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A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

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ENTAL HEALTH IN PROFESSIONAL YACHTING IS A

spend hours every day surfing and being led down paths that

subject that has raised its head above the parapet

could possibly influence them for as long as they live.

several times over the past few years. In the UK mental

Social media evolved through young entrepreneurs, based

health has become a big issue as the number of young people, the

in Silicon Valley, that have now become billionaires on the back

‘I’ generation, suffering or showing signs of distress are increasing

of their creations and these companies have been allowed to do

at an alarming rate. There are many types of mental disorder

almost as they please as they have grown. They make their money

recognised by professionals, but of these only a very few are

by pushing adverts to their users, (each user has a $ sign above

obvious to a casual observer and many mental health problems

their head), they care about investors and their bottom line and

can remain hidden for many years until triggered by an ‘event’ or

the users are simply the pawns that have brought them wealth.

unexpected experience.

They seem more interested in what they are worth than the

As the world wakes up to the problem many countries are

damage they inflict. How many lives have been sadly shortened

now, belatedly, rushing to provide adequate help to the growing

by reaction to the often horrendous information found on these

number of people with mental health issues and large companies

sites, as well as cyber bullying, predation etc. If social media were

are installing professional help for their employees, we, as an

a drug (in my opinion it is) and the consequences could have been

industry are being left behind. Due to a process of natural

foreseen, I doubt it would ever have been allowed over the starting

selection the great majority of employees within yachting are,

line without strict controls. Unfortunately it looks as if the stable

mentally, in a stable condition and can cope with the vagaries

door has been left open and the horse has long since bolted.

of onboard life, but a few find themselves in a situation that, at times, can become very difficult to cope with.

industry, where people are away from families for long periods

I believe this increase is due to the increased use of social

of time, often lonely and living in confined spaces. Social media

media by a generation that have grown up online. It is a fact

allows outside and instant contact with friends which CAN be a

that new drugs can take many years of testing before being

good thing, but not always. The problem onboard a yacht or ship

approved for use on the human body and yet social media has

is that lonely crew can shut themselves into a cabin and go online

been let loose on the world with little regulation and nobody

to venture into an unrealistic world, add stress to the mix and the

knowing of its long term consequences to the user. If I were to

outcome can become one of tragedy.

strike somebody with a metal bar the damage would be visible,

We have featured on page 174 a short editorial on mental

people can see and understand the injury. Diseases can also be

health and organisations that are aiming to work together to

diagnosed, treated and contained but with the brain we have little

bring help to those that may need it in yachting, a help that

idea as to what damage the mass of information being fed into it

already exists in the commercial shipping world. I beg you to

will do. Memory is a fluid thing, it cannot be seen and is difficult

read this and, as the initiative progresses, offer help in any way

to remove or treat.

you can to make professional yachting a safer and happier place.

Many young people have grown up using social media

If you happen to notice a crew member showing signs of stress,

sites, 2.27 billion (at the time of writing) people are registered

or acting out of character, lending a friendly or helping hand can

as Facebook users for example, and to the great majority

often be appreciated. Some who work on yachts are running away

of youngsters the sharing of all types of information is the

from personal issues back home, believing that working on yachts

norm; most of it good, but some so gruesome or disgusting

will bring them some relief from their problems. Sadly this is not

that a majority of adults find it hard to comprehend. Several

always the case!

countries are renowned for brainwashing certain sections of their population as they do not conform, (China-Muslim Uighurs) brainwashing works, what is happening there is maybe what is happening online to many of the world’s youngsters. They can

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The ‘Village of Les Voiles’ is worthy of note, it is constructed

for the Voiles, 19 years in the making since the ending of

in the port car park, this is home to the committee, press centre

the Nioulargue, this 20th edition gave everything required

and many vendor stands but central to this tented area is the bar,

of it to the 4000 plus sailors that had made their way to the town

the one thing important to all sailing events. Lashings of coffee

for some serious play onboard 300+ sail yachts of all size, age and

in the morning and endless beers in the evening makes this is the

type. Visitors to the port walk the docks and marvel at the older

start and end of day meeting point where new friendships are

vessels, all pampered to perfection, their gleaming paint setting

made and old friendships cemented, where the day’s activities are

off the tonnes of polished brass, varnished wood and masts that

discussed and close calls laid to rest.

signify the era from which they sprang. The modern Wally’s make

It is worth pointing out the growing number of Superyachts

a wonderful comparison, will they be around in 100 years, maybe,

that anchor in the bay during the week, there have always

maybe not. Many of the crew are famous in their own right with

been the large schooners, unable to race officially but always

a string of race victories to their name, as are many of the owners

happy to give a show, but often in recent years large and historic

who fund this sport they love.

power yachts have paid a visit and this year was of no exception,

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the recent surge in the refurbishing

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of old power yachts is welcome, be a rally for vintage power yachts, the scene is set, all we need are the actors! Sunday is in effect the start of the event, The Yacht Club de France’s ‘Coupe d’Automne’ is the curtain raiser, it is a so called feeder race, racing had taken place in the waters around Cannes just a few days before, now the participants there join forces and race to St Tropez, a quick shakedown for the crew and yachts before the magnificent week ahead, the finale of the season. The winner of this short sprint that featured over 50 vessels this year was the magnificent 55 m Elena of London. The weather forecast for the week was, apart from

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thousands of spectators that line the shoreline and port, or step onboard any one of the many tourists boats that litter the bay.

Monday, looking good, it is proven from past experience, too

Representing the golden age of yachting were Velsheda,

little wind – boring, too much wind and the port can be, and has

the massive J-Class yacht and the most beautiful 23 m Cambria,

been closed – boring, but get it right, a clear sky and perfect wind

but also to be seen was the sublime little Bermudan sloop Dainty,

conditions and the bay of St Tropez and its surrounds are turned

which measures a mere 8.12 m along the waterline, and gaff

into a sailing Mecca, not just for the crew, but also the many

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throat of the bay with a proud owner at the helm, enjoying every second of this heart thumping thrill that he has invested his time and money to enjoy. Monday dawned with a clear sky and a Mistral blowing, due to the high winds of over 25 kts the port was closed and racing cancelled for the day. The enormous crowds that had arrived, even though disappointed that they could not see the yachts setting out, were still fully entertained, they could as they ambled the docks get up close to admire the finest gathering of Classic and Modern yachts anywhere in the world. Tuesday and the weather was perfect and among the fleet were 20 Fife classics, including Moonbeam 4, the large 1914

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fabulous vessels that form the spectacle that takes place out on

Fife gaff cutter, the four sublime 15 m JIs Tuiga, The Lady Ann,

the water as all of the differing classes vie for position before

Hispania and Mariska, and the 8 m JIs Carron II, Silhouette, Fulmar

setting off in their attempt for honours, it is a sight rarely seen

and Falcon. Indeed, this eminently elitist group of Fife yachts had

anywhere else. Another awesome site has to be a yacht on the

much to celebrate. Built in the period between the wars, Cambria

final run in past the St Tropez harbour wall, to witness that when a

– the largest member of the class here, with 40 m on deck, rightly

mistral is blowing is a sight and sound you will never forget, every

considered to be one of William Fife junior’s masterpieces, is

sinew of the vessel will be strained to its limit and beyond. Seeing

this year celebrating her 90th birthday. Meantime, the delicate

a sail yacht sitting calmly at rest can never prepare one for the

gaff cutter Viola – ranked as an historic monument – is 110 years

sight of that same vessel as it bears down under full sail into the

old this year! Dione, 1912, this Bermudan yawl is considered

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by many to be one of William Fife III’s most beautiful

providing some truly epic opportunities for the photographers.

creations. This extraordinary fleet were on the water to compete

With the swell rising to more than 1.5 m in places, a short chop

ABOVE: SPARTAN

in a unique Fife Jubilee for the Rolex Trophy, an event to mark the

fleshed out the mix to antagonise the bigger boats. The wind then

130th anniversary of the introduction of the yard’s famous bow

began to build as this still compact fleet headed out of the gulf to

dragon insignia.

begin a long triangular course of around 20 miles making towards

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All yachts, modern, classic, large and small were able to

the Les Issambres headland. Cambria threw in the towel shortly

take to the water to fight it out in their respective groups. A

after the start, the 8 m Fife Silhouette (1910) quickly following

tumultuous start to the Fife Jubilee for the Rolex Trophy ensued

suit, both returning to port to repair minor rig damage.

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It was a full house for the Wallys for whom the day could

of their previous day’s work. As such, the race starts in both the

not have gone better with two great races racked up off the

Modern category off Pampelonne, and the Classics in the middle

beaches of Pampelonne. Reaping the rewards today were Lyra for

of the gulf, were the subject of some heated exchanges and hence

the first race and Magic Carpet3 for the second.

some show-stopping action.

Wednesday and yesterday’s races, fiercely contested on a

Today the futuristic Wallys were treated to a fine coastal

lovely swell, provided the first indication of who were to be the

course in the form of a large triangle of around twenty miles or so.

movers and shakers at his event and there were numerous crew

On their dedicated race zone off Pampelonne, a good southerly

this morning on a quest for either confirmation or redemption

breeze kicked in at around midday to very quickly provide them

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with all the necessary sail fuel to power up their impressive

right-hand side of the race zone. The yacht, The Lady Anne, very

yachts. Magic Carpet3 was seriously shaken up today by another

at ease since the start of the season and already on the pace

Wally Cento Class yacht, Galateia, which enjoyed an absolutely

yesterday, stretched away from the other three 15 m Js. Viola,

cracking start at the committee boat end of the line. With the

continued on a roll after being the race victor yesterday.

freshening breeze, the large white Wally was also able to keep the Wally 77 Lyra at a distance.

Thursday and The Club 55 Cup, the instigator of challenges – the original challenge launched in 1981 by Jean Rédélé on Ikra

The stunning group of Fifes needed a great deal of

and Dick Jayson on Pride, is revived each year in the form of a duel

inspiration to extract themselves from a windless start line. Any

between a ‘defender’ and its ‘challenger’ along an historic course

breeze there was favoured the yachts that headed out across the

from Le Portalet to the Nioulargue mark, then on to a packed and rapturous Club 55 in Pampelonne and a celebration lunch. The Club 55 Cup breathes life and soul into this sailing event every year and in this 2018 edition it was the sloop Savannah which put up a mighty defence against Eugenia VII and managed to get her name etched on the cup for a second time. Friday saw as much suspense as ever among the Wallys – Magic Carpet3 gave her all to take revenge over the 80-foot Lyra, winner in 2017. However, the latter didn’t give an inch, even taking another win in corrected time during the coastal course towards Cavalaire. The magnificent Tango, which sailed a great race from beginning to end, won in elapsed time. Magic Carpet3 had to make do with third

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place, creating great suspense on the eve of the decisive last race on Saturday.

ultimately triumphed to secure the highly coveted Rolex Trophy. The Wally section was won by Lyra followed by Magic

With the threat of a boisterous gale looming offshore, Race

Carpet3 and Wallycento who drew for second place, third place

Management chose to send the venerable Classic competitors

went to J One. In the Grand Tradition grouping Elena of London

towards Issambres, which was well protected. In this way, within

took 1st place followed by Puritan and then Orianda.

the highly prestigious group of 20 Fifes competing for the Rolex Trophy, a fantastic mano a mano ensued between three of the

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four 15 m JIs, Hispania, The Lady Anne and Mariska, they finished the race in that order, mere seconds apart! However, the day’s big

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Saturday, the final full day of this 20th anniversary rounded off the week beautifully with great races for each and every class. The Classic yachts put on a tremendous show in the fine, predominantly easterly wind, creating a wonderful display as they raced along the incredibly photogenic shores around St Tropez. The stars among the stars were the 20 splendid craft that bore the Fife name. All eyes were, understandably, on this group throughout this fine week in St Tropez. The 1908 gaff cutter Viola, helmed by the French Mini Class sailor Fabien Desprée,

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A LITTLE ICE SIR!

A CRUISING GUIDE TO NORTHERN NORWAY AND SVALBARD BY JASON ROBERTS – POLARSUPERYACHTS

ORTHERN NORWAY IS CONSIDERED BY MANY

beautiful glaciers, plunging cliffs teeming with life, unique historic

to be one of the most scenically spectacular places on

locations, and iconic Arctic wildlife. The islands can be enjoyed

our Blue Planet. With winding fjords, sheer mountains,

from the luxurious comfort of a yacht or can be experienced in

plunging waterfalls, sandy beaches with turquoise waters and

a hands-on manner, hiking between glacier crevasses, kayaking

an alluring lack of people, the coastline of northern Norway and

with seals, lounging on the beach with walrus, or following a polar

the Lofoten Islands offers unparalleled cruising. Aside from the

bear as it hunts.

views, there is also the opportunity for a vast array of alternative

Northern Norway offers a great variety of cruising with

activities, from wilderness horse riding to whale watching and

extensive and dramatic fjords opening onto rugged coastlines.

water-sports to some of Northern Europe’s finest dining.

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From the town of Ålesund northwards you will find what is

Further to the north, at the confluence of the North

considered to be Northern Norway; spellbinding scenery and

Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean, lies the high Arctic Archipelago of

endless coastline. Cruising in this region is generally characterised

Svalbard where there is something for all tastes, dramatic scenery,

by short stops at medium sized towns interspersed with long

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stretches of peaceful, stunning tranquillity, in which to enjoy any variety of activities.

Between the settlements are extensive fjord systems, hundreds of miles of tranquillity amongst the towering mountains,

Settlements such as Ålesund, Bodø, Tromsø and Alta, are

sparkling waterfalls, and gentle waters. In the fjords there are

all historic places, intimately connected with the ocean through

opportunities for fishing of Arctic Char and Salmon, hiking,

their people’s long histories of fishing and navigating. Lest it be

mountain biking, horse riding, or just taking in the views, which

forgotten, the Vikings once roamed from the tip of Lapland all the

never become boring. No two trips in the fjords are the same,

way down to Northern Africa, and from Constantinople across

with the ever-changing light at these high latitudes giving each

the Atlantic to Newfoundland. These days the Vikings are a more

mountain and each valley a different look and colour every day.

peaceful people with each town having its own unique attraction

Once outside the fjords, the exploration of the countless

and feeling with places such as Narvik that is steeped in history

islands, sandy shorelines and remote, quaint fishing villages will

from WWII and one of the best wreck diving locations in the

give the region an entirely different feeling. It is possible to see

world, and Alta, the gateway to Lapland.

historic Viking Longhouses within a stone’s throw from a white

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sandy beach, and rows of drying fish hanging below precipitous mountains. The fishing in the region is considered to be some of

boats that operate in the deep and fertile waters. Here it is

the best in the world, with deep ocean fishing for giant Halibut,

advised to kayak through the sounds, indulge in some fishing or

giant Cod, Wolf and Coal Fish particularly notorious. For the same

hiking, and to see the maelstrom, the intense tidal whirlpools that

reason, the region is also the best place in the world for Whale

are stronger here than anywhere else.

watching, most notably the iconic Orca, and the ever energetic Humpback Whale, who follow the Herring run along the coast.

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villages nestled between barren mountains and small fishing

As for being an area of remote coastlines, deep and uninhabited fjords, uncountable islands and quaint villages, the

And then there are the Lofoten Islands. This spur of islands

region is extremely well connected, with frequently serviced

sticks out into the Atlantic and is unlike anywhere else in the

airports in most of the medium sized towns putting the region

region. The scenery between the islands is unrivalled, with small

within a day of travel from London, Paris or Amsterdam. Any

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Longyearbyen, the administrative centre of the island

will reveal a staggeringly beautiful landscape of mountains that

group, is the starting point for a Svalbard Expedition. The small

plunge into the ocean, extensive glacial systems that terminate

settlement of 2100 people is surprisingly well provided with

in dramatic calving fronts, and an abundance of wildlife. Most of

logistical supplies, is served by two flights daily from Oslo, and

these creatures make their way north for spring and summer to

even boasts one of Norway’s top rated restaurants with one of

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PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER – KURT ARRIGO

WAS BORN ON THE HISTORICALLY CAPTIVATING ISLAND

challenge of taking a steady picture, I realised in that moment

of Malta in 1969 and my love of photography began when,

what I wanted to do with my life.

as a 12-year old, I found myself sitting on the leeward side

Inspired by receiving many positive comments from

of a small racing boat with sea spray engulfing me as I tried

friends and family to carry on pursuing my new passion, I would

desperately to keep the camera dry that my grandfather had

take any chance I could to be out with my camera. It was only

gifted me just a short while before. Absorbed by nature and the

when I showed some of my onboard sailing pictures to the curator of a fine arts museum here in Malta that I was encouraged to pursue photography with an even greater conviction. My big break came when I was asked to be a photographer at the 1992 America’s Cup. Being involved in a yacht race from behind a lens gives me as much fulfilment as I am sure the helmsman on those competing yachts get as they struggle for the lead. I have since been a part of a great many international classic events such as the Rolex Sydney to Hobart and the Rolex Fastnet from both the air and the water. I have over the years won many photographic awards that encompass the varied images that I excel in. Interestingly I have also been involved as a stills photographer supporting the film industry when international film companies have visited the Island. I am also often commissioned to help in the production of high profile advertising campaigns for global brands in the lifestyle and luxury sector.

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Striving to improve a natural eye is, in my opinion, more

take and getting up before dawn to capture my subject excites

important than technical prowess. Of course we need to embrace

me, watching the day unfold and the colours it brings should be a

technology and its evolution, use it as a tool, but ultimately

joy to any photographer, professional or not. The sea itself comes

nothing can replace the innate skills of the artist within. I found

into its own when the wind and the sky enhance its fluidity and

myself driven to constantly improve on my images, to see new

colour, a yacht, and the people on it create the drama, the spray

opportunities, some that were only available to me for a few

and the focus.

seconds. For your information my kit is mostly Nikon.

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A healthy mind, better pictures, that is a motto that I

Adapting quickly to the situation one finds oneself in is

live by. Personally I feel the holistic approach of being physically

crucial and these challenges often occur when things don’t quite

active, mentally sharp and balanced helps and prepares me for

go to plan. But along with age comes experience, after many

my profession. I try to work out most days, whether running,

years out in the field I have learned to control my emotions. I

swimming, diving or mountain biking. Moving around with a

thrive when the elements are challenging, whether it is a racing

camera in hand you need to be as fit and agile as you can possibly

yacht or a 40-tonne humpback whale driving towards me, I am

be, it makes a big difference, you need to be fit to react with

in control. You know when a picture is great, it is an immediate

speed, especially when at sea racing, you cannot ask somebody to

feeling, you can plan, you can imagine and then, if it all works out,

‘Hold that pose please.’ The ocean is alive and constantly shifting

you see it through the lens. From the moment it is captured you

as are my subjects, you will never get the opportunity to take the

know you have something special, it’s an instinct.

same shot twice.

I still use old school editing, I often see published

Respecting the environment is a big part of my life, almost

images that are quite obviously overworked on a PC, they look

all of my work is outdoors, and almost always on, or under, the

false to me and I am sure to anybody else seeing them. I do

water. I have a special connection with the marine world, a world

minimal treatment on my pictures, just basic enhancements to

that I have grown up with all around me in Malta. I am proud

composition, light and exposure. From sunrise to sunset the sea

that my photos have helped promote the beauty of some of the

and skies constantly provide dramatic moods for the pictures I

most threatened parts of the world from the Galapagos to the

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Himalayas and highlighted the plight of many almost extinct

different angles and perspectives was a delight. My expertise

species. I am devoting more and more time to conservation

in underwater photographic techniques allowed me to push

projects as I get older.

accepted boundaries in the field, it allowed me to capture unique

During my career I have never been afraid to take a

subjects from new angles, swimming horses, state-of-the-art

chance. I was one of the first sailing photographers to embrace

multi-million dollar racing boats and conservation projects to

an underwater housing for my camera, no doubt related to my

name just a few. Mind you sea water and modern electronics do

diving experience, and to use this as an approach to explore

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was an article that I read in my early underwater shooting days ‘If

built some truly special long-term relationships, born of shared

you don’t have a good sense of humour, don’t take up underwater

values and a mutual work ethic. Having this in common helps me

photography’! I do believe that I have a good sense of humour

to go the extra yard. Trusting in your colleagues is the key to being

and without doubt being underwater re-energises my spirit and

successful. I can only create what I do thanks to a number of great

wellbeing, the two work well together, they help me to thrive. I

professionals who support me with their own talents, from pilots,

was only 10 when I first started diving, my dad, being one of the

drivers, photo assistants, media teams etc. The key to successful

first pioneers of scuba diving in Malta back in the 1960s, was a

teamwork is communication and where possible friendship. There

huge inspiration to my development as I grew up. Underwater

are people who help position me where I need to be, others who

photography was a natural extension to my career and I rarely go

help distribute my photos internationally and to high-end titles,

for a dive now without a camera in hand.

and people who, often unexpectedly, open doors for me.

Every photographer needs to experiment and also have

I have also learnt over the years that preparation is

their own unique skills. With new technology advancing at

everything as once on location it’s too late if your gear fails

such a rapid pace staying ahead of the pack is important, but

you, being in a position to take the photo you want requires a

as I mentioned above, you have to have the enthusiasm within

multitude of factors to fall into place. Have your gear serviced,

yourself, the camera is a machine and however advanced it is your

checked and prepared, keeping it in top condition is essential

experience and an opportunity is what creates the image.

and knowing it is going to work on time every time allows you

I have to mention that I feel mutual respect is a two way

to concentrate on the assignment with as few distractions as

thing. I work with a number of clients and am fortunate to have

possible. Ensure you have spares. Research your location. Be on

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time. Check the weather weeks and days in advance. Get your timing right. Once on the shoot you can then focus on the job at hand. And when you get a chance to take a photo, go for it. Sometimes the most wonderful photos are conceived from unexpected opportunities. If you love it, do it, if you have a passion for what you are doing this energy will be shown in your pictures, that’s my mantra to the young photographers who often work with me. Everything else follows. If you love doing it, pursue it. If you don’t, find something else. Henri Cartier-Bresson, of all the famous photographers, is the one I draw most inspiration from. I am often asked about the picture I am proudest of? Well it is the one I haven’t yet taken. I am my own hardest critic. Every day that I go out I expect to find it, I am the eternal optimist, and my dream location, somewhere that as yet I have not been able to visit and record, well it has to be Antarctica, in my mind’s eye I can see the light, the ice, the creatures… maybe one day! Contact: +356 9947 2533 kurt@kurtarrigo.com www.kurtarrigo.com

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RAHMI M. KOÇ

INTERVIEW BY COLIN SQUIRE

AM SITTING IN THE HEAD OFFICE OF KOÇ HOLDING, AN OFFICE WITH A breath-taking view looking out over the Bosporus and Istanbul. I am here with Rahmi Mustafa Koç to talk about his life, his family, his business, his passion for collecting and above all his love of the sea. He is the Honorary Chairman of Koç Holding A.Ş. a business that employs approx. 94,000 people and turned a profit of $1.34 billion in 2017. He has been in receipt of many Honorary Doctorates and Awards during his lifetime, one of which is the CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire), he is also a well admired and respected philanthropist. The company was founded by his father Vehbi Koç in 1926, three years after Turkey was established as a Republic and is now rated as the top company in Turkey. Captain Phil Wade first told me about Rahmi Bey and his museums, he then introduced us and made this article possible. This is what Phil has to say. Back in 1987, just after I had finished the Whitbread Round the world Race on Drum, I was approached by Palmer Johnson to take an Alden 76 from Connecticut to Turkey for Mr. Rahmi M. Koç. We spent three months together on this voyage during which he recorded his experiences every day, afterwards publishing a fascinating book about the delivery. We became good friends and have kept in regular contact ever since. Last April when I went to Turkey on holiday I spent two days at his museum which turned out to be a milestone in my life. I was totally blown away and decided that I had to get some of our Marine Inspirations students (www.marineinspirations.org) from South Africa to come and experience it as well. The RMK Museum is incredibly educational, not only for children but also for adults, it portrays a history of everyday life and how ‘things’ work. As a result of this visit and dinner with the ‘Big Guy’ as we call him, I organised for three maritime students to fly from Cape Town to Istanbul on a 10 day educational tour. A part of this trip was to spend a full day in the museum and when we had an unexpected change of plan I asked the boys what they wanted to do on this free day, without hesitation they all wanted to re-visit the museum! Rahmi made sure we were looked after like royalty during our stay for which I can only thank him. I am truly amazed by Rahmi, he is still as sharp as a razor, and he exercises passionately and fills each and every day to the full, despite his age. He still collects masses of stuff from all over the world for the museums and personally supervises the restoration and allocation of each and every piece. He has an incredible memory. Two days after our dinner in April he left for China to check on his factories there and of course he came back with more treasures to add to his already unbelievable collection. As you can see I have enormous respect for this man, he is a pleasure to be with, uses his wealth to nurture education and always has a smile. I am very privileged to be able to call him a friend.

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RIGHT: RAHMI BEY AS A BOY

Rahmi Bey*, would you like to start with where you were born? I am originally from Ankara, the capital of modern Turkey. I was born on a ranch on Thursday, October 9th,1930, at 4 pm in the afternoon. I grew up in Ankara until the 6th grade and then went on to Robert College in Istanbul, until 9th grade. I went to the United Kingdom to complete my 0, A Levels and the other courses I needed, before crossing the Atlantic to get in to the Johns Hopkins University in the US. There, I obtained a BA in Business Administration, so this left me knowing both sides of the ocean quite well. As an only son you must have been a very precious child. My mother was always on at me. When we went fishing, we would have to get clams for bait. I would go by the water’s edge and bend down to reach them. She would be worried sick that I would be swept away by a big wave. I read somewhere that you were very good with a sling shot as a young boy. Yes, my mother would get upset when I used to kill birds with a sling shot at our ranch house in Ankara. It was something I was good at. Is that why she would confiscate your sling shot? She would! She used to hide them on the top of a cupboard,

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when I thought she had thrown them all away. One day a bird

As mentioned, we lived by the sea, so this worried my

flew in through the ventilation hole, where it was trapped on top

mother. Ankara people do not generally know how to swim and

of a cupboard. I climbed up to catch the bird and found all my

with me being her only son, she thought I could easily have a

slingshots. That was like striking gold!

mishap and drown. Living close to us were a lovely Italian family

We would change our home four times a year. First, we

that had a dingy and their boys Rene and Sergio used to sail her.

would live in the ranch house for a few months, the house where

Sergio handled the mainsail and rudder, while Rene handled the

I was born, and then in the Ankara apartment, which my father

jib. When Rene was sick or unavailable they would call me to look

built in the city centre. We use to rent a summer house in Istanbul

after the jib, so that is how I started sailing. They were both very

and when most of the business came here we bought another

good sailors and I learned a lot from them. I eventually bought a

big house. My mother had to move four times a year, that nearly

little boat and started sailing myself.

killed her. Each time something was missing my father would

When I was about 9 or 10 I had a 6 m power boat built,

say ‘where is my such and such jacket?’ only to find that it was

equipped with a Johnson 50 hp outboard. I used that for a time. I

in the Ankara house. Finally he was so mad that he bought four

had a number of other small boats.

of everything! Tell us about your collections. Can you tell me about your love for the sea Rahmi Bey?

My passion for collecting started when I was very young. I have

We used to spend our summers in Istanbul starting from 1934,

no doubt that it was down to my Austrian nanny and my father.

first staying in a wooden house turned into a 6 room hotel by the

Before the war, my father would often go abroad, mostly to Berlin,

water and eventually we bought our own house by the shore of

Vienna and Budapest. Each time he would bring me a present.

the Bosporus, so I can say that I grew up by the sea. When my

My nanny suggested we start collecting and it began with an

friends were swimming in the summer, my mother would take me

electric Marklin train that he brought home after one trip. We

to the Bazaar every Friday, depriving me of swimming. However,

then asked him to bring us more pieces, such as Marklin Steam

each day a fisherman would come at 4 o’clock with a rowing boat

Locomotives, steam models, tenders and rails. Subsequently,

and we would go fishing until six.

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ABOVE: KONT OSTROROG YALISI – RAHMI’S HOUSE ON THE BOSPORUS, WHICH HE PURCHASED IN 2001

start of my collecting and especially my passion for collecting

How did that happen?

mechanical and industrial objects. Unfortunately, when I went to

I took a few classes in the summer school there and found out that

Robert College, my mother gave them all to our janitor’s son, so

most of my school mates had jobs, so I applied to various ads. One

I lost them.

was at a bakery. I had to get in at 7 pm and leave at 3 am in the

My father was a workaholic. He would never go to the

morning. I worked there for a while, but the hours did not suit me.

theatre, opera, ballet, concert or cinema. He would work all the

There was very good money to be earned at the Bethlehem Steel

time to feed the business, which meant my mother had free time

works where they built ships by riveting. The job was to support the

on her hands, so she started collecting Ottoman embroidery. She

rivet from one side whilst the riveter riveted from the other side.

began taking me to the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. When all my

They told me to come in at 5 am for an interview. I had gone to bed

friends were enjoying themselves in summer, I would often be

very late the night before and must have fallen asleep while waiting

sweating it out with her and as a bribe she would buy me a small

my turn at the factory. I was awoken by a man tapping my shoulder

toy on the way back.

and showing me the door, so I had to leave the place before I even started! Then one of my friends told me that there was an opening

Do you still go to the Bazaar?

at the Fuller Brush factory for a salesman. Unfortunately, all the rich

Yes, but now it is losing blood as the antiques business is dying

parts of Baltimore city were taken, leaving me the poor part where

out and apparel, clothing and all retail stores are being replaced

underprivileged people lived. I did not mind. One of their sales

with new touristic cafés and restaurants. The Bazaar is losing its

experts, with a suitcase full of brushes, showed me how to sell. You

cachet and the reason for being a bazaar.

would knock on the door, maybe get invited in, if not you had to sit on the veranda to show the brushes and say ‘Madam these brushes

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Going back a little, I believe you found yourself a job when you

are good for you’ or something similar and hopefully I would take

attended the John Hopkins University.

an order to be sent to the factory. Two days later I would get the

Yes, I sold brushes as a door to door salesman!

brushes and deliver them to the house.

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THIS PAGE: RAHMI AS A YOUNG MAN – IN AND OUT OF MILITARY UNIFORM

a full time job, however I was not interested, as I knew I had to go home once I had received my degree. You obtained your degree at Hopkins in Business Administration. Yes, and I also received an honorary doctorate years later from them. Mayor Bloomberg was the President then and he personally dressed my gown and cape, which was a great honour. What was your commission?

I came back to Turkey right after I graduated and completed

I think it was 50%.

my military service. I was the interpreter for Colonel Webster, translating military documents on what to do in the case of an

I can imagine you were a good salesman.

Atomic war. The trouble with the Colonel was that he was in his

Yes, after a month I hired a boy to deliver catalogues to the

office at 8 am every day and he wanted to see me there as well.

houses and the next day I would ring the doorbell to take the order. When the brushes came I hired another boy to deliver them

You did 18 months service, there must have been some interesting

for me. This allowed me to spend more time selling.

things that happened.

I had a lovely Ford convertible car at the time, but I would

For the first six months I attended the military school where they

never take it to the front of the house I was going to. I would

taught basic training and you were only allowed to leave at the

say that I was a Korean veteran to get some sympathy and they

weekends. Every Saturday they would line us up and would call

would feel sorry for me. I could do that because the Turks did a

certain numbers to step forward. The ones who’s numbers were

lot in Korea in 1951. Over 700 Turks were killed in action fighting

not called could leave and the ones that did had to stay at the

for the UN there. I feel bad about the lying now, but I did it to

garrison over the weekend as punishment.

earn my living and the women would go head-over-heels, offering

The trouble was that every two or three weekends you

me Coca Cola and other beverages. Then they would buy brushes

had to do guard or front door duty. Someone had to be there all

from me, probably more out of pity than anything else.

the time and because everybody knew my address, if someone did not turn up, or was sick, they would call me. Thinking back, I

Did your father give you an allowance?

seemed to have spent a lot of time standing as a guard.

He did, yes, but everyone had jobs and you do not want to sit about when everyone else is working. I felt ashamed to do that. I

Your father was an incredible business man, did he start with

had to be a part of the campus culture, to fit in and make friends,

almost nothing?

so I had to be like the others. I was very successful at selling

Yes, if you go to Ankara you will see my grandfather’s ‘one

brushes so they gave me a richer part of the town and offered me

stop’ shop that sells everything from a piece of cheese to soles

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BELOW: RAHMI’S TREASURED COLLECTION OF MEDALS

for shoes. You could say it was the primitive beginnings of a

started. He began selling construction materials and started

supermarket as you would know them today. It was also a kind

bringing in cars, tractors, lorries etc. Vehbi Koç realised the need

of motel for horses, carriages and for those travelling, where you

for gas stations as the number of cars were increasing, so he

BOTTOM: RAHMI AT HIS CBE PRESENTATION CEREMONY

have the horses downstairs and the passengers, the guests and

obtained a Socony-Vacuum dealership from Standard Oil (Mobil

drivers upstairs. I purchased the building from the director of

Oil) and that is when he also became the local representative for

Foundations of Turkey and I restored it, as my grandfather’s shop

the Ford Motor Company.

was in there and that is where my father grew up. My father used to arrive at the shop at 6 am in the

economy was moving up and down constantly, so he was smart

morning to clean and sweep until my grandfather turned up. He

enough to not put all his eggs in one basket. He set up a number

started with that little shop. When Ankara became the capital of

of different companies. When you start a business you need

Turkey, a big drive for buildings, asphalt roads and construction

office equipment, so he went into manufacturing simple metal

RAHMI’S MEDALS (above) From left to right: 1- Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. 2- The German Government’s ‘Grosses Verdienste Kreutz’. 3- The Order Merit of the Austrian Government. 4- The Order of High Merit of the Italian Republic. 5- Vatican Pontificate Award. 6- The Order Merit of France, the Legion of Honour. 7- The Turkish Republic Outstanding Service Award. Given by the late Süleyman Demirel, the former president of the Turkish Republic on 27 October 1997.

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He was a hard-working small businessman. The Turkish

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LEFT: RAHMI WITH HIS FATHER, VEHBI

office furniture, which then turned into our white goods home

Africa, Pakistan and Thailand. We are building a new plant in India,

appliance business called Arçelik.

partnering Tata.

Is that Beko?

I think when Brexit happens, you may be amazed. I think England,

Arçelik A.Ş is the company name and Beko is our international

like England always does, will be fine, the UK always has a way of

brand, which now amounts to 20% of the British Market.

surviving. Hopefully by the time we are delivering this magazine in

However, we are worried what will happen with Brexit and how

April it will all be resolved.

that will affect us. We have factories in Romania, China, South

Europe is united but in many ways it is disunited. They have the

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BELOW: WILLIAM CLAY FORD (left), BENSON FORD (centre) AND HENRY FORD II (right) IN A FORD EDSEL IN FRONT OF THE COMPANY HEADQUARTERS, DEARBORN, MICHIGAN, 1958

Euro and free movement in common, but also have different

We had a connection with Fiat and were their tractor

flags, languages, food, cultures, armies, foreign policies and so on.

dealer in Southern Turkey. We set up our own brand called TOFAS,

I really cannot see how they will carry on managing all of these

in partnership with Fiat in 1968. Now TOFAS produces more than

into the future.

400,000 vehicles a year; mostly light vans and a wide range of passenger cars.

We could talk about Brexit forever but how did you become

First we established an assembly plant for Ford Trucks in

involved in your father’s business?

Istanbul (Ford Otomotiv Sanayi A.Ş) and asked Ford to grant us

In 1958, I started working at our Ford service station in Ankara.

the licence to assemble cars as well. Ford said that they would only

From there, I worked my way up. The company was called

give us trucks, but no cars. By 1964, the weight of our business

Otokoç. It was a new company that my father and I had set up.

shifted to Istanbul and therefore, we moved the headquarters.

The general manager was also a partner in the business. Before

I came to know Henry Ford II and numerous Ford Motor

working for us, he was the manager of Buick in Ankara, which was

Company executives thanks to many years of partnership with

our immediate neighbour. My father noticed that Mr. Nahum was

Ford. I was also lucky to get to know Umberto and Gianni Agnelli

coming earlier to work than he did and stayed longer. He offered

of Fiat personally.

him a job, but Mr. Nahum told him that he would only accept

Koç group grew and I became Chairman in 1984, after my

it if he became a partner. That is when we formed Otokoç and

father turned it over to me. The company thrived and we made it into

separated the automotive division of the group.

the Fortune Global 500 list of companies. We were at number 435 in

At that time our Ford Dealership was the sub-dealer of the company in Istanbul, who reported to Alexandria in Egypt, who

2018. When we first made it to that list, the only founders still alive were Mr Soichiro Honda and Vehbi Koç, who passed away in 1996.

then reported to Dagenham in the UK, who then reported to

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the Headquarters in Detroit. We eventually acquired the Istanbul

How did the Museum start?

dealership as well and thus became the Ford Dealer for Turkey.

Many years ago I was working together with the Ford team to

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BELOW: PRESIDENT REAGAN’S LIMOUSINE IN THE FORD MUSEUM

build a truck assembly factory here, so I had to stay in Detroit

He looked into the railway business and how Americans

for six weeks to buy the necessary equipment. Each day, when I

built a railway across the continent. His museum covers thousands

was finished at 5 pm, I would go to the Henry Ford Museum in

of acres and has an old train running through the property. He

Dearborn, after hours by special permission, and it was there I

owned huge amounts of land in the old days and donated a big

decided to set up my own museum.

piece of it to the museum. By the end of the war he was very rich and Europe was poor enabling him to collect many good things

What did he have in there, cars?

at almost no cost through his contacts across Europe. There then

Every time Henry Ford built a new model he would keep the first

came a point where the museum started to sell off the poorer

one off the line for his museum. He was also famous for giving

quality or double items they had. Unfortunately, I was not lucky

each President of the United States a custom built Lincoln.

enough to acquire any of his pieces for my museum as they were

Thomas Edison was a very good friend of his and when he went bankrupt three times, it was Henry Ford who financed him. The Thomas Edison Menlo Park Laboratory is there, in his museum, as well as the first Ford assembly line.

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all sold without worldwide advertising as they do now, they were sold privately. When we were going into industrial production here I decided that I must also keep one of every piece that we made for

Henry Ford developed an interest in the American way of life,

my collection. We used to make appliances, light bulbs, radiators,

how the Americans built houses, big apartments and buildings etc.

boilers, matches as well as cars and trucks and I do not know

Therefore, he had something covering all of these in his museum.

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We searched around Istanbul with Dr. Bulgurlu. He helped

more specific. I was told that I needed to find interesting items for

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the museum that would draw the attention of people from 7 to

estuary in 1991, which became the first structure of the Museum.

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history as a warehouse for large jars of methylated spirit, but

three hands lost. (The tender was discovered in Malta.) From what

was in ruins when we found it. The roof had collapsed and goats

I gather you find many of your exhibits damaged and have them

were sleeping inside. It was interesting to see the old cannon

fully restored at your dedicated restoration facility. I was also quite

balls we found amongst the foundations. We purchased this plot

surprised by the 100 m 2nd World War American submarine that

and restored it to its original state. We opened the Rahmi M. Koç

you have tied to the dock that I took a tour of, not many museums

Museum in 1994. Later on we acquired the Hasköy Dockyard,

have one of those, or the collection of original Rivas. I could go on

which was luckily just across the road from the Museum, that was

and on but it was all fascinating. (See page 89)

also in ruins. Its proximity to the water made it a good site where

Yes, the 1944 Submarine, USS Thornback (SS-418). It was

we could expand the museum and display large and historic

renamed Uluçalireis here. She sank a Japanese cargo ship in the

naval vessels. We restored all the buildings, keeping their original

Pacific during the war. It was donated to the Turkish Navy in 1971

structures, but even this is not a sufficient space for my entire

and was de-commissioned in 2000. I approached the Navy and

collection to be displayed.

suggested that, instead of scrapping her, they should give it to me

BELOW: A PACKED EXHIBIT HALL AT THE RMK MUSEUM IN ISTANBUL

on loan, to which they agreed. It is important to mention that I spent the whole day there

They still own it, but the museum is responsible for its

yesterday, I could have spent longer had time allowed. I was shown

berthing fees. I am grateful to the Navy as they employ a full-

around by the General Manager, Ertuğrul Duru. I have visited many

time officer for its care. Every two years they drydock her and

museums and I was absolutely enthralled, every square inch, inside

give her a fresh coat of paint. The Navy removed all the batteries

and out held something that fascinated me, including several of

before they gave it to us, but the torpedoes (decommissioned) are

your vintage cars that I had actually owned as a youngster. You have

still in the tubes. It is great that people can visit it and get a feel

some incredible British artefacts that you have found in the UK and

as to how a submariner lived in those days.

elsewhere, including the fully restored tender to HMS Hood which

I also bought a complete old bistro from France. I sent

was famously sunk by the Bismark on 24th May 1941 with all but

a plane to Paris to collect the pieces, of course hoping nothing

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MAN AT THE TOP – RAHMI M. KOÇ

ABOVE: RAHMI AT THE HELM OF THE MAID OF HONOUR

would get broken. However, some bits did and we had to restore

without much sea traffic. One night I was taking a friend with

it completely to resurrect it. Everything is authentic. It is called

me to attend a dinner at another friend’s house on the European

Suzy’s Café du Levant and is in the Lengerhane section of the

side, so we went in my boat. He asked me if I could drop him off

museum now.

after dinner as well. It was past midnight when we left and the lights were out. He could not remember exactly where the house

You also have an old working English pub, where did that

they rented was, so we were travelling slowly along the shore,

come from?

looking for the house. He then said ‘I think we have passed my

There is a famous interior designer that only decorates traditional

house let’s turn’.

pubs in England. I hired him. He found some pieces and brought

My wife, two captains, my wife’s friend, this man and his

them here. It looks just like an old English working tavern and is

wife were all on-board when we ran into a buoy. I thought the

called Nelson’s Pub.

boat had exploded. We could not see anything due to the mist and I was driving the boat looking over the windshield. When we

Obviously with all of those marine artefacts it brings us back to your

crashed, the sharp edges of the windshield cut my mouth and

love of the sea. You had your first boat and developed your love of

teeth. I also had broken my ribs, so I could not get up. Blood was

sailing. You had a house on the Bosporus.

gushing out of my mouth and my teeth were hanging out. They

Yes, our summer house was on the European side of the Bosporus.

were all shouting ‘Rahmi is dead, get help!’

When I got married in 1960 I bought a house on the Anatolian

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Did the boat sink?

Sea Ray speed boat. I used to come home and water ski for half

It went right down. We were all in the water and one friend could

an hour in the evenings. The Bosporus was nice and clean then,

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RIGHT: NAZENIN II

him to leave her saying that ‘we have three children, I cannot drown’. I saved them both. The fresh and cold water in September wakes you up. We all started to swim. A man with his son came to collect us in his boat, but since we all clung on to one side, the boat started to turn over, so he ripped all our hands off and sped away, obviously afraid that we would sink his boat. We swam to the shore. There was a marble factory and it was now nearly 1 am. Three big German Shepherd dogs came running over. Eventually, a man came, took the dogs away and pulled us out. We telephoned our friend in whose house we had dinner, but in all that excitement, we forgot to tell them where we were. They immediately took their boat out and started searching for us, but never figured out where we were. In the meantime we found a taxi driver who first wanted to take us to the police station. He did not recognise me as I was covered in blood. While we were going to the station I persuaded the driver as to who I was, so he took me home. Right then my friends turned up with their boat and took me to the hospital. I had no teeth at all and had broken ribs, but I wanted to get treated quickly. The doctor in charge would not let me leave before the morning and then the police came to question me.

built and called her ‘Nazenin’, which translates to ‘Lady’ in Ottoman

The police in Turkey are always followed by the press, so they

Turkish. In those days it was a big boat, it was designed by an

managed to get the story, but thankfully no pictures. Next day

Englishman, Francis Johns and was built here.

we were in all the newspapers. It took nine months of dental

Later on, like all yacht owners, I wanted an even bigger boat

treatment in the US to get my teeth back. That was an episode of

and Palmer Johnson’s Chairman Mike Kelsey said he could build

my life that I would never wish to repeat.

one for me. Mike and his wife Margaret were good friends of mine. Margaret was Irish and she used to swim 5 km every day. I was

Did you manage to raise the boat?

impressed with her as she could swim more than I did. Mike said

The Bosporus is such that it gets deeper and deeper and the sea bed

he would build me a boat, but I did not have the means to afford

gets slushier towards the centre and if you do not retrieve a boat

it then, so he found me a second hand ketch, an Alden 76 that

within 24 hours, it is lost. However, we salvaged it in time and then

they had built previously. It was 1986, when I went to New York. I

repaired her. Before selling it we told the new buyers that it had

chartered a sea plane to see this 23 m boat called ‘Scheherazade’.

been sunk, so they knew her story. I then bought an Italian boat with

After some haggling I bought her. Some work had to be carried out,

a fly-bridge, so that I could actually see where I was going.

which we completed in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. I employed

After my marriage in 1960 I wanted a bigger boat in order to get away to the islands on the weekends, so I had a 20 m boat

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MAN AT THE TOP – RAHMI M. KOÇ

Yosi has been with you for a long time, what was his story?

captain was a dishonest man and he had taken the money for the

He was an electrician on an Israeli submarine and has the honour

two deck hands, but never hired them, so they ran into this bad

of having travelled the entire Mediterranean under water. As

storm short-handed. Even though Yosi asked him not to make the

previously mentioned, he was also the engineer on Scheherazade,

trip, the Captain insisted. They had furled all the sails, leaving only the storm jib

when I bought her. Captain Nielson told me that since she was newly painted

up, but that was eventually carried away. The wind was blowing

and the winter being very harsh on the East Coast, it would make

at around 50 knots, so to help control the boat they threw out

sense to take her to Bermuda. He said he needed two more deck

the sea anchor, but it snapped and water started to get into the

hands to make the trip. I sent him the funds for the fuel and the

boat and engine. The feathering propeller would not work, which

extra crew he asked for.

did not matter in the end, as the engine broke down anyway. The

I used to walk before dinner along the banks of the

boat was greatly damaged; its engine, electronics and interior.

Bosporus every evening and one day I was given an urgent

They waited in the cold weather, in -2º C for two days, until the

message that I was needed home, there was a call from America.

coastguard saved them. As one of the coastguards went on board

My youngest son Ali was studying at Rice University in Texas at

he broke his arm! They were towed 400 miles back to the marina

the time and I was worried sick thinking that something had

they left. The US Coastguard did not charge me one cent for this!

happened to him. When I arrived home my German girlfriend

We had to re-do the boat totally. The generator, the engine

said that the US Coastguard wanted to speak to me. They told

had to be replaced and we had to dry her out inside. As they had

me that my boat was sinking. Apparently, the boat was caught in

been short-handed on this cruise, the insurance did not cover the

a terrible storm, had taken in loads of water and her engine was

full amount and I had to dismiss the captain. When she was ready

not working. I asked them to call the insurance company. Then

again I asked Mike Kelsey who I should hire to cross the Atlantic

they said that there were three people on board. I asked what had

with us. He said he knew the perfect person. I met Captain Phil

happened to the other two, as I was afraid to hear that they had

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RIGHT: PHIL AND ANNE WADE

in a squall and she went over until the sails hit the water. I

Then you re-named her?

thought she would never come back again. After the winds eased

Yes, I renamed her Nazenin II. Nazenin I, as I mentioned before,

she righted herself, but the galley was a mess. The batteries had

was built here in a small yard called Herbot in Beykoz, on the

been broken away and we were leaking oil, but Phil was brave. He

Asian side of the Bosporus. It is interesting that I built Nazenin

knew she would right herself.

I, Nazenin II was second hand, we built Nazenin III at Palmer Johnson and Nazenin IV was again another second hand Palmer

You brought the yacht to the Mediterranean?

Johnson boat. We built Nazenin V in RMK Marine shipyard, here.

Yes, we went to Gibraltar first. From there, we took her home,

She is now undergoing her 10 year refit. It is a little early, as she is

to Istanbul.

only 9 years old, but we wanted to get it over with.

I have read the book you wrote on this delivery, entitled ‘The

vessels and commercial ships. We used to build and refit Oysters

Sea, The Sky and Us’. As you did not need to put yourself

at one time, but this fell apart as the previous owner, Richard

through this experience I have to ask this question! You could have

Matthews, sold the company to a hedge fund with no warning.

simply taken a plane home from any of the stops along the way

We had moulds made to build 100 ft and 125 ft Oysters and

and left Phil, Yosi and the crew to finish the trip, but you carried

Richard had ordered the first 125 ft yacht for his own use. We had

on. I have to say that, as mentioned in the book, there were one

a lot of problems with the design of that hull and had to change

or two good storms that you had to endure and it was not a

the keel position three times. The delivery date was extended by

comfortable ride.

almost a year. It cost him more than he had envisaged and when

As this was my first Atlantic crossing and we had a very

he eventually sold the boat after two years, he lost a lot of money.

Apart from yachts, RMK Shipyard also builds tankers, naval

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experienced captain, I was not worried about my safety. The

We built two 100 footers with no problem and delivered

only place I could have flown home from was the Azores. Having

them on time. The new owner of Oyster, an investment company,

got to the Azores it was only five days to Gibraltar, so I did not

which had no clue about boat building, could not get any new

consider flying home. I knew the Mediterranean very well from

orders. Because of this, they decided to discontinue with the big

my previous voyages. Let me tell you that the Med can be as

boats, which we were building, to concentrate on 86 footers,

ferocious as the Atlantic.

which were being built in the UK. Another reason was that,

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throughout the yachting world, people were switching to power

only power boat built by the renowned yacht builder William Fife.

boats and orders for sail boats were diminishing rapidly. A lesson

She used to be a spectator boat as well as being a seaplane tug.

we learned from this experience was that sailing enthusiasts do not fancy production boats that they would pay millions

So going back to Nazenin II where did you go in her?

of pounds for, they prefer custom built boats. In 2013 we

We left Palace Point Marina in Westbrook Connecticut on Thursday,

discontinued making Oysters. The keel incident of Polina Star III

July 16, 1987 at 3.45 pm. We crossed the Atlantic, stopping in the

happened in 2015. The moulds we built together with Oyster cost

Azores. We visited the islands and stayed in Horta for a few days.

us 2.5 million pounds and are fully owned by RMK Marine. They

We went to St. Miguel and from there straight to Gibraltar. We

are sitting idle in our backyard. In short, we lost a lot of money.

then cruised through the Med, and finally arrived in Cesme. After several years I commissioned a new boat for myself, Nazenin III,

I have just visited the RMK yard, I noticed you had several large

built at Palmer Johnson. She was designed by John Alden with

Superyachts in there being refitted. I once sailed on Sumurun, a

an interior by John Munford. She was launched in 1995 and we

96 ft Fife ketch, so your Director took great pride in opening up

brought her across to Turkey with Yosi as the captain.

a hanger and showing me the two Fifes that you have collected. Both in immaculate condition and the one I could not believe you

How long has Yosi been your captain now?

had was the power version, the seaplane tug, Falca. She must be

32 years. He is not really my captain now, he is my best friend

incredibly rare.

and a part of my family. Each time we go on a trip together we

When Oyster went bankrupt, their new CEO was a good friend of

hunt for antiques. I have a 1930 Gentleman’s launch built in San

mine. He said that a rare Fife power boat called Falka, in need of

Francisco that I had restored and we cruise with her on the Miami

restoration, was laying at their facility and if I would like to have

canals. Yosi handles her.

it, I could. I told them that I would accept it as a donation to my museum with pleasure. I arranged its transport and she is now

Is Yosi married?

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York and visited Sparkman and Stephens. They were kind enough to let me to use them. Yosi and I changed a few bits and soon found ourselves building my new boat, the 52 m ketch, Nazenin V. She was built in our yard here. You went around the world on Nazenin IV? Yes, she was a 38 m Sparkman & Steven’s design, also built by Palmer Johnson in 1990. I sold her to a Greek businessman from Boston in order to build a new and larger boat. I also have a circa 1910 gentleman’s steam yacht called Gonca, which is now docked in the museum. During Nazenin V’s construction I sailed her for a summer. She was a tug boat that served in the construction of the port of Thessaloniki and was turned into mine-sweeper during the war. She was ABOVE: NAZENIN III BELOW: YOSI

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dearly. Unfortunately, she passed last summer during our cruise

confiscated by the Ottoman Navy and served them for many

and he had to be away for a while.

years. She was then converted into a passenger boat ferrying workers to the naval base in Golcuk. I bought her when she was

How long did Phil Wade stay with you?

decommissioned and saved her from being scrapped. Since she

He did the crossing and we became such good friends. He earned

was laid up in a bay called Gonca for 10 years, I named her after

my respect many times over. He often joins us on our cruises. I

that bay. Then with designer Ken Freivokh and the steam expert

admire him and his wife, Anne. When he was the Captain on the

Fred Cousins from Camper & Nicholson, we turned her into an

45 m Timoneer I asked him if I could have her plans since I liked

Edwardian gentleman’s yacht and she still runs on steam today.

the boat and wanted to build something similar. I went to New

She is a darling of a boat.

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The round the world trip must have been on your bucket list. I first did it in 1963 on a plane. It was an around the world flight organised by Pan Am called Pan Am 001. When I was watching over the oceans I promised myself that one day I would do it by boat, and I did! We were very lucky as my trip around the world went very well. I did all of the crossings. We stopped at times so that the crew could relax a bit and go home to see their loved ones. Can we talk about the trip. Was Yosi the captain? Have you met him? No, I have never met him but I have heard much about him, Phil has told me about him. You began the adventure here in Turkey. Yes, from the marina here, we set off at 11.00 am on a September

with two or even no seasons at all. What amused me most in

morning in 2004 and arrived back after almost two years, in July of

the Caribbean was a t-shirt that said ‘Same sh** different island’.

2006. We returned to the same marina at about 5 pm. Of course

However, each island was interesting, as the food, temperature,

we had all sorts of boats and helicopters seeing us off and meeting

language, music, habits were all different. I still prefer the

us on our way back. We threw both a big farewell and a return party.

Mediterranean. The best is the Aegean though, where you have

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four seasons and the fish are delicious. We have, at times, caught What were your favourite places?

big fish as we travelled the world, which were mostly tasteless,

I still think the countries with four seasons are better than those

even after three or four days of marinating.

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I would not call them my favourite places, but a most

were drinking a lot of alcohol and many were drunk in the middle

interesting place was the San Blas Islands, which sits almost at the

of the day. I bought a little boat that they made out of carved

entrance of the Panama Canal. They are surrounded by beautiful

wood and I put it in Nelson’s pub in the museum.

beaches covered in palm trees and there are howler monkeys

Once we visited a French island in New Caledonia called

on the mainland. The families that live there buy materials and

Noumea. We looked around the town, arriving back at the pier

make beautiful quilts called Molasas for souvenirs. In spite of the

at about 4 pm to go back to our boat. When we got there we

primitive living conditions they have big dugout canoes and on

found our agent standing along with a gendarme officer. She said

the back you would often find a brand new 70 hp outboard.

that the police were searching our boat with a dog and that they

When we were there we came across a 14 year old boy,

were looking for something. We were escorted to the boat. There

badly hurt from sun burn and I sent my doctor and nurse out to

were four of them on-board with the dog and by the time we got

help him with a dressing and medicine. Then another boy came

there the dog was sniffing the panelling in Yosi’s cabin. They asked

with a toothache, to whom we gave painkillers. Then somebody

‘What is behind there?’ ‘I do not know’ I said. They took out the

else came and we realised that if we treat everybody we will not

panelling and there was a safe. Since she was a second hand boat

have any medicines or dressings left.

I had no idea about the safe. They asked me to open it, but we

Another interesting incident was that a boy came out in a

did not know the combination. We called the previous owner, but

canoe with a big lobster, which we bought for $30. An hour later

he did not know it either. They would not let anybody move until

his brother came and said that his younger brother sold it to us

they opened it, they wanted to break the safe, but the safe man

too cheap and asked for another $30. We told him we would not

was not working that day. We had to wait. They would only allow

pay again and gave the lobster back. We then found out that they

me to go into my cabin and sleep. The rest of the poor crew had

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in New Zealand during our refit. They told us to turn off all lights and travel as far from the coast as possible, since the pirates use outboards, they could not go out too far as they would run out of fuel. We did as we were told, but there was a full moon out there and the boat could still be seen from a distance. Before leaving for the trip, the American Counsel General in Istanbul, who was also a good friend of mine, told me that the US Navy could help us if we were in trouble. He said that we have to give notice of our location 24 hours before we arrived in the danger zone. We informed them and a plane flew over us, reading our name and left. We carried on and luckily passed through with no problems. Then, as we were going up through the Red Sea towards the Suez Canal, we had such bad head winds and incredibly big waves that the yacht would go in bow first and take on water, but before the water had drained off, she would plough in again. I thought we would never survive, so we slowed her down to almost one knot in the hope that she would ride the waves better. When the sea calmed down we were able to pump all the water out. There are things that might scare you out at sea, as there is only God, the sky, the boat and you when on-board. CAPTAIN YOSI’S ACCOUNT OF THE VOYAGE We sailed down the Aegean, stopping at Athens, before then transiting the Corinth Canal and heading for Italy and the South of France. We stopped in Palma and docked next to Phil Wade’s boat, the ‘Timoneer’. We spent a few days with Phil and then headed for Gibraltar where we refuelled. After to stay out on deck, all night. A dog and one policeman stayed in

Gibraltar we sailed to the Canary Islands and provisioned

Yosi’s cabin. We were all very afraid.

ready for the crossing. On a windy morning we set off across

Next day the safe was broken and what did they find? A

the Atlantic. Two weeks later, after an uneventful crossing,

little note book and a wooden pencil! They apologised profusely

we reached the island of St. Martin. Mr. Koç flew back to

and went back to shore in their dinghy. Yosi was so mad that he

Istanbul and rejoined us at the end of January. We cruised

threw the safe’s door at them! Thank God it did not hit them. This

through the Caribbean islands all the way to Trinidad and

was our biggest scare.

Tobago where after refuelling for only 25 cents a gallon we

Another one was about 24 hours after we had left

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sailed to Panama.

Galapagos. I was sleeping and I heard the engine stop. I thought

When we arrived at the canal the authorities came on

maybe they had caught a fish or something, so I waited, but there

board to take the measurements of the boat and the next

was no reaction. I went up, as I thought that they were sailing, but

day the pilot arrived early and we entered the first lock. We

the sails were down. I found out that the engine had broken down.

stayed in Panama City for a few days and then sailed to the

The engine room was 55ºC and very hot. They started working on

Galapagos archipelago. We all found the island very touristic,

it and finally they found a metal impeller with a little shaft that

expensive and overrated, however, the bird colonies and

was broken off. It took them three hours to manufacture a new

the flora, together with the marine animals, were of course

shaft. I was resting in my cabin thinking ‘What would we do if the

interesting.

engine did not start’ but thank God, by the morning the engine

After the Galapagos we embarked on our longest

was on again. That little shaft took us all the way around the rest

voyage, all the way to the Marquesas Islands. We sailed on,

of the world from south of the Galapagos.

through the Tuamotus islands, reaching Tahiti after five days.

There was another scary moment I remember. It was

Our route then took us through the Society Islands: Morea,

when we headed towards the Suez Canal. We had been given a

Taha’a, and the famous Bora Bora which we found very

warning about the pirates in the area from the captains we met

‘boring-boring’. Later on we visited American Samoa, Tonga

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and Fiji, and we ended that leg at Oakland, New Zealand. In

the island of Lankawi was denied due to my passport. Mr. Koç

Oakland, we hauled the boat out of the water for some major

and some of the crew left for Istanbul and we stayed there for a

work including a change of rigging.

month or so. This was a year after the big tsunami and we were

While there we set off on our travels by car and plane

devastated to see the aftermath. Just before we left Phuket, a

through the North and South Islands. The nature was stunning.

friend, who lives in Bangkok, organised a ceremony on board by

Despite the masses of sheep we saw we found the woollen

Buddhist monks for a safe voyage.

sweaters very expensive! We eventually bid farewell to the islands

Our next destination was the Andaman Islands which had

of New Zealand and made our way to New Caledonia. After this,

also been badly hit by the tsunami. We then headed south to

we sailed across to Cairns, Australia, where we stayed for a couple

the island of Sri Lanka. We moored in Colombo harbour, visited

of days. We met a young enthusiastic Turkish girl there who

Kandy, and bought some antiques and artefacts. After two days

owned an Indian restaurant to which she kindly invited us for

we sailed over to Kochi in the province of Kerala before sailing up

what was an exceptional dinner.

north to Mumbai.

We then sailed throughout the Great Barrier Reef all the

Mr. Koç left for Istanbul and left us stranded at anchor in

way to Darwin and from there all the way to Singapore. We

front of the Gate of India. The sea was so polluted that we could

wanted to stop in Bali and the neighbouring islands but because

not run our water maker and had to order in barges to fill our

of my Israeli passport the authorities did not allow us to do so.

tanks. The monsoon season was approaching and I asked Mr. Koç

After Singapore we made our way through the Malacca Straits

if he could return early. He couldn’t. When he finally arrived we

to Phuket, and on the way, once again our entry to Malaysia at

set sail for the Red Sea, three days after leaving Mumbai we ran into bad weather and heavy seas. I thought the amount of fuel we had would take us to Port Said, however, due to the rough weather, we had to put into Aden, Yemen. The agent met us. The Harbour Master came to collect the passports. He was surprised to find out that mine was Israeli and said we could not make an entry. As I could speak Arabic I persuaded the agent to help us. He talked to the Harbour Master and managed to get permission for us to refuel on condition that I should not say I was the captain, but only one of the crew. Eventually a barge came alongside, we refuelled and left immediately. The agent befriended me to such an extent that he took me on a tour around the city and I ate the best fish of the whole trip with him, on a piece of newspaper. We left Aden and sailed towards Port Said through the Bab-el-Mandeb straits. The Red Sea has a notorious reputation for winds that can blow half to your advantage, half against, and so it was. I stuck to the centre of the sea very well aware that both shores, Sudan and Saudi Arabia were hostile to me. After six days of solid motoring we reached the Suez Canal. The boss went back to Istanbul, this time for two weeks, and we set off on a tour to see Cairo and the pyramids of Giza, which we all thoroughly enjoyed. When the boss returned we embarked on the last leg of the trip from Port Said to Istanbul. Everyone was anxious to get home, you could sense it in the air. On our way we stopped at the island of Samos before sailing through the Dardanelles, saluting the big Turkish flag drawn on the cliffs of Eceabat-Kilitbayır over the message: ‘Traveller, halt! The soil you tread Once witnessed the end of an era’ Finally, we arrived in Istanbul to a magnificent welcome convoy of vessels and a big party with friends on shore.

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I did a similar trip in similar weather motoring up the Red Sea to

My eldest sister Semahat is two years older than I am and

Suez back in 1983, it was not a pleasant experience.

she is the Chairwoman of the Vehbi Koç Foundation and in charge

On these long distance cruises one thing I observed is that after

of our tourism companies, Divan and Setur.

a while the crew can get on each other’s nerves. That is what

My youngest sister, Suna was our CFO. Sevgi, the sister

happens when nine people live day and night in a 40 m² space. I

whom I lost, was heading the cultural side of our foundation.

had instructed before we sailed that anyone having friction with

I do not know whether you have heard of the Sadberk Hanım

another must make it up before dawn, so we did this. I found

Museum. It was founded in the memory of my mother and was

out that when going long distances, it is not good to spend too

the first, major private museum in Turkey. Sevgi was instrumental

much time together, so we would stop at a place for a month

in its groundwork.

and I would send everyone home. Two of the crew would stay

The Vehbi Koç Foundation was founded in 1969 by my

on board and doing this kept us all happy. If we had not done it,

father and is one of the biggest non-governmental charitable

I am sure the crew and myself would not have enjoyed the trip

organizations in Turkey. The foundation supports education,

as much as we did.

healthcare and culture. We have four hospitals as well as the not-

Another thing this cruise taught me was not to bother

for-profit Koç University, which has around 7000 students and is

with trivial, minor things in life and instead concentrate just

regarded highly worldwide. Some of my friends inspired me when

on important things. I learned how to separate the small things

they asked me as to why we did not have a medical school, since

that can take time to sort and make you anxious and to deal

we had numerous hospitals. I thought about this for a while and

with the major problems. We used to call Turkey using our

then, seven years ago, we set up a medical school.

BELOW: RAHMI WITH HIS PARENTS AND SISTERS

communication system. I have the habit of calling my sister every day at 8.30 am Turkish time, so I had to work everything I did

I have heard that you are a very good artist.

around this call, and at times this would be either in the early

Yes, I have a great love for art. I used to do a little caricature work

mornings or late at night.

when I was at school.

Do your sons now do the same? I had three sons, my eldest son Mustafa was the Chairman of Koç Holding when he tragically passed away three years ago after a massive heart attack. He would call me every day. My other two sons do not do this and they only call me if they need something. I jokingly tell them ‘You use me like an aspirin. You only call me when you have a headache’. Your eldest son died, you had passed the company to him, as your father had to you, which of your sons took over his role? My second son Ömer took over. Mustafa was married with two daughters, my youngest son is also married with a daughter and a son, so I have three granddaughters and one grandson. Ömer, never married and has set himself up to spend more time with art, especially Modern art. He has many collections, but his book collection is most noteworthy. He took over the company when Mustafa died. What about the rest of your family. You had three sisters? Yes, one older, Semahat and two younger, Sevgi and Suna. The one immediately younger than me, Sevgi, died of lung cancer and our youngest one, Suna, is stricken with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). This disease paralyses your muscles so that you cannot walk or talk. She has been wheelchair ridden. She has two nurses attending to her day and night and a doctor with her at all times. Suna has been in a non-animated state for the past 15 years.

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Ömer, who is a great collector and is known internationally

and the new roads. The money that is being spent is phenomenal.

for his collections, believes that if something is cheap, it is no

Yes, and the new Istanbul Airport has just been finished, which is

good and something expensive is ultimately good. He believes

claimed to be the biggest in Europe.

that you get what you pay for and often says if you pay peanuts you get monkeys. I am the other way around. If something

What happened to all of the people after the failed Coup of 15th

talks to me, I buy it. However, I always have a budget. Ömer is

July 2016?

collecting first editions of Ottoman History books from the 17th

They are still in prison. Fethullah Gülen, who lives in America,

century. Among other things, he is a keen collector of Iznik tiles

had many followers. This group had infiltrated almost every

from the 14th and 15th centuries. My younger son, Ali, is more

sector of the economy and military. The coup was aborted after

into sports and he is the President of one of Turkey’s biggest

government supporting troops held firm. However, 249 people

football clubs, Fenerbahçe FC.

died when fighting them off.

As a business, you account for something like 10% of the GDP of

If we go back to the serious business of yachting, your present boat,

Turkey, that’s a phenomenal amount of money and influence.

the S&S designed 171 ft Nazenin V, when you built her was she the

We are 10% of GDP, pay 12% of the taxes and account for more

biggest sail yacht to be built in Turkey up to that time?

than 10% of all the exports of Turkey. Our family were reported

No, prior to Nazenin, the steel hull of the Maltese Falcon was

to be the biggest tax payer in Turkey in 2017.

constructed in the yard next to RMK Marine in Tuzla. The manager of the yard next door was a good friend of mine and I knew

Is Turkey still aiming to be part of the European Union?

that this hull would eventually use new sail yacht technology

The European politicians rhetorically say they would like to see

and carbon masts, the DynaRig system. The Maltese Falcon was

Turkey in the Union, but in truth, I do not think they want us in.

built by Perini Navi on spec and had no buyers. She sat there for about five years until the authorities said that she could not stay

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At the moment it strikes me that Turkey is in a fragile position, but

there anymore, so they had to put in an engine and take her out

saying that I have just driven to see your shipyard and I cannot believe

of Turkish waters. She stayed out there for a while before being

all of the new and striking high rise buildings we passed on the way

brought back when Tom Perkins bought and completed her. He

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bought the hull and had the rest designed to his needs. She was

When Maltese Falcon was being built, the labour prices in Turkey

a complicated vessel and in some ways a take-off from the Club

were very cheap. Now the labour price has gone up, but we are

Med 2 boat built in the 90’s. He had several yachts, but sold them

still less expensive than most of the markets. Since last year, the

all just before he died.

Turkish Lira has lost 40% of its value against the US$, so anybody

Every Saturday, I do two things; first I visit my workshop and see what they had done for the museum and secondly, I go

needing a new yacht or a refit would do themselves no harm by coming here.

to the shipyard and see what they are doing there. So the new Nazenin V was built, when was she finished? When I visited the RMK Marine shipyard I was surprised to see

She was launched in 2009. It took 30 months to build her. When

several big power yachts being refitted, that seems to be your forte.

you went into the shipyard, you must have seen its model and

Your yard manager was saying he would love to get a big build

the Boat International Yacht award that we won with her in 2011.

in there around 100 m or get a big travel-lift that would enable

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the world’s bigger yachts to be refitted. I noticed that you have

Yes I did see them, she really is a beautiful yacht. Where do you

Turquoise Yachts not far from your yard, the quality of those yachts

cruise with her and what experiences have you had?

is quite exceptional, the workmanship here is good. If you put those

I have cruised the Mediterranean many times with her.

boats side by the side with a Northern European built yacht I think it

Unfortunately, my holidays are always in August and this is the

would be very difficult to see any differences.

time both French and Italian Rivieras are the worst places to

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The history between the Greeks and the Turks is interesting. The Greeks, I am sure, have an idea of owning Istanbul one day and some still call it Constantinople. An Englishman once said that if you want to be friends with Turkey you do not go to school or Church in Greece as they will fill you with hate. It is not the people actually, I have many great Greek friends. People in both countries are very close to each other. They have the same culture, food, habits and weather. It is the politicians that clearly mess it all up. But again, the politicians are doing the same with Brexit. Changing the subject, I have to ask you, at 88 years of age, how do you keep so fit? First of all, I do not have a strict diet, I eat go. Usually all the marinas are full and you cannot get to the

everything but eat very well. I sleep after lunch for an hour every

places you want, so you often have to offer a bribe. The service is really poor. If you need anything, like mechanical help, it is non-existent, as everyone is busy somewhere else. I prefer the beginning or end of the season. I am invited by the Metaxa family to cruise on their 48 m Perini around the Greeks islands every year for a week. Where is your favourite place in Turkey for cruising? Well, Kekova is a small town in Antalya. I have a little house there that I enjoy visiting. There are 21 golf courses in the area. That part of Turkey is beautiful, dotted with castles from the 13th century that were built by the Crusaders. In my opinion it is the best cruising area on the Turkish coast. I have seen programmes on that part of Turkey and its archaeology, it really is quite remarkable. We have maybe 10 times more archaeological sites in Turkey than

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RIGHT: A BRONZE STATUE OF RAHMI AT THE RMK MUSEUM IN ISTANBUL

day, when I also have a foot massage while my secretary reads

first three days were terrible, it was like cold turkey but I knew I had

me the headlines from the newspapers. I swim about a kilometre

to carry on and stop as I couldn’t go back through that again. How

before I leave the office to go out in the evenings. Then at night, I

about you?

get up at about 2.30 am and do about 30 – 40 minutes exercise.

Yes, I smoked a pipe for 20 years, but only after lunch until

Why do I do it at that time of the night? Years ago, I was

midnight. If I had to smoke after midnight, I would start smoking

the President of the International Chamber of Commerce based

an hour later the next day. I would smoke 11 months of the year

in Paris. I used to travel 200 days a year, not only to Paris, but also

and stop for one month during Ramadan. Even then it was very

other destinations and would have all the different time zones to

difficult to have a break. However, I quit once and for all when I

contend with. During the nights I spent sleepless I would get up

was 39.

between 1 am and 3 am, would do my exercises and then go to

In my days, you did not smoke in the presence of your

bed again. I would then get up again at 6.30 am and feel just fine.

parents. I first smoked when I was in Robert College. One term, I

Did you ever smoke?

had not done enough lab work and they told me that, in order to pass, I had to do more. We, there were several of us, were asked

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Yes I smoked cigarettes and stopped in 1983, then, several years

to come in twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday, from 10 to 12

later, I started unfortunately smoking cigars until about three years

o’clock. We had a lab teacher that smoked his own pipe and

ago when I decided it was crazy and I should give up, so I did. The

mixed his own tobacco, which he would leave in the sun to dry. I

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became fascinated with it and along with other friends we stole

in Athens, he said ‘I know you are frustrated and I want to give

a little bit of his tobacco and bought ourselves a cheap pipe to

you some advice. 11 years ago I founded an organisation called

try. Our pipe was not quite as fascinating as his. I never smoked

HELMEPA, Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association,

properly until I went to John Hopkins though. But at the time

so why do you not form something like that in Turkey and call

cigarettes were in trend. I had about 35 pipes, but only used my

it TURMEPA, so we can work together’. I thought that it was

six favourite ones. I taught my office boy to clean and fill it for me.

a great idea. I came back and found 90 people interested in

Then I started to smoke only after dinner. When I found out that I

founding TURMEPA. An old guy like me in an organisation like

was putting on weight, I began walking 5 km every evening before

this is not enough to keep it going, neither financially, politically

dinner. After that I quit for good. It takes about 9 or 10 months for

or personnel wise, as we have three big seas around Turkey to

the nicotine to leave your body completely.

contend with. We started by educating primary school teachers, so that they could educate their students, it was not easy. Now

When I stopped the cigarettes my coughing was terrible, my doctor

after 25 years I look at it as an idea that created a spark, which

told me that when you stop the hairs in your lungs become very

then enabled people to understand the need to keep the seas

sensitive, you have to go through this coughing stage.

clean, as sea is life, it is education, it is tourism and sea is your

Yes, once you quit, you start to taste food again. But, it gives you

future. We simply cannot carry on treating it in the way we are

a big appetite as well and that is why most people put on weight.

doing right now. What we did was approved by the government and municipalities embraced us, along with the military. They

Looking out of your window we are looking over the Bosporus. You

helped us with many projects. However, we still need more people

began an organisation to clean up the oceans, tell me about that?

to respect the sea and have a long way to go.

We started TURMEPA 25 years ago. Before this I was the President of the Turkish Greek Business Council for six years and I tried very

Was it big companies polluting the seas or just people?

hard to get the Greeks and Turks to work together on a project.

The municipalities of small seaside towns were not organised,

Unfortunately, I was not successful, as both sides promised

efficient or disciplined enough to collect all the rubbish in their

everything but did not do anything. I offered to call the area

trucks and to dispose of it properly. They would usually throw it in

Aegean as a whole, not Greek or Turkish, bringing two countries

the sea as it was the easy option. We set up meetings with these

together to advertise as one destination for tourists – no. I

people and stopped the rubbish going into the sea.

suggested exporting our vegetables and fruits together and not

As our cleaning boats were not allowed to get into the

compete by reducing prices – they said no. I said Greek people

marinas we delivered free nets to as many boats as we could,

should have a column line in the Turkish papers every day and vice

so that they could collect the waste there. But, we found out

versa, so each could be updated as to what was going on, but they

that most of these nets were either sold or they simply did not

said no. Greeks did not have much industry and I suggested that

use them.

one year we would have the big fair in Istanbul and next year in Athens, again the answer was no.

What is the answer?

I was awfully discouraged and one day George Livanos, the

Never give up! Organise symposiums or meetings and try to

Greek shipping tycoon who founded HELMEPA, called me. I was

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awakened to the fact that plastic is a massive pollutant and have

then you have a huge loss or vice versa, but it is quite a gamble.

now prevented supermarkets from giving away free plastic bags.

As you may be aware ships cannot use fuel with high

60% of the people now bring their own bag or a net. Someone

sulphur after 2020, a new IMO ruling. We have had to add

recently even brought a donkey into a supermarket with two

equipment to the refineries that will remove the sulphur and we

baskets attached!

have invested over one billion dollars when doing this.

Do you own a supermarket chain?

processed and 3.5 million tons of white oil products like LPG and

We used to, but we sold it to buy a refinery that was being

gasoline, 2.9 million tons being diesel oil, and also 700 thousand tons

privatised. We own five refineries that provide 70% of Turkish fuel;

of petroleum coke is produced annually. We have invested 2.7 billion

we have to keep three months of stocks to meet Turkish demand

dollars in to this and it is the biggest investment in an industrial

in big tanks. If you buy oil at 70 US $ and it drops to 50 US $

facility ever made at any one time in our country until today.

At TUPRAS’ four refineries, 4.2 million tons of black oil is

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I was in China last year and nearly all of the scooters,

me that since the earth beneath the yard is contaminated with

motorbikes and taxis were electric, but it has been calculated that

140 years of paint and oil spill, the authorities might ask for it

most of the electricity is produced by coal and therefore pollutes

to be cleaned up, which would bring the cost to an open ended

the air more than before.

expenditure. They advised me against buying the yard. Mr. Marlow bought it. He spent a million dollars cleaning it up, got a good bill

Before we finish I have to ask you one final question, why did you

of health and used it for two years before selling it to us with over

buy what is now called RMK Merrill Stevens in Florida in 2013? I

a 50% profit. As I go to Miami twice a year and spend two months

used to visit that yard many years ago during my visits to the Fort

there, I thought it would be a good project to keep me busy.

Lauderdale International Boat Show. I have a friend in Miami, Finlay Matheson, who was taking me to

Rahmi Bey, I have to thank you for inviting me to Istanbul and for

a restaurant using his aluminium landing craft one evening. As

allowing me to take up so much of your time, I have enjoyed seeing

we were cruising and viewing the river banks, he mentioned that

the City again for the first time in 35 years, staying in your hotel

a mile or so up the river there is the oldest boat yard in Miami

was a treat and your Museum and restoration set up fascinating but

and it was being sold in a distress sale by a bank. He asked me if

above all the recollection of your life, I have found this intriguing.

I was interested so that I could buy it at a very favourable price. I

I am sure though that we have only just scratched the surface of

visited it the next day and we asked the bank to send us the sale

what is an incredible story.

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EVERY MAN’S DREAM BY BRUNO CIANCI

HE RAHMI M. KOÇ MUSEUM IS A WELL-KNOWN

building, the Lengerhane, was built in Byzantine times and

institution to the citizens of Istanbul and its visitors,

afterwards, in the Ottoman era, it was converted to a foundry

375,000 in 2018, can hardly fail to be impressed by the

making anchors for the navy, whereas the second, the Tersane, had

extraordinary variety of exhibits, amounting to over 16,000 items.

been a maintenance facility for the ferryboat company Sirket-i

Vessels are just one of many categories that can be enjoyed,

Hayriye since the second half of the 19th century. The Tersane,

these range from the gigantic 94 m Second World War submarine

opened to the public in 2001 after an extensive renovation that

Uluçalireis (named after an Italian 16th century renegade who

amongst other things gave the museum alongside berthing and

became the head of the Ottoman fleet) to a tiny child’s rowing

houses the boat collection.

caique, not to mention the many hundreds of scale models of

Some of the vessels that can be seen regularly on the water

yachts, ships and all the other marine-related instruments and

are the above mentioned submarine, the Fenerbahçe passenger

exhibited items.

ship which is the second largest ‘item’ on display, the diesel-

Established in 1994 and considerably enlarged in 2001, the

powered tugboat Vernicos Irini, the Alamatra-type fishermen’s

museum is housed in two adjacent venues. The first historical

boat Kont Ostrorog and three steamers: a former minelayer

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converted to a yacht (Gonca) and the Dutch-built tugboats Liman 2 and Rosalie, the latter built in 1873. Another loaned item is Clodia, the small Ian Oughtred Ness-yawl once manned by Giacomo De Stefano, who rowed and sailed her between London and Istanbul; this Italian environmentalist completed his 5400 km journey right at the Rahmi M. Koç Museum in late 2012. Around the basin that hosts the vessels afloat are many grounded ones. One of these was displayed in late 2017. Her name is Maid of Honour, she was built at the J. Samuel White & Co. shipyard in East Cowes (UK) in 1927 as the picket boat number 1694, one of the very first ‘bell funnel’ diesel-powered barges, for the Royal Navy. The then sovereign George V specified that the brass bell funnel be retained, for he personally liked the look of it, even though the two diesel engines made it superfluous. This craft allegedly served many Royal Navy units, notably the

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the war, the craft served the Flag Officer in Malta’s Grand Harbour,

Nelson-Class battleships HMS Nelson and HMS Rodney and the

escaping the bombings by the Axis air force. In 1958 the boat was

Admiral-Class battle cruiser HMS Hood. In 1941 she was serving

decommissioned and purchased by J.H. Millar, Esq., who made her

the latter, for years the largest warship in the world, when she

a tender to the America’s Cup challenger Sceptre. She thus crossed

was sunk by the crew of the Bismarck during the battle of the

the Atlantic Ocean while escorting the said 12 m vessel of the

Denmark Strait (May 24). The HMS Hood went down with some

Royal Yacht Squadron in the unsuccessful British challenge of that

1415 men, but the pinnace was left behind. For the remainder of

year. Named Maid of Honour at the time, she was then purchased

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by Pierre Dupont to ferry guests and supplies from Connecticut to his summer house located on Fishers Island (New York). In 1981 she was acquired by Mike Kelsey Sr., owner of Palmer Johnson, who moved her to his marina in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. In 2002 Mark Gubin acquired Maid of Honour and brought her to Milwaukee. Information about her stay in the US is poor, but it’s obvious that her owners increasingly neglected her. In 2014 Rahmi M. Koç, CBE, managed to purchase the vessel, which was in terrible condition: the wooden hull (and deck) had been previously sheathed in glass-reinforced plastic and this wasn’t mechanically fastened to the planking. The person in charge of the restoration – a near rebuild – was the shipwright Michael ‘Mike’ Summers, who was helped by a Turkish team of four. Other grounded vessels that are exhibited at the Rahmi M. Koç Museum include the working boat Tekel 15, which is located on the slipway that served the old dockyard, a LiverpoolClass lifeboat, the English steamer Ysolt (built in Dartmouth by Simpson & Strickland in 1893) and a few sailing yachts, including the iconic Kısmet and the Buchanan-designed Uzaklar, both known for rounding the globe under a Turkish flag. All the exhibited boats are in mint condition and three of them actually provide Golden Horn tours to visitors of the Museum in the high season. On weekends steam navigation can be experienced on board the two historical Dutch tugboats.

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AN ENDLESS COLLECTION The amount of yachts that Rahmi M. Koç has acquired and collected in the last two decades – either for private use or purposely for exhibiting them – is simply countless. Lady Edith, a 12 m International Rule designed by William Fife III and built in Fairlie in 1925, the Camper & Nicholson’s SY Romola, built in Gosport, and the Swedish ketch Cassiopeia, built in 1937, are also owned by Mr. Koç, but the lack of space makes it unlikely that they will be moved to the Museum for display. This problem does not apply to two smaller acquisitions that the Museum is looking forward to eventually welcoming: a 1923 Consolidated Speedway Launch and the 1910-built gaff cutter Vilia (formerly owned by the museum’s International Press Adviser Bruno Cianci). The indoor maritime collection is precious and impressive too. It features hundreds of maritime objects, the oldest of which

are also on display, a small steamer built at Chatham dockyards

is an astrolabe manufactured back in 1265. A dedicated pavilion

in 1888 (re-named after Mr. Koç’s granddaughter Esra) and other

houses many craft: rowing, sailing and working boats, three Riva

masterpieces, all surrounded by memorabilia: signed pictures of

runabouts (an Aquarama, a Florida and an Olympic, all built

Carlo Riva, Olin Stephens, marine posters, boat models and the

between 1962 and 1973), a Chris-Craft that belonged to the last

likes can be seen.

King of Iraq, Faisal II (K. 1939-58), who used to spend his summer

The Museum, which requires many hours, if not more, to

holidays in Istanbul, a Dragon Class sailing boat, the clinker-built

be enjoyed to its full, also has branches in Ankara – a city dear to

ketch Swell and tens of Turkish rowing boats. Canoes and skiffs

the Koç family, for they originated there – and Ayvalik. Corporate

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vans also carry teachers and students to the most remote areas of Turkey for educational activities, all part of the Rahmi M. Koç Museum’s educational involvement. During Spring and Summer, on weekends, visitors can experience a brief navigation on the Golden Horn on board the above mentioned craft Liman 2, Kont Ostrorog and Rosalie. Then, there is a small steam train running on a narrowgauge railroad for a travel back in time experience to the steel, piston and carbon age: a nice way to end a special day, a sort of going back to the origins of Mr. Koç’s passion that started with a toy train, a long, long time ago. Info: www.rmk-museum.org.tr

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THE RAHMI M. KOÇ MUSEUM OF ISTANBUL IN FIGURES 1

exhibited item that exceeds 100 yards in length (the TCG Uluçalireis submarine)

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the main areas in which the museum is divided: the Lengerhane and the Tersane

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the number of boats available to visitors for excursions on the Golden Horn (two run on steam)

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restaurants, cafés and bars

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working steamboats exhibited at the museum, three of

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the foreign honorific titles awarded to Rahmi M. Koç by

which are afloat the following countries: Austria, France, Germany, Italy,

1265 the year the oldest item on display, an astrolabe, was manufactured 1861 the year the shipyard was founded that houses the Tersane today 1873 the year the Dutch steam tug Rosalie was built, the oldest vessel on display 1898 the year the oldest car on display, a Malden steam car, was manufactured 1927 the year the oldest outboard engine in the museum (Elto Twin 4 hp) was made 1994 the year the Rahmi M. Koç Museum (Lengerhane) was founded

Turkey, United Kingdom, Vatican City

2001 the year the Tersane was opened to the public

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the metres length overall of the picket-boat Maid of Honour

2011 the year Rahmi M. Koç was made a Commander of the

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rowing boats on display

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metres: the length of the Fenerbahçe passenger ship

2017 the year six new exhibits were unveiled at the same time

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the age of Mr. Rahmi M. Koç, CBE, the museum’s founder

5400 kilometres the distance the wooden boat Clodia was sailed

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the chassis number of Rahmi Koç’s Riva Aquarama

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outboard engines on display

335 centimetres: the height of the engine of the steamship Kalender

Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)

and rowed by the environmentalist Giacomo De Stefano 16,000 exhibits are on display 4,000,000: the total number of visitors between 1994 and 2018.

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Patagonia and Antarctica have steadily increased over the last five

usually come to people’s minds: Machu Picchu,

years. For superyachts cruising along South America’s west coast

ceviche and Incas. But Peru is a traveller’s paradise. It offers the curious

between Galapagos and Patagonia, Peru is not just a bunkering stop-over, but a destination that yet needs to be discovered.

adventurer a bottomless wealth of possibilities – it is one of

Also nicknamed – the Land of the Incas – Peru was once

South America’s most exciting and varied nations. It is a land of

ruled by the Incas but not much is known about their early

mystery and constant discovery, with countless archaeological

history. Sometime around 1100 AD they founded a city called

sites and the most varied and unforgettable landscapes. One of

Cuzco in the fertile lowland valley and began to dominate

the 12 most mega-diverse countries in the world, its geography

other kingdoms nearby. The mighty empire of the Incas, which

spans every ecosystem, with a mixture of cultures in which

was the largest state in pre-Columbian America – and is best

history and modernity coexist in total harmony, evident in its

remembered today by the citadel of Machu Picchu – collapsed

architecture, cuisine, arts but most importantly, in its people who

abruptly in 1532 with the arrival of a small band of Spanish

keep the traditions alive.

conquerors led by Francisco Pizarro.

However, when thinking of unexplored and new

Today, Peru is a country of 28 million people. Most

destinations for superyachts, Peru is probably not on the list of

speaking Spanish, one of many legacies brought to the Americas

any owner, captain or charter agent. With the trend of many

by Old World explorers like Christopher Columbus, yet many

globe-trotting superyachts that have seen most of the northern

Peruvians still speak Quechua, the language of their native Inca

hemisphere, South America offers an interesting variety of

ancestors. The landscape is dotted with rural haciendas and

destinations that can be visited during the boreal winter. Costa

elegant churches built by the Spaniards as they conquered this

Rica, Panama and Galapagos are visited by numerous superyachts

rugged land of mountains, rivers and valleys. This is a land of

every year and the numbers of yachts visiting the Chilean

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Yacht Club, about 36 km north of the airport, or at the nearby port of Callao that is only 8 km distant. Once the guests have settled on their yacht they can enjoy a traditional Pisco Sour cocktail while being entertained by local musicians playing the ‘Cajon’ – a percussion instrument of Afro-Peruvian origins – and by ‘Marinera’ dancers. After a cocktail guests can visit one of Lima’s many wonderful restaurants or, if needs be, a Peruvian chef can prepare a dinner onboard. DAY 2: The second day can be spent discovering the many different and varied activities available in Lima. Surf lessons and paragliding in Miraflores, a bike tour in the Miraflores and Barranco districts, a visit to the Surquillo Market, a culinary workshop at the Choco (chocolate) Museum, a Peruvian cooking class including a visit to the San Isidro Market to buy the fresh ingredients, a visit to the great adobe and clay pyramid ruins of Huaca Pucllana, a visit to the Museo Larco with a curator – there are a great many things to do and see. DAYS 3 TO 5: These three days are spent visiting the Amazon: on the morning of the third day, guests board a two hour flight to the Amazon city of Iquitos. This is the city where the Amazon is born and is only reachable by air or water. It is an ideal place for lovers of nature and biodiversity tourism and those who want to be in intimate contact with the virgin Amazon rainforest. From the Iquitos city guests will be able take land tours, stay in jungle lodges and visit areas such as the Pacaya-Samiriaor Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserves or take a luxurious cruise along the Amazon river, one of TOP: AMAZON VILLAGE NEAR IQUITOS ABOVE: LIMA CATHEDRAL

Amazon River, and home to one of the largest hydrographic systems in the world, the Amazon Basin.

the New Seven Wonders of Nature. The rain forest land around the Amazon and its tributaries

Puerto Maldonado is the main city of the Department

become flooded every wet season, between December and May,

of Madre de Dios and the starting point for jungle trips. Nearby

when the river rises more than 9 m. Over 3000 known species of

lie the Manú National Park, Tambopata National Reserve, and

fish swim in the Amazon River and more are constantly discovered.

Bahuaja-Sonene National Park. These are some of the most

There are no bridges cross the Amazon River, because as the River

pristine primary rainforests in the world, which include several

mostly runs through uninhabited rain forests rather than near

oxbow lakes and clay licks, where hundreds of birds including

roads and cities. Instead, the Amazon River itself is the principal

macaws feed on clay.

transport route for the indigenous people who use handcrafted

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foreigners exploring this great river since Spaniard Vicente Yanez

balsa rafts and dugout canoes. Guests can join a long tradition of For superyachts Peru is what you could call a hybrid destination

Pinzon became the first European to sail into the Amazon in 1500

– a destination where guests can spend some nights on the yacht

and Francisco de Orellana travelled its length in 1542. Amazon

and other nights in beautiful boutique hotels and luxurious

exploration is done within the five million pristine acres of the

riverboats while cruising the Amazon River.

Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, a protected wildlife area teeming with

Day 1:

falcons and Amazon kingfishers. Also squirrel monkeys can be seen

pairs of blue-and-yellow macaw, flocks of snowy egrets, laughing

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Guests arrive at Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport to be

frolicking in the trees and pink dolphins in the water while colossal

transported to the yacht that can be waiting either in the Ancon

Victoria Regia water lilies float along its surface.

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FAR LEFT: AMAZON LUXURY RIVER CRUISE LEFT: AN AMAZONIAN MONKEY

The luxury river boats are spacious and indulgent, yet

green trees. These trees are often inhabited by playful packs of

private enough to feel entirely exclusive. The vessels include

acrobatic monkeys below an azure sky crisscrossed by graceful

generous lounging and dining areas, and can accommodate a

hawks, herons and fluttering butterflies. Lucky travellers might

maximum of 32 guests plus crew.

also be able to spot the Amazon’s sleek black jaguar. After dark,

In winter, when the Amazon River is high, visitors can explore small inlets and winding river systems that make up Pacaya-Samiria’s flooded jungle. In summer, the river recedes as

naturalist guides still manage to spot caimans and capybara under the star filled sky. While the guests are visiting the Amazon, their yacht

picturesque sandy beaches form and it is possible to explore on

moves to the southern city of Pisco by the Paracas National Park.

shore. Throughout the year, entering Pacaya-Samiria is to come

After a two and a half hour flight back from Iquitos the guests will

upon a world filled with neon-brilliant birds alighting on emerald

arrive in Pisco and board the yacht on the night of the 5th day.

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DAY 6: The day is spent visiting the 335,000 hectares of the Paracas Nature Reserve through a barren desert that houses a variety of flamingos, sea birds and wildlife in their natural environment. The afternoon is spent at the Ballestas Islands, allowing guests to learn about the lives of sea lions, penguins and other birds. DAY 7: A private charter flight takes off from Pisco’s airport early in the morning to begin an overflight of the Nazca Lines, which allows one to see the geometrical animal and humanoid markings: a monkey, a humming bird, an astronaut, a spider, a dog, a condor among others. The flight then continues to the city of Cuzco and lands after two hours. After visiting Cuzco’s main square and the city’s sights the guests can enjoy dinner at one of Cuzco’s fine restaurants. DAY 8: After spending the night at one of Cuzco’s luxury boutique hotels guests transfer to the Ollantaytambo train station to take the First-Class Inca Rail Service to Machu Picchu and enjoy a delicious lunch on board. Machu Picchu, the fabled ‘Lost City of the Inca,’ (and Quechua for ‘old mountain’) is a true masterpiece of the Inca civilization. Machu Picchu, built around 1450, lies 80 km northwest of Cuzco at 2400 m above the verdant Urubamba Valley. The Inca ruins of Machu Picchu were rediscovered in 1911, beneath thick layers of jungle growth, by American explorer Hiram Bingham, aided by local Peruvians. Machu Picchu’s ruins remain so remarkably preserved simply because the Spanish conquistadores never found them. The Citadel is visually so rich that photo opportunities beckon at every turn. Most visitors spend at least one full day here, marveling at Machu Picchu’s architectural feats including the Temple of the Sun, with a narrow window perfectly situated to frame the sun on the first day of winter, and the Temple of the Condor with its multitude of tiny rooms. The guests have the option to stay overnight at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, sitting in the shadows of the Lost City, the lodge is an oasis of calm before a second day visiting Machu Picchu or maybe visiting the history-rich Sacred Valley of the Incas, located between Machu Picchu and Cuzco. Here, green fields line the roads and small villages of indigenous people add colour to the

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dramatic mountain scenery. Local markets, including

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the popular ones held at Chincero and Pisac offer an

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abundance of endearing folk art and local crafts.

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Once back to Cuzco the guests can board a private charter flight back to Pisco to rejoin the yacht. The last day is spent on the yacht with fun

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activities on land and sea: kayaking at Paracas with a naturalist, a desert 4x4 vehicle adventure in the Paracas dunes including a picnic, a visit to Ica and a tasting and lunch at a local winery. If visiting Peru in the first 15 days of January, rally fans can also witness the famous Dakar Rally first hand, as it traditionally passes through this area of Pisco. At the end of their stay guests can depart privately from Pisco’s airport or be transported to Lima by helicopter to depart from Peru on a commercial flight.

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WRECKS DIE ALONE

THE GHOSTS OF SAILORS PAST BY STEFANO BENAZZO

STARTED TAKING PHOTOS OF WRECKS IN 1969 IN PERU and Patagonia. My passion stems from a half century of sailing, often dangerously, and taking photos. My sailing experiences, as I matured, gave me a deep respect towards those sailors who throughout their lives gave there all to the sea and the vessels they served in, often their lives. Wrecks die alone, helpless, they are seldom cared for, it was second nature to me therefore to give them attention, sympathy and respect. Boats and ships are not always elegant, fast and streamlined, if they do not sink or are not dismantled, they undergo a slow, silent and solitary death. I like to think that their strength and pride emerge in my shots, even those vessels abandoned and hopelessly grounded; they seem almost ready to again depart, to set sail and complete their mission. All they would need it seems would be another persistent crew, like the men that once cared for them, men with that same awareness of duty. Passion, emotion and memory are the key words that

no mention in history books, only the sailors families remember.

support my photographic research of stranded wrecks. My

They are a testimony to the immense tradition of sailors

ambition is to show these symbols that bear witness to men’s

from all eras and a symbol of many essential characteristics

courage, failure, pain and fear to the world and express my

of humankind, plus economic, social, industrial and maritime

compassion towards those men who experienced situations that

history, they also portray ingenuity, courage, economic initiative

we as seamen live in fear of as we work, sail and fight at sea.

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Wrecks, a part of nature from the moment they are abandoned, carry with them the memory of those who receive

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OPPOSITE TOP: SECCHIA, STEAMDREDGE, BORETTO, RIVER PO, ITALY, 2016 OPPOSITE BOTTOM: DIMITRIOS, GYTHEION, GREECE, 2018 LEFT: UNKNOWN WRECK, NOUADHIBOU, MAURITANIA, 2016 BELOW: TUNA FISHING BOAT, BONAGIA, SICILY, ITALY, 2016

sovereign and mysterious, in limbo between land and sea, also remind us of the ingenuity of naval architects, builders, shipowners, sailors, fishermen, salvage people and professional divers. Navigare necesse est. My research is centered on the remains of these magnificent remnants of the sea, of tramp steamers, of traditional boats, but also, not very often, of sailing boats. They all share a common denominator; they will not exist anymore in a few years. However, they have their final opportunity to express themselves, allowing us only to imagine what happened on board, often in those last moments, to the lives of the sailors. As it is impossible (apart from a few rare exceptions) to exhibit wrecks in museums, it is essential that we at least save their images for future generations before the inclement weather and the sea reclaim them for mother earth. Wrecks are more often than not in inhospitable places and hard to reach, their images will remain forever now in digital form, to be seen by those with an interest, the ghosts of those who served onboard also preserved at a moment in time. I love and respect stranded wrecks, although viewed by some as negative symbols, in their essentiality they allow us to discern an unexpected glimpse of serenity. For some, they express harshness, hopelessness, fatality, the end of the men and their dreams, suffering due to injuries, the struggle against the

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PHOTOGRAPHING WRECKS

ABOVE: SAMSON, TUG, STANLEY, FALKLAND ISLANDS, 2016

elements and surrender. They may, as you absorb an image, bring

RIGHT: ‘BURCIO’ (TRANSPORT BOAT USED FOR 5 CENTURIES IN NORTHERN ITALY), RIVER SILE, TREVISO, ITALY, 2014

etched their hulls. In fact, to me, they express life, and the sense

to mind thoughts of painful moments, ruptures and injuries that are etched on our souls from life’s past experiences, like time has of a duty accomplished. By focusing on the sculpted remains my images bring them back to life, they are still there, a man-made object, but in another form. The dead communicate important knowledge to us, and we have the responsibility to pass it on. According to an African legend, a man is truly dead only when the last person to have known him and preserved his memory, dies. My images give reference to the lives of many sailors, their memory and their dreams remain alive, and, in this way, they continue to exist. The pictures I prefer are those that make me relive the difficult last hours of the men and women on board. What storm reduced the ship to this state? What happened on deck, in the hold, aloft? Did the crew manage to furl the sails? How did the sailors react to a hundred knots of wind day after day? What does it feel like when, in the coldest months, at night, in a fog, a wave

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ABOVE: BAYARD, SOUTH PART, OCEAN HARBOUR, SOUTH GEORGIA, 2016

from astern rips away the wheelhouse and helmsmen, shifts the

inexperience and sometimes bad luck, have caused ships to run

load and tips the ship sideways? What are they thinking, those

aground. Moreover, the Coast is a desert, leaving the survivors no

who fall into the sea with no hope that the ship can manoeuvre

way of escape even if they make it to land.

OPPOSITE TOP: MARJORIE GLENN, PUNTA LOYOLA, RIO GALLEGOS, ARGENTINA, 2015

and spot them? Those men were not heroes. Myriads of men

In the South Atlantic and off the coast of Patagonia, the

who have sailed throughout the centuries have received no

many shipwrecks are caused by the centuries of navigation that

recognition, they were expecting a tough but adventurous life

has taken place around the treacherous Cape Horn. Ships in

with no easy prospects. These were often simple, stubborn and

trouble before or after passing the Cape were driven eastward by

aware men who did not pretend to understand everything, or to

strong westerly winds toward the Isla de los Estados, the Falkland

accomplish feats, or inspire compelling stories, they were drawn

Islands and South Georgia. Thousands of ships sank in that area,

to a life at sea and the sea took them.

and those that did not sink often reached shore irreparably

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‘True’ wrecks – not those undergoing reclamation (like

damaged, moreover, the cost of repairs would be so high that

the tragic Costa Concordia) are everywhere. Choice places

many owners simply decided to abandon them where they lay. In

are Patagonia, the South Atlantic Islands, Namibia, Mauritania

addition, from the beginning of the twentieth century till about

and Australia, in fact anywhere and everywhere that human

1965, South Georgia was an intensive whale and seal-hunting

settlements are set too far away for the vessels to be recovered

centre. The large number of ships involved in these activities led

or their structure vandalised. However, there are specific reasons

to numerous shipwrecks; many are still visible.

for their concentration, particularly in some areas of the Southern

Then there are the ‘perfect wrecks’, these are so difficult

hemisphere. In Namibia, for example, the Skeleton Coast has

to reach that no one, or hardly anyone, will ever get to see

witnessed (or is guilty of?) countless shipwrecks. The wind from

them. For example, the remains of a three-master, hurled onto

the open sea, the perennial fog, the sandy sea bottom, the sailors’

rocks several metres above sea level by a storm decades ago,

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lie far removed from the high-tide line on one of the Falkland Islands. Or the recent chance discovery on a deserted stretch of coast in Chile of a twenty-metre sailboat, which had drifted 10,000 miles in more than 10 years after being abandoned east of Cape Town in 2006 during a solo round-the-world race. My dedicated

research

begins

sites

unexpected

or

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reports, it continues by browsing the Internet, checking on Google Earth and through my contacts with friends. Organising journeys is complex, given distances and environmental difficulties, taking photos on many coasts, even during summer in the southern hemisphere, is made difficult by wind, cold, uncertain weather and changing light

boarding the beached ships because of the presence of asbestos.

conditions. The minefields on the Falkland beaches, left over from

Shooting can often take place in a strong wind, once by going

the 1982 war, are an additional risk, while on South Georgia

ashore in a dinghy from a 75 ft ketch which we had sailed for

the situation is made more difficult by legislation prohibiting

35 days nonstop to reach our goal. Visits to Namibia need to

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ABOVE: KARRAKATTA, HUSVIK HARBOUR, SOUTH GEORGIA, 2016

be planned with care, given distances, lack of infrastructure, and

life, if you should head off in search of them I wish you a good

prohibited access to vast goldfield areas. In Mauritania, wrecks

journey. If you find, or know of, any other wreck, please let me

can only be reached by crossing the desert and avoiding military

know, I am always seeking out new subjects, if you spend your life

RIGHT: UNKNOWN WRECK, TURKS & CAICOS, 2019

tension. In Patagonia, distances and the difficulty of locating

at sea you are sure to come across the forgotten soul of a once

the relics are prohibitive. Iceland is a friendly place when one

proud vessel, don’t leave it to simply disappear, let me record it

considers the people but the weather may be very unpleasant.

for history.

Naturally, my goal is not to create an encyclopaedia of wrecks, I only portray those that I feel have a soul. Like people, each one is different. My travels have also led to extraordinary encounters: the Frenchman – now an Englishman – who has been living in the Falklands for fifty years, the Mauritanian who spends long periods in the desert to find himself, the Italian businessman who retired to Namibia, the Zakynthos islander, the Icelandic fisherman and also the mayor who hates wrecks because tourists do not like them. Travel has characterised my life and ships are one of the major symbols of travel. I feel I have unwittingly become an archaeologist of the present. Many people will be tempted to go to the places I describe. From so many wrecks, maybe one can find hope of salvation and

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LEFT: FISHING TRAWLER IN STYKKISHOLMUR, ICELAND, 2018

Stefano Benazzo (born 1949), is a photographer, a sculptor

diplomatic service with the title ‘Ambassador of Italy’. He served

and a builder of maritime and architectural models. He lives

in Bonn, Washington, Moscow, at the Presidency of the Italian

in Umbria (Italy). Stefano was an Italian diplomat and left the

Republic, and was Ambassador of Italy in Belarus and Bulgaria. He

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TOP: PETREL, GRYTVIKEN, SOUTH GEORGIA, 2016 RIGHT: WRECK OF A LIFEBOAT BELONGING TO THE SOUTHERN FOSTER, JUMBO COVE, JASON ISLAND, SOUTH GEORGIA, 2016 FAR RIGHT: ZEILA, SKELETON COAST, NAMIBIA, 2013

has been a photographer for nearly 50 years during which time

published by Skira, (available through Amazon or by emailing to

he has researched and visited the remains of all types of vessels

the Author), and ‘Duty of Memory: Wrecks in Greece’ in 2018. As

stranded on coasts, lakes and rivers throughout the world. He has

a photographer, he is a recipient of many awards.

photographed more than 200 of these wrecks and through his photography and words brought to the fore the Duty of Memory

Contact:

we owe to sailors of all countries and all times. During the past

sbenazzo@gmail.com

six years he has exhibited at more than 40 solo exhibitions in

www.stefanobenazzo.it

Italy and abroad and has also participated in many collective events. He has published two books: ‘Wrecks/Relitti’ in 2017,

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300 YEARS OF HISTORY BY REG MURPHY PHOTOGRAPHY BY COLIN SQUIRE

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NTIGUA IS OFTEN DESCRIBED AS A GEM OF THE Caribbean, ‘the land of sea and sun, where the the beach is only the beginning.’ Rainfall is scarce and sporadic on this sun drenched island that is truly blessed with incomparable scenic landscapes that are steeped in history and littered with the tangible and intangible heritage of the diverse peoples who, past and present call the island home. Its inventory of historical sites is truly impressive, with 180 former sugar estates, 95 remaining wind mill towers, 150 shipwrecks, over 50 coastal batteries, forts and gun platforms and much much more, creates a rich legacy that keeps visitors busy and engaged. At the heart of its cultural heritage is the National Park, a protected area of 15 square miles at the core of which sits Nelson’s Dockyard and related archaeological sites. This area recently became the regions newest UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was named in honour of the British naval hero, Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson, the hero of Trafalgar who briefly resided in English Harbour from 1784 to 1787. The Dockyard was for a while Britain’s most strategically important naval facility, used for careening, repairing and provisioning its

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naval squadrons patrolling the economically important sugar producing islands of the Eastern Caribbean. The deep waters, narrow bays, protective highlands and narrow entrance provided an ideal hurricane shelter for the British Navy, particularly so after the American Revolution and during the Napoleonic Wars. The result is today a unique assemblage of Georgian Period structures


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and features into which a visitor essentially steps back in time to the Age of Sail. Restoration and conservation of the dockyard and management of the surrounding landscape and communities ensures that the historical charm is not lost. Into this historical setting in the late 1940s, arrived Commander Vernon Nicholson and his family, and their efforts soon led to the founding of the vibrant yacht chartering industry of today. It also provided the stimulus for the restoration of the long abandoned naval dockyard as a heritage tourism facility and its revival as a working dockyard, now catering to cruising yachts instead of naval warships. With so much of history and nature to see and explore, added to the idyllic sailing conditions and seascapes to enjoy, historic English and Falmouth Harbour nearby quickly became a popular yachting destination and numerous regattas were created, including Antigua Sailing Week, The Classic Yacht Regatta, The RORC Caribbean 600, the Superyacht Challenge, Nelson’s Pursuit, and more. In the historical dockyard, a visit to the Museum is essential followed by an exploration of the structures and features of the yard. Must see is the Copper and Lumber Store historic inn; a former warehouse, and the

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Admiral’s Inn with the still standing stone pillars, nearby an ancient sail loft. Other historic structures include the Engineers House, now the Admiral’s Inn Hotel, the Joiner’s Loft and the Galley. It is often said that on a stroll through the yard on a quiet evening one can hear footsteps of the ghosts, and the creaking of oars as the sailors who once lived and worked here returned to their frigates in a bygone age, so long ago. For a glimpse of history, across from the Dockyard is Freeman’s Bay, where frigates once moored pending departure, imagine the vessels at anchor, the crew loading those last minute necessities. Outside the entrance of the harbour you will find the ‘Pillars of Hercules’; a naturally formed series of stone columns in the eroded volcanic ash, nearby upon which site Fort Charlotte was constructed and on the opposite side of the entrance you will find Fort Berkeley, built in 1704. Antigua is often described as a researcher’s dream vacation spot. Its geology presents three diverse landscapes with an Oligocene Period uplifted limestone formation on the northern third of the island. The southern third comprises an ancient eroded volcanic landscape that sandwiches the middle section of sedimentary rock, mudstone and deep deposits of clay rich with the remnants of fossilised trees. The result is a deeply embayed coastline with reputedly 365 white sandy beaches, pristine offshore islands, and numerous protective reefs. From a marine perspective, this is an idyllic

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LEFT: PIGEON BEACH FAR LEFT: THE COPPER AND LUMBER STORE

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naval warehouse. On Fridays they have a seafood festival that takes place along the quay, leading to an absolutely unique culinary experience in the heart of this ancient Georgian Period naval dockyard. A bit farther away are several well established and well patronised restaurants and bars where you can indulge in delicious food and drink. For beach lovers, Galleon Beach at Freeman’s Bay offers one of the most picturesque spots on Antigua. Located at the entrance to English Harbour, this sheltered bay allows you to enjoy the sun and sand on a quiet beach. On Thursday and Sunday evenings steel pan music from the Shirley Heights Lookout and Barbeque above wafts across this beach, adding to the Caribbean vibe. For those more interested in a TOP: SUNDAY NIGHT ON SHIRLEY HEIGHTS ABOVE: THE IMPRESSIVE PILLARS AT THE ADMIRAL'S INN OPPOSITE TOP: A VIEW FROM WITHIN ENGLISH HARBOUR

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setting especially considering that is also blessed with a steady

local gem of a beach, Pigeon is favourite. Flanked by several

and cooling wind that creates perfect conditions for all sailors,

restaurants including Catherine’s Café and Bumpkin’s Beach Bar,

whether cruising or racing.

and available amenities, Pigeon always attracts a party crowd,

A visit to English Harbour has something for everyone. For all sailors, no matter the type of yacht, from the captain to the crew, the charter guests to the owners, sailing or cruising

with locals from English Harbour setting up barbeques and music there on the weekends. Combining dramatic views with Caribbean Steel Pan

in Antigua, particularly during one of the numerous regattas, is

music, barbeque, and the longest running Sunday party in

an unparalleled experience that will remain a high priority on

Antigua, the Shirley Heights Sunset Party is always a crowd

your ‘must do again’ bucket list. When stepping ashore there are

pleaser. With Reggae on Thursday evenings, and a band covering

several great culinary opportunities within English Harbour to

international favourites on Sunday, you can watch the sun set

experience. Immediately off the boat you have the Copper and

over the Caribbean with a Rum Punch in your hand and a smile

Lumber Store, a boutique hotel converted from an 18th century

on your face.

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The gem of any visit to English Harbour is Clarence

architecture. Recently restored and renovated with a generous

House. Located on a small hill opposite Nelson’s Dockyard, this

gift by yachting regular Sir Peter Harrison, Clarence House offers

building represents the finest in British Caribbean vernacular

a deeper historic insight into the lives of the British colonial

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officers sent from Europe to maintain control of these islands.

Whether snorkelling on Antigua’s abundant reef systems,

Originally built between 1804 and 1806 for the Commissioner

walking the isolated charm of a 13-mile-long pristine pink sand

of the Royal Dockyard, the house was soon converted into a

beach on Barbuda, or simply enjoying the sunset over Antigua’s

country residence for the Governor. Over the years it has played

turquoise waters in Five Islands Harbour, you are guaranteed to

host to functionaries and visiting Royals, including a two week

find here the Caribbean of your dreams.

stay by Princess Margaret in the 1950s. The site was rededicated in 2016 by Prince Harry. Outside class

yachting

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the

world

amenities

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English Harbour, the views and opportunities are legendary. A ‘must stop’ layover that can only be described as a moment in paradise is Green Island on the east coast of Antigua at the southern entrance to Nonsuch Bay. Others include Carlisle Bay, with nearby Cades Reef and the exclusive resort of Great Bird Island from where the numerous small scenic satellite islands of Antigua can be explored.

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THE 9TH SUPERYACHT CHALLENGE ANTIGUA 30TH JANUARY – 3RD FEBRUARY 2019

& REBECCA’S BIRTHDAY BY LOUAY HABIB

HIS EDITION OF THE SUPERYACHT CHALLENGE

beach. The historic Admiral’s Inn hosted the Welcome Party

featured a programme of four races held over four days

at Boom Restaurant, and the Prize Giving took place amid the

for yachts of 80 ft and over.

18th century pillars of this famous hotel.

The racing off the south coast of Antigua was magnificent; warm air, a solid breeze and a good sea state

DAY ONE

offered perfect conditions for the powerful fleet. The Challenge

On day one racing got underway and the fleet enjoyed quite

is designed to be solely for the pleasure of Superyacht owners,

spectacular conditions off the south coast of Antigua. This first

their guests and crew. Nelson’s Dockyard was party central

race was approximately 23 nautical miles and in the Corsairs

with festivities mostly organised at the Super Yacht Dock

Class the 34 m Nilaya won by just 64 seconds after ORCsy time

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correction having had a great battle with the 42 m Rebecca with

time correction. Zig Zag, by far the smallest yacht in the fleet,

the 34 m Spiip third. In the Buccaneers Class, 34 m Kawil made

was third.

the best start of the day and went on to win from the 45 m Catalina. The 25 m Zig Zag, was third.

‘It was glorious today, just sparkling!’ enthused Zig Zag’s owner and driver John McMonigall. ‘starting first we see all the magnificent fleet during the race, and it is a joy to behold. This is

DAY TWO

Zig Zag’s fourth regatta and we just love coming here. The racing

The second day produced spectacular racing over a shorter 22

is wonderful and everybody is so friendly ashore. Sailing today in

nm course for the Buccaneers with seven legs. The Corsairs had a

shorts and t-shirts… well what’s not to like!’

longer course of 32 nm over ten legs.

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In the Corsairs Class, Nilaya, took their second race win

In the Buccaneers Class Kawil scored their second bullet

after ORCsy time correction by just 86 seconds from Spiip.

of the regatta. Catalina timed their start close to perfection

Rebecca was in the battle for first place but a problem with a

but finished the race 8 minutes behind Kawil after ORCsy

spinnaker drop put them back to third.

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The famous Cook Off has always been a feature of the

Rebecca was given no birthday quarter by Spiip or Nilaya,

Superyacht Challenge Antigua. The Super Yacht Dock Beach in

but went on to win Race 3 from Spiip with Nilaya third. This

Nelson’s Dockyard became an open-kitchen for all of the teams

created a winner-takes-all scenario between Rebecca and Nilaya

to show off their culinary skills, all with a fancy dress theme. The

for the following and last day that Nilaya won.

Cook Off revolved around one dish cooked on a Caribbean Coal

In the Buccaneers Class Kawil scored their third victory to

Pot, but the crews go much further providing a vast array of food

seal the class win with a race to spare. Zig Zag was second, setting

for the party to enjoy.

up a last-race battle with Catalina for runner-up in class. Fun is very much part of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua but

DAY THREE

also an opportunity to raise money for a worthy cause. A paddle

The penultimate day of the Superyacht Regatta was a special day

board competition was organised with proceeds going towards

for Rebecca, she became 20 years old, and still looking as beautiful

Cottage of Hope. This is the charity of Team Antigua Island Girls,

as when she was launched at the Pendennis Yard, Falmouth, UK.

which went into the record books on 28th January as the first

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all-black female team to row across the Atlantic. The win was

The Gosnell Trophy is the main prize of the Superyacht Challenge

achieved by the reigning champions, Team Antigua Island Boys.

Antigua, given to the yacht that has competed in the Spirit of the Regatta, both afloat and ashore. The loudest cheer of the night

DAY FOUR

was reserved for Rebecca who won the Trophy for the first time.

The fourth and final race produced more thrilling action, especially

New Date Announced: The 2020 Notice of Race for the

at the start. Spiip was just 3 seconds shy of the starting gun,

10th edition was announced with the 2020 edition moving to a

Rebecca was 2 seconds from the line but Catalina topped them

new date 11–15 March. ’Next year the regatta will be held just

all, starting just one second before the gun.

before the St. Barths Bucket, when many superyachts are already

Kawil, scored a perfect four bullets to win the Buccaneers

in race mode, and they can come and have a regatta with us

Class. Kawil was the best starter of the entire fleet over the four

before the bucket,’ commented Paul Deeth. ’The format of racing

races that won her crew a barrel of rum. She also picked up a

and parties will be the same but we also have a provision to

barrel as winner of the best theme for the Cook Off. The crew

include a Round Antigua Race, should conditions permit.’

of Kawil also won the loud shirt prize from the Caribbean night. Catalina was runner up in the Buccaneers Class and was also the winner of a new Spirit of Tradition Trophy, donated by Rebecca

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GREECE OUT OF SEASON DID YOU KNOW?

BY ROSEMARY PAVLATOU

T HAS LONG BEEN AN OPEN SECRET THAT THE SOUTH

the possibility of wind and kite surfing. Even in winter the hardy

of Greece has been a place where a yacht can easily

enjoy these sports in Greece, although in mid-winter it would

extend its season. Arguably the best cruising ground in the

be wise to wear a wet suit. Horse-riding, hiking and climbing are

Mediterranean and a contender as one of the top destinations

all organised and on offer in many places in the more clement

worldwide, Greece is well known as offering a huge range of

weather of a warm spring or autumn day.

islands and interests but is inevitably linked to high summer

Summer’s heat of 30 – 40+ degrees is often too

cruising in most people’s minds. Out of season in the Islands

enervating for visitors to cope with and countless arrangements

is just as interesting if not more so. Why is this an attraction

are abandoned each summer because the heat makes the

and what is on offer? For those who enjoy the basic elements

activity less appealing when guests actually attempt it, than

of Greece: history, culture, sea and some sun! Out of the main

when it was booked in the air-conditioned comfort of the yacht.

season is a great time here although very few captains and even

No fear of this in April or October when temperatures usual

fewer guests seem aware of that. When the south of France,

range around 20 to 25 during the day, (although April can be

Croatia and most of Italy and Spain have closed up and gone

cooler) even if there are some possibilities of a shower and a grey

home, Greece is still very much open and ready for business.

day or two but nothing very serious. In between there is usually

Some years ago, standing on the quay with a captain

plenty of sunshine, calmer seas in the Aegean at least, than in

during the first week of December enjoying the glorious winter

high summer and far fewer crowds ashore and in harbours. In

sunshine he said ‘Who knew that the weather could be like this’.

spring the hillsides, roadsides and gardens are filled with flowers

It was a revelation to him, a long-standing client who had visited

and the trees are in bloom imparting a heady scent to the air.

many times. But we have been trying to get this fact across to

Greece is much greener at this time than the usual scorched

people for years. Of course it is not like high summer and it is

appearance of high summer. In Autumn there is a sense of calm

often considered the better for that. There are no crowds but

after the storm of the summer visitors and the balmy weather is

there is enough to do for those who are looking for a more

complimented by the calmer, still-warm seas making it ideal for

authentic experience with a more relaxed population and with

those who want to swim or enjoy water-sports.

the scope to explore more easily. Perhaps a move off the usual

Greece is interesting all year round but these times at both

routes is called for and some of the less usual places in Greece

ends of the season are considered the better times of the year by

are yours to enjoy. Mountain villages, cultural and historical

experienced visitors who have taken the opportunity to try it.

sites, or a visit to a local winery could all be on the itinerary at this time of the year. For the sports enthusiast there is always

Following is an itinerary which would make the most of the out of season weather. Enjoy your next trip to Greece!

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RHODES MAIN PORT: Rhodes

• The acropolis of Lindos offers great views of the Mediterranean Sea.

BEST BEACHES: • Anthony Quinn bay, beautiful deep water, a rocky beach, a lovely setting. • Lindos beach, sandy, very popular, lovely setting that overlooks the village and acropolis. • Mavros Kavos beach is difficult to reach by land, it has beautiful light sand and clear waters, a great choice for those

• Filerimos Monastery, on the top of the evergreen hill above the village of Ialysos. • The Valley of the butterflies is an example of the island’s natural beauty. The valley is a unique natural park where thousands of colourful butterflies appear between June and September. • The Acropolis of Rhodes, located on the hill of Monte Smith on the west side of Rhodes Town.

looking for seclusion. • The long sandy beach of Tsambika with its shallow turquoise

THE MEDIEVAL TOWN OF RHODES

waters sports on the imposing rock where it stands the miraculous Monastery of Tsambika, it is a long climb to reach it but many women claim to have become pregnant after a visit. TOWNS/VILLAGES: • Lindos is a traditional village with white sugar-cube houses set around a tranquil bay with golden sand and shallow water, ideal for water sports. • The old town of Rhodes will take you back in time to the era of the Knights of St John, the entire walled city is like walking around a museum. OF INTEREST: • The Medieval town of Rhodes is a living monument, built by the Knights of St. John about six centuries ago. The

KOS MAIN PORT: Kos

imposing castle with the Gran Magister’s Palace, boasting some amazing mosaics, the museum, where the hospital of

BEST BEACHES:

the Knights used to be, the mosques, the wide pedestrian

• Magic beach in Kamari bay is a sandy, family friendly beach

streets, the fountains and the innumerable shops and taverns within the massive walls.

with a water park. • Paradise beach, also located in Kamari bay is a highly recommended sandy beach.

LINDOS. RHODES ISLAND

TOWNS/VILLAGES: • Kos town has a beautiful old town, ideal for an evening stroll, it has some wonderful fish taverns and beach bars. • Zia is a beautiful mountainous village in the centre of the island offering amazing views, ideal for a short walk before dinner. OF INTEREST: • Askepieion archaeological site, originally a healing centre, was built to honour the god of health and medicine, Asklepios, after the death of the famous ancient Greek physician Hippocrates. • A walk-through Kos town where you get to see ancient buildings with stunning mosaic floors, Christian Churches next to Ottoman Mosques, Medieval fortifications, Roman Thermal baths and all intertwined with the daily life of a thriving modern town.

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CHORA, ASTYPALAIA

SANTORINI MAIN PORT: Athinios BEST BEACHES: • Perissa –Perivolos are black sand beaches sitting on the southern flank of PofitisIIias, just around the mountain from Kamari. • Kamari is a huge gray sand beach on the northern flank of IIias Profitis IIias (Mount Elijah). This beach hosts enormous crowds in the summertime, and is served by countless restaurants, tavernas, bars, pizza shacks, vendors, clothing shops, and lodgings. The water turns deep quickly, and there are large waves. • The Red beach has fine red sand and rocks. Plenty of sand and good swimming, all within a mile of the ancient Minoan settlement/Akrotiri archaeological Site. TOWNS/VILLAGES: • Oia is located on the north part of Santorini island. It is the most famous village of Santorini thanks to its picturesque style as well as the view it offers to the caldera and the volcano.

ASTYPALAIA

It is a picturesque settlement where visitors can admire old

MAIN PORT: Ag. Andreas

cave houses and mansions, the blue-domed churches and the white washed modern houses that make Oia are unique and

BEST BEACHES: • Vathi Beach, a sandy beach, accessible only by boat, quite secluded from the busy beaches. • Pachia Ammos is a beach with no facilities and thus doesn’t usually attract crowds. • Psili Ammos is quite secluded and surrounded by a rocky, arid landscape. Some parts of the beach are sandy and some others are very rocky. TOWNS/VILLAGES: • Chora is the capital of Astypalaia. On top of the hill sits a Venetian Castle, known as the Querini Castle which is the best known attraction on the island. • Livadi is a beautiful seaside village located 2 km west of Chora. It has an excellent sandy beach with mesmerising turquoise water that is in itself a tourist attraction for this calm and quiet village. • Analipsi Village lies on a small fertile plain, on the northern side of the island. There are many sights to see including the chapel of Analipsi at the end of the village and the Agia Varvara chapel built on the site of the ancient temple of Artemis. OF INTEREST: • The Venetian Quirini Fortress with the heraldic shield of the family. • Due to the large size of the island and the interesting geology of the coastline, Astypalaia is a great island for diving.

amazingly pretty! • Pyrgos is the highest village on the island and provides great panoramic views. It is surrounded by blue domed churches and


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thing about this beach is that it is surrounded by the largest, OIA, SANTORINI

5000 trees, palm forest in Europe. The soft sand, the crystal water and the natural beauty make this beach an inviting place for families. TOWNS/VILLAGES: • Heraklion is quite a popular region of the island. As Heraklion was the main area where the Minoan civilisation flourished, you should definitely visit the Minoan Palaces of Knossos and Phaestos. A road trip through the prefecture of Heraklion will reveal the traditional villages, medieval castles, Byzantine monasteries and great beaches • Chania is situated on the western most side of Crete. The city, and especially the old part of it, is a romantic place to stroll around, offering a palette of architectural elements, elegant mansions and an enchanting Venetian port. In close proximity to the city are many bustling beaches that have crystal waters and each one offers a unique experience. Whether you choose

vineyards. As you are ascending this hillside village, you will

to visit the well-known or the most secluded places this

reach the Venetian Kasteli, one of the five castles of Santorini,

paradise has to offer, one thing is for sure, the breathtaking

the view is breath-taking.

natural beauty will carry you away.

• Megalochori is one of the most representative villages of

• Rethymnon, although a city, has a provincial air; it’s a place that

Santorini, having kept its features almost intact. Typical

moves slowly, rendered an ideal romantic escape. The old town

traditional Cycladic houses, neoclassic buildings and small

is one of the best-preserved towns of the Renaissance period.

houses dug in the volcanic rock blend together with harmony.

Lying in the heart of the modern city, it combines the oriental features from the period of the Ottoman occupancy, with

OF INTEREST:

characteristics from the Renaissance and Venetian architecture.

• Archaeological site of Akrotiri

The Guera Porta, the Mosques, the Rimondi Fountain, the

• Hiking and diving

Venetian Loggia, the Fortezza and the small Venetian harbour

• Excellent spa facilities • Wineries

are wonderful remnants of past periods. • Elounda has a beautiful bay with some of the best hotels in Greece, several awarded restaurants and beautiful swimming spots. Along its length, the waters are crystal clear and the

CRETE

shore is sandy.

MAIN PORT: Heraklion OF INTEREST: BEST BEACHES: • Balos (Chania) is a fantastic location on the north western side

important archeological site in Crete, located 5 km southeast

of Crete. With exotic waters, soft white sand and an island with

from the city of Heraklion. It was the Palace of the legendary

a Venetian Castle on top.

king Minos, and according to mythology, home of the Minotaur.

• Elafonissi (Chania) on the south western side of Crete, has

Its demise seems to have occurred around 1350 BC, when it

a fantastic beach with exotic crystal waters. This place is a

burned down. This event marked the mysterious and sudden

heaven on earth, with soft white and pink sand and cedar trees

end of Minoan culture.

that reach the coastline.

• Chania city museums feature important exhibitions and local

• Falassarna (Chania) is a large sandy beach on the western side

archeological findings. The Naval Museum of Crete offers various

of Crete, close to Kissamos town. This fantastic place is ideal

expositions showing the nautical tradition and history of Crete

for families with kids due to the organised facilities and the soft

and Greece as well as the underwater world of the Mediterranean.

sand. It is also nice for windsurfing. • Vai (Lassithi) is on the north eastern side of Crete. The special

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• Gramvoussa is a small islet off the exotic beach of Balos in western Crete. On top of this islet there is a castle built by the


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CHANIA, CRETE

Venetians between 1579 and 1582. The view from this castle is breathtaking (anchorage).

settlement with some extraordinary architecture and lovely, narrow, winding alleys.

• The Fortezza is the citadel of the city of Rethymnon. The

• Elounda anchorage, close to Spinalonga Island. The area is

giant Fortezza, with its hidden centuries of history, is visible

weather protected, and the guests can enjoy the facilities of

from every corner of the town and offers panoramic views of

5-star hotels, such as massage, spa, water-sports and the best

Rethymnon and the coast to the west.

VIP restaurants of the island. Guests could also combine a city

• The Monastery of Arkadiis one of the most important monuments

tour in Agios Nikolaos Town.

and cultural highlights on the island. It was possibly founded in

• Spinalonga is a must-see. The fortress of Spinalonga was built

the beginning of the 14th century. The defiant defence of this

in 1579 on a small island named Kalydon to protect the gulf of

fortress-like monastery during the 1866 Cretan rebellion against

Mirambello. Its solid structure and big canons kept it impregnable

the Ottoman rule is still legendary and inspirational.

during the war between the Venetians and the Turks.

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• Margarites village is one of the most beautiful villages of Crete and a well-known pottery centre of Crete. It is a traditional

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SOUTHEAST ASIA’S BEST-KEPT SECRET!

A CRUISE THROUGH COLOURFUL CAMBODIA BY LINDA CARTLIDGE

NCE KNOWN AS THE KHMER EMPIRE, THE KINGDOM

These islands stretch from Koh Kong in the north to

of Cambodia has a long maritime history going back

Koh Wai in the southern outermost islands and are mostly still

many centuries to when seafaring merchants followed

untouched; making them perfect for exploring from the comfort

the coast from India to China and then to the port cities along the Gulf of Siam and on to Cambodia.

This safe, accessible and relatively inexpensive country

At varying times Cambodian culture also absorbed

is home to mostly unpopulated white sand beaches that line

Javanese, Chinese and Thai influences. The rich and varied cultural

the mainland and offshore islands. A Gulf of Siam exploration

history of Cambodia dates back many centuries and was heavily

cruise will take you from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok to

influenced by India, in turn, Cambodia greatly influenced Thailand

Cambodia’s diverse culture and allow you to explore mysterious

and Laos and vice versa.

islands including the tranquility of Angkor Wat.

Cambodia is now one of Southeast Asia’s best-kept secrets,

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of a luxury yacht.

When planning ahead for arrival, the highly knowledgeable

a cruising destination unlike any other with its pristine coastline

Asia Pacific Superyachts (APS) Cambodia owner-agent, Kevin

nestling between Thailand and Vietnam in the east of the Gulf of

Tremor, notes: ‘Whilst there are two clearance ports in Cambodia,

Siam. The 32 beautiful islands along its coast are a bonus for any

Khao Kong and Sihanoukville, yachts have had difficulties clearing

yacht cruising the region.

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Thailand. The main anchorages in Cambodia are Sihanoukville and

but tragic upstart. A mere 60 years ago, a French-Cambodian

the Koh Rong Group’.

construction team carved a camp out of the jungle and started

Cambodia is one of the world’s newest cruising grounds

building the first deep-sea port of the newly independent

and although it requires a little effort to access, notes Tremor, the

Cambodia. Even after Pol Pot’s regime was driven from power, the

result is access to a truly amazing experience. Decades of turmoil

bumpy highway to the capital was long notorious for banditry

have delayed the country’s development, but this is now changing

and the beaches stayed empty. Peace returned in 1993 and in the

and the Cambodian people are starting to create a modern society

ensuing years Sihanoukville has been busily picking up the pieces.

with a solid infrastructure. This lack of development means that

Now Cambodia’s principal deep-water maritime port it

their coastal Islands have remained virtually untouched; resulting

is a perfect base for exploring the lush islands nestled in the

in some of the region’s most pristine cruising.

blue-green waters just off the coast and the laid-back, bucolic atmosphere of this diminutive city is a joy. Two major Islands just

MAIN PORT CITY – SIHANOUKVILLE

off the coast are Koh Rong and its neighbour, Koh Rong Samleon.

The main port city of Cambodia is Sihanoukville which is surrounded on three sides by the Bay of Thailand. In a land

THE KOH RONG GROUP

with thousands of years of history, Sihanoukville is a colourful

Koh Rong is the second largest island group in the country behind

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Koh Kong at the Thai border. The island of Koh Rong is its own

Cambodia remains one of the diving world’s best

‘Sangkat’ (local district) and is located 25 kms off the port town

kept secrets and Koh Rong’s crystal-clear waters offer many

of Sihanoukville. It covers approximately 78 km2 and boasts

reefs, providing dozens of shallow dive sites with little or no

43 kms of pristine beaches and has four village communities

current – making the island’s waters some of the safest on earth.

within its boundaries.

The resort has its own PADI Dive Centre with easy access to an abundance of marine life that includes coral, sponges,

THE ROYAL SANDS KOH RONG

specialist flat worms, colorful nudibranchs and a dizzying array

Superyachts are slowly finding their way to this 5-star resort

of tropical fish.

to enjoy a break of luxurious relaxation with the possibility of

The island’s interior of jungle, mangrove and savannah

mooring at their luxury yacht pier. ‘In Koh Rong it’s rare to see

is well worth exploring by kayak or while fishing. In fact, the

yachts anchored in the area’, noted The Royal Sands Koh Rong GM,

areas surrounding Sok San Bay are completely untouched by

Livio Ranza, ‘However, the luxury yacht Bativa stayed in the bay

commercial fishing, providing a rewarding experience. There’s

in front of The Royal Sands for almost a week during their cruise

also paddle boarding, biking or trekking to the island’s hidden

in Cambodia. We were delighted to see the crew of the Bativa

treasures such as the Waterfall, Koh Touch and more.

enjoying the resort’s spa and massage facilities and visiting our

Vegetation ranges from dense jungle to savannah, which

Chill and Ocean Restaurants. Even though they were anchored our

dominates the interior and many tree species are to be found,

resort has a perfect pier for docking luxury yachts’.

including native Teak, Tamarind, Fig and the mythical Banyan – all supporting a huge variety of animals including monkeys, birds, snakes and even buffalo – with the surrounding waters again teaming with tropical fish and coral. KOH DEK KOUL ISLAND Koh Dek Koul Island is an exquisite jewel resting in the tranquil waters of Siam Bay, it is rich in Khmer culture and cuisine, offered in a setting of tropical opulence. A small island in the Gulf of Thailand located about 7 km off the coast of Sihanoukville city, it is thick with jungle and teeming with marine life, a destination well-suited for outdoor enthusiasts. 10-DAY+ ITINERARY SAMPLE The following suggestions from Kevin Tremor have been enjoyed

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by motor and sailing vessels handled by APS Cambodia, such as

pristine, soft, white sandy beach which descends into crystal-clear

Equanimity, Y Nut Coco Nut, Runaway Bunny and Tiara.

turquoise water. Snorkelling at Sok San Bay offers a stunning underwater

DAY 1 – BANGKOK, THAILAND

panorama and an exclusive treasure trove of coral and tropical

It is easy to start your cruise from a side too berth on the

fish. Nearby the Blue Lagoon provides a magical secret cove set in

Bangkok River as guests are easily shuttled from the International

a protected marine area with shallow snorkelling amidst swathes

Airport. An afternoon spent exploring this city, known as the

of mesmerising anemone.

‘Venice of the East’, is a delight as so much is accessible from the water.

DAY 6 – SOUTH WEST COAST, CAMBODIA A short cruise south offers an amazing 5 kms of sandy white

DAY 2 – PATTAYA, THAILAND

beach on the South West Coast. The water surrounding the

A simple overnight cruise from Bangkok takes you to the

beach is crystal clear, providing the perfect opportunity for

beachfront town of Pattaya, offering some peaceful offshore

diving and snorkelling. The beach has only a few local buildings

Islands to visit.

on its western extremity, providing acres of space for exploring.

DAY 3 – KOH KUT, THAILAND Another short passage east will take you to the eastern borders of Thailand and the Island of Koh Kut from where you can get an early start for your Cambodia journey. DAY 4-5 – KOH RUNG, CAMBODIA Clearing out from Thailand, you now head into Cambodian waters and the pristine islands at the entrance to Chhak Kampong Saom, central of which are Koh Rung and Koh Rung Samlem. Approaching from the North the first anchorage would come off the twin beaches, located on the North Western End of Koh Rung. The Royal Sands Koh Rong has good anchorage near its pier and plenty of depth off Koh Rong Bay. The recently opened all-villa resort comprises 67 units on Cambodia’s second largest island with 30 villas featuring their own personal pools. The 5-star resort spans a 550 m stretch of

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Should the weather turn on you the island offers several excellent anchorages on the eastern shore. Ashore you will find a few local villages to explore as well as a couple of small chalet style resorts. DAY 7 – KOH RUNG SAMLEM & KOH TANG To the South, Koh Rung Samlem offers more idyllic anchorages, crystal clear waters and virgin forests. There are numerous islands to explore and the opportunity to visit some amazing resorts and beaches, including Saracen Bay, Lazy Beach and M’Pai Bai. Further offshore you will find the Island of Koh Tang, surrounded by protected bays and pristine beaches offering snorkelling and diving opportunities. The outer Island of Koh Tang is about 30 nm off the coast and the site of the last major battle in the Indochina War. DAY 8 – 10 & ONWARDS Angkor Wat Archaeological Park (Siam Reap) – A helicopter pick up from the beach followed by a brief flight will take you to the world famous and historic ‘Angkor Wat Archaeological Park’ in Siam Reap. Angkor Wat is one of the most famous sites in South East Asia and covers an area of over 400 square kms. The Park offers 5 Star accommodations for those who wish to spend a couple of days exploring the many temples that make up Angkor Wat. Listed in the ‘World Wonder List’ for its grandeur, history, beauty and state of preservation, it is the largest monument of the Angkor Group and also the best preserved.

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offers a mix of the exotic and Indochinese charm and a trip to

Another monument, one that remembers the country’s brutal

historic Phnom Penh can be arranged at the beginning or end of

past, is that of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh.

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NOTES FROM APS/KEVIN TREMOR The coastal region’s best season is November through to about May (Dry Season) with prevailing wind typically Northerly to nor Easterly providing calm cruising and clear skies. Yachts can stay up to six months in Cambodia. Whilst there are two clearance ports in Cambodia, Khao Kong and Sikhanoukville, there have been challenges clearing into and out of the country at Khao Kong if not departing to Thailand. Note it is mandatory to use the state shipping agency in Sikhanoukville for clearance. Visiting yachts’ experiences indicate that the ‘fees’ requested vary greatly and not all officials are familiar with the paperwork involved.

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THE FIVE DEEPS

A JOURNEY OF GREAT DEPTH AND DISCOVERY BY JOHN COTTON

RIGHT: VICTOR VESCOVO

ENDING A HUMAN DOWN INTO ‘INNER SPACE’ at 8400 m / 27,500 ft is a remarkable technological achievement, and it opens the door to the exploration of the Hadal Zone, the deepest region of the ocean lying within oceanic trenches extending from 6000 m to 11,000 m below the surface, existing in long but narrow topographic V-shaped depressions. Oceanographers and scientists have dreamed of this moment for decades. It has all been possible because of the inspired ambition and curiosity of one man; Victor Vescovo, the extreme explorer and private equity investor who hopes to become the first person in history to have been to the top of all the world’s continents as well as the bottom of all its oceans. His previous achievements include being the 12th American to complete the ‘Explorers Grand Slam’, an accolade that requires climbing the highest peak on all seven of the world’s continents and skiing at least 100 kms to both the North and South Poles. Not only did he create and fund the mission, he has become the test pilot who is on his way to claiming ’the five deeps’.

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After three years of intensive effort from some of the

makers and outreach….but everyone, from the bridge to the

world’s leading expedition experts, oceanographers, submarine

galley and from the sonar shack to the science lab, are totally

engineers, and scientists, the Five Deeps Expedition was born –

committed to achieving these most ambitious mission objectives.

the first global ocean journey to send a manned submersible

They have become more than a tight team… it’s become a family.

vessel further and deeper than any in history to five of the

Rob McCallum refers to the titanium-hulled sub as ’the

deepest points in the ocean. The Five Deeps is as much about

most significant vehicle since Apollo 11’. ‘It is a vehicle that can

science as it is about extreme exploration. This expedition

transport two humans into another world; Earths “inner space”. It

provides an unprecedented opportunity to sample life across a

can explore to any depth in any ocean at any time. Interestingly,

gradient of depths, temperatures, salinity, food supply, latitude

a spacecraft only has to deal with pressure differentials of

and in places around the world that were formed, split, or united

1 atmosphere; this sub has been tested to 1400 atmospheres’.

millions of years ago by the shifting of the Earth’s tectonic plates.

An expedition of this size and scope has never before

This type of expedition requires a broad range of skill sets;

been attempted. EYOS Expeditions is leading the expedition

scientists, sonar operators, ship’s crew, submersible team, film

and coordinating all aspects including the planning, background

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support and logistics. This is a journey like no other, diving to the five deepest points below the surface of the Earth’s oceans to places never-before-seen by the human eye. The dives include the Puerto Rico Trench (Atlantic Ocean 8648 m) South Sandwich Trench (Southern Ocean 8428 m), Java Trench (Indian Ocean 7725 m), Mariana Trench/Challenger Deep (Pacific Ocean 10,898 m) and Malloy Deep (Arctic Ocean 5669 m). The expedition will traverse some 40,000 nautical miles over a period of 11 months The collaboration between investor and explorer Victor Vescovo of Caladan Oceanic, EYOS Expeditions and Triton Submarines has allowed the assembling of an experienced team capable of delivering the Five Deeps Expedition mission. Geologist Heather Stewart of British Geological Survey, is tasked with finding the deepest points and mapping the trench, using a new state of the art echo sounder mounted to the hull. Chief scientist of the Five Deeps, Dr Alan Jamieson of Newcastle University, who is the world leader in biological exploration of the Hadal Zone and has designed multiple landers which have been deployed nearly 250 times in ultra-deep subduction trenches, will play a vital role in interpreting the findings in these previously un-discovered frontiers. A two-person deep sea research submersible has been designed specifically for this endeavour, and it will bring its stories of the voyage to the world. The vessel, named the Limiting Factor, is the first commercially certified full ocean depth

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than 1000 times the standard atmospheric pressure at sea level. This makes Limiting Factor one of the most uniquely capable, piloted vehicles in seafaring history. It will be transported and deployed into the ocean depths by the Pressure Drop, a 68 m dedicated research and exploration ship retrofitted exclusively for the expedition and accompanied by a trio of advanced FODcapable seafloor landers, Flere, Skaff and Closp, as well as an FOD capable echo sounder and multi-beam sonar capable of mapping the sea floor. Rob McCallum, Five Deeps Expedition Leader said: ‘For me this is a dream project: the chance to assemble a group of top professionals, to plan an itinerary from the ‘blank canvas’ stage, to refit a vessel to become the primary expedition platform, to develop a submersible that is at the cutting edge of exploration... and then set off on a mission that has never been possible before. This project allows us to finally explore the last frontier on Earth. I guess from here we head to Mars! The Hadal Zone is one of the last places left on Earth for true exploration; who knows what will be discovered down there? It is tremendously exciting to have a proven vehicle to go there, and an almost completely unknown

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environment to explore. The next few months will greatly expand our knowledge of the Ocean upon which all life revolves’. The First dive to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, the Puerto Rico Trench, located on the boundary between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, took place on December 21st and Victor Vescovo became the first human to dive on a solo mission to this deepest point in the Atlantic Ocean, at 8376 m. Previous attempts were made by the submersible Archimede in 1964 where it reached 8300 m but not the deepest point. The submarine’s design allows it to slip vertically through the water column at high speeds and to reach the bottom of the trench after approximately 2.5 hours of descent. Whilst on the bottom he mapped, took high-definition photographs of the sea floor and collected seabed and water samples for further study. During this descent it is believed that four new marine species were discovered.

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of experience. The southern portion of the South Sandwich

Following the successful dive in the Puerto Rico Trench

Trench was reached and dives were made and the Five Deeps

the Five Deeps Expedition then sailed more than 2000 miles

crossed another historic dive off its list. Here Victor Vescovo

to reach a trench in one of the most remote corners of the

became the first human to dive to the deepest point, 7433.6 m,

planet. The team had to be well prepared with the world’s most

in the Southern Ocean, located in the southern portion of the

accomplished expedition physicians and an Ice Pilot with decades

South Sandwich Trench.

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posed many logistical and weather-related challenges, however the scientific findings could prove to be ground-breaking. Victor’s team worked in very difficult, near-zero, temperatures to launch and recover the Limiting Factor. ‘It was an extremely challenging dive technically, but we were lucky with the weather and were able to visit the bottom of the Southern Ocean for the very first time,’ said Vescovo. ‘It also felt great to prove the technical capability of the sub to do a manned dive into a sub-zero Hadal Zone, which has never been done before – or even attempted to our knowledge. It was a great day for science and engineering.’ The achievements of these dives are remarkable and will have a significant impact on the scientific community and the findings will be shared once all the dives have been completed and findings analysed. The dives will continue next with the Java Trench (Indian Ocean 7725 m) then onwards to the deepest dive – the Mariana Trench/Challenger Deep (Pacific Ocean 10,898 m) Located just north of the Antarctic continent, the Southern

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explored and is the only sub-zero Hadal zone (deeper than 6000

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MYBA CHARTER YACHT SHOW – BARCELONA 30 APRIL – 3 MAY 2019 www.mybashow.com

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THE 29TH MONACO YACHT SHOW 25TH – 28TH SEPTEMBER 2019

HIS SEPTEMBER, THE 29TH MONACO YACHT SHOW

yacht designers, exquisite luxury brands and the best brokerage

will again host the superyacht social elite within the

houses to be found. The most sought-after tenders and water

iconic setting of Port Hercules in Monaco.

toys, prestige cars, helicopter and private jet manufacturers will

For four days, yacht owners, prospective superyacht

also be in attendance.

buyers or charterers, decision-makers in yachting and luxury

Last year, the show organisers grabbed the opportunity of

will meet up as they attend one of the most sophisticated and

the restructuring of the port to optimise the show’s superyacht

influential events dedicated to luxury yachting in the world.

offering and deliver a layout divided into thematic zones

The MYS will curate the showcase of 120 outstanding

designed for more fluid movement around the quays and tents,

one-off superyachts, of which 40 new launches are annually

allowing visitors to concentrate on their own sectors of interest.

unveiled in a worldwide debut. On the docks visitors will see on

With builders and brokers on the quays facing their displayed

display a selection of 580 leading yachting companies: from the

yachts, the visit experience of the prospective superyacht end-

most reputable superyacht builders and nautical suppliers, top

user client was clearly enhanced. As a direct impact, exhibitors

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of yachts all spoke of an increased number of visitors really intending to buy or charter, holding out the prospect of new orders for them. ‘We work hand in hand with our exhibitors to offer the most prestigious superyachting event to the new generation of customers. We have a dual aim: offer our visitors an entertaining and instructive plunge into the world of superyachting while serving the industry. An order for a new yacht project benefits all the sectors of activity represented in the Show. Our responsibility is to encourage encounters between final clients and the best players in the market, whatever the profile of the visitors or exhibitors may be,’ explains Gaëlle Tallarida, General Manager of the MYS. For 29 years the MYS organisers have strived to keep on delivering and developing one of the superyachting community’s favourite marketing hubs with the final objective to be that we celebrate our fascinating superyacht industry together. MONACO YACHT SHOW 29th edition | 25 > 28 September 2019 Port Hercules, Monaco OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.monacoyachtshow.com Social media: Official hashtag: #mys2019 Twitter account: @mys_monaco Facebook page: Facebook/monacoyachtshow

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4TH EDITION OF THE MONACO YACHT SUMMIT

THE SAPPHIRE EXPERIENCE

24TH SEPTEMBER 2019

OFFICIAL VIP VISIT TO THE MONACO YACHT SHOW

Held on the eve of the Monaco Yacht Show, the Monaco Yacht

The ‘Sapphire Experience’ (and its premium version ‘Infinite’)

Summit is a key event for end-user clients and their advisors

are designed for visitors to the Monaco Yacht Show who are

looking to enter or understand better the world of yachting.

interested in their first charter experience or the purchase of a

Potential yacht purchasers, charterers and their

superyacht. This VIP pack comprises a program of tailor-made

representatives will attend a series of informative panel

activities including entry to the Monaco Yacht Summit, an

discussions with acknowledged experts from across the

invitation to the MYS Gala evening, a tour of the bay of Monaco

superyacht industry. In addition, attendees will have the

on board the MYS VIP boat, a courtesy car service and lunch in

opportunity to meet face-to-face with selected specialists to

the Upper Deck Lounge. The ‘Sapphire Experience’ also offers

answer their questions regarding different aspects of yacht

a personal concierge service that will organize private visits to

charter, purchase, operation and ownership.

superyachts on display at the show, in direct coordination with

Organised by the Monaco Yacht Show on the eve of

MYS yacht brokers and shipyards.

the show itself, the Monaco Yacht Summit is now part of the

The Sapphire Experience and the Sapphire Experience

calendar of confidential yachting events that are appreciated

Infinite are the official VIP visit programs of the Monaco Yacht

by extremely wealthy clients, their representatives and private

Show. Offers are available in limited numbers and are subject to

investors present in Monaco during the show.

special conditions of purchase.

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A TA S T E O F T H E C A R I B B E A N BY COLIN SQUIRE

HERE HAD ALL THE SAIL YACHTS GONE?

But the marinas still had a good complement of yachts

A strange but intriguing question. It was noticeable

that had migrated long distances to attend the show, most of

to me this year that there were far fewer sail yachts

them were large power yachts ranging in size from the Phoenix 2

attached to the docks than in previous years, could it be the

(91 m), Alfa Nero (82 m), Baton Rouge (63 m), Go (77 m),

fallout from the Hurricanes of 2017 that devastated areas to

Sherakhan (70 m), the power yachts on show were there to

the north of Antigua, a lack of charter activity on the smaller sail

impress, and the yachts Marae (33 m) and Hyperion (50 m)

yacht market or by pure coincidence, had the yachts remained in

were two beautiful examples to represent the sail yacht division.

their home ports to complete refit work, only next year will tell.

Over seventy five yachts were in attendance, the smallest 60 ft., spread throughout English Harbour, The Antigua Yacht Club and Falmouth Bay Marina.

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The show, which has now been running for 57 years, is essentially for industry professionals, over 300 charter brokers from established companies around the world came to visit the yachts, meet the crew and in many instances join the crew for a lunch or evening meal. By staging these onboard events the chefs, interior staff and deck crew are able to strut their stuff, be it the welcome, cooking or service; it is all done to impress the brokers on the day. This all has a very serious endpoint, after all why would an Owner want to fund/host a group on his yacht that would charter out at anything from $40,000.00 – $500,000.00+ per week, essentially a floating five star restaurant, there is no such thing as a free lunch, the idea is that the brokers will return home and hopefully recommend individual yachts to their high end clients for quality of service and food along with all of the other requirements of the charterer. For the Captains and Crew to sail

a quiet winter season or one that takes in 4-6 weeks of charter,

away from this prestigious show having performed extemporarily,

great for the bank balance of the owner and also the crew who

or not, in every department can mean the difference between

always enjoy receiving a tip or two.

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I was invited on one yacht in particular, MY Go, to sample the extraordinary food created by its chef Micail Swindalls. What an evening that was, dining on dishes that I have to say were varied and excellent, created by a chef that in the recent past had won the MYBA Chefs competition held in the Mediterranean every year and the food certainly lived up to his reputation. At this event just a few days later, where a similar cooking competition is held, he took second place in the over 160 ft category. But it is not just brokers that walk the Dock, the show also

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allows a limited number of vendors to attend, if you are thinking of attending the show in 2019 make sure you book your place well in advance, every year vendors turn up with no booking and find it very difficult to enter the show, if they are allowed to at all. If the days are full, so are the evenings, with a myriad of events set to keep visitors entertained, these kicked off the day before the show opened with the charity fund raiser by National Marine,

During the show, Sarah Sebastian of Nicholson Yacht

affectionately known as The Big Sausage Party, well the hot dog

Charters staged her annual Chefs Competition. The yachts for this

sausages are the best I have ever tasted and they are BIG. Money

event are split into three divisions, 160 ft + (winning chef Peter Frost

was raised for the English Harbour Children’s Charity, never let

– MY Eternity), 126 ft to 159 ft (winning chef Sebastian Springer –

it be said that rain can destroy a good get together, it was a fun

MY Harle) and yachts up to 125 ft (winning chef Desree Pierce –

event and the rain, it certainly kept people close together. This Big

Catamaran Joy). Each division also had a ‘Table Scaping’ competition

Sausage was a precursor to the parties that continued throughout

which is always competitively fought over by the interior staff. The

the week, there were many, Sherakhan with her owner Jan Verkerk

Winners were Echo Flores from MY Eternity, Robyne McNeil from

on board hosted a great event as did Seanna and Captain Todd

MY Berilda and Katie Kisch from MY Unbridled. Each year a

Lee but the award, if there were one, for the best attended had

different theme is announced and this year everything had to be

to be the party onboard Trending with Captain Randall Peterson,

created around a New Year’s Eve dinner party.

it was a packed event and one that was enjoyed by all that managed to get onboard.

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ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN IN YACHTING

BEING A WOMAN IN A MAN’S WORLD

BY ANNA PERCIVAL ANY OF YOU WILL REMEMBER MY LATE FATHER,

conjuring up images of the militant bra-burning fanatics at the

John Percival. He and I worked hard to set up and

1968 Miss America pageant (they never did burn their bras, by

make a success of our crew training centre in Hoylake.

the way), but if you think that women are of equal value to men,

When he became ill and took a step back from the business

then you too are a feminist.

in 2013, many people asked if I was going to ‘take over’ running

I went to an all girls’ school, learnt to sail at the age

the business. It had not occurred to them that I had already

of eight, and was told that I could achieve whatever I set my

been running the business alongside him for many years, as my

mind to. Sadly, I was not told about glass ceilings or misogyny.

father had been the figurehead – the one they had met at yacht

On one occasion, when I was in my teens, I was watching the

shows and dinners. Although I had been at those yacht shows

local lifeboat being washed down after a shout. I told a crew

with him, I was not the one they chatted to over a glass of rosé,

member that when I was old enough, I wanted to be a crew

‘man to man’.

member. I was surprised when he told me that I couldn’t join the

In the five years since his passing, it has become clear

lifeboat as there wasn’t a ladies’ loo on board. In my innocence, I

to me that, as a woman, I must work harder and be more hard

took him at his word, not realising I’d just had my first encounter

headed than he had to be, just to achieve the same outcomes.

with casual sexism. Fast forward 20-something years and I find myself once

BEING A WOMAN IN A MAN’S WORLD

again tackling the unthinking sexism that floats around the

The word ‘feminist’ still sometimes has a bad rap – often

yachting industry. Never having worked on a yacht, I’ve not

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personally experienced the challenges faced by women on board.

Over on the shore-based side of yachting, in the last few

However, in our role of training crew, we see many female Deck

years since ‘going it alone’, I have met many women who have

and Engineer officers who tell us of the trials and tribulations

had the same experiences as me – being excluded from boozy

related to doing a ‘man’s job’. Happily, it seems that the industry

‘boys’ lunches or missed off important group emails (in which

has made peace with the fact that a woman can navigate or do

my father would have been included). At first, I suffered a crisis

an engine room check, and a lot of headway is being made by

of confidence – maybe they don’t like me, or perhaps they don’t

female officers.

think I know what I’m doing (something that I’m positive very rarely runs through a man’s head…). But then it occurred to

A CHANGE OF HEART

me – I regularly attend meetings with other training providers

You may have read some of my previous articles. One in 2015

and the MCA, and quite often I’m the only woman present. I am

about choices available to pregnant yacht crew and another in

respected and I receive the backing of my counterparts at these

2016 about the gender gap on board; both discussing women

meetings. My parents instilled in me the confidence to stand

and their roles on yachts. In the latter I observed that ‘women

up for myself, make myself heard, and to know that I’m equal

and men are achieving in the same shore-based roles, and there

to any man. So why this exclusion from the old boys’ network?

needn’t be a gender gap on board when we’re all created equal

Why, when I assert myself I am seen as a bitch, when assertive

in our ability to succeed’. The article was written shortly after I

men are accepted as commanding, decisive and competitive?

returned to work from maternity leave, which had begun not long after my father passed away. I hadn’t yet realised that I was

SOCIAL PRESSURE ON MEN

operating in a protective bubble created by my father. In the cold

In a previous edition of this fine publication, I focussed on a very

light of day, five years after his passing, I am now contradicting

interesting theory from Doug Zeigler, after reading an article in

myself completely!

which he talks about his son, and how he loves kissing him. He wrote about how he thinks we do a ‘gross disservice’ to our sons by not showing them the love they need and deserve. Instead, many men avoid contact with their sons and teach them to toughen up and not cry. Often starting around the time boys enter pre-school, kisses have been replaced by abrupt pats on the head and holding them at arm’s length, thus teaching them to hold everyone at a distance. We think it prepares them for the adult world. However, what it really does teach them is that feelings are invalid and their worth as a man is tied directly to how ‘manly’ they are. In short, society still expects men to be powerful and women to be meek and mild. With the #metoo movement we have seen some important conversations started, and in some areas the world is realising that it’s the 21st century, but it appears that yachting is stuck in 1955. If Marty McFly didn’t like it there, I definitely don’t either! Gloria Steinem said it best – ‘We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons… but few have the courage to raise our sons like our daughters.’ THE INSPIRATION FOR AWY Until now, the Yachting industry has been one of the only areas of commerce without a specific female only network/support mechanism in place. Yes, I spend time at yacht shows meeting women in the yachting business, but many of our conversations are taken over by men. Many of the most influential women don’t get to travel to the shows, as the big boss man gets to go on all of the overseas trips. I found myself wanting to spend

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more time with my female business leader peers. I thought:

outperform those with no female representation – by 41% in

‘wouldn’t it be lovely to have a boozy lunch just for us?’

terms of return on equity and by 56% in terms of operating

Within days of me voicing this thought to a colleague, we had founded the Association of Women in Yachting. It is still very

results (The Bottom Line: Corporate performance and women’s representation on boards, Catalyst 2007.)

much a work in progress, but in essence, the AWY will provide

Leeds University Business School reports that having

a resource for professional women in the yachting industry to

at least one female director on the board appears to cut a

network and surround themselves with like-minded women who

company’s chances of going bust by about 20%. Having two or

are industry leaders or indeed have vital roles in the industry. At the 2018 Monaco show we hosted the RAF Red Arrows, who had two female ‘Blues’ with them. When we told them

three female directors lowers the risk even more (Women on Boards: Not Just the Right Thing ... But the ‘Bright’ Thing, The Conference Board of Canada, 2002.)

about the AWY (which was, at this point, around three weeks

In a study of the Fortune 500, Catalyst reveals that

old!), they were shocked that there wasn’t already a yacht specific

companies in the highest percentile of women on their boards

organisation or support system for women. They told us that the

outperformed those in the lowest percentile by 53% higher return

RAF has its own network for women, and they assumed that in

on equity, 42% higher return on sales, and 66% higher return

this day and age every industry would have something similar. My

on invested capital (Women on Board and Firm Performance,

own sister works in the City of London and is a member of 100

MijntjeLückerath-Rovers, Erasmus University Rotterdam, 2010.)

Women in Finance – even sitting on the events committee! AWY’S PURPOSE AND FUTURE CURRENT STATE OF PLAY

As women who have battled through the quagmire of what is

On doing some research back in September, to make sure I

still, let’s face it, a very male-dominated industry, many of our

wasn’t reinventing the wheel, I found that Maritime UK had

members have already expressed interest in mentoring young

recently launched the Women in Maritime Charter. (Maritime UK is the promotional body for the UK maritime sector. The UK’s maritime sector comprises shipping, ports, marine and maritime business services.) This charter focusses on addressing the lack of gender diversity in the UK maritime sector by asking companies to sign a pledge to make progress on diversity, providing toolkits and resources to help ensure increased employment for women in the UK maritime sector. However, whilst this is great news for women in the UK, this is not a yacht specific charter, and is UK-centric. I also discovered WISTA, the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association. Again, this is not yacht specific, although I know many women in yachting who are members. We felt the best way to describe the AWY is thus:

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Be a part of something powerful.

women who are just finding their way into the business side of yachting. At school and university they are told that they can become anything they desire – naval architects, shipping agents or marina managers, but the reality is not so simple. For a young

The Association of Women in Yachting is a new and unique networking platform aimed at professional women in the traditionally male dominated yachting industry. AWY will provide a resource for professional women in the yachting industry to network and surround themselves with like-minded female industry leaders. As the AWY is still in its infancy, our website is currently under development. In the meantime, we’ve created a Facebook group which we would love you to join. We hope it will provide a forum for discussions between members and can help us to develop and take the AWY in the right direction. Simply enter Association of Women in Yachting in the Facebook search bar to find our group There is so much potential in the AWY, and we’re excited by what the future holds for the Association and its members.

woman starting out in yachting, the AWY is not only a place of sanctuary, but of inspiration and guidance. As the AWY is still in its infancy, the website is currently under construction. The AWY website will be comprised of a ‘member’s forum’ where thoughts and ideas can be discussed in a safe setting, along with articles and ideas from members. JPMA are currently hosting a page on their website for the AWY, listing all of the honorary members – women who have been invested in this initiative from the very beginning, and who are the epitome of professional women in yachting. In the meantime, we’ve created a Facebook group, which we invite everyone to join, as it will provide a forum for discussions between members and can help us to develop and take the AWY in the right direction. There is so much potential in the AWY, and we’re excited by what the future holds for the Association and its members. We’re planning a launch event to be held in Spring 2019, and hope to hold networking events around the world throughout 2019 and beyond.

Anna Percival-Harris is Managing Director and co-founder of JPMA/Hoylake Sailing School, a yacht training provider based in

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Hoylake, UK. She is also a Founder & Director of the Association of Women in Yachting. In Association with

For more information or to request membership of the organisation, please contact Anna Percival-Harris on members@womeninyachting.co.uk

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THE ICOMIA WORLD MARINAS CONFERENCE 25TH-27TH OCT 2018

IT ALL BEGAN WITH ULYSSES BY COLIN SQUIRE

‘I have been to all 10 of these conferences and this is without

I cruised the Greek islands for 12 years, the first time

doubt the best’, not my words but those of a great friend, Nabil

in 1978 and have visited Athens on business every year since

Farhat, publisher of ‘The World of Yachts and Boats’.

1997, this has given me a love of the country and its people. It

The hosts provided a stimulating programme of topics,

is without doubt an incredible cruising area that offers beauty

speakers and events for the 414 delegates who attended under

and history in bucketfuls and a people that have in the most part

the theme: ‘Cross Sea Challenge for Marinas – Setting the Scene

managed to smile through the traumas that have been handed to

for Collective Development and Growth’. To select Athens and the

them, not just over the centuries, but also in recent years.

Greek Marinas Association (GMA) as the hosts was an inspired

But the first big surprise, the event was held at the

decision by ICOMIA. ICOMIA ‘the International Council of Marine

new ‘Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre’. The last

Industry Associations’ brings together, in one global organisation,

time I passed near to where it stands on an abandoned horse

all the national boating federations and other bodies involved

racing track just a few years ago there was nothing there. As

in the recreational marine industry and represents them at

we approached I could not firstly believe the scale of what I

international level.

was seeing, but also the layout and the modern design. The

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conference room at the Convention Centre was situated on the top floor beneath a solar panelled roof, outside of our room an open and large communal area that gave us panoramic views of the city and of course the Parthenon. Stretching before us within the complex were newly planted gardens, in some parts acting as living roofs and all of this set alongside a large boating lake. Our host for the event was Stavros Katsikadis, President of the GMA and managing director of Flisvos Marina, he and his team had organised this exceptional event. He was supported from ICOMIA by ABOVE: STAVROS KATSIKADIS

Martinho Fortunato, Chairman of the Marinas Group, its President

RIGHT: STAVROS KANARKIS AND IOANNIS ALEXOPOULOS WITH THEIR ADVANCED MARINA MANAGEMENT AWARDS

During the event we were taken on an escorted tour of

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Andrea Razeto and Secretary General Udo Kleinitz. the main marinas. Astir Marina in Vouliagmeni, under the expert management of Ioannis Alexopoulos, sits in an area of exceptional beauty and can berth yachts to 45 m. The marina will soon be remodelled and enlarged under its new ownership. When we visited Zea Marina we were escorted by

ships and ferries alongside and I can remember there being, from

Ioannis Koutsodontis who explained that the marina could

memory, a kind of hut that served as a marina office. To see the

take yachts to 80 m stern-to or 150 m alongside. Apart from

transformation of this port today into what is one of the world’s

upgrades to the buildings surrounding the berths, nothing much

finest marinas under private ownership is something the Greek

has changed to the layout of this old favourite since I first visited

government should take note of. Yachts of 75 m+ can berth here.

way back in the 70s.

Stavros Katsikadis of Flisvos Marina was presented with the ‘5

You could in those long gone days also berth in Flisvos,

Gold Anchors Platinum Award’ at the conference which places the

which was more of a port at the time, it had many commercial

marina among a very few exceptional berthing spots in the world.

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soon to be privatised and upgraded along with a few other smaller marinas around the coast.

LEFT: FLISVOS MARINA BELOW: ASTIR MARINA

But will the government of Greece be able to hold onto these assets? It is the same as opening up the islands to foreign charter. As we heard, let free enterprise take over, the Greek Islands are a gift to the people, they are the perfect cruising ground for modern yachts, the people need the jobs, the country needs the income, just ensure that Greece keeps its true identity and its historic values as we head into the future. The Conference dinner was, I have to say, quite remarkable. It took place in the marble pillar lined interior of the Zappeion Megaro, a building set in the heart of this ancient Greek capital. Its unique roof was open to set the mood, the star studded night sky looked down on us as dined and a fabulous orchestra entertained. The welcoming speeches at the event were mostly about the facts and figures of Greek tourism and the yachting wish for list, a list that has been built on year after year but is rarely if ever, it seems, implemented. The event proper began with a fascinating talk from Professor Theodosis Pateras, who looked every bit the part, on sailing in the time of Ulysses. This historical sound-bite certainly helped to set the scene for any new visitors to Greece that were in the audience. During the first session we Athens Marina, which is managed by Stavros Karnakis

heard from Gary Groenewold on the development of the marina

and was not a part of the Marinas tour, is also available to

industry in the USA and Caribbean, the problems it and the recent

visiting yachtsmen and it is possible to berth a Superyacht of

hurricane hit areas of the Caribbean face. Colin Bransgrove from

130 m at this facility. Also not on the tour was the rarely spoken

Australia spoke on the development of Marinas there and how

about Olympic Marina which was built for the 2004 Athens

being on the water is one of the main pastimes of his nation.

Games; a massive construction that has been allowed to fall into

Klaus Peters updated the audience on the marinas of South

partial disuse, even though it is still brimming with yachts.

America and Aashim Mongda spoke about the aspirations of India

We also visited Alimos Marina, a huge, state-owned,

to build marinas along its 7600 km of coastline, it has no marinas

operation that is supposedly the biggest in Greece with over 1000

at all, quite unbelievable, but apparently all due to change in the

berths that can accommodate yachts up to 40 m. This marina is

near future.

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RIGHT: UDO KLEINITZ AND GARY GROENEWOLD BELOW: ROSEMARY PAVLATOU, OSCAR SICHES AND MAKIS PAVLATOS

Oscar Siches left no stone unturned as he spoke of political will and the state of the marina industry in Scandinavia, Germany, Holland, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and of course Greece. His description of the Greek government, its promises and its failures had to be the reason all of the Greek politicians left as soon as they had finished their opening speeches, maybe they new what was coming! Sergey Moiseev took the podium. He gave a spirited talk and an insight into Russia and its marinas and the development of Yachting in the Black Sea. Mustafa Kemal Saatcioglu gave his views on the Eastern Mediterranean and the return of yachts in the past season to Turkey. Marina development in the UAE was covered by Fabiana Maccarini, R&D manager for P&O Marinas, she spoke of the future and the development of over 3000 berths. The building carries on apace in this exotic resource rich area of the world, 3000 is an awful lot of berths requiring an awful lot of yachts to

Changes in Boating and Ownership and the Beds On Board

fill them.

business that is the on water equivalent of Airbnb.com, I cannot

We heard about the future of electric boat propulsion by

see Superyachts adopting this but who knows. Rosemary Pavlatou

Christian Pho Duc Of Torqeedo, without doubt more and more

of A1 Yachting then gave a talk on the growth of the Superyacht

people will take to the water on vessels propelled by electricity

industry, very interesting and it seems, thankfully, we will see the

as batteries are improved. This subject was followed by a

industry grow well into the future.

fascinating talk on Liquid Batteries by their inventor Professor

There were several other enthralling speakers including John

Donald Sadoway who hails from MIT in the USA. This new

Kalogerakis who gave the Keynote speech, he spoke of inspiring

battery technology promises to be cheap to manufacture and

those that you employ, he was given a round of applause that

safe as the battery will not explode as a lithium battery does (I

seemed to go on forever, he certainly inspired us. We had a talk

have had one explode in my hands), but is still in its infancy. We

on how a large oil spill in the bay of Athens in 2017, an ecological

then had a talk on docks that produce solar energy by Anthony

disaster, was cleaned up. Dr. Vassilios Mamaloukas presented a

Baro of Power Docks USA. Imagine the day you dock your boat,

video that covered this clean up of 2500 tons of heavy oil from

plug it in, recharge and all for free, apart from the cost of the

the beaches, rocks and sea bed, it was quite moving. It is good to

technology of course!

see that it is possible to clean up the mess that humanity often

We then went on to discuss Boating Trends and Initiatives,

leaves behind, the results were quite remarkable. As you can tell the talks were fascinating but one that really caught my attention was by Willy Fux on the decline in the number of people heading to the ski slopes. It seems that the decline is being caused by young people not wanting to take up the sport with their parents as in the past, they would sooner stay behind and play on the internet than learn to ski. As they get older, into their 30â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s-40â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and have their own spare income it seems they do not want to head for the snow. They prefer a quick fix, a couple of hours racing a car around a track and a few selfies for their Facebook page. He likens this to our sail boat industry, children are not learning to sail at a young age as they did, he could be right. Power yachts have a different clientele, could this be the reason for the slow decline of the sail yacht industry? A very interesting few days, a wonderful conference and I left feeling that I had learnt a lot, not just about marinas but on a range of subjects that I feel the organisers had been inspired to bring together.

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OCEAN PLASTIC PROLIFERATION

& THE GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH BY MARY CROWLEY

LASTICS ARE KILLING OUR GLOBAL OCEAN! WE IN

I have been fortunate enough to sail over 110,000 miles

the maritime industry know and understand this in a way

and with each passing year and every new trip, like many of

few others do. As mariners, many of us see the problem

you, I have experienced first-hand the increasing scourge of

first hand. We can all be dynamic parts of the solution by our

plastic proliferation in our global ocean. In 2008, I came to

stewardship on our own yachts and supporting effective at-sea

the harsh realisation that plastic trash was overwhelming the

ocean clean-up.

ocean environment. Plastics are an insidious form of toxic ocean

People are beginning to realise the magnitude of this

pollution; plastic pollution has been documented in the deepest

urgent issue and are seeking solutions. I am sure many of you

parts of the ocean (for example, near the Mariana Trench), and in

are aware of the devices being designed for ocean clean-up. I

the most remote ocean ecosystems (for example, Antarctica). As a

herald all efforts for viable solutions, however, I deeply believe

seafaring person, I feel an obligation which many colleagues in the

that we already have the right equipment and expertise within

industry share – to enact solutions to this pervading menace now.

the professional maritime industry to accomplish efficient ocean clean-up now with well proven equipment.

In 2009, Ocean Voyages Institute launched our first research expedition to the Pacific Gyre. Utilising the brigantine

My first voyage to the North Pacific Gyre was in the

Kaisei and a team of sailors, film makers and marine scientists,

mid 70’s. My friend Peter Sutter, a renowned West Coast sail

we conducted research and took samples during this 30-day

maker, proposed to sail from San Francisco out to the Pacific

expedition. In addition, we funded eight days of research in the

High Pressure Area (around 1000 miles off-shore). Amidst calm

Gyre on board the Scripps student ship New Horizon. Ocean

seas and sunshine, we enjoyed days of relaxing, reading, and

Voyages Institute became known around the world for our work

swimming in a magnificent blue wilderness. There were a few

on the plastic pollution issue by the information gathered on

glass fishing balls floating in an otherwise pristine deep blue

each of these ships. In the days after this expedition local and

ocean. This amazing clean, clear, vibrant ocean – full of life and

global press covered our story. BBC interviewed me on three

beauty – is one of the many experiences that have fuelled my

different radio shows in one day. Everyone around the world

abiding love of the ocean and my desire to share the oceanic

wanted to know about the gyre!

world. In 1979, I founded my yacht chartering business, Ocean

The North Pacific Gyre is technically known as the North

Voyages, and at the same time, Ocean Voyages Institute, a non-

Pacific Subtropical Convergence Zone. It is a vortex formed by

profit organisation dedicated to preservation of the maritime

four major ocean currents where scattered fields of trash have

arts and sciences and the ocean environment.

spread out over thousands of square miles of ocean. You might

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have heard it called ‘The Great Pacific Garbage Patch,’ but it

We followed up our 2009 expedition with voyages in

isn’t a patch. It is a vast archipelago of plastic waste that varies

2010, 2011, and 2012. Since then we have continued supporting

seasonally in both size and position. It is very disturbing to be

clean-up projects and scientific research around the world. Our

sailing through what was once a pristine ocean wilderness and

work has concluded that urgent action is needed at all levels:

is now filled with our all too familiar garbage; laundry detergent

curtailing the manufacture of throwaway plastics, preventing

containers, bleach bottles, beer and soft drink crates, buckets,

plastic trash from entering the oceans, and enlisting the public,

packing straps, children’s toys, chairs, etc., etc...

corporations, and the maritime industry in education, prevention, and massive clean-up efforts. In the Fall of 2010, we convened our Ocean Voyages Institute Marine Debris Collection Think Tank, comprised of naval architects, marine engineers, oceanographers, fishermen, and maritime industry professionals. The Think Tank meetings focused on the best ways to adapt existing maritime equipment for effective ocean clean-up, and concluded that we are ready to begin significant operations. Recently, Ron Holland, one of our Think Tank members, wrote a wonderful book on some of his life stories called ‘All The Oceans’. He is the one of world’s leading yacht designers and creator of a new generation of 100 ft plus performance superyachts, such as Mirabella V and Ethereal. Ron creates fast,

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luxurious, and stunning yachts with ultra-modern technologies,

expertise with their specific clean-up needs and to expanding

and just the right touch of tradition. Ron is donating profits

our efforts globally.

from his book to our ocean clean-up efforts. We appreciate

In response to the current crisis of ocean health,

his generosity and assistance. We also truly appreciate the

action needs to be amplified now to pursue all levels of solutions

experience, expertise and commitment of our entire Think Tank.

including all types of cleanup, plastic re-cycling, and innovations

As most of you probably already know, ‘ghost nets’

in packaging. We need to raise awareness regarding the global

refer to derelict fishing gear that is abandoned or lost in the

issue of ocean trash and the will to effect multiple solutions now!

oceans. These nets roll over in waves, collect other nets, other

We welcome your support and collaboration in all forms.

plastics, fish, porpoise, sea turtles, etc... One sees many estimates

Please share the story of what we are doing widely. If you know

of the amounts of plastics entering our oceans, however I

of people who may wish to volunteer for clean-up expeditions,

believe a reliable figure for just the nets is that 600,000 tons of

who are expert drone operators, or people who can help

this gear ends up in our ocean every year. This has been going on

launch additional projects in other areas, please be in touch.

for decades!

Please consider making a tax-deductible gift. Every donation

According to the United Nations, 380,000 marine

makes a difference.

mammals are killed by this gear every year either by ingesting

I truly believe that the passion and experience of those

or being caught in it. Such rogue nets are typically made of

of us who have had the pleasure of years at sea inspires us

synthetic materials like nylon and polypropylene that last for

to be active participants in preserving a vibrant and healthy

many decades. Some ghost nets can grow to weigh from two to

ocean for future generations. Now is the time to act! Please

ten tons or more. These killing nets cause destruction to not only

join us! We are moving forward with ocean clean-up. This

ocean life but also damage reefs, yachts, and ships. The United

is a significant undertaking of multiple years and we need

Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) reports that plastic

and welcome all the help we can get from fellow yachting

pollution in our ocean is one of the worst environmental issues

professionals and ocean lovers.

of our time.

‘Awareness and action, this is what is needed. We live in a

The ocean provides more than two-thirds of the Earth’s

time where nearly every problem has a solution. The question is

oxygen, it stabilises the climate, and billions of people depend on

are we ready to make it a priority to protect 72% of the planet?

it for food and their livelihoods. Our ocean is so beautiful, and

Because that is the size of our blue heart of the global ocean.

is a great place to explore and enjoy. Plastic debris is negatively

Ocean Voyages Institute and our collaborators around the world

impacting our critical lifeline and a healthy future for our planet. After Ocean Voyages Institute’s various research

believe now is the time for action.’ Mary T. Crowley, Executive Director, Ocean Voyages Institute.

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expeditions and clean-up efforts, we started our current project in 2018, utilising vessels of opportunity to tag large floating debris such as ghost nets and other marine debris with satellite tagging buoys. We are also collaborating with our colleagues Dr. Nikolai Maximenko and Dr. Jan Hafner from the University of Hawaii International Pacific Research Centre, in a first of its kind project to monitor the movement of debris throughout the Pacific Basin. Collecting data on the distribution of ocean garbage is an important step in finding and removing it. During May/June of 2019 we are sending two vessels with cargo holds and cranes to pick up the tagged ghost nets. During these operations we will use drones from each ship to search for additional nets and debris in the immediate area to also be collected. We will be removing hundreds of tons of toxic plastic from the ocean using tried-and-true equipment. Money is crucial to this effort. We intend to continue utilising satellite tracking to find nets and debris to remove from the ocean on expeditions each year. I believe this method offers

Contact:

a model that can be replicated worldwide. We look forward to

E-mail: mary@oceanvoyagesinstitute.org

working with island and coastal nations to offer assistance and

E-mail: cleanup@oceanvoyagesinstitute.org

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CREW MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT PYA AND ISS WORK TOGETHER BY KEN HICKLING

ECENT EVENTS ON VESSELS WITHIN OUR SUPERYACHT

BUILDING SKILLS

fleet have thrown a spotlight on the pressing need to

With the support of organisations like the Cayman Islands

provide support for seafarers working on large yachts.

Shipping Register and the MCA, captains are to be provided

Captains and their senior crew along with vessel owners have

with formal and informal briefings to set out good practice in

a duty of care for the whole crew compliment and often find

engaging with their crew on the topic of mental health. There

themselves dealing with situations for which their training

is an increasing understanding in the wider world that mental

or experience has not fully prepared them. Taking a proactive

health is like physical health and benefits from being talked

approach is always advisable, but without knowing how best to

about openly with the view that prevention and resilience can be

do this the results can be patchy at best or in some cases action

developed before people become severely unwell. Bringing that

is simply deferred. The good news is that captains and crew are not on their

understanding to crew and their department heads can happen easily enough if it is actively put on the agenda at crew meetings

own in this important area. Resources to support seafarers are

and if captains are given appropriate briefings to facilitate them

in place but often their details are not widely known. To bring a

doing this successfully.

focus to this the ISS and PYA, as part of their strategic alliance

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have put together a programme in this area. The approach is

FINDING HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT

simple and comprises three main elements:

There can often be a culture on board that each crew member

Briefings for Captains and Senior Crew on proactively

has to be ‘tough’ and sort themselves out. But if you broke a bone

managing crew mental health topics

or suffered an infection most sensible people would seek some

Raising the awareness of available support

medical aid. So, when you feel stressed, depressed or have suffered

Providing a post trauma toolkit for Captains

some traumatic event the same should apply. Fortunately, the ISS

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and PYA have identified a worldwide service for seafarers that

This programme of support and communication is now

does just that. It is provided by ISWAN (International Seafarersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

moving out of the development phase and on to implementation.

Welfare and Assistance Network) and can be found online at

Readers who are interested to learn more should contact

www.seafarerswelfare.org. We all know that the demands on

the ISS or PYA in the usual way and if you are a member of

superyacht crew are quite different to working on an LNG carrier

either organisation and want to get involved your first contact

or cruise liner and so having identified this organisation, the

can be to:

next step is to develop counsellor briefing materials so that the people at ISWAN can support superyacht crew more effectively and have an insight into the challenges they face. Once this is complete an awareness campaign supported by the Superyacht

info@superyachtsociety.org or info@pya.org

Charities Foundation (SYC) will kick into high gear to maximise crew awareness of where they can get help. WHEN THINGS GET BAD With all the prevention that can reasonably be applied the reality is a traumatic event can still happen. Total reliance on the resilience you have developed in your crew in advance will miss the need to provide extra support. This is particularly true if a crew member is badly hurt or even dies. The effect on the rest of the crew should not be underestimated and appropriate action should be taken to support them through what will be a difficult time. If the vessel is in operation and active at the time, there may not be the option to give crew members time off, and so a captainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s post trauma toolkit is also in development that will provide tried and tested methodology that will take the guesswork out of working out how to move forward in such difficult circumstances.

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YACHT NEWBUILDS

PHOTOGRAPH: TOM VAN OOSSANEN

MY BRAVO EUGENIA DIMENSIONS EXTERIOR DESIGN INTERIOR DESIGN DELIVERY BUILDER

LENGTH OVERALL – 109 M / BEAM – 16.3 M NUVOLARI LENARD REYMOND LANGTON 2018 OCEANCO

www.oceanyacht.com

PHOTOGRAPH: NILS VAN HOUTS

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LENGTH OVERALL – 58 M / BEAM – 11.3 M VITRUVIUS YACHTS LTD. LIAIGRE 2019 FEADSHIP

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YACHT NEWBUILDS

PHOTOGRAPH: GIOVANNI MALGARINI

MY SEVEN DIMENSIONS EXTERIOR DESIGN INTERIOR DESIGN DELIVERY BUILDER

LENGTH OVERALL – 49.8 M /BEAM – 9.26 M BENETTI BANNENBERG & ROWELL 2018 BENETTI

www.benettiyachts.it

LENGTH OVERALL – 69.3 M / BEAM – 11.7 M BENETTI, GIORGIO CASSETTA BENETTI 2018 BENETTI

www.benettiyachts.it

PHOTOGRAPH: JIM RAYCROFT

MY SPECTRE DIMENSIONS EXTERIOR DESIGN INTERIOR DESIGN DELIVERY BUILDER

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THE RORC CARIBBEAN 600 RACE

TIME IS MONEY LEARN NOT TO WASTE

BY STEVE MONK

£€$ ASTE.’ AS A VERB, DEFINED IN THE OXFORD

by someone who eventually realises it’s wasting space which is

English dictionary as ‘Use or expend carelessly,

already limited due to poor design on board.

extravagantly, or to no purpose.’ Interesting isn’t it?

Excessively large mullions on the bridge waste the

The big ‘thing’ at the moment, initially driven by the power of

capability of the Officer of the Watch to look out of the window

social media, is the amount of plastic waste which is polluting

in an effective and efficient way to see where they’re going in

our oceans and what should be done by those of us within the

order not to crash into things which ironically brings us back to

maritime environment to help reduce this and clean our seas;

the points above.

and rightly so for many reasons including the likelihood of what

Shipyards run late on delivery meaning crew lose the time

goes around comes around and eventually mother nature will

necessary to be able to get used to the yacht, its equipment, the

fight back and win. But concurrently, ‘waste’ covers many other aspects which it would do no harm in us all looking at to find ways to improve

become more efficient and able to support the guests in a calm

the day-to-day operation of Superyachts. Let’s start with the

and controlled manner. Unnecessary stress leads to the waste of

negatives with a view to ending on a high.

a career as eventually the individual determines there’s more to

All too often money is ‘wasted’ on having to conduct

life than constant long hours of work, months away from home

repairs to vessels due to collisions, groundings and fires as a

and potentially a lack of support from the powers ashore who

result of not following procedures or appropriate training. Time

could and should be making a difference.

is ‘wasted’, having to do those repairs and sit in shipyards where

And so it goes on….

the owner or charter guests can’t get on board and enjoy the

However, if we’re going to clean up the oceans and reduce

asset for the purpose to which it was built. If the incident was

the amount of plastic and other waste which is being dumped in

sufficiently bad to reach the public domain, there’s the potential

it, perhaps we should widen the net and consider where we can

that regulatory bodies will ‘waste’ effort drafting additional rules

all play a part in making this a far more effective improvement to

and guidance, or worse, generate more courses which crew will

our seas, employment and life. Let’s spin the negatives.

then have to ‘waste’ time attending. Had the original rules and

Unnecessary expense. Ok, so this industry isn’t exactly

guidance been followed in the first place it’s likely this additional

known for being frugal. Some owners are more careful with their

red tape wouldn’t be necessary. Then there’s equipment. Many items are purchased which

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operation of the vessel and the safe means by which to operate it. This means crew waste sleep, hours of rest and the opportunity to

money than others hence why they probably have more of it in the first place, but so much more can be done to stop spending

will never be used or which no-one on board has even learnt

money unnecessarily. Vessels need routine maintenance in the

to use so it sits in a cupboard wasting away only to be ditched

same way that crew need routine training. Equipment does wear

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LEARN NOT TO WASTE

out and thus it is necessary to purchase new items as a failure to

to self-assess by reflecting on their performance in where they

do so will likely lead to greater problems in the long run when the

believe they could do better or where as a crew, procedures could

equipment fails, potentially catastrophically. Crew are the same,

be improved. Crew need to remember there is no such thing as a

train them well (and properly) and they’ll potentially remain on

mistake, they are only learning needs that can be addressed and

board for longer providing continuity and thus a more pleasurable

put right and that it’s better to do this through training and drills

experience for returning guests who like to see familiar faces.

rather than when required in a live situation.

Some believe it’s a waste to spend money on training crew and

To achieve this, a training needs analysis should be

that they should pay for themselves to further their career and in

implemented to identify where gaps in knowledge and skills exist.

the right context, that’s understandable. However, to help achieve

Have crew organise an exercise / drill and determine beforehand

continuity and harmony, consider rewarding crew who remain

what will be specifically looked at by an assessor (a competent

with the yacht by refunding their course fees or providing decent

member of crew), i.e. dressing procedures for the Breathing

time off. This promotes a culture of care in the work place, respect

Apparatus team. Do they dress as they were taught at the shore

for the crew and a likely more professional return of service to the

establishment on course or in accordance with the manufacturers

guests subsequently reducing waste on having to find new crew

guidelines? Disappointingly there is more often than not a

and start the induction process all over again. But on the matter

difference as many training centres waste time and education

of training, there’s more to it than just sending crew ashore for

teaching the wrong thing. Similarly, are the Strategic, Tactical

courses or the development and refining of procedures on board.

and Operational process understood and actioned? While again

I’ve touched on the requirement for crew to attend various

covered in shore training, putting it into effect on board often

training courses due to the necessity as they progress through

demonstrates a misunderstanding of the roles of each member

their career to enhance their knowledge and understanding of

of crew and thus Captains get too involved in the hands-on work

the numerous regulations – STCW, IMO, ISM, MNTB, Flag States

which should be conducted further down the line. This wastes the

– everyone’s got something to contribute that the individuals

skills and capabilities of everyone and doesn’t necessarily present

on board are expected to know. Thankfully in many ways we

the most effective team to fight an incident and preserve safety

have learnt and there is some improvement whereby STCW-

on board.

78 focused almost entirely on knowledge while -95 shifted to

It is not necessary to waste money on unnecessary

practical skills underpinned by theoretical knowledge and -10

equipment in just the same way as it is not necessary to waste

amendments continue to emphasise competence rather than sea

time conducting incorrect training or the poor refinement of

service or period of training. ‘Waste’ is diminishing as education

procedures. Command teams should not be expected to know

is enhanced by practise. But what is ‘education’? The acquisition

the latest rules and regulations to every single requirement on

of theoretical knowledge normally conducted at a maritime

board and therefore to enhance these skills, time and money

education establishment resulting in the student gaining the

should be better spent in finding the means by which to focus a

certificates to work on a vessel. To enhance this requires training,

crew, buy only the right and necessary equipment and plan the

which is competence based and involves the knowledge and

training programme on board to achieve a more successful level

practical attributes being imparted to the student. Too much time

of safety.

and effort are still wasted through poor or incorrect training be it

This will reduce wastage or unnecessary expense on

ashore or on board. A misunderstanding of the planned objectives

equipment, crew, maintenance, repairs, and unexpected time

by training providers or the attending individuals can result in a

alongside. It will also give a more positive experience to everyone

waste of education and time or worse- the expansion of incorrect

involved in satisfying the requests of the owners and guests in

procedures on board when trying to put these in place. The most

the more pleasurable reasons for which the yacht was purchased

evident proof of this being the mixed messages and practises

in the first place. Ultimately allowing everyone to sit on deck and

often used on board a yacht as a result of crew having obtained

watch the clean, plastic free ocean go by, safely.

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their knowledge from training centres in different countries. Training should be the development of a standardised procedure which is relevant to that vessel and to which all rel

Steve Monk is the Managing Director of the navigation support and

nt crew are educated.

crew training company Da Gama Maritime. A Chartered Master

The misunderstanding of drills or exercises again wastes a lot of time as these should be used as a means of assessment

Mariner with over 30 years experience in the industry, he sits on a number of bodies and groups in the promotion of safety at sea.

to demonstrate the competence of the crew in their role. To get the absolute best out of this, personnel should be encouraged

Contact: Steve Monk – steve@dgmaritime.com

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SUPERYACHT GYMS

SUN, SEA & GOOD HEALTH BY JOSH RICHARDSON main utilising available space on deck to cater for sports lovers. Notable examples include the Feadships MY Joy and MY Anna which Superyacht Tenders and Toys (SYTT) have been involved in, amongst a handful of others. Some owners have taken their love of sports to a new extreme such as Joe Lewis’ on MY Aviva with a full-size indoor Padel tennis court. With yachts being such an expensive asset per square metre it is no surprise that owners want to maximise the space onboard by making many areas multipurpose to cater for all guest’s desires. Large foredecks or helidecks can create vast spaces for exercising and this utilises these areas that are often left unused for the majority of the time. Exercising outside is often seen as a much more enjoyable and dynamic experience than the traditional indoor gym, and the space available also allows for team sports. Many yachts comment on these outdoor areas as being a real benefit to crew welfare and team morale. SYTT recently commissioned and managed the build and delivery of a custom carbon games deck for MY Anna, currently the largest yacht built in the Netherlands. The focus here was to create a large space on the bow of the yacht which could cater for 5-a-side football, basketball and any other sports. Removable and adjustable telescopic poles with a net that reaches up to 3 m high keeps all balls on deck. Critical aspects of the design were to create something which was easy to work with, stow and of course be safe and T HAS BEEN 20 YEARS SINCE LARRY ELLISON REFITTED

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fun to use. Not easy when considering the

Enigma with a basketball and sport court, causing them to

size of the ‘pitch’! Features such as LED solar powered floodlights

become one of the superyacht ‘must-haves’. Whilst many

and removable interlinking astro turf squares were also provided.

yachts have not got space some notable large new builds have

All of the poles and Dyneema netting are rated to an equivalent

built derivatives of these into the design from the outset, in the

impact of three adults hitting it in a tackle situation and it being

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SUPERYACHT GYMS

strong enough to support their weight. All poles were made to fit into removable deck sockets that were already in situ and used by the railings around the bow. FITNESS AND WELLBEING MULTI-ACTIVITY SPACES In the fitness market, and seen in premium health clubs and specialist fitness boutique studios, there is a change from traditional indoor personal training sessions using fixed gear and cardio towards more dynamic multi-activity fitness and wellbeing solutions. Yachts often break boundaries in terms of luxury and design, but often fall short in fitness and guests onboard are offered quite a stale fitness environment due to many new build supply companies not specialising and having knowledge in this area. Many superyacht gyms are beautiful, and are planned by the yacht’s designer, but the equipment used is often quite dated in its concept. SYTT believe it is time to break away from stand-alone equipment and introduce owners and guests to entertaining, effective and multi-sensory fitness. Welcome to the age of innovation and motivational experiences! MAXIMISING SPACE FOR VERSATILE ACTIVITY The use of folding training walls, specialist flooring, interactive floors and walls, and the use of music to link to fitness and workouts really helps to improve and motivate the experience for clients. Let’s face it, we all require more motivation at times! Bringing into yacht gyms online racing and training against other competitors, with all key stats such as power output, heartrate and speed can be really motivational and fun. This also enables clients to review their performance and upload it to their own personal training programs such as Strava, Training Peaks etc. This is possible over a wide range of sports such as cycling, rowing, running, circuits, strength and conditioning. Virtual or live instructor options can be provided here and there is not always a need to have a personal trainer onboard. A lot of online training programs can bring in some very high-end professional tuition and training goals to help tailor programs to individual’s needs.

Superyacht Tenders and Toys are creating some amazing

Traditional strength training even gets a makeover. Premium,

gyms on board yachts as well as outdoor games decks – watch

Olympic standard bars, plates, dumbbells, racks and benches are

this space! Notable gyms provided recently to the magnificent

uniquely positioned and secured to allow for strength training

MY Ulysses, MY Elandess and MY GO to name but a few. Working

and space efficiency for even more athletic solutions such as

with shipyards during the build of yachts is key to ensure all

boxing, suspension training etc.

electrical fittings and foundations go in the right place. We are

Creating indoor spaces which can convert to open spaces

able to design and consult to create the perfect space, utilising

are important too, with equipment stowing away neatly and

our knowledge and passion in these workout areas. Having said

leaving spaces for activities like yoga, suspension training,

that retrofitting is always an option to consider too. All gym

circuits, boxing and cross training. Training walls, offering a huge

equipment is provided with a worldwide warranty and comes

amount of different exercises are the new must have equipment

with training and installation.

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on yachts. Areas that tick the right box for every guest, not forgetting beautiful zen, yoga and meditation spaces that are

Contact:

critical to achieve.

www.superyachttendersandtoys.com

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AMICO & CO SRL

AMICO & CO SRL Via dei Pescatori, 16128 Genova, Italy Contact: Mr. Daniele Di Giampaolo Co-director Technical & Sales Tel: +39 0102470067 Email: technical.sales@amicoshipyard.com Web: www.amicoshipyard.com SUITABLE FOR VESSELS OF: 18 M â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 170 M IN HOUSE FACILITIES: 12 paint-refit sheds, 24 berths max 140 m LOA, in-house departments: Engineering, shaft alignment, engine and generator servicing and reconditioning, shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s technical systems. Paint work, from primer application to topcoat refinishing. Wood carpentry, teak decking and yacht interior refurbishment. Electrical workshop. Official services: MTU, Caterpillar, Northern Lights and Idromar. MAIN LOCAL CONTRACTORS: All trades Drydock: Max length of vessel 170 m Travel lift: 320 and 835 t Cranes: 18 t and 45 t Hard standing area: 45,000 m2 Docking area: 20,000 m2 Alongside berthing: Max 140 m Stern to berthing: Max 110 m Covered sheds: 12 x sheds up to 102 m LOA, brand new dry-dock shed 90 m LOA and 102 m covered graving dock inside the yard Tenting available: Yes Dayworkers allowed: Restricted Project office available: Yes

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MICO & CO IS ONE OF THE VERY FEW MAJOR SUPERYACHT REFIT AND REPAIR centres worldwide and has developed facilities at its Genoa yard to meet the precise requirements of superyacht refit and repair. Amico & Co can cater for all work, whether the project is just to refresh the paintwork or a major conversion that may take a year or more. The yard can handle any type or size of yacht including the latest generation of large sailboats. It also specialises in working on classic and antique yachts where dedicated care is required. Since 1991 the continual growth of the Amico & Co shipyard has given testament to its leadership in the refit & repair industry and the yard itself has a 45,000 m2 surface which includes 12 refit and repair covered areas and paint sheds specifically designed for projects up to 102 m in length and equipped with forced ventilation systems to maintain necessary temperature/humidity/emission conditions. The company offers mw painting shed in the fore-section opened in late 2015; in 2017 a keel pit for sailing and racing yachts with mobile keels was completed. The company is particularly renowned for its painting skills, whilst for engineering Amico & Co is an official contractor for leading companies such as MTU, Caterpillar, Northern Lights and Idromar. The company headquarters boasts a crew area equipped with satellite tv and Wi-Fi with 24/7 access by using the company provided crew badge. A dedicated multilingual concierge service caters for all accommodation, transport and any other client and crew requests. The yard is just minutes from central Genoa, a lively metropolis perfectly located for crews during their refit periods, with an international airport and great connections to all the major Italian cities and nearby ski resorts. The large number of clients who bring their yachts back to the shipyard for repeat work is testimony to the dedicated service and skill that Amico & Co ultiple dry-dock solutions: in 2014, Amico & Co inaugurated a new 102 m sheltered graving dry-dock with a 31 m airdraft inside the yard area, equipped with state-of-the art and environmentally friendly technical systems for paint overspray recovering and treatment, heating & lighting. The company also exclusively manages Dry-dock #2 in Genoa Port, a 200 m dry-dock suitable for two yachts of up to 90 m LOA, with a 90 m necan bring to repair and refit work. Amico & Co is a world leader in this field and has the in-house skills and management to make each job a satisfying experience for owners, captains, managers and crews as well as the shipyard. Project organisation and management procedures are fully integrated thanks to a management system which has been perfected over 28 years. This is an indispensable tool for both the Amico & Co team and for the Client, who is kept constantly informed and who can monitor the state of progress of his project. Amico & Co has a long experience of working to meet all Flag State and Class regulations and interacts with important associations such as Confindustria and ICOMIA and was the first shipyard in Italy to attain the environmental management standard certificate ISO 1400.

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ASTILLEROS DE MALLORCA

STILLEROS DE MALLORCA IS A REFIT AND REPAIR SHIPYARD FOR LUXURY sailing and motor yachts. It was first established in 1942 and pioneered the construction of a great variety of vessels. In the early 90s Mallorca started to become the focal point for Superyachts that run both the Caribbean and Mediterranean seasons. Astilleros de Mallorca adapted to the requirements of this up and coming market and is considered today to be Mallorca’s Premier Shipyard. This recognition has been backed up by important awards such as the Boat International’s ‘Best Superyacht Refit’. The yard’s workforce is proud to conserve the rich heritage of the old artisan’s tradition while constantly keeping an eye on the future. Astilleros de Mallorca has recently invested heavily with the purchase of state of the art equipment, the latest in technology and new machinery. Also the redefined workshops have contributed to upgrade the facilities. The shipyard offers a full range of in-house services that include metal work, mechanical, piping, hydraulics, stainless steel, electrical, electronics, carpentry, composite and painting. Despite having all their own departments and specialities, a yacht’s favourite supplier is welcome to join the project within the facilities. They will be supported by the experienced management team that will provide assessment in all the yacht’s requirements and needs. Astilleros has embraced the opportunities that the STP facilities have offered and expanded their business premises into this new working area; increasing their haul-out and working capacities. The professional Astilleros STP Team is based in offices 17 & 18 in the ‘RS Global Building’ and the unique, fully functioning mechanical and metal workshops are available for any specific job or complete refit. With more than 30 years of experience completing refits and repairs on approximately 200 yachts every year, the shipyard is honoured with a long list of loyal clients.

ASTILLEROS DE MALLORCA Contramuelle Mollet, 11 E-07012 Palma de Mallorca Baleares, Spain Contact: Diego Colon / Stefan Enders Tel: +34 971 710645 Email: info@astillerosdemallorca.com Web: www.astillerosdemallorca.com SUITABLE FOR VESSELS OF:

25 -119 M

IN HOUSE FACILITIES: Hull & structural work in: steel, aluminium, wood and composite plastics. Engineering: pipe-work, tanks, electrical and wiring, machinery overhaul and repair, shafts and propellers. Fitting-out work: joinery, furnishings, interior finishing, electronics, television, sat-com, sourcing/supply of fittings. Exterior work: hull cleaning and painting, deck refinishing, woodwork, sanding and varnishing. Exterior painting: afloat under cover, ashore under cover. MAIN LOCAL CONTRACTORS: All trades Slipways: 4 x Max length 74m, Beam 13.5 m Weight 1700 tons, Draught 5.5 m Cranes: 3 x Max weight of lift 20 t Alongside berthing: Max length 119 m Max draught 7 m Stern to berthing: 4 available. Max 100 m Tenting available: Yes Dayworkers allowed: Controlled Project office available: Yes

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LUSBEN

VIAREGGIO

LIVORNO HE LUSBEN REFIT & REPAIR FACILITIES AND ORGANISATION ARE BASED BOTH

LUSBEN – REFIT AND REPAIR Viareggio: Via Coppino, 441 – ITALY Livorno: Piazza Mazzini, 92 – ITALY Contact: Paolo Simoncini - Marco Nuovo Tel. +39 0584 3801486 (Viareggio) Tel: +39 0586 415621 (Livorno) Email: service@lusben.com

in Viareggio and Livorno and offer a wide range of services to cover all the assistance, maintenance and repair needs of superyachts and megayachts from 20 m to 120 m in length. The services that make Lusben your ideal partner include:

SUITABLE FOR VESSELS OF: 20 M – 130 M IN HOUSE FACILITIES: Project management, engineering, mechanical, joinery, stainless steel. MAIN LOCAL CONTRACTORS : All trades REFIT & REPAIR – VIAREGGIO Travel lift: 600 t Crane: 30 t Trolley: 250 t Trolley: 80 t Seafront area: 30,000 m2 Paint shed: up to 60 m Environmentally controlled and dust free Crew Accommodation: Yes Helideck Yes REFIT & REPAIR – LIVORNO Travel lift: 300 t Cranes: 30 t Trolley: 1050 t Floating dock: (110 m) 18,000 t Drydock: 130 m Ship lift: 2500 t Seafront area: 120000 m2 Paint shed: up to 60 m Environmentally controlled and dust free Crew Accommodation: Yes Helideck Yes

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Refit and repair

Berthing

Documentation management and technical supervision

Across-the-board assistance

In order to provide a comprehensive assistance service covering all owners’ needs, Lusben not only performs ordinary maintenance work, but also deals with administrative formalities, the most common being class renewals and upgrades in compliance with register rules, and assistance to other Shipyards that need our Services. Lusben performs significant mechanical, structural and interior refits, as well as providing the necessary support to upgrade systems, subdivision and insulation to meet the strict safety regulations in force for charter class vessels. All refit and repair services are performed with the support of marine engineers and specialised technicians. REFIT AND REPAIR SERVICES Refit and repair work is performed with the help of the best craftsmen in Viareggio and Livorno, the internationally recognised centres of yacht building excellence. The work is carried out by specialised workers for each individual area, with constant cost control. BERTHING Viareggio can offer over 15,000 m2 of water surface and moorings for about 40 yachts ranging in length from 20 m to 65 m. Livorno can offer moorings for 20 yachts ranging in length from 20 m to 65 m. Quality, financial transparency, good planning, superb craftsmanship, internal project management, full warranty on the jobs carried out and spirited co-operation with owners, owners representatives or yacht management and Shipyards. This is what has made the Lusben refit yard today one of the most successful and respected refit yards in the world.

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MONACO MARINE © GUILLAUME PLISSON FOR MONACO MARINE

ONACO MARINE IS A NETWORK OF REFIT AND MAINTENANCE SHIPYARDS on the French Riviera for super and megayachts up to 160m+ . Their expertise, knowhow and ability to manage huge refit projects allow them to reach the highest quality

MONACO MARINE 14 Quai Antoine1er 98000 MONACO - France

year. Thanks to eight yacht facilities located from Monaco to Marseille and a mobile shipyard

Contact: T + (377) 97 97 02 20 Email: commercial@monacomarine.com Web: www.monacomarine.com

programme, Monaco Marine commits its expertise and contractors to superyacht refit and

SUITABLE FOR VESSELS:

standards available on the market. Over 3,000 yachts undergo refit, repair or wintering at Monaco Marine shipyards every

maintenance projects in the world. With the mobile shipyard programme, their clients can now alternate technical pit stops and huge refits to maintain the highest quality. After 25 years’ experience, Monaco Marine provides the best support for owners, captains and crew throughout the year and has gained a loyalty rate of 80 per cent from its customers. Working with passion, providing state-of-the-art facilities, innovating for tomorrow and always keeping customers’ satisfaction in mind, that’s their everyday life.

8 m – 160 m+

LOCATIONS : Monaco, Beaulieu-sur-mer, Saint Laurent du var, Antibes, Golfe de saint Tropez, La Seyne-Toulon, La Ciotat, Marseille IN HOUSE FACILITIES: No. of yards: 8 Total facility area (sqm): 132,500 No. of covered sheds: 3 No. of floating docks: 2 (unlimited docks for any size of yacht) Lifting and launching methods – travelift/floating docks up to 2,000t Painting facility 6 Various mobile & fixed cranes Crew facilities Security

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AGENTS

AGENTS

ALL SERVICES S.R.L Via Del Castillo, 17, Portosole, San Remo 18038, Italy T: +39 0184 533533 F: +39 0184 531035 E: as@as1980.com www.as1980.com Contact: Dr. Alessandro Sartore – Broker/Ship Agent

ALPHA YACHT SERVICES Marina Zea 64 akti moutsopoulou 18546 Piraeus Greece Mykonos island: 3 pigadia 84600 Greece T: +30 210 898 3590 F: +30 210 898 3115 E: info@alpha-group.gr www.alpha-group.gr Contact: Nikos Politis – CEO

All Services, a highly reputable ship agent based in Sanremo, Italy with offices in Imperia and Naples, has been assisting Yachts throughout the Mediterranean since 1980. Whatever your needs in all ports along the Cote D’Azur, the entire Italian coast and beyond, All Services are there for you.

Alpha marine group offers first class Agency Services to yachts throughout Mainland Greece and the islands in all key ports and locations.Working mainly from Athens with a strong team of multilingual and highly professionals Who are on hand to provide comprehensive assistance to vessel and crew members from berthing and clearances to travel and beyond. Our aim is to reach and exceed all clients requirements ensuring efficient operation of the yacht. Contact Alpha Marine Group branches in Voula Floisvos and Mykonos island.

AGENTS

AGENTS

MID ATLANTIC YACHT SERVICES Rua Cons. M. da Silveira, 3, Horta, Faial, Azores PT9900-144, Portugal T: +351 292 391616 E: mays@mail.telepac.pt Contact: Duncan Sweet – Managing Director www.midatlanticyachtservices.com

S & D YACHTS LTD. Seabreeze. Guiseppe Cali Street, Ta’Xbiex MSD 14, Malta T: +356 21331515 F: +356 21332259 E: info@sdyachts.com www.sdyachts.com Contact: Peter Fiorini Lowell – Director

The one address for all crew/vessel needs in the middle of the North Atlantic, specializing in full services for Trans-Atlantic yachts crossing to Europe. Founded in 1993 Mid Atlantic can address all needs of Yacht Captains, vessel and Crew and provides customized shore support in all areas, be it a mid passage stop-over or as critical shore based support when cruising the Azores with owners and guests. Specializing in yacht agency, bunkered fuel, VAT payment/importation & chandlery. Advance notice of arrival always encouraged and appreciated.

S&D Yachts were established in mid 1976 to cater for all the visiting yachtsmen to Malta. We offer berthing arrangement, Customs & Police Immigration clearance in/outwards, Duty-free fuel & Provisions, in-water repairs as well as yard repairs. We are now also operating from Tunisia.

Celebrating 26 years of amazing service to the industry!

CARPETS

DECKING

TAI PING CARPETS EUROPE S.A Chelsea Harbour, 406-407 Design Centre East, London, SW10 0XF M. +33 (0)6 09 76 83 75 M. +44 (0) 7800 848 973 E: xavierbonnamy@taipingcarpets.com www.houseoftaiping.com Contact: Xavier Bonnamy – Yacht Division Global Manager Steinhöft 11 20459 Hamburg T. +49 40 8081 949-0 F. +49 40 8081 949-39 E: timoholthoff@taipingcarpets.com www.houseoftaiping.com Contact: Timo Holthoff - Managing Director Yacht & Aviation EMEA

TEAKDECKING SYSTEMS 7061 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida 34243 USA T: +1 941 756 0600 F: +1 941 756 0406 E: yacht.services@teakdecking.com www.teakdecking.com Contact: Alan Brosilow – Vice President USA ZETA MARINE GROUP (Teakdecking Systems European Representative) 7061 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida 34243 USA T: +1 941 756 0600 F: +1 941 756 0406 E: info@zetamarinegroup.com www.zetamarinegroup.com Contact: Hans Fokdal – General Director

Tai Ping is the world’s leading manufacturer of luxury custom carpets and has developed a special Yacht Division. Yachts recently delivered: SY A, SY Black Pearl, MY Crescent, MY Anne, MY Dilbar, MY DAR, MY Faith, MY Aquarius, MY Aquila, MY Plvs Vltra, MY Ocean Victory, MY Amadea, MY Quantum Blue, MY Symphony, MY Alfa Nero, MY Vava II, MY Ace, MY Musashi, MY Hampshire II, MY Madame GU, MY Chopi Chopi, MY Stella Maris, MY Sherpa, MY Sea&Us, MY Okto, MY Seasense, MY Universe, MY Vanish, MY Moon Sand, MY Eji, MY Planet 9, MY Ulysses.

Marine Decking – Premier supplier of pre-manufactured modular teak decks (over 50,000 installed) as well as synthetic decks in ESTHEC® and Herculan® composite materials. Deck Repair & Maintenance – High quality award-winning products formulated specifically for deck repair and maintenance including Teakdecking Systems SIS440 Caulking, Epoxy, Adhesives, and ECO Cleaners.

GLASS AND TANK MONITORING

LAWYERS – MARINE SPECIALISTS

TILSE GMBH Sottorfallee 12, 22529 Hamburg, Germany T: +49 (0)40 43 20 80 80 F: +49 (0)40 43 20 80 888 E: tilse@tilse.com www.tilse.com Contact: Henning von der Thüsen – Managing Director

HILL DICKINSON LLP 105 Jermyn Street, St James’s London SW1Y 6EE, UK T: +44 (0)20 7283 9033 E: tony.allen@hilldickinson.com Contact: Tony Allen Palais Saint James, 5 avenue Princesse Alice, 98000 Monaco T: +377 9770 0460 E: david.reardon@hilldickinson.com Contact: David Reardon www.hilldickinson.com/yachts

Founded in 1974 TILSE Industrie specialises in the design, production and installation of marine glass to power and sail vessels in the Superyacht Industry worldwide. Amongst our many specialities is the production of curved glass that helps to complement the graceful lines of today’s modern yachts. Our well-known brands are FORMGLAS SPEZIAL® plane and bent glass, MICROCLEAR® heated glass made out of FORMGLAS SPEZIAL®, SOLARDIM® compound glass made out of FORMGLAS SPEZIAL® with dimmer function. NEW PRODUCT – fire-proof glazing A0/A60.

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Hill Dickinson’s yacht team is the market leader in the provision of legal services to the superyacht industry. In addition to its yachting and yacht finance capability, the firm’s expertise in all areas of marine law is internationally renowned.


NETWORKING

ANTIGUA YACHT CLUB MARINA Falmouth Harbour, Antigua T: +1 (268) 460 1544 F: +1 (268) 460 1444 E: aycmarina@candw.ag www.aycmarina.com Carlo Falcone - Managing Director

JPMA (JOHN PERCIVAL MARINE ASSOCIATES) Marine House, 86a Market Street, Hoylake, Wirral CH47 3BD, UK T: +44 (0)151 632 4000 F: +44 (0)151 632 4776 E: mate@hss.ac.uk www.sailorsworld.co.uk Contact: Anna Percival-Harris – Managing Director

Situated in Falmouth Harbour the marina is a complete facility ideally located for all services in the English and Falmouth harbour area. We can accommodate boats up to 400’, that draw up to 25’.

Shorebased RYA/MCA training courses to Yachtmaster Ocean, MCA Deck and Engineering modules and STCW courses. Oral preparation for OOW, Master & Engineer Oral Exams, ISM related matters, Specialist supplier of Hydrographic Office and Publishers charts.

PROPELLERS

REFIT & REPAIR

PIENING-PROPELLER Am Altendeich 83, 25348 Glückstadt, Germany T: +49 4124 916812 F: +49 4124 916852 E: pein@piening-propeller.de www. piening-propeller.de Contact: Mathias Pein – CEO & COB

ASTILLEROS DE MALLORCA Contramuelle-Mollet 11, 07012 Palma de Mallorca, Spain T: +34 971 710645 F: +34 971 721368 E: info@astillerosdemallorca.com www.astillerosdemallorca.com

PIENING-PROPELLER supplies complete propulsion systems, from gearboxes to propellers, including struts, for MEGA yachts and HIGHSPEED yachts. The company designs and produces various types of propellers from a diameter of 800mm upwards and shafts with a several length up to 16,000mm. PIENING-PROPELLER is ISO 9001/2008 certified by DNV GL

Our growing list of established clients help to justify our claim to be the Superyacht Repair Centre of the Mediterranean. Astilleros de Mallorca has four slipways to 74 m plus 220 m of outfitting quays and have expanded into the STP refitting area.

ROPES

STABILISERS

ARMARE ROPES Via Meucci, 3 Z.I. Aussa Corno 33058 San Giorgio di Nogaro (UD) Italy T: +39 0431 65575 E: info@armare.it www.armareropes.com

NAIAD DYNAMICS UK LTD Unit 3 Nelson Industrial Park, Manaton Way, Hedge End, Southampton SO30 2JH UK T: +44 (0)23 92 539750 F: +44 (0)23 92 539764 E: ukspares@naiad.com www.naiad.com Contact: Steve Colliss – Sales Manager

Over 200 years in the production of ropes, composite cables, accessories and high-quality running and standing rigging equipment, in particular for Super Yachts. Furthermore, starting form 2016, Official Supplier to Emirates Team New Zealand, winner of the 35th America’s Cup. Armare is a synonym of safety and reliability, quick delivery times and ability to make particular handmade finishings and splicings.

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MARINAS

Naiad Dynamics, recognized world leader in the design & manufacture of Ship Motion Control Systems and equipment for yachts of all sizes. AtRest® and AtSpeed® Roll Stabilizers, Advanced Ride Control Systems, Interceptors, Bow &Stern Thrusters, and Integrated Hydraulic Systems. OEM support for all Vosper, Naiad, KoopNautic and MDI systems

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Palma Superyacht Show

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