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ISSUE 06 W I N TE R 2 0 1 1

T h e in t e l l i g e n t m a g a z in e f o r l i v in g , l o v in g a nd l u x ury ya c h t s


04 THE POWER OF A

HIGHLAND BREEZE Ben Kolff takes evident pleasure in his business, and approaches pleasure with entrepreneurial flair. But then he’s both a captain of industry, and the helmsman of a boat, two activities that overlap, intersect and complement each other in various ways.

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22 THE ENDLESS SUMMER

12 ‘PEACEFUL PLACE’

A beautiful smell has the uncanny ability to take you to a special place. For me, the sweet combination of grapefruit and aniseed instantly takes me back to Amanyara Villas – an island paradise resort so secretly tucked away in the Caribbean that those who have had the pleasure to visit prefer to keep it to themselves.

The seeds of a four-year journey aboard MY Kauhale Kai were sown in 2005 following the Transpacific Yacht Race aboard adventurist Larry Barels’ J120 sailboat.

Fly in. Jump aboard. Cast off. Chartering a yacht is a great way to visit those places that you just can’t get to by plane, train or automobile. It’s also a terrific tactic to test the waters when thinking about buying a yacht of your own.

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15 REDEFINE YOUR LIMITS When I’m old and grey, and finally get around to writing ‘that’ book, there will be a chapter designated to the best times of my life. Within those stories of love and laughter, there will be the tale of the mermaid: the woman with the golden hair who swam with us to the bottom of the ocean and opened our eyes to the beauty of life under the sea.

68 HAVING A BALL

30 TRY ON A CHARTER

Palma de Mallorca, a major port city on the island of Mallorca and the capital of Spain’s Balearic Islands, displays an architectural blend of its African and European heritage. Home to around 300,000 people, it is the largest city on Mallorca, and increasingly so a Mediterranean destination for ultra high net worth individuals.

As the world entered the 20th century, a young man prophetically named Christopher Columbus Smith built wooden duck-hunting boats on the shore of Lake Michigan, never dreaming that the name Chris-Craft would soon become synonymous with varnished speedboats.

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54 THE NEW AMERICA’S CUP

There are a lot of people who have looked askance at the America’s Cup and mourned the ‘good old days’ of yachts, match racing and a whole host of largerthan-life characters, from Ted Turner to Dennis Conner. But, as a native San Franciscan and as someone who loves nothing better than a rousing yacht race, it just isn’t going to get any better than the 34th America’s Cup to be held on San Francisco Bay in 2013.

Whether it’s passion for sound, taste or beauty, be assured that designers the world over are still fighting to retain tradition, but also create new and inspiring products for our guilty pleasure. French foodies Hédiard, sound quality perfectionists Linn Products and luxury silversmiths Thomas Lyte are leading the pack producing top-end delicatessen products, entertainment systems and silverware that will appeal to buyers who appreciate that one should never compromise on quality.

Pressure to stand out from the fleet, even among the finest charter yachts in the world, has never been greater. With a ready supply of superbly fitted out yachts on the market, few avenues exist for owners and brokers to set their charges apart from the rest. The role crew plays in the equation has become more important than ever.

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38 INTELLIGENT ACQUISITION

What do a charter yacht, a Los Angeles entrepreneur, and a lavish party for wealthy would-be cattle barons have in common? Simple: The American Cancer Society, the Cattle Baron’s Ball and the chance to win an adventure of a lifetime aboard MY Askari.

62 Heli-Yachting: The next

generation Helicopters in the luxury yachting industry are wellestablished and yet there continues to be new models to consider. We will have a brief look at them, and also the reasons behind what to buy and how the helicopter may help your operation.

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

83 THE SUPERYACHT GALLERY

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

96 THE DIARY

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


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Cover: Abstract detail of the Gaastra yacht in the Audi Med Cup. From story ‘The power of a Highland Breeze’ – page 4.

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

Editor: Lauren Barker Creative director: Caroline Hillier Design: James Tredray and Gry Muledal Picture editor: Luke Sprague Advertising manager: Charles Finney Many thanks to our contributors: Larry Barrels and his family, Ben Kolff, Carol Bareuther, Chris Caswell, Ed Holt, James Honeyborne, Kate Singleton, Nigel Watson, Kenny Wooten, Heather Schmitt, Benjamin Mendlowitz, Larry Dunmire and Julia Brandon.

At the time of publication, all the information contained herein is believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed. Great care has been taken to ensure accuracy but neither Fraser Yachts nor the publishers can accept responsibility for any errors, inaccuracies or omissions. Charter rates are quoted on a weekly basis. The rates contained herein are believed to be correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change. No part of this publication may be reproduced or used in any form without permission from Fraser Yachts. Printed in the UK by Solutions In Ink Limited. © Copyright Fraser Yachts 2011. All rights reserved.


Maybach – a Brand of the Daimler AG. www.maybach-manufaktur.com

Perfume of the Maybach perfume atomiser. Light microscopy, on a scale of 1:100.

S O M E C A L L I T A R T. W E C A L L I T D E D I C AT I O N T O D E TA I L . Individual creative genius and a ceaseless striving for perfection is the key to producing a timeless masterpiece. Your creativity – set free with myriad possibilities – fuses with our commitment to excellence, to achieve an extraordinary vehicle: your Maybach. An expression of your personality in every detail. See Maybach from a different angle. Fuel consumption combined: 15.8 – 15.0 liters/100 km; combined CO ² emission: 368 – 350 g/km.

The figures do not express any description of the emissions or fuel consumption of a car, are not part of any offer and are intended to compare types of vehicles only.


the power of a Highland Breeze

Ben Kolff takes enjoyment in his business, and approaches pleasure with entrepreneurial flair. But then he’s both a captain of industry, and the helmsman of a boat, two activities that overlap, intersect and complement each other in various ways. Words by Kate Singleton

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en Kolff set up his first business venture 28 years ago when he was still in his early 20s, choosing Jeroen Schothorst, whom he’s known since his school days, as his partner in enterprise. The company they created was a pilot for the widespread success of the Bad Boys fashion brand in western Europe, paving the way for the takeover of the McGregor brand in 1993. What had started as an American label was shortly to become a dynamic European fashion group, with a focus on style and understated luxury. Today, the McGregor Fashion Group has more than 1,100 employees worldwide, 120 outlets of its own, and a high-profile presence in more than 3,000 multi-brand stores across the globe. Clearly it is a performance-driven company that rides the wave of fashion with great skill, constantly calculating ebb and flow, as well as keeping a keen eye on the horizons of trend.

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“Our company is in a constant state of flux,” says Kolff. “It’s incredibly energising, which is a good feeling. I find working with people and coming up with concepts particularly inspiring. Our company motto is ‘Willing to Confront’, which for me means facing challenges head-on.” That is a declaration about business, but it also applies to the Kolff approach to sailing. “I was sailing by the age of seven, and now my children, aged 12 and 14, sail with me,” he says. “They are fearless enthusiasts of all water sports, from diving to laser sailing, jet skiing, wakeboarding and waterskiing. “Clearly they get their passion for the water from me. I also love the social side of sailing; the fact that you meet all sorts of nice people around the world and when you’re in port and have finished for the day, you go off and have a drink together. Getting to know people like this is a great way to expand your outlook.” In 2007, Kolff added the race cruiser Highland Breeze,

PREVIOUS PAGE: The Gaastra yacht races in the Audi Med Cup. THIS PAGE: In 2007, Kolff added the race cruiser Highland Breeze, a Nautor Swan 112, to his collection of boats. Last year, this handsome sloop underwent a refit, and for eight weeks a year now acts as a holiday refuge, mostly in the Mediterranean, for the Kolff family and friends.


“In sailing if you come in tenth, next time you want to better that. And if things don’t go well, you can get upset, mull over what went wrong, but then you get on shore and have a cold beer and all is well.” – Ben Kolff, owner of Highland Breeze

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a Nautor Swan 112, to his collection of boats. Last year, this handsome sloop underwent a refit, and for eight weeks a year now acts as a holiday refuge, mostly in the Mediterranean, for the Kolff family and friends. “I designed the new fittings with the skipper, choosing navy blue for seating and cushions and natural wood for decks and interiors,” Kolff adds. “The boat sails almost flush to the water, and is a real pleasure to live in and to handle.” Highland Breeze actually leads a triple existence; also starring as a five-crew charter yacht with attractive amenities, and as a formidable racing vessel. “We do five or six racing events a year,” explains Kolff with a gleam in his eye. “And that’s when the pros come on board and we unload at least 25tons of water, fuel and gear, and replace the cruising sails with a set of North Sails. “I’m passionate about racing. In business we play to win, and for me this is true in yachting as well. I get a kick out of the race, but of course I know that in sport you can’t always win. “I simply love the endeavour. I love every aspect of it. It’s a bit like golf, where you’re always trying to lower your handicap. So in sailing if you come in tenth, next time you want to better that. And if things don’t go well, you can get upset, mull over what went wrong, but then you get on shore and have a cold beer - and all is well”. A key element in this happy union of business with pleasure, and indeed leisure, is Gaastra International Sportswear, the highly desirable nautical sportswear brand that is part of the McGregor Fashion Group. Gaastra is one of the main sponsors for yachting events in the Mediterranean, including the Voiles de Saint Tropez, the Copa del Ray in Mallorca, the Rolex Swan Cup in Sardinia and the Audi MedCup.

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The international reputation of the company is built on a unique mixture of functionality and fashion. Gaastra Pro is the ultimate professional line, which uses cuttingedge technology and materials to provide the best possible comfort and protection under all possible conditions, from challenging transatlantic regattas to recreational excursions on inland waters. Little wonder then that the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda announced recently that the Audi Azzurra Sailing Team has chosen Gaastra Pro as its official clothing supplier. Yet it is another branch of the company that accounts for 95 per cent of the business: Gaastra Sportswear, a fitted casual collection inspired by the great outdoors, but chic enough for the great indoors. In other words, polo shirts, shorts, pants, dresses, jackets and footwear with a nautical legacy that do not necessarily imply sea legs. Kolff’s natural passion for enterprise in sport and industry is something he likes to share, to communicate through experience. “When I realised that not all the staff and close collaborators at McGregor could really grasp how these two worlds can intersect, even though they spend their working lives surrounded by nautical themes, I decided to take them on board the Highland Breeze for the 2011 edition of Les Voiles de Saint Barth. It was an amazing experience - for me too.” These pictures reveal the initiation process. There is a sense of awe among the non-sailors, wisely seated and well-anchored as they admire the wonders of sea, spray and sky. No doubt mingled with relief to know that here, as elsewhere, they are safe in the hands of a helmsman with remarkable vision.

THIS PAGE: (Clockwise from top left) Sailing enthusiast and Highland Breeze owner Ben Kolff; Ben Kolff does up to six racing events a year, when the professionals come on board, unload at least 25tons of water, fuel and gear, and replace the cruising sails with a set of North Sails; Highland Breeze also stars as a five-crew charter yacht with attractive amenities.


Inimitable class in every aspect

Excellence through Dutch passion, the Wajer Osprey 37 Never before, matters of personal style and exclusivity have been addressed with such precision. The Wajer Osprey 37 is a yacht that’s unique in every way. Exclusively built for every new owner. She is built with the perfect blend of excitement, luxury and space. Furthermore, one of the main design characteristics is her truly timeless appearance. Both Vripack International Naval Architects and Volvo Penta Sweden cooperated to create the perfect balance between the Osprey’s deep V-hull and its Volvo IPS propulsion. This collaboration led to a perfect and exceptional comfortable sailing experience, and her unanimously voted title Dutch ‘’motorboat of the year’’. Pure perfection is visible in every single detail, which makes the Wajer Osprey 37 inimitable in every aspect.

Call us during the Monaco Yacht Show at +31 6 54 90 23 90 to get acquainted with Wajer & Wajer Yachts.

Wajer & Wajer Yachts bv Nieuw Loosdrechtsedijk 291, 1231 KW Loosdrecht, The Netherlands, T +31 [ 0] 35 582 12 54, M +31 [ 0] 6 54 90 23 90 , info@wajer.nl , www.wajer.nl


RIGHT: Gaastra International Sportswear, the highly desirable nautical sportswear brand, is part of the McGregor Fashion Group. The international reputation of the company is built on a unique mixture of functionality and fashion. BELOW: Gaastra Pro is the ultimate professional line, which uses cutting-edge technology and materials to provide the best possible comfort and protection under all possible conditions, from challenging transatlantic regattas to recreational excursions on inland waters.

Highland Breeze is currently available for charter through Fraser Yachts. For more information visit www.fraseryachts.com.

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‘Peaceful place’ A beautiful smell has the uncanny ability to take you to a special place. The sweet combination of grapefruit and aniseed instantly takes me back to Amanyara Villa – an island paradise resort so secretly tucked away in the Caribbean that those who have had the pleasure to visit prefer to keep it to themselves. Words by Lauren Barker

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n arrival at our island, deep in the heart of the Caribbean, our driver hands us a cool towel sprinkled with an aniseed fragrance that leaves a fresh scent on my palms. We receive a warm greeting from Misia Lina, the resort’s spa manager, who we then refer to as ‘the floating angel’ for her ability to glide along through the softly lit gardens towards the subtle sound of the rolling waves. The resort is situated on the beach in Turks and Caicos, a group of 40 Caribbean islands renowned for their incredible underwater life and some of the best dive spots in the world. We are here to experience our own underwater adventure – and we are not alone. As we reach the foreshore, the warm green-blue water laps at my toes and I look out at the horizon to see the 414-foot MY Octopus, owned by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, anchored in the bay. Earlier, Brazilian supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio was posing for a Victoria’s Secret bikini photo shoot on the beach while The Artist Formerly Known as Prince has not long departed after a New Year stay that included an impromptu performance of three of his best hits. Amanyara is a secluded island hideaway, surrounded by rolling hills and offering the utmost in privacy and service – the reason it attracts some of the world’s wealthiest. However, with each villa divided cleverly using the pristine nature preserve, it is easy to believe you are the only person on the island. The heavenly resort is located on a breathtaking 99-acre site, located on the edge of 18,000 acres of lush maritime National Park. Bold and contemporary in design and masterminded by architect Jean-Michel Gathy, Amanyara consists of 40 private guest pavilions and 20 large estate villas available to buy or rent and managed by the acclaimed Amanresorts group. Ingo Reckhorn, director of marketing and PR for Amanyara Villas, says guests fall in love with the island, purchasing the villas after forming an “emotional” connection. Expect one of the resort’s managers to greet you at the airport and take you to your private villa; a peaceful and tranquil retreat with everything you desire at your fingertips. There, a personal butler and a chef provide five-star service – so there is no need to carry a set of keys or a security card around. Just leave the door open, take a dip in your ‘reflection pond’ or take a stroll along the white powder beaches. “Business people may go on holiday and it takes them days to relax. But here at Amanyara, the effect is immediate,” says

Reckhorn, adding that the resort’s name translates to ‘Peaceful Place’. It may have something to do with the smooth sounds of reggae that follow you through the various nooks of the resort, the illusion that you are surrounded by water, or the care and thought that has gone into every aspect of the design so that you need not lift a finger. One well-known Wall Street trader set up his own office using the Wi-Fi to conduct his daily business, while another owner utilises the resort’s 24-hour nanny service so that the children can also enjoy their time on the island. “The owners of these villas know that when they are coming back to Amanyara, they are coming home. Many of the owners know each other here, so at the end of the day they become neighbours – they look at this as their second home, not just a resort,” adds Reckhorn. At Christmas, the owners often host parties for each other, with Amanyara organising the festivities, invites and extra staff so that everyone can relax and enjoy the festive period. If you are the lucky owner of one of the resort’s villas, you will have your own staff who know your every wish and desire. “They know how you like your eggs cooked in the morning, how you would like your clothes hung in the closet and how you like your laundry done so it’s perfect for you every time,” says Reckhorn. The personal touch goes as far as your family pictures and other belongings,

which are stored away by the staff when you are not at the resort and then carefully reconstructed for your return. There is an air of seamlessness about the resort; the design utilising natural timbers and floor-to-ceiling glass. Most of your time is spent outdoors with guests making use of the huge day beds, bathtubs and polished black infinity pools. Stepping inside, no expense has been spared. Everything is topof-the-range and contemporary with all the trimmings; flatscreen TVs, Bose sound systems, mechanical blinds, duo basins (complete with incredible grapefruit soap), walk-in robes and golf buggies – one for you and the hubby. The Caribbean Islands are renowned by the sailing elite for their turquoise

THIS PAGE: (Top) Natural timbers and floorto-ceiling glass are integral to the design. (Below) No expense has been spared with each villa. opposite: Feel the serenity as you relax around your own ‘reflection pond’.

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Tanya’s pick for.... Activities off the island: • The Conch Shack • A walk on Grace Bay • Put a mask on and go Food & drink: Lobster Curry and Amanyara mojito

waters, spectacular scenery and colourful marine life. Though it seems Amanyara has caught the biggest fish in the form of Tanya Streeter – world free-diving champion and ocean lover. Each year this remarkable athlete packs up her family and heads to the island paradise, perfectly timed with the migrating humpback whales which pass by the resort between January and April and can be spotted from the oceanfront villas. Streeter has been visiting the resort for two years now, and is available to the guests as their own underwater guide. Her presence is all part and parcel of the service one would expect from this worldclass resort. Whether you are an expert diver who wants to be challenged by an athlete who can hold her breath for up to six minutes or you have never snorkeled in your life, she will buddy up for one-on-one lessons in freediving, breathing, snorkelling and scuba. It is an experience you will not forget in a hurry. If you prefer your head out of water, there is also fishing, sailing, paddleboarding, and whale watching. Try your hand at deep-sea diving or fly fishing and see if you can catch a mahi-mahi, wahoo, blue marlin

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or even the famed Caribbean clawless lobster. For the more adventurous, there are a number of activities that best utilise the island’s natural surroundings, such as eco kayaking through deserted mangroves to the south of the island. See if you can spot some of the native birdlife including pelicans, herons, osprey, flamingos, egrets and hummingbirds. Or if you fancy a spot of tennis, included are lessons – or a hitting partner if you are holidaying solo. After all that action, it is time to feast. And feast you will. Amanyara is dedicated to all things fresh and delicious. Still suited in your bikini and pair of thongs that are all part and parcel of your kitted-up villa, saunter up to the oceanfront restaurant for a fruit cocktail and the resort’s scrumptious seafood treats – but do not forget to order a side of the sweet potato fries. Before you leave the island, take a short drive to the Conch Shack – loved by the locals so you are guaranteed island authenticity. I have it on good authority the potent punch and 23-year-old Guatamalan rum – known as Zacapa – is a must to wash down the fresh cuisine. Watch the fishermen at the careful art of conch

removal and learn certain parts of the shell that are rumoured to be an aphrodisiac. From the unique Amanyara champagne mojito recipe, one-on-one yoga classes on your front porch and the sweet smell of the grapefruit soap as you wash your hands each day – it’s the simple touches that make Amanyara such a personal experience that you feel right at home. Life moves slowly here, but you will get used to it. Should you want to buy your own ‘home away from home’, three villas are still for sale – starting from an easy £5.5million. That is the asking price of Villa 12, while Villa 10 is going for £7.65million and Villa 30 is yours for £9.8million. However, if a holiday is more in your price bracket, or you simply want to step off your superyacht for a little land ‘down time’, you can rent the pavilions from £730 per night in the low season. Villas start from £2,450 for a two-bedroom one and go up to £10,400 per night for five bedrooms in the high season www.amanyaravillas.com Fraser Yachts has charter yachts available in the Turks and Caicos islands this winter. For more information visit www.fraseryachts.com.

THIS PAGE: (Clockwise from left) A superyacht cruises off the coast; The reflection ponds; Enjoy a cool Amanyara mojito; The fresh conch are a local delicacy.


Redefine your limits

When I’m old and grey, and finally get around to writing ‘that’ book, there will be a chapter designated to the best times of my life. Within those stories of love and laughter, there will be the tale of the mermaid: the woman with the golden hair who swam with us to the bottom of the ocean and opened our eyes to the beauty of life under the sea. Words by Lauren Barker you travel to the Caribbean next year, more precisely the balmy waters of Turks and Caicos, do not be surprised if you come face-to-face with a marine mammal of a different kind. Dressed in her trademark silver wetsuit and monofin, British-Caymanian world champion freediver Tanya Streeter can be spotted exploring underwater life off the shore of the exclusive Amanyara resort. In February each year, to coincide with the annual whale migration season, the world record-holder teaches, inspires and dives with guests. Streeter’s journey into the world of freediving started almost by accident, as a child growing up on the small Caribbean island of Grand Cayman. “I was snorkeling all through my teen years and didn’t realise that technically I was freediving,” she says. “It wasn’t until I was in my early 20s and snorkeling to around 25 metres that somebody said, ‘You’re a pretty good freediver – you should take that up’. It was then I realised how strong my connection to the sea was and that I was able to push myself in that environment.” It is no surprise then that the Caribbean’s coral gardens, once her playground as a child and proving ground as a young adult, hold an emotional connection for Streeter. It was near the islands of Turks and Caicos that she, in 2002, broke the ‘no limits’ freediving record with a depth of 160 metres – smashing the men’s record. It was also the last dive of her career. Streeter retired from the sport almost two years ago, ending a career that earned her nine world records and an induction into the Women Divers Hall of Fame. We meet the blonde bombshell boarding

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the small boat that is to take our group out to sea for our first freediving lesson. I recently watched a BBC documentary where the 38-year-old swims serenely alongside whales, a vision of beauty and perfection, and for a second I wonder if I will exhibit any of her grace underwater. One by one we make our way off the end of the boat and into the ocean. A giant barracuda looms nearby. I swim towards the drop rope that is dangling into the dark depths below. I glance nervously at Streeter who offers a reassuring smile. ‘Redefine my limits. Redefine my limits. Redefine me limits.’ It has become my new mantra thanks to the freediver. Despite a spinal fusion at age 13 and a surgeon who said she would never do sport and should take up piano instead, she is living proof that anything is possible. With that thought, I take a deep breath and swim down, using the rope to pull myself deeper into the ocean. Our instructor can hold her breath for six minutes and 17 seconds. I last just 20 seconds as pain pierces my eardrums in my attempt to equalise. My natural instinct to breathe air kicks in and, panic stricken, I fight my way to the surface. I try again. As I get deeper, Tanya glides alongside me, watching me, guiding me. I float to the surface and a huge grin takes over my entire face. The feeling of exhilaration is unlike anything I have ever experienced before. A few hours later, following a scrumptious Japanese-style lunch at the villa, our group is back on the water – this time kitted up in scuba gear. Considering I have only ever snorkeled once in my life, I feel the fear. With the beauty and serenity I would

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THIS PAGE: Being underwater with the creatures of the deep is as natural as being on land for this water mermaid. Photo: James Honeyborne OPPOSITE: Pictured here with a gigantic whale shark, the diver is at ease with life under the sea. Photo: James Honeyborne

expect from a real-life mermaid, Streeter takes a breath and circles us as she makes her way to the bottom of the sea. Comfortably she spins and twirls, at one with the ocean, as natural as the sea life swimming around us. Scuba diving means noisy bubbles and bulky gear. I can now see why she prefers the simplicity of freediving. Without the hassle of air tanks, she moves in a more fluid way. Unlike us mere mortals, Streeter has grown up learning to enter the ocean as marine mammals do – diving on just a single breath of air. As a result, this environment has taught her everything she has needed to know about herself. “It’s a very emotional thing,” she says. “I’ve always felt really protected in the sea and felt that is the place that I can travel to the edge of myself. I am the strongest person I am ever going to be in this environment.” As protected as she feels underwater, she understands that, like all sports, there is an element of danger. Her momentous dive of record-breaking proportions may have gone down in the history books, but there is another story she finds difficult to tell. During that dive, Streeter suffered narcosis. “Everything was going fine, all the divers were in the water and they had begun their descent, which is a big deal because while that dive takes me three-and-a-half minutes, it takes them three-and-a-half hours and is significantly more dangerous for them,” she says. “We are not designed to breathe underwater – that’s life support

on your back and if you screw it up you’re in trouble.” Streeter took a deep breath, packing up to another litre of air into her lungs, which creates intrathoracic pressure. This simulates a disease where the lining of the heart swells and inhibits the heart from breathing. “If you overpack and hold your breath for too long, you could pass out,” she says. “So I packed and I packed, and I overpacked. I slumped forward and blacked out for two seconds. I woke up, put my nose clip back on and looked at the judge and asked, ‘Can I go?’ Under the rules there was nothing to say that I couldn’t, so I went. “Physiologically, we don’t know what happens to our body when we dive that deep – let alone what happens to your body when you dive that deep when you’ve just had a loss of consciousness. Then there is stress, which is a huge factor in narcosis. I dived with 75-80 per cent of my breath as opposed to 100 per cent. I didn’t get the breath because I was conscious of the time. “That’s how I am and where the whole ‘redefine your limits’ comes from. You have a limit and you have to try every day to see if it’s still where you thought it was yesterday – and you just push it. During training, every time after each dive, I’d think, ‘That’s the deepest I can go, that’s it, that’s hard, I can’t go any deeper’. But I would tell myself, ‘Stick with it, try harder and redefine your limits. Your limit is now here’.” At 97 metres, Streeter stopped the

sled because she could not equalise any more. “If it’s not something physical that’s stopping you, you don’t get to stop because everything else is your mind,” she says. “For me, my mind was either going to be my weapon or my weakness and it was simply a decision that I made when I woke up that morning. It gives me goose bumps when I think about it because it was hard.” Streeter removed the brake and travelled to 160 metres without equalising. “I rode my eardrums, I pushed them really hard,” she says. “So on top of all that stress from leaving the surface, I had the stress of feeling like I had ice picks in my ears and it’s painful, but I’m so determined. In retrospect of now having a child, I’d say, ‘That’s straight-up crazy. There’s no reason to push yourself that hard’. But when you’re in the zone for anything you want to achieve, if you’re that focused and that determined, something just drives you to keep going.” She arrived at the bottom. ”The first step is hand on the lift bag – your ride back,” she explains. “The second step is to open up the valve that’s dumping air into the lift bag. The third step is to pull that pin that detaches the lift bag from the sled.” Streeter performed the three steps, but she forgot to pull the pin. ”I’m down there and I’m stressed and I’m so glad I’ve done it and I do, one, two, three [blows a kiss to the ocean].” She spent 17 seconds at the bottom,

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“I’ve always felt really protected in the sea and felt that is the place that I can travel to the edge of myself. I am the strongest person I am ever going to be in this environment.” – Tanya Streeter, world champion freediver

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THIS PAGE: (Left) The diver has had to overcome her fear of sharks, even recording a documentary as part of her ‘shark therapy’. Photo: James Honeyborne (Below) Tanya Streeter demonstrates the breathing technique that allows her to dive to 160 metres. OPPOSITE: Tanya is looking forward to her new challenge: motherhood. NEXT PAGE: Relaxing with her daughter Tilly, three, at Amanyara on the Caribbean island of Turks and Caicos. Photo: Heather Schmitt.

which should have been two. “I confess it’s not something I talked about afterwards but it was my ‘come to Jesus’ moment,” she says. “My thoughts, once I had realised what was going on, were how sad it was going to be if I died.” All Streeter could think about was her mum on the boat, waiting for her to surface. “Then I realised and pulled the pin,” she says. Air was dumped in the lift bag and she quickly rose from the depths. With tunnel hearing, no vision, and the harness lifting her, the narcotic effect was in full force around her body. About 60 metres later, everything became clear again and Streeter let go and swam to the surface. “The first words out of my mouth, in close company, were, ‘I’m not doing that again’. The judges have to review the footage at the bottom but I did not talk about that. My mother did not see that footage and I did not discuss it for years. At some point there is some acceptance of ‘you pushed the limits’.” A few months after the world-record dive, French diver Audrey Mestre died trying to break it. Mestre made a practice dive to the unheard of depth of 166 metres.

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Following more deep dive practices, eight days later she prepared to attempt a dive to 171 metres, but a problem developed at the bottom with the lift balloon as she started her ascent. A dive that should have been no more than three minutes resulted in her remaining underwater for eight-anda-half minutes. By the time her husband was able to bring her unconscious body to the surface, it was too late and she was pronounced dead on shore. Her death shocked the diving world. “The following year I went back and my motivation was to show the world it can be done safely,” says Streeter. “I didn’t do a deeper dive, I did a different discipline where you go down 120 metres on a sled and swim back up again.” Streeter says that throughout her career she has shared a lot of information, showing other divers how dives can be done safely. “It’s in the interest of the sport to keep it open, because then you keep people safe,” she says. “Mother, environmentalist, adventurer, TV presenter, and freediver. Yes, in that order.” Streeter’s blog shows her priorities have changed as she looks towards a future as a mother and environmentalist. Her annual stint an Amanyara allows her to regularly reconnect with the sea. However, these days she prefers to dive alongside a flame redhaired, giggling three-year-old – her daughter

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Tilly. “I think being a parent defines who I am now,” she says, adding that Tilly is already an expert snorkeler thanks to the backyard pool of the family home in Austin, Texas. Streeter now travels the world as an ambassador for ocean awareness. She was recently involved in Mission Blue’s I Am The Ocean – a National Geographic campaign to make ocean awareness as common in speech as the issue of global warming. “I cried on the set several times as it’s very emotional for me,” she says. “It breaks my heart that my daughter won’t know a coral reef like I did. I go back to the places I used to snorkel as a child and it’s not the same in my lifetime and that’s devastating. I felt really honoured to be included in this campaign and to be one of the people who starts trying to get others to understand how unbelievably important it is to protect our environment.” So what’s the next challenge for Streeter? The last we heard she was on her way to the depths of the Botswana bush for seven nights to spend a week with a local family for a documentary for the Discovery Channel. But do not worry, she will be back next year at Amanyara if you are looking to meet the mermaid in the flesh. Now is the time to take another breath.

“It breaks my heart that my daughter won’t know a coral reef like I did. I go back to the places I used to snorkel as a child and it’s not the same in my lifetime and that’s devastating.” – Tanya Streeter, world champion freediver


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dusting of powdery pumice covered the decks of Kauhale Kai as the 90-foot expedition motoryacht lay anchored off the Italian island of Stromboli. Larry Barels, former chief executive of a California-based computer graphics company and selfproclaimed ‘professional recreationalist’, worried that the yacht’s teak deck would become indelibly mired in the abrasive volcanic substance. So, he asked his captain to cast off in search of another anchorage in the Aeolian Island chain. A short while later, Barels, his wife Wendy and friends found themselves overlooking the rocky one-square-mile island of Panarea. Barels checked his watch. It was late, but the party decided to head ashore anyway in search of a place for a quick drink. Serendipity struck the minute the group hit the shore. The quaint bars and restaurants that lined the harbourside promenade were delightfully alive until the wee hours of the morning. In an area that smacked of extreme isolation, Barels and his friends discovered an incredible destination. “Cruising is more than just about being on a boat,” says Barels. “It’s about all the places

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a boat can take you to. It’s amazing what we found when we least expected it.” What started as a twice annual two-week vacation became an expedition of over 45,000 nautical miles in four-and-a-half years for the Barels. The seeds for this adventure were sown in 2005 when Larry competed in the 100th Transpacific Yacht Race aboard his J120 sailboat and continued to sail around the finish line destination of Hawaii afterwards with Wendy. The two agreed it would be fun to buy a bigger boat to see more of the world and to be able to bring along friends and family. The search for the perfect yacht started at the Monaco Yacht Show and ended in Hawaii when the Barelses found MY Kauhale Kai. “We wanted a boat that could go a minimum of 3,000 miles, stay on station for 30 days with all systems such as generator and refrigeration operational and be big enough to carry everything we wanted,” explains Barels, who admits he has since spent an average of 100 days a year on board, the route all planned with the aid of Google Earth. This meant an inventory that included two tenders, a 21-footer and 14-footer, two jet skis, two motorcycles, four paddleboards,

PREVIOUS PAGE: The Barels family love to travel the world, waking each day to a new morning horizon. this page: A lazy hammock invites an intrepid traveller, as Kauhale Kai longs for its latest port. OPPOSITE: (Clockwise from top left) It’s a good thing the yacht has a large freezer for freshly caught fish; The Barels family love desolation but they enjoy their five-star comforts such as 800-thread count sheets, airconditioning and an ice maker; The men surfed the spectacular waves at Haapiti, Moorea.


“Surfing, diving, paddling and fishing are the primary reasons for owning and travelling in our amazing vessel.” – Larry Barels, MY Kauhale Kai owner

12 surfboards, 10 scuba tanks and compressor, and a large freezer for fresh-caught fish – just for starters. “Surfing, diving, paddling and fishing are the primary reasons for owning and travelling in our amazing vessel,” says Barels. “My entire family and many of our friends are committed ocean lovers and our crew has always been amazed at how many hours we spend in the water.” The other motive was to travel off the beaten track and to do so in comfort. “We Westerners love desolation,” says Barels. “But, we don’t want to live primitively. We want our five-star comforts such as 800-thread count sheets, air-conditioning and an ice maker.” Well equipped and outfitted, the Barels cast off in the summer of 2007 and cruised Kauhale Kai south along the coast of California to La Paz, Mexico. Here, they loaded the yacht on a Dockwise transport vessel and shipped it to Toulon, France, where they embarked on a two-and-a-halfmonth cruise around the waterways of Europe. Europe was Wendy’s choice. Larry wasn’t as excited about this destination at first. However, the opportunity to travel with

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this PAGE: (Clockwise from bottom left) Island pearls; The coral reefs in the Tuamotus; The underwater limestone caves at the Fijian out-island of Sawa-i-lau. Opposite: (Top) A local fisherman passed by the yacht in the San Blas Islands with lobster for sale; (Bottom) Canoeing at sunset.

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no pre-planned agenda rather than squeezing in sightseeing trips between business meetings quickly won him over. After all, who could have a bad time lunching on paella in Ibiza, cliff jumping in Capri, driving scooters around Corfu, cruising the Montenegrin fjords and foot racing across the ancient stadium grounds in Delphi? The next year, the Barelses and their friends spent spring in the Caribbean. They kiteboarded and danced to the music of steel-drum bands in Antigua and swam through the huge boulders that form ‘The Baths’ on the British Virgin Island of Virgin Gorda. Following a Panama Canal transit, a trip to the San Blas Islands proved delicious when a local fisherman paddled by in his canoe with lobster for sale. The South Pacific was the Barelses playground for the remainder of the year. This meant spectacular diving in what Larry calls ‘Evian-clear’ water that made him feel as if he were flying over the spectacular coral reefs in the Tuamotus as well as surfing the spectacular waves at Haapiti in Moorea and swimming through the underwater limestone caves at the Fijian out-island of Sawa-i-lau. Three generations of the Barels family

rendezvoused in New Zealand in 2009 with a James Bond-themed Casino Royale party staged aboard Kauhale Kai. This is where, as Larry says, everyone enjoyed their daily ‘surf and turf’ or combination of land-andsea exploration. One day, for example, the group paddled by kayak, stand-up paddle board or Maori-made waka amas (outrigger canoes), across the Bay of Islands to the town of Russell, hiked to the top of the mountain, and then paddled back for lunch. The next day, they cruised to Moturoa where they trekked for three hours across the island and enjoyed breathtaking views of grassy hills dotted by grazing sheep. A scuba dive at the end of the day produced more than 250 green-lipped mussels for dinner. The Barelses were back in the South Pacific in late spring and summer. Stopovers in some of the Vanuatu out-islands were among the awesome memory makers that reminded the couple why they enjoyed cruising. Larry tells it this way: “We pulled into Pentecost and discovered that it was the time of year when the men ‘land dove’ or bungee jumped from 75-foot towers made from tree branches and vines. They did this as a

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ceremonial gesture for a good crop harvest and we had a front row seat. They loaded us into the back of a pickup truck where there were two folding chairs and we went to watch. It was incredible. Then, a few days later we walked up to the active volcano on Tanna. There we were and there was the hot molten lava. No guide. No guard rails. Just us and the volcano.” Seals, bald eagles and black bears were some of the wildlife the couple saw up close and personal on their voyage to the Pacific Northwest last year. Hiking, berry-picking and angling for the motherload of fresh fish occupied much of their time as they bundled up against the cold, rain and fog to circumnavigate Vancouver Island in British Columbia. This year, after a six-month refit that included installation of a cappuccino machine, upgraded in-room entertainment systems, and 2,500-gallon water maker, the Barelses cast off for French Polynesia in pursuit of never-before-surfed waves.

What’s next? South America, perhaps Patagonia, says Barels. “We plan in the present. Six months in advance and built around my work schedule, that’s it. That keeps it fun. This is also why it’s really hard to charter Kauhale Kai; we’re either on it or the yacht is in transit. Still, if someone wanted to charter where we have her based at a particular time, we might consider.”

this PAGE: (Clockwise from top left) Colourful locals bring life to the water; A carving in French Polynesia; A mother and her child pop out to say hello.

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“As a potential yacht owner, I don’t think I would have had any idea of what to look for or what questions to ask without prior charter experience,” says Larry Barels, former CEO of a California-based computer graphics company, who, with his wife, Wendy, owns the 90-foot expedition motoryacht Kauhale Kai. “Therefore, I’d advise anyone who is interested in the nomadic lifestyle afforded by yacht ownership to charter several different vessels before they make the buying decision. That will give them a much better idea of what’s in store.” The Barelses started their life on the water together early. They cruised by sailboat from Santa Barbara to Hawaii when they were in their early twenties. Later, the couple chartered yachts a number of times in Indonesia, the Caribbean and South Pacific, often as a platform for surfing and scuba diving. “The charters included a number of bareboat sailing yachts between 45 and 60

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feet,” says Barels. “Then, on two separate occasions, we chartered two sailboats in the 60- to 80-foot range. Both were with small crews and both were in French Polynesia.” The couple gradually progressed to hiring even larger boats. These included a converted 100-foot salvage vessel, a locally built 90-foot sailboat and an 85-foot Cheoy Lee yacht fisher. Finding the right vessel to charter depends on your mission, says Barels. “If you only want to cruise from here to Europe once a year and stay at a high-end hotel when you arrive, then this requires one type of yacht. However, if you want to cruise over 100 days a year, like we do, and you want to travel to remote locations rather than the standard cruising grounds of the Mediterranean and Caribbean, then this requires yet another type of yacht. At some point, there is a cut-off point where it’s more cost-effective to own rather than to charter.” Crew is essential, especially when chartering larger vessels.

“Candidly, I think bareboating or chartering without crew on a powerboat bigger than about 40 feet would be a bad idea,” says Barels. “There are too many systems, it’s too hard to provision in a remote location and you probably don’t have any local knowledge of the cruising grounds.” The opportunity to get a sense of the professionalism of crew is another advantage of chartering prior to purchase. “We have been exceptionally lucky to have had crews that we are happy to have as friends,” says Barels. “That doesn’t mean they aren’t professional, it just means that we have requested that they dress a little more casually and that we often invite them to dive with us or hike with us and we encourage them to enjoy themselves in addition to providing an extremely high level of personal service. The captain is always the one to decide who might be available for which tasks and who gets the ‘time off’.” Years of chartering led Barels to conclude that he wanted a metal-hulled vessel over

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fibreglass, and a powerboat with plenty of covered space rather than a sailboat. “I looked longingly from my 40-foot sailboat in the Honolulu harbour at the beautiful vessel Kauhale Kai during the early summer of 2006,” says Barels. “I became enamoured by the idea of owning a true expedition vessel and when I chartered her in November of that year for a Thanksgiving holiday in Hawaii, my whole family signed on to the idea.” Luckily, Kauhale Kai was for sale. The Barelses completed the purchase a month later and that’s when an adventure that has so far encompassed 45,000 miles in the past four and a half years began. “It’s been a great journey,” says Barels, “and one that continues. I would encourage anyone to follow who has a sense of adventure, a love of the ocean and a desire to spend time with friends and family in some of the most beautiful places in the world.”

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As the world entered the 20th century, a young man prophetically named Christopher Columbus Smith built wooden duck-hunting boats on the shore of Lake Michigan, never dreaming that the name Chris-Craft would soon become synonymous with varnished speedboats. Words by Chris Caswell

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PREVIOUS PAGE: A woman enjoys the wind in her hair at the wheel of a 19-foot Chris-Craft racer, in 1937. this page: (Clockwise from top left) An historic account of Chris-Craft; Attention to detail was important in creating classic wooden boat. Photo: Larry Dunmire; An elegant 1923 runabout. Photo: Benjamin Mendlowitz OPPOSITE: (Top) A 1940s 17-foot Deluxe Runabout. Image courtesy of The Mariners’ Museum. (Right) A chrome-plated bronze 1929 fuel cap. Photo: Benjamin Mendlowitz

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While Christopher Columbus Smith hammered away in Detroit defining his Chris-Craft brand, John Hacker tinkered with engines, went to engineering night school and hung around with his pal, Henry Ford. When he built a couple of cabin boats for local commuters to reach their summer homes, he also never dreamed that his future craft would be known as ‘the Steinway of runabouts’. Gar Wood was an inventor, and his patent on the hydraulic dump truck gave him the time and means to indulge his passion for boat racing. This led to building speedboats that drew, just as with today’s automobile manufacturers, from racing success. His line of Baby Gar runabouts was, to use an expression from the Roaring Twenties, ‘the cat’s pyjamas’. In America, speed has always been a passion and, though powerboat racing started in the early 1900s, it was the end

of World War I that really lit the fuse, as warehouses filled with surplus engines from the rickety military biplanes. Chris Smith bought huge quantities of engines from Curtis Jenny biplanes, and these inexpensive but powerful (90hp) engines allowed him to reduce the cost of his boats and increase the performance at the same time. While it may seem laughable, his 1923 guarantee that the Chris-Craft three-cockpit, 10-passenger runabout could reach a minimum of 28mph was a powerful selling tool. Speedboat racing was on every sports page, as nations vied for trophies such as the Gold Cup, created by Tiffany, and the British International Trophy, better known as the Harmsworth Trophy after donor Alfred Harmsworth of Britain’s Daily Mail. As racing caught the headlines, thousands of average citizens were intrigued by ‘speedboat thrill rides’ at resorts across America, and runabouts attracted public


Originally, those beautiful mahogany speedboats were about summer vacations on a lake or river, golden afternoons that seemed to last forever with the warmth of varnished wood and the tingle of spray on the skin.

interest. Among those with new ChrisCraft runabouts were car builder Walter Chrysler, tyre magnate Harvey Firestone (who often took his friend, Thomas Edison), and comedian Charlie Chaplin. There was another audience, though, and one that Chris-Craft, Hacker and Gar Wood didn’t advertise: rum running. When Prohibition was in effect in America, a vast black market was created overnight, and fleets of small speedboats smuggled booze across the Great Lakes from Canada or from motherships carrying liquor up the East Coast from Cuba. At one point, gangster Al Capone had nearly two dozen Chris-Crafts that certainly weren’t being used for waterskiing, and the US Treasury also had a small navy of runabouts. The golden age of runabouts was really from 1916 to 1939, when the sound of Hitler’s jackboots brought the end of an era. The runabout builders switched from pleasure

boats to military craft, building everything from air-sea rescue boats to remotecontrolled target boats, and more than a few beautifully crafted mahogany speedboats were covered with grey paint and blown to splinters by fledgling pilots and gunners.

One Chris-Craft cruiser even crossed the English Channel seven times to rescue British troops from the beaches of Dunkirk. After the war, the builders returned to wooden runabouts but modern technology was on the horizon and, in 1955, Chris-Craft

foretold the future when it introduced the Cobra, a rakish speedboat with a golden tailfin from a new-fangled material called fibreglass. With the advent of fibreglass, wooden speedboats were devalued and many once-gorgeous runabouts ended up being chain-sawed as firewood. Fast forward into the 21st century at a Concours d’Elegance for classic wooden speedboats held on the shores of Lake Tahoe, a mountain lake on the California/ Nevada border. A crowd is standing around a perfectly restored Chris-Craft runabout that gleams in the afternoon sun. “I’d give a thousand bucks in cash for that,” sighed one man, pointing at the boat. “You’re crazy,” exclaimed a bystander. “That boat is easily worth a quarter of a million dollars.” “I don’t mean the boat,” said the first man, his gaze still wistful. “I mean that fuel cap. I have a boat identical to this, and that fuel

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In America, speed has always been a passion and, though powerboat racing started in the early 1900s, it was the end of World War I that really lit the fuse, as warehouses filled with surplus engines from the rickety military biplanes.

This mahogany express cruiser with stainless steel cabin was designed and built by John L. Hacker in 1939. She was originally built for George Whittell of Lake Tahoe who later sold her to casino magnate William F. Harrah in 1962. Harrah had her transported to his Automobile Collection restoration shop in Reno where ‘Thunderbird’ was completely refurbished. Her engines were replaced with two V-12 Allison aircraft engines, each developing 1100 horsepower. Harrah used Thunderbird as his private yacht for the entertainment of his casino high-rollers and showroom headliners such as Tony Bennett, Sammy

Davis, Jr., Frank Sinatra and Bill Cosby, to name a few. The boat was returned to Reno every winter where the mahogany hull was meticulously sanded down to bare wood and refinished with 10 coats of varnish. Ownership of the yacht was recently transferred to the Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society at Lake Tahoe.

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cap is the only thing I need to complete an original restoration.” In the fields of human endeavour, there are obsessions and then there are magnificent obsessions. Collectors who painstakingly restore exotic cars qualify for the latter, and so do those who lovingly rebuild old speedboats. Consider, for example, the man who wanted that fuel cap. A cap that merely fitted could be found in any car supply store for a few dollars. But a 1929 fuel cap, chrome-plated bronze with the Chris-Craft name in flowing script, was his Holy Grail. Indeed, for more than a year, this very wealthy but usually conservative merchant banker had spent weekends pawing through greasy boxes and bins in the shadowy corners of old boatyards. All to find the perfect fuel cap to complete a restoration. Originally, those beautiful mahogany speedboats were about summer vacations on a lake or river, golden afternoons that seemed to last forever with the warmth of varnished wood and the tingle of spray on the skin. Today, classic runabouts are investments as solid as – and, in this economy, often better than – stocks or bonds or mutual funds which, no matter how cleverly you manipulate them, still aren’t much fun. Owning a boat, whether it be a worldranging superyacht or a sporty wooden runabout, is all about fun. Many of the owners of today’s fleet of large yachts got their first taste for boating on one of these wooden speedboats, and it set them on a course for life. It also shouldn’t surprise you that more than a few yachts have a vintage wooden

runabout as the owner’s personal water toy. It might be a reminder of younger days, or simply an appreciation of fine craftsmanship and classic good looks. Not long ago, I was anchored next to a large yacht with a pristine vintage Chris-Craft on the upper deck. The chrome was perfect,

the varnish was syrupy and deep, and the leather upholstery looked soft and inviting. At dusk, the crew launched the runabout and, as I watched, the yacht owner and his wife climbed aboard with drinks in hand. The engine came to life with a soft burble that reflected a more elegant era and, as the couple motored away, the sun drifted behind nearby mountains. Watching them cruise gently across the bay in the afterglow made me think that maybe, just maybe, it was still 1927 for a few magic hours. That’s just one of the pleasures of vintage speedboats.


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INTELLIGENT ACQUISITION Whether it’s passion for sound, taste or beauty, be assured that designers the world over are still fighting to retain tradition, but also create new and inspiring products for our guilty pleasure. French foodies HÊdiard, sound quality perfectionists Linn Products and luxury silversmiths Thomas Lyte are leading the pack producing top-end delicatessen products, entertainment systems and silverware that will appeal to buyers who appreciate that one should never compromise on quality. Words by Lauren Barker & Julia Brandon

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THIS PAGE: (Left) The silversmiths at work to make each piece bespoke. (Below) The iconic Thomas Lyte Lily Vase with its signature twisted base.

vaults of glory Functionality and beauty do not often go hand in hand. But, with a large serving of knowledge and deftness, the most everyday objects can be transformed into something spectacularly memorable. Thomas Lyte, the quintessentially English luxury silver and leather goods brand, proudly produces ‘objets’ from the height of sophisticated practicality to the downright bizarre. But it is the competence and creative flair of its workforce that truly drives the brand. Passionate about craft, and boasting one of the UK’s largest fine silversmith workshops, Thomas Lyte is a modern luxury brand that proactively supports and nurtures the type of artisan skills and expertise that many other manufacturing companies have done away with. Its team of champion silversmiths who have honed their talent over decades of handmade production are today recognised as world leaders in their field. Restoring treasured antiques, as well as creating stunning bespoke pieces, the level of handmade detail involved in their work goes right down to even handbag zip pulls made from hallmarked sterling silver. “The luxury market should be about making, but unfortunately in so many companies craft has been left behind,” says Kevin Baker, chief executive and founder. “At Thomas Lyte it’s front office, and we’re so very proud of our workforce.” Having previously worked with Essex

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Silver for 10 years before absorbing the brand in 2007 into the newly formed Thomas Lyte, Baker is fervent about the echelon of skill and precision that goes into the production process. “The finest silversmith is also an engineer, balancing beauty and form with functionality,” he says. “Understanding from the start how a piece is going to be used is key to producing a finished object that is the finest of its type, but with lifetime longevity.” The versatile and forgiving nature of silver lends itself to all manner of creations, allowing Thomas Lyte to realise the increasingly unusual bespoke pieces commissioned by its international client base. One such request recently completed for the interior of a superyacht was for two pieces of fruit that would sit at the foot of a staircase. Each measuring half a metre in size, the modern take on an apple and pear was created out of solid sterling silver, and is an astonishing example of skill, imagination and the sheer amount of weight that a superyacht can endure. A finished product, however, often belies the true nature of craftsmanship that goes into each item, even when the intricate detail is clear to see. A silver tissue box, for instance, may appear simple enough to make to the untrained eye and an experienced silversmith can apparently produce six in one day. But, says Baker, that does not include the plating, polishing, soldering or finishing off of details. “That’s

not to say that it’s over engineered,” he adds, “but that it’s made exquisitely and fit for purpose.” The iconic Thomas Lyte Lily Vase with its signature twisted base is another perfect example of how the methods involved could be taken for granted. Few would realise that it is made without the use of tools but entirely from sheets of silver that have been sculpted by hand, or that the length of time spent on such an item can stretch into months. “Silver is the marriage of old craftsmanship with modern design, and it’s difficult to come across a well-chosen item that won’t be cherished as a gift,” says Baker. “Often it has function, but it’s also commemorative and is suited in equal measure to being used in day-to-day life or being placed in a display cabinet.” It is bespoke commissions that hold the most interest for Baker, who relishes the challenge of realising a personal vision and who over the years has seen requests ranging from sterling silver hallmarked light switches to a wrought-iron staircaseinspired tea trolley. “Bespoke is considered to be a complicated procedure but the reality is that it’s actually relatively simple,” he says. “It’s consultative, sensitive and can be done rather quickly, and if a client is unsure of what it is they are after, we are there to guide them through the designing process.”


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THIS PAGE: (Left) An example of the bespoke sound systems created by Linn Products for the superyacht market. (Below) Ivor Tiefenbrun and son Gilad of Linn Products are passionate about fusing music with engineering to create the ultimate sound systems for superyachts.

the music in me Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon brings back fond memories for Gilad Tiefenbrun. As children, Gilad and his brother Natan often woke to the sounds of Pink Floyd, Marianne Faithfull and The Beatles. In fact, Queen was also a popular choice for his father, Ivor. “When Dad was experimenting, he would keep us awake at night playing music too loud and having the people that he was starting the company with around at our house blasting out Pink Floyd,” says Gilad. Little did he know that, on those noisy nights back in 1973, his dad was in the critical stages of creating a sound system so exquisite that it would be fundamental to the music empire he would one day create and pass on to his son. Linn Products, a manufacturer of home entertainment systems, was borne from Ivor’s two great passions – engineering and listening to music. “The company has grown from Dad’s belief that he could vastly improve the sound quality of his own music systems, and his mission to unveil the most accurate sound reproduction possible led to Linn’s first product: the revolutionary Sondek LP12 turntable,” says Gilad. Music has been in the Tiefenbrun family for generations. Ivor’s father was a violinist, and his mother a classical singer in a choir. As a result, understanding music is at the core of Linn’s design philosophy – ‘from the microphone to the ear’. Gilad says only then can you really understand music; how it is created, recorded, produced, distributed and how it is reproduced in the home or on a boat. He explains that the chain starts in the

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recording studio and, from the early days, Linn has recorded music under its own label, Linn Records. “We pride ourselves on the quality of the music we record, as much as the quality of our equipment,” Gilad adds. As well as his passion for music, Ivor was a successful racing yachtsman in his younger days. “A lot of my Dad’s social life was spent at the West Coast Yacht Club,” says Gilad. “He actually won the Scottish Series a few times, with a crew comprising a lot of people from Linn. The boat he has now he designed and built himself – it’s a 40ft twin-jet turblane powerboat called Skorpion. That’s been his passion after he stopped racing, he designed this phenomenal power boat.” Gilad says his dad’s position has always been that music and the sea go together perfectly. “This idea that you’re out on the water with the music and the motion of the boat and everything, he believes it’s a fantastic environment for music,” he says. “That’s what fired his passion to make systems that could withstand the impact of the sea. And also, of course, products that people could bang into because people are always falling about on boats, you could bash into things and they wouldn’t be damaged. So it was important for Dad that the products Linn made were proved and tested at sea, and were robust and reliable in harsh environments.” So it was a natural progression for Ivor to take his passion for music to the sea. After almost 40 years, Gilad says the most challenging commission has been the state-of-the-art entertainment system for a

celebrated international golf star on his 228ft luxury motoryacht. It served all the interior and exterior areas of the yacht with the highest quality music and movies and was fully integrated with all other automation services, accessible via touchscreen keypads customised to the owner’s needs for a seamless experience. “We want people to cherish their system and benefit from their investment as much as possible – the finest system can change your life,” says Gilad. “And so our relentless pursuit for the best possible sound means we are constantly striving to bring the ultimate listening experience to music lovers. From an engineering perspective, we are dedicated to removing imperfections – mechanical, electrical and electronic sources of interference and loss – and perfecting the signal chain. Our investment in research and development illustrates our dedication to perfection.” Each piece is assembled by one person who then signs their name on the product as a stamp of quality. “This means we can guarantee the best materials are used and we can maintain the handmade quality of our products from start to finish,” says Gilad. As a child, Gilad spent a lot of time in Linn’s Scottish offices and has always felt a strong affiliation with the company. “I built my first set of speakers when I was 12 years old in my Easter school holidays,” he says. As a teenager, he worked at the offices during a summer placement from university and later completed his final year project there. He also worked there after graduation. “When I was

18, I worked in manufacturing for four months to earn the money to buy a ticket to Australia. So when I joined the company, although I’d been away for more than ten years, I knew quite a lot of the people here so it was a bit like coming home,” he says.

Now, working side by side with Ivor, the founder and chairman of the company, his vision for the future is bright. “It was an amazing couple of years working directly under him, incredibly challenging in some respects, like a rollercoaster,” says Gilad. “My dad is such an amazing person who, from nothing, has built this amazing company that has survived almost 40 years. I’ll always be grateful for that. It was a real accelerated learning. So when the time came for me to take over, I was really confident that I would be able to do the job.”


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THIS PAGE: (Below and left) In 1870 Paris, Ferdinand Hédiard selected 21 Place de la Madeleine, close to the Grands Boulevards and the new Opera House, it remains the flagship store to this day; (Right) Only the freshest fruit is selected for the Hédiard products. NEXT PAGE: The trademark Hédiard fruit jellies; A mark of handmade quality goes into each chocolate.

the place to taste Once upon a time, a man named Ferdinand Hédiard travelled to Le Havre on the northwest coast of France, where he discovered a quayside vibrant with exotic fruits. Only 13 years of age, Ferdinand was inspired by wares such as lychees, guavas and bananas – the likes of which he had only ever seen in books. These delicious wonders gave him a colourful vision of his future life: sharing his discoveries with the world by becoming a fine foods merchant. At the age of 18, Ferdinand was already thinking on an epic scale. The gourmet enthusiast headed to Paris where he set out selling his fine fruits from an old wooden market barrow under the statue of Louis XIV on the Place des Victories. Four years later and his dream had come true in the form of the first Hédiard shop on rue Dame de Lorette, Paris, selling jams, spices, vinegars, oils, condiments, mustards, biscuits, tea and coffee. His admirers came thick and fast – with enough loyal followers to take a permanent lease. He called the store the Counter of Spices and [rather than ‘from’] the Colonies, and the celebrated artist Eugene Delacroix was the first of many famous fans over the decades. Over time, Ferdinand’s yams, Caribbean cabbages, chilies and curry spices found their way into the best restaurants in Paris

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and his reputation was assured as the Parisian high society grocer. In 1870, he selected 21 Place de la Madeleine, close to the Grands Boulevards and the new Opera House, for the next boutique, which remains the flagship store to this day. It was the ideal theatre for his showmanship. A spokeswoman for the luxury brand says fruits, spices, tea and coffee were constantly on Ferdinand’s mind. “A consuming obsession for perfection upon which he – the stay-at-home traveller – insisted, with a view to sharing only the best vintages and the boldest flavours,” she adds. “Ferdinand made the brand a realm of luxury for fruit and its closely related species. With a great deal of attention, care and skill, he was able to bring out all of their natural aromas and flavours. “There is no doubt he had a magical touch. As the legend goes, his life changed radically in the port of Le Havre when he discovered exotic cargoes of fruit and spices unloaded from the ships.” At age 66, Ferdinand took his final journey, leaving the business to his daughter, Marie-Blanche, and her husband, Max Kusel. Soon after came the discovery of Brazilian fruit pastes, a high-end luxury and a clever way of preserving and transporting fresh fruit. Place de la Madeleine became

a hive of industry as Kusel and the team experimented with recipe after recipe until they were satisfied. Soon the brand was known for its unique, yielding fruit concoctions, cooked and moulded daily on the adjacent premises using fresh ingredients from the shop. Next came an ingenious way of using unsold fruit: preserve it whole, stones and all, in jams that taste as lively as the day they entered the jar. Hédiard fast became known as much for fresh innovation as fresh fruit. The third generation, Jean and Germaine Kusel, took over Hédiard in 1935, bringing with them the gift hamper and regular customers such as actors Charlie Chaplin and Marlene Dietrich, and French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. Little did Ferdinand know that his brand would soon go worldwide – first came more Parisian branches, then later outlets in Qatar, Dubai, South Korea, Barcelona, Abu Dhabi, Madagascar and Singapore. More than 150 years later and 1,200 kilometres away in the city of Monaco, the food empire continues to expand. It recently opened a 300sqm boutique in the elegant Galerie du Métropole offering the finest produce from all over the world. Alternatively, dock your superyacht and have your own personalised basket of


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goodies delivered to you a few hours later. Choose from a variety of fresh fruit hampers filled with sweet savoury treats to create the perfect summer picnic. The brand now strives to preserve the rare, renowned and ancestral know-how of its founder. In fact, Hédiard was in 2007 awarded the certification of ‘Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant’ (Living Heritage Company), an official certification that aims to promote the development of businesses with “an economic heritage consisting in particular in rare, renowned or ancestral know-how, resting on the merit of traditional techniques”. Today, it produces more than 6,000 products under the motto ‘Quality, Reliability and Tradition’. “All the knowledge accumulated over the years has been harnessed to provide you with exceptional products time after time,” says a spokeswoman for the luxury brand. “Our work is not yet complete in terms of deciphering all of the recipes and, armed with the innovations of our generation, we shall continue to move forward with an unwavering passion for excellence.”

For express yacht orders, call +33 (0)6 62 89 18 09. Hédiard also offers complete catering service to yacht owners – cocktails, dinner or any other event with the option to be served by Hédiard during the event.

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Hédiard selects the finest produce from all over the world, creates sophisticated recipes and works in keeping with the French tradition of excellence in terms of flavour and culinary meticulousness.


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Chic in the city

Palma de Mallorca, a major port city on the island of Mallorca and the capital of Spain’s Balearic Islands, displays an architectural blend of African and European heritage. Home to around 400,000 people, it is the largest city on Mallorca and increasingly a Mediterranean destination for ultra high net worth individuals. Words by Julia Brandon Photography by Lucas Sprague

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ocated on the south-west coast of the island, it is the charm of the old town blended with the allure of the yacht harbour that has seen Palma transform in recent years into a playground for the elite. The lack of tides and strong currents make Palma a haven for yacht charter, not to mention the many protective coves and moorings. Its buildings are a pluricultural mix of Gothic, Moorish and Renaissance styles, but it is the grand La Seu – or the Cathedral of Santa Maria de Palma – that the city is best known for. A Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral, it took almost 400 years to complete, and between 1901 and 1914 benefited from the discerning eye of iconic Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi. Although his involvement was relatively short-lived, his influence can be witnessed throughout Palma by way of several other minor projects that he completed, including the restoration of the Chapel of San Bernardo, the design for the floor tiling in the parish church of Pollença and reform work on the Episcopal Palace.

The winding streets behind the cathedral give way to grand churches, beaches, fountains and Bellver Castle. While the Plaça Major is the largest of the city’s squares, it is the striking, ancient olive tree with its thick, twisted trunk located in the Plaça de Cort that makes the biggest impression. THIS PAGE: (Above) A panoramic view of central Palma. (Left) Marlene Dietrich was said to be a frequent visitor at Palma’s lively Tito’s bar.

Come evening time, Palma offers a variety of entertainment from live jazz to bustling DJ bars. Lambada dancing takes place at the club Made in Brasil, while Tito’s is a must for the chic or eccentric. It is claimed that Ray Charles and Marlene Dietrich used to dance there.

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A highlight event with owners and crews at the start of the Mediterranean summer, the Superyacht Cup Palma takes place each year just walking distance from Palma’s old town. A four-day event boasting a full programme of superyacht racing and social activities, it is now in its 16th year, and is the longest running superyacht regatta in Europe. The 2011 Cup, which took place in June, saw no less than 21 sailing yachts take part.

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Five entries from yachts that have never previously competed in the event formed part of the line-up, including the 55m Adela built in 1995 by Pendennis Shipyard, and Marie, a 55m Hoek design launched last year by Vitters Shipyard in Holland. The 29m Tony Castro designed by Jongert ‘Scorpione dei Mar’ returned to defend its 2010 title, however it was 24m Hoek design, Drumfire, that sailed to victory. Combining

this win with a celebration of 25 years of yacht design this year, it was a triumphant occasion for pioneering designer Andre Hoek. Competitive spirits aside, the Superyacht Cup Palma is renowned for being a fun event both on and off the water. The 2012 event, however, promises an even more exciting twist to tie in with the Olympics. It will, for the first time, be held in the United Kingdom at Cowes.

WWW.THESUPERYACHTCUP.COM Fraser Yachts has a new office in Palma with a team who can advise you on all your local yachting needs. For more information visit www.fraseryachts.com.


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Housed in a restored 18th century town palace in Palma old town‘s neighbourhood of La Lonja, Puro Hotel is a minimalist haven in the heart of the city. Combining contemporary luxury with Spanish influence, this boutique urban oasis offers a no-compromise setting with a refreshing and funky feel. A South Beach, Miami, meets Marrakech experience was the original design vision of Swedish owner Mats Wahlstrom and interior designer Gabrielle Jangeby back in 2004, and this theme has evolved as both Wahlstrom and Puro’s clientele have moved with the times. Having opened a private wing this year, the retreat now comprises 51 rooms and

suites, complete with daybed patios, roof deck Jacuzzis, and private terraces. The new wing also offers a 24-hour concierge service, open fireplace for those chillier nights, and a kitchen and private dining area for groups with their own chefs. Striking artwork by Peter Grondahl adorns the walls, while pieces from British furniture brand Halo Angel lends a modern twist. In prime proximity to the yacht harbour, coveted shops and restaurants, and historic centre, Palma is the first and so far only Puro Hotel. But Wahlstrom has plans for expansion, citing Marrakech as the next possible location for a Puro twin.

PURO HOTEL Montenegro, 12 07012 Palma Palma de Mallorca

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01 Making a coffee at the Cappuccino Grand Café in Palma 02 The coveted fashion rails at exclusive boutique, Kling 03 The historic winding streets of Palma old town 04 Late afternoon at the stunning Puro Beach Palma Bay 05 Tahini Sushi Bar and Restaurant at the exclusive marina Puerto Portals

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The Cappuccino Grand Café opened its doors in Paseo del Borne, Palma, in March last year. Located in the heart of the luxury-shopping district, it forms part of the ubiquitous Cappuccino coffee group, popular with the city’s chic, discerning coffee drinkers. This particular venue, however, was designed by American Michael Smith, who rose to recognition after reforming the White House at the request of the Obamas. With a sun terrace positioned between the Plaza de las Tortugas and the Paseo del Borne, it has quickly become a favourite with the locals.

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Rialto Living is a department store for the privileged. Offering a complete lifestyle concept including art, interior design, fashion and gifts, it is founded by Klas Kall, a co-founder of GANT. Located close to the highly coveted Y-3 and Kling stores, it forms part of central Palma’s key retail destination. RIALTO LIVING C/san feliv, 3 07012 Palma Palma de Mallorca Mallorca

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PURO BEACH PALMA BAY (AIRPORT EXIT) CALA ESTANCIA Palma de Mallorca Mallorca

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The cuisine of the island is typically Balearic with many dishes, such as sobrasada, displaying a traditional Mediterranean influence with full flavours and the use of local spices including paprika. However, for a pluricultural experience, Tahini Sushi Bar & Restaurant arguably serves the best Japanese cuisine on the island. Located in the exclusive marina Puerto Portals, around a 30-minute drive from central Palma, Tahini is frequented by gourmets who favour its fresh raw ingredients and mouth-watering recipes. The only restaurant in the Grupo Cappuccino portfolio, the owner and head chef travel to Japan each year to ensure the food is as authentic as possible. The tuna tartar or the foie and truffle soup are particular favourites. TAHINI SUSHI BAR & RESTAURANT Puerto Punta Portals 1-2 07181 Calvia Mallorca

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There are a lot of people, and I include myself, who have looked askance at the America’s Cup and mourned the ‘good old days’ of 12-metre yachts, match racing and a whole host of larger-than-life characters, from Ted Turner to Dennis Conner. But, as a native San Franciscan and as someone who loves nothing better than a rousing yacht race, it just isn’t going to get any better than the 34th America’s Cup to be held on San Francisco Bay in 2013. Words by Chris Caswell

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PREVIOUS PAGE: The spectacle of two huge 85-foot multihulls, each with a solid wing-mast that is twice the size of a Boeing 747 wing, sprint towards the finish line at 70mph as a prelude to the 2013 America’s Cup.

Each boat will also have remote cameras on board, including one on the bowsprit out in front, and every crew member will be wired for sound. How they plan to bleep out the inevitable profanities has yet to be decided.

this page: The races are expected to last about 45 minutes which is gruelling work for the crew.

icture, if you will, the spectacle of two huge 85-foot multihulls, each with a solid wing-mast that is twice the size of a Boeing 747 wing, sprinting towards each other on the starting line with a closing speed of, oh, about 70mph. That’s a speed that would put you on a first-name basis with a judge if you tried it on the hilly streets of San Francisco. Each of these incredible yachts will have a beam of as much as 46-feet, which means that if one should capsize (an event that would not surprise anyone), it would catapult the 11-man crew from the height of a four-storey building. If you thought, as the classic saying goes, that sailboat racing is like watching paint dry, well, think again. This is a little closer to filling a can with gasoline, tossing a match in and running as fast as you can. If America’s Cup racing was once the province of the tediously slow monohull sailboats now derisively called ‘lead mines’ for their heavy lead keels, then the new America’s Cup is closer to either NASCAR or Grand Prix auto racing. As the skipper of the challenging Swedish team, Terry Hutchinson, said with a wry smile: “These boats are going to eat a lot of people.”

So are we talking about thrills and spills? Let’s just note that early plans for the regatta include numerous on-water medical teams and rescue crews nearby. But why are we talking about an event that doesn’t even start until the Louis Vuitton series (to select the challenger) in July of 2013, followed by the America’s Cup in September? Because now is the time to make your charter reservations for a yacht to watch this spectacle. And spectacle it will be. One of the early questions was how to host a regatta that would require an immense racecourse for these speedy yachts on San Francisco Bay. Easy answer? Close the Bay. That’s right, the plan is to simply shut down San Francisco Bay during the races, which means that everything from huge container ships inbound from the Orient to sleek navy aircraft carriers will just have to wait outside the Golden Gate and twiddle their thumbs. Spectator yacht areas have already been planned in the natural amphitheatre of San Francisco Bay, giving superb views of the yachts as they scream from the Oakland Bay Bridge to (and perhaps under) the Golden Gate Bridge, with the legendary

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“These boats are going to eat a lot of people.” – The skipper of the Swedish team, Terry Hutchinson

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(Clockwise from left) If one of the yachts should capsize, it would catapult the 11-man crew from the height of a four-storey building; The new America’s Cup is closer to either NASCAR or Grand Prix auto racing; The new style of racing means a considerable amount of stamina is required by the crew.

Alcatraz Island as one of the marks of the course. Spectator yacht zones have been located to the north near Angel Island and the northwest near Sausalito, both of which will be on the inside of the course. Running from the Golden Gate Bridge down the City Front almost to the Bay Bridge is another spectator yacht zone, this time just outside the course. There was a point, and not too long ago, when the America’s Cup seemed to have evolved into just a couple of billionaires peeing on each other’s shoes like school children. If you’ve been Rip Van Winkling, the 2007 America’s Cup in Valencia, Spain, was won by the Swiss Alinghi team, led by pharmaceuticals billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli. For the next Cup, American software billionaire Larry Ellison’s BMW Oracle team promptly challenged on behalf of Golden Gate Yacht Club, but Bertarelli

accepted a sham challenge from a tame Spanish club. At that point, however, it turned into a bar-room brawl, and lawyers for the two syndicates battled back and forth in the New York courts over who-could-do-what-to-whom. In the end, it was Ellison’s immense trimaran, which was wider than the new America’s Cup races are long, that triumphed in early 2010 to put the America’s Cup on San Francisco Bay. And with it, Ellison has crafted a new vision that would take the Cup into the future. Consider that the races are expected to last about 45 minutes, which, ever-socoincidentally, is the time needed for a one-hour television event. Add that each yacht will have two video cameramen on board, tucked protectively (and hopefully with seat belts) into safe foxholes. Each boat will also have remote cameras on board,

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including one on the bowsprit out in front, and every crew member will be wired for sound. How they plan to bleep out the inevitable profanities has yet to be decided. Even more, there will be only two on-water judges on jetskis. The rest of the judges will be ashore, watching TV screens that read GPS transmitters (accurate to within two centimetres) on each boat to monitor the action, just like football replays. So who are the players? At press time, 14 challengers have filed their entries, which, requiring performance bonds in the first year of US$1million and €700,000, is no small hurdle since it doesn’t include building a boat. Seven nations are already represented, with challenging syndicates from France (2), Sweden, China, New Zealand, Italy (2), Australia and Korea, with another four remaining mysteriously unidentified. But a regatta is not just about wind and sails and tactics. In this case, it’s also about the visitors and San Francisco is pulling out all the stops. From Mayor Ed Lee down, the city is preparing for what is expected to be more than 500,000 spectators, which would far surpass the number when the San Francisco Giants baseball team won

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the 2010 World Series. Of particular interest is the planned superyacht marina on the City Front that will accommodate a fleet of superyachts in grand style and with high security. The racing teams will take over facilities in the shadow of the Bay Bridge, and it’s expected that each will provide viewing areas for avid fans. In the city, the über-luxe hotels from the Fairmont to the Ritz-Carlton are buffing their upscale suites and even the California wine country is preparing for the visits of oenophiles to the legendary wineries of Napa and Sonoma valleys. San Francisco is a paradise for gourmets, of course, and there will be fine restaurants for every palate. But 2013 really isn’t that far away when it comes to planning your America’s Cup visit. Now is the time to talk to your charter broker and find a yacht to your liking because this is going to be the America’s Cup not to be missed. Fraser Yachts has been appointed as one of the operational partners for the 34th America’s Cup superyacht programme. For more information visit www.fraseryachts.com.

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Heli-Yachting:

The next generation

Helicopters in the luxury yachting industry are well-established and yet there continues to be new models to consider. We will have a brief look at them, and also the reasons behind what to buy and how the helicopter may help your operation. Words by Nigel Watson, Luviair

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PREVIOUS PAGE: Standing above the concealed watertight hangar underneath the aft deck of MY T6 sits a £1 million Eurocopter AS 350 B3, enabling the owner to rise Thunderbirdsstyle out of the deck and be airborne in minutes. Photo: Ed Holt this page: The Eurocopter EC145 lands on MY Ecstasea at sunset.

The helicopter’s usefulness extends beyond being a practical, safe and secure mode of transport. As a logistics support tool for the yacht, it will always prove its worth, and, best of all, continues to be a fun way to travel. Meanwhile, helicopter manufacturers are constantly trying to reinvent their product, improve its quality or fill gaps in their range. Most of these developments are based upon customer feedback and a wish as a company to be able to offer a helicopter at every stage of need for the client. As an operator, Luviair encourages our clients to consider buying a twin-engine helicopter and to man it as a multi-crew machine. In both cases you are buying into safety. An additional engine provides greater security and performance, and an additional crew member allows an extra pair of eyes and someone to share the workload. This is particularly important if we are working in high-traffic density air space at night and often in marginal weather conditions. Whether single-engine single-pilot operations exist successfully remains a question of risk assessment. Flying an offshore oil worker to a correctly sized helipad at night in the North Sea requires

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by law a powerful twin-engine helicopter flown by two highly skilled crew members. We believe the owners of yachts, their families and staff should be afforded the same duty of care, especially as we are flying to much smaller decks where the currency and experience of the accepting deck crew is much lower than their North Sea counterparts. By far the majority of helicopter flights in our industry will be passenger transport flights between the yacht and the house or airport. However, the vessel’s master will quickly learn how effective the helicopter can be in easing his logistics headache. Spares for generators, fresh flowers, a sea pilot, chocolate cakes (remember the on-board air conditioning), all move effortlessly between the shore and the yacht. Knowing which helicopter to buy may be a case of using experience, the recommendation of a friend or a wellresearched study. Experience is always of great benefit. If you have this then it may only be a case of what is new in terms of avionics, change or keep the colour scheme and carpets, then let’s go fly. If you do not have this experience, then the

well-researched study should become a prerequisite. Helicopters are expensive, they are all good to a degree but they also have their own characters and issues. Which one will suit you? In addition to acquisition and outfitting cost, there is the cost of operation, the lifecycle costs and value retention – all before we get to the point of selling on the machine. There is an important process of build and acceptance to follow to the point of delivery, and then of course there is the post-delivery operation. There is a lot to think about. Coming out of this global financial crisis has seen the manufacturers launch a group of helicopters to tempt tomorrow’s users. I have chosen to look at just three, and accept that those not included also have new models and innovations to offer. Look at the Sikorsky S-76D, the Bell 429 and the Robinson R66 as examples of other exciting machines based upon innovative technology. My brief focus is on Eurocopter, AgustaWestland and the ‘young pretender’ Marenco Swiss Helicopter.


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Eurocopter’s evolving BK series – the EC145T2

The European launch of the EC145T2 helicopter took place recently in Germany. Lining up and flying next to the BK117 and the original EC145, the new T2 showed itself to be a quieter, more powerful and modern helicopter. Those of us who operate the EC145 (Luviair operates two) are pleased to see the developments of the T2 model. The T2 comes with significant improvements to the EC145. There is no change to the cavernous interior or great passengercarrying capability. It all adds up to a more powerful, efficient and safer helicopter. The EC145 has been a great success in the heli-yachting industry and the T2 reaffirms its position. Combine this with the innovations that are being shown in the Mercedes Benz-style interiors and you have a great heliyachting machine. Now is the time to order one – but do not expect a VIP delivery until late 2013.

Marenco Swiss Helicopter SKYe

In 2007 I was excited to see the beginnings of the Marenco Swiss Helicopter story. Thanks to the passion and commitment of the team the project has moved on. The initial flighttesting programme will begin in 2012 and certification of the helicopter should follow in 2013/14. Marenco is offering something exciting both in terms of aircraft design and the manufacturing process. There is a refreshing enthusiasm about the team and an indication that what it will produce will be both fun to fly and also fit in this light helicopter niche. The first impression of the helicopter design is great; wonderful modern exterior styling combined with a huge internal space. There is great scope to develop the interior. The proposed seating for four passengers faces

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forward and, because of the creative use of windows, the view from all of the seats will be wonderful. There is also a glass floor panel in the prototype design, allowing passengers to look down below them. Composite materials used in the same build techniques of Formula 1 race cars combine with a powerful single-engine power plant, offering great ‘hot and high’ performance in addition to a fast cruise speed of 145 knots and 800 Km range on standard fuel tanks. The first helicopter will be a light singleengine. There are plans for a twin-engine machine which will enhance the practical usefulness of the helicopter in public transport and our heli-yachting industry. A corporate/VIP interior, air conditioning and floats will be a part of the original certification, meaning that the early models of this exciting machine will integrate easily into the luxury yachting world.

is another welcome aspect to this helicopter. The use of modern composite materials, lower emissions from the engines and reduced external and internal noise signatures all go to make this an exciting prospect. As the helicopter is likely to be flying in 2012 and certified in 2014, with deliveries immediately thereafter, I am hopeful we will see a corporate VIP variant in 2015. When we consider the lead time in building a yacht and the need to think about the helicopter type that is to be integrated at the earliest point in the project, perhaps now is the time to be looking at Agusta’s latest offering.

BA609 Tiltrotor

AgustaWestland 169 No look at innovation should pass without reference to the BA609 tiltrotor from Bell/Agusta. Once we work out how to deal with high temperature exhausts, this amazing flying machine could be seen operating to the backs of the superyachts of tomorrow. AgustaWestland has identified the gap between the Agusta 109 Grand and the AW139 and will introduce the AW169 in 2014. While the helicopter is unashamedly focused on the parapublic police/EMS market, the prospect of a corporate/VIP variant should be an exciting opportunity to introduce another light twin into the heliyachting world. The AW169 is more manageable than the larger AW139 and this I see as a distinct advantage. In combining safety, Italian design and technology, Agusta has created an exciting airframe that should fulfil its multi-role tasks. How this will demonstrate itself in our heli-yachting industry can be imagined through the power and performance offered, the highest consideration of safety and the superior interior space allowing high passenger capacity. It will also be initially equipped and certified for over-water operations from the first delivery. Agusta is renowned for making fast, safe helicopters with great performance. The AW169 will not be any different. The fact that Agusta has also put environmental friendliness at the top of its list of design criteria

THE FUTURE I am sure that among these new models there will be ample choice for the discerning yacht owner of the future. As an industry we must ensure that we provide the infrastructure for these machines to work within. This means landing areas on board that are safe, of a reasonable size and strong enough. They will need to be properly equipped and the yacht helidecks will need to be manned with trained personnel. There is a realisation that commercial certification is a possibility with forethought and that in obtaining this certificate there is by definition an enhanced layer of safety associated with the operation. The interior of the Eurocopter EC145T2 model.


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BALL What do a charter yacht, a Los Angeles entrepreneur, and a lavish party for wealthy, would-be cattle barons have in common? Simple: The American Cancer Society, the Cattle Baron’s Ball and the chance to win an adventure of a lifetime aboard MY Askari.

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On Tahaa, known as the “Vanilla Island�, the Askari crew have friends with a safari vehicle on which you can explore the fragrant vanilla plantations and stop at a pearl farm.

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HAVING A BALL

PREVIOUS PAGE: Win a luxury charter cruise aboard expedition yacht Askari. this page: (Clockwise from top left) The Cattle Baron’s Ball is the largest single-night fundraiser for the American Cancer Society; The event is held at the famed Southfork Ranch in Dallas, Texas; The ball is an event of lights and live music.

Every wise charterer knows to ask for references from previous charter clients, but in the case of the 33-metre expedition yacht MY Askari, you might just end up talking to the owner. You see, this successful Los Angeles businessman and his family had chartered Askari numerous times and enjoyed the experience so much that they bought her – and what better recommendation is there than that? Since their purchase, Askari has received a complete mechanical and interior upgrade that puts her among the best-maintained charter yachts in the world. Even better, Askari is based in French Polynesia: you know, that place full of beautiful mountainous islands, coral atolls with white sand beaches and sensual palms blowing in the warm trade winds. It is what we all think of when hoping to escape the rain and snow: one of nature’s majestic locations millions of years in the making where world-class diving and fishing abound. It is also an ideal location for indulging in the simple art of loafing. One look at Askari and you quickly see she is not your typical charter yacht. Contrary to the swoops and curves you would expect to find on yachts summering in the Med, Askari’s profile is businesslike and purposeful, with lines

that acknowledge her commercial pedigree and original incarnation when she was built for a Florida yachtsman to go on long fishing expeditions. But while her exterior is pragmatic, the interior is pure luxe – with all the amenities and comfort you would expect to have on a luxury charter yacht. Askari’s range of 10,000 nautical miles puts most so-called expedition yachts to shame. Her logbook includes a few little jaunts to prove it: across the Atlantic, check; up to Alaska and down to South America, check; around to the Great Barrier Reef off Australia and out to the Galapagos, check. This is a vessel that is blue-water proven to say the least. So, what do a charter yacht, a Los Angeles entrepreneur, and a lavish party for wealthy would-be cattle barons have in common? Simple: the American Cancer Society and the Cattle Baron’s Ball. In case you are not familiar with it, the event is the largest single-night fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, held every October at the famed Southfork Ranch in Dallas, Texas. It has raised more than $43million (£26.4million) for the charity, and Fraser Yachts is one of the sponsors for the third consecutive year.

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The sponsorship is spearheaded by charter broker Debra Blackburn who, together with her sales colleague Jeff Partin, represents Fraser Yachts each year at the ball. While preparing this year’s auction item, she decided to call the owner of Askari, a longtime client, and tell him about the event. And before you could say “coconut”, he graciously agreed to donate time on board the luxuriously appointed yacht as part of an impressive package deal – including round-trip air tickets on Air Tahiti Nui and an equally luxurious hotel stay at the Four Seasons Moorea. The package, coordinated by Fraser Yachts, was put together in association with Tahiti Tourism and is expected to be one of the most sought-after items featured in the live auction – the main event of the ball. Other items range from

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a luxury Mercedes and Rolex watches to a $10,000 bank debit card. But the lure of the South Pacific is strong. Cattle Baron’s Ball chairman Jennifer Dix, auction chairman Kim Bannister and their army of dedicated volunteers expect the bidding for Askari to be vigorous. And with good reason. French Polynesia is a truly magical destination with locales guaranteed to arouse even the most reticent of travellers. Papeete is the epicenter of the Tahitian chain, and Moorea is a South Pacific postcard, with volcanic mountains rising above a blue-green sea into a halo of white clouds. Along the shores you can savour coral gardens teeming with life. You do not have to be a serious diver to enjoy the crystal-clear waters replete with brilliantly coloured tropical fish. The island of Huahine, will draw you deeper

THIS PAGE: (Top) Askari has received a complete mechanical and interior upgrade that puts her among the best-maintained charter yachts in the world. (Below) Moorea is a South Pacific postcard, with volcanic mountains rising above a blue-green sea into a halo of white clouds.


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If you cannot attend the Cattle Baron’s Ball and make the winning bid, you can simply dial up your favourite Fraser charter broker and say these four magic words: “Get me on Askari”.

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THIS PAGE: (Left) Win a luxurious hotel stay at the Four Seasons Moorea. (Below) A local in Raiatea, where you can take a tender or kayak up the only river in all of French Polynesia.

into tropical delight, followed by Raiatea, where you can take a tender or kayak up the only river in all of French Polynesia. Then there is the equally exotic Tahaa known as the “Vanilla Island”. Here, the Askari crew has friends with a safari vehicle on which you can explore the fragrant vanilla plantations and stop at a pearl farm. If you can tear yourself away from the fine cuisine on Askari, you might want to dine at La Pirogue on a tiny islet just offshore. Let us not forget Bora Bora, a dream island if ever there was one. Anchor in a quiet lagoon, settle in with your favourite drink and take in spectacular vistas as volcanic peaks change colour in the setting sun of yet another perfect day. Should you feel the need to be active, Captain Lon Munsey and his crew can easily accommodate your desires. So whether you would like to learn how to kitesurf (a favourite pastime on board Askari), kayak, sail or try your hand at diving, they are ready, willing and able to teach you. With a dynamic crew, a unique vessel, and some of the most beautiful and unspoiled cruising waters in the world,

do not miss out on Askari, it is the voyage of a lifetime. But here is the thing: even if you cannot attend the Cattle Baron’s Ball and make the winning bid, you can simply dial up your favourite Fraser charter broker and say these four magic words: “Get me on Askari”. Askari is currently available for charter through Fraser Yachts. For more information visit www.fraseryachts.com.

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A CUT ABOVE Taking charter crew service to a new level of excellence. Words by Kenny Wooton

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lmost since its inception in the midtwentieth century, the yacht charter industry has relied primarily on the knowledge of brokers who inspect the vessels and assess their crews at shows and during familiarisation trips. While the system has worked well as the charter phenomenon has grown and the yachts have become larger and more sophisticated, the recent economic troubles have placed strain on the industry that it has never seen before. As the number of charter yachts has snowballed, competition for bookings has reached new levels of intensity. Pressure to stand out from the fleet, even among the finest charter yachts in the world, has never been greater. With a ready supply of superbly fitted-out yachts on the market, few avenues exist for owners and brokers to set their charges apart from the rest. The role crews play in the equation has become more important than ever. In a round of meetings with major players in the yachting press at the Miami International Boat Show in February, Fraser Yachts introduced a programme intended to push charter service to another level, and in the process, attract more bookings for their best boats and most motivated owners. “We’ve created a standard quality label for charter yachts that is, independent of the size of the yacht and year they were built, focused on service,” said Fraser Yachts CEO Hein Velema. “We call it the Diamond Collection.” Guest service on the best charter yachts is often described in superlatives. ‘Royal’, for instance, means a cut above five-star. For those who have tasted the sublime pleasures of charter on a top yacht, crew members are expected to become instant experts on guests’ tastes and preferences, anticipating needs and executing their duties with graceful precision. Assisted by experienced brokers who work their matchmaking skills to pair clients with appropriate yachts, the best crew rarely provides anything but a seamless, professional service that leaves guests - who are accustomed to the finest things in life - feeling as if they have just had the experience of a lifetime. As with most endeavours though, there is always room for improvement, even at the highest levels. The Diamond Collection is a way to promote the company’s yachts for charter in this tough competitive environment by addressing the greatest intangible of the experience, notwithstanding the weather. “If you ask what is the essence of quality charter, it is always the crew and the service they deliver on board,” says Velema. “I’m not saying service on board yachts is bad, but there are no standards. That’s what we’re trying to achieve with this.” The Diamond Collection designation will

apply to yachts in Fraser Yachts’ fleet whose owners have elected to participate in a crew training and evaluation programme intended to deliver charter guests the ultimate in personalised professional service. For their part, the owners must be willing to make their yachts available for charter through the high season in the Mediterranean (July and August), agree to price their yachts appropriately and to pay the 12,000 Euro cost of the training. Owners who become part of the Diamond Collection will receive prominent exposure in Fraser Yachts’ marketing communications. Fraser Yachts expects to have as many as 10 yachts signed on with crews trained by the start of the summer season. For all the services Fraser Yachts offers its management clients, it does not do crew training. To run the training part of the Diamond Collection programme, the company turned to a UK-based company called Triple S Consultancy. This is a hospitality and service training firm founded in 2008. It is associated with the Guild of Professional English Butlers. Fraser Yachts and Triple S have worked together on crew placement projects and on events at boat shows, but the Diamond Collection will be an ongoing effort. The crew side of the programme comprises three major points: actual crew training, post-charter feedback and an end-of-season audit. For starters, two Triple S employees come on board for two days for intensive

evaluation and training of all crew members. “The programme focuses on communication within the departments, between the departments and with the guests as well,” says Lesley Philpott, Triple S director of project development. During the two-day training, the Triple S team schools the crew on topics such as communication, how to handle complaints, service recovery, goal setting and how to work with cultural differences between charter clients. The team works with department heads on coaching and how to focus on the strengths of individual crew, does role-playing and educates the departments on the roles of counterparts on board. At the end of each charter, the consultants debrief several crew representatives, the charter broker and the Fraser Yachts managers on details of how the trip went. Crew members are trained to elicit feedback from guests. At the end of the season, Triple S comes on board and talks to each crew member to see if the training was carried out, and works with the captain to create a list of possible improvements. Fraser Yachts and Triple S then present a report to the owner with suggestions on how the charter programme might be improved with the addition of toys, special services or other elements. Fraser Yachts has always acknowledged the accomplishments of its captains and

crew with awards and fêtes such as the annual Captains’ Dinner at the Monaco Yacht Show. With the Diamond Collection programme, individual crew members will be presented with a ’passport‘ containing ‘crowns’ based on achievements and qualities such as communication skills, teamwork, sincerity and humour. Velema points out that even the best crew is optimised for the yacht owner, but friends and guests may come aboard and expect something different. So far, he says, captains have been mostly receptive to the notion of having outside consultants come in and deal with subjects normally the purview of the men and women wearing the stripes. But he feels areas such as the teambuilding component will have strong appeal to the captains, especially those with a managerial bent. He said he would not only like to enlist more of Fraser Yachts’ fleet in the programme, but would also like it to attract more management clients. “We want to make money with this, but not with the fee,” adds Velema. “We want to make money by booking more charters on top-quality yachts.”

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FRASER YACHTS NEWS NEW BUILD, FRESH PROJECT The Yacht Services division of Fraser Yachts was recently awarded a prestigious new-build project as the official project manager for the construction of an 88-metre Feadship. The expected duration of the project is 42 months.

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MY MAJOR WAGER 48m (160ft) Feadship Broker: Stuart Larsen of Fraser Yachts, Fort Lauderdale MY PERLE NOIRE 37m (122ft) Heesen Broker: Nabil El Jammal of Fraser Yachts, London

Ready, set, sail Fraser Yachts has launched a new sail division, an exciting move that comes on the back of strong demand from clients and a continuous effort to bring to them added value. The division will focus on sailing yachts and their users: owners, charterers and crew. By giving sailboat marketing equal focus and by increasing our attention to this important sector, Fraser can tailor-make services that respond to sailboat users’ needs. As the premier superyacht services company worldwide, Fraser has the experience and solutions for owners, charterers and crew, whether it be sale, charter, new construction, management or crew placement. At Fraser, we understand that sailing yacht owners and operators are experienced and knowledgeable. We also realise that sailboats require more attention from our industry professionals, charters require a more focused effort and sailing yacht crew need to meet special criteria. For these reasons, Fraser has decided to take advantage of its combined dominance and experience in this unique sector to ensure the level of expertise and attention demanded by owners, charterers and captains of sailing yachts.

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Recognising that sailboat marketing requires specific focus, Fraser now has a dedicated division to individually tailor the marketing strategy to each and every sailboat. This increased focus will allow us to respond directly to your programme, whether you are racing, cruising or chartering. Taking advantage of our traditional strengths in sales, charter, new construction, management and crew placement, and applying these specifically to the sailboat market, the ‘sail division’ offers sailboat owners comfort that their individual requirements will be both understood and acted upon. Fraser has committed to a marketing campaign using specialised tools such as dedicated advertising, informative web pages, targeted sales circulars and an increased presence at major international sailing events. Fraser’s new sail division will launch in autumn 2011, starting with the release of a dedicated ‘Superyacht Gallery’ for sailing yachts at Monaco Yacht Show. The official launch will take place at this year’s Les Voiles de St Tropez.

MY ALUCIA 55.78m (183ft) Auroux Brokers: Stuart Larsen of Fraser Yachts, Fort Lauderdale & Tom Allen of Fraser Yachts, Seattle MY BLUE BAY 36.57m (120ft) Benetti Broker: David Legrand of Fraser Yachts, Monaco MY ENDLESS 25.6m (84ft) Fipa Broker: David Legrand of Fraser Yachts, Monaco MY FAR NIENTE 26.2m (86ft) Feadship Broker: Michael Gardella of Fraser Yachts, San Diego MY LEONESSA 25.3m (83ft) Ferretti Broker: Vassilis Fotilas of Fraser Yachts, Monaco MY ALUMERCIA 37.7m (123ft) Heesen Broker: Jan Jaap Minnema of Fraser Yachts, Monaco MY VANQUISH 35.58m (120ft) Palmer Johnson Broker: Antoine Larricq of Fraser Yachts, Monaco SY SAVANNAH 30.9m (101ft) Alloy Yachts Brokers: Dennis Frederiksen of Fraser Yachts, Monaco & David Legrand of Fraser Yachts, Monaco MY ISABEL 26.6m (87ft) Cantieri di Pisa Broker: Vassilis Fotilas of Fraser Yachts, Monaco MY COUACH 5000 49.9m (163ft) Guy Couach Brokers: Dennis Frederiksen of Fraser Yachts, Monaco & Pierrik Devic of Fraser Yachts, Monaco


NEW ITALIAN team in Viareggio Fraser Yachts has expanded its Italian team to become a fully operative office, capable of serving the Italian market in the areas of sales, charter, yacht management and crew placement. Fraser Yachts is part of Yachtique, the world’s largest luxury yacht services organisation whose parent company is Azimut-Benetti Group, the largest manufacturer of luxury yachts and the world’s largest private group in the yachting sector. Each company offers unique expertise and global assistance giving Fraser access to unrivalled resources. The Italian office is strategically located in Viareggio, home to all the major Italian shipyards, including Azimut-Benetti, and to Yachtique – allowing for direct access to the resources and expertise provided by its various companies and divisions such as the Lusben and Yachtique Styling Lounge, Yachtique Financial Services and Yachtique Marinas.

Fresh to the fold

Alessandro D’Angelo

Alessandro D’Angelo was born and raised in Viareggio and has spent most of his life on the water. He has a strong passion for yachting and spent many years as a First Mate on luxury cruise ships before obtaining his Unlimited Masters Licence and moving back to land to pursue a new career. Since 2006, Alessandro has been managing the Italian office of Fraser Yachts’ crew placement division, ‘The Crew Network’, in Viareggio and has also managed the Network’s offices in Palma de Mallorca and St. Marten. Ciro Petrucci

Ciro Petrucci, from Naples, Italy, began his maritime career as an officer in the Italian Coast Guard before eventually finding his path as a yacht broker. He started his career in sales at ‘Moncada di Paterno’, a brokerage house in Milan. He then went on to start his own company, Aledom Yacht Brokerage, in Livorno, where he sold a considerable number of yachts ranging up to 50 metres over the past 10 years. Ciro recently decided it was time to expand his career in the international market and joined the Fraser Yachts sales team in Viareggio.

Originally from Naples, Italy, Oscar Romano has worked for Fraser Yachts for five years. He spent his first two years in the Milan office working in the Charter Division before moving to Viareggio to work in sales for the Benetti/Yachtique Pre-Owned fleet, where he sold five yachts in two years. Oscar is now a sales broker for Fraser Yachts in Viareggio. Daniele Ferrari

Daniele comes from a family of Naval Entrepreneurs. His great passion for the sea and the strong predisposition to the business have allowed him to found at a young age several companies that operate successfully in the shipping and financial management of superyachts. He began his career with the ENI Group in Norway and then in the US, specialising in technical management of the rigs and oil marketing. He returned to Italy as CEO of two Italian companies operating in heavy sea transport then, in 2000, founded his first company. After his cooperation with the major European shipyards, Daniele joined Fraser Yachts in 2011 as the Italian manager.

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Some of the latest yachts to join the Fraser Yachts charter fleet: Lady Lola Sokar Stella Fiera Sensation Imagine Angel Heart

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Imagine the unforgettable The 212ft (65.5m) Amels yacht, Imagine, is one of the latest yachts to enter the charter fleet. Imagine was launched this year and is the first Amels ‘212 Limited Edition’ luxury yacht completed and launched from the shipyard. It is also the largest Amels Limited Edition yacht to date. Andrew Winch designed the interior and Tim Heywood created her elegant exterior design. Imagine boasts huge volumes, exceptional indoor accommodations and social spaces and plenty of choices for exciting outdoor living. One of the most extraordinary features of Imagine is the centrally located glass elevator, allowing easy and elegant access to all parts of the ship. These include the ‘wet feet’ bar found on the sun deck and the large ‘beach club’ located at the yacht’s stern. She has a master suite and two large VIP-type cabins on the bridge deck. Both of these feature balconies with an access from the cabins themselves. With a combined weight of 1503 tons, Imagine has a cruising speed of 14 knots, along with a fuel tank storage capacity of 155,000 litres, which enable this astounding vessel to have a maximum range of 5,000 nautical miles. An international, multilingual crew of 15 will pamper guests. Captain Grahame Shorrocks, a British national, has more than 25 years’ yachting experience. Chef Tiziano Nastri is an icon in the industry, having worked with some of the best chefs in the world, and most notably, having served extraordinary meals to celebrities and tycoons alike. Charter guests on Imagine will have an unforgettable experience, unsurpassed by any other yacht in the market today. She is available for charter in the south of France this September from €465,000 per week.

New yachts for sale Two new Central Agency listings for sale with Fraser Yachts are MY Vulcan 46 and SY Konkordia. Vulcan 46 is a semidisplacement, advanced composite yacht with a cruising speed of 22 knots and a 4000nm range at 12 knots. Built to RINA class and compliant with Cayman Island MCA LY2, the yacht has modern styling with large, open spaces and wide windows; and six cabins to accommodate 12 guests in a great volume. She is available for delivery in March 2012. Konkordia is the most attractive performing sailing yacht for sale on the market today. Built to Lloyd’s and MCA, she accommodates 10 guests in total comfort, safety and luxury. Her interiors are both beautiful and elegant, designed with all the main lounging areas on a single level. Her performance under sail is outstanding and will satisfy the most competitive-minded owner wishing to sail in the international sailing regatta circuit.

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DeLUXE San Diego is a new and unique event connecting leading brands with those who appreciate the finest superyachts, top-marque automobiles, private aircraft, fine jewellery and watches, cult wines and adventure travel. Highlighting 100-foot (30m-plus) motor and sailing yachts, along with products and services that complement the yacht charter and the luxury lifestyle, DeLUXE San Diego is an opportunity to interact and experience participating brands on a oneon-one basis. As an ‘in association with’ sponsor of the three-day luxury event, Fraser Yachts had three yachts

on display, including the 183ft sailing yacht, Zenji. The opening reception took place at the Fifth Avenue Landing, in the heart of downtown San Diego. The following day there was a ‘Private Preview and Experience’ day, which offered driving experiences, sea trials, brand demonstrations, culinary experiences and fashion presentations to invited guests of the sponsors. On the third day was the public exhibition day, opening the event to the public at an exhibition ticket price of $150. On the final day the event closed with the ‘Yachts Under the Stars’ gala.


Adventure in the fast lane More than 100 amazing vehicles set off from London as part of the Gumball 3000 – a 3000-mile journey across 10 countries to Istanbul. From London the route incorporated Paris, Barcelona, Monte Carlo (attending the Monaco F1 race), Milan, Venice, Zagreb, Belgrade and Sofia before crossing the finish line in Istanbul one week later. Fraser Yachts sponsored car number 52 and played special host during its stop in Monte Carlo for the Monaco Grand Prix. The entry grid is a ‘who’s who’ of the international social scene, where celebrities rub shoulders with sheikhs, entrepreneurs, oil tycoons, and dot com billionaires. If the line-up of stars didn’t get the crowd’s attention, the cars were certain to get guests revved up. The incredible line-up included Pagani Zondas, Bugatti Veyrons, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Rolls Royces, Bentleys, Aston Martins, Jaguars, Porsches, Morgans and several Lotus designs. This year there were also more than 20 eco and concept electric cars on display to demonstrate the event’s entry into a new decade of green motoring.

America’s Cup meets Formula 1

WINTER SPECIAL Vilanova Grand Marina – Barcelona is offering Fraser Yachts’ customers a unique winter package for the coming winter season. The marina will launch this promotion as a result of the long-term collaboration between the two companies, which includes sponsorship of the Fraser Yachts Captains’ Dinner Awards at Monaco Yacht Show. The pack includes special discounts, free transfers to the airport for captains and free parking. The marina will also invite all Fraser Yachts captains

staying at its facilities to its Captains’ Gastronomic Lunch in November at El Celler de Can Roca. The restuarant is considered one of the world’s best according to Restaurant – the British magazine that organises the prestigious S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. The marina is organising this gastronomic event this year with the intention of establishing it as an annual event for all captains linked to Vilanova Grand Marina – Barcelona.

Fraser Yachts has been appointed as one of the operational partners for the 34th America’s Cup superyacht programme. Fraser Yachts will connect superyacht owners and charterers to opportunities with the America’s Cup World Series and the 34th America’s Cup held in San Francisco in 2013. “We are really excited about our partnership and the opportunity for the superyacht community to truly engage in this world-renowned sporting event,” says Patrick Coote, marketing director of Fraser Yachts. “The new course format is completely different to any previous America’s Cup, allowing superyachts to be a part of the racing action. This is America’s Cup meets Formula 1.” The 34th America’s Cup represents a new era in the history of the oldest trophy in sports. Ground-breaking format changes will bring the racing to spectators, allowing fans to not just see the action live from the shore, but also be part of the competition on the water. Superyachts and other boats will serve as virtual boundaries for the race course, helping to create a floating stadium in which the teams will compete. Niccolò Porzio di Camporotondo, the America’s Cup event authority superyacht director, says: “The 34th America’s Cup offers boat owners and charterers unprecedented on-and-off the water access to the America’s Cup. We are honouring the historical ties between the America’s Cup and luxury yachting, while providing the greatest access to the racing action the Cup has ever seen. We have partnered with Fraser Yachts because they have experience and expertise necessary to deliver a truly amazing experience for superyacht owners, charterers, captains and crew with the 34th America’s Cup.”

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

The unrivalled experts in luxury yacht services

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

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GEO Spirit of Expedition 55m (180’) | Mariotti | 2014 | 33,000,000 EUR Why considering a yacht when you can build a ship? Designed by famous Luca Dini, developed by world renowned Mariotti Shipyard and Fraser Yachts. Exceptional 950GT for 55m, 6 cabins, master on upper deck, 5 cabins on main deck. Huge volumes and large decks spaces with a state of the art enclosable sun deck. David Legrand | Monaco +377 93 100 450 | david.legrand@fraseryachts.com

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

+ 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 + 64 9 302 0178 + 1 809 523 2208 + 357 25 828911

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MEDUSE 60m (199’) | Feadship | 1996/2006 | 26,500,000 EUR MEDUSE is one of the best known Feadships, complete with helicopter landing facility, six staterooms including two on deck, cinema, gymnasium, elevator, decompression diving chamber and large tenders.

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


COLUMBUS 177 | 54m (177’) | Columbus | 2011 | 24,500,000 EUR Recently launched 800+ ton displacement yacht with six staterooms and massive deck areas. Excellent quality, construction and engineering, and tenders in a garage. Balcony off owner’s stateroom, zero speed stabilizers, LY2 compliant and

PEGASO | 73m (241’) | Freire | 2011 | 85,000,000 EUR The Luxury Research Vessel PEGASO, combines state of the art scientific technology, with all the styling and refinements of today’s top superyacht. With a huge array of features including 10,000 mile range, ICE class, DP, fully compliant

Sales | Charter | Management | Construction | Crew

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excellent cruising speed and range. Exceptional volume and excellent quality. Stuart Larsen | Ft. Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 | stuart.larsen@fraseryachts.com

commercial helipad and a 6man dive lockout submarine, PEGASO can host her guests in ultimate luxury, whilst exploring anywhere in the world. Jose Arana | Mexico City + 52 55 5004 0408 | jose.arana@fraseryachts.com

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

+ 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 + 64 9 302 0178 + 1 809 523 2208 + 357 25 828911

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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.

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

Helicopter landing, big garages and exceptional volume. Stuart Larsen | Ft. Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 | stuart.larsen@fraseryachts.com

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


MY PETRA | 44m (144’) | Heesen | 2009 | 24,500,000 EUR

Almost new five stateroom yacht with fast speeds, long range, zero speeds, garaged tenders and beautiful Dutch quality and pedigree. Impeccable condition.

Excellent outside areas and a lovely light interior. Stuart Larsen | Ft. Lauderdale +1 954 463 0600 | stuart.larsen@fraseryachts.com

ELLE | 46m (150’) | Tacoma Puglia | 1993/2008 | 12,950,000 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.

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

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

Antoine Larricq | Monaco +33 678 63 61 72 | antoine.larricq@fraseryachts.com

Semi displacement advanced composite Motor Yacht, Cruising at 22+ knots. Owner’s stateroom on the main deck, full beam VIP cabin, two twin cabins and two double cabins.

Not for sale to US residents while in US waters.

CAMELEON B | 43m (139’) | Proteksan | 2002 | 11,000,000 EUR

SEA BOWLD | 53m (174’) | Oceanfast | 2004 | 17,950,000 USD

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

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

Her large, light, airy and stylish interior with 6 guest cabins is beautifully executed.

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

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Not for sale to US residents while in US waters.

LORETTA ANNE IV | 40m (131’) | Alloy Yachts | 2009 | POA

PRINCESS SARAH | 43m (142’) | Richmond Yachts | 2007 | 19,900,000 USD

Jody O’Brien | Ft. Lauderdale +1 954 463 0600 | jody.obrien@fraseryachts.com

Scott French | Fort Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 | scott.french@fraseryachts.com

NOMADE | 36m (119’) | Tansu Yachts | 2011 | 9,100,000 EUR Exceptional performance and solid sea-keeping abilities achieved through a combination of semi-displacement hull form and narrow entry bow. Beautifully finished and flooded with light.

KEIKI KAI | 30m (100’) | Benetti | 2005/2010 | 6,600,000 USD Fabulous layout includes on deck master, VIP, 2 guests and huge exterior spaces comparable to 112’ yachts. Beautiful Italian marble and woodwork. New exterior paint.

David Legrand | Monaco +377 93 100 450 | david.legrand@fraseryachts.com

Neal Esterly | San Diego +1 619 225 0588 | neal.esterly@fraseryachts.com

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!

Elegant and comfortable, Princess Sarah is in pristine condition. 6 staterooms; full beam on deck master; gracious salon; Cat C32 engines; zero speed stabilizers.

for sale & charter

SURPRISE | 35m (115’) | McMullen & Wing | 2001/2011 | 9,000,000 EUR

The most exhilarating, adventurous yet luxuriously appointed ocean explorer yacht available. Always maintained to highest standard. Available for charter in Tahiti. David Legrand | Monaco + 377 93 100 450 | david.legrand@fraseryachts.com

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

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

KONKORDIA | 52m (169’) | Alloy Yachts | 2006 | 27,500,000 EUR The most attractive & performing Large Sailing Yacht. Built to Lloyd’s and MCA, she allows 10 guests to enjoy sailing in great comfort.

David Legrand | Monaco + 377 93 100 450 | david.legrand@fraseryachts.com

Antoine Larricq | Monaco +377 93 100 450 | antoine.larricq@fraseryachts.com


MY TRUST | 45m (148’) | Hakvoort | 2008 | 23,950,000 EUR

Dutch building and design quality. Sleeps 10 in 5 cabins + 4 pullmans, Felix Buytendijk interior and Cor D. Rover exterior, 4500 nm range,volume, Lloyds class and MCA.

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

for sale & charter

Not for sale to US residents while in US waters.

TEAM VIP | 37m (121’) | Couach | 2010 | 7,900,000 EUR Fantastic 121’ yacht. Stylish and contemporary. Fast cruising in comfort. Dennis Frederiksen | Monaco +377 93 100 450 | dennis.frederiksen@fraseryachts.com Pierrik Devic | Monaco +377 93 100 450 | pierrik.devic@fraseryachts.com

BELLISSIMA | 39m (127’) | Baglietto | 2004 | POA Fast motor yacht, 26 knot cruise, 5 cabin accommodations, great entertaining/upper sundeck, Currently entertaining offers and or larger trades. Michael Selter | San Diego +1 619 225 0588 | michael.selter@fraseryachts.com

for sale & charter

ALIBI | 51m (167’) | CBI Navi | 2005 | 19,750,000 EUR

LADY LOLA | 62m (205’) | Oceanco | 2002/2005 | 36,800,000 EUR

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

Antoine Althaus | Monaco + 377 93 100 450 | antoine.althaus@fraseryachts.com

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

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63m Oceanco with successful charter records. Lloyds, Class & MCA. A must see.

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QUID PRO QUO | 30m (99’) | Benetti | 2007 | 6,900,000 EUR Interior designed by world renowned French designer Michel Sagbini. Stunning M/Y “Quid Pro Quo” with one-off modern interiors and five cabin layout.

CHINA | 33m (110’) | Kingship | 2006 | 6,950,000 EUR Proven explorer yacht. Lloyd’s, MCA and Commercially Registered Zero speed stabilisers. Inspection recommended.

Nabil El Jammal | London +44 207 016 4480 | Nabil.ElJammal@fraseryachts.com

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

SEVEN J’s | 33m (110’) | Lazzara | 2005 | 5,900,000 USD

Five stateroom layout provides guest accommodations for 12. Satin finished cherry wood joinery throughout. Outfitted for serious fishing and diving. Excellent charter potential.

PERLA NERO | 33m (109’) | Cyrus Yachts | 2007 | 4,950,000 EUR Superyacht Award Winner for best M/Y under 40m. This Cyrus 33m semi-displacement yacht with impressive Dutch design, engineering and finish is in mint condition. Five cabins.

Josh Gulbranson | Ft. Lauderdale +1 954 463 0600 | josh.gulbranson@fraseryachts.com

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

OHANA | 43m (142’) | Perini Navi | 2004 | 15,500,000 EUR

REGINA | 56m (183’) | Med Yachts | 2011 | 11,000,000 EUR MCA compliant, classically styled schooner with accomodation for 12 guests in 6 cabins.

43m Perini Navi, 5 cabins. OHANA is known for her comfort and good sailing abilities.

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

James Munn | Monaco + 377 93 100 450 | james.munn@fraseryachts.com David Legrand | Monaco + 377 93 100 450 | david.legrand@fraseryachts.com


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IMAGINE | 65m (214’) | Amels | 2011 | 530,000 EUR pw Eye-catching lines and contemporary looks combined with huge volumes, exceptional indoor accommodations, social spaces and plenty of choices for exciting outdoor living. Life at sea has never been safer, quieter and more comfortable!

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Part of the Diamond Collection. Please contact your nearest office for further details.

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PARAFFIN | 60m (197’) | Feadship | 2001/2010 | 410,000 USD pw She is a perfect mix of traditional lines and modern style elements. Equipped with zero speed stabilizers to ensure a peaceful anchorage, a well thought out gym

offering a stunning near 360 degrees water view, huge deck space and an armada of water toys. Please contact your nearest office for further details.

for charter

EXUMA | 50m (164’) | Picchiotti | 2010 | 175,000 EUR pw Designed with a focus on efficiency for fully autonomous, reliable discovery and exploration, the brand new EXUMA started a world tour cruising some

of the most enchanting areas. September and October in Fiji. Christmas and New Year either in Fiji, Tonga or New Zealand. Please contact your nearest office for further details.


for charter

TURQUOISE | 55m (181’) | Proteksan | 2011 | 275,000 EUR pw Her sleek refined exterior offers shade on the aft bridge deck and main deck. The sun deck features a wading pool/large Jacuzzi for twelve people and an expansive area covered by a large custom sun pad. The interior is contemporary and fresh with the

master and one guest stateroom on the main deck. TURQUOISE has an assortment of new tenders, toys, music and movies as well as satellite TV and Wi-Fi.

for charter

for charter

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

MOECCA | 45m (150’) | Oceanfast | 1993/2006 | 155,000 USD pw Crusing Malaysia, the crew has a vast knowledge of the areas offering an experience of a lifetime. Jet drive engines ensure a super quiet, vibration free ride.

Offering many toys including a 32’ Regulator tender w/ 2 Yamaha 300hp! Zero Speed Stabilizers and upgrades throughout.

Please contact your nearest office for further details.

Please contact your nearest office for further details.

Please contact your nearest office for further details.

for charter

for charter

AUDACIA | 48m (159’) | Feadship | 1987/2011 | 150,000 USD pw

FOUR WISHES | 43m (144’) | Palmer Johnson | 2004/2009 | 170,000 USD pw

Please contact your nearest office for further details.

Please contact your nearest office for further details.

Zero Speed Stabilizers! New 9’ swim platform extension featuring European double staircase to aft deck. A family friendly luxurious yacht with 6 staterooms for 12 guests.

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A popular yacht with a history of repeat clients and dedicated crew. Part of the Diamond Collection.

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for charter

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PHOCEA | 75m (246’) | Arsenal | 1976/2008 | 180,000 EUR pw One of the most prestigious and luxurious superyachts in the world. PHOCEA can reach up to 20 kn under sail.

HARMONY III | 43m (143’) | Benetti | 2009 | 155,000 EUR pw A pure breed by Benetti, stylish and elegant. Her spacious interior and vast exterior areas will provide a comfortable environment on board. Part of the Diamond Collection.

Please contact your nearest office for further details.

Please contact your nearest office for further details.

for charter

for charter

DRAGON | 41m (134’) | Palmer Johnson | 2007 | 135,000 USD pw Stunning and modern yacht able to reach amazing speed and with a crew meeting the highest expectations.

PARAMOUR | 43m (140’) | CMN Cherbourg | 2002/2007 | 135,000 USD pw

World class cruiser, 5 staterooms sleeping 12 guests. Features a home cinema, exercise equipment, and Zero Speed Stabilizers. Available for charter in the Caribbean for the winter.

Please contact your nearest office for further details.

Please contact your nearest office for further details.

for charter

for charter

OCEAN PEARL | 35m (115’) | Christensen | 1990/2008 | 57,500 USD pw With 4 staterooms sleeping 10 guests, this luxurious yacht is available for charter on the coast of California and in Mexico for the winter.

LATITUDE | 52m (170’) | Benetti | 2008 | 231,000 EUR pw Flagship of our DIAMOND COLLECTION fleet to assure your guests a even higher level of service! Part of the Diamond Collection.

Please contact your nearest office for further details.

Please contact your nearest office for further details.

for charter

for sale & charter

DREAM | 51m (170’) | Feadship | 2003/2007 | 250,000 USD pw

Live the DREAM comfortably in 7 staterooms sleeping 12 guests, featuring a dedicated gym, elevator and Jacuzzi. Available for charter in the Caribbean for the winter.

SOUTH | 53m (174’) | Rossi Navi | 2008 | 285,000 EUR Striking exterior lines, modern Italian styling and gracious outdoor lounges combined in a unique fashion. She offers every possible amenity. Part of the Diamond Collection.

Please contact your nearest office for further details.

Please contact your nearest office for further details.


THE DIARY GOODWOOD REVIVAL

SEPT Cannes International Boat and Yacht 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 6-11 Where: Cannes, France www.passportnautic.com

Goodwood Revival

What: Feel like you have stepped back in time as you watch classic cars thundering round the track, often driven by famous motoring stars of the past and present. Sir Stirling Moss, David Coulthard, Damon Hill and the late Barry Sheene have all taken part in the Revival. But what gives this car racing gathering its special charm is the effort taken to ensure that everything on site is as it would have been in the glory days of the Goodwood Motor Circuit. When: September 16-18 Where: West Sussex, UK www.goodwood.co.uk

highlights is the opening reception; a night in which the champagne flows. Politicians, chief executives and museum directors rub shoulders with designers and artists at this eclectic party. While this is an invite-only event, with more than 800 guests, it should not be too hard to get on the list if you move in the right circles. When: September 17-25 Where: London, United Kingdom www.londondesignfestival.com

Monaco Yacht Show

What: A world-first occasion to visit 40 of this year’s most beautiful motor and sailing yachts – with an average length of 44 metres. Expect 100 breathtaking yachts, 500 exhibitors in luxurious pavilions and more than 27,000 attendees over four memorable days. When: September 21-24 Where: Port Hercules, Monaco www.monacoyachtshow.com

MONACO YACHT SHOW

LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL

OCT Prix de l’Arc Triomphe

What: This is the French equivalent of Ascot. One of the most important meetings on the European race calendar, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe attracts a crowd of more than 70,000 and is definitely worth the trip to beautiful Paris. As you would expect, the hospitality at Longchamp is second to none. As well as the superb racing you can indulge in exquisite food, champagne, fine wines and an open bar throughout the afternoon. When: October 1-2 Where: Longchamp Racecourse, Paris, France www.prixarcdetriomphe.com

Fine Art Asia

What: Fine Art Asia provides an unrivalled platform for art and antiques in Asia, highlighting the link between tradition and modernity. The fair will showcase a range of collecting categories from ancient Himalayan bronzes, Chinese ceramics and works of art, furniture, textiles and jades to exceptional contemporary artworks. When: October 3-7 Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong www.aaifair.com

Pinmar Annual Yachtsman’s Golf Tournament Milan Fashion Week

London Design Festival

What: A celebration of the creativity and innovation that has made this capital city so unique. Hundreds of exhibitions, parties, talks and seminars take place over a twoweek period across the city, bringing London to life. One of the major

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What: Expect to spend lots of time sipping champagne in elegant cafes while watching the beautiful people wander by. The evening parties are exemplary displays of superb Italian taste, attended by glamorous fashionistas and aristocracy. Milan is also a fabulous city to indulge in some serious retail therapy, especially this month when there is still a hint of summer in the air. For the catwalk shows, expect to see designers Kristian Aadnevik and Mikio Sakabe, while fashion stalwarts Gucci and Prada will hardly disappoint. When: September 21-27 www.milanfashionweek.com

What: Since 1989, Pinmar has held its Annual Yachtsman’s Golf Tournament, which is now firmly established as an important part of the yachting industry’s social calendar. Here, fun and networking go hand in hand. When: October 13-15 Where: Golf Son Gual, Mallorca www.pinmar.com

Frieze Art Fair

What: A glamorous event attracting a sparkling array of high-rollers, movers and shakers. Last year the likes of Keanu Reeves, Jarvis Cocker and Sofia Coppola were all spotted checking out the thousands of pieces on display. Around 150 of the world’s leading galleries from 28 countries exhibit works every year and sales

have remained resilient despite the collapse of financial markets. When: October 13-16 Where: Regent’s Park, London, UK www.friezeartfair.com

The 38th Cattle Baron’s Ball

The 38th Cattle Baron’s Ball

What: The annual event is known as the largest fundraiser for cancer research in America, making more than $43million to date. The ball attracts up to 4000 people who gather to dance the night away for a good cause. This year the theme is ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ and the beneficiary is the American Cancer Society. Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley and Clint Black will provide the entertainment. What: The annual event is known as the largest fundraiser for cancer research in America, making more than $43million to date. When: October 15 Where: Southfork Ranch, Parker, Texas www.cattlebaronsball.com

Superyacht Design Symposium

What: An essential event for superyacht owners, designers, naval architects, builders, project managers and captains. There will be lively presentations and debates covering up-to-the-minute topics that will provide the opportunity to positively influence future projects. With a selection of high-profile speakers, the symposium gives superyacht owners a chance to share their unrivalled knowledge as well as network. When: October 24-25 Where: Palm Beach, Florida, US superyachtdesignsymposium.com


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FRIEZE ART FAIR ART BASEL

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

What: Check out the range of boats from every major manufacturer worldwide, including runabouts, sportfishers, high-performance boats, centre consoles, cabin cruisers, express cruisers, sailing yachts, motor yachts, bowriders, catamarans, ski boats, jet boats, trawlers, inflatables, canoes and extraordinary superyachts. When: October 27-31 Where: Fort Lauderdale, USA www.showmanagement.com

NOV Global Superyacht Forum

What: Where the superyacht industry’s most important decisionmakers meet to discuss better ways of building the business. The forum is the industry’s longest-serving and most professional conference for the world of large yachts where you can network, listen to influential speakers, participate in key discussions and immerse yourself in the social programme. When: November 14-16 Where: Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands www.superyachtevents.com

GLOBAL SUPERYACHT FORUM

Marine Equipment Trade Show

What: The world’s largest trade exhibition of equipment, materials and systems for the international marine leisure industry. You will find everything from propulsion, navigation, fittings, communications and safety equipment to furniture, construction materials, electrical installations, clothing and marine

paints and coatings. The event is free for industry professionals. When: November 15-17 Where: Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre, Amsterdam www.mets.metstrade.com

Winter Festival

What: The Hennessy Gold Cup is the climax event of the Winter Festival – a three-day gathering which has become a highlight of the sporting calendar. An astonishing 20,000 people brave the cold on the Saturday to watch sleek thoroughbreds tackle this historic jump race. Celebrity regulars include actors James Nesbitt and Julian Fellowes, and TV presenter Richard Madeley. When: November 24-26 Where: Newbury, Berkshire, UK www.newbury-racecourse.co.uk

DEC Art Basel

What: This carnival of the art world could not be more different from its European peers with sun, surf, sand and a definite Latin beat. More than 250 galleries exhibit work by more than 2,000 artists at Art Basel Miami Beach every year. It has become the most important show in America and a cultural and social highlight for the international arterati. The fair attracts the usual gathering of moneyed collectors, curators, critics and art enthusiasts. Champagne is the drink of choice at the numerous parties held across town. The hot ticket is the opening night party. When: December 1-4 Where: Miami Beach, Florida, US www.artbaselmiamibeach.com

first five days of the newly extended show. The additional day, Saturday, will be a designated ‘Day Sail’ day. It offers management companies an opportunity to invite visiting brokers to experience a ‘micro-charter’, cruising Antigua’s stunning coastal waters and islands aboard a choice of some of the finest charter yachts in the Caribbean. When: December 4-10 Where: Nelson’s Dockyard Marina in English Harbour, and Falmouth Harbour Marina and Antigua Yacht Club Marinas in Falmouth Harbour, Antigua, West Indies

Cresta Run

What: A legendary ice run upon which the brave (and crazy) take their chances every year. Racers lie head first on small skeleton toboggans and hurtle down a dangerous track, reaching speeds of 90mph. The lure and excitement of this, now one of the last amateur sports, has always fascinated and always will. When: December 20 Where: St Moritz, Switzerland www.cresta-run.com

Golden Globe Awards

What: The Golden Globe Awards, produced by Dick Clark Productions in association with the HFPA, is viewed in more than 160 countries worldwide and is one of the few awards ceremonies to include both motion picture and television achievements. The show will be broadcast nationwide live on NBC, in HD, on January 15, 2012, from 5pm to 8pm (PST) and from 8pm to 11pm (EST). When: January 15 Where: The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles, CA www.goldenglobes.org

Sundance Film Festival

What: Presenting dramatic and documentary feature-length films from emerging and established artists, innovative short films, filmmaker forums and panels, live music performances ranging from solo acts to film composer events, cutting-edge media installations, and engaging community and student programmes, the Sundance Film Festival brings together the most original storytellers of our time. When: January 19-29 Where: Park City, Utah, US www.sundance.org

Superyacht Cup Antigua

What: Antigua is one of the most popular yacht racing destinations in the Caribbean. The seasonal trade winds provide perfect conditions for exhilarating sailing and the social programme provides plenty of opportunity to enjoy the best of the local hospitality each afternoon after the racing. When: January 25-28 Where: Antigua, Eastern Caribbean www.thesuperyachtcup.com

Antigua Charter Yacht Show

What: This year’s show is extended to cover six days and will again take place at the Nelson’s Dockyard Marina, the Falmouth Harbour Marina and the Antigua Yacht Club Marina. Due to demand from charter brokers and yacht management companies, all registered yachts will remain on the dock throughout the

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DUBAI WORLD CUP

BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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throw a 10-day party celebrating the end of winter and the onset of spring. Italian aristocrats and international jet-setters throw modesty aside and get dressed up in the full regalia. When: February 11-21 www.carnivalofvenice.com

Orange British Academy Film Awards

NFL Super Bowl

What: This year marks the 45th annual edition of the NFL Super Bowl in American football and the 41st annual championship game of the modern-era National Football League. When: February 6 Where: Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas www.superbowl.com

New York Fashion Week

What: A whirlwind of style and glamour over eight champagne-fuelled days. Expect to see autumn/winter collections from the likes of Diane Von Furstenberg and Calvin Klein being shown alongside new designers such as Halston, Proenza Schouler and Max Azria. As you would expect from a 24-hour city like New York, the parties are extravagant and endless. When: February 9-16 www.nycfashioninfo.com

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

What: This citywide fashion event in New York, anchored by MercedesBenz Fashion Week at Bryant Park, showcases the runway collections of the finest designers. With more than 250 fashion events throughout the city and 70 shows that will leave you itching to go shopping, the event will highlight the latest fashion trends for the following spring and autumn. When: February 10-17 Where: New York www.mbfashionweek.com

Carnival of Venice

What: There is no better time for lovers of romance to discover this enchanting, watery city than during this world-famous carnival. Just as they have for hundreds of years, Venetians

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What: The awards are the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ highest film honours, rewarding the best work of any nationality seen on British cinema screens during the preceding year. When: February 12 Where: Royal Opera House, London www.bafta.org

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards

What: The Grammy Awards showcases Grammy Award finalists, the year’s best and brightest in music as voted on by The Recording Academy’s membership of music professionals, culminating in a live TV broadcast with performances from the world’s best music artists. When: February 12 Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles www.grammy.com

Berlin International Film Festival

What: Berlin – a cosmopolitan, exciting capital, a city of culture with international appeal. In the middle of it all: the Berlinale – not only the city’s largest cultural event, but also one of the most important dates on the international film industry’s calendar. More than 19,000 film professionals from 128 countries, including about 4,000 journalists, are accredited for the festival every year. With almost 300,000 tickets sold, the Berlinale is not only a film industry meeting. It also enjoys by far the largest audience of any film festival in the world. For two weeks, art, glamour, parties and business meet at the Berlinale. When: February 19 Where: Berlin, Germany www.berlinale.de

Academy Awards

What: The Kodak Theatre in Hollywood will once again play host to next year’s festivities,

to be broadcast live in the US on the ABC network. When: February 26 Where: Kodak Theatre, Hollywood www.oscars.com

The 4th Abu Dhabi Yacht Show

What: More than 6,000 visitors are expected to attend the 4th Abu Dhabi Yacht Show next year where multi-million-dollar deals continue to emphasise the growing buoyancy of the Middle East’s yachting industry. The luxury yacht show brings together industry heavyweights and yachting aficionados at an event created to open up the hitherto unexplored market for superyachts in one of the world’s wealthiest regions and take advantage of the enormous regional investment in leisure marine infrastructure. The show exclusively features superyachts and megayachts over 25 metres in length – some with price tags in excess of $100 million. When: February 2012 Where: Abu Dhabi www.abudhabiyachtshow.com

MARCH Cheltenham Gold Cup

What: More than 210,000 people visit during the four-day event and around £600 million is spent on bets. Gold Cup Day is the climax of the festival. Some 20,000 bottles of champagne are served during the event. Around 20,000 people will sit down each day to a four-course lunch, while the rest tuck into burgers and hot dogs. When: March 13-16 Where: Cheltenham, Essex, UK www.cheltenham.co.uk

Sony Ericsson Open

What: A 12-day annual event showcasing one of the deepest fields of the year, the Sony Ericsson Open has reached the next echelon in presenting an international sports extravaganza. With $6.9 million in prize money, equally distributed to the men and women, and all the top players and media from all corners of the world covering the action every

day, the event has earned its place in the world as the fifth largest tennis tournament. When: March 19-April 1 Where: Miami Beach, Florida, USA www.sonyericssonopen.com

Winter Music Conference

What: In its 27th consecutive year, the Winter Music Conference is one of the most publicised annual music gatherings in the world. A pivotal platform for the advancement of the industry, each year the event attracts thousands of artists and DJs, industry delegates from 70 countries and more than 100,000 event attendees for a concentrated schedule of 414 events, parties, seminars and workshops presented across five days. When: March 23-25 Where: Miami Beach, Florida, US www.wintermusicconference.com

ICA Gala

What: Psychedelica @ The ICA is set to be one of the highlights of the cultural calendar, attracting a glittering array of artists, fashionistas, film stars and musicians. The evening promises to be a night of music and dancing, with live performances, psychedelic films and artistic interventions. Tasty treats, a silent auction and top DJs should make this a night to remember. If all that hasn’t got you rushing to book a table, there is also a sparkling Veuve Clicquot reception and tantalising cocktails to consider. When: March 29 Where: London, UK

Dubai World Cup

What: The Dubai International Racing Carnival consists of nine race nights and attracts more than 450 of the finest thoroughbred horses from more than 20 countries. The pinnacle of Dubai’s racing calendar is the Dubai World Cup. Join the best of the international racing fraternity and enjoy the electrifying atmosphere of the world’s richest horse race. When: March 31 Where: Dubai, Meydan Racecourse, United Arab Emirates www.dubairacingclub.com


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