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welcome fraser, a corporate magazine with a twist of love, a hint of hedonism, a dash of excitement and a zest for life. Invariably a magazine designed to spread a company message and mission – overloaded with branding and sales pitches that turn you off – is guaranteed to sit on a coffee table gathering dust. Following on the wave of enthusiasm for the reborn fraser, we return to entertain you once more and turn you on with vibrant and exotic journalism, photography and creativity. fraser magazine is designed to deliver a subtle corporate message in a fresh and stunning format that brings the reader entertainment rather than regurgitated words and pictures. Clever ideas, initiatives and inspiration is all we strive for and once again the team has brought together an eclectic mix of readable stories, human interest and visual feasts from around the globe. But the world we live in is rare and special, therefore the content of fraser reflects that world but with a flair and energy that can only really match the lifestyle that our readers, friends and clients encounter. Our quest is not only to be the most intelligent magazine in the large yacht world, but one that demonstrates that we, as a company, are directly in touch with what you want to understand and enjoy. Enjoying the anecdotal voyages of discovery, reading wondrous tales of adventure and embarking on a rare journey into new and unexplored subjects is what fraser is all about and this accurately reflects the way in which our clients live, and love, their lives. Every edition is brought to you with passion and pleasure. The team that write, create and generate the myriad pages all strive to bring you fun, laughter, insight, intellect and keep you in touch with reality and fantasy in equal measure. Until the next time, here’s to decadence and realism, sprinkled with a splash of fantasy ... Because it’s all about you and a little bit more.

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04 Fresh legs and jaunty berets

50 ON LOCATION: BARBADOS

At 3pm on a mid-July Sunday, a crowd of 18,000 gathers in a sleepy corner of Sussex for one of the social and sporting highlights of the British polo season – Gold Cup finals day.

Get under the skin of Barbados and explore the island’s wild side: the rugged east coast, its plantation past and party present. Nowhere in the Caribbean are the people friendlier, the pineapples sweeter and the seafood more succulent. Welcome to the Caribbean, Bajan-style.

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10 My home at sea

Italian actress and diva Raffaella Bergé and her partner are the owners of MY H2OME, a remarkable 45-metre aluminium motoryacht. The design studio A-Lab worked closely with Raffaella to interpret her brief for an interior that was both minimal and contemporary, but also warm and welcoming.

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16 Intelligent acquisition

Thanks to some astute marketing, the words ‘Made in Italy’ have become a metabrand around the globe. Whether talking about luxury cars or fashion labels, they denote quality with a touch of élan. In an increasingly mechanised, automated world, nowhere is this more evident than with products that are historically fashioned by hand.

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

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Yachting Services Yachtique Elite Yachting Services encompasses all of the luxury yacht services offered by the Azimut-Benetti Group. This major new division was founded with the objective of offering clients fully comprehensive superyacht support. For the first time ever, yacht owners can benefit from full assistance, expertise and professional advice through one, single organisation.

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2010 has proved a pivotal year for Porto Montenegro, arguably the world’s most exciting marina development. Situated on the largest naval frigate base in the largest natural harbour on the Adriatic, Porto Montenegro has the capacity to develop 630 berths, with a staggering 130 of those suitable for superyachts.

65 CHALET GETAWAY Unfortunately, there is one place your superyacht cannot reach: the mountains. Aside from an inspirational yacht-based heliski operation on the west coast of Canada, if you want to go skiing this winter, you will have to drop anchor in a chic chalet, not a turquoise bay.

Californians Jon and Sarah Ives, and their two boys, Josh and Nate, bought a new Tradition, named her MY Keiki Kai (Hawaiian for ‘Children of the Sea’) and set out on a three-year adventure of a lifetime.

70 Time machines

From timeless classics to dark, handsome sports machines and big, brave timepieces, it seems that when it comes to men’s luxury watches, you are what you wear.

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

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Beginning in the 1940s and lasting through the 1960s, a sleepy desert town east of Los Angeles saw the construction of hundreds of houses that would become touchstones of the influential architectural movement now known as mid-century modern. In the centre is the 1947 masterpiece of modernism, Twin Palms, the home of Frank Sinatra.

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When it comes to the business of inspiring awe and bringing great films to audiences worldwide, there are few who could claim greater success than Jake Eberts. Now, the producer of Chariots of Fire and Ghandi has turned his attention to saving the seas with the epic nature documentary, Oceans.

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

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Cover: Schooling mackerel evade attack, from the film Oceans. Photo: Galatée Films. From story ‘Ocean Man’ – page 42.

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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: Felix Milns, Don Hoyt Gorman, Paul Tullis, Caroline Lim, Lauren Barker, Martin H. Redmayne, Justin Ratcliffe, Yolanda Carslaw, Jon Ives, Graham Farrar, Captain Trevor Usher, Neal Esterly, Clive McCartney, Carlos De Spinola, Pascal Kobeh, Richard Herrmann, Alice Gipps, Tony Ramirez, Marco Foglizzo, François Sarano and Alberto Cocchi.

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JAUNTY BERETS Words by Yolanda Carslaw

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3pm on a mid-July Sunday, a crowd of 18,000 gathers in a sleepy corner of Sussex for one of the social and sporting highlights of the British ‘season’. All roads lead to Cowdray Park, Midhurst, on Gold Cup finals day for anyone remotely connected to the game of polo: Londoners in picnic-laden ‘Chelsea tractors’; herds of chattering girls clad in floaty frocks; pink-shirted, pink-faced young bankers; bona fide Argentine gauchos in jaunty berets and baggy bombacho trousers, and hundreds of big-time and lesser polo stars, past, present and future. There’s a smattering of A- and B-listers, and helicopters buzz about delivering ‘patrons’: polo-playing millionaires who bankroll teams and are the game’s lifeblood. The Gold Cup final is the culmination of a month of ferociously competitive play involving dozens of highly skilled professionals, from South Americans – most from the planet’s polo capital, Argentina – to Britons, South Africans and Australasians. Horsepower is crucial: players each bring six to eight mounts and change to fresh ‘legs’ every four minutes. Patrons range from French billboard magnate Jean-François Decaux to Venezuelan banker Victor Vargas. Favourite in 2010 was Dubai, backed by the Albwardy family – who own a polo club at home – and fielding world number one Adolfo Cambiaso. And though insiders feared the recession would curtail 2010 entries, 20 teams, each fielding one patron and three professionals, joined the fray, matching the 54-year-old tournament’s all-time high. This popularity is mirrored at grassroots: this spring’s UK university championships entered the Guinness World Records as the largest arena polo fixture in history. For professionals, the British season, from May to September, is a major leg of an annual circuit that moves between the UK, France (Deauville and St Tropez), Spain (Sotogrande), Florida and, increasingly, rising polo nations such as Dubai, India, Thailand, Barbados, Russia and Switzerland. The highest-handicapped Argentines can earn more than US$1 million in three months. However, at the sport’s pinnacle, the Argentine Open, players are more likely to spend: the tournament is patron-free, though corporate giants such as mobile phone operator Movistar and watchmaker Rolex are involved. Held in Buenos Aires each November and December, the ‘Abierto’ features eight all-professional teams. In last year’s final, every man on the field held a 10 handicap – polo’s top rating. At any time just a dozen or so players are rated 10, and today Argentina has the monopoly: Mexico and America have produced 10s recently but Britain’s most recent, Gerald Balding, gained his 10 in 1939.

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Players the world over – from professionals to Pony Clubbers – are fanatical about horses, and anyone who has attempted to play an untrained horse understands why they are dubbed ‘90 per cent of the game’. Centuries ago, tribesman in Central Asia used compact, fiery ponies. After British Army officers picked up the game in 1854 in Manipur, cavalry horses played the version that spread across the empire. Today’s top performers, whether bred specially or retrained racehorses, fetch up to US$200,000, though you can buy a beginner’s horse for US$5,000. Unlike in racing, technology in breeding is allowed. Embryo transfer, which allows mares to reproduce while barely missing a chukka (a ‘surrogate’ carries the foal), is big business. In America this year the first cloned polo pony was born (price tag for the procedure: US$165,000) – a replica of an acclaimed gelding, with his breeding gear intact. Polo is pushing boundaries in other ways, in particular by experimenting with new formats outside its traditional zone. In London in June, Polo in the Park drew crowds of 30,000 over three days to the game’s pre-Second World War home, Hurlingham Park, where new rules included a D-ring outside which extra points were awarded for goals, and a ‘suicide dash’ started play instead of a throw-in. There’s a similar city format in Australia, and other ‘way-out’ venues include beaches at Sandbanks and Watergate Bay (England), Broome (Australia) and Miami, and the snow of Aspen, St Moritz, Klosters and Kitzbuhel. Which brings us back to Cowdray Park and that bucolic English scene of picnickers reclining on tartan rugs, to a backdrop of striped lawn. For aficionados, that emerald turf, and the horses that run on it, represent the reason people get hooked – and the sizeable industry that has built up around the game worldwide. That gallop to goal, that crucial ride-off, the satisfying ‘click’ as mallet connects cleanly with ball: that’s what makes polo tick. Anyone for Pimm’s?

PREVIOUS PAGE: A prime example of competitive polo action at the 2010 Gold Cup. Photo: polophoto.co.uk. this page: (From top) Adolfo Cambiaso is awarded Most Valuable Player at the 2010 Gold Cup. Photo: Tony Ramirez; VIP guest Donna Air at the 2009 Veuve Clicquot lunch. Photo: polophoto.co.uk; Jean Francois hooking Adolfo Cambiaso. Photo: Alice Gipps. OPPOSITE: (Top) The competition heats up at the 2010 Gold Cup final. Photo by Tony Ramirez. (Below) Life is good as a spectator. Photo: polophoto.co.uk.


The world’s best player Adolfo Cambiaso

Though the highest possible handicap in polo is 10, one player is routinely described as worth 12 – as well as being likened to other ‘one-offs’ such as Cassius Clay, Boris Becker and Michael Schumacher. Adolfo Cambiaso, today at the top of his game aged 35, reached a 10-goal handicap at 17 in England, setting a record as the youngest person to do so, and then in Argentina aged 19. He appears to ‘become part of’ his horses, his ball control and accuracy are matched by no other player, and he knows without looking exactly where everyone is on the field. Born into a modest polo-playing family, Cambiaso grew up in Canuelas, an expanding polo hub an hour from Buenos Aires. At 16 he won the Gold Cup at Cowdray Park and at 19 he landed his first Argentine Triple Crown – a series of all-pro tournaments culminating in the Argentine Open. World number one for more than a decade, he has notched up multiple titles in England, America and Argentina, including

four of the past five Argentine Opens. Like many players, Cambiaso is obsessed by horses – he has more than 400. He has been named best mounted player at the Argentine Open, and his mounts have won prizes at ‘La Rural’, a huge agricultural show in Buenos Aires. His favourite topic in interviews – and the one on which he is most forthcoming – is horses. He seems a reluctant cover star, but is not alone in the limelight: his wife Maria Vasquez, a model and TV presenter with whom he has a daughter and a son, is as famous as he is at home.

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Top female player Nina Clarkin

Men and women play polo as equals, yet because it’s such a physical game women rarely rise above a handicap of two (ratings start at minus two, and in fact many men and women never even reach zero). The world’s best at present, on four, is Nina Clarkin (née Vestey). The steely, competitive, yet serene 28-yearold from the Cotswolds is working towards a childhood ambition to reach a handicap of six. Five is the current all-time female best: Claire Tomlinson, who campaigned for women to be allowed to play at the top level in the 1970s, reached five in 1986, as did American Sunny Hale later. Nina may overtake them, especially if she gets tips from her husband: he’s the New Zealand captain, John-Paul Clarkin.

The world’s best brothers

Patrons of the future

Britain’s best player

America’s best player

Polo is a game of dynasties and siblings, and this Argentine pair, both 10s, are the brothers of the moment. Gonzalito, 27, and Facundo, 24, are the two older sons of Gonzalo Pieres, whose alliance with the polo-playing Packer family has made him as famous for his business sense as his polo skill. Five years ago, Facundo became the youngest player to go to 10 in Argentina – a month younger than when Cambiaso had a decade before. Playing together with telepathic anticipation, the likeable brothers have won all the world’s major Opens – often facing Cambiaso in finals. Like several other elite pros, both are cracking golfers, with ‘lower’ handicaps than in polo.

Bids in the pipeline for engineering giant Al Habtoor relate to Kuwait airport and Doha seaport. This gives an idea of the scale Dubai’s Al Habtoor family works to – and the family also has big plans for polo. Patriarch Khalaf’s sons Rashid and Mohammed are keen players, as are their sons (all handicapped zero). The family sponsors the highprofile Royal Windsor Cup at Guards Polo Club in England, and in 2009 Rashid entered a team into the Queen’s Cup, the UK’s number two title. Now, with polo manager Robert Thame on board, a capable Briton who used to head up the Albwardy family’s organisation – they’re looking for a UK base from which to launch a long-term campaign.

The England captain, a sevenhandicap, comes from a family immersed in polo: his grandfather played and taught; his cousins represented England; his mother reached a five handicap; his father and sister are handy players; and his brother plays for England. Articulate and dedicated, Luke, 32, is exceptionally tough, a great playmaker and an envied penaltytaker. Unusually, he is rated higher in Argentina – eight – than elsewhere, a reflection of his performance in the 2009 Argentine Open (he is one of very few non-Argentines to take part). Luke gained fame outside polo as one of the ‘Westminster Eight’, who entered the House of Commons in London in 2004 to protest against the government’s fox-hunting ban.

Born in Argentina and raised in America, Nicolas Roldan was swinging a stick at four and played his first polo game aged eight. Encouraged by his father, also a professional, Nicolas turned pro as a teenager and won the US Open aged just 15. Young success in polo rarely seems a barrier to continued progress and Nicolas has steadily climbed the handicap ladder, putting his rise to nine goals last year down to ‘sheer determination’. The 27-year-old, who also has a set-up in Argentina, has resolved to hit 10.

Gonzalito and Facundo Pieres ABOVE: The world’s top female player Nina Clarkin in action. Photo: Alice Gipps.

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Italian actress and diva Raffaella BergĂŠ and her partner are the owners of MY H2OME, a remarkable 45-metre aluminium motoryacht built by the MMGI shipyard and Cantiere Navale Arno in Italy. The design studio A-Lab worked closely with Raffaella to interpret her brief for an interior that was both minimal and contemporary, but also warm and welcoming. Here, Raffaella recounts how the yacht concept evolved. Words by Justin Ratcliffe Photography by Alberto Cocchi

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t’s strange, but MY H2OME almost didn’t happen. My partner’s previous fibreglass yacht was seriously damaged while in dry dock and we were left without a boat in mid-season. So we decided to start from scratch and build our own – this time using a material more durable than fibreglass. I’ve always loved the sea and so has my partner, who spent time aboard the Amerigo Vespucci training ship during his military service in the Italian navy. In fact, we met while pursuing our hobby of scuba diving. We had very precise ideas of what we wanted in terms of exterior and interior styling. On the outside, I suppose we were looking for the elegance of a sailing boat combined with the speed, space and comfort of a motoryacht. Hence the long, thin hull and low profile. An early concept of mine was the mirrored glass of the deckhouse that reflects the sea. In fact, H2OME, whether under way or anchored in a secluded bay, is almost invisible and appears entirely at one with the ocean environment. Many yachts simply don’t provide this kind of integration with the sea, a feeling reinforced by the expanse of glazing and extraordinary views from inside. You feel like you’re

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outside even when you’re inside. The central theme for the interior decor stemmed from the idea of Robinson Crusoe’s island. When you enter the main salon from the aft deck there are no structural barriers until the eye meets the vertical hydroponic garden and a mural of palm trees by artist Mario Schifano on the forward bulkhead. The plants help to provide a sense of calm and well-being, much like they do at home. In terms of materials, we wanted to create a naturalistic feel to the interior, so the teak decking runs inside the main salon and we avoided any harsh spot lighting: all the illumination is either natural or from ambient LEDs concealed behind the ceiling cornices. Below deck the atmosphere is very different. Here I wanted to recreate the undersea world, so the accommodation corridor – often an uninspiring and purely functional space – is clad in mother-of-pearl mosaics and there are no door handles to the cabins. Finding the access to your own cabin is rather like a treasure hunt and you simply push the self-closing door to enter. A small alcove at the bottom of the stairs features a mini-waterfall. The sight and sound of running water are some of the many delights to the senses that I wanted to incorporate

PREVIOUS PAGE: Smooth lines for the Italian-designed H2OME. this page: (Above) Nautical shells give the yacht a marine feel in the living space. (Left) Owner actress Raffaella Bergé. Opposite: (Clockwise from top left) The dining area with large windows to capture the views; At H2OME on the water; The sun streams in to highlight the wall features.


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“The central theme for the interior decor stemmed from the idea of Robinson Crusoe’s island.” into the interior design. Again, the materials and textures are inspired by marine life and the lamps in the bathrooms, for example, are created from nautilus shells. Homely touches here and there, such as a Louis Vuitton travel trunk or a sofa and chairs from the 1920s, create the illusion that they were perhaps washed up on a desert island following a shipwreck. One of our favourite places on board is the completely open sundeck with its big dining table and sunbathing area. Privacy is assured by the protective bulwarks and during the day we mount a black bimini to match the hull colour and provide shade, but you still have this amazing 360-degree panorama of the sea unimpeded by a roll bar or radar arch. Before chartering the yacht we spent 10 days aboard H2OME in June and cruised the Costa Azzurra, Capri, Ischia and the Aeolian islands. It was a truly magical experience with Stromboli volcano erupting and thousands of jellyfish in the water lighting up the sea with their phosphorescence. We can’t wait to spend more time aboard later in the season this September and October.

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THIS PAGE: (Clockwise from top left) Clever lighting sets off the interior lines; Mirrors help give the illusion of more space; Simple decoration for the main bedroom; Subtle lighting illuminates the stairwell. OPPOSITE: (Top) The true meaning of outdoor living. (Below) Intimacy on the sundeck.


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Thanks to some astute marketing, the words ‘Made in Italy’ have become a metabrand around the globe. Whether referring to luxury cars or fashion labels, they denote quality with a touch of élan. In an increasingly mechanised, automated world, nowhere is this more evident than with products that are historically fashioned by hand. Italy is a nation where many industries are localised and regional sentiments are still strong. Perhaps because of this, local artisans have survived and traditional crafts flourished. From boat building and leatherwork to stonemasonry and marble sculpture, Italy remains the one-stop-shop par excellence. Words by Justin Ratcliffe Photography by Justin Ratcliffe and Marco Foglizzo

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magnifico marmo Nowhere does marble appear in such concentrated quantities as in the Apuan Alps in the north-western corner of Tuscany. A bedrock of unusually pure calcium carbonate almost half a kilometre thick, much of it thrusting up through the surface, is why the mountains look snowy white from a distance. These ‘glaciers’ that stream down towards the sea are enormous fissured blocks of marble and the source of raw material for stonemasons and sculptors dating back to the Etruscans. Born in the small town of Seravezza close to Pietrasanta, Renzo Maggi has been a sculptor all his life. Aged 66, his works appear in public and private galleries in Europe, the US, Canada and Australia. He is just one of a long line of sculptors who have chosen to live and work in the area and they all flock there for one reason: Carrara’s statuario marble. When tainted with iron, manganese and other impurities, marble can take on nearly any colour of the spectrum, from buff brown to bottle green, gold, maroon, black and even purple. Untainted, however, marble is white – sometimes dazzlingly so. And the purest, most noble marble of all is unblemished statuario or statutory marble from Carrara, about 20km northwest of Pietrasanta. Some other marbles around the world, in Georgia and Colorado in the US for instance, or the Greek islands of Naxos and Paros, are just as white as the Carrara variety. But these pure-looking stones may be too soft or shot through with hard quartz crystals that make it too brittle. Even fine Parian stone, from the Greek island of Paros, lacks the translucence that makes Cararra’s come alive. It is no coincidence that the

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Italians talk of pietra viva – living stone. Any sculptor who has attempted to represent the human form in marble travels in Michelangelo’s wake. The Renaissance artist searched for his raw material in the mountains above Carrara, Pietrasanta and Forte dei Marmi, towns whose histories are inextricably linked to the excavation of marble. His David in Florence, for instance, was carved from a block of Carrara marble (specifically from the Fantiscritti quarry in Miseglia on the slopes of Mount Maggiore, north-east of Carrara). Likewise, Renzo is passionate about the marble from the local Cervaiole quarry famed for its homogeneity and relative resistance to shattering. He believes it is the best stone in the world to work with because the low index of refraction of the calcite in the marble allows light to penetrate several millimetres into the stone before being scattered out, resulting in the characteristic ‘waxy’ look that gives life to marble sculptures of the human body. But Michelangelo was not only a sculptor. He was also highly skilled at disegno (drawing and design), which he saw as the basis of sculpture, and this is still true of most classical sculptors today. It is a revelation to watch Renzo flesh out with rapid strokes of charcoal a woman’s torso on a fresh block of stone. The result is a minor work of art in itself, but it is even more of a revelation to then see him attack the block with hammer and chisel, splinters of marble flying off in all directions, and imagine that a sculpture seemingly as delicate to the touch as human skin will emerge from the rough-hewn rock. The best sculptors have traditionally travelled to the marble quarries in person

to select the choicest blocks of stone. Visiting such sites can be a breathtaking experience and one of the most spectacular is the historic Henraux quarry perched on a mountain peak above Pietrasanta. Some 20,000 tons of marble are removed each year from the site carved deep into the mountainside. St Isaac’s Cathedral in St Petersberg, for which the Tsar of Russia ordered enormous quantities of marble in 1945, could sit comfortably in the space occupied by the quarry. A long-lasting relationship with the renowned sculptor Henry Moore started in the 1950s when he visited the area to choose the travertine for a massive work that stands outside the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The Henraux company subsequently began to promote its marble specifically for modern sculpture and both maistri and up-andcoming artists were invited to visit the workshops to draw on the experience of the stonemasons, including Jean Arp, Joan Mirò, Georges Vantongerloo and Isamu Noguchi. Excavating marble by hand used to be a back-breaking and dangerous occupation and Michelangelo risked his life on several occasions during expeditions to secure the precious stone for his Pietà, Moses and other masterpieces. Today it is both safer and easier with modern power tools that can cut through the marble as if through wood. But an element of hardship is still part and parcel of working with such an obdurate, unforgiving material. “Sculpting for a living is like cultivating olive trees,” says Renzo enigmatically while patting a block of his beloved marble. “Olive trees have to suffer in order to grow – and it’s the same for us.”

PREVIOUS PAGE: Michelangelo’s David in Florence. THIS PAGE: Sculptor Renzo Maggi at work in his Pietrasanta studio. OPPOSITE: The tools of the trade.


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the luxury of leather Given the diversity of leather products available on the market, you might wonder whether the high cost of Italian leather is worth the added expense. However, the primary distinction of Italian leather lies in its quality and the craftsmanship that goes into fashioning products from shoes, handbags and wallets to clothing and car upholstery. Hides are carefully inspected before treatment, with only the best being accepted, and quality checks are carried out at every stage of the process. Because Italian brands tend to dominate the fashion world, full-grain Italian leather has also come to be closely associated with luxury and good taste. One company at the leading edge of the industry is the family firm of Foglizzo, in Turin. Owned and managed by two young brothers, Marco and Paolo Foglizzo, the company is a frequent supplier to the yachting industry. Although nowadays the bulk of leather production is done by machine, Foglizzo has recently turned its attention to bespoke products fashioned by hand that are aimed at the high-end luxury market. These include vanity boxes and desk kits, file folders and wastepaper bins – small objects that are exquisitely finished by skilled craftsmen and women. “The luxury market is moving towards full customisation,” explains Marco. “The top brands such as Louis Vuitton or Hermès have taken the luxury market to the masses to the extent that everyone aspires to owing one of

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their handbags or wallets. But the wealthiest people are now looking for everyday products that no one else has. Combined with an emerging desire for discreetness, this has led to a re-evaluation of what luxury really means.” The leading luxury brands are well aware of this trend and Hermès, for example, has even developed a sewing machine that simulates hand-stitching techniques. It is these ever so slight imperfections that characterise a handmade product and make it unique. Marco believes the market is now sophisticated enough to appreciate the difference, but the problem is that in an increasingly automated world, it is difficult to find artisans who are genuinely able to work and stitch leather by hand. “The skills are becoming very rare,” confirms Marco. “Italy still has such craftsmen, but they are fast disappearing as they either go to work for the big brands or retire. We have three craftsmen aged between 55 and 70 who have worked all their lives in the leather industry, but we have had to educate them into the very high expectations of the luxury market.” “We take our people to the point where they understand the kind of quality required,” continues Marco. “They know how to do the work, but they have to go way beyond what they are used to and this is the most difficult part. For example, on a recent project for the interior of an

Airbus, the general contractor was unable to find anyone to do the kind of stitching the designer wanted. We went in and did the job, but more than 30 per cent of the crocodile hides were discarded because they weren’t of sufficiently high quality.” Marco and his brother originally set out to step away from this handcrafted, cottage industry approach, not least because it means prototyping all the time with different products, different materials and different techniques. “This in turn makes it harder to anticipate problems in the conception phase, so that when you go into production you already know what you’re going to get,” says Marco. But they have been drawn back to it for two reasons. First, it is an effective way to communicate the Foglizzo brand in an increasingly fastidious market and, second, they perceive huge demand for this kind of product. “The shopping experience is unbelievable because you can literally choose anything you want,” says Marco. “We recently supplied one dozen handmade leather-lined boxes to a 124-metre superyacht launched in northern Europe. The owners were able to choose the type of leather, the colour, the finish, the embossing and the stitching – it doesn’t come much more bespoke than that.”

this page: Foglizzo in Turin is a supplier of quality leather that has recently turned its attention to bespoke products fashioned by hand.


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viva la riva Not so long ago the boatbuilding industry survived on an apprenticeship system, whereby skills were handed down from generation to generation, often from father to son. Increased mobility of the workforce has eroded this tradition and as older workers disappear into retirement they are leaving a vacuum behind them. This is especially true of a company such as Riva, whose brand image has relied on quality and craftsmanship ever since Pietro Riva established the boatyard in Sarnico on Lake Garda in 1842. By the 1950s, under the guidance of Carlo Riva, the highly polished mahogany runabouts were regarded as symbols of handcrafted elegance – a reputation that continues to this day and is reflected in the international popularity of vintage Riva regattas. The B&C boatyard not far from Sarnico was set up in 2002 by Romano Bellini and Ugo Corleone for the express purpose of restoring vintage Rivas. Romano is a lifelong Riva enthusiast who owns no less than 14 classic boats (his favourites include a 1955 Ariston and a 1971 Aquariva), whereas Ugo spent 38 years working for the Riva company. “It’s all about the quality of the workmanship and the materials used,” confirms Romano. “For example, four or five different types of mahogany go into the build and 20 layers of varnish, while the chrome work is 22 microns thick. The attention to detail is maniacal.” Ugo says these are objects that will never be built again, he points out that it takes up to eight years to become a maistro d’ascia or master shipwright. “There is nothing industrial

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this page: (Clockwise from top) The Aquariva Super in Venice; Riva has always prided itself on handcraftmanship; Hard at work in production stage; Riva’s 1960s heyday.

about these boats and the craftsmen are becoming increasingly more difficult to find,” he says. For Riva, a company that prides itself – and indeed sells itself – on the craftsmanship, finish and performance of its boats under the mantra ‘Tradition and Innovation’, maintaining a skilled labour pool is essential. So to protect its 165-year-old heritage, the company (which became part of the Ferretti Group in 2000) has established the Serafino Riva Training School at its Sarnico headquarters. “The difference between a Riva and other boats is its soul,” says Noberto Ferretti, president and founder of the Ferretti Group and owner of a vintage Riva. “Every millimetre of our boats reflects the passion and pride of the men who built and refined them. We’re aware that our production methods, mostly inherited from Carlo Riva, constitute the richness of the company and that’s why we decided three years ago to open a school for yachtbuilders.” Riva’s decision to start the school was based on business necessity rather than romantic nostalgia: Italian legislation covering pensions could well change in the near future, so many older workers close to retirement age are opting out now, while they can, on full benefits, which means traditional boatbuilding skills are disappearing faster than ever. The intelligent thing about the Riva school has been to re-engage these retired or semi-

retired employees to teach the new arrivals. “Theirs is a treasure we can’t afford to waste,” continues Noberto, “so we have brought them back as instructors together with external educators.” For the past three years, groups of around 15 young applicants have attended a course of three training programmes each year. Each course consists of 280 hours of tuition, starting with a basic introduction to Riva production methods followed by more specialised theory and practice in composite and woodwork, electrical and piping systems. The trainees, aged 19 or over, are mostly from technical backgrounds with little or no experience in the marine industry, but most of the course graduates have been taken on as full-time employees at the Riva yards in La Spezia or Sarnico. During a recent visit to the Sarnico yard I met three students from as far afield as La Spezia and Naples, and was impressed by their historical awareness of the Riva brand. “Riva is a legend in Italy,” Cristiano told me. “By teaching us a trade they’re looking to the younger generation to continue this tradition.”


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That sunshine place Beginning in the 1940s and lasting through the 1960s, a sleepy desert town east of Los Angeles saw the construction of hundreds of houses that would become touchstones of the influential architectural movement now known as mid-century modern. Words by Paul Tullis Photography by Carlos De Spinola

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From the 1940s to the 1960s, Los Angeles was transformed from an obscure Hollywood hideaway to a paramount centre of Hollywood glamour. These two trends come together uniquely at Twin Palms, the 1947 masterpiece of modernism in Palm Springs designed by E. Stewart Williams that’s now available as a rental villa, and the link between them is Frank Sinatra. That year – the most prolific of his TK-year recording career – Sinatra walked into Williams’s office one day in May eating an ice-cream cone and told the architect he wanted a house built by Christmas. The singer asked for a Georgian mansion – bricks, columns, the full treatment. A few months later, the quick-working and ambitious young architect presented Sinatra with not one but two designs: one in the Georgian style, as requested, and one in the architect’s own modernist style, which at that early point in the movement was still being defined. Fortunately for everyone involved (including the sake of posterity), Sinatra shared the architect’s preference for a home whose construction elements and sight lines were integrated with the surrounding natural environment, blurred the lines between indoors and outdoors, which was made of materials suited to the climate, and which pushed the boundaries of what constituted tasteful and appropriate home design to places very few architects at the time were taking it. Williams just missed the Christmas deadline – despite builders working around the clock – but the house was christened

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at a New Year’s Eve party in 1947. Sinatra sold the house a decade later. To the extent he called any place home – he concurrently maintained a residence in Los Angeles and travelled a great deal, both on performance tours and hot on the heels of his great love of the era, the actress Ava Gardner – Sinatra lived primarily at Twin Palms during this period (see overleaf). It was, Gardner wrote in her 1990 autobiography, “the only house we really could ever call our own”. Today, after a meticulous restoration to its original glamour that spared nothing in terms of contemporary conveniences, the house is available for a weekend or longer to those with a keen appreciation of the mid-century modernist style, and of the artist who left an indelible mark on vocals, jazz and the American songbook. Twin Palms is a wonder to behold. It was one of the era’s architectural gems, immortalised by the photographer Julius Shulman. Juxtaposing his pictures against the house as it currently exists shows how well the restoration remained faithful to the original – while not sparing contemporary standards of luxury, such as a flat-screen TV in every room and an all-Viking appliances chef’s kitchen – and how well the new interior design evokes the style of the era. The most prominent change is the restoration’s reorientation of the house. Its most impressive features, including a dramatic covered breezeway that casts shadows on the ‘keyboard’ of the piano-shaped pool, are now the first that a visitor beholds. This grand

Previous page: As seen from the open-plan backyard and pool, Frank Sinatra’s home set the standard for post-war Hollywood glamour and embodied the pinnacle of casual living. this page: The singer’s own personal wall of fame. opposite: Twin Palms was a place of respite away from the Hollywood gossip and a safe haven where Sinatra could unwind.


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“The living area features plush carpeting that would make a cashmere goat jealous.” entrance leads to double glass doors to the great room, which features sliding glass doors (tinted, for comfort) opening to the pool area. These doors are emblematic of the indoor-outdoor seamlessness that would become a hallmark of the midcentury modern style. The living area features plush carpeting that would make a cashmere goat jealous, grand piano and recording equipment (no longer functional) that Sinatra himself used. The rest of the house impresses no less. Visitors will be pleased to find a fully stocked kitchen (inclusive concierge service can arrange for a private chef, or make reservations to dine out). The master bedroom also opens to the pool, with glass on two walls and a slanted ceiling; its elegant decorative scheme deploys a muted desert palette. The master bath has a square-shaped sunken tub, a shower with a built-in seat and a privée. Another bedroom’s walls (it was Nancy Jr’s) is covered in grasscloth; Frank Jr’s has an unusual, conical fireplace (every room has a fireplace) held over as an original. The fourth bedroom was designed with a lively, leafy print on the walls and ceiling by

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the hippy-chic interior design trendsetter Jonathan Adler. All the chrome, porcelain and tile bathrooms are entirely original, and in superior condition. Located a mile from downtown and the airport, and a walk to the convention centre and Ruth Hardy Park, Twin Palms is a stunning and absolutely unique weekend indulgence for a golf weekend with friends, for families on vacation, weddings or corporate gatherings.


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THIS PAGE: While living at Palm Springs, Sinatra took advantage of the new LP format and invented the concept album. OPPOSITE: (Clockwise from top) Sinatra’s house is now a charming indulgence for a weekend among friends; There remains a vintage feel in the choice of furniture and the lighting used throughout the home.

Sinatra’s years at Twin Palms were the most tumultuous in his career. In 1947 when the house was built, he was the most popular singer in America; he was also arrested for assault after a brawl outside an LA nightclub. The following year, rumours and revelations of Mafia connections sprouted up in the media, as did stories of his cheating on his hometown sweetheart with various Hollywood stars. By 1950 he was being called a “has-been,” and “washed up” and was canned by MGM. He appeared on stage one night, opened his mouth to sing the third song of the programme – and nothing came out. He left the stage and coughed up blood. The whisky, cigarettes and overwork were finally taking their toll on the 33-year-old’s voice. In September that year, Nancy Sinatra filed for separation (Frank kept Twin Palms). He had not a single hit in 1951; fans outside an Eddie Fisher concert (who’s Eddie Fisher, you ask? Exactly, I say) mocked and taunted Sinatra when he happened to pass by one day on a stroll in New York City. In 1952, his record label dropped him. It looked like Frank Sinatra had been nothing but a passing fad. But that year, accompanying his second wife, Ava Gardner, in Kenya while she was shooting a movie there, Sinatra’s pleading to screen test for a role in a movie adaptation of the popular

novel, From Here To Eternity, paid off. He got the part, and won the 1953 Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Maggio. Frank Sinatra was back. Over the next three years, Sinatra became Sinatra. In 1954, he had a number three record and topped lists in both Metronome and Down Beat. In 1955, he was on the cover of Time. Night And Day, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Young At Heart, I’ve Got The World On A String – all were recorded during these years. Sinatra became, while living at Twin Palms, the first significant artist to take advantage of the new LP format, and invented the concept album. The Twin Palms era was the period, wrote Leon Wieseltier in The New Republic years later, “when a vocalist became a singer [and] an everymanish baritone with a genius for phrasing” made records that “will forever mark a high point in American music”.

“Sinatra invented the concept album.”

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THIS PAGE: Like Frank Sinatra house, Parker Hotel & Spa, was designed by Jonathan Adler.

Sinatra secrets “Maybe it’s the air, maybe it’s the altitude, maybe it’s just the place’s goddamn karma,” Ava Gardner would say decades later, “but Frank’s establishment in Palm Springs has seen some pretty amazing occurrences.” Here’s a few of them: • Sinatra and Gardner get drunk and quarrel at an LA restaurant; Sinatra storms out saying, “If you want to know where I am, I’m in Palm Springs f*@#ing Lana Turner.” Sinatra drives to the house. Gardner follows. Turner is indeed there. What happens next? Take your pick among the stories: Gardner arrives to find Sinatra in bed with Turner? Or, Sinatra gets there to find Gardner in bed with Turner? Or, in another version, Sinatra storms in to find Gardner and Turner both in bed with another man. Whatever the truth of this love/hate triangle, Gardner’s possessions end up in the driveway. • Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich canoodle in the pool. • In true Hollywood style, Noel Coward and Humphrey Bogart are among the guests for a 1955 New Year’s Eve party. • Sinatra, in a another fight with Gardner, breaks a bottle in the basin of the master bathroom. The crack in the basin (along with all the original bathroom fixtures throughout the house) is still there. “We never fought in bed,” Gardner would later recall.

ABOVE: Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner in Rome.

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Opposite: The interesting, but slightly less challenging, course at Tahquitz Creek.


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What to do in Coachella Valley Note that, like Paris of yore, the area essentially shuts down in August (as well as late July and early September).

Restaurants

Don’t call it a Renaissance; the arrival of artistically creative cuisine to Palm Springs is a relatively recent development. Cuistot +1 (760) 340 1000. French. One of only six restaurants in the country to score a perfect 100 for food in Condé Nast Traveller. Citron +1 (760) 320 4117. New American. Located within the fashionable Viceroy Hotel, Citron prepares elaborate constructions from sustainably sourced foods in a vibrant and eclectic setting. Le Vallauris +1 (760) 325 5059. The romantic patio under a lupe ficus canopy serves as a dramatic backdrop for painstakingly prepared classical French cuisine. The Falls +1 (760) 416 8664. Steaks, martinis and red booths hark back to Palm Springs’ earlier glory days. Ask for a table on the balcony.

Golf

With more than 100 courses, the Palm Springs area is a golfer’s paradise.

Best deal: You can get on the Legend at Tahquitz Creek for as little as US$19 (£13); the course is interesting but not terribly challenging and so is a good choice for a group with mixed skill levels. Indian Wells Golf Resort’s Players Course and Indian Wells’ Celebrity Course are probably the best municipal golf courses in the country.

Toughest: All the courses at La Quinta Resort and adjacent PGA West are superb, but the TPC Stadium Course is so hard that the pros voted it out of the rotation for the Bob Hope Classic.

Other diversions

Parker Hotel & Spa The Palm Springs outpost of the Parker Méridien chain was, like one of the bedrooms at Twin Palms, recently redesigned by Jonathan Adler. Young Hollywood took quickly to the place upon its 2004 reopening; today it’s worth a visit just for the grounds and the peoplewatching – but you might as well get a spa treatment while you’re here. Joshua Tree National Park One of the most bizarre landscapes in the world is a 45-minute drive from Twin Palms. Piles of boulders seemingly randomly distributed by the hand of God among the cactus-like, spiky eponymous trees are divine temptations to rock-climbers of any ability. It’s largely flat so provides easy exploration on foot, for all ages, of the unique ecosystem here at the intersection of the Mojave and Sonoran deserts.

Palm Springs Aerial Tram Not for the vertiginous, this vehicle rises 6,700ft up San Jacinto Mountain, where it’s typically 30°F cooler than on the desert floor. The building at the top was designed by the same architect as built Twin Palms, E. Stewart Williams. Construction of the tramway required 23,000 helicopter trips, carrying 800lb at a time and landing on 20x20-footpads, without a serious accident.

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It has been an exciting three years for the owner of MY Keiki Kai. The journey began in the autumn of 2006. Photography by the Keiki Kai crew

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he story begins with Californians Jon and Sarah Ives, and their two boys, Josh, six, and Nate, four. Jon and his wife visited Yachtfest, a boutique boat show in San Diego, and met Fraser Yachts’ broker, Neal Esterly, aboard a new 116ft Azimut. Looking for a slower, longer-range cruising boat, Benetti’s 100’ Tradition model was suggested. But where to see one? The best place was the following week at Monaco Yacht Show. So off Jon went to Monaco, saw the Tradition and liked her. Two months later the family bought a new Tradition that was in inventory in Florida and named her MY Keiki Kai (Hawaiian for ‘Children of the Sea’). The itinerary was going to be intensive: add equipment, shake down with a cruise in the Caribbean (spring of 2007), load the boat on a transport vessel, cruise the Med (summer/ autumn ’07), ship Keiki Kai back to the Caribbean for the winter and spring (’08), summer in the lower Caribbean and Venezuela, then spend the winter and spring in the Caribbean again (’09) before moving the boat to Florida for the summer. Except for the crossings, the Ives would be on board the entire time. And if that wasn’t enough for the crew, also joining the boat for the adventure were close friends Graham and Sara Farrar and their one-year-old daughter, Mia. Keiki Kai’s layout worked because she has an on-deck master, VIP and two twin guest cabins, plus good quarters

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for the crew of five. Besides a garage for the water toys, the Tradition has six deck levels offering plenty of separate places to relax or entertain. Preparing the yacht, hiring crew and organising the logistics and support for the crew and boat was no small task. Clive McCartney, Lawrence Miller and Cherie Barnes of Fraser Yachts Management were hired to help the crew manage the details. Crew is always critical, but with the owners on board so much of the time, it had to be done carefully. Captain Ross Lyons was hired to manage the daily preparation and to get the yacht to the Med. There he handed over the reins to Captain Trevor Usher who did a masterful job keeping the crew on task, the yacht in shape and the guests safe and happy sailing ever after. . . well, for the next three years.

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The owner Jon Ives What inspired you to do this cruise? Why wouldn’t you?! Actually, it’s been a longtime dream of ours. When circumstances lined up to make the opportunity possible, we seized the moment. This cruise was the chance of a lifetime to leave the ‘real world’ behind and spend time with the kids, family and friends. How did you choose your destinations? If it felt good, we did it. We picked a major venue (like the Caribbean), but once there we went with the flow. When we found ourselves ready for a change, we flipped through the cruising guides, picked a spot and went. A great captain and crew kept us in pristine, flat anchorages with 100ft diving visibility, good surf, or 30 knots of wind when we wanted to kite-board. You could say the destinations chose us. What were the highlights of the trip? Epic kite-boarding at Aves Barlovento and Aves Sotovento, Venezuela; the leatherback turtles hatching at La Blanquilla; being the only people out of hundreds at a New Year’s Eve party on the 414’ Lurssen MY Octopus with no shoes; and waterskiing miles of 150ft wide glassy waterways off Lake Krka, Croatia. Where are your favourite places to visit in the Med? Definitely Isla Panarea, off Italy, near the Stomboli volcano. Capri’s definitely cool, but the scene at Panera is out of this world. It’s as cute as they come by day, but comes alive when the club scene hits its stride late into the night.

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Top places for the Caribbean/Venezuela area? The northwestern atolls and islands in Venezuela are an absolute must: Aves Barlovento, Aves Sotovento, Los Roques and La Blanquila are pure heaven. They offer endless miles of deserted beaches, gorgeous anchorages to yourself, pristine diving and free diving and perfect kite-boarding. A little closer in, the Tobago Keys in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Green Island off Antigua, also have the right ingredients for the perfect getaway.

Your favourite place for quiet time? We found anchorages to ourselves almost throughout the Caribbean. All you have to do is look. Even close to the epicentre of Caribbean yachting at New Year’s in St Barths, you can find solitude just a few miles away in Barbuda.

Is there one memory that stands out? The lifelong special bond we’ll share with our kids, the other family on the trip and our Caribbean crew. The trip was a secret we share that you have to live to fully understand. In a similar vain, reliving the excitement and awe of the experience through the eyes of every guest we had on board (and there were many!) Every time guests arrived, it refreshed and enhanced the experience for us. Yachting is a truly unique life experience because, despite all the modern conveniences of satellite telecommunications, you still leave the world completely behind when you pull away from the dock.

Your favourite meal? In all honesty, the best restaurant in the Caribbean was on Keiki Kai. Tineka, our chef, was pure magic.

Your favourite places for watersports? Right off the back of the boat, of course! In St. Vincent we actually had a perfectly flat anchorage 50 yards from a decent surf break. We had it all to ourselves for days. Hundreds of hours of diving and kiting started from the same spot.

Best place for fresh seafood? The back deck, after catching tuna, mahi, or wahoo during a move from one anchorage to another.

Best kid-friendly places/restaurants? In the Mediterranean, all of Italy and Greece love kids. The entire Caribbean is pure paradise for kids of all ages. Given the complexities of such an ambitious itinerary, what were the important ingredients to make it possible? Captain Trevor Usher and the world’s best crew were the only required ingredient. Plus the outstanding logistical support from Lawrence Miller and Cheri Barnes at Fraser Yachts Management. After that, just being up for having the time of you life was the only thing you needed. I have to ask, would you do it all over again? In a second! It just doesn’t get any better.


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The captain Trevor Usher

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What was your favourite place during this three-year adventure? Come on! Surely I’m allowed to have more than just one! Green island, Antigua. We spent a serious amount of time anchored there, I’ve always loved it. Isla La Blanquilla, Venezuela; Playa El Americano is a must visit for any yacht coming or going to the ABC islands, and Klein Curaçao with its abandoned lighthouse and point break.

It must have been a real bonding experience with the family cruising for such a long time – was it hard to say goodbye? We (the crew) all got on really well with the owners, especially the kids. It was great being a part of their lives at that age and watching them grow up. We miss them. The hardest part of saying goodbye for me was knowing that the trip of a lifetime was over.

We couldn’t have done it without the help of Fraser Yachts Management who did an outstanding job. (2) The crew were all on rotation, which we spent a considerable amount of time organising and setting in this place. We had couples, multinationals and positions to take into account. Every month we had two flying out and two flying in. Global Marine Travel put a lot of time and effort into making sure everything ran smoothly.

What was your favourite memory? The conception of our son, Dexter, at the end of the cruise (Keiki Kai baby #2). Also, the month we spent in Venezuela. We were anchoring off pristine beaches in four feet of water under the boat and it dropped off to 120 feet at the transom. We spent the days kite surfing, spearfishing and just hanging out. We didn’t see another motor yacht or car the entire month. Kids from cruising sail boats would come over and play up on the sun deck in the afternoons. It was a good time.

From a captain’s point of view, what were your three biggest challenges in pulling off such a remarkable cruise? The best part of having great owners and exceptional crew is that it eliminates the big challenges. The biggest logistical issues were: (1) Organising shipments were always a challenge. We averaged three days on the dock a month and, as you can imagine, those days were pretty hectic. We didn’t plan too far ahead, but somehow our packages always arrived on time.

I have to ask, would you do it all over again? If we leave now, we can make the 11.45am bridge at Las Olas!


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this page: (Left) Boys and their boats: Josh and Nate Ives enjoy the blue water. (Below) The results of the moustachegrowing contest on MY Keiki Kai. opposite: Watching the sun go down on Palma De Mallorca.

The management Clive McCartney Firstly it has to be said that it is an honour and a privilege to work with clients like this who are so enthusiastic and engaged about their boat and the ways to use it; we thoroughly enjoyed assisting this owner and crew. The principal challenge that arose was not so much technical as logistics in relation to the crew. It took a little time and extra planning to get the right crew in place with the right rotation schedule so that everyone was fresh and rested for the next ‘leg’ of the trip. After Captain Trevor and his team were in place and we got the rotation schedules working, everything went smoothly from that point with Captain Trevor working closely with Fraser Yachts Management.

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this page: (Clockwise from top left) Josh Ives at the helm; Jon and Sarah Ives having fun; Keiki Kai at the dock in Greece; Mia Farrar taking a nap on the beach; The kids dress up as pirates.

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When it comes to the business of inspiring awe and bringing great films to audiences worldwide, there are few who could claim greater success than Jake Eberts. Now, the producer of Chariots Of Fire and Ghandi has turned his attention to saving the seas with the epic nature documentary, Oceans.

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March 2003, the acclaimed French director and producer Jacques Perrin was in Los Angeles attending the Oscars for his gorgeous film Winged Migration, which was nominated for Best Documentary. Jake Eberts, the eminently successful and highly respected film producer, was in town that year not for any of the 65 previous Oscar nominations his films had accrued, but to support a film his son Dave had co-produced and that had also been nominated. Jake ran into Jacques and heard about his new movie idea: an epic tale of the world’s oceans, a wildlife film unlike anything ever filmed. It was a real pitch, and soon Jake was aboard, doing what he does best: making great movies happen. “I have a very clear memory of when I was six or seven with my uncle up in the Saguenay region of Quebec, Canada,” says Jake. “We were out in one of his boats, and a grampus [a large dolphin] breached right near us – maybe three feet away from us. To a seven-year-old boy, it was absolutely huge. Afterwards, I remember my uncle saying to me, ‘If you think that’s huge, wait till you see a blue whale.’” With the enthusiasm of a man with a vision to make his childhood dreams come true, Jake set to work financing the project. In the meantime, Jacques was working hard

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trying to figure out how to capture the spirit and story of Earth’s ocean life in a two-hour film. The scale and complexity of the project dwarfed that of the award-winning but straightforward March Of The Penguins in which the birds’ lives follow a strict cycle that works perfectly as a narrative for a film. As Jake points out, “When you’re talking about the oceans with tens of thousands of species, the question is, how do you tell this story?” Early drafts of the script featured people as characters in the film but, in the end, the film-makers conceded to the power and beauty of Perrin’s footage – so much of it was so compelling that they simply didn’t want to cut away from the undersea action to land-based characters and dialogue. While the story structure was coming together, Jacques was working on the innovative technology to shoot the film. Jacques’s team consisted of literally hundreds of film-makers and technicians working to build and man 13 specially modified digital camera systems and the waterproof housings to take them under water. They built a high-tech crane using military secrets dubbed Thetys; a remotecontrolled helicopter camera they called Birdy Fly; a torpedo-cam that could be dragged 300ft behind the boat; and a pole-cam, for getting up-close with the fishes from above sea level.

Each camera operator had to use rebreathers to stay down long enough to film and to do so without bubbles; each team had a security diver who was responsible for managing and maintaining the dive equipment so the cameraman could focus on getting the shots. Where the sites were more than two hours from specialist dive first-aid centres, the expedition travelled with a pressurised stretcher and an emergency doctor trained in hyperbaric medicine. And at one point, there were 26 location managers and 19 cameras in the field around the world on a single day. It was a momentous production. Jacques’s notorious attention to detail was at play as well. He would get a test shot of a particular creature (the team eventually filmed more than 200 species) before determining whether it was spectacular enough to be in the film; he’d then work to get these shots again if he felt they were the right species but not the perfect angle. In one marathon effort for the film, a cameraman spent 28 weeks finding and filming a mother blue whale and her calf in clear water, breaching. The final shot, which is in the film, is nothing short of spectacular.

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“Oceans allows the audience to be part of marine life — to share all the emotions engendered by the exploration of the last great wild expanse: wonder, fear, calm, tenderness, violence, vitality, power. We took the time to allow the animals to invite us in. We waited to become a fish among fish.” – Jacques Cluzaud, Oceans director

ABOVE: Some local sea lions get friendly with the film crew. Photo: Richard Herrmann / Galatée Films. OPPOSITE: At one with nature. Photo: Galatée Films.

All told, the script, technology and filming required US$75 million and seven years of work to make. It was extensive, strenuous and expensive. But it has resulted in one of the most profitable nature documentary films of all time. Behind it all, keeping the money flowing, has been Jake Eberts. Jake didn’t start off the way many young people think a life in Hollywood begins. He didn’t intern on a set, get coffee, carry bags. “People think that starting on set is going to give them some kind of special knowledge that they can apply to making movies,” he says. “I don’t think so. I think you’re much better off having a life first, finding out who you are and what you’re good at. I know almost nobody who’s come up through the ranks starting out as a driver or a runner.” His first film-related business opportunity came when he was 35 when the chance to help fund the movie Watership Down landed on his desk. “I knew nothing about making movies,” says Jake. “To me, it was just another financing package. It made things a little easier that I had Penguin [the book’s publisher] aboard from the start, so going around London asking for further investment, to me, was just like my job as a

banker. I didn’t feel awkward proposing a film investment. “There was risk involved, but we could mitigate the risk. And what I found working on Watership Down was there was no one else doing it in London. I was the only guy. I had the pick of the lot. So I had hundreds of scripts sent to me, and an incredibly busy schedule with meetings and scripts and phone calls and books and proposals. I had no competition. I set up a business called Goldcrest Films and over seven years we made probably about 20 or so movies, and I’ve made many more since then. Simply, I just found what I like to do.” Oceans opened in wide release across the US on Earth Day, but Jake was still at work. Along with promoting the film, he’s negotiating a deal with a distributor in China, where environmental awareness about climate change and the gruesome realities of shark fin soup have taken hold. If the film runs well in China, it will be a crucial new avenue of funding for the project, and another success for Jake Eberts.

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Best films Jake Eberts’s movies have been nominated for 65 Oscars, including nine for best picture, with 37 wins, four of them for best picture. A few of the key highlights: Watership Down Released: 1978 Starring: John Hurt (voice) Story: Based on the most popular Penguin book of all time, Watership Down is a dark, violent and sophisticated animated feature about the life and adventures of a mythical warren of rabbits living in Hampshire, England. Recognition: Best Film Hugo nominee

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Chariots Of Fire Released: 1981 Starring: Ben Cross and Ian Charleson Story: Based on the true story of the 1924 British Olympic sprinting team, the film follows the passions and politics of two key sprinters – one a Jew who faces discrimination, the other a devout Christian for whom running inspires his faith. Recognition: Best Picture Oscar, Best Film BAFTA, Palme D’Or Nominee Ghandi Released: 1982 Starring: Ben Kingsley, Martin Sheen, Candice Bergen Story: A biographical film about the life of Mahatma Gandhi who led the non-violent protest against British colonial rule of India in the early 20th century. Regarded as one of the greatest films ever made. Recognition: Best Picture Oscar, Best Film BAFTA, Best Film Golden Globe

The Killing Fields Released: 1984 Starring: Sam Waterston, John Malkovich, Haing S Ngor Story: Based on the true story of a Cambodian journalist’s capture and escape from Pol Pot’s “killing fields” and his American companions’ attempts to find him during the rise of the Khmer Rouge regime. Recognition: Best Film BAFTA, Best Picture Oscar nominee Dances With Wolves Released: 1990 Starring: Kevin Costner, Graham Greene, a wolf Story: A Civil War hero is posted to the frontier of the American West and befriends a wolf and a Sioux tribe. As Costner’s character integrates into native life, American forces arrive and force him to confront the terrible realities of his two cultures at war. Recognition: Best Picture Oscar, Best Film Golden Globe, Best Film BAFTA nominee

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ON LOCATION BARBADOS Words and photography by Felix Milns

Famed as a winter retreat for the wealthy, courted by celebrities and royalty, and run on a diet of rum and calypso, Barbados is one of the most alluring and captivating of all the Caribbean islands. With its pristine white sand beaches, hidden coves and warm turquoise waters, it’s the ultimate beach retreat, but there’s another side to the island far from the glamour of the west coast. Get under the skin of Barbados and explore the island’s wild side: the rugged east coast, its plantation past and party present. Nowhere in the Caribbean are the people friendlier, the pineapples sweeter and the seafood more succulent. Welcome to the Caribbean, Bajan-style.

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West coast glamour From Sandy Lane to The Cliff restaurant, the image of well-heeled Barbados has become synonymous with the glamorous west coast, with its miles and miles of white sand beaches, warm turquoise waters and hordes of celebrity visitors. Add in its US$50 million-plus private houses, world-class golf courses and year-round climate and it’s easy to see the attraction.

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As much of the coastline is given over to private homes and five-star hotels, the best way to explore the coast is, fortuitously, from the sea. The west coast sunset cruise is legendary, but it’s also worth exploring by day, not least to venture into some of the island’s best restaurants. The horseshoe-shaped Sandy Lane Bay is quintessentially a Caribbean delight, with plenty of room to moor up in and swim, sunbathe and people watch. Always keen to stay a step ahead of the pack, Sandy Lane performed a particularly neat New Year trick while their guests slept off their celebratory excesses when they swapped all the previously blue cushions on their sunbeds to a new shocking pink. The Sunday lunch buffet is a legendary Barbados institution and an absolute must. But with such a bewildering choice it is

important to have a strategy. Our advice would be to stick to protein: start with a platter of yellowtail, salmon and tuna sashimi, then carry on the seafood tip with a dozen fresh oysters, lobster tails and king crab claws, before finishing with gourmet surf and turf: a freshly seared steak and another lobster or two. Alternatively, try one of the four roasts of the day or many local curries. Another west coast culinary institution is The Cliff, set on a beautiful cliff-top location overlooking the calm waters of the Caribbean Sea. All tables have a sea view, but book ahead for the prime clifftop tables. When you arrive by yacht the fun starts with a climb up the dramatically steep cliff-side steps, but it is a journey worth the effort to visit one of the world’s most famous restaurants. However, a word of warning, sometimes the food does not quite live up to the lofty reputation. Less internationally famous but extremely well-regarded is The Fish Pot. High up the west coast in an old fort in a small fishing village above Speightstown, the wooden decked restaurant stretches out over the sea and is renowned for serving the best and freshest seafood on the island. Think blackened scallops with dill and caper aioli, snow crab salad, perfectly prepared local lobster or melt-in-themouth mahi-mahi, best enjoyed with the waves breaking beneath your feet.

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A five-minute walk up the hill from The Fish Pot is one of Barbados’s best kept secrets. Fustic House is the largest, and certainly one of the most unique, private estates on the island and a Secret Gardenesque treasure that oozes colonial charm. The main house dates back nearly 300 years and was extended in the 1970s by the legendary designer Oliver Messel, who also carved out a natural swimming pool from the coral rock. In all, there are now four separate wings to

the house, all with individual living areas, and an enormous stone terrace overlooking the Caribbean. The different houses together sleep up to 20 people and the property is becoming increasingly popular, not just for private rental but also for special events. Its proximity to the Port St Charles marina and additional accommodation at The Fish Pot’s hotel make it the perfect venue to host a special event or drinks reception.

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Celebrity stardust

The Barbados roll call of global stars and second-homers keeps on growing. The west coast, aka the Platinum Coast, is second home to the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Eddy Grant and Sir Cliff Richard. Mick Jagger, Sting, Hugh Grant, the Beckhams and TV mogul Simon Cowell are all regular visitors. As well as being the destination of choice for Tiger Woods wedding (the marriage ended notouriously) – he block booked Sandy Lane for the occasion – it was also a favourite spot for the Blairs when Tony was still in Number 10. Even now it remains the kind of place where Tony Blair could still walk into an Irish bar and sit down next to a local divemaster to watch Arsenal play Chelsea, as he often did, or you look up from your beachside meal to see basketball giant Michael Jordan towering over the table.

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With its colonial heritage, it’s no surprise there is a royal connection and Prince Harry was the latest in a long line of Windsors to visit, with many of the world’s Press in tow. Discretion being the better part of valour, however, a local security expert had arranged a body double to draw the lenses while Prince Harry secretly jetted off to St Lucia to watch a cricket match. One poor cameraman thought he had the shot of the year until his editor informed him that his subject could not possibly be Harry, as Harry was at that moment celebrating an England wicket in St Lucia live on Sky Sports 1.

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While the west coast is becalmed by the Caribbean Sea, the rugged east coast is battered by the Atlantic. It is a complete contrast, still largely undeveloped, wildly beautiful and a real wilderness. The best bet is to hire a car or arrange a private 4x4 tour, which will also take you inland to get a real sense of the island’s history. Unusually for the Caribbean, Barbados is not volcanic but is largely built on a limestone plateau, which is why it was ideally suited to the sugar cane plantations that made it one of the richest islands in the Caribbean. Be sure to stop at St Nicholas Abbey for a real insight into Caribbean colonial life. It is a perfectly preserved old plantation house that is one of only three remaining Jacobean mansions in the western hemisphere. As you drive across the central plains you come across ruins of old sugar mills and many beautiful old churches. And, being Barbados, for every church there is sure to be a ramshackle rum shop nearby. You can’t come to the Caribbean without sampling the local rum, and enthusiasts can even arrange a tour, and tasting, at the Mount Gay distillery. The name of the island actually came from the bearded Banyan trees that were once ubiquitous on the island and still droop down over some of the more remote easterly roads. In the heart of the east coast is

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the surfing mecca of Bathsheba, a tiny village of colourful cardboard houses set back from an amazingly distinctive shoreline, defined by a series of giant mushroom-shaped rocks on the beach and in the shallow waters. Known as the soup bowl, champion surfer Kelly Slater rates it as one of the Caribbean’s best breaks. A five-minute walk from the main beach is the newly renovated Atlantis restaurant. It comes with nine sunrise-view rooms and serves a fabulous mix of fresh fish and spicy local curries – definitely the place to eat on the east coast.

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Bajan bites

The English-speaking Caribbean is generally not particularly renowned for food, but Barbados has some real gems, bursting with local Bajan flavour. One of the most famous dishes is the melt-inthe-mouth flying fish sandwich. Caught in their thousands, they are butterflied, flash fried and served in a sourdough bap with lettuce and tomato. As you would expect, fish is a big theme on the island. Don’t be put off when you see dolphin on the menu, it’s not dolphin as we know it, but mahi-mahi, a member of the dolphin fish family as opposed to a porpoise mammal. And it’s utterly sublime lightly grilled or blackened with Cajun spices. Even though it is ubiquitous, one of the best places to try it is the Friday or

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Saturday night Oistins fish fry. Fish market by day, by night the place comes alive with hundreds of different stalls and live music, DJs and dancing. Head behind the bandstand and track down Uncle George’s – without doubt the best place to eat. Uncle George himself stands behind two enormous flaming grills flipping mahi-mahi, swordfish and prawns at the speed of light. There’s always a long queue of locals, a sure sign of quality. And after dinner, the music and dancing spirals long into the night, fuelled by Banks beer and the omnipresent rum punch. However, it’s not all about the fish. Barbados is also home to one of the rarest breeds of sheep in the world, which have evolved to cope with the

equatorial temperatures. Blackbelly sheep actually look more like goats with brown bodies and black bellies but they taste absolutely delicious, particularly when slow cooked.

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Surprisingly, perhaps, the Cliff restaurant is not the most intriguing cliff on the island, nor does that accolade belong to Sir Cliff Richard himself. No, the most beguiling cliff of all is Hackleton’s Cliff, the highest cliff on the island and a favourite stop on any island tour. Jim Hackleton was an 18th-century plantation owner who, upon discovering that his wife was having an affair, rode himself and his horse off a 300ft cliff, killing both of them instantly. A flamboyant way to go, but surely a shame to take the horse.

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Golf, cricket, horse racing, sailing and even polo, Barbados is a mecca for sports fans. Sample the unique atmosphere of a West Indian cricket match at the new Kensington Oval (built for the 2007 Cricket World Cup), glam up for international polo or the Barbados Gold Cup in March, one of the most prestigious horse races in the Americas, or try your hand at road tennis, an indigenous island version of tennis that does exactly what it says on the tin. Surrounded by coral reefs and world-class wreck dives, Barbados is as beautiful and intriguing under the sea as above it. There are more than 200 wrecks in Carlisle Bay alone, and most of the island is circled by a barrier reef with wonderfully developed coral heads and thousands of colourful fish. You’re guaranteed to see turtles, and manta rays make frequent appearances on the reef.

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Barbados However, it is golf that is perhaps the biggest draw. Sandy Lane has two championship golf courses designed by Tom Fazio, plus a nine-hole course, and there are two further championship courses, the Robert Trent Jones II designed Royal Westmorland Golf & Country Club and the Barbados Golf Club.

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Historically, the top spot to drop anchor has always been Carlisle Bay, one mile south of Bridgetown and venue for the historic Barbados Yacht Club. While it is still a good option to access Bridgetown and the lively southern parts of the island, there is a more exclusive alternative now at the northernmost point of the west coast. Port St Charles (www. portstcharles.com) is a newly expanded and renovated marina with six new berths on the offshore breakwater for yachts up to 250ft, plus a further two offshore anchoring buoys for larger yachts. As well as the new breakwater, the marina has created a lagoon and private beach and relocated the yacht club into a stunning overwater position. Built on a pontoon next to the bar is a freshwater swimming pool, while a fabulous restaurant and lounge area overlooks the lagoon and

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Porto MONTENEGRO Words by Felix Milns

2010 has proved a pivotal year for Porto Montenegro, arguably the world’s most exciting marina development. Situated on the largest naval frigate base in the largest natural harbour on the Adriatic, Porto Montenegro has the capacity to develop 630 berths, with a staggering 130 of those suitable for superyachts.

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2009 the first 80 berths were opened and offered to clients free of charge for the first year, in a bid to gain client loyalty. It is a policy that worked. All of the berths were renewed for 2010, on a variety of different timescales from annually to 30 years, only this time at a commercial rate. For 2010 a further 103 berths were released and take-up has been extremely successful, with 93 per cent leased at the time of going to press. And 20 per cent of these berths have been sold as a package deal with residential accommodation, for use not only by the owners but also as a winter accommodation for captains and crew. The marina has a staggering 64 acres of water to develop, backed by 24 acres of land. The long-term plan, which will be developed in phases as it is sold, is to have 600 apartments, two boutique hotels and a larger casino-style hotel as well as a raft of different restaurants, bars and designer shops. This summer saw the first residential building, Teuta, open on schedule in mid-July, a key turning point for the project. Teuta comprises 29 apartments, which sold out within six weeks of release, and eight shops, bars and restaurants. Whereas previously the marina was more like a large construction site with a couple of jetties, it is now starting to look like the brochure images. Much of that is down to the team of designers and architects working on the project. Martin Lane Fox is the landscape architect charged with the responsibility of transforming an austere ex-naval base into a world-class yachting destination. Ex-board member and deputy chairman of the Royal Horticultural Society and one of only 63 people to hold its prestigious Victoria medal of honour, his brief was to make the development green with a capital G. He has already sunk giant palms into the main jetty and intends to almost cover the new buildings and walkways in all manner of exotic plants and trees. “I want people to come off their boats, pour themselves a stiff drink and enjoy the plants and, who knows, maybe even learn something,” he says. Inspired by the local Venetian and Roman pared-down style, the architecture itself is low-slung, with each building designed to look like a series of connected buildings, all painted in a different pastel shade, and designed to give every apartment and the open spaces plenty of natural light. Think an Adriatic version of Port Grimaud. It seems to be a formula that is working. The next two phases have just gone on sale, with former F1 team owner Eddie Jordan among the first to snap up one of the waterfront Ozana

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residences. Crucially, he also moved his yacht here and made Porto Montenegro his home port – the goal of creating a suitable home port in the Adriatic is of primary importance to the project. To that end, it was a huge boost when it was able to announce a new partnership with France’s Compositeworks to establish a superyacht refit facility just across the bay from the marina. The new facility is located within the Adriatic shipyard in Bijela and will begin operations in the autumn of 2010, ready for any superyachts wintering in Porto Montenegro. Other necessary services are swiftly following suit, with Freedom Maritime chandlery, Superyacht Supplies and VSF all in operation from this summer. The marina was granted official port of entry status this summer, while permission has also been given to operate a duty-free fuel bunkering service. It now has 10 100,000-litre tanks and is the only port on the Adriatic to offer duty-free diesel, a saving of around 50 per cent of the normal cost price, representing about €80,000 less for each refuel for a typical 60- to 70-metre-long superyacht.

Other tax arrangements are equally attractive. While standard VAT is 17 per cent, tax applied to basic goods, marina and tourist services is seven per cent, and income tax just nine per cent. All residential properties will be sold with a secure freehold title and there is no capital gains tax on resale or transfer of property. It is a reflection of the support that the marina is being given by the new government of Montenegro. One of the smallest countries in Europe, Montenegro separated from Serbia in 2006 but, even as the new government was being formed, prime minister Milo Djukanovic was in supportive discussion with the project’s primary investor, Canada’s Peter Munk. The government’s long-term strategy, according to Munk, “is to develop the country as the premier luxury yachting destination in the eastern Mediterranean, making it the Monaco of the Adriatic”. One of the first moves that Munk made was to bring in Tony Browne, a superyacht captain with 10 years’ experience, as marina manager. His role was to advise on what additional infrastructure was needed to offer a

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truly state-of-the-art superyacht facility. “It was an extremely rare opportunity to plan a superyacht marina from scratch,” says Tony. “One of our key USPs is that we are able to offer mains power and vacuum sewage pumpout to every berth, regardless of size. We also offer a waste oil recycling facility.” One of the most immediately striking things about the marina is the sheer scale of it. The main jetty is 160 metres long (and will be extended by a further 80m) and a very welcome legacy, complete with a giant crane from the naval base days, destined to become an icon. As Browne says, “You just could not afford to build a pier like this these days, it is simply not commercially viable. It’s one of the many reasons why this location was so perfect.” The biggest superyachts are moored at the southern end of the marina, with over a mile of protected water in which to manoeuvre. None of this would mean anything, however, if it was not for the destination itself. It is spectacularly well linked by air, with Tivat international airport only 7km away from the marina, and Dubrovnik less than 60km away. With its 100km

of coastline, the Bay of Kotor is the largest natural harbour in the eastern Mediterranean. Rugged limestone mountains rise up from a shoreline dotted with medieval towns and villages that date back to when the area was part of the Venetian empire. At the very head of the bay is the wonderfully preserved medieval walled town of Kotor, a UNESCO world heritage site and surely one of the most beautiful towns on the Adriatic coastline. With Venice and the Croatian archipelago to the north, and the Greek islands and eastern coast of Italy to the west, the port is right at the heart of the Adriatic coast, with direct access to some of the best cruising in the Mediterranean basin. Back in the glory days of the 1960s the area was one of Europe’s elite summer retreats, playing host to global celebrities such as Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor and Kirk Douglas. Half a century later, it just might happen again.

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CHALET GETAWAY Words by Caroline Lim

Unfortunately, there is one place your superyacht cannot reach: the mountains. Aside from an inspirational yacht-based heliski operation on the west coast of Canada, if you want to go skiing this winter, you will have to drop anchor in a chic chalet, not a turquoise bay. Fortunately however, this winter there is more choice than ever at the top end of the chalet market.

Fifteen years ago, the definition of a luxury chalet was as basic as having en suite bathrooms to every room. Today, the concept has been thoroughly overhauled and the Alps’ finest private properties have more in common with boutique five-star hotels than budget holiday lets. Since the recessionary demise of several market-leading chalet operators, the landscape too has fundamentally changed. Last of the big spenders was UK-based luxury tour operator Descent International, which in August 2009 went spectacularly bust, leaving a trail of creditors, including the Duke of York, in its wake. As such, many of the top chalets are now either privately run or belong to a small, resortspecific operator which, according to Mark Gibbins, managing director of leading ski agent The Oxford Ski Company, is invariably good news for the customer. “Skiers going with a smaller resort specialist invariably get better value for money. The staff are much more likely to have insider knowledge of the mountains, bars and restaurants and the management infrastructure is in place locally to deal with any problems.” Small may be beautiful when it comes to operators, but the chalets themselves, rather like superyachts, keep on getting bigger and bigger. Here’s our selection of 10 of the best to rent this winter.


france Yellowstone ski lodge, Sainte Foy On the mountain road up to Val d’Isère lies the little-known powder hole of Sainte Foy. With mountains stretching 3,000 metres and beyond, it’s a fantastic ski area and the place where you will find all of Val d’Isère’s off-duty ski instructors on a powder day. It’s a great base as not only is there plenty of skiing on the local slopes, but the Espace Killy is just up the road too and Les Arcs and Paradiski are just across the valley. And it’s home to Yellowstone Ski Lodge, an enormous chalet perched on the edge of a cliff with awesome views of the back of Les Arcs. Its beautifully sandblasted exterior is complemented by the enormous bedrooms and open-plan living area. Saintly skiing indeed. www.yellowstoneskilodge.co.uk

One-week chalet board from £17,500

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Shemshak, Courchevel

Ferme de Moudon, Les Gets

New for this winter, Shemshak Lodge is going straight to the top of the Courchevel chalet tree. Built right on the edge of the Plantrey piste two minutes from Courchevel 1850, yet set back on a private road and surrounded by trees, it is the ultimate ski-in ski-out chalet hideaway. The whole ground floor is given over to a spa and wellness area, with private pool, hamam and Jacuzzi, and upstairs the five bedrooms and living areas have all been designed by leading Alpine interior designer Todd Hunter Earle. Sure to make a splash.

One of the most beautifully designed chalets in the Alps, the Ferme de Moudon shot to fame when it was featured on the UK’s Grand Designs TV programme. The chalet was designed by the visionary Nicky Dobree, who almost single-handedly kick-started the contemporary Alpine chic chalet movement, and is a wonderfully successful mix of contemporary style and traditional Alpine materials. A bold blood-red Italian designer kitchen sits beneath 17th-century oak beams and a wall of glass looks out over a private forest view. Les Gets is the most chi chi resort in the Portes du Soleil, and the Ferme de Moudon its most glorious retreat.

www.consensioholidays.co.uk

One-week chalet board from £17,500

White Pearl, Val d’Isère Together with sister Chalet Black Pearl, this property redefines five-star chalet service. Built and designed by the owner of the five-star hotel Kilimandjaro in Courchevel, nothing is too much trouble and flexibility is all. The stunning pool area comes with space-age daybeds, retro prints and statues and super slick monochrome bisazza-tiled hamam. The main living area has a really elegant contemporary feel, with glamorous greys, deep purples and lots of snow white furs. The jewel in the Val d’Isère crown.

www.fermedemoudon.com

One-week chalet board from £17,500

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One-week chalet board from £17,500

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switzerland The Lodge, Verbier The lodge is Sir Richard Branson’s Alpine outpost and is more than a worthy addition to the Virgin Limited Edition portfolio. Eleven full-time staff, including two Raymond Blanc-trained chefs, look after a maximum of 18 guests and the chalet is the epitome of Alpine cool. From the outside it looks more like a small hotel than a large chalet, and comes complete with private ice rink, indoor pool and full spa, plus an imaginative bunker room with pool table, home cinema and dance floor. Next stop, the moon. www.thelodge.virgin.com

One-week chalet board from £58,000

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Les Anges, Zermatt

Sagittaire, Verbier CK Verbier are the resort’s leading luxury chalet operators and last season launched Sagittaire to great acclaim. In the centre of the resort just down the road from their eponymous and much-loved Chalet Kernow, the beauty of Chalet Sagittaire is its flexibility. In total it can sleep up to 31 guests, but is divided into three self-contained apartments, with a stunning pool, spa and gym facility. CK’s food and service are reliably excellent, and the company boasts one of the finest private wine cellars in the Alps. Gentianes is the penthouse apartment, with beautifully aged timber ceilings and glorious south-facing terrace overlooking the Val de Bagnes. www.ckverbier.com

One-week chalet board in Gentianes (sleeps 12) from CHF 33,000

Designed by renowned Swiss interior designer Magali von Tscharner, and sitting at the very edge of the Petit Village area, ‘the Angels’ has a truly heavenly view of both the Matterhorn and Zermatt itself. With 700 square metres of living space over three stunning floors, all clad in reclaimed timber, it is a cutting-edge addition to the Zermatt portfolio this winter. There’s even room for a baby grand piano in the split-level living area, and an outdoor hot tub to escape to while the children practise their scales. www.mountainexposure.com

One-week chalet board from CHF 57,000

Eugenia, Klosters If Klosters is the most upmarket resort in Switzerland, then Eugenia is its most compelling address. By Baroness Thyssen-Bornemisza in the very early days of Klosters, it was made on a scale that modern day chalets could until recently only aspire to, and remains truly baronial. The chalet is choc-full of antiques, with nearly every room coming complete with a grand roaring fire. The master suite takes up the entire floor and comes with arguably the most grandiose private bathroom in the Alps. A colossal mix of history and style. www.oxfordski.com

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austria Aurelio Clubhouse, Lech This ski-in ski-out Bond-esque retreat in the heart of Lech has the best of both worlds. The clubhouse is a nine-bedroom private residence that adjoins the equally contemporary and bold Hotel Aurelio. Great if you want to block-book extra rooms and use the hotel’s facilities, not that you need to when the clubhouse itself has a 23-metre indoor pool and 200-square metre master suite. It is an almighty chalet, all the more so because private residences on any luxury scale are hard to find in hotel-rich Lech. www.aureliolech.com

One-week chalet board from @90,000

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Artemis, St Anton In the same ownership as of luxury travel operator Scott Dunn and unquestionably the finest chalet in St Anton, Artemis more than lives up to her Goddess namesake. The chalet is certainly other-worldly. Quasi hexagonal, it spreads over four floors with each of the six bedrooms decorated in different colourways. The lower ground floor comes with indoor pool, hamam and sauna and the chalet also boasts a 12-seater cinema, complete with red velvet chairs and black-and-white portraits of Hollywood greats. www.scottdunn.com

One-week chalet board from £17,750

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The yacht option Finally, for those who cannot bear to leave the yacht behind is the uber-exclusive option of heliskiing British Columbia’s Coast Mountains from on board the 200-foot long MY Absinthe. Quite possibly the ultimate luxury heliski adventure. ARTEMIS

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And finally... Also new for this season is a chalet collection put together by the luxury chalet market’s leading agent, The Oxford Ski Company. It has selected its 20 favourite chalets in the Alps for the Luxury Chalet Collection 2011. For more information visit www.luxurychaletcollection.com


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Words by Lauren Barker

A watch may not possess the powers to send you back in time or propel you into the future. However, the latest models on the market have elements of the past, and the future, to guarantee they stand the test of time. From timeless classics to dark, handsome sports machines and big, brave timepieces, it seems that when it comes to men’s luxury watches, you are what you wear. 74


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Cased in 18ct rose gold with bezel in black ceramic, the ‘Big Bang Gold Black Ceramic’ by Hublot has self-winding chronograph movement. Features include black carbon stamped dial and black rubber strap, at £18,500. (Marcus at www.marcuswatches.co.uk) The highly successful classic round wristwatch ‘Calatrava’ in rose gold. First designed in 1932 , the watch was relaunched this year with a new dial and is also available in white gold, £28,150, by Patek Philippe. (Parkhouse the Jeweller at www.parkhouse.com) Created in 2008, ‘The Chronograph’ is modelled on the successful Casablanca Chronograph collection. Eye-catching, distinctive marine symbols such as the blue wind rose and compass have been thoughtfully placed for dramatic effect. The colour of the sea, featured on the skeleton numerals and hands, evokes the feeling of the marine, with the option of an elegant hand-sewn alligator strap. £20,000, by Franck Muller Mariner. (Marcus at www.marcuswatches.co.uk)

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for WOMEN ONLY No matter how much you are feeling the effects of gravity, this watch and ring set from Patek Phillipe is sure to empower you in true Barbarella style, making you feel like queen of your own galaxy. The ladies ‘Nautilus’ in white gold has a navy blue alligator strap and a wreath of 46 top wesselton diamonds around the bezel. The matching white gold ring also features 60 top wesselton diamonds. At £17,930 and £5,560 respectively, this watch and ring set from Patek Philippe is perfect casual elegance. (Parkhouse the Jeweller; www.parkhouse.com)

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FRASER YACHTS NEWS New website for Russian clients Fraser Yachts has launched a comprehensive website, www.fraseryachts.ru developed exclusively for its Russian clients. The site constitutes the first Russian web portal in the world to be developed by an international luxury yacht brokerage company. Fraser Yachts CEO Hein Velema says he’s delighted to be leading the market in this important region: “Our Russian clients have been increasingly active in recent years and it’s essential they are able to access current and comprehensive information on the luxury yacht market. Whilst our clients are international by nature and often multilingual, it’s entirely appropriate to offer our services and information in Russian.” Fraser Yachts has offered Russian versions of its brochures for many years and has recruited a number of Russian-speaking brokers and staff to look after the growing business from the region.

A NEW HOME

The extraordinary 44.70-metre yacht, MY H2OME, now for charter through Fraser Yachts, defies convention by combining high performance and cool interiors with truly envy-inspiring results. The name enables one to see what this remarkable motoryacht is all about. H2O stands for water, 2 is second, ‘home’ is house, so you end up with ‘second home on the water’. Mario Grasso of Navirex undertook the naval architecture and the yacht was built at Cantiere MMGI di Montfalcone, Italy. The length of 44.70 metres was chosen so the hull would span the wave crests and not dip into the trough to give a more level ride. The sailboat heritage can be seen in the vertical bow, which adds to the waterline length, and this unique hull design operates in both long, thin hull displacement mode as well as the more conventional planing hull mode. It is the sheer scale of this yacht that grabs your attention. H2OME will dominate most marinas and create a huge impact, but it is out at sea, away from admiring eyes, that she really shines. Her ability to power along at more than 40 knots, combined with a stylish interior with stunning views, makes H2OME one of the most exciting superyachts on the water today.

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PARTNERS IN LUXURY Fraser Yachts has solidified its partnership with Hublot. The Swiss watchmaker will once again present the winner of Charter Captain of the Year with a Hublot watch during the Fraser Yachts Captains Award Dinner. The black-tie gala event will be held at the Yacht Club de Monaco during this year’s Monaco Yacht Show. “We’ve found there to be a great synergy between our brands,” says Fraser Yachts marketing director Patrick Coote. “We’re both viewed as the top players within our respective sectors of the luxury market and we can bring significant benefits to our clients by co-hosting events and inviting them to product launches and parties.”

INDUSTRY LEADERS UNITE The more superyachts that come to San Diego, the more economic vitality is generated for the region’s fast-growing marine industry. That’s the rallying cry of the San Diego Superyacht Association (SDSA), a coalition of San Diego’s marine-related companies that serve the local large-yacht industry. The group’s mission is to promote San Diego as a world-class superyacht destination and provide a conduit to marine services and suppliers. “We all agree the time has come for us to work together to attract even more big yachts to San Diego,” says Paul Daubner, a San Diego-based yacht management specialist and the group’s elected president. “We can provide the vast array of products and services these boats require, which in turn stimulates the local marine economy. By joining forces, we can transform San Diego into one of the world’s leading yacht destinations.” In recent years, San Diego has emerged as the West Coast’s premier superyacht destination for several reasons: its year-round temperate climate, which is similar to that of the Mediterranean, home to many of the world’s largest and most luxurious yachts; its West Coast location, which provides a triangular nexus connecting Mexico and Central America, the Pacific Northwest and the South Pacific; the growing availability of world-class yacht repair facilities and numerous marine support firms located along the calm, protected waters of San Diego Bay; and serious investment from local maritime companies to upgrade their facilities to be able to support the superyacht fleet.


SKYLINES AND SHORELINES A San Diego skyline will set the scene for next year’s YachtFest from April 14 to 17. These dates have been chosen so the event does not conflict with the major international boat show schedule. The decision to defer the show was difficult, but, Fraser Yachts is extremely excited about the new directions, incorporating the San Diego community at large and reaching out to the national and international superyacht communities. The venue will likely be the new 5th Street Marina, San Diego. This venue has the advantage of a skyline backdrop, immediate access to the heart of the San Diego entertainment and nightlife district and is in walking distance from the downtown waterfront hotels. It is also a new marina with amenities consistent with the larger yachts that Fraser Yachts is hoping to attract and adequate pad space next to the docks where a tent can be erected for the luxury shore-side exhibitors. The new event format will include a broader luxury lifestyle content. The first two days of the show will be devoted to exclusive client showings and new product previews. Trade and invited clients will be allowed into the venue on these days and there will be exclusive parties at night for the invited and attracted clientele and sponsors. The final two days will be public access days. The show is being reformatted to capture the interest of the higher end of the yachting demographic in the western states, as well as to reach potential exhibitors in the superyacht and luxury lifestyle industries that would like to be presented to that demographic group. The goal of the revised show is to represent San Diego at its finest to Fraser Yachts’ clients, friends and business partners in the international large yacht community, and to attract the attention of a large number of influential people in the western states to the city.

WELCOME TO NEW RECRUITS

THE FUTURE IS HERE

The Fraser Yachts’ Newport office, in Rhode Island, welcomes two new sales brokers to its staff, John Hendricks and Timothy Horkings, as well as Crew Network consultant, Heather Vye.

Contrary to what some parties have written, the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) is not the end of yachting. However, some aspects of how Fraser Yachts perform the business of managing yachts and their crew will have to be tailored to the new requirements. These new regulations have been championed by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and are being heralded as the fourth pillar of maritime legislation after SOLAS (for safety), STCW (training) and MARPOL (pollution). Entry into force of MLC will take place 12 months after it has been ratified by 30 members of the ILO; 10 have so far done so and the remainder are anticipated to do so in the coming months so we can expect entry into force in late 2011, or early 2012. The regulations cover both hardware requirements in terms of living space for crew and ‘soft’ requirements for social conditions of employment. The main changes will include a minimum annual leave allowance for crew, a new format for employment contracts, monthly payroll and elements of ‘social welfare security’ for the seafarer. The most controversial change is the crew living space requirements for new-build yachts. Stay tuned for further updates as this change in regulations become more evident.

John Hendricks spent his early teenage years sailing one-design sailboats. In 1976, John’s love for the sea brought a career change to the yachting world, specialising in new and brokerage sales. Over the past 34 years he has been employed as a new yacht sales representative and broker. John’s clinical training and administrative experience, along with his accumulated knowledge and experience in the areas of new yacht construction, yacht design, yacht engineering, new construction funding and issuance of LCs, importation and brokerage negotiations is considerable, and has been of great benefit to his clients over the years.

Born and raised in Australia, Timothy Horkings’ first love was rowing. The lure to participate in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race led him to Sydney where he began his competitive sailing pursuits. His involvement in international offshore sailing regattas led him to Newport in 1984 where he participated in the America’s Cup while working on Wall Street. His career in finance spanned 22 years before he became a yacht broker. Tim imparts to his clients a love of ocean racing and pleasure boating, a wealth of knowledge of international financial markets and experience of the intricate workings of motor and sailing yachts.

Heather Vye was born and raised in Newport. For years she cruised the waters of the Caribbean working aboard a charter vessel as a chef and stewardess. After this adventure, Heather brought her love for sailing and hospitality ashore where she managed a high-end cafe at the Newport Shipyard and Marina. After four years ashore she cruised the waters once again as a stewardess travelling aboard a megayacht. After a few more years at sea, Heather moved ashore again and joined the Fraser Yachts’ team at the Crew Network. She brings a vast knowledge of the yachting industry, crew staffing requirements and vessel operations.

TRIPLE WIN After a competitive industrywide tender, Fraser Yachts has been awarded the renewal of the management of megayachts MY Tatoosh, MY Octopus and MY Meduse. In addition to this news, Stuart Larsen of Fraser Yachts has been appointed as the owner’s central agent for the sale of the motoryacht Tatoosh, valued at €125,000,000 (approx US$171,950,000).

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Yachtique The best in the business

Yachtique Elite Yachting Services encompasses all of the luxury yacht services offered by the Azimut-Benetti Group. This major new division was founded with the objective of offering clients fully comprehensive superyacht support. For the first time ever, yacht owners can benefit from full assistance, expertise and professional advice through one, single organisation. Yachtique can ensure peace of mind throughout the entire lifecycle of ownership, from acquisition to operation and on to refit and sale. Yachtique is the largest luxury yacht services organisation in the world and comprises five specialist companies. By bringing these highly respected and long-established businesses together, we can offer a seamless and all-encompassing service. Our clients derive significant benefits from our greater expertise, efficiency and economies of scale. www.yachtique.it

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Yachtique Elite Yachting Services

1. Fraser Yachts As the world’s leading, fullservice yachting company, Fraser Yachts has an unrivalled team of experts ready to support, advise and assist you in every aspect of luxury yacht ownership and operation. Whatever your yachting desires may be, the innovative team will handle all your requirements with the utmost professionalism and discretion. Acting as your personal advisors and consultants, Fraser Yachts provides expertise in sales, charter, construction, yacht management and crew.

2. Lusben refit and repair A fully comprehensive range of services that removes the need to deal with multiple agencies. Through a dedicated project manager, Lusben can provide you with a single point of communication for overseeing refit and repairs, berthing, document management and technical supervision and comprehensive project assistance. Lusben will not only carry out the maintenance work, but can also handle all the complex administrative formalities, the most common being class renewals and upgrades in compliance with registry rules. Refit and repair work at Lusben is carried out by some of the most skilled and experienced specialists in Europe. From the most advanced electrical engineers to the finest carpenters, all the

workers are specialists in their field and dedicated to providing the best possible results. Lusben is globally recognised as the definitive ‘one-stop shop’ for all luxury yacht refit and repair projects. The company boasts unrivalled facilities, expertise, technical know-how and skilled craftsmen, capable of handling yachts from 20m to 120m. First established in 1956 in Viareggio as a refitter of the world’s finest yachts, it was the first company to undertake this type of business and the know-how gained over the years quickly made it a benchmark in the sector. Lusben has refitted more than a thousand yachts and is heralded as the pinnacle of refit and repair yards worldwide.

3. Yachtique Financial Services Through partnerships with world-leading financial and insurance companies, Yachtique Financial Services offers integrated, personalised and innovative solutions. It can propose both financial and insurance packages for clients, dealers and brokers in compliance with the legal requirements of the country in question. The experience and prestige of the Azimut Benetti Group, combined with the financial expertise of CGI FINANCE, guarantees fast access to loans under privileged conditions and a quick turnaround for pre-approval.

4. Yachtique Styling Lounge

5. Yachtique Marinas

The Yachtique Styling Lounge is unique in being the world’s first ever venue where a yacht owner or buyer can plan, select and review every single aspect of their yacht’s exterior styling, interior design, fittings, furnishings and accessories. A high-tech projection system allows clients to view 3D renderings of the interior and exterior of their yacht. It then provides the design consultants with the option to change any of the furniture, materials, colours or lighting. In real time, clients purchasing a new yacht or planning a comprehensive refit can immediately review their personal design options, viewed from multiple angles in the virtual reality model projected on to the wall. The Styling Lounge is separated into two distinct areas – the Design Lounge and the Accessories Lounge. By visiting these two unique facilities, buyers and designers avoid the need to search out individual design studios and specialist suppliers. The consultants have established close relationships with all the major design houses and luxury brands ensuring that all the latest collections are on display.

Yachtique operates a growing number of world-class marina developments offering luxury yacht owners a variety of mooring facilities, hospitality venues for dining and entertainment as well as club-houses, shops, offices, sailing schools, storage units and apartments. The high quality of the infrastructure in each location is matched by the highest levels of service and assistance. Yacht owners and their crew, therefore, have access to comprehensive shoreside services for any maintenance or repairs as well as day to day supplies, fuel and provisions. Yachtique Marinas have all been developed in popular and easily accessible areas so that both short-term visitors and permanent berth-holders are assured of a rich and fulfilling experience every time. Great effort has been made to create and promote harmony through meeting the different needs of yacht owners whether they be on board or ashore. Many Atlantis, Azimut and Benetti yachts now reside in one of the Yachtique Marinas. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you require a berth for your yacht, no matter what make or size.

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This fine pedigree, MCA compliant yacht has 6 staterooms, an elevator, ample outdoor spaces, Zero Speed Stabilization, Hold at Anchor Positioning, and is also helicopter touch and go ready. Her interior is an open color palette for your interior designer. Christensen’s inhouse engineers have worked to ensure that all systems are robust, redundant and reliable. Nothing left to do but enjoy this incomparable motor yacht. Turn Key / Fully Outfitted - $ 36,000,000 Broker Protected - Call for Availability

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TATOOSH 92m (303’) | HDW Nobis Krug | 2000/2010 125,000,000 EUR TATOOSH is the finest large motor yacht available on the market today. Ten staterooms with a private owner’s apartment, plus extra cabins for staff. Large swimming pool, cinema, two helicopter decks and two 42’ (13m) tenders, along with a myriad of other toys. Stuart Larsen | Ft. Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 | stuart.larsen@fraseryachts.com

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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 five decks. The Owner’s stateroom is private on the bridge deck, well separated from the seven other staterooms. She features excellent outside deck spaces, a huge sun deck and is helicopter capable. Zero speed stabilizers add even more comfort to her massive displacement. Stuart Larsen | Ft. Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 | stuart.larsen@fraseryachts.com

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PROTEKSAN-TURQUOISE | 70m (232’) | Proteksan | 2013 | 55,000,000 EUR

Exceptionally generous 70 meter already under construction. Some changes to styling and layout are possible including a private owner’s deck. H2 design, garaged tenders, helicopter deck.

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

COCO LOCO | 38m (124’) | Broward | 2007/2008 | 8,995,000 USD She features a salon with large windows, high gloss cherry wood interior and walk around decks. The pilothouse is equipped with state-of-the-art electronics and the sun deck area has a Jacuzzi. This yacht is MCA approved and has Lloyds Classification! Scott French | Ft. Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 | scott.french@fraseryachts.com

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FRANCINE | 46m (151’) | Benetti | 1989/2009 | 11,500,000 USD

She features five staterooms and a spacious salon with a 26’ beam. She is in beautiful condition and was always maintained to the highest standards. Truly a one of a kind yacht! John Weller | Ft. Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 | john.weller@fraseryachts.com Not for sale to US residents while in US waters.

SEA BOWLD | 53m (174’) | Oceanfast | 2004 | 19,500,000 USD

She cruises at 26 knots with a 3400nm range at 12 knots. She has an owner’s stateroom on the bridge deck, plus four guest suites and superb outside deck spaces. With the highest classification from Germanischer Lloyds and an HSS Sea Bowld is without parallel. Stuart Larsen | Ft. Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 | stuart.larsen@fraseryachts.com

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HOLLANDER | 51m (169’) | Holland Jachtbouw | 2011 | 34,000,000 EUR

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

aluminium hull and diesel electric propulsion package, it offers major fuel savings and interior flexibility. She has a range of 5000 miles at her 12-knot cruise speed. David Legrand | Monaco + 377 93 100 450 | david.legrand@fraseryachts.com Not for sale to US residents while in US waters.

ALIBI | 51m (167’) | CBI Navi | 2005 | 23,900,000 EUR

ALUCIA | 56m (183’) | Auroux | 1974/2009 | 42,000,000 USD

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

Tom Allen | Seattle + 1 206 382 9494 | tom.allen@fraseryachts.com Stuart Larsen | Ft. Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 | stuart.larsen@fraseryachts.com

With its large interior volume this vessel accommodates 12 passengers in six cabins. She also features an extremely large and well laid out exterior deck space and a comfortable swim platform. This yacht must be experienced on board to appreciate all her qualities.

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

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Not for sale to US residents while in US waters.

NEWVIDA | 49m (160’) | Delta Marine | 2001/2009 | 26,900,000 USD

AERO TOY STORE | 45m (147’) | Sterling | 1986/2010 | 15,500,000 USD

Antoine Larricq | Monaco +33 6 12 23 34 46 | antoine.larricq@fraseryachts.com

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

MYSTIQUE | 50m (165’) | Oceanfast | 1988/2009 | POA

TRIUMPHANT LADY | 47m (155’) | Sterling | 1985/2009 | 15,900,000 USD

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

John Weller | Ft. Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 | john.weller@fraseryachts.com

MARCO POLO | 38m (125’) | Cheoy Lee | 2011 | 15,900,000 USD Newest model by Marine Concepts and Construction. She offers all features found on their larger designs, plus elevator and Jacuzzi on fly bridge. The fold down transom creates a beach club when in the down position. Available in four or five stateroom layout with master on deck.

FAMILY DAY | 41m (134’) | Codecasa | 2007 | 14,900,000 EUR

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

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

The exceptional quality of construction, her outstanding volumes, her all-weather seaworthiness and her new anchor stabilisation system make NEWVIDA a unique yacht. Guaranteed charter for the next 12 months.

This extraordinarily beautiful and unique yacht was designed by Jon Bannenberg and built by Oceanfast. She is shallow and fast which make her ideal for Bahamas and East Coast cruising.

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

Luxurious and reliable with state-of-the art equipment, five staterooms, an elevator and much more. Recent extensive refit and hull extension. Sail anywhere at anytime!! She shows like new and is a great choice for charter.

Almost new, perfectly maintained and in mint condition. Aluminium hull and superstructure. 34 knots with MTU and KA ME WA waterjets. Five staterooms plus crew. For sale due to the delivery of a larger yacht.

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HARBOUR MOON | 43m (141’) | Heesen | 1996/2010 | 11,750,000 EUR

One of the best looked-after yachts available today. Cherished by the same Owner and Captain since 1996, she was completely rebuilt in 1998/99 by Heesen and Struik & Hamerslag. With Donald Starkey, the Owners gave HARBOUR MOON a stylish

look with imposing glassware created by Dale Chihuly. Antoine Larricq | Monaco +377 93 100 450 | antoine.larricq@fraseryachts.com

for sale & charter

PRETTY WOMAN | 39m (128’) | Hakvoort | 2010 | 18,750,000 EUR Brand new displacement Hakvoort. Five cabins with owner’s full beam master suite on the main deck. MCA & Lloyds class. Dutch pedigree. The only one in this size on the market! Delivery: May 2010.

YAAKUN | 67m (218’) | Nicolini | 1987/2007 | 30,000,000 USD This magnificent yacht was built by Nicolini in Ancona for a royal family. Very voluminous and high specification interior. A world class mega yacht in excellent condition waiting for a new owner.

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

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

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ARIELA | 40m (130’) | CRN Ancona | 2004 | 10,900,000 EUR

Extremely elegant, always privately used, and maintained to the highest possible standards. Five cabins, three decks, RINA classed and in turn-key condition.

Jan Jaap Minnema | Monaco +33 6 26 26 25 52 | janjaap.minnema@fraseryachts.com

CHINA | 33m (110’) | Kingship | 2006 | 7,950,000 EUR Explorer yacht with proven cruising record! Huge deck spaces, zero speed stabilizers tender & toys. Lloyd’s, MCA and commercially registered. Must be inspected to be appreciated. VAT paid. Berth in Cap D’Ail also for sale! Richard Earp | Monaco +377 93 100 450 | richard.earp@fraseryachts.com

SERQUE | 40m (130’) | Custom | 2009 | 9,950,000 USD Equipped for fishing and diving in complete luxury, featuring five staterooms for twelve guests, Jacuzzi, Vsat and new tender. Also quick to reach your next destination with a 20 plus knot cruising speed.

OHANA | 43m (142’) | Perini Navi | 2004 | 17,900,000 EUR

John Weller | Ft. Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 | john.weller@fraseryachts.com

Dennis Frederiksen | Monaco +33 6 07 04 26 60 | dennis.frederiksen@fraseryachts.com

IMAGINE B | 34m (110’03”) | Alloy Yachts | 1993/2003 | 5,300,000 EUR She is in immaculate condition. VAT paid and never chartered. This vessel is the perfect yacht for long distance passages as well as coastal cruising. Must be seen to be appreciated.

CHARISMA | 40m (130’) | Hatteras | 1995/2007 | 6,895,000 USD

Dennis Frederiksen | Monaco + 33 6 07 04 26 60 | dennis.frederiksen@fraseryachts.com

John Weller | Ft. Lauderdale + 1 954 463 0600 | john.weller@fraseryachts.com

OHANA is known for her comfort and good sailing abilities and will be well suited for private as well as charter use. With her five cabin plus two Pullmans layout (three double and two twin cabins) she is well suited for parties of up to twelve guests.

She is a well maintained five stateroom trideck with a 25’ beam and has been with the same Owner for the past 11 years. Charisma is like buying a business, this yacht is one of the best charter boats in the US fleet!!

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KONKORDIA | 52m (170’) | Alloy Yachts | 2006 | 195,000 EUR pw Spacious and elegant sailing yacht built in 2006 with all main lounging and entertainment areas located on the main deck level. Full beam master stateroom, water toys, and Jacuzzi make her the perfect charter yacht for couples or families.

Available for charter in the Western Mediterranean this summer. Winter: Caribbean. Please contact your nearest office for further details.

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BIG EAGLE | 52m (170’) | Mie Shipyard | 1980/2008 | 175,000 USD pw

A spacious classic yacht with Jacuzzi, sports bar, and an abundant array of water toys. Alfresco dining on the upper deck with spectacular views. Recent updates include new zero speed stabilizers, Kaleidescape music and movie system, and new furniture.

Available for charter in the Mediterranean this summer. Winter: Caribbean. Please contact your nearest office for further details.

for charter

SARITA SI | 39m (127’) | CRN Ancona | 1973/2009 | 80,000 EUR pw

Beautifully refitted classic yacht with all the modern amenities. Leisurely cruise like yesteryear while soaking in the Jacuzzi. Zero speed stabilizers. Please contact your nearest office for further details.

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H2OME | 44m (144’) | MMGI | 2010 | 155,000 EUR pw

With her sleek black hull, H2OME is stylish and breathtaking in its simplicity. She sleeps ten guests in five comfortable cabins. Her double hull configuration allows her to be both displacement and planing due to the third water jet. Please contact your nearest office for further details.

for charter

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LADY ANASTASIA | 48m (156’) | Sensation Yachts | 2001/2004 | 126,000 EUR pw

MAGIC | 46m (150’) | Trinity | 1998/2004 | 165,000 USD pw

Please contact your nearest office for further details.

Please contact your nearest office for further details.

Five staterooms for ten guests can easily convert to make two guest staterooms into suites for six guests. A Jacuzzi, sun pads, bar, extra seating and umbrellas make the sun deck a popular area. Aft decks are spacious for relaxing and entertaining.

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MAGIC features a full beam master suite with ensuite Jacuzzi, an abundance of water toys, entertainment options and several relaxing lounge areas. Whether you are looking for relaxation or fun in the sun, time spent aboard MAGIC will be a delightful experience.

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Not for sale to US residents while in US waters.

DREAM | 52m (170’) | Feadship | 2003/2006 | 240,000 EUR pw A huge full beam owner’s stateroom includes a large lounging area with office and tremendous dressing area. Jacuzzi, gym and state of the art entertainment system complete the amenities.

FOUR WISHES | 44m (144’) | Palmer Johnson | 2004/2009 | 180,000 USD pw A flexible, intuitive crew will pamper you and customize your itinerary and activities to create your dream vacation. Perfect accommodations for five couples or a family. Large assortment of fast and fun water toys, golf, and more. Winter 2010/11: Caribbean.

Please contact your nearest office for further details.

Please contact your nearest office for further details.

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DEEP BLUE | 44m (144’) | Oceanco | 1996/2007 | 120,000 EUR pw Equipped with a full range of entertainment features and modern technology including zero speed stabilizers, WiFi, iPod stations and stereo systems. Upper deck lounge provided with a professional DJ station, bar, and alfresco dining area.

ANTINEA | 44m (143’) | Custom | 1985/2010 | 125,000 EUR pw ANTINEA is a world proven oceangoing vessel offering a high comfort at sea. An abundance of space, incredible quietness whilst underway and a timeless design make her a great family yacht! Her crew will pamper you offering a five star service.

Please contact your nearest office for further details.

Please contact your nearest office for further details.

for sale & charter

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INDIGO STAR | 38m (125’) | Siar Moschini | 1995/2009 | 80,000 EUR pw

The comfort and reassurance that only an expert can provide. Chartering her is chartering pedigree and know-how. Extremely eager multi-lingual crew ranked amongst the very best crews in the charter industry! Child friendly.

BEYOND | 30m (100’) | Inace | 2009 | 55,000 USD pw Spacious Hampton’s Cottage style yacht, featuring white woodwork throughout, large windows, and a large inviting bridge deck for casual lounging. New tender and zero speed stabilizers for the utmost comfort. Very family oriented yacht for charter. Winter: Caribbean.

Please contact your nearest office for further details.

Please contact your nearest office for further details.

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EVENTS CALENDAR

THE DIARY David Mach Solo Exhibition

SEPTEMBER US Open

What: The US Open wraps up a summer of love for tennis fans everywhere with its unique blend of sport and spectacular, providing a fitting venue for the very best in tennis. When: August 30-September 12 Where: Flushing Meadow, New York Tickets: Call +1 718 760 6363 www.usopen.org

OCTOBER Monaco Yacht Show

Monaco Yacht Show

US OPEN

What: Every year, shipyards, brokers, equipment and service providers and high-profile private and professional visitors from around the world make the Monaco Yacht Show a true barometer for the yachting industry. When: September 22-26 Where: Port Hercules, Monaco Tickets: Open to professionals, media representatives and the general public. www.monacoyachtshow.com

The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair

The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair

Cannes International Boat and Yacht Show

What: The biggest names in international boatbuilding have signed up for the show. Along the pontoons, visitors will be able to find the symbols of exceptional knowhow: Azimut Benetti, Baglietto, Beneteau, Cantieri di Pisa, Ferretti Group, Jeanneau, Peri Yachts, Pershing, Princess, Riva, Rodriguez Group, Sanlorenzo, Sunseeker, Heesen Yachts and Wally. When: September 8-13 Where: Vieux Port de Cannes and Port Pierre Canto, Cannes Tickets: Admission ticket for one day, €13, pre-registration available at www.passportnautic.com www.salonnautiquecannes.com

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What: The premier fair for LAPADA, its 90 members will present paintings and objects of exceptional quality – from an alluring French 19th century diamond corsage to an amusing umbrella stand in the rare form of a poodle, made around 1950 by Italian artist and designer Piero Fornasetti. When: September 22-26 Where: Berkeley Square, London, UK Tickets: £15 each and can be purchased in advance from the LAPADA office on +44 (0)20 7823 3511. www.lapadalondon.com

Ford Trucks Equestrian Balloon Festival

What: Expect an injection of colour over Barton Field as more than 20 hot-air balloons take off each morning in a mass ascension. Guests are invited to walk among the six and seven-storey balloons as they inflate and lift off. When: September 17-19 Where: Fort Gordon Army Base, Barton Field, Augusta, GA Tickets: Rides are $200 a person. For information or to book a balloon ride call +1 803 652 1181.

Geneva Classics ‘10

What: An exhibition dedicated to all forms of transportation from yesteryear. Every year it brings together rare classic cars and other vehicles, historic aircraft, boats and motorcycles. When: October 1-3 Where: Hall 7 of Geneva Palexpo, Geneva International Airport Tickets: Adults CHF15, retirees and students CHF11 www.geneva-classics.ch

Fine Art Asia

What: Fine Art Asia will showcase a range of collecting categories from ancient Himalayan bronzes, Chinese ceramics and works of art, furniture, textiles and jades, to exceptional modern and contemporary artworks. When: October 3-6 Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong Tickets: A free event, open to the public www.aaifair.com

37th Annual Cattle Baron’s Ball

What: The Annual Cattle Baron’s Ball attracts 4,000 people each year who gather to dance the night away for a good cause. This year the theme is Great State Fair and the beneficiary is the American Cancer Society. This year Alan Jackson and Jack Ingram will bring the entertainment. When: October 9 Where: Southfork Ranch, Parker, Texas Tickets: Sponsorships begin at US$2,500 for a couple or US$7,500 for a table of 10. Tickets can be purchased online at cattlebaronsball@ sbcglobal.net or call 214-443-9222. www.cattlebaronsball.com

Pinmar Annual Yachtsman’s Golf Tournament

What: Now firmly established as an important part of the yachting industry’s social calendar, where fun and networking go hand in hand. When: October 21-23 Where: Golf Son Gual, Mallorca Tickets: www.pinmar.com www.pinmar.com

Superyacht Design Symposium

What: An essential event for superyacht owners, designers, naval architects, project managers and captains with lively presentation and debate covering a range of up-to-theminute topics that will not only be of interest to all delegates, but will also provide the opportunity to positively influence their future projects. When: October 25-26 Where: The Breakers Hotel and Resort, Palm Beach, Florida, USA Tickets: $1,650 www.superyachtdesign symposium.com

David Mach Solo Exhibition

What: David Mach has been in the headlines of all major newspapers for his gorilla sculpture made out of metal coat hangers. His new sculptures, alongside his infamous collages of industrial materials, will be showcased for three weeks. When: October 15-November 4 Where: Opera Gallery, London Tickets: An invitation-only preview on October 14, then the show will be open to the general public for three weeks. www.operagallery.com

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

What: The 50th edition of the world’s largest boat show featuring more than US$3 billion worth of boats, yachts, superyachts, electronics, engines and thousands of accessories from every major marine manufacturer and builder worldwide.  When: October 29-November 2 Where: Fort Lauderdale, USA Tickets: Prime Time Preview (29/10) – US$32, general admission (adults) – US$18, children, ages 6-15 – US$5, children under six – free, two-day ticket – US$34. www.showmanagement.com


Antigua Charter Yacht Show

Art Basel

NOVEMBER

DECEMBER

JANUARY

Dawn to Dusk Chukker Challenge

Art Basel

Golden Globe Awards

What: Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Ricky Gervais is set for an encore performance as host of the NBC’s live broadcast of the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards. The show will be broadcast nationwide live on NBC, in HD, January 16, 2011, from 5pm to 8pm (PST) and from 8pm to 11pm (EST). When: January 16 Where: The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles, CA www.goldenglobes.org

Superyacht Cup Antigua

What: Art Basel Miami Beach is the most important art show in the United States, a cultural and social highlight for the Americas. As the sister event of Switzerland’s Art Basel, it combines an international selection of top galleries with an exciting programme of special exhibitions, parties and crossover events featuring music, film, architecture and design. When: December 2-5 Where: Miami Beach, Florida www.artbaselmiamibeach.com

Antigua Charter Yacht Show

Sundance Film Festival

Sixth Invitational St.Maarten -St.Martin Classic Yacht Regatta

What: Watch from the sidelines as 60 polo players and 240 head of horses set a world record for the longest polo game, playing 30 chukkers from 8am to 7pm. When: November 6 Where: Storm Branch Equestrian Club, Aiken County, SC Tickets: Admission to the event is a donation to the US troops. For more information call +1 (803) 652 1181. www.poloamerica.com

Global Superyacht Forum

What: Where the superyacht industry’s most important decision makers meet to discuss better ways of building the business. The forum is the industry’s longest-serving and most professional conference for the world of large yachts where you can network, listen to influential speakers, participate in key discussions and immerse yourself in the social programme. When: November 15-17 Where: Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre, Amsterdam Tickets: €950 for three days or €400 a day. Call Andy Howell on +44 (0)20 7801 1047. www.superyachtevents.com

Marine Equipment Trade Show

What: The world’s largest trade exhibition of equipment, materials and systems for the international marine leisure industry. You’ll find everything from propulsion, navigation, fittings, communications and safety equipment to furniture, construction materials, electrical installations, clothing and marine paints and coatings. When: November 16-18 Where: Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre, Amsterdam Tickets: The event is free to industry professionals. www.mets.metstrade.com

What: This year’s show is extended to cover six days with a designated ‘Day Sail’ day, offering management companies an opportunity to invite visiting brokers to experience a ‘microcharter’, cruising Antigua’s stunning coastal waters and islands aboard a choice of some of the finest charter yachts in the Caribbean. When: December 6-11 Where: Antigua, West Indies Tickets: To register your yacht, go to www.antigua-charter-yachtmeeting.com. www.antigua-charter-yachtmeeting.com

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 programs, the Sundance Film Festival brings together the most original storytellers of our time. When: January 20- 30 Where: Park City, UT Tickets: Email FestivalTickets@ sundance.org. Quite possibly one of the best kept secrets of Sundance Institute, Patron Circle membership offers unique access to the festival, including priority access to festival pass and ticket packages, invitations to private screenings and filmmaker events and an expert concierge service to craft a tailor-made festival. For information call +1 310 492 2327 or email jamie_lattman@ sundance.org. www.sundance.org

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 26-29 Where: Antigua, Eastern Caribbean Tickets: www.thesuperyachtcup.com www.thesuperyachtcup.com

What: Organised by St.MaartenSt.Martin Classic Yacht Club and West Indies Events, this first of the Caribbean season Classic Regatta attracts around 15 to 20 classics, vintage, schooners, spirit of tradition and spirit of classic yachts from the Islands, the US and Europe. When: January 20-23 Where: Great Bay Sint Maarten Netherlands Antilles Tickets: Free entrance to events Info: Skype: classicregatta or call +599 5237671 www.classicregatta.com

Top Marques Monaco is coming to Abu Dhabi

What: The only live supercar show in the world in the position to wow the royal families and distinguished guests, offering them the opportunity of a lifetime to take a spin around the fabulous Yas Marina F1 Circuit in Abu Dhabi in the most prestigious and cutting-edge technology vehicles. When: January 19-22 Where: Yas Marina F1 Circuit, Abu Dhabi Tickets: No tickets will be for sale – by invitation only. www.topmarquesabudhabi.com

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THE DIARY

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FEBRUARY 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 Tickets: Go to www.superbowl.com www.superbowl.com

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

What: This citywide fashion event, anchored by Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Bryant Park, showcases the runway collections of the finest designers. When: February 10-17 Where: New York, US Tickets: www.nycfashioninfo.com www.nycfashioninfo.com

Orange British Academy Film Awards

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. The nominations will be announced on 18 January, 2011, with the awards taking place on 13 February, 2011. When: February 13 Where: Royal Opera House, London Tickets: Reserved for nominees and film distributors www.bafta.org

The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards

What: The GRAMMY awards showcases GRAMMY Award finalists, the year’s best and brightest in music as voted by The Recording Academy’s membership of music professionals culminating in a live TV broadcast with live performances from the world’s best music artists. When: February 13 Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA www.grammy.com

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MARCH Berlin International Film Festival

What: Not only the city’s largest cultural event, but also one of the most important dates on the international film industry’s calendar. With almost 300,000 tickets sold, the Berlinale is much more than 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 11 – 21 Where: Berlin, Germany www.berlinale.de

Academy Awards

What: Nominations for next year’s Academy Awards will be announced on January 25 next year, with final polls closing on February 22. The Kodak Theatre in Hollywood will once again play host to the festivities, to be broadcast live in the US on the ABC network. When: February 27 Where: Kodak Theatre, Hollywood www.oscars.com

The 3rd Abu Dhabi Yacht Show

What: 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 US$100 million. When: TBA Where: Abu Dhabi Tickets: Go to www. abudhabiyachtshow.com www.abudhabiyachtshow.com

Venice Carnival

What: Don your mask and enjoy the year’s Venice Carnival as the Italians combine the old and new carnivals. When: February 26-March 8, 2011 Where: Venice, Italy www.carnivalofvenice.com

Sony Ericsson Open

USPA Gold Cup

Winter Music Conference

2011 United States Open Championship

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 US$6.9 million in prize money, equally distributed to the men and women, and all of 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 22–April 4 Where: Miami Beach, Florida, USA Tickets: Call the ticket office on 001 305-442-3367 or go to www. sonyericssonopen.com for ticket packages. www.sonyericssonopen.com

What: In its 26th 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, in 2010 the event attracted 1,909 artists and DJs, 3,763 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 (date to be announced) Where: Miami Beach, Florida, USA Tickets: www.wintermusicconference.com www.wintermusicconference.com

Dubai World Cup

What: The Dubai International Racing Carnival comprises nine race nights and attracts more than 450 of the finest thoroughbred horses from over 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: TBA www.dubairacingclub.com

What: The 26 Goal USPA Gold Cup, first played in 1974 at the Oakbrook Polo Club in Illinois, is a symbol of professionalism, good sportsmanship and high goal polo at its finest. When: March 20 Where: International Polo Club Palm Beach, Wellington, FL, USA Tickets: By phone on +1 561-2045687, at the gate on the day, or online at www.internationalpoloclub. ticketleap.com. For all 26 goal tournaments general admission is US$20p/p and lawn seating is US$35p/p. A Sunday Brunch or Gourmet Brunch in the Grande Pavilion is also available. Website: www.fippolo.com

What: The USPA US Open Polo Championships, the most prestigious tournament for the United States, is a month-long, 26-goal tournament that finalises the four-month Florida winter high goal polo season. The US Open Polo Championships attracts the highest level of polo players and the finest polo horses in the world, bringing high-level excitement to the fields and spectators. When: April 17 at 3pm (EDT in the US) Where: International Polo Club Palm Beach, Wellington, FL, USA Tickets: By phone on +1 561-2045687, at the gate on the day, or online at www.internationalpoloclub. ticketleap.com. For all 26 goal tournaments general admission is US$20p/p and lawn seating is US$35p/p. www.fippolo.com

Azimut-Benetti Yachtmasters

What: A traditional event the Azimut - Benetti Group organises every year for the captains of yachts of more than 85 feet of its fleet. When and where: To be confirmed Tickets: www.benettiyachts.it www.benettiyachts.it


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