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MEGATREND Art and Music in Borusan Holdings VISION Patagonia by Francesco Morace GOOD THINGS Sam Byrne in Haiti EVENT The Mille Miglia 2010 STORY Paul Smith and the Gentlemen of Bacongo SPECIAL FEATURE The launch of M/ Y Exuma
l a u n c h i n g o f E x u m a , the new Picchiotti 50m
motor yacht of the Vitruvius速 series, is a giant step for the Perini Navi Group. Not only is this the first motor yacht of our Group, but it is also the first motor yacht of its kind in the world. Philippe Briand has designed a highly efficient carbon-friendly machine. And we have built it to the standards expected by the owner and by the Perini brand. The results are stunning: high cruising speeds, extraordinary range, low fuel consumption, engines idling along at a fraction of their maximum power. All this makes for a truly revolutionary yacht. And we take the opportunity to thank the owner for having trusted us, together with Philippe Briand, to build this extraordinary world cruiser.
Not so energy efficient, but equally fascinating, are the vintage classics that raced in the historic Mille Miglia. Perini Navi has decided to sponsor this event in recognition of the pioneering spirit of the age, and of its touch of Italian magic. And, speaking of sponsorships, we bring to your attention the unique approach of Turkish multinational Borusan. In an interview with CEO Ahmet Kocabiyik, we explore the positive interaction between a large corporation and the international art and music scene. A highly appropriate issue in this very special year for Istanbul, European Capital of Culture. Finally, we feature a report from the St Barths Bucket, the iconic super yacht regatta in which our yachts performed exceptionally well. We hope you will enjoy Stream 08. And we look forward to welcoming you at the next Perini Navi Cup, that will be held in Porto Cervo, from the 1st to the 4th of September 2011. Giancarlo Ragnetti CEO Perini Navi
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Art and Music in the world of Borusan Holdings
The coast of Patagonia by Francesco Morace
18 Good Things
Sam Byrne in Haiti
Pinstripes and Carbon Dream
The magic trunks of Pinel&Pinel
The white gold of Florence
Mille Miglia: the most beautiful race in the world
42 Place to Stay
Four Seasons Florence
46 Place to Rent
The Castle of Castagneto Carducci
Gentlemen of Bacongo
St Barths Bucket Regatta
Running shots of S/Y Fivea
The XIV International Exhibition of Sculpture of Carrara
Vitruvius Special Feature: the launch of Exuma, the first Picchiotti Vitruvius motor yacht. New yacht previews and on board cooking, with a comment by Martin Redmayne
A RACING MACHINE ON THE WRIST
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Now that the Fifa World Cup is over and has slowly faded from the news and comment pages of the international media, sponsors will be counting their pounds, euros, dollars and yens. Some will be happy. Others less so, depending on their chosen teamâ€™s performance.
The artistic influence of Borusan in the music and art world of Istanbul is immense and has grown steadily in the last twenty years.
a day with Ahmet Kocabiyik, CEO of the Turkish multinational Borusan Holding
eanwhile, more than nine thousand kilometres from South Africa, in Mozart’s birthplace, a totally different sponsorship scenario was being celebrated: Ahmet Kocabiyik, CEO of the Turkish multinational Borusan Holdings, had just sat through the first performance of the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra at the Salzburg Festival. Borusan is one of the most influential sponsors of art and culture in the whole of the Mediterranean. First came the Borusan Chamber Orchestra. Then the Borusan Philharmonic. Then the Borusan collection of Modern Arts. And the Borusan Academy for young artists. The Borusan Music House and Art Gallery. Borusan is also excavating the archaeological site of Ephesus. It publishes extraordinary art and history books under the name of Ertuğ and Kocabiyik. “We truly believe that part of our earnings should be returned to the community. We could have invested in sports: football, or basketball. But we take art, culture and education very seriously. My father was one of the founders of the Istanbul Festival. We thought that there was a lack of appreciation for the arts. And in the last 17 years we have contributed significantly”. This year sees Istanbul as European Capital of Culture for the first time. The event has flooded the pearl of the Bosphorus with international visitors and Borusan seems to be everywhere. Go to visit Ayasofya, or Hagia Sophia, as it is internationally called: in the upper gallery an exhibition of extraordinary images by Ahmet Ertuğ celebrates the publication of the Ertuğ & Kocabiyik volume on the mosaics of this ancient monument. Take a stroll in the trendy Istanbul district of Beyoglu. You cannot miss the six storey Borusan Music and Art House which is currently holding an international exhibition called Madde-Isik, Matter-Light.
THE BORUSAN MUSIC HOUSE IS also an ART GALLERY
The Matter-Light Exhibition at the Borusan Music House brought together conceptual artists from all over the world, to unanimous critical applause. The exhibition lasted three months and occupied all six floors of the Music House in the trendy district of Beyoglu. Artists included Ulf Langheinrich and Granular Synthesis, Sarah Kenderdine and Jeffrey Shaw, Erwin Redl, Thomas McIntosh, Emmanuel Madan, Mikko Hynninen and Christian Partos.
The exhibition spans all six floors of the building and features some outstanding installations: a colossal music and video performance by Ulf Langheinrich and Granular Synthesis, a navigable interactive Turkey by Sarah Kenderdine and Jeffrey Shaw, a dark room populated by a myriad of tiny leds by Erwin Redl, an experiment in sound waves and visual effects called “Undulation” by Thomas McIntosh, Emmanuel Madan and Mikko Hynninen. Three creations by Christian Partos. Still not convinced? Drive a few hundred miles south to the ancient ruins of Ephesus (Efes). There, Borusan has helped to establish a privately funded foundation to assist the excavation of the ancient city, only 15 per cent of which has been unearthed to date. Chairman of the foundation is, of course, Ahmet Kocabiyik. And on top of that, Borusan itself has helped sponsor the Austrian Archeological Institute which is charge of the Ephesus site, and has funded the reconstruction of the Marble Hall at the consul’s house, considered the World’s largest puzzle, with over 120 thousand marble pieces to fit together again.
"CONTEMPORARY ART CHANGES PEOPLES' ATTITUDE AT WORK"
The interactive navigation of Turkey's monuments and landmarks by Sarah Kenderdine and Jeffrew Shaw was an apt representation of Borusan's committment to the nation's cultural and artistic heritage. Borusan not only invests in contemporary art, but also in music, photographic books and archaeology. They are currently financing the reconstruction of the Marble Hall at the Consul's house in Ephesus.
So: whether you are in Istanbul or Ephesus, if it is art or music that you are involved in, then you cannot miss the influence of Ahmet Kocabiyik and Borusan. “It isn’t only about sponsorships and recognition”, says Mr. Kocabiyik. “Our investment in contemporary art, and the permanent exhibition we have in our own offices, has helped to change people’s perception. It creates a different attitude. Contemporary art requires that you ask questions about what you see. And then you start asking questions about your own work, and challenging the way you do things. Art is innovation, and businesses have to innovate today, otherwise they cannot succeed”. And now that Istanbul is the European Capital of Culture, Borusan’s investment in Art and Music seems, with hindsight, the logical step for a corporation with strong European and international ties. Borusan operates in different fields: it is a pipe industry (Borusan in Turkish means just that), in partnership with German Mannesmann. It is a steel manufacturer in co-operation with European giant Arcelor (now part of Mittal). It is the official importer of BMW and Land Rover in Turkey. It distributes Caterpillar in Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Iran. It has a very important logistics group, which operates warehouses and manages its own port facilities. “Our newest business”, says Mr. Kocabiyik, “is energy. We are investing in renewable energy from wind and water: wind farms and small hydroelectric dams”. Again, there is a technology partnership with a German company: EnBW. Borusan has about 5.200 employees, and a turnover of over USD 3,2 billion. Mr. Kocabiyik took over the management of the group from his father, the founder. Which means that its extraordinary results have been achieved in only two generations. “We like to grow with partners”, says Mr. Kocabiyik. And maybe that explains it. Speaking of which, the eternal dilemma for Turkish enterprise: EU or non EU. “I believe Turkey will one day enter the EU, but it may take some time. If the European Union wants to become a World power, there has to be a Muslim element in it. And Turkey is the ideal candidate. Unfortunately, I do not see European leaders with vision. And Europe has so many problems of its own, this may well not be their priority”. But: Turkey is the 17th economy in the World. The current government has promised to reach the tenth position by 2020. “I believe in that. We have the potential to do that. It means 7, 8 per cent growth per year. And that is possible. So if you ask me what my vision for the future is, I would definitely say: Turkey as the 10th World economy. In ten years time”. So if you are there counting your pennies, cents or yen after the Football World Cup, count again. There may be better ways to invest your money. And ensure that you end up in history books, too.
images and text by Francesco Morace
Patagonia is unique. A place of experiences, dreams, stories: unique by definition. From Magellan to Chatwin, from Sepulveda to Herzog. Patagonia has always been a geographical laboratory that puts human life’s capacity for adventure and daring to the test. A place where all the world’s Norths and Souths are condensed: by putting pieces of Canada, Iceland, Greenland, Norway and Australia into contact like floating icebergs which don’t come into conflict but rather become a dynamic expression of the genus loci. Patagonia gives strength to the concept of “chance” in the sense of opportunity for transformation of the present and destruction of the past by gathering together the energies and the tensions that only the encounter with differences can catalyse.
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Once you get beyond the place that the local guides call “the curve of sighs” the white line of the glacier framed by a wooded landscape offers a universal and absolute vision. A vision of the kind that Kant called the ecstasy of beauty: it can’t leave you cold. Surprise, harmony and perfection converge in just one glance. The nearing and the exploring of the area is a search for a new viewpoint over a single block of ever-changing marvel. Every ray of sunlight, every passing cloud, every moment of the day offers a new filter for the regeneration of natural beauty. But the biggest surprise is the roll of thunder that frequently rumbles through the glacial valley: it’s made by huge blocks of ice that break off the sheer walls and fall into the water with ten metre high splashes. The observer is left speechless and hypnotised. You can find yourself waiting in the cold for hours just to hear the creaks that inevitably precede the crash.
Another memorable experience is the climb up the North Leg of the Lago Argentino to see the icebergs. Here we are no longer at the base of Perito Moreno, but amongst the four glaciers called Upsala, Onelli, Agassiz and Spegazzini in the area of the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. The Upsala glacier is the principal producer of icebergs, huge blocks of ice that with their strange and fantastical shapes truly define the word â€œphantasmagoricâ€?. Once again we are beyond the range of the imaginable and far beyond the idea of the Titanicâ€™s demise. These are livid and azure sculptures of indescribable beauty, animal shapes or spaceships landing on lost planets, rings of transparent blue that melt in the bright sunlight and frame the fabulous mountains, forms that chase each other in an imaginary game of tag just like in the Little Prince. In fact, Saint Exupery used to observe these places from on high, while flying his biplane.
We are on the edge of the Beagle Canal, a passage just a couple of hundred kilometres south of the Strait of Magellan. The trip through the canal is spectacular: colonies of penguins and other birds are followed by sea elephants, lunar landscapes by intensely green forests, a lighthouse that really seems to signal the end of the earth and the first farm built by the crazy visionary Thomas Bridges who wanted to convert the local indios to the Anglican faith come what may, but who wound up converted himself to the local customs of magic rituals and who wrote the first English/ Yamanas dictionary.
The best things
first happen by degrees. Sam Byrne talks with Stream about his charity project in Haiti, one that will bring a major improvement to many lives through small but continuos gestures of altruism. A businessman and a team of American doctors and nurses offer their skills and knowledge to benefit a stricken local population.
am Byrne’s first encounter with Haiti was a bit traumatic: in February 2007 during the Montego Bay Race, also known as the Pineapple Cup, his yacht dismasted off the Haitian coast leaving him and his crew forced to seek shelter across the Windward Passage to Cuba, at the US Navy base in Guantanamo Bay. Now, three years later, he has come to Haiti under much different circumstances. “When news of the earthquake started getting back to the States it was just impossible not to want to get involved in the relief effort. The Haitians needed everything and we lack nothing, it was only natural that we lend a hand”. At his pilot Pete Simpson’s suggestion, Mr Byrne began lending his private plane for ferrying the wounded back to the States where they could get necessary emergency treatments. As much as these privately sponsored relief flights were helpful, after a month it was clear that an even greater effort would be required. “I have always been involved in charity, but up until now have kept it on a local, community based level. But the disaster in Haiti was just too great. The damage, the shortages and the suffering were unimaginable. One evening I was out to dinner with some doctor friends who are also part of the crew who regularly does Bucket races with me on my yacht Freedom. We started asking ourselves what we could do to help and before long I knew that I had found a way to make my contribution to positive change”.
Long before the earthquake struck privately run nonprofit organisations worked in Haiti to help the local population get access to proper healthcare. Project Help Haiti and Partners In Health are two non-profit healthcare organisations that have been active in Haiti for decades. They have several hospitals there including the Pierre Payen Hospital, a general surgery facility that was well positioned to help,
but lacked supplies and doctors. Byrne’s regatta team includes top-notch specialists like Dr. Henry Frissora and Dr. Jon Jacques. While this was no call to sail at the Pineapple Cup, everyone was happy to volunteer their services. While the doctor/sailors contacted colleagues to put together surgery teams, Byrne contacted corporations that he knew through work. In practically no time at all Team 8, as Byrne’s Haiti-bound crew was called, was ready to spring into action. In one of the largest and most quickly organised private relief efforts launched from the U.S., Team 8 was soon on an Airbus lent by Dow Chemicals and fuelled by Exxon, on their way to Haiti. “While my sailing buddies had put together two full surgical teams, there was urgent need for more than just doctors. We loaded the plane with an ultrasound and cauterization machines, supplies for orthopaedic surgery, medicine, 14,000 lb. of supplies, 12,000 lb. of food and seven pallets of clothing”. The clothing may seem a small thing compared to the medical supplies and doctors, but for the Byrne family it was very important. “My sons got their first crack at charity work through the clothing drive. They organised donations
through their schools, and helped vacuum pack the clothes. They saw first hand what a difference they can make, one step at a time”. Helping one person at a time, one step at a time has always been Byrne’s way of doing charity. But once the plane landed in Haiti the pace was gruelling. “At first I wasn’t convinced that I should even go; I thought my place was at home, writing checks to fund the effort. But my buddies would let me stay on the sidelines. Team 8 did forty-seven major surgeries in just a week and I found myself drawn in. On a typical day, we would head into Port-au-Prince in the ice truck we used as an ambulance and a local doctor would show us the patients he thought we were best able to help. We would bring them back to the Pierre Payen Hospital, operate and take them back, frequently with discharge instructions written directly on their casts”. While the trip was a success Byrne is not going to stop here. “We are planning on going back for one week twice a year. Because you can’t just make a quick contribution when emotions are running high: to really help one person at a time, one step at a time you have to be ready to make a constant contribution."
“Only then you will really make a change in perspective and improve a life”.
Helping one person at a time, one step at a time has always been Byrneâ€™s way of doing charity.
Those wishing to make a contribution can contact: https://donate.pih.org/page/contribute/haiti_earthquake?source=earthquake&subsource=standwithhaiti http://project-help-haiti.
THE MAGIC IN THE STRIPES. Thin vertical stripes slide along a brushed fabric, and a simple suit becomes perfection.
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WOVEN FIBRE. From Carbon, a chemical element with a thousand uses, comes a new shape: the carbon fiber. From the ancient mica to Formula One race cars.
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Lamberto Petri, a fashion designer from Viareggio, has created a pinstripe for women. After having worked for Hermès, Vuitton and Paul Smith he has created his own London based brand. His creations are today available in Italy and around the world, even in Tokyo. Italian creativity and manufacturing for a new international brand.
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Lejaby plays at creating confusion between the sexes with their HIS FOR HER collection. Like perfect dandys in a time when there are no boundaries between wardrobes Lejaby has presented a pinstriped outfit in black lace with tulle and inserts of tone on tone satin. www.lejaby.fr
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Be it in jackets or suits you can find pinstripes in Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fall/Winter 2011 collection. For this French designer pinstripes are part of the mystery and the memory of a masculine/feminine hybrid. www.jeanpaulgaultier.com
From the left: Lamberto Petri, creator of La Maison du Couture; Jean Paul Gaultier's latest pinstripes; Alida Valli and Gregory Peck in "The Paradine Case" by Alfred Hitchcock; Humphrey Bogart in "The Maltese Falcon"; Cary Grant.
Pinstripes In Italian gessato,
in French rayé, in Spanish rayas diplomáticas, pinstripes are forever stripes, that sign geometry imprinted, through straight parallel lines, against a dark background. Stereotypically elegant, sometimes even elitist, pinstripes get their name from the narrow width of the stripes, as wide as a pin. This fabric is called “combed” because the fibres are woven parallel to each other which makes for a slightly rough texture. It has always been the height of fashion, going from Clark Gable’s classic suits to today’s exuberant reinterpretations. Typically masculine, today pinstripes are used in women’s clothes too, playing with our expectations for rigor and linearity used in the most traditional suits used instead in fluid and extravagantly sensual outfits. Just think of Armani’s pinstriped skirts from the eighties which, with their soft, flowing lines contrasted with the square sartorial lines of the jackets. Or think also of Dolce e Gabbana’s sexy corsets that add colour to the most severe looking black and white suits. There can be no doubt that pinstripes are associated with power: be he father or godfather the man in the pinstriped suit keeps everyone in line. This correlation has been captured in the movies where the fabric of quintessential masculine elegance has been used to dress mafia dons helping to create a certain stereotype. Al Capone, "The Godfather", "The Untouchables", all the way up to today’s "Sopranos".
Carbon Fibre Carbon is a chemical element
(with symbol C), and it comes under various shapes and forms. There’s soft graphite, known to us all as the lead in pencils. Which is, by the way, the origin of its name, from the Greek γράφειν (grafein): writing. There’s the diamond, its exact opposite in hardness and colour. And there are all the more contemporary forms, all of which derive from the use of Carbon fibre. Carbon fibre was created by Ohio chemist Roger Bacon in 1958. Manufacturing began in 1969. In thirty years, carbon has taken over as the raw material of choice for parts and components in cars, motorbikes, yachts, furniture, even clothing. Carbon Dream was created in 1994 as a converter of fibre. And, in typical pioneering tradition, it all started in an old garage, where Fabrizio Ippoliti started playing with the fibre to build little components for his Harley Davidson. Ippoliti was studying law at the time, as his family expected. “But I kept thinking about fenders for my bike. Even though a Harley is not quite the choice for carbon fibre. I was building the lightest components in the world for the heaviest bike in the world”. Carbon fibres are woven into fabric and impregnated with resins that allow the fabric to be moulded into a desired shape. It is a hard, strong material. After making some components for his Harley, Ippoliti set out to build parts for motor cars. Beginning with the Porsche he used to race in. “It was difficult to source fibre back then”, he says. “It was very expensive, and of very low quality”. Yet Carbon Dream found enough to supply parts for Ducati, Bugatti, Maserati, Ferrari, Bentley, Lamborghini, Aston Martin. “We started changing attitude. We aimed for absolute excellence, and our automotive partners helped us to elevate our technical standards”. In 2005, Carbon Dream met Perini Navi. “We began working in the yachting industry with the top supplier in the world. Now, thanks to Perini Navi, we are one of the three manufacturers who are able to make large size structural components such as booms and spreaders”. The next Carbon Dream creation will be a 40 ft carbon fibre hybrid yacht designed by Alex Pirard.
From top to bottom: Lamborghini, Bugatti; an ancient Greek inscription; Ferrari; graphite; Harley Davidson; carbon fibre.
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the magic trunk From Alladin to Shakespeare’s Portia, from Hans Christian Andersen to Pandora, we have all been fascinated by the magic of a secret container. It is in the realm of childhood dreams: the magic box, the secret drawer, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Well, look no further. In Montmartre, the legendary quartier of Bohemian Paris, Fred Pinel’s laboratory will give you that dream in any colour, size, and configuration. With a passion that has rare precedents in the world of malletiers, Pinel & Pinel has reinvented the concept of luxury, and crafts the most exclusive leather trunks in the world. To Fred Pinel, custom isn’t just a word on a brochure. The whole concept of his creations is to fulfil a dream, to bring fantasies to life, to conceive the inconceivable: and deliver it to your doorstep. M. Pinel was not always a malletier. He began his career in advertising, but ever since his childhood he had a penchant for leather. There was a pilot jacket manufacturer close to his home, and he would pocket the cuttings from the litter bins and take them home. But it was only many years later, during a visit at his parents’ home, that he found an old leather trunk. “And this”, he says, “is what I suddenly realised I wanted to do”. Creating trunks is an expensive venture. M. Pinel had to start with an object that was more manageable. He decided to create a unique cigar holder.
“There has been an era in which luxury was related only to price. If something was expensive, that was luxury. I don’t think I agree. People have changed, and they want to know why an object is or isn’t a luxury item. They want to look at the details. They want to know the history. They want to see where it is made. That is luxury, today”. Fred Pinel
Unique in that the leather came in 157 different colours, including orange and fuchsia. The first store to take them was trendy Colette in Paris. Then came Le Royce, also in Paris, Victoire and Harrods in London, The Joseph boutiques. Old England. Holts. And then Saks, Neiman Marcus. You name them, Pinel started to be all around. But he wasn’t entirely satisfied. “I was becoming a manufacturer of luxury accessories: where was my magic trunk?” And so he set up his own brand. Joseph boutiques were the first to feature his trunks. Then came Krug, for which he made the most extraordinary picnic trunk ever to be even dreamt about. He made a hi-fi trunk with Bang & Olufsen. A watch trunk. A shoe trunk for Michael Jordan’s collection. A bicycle trunk for Ronaldo. A games trunk for a Perini Navi owner. A bar trunk for a cognac manufacturer. A bonsai trunk, pictured here, for no purpose at all: if not the idea, the dream, again. There is even an I-trunk, a portable office with Mac, printer and desk. “We cater to people who still have a space in their lives for fantasy. We make objects whose only purpose is to give their owner happiness”. Pinel&Pinel is now the fastest growing luxury brand in France. Which, considering that it is all about joie de vivre, is not surprising.
In 1735 the Italian nobleman Carlo Ginori opened the first factory that produced “white gold” in his country. His factory was in Doccia, a small town on the outskirts of Florence which today houses the Ginori Museum, the oldest industrial museum in Europe. There, on his family estate, Ginori opened his Manifattura hoping to offer the local populace a valid alternative to agricultural work during a time of political crisis when Tuscany was caught between the declining powers of the Medici family and the rising star of the Hapsburgs. By 1838 the Manifattura Ginori had five kilns and almost 200 employees and it continued to expand for the entire century. In 1896 the Florentine Ginori and the Milanese Augusto Richard factories become partners, forming a new company called Richard-Ginori. Throughout the twentieth century and even during the two World Wars the new company continued to thrive and expand thanks to the quality of its production and collaborations with artists of the calibre of Gio Ponti, Giovanni Gariboldi and Franco Albini. Galatea A table service and a vase collection inspired by Piatto del Mare, one of Giovanni Gariboldi’s most famous works.
Artisans at work at the Manifattura Ginori.
Richard Ginori 1735 Made using a secret recipe, the ingredients for porcelain were known only in China for almost a thousand years. Discovered during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) techniques for porcelain production were perfected and spread to Korea and Japan in later centuries. Only in the XIII century Marco Polo brought home some examples of what would come to be known as “white gold”. Nobody knew how to make it but everybody wanted it. Only the Dutch managed to import Chinese porcelain starting from 1500 and they maintained a monopoly on its commerce. This was also the period of the European colonial empires, when tea, coffee and cocoa began to be imported in quantity. In just a little while, as these drinks became more popular, so did the use of porcelain to serve them in.
traditions of Florence’s white gold
Mille M The most beautiful race in the world Enzo Ferrari
Fabrizio Ippoliti and Giancarlo Ragnetti at the stop in the historic centre of Urbino.
Miglia “The mission
of Perini Navi – says Giancarlo Ragnetti, CEO of the Perini Navi Group - has always been to somehow transcend the consrictions of time, and create products that do not fade away through its passage. Research, technology and attention to detail have been the hallmarks of our brand. The Mille Miglia is a race we have been happy to support, because it is one of the symbols of Italian excellence worldwide”. images by Giuliano Sargentini
Some of the entrants, including David Coultard and Jackie Stewart, during the preliminary controls in Piazza della Loggia in Brescia.
375 cars took part in the Mille Miglia 2010 in May this year
Enzo Ferrari called it the most beautiful race in the world. And it is. The Mille Miglia is the most fascinating competition to have ever graced the roads of Italy. A legend in its time, it was raced by drivers who have made the history of motor sports. Champions of another era, aristocrats of the circuits, men like Tazio Nuvolari, Alberto Ascari, Eugenio Castellotti, Giuseppe Campari, Piero Taruffi, Luigi Villoresi. Or Sir Stirling Moss, called the eternal runner up: the greatest Formula 1 driver never to have won a world championship. In 1955 he won the Mille Miglia in a spectacular Mercedes 300 SLR, and his record for the course remains unchallenged. There was Giannino Marzotto who triumphed in 1950 driving an invincible Ferrari 195 S in a tweed suit and tie. It is the pilots who have made the history of the race, but also the builders and designers. Vignale, Pininfarina, Scaglietti, Zagato, to mention just a few. Men and brands who have left their mark on this unique race that climbs mountain
passes, crosses cobbled city streets, powers through villages and glides through country lanes, brushing against the houses and raising clouds of dust. A hard and dangerous race, true, but a race capable of attracting thousands of spectators who would spend the night at the edge of the road, waiting for a glimpse of the cars as they raced through. The first edition of the Mille Miglia was held in 1927, based on an idea by Count Aymo Maggi. The original course was a long figure eight that started in Bescia, descended to Rome and came back to Brescia. A total of 1628 km, roughly 1011 miles. The first edition was won by Minoia-Morandi on an OM. Then came the years of Alfa Romeo, virtually impossible to beat. After the war, the challenge was between the fast silver Mercedes and the elegant Ferrari, who sported versions “S” and “MM” for the event. The race was disputed 24 times between 1927 and 1957. And in 1987, it returned as a historical display of both vintage
From Brescia to Rome and back on the original course, a large figure eight
The stages: day 1 Brescia-Bologna; day 2 Bologna-Rome, via San Marino and Rieti, with a stop in Urbino; day 3 Rome-Brescia, passing through Viterbo, Florence, Parma and Cremona, with a stop at Buonconvento (Siena).
â€œDrivers!... masters of calcuation, champions of cynicism, reckless risk takers or only men searching for a sense of their own life in the fragile rapture of victory?â€? Enzo Ferrari
130 Ferraris built from 1958 to today opened the race, and started an hour before
The historic Mille Miglia race (19271957): the Formula Uno of past times Clockwise from top left: Tazio Nuvolari; Giancarlo Ragnetti and Alessandro Casali shake hands in front of the Historic Mille Miglia Cup, the trophy that symbolises the race and has the names of the winners of all the past editions etched on it; the Cup at Brescia's Gran Teatro where the prize ceremony was held; Giuliano CanĂŠ and Lucia Galliani, team 88, celebrate their tenth victory in the "Freccia Rossa" race.
treasures and contemporary driving skills. It is an endurance race, reserved for cars built until 1957, a race in which timing is more essential than speed. Nevertheless, the Mille Miglia is still very popular among vintage car collectors and devotees, who wouldn't miss the occasion of driving through magnificent roads, crossing some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, while following this mobile museum. More so, given that since 2002 the organizers have been forced to limit registrations to 375 teams. The 2010 edition established for the tenth time the CanĂŠ-Galliani team as winners at the helm of a 1939 BMW 328 Mille Miglia CoupĂŠ.
08PLACE TO STAY
Seasons images by Barbara Kraft
1- Art: Florence, cradle of the Renaissance, one of the world’s most beautiful cities with a unique artistic and cultural heritage of historic buildings, monuments and museums.
4- Restyling: large halls, frescoed vaulted ceilings,
ancient sculptures, walls covered in Chinese wallpaper. A painstaking, seven year restoration project to gives the hotel its unique atmosphere.
2 2- Hotel: a florid oasis situated a short walk from
the old city centre, where one can take a relaxing stroll through the della Gherardesca Garden, one of the most fascinating, yet unexplored parts of Florence. 3- History: centuries-old frescoes are on display in the courtyard and inside the della Gherardesca Palace (15th century) and in the “Conventino” (16th century), the two buildings that comprise the structure of the Four Seasons Hotel.
5 5- Cuisine: the flavours of Tuscany, a region with incomparable food and unmistakable wines such as Sassicaia and Brunello. 6- Nature and Health: twelve acres of botanical gardens, wandering paths, lawns and woods. Guests can enjoy a spa for regenerating mind, body and soul.
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1- The residences: unique details like original
friezes and bas-reliefs, skylights and ceilings painted with figurative scenes make all of the 116 rooms and suites different from one another.
4- Details: bathrooms from days gone by, where refined taste and richness of antique furnishings go hand-in-hand with an atmosphere of comfort and functionality.
2 2- Colours: the interiors were designed by architect Pierre-Yves Rochon who has used â€œTuscanâ€? ochre and olive green in celebration of the region. 3- Comforts: complete service for total relaxation poolside with a delicious welcoming Spa Lounge.
5- Arno River: these legendary waters reflect some of the
most characteristic scenery of Florence.
6- Service: any time of day, guests are made to feel
at home and can depend on specialised personnel that guarantee the highest standards of hospitality.
08PLACE TO RENT
della Gherardesca Stream would like to introduce a new series of features on castles, villas and other out-of-the-ordinary places that are available to rent for parties or other events. How many balls have been held over the centuries in the Castello di Castagnetto? Probably hundreds, just as in any other self-respecting castle. But how many castles have belonged to the same family through hundreds of parties over hundreds of years? Not that many. The della Gherardesca family has owned the Castello di Castagneto for thirty-seven generations through wars, famines, plagues, invasions- and parties. Today, just as during the Middle Ages, they still come home to it. Every castle is the heart of its town, protecting its inhabitants from enemies and invaders. The history of the town of Castagneto is interwoven with the history of the della Gherardesca family. Wilfrid, a Lombard nobleman who decided to become a Benedictine monk, founded a monastery here. He left all of his possessions to the monastery, including Castagneto.
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The family name comes from a certain Gherardo who lived in the tenth century and was a leader in the Marine Republic of Pisa. Later he was commander of a castle in Donoratico and ruled over an area that included Castagneto, Bolgheri, Bibbona, Casale and Montescudaio. Federico Barbarossa gave Gherardo title to Castagnetum (which means chestnut forest) and the lands have been in the della Gherardesca family since 1161. Just as the castle walls are one with the town of Castagneto, so too does the history of the della Gherardesca family weave itself into the local lore. In the Divine Comedy Dante tells the story of the Count Ugolino della Gherardesca who, walled alive in the Muda tower with his children and nephews, survived by eating them. Dante opens the thirty-third Canto of the Inferno with this story. In tribute to this dubious claim to fame there is a statue of Ugolino, a copy of the original Ugolin et ses fils by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, inside the castle courtyard. The original is in the Metropolitan Museum in New York. While the Castello di Castagneto is still the della Gherardesca’s private residence it is also available to rent for balls, cocktail parties, photo shoots and concerts. It has hosted the Filarmonica della Scala with Roberto Bolle’s dancing during the Bolgheri Melody festival. “During the centuries the building has been restored according to local tradition. Now is the time for us to bring its use up-to-date, for an interchange between past and present, the antique and the innovative”, says the current day Count Gaddo della Gherardesca. Castagneto is in the Maremma area of Tuscany, along the Etruscan Coast. “This is an area which is naturally scenic. It has remained intact all the way up to the town of San Vincenzo because it still belongs to just a few important families”. Just a few miles from the coast, the Castle dominates the area around it, from the Bolgheri hills to the fifteen kilometre long beach of fine sand. Even along the beach there are traces of the della Gherardesca family: the Fossa Camilla, today an area of dunes protected by the WWF, was designed by the great mathematician Leonardo Ximenes on commission by Camillo della Gherardesca who was looking for a way to drain the wetlands of his tenuta.
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“I survived in the desert because I connected positively with my surroundings” Mauro Prosperi “If it is possibile to build a
that is accessible
to the disabled, why not design
Alex Bellini Mauro Prosperi Andrea Stella
Alex Bellini gained international recognition for his extreme achievements on foot and in a rowing boat. After his expedition in Alaska, where he walked alone and unassisted for 900 miles, Bellini went to sea, and in early 2008 he began a solitary crossing of the Pacific on a rowing boat. He set off from Lima in Peru headed for Sydney, 10,000 miles away. He stopped on December 12th 2008 at only 65 miles from his destination. The Pacific crossing was certified by the Ocean Rowing Society as â€œcompletedâ€?.
rom the high green Valtellina valley to the deep blue sea. Alex Bellini is the solo rower who comes from the mountains. A modern day pioneer looking for adventure in oceans never rowed across by man. Drawn by the desire to live emotions long forgotten. What is the latest adventure you’re planning? I was in the middle of the sea and already telling myself, ‘it’s going to be at least twenty years before you’ll be coming back here’. It needs to be seen if I will actually honour this pledge. I believe that if you’re born a sea dog you will always be one, so I’ll probably be back soon. Nevertheless I feel the need to cut back and dedicate myself more fully to my family that I have neglected in the past years. I am becoming a balloon pilot, it’s a new interest that will take me over the skies of my home region, the Valtellina area of the Dolomites, and from there over Central Italy. I will enjoy the feeling of being surrounded just by air. Is it harder to row at the beginning, middle or end of the voyage? The moment that you push off from the pier, off from your reference point, is always a memorable one even though the adventure starts long before that, when you first decide to go. I have especially vivid memories of the first weeks of the voyage: psychologically they were very difficult. Because it was only then that I realised what a huge project I had gotten myself into, and that from there to when I would finally see my wife again a long time was going to pass. I spent forty-two weeks on the water! I really didn’t know if I would have the strength to get through. The last miles are the easiest, the pleasantest, the ones that you know are bringing you back home; inevitably you live them with a lighter heart, you almost want to start running to get to the other side. Half way through is the worst part. You start saying to yourself, ‘You’ve got to be kidding, I have suffered so much and I’m only halfway through! To get to the other side I have to do this much all over again?!’ It seems like a trip to hell and back. But I also think that this is the real reason for and the beauty behind this type of adventure. If there are no difficult times, no crisis or discouragement, you haven’t really lived the experience to the full. Where I’m from they say that even stones roll downhill. It’s when things start going wrong that you have to double up and fight, roll up your sleeves and say, ‘OK, I can work my way out of this, whatever it takes’. Are the natural elements your friends or foes? Are the greatest difficulties in or outside of you? They are in both places. A positive attitude even in the face of difficulty helps you see things in the right light. The ocean has two sides, it’s both beautiful and horrible. More than once I spat in it hoping that I was spitting in its face: in that moment it was as if it was doing everything in its power to defeat me and to deprive me of the satisfaction of making it to the other side. At the same time I’ll never forget the days that I felt wrapped up and protected, filled up with the positive sensations that only the sea can give you. A lot depends on how you look at things. Our mind set is the product of the thoughts we wrestle with. What inspired you to try an adventure like that, to push yourself to the limit? This is the question that I get asked most frequently and I always try to answer it as best I can. But the answer to that question is a gut feeling, a shiver, an emotion that I can’t explain fully with words. It’s the desire to immerse myself in a world that is not my own. In our world all we have to do is look out the window to see that mankind is everywhere. My pleasure, and I think everyone on earth shares this, is the feeling that I am surrounded by a natural element that is unchanged since the Ice Age. There I can find myself. The ocean is an element where everything loses its ordinary significance only to acquire a new meaning. A series of horizons that man seeks to explore, that he wants to reach then surpass, just like Ulysses. Because that’s just the way we are: discovery, research and knowledge are terms that men across generations have been inspired by. That’s why we have been able to reach both Poles, that’s what inspires all great scientific discoveries. Sensations that we all share and that we all seek in our own way, in the way that is closest to our hearts. My grandmother who knits all day feels the same sensations of happiness and communion that I feel in the middle of the ocean. I would never be able to be an office worker, but I understand why some people are motivated by that kind of life. I know that sometimes I make a bit of a mess of things, but it’s because I have my own elements of confusion inside me. I stopped asking myself why because I knew that it would never get me anywhere. I have a stronger desire to test myself than to ask myself why I test myself. The reason why I test myself would be silly, but to risk my life for silly reasons is worth a try!
Mauro Prosperi, Penthatlon gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, is an extreme Marathon runner. In 1994 during the fourth leg of the Marathon Des Sables in Morocco (233 km in 7 days) he found himself cut off from the other competitors. Caught in sandstorm he survived for nine days alone, without food or water, in the Sahara desert.
nce the Italian navigator and explorer Ambrogio Fogar said to me, ‘Mauro, adventurous types like us go looking for trouble. You got lost by accident and that gives your adventure even more meaning’. I had just gotten back from my adventurous misadventure in the desert. Everyone was talking about my experience and saying that all the attention it had gotten me had made me a rich man: all I remember was that I had lost eighteen kilos and had spent a long time in the hospital. What is your next adventure going to be? Right now I’m working with a friend on a project to conquer all the great erg, sandy areas, of the Sahara Desert. Then we want to walk across Africa, 7,500 kilometres in ninety days. We will be selfsufficient. At first we will have a cart with a kind of sail on it loaded with water and food. When those rations run out we will adapt and survive on what we find, be that water from wells or food in the oasis towns. We will be in contact with the world thanks to a webcam and a link with SKY. This adventure is my life’s dream; I have been planning and preparing for it for years now. How long does the planning and preparation phase last and how much time and effort does it take? You have to make a distinction between your resources. When you embark on an adventure of this type you know that you might make it through, but you’re never certain. First of all you have to love yourself and the environment you are in. If you don’t have either of these two elements on your side you really shouldn’t leave. You have to be physically fit, because you are risking your life. You also have to be mentally mature: have you ever noticed that very few extreme adventurers are young? Messner was well over twenty when he reached the North Pole. It’s your mental strength that allows you to feel at home in an environment that’s apparently hostile. I thought that we’d speak right away about the Des Sables Marathon, but I see you have a lot more to say! I haven’t competed in that Marathon for the past six years, but I’ve done it eight times and I have always placed well. I’d like to prepare carefully for next year’s edition, to train to win my category and to place in the top ten over all. With all your experience in this Marathon, do you feel that the first or the last kilometres are the most difficult? It all depends on your mind-set. You can start off thinking that you’ll take a little walk and try out a new thing just so that you can brag about having done the Des Sables Marathon. If this is the case a marathon in the desert could be like a twenty-four hour walk through Rome or Milan. If you get too hot you stop to rest under a tent. The organisers only provide water and a Berber tent where there is room for twelve. There is no room for error. Even a hole in a sock can become a problem that will compromise the outcome of your marathon. Is the competition against others or the competition against your self more important? For athletes competition is important. But think about the big names in sport: when you are already rich and famous where does your drive come from? I have always wanted to win, I have always had that drive inside of me. And I love to run. Naturally, you can’t win them all, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t try. You play to win: that’s the basis of sport. Take the latest edition of the America’s Cup, which I participated in. Everyone thought they knew who the winner was going to be, but everyone was in the game hoping to take home the prize. And look what happened. In the Des Sables Marathon all aspects of competition come into play: you have to beat your adversaries, you have to overcome your mental limitations, you have to survive and you will only if you have a good rapport with nature. This is the essence of the Des Sables. You have to reconcile all of these factors or not only will you lose, you will probably also get lost. And that means hurting yourself badly, very badly. Have things changed since you were a professional pentathlete? When I was a professional I was running with blinders on. When I was competing against other professionals I travelled the world without really seeing it. I feel much more free now, when I am on an adventure and I have learned to look around myself. Living immersed in nature has helped me get to know myself and discover the world. To discover it for myself and to help others discover it. When I walk across Africa I will help others learn about its problems and contradictions in some little way. It’s an extraordinary Continent and is always very thankful to anyone who takes the time to get to know it. The Berbers consider me blessed because I survived the desert, but I survived because I learned to live as they do, because I learned, albeit unconsciously, their lifestyle.
ndrea Stella, the charismatic founder of an association called The Spirit of Stella, begins this interview with a riddle: “What do a whirlpool, a remote control, an SMS message and a credit card check-out system have in common? They were all originally intended to assist users with disabilities”. “Candido Jacuzzi was an innovative pump manufacturer. He invented the whirlpool in 1948 to help cure his son’s rheumatoid arthritis. The remote control was conceived as a way of making life easier for people with mobility impairment. SMS messages were a way for the deaf to use telephones. And POS check-out systems in Braille per developed as a payment method for the blind. Specific issues, all of them: yet each was then able to influence the lives of us all”. Ten years ago Stella, after his graduation, took some time off for a vacation in Florida. A short break, before taking up a career in international law. Well, that career never happened. Four sudden gun shots in Fort Lauderdale’s allegedly secure Isle of Venice brought him down. A hair’s breadth from death, Mr. Stella survived, but lost the use of his legs. Had you ever thought of the everyday life of a disabled person? Before the accident I didn’t even know how people with disabilities lived their lives. I discovered a whole new Universe. I realised you don’t see them around because they find it difficult to leave venture out from their homes. The concept of disability itself is constantly changing. It involves the difference between the possibility or the impossibility to move or to interact with one’s surroundings. If architects and designers were to consider the various mobility issues of different people (not only people with disabilities, but the elderly, or mothers with baby strollers), there would be no handicaps. Strangely enough in Miami, where I was shot, I’m not very handicapped, thanks to the care with which houses, hotels, roads, public buildings are designed and sign-posted. In Italy my handicap is much greater. Sometimes I have to go through four different entrances to the same Underground, because the only one with a wheelchair access is not signposted. Unfortunately, the disabled are only considered in simple, legal terms. If the construction conforms to some bureaucratic rule or other, then the architect is satisfied. But noone considers what it actually means to make a toilet really accessible, or to allow a man in a wheelchair to go on a shopping spree. For example, in Corso Buenos Aires, one of the main shopping streets in Milan, only 34 shops out of 287 are wheelchair accessible. What is the greatest obstacle? It all comes down to this: we feel our disability only to the extent that we cannot provide for ourselves without help. Before the accident I was an accomplished skier and yachtsman. And after the long and painful rehabilitation my father convinced me to try sailing - again. I accepted on one condition: only on a yacht that would allow me to move around unassisted. After having contacted over 200 charter agents to find a yacht on which I could enter, move around in, and go to the bathroom and in my cabin alone, I found that such a yacht did not exist. I was determinate not to give up. In England I made the acquaintance of Trevor Jones, a tetraplegic who had adapted a trimaran, and Mike Wood, president of the DSA (Disabled Sailor Association). Mr Wood took me on board Verity K, a traditional 35 ft sloop with a side gangplank for easy access. My ambition was not, therefore, out of line. On Verity K I felt slightly unstable, but I was sailing again. And that is when I realised I still wanted to live. So I decided to design and build my own, universally accessible yacht. I decided to go for a twin hull, which afforded more stability than a monohull, since heel is never more than 5 degrees. Is that how the universal yacht came about? Exactly, with the friendly advice of my English friends, I studied various solutions with multi-hull builder “Mattia & Cecco”. The brief was truly ambitious: accessibility above and below decks, easy access to all the yacht’s functions, including sheets, halyards, and the windlass. And of course a fast and good looking design. Lo Spirito di Stella is the first universally accessible twin hull yacht in the world. And the amazing thing is: there’s nothing really so special about it. It has simply been designed for universal use. Sometimes very little is enough, a few inches here and there, to make a bathroom wheelchair accessible, often all you need is to invert the direction in which the door opens. From a hospital ward to an Atlantic crossing: a challenge that you already won on the starting line? That’s right. In 2003, in Venice, Lo Spirito di Stella was launched with the patronage of the Italian Navy and of the current Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti. The first goal was to circumnavigate Italy in seven stages, with a different crew for each leg. There would be disabled crew members on each step: though not only. What we wanted to prove was that architectural barriers are easy to remove. It only takes the right design. On a side note, we also wanted to test the yacht for the real challenge: the Atlantic crossing. For me this was a very special challenge: I would return to the place of my shooting. Thanks to Italian top sailors Mauro Pelaschier and Giovanni Soldini, together with other friends with various disabilities, on my wheelchair, I sailed across the Atlantic Ocean and arrived in Miami. Not only that: we raced there in the RAC (Rubicon Antigua Challenge) and arrived fourth overall, first among the twin hulls. www.lospiritodistella.it
Andrea Stella was the victim of an attempted robbery during his post-graduation vacation in Miami, Florida. Shot three times, he lost the use of his legs in the year 2000. Because of his passion for sailing he built a universal access multi-hull. After the launching, Andrea Stella crossed the Atlantic and arrived in Florida, taking a fourth overall in the RAC.
For the Sapeurs l’haute couture is a religion and the name of their church is SAPE (Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élegantes). With their own commandments and ethics, their saints are Pierre Cardin, Roberto Cavalli, Dior, Fendi, Gaultier, Gucci, Issey Miyake, Prada, Yves Saint Laurent, Versace and Yohji Yamamoto.
From the introduction by to the book Gentlemen of Bacongo
or me, the look of the Sapeurs is just amazing.
It is incredible enough today to see men dressed so elegantly in capital cities like Paris or London, let alone in the Congo. Their attention to detail, their use of colour, all set against the environment they live in, is just fantastic. Their style appeals to me because
apeurs right from the beginning of my career I have always
worked with classical shapes and striven for beautiful
quality, while the main emphasis of my work has come from the use of colour and the unusual co-ordination of fabrics. As a designer, I have for years also played with opposites and the unexpected in my work, a
classical jacket with an unusual lining for example. To see the Sapeursâ€™ amazing elegance and style
in contrast to the backdrop of their unexpected living conditions is truly inspirational. We have become so complacent in todayâ€™s world that everything is so readily available to us. The Sapeurs, however, have to work hard and dedicate time and money to afford and source these clothes. The passion they have for clothes is so unusual today, while the care and attention to detail given to everything they wear dates back to the time of the first dandies, when entire outfits would be carefully considered on a daily basis. The attitude of the Sapeurs and their way of being is unique, not just the clothes, the ties, cufflinks, socks, shoes and famous cigars but also their elegant manners and place in society.
Gentlemen Of Bacongo, 224 pages, a report by Italian photojournalist Daniele Tamagni on an eccentric Congolese brotherhood: one of the most elegant clubs in the world. With an introduction by Paul Smith. Trolley Books
Congrat 2010 St Barths Bucket Regatta
The St Barths Bucket 2010 concluded last March after 3 remarkable days of racing in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. yachts attended the event.
ulations Overall Winners were Ranger, a 42-meter J class Andromeda la Dea, the 47m Perini Navi P2, the high performance 38m Perini Navi
Out of a fleet of 39, in first place, in second and yacht in third place after handicapping.
S/Y Andromeda la Dea was also awarded first place in Les Grandes Dames de Mer class reserved for Cruising boats and S/Y P2 received second place in Les Gazelles de Mer Racing class. The seven Perini Navi sailing yachts that participated in the Bucket represented the shipyard well: the 38m P2, the 45m Helios, the 46m Antara, the 47m Andromeda La Dea, the 50m Baracuda, the 56m Salute and 68
Riela all showed their mettle in the regatta. Each race of the regatta was exciting in its own right. Credit it to her having the highest aluminium mast in the world, but in the first Race , the 56m Perini Navi sloop launched in 2008, sailed an excellent race to finish second in Les Grandes Dames class, only three minutes behind the winner, the 40m . finished in 6th place overall.
Around the Island
S/Y Hetairos S/Y Salute
Wrong Way Around Course Andromeda la Dea finished first, Helios Antara
In the third and last race, the , the podium was swept by Perini Navi yachts: followed by a very close second, third and fifth. No less than six Perini Navi yachts finished amongst the first 12 boats in Les Grandes Dames Class and , helmed by Australian Peter Holmberg, captured 2nd Place, just behind the J class yacht in Les Gazelles Class beating some very notable racing yachts.
At each Bucket Event yachts are asked to cast ballots for the crew among the fleet that
demonstrates the most professional service in all tasks, while maintaining the best joie de vivre, camaraderie, teamwork and respect.
Antara received the All Star Crew Award, while Baracuda won the Vitters Seamanship Trophy, awarded to the yacht that demonstrates the best seamanship and sportsmanship in the interest of promoting safety on the race course. , in fact, retired from the last race in order to provide medical attention to one of their guests.
Andromeda La Dea was awarded the Perini Navi Trophy, for the Perini Navi Yacht with the best combined result and sailing performance in the regatta. pictured above, on her way to her second place finish overall in the fast Le des Mer Class.
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Worldwide party planners
selected by Stefania Lippi (event & wedding planner) Life's a party, but some just do it better. Luckily for you, Stefania Lippi, an industry insider, has chosen some top party planners from around the world to help you kick up your heels in style.
Preston Bailey prides himself on his talent for transforming ordinary spaces into theatrical environments, translating his clients’ visions into awe-inspiring realities. This Panama born party planner’s work pushes the boundaries of event planning into art installations. He uses new technologies in areas such as lighting, tent design and image projection to create settings that are beyond imagination. Not content to plan parties around the world, he is also the author of the books Design for Entertaining, Fantasy Weddings, Inspirations and CELEBRATIONS and has designed a home collection and silverware among other projects. With offices in New York, Indonesia and the Middle East, Bailey has worked in places and with people from around the world.
Colin Cowie, events
Caractère Events, weddings
Preston Bailey, spaces
Caractère Events. This Beirut-based company plans and designs weddings throughout the Middle East- and does them in a style lavish enough to turn heads even there. Design, decoration and entertainment are usually conceived along themes. Their parties are as fashionable, elegant, sophisticated and extravagant as a rose covered settee. Turn to them for an Arabian night to remember.
Colin Cowie is a versatile virtuoso who can arrange everything from a simple dinner for six in South Hampton to a glittering extravaganza for 600 in South Africa. His creativity and flexibility make him the planner to turn to for any variety of events in a worldwide range of locations. Wherever the venue his style, class and impeccable organisation will shine through. Instants Magiques is the party planner to turn to if you want your guests to feel as if they had just rubbed a genieâ€™s magic lantern. This Marrakech-based wedding planner can count on a network of contacts in Morocco's Red Town to organise weddings and other celebrations that will stun and delight everyone fortunate enough to be on the guest list.
Jeff Leatham, florist
Instants Magiques, weddings
Jeff Leatham's work goes far beyond that of a traditional florist. Known as a floral designer, he got his start as Artistic Director of the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills and soon moved on the Four Seasons in Paris. While he has won prizes as best Hotel Florist in Europe for three consecutive years, his work goes way beyond the lobby. His arrangements for the MoMA in New York and a wedding at Versailles are both memorable. But his work is not limited to cut and/or dried flowers. Not content with the vases he found on the shop shelves, he designed one of his own for the famous German glass company, Daum. He has also collaborated with Swarovski designing Orchidee a beautiful chandelier of hand blown glass orchid stems for their 2004 Crystal Palace Collection, and designing an orchid bedecked, crystal encrusted pair of Mickey Mouse ears commissioned by Disney.
Mondo Mediterraneo. Giancarlo Acciavati and Gemma Mirabilio founded Mondo Mediterraneo twenty years ago, in Amsterdam. Amongst their guests the mother of the bride to Tommy Hilfiger to Citibankâ€™s top executives. Strongly linked to their Mediterranean origins, Giancarlo is a trained chef with a flair for style and atmosphere and Gemma is the genius in the kitchen, preparing everything from delicate pastries to robust and authentic main courses using only organic ingredients from the lands of the Mediterranean Sea. Palazzi Events, founded in 1990, is an Italian event planner and Gas communication, founded in 2004, is its sister company. Working together as Palazzi & Gas they provide a powerful party and event making and promoting machine. Known for their creativity and attention to detail, Palazzi & Gas can organise anything from corporate to cultural events, arrange for everything from gadgets to gorillas, then have enough time and energy left over to make sure that everyone has a good time.
Palazzi Events, parties and events
Mondo Mediterraneo, banqueting
Sie7e Sentidos Eventos is a Madrid-based event planning company whose motto is â€œcreamos calidadâ€?. It takes a sixth sense to delight the other five, but that is just what they have. Their events seek to delight the senses of taste through excellent food and wine, touch through sensual locations, smell through well planned floral arrangements and candles, sight through beautiful settings and lovely lighting and hearing through well thought out music and entertainment programmes. They can do everything from location to lighting and logistics.
David Tutera, the wedding planner who believes that to create a successful party, guests should be enticed from the moment they receive the invitation. From the cocktails to the dancing down to the cake and coffee every detail should be tuned to perfection. Whether it be a destination wedding weekend, a black tie dinner at a five star hotel or a tented celebration at home, he creates weddings that will be remembered for a lifetime. And since you’re only supposed to have one wedding you might as well do it right.
Urban Caprice, events
David Tutera, weddings
Sie7e Sentidos Eventos, events
Urban Caprice. London-based, part of Richard Caring’s Caprice Holdings, Urban Caprice offers “bespoke” event production services. Those looking for unique, ambitious or seemingly impossible locations can work with their venue scouts, property agents and film location managers to seek out new and unusual spaces. Empty office blocks, disused car parks, luxurious town houses, gritty warehouses and beautiful gardens alike have all been transformed into memorable party locations. The unusual venue is just part of the picture: designing and styling; lighting, sound and audio-visual; prop sourcing and building; staffing and security; entertainment all are services that Urban Caprice can supply.
Fivea After S/Y Heritage and S/Y Helios, last April Perini Navi launched its third 45m yacht, which is also the 48th of its ever growing fleet. images by Giuliano Sargentini
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S/Y Fivea is a result of the ongoing collaboration between Perini Navi's naval architects and yacht designer Ron Holland. This steel hulled yacht has a redesigned aluminium superstructure and a twin Caterpillar engine propulsion. The Perini Navi built aluminium mast rises 52 metres above the waterline and carries a sail area of almost 1,200 square metres, handled by seven Perini Navi captive reel winches. Perini Navi electric furlers handle the in-boom furling system that stores the mainsail within the carbon fibre boom.
The new superstructure design is sleeker and has improved aerodynamics for better overall performance. The interiors of S/Y Fivea have been designed in house by the Perini Navi Design Department. The layout features three guest cabins (including one, large VIP suite) and a full beam owners' stateroom aft. Each cabin can be transformed into a variety of configurations to suit the needs of owners and guests.
S/Y Fivea has a draught of 3.94m with keel up, and 8.79m with keel down. LWL is 37.25m, and the beam is 9.73m.
S/Y Fivea has a max speed under power of 13 knots, and a 4,000 mile range at 10.5 knots. S/Y Fivea carries 7,000 litres of water.
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The ancient Romans called it “marble from Luni”. The marble from the quarries in the Apuan Alps, behind Versilia, is today considered one of the best after centuries of history, art and science. Artists like Michelangelo and Canova used to spend long periods of time in Versilia when they were selecting marble for their sculptures.
XIV International Biennial Exhibition of Sculpture of Carrara
June 26th Postmonument, the name given to the XIV Biennial Exhibition of Sculpture of Carrara, curated by Fabio Cavallucci, was inaugurated. The underlying
theme of this exhibition is monuments: “that radical process of de-monumentalisation,” the curator says, “that in the past century has freed sculpture from commemorative finalities. Once a symbol of power, an instrument of control of the masses, also used as a catalyst for the values of a people and a step towards the construction of a collective memory, monuments became the principal target of revolts and revolutions, to then be eliminated by the affirmation of the ideals of democracy and freedom of our times. At any rate, in a framework of mobility as we are living in now, in a climate of change and of re-reading of history, alongside the iconoclastic tendencies of modern times we can see a gradual re-emergence of codes and values from the past. Will we recognise ourselves in new monuments?” The exhibition spaces have been chosen from old sculpture studios and other abandoned buildings in the centre of town that were in keeping with the show’s theme: the search for a new way to read monumentalism. The central part of the show is comprised of the works of thirty of the most important artists worldwide. Names of the calibre of Paul McCarthy, Antony Gormley, Yona Friedman, Santiago Serra and Monica Bonvicini, along with rising stars like Kristina Norman, also present at the Padiglione Estone at the Biennale di Venezia 2009, Cyprien Gaillard, one of the finalists at the Premio Marcel Duchamp 2010, and Rossella Biscotti, Winner of the Premio Fico at Artissima 16. Twenty-six artists of different nationalities were invited to present new works inspired by Carrara and that, for the most part, were done in Carrara’s workshops. Performances like one done by Sam Durant were mixed with memories like the series of family photographs of the Kazak couple Yerbossyn Meldibekov and Nurbossyn Oris, that show how the city structure and the monuments in their country are historical and cultural reference points that have changed in the last decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. Part of the exhibition is dedicated to architecture with models by Asymptote and Daniel Libeskind from New York, Norman Foster + Partners and Zaha Hadi from London, Fuksas from Rome, Frank O. Gehry from Los Angeles, Jean Nouvel from Paris and MVRDV+ADEPT from Holland on display.
images by tille bortolotti
The Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang brought the work "One Thousand Youngsters Drawing David" to the Biennale in Carrara. Michelangeloâ€™s masterpiece was brought back to its birthplace: a block of marble measuring 620x200x140 cm that was used as a projector screen for a video done of art students at the Academy of Beijing while they were doing drawings from a gesso copy of the David.
arrara, the source for marble that is sought after and appreciated worldwide, is hosting the XIV edition of its Biannual International Show of Sculpture until the end of October. The show is mounted in a variety of spaces that, like a treasure hunt, start from the beach and are then disseminated throughout the city. At Marina di Carrara a brilliant white boy with the facial features of the actor Terence Koh is crouched on a geometric base made of the same brilliant white marble. From there on to other locations in old marble cutting studios and laboratories in and around Carrara. The star of the show is white Carrara marble that already in Roman times was exported from the port in Luni. Quarrying stopped during the Dark Ages to start again in the Renaissance. Michelangelo and all the most important artists of the time would spend months in Versilia selecting the best blocks of stone that they would then transform into some of the greatest masterpieces of all time. From the mountains to the sea, from the local laboratories to the port to monuments, public buildings and private houses to celebrate people who have changed history and time periods that have left their mark. Stone composed of calcite that the ancient Greeks called mármaron, splendid stone, that is still central to artistic and cultural production today. Michelangelo’s David is “the” model for art students around the world, even in Beijing. These are the students that Cai Guo-Qiang filmed while they drew from a reproduction of the David. During the inauguration of Postmonument this film was then projected in the Cave Michelangelo using the sheer wall of white rock as a natural film screen. After having lived through centuries and having had a million copies made Michelangelo’s masterpiece came back to the mountains that it was born from. “In February I came to Italy on a personal trip and I went to visit the Cave Michelangelo. Immersed in the Apuan Alps, generous mothers of this stone which has inspired man since ancient times, the quarries are a visible intermediate step between the magic of nature and the creativity of man. I thought that it would be interesting to bring the David back to his source through the many reinterpretations of him done by the art students at the Academy of Beijing”.
Michelangelo’s David returns to its origins
Cai Guo-Qiang is a Chinese artist who was born in Quanzhou, the city that was Marco Polo’s departure point in 1291 when he set off to return to Venice after having spent seventeen years in China. The Kublai Khan had asked the Venetian explorer to accompany the Princess Kökechin in her voyage to meet her husband-to-be, his nephew Arghun Khan of Persia. Marco Polo and the princess left the port of Quanzhou with a fleet of fourteen boats. They sailed past Sumatra and Sri Lanka and arrived in Persia two years later. And it was again from Quanzhou that Cai Guo-Qiang departed on his way to the Biennale in Venice in 1995 to show his work ‘Bringing to Venice what Marco Polo Forgot,”an old, 9 metre junk made of bamboo rigged with a typical sail and loaded with Chinese medicines. In this way Cai Guo-Qiang celebrated the rapport between East and West with a message that is an invitation to renew ties and exchanges between Chinese philosophy and Italian art.
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Thomas Dippel on board S/Y Selene
Chairman of the Bored E n e rg - E - F i s h I n S e a Green is a word that is overused today, everyone is bandying around the term as a gesture of conscience and guilt rolled into one. Let’s face it, large yachts are not exactly environmentally friendly, the decking, the paint, the fuel, the various discharges are all earth shatteringly damaging in some way or another. But let’s not feel the guilt, let’s remember the fact that our impact on the oceans is negligible in comparison to other global heating sectors. However, we do have a responsibility to ensure that we are aware of our impact and how we can protect marine life and operate more efficiently. This is where the market is heading and it is to be applauded. The word “green” however is confusing and while we hear of green yachts and green operation and notations, it is very hard to consider this as a proper term. A green yacht would be built out of sustainable wood, operate under sail and perhaps have a team of oarsmen that would row, Phoenician style in the tank deck, when there is little or no wind. Perhaps the same oarsmen would generate power by turning electric motors with the circular rowing action, in order to generate light and enough power to turn a classic turntable in order to generate music via retro vinyl records. Ventilation and cool air would be generated by ducts and fans driven by the same man-made power source and food would be sourced via the sea, where by an exclusive diet of sashimi would deliver human energy sources. Obviously this is slightly tongue in cheek and not to be taken too seriously, but when you consider the amount of yachts that are quoted as green, we have to add a sense of ridicule and make people realize that the best description should be “energy efficient” and this is where the thread of my recent conversations with a variety of yacht owners has gone. The concept of building a yacht is expensive in financial terms as well as energy levels required to deliver all of the various components, structures and systems. Therefore it is not just about operational efficiency, it can start at the very beginning of the lifespan of the hull. What materials are you using and how much energy is consumed in creating the raw hull structure? Is the final form fair and therefore how much chemical compound and coating system is required to shape and artistically create a cosmetic finish to the hull? When writing a specification, how
much onboard power is really needed in propulsion terms and hotel system loading, the number of yachts that need to keep load banks running in order to run the generators at optimum load seems inefficient. The need for so many lights throughout the yacht to illuminate the spaces at all hours of the day, inside and out, keeps generators ticking over. The need for vast amounts of air-conditioning to keep the interior cool, while most guests are outside on deck is again a confusing conundrum. The natural daylight and the sea breezes are sustainable and constant and should be designed into the interior better, prism lights in the desks. Vents to channel cool sea air into the yacht, through filters are probably a lot healthier than constant man-made chilled air, full of foreign bodies and cooled to such a level that our bodies tend to suffer illnesses through the constant temperature changes we encounter. All of these natural systems need to be used better if we want to encourage yacht owners to get back to nature. The fact that many yachts never run at top speed apart from sea trials is an enigma; let’s build yachts that are designed to run at the most efficient load, in terms of fuel efficiency and minimize discharge and emissions. One owner recently explained that his cruising agenda had changed, and rather than get from a to b as fast as possible, he would cruise there at the most efficient pace, watching his fuel consumption drop to an affordable level. It wasn’t a financial consideration, but more a conscious effort to think about the fossil fuel burning through his engines. Don’t get me wrong, the focus of the industry on green issues is good and it is to be applauded and rewarded, but unless we take draconian measures to build and operate yachts in a completely different way, we will find it impossible to be truly green. Perhaps in addition to energy efficiency, we should also be looking at sustainable energy. This is the provision of energy that meets the needs of the present without compromising future generations, after all we all want future generations to own yachts. Sustainable energy sources are most often regarded as including all renewable sources, such as plant matter, solar power, wind power, wave power, geothermal power and tidal power. It usually also includes technologies that improve energy efficiency. The harnessing of these energies is often expensive and in many cases inefficient, otherwise we would have moved a long way forward towards complete sustainability. The concept of solar power and wind power has been used for years on smaller cruising yachts, but purely to generate additional nominal power. The sheer volume of solar energy that hits the decks and superstructure of today’s cruising Perinis is significant, not to mention the sail areas and awnings. There has to be a possibility to create an efficient system to use that source, because at the moment the sun’s energy is sustainable. The idea of wave power is a difficult one as the amount of energy required to tow any of the current power harnessing systems alongside the yacht would consume ten-fold the amount of energy they generate. What else is available? Well, there are a variety of new power sources being developed around the globe and no doubt some of the venture capitalist yacht owners will be far more involved than I am, but I am confident that new sustainable sources will be on the horizon in the next couple of decades. But until they are small enough and efficient enough to drive the myriad of onboard consumers of power, we have to rewrite the current yacht specifications and focus on power requirements. Writing a technical spec with oversized engines, too many generators and energy hungry systems throughout the interior fails to deliver green or efficiency, therefore if we want to build and own yachts with some form of environmental responsibility, we need to focus on power required, material sustainability, operational criteria and waste reduction. It may not be completely green, but the increase in efficiency means that we will see our next generations enjoy the myriad of marine life and be able to enjoy the variety of Fish in Sea.
Journalists from around the world, guests and collaborators gathered to see and celebrate the first Picchiotti Vitruvius motor yacht launched July 3rd. Exuma is a 50 metre motor yacht and the 50th yacht launched by the Perini Navi Group. The Vitruvius® series, designed by Philippe Briand together with Perini Navi, is inspired by the perfect proportions of Leonardo da Vinci’s vitruvian man. Beyond visual perfection, Exuma is also an Explorer, a yacht built to fulfil its owner’s desire to navigate worldwide without limitations. images by Giuliano Sargentini
Picchiotti Vitruvius 50m
logistics Philippe Briand, designer and creator of the Vitruvius速 concept, was inspired by the hydrodynamic principals behind sailing yacht hulls where waterlines, organisation of volumes and distribution of weight are all optimised for maximum efficiency.
Exuma has gross tonnage of less than 500 tonnes, displacement of about 400 tonnes and just 2,3 metres draft which allow her to navigate even in shallow waters.
The proportions of the hull and superstructure allow for ample spaces of 123sq mt for storage and stowage of exploration equipment. Privacy for all aboard is assured by the use of double stairways.
launching July third the Perini Navi Group’s first motor yacht was launched. Five hundred guests were present for a double christening: Exuma, the 50 metre Picchiotti Vitruvius motor yacht, and the new Cantieri Navali Beconcini in Picchiotti shipyard were celebrated together. In this way the Perini Group’s two different lines, Perini Navi for sailing yachts and Picchiotti for motor yachts, were more strategically differentiated.
La Spezia’s Marina Militare band opened the ceremonies with the Italian Nation Anthem. Vanni Marchini, Giancarlo Ragnetti and Philippe Briand presented Exuma, now ready for navigation to remote destinations that the owner could not reach on a previous circumnavigation. Exuma was born and built for exploration: thanks to her capacity for 75,000 litres of fuel and tanks sufficient for 17,000 litres of water she has an autonomy of 5,500 miles at 12 knots cruising speed. Exuma has the capability of stowing large amounts of equipment on board to allow exploring the most beautiful and remote areas of the world: an amphibious 16.4 ft vehicle, completely customised with Iveco Campagnola mechanical components and frame, a Hov Pod 12 ft hovercraft housed inside the two fore lateral garages with gull-wing door openings, two tenders, respectively measuring 21 ft and 14 ft, two electric land scooters, two Seabobs and a Sea-Doo RXT 250 jet ski.
launching The event was planned by Lucia Maffei, who designed the setting and organized the evening festivities. Cocktails were followed by dinner in the hangar where Exuma had spent the past few months being finished. A band played while guests visited the yacht.
Perini Navi thanks Pommery and BMW, generous partners in the organisation and preparation of the launching. During the whole event BMW Italia provided six cars, including two new BMW X6 hybrids driven by professional race car drivers, for test driving and guest pick-up. Pommery not only celebrated Exuma with two special bottles, one for Exumaâ€™s christening and one for the owner, but also offered champagne to guests throughout the evening.
The balance between straight and curved lines is at the heart of the Vitruvius速 project. The wide windows give a special light and visibility to all the decks. And the bridge deck features a 360 degree panoramic view thanks to large, double, curved windows that distinguish this yacht and make it unique.
navigation The balance between straight and curved lines is at the heart of the Vitruvius® project. The wide windows give ample light and visibility to all the decks. The bridge deck especially has a 360 degree panoramic view thanks to large, double, curved windows that distinguish this yacht and make it unique. Maximising efficiency is at the heart of the Vitruvius® project. Starting from the efficiency of their hydrodynamic hulls. Philippe Briand consolidated his
experience as a sailing boat designer in creating an efficient displacement for these hulls. This is the principal factor contributing to these yacht’s efficiency and sustainability because it has a large impact on fuel efficiency. The vertical bow elongates the waterline to the extreme. Its narrow entry cuts through the waves and adds stability. The low prismatic coefficient improves cruising speed. The proportions of the coachroof and the yacht’s low centre of gravity help limit pitch and roll. Exuma is built entirely of aluminium and weighs half of what other comparable boats built out of steel do. Exuma’s efficiency is due to her limited consumption. She therefore has reduced emissions of CO2 gases and respects the environment.
art Exotic art is a theme throughout Exuma and it's even at the origin of her name. Exuma, in fact, is an area of the Bahamas formed of 360 coral cays. In the owner's suite the six paneledÂ XVII centuryÂ screen is from the Kano school. Decorated with a motif of Cica palms, it covers the whole wall.
A structural and functional element that also has a decorative function is the column that separates the living and dining areas. The antique Polynesian paddle inside the showcase is the central element of the room and, following the owner's wish, was the base for the entire structure around it.
An oval lobby separates the day area from the owner's area. The softness of the oval shape breaks with the hard-edged squareness of the other rooms and signals entry into a softer dimension. Hidden between the doors that open onto the owner's and the main guest suites there is a hi-fi that controls music in all of the yacht. The Chinese-style lamps were designed and created at Perini Navi following an idea of the owner's.
The natural oak was carved into a handrail and alternates full and empty spaces. The central guest staircase leads to the lower deck where there are two guest suites.
function In the fore corners of the bridge deck there are two command wings to help during manoeuvres. The chart table is reachable both from the helm and from the radio room, but the two areas can also be separated with a partition.
All of the heads in the yacht are fitted with cipollino marble, which is quarried in the Apuan Alps, and has characteristic bluish veins. A pantry has been designed to assist service during lunch and dinner. Space has been made for the pantry in the main deck, behind the dining area. This is a feature that is not very common on super yachts, and serves as a centralized service area where youâ€™ll find a dishwasher, microwave oven, a dumb-waiter and other spaces that are needed to prepare dishes.
Gijon, Adolfo Oria's birthplace, is Asturia's busiest town
. And, like many others in this stretch of Northern Spain, stuck between the Picos mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, its character is bit strong and fiercely independent. Pelayo, the founder of the Principality, in the VIII Century, was the first to rebel against the Moorish reign of the Iberian Peninsula. In 722 his troops vanquished the Moors led by Mununza, the Governor, on the Picos range.
It is with this spirit of enterprise that Captain Oria has ended up commanding the first motor yacht launched by the Perini Navi group: Exuma, the Picchiotti Vitruvius 50m that was officially baptised last 3rd of July. The Principality of Asturias is isolated from the rest of Spain by the Picos de Europa, a mountainous range that reaches 2500 meters at its highest peaks. "I grew up both on the beach and in the mountains", says Captain Oria, "but only in University did I really start sailing. My career is not very orthodox for a Captain!" When he first set foot in a boat he was already 18. But it was love at first sight. He spent 6 years on a sailing boat, living aboard during his University studies. After his degree he set out on a 35 ft sloop to discover the Mediterranean. "I didn't really imagine I would have become involved in sailing professionally. My father wanted me to study Diplomacy and enter the Spanish foreign office. I learnt to speak good English, but I never became a diplomat". Instead, Capt. Oria took service in a merchant ship, but soon realised this, also, was not a career cut out for him. He spent a year on board, to learn the ropes. And then, in 1989, Adolfo became the Captain of a 36m motor yacht. "One of the extraordinary things about the world of yachting is that a person from a small provincial town can meet exceptional people in wonderful places. Life on board is a complex microcosm, with great responsibility for the safety and well-being of both crew and guests. There are complex technical issues and more straightforward management issues. The trick is to keep it all in the right balance". The owner of Exuma was first struck by Oria's resume, because he was both the captain and owner's representative for the same person 14 years in a row. Oria had already managed two builds, and was ready for a new challenge with Vitruvius速. "Being the owner's representative is a very sensitive task. You are in the middle between two worlds. You have to find the right fit between the owner's needs and the solutions proposed by the yard. In 2007 I started coming every week to follow the construction. Initially I was watched very carefully: a shipyard is like a large family, it takes some time to become a part of it". Exuma is the first Picchiotti MY of the Vitruvius速 Explorer series. "The owner had very clear ideas. He had already done a circumnavigation on his previous yacht and he wanted to do it again, differently. This is what has determined the character of Exuma". The key is in the customisation. From the concept of space, to the interior layout, from the garages for its unique toys to the hidden refrigerators all round the yacht, every detail has been designed to fulfil the owner's requirements. The circumnavigation for which Exuma was created has started from the Mediterranean during the summer. Then the crossing, and the Panama Canal in January, with the goal of reaching Polynesia in June 2011. Next in line will be New Zealand and then Micronesia." This is the voyage I have dreamed about all my life. We will navigate for weeks non stop. That is why there are so many refrigerators. We need stores for a long time. This is the Ultimate Explorer vessel". Captain Oria smiles as he guides the onboard tour. He has followed every step of the construction and knows every single solution that was found for even the tiniest issue: and he explains them all say as if they happened by magic.
Interview with the Captain of MY Exuma Adolfo Oria
Diplomacy Emilio Bianchi
fast Designed by Perini Naviâ€™s in-house naval architects together with Ron Holland, this yacht with its light weight aluminium hull and superstructure, will boast high performances in all wind conditions. For this 40m fast cruiser the design development has drawn a relatively long waterline with a more upright bow profile. This incorporates hull lines with fine forward waterline angles to minimise sailing resistance and improve motion in rough sailing conditions. Stiff mid ship sections lead on to low resistance stern lines and a wide transom to ensure improved speed even in low wind conditions. This optimised hull shape combined with a high aspect ratio centreboard maximises windward performance and all round stability. Taking advantage of Perini Navi's mast and rigging research program, this new project will incorporate a sail plan that reflects the latest technology in performance oriented cruising yacht rigs. These features are not only designed to improve speed and agility under close-hauled sail, but also create a comfortable yacht for
all aboard. The main deck arrangement includes a double level cockpit with a raised pilot station. The main cockpit will be protected by a rigid awning and provides spacious al fresco dining and relaxing areas. A wide sliding door leads to an open space where the upper living area and the wheel house are located. Forward, four steps separate this level from the inner formal dining room and an ample living area. The space is served by a day-head.
Technical Specifications Overall length
Total sail area
Approx. 1164 mÂ˛
CAT C18 500 Kw
Draught (keel up)
Fresh Water Capacity
Draught (keel down)
Maximum continuous speed.
ABS + MCA
forward cockpit provides extra living space on board this new generation 56m Perini Navi project. With the mast moved further forward and a new sail that is even easier to handle, the yacht features exceptional outdoor living space. Access to the water is provided through two hatches: one on the side, in typical Perini Navi style, and another on the stern transom.
Perini Navi’s latest challenge is the new 56m project, last in this successful line of yachts, ten of which have already been delivered. This ketch is unique, with a sail plan of 1635 square metres supported by two aluminium masts of 59 m and 48 m respectively. The booms are in carbon fibre and are 15,2 m e 13,2 m long. Masts and rigging are manufactured by the Perini Navi Mast Department. The novelty of this 56m yacht is the brainchild of Franco Romani –head of the yard’s design team – who once again has managed to increase the on-deck living space with the addition of a new generation forward cockpit. Created for the first time on the 52m Liberty in 1997 and used again in 2008 on the 56m sloop Salute, the cockpit has been redesigned to fit a new sail plan, with the main mast further forward. This plan makes sail handling even easier. Guests in the cockpit are protected from wind and spray by retractable, transparent panels. A bimini top provides shade and comfort. Further forward, hidden by two hatches, are twin 21ft tenders. The traditional aft cockpit features a vast living area and a full bar. Access to the sea is through two hatches: one on the side, in typical Perini Navi style, allows for the easy loading and unloading of equipment. The other, full beam at the transom, opens to reveal a large staircase that provides easy, comfortable access to the water from the deck.
Technical specifications Length overall LWL
46,06 m 11,52 m
Hull Aluminium Superstructure
Draught (keel up)
Draught (keel down)
Range at 12,5 kt
Main mast height
Mizzen mast height
Total sail area
Perini Navi / Ron Holland
Perini Navi Group
Malta Cross A1
Malta Cross AMS
Yachting Service + MCA
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The CHEF of S/Y SELENE
has prepared a classic dessert with a new touch for the latest issue of Stream: a chocolate soufflĂŠ with white chocolate and lavender ice cream. Strawberries and a dusting of wafer invite both the eye and the palate to taste.
Thomas Dippel Born in Marburg, a small city near Frankfurt, Germany, Thomas Dippel has had years of experience working in five star hotels in Marbella, Spain, Interlaken in Switzerland, Saint Tropez in France and also in New Zealand and Australia. In 2009 he brought his talent and imagination aboard, and began to work in a huge motor yacht. Here he shares his recipe for chocolate soufflĂŠ with white chocolate and lavender ice cream served on a bed of strawberries and dusted with wafer crumbs. images by Emilio Bianchi
Chocolate soufflé with white chocolate and lavender ice cream
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55 gr sugar 16 gr cornstarch 12,5 gr cacao powder 30 gr flour 30 gr butter 180 gr milk 3 egg yolks 4 egg whites 45 ml crème de cacao 15 gr melted chocolate 25 ml liquor
1. mix flour and butter to a paste 2. mix cornstarch with cacao powder 3. bring the milk to boil and add the butter. Add 1 egg yolk and keep stirring for about a minute. Take off the heat and add the other yolks, the corn starch mix and the liquor. Mix well and let cool. 4. mix the egg whites until their volume triples, add the sugar and beat for 10 more seconds 5. Blend all ingredients and bake immediately at 250 C° for about 20 minutes
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12 egg yolks 200 gr castor sugar 600 ml milk 2 tsb lavender flowers 600 ml double cream 250 gr white chocolate
1. mix the egg yolks with the sugar 2. bring the milk and cream with lavender to a boil 3. strain the hot milk into the egg yolks while whisking 4. pour the mixture back into the pot and heat to about 80-83 C°. Stir constantly 5. strain again and melt the chocolate into the mixture. When all of the ingredients are blended put them into the ice cream machine until creamy yet solid. 6. Wash and prepare strawberries and crush wafers for the dusting. Serve the hot soufflés with the ice cream
Paul Valery (1871 â€“ 1945)
This is a book that the great French poet and writer carried with him all his life, from which he constantly drew, and in which he constantly wrote. This sentence was written in 1944, one year before his death, during the turmoil of the war. Born from a Corsican father and a Genoese mother, Valery lived in Paris where the famous College de France created specifically for him the post of Professor in Poetics. His lifelong literary work (journalism, essays, poetry) was dedicated to Western civilisation and its history.
We are about to face a quantity of problems, a quantity of situations completely without precedent, in the presence of which everything we have learnt from the past will be more to fear than to meditate. We must be wary of entering the future backwards.
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