ASIA’S AWARD WINNING YACHTING LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE
THE BIGGEST ISSUE EVER
THE 2018 CHARTER ISSUE
EXCLUSIVE REVIEWS: PHILIPPINES SUNSEEKER 95 AMELS LILI CRUISES ASIA HEESEN BOOK ENDS DEBUT LÜRSSEN SALES & REFITS SHIPYARD REVIEW: THE ITALIAN SEA GROUP INTERVIEW: FRANCIS LAPP, CEO, SUNREEF YACHTS
HONG KONG: HKD80 SINGAPORE: SGD12 MALAYSIA: MYR32 THAILAND: THB350 REST OF THE WORLD: USD12
GOLDEN GLOBE 50TH RETRO RACE
EDITH HO’S “GALLERY DES ARTISTES” AMELS 180’ LILI
CONTENTS PAGE Refit at Lürssen add value
Tecnomar Evo 120 Ice White
Time + Machines
The Italian Sea Group Admiral & Tecnomar
Interview with Francis Lapp, CEO of Sunreef Yachts
Time + Machines: Luxury watches collaborate with vehicular marques
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For Him – Covetable items for the discerning man
For Her – Choice picks for the modern woman
Amels Lili cruises in Asia-Pacific waters
Feadship Letani, one custom concept for Asia
Heesen’s 47m Book Ends restyled
Sunseeker 95 explores the Philippines
SEA TRIAL 172
Edith Ho’s Gallery des Artistes
Lürssen Sales and Refits
Azimut Grande 27 Metri, part of the new Grande Collection
Princess 55, an exciting Flybridge addition to the range
Beneteau Gran Turismo 50, a Sports Cruiser Flagship setting new standards
Deep Water Bay, Hong Kong
WHEELS 212 Meet
Lamborghini’s Super SUV – Urus
Ferretti 780 Tai He Ban sets sails to Singapore
NEW IN ASIA
Lamborghini New SUV Urus
L’Officiel 11th Anniversary Party
Seh Marine’s 10th Anniversary Party
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The Future Is Here
COVER Amels 180’ Lili, available for charter in Southeast Asia.
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A stunning view of the Straits Quay Marina in Penang
SAIL, SEE, SAVOUR!
his issue we start with new models being released at the important Miami and Dubai Boat Shows leading up to the Singapore Yacht Show mid-April. The leading European builders are really excelling themselves in the variety, sheer quality and value-for-money of crafts, and we hope you will enjoy this wide-ranging preview of what is presented, from sailing multihulls to very large and sophisticated motor yachts. In this respect, our Shipyard Review focusses on The Italian Sea Group (Admiral and Tecnomar) making a remarkable entry into the Asian markets with the sale of two Tecnomar Evo 120 Ice White Edition series to Chinese clients, the first of which to be delivered in July. Superyacht news includes some very interesting developments at Asia-Pacific based yards as well at European and American ones, and it is worth noting that in 2018-2019 some of the largest superyachts in the world will be delivered to Asia-Pacific owners, not least the aluminium 84m White Rabbit G arriving from Echo Yachts of Western Australia for a prominent Singapore family. Their 46m composite “tender”, Charley, made her debut last year, and it is capable of expedition-style voyages in her own right. In the Regatta reports, we look back at aspects of the Volvo Ocean Race calls in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, and forward with previews of the Rolex China Sea Race from Hong Kong to Subic Bay. In addition, there is the incredible “Retro” non-stop solo Around-the-World Race, being held on the 50th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s start in the Golden Globe Race, in which he was the only competitor to get back. In this event 20 yachtsmen have committed to sail 32 to 36 foot boats in the Southern Ocean using only sextants and loglines available in Sir Robin’s day. That event starts 1 July, but there is a big celebration in Falmouth in England beforehand. Chartering is the annual theme of this Yacht Style issue, and this year we have approached it by looking firstly at the destinations readers may wish to visit, and then choosing one or more of the vessels that serve them. This has led to incredibly varied options, anything from multihulls which are increasingly popular in charter fleets to the largest superyachts charging over US$500,000 a week. Surprisingly, though, if one looks carefully at some of the tips offered in these features, chartering a superyacht may not be as expensive as it seems at first glance: weekly rates are often shared between four or five couples, which makes the experience seem more reasonably priced and by any means a lifetime one. For the traditionalists, there are the lovely phinisis such as Dunia Baru and Silolona plying Asia’s exotic seas and straits.
Singapore readers may well be interested in trying the Sunreef Blaze 11 going regularly to the Anambas Islands. We also report on new charters offered in Nha Trang, Vietnam. What about a “bucket list” cruise in the South of France in September? Doing so could be easier than one thinks. Exclusive Yacht Reviews include four big boats in this issue: a Sunseeker 95 in the Philippines, the intriguing Hong Kong-owned Feadship Letani, Heesen’s Book Ends being shown at the Palm Beach Boat Show late March, and Amels 55m Lili which has just arrived in Southeast Asian waters and is available for charter. The reviews continue with latest mid-range models being released by leading European builders. In our People pages, check out the interview with Sunreef Yachts CEO & Founder Francis Lapp who touches on various aspects of this Polish yard’s range expansion into Asia-Pacific waters, and separately we look at Edith Ho’s “Gallery des Artistes” who plays a colourful role in the interior decoration for Ferretti Group vessels. Lastly, greatly encouraged by the outstanding and resounding success of the inaugural Phuket RendezVous last January, we would like to invite readers to visit the next in this series, the Penang RendezVous, from 10 to 13 May 2018. This will be held at Straits Quay Marina, part of the stunning retail and residential complex that the go-ahead Eastern & Oriental Group has built on the shores of Guerney Bay, just across from their venerable hotel of the same name. As with our other marina-based events, the emphasis is not only on boats but also on luxury-branded cars, properties, art, watches and jewellery, without forgetting fine wine and dining. Save these dates and make it a fun long weekend for the whole family and friends! Continue reading YACHT STYLE in print or digital on Magzter and follow us on Instagram @yacht.style, or Facebook YACHTstyle.
Gael Burlot, CEO & PUBLISHER
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Tecnomar Evo 120 Ice White
THE ITALIAN SEA GROUP ACCEPTS CRYPTOCURRENCIES
GLOBAL FIRST LUXURY SHIPYARD
ditus, the world’s first luxury access platform for cryptoaffluent people, has signed a partnership with Tecnomar and Admiral luxury yachts using Aditus tokens and other cryptocurrencies. The shipyard behind Tecnomar and Admiral yachts is leading Tuscany-based firm – The Italian Sea Group. The Italian Sea Group is one of the largest conglomerates in international yachting, constructing yachts and mega-yachts up to 150m in length, all designed with the highest quality Italian craftsmanship. The headquarters boasts the largest private dry dock in the Mediterranean, where potential customers globally are invited to enjoy and oversee the construction of their yacht. This partnership with Aditus marks the first time crypto-currency users will be able to buy new yachts directly from the official shipyard. Under this partnership, firstly, Aditus Pay will be the exclusive crypto-payment gateway for the Italian Sea Group Asia. This allows crypto-users to purchase Tecnomar and Admiral yachts using Aditus tokens as well as other crypto-currencies like Bitcoin, Litecoin etc. If the purchase is made with Aditus Tokens, not only will the transaction fees will be waived, the users will also get a reward “token-back” in Aditus tokens. Secondly, Aditus VIP users will get special access to events organised by the Italian Sea Group relating to the launch of their stunning new yacht, the EVO 120 Ice White Special edition, which makes its debut in 2018. Thirdly, under the Aditus Rewards section, potential buyers would get a special invitation to visit the Italian Sea Group headquarters as well as a tour of Tuscany in Italy. Commenting on the partnership, Traugott Kaminski, CEO of The
Italian Sea Group Asia, said “Crypto-currencies have created a new group of wealth, and we are eager to provide seamless solutions for them. The team behind Aditus are trusted veterans within the luxury industry as well as being experts in technology. We have worked together with them for many years, and we trust Aditus to assist The Italian Sea Group with promoting our beautifully-crafted yachts to this new group of crypto-affluent individuals.” Julian Peh, CEO Aditus added, “The Italian Sea Group produces some of the most stunning and well-engineered yachts. We are confident their striking combination of looks, design and power will be a hit with our crypto-affluent users.” The Tecnomar Eco 120 Ice White Special Edition will be released at the Cannes Boat Show in September 2018 The Italian Sea Group partners into cryptocurrencies.
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The Italian Sea Group (Admiral I Tecnomar)
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Admiral and Tecnomar, part of The Italian Sea Group, are powering into Asia with two sales of the Tecnomar Evo 120 Ice White Edition series to Chinese clients. First of these vessel is due for delivery in July. WORDS JOE LIM PHOTOS THE ITALIAN SEA GROUP
The Italian Sea Group (Admiral I Tecnomar)
eading executives in the Asian venture are three of the most successful and experienced professionals in the region. Chaoyong Wang is founder of Team China, the first Asian entry into the Americas Cup, and fierce believer in developing yachting in China. Traugott Kaminski, an early proponent of yachting lifestyles to the Chinese tycoons, established Sunseeker in China where his initiative to import the first two luxury yachts in 2003 dubbed him the nickname of “the Godfather of yachting in China” by local media. And last but not least, Paul Brackley, whose Central Yacht Design Company in Hong Kong has been responsible for design, production or credits for four of Asia’s top 40 superyachts. Brackley takes up the story: “Much-lauded style entrepreneur Giovanni Costantino has combined two of the most iconic Italian yacht builders, Admiral and Tecnomar, into one prestigious shipyard, The Italian Sea Group. The firm will have extensive engineering, design and production resources using state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques and processes brought from the luxury furniture industry. The result is a marriage made in heaven, offering tradition, technologies, quality, value and impeccable service, with a dedicated team in Asia.” Admiral is an iconic and reputable Italian shipyard renowned for creating gentleman’s yachts of choice. The firm is located on the gorgeous north Italian coast, near enchanting Cinqueterra, where The Italian Sea Group’s main facility resides. Admiral has a long-earned a reputation for excellent, seaworthy, efficient and comfortable yachts with unrivalled build quality and attentive after-sales support. Their earliest boats, handcrafted from wood after World War II, were launched from the shore, in the oldfashioned way, down a slipway. During the growing affluence in the 1970s and 1980s, production shifted to steel and aluminium and the size of the yachts increased.
From left to right: Mr. Traugott Kaminski, CEO of T.I.S.G.-ASIA Mr. Giovanni Costantino, Chairman and CEO of The Italian Sea Group Mr. Paul Brackley, CTO Chief Technical Officer of T.I.S.G.-ASIA Mr. Giuseppe Taranto, Vice President of The Italian Sea Group
Founded in 1987, Tecnomar is a more recent shipyard born to design and build cutting edge and innovative smaller yachts with a focus on performance. Tecnomar has always appealed to a younger, more fashionable and style-conscious clientele. It was established by experienced yacht builders who are very close to the heart of Italian yacht construction in Versilia, the stretch of coast running from La Spezia to Pisa. In 2007 both shipyards were well-established, catering to their respective markets under the leadership of traditional shipyard management. However, neither were prepared for the devastation of the financial crisis of 2008. Enter the hero and saviour of their stories – Giovanni Costantino. He is not a naval architect or seaman by training or experience but has a strong background in luxury furniture making and also a connection with one of the leading Italian designer who are famous for their luxury car styling. Costantino’s early career was a passionate association with Natuzzi in the south of Italy, responsible for Research and Development, not just creating innovative design but analysing how to manufacture with the best quality materials in the most efficient way. Working alongside Costantino at Natuzzi, and now at the shipyard running their production, is Giuseppe Taranto, whose management skills are behind the unique production facility. In 2009, Costantino was ready for a challenge focusing on the yacht industry. He observed that even till today, many brands use outdated practices and methods from the heavy shipbuilding industry carried over into what is essentially luxury craftsmanship.
Tecnomar Evo 120 Ice White Edition. Build in Alloy, Powered with MTU engine, Length 120 feet/36,6 Meter, Beam 8,00 Meter
The Italian Sea Group (Admiral I Tecnomar)
Tecnomar Evo 120 Ice White Edition being built
Tecnomar Evo 55 open
The distinction between Admiral and Tecnomar is that Admiral focuses on steel and aluminium yachts from 35 to 145m. Tecnomar produces aluminium and composite yachts from 16 to 39m. He bought first Tecnomar and later Admiral, consolidating the two shipyards – with the best philosophies from both yards – into The Italian Sea Group. Seizing the opportunity in 2012 to buy the assets of one of the most important commercial shipyards in the region, NCA, both Admiral and Tecnomar moved into prestigious and unique corporate headquarters in Marina di Carrara in 2013. The marble quarries in the mountains where the stone, for which Carrara takes its name, rise up in the dramatic mountains just behind the shipyard. The stone which was used by Michelangelo in his famous statue of David came from these same hills. The region is full of history, culture and creativity. “The facilities of the shipyard”, Paul Brackley resumes, “are unrivalled because it owns one of the largest private dry docks in the Mediterranean, capable of taking yachts up to 200m with ease.” New production sheds with dedicated steel and aluminium fabrication on site (not subcontracted out as so many other famous yards in Italy do) mean the production team can control all the major elements of the build. It goes without saying that furniture and interior outfitting is crafted by the shipyard’s in-house furniture maker. This holistic approach not only achieves production efficiency but also a
remarkable improvement in quality. After all, the most important part of any yacht visible to the owner is the interior joinery. As the saying goes, ‘the devil is in the details’. The unique design philosophy of the founder is evident when one visits the yard. Costantino is not just focused on making yachts or a brand. Rather, he is creating a whole new approach to yachting lifestyle. The offices, grounds and even workshops are not just impeccably clean and well-presented, there are also important works of art on display all around the shipyard. The facility is an inspiring place because beauty and creativity are rife. Costantino has surrounded himself with a team of young and passionate technicians, engineers and designers. They are led by a highly experienced management team who share Costantino’s vision of how yachts not only should be built, but the environment in which they should be made”. “Admiral is still the gentleman’s yacht of choice, but with the added creativity of the revitalised Group’s DNA, the shipyard has created objects of rare beauty. While the shipyard can work with external designers, many owners prefer to work directly with the yard’s in-house team”, says Brackley.
Admiral Impero 37 Meter being built
Tecnomar also benefits from having the power and resources of the entire shipyard design and engineering facilities to develop their state-of-the-art vessels. The recent launch of Tecnomar’s Evo range of fast yachts has set tongues wagging in the yachting world. Two of the flagship yachts of this series are currently under production for Chinese clients with the first due to be launched in July 2018. These semi-production, all-aluminium beauties will be a game changer in Asia, bringing a whole new level of experience and quality to this size of yacht, which has until now been based on production line, cost-saving glass reinforced plastic yachts. Indeed, after consolidating development and growth in Europe, Admiral and Tecnomar are now powering into Asia with the partners outlined above. The Hong Kong Boat Show in 2015 had seen a fortuitous meeting between Traugott Kaminski and myself, which led to us teaming up to seek out the best luxury yacht builders with the power, style and vision to take on what is undoubtedly a major world market share in yachting lifestyle. Many shipyards were considered, but The Italian Sea Group was the definitive, outstanding choice. The vision of the shipyard – the heart of their success – is the founding principle of this dynamic partnership, and also the creation of a new luxury lifestyle concept in the yachting world.
The core of Kaminski’s belief is to ensure everything about a yacht owner’s experience is luxurious. Selling yachts is a small detail in the complete service that Kaminski brings, because he ensures that every facet of ownership is a pleasure. These are not just words. This is a promise of investment in support that no other shipyard can match. The final part of the perfect jigsaw puzzle was to find a powerful partner in Asia. Step forward Mr Chaoyong Wang, founder of China Equity Group, major shareholders of Aston Martin among other premium luxury brands. Wang is a visionary and pioneer of yachting in China whose knowledge and insights are of immense value to The Italian Sea Group and the offshoot TISG Asia based in Hong Kong. The new partnership created is poised to support and market Admiral and Tecnomar yachts in the whole of Asia. With their combined experience, the team has created the Tecnomar Evo Ice White Edition, specifically conceived for the demands and exigencies of the South East Asian market, which is increasingly the most stylish and quality-conscious region in the world. The Italian Sea Group will definitely be on the radar of discriminating yachting owners who desire a luxurious lifestyle on the seas. www.theitalianseagroup.com
Admiral 55 Meter Hybrid
T.I.S.G.- ASIA Limited, Exclusive Dealer for Asia.
CEO Traugott Kaminski: +86-13564933424 | COO Anita Gai: +86-15898879899 CTO Paul Brackley: +852-81914578 | Sales Director Kenny Xie: +86-18621878679