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04 Private island: For sale Richard Branson’s Necker Island may be the world’s most famous privately owned landmass, but there are approximately 12,000 fully habitable private islands around the world, and only 1,500 of them are as yet developed. Owning one is the ultimate real estate acquisition. One such owner is Phil Stephenson, who recently bought the Caribbean island of Petit St. Vincent with his business partner Robin Paterson.

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30 on location: thailand It’s a cliché but, like most clichés, it’s a cliché because it’s true. Thailand is a country of contrasts. From the buzz of Bangkok to hammock days by its beaches, to the unmistakeable smell and slow lurch of an elephant ride taken in the Golden Triangle, this is a beautiful and bewitching country that rewards return visitors time and again.

At the Monaco Yacht Show last September, Fraser Yachts unveiled the model of a handsome 55-metre explorerstyle displacement vessel christened GEO. With exterior and interior design by Luca Dini, the motoryacht will be built by Mariotti Yachts and presents a refreshing take on the expedition concept that its creators believe chimes with the expectations of today’s clients.

Equilibrium and harmony, two properties that seem to be as symbiotic in nature as they are in our own lives. A successful blend creates a happiness we can all share. Nature has had millions of years to perfect design, yet we are only just beginning to look to evolution for our design inspiration.

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stands still Nancy Mueller has made good her pledge to see the world on Andiamo. When Nancy took delivery of the first Feadship expedition yacht in 2003, she dreamed of taking the 42.56 metre (139’8”) yacht to places where few if any superyachts have ventured. Since then, one of the adventurer’s trips has included a journey to the South Pacific islands of Vanuatu – a place where time often “stands still”.

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There will always be a demand for bespoke art in today’s world, despite the mass production of so many objects. And there will always be the people behind these projects who treasure tradition, painstakingly putting in the hours to create handmade ‘couture’ pieces. Here, fraser magazine meets with three such creatives: Designer Amy Murray who is pushing the boundaries of design with her intricate high-relief textiles, and original cushions for motoryacht Celestial Hope; Ocean lover Bobby Nash who navigates chart-making with a unique twist, including one for the owner of Wally’s 30-metre sailing yacht Y3K; and the ‘noses’ behind French perfumery L’Artisan, who are using the age-old tradition of emotions to create classic and luxurious scents that take you on your own personal adventure.

At the 2011 Monaco Yacht Show, Paul Bickley was announced the winner of the Fraser Yachts’ Captain of the Year award, an accolade based entirely on customer appreciation.

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12 exPloring the PaciFic:

M/Y steadFast Darwin Island is what you might call off the beaten track in the extreme. This 143-metre tall once-active volcano and its adjacent Darwin’s Arch mark the far north-west corner of the Galapagos Islands. There is no other way to get there except by boat and no creature comforts except for what is on board. Few people visit, but it is just the kind of place that draws avid scuba divers such as Rod Emery, owner of M/Y Steadfast.

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The mighty Thames, the artery of London and site of the most sought-after city berths of this year. With the opportunity to sail your superyacht through the raised arms of Tower Bridge to take your waterside seat at the greatest show on Earth, the 2012 Olympic Games is a oncein-a-lifetime experience not to be missed.

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

82 the suPerYacht gallerY A small selection of the hundreds of yachts that Fraser Yachts represents exclusively for sale and charter worldwide.

60 surF and turF The Kowalski family’s desire to spend more time on the seas aboard their yacht, Picosa Lady, and a decision to ‘charter’ their ranch has enabled the family to balance the best of both worlds, or in their own words, a ‘surf and turf’ style of life.

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

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Cover: London at night shines bright. From story ‘London Calling’ – page 54. Photo: Jason Hawkes

Published by The Superyacht Art Agency Tel: +44 (0)20 7924 4004 Email: 3-7 Northcote Road, London SW11 1NG United Kingdom *A division of The Superyacht Group.

Editor: Lauren Barker Creative director: Caroline Hillier Design: James Tredray Picture editor: Luke Sprague Advertising manager: Donata Rotunno Many thanks to our contributors: Felix Milns, Carol Bareuther, Scott Manson, Justin Ratcliffe, Gareth Griffiths, Nancy Mueller, Lisa Freedman and Angela Audretsch.

At the time of publication, all the information contained herein is believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed. Great care has been taken to ensure accuracy but neither Fraser Yachts nor the publishers can accept responsibility for any errors, inaccuracies or omissions. Charter rates are quoted on a weekly basis. The rates contained herein are believed to be correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change. No part of this publication may be reproduced or used in any form without permission from Fraser Yachts. Printed in the UK by Granite. © Copyright Fraser Yachts 2012. All rights reserved.

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Richard Branson’s Necker Island may be the world’s most famous privately owned landmass, but there are approximately 12,000 fully habitable private islands around the world, and only 1,500 of them are as yet developed. Owning one is the ultimate real estate acquisition. One such owner is Phil Stephenson, who recently bought the Caribbean island of Petit St. Vincent with his business partner Robin Paterson. Words by Felix Milns





01 A beach scene fit for a queen, or king, on Necker Island 02 Guests enjoy intimate chats on their own balconies at Petit St. Vincent 03 Your own private oasis at Petit St. Vincent 04 The Necker Nymph submersible in action


“I saw that we could make some money on it, but really it was an emotional investment for me.” – Private island owner, Phil Stephenson


longtime sailor and yacht charterer, Phil Stephenson discovered the island of Petit St. Vincent (PSV) in the 1980s and it swiftly became his favourite spot in the Grenadines. After selling his business in 2007 he bought S/Y Galileo G, a 123-foot Palmer Johnson-built superyacht, and spent the majority of the next two years living on board before sailing back to PSV in spring 2009. Six weeks later he was discreetly informed by his business partner Robin Paterson that the island was for sale. “I had not been specifically looking to buy an island but this was an opportunity too good to miss, ” he says. The island (and 22 room villa hotel) had been originally developed by Hayes Richardson in the 1960s, other than that the island was pristine. Crucially, however, “all the infrastructure was in place and there was a proven business model that had been profitable before the founder died. I saw that we could make some money on it, but really it was an emotional investment for me.” Fifty per cent of all private island owners

rent their islands commercially, which is not only tax efficient but also enables levels of investment and facilities that may otherwise seem somewhat frivolous. The Fijian island of Laucala is one of the world’s largest private islands and was recently bought by Red Bull magnate Dietrich Mateschitz. While he originally conceived it as a place for friends and family, it swiftly evolved into one of the world’s most exclusive hotel hideaways. There are only 24 villas spread across 12 square kilometres and its coves, contours and white sand beaches are the very essence of the South Pacific. As well as a private airstrip and all manner of different watersports, there is an 18-hole championship-grade golf course and arguably the finest pool on the planet. At 5,000m, it is the largest in the South Pacific and is a mix of organically shaped pools and a vast lagoon with multiple sandy bays. According to Olaf Lock, MD of Vladi Island Travel – agents who have sold more than 2,500 islands over the past 40 years – the islands of Australasia are becoming increasingly sought after, even



if the Caribbean, Mediterranean and some areas of the Indian Ocean are still the most popular private island destinations from a yachting perspective. 02

In terms of visiting private islands from a yacht, it is wise to check the island’s specific policy, as some like to maintain their guests’ privacy, while others welcome superyacht trade. Following its reopening in November 2011, PSV will be happy to welcome superyacht visitors to the bar, restaurant and spa areas. The island is also fortunate to have a


protected bay that was deep enough to allow Roman Abramovich’s Eclipse to drop anchor earlier this year. Another superyacht-friendly island in the Bahamas is the 14 acre and 14-room Bonefish Caye, currently on the market for $14.5 million and which can also be rented exclusively through Vladi Island Travel. Also nearby is David Copperfield’s Musha Caye where, for one notable wedding, all of the guests arrived by superyacht. The inherent connections between superyachts and private islands go beyond the obvious aspirational attributes of independence and self-sufficiency, as PSV’s Phil Stephenson, owner of both yacht and island, explains: “There’s a lot of similarities between owning a yacht and an island. We use similar equipment, the same diesel engines and reverse osmosis plants for drinking water, and you need a similar staffing mentality. Superyacht crew members make excellent private island personnel, particularly the mechanic!”


01 The never-ending pool that makes Laucala Island unlike other resorts 02 The ocean is on your doorstep at Bonefish Caye 03 Open-plan living spaces make Necker Island the perfect cliché for laid-back living

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The private island experience is “like a pharmacy for the soul”. – MD of Vladi Island Travel, Olaf Lock


Tropical or temperate?

As always, it’s all about location, location, location. Do you want easy access to a temperate island in the Mediterranean or off the North American coastline, or a tropical winter home in the Caribbean or Indian Ocean? Once you have chosen your target area you can hone in on specific islands. First and foremost you need to decide when and how you are going to be able to use it.


Yacht accessibility


The concept of private island ownership automatically conjures up the idea of faraway Robinson Crusoe escapism, but the reality of being far away from civilisation is not always so desirable. It can make development of the island both challenging and extremely costly. And accessible infrastructure such as airports and hospitals are worth their weight in private island gold. The golden rule is the island must be within one hour’s reach of proper medical facilities, either by boat or helicopter access if a helicopter is always available/permitted.


While most private islands are nowadays accessed by helicopter, it is essential to make sure the island you choose has enough depth around it for dockage, with a natural harbour sheltered from the wind being the ideal scenario. Nearby islands and interesting coastlines also make for good local maritime exploration.


So near or so far?

Own it baby

Most private individuals are more interested in freehold ownership than leasehold, which instantly narrows down your geographical field. Many islands throughout Asia need a local shareholder who has a majority holding and are sold on a leasehold-only basis. Fine for hotels that can budget accordingly, but for private owners, freehold is the only option to ensure you can pass the island down through the family.


Seeing is believing

Once your agent has narrowed down a potential shortlist, it is vital to invest the time in visiting the islands and sensing your emotional connection with them. According to Olaf Lock, MD of Vladi Island Travel, the private island experience is “like a pharmacy for the soul”, so not only must you ensure you have a strong emotional connection to the island, it’s essential to immerse yourself in the local surroundings and culture before you sign on the dotted line.

Enquire about the new concept that Fraser Yachts has launched with Vladi Island Travel where you can spend a day at some fabulously exclusive private islands during your yacht charter. Contact


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Darwin Island is what you might call off the beaten track in the extreme. This 143-metre tall once-active volcano and its adjacent Darwin’s Arch mark the far north-west corner of the Galapagos Islands. There is no other way to get there except by boat and no creature comforts except for what is on board. Few people visit, but it is just the kind of place that draws avid scuba divers such as Rod Emery, owner of M/Y Steadfast. Words by Carol Bareuther Images courtesy of the Emery family




01 Steadfast finds the perfect backdrop to anchor 02 Local marine life add colour and excitement to the rocky cliffs 03 Ready, set, dive – a spot of scuba diving for the family and their friends 03


04 Getting up close to the whale sharks



“Steadfast has never been a yacht to sit at the dock. You could call our cruising grounds the entire Pacific Ocean.” – Captain Chance Strickland

Rod Emery, a California-based commercial real estate developer, has sought out the destinations less travelled from Alaska to South America with family, friends and long-time crew aboard his Barattucci-built 34-metre, M/Y Steadfast. It was at this remote landmark in the Galapagos, some 600 miles west of Ecuador, where Emery and his friends experienced something that no aquarium or marine park could ever duplicate; a chance to swim up close to some of the world’s most incredible sea life. “We dove with a guide who swam like a fish,” Emery recalls about one particularly memorable dive at this site. “It was a bit disconcerting at first. We were probably in 500 feet of deep water. The visibility was at least 80 to 100 feet and all you see is blue, there are no walls or sea floor for orientation. Hundreds of fish, dolphins and Galapagos sharks swam all around us, as did large grey shapes the size of a school bus or subway car that we recognised as whale sharks. I was about 10 feet away from one whale shark when its dinner plate-sized eye saw me and startled. It did a funny twitch,

like nervous sharks will do and it freaked me out for a moment. I looked over at my dive partner and saw the shark’s mouth was right near me. It would have taken a 4x8-foot piece of plywood to cover that chasm. It was then we all realised we were part of a bigger food chain.” 04

Boats have always been a fascination for Emery. He bought his first, an old wooden 20-footer that required massive repairs to keep afloat, with a couple of University of Southern California college buddies. He then moved up to 30 and 40-foot


this PAGE: (Top) One of the locals gets friendly with the Emerys in the Galapagos; (Left) A tender ride with the best guides in the Pacific. OPPOSITE: From the Emery’s personal photo album is a snapshot of this friendly monkey.


“The South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and the Ascension Islands are a few of the destinations on our Bucket List.” – Steadfast owner, Rod Emery




this PAGE: (Clockwise from top left) The sun sets across the Pacific Ocean; Catch of the day means a long, lazy seafood dinner; Big grins for hooking the biggest fish in the Pacific; A shot from the family album.

sport fishers, vessels that allowed him and his family to enjoy their two passions of scuba diving and sports fishing. A desire to cast off on longer trips and assure that his seasick-prone wife would be comfortable led him to purchase Steadfast. He made it his own with the addition of features such as live bait wells, additional rod holders, a high-capacity dive compressor and dive gear for eight people. Emery entrusted his valuable yacht and his family’s safety and security to a then 23-year-old captain, even though his insurance company was less than comfortable with the idea of such a young captain. A decade later, Capt. Chance Strickland is still at the helm, and he and now three generations of the Emery family are cruising to new horizons. Steadfast has never been a yacht to sit at the dock. “You could call our cruising grounds the entire Pacific Ocean,” says Strickland, who grew up in a maritime family in the Pacific Northwest. “We’ve also transited the Panama Canal a few times and taken Steadfast to the Caribbean for diving in the ABC islands [Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao] and Belize.” The Emerys have cruised more than

120,000 miles since purchasing the yacht, averaging 8,000 to 10,000 a year and spending from one to two weeks a month on board. This is just enough time to fully enjoy cruising yet keep in touch with life and work back home. Planning the itinerary is not difficult, says Strickland. “We make it up as we go. In other words, we’ll sit down for an hour or so and loosely plan a few months in advance. We’ll stay longer or leave earlier depending on what we find when we get there. Almost all the same crew has been together from the start, a rarity in this business, so there is a shared experience and sense of being able to anticipate that helps. We’ll also take into account time of year. For example, we cruise Alaska in the summer rather than winter. Most importantly, we’ll keep an ear to the ground and listen for talk of special spots outside the big cities like the forests of Alaska or jungles of Panama.” This last course-plotting practice is what took Steadfast to Pelican, an unincorporated town 100 miles west of Juneau, Alaska. Founded in 1938 as a commercial fish processing site, today it is the entrance to

this PAGE: Steadfast cruises through the icy waters of Alaska; (Below left) Supporting the local community and tribesmen of Biroquera.

the West Chichagof-Yakobi Wilderness area. Fewer than 100 people live here. Steep cliffs and narrow inlets limit access to only small boats. Over the past few seasons, the Emerys and their crew have enjoyed fresh water fishing for wild salmon and trout as well as salt-water angling for halibut and rock cod. They have also made friends with the folks ashore. In fact, they were the first to bring an official fire hat to one of the local ladies who was the fire chief as well as teacher and headmaster of the lone school.

Similarly, a cruise to Pinas Bay, Panama, for blue and black marlin fishing led to a visit of the indigenous tribal village of Biroquera four miles down the coast near the Columbian border. Here, bamboo huts are built atop stilts. There is no running water and only a small generator for electricity. “A yacht pulls in and it’s like it’s from another world,” says Strickland. “That’s why we like to support the local community, to help them with what they want and need and get to know the people.” Over the past six years Steadfast has delivered school supplies, clothes, dental supplies and medicines to the tribesmen of Biroquera. On the horizon, Emery is in the market to buy a bigger yacht that will allow him and his family to see even more of the world. “The South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and the Ascension Islands are a few of the destinations on our Bucket List,” he says.


If you want to explore the region yourself, contact M/Y Steadfast is for sale with Fraser Yachts, for more information contact Neal Esterley at

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The land where time stands still Nancy Mueller has made good her pledge to see the world on M/Y Andiamo. When Nancy took delivery of the first Feadship expedition yacht in 2003, she dreamed of taking the 42.56 metre (139’8”) yacht to places where few if any superyachts have ventured. Since then, one of the adventurer’s trips has included a journey to the South Pacific islands of Vanuatu – a place where time often “stands still”. Images courtesy of Nancy Mueller






The land where time stands still


rom the moment M/Y Andiamo was launched in 2003, Nancy Mueller was determined to explore new areas. Nancy’s itinerary included Turkey, Croatia, Italy, Greece, Malta and Gibraltar where she “fell in love with the Barbary apes”, all the islands of the Caribbean, and Panama where Nancy had her first experience with native cultures, “which blew me away”. It was then on to the East Coast of the US, Seattle, 03 British Columbia, Southeast Alaska, Mexico, Costa Rica, Cocos Islands, French Polynesia, Galapagos Islands, and the Tuamotu Archipelago which she claims to have “the best pelagic diving in the deepest blue water”. Nancy also ventured south to New Zealand, describing it as having “wonderful diving off the northeast coast”, Vanuatu, British Samoa, Tonga with its “amazing whale activity,” Australia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Raja Ampat, Komodo and N. Sulawesi, Borneo and the Philippines. Here, Nancy talks us through her adventures and her passion for this wonderful country.

01 An aerial view of the untouched Vanuatu 02 Locals meet and greet Andiamo as she glides into the bay 03 Explorer and adventurer, Nancy Mueller


Off the beaten track

“For me it is the ideal juxtaposition to be able to explore and appreciate the world’s history and culture, and to do so in such luxury.” – Owner of M/Y Andiamo, Nancy Mueller 02

Andiamo may be sophisticated and high-tech but my greatest joy is to use her to explore the old traditions and lifestyles with which I am so enamoured. There is nothing I like more than catching glimpses of what culture was like before ‘our’ civilisation came along, and by that I mean civilisation in the sense of the era ushered in by the Greeks 3000 years ago. My Feadship allows me to go to places where ‘outsiders’ are rarely seen, off the beaten track and away from even the most intrepid charter and remote-cruise operations.


Land diving Land diving (naghol) is a bizarre and hazardous fertility rite found only in Vanuatu. Men and boys stand on platforms as high as 35 metres above the ground, and then plunge headfirst at speeds of over 70 km. All they have to break their fall is a non-elastic vine tied to their ankle. The chances of a bountiful harvest are believed to be directly related to the diver’s ability to touch the ground with their shoulders. Just how dangerous this is was confirmed when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth visited Vanuatu in 1974 in the wrong season and saw a diver’s vine snap. The unfortunate man plummeted to his death and the elders of Pentecost Island never let foreigners participate in case they followed suit. Legend has it that the ceremony can be traced back to a local woman known as ‘Tamalie’s wife’ who tried to escape her abusive husband by climbing a Banyan tree. When her husband approached, Tamalie’s wife threw herself from the tree having tied her ankle to some vines. Tamalie had not secured himself, of course, and therefore became the first victim of this strange but captivating custom. Later, the men took over the tradition to forecast a good yam harvest. Like pigs, the yam is currency and an important factor in the Vanuatuan diet.

“There are still rumoured to be people that have yet to be ‘found’ up in the higher mountain regions of Vanuatu – there is every chance that these people have never come into contact with modern men.” – Owner of M/Y Andiamo, Nancy Mueller


The land where time stands still

Happy people Vanuatu comprises a string of more than 80 islands once known as the New Hebrides and is located in the South Pacific, some 1,750 km east of Australia. A recent study by the New Economics Foundation designated Vanuatu as the world’s happiest nation, but my inspiration to visit primarily came from other captains who had been there. We were also looking for a location where we could combine my love of exploring cultures with diving. Andiamo is a first-class diving yacht that allows us to have up to eight people underwater at any one time. But not everyone who joins our expeditions likes to dive so each trip must have a good combination of in-water and on-land activities. Despite the recommendations and the careful planning, Vanuatu came as a total surprise to us. Outside of the main islands, little has been published on this country. In fact, there are still rumoured to be people that have yet to be ‘found’ up in the higher mountain regions – there is every chance that these people have never come into contact with modern men.

this PAGE: (Left) Vanuatu has been described as the world’s happiest nation; (Right) Nancy paddles one of the local boats to get a closer look at the underwater life.


Living tradition Tourists certainly have discovered the main Parliament Island of Efate so we headed off into the remoter parts of Vanuatu where the old traditions still live on and are not being staged for entertainment. A local dive master lived on board with us for the entire time. He would go inland and ask a village if they had any customs or dances that they could show us; if they agreed we would come back later. Our guide had not been to many of these places either so it was quite an adventure for everybody concerned. Sometimes the villagers would take a couple of days to prepare a performance, 05 making special clothes from the materials available in the bush. They had to be woven and painted with various colours of mud and decorated with chicken feathers for these truly bespoke performances, which saw the men wearing dramatic headdresses and plastering mud on their bodies. It really felt like we had stepped back in time and I was glad when the people set up small markets to showcase their craft skills and allow us to take something home. Most of the natives sold us their headdresses and masks after the performance. There are various wonderfully unique traditions in this part of the world. One of them is called land diving, the origin of what we have come to call bungee jumping. While land diving is now ‘played out’ before hundreds of regular tourists on Pentecost Island, we first saw it performed in a remote small village where the people were genuinely diving as part of their tradition and not for our entertainment. It was all very dangerous, with four intermediate platforms and children as young as seven participating.


The land where time stands still

Papua New Guinea

The ceremony was preceded by a 20-minute speech in Pidgin by the clan elder in which he stressed the importance of preserving their culture. This was followed by phenomenal bravery of the fittest young and old men I have ever seen. This fascinating experience was followed by a visit to a village where Chief John showed us all the different uses of coconut. We took part in a ceremony with a special pepper root drink called Kava that numbs your lips (and, I suspect, much more besides if you keep on imbibing). Along with coconut, fish, chicken, mangoes and yams (sweet potatoes), these are the staples of their diet. All are delicious, and we always combined the local fresh produce they had for sale with the fish we could catch and the frozen meat stored on Andiamo. Another memorable place was Walarano, where traditional ‘kastom’ dances are held to ensure good fishing and hunting. On two smaller islands called Wala and Rano we saw incredible snake and spirit dances, and the photos I took of people dancing on the island of Tomin capture the essence of their fascinating ceremonial stories of pighunting and warrior fights. Feral pigs are hunted and usually eaten during ceremonial occasions or exchanged as part of a dowry. Three things are important to the people in this region: land, pigs and women, in that order! Land is valuable to produce food. Pigs are currency to buy more wives. The more wives a man has, the more yam plots he can farm, the more children he can sire and the wealthier he is. If it all sounds rather primitive that’s because, to western eyes at least, it is.

These are tropical jungle areas and unless there is a path that has been continually maintained it is virtually impossible to go inland through the tangle of vines and trees. But I certainly do not wish to sound overly heroic here. The comfort levels we enjoyed on board were essential, and we spent all our living time there. It is a wonderful relief after being under a sweltering hot sun, walking around a remote bug-infested environment to take a warm shower and sit down to a nice dinner. For me it is the ideal juxtaposition to be able to explore and appreciate the world’s history and culture, and to do so in such luxury. This story first appeared in Feadship’s Pilot magazine.

ABOVE: The villagers in Vanuatu sometimes take a couple of days to prepare a performance for visitors, making special clothes from the materials available in the bush.

Nancy also recommends exploring Papua New Guinea, especially the Sepik River which can be navigated about 150 miles upstream at certain times of the year. “Few people have been here and the locals still often wear native costumes, just one of the ways that their culture has survived,” she says. “You need an interpreter as there are 850 unique languages in Papua New Guinea. Pidgin, a mixture of German, Chinese and English, is the means of communication today and varies throughout the South Seas islands.” “We made four amazing voyages up the Sepik River and five trips to the highlands, which were only discovered in the 1930s by Australian gold diggers,” says Nancy. “The clouds and mist hide this area most of the time and the local population thought they were the only folk in the world. Realising that these people have only had metal axes and the wheel for around eight decades while our civilisation dates back to before the Greeks is astounding. Many now carry cell phones to arrange the ongoing clan wars!”

Andiamo is now for sale with Fraser Yachts. Please contact: Exuma will be available for charter in Vanuatu this summer. For more information contact:


ON LOCATION THAILAND Words by Scott Manson

It’s a cliché but, like most clichés, it’s a cliché because it’s true. Thailand is a country of contrasts. From the buzz of Bangkok to hammock days by its beaches, to the unmistakeable smell and slow lurch of an elephant ride taken in the Golden Triangle, this is a beautiful and bewitching country that rewards return visitors time and again.



Land of smiles It’s little wonder that Thailand has become the gateway to Southeast Asia for many travellers, with the Westernised feel of places such as Bangkok or Ko Samui providing a comfortable introduction for those new to the region. The more intrepid traveller though, should push on a little further to the venerable walled city of Chiang Mai in the north, or the resort town of Hua Hin, where the Thai royal family like to spend their weekends. Elsewhere, nature lovers revel in the rainforest of the Khao Sok National Park in the south or the sublime jungle trekking of the Mae Hong Song Province. Indeed, if you look very carefully, you might even spot


Thailand that rarest of sights – an original 1970s hippie travelling to one of the area’s spiritual retreats. Arguably the finest area to explore, though, is the marine paradise that runs around the Andaman Sea coastline, from the sheer limestone cliffs and outrageously good dive spots of Phang Nga to the hectic tuk-tuk travelled streets of Phuket’s Patong area and the turquoise emerald sea surrounding the twin islands of Ko Phi Phi. Delving this far south into Thailand offers a more relaxed, unspoiled take on the ‘land of smiles’, where tarmac roads become dirt tracks and the nearest Starbucks is hundreds of miles away. A sensory whirlwind awaits you…





01 Delving south into Thailand is a far more relaxed, unspoiled take on the ‘land of smiles’ 02 The luckiest local in the world 03 Tour boats rest in Maya Bay on Phi Phi Le Island 04 Local houseboats on Chiaw Lan Lake, Khao Sok National Park



The trip Enjoy an eight-day cruise aboard the beautifully restored motoryacht M/Y Calisto, a former Royal Navy minesweeper that has since been transformed into a luxury live-aboard boat. You will be sailing on the same aquamarine waters that left 19th century sailor-novelist Joseph Conrad in awe, providing a muse to his pen as he travelled aboard the era’s creaking clipper ships. This 280-mile cruise offers everything you want from a tropical sailing holiday. It is a journey that reveals the mystique of Southeast Asia, combining incredible natural locations with crystal clear seas and idyllic tropical islands. It’s a place to explore, either with a snorkel and mask or on a kayak, a place where ‘secret’ lagoons and hidden waterfalls are revealed at every turn. The first leg takes you to the Phi Phi island group, perhaps best known as the setting for the film The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Like the film’s protagonists, you too can find your own private paradise around these pristine islands. The next day sees you anchor near Rok Island, where the coral gables are considered one of the world’s top dive sites. Reef sharks, turtles and, on land, giant monitor lizards


are all common sights. Indeed, to get up close and personal with the island’s ‘locals’, day three sees you embark on a gentle jungle trek to the interior. This being a protected national park, its only inhabitants are wild animals, making for a truly memorable experience. From here, the boat moves on to the little-visited Butang island group. Its distance from Phuket means that most boat charters don’t visit it but, as you’ll discover, it’s a place that everyone should see. Deserted beaches, unspoiled rain forests and the chatter of monkeys will fulfill all your Robinson Crusoe fantasies. The final few days are spent meandering around islands such as Lipe, Tanga and Muk, for which the phrase ‘off the beaten track’ could have been coined, located just a short distance from the Malaysian mainland. That, though, is another trip for another day, because Calisto heads home on day eight, carrying passengers who have been privileged enough to enjoy some of the greatest sailing in Southeast Asia.


The marina Phuket Yacht Haven at Laem Phro Completed in 1997 with 150 berths for vessels up to 60 metres, Yacht Haven can be accessed from the east on all tides, though deep draft vessels need to take additional care to follow the channel during lows. Calisto departs and returns to here. It is close to the airport and is also the perfect departure point for the all-year yachting playground of Phang Nga Bay. Meanwhile, on the dockside you’ll find a restaurant, bar and provisioning services.

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The boat Calisto, first launched in 1943 as a World War II minesweeper, has gained a little glamour since her days as a military vessel. Now it’s all mahogany this and handcrafted that, with shades of cream and dark wood adding to the interior’s subdued elegance. An entertainment area offers an LCD HD TV and a Sonos sound system, providing the perfect backdrop for cocktail sipping or quiet contemplation. Elsewhere, the dining room combines stately elegance with a cosy feel, plus a top chef on hand to create memorable meals. The boat also boasts a fabulous wine cellar, where the best Bordeaux wines and champagne virtually beg you to pop their corks. In terms of accommodation, Calisto offers seven fully air-conditioned staterooms, sleeping up to 12 guests. These include a master stateroom with private head and king-sized bed, plus two further double staterooms, two spacious twin cabins and two single cabins, one with its own attached bathroom. Neat luxe touches, such as Molton Brown toiletries and 100 per cent Egyptian cotton sheets, only add to the sumptuous feel. On hand when you need them is a discreet eight-member crew of seasoned professionals, with skipper duties shared between French and Thai captains.

While the dinner on board Calisto is hard to beat, you may want to pop out to sample some of the restaurants in and around Phuket. The area is awash with delicious seafood – whether you order it grilled, steamed or fried, your tastebuds will thank you. Southern Thai cuisine tends to be sweeter and spicier than that found in the rest of the country, with a distinct Muslim influence. One popular dish is Massaman curry, usually made with beef, potatoes and peanuts. There’s also the wonderful Tom Kha Gai, that vibrant chicken soup. Hot, rich and sharp, it owes everything to liltingly fresh, vividly perfumed lemon grass, holy basil, coriander, coconut milk and kaffir lime leaves that flavour it, along with the obligatory chili hit. Local favourite Ka Jok See offers authentic Thai food in the grand setting of an 18th century Sino-Portugese house, while DeDos boasts two French chefs, who trained under Bocuuse, serving up fabulous fusion dishes. Elsewhere the super-luxe Amanpuri Hotel is perfect for top notch Italian dining in an al fresco setting. For drinks look no further than 360 Degrees in Talang, where a hilltop deck provides panoramic views of the ocean.



01 Calisto takes in the beautiful backdrop that is Thailand 02 The Phuket Yacht Haven at Laem Phro 03 The traditional Thai dish of Massaman curry 04 Rainbow-coloured fish ready to eat on Phuket Island beach



Muay Thai Thai boxing is to Thailand what football is to Britain – a widely followed national sport – and is regarded as the most practical stand up martial art in the world. It uses not just kicks and punches but also knees and elbows as striking weapons together with the standing grappling of the clinch, to create devastating battles. No visit to Thailand is complete without a visit to a local fight night at a Thai boxing stadium. You’ll find one in the lively Patong area of Phuket. On entering, the buzz and noise fill the air, drawing you in to the stand, where cheering, shouting, gasping and screaming all compete with the sound of Thai classical instruments playing in the background. It’s a truly authentic night out and one that perfectly sums up the curious paradoxes of the country. Like the mix of sweet and sour that is their culinary hallmark, Thais combine the calmness and serenity of Budism with a passion for one of the world’s most ferocious fighting forms.

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Jai yen means ‘cool heart’ in Thai, and it’s the cornerstone of the Thai approach to problems or setbacks. Where Westerners might shout and get angry in difficult situations, Thai Budists see this as a loss of face and believe an emotionally moderate, nonconfrontational approach will bring its rewards when you are reborn. It’s a philosophy that’s worth bearing in mind when you visit this tranquil country.

01 Muay Thai is Thailand’s national sport 02 Thailand is known as a tranquil country and welcomes visitors


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INTELLIGENT ACQUISITION There will always be a demand for bespoke art in today’s world, despite the mass production of so many objects. And there will always be the people behind these projects who treasure tradition, painstakingly putting in the hours to create handmade magazine meets with three such creatives: Designer Amy ‘couture’ pieces. Here, Murray who is pushing the boundaries of design with her intricate high-relief textiles and original cushions for motoryacht Celestial Hope; Ocean lover Bobby Nash who navigates chart-making with a unique twist, including one for the owner of Wally’s 30-metre sailing yacht Y3K; and the ‘noses’ behind French perfumery L’Artisan, who are using the age-old tradition of emotions to create classic and luxurious scents that take you on your own personal adventure. Words by Angela Audretsch


light relief Textiles are an all too often neglected realm of high-end modern design. But for the past few years British textile designer Helen Amy Murray has been trying to change this. Almost more sculpture than fabric, Murray’s high-relief textiles form the basis of stunning bespoke commissions, from individual pieces of furniture to extensive interior wall coverings. Taking inspiration from nature and Indian architecture, Murray combines texture, design, colour and luxury materials to create truly innovative and beautiful surfaces. During her final year studying textile design at Chelsea College of Art and Design, Murray embarked on a three-month research trip to India where she planned to learn more about the region’s embroidery and printing traditions. However, as well as these more obvious muses, she returned to London having also been inspired by the world of Indian architecture and was determined to find a way to evoke these intricate wooden carvings through her textiles. “I developed my signature style in my final year at Chelsea and the response to this led me to setting up my own business,” explains Murray. “My designs are completely unique because the textiles I create have an integral sculpture to the surface which you would normally only see in solid materials.”


Intricate, tactile and lavish, each piece is a work of art. Her exact method is a closely guarded secret, but it involves manipulating foam or polyester wadding to create the sculptural depth. The padded material is dyed to match or contrast with the top layer of material, which is usually durable leather or suede and sometimes tightly woven silks and wool felt. “I am also always looking for new innovative, interesting materials and high tech fabrics to use within my projects,” she says. “I think it is exciting that we are able to create unique material combinations.” For Murray, following and setting trends is never her priority. “We don’t follow trends and I don’t consider that we are setting trends because I hope that our pieces will be classic and timeless,” she emphasises. “I’d like to think we are breaking rules and innovating our work as we go along. For me, good design is about creating aesthetics that engage with the viewer and make them say, ‘Wow!’” The wow factor is certainly undeniable and Murray has many high-profile designers and architects scrambling to get her to create pieces for them. She has been commissioned to design pieces for several yachts, including cushions for the Intaryadesigned interior of M/Y Celestial Hope. This year, the studio is also creating a wall

covering for a luxury yacht with Eidsgaard Design, as well as a pair of armchairs for a yacht by Andrew Winch Designs. “We don’t launch yearly collections, everything is made to order,” says Murray, who just develops new designs for her collection when she can, looking to nature and geometric forms for the majority of her inspiration. “But even when we use a design from our collection we will create a new placement or composition, designed for the surface area of the wall or furniture. And, because everything we create is crafted by hand, it does not have a manufactured appearance.” Murray describes her work as “couture” and, much like haute couture fashion, each piece is exclusive, of the highest quality and handmade with tremendous attention to detail. For her, perfection is this complete attention to detail from initial enquiries straight through to punctual project delivery. “Our clients are looking for us to create something truly unique and personal for them,” she concludes, adding that she intends to keep handcrafting her textiles. “Bespoke is appealing because it means clients can have something completely original.”

Intricate, tactile and lavish, each piece is a work of art.


layer by layer Art is always subjective but there is plenty to be said for a piece that is commissioned to represent something significant and embody something you love. This is exactly the kind of art that Bobby Nash has been creating for the past 10 years at Latitude Kinsale. Using nautical charts of any selected coastline, Nash creates striking, bespoke 3D charts depicting the various depths and coastline contours. Born in Newcastle West, close to the Shannon Estuary in Ireland, Nash watched his father build a nine-metre Van de Strat yacht from scratch in the 1960s. A large boat for its time, it took five years to build and it incorporated, what was then a new technology, fibreglass. “I definitely inherited some of his skills, patience and attention to detail,” says Nash, who from the age of 11 was sailing around the west coast of Ireland. “It is a beautiful coastline that would influence my life and respect for the sea. I have always been a keen and competitive sailor, sailing in dinghies then, and now in cruiser racers.” After 10 years working for multinational electronic companies, including Apple, Nash moved with his wife Diare to the picturesque coastal town of Kinsale in County Cork, fulfilling a lifelong dream of living by the sea. A background in the electronics industry is not something you would directly associate with the realm of bespoke art, but Nash has always loved the ocean and was immediately inspired by the harbours and coastline of his new location, creating his first 3D chart using a local chart of Kinsale Head. “It was difficult, painful and somewhat crude, but I still brought it to the framer to put the finishing touches to it,” recalls Nash. It was only then that he could see that this was something special. “The reaction from others convinced me


this was worth pursuing,” he says. “It took me about three years to develop the skills and methods to create the ultimate 3D chart.” From the beginning, Nash knew he wanted to make each and every piece by hand; each piece would be unique and, most importantly, made to commission. Now, not only does Latitude Kinsale create framed 3D charts and light charts, it also crafts bespoke chart tables from luxury woods, such as wenge. For Nash, the key to success is attention to detail. For example, for a small rock on a chart that is only two millimetres wide and three layers high, he hand cuts three separate charts, mounting each piece on a special substrate before re-cutting it all again. Projects can take hours, days or even weeks to complete: “Some pieces are so complex that I have to take time out and work on something else.” One of the most challenging commissions he received was for a chart of the Scilly Isles; a map with at least 5,000 individual pieces. “I had to walk away from this one several times,” admits Nash. Another memorable commission was for the owner of Wally’s 30-metre sailing yacht Y3K. “The crew commissioned a chart table for the owner,” he remembers. “I had the frame made in stainless steel using a

carbon fibre background and then finished with a really cool glass top that had a black border. All of this complemented the 3D chart of the central Mediterranean.” Despite the mass production of so many objects in today’s world, Nash believes there will always be a demand for bespoke art. “I truly believe the client will always appreciate and value handmade craft because it has an intrinsic value that is obvious to the trained eye,” states Nash. “My work is not just about making a 3D chart, it is about working with a client to create a personal piece that works in the chosen environment whether that is a home, a business or in a yacht.” The future looks like it holds much for Latitude Kinsale. The company’s work can already be found on several superyachts and Nash is working on a commission for the Volvo Ocean Race, creating pieces that will be appreciation gifts for each of the ports the race is visiting. Each frame has the start and finish port to depict the race leg, with charts for Alicante, Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya, Auckland, Itajai, Miami, Lisbon, Lorient and Galway.

THIS PAGE: (Left) Bobby Kinsale combines his love of the sea with his designs; (Above) Each 3D chart involves vast amounts of time and patience.

When you are next in the Fraser Yachts Monaco office, take in the Bobby Kinsale creation that greets guests in the reception area.

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alchemy of the senses Perfume has the power to enhance your mood, evoke past memories or conjure up visions of exotic locations. While today the shelves are cluttered with generic celebrity fragrances, in the last few decades there has been a wave of niche perfume houses that create the ultimate in luxury and bespoke scents. French brand L’Artisan Parfumeur was one of the very first of these niche perfume houses. Founded in Paris by perfumerchemist Jean Laporte in 1976, the company is globally recognised for its original, innovative and truly artistic fragrances. Increasingly, it is the names behind a perfume house that can help it achieve a cult status. Known as the ‘noses’, these master perfumers often have a dedicated following of fragrance aficionados who follow the ‘nose’ behind the scent, rather than buying at brand value. Luckily for L’Artisan Parfumeur, it collaborates with artists that are some of the best in the world. Boasting an impressive list of master perfumers like Bertrand Duchaufour, Michel Almairac, Anne Flipo and Olivia Glacobetti, L’Artisan Parfumeur also works with up-and-coming talents, like Karine Vinchon, who is one of the names behind its latest fragrance, Batucada. Vinchon is a graduate of ISIPCA, a progressive perfume academy in Versaille founded in 1970 by Jean-Jacques Guerlain, a descendant of the Guerlain family, one of the oldest continually operating perfume houses in the world. Her career began at Robertet, a French developer of flavour


and perfume additives and ingredients since 1850, alongside Michel Almairac. Now working with L’Artisan Parfumeur, she has collaborated on several scents including Cœur de Vétiver Sacré and the aforementioned Batucada. Vinchon creates perfumes like she paints, she says, expressive and driven entirely by emotions. She explains that she can get new ideas from anything: from travels, to painting, to music. Nature plays a key role in Vinchon’s inspiration and memories. Her work often leans towards woody and ambery notes as well as natural essences such as patchouli and vétiver. “Fortunately the notes I am drawn to are not always the same,” she says. “It would be a pity, creatively speaking. It’s true that I like working with notes of character like iris or woody notes but not always. It’s so exciting to play with all raw materials.” With more than 35 different fragrances, L’Artisan Parfumeur can group its perfumes together in what it terms Fragrance Moods. Ideal for adventurous travellers, the mood Les Voyages Exotiques in particular contains the Brazilian-inspired Batucada, as well as perfumes called Timbuktu, the Middle Eastern-themed Al Oudh and a Panamainfluenced scent called Fleur de Liane. All are inspired by the natural world, mystery and exotic journeys, with some like the fragrance called L’Eau de Navigateur evoking a particularly nautical feel. Ideal for sailors, adventurers and lovers of the sea, L’Eau de Navigateur is a sensual and original blend of coffee liqueur, resins,

woods and leather, with a subtle hint of sea soaked wooden hulls. This warm perfume is unusual but still classic, representing inspiration and embodying wanderlust. For Vinchon, travel and exotic voyages can be evoked through many notes, some that you wouldn’t expect to appear in a luxury perfume, but it is this daring, avantgarde approach to perfume-making that keeps L’Artisan Parfumeur at the top of its game. “Many exotic flowers can evoke an exotic journey, like tuberose, ylang ylang and Tiaré,” explains Vinchon. “Also sunny scents like sun cream, and fruity notes like papaya, mango and coconut. For calling to mind the sea we often use synthetic marine notes.” So what would she suggest for the superyacht lover looking for a scent that embodies adventure, exoticism and the ocean? Definitely L’Eau de Navigateur but also Batucada, with its burst of lime, cachaça and fresh mint bringing to mind the Brazilian signature cocktail, the Caïpirinha. A note of sea salt ties this fresh, original fragrance to the sea. For L’Artisan Parfumeur, fragrance is a true art form; it is alchemy for the senses. It compares smelling one of its creations to being just like standing before a piece of contemporary sculpture, an often simultaneously bewildering and wonderful experience; much like exploring the world on a superyacht.

ABOVE: One of the ‘noses’ behind French perfume house, L’Artisan Parfumeur. opposite: Creating fragrances is a true art form; an alchemy for the senses.

Smelling a L’Artisan creation is often a simultaneously bewildering and wonderful experience; much like exploring the world on a superyacht.



At the Monaco Yacht Show in September, Fraser Yachts unveiled the model of a handsome 55-metre explorer-style displacement vessel christened GEO. With exterior and interior design by Luca Dini, the motoryacht will be built by Mariotti Yachts and presents a refreshing take on the expedition concept that its creators believe chimes with the expectations of today’s clients. Words by Justin Ratcliffe



This combination of renowned designer, Luca Dini, and experienced commercial shipyard, Mariotti, means GEO can be built cost effectively while still meeting client expectations.


PREVIOUS PAGE: With its remarkable aft beach deck, wide open spaces and luxuriant living areas, GEO creates an on-board experience that is in touch with the sea. THIS PAGE: GEO is capable of carrying 12 guests at a cruising speed of 14 knots.

Luca Dini was the designer behind M/Y Tribù, Luciano Benetton’s 50m vessel launched by Mondomarine in 2007 that was the first private yacht to carry RINA Green Star notation and arguably started the whole expedition-style concept. With its unfaired hull and rugged technical specifications, Tribù was ahead of the market, which is only now catching up. GEO is a direct response to the growing demand for such vessels. “It all started with a discussion over a coffee between myself, Mariotti and Luca Dini about yacht design in general and what we thought the market was looking for,” explains David Legrand, a senior broker for Fraser Yachts. “We compared our thoughts and ended up with a very straightforward and affordable explorer-style vessel that we later called GEO.” Legrand has worked closely with Jack Seton, the former owner of the 60m Senses, in the past, so he knows a thing or two about go-anywhere discovery vessels. The sturdy explorer vessel is touted as one of the most remarkable conversion projects to date. “There are really two types of explorer yachts out there today,” Legrand explains. “On the one hand, you have hardcore vessels like Senses with all its tenders and

toys on the main aft deck for simple, fail-safe deployment. On the other hand, there are the more luxurious designs that stow these away in state-of-the-art, hydraulic tender bays to free up deck space, but they’re rarely used for voyaging to remote corners of the globe.” GEO is the no-nonsense solution to combining something of both worlds. Fraser Yachts’ technical team worked closely with the designer to create two versions of the same concept: one standard explorer-style superyacht, and a more commercial version that could include a non-faired hull. In both cases, the masculine yet elegant exterior lines and interior layout penned by Dini remain the same and are everything you would expect of a modern superyacht. However, the choice of Mariotti Yachts as builder reveals more of the rationale behind the project. Mariotti is one of the world’s leading builders of luxury cruise ships. It has also proven it can deliver superyacht quality with the 2008 launch of 54m Sea Force One, also designed by Luca Dini (a sister vessel, Rahill, is also approaching completion). This combination of renowned designer and experienced commercial shipyard means GEO can be built cost effectively while still meeting client expectations.


THIS PAGE: (Top) Designer Luca Dini. Photo: Justin Ratcliffe. (Bottom) Materials have been selected that are cost effective, high quality, resilient and easy to maintain. OPPOSITE: A view of GEO’s swim platform.

In fact, depending on the level of finish, the steel and aluminium GEO series begins at around €34 million – a very competitive price for a voluminous 55m yacht of 959GT. Moreover, an outfitter specialising in cruise ship interiors will be subcontracted to build and install Dini’s interior to further contain costs, while not skimping on quality. Mock-ups of the master suite and part of the main salon have already been completed and are available for client viewing at the Mariotti yard in Genoa. Much of the onboard furniture will be loose to allow owners to further personalise the interior, while the principal materials have been chosen to create a classic ambience with a light, contemporary edge. The interior layout has been designed for functionality


and efficient traffic flow with the lower deck dedicated to crew use and services, guest accommodation on the main deck for improved visibility and natural lighting, and the owner’s suite on the upper deck. Another of the project’s distinguishing design features can be found on the semicovered sundeck. “In colder climates you don’t always want an open sundeck,” explains Dini. “So the area can either be left open to the elements or completely enclosed at the touch of a button, thanks to 80cm-high electric windows that slide up out of the coamings, effectively creating another interior deck level.” Quite why the explorer concept has taken so long to mature in the wake of Tribù is something of a mystery to Dini, when


THIS PAGE: (Top) The interiors are contemporary using high-quality, traditional materials; (Right) The main saloon.

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SUVs – the automobile equivalent – are now ubiquitous on our roads. The yacht was likely ahead of its time in an inherently conservative industry and, to illustrate this point further, Dini recalls a concept he designed for CBI Navi 12 years ago with a GEO-like plumb bow, well before the styling feature became mainstream. GEO will be built to ABS or equivalent compliance, and while in line with the concept’s tried-and-tested technical specifications it will likely be powered by twin 2700hp CAT 3516B diesel engines for a maximum speed of 16 knots and a range of around 5,000nm at economical speed (diesel-electric propulsion was considered but rejected on the grounds it would impact on both cost and reliability). According to Legrand, Seton was enthusiastic about the model on display in Monaco, which captured the attention of a number of potential clients.

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LONDON CALLING 2012 The mighty Thames, the artery of London and site of the most sought-after city berths of this year. With the opportunity to sail your superyacht through the raised arms of Tower Bridge to take your waterside seat at the greatest show on Earth, the 2012 Olympic Games is a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed. Words by Felix Milns





he Olympic Games are one of the world’s greatest events. But when the host city is on the water, they are particularly alluring to superyacht visitors. Think of Sydney in 2000, with the glorious backdrop of the Opera House, or the Grecian marriage of Athens and the nearby Cyclades islands in 2004. Yet neither of these is quite so steeped in pomp, circumstance and history as London. The great Elizabethan era of exploration, seafaring and Sir Francis Drake, and the subsequent growth of the British Empire, were only possible because of the rise and fall of the Thames tides. And by the 18th century it was one of the world’s busiest waterways. London has long been defined by the river, from the Tower of London to the Houses of Parliament, and over the past decade the riverbank has undergone a cultural renaissance matched only by its environmental clean up. The South Bank has become one of the city’s cultural hotspots, from Shakespeare’s Globe and the London Eye to the Tate Modern and its accompanying bridge across the river to St Pauls. Not forgetting the gastronomic delights of Borough


Market, London’s finest food market. Today, the river represents the soul and creative free spirit of London, one of the most dynamic and captivating cities on Earth. And, for a few weeks over July and August, London is going to be not only the epicentre of the sporting world, but also that of the superyachting one. Indeed, the Olympic motto of “Faster, Higher, Stronger” is an equally fitting superyacht mantra. And after all the medals have been won, the British coastline has some beautifully wild and rugged landscapes and charming ports of call. Move over Monaco and the Cote d’Azur, London and the English Riviera is the place to moor up this midsummer.

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Where to berth London’s waterways have been sprucing up and preparing berths of up to 165m for some of the world’s finest superyachts. Canary Wharf and the Royal Docks, the heart of London’s financial district, are the top port of call, with the latter at the heart of the Olympic superyacht village. Located within two miles of the Olympic Park and just a mile from key venues Greenwich Park and the O2 arena, plus offering easy access to central London venues, vessels will be arranged for specialist tender transfers to major Olympic venues. All in all, there is the potential for an estimated 30 to 50 very large yachts in attendance. There has been a lot of interest in these berths, but there is still some capacity remaining. Connected to Canary Wharf by bridge, Wood Wharf has space for up to 20 berths for vessels between 30m and 60m, with space for approximately 10 vessels in excess of 60m at neighbouring South Quay and Thames Quay, within the West India Docks. Dockside, there is capacity to lease event and entertaining space right in the heart of Canary Wharf.

01 British Olympic gold medal winner, Ben Ainslie 02 Move over Monaco, the British and surrounding coastlines, such as Scotland’s Luskentyre Outer Hebrides are as wild and rugged as they are beautiful 03 Thames Quay, Canary Wharf Previous page London’s nightscape is the perfect port of call for the 2012 Olympics




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LONDON CALLING 2012 01 St. Nicholas’ Chapel in St. Ives 02 Lime Wood restaurant


The Isle of Wight and the Hampshire coastline Nestled just off the South Coast in the heart of the English Channel, the Isle of Wight and the surrounding Solent Waters are the mecca of English yachting. The harbour town of Cowes, famous for its narrow cobbled streets and old-fashioned air of hospitality, is the epicentre of it all. The town plays host to Cowes Week, one of the longest-running regattas in the world and a prime fixture of the British summer social and sporting calendar since 1826. With 40 daily races, up to 1,000 boats, 8,500 competitors, and many more spectators and merrymakers, it is true party time. This year, Cowes Week runs from 11-18 August, perfect timing after the Games. However, for those whose competitive streak is brought on by the Games, an earlier visit to the island is recommended. The Solent course around the Isle of Wight was made famous by the first America’s Cup in 1851 and this year plays host to the Superyacht Cup from 22-25 July, especially timed to coincide with the Olympics. Back on the mainland, the Hampshire coastline is truly spectacular. Lymington is a beautiful Georgian market town on the southern edge of the New Forest at the western end of the Solent. The cryptically named New Forest is one of Britain’s most ancient woodlands and a protected area of outstanding natural beauty. Take

a tender trip up the Beaulieu River and experience the wonderful feeling of nature all around you. The land on either side is Lord Montagu’s private estate and seems untouched from medieval times. Further west along the Jurassic Coast, don’t miss Studland Bay just beyond Hurst Castle and the town of Poole. It is a beautiful day and home to the Master Builder’s pub, a fine place to put into shore for a flagon of ale.

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly The Cornish waters around the southwestern tip of England are acknowledged as one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe, with 400 miles of stunning coastal and river estuary scenery, more than 300 beaches and myriad cliffs and emerald bays. Plus it comes with unrivalled deepwater access. More than half of the coastline is protected by the National Trust, with the northern half on the Atlantic seaboard and the southern half looking out over the English Channel. The Lizard Peninsula is the most southerly point of mainland Britain and a real highlight with craggy cliff scenery, unspoilt fishing villages and quiet beaches. Moor up at Kynance Cove for Indian Ocean-style white sand and turquoise waters. On the northern coastline, Boscastle Harbour and village are immensely

picturesque, nestled between dramatic coastline and picture postcard English pastures. On the southern coast, look out for the Bedruthan steps at Carnewas, immense rock stacks standing sentinel against the waves. A tender trip up the Helford River is another must. Be sure to sample the Duchy of Cornwall oysters which are harvested in the mouth of the river. On land, Padstow is a must visit, full of bijoux shops and a plethora of Rick Stein restaurants. St Ives is another delightful village famous for its burgeoning artist scene, so an interesting opportunity to pick up original artwork. Slightly inland is the famed Eden project, where architecturally inspired bio domes comprise the world’s largest greenhouse. Falmouth Bay, meanwhile, is the third largest natural harbour in the world and offers all the state-of-the-art services of a modern marina complex. Off the mainland, the Isles of Scilly comprise 150 largely uninhabited islands, islets and tilted rocks. Deserted beaches are guaranteed. Scotland and the Isle of Skye From the tail of the country to the tip, cruising Scotland’s rugged and vast broody coastline is a wonderful opportunity to not only feast on the wild landscape but also the local tipple. According to many experts, the Scottish islands are some of the finest cruising grounds in the world, not least because of attractions such as the Isle of Jura (in the inner Hebrides), where not only can you visit George Orwell’s house overlooking the Corryvreckan Whirlpool, but also visit the home distillery of the legendary single malt. On the north coast of Scotland, whisky is the water of life and specialist tastings of some of the finest single cask malts can be

arranged either on board or at the various distilleries. Complete with a side of haggis, neeps and tatties.

Golf fans can use the opportunity to play some of the most challenging links courses in the world. Courses such as Turnberry, Loch Lomond and Royal Troon can organise helicopter transfers and for clients to play a round with a professional. At the northern tip, the sun barely sets. So you are guaranteed wonderful skies and long sunny evenings. The Isle of Skye is perhaps the most iconic and alluring of all the Scottish islands. With some 1,000 miles of coastline and the UK’s most dramatic mountain range, it is a phenomenally scenic spot, complete with remote anchorages overlooking the remarkable rock spires of the Quiraing or Storr peaks, or the 1,000-foot sea cliffs at Waternish Head.




&TURF The Kowalski family’s desire to spend more time on the seas aboard their yacht, Picosa Lady, and a decision to ‘charter’ their ranch has enabled the family to beautifully balance the best of both worlds, or in their own words, a ‘surf and turf’ style of life. Words by Carol Bareuther


“No dive sites are marked here, so we simply drive around, choose spots at various depths up to 23 metres and just dive in.” – Bekki Kowalski, owner of M/Y Picaso Lady



THIS PAGE: (From top) The Texas-based Picosa Ranch owned by the Kowalski family; The plush interiors that overlook the 2,500-acre ranch; Hunting forms one of the activities for guests of the ranch. OPPOSITE (Clockwise from top) The Kowalskis are always searching for new underwater marine life; The family spend 10-14 days a month on board Picosa Lady; Scuba diving is the family’s favourite activity.

Bekki and Greg Kowalski, along with their two grown children, Jennifer and Travis, love to fish by day, grill their fresh catch on a campfire pit they built at Baker’s Bay and then fire off a fantastic fireworks display. The family’s shows are hugely popular. Everyone in the bay gathers along the docks or on the bows of their yachts to watch. The Kowalskis’ joy in entertaining is no different back home in Texas where they own the extraordinary 2,500-acre Picosa Ranch. A desire to spend more time on the seas and a decision to ‘charter’ their ranch has enabled the family to forge a beautifully balanced best-of-both-worlds lifestyle. The Kowalskis’ love story with the sea began before they were married 32 years ago. They chartered at first, namely Cheoy Lee’s 21-metre Ocean Pearl I and II, crewed by owners Harvey and Harriet Beberman in the British Virgin Islands. Harvey taught Greg to scuba dive for treasure off Cooper Island, while Harriet showed Bekki how to change table linens, china and table décor for each meal, a tradition that continues today aboard the Picosa Lady. Since then, the couple have owned a succession of houseboats – a Somerset 64 and 89 and Sharpe 112 all called the Jenny T – on which they cruised Lake Travis in Austin, Texas. Greg and Bekki customdesigned this last houseboat with a curved bridge that resembled a motoryacht’s bow and an electric dumbwaiter to bring foods from the galley up to the bridge for easy entertaining.

In 2006, they chartered the 35-metre expedition yacht M/Y Surprise and cruised for three weeks between New Zealand and Fiji. In Fiji, Bekki learned to scuba dive, something the whole family now enjoys. At night they attended traditional island dinners, where foods were wrapped in banana leaves cooked underground, followed by native dances where everyone donned grass skirts. Earlier, in New Zealand, they travelled south of Auckland to the Huka Lodge in Taupo. It was here that the inspiration was borne for the Kowalskis’ current surf and turf lifestyle. Bekki explains: “We thought Huka Lodge was very much like Picosa Ranch. There was an owner’s cottage, dining in several locations at the lodge, many activities, incredible food and great service. That’s when we first thought about creating something very similar with Picosa. A few years later, when we had bought the Picosa Lady and were spending 10 to 14 days a month aboard, we decided we would ‘charter’ out the ranch in the same way yachts are chartered. This seemed natural for us since we were already in the hospitality food industry. Today, Picosa Ranch has evolved into a very private charter, so to speak, with white glove service, excellent chef-prepared meals and a soup-to-nuts of activities including horseback riding, hunting, swimming and tennis.” Before they bought Picosa Lady, the Kowolskis made annual trips to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.


In New Zealand, the Kowalskis travelled south of Auckland to the Huka Lodge in Taupo. It was here that the inspiration was borne for their current surf and turf lifestyle.



Ultimately, it was style that led them to the Fleming. They liked the ‘old school’ teak which made the yacht feel like a real ship. Other features that drew them to the vessel included the large master stateroom, two separate seating and dining areas on the bridge, and the three-level aft deck to which they put in a fresh water shower on the lower level. They also added a Brownie dive compressor and bought a Regulator 26 to tow, with the goal of enjoying what they loved best – “to dive and fish and eat and entertain friends and family on the yacht as often as possible,” adds Bekki. The Kowalskis cruising adventures have taken them throughout the Bahamas and Caribbean over the past few years. “Conception Island, near San Salvador and Rum Cay, is simply the most undisturbed island we have been to,” says Bekki. “No one lives on the pristine island, so we can anchor in the bay and enjoy having the island all to ourselves. It’s here that we enjoy virgin dives. No dive sites are marked here, so we simply drive around, choose spots at various depths up to 23 metres and just dive in.” In the British Virgin Islands, the Kowalskis hosted the wedding renewal of friends while Picosa Lady sat anchored off Scrub Island. Captain Nickolas Ocobock performed the ceremony, while chef Kelly Maxey decorated the yacht’s staircase with rose petals and candles and crafted the bride’s tropical bouquet.

The famous Cotton House Resort on Mustique is where the Kowalskis enjoy white-tablecloth dinners up at the plantation house. When they want to go flip-flop casual on this exclusive Grenadine island, they head over to Basil’s Bar. Perched on stilts out over the water, this funky bar and restaurant is a favorite hang-out for celeb regulars such as Mick Jagger and Tommy Hilfiger. Most fun, the Kowalski family celebrated New Year’s Eve on the chic French island of St. Barths. Dinner at Eden Roc, a barefoot dance on the beach and a Mariah Carey concert proved an incredible way to ring in the new year and for Bekki and Greg to celebrate their January 1st wedding anniversary. So, what’s the secret to balancing a life on land and cruising the seas? “Greg has always been a workaholic because of the nature of our business, but it’s been easy to stay connected with all of the tools available now such as an iPad and an iPhone,” says Bekki. “However, at this stage in our lives, Greg has finally decided to let go and delegate. He has realised how much ‘life’ he has missed over all of the years when he was building the business and now it’s time to enjoy what he has sown.” The Mediterranean, the Panama Canal and Greece are just a few of the destinations on Picosa Lady’s horizons.

THIS PAGE: No work and all play here for Greg Kowalski (right). OPPOSITE The Picosa Ranch is ‘chartered’ much the same as Picosa Lady.

To stay at Picosa Ranch, go to Picosa Lady is for sale through Fraser Yachts. For information contact Jody O’Brien on


CAPTAIN OF THE YEAR At the 2011 Monaco Yacht Show, Paul Bickley was announced the winner of the Fraser Yachts Captain of the Year award, an accolade based entirely on customer appreciation. Words by Lisa Freedman

Paul Bickley started mucking about in boats at an early age. Born in New Zealand into a fishing family, Paul learnt his trade on the Southern Ocean, a very different and much harsher environment compared to the one he now normally cruises as a yacht captain. Bickely, 42, who achieved his Class IV, 3000 tonnes certificate over 10 years ago is the captain of superyacht Latitude, one of the stars of the Fraser Yachts Diamond Collection. The 52m Benetti-built yacht sleeps 12 and comes with all the trimmings one might expect of a high life on the high seas, from hand woven silk carpets and Lalique crystal to a Jacuzzi and stunning art deco interior styling. You could, however, argue that its chief glory is its captain. At the 2011 Monaco Yacht Show, Paul was announced the winner of the Fraser Yachts Captain of the Year award, an accolade based entirely on customer appreciation. ‘Latitude is part of the Diamond Collection, a new programme which aims to make the quality of service the number


one driving force in yacht charter,’ said Hein Velema, CEO of Fraser Yachts, ‘and Paul is smart and proactive, managing his crew in a friendly, but firm, manner. In 2011 all his charters — almost seven weeks back to back — were extremely successful and clients couldn’t speak too highly of him.’ Paul is now at the pinnacle of his profession, but as a young man, he certainly never imagined he’d end up in command of a superyacht. ‘I started my working life at 17 on a deepsea trawler in Tasmania,’ he recalls. ‘It wasn’t until I was in my mid 20s that I got wind of the yachting industry and headed off to Fort Lauderdale. I was a long-haired fishing hooligan. I didn’t know anyone and I knew nothing about yachting.’ He was, however, clearly a quick study. Working as a mate, he soon realised that humans required a rather different approach to fish. ‘Yachting is all about customer service, about presentation and attitude.’ Today he is particularly appreciated for his immaculate manners, laid-back good humour and discreet diplomacy.


After three seasons in the Caribbean, Paul, led by love, decided to transfer his new skills to the Med, where he was, so to speak, thrown in at the deep end. ‘My first guest was one of the biggest names in pop and it was quite a shock. I found the confidentiality agreements and the paparazzi all a bit overwhelming.’ The next client — though no less celebrated — presented a calmer side of fame. ‘As the then president of America the guest had about 25 bodyguards with him, but he was a really nice guy. You learn that each type of celebrity or guest has their own culture, whether it is world leaders, movie stars or businessmen and you have to adapt to that.’

And that has been Paul’s experience ever since. Though everyone who sails with him is financially secure (Latitude costs 231,000 Euros a week to charter) and accustomed to the highest standards, the majority are also models of graciousness and consideration. Paul says that the hardest, yet probably the most important part of his job is understanding the guests and their needs, and being able to easily adapt to those needs as they change. “I have to very quickly judge the level of formality required by each guest when they arrive and then communicate that to the crew.” Whilst this may remain constant for some guests, for others it can change by the hour and of course it changes between guests.


“One morning we finished a charter with seven very laid back cowboys, then that afternoon we welcomed a Middle Eastern royal family on board, the difference was incredible but we all just switched into formal mode. Adaptability, versatility and flexibility are key.” – Captain Paul Bickley, M/Y Latitude


Some clients charter Latitude for business (‘It’s the most private place you can find and you can’t be followed’); others for discreet assignations (‘I’m a very good judge of character when it comes to the crew and we’ve never had a whisper in the press’) but most of Paul’s guests are just there to have fun. Fortunately, the captain of Latitude has an excellent sense of humour. ‘Once I was standing on the deck beside a guest’s bodyguard, who was dressed in the usual Armani black suit. The guest was swimming in the sea and gestured to me, as a joke, to push the bodyguard in.’ Paul was happy to oblige, but sadly the bodyguard couldn’t swim, so it’s even more fortunate that his quick wits and cool head ensure that fun never turns to tears. ‘We both rushed to his rescue and fished him out within seconds.’ The work Paul normally does is generally on a more practical level. ‘You have to keep up-to-date with all the latest technical developments and you play almost every role from engineer to guidance counsellor, policeman and peace keeper, as well as being a good role model .’

THIS PAGE: (Above) Paul and the crew of Latitude; (Top) Accepting the Captain of the Year award in Monaco; (Right) Paul gives pop singer Rihanna a helping hand on board.

One of the most recent guests to enjoy this protective environment was the 23-yearold R&B singer Rihanna. ‘She’s a cool lady, but she’s always surrounded by either her adoring fans or a large contingent of staff and advisers and being told what to do. She’d never chartered a yacht before and found it a massive release from the media scrum of the showbiz life that she’s accustomed to. And that’s what a superyacht undoubtedly offers — a real refuge and escape from it all.’ In practice, Paul is both the highlyqualified manager of a floating hotel and the CE of a small business. ‘Behind the scenes, my responsibility extends from hiring and managing the 13 crew on board, to ordering new carpet, or coordinating and managing million Euro refits and above all enforcing safety. However for the guest, my most important role is to make any request come true. Anyone who charters a yacht has high expectations, I aim to always exceed those expectations and I thrive on that challenge. For me, going above and beyond the call of duty is just a normal day.’ In the summer months, on a nonstop round of the Western Med, his is a demanding existence, a 24-hour-a-day, sevenday-a-week job which separates him from his wife and two children. But, it’s a job he loves. ‘When you’re cruising along under perfect blue skies and the guests are laughing in the Jacuzzi, I can’t think of any other job I’d rather be doing.’ And his enjoyment is clearly communicated to those who sail with him. ‘Brokers and clients are delighted with Paul and his crew,’ says Hein. As they undoubtedly should be.

OPPOSITE: Paul won the award based on customer appreciation following seven weeks of back-to-back charters on board Latitude.

Latitude is currently managed and chartered by Fraser Yachts. To charter Latitude contact:


Breathe easy

Equilibrium and harmony, two properties that seem to be as symbiotic in nature as they are in our own lives. A successful blend creates a happiness we can all share. Nature has had millions of years to perfect design, yet we are only just beginning to look to evolution for our design inspiration. Words by Gareth Griffiths


Breathe easy


ur planet is almost totally covered in water. We populate only the hospitable areas, the mere perimeters; but mankind has made its best efforts to conquer the oceans for travel or exploration, for fishing and, more recently, for our own personal pleasure. Our relationship with our environment and our awareness of the impact we have made, and continue to make, has been one of the most consistent news stories of the past 20 years. We are conscious that we cannot rely on fossil fuels to power and manufacture our technologies. We are becoming increasingly responsive in design and engineering to react and create a fashionably productive, ecologically sound future. The latest creative vogue is biomimicry, looking for answers in natural species’

evolution to deal with the problems we set upon ourselves. With the marine industry being so closely related to nature as a source of design, exponents of biomimicry are possibly more traditionally commonplace on the water than elsewhere. Feadship took an industry lead when it introduced us to Breathe, a concept motoryacht with biomimicry as the fulcrum of the design brief. Breathe’s elegant aesthetic disguises many contemporary innovations that are taken not just from the oceans but from the savannah as well. The name itself comes from the ingenious, though highly theoretical, cooling system influenced by a zebra’s stripes. It is commonly believed that a zebra’s stripes are not just for camouflage but that the contrasting air temperatures reflected by the colours black and white create a cooling airflow next to the animal’s skin. Breathe uses a white hull with black shells and funnels to create a personal cool climate aiming to

reduce the reliance on air-conditioning. This is combined with the use of glass to protect the yacht from its environment, to insulate, as fur does on a mammal, and also to capture solar energy that will reduce the amount that Breathe has to rely on electrical power compared with her contemporaries. Less systems means less need for power; less need for power means less essential fossil fuel burned. The basis of Feadship’s concept has been to reduce the amount of power needed to enjoy a yacht on charter. It has made some intelligent advances in power saving, though I am surprised it didn’t consider commonplace ideas from the wind-powered side of the industry. Offshore shorthanded yacht racing has made huge steps in utilising power from wind generators, water turbines and harnessing kinetic energy. Looking to nature to influence marine design is not a modern concept though the way Feadship is using these influences

is unique. Naval architects noticed that fastswimming fish such as sharks, and mammals such as dolphins or whales have a dimpled and rough skin. It was proved that a matt or slightly abrasive skin finish is faster than a gloss one. Breathe’s hull has a hi-tech paint that creates less water friction. This means less need for power, which in turn makes big gains in economy and a smaller negative impact on the environment. Another interesting discovery and a great example of successful marine biomimicry recently published concerned a redesign of a rudder on a privately owned 65-foot sailing yacht that was experiencing serious stalling and ventilation problems when the boat heeled. After reading a paper by Len Imas and Wim M. van Rees concerning the introduction of tubercles (leading-edge projections – think of the big barnaclelike protrusions on the forward edge of a humpback whale’s pectoral fins), America’s Cup naval architect Paul Bieker discovered


that adding them to the front of this rudder improved the stall and ventilation characteristics dramatically. Discoveries such as this knobbly foil shape could lead to more effective and much smaller rudders and stabilisers. Smaller means less drag, therefore better hull performance, which results in less use of fuel. Carbon dioxide is produced whenever you burn a fossil fuel. It has been scientifically established that carbon dioxide emissions are directly related to both climate change and global warming. Carbon emissions are proportional to the quantity of fuel burned. One litre of fuel generally produces 2.32kg of carbon dioxide. A human being, by comparison, produces approximately 1kg a day, depending on the person’s lung capacity and how heavily they breathe. Alternative biofuels are being produced for the marine industry and the future may well exist in massive rapeseed farms, converting human waste, hydrogen energy cells or recycling plastic and turning it into diesel. Wind-power technologies such as flying kites high in the stratosphere to drag a large vessel through the jet streams may prove another solution but likely only for ocean crossing. It is imperative to remember that carbon dioxide is not the only by-product of pleasure yachting that affects our fragile environment. Crew and guests create masses of waste, especially on charters. While writing this article, I am currently sailing across the Atlantic, and after four days the six of us on board have already created three


50-litre garbage bags of non-biodegradable waste (mainly plastic packaging from food that we can’t jettison). Food waste, paper, metal and glass have all been donated to mother nature. This is already a surprising statistic among a small and very environmentally conscious crew. We would like to be able to recycle our collection of waste when we arrive at our destination but we all know how difficult that can be in certain ports around the world. We have no means of creating power other than by burning diesel in the main engine or generator. Then add to this 400 litres of fuel burned so far motor sailing, which is compulsory when under 10 knots of true wind speed. Due to unfortunately light winds we have probably only had the engine and generator off for a total of 36 hours, so we have already made a reasonable carbon footprint. Consider a yacht on charter with guests who wish to experience all the luxuries that the perfect charter holiday should bring. They wish to be whimsical with their preferences, to go where they want, when they want, and to eat when and where they please with little notice. The environmental effect and waste generated by a charter is probably one of the crew’s and guests’ lowest concerns, though there are definitely ways of improving upon this that could be incorporated into yacht design. There are a number of carbon offset options available now, Fraser Yachts and a number of their yachts work with Yacht Carbon Offset, a company that enables owners to offset omissions on their own

journeys or during charters. This and other programs work by enabling you to plant trees or invest in ecologically sound technologies to counterbalance the pollution that a yacht journey may cause. There is an accord between some motor yacht captains and their owners that when they are without guests they operate at half speed and donate the financial savings to carbon offset organisations. We should be incredibly proud of Feadship for taking control of the carrot that leads the design side of the marine industry forward into an eco-sensitive future. Its creativity of design makes me happy, its conscience and forward thinking is

rewarding and inspiring, whether you make it your personal interest to be mindful of the impact we make on our planet or not. As with all environmentally aware causes, any effort is good, in fact its great, and the bigger the effort the better. But we all have to be sensitive of the impact we have. Whether we are a yacht designer, a crew member, an owner or a guest, there is definitely more we can all do to reduce the negative impact we are making ecologically. It is all our responsibility to do as much as we can. In that respect, Breathe is a wonderful project.

Breathe easy

It is imperative to remember that carbon dioxide is not the only by-product of pleasure yachting that affects our fragile environment.

For purchasing a new Feadship, contact For information on how to offset your carbon omissions, email



One-stop shop Owners can cruise easy with the launch of the Yachtique Concierge Club. The club, which launched late last year, has been set up to provide yacht owners with a unique, multi-lingual support team; ready to look after almost every requirement they have, on or off the water. Members of the Concierge Club will benefit from assistance in four key areas: Booking and reservations: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year an expert team is on hand to book any reservation, whether it’s a marina berth, dinner in a five-star restaurant or a round of golf. Marine experts: A team of maritime professionals is available to advise and guide owners on a range of subjects from weather forecasts and sea conditions, to medical information and maintenance issues. Deliveries: The procurement and delivery team can source, purchase and deliver items directly to a yacht, whatever the requirement and wherever the


location. Items from spare parts to fresh fruit and vegetables can all be sourced. Member discounts: Club members will benefit from significant financial advantages through highly preferential rates on a range of marine-related products from winter storage and anti-fouling, to berthing, interior furnishings and fuel. Members will also receive preferential insurance premiums with Generali and complementary medical assistance.

To find our more and become a part of the Yachtique Concierge Club, please contact David Pranzini on +39 0584 380 1620; email or go to

Fraser Yachts is continuing to expand its worldwide presence with the opening of new offices and new partnerships around the world. At the end of 2011, Alice Caslini joined the team as a full-time Charter Broker and has opened a new office in the Dominican Republic. After several years working for Benetti in Italy Alice is familiar with the industry and will focus on the development of the LatinAmerican market. Also in this region, Fraser Yachts recently signed a partnership with Yacht Brasil — the biggest yacht dealer in Brasil with 14 offices throughout the country. We have also set up strong local partnerships with established and respected companies in India, China and Cyprus. Fraser Yachts is putting a lot of focus on these new markets, with a team of people dedicated to developing our business in these regions. We already have a number of clients in these areas and we’re looking to build on that early success. “We see huge potential for the growth of superyachts in these new markets,” says Fraser Yachts’ Global Marketing Director, Patrick Coote. “We will be offering the full range of services in all of these regions, apart from Brazil which will remain focused on yacht charter initially.”

MULTI-MILLION-DOLLAR MIAMI Not to be confused with the Miami Boat Show, the Yacht and Brokerage Boat Show in Miami Beach is a multi-million dollar presentation of yachts and superyachts. The in-water-only display presentation covers more than 1.2 million square feet of space over a mile-long strip of Indian Creek Waterway, featuring more than 500 new and pre-owned vessels valued at more than a billion dollars. The show took place from February 16 to 20, 2012, in the heart of beautiful Miami Beach on Indian Creek Waterway at Collins Avenue (S.R. A1A) – from 41st to 51st Streets. Fraser Yachts was present at the show with a beautiful display and five yachts, ranging up to 110 feet, which proved hugely popular with the show’s visitors.

DREAMING OF BOATING To highlight the talent of yacht designers, Fraser Yachts collaborated with Eidsgaard in the lead up to Christmas to create a new window display within its Mayfair office. The unveiling of the display served as the perfect festive opportunity for networking with clients and industry peers. Creating a theme based upon children’s dreams of boating, Eidsgaard created a large stainless steel model of a traditional sailing yacht for the main window and filled the office with sketches of boats and oversized drawing instruments. The event was attended by about 50 guests, including clients, partner companies and industry friends from the London area. The current installation will be replaced by a new display created by another designer later in the spring.

New arrivals this Spring Some of the latest yachts to join the Fraser Yachts charter fleet include: Feligo V Prana Deep Blue II Criss C Aurora Dignitatis Bradley Blade Coca VI Party Girl

Feligo V

Criss C



Aurora Dignitatis

Coca VI

Deep Blue II


Party Girl


Out of this Cosmos! From the drawing board of London-based design firm Claydon Reeves, project Cosmos redefines the ‘ultimate explorer’ concept with this iconic vessel being exclusively developed and marketed by Fraser Yachts Sales Broker, Jeff Partin, out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. More details will be released shortly. GENERAL SPECS: 70m LOA, 12.5m Beam,10m Swimming pool, 12 Guests, 21 Crew, helicopter in dedicated hangar, 7500nm Range @ 10.5knts, Max 15knts speed.

Number one in the market

Maximum value, fraction of the price Fraser Yachts’ management team recently welcomed the yachts from the SeaNet Fractional Ownership Programme into its management fleet. Made up of Benetti Delfino 93’ yachts located in the world’s most popular international cruising destinations, the programme offers SeaNet clients the benefits of private yacht ownership at a fraction of the investment. Whilst previously based on the US West Coast, at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, SeaNet announced a major expansion to locations including the Caribbean, Western and Eastern Mediterranean, US East Coast and Bahamas and Mexico, providing clients the opportunity to enjoy a broader yachting experience throughout the year. Shares in the programme start at €1,735,000 plus your


share of operating expenses, which entitles you to 50-plus days on board a Benetti Delfino 93’, plus the service of the captain, chef and crew in any of these popular locations. The Delfino accommodates 10 to 12 guests in a main deck master suite and four large guest suites. “With one of the largest fleets under yacht management, Fraser Yachts has the management skills and experience we need to make sure the job will be done right and the yachts and their crew are well looked after,” says SeaNet Fractional Yachts President and CEO, Michael Costa. For more information about the SeaNet Fractional Ownership programme please contact, call +1.949.764-1718 or 800.638.7715 (USA), or go to

Fraser Yachts welcomed some good news at the start of the year with the publication of the industry’s sales figures for 2011. The latest data from Boat International’s Market Intelligence shows that Fraser Yachts had the largest share of the superyacht market in 2011. The report shows that Fraser Yachts is significantly ahead of the other players in terms of total sales and the total combined length of all yachts sold. “In recent years, the superyacht industry has seen numerous brokerage houses clamouring for market share, each trying to claim the number one spot and attempting to gain prominence with bright colours and big logos,” says Fraser Yachts’ Global Marketing Director, Patrick Coote. “Our philosophy has simply been to work hard and get the best resultsSuperyacht for our clients.” Sales 2011*

Award-winning Another successful show

charter brokers Fraser Yachts is proud to announce that two of our US Charter Brokers have recently won recognition for all their hard work. Robin O’Brien was voted as Florida Yacht Brokers Association’s Charter Broker of the Year at its Annual Dinner held at the Hyatt Pier 66. Robin, who was surprised and delighted to win the award, said: “I am fortunate to work in an ever-changing industry that is filled with dynamic, creative people. I’m also very lucky to have wonderful, loyal clients.” Meanwhile Jan Henry was presented with an award from the American Yacht Charter Association (AYCA) in recognition and appreciation of her years of service and leadership as President of the AYCA 2007 — 2011. Congratulations ladies!

Last year’s Antigua Charter Show was hailed a success with Fraser Yachts participating in the yacht hop and day sails with great reviews from attending brokers. The show took place in the English Harbour Marina from December 5 to 10, 2011. Fraser Yachts was present with eight of our stunning charter yachts: • Paraffin, 60m Feadship • Turquoise, 55m Proteksan • Marie, 55m Vitters • Dream, 52m Feadship • Grace E, 50m Codecasa • Touch, 37m Louisbourg • Koi, 35m McMullen & Wing • Aurora Dignitatis, 27m Ferretti

Fraser Yachts also hosted a Captains’ Dinner in partnership with Lusben to celebrate the start of the show. More than 60 guests, including 40 captains, enjoyed a relaxed meal at the Admirals Inn. As soon as the dining was

Set to make a splash

May 2012 will see the official launch of the new M/Y Vulcan 46, a world-class yacht that has been designed for ocean voyages together with an outstanding and durable lowmaintenance exterior by Mulder Design. Vicem set out to build a yacht which is lighter and faster than the industry standard, achieving 25 knots at top speed while maintaining high efficiency cruising and a long-range capability of 4,000NM at 12 knots. Using the latest design and construction techniques, the yacht has a larger interior volume than many other yachts of its size and has been created by Art Line. Bringing a new definition to the word luxury, the interior provides

outstanding elegance throughout the six cabins and entertainment areas. Her signature open atrium provides 45ft of unbroken natural lighting from the sun deck all the way down to the lower deck. The full beam Master Suite, located on the main deck, features an office and private gym. Thanks to Vicem’s internal team of 400 specialised craftsmen, the Vulcan 46 features impeccable construction and craftsmanship and is available for sale at $USD27,000,000. For more information contact

over, local band ‘1761’ turned up the volume and with the help of a few Caribbean cocktails the party was soon in full swing and people danced the night away.

Refreshing style

A new Yachtique Styling Lounge was opened in Viareggio at the end of January. The two-story emporium has been purpose built to display the latest materials, fixtures and fittings to create the ultimate superyacht interior. The styling lounge has been fitted out with elegant storage cupboards, created by expert craftsmen from the Benetti shipyard. Each cupboard is a veritable Aladdin’s cave, full of beautiful fabric samples, leathers, woods, mosaics, tiles and marbles from the world’s top designers and craftsmen. The lounge has been designed as a one-stop shop for yacht owners to review, compare and select the finest materials on offer to fit out their yachts. The showroom has been designed to exude classic elegance that complements the existing Styling Lounge located just 50 metres away, which has a slightly more contemporary feel and is used almost exclusively by Azimut customers. “We can satisfy a myriad different tastes and preferences to piece together interiors that are an accurate reflection of the buyers’ character and personal style,” says the manager of both showrooms, Giulia Galanti. To find out more about the styling lounges please contact Giulia Galanti at or go to


Captains’ Dinner 2011

Captain Alistair Bendall and his wife. Rudi and Rafaela Plessers.

More than 300 guests danced the night away at the 2011 Captains’ Dinner and Awards held at the Monaco Yacht Club, hosted by Fraser Yachts, in partnership with Hublot, Maybach and Vilanova Grand Marina. Nigel Darby and Cecilia Lindstrom. Left: Antoine Althaus and friend.

A guest admires the Maybach on display.

Photos courtesy of Marc Paris

Captain David Clarke, Delphine Francois and Josh Gulbranson and Patty Lengel.

Irina Rojas, Ignacio Erroz and Aida Andreu. Above: Kari Webber From left: Jeremy Peek and Massima Piras, Patricia Caswell and Nicole Mackenzie and Captain Aaron Clark with his award next to the America’s Cup.


Latoya Sutherland, Angelo Caputo, Ms Lafearn Mattadeen and Hon. John Maginley. Maik van Zoggel and Robert van Tol.

Captain of the Year, Paul Bickley and his wife Caroline.

Hein Velema and Elena Berezina.

Tim Davey and friend.

Marco Nocenti and Daniela DeMarco.

Above: Simeon Abrashev, Lisa Peck and San San Hooning. Left: Gregory and Maxime Bonin Mac James.

Velislava Ilieva and Andrea Angiolani.

Florence Xing and Delphine Lignieres.

Jon Banks and friend.

Celine Bavafa and Lucy Cheramy.

Natalia Verpeka and Pat Codere.


Right: Mike Maorino, Ned Macpherson and friend. Below: Event sponsors, Luxor.

Dockside Soirée The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show was the location for Fraser Yachts’ annual owners’ event. More than 200 guests mingled during the evening, which was in participation with Bentley, Piaget, Luxor and Grey Goose. Steve Hibbe and guest.

Captain Eric Shear of M/Y Sea Bowld and wife.

Hein Velema & Debra Blackburn. The Grey Goose girls.


Jim Ruffalo and Howard Meyer.

Andrew Wurtele and guest.

Photos courtesy of Laura Coppelman Photography

Stuart Cochrane from Bentley USA unveils the new Bentley Continental GTC.

Jeroen Minnema and Vassilis Fotilas.

Jeff Partin, Offer Attia and Zorka Partin.

Piaget shows off its new collections.

Paola Santella, Mauro Caslini and Luca Santella, President of Open Boat Italia.

Cheri Barnes and Michael Selter.

Ernie Vidal, Ivanna Chueca Vidal and Dan Vidal.

Patrick Coote, Kari Webber and Howard Schwartz of Bentley, Ft. Lauderdale.

Meridith Miller and Justin Weitzenfeld.

Robb Report and Arturo Fuente Cigars.

Patrica Anglero, Mike Lichtenfeld, Rachel Canzona and Sandra Tagliamonte.





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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The Superyacht Experts Monaco | Ft Lauderdale | San Diego | London | Viareggio Palma | Seattle | Mexico City | Casa de Campo | Cyprus

KAISERWERFT 75m (246’) | Kaiserwerft | 2015 | 59,000,000 EUR SKY – WATER - SPACE A unique concept focused on integrating the exterior and interior. Shared beach club areas allow guests access to their tender in the private harbor below. LIGHT - PRIVACY - COMFORT Light is a major feature with sunbeds rotating to face the sun and stairs descending beneath a glass pool. Each guest room has their own terrace. James Munn | Monaco +377 93 100 450 |

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

+ 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

LAUREL 73m (240’) | Delta Marine | 2006 | POA Superbly executed by Delta Marine with interior design by Don Starkey. Seven staterooms in owners party. Steel hull and composite superstructure. She is exquisite in her detail, finish and condition. LAUREL is certainly the highest pedigree yacht of her size on the market. Please call for viewing appointment. Stuart Larsen | Ft. Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 | Josh Gulbranson | Ft. Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 |

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

A true explorer vessel (both in design and build), Andiamo features an ice strengthened hull and all the equipment expected for long distance cruising, including extensive storage and rugged but comfortable tenders, sea kayaks and

ROSSINAVI 65M SD | 65m (213’) | Rossinavi | 2015 | 48,000,000 EUR

This is the largest of the new line of yachts designed by Tommaso Spadolini for Rossinavi. This is a very innovative “Rich and Elegant” series, with just a few definite essential lines. The wide body main deck design creates ample space

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sailing dinghy’s. In contrast to her “tough” exterior this vessel has a tasteful and refined interior of the highest quality by Glade Johnson. Dennis Frederiksen | Monaco + 377 93 100 450 |

inside, well above the average volume for a yacht of this size. Ciro Petrucci | Viareggio + 39 0584 385090 |

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

+ 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

for sale & charter

PARAFFIN | 60m (179’) | Feadship | 2001/2010 | 44,750,000 EUR

A luxurious six stateroom yacht featuring a highly refined interior of the highest quality. Some of her special features include large deck spaces, an armada of toys and an oversized Owners bathroom and dressing room.

VULCAN 46 | 46m (151’) | Vicem Yachts | 2012 | 27,000,000 USD

Semi displacement advanced composite fast motor yacht. Cruising at 22+ knots. 4000 NM Range at 12 knots. Built to RINA Class and compliant Cayman Island MCA LY2. Owner’s stateroom on the main deck and guest accommodation (10) on

Also equipped with zero speed stabilizers, Paraffin provides comfort at anchor and also offers endless entertainment options. Dennis Frederiksen | Monaco + 377 93 100 450 |

the lower deck in full beam VIP cabin, two twin cabins and two double cabins. Modern styling with large open spaces and wide windows. Antoine Larricq | Monaco + 377 93 100 450 |

PROTEKSAN-TURQUOISE 75M | 75m (246’) | Proteksan | 2013 | 57,500,000 EUR Beautiful A ndrew Winch design, well under construction for fast deliver y. Various options are still available for styling and layout including private owner’s deck, 6 staterooms on deck and massive spa area.

Helicopter landing, big garages and exceptional volume. Stuart Larsen | Ft. Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 |

for sale & charter

Not for sale to US residents while in US waters.

TURQUOISE | 55m (181’) | Proteksan | 2011 | 35,500,000 USD

New full displacement yacht delivered only 8 months ago. Six staterooms with two on deck. Tenders in garages, zero speed stabilizers, Lloyds class, MCA and LY2.

GEO Spirit of Expedition | 55m (180’) | Mariotti | 2015 | 33,000,000 EUR

Designed by famous Luca Dini, developed by world renowned Mariotti Shipyard and Fraser Yachts. Exceptional 950GT for 55m, 6 cabins, master on upper deck.

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

David Legrand | Monaco +377 93 100 450 |

for sale & charter

for sale & charter

ANEDIGMI | 49m (163’) | Oceanco | 1993/2011 | 13,500,000 EUR Excellent layout with owner’s stateroom, gym and large Jacuzzi on the upper deck. Generous interior and exterior space give the feeling of a much larger vessel.

NOA VII | 48m (158’) | Feadship | 1997/2007 | 19,500,000 EUR

Giulio Riggio | Palma +34 971 700 445 |

Dennis Frederiksen | Monaco +377 93 100 450 |

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Pedigreed Feadship. Superbly quiet, perfect maintenance. Five doubles, John Munford modern classic interior. Best, newest, manageable sized Feadship on the market. MCA compliant.

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

+ 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

FUSION | 37m (121’) | Peri Yachts | 2012 | 9,950,000 EUR Brand spanking new, incredible attention to detail, huge volume (280 GT) and deck spaces, FUSION was specially designed for the Owner of the shipyard. Unique! David Legrand | Monaco +377 93 100 450 |

ALFA SEA | 41m (135’) | Palmer Johnson | 2009/2010 | POA Refit includes new paint, interior design by Remi Tessier, A/V systems, and alteration to her layout. Vassilis Fotilas | Monaco + 377 93 100 450 | Richard Earp | Monaco + 377 93 100 450 |

for sale & charter

CRISS C | 34m (111’) | Christensen | 1993/2011 | 3,750,000 EUR Best Christensen of her generation, CRISS C has already been twice around the world. She is in immaculate condition. VAT PAID and low maintenance costs.

VVS1 | 34m (112’) | Alloy Yachts | 2007 | 11,500,000 EUR VVS1 - a multi award winning true explorer vessel from a highly regarded shipyard. Simply the best midsize explorer currently for sale on the market.

David Legrand | Monaco + 377 93 100 450 |

David Legrand | Monaco + 377 93 100 450 |

SHADOW | 31m (101’) | Comar Yachts | 2011 | 7,950,000 EUR

This race pedigree, full carbon, 4 cabins, lifting keel performance cruiser is brand new.

Julian Calder | London + 44 207 016 4480 | Nabil El Jammal | London + 44 207 016 4480 |

AVAGLIANI | 30m (99’) | Benetti | 2009 | 6,300,000 EUR New CA, like new, best opportunity for a Benetti Tradition on the Market; Zero speed, few engine hours, ready to go. Oscar Romano | Viareggio + 39 334 688 4998 |

REGINA | 56m (183’) | Med Yachts | 2011 | 11,000,000 EUR MCA compliant, classically styled schooner with accomodation for 12 guests in 6 cabins. James Munn | Monaco + 377 93 100 450 | David Legrand | Monaco + 377 93 100 450 |

ULYSSES | 60m (196’) | Trinity | 2006 | 49,000,000 USD Solidly built and finished to the highest standards ULYSSES is the ultimate Exploration Yacht. She has massive volume from her 11m (36’) beam over 5 decks. The Owner’s stateroom is private on the

BEYOND | 30m (100’) | Inace | 2009 | 4,950,000 EUR A fantastic pocket explorer, steel hull, RINA and MCA compliant, 4 cabins. Antoine Larricq | Monaco + 33 678 63 61 72 | Julian Calder | London + 44 791 865 0089 |

bridge deck, well separated from the seven other staterooms. Stuart Larsen | Ft. Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 |

RC | 41m (135’) | Baglietto | 2004/2010 | 9,700,000 EUR

Very famous MY RC - 41 mt Baglietto is now for sale. She accommodates 10 guests in great comfort, in 5 cabins with owner suite on main deck. Unique interior design.

Ciro Pettruci | Viareggio +39 335 18 22 971 |

for sale & charter

Not for sale to US residents while in US waters.

DEEP BLUE II | 43m (143’) | Oceanco | 1996/2008 | 15,900,000 USD

ALIA 82 | 25m (82’) | Alia Yachts | 2012 | 5,950,000 USD

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

James Munn Julian Calder

Quality construction with Dutch Pedigree. Completely refitted in 2007/2008. Interior design by Paolo Rossi. Showboats Intl award for best semi disp yacht over 40m.

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Advanced composite construction ensures excellent performance without compromise on luxury. | Monaco + 377 93 100 450 | | London + 44 791 865 0089 |

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

+ 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

Not for sale to US residents while in US waters.

ALIBI | 51m (167’) | CBI Navi | 2005 | 15,750,000 EUR

LORETTA ANNE IV | 40m (131’) | Alloy Yachts | 2009 | 17,900,000 USD

Dennis Frederiksen | Monaco + 377 93 100 450 |

Jody O’Brien | Ft. Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 |

CRESCENT 144 | 44m (144’) | Crescent Custom Yachts | 2012 | 18,900,000 USD A unique opportunity to acquire a high quality and innovative build that is approximately 70% complete at a substantial discount to replacement value.

ELLE | 46m (150’) | Tacoma Puglia | 1993/2008 | 10,900,000 USD Heavily built steel displacement yacht with massive volume and range. Full width owners stateroom on deck, 4 king staterooms below. Zero speed stabs, recent refit and super condition.

Neal Esterly | San Diego + 1 619 225 0588 |

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

HERITAGE | 45m (148’) | Perini Navi | 2006 | 17,500,000 EUR Five cabin 45.3m 2006 with a tasteful interior. Main features: large saloon, outdoor saloon with 3 seating areas, aft side stern door/beach club. Immaculately maintained by 1 owner.

INFINITY | 46m (150’) | Cobra Yachting | 2011 | 9,300,000 EUR

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

David Legrand | Monaco + 377 93 100 450 |

This vessel comfortably accommodates 12 passengers in 6 cabins, as well as having extremely large and well laid out exterior deck space, plus a comfortable swim platform.

Gorgeous Alloy, Dubois, Starkey design with on-deck master, office, three en-suites and gym below. Flybridge dining, jacuzzi, tender garage and zero speed stabilizers. MCA and Lloyds!

Contemporary design with an immense salon, 6 staterooms, large deck with private sun deck, MCA compliant, RINA charter commercial class.

for charter

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SOUTH | 53m (174’) | Rossinavi | 2008 | 270,000 EUR pw A beautifully styled spacious Italian interior featuring neutral colours and a clean modern look, enhanced by the natural light falling through the large windows. Part of the Diamond Collection.

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Please contact your nearest office for further details, or email

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

+ 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

for charter

IMAGINE | 65m (214’) | Amels | 2011 | 465,000 EUR pw With an exterior designed by Tim Heywood and interior by Andrew Winch, Imagine cannot fail to impress. She boasts huge volumes and an array of water toys to keep even the most active charter guests entertained. Part of the Diamond Collection.

Please contact your nearest office for further details, or email

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FORCE BLUE | 63m (207’) | Royal Denship | 2002/2009 | 235,000 EUR pw With huge volume Force Blue offers a wealth of activities to keep guests entertained including a cinema, a huge disco area, a fully equipped gym and a well thought out SPA center with massage room.

Please contact your nearest office for further details, or email

for charter

MARIE | 55m (180’) | Vitters | 2010 | 200,000 USD pw

Nautical paintings, antiques, a baby grand piano and working cannons will take you back in time to the adventure, excitement and romance of the sea. Marie accommodates 8 guests and will be available for charter in the South Pacific this summer.

Please contact your nearest office for further details, or email

for charter

for charter

PRANA | 52m (169’) | Alloy Yachts | 2006 | 175,000 EUR pw

GRACE E | 50m (163’) | Codecasa | 2004/2009 | 225,000 EUR pw Expansive deck areas are perfect for enjoying the fresh sea breeze onboard Grace E, while below deck lies sumptuous accommodation for 12 guests.

One of the best elite luxury sailing charter yachts in navigation today, Prana (exKonkordia) now offers “healthy” focused charters with specialized crew.

Please contact your nearest office for further details, or email

Please contact your nearest office for further details, or email

for charter

for charter

PHOCEA | 75m (246’) | Arsenal | 1976/2010 | 160,000 EUR pw

BLADE | 44m (144’) | MMGI | 2010 | 125,000 EUR pw

Please contact your nearest office for further details, or email

Please contact your nearest office for further details, or email

One of the most prestigious and legendary superyachts in the world. Originally built purely for speed, she has been redesigned to offer the finest luxury experience.

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Following an extensive refit Blade now features an outstanding blue hull with chrome finish and a light and modern interior to welcome guests.

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

+ 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

for charter

for sale & charter

CALISTO | 41m (136’) | Astoria Marine | 1944/2008 | 50,000 USD pw

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

KAI | 36m (120’) | Benetti | 2008/2011 | 110,000 EUR pw A refreshing interior with ivory limetsone flooring complementing the dark woodwork and a convertible cabin layout to suit guest requirements.

Please contact your nearest office for further details, or email

Please contact your nearest office for further details, or email

for charter

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SARITA SI | 40m (131’) | CRN Ancona | 1973/2009 | 70,000 EUR pw

This classic yacht with her elegant lines, incredible deck space and her sophisticated, warm Gentleman’s yacht interior is a timeless masterpiece. Part of the Diamond Collection.

PRINTEMPS | 34m (112’) | Heesen | 1987/2009 | 40,500 EUR pw A light and fresh interior with a spacious full beam owner’s suite, along with a large Jacuzzi and new AV system are just some of the features awaiting guests onboard Printemps.

Please contact your nearest office for further details, or email

Please contact your nearest office for further details, or email

for charter

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FELIGO V | 34m (110’) | Canteri di Pisa | 2008 | 50,000 USD pw Ideally suited for cruising in Greece, Feligo V offers timeless lines, an elegant interior, large exterior deck spaces and easy access to the sea.

AURORA DIGNITATIS | 27m (88’) | Ferretti | 2008 | 38,000 USD pw

Contemporary design enhances the large interior volume of this fast and sleek yacht. Four staterooms comfortably accommodate up to 9 guests with toys galore to entertain.

Please contact your nearest office for further details, or email

Please contact your nearest office for further details, or email

for charter

for charter

COCA VI | 27m (87’) | Arno | 2000/2008 | 35,000 EUR pw A yacht in spotless condition with modern decoration thanks to numerous refits, she also offers a spectacular master stateroom.

PHILANDERER | 40m (131’) | Concorde Yachts | 1992/2011 | 49,000 EUR Sistership to the famous Mirabella sailing yachts, Philanderer has an impressive charter reputation, further enhanced by large interior volume and a great layout.

Please contact your nearest office for further details, or email

Please contact your nearest office for further details, or email

THE DIARY Art Brussels – 30th Contemporary Art Fair


Art Brussels – 30th Contemporary Art Fair

National Cherry Blossom Festival

What: An annual five-week event that celebrates springtime in Washington DC, as well as the 1912 gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. When: March 20-April 27 Where: Washington DC, US


Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival

What: The festival presents the most impressive and prestigious programme, which is staged at Oxford. Literary types can expect to hear the musings of more than 550 speakers over nine days. When: March 24-April 1 Where: Christchurch, UK

Grand National

What: Known as ‘The Ascot of the North’, this event is not only one of the highlights of the sporting year: it’s a major diary date for any serious socialite. With its fashion parade of hats and frocks, it is renowned for its sense of frivolity and is the perfect backdrop for some serious courting. When: April 12-14 Where: Liverpool, UK

Antibes Yacht Show

What: The only yacht show in the Mediterranean for brokerage and charter and the best yacht show to attend if you’re looking to make a purchase before the start of the season. When: April 12-15 Where: Port Vauban, Antibes, France


Fifth Annual Pebble Beach Food and Wine

What: The premier epicurean lifestyle event on the West Coast featuring world-renowned celebrity chefs creating decadent culinary delights paired with exceptional wines. When: April 12-15 Where: Pebble Beach, California, US

Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters

What: The Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters is the first of three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments played on clay. The tournament is a player and fan favourite due to its magnificent location and long tradition of champions. When: April 14-22 Where: Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Milan Design Week

What: Designers from around the world will descend on the Italian financial capital to salivate over the latest developments in state-of-theart furniture and products for the home. More than 2,000 companies exhibit at the event, setting up camp in the Milan Fairgrounds. When: 17-22 April Where: Milan, Italy

What: The European platform for upcoming talents in the field of contemporary art also focuses on strong, established galleries, representing a selection of their highest-quality paintings, sculptures, photography, video and installations. When: April 19-22 Where: Brussels, Belgium

London Marathon

What: One of the biggest running events in the world, and one of the five top world marathons that make up the World Marathon Majors competition, which has a $1million prize purse. When: 22 April Where: London, UK

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

What: A signature cultural event for its home city, New Orleans, rivalling Mardi Gras as one of New Orleans’ global calling cards. When: April 27-May 6 Where: Louisiana, US

Art Chicago

What: The annual international fair of contemporary and modern art, bringing together the world’s leading emerging and established galleries. When: April 27-April 29 Where: Chicago, US

What: A chance to see yachts racing in some of the best sailing conditions in the world, while soaking up the party atmosphere in the historic English Harbour. When: April 29-May 4 Where: Antigua

MYBA Charter Show

What: One of the most important international exhibitions dedicated to charter professionals and superyachts. When: April 30-May 4 Where: Porto Antico, Genoa

MAY Kentucky Derby

What: A stakes race for three-yearold thoroughbred horses, staged yearly on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week Kentucky Derby Festival. When: May 5 Where: Louisville, Kentucky, US

Cannes Film Festival

What: Movie fans might think the Cannes Film Festival is all about cinema. But most would agree it is the parties that steal the show. For 12 days, the quiet seaside resort of Cannes on the south coast of France will transform into a razzledazzle party town to mark the 65th anniversary of the festival. When: May 16-27 Where: Cannes, France


Top Marques Monaco

What: The most exclusive car show in the world, where you’ll also find private jets, private yachts, luxury real estate, private banking, watches, rare wines and unique products of excellence from luxury brands. When: April 19-22 Where: Monaco

Antigua Sailing Week


What: ART HK has positioned itself as a key fixture on the international art calendar. Art world insiders increasingly recognise the importance of the art market in Asia as part of their long-term strategy as the economic and political balance of power shift ever eastwards. When: May 17-20 Where: Hong Kong, China

art chicago

nantucket wine Festival

What: The festival has become one of the best wine events in the US, with some of the finest global wine talent on hand every year. When: May 16-20 Where: Massachusetts, US

international conteMPorarY Furniture Fair

What: The 24th annual fair is set to turn New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Centre into a global summit for what is best and what is next in design. The event will host more than 500 exhibitors from more than 30 countries in categories from accessories to wall coverings. When: May 19-22 Where: New York, US

ForMula 1 Monaco grand Prix

rhs chelsea Flower show

What: The ultimate event in the gardening calendar, new this year are the Fresh Gardens and Tradestands – a new zone where you will see the latest in garden technology and innovation. When: May 22-26 Where: London, UK

glYndebourne oPera

What: Created in 1934 by John Christie at his family home outside Lewes, near Brighton, the festival is still chaired by the founder’s grandson Gus Christie, attracting the best conductors, orchestras and singers from around the globe. When: May 20-August 26 Where: Lewes, East Sussex

aMerican suPerYacht ForuM

What: Created by The Superyacht Group, the American Superyacht Forum 2012 will bring together heavyweight speakers, influential experts, technical geniuses and valuable contacts. When: May 21-23 Where: Florida, US

What: Presenting emergent contemporary art from around the world as a platform for a young generation of national and international galleries. When: May 26-29 Where: Barcelona, Spain

haY Festival

What: Hay Festival was founded around a kitchen table in 1987. The festival continues to attract the most exciting writers, filmmakers, comedians, politicians and musicians to inspire, delight and entertain. When: May 31-June 10 Where: Hay-on-Wye, Wales

rhs chelsea Flower show

china international Marine, Port & shiPbuilding Fair

glYndebourne oPera

swab barcelona

What: More than 600 exhibitors representing more than 20 countries and regions come together to talk shipbuilding and accessories for the port industry, logistics, marine technology and relevant equipment, fittings and technology. When: May 23-25 Where: Nanjing International Expo Centre, China

ForMula 1 Monaco grand Prix

What: Celebrating its 70th anniversary, the Monaco F1 Grand Prix is widely considered to be one of the most significant and famous automobile races in the world. When: May 24-27 Where: Monte Carlo, Monaco

white nights Festival

What: A magic experience, revellers soak up world-class performances of ballet, opera and classical music under a sky that never darkens. Piling out of the theatres at midnight, they then explore the city’s majestic architecture and long straight boulevards awash with a unique and enchanting light. When: May 25-July 15 Where: St. Petersburg, Russia

June art basel

What: The world’s premier international art show for modern and contemporary works, Art Basel features nearly 300 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa showcasing the highestquality paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, video and editioned works. When: June 14-17 Where: Basel, Switzerland

suPerYacht cuP PalMa

What: The Superyacht Cup is the longest-running superyacht regatta in Europe. This spectacular event attracts some of the most prestigious sailing yachts of 24 metres and above from all over the world to take part in a four-day regatta on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Mallorca. When: June 20-23 Where: Palma, Mallorca

veuve clicquot gold cuP Polo

What: A bestseller amongst the glitterati, the three-week tournament is not only the highlight of the British polo calendar, it is also a fabulous opportunity to feast on sumptuous beef and wine from Argentina, where many of the best players come from. Whether you’re nostalgic for the pony club days of your youth, or you fancy doing a bit of celebrity spotting, the Gold Cup is a glamorous day out for everyone. When: West Sussex, UK Where: June 21-July 17

veuve clicquot gold cuP Polo

us oPen chaMPionshiP

What: The US Open is the second of the four major championships in golf and is on the official schedule of both the PGA Tour and the European Tour. When: June 14-17 Where: California, US

le Mans 24 hours

What: Steve McQueen turned it into a film, Paul Newman raced there, Luc Besson used it as a film set and it is today much more than a sports event; it is a real legend, a purveyor of emotions that has witnessed the defeats of the greatest and the victories of the strongest. When: June 16-17 Where: Le Mans, France

wiMbledon tennis chaMPionshiPs

What: Since the first championships in 1877, Wimbledon has grown from its roots as a garden-party tournament to a Grand Slam tournament with a following of millions around the world. When: June 25-July 8 Where: London, UK

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JulY 2012 bewin dolPhin 12-Metre world chaMPionshiPs and british tour What: Both modern and classic 12-metre yachts from around the globe will converge on Solent waters for 17 days of fiercely competitive sailing providing an impressive sight for on-water spectators as well as for those viewing from the shore. When: June 27-July 15 Where: Hampshire, UK


What: You’re invited to an exclusive rendezvous between those who make ultra luxury and those who live it. Luxuria offers lovers of luxury the chance to sample tailor-made, rare or unique high-end products and services, made with savoir faire and creativity. When: July 5-7 Where: Monte Carlo, Monaco

ForMula 1 british grand Prix

What: Few sporting occasions match the intensity, glamour and drama of this event. Whether a wide-eyed first timer or seasoned veteran, the experience is breathtaking with the ever-popular post-race party, air displays, E-Zones and the F1 trade mall. When: July 6-8 Where: Silverstone, UK

saratoga Polo

What: A season of world-class players, record crowds and a host of sponsors head to the historic Whitney Fields for seven action-packed weeks of polo. When: July 6-September 2 Where: New York, US

london 2012 olYMPics

What: London will become the first city to officially host the modern Olympic Games three times in its history, featuring 26 sports, which break down into 39 disciplines. When: 27 July-12 August Where: London, England

concours d’elegance

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Monte carlo red cross gala ball


What: A celebration of some of the world’s most exclusive brands for a grand three-day event in celebration of everything that epitomises luxury. Mingle with the finest brands from designer clothing, exclusive properties to jewellery, yachts and aviation, as well as vintage, classic and super cars. When: July 4-6 Where: London, UK

What: The Sporting d’Eté Club is the prestigious venue for this important fundraiser, which attracts ball gownclad celebrities in their dozens. When: July (date to be comfirmed) Where: Monte-Carlo, Monaco

august the sYdneY international boat show

What: A wealth of information and entertainment over five days with a boat-building competition, classic and historical boat displays, fishing clinics and fashion parades. When: August 2-6 Where: Sydney, Australia

25th newPort bucket regatta

What: An annual regatta where the emphasis is more upon wholesome fun than about winning. When: August 24-26 Where: Newport, Rhode Island, US

us oPen tennis tournaMent

What: At the US Open, sport, celebrity and entertainment all come together in one of the world’s greatest cities in the world. When: August 27-September 9 Where: New York, US

What: An event that raises the awareness and promotes international cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and tolerance. When: August 29 - September 8 Where: Venice, Italy

london design Festival

What: Set over nine days, the festival will feature hundreds of events across London, showcasing the city’s pivotal role in global design. When: September 15-23 Where: London, UK

salon Privé

What: Whether you’re into vintage super cars or modern, exotic motor cars, Salon Privé has it all, perfectly set against the backdrop of the exquisite and exclusive Hurlingham Club. When: September 5-7 Where: London, UK

rolex big boat series

What: The St Francis Yacht Club inaugurated its Perpetual Trophy Regatta in 1963, and the Rolex Big Boat Series has become the club’s signature event, drawing great sailors from around the globe. When: September 8-11 Where: San Francisco, US

35th cannes boat show

What: Two ports - Vieux Port and Port Pierre Canto - present the foremost builders of pleasure boats and luxury yachts, the most magnificent units and the greatest European and American brokers. When: September 11-16 Where: Cannes, France

new York Fashion week

What: A whirlwind of style and glamour over eight champagne-fuelled days showcasing some of the world’s biggest designers including Diane Von Furstenberg and Calvin Klein. And, as one would expect from a 24-hour city like New York, the parties are extravagant and endless. When: September 13-20 Where: New York, US

london design Festival

biscaY 2012 oFFshore race

What: Inaugurated by the Royal Southern Yacht Club in celebration of its 175th Anniversary, the Biscay 2012 is a new open sailing race for monohull vessels. A single race, run in three successive legs with points accrued towards an overall classification, it covers approximately 950 nautical miles, starting and finishing in the Solent and visiting the French ports of La Rochelle and Brest. When: September 16-29 Where: UK to France

Monaco Yacht show

What: Every year, shipyards, brokers, equipment and service providers and high-profile private and professional visitors from around the world make the show, a true baromatre for the yachting industry. When: September 19-22 Where: Port Hercules

22nd annual sante Fe wine and chile Fiesta

What: An annual event featuring dozens of West Coast wineries with guest chef demonstrations, wine seminars and the Gruet Golf Classic. When: September 26-30 Where: Sante Fe, New Mexico, US

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