Relations. Unlike a gallery, Epoch doesn’t acquire ownership of an artist’s work but showcases it to a global audience who seeks to collect and commission strictly originals. For owners who would like to redecorate their yacht with unique pieces, Hussein recommends: “Less is more. Three magnificent pieces too much alike will take away from each other. Making selections with diverse mediums, if possible, will invite an interesting conversation and view. There are different environments inside and out and both have to be workable in their respective space.” Most recently, Hussein has started working with superyacht builders and their diverse and discerning cliental. In one yacht, for example, two 2- by 3-metre Indonesian teak carvings were placed on either side of the main salon to create an inviting and inspired entrance. The teak will weather and age beautifully along with the yacht. “To have something commissioned around the space designed by the interior designer, or the opposite – designing a space around a particular piece such as a sculpture or painting – adds overall to the meaning of custom interiors,” adds Hussein.

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INTELLIGENT ACQUISITION For centuries, artists have been working on perfecting their techniques to bring lovers of sailing, and the sea, the very best that luxury has to offer. From British luxury furniture specialists Linley to renowned British brand Asprey, both reflect centuries of tradition and fine craftsmanship. Using beautiful materials and a skilled team of carpenters, Linley finds inspiration for its furniture designs in the look and feel of classic Riva motorboats, while the top floor of the Asprey store hides a maze of thriving workshops where skilled silversmiths, jewellers, goldsmiths, leatherworkers, engravers and watchmakers create various custom pieces for clients all over the world. Then there are the solo artists, such as Niklas Amundson, who has taken his passion for sailing to create maritime-inspired oil paintings on sail canvas collected from old sailing ships. Words by Angela Audretsch, Andrew Johansson and Rebecca Taylor

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tending to linley British luxury furniture specialist Linley has an established history of producing some of the finest bespoke products on the market. Drawing on its heritage and perfecting its line of products over the past quarter of a century, the London-based company continues to move forward with refreshed inspiration from its chief executive, Jamie Edmiston. Linley has always offered a bespoke service and created stunning furniture based on a classic and traditional British style, using beautiful materials and a skilled team of carpenters. However, with the addition of brand guru Edmiston and a select group of new team members from the yachting scene, the aim is to appeal to an even greater audience, including the superyacht industry. “I wanted to look at how we could take a business that has all of the key ingredients and grow it,” explains Edmiston during a recent conversation at Linley’s Belgravia showroom. “My aim is to be able to provide a good service to designers and end-user clients.” To achieve this, the company will utilise the strong in-house production and design teams at its disposal to carve a clear identity within the superyacht market, offering a full design, manufacture and delivery service. “Clarifying the design identity and the design language is very important for us in respect of our products,” reveals newly appointed Polina Parshina, who has been brought in to head Linley’s product and brand development. In doing so, the firm not only hopes to enhance brand awareness,

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but demonstrate the quality and versatility of both its design and craftsmanship, as well as push its interior design services. Among the wide range of products that Linley offers is the Riva motorboat-inspired Riviera Collection, a new line for 2012 that has been created with the yacht industry in mind. It is the first range to fully embrace the look and feel of a boat, with the main feature of the design replicating the finished look of polished decking on the top surface. A good example of this can be seen in the Riviera Rouge desk, further inspired by the world of the Cote d’Azur. The desk boasts detailed inlay, rich patina and is fitted with three Linley signature secret drawers. Even the edges of the walnut table are rounded – a common feature of yachting furniture. The option for clients does not end there, though, as the furniture specialist invites clients to use them to build their own tailor-made creations. “We have a lot of people here now who really understand the superyacht industry and the requirements and quality standards expected, and we have all the tools in place to do that,” explains Parshina. “We are also going to open up to more of the design world to get more creativity going and fresh ideas in.” There is no doubt that pushing further into a niche market such as superyachts is not an easy task and there is stiff competition. However, there are no intentions by the firm to go head to head with the Made in Italy brands but rather to stay true to the British history of the company and to strive for excellence.

“We are very proud of being British, and I think with Italian companies you can see how they all support each other and how they engage with their designers, manufacturing companies and the publications,” concludes Parshina. “I think we need to have that here in Britain and to engage a lot more with designers, manufacturers, artists and museums. We’ve got an amazing eclectic scene here in London and I think that is something we really want to be a part of and contribute to as much as we can – to promote British craftsmanship and design and the Made in Britain brand.” In keeping with what Linley has come to master, opening its doors to both new and mature designers, and with fresh blood in the ranks, David Linley has all he needs to elevate the business to the next level in the luxury market. www.davidlinley.com

this page: (Top) Intricate work goes into the detailing of every Linley piece. (Above) Linley’s Riviera Rouge desk from the new Riviera Collection. opposite: Finishing touches are made to a Linley Architectural Keepsafe Box.


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anything can be done For more than two centuries, Asprey has attracted the world’s most discerning clients to its New Bond Street location. Established in 1781, it earned its first royal warrant in 1862 from Queen Victoria and since then it has built an unrivalled reputation for supplying a variety of luxury goods; everything from jewellery, leather goods, crystal and silverware. Asprey has been headquartered in the same buildings since the beginning, it has survived two world wars and it has weathered the recession. For this British brand, bespoke luxury is second nature. The top floor of the store hides a maze of thriving workshops where skilled silversmiths, jewellers, goldsmiths, leatherworkers, engravers and watchmakers work with top designers to create custom pieces for clients all over the world. Past clients have included historic royalty such as King Edward VII and the Maharajah of Patiala, modern royalty including Princess Margaret and Queen Elizabeth II, and even rock royalty such as Ringo Starr. There are 10 artisans working in Asprey’s workshops and, according to managing director Paddy Byng, many of them have worked for the company since they were apprentices. Silversmith Andrew Harrison is one such craftsman, having completed an apprenticeship at Asprey 34 years ago. “I started my apprenticeship at Asprey after leaving school,” says Harrison. “You are constantly learning new things here as you are usually creating one-off pieces. It can feel like you are always training here.” The artisans use traditional methods to create modern designs and a dedicated team of experts regularly travel all over the world to meet clients to ensure the end result is perfect. Working with the clients’ brief, the in-house design teams create unique initial plans and then a production schedule is tailored to meet timeframes and budgets. The final design is then placed in the hands of Asprey’s artisans who bring the piece to life. With a company motto of ‘Anything Can Be Done’, Asprey’s catalogue of completed bespoke commissions is extremely varied. It includes a gold signature bar for Chivas Regal whisky and full-sized replica of an American football helmet. The company’s skill in the realms of bespoke is no more evident that in one commission it completed for Beatles’ member Ringo Starr in 1973. Along with designer Robin Crookshank, Asprey crafted a striking and unusual chess set where every piece was individually designed in the shape of a hand, set in a certain gesture to represent a figure of the chess set. The hands were

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painstakingly moulded on the star’s own hands down to the smallest detail, including the rings worn by the Beatle. Each piece was made using traditional techniques, modelling his hands in wax and then casting them in sterling silver and gold plated for the gilt pieces. The company is no stranger to bespoke commissions for nautical projects either. It recently created a silver model to scale of a client’s Arabian dhow with incredible attention to detail. “Over the years we have also created numerous bespoke dinner services that are to be used on clients’ superyachts,” says Harrison. “This includes everything from silverware, crystal and china dinner sets.” According to Harrison, the client normally has an extremely clear idea of the design and style of the pieces they want and they are normally very intricate and inspired by the sea. “Previous designs have included rope borders, stylised dolphins and seahorses,” he adds. “We have also produced several stock items that are very popular pieces for superyachts such as the Port and Starboard cocktail shakers and the Port and Starboard salt and pepper shakers.” Not just experts in silverware, Asprey are also specialists in leather, making everything from bespoke jewellery boxes to luggage. Della Richmond has been working as a leather craftsman at Asprey for the past five years, having first studied at the worldrenowned Cordwainers College in London. “I work with all types of leather from suede, calf, kid through to the exotic skins including lizard, ostrich, snake, alligator and crocodile,” says Richmond. “Kid and

sheepskins are two of the hardest leathers to work with because they have a tendency to stretch and articles may lose their shape if no reinforcements are used. Ostrich and alligator or crocodile can be quite difficult to ‘fine edge’ as the skins are extremely tough. Stingray is almost impossible to cut.” Leather yacht commissions are typically smaller, personal possessions, she adds. Richmond most recently made a dark blue alligator desk set for a superyacht client, which included a blotter, a special penholder and a letter tray. One of the more unusual commissions undertaken by Asprey was a custom leather briefcase for American magician David Blane. Blane requested many special ‘magic’ features and worked closely with the team of artisans to create a briefcase that has 14 hidden compartments, a lift-out tray that hides 12 decks of cards and a secret document section. “There were several other design features that have remained between the craftsmen and David,” says Paddy Byng. In a world where low production costs and efficiency are replacing quality, what really sets Asprey apart is not only its ability to create one-off bespoke pieces on site but its ability to adapt and use traditional skills to make luxury goods for the modern world. After all, how many companies can say that Queen Mary bought Christmas presents there in the 1920s but also claim to have made the iconic Coeur de la Mer necklace for the 1997 Oscar-winning film Titanic? wwww.asprey.com


“I work with all types of leather from suede, calf, kid through to the exotic skins including lizard, ostrich, snake, alligator and crocodile.” – Della Richmond, leather craftsman at Asprey


the art of the sail As many involved in the superyacht industry appreciate, yachting is not a onedimensional aspect of one’s life; it often spills over into various parts of day-today living. Your world on board does not stop upon stepping back on dry land, but becomes part of who you are. Nowhere is this more apparent than through Niklas Amundson’s artwork. From his various maritime-inspired oil paintings done on sail canvas collected from old sailing ships, to the collaborations with the Volvo Ocean Race, it is hard to imagine a better relationship between the art world and the yacht industry. Amundson was born in 1967 on the Swedish east coast close to Stockholm and soon moved west to the beautiful island of Marstrand. He began painting at an early age and was soon immersed in life on the water. Whether it was on the 38.4-metre sailing yacht Gloria or through the Swedish Coast Guard, you could be sure to find the artist close to the water. Although a painter at heart, Amundson broke into the world of maritime art upon furnishing his first apartment. A lover of the sea, he wanted to decorate his new living space with images of the sea and the yachting world. However, coming up short of options, he took the brush in his own hands and created the pieces he was looking for. Amundson’s work has flourished ever since. He was the official artist for the Ship Götheborg’s maiden voyage from Sweden to China and back, in 2005. He also made the official artwork for the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006 as well as 2008-2009, and is the official artist for Virgin Oceanic. When asked if he ever imagined his work would reach the high level that it has, the

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ever-modest Amundson puts it down to meeting the right people along the way. “The world of marine art is not very big, so you become closely involved with people who like this type of art.” he explains. “In the case of the Polar Expedition Commission, [done for the 100th anniversary] I was asked by a good friend of Prince Albert of Monaco to complete the work as a present from the team.” Similarly, it was through his work on the Volvo-sponsored Ship Götheborg that led to his work with the Volvo Ocean Race. It is not simply a case of referrals that aids the expansion of Amundson’s work. You need only to look at the quality paintings he produces to appreciate its beauty. Inspired by his worldwide travelling at sea, one of Amundson’s truly unique collections at the moment is his Gallery of Flags, in which he intricately paints national flags on to old sails and then handwrites the national anthem in the background. Such creations are a beautiful way to extend your experience aboard your own superyacht, to your home or office. Although Amundson has expanded his collection to include portraits, he enjoys alternating between the two. Completion of each piece can take an average of two to three months for the smaller paintings and four to five months for the larger pieces, therefore he will often have two that he is

working on at a time. This allows time for the oil paint to dry so that he can add up to 10 layers of paint on to each piece. Of course, for superyacht owners the marine art will be of interest. However, Amundson is open to new and exciting projects. Should you wish to commission him, he is happy to be a part of those projects closest to you. The future is certainly bright for Amundson, who admits: “One of the proud moments in my art career came last autumn when I was commissioned by the Yacht Club de Monaco to create a large portrait of HSH Princess Charlene. I painted the portrait during the long winter season on the island of Marstrand using oil on old linen sails from a cutter in the 1940s, which sunk in the English Channel.” Although an accomplished painter for more than 20 years, Amundson was nervous when he presented the portrait to HSH Princess Charlene. “It was a moment of relief when I saw her pleasant reaction to the painting,” he reveals. When asked if he has any favourites, the answer was simple. “I love them all.” Of course, following his passions of travel, the water and art it is easy to see where he draws his inspiration.

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this page: (Left) Amundson’s painting completed for the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009; (Right) The artist at work in his studio.


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Next year’s 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco promises to be the most spectacular event in the 162-year history of sailing’s greatest trophy. Fraser Yachts has paired up with the America’s Cup Event Authority as an operational partner, bringing superyachts and their owners as close to the action as possible with exclusive access to this exciting event. Words by Jason Holtom Images by Gilles Martin-Rage

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he 34th America’s Cup boasts a superyacht programme that will provide superyacht owners and their VIP guests unrivalled access to the racing and thrilling dockside activity. This programme is part of a unique vision developed by Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts after Oracle Racing won the America’s Cup in Valencia in 2010 to take the Cup forward as one of the world’s most prestigious sporting events. Fraser Yachts is an operational partner of the superyacht programme and has been appointed by America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA) to offer exclusive access to the event. Superyacht owners from around the world are encouraged to bring their yachts to the Pacific West Coast for 2013, with Fraser Yachts offering cruising itineraries and vessel support facilities, berthing and VIP access to the racing. San Francisco is a fabulous waterside city with world-leading businesses, top restaurants, hotels and art galleries and award-winning wineries close by in the Napa and Sonoma valleys. The secure facility where the superyachts will be berthed is at the heart of the city on the historic Embarcadero Piers and close to Fisherman’s Wharf. The new vision for the America’s Cup includes racing some of the fastest sailing boats ever seen closer to the shore than ever before. Approximately 55 days of America’s Cup racing are scheduled through from 4th July-21st September, 2013. Racing promises to keep spectators in San Francisco and around the world enthralled with all the challenges of sailing in the bay with strong winds and currents and all the associated America’s Cup ups and downs; a real test for technology and crew. The Cup racing starts with the Louis Vuitton Cup, America’s Cup Challenger Series, where the four challenging teams, Artemis Racing (Sweden), Emirates Team New Zealand, Luna Rossa Challenge (Italy) and Team Korea will take part in a multirace round robin series from 4th July-2nd August, 2013, followed by semi-finals from the 3rd-16th August and the final from the 17th-30th August to decide who will meet Oracle Team USA, the American Defender.

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“The four challengers who will take on the 34th America’s Cup are an imposing group,” says Regatta Director, Iain Murray. “They are talented, they know how to win, and they will be a threat to the Defender.” Parallel to the Louis Vuitton Cup, Oracle Team USA plans to run the Defender Trials, matching their winning 33rd America’s Cup skipper, Australian James Spithill, against Britain’s Ben Ainslie, the most successful Olympic sailor of all time with four consecutive gold medals, to ensure that they have the best chance of facing the battle hardened challenger that emerges from the Louis Vuitton Cup. Between the end of the Louis Vuitton Cup and the start of the America’s Cup Match on the 7th September, 2013, the ACEA has scheduled the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup from the 1st-4th September, 2013, in the fast and exciting AC45 wingsail catamarans sailed by the teams in the global America’s Cup World Series that precedes the 34th America’s Cup. The America’s Cup finals, with Oracle Team USA against the winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup, will run from 7th-22nd September, 2013, and features a new format with nearly twice as much racing. Previous finals have seen the teams race in a ‘first

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“The competition is going to be spectacular, the racing will be close and spectators will be a part of the action with the shoreline along the city front literally making up one of the race course boundaries.” – Stephen Barclay 01

to five’ format, where the winning team needed to collect five victories. In 2013, there will be two races per day, with nine victories required to win the America’s Cup. The superyachts have not been left out of the racing either with a traditional ‘demitasse’ superyacht regatta taking place over three separate lay days of the America’s Cup finals on the 9th, 11th and 13th September, 2013. “The amount of racing we’re going to have on San Francisco Bay next summer is simply phenomenal,” says Stephen Barclay, the CEO of the ACEA. “The competition is going to be spectacular, the racing will be close and spectators will be a part of the action with the shoreline along the city front literally making up one of the race course boundaries.”

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Fraser Yachts is offering exclusive superyacht berthing packages on Piers 29, 27, 23, 19 and 30/32 as part of the event. The berthing packages are split into three periods; the Louis Vuitton Cup Round Robins, the Louis Vuitton Cup semi-finals and final and the AC Match itself including the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. The rates depend on the different time periods with discounts for yachts staying over multiple periods. Pier 27 is the prime location and is the heart of the race village. It is also the finish line for all races. The superyacht berthing packages include a VIP flag for access inside the controlled zne on the race course perimeter, tickets to the VIP Club 72 hospitality centre each race day, tickets to the prize giving ceremonies, 24 hour concierge service, entry into the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta (if berthed during the period of the regatta) and access to special events, concerts and parties. The America’s Cup race course is between Marina Green and Alcatraz. The controlled course area abuts the shore on the south side of the race area and goes about half way across the bay to the North. VIP flagged vessels will be allowed inside the public exclusion zone where they will

be allowed right up to the edge of the race course boundary. The finish line is off the end of Pier 27. Fraser Yachts would also encourage superyacht owners planning a visit to the event to take the time to cruise the Pacific West Coast from the Sea of Cortez and the Baja Peninsula in Mexico all the way up through the Puget Sound, via Seattle and Vancouver to the fiords, glaciers, mountains and waterfalls of Alaska. With 45,000 miles of coastline Alaska is a wilderness best accessed by water, with whale watching, scuba diving, trophy fishing for halibut and salmon, soaring eagles and grizzly bears. Fraser Yachts can assist with their partners (such as C2C) in creating cruising itineraries along the West Coast and organising facilities for maintenance and repair from San Diego to Vancouver.

If you are looking for new cruising horizons and would like to be part of the most spectacular yacht racing event ever seen, join the official America’s Cup superyacht programme in San Francisco in 2013. Contact your nearest Fraser Yachts office for a copy of our AC34 presentation.

01 The 34th America’s Cup boasts a programme that will provide superyacht owners and their VIP guests unrivalled access to the main racing event. 02 Fraser Yachts is offering exclusive superyacht packages, allowing owners and guests to get up close to the action. 03 The new vision for the America’s Cup includes racing some of the fastest sailing boats closer to the shore than ever before, so you’ll actually get the chance to see the athletes performing.


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After a successful career in the oil and gas industry, Dutchman Sietse Koopmans tells us about the past three years circumnavigating the world on board the 37-metre expedition-style superyacht Zeepaard (ex-Axantha). Words by Andrew Rogers


“I can honestly say that I wouldn’t change a thing about Zeepaard as she has been optimised to the highest degree possible for her size.” – Sietse Koopmans

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ietse Koopmans is keen to stress at the outset that the only reason he is selling Zeepaard (which is Dutch for ‘seahorse’) is that he is now close to fulfilling a lifetime ambition to build a new superyacht to his own design. “I can honestly say that I wouldn’t change a thing about Zeepaard as she has been optimised to the highest degree possible for her size,” he reveals. “Although I had been sailing for 45 years when I retired, I knew I had to gain some serious experience of cruising the world before I could embark on creating my own superyacht. Zeepaard has proven the ideal boat on which to gain this knowledge and she performed beyond my highest expectations.”

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Good as new Launched in 2003 by the French yard JFA Chantier Naval, Zeepaard‘s commissioning owner was unfortunately unable to use his Vripack-designed superyacht anywhere near as much as planned due to health problems. “Zeepaard was in as-good-asnew condition when I bought her in 2009,” recalls Sietse. “I have had a passion for boats since the age of four as my father was a Rhine barge skipper. He too loved sailing in his spare time and owned a Vripack Doggersbank yacht himself which I spent a year on board. This gave me a close affinity with these types of explorer models, and I was hugely impressed with the way vessels like Turmoil and Dardanella combined incredible functionality with a real superyacht feel. Zeepaard continues this tradition in some style.”

Although the vessel was in an excellent state, Sietse made various adjustments before setting off on his world cruise. For example, the hull of Zeepaard was painted grey in order to ensure a low profile, less maintenance and lower energy consumption. “With the original dark blue colour we were using all five compressors at sea to keep the temperature down, while the grey only requires two in the same conditions,” he says. Another eco-friendly change saw the 276 halogens in the interior replaced with LED lights. The sound and vibration attenuation was also upgraded to the maximum level, despite the fact that the generators are already incredibly quiet. “There were about 300 items altogether in the refit, none of which were strictly necessary,” says Sietse with a smile. “But I am a perfectionist and wanted to leave nothing to chance.”


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Zeepaard accommodates 10 people in a master and four doubles. According to her owner, she is a very practical boat for world cruising and for entertainment purposes. “This is an impressive combination as there are many boats which are good for entertaining but not very seaworthy, or the other way round,’ he says. “Zeepaard has an incredible amount of outdoor space, especially on the foredeck where we have two 25-foot tenders which would be more common on a 70-metre yacht. There is also a wide range of Jetskis, kayaks, scooters, Segways and other watersport toys, plus a diving compressor and lots of diving gear. Wherever we sailed, we always had fun!” And Sietse certainly travelled far and wide on a circumnavigation that took him to a world of different places, his favourite being the San Blas archipelago and its 400-plus palm-fringed islands off the coast of Panama: “This is the best-kept secret among sailors of smaller boats but very few superyacht owners have been to this place. It is like walking into a National Geographic movie and a truly idyllic spot.” What else does he recommend? “If you want to see big and spectacular fish, the Galapagos islands are the number one diving destination, of course. But if flora and fauna is your thing, my absolute favourite is the Komodo Islands in Indonesia. The best blend of culture and lifestyle is still to be found in the Mediterranean, but I would certainly like to spend more time exploring the fabulous islands and cities of the Far East.”

Was privacy an issue when cooped up with crew on such long distances? “This is something Vripack has carefully considered with its explorer designs,” answers Sietse. “The smart layout and logistics create an exceptional sense of privacy onboard. Although I regularly spend time with my crew, the boat allows us all our own space when required. It also has a tremendous amount of storage and refrigeration to easily meet the needs of a full quota of guests.” Stability is a big deal when you travel the world’s oceans, and Sietse had Zeepaard’s fins increased by 40 per cent. “To be fair, this was not really necessary either as the boat was stable to begin with. We have never had one drop of water over the bow in any condition, so I took the wiper blades off the wheelhouse windows. In fact, I have always felt immensely secure whatever the weather thanks to the heavy aluminium keel, the skeg and the ice-strengthened waterline. Throughout the trip we were meticulous about maintenance, from the oil filters to the watermaker, and never had any breakdowns. Zeepaard is fitted with commercial heavy duty equipment and performs magnificently in every respect.”

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It is clear that Koopmans will be sad to let his beloved seahorse go, while at the same time there is considerable excitement as his vision for a new build comes closer to realisation. He also has a tip for Zeepaard’s next owner and for anyone else planning a circumnavigation: “When we embark on a new trip around the world I will employ someone to travel ahead a couple of days and make arrangements on my behalf. We never had time to research the best places to shop or eat or dive, and an advance guard would make everything run smoothly when we arrive. It’s crazy that you spend so much money on a luxurious trip and then the actual planning is missing when you get there.” Zeepaard is just one of the expedition/ explorer boats currently on the Fraser Yachts books, as the popularity of these types of superyachts continues to grow exponentially. The spectacular 55-metre motoryacht Geo is under construction at Italy’s Mariotti yard with delivery scheduled for 2014. Both her exterior styling and interior design are from the boards of Luca Dini and Geo will have a range of 5,000 nautical miles. Another new design that can be ready for delivery in 2015 is the 70-metre Cosmos from Claydon Reeves. This ruggedly styled vessel will be able to carry a helicopter and offers divers the option to swim directly into the water through a ‘moon pool’ in the hull. Both these projects will be well worth the wait but for those looking to head into the distance sooner, the fabulous 42.56-metre Feadship Andiamo may offer the solution. Built to Lloyd’s and MCA, Andiamo has an ice-classed steel hull and, like Koopmans, her owner has shared her global travels with the wider public (in various Feadship publications). Other preowned yachts worth considering at Fraser Yachts are VvS1, a multi-award-winning 34-metre charter vessel built by Alloy Yachts in 2007, and the 30.48m motoryacht Beyond launched by Inace in 2009.

Zeepaard is for sale with Fraser Yachts. For information contact Jan Jaap Minnema at janjaap.minnema@fraseryachts.com

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In centuries past, shipping wines to distant destinations involved careful logistics and ingenious design. The ancient Romans equipped their sailing vessels with special holds to keep the narrow-necked amphoras containing the wine upright. And by the 18th century, merchants plying the maritime route from Sicily to England commonly fortified the wines they transported in wooden casks with a dose of spirit to prevent spoilage – which is actually how Marsala as we know it came about. Words by Kate Singleton

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These days shipping a wine is a question of getting premium bottled wines in perfect drinking condition to destinations on the waves. Yacht owners and their guests are often discerning drinkers with excellent cellars back home, and they want to keep up the homage to Bacchus on the waves. This calls for in-depth knowledge and sophisticated organisation on the part of suppliers, pursers and chefs. “Rolling with the waves is definitely not good for fine reds,” explains Rod Smith, a master of wine at Vins Sans Frontières (VSF), the foremost company specialised in supplying and delivering a selection of the world’s best bottles to yachts across the globe. “Not long ago I was asked to give an opinion on a collection of wines that had crossed the ocean several times. It comprised some of the finest labels you can imagine. But they’d suffered irredeemable damage. All that rocking ages wines prematurely, and tends to send them off balance.” When wine and yachting are parallel passions, however, every precaution is taken to make sure

that fine wines receive the treatment they require, even at sea. Mike Kittredge – the original owner of the 60-metre Paraffin – not only named the yacht’s cabins after his favourite reds, he also made sure that there was appropriate space on board for his supreme collection of Bordeaux wines. The dining area included glass-fronted, temperature-controlled storage for 480 bottles, with further space down in the hold. “At least two-and-a-half hours were devoted to each meal, where the choice of wine was of the utmost importance,” explains the yacht’s captain, Watson da Silva. “Two years ago the yacht changed hands, and I’m happy to say that we have had practically no disappointments in the wines that remained on board. Even in dry dock, the wine cellar is kept cool 24 hours a day.” One yacht builder who devotes great attention to wine storage is Maxi Dolphin, no doubt because the proprietor, Vittorio Moretti, is also a producer of excellent wine. On the 36-metre MD118 Viriella designed by German Frers, there is room for 500


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bottles of Moretti’s elegant, festive Bellavista sparkling white, made using the traditional method in Franciacorta. It is a dream come true, not least because much of the storage is actually

under the bed, which rises at the press of a button to provide access to the ‘cellar’ beneath. Even small Maxi Dolphin boats take their wines seriously. The new version of the 15-metre MD51 Power day-cruiser was equipped with a glassfronted, chilled wine cabinet in steel that fits sleekly into the open-space design favoured by its young, oenophile owner. The Bacchus-meets-Neptune phenomenon takes on a new dimension when the yacht owner is also a producer of fine wines. This is the case of the owner of the Fattoria di Montemaggio wine estate in the Chianti Classico area of Tuscany, which produces delectable reds and a pleasantly fresh white that are enjoyed by family and guests on board Quinta Essentia, the 55-metre Heesen yacht that was launched last year, duly equipped with the requisite temperature-controlled storage. It is his daughter, Valeria, who both runs the vineyard and ensures that the right wines – their own and others they particularly appreciate – are in plentiful supply on board. “I also decide what we’ll be opening to go with the menu”, she explains. “This allows us to bring reds up to the right temperature and to let them breathe, so that they express their full potential.” For the most part, however, the crew and the chef are guided by a preference sheet previously compiled by the client. As the guests on yachts

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become more knowledgeable, they usually grow more courageous. “My clients rarely say, ‘I’ll leave it up to you,’” explains Tanya Johnson, purser of the six-cabin 40-metre M/Y Sarita Si. “They mostly know what they want, and are very interested in matching what they drink with what they eat. Just occasionally some will say, ‘Surprise us!’, which is a responsibility I take very seriously.” In the Mediterranean, Johnson generally tries to select at least one fine wine made not far from where they are cruising. “This doesn’t work so well in the Greek islands, from the quality standpoint,” she admits. “And it’s always a problem getting wines on board in Croatia because of government-imposed restrictions. In general, though, whenever I have a doubt about a particular request I contact VSF. They have the most amazing list of wines already in storage, and they provide us with in-depth notes about the bottles they deliver, so that we can present the wines to the guests on board and handle any questions that might arise.” Understandably, there’s a growing tendency among crew members to widen their own knowledge of wine, often through courses at various levels held under the prestigious auspices of the London-based Wines and Spirits Education Trust. Perhaps it’s not just a question of improved professional performance. Wine, like sailing itself, embodies collective effort and time-honoured wisdom. Its enjoyment calls for understanding, and this implies participation in one of mankind’s oldest and most revered rituals.

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With fierce competition to win new superyacht contracts, the pencil fight for an owner’s attention is greater than ever. With new concepts launched to the market weekly, some more exciting than others, what becomes of those that never leave the drawing board? Words by Kate Hubert and Andrew Johansson

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It wasn’t too long ago that the idea of an underwater submersible chamber, fold-down transom beach club or jet propulsion would have seemed fanciful, whereas now they’re nothing new. There are often numerous projects languishing on the drawing boards of even the most respected designers that for one reason or another never quite made it into production. Often, many hours of skill, passion and imagination have been lavished on these – and if one is in the market for a new yacht, it may be a good idea indeed to cast an eye over these ‘Cinderella’ projects. Much of the hard work has already been done; they just need a little luck to breathe life into them once more. Bannenberg and Rowell have invested “many, many, many hours of hard work” on a 73m design, whose elegant lines prove that a yacht doesn’t have to look like an alien craft in order to be innovative. They’ve taken yacht geometry and given it a strong twist: many of the surfaces are concave with dynamic panel junctions, and what they term ‘progressive window iconography’ throws the porthole rule book overboard. As with many current designs, there is a spa and screening room, as well

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as a side swim platform: the lay out and furniture have been designed with ease of circulation in mind. In a departure from the normal so simple you wonder why you may not have seen it before, the main saloon features a dining table and lounging area that are arranged on the diagonal. The circular bar on the sun deck is yet another deceptively simple touch, but one that vastly improves on the standard straight bar (that often only offers guests a view of the deck rather than the sea) instantly adding a convivial and elegant ambience. Designs such as this elegant 73m are bang on trend – you can be confident that this yacht, or something like it, will be appearing in the next few seasons. The next step is to push boundaries a little further, and this often happens when designers wonder ‘what if?’ René van der Velden was keen to explore a more ecological approach to yacht building, including the use of hybrid drives. Hence the team came up with the blueprint for a 38m luxury power catamaran: of course aesthetics are as important as green credentials – they were determined to produce a lovely looking powercat rather than the usual slightly blocky utilitarian examples one sees. The results are impressive – a sleek, sharp looking yacht whose slim hulls minimize drag and hence fuel consumption. Eduard Gray takes this learning curve approach one stage further. Their tag line is ‘redefining tradition’ – a wonderfully apposite dictum, as surely every designer dreams of their imaginative creations challenging the norm and setting new standards. In a marina full of similar white

hulls, a Gray yacht would stand out. A fondness for metallic greys, sinuous and curvaceous yet somehow masculine lines describe yachts that lie somewhere between established superyacht profiles and pure concept craft. But the designs are grounded in pragmatism: the Dragon Design Collection 130 features an incorporated helicopter hangar (directly accessible across the owner’s private sundeck from the full-beam master stateroom) to preserve the clean unbroken lines that are a signature of Gray yacht designs. The culmination of design-lead projects is exemplified by designers such as Alex McDiarmid. Based in the South of France, the British designer starts with a ‘non-nautical philosophy’ and takes inspiration from history and nature, challenging modern yacht design and constantly asking questions. Could you make an all Carbon fibre reinforced plastic yacht like the Boeing Dreamliner? Why can’t yachts be decorated like a duelling pistol (really – see the stunninglooking 100m ‘Duel’.) Nature is also a strong inspiration, from the twisting colourful forms of shells (imagined as the 85m-90m ‘Conch’) to the skeleton and ligaments of the 85m-100m ‘DNA.’ McDiarmid examines the latest hybrid pod drives, weight reduction and composite materials to work alongside these dramatic hull and superstructure forms. Another young design studio – composed of experienced individuals – Claydon Reeves continues to produce concepts that push the boundaries of yacht design but that remain buildable. The 46m organic-inspired Exo concept, created in collaboration with Dykstra Naval Architects, was carefully considered and could easily be developed further under the instruction of a client. It is a classic example of where the designers have done their homework but strive to find a client to fall in love with the look and idea behind the creation and to trust the designer’s vision. Fear of the unknown and the safety blanket of the tried and tested will always make more sense to the successful businessman. It is the true entrepreneur that will fund the means to satisfy a designer’s aim and drive a shipyard to do things in a different way. Today’s concepts are never forgotten but merely recycled, improved and used in other ways, which has long been the case in the automotive industry. An example is the 85m concept newly released by the Vripack design team, which its Director of Sales and Marketing, Marnix Hoekstra, explained they had been “munching over for several years”.

For more information about these and other concepts or designing a new yacht, please contact sales@fraseryachts.com

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The land was ours One of the great pleasures of yachting is that it gives you the freedom to dictate luxury on your own terms. While cruising the Mediterranean’s gentle waves is undoubtedly the prime objective, every now and then you find a secret hideaway on land; in the shape of a hotel that allows you to moor your yacht right next door. Words by Lisa Freedman


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irst stop, Italy. The land of edible delicacies and fine bubbly also offers some of Europe’s loveliest seaside resorts, and many of these have hotels of outstanding quality, extremely experienced in catering for the requirements of yachtsmen and women. Whether sailing into Venice, the queen of ports, to spend a few days sightseeing and shopping, or stopping off to meet up with friends in Sicily or Portofino, yacht owners will want to ensure that when they step ashore they and their guests enjoy the same seven-star standards they experience on board. A break at the right hotel, however, can provide activities and services even the best-equipped yacht will sometimes struggle to meet – an indulgent treatment at a top spa, a visit to a world-renowned restaurant, or just an energetic game of tennis. Occasionally, too, yacht owners may want to hold a party on a grand scale and need to be assured that the champagne will be chilled to exactly the right temperature and every hotel room a delight. fraser has selected some of Italy’s finest yachtowner-friendly hotels, each as renowned for their service and facilities as their location and views. In some instances, too, the hotels we’ve selected will also provide the finest view of all – a picture postcard perspective of your yacht. One work of art setting off another to perfection.

this page: (Right) The lap pool at the Hotel Caruso Belvedere, Ravello; (Bottom) A view over Portofino from Il Splendido. opposite: The Il Splendido offers a relaxed break from your nearby superyacht.

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An essential stop on any cruise, Venice’s legendary Cipriani is the epitomy of cossetted luxury. Located on the tip of the island of Guidecca, one of the world’s great hotels offers a sweeping panorama of the Venice lagoon and a front-row seat of the Doge’s Palace. Venetians, of course, understand life on water better than anyone, so it’s hardly surprising the Cipriani caters so well for owners – with a private jetty for those arriving by launch or tender. Just minutes away from the floating city’s high-summer bustle, the hotel’s secluded three-acre gardens provide an oasis of calm, graced by an Olympic-sized pool, tennis courts and a children’s club. And, as well as a regular private launch service to St Marks, the Cipriani is happy to organise some exceptional outings, including a round of golf at Venice’s only golf course, a kayaking tour of the city’s lesser-known canals, and a culinary adventure with the hotel’s chef to find out what’s new in the Rialto market. The Cipriani is also better equipped than virtually anywhere to throw the party of a lifetime, with restaurants and banqueting rooms in truly opulent Venetian style.

Once a small Italian fishing village, Portofino, on the Ligurian Riviera, is now, of course, a magnet for the world’s wealthiest and, Il Splendido, a peaches-andcream villa suspended on a hillside above the sea, is one of Italy’s most glamorous hotels. For more than a century, it has played host to an endless stream of the rich and famous, from Humphrey Bogart to Elizabeth Taylor. The hotel is graced with 34 suites, nearly all of which have balconies overlooking the picturesque harbour and, other undoubted assets, include, a flowerfilled terrace, a salt-water infinity pool (where laps can take in a view of your yacht below), a spa and wellness centre (with massage provided in the gardens) and an allweather tennis court.

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01 A secret hideaway in Sicily, the Villa Sant’Andrea, Taoromina. 02 Stunning, antique furniture awaits guests at Sicily’s Villa Sant’Andrea. 03 Escape to the Amalfi Coast and check-in to Hotel Caruso Belvedere, high on the cliffs of Ravello. 04 The infinity pool at Hotel Caruso Belvedere where celebrity Greta Garbo used to call home.

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Hotel Caruso Belvedere, Ravello

Throughout its hectic history, Sicily, the Mediterranean’s largest island, has been viewed as a covetable prize by ambitious adventurers and expansionist princes, but it’s only relatively recently that it’s also begun to enjoy hotels to match the needs of its more pleasure-seeking visitors. The Villa Sant’Andrea, Taormina, is undoubtedly a star of the new offering. Set on its own exclusive beach, beside one of the most beautiful coastlines in all Italy, it was built by an aristocratic family in the 1830s among lush, subtropical gardens. Today, the hotel (now owned by Orient Express) retains all the charm of a private residence – a private residence, however, with every modern luxury, from a beach bar and kids club to a gym, wellness centre and newly installed swimming pool. Its 60 rooms, too, have been extensively refurbished. And, for those wanting to take advantage of Taormina’s many cultural delights and excellent shopping, a cable car is at the ready to whisk visitors down to the town centre in a matter of minutes.

Ravello, perched 350 metres above the sea on the Amalfi Coast, was described by French writer Andre Gide as, ‘nearer to the sky than the sea’, and the Hotel Caruso is an equally celestial creation. Built in the 11th century as a mediaeval palace, it sits high on the cliffs with commanding views over the Bay of Salerno. A few steps up from the town’s main piazza, the hotel has long been a haven for celebrities – past guests include Greta Garbo, who certainly knew how to get away from it all – and its 50 luxurious rooms and suites, many with private gardens, are ornamented with carefully restored frescoes and antique furniture. Outside is as remarkable as in, with exquisite, terraced gardens sheltered by vine-covered walkways and scented with white roses, jasmine and orange blossom. On the very edge, at the highest point in Ravello, is one of the world’s most beautiful infinity pools, a staggering meeting point of sky, sea and mountain. The hotel quite understands that some guests may wish to remain in its soothing warm waters all day, and the concierge will provide bathing beauties with their choice of music, an Evian spray, or just a carefully selected piece of fruit. For those, however, who’d prefer a different aerial perspective, a bespoke helicopter tour of the coast can also be arranged. Night or day, the Belvedere Restaurant offers the finest local dishes and wonderful terrace views of the surrounding landscape.

X factor: A 360-degree panorama of the aquamarine bay.

X factor: One of the most beautiful infinity pools – anywhere.

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perfect timing Matching the correct watch for every occasion is the mark of a discerning gentleman. You wouldn’t, for example, wear that classic Patek Phillipe dress watch for a day spent fly fishing in Scotland, and nor would you sport an enormous Panerai for a black tie function. However, if there’s one quality that separates watches worn strictly for dress from other categories, it is water resistance. Words by Scott Manson For those who are looking to spend plenty of time on the water, though, only watches deemed ‘waterproof’ (as opposed to water resistant) will do. True watch geeks will know that the former is a term agreed by the International Organization for Standards and applies to watches that can survive submersion for extended periods and – depending on the rating in atmospheres or metres – are suitable for specific types of diving. Most fans of what have been dubbed

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‘divers’ watches’ would consider timepieces rated at 300+ metres only, which is good enough for saturation diving. Granted, not every yacht owner needs this level of resistance, with many simply enjoying the shallow water pursuit of snorkelling. But if you’re spending serious money on a watch, it makes sense to ensure it’s equipped with some serious waterproofing. Here, then, is our cherry picked selections of the best on the market.


01. Rolex Sea Dweller Deepsea The Rolex Sea Dweller Deepsea boasts a massive 3,900m of water resistance, plus a helium escape valve which helps to equalise the pressure inside the case when the owner has been wearing it at great depths. Crucially, the legibility of the dial is also excellent, with a very cool blue luminous coating applied to the hour markers and hands, aiding those operating the watch in the murky depths of the sea. Of course, a mere Rolex Submariner would serve the waterproofing needs of almost everyone but that, frankly, is not the point. This is ‘sport luxe’ at its finest. www.rolex.com

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02. Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea A retro-referencing model from one of the world’s most highly regarded Swiss watchmakers. The original is so rare that finding one for sale today is virtually impossible and this beautiful piece more than does it justice. Unusually for a dive watch, it has an alarm because sound travels more efficiently under water. And also because, we suspect, sporting an alarm on a mechanical watch makes for great bragging rights among the cognoscenti. The black and faded yellow colourway is a nice touch too, giving it an aged patina aesthetic which complements the overall vintage feel. www.jaeger-lecoultre.com


03. Blancpain Fifty Fathoms

04. Hublot Oceanographic 4000M

To many horological aficionados, this is the archetypal diving watch. The Fifty Fathoms was created in the Fifties as the official timepiece for the ‘Nageurs de Combat’, an elite group of the French military frogmen. It was also seen on the wrist of legendary diver Jacques Cousteau in his 1956 award-winning film The Silent World. The name Fifty Fathoms refers to the depth that can be reached with traditional dive equipment (91 metres). There are four models in the collection, but the ones to buy are either the Tribute to Fifty Fathoms with its retro styling reminiscent of the original Fifties timepiece or the sport models, which include additional features such as GMT indication or a flyback chronograph. www.blancpain.com

One for the truly paranoid because, in truth, any diver would perish long before reaching 4,000m, but the depth resistance is simply a demonstration of the astoundingly robust properties of this watch. Available in two limited edition variants – the titanium model that is limited to 1,000 pieces and the all-black carbon fibre model that is limited to 500 pieces – both models are surprisingly light, considering their chunky nature. If you’re looking for a watch that equals the depth capabilities of most submarines, this is the timepiece for you. www.hublot.com

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05. Panerai 42mm Luminor 1950 The choice of Italian Navy commandos during the Second World War and, more recently, Sylvester Stallone – who is rarely seen without a huge Panerai on this wrist – this new model retains the classic Panerai proportions. Its simple design provides clarity and legibility, both underwater and in low lighting conditions, and it comes in two colours: steel, which is the sportier of the two and rated at 100m water resistance, or the prettier rose gold, which comes in at a less robust 50m water resistance. At 42mm, it’s slightly smaller than most of the Panerai range, which may help entice potential customers whose forearms aren’t quite at Sly Stallone levels of beefiness. www.panerai.com

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06. Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Pro Geographic Navy Seals

We make no apology for including two watches from this iconic brand in our selection and this, a limited edition model trialled and approved by the US Navy Seals, is arguably our top choice. Water resistant to 300m, it has a high contrast dial which makes it easy to read and, since it has been tested ‘in the field’ by an elite military force, it’s guaranteed to be an incredibly robust piece. Just 300 watches have been made so, should you wish to do so, resale value will be strong. www.jaeger-lecoultre.com


07. Corum Admiral’s Cup Tides If it’s good enough for triple gold medal winning yachtsman Ben Ainslie, it’s good enough for us. Corum has a long relationship with all things nautical and this piece represents a huge innovation in the watchmaking industry. It’s essentially a navigation instrument, able to provide important nautical information such as the strength of the tide, an estimation of the water levels, the strength of the currents and the time of the tide. It’s also, crucially, a lovely looking watch, with the distinctive angular case housing excellent components. Water resistant to 300m and available in a variety of styles, this is a timepiece that looks as good in the coastal clubhouse as it does in the office. www.corum.ch

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FRASER YACHTS NEWS New look, NEW sEASON Fraser Yachts’ London office once again received a new look for summer, launched in May with a toast between special guests, partner companies and industry friends. This time luxury yacht designers Claydon Reeves were invited to design the concept that was on display for three months. The showcase represented a brief overview of the capabilities of Claydon Reeves,

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whose designers can undertake both interior and exterior design for yachts ranging from 15m to 110m. Claydon Reeves are renowned for their unique and bold designs. The centerpiece of the design was a model of the 15m Aeroboat hung vertically in the front window of the office for anyone to see. The design took its inspiration from the Spitfire aircraft and Rolls Royce engine that powered it.

On April 4, Bentley Motors hosted an exclusive event designed to offer a unique driving experience of its latest models on Palm Beach International Raceway. As a corporate partner of Fraser Yachts, Bentley hosted some of our top clients at the invite-only event, all of who thoroughly enjoyed the unique experience of a day on the racetrack. Guests were able to test drive the latest Bentley models, such as the 2012 Flying Spur Speed, the 2012 Supersports ISR and the 2012 GT 12 cylinder.

Global expansion continues in spain Fraser Yachts continues to grow with the arrival of several new staff over recent months. In Spain, three new sales brokers: Bill Thiem, Harry Peralta and James Bland, along with their assistant Yessica Diaz, all joined us from Engel & Volkers in Marbella. They each have an impressive background in the superyacht industry and bring a wealth of experience. They are based in Palma but also maintain a presence in Marbella. Over in the United States, Georges Bourgoignie has joined the sales team in Fort Lauderdale. Georges is an experienced broker in both motor and sailing yachts and recently worked for Camper & Nicholsons. The management team in Fort Lauderdale

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has also grown with the arrival of Rick Buell as a Technical Superintendent for the yacht management department and Lonny Albert as an administrator. The latest recruits are part of Fraser Yachts’ global expansion following our industry-leading sales figures over the past 12 months. “We are very pleased to have these recent additions to our global team,” said Hein Velema, CEO of Fraser Yachts. “Each one brings outstanding value to our company and I am confident they will contribute significantly to Fraser Yachts’ continued growth and success worldwide.”


Fraser Yachts returned as an ‘In association with’ sponsor for the CURATOR-San Diego event this year. Held from April 19 to 21 in the heart of downtown San Diego on the bay, CURATOR-San Diego is a unique, invitation-only yacht and luxury lifestyle event that features interactive experiences with premier luxury brands and services. Fraser Yachts was a founding sponsor of the inaugural event, launched in 2011 as DeLUXE San Diego. The exclusive event highlights 100ft-plus luxury motor and sailing yachts, along with products and services that complement the yacht charter and the luxury lifestyle such as top-marque automobiles, private aircraft, fine jewelry and watches, cult wines and adventure travel. More than 400 people attended the three-day luxury event, including high net worth connoisseurs from around the world. Guests enjoyed exclusive opportunities to view the yachts, each one offering a unique culinary and cocktail experience on board. Fraser Yachts had three yachts on display, including the 115-foot Christensen Yacht, Ocean Pearl; a popular charter yacht on the west coast, renowned for its outstanding chef and aptitude for adventure. Also present was the remarkably charming expedition yacht, Kauhale Kai, and the stunning classic 1962 Stephens yacht, Miss CR II – turning heads with her pristinely refurbished vintage exterior and ultra-modern, sleek luxury interiors. Other sponsors of the event were present with their products on display, such as Bugatti, Aston Martin, Rolls Royce, Tempus Jets, Martin Katz Jewels, DeWitt Watches, Johnny Walker Blue and Davidoff Cigars, among others.

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CURATOR-San Diego’s LUXURY SHOWCASE

New arrivals Some of the latest yachts to join the Fraser Yachts charter fleet include: Ulysses Makira Laurel Noa VII Ionian Princess RL Noor

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Nights in Monaco benefit gala Fraser Yachts sponsored the inaugural ‘Nights in Monaco’ benefit gala in June, organised under the patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco. The glamorous event, which took place at Monaco’s most luxurious hotel, Hotel de Paris, was set up to raise money for the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the William J. Clinton Foundation. Both Prince Albert and President Bill Clinton attended the event, along with a host of stars, diplomats and philanthropists, including the Prince’s sister Princess Caroline, Billy Zane, Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson. Guests were transported back to the Golden Age of Hollywood Entertainment by their glitzy surroundings; music was provided by young Italian superstars Il Volo and dinner was prepared by the Michelin award-winning chef, Alain Ducasse. Guests also took part in a live auction hosted by the Senior Vice President of Christies International, Lydia Fenet, to raise money for the charities before heading off to the after party at the renowned Jimmy’z Monte Carlo.

Captain is rewarded Fraser Yachts’ Captain of the Year 2011, Captain Paul Bickley, of the 52m Benetti M/Y Latitude, visited Barcelona in February at the invitation of Vilanova Grand MarinaBarcelona. The captain and his wife enjoyed their short break in this cosmopolitan city that is a world-renowned destination for its architecture, museums, restaurants and luxury shops. They stayed at the five-star hotel Casa Fuster, an iconic, modernist building built in 1908 that occupies one of the most prestigious locations in the city, at the head of the chic Passeig de Gracia. “We had a fantastic weekend in Barcelona and an overall wonderful experience compliments of the marina’s generosity,” said Capt. Bickley. “I have passed through it several times but never had the opportunity to explore in detail.” The couple also visited the marina, located just 40 minutes south of Barcelona. “It is extremely well presented and an excellent location,” he said. Fraser Yachts’ Captain of the Year 2012 will also receive from Vilanova Grand Marina-Barcelona, a sponsor of Fraser Yachts’ annual black-tie dinner at the Monaco Yacht Show, a weekend trip to Barcelona, as well as free mooring for two weeks at the marina.

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Spring show time

Spring is the start of the Med summer season and, as such, sees a host of shows taking place across Europe. Every year, Fraser Yachts attends many of these events to showcase the yachts currently available for sale or charter. The first show of the season was the Antibes Yacht Show. Held in April in the Port of Antibes, the show welcomed more than 13,000 visitors to view 130 yachts on display. Fraser Yachts was exhibiting sailing yacht Two, along with the pocket-sized explorer Beyond, the 38m Rominta, 30m Livia and 25m Voyager. Next was the inaugural Mallorca Superyacht Days held at Port Adriano at the end of April. More than 40 yachts attended including six from Fraser Yachts. Motoryachts Anedigmi, Indigo Star, Vintage and Ines along with sailing yachts Sundara and Garuda all received a warm welcome at the event, which is sure to be repeated again next year. The charter yachts have also had their time in the limelight with the annual Genoa Charter Show taking place at the start of May. An industry-only event, the show provides the occasion for charter brokers to inspect and experience the service provided on board these yachts before recommending them to clients. This year, Fraser Yachts had seven yachts on display, ranging from the small but perfect Coca VI to the magnificent and impressive Laurel. Outside of the Med, Fraser Yachts also attended the Hainan Rendezvous in China, a luxury event showcasing yachts, jets, cars and other luxury goods to this emerging market, and the Newport Beach Show and San Diego Boat Show in the States, where Fraser Yachts had a number of impressive yachts on display at each.

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World entrepreneur of the year Fraser Yachts partnered with Ernst & Young for the fourth year in a row for their World Entrepreneur of the Year finals. The event takes place in the Principality each year and sees hundreds of finalists including the leading business men from all over the world attending for their final interviews with the judges. The event includes a wealth of cultural and entertainment activities to keep guests entertained before the final Awards ceremony at the end of the four-day extravaganza. One of these activities was private tours of three superyachts in the port of Monaco, organised by Fraser Yachts. Guests were transported by private shuttles to the yachts and then given tours of Idol, Andiamo and Oracle Star, before being invited to test the culinary delights in the Concours de Chef competition. “It is truly inspiring to witness the innovation, creativity and energy on display among the winners” commented David Legrand, the Sales Broker who organises Fraser Yachts’ participation every year.

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The Superyacht Gallery The following pages show a small selection of the hundreds of yachts that we represent exclusively for sale and charter worldwide.

The unrivalled experts in luxury yacht services

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Monaco | Ft Lauderdale | San Diego | London | Viareggio Palma | Seattle | Mexico City | Casa de Campo | Cyprus | SĂŁo Paulo

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IDOL | 58m (193’) | Austal | 2007/2011 | 29,500,000 EUR Strength and beauty are seamlessly combined in this stunning, high volume yacht from Austal. IDOL not only boasts outstanding build quality but also features an exceptional, bright, contemporary interior. With vast deck spaces and state-of-the-art

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engineering, IDOL was built to last and is ready to cruise the world. David Legrand | Monaco +377 93 100 450 | david.legrand@fraseryachts.com

Monaco Ft. Lauderdale San Diego London Viareggio Palma Seattle Mexico City Casa De Campo Cyprus SĂŁo Paulo

+ 377 93 100 450 + 1 954 463 0600 + 1 619 225 0588 + 44 207 016 4480 + 39 0584 385090 + 34 971 700445 + 1 206 382 9494 + 52 55 5004 0408 + 1 809 523 2208 + 357 25 828911 + 55 11 3878 6800

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SEAWOLF | 58m (193’) | J&K Smit | 1957/2009 | POA Seawolf is the perfect choice for the adventurous buyer seeking the ultimate go-anywhere explorer yacht. She boasts a gorgeous interior and is in immaculate condition. She offers zero speed stabilization, 12,000 n.m. range, sea kindliness

and a private Owner’s deck. Seriously offered and an opportunity not to be missed! Presently cruising Fiji. Jody O’Brien | Ft. Lauderdale +1 954 646 4970 | jody.obrien@fraseryachts.com


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SOUTH | 53m (174’) | Rossinavi | 2008 | 24,800,000 EUR Custom built motor yacht, high spec plus RINA Class. Huge deck spaces and reception areas, gym, Jacuzzi, meeting/video room, lift, Zero Speed Stabilisers, Caterpillar machinery. Original owner.

ROSSINAVI 55M SD | 55m (180’) | Rossinavi | 2015 | 36,000,000 EUR

This is a design by Tommaso Spadolini for Rossi Navi, very innovative for its essential but also aggressive line Unique main deck passage ways on the sides that are hidden by the wing/spoiler that comes down from the upper deck, this

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Richard Earp | Monaco +377 93 100 450 | richard.earp@fraseryachts.com

arrangements give the feeling of walking in a gallery that projects you towards the bow. Ciro Petrucci | Viareggio + 39 0584 385090 | ciro.petrucci@fraseryachts.com

Monaco Ft. Lauderdale San Diego London Viareggio Palma Seattle Mexico City Casa De Campo Cyprus São Paulo

+ 377 93 100 450 + 1 954 463 0600 + 1 619 225 0588 + 44 207 016 4480 + 39 0584 385090 + 34 971 700445 + 1 206 382 9494 + 52 55 5004 0408 + 1 809 523 2208 + 357 25 828911 + 55 11 3878 6800

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GRACE E | 50m (164’) | Codecasa | 2004/2009 | 19,500,000 USD

GRACE E features a large, exceptionally well equipped gym on the sundeck. She also boasts an elegant interior. Six staterooms, an elevator and remarkable outdoor spaces for dining and relaxing. Outstanding charter record.

Meticulously maintained. Penny Parrot | Ft.Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 | penny.parrot@fraseryachts.com Jan Jaap Minnema | Monaco+ 33 626 26 25 52 | janjaap.minnema@fraseryachts.com

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SATORI | 49m (163’) | Heesen | 2011 | POA Winner of 6 yachting awards! Built to the highest standards by Heesen Shipyard. The quality of the finish and immaculate styling, place SATORI firmly in the restricted club of timeless, legendary yachts. SATORI provides the feeling of ENLIGHTENMENT

on the water at any time of day or night, and is a pleasure to the senses. At 24 knots, she is one of the fastest 50m vessels available with proven transatlantic range. Antoine Larricq | Monaco + 33 678 63 61 72 | antoine.larricq@fraseryachts.com


for sale & charter

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PARAFFIN | 60m (197’) | Feadship | 2001/2010 | POA

Luxurious 6 stateroom yacht featuring a refined interior of the highest quality, an armada of toys, zero speed stabilizers, an exceptional wine cellar and a large gym with 360 degree view.

Dennis Frederiksen | Monaco + 377 93 100 450 | dennis.frederiksen@fraseryachts.com

CAMELEON B | 42m (139’) | Proteksan | 2002/2010 | 8,900,000 EUR

ZEEPAARD | 37m (122’) | JFA France | 2003/2010 | 12,000,000 EUR

Stuart Larsen | Ft. Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 | stuart.larsen@fraseryachts.com Vassilis Fotilas | Monaco + 377 93 100 450 | vassilis.fotilas@fraseryachts.com

Jan Jaap Minnema | Monaco +377 93 100 450 | janjaap.minnema@fraseryachts.com

Six guest cabins including Owner’s stateroom on deck, 20 knots cruise, long range.

EVIL ZANA | 38m (126’) | Sunseeker | 2009/2010 | 11,900,000 EUR Experienced owner and professional crew have cared for this immaculate yacht since her construction. Highly spec’d and customised, EVIL ZANA is ready to go. Great value! Antoine Larricq | Monaco + 33 678 63 61 72 | antoine.larricq@fraseryachts.com

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Magnificent world cruiser. Owner has just finished his three year around the world cruise and is moving up. Spectacularly maintained! Very large tenders and toys. VAT paid.

WHIRLWIND | 28m (91’) | Holland Jachtbouw | 1998/2011 | 2,900,000 USD

A classic by Andre Hoek and Holland Jachtbouw. Recently refitted with Andrew Winch interior. James Munn | Monaco + 377 93 100 450 | james.munn@fraseryachts.com David Legrand | Monaco + 377 93 100 450 | david.legrand@fraseryachts.com

Monaco Ft. Lauderdale San Diego London Viareggio Palma Seattle Mexico City Casa De Campo Cyprus São Paulo

+ 377 93 100 450 + 1 954 463 0600 + 1 619 225 0588 + 44 207 016 4480 + 39 0584 385090 + 34 971 700445 + 1 206 382 9494 + 52 55 5004 0408 + 1 809 523 2208 + 357 25 828911 + 55 11 3878 6800

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MARIELLINA GIO GIO | 34m (111’) | Leopard | 2010 | 6,400,000 EUR

Powered by 3 MTU 16V2000 M93 developing 2450 HP capable of reaching up to 45 knots. David Legrand | Monaco +377 93 100 450 | david.legrand@fraseryachts.com Alain Tanguy | Monaco +377 93 100 450 | alain.tanguy@fraseryachts.com

NINEMIA | 31m (101’) | Vitters | 1995 | 2,500,000 EUR

Dutch built with naval architecture and design by Willem de Vries Lentsch. Interior by Isabelle Blanchere. Maximum speed 30 knots. VAT paid. Inspection recommended.

Richard Earp | Monaco +377 93 100 450 | richard.earp@fraseryachts.com

X | 47m (155’) | Feadship | 1987/2009 | 8,500,000 USD

Exceptional Layout, Feadship Quality, Lloyd’s Class, Exceptional Charter record under previous Owners, Good Volume and Great Range. Interior revamp 2009. Vassilis Fotilas | Monaco + 377 93 100 450 | vassilis.fotilas@fraseryachts.com

CONSTELLATION | 40m (131’) | Westport | 2007 | 11,900,000 USD Mahogany raised panel interior. Exercise room with Sauna. Master cabin offers a study/ lounge. Stuart Larsen | Ft. Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 | stuart.larsen@fraseryachts.com Josh Gulbranson | Ft. Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 | josh.gulbranson@fraseryachts.com

Not for sale to US residents while in US waters.

BLUE ICE | 45m (150’) | Palmer Johnson | 2009 | 24,900,000 USD Style, performance, and luxury abound in BLUE ICE. 5 SR, 10-12 guests, zeros speeds, interior by Nuvolari-Lenard, 22kt cruise. Lloyds/MCA classed. Lying Old Port, Cannes. Jeff Partin | Ft. Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 | jeff.partin@fraseryachts.com

Not for sale to US residents while in US waters.

SUNDARA | 35m (115’) | Karadeniz | 1994/2011 | POA Fabulous configuration for personal entertaining or charter including a flybridge, large deck salon, Jacuzzi, all the toys and large swim platform. Outstanding value in today’s market.

CANICA | 43m (140’) | Baltic Yachts | 2003 | 11,750,000 EUR NEW LISTING! Spectacular sailing yacht designed by Judel / Vrolijk and John Munford interior. Light and very fast. Lifting keel, DNV Class and superb condition. W. Med.

Giulio Riggio | Palma +34 971 700 445 | giulio.riggio@fraseryachts.com

Georges Bourgoignie | Ft. Lauderdale + 1 1 305 491 2211 | georges.bourgoignie@fraseryachts.com


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MEDUSE | 60m (199’) | Feadship | 1996/2011 | POA

One of the best known Feadships, complete with helicopter landing facility, six staterooms including two on deck, cinema, gymnasium, elevator, decompression

chamber and large tenders. 15 year Lloyds surveys just completed. MCA and LY2 compliant. Stuart Larsen | Ft. Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 | stuart.larsen@fraseryachts.com

Not for sale to US residents while in US waters.

ANDIAMO | 42m (139’) | Feadship | 2003/2011 | POA

SEA BOWLD | 53m (174’) | Oceanfast | 2004 | 12,900,000 USD

Dennis Frederiksen | Monaco + 377 93 100 450 | dennis.frederiksen@fraseryachts.com

Stuart Larsen | Ft. Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 | stuart.larsen@fraseryachts.com

A true explorer vessel with all the equipment expected for long distance cruising. In contrast to her “tough” exterior this vessel has a tasteful and refined interior by Glade Johnson.

26 knots with a 3400nm range at 12 knots. Owner’s stateroom on bridge deck; four guest suites and superb outside deck spaces. Yachting’s equivalent to AMG.

for sale & charter

PRINTEMPS | 34m (112’) | Heesen | 1987/2009 | 1,950,000 EUR Sleek and classic Heesen/Dutch quality yacht with an interior by Howard and Horsefield, ideal family yacht to cruise the French Riviera. Successful charter yacht. Antoine Larricq | Monaco +377 93 100 450 | antoine.larricq@fraseryachts.com

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CRYSTAL II | 36m (117’) | Custom Built | 2005/2009 | 5,900,000 USD

See to appreciate, Handcrafted interior, long range yacht fisherman. Trades considered. James Nason | San Diego + 1 619 225 0588 | james.nason@fraseryachts.com Patrick McConnell | San Diego + 1 619 225 0588 | patrick.mcconnell@fraseryachts.com

Monaco Ft. Lauderdale San Diego London Viareggio Palma Seattle Mexico City Casa De Campo Cyprus São Paulo

+ 377 93 100 450 + 1 954 463 0600 + 1 619 225 0588 + 44 207 016 4480 + 39 0584 385090 + 34 971 700445 + 1 206 382 9494 + 52 55 5004 0408 + 1 809 523 2208 + 357 25 828911 + 55 11 3878 6800

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COUACH 5002 FLY | 50m (163’) | COUACH | 2013 | POA

Semi displacement advanced Kevlar carbon motor yacht. Cruising at 24+ knots, powered by (2) 5200 HP each MTU engines. 2,200 NM range. Delivery December 2013. Pierrik Devic | Monaco + 33 6 12 42 51 92 | pierrik.devic@fraseryachts.com

KAI | 36m (120’) | Benetti | 2008/2012 | 13,400,000 USD

Highly spec’d and customized with modern interior and exteriors, zero speed stabilizers, Crestron/Sonus AV package, Lutron lighting and more. Excellent charter record. ABS/MCA. Jose Arana, Jr. | Ft. Lauderdale +1 954 463 0600 | jose.aranajr@fraseryachts.com

for sale & charter

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PRAISE THE LORD | 26m (86’) | Tarrab | 2001 | 495,000 EUR

AURORA DIGNITATIS | 27m (88’) | Ferretti | 2008 | 5,000,000 USD

Thorsten Giesbert | Palma +34 971 700 445 | thorsten.giesbert@fraseryachts.com

Jose Arana, Jr. | Ft. Lauderdale +1 954 463 0600 | jose.aranajr@fraseryachts.com

Well priced, semi-displacement yacht with a four cabin layout with the typical great comfort of the Tarrab 86’ including stabilizers from Najad.

Raised Pilot House Version. Commercially Charter Registered. Flybridge with Jacuzzi/ Gym area. Has all the toys and amenities. Worldwide Power Converter.

for sale & charter

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BRADLEY | 26m (84’) | H2X Yachts | 2007 | 4,995,000 EUR Luxurious floating 188 m² appartment with 5 cabins. Fantastic outside deck spaces. Her 1.10m draft will allow you to enjoy the best anchorage locations.

AVENTURA | 33m (109’) | Danish Yachts | 2005 | 4,995,000 EUR A solid and beautifully built ocean going yacht with strong pedigree. Refit 2011 including all rigging.

Pierrik Devic | Monaco +377 93 100 450 | pierrik.devic@fraseryachts.com

Jeff Partin | Ft. Lauderdale +1 954 463 0600 | jeff.partin@fraseryachts.com


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LAUREL | 73m (240’) | Delta Marine | 2006 | 476,000 USD pw

Superbly built by Delta Marine to a Don Starky design. The main deck master suite includes a spacious office and private verandas. Wheel chair accessible to all decks.

Six large staterooms and one smaller stateroom that is used as a massage room or for children or staff. Please contact your nearest office for further details, or email charter@fraseryachts.com

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Monaco Ft. Lauderdale San Diego London Viareggio Palma Seattle Mexico City Casa De Campo Cyprus SĂŁo Paulo

+ 377 93 100 450 + 1 954 463 0600 + 1 619 225 0588 + 44 207 016 4480 + 39 0584 385090 + 34 971 700445 + 1 206 382 9494 + 52 55 5004 0408 + 1 809 523 2208 + 357 25 828911 + 55 11 3878 6800

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for charter

ULYSSES | 56m (183’) | Benetti | 2011 | 322,000 EUR pw

Latest Benetti available on the charter market. ULYSSES features a striking black hull and cream coloured superstructure. ULYSSES boasts the latest technology and has a wide selection of toys including waver runners,

water skis and paddle boards and she is an RYA Training School. Please contact your nearest office for further details, or email charter@fraseryachts.com

for sale & charter

Not for sale or charter to US residents while in US waters.

TURQUOISE | 55m (181’) | Proteksan | 2011 | 385,000 USD pw

A simply stunning yacht built last year by respected Proteksan- Turquoise shipyard. With 6 staterooms she features the Master and VIP on the main deck. This long range, very quiet and beautifully finished yacht is complete with Zero Speed

stabilizers, excellent deck spaces and Jacuzzi. Her interior is bright and refreshingly contemporary. Included are large tenders and a plethora of water toys. Please contact your nearest office for further details, or email charter@fraseryachts.com


for charter

FOUR WISHES | 43m (144’) | Palmer Johnson | 2004/2011 | 170,000 USD pw Flexible accommodations with 5 king beds or 3 king beds and 4 singles in 5 staterooms. Spacious and relaxing atmosphere with all the toys. Excellent charter

history with award-winning crew. A variety of amenities including a gym with treadmill below aft, and a covered bar and a Jacuzzi on the sun deck.

for charter

for charter

Please contact your nearest office for further details, or email charter@fraseryachts.com

Not for sale or charter to US residents while in US waters.

DREAM | 52m (170’) | Feadship | 2003/2007 | 250,000 USD pw

Featuring of 7 staterooms, gym, Jacuzzi and elevator, this pedigree yacht is captained by our “Captain of the Year” winner for 2010.

IONIAN PRINCESS | 45m (150’) | Christensen | 2005 | 180,000 EUR pw

The star of the charter yachts in Greek waters. With 6 staterooms, a Jacuzzi and probably one of the best captains you could dream of.

Please contact your nearest office for further details, or email charter@fraseryachts.com

Please contact your nearest office for further details, or email charter@fraseryachts.com

for charter

for charter

Not for sale or charter to US residents while in US waters.

DEEP BLUE II | 43m (143’) | Oceanco | 1996/2007 | 125,000 USD pw The easy contemporary design is pleasing to every taste. Accommodating 10 guests in 5 ensuite staterooms with 9 crew eager to pamper. Huge upper aft deck.

MAKIRA | 43m (141’) | Leopard | 2010 | 130,000 EUR pw

Please contact your nearest office for further details, or email charter@fraseryachts.com

Please contact your nearest office for further details, or email charter@fraseryachts.com

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With a contemporary interior by Cristiano Gatto and a top speed of 35kn, MAKIRA also boasts a Jacuzzi, the latest sound systems, zero speed stabilisers and a wide selection of toys.

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for charter

for charter

CALISTO | 41m (136’) | Astoria Marine | 1944/2008 | 55,000 USD pw

PARTY GIRL | 44m (146’) | Christensen | 2008 | 159,000 USD pw

Not for sale or charter to US residents while in US waters.

A true piece of history that has been remarkably well maintained, offering a unique cruising experience around Thailand. All inclusive price.

A popular yacht loaded with toys, including a 37’ Intrepid tender and a new inflatable slide. 6 ensuite staterooms. Alfresco dining, a dance floor and elevator are just some of the amenities.

Please contact your nearest office for further details, or email charter@fraseryachts.com

Please contact your nearest office for further details, or email charter@fraseryachts.com

for charter

for charter

Not for sale or charter to US residents while in US waters.

SOLAIA | 40m (131’) | Hakvoort | 2001/2011 | 95,000 USD pw

Voluminous yacht with panoramic vista skylounge, a spectacular main deck owner’s suite, three equally spacious guests staterooms, full office, gym and elevator uniting all three decks.

EXUMA | 50m (164’) | Picchiotti | 2010 | 175,000 EUR pw Designed with a focus on efficiency for fully autonomous, reliable discovery and exploration, EXUMA started a world tour and will cruise the South Pacific and the South East Asia in 2012/2013.

Please contact your nearest office for further details, or email charter@fraseryachts.com

Please contact your nearest office for further details, or email charter@fraseryachts.com

for charter

for charter

TENACIOUS | 35m (114’) | Trident | 1994/2006 | 65,000 USD pw A new mast and sails to start a new season in the Caribbean. A great sailing yacht with salon, study, dining room and four staterooms. Watersports include SCUBA for certified divers.

BIG EAGLE | 52m (172’) | Mie Shipyard | 1980/2008 | 165,000 USD pw

The most spacious upper deck afloat. With 6 staterooms this renowned yacht is equipped with water toys aplenty.

Please contact your nearest office for further details, or email charter@fraseryachts.com

Please contact your nearest office for further details, or email charter@fraseryachts.com

for charter

for charter

COCA VI | 27m (87’) | Leopard | 2000/2011 | 35,000 EUR pw A yacht in spotless condition with modern decoration thanks to numerous refits, she also offers a spectacular master stateroom.

RL NOOR | 37m (123’) | Bilgin | 2010 | 95,000 EUR pw

Please contact your nearest office for further details, or email charter@fraseryachts.com

Please contact your nearest office for further details, or email charter@fraseryachts.com

Sleek and fuel efficient RL NOOR’s contemporary ambiance has been recognized through several prestigious design awards. Sleeping 8 guests in 4 staterooms cruising the East Med.


THE DIARY fine art asia

september Cannes International Boat and Yacht Show

What: The first gathering of the autumn show season, the event brings together the key players in international luxury yachting between two ports – Vieux Port and Port Pierre Canto. This year the show promises 580 boats, 400 exhibitors, 140 vessels on show for the first time and 170 boats more than 20m in length. When: September 11-16 Where: Cannes, France www.passportnautic.com

Goodwood Revival

What: For those who love the romance of the Fifties and Sixties, this event is a must. It is a magical step back in time; a unique chance to revel in the glamour and allure of motor racing in the romantic time capsule of the golden era of motor racing, at one of the world’s most authentic circuits. When: September 14-16 Where: West Sussex, UK www.goodwood.co.uk

prestigious luxury yacht show in the world – with the exhibition of 500 major companies in yachting and 100 super and megayachts afloat. When: September 19-22 Where: Port Hercules, Monaco www.monacoyachtshow.com

Milan Fashion Week

What: Expect to spend lots of time sipping Champagne in elegant cafés while watching the beautiful people wander by. The evening parties are exemplary displays of superb Italian taste, attended by glamorous fashionistas and aristocracy. When: September 19-25 Where: New York, US www.milanfashionweek.com

The 38th Cattle Baron’s Ball

Fine Art Asia

London Design Festival

What: A celebration of the creativity and innovation that has made London so unique. Hundreds of exhibitions, parties, and discussions take place across the city, bringing the capital to life. When: September 14-23 Where: London, UK www.londondesignfestival.com

Monaco Yacht Show

What: With around 28,000 professional and private visitors expected over four days, this is considered the most

Pinmar Annual Yachtsman’s Golf Tournament

What: Since 1989, Pinmar has held its annual Yachtsman’s Golf Tournament, which is now firmly established as an important part of the yachting industry’s social calendar. Here, fun and networking go hand in hand. When: October 10-13 Where: Golf Son Gual, Mallorca www.pinmar.com

pinmar annual yachtman’s golf tournament

What: The annual event is known as the largest fundraiser for cancer research in America, making more than USD$48 million to date. The ball attracts up to 4,000 people who gather to dance the night away to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Blake Shelton, Mark Chesnutt and Emerald City will provide this year’s entertainment. When: September 29 Where: Southfork Ranch, Texas www.cattlebaronsball.com

october london design festival

When: October 6-7 Where: Longchamp Racecourse, Paris, France www.prixarcdetriomphe.com

What: Fine Art Asia provides an unrivalled platform for art and antiques in Asia, highlighting the link between tradition and modernity. Now firmly established as the continent’s leading annual fine art and antiques fair, expect traditional East and West fine art heritage and craftsmanship through to modern and contemporary art. When: October 4-7 Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong www.aaifair.com

Qatar Prix de l’Arc Triomphe

What: The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is the Holy Grail of horse racing, the climatic event of the racing calendar. After an entire season of intense preparation, the racing elite descend on Longchamp racecourse to take on the great challenge of their careers.

Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

What: Every actress loves to play dress up, and several take the opportunity to turn out in their Sunday finest for the annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Will Rogers State Historic Park. When: TBC Where: Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, US www.clicquotworld.com

November Global Superyacht Forum

What: Where the superyacht industry’s most important decision makers meet to discuss better ways of building the business. The forum is the industry’s longest-serving and most professional conference for the world of large yachts where you can network, listen to influential speakers, participate in key discussions and immerse yourself in the social programme. When: November 12-14 Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands www.superyachtevents.com

Frieze Art Fair

What: A glamorous event attracting a sparkling array of high rollers, movers and shakers. The fair features more than 170 of the most exciting contemporary art galleries in the world, including specially commissioned artists’ projects, a prestigious talks programme and an artistled education schedule. When: October 11-14 Where: Regent’s Park, London, UK www.friezeartfair.com

global superyacht forum

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Marine Equipment Trade Show

What: Florida, the ‘Yachting Capital of the World’ will host the 53rd annual event, which will exhibit a huge range of luxury toys from yacht builders and designers to exotic cars and superyachts. When: October 25-29 Where: Fort Lauderdale, US www.showmanagement.com

What: The world’s largest trade exhibition of equipment, materials and systems for the international marine leisure industry. You will find everything from propulsion, navigation, fittings, communications and safety equipment to furniture, construction materials, electrical installations, clothing and marine paints and coatings. The event is free for industry professionals. When: November 13-15 Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands www.mets.metstrade.com



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