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CONTENTS features 16

By George George Clooney’s antidote to the red carpet is the antithesis of life in the lens

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Can You Rest Assured? The importance of reading the small print on insurance policies

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Silver Surfer Olympic medalist Nick Dempsey reflects on a fantastic summer

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Til Yacht Do Us Part Can yachting partners withstand the choppy seas of a relationship on board a yacht?

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The Boot Is Still Kicking Italy may be under an austerity programme, but in the superyacht industry business is booming

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Into The Wild And Wet A look at Coasteering, one of the newest action packed adventure sports

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Make The Caribbean A Breeze Industry experts tell you what you need to know for your Caribbean season

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Hot And Ready To Trot What’s new in the superyacht tender market

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Interior Motives A look at the latest in yacht interiors and interior design

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Way To Go Navigating superyacht build and refit legal agreements

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Salty Sea Dog SSD worries about the safety on yachts that carry a helicopter

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Up Fronts Tips,people, advice and myths

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In My Opinion John Cook explains how the MCC 2006 will effect you

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New Launch Frances and Michael Howorth review Vulcan, the all new Vicem 46

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62 Table Talk On Board recommends the top tables in Cannes, France, plus all the latest food trends

70 The Corker Wine guru Jamie Goode takes a fresh new look at Riesling

84 Navigator The lowdown on Istanbul’s eating, drinking, hotels and culture

88 Six Of The Best Folding back the gears. The best folding bikes

90 Yacht Essentials This seasons essential services and products

101 Body Rowing v swimming, treatment focus and reflexology 106 A Day In The Life Of Charter broker Tim Morley 110 Ask The Experts Advice from the leading experts in their field 117 Finance Rob Kay offers sound financial advice

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Salty Sea Dog Take Flight, Take Fright Salty Sea Dog worries about safety on yachts that carry a budgie on the back

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t never fails to amaze the Salty Sea Dog how little regard those in the superyacht industry seem to have for life when the use of the helicopter at sea is concerned. Oh true, they talk the talk and there are rules and regulations that state what is, and is not, acceptable but it all seems to go out of the window when the boss says “Get out to Sardinia, anchor in Calle di Volpe and I will join you by helicopter.” Every one involved in dealing with the budgie, then rushes around with renewed vigour because the boss is on his way. The Captain reminds everyone again, how imperative it is to keep the landing area surgically clean pointing out, once more, that Foreign Object Damage or FOD can easily wreck a helicopter’s gas turbine engine if it so much as ingests a single base ball cap, magazine or cushion carelessly left out, to the point that crew fully understand that if it did, the budgie would immediately plummet to the deck with life threatening potential. Then someone mentions the boss has his latest girlfriend flying in and the stewardess, who remembers how much she likes pink flowers, rushes off to make an arrangement for the table she is preparing to set up on the sundeck! I have even seen the mandatory fire fighting crew turn up dressed in just shorts and smart crew shirt with an extinguisher to hand. I have seen a crewmember lying on top of cushions to stop them blowing away rather than removing them clear of the area before the aircraft lands.

Training Standards

The law has changed in recent years and yachts that are operated commercially do now have to have been trained to a specified standard, which is, by the way, dependant upon where the vessel is registered. But what is wrong with these people who operate on private yachts and why is it that those individuals directly involved in the day-to-day operation of the infernal flying machine (Captain, Engineers, Helicopter Landing Officer, Fire Fighters) have not been forced to complete a specific training course ensuring they can correctly embark, test and supply aviation fuel and lubricants as well as safely launching and landing the bird. It is so imperative that all personnel understand; that operating a helicopter effects everyone aboard, in particular the Captain who must truly understand his role and responsibilities, during

helicopter operations, Including: aeronautical communications, meteorology, true and relative wind speed and direction, air flow, air temperature, barometric pressure, wave heights and frequency, visibility and cloud heights. Why is this so important, because, for example the magnitude of the wind speeds over a ship’s deck, coupled with the varying rotor speed during the engage and disengage parts of a sortie, expose the rotors to dangerous blade deflections that have in the past resulted in damage to the aircraft and even, fatalities. Therefore, an acute awareness of what is going on at the back end or on the bow landing pad aboard his yacht is required before the Captain alters course and or speed.

Rules and Regulations

There are rules and regulations laid down that govern the use of helicopters on commercially operated yachts and the MCA and the Helideck Certification Agency (HCA) have made sure that they are sensibly thought through to make matters safe on board superyachts. Yacht designers, now think about regulations when they draw conceptual yachts that feature helidecks, builders are creating yachts were helicopter decks are so much safer than there were ten years ago so why are crew not required to have done helicopter safety training? Why is it that Captains of a privately operated yachts are being made to take courses on the use of ECDIS or Food Hygiene yet have to learn about helicopter safety from reading books or watching others. There are now companies that offer such courses that are superyacht specific. Surely to goodness it makes sense that even if your yacht is not commercially operated the crews need to have been trained in helideck safety! Lets hope they think about it and then instead of taking fright we can catch a flight. on board | Autumn 2012 | 7


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UPFRONTS My Favourite Destination

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Capri

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A daughter of Gaia and Pontus, a hideous sea monster in Greek mythology. Considered the personification of the dangers of the sea. Her husband was Phorcys, and their children were called the Phorcydes. These include the Hesperides (nymphs), the Graeae (archaic water goddesses), the gorgons (female monsters, such as Medusa), sea monster Scylla, and other water nymphs and sea monsters. Ceto eventually became the name for any sea monster.

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My favorite island is Capri in the gulf of Naples. In the 50s and 60s the island became a real celebrity place to be and was frequently visited by Brigitte Bardot, Liz Taylor, Clark Gable and loved by Jackie Onassis. No cars allowed and the only ones you will see are the original Fiat Jollys that some of the locals drive and extremely small taxis for the tourists that will fit the narrow streets. Fantastic shopping and while you are there, don’t forget to pick up a pair of handmade Capri sandals - they last a lifetime. Capri and the Amalfi coast is a perfect long weekend destination for a charter since there are a few islands to visit on the coast but also great in combination with Sardinia & Corsica, Sicily or The French & Italian coast. I suggest to spend a day outside La Fontelina Beach in Capri where you tender in for lunch at their restaurant and swim from the cliffs. Worth a visit is La Grotta Azzurra an ocean cave just outside the island where the locals will take you in on their wooden boats and this magic blue and silver light will take your breath away. In the evening, have dinner at celebrity spot Aurora in the old town or Paolino surrounded by lemon trees.

The ETO

Only found on larger vessels who require a full time Techy geek, the ETO is usually pale and thin so they can get their arms into impossibly small holes in order to pull cables and fault find on the intricately wired innards of the yacht. ETOs are often patient and diplomatic creatures; having to resolve complex issues such as “Why isn’t the printer working??” “Because it’s switched off ” and “My iphone isn’t working for some reason…” “Sorry sir, I think they tend to malfunction when shattered into several pieces, we’ll get you a new one”. ETO training schools offer great courses such as “It’s not working? switch it off and on again!” Which usually covers most IT problems on board. For your own sanity, never ask the ETO any questions regarding IT, or AV systems. Unless of course you’re having trouble sleeping.

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Captain Blackbeard CLAIM TO FAME: Captured a French merchant vessel and renamed her Queen Anne’s Revenge MODUS OPERANDI: Spurning violence he relied on his reputation and fear to plunder, plunder and plunder QUOTE: Bring her alongside and FIRE! SHIP: Queen Anne’s Revenge WEAKNESS: Razor Blades WEAPON OF CHOICE: Blood stained cutlass DEATH: Killed by Lieutenant Maynard and his men on board the Adventure November 22, 1718 FAVOURITE UNIFORM: Casual blood stained pirate gear and a long thick ‘blackbeard’

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CELEB GUESTS BRINGING GOODY BAGS Did you see Rihanna gifted the crew of Latitude with Louis Vuitton gift bags after her charter round the South of France?. I wonder if they got some vajazzles thrown in with the bottles of Cristal champagne.

SPANISH FIESTAS Only the Spanish, kings of sitting in plastic furniture til 4 in the morning at the side of a main road and pushing donkeys off high-rises, really know how to party. Summer time brings every little village and every big city together, to celebrate their local annual harvest, copious amount of drink, and throw fruit at each other. Are you ready for Tomatina in Valencia?… what a good break from the yacht… go on you know you want to…

GETTING NAKED If it’s good enough for Prince Harry it’s good enough for you. Might not be “trooping the colour” but a load of army boys and girls have now posted piccies of themselves on facebook’s group “support prince harry with a naked salute!” to show their support after the young prince got caught taking his kit off in Vegas. 12,000 people can’t be wrong!!

MONACO SHOW The Monaco show brings with it the end of the Med season pretty much. So everyone’s burnt out, knackered, pissed off with their co-workers and ready to smile sweetly and be polite to brokers? You gotta love these people. You’d think they were looking to buy a yacht for themselves… rather than being slightly higher up the food chain than used car salesmen. Anyway…. Work hard, play HARDER. See you all in Rascasse then?

UGLY CREW Sorry but if you’re fat and/or ugly, consider a career change. Unless you’re an engineer, then we don’t care what you look like. This is a harsh industry for beautiful people. Ok sounds unfair but think about it; if you were a kazillionaire would you want a swamp donkey serving you canapés? No, I didn’t think so. You’re only allowed to be fat and/or ugly on board a yacht if you own it.

WHITE SUNGLASSES We’re hearing this a lot at the moment. White sunnies are not, have never been and will never ever be cool. You look like a twit. Go and get some grown up sunglasses like the rest of us and stop pretending to be Cheryl Cole. You’re so not.

TAKING PICTURES WITH IPADS Stop it. Do you realize what you look like?. Also, taking self shots with your ipad… get a life.

CREW LEAVING MID SEASON FOR A BETTER OFFER Don’t you realise how small this industry is? Leaving someone in the lurch is NOT cool unless you have a very good reason. Good reasons include: loss of life, loss of limbs, loss of sanity (well maybe not the last one). They do not include: Better wage, my boyfriend is on that boat, I’m tired. Buck up and see out your commitments! Everyone knows everyone and if you can’t get a ref for jumping ship early, well you’re buggered really aren’t you?

DRINKING TOO MUCH We know the bar owners. Don’t lie to us about how much you had to drink, we’ll call them and ask. And they WILL tell tales on you. Smile, you’re on CCTV. ON BOARD | AUTUMN 2012 | 11

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ou may already be aware that the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC 2006) has been making steady progress towards full ratification for the last few years. I am sure that some people believed it would never happen; however as of today the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has announced it has reached its target of 30 ratifications. ILO has received the 30th ratification from the Philippines, closely followed by Russia, which means the convention will enter into force 12 months later on the 20th August 2013. Russia has received the 30th ratifications from Russia which means the convention will enter into force 12 months later. For all those who have been sitting on their hands waiting for this day to come, now is the time to take action. MLC 2006 will apply to all yachts registered for commercial use and all the crew who work on them. So what are the areas of concern that will need to be addressed by both these groups in the coming months and what will make things easier?

2006”. Port State Control Officers (PSCO) will be encouraged to end their inspection “after a satisfactory document review” and will be reminded “At all stages of the inspection, PSCOs should bear in mind the obligation to make all possible efforts to avoid a ship being unduly detained or delayed”. Approximately 80% of yachts that are commercially registered are under 500 tons! Owners should also review the crew contracts, Seafarers Employment Agreements (SEA, in MLC speak) and their policies and procedures on discipline and complaints as well as making sure crew have evidence of their pay. They also need to know if there are any social security liabilities that will arise on the payment of crew wages.

The last thing that crew need is to find out that they owe contributions for previous years

Yacht certification Flag States will carry out the inspections to certify yachts that are over 500 tons using a Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance (DMLC) Part I with the yacht owner completing Part II in response. The result of this inspection will lead to a Maritime Labour Certificate (MLC) being issued by flag. All yachts under 500 tons will be inspected, however unless they request it, no MLC will be issued. My advice to all owners of yachts under 500 tons is to request an MLC. The reason for this is that the MLC and DMLC Part I and II, when properly maintained, “Constitute prima facie evidence that the yacht meets the requirements of the MLC

Protecting your rights

Although the MLC 2006 is going to protect seafarers and their rights, there are also some areas of action needed by crew. The most obvious area is that of social security. Crew should know whether or not they have “mandatory contributions” to make to any social security authority. Social security for Seafarers applies to all those working on yachts (and any other vessel) irrespective of whether the yacht is commercial or not. However under the MLC 2006 of the items that will be inspected will be that of social security contributions to be made by crew. The problem here is that many crew will already have a mandatory contribution to make and don’t know it. So the last thing that crew need is to find out that they owe contributions for previous years, which could run into the thousands in some cases. All crew need to check their social security status well before the convention enters into force to make sure they have no nasty surprises coming their way. on board | autumn 2012 | 13


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Open To Question Do you think new crew should offer their services for free to gain experience when entering the yachting industry?

Marty Krog Captain MY One O One I know of at least three guys that started in the industry that way. These are the guys that set themselves apart from the rest of the fray. These people want to make a career in the industry, and are not here for a gap year party and quick cash injection. If a young man is prepared to give up his time, and do a day’s work to gain some experience for his future, then I say he displays depth of character. Dave Hawkins Deckhand It devalues the work, which has to be perfect on super yachts. It also drives down day work rates which affects the entire industry. Best to do some courses and then get paid day work - there’s plenty of it out there.

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Anonymous Chief Stew Big MY Yes, why not? Every other industry in the world uses unpaid staff / interns in order for them to gain experience. What makes yachting any different? You’ve got to give people new to an industry the chance to gain experience. As a result, fully paid staff will then keep on top of their game as there are eager newbies waiting in the side lines. Yes they are rookies, but bosses know that you get what you pay for.

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Jason Caple Chief Engineer SY Tenaz No! And Owners and Captains will need to change their ideas on this because the ILO Maritime Labor Convention was ratified last week and will come into force in 12 months’ time. This kind of thing does not happen in the rest of the Maritime Community why should it be exclusive to our side of the industry. Commercial Shipping companies are required to provide training under various regulations so the question is with the wealth of the owners of our vessels why is it such an issue to provide training for crews on superyachts? on board | autumn 2012 | 15


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George Clooney’s antidote to the red carpet is the antithesis of life in the lens, as he reveals to On Board magazine

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There’s a temperature change in the air. Having waited rather patiently for nearly two hours for what will undoubtedly by the briefest of encounters with ‘Gorgeous George’, a hum of murmuring commotion suggests that he’s finally on his way. Clipboards click, stilettos furiously clack and one particularly meek looking minion is quietly hissed at to swiftly replenish the vast selection of assorted luxurious refreshments. Tapping a biro against what is already my rather loose veneer, the door swings open and bathed by a halo of hazy Hollywood sunshine, the man himself warmly greets, tanned hand outstretched as a stern warning that this interview is being timed to the nanosecond... “which will make this nice and relaxing,” Clooney offers, brandishing the killer grin he’s amassed a lofty fortune on. Gracefully casual in a black leather jacket and faded, shabby jeans, George is still remarkably quaffed and, let’s be honest, ludicrously handsome. The deep hazel eyes, the salt and pepper coif, showing no sign of retreat. The modern day screen idol has just enjoyed a sun-kissed break on the gondolas of Venice with girlfriend du jour Stacey Keibler. And after this London stopover - his first since causing a press furore during London’s BFI Film Festival last year - where a mere sneeze dominated the headlines, he’s off to his Como villa. He seems to be spending more time there now than ever before. “If you saw it, you’d understand why,” he smiles, futilely picking at a crumbling croissant. “Como is home to me now really; it’s where I feel most at ease, by the water, on a boat, staring at the mountains. It’s heaven... heaven on earth.” “Have you been there? You haven’t! Well I insist, go immediately; it’s one of the most breathtaking landscapes you’ll ever witness.”

Illona, owned by Frank Lowy of the gigantic Westfield shopping centres in Britain, or the 246ft Leander, the property of Donald Gosling, a car park tycoon. Or pushing the boat out, so to speak, how about Abramovich’s Eclipse, at 557ft, the largest private yacht in the world. “I think that might be a little out of my range,” he chuckles, amused at the thought.

On the red carpet Months after his triumphant loss at this year’s awards season, where his two features, politico thriller The Ides of March and domestic saga The Descendants went largely unrewarded, Clooney admits his relief at the end of the trophy orgy merry-go-round. “It takes up a lot of time,” he says. “You’ve one after the other - tux on, tux off, red carpet on, red carpet off, over to London, back to LA, over to New York, back to LA. It’s great, don’t get me wrong, and I get to catch up with so many great people - good friends I may not have seen for a long time. But at the end, you just want to get back to reality. Back to work and keep your head down for a while.” Keeping the head down, by Tinseltown terms, means finishing touches to Cuaron drama Gravity, once vetted for Robert Downey Jr and Angelina Jolie, but now falling to Clooney and close personal confidante Sandra Bullock. He’s also currently working on a filmic adaptation of West End success Enron, chronicling the rise and fall of the energy giant and his next directorial move with The Monster of Venice, a true story recount of Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi’s hunt for a serial killer that inevitable leads them into strife with the authorities themselves. In recent years, the Oscar-winner has changed trajectory in his career, migrating behind the camera for Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Leatherheads, Goodnight Good Luck and The Ides of March. Could a permanent relocation to the director’s chair be on the cards? “Possibly,” he replies. “For the last decade or so, acting has become less of a priority and yes, I could see myself doing that in the long run. But directing takes a long time to get done and, right now, my bread and butter is still acting.” Particularly over awards season, flashbulbs were going wild for Clooney’s current lady Keibler, the latest in a revolving door of lovelies, and rumours are already abounding over impending nuptials. Does the intrusion into his personal affairs become tiresome or remain simply par for the course? “I can handle it,” he says. “I’m an adult who’s been in this world for a while. I know what people are going to ask, and it doesn’t bother me, within reason, but I would always rather talk about the films. However, I understand the compromise in this situation.” In what is probably deemed too volatile a topic, a snappy publicist takes her cue to deftly end our conversation and swoop Clooney on to his next engagement. Such is the life for those at the summit of the Hollywood heap.

Como is home to me now, it’s where I feel most at ease

Yachting lifestyle While a hankering for the yachting lifestyle is nothing fresh for the life of the rich and famous, the 51-year-old Kentuckian is a proud owner of several vessels. Somewhat reluctant to divulge their details for fear of paparazzi intrusion, we nonetheless know he has enjoyed the ability to rent a super yacht or two The Seanna, at 213ft and £83,000 per week; and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s 417ft Lurssen monster, which goes by the name of Octopus, and is manned by a 57-person crew. Clooney regularly invites close friends Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, Matt Damon and the Brangelinas for lengthy stays on these splendid containers, a perk of the job he’s not afraid to enjoy. “I love nothing more than gunning on the waters of the Mediterranean, or pulling up by the coast of Kerry, cruising to these new destinations in a means that no other form of travel can offer. I’m in a lucky position where I can spend time on these luxury boats with my friends and family. “I’ve got my eye on a few more, and I’ll maybe even buy one someday.” If he’s looking to purchase, could go worse than the €100 million

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NEW LAUNCH

Vulcan The all new Vicem 46 goes boldly where no man has gone before. Reviewed by Frances and Michael Howorth

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ome called it bravado, others called it madness but whatever it was back in 2007 when the project was started, it is today, a huge success. Vulcan the new Vicem 46 metre is seen here at the fitting out dock in Antalya Turkey were she was built just days after her launch and a month away from her debut at international boat shows Back then during the heady days of 2007, Vicem set out to build a 46 metre semi-displacement yacht which is lighter and faster than the industry standard, achieving 26 knots as top speed, while maintaining high-efficiency cruising and long range capability and creating an extremely versatile superyacht. Work began on what was a spec project in 2008 and was

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subsequently slowed down. “In hindsight that was not a good year to begin the construction of our first big boat project without an owner,” concedes Bob Reimens the Dutch Canadian project manager brought in by Vicem to oversee her construction. “But to their great credit the company has never stopped work on her and continued throughout with a small but highly skilled work team.”

Perfect construction The hull and superstructure were constructed using vacuum bagged epoxy, quadraxial and triaxial E-glass together with Corecell to ensure she is lightweight, economical and strong.


Specifications: Shipyard: Vicem Yachts Anatalya Turkey Construction material: Composite GRP Length Overall (LOA): 46.08 m - 151’ 02’’ Beam: 9.07 m - 29’ 9’’ Draught: 2.3 m - 7’ 7’’ Tonnage: 460 gt Fuel Capacity: 48,600 litres (12,840 US Gallons) Water Capacity: 7,500 litres (1,980 US Gallons) Propulsion: 2 x MTU 16V 4000 M90 Power output: 3,650 kW @ 2,100 rpm Maximum Speed: 26 knots Cruising Speed: 22 knots Range: 4,000 nautical miles at 12 knots Generators: 2 x 115 Kw Northern Lights 50 Hz Bow Thrusters: Trac Stabilizers: Trac Propellers: Rolla 5 Blade Exterior Styling: Frank Mulder Interior Design: Art Line Guest Berths: 12 guests Crew Berths: 7 crew Classification: RINA C, Hull Mach Y Unrestricted navigation. Compliancy: MCA LY2

The builders faith in their project paid off and in the spring of 2012 they sold the yacht for €27 million to a British client marking the company’s entrance into the superyacht market. This 460-ton yacht, powered by twin HP MTU engines, delivers efficient ocean-crossing range at reduced speed. Her three decks plus Sun-deck design provides elegance for her new and knowledgeable owner, and six cabins for his guests. The yachts signature open atrium design provides 15 metres of unbroken natural lighting, from the very top of the Sun-deck all the way down to the Lower Deck. The main deck’s Master Suite uses every inch of this yachts’ 9 metre beam, and includes a CEO’s office and a private gym. A graceful wraparound entry way

leads to an inviting Jacuzzi and an arcing full-width head. Further aft is; the galley, a dining area for ten, and a relaxing lounge and a spacious upper lounge area.

Serious contender RINA/MCA Long Range classifications make this yacht a very serious contender in today’s superyacht arena. Captain Mark Everett is in command and expects to take the yacht to Monaco Yacht show in September. He has worked for the yachts new owner through several of his previous yachts and knows how he and his crew will serve him well.

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A cross between a jet ski and a pedal boat, the WaterBuggy gets going with the push of a button, and maneuvers by means of an intuitive joystick control, so younger kids can play captain as well. Cruise at gentle speeds of 6 mph in waters as shallow as three feet, propelled by your engine of choice (9.8 to 10 horsepower). www.waterbuggystore.com €7,750

Clock On

Pierre Favresse was awarded the Via 2012 label for French innovation in design for his Jean clock made of blown glass. We think that it makes a clear winner. Simplistic and beautiful. www.super-ette.com €340

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Me Leica

The Walter de’Silva-designed camera, is made from titanium. The logo has been restyled and is elaborately hand-engraved in pure resin, inlaid with white enamel, sealed with clear varnish and then polished and positioned centrally, say no more! www.leica-camera.com €22,000

Kit Car

This Airfix-style recreation of a vintage Aston Martin measures 20ft8in in length and 11ft3in in height. As well as the original shell, there are 16in wire wheels, upholstered seats and a Moto lita steering wheel. If it takes your fancy you can bid for it at auction during the coming Goodwood Revival weekend. Just don’t expect to drive it home... www.goodwood.co.uk/revival bids start at €40,000

Atom Axe

This guitar printed from aircraft-grade nylon using a 3D printer is an axe so futuristic we wouldn’t be surprised if it could exist in two places at once. That would be convenient if you had a band. www.odd.org.nz €3,145

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captains Profile

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Captain James Knowles talks about his job on board Lazy Z to Frances and Michael Howorth

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Captain James Knowles is one of two Captains that sail aboard Lazy Z on a rotational basis. He joined the yacht 9 years ago as a day worker, returned in 2006 as first mate and subsequently became Master in a job he shares with Brad Kitcher working 6 weeks on 6 weeks off. In his free time he goes home to Perth in Western Australia. What is your first memory of being at sea? I was born in Cotteslow, a beach side resort near Perth. I started training as a life saver at four and by the time I was 15 I was a life guard. Though we did not own a boat, friends and their families all had boats, so I was on board yachts from an early age. We used to regularly sail across to nearby Rottnest Island.

Which is favourite Mediterranean port and why do you like it? Catvat in Croatia, it is so clean and some how like I imagine France was 50 years ago. You are not allowed to wash down your boat in harbour and the water is so clean you can jump in right off your boat for a swim. In fact that is exactly what we do after work when we are there, straight into the harbour. Additionally it is just a short taxi ride into Dubrovnik. It is our usual drop off and pick up port for charters in Croatia. Another favourite is Venice, it is stunning, particularly the approach up the Grand Canal. It starts as nothing then suddenly St Mark’s Square emerges and the incredible skyline of Venice. Finally you tie up alongside the dock right in the centre of the city. What makes Lazy Z special? The water toys we have on board and the awesome inflatable slide that starts on the top deck and drops our guests into the sea. My new favourite toy is the wake board jump, designed and tested on board by our crew. Our crew have also created the wake board rail slide. Cruiser Slides manufactured them and they are currently testing them but we have them in use now, we are the first yacht with these toys. What do your crew do really well? They make sure that our charter guest have a really memorable time and will want to come back. On the last day of every charter for example we organise the Lazy Z Water Olympics a fun event that involves all passengers and all crew where the object is to have fun. How do you think your crew talk about you behind your back? I like to think I treat them fairly and I hope they appreciate that I do. What’s the most curious request you have had made of you? A Russian charter guest wanted sea urchins for dinner. Unable to get them any other way I (then a deckhand) swam to some nearby rocks with the bosun and first mate and spent 6 agonising

hours cutting off enough sea urchins to fill a bucket full. The chef prepared them and we served them to the guests. But by then the guest no longer wanted them. What is the most funny superyacht experience you can recall? Funny yes but it does have a serious side and a lesson to be learned from it. I was told about a Captain who left his stabilisers on centre during a crew mid Atlantic swim. A Stewardess was left on watch on the bridge. The stabilisers caused forward thrust, boat started moving away from the rest of the crew swimming around the boat. The Stew was untrained and did not know how to turn the stabilisers off though she did manage it eventually. I do not know if this is true but whenever I stop Lazy Z for that mid Atlantic swim, I always double check the stabilisers are off and that whomever is left in charge knows what to do in an emergency. What advice would you give to someone new entering the industry? Listen to everything your captain tells you and once you are that Captain watch everything you say, your crew takes your words as gospel. You are a leader as well as a member of the team, remember your place in the hierarchy. Pursue your goal with all your energy, it is such a rewarding job; do not give up and remain a deckhand, there are lots more cool things to do as a captain. Name your top five fantasy guests from any time in history to invite on board and explain why you would enjoy their company? I want people who make me laugh. David Boon the Aussie cricketer who allegedly drank the most beers of anyone on a flight to the UK and then made two centuries at The Ashes. Kelly Slater, an athlete, surfer, from the USA. How about George Clooney, just for the stewardesses. Jessica Alba for the boys, and she doesn’t even have to talk. Jimmy Paige, from Led Zeppelin with his guitar of course.

Captain’s CV Knowles Name: James ia Age: 33 tern Austral h: Perth, Wes Place of birt o nc Ocea chts: Helios, Previous ya Z zy La t: Current yach ew: 12 on Number of cr per & Nichols l Agent: Cam ra nt Ce r $239,000, US Charte on as se w per week: Lo Charter Fee 00 ,0 99 $2 US High season

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CAN rest ASSURED you

Taking pride in reading the small print on insurance policies avoids prejudicing claims says Claire Griffiths whether we’re talking pulled ligaments or protection against piracy.

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The word Insurance has a unique ability to droop eyelids and shut down attention spans in a matter of minutes. On the other, it can also set hearts beating at rates more in keeping with victims of large, hairy monsters being chased through deep dark woods. It’s boring and it’s important. But non-compliance with conditions of insurance cover can lead to captains, yacht owners or managers being legally liable for death, injury, loss or damage to other parties. On Board catches up with insurance experts to check what areas of a yacht and its crew owners, managers and Captains need to focus on to avoid nightmares turning into living hell. Richard Power is Director of Fastnet Marine Insurance Services International based in Southampton, UK. About 70% of its commission income comes from the handling

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Flagging it up All yacht insurers assume the yacht is being operated and complies with any relevant laws and applicable safety regulations to which her flag registry is a signatory and the owner obtains any permits or licenses required by the law of any countries having jurisdiction over the waters in which she is navigated. If this is not the case, they have the right to avoid paying claims if the yacht is in contravention of a legally enforceable requirement. Richard gives the example of a charter guest suffering a serious injury and the yacht owner is found liable. Usually the owner’s legal liability will be insured under the yacht’s policy, but if the yacht is found not to be MCA compliant and should not have been chartering, the injured charterer’s award will be greatly inflated, and the Owner’s insurers will almost certainly ‘pull the shutters down’. ‘The first pitfall to avoid’, says Richard, ‘is the feeling that you, the owner or manager, can assume it will never happen to you and that certain rules and regulations can be ignored because no one will ever check. They might indeed not check, until something has gone wrong, and then it will go even more wrong’. Civil liability is the most common liability for yacht owners and managers and comes from the failure to exercise standards of care expected of a reasonable man in circumstances where injury or damage is caused to people or their property. Say a deckhand grounds a tender at speed on a clearly marked sandbank causing whiplash to charter guests onboard. The owner or manager of the yacht could face legal liability for failing to take reasonable steps to ensure the deckhand was properly trained and capable of doing his job. Richard warns; ‘Today’s owners and managers must ensure that proper systems are in operation on the yacht to promote a safety regime which is adhered to by all involved. The realities of the litigious blame culture society combined with the growing web of safety regulation cannot be dodged’. It’s for these reasons that when asked what his top tip for captains and yacht crew

might be he doesn’t hesitate to insist on ‘SAFETY, SAFETY, SAFETY. Anticipate the risks, and do your best to avoid, mitigate and or prepare for them’. Fastnet Marine Insurance Services International has designed a policy to cover the liability of freelance qualified skippers who undertake a variety of work for example yacht delivery, charter work and training. ‘The policy is arranged in the Captain’s own name and provides him or her with an indemnity against claims which arise from his own negligence, including claims for loss or damage to the yachts he is skippering as well as claims from any third parties including guests on board, other yacht owners. The policy is unique’, he explains, ‘and the cost is based on the anticipated number of days work afloat rather than the earnings from such work’.

Safety first William Baynham of Steamship Mutual is equally passionate about the need for safety and hence proper training of the crew: ‘Our primary area of concern relates to the ever increasing size of the yachts being built and the speed of technological advances seen in the yachting industry. Increasing vessel size naturally leads to a greater risk in terms of collision liability but also an enhanced risk due to the larger crew complement, albeit not necessarily proportionally’. He believes it is essential that sufficient and fully trained and experienced crew are available to meet the demands of the industry. Take water sport toys as an example; from a general safety and liability point of view owners and managers should ensure that crew members are capable of instructing individuals in the use of the increasingly sophisticated ‘toys’ to a suitable standard. The greatest number of claims received by Steamship Mutual are crew personal injury and damage to fixed and floating objects liability claims. ‘Captains and crew should be demanding brokers and managers to provide them with the loss prevention material that their insurers provide and various publications should be available in terms of general safety management and particular risks’. To encourage greater safety measures on board, Steamship, in collaboration with Videotel, has produced a four-part DVD series focusing on safety on board super yachts. Although having only relatively recently (four years ago) set up the super yacht portfolio, William is confident the company has a lot to offer the industry ‘As a P&I Club known for its knowledge of the commercial cruise sector, which forms 15% of our tonnage, we feel uniquely well placed to further develop our yacht portfolio and are delighted by

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through Somali waters but its message is equally relevant for other high risk areas of the world and for super yachts heading for the Indian Ocean. Its primary purpose is to encourage greater compliance with the Best Management Practice (BMP) Guidelines drawn up by shipping-connected organisations. Advice includes keeping authorities fully informed of schedules during passage (eg: UKMTO, MSCHOA) and notifying the vessel’s flag state and IMB of any suspicious vessels encountered, and relatively simple but effective procedures on how to keep vessels free from attack, for example; razor wire barriers, water sprayers, security glass film on bridge windows, sandbags and the creation of a safe ‘citadel’ to muster crew. Compliance with BMP4 is necessary not only to minimize the risk of seizure by pirates, but also to ensure that insurance cover is not prejudiced in any way.

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WEAR IT rucksacks

First coined in 1910 in the USA. The word ‘rucksack’ is German and literally means ‘der Rucken’ referring to ‘the human back’ and ‘sack’ for bag. Dick Kelty, an avid hiker came up with the idea of designing a lightweight, sturdy and compact backpack in 1951 while hiking, Kelty decided to put the load of the equipment from his shoulders to his hips. He had to skid the ends of the pack boards into the rear pockets of his jeans. This was when he realized that this was a much easier and comfortable way of carrying load. Kelty later added a hip belt plus shoulder straps, padded waist and exterior zipper pockets to his packs.

PERSONAL SHOPPER Look great both on and off board this season

Printed twill silk scarf lanvin.com €90

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Add punch to your wardrobe with a stylish scarf

Handmade wool and cotton scarf joannalouca.com €434


Visor-less cap www.givenchy.fr €418

Alan Hat www.cheapmonday.com €24

Geck Beanie www.surfacetoair.com €150

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Leopard basket bow hat www.dsquared2.com €798

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head Dress your dome with some outstanding head gear

Ribbed wool and fox fur beanie hat www.bunitaly.com €130

Limited Edition Delfina Deletterz Hat www.borsalino.com €380

Cosmic Cap www.thequietlife.com €30

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Olympic medallist Nick Dempsey reflects on a fantastic summer, whilst pondering his next move

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When Nick Dempsey makes a promise, he likes to keep it, especially when it’s to his three-year-old son, whom he vowed to bring home an Olympic medal to. And at the RS:X Windsurfing Class in Weymouth this August, he delivered in style – a London 2012 silver medallist; a young lad’s hero. “I remember right after the race finished, I dashed across to hug Dorian [van Rijsselberge, who won gold] and literally, without even thinking, jumped into the water, swam across to the Nothe peninsula where all the well-wishers had gathered, rushed through the crowd and picked up Thomas. Straight away, he asked me ‘Have you finished working now?’ The silver was the accumulation of a torturous four-year project where Dempsey battled to exorcise the demons that circled after his fourth-placed finish in Qingdao at the Beijing Games. “It has been a pretty difficult four years but I always believed I could do well,” he says, a mellow, lack of urgency to his tone. “I am just massively relieved. I was desperate to finish second. Third would have been a disaster and fourth... well, I don’t know what I would have done.” Great Britain’s silver surfer, 31, is basking in the glow of his glorious win, and quite deservedly so. His first Olympics in Sydney - as a spritely 19-year-old in the Mistral class - earned him 16th place. Dempsey was simply happy to participate and revelled in the experience. Athens was where the first medal came - a bronze - so as a logical progression, by the time Beijing came round, he would surely scoop gold? But fate played a cruel hand in 2008 and Nick was denied a medal, relegated to fourth place. The sting was all the more raw as his wife, fellow wave rider Sarah Ayton, had just claimed her second gold in the Yling sailing class. “It was a horrible place to be,” he says, ponderously. “Working that hard, all the time and effort; my dream shattered. It was just a really tough time for all involved. And I felt even worse, not because Sarah had won her second gold, but because she felt she couldn’t properly celebrate it because of my result. It just… it wasn’t good.”

In the immediate aftermath, the question was whether Dempsey would go for gold at the Rio Games in four years’ time? Unfortunately, a major decision by the International Olympic Committee sits in his path. His windsurfing class has been controversially axed from the 2016 programme, a decision which is the subject of a legal challenge from the International RS:X Class Association, and replaced with kite-surfing. “I was incredibly angry when I heard the announcement. It didn’t make any sense at the time and it still doesn’t, but after doing so well at the summer Games, it doesn’t really bother me right now.” Stories suggest Dempsey may even attempt the new discipline in order to compete for gold. “It’s not out of the realms of possibility, not a million miles from what I do. At the moment, I’m going to reflect and then take things from there,” he smiles. A rather more contentious issue for the father of three-year-old Thomas and six month-old Oscar is wife Sarah, and her desire to compete at Rio in the Yling class.

Following goals Ayton selflessly postponed her ambitions for a third consecutive gold to look after the children while Nick followed his goals. Is he willing to do the same? “Sarah gave it all up for me and she’s the most amazing wife and mother,” he muses. “I owe her an incredible amount for doing that for me. When she retired from sailing a large part of that was so I didn’t have to keep compromising. She basically let me go and concentrate fully on trying to win and she looked after everything else in life. “I couldn’t have done it without her. That was one of the pivotal moments of the last four years. There is no doubt in my mind she would have won here on home shores. She sacrificed a gold medal.” “But when talk of Rio crops up though, I’ll be honest and confess I am really not sure I could do the same for her because she is a better parent than me, and being a full-time mum is insanely hard. “She has the desire again to get back in a boat but so do I, and I have to say it doesn’t fit that well. We need to discuss that more.” Could the opportunity to take part in the new mixed catamaran class in 2016 not prove the ultimate solution for this prickly conundrum? Dempsey isn’t so sure. “We’ve discussed that but quickly vetoed it,” he laughs. “I just don’t think we would work together that closely. It would probably end in tears - my tears, no doubt!” He takes a lumbering pause, as if to size up the brevity of his words. “Saying that, I don’t know. We have the children and so many things to take into consideration. Right now, I think we all need to take a step back and enjoy what we have... a much needed break from it all. “I’m sure we’ll make the right decision.”

It has been a pretty difficult four years but I always believed I could do well

Arduous ride So it has been an arduous ride for the Norwich-bred windsurfer, who won his first title at the 1998 Mistral World Youth Championships in South Africa. Heartbreak and disappointment have been a staple of Dempsey’s career, until triumph in Weymouth, where even missing out on gold couldn’t dampen his elation. Van Rijsselberge, from the Netherlands, had sailed a near perfect regatta in the RS:X event, winning six of his first nine races, and had the gold sewn up with two races to go. Dempsey needed to finish in the top six in the medal race to guarantee the silver, which he did by clinging to Van Rijsselberge’s wake all the way round to cross the line third.

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Falling in love is the easy bit. But, asks Claire Griffiths can yachting partners withstand the choppy seas of a relationship if one or both of them work on a boat? 34 | autumn 2012 | on board


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If you’re talking romantic pulp story-lines things don’t get a whole lot better than the vision of a woman waving wistfully as her hero voyages out on the high seas or the couple who, hand in hand, sail dreamily off into the sunset. But for yachties, we’re not talking flights of fancy, but facts that form part of their everyday lives. And whether its long stints of separation or having a relationship onboard with privacy limited to the space of quite a small wardrobe, both make you wonder if boats and couples are ever going to be a match that can be classified as – made in heaven. Every summer the population figures of ‘yacht crew widows’ soar and come the autumn these usually perfect housewives are reduced to a heap of seething paranoia after the long hot months of loneliness, boredom, the tedium of single-handed toddler- entertainment while they picture their loved-ones gamboling (possibly nakedly) with the slinky 17 year old stews at the world’s most jawdropping and glitzy sites of outstanding natural beauty. Meanwhile, ocean-side, the ‘other half’ sweats in the high-noon heat while trying diplomatically to temper the unreasonable demands of an odious oligarch charter guest with very bad breath. A docile IQchallenged deckhand isn’t making his life much easier. All he wants is a cool beer, a very quiet space in the shade and a lot of PEACE. And he’s not quite clear what his land-side love has really got to complain about. We’re getting the picture, right? Private space issues Elsewhere again, it’s downtime for deckie and stew, Pete and Pam. Two hours of free-time and they want some private space. But the place to find private space is off-shore in public space. Bars and cafes are mobbed by people (some of them yachties with eaves dropping ears) and so they head for the cemetery and end up spending their precious 120 minutes of free-time having a full-blown row, loud enough and vicious enough to (yup, you guessed it) waken the dead. Katherine is a former yacht chef who now works landside while her man continues his yachting career as chief engineer. They met five years ago while working on the boats and they plan to move to Australia next year, and set up life on land. Katherine’s in two mind about whether it’s best to live and work together onboard or opt for living part of the year leading separate lives: ‘If you are a seafaring couple it is either all or nothing and for the most part I prefer the all! Having coffee together in the morning and sleeping next to each other at night is, to me, a normal way to have a relationship and the other end of the spectrum is to have to spend months apart relying on a computer screen for communication’. Working

alongside each other gives a greater understanding of each other’s work (and pressures) and she enjoyed the feeling of working together as part of a team. But at the end of the day she admits it is an unnatural way to live long-term: ‘You are completely in each other’s pockets 24/7 and the work itself can be pressurized. On the whole I have worked quite happily with my partner for four years on and off but I have always welcomed a break from it each year. A bit of time apart from the intense time together has been very healthy for us.’

Couples onboard Whether or not a yacht based lifestyle is good for a couple depends on the couple and of course the rest of the crew and the same applies to the benefits of having couples work on the boats. Esther Delamare runs the Crew Network office in Antibes. She’s not really noticed any shift in favour of employing couples in recent years and it depends on the owner if he wants couples onboard or not. Some employ only couples, some won’t take them at all. It can create long-term crew stability but some captains veer away from employing crew couples for fear they will isolate themselves from the rest of the crew. The other danger is that if one of the couple leaves, the other will follow, leading him to need to replace two crew instead of one. ‘More and more couples seem to arrive every summer’, says Esther, ‘and I would say less than 50% of them find work together. Junior deck/stew couples definitely find it harder to get jobs together than more senior crew couples’. Helen McLean is a Gestalt therapist and trainer as well as a group analyst (Institute of Group Analysis, UK.) She runs Anger Management training courses for the leading mental health charity in England and Wales, MIND. She can see the good and bad points for both yacht based couples and their fellow crew mates. Two crew getting together on a boat can create a warm ‘happy family’ feel on board and the whole crew basks in the newly-found love. ‘But’, warns Helen, ‘the other side to that is a dynamic that is secret and can cause envy and feelings of being excluded. Then there’s the parental role that couples may have shoved upon them. Couples have to be very strong and even-handed, it’s pretty difficult’. It’s Important, she says, that each of the couple continue to maintain their relationships with the rest of the crew. They need to spend time together alone, of course, but also spend time alone with other crew members. ‘Don’t suddenly desert your previous best pal, you need to make time for them too.’

Time apart from the intense time together can be healthy

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Helen says when things do go wrong between a couple and love is felt to be lacking (which is inevitable at some point) then that’s when power and control battles begin: ‘One of the most powerful dynamics in a couple or a group is silence and withdrawal – people always hate that. When something is amiss we may react and kick back or up the ante. It’s right there that we have a choice. If we can avoid the kick back and own our part in the problem and stay open to the other then we will weather the storm. Relationships are like the weather – you bask in the good times and put your overcoat on when it rains – the bad weather will pass. We all have knee-jerk ‘survival’ reactions. If a similar problem has happened before, then face it you are the common factor, you need to understand your own defense system in order to redress the problem’. She also suggests couples should pay attention to their dreams as each will be trying to work out the problems in their sleep and dreams when worked through can be very helpful.

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Landside families A self-proclaimed seasoned old sea-dog who for reasons relating to his own personal domestic bliss chooses to be anonymous has noticed a vast change in attitudes during his career. In the old days captains with landside based families were few and far between: ‘Almost no one working on yachts was married then. It was just not thought of as something a responsible crew member would do, because you would be away from home often for 18 months or more. When I first started in the industry we would go to a crew BBQ and somebody would show up with a baby and everyone would make a big deal out of it. The girls would all take turns to hold the baby and the guys would give Dad a beer and the first question usually was; ‘’So, now what are you going to do for work?’’ More recently our seasoned old sea dog went to a crew BBQ in Mallorca where there were easily more kids than crew and the party had turned into a BBQ/kindergarten. ‘Are yacht crew just not responsible anymore?’, he asks, ‘If you look at the number of divorces of yachting couples over the past 10 years, Hmmm, you have to wonder a bit. I know yacht skippers and engineers with 3 or 4 kids and they are almost never at home. I’m not sure how that really works’. 36 | autumn 2012 | on board

But happy endings can happen on boats and Katherine and her partner met on a yacht that united eight long standing couples, five of whom are now married with children. So, maybe you don’t need to be a serial singleton to have a successful career onboard the boats? ‘There’s a lot of scope when working within in the industry, either working together, working separately, on rotation’, says Katherine, ‘So long as each member of the relationship has an understanding of what it takes to be a yachtie and is able to work their relationship into their career knowing that sacrifices must be made in some areas, there is no need to be a bachelor or a bachelorette’. (Note: Helen McLean begins a series of lectures on Anger and Dream Management this autumn on the French Riviera. She is offering two free counseling sessions to the first two couples who would like to get in touch. Contact: hmmclean@mac.com)


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Yacht crew agencies how best to work with them Laurence Reyman of YPI Crew looks at the advantages and benefits of using a good quality recruitment company

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ecruiters have a great and varied job; meeting candidates and clients, helping crew with their careers, advising clients on the state of the market, being the mediator between candidates and clients and closing deals. Knowing that you have placed the right candidates in top jobs and following their career as they go up through the ranks is very satisfying for all of us in the business. However, apart from us, the recruiters, who actually enjoys recruiting? Not many people, especially the clients, who see it as a chore. This is then where we naturally come into the picture. The question is, how best to work with us and how best to utilise our resources?

Back to basics

I would like to bring you back to basics : You are paying for a service to save you time and money. As a Client, you don’t want to be wading through CVs that are not applicable to the job specified or spending time sitting through interviews with candidates who are clearly not suitable.Your crew agency should specialise in the ability to provide clients with jobsuitable candidates so that you can concentrate on the more productive tasks on board. Your chosen recruitment company should interview, choose and qualify the proper candidates for you and provide you with a shortlist of a few candidates who are available, interested, suitable, reference and certificate checked and most of all, match your brief. The idea is that we relieve you of this burden, going through a mix of relevant and irrelevant CVs. This is why you pay a fee; if you getting that service you should change your agency! On the subject of how best to utilise your agency my advice is; give your recruiter time to do a good job.Most of the job orders we receive are for vacancies which need to be filled 3 weeks or more after the initial contact has been made with the office. Creating a shortlist of candidates is an involving and time consuming job; the recruiter may of course have a

few ideas of candidates straight away, but will want to do a thorough database search and social media check in order to ensure no good candidates are forgotten. All this explains why a few days are often required to put together a workable shortlist, especially for senior level crew.

Short change

Putting many agencies in competition is not in your best interest as you short change yourself on the quality of service you will get. Some recruiters will feel the pressure to quickly send multiple CVs just to cover themselves, hoping that the good CV, the CV of the candidate who will eventually get the job, is somewhere in there, allowing them to claim the placement. In this process you are doing all the work of short listing and are therefore wasting your time…does that seem right to you? This is frustrating for you, and equally, frustrating for the other recruiters, those who took the trouble of working on your behalf to create a shortlist and are told.. We already received the CV, it is amongst a big pile which were sent through by Excellent Yacht Crew Ltd So, much time is wasted on all sides and it’s unnecessary, My advice is streamline your recruitment procedure and get some real value service,find out how the recruitment agencies work; who will spearhead the candidate search, how do the recruiters work, do they have a good track record, how long have they been in the industry /company, are they specialists, how well do they know the market and their segment, what is their mission statement, what happens when things go wrong??? Good recruiters want to help you; allow us to do our job well and eventually, a long lasting relationship will be built with benefits to all involved. For further details Tel: +33 492 904610 or visit www.ypicrew.com on board | autumn 2012 | 37


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Italy as a country might still be reeling under the shock of the austerity program recently imposed by Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Mario Monti but in the super yacht sector, matters are more lively than in industry elsewhere. by Frances and Michael Howorth

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With newspapers full of austerity measures that are affecting the day to day life in Italy it maybe understandable to think that in the shipyards of Italy business is in the doldrums. The fact is however that despite the doom and gloom that pervades industry elsewhere in the boot shaped country the superyacht yards business is booming. Like everything that remark has to be qualified because only a fool would report that the boom times last seen in 2007-8 have returned. They have not and many in industry believe it never will with a smaller number openly hoping that it never will! Italy has always been the country with the largest number of superyachts built year on year. The statistic revolves around the high numbers of production yachts in excess of

24 metres produced each year. It is in that market that the biggest changes have been seen. Top producer the Ferretti Group has changed hands with a Chinese industrial group now holding the purse strings and while many point to that event as being badly significant many more view the change more positively commenting that savvy people do not generally invest in companies whose future is less than certain. Marcello Maggi the President of Sales and Marketing at ISA in Ancona said, “We cannot complain we are doing well in difficult times with four big yachts in build. Over the past few years we have worked hard to develop our new models and it has paid off. We have two of our Gran Tourismo yachts building now for delivery in 2014.�

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He adds, “One is a 43 metre yacht the other a 66 metre version. Our 41 metre Classic Line will be delivered next year and a 54 metre Custom built yacht will be completed and delivered the year after that. For us refit work is a seasonal activity but one that is growing in importance to us. Year on year we see more tonnage returning to us or coming for the first time. Last year we saw 7 major projects and hope to see more this year.” Cantieri Navali Codecasa is based in Viareggio, Tuscany. Started in 1825 they are builders of steel and aluminium motor yachts from the 35m up to 80m of LOA. With two of their three shipyards dedicated to new constructions the third is specialised on maintenance and refitting but mostly on building all weather life boats, used rescue at sea by naval units, Harbour Authorities and the country’s Coast Guard service.

Innovations Speaking on behalf of the shipyard, Raffaella Bartali told On Board “Our success all over the world is the result of our particular and strong commitment in realising the client’s requests and the careful attention to the latest technologic innovations. “We are able to guarantee to our international customers a good product, mostly customised through all stages of construction, with a result of quality, trust and reliability.” She added, “We have built super yachts for very important people such as Leonardo Del Vecchio, Stefano Gabbana, Giorgio Armani and for many other famous international owners who have come to us two and three times to order bigger boats.” “Necessarily building from scratch takes about 2 years depending on the size of the yacht. For this reason, we are able to build up to 4 boats per year.” “Even during the crisis of last winter production here never stopped, and our current building plans foresee two launches for next Spring: the first, hull F75, is the second in the Codecasa 42 Vintage Series and the other, hull C120, is the first Codecasa 50 Open Series. In addition to that, other new projects are currently under discussion.” The Perini Navi Group continues to go from strength to strength building ever larger motor sailing yachts. The privately owned company has recently expanded to take in the Picchiotti Shipyard where its new line of Vitruvius motor yachts is built. Three 60 plus metre motor sailers are under construction along with a 73 metre motor yacht. Likewise, Benetti Yachts continues to flourish having just posted an Azimut Benetti Group turnover in excess of 730 million for the last year.

Company CEO, Vincenzo Poerio, said, “We are expecting a small decreasing in traffic to our stand at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show but we confidently expect that footfall to be far more qualified than in previous years. We are also expecting to maximise and capitalise on all the hard work put in by our team at Benetti and Azimut Grande in preparing for this year’s show season. We are excited about our forthcoming press conference that will take place in Monaco on September 19th at 6:00pm when we will release some exciting news concerning the future of Benetti design.

Back on track For us the super-yachts market is back on track although caution will become the by word and will continue in the next few years. Quality has been, is and will be the main factor behind our continuing success he told On Board. He continued, “Maybe the recession has been good for the industry. There is now no longer lack of: competence, know-how, or innovation process. The industry has become more efficient, stronger and in our case the truly global dealers/brokers’ network that we have offer world class service before, during and after purchase. That has helped cement our reputation and branding capabilities. Following the crisis there is no space for shipyards without a vision and a clear brand and product positioning ability. Here at the Azimut Benetti Group we have known this for more than forty years and continue to reinvest in R&D, new products, new technologies and the best of talents worldwide. This is the number one priority for us. But our product’s quality will not be sufficient to keep us ahead of the competition. Build quality is somehow just the cost of entry into the marketplace. Service quality will play an even bigger strategic role in our success. Shipyard brands like ours have to offer after sales, refit and repair, warranties, crew management, charter and financial services must be strengthened and proactively delivered in order to enhance customers’ experience and increase brand loyalty. Of course not only at owner level but also we must take into consideration other stakeholders that include captains, crews, surveyors, owner representatives and managers.

Italy has always been the country with the largest number of superyachts built year on year.

Full order books Refits are an important sector in the flourishing Italian superyacht shipyard industry. Repair yards belonging to Amico, Arredamenti Porto and Lusben all report a full order book and while none of them are turning work away there seems enough work to go round for all of them to be kept busy. The motor yacht Elysium (ex Alfa,

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Midlandia, Quantum of Solas) has recently sold and entered the shipyard for major refitting at Lusben. Work coordinated and managed by Cristiano Gatto as owner representative includes major work to her interior and exterior. After his first visit the owner and everyone else involved in the project express satisfaction with the way things are progressing. While Shipyards depend on owners for work, owners depend upon designers to help them attain the dream. Here again in Italy there seems to be no shortage of work. Lazzarini Pickering Architetti, Nuvolari Lenard and Scaro Design are all reportedly busy.

Custom lines Bernardo Zuccon graduated with honours from “Valle Giulia” Faculty of Architecture at “La Sapienza” University in Rome, and has since 2007 worked for Zuccon International Project, the architectural practice in Rome which his parents founded in the ‘70s. In parallel to his work as an architect, since 2006 Zuccon has served as teaching assistant in the architectural design programme at “Valle Giulia” Faculty of Architecture in Rome. Founded in Rome by architect Gianni Zuccon and his

wife Paola Galeazzi, Zuccon International Project is an architecture and industrial design studio which has made its multi-disciplinary nature its key strong point, active in a number of areas including yacht design. The studio set up a new division early in 2011, dedicated primarily to research and development work in the design of large yachts (over 40 metres). In this multi-disciplinary context Bernardo Zuccon oversees all the stages in design of each individual project, from initial definition of the project concept to implementation, working in all the areas of design with which the studio is concerned, with a preference for yacht design. Recent projects he has worked on include exterior layout and interior compartmentalisation of a 74 metre superyacht under construction at the CRN shipyards in Ancona, the CRN 52 m Classic and the Dislopen line (46m, 52m and 62m) presented in the summer of 2011, introducing a revolutionary concept of displacement superyacht styling. He oversees Custom Lines for the Ferretti Group and new projects commissioned by the Apreamare shipyard. Italy’s financial constraints may well be hurting the country’s industrial markets but when it comes to super yachting in Italy, it seems the boot is on the other foot.

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It’s a bright spring day and I’m enjoying a walk in warm sunshine along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. The sun’s rays bounce off the dazzling blue-green sea – and then suddenly reflect off the shiny bright orange of a safety helmet at the waterline, perhaps twenty metres below. This is followed immediately by laughing, shouting and splashing as a small group of wetsuit clad adventurers hove into view on the wave washed inter-tidal zone where the sea meets the cliffs. These dudes are coasteering. You may never have heard of it but you probably did a low-tech version of coasteering as a kid, venturing off to explore low cliffs, rock pools and hidden coves on summer holidays. At its most basic the sport consists of scrambling, climbing, swimming and cliff jumping your way around a spectacular rocky coastline such as that of Pembrokeshire, where the sport was born.

Photos courtesy of TYF Adventure, by Paul Villecourt

Test flight In fact I was privileged to be in on one of the very first coasteering ‘test flights’ way back in the late 1980s when Andy Middleton, director of the St. David’s based outdoor company TyF Adventure got together a bunch of surfing and climbing buddies and led us on a late summer circumnavigation of Ramsey Island, just to see if it was a feasible activity to offer to punters. The fact that I can still remember it as a special day out over 20 years later says it all – and explains why coasteering has gone on to become one of the most popular activities with TyF’s clients, especially those with kids. The reasons for this are simple – coasteering is easy, there are no complicated techniques or equipment to get to grips with and kids are usually better at it than their parents thanks to a lack of fear and creaking joints.

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COASTEERING KIT Wenger Ranger Watch €195 www.wenger.ch Classic Swiss Army watch with rugged good looks. Its water resistant to 100m and comes with a three year warranty.

Bern Macon H2O Helmet €75 www.ultrasporteu.com The Macon H2O will absorb any knock, fits great and won’t grab at your hair. The foam liner ‘breathes’ keeping you cool on hot, sunny days (although the sea also does a pretty good job of that) and quickly dries out once your coasteering session is over.

Keen Owyhee €95 www.keenfootwear.com The Owyyhees feature quick drying, supple, sea-water resistant polyester webbed uppers and hydrophobic mesh linings which incorporate Aegis Microbe Shield treatment to fend off bacteria. A one-pull lace capture system gives a secure fit, and the tough rubber outsoles have multidirectional lugs and razor siping for reliable traction on wet and slippery surfaces.

O’neill Superfreak Wetsuit From €130 www.oneillwetsuits.com It’s best to go for a budget wetsuit since you’ll be dragging it over rocks and snagging it on barnacles. The O’Neill Superfreak is a great option thanks to its snug closure system, ultra minimal seam design to prevent water entering and, most importantly, it’s remarkable flexibility. And you can buy different thicknesses for summer or winter use.

Nikon Coolpix AW100 €425 www.nikon.com Catch all the action with the rugged, waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof Coolpix AW100. It features a 5x Zoom-Nikkor ED glass lens and 16-MP CMOS sensor to record action photos and full HD movies. There’s also integrated GPS and electronic compass, plus a cool camouflage finish.

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Swells and waves As Andy points out, “The cliffs and caves, swells and waves that are part of coasteering make up one of the wildest and harshest environments on the planet and this activity gets you right there in the thick of it. It’s a bit like mountain scrambling, but without a rope – because if you take a dive your fall is cushioned by the Atlantic Ocean”. The guides at TyF Adventure offer routes graded from ‘Blue Line’ a gentle introduction involving easy climbing and swimming and modest cliff jumps in conditions varying from flat calm to a gentle swell - through to ‘White Line’ for experienced coasteerers on big wave days. On one of these more demanding routes you can expect plenty of action as you’re lifted up and down by the swells and have to negotiate the high energy environment of the sea cliffs and caves with skill and care, whilst cliff jumps will be higher and swims longer. Whatever grade of coasteer you go for and wherever you choose to do it the bottom line is all about having fun. Squeeze into your wetsuit, pull on your wetshoes and your safety helmet and set off along the wave washed cliffs. However hard you try it won’t be long before you either fall into the sea or have to swim across a gully, and once you’re wet the fun really begins, because you can’t get any wetter. Which means there are no longer any inhibitions about cliff jumps into the sea and pushing yourself a bit more than usual on the traverses – if you fall off (and you will) the worst that is likely to happen is a big splash and a bit of the Atlantic up your nose… For further details contact: www.tyf.com tel: +44(0)1437 721611


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On The Rocks

Strategically situated at the entrance to the Mediterranean, Gibraltar has long been a major destination for superyachts. Now, all the more attractive due to recent changes in legislation.

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ibraltar covers an area of just 6.8 square kilometres and has a population of 30,000. The official language is English, although most Gibraltarians are fluent in the Spanish language as well, and the main unity of currency is Pounds Sterling. Around 100,000 merchants ships transit the busy Straits of Gibraltar annually with around 10%, calling at Gibraltar for a range of maritime services, such as taking bunkers, lubricants and water, provisions, repairs and underwater cleaning. Because of its proximity to the UK, it has also become a major port for crew changes. There are daily air links with London Heathrow and Gatwick, Luton, Manchester, East Midlands and Liverpool which allow yachtsmen to base their boats in Gibraltar and enjoy both the excellent climate and the range of year-round cruising attractions to be found in the western Mediterranean. In addition, thanks to Gibraltar’s tax free status, there are financial advantages to basing a yacht in Gibraltar.

Import duty

An added attraction to Gibraltar is the recently announced abolition of import duty to all vessels over 18m (59ft) as well as the reduction of import duty on yachts, pleasure crafts and other seagoing vessels under 18m from twelve per cent to a six per cent. Yachting facilities in Gibraltar include a choice of three marinas and a service and support network that would grace many larger ports. The distinctive British atmosphere of Gibraltar and its marinas is an added attraction for visiting yachtsmen. Our marinas provide yachts with a wide choice of location and

facilities. Having a total of 400 berths with depths to 4.5 metres capable of taking super yachts up to 90 meters in length, many of the “Top 100” mega yachts are increasingly attracted as they stop to stock up on quality British provisions and fill up on VAT- free fuel which can be up to 40% cheaper than other marinas in the Mediterranean.

Red Ensign

1997 Gibraltar was awarded the Category 1 Red Ensign Status which allows the registration of vessels of unlimited tonnage, type and length and have now expanded the yacht services to include the registration of all types of pleasure yachts (used commercially, both under and over 24m) and therefore welcome super yachts to the register. With over 800 active pleasure yachts on the register, all enjoy and benefit from a comprehensive maritime legislation, based on English Common Law supported by a first rate legal and fiscal environment. As a member of the Red Ensign Group, there is flexibility to transfer to and/or from other Red Ensign ports in an efficient manner. It also offers a wide range of services including the registration of legal mortgages which provides security to mortgagees and through inspection of the register, any interest parties can ascertain whether a vessel is free from encumbrances or if it has any registered liens. The registry offers very competitive rates to other British ports, including a 24hr turn-around service on provision of official documentation. For more details: Tel: +350 200 78343 or visit www.gibmaritime.com on board | autumn 2012 | 47


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How to Make the

Caribbean a Breeze Kevin Koenig talks to industry experts and finds out what you need to know for your Caribbean Cruise this season

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The Caribbean Sea is one of the world’s most beautiful and fabled bodies of water. It stretches from Mexico in the west to the Lesser Antilles in the east, and from South America all the way north to the Greater Antilles. All in all it encompasses more than 1,000,000 square miles of water, including various Gulfs, and myriad cays and coves. At one point, in the Cayman Trench, it extends more than 25,000 feet below sea level. It is, in short, an extremely impressive body of water. For centuries, the Caribbean has beckoned men and women from all walks of life. Pirates and explorers, slaves and

noblemen. Myriad cultures mingle here, as countries that have staked colonies in the area include England, France, Spain, Portugal, Holland, and Denmark. People from these countries were drawn to the Caribbean for many reasons, but one of the most attractive, particularly in modern times, is the weather. Kissed by sunshine nearly year round, and caressed by (usually) gentle trade winds, the Sea has come to represent a paradisal Mecca—particularly for tourists. As such, it has become one of the world’s preeminent yachting domains, along with the Med. And that’s where you come in …

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When in doubt, call ahead The pros bring up some good points about the Caribbean. It’s a pretty relaxed place in general. After all, that’s a large part of why people yacht down there in the first place. Many of the islands are laissez-faire in regards to just about everything. Word to the wise, be prepared for a phenomenon known as “island time.” Island time basically means that nobody is ever actually on time. It’s great for vacationers, because a watch becomes a vestigial trinket. But professionals working in the Caribbean should be ready for unexpected delays. As far as that laissez-faire attitude carries over to the law, a wise captain will again call ahead to his expected port. Things such as what can be brought on and off an island, which species of fish can be caught and by what method, and even what types of vessels are allowed in which waters, vary from place to place. For example in Jamaica you cannot hunt for spiny lobster between April 1st and June 30th. And in the British Virgin Islands—God forbid!—PWCs are not allowed.

St. Barts

The Keystone Island One of the most important things any yachtsman can know about the Caribbean is this: St. Maarten, St. Maarten, St. Maarten. The small island is in the northeast Caribbean, about 190 miles off of Puerto Rico, and is split between by the French and the Dutch. It is, by many experienced yachters’ accounts, the best jump off point for any expedition. Why is that? “They’ve got the best provisioning by far!” answers Capt. Sean P. Meagher of the 160-foot Delta-built Newvida. An experienced captain in the region, Meagher recommends I.D.S. (or Isle de Sol) Yacht Provisioning, on the Dutch side of the island, for stocking up. The provisions are overseen by career chef Alan Dutka, a man who takes pride in all the goods he provides visiting boats. I.D.S. takes orders by telephone, fax, e-mail, in person, and probably by homing pigeon too. They also offer free delivery of all goods to vessels in St. Maarten. And perhaps best of all, if they are out of stock of something a client requests, they will go above and beyond to try and get that item in stock quickly. Meagher also highly recommends the island’s Yamaha mechanic—Yamaha St. Martin—in case the PWC needs a tune-up. “St. Maarten is the best,” he says, “it’s really the only place that’s good for yachties down there. It’s a place you can really get things done.” However, that’s not to say St. Maarten is not without some drawbacks. Els Bucknell, a charter manager with Churchill Yacht Partners in Fort Lauderdale, advises against visiting the island in smaller motoryachts, since it can be notoriously windy. “A lot of people want to go to St. Maarten for New Years,” she warns. “It’s great for sailing, but in a motoryacht you’ll get tossed around by the “Christmas winds”. And that’s a gift that nobody wants. Larry Ebbit of Claire’s Marine Outfitters, also in Lauderdale, points out that St. Maarten is more regulated than other parts of the Caribbean, where many of the smaller islands don’t seem to give much of a damn about rules and regulations. But in St. Maarten he says “they will go and do a big check, boat to boat, wanting to see everyone’s papers. They are pretty aware of things down there, as they are on a few of the other bigger islands.” It’s always best to call ahead to a harbor master to double check that all of your crew members have proper documentation. Otherwise you may end up having to make a time-sucking, and expensive, trip to an embassy that may be hundreds of miles away.

Bimini

Destination relaxation There are, by conservative count, approximately one gazillion great places to visit and explore by yacht in the Caribbean. Your best bet for finding some is to pick up a copy of one of the litany of books on the subject. A good one is Frommer’s Caribbean Hideaways by Ian Keown. But here are a few places of interest for starters. St. Bart’s is a favorite island of the rich and famous. But around New Year’s is when it really goes off. Revelers will pay through the nose to hang out with movie stars and billionaires alike, but for the well-heeled it is totally worth it. Last New Year Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich reportedly dropped nearly $8,000,000 on his fete to 2012. Martha Stewart, Russell Simmons, and George Lucas were in attendance. Nice invitation, if you can get it. The lovely Port St. Charles resort in northwestern Barbados is a slightly more serene stop off. It has onshore accommodations and a yacht club boasting a good deal of slips, including six for megayachts, as well as two moorings that can accommodate yachts over 250 feet. The resort faces Barbados’ famous western shore, where the sands are bonewhite and the water is so blue it looks like someone painted it. Port St. Charles prides itself on being a family resort, so don’t hesitate to bring the kids and let them hit the pool.

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(Of course, that’s not to say you can’t find a mean rum punch on the premises!) If you decide to spend some time in the area or are simply dropping off to pick up supplies then head for the 2-time award winning Gourmet Shop Barbados. Close to Port Charles and stocking a wide range of specialist foods and drinks, a true one stop shop for the chef and crew. Run by Sarah Hamilton and bringing over 20 years of experience and dedication to supplying the best and broadest range of provisions, you can also get some great local delicacies to temp your guests or owner. In the Dominican Republic, there is Casa de Campo Marina. The marina acts as a nexus for cruisers who enjoy the active life. It is nearby world-class golf courses with breathtaking views, and also offers fishing, shooting, tennis, horseback riding, and more. At night, Casa de Campo also shines. Guests looking for eccentric entertainment would be wise to check out the resort’s afro-Caribbean musical show, called Kandela, where dancers shimmy, singers croon, and guests enjoy a spectacle they’ll find nowhere else. And if visitors get tired of watching others dance and want to bust a move themselves, the on-premises nightclub Onno’s should more than suffice, with a DJ spinning into the wee hours of the morning. Lastly, though not technically in the Caribbean, The End of the World Bar in Bimini, The Bahamas, is about the best place yours truly has ever found to get completely lost. To find it, get on the only “big” road in North Bimini, and walk to the end. You’ll thank me later.

Safety first One last thing to think about for anyone cruising the Caribbean is safety. Due to poverty and the drug trade, parts of the region can pose a hazard to travelers. It is perhaps Ebbitt who gives the best advice here. He says, “You need to be aware of your surroundings. If you’re unfamiliar with a new port, try and find out as much as possible about it. Talk to the dockmaster and get local knowledge you can trust. Most islands are pretty safe,

Marina Casa de Campo

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but some have bad areas, just like anywhere else.” The busiest ports tend to be the ones with the most crime. Crew member’s are wise to make sure everything on the boat is secure before they go to bed at night,

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lest they wake up in the morning short a tender or PWC.

Churchill Yacht Partners

If an owner or client is particularly worried about safety,

www.churchillyachts.com T: 954-761-3237

there are companies that will train crew members how to protect themselves and the boat. One of the best is Lauderdale based AffAirAction, run by former French marine and policeman Patrick Estebe. Estebe or one of his men will personally teach crew what to watch out for, and what to do should a security threat arise. It could prove to be an invaluable course one day for many reasons. After reading this article you should have some idea about where to go and what to do when cruising the Caribbean, and if not, you should at least know which questions you need to ask. So here’s to smooth sailing, with a warm breeze at your back, and an icy daiquiri in your hand.

Isle de Sol

www.igy-isledesol.com T: 721-544-2408

Claire’s Marine Outfitters

www.clairesmarineoutfitters.com T: 954-523-4301

Port St. Charles

www.portstcharles.com T: (246) 419 1000

Casa de Campo

www.casadecampo.com.do T:1-855-877-3643 (From U.S.) 809.523.8698 (From other countries)

Northrop And Johnson

www.northropandjohnson.com T: 954-522-3344

AffAirAction

www.affairaction.com T: 954-802-7000

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HOT TROT and

Ready to Frances and Michael Howorth look at what is new and hot to trot in the superyacht tender market

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As superyachts themselves become increasingly complex and more sophisticated so too must the tenders that support them. Gone are the days when a simple RIB could do the job. Now the superyacht word is calling for specialist custom built boats and it is a concept that manufacturers of tenders are ready to embrace to the full. For superyachts too large to enter many smaller ports, there are limousine tenders to ferry passengers to and from the shore. Other yachts need crew tenders to handle stores and carry garbage for disposal and, as guests demand more in the way of entertainment, there are tenders to facilitate water sports. Williams Performance Tenders, builds tenders with jet drives and chose this year’s Plaisance de Cannes as the show in which to debut its Dieseljet 445. It is the third

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crew, the builder was able to maximise the space and features of the current platform. The new layout includes extending the side seating and backrests all the way to the steering console, which forms an L shaped configuration where 8 guests can sit comfortably. The new console is offset to starboard and is equipped with a large navigation screen and instrument panel. The offset allows a generous boarding step to port with plenty of handholds for security and comfort. The driver has a simple, space saving leaning bolster behind it which leaves seating space for the owners party of 5. Aft of the stern seating and engine space is a swim platform with additional safety rails for passengers to access and provides a second exit/ Williams Dieseljet 445 entry point in the tender. Recognising the need to stow ever larger tenders on board superyachts the new Chase 19 from Novurania tender to be launched from this new four-boat range. The world makes it easier to store in a wider range of garages. A new premieres for the 505 and 565 have already taken place, with hinged control consol swivels down below the gunwale level an incredible response from yacht crew, and the last tender bringing the side profile stowage height for the entire boat to in the range, the 625, will follow in 2013. The range builds only 1168mm. Quick and easy to use with a manual locking pin, on the success of the company’s Turbojets and enables them the console can be hinged up or down in a matter of seconds to meet the requirements of superyacht builders and owners by one person. Not only does the new console allow the boat for a single fuel tender suitable for fitment on larger yachts. to be stored in a wider range of garages’ but it protects Williams has already received forward orders for the new the controls and instruments from damage often caused by boat which is the most compact model in the range, ahead the lifting hooks and other factors during the launching and of launch from a number of leading boat builders. recovery processes.

Comfortable carrying

Hodgdon

Hand-built, it is capable of comfortably carrying 7 adults for ferrying duties, with its practical deck layout providing the maximum amount of seating with ample open space for movement. When travelling at speed passengers are seated near the centre of the boat for the most comfortable ride, whilst a deep sports boat hull ensures sure footed handling and a smooth passage over choppy water when underway. Stepping aboard is safe and secure because the boat has been designed to be supremely stable at rest. Power comes from the 110hp Yanmar diesel engine so the tender can be fuelled directly from the parent yacht. To enhance practicality, a host of accessories are available including single point lifting, bimini with detachable windscreen, LED deck lights, chart plotter, VHF, music system and underwater lights.

Making space

Novurania Chase

On the other side of the pond, US manufacturer Novurania has just updated their Launch Series adding a new deck and seating configuration that greatly enhances passenger space and comfort. Working closely with an experienced owner and

The console consists of large flat fascias, which provide space for today’s multi function navigation screens to be installed. There is plenty of room for engine digital displays and gauges, entertainment modules, VHF radios, tender tracking units and other navigation and communication aids. Steering and engine controls are also contained on the console. These are ergonomically placed together to ensure a precise and comfortable driving position for the helmsman. The Chase 19 is the smallest of the 5 boat range; the others being the 23, 27, 31 and 38. It has enjoyed an excellent reception since its launch in late 2011 and is unique in the marketplace for small diesel powered luxury tenders. For those who need a solid everyday craft the Freccia line from Italy are a good combination of performing hulls with a clean and sophisticated design that has always been a trademark of the work of the designer Federico Fiorentino. The new 1200, debuting at the Monaco Show, spotlights a new model that aims to combine a sporty heritage with the requirements of all round usability. Made of vinylester resins, using the infusion technique, it is finished with deck fittings, coatings and accessories that can include a toilet, small stove and refrigerator and a fibreglass T-top that offers the comfort of a sun protected area. ON BOARD | AUTUMN 2012 | 57


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World Class Tenders

10.5m Michael Peters Yacht Design limousine tender with lifting roof on duty near Ft. Lauderdale.

8.5m custom limousine tender design from Andrew Winch Designs under construction.

A tender is not just a tender, it complements a higher calling. Who better to execute that than a yard with nearly 200 years of experience building some of the finest yachts afloat? Let us blend our old world skills with state-of-the-art technologies into your next complement.

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Novurania

Cockwells Vitruvius tender

Not everyone wants an off the shelf product and for some, only a custom build tender will fill the slot. Following on the heels of two custom tenders built for the Oceanco Y706, Seven Seas, Hodgdon the US boat builder has signed a 10.5m custom limo tender and 10.5 m custom open tender for yet another Oceanco client. The new build design and construction specifications for these come from Michael Peters Yacht Designs and were developed by A.J. Anderson of Wright Maritime Group. The first tender will be shipped to The Netherlands in late 2012 followed by the second a month or so later. The design, which was a Showboats Design Award finalist for 2011, features a private jet level interior, hydraulically operated lifting roof and a cruising speed for 12 guests of nearly 30 knots. A second pair of custom designed tenders is being built by the same yard for a project at a Northern European shipyard. With a design from Andrew Winch Designs this 8.5m custom limo tender features a retractable full coverage moon roof, guest head and 30 knots cruising speed from the Volvo D-6/400 power. The open tender, features a beachable ramp to facilitate guest and beach toy deployment. Both boats are slated for an early 2013 delivery.

Novurania has been creating innovative yacht tenders for over 40 years and their passion for detail has enabled them to remain the industry’s leading yacht tender builder. Novurania offers over 24 models up to 38ft in 4 unique ranges supported by a 100 person sales, engineering and production staff situated in the yachting heartland of USA’s Fort Lauderdale area. As Yachts have become progressively larger and more sophisticated, so has the important role of the tender. Novurania’s approach to designing and building multi function tenders reflect today’s and future trends of safely and elegantly transporting the owner and his party. For more details; Tel: +1 772 567 9200 or email: info@novurania.com

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British based Cockwells from Cornwall are not necessarily the best known of tender manufacturers but they have been commissioned to supply a 9.5m Owners Tender for the 73 metre Vitruvius super yacht currently under construction with Perini Navi and due for launch in early 2013. Designed by Andrew Wolstenholme in collaboration with the builders in-house design team, the renderings show the tender’s retro styling. The hull is being made from an epoxy foam sandwich construction. This lightweight composite technology will be finished with an external Awlgrip paint system and teak decking. The handcrafted interior provides seating for 12 guests and features include a wet bar and folding bimini. On the bathing platform there is a dive ladder and shower, while the forepeak contains a carbon fibre electric toilet and basin. The design is complete with underwater lighting around the bathing platform. Electric bow thrusters will be fitted to the tender and when used in conjunction with a full fly-by-wire joystick control, will allow for exceptionally accurate manoeuvring and stability.

Hodgdon Yachts In collaboration with Michael Peters Yacht Design, Hodgdon is presenting a series of artful tenders designed to please not only the discriminating owner with good taste but the crew with high standards as well. Beautifully designed, artfully styled and expertly built, these tenders are designed to maintain an aesthetic while being optimized for a particular function. Limo Tender is the worldwide known trade-mark for Hodgdon custom tenders at the moment. Carrying up to 12 guests in luxurious leather seating, the Hodgdon Limo Tender carries all of the amenities one would expect in a chauffeured motor car coach. This custom tender was built to the same exacting standards as a Hodgdon superyacht with custom cast hardware, fine joinery, and painstaking detail in the layout and installation of mechanical, electrical and safety systems. And the boat is a dream to handle with sports car handling at speeds over 30 knots even when loaded or confident luxury while lingering and docking. For more details; Tel:+1 207 633 4194 or visit: www.hodgdonyachts.com ON BOARD | AUTUMN 2012 | 59


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Steve Wicks of Superyacht Solutions talks about the advances, or lack of, within coatings for the superyacht industry

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n thinking back over a career in yacht painting spanning more decades than I care to admit, I am struck by what appears to be a startling lack of technological advances in our field, certainly by comparison with almost every other industrial endeavour, including some closely related to our own. At least that’s the way it appears at the ‘sharp end’. Granted, a good deal of work has been done by coating manufacturers on ‘greener’ product, but aside from allowing the industry to compete in a regulatory arms race, what benefit has this actually brought to the consumers of the product; applicators, yards and owners? Very little, I have to say and, in some cases, less than none.

Old technologies

From an applicators perspective, we are for the most part using essentially the same tired old technologies that have been available in some form or fashion for close to forty years. In itself, that is not necessarily a problem and there can be no doubt that the application fraternity have, over the years, achieved considerable strides in their ability to wring from those technologies the very best results achievable. In doing so, they have educated a couple of generations of owners, crews and builders to ever-higher expectations and, most importantly, have managed to create a very small, but nevertheless recognizable, ‘industry’ out of what was once little more than an occasional diversion for boat builders unlucky enough to draw the short straw. In looking at allied fields such as automotive and architectural coatings however, dramatic technological advances have been made, leading in some cases to serviceable life-expectancies of decades. By contrast however, the norm within the yacht painting industry remains a warranty of a year, perhaps two, and the expectation of a major refinish every few years if the ‘product’ is to continue to present in ‘as new’ condition. Presumably, the yacht owner who tolerates this situation with apparent equanimity would be outraged were his car, valued at perhaps one percent of the cost of his boat, to require a similar degree of ‘maintenance’.

Resistance

It’s all in the

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Despite the undeniably ‘special’ demands made of a yacht’s coating, topcoat technologies do exist today that could provide the UV-resistance, abrasion-resistance, reparability and maintainability to afford exterior yacht finishes a high standard of serviceability for perhaps a ten year cycle. Why are we not seeing these technologies introduced to our industry? Are we, the applicators, considered too ‘primitive’ to employ them effectively? Are we, as an industry, so financially insignificant as to not warrant the investment or conversely, is the present frequency of repeat business so valuable as to encourage a measure of planned obsolescence? I’m sure many of us in this industry would be interested to learn the answers to these questions. For more details Tel: +44 2380 658627 or Visit www.superyacht.com.au on board | autumn 2012 | 61


TABLE TALK Bar 72 s without ople watch’ in Canne The best place to ‘pe corner y Martinez on a bus a doubt. Opposite the drinks few A ht. day and nig with tons of action all priced y abl son rea n the and before lunch or diner scenery, a – great food, better typical Cannes nosh €€ . oon ern mid aft must for a few hours 18 30 nnes | Tel: 04 93 94 Ca , tte ise Cro La 71

Le Resturant Armenien Miss lunch and head for a monster meal and a lavish selection that will keep you munching all night. Mama is in the kitc hen and the dishes keep coming and coming and coming. A superb choice similar to Lebane ses or Turkish mezzes. Try to have a couple of drin ks before as even the house wine will hurt the wallet. €€€€ 82 Boulevard Croisette | Tel: 04 93 94 00 58

Il Teatro Nestled behind rue d’Antibes close to FNAC is the perfect little bistro. Inside or out the restaurant and tables are a buzz. Plat du jours are great, pasta is superb as are the staff and the service. You’ll definitely end up going back more than once. Good value wines and an allround success. €€€ 5 rue Gabres | Tel: 04 93 38 09 08

Brouette de Gran d-Mere An all in deal for €3 8, the whole show kicks off with a glass of ca va, then into pate , smoked salmon, vodka, ma in course, desert, coffee – voila! Snug tables inside, a nice outd oor area on a pedetrianise d street. This is th e perfect place to bring vis tors or family – win e great value, thoroughly recommended. €€ € 9 Bis Rue d’Oran | Tel: 04 93 39 12 10 Le Pastis us streets, On one of Cannes’ most famo offering nt aura rest ch Fren a tradition food. The Mediterranean and provincial n and just interior is well decorated, clea e to meet plac rb supe A ct. expe d you’ t wha great with l mea friends and enjoy a long €€€ . wine e valu food and good 28 rue du commendant Andre Tel: 04 92 98 95 40

Vegaluna Beach Restur ant One of the best and mo st reasonably priced restaurants on the beach. Kick off your shoes, enjoy some great seafoo d and a glass or two of vino. The view and setting is picture postcard all year round. Staff are great and the perfect setting for a late lunch. €€€ Plage Vegaluna, La Crosiet te | Tel: 04 93 43 67 05

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On Board recommends their favourite restaurants in Cannes to fit all palettes and pockets

Tomato salad with Romesco sauce Hostellerie de l’Abbaye de la Celle, Provence

Serves 4 Prepare the Romesco sauce : Turn on the oven grill. Cut 1 small red pepper in half, remove the seeds and place on a baking tray, skin side up. Peel half a small white onion, slice finely and slip it under the pepper. Cut 1 tomato in half, squeeze to remove the seeds and add it. Then add 4 pink garlic cloves and 1 slice of stale bread and put the tray under the grill. Remove the bread as soon as it is toasted, but grill the onion, pepper, garlic and tomato for 20minutes Heat a dry frying pan, add a heaped tablespoon of almonds, a heaped tablespoon of pine nuts and a heaped tablespoon of hazelnuts. Brown them, then drain them on kitchen towel. Then crush them. Take the tray out of the oven and remove the skin of the garlic cloves and the tomatoes, but leave the pepper skins on. Combine the bread, grilled vegetables and toasted nuts in the bowl of your food processor, add 2 pinches of Piment d’Espelette and 3 tablespoons of sherry vinegar. Blend until you have an even purée, then add 5 or 6 tablespoons of olive oil. If the sauce is too thick, thin it with a little water. Adjust the seasoning and put it somewhere cold Prepare the tomato salad Wash 6 to 8 ripe tomatoes of different varieties and colours, cut out any hard stalk bases and quarter but do not deseed them. Put them in a salad bowl. Cut 5 to 6 gherkins into pieces at an angle, drain 1 heaped tablespoon of capers and 5 to 6 pickled onions. Take the leaves off 2 sprigs of basil, and rinse and dry a small handful of wild rocket. Pour the Romesco sauce over the tomatoes and stir gently. Arrange these seasoned tomatoes in a large serving dish then add the gherkins, capers, onions, basil, rocket and perhaps a few garlic or chive flowers. Serve nice and cold. on board | autumn 2012 | 63


galley gadgets

Smell the coffee 

Some people take their coffee really seriously, so seriously that they’re prepared to spend the price of a car on an espresso machine. The Victoria Century is that coffee machine. Built to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Victoria Arduino coffee machine company. www.victoriaarduino.com €24,000

High tech gadgets. You may not need them, but you could certainly get used to them.

Gastrovac

The humble pressure cooker is getting the professional kitchen treatment. This gadget reduces the pressure inside the pot until it’s 90% of the way to being a vacuum, cooking at much lower temperatures. When the pressure valve is released, the food acts like a sponge because of pressure change and soaks up all the liquid flavour surrounding it. www.mcc-shop.com €5,000.

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Waste not

Designed by the Italian Gianluca Soldi, whose mission is to provide a stylish, aesthetical and practical solution to widespread waste sorting and recycling. Made from 70% recycled material, a total storage capacity of 54 litres including an in-built plastic bottle/cans crusher. Available in variety of colours. www.contemporyheaven.co.uk €215

Get stirred

The new SV200 heating immersion circulator offers flexibility and convenience for those who want to convert any vertical sided vessel into a sous vide cooking bath. Ideal for kitchens where space is at a premium.  www.grantsousvide.com €800

CUTTING EDGE

Renowned French silversmith Puiforcat has partnered with Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire to release an exquisite selection of knives whose titanium carbide fused stainless steel blades are hand sharpened with diamond wheels, effectively eliminating the need to sharpen them-ever. www.puiforcat.com €3,750

Juice away

All parts are made completely of stainless steel SUS-304 and the large gears have anti-bacterial properties adding to its unique hygienic construction. Efficient at juicing vegetables, wheatgrass, leafy greens, seeds and fruit www.juiceland.co.uk €950 on board | autumn 2012 | 65


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FOOD SNIPPETS

Oysters

Tips...

Caviar Cut the top off an egg using a toc oeuf, keeping the shell. Empty into a small non-stick pan and add a teaspoon of butter and one of cream. Cook until gently scrambled. Finely chop smoked salmon, place in the shell, add the egg and finish off with a generous amount of French Oscietra caviar. Make a beurre blanc, seasoning with lemon juice and pepper to taste. Add a bed of sliced cucumber to an oyster shell, placing the oyster on top, warming them in an oven for 2-3 minutes. Pour over a tablespoon of beurre blanc over each oyster, top with a spoonful of caviar. Serve with Champagne. Boil small Jersey Royal potatoes until just tender. Slice in half and top with 50g of your chosen caviar. A devilishly simple canapé that will be eaten as fast as you can make them. Boil quail eggs rapidly for two minutes, placing in cold water immediately. Carefully peel, slice in half, topping with a small amount of caviar. Blend 200g of cream cheese with desired amount of caviar, adding salt and pepper and a little chopped flat leaf parsley. Form into small moulds, dip in sour cream, roll them in chopped boiled egg, and chill for a few hours. Serve on squares of toasted bread. The classic: toast some Russian style blinis under a grill, add a dollop of creme fraîche and a small amount of your favourite caviar

Did you know...

Foie Gras California has finally banned the use of foie gras with a fine of up to $1,000 slapped on those flouting the law brought in on 1st July 2012. In the UK contract caterer Compass Group has also banned use of the product. Is there an alternative if you want to serve it while sourcing a more humane version? Ethical foie gras does exist, although its critics say it produces an inferior product. Try it for yourself with a jar of Ethical Goose Foie Gras from La Contesse Auzanaise in Gascony, owned by Franck Kirighin, who has been rearing birds by hand to make an ethical product for over ten years. The birds live for much longer than other producers, and are free to roam where they please. In the last thirteen days of their lives when other producers are force feeding via a tube to the stomach, the birds here are fed by hand for no more than twenty seconds, once or twice a day. £55 for 180g www.archhousedeli.com

Just been shucking and eating these wonderful bi-valves with the classic lemon, shallot vinegar, and Tabasco accompaniments? Applying a bit of judicious heat and using them in cooked recipes can offer a refreshing twist, as well as converting a few of the oyster shirkers out there.

Deep Fried Oysters

Prepare a flour, salt, pepper mix, with a pinch of cayenne pepper to taste. Dip oysters in beaten egg, then seasoned flour to coat. Place side by side but not touching and allow to dry for a few minutes. When ready to fry, dip again in the seasoned flour, fry in batches of six for around three minutes, or until golden brown.

Oyster Kebabs

Pan fry oysters until almost cooked through, remove and wrap with a strip of bacon, enough to cover the oyster. Place two or three bacon wrapped kebabs on a skewer and grill, or roast at 350-400F until bacon is crisp.

Pacific Oyster Cocktail

Twist up the classic prawn cocktail by using cooked oysters rather than prawns, cutting into pieces and placing in a martini glass, topping with classic Marie Rose cocktail sauce, perked up with a few drops of Tabasco and finely diced shallots.

Oyster Pan Fry

Combine 20-30 oysters with 1/2 pint of milk, 1 beaten egg, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, a few drops of Tabasco. Allow to rest in the mixture for 20 minutes. Remove oysters and drain, rolling each one in cracker crumbs until well coated. Place oysters in a hot skillet, just enough to cover the bottom of the skillet. Keep turning oysters until plump and brown.

Oyster Fritti/Tempura

Mix 00 flour with sparkling water until formed into a smooth and glossy batter. Dip oysters into mixture until well coated, shaking off excess mixture and frying in hot oil for three minutes until golden brown. Serve immediately with a dipping sauce of chopped birds-eye chilli, soy sauce, lemon juice, chopped shallot and a dash of olive oil.

Asian Mignonette Oysters

If you’re staying with the raw vibe, mix it up by serving with a dressing made with 2 tablespoons sweetened (seasoned) rice vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon pink peppercorns, 1 teaspoon minced ginger, 1 tea spoon minced shallots.

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What is the secret to hygienic dishwashing? More water? More energy? MEIKO have all the answers.

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t MEIKO have all the answers. At MEIKO, we believe hygienic dishwashing ultimately comes down to being smarter. From small glasswashers to sophisticated dishwasher systems, we are constantly striving to make MEIKO technologies that little bit better. But we never lose sight of the big picture: People, nature and resources all form part of our vision to find sustainable solutions for a cleaner environment and a cleaner world. We believe in balance: Perfect hygiene and safety combined with careful stewardship of water and energy, and cost-effective engineering coupled with a determination to use the most modern, intelligent technologies available. Wherever you are, MEIKO is never far away. We have spent decades working all over the globe to create the optimum conditions for meeting our customers’ warewashing requirements. From the restaurant and hotel trade to business catering, from hospitals and care homes to cruise ships, and from airport and in-flight meal services to VIP catering at Formula One race tracks – MEIKO technology ensures that everything is kept spotlessly clean.

What is the nature of MEIKO’s involvement with the cruise industry and who are your main customers within the field? MEIKO is very well known as a high quality manufacturer and for supporting the “Green Ship concept” within the cruise industry. Our dedicated research in exploring new water and energy savings has been very important to MEIKO for a very long time. In addition, during the production of its machines, MEIKO is reducing the ecological foot-print with their own latest production technologies and by using only certified sub-suppliers. Worldwide service and parts availability are a “Must” for any

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player in the shipping industry. MEIKO offers service and parts all over the globe - locally! Including its own subsidiaries on each continent, the MEIKO organization includes more than 400 dealers and service partners in every corner of the world. Our Customers are all cruise lines with a reputation of demanding and reliable quality.

What sort of dishwashing solutions do you offer? Our customers’ long-term satisfaction is the result of the highest degree of quality, economy and competence… we haven’t lost sight of these factors for over 85 years. This results in washing machines with innovative technology for discerning customers. Industrial washing machines for even the most demanding tasks, equipped with all the latest dishwashing technology… small glass washers, pass-through machines, utensil washers and conveyer (‘Flight’ type machines) and basket transport systems. MEIKO is gradually phasing out its popular “B-Tronic” and “K-Tronic” series – conveyer and basket transport machines. They will be replaced by the M-iQ series. The new M-iQ technology (which replaces the B and K-Tronic series) is actually comprised of a number of different improvements, enhancing many features that were already firmly on the right track and will now make up the next generation of machines. One of the most exciting points is that the M-iQ helps cut operating costs by around 30 percent. The M-iQ series provides numerous benefits which are not currently available through any other dishwashing system in the cruise line market. This offers advantages to MEIKO customers as the M-iQ machines have the technical solutions the market has been waiting for.


How do you address the challenges particular to cruise ships (space constraints etc)? MEIKO offers an assortment of machines capable of washing everything from delicate stemware to heavy pots and pans. Our larger machines run at very efficient levels creating great results in a small footprint. In addition, our machines are organized into groups that are similar to each other in operation. By producing similar machines, operators, chefs or even maintenance professionals become quickly familiarized with different machines after working with only one machine. As with most electrical or mechanical equipment onboard, a complement of spare parts may also be required. Offering machines that are similar in design also helps reduce the number of unique components to be stored onboard.

How do you ensure optimal hygiene? For many years now the cruise industry has excelled in preventing more and more outbreaks of Norovirus and other gastro-intestinal illnesses. The ‘total elimination’ of these communicable threats does not seem possible as in most cases the infection can enter the ships from ashore. Due to these unique circumstances posed onboard passenger vessels, all cruises lines, U.S. Public Health Services and the vendors are paying a lot of attention to this risk. MEIKO machines are constructed in such a way so they always meet or even exceed the USPH’s strict requirements.

What kind of green ship technologies do you utilise? Energy saving devices, such as high efficiency heat recovery systems and an assortment of water saving devices are standard on MEIKO appliances. Our machines include double wall insulated panel construction to keep the heat where it belongs and to

keep our users safe by providing ‘cool to the touch’ surfaces. MEIKO is also employing systems that indirectly reduce resource consumption. For example, our new intelligent filter system keeps wash water cleaner reducing the need for fresh water. A reduced need for fresh water also lowers the amount of heat and chemicals otherwise required to treat the incoming water. This technology will help to reduce resources and increase savings year after year.

Are there any new products of interest in the pipeline? MEIKO engineers are always working on new developments or further improvements. Our continued focus will certainly pinpoint the green ship technology, easy handling for the user and many more added values.

What sort of trends are you perceiving in the market and how do you expect this will change in future? We see a big trend which is focused on Green Ship Technology. MEIKO is very well known for supporting the “Green Ship concept” within the cruise industry. Our dedicated research into new opportunities for saving water and energy has been a very important topic for us for a very long time. In addition, during the production of its machines MEIKO is reducing their ecological foot-print by means of their own latest production technologies and by using only certified sub-suppliers. Customers are basically interested in energy-saving opportunities and in response to this we have developed a range of machines that can reduce the consumption of steam, electricity and water by approximately 30%. For more details Tel: +49 781 203 1204 or visit: www.meiko.de

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THE CORKER Riesling is the wine trade’s favourite white grape, but it suffers from a severe image problem with most punters. Jamie Goode asks if anything can be done to change this?

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Riesling is a grape with an image problem. Do a vox pop of regular wine drinkers, and the sorts of associations they make is with semi-sweet German wines in tall bottles, sometimes with unfeasibly long, complicated names—the sort of white wines their unsophisticated parents or grandparents might have drunk in the 60s and 70s. The name is blighted, and it’s hard to get people to see beyond the stereotype. Ask someone in the wine trade what their favourite white grape is, though, and I reckon there’s a good chance they’ll say Riesling. It has a sort of moral superiority; you are almost not allowed to dislike it if you are in the wine business. Perhaps this in part an attempt to make up for the grape’s broad unpopularity, but it’s also because—when it is good—Riesling can be great. So what do good Rieslings taste like, and where do the good ones come from? Germany is still probably the number one destination for great Riesling, but we are going to skip past Germany for now, because it’s complicated and trying to turn people on to these wines, many of which are off-dry or sweet, is probably too much of an ask. So we’ll start with Australia. This is a much easier place to begin, because Aussie Riesling is almost always bone dry, it’s consistently good, and you know what you are getting: the flavours are pretty consistent, too. Two regions in Australia specialise in Riesling, and this is where most of the examples you’ll find come from. They are the Clare Valley and Eden Valley, both of which are in South Australia. These wines are fresh, crisp, dry and lively, with Riesling’s

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characteristic citrus fruit characters to the fore. They’re usually not expensive, and make a refreshing alternative to Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay. What’s more, they age really well, adding some toasty complexity to the nervy lemon and lime characters. These wines make great food companions—perfect with simple grilled sea bass, or even fish and chips. New Zealand Riesling is also worth looking out for. These wines often have just a touch of sweetness to balance out the sky high acidity levels, but they are usually dry-ish, and are dominated by pure citrus fruit flavours.

Back to Europe

Heading back to Europe, there are two destinations for great Riesling other than Germany. The first is Alsace, a beautiful wine region in north eastern France that’s well worth a visit if you are ever in that neck of the woods. Alsace makes some of the best Rieslings in the world, but they do come in a variety of styles, ranging from bone dry and zingy to fat, broad and sweet. These days many producers have a useful dryness scale on the back label, which helps avoid any nasty surprises. The dry styles are probably the easiest to get to grips with. They are often a bit fruitier and more rounded than Australian Riesling, commonly with fresh lemony acidity and a pronounced quality that wine experts describe as ‘mineral’. They’re really useful food wines. Probably the majority of Alsace Rieslings are made


in a dry style like this, and they can be utterly delicious wines. They do, however, come in tall, rather German-looking bottles, which can scare people off. This is a shame. Like Australian Riesling, Alsace Riesling often ages very well. The second destination is Austria. I love Austrian wines: they are remarkably consistent and utterly delicious. The Austrian speciality is a grape called Grüner Veltliner, and it is wonderful, but Riesling is also important here. Most Austrian Rieslings are dry and incredibly food friendly, with fresh citrus fruits and sometimes a bit of melony richness. They’re not mainstream, so you’ll have to hunt for them a bit, but they are often very good indeed.

Going Deutsch

So, to Germany. It’s a hard wine country to get your head around, and the labels can often have an awful lot of long German words on them, but great German Riesling is just fabulous. There are a number of clues from the label as to how the wine might taste. Let’s begin with the most famous wine region, the Mosel. Basic entry-level Mosel Riesling usually has the quality designation QbA on the label, and these wines will be just off-dry, with apple and citrus fruit, racy acidity, and some sweetness to counter the acidity. Alcohol levels will be around 8%, and a QbA from a good producer will be a brilliant, refreshing, inexpensive Riesling. However, if the word ‘Trocken’ appears on the label, this means the wine has been made in a dry style. Dry in Germany means dry-ish, sometimes, so the wine still might have a little bit of

sweetness. Higher up in the quality scale we encounter what is called the Pradikat system, where the wines are classified by the sugar level of the grapes when they were harvested, which roughly corresponds to how sweet the wine will be. Kabinett is my favourite place on this scale, right at the beginning: these wines are usually off-dry, refreshing, lively and low in alcohol. Unless, of course, if they are labelled ‘Trocken’, in which case they’ll be pretty dry with zippy acidity dominating. Then there’s Auslese, made from late-harvested grapes, with quite a bit of sweetness in the wine. Past this we enter the realm of dessert wine styles: Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese. Most Mosel Rieslings are made in this sweeter, lower alcohol style, but Germany’s two other most famous regions—the Rheingau and Pfalz—are now increasingly turning to drier styles, with around 12% alcohol. They can be really good, and with slightly warmer climates the wines have more fruit richness and don’t need the sweetness as much to balance sky high acidity. I really like German Riesling and buy it and drink it on a regular basis. It’s still not all that expensive, compared with fine wines from other countries, and a wine like a Mosel Riesling Kabinett at 8% alcohol just can’t be made anywhere else in the world. Other countries are beginning to make some smart Rieslings, most notably Chile, from cooler wine regions such as Bío Bío in the far south. I don’t know if it will ever be possible to change the mindset of the broader drinking population about this wonderful white grape, but for those who are prepared to give it a go, there are rich rewards in store.

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who’s Providing From the best and freshest products to the latest wine courses, these guys can meet all your demands VSF In tandem with the best wine supply, VSF offers the widest variety of provisions on the Cote d’Azur. They stock and find a hugely wide range of the best of the best from soft drinks, waters and interior products to food including market-fresh fish and butchery, and the fantastic toiletries of Molton Brown. VSF boasts a dedicated provisioning team and contacts with the highest quality suppliers locally, throughout France, and the rest of Europe. For further details Tel: +33(0)4 92 29 88 66 or visit:www.vsfgroup.com

Froggy Gourmet

Having perfected the art of yacht provisioning over the last 12 years, former yacht chef Bruno launched the Froggy International Gourmet store in Antibes to share his specialist knowledge and produce with all food lovers. Bruno personally chooses his produce from the best suppliers both locally and around the world. Since opening, between the port and the Provençal Market the épicerie has attracted chefs from across the Cote d’Azur, from yachts, villas and the finest hotels and restaurants. For more details: Tel:+33 6 10 82 40 85 or email info@froggygourmet.fr

EGP

Since 1951, EGP has been developing and improving its range of products and services and is now more than ever the foremost yacht and villa supplier on the French Riviera. With more than 8000 references in their exclusive catalogue, EGP offers a wide range of fine wines, spirits, champagnes, cigars, tobaccos, fresh foods and delicatessen for all duty free and duty paid purchases from St Tropez to San Remo. Under new management since 2011, EGP is also now present in St Marteen, Caribbean. For more details; Tel:+33(0)4 92 99 55 31 or visit:www.egpfrance.com

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Delicioso´s own Master of Wine, Tim Atkin will be back this October to offer a relaxed and informative 2-day interactive course. A well-acclaimed wine writer, taster, lecturer, photographer and educator, Tim passed the 2001 Master of Wine examination at first attempt and has since gone on to achieve many awards. Also in October they’ll be running our first introduction to Mixology course, in collaboration with Escapade, where they will focus on the key principles, equipment and techniques needed to understand and create beautifully presented and delicious cocktails. For more details; Tel: +34 971 699 221 or email info@deli-delicioso.com

Yacht Pantry After another successful summer in Croatia and the newly opened office in Montenegro, the Yacht Pantry is now looking ahead to their 2013 season where they will be introducing new and exciting products to the market. This part of the world is constantly changing and developing and the YP team is changing with it. They continue to have a strong focus on providing a top service to yachts that Kiwis know how to do…as well as being able source those hard to find items. Delivering quality is what these guys are about. For more details: +385 91 528 2538 or visit www.yachtpantry.com

Turnaround

Turnaround provisions fine yachts and villas from Genoa to Marseille with the highest quality produce throughout the year. With a constantly expanding catalogue, they provide a remarkable variety of products – from high quality vacuum-packed meats, fish, fabulous fresh produce and specialty items through to laundry and cleaning products. Knowing the pressures that crews are under to provide their clients with what they want, when they want it, Turnaround work closely with their customers to understand their individual requirements and work hard to supply them with all their personal preferences, they are still the only provisioner to list prices with and without VAT. For more details; Tel:+33 630 507 940 or visit:www.turnaroundfrance.com

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Functionality and aesthetic perfection, this is the only desire behind any new project. The ideal design is probably the perfect mix between those 2 elements, but including the wants and desires of each individual owner. To have a clear idea about interior design for Superyachts and its development, we’ve asked some designers and other professionals, their opinions on the change and current developments in the industry. Over the past ten years we’ve seen an interesting evolution from pure functionality to a variety of different interpretations in the pursuit of comfort and aesthetics to meet with new design demands. These new heights have been made possible thanks to the arrival of new materials and fabrics allowing design opportunities that were not even conceivable 10 years ago. The increase in the quantity of vessels and the overal length has triggered a boom for the superyacht designers and has in its self pushed the boundaries of design. Michael Schutte from Brilliant Boats notes “Certainly the trend for larger and larger vessels has given yacht interior designers a canvas the likes of which was beyond imagination just a decade ago. Developments in materials technology and increased access to high tech engineering methods mean designers have a much richer palette as well. Of course, beyond the rational discussion around nautical designs, there are examples of an exaggerated quest for originality and unique solutions, which in turn have grown into some ‘interesting’ ideas. In short, the typical nautical style of the past has morphed into land based designes taken from villas, snow chalets or luxury apartments. The reason perhaps lies in the increase in the size of vessels over the past 10-15 years that has simply allowed designers to extend the solutions the owners are looking for. However, like all trends, there are also counter arguments, and its no coincidence that many current projects are taking inspiration and pride in the past. Bernardo Zuccon from Zuccon International Project agrees: “As has been recently pointed out by some of the great masters of design to come back to a more controlled environment in the design phase of all the parameters that define the product functionality, size, ergonomics, appropriate use of materials and safety”. Classic Yacht Shipwrights in Palma are dedicated to brining their expertise and artisan craftsmanship to not only the more classic design of yachts but also modern superyachts. Specialists in teck deck projects from repair to fitting new decks. Daniel from Classic Yacht Shipwrights says “The biggest changes have been the merging of traditional materials, high gloss finished wood with say a carbon fibre trim band or a Corian table with a mahogany edge trim”. Daniel goes on to say “From a construction point of view, most yachts today are being built with a weight limit so we are seeing many items such as saloon tables, galley surfaces, and cockpit tables being constructed with a foam core encapsulated in carbon then finished with a veneer and edge trims, which saves as much as half the normal weight”.

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Among the many examples we can mention, we focus on the recent series from Vintage Italian Shipyard Codecasa, which is clearly a solid reference to a hankering for the designs of the past. The first example is a 42-meter trideck with a strong design reference to a bygone era, both on the interior and exterior lines but with new cutting-edge technology. As in the case of Codecasa Vintage Series and also in other famous yards we observe a trend in the use of technology giving modern ergonomic results. To all this we have to note that designers have to also to deal with the international standards and certification, all of which have evolved over time and adapting to the possibilities offered by larger and larger vessles. Take, for example, the rules for the MCA certification, which inevitably set parameters that designers, in spite of themselves have to comply with and inturn adapt their projects. We also have to take into account the projects that in the past were not even imaginable, such as hulls of a larger size made of composite and that are able to navigate and plane at high speeds.

New Dimensions Technological advancements have added a new dimension. Scott Moyse, Design Manager for SMI points out that “Computer Aided Design software has exponentially improved in both ease of use & capability. The biggest shift has been the wide spread transition from 2D CAD drawings to 3D parametric CAD software. Via the use of parameters you can essentially create an intelligent table of dimensions & formulas which can drive component position, dimensions, materials & component properties based on predefined conditions. What this translates to is the ability to design flexibility into your CAD models allowing for potential changes arising from the design process”. Scott goes on to expalin a particlur case “A few years ago we transitioned the design of our rough floors, walls & ceilings to parametric 3D models, previously this work was carried out in 3D AutoCAD. 50% of the way through designing the entire boat, the naval architect indentified an issue with weight, he requested we change our bulkhead panel thickness from 12mm to 9mm, this increased the size of each room by 6mm & subtly changed the angles of all the outboards. Previously this update would have set us back 5-6 weeks, instead the update took us 15 minutes, then a further day to update all of our cabinetry models. Additionally the CNC cut files were tied to the 3Dmodel, meaning they updated at the same time. Utilising these kinds of design tools allows SMI to be more nimble and enables us to continually innovate at the fore front of our industry reducing lead times & cost while improving consistency and quality.” For some designers this was an added benefit, as constructions are based on hulls which enable a greater scope of creativity and design on the interiors. However, it is also true that from a technical point of view large planing composite hulls require more attention to details than displacement hulls made of metal. Take, for example, engine rooms, the containment of noise and vibration, all of which on a displacement metal hull are quite different. Advances in technonlogy have extended the possibilities for interior designers, especially with the relationship of interior and exterior spaces. Creating a single space has never more important for master cabins, guest cabins and salons and we’re seeing the interior designers using all available light and creating

Specialist Marine Interiors Ltd

Over the last Ten years SMI has delivered a long list of successful interior projects for Yards and Owners around the world from small production boats to custom Mega Yachts 70m and above. Innovative, flexible and to their credit a diverse portfolio but above all, they get the job done, to the highest quality and absolute client satisfaction. Based in Whangarei NZ with facilities in Europe and Asia, SMI offer a complete package of design, engineering, manufacture and installation to the most exacting standard and at very competitive rates. Utilizing craftsmen from New Zealand and around the world, inhouse training combined with the New Zealand apprenticeship program and a deep commitment to leading edge technology SMI have developed the most accurate and efficient remote build process available for outfit and re-fit of interiors afloat. For further information contact Grant Willis, +64 212790012 or visit www.smigroup.co.nz

Soft Interiors

Located just 10 minutes from the boat yards and main marina in Palma Soft Interiors has built a solid reputation over the past 15 years, supplying a range of services to superyachts across the Mediterranean. Soft Interior is a company that provides the services of design, fabrication, and installation of yacht soft furnishings, both interior and exterior. The team are able to provide and complete A-Z solution from initial design through to final installation. The in-house interior designer produces sample and mood boards, visuals, and renderings that help on the stage of designing and refitting interiors and exteriors. Soft Interiors are proud of their excellent customer service levels achieved through fluid communication with the client, and keeping a high standard of quality control and overall project management. For further deatails: Tel: +34 971 710 630 or visit: www.softinterior.com

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seemless movement from the interior to the outside areas. Michael Schutte says “FEA (Finite Element Analysis) allows us to design for much larger openings in the structure to take full advantage of custom door and glass systems, so we have unprecedented opportunities to bring light into the vessels, and design for unbroken views from inside”. He goes on to comment “Lightweight materials including balsa, honeycomb and closed cell foams mean we can design very lightweight interiors. This has many benefits to the vessel in both performance and stability terms”. The exterior now has gained a lot more meaning, agrees Gimena Mazzeo from Soft Interiors “The way that it is a reflection of the interior and both come together to create one theme. Exterior furniture, diverse design awnings, chill out areas, scatter cushions, all come together to create one complete project.” The Soft Interior team supply bespoke furniture and

both interior and exterior fabrics to help gel both interior and exterior spaces. Gimena goes on to explain, that within a refit this is often the easiest way to totally change the available space and light onboard. Antonio Romano from Hot Labs commented on the position and separation of spaces; “A yacht could be similar to another from an aesthetic perspective, but what makes the real difference is the experience that the guests can enjoy inside. Playing with the layout of interior spaces the owner can communicate a different message and place their own mark on a vessel, the position of the living space, the master as well as the guest or the crew cabins, the entertainment or the relaxing areas. Together with the equilibrium between public and private spaces these can give a different soul to the entire yacht. This is all about the “social dimension” of customized interior design.

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Brilliant Boats

The Brilliant Boats team has been in the business of industrial design since 1986, including furniture and interiors, private and commercial, as well as automotive and aircraft interiors and components. They have been mostly designing yachts since 1995 and have been involved in projects from under 6 to over 60m. BB is a full service Design Consultancy. Our world class in-house engineering ability (full 3D design, modeling and engineering tools including FEA) gives our designers the freedom to work outside the box, as a quick look through their portfolio will confirm. Past customers are a whos who of industrial heavyweights that understand the benefits of seamless integration of the technical with the artistic, fiction tempered by function and vice versa.” For further details Tel: Tel: +90-242-259 33 22 or visit www.brilliantboats.net

Elite Bespoke Yacht Linen has opened a large showroom in the heart of the busy STP Shipyard Palma. Centrally placed within the Global Building on the first floor above the Dock Bar. The English Owner , Sales Director, Alexandra Swindells says it a great one stop shop, for Chief stewardess, Captains to drop by and source what they need practically all in one building. Elite works closely with top bed and table linen suppliers, Franchinimare, Frette, Pratesi of Italy, Yves Delorme, Heirlooms . They supply premium Abyss for luxury bath and deck towels embroidery available. View on-line, their large range of bespoke classical and contemporary luxury bed bath and table linens. Natural goose down, cashmere and microfiber bedding, for guest and crew. Also the latest in Marine mats for dock and on board. For further detials Tel +34 620 266 212 or visit: www.eliteyachtlinen.com

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Custom Yacht Decor

Custom Yacht Decor is a family run business, a team of professionals all with the same vision and goal. Each is dedicated to contributing what they individually do best in order to produce and deliver a finished product unequaled anywhere else to the exact requiremetns of the client. The matriarch of the family is Toni Hoover, proprietor of Custom Yacht Decor, whose vision for a customer friendly “one-stop shop” for yacht and home is always expanding. Their number one goal is to make the whole process as simple and steamlined as possible whilst offering a highly professional services and offering a broad range of products broad level of products. For further details Tel: 954-525-9951 or visit www.customyachtfashions.com

Evolution The greatest achievement by far has been by designers and shipyards integrating new technological opportunities for individuals and delivering the desired owner preferences. Of course in some cases your hand is forced, in one particular example there was a brief was to create a setting of a Stanley Kubrick film, stylistic and experimental. After many client meetings and the involvement of all exterior, and interior designers the client was delighted with his bespoke fantacy, therefore, we have to view every new build or refit as a separate and new project using the experience gained from past projects. Each individual yacht brings its own aesthetic tastes and the culture from its owner with the expert help from the designers involved with the project. The interiors are to some more important than exterior looks and the deveopment of fabrics and materials have a multitude of possiblitites. Toni of Custom Yacht Fashion says “What I’ve noticed as a slow evolution over recent years is a return to simplicity. A classy, clean and simplistic look. Fabulous fabrics, clean lines, texture and basic tones define the new look. Rich deep tones have replaced loud all over patterns and a mixture of many colors. There’s more of a return to touches of bold color done in a timeless, classy application. It’s truly stunning when done well”. This opinion is echoed by Gimena Mazzeo from Soft Interiors “The interior design in the yachts has certainly gone more understated and elegant”. She goes on to add “I believe now people start to understand the interiors and exteriors as a reflection of their own personality and owners are very aware of this as much as the way they dress would be”. Soft Interiors confirm that they approach projects is always to respect the style and lifestyle of the owners. Reliable suppliers that understand and work with the same passion as the primary designer is a paramount element of all new build and refits. Brenda van Zoeren from Yacht Chandlers explains that “With all refits and new build its important to get involved at eh very earliest stage to understand the end solution everyone is aiming for. There is no ‘one size fits all’, every clients requires a specific range of colours, fabrics and shapes. Its important to work closely with designers so we can discus fabrics and look at how colours can change dependent on the light and time of day the area might be used”. Its clear that the design of superyacht interiors will keep on changing with the demands of new clients and the advancement of technology. One thing is for sure, we will continue to see some incredible projects and breath taking end results.

CYS

CYS has a team of highly experienced, shipwrights and joiners, who have earned their reputation as field leaders when it comes to refitting Yachts and Superyachts. Working closely with several top interior/exterior designers, CYS turn innovative ideas into reality. A crucially important aspect when it comes to the small details that make life onboard easier for the Captain & Crew. Company owner Daniel Hobbs is always on hand to advise or recommend the best way forward with a project, from minor joinery repairs, to a complete interior refurbishment or teak deck replacement; every job is afforded the same level of personal service. This, coupled with extensive expertise and attention to detail ensure every job is completed to the highest standard and on time. For further details Tel: +34 678 788 263 or visit www.cys-sl.eu

Yacht Chandlers Interiors

Yacht Chandlers’ interior department specializes in the entire interior outfitting of new-builds, refits and existing yachts. Working from their Antibes office, Brea and Brenda, who are both ex-Chief Stewardesses, are always trying to meet your needs and wishes with functionality, quality and practicality. No project too big, no budget too small and no place in the world too far to ship it to: they know how to make your interior crew happy! Pop by for ideas or a coffee at Yacht Chandlers’ European office in the Galerie du Port in Antibes or see Trina at their Ft Lauderdale office. For more details: Tel +33 (0)493 33 98 21 or visit www.yachtchandlers.com ON BOARD | AUTUMN 2012 | 83


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eating and drinking Hamdi Renowned for its perfectly grilled marinated meat skewers and its panoramic rooftop terrace overlooking the city. A favourite for locals and try the honey rich baklava. Tel: +90 (0) 212 528 0390 | €€ Ciya Sofrasia Fantastic casual dining located in a charming pedestrian terrace in Kadikoy with extraordinarily tasty and affordable Turkish cuisine. All prepared in an open kitchen in front of you. Tel: +90 (0) 216 330 3190 |€€ Kordon Tucked away in the uber-chic Sumahan on the water front. Make sure you take the restaurant’s private shuttle boat from the European side to arrive in jetset style. Traditional seafood dishes. Tel: +90 (0) 216 321 0477 | €€€

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Straddling the Bosphorus, Europe and Asia meet in a melting pot of culture and history Mikla At the more modern end of the dining spectrum, cutting-edge cool offers one of the most glamourous fine dining experiences in town, perched high above the city on the rooftop terrace of the Marmara Pera Hotel with 360º views overlooking Istanbul. Tel: +90 (0) 212 293 5656 | €€€€ Mangerie For a cool yet casual weekend brunch Mangerie is a fashionable local cafe in Bebek. Hidden on the top floor in this trending food district. Order the brunch! Tel: +90 (0) 212 263 5199 | €€

where to stay A’Jia Set within a former 1870s summer palace on the Bosphorous waterfront on Istanbul’s Asian shore, the exclusive A’Jia Hotel is one of the city’s most beautiful luxury residences. www.ajiahotel.com | €€€€ Tel: +90 (0) 216 413 9300 W Hotel As one of the most glamourous and modern hotels in Istanbul, the W Istanbul is a sophisticated urban sanctuary for the stylish, party loving crowd. In typical W style, the W Istanbul is as much a hotel as it is a destination in itself. www.wistanbul.com.tr | €€€€ Tel: +90 (0) 212 381 2121 The 4Floors Tucked away at the end of a quiet cul-desac in Istanbul’s historic Galata area,


this ultra-stylish and original designer living space has been created by talented local designer, Sema Topaloglu. Offering four contemporary private apartments within a very beautifully restored 19th century building. www.4floorsistanbul.com | €€€ Tel: +90 (0) 532 497 7921 WITT Suites Making Conde Nast’s Hot List in 2009 and receiving a host of awards and accolades since opening its doors in 2009, the Witt Istanbul is the kind of designer space that you wished was your personal home. www.wittistanbul.com | €€€ Tel: +90 (0) 212 393 7900

shopping The Grand Bazaar Find local stall owners selling their wares amidst a vibrant, chaotic and exciting scene. Rugs, jewellery and downhome wares. Don’t forget to haggle – the national sport. Spice Markets Offering endless rows of fragrant spices and delectable sweets piled high in handmade wooden baskets. Sample the marshmallows and obviously the Turkish delight!

culture The Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii)) is one of the world’s most famous religious mosques, with six towering minarets that point dramatically to the sky. Haghia Sophia An architectural masterpieice, originally built in 537 and converted into a mosque during the 15th century.

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Suleymaniye Mosque Built in 1557 by one of the best architects of the Ottoman Empire, Sinan. The Topkapi Palace dates back to the 14th century and boasts intricately carved stone courtyards, lusciously green leafy gardens, and labyrinth-like harem rooms which were a closed world occupied by the sultan’s wives. Cisterns of the Sunken Palace Underground is an impressive 9,700 sqm cavern with over 360 illuminated marble columns.

after dark Angelique One of the city’s most glamourous night spots and the venue where Istanbul’s cool crowd can be found enjoying a chic pre-dinner cocktail or playing late into the night. Muallim Naci Cad. Salhane Sk. No:10. Mikla Cocktail Bar An after dark and sultry sanctuary where you can sip a well crafted cocktail while the sun goes down with a 360 degree view over Istanbul. Mesrutiyet Caddesi nos. 167 - 185, Beyoglu. Otto nightclub For the late-night party crowd, the fashionable Otto offer postindustrial aesthetics operates as a restaurant and late night venue. SofyaliSokak no. 22/A, Asmalimescit. Nu’Terrace A wild a serious fun party atmophere, cutting edge DJs and an unbeatable view over the city. Çatma Mescit Mh., Tepebaşı Çamlık Sk 6.

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Essential Istanbul Çemberlitas Hamam. Turkish Bath It’s said that if you’ve never tried a Turkish bath then you’ve never been really clean. Topkapi Palace The palace of the sultans with its many courtyards and gates is more reminiscent of a fossilised camp than a palace. Boat trips Along the shores of the Bosporus from Eminönü, chug quietly under the bridges that connect Europe and Asia. Great Bazaar Arrive early in the morning and enjoy a cup of tea in one of the cafés whilst the bazaar comes to life. Thousands of stalls selling virtually anything and everything. The Blue Mosque Built in the 17th century. The mosaics were only (relatively) recently discovered in the 1950’s and are believed to date back to 527 - 565 A.D. Basilica Cistern A must for James Bond fans used in ‘From Russia with Love’ Also known as the ‘sunken palace,’ the cistern was at one time a reservoir for the Byzantine Great Palace and dates back to about 500 A.D. Ortaköy Mosque Beautifully set on the shores of the Bosphorus, this mid-1800s mosque is a pleasant diversion in the trendy Ortaköy area. The perfect place to wile away an afternoon.

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WaytoGo Phil Friedman shows how specialist legal counsel can help you navigate Superyacht build and refit agreements

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f you ask around in yachting circles how best to protect yourself in a yacht construction or major refit contract, you will invariably be told to “…hire a lawyer.” Well, it’s not that simple. When it comes to contracts for yacht construction and major refit, not just any lawyer will do. In such cases, you need a lawyer who is qualified in admiralty and maritime law, and moreover specifically experienced in the drafting and administration of yacht construction and refit contracts. Specialist lawyer Jan Kromhout (Rotterdam) of the international firm AKD, agrees. As Kromhout told me recently, “Negotiations of contracts for superyacht construction almost always include a very significant emotional component. It is, therefore essential for any lawyer who represents the owner’s interests to not only understand business, but to be aware of, and familiar with the idiosyncrasies of owners or buyers and the industry players involved, as well as with case-specific factors, such as the likely financial arrangements.” Kromhout went on to emphasize that, in superyacht construction, and to an extent in the area of major yacht refit, the dynamics of the situation change radically from case to case. Consequently, he points out that a lawyer needs to be able to adapt to the specifics of the case at hand. And that kind of flexibility presupposes a very thorough grounding and substantial accumulated experience in the realities of the yacht industry. According to Kromhout, a lawyer in such cases also has to be aware, on a real-time basis, of the industry’s current market developments, all in addition to being completely conversant with the relevant law for the jurisdiction involved. In other words, superyacht construction and refit are not areas in which a boilerplate approach works.

Changes aren’t necessarily good

in my experience, the crafting of a fair and reasonable, but strong contract, which protects the financial and other interests of a yacht’s owner, requires at least a basic technical understanding of shipyard processes and operations. That is something which non-maritime lawyers, especially those without previous experience in yacht construction and major refit, are unlikely to have. I spoke recently to Robb Maass, of Alley Maass in Palm Beach, Florida, whom I’ve faced several times in the past across the shipyard desk. In Robb’s view, “The key industry-specific issues include securing the owner’s interest in the vessel in process (the process for which varies 86 | autumn 2012 | on board

significantly by jurisdiction), and delineating the precise nature of the pricing and how it will be impacted later by change orders, owner selections, and allowances for such groups of items as interior décor. For example, it might not be evident to the neophyte that change orders issued during a yacht construction or major refit project can easily, and often do add up to a major increase in the nominally contracted price. A lawyer experienced in these matters carefully negotiates the terms under which change orders are to be handled and priced…” Granted, being qualified and experienced in admiralty law does not guarantee this critical kind of understanding. However, such qualification and experience may make it more likely the lawyer in question at least grasps the need for industry-specific knowledge, and is therefore more likely to be open to involving additional third-party professional technical advice as needed. It may also make it more likely that the lawyer in question will anticipate the complications that are introduced into the mix by the fact that yacht builds take place, and the contracts which govern them are signed, in varying parts of the world, each with its own legal system. For example, in the US and England, there are systems for filing and registering security an owner’s or buyer’s security interest in a yacht under construction. In these countries, it is possible to make searches for pre-existing security interests on public registers. However, by contrast, in a number of jurisdictions elsewhere in the world, it may not be possible either to file or search for security interests over certain or indeed any asset classes. And this is why retaining appropriately experienced, specialist-qualified legal counsel is so important, if an owner’s or buyer’s interest is to be properly protected. According to Quentin Bargate, Senior Partner at Bargate Murray of London, England, “It is essential in superyacht work for legal counsel to have very specific real-world background in yacht sale and purchase agreements; negotiating, drafting and reviewing yacht construction agreements; conversion and repair agreements; contracts with professionals such as architects and designers; bank and other finance arrangements; performance guarantees; project management agreements; choice of flag and registration; corporate issues and ownership structures; and dispute resolution, including arbitration and litigation.” Bargate further explained to me that, over many years, his firm has worked intentionally to develop in-depth experience in this particular niche area in which confidentiality and personal service are also very important.


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beyond these qualifications, to my mind, the best legal eagles to involve in yacht build and major refit projects are those who have a developed a reputation for facilitating, rather than killing deals during contract negotiations. When it comes to selecting and retaining legal counsel, I always take pains to remind my consulting clients that the goal is ultimately to build a yacht, or have one refit, not construct a contract so absolutely bullet proof, and of such advantage to one party or the other, it will never be executed. It may not be popular to say so, but, again in my experience, there are two distinctly different kinds of lawyers. There lawyers who understand the need to balance a reasonable level of risk protection and mitigation against the achievement of the primary objective, which is to end up with a yacht built or refit. And

there are lawyers who drive their clients along the absolutely safest possible path, which is to assure by means of unreasonable, completely one-sided contractual demands that the deal is never consummated. Of course, this latter group of lawyers never comes to grips with the age-old aphorism: nothing ventured, nothing gained. About the Author: Phil Friedman is a new build and refit consultant with more than 30 years’ experience in yacht construction and project development and management, including several years as president and CEO of Palmer Johnson Yachts, a world-class megayacht construction and refit shipyard. His recently published eBook, Ten Golden Rules for Successful New Build Projects, has received high praise from noted industry professionals. He can be reached at Phil@portroyalgroup.com. on board | autumn 2012 | 87


SIX OF THE BEST FOLDING BACK THE GEARS

Normal two-wheelers aren’t the commuter’s friend and are not the easiest to store on board.Try one of these funky folders instead. PACIFIC CYCLE IF MODE The IF uses built in magnets to bind its futuristic wheels together when folded for easier rolling. An aluminium frame encases the bike’s chain inside a grease-free, folding-arm body that looks as if could probably fly,but it’s the full-sized frame and tri-spoke 26in wheels that really make it fast. Sexy,clever and fast. www.folding-bikes.com €2,150

2 3 1 BROMPTON M3L Brompton bikes fold super-small, and are light enough to carry without over-taxing your guns,The M3L model weighs just 10.7kg and packs in a three speed internal-gear hub, as well as a leather Brooks saddle that breaks in beautifully.It’s ride bellies its wheel size: it’s even pretty good at scaling city hills thanks to its sensible gearing. www.brompton.co.uk €950

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FREEGO FOLDING 17.5AH Pedals are fine,but sometimes you just need a bit of help in the mornings-and that’s where the electric FreeGo comes in. Its chunky, 36V 17.5Ah power packs up three levels of automated, or you can use the twist throttle for more control,either will add a little drive to your pedalling. A big saddle offers plenty of comfort, while six gears make pedalling as easy as you want. www.freegoelectricbikes.com €1,500


WISPER 806 ALPINO

STRIDA 5.2

The Wisper 806 Alpino is the last word in luxury electric folding bikes with Alfine 8 hub gears, super high efficiency Japanese Dapu motor, liquid crystal display screen and six levels of pedal assist. This is the bike to own and to be seen on. www.wisper.kellsoft.net €1,850

 The Stridas triangular design is unique and smart. Instead of a greasy chain, the Strida features a Kevlar belt drive.The ergonomic grips provide excellent padding for your palms and the seat is equally comfy. Folding down takes approximately 15 seconds. Magnets on each of the wheels hold the two wheels together when folded. www.strida-europe.com €650

456 AIRNIMAL  This attractive, low-volume performance folding bike is less expensive than you might think.It can be quick-folded for short hops, or dismantled for long-distance hard-case transport. The suspension is great and the 520mm wheels give a slight performance edge. www.airnimal.com €1,050

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yacht essentials Chris Clifford recommends his essential products and services ECO Yacht Toys Imagine opening up that toy box you had as a kid to find it full to the brim with every toy you could dream of!! This is why Eco Yacht Toys exists, to provide you with the highest quality, most fun and innovative toys on the planet, to encourage you to dream bigger and to fulfill those dreams day-in, day-out. From submarines to trampolines Eco Yacht Toys seek ‘the next big thing’ on your behalf. And, by introducing services like their ‘no quibble’ returns policy and two year buy-back guarantee they streamline your order and make sure you are never without the tools you need to get the ultimate rush. For more details; Tel: +44 1326 218019 or visit: www.ecoyachttoys.com

Yacht Organiser YO is a simple, fast and effective solution to organising your wash down lockers and cleaning stations around your vessel. YO is tailored specifically for the super yachting industry. Offering a simple off the shelf solution to the problem of storing cleaning equipment onboard super yachts. The YO product range is designed to arrange the deck cleaning equipment used on a daily basis in a manner which frees up floor space in lockers, while providing a tidy and secure home for the equipment. This also allows the equipment to air dry therefore preventing the buildup of mildew, ultimately extending their shelf life. For further details Tel: +44 (0)117 974 4470 or visit www.yachtorganiser.com

Casa de Campo

Casa de Campo are a private and independent marina fully equipped with unsurpassed modern amenities. La Marina’s area expands over more than 90,000m² and holds 350 slips ranging from 30 to 250ft for private & transient yachts. Monophasic and triphasic electric connection water, 2 fuel stations, a shipyard with a travel lift for vessels up to 120 tons, on-site heliport

and international airport at 10 minutes. There is also a Customs & Immigration services onsite, mooring assistance, exclusive yacht club, 4 golf courses, polo, 60 shops, restaurants, cinema, supermarket, car rentals and 24 hours security vigilance. For further details Tel: +809 523 2111 or visit www.marinacasadecampo.com.do

ProStock Marine ProStock Marine manufacturers its extreme inflatable fenders and covers from start to finish in its 66m2 facility near Ft. Lauderdale using raw materials that are all made in the USA. ProStock Marine have 15 standard sizes in navy, black and grey but their custom orders have delivered fenders with a diameter of 2.5m to over 12 m in length. The extreme fenders are welded inside and outside to ensure perfect seams. All Extreme fenders come with a 5 year guarantee. For more details; Tel: 954.457.5000 or visit www.prostockmarine.com

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Sleipner

Tech Helice

The challenge of having enough power to run heavy duty consumers simultaneously at idle RPM without needing to do a lot of manual preparation have now been addressed by Sleipner. The Side-Power range of thrusters and stabilizers integrates the control of a variety of products in their S-Link CanBus system. You can thereby control combinations of DC electric, AC electric and hydraulic Thrusters, and even stabilizers with common intelligence and seamless integration. For further benefit, all can be controlled by the same compact control panel of which you can have as many as you like onboard. For more details; Tel: +47 69 30 00 60 or visit: www.side-power.com

Sally Finbow

Sally Finbow uses over 30yrs experience in the professional yachting industry to effectively ‘people match’ for her clients.  She sees her brief as twofold:  “Firstly, to assist the Captain or owner to put together a team of likeminded people who will work together with a common aim - that of the safety, wellbeing and enjoyment of the yacht by owners and guests; Secondly, to advise and assist candidates to find their niche within a crew allowing them to grow and advance in their career which, in its turn, will enhance the level of professionalism of the yachting industry as a whole. A happy crew makes a happy yacht!” For more details; Tel:+33 493 657 524 or visit www.sallyfinbow.com

Tech Helice was the first company in Europe to offer precision propeller repairs based on the industry leading PropScan system.This advanced computer technology allows their technicians to accurately measure and characterize your propellers, calculate required modifications, and accurately adjust inconsistencies in pitch, camber and blade shape to bring your propellers up to ISO Class 1 or Class S standard. Propellers tuned by Tech Helice will reduce vibration and fuel consumption, and improve your boats performance. For more details Tel: +33 4 94 01 03 03 or visit: www.tech-helice.com

Fender Hooks Fender Hooks have released another great product. remarkable In addition to their “EZ Fairlead”, a fully welded 316L stainless steel (hence not likely to fly apart under side loading) hardware; they have an equally beautiful “TenderWhip” holder. A gleaming polished 316L stainless holder for fiberglass poles and a stainless steel Herreshoff cleat. They offer a complete kit that includes the poles, a stainless steel connector with bronze threads (no galling from stainless on stainless), lines, blocks and shackles. For more details; Tel:+1 561 832 3434 or visit: www.fender-hooks.com

Freestyle Cruiser The Maltese Falcon enjoyed the summer jellyfish and stinger free with the help of The Critter Free Pool.The Critter Free Pool is €11,250 for a 5M X 5M and €8,000 for a 5M x 7M for a limited time. If you purchase a combo slide and pool from Freestyle they will provide a considerable discount. For more details; Tel: +1 727-563-2003 or visit www.freestylecruiser.com

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yacht essentials C.A.L.M

The in-house fashion label by Crew a la Mode, the yacht clothing consultancy. The classic collection consists of key pieces for premium yacht uniforms and is in stock now. The garments are made from the finest materials and are manufactured in Europe with top construction methods such as bonded seams. Designed by the team at Crew a la Mode the label understands the clothing needs of its clients. For more details Tel: +44 207 608 0690 or visit: www.crewalamode.com

Ardoin Yacht Design

Driven by his passion for yachting since 2009, CĂŠdric Ardoin runs his naval architect company with enthusiasm, based in the heart of Sophia Antipolis in France. Concentrating on concept design, exterior and interior design combined with refits, conversions, and classification projects. Cedric has developed a strong network and only works with like minded professionals that are striving to deliver unique and first class solutions for all of his clients (included yachts between 43m up to 70m). Starting with hand drawn sketches and moving through to CAD plans in 2D, 3D images and finally presenting photo rendered images. Recently he designed an original first class catamaran, for mini submarine application, named Deep BLUE presented at Monaco Yacht Show. ARDOIN YACHT DESIGN manages the project from start to finish bringing the owners into the project all the way through. For further details Tel: +33 (0)624 384 595 or visit us at www.ardoinyachtdesign.com

Gibraltar Yacht Registry

Gibraltar has been involved in yacht registration for over 60 years and is expanding its services to the registration of super yachts. As an internationally recognized, high quality registry providing an efficient and cost-effective service, it is an ideal choice for yacht owners who want the confidence of belonging to a British Register and flying the Red Ensign. Gibraltar Yacht Registry have an

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experienced and dedicated team offering good customer service and assistance in the registration of these yachts, as well as specialized surveyors available to carry out the necessary surveys, and inspections for the issue of certificates showing compliance with both, LY2 and the Passenger Yacht Code. For more details; Tel:+350 200 78343 or visit: www.gibmaritime.com

Superyacht Solutions Superyacht Solutions is an Australian-based yacht painting contractor with a lengthy track record for fairing & finishing large custom new builds, OEM finishing of production vessels and for refinishing of large yachts, power and sail. Having made many past forays into the Asian and European markets, the company recently established a permanent Southampton, UK-based operation, Superyacht Solutions LLP, headed by Chris Layton The new division is available to European yacht builders and owners seeking a highly experienced coating resource. Superyacht Solutions has particular expertise in large scale metallic and pearl applications. For more information Tel: +44 7904 800 579 or visit: www.superyacht.com.au


FLIR FLIR Systems are continuously introducing new and improved products to the market. Earlier this year FLIR Systems launched a new version of its successful FLIR M-Series thermal imaging cameras: FLIR M-618CS. The new FLIR M-618CS is the most advanced member of FLIR’s industryleading M-Series line of thermal imaging cameras for maritime applications, it combines long-range thermal imaging cameras with a colour zoom camera and gyro-stabilization, making it the most capable system in its class. The active gyro-stabilization provides steady images, even in rough seas; this is critical for getting the most out of the M-618CS’s long range cameras. For more details Tel: +31 76 579 4194 or visit www.flir.com

Yacht Carpets

Yachts Carpets Company are specialised suppliers and carpet fitters for yachts who are very familiar with the IMO & MCA classifications. Their wide range begins with the dock mat logo and crew quarters to complete fittings. On special order they are able to provide fine and unique pieces (wool, cotton, silk, linen…) up to 15 meters wide Yacht Carpets can supply to France, Italy, Spain, the Balearic Islands, Malta and the Carribbean on request from the construction yard, on request of the captain, management or directly to the owner. For more details; Tel:+33 6 27 30 25 52 or visit: www.yacht-carpet-company.com

Blue Marine Central to Blue Marines belief is that they impact on people. Their management through to their call handlers understand this and they believe they bring something ‘human’ to their offering.Blue Marine have a heart and a true understanding of business needs and a real empathy for travellers. They spend time with their staff and it shows. Their shortest serving team member has been with them for four years and their stability and confidence is demonstrated through their attention to detail and their personal service offering. For more details; Tel: +44 1279 661 000 or visit www.bluemarinetravel.com

Superyacht Distribution Superyacht Distribution have launched a delivery division. This independent arm has been created in response to an increasing number of requests for a quick and efficient service providing clearance and logistic assistance for goods throughout the Mediterranean and further afield. Their knowledge of ports and their strong links with customs and transportation agents plus a large storage facility at Nice airport means they’re in a prime position to assist

with all forms of logistical requests from any size yacht. For more details; Tel: +33 689 123 570 or visit: www.superyacht-deliveries.com

PSP PSP offer professional audio and video for Superyachts and smart homes, they have lounged more then 25 Superyachts from 18m up to 160m,9 Superyachts at Lürssen and offers complete planning, installation and surveying of high end entertainment as well as an efficient after sales service. They offer high quality network AoD / VoD solutions, Live TV, BluRay 3D, real Home, 3D Cinemas in any size, Room Control, KNX / LUTRON Lights Control, AC Control, Security, CCTV, DJ Systems as well as complete recording studios on board. They also have a new product line..” Control everything with your iPad “ For more details; Tel: +49 9163 995588 or visit:www.psp-av.de

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yacht essentials Techno Gurus

Class Yacht Pisa

Sure, things often go awry, but more often than not it’s from a lack of planning. With many new builds, AV is an afterthought in the design process, and the AV contractor is chosen when the design (or worse yet, the build) is practically complete. Hiring a consultant to design the system ahead of time makes for better aesthetics, quality andserviceability in the long run --and allows one to receive bids that are “Apples to Apples”, saving both time and money, and making it much easier to choose the integrator who is truly the best for the job. For more details; Tel: +1 561 779 0161 or visit www.technogurus.us

Class Yacht Pisa is a dedicated yacht service company based in Pisa-Tuscany with more than 10 years experience working in the yachting industry. Their expectations are very high and their job is to make sure that all requests and desires are satisfied with top quality service and make sure that all problems can be solved enabling the owner and guests on board enjoy their cruise. Class Yacht Pisa is able to plan and organize your cruise taking care of everything from berths to provisions and all luxury concierge services. For more details; Tel: +39 39370 93375 or visit:www.classyachtmonaco.com

Kwik Kleen

Bachmann Is your yacht MLC2006 compliant? The MLC 2006 will enter into force in August 2013. BachmannHR Yachts maybe your answer.Benefit from their 30 years expertise of marine offshore employment provider. They can tailor a solution to your exact needs. Their range of services include, the selection and engagement of permanent and temporary crew, issuance of employment contracts & payslips,timely payment of crew wages and bonuses,payment of social contributions into a private health insurance and pension scheme,maintenance of personal & training records anddealing with grievance, disciplinary and redundancy situations For more details; Tel: + 44 1481 731 059 or visit: www.BachmannHR.com

Heather and Nick Higgs, together with their team of dedicated co-workers are able to service the complete laundry requirements of the boating community along the south west coast of Mallorca, both private and business callers. Being centrally located in Santa Ponsa they can cover all ports and marinas from Palma through to Andraxt in double quick time. From their modern Miele equipped laundry they offer a quick and efficient turnaround on all service washes and dry cleaning needs, allied to more specialist cleaning of leather and suede, canvas covers and off boat rug and carpet cleaning. For more details; Tel: + 34 971 693 271 or email; kwikkleenmallorca@yahoo.com

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SIDE-POWER

How about... An Electric bow thruster – to save long hydraulic pipes... A Hydraulic stern thruster – it is close to the engine room anyway... And maybe also a stabilizer system efficiently run from the same hydraulic pack – all intelligently controlled and cooperating seamlessly via S-link.

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Experience there’s no substitute

Charles Baker explains why a consultant should be employed when building a new yacht.

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sing an established consultancy company specialising in new large yacht construction such as Consultant Marine Engineers brings the experience of running a large number of different projects and is well aware of the numerous problems related to all facets of construction. We have consulted in many different yards, including all the most prolific builders and so we understand how they operate, how good they are at keeping to schedule, how well they control their subcontractors and what their standards are (which cover the whole spectrum from poor to very good). Due to our broad experience there is a very good chance that whatever problems an individual project faces, we will have seen it before. In many cases the yard will have built other yachts on the same (or similar) platform and a prior knowledge of the pros and cons of the aforementioned platform gives us an enormous advantage.

Experience is everything

We prefer to be involved at the early stages of the build so that we can write or assist with the contract and specifications, but we also perform comprehensive reviews on existing agreements. Once these agreements are locked-in, we will advise on variations to contract (VTC’s) and change orders (CO’s) and can perform cost analyses and make comments and recommendations on any proposed alterations. We then make sure that the specifications are adhered to, and where changes are made, ensure that they are done correctly and that the vessel receives as-built drawings and documents. We perform inspections of steel cutting, welding, internal coating and insulation, which can only be undertaken by experienced surveyors, and again this is where we bring considerable knowledge to the table. We ensure that equipment is fit for purpose, correctly installed and with adequate access for service, and that the finish is as good as the yard can achieve. This is in itself a sufficient reason to employ a knowledgeable consultant. Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT’s) and Harbour Acceptance Tests (HAT’s), dock trials and sea trials all come under our umbrella of responsibility, as does documentation, planned maintenance systems, production of manuals for step by step operation of equipment, ISM, Emergency procedures etc., the list goes on and on.

As consultants we are constantly trying to raise the overall quality of the finished product and, in cooperation with the yard, help to establish or elevate that all-important “Shipyard Standard”. In fact we have helped several well-known yards put these standards in place or make improvements to them, particularly in areas such as documentation, pipework, equipment type and layout, internal communications and cleanliness of the working environment. In all areas we can give guidance to the project and the yard to help deliver a better article.

Long term

As well as working with many different yards, we have also worked alongside most of the current yacht design houses, governing bodies and flag states, as well as with many naval architects, lawyers, brokers and management companies. This means we know the personalities involved, their strengths and weaknesses, some of the difficulties that we may face, or simply how they like to conduct business. An important and often overlooked fact is that we are in it for the long-term and the knowledge stays with us. When a vessel changes crew or owner the information and expertise does not always follow, leaving gaping holes in the knowledge base on board. We can bridge the gap and ease the process of change as well as giving the vessel access to our library of information. In fact we are still involved with yachts built more than a decade ago, so are able to advise new crew on operational procedures, hidden items, planned maintenance and even recommend on improvements if a refit or any works are planned. Over the years we have developed a schedule that enables us to be efficient with time management, and therefore with our prices. We can offer a fixed cost consultancy fee with no hidden extras, so an owner has peace of mind and one fixed monthly payment. Depending on the exact scope of our agreement, generally the costs of consultancy with CME are less than the cost of having two senior crewmembers on site. So why employ consultants to care for your project? It’s a logical step to ensure a better conceived, better executed and easier to maintain yacht is delivered to the new owner and crew at a reasonable price with all bases covered for the operation of the vessel. For more details; Tel: +44 75 38 931 66021 or visit: www.cmeltd.co.uk on board | autumn 2012 | 97


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Time for some

R’n’R Standing shoulder by shoulder in La Ciota with Butch Dalrymple-Smith of Classic Works

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hen the giant La Ciotat dockyard closed down in 1986 it would have been logical for the authorities to bulldoze the site flat for conversion into a giant residential development or a theme park as it would have been a much better location for EuroDisney than their site outside Paris. But thankfully 105 legendary heroes, all ex shipyard workers, stood courageously firm and physically barricaded the site against desecration. Although at the time they were hoping it would eventually return to building commercial ships, they must now be proud of the development of the site into probably the best location in the Mediterranean for refitting yachts: and that could possibly make it best in the world. Today, under the umbrella of “La Ciotat Shipyards”, six boatyards and three dozen subcontractors share 34 hectares of space, 1.2 kilometres of deepwater quay frontage, and the capability of servicing any yacht with 8 different means of getting them ashore. Most boatyards elsewhere are proud of having just one or two means of servicing yachts out of the water, but with two dry docks, cranes of 48, 250 and 660 tons, a 2,000 ton shiplift, a 300 ton Travelift with matching transporter and a 3 ton fork lift for tenders, any of the repair yards can select the ideal tool to exactly match the job. Independent ownership of the equipment ensures equal access and means that the six private boatyards only pay for the services they actually use.

Best kept secret

One of the best kept secrets in La Ciotat is the modest repair yard of Classic Works. Under the shadow of the towering cranes, almost hidden behind the three larger boatyards with bigger PR budgets, this dedicated band of 25 craftsmen works away with an old fashioned work ethic but a totally modern approach to repairing today’s yachts. Initially known for their restorations of classic wooden yachts, demand for Classic Works’ services on more modern yachts soon led them to widen their catchment but not to abandon

their commitment to good old fashioned service, quality and value. Unlike other La Ciotat yards, the majority of their work is done by their own staff, most of who have been with the company since its founding ten years ago. Even the additional workers they pull in during winter when demand is high are all regular part-time employees or ex Classic Works apprentices who have other activities during the quiet summer season. Classic Works now handles small and medium sized yachts of any type, preferring to refer those over 45 metres to their neighbours who are more comfortable invoicing the significant overheads that organisation of such projects require, though they are frequently retained as subcontractors. For long term rebuilds or wooden yachts, the yard undertakes any size of project. Larger yachts are cared for under plastic tents as is usual in this part of the world. What is less common is that boats up to 25m long can be lifted out of the water and lowered directly into their workshop through its opening roof.

Impressive Their reference list is a galaxy of impressive projects, from remasting Cambria, refitting the J class Ranger and building new funnels for Talitha, to repairing superyacht tenders and maintenance of the 15m 1885 cutter Partridge. Yes, the yard runs (but does not own) this iconic historic yacht. They claim it is to consolidate their team and keep them steeped in the spirit of yachting, but more likely it’s just because the staff simply enjoys sailing together. So next time you think of refitting your yacht in La Ciotat, don’t forget the lean and efficient little boatyard of Classic Works. For further information contact: Web: www.classicworks.fr Email: infos@classicworks.fr Telephone: +33 (0)4 42 98 04 58 on board | autumn 2012 | 99


interiors Our specialized interior department sources and supplies everything for your interior: ° Crockery ° Cutlery ° Glassware ° Bed Linens ° Bath Linens ° Table Linens ° Silverware ° Toiletries ° Stationery ° Bar Equipment ° Pantry Ware ° Galley Equipment ° Uniform ° Table Decorations ° Cleaning Products Contact our team of Interior Consultants: EUROPE Brenda van Zoeren Brenda@yachtchandlers.com Brea Walsh Brea@yachtchandlers.com USA Trina Sanderman

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The Personal Personnel Agency

Sally Finbow at SAF Recruitment Services provides experienced professional crew consultancy services to the luxury yacht industry. Based in Antibes, France and operating worldwide Sally has been involved in yachting for over 30 years, and is one of the most experienced independent crew agencies serving these vessels.

Sally Finbow Recruitment | Tel: +33(0)6.82.53.15.82 | www.sallyfinbow.com

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BODY Beauty Myths

Rowing

Wearing nail polish all the time will make your nails turn yellow.

Swimming BASICS rowing Use your arms, shoulders, back and thighs to pull the oars through the water (or against the rowing machines resistance). Rowing needs lots of power from your legs too, so helps with all-over toning. swimming Swimming can be an effective full-body workout with a variety of different strokes to suit your ability or preference. You can also focus on a specific muscle group by using floats to work just your arms or legs.

This is true, but you can wear enamel all you like and still avoid discoloration. Nails are porous, and they absorb the pigment in polishes. Darker colors, especially reds, have more pigment, so they often stain your nails. The solution; Before applying polish, paint on a clear base coat to prevent nails from absorbing pigment.

Treatment Focus

Reexology

RESULTS rowing Sculpted shoulders, toned thighs, all-over weight loss. Using the biggest muscles in your body (quads and glutes) means you get the maximum calorie burning benefit. swimming As well as sculpted shoulders and overall fitness, swimming can improve performance in other cardio exercise, as it teaches your body to use oxygen more efficiently and regulates breathing.

BEST FOR rowing There are many women who ignore their upper-body in the gym. Mix it up instead; alternate the treadmill with the rowing machine and challenge different muscles. swimming Those looking for a gentler form of exercise; pregnant women; anyone recovering from an injury; people suffering from joint problems.

CELEBRITY FANS rowing Jessica Biel and Halle Berry’s sculptured shoulders and toned bodies are reportedly down to rowing exercises. swimming Pippa Middleton swims regularly. Find out why with a dip in the fab new Olympic Aquatics centre that is now open to the public after the games.

Reflexology, also known as zone therapy, is based on the Chinese theory that energ y flows through us, from the brain to the feet, and that all organs, systems and glands in our bodie s can be mapped to areas in our feet, called reflex points. Finger pressure is applied to these areas, promoting healing and rebalancing energ y levels in the corresponding part of our body. Spas around the world offer this treatment, which is used to help with back pain, stiff joints, arthritis, insomnia, depression and much more.

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ISLAND Idyll

Match a spa break with one of these beautiful Mediterranean islands and you’ve got the recipe for the perfect getaway.

CYPRUS The third biggest Mediterranean island packs a spa reputation to match its size. The Arkamas Peninsula remains one of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of the island, while the lively resort town of Paphos has all you want from a holiday.By contrast, the Trodos Mountains offer greenery and towering pines. The Spa Set on a secluded beach at Chyrysochou Bay on the Arkamas Peninsula, Anassa is one of the island’s most exclusive hotels. The pool and food are exquisite, but the extensive Roman style Thalassa Spa is to die for. The spa is a luxurious health retreat with 18 treatment rooms and a sky lit columned indoor pool. As well as offering a range of Organic Pharmacy treatments,and marine based therapies from Osea, Anassa is also now working with QMS Medicosmetics for the first time. www.anassa.com.cy

BALEARIC ISLANDS Majorca is the largest of the Balearic isles-and you’ll never be short of things to do between treatments, with great shopping and restaraunts in capital Palma and the sleepier, achingly beautiful village of Deia, long beloved of artists and muscians. Neighbouring Ibiza may be famed for its hedonism, but the island has a growing reputation for boutique hotels, spas and retreats. The Spa For a super chilled out spa, head towards Atzaro in Ibiza, between Santa Eularia des Riu and Sant Joan, where you’ll find a dinky whitewashed, family run hotel with a serious relaxing raison d’etre. The spa has no fewer than eight Balinese massage and treatment ‘temples’, offering a serious impressive list of treatments and rituals,there’s also a temple for yoga and meditation, a lap pool, qigong and Pilates. www.atzaro.com

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GREEK ISLANDS Some Greek islands such as Lesbos, Kythnos and Ikaria have their own natural spas, while place such as the volcanic twin islands of Nea Kameni and Palea Kameni have hot springs that make them popular day trips from Santorini. The Spa Domes of Elouda, on the largest Greek island, Crete, is blissfully modern and comfortable, with its own beach and fabulous views. Treat yourself to a stay in their Royal Spa Villa, complete with a sauna,private pool and space for in-room spa treatments. The sumptious Soma Spa has a mosaic seawater pool, laconium, tapidarium and deeply luxurious treatment rooms where you can try the highlites such as a Luminous C and Facial with seaweed and and pure vitamin C, or an Aromatic Moor Mud Body Wrap. www.domeosofelounda.com

CANARY ISLANDS Pretty much a year round destination, these seven Spanish islands have a style and culture all of their own. Tenerife is the biggest and is enveloped by a 143 mile coastline and boasts Spain’s highest peak-the Pico del Teide. The Spa For sheer magnitude and wow-factor, it has to be Tenerife’s iconic Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque Resort in Costa Adeje. Although it’s huge, it’s built to resemble a traditional Canarian village, so it has plenty of quite pockets and tucked away spaces.Thae hotel has an impressive thalasotherapy spa, designed in collaboration with ESPA, offering an open-air thalassa circuit, 35 m outdoor thalassotherapy pool, 20 treatment booths and five outdoor cabanas. Renowned physiotherapist and oesteopath Michael Novotny also has a clinic here. www.bahia-duque.com

ITALIAN ISLANDS Islands such as Capri can become crowded so escape instead to a spa retreat and tap into elements such as the natural thermal springs of islands like volcanic Ischia, reached by boat from Naples. The Spa Nestled on the shores of Ischia, surrounded by Mediterranean pine woods, L’ Albergo della Regina Isabella looks over the pretty square of Santa Restiuta, where you can also check out antiques and clothing stores. The spa makes many of its products from its own source of thermal waters and mud. The latter is soaked in the natural waters for at least six months so it can absorb minerals. All spa guests get a skin check-up on arrival too. www.reginaisabella.it

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BODY BODYWORKOUT

6 of the Best (End of Summer Sizzler)

With perhaps too much excess this summer or not enough time to put in the workouts you wanted, it’s time to ‘ease back’ in to things with a ripper of an interval session. CHALLENGE: 6 exercises, 10 reps, 6 rounds. Record the time, rest for 2 minutes then go again. The overall goal should be to perform 6 rounds, but if you are a beginner, start with 2 or 3 rounds and build up from there.

FOCUS: A whole body fat-burning workout, with almost every muscle you have seeing action here. To make the workout more effective concentrate on fully contracting all the muscles for EVERY REPETITION. Secondly, work the range of movement to the best of your ability.

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Squat Swing (Can be weighted with Dumbbell or Kettlebell for added difficulty) Squat with straight arms between legs, with the power of the squat from the legs, swing arms over eye-level and squeeze glutes. Let the natural motion return weight on straight arms and in a gentle swing, repeat.

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Crunch Punch

(Clam crunch to double oblique punch) From flat and remembering to curve back in to the floor, crunch legs and upper body together. At the top, punch twice using obliques to stabilise lateral movement. Return to flat and repeat.

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Kung-fu Superman (Short plank, one-

legged glute extension to mountain climber) On elbows, extend one leg back and up, squeezing glutes (aka ‘bum’). With same leg crunch knee through to chest (lifting hips slightly and tense abs). Repeat for all 10 reps before changing sides.

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Full Monty

(2-way lunge-squat complex) From standing, lunge forward on left leg, bring feet level (but still shoulder-width apart) at standing and squat. Lunge back on same leg (knee just touching floor). Stand up. Squat. That’s 2 reps. Repeat for all 10 reps before changing sides.

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Commando Complex

(Alternating kick-up to push-up rollover) On hands ‘crunch’ a straight leg up to chest. Repeat on other leg. Then roll to the middle of the mat. Perform a controlled push-up. Roll the other way and repeat double kick-up. Roll back in to middle, repeat the push-up. That’s 2 reps

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Iron Mike to Usain Bolt

(Alternating split lunge jump - 10 each side to 60m sprint) In a split-legged position lower your back knee to the floor then jump up high (using your arms to thrust up). In mid-air switch your legs. Repeat on the other leg without stopping. Complete 10 reps. Immediately , sprint 60 metres (pre-marked before the session). Stop the clock.

Please feel free to post your times on Paddy’s Facebook page or just to let him know how you got on (search Paddy Warwick - Personal Trainer). See www.paddywarwick.com at the end of October, for more where this came from.

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Independent Support

Captain Heinz Krodel explains that dedicated and expert yacht support and advice need not cost a fortune.

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e see ourselves as link between the superyacht and all the services a superyacht might require, like shipyards, agencies, suppliers, technician etc. and we work completely independently and represent the vessel. We organize absolutely everything a superyacht might require for a minimal fee. We mainly cater for yachts below 500 GT which are not required to be managed by a management company. There are many captains out there who are perfectly able to run and manage the yacht without employing a management company and there are many owners who like to save the monthly costs for such a service. At BYS we basically do the same work a management company does, but only on request for a limited time. Since everyone in our company has many years of active sea time as a captain or chief engineer we “speak your language”, we fully understand the daily problems on board a superyacht and are able to deliver solutions.  Yachts that employ our services have a 24 hour “Designated Person Ashore” available without paying for it. Our main work includes pre-organizing refits in shipyards and all kinds of maintenance work. We provide a full analysis of shipyards suitable for any project, negotiate on behalf of the captain/ owner and tender for the best shipyard. An experienced engineer is available, if required, to supervise all refit and maintenance work. We also organise and help with the supply of urgent spare parts or assist in dealing with the smallest of repairs if the captain himself doesn’t have the local contacts or time to do this on his own or is in unfamiliar cruising areas during the season. If there are yachts cruising in the Mediterranean for the first time, we’re able to organise absolutely everything for those

yachts, from berth reservations through our trusted agency network to supplies of any kind and of course are available for any kind of urgent repairs.

Pay for what you get The yacht pays only for the time they require our service and we don’t add on any 3rd party mark-ups. Contrary to this, we pass on all the discounts we receive from agencies and suppliers to the yachts themselves. Why are we different from any other agency on the Mediterranean? Simple, we have real life experience over many years as a Captain or Engineer, we speak your language. If a captain or engineer contacts us with a problem we know exactly what they are talking about and can quickly act to solve the problem. The idea for this Yacht Support Company came through my experience as a long time captain of very well known superyachts and my frustration I sometimes had when I needed something technical or some urgent repairs and had to talk to staff members in an agency that really didn’t have a clue what I was talking about. We as Yacht Support Company provide a single contact point to obtain expert advice and customised assistance for all yachting requirements in the Mediterranean. The overall running cost of a yacht can be significantly reduced due to our established relations with suppliers, agencies, shipyards and technicians and the centralised purchasing of spare parts and equipment, since all discounts are passed directly on to the yacht. For further information Tel: +39 335 570 8581 or Visit www blueseayachts.com on board | autumn 2012 | 105


DAY IN THE

LIFE OF A.....

From the roof tops

CHARTER BROKER

In each issue of On Board Magazine Frances and Michael Howorth ask a superyacht professional who is either based in or is cruising the Cote d’Azur to map out a typical day. This issue it is the turn of Tim Morley a Superyacht Broker. In 1996 while working between London and Moscow, as an exhibition organiser Tim Morley was driving around the coast roads and decided he could cope with living there. He took the radical step of quitting his job, to move to the Cote d’Azur, taking a job as a deckhand on the 75m motor yacht Leander and working for three seasons. “It seemed like the Charter Brokers were making a lot of money relatively easily,” and while that turned out NOT to be the case, he joined Fraser Yachts in Monaco in 2000 as a Charter Broker and later worked for Peter Insull’s Yacht Marketing, before starting his own company in 2005. Married in 2008 with two daughters he both lives and works in Monaco.

Day begins The usual family whirlwind starts between 6.30 and 7, to get everybody up; clean, dressed, and fed.

Breakfast Time Toast, Marmite, Nespresso, Tropicana and Activia. My daughters are both Marmite addicts already, much to the dismay of my wife Nathalie who is very French. During ‘term time’ one of us will walk our older daughter to school in the morning. My ideal start to the day is to stop at the Novotel on the way home for a cappuccino and read the newspapers. 106 | AUTUMN 2012 | ON BOARD

Tim Morley Start work The desk beckons between 8.30 and 9am. I’ll be happy to eventually spend more time just talking to clients and putting deals together, but I like the fact that being a small company I can continue to evolve and adapt quickly.

Lunch I believe that it is important to leave the office for lunch, so to get closer to the action in the port of Monaco, I often take a walk down the hill to grab a quick bite on the roof terrace of the Miramar Hotel.The view is perfect and the plat du jour is normally good. It’s a great place to spend an hour.

What has happened in the afternoon I make calls and send e-mails to establish the information I need to make a new proposal to the client. “Unfortunately it is not easy to put these deals together. Firstly requests are much fewer and further between than they were pre-financial-crisis. Secondly clients are often changing their minds. I dread to think how much time I have spent working on enquiries that have come to nothing – years of my life now! You have to develop a resistance to the disappointment, but at the same time maintain the determination to continue to go all-out to make the deal happen.”


Table for two

Asian fusion

Moves like jagger At the end of the working day At the moment I am completely redeveloping my web site which seems to be taking a long time, alongside that I’m planning the boat show season in September. Plus, keeping my in-house database up to date. I finish work anywhere between 5pm and 1am, depending on what is going on. Often I will take time out to be with family in the early evening, and then go back to work later on.

Who would you most like to take to dinner there and why?

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I love our apartment in Monaco, and it is a pleasure to go to bed. We have a bedroom that connects to the sitting room with full-length sliding doors, so we have a feeling of space, which is obviously a luxury in Monaco. I would like a bigger shower, but you can’t have everything.

One of the best places to eat in Monaco is the Maya Bay. Nathalie and I prefer the Thai side. The menu is amazing, my favourite dish so far is the Maya Sphere desert. The last time I was there I saw a beautifully dressed woman walking between the tables very elegantly in clearly a variation of the Geisha theme. I didn’t pay much attention until she adjusted her Kimono-type cloak and I got a brief flash of her underwear. It was so subtle I didn’t think too much of it, but a few minutes later I got another eyeful. I had to mention it to the people I was with, and the conclusion we came to was that maybe it was the posh equivalent of the titillating pictures you get at the bottom of the schnapps glass in another Thai restaurant we know. Perhaps somebody can shed more light on this for me?

Good question. I would like to have the chance to sit down with Vladimir Putin. Does he dislike Western people? I can’t imagine it would be easy to get him to open up!

Bed

Companion My wife Nathalie – the best companion anybody could wish for.

Who would you most like to take to bed and why? If somebody were to put a gun against my head, I would probably say Christina Aguilera, since Moves Like Jagger is the ‘song of the summer’. ON BOARD | AUTUMN 2012 | 107


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Entertainment Probably one of the most important toys on board a Superyacht is the entertainment system explains Rudi Benedikt

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rom multiple room music, live TV, movies, DJ and party equipment, up to large 3D home cinemas and even recording studios, there are almost no borders in the wishes and expectations of superyacht owners. There are no ‘off the shelf’ solutions, so the supplying AV company needs to be involved in any new build or refit from the very earliest of stages. New technologies and the speed of new developments in the AV industry require a specialist AV company to deliver the desired systems that can have a price tag of €500.000 up to €1.500.000. Strict planning and integration with other systems are complicated and require professional technicians to work in harmony with other specialist involved in the refit/new build.

Networks

Its important to remember that systems need to be upgradeable with new technologies, they need f.ex. special wiring to cope with the ever increasing data flows required by today’s users. Video on demand central server systems are a must like Kaleidescape, which is one of the best and more robust systems. All content is stored on a central server and distributed via networks to network players in the cabins TV’s and audio equipment or to other zones where needed. The modern servers have a capacity of more than 1000 movies and nearly unlimited sound tracks. Fiber optic network is the next step in AV technology that can handle the actual and future steps to 4k screens and their double Bluray resolution data flows. The result is that only a very high quality network cabling infra-structure with high quality network distribution hardware like Cisco or HP is important but an effective investment that will guarantees all your future upgrade possibilities!

Remotes and iPad control

Smart phones and the iPad opened a new generation of remote controls. All the functions of an entertainment system can be controlled with an iPad, as well as AC, blinds, lights, security and a multiplicity of other technical installations.

To get this quantity of functions integrated in to one manageable app is the magic and a huge challenge that needs to be programmed individually for each individual owners requirements. The really difficult thing is to keep ONE app. The screen on the iPad as clearly arranged and user friendly as it is, would still be confusing with multiple menus. To integrate f.ex. with one button a couple of functions: TV on, TV lift up, blinds down, amplifier on, BluRay Player or AoD / VoD on, light scene cinema, seats in relax position, etc. the iPad can be programmed with so called “Macro” commands, where all single commands are integrated into one single button. Correctly arranged the devices can be transformed into a very comfortable “One for All” remote control. Because every manufacturer creates his own app and commands, specific programming is needed as well as appropriate interfaces and controllers. Getting these different units working together in one standard user interface the technically problematic requires expert advice.

TV´s and amplifiers

The selection of TV`s and cinema projectors and amplifiers is an individual choice. The commercial products like Sony, Panasonic, Sharp, SIM2, JVC, Runco, special IP65 glass mirrorglass TV`s from Agath or Coltech for bathrooms- or outside applications are all worth looking at. On every product you have to make sure you have the right interfaces and the possibility of full integration to other on board systems. Panasonic started with a very good quality 3D Plasma screens from 37” up to 152” 4k screens, and offers a professional line of very solid TV’s with thin frames for an optimal integration into custom made designs and interior fitouts. The resolution and the picture quality is amazing and the 3D effects are incredible. High End Entertainment systems are standard on Superyachts and......... they need to create fun and enjoyment. For further details Tel: +49 9163 995588 or Visit www.psp-av.de on board | autumn 2012 | 109


ASK THE EXPERTS JAMES ECONS

DAVID HICKS

Director Eco Yacht Toys

Marketing and Design Director Arista Marine Ltd

HAVE YOU SEEN A SHIFT IN REQUESTS AWAY FROM TRADITIONAL TOYS SUCH AS JET-SKIS ETC?

WHAT DRIVES AN OWNER TO ORDER A SUPPORT VESSEL?

Traditional yacht toys like jet-ski’s, kayaks, windsurfers and towables are still a popular. That said, sports like Standup Paddleboarding and Kitesurfing (now an official Olympic event) have in the last few years become an integral part of any yachts’ toy box. And we’re only just getting started! The introduction of inflatable water-slides tickled the imagination of many, with charter companies regularly being asked which yachts have one. Technological advances coupled with environmental concerns have led to other innovations like the EcoBoomer personal transporter and the Jet Pad. We are now restocking the shelves of our toy shop with all sorts of gadgets and gizmos to meet everchanging demands.

Buying a support vessel can be a good interim solution for an owner who ultimatelywants to move up a size but who has decided to wait a few years. Freeing updeck space by off loading tenders and toys can breath new life into a yacht and increase the enjoyment of the onboard experience. Older yachts might not boast many of the great features and innovations that make the new generation of yachts designs so exciting; large transom, beach club style, platforms and huge internal tender garages are just two of the obvious ones. A support vessel can provide invaluable space, allowing the main yacht to have its decks freed of the tenders and toys making that space available for external dining and lounging areas.

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PAMELA LABATUT

Food & Beverage Supervisor EGP France

BENOIT FAURE

Sales Director Couach Yachts

ARE CLIENTS STILL DRINKING FRENCH WINE OR IS THE NEW WORLD GAINING STRENGTH?

HOW IS IT POSSIBLE TO MOVE EXPERTISE FROM MILITARY TO LARGE PLEASURE BOATS?

Clients are still enjoying French wines, when coming to France which is well established as the world leader in wine making, One likes to savor the taste of a veritable Bordeaux / Bourgogne/Provence/ Champagne (the list goes on) on home land soil. We have noticed that there is definitely a curiosity for foreign wines, and there are many well established and much loved. Popular wines can be Australian, New Zealand, Italian, American and from all over the world… These are well all often requested. The quality is ever improving and it is always nice to try something new, but I think (and hope) that France will stay the favorite of all.

Shipyards with experience in military patrol and surveillance craft construction can use their experience from these vessels constructed in composite materials to great effect. One primary advantage is reduction in weight when using Carbon Kevlar with the fusion process in a military patrol hull design. A recent 50m vessel only weighs in at 290T. With their deep V hulls, these yachts are designed to navigate fast, and long range in all weather conditions, giving unmatched comfort. Fuel consumption is greatly reduced as is overall noise and vibration. The Aramat (Kevlar Fibreglass) with carbon hulls are more shock resistant and the level of build and safety are faultless. Without the limits of military designs the boundaries are limitless.


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Why do we need

Yacht Managers?

The industry has changed dramatically over the past twenty years and there is now a requirement for professional administration explains Richard Masters

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he average size of Superyachts has gone up dramatically, their numbers have increased ten-fold, complexity has followed and the regulations that now control the industry require in-depth management and qualified guidance. These important changes have put a burden on the Crew by demanding not only their traditional skills and experience but also some specialised knowledge and administration time they are unlikely to have. This is where the Yacht Manager comes in; he takes over those tasks that require a small organisation to handle the administration of the Yacht. More specifically, the Yacht Manager will typically provide accounting services and banking. A large Superyacht’s annual budget runs into several million Euros or Dollars and most of that money is spent through hundreds of bank transfers or credit card transactions. These require qualified accountants equipped with enterprise management systems, banking relationships and fast internet access. They also provide extensive financial reporting and cost control through accurate budget monitoring.

Compliance

Then there is the regulatory compliance challenge, starting with periodic Class survey, annual Flag state inspections, the renewed threat of Port state controls, ISM and ISPS audits and general administration requirements, increasing local tax authorities visits, crew and insurance administration, and more to come. Managing a Commercial Yacht through all these requirements and regulations, some unpredictable at times, can only be handled through a dedicated office staffed with resourceful professionals. Some of these challenges are now affecting smaller Yachts as well, where the Crew may be less equipped than on the larger Yachts. Furthermore, the Yacht Manager can supply project management services

for refit and maintenance periods with, quite often, local knowledge of shipyards and contractors. The Manager will deal with the yard, contractors, Class/ Flag, Customs and Port authorities and help secure the best deals for the Yacht while liberating the Crew of these tasks. Is it realistic to expect The Crew to have at their disposal the collection of skill sets needed to undertake all of this? The answer must be no.

So what does work?

A qualified and experienced Crew operating the yacht, working in harmony with an experienced Yacht Manager. The Yacht Manager is on call 24/7 and can provide all the financial and professional support services the yacht needs to be financially sound, to be compliant and to maintain the efficient and safe operation of the yacht. This in turn ensures the yacht’s availability and sustained value and steers it through the labyrinth of controls, taxes and local regulations. The leaders and managers of Yacht Management companies often are, or have on their staff, highly experience ex-Captains or Marine specialists who have an intimate understanding of what it takes to operate a Superyacht as well as the skills and knowledge needed for new build supervision, refit management, crew administration and safety management. They also come with high integrity, a passion for yachting and a determination to safeguard the owner’s interests. The Yacht Management industry has grown with the average size of the fleet and for anything 40m, or more, a Yacht Manager is simply an essential member of the yacht team. And for the owners they get peace of mind, a yacht always ready to meet their needs and protection of the value of their asset. For more details: Tel: +34971 220 562 or visit: www.mastersyachts.com on board | autumn 2012 | 111


MYBA UPDATE

Keeping you off the rocks Representing the best interests of our membership and all professionals working within the luxury yacht industry, it’s been another busy year for MYBA The Worldwide Yachting Association.

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or a large number of brokers, yacht captains and professional crew, the MYBA Charter Show, held annually during late spring in Genoa, is a very familiar and much looked forward to event in the yachting season. Next year’s edition, taking place between the 29th April and 3rd May 2013 is an exciting and special year for us because it represents the 25th anniversary year since the show was first inaugurated in 1988. We’ll take the next issue of On Board magazine to tell you more about the exciting plans we have in place for next year. So, while the Charter Show is a well known and successful ongoing event for MYBA, our role within the industry as senior lobbyist on behalf of our worldwide membership and indeed the industry at large, is an equally important one.

MYBA delegation visit Brussels

In April a MYBA delegation was involved in senior-level talks in Brussels over the EU’s intended Green House Gas Reduction Commitment for yachts and potential implications for owners and operators who will need to comply with any new legislation as and when it comes into force. The delegation stressed the point that on a practical level, the issue of administering and monitoring a policy for yacht operators and crew needs to be kept to realistically low and manageable levels, if it is to become universally successful. At the meeting the EU Commission confirmed support of an international emissions regulation through the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Yet due to obstacles remaining in ongoing IMO proposals – and should nothing transpire in time the EU are committed to finding their own proposal and mandated to present such a policy to the Commission and European Parliament for debate during 2013/14. This could lead to a decision in 2014, with the potential to come into force by 2017/18. To date, four different policy ideas for discussion have been proposed by the EU, from which a system based on fuel quantities, documented through existing oil records, and with monitoring certified by a competent authority such as the 112 | AUTUMN 2012 | ON BOARD

European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), for example, currently appears to be the preferred mechanism (at this point in time). As yet unconfirmed, the scope of the proposed programme would likely be limited to all voyages terminating in an EU port (ie intra-EU voyages, plus voyages into the EU). Compliance with the requirements for individual yachts would be certified by an authorised organisation and, in principal, two certificates carried on board would demonstrate compliance. Port State Control would then just need to verify corresponding certificates were present on board.

Positive progress on Spain’s matriculation tax

The creation of a detailed report intended to assist in lobbying the Spanish authorities against the effects of Spain’s punitive 12 per cent local matriculation tax on charter yachts over 15m has been possible as a result of funding provided by MYBA alongside ANEN (Spanish National Association of Nautical Companies), AEGY (The Spanish Superyacht Assoc) and AENB (Association of Nautical Companies, Balearics) who have also contributed. The report successfully demonstrates the adverse effects of Spain’s current policies on potential charter based revenue and employment generation within the superyacht sector. Based upon findings and proposals contained within the report, the Spanish Associations are now in discussions with the Spanish authorities, whom it is hoped will be far more amenable to modifying the criteria for the application of the Spanish ‘special tax on certain means of transports’. www.myba-association.com or contact us by email at info@myba.net


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or some, the very essence of boating means getting away from it all. After all, who could imagine Sterling Hayden or Ernest Hemmingway having to check their “email” on the way to the South Pacific? Fast-forward 50 years and the reality is that communication is a requirement and access to it provides comfort and piece of mind. Super Yachts are not just floating vacation homes; they are a mobile and global base of operation. Reliable and fast Internet, quality voice, video streaming, and data transfer is paramount. Since its founding in 1997, LinkScape Internet Services has always provided specialized Internet communications and from 2006 has focused on the luxury super yacht and commercial shipping maritime sectors. Today LinkScape is the premier VSAT Service Provider and Advanced VSAT Technology Company, offering monthly Internet service packages and equipment unequaled in the industry.

Fundamental principles

LinkScape technology is developed on three fundamental principles: listening, developing, and delivering. The maritime industry is not looking for a “one size fits all” solution. With this philosophy in mind, LinkScape developed its own modem platform – the Eagle UltraVSAT™ Modem- to provide the ultimate in VSAT functionality, bandwidth and cost control. For the first time in Monaco, LinkScape will be displaying its next generation-enhanced modem. The Eagle UltraVSAT Modem is easy to install and does not take up too much space. It can be installed with just two cables from the modem to antenna, and is very compact with just a 1U appliance with integrated power supplies, modem, and antenna control unit (ACU). It is also easy to use with ‘point and click’ webbased technology. Unlike other Internet providers in the industry, LinkScape UltraVSAT modem was designed and built specifically for the maritime industry. Its industry exclusive intuitive user interface makes it easy to use, switch satellites and manage traffic. Typically, when a yacht moves it’s a whole process to transfer from one satellite to another. If the yacht doesn’t move, the configuration for the old satellite has to be manually reloaded. However, when you use the Eagle UltraVSAT, the modem automatically reloads and re-points the antenna back to the previous satellite if the yacht doesn’t come online within 5 minutes. Transitioning between coverage is “hands off” and if

ever blocked, it is a simple “point and click” interface to switch to another satellite. With other providers, you have to contact their support center and then change the configuration and settings yourself if the vessel has gone beyond the satellite. It’s a difficult technical process that can leave you without any connection for long periods of time. Some of the new features include proprietary hardware, providing greater flexibility and seamless updates, robust Ku and C band coverage across the world and customized ‘month at a time’ service plans.

Hybrid plans

LinkScape prides itself on having one of the fastest shared, dedicated and hybrid plans on the market, providing download speeds of over 8 Mbps and upload speeds of over 1Mbps. LinkScape can typically offer twice the speeds of other internet providers, for the same price. For example if you have a 1MB service plan, you can expect a Minimum Information Rate (MIR) of 50% or 512k with average speeds of 80% or over 800k. There are also value packages that fit any budget, starting at $0.68/MB and $0.10/Minute for voice. LinkScape can even manage the transfer if necessary or access the modem through a Fleet Broad Band, Wi-Fi, or other connection remotely. No other modem in the industry allows for this level of automation together with a robust Ku band coverage of the Americas, Caribbean, Asia and Europe. Currently the coverage totals 33 satellite beams; however, this number is growing rapidly. The LinkScape network consists of multiple redundant teleport earth stations and Teleports located throughout the world. Our redundant network centers are located in Austria and Luxembourg, stable jurisdictions offering our customers strong data privacy. LinkScape maintains points of contact throughout all European, US, and Caribbean yachting centers. LinkScape has a number of different partners, including e3 Systems to enable its technology to be used via its network of companies in Mallorca, Barcelona, Malta, Antigua, Antibes and its worldwide partner network. For more details; Tel: +33 489.610.155 or visit: www.linkscape.net. You can see LinkScape at The Monaco Yacht Show, at the e3 Systems stand: Darse Sud Air Conditioned Tent, Stand number QS 86 on board | autumn 2012 | 113


HAPPENING A round up of what you might need to know for this season and the next Known throughout the world for its splendid beaches and top hotels Antigua and Barbuda can rightfully claim to be the Caribbean’s Capital of Sailing. No one event demonstrates this more than its world famous race week. The organisers of Antigua Race Week the Caribbean’s number one come one come all sail boat regatta know that they produce a good event. Like most organisers however they strive constantly to make it better. Feedback received since last years regatta has been overwhelmingly positive, although it is recognised that there is always room for improvement. What worked well the organisers found was the dividing boats into classes. Not always popular with everyone but overall the concept works well. Race courses used were found to have worked well but start times and course overlaps may be altered in time for next year’s event to make for safer racing. The vast majority of competitors were happy with the number of races and the time spent on the water. There were a few exceptions coming mainly from sailors anxious to get to the golf course in the afternoon. As the majority of participants come to Race Week for the sailing, the concerns of golfers are going to be somewhat difficult to address. The optional Yachting World Round Antigua Race, open to all boats whether or not entered in Antigua Sailing Week, was exceptionally well received, although there were very few entrants who didn’t also participate in the full week of racing. As awareness of it spreads, considerable growth in participation is anticipated, including from boats not entered in Antigua Sailing Week. Almost all respondents to the online survey said that they would recommend it to their friends. When asked what they would do to improve the event, most said it needed nothing more than a few tweaks. The more humorous respondents suggested ‘free rum’ and ‘more dancing girls’. Others said simply ‘just can’t

How To Make Antigua Sailing Week Better make it better really’, ‘nothing comes to mind’ and ‘just keep doing what you’re doing’. Overall, the resounding message that has been received from all feedback is that it is once again the regatta on the Caribbean circuit and one not to be missed. With that message comes the expectation that entry numbers will continue to grow in 2013 and future years. Online entries are open now at www.sailingweek.com

Antigua Barbuda is Ahead of the Pack in Broadband Communications for Yachts The Government of Antigua & Barbuda and Digicel are partners in a collaborative project, which will provide yachts with faster broadband than in almost any cruising ground anywhere else in the world. Together they have recently launched Fourth Generation Long Term Evolution (4G LTE) technology giving coverage to 85% of the population of the twin island state. The Government has made the coverage for yachting, resorts and hotels an important feature in their strategy and all the yachting areas will be covered in the first phase. 4G

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LTE is a version of 4G and is 3 to 4 times faster than other implementations. It is hundreds of times faster than 3G. Every yacht, sail or motor and of any size, will be able to have access to a real world speed of 10 Mbps enabling a new world of video calling, streaming, and data transfer that in the past has only be available to the extremely large yachts using VSAT at enormous expense. Currently there are no plans to install 4G LTE in any of the other islands in the Caribbean.

Enhanced Navigation and Communication

Introduced at last year’s Fort Lauderdale Boat Show the show’s smartphone app MyBoatShow, designed to help navigate the show’s docks, land areas and tents, has been upgraded. Finally after years of complaints the show organisers report that cellular phone service should improve with the addition of a mobile cell site providing more cellular network coverage. There also will be free cell phone charging stations located throughout the show.


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Red Sea Danger is More Solid Than You Might Think Captains of superyachts passing through the Red Sea might have something a little more solid to worry about than attack by pirates. The Royal Navy hydrographical survey ship HMS Echo has discovered a previously uncharted underwater ‘mountain’ on the bed of the Red Sea. What is more is the size of the discovery is the same as the rock of Gibraltar. The hitech sonar suites of the Devonport-based survey ship mapped the huge feature for the first time, and it will now be marked on the charts. Echo was sent east of Suez at the beginning of last year to help improve charts of the region’s waters and gather key hydrographical data. Discovering the ‘sea mount’ is quite literally the biggest success of Echo’s deployment.

BERMUDA Marina Plans

The Bermudian Government is about to decide on allowing the development of a new marina project inside St George’s Harbour. Mark Soares, owner of Bermuda Yacht Services, is one of three partners in the St George Marina Company, the consortium selected to deliver the project. “The project is all designed and funded and we are just waiting for the government decision before we make a start,” he says. “It has three phases so will expand over the 18 months to two years build time as demand grows.” The town’s Corporation in St Georges is a active supporter of the marina, which will be located in the centre of the St George waterfront adjacent to the now unused cruise ship dock. Soares had initially hoped the marina project would have catered for both local demand and visiting or transient yachts. Now however, because of drop off in local demand it will now largely cater for the latter category. The marina would consist of 200 metres of breakwater with berthing on its inside for yachts from 22m-28m while on the outside, yachts up to 122m.

Yemeni fishermen evidently knew the mount existed – Echo found a dhow anchored on its summit as she carried out her survey of the area. Existing charts of the area suggested the sea was 385m (1,263 feet) deep, but over an eight-hour period Echo collected reams of information with her sounders to prove otherwise. 24 hours later, after processing all that information, the survey ship’s powerful computers produced stunning 3D imagery which revealed the true extent of the mount which rises to just 40m (131ft) below the surface of the Red Sea – deeper than the deepest draught of any civilian or military surface ship, but a definite danger to submarines passing between the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Announces Show Enhancements

Themed areas, layout changes and entertainment are just some of the all new features designed to wow attendees and exhibitors at the 53rd edition of what it bills as the world’s largest boat show. Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show strives to be the world’s greatest showcase of the boating and marine lifestyle. Now owners and operators of the show, the Marine Industries Association of South Florida and Show Management, respectively, have developed a strategic plan of exciting enhancements, scheduled to begin in 2012 and continuing to roll out over the next several years, to ensure that remains the case.

Adding a hint of Disneyland Magic attendees at this year’s show, scheduled for October 25-29 at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, will be greeted by a freshly designed show entrance and guided through the pedestrian-friendly layout with newly designed navigation and communication tools. Attractive themed areas are being created to engage each marine market’s respective fans. Entertainment of various sorts, for show-goers of all ages, is being planned to create a great experience for everyone who loves to get out on the water. ON BOARD | AUTUMN 2012 | 115


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should be reviewed from time to time to ensure it remains on track and is adjusted if your circumstances have changed at all. You need a specialist wealth management adviser who understands your position and provides tailor made solutions. They must have an in-depth understanding of taxation and law in the countries that affect you, as well as how they interact with each other, to determine where and how you should pay your taxes. At the same time they should advise on effective tax mitigation strategies for your situation. They should work in partnership with you to help meet your objectives as they change over time. Look for advisory firm which offers a range of financial services, as that will make life much easier for you. The services could include: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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September 30th – 16th Jan Paul Gaugin, Tate Modern, London 22nd – 7th Oct Oktoberdest, Munich 22nd - 24th Jan Claude Monet Grand Palais, Paris, France

September 29th – 7th Oct les Voiles de Saint Tropez 11th – 16th Festival de la Plaisance, Cannes 14th – 23rd Southampton Boat Show 19th – 22nd Monaco Yacht Show 22nd – 30th Interboot Watersports 25th Superyacht Design Summit, London 29th – 7th Istanbul International Boat Show

September 23rd Singapore Grand Prix 25th – 30th Ryder Cup, Illinois USA

October 1st & 8th Nickelback, London 3rd Leonard Cohen, Barcelona 6th Lady Gaga, Barcelona 8th – 9th Radiohead, The O2, London 8th – 9th Jan Michelangelo Albertina Vienna, Austria 11th – 14th Frieze Arts fair, Regents Park, London 13th – 14th George Michael, London 15th – 30th Jan Jean-Michel Basquiat, Musee d’art Moderne, Paris, France 22nd Jennifer Lopez, London 27th Muse, London 28th Venice Marathon 30th – 30th Nov Barcelona Jazz Festival November Until 14th Joan Miro. The Colours Of Poetry. Museum Frieder Burda. BadenBaden, Germany 1st Muse, Manchester 9th Deep Purple, Greoble 9th STING, Lyon 13th Deep Purple, Paris 13th Total Solar Eclipse, Northern Australia 14th – 15th Andrea Bocelli, London 27th Leonids Meteor Shower, every 33 years! 20th Florence and the Machine, Milan 22nd Florence and the Machine, Munich 24th Florence and the Machine, Amsterdam 27th Florence and the Machine, Paris

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October 1st – 5th The Voiles St Tropez, France 6th -14th Genoa international Boat Show 18th – 21st Extreme Sailing Series, Nice 20th – 28th Athens Boat Show 25th – 29th Fort Lauderdale Boat Show 25th – 28th Macau Boat Show 26th – 29th China (Shenzhen) Boat Show 27th – 4th Nov Hanseboot, Hamburg November 12th – 14th Global Superyacht Forum, Amsterdam 13th – 15th METS, Amsterdam December 2nd – 8th Antigua Charter Show 7th – 16th Nautic – Salon Nautique, Paris 6th – 9th Extreme Sailing Series, Brazil 7th – 16th Salon Nautique de Paris

October 3rd – 5th London Bierfest 7th Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka 7th Shanghai Rolex Masters, Tennis 7th Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe 12th England v San Marino 14th Korean Grand Prix, Yeongam 15th FW Euro Cup, Windsurfing, Conil, Spain 28th Indian Grand Prix, Greater Noida 29th BNP Paribas Masters, Tennis, Paris November 4th Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 6th Melbourne Cup – Horse Racing 10th England v Fiji , Twickers 13th Ironman World Champs, vvHawaii 16th Davis Cup World Group Final 18th USA Grand Prix, Austin, Texas 24th England v South Africa, Twickers 24th Wales v New Zealand, Cardiff 24th France v Samoa, Paris 24th Ireland v Argentina, Dublin 24th Scotland v Tonga, Edinburgh 25th Brazilian Grand Prix, Sao Paulo


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