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A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR VER THE PAST MONTHS MANY QUITE DISTURBING

ensure that the people working at the front end, with the owners

emails have passed over my desk, and comments have

and guests are fit for purpose and also give value for money.

been made on my SYC networking site. These basically

A Captain has been forwarding emails to me that he has

relate to the quality of crew onboard yachts and some crew

received from ‘new’ Crew Agencies I have never even heard of.

agents supplying crew without making suitable background

‘These guys are just after easy money’, was one of his more polite

checks. Without doubt the majority of professional crew working

observations on the matter. A quick online search revealed around

on yachts are clean when aboard, i.e. during their work period

40 online crew portals in just a few minutes. It is also debatable

they are not under the effects of illegal drugs or they could pass

whether these new online sites can possibly be MLC compliant.

a breathalyser. Working with high powered tenders, cranes,

The point is, considering the money involved when

engines, anchors, ropes, preparing food or navigating a vessel is

supplying crew and the implications of supplying the wrong crew,

best done with a clear mind and steady hands.

is it not about time the crewing industry got its act together and

But Captains often see a crew member with that ‘glazed’

came up with a set of recognisable standards applicable to ALL

look, maybe a massive hangover after a night out at the local crew

agencies wanting to work with yacht crew. These would have to be

bar, but often this can be drug induced. In our industry it is more

applied to each crew put forward to a yacht, if these guidelines are

likely to be cocaine, or maybe the effects from a joint too far or

not met the contract between agency and yacht would be void.

some other substance that was hard to resist, the temptation or peer pressure too great. A standard procedure for a Captain, when he is suspicious

had forged a perfect reference from the Captain who had

is to order a drugs test, selecting some crew and asking Johnny

dismissed him. ALL references have to be checked by phone,

boy along avoids the accusation of being ‘selected’, even the

verbally, by a Captain about to employ somebody if they do not

Captain can put himself in the line. After the test the crew

come from a 100% trustworthy source. Anybody could easily set

members can hand in one of two things, a clean bill of health or

up any number of email addresses under a Captain’s alias, email

a notice to quit, no questions asked. This saves embarrassment for

has its faults. Also a great number of references being forwarded

the yacht, ensures a quiet departure and maybe allows the crew

to Captains are from potential candidates that have never met

member the option to rethink his life and go find another vessel.

the crew agent they are involved with. This needs to stop.

Once he has been kicked off, he has gone, more likely to carry on

There are many long established, well run, crew agencies in

his hedonist pleasures on another vessel at someone else’s

our industry, fantastic companies, supplying the best crew

expense, this really should not be allowed happen.

possible to the yachts that they service. One can only respect

There are no shortage of dealers hanging around where

their professionalism, but unfortunately we now have a plethora

crew gather, lots of money, young, beautiful people letting off

of imitators, unprofessional, money grabbing imitators preying on

steam, crew perfect and often willing targets.

a Captain’s desire to save money for his owner. The good agencies,

But recently having had the prevalence of ‘new’ cut-price

as I mentioned, need to get together to supply not only good crew

online crew agencies pointed out to me and noting the preference

but a set of defined standards. As for Captains, the old route of

of many Captains to do anything to avoid paying high,

employing day workers and then keeping the best for the season

established, crew agency fees, isn’t it about time that some kind

is a well tried and tested way of crewing up, for those of you that

of ‘Yacht Crew Agency Association’ was formed, with guidelines

wish to use untried and untested on-line agencies or blogs, well

and standards. I was just a month ago shown an invoice for crew

you may get lucky, but if you get it wrong those weeks of

that came to an astonishing €16,000, both had left just after the

heartache for you and your crew, and above all your Owner, will

three month warranty period. It left a bad taste in the mouth of

no doubt grow to haunt you.

all concerned. At the end of the day the Crewing industry must

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like to relate my feelings on the Sunday evening that I arrive, the

You bet it does. The annual pilgrimage by well over 320

port is always full of race yachts that have sailed in during the

racing yachts of every configuration and size, several

weekend to fill this ancient harbour. It is almost spellbinding to

dating back to the late 19th century such as Partridge (1885) and

walk amongst the sails and rope piled high on the dock, to meet

others that have only just launched, Inoui (2013), plus several

old friends, also here enjoying the spectacle and watch as tourists

thousand, also very diverse crew, professional and unprofessional,

debate the pros and cons of something or other onboard that has

but all with the spirit it takes to enjoy this event to the full.

caught their eye or maybe set amongst the myriad of masts,

Even if the sun does not shine, or there is little or no wind,

carbon, aluminium and pine that tower up and into the evening

or we have a day like the Thursday when it blows far too much

sky. The throngs of tourists also join in the mood in their naïve

and only 0.62% of the fleet take to the water, these guys still

ways, wearing their new Docksiders and tops often emblazoned

smile and enjoy everything this unique event can throw at them.

with maritime signal flags exclaiming something that I (and they)

LVDST, originally known as ‘La Nioulargue’ has been

know not what and the logo of a marine clothing manufacturer,

evolving now since that initial race took place in 1981. I always

clothing that would not help them one little bit should their lives

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ever be imperilled on the oceans, but they look ‘cool’ and fit perfectly into the environment created for them. I was staying as always in my favourite hotel hideaway, just a stone’s throw from the port and was happy, eventually, to fall onto my welcoming bed after an incredibly exhausting week at the Monaco Yacht Show, to muse about the imminent Monday morning and my first day out on the water. The ladies at the Press Centre, set just inside the Official Race Village, know me well, the temporary Race Village is the focus for all crew, and after obtaining my pass I was given the name of my press boat and introduced to Pierre, its Captain/Owner and Bernard, who would be at most times our valiant helmsman, this pair kept me smiling for two days. We made our way along the quay and settled in on board. Another friend of Pierre arrived, a famous fisherman who would, unbeknown to me, be supplying the main course for the evening meal on the following day with a delicacy from his home city of Lyon. What a day we had, nothing was too much for this gentlemanly crew. If we had a lull in the proceedings we would settle down to a snack and a glass of the local St Tropez rosé (not Bernard) and of course we were all open to the occasional AngloFrench leg pulling, I believe I came off worse. Monday is the day that the impressive fleet of nearly 200 ‘modern’ yachts take to the water, the Wally’s and J’s standing out amongst those flaunting themselves around Pampelonne Bay. There were four J’s present, Hanuman, Lionheart, Shamrock V and Velsheda and 12 Wallys, the


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two stars of the Wally fleet were the recently launched Magic

RIGHT: ALTAIR

week a much-anticipated duel that would fully test this new

PREVIOUS SPREAD: MAGIC CARPET

new American owner to commence the building of a third yacht

Carpet3 and Hamilton, these two would enact throughout the WallyCento class, the results of which would eventually entice a in this class. By the end of the week Magic Carpet3 ended ahead of Hamilton by the smallest of margins, but the eventual winner of the Wally Division was Open Season, with J One in second place and Magic Carpet3 a brilliant third. Magic Carpet3 won the BMW Trophy, dedicated to the fastest Wally during the week as the real time winner. The J’s also had a fantastic day out on the water. Hanuman led at the start, rounding the first windward mark only two boat lengths ahead of Velsheda who was only a few boat lengths ahead of Lionheart. Velsheda did well over the next four-mile leg and took the next mark ahead of Hanuman. But Hanuman, on the short last leg, took line honours by just a few seconds. Velsheda still won on corrected time, closing out Hanuman‘s run of regatta first-place wins this year. The week eventually finished with the ‘J’ honours going to a resurgent Velsheda. Day two, Tuesday, started with less than perfect conditions and a breeze sitting around four knots. I joined my French friends again and we decided to follow the classic fleet and in particular the yachts of the ‘Grand Tradition’, always the last to start and

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certainly my favourites to photograph, for that the light was

RIGHT: AXELLES

back photographers would be like ants around the start line, but

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their peril. The whistle blowing security, milling around in their

perfect. It is difficult to get near to the starts here, a few years now they have an exclusion zone into which anybody wanders at well marked ribs certainly kept us at bay, they hand out warnings to a point that if you ignore them I guess you would get banned from the event. I believe from the signals we were getting that we accumulated at least two cautions! But seeing those starts taking place in the distance, and the bustle around the Committee boat as yachts would be forced to give way due to one rule or another made me feel like a fisherman with the fish I could see but never catch, the best shots I never took! But the day went well and once the yachts were underway and we could follow them the camera certainly warmed up. There were 11 yachts in the ‘Grand Tradition’ fleet, Moonbeam IV, the eventual winner of this class, Mariquita, a fabulous gaff cutter and Altair, who I would join on the Thursday, Challenge Day, when Stéphane Benfield the long serving Captain would invite me along on a sail the like of which will never be forgotten, the graceful and fast Elena and the ‘O’ so beautiful Cambria. The competing yachts milled around for a couple of hours around the bay, holding for the breeze to build, and with the sound of gunfire we knew that racing would soon begin. The grand

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stand seat here had to be that onboard the grand old motor yacht Talitha who’s guests could be seen enjoying the spectacle from the foredeck. First off were the smaller yachts, we would trail them for a while before returning to the start and so it went on as fleet after fleet passed over the line and off into the blue distance and, at last, after what seemed an eternity 11 of the most beautiful yachts in the world also set off to begin their personal tussel. Seeing that mass of huge sail suddenly merge as the yachts made for the line as one is something, once seen, never

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forgotten. After about 500 m we could join and close in on the group and we motored on throughout the afternoon, moving from yacht to yacht, pre-empting close encounters where we could and speeding to get to a mark before the leaders we simply filled our minds with close up scenes impossible to imagine from the far off shore. I do not have the space to show you all of the photographs taken, but what an incredible few hours we had. The yachts from all classes eventually streamed back into the throat of the bay to reach the finish line set just off the Harbour wall.

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ABOVE: THE FINISH LINE

This offered a spectacle like no other to the crowds that were

times, a fitting end to an extraordinary day. Did I feel privileged,

massed there, it was really something to behold, almost perfect

you bet I did.

BELOW: MOONBEAM

timing and they arrived as if one great fleet, intentional or not. It is almost always like this, on a good day!

Then Pierre’s phone rang, a smile crossed his face, would I and Bransom Bean, who had also joined us for the day, like to join

What appeared next was an aeronautical display like no

him and his wife for dinner that evening at their villa. Of course

other I have ever seen, having just viewed a dare devil display by

home cooking after all, and several hours later we arrived at one

the Red Arrows at Monaco, all performed at extremely high

of the most elegant and perfectly positioned houses that one

speeds, the appearance of four yellow Bombardier Superscooper

could ever imagine, with incredible panoramic views over the Bay

fire fighting planes in the distance, and heading our way, caused

and Town. Several other guests joined us, the food arrived and was

me to quickly have our tender repositioned as close as we could

soon piled high on the table, fantastic food and wine, and then

get to their drop zone. They did seem to simply hang in the air but

the main course, provided by our fisherman friend from Lyon. It

what an impressive sight they made as their hulls opened and

was a kind of pie, a fish pie (quenelle de Lyon?) that took on the

they dropped their liquid loads, they refilled and passed several

texture of a very thick omelette. The main ingredient of this delicacy, the English name of which took quite some time to arrive at and was resolved with what seemed like a game of Charades, was Pike. Good old English (French) Pike. I have in my lifetime caught many of these beautifully coloured but devilish predators in the local waters around my home. I have salted fillets of these for days before eating them fried, baked and even smoked, I have to say they have never been my favourite form of protein, but on this occasion ‘Oh là là magnifique’. It is strange how the French can turn creatures that we in England have never taken to into something quite so good to eat. Snails, horsemeat, frogs legs, and foie gras being prime examples. But thank you Pierre, it really was something to

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and his stalwart crew would. Sure enough the next day I found myself onboard as we exited the port entrance in what was almost a gale to begin a race during which the winds reached well into gale force. The only other yacht to make it was the spirited ‘little’ 1903, 102 ft gaff cutter Moonbeam of Fife. All other craft stayed in port and it did feel just a bit lonely out there after the madness of the previous days. But I and the crews of these two boats were in no doubt as to who were the lucky ones. To sail on a yacht like Altair in weather like that as Stéphane pushed the yacht to its limits was enthralling, believe me I kept my head down as I got as close to the action as I dare. How Moonbeam held up in this weather was incredible to watch, we certainly had a battle on our hands and no quarter was given until the end when Altair won the day and ABOVE: ALTAIR BELOW RIGHT: THE HAPPY AND VICTORIOUS CREW OF ALTAIR

remember and I hope to have the honour of joining you again in

a spirited hurrah was given by each crew to their opponents as

2014 and I will as promised bring you some Baron Bigod brie, one

they sailed proud, wet and tired, back into port.

of the best cheeses in the world and from my home town!

The forecast for Friday and Saturday was no better and the

Wednesday arrived and it heralded a day I always look

racing was it seemed to be cancelled and so for me it made sense

forward to out on the water on the Pantaenius tender with my

that I should pack my bags and head out from my hotel on the

great friends, Michael Kurtz and Tom Nitsch. Michael being a great

Friday morning and start my long drive back to the UK. I felt as

photographer in his own right drives, always positioning himself

happy and contented as I ever had at this event, I had experienced

and the boat to get great shots, it makes my life easy and Tom,

more than my fair share of what was on offer, I had some great

who specialises and creates many of the best yacht racing video

pictures to bring back and share with you, racing did eventually

to be found. He works with the ability of a swaying Cobra, he will

take place on the Saturday but in light winds, I feel I had the best

stand strapped into the bows of the boat to film his sequences; a

of the week. The 1980 built Ikra was eventually declared the

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the rib bounces around. I certainly had another great day, a highlight of which was the appearance by Shenandoah of Sark. This 55 m schooner built in 1902 and totally refitted in 2009 put on a stunning display as she sailed the bay, the largest of the yachts at this year’s regatta. The weather, the wind and the light were again perfect for us, but from what we had heard of tomorrow, the Thursday and Challenge Day, it was going to be rough, very rough with at least 30/40 knots of wind forecast. I had to put on my thinking cap, (not for long). I had been given the invite by Stéphane the Captain of the 1932 schooner Altair to join them for a day sail, he, I knew, had been offered a Challenge and was due to go out and if anybody would do it in the predicted weather he

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white sandy beaches, geothermal sites and glaciers, you will

small town friendliness. Harbours are on both sides of the city –

find it all as you cruise along the 15,000 km of exquisite

on the west and the east coast with the sparkling Waitemata

coastline that encompass the two main islands of New Zealand – North and South – islands of hugely varied landscapes and seascapes, this multi cultural nation has it all!

home to the bulk of the yachts and marinas. Cruising past sheltered bays and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, just 14 km from downtown Auckland, is one of the larger

Showcasing cruising opportunities that are available to

islands, Waiheke. Home to many of New Zealand’s famed

yachts as well as myriad cultural and activity attractions, Jeanette

boutique wine growing names, Waiheke provides a wonderful

Tobin of Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand shares with us why

opportunity for visitors to savor award winning wines, fresh

the country she loves is more than the refit and build destination

locally grown produce and just caught seafood for some all-

it has become known for over the past decades, it is, as she

embracing gastronomic experiences.

explains, also an incredible cruising destination.

Continuing the journey to nearby Noisey’s, Rakino,

‘Over the past decades New Zealand has become a

Rangitoto and Kawau islands brings yachting visitors to excellent

well-known destination for refit when yachts are in the Pacific

fishing and diving opportunities. Northeast of Waiheke Island lies

region and many fantastic yachts have been built here,

Great Barrier Island on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, where

however it’s now time to recognise New Zealand as a fantastic

whales and numerous varieties of sea life, manta rays and turtles

“boutique” destination for yacht owners, captains and charterers

can be found. This sparsely populated island is 60% national park

due to its huge variety of destinations and attractions to explore’,

laced with over 100 km of tracks catering to every level of fitness.

explains Tobin. Looking back to when Captain James Cook chartered this small country down-under, New Zealand’s unspoiled and beautiful shores still remains a destination to which seafarers have always been attracted. Tobin notes, ‘New Zealand may be a small country, but with its incredible coastline and hugely varied landscapes there is much to see and do. Yachting visitors will discover pristine cruising, wonderful fishing and diving as well as such diverse attractions as world famous vineyards, ski resorts, glaciers, thermal spas and stunning subtropical and alpine scenery.’ This prime location is eager to showcase itself as a destination for cruising and chartering, Jeanette enthuses, ‘We’re a little country and we have to stand up and make some noise about the wonders of New Zealand and also about Auckland, which, along with offering a city lifestyle has a sheltered harbour dotted with islands housing attractions such as wine production and dormant volcanoes.’ Made up of many factors, New Zealand has a unique blend of cultures with the Maori culture a core part of its national

From a 30 minute gentle walk to the geothermal waters of the

identity that adds Polynesian history to that of its European

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South of Great Barrier Island are the Mercury Islands,

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An important feature is New Zealand’s well-earned

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SHANNON FALCONE INTERVIEW BY COLIN SQUIRE

PHOTOGRAPH: COLIN SQUIRE


MAN AT THE TOP – SHANNON FALCONE

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LEFT: SHANNON ON THE FIRST OF HIS MANY TRANSATLANTICS

MET WITH SHANNON AND HIS FATHER CARLO ON THE veranda on the top deck of the Antigua Yacht Club Marina building that overlooks the dock playing host to many of the

world’s top charter yacht’s that were, like myself, attending the annual Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting. Shannon is already, at a young age, an Antiguan sporting hero and his father Carlo, another Antiguan legend, is the owner of the marina itself and has his own tale to tell. I had first met Shannon in Venice during the May 2012 Americas Cup World Series being held there, neither of us at that time could have envisaged how the Americas Cup series finals would unfold during the September of 2013. One can only imagine the thrill of being involved as a Grinder onboard Oracle Team USA, an extreme vessel the likes of which had never existed before this event was planned. The series was not without tragedy but those final races enacted a scene that will remain forever as one of history’s greatest sporting comebacks. Carlo, may I ask you first, what brought you to Antigua? I was born in Livorno, and studied at the Nautical school by the harbour there, near to the Benetti facility; I was involved with

safety nets around the stanchions to keep him from falling

ships and boats from an early age which lead to my love of the

overboard; she was a new boat and in good order so we thought

sea and yachts. After leaving the School I found a job as Harbour

why not. We pulled in family and friends as extra crew and made

Master in Porto Cervo, Sardinia and as I was constantly meeting

our way to the start of the race proper in Casablanca and so

very wealthy sailors I was lucky to be offered the opportunity to

Shannon took part in his first transatlantic race when he was just

be involved, and invest in, a big sail loft on the mainland. First I

3½. He was the youngest listed competitor in the race that year

had to go to the States for a year to improve my sailing skills, I

and for all I know he is possibly still the youngest ever.

went to Stanford in Connecticut for my training and strangely

We ended up being fifth overall, just five hours behind the

during my time there an Americas Cup took place in Newport,

first yacht that arrived in Guadalupe, I was proud of that. Now,

which was not far away. On my return to Italy, suitably trained, I

strangely, after all those years, two days ago in the lounge here

then worked for five years helping to run the sail loft of which I

(in Antigua), Shannon met the guy who won that first race. He

was a partner.

remembered playing with Shannon in Casablanca with his little

Shannon was born on June 28th 1981; I remember I would

toy cars and trucks.

have him on the loft floor beside me as I worked and he had his first naps in the sails; he loved being in the sails, you could say he

You ended up in Guadalupe, what made you leave there?

began his career early. I really missed the sea and because the sail

I felt the responsibility as a father to make a living, I did not have

loft was actually in Florence I did not get to see that much of it.

a fortune in the bank, I had to care for my family. I had to work

Then, by chance, I was offered the opportunity to cash out my

somewhere and so we began to travel around, I really was not

shares in the business and with that money I bought the 45 ft

sure what I was looking for but just felt that I would know when

sailing yacht Cacciaalla Volpe and in 1984 decided to up sticks

the right opportunity presented itself. We went all the way to

and head to the tropics with my partner Pandora and Shannon on

Tobago, Grenada etc. I can remember arriving in English Harbour,

a very different kind of adventure. I left without really knowing

Antigua, which was at the time just another place to visit and

where I was going or having any master plan for the future. I knew

check out. We arrived late at night and I can still vividly

the latitude, but not the longitude; I just knew I wanted to be in

remember going through the entrance to English Harbour in the

the tropics.

dark and seeing the lights of many boats inside. I was feeling

We left on our cruise and ended up firstly in Ibiza where I

uncomfortable as I obviously could not see much and so I

noticed boats with numbers on their sides. It seemed that just

dropped the anchor in the middle of the channel near to the

about everyone there with a boat at the time was going racing,

entrance and in the morning we awoke to the sight of English

a transatlantic race, the Transat des Alizes, which certainly suited

Harbour, the place that was to become out future home. I

our plans. Shannon was 3½ by then and our yacht already had

thought, wow, what a place and so I went further in, stopped the

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MAN AT THE TOP – SHANNON FALCONE

RIGHT: CARLO AND SHANNON CLEANING UP IN ANTIGUA

after three months I handed back my shares and I started my

BELOW: SHANNON GETS THE FEEL FOR SUCCESS

Carlo, you obviously have a love for sailing and you have built your

own businesses, the Marina, the Hotel, Harmony Hall etc.

life here around it. Actually Caccia played a big part in this and we were able to actively take part in many of the sailing events that were becoming established at the Yacht Club. I can remember in those early days sinking a Flying Dutchman in English Harbour because they wouldn’t give us water, the racing was taken seriously. One of the crew on that luckless boat was Rocka Romcke, now the Captain of the biggest sloop in the world, Mirabella V.... I think he is still looking for me! I cut his boat in half. Ever since my early days here I have been an active member of the Yacht Club who’s demise in the mid 80’s turned out to have a silver lining for me. The story was out that the Yacht Club was going to close and so the members held an extraordinary meeting, this was in 1987, Neil Adamant was Commodore at the time and Franklin Braithwaite, who was on the committee, chaired the meeting. They announced, what we all knew, that they were having a problem with 150,000 US Dollars of debt. The members had already paid three times their

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boat and began to meet a bunch of very friendly people one of

annual subscriptions that year to help save the club but that

who was Joel Byerley. Then I met this young guy from Naples,

would not be enough.

Angelo Caputo who said ‘Carlo why not do something else, join

The main problem was that the suppliers to the club

me’, so with Angelo I became the founder of Abracadabra. The

would not give us any more credit and unless we could find a

restaurant industry is not my business, or so I discovered and

solution we would have had to pull down the flag. At the meeting

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MAN AT THE TOP – SHANNON FALCONE

BELOW: THE YACHT CLUB MARINA AND FALMOUTH BAY

when it was asked if anybody had any ideas I put my hand up

The demand was obvious and boats started to come in

and said, ‘The problem with the Yacht Club is that it should be a

as we were building it. One day I had a letter from the National

matter of yachts, docks, boats and racing and nothing to do with

Parks saying that the dock was illegal and they wanted it pulled

the food and wine that was being sold, the club house has

down. I called the late John Meade and asked him to call and

become a members bar where the focus is more on parties than

see me, he was a very powerful man around here and he was

events. I have spent two years as a board member, during this

always coming to the dock and saying what a great idea it was.

time we have dealt with the price of the beer, the discount for

He called in and said this dock was too beautiful to pull down,

the members, and food. The important thing is the Dock as it will

you guys go and I will deal with it, which he did and for which I

bring boats and life and things would start again if only we can

will always be grateful.

develop it.’ They said ‘Carlo that is a very good idea, but we do

From there they gave me permission to build more and

not have the money as you know, so if you want to make a

more extensions and you just have to look out over the yachts

proposal we will listen.’ ‘Ok’ I said ‘I will build the dock and I will

to see what we have now created.

give you a 15% royalty from the docking fees, but the Yacht Club cannot interfere with the Marina. The Marina will be a one man

Carlo, you must have been pretty fit when you represented Antigua

show.’ They asked me to put it in writing which I did and they

during the Olympics of 1992.

signed up. I took the letter to the National Parks and told them

I was pretty fit and actually pioneered the big helmsmen idea.

of the plan and the fact that I wanted to build a dock and that it

All the top Helmsmen around that time were big guys, and yes I

was needed, because we are a growing yachting community.

managed to get to the Barcelona Olympics and I represented

They suggested a mega marina, one that would unfortunately

Antigua, not that I brought back a medal but being there was

take 20 years to build. The little wooden dock I had in mind could

certainly a highlight in my life.

be built straight away and so they gave me temporary permission to go ahead and I agreed that, if the big marina were

Carlo your story is quite amazing, we could talk for hours, but we

to ever get funded, I would dismantle mine.

are digressing from Shannon and his life here. Shannon what can you tell me about your early memories? I grew up, basically sleeping in a hammock during the all-nighters that happened at ‘Abras’ in those early days. Even to this day I like sleeping with music on. My mum had the boutique there and my dad ran the bar. I went to the Cobb’s Cross School, I was the only white boy there in those days. Back then my life here was very different, it was all about riding donkeys and hanging out with my friends; it was good to be a youngster here in the eighties, we had lots of freedom, very different to now with the massive community of children. I also used to race a Topper out in the bay, which I found great fun. Also, when I was seven or eight I would take out the dingy, a Boston Whaler, to lead and make a passage through the anchored cruising boats for the large yachts arriving to the marina as the channel was not easily defined back then. In the end Carlo did put some markers out to help with the navigation. I would also help them tie up, I guess I was the youngest dockmaster around at the time. We then moved up to the North side in Hodges Bay and I was sent to the Montessori school here on the island that does not exist today. Through my best friend Justin, I got the opportunity of going to boarding school in England. Justin’s parents had reserved a slot for him, years in advance, at Walhampton, a boarding school in Lymington, Hampshire. His parents suddenly decided to pull him out and send him somewhere else and so they played the system a little bit and managed to get me into his slot at the school. That’s how I was

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until I was three and obviously both my parents would communicate in Italian when I was young), what I thought was English, what I was speaking here in Antigua at Cobbs Cross School with the other kids, was in fact local Antiguan dialect, which I soon discovered was difficult for others to understand when I arrived in England. They call it Biwi? Yes, I remember listening to tapes that my grandfather had recorded for me that first summer when I arrived in England and he was asking questions like how are you going to enjoy school? The accent I had was heavy; I could hardly understand myself so others must have wondered what I was talking about most of the time. I had to take extra English classes. Initially, I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand anyone and no one could understand me and so the first year was difficult and my grades were not so good simply because of the language barrier. Once I had sorted the language problem out I settled into my school life, particularly the given the opportunity to pack my bags and jet off. I had just

sports. I would study in the morning and in the afternoon I would

turned eight and thought of it as a massive adventure!

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You mentioned you had a language barrier when you arrived.

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MAN AT THE TOP – SHANNON FALCONE

Growing up in the Caribbean I had been spoilt by the conditions

half. Then I grew, so moved to flanker and by the time I finished

and the boats I was given the opportunity to sail on. I kept my

playing rugby I was playing as number 8. I also enjoyed athletics.

sailing skills honed in Antigua when I would be back home during

We had so many options during school days, and at the

the school holidays, but in England I stuck to rugby and athletics

weekends when there were no lessons I would hang out with

on dry land.

friends and do even more sports. I would have to write to my parents every weekend and I saw them three times a year. The

Do you have good memories of boarding school?

rest of the time I was happy to be at the school and hang out

I loved boarding school, it was like being in Never-never land, just

with friends.

fun and games! By the time I left boarding school I was head boy. You are certainly now a big guy, and fit which must have given you How many children were at the school?

some great sporting advantages, how tall are you?

That was the cool thing, there were less than 200. It was a prep

6 ft 5 in.

school and everyone knew everyone. I had a fun time and the sports were great. I held the record for throwing cricket balls at

Weight?

the age of 12 – we were only allowed to use cricket balls, not

105 kgs at the moment but I have been up to 120 kgs.

javelins, due to our age and safety concerns. This ability probably came from throwing rocks from the dock or the beaches here as

How were you as a scholar?

a youngster, as kids we would pick up rocks and see who could

I won an all-round scholarship to Senior school where I turned into

throw them the furthest, maybe to reach the mangroves or

a bit of a black sheep as I would often miss school to take part in

whatever seemed to be a good target at the time.

Regattas. I remember being pulled into the headmaster’s office one day, and him saying ‘We are contemplating you as Head Boy,

What was your favourite sport at school?

but you really need to hang around here more during term. We

Rugby. I played a few positions growing up, I was a Lock to begin

cannot have you arriving a week later than everybody else because

with and by the time I entered Senior school I was playing Fly-

you are off racing’. By then, even though I thought school was

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affective, and it had certainly treated me well, I had developed my

friends and still is when I get the opportunity, life doesn’t change

own ideas. Mainly because I had seen a lot of the world, I thought

that much over here.

there was undue pressure on results and the University application process. I remember friends of mine just feeling so pressured by

Yes, the yachting fraternity over here is really something special, I

teachers for results. I didn’t think of it in that way, and to this day

attended Kenny Coombes memorial service over by the club house

I have conversations about it with friends who are still paying off

last night, it was packed and every one of those guys there was a

their university fees etc. My path was different in the end due to

sailor of some description.

the opportunities I was lucky enough to have offered. I was only 20

Sure, absolutely and what a great guy he was, he will be sorely

when I was given a chance on my first AC campaign. It was quite

missed.

an eye-opening experience as you can imagine, I was on the smallest team and the first one knocked out. After that finished I

But talking about the Club?

didn’t know whether it could possibly be a career and thought I

We have the sailing development and youth sailing scheme that

may have to go back to University.

has grown wonderfully here during the past few years. It is headed up by Karl James, an Antiguan Olympian who has been

You mentioned you were racing boats with your dad?

to the Olympics three times competing in the Laser division. My

Yes, in the beginning we raced with Caccia everywhere. We won

younger brother Rocco (13) is a very good Optimist sailor and

seven Rolex’s, although I still do not have a Rolex watch! I did not

competes Internationally now, and my step mum Paola is the

go for sailing little dinghy’s in the UK, I stuck with my physical

one who really fights and pushes to help keep this show going.

sports there since I could hop on a plane and enjoy racing much

They also have great coaches, Norwegian Optimist sailor Magnus

bigger yachts here in the Caribbean in warmer weather. It was

Brun is currently leading their training program. There is here a

super cool, I could mix it up with the old guys on the water and

great community of kids, they train four or five days a week after

then when the after race rum parties were going on I would meet

school and on the weekends, they have flat water on the bay and

up with some other kids that were dragged along by their

big waves outside. Yet the Yacht Club it is still run as a country

parents. It was a great way to both sail hard and hang out with

club with restaurants upstairs and downstairs.

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MAN AT THE TOP – SHANNON FALCONE

RIGHT: SHANNON AT THE HELM

The Yacht Club should be pushing the development of

Your AC triumph must have focused people’s minds here a bit.

sailing and giving kids, whether they have the financial means or

Last night I was at Tony’s Barber Shop, opposite Cobb’s

not, the chance to experience sailing. As a kid, unlike many other

Cross School getting a haircut and shave. This Antiguan said

sports, having a boat allows you to gain a lot of independence,

he had never watched sailing before until he had put the Cup

freedom, responsibility and team spirit. When you are out on the

race on TV and then he and his family watched it every night until

water you have to help each other; if someone capsizes you look

the final. He was asking me questions about the technology and

out for them and help them if needed. These are all things that

that for me was really cool, people that before hadn’t been

serve you well in later life.

interested in sailing now have tuned into it, the people in the street.It’s not just for the guys with blazers. I couldn’t sit down

Let’s hope they do not lose the Club, I hear it’s in difficulties again.

with my father at a dinner table for two years because of the

I hope not, I think, soon, my dad is going to officially open

changes that had happened with moving the AC away from

something new for the kids. They do not have a space to hang out

mono-hulls and doing all the futuristic and radical stuff that we

in at the Yacht Club anymore after sailing. I keep telling my

did, I did not enjoy the arguments. Eventually he came to San

brother about San Francisco, where the AC boats have been based

Francisco and saw what we were doing in person, it blew him

for the last few years and the conditions are epic. We would be

away. It was a really tough mould to break, it was tough for Larry

out on the 72, fooling around at 40 knots and we would see these

Ellison and Russell Coutts to make that change. Those radical

little kids battling the conditions sailing an Optimist in 20 knots

boats had many very positive consequences, one of which, due to

of breeze in freezing cold water in full dry suits, woolly hats and

the draft, was to bring the sailing in closer to the shore and of

gloves, everything. I would often go and give them a little talk at

course closer to the public.

the Yacht Club, I would tell them ‘you guys are so far ahead of

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where I would have been had I grown up sailing here’. There is a

Was that the reason for multi-hulls – you could get closer to

great opportunity to do something here in Antigua that a lot of

the spectators?

kids around the world don’t have, we have to encourage the kids

Certainly one of the reasons, if you are using high performance

to make the most of it. Sailing has been a natural part of my life

mono-hulls you would have to have five metres or so of water

and I like to bring it to others where and when I can.

under you. All racing in mono-hulls would be well outside the

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What was your calorie in-take during a day, mine is around 2500? On a big day we would burn 9000 calories, so we’d have to try to consume at least that much,and we would do this day in day out. Some people might train for a marathon for a few months and burn 3500/4000 for that one day and then recover. A lot of people do not realise the intensity of our training, it is very

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different; it’s not sailing with a rum and ginger in hand on a round the can race, which I love doing by the way. For people that don’t understand the sport but are watching it,they have to realise that we would be in the gym at six in the morning and then have debriefs from the day before, then more meetings before launching the boat and getting it ready to go sailing. We would then go out sailing for a few hours, come back in, get the boat out, do all the checks, the debriefs of what happened during the day and then we would get out of the base – 12 hours later. But your campaign must have gone on for several years. Yes I guess the 2013 campaign began after we won in Valencia on 14th February 2010 with the big Tri. Let’s talk about it as I know it was the catalyst to how we ended up with the 72’s. That yacht was an unbelievable feat of engineering, allowed simply because it was a ‘Deed of Gift’ match and the designers basically had ‘Carte Blanche’ in the design of that race boat. Historically grandstand style type event which we have now created. With the whole TV package that we now have it was a super cool progression, call it evolution or re-invention... it was a major shift. You obviously had special training for the AC campaign. The boats put special demands on the crew, we had to be far more physical than before. Our bodies are very much a tool, an integral part of the yacht and how it functions. In the past you would have a lot of guys standing at the back just thinking, on these boats during the racing everyone on board had to put in, even the tactician in the back cock pit, you had 11 guys with 8 on the handles. There was also a weight limit, which was pretty low for the amount of effort required. The boats basically had a righting moment that meant the loads on board were similar to what they were on the old AC boats, if not more, yet we had six guys less, the race course was much shorter as well. You had boundaries and speed creating a physical work load that was on another level. You had to be a serious athlete to sail those boats. Our training shifted from old school classics, weight lifting etc. to a much more high-intensity, interval, cross-fit style. We were into functional full body workouts that left you splayed out on the

every time you had a ‘Deed of Gift’, there has been a shift in

ground after a session. When I first tried this style of training it

class. There were the 12 m boats that took the stage for a long

certainly created the kind of feeling you get when out sailing on

time, suddenly there was this ‘Deed of Gift’ in 1988 and the

the boats, originally on the 45s and later on the 72s. I thought it

design of the boats changed radically. The same happened in

was effective to mimic that kind of heart rate exertion.

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race, which has 70 foot boats, I had experienced something

much difference between average and top speed, just one or two

exceptional and to go back to normal racing was not easy.

knots between normal targets and hauling ass. The main problem we hit was cavitation on the foils â&#x20AC;&#x201C; that was basically our

What was the maximum speed you hit on the 72s?

governor, our limiter. Had we had more time to experiment who

On the 72s, our top speed was just over 48 knots. You would be

knows what speeds we could have reached, there was also a

cruising around in the mid 40s. That was the thing, there was not

restriction on how many foils we could build.


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Tell us more about how you got into the AC campaigns?

as connections. We were the first to be knocked out but I would

While doing a 12 m campaign witha lot of old AC guys who had

never change anything, it was an amazing learning experience. It

won campaigns in the 90’s with America3 (Cubed), I was offered an

was the same when I went off and did the Volvos in 2008/9, a great

‘in’ with a small unknown Italian team called Mascalzone Latino in

opportunity to learn more. I think you should always try to push

2001 for the 2003 Cup. The fact that I am also Italian helped of

and grow, it is all about learning, every time you are given an

course. This gave me a lot of experience on an AC race boat as well

opportunity to learn you should take it.

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I then joined Luna Rossa for the 2007 campaign. They had known my dad from the sail making business in Italy when I was

of that and then we did a complete about turn and went fully radical with the final boat that we raced in the Cup off Valencia.

a kid and I had kept in touch with them since I first met them at

That came about when we lost what was our race rig

the AC 150 year Jubilee in England. That was a really cool

when we were still in soft sail set up, we had a failure off San

campaign – Louis Vuitton Cup finalists; team New Zealand beat

Diego and the rig fell over the side. Luckily we had already gone

us. Good racing, funnily enough we beat Oracle in the semi-finals.

down the road of being fully extreme and building the wing. It

That is where I started sailing with Jimmy Spithill, Joey Newton,

was in the shed, nearly ready to go, but we weren’t sure if we

Gilberto Nobili, those are all guys that were on the Oracle Cat this

were going to use it and suddenly we were forced to!

time around. So there are four of us who have been together for

Who knows what would have happened had we not lost

almost 10 years. It is a sport where building a relationship and

the rig over the side. Would that wing have ever seen the light of

communication is invaluable. When Larry did a shake up with

day... maybe not. That was fantastic and that was the catalyst for

Oracle after 2007 he got Russell involved and Russell got Jimmy

what we see now with the smaller Cats, and we are only just

involved and then a lot of us from the Luna Rossa base packed our

scratching at the surface of what they can do.

bags and walked across the road as the bases were next to each other. That was after Patrizio Bertelli had said he was not going to

Tell me Shannon, how did you as defenders, prepare to race in the

do the next Cup. We got going on a campaign where we thought

finals, the New Zealanders were competing for weeks before you

we were going to go for 90 ft monos and we ended up with a

went up against them?

court case and a ‘Deed of Gift’ match sailing a trimaran, a space

Unlike a challenger, we sailed two boats during our in house

ship basically, that had a 240 ft/70 m wing. The largest wing ever

training with two strong helmsmen and the crews were fully

built – it was unbelievable.

rotated, so we had a really strong depth in our sailing team. We could push the boats hard racing against each other. You always

It must have been awesome to sail on her.

have to manage the risk carefully but we were getting the boats in

Absolutely, even seeing that boat in its first iteration in Anacortes

pretty close, or what we thought was close at the time. But then

where it was built, it had a normal 53 m rig, but the boat had a

in the finals we blew those distances out of the water and went

centre dagger board and we had a lot of French help with the design

even closer. It was a positive for us as we ended up feeling a little

– the French were the pros with multi-hulls. There was the evolution

more comfortable in those situations. Team New Zealand had the


MAN AT THE TOP – SHANNON FALCONE

ABOVE: PUMA

Louis Vuitton to warm up, but for them the LV was pretty much a

want to change it from the days when just wealthy individuals

walk in the park, they were racing a lot but they were basically

were backing teams and make it more commercial friendly.

racing against themselves. When you line up against a competitor you always trim on harder, it is never like racing against your team

Will Larry carry the 45s on?

mates and friends. As hard as you try that is the biggest challenge,

I don’t know what Larry will do, but my personal standpoint is

when it is all out on the line, you don’t hold back.

if they change the class, if they don’t keep the 72s, then yes, you will see the 45s in action. With a new class there will

Before those finals took place, Larry had set up The America’s Cup

be another design and build period whilst a new boat is built

World Series a fleet of 45 foots Cats that went to various worldwide

so the 45’s will keep some action going. They may build new

destinations and raced. I guess you were racing on those boats.

45s as they are quick to build and many of the old boats are now

No, I just did one event in San Francisco.

pretty beat up. If it developed so that we were racing foiling 45s it would be awesome and also for the spectators who have

What were you doing then in Venice when I met you?

now seen foiling 72s. Having to go back to a 45, as they were

I had just done the 2012 Volvo leg from Itajai, Brazil to Miami

then, would be difficult now that we have experienced the foiling

with Puma. I did the 2008/9 Volvo before with them racing 8 legs

72s – it will be like driving a Mini after having the keys for a

out of the 10, and was signed up as an alternate in the 2011/12

Ferrari or Lamborghini.

campaign as I had cup obligations so couldn’t commit to all the

As I mentioned before we are only just scratching the surface

Volvo training and time away. That Brazil to Miami leg was a fun

of what we can do with these boats. We entered into the final and

leg for me as we were sailing past home. It was super cool as we

we were at 80% of performance and we were learning every single

also won the leg. We arrived in Miami during the afternoon and

day. It is when you race that the biggest gains are made.

we partied that night before I got on a 6 am flight to Venice the

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next morning, I was a little destroyed. I was in Venice because I

You did all the training against another Oracle Boat. Did Larry ever

was Italian, and to help promote the sponsors and do some PR. A

come out with you on the 72s? How active is he in the racing?

lot of our sport is engaging with sponsors, it’s a sport, but we

Larry is a great sailor in his own right, he won several world

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championships with his Maxis. There was a funny story that I had

You specifically asked, did he ever come out on the boat.

heard (not sure how much is truth and how much is

You have to understand that he runs a pretty big company,

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embellished). He was down here in Antigua during one race week

Oracle, the risks involved on the 72’s were not something his

and as is normal after having won the event, he and his team

board of directors liked to contemplate. He went out on the

were enjoying the pleasures of good Antiguan rum while

monohull, he was actually part of the race crew for that and also

anchored out here in Falmouth Bay. Someone threw out the idea

the Trimaran in 2010. But even though he is part of the race

of doing the Cup and the rest is history, that’s what Antiguan

team in his own right, as is Russell, he wasn’t on the 72 whilst

rum does for you.

racing. He never stepped on board until we crossed the final


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finish line. When we have guests on board, be it journalists, sponsors or other athletes, they have to go through safety training especially after the incident with Artemis. We have put in good protocols with regards to safety training for everybody. One thing is seeing it on paper, another is putting it into practice. If you came down to the base and were going to come out for a ride, you would have to put on all your gear, run around the base, get out of breath. Then you would be thrown into the water; you would have to swim under a net, get a little disorientated, be able to take your helmet off, put on your spare air and do all that in freezing water. Everyone had to do that, the designers, the shore team, anyone who stepped on the 72. Larry hadn’t done this as he wasn’t sailing on the 72. But when we crossed the finish line on that final race we basically dragged him off his tender and on board; no life jacket, no helmet, no spare air or anything. We went underneath the Bay Bridge and we sent the boat on a reach – hitting the high 40s just so that he could get the sensation of racing these Cats, it was his payback. I will never forget that massive grin! I heard in Venice, that he spent over 300 million dollars just on running the campaign for the 45s. I know he has put in a lot of his personal wealth to pick up the

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BELOW: BEN AINSLIE

sport of sailing and change it, in my opinion, for the better. As

Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, he was killed, it must have been a great

with anything, and at whatever level, there are times when you

downer for everybody, it almost ended the cup.

strive to change things and you get a lot of push-backs, but you

Yes, it was a sad day for everyone. Bart was an amazing person,

then have to push harder to get people to see the light. Change

sailor and inspiration, and just a really down to earth, cool guy. I

is never easy, as for the 300 million, I have no idea.

never sailed with him, but I sailed against him quite a bit. Our sport has changed, no one is oblivious to the risk and you need to

How did you feel, you were penalised two races. What was the

be switched on and fully focused on the job in hand. I think the

team feeling on that?

biggest thing we can do for Bart is to keep driving for safety and

Even to this day, I still do not know the full story. I know just as

change. Sailing is changing, not only in the Cup, it is trickling down

much as you in the sense of what happened with regards to the

into a lot of other sailing, you are seeing a lot more people getting

corrector weights on the 45s being placed outside of their zone;

involved in Moths, the F-18 Phantom, the foiling 18 footer soon

by who, by how much, or what the performance implications for

coming out. Who knows when we are 50 years down the line, but

the 45s were, I’m not sure. In the end, the jury, I am sure, wanted

with an evolving sport comes evolving risk and safety needs.

to set a precedent. Our mentality as the sailing team was that you can’t change it, it is what it is. We are just going to have to

You have become something special in Antigua.

kick their ass eleven times.

Maybe, but my little brother Rocco is going to kick my ass in absolutely no time. In fact, I am now known as Rocco’s brother,

But as an outsider it seemed very unfair that you should get

not the other way around.

penalised for something that happened on the 45s. The penalty was the most severe in the history of the Americas Cup.

Getting back to the racing. You started the campaign, two down,

It was hefty, especially for not being the same class. Maybe they

how did it go on from there?

thought that a two point penalty wouldn’t become an issue

We were 8-1 down. It is pretty difficult to put it in a nutshell, but

since historically the finals are always such a one sided affair. But

there was a constant drive by everyone on the team for

in the end it was close to deciding the outcome of the Cup

improvement, every night.

regardless of results on the water. As a team we just got on with it, we were lucky enough that we had a strong sailing team, so

What was the story behind the gyro?

even when all that was going on we just focused on our sailing.

That was just paper talk, no such thing. Everyone involved in the

It just makes it a sweeter victory, as we had to fight just that bit

sailing from design to shore, everyone putting that extra effort

harder and win two extra.

in, that is what drove that boat forward. There were some changes; it was all a function of speed, about sailing the boat faster upwind. At the start we were sailing in what was essentially a high mode, going in to tacks far too slow resulting in a greater tack loss than Team NZ. We tested it a little bit before coming into the finals but we learned you have to invest in order to get the payback. The first thirty seconds or so are actually a loss if you have two boats together. To get up on the foils you have to open up that 8-10 degrees of true wind angle to get that extra speed to actually pop up and out on the foil and that takes about 15 seconds. Then the next 15 seconds you are sailing and making gains, so after 30 seconds you are back to a delta of zero against the other boat and it is only from then on that you start making gains. What difference did Ben Ainslie make? The English Newspapers made him out to be the winner of Americas Cup? Ben is a great guy, an amazing sailor, and has an insatiable drive to win. Ben, as we mentioned earlier, was helming our second boat throughout training. That helped because in the end we were all learning about these boats every day, so to have three

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different perspectives, was invaluable.

Slingsby, Ben and Jimmy), with three Jimmy could not be on both hulls at the same time, so Tommy was actually the Helmsman at times, which a lot of people don’t realise. It meant that they all had that helmsman mentality of thinking ahead and the communication that we could hear on the comm’s was excellent. Ben stepped on the boat and was great at putting Jimmy in the right place and the three of them worked really hard at the speed loop – this whole upwind flying thing. We didn’t with the first race with Ben on, but we won every race after. The guy that Ben replaced was a local ‘Bay’ sailor. Yes, John Kostecki, an amazing tactician from the Bay and a great

leading at the bottom mark and we were basically winning from

guy, when he was changed out he was instrumental in bringing

staying ahead in all those races. You could hear from all the

Ben up to speed in one night.

commentary that Team New Zealand simply needed to be aggressive, lead at the reach mark and lead at the bottom gate

You also nearly got seriously injured at one point, simply because

and then they will extend and win. So they lead at that bottom

of the G-forces on the boat. They were throwing that 72 foot boat

gate and we passed them going up wind, we were foiling on port

around like a toy.

and for some reason they decided to tack under us and we held

Yes, nearly. Every close quarter situation we got into during

them out to the boundary and then we did the simultaneous

racing, we were doing for the first time. We had to execute

tack and just extended from there. That was the first time I said

it right and it wasn’t always smooth so I got flung into the wing during one of those close calls. The races could have so easily gone one way or the other. You saw Team New Zealand’s entire campaign nearly go belly up in one tack when they almost capsized. I am so glad they didn’t because they would have an excuse for losing the cup. We kept on pushing and they didn’t and we won it fair and square.The drive on board was unbelievable. How did that go on, as you were 8-1 down, 8-2, 8-3 ? If you are asking when I thought we could actually win, it was actually the second to last day. We had been doing really well in the starts, we had been leading to the first reach mark and

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‘We just overtook them up wind, tomorrow it’s all on!’ It just

to be onboard and to win it was a defining moment for myself

came good, to have it all down to one last race. There were other

and everyone else on the team, especially to do it like that. I

little things that I fed off – we had heard that there was an

remember now, before the final had even started and we had

Emirates plane sitting on the tarmac at San Francisco Airport for

that penalty, people kept talking about the 83 Cup and how the

a week, waiting to take the cup and the team home and I was like

Australians came back from being 3-1 down, winning three in a

‘you have no right to assume that. It is not over until it is over.’

row. Now 30 years later we did it too, but eight in a row. Who

This is what I think a lot of people gained from the racing; that

knows if there will ever be a racing series like this again. The

you keep fighting until the very end, no matter what. You ask

young guys on the team will, one day, be talking as the old

how I did it? Every day is another day – you have to have fun,

Australian guys were talking about the Australian challenge. I was

you have to enjoy it, you have to realise that we are super lucky

super-stoked that I had also become a father this year, Cade was

to be sailing these boats. It could be our last day but let’s go race,

born and he was involved in the Cup. When we were down for

let’s put it all in and let’s have fun doing it. You could see and feel

what could have been our last day of racing, we all took our kids

our vibe. I hope that we have footage somewhere of when we

on stage. From that day on they stayed on stage every morning,

had to go to Pier 27, to Americas Cup Village, every morning

even when it was pouring down rain. It was really cool, the

before racing and be in a lounge for 45 minutes – even when the

families that support you, the friends that support you; it was

results were not in our favour the vibe in the room was just like

amazing to have Cade there every day. I had brewed up a good

being back at boarding school in the rugby changing room with

batch of Antiguan Rum Punch a week before on the first day that

the banter and the speeches. There was some really good stuff.

we could have been out and it would have been a consolation

When you are in a sport which has so much money and pressure,

toast. I had to keep shaking it every morning before docking out

the wheels can start falling off really fast and they didn’t. That is

and we just never drank it, it kept sitting, brewing in the bottom

a great attribute to the whole of the team.

of my locker. When we ended up winning and brought the boat back to the base, then we started to drink it the entire way back

What was the feeling like when you realised you were going to pass

to the Americas Cup Village. That night was unbelievable – just

over the line. The exhilaration must have been out of this world.

by pure coincidence, the series had lasted so long that Oracle

It was, the Cup is something that people have chased,

Open World was in town, so the biggest convention for Larry’s

historically, for decades and never won. To have that opportunity

company was taking place on our winning night. There were a

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MAN AT THE TOP – SHANNON FALCONE

RIGHT: SHANNON WITH CADE BELOW: THAT WINNING FEELING

whole bunch of Oracle supporters there attending a huge concert

see how it goes. In the end I didn’t feel that the city really bought

on Treasure Island that he does as an appreciation for the company

into it; I had mixed feedback during my time there.

and his people. Black Keys and Maroon 5 were playing and I remember vaguely going on the Today Show at 3 am the next

The English papers were saying that the event was running out of

morning – you will probably have seen guys with husky voices and

money, the city council were pulling out.

sunglasses. It was a bit of a whirlwind afterwards; eventually all in

There was a lot of stuff behind the scenes. I think it is something

all our bodies actually shut down and everyone got sick. We had

that they are taking their time now to decide and make sure

been pushing and just surviving on adrenaline for that long. It was

that, for the future, it works. There is no rush to announce a new

unbelievable and I wouldn’t want to change any of it.

protocol. It should be coming out in the New Year.

Were you personally presented with anything? No. You have nothing to put on your mantelpiece? No we do this for the spirit; sailing is a Corinthian sport. Where will the next event be? I don’t know. San Francisco was great for racing, personally the water was a little cold for my liking and kind of sharky too. I like to do a lot of other water sports like kiting and surfing. I still did those in SF but it was not as pleasant. For the event, it is great, but for the training it is tough with the fog and so on. We will

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ABOVE: A LITTLE RELAXATION

Do you think you will be a part of the next team?

This cup though, the way we won it was unreal and it would be

Right now, my options are open. To stay in SF would be great as

difficult to top that again as a defender.

my son was born there and I love San Francisco and California. But on the other hand I really like challenges and change is also

It would be nice to hold it here.

always good. It would be nice to try and win it as a challenger. I

I did suggest Antigua, or the Caribbean as a training base. One of

have now won the cup twice as a defender. The previous one

the things that I would maybe like to do in the future is to bring

(2010) I wasn’t on board during racing, but I was part of the race

a good event to the Caribbean. I have sailed a lot around the

team and just before the start a few of us would stay on or get

world and here at home is world class, be it on or off the water.

off depending on the conditions. That didn’t feel like the Americas cup, there wasn’t this whole challenge, and it was over

There are several famous events held here already.

before you even knew it had happened – it was just two races.

Yes, I like the racing we have out here, but I would like to bring in

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the sort of style we saw in San Francisco, maybe on a smaller

innovation and doing things with a small environmental impact

scale but with fast boats and professionals coming in.

or visual footprint makes sense. Some of the stuff that I see here, I think, how did that ever get built? Everyone has their personal

Talking about Antigua again, from our earlier conversations I know

views and you have to respect that, but on the other hand

you are concerned about ecological and conservation issues here.

sometimes you have to look at the bigger picture in terms of the

Yes, sustainability, solar energy and wind power. There is a lot of

environment, planet and future generations.

work to be done here in not accepting second hand technology. We need to innovate; we are a small enough island and we

How do you see English Harbour and Falmouth progressing, you

should be leading by example with regards to the natural

have seen the marinas being built, old buildings being renovated.

resources we have here.

You only have to look at all the boats here today to realise that this

I have a lot of friends, like me, that have grown up here in

area is going to keep developing?

Antigua that fight for their environmental beliefs and I think

I think it’s good that people here are involved in making changes

that’s great. I hope we will someday soon start to see things

over time. Sometimes local politics get involved and you have

happening that will improve the island and the lives of the people

people making decisions that have no idea about yachting but

that live here. It will take time just getting policies in place. I am

have simply jumped on the band wagon or want to make a profit.

not on island enough to really understand what is going on, but I

I won’t even mention some of the things my dad has had to fight

hope to lead by example with projects that I want to start here.

against with regard to boat shows. People don’t understand

There is so much cool stuff in the world of architecture and

synergy, it helps development, no one has to compete, there are

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enough boats all around, you can work together big time here to

ship tourists do not have to be dumped on one of our beautiful

make this all work for everyone’s benefit.

beaches in the way that they are, that’s not good.

ABOVE: THE BEAUTIFUL PIGEON BEACH

We are lucky enough to have a home overlooking What gets to me, we have Falmouth bay, and now I constantly see an

Falmouth and unbelievably there were three of them cranking

influx of lifeboats coming in loaded with tourists from giant liners.

out at the mouth of the bay; I had never seen that many before.

Don’t even get me started! I was at Pigeon beach yesterday with

If I can I will fight against it, we do not need it. My younger

my girlfriend and son where I have been going for 30 years. I

brother was training out on an Optimist just the other day and

wanted to take a picture of it and send it to the Minister of

came back and pointed out to me that he was sailing through

Tourism and ask ‘Really – is this what we want’. This is not the

black slicks of oil from these guys dropping off tourists, you could

tourism we need. It puts a strain on infrastructure and

see the oil on the hull of his boat. You let one in and then another

environment. I don’t know who gets paid the fee for the tourists

follows, then another and there is always someone that profits

or how it happens, but the cruise staff bring all their stuff off the

that has never been to this spot and who really does not care

ships, take over half the beach and to do the Cruise Special

about the damage that is being done.

Caribbean Beach BBQ. It is not like the Superyacht industry with regards to supporting the local economy, ancillary services,

I notice that you called your son after a local land mark, I think it’s

provisioning, work for locals, restaurants, etc. Many yacht

a great name by the way.

captains have ended up getting property here and making

Yes, Cade’s Reef. His name is Cade Nakoa. We thought it was

Antigua their home outside of the Med, thats a plus. These cruise

rather cool because it’s a connection to where both his parents

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MAN AT THE TOP – SHANNON FALCONE

were born or raised – he has a link to Antigua with his first name

Antiguans involved in the whole super yacht side of it, like Mark

and an Hawaiian middle name, Nakoa, which means the Brave.

Ravanello, he is a captain now. I remember as a youngster it was

He absolutely loves the water and we are here this winter just to

great as you had no expenses and weren’t burning the cash as

chill out, allowing Cade to be outdoors and at the beach every

you were working on the boat. The industry has definitely

day, and decide what we are going to do next, to see what the

changed with how professional it has become and now everyone

next adventure is. My partner has a cool name too, Leilani, it’s

just goes training or to the beach to relax, not straight to the bar

Hawaiian, she was born there.

after work. New laws have come into place, boats have got so much bigger, crew have become so much more professional.

I have seen so many people come up to you to congratulate you here and you take it with such humility.

I think we are all very lucky to be involved in what is an

Thank you. It has been an amazing and crazy ride. I have been

incredible business.

super lucky. The main thing is I just work hard at it, I keep learning

The Ocean is a cool place, it is the ultimate playground.

– I never feel I know enough, I want to sail faster and have fun. You have to enjoy what you are doing, life passes us by so fast, I

Shannon you are the youngest person I have ever interviewed, and the

am only 32 and maybe I am crazy to be saying that.

coolest, it was fascinating, thank you and who knows maybe we will be

As I grew up I was looking forward to getting into the

sitting here in another 20 years talking about your life, Part Two!

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Superyacht industry, who knows maybe I will one day, working

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on boats is a cool lifestyle, we have a lot of friends here in

We would like to thank the friends and family of Shannon for

Antigua and now I am seeing more and more kids getting

allowing us the use of the photographs in this article. Special

involved in sailing, Louis Sinclair and Jareese Finch for instance

credit also to the photographers of the Americas Cup (ACEA)

are racing on some of the big boats like Leopard3. There are also

and in particular Gilles Martin-Raget & Ricardo Pinto.

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PHOTOGRAPH: DAVE HANSEN

PROFESSIONAL SNAPPER BY COLIN SQUIRE

I

WAS BORN IN HOLLAND TO A FAMILY WITH A DEEP HERITAGE of sea going and sea loving ancestors and my grandfather first took me sailing before I could walk onboard his yacht where we lived in

De Biesbosch. We emigrated to South Africa when I was still young and I grew up on the waters of Hout Bay, sailing a Dabchick, a youth training dinghy that was popular before the Optimist came along. I then progressed to a 30 ft Miura at the Royal Cape Yacht Club in Cape Town. My first real job was working on commercial fishing boats, spending any free time I had sailing, racing or repairing friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boats. All of this eventually lead me to my real passion, ocean racing. I was always hopping aboard boats when I could to sail in the local regatta series held off Cape Town and as soon as the choice was mine to make, I ditched the classroom, where I studied engineering, in favour of any job or time spent on any kind of boat. I quickly discovered that sailing was superior to a fishing career, and I set off on any, and all, sailing races and adventures that came my way. Eventually it became clear that I could travel and see the world this way and the fact that I should have a decent camera in my kit to document my journeys seemed a natural thing to me, I was sold on the sailors dream, but I did not set out to become a photographer. I started on KwaHeri, a South African based 72 ft maxi in the 1979 Cape Town to Uruguay race as a watch captain and helmsman,

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PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS – ONNE VAN DER WAL

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plus I scored the delivery back to Cape Town and then on to

My break into professional photography came when Conny

Antigua. I raced in the Maxi Boat Series for several years on

van Rietschioten, a Hollander, announced another entry in the

Midnight Sun, Boomerang, Nirvana, Kialoa, Amazon and Sleuth. I

1981-82 Whitbread Around the World Race. I was determined to

did the SORC races, the Onion Patch Newport to Bermuda race,

join them on Flyer, a 76 ft yacht, which was tempting fate and not

Cowes Week, the infamous Fastnet race of 1979, the Maxi Worlds

good for my mother's nerves, as during this slightly insane race

in Sardinia and Norway and Antigua Race Weeks plus many other

people were often swept overboard. We were given a small weight

events. I just loved racing yachts.

allowance for kit which didn’t leave much room for my novices camera gear, I was going to use this to document the epic journey and hopeful a consecutive win for Team Flyer. I had managed to talk Olympus into supplying me with a few lenses and a new camera body (Olympus OM-1) to take with me to capture the team’s amazing voyage. I was the bowman and the engineer, which meant I was always up the rig or at the end of the pole, enabling me to get some very interesting pictures during the race and also during the stops. I felt I had an 'eye' for a good image and enjoyed at the time experimenting with Ektachrome and Kodachrome film and of course the camera. We covered 40,000 miles at sea in amazing weather, unbelievable sunrises and sunsets, seasickness and breakdowns, which required my engineering skills, and I was right there putting it all on film for the world to see. When we finished the race as the winning yacht it felt to me that the world wanted to see what I had shot and what we had endured out there, my photos ‘got a life!’ so to speak

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ABOVE: A SOLITARY CRUISING CATAMARAN AT ANCHOR IN AN IDYLLIC BAY IN AUSTRALIA'S WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS

and I became noticed. The Editor of Sail Magazine, Keith Taylor,

years before I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to worry about how I was going to pay

had seen my images during a training stop-over when we were

the rent or buy groceries. I think the key to being a successful

anchored in Marblehead harbour near Boston. He took a shine to

photographer, aside from taking good photos, is to deliver on

my work, which resulted in me being signed up to document the

time, be easy to work with and treat the job as a business.

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rest of the race for the magazine plus my job of ships engineer and bowman. After the completion of the Whitbread race in 1982, which

on quality after the use of Fuji Velvia film for many years. I started

we won, I continued Maxi boat racing until 1987. During that year

using digital with the first Canon EOS 1DS Mark I when they first

I hung up my sea boots, took the plunge and started my new

came out. I spent a winter fiddling around with the camera and

career as a full time marine photographer putting down roots in

developing an optimal workflow. I started looking at software and

Newport, where I still am to this day. I live here with my wife,

bigger hard drives and it really took me the whole winter to work

Tenley and our three children, Read, Billy and Adrian and we often

the bugs out. By the time the spring came around, when the bulk

go cruising together as a family. It is said by many to be the sailing

of my work takes place, I was definitely ready and very keen to

capital of North America, if not the world! It just made so much

work with this new format. I kept my film camera in case some

sense to be based here, I know the waters and there are a great

art director said: 'I want film', but nobody even mentioned it, film

variety of backdrops to choose from for photographic shoots. I get

felt as if it had died overnight. Seven or eight months later I put

great pleasure from shooting in my home waters around

all my film camera equipment on eBay and from then on my

Newport, Rhode Island, which is also an area rich with American

photography has been 100% digital.

sailing and nautical history.

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The studio is now completely digitised, a format that I initially steered clear of simply because I didn't want to go down

I found figuring out the workflow much more time

I spent my last dollars and set up a gallery and studio,

intensive than learning how to use the digital camera, which is

despite having no formal training other than that of attending a

simple as you just push the button and take a photograph as with

few photographic seminars. The gallery we set up is run by Tenley

a film camera. It's the workflow which takes the time and starts

and we sell stock photography and retail a collection of over 300

before I, for example, step onto a boat or helicopter. I maybe have

fine art Limited Edition prints. The library holds images from

to decide how many cards to take, do I have enough cards to

around the globe and features the most beautiful classic yachts,

shoot the assignment, or do I need a portable hard drive? The

the sleekest racing machines, quiet harbours and secluded

office is always busy and we are constantly refining the

beaches, icebergs, and wildlife. In the beginning it took a solid 10

equipment we have and installing bigger hard drives and servers.

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ABOVE: PERFECT STUDY IN THE USE OF A WIDE-ANGLE LENS

It never stops, but I've got a very good workflow ethic now, to the

the marine industry who call on me to capture their latest and

point that Canon and Lexar have asked me to teach and lecture

greatest boats or gear. I learned to work with models that had

on the subject

never set foot on a boat and I have trudged through staging

BELOW: THE DECK OF M/Y FREEDOM

Mastering digital photography, video and the massive

under-budgeted commercial shoots, while keeping the finely

workflow that accompanies these newer art forms has kept me

dressed, landlubber type art directors from getting wet and

constantly on my toes.

seasick in this most unfamiliar territory for them. I like to think of

For years I shot regattas and hassled magazine editors,

myself as being one of the top Marine Photographers, a

art directors and marketing professionals for assignments. The

distinction I must continue to fight for as the hoards of younger

work was there and I was published often, I have now racked up

photography majors with an affinity for sailing and deep pockets

tons of covers and features and have an impressive client list in

invent themselves as the next best thing with a lens to hit the water. It is a challenge to remain on top of a small industry of marine photographers and with the present struggling economy I rely heavily on my years of experience behind the lens and my desk, along with my willingness to race ahead at the speed of technology to keep me where I want to be. If I must learn to shoot and edit digital video on a DSLR or on a dedicated Canon camcorder, then I will! My nearly 30 years of ‘practicing’ have turned me into something of a machine – a machine for selling myself, putting my best skills and shots forward, and forging ahead – even reinventing myself in slow times. I have carved out a reputation for my work from behind the lens and I intend to keep it. Work and clients have taken me around the globe shooting in exotic destinations, many of which can only be reached by boat. Expeditions are my favourite, and I have quite a few under

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ABOVE: BEAVERTAIL LIGHTHOUSE CASTS IT’S BEAM OVER NARRANGANSETT BAY BELOW: P2 AT ST. BARTHS

my belt. My work has taken me as far North as Spitsbergen in the

We have also developed a series of finely tuned summer

Norwegian Arctic and as far south as Antartica. During the winter

‘Workshops on the Water’ which are held onboard a 55 ft motor

of 2003 I was fortunate enough to photograph an epic journey to

yacht where I teach a small group of enthusiasts the 'ins and outs'

retrace the steps of Sir Ernest Shackleton on the Island of South

of shooting in, on, and around the water. In the winter I teach

Georgia in the Falkland Islands. I was part of a nine man team that

multi-day workshops in the Bahamas, Caribbean and South

were selected for this expedition onboard Shaman.

Florida.These workshops and presentations enable me to share my passion for the sea and its islands, coasts and coves as well as sharing knowledge of shooting in the most challenging of conditions. Some of the best images I have ever captured have been taken in the most awful conditions imaginable, with salt spray and unstable shooting platforms. It's one thing shooting regular old lighting on the water, but if you're in a funny lighting situation, inside a lighthouse for example, you can have a quick look at the preview and think,‘Oh s***, it's a slightly too dark, I have to crank up the ISO a little bit’. Many times I'll take my laptop with me which allows me to do a quick download, if the shot is not perfect then I've got to do it again to get it right. When I am

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out shooting the immediacy of results on the laptop is a great help as I can detect and then fix problems on the go. In order to improve my art with every frame, I have bought only the best Canon cameras and lenses available and continuously upgrade to stay on top of the game. I learned to pack my gear in coolers for the wet rides on chase boats, and I learned how to steady my long lenses in rough seas. I discovered that fast shutter speeds were paramount to sharp photos of boats that were rarely still (especially when taken from another moving platform), and I further developed my already keen eye and composition, something to which I attribute my early success! I had a vision as a sailor of what the viewer would be most engaged by in this tiny rectangle of a canvas. It is still the one part of shooting I tell my workshop and lecture students that simply cannot be taught. No matter how technical and sharp your photos are, if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have an eye for the image, for the composition, you are toast. I used all of this ammo to finally land my career dream of becoming a Canon Explorer of Light in 2006, a group of pro shooters sponsored by Canon USA. It was a hard sell to those used to selecting fashion and car photographers, but I was a standout. I shot BOATS and I got WET, and I soaked, sank, or salted the heck out of Canon bodies that continued to fire and produce crystal sharp images. Years later I can say that this is perhaps the best advice to give to any fledgling photographer looking for a career. Make yourself and your work STAND OUT. Be different. Climb the mast, swim with your $10k camera body in a waterproof housing at a packed mark rounding, dangle from a helicopter. Scare your mother and tempt fate! Get creative and dramatic and noticed. Buy the best cameras and flash memory cards, and take the time to learn new things, this is what the professional photography industry now demands. Distributing work is also easier digitally. With slides it's very difficult to send that one killer shot to all of your clients, a guy would sit on the picture and then not use it and give it back to you three weeks later when it was dead, the moment forgotten. But with digital you bang out emails, and everybody has the images. Then you say:


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OPPOSITE: SUNRISE IN THE BAHAMAS BELOW: OUTBOARD DECK OF NEVER SAY NEVER WHILE ANCHORED OFF NEWPORT, RI

‘You guys better tell me what you want to use because somebody

‘My main bread and butter is advertising’, a client may say:

else will grab it'. As a result we've made much more money from

'This is the boat, this is the Captain's name, fly down there, set it

photography, even though the initial outlay was horrendous.

all up, get the light right, hire the helicopter, and shoot my boat'.

Nautical photography, like underwater photography,

I’m on my own and that’s the way I like to do it.

creates the unique problem of how to keep equipment dry and

Much of my work is luckily done in balmy, bright weather

safe. I do some photography in the water for special commissions,

ensuring that the light is right. When a client asks me to shoot his

and experiment with half in, half out of water shots, for these I

40 ft sailboat with his wife on board you don't want it to be

use a Aquatech underwater housing. This housing takes a Canon

blowing force 8. My work also includes editorial commissions and

EOS 1 Dx with a wide angle lens. Is a light weight housing and is

often private commissions for clients who want their experiences

just barely buoyant so perfect for on the surface shooting.

on board their yacht documented. I have been working with a

Above the water,I protect my camera with an Aquashield

client for more then ten years now, documenting his trips on a 90

Sports Shield, it's like a fabric housing that goes over the camera,

ft sailing yacht to places like Cuba, Tonga, the Arctic, South

and my hand goes into a sleeve. The front element of the lens gets

Georgia and Kamchatka in Northeastern Russia. I have a perfect

wet, but the rest of the camera and lens body are protected from

situation. If I feel like going into the crew mess and eating with

the spray and the salt water.

them because I got up early, then I go down and eat hot dogs. Or

Nautical photography is an unusual genre, but there's

if I feel like it, I go and plop down next to the owner and eat

room in the industry for quite a few top pros. The marine industry

caviar...but if the s*** hits the fan, I obviously put my foul

is a very large industry, because not only do we have racing and

weather gear on and dig in to make sure we keep the vessel safe.

cruising, large and small, there is also power and sail, commercial

Nautical photography is the art of capturing motion,

shipping and then there is apparel, and there are the sail makers,

energy and beauty. Before you capture the image you have to

the mast makers, the paint guys, the propeller man, the battery,

have a sense of what is happening next. You need to predict what

the engines, the gloves, the hats, the sunglasses, they're all nicely

will occur on the next wave or wind shift. You should know more

connected to this industry. Some of them have money and some

than what a pretty sky it is, or how the colour of the spinnaker

don't, and some appreciate good photography and others don't.

will reflect on the water. The photo opportunity will differ if


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builders of Bahamian sloops in the Exumas and a charter video of a large motoryacht. I feel I was born to be on the water, I have witnessed decades of incredible sailing innovation, hence the yachts of the Americas Cup, and I now feel as if I am an ‘astronaut of the sea’. These days sailing is more like space travel and I love it, we have seen extraordinary technological progress over the past 30 years and I have been able to witness it first hand. We have come along way since film, the advances in technology have not only helped the experienced professionals but also the amateur who is now better equipped than ever, digital has brought quality plus point and shoot photography to the masses. Everyone now shoots whether it is with a smartphone or a DSLR. The pictures are better, sharper, with no grain and have great colour and many cameras are super sensitive in low light. Images can be blown up to the size of a billboard with ease and without losing clarity and quality. TOP: A LEEWARD MARK TAKE DOWN ON THE 12 M COLUMBIA – ROUND THE ISLAND RACE ABOVE: A FAST 42, HARD ON THE WIND TOWARDS THE WINDWARD MARK OFF GREEN POINT, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

the boat gybes or your angle changes. As a sailor and having a

I'm so lucky to do a job I love, a job that has given me

deep passion for boats I am in tune with what is taking place

so many wonderful experiences.There are times when I have been

around me, I have a profound understanding of what makes them

at sea with a gale blowing, on a vessel that is barely afloat and

work and a knack for making images that convey both the yacht

I have always just hung in there, when possible with camera

and its surroundings.

in hand. There have been some really scary moments, but to

I have a docket of assignments to keep me busy, including

get the pictures that are the best, the most original, the most

gigs in Holland, Martinique and a reunion with the crew of the

eye catching you simply have to go through all of that. If you

Flyer. About four years ago I started shooting videos for clients

want to be a great photographer there is no point in staying at

and I have since loved learning this new part of my trade. It has

home, you have to be out and about looking and hoping for that

given me a bit of an edge over the guys that are not shooting this

one special moment, a moment that only you will know when

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THE BIGGEST MONACO YACHT SHOW YET & A SHOWCASE FOR 118 SUPERYACHTS

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HIS YEAR THE WORLD’S LARGEST SHOWCASE FOR

The new extension perfectly matches the increasing

Super and Megayachts afloat will be the biggest ever,

demand for exhibiting bigger yachts in the Port. Last year’s event

with an expanded exhibition area and berthing for 118

appeared to herald the beginnings of a recovery in the yachting

Superyachts in the Port Hercules of Monaco.

market and it seems today that some yachting statistics are close

‘The demand for space at MYS has been a challenge to us

to pre-crisis figures, in terms of volume, with order books and the

for more than ten years,’ said Gaëlle Tallarida, Managing Director

demand for finance on the increase. During the last two to three

of the Monaco Yacht Show, ‘The improving global economy and

years it has also been noticeable that there has been an increasing

expanding demand in developing economies for exclusive

demand for vessels over 100 m, the Monaco Yacht Show will now

products and services, including Superyachts, was full of meaning

be able to berth these giants for all to see.

for us and for Monaco also. Jointly with the Monaco Government,

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the MYS has been able to extend its show footprint for 2014

MEGAYACHTS UP TO 120 M IN LENGTH!

enabling us to again welcome the elite of the international

The MYS floating area has been extended to the port entrance in

Superyacht community not only to an expanded MYS but

front of the new Monaco Yacht Club and Quai Rainier, 1er Grand

Monaco itself, the world capital of yachting’.

Amiral de France, opening up space for 118 yachts up to 120

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metres, giving an average length over 50 metres. The exhibition

and Eastern Europe, which remain historic markets for yachting.

area is also wider, with around 400 additional square metres

The MYS will welcome among others, new wealth, notably from

available for stands.

emerging markets like Turkey, China or South Asia and these

These figures are clearly impressive, enhancing the

visitors will be walking the docks to catch up on the latest

reputation of the MYS in every respect and further stretching its

Superyacht trends and maybe be tempted to acquire these Jewels

competitive advantage on the worldwide stage.

of the Seas whilst in the glamorous setting of Monaco.

‘The Informa Group and the MYS have been in discussions

What makes Monaco so special during the MYS are the

with the Monaco Harbours Management Company (S.E.P.M.) and

events held every day. Over one hundred events are organised

the Monaco Yacht Club for many years about how we can develop

on board the yachts, at the stands, or in the Principality’s top

yachting in Monaco further, and it became a natural and obvious

hotels. Awards, business lunches, gala dinners and cocktail

step for the three of us to formally join forces to pursue the same

parties are some of the many highlights that enable formal and

goal. This is significant in highlighting the great importance of

informal networking and often attract those that can afford and

Monaco for yachting, as well as that of yachting for Monaco. The

do buy Superyachts.

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high concentration of industry professionals and clients here underlines the potential for the industry to continue to grow in the future and remain a long-term source of prestige for Monaco.’

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AYSS – MONACONET – MONACO SEPTEMBER 23 2014 www.ayss.org

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MEDITERRANEAN YACHT SHOW – GREECE MAY 3 – 7 2014 www.mediterraneanyachtshow.gr

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BATTLESHIP ‘G. AVEROF’

THE BATTLESHIP ‘G. AVEROF’ THE PRIDE OF GREECE BY ROSEMARY PAVLATOU

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RECENTLY HAD THE HONOUR OF BEING GIVEN AN in-depth tour of the 1910, 459.74 ft battleship G. Averof alongside her current commanding officer, Panagiotis

Tripontikos. The G. Averof is still, today, a fully commissioned warship in the Greek Navy and is based in Flisvos, Athens and now serves as a beautifully preserved floating naval museum, a fantastic relic from an almost forgotten age. However, the G. Averof is not just any warship, she is as much a significant piece of modern Greek naval history as the Hellenic Warships of centuries past and even, it might be argued, of world Naval history, she is the sole remaining armoured cruiser of her type left in the world today. For just a few Euros visitors can stroll her lovingly restored decks with their impressive and massive gun emplacements set forward and aft and view the private aft balcony set aside for the Admiral, easy for him to access from his stateroom. The beautiful Italian craftsmanship in the wood-lined rooms of his and the officers quarters can still be admired along with the truly amazing engine room with its original steam engines, looking more like art installations than working engines. She even has her original boiler room, not as yet made ready for visitors to roam.

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To hear of how this ship was commissioned, and how she was run by sailors, some as young as 12, who needed to be short to work at speed throughout many of the low interior walkways, and to walk through the sleeping area crisscrossed with the hammocks required to enable all 670 peacetime sailors to be accommodated onboard, this number would balloon to 1200 men during active service, is in itself an education. This was the only area of any leisure for the crew, they not only slept here but ate here too, as witnessed by the tables stowed away, neatly, on the deck head above the hammocks on pulleys. What impresses here is the vast numbers this vessel had to cater too, there must have been constant noise, constant motion and compared with our modern lives of convenience, everything needed huge effort by the crew to be accomplished. This was normal 100+ years ago in most areas of life, but living in such numbers in such confined spaces was a tough existence and one where cleanliness had to be imperative. It is interesting to note that each crew member had a number, and each number would be allocated to three crew, all who had the same job. Imagine an eight hour day, multiply by three to give a 24 hour rotation, and one numbered duffle bag would be used for storing the possessions of all three crew members, one hammock would be allocated to three crew etc. The number would be green or red. All red crew stayed to port, all green to starboard,

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unless an officer ordered otherwise the crew had to remain on their side of the ship. If that order were given the crew member would have to move in a clockwise progression through the ship. The main deck of the ship consists of huge areas that would have been teeming with men, men and animals to be exact, as live animals were kept onboard whenever possible to ensure a supply of fresh food for the crew. As expected, huge kitchens catered for this enormous and probably very hungry crew. Interestingly much of the original cookware and the infrastructure of the galley is still intact and should the need ever exist again to feed so many again, I am sure this could all soon be put to good use. The Officers Ward room onboard the G. Averof would have

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seen innumerable officers dinners and entertaining but would also

the officers, not just for her, but often for the entire fleet as she

have seen the formation of some of the finest battle plans in

played out the role of Flag Ship during her active career. The sense

Greek naval history, battles that would embolden the name of the

of history to be felt here is almost palpable.

G. Averof into the history books. In sharp contrast to the areas

I was also fortunate enough to be afforded a tour of the

available to the main crew this ward room conveys a sense of

Admiral’s cabin which has fabulous wood lined walls with some

refinement with its huge dining table surrounded by leather

intricate carving and again wonderful workmanship. This area has

dining chairs, wood-lined walls and silverware of great elegance.

been preserved in perfect condition, mainly due to the foresight

Obviously this room offered some well earned comfort to the

of the Hellenic Navy past when the entire fittings of this cabin

ships officers as well as a place to entertain visitors to the ship. As

were removed and stored in safety for many years as the future

you stand looking at the splendour encapsulated here you can

of this vessel was debated, eventually to be reinstated as the

almost imagine how the plans were drawn up so successfully by

jewel in the crown of the G. Averof. This leads to the aft balcony,

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as mentioned above, which allowed a panoramic view for the Admiral whilst at sea or in port. There cannot be many warships that have something so ornate and yet so practical. Of course boys of all ages will enjoy the British-built gun turrets with their huge barrels dominating the decks. The two main turrets comprise 9.2" guns under 7.9" armour and four smaller turrets contain 8 x 7.5" guns under 6.9" armour. There were also many smaller gun emplacements set around the vessel that have now been removed. The reinforced steel ‘belt’ at the waterline was of 7.9" armour plate. Below decks there were also three torpedo tubes that were never fired in anger due to the accuracy required, but not possible, on such a large moving platform. Going below decks one can view the shell store and loading mechanisms and another interesting fact was that the gunners, who would be in the turrets, would often be given the job, for obvious reasons, if they were already deaf. During the battle of Lemnos in 1913, during three hours and eight minutes of engagement with the Ottoman fleet 648 shells were fired from the hand loaded guns of the G. Averof. The primitive aiming gear is still there to see, it would enable the ship to fire a massive shell up to 11 km distance with incredible accuracy. And of course we arrive in the huge engine-room. Strangely enough this may well prove to be the most impressive

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part of the ship for many, even if they know little to

messages throughout the ship during times of action, below

nothing about what they are looking at in real terms as able

which sits the back to front helm. To understand this you need

crew will be on hand to explain in as simple or as complex a

to view it.

way as needed. The sheer size of these Italian engines will

Part of the tour will also take you to the area exhibiting the

impress, as will their all too apparent power, the fact of their

Balkan War uniforms worn by the various ranks who may have

age and their absolute uniqueness as the only surviving such

been onboard, some very ornate and others obviously sailor’s

engines today make them a sight to behold. With touches

work day clothes. All of this helps the story of this remarkable ship

of gleaming brass on many parts of the engines, huge spanners

to come alive and would, I imagine, particularly appeal to children

specially made for specific parts of the engine on view and the

who are very welcome onboard. Indeed they are specifically

entire atmosphere within this perfectly preserved space it

catered for by the multilingual, hand-picked crew, all of whom

is without doubt that you too might find this unexpectedly,

have a particular interest in the ship and a comprehensive

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Even now, at leisure as a floating naval museum, she

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naval vessel passes, the entire crew are mustered on deck to

As the fastest ship in the area G. Averof was able to rout

salute her and to acknowledge her impressive contribution to

the Turkish ships almost singlehandedly during the battles of Elli

Hellenic naval history.

and Lemnos. Having become impatient with the slow speeds of

She was removed from active service in 1952 and

the other ships Koutouriotis hoisted the ‘Z’ flag indicating

remained anchored in Salamis Bay until she was towed to Poros,

‘Independent Action’ and with full steam ahead blazed into the

where she remained at anchor from 1956 to 1983.

opposing forces vanquishing them with very little damage to the

The ‘Averof’ was built in Livorno, Italy where her two sister

G. Averof even though hit several times. The Turkish fleet

ships Pisa and Amalfi were also built. After the Italian government

disappeared into the Dardanelles Straits not to reappear for the

decided not to take delivery of the third ship being constructed the

rest of the war. These incredible exploits, with only minor damage

Greek government stepped in to take the opportunity to upgrade

lead the crew to affectionately call her ‘Lucky Uncle George’.

their naval might. Her cost of almost 1,000,000 British Pounds was

This move in no small part contributed to the Balkan

hugely assisted by George Averof a wealthy Greek who endowed

league’s success in securing victory by forcing the Turkish troops

300,000 gold pounds to the Greek government for the purpose of

to abandon the Aegean allowing Greece to move into some of the

this purchase and was accordingly remembered in the name of the

hitherto occupied islands, notably Samos and Lesvos, as well as

new ship when she was launched on March 12th 1910. At that

securing the independence of Albania.

time she was one of the fastest ships in the region, with a

The G. Averof also took part in the Second Balkan Wars as

maximum speed of 23.5 knots, and the pride of the Hellenic Navy.

well as in the Hellenic-Turkish war of 1919 – 1922, when she saw

Her coal fired boilers would give her a maximum distance

action in Eastern Thrace and The Black Sea, arriving in

of 2480 miles at a speed of 17.5 knots. Loading the coal was no

Constantinople at war’s end to great rejoicing. She saw relatively

easy feat, coaling stations were set up around the world in those

little action in the First World War as Greece was neutral until late

days, it was a messy business and you can view the brass capped

in the proceedings.

holes through the decks that the coal would be dropped through into the bunkers set into the bilges.

In 1941 when Greece was being threatened with invasion an order to scuttle the G. Averof was given to keep it from the

Her maiden voyage was to Britain where she took part in

hands of the invading German forces. However, after some of the

the coronation celebrations for King George V, but her visit was

officers stepped ashore the rest of the officers and the crew, at

not without incident and problems between Captain and crew

great danger to themselves, ignored the order and took the ship

lead to the replacement of Captain Damianos with Pavlos

by stealth to Souda in Crete and from there to Alexandria in Egypt.

Kountouriotis who quickly gained control of the ship and after

She was then sent by the Allies to India where she spent most of

loading with ammunition he set sail for Greece. During the

the war securing sea lanes for the allies.

voyage intensive training from Kountouriotis bore results and his

On October 17, 1944, once again as the flagship of the

command was hugely successful from that time, arriving in

Hellenic Navy, under the command of Captain Theodoros

Faliron Bay on September1st 1911.

Kountouriotis (the Admiral's son), she carried the Greek

With the outbreak of the First Balkan Wars, Koutouriotis

government-in-exile back to a liberated Athens. It is interesting also

was made Rear Admiral and Commander in chief of the Hellenic

that it was the flag of the G. Averof that was hoisted above the

Navy leaving in his place Sophocles Doumanis as the ship’s

Acropolis after the long occupation of the country in an act that

Commanding Officer under whom the G. Averof served as the

finally consolidated the freedom of Greece once again.

flagship of the Hellenic Navy.

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ONE OF THE CLOSEST FINISHES EVER THE 2014 SUPERYACHT CHALLENGE ANTIGUA 30TH JANUARY – 2ND FEBRUARY 2014 WORDS BY LOUAY HABIB PHOTOGRAPHY BY TIM WRIGHT

HE SUPERYACHT CHALLENGE ANTIGUA IS NOW IN ITS FOURTH YEAR AND HAS established itself as a unique superyacht event. An exciting and friendly regatta designed as a wonderful celebration of sailing and parties, solely for the enjoyment of the yacht owners, their guests and crew. The Challenge is held each year at the end of January and hosted by the Admiral's Inn in Nelson's Dockyard. Even though the racing is very competitive the Superyacht Challenge is dedicated to pure fun afloat and ashore, where all participants can enjoy a relaxed party atmosphere free from any commercial endorsements. The event comprises three days of spectacular racing with ratings and start times being determined by the International Superyacht Rule. Starting just outside English Harbour, the magnificent yachts take part in daily pursuit races along the stunning south coast of Antigua. For the fourth year in succession an impressive line up of some of the world's finest sailing yachts took part. This year, eight super sail yachts, with a combined length of over 1000 ft, took part. Half of the fleet were returning from the previous year and three of the yachts were new to the event. Last year's overall winner Adela was back to defend the Challenge. This 182 ft Dykstra designed schooner was the largest yacht competing and is renowned worldwide for her racing prowess, while the smallest competitor was the 90 ft Maxi Swan, Freya, which made her debut here. The 102 ft ketch Maramar and the 113 ft Germán Frers sloop Unfurled and the magnificent 147 ft Dubois ketch Timoneer were also back having competed in 2013. The Hoek-designed, 180 ft ketch Marie, which competed in 2011 and 2012, was also making a return. The 110 ft Vitters Maxi Inoui and the 126 ft Schooner Gloria were also making their debut at this event. ‘As always we are looking forward to three days of excellent sailing, spectacular racing and great sportsmanship’ commented Paul Deeth before the racing began. Paul is one of the founders of the event. ‘As always, we will be encouraging all participants to indulge in the evening activities which are aimed at creating an ideal social environment to enable the various contenders to enjoy themselves.’ It

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ABOVE: TIMONEER PREVIOUS SPREAD: ADELA

must be mentioned that, in true yachting tradition, not much in the way of encouragement was required!

The predicted weather for the next day was for strong Trade Winds of 20 knots or more and a significant sea state. By starting and finishing just outside Nelson's Dockyard

TRAINING DAY AND GUNPOWDER PLOT

spectators are able to view the racing from Fort Charlotte,

The majority of the fleet were out on the water on the Thursday,

Rendezvous Bay and Curtain Bluff. The fleet were predicted to

the day before the racing began, honing their boat handling skills

enjoy a fast close reach at the start, followed by a tactical

and manoeuvres in feisty conditions. The eight magnificent

downwind run in deep ocean. A broad reach back inshore would

yachts were given a real taste of spectacular Caribbean sailing. 20

be followed by a tricky windward/leeward leg. Then the

knots gusting up to 25 with three metre swells provided some

penultimate leg, which would see the magnificent fleet powering

extremely exhilarating sailing conditions.

to windward for a six mile beat with a sprint broad reach to the

A skippers briefing was then held at the Admiral's Inn,

finish, just outside the Dockyard.

followed by a welcome reception cocktail party at the Gunpowder House, the recently beautifully restored 18th-century

SPECTACULAR START AND GALLOPING GOURMETS

gunpowder store set within the harbour itself, a splendid setting

The first race of the 4th edition of The Superyacht Challenge was

to open the proceedings.

blessed with stunning Caribbean conditions. Warm air, ocean

With a hedonistic cocktail of a few drinks and some of

The 22 mile course tested the yachts and crews at just

plotting for an early bath for some in the infinity pool! The

about every point of sail and there was plenty of close action on

opening reception was a fun-filled affair with rival crews enjoying

the water but that was nothing compared to the intense

plenty of laughter. The Challenge in Antigua is the first Superyacht

competition for Friday night's 'Cook Offâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; but more of that later.

event of the year and many of the sailors were meeting up for the first time in 2014.

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swells and as predicted 17-20 knots of breeze.

sailing's best known characters there was certainly plenty of

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The first yacht to start in the pursuit race was the Schooner, Gloria, which was announced by a blast of The Doors tune G-L-O-R-I-A!


SUPERYACHT CHALLENGE ANTIGUA

BELOW: MARIE

Adela had the best start, through the line at full pelt, just a few

seasoned vegetable accompaniments were put on display, a feast

seconds before the gun and with some impressive crew work Adela

fit for a king. The jury is still out but Adela's eye catching

led the fleet rounding Curtains for the long beat back towards the

watermelon shark most definitely caught the eye of race officer,

finish. However, the carbon composite sloop Inoui went like a

John Coveney, and the rib of beef from Marie was cooked to

rocket upwind to pass Adela to take line honours.

perfection by Ninja Mutant Turtles!

There was tremendously close racing throughout the fleet,

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especially between Freya and Marie. Freya won The David and

DAY TWO â&#x20AC;&#x201C; THRILLS AND SPILLS

Goliath battle for the line by just four seconds. Unfurled made an

Glorious conditions again prevailed for the second day of racing.

excellent recovery to finish third over the line after blowing out

Two races were held in the 17-20 knots of warm Caribbean breeze

their spinnaker but today's race was won by the 102 ft ketch

and the two shorter, tighter courses provided some thrills and

Marama, which corrected out to win Race One from Adela.

spills for the superyacht fleet.

After completing the race, the sensational cookery

In the first race of the day Adela got away to a flying start,

competition was held right off the superyacht dock at Nelson's

smashing to windward before unfurling 'Big Red' and accelerating

Dockyard. By design, Superyacht crews consist of some highly

downwind. Adela performed well, playing the current and shifts

talented chefs, both amateur and professional, and each yacht

and the crew executed some text book boat handling to score

produced what can only be described as a galloping gourmet of

their first win of the regatta. Unfurled sailed well to post a second

fine fayre, beautifully and artistically presented. With racing

place with Inoui third. Yesterday's winner, Marama, suffered a torn

points awarded towards the overall score there was a real

mainsail but quick crew work to reef the sail saved the day.

incentive to shine and the eight tables of rare roast beef,

The last race of the day was also full of incident,

succulent shrimp, fish curry and all manner of spiced and

unfortunately Inoui could not compete due to gear failure but

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Gloria was in consistent form all day and stayed out of trouble in the last race to take her first win. Marama was second and the very consistent Unfurled in third. This is the first occasion that Gloria has entered the Challenge and the owner and crew were elated with the win. Gloria's bow crew are all in their twenties and composed of as many gals as guys, the regular crew on Gloria had been joined by sailors in Antigua, there working on other yachts. Most of the rear guard on these yachts (critics section) are composed of silver foxes with decades of superyacht know-how behind them and the blend of youth and experience produced a laugh a minute atmosphere on board. Saturday night's entertainment was a Caribbean beach party with a loud shirt competition. The colourful clan enjoyed a barbecue with a traditional Antiguan dance troop to get the party going and the dance tunes kept the tempo up right through the night. Prizes for the loudest Caribbean shirt will be awarded at tomorrow's Prize Giving, the smart money is, as always, on Timoneer, a crew famed for their shirt prowess, a tradition built up TOP: INOUI

was back racing on Sunday. One of the Adela crew was flicked

ABOVE: UNFURLED

assistance, furling away their head sail and in a controlled gybe

DAY THREE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; JUST TWO SECONDS

went to assist the overboard situation but the Adela crew

Lighter shifty conditions provided for a dramatic finale to the 4th

member was safely recovered by a chase boat. Freya received

edition of the Superyacht Challenge. The overall winner was

three cheers from several yachts after the race.

decided on the last leg of the final race, and by just two seconds.

PREVIOUS SPREAD: MARAMA

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over the years under the gaze of that infamous sailor, Phil Wade!

over the side during a manoeuvre, Freya immediately offered

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ABOVE: GLORIA

How Unfurled nailed the pin end of the line with just a

The Superyacht Challenge Prize Giving was held at the

second to spare is unbelievable. The 112 ft sloop was at full pace

Copper and Lumber Store in Nelson's Dockyard and true to the

and the crew knew they had a chance of overall victory after they

event's traditions there was not much pomp or ceremony, just

heard the gun. Before the final six mile beat, Unfurled was up to

several hundred good natured lovers of yachting getting together

fourth in pursuit of the leaders and played the current in

for a big laugh and to congratulate each winner as they went up

Rendezvous Bay to great effect to stay in touch with the bigger,

to the stage.

more powerful yachts to take the lead. A smart, tack bare away

The Superyacht Challenge Antigua has one clear objective;

set, at Nelsons and Unfurled extended the lead and managed to

to provide all the facilities to stage an ideal event for an exclusive

hold off the chasing pack. Unfurled took the line and then had to

selection of yachts, where fair racing and good companionship are

wait for the time correction to be factored in, the result was

valued above all else.

astonishing. The Superyacht Challenge delivered one of the closest finishes in the history of superyacht racing.

The regatta will continue with a limited entry of 15 yachts, depending on the type of vessels. This decision was made to ensure

Gloria finished the regatta in style scoring their second

that the magnificent amenities available at Nelsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dockyard

bullet to elevate the team into third overall, but only just, Gloria

could comfortably host the event. Furthermore the event will have

was tied on points with Marie. Gloria took the podium place

no title sponsorship, to ensure that the Superyacht Challenge

ahead of Marie by virtue of two first places in the regatta.

Antigua will be held for the pure enjoyment of the participants

Adela was runner up to Gloria in Race 4, assuring the

without any conflict of interest with a third party.

Adela team of second place overall, just a point ahead of both Marie and Gloria. In the last race, Adela beat Unfurled by just two seconds after time correction. Significantly if Unfurled had beaten Adela, the 112 ft sloop would have tied for an overall victory. However, the overall winner of the 4th edition of the Superyacht

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Challenge Antigua was the 102 ft Ketch, Marama, by a single point

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HY WOULD A YACHT OWNER OR CHARTER client want to visit Scandinavia and the Baltic? The relative closeness of the beautiful uncrowded

cruising grounds of Scandinavia to the overcrowded cruising grounds of the Mediterranean is a good reason, tranquillity is beckoning! Without the crammed ports and overpriced marinas and with spectacular natural experiences on hand, plus a number of cultural enriched capitals lined up all within convenient cruising distances of each other like pearls on a string, heading to Scandinavia really is a wonderful summer cruise option. We will focus here on Sweden, but wherever you are in the Baltic, you are never far from one or more of Europe’s great historic cities, Copenhagen, Tallinn, Riga or St Petersburg to name but a few.

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A suggested cruise itinerary in this region could start with a truly breath-taking cruise through the dramatic scenery offered by the towering fjords of Norway and then continue along the Swedish west coast with a mixture of stops in its smaller townships, such as Fjällbacka, famed for oyster cultivation and oyster safaris (seeking creatures in their natural habitat) and of course a stop to experience the Michelin star restaurants of Gothenburg. The itinerary could also provide jet set opportunities

LEFT: KASTELLHOLMEN BELOW: THE UNDISTURBED PEACE OF THE WEST COAST ARCHIPELAGO BOTTOM: FJÄLLBACKA ARCHIPELAGO, BOHUSLÄN

with a visit to the July Swedish Open tennis tournament held in Båstad before carrying on into the Swedish Baltic archipelago. Cruising amongst the 30,000 islands and skerries (small rocky islands) of the Stockholm archipelago is certainly relaxing with cultural highlights such as those available in Stockholm itself. A cruising itinerary through Swedish waters should combine the experience of nature in a relaxing atmosphere with the experience of first class dining and shopping when ashore all linked to the wonderful experience of seeing the culture on offer in the metropolitan capitals visited. Sweden is conveniently placed in the centre of Scandinavia. It is the largest of the Scandinavian countries with two coastlines that differ greatly from each other to provide a visitor with two equally spectacular and unique experiences. The west coast, from the Norwegian boarder down to the city of Gothenburg, is characterised

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ABOVE: MARSTRAND

by its bare, flat cliffs with little vegetation and by small picturesque

RIGHT: HUTS ON THE BEACH IN SKANÖR

archipelago commences with the northern village of Strömstad – a

OPPOSITE: KAYAKING AT LÅNGESKÄR, BOHUSLÄN

edge of the Koster-Väderö fjord. Just off the Strömstad coast you

fishing villages that provide charming scenery. The west coast postcard-pretty village of red wooden houses set on the water’s will find Sweden’s first marine national park, Kosterhavet, a protected 450 sq km zone that is the home to more than 6000 different marine species, both animals and plants, including reefs of deep-water coral, Lophelia Pertusa. The Koster-Väderö fjord is connected to the Norwegian Trench, which is in turn connected to the Atlantic Ocean, making the conditions in the trench almost oceanic. This means creatures and species that would normally be found on the continental slopes thrive here. If you are at all interested in marine wildlife a stop to enjoy the snorkelling paths and diving sites of this unique underwater world is not to be missed! As you set off and make your way southward along the coast, you will find yourself surrounded by thousands of islands and islets coloured by smooth champagne granite rock, summer cottages, resorts and lighthouses. This is where you will find some of Europe’s best seafood, you can gather shellfish yourself, glide past seals in your kayak, rent a floating sauna, soak in a seaweed bath at a spa resort, enjoy a cocktail on the quay or climb the stairs of a lighthouse to watch the sun as it sets into the ocean.

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Grebbestad, situated south of Strömstad, is one of many typically beautiful west coast fishing towns, with a dramatic rocky backdrop and quaint pastel-coloured wooden houses with associated buildings, where the heart of the town is its harbour. The town is set at the head of a channel leading into the Fjällbacka archipelago, it is a wonderful place for walks and a place to sample the atmosphere of a small Swedish fishing town, you could perhaps pay a visit to the famous Everts sea cottage. The picturesque township of Fjällbacka is a dream-like fishing village dating back to the 17th century and made famous as a novel crime-scene setting by Swedish writer Camilla Läckberg’s. Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman had a cottage here, a place where she spent her summers when she visited Sweden. Here you will have the opportunity to dine al fresco while watching sail yachts arrive for the night as the sun sets. Continuing south from Fjällbacka you have the option to take your tender through the narrow, very scenic, inner passage at Hamburgsund and on through the Sotenäs channel passing through the shellfish capital of Sweden, Smögen, situated just off the southern channel exit. Another pearl along the west coast, situated somewhat further out in the archipelago is Käringön. A must-do here is to visit the Karingo oyster bar where you can enjoy the exquisite European flat oysters, Ostrea Edulis, taken fresh from the cultivation beds just outside in the fjord, to do this in style you can drink champagne in the wood-stove heated hot tub as you watch the oysters being collected. If you want to stay overnight there is a

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enjoy the impressive views across the archipelago from Carlsten’s Fortress, dine in style and enjoy a vibrant nightlife. After passing Marstrand you will finally reach the ‘capital’ of the west coast, Gothenburg. Gothenburg is Sweden’s second Office: +39 0584 383984 Fax: +39 0584 384685 http://www.termopetroliversilia.com email:bunker@termopetroliversilia.com 55049 VIAREGGIO - ITALY Via Paolo Savi, 170

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largest city, and the gateway to the three striking provinces on the west coast – Bohuslän, Dalsland and Västergötland. The city itself is relatively small with a compact centre which makes walking


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around between the different sights very easy. Here you will find a broad spectrum of eateries, from fine dining to easy-going lunch restaurants and cafes, and you will be able to enjoy the city’s rich cultural life as you visit its vast selection of museums, theatres and of course the Gothenburg Opera house that hosts many international productions. If shopping is on the menu a visit to the main boulevard, Kungsportsavenyn, where exclusive shopping opportunities and flagship stores are found, is a must. Continuing onwards south from Gothenburg you will pass an area known as the spa and recreation centre of Sweden with its mile long white sand beaches and mostly small townships like Varberg or Falkenberg which are famous for their early 20th century cold water, seaside bath houses, most of which have today been transformed into modern spa resorts. Laying off the coast you will find the picturesque Swedish island of Hven, which lies close to Denmark and has its own distillery where, if you enjoy whisky, a visit is a must. Sweden has a passion for whisky but it has only been  producing this amber nectar for a few years. The country has only two whisky distilleries bottling at present but up to 10 others are maturing spirit for the future. Spirit of Hven has been available for some three years now, and it is an exceptionally well made single malt whisky. The  distillery owners have a hotel, restaurant and conference complex on the island and in addition to the distillery tour itself you should treat yourself to a drink in the whisky bar. It is ranked as one of Sweden's best. At any time you'll find there is a well balanced variation of 30-50 different ales, stouts, lagers and wheat beers etc. In


TOP: STOCKHOLM AT NIGHT

2006 the bar ‘Spirit’ was voted best bar in Sweden by the

ABOVE: VISBY

it's the whisky which really makes this bar a treat. You'll find at

RIGHT: ONE OF MANY GREAT SHOPPING SPOTS IN STOCKHOLM

magazine Vin & Bar together with Swedish Bartenders Guild. But least 500 different single malt whiskies that are brought up from the main warehouse which houses at least another 1000. Somewhat further down the coast sits the jet set capital of the west coast, at least during the middle of July when the town

distance between the destinations is a little bit longer and the

of Båstad hosts the Skistar Swedish Open tennis tournament as

townships here are a lot older. A good example of this is

mentioned previously. Even further south you will find Sweden’s

Karlskrona, originally a 16th century naval base, where the old

third largest city, Malmö, and the township of Falsterbo, home of

navy yard today is a UNESCO world heritage site. Another good

the famous Falsterbo Horse show. This area has, just like Varberg

example is Visby on the Island of Gotland. Visby was originally

and Falkenberg, been built up around an old spa resort and is

founded as a trading post in the early 12th century and is

today also a haven both for bird watchers and golfers. By cruising

characterised by its characteristic ring wall, built for protection,

past the Falsterbo cape we leave the west coast behind us and

that still surrounds the town today. Visby is often known as the

head on into the Baltic itself and onto the Swedish east coast.

summer capital of Sweden and it is often called ‘The City of Roses’

The east coast consists of islands with a slightly sharper form and more vegetation than its west coast counterparts. The

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Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, is often nicknamed â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the

for those wanting to take a tender on a tour to get a view of the

Capital of Scandinaviaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Beauty on the Waterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, and both are

city from its best side, the sea side. Two locks provide the link

equally true! The Stockholm archipelago is very well suited for

between the large inner lake, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Malarenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and the Baltic sea. The larger

yacht cruising. The islands and skerries provide a unique backdrop

of the locks, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hammarbyslussenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is 115 m long and 17 m wide and

with sheltered bays and inlets and a visitor can easily combine a

provides the opportunity for boats that can fit through to visit the

quiet and peaceful stay onboard with going ashore to any of the

inner lake with destinations such as the Gripsholm and

very good little restaurants located on many of the islands. Water-

Drottningholm Castles â&#x20AC;&#x201C; home of the Swedish Royal family, or the

sport activities are allowed everywhere in Sweden, as long as the

Viking excavations and restorations at Birka on the island of BjĂśrkĂś.

performance is kept at a responsible level and does not disturb

During the summer months both the West and East coasts

the rich archipelago wildlife. The water temperature in July is

of Sweden are absolutely bustling with life and offer vibrant hot

generally around 20 degrees Celcius, but can reach as high as

spots for both sailors and holidaymakers alike. With the short

25-26 degrees inside the more sheltered bays and lagoons.

nights, when it seems like the sun only dwells on the horizon for

Stockholm combines 17th century architecture in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Old townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, with all of the characteristics of a modern metropolitan

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& THE 3RD YACHTING MATTERS SUPERYACHT SOIRÉE 6TH – 12TH DECEMBER 2013

WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY COLIN SQUIRE

RRIVING FROM ALL POINTS OF THE compass to attend this year’s show were almost 100 of the world’s most luxurious, and certainly impressive charter yachts that are available to the market today. As has become the norm in recent years the Burgess fleet of yachts chartering in the Caribbean during the 2013-14 winter season made an impressive display as they dominated the Falmouth dock, not only in numbers, but in size. Yachts such as the 205 ft MY Baton Rouge and its Captain Joss de Rohan Willner, the 217 ft Invictus, driven by Steve Walker, the 216 ft MY Natita with Stephen Hilton at the helm, and the biggest of them all MY Titania and Neil Evans. All in all Burgess brought along 15 Superyachts with an average length of 163 ft (and a massive team of brokers), reinforcing their claim to being the No 1 brokerage house in the world. The longest, and in many ways most impressive vessel here, was the Clipper Stad Amsterdam at 250 ft, a beautiful replica of ships that served the oceans in a bygone age, available for charter to those that prefer adding a little nostalgia to their seaborne cruise. Of course there were many sail yachts on display, they are here because God gave us the Caribbean and included the wind for the sailing yachts that followed. Amphitrite at 156 ft certainly looked impressive as did the absolutely stunning 182 ft schooner Germania Nova with rotational Captain Justin Holvik in charge, SY Marie


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with Jim Livingstone on-board shone in her all black livery as she sat stern to the dock. There were also yachts as small as the 50 ft Catamaran Tell Star and 64 ft mono hull SY Lady Mariposa with Captain Dan Hardy, in all a great collection of yachts of every description. An interesting fact is that the fleet was split almost 50/50 sail and power, indicative to the varied attractions of Caribbean cruising. The Show opened on the 6th December, Registration Day, which combines with the Captains and Chefs briefings in the Copper and Lumber store. Spotting an opportunity here, a simple request to

were invited on-board for lunch. Preceding this wonderfully

photograph the Captains present in a perfect arena for Yachting

conversational meal, I jokingly mentioned a trip up the mast and

Matters, resulted in the quite unique group photograph as featured

before I knew it the crew appeared with a Bosun’s Chair and took

at the top of this page. At day’s end a dock party was held at the

great pleasure in hoisting me aloft, in what I think must have been

Yacht Club, hosted by local companies.

record time, to photograph the Dockyard from on high. The offer to

The following morning proceedings were begun, and closed, as they were every day by the sounding of the Gun, a cannon fired

do so again after lunch, and a few glasses of superb wine, was sheepishly declined!

in style from the aft deck of Germania Nova. This Schooner,

The schooner was berthed on the well conceived and

managed by Hill Robinson, featured greatly during my week as on

recently built ‘New Dock’ in English Harbour, possibly the only

the following Wednesday I, along with a few other chosen guests

major development here since Nelson arrived in 1784, and with its

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new link road that goes behind the Copper and Lumber Store access

Yacht from 101 to 159 ft

by vehicle is simple. The Dock can accommodate very large yachts

1st place  M/Y Crowned Eagle Chef Jacob Luke

comfortably, MY Leander G being a great example this year.

2nd place M/Y Safira Chef Tracy Ireland

During the show, as has become tradition at these Superyacht events, a Chefs competition, ‘The Concours de Chef’

3rd place M/Y Lady J Chef Nathaniel Cox Organic table display went to: M/Y Crowned Eagle, Hayley Diskin

was held. Co-ordinated by Afsaneh Franklin, Sarah Sebastian and the evergreen Cpt. Jan Robinson and judged by an influential

Yachts 160 ft and up

panel consisting of celebrity chefs Chad Sarno and Mitchell

1st place M/Y Altitude Chef Anders Pederson

Husbands, Wilbur Edwards of Liat Airlines, Anne Vandromme-

2nd place M/Y Sealyon Chef David Hawkins

Hood and Janine Ketterer from the sponsors Boat International, it

3rd place S/Y Marie Chef Tammy Ayers

was hailed a great success.

Organic table display went to: M/Y Teleost, Kasia Jankowska

THE WINNERS WERE:

If you are a chef it is worth mentioning the new and totally professional private website www.superyachtchefs.com, a site where

Yachts up to 100 ft

Chefs can communicate, exchange information and ideas with each

1st place  S/Y Aurelius with Chef Gisele Lannamann

other in privacy and the new www.superyachtstewardesses.com site,

2nd place S/Cat Skylark with Chef Cary UY

where the ladies can do the same.

3rd place S/Cat Matau with Chef Adrian Martin Organic table display went to: S/Cat Alethia, Audrey Harper

The days were punctuated by incredible on-board lunches, served to the almost 300 international brokers that attended from

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success and added to the total raised, just over US$28,000. Included in the auction was a beautiful hand-made rug, donated by Tai Ping Carpets that was won by the generous Cpt Nick Doyle. Also to be added to the grand total were two donations of US$1000 by Frances David of Shoreside Services – BVI and Björn Burkert of Pantaenius Yacht Insurance. My heartfelt thanks go to all who attended and donated to this worthy cause. The following day, Sail Day, allowed brokers to experience a day out on the water while being pampered by the crew of their chosen yacht. Brokers could also take a tour of Antigua itself, visiting the many attractions around the world, as the yachts flaunted there quality and service

that the Island has to offer. That evening, not forgetting the

with experiences designed to be passed on to potential charter

hardworking crews of the yachts that really made the event as

guests seeking that ‘special’ yacht for their Caribbean cruise. Also

successful as it was, a fantastic party was held in their honour at

there were several ‘Informative Hours’ where companies could

the Interpretation Centre on Dow’s Hill with its spectacular views

stage mini lectures to all those attending. The evenings were a

overlooking English Harbour and Falmouth.

fantastic mix of off the water networking parties in private villas

All in all an incredible week of beautiful yachts, incredible

and Dock Hops that would extend well into the evenings as each

food, stunning parties, nonstop networking and some of the most

yacht and its crew strove to win the Andreas Liveras award for the

jaw dropping scenic sunsets ever, and best we not forget, just a

best party staged throughout the week.

little unseasonal rain!!

On the last night of the show Yachting Matters magazine staged the 3rd Captains Superyacht Soirée in aid of the local Cobbs

The 2014 Show dates: 5th – 11th December

Cross School and The English Harbour Charity Fund which not only

Visit: www.antiguayachtshow.com

cares for the School but also administers food and medicine if needed to local children. The event could only take place due to the incredible generosity of the Sponsors at the foot of this page and the help of the ACYM team in its organisation. It was an incredible evening, as always, beginning with a Champagne reception, followed by a sumptuous sit down dinner, with every one of the 150 available seats filled by Captains and their Partners. At 9.45 more invited VIP guests arrived to fill the grounds of the historic Admirals Inn. The food was perfect and the band played until midnight having begun after one of the highlights, the ‘Auction’ had taken place. This was an incredible

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The loss of a man who died well before his time and had so much PT. JOHN PERCIVAL BEGAN HIS PROFESSIONAL

more he wanted to give is tragic, he will be missed by many but

seagoing career when he joined Alfred Holt and Co (later

his work carries on in the minds of those he taught.

to become Blue Funnel Line) as a Deck Midshipman in

1961. In 1971 he passed his Master (Foreign Going) Certificate

ANDREW SCHOFIELD, PYA

gaining his first command in 1973 with Westminster Dredging. In

John was an active and productive PYA Council member for 13 years as

1977 he joined Armanco Overseas Co. as a Cargo Superintendent.

well as an integral part of many workgroups. Our sector owes a debt

He then spent two years in Johannesburg, managing what was the

of gratitude to this maritime legend who dedicated so much of his life

largest empty container park in the Southern Hemisphere. In the

to pursuing the training needs of seafarers. Those who met him could

early 80's, he joined Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council as a

not fail to appreciate his dedication and big-hearted attitude to life.

Personnel Officer. In 1996 he established the JPMA/Hoylake Sailing School

ALBERT LEVY, SUPERYACHT UK

with his daughter Anna. JPMA/HSS Ltd rapidly became one of the

John, a man for whom command was not an entitlement, but to

major training schools for the small boat industry and soon John

be earned through knowledge and effort. I met John as a member

found himself teaching ever more candidates entering or working

of Superyacht UK. His voice, strong, firm and fair ensured that

their way up through the minefield of tickets required of the

the importance of training and the North West was heard

modern Superyacht Industry. His company grew by word of mouth

and represented. He was proud of his pupils and in Antibes had watery

as his alumni would pass their positive experiences of the school

eyes when he told me of passing a yacht where one of his pupils was in

to their peers.

command. The baton had been firmly passed. May those who

At the time of his death he was involved in a great many

remember him remember his smile under that shock of white hair.

organisations, both professional and charitable, and was awarded the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. John could hold a listener spellbound and was indeed a

last six months of his life John's health deteriorated causing him to

great talker and he loved to impart his knowledge to others. John

step back from the day-to-day running of JPMA/HSS and leaving

also liked to write and his technical articles appeared in the past

the school with its 30 staff in the capable hands of Anna.

20 editions of this magazine, they will be sorely missed.

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John was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008, but during the

We, along with all of those who have passed words

He always had a love of the sea and the school allowed him

of sympathy to us here at the office, would like to offer our

to take to the water on many occasions, teaching onboard a vessel

sincerest condolences to John’s wife Maureen and his daughters

was a favourite and he would often be invited by one of his past

Anna, Lyssa and Debbie.

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Letter from the President Andrew Schofield The flow of legislation that impacts

for the training and certification of crew who work in the interior departments

the way in which crew live and work

of yachts has been adopted by 23 training providers worldwide. What is more,

on board yachts would appear to have

some 1200 certificates have been issued from PYA accredited courses. Given

increased over the last few months.

that PYA only opened its doors to schools for accreditation 12 months ago this

The work of the association has

represents a remarkable uptake by the yachting industry. Quite evidently there

therefore increased too. Clarifications,

was a vacuum in this area: the GUEST program is in the process of filling it.

consultations and meetings continue

It is certain that this industry standard will grow in scope.

to be the order of the day.

Last year, PYA held its ‘Sea Changes’ seminar at the International

PYA is working closely with MCA on the implementation of various

Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) office in Monaco. The line up of speakers

new training requirements that have arisen from MLC. One of the big subjects

was top notch, the turn out high, support from sponsors likewise, and the

at the moment is how to ensure that chefs working on yachts can obtain their

hospitality from our hosts was excellent. Thank you to all who participated and

‘ships cook’ certificate. First of all there is the question of nomenclature – chefs

attended! During this year’s Monaco Yacht Show, PYA has a much more

are not cooks. Seemingly there is not much room for manoeuvre here. Secondly,

ambitious program of seminars planned. The IHO has agreed to allow the

how to ensure that those who have been successfully working as chefs onboard

association to host a range of seminars and networking events aimed at all the

yachts for many years can continue to do so. At the time of writing, MCA

professionals that live and work on board yachts.

promises a pragmatic approach and will shortly be issuing guidance on how this can be achieved.

I look forward to seeing you there.

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The International Hydrographic Organization and the PYA By Robert Ward, President, IHO The Professional Yachting Association (PYA) was granted formal

launches, plus aircraft and helicopters, less than 10 percent of the world’s

observer status at the International Hydrographic Organization

seas and oceans are surveyed to modern standards. There are higher

(IHO) in June 2013 as an accredited Non-governmental

resolution maps of the Moon and Mars than for most of the world’s sea

International Organization. This allows PYA to be represented at

and ocean areas. The numbers of government owned surveying vessels

all IHO committee, sub-committee and working group meetings

has actually declined by one-third over the last three decades. This

and to attend the International Hydrographic Conference (the IHO

reduction has not been equally matched or overtaken by a compensating

equivalent of the General Assembly in the UN), which is held in

increase in capacity through the use of more efficient technology or

Monaco every two to three years.

through governments opting to use commercial surveying contractors.

The PYA will provide a new and valuable input to the work of the IHO, by representing the views of mariners that are most often operating

THE IHO

in the less frequented – and often amongst the most poorly charted waters

The principle aim of the International Hydrographic Organization

of the world, but where many are equipped with very sophisticated and

(IHO) is to ensure that all the world’s seas, oceans and navigable waters

modern navigation systems. PYA now has the opportunity to comment

are surveyed and charted. The IHO is an intergovernmental consultative

on the current status of the world’s nautical charting, and to contribute to

and technical organization. It is presently made up of 82 Member States

improvements in the next generation of electronic charting standards and

that have acceded to the Convention on the IHO.

to the data itself, through passage sounding activities and the emerging concept of crowd-sourcing for data at sea.

Each member country of the IHO is normally represented by its national Hydrographer or the Head of the equivalent national authority responsible for hydrographic services. The International Hydrographic

THE STATE OF SURVEYING AND CHARTING WORLDWIDE

Bureau (IHB) is the Secretariat of the Organization and is governed by

Despite the 82 countries that belong to the IHO having a combined fleet

a Directing Committee composed of three senior Hydrographers elected

of about 400 hydrographic survey vessels, with additional hydrographic

every five years at the International Hydrographic Conference.

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characteristics and the dynamics of the sea. A principal outcome of hydrography is the publication of nautical charts as well as thematic maps of the sea floor. Hydrography, nautical cartography, aids to navigation and the promulgation of MSI are key factors for maritime safety and for the protection of the marine environment. They are also essential elements in the development of a coastal nation’s In 1921 the International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB) was

infrastructure and economy, involving not only ports and maritime

established by 24 nations and tasked to support safety of navigation and

transportation but also the exploitation of marine resources and the

the protection of the marine environment through the exchange of

protection of the marine ecology.

relevant oceanographic information and data. At the invitation of HSH Prince Albert 1st, a noted marine scientist and oceanographer of the day,

IHO PROGRAMMES

it was headquartered in Monaco, where it remains to this day. In 1970 the

The main work of the IHO is divided between two work programmes, a

member nations of the then IHB agreed an intergovernmental

Technical programme and a Regional Coordination and Capacity

Convention which changed the name and legal status of the organization

Building programme. Each programme is overseen by one the elected

to the International Hydrographic Organization with the secretariat

IHB Directors and a coordinating committee made up of representatives

retaining the title of International Hydrographic Bureau.

from IHO countries and from observer organizations.

The IHO enjoys observer status at the United Nations and the International Maritime Organization; where it is recognized as the

IHO STANDARDS

competent international authority for matters concerning hydrography

The IHO has produced and maintains a number of international

and nautical charting.

standards, especially for charting, digital hydrographic data and for the conduct of hydrographic surveys. Nautical charts have been in use,

THE UN AND THE IHO

in one form or another, for at least 400 years. For over 90 years the

The work of the IHO is supported by a number of UN Regulations

IHO has worked towards standardising the specifications, symbols,

and Assembly Resolutions, the most important of which is Regulation

style and formats used in nautical charts and related publications.

9 of Chapter V of the International Convention on the Safety of Life

All of the world’s nautical charts compiled by IHO Member States

at Sea (SOLAS). This regulation places an obligation on coastal nations

follow these standards. Highly significant standardisation milestones

to ensure that hydrographic services are provided in their countries,

were the adoption of the Chart Specifications of the IHO in 1982

including the delivery of Maritime Safety Information (MSI),

and the supporting digital chart standards S-57 and S-52, following

surveying and data collection, production of charts and nautical

the approval by the IMO in 1997 of the performance Standard

publications and updating services for the maintenance for those charts

for Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS).

and nautical publications.

All IHO publications and the international standards on hydrography and marine cartography are available from the IHO Web site.

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The dissemination of MSI is achieved through an

Hydrography is the science of measuring and depicting the information

internationally coordinated service – the World-Wide Navigational

necessary to describe the nature and configuration of the seabed, its

Warning Service (WWNWS). The WWNWS was jointly created by

geographical relationship to the adjacent land masses, and the

the IMO and IHO for the promulgation of coordinated NAVAREA,

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Navtex and coastal warnings of relevant MSI. There is an IHO SubCommittee that develops policy and guidelines on behalf of IMO to ensure a consistent WWNWS. In cooperation with the Fédération Internationale des Géomètres (FIG), and the International Cartographic Association (ICA), a comprehensive set of syllabi for teaching hydrographic surveyors and subsequently for nautical cartographers was started in 1972. These standards are now used by universities and teaching establishments throughout the world. An international Advisory Board, that includes IHO representatives, maintains the standards and oversees their application through a course accreditation process, thereby ensuring internationally recognized qualifications are available in the hydrographic professions.

CAPACITY BUILDING Many countries do not yet have appropriate structures and organizations in place to survey and chart their maritime areas or circulate the relevant nautical information. The IHO, increasingly in cooperation with other organizations such as the IMO and IALA, provide capacity building support to developing nations so that they are able to provide suitable

multinational

agreements

between

nations

and

international

services for the mariner and ship operators.

organizations for technical cooperation in hydrographic projects,

The IHO capacity building programme provides advisory visits

including the provision of vessels, equipment, joint hydrographic surveys,

to developing countries (both IHO Member States and others) on

training and supervisory expertise. The IHB also maintains close contact

request. The IHO encourages the formation of bilateral, multilateral and

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REGIONAL HYDROGRAPHIC COMMISSIONS

and mostly free collection of bathymetric data for the oceans together

The IHO has encouraged the establishment of Regional Hydrographic

with a series of maps and grids. Much of the bathymetric data in

Commissions (RHCs) to coordinate hydrographic activity and

products such as Google Ocean and Google Earth depend upon

cooperation at the regional level.There are now 16 commissions covering

GEBCO data.

the world. The area covered by each commission is closely aligned with

As mentioned earlier, there is still very little comprehensive and

the world’s NAVAREA limits. The RHCs are made up predominantly of

truly reliable depth data available for most of the world’s sea and ocean

IHO Member States with interests in a particular region; together with

areas. Many of the world’s charts and maps are interpolated from a sparse

non-Member States from the same region. RHCs work in close harmony

set of depth soundings. As well as continuing to find ways to improve

with the IHO to achieve its aims and objectives at the regional level.

the dataset for the oceans, the GEBCO project is now collecting data for

RHCs meet at regular intervals to enable discussion on such things as

inshore areas, too. This is required for such things as coastal zone

mutual hydrographic and chart production problems, plan joint survey

management and planning, tsunami inundation prediction modelling,

operations, and harmonise charting scheme across their regions.

and in many cases, the improvement of existing but out of date charts. There is much work yet to be done.

OCEAN MAPPING AND THE PYA

In this regard, as well as the contribution that the PYA can now

The IHO, in cooperation with the IOC, manages the ocean bathymetric

make to all areas of the IHO programme, the President of the PYA is

mapping project known as the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans

closely involved in seeking ways in which PYA members may be able to

(GEBCO). GEBCO was initiated in 1903 at the instigation of Prince

contribute in particular to the GEBCO effort. This could well be the

Albert I of Monaco. This has resulted in the world’s most comprehensive

subject of another article.

PYA Work Groups

Within the PYA, there are around 21 working groups who actively are researching, discussing and influencing various topics relevant and fundamental to the future of all crew and yachting in general. Below you will find a list the workgroup and the members involved with these workgroups.

OFFICE ADMINISTRATION

ENGLISH LIAISON/MYBA AND ISS/NAUTILUS

Jeff Marsh, Jane Hardy, Andrew Schofield, all office personnel

Rod Hatch, Norma Trease

MEMBERSHIP AND MARKETING

LEGISLATION WORKGROUP, MCA YACHT QUALIFICATION PANEL/STCW REVIEW

Alice Wring, Joey Meen, Karen Hughes

THE WAY AHEAD Andrew Schofield, Rod Hatch, Russell Lunt, David O’Brien, John Wyborn, Nick Simmons

ISO 9001 QUALITY SYSTEMS STANDARDS Jeff Marsh, Jane Hardy, Andrew Schofield, all office personnel

SERVICE RECORD BOOK/CREW WORK BOOK Alison Houghton, Peter Evans, Jane Hardy, Joey Meen, Richard Le Quesne

COUNCIL FORUM MANAGEMENT

MLC ILO WORK GROUP Rod Hatch, Russell Lunt, Cyd Mansell, Peter Evans, Chloe Collett, Laurence Reymann

CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Joey Meen, Peter Evans, John Wyborn, Sabrina O’Brien (GUEST)

REGIONAL OFFICES Joey Meen, Alice Wring

NEWSLETTER EDITOR

Steve Thomas

Richard Le Quesne

WEBSITE UPKEEP

PYA SUPPLEMENT EDITORIAL GROUP

Kenneth Himschoot, Andrew Schofield, Alice Wring

OFFICE IT AND COMPUTER SUPPORT Kenneth Himschoot

REVIEW OF INTERNAL RULES WORKGROUP Richard Le Quesne, Steve Thomas, Ian Soutar, David O’Brien

MCA ENGINEERING John Wyborn, Paul Doherty, Tim Moss

FRENCH LIAISON incl. GEPY/CHAMBRE OF COMMERCE/ RYN Peter Evans, Pascal Berger, Ben Johnson

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Andrew Schofield, Alice Wring, Joey Meen Proof readers: Steve Thomas, Alison Houghton

ISM, ISPS Mike Lamb

EVENTS CO-ORDINATOR Alice Wring

DEVELOPMENT OF YACHT TENDER COURSE Joey Meen, John Wyborn, Mike French, Henry Hillier, Graham Tindall, Nick Simmons, Jonathan Chell, Sam Clarke, Emma Baggett

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A look at employment from a crew perspective

EXPERIENCE COUNTS

20 years

By Capt. Richard Le Quesne WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT? For crew working on yachts, the big issue in 2013 was the coming into effect of MLC 2006. Here we look at how this affects our employment on yachts and what factors we ought to consider when deciding whether or not to accept a particular job offer.

THE BIG DIVIDE The coming into effect of MLC 2006 in August 2013 can be said, without

exaggeration, to

have

changed

everything

to

do

with employment for those of us who work on yachts in commercial use. MLC 2006 (The Convention) sets out the minimum terms and conditions of employment for seafarers and these are now – or should be – spelled out in the national legislation of all the participating Flag States. By contrast, those of us working on pleasure vessels – yachts not in commercial use – are not affected by MLC 2006 and our employment continues to be governed by the existing national laws of the various Flag States.

EMPLOYMENT ON A COMMERCIAL YACHT One of the main effects of the Convention will be to set the minimum level for the employment conditions for seafarers all around the world. However, for this to benefit them, seafarers must know their rights so here is a summary of the main parts concerning employment matters. For more information, the full text of the Convention can be downloaded, free, from the IMO's website. As stated above, the Convention sets out the minimum terms and conditions of employment. Nothing prevents the employer from offering better terms and conditions!

MLC 2006 AND EMPLOYMENT Reg. 2.1 – Seafarer's Employment Agreement Under the Convention, all of us who work on commercial yachts are supposed to have been given a Seafarer's Employment Agreement (SEA) to replace any previous employment contract. The SEA must

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SOCIAL SECURITY Contrary to popular belief, the Convention does not require social security payments to be made for all seafarers. However both the seafarer and the ship owner must make the payments if required by law to do so. This is one reason why so many owners and managers are now employing crew through special entities in places like Guernsey, where no social security payments are required for employees who don't live there or work there.

EMPLOYMENT ON A NON-COMMERCIAL YACHT (PLEASURE VESSEL) The laws and regulations governing employment on yachts not in commercial use continue to be those of the Flag State (country) where the yacht is registered and they vary widely between countries. It's not possible, in the space available, to look at the laws and regulations for all the commonly found flags so I will restrict my comments to those of what is called ‘The Red Ensign Group’ flags. The ‘Red Ensign Group’ comprises the UK plus a number of British colonies, dependencies and other territories of which the best known are:- Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Bermuda and the d) The seafarer's job on board.

Cayman Islands. The local administrations of these territories all

e) Details of the seafarer's pay including, if relevant, how it's calculated.

operate their own ship registries, according to local laws, but they are

f) The seafarer's entitlement to paid holidays.

under the overall control of the UK government and all follow, more or

g) Termination arrangements. Note: The notice period for the employer

less, the lead of the UK's maritime authority, the MCA. However it

cannot be shorter than the notice period for the seafarer. h) Health and social security benefits to be provided by the employer i ) Repatriation details.

must be understood that there are significant variations between them, especially with regard to such things as employment laws. An example of these variations is that UK pleasure vessels

j) Reference to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, if any.

employing crew are subject to the UK's Occupational Health & Safety

k) Any other particulars required by the law of the Flag State.

regulations whereas other Red Ensign territories have different (or, sometimes, no) health and safety regulations for yacht crew.

This regulation also requires that the seafarer be given an opportunity to study the SEA and, if he / she wishes, seek advice before signing it.

CREW AGREEMENT Under the British system, any vessel, commercial or pleasure that

Other important requirements of the Convention include:

employs more than four paid crew and makes voyages other than

Reg. 1.4) A seafarer must not be made to pay in any way for obtaining a job.

‘coastal’ voyages, must use a ‘Crew Agreement’. This is a standardised

Reg. 2.2) Wages must be paid, in full, at least every month.

contract, with a history going back centuries that sets out the terms and

Reg. 2.3) Hours of work / Hours of rest must comply with international rules

conditions of the crew's employment. It was originally introduced to

and must be recorded.

try and prevent exploitation of crew, who were often ill-educated (and

Reg. 2.4) In general, all seafarers must be given at least 2.5 days of paid

sometimes illiterate), by unscrupulous ship owners.

holiday per month worked.

A Crew Agreement is still required on UK pleasure vessels

Reg. 2.5) In most circumstances, a seafarer leaving a ship must be given free

employing more than four crew and in varying circumstances, on those

transport back to his / her home.

of the other Red Ensign territories.

Reg. 4.1) In most circumstances, a seafarer must be provided with free

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medical care.

EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS

Reg. 5.1.5) There must be an established on-board complaints procedure and

It is quite common for crew on a pleasure vessel to be given an

every seafarer must be given a copy of it when joining.

employment contract that is separate from the Crew Agreement. This

Reg. 5.2.2) Seafarers have the right to make a complaint to a shore official

is perfectly acceptable but the law stipulates that the terms of the Crew

and this official must follow set procedures in dealing with it.

Agreement will prevail if there is any conflict between the two.

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One of the advantages of a separate employment contract is that it can spell out, in greater detail than the Crew Agreement, the terms and conditions that have been agreed.

ADVICE FOR CREW Although, as you have seen above, MLC 2006 sets out the minimum terms and conditions for those working on commercial vessels, it is still necessary to discuss and agree the actual terms and conditions of your employment before you accept the job. By contrast, the terms and conditions offered by pleasure vessels vary enormously, from very generous to deplorable, so it's terribly important, especially for those who are new to the industry, that you don't accept a job until all the terms and conditions have been spelled out and you have compared them to what's being offered on other yachts. Also, do not agree that any part of your salary will be held back until the end of the season (which is illegal under MLC 2006) because this can leave you in a very weak position if you wish to give notice and leave.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS Whether you will be working on a commercial yacht or a pleasure vessel, we strongly recommend that you reach an agreement with the Captain on all of the terms and conditions of your employment before you join the yacht. As these discussions are likely to take place during a period of some stress and the Captain may be pressing you to sign on quickly,

you an e-mail containing the job offer stating the agreed terms and

it is sensible to have a little checklist to ensure you don't miss anything.

conditions. Many Captains do this anyhow, as part of their crew recruitment procedure.

The topics that need to be discussed and agreed should include: Your position on board and the duties this entails?

IF THINGS ARE NOT GOING WELL

The duration of the employment: indefinite or for a fixed period?

Almost everyone, sooner or later, finds themselves in a situation where,

The salary (amount and currency) and any bonuses such as a 13th month?

for one reason or another, they are not happy with their job. When this

How will the salary be paid?

happens, the first thing to do is to grab a period of quiet time to figure

Your entitlement to paid holidays and to free travel for holiday purposes?

out exactly what the problem is and to look at all the possible ways of

Duration of the trial period and the notice to be given during the trial period?

putting it right.

Notice to be given after the trial period?

If you think the cause of the problem is something that can be

The date and place of joining and who pays for your travel to get there?

put right you should ask for a private meeting with your Head of

The repatriation destination and who pays for your travel to get back there

Department (or, on smaller yachts, the Captain) and discuss whatever

from the yacht?

it is that's troubling you. If your HoD is part of the problem, you should

Normal working hours? Saturday working?

go direct to the Captain.

How are tips handled?

When doing this, you should keep a positive attitude and try to

Will time off be given for outside training? Will it be paid or unpaid? Will the

work with your superior to find a solution that is good for you and good

training be paid?

for the yacht.

What medical cover is provided? Does it cover you when not working? Does it

If this does not lead to a satisfactory outcome and you feel that

have any restrictions?

you are being badly treated, you can make an official complaint. On

If you're a smoker, the rules about smoking on board?

commercial yachts you should have been given a copy of the

If you're a drinker, the rules about drinking on board?

complaints procedure when you joined. Many pleasure vessels, especially the larger ones, also have a formal complaints procedure.

Having reached an agreement, it's wise to make a record of what has been agreed. The simplest way to do this is to ask the Captain to send

Remember that you have the right to have a friend accompany you when making a complaint.

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When the time comes to leave the yacht you may be asked to sign a document setting out the financial details (salary owed, accrued holiday pay, etc.) of your departure. Remember to ask the Captain or the Mate to make an entry in your Discharge Book and to give you a Certificate of Discharge - which is often in the form of a Sea Service Certificate, on the PYA's template. They can refuse to give you a reference but they must give you a Certificate of Discharge if you ask for it.

IF YOU ARE FIRED In reality, there is no job protection in yachting and anyone can be fired at any time, without reason. Your SEA or Crew Agreement will have in it a list of serious faults that can lead to instant dismissal but it's very unusual, in yachting, for these to be invoked. Much more common is for the Captain to tell you that you are to be fired for some more trivial reason - but he does not have to give you a reason. Commercial yachts and larger pleasure vessels will have a set disciplinary procedure with a series of formal warnings before you are dismissed. In theory you can be asked to work out the contractual notice Whether or not there is a formal procedure, the superior to

period but this rarely happens because it's uncomfortable for everyone

whom you are making the complaint should meet you in private, should

to have to live and work with a colleague who has been fired. Much

make a written record of your complaint and of what he / she has

more common is for the Captain to offer you a ‘payment in lieu of

decided to do about it and should give you a copy of this record.

notice’ and a prompt departure from the yacht.

It is important that, when making a complaint, you keep calm and maintain a professional approach, sticking to the facts and not making any allegations that you cannot substantiate.

If fired, you should insist on being provided with transport back to the agreed repatriation destination. If fired, you are entitled to ask to be paid in full on the day

On a commercial vessel, if you are not satisfied with the outcome

you leave but, if you have confidence in the Captain, you can, instead,

of your formal complaint, you have the right under MLC 2006 to take

accept a written undertaking that you will be paid a stated amount by

it to the shoreside management and, ultimately, to a Port State Control

a stated date.

inspector or a Flag State representative. On a pleasure vessel you may

As above, ask for your Discharge Book to be completed and for

have the right to take your complaint to shoreside management.

a Certificate of Discharge.

IF YOU WANT TO LEAVE

crew because it makes you look unprofessional and could rebound on

As explained above, your terms and conditions of employment should

you in the future.

Once off the yacht, don't bad-mouth the owner, the yacht or the

include specific arrangements for ending your employment. In most cases, notice of one month is required but longer notice periods are

IN CONCLUSION

sometimes used for senior crew. Always give notice in writing, even if

Employment on yachts has, sadly, moved a long way from the old

you have first done so verbally.

formula of ‘I work and in return you feed me, house me and pay me’

Regardless of the contractual notice period, it's desirable to give

and it is now becoming a minefield of laws and regulations.

as much notice as possible so as to make the task of finding your

I hope this summary will give you, a working seafarer, a broad

replacement easier for the Captain and so increase the chances of

understanding of what's now involved when you take a job on a yacht.

getting a good reference. Do not, except under the most extreme circumstances, quit

Finally, always remember that the PYA is there to answer your questions and to help, if we can, when you get into difficulties.

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without giving notice. Not only does this put you in breach of contract

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and so possibly liable for expenses incurred in replacing you but it will

NOTE – a copy of this article can be downloaded from the PYA's website at

be a blot on your record and may make finding a job harder in the future.

www.pya.org

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Six steps to keeping guests and crew safe during tender operations By Rachel Andrews RYA Chief Instructor Motor Cruising and Power Operations on board yachts are usually well covered; being closely

towing anyone on water skis, wake-boards or inflatable toys, always have

monitored under the watchful eye of the master. However, with

a spotter in the boat to monitor the people being towed.

tenders operating both in close proximity to and away from the mother ship at times, it is could be easy for them to be both ‘out of

SEATING

sight and out of mind’.

All tenders are a compromise – at one moment they are used for towing

There have been a number of serious accidents involving tenders over the years. Below are some basic safety tips for tender operators.

the guests on a ringo, at another for a sunbathing platform at anchor in a secluded bay, and more often than not it is used to ferry guests from the quayside to the mothership. When driving the tender, think about

ALWAYS WEAR A KILL CORD

what it is being used for, and consider carefully the available seating.

Working at heights with more than a 2 m fall on a yacht requires wearing

Given the magnified forces at work in the bow, the sunbathing cushions

a safety harness with a lifeline secured above the work position. Even

in the bow will certainly not offer postural stability and protect guests

though most people will never fall, a serious injury could occur if they did.

from potential back injuries or possible ejection. As drivers we must

In a similar way, it is highly unlikely that anyone will fall out of an

moderate our helming to suit the conditions and the available seating

open tender, but if they did the impact could be devastating. The driver

for our passengers.

should always attach the kill cord to their leg (this keeps it clear of steering and throttle mechanisms).The kill cord when correctly worn will stop the

SPEED AND COMMUNICATION

engine if the driver becomes dislodged from the helm position.

Speed should be matched to the conditions – in rougher conditions and areas of high traffic, slow down, it will not only keep everyone much

LIFEJACKETS

drier, it will be more comfortable. Keep everyone in the loop by warning

Lifejackets are always an option, and should be considered if conditions

passengers and crew prior to making any manoeuvres at speed or

dictate. If your passengers are not wearing lifejackets, you must take

approaching rough water or wash from other vessels.

appropriate actions to ensure the vessel is loaded and driven in such a way as to mitigate the chance of dislodging them from their seat. Your passengers will look to you as their lead on safety. If you

KNOW YOUR LIMITS Keep within the law and your boat’s limits. Be honest with yourself and

wear one, they are much more likely to do so.

get the necessary training to help you stay safe.

KEEP A GOOD LOOK OUT

it is by no means exhaustive and does not substitute the requirement for

Ensure the driver of the boat keeps a proper lookout at all times. When

practical training and on-board familiarisation for new crew.

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PYA Tender Survey Update By Joey Meen – Director of Training & Certification for PYA

We would like to extend a huge thank you to all those who have

subject of the rise in numbers of yachts, tenders getting bigger and more

contributed to the recent research and studies that the PYA have

powerful, waters getting busier (anyone who was at Monaco Yacht

actively been leading on regarding the current and potential

Show this last year will know what I am talking about!), is it any wonder

‘tender training and best practices’ available for junior level crew.

that the PYA’s concerns have grown? It is clear that the training needs

We had a healthy response to the survey we sent out at the end of last

have outgrown what is currently available.

summer, with 543 participants, all of whom are actively working with

Superyacht tender operation is a far cry from most normal tender

tenders onboard, at different levels. We also had a multitude of

duty and/or ‘pleasure’ activities, for which there is a whole

emails and correspondence, sparked by this survey, all of which have

host of bespoke training available. Our superyacht tender operator is

been read and considered as part of the statistics.

having to cater to an assortment of fundamentally different circumstances; including handling the large varieties of crafts and

This survey has given us vital information to work with, and includes the

engines available (such as the very powerful custom built inboard engine

following relevant topics:

tenders up to 35f and the Contender’s & Intrepid’s without board

Who drives the tender and when

engines from 2 x 250hp to 3 x 350hp etc). They have to be able to easily

Who drives the tender with guests on

cope with the pressures of managing high-end guests and the

The utilisation of kill cords

complexities could include dealing with inebriated folk after long lunches

If and when lifejackets are worn

as well as the huge range of water sports activities they enjoy; as well as

How much onboard training crew get when they first join a vessel,

being able to handle the tender and the guests in busy, unfamiliar and

i.e. craft specific training

often testing waters in prevailing conditions, to name but a few…

Whether or not the yacht has an SOP for tender use

The survey concludes that the tender drivers we all put our lives

The huge variety of tenders being used onboard yachts

in the hands of need to be ‘masters’ on many levels pertaining to

How many crew have a qualification to drive the tender

tender operations.

What qualification they deem adequate

Surely it is every crew member’s right to expect that the training

The survey also solicited opinion from all those who participated,

provided should be both complete and relevant to the activities they

on the subject of whether the formal training available is sufficient to

are expected to be proficient in. (That obviously extends to all the yacht

meet the needs of what is required onboard.

departments!)

The survey indicated that 51.9% of respondents did not feel that

2014 will see PYA focus on this subject, and working alongside

the current training available is sufficient. 31.7% say that they never

the MCA and RYA on the issues of formal training & best practices,

wear lifejackets, 5% say they do wear them at night. 46.2% say that

we hope that, with you, we can work together to create a solution to our

guests don’t wear lifejackets…. (the full survey analysis to is available to

objective on available training for junior level crew as well as guidelines

members on the PYA website).

to onboard mentoring.

With the startling statistics in the number of tender driving

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fatalities in our sector (we have been told the latest count is 11) added

PYA – CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

to the number of comments over the years from our members on the

– TAKING AN ACTIVE INTEREST IN YOUR TRAINING NEEDS.

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HOW DO YOU UNWIND AFTER A SEASON? I love to explore and seek the antithesis of yachting luxury. My holidays tend towards canoeing down the Amazon and horse riding in the Mongolian Steppe.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GO DOWN THE ROUTE OF PYA GUEST CERTIFICATION? We are professionals attending to other people’s luxury lifestyles and it seems only natural to gain qualifications commensurate with those skills. Interior crew are integral members of ISPS and ISM emergency procedures on board and let’s face it, our guests are not eating burgers bought from the McDonald’s Drive Thru.

PYA Member Profile

Corina Gray Chief Stewardess

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR CAREER EVOLVING OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS? I would eventually like to be a purser, as such my focus is towards gaining the necessary experience and skills to arrive at that level.

WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN 5 YEARS TIME? Working rotation on my dream yacht.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO YACHTING? I was living in Scotland on a Working Holiday Visa which was about to expire. As expected after 2 years of the cold I was keen for the sun. My friend’s brother was working on yachts in Palma and it seemed like a fun way to spend the summer; 13 years later I’m still in the Med!

HAVE YOU ALWAYS HAD A LOVE OF THE SEA? Absolutely, I think that growing up in New Zealand it’s hard not to love the ocean. I love the mountains too but can’t give up being out on the water.

WHAT ARE THE MOST DIFFICULT CHALLENGES YOU HAVE OVERCOME? As a female working in a male dominated industry you have to grow a thick skin against all the comments made regarding females and interior crew. When I first started working on yachts it was a very different industry, things have changed for the better, yet it’s still fickle and can lack job security. Creating a medium between work and maintaining contact with friends and family is a constant balancing act yet is definitely worth the effort.

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PYA Activity Report Autumn & Winter 2013/14 The following is a list of external meetings the PYA has attended on behalf of its members. This activity report lists meetings throughout Autumn and Winter 2013. A brief explanation has been included to illustrate the relevance of these meetings. For full reports go to www.pya.org

11TH SEPT 2013

25TH SEPT

YACHTING IN MALTA SUPER YACHT

25TH – 28TH SEPT

MONACO YACHT SHOW & PYA SEA

SEMINAR – GRAND HOTEL EXCELSIOR |

CHANGES FORUM 2013 – MONACO

MALTA

The PYA Sea Changes Forum was held at

In collaboration with Transport Malta and ISS,

the International Hydrographic Organisation,

Yachting Malta held its third Superyacht seminar.

during the Monaco Yacht show, with the support

(2009, 2011 & 2013). With its continued mission

of MYBA - The Worldwide Yachting Association,

to take forward super yachting in Malta, this was

Sturge International Services, Bluewater Yachting,

a successful and lively event, where PYA had the

Edmiston Yacht Management, JPMA/Hoylake

chance to talk about the changes in training, the

Sailing School, Porto Adriano, Crew Asia and

PYA interior GUEST Program and what the

Hug Engineering. This was a huge success

PYA can offer yacht crew now and for the future.

and was very well attended by captains, crew

PYA has set up a subsidiary branch, Malta PYA,

and other representatives from the yachting

based at the Grand Harbour Marina in order to

industry. Presentations from the Paris MoU,

work with TM and better support local nationals

MCA, the IHO, Transport Malta, and PYA. A full

and crew onboard Maltese flagged vessels.

report of the meeting is published in this issue of

Attended by Joey Meen

the PYA Supplement.

MEETING OF THE ASSOCIATIONS

1ST OCT

YACHT QUALIFYING PANEL MEETING

INTERNATIONAL WINE TASTING –

(YQP) – MCA | SOUTHAMPTON | UK

YACHT CLUB OF MONACO

The PYA attended the annual YQP meeting

PYA and The International Superyacht Society

hosted at MCA HQ, attended by all the yacht

hosted one of the Monaco Yacht Show’s greatest

training providers worldwide, to discuss current

opportunities to network and enjoy food and wine

yacht training issues, course syllabus, exam results

in a most breathtaking environment. Attended by

and new exam procedures and new courses under

over 250 PYA and ISS members, this year’s

MCA & STCW amendments. This is the annual

supporters

chance to put the opinions of yacht crew on the

included

some

of

the

most

recognizable brands in the large yacht industry:

table for discussion on these subjects.

BlackStar,

Attended by Joey Meen

DuPont,

Global

Marine

Communications (GMC), Port Vell Marina and Trogir Shipyard. PYA and ISS welcomed back

2ND OCT

PRE-YACHT QUALIFYING PANEL – UKSA| UK

SO.SE.MA and Shore Solutions as committed

A pre-meeting to the YQP at MCA, this was

supporters of the event.

a chance for all training providers worldwide to discuss all aspects of training, including

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non-MCA courses. Also, to openly discuss and

Agency, Other Angle Yachting, SoSeMa Shore

share progress within the MCA qualifications

Crew, and Hug Engineering.

structures and to find a united front to the

5TH FEB 2014

discussions at the YQP.

IAMI SMALL CRAFT SUB GROUP – WARSASH, UK

Attended by Joey Meen

The PYA was invited to attend this meeting in an

3RD NOV

PYA GUEST SEMINAR AT FORT LAUDERDALE

observer status. This meeting is primarily to

INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW

discuss topics relevant to all small craft sectors

The PYA hosted a GUEST seminar at the Bimini

including super yachts. (Mainstream craft -

Boatyard and Grill restaurant, focusing on Interior

limited). To discuss exam procedures, changes to

Crew Training and Certification, and for PYA to

OOW syllabus, Celestial exams and tender courses.

gain feedback from crew with regards to the

Attended by Joey Meen and John Wyborn

programme. The event was sponsored by Title Sponsor, Marina Port Vell, and was hosted with the support of PYA Regional Office International Crew Training. Attended by Joey Meen

19TH NOV

METS | GLOBAL SUPERYACHT FORUM Attended by Andrew Schofield and John Wyborn

Upcoming PYA Events Spring 2014 25TH APR

SPRING SEA CHANGES SEMINAR – ROYAL HOTEL, ANTIBES

27TH NOV

PYA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The PYA will be hosting a day of seminars on topics

– SALLE DU 8 MAI, ANTIBES, FRANCE

relevant to interior, engineering, and deck crew. In

Reports from the President and Treasurer were

addition, the first PYA Sea Changes Seminar of

presented along with election and re-election of

2014 will host guest speakers Captain Roger

council members. The AGM was followed by a

Towner, Registrar General of Shipping & Seamen

general question and answer discussion. PYA's

and Chief Examiner at the MCA, and Richard Falk,

accounts for 2012 are available in the member’s

Training Manager & Chief Examiner at the RYA.

portal for members to review.

They will present the latest changes being introduced to yachting legislation. Open to all crew.

13TH DEC

PYA CHRISTMAS BALL – CARLTON

Contact PYA for further details and to register.

INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL, CANNES Attended by crew and yachting professionals

29TH APR –

MYBA CHARTER SHOW – GENOA, ITALY

from all four corners of the globe, the evening

1 MAY

Joey Meen and Alice Wring will be available for

ST

offered guests a chance to relax, dance, and win some

fantastic

prizes

with

fellow

meetings at the MYBA Charter Show.

crew,

colleagues, and family. Many thanks to Title sponsor Burgess Crew Services Guernsey, and

30TH MAY

13TH PYA GOLF TOURNAMENT – GOLF DE LA GRANDE BASTIDE, OPIO, FRANCE

sponsors Marina Port Vell, Peter Insull's Crew

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Leaving the industry: life after

yachting for interior crew

By Isobel Odendaal How a PYA GUEST Training Provider went from sea to shore

accuse me of being slightly hypocritical, because I did not entirely leave the industry when I opened a Yacht Steward/ess school, but adjusting to life back home is full of every day challenges; no matter what you set out to do – paying bills (what do you mean I have to buy my own toiletries, food, medical insurance and work uniform?), having to drive to work, not earning the same lucrative salary, not being able to buy everything I desire due to new financial responsibilities, missing the adrenaline rush just before a busy charter season, reacquainting your family and friends after being away for many years, not being surrounded by people 24 hours a day – and just the all-in-all normality of everyone and everything around you.

PYA GUEST INTRODUCTION COURSE: WHAT IS YOUR MISSION? Before you leave yachting, it is very important to establish a goal, a vision and a mission. Mission: A personal mission statement provides clarity and gives you a sense of purpose. It defines who you are and how you will achieve success in your new career. Vision: Create or revise the personal vision you have for your life and career after yachting. A compelling vision can help you succeed, be more satisfied with your life, and get the most out of your mentoring relationships. It is vital that you craft your own personal vision for your life and career. A powerful vision can help you succeed far beyond where you’d be without one. That vision can propel you and inspire those around you to reach their own dreams. In a nutshell, your personal vision is what you want to be, do, feel, think, own, associate with, and impact by some date in the future. Your vision is the means of successfully achieving your mission Goal: A personal goal statement is a specific plan of action a person plans to take in one or more areas of their life. Every goal statement must start with a clearly written goal. That goal must address an actionable and measurable change that you want to make. The more specific and measurable your goals are, the easier they tend to be to achieve. I was sitting on a tender with a South African friend who was

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taking me back to the yacht I was employed on at the time. We

Plan of Action: A personal goal statement must have a clear plan

were at anchor, awaiting the Dock Express to Fort Lauderdale.

of action. The point of a personal goal statement is to evaluate

That was the day I first put my dream into words… I told my

and transform areas of your life so it matches your potential. For

friend that I was going to open a Steward/ess training school in

many, this equates taking ‘stock’ of your life and then writing

South Africa after I finished my career on yachts.

down troubled areas and assigning solutions to correct them.

I always explain to friends and family that yachting is an

Personal goal statements can be written down and updated at

addiction and it took me about two years after leaving before I could

regular intervals (maybe once every 3 months). Evaluate what

finally say: ‘I will not return to yachting again’. Some of you might

actions have been taken and how effective they have been.

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It is very important when you start planning your life and career

business, expect to work just as hard, or even harder than on yachts

after yachts that you have a clear vision of what it is you want to set out

on making it come to fruition, constantly growing it and above all,

doing after you leave. We all know crew who left for a year or two and

losing a lot of sleep over it (sometimes dreaming up new concepts and

ended up going back to yachting, because they simply could not/would

marketing ideas and other times having nightmares about the yearly

not adjust on land or could not find a suitable land job.

financial statements!)

So apart from auditioning for a role on ‘Below Deck’ – what will life after yachts offer? Leaving the industry to start your own business is about

During my 10 year career on super yachts, I saw the industry

identifying a niche market, seeing a need for a certain business,

progressing and growing into a more professional career, not just

deciding that it is something that you will enjoy doing, doing

a seasonal or temporary summer job. As a Stewardess who

feasibility research beforehand, establishing a demand for this service

was constantly trying to better myself, I always felt there was a

you intend on providing, getting a business plan in place, and assessing

great need for a career progression path for Steward/esses, just

financial demands of starting your business. A detailed business plan is

like there was for deck crew. I had to be quite creative when it came

of utmost importance.

to training, and even did a Quickbooks course in New York once just

Perhaps you do not want to start your own business – perhaps

to make myself eligible to become a Purser. There simply was no

you want to find employment at an existing company? The crucial

formal training programme in place for Steward/esses. I felt that

aspect would be to compile an excellent, descriptive Curriculum Vitae

we were the ‘black sheep’ of the industry – no one really cared

explaining a Steward/ess’ job as thoroughly and correctly as possible.

about putting a formal programme in place for us, whilst continuously

One of the most challenging aspects after leaving yachts was

developing serious career and training opportunities for deck crew

putting my skills into a CV that ‘land-based’ companies could understand. I spent days converting my trusty old yacht CV into a professional document – best describing my abilities, aptitude and experience.

and engineers. A few years after opening the school, a very good Captain friend of mine suggested I accredit our school’s Steward/ess programme with

People often ask me how and why I started the business – a lot

the PYA. He had heard a lot about the possibility of the GUEST

of it was planning, extremely hard work, taking a huge chance, but also

programme being developed and I was ecstatic. Exactly what I

with a bit of luck. The right place and the right time.

wanted – a credible yachting accreditation for the already popular

When asked ‘What is the biggest reason you don’t leave right now, come home, and start the school?’ my answer was an honest, direct: FEAR of failure, FEAR of being unsuccessful, FEAR of leaving the safe, comfortable world of yachting.

Steward/ess training programme we were offering – which meant they could finally get some recognition for their training and experience. In my opinion, the most exciting part of the GUEST initiative is that finally, Steward/esses have a clear way forward if they are serious

One of the most important aspects when you feel you are ready

about the industry and if they have the desire to grow and progress

to leave, is a clear and realistic vision, mission and goal and sticking to

into well-trained, well-informed, professional career crew members,

it. Arriving and settling in the country you want to settle in without any

adding value to any yacht they work on. Something I longed for and

kind of plan in your mind will send you back to the nearest airport and

believed in for so many years.

registering with Crew Agencies in no time.

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ENTERING THE PYA GUEST PROGRAMME

It was only two years after initially contacting the PYA that the

How did I survive the adjustment? Motivation and

GUEST programme was launched, but I watched its progression very

stubbornness! Going back into the industry after leaving was not an

closely and with great interest. Despite being geographically removed

option for me. My pride was preventing me from going back and

from the development of the programme, I tried to participate as much

admitting that I was a failure at what I set out to do after yachting and

through Skype sessions and workgroups and numerous emails to Joey

go back with my tail between my legs.

Meen, PYA GUEST training Director.

Find something that makes it worthwhile for you to stay out of

I am probably one of the GUEST programme’s biggest

the industry once you have left – a husband/wife/partner, your family,

supporters, simply because I understand the frustrations of wanting to

whatever makes you happy – having a detailed and clear escape plan

become more professional and participate in valuable and career

and enough money to sustain yourself.

orientated courses. I know there are many dedicated Steward/esses out

There is no easy break – it takes hard work, constant planning,

there, serious about their education, being ultimate professionals and

willingness to change/adapt, to grow, to learn, to experiment and above

focused on fair and deserved progression – and finally there is a clear

all – taking chances – every day.

route to follow.

Decide how much time you want to spend on realising

It is an unbelievably satisfying feeling to be part of a young

your dream. Know one thing – if you are going to start your own

student’s career – from the very first enquiry email, to getting to know

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them during their training, to getting that email, full of anticipation and excitement: ‘I have my first job and I am loving life!’ As with most new things, there are certainly challenges facing the GUEST programme – one of the biggest being the huge task of educating the existing crew members, crew agents, captains, owners and larger yacht industry about its benefits. It will certainly take time for people to realise its benefits, which include less damage to yachts due to improperly trained Steward/esses, higher levels of service to guests, a higher level of disciplined, responsible and professional new crew entering the industry, a shallower learning curve on board, less required training and supervision of new crew, recognition for experience and training of Steward/esses already in the industry in the form of a central system for keeping all your records (certificates issued are registered on the PYA’s database), issuing of CoC’s for experienced Steward/esses.

HOW CAN THE PYA BENEFIT YOU WHEN YOU LEAVE THE INDUSTRY? The PYA provides a central database where training and experience is logged, which will be substantial, concrete and detailed proof or your experience and training to any parties looking to employ you on land. >||

‘SUCCESS FOLLOWS DOING WHAT YOU WANT (AND LOVE) TO DO. THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO BE SUCCESSFUL’ MALCOLM FORBES

WHAT HAVE I LEARNT ABOUT OWNING MY OWN BUSINESS? • It takes HARD work and exceptional discipline and dedication • Planning and more planning • Flexibility in all situations and adapting to ever-changing financial markets • Creativity • Set goals – financial and others • Spend a lot of money on a professional website and marketing • Social media – crucial for marketing and promotional ideas • Ignore negative people who tell you it is not possible. Believe in your experience and abilities • Diplomacy and patience • A good reputation and always striving to better it • Client service first and foremost • Less money available – for the first few years, most of your profit will go back into the business • Loving what you do • Integrity and passion • Do not expect instant gratification and results • Less holiday time! • Peak hour traffic isn’t for the faint hearted!

The PYA Christmas Ball Another successful evening took place at the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel in Cannes on Friday 13th December, attended by PYA members, their colleagues, and their families. The raffle made many happy guests with a fantastic selection of luxury prizes, including an overnight stay with spa treatments and dinner for 2 at a 5-star luxury hotel donated by MYBA - The Worldwide Yachting Organisation. Many thanks to the sponsors of this event: title sponsor Burgess Crew Services Guernsey, and sponsors Marina Port Vell, Peter Insull's Crew Agency, Other Angle Yachting, Hug Engineering, and So.Se.Ma Shore Crew

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Sea Changes Seminar 2013 – a summary By Capt. Richard Le Quesne INTRODUCTION This is a summary of the five presentations made at the Professional Yachting Association's ‘Sea Changes’ seminar on Thursday 26th September 2013. The seminar took place at the headquarters of the International Hydrographic Organisation in Monaco. The speakers included:Mr. David Wyatt – Assistant Director at the International Hydrographic Organisation Hon. Edward Zammit Lewis – Parliamentary Secretary for Competitiveness and Economic Growth, Government of Malta Mr. Richard Schiferli – Secretary General, Paris MoU Capt. Roger Towner – Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen & MCA Chief Examiner, UK Government Ms. Joey Meen – Director of Training, ProfessionalYachting Association

and then upload it to the centre at Boulder. This data would then be made available for use by participating vessels seeking more detailed information than that available from official charts. He explained that there is no plan at present to incorporate data gathered under this project into official charts because of issues relating to validation of the data.

MR. DAVID WYATT

He finished by saying that the concept for this project has been

Mr. Wyatt started by welcoming the Professional Yachting Association

approved and the IHO is now seeking volunteers to run a test

as the latest observer member of the IHO.

programme in 2014 with a view to presenting the project for approval

He then went on to summarise the history and role of the IHO,

by the IHO's members at their meeting in the autumn of 2014.

explaining that it's function is to promote the safety of navigation and the protection of the marine environment. He said it has 81 full

THE HON. EDWARD ZAMMIT LEWIS

members with eight applications for membership pending.

Mr. Zammit Lewis opened by explaining how Malta's shift from

He followed this by remarking that less than 10 per cent of the

an economy based on low-cost manufacturing to one based on

world's seas have been surveyed to modern standards and that we

services includes the desire to become a leading maritime centre and

currently have better maps of the moon and Mars than we do of the sea

has already resulted in Malta having the largest fleet in Europe. He said

bed. He went on to explain that the digital data generated by modern

this is the result of several factors including political stability, EU

surveys is stored at a special centre, operated by the US government, at

membership, a favourable fiscal regime, a well-respected flag and an

Boulder, Colorado.

efficient administration.

He then described a new project of the IHO to use ‘crowd

He said that his government sees advantages in extending this to

sourcing’ as a means of gathering extra depth information from vessels

the superyacht sector and is developing policies to attract superyachts

such as yachts, saying that this could be of particular value in shallower

to the Maltese flag and high-net-worth individuals to Malta. As a part

seas where there is little commercial incentive for governments to carry

of this, Transport Malta has entered into a cooperation agreement with

out official surveys.

the Professional Yachting Association and has recognised the Malta

He said that, under the IHO's plan, suitable equipped vessels would collect and store data (primarily position and depth data)

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Mr. Zammit Lewis then went on to talk about the importance

CAPT. ROGER TOWNER

of investing in training and said that the administration is looking

Capt. Towner opened by saying that he had little that was new to

nto the possibility of setting up a Maritime Academy. He also

announce this year and so would give a summary of the changes that are

mentioned that elements of the PYA's programme for training

coming for those working in yachting.The topics that he covered were:

interior crew (ICTC) have been adopted for training hospitality workers in Malta.

CELESTIAL NAVIGATION

He again emphasised the importance to shipping of having an

After mentioning the seminar about GPS spoofing earlier in the day,

administration that can respond quickly and effectively to their demands.

Capt. Towner said that the IMO still considers celestial navigation to be

Mr Zammit Lewis finished by saying that Malta is now

an essential skill for deck officers and even the USA, which operates the

well positioned as a base for maritime activities, including superyacht

GPS system, is against removing it from the syllabus.

operations, and that the government will continue its efforts to develop this sector.

He went on the say that, from 1st January 2014, all candidates for Master 500 and Master 3000 must have passed an RYA celestial navigation exam. To pass, the candidate must be able fix his position

MR. RICHARD SCHIFERLI

from celestial bodies, including latitude from Polaris, as well as finding

Mr. Schiferli opened by referring to the confusion that had been

the compass error by amplitude. Candidates have to be able to reduce

caused by the Paris MoU's guidance with regard to Port State Control of

sights using trig tables, sight reduction tables or a plain (but not a

yachts in commercial use, saying that he hopes this had now been

programmable) calculator and then plot them.

satisfactorily settled by the creation of a separate category for yachts in Thetis and the issue of revised guidance. In passing, he mentioned that just

EFFICIENT DECKHAND

recently he had noticed the first detention of a commercially-operated yacht.

Capt. Towner said that, at the request of the industry, it will be a

He then gave an overview of the hierarchy of responsibility for

requirement from 1st January 2014 that all candidates for a deck officer

safety aboard ships with the owner/operator having primary

certificate have gained an EDH certificate. The syllabus includes knot

responsibility, backed up by flag, class and other special interests such as

tying, basic splicing and COSWP.

underwriters and with Port State Control as the ‘safety net’. With regard to yachts, Mr. Schiferli explained in detail how Port

ECDIS

Sate Control applies to yachts in commercial use but not pleasure vessels

Here he repeated the previously announced STCW requirement

and outlined three possible scenarios:

that, from 1st January 2017, all deck officers must have successfully

• A yacht used as a pleasure vessel on a permanent basis is exempt from PSC

completed a generic ECDIS training course. In addition, he said that

(although it may be inspected for compliance with local laws and regulations).

from 1st January 2014 an MCA approved ECDIS certificate will

• A yacht used permanently as a commercial vessel is subject to PSC at all times.

be required for the issue of a Chief Mate Yacht < 3000GT COC.

• A yacht used occasionally as a commercial vessel may be subject to PSC.

There is no intention to introduce this requirement retrospectively but all yacht CoC’s will be issued with a negative endorsement on

With regard to this third category, he went on to outline the criteria a

the certificate if the holder does not have an ECDIS certificate when the

PSC inspector will use to decide if the yacht is subject to PSC or not. He

CoC is revalidated.

said the Master will be asked to produce evidence of the yacht's current status and this evidence could include:

HELM

• The Certificate of Registry

Capt. Towner reminded the audience that it is already an MCA

• The holding of an International Load Line Certificate

(not STCW) requirement that candidates for deck officer certificates

• The holding of other certificates listed in Annex 10 of the Paris MoU.

have successfully completed a HELM course at the appropriate level.

The Port State may also consult Flag about the yacht's status.

He confirmed that the course must be completed at Operational level and then at Management level, saying that it is not allowed to go

Mr. Schiferli went on to explain an important change for yachts, saying

direct to the Management level.

that, under the new system, a yacht in the Priority 2 category for

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inspection may request a PSC inspection at a convenient time and place

SHIP'S COOK

and thus avoid the inconvenience of an unexpected inspection.

Capt. Towner told the meeting that there has long been a requirement

Following this, Mr. Schiferli went on to outline the overall system

for a qualified cook but the MCA had traditionally taken a relaxed view

for the categorisation of vessels and the timing of their inspections -

about enforcing this requirement for yachts. He went on to say vessels

which has not been changed.

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under MLC 2006 to have a qualified cook from August 2014, when MLC 2006 is implemented in the UK. Mr. Schiferli pointed out that this requirement is in effect now

She used this story to illustrate the vital importance the attitude that crew have to their work: it being all about flexibility and a willingness to go the extra mile.

under the ‘No more favourable treatment’ clause of MLC 2006. From this she went on to ask two questions:

STCW BASIC TRAINING REVALIDATION

• Are we short of professional crew?

Capt. Towner reminded the audience that all officers applying for

• Are the training needs of crew being met?

revalidation of their certificates from 1st January 2017 will be required

She then provided the following statistics:

to hold valid (i.e. < 5 years old) STCW Basic Training certificates and

• There are currently some 4300 yachts over 24 m employing around

will be required to keep them valid thereafter. He emphasised that it will be the individual's responsibility to ensure that his certificates are in date at all times.

48,000 crew • There are 423 yachts under construction which will require an additional 3400 crew

MEDICAL CARE ON BOARD CERTIFICATE

Ms. Meen went on talk about the wide variety of non-statutory

Capt. Towner explained that it is an EU requirement (not STCW) that

training required to equip crew to carry out their duties on yachts and

the Master and the person in charge of providing medical care hold a

the PYA's role as a facilitator, creating courses and monitoring

valid (< five years old) certificate.

standards. She mentioned specifically the GUEST programme for interior crew and the proposed new PYA/RYA Tender Driving course

TRECVET

and said the PYA hopes to work with the MCA on a conversion course

Capt. Towner spoke briefly about this project to unify Yachtmaster

for cooks.

type qualifications in the EU. He said he was doubtful it will achieve its objective.

She then outlined the PYA's approach to training courses which is to verify ‘the need, the provision and the quality’ of training being delivered so as to ensure that crew do not waste their money on

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unsuitable training courses and then concluded by stating: ‘The

Capt. Towner confirmed that it is allowed for a candidate holding a Ch.

training needs of the industry are currently way ahead of what is

Officer CoC to bypass the Master 500 and go direct to Master 3,000 but

actually being provided.’

all his modules for Master 500 must be valid at the time he applies for Master 3,000 NoE.

CONCLUSION

After 1st Jan 2014, all certificate and module requirements

After a brief session of questions and answers, Capt. Schofield wrapped

MUST be met prior to application for NOE for Master 3000GT

up the meeting by thanking the speakers, the hosts, the sponsors and

(Yachts). [This means all certificates have to be in date and the courses

the audience.The meeting was followed by a reception on the top floor

completed, and the documents sighted by the MCA, before they will

terrace of the IHO's building.

>||

issue the NoE.]

SPONSORS MERCHANT NAVY CODE OF CONDUCT

The PYA is grateful to our lead sponsor:

Capt. Towner informed the meeting that a new version of the Merchant

MYBA, the Worldwide Yachting Association

Navy Code of Conduct, amended to comply with MLC 2006, had been published in August.

and the supporting sponsors: Bluewater Yachting

AUSTRALIAN SEA TIME

Crew Asia

Capt. Towner said that the MCA is looking at the possibility of allowing

Edmiston & Company

time served in gaining Australian AMSA Certificates of Competency to

Hug Engineering

count towards sea time for MCA Certificates of Competency.

Porto Adriano Sturge International Services

MS. JOEY MEEN Ms. Meen opened by recounting a story, which she said was true, about a junior yacht crew who volunteered to stay ashore on a beach in Turkey to take care of a sick donkey because the owner's wife wished it.

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Provisioning in the South Pacific

How, and how hard? By Fleur Tomlinson

The allure of adventure, the remote pristine islands, the world-

WHERE TO ORDER SUPPLIES FROM

renowned diving and an ocean more bountiful than the Tsukiji

New Zealand tends to be the main supplier of fruit, vegetables, fish,

Fish Market has always drawn travellers from far and wide to the

meat, poultry and other items to the islands due not only to the countries

South Pacific. But how does one experience all of these things

geographical advantage and regular flights but also because of the

without their fresh berries in the morning, caviar Hors d 'Oeuvres

relationships that have been developed over many years between New

in the evening and preferred reading material throughout the

Zealand and these countries. New Zealand has one of the best bio-

day? Well one simply does not!

security systems in the world, being very conscientious about agriculture

It may be popular perception among yacht captains that it is more

and the environment and the preservation of it. New Zealand has

difficult to source premium, seasonal produce in the more remote areas

introduced many facets of these systems to help the smaller, less

of the South Pacific.Those who have cruised through these waters before

developed island nations prevent many agricultural virus’ such as foot

tend to be a lot more positive about it, provided they went through the

and mouth disease etc. New Zealand is considered by many to be the

right channels. But if you haven’t sailed the South Pacific before you may

hub for many South Pacific nations and is beginning to move in to Asia.

be more inclined to put it in the 'too hard' basket due to the obvious geographical obstacles (the extremely large masses of water between

WHAT ARE THE HURDLES AND POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS?

islands). For this reason it is my intention to give you as much objective

As with anything there are always hurdles and possible complications to

information as possible so that you can make your own mind up.

overcome. Each country has its own set of rules and regulations some

Plan well in advance! Funnily enough however, this fickle

logical, some not so logical, some rigid, some very easy. Each country

industry that we all know and love, rarely allows us that simple luxury

also has its own set of rules for each product for example, Singapore

and hearing the words ‘plan well in advance’ when you’ve just been told

and Rarotonga require very little in the way of import permits and

that the guest that was allergic to strawberries is now not allergic to

paperwork whereas Tonga only requires import permits for fruit and

strawberries and you need 15 kilos of fresh juicy strawberries by

vegetables but not for fish and dairy. There are also different rules

yesterday, probably sounds more like a bullet to the head. So, if you have

depending on where the produce is coming from, if it is coming from

the slightest inkling that you might take a yacht to the Pacific at some

New Zealand it is generally more straightforward than say if it was

point in your life, please read on.

coming from Botswana! This is why it is important to go through

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professional and experienced channels who are well versed in all of the

COMMON NECESSARY CERTIFICATES:

rules and regulations when provisioning.

• Health Certificate – generally needed for plant matter and meats to certify that they have come from a certified export plant.

TIPS AND TRICKS (OTHER THAN GET YOUR ORDER IN EARLY)! • As a general rule of thumb the officials of almost every country are most concerned about one, pests and dirt and two, labeling of the product. So work on getting these right and you’re halfway there. For example, you’re going

• Fumigation Certificate – certifies fumigation. E.g. Broccoli and other brassicaceae need to be fumigated. • Phytosanitary Certificate – for fruit and vegetables to say goods have been inspected in line with the import permit.

to have much better luck getting a bag of washed potatoes in to a country than a bag of unwashed potatoes. • When you are bringing product in to a country, an affidavit and receipts for the products are always helpful. It’s all about professionalism and organisation with the officials. • Exaggerate your order! This is important as it cannot only help you if there are any shortcomings but it can save you money.You can always take items

GENERAL AVAILABILITY INFO FOR COMMON STOPS: • French Polynesia – Their main supplier is France, they have a good product range locally. • Fiji – Similar to French Polynesia except main supplier is NZ, they have a pretty good range of local provisions, not too difficult if you do need to get something sent up from NZ.

out of the order but to add items once the order has been presented to

• Tonga – although plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables are grown here and sold

government officials is treated as a new order and another import permit

in the markets their product lines can sometimes not be consistent, this can

must be issued costing $175 each time.

be fine for crew but you may need more consistency when guests are arriving.

• Have a good shore support team both where you are and where you are

There are plenty of flights a week to get provisions up from NZ.

receiving the goods from, don’t try to deal with the paperwork and

• Vanuatu – Similar situation as with Tonga.

government officials on your own; you won’t get far.

• New Caledonia – Similar situation as with French Polynesia due to the

• When placing your order, photos or a link to view the product online is

area being a special collectivity of France.

helpful in case the authorities are unfamiliar with the product.This should

• Solomon Islands – Similar situation to Tonga

only really need to be done for products that may be confused such as

• Papua New Guinea – As with the Solomon’s.

kitchenware products or specific international items. • If there are very specific requests that urgently need to be on board when guests arrive and you are simply unable to source them in time, sometimes

37 South is a PYA Regional Office based in Auckland, New Zealand. www.37southyachts.com

where possible it can be a good idea to bring supplies over on guest planes. If the guests are okay with that it can save money and a lot of stress.

PYA Regional Offices With the International expansion of our representation and the

ADVICE AND SUPPORT

appointment of an increasing number of Regional Offices, PYA is

Regional Offices have the support of PYA HQ team and Council. With

able to offer more on hand and impartial advice and support to Yacht

access to latest information and PYA forms and procedures, they can

Crew worldwide. Each Regional Office representative is able to assist

assist PYA members with careers, training and valuable up to date

with processing membership applications and with attesting

information to our ever changing industry.

documents for the completion of Service Records Books. They have

We have offices in Australia, Gibraltar, Greece, Italy, Malta,

a heightened awareness of the PYA and how we represent yacht crew.

Montenegro, New Zealand, Rhodes, South Africa, Spain, St Maarten,

Member applications can be completed online or through the

Turkey, the UK & the USA

regional office. The Regional office will sight and attest copies of original

For a full list of regional offices and contact details please go to

documents, passports, testimonials and certificates required to be

http://www.pya.org/contact

scanned and sent for initial membership application & issue of the Service Record Book by PYA HQ in Antibes.

All opinions are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the PYA

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INCENTIVES AND DISCOUNTS

FOR MEMBERS

HELI AIR MONACO Heli Air Monaco operates helicopters on scheduled flights between Nice and Monaco. Heli Air Monaco is IATA approved (IATA-YO747) and was established in 1976. With flight times of only 7 minutes duration, departures every 15 minutes and a free car service available at your arrival in Monaco, this makes an attractive alternative to taxi or car transfer. Visit www.heliairmonaco.com for the latest schedule. Reservations can be made by calling +377 92 050 050. Heli Air Monaco also specialise in group transportation, charter flights to all destinations. Of particular interest to PYA members, they are also licensed to land directly on yacht heli decks for drop offs and pickups from yachts at anchor. As a working partnership, Heli Air Monaco offers all PYA members a discounted price of €70 plus tax (Normally €125 plus taxes) on regular flights between Nice and Monaco, a 10% discount on private flights and 10% off their helicopter pilot training. Members should present their PYA membership card (with photo) when checking in to qualify for these generous discounts.

Superyacht Operations Diploma

SAVE 10% by quoting your PYA membership number on application

For further details please contact Gemma: gemma.humphreys@maritimetrainingacademy.com

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G TRAVEL G Travel are offering a free transfer between a pick-up point (located anywhere between Cannes and Monaco) and Nice airport for any PYA member whose seaman's ticket has been bought through G Travel. Members should present their PYA membership card (with photo) when checking in to qualify for this generous offer.

www.gtravel.no ALWAYS QUOTE YOUR MEMBERSHIP NUMBER AND MEMBERSHIP EXPIRY DATE WHEN BOOKING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE INCENTIVES. COMMUNITY MEMBERS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE.

OTHER INCENTIVES Reduced membership with Nautilus UK Moore Stephens Isle of Man – preferential rates and discounts on insurances sourced for yacht crew WYCC Insurance – various discounts The Naval Club, London – eligible to join with entrance fee waiver

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As a dedicated follower of the PYA, Joey Meen has agreed to assist members with any quick email questions submitted to AskPYA regarding yachting. However for more detailed and personal assistance regarding certification and training, a formal meeting will be arranged and charged accordingly.

askjoey@wanadoo.fr + 33 (0) 6 15 27 02 36

Satellite Tracking of your boat 24h/24 and 7/7. Advanced Tracking are offering PYA members a 15% discount on new equipment. www.advanced-tracking.com

Offshore banking with Lloyds TSB Bank

DISCOUNT ON TRAINING COURSES

Maritime Training Academy Superyacht Operations Diploma – 10 % discount www.marinediplomas.com

Hoylake Sailing School 5% off selected courses www.sailorsworld.co.uk

The Crew Coach 10% off personal individual training www.thecrewcoach.com

Australian Superyacht Crew Crew Recruitment and Training 10% off PYA accredited interior courses www.superyachtcrew.com.au

International Crew Training FL 5% off all courses www.yachtmaster.com

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Bond TM offers the following benefits to PYA Members: • 10% Discount on Bond IT email hosting service • 12% Discount on Bond IT Support Service • 10% Discount on Bond TM new build consultancy www.bondtm.com


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Membership classes and fees JOINING FEE Full Pro Member (Sea-going)

€80

+

ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION

TOTAL DUE WHEN JOINING

€120

€200

Cadet Blue with SRB*

WAIVED

€120

€120

Cadet Green with Crew Work Book**

WAIVED

€50

€50

€200

€300

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€50

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Corporate Member Retired Members

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Community Members

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* Cadet Membership is only available for people with less than two years sea going experience. ** Crew Work Book is accepted by the MCA as a recognised logbook for Yacht Rating Certificates only – see website for details. Suitable for level entry crew and interior crew.

The Service Record Book The MCA approved Service Record Books (SRB) that are issued with membership are now widely recognised, as are the strict verification procedures conducted by the PYA Office for testimonials and the sighting of certificates. An approved log book is a requirement by the MCA to show documentary proof of sea service needed to progress along the certification ladder. The PYA Service Record Book can often be used in the same way as a seaman’s book to obtain seamen’s discounts on flights, additional baggage allowance and for presentation at job interviews. Coming soon Digital Service Record Book (DSRB). Look out for details.

The Crew Work Book This Work Book has been designed for Crew Agencies and Management Companies to easily follow a seafarer’s comprehensive detailed account of employment and performance history, for all onboard departments. For new crew considering a career in yachting, this is a vital working tool. It will encourage good practice in recording and documenting all relevant work and training. The Work Book can be verified by previous Captains and Companies and includes testimonial pages, tasks and duties, training courses and a record of all sea time. The Crew Work Book is the little sister to the PYA Service Record Book, which has proven to be the most popular and effective method for recording sea time for Engineers, Deck and interior crew who need a formal recognised record of sea service. It is favoured by the MCA, with all entries having been verified and sighted. A member can upgrade to a SRB at any time.

Points to consider: ●

Suitable for level entry crew and interior crew

For the Crew Agents /Management Companies and Captains

Easy to document and easy to read seafarers employment history, including duties and references

Yacht Ratings - MCA approval for Yacht Ratings sea time log book

Deck - Record of sea time for Yachtmaster Offshore

Engineer - Entry for required evidence of sea time for AEC

Interior- An informative account of duties and tasks completed

Interior- An informative account of duties and tasks completed

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BOOMING BARCELONA A SUPERYACHT ‘CITY’ REFIT BY NORMA TREASE

ARCELONA, ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST VIBRANT

beautiful yachts afloat. It’s a story of vision and rejuvenation that

and intoxicating cities, has in recent years become an

has brought to life a much needed new resource for the global

increasingly relevant and popular yachting destination.

yachting community.

Already home to some of the best known Superyacht businesses

As the largest city bordering the Mediterranean and with a

around and with more making their homes here as they utilise the

huge, always busy commercial port, Barcelona was first

excellent support from municipal officials, Barcelona and the

introduced to the yacht world when they hosted the 1992

nearby Balearic Islands are poised to take advantage of their

Olympics which broadcast stunning images of the harbour as a

prime locations to host even more of the largest and most

backdrop to the Games. That year saw the opening of two of


BARCELONA

Barcelona’s most important yacht facilities: MPV (Marina Port Vell) and MB’92 (Marina Barcelona 92.)

Just as elsewhere throughout the port of Barcelona, MPV has become a magnet for new yachting businesses that are

Located within the original inner harbour of Barcelona, a

flocking here to establish themselves ahead of the pack. Already

natural bight first discovered by the Romans and Phoenicians,

committed to new offices at MPV are BWA (Blue Water Alliance)

Marina Port Vell was opened as BCN’s first yacht marina just in

which will base their Spanish headquarters here, headed up by the

time for the Olympics and has hosted some of the world’s finest

dynamic Antonella della Pietra. Coming soon is also S.O.S. Yachting,

yachts ever since. In 2010, the UK firm Salamanca Group acquired

a company founded by Alex Mazzoni that specialises in helping

the marina and has been engaged in a major renovation and

yachts with legal and contractual issues. Sotheby’s Realty believes

expansion project, which will before the end of this year see

that both berth sales and real estate services to clients will make

the delivery of 165 state-of-the-art yacht berths for vessels up to

their new double-sized office here another success for the firm.

140 m, with extensive amenities including a wine bar/restaurant

Very exciting is the opening of Elite Crew International

and a stunning marina services building. The airy glass and steel

with their first office away from their home base in Fort

building, designed by award-winning designers SCOB and El

Lauderdale. Karina Roholte Befeld, Founder of ELITE says ‘We are

Equipo Creativo and built literally over the water, will house a new

very excited to be involved in the extensive growth in Barcelona.

reception area, management offices, gym, spa and a hyper-cool

With our expansion to the new location in MPV we will be closer

indoor-outdoor crew lounge, a space sure to please hard working

to the exclusive clientele that we cater to and we will personally

captains and crew. Also located there on the upper level will be

be able to offer an even higher level of global service to Owners,

over 20 offices for marine-related businesses and above that an

Captains and Crew alike.’

impressive rooftop lounge/entertainment space.

LEFT: THE MB’92 YARD WITH MPV IN THE BACKGROUND ABOVE: RESTAURANT SÉSAM, OPENING OCTOBER 2014 AT MPV

MB’92 is a serious repair and refit shipyard with every

Salamanca Group Vice-Chairman Uri Nachoom, who has

resource needed for large motor and sailing yachts and it is an

moved to Barcelona to personally spearhead the finishing of this

official warranty yard for several Superyacht builders including

major project, is an enthusiastic supporter of his adopted city and

Lürssen and Feadship. Under the careful leadership of Managing

its bright future: ‘the timing of MPV couldn’t be better and we are

Director Pepe García-Aubert, MB’92 has followed a steady path of

thrilled to be contributing to the economic fabric of Barcelona.

growth, expanding and modernising their facilities constantly.

The hundreds of jobs we are creating here will help the city

Beginning in 2004 they began a major and visionary expansion

continue its obvious growth and vibrant health. We are proud to

plan, almost doubling their already impressive facilities. Their

be partners in creating a hub of yachting excellence here at MPV

enormous graving dock only recently held a collection of yachts

and we look forward to being a home port for many world-class

large enough to impress the most knowledgeable of yacht fans:

yachts who will surely enjoy the quality marina and service that

Eminence, Dilbar and the mighty Eclipse – totalling a whopping

we are creating for them in what we believe will be the Med’s best

352 m. They can accommodate individual yachts up to 180 m and

yacht facility.’

have assets including a 210 m dry-dock and a 125 m floating and

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BARCELONA

ABOVE: AN AERIAL VIEW OF MB’92 WITH THE NEW ‘W’ HOTEL TOP R/H CORNER

covered paint shed. With ever larger Superyachts becoming more

Feltham, managing partner of Willis, further explaining, ‘we spent

prominent in the yard’s operations MB’92 have been very careful

the best part of two years looking at all the obvious locations

to continue its support of yachts in the 30 m to 60 m range with

before concluding that Barcelona (more specifically MB’92) fulfilled

its 150 ton Travelift and 2000 ton Syncrolift.

all the criteria on our list. A rapidly growing, well respected and

García-Aubert explains, ‘We have the good fortune to be located in what many consider to be the best city in the

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already established shipyard in a city that was clearly keen on attracting more Superyacht clientele ticked all our boxes.’

Mediterranean, a City that houses a port with extraordinary

Perhaps the most exciting of all the new set ups in MB’92

potential and ongoing important investment projects. Besides

is the newly opened Nautical Academy, located in the gorgeous

MB’92 there we also have Marina Port Vell and Nuevo Bocana

Sovren House. The facility was only recently renovated by MB’92

Nord. It’s essential to look after the nautical industry in the City,

to house this important new concept business which offers yacht

both recreational and professional, as the port area of Barcelona

crew training in everything from STCW and fire-fighting to

is a major centre for the generation of industry and services with

executive level training for chefs and pursers. Cpt. Steve White,

high added value to the local economy.’

owner of brokerage firm IYR, and founder of the Nautical Academy,

MB’92 not only looks after over 100 major yachts each and

is definitely bullish about the great future ahead for Barcelona’s

every year, but is also home to several other leading yacht service

yachting scene,‘we have had a wonderful response to the Nautical

businesses including worldwide yacht paint specialists Pinmar, who

Academy since opening our doors only a few months ago – we see

have a retail shop and office, they have of course for many years

Barcelona as an increasingly important business hub and feel that

made excellent use of the MB92 paint sheds. Hello Yachts, a yacht

more and more of our business will come from here. The yachting

agent and concierge service led by the lovely Helena Guardiola, has

community in Barcelona is powerful and the chance to work

been based here for years and recently moved into one of the

co-operatively with the many great partners here makes doing

many newly renovated historical buildings on the MB’92 site.

business not only successful but enjoyable as well.’ Obviously the

MB’92 has also attracted a number of other businesses

Nautical Academy is a resource for yacht crew that will have a

which will now call Barcelona home including Bond Technical

profound impact in making their professional lives easier, and is

Management and the world’s largest marine insurance broker Willis.

also a fantastic addition to the business scene in Barcelona.

‘We realised that, in order to grow our Superyacht business and raise

We must not forget the many businesses which have

our profile in the Med, we needed to physically be here’ says Mark

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and grow in this hot-bed of yachting excellence. There are

to Barcelona. Hunter Cwalinski, the son of Smallwoods founder

for instance the crew uniform company Deckers, headed up by

Helen Smallwood-Cwalinski has moved to Barcelona and says ‘we

David Ireland and founded decades ago in Palma and now with

came here to test the waters for 12 months in order to determine

outlets throughout Europe. They have had several offices in

whether the market warranted us establishing a full time office.

Barcelona over the years and are now perfectly situated in MB’92

After only five months we've gotten our answer, which is a

itself and yet located only a few meters from MPV, as David

resounding ‘yes’. Barcelona is on the rise in the yachting industry

told us, ‘we are so close to the large yachts, our clients, it is a

and we have every intention of remaining a part of it.’

win-win situation for both us and the yachts, it is perfect, and

The ripple effect of yachting on the city of Barcelona

as we see more and more of our clients pulling in here every

cannot be discounted, with the rise of related businesses nearby

year our client base can only grow’. Also here are dynamic yacht

such as the new Hotel H10 Port Vell, and the residence 1840

agents Evolution, headed up by husband and wife team John and

Apartments which are called home by Hunter Cwalinski, Paul

Belen Shinske. They have a large retail shop in addition to offices

Lowndes of Salamanca Technical Services (MPV project

in Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca. Highly experienced

managers), and the new Managing Director of MPV, Marcel

yacht agents Intra Marine have been based in their office-with-a-

Brekelmans. There are plans afoot to establish crew houses in the

view next to Marina Port Vell for over ten years. Sergio Ravenet,

neighborhood as well (which could be called an investment tip). It

owner of Boatwash, which started out detailing on mid-sized

wouldn’t be a yacht port without great crew bars, and the very

boats and supplying Helly Hansen Workwear to mega yacht crews,

popular bar/restaurants MakaMaka and FOC definitely benefit

has further developed into yacht management as Boat Charter

from yacht crew trade by offering regular crew theme nights –and

BCN, a charter business promoting day/weekend trips from

any day of the week they are THE places to meet and greet

Barcelona. He confirms his vision of the future ‘At the moment

friends from near and far.

there is a big demand for chartering yachts locally during the

There has been a lot of press regarding the changes to the

summer months with day charter clients that are seeking to just

dreaded Spanish Matriculation Tax. This hull tax, which has

go anchor off the beach or take a day trip to Sitges on a nice yacht.

stymied chartering in Spanish waters for decades, is undergoing

I think this demand will increase in the future after the new MPV

major changes. Significant exceptions to the tax have been

marina is completed.’

announced, which will greatly increase the number of charter

Crew uniform supply company, Smallwoods, is another

yachts operating in the region as the regulations continue to

pioneer, expanding from Fort Lauderdale, first to Antibes and now

loosen up. One of the leading experts in this subject is Alex

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Chumillas, owner of legal and tax firm Tax Marine – who also

economic prospects for Barcelona – not only for Superyachts, but

helped lead the charge to convince the authorities to make this

for local businesses which specialise in yachts under 20 m. He says

much needed change.

‘this area of economic development is a good project for BCN. This

Recognising the importance of the yacht sector to the local

business area is a fact, with the reality of projects like MB’92, MPV

economy, MPV, MB’92, Tax Marine, the Port Authorities of BCN

and now Nuevo Bocana, BCN is becoming a trademark destination.

and the local government have founded the Barcelona Nautical

The authorities are obviously now understanding the strategic

Cluster, dedicated to supporting marine-related businesses and

potential of yachting in Barcelona and the entire region. We are

spreading the word about the business-friendly atmosphere that

here to support the efforts of every nautical business and expect

exists here. This organisation has been very busy, organising a

to see healthy, continued growth.’

study of the economic impact on the region of the yachting trade,

So, please do come visit Barcelona, where the weather is

including reaching out to established organisations such as the

great, the city is incredible, the food is wonderful – and the yacht

Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) and visiting

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other yachting destinations including Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach and St Maarten. Mentioning other new developments, including

Author Norma Trease, our Editor-at-large, is also the head of

the recent announcement of the soon-to-come marina Nuevo

Salamanca Marine, a division of Salamanca Group.

Bocana Nord by Formentera Mar, Mr Toni Tio, Director of the Nautical Cluster, believes that the nautical sector offers only good

Contact: n.trease@salamanca-group.com

LEFT: THE MB’92 DRY DOCK ABOVE: A VIEW FROM INSIDE MB’92 BELOW: MPV UNDER CONSTRUCTION – OPENING DATE 1ST JUNE 2014


PORT ADRIANO

A CENTRE OF MARINA EXCELLENCE

ORT ADRIANO IS ONE OF THE MOST SELECT MODERN,

as a base for yachts wanting to explore the Mediterranean Sea

eco-conscious,Superyacht marinas in the Mediterranean.The

and also local areas of outstanding beauty, such as Cala Fornells,

marina was designed exclusively by the renowned French

Toro Island and Mallorca’s magnificent northern coast which has

designer Philippe Starck, also known in the Superyacht world for

recently been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. Set at

his radical design of the motor yachts ‘A’ and Venus, his concept

the mouth of the Bay of Palma the marina offers ideal conditions

was to create a luxury home for the world’s most exclusive

for sailing and other nautical activities as well as the possibility of

Superyachts on the important yachting island of Mallorca, an

a short cruising connection to the islands of Ibiza and Menorca,

island perfectly situated at the centre of the Western

and it is also the closest Balearic superport to mainland Barcelona.

Mediterranean sea. This extension, to an already existing marina

Port Adriano is well connected by a nearby highway to the

that dates from1974, was officially opened during March of 2012.

main Majorcan airport of Son Sant Joan that offers yacht owners

Located on the south coast of Mallorca, Port Adriano is just

commercial and private flights, if required, to and from all

9 km from the island’s capital and enjoys an exceptional location

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PORT ADRIANO

In addition to offering specialist services such as concierge and yacht provisioning, Yates Adriano offers elite technical services from its new 10,000 m² technical area comprising a dry dock suitable for large yachts, a 250 tonne travel lift and workshops equipped to deal with vessels of any size. A slip way and launch ramp is also available for smaller boats. The company Yacht Coating Solutions are also established here and provide a complete professional and detailed solution for all yacht coating projects and can embrace yachts of any size. With an in-house scaffold containment and a fixtures and fittings division the company can cover all areas of yacht and Superyacht refit and repair. Upon arrival at Port Adriano a wide range of services are available to yachts that include shops, several restaurants and bars, a branch of the Banco Popular/Es Credit and a supermarket. All Superyacht berths have a four line (optional) mooring system and are MARPOL Certificated as required. They have running water and a fuel supply at the mooring that can pump at 12,000 litres an hour, also waste water and bilge water extraction, data service with Wi-Fi and access to phones as well as ample shorepower link up. Security cameras and watchmen are on hand 24/7 to offer safety and security for clients. Each vessel can rent lockable storage space (24 m², 6 x 4 x 3.3 m) if required. Captains and Crew can also reap the benefits of the nearby facilities to Port Adriano during the winter months, these include services such as multilingual schools, hospitals, dental services, health clubs, banking etc, etc all in a healthy, calm and safe environment. Outside of the excellent Port amenities there also exists the incredible nightlife that Mallorca is famed for, it is not without reason that the airport during August is claimed to be the busiest anywhere in the world! One of the great attractions of Port Adriano is the avantRespectful of the environment, Port Adriano has been

garde design of the communal areas and shopping complex.

granted the EMAS environmental award given by the European

Starck’s focus was also heavily tuned into the needs of the

Union, which recognises companies that have introduced a

Marinas many visitors by ensuring the natural beauty of the

system of environmental management and are committed to

surrounding area was not compromised by the development. He

ongoing improvement. Port Adriano’s expansion was facilitated by

also ensured that the leisure and shopping areas could be

the construction of a massive second fixed breakwater to avoid

accessed easily and comfortably by foot and that the newly

the need to eat up additional areas of the picturesque coastline

expanded car parking facilities for 240 vehicles was hidden out of

to create the berths required during planning.

sight, underground.

Starck’s eye for design filters throughout the harbour with

The 4000 m² shopping area boasting some 40 prestigious

mooring bollards, harbour lights and wood decking that mirror

shops is seen as one of the great attractions to Port Adriano and

the interiors and exteriors of yachts. All of the facilities at Port

the Port’s commitment to the environment also filters through

Adriano have been designed with ease of use in mind.

into the shopping area by the innovative use of a system of

Boasting a service area for moorings of 25,000 m² and 82 newly created berths for Superyachts, Port Adriano’s extension

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refrigeration and heating that utilises the constant temperature of deep seawater to reduce C02 emissions.

allows it to accommodate boats between 6 and 110 metres inside

Within this area visitors can experience a range of

its Superyacht basin. Berths for yachts comprise; 18 – 6 x 20 m,

gastronomic delights. The Coast by East Restaurant offers the

18 – 25 m x 7 m, 12 – 30 m x 8 m, 7 – 35 m x 9 m, 10 – 40 m x 10 m,

delights of shell-fish, grilles, sushi and sashimi. The legendary

8 – 45 m x 12 m, 5 – 50 m x 14 m and 4 – 60/110 m x 15 m.

Sansibar boasts a list of 30,000 wines and Bruno’s restaurant

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offers a great selection of authentic cooked delights based on fresh daily produce and for those wanting a relaxed informal atmosphere El Tandem offers snacks and drinks. For something more spectacular the Champagnerie in Port Adriano is famed for its outstanding Mojito Veuve Cliquot and is worthy of a visit. The Crew bar is also on hand and offers a great, relaxed area for crew to meet and socialise with its nautical themes and cold beer. Many events are staged within the Port and can easily be found listed on their website. For those that want to can get close to nature and also enjoy sport close by, there are on offer three different golf courses within five kilometres that allow golfers to choose their favourite course and add variation to their game. There is also a diving centre, a sailing school and horse riding facilities to be found close by. Berthing at Port Adriano opens you up the delights of Palma. The historic city of Palma lies just 9 km from the port, visitors can utilise the Port’s shuttle service and explore the city on foot if they wish, with the centre still having its medieval layout a stroll around brings Majorcan history alive. The most striking landmark has to be the Cathedral of Santa Maria, a brilliant and beautiful specimen of gothic splendour. In addition to this are the other rich historical attractions such as Le Seu and Banys Àrabs. Palma’s busy nightlife is renowned and with its restaurants serving an array of gastronomic delights there has to be something to suit all tastes and moods. The abundance of beautiful beaches, such as Cala Fornells, Palma Nova, Playa del Mago and the beach of Port Adriano itself become an extra lure for those wishing to enjoy a really pleasant stay when they step ashore. Spectacular landscapes also exist underground and can be visited in the depths of caves sculpted out by water over millions of years, like those of Campanet or Arta. One of Majorca’s other most important natural assets are the submerged meadows of Posidonia Oceancica sea grass, a plant icing that exist on the sandy sea-beds that surround the island as far down as the sunlight penetrates. Port Adriano also works with community related projects to promote information about the eco system and environment through recreational activities that raise the awareness of children to green issues and they collaborate with non-governmental organisations to help increase awareness of recycling by all port users. Also the Port constantly trains its administration and dock staff to ensure first class service to its clients and visitors ensuring ongoing excellence. One of the goals Port Adriano hopes to achieve during 2014, is to obtain the certification ‘Bandera Azul’ and to proudly be able to have the blue flag flying in the port, adding this distinction as a proof of its commitment and desire to continually improve. Contact: +34 971 232 494 www.portadriano.com

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AILING YACHTS HAVE EVOLVED IN THE LAST FEW

couple Paul and Rachel Chandler were attacked and kidnapped on

years, with new designs and on-board facilities and

their 38 foot yacht ‘Lynn Rival’ and only freed after a ransom of

features. To many, the unique sound of ‘wind on sail’ is

nearly a million US dollars was paid in secret; and in 2011 the

unmatched and follows a tradition going back hundreds of years.

59 ft sailing yacht ‘Quest’ was attacked off the coast of Somalia,

In those days however, near on every vessel under sail had a

and all four American citizens on board were killed by the pirates.

cannon or bank of cannons to protect it against unwanted

It doesn’t have to be the established perception of ‘pirate’ waters

attention. Piracy in those days was taken very seriously indeed.

either – it can happen anywhere. The 55 m Sailing Yacht Tiara was

Sailing yachts these days don’t carry cargo or a country’s

attacked off the coast of Corsica by masked pirates with rifles and

plundered treasure, however they are a much more desirable prize

handguns, having only been anchored there for a matter of hours.

than a motor yacht and easier pickings for modern day pirates.

They robbed everyone on board before speeding off in a high speed rib into the night.

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A sailing yacht by definition does not need an engine although

THE PROBLEM

many have small power plants for times when the wind is absent

A sailing yacht, modern or otherwise has inherent problems which

or when manoeuvring. These engines however are not the main

make it easier to pirate than other vessels. Firstly, they are slow in

source of propulsion. In essence they are dependent most of the

the water compared to motorised yachts which can alter course

time on the wind for propulsion and speed. You cannot simply

and speed at will. A sailing yacht is at the mercy of the prevailing

crank up the engine and cruise away at 40 knots. The larger the

wind and course and speed are greatly restricted. We’re not

yacht, the more sail they require, the taller the mast or masts, and

talking about a high speed racing catamaran here! A pirate vessel

the higher the yachts horizontal profile. The yacht however does

travelling at 40 knots is not going to be outrun or out

not have to be large to be a target for piracy. In 2009, British

manoeuvred by a sailing yacht. The other critical issue is the fact

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an armour piercing 7.62 round; and bear in mind that this is the pirate’s $100 weapon. Most like to flaunt the fact that they have 50 calibre machine guns and RPG7 (Rocket Propelled Grenade) launchers. Hunkering down and disabling the steering is not an bottom! Write this down – THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A ‘PIRATE PROOF’ SAILING YACHT. And it doesn’t matter if the yacht is 10 metres or over 100 metres. The same inherent

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problems exist. Things get even more complicated when a sailing

won’t get this type of real time information from the ISAF

yacht is at anchor, and the reason for this is the reason people

website! Not going to places where piracy is a risk is better than

have a sailing yacht in the first place – pleasure! A day of sailing,

going there. How simple is that to understand? It was allegedly

a great meal, idyllic scenery and more than a few bottles of wine

stated that the UK couple ‘Paul & Rachel Chandler’ were pre-

firmly put away any thoughts of security; and it’s at anchor where

warned about travelling to East Africa because of the piracy

sailing yachts in particular are the most vulnerable. Many in the

threat, but sailed anyway. It cost them a year of turmoil.

yachting fraternity remember Sir Peter Blake who was shot dead by pirates who approached his anchored sailing yacht by rubber

GENERAL SECURITY

dingy in Macapa, Brazil. He was many say, badly advised to anchor

A large motor vessel can accommodate many security systems

in such a place and in the rumpus that followed Sir Peter was shot

and as previously stated can also accommodate highly trained

dead after shooting one of the pirates himself. Others on-board

security personnel. It is generally the financial restrictions of

said they never heard the pirates coming. They’d all just returned

operating even medium sized sailing yachts that limits what you

after a dinner ashore. The truth here is that sailing yachts have

can or cannot do in regard to security. Below deck areas are

little or no security regime on-board.

cramped and mast space for radar and camera mounting is also limited. It’s impossible to secure the deck itself and the outside

FIREARMS ABOARD

helm leaves crew exposed. More to the point, we’re sailing for

For some reason, there is a mistaken perception that if you have

pleasure – not going to war! Intelligence is the key here.

firearms on-board your yacht, you are protected against armed

Anchoring alone in a secluded spot may seem like paradise,

pirates. Firearms in un-trained hands dramatically makes the

however it’s far safer to drop anchor where others are moored or

situation worse, no matter how ‘gung-ho’ they may make you

in a harbour. Thinking security is also something that should be

feel. We’re talking about sailing yachts here! Who determines

standard fare when visiting foreign shores. Telling all and sundry

when the time is right to break out firearms? Do you wave it

where you plan to sail is also not a good idea. Of course there are

about or start shooting? More importantly, this is not the movies.

extremely large high profile sailing yachts where many of the

If you are shot by a high calibre bullet at sea or otherwise, you are

measures on large motor yachts can be employed, however these

likely not to survive, and the pirate who shot you has absolutely

are less of a target than your average sailing yacht. The owners of

no concern for the condition you’re left in. Unfortunately highly

these vessels can afford the best security systems and personnel!

trained armed security teams operate mostly on large

No-one should take things for granted however. Piracy is an

commercial ships or high profile motor yachts. They are expensive

evolving art with some pirates still using traditional Dhows as

and highly sought after by the big boys! If you raise a weapon on

mother ships, others high speed ribs. What looks normal in the

your average sail boat, you raise the stakes considerably – and not

Gulf of Aden may be anything but normal.

in your favour! CONCLUSION REDUCING THE RISK

A sailing yacht is for the many purists the ultimate expression of

There are of course places that no-one should venture in a sailing

man and yacht at harmony with the ocean. It can be a relaxed

yacht small or large, and this applies also to motor yachts. There

stress free activity with many people selling their houses to buy a

are areas that you really shouldn’t be, given the risks. All too often

yacht and sail the world. How fantastic is that? It does now come

however something has to happen before people start to take

with more responsibility than it used to, with personal safety and

note. Travelling to the Seychelles or Maldives can involve sailing

the security of the vessel a more prominent feature. Sailing on a

through waters where piracy is on the increase. It lead last year to

budget means food and harbour fees become more important

one American owner paying upwards of $30,000 to have his yacht

than security measures, and sailors have to be more aware of their

shipped back to the USA by container ship, rather than risk sailing

surroundings, especially when anchored off shore with beer and

in what was becoming dangerous waters for sailing yachts. You

wine a plenty. No-one wants to be the victim of any maritime

can however sign up to services that give up to date alerts of

criminal act by dedicated pirates or simple opportunist.

imminent dangers in global waters of piracy. UK company Orchid,

Sometimes it’s a matter of simple ‘common sense’.

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know about such services, you won’t have the intelligence you

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A HALF CENTURY OF MARINAS

AND THE NEED TO CHANGE THE CHIP BY OSCAR SICHES

I

T WAS IN YACHTING MATTERS EDITION 25 THAT COLIN

This article is about marinas and how marinas have

took us back to the ‘80s and the straightforward way that

changed. First I would like to go way back and quote Morris West

yachting was developed, lived, and enjoyed. We were skippers

in his (my favourite West) novel ‘The Lovers’:

cruising on, at the time, ‘huge’ yachts, and plying our trade by

1952. Aussie Brian de Courcy Cavanagh, once described

experience, common sense, the heart, knowledge and a strong and

as ‘a native twig grafted onto Celtic stock’, walks out of the

deep respect of tradition and ethics, more or less in that order.

Bar Felix in Antibes through the Porte Marine and along the

Today, at least half of such things are imposed by rules and

esplanade until arriving by the lighthouse at the entrance of

regulations, we must all conform or so it seems, but the results

the harbour.

obtained by these complex equations of technical development

A broad chested attorney at 25, he had the weathered

despite the size, cost, number of yachts, management agencies and

young-old look of someone with a certain amount of living

speed, result in an owners experience no better than then. Well,

behind him. Even Felix, the bar patron, who had small faith in

maybe the yachts have better fuel efficiency, but that’s about it.

mankind, less in woman and not at all in God, treated this one

I agree with Colin that it would take me a lot to want to adapt to being a skipper again in the present time, I served on yachts, sorry to make it sound like a Naval experience, but now my life’s focus is on marinas.

with reluctant respect. He was trying to get a berth as a crewman on a pleasure yacht. Marie-Claire, who he had met at the pension and worked at the Societé Glemot, told him about the imminent arrival of the


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yacht Salamandra d’ Oro, coming from Alicante to start here a

villa or commercial development) and yacht clubs (non profit

Mediterranean cruise. The master has wired for fuel, provisions and

organisations). From now on I will use the generic name ‘marinas’.

local labour for two days of scrubbing, painting and bright work.

Most of the coastal shores of EU states cannot be bought,

The Salamandra d’ Oro was a hundred feet of sleek hull

remaining always as property of the state (this is linked to their

with a clipper bow and a square transom with a golden

status as strategic areas). To allow private use of such coasts,

salamander displayed in relief under her nameplate.

Governments Issue grants to allow their use for a certain period

‘Excuse me sir, are you the master of this beauty?’ ‘And who may you be?’

(Government Concessions). In the ‘60s those grants would often be from 50 to 99 years.

‘Brian de Courcy Cavanagh, sir. Australian, ex-navy, just

The usual way of developing a marina was that the government

finished a law degree and giving myself a working holiday in Europe’.

would fund the harbour infrastructure (breakwaters, quays, piers, slips,

With the sole exception of the salary, this episode could

esplanade) and the Concessionaire would take care of everything else.

have been happening during this year, 2014, pre-season. And yet,

There was money to spend and yachting was seen as an exclusive and

there are many changes that make Antibes (and most of the

healthy sport full of tradition and perfect for the wealthy. The

world’s yacht harbours) a completely different port of call to how

concession fee to pay to the government was small in relation to the

they were back then.

investment that would have to be made by the lease owner.

Yacht harbours, and what they could offer, grew in line with

Mr Onassis’s MY ‘Christina O’ featured on most Monaco

yacht technology and the demands of owners and crew. Yachts, as

pictures and postcards showing her lying at her berth at the YCM and

they grew in size, were incorporating safety and comfort equipment

being the image of the ultimate in chic, power and life enjoyment.

that needed ever more power. In the ‘60s it was limited to yacht’s

In the ‘70s marinas were conceived with the basic services

increasing battery capacity, later air conditioning made necessary a

(water and electricity) and few featured even a telephone line to

generator, and the shore power supply to silently keep those

the larger berths. If your berth came with a phone it would consist

systems running became a blessing that would define whether a

of a long cable that would run alongside the gangway and would

yacht harbour was a very advanced and convenient one, or not.

have at its end a bulky rotating disk dial telephone. The average

I am referring to yacht harbours, as they were often called

size of the berths increased over the years, led by the demand of

in those early days, to include both marinas (a yacht harbour with

the ever larger yachts that were being built, and in the crowded

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major marinas of the Mediterranean it was almost a necessity to

becoming available, and that made it possible to run your own

get a local diver to stand-by to untangle ones anchor from the

business from the yacht, so long as you were at a reasonable

neighbour’s one and mooring lines from the props. Hi Saint Tropez!

distance from the shore and within coverage. At the end of the ’80s

Arabs with their coffers loaded from the oil crisis of 1976 were

cellular phones started replacing VHF communications, sea to shore,

commissioning their larger yachts and they then berthed them in

and certainly helped in the booking of berths. Lürssen dedicates itself

a few iconic harbours: Monaco, Antibes, Porto Cervo, Cannes,

seriously to building big yachts. Oceanco builds hulls in South Africa

Athens and the very new Puerto Banus. Yachting began to be easily

and ships them to be finished in Europe. MY Cedar Sea pays to

attainable by the EU middle classes and smaller yachts became

widen the locks outside Van Lent and therefore keep the original

ever more affordable thanks to shipyard efficiency and modular

design beam. The big guys are here to stay.

production. Marinas increased in size and services and hired more

And so the ’90s came along and the yachting industry kept

personnel to keep on top of the demands that were being made of

gaining momentum. The first Class 4 Captains were getting their

them. Environmental control was something theoretical. Extra

professional tickets. Marina associations were born. Yachting’s

taxes and harbour fees start showing up here and there.

favourite areas (Florida, the Côte d’Azur, Sardinia) fight to build

As for the ‘80s, the governments started spending money

more marinas. Not only did superyachts drive the market. More

without any sustainable strategy and needed to collect even

than 80% of the world’s yachts are less than 33 ft long. Less than

more money in order to keep on the vicious circle that eventually

1% of the world’s yachts are over 65 ft It starts to get difficult to

took the world to the infamous year of 2008 (still going strong

find a suitable superyacht berth.

some might say). Yachting was demanding ever larger boats as

80 ft yachts are being pumped out of the yards as

technology (satellite communication, water makers, TV etc)

production building really takes off to meet demand, and each

allowed owners to spend ever more time with their ‘homes’ on

year the size is increasing. Flag regulations become more

the water. Existing marinas could not berth the new breed of large

demanding as the commercial shipping world starts to encroach

yachts over 140 ft and in 1986 the International Yacht Club

and Captains have to do a lot more administrative work to keep

d’Antibes was created for yachts from 175 ft to 500 ft.

their heads above water. Yacht management becomes a necessity,

Governments decided that yachting was a good source of extra

which was and still is a change hard to digest for some, but rules

income (it’s always good to go for the rich first) and started to

are out there to be fulfilled. Captains of the 80 ft boats of the ‘80s

tighten the knot. Marina leases increased in price and so, naturally,

are now driving 150 footers, youngsters are gaining the

did mooring fees.

qualifications to drive these larger yachts as training facilities

At the same time the green movement gathered

spring up to cope with demand. It takes time, subtle social skills

momentum and we started being made aware that our days were

and sometime, bluntly, enormous tips to get a berth in a prime

numbered if we did not reduce CO2 emissions and that Nemo

spot during the summer. Small craft users often felt safer, and

and friends had a dark future due to marinas pouring concrete

enjoyed the privacy offered, by having a portable phone onboard,

into the sea, and that we had to curtail a yachtsmen’s preferred

far better than using VHF.

amusement of pooing within the harbour limits before we quickly transformed Monaco, Palma or Cannes into s*** pits. Governments acted again and limited the issuing of new

Standard chores such as getting the weather forecast and

harbour construction permits. Dirty, naughty yachtsmen! Meantime,

positioning can be done today from almost anywhere. Wifi,

boats of all sizes kept being produced and the output from shipyards

parking and security are the three most valued items in

grew exponentially. Now let’s understand one thing, the price of

a marina today. Italy decided in 2008 that the country was lacking

berths is driven by demand. I remember the 120 ft Santa Cruz Tres

39,000 berths needed to cope with the country’s burgeoning

paying 1000 US dollars (per night) for the discharge berth used by

yacht production and many visitors. The established good Italian

the water barge in Porto Cervo (no electricity) and with its use

marinas had enjoyed excellent profits but the nautical industry

limited from 1900 to 0700 the following morning. Nobody really

demanded more marinas be created. The Government, eyeing the

knew much about Turkey, which was a place you would not want to

golden goose, reacted quickly and increased the fees to be

arrive to from Greece because they were not on the best of

charged (up to 400%). Turkey became a feasible cruising ground

diplomatic terms. The same for the other way around. Yugoslavia

and a good destination, and the same happened with Croatia.

was off limits as it was very unstable. Greece had little to offer in the

Montenegro grew very quickly and became a favoured stop over

way of decent marinas with the exception of Athens, most sheltered

for yachts when entering the Adriatic. Venice got itself well

places in the islands (you could not call them marinas) were fishing

organised and offered good possibilities for superyacht visitors.

harbours or unused commercial piers. Huge portable phones were

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And it hit everybody. Maybe not directly for some, but many changes took place around us almost overnight. It was a tough filter, a clean-up if you like. Nothing was guaranteed anymore. Everybody guessed at how long it would take until the recuperation came. Most people failed on the guess. Refit yards blossomed as builders turned their attention to this lucrative trade, if you can’t build them then repair those that have already been built. Prices of berths, in general, froze or went down, depending on the location. There are now berths at reasonable prices in places where, in 2007, long waiting

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10 years ago everything was possible and the snowball kept rolling, getting bigger as it progressed. As human beings we

blaming each other, be assured none will take the blame!

accept the good times and constantly improve our standard of

So forget about blame and accusation. Today’s marinas

living and adapt to the comforts we are allowed to enjoy. When

should capitalise on their past experience. Marina operators

this changes, as in 2008, we can quickly improve efficiency, trim

should learn to read a Captain’s or an Owner’s mind and adapt

our way of living, have a sustainable strategy in general which will

our behaviour to their wishes. We must think ahead of time to

allow us to face the future enjoying that standard of living we

anticipate their needs before they arrive, and we can look back to

have achieved. To keep our yachts we must try to get the best

avoid the mistakes already made. Fairness is not anymore an

value for money we can, sometimes by just going for the

option but a first need. You cannot soft talk an experienced

cheapest deal, but we must not give up on the high standards that

Captain. You must build the Captain’s or Owner’s trust in you to

we have grown to accept.

have a chance. In all management courses it is taught that you

We are affected and so are the governments. We, as

cannot ask from an employee more than the employee can give,

individuals can adapt quickly to the new situation much better

this is down to training, staff have to be trained to the highest of

than they can. Their laws, decrees and rules of the past are still

levels, not just in their given job but also in how to show respect

there and are not easy to be changed.

to their guests when they arrive. Location is still extremely

Many marinas are now facing financial trouble. Italy built

important but most Captains will tie up where they feel

25,000 of those 39,000 berths, and many of those berths remain

comfortable and, along with their crew, know they will be well

empty. Greece does not lift the stupid laws that keep yacht

taken care of. A high profile marina badly operated will not

charter away and protect their woeful home fleet through lack of

succeed; but a standard marina very well operated will always be

competition. Neither does Spain. France, defying Brussels, keeps

full. Marinas are in today’s world more a hospitality business than

defending their charter business and somehow Italy is second

a maritime one. Marinas need yachts and yachts need marinas

best. Turkey learns fast and is developing a serious marina network

and we both have to suffer the ‘rich guy’ stigma as bestowed by

to challenge anything in the Mediterranean basin.

governments that we carry, together we have to make the best of

Marina organisations are stronger now than they have ever

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to when the future arrives. Politicians and countries will still be

it and move forward into the future.

been and can make themselves heard at the EU Parliament and

On arrival at a marina the first 15 minutes will

the US Senate, but the process for change is too slow. Innovation

dictate the impression that a Captain and his crew form of that

is more a political word than a sustainability way. I only have to

marina and indeed it’s personnel. There is no second chance for

see how commercial fishing has raped the seas, it will never end

that first impression!

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Azzam

YACHT GALLERY – AZZAM

Azzam was delivered to her owners in the October of 2013

miniature submarine and an onboard movie theatre, far more

and built by one of the world’s most prestigious Superyacht

likely accompaniments to such a fine vessel with a rumoured

builders, the German yard Lürssen. This 180 m (590.55 ft)

£400,000,000 price tag.

monster (our first Terayacht maybe?) is without doubt the

The world’s longest yachts: Azzam 180 m, Eclipse 163.5 m,

biggest yacht in the world and the largest ever built and

Dubai 162 m, Al Said 155 m, Prince Abdulaziz 147 m, Topaz 147 m.

considering the standards to which she would have been finished her three year build time is exceptional. Nothing official has ever been released on this vessel but it is rumoured that her owner is of mid eastern origin (Abu Dhabi) and she does fly the flag of the UAE which is a good pointer. Her slender exterior design was conceived by Nauta Yachts and her interior by Christophe Leoni. Her top speed reached in excess of 31 knots during trials and to achieve this she has been fitted with two gas turbine diesels that combined can give her 94,000 hp. The project was handled by Burgess Technical Services and the project Engineer was Mubarak Saad al Ahbabi. Azzam, which

means

'determination'

in Arabic,

interestingly has a draft which is said to be only 4.3 m, very shallow, but quite suitable for getting into many of the world’s most sought after anchorages and cruising grounds. She is said to carry a missile defence system, something that many of these very large yachts have been said to have had fitted over the

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years, but to date it is never been reported that any missiles have ever been fired from a yacht bringing this rumour into serious doubt. As we know much of this is truly good newspaper speculation. She is also said to sport two helipads, two pools, a

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YACHT GALLERY – SOLANDGE

tropical rain drops that bring coloured glass flowers to bloom. The tree

conceived as a family yacht but also a yacht that would create

is approximately 16 m high and enhances the entire area from the

a reputation as one of the world’s great yachts at the high end of

tank deck to the bridge deck. The whole sculpture is encompassed by

the charter market. The owner, who upgraded from a 63 m Lürssen,

an antique Venetian mirror and edge-lit, hand-carved art glass.

has many years' experience of owning and chartering and has

Indeed the beautifully conceived exterior and the quite

applied his extensive ‘working’ knowledge to this new vessel

amazing interior of this special vessel will no doubt allow the owner

ensuring its comfort and suitability during lengthy voyages.

and his guests, private or charter to enjoy every conceivable delight

Yacht-building on the scale of Solandge needs excellent team-

that a vessel of this quality can deliver.

work, and to achieve his goals the owner brought together the skills of project manager Richard Masters, exterior designer Espen Oeino, interior designer Aileen Rodriguez and the project team of Lürssen. Solandge has very harmonious proportions and, with a length of 85.10 m and a beam of 13.80 m she boasts extraordinary volume. Interior designer Aileen Rodriguez explains what enhances Solandge’s luxurious style: 'The interior has classical touches with a contemporary backdrop, making it a transitional interior. The unique mix of rare and striking materials gives the yacht its ultimate look and luxurious style'. Master Yachts implemented its personalised project management style by bringing the owner's crew into the build team. The expertise was applied to the entire process, right through to the delivery and preparation for the ongoing operational life of the vessel.

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Solandge

The 85 m Solandge was delivered in October 2013. She was


Seahawk

YACHT GALLERY – SEAHAWK

Seahawk, the new 60 m series Perini was delivered to her delighted

forestay foils, diagonals and standing rigging. The masts, even though

owners in November 2013 after she was showcased at the Monaco

of aluminium, are lighter than their predecessors due to new

Yacht Show. She is considered a natural evolution of the Perini 56

structural design. Incredibly the two masts on Seahawk are the same

m series of which ten have been constructed. She was designed to

weight as the single main mast of the 2003 launched Burrasca.

be an exceptionally fast vessel and will prove herself at the 2014 St

Indeed a vessel that will deliver pride to the builders,

Barths Bucket in just a few weeks from now against 38 of her

designers and crew but above all it holds the promise to bring the

contemporaries. She will be competing in the ‘Les Grandes Dames

Owner to the winners rostrum at many of the world’s top

Des Mers’ division and will be the 2nd largest in the fleet.

Superyacht Racing events.

She was not only designed for speed, but also as a very comfortable and innovative cruising yacht with abundant indoor and outdoor spaces. Her hull, design by Perini Navi in collaboration with Ron Holland, has lines even sleeker than her 56 m predecessors, that have in themselves proven to be exceptional racers when set against other vessels of their class, giving credence to the input during the design procedure by the legendary Holland. Perini Navi, famed for its captive winch design, have created

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a new generation of smaller winches that give stronger reeling power resulting in faster manoeuvring, both essentials for racing

NAVAL ARCHITECTURE:

prowess. For the jib sail these new winches can reel in a maximum

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weight of 30 tons at a speed of 40 m per minute. They are managed from a dedicated sensor that can measure the load and

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regulate the reeling speed to the maximum possible. There are a great many new design features built into Seahawk but to increase her racing capabilities the designers have looked at weight, and the use of new lighter materials throughout, such as titanium and the carbon fibre used in the spreaders, boom,

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YACHT GALLERY – SEA OWL

and then exceeded. I believe this is an example of the Superyacht

2013 after her build period at the acclaimed Feadship yard of Royal

industry working at its very best.’

Van Lent in Holland. Since launch she has cruised extensively with

The owners are very family-oriented and this is reflected in

her private owners and is presently in the Caribbean having

the facilities on board for the younger generation, which range from

completed her first transatlantic crossing. Her jade mist green hull

a magical array of toys and games to a thematic decorative scheme.

and oyster white superstructure, combined with the quite striking

There are two dedicated children’s cabins on board Sea Owl as well

exterior lines, a product of the award winning Andrew Winch Designs

as the owners’ stateroom and three guest suites.

studio in London, certainly makes this lady stand out against any of her peers as she sits at anchor or enters port. Not much has been officially released on Sea Owl into the public domain but we do know that she has been given, again by the Winch team, one of the most customised interiors ever to have been fitted inside a modern Feadship. This is one of the important factors that Andrew Winch takes pride in, getting to personally know an

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owners likes and dislikes, and then to turn that knowledge into a luxurious and very special environment suitable for living in and enjoying during periods of extended cruising. This sophisticated yacht has been built for experienced owners who are themselves exceptionally private. Anthony Sands (Edge Yachts) represented them on the Sea Owl project from the

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early design phase and speaking on behalf of his clients remarked, ‘We believe she is quite possibly the most customised 62 m yacht ever built, a true work of art. It gives me tremendous personal satisfaction to see such a large, talented and diverse group of people working together to make sure our client's expectations were met,

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Sea Owl

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M5 (ex Mirabella V)

YACHT GALLERY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; M5 (EX MIRABELLA V)

The remodelled sailing yacht M5 (ex Mirabella V) with her new and

switchboards and the sewage treatment plant along with an

impressive lightweight carbon rigging was recently put through

upgrade of the air conditioning system, electrics and

extensive sail trials off Falmouth. Her rigging was designed and

entertainment systems, and also a 10 year DNV survey. A new

manufactured by Carbo-Link and included 34 new carbon fibre

extension to the stern of 32.4 m has created a new sleeker profile

stays with titanium fittings and built-in dynamic fibre optics which

for the yacht and at the same time provided an impressive new

all in have decreased the rig weight by a massive 18 tonnes. When

aft deck area.

first launched in 2004 at the VT Shipbuilding yard in the UK this vessel broke all kinds of records, one being the largest sloop ever to be launched, and now she claims to have the longest composite forestay ever fitted to a yacht. This will be the first time a Superyacht has been fitted with a solid carbon cable with unidirectional fibre and a Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG). These are optical fibres that reflect the loads through particular wavelengths. Data of all tension and loads on the rig at any given moment are visually monitored via onboard computer systems. Sensors are also wrapped around the forestays. Access between the forestay, the carbon foils and furler motors is extremely limited, making it almost impossible to detect chafing between the stay and the furler which is where the surface damage sensors come into play; if there is

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS LENGTH OVERALL: BEAM: DRAFT: HULL & SUPERSTRUCTURE: ACCOMMODATION: ENGINES: SPEED: CLASSIFICATION: NAVAL ARCHITECTURE: EXTERIOR DESIGN: INTERIOR DESIGN: ORIGINAL BUILD: REFIT: BUILDER:

77.6 M 14.82 M 4.2 M (KEEL UP) & 10.2 M (KEEL DOWN) COMPOSITE - EGLASS 14 GUESTS/16 CREW 2 X CATERPILLAR C32 1,300 HP 16 KNOTS UNDER POWER BUILT TO DNVGL, AND MCA COMPLIANT RON HOLLAND (REMODEL & BUILD) RON HOLLAND (REMODEL & BUILD) REDMAN WHITELEY DIXON (REMODEL) 2004 (AS MIRABELLA V) PENDENNIS, UK 2014 VT SHIPBUILDING, UK, 2004

chafing, they will simply stop reflecting, triggering an alarm. During several hours on the water and with challenging sea conditions the remodelled yacht performed well, reaching 17.7 knots in 18-23 knots of wind. During the refit the Pendennis Yard based in Falmouth also completed extensive interior redesign and engineering works which included replacing the main engines, generators,

Tel: +44 (0)1326 211344 Email: info@pendennis.com Web: www.pendennis.com


WHERE HAVE ALL THE PIRATES GONE? T DOESN’T SEEM THAT LONG AGO WHEN VESSELS THAT took to the high seas ran the perilous risk of being violently attacked by pirate gangs. Reports of ships being attacked and

BY ED HILL

However, does this now mean that the Somali pirates have finally hung up their Kalashnikov rifles and accepted defeat? The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre’s website states that

crews being held hostage were a weekly occurrence with no

attacks around Somalia, the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea have

solution in sight. Transits through the Gulf of Aden and along the

‘dropped significantly’ however it still warns ships to ‘remain

Somali coastline were extremely hazardous, the attacks continued

vigilant’ and the threat is ‘still present’.

despite the deployment of warships to the region. In 2010, the

These warnings were legitimised on 17th January 2014

number of recorded attacks peaked after four consecutive years

when a product tanker was attacked with small arms fire to the

of increased piracy and armed robbery worldwide.

south of Salalah. The attack was repelled by the armed on board

However, by the end of 2013 the number of piratical

security team following an exchange of gunfire. Another attack

attacks had fallen significantly especially those around Somalia.

took place on the 13th February when a Ro-Ro vessel was chased

This gradual decline has left an eerie silence and the question

and fired upon close to the Somali coastline. The attackers aborted

remains: where have all the pirates gone?

after receiving warning shots from the armed onboard security

Statistics produced by the International Maritime

team with on-deck containers sustaining minor bullet hole damage.

Bureau (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre in January 2012

It can argued that the actions of the armed security teams

demonstrate clearly the decrease in attacks throughout 2011

in successfully repelling these attacks may have saved the ship

compared to 2010.

and crew from a one-way trip to Somalia and a tortuous period

After four continuous years of increased attacks, the IMB were

of time being held hostage.

quick to point out that the number of recorded attacks had fallen. In

It can also be argued that the increased use of armed on

2011, there had been no fewer than 439 recorded incidents of piracy

board security teams has made a significant contribution to the

and armed robbery compared to the 445 incidents recorded the year

reduction in Somali piracy. Over 60% of vessels passing through

before. 802 crew members had been taken hostage in 2011

the High Risk Area (HRA) are now protecting their vessels with

compared to the 1181 crew members taken hostage in 2010. Eight

armed security teams. Statistics have repeatedly shown that

crew members were killed in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

when Somali pirates have faced armed resistance they’ll abort

This positive decline continued and in October 2013, the

their attack in search of an easier target. The private maritime

IMB reported that piracy at sea fell to its lowest level in seven

security industry maintains its 100% record that no vessel with

years. The IMB’s global figures showed that during the first nine

an armed security team on board has ever been hijacked.

months of 2013, pirates hijacked ten vessels and 266 crew members were taken hostage – a stark contrast to those figures

However, despite these successes the fact remains that piracy in this area has yet to be eradicated.

recorded three years earlier. Furthermore, Operation Ocean Shield,

The lawless nature of Somalia and its categorisation as

NATO’s counter-piracy mission around the Horn of Africa is due

being a failed state has allowed piracy to flourish. The roots of

to terminate at the end of this year.

piracy originate on land and until stable governance can be

It would appear that the war against maritime piracy is being won. Or is it?

restored to the country then the threat posed by Somali pirates will continue to linger. Having failed to hijack a commercial vessel

In 2011, the IMB claimed that approximately 54% of

in over twenty months, there can be no doubting that the

reported attacks were attributed to Somali piracy. The dramatic

business model of Somali piracy is on the wane. Pirate gangs are

upsurge in Somali piracy coupled with the cost to the global

now turning to other illicit ventures such as arms smuggling and

economy led to the international community concentrating its

protection services for illegal fishing fleets. It is reported that

efforts to that region to combat the problem. The deployment of

1435 suspected pirates or their financiers are now in custody or

naval assets, utilisation of Best Management Practice and the

jail in 21 countries. Nevertheless, the criminal network remains

increased but controversial employment of armed guards have all

intact and continues to pose a credible threat to mariners. In short,

contributed to the recent demise in Somali piracy.

Somali piracy has been contained and not eradicated.

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PIRACY

Whilst the number of piracy incidents around East Africa has declined, the same cannot be said for West Africa.

location places them well within the designated High Risk Area and the striking range of Somali pirates.

The Gulf of Guinea is regarded as being one of the world’s

However, proven security measures adopted by

most dangerous regions for seafarers. During 2013, this area

commercial vessels can be adopted by a superyacht to ensure a

accounted for 19% of worldwide incidents with a total of 51

safe passage in these waters.

attacks, 31 of them carried out by Nigerian pirates. Attacks in West Africa range from petty robbery of ships at anchor to sophisticated

YACHT CAPTAINS WOULD BE STRONGLY ADVISED TO CONSIDER:

hijackings of vessels and crew. Pirates are described as being far

• Be familiar with pirate hotspots. Frequent familiarisation with

more brutal and violent than their Somali counterparts and in

global piracy incidents will allow you to understand areas that

some cases have been prepared to stand and fight when

pose the greatest risk. Familiarisation with the modus operandi of

challenged. Last year it was reported that 36 crew members were

pirate groups in that area will assist in deciding what mitigation

kidnapped and taken ashore for ransom and one crew member

measures to employ.

was killed. With the majority of attacks being committed within

• Be familiar with Best Management Practice. Although originally

territorial waters it is the responsibility of local governments to

published as guidance for protection against Somalia based piracy,

tackle the problem. Sadly, it appears that little is being done.

many of the techniques can be employed in any part of the world.

Figures produced by the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre at the

Conducting a thorough passage plan, vessel hardening, increasing

end of 2013 highlighted that Indonesia saw the most pirate attacks

watches, travelling at best speed and nominating a citadel should

for the year, accounting for over 50% of all worldwide incidents.

all be basic measures for consideration.

This region is no stranger to modern piracy and the Malacca

• Conduct regular security training. The addition of mandatory

Straits continues to present problems to vessels passing through

security training as part of the STCW Manila Amendments mandates

the area. There is however a vast difference in the type of attack

that crews have a basic understanding of security awareness. This

that generally occurs in these waters. An IMB report claimed that

forms their minimum baseline of security knowledge and will

incidents were typically ‘low-level opportunistic thefts, not to be

provide comfort in uncomfortable situations. The establishment of

compared with the more serious incidents off Africa’. That said, last

an on board security culture should be adopted with security

year a fishing vessel operating in the Malacca Straits was attacked

training and drills conducted at regular intervals.

and hijacked and taken to Indonesian territorial waters. A product

• Seek external advice from maritime security experts. The Captain

tanker was also hijacked off the coast of PulauKukup, Malaysia

and crew are typically so engulfed in their day to day roles that

resulting in the crew being forced to transfer its cargo to another

security matters can often be overlooked. Remember, there is a

tanker before the pirates made their getaway.

security threat everywhere. Whether its assistance with a passage

All of these figures indicate that classic piracy is still very active in certain parts of the world.

plan, threat assessment, crew training or advice regarding armed security teams the engagement of a reputable maritime security

But of course there is another threat.

consultant can shoulder that additional burden and provide

Currently commercial shipping appears to be taking the

valuable security guidance.

brunt of attacks. But it would be foolhardy to suggest that a superyacht and its crew are immune from attack.

The decrease of reported piracy attacks has largely been attributed to the use of Best Management Practice, the assistance

Superyachts by their very nature are a conspicuous

of naval assets and the increased use of armed private security

demonstration of wealth making them very attractive targets

teams. This concerted effort has resulted in a significant reduction

with relatively low speeds and low freeboard.

in Somali piracy.

In February 2014, a gang of masked men boarded a luxury

But recent attacks and lack of governmental stability

17 m trawler-type yacht in the middle of the night off Corsica.

in traditionally high threat areas demonstrate that the problem

The owner and his wife were tied-up, held in a cabin then set

has merely been contained not eradicated. Moreover, piracy

adrift eventually being washed ashore. Of course this wasn’t a

continues to plague other parts of the world with no apparent

superyacht in the strictest sense but it demonstrates the

solution in sight.

vulnerability of luxury yachts anywhere. But the very real continued threat of piracy shouldn’t necessarily mean a total restriction on travelling to beautiful but higher threat parts of the world.

The scourge of piracy is as almost as old as time itself, increased knowledge and self-protection have proven to be the most effective measures. Piracy hasn’t gone away and neither is it likely to.

Seychelles, Mauritius, Maldives and the UAE are well established havens for the superyacht industry. Their geographical

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THE YACHTING MATTERS GUIDE TO

SUPERYACHT REFIT & REPAIR FACILITIES

IN THIS EDITION: HUISFIT AMICO & CO ASTILLEROS DE MALLORCA LUSBEN PHOTOGRAPH: COLIN SQUIRE


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HUISFIT

HUISFIT – SUPERYACHT REFIT, REPAIR AND RENEWAL, RE-DEFINED BY ROYAL HUISMAN Vollenhove, Holland Contact: Bert Tromp or Evert van Dishoeck Tel: +31 527 24 3131 Email: huisfit@royalhuisman.com Web: www.huisfit.com AVAILABLE FACILITIES: 3 climate controlled halls: 45 to 81 m with overhead gantry cranes Dedicated spray booths: up to 55 m (masts up to 63 m) 2 covered dry docks: 138 m to 144 m 4500 ton synchro lift: 120 m Electrical supply: Up to 1000A @ 400V 50Hz PROJECT OFFICES: Purpose-built and fully furnished complete with direct outside phone lines, wired and wireless internet connections, separate male and female bathrooms and a dedicated kitchenette. Excellent housing and accommodations for prolonged stays

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OYAL HUISMAN IS INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED AS A BUILDER OF FINE CUSTOM yachts, but the same standards of expertise and craftsmanship are equally accessible for superyacht service, repair and refit through their Huisfit programme. The steady increase in scale and diversity of refit projects undertaken since the division was formalised in 2010 appears to confirm the industry’s appreciation of what Huisfit has to offer. Most yachts operate on tight schedules, so refit or maintenance work is usually scheduled many months in advance. As captains and owners are all too aware, any ‘downtime’ due to survey or unexpected problems can be frustrating, disruptive and expensive. Instead, they seek a yard with high qualitative standards and a professional culture to ensure the work is carried out on time and on budget. Whether modern or classic, sail or motor, all Huisfit services benefit from the team's passion for perfection and are backed by almost 130 years of experience. The work can be undertaken at the Royal Huisman yard in Vollenhove or at nearby deep-water locations, according to the owner's or captain's preference and the requirements of the project. A Huisfit is no ordinary program. It assures a high level of enhancement carried out to leading edge industry standards. A true investment in the pleasure of ownership and in the long-term value of the yacht, a Huisfit is underpinned by Royal Huisman's global reputation for quality and endorsed by both owners and their captains. Recent major projects have included the Lürssen builds, 70.7 m M/Y Skat, 93 m S/Y Eos and 40 m M/Y Be Mine. In each case, not only were the captains and/or owners’ representatives completely satisfied with Huisfit’s high quality standards, they were also appreciative of the hospitality, service and support they received while working on site. Indeed, Huisfit clients benefit from the exceptional infrastructure and facilities for project managers and crew at its Vollenhove yard, which has the capacity to accommodate the majority of superyachts. Modern buildings, spacious external areas, thorough organisation, controlled budgeting and attractive working conditions all contribute to outstanding results. Huisfit is able to address all areas of service refit and repair, including spars and rigging, interior and deck outfitting, electrics and electronics, machinery hydraulics and onboard systems. Whatever the scale and scope of work required, projects benefit from Royal Huisman’s comprehensive and highly regarded in-house design and engineering capability for developing solutions that optimise functionality, efficiency, use of space and serviceability. Sea trails are conducted both pre and post-refit to ensure all issues are correctly identified and rectified. Moreover, a winter refit at Royal Huisman introduces an attractive new option to the cruising schedule. As a change from the Med and the Caribbean, the Baltic and Norwegian seas offer a fantastic diversity of deep water harbours and cruising grounds, steeped in history, cloaked in natural beauty, basking in warm temperatures, steady winds and long hours of daylight – all easily accessible from Holland's North Sea ports, offering the prospect of a very special integrated refit-and-cruise itinerary. Before scheduling a Huisfit, shipyard visits are encouraged to review the facilities and proposed work lists. Alternatively Huisfit personnel are available to visit you on board for a briefing and an inspection of the project. Either way, when our proposals are presented, you may be agreeably surprised by the competitive rates that result from the efficiency of a Royal Huisman refit. Could Huisfit be the smart choice for your project too?

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AMICO & CO SRL

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 of 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. The aim at Amico is to complete each project on time and on budget.

AMICO & CO SRL Via dei Pescatori, 16128 Genova, Italy Contact: Mr. Filippo Censi Buffarini Technical & Customer Care Manager Tel: +39 0102470067 Email: amico.yard@amicoshipyard.com Web: www.amicoshipyard.com

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 30,000 m2 surface which includes 10 refit and repair covered areas and paint sheds specifically designed for projects up to 75 m in length and equipped with force ventilation systems to maintain necessary temperature/humidity/emission conditions. By September 2014 a new fundamental step will be reached, improving Amico & Co facilities and the services offered to yachts of 70+ m. A new 101 m sheltered graving dry-dock will be completed inside the yard area with a 31 m Airdrift which will be equipped with state-of-the art and environmental friendly technical systems for paint overspray recovering and treatment, heating & lighting. The company is particularly renowned for its painting skills (its contractual painting standards and warranty conditions have been recently upgraded), for engineering Amico & Co is an official contractor for leading companies such as MTU, Caterpillar, Northern Light, Berg and Idromar. The company headquarters also boasts a new crew area designed and dedicated to crew members. It is equipped with SAT TV, internet Wi-Fi connection, small kitchen area, snack points, etc. Access is allowed seven days a week and at all hours with a company provided crew badge. 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 can 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 20 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.

SUITABLE FOR VESSELS OF: 18 m - 270 m IN HOUSE FACILITIES: 10 paint-refit sheds, 20 berth max 110 mt 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, CAT, Northern Lights, Idromar and Berg. MAIN LOCAL CONTRACTORS: All trades Drydock: Max length of vessel 270 m Travel lift: 320 and 835 tons Cranes: Max weight of lift 835 tons Hard standing area: 30,000 m2 of docking and yard area Alongside berthing: Max 110 m Stern to berthing: Max 110 m 10 x sheds up to 60 m LOA, Covered sheds: dry-dock shed 75 m LOA and coming by the end of 2013 a new 100 m sheltered graving dock inside the yard Tenting available: Yes Dayworkers allowed: Restricted Project office available: Yes

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ASTILLEROS DE MALLORCA

STILLEROS DE MALLORCA IS A REFIT AND REPAIR SHIPYARD FOR LUXURY

ASTILLEROS DE MALLORCA Contramuelle Mollet, 11 E-07012 Palma de Mallorca Baleares, Spain

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

Contact: Diego Colon / Stefan Enders Tel: +34 971 710645 Email: info@astillerosdemallorca.com Web: www.astillerosdemallorca.com

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

SUITABLE FOR VESSELS OF:

25 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.

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 mechanical, electrical, stainless steel, carpentry, electronics and upholstery work. 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 120 yachts every year, the shipyard is honoured with a long list of loyal clients.

MAIN LOCAL CONTRACTORS: All trades Slipways: 4 x Max length 74 m, Beam 11.5 m Weight 1700 tons, Draught 5.5 m Cranes: 3 x Max weight of lift 20 tons Alongside berthing: Max length 100 m Max draught 7 m Stern to berthing: 4 available. Max 80 m Tenting available: Yes Dayworkers allowed: Controlled Project office available: Yes

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LUSBEN-VIAREGGIO

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USBEN WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1956 AND IS GLOBALLY RECOGNISED AS THE definitive 'one-stop-shop' for all luxury yacht refit and repair projects. The company boasts unrivalled facilities, expertise, technical know-how and skilled craftsmen, capable of handling yachts from 20 m to 120 m. The company continues to grow in size with the recent addition of a new facility in Livorno and is now a part

of Yachtique, the largest yacht services group in the world. Lusben offers a fully comprehensive range of services with a dedicated project manager overseeing refits and repairs, berthing, document management, technical specification and comprehensive assistance. Refit and repair work at Lusben is carried out by some of the most skilled and experienced specialists in Europe, with Viareggio recognised as a true centre of excellence for yacht building and the skilled local craftsmen have perfected unique skills over generations and all of our workers are specialists in their fields. Lusben is able to carry out significant mechanical, structural and interior refits as well as providing the necessary support to upgrade any mechanical or electrical systems. Our high quality insulation work always meets the strict safety regulations in force for charter class. All refit and repair services are performed with the support of marine engineers and specialist technicians. Over the past few years our private port in Viareggio has been re-structured and extended to offer over 15,000m² of docks and moorings for up to about 40 yachts ranging from 20 m to 65 m. Livorno, our sister yard, has a hard standing area of 125,000 m² and a seafront area of 120,000 m² with the possibility of berthing up to 70 large yachts. Our two sites in Viareggio and Livorno feature some of the most advanced equipment to be found in any shipyards worldwide. Our 2500 tonne ship lift in Livorno is unique in the yachting industry and is the only lift in Europe with such a capacity. The 110 m floating dock can easily accommodate 99% of the largest yachts in the world. We also offer a dry dock of 180 m and our specialist paint shed in Viareggio, which can be pressurised, ventilated and heated up to 70 degrees is perfect for an excellent finish. Lusben has refitted more than a thousand yachts and is heralded as the pinnacle of refit and repair yards worldwide.

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 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: Crane: Trolley: Trolley: Seafront area: Paint shed: Crew Accommodation:

300 tons 30 tons 250 tons 80 tons 30,000 m2 up to 60 m Yes

REFIT & REPAIR - LIVORNO Travel lift: 300 tons Trolley: 1050 tons Floating dock: 110 m Drydock: 180 m Syncro lift: 2500 t Seafront area: 120,000 m2 Hard standing area: All sizes of yachts can be accommodated Alongside berthing: Possible Covered sheds: up to 80 m Paint shed: up to 60 m Tenting available: Yes Project office available: Yes Crew Accommodation: Yes

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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@allservices.net www.allservices.net Contact: Dr. Alessandro Sartore – Broker/Ship Agent

ASIA PACIFIC YACHT SERVICES SDN BHD 45 Persiaran Mutiara Kelana Mas, Kuah, Langkawi 07000 Malaysia T: +60 (0)49551544 F: +60 (0)49552544 M : +60 (0)194499422 E: nick@asia­pacific­superyachts.com www.asia­pacific­superyachts.com Contact: Nick Coombes – Managing Director

All Services, a highly reputable ship agent based in Sanremo Italy, 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.

Asia Pacific Superyachts is Asia and the Pacific's largest affiliation of yacht agents. The network of highly experienced companies covers: Andaman Islands & India; Borneo; Hong Kong; Bali & Indonesia; Malaysia; Maldives; Myanmar; New Zealand; Phuket, Thailand; Koh Samui, Thailand; Seychelles; Singapore; and Sri Lanka. Common services provided include: Yacht Agency Services; Aircraft Permits; Berthing; Carpentry & Finishing; Check­In/Out; Crew Placement; Engineering Services; Govt. Assistance; Handling Yacht Charters; Help on 7 days; Legal Assistance; Provisioning; and Shipping.

AGENTS

AGENTS

MID ATLANTIC YACHT SERVICES Rua Cons. M. da Silveira, 3, Horta, Faial, Azores PT9900-144, Portugal T: +351 292 391616 F: +351 292 391656 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

Serving all needs and desires of crew & vessels crossing the Atlantic to Europe & the Mediterranean.

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.

ASSOCIATIONS

AUDIO VISUAL EQUIPMENT

PROFESSIONAL YACHTING ASSOCIATION B.P. 41, 06601 Antibes Cedex, France T: +33 (0)493 34 91 16 F: +33 (0)493 34 21 83 Email: info@pya.org www.pya.org Contact: Alice Wring

MOBIUS DESIGN GROUP INC 9121 Paragon Way, Boynton Beach, Florida 33472, USA T: +15617367720 F: +15617367721 E: vicki@mobiusdesigngroup.com www.mobiusdesigngroup.com Contact: Vicki Shand-Horn – Vice President

The PYA was founded in 1991 to create a recognised professional status for seagoing members of the yacht industry. Today theAssociation has close ties with the organisations that monitor various qualifications now required by professionals within the industry. The association will also assist personnel beginning a yachting career with constructive and useful advice.

Mobius Design Group is a perfect niche business, filling a very particular need; expertly designed and meticulously engineered entertainment systems for the most discriminating marine and residential clients. It’s as simple as that! And while Bob Horn is eager to demonstrate his worldclass operation, he’s also quite discerning when it comes to doing business. High standards and high expectations must be met.

CARPETS

CREW AGENTS

TAI PING CARPETS EUROPE S.A Hôtel de Livry, 23, rue de l'Université, 75007 Paris - France T: +33 1534 59065 F: +33 14020 9071 M (France): +33 (0)609 76 83 75 M (UK): +44 (0)7800 848 973 Tai Ping Chelsea Harbour, 406-407 Design Centre East, London, SW10 0XF T: +44 (0) 207 808 9655 F: +44 (0) 2078089659 E: xavierbonnamy@taipingcarpets.com www.taipingcarpets.com Contact: Xavier Bonnamy – Sales Manager

DOVASTON CREW C/ Joan De Saridakis 2, Edificio Goya, Localia Marivent, Palma de Mallorca 07015 Spain T: +34 971 677375 F: +34 971 677785 Email: Info@dovaston.com www.dovaston.com Phil Edwards - Managing Director

Tai Ping Carpets is the world’s leading manufacturer of luxury custom carpets and has developed a special Yacht Division. Yachts delivered in 2013: M.Y. Katara, M.Y. Vava II, M.Y. Quattroelle, M.Y. Ace, M.Y. Musashi, M.Y. Lady Olga, M.Y. Alfa Nero, M.Y. Hampshire II, M.Y. Vitruvius, M.Y. Mogambo, M.Y. Madame Gu, M.Y. Sea Owl, M.Y. Red Square, M.Y. Chopi Chopi, M.Y. Event, S.Y. Inoui, S.Y. Encore, S.Y Twizzle.

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AGENTS

Dovaston Crew is renowned for placing quality crew on quality yachts. We have three departments. Deck Department: for captains, mates, bosuns and deckhands. Engineering Department: for engineers, electrical engineers and ETO’s. Interior Department: for chefs and all interior staff.

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CREW TRAVEL

DECK FITTINGS

G TRAVEL 5600 Nothwest Central Drive, Suite 202, Houston, Texas 77092 USA T: +1-512-815-4700 (mobile) Skype: gt-wallykelm Email: wally.kelm@gtravel.no www.gtravelyacht.com Contact: Wally Kelm, CTC – Executive Vice President - Global

MULTIPLEX GMBH Zur Westpier 3 28755 Bremen T: +49 421 8350 104 F: +49 421 67 88 68 Email: anan@multiplexgmbh.com www.multiplexgmbh.com Contact: Melanie Anan – Executive Assistant

G Travel is a modern business run by highly experienced people with a track record in delivering excellent customer service, cost effectiveness and strong long working relationships with our customers and staff. Proving assistance to the Superyachting community with marine airline tickets on a 24/7/365 basis at yacht@gtravel.no and from offices in Bergen, London, Manila, Shanghai, Singapore, Athens (Partner) and Houston, Texas. G Travel is partners with VIA EXPEDIA an EXPEDIA INC. company.

FENDERS & MARINA EQUIPMENT

FENDERS & MARINA EQUIPMENT

FENDERHOOKS LLC 409 24th Street, West Palm Beach, FL, 33407 USA T: +1 561 832 3434 F: +1 561 832 6577 E: fenderhooks@gmail.com www.fenderhooks.com Contact: Fred Volkwein – Designer

MEGAFEND MOORING PRODUCTS 3001 SW 3rd Avenue, Unit 1, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33315 USA T: +1 954 759 9929 F: +1 954 759 9122 M: +1 954 651 0687 E: nate@megafend.com www.megafend.com Contact: Nathan Marsack – Sales Manager

Custom designed and fabricated FENDERHOOKS for superyachts, using a prestigious line of hardware from Linelockers, Harken, and Schaefer: includes all stainless steel cam cleats, EZ Fairleads, Standoffs, TenderWhips. Vessels to 100M+, stainless steel core to 6mm x 150mm, using a low maintenance WOW leather and natural sheepskin wool, custom locator embossing on each FenderHook, supplying Aere Inflatable Fenders, and custom dock lines. Drop the ‘industrial look’ and add style to your rails using the ‘FENDERHOOK’ brand.

Megafend is your one stop mooring products solution for New Builds and Refits. We will custom craft orders to match your specific application needs. Megafend has built its reputation through hands-on experience and we are now in our third decade of creating specialty mooring products. Our commitment is to provide our clients with innovative, extreme quality products, each with outstanding value. Add to that absolute order turnarounds, timely delivery assurance and personalized customer service.

GLASS AND TANK MONITORING

LEGAL SERVICES

TILSE INDUSTRIE-UND SCHIFFSTECHNIK 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: Hans-Joachim Tilse – Managing Director

HILL DICKINSON 3 St. James's Square, London SW1Y 4JU, UK T: +44 (0) 207 283 9033 E: tony.allen@hilldickinson.com Contact: Tony Allen – Partner Palais Saint James, 5 avenue Princesse Alice, 98000 Monaco T: +33 6 43 86 73 73 E: david.reardon@hilldickinson.com Contact: David Reardon – Partner www.hilldickinson.com/yacht

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.

Hill Dickinson’s yacht team are market leaders 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 also acknowledged.

MARINAS

MARINAS

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

PORT TARRACO MARINA Muelle de Costa, Tinglado 3, 43004 Tarragona, Spain T: +34 977 244 173 F: +34 977 216 322 Email: info@porttarraco.com www.porttarraco.com Contact: Marc Colls – General Manager

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’.

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Multiplex GmbH was established in 1986 and specializes in the design and production of light weight marine composite solutions build from carbon fiber. Consistently supplying top notch services and products.

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Ideally located in the western Mediterranean, the marina provides a sheltered haven close to the major cruising destinations of the Spanish Coast, Balearic Islands, and South of France. Exclusively designed for superyachts, the marina offers 64 deep-water berths ranging from 30 to 160 m. The latest technology, standards, and security measures for visiting VIP vessels in combination with a signature concierge service ensure that each yacht and crew receives a warm welcome and any personal assistance they might need.


MARINE SURVEYORS

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

WARD AND MCKENZIE (YACHT CONSULTANTS) LTD 14 Deben Mill Business Centre, Old Maltings Approach, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1BL UK T: +44 (0) 1394 383222 F: +44 (0)1394 388765 E: info@ward-mckenzie.co.uk www.ward-mckenzie.co.uk Contact: Sir Ian Collett – Managing Director

Shorebased RYA/MCA training courses to Yachtmaster Ocean, MCA modules and STCW 95 courses. Oral preparation for OOW, Master & Engineer Oral Exams, ISM related matters, Specialist supplier of Hydrographic Office and Publishers charts.

MODELS

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MARINE SCHOOLS

International Yacht Surveyors and Legal Consultants. Survey offices throughout the UK, Russia and Europe, the Med (extending Portugal to Turkey), Canaries, BVI, Trinidad, Hong Kong, Thailand/Malaysia and S. Africa. MCA accredited to 24m. LY2 pre coding inspections. Bank valuations. Project Management on new builds and refits. Insurance Investigations. In house legal advice in respect of all purchases, new build/refit contracts, VAT, leasing, yacht registration, offshore incorporation and dispute resolution.

NETWORKING

1:50 Scale Model of ‘Dione Sky’ L.O.A. 151ft built by Palmer Johnson. This Motor Yacht was the commitee boat at the 2012 Antigiua Classic Yacht Regatta

T: +44 (0)1702 420440 Email: supermodelyachts@aol.com www.superyachts-supermodels.co.uk Contact: John Bertola – Managing Director Over 280 highly detailed scale models have been built for satisfied clients worldwide including the Aga Khan and the Sultan of Brunei. Both sailing and motor yachts can be recreated in precise detail, and to a scale of your choice. John’s spectacular and accurate models are highly sought after at auction and can represent a sound investment.

SUPERYACHT WEB Colin Squire Publishing, PO Box 7, Bungay, Suffolk NR35 2QD UK T: +44 (0)1986 894333 E: colinsquire@yachtingmatters.com www.SuperYachtWeb.com Contact: Colin Squire – Publisher LINKING THE WORLD OF SUPERYACHTS Superyacht Web – a free and exclusive, private social network for Superyacht Professionals. www.SuperyachtCaptains.com • www.SuperyachtChefs.com www.SuperyachtEngineer.com • www.SuperyachtCrew.com All linked to one online Superyacht show – what else do you need?

OWNERS REPRESENTATIVES

PAINT SURVEYORS

CONSULTANT MARINE ENGINEERS LIMITED The Penthouse, 9, Pier View Court, St Thomas Street, Ryde, IOW PO33 2DL, UK T: +44 (0)75 38 93 2230 E: charlie@cmeltd.co.uk www.cmeltd.co.uk Contact: Charlie Baker – Managing Director

MARTEN YACHT PAINTING ADVICE AND INSPECTION Van Ommenstraat 3, 8326CP St. Jansklooter NETHERLANDS T: +31 527246855 F: +31 527245688 M: +31 620429425 E: info@mypai.nl www.mypai.nl Contact: Marten Heetebrij – Managing Director

CME are amongst the premier Superyacht consultants and are associated with a portfolio of new builds of the highest quality. CME act as technical representative for the Owner and Captain during a build and if required undertake the Owners representative position. CME oversee a project from concept, delivery and beyond and with over 150 new builds completed CME instinctively add quality of detail to a project and encourage the highest of standards from the builders.

Steered by over 40 years of experience we offer a superb knowledge of modern yacht paint and application systems to captains, owners, management companies, paint suppliers, applicators, insurance companies, etc.

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 GLC

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.

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STABILISERS

MARINA BARCELONA 92, S.A. Paseo Juan De Borbón 92, 08039 Barcelona, Spain T: +34 93 224 02 24 F: +34 93 224 02 25 Email: info@mb92.com www.mb92.com Contact: Pepe García-Aubert - Managing Director

NAIAD DYNAMICS UK LTD Unit 15 Trafalgar Wharf, Hamilton Road, Cosham, Hampshire PO6 4PX 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

Marina Barcelona 92 (MB’92) is the largest facility in the Mediterranean that is exclusively dedicated to service-refit, repair and maintenance of large yachts. With facilities of 76,000 m2 we can accommodate yachts with overall lengths from 35 up to 180 meters. MB’92 has a 210 m dry dock, 2,000 ton Syncrolift®, 125 m paint shed, 150 ton Travelift, docking repair quays for 8 yachts up to 110 m, a berthing repair area for 6 yachts up to 200 m and a new 4,000 ton Syncrolift® which will be operational in 2016.

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

TEAK DECKS

TRANSPORT

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 – Manager USA

SEVENSTAR YACHT TRANSPORT Radarweg 36, 1042 AA Amsterdam NETHERLANDS T: +31 204 488 590 F: +31 204 488 596 E: info@sevenstar-yacht-transport.com www.sevenstar-yacht-transport.com Contact: Richard Klabbers – Managing Director

Teakdecking Systems pre-manufactures teakdecks in pre-trimmed panels for ships and yachts. Planks can be straight or curved to the planksheer of the vessel. Our craftsmen also create beautiful custom interior floors. We perform installations and refurbishments worldwide and carry TDS caulking, cleaners, epoxies and adhesives.

Sevenstar Yacht Transport is the world's leading provider of yacht transportation services on a lift-on-lift-off basis. One of the company’s greatest strengths lies with its parent company Spliethoff. The Amsterdam-based Spliethoff Group is the largest ship owner in the Netherlands, specializing in heavy lift vessels which are ideal for carrying yachts.

WEBSITE DESIGN

YACHT SHOWS

INNERSHED LTD 7, Oak Tree Business Park, Basey Road, Rackheath Industrial Estate Norwich, Norfolk, NR13 6PZ, UK T: +44 (0)1603 735576 E: design@innershed.com www.innershed.com Contact: Jimmy Clabburn – Managing Director We build websites. It is what we have always done and we are fantastic at it! We hand code custom and bespoke responsive websites in state of the art code. Our personal approach and unrivalled service ensure that you get the website you want. With over 14 years in the business, we are one of Norfolk's oldest and most experienced website companies. Get in touch with one of our project managers who will help realise your website ambitions. We are experts in Website Design and Development, Software and App Development and Search Engine Marketing.

24th – 27th September 2014 Port Hercules, Monaco www.monacoyachtshow.com

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WARNING: ZERO SPEEDTM Stabilization may cause drowsiness!

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