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CONTENTS 7TH SUPERYACHT CHALLENGE ANTIGUA

SRI LANKA 8

THE MAGNIFICENT TEN

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MAN AT THE TOP

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EXTRAORDINARY SAILING ADVENTURES FOR THE DISABLED

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CRUISING THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN COAST

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INGRID ABERY

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AN UNEQUALLED FEAT OF POWER, PERSISTENCE AND INGENUITY

104

PROVENANCE AND PEARLS

172

HAVE NOTHING TO BEEF ABOUT

BALLISTIC PROTECTION

THE MIGHTY PANAMA CANAL

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THE INDUSTRY MOVERS

180

A RECOGNITION GUIDE

THE EVENTS PLANNER

182

WHAT’S ON WHERE 2017 – 2018

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4 – 10 DECEMBER 2016

A CRUISE AMONGST JEWELS

WHEN ALL ABOUT YOU ARE LOSING THEIRS

SUPERYACHT DELIGHTS

PROFESSIONAL SNAPPER

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THE LATEST NEWS & VIEWS

IF YOU CAN KEEP YOUR HEAD 168

A WATERBORN SAFARI

THE ANTIGUA CHARTER YACHT SHOW

GET READY, GET SET AND GO 138 PYA NEWS SUPPLEMENT

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IS THIS THE REAL ATLANTIS?

CHAMPAGNE AND CAVIAR

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THE AMERICA’S CUP IS COMING

PAVLOPETRI

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THE RORC CARIBBEAN 600 RACE 9TH EDITION – FEBRUARY 2017

SIR TIM McCLEMENT

CHANGING LIVES

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AN AMAZING DESTINATION

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THE BEAUTIFUL ISLANDS OF ITALY

REFIT & REPAIR FACILITIES

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A GUIDE TO THE YARDS

LIST OF ADVERTISERS THE INDUSTRY FILE

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A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR S WE WERE GOING TO PRESS WE HEARD THE TRAGIC NEWS

services to vessels cruising in the area. Porto Montenegro offers excellent

about the death of Bethany Smith on Germania Nova, I had

berthing and has become a good summer stopover destination for Owners

photographed Bethany at the 2016 ACYM and have included

and Crew alike.

a dedication from her mum in our article on the event (page 115).

Croatia has just announced a new VAT rate for charters, yachting

Bethany’s mum has requested that we leave the magazine as planned as

has now become big business and a good revenue source. The country has a

a tribute to her daughter. Our condolences go out to Bethany’s family and

beautiful coastline that offers enticing cruising grounds and I have no doubt

the crew of Germania Nova who must also be devastated by the loss of

this relatively young industry can only grow in popularity. The infrastructure

one of their ‘family’.

in Croatia is growing alongside investment into excellent shore-side services.

The changes taking place within the European Superyacht industry

Italy appears to be returning to its old self after a few years of

their coffers. Unlike chess one side makes a move on taxation and then

government meddling with taxes, cruising rules and regulation. With its

whole sections of our industry make theirs, Owners move their yachts,

economy not doing too well the country needs to attract more of the

businesses set up in friendlier jurisdictions and so it goes on, it is a never

income that yachts can bring to its ports and marinas. A new show has

ending game.

just been announced in Viareggio, ‘The Versilia Yachting Rendez-Vous’

There are countries that become winners as others become losers.

(May 11-14) specifically aimed at the large yacht industry. The end of

There are only so many yachts and they shuffle around the Mediterranean

April, beginning of May is certainly becoming ‘Show busy’. Sardinia,

as advisers dictate the best spot for this year’s cruise and ways to keep tax to

always a great yachting destination, will no doubt have full marinas and

a minimum by conforming to the many pages of rules. Terrorism is another

anchorages throughout the months of July and August along with its many

game-changer, as could be witnessed last year Turkey, France and the North

neighbouring islands.

African coast bore the brunt of many awful attacks causing yachts to avoid

Monaco will be as always, full. Over recent years the expansion of

or flee to perceived safer areas, if only for peace of mind. There is no way of

the port has been quite incredible and they are now more than reaping

foretelling what will take place during 2017, security throughout Europe has

the rewards of that investment. One has to wonder at this small tax

been stepped up and the war against terror appears to be coming to a head,

friendly principality, it never stops growing, or tunnelling, a tax haven that

we can only hope for some kind of sanity around the corner.

every yacht owner aspires to and home to the world’s most exclusive

Who can we expect to be the winners and losers during 2017.

Superyacht Show.

Turkey is still in political turmoil and nobody really seems to understand

France is at last looking to revving up its Superyacht economy and

where that country is heading, after the attempted coup of last year and

last year was a low point along the coast, due in part to terrorist atrocities

overtones to the Kremlin who really knows what could be in the news

and changing tax laws. Now with new marina operators, several new refit

tomorrow. It is all dangerous politicking, but as with the USA and North

yards and promises of great things to come, maybe the coast can begin to

Korea just one small spark (or tweet) and the world could change. The coast

win its kudos back. New mooring buoys (fees apply) are soon to be installed

of Turkey is a most beautiful place and I am sure yachts will return this year,

in St. Tropez bay, just a few to start with…

maybe not in the numbers as before, but if the country can remain quiet

And Spain, a country that has seen its yachting fortunes blossom

over the coming months confidence will return. In our modern age most of

over the past few years. The introduction of new charter rules, the growth in

us have very short memories.

Palma, which is without doubt the sail boat capital of the world, the Palma

The economy of Greece is still in dire straits and it could well get far

Superyacht Show and of course the move of the MYBA Charter Yacht Show

worse before any light appears at the end of what has become a very long

to the newly opened One Ocean Port Vell venue have all been potent in

tunnel, 2017 could be a defining year. Yachting though is holding up well and

this revival. The Balearics themselves, especially Ibiza, have always been

many charters/cruises are being planned for the 2017 season. Who wouldn’t

significant cruising grounds but recently the growth in yachts visiting this

want to go to Greece, but I have no doubt, as last year, yachts will stay clear

area has been explosive and I am sure 2017 will again be exceptional.

of the islands near to the Turkish coast.

May I wish you all, wherever you happen to be, a great summer and

Montenegro will have another good year, although a small country

calm seas and for all those heading to the America’s Cup, I have a feeling

it has benefited greatly from yachting and investment throughout the past

that the “Auld Mug” could well be returning to the UK, I live in hope… >||

ten years. When it comes to tax it is perfectly placed to offer its duty free

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is expected in Antigua the atmosphere was laid back but the

Antigua attracted 10 of the world’s most stunning sail

assembled were without doubt buzzing with excitement as they

yachts to English Harbour, ranging in size from 82ft. to 212ft. Created to be solely for the pleasure of owners guests

anticipated the racing ahead. Included in the assembly were the crew of four previous

and crew, the organisers place a high tariff on competitiveness,

class winners, the 182 ft schooner Adela, the all-powerful 103 ft

without compromising safety and the after racing entertainment,

ketch Marama, the 112 ft sloop Spiip, formerly Unfurled, and

which is second to none.

the 112 ft Baltic, Nilaya. Newcomers to the regatta include, the

Hosted by the Admiral’s Inn and Antigua Rigging, in

impressive 105 ft sloop Danneskjold, the magnificent 151 ft ketch

association with National Parks Antigua, the fleet assembled

Elfje, the new 90 ft classic sloop Acadia, the impressive Oyster 82,

in the beautifully restored surroundings of Nelson’s Dockyard,

Zig Zag, the 112 ft sloop Kawil and the Spirit of Tradition racing

which has become the historic home of this now well established

sloop, Wild Horses.

and increasingly popular event that is intentionally free from commercial endorsement. Hundreds of owners, crew and invited guests gathered at

DAY ONE REPORT RACE 1

the Welcome Party that was held at the Boom Bar & Restaurant

With solid trade winds piping up to 20 knots and a three metre

the evening before the start and which sits within view of

sea state, the south coast of Antigua delivered a memorable

the magnificent racing fleet set out along the facing dock. As

first day of racing. The race committee set a course of just over

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SUPERYACHT CHALLENGE ANTIGUA

RIGHT: ADELA

20 miles, taking in all angles of sail. Starting at three

BELOW: ADELA

off in pursuit of a top performance. The first day of

minute intervals, each of the magnificent yachts set racing saw epic duels across the race course. Topping out at 20 knots of boat speed, Nilaya was the winner of the Corsairs Class and Kawil was victorious in the Buccaneers. Kawil has just finished a two year round the world cruise, the yacht’s owner, nicknamed ‘Spook’ due to his Halloween birthday, was a happy man after winning the Buccaneers Class in Race 1. ‘Kawil has taken us to some fantastic places and this regatta is a great way to celebrate the end of the adventure. I love Antigua, the scenery and the friendliness of the island is great and personally for my wife and I, this is where it all started with Kawil, so Antigua will always be a special place.

Class, Spiip was the runner up ahead of Danneskjold and Adela

The race crew has only been put together this week, so we are

came in a close fourth, missing the podium by less than a minute

delighted to win today, once you go racing, winning is the only

after time correction.

real goal.’ Adela was first away in the Corsairs and enjoyed an epic

THE FAMOUS COOK OFF

battle with Spiip. The two powerful yachts enjoyed a fantastic

The Superyacht Challenge Antigua is a celebration of yachting

match race, literally side by side for over two hours. Within sight

pleasures and the social scene is as much a part of the event as

of the finish, Spiip used their agility to stay in shore, whilst Adela

the racing. The famous Cook Off took place at the Superyacht

went for the option of less tacks offshore. Spiip won the duel,

Dock Beach in Nelson’s Dockyard. Chefs from each competing

crossing the line before their rival and ahead after ORCsy time

yacht are given a traditional coal pot to cook a dish, and a

correction by less than five minutes. Nilaya was the winner of the

bare table to decorate and adorn with gourmet food. The lucky PHOTOGRAPH: TED MARTIN

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SUPERYACHT CHALLENGE ANTIGUA

BELOW: ELFJE

recipients of this feast are the sailors and to encourage their

passing Adela and on the approach to Nelson’s, Adela tacked

culinary masterminds, fancy dress is not optional!

away. Nilaya and Danneskjold managed to get past Adela at the penultimate mark. Nilaya retired shortly after racing, promoting

DAY TWO REPORT

Danneskjold to second place, and Elfje to third.

RACE 2

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The conditions had mellowed somewhat for the second day of

RACE 3

the Superyacht Challenge Antigua, compared to the opening

The third race of the regatta was again 12 miles. A short beat was

day’s surfing festival. 15 knots from the east, with a moderate

followed by a long tactical downwind leg, with a big gybe offshore

swell, and predominately tactical windward leeward racing, put

to reach back towards Antigua, followed by a beat to finish.

other skill sets to the test. Staying in clear air and executing

After the short beat to the first mark, the magnificent

text book tacks and gybes were the keys to success. Day Two

fleet hoisted spinnakers for a downwind run. In the Buccanner

was the power-play, with two of the four races taking place. The

class a big tactical call was made by Acadia after executing

second race of the regatta took the fleet about 12 miles along

two text book gybes into clear air. The move put them into

the stunning South Coast of Antigua. A novel downwind start

the lead for the gybe mark but Arcadia was pressed all the way

was followed by a tactical long beat, and a short reach to finish.

by Kawil. The two yachts rounded in unison, for the last leg, a

In the Buccanners class Acadia was first to the bottom

beat to the finish. Acadia crossed the line just in front of Kawil to

mark and extended in clear air, while Zig Zag and several other

take the gun and the win after ORCsy time correction. Zig Zag

yachts were caught by the traffic from the faster boats in the

was third.

Corsairs Class. Kawil sailed a great line out of the way of the

A stunning match race concluded the day’s racing in the

overtaking Corsairs, to take the lead from Arcadia and Kawil

Corsair Class, Nilaya and Spiip are both sailed by well drilled teams

took the gun, by just 15 seconds. However, after ORCsy time

and share the same water line length and just 28 second separated

correction, Acadia was the winner. Wild Horses showed impressive

the two after over an hour of racing. With Danneskjold always

speed to pass Zig Zag, and claim third after time correction.

in the mix. Adela held the lead on the water right up until the

Among the Corsairs Adela was an impressive sight at full

penultimate mark. However, Adela was no match for the powerful

pace reaching across the line to hold the lead at the bottom mark.

sloops on the short tacking beat to finish. Nilaya took the race win

However on the second leg, Spiip showed her prowess upwind

by the finest of margins from Spiip with Danneskjold third.

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SUPERYACHT CHALLENGE ANTIGUA

PREVIOUS SPREAD: ELFJE RIGHT: NILAYA BELOW: WILD HORSES

CARIBBEAN NIGHT The social activity for Saturday night involved yet more colourful pageantry with the Caribbean Night held in the historic surroundings of Nelson’s Dockyard. The grills were fired up after complimentary sundowners and the Superyacht Dock was filled with competitors enjoying the cool evening air after a long day on the water. The Loud Shirt competition, and the exciting display of local dancers, produced a kaleidoscope of colours, with a sound set pumping out cool tunes and dance music long into the night. THE FINAL DAY RACE 3 The fourth and final encounter at the 2017 Superyacht Challenge was a magical affair, sparkling Caribbean sunshine, 20

lengths apart. Nilaya locked horns with her rival Spiip. The

knots of breeze and the added delight of a Caribbean swell. The

latter held off Nilaya until the very end of the blast reach, as

Race Committee set a course of approximately 18 miles, to test

Nilaya caught a big gust and surfed passed Spiip at 18 knots.

every angle of sail and in the true ethos of the regatta it was a fast

However, it was a great day for Elfje, which took line honours

and thrilling race. After a short beat, the fleet hoisted spinnakers

in the final race to beat their rival, Adela. After ORCsy time

for a downwind run offshore, followed by a broad reach, and a

correction, Spiip was the winner of the final race and the Corsairs

high octane blast reach back towards Antigua. The beat to finish

Class for the regatta.

had the superyachts playing the bays along the rugged Antiguan coastline to the finish.

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‘A fantastic regatta, with a great atmosphere. This is the first big win for Spiip and the owner and crew are very

The Corsairs averaged 14 knots of boat speed on the

happy’ commented Spiip navigator Campbell Field. ‘Nilaya and

blast reach and the entire fleet was no more than ten boats

Danneskjold are very similar in performance to Spiip and we had

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SUPERYACHT CHALLENGE ANTIGUA

RIGHT: ADELA AND DANNESKJOLD BELOW: NILAYA, DANNESKJOLD AND ELFJE

some great tussles with Adela and Elfje as well. The Superyacht Challenge Antigua is full on out on the water and laid back ashore, the perfect combination.’ The Buccaneers Class featured two adrenalin pumping match races. Acadia and Kawil matched raced the entire track, virtually overlapping for 18 miles. Wild Horses showed great pace to hold a solid third behind the two larger rivals and behind Wild Horses, Zig Zag and Marama were having their own private battle. After ORCsy time correction Kawil was the winner of the last race and the Buccaneers Class for the regatta. THE PRIZE GIVING PARTY The 2017 Superyacht Challenge Antigua Prize Giving Party was held at the Admiral’s Inn, Nelson’s Dockyard, set amongst the historic pillars in the grounds, Senator Arthur Thomas QC, Chairman of the Antigua and Barbuda National Parks Authority, was the guest of honour. The Gosnell Trophy, the Timoneers Bell, first awarded in 2016

RESULTS:

was awarded to Adela. Skipper Greg Perkins and the Adela crew took

Corsairs

Buccaneers

to the stage, to a huge reception.

1 Spiip

1 Kawil

2 Nilaya

2 Acadia

the stage, delivering a fantastic set of rock covers, and their own

3 Danneskjold

3 Wild Horses

award winning songs. To help the dance floor came alive and

4 Elfje

4 Zig Zag

in true Antiguan fashion more than one barrel of rum was

5 Adela

5 Marama

After the prize giving Asher Otto and Itchy Feet took to

passed around all that had helped to create this true yachting spectacle.

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INTERVIEW BY COLIN SQUIRE


MAN AT THE TOP – SIR TIM McCLEMENT KCB, OBE

RIGHT TOP: BABY TIM WITH MUM, DAD AND BROTHER CHRIS

AM IN THE LONDON OFFICES OF PROTECTION GROUP

RIGHT MIDDLE: PLAYING RUGBY WITH BROTHER CHRIS

first time will reveal his life story. Much of his naval life, due

RIGHT BOTTOM: NAVAL GENERATIONS: TIM, CHRIS AND THEIR FATHER REGINALD

International, (PGI) with its Chairman, the highly decorated and acclaimed, Sir Tim McClement KCB, OBE, who for the to the secrecy that surrounds his role as a nuclear powered submarine commander, can never be revealed, but there are many electrifying areas that have been leaked to the public domain that we can discuss. During his career in the ‘Silent Service’, called this for several reasons, one relates to the fact that much went on under water, unseen, in the wrong place and often at the wrong time and can never in our lifetimes be revealed and another is that silence, as you will note in Sir Tim’s story, was without doubt a matter of life and death. Sir Tim was instrumental in the unbelievably hazardous underwater cat and mouse game that played out between the Soviets and the West during and after the Cold War. During this time he was summoned by his country to take part in the conflict (Important distinction; the UK Government did not declare ‘war’ on Argentina – there was a conflict between the two countries over the Argentinian invasion of the Falkland Islands). He describes here in full the use of the UK’s nuclear powered submarines in the ensuing battle and his role as the Executive Officer (2nd in Command) of the nuclear-powered submarine HMS Conqueror in the sinking of the Belgrano, which to this day he does not regret. Sir Tim is at this time a Younger Brother of Trinity House, a Freeman of the City of London, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a Life Member of the Royal Navy Rugby Union. There are many Submariners’ quotes that can be found online, here are just a few: When you shoot at a destroyer and miss, it’s like hitting a tiger in the ass with a banjo.

their refit yards in Wellington. We went out by sea, in the ocean

Have week old fruit and veg delivered and then wait two

liner ‘Rangitoto’ through the Panama Canal, it took us 6 weeks. I

weeks before eating it.

remember having lessons on board, it was incredible.

Either we all come home or none of us do. There are only two types of ships: Submarines and Targets.

What happened in New Zealand? I went to the local school, lived in Upper Hutt and learned to play

Tim, can we start by you telling me when and where were you born?

rugby, which has remained a passion of mine ever since. I played

I was born 16th May 1951 in Plymouth. My father was a marine

for the Upper Hutt Midget B’s as a six year old in school matches

engineer in the Royal Navy working in Devonport Dockyard.

with full body contact, it was lovely. I didn’t wear shoes for 2½ years, it was a wonderful life. We went touring around the North

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You were very young when your parents had to move to

and South Islands, swimming in the bays, we got caught in a giant

New Zealand I believe.

wave, almost a tsunami, which as I saw it I thought it must be

We went to Gibraltar first, my father became one of the engineers

worth surfing, which we were doing at the time, but I remember

running the refit yard there and after a couple of years we came

my mum screaming ‘run’ which I did and luckily we all escaped

back to the UK. When I was about 4½ years old my father was

injury. My younger sister Janet who was six months old at the

sent out to New Zealand to help the New Zealand Navy set up

time was in a cot on the beach, we were lucky.

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MAN AT THE TOP – SIR TIM McCLEMENT KCB, OBE

RIGHT: TIM’S PARENTS REGINALD AND WINNIFRED AT THEIR WEDDING IN HONG KONG IN 1948 BELOW: CADET TIM WITH HIS MOTHER AND FATHER AND THE YOUNG LIEUTENANT CHRIS McCLEMENT

You have a brother and two sisters. I have two younger sisters Janet, as mentioned above, who is five years younger than me and Paula who is 13 years younger. My elder brother Christopher, known by all as Chris, was two years older than me, but he unfortunately is no longer with us. When did you leave New Zealand? We left New Zealand by ship, the ocean liner ‘Dominion Monarch’, going back via the Suez Canal, but we stopped off in Sydney for a week. I celebrated my 7th birthday in Sydney. We went there because my mother had done her medical degree at Sydney Medical School during the Second World War after she had been evacuated there out of Hong Kong before the Japanese invaded. Was your father in the Second World War? My father, Reginald, was serving in the Royal Navy, my maternal grandfather had his own business in Hong Kong and he managed to get his wife and daughter out to the Philippines before the Japanese invaded. He was captured and detained in the Stanley prisoner of war camp for four years. He was in a terrible state when he came out. He then set up another business in Hong Kong but he was never quite the same after the war. Then he

This was because you were eventually diagnosed as being dyslexic!

retired to the UK.

Yes, I spent the whole time not understanding why I was called

My father was an engineer on the King George V Battleship,

stupid and clumsy. I had grown up always believing I was; I had

he went into Hong Kong in 1947 and at the time the top floor of

no reason to believe otherwise until I was diagnosed as dyslexic

the Colonial Hospital was designated the Naval hospital. He went

at the age of 35.

into the Naval hospital with an ailment and as all the doctors shared the duties, my mother, Winnifred, a civilian doctor, treated

We were talking about this earlier, how you would read something

him and the rest is history. They were married in Hong Kong and

but not actually see it as written words but as a film or in 3D.

my brother Chris was born there in 1949 before my parents came

Very much so, I actually think in 3D. When you are playing ‘cat

back to Devonport in 1950 so that my dad could work at the Royal

and mouse’ with another submarine, the best way of explaining

Navy Engineering College at Manadon. I came along in 1951.

it, is that it is like playing three-dimensional chess in the dark. So

Which school did you go to? My father and his uncles went to Douai, a Benedictine Monastery the same as Ampleforth, this was outside Reading and so when my brother and I each reached nine we were sent to the prep school, Douai Junior School near Ditcham Park, and then we went on to the senior school, a boarding school, from the ages of 13 to 18. Did your father push you to get good results? He wanted me to achieve. My brother was very hard working and always won the prize for application each year at school, but I found school very difficult and did not do well, I was always known as being stupid and clumsy.

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MAN AT THE TOP – SIR TIM McCLEMENT KCB, OBE

BELOW: MIDSHIPMAN TIM McCLEMENT RECEIVES A QUEEN’S TELESCOPE (ONLY SIX ARE AWARDED PER YEAR) FROM ‘THE LORD HIGH ADMIRAL’ AT BRITANNIA ROYAL NAVAL COLLEGE – 31 JULY 1972

thinking in 3D helped me to picture what I was doing whilst I was

simply because of my affinity for thinking in 3D, which is what it is

commanding my submarine.

under water. I joined submarines in January 1975 and was selected for the submarine command course in 1980.

When you left Douai, how old were you? I was 18, my father was in Rosyth Dockyard at this stage, still in

Why did you join the submarines?

the Royal Navy. I had had two attempts at getting the right grade

I wasn’t sure what to do so I went around all the specialist officers

of ‘A’ Levels so that I could be a doctor like my mum, and then I

at Dartmouth. The Gunnery Officer stood me ‘at ease’ in front

went to Napier Technical College, it is now Napier University, for

of his desk for 20 mins and told me how good it was to be a

a year to get the right grades, but I still didn’t get them and so

gunnery officer and I thought ‘I don’t want to be like you’. Then

after three attempts I knew I couldn’t be a doctor. I was sitting

the helicopter pilot took me up in the dual control helicopter for

at home with no idea what to do and my father basically gave

a 20-minute test flight, we landed after 5 minutes and he said

me a six month eviction order advising me that free beer stopped

‘don’t call us because we certainly are not going to be calling

when I was 20 and I had better work out what I was going to do. I

you’. Then the submariner took me back to his home in the

couldn’t think of what to do but my father was enjoying his naval

evening and he had this lovely blond wife who made me a stack

career and my brother was enjoying being in the Navy, also as an

of sandwiches, with rare roast beef and horseradish sauce, which

Engineer like my father. I had been in my brother’s shadow so I

after the food I had been on at the college went down a treat. He

thought that I would give the Navy a try, not as an Engineer but

made home brewed beer and told wonderful stories about being

as a deck officer.

a submariner and what they got up to when on patrol. I thought, if I could have a professional life like his and make beer like he

You joined at the age of 20 and obviously went on to achieve great

did and have a wife like his, then I was going to be a submariner.

things. How did that develop?

My wife isn’t blond but she is fantastic and I used to make home

I wanted to be a naval clearance diver, but I had been kicked on the

brewed beer, perfect really.

top of my nose which had damaged my sinuses and I had to forget

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that, so I could not be a diver and I ended up going into submarines

Becoming a submariner is not a simple thing to achieve, can you

which I thoroughly enjoyed. I liked the life and the people and I

take us through that?

happened to have found something that thankfully I was good at

The 1st part of training is understanding and learning about

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MAN AT THE TOP – SIR TIM McCLEMENT KCB, OBE

is a deck hand or a chef or an engineer, because if you are at deep

LEFT: TIM SPORTING A 10 WEEK OLD BEARD IN 1982

diving depth and there is a failure of a system you cannot say I am a chef I am going to get an engineer, because the boat will sink. You have to be able to deal with every single emergency yourself

BELOW LEFT: SUB LIEUTENANT TIM McCLEMENT RECEIVES THE QUEEN’S SWORD (ONLY ONE AWARDED PER YEAR) FROM FIELD MARSHAL SIR MICHAEL CARVER, CHIEF OF DEFENCE STAFF – 29 JULY 1974

without any help. This is what qualifies you as a submariner and you get a submarine badge of two kissing dolphins to wear with pride on your left shoulder when you qualify. Did you have to go through that test on every single submarine? Yes, everyone has to do it. I started on a diesel powered submarine, my next submarine was a nuclear submarine of the Churchill Class, then the next was a Swiftsure Class, all with very different systems which I had to learn intimately and then when I commanded my nuclear submarine it was a Trafalgar Class, again the systems on board submarines; hydraulics, high pressure air,

very different and I had to trace all of the systems yet again.

electrics etc. The 2nd part of training is learning about weapons,

Whether you are just joining or you are a commanding officer

sonar, wireless kit and periscopes etc and finally the 3rd part takes

you have to know all the systems.

place on board a submarine and is called Part 3 training. You are referred to as a Part 3, it takes about three months and you have

The Submarine Service has a saying ‘Either we all come home or

to trace and learn every single system on board the submarine

none of us do’.

and know it well. Then you are given a practical examination by

Yes, with a submarine, you are definitely all of one company.

the 2nd in Command working your way throughout the boat

I think I read somewhere that since 1904, when the first

from bow to stern, demonstrating that you know every single

submarine sank, there have been 169 Royal Navy submarines that

major valve of every single system and amongst many other

have sunk with a loss of crew.

things how to shut down bulk heads. The reason for this is that

Since the Royal Navy commissioned its first submarine

you are a submariner first and then you are a specialist, whether it

Holland 1 in 1901, 5300 crew have lost their lives in the Royal

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MAN AT THE TOP – SIR TIM McCLEMENT KCB, OBE

BELOW: THE WEDDING OF TIM AND LYNNE IN 1980

Navy Submarine service. All their names are on the boards in the

I asked if she wanted me to leave the submarine service and/or

submarine museum in Gosport.

leave the Navy completely and be at home with her; she realised how much I enjoyed my job and said ‘No I married you for what

Incredible. What was the first submarine called that you were on?

you are’. I am very lucky.

HMS Osiris. She was an Oberon-class diesel submarine based in HMS Dolphin in Gosport. I did 18 months on board her.

You became second in command of the HMS Conqueror, a nuclear

Then I went to a nuclear powered submarine based in Faslane

powered submarine, and along came the Falklands war, where

in Scotland, I did 18 months on her and then went back to the

were you when you got the call?

submarine training school as a training officer of the Part 1 and

HMS Conqueror was a Churchill-class nuclear-powered

Part 2 training, which was great as I could play rugby again. I

fleet submarine that we affectionately referred to as ‘Conqs’ that

bought a house, got married to my wife Lynne and became a

served in the Royal Navy from 1971 to 1990. I joined Conqueror

dad to my first son Alastair; so an eventful 18 months. I also did

straight from the command course, you had to be command

the professional navigation course and was sent off to navigate a

qualified to join a nuclear-powered submarine as 2nd in command.

nuclear-powered attack submarine and from there I was selected

I had been onboard for three months when the new Commanding

to go on the submarine command course, informally known

Officer, Commander Chris Wreford-Brown joined and we had

as the ‘Perisher’. You can only do the course once, it takes six

only been at sea together for 48 hours before we came in to do

months and you have to be selected to do it. If you pass it you

maintenance. He had never met me or the heads of department

are qualified to go on to command a submarine, but if you are

before. He told me to take the first leave when we arrived back in

not good enough you can be taken off at any stage of the course.

port in Faslane, north of Glasgow, so I jumped in the car with my

The course is run by a Commander who has passed the course

wife and eight month old baby and drove all the way down to Bath

and commanded his own submarine.

for two weeks of Easter leave. Upon arrival instead of my father giving me a large gin and tonic and saying welcome he handed

When did you get married?

me the telephone. The duty officer had phoned and wanted me to

I married Lynne on 12th July 1980.

phone him back which I did; he said ‘Sir you need to come back we are going to sea’, which was all they could say on an open line.

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How did Lynne cope with your being at sea?

I knew we were duty SSN (Nuclear powered attack submarine) to

Very interestingly, when we got married I was spending a lot of

go out if one of the Soviets came to play, so I assumed that was

time at sea and in those days, and it’s the same today, we were

what was happening. My wife decided not to come back with me

never allowed to tell our families what we were doing. We would

to Faslane if I was going to sea. I went to bed at nine, got up at

do six weeks maintenance and leave (holidays) in port and then

three and was back on board by lunchtime the next day to be told

sail with stores for 90 days; the squadron would inform the

we had been ordered to ‘Store for War’ and it was for real, it was

families 48 hours before we came back. When we got married

kicking off in the Falklands.

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You were preparing for 90 days underwater

LEFT: LOADING MK 24 TORPEDOES ONBOARD HMS CONQUEROR

with a crew of 103 I believe and some SBS guys? The first thing was that none of us were mentally prepared to fight a conventional war, we were cold war warriors and it was either going to be detente or the end of the world. Coming to terms with preparing to fight a conventional war took everyone a lot of time. The Captain was very quick, he sat down with the heads of department and asked us how soon we could get ready to go back to sea, we told him and then he left the submarine to go to headquarters to find out as much as he could about the South Atlantic and the Argentine order of battle with the parting words ‘Do not contact me unless we are

the Captain phoned me and said ‘stand by for 14 members of the

not going to sail at 8 o’clock on Thursday evening, if we are I will

SBS to join covertly, no one needs to know they are coming on

be onboard by 7 before walking off and leaving me in charge.

board.’ It still hadn’t been announced that the Argentines were

We were loading everything from torpedoes to toilet

going to invade the Falklands. The covertness was blown the

paper; the marine engineer was getting the systems back together

next morning when the SBS arrived in a green 48 seater military

that we had started taking apart and the weapons electrical

coach with big white letters on the side saying: ‘Royal Marines

officer was storing torpedoes for war, which meant we filled up

Parachuting Team’ with skis sticking out of the window; all the

every available space with a torpedo, bar one so that we could do

lads had long hair because the special forces were at that time

the Chinese crossword puzzle if we had a problem. The next day

operating in Northern Ireland.

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RIGHT: HMS CONQUEROR RETURNS TO HER HOME BASE IN FASLANE – 4 JULY 1982

The first mental-change I had to do was when the Chief Petty Officer responsible for weapons came to me with a book called BR (Book of Reference) 862 ‘Regulations for the Stowage of Weapons and Explosives’, he had told the SBS to leave all their kit on the jetty as we didn’t have any regulation lockers and locks to keep their equipment, it was nine tonnes which was a huge weight to take on a submarine where all the spaces were full of food etc. I asked what they had, he replied that they had diving kit, re-breathers, dry-bags, limpet mines, they have canoes, geminis, petrol engines and petrol, two of everything one in white, in case of snow, green for normal operations, they had skis, nine mil pistols that they won’t take off, rifles, sniper rifles, suppressed Uzis, silenced SMG’s, light machine guns, heavy machine guns, all the ammunition for all of that, plastic explosives, hand grenades and an ammunition box that I am not allowed to look inside. I said put all nine tonnes of equipment on the deck between the torpedoes and put BR 862 on top of it with a cargo net on top of it to keep it secured and the book of rules will cover it all and he went off! All he needed was an order to obey. As a matter of reference the submarine has six torpedo tubes, we took on board 28 torpedoes, they were a mix of Tigerfish, wire guided with an electric motor and the others were Mark 8 Mod 4’s, which were designed

you have ventilation systems and various pumps running, that is

pre Second World War so have been around a long time. They

really only what you hear unless you have just released a torpedo

were straight runners with a diesel engine that propelled them

and then you can feel the air pressure change because the

with compressed air, they would run at 44 knots, with 802 lbs of

compressed air from the firing comes back into the boat. When

Torpex equivalent of TNT in the the nose and they needed to hit

you are asleep if a ventilation fan drops off you automatically

something to detonate.

wake up, it’s not an essential supply but you notice it.

How do you create oxygen in the boat when you have all those

You have food for 90 days, do you have a ration system in

people onboard?

operation?

We have an electrolyser that splits sea water into hydrogen and

During the Falklands conflict I went to see the Captain after we

oxygen, the hydrogen is fed over the side and the oxygen is fed

had been at sea for 50 days and asked how long he thought we

into the ventilation system run by the medics on board and we

would be there. He said ‘until the war is over.’ Submarines do not

also have absorbent beds that take out carbon dioxide and carbon

have the ability to replenish at sea like surface ships and I had to

monoxide from the air.

put everyone on half rations on the 50th day, with the plan that we would go onto quarter rations on the 75th day of patrol if we

Does it smell on board?

were still there.

Yes, it’s a unique smell a bit hydraulic-oil’ish. My wife didn’t like the not so strong nuclear smell, interestingly she preferred the

When did you eventually set sail?

diesel smell.

It was 8 pm on 4th April 1982. We stayed on the surface until we got to the 100 fathom line south of Ireland, which also helped

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What is the noisiest thing on a submarine?

the SBS who wanted to test fire their weapons because they

Even when you are asleep you monitor the background noise as

hadn’t seen them as they had come to us straight from Norway

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MAN AT THE TOP – SIR TIM McCLEMENT KCB, OBE

RIGHT: TIM ON THE SEARCH PERISCOPE ON HMS OPPORTUNE – FEBRUARY 1984 BELOW: A PERISCOPE VIEW DURING TIM’S FIRST JOB AS A COMMANDER DURING THE ‘PERISHER’ – THE SUBMARINE COMMAND COURSE – JUNE 1981

government might ask them to do. We did 18 hour days on the

We had to do a lot of training and I was pushing

way down to make sure we could deliver the SBS if that was

the people hard to check that they were ready professionally

what was needed, do close inshore surveillance off South Georgia

and mentally so that if we did fight a war we would be ready

or the Falkland Islands if that what was needed. One of the

to do our job. Everyone reacted differently; I remember one

challenges was that we were going to be quite close inshore off

of the officers came to me and said ‘I am concerned about

South Georgia on a chart that was drawn up in 1804 with a hand

the crew, you are inciting them to blood lust.’ He was worried

held lead line; the contours were two miles apart and we would

about their mental state, and he said ‘this is 1982 we won’t be

be operating with about 40 feet of water underneath a nuclear

fighting a war, there will be a peace settlement and it will not

submarine dived.

happen’, but my job was to ensure the crew was ready in case we did go to war so I did not reduce the training. Another person, an ardent anti smoker in those days, as we crossed the equator instantly became a 40 a day man. In this day and age it seems incredible that the crew were allowed to smoke in such

a

confined

and

dangerous place. Yes,

even

non-smokers

became smokers. Another person I used to see every day, his nickname was Father, I would see him sitting on

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THIS APGE: SNAPSHOTS OF LIFE ONBOARD HMS CONQUEROR

a step at the back of the control room with a cup of tea and a

I saw him again sitting on the step ‘morning Father’, ‘morning Sir’

cigarette and I would say ‘good morning Father’ and he would

and I asked him where he had been, what had been wrong. ‘It’s

say ‘good morning Sir’. I went down one morning and spoke with

alright now sir, I have accepted that I will never see my wife and

him, his eyes were open, but there was no one home. He saw

children again and I don’t want to discuss it again’. I told him that

the doctor who checked him out, his vital signs were all there

was the wrong answer that we were all in the same boat and we

but mentally he was not there and we had to turn him in as we

would all go home together. Everyone reacted differently coming

couldn’t have him taken off the submarine. Then, two days later,

to terms with the fact that we may go to war.

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MAN AT THE TOP – SIR TIM McCLEMENT KCB, OBE

BELOW: THE BROOKLYN CLASS LIGHT-CRUISER ARA GENERAL BELGRANO – FORMERLY THE USS PHOENIX

You arrived in the Falklands, off South Georgia, what happened

recover the Islands. He sent Conqueror to the South West to look

to the SBS guys?

for Belgrano and the other two Splendid and Spartan to look for

We were preparing, if needed, to land them and we did a

Twenty-Fifth of May, this was the 28th April and there were only

reconnaissance off the North coast, they worked out where they

three submarines down there by then.

would land, they didn’t want to go across the Fortuna Glacier, they were the arctic cadre of the SBS, they were specialised

How did you find the Belgrano?

in ice and had worked out that if there was a ‘white out’ they

Unfortunately for the Argentines there was a tanker that had

would get stuck and there would be no way out. So we worked

gone out to refuel the Belgrano Group with very noisy diesel

out where we would drop them, but as it turned the SAS went

engines which we picked up on our sonar and we followed the

in and then the Marines and they recaptured South Georgia. We

noise, came up to periscope depth and the Captain saw the

surfaced close to South Georgia and handed the SBS and all their

Belgrano and the two destroyers which were travelling at below

equipment over to one of the surface ships.

cavitation inception speed making it very difficult for us to hear them. They were outside the 200 mile exclusion zone and our

What happened next?

Rules of Engagement said we were not allowed to attack so we

We went to the south of the West of the Falklands, the

just followed them for the next 36 hours and reported back.

Task Group Commander Rear Admiral Sandy Woodward was

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concerned that there were three Argentine Naval task groups,

Sandy Woodward who was in command of the UK Task Group

to the South West the Belgrano and two destroyers, to the West

wasn’t giving you your instructions, they were coming from London

there were a group of frigates and maybe a destroyer and to the

where they wouldn’t relinquish command of the submarines, I

North West was the Argentine aircraft carrier the Twenty-Fifth of

also read somewhere that you had a garbled message that came

May. The Admiral, who had to keep the UK’s two carriers to the

through from London.

east of the Island so that they could not be attacked by the shore

It was a garbled message because we had damaged our radio

based aircraft from the Argentine mainland, was worried that the

mast off South Georgia, we had repaired it as best we could, but

Argentine Naval task groups could do a pincer movement on him

we were only getting about 75% of the content of the signals

and try and take out one of the UK carriers and if we had lost one

being sent causing us to take a number of re-runs of each signal

or had it damaged it would have been the end of our ability to

and then we had to patch them together. The message you are

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thinking about was a change to the Rules of Engagement telling

are out by the slightest amount over the distance we had to fire

us to sink the Belgrano and it took me about seven signals before

from you could miss with one or two but at least one would be

I could prove without doubt to the Captain, by overlapping the

expected to impact or if they saw us and turned one would still

good bits from the seven, that we had the new orders. Absolutely

be expected to hit.

correctly the Captain thanked me and then got another officer to do the same thing again to make doubly sure that this was the

Two did hit. Lead us up to the firing.

case and my compilation of the message was fully supported.

The Mark 8 torpedo was designed pre-Second World War and one

That gave us the order to sink the Belgrano.

of the things it can do is, when it is fired out of the submarine, turn left or right by up to 135 degrees. To make it do this, there is

Take us through the sequence of events.

a mechanical wheel with cogs that has to be pre-set and it could

We had to drop back eight miles from the Belgrano to put up

go wrong so naturally you try to reduce all the possible errors and

our radio mast to get the signals because it was quite calm, far

the best way is to fire the torpedo on what is known as a zero-

enough back so that we could not be seen or picked up on her

gyro angle shot and then it does not alter course, so you point

radar. The safest place for us when keeping in close contact with

the submarine in exactly the same direction that you want the

a target is to sit under the hull where it is difficult for enemy

torpedo to travel in.

support ships to locate us, in this case we had been sitting under

When the Captain said ‘stand by final target set up’ which I

the Belgrano for quite some time before dropping back for the

know is him getting ready to fire I noticed that the three torpedoes

signals. We now had to close the distance to get into a firing

would go out and turn right by a number of degrees, but if the

position. The Captain told me to inform the ship’s company that

Captain waited for a short period then he could have the zero gyro

after lunch at 1400 we would go to Action Stations and conduct

angle shot that he actually wanted.

a Mark 8 torpedo attack. The Captain decided to use a 2nd World

There is a tape recording made when you are at Action

War weapon because the Belgrano was actually the former USS

Stations so that everything is kept for the records and you can

Phoenix, an American Cruiser that had survived Pearl Harbour and

hear the Captain saying: ‘Stand by final target set up’ before he

she had eight inches of armoured plate on her sides. The Captain

puts the attack periscope up you can hear my voice saying loudly:

thought that using a 2nd World War weapon to sink a 2nd World

‘Do not fire’. The Captain came across having put the periscope

War ship was the better of two options.

down and asked why (with a few additional adjectives!) and I explained that he was going to fire them right and if we waited

Am I right in thinking that a modern torpedo sinks ships by lifting

for a bit they would go straight. He thanked me. We were in the

them and then breaking them in half?

port forward corner of the Control Room, when we turned round

Yes, a modern wire guided torpedo explodes under a ship and a

all the control room watch-keepers were looking at us confused;

huge gas bubble comes up creating the lift to break its back. We

it never crossed my mind that I had just stopped the Captain

were not sure that it would be big enough to sink the Belgrano

firing the first torpedo attack since the Second World War on an

with her armoured plating, putting shots through the hull seemed

enemy ship and they were a little bemused. The Captain, because

like the best option.

he was such a good Captain, on the few steps to get him back to

I made the pipe (message on the submarine’s tannoy

the attack periscope had worked out what to say and the next

system) regarding the impending attack to the ship’s company

thing that you hear on the ‘big brother’ tape is ‘Do you mind if I

and finished it with ‘Hands to Dinner’. I remember it very well,

fire now AC?’ – he has the crew instantly behind him, and then

roast pork with all the trimmings followed by apple crumble and

my voice saying ‘Carry on sir’.

custard. I lay in my cart, which is a submariners’ term for bunk

The torpedoes were fired from a range of 1400 yards, we

and worked out mentally how the attack would be conducted so

stood and listened, the first one missed the target ahead, we

that I could do my job as Attack Coordinator (referred to by the

found out afterwards it went into one of the destroyers but did

crew as AC). This meant I had to be in the control room to make

not explode, there are supposed to be pictures of that vessel in

sure that all the various plots, from the sonar and the visual were

dry dock with it sticking out of the bows. The second one, after

combined to give the Captain the best possible solution for the

travelling for 56 seconds, we heard explode as it hit the Belgrano

course, range and speed of the target. When the Captain says

at the bows and the third one blew off the stern.

fire it is a bit like grouse shooting, the torpedo would go out in a

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straight line and in this case it had to intercept the Belgrano as

I think you had a problem as you had been told not to attack the

she was steaming along, it had to be as accurate as it could be. In

Belgrano support ships.

this case it was decided to fire a spread of three torpedoes, if any

Understandably we knew that we were not going to attack

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PHOTOGRAPH: TOPFOTO (2005)

ABOVE: THE FAMOUS IMAGE OF THE GENERAL BELGRANO SINKING

them but they didn’t and any ships in the Second World War

our submarine cordon. The long stop position was on a straight

that stopped to pick up survivors got sunk by the U-boats, so

line from the Argentine submarine base to our carriers and

understandably they did not hang around.

we were pretty certain he was out there and we stayed there listening out for him for nearly three weeks. 95% of the time was

There were 321 dead, did you have to get out quickly?

boredom and 5% sheer terror. Every time we thought we had

There was a cheer when the explosion happened followed

detected the Argentine submarine we would close on and shadow

instantly by absolute silence because everyone realised that

the target. Did we have enough information to fire? Sometimes

there were over 1000 sailors onboard the Belgrano who were

it was fleeting and on another occasion it was 4½ hours, we were

only doing their jobs, just as we were. They were a long way from

convinced it was her but we just never had enough information

the coast, the water was cold and the sea was getting up, so I am

to fire.

not sure where that train of thought would have gone, but we

The reason for that is, when you fire a torpedo from a

thought we were being depth charged, we couldn’t understand

Churchill class submarine, you fire with compressed air, so your

how, but we heard what we thought were three distinct patterns

discharged torpedo makes a huge noise and if the Argentine

of depth charges and the last one was getting close, we thought,

submarine had been there it would have known our exact

so the Captain turned up sea and deep to make it more difficult

location and counter fired, so you do not fire unless you are

for the destroyers to follow us as they would have to be heading

absolutely certain.

into the waves and we opened up to 25 knots for four hours. We only went back the next day, but we couldn’t find anything.

Towards the end of our deployment, a trailing wire which we tow behind us for very low frequency radio signals became wrapped around our seven bladed skewed propeller.

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What happened after that?

Even turning at slow speeds it caused intense cavitation which,

We didn’t know that the Argentine Navy would never come out

if the Argentine submarine was around it would know it was

again, by then there were five nuclear attack submarines and one

another submarine.

conventional attack submarine from the UK and the Argentines

Although we were fully in war mode at that stage and

still had a very good German-built diesel-powered submarine

the only thing that mattered was our contribution to the land

somewhere so the nuclear-powered submarines were put on the

war it was just too risky to surface to remove it as there was a

12 mile limit outside the Argentine Navy ports and Conqueror

40 foot swell running and the top of the fin on the surface was

was put into a long stop position in case the Argentines got past

only 33 feet so there was no way that putting someone on the

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BELOW: HMS CONQUEROR DURING A MORE PEACEFUL SUNSET

casing which was 10 feet above the sea surface would have been

Luckily the wave had just spun out the safety line off of the reel

feasible. I was the senior diver and after looking through the

and we were able to pull them back in and get the assistant back

periscope after about 48 hours of intense nerve racking tension,

on board. Petty Officer Libby did nearly 20 minutes in the water,

I eventually informed the Captain that the sea state had abated

it was very cold and very hard for him to get hold of the wire and

enough to give it a go, not by peace time rules but by war time

cut it off the propeller knowing all along that if he went against

necessity. The Captain agreed and we invited volunteers to go up.

one of the sharp edges of the propeller his dry suit would be torn

Petty Officer Libby was our best diver, and he had volunteered;

and he would not survive. We eventually got him back alongside

he was the one that would be put into the water, the swell was

the submarine, ditched his equipment, got him down below and

still strong. We surfaced after sunset and before moon rise so

dived the submarine.

it was as dark as it could be. Everyone that went up knew that if we were attacked by an Argentine the Captain would quite

An amazing story.

rightly emergency dive the Conqueror as it was more important

Yes, he was an incredibly brave man and once we had got him

he save the submarine and lose six or seven of us and continue

sorted and gave him a cup of coffee I sat and wrote a citation for

to support the land battle than it was to try and save people on

him to receive an award, it seemed a natural thing to do.

the casing. I had suffered from hyperthermia as a youngster, I volunteered to go up top which was approved by the Captain, I

What was his award?

didn’t take a life jacket because if the Captain did dive beneath

DSM – Distinguished Service Medal.

us, although 35 years later this sounds melodramatic, I did not want to float around and die of cold, I would rather drown. I can

A brave man, but you were a team. You obviously got the wires off.

remember making the decision in a very matter of fact way as

We did and stopped the cavitation.

the only thing that mattered was the submarine. We surfaced, the diver went out, the swell was huge, one

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The war then carried on from the Islands, the Argentine ships never

of the guys helping him unclipped his safety harness from the

came out and you never found the submarine?

submarine safety rail and put it over the life line to the diver and

Correct, we were at sea for 90 days. We thought we were the

just after he did it, I could just make him out walking on the after

‘Silent Service’ and that no one had any idea of what we had

casing towards the propeller, a big wave came and washed him

done. It was only when we got to the Equator and surfaced for

off the casing and we thought the life line had broken and we

a mail drop from the RAF that we got sent from our families

had lost both of them, there was no way we could recover them.

various stories that had been in the press, we were very surprised.

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The man who had been a 40 a day smoker stopped smoking

Were there many people to meet you when you came in?

and to this day still insists he had not smoked as we have no

There were hundreds lining the side of the Gareloch as we

photographic evidence. Father, who had spent 48 hours mentally

approached our base, we were very surprised, it was very emotional.

somewhere coming to terms with not seeing his wife again, well

Tugs were out with fire hoses on, it was quite impressive.

BELOW: TIM’S FIRST COMMAND – HMS OPPORTUNE – SEPTEMBER 1983

I went around the corner on the way back and said ‘morning Father’ and again the lights were on but there was no one at

After that what happened?

home, the doctor said ‘it’s alright he is just now coming to terms

I went straight from the Conqueror to command a diesel

with the fact that he will see his wife and children again’ and he

submarine, my first command and after that I went shore side up

was back with us within 24 hours.

in Faslane working for a training organisation training submarine

The only thing that mattered to us was the submarine,

crews. I did that for about two years and then I ran the submarine

we would be back home in port on a Friday night but we

command course, the ‘Perisher’ for two years and then I went and

needed to have a maintenance meeting as soon as we got

commanded my own attack submarine HMS Tireless.

back as we had not done any maintenance properly for quite a while. We were then told that our families would meet us as

You were awarded the OBE, I know you can’t tell us why you were

we arrived back which was unheard of in the submarine service;

awarded that, but are there any other stories?

families did not meet you when you returned from patrol. They

The OBE is known in the military as ‘Other Buggers Efforts’ so

insisted that they would be there and we were to now come in

I wear it on behalf of the ship’s company of HMS Tireless. We

on Saturday morning and there would also be 42 members of

did a successful cold war patrol which we cannot talk about. I

the world press there too. When we got back we all had lunch

debriefed in the Ministry of Defence with one of my officers and

with our families and when it was time to go, my wife couldn’t

the Secretary of State for Defence Tom King was so impressed

understand when I said that I would be going down to the

he asked me to go and debrief Margaret Thatcher, so we went

submarine to do the maintenance meeting. It was her birthday

across to the Cabinet Office and debriefed the Prime Minister, her

and she had assumed that I would be taking her shopping at

personal secretary and the head of the secret intelligence service.

least. As I walked back to the boat as my wife wouldn’t drive me,

I was told that she would not ask any questions and I did not need

I met the Captain, the Marine Engineer Officer and the Weapons

to be briefed, but at the end of the briefing she said ‘Now we have

Electrical Officer also walking; their wives hadn’t understood

done it do we need to do it again, because it is so challenging’. The

either. It was about a week before we became normal human

First Sea Lord started to answer the question, she turned to him

beings again.

with a huge smile and said ‘Thank you First Sea Lord but I have

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patrol aim, would you change it to you were very proud that it was a British submarine’. I did, but it didn’t go down well in the United States. You went under the ice at some point. Yes, we spent a lot of time under the ice during the Cold War because it is a very good place to hide a submarine as no one else can get at you other than another submarine and we had to train in case the Soviets went under the ice so we could go and find

TOP LEFT: TIM’S FIRST JOB AS A CAPTAIN – C.O. OF HMS LONDON BELOW LEFT: ANOTHER OF TIM’S SHIPS, HMS CORNWALL, REPLENISHING AT SEA IN THE PACIFIC BOTTOM: CRICKET AT THE NORTH POLE

them if this was needed. We did exercises with other submarines acting as targets to prove it. On one occasion at the end of the exercise with an American submarine called the USS Pargo in May 1991, we surfaced at the North Pole and played cricket with a 22 yard piece of coir matting for a pitch to make sure we had a good bounce. Going back to the Cold War there have been occasions when the British submarines were trailing the Russian submarines in a game of cat and mouse and there were collisions because they got so close to each other. asked the Commander’ and looked back at me. I had to answer

Yes, we were very lucky that there was no major loss of life. There

the exam question and she asked a few more and at the end she

is a book called the ‘Silent Deep’ which charters what happened

said ‘Commander I understand that you are going to Washington

in the Cold War from the submarine-side, which in my mind is

to debrief in the Pentagon next week, would you do me a favour?’

the most revealing of all books that I have read. There is also an

I said ‘Of course Prime Minister.’ ‘At the end of your presentation

American book called ‘Blind Man’s Bluff’ which tells the story of

you said you were very proud of HMS Tireless for achieving the

the post Second World War submarine service up to the early

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BELOW: TIM AMD FAMILY AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE RECEIVING HIS KNIGHTHOOD – NOVEMBER 2006

60’s which for years was classified secret in the UK, but for sale

and became Chief of Staff Warfare for a year. I then became

on bookshelves in America.

Deputy Commander in Chief Fleet for my last two years in the

Going on, you commanded the Tireless and then went on to

tasked with setting up a new headquarters and amalgamating the

BOTTOM: MEETING PRINCESS ANNE – 2017

greater things.

2nd Sea Lord’s Headquarters into Fleet Headquarters which was

I was promoted to Captain, I had a Frigate command and then

a challenge with no change in output but a reduction of 15% in

I was part of the inaugural team who set up the Permanent

overhead. I also became responsible for the International Fleet

Joint Headquarter in 1996, which I was passionate about. I was

review of 2005.

Royal Navy, where I ran the Fleet on a day to day basis. I was also

deputy Flag Officer Submarines running our submarine fleet on a day to day basis, then I was given another Frigate and led a Task

Which was a review of 170 ships from all over the world.

Group of eight ships, a nuclear submarine and a French Frigate

Yes, all over the world and there were eight nuclear reactors all

around the world for 6½ months; out through the Suez Canal

in the Solent between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight and the

and back through the Panama, which I loved. It was hard work

challenge there was obviously a) to get them all in the correct

but it assisted UK industry to help with their sales in various

anchorages and to make sure they were safe and b) we had

countries, UK diplomacy and also exercise with other Navies.

given any terrorist organisation 13 months’ notice of the time

I came back and was promoted to Rear Admiral and became

and date when all these nuclear reactors would be at anchor and

Assistant Chief of Naval Staff in the Ministry of Defence and a

also when all of the Royal Family would be down in the Solent

member of the Admiralty Board. I then went down to Portsmouth

plus the heads of the navies from all around the world. It was a real challenge to do this supporting the police who had primary responsibility for security. You were 55 by this time and somebody decided you deserved a Knighthood. I think it was because I had done my day job, set up the new headquarters and done the Fleet Review all at the same time. I was very honoured to receive my Knighthood from Prince Charles. I received my OBE from Her Majesty the Queen, so getting the Knighthood from Prince Charles was nice. My family came; my two sons thought it was awesome to be inside the Palace, as did my wife, it was a great family day. I must say I was invited by Tim to attend a black tie dinner last night at Trinity House hosted by Princess Anne, to whom I was introduced, thank you Tim, a great moment in my life. With around 200 guests present I have to say that I have never seen so many medals in my life and I kind of got to thinking that we should have medals in the yachting industry. I have a few ideas for as to what we could award them for, maybe, if I ever get invited again, I can wear a medal, maybe for long service, but thank you Tim it was most enjoyable. By this time you had decided you are leaving the Navy and needed something to do and became involved in several businesses. Yes, I left and ended up with a portfolio by luck, as people asked me to do stuff. I did leadership mentoring and management for Accenture and Vosper Thornycroft. Then I was asked in 2007 to set up a company by Vosper Thornycroft, through a subsidiary called Flagship, to do Superyacht individual crew training which seemed a great idea, but the business model I was given took me three

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RIGHT: TIM FUNDRAISING FOR THE RN MUSEUM – JUNE 2012

specialist floor cleaning company which he had just sold was sitting at home doing very little, was contacted by another ex-Marine, Dom Mee who had phoned him up from a converted

BELOW: TIM WITH THE FLAGSHIP SUPERYACHT ACADEMY TEAM

Swedish patrol boat in the Red Sea. Dom had recently set up a company called Protection Vessels International (PVI) because he had been asked to escort a three masted Schooner down through the Red Sea to the Maldives in 2009 due to piracy issues. To do this he had acquired a Swedish vessel and had it re-flagged by the MCA so that it could fly a big red Ensign on the back. Painted grey with this big ensign it looked like a small warship and he then pulled together a group of ex-Marines and brought weapons on board and had done very well. He then won a contract from a large Tanker company to put armed guards on all of their tankers but he did not have enough people to do it, as the first contract was 20 transits a month. He had phoned Barry from his vessel to ask if he could help, Barry agreed and said ‘Send me your business accounts and bank account statements’, he hadn’t got any so Barry rang me as he knew that I did mentoring and management. Barry and I met up and we sat in front of a white wall for half months to work out. It wasn’t going to work but I came up with

a day and designed a business plan for PVI, it would be a UK

the idea of doing whole crew training and in 2007 that seemed

company, we would buy UK weapons and export under a UK

quite a good idea as we would do crew training before the owner

licence and only use ex Royal Marines who had done five years in

took ownership and it would be included in the price of the build.

the Corps and had done an operational patrol, so they would have

Benetti were very interested and actually announced it at the

been shot at and shot back and proved in action. That was the

Monaco Boat show that they were going to do this as it would

basis of the company and it grew so that at the height of the anti-

improve the safety of the industry; Sunseeker were also very

piracy campaign in the Indian Ocean, in July 2012, PVI did 177

interested. Then 2008 happened and everyone had to cut costs,

transits in one month, each with a four man team with weapons.

whole crew training was not mandated by law, individuals had to

Apart from commercial shipping we have also handled some

be trained by law but whole crew training was up to the Captains

very special Superyachts transiting during our time. With the

and a lot of people wouldn’t do it. After just over 2½ years I went

permission of each country we set up floating armouries, bases

back to Flagship and said shut this down it is not going to work

in Egypt, Muscat, Sri Lanka, Madagascar and South Africa so that

and we were all made redundant.

we could send the people out to pick up the weapons and join the ships. It was a hugely exciting journey, to start with I was Strategic Advisor and I ended up as Chairman. Originally you were not allowed to carry arms on the boats and then it was allowed, obviously you discharged weapons but gradually over time it all petered out. You must have a very intricate knowledge of how the pirates worked and how they were set up by different gang lords. It started off with the Somali fishermen not having any fish because of the natural fishing grounds being polluted by toxic waste that had been dumped and had killed the fish; there was no job ashore and

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no fish and they needed money. They turned to piracy, because a

it became not a good deal for the criminal syndicates and they left.

big super tanker could carry a lot of crude oil, and I am sure the

Now it has gone back to where it was when it started, nowadays it

Somalis did not realise at the time but some of the big tankers had

is ex-fisherman seeing if they can have an opportunity.

cargos worth over $100 million, these ships were worth a fortune in ransom. If they could get one of those, they were easy to get on

Are there still boats being pirated down there?

board and there were only a very small crew, they could then bring

No, but there are still attempts to pirate. A number of things have

them into Somali waters and wait for the ransom, all they wanted

happened, the reduction in the price of oil has helped, when the

were a couple of thousand dollars and they would be very happy.

price is very high then transit speeds of ships are much lower as

It very quickly escalated and criminal gangs realised that

it was costing them a lot more to fund their fuel, now that the

this was a big business and so there were three syndicates that

price has gone down, the ships can go faster for a lot less money,

came in and if you knew the right person to go to, you could

a very high sided container vessel doing 21 knots is really quite

invest money in them. The syndicates needed money to pay

difficult for a pirate to get on board. At the other end of the scale

the people they put onboard the tankers to guard the crew, the

if it is a cable laying vessel going along at 1½ knots then that is

pirates would pirate the vessel and bring it in and then go off to

very easy for them to get aboard. There are still all types of vessels

be pirates again, the gangs had people from Somalia who would

going through where the owners say they want armed guards

then be guards for the crew. Sometimes it would take up to six

rather than take the risk. There are others where they say they

months to get the ransom money paid and therefore they would

have a duty of care to their seafarers. Yemen is not very safe at

need the money to pay these people, but it was a good return

the moment and we are just going to keep armed guards on for

on their investment. Eventually when the European Union Naval

the time being as the area is not safe.

Force and other Navies, the Chinese, Australians, New Zealanders, USA and the Japanese got involved it reduced the ability of the

What about other areas of the world, we all hear about Malacca

pirates. Then there were more and more armed guard companies

Straits being famous for piracy.

offering services and deterring the pirates from getting on board,

Yes, there is the Malacca Straits, South China Seas and West Africa

there were less opportunities and less numbers being pirated, then

off Nigeria. All these areas do not have piracy they have armed

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MAN AT THE TOP – SIR TIM McCLEMENT KCB, OBE

BELOW: PVI OPERATORS CONDUCTING WEAPON TRAINING IN SRI LANKA

robbery with extreme violence, they are just going on board

because we were clever and saw it coming, we got into anti-

stealing anything that they can, sometimes siphoning fuel off

piracy because Dom Mee was in the right place at the right time

for their own fuel tanks, but they are not taking the ship, which

and we were very lucky. The big security companies in Iraq and

is the difference.

Afghanistan did not see it coming and they came into it too

Depending on the countries depends on what you can

late. At one stage there were 185 maritime security companies

do. We always have had two very simple rules before taking a

operating, with us at the top and at the bottom would be a one

contract; can we deliver what we are being paid to do and can

man band with a laptop and a mobile phone sitting in Djibouti

we say to the ex-Marines that we use that we think the risk is

waiting for a call and everything in between. We knew at some

acceptable and that they will come home. If the answer to either

stage the action by everyone would reduce the number of transits

of these questions is no, then we do not take the contract. Off

required and therefore we couldn’t sustain what we were doing.

Nigeria, the Nigerian Government are very specific about what

Barry sat down and said what is the next threat to people

you can do and not do on board ships. When escorting a ship

and he saw it as Cyber, so we spent a lot of time looking at Cyber,

you have to bond your weapons at the 12 mile limit. If you

what does it mean, what is out there and what is going to happen

are then attacked inside the 12 mile limit, where the Nigerians

and against whom? Obviously Governments are looking at it as

are protecting the ship, if we have our people on board with

there are threats to national infrastructure such as a country’s

bonded weapons that they can’t get at, we are not happy, we

electricity supply. We decided that we needed to both train people

assess each job carefully in West Africa before we will take it on.

how to deal with Cyber threats, and also deal with the hackers.

In other parts of the world we may put unarmed advisors on

The best way to describe it is, if you see your company or your

board, where we think is all that is necessary. We have expanded

yacht as the hub of a bicycle wheel every spoke is a way in and

the company and set up another arm and it is called ‘Protection

out of your company, it is an electronic way into your company

Group International’ PGI where we specialise in Cyber Security,

and you have to protect the rim of the wheel. The axis of the

intelligence gathering (due diligence on individuals, companies

hub is what makes it all tick and it has four key components, the

and countries) and Training.

software it uses, the hardware that supports the software, the building it’s in and the people that use it. We help with assessing

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Cyber Security, which PGI specialise in, is that something you

people, assessing building security, etc. For example we found in

realised several years ago would become a serious threat?

one company we researched that was on the 7th floor of an office

Yes, Barry Roche, the CEO said we didn’t get into anti-piracy

block in the city of London, that the company employees didn’t

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know anything about the cleaners, the cleaners were managed for

What is their electronic signature, how can people get through

them and when the cleaners came in there was no one from the

any protection they have in place and at what level does this

company actually in the building. You have to make sure you have

need to be? With Superyachts, whether they have two engines

done everything to protect the hub. A lot of people think that

or one engine the owner is not too fussed, but when the Wi-Fi

their company is not of interest to a hacker, but 70% of the hacks

goes down or the connectivity to the world goes down, then the

are via a secondary target as a means to get at the primary target.

owner and guests are understandably unhappy, whether they are

The biggest hack in the USA against a company called Target was

watching movies or contacting the outside world. We can offer

done through the air conditioning company that serviced their

advice to Captains or Owners and see if they want to us to take a

building as the hackers could see a way in through this route. The

look at their Cyber profile and what personal support they need,

air conditioning company thought they didn’t

LEFT: PVI OPS ROOM – TIVERTON UK

need significant security checks because they were not interesting and no one would be interested as everything costs money. How does PGI & PVI relate to Superyachts? We

haven’t

done

many

transits

for

Superyachts, compared to the amount of commercial shipping we handled, but we have been asked to do more on Superyachts recently. Our involvement with yachts has been very successful. What we can also offer now is further protection to a Superyacht, but what does protection mean. Actually for a lot of companies and Superyachts it is:

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MAN AT THE TOP – SIR TIM McCLEMENT KCB, OBE

BELOW: SIR TIM DEER STALKING IN JURA – OCTOBER 2009

is it Cyber protection, is it 24 hour medical cover, is it physical

was climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – before that I dived with sharks

protection, is it simply advice on a country that you have never

and went wing-walking. My next challenge is swimming from

visited, who are the crew they have employed, what threats

Gosport to the Isle of White, about 2½ miles if I get the tides/

are there? It is a protection for the Superyacht Captain and his

currents right – possibly longer if I get the planning wrong.

vessel, ultimately for the safety and wellbeing of the owner and his family and guests.

Tim I have to say thanks to you for a fascinating couple of days, I have only scratched the surface of your story, of that I am sure,

If you suddenly had a call from a captain, with an owner with a threat

and the Silent Service to which you have dedicated a great deal of

say in Athens could you could get guys out there very quickly?

your life has to, for many reasons, remain silent for the most part

We could, but we do not do armed guards in foreign countries,

but thanks for letting us surface dwellers share in a little of your

only at sea. We could find people who do it and arrange it or we

life’s experiences. May I, and my readers wish Lynne and yourself

could fly people out to give advice and tell them what they need

good luck and a long and happy life.

to do for their safety. Obviously you are not going to hang up your boots for a very long time and I guess you do not play Rugby anymore, have you any exciting plans for the future? I always like to have a challenge in addition to my work, where I have a portfolio. My most recent

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JUBILEE SAILING TRUST – CHANGING LIVES

Anybody involved in luxury yachting has to read this, many of you will know of the Jubilee Sailing Trust, many will not, but while we take our lives on board ship as an everyday occurrence, imagine that you had a life changing disability, a missing limb or mental disorder or that you are confined to a wheelchair for life. The JST care for people with these disabilities, they take them into our world to give them an experience that they will never forget. You can without doubt help, the JST is a charity and openly rely on donations, running these two extraordinary vessels does not come cheap, if you could find it in your heart to make a donation, however small, it would be welcomed with open arms. If you own a business you can make a simple donation or you could become a corporate sponsor, everything is open to you. To help the Jubilee Sailing Trust to help others not so fortunate please visit www.jst.org.uk and please read on… Editor

HE JUBILEE SAILING TRUST HAS BEEN CHANGING

He believed that the obstacles to sailing offshore were to a large

lives since 1978. In that year it became a registered

extent artificial and could be overcome by thoughtful design and

charity through the extraordinary vision of a dedicated

proper equipment. In addition, he believed that if physically disabled

group of people working against the odds to make their dream

people were to sail alongside able-bodied people as part of the crew,

a reality.

it would help break down the prejudices and misunderstandings

In the 1960s and 70s, opportunities for outdoor education

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between people with different circumstances in life.

including offshore sailing were growing for the able-bodied. The

Christopher’s vision drew support from other exceptional

man who became JST’s founder, Christopher Rudd, had been

individuals with whom he discussed his idea, in particular Dr Tony

working with disabled and special needs children, teaching them to

Hicklin, and together they became the founding fathers of what

sail dinghies. His practical experience working with people of mixed

was to become the JST. It was decided to seek a grant from the

physical abilities convinced him that there was no reason why they

Queen’s Silver Jubilee Appeal – which was successful and led to

should not be given the same opportunities as able-bodied people.

the name Jubilee Sailing Trust.

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It was found that a square-rig was ideal because the sailing

the build of a second ship. She also, in consultation with others,

of the ship needs large numbers of people all working together

decided that the new ship should be built of wood, with disabled

and there are numerous tasks to suit different capabilities and

people forming part of the build team, which would bring

strengths. There was something for everyone – those who

ashore the JST ethos of integration. A year later, naval architect

couldn’t pull on ropes could ease them off, and those who could

Tony Castro was commissioned to design the ship. Tenacious

do neither could instead call out the ‘two-six’ hauling rhythm.

eventually sailed on her maiden voyage 1548 days after her keel

A permanent office was established in Southampton in the early 1980s – the original body of unpaid and devoted Trustees and volunteers could no longer operate without the additional resources of paid staff. BUILDING THE SHIPS Experimental voyages in existing square-riggers had proved beyond doubt that the vision and concept of integrating disabled with able-bodied people on a tall ship could without doubt be highly successful and safe. However, the experiments also proved that the vision could be best achieved with a purpose-built vessel. Naval architect Colin Mudie, who had been involved in the Trust from the start, was commissioned to design what was to become Lord Nelson. The build commenced in 1984 and the ship sailed on her maiden voyage from Southampton to Cherbourg on 17th October 1986. After the launch of Lord Nelson, the JST grew from strength to strength, and demand for berths on voyages began to outstrip supply. With this in mind, in 1992, Lindsey Coleshill (later Neve), then Director of the JST made it her aim to fundraise for

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Ensign

visitors to France and Ireland in the summer and the Canaries

The Large Yacht Service of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency

crossings), since she was launched. Lord Nelson has taken

or Mediterranean in the winter. Tenacious has spent many of her winters in the Caribbean (with numerous Atlantic part regularly in The Tall Ships Races during the summer months sailing within a fleet of the world’s biggest and most glamorous tall ships, in the Baltic or North Sea. In 2012,

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Tenacious took part in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant,

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a fitting follow up to the charity having being named after the Over the years the JST has developed a number of successful programmes – Youth Leadership @ Sea, Diversity @ Sea, and more recently Sailing Forces, which integrates wounded and recovering service men and women with civilian crew members aboard the two ships. However, both Lord Nelson and Tenacious were built with the capability of sailing anywhere in the world with mixed physical ability crews aboard. In November 2011, Chief Executive Alex Lochrane returned from a Sail Training International conference inspired by people involved in tall ships from all over the world and it was decided to plan and executing a two year world voyage for Lord Nelson, leaving the UK in time to reach Sydney, Australia to take part in the centenary

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coastal voyages, all crewed by people of mixed physical abilities, including wheelchair users. Lord Nelson left Southampton on 21st October 2012 and on 22 November crossed the Equator and making JST history by sailing into the Southern Hemisphere for the very first time. The Jubilee Sailing Trust are a charity like no other in the world. With two iconic tall ships that have been purposefully designed to be fully accessible to disabled and able bodied people alike, who can embark on incredible voyages and experience the exhilaration of being at sea and whatever the weather has to throw at them as they sail, in companionship, side by side. Although based in the UK, the Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) voyage programme continues to reach new destinations in the farthest corners of the world. If you visit their website http://jst.org.uk you will find the trips outlined for 2017. In simple forms these include adventures out of the UK, New Zealand, Canada, Fiji, Gibraltar, The Canaries and a myriad of places in between, an awesome programme designed to inspire and lift the spirits of all those who take part. The mission of breaking down barriers for disabled and non-disabled people alike is now expanding on a global scale. Most recently, as can be seen from the preceding list, new branches have opened in Australasia to bring these unique sailing opportunities to others that can benefit from an extreme yet safe

active role in their day to day purpose of enhancing the power of

change of scene.

the wind to voyage the oceans.

A voyage with the JST is far more than an adventure

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holiday – they are the world’s only purpose built tall ships that

THE FUTURE

can enable people of all physical and sensory abilities to take an

As the Jubilee Sailing Trust prepares to enter their 40th year,

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extraordinary adventures are embarking around the globe that

The JST’s unique and custom-built tall ships have been

will use the challenge of tall ship sailing to build stronger, resilient

designed to allow everyone to play a full and active role as a

and inclusive communities of friends that can go on to enhance

member of crew whilst the ships travel to spectacular coastlines

each individuals personal life, often a life that has been beset by

around the world. Since 1978, an incredible 45,000 people

life changing injury, disability or disadvantage. This international

have been welcomed aboard the two ships. In recognition of its

charity offers these unique adventures to people of all ages

work, the Trust has also been accredited by The United Nations

and backgrounds, including those with more severe disabilities

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, whilst

who would never expect to be able to take to the sea in such

enjoying 32 years of patronage from HRH, The Duke of York KG,

a romantic vessel and regardless of experience, the Trust brings

who has provided outstanding support during this time.

them adventure and above all new confidence to cope with the

As a global pioneer of social inclusion, the Jubilee Sailing Trust has gone from strength to strength on the international

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stage. As the voyage programme continues to expand its global reach, the JST is increasingly delivering its programmes in collaboration with a growing community of corporate, educational and charitable partners, who help to recruit crew and fund programmes with particular communities or objectives in mind. These collaborations help to raise awareness of the JSTs’ work, providing access to those who could benefit most and removing financial barriers to participation. THE CREW Sailing with the JST encourages everyone to get involved with all aspects of sailing the ship, regardless of their experience or physical ability. After setting foot on-board, crew members are assigned to a watch leader and also provided with a ‘buddy’ who is their companion during the voyage. During their time on-board, crew members take part in all aspects of ship life; setting the sails, pulling on ropes, peeling potatoes in the galley, or keeping watch on the bridge in the middle of the night. The adventures and inclusive design of the ships challenge the crew to do things they never thought possible, improving their self-belief, motivation and confidence. The shared experience and teamwork necessary to sail the ships builds a mutual respect, trust and creates strong working relationships. These unique experiences and new skills are not only lifechanging for crew members, but can help create more inclusive communities, fears are conquered and barriers are broken down whilst the crew develop fantastic bonds and camaraderie.

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and maritime networks. There will be a number of public events

Jubilee Sailing Trust would welcome the opportunity to provide all

to recognise the collaboration, plus a unique opportunity to

superyacht owners and crew with a private tour of Lord Nelson

influence future programmes and use the ships to benefit other

and Tenacious when they are in port. Ahead of next year’s 40th

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BURGESS MARINE JOINS FORCES WITH GLOBAL SERVICES SUPERYACHT SUPPLY – MAKING LIFE SIMPLE

RITAIN’S LARGEST INDEPENDENT SHIP REPAIRER AND MARINE

have to offer a better service and more value than yesterday. Combining our

engineering services provider, Burgess Marine, completed the acquisition

strengths has enabled our staff working in the commercial and cruise sectors to look

of the Superyacht centric procurement specialist Global Services and its sister co.

forward to the many benefits that the Global Services system will bring to improve

Global New Builds in October 2016. We have caught up with Michael Andersen,

their customers’ experience. Both Global and Burgess Marine have previously

CCO of Burgess Marine and responsible for the integration of the two companies.

prospered thanks to the level of service offered by their experienced and dedicated

The acquisition was Burgess Marine’s fifth to date and was driven out of

staff – and that’s going to continue. Our collective ethos is superior service and value

a desire to enhance services to its customers as well as to grow further in the

for money; it works so our clients will be seeing more of it. I think you will also see

Superyacht sector.

a step change in our visibility, we’re going to work hard to be on more quaysides and in more marinas – and that’s really exciting for the both the team at Global

Q: WHAT HAS BEEN THE INITIAL REACTION FROM THE INDUSTRY?

and Burgess Marine.

A: We have received incredibly positive endorsements from all areas of the industry. Clearly Global Services have a fantastic long standing reputation in the market and

Q: HOW HAS GLOBAL SERVICES TAKEN ON-BOARD BURGESS MARINE?

their customers have been very pleased that the engineering services of Burgess

A: The combined business benefits from several synergies, due to the fact that

Marine are now added to complement them. Some have commented it was a

Global’s principal procurement channel is that of marine engineering components

marriage meant to happen!

and Burgess Marine’s core skill is the provision of marine engineering services, thereby providing an enhanced service offering to customers. The Global Services

Q: HOW HAS THE FIRST FEW MONTHS WORKED OUT?

team has quickly caught onto the expertise on offer and link up their customers

A: It has been an incredibly busy period for both Global Services and Burgess

with Burgess Marine for a quick response to engineering challenges. Again we see a

Marine. The integration is on track and the Burgess Marine procurement teams are

‘meeting of minds’ as both businesses specialise in problem solving to the benefit

effectively transitioning to Global Services during March 2017. More importantly

of the end user.

the attitude of both companies has been exemplary. Having been through many mergers, this is one with surprisingly few bumps on the road. Perhaps most

Q: ANY VIEWS FROM SUPPLIERS?

interesting many of our mutual suppliers are extremely pleased about the tie up.

A: There is no doubt that the combined spending power of both Global Services and Burgess Marine will see some suppliers uncomfortable, but most have engaged

Q: HOW HAVE YOUR STAFF RESPONDED?

positively as they also see it as an opportunity to grow in sectors they may not be

A: Very positively. It is clear that we need to find efficiencies and a common platform

as strong in, or into new territories. Our first aim has been to re-confirm agreements

for serving our clients will be key to that. To expand in a competitive market you

with existing strategic suppliers such as Cathelco/HEM and we have also signed up


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several new partnerships with the likes of Sylka Carpets and Exilator exhaust gas

Portchester, Portsmouth, Southampton, and within STP Palma the business is ideally

systems. It’s important that suppliers understand our desire to grow the business

located not only to support the UK’s largest passenger ports, but also shipping in

whilst at the same time protecting our service offering, we won’t compromise the

general throughout the United Kingdom and Superyacht’s transiting or based in the

standards that our clients have come to reply upon.

Western Mediterranean.

Q: WHAT IS NEXT ON YOUR AGENDA?

teams capable of carrying out planned refits and emergency works worldwide,

A: One area we focus hard on is making sure we have our own strong representation

having worked extensively throughout Europe and the Mediterranean, the Middle

in the right locations. We have a new combined office and facility in Palma de

East, the Far East, North America, South America and the Caribbean.

From its head office in Dover, Burgess Marine also provides highly skilled

Mallorca and look forward to serving our customers locally there and we are actively

The business has three further tranches; it focuses on marine procurement

looking at other areas as well. The winter refit season has been extremely successful

for the commercial and cruise ship sectors, builds workboats under the ‘Meercat

for Burgess Marine and we have been working on a number of Superyachts in the

Workboats’ brand, and technically supports the operation of Superyachts under the

UK and Spain. We are gearing up to serve them pre- and post-season wherever they

‘Trafalgar Yacht Support’ brand.

may cruise. It is also worth highlighting our principle objective, to better support the

The combined marine engineering experience of the Directors and Technical

Global Services client base with engineering services – delivering marine engineering

Management within Burgess Marine exceeds some 250 years; it is this level of

to the Global fleet is mission critical for the newly combined business.

knowledge and experience, together with complete commitment, that gives

Richard Gardiner, MD of Global Services comments: ‘The Burgess Marine

customers total peace of mind and Burgess Marine the leading edge in its sectors.

Global tie up is great news for so many reasons; we fit, we have a plan, and both

Burgess Marine is committed to operating within the parameters of leading

parties add tremendous value to each other – the synergies are clear and genuine

international management system standards and is therefore accredited to ISO

with the obvious benefits being achievable. Having taken Global literally from its

9001 (Quality), ISO 14001 (Environmental) and BS OHSAS 18001 (Health and

beginnings in the Garden Shed to a major trade sale I am extremely proud of all that

Safety) respectively.

we have achieved and I am extremely excited about what the future now holds for the bigger business’. Nick Warren, CEO of Burgess Marine, comments: ‘I am genuinely enthused

Additionally, accreditations are held with Bureau Veritas and DNV in relation to Diving Operations. More recently, Burgess Marine has gained approval for the welding and fabrication of structural steelwork in accordance with EN:1090.

about not only the business but the team. Richard has developed a wonderfully enthusiastic group of passionate and experienced individuals; their expertise is second to none and their commitment to the industry is simply wonderful. Together

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PAVLOPETRI

IS THIS THE REAL ATLANTIS? BY ROSEMARY PAVLATOU PHOTOGRAPHS BY THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM


ADVENTURES AROUND GREECE – PAVLOPETRI

HEN WE THINK OF GREECE MOST PEOPLE THINK of sea, sun, sand and… history. Combining all of these might be of interest and one of the most exciting recent discoveries currently being investigated is that of a sunken city, chanced upon in 1967 by a British archaeology student visiting Greece on a short vacation. He was totally unprepared for what he had stumbled upon. He was, it seems, just looking around for interesting ruins to investigate and when out diving one day came upon this hitherto unknown underwater town. He returned later with a professional team to make the first survey of Pavlopetri, the town’s name means Paul and Peter or Paul’s rock. It is not known what the original inhabitants had called the town and this name was bestowed on it by the current generation. Estimated to have been built some 5000 years ago it is

existence of a settlement that Nicholas Flemming first stumbled

considered to be one of the oldest sunken towns in the world. It

upon. Pavlopetri is a very elegant town when considering the time

is very accessible by scuba diving, without the necessity of full

of its creation all those years ago, with public buildings as well as

underwater gear, although diving is quite possible, enabling one

two storey homes, some of which were substantial dwellings with

to get a closer look at the site which sits just off the coast of the

up to twelve rooms. A town plan had been laid out around well-

Peleponese near to the island of Alonissos. Set in this shallow

built roads and squares which is surprising for a period previously

area of sea and just three to four metres below the surface it is

considered quite primitive. The town also indicates a population

an incredible area to explore as so much of the town still remains

that was organised with a hierarchy, rules and an established

intact. It is entirely possible to organise a dive with someone who

culture. This was not a village of farmers but an educated society

knows the area well and can bring the site alive before your eyes

where people had professions – there appears that there were

as they explain the significance of what you are seeing. To ensure

city leaders, officials, administrators, merchants, traders, seafarers

the ruins are not damaged and kept intact for future generations

and craftsmen including potters and weavers, bronze workers

extreme care is required when in the area.

and artists, soldiers, farmers, shepherds and probably also an

What remains of this once thriving town are the clearly

ABOVE: A SUPER-IMPOSED IMAGE SHOWING HOW THE WALLS WOULD HAVE STOOD MANY YEARS AGO OPPOSITE: A DIVER EXAMINES ANCIENT WALLS BELOW: THE REMAINING RUINS OF PAVLOPETRI

abundance of slaves.

defined foundations of houses and well-built streets. Houses

Because of the centuries the town has been sealed off

with courtyards, created from dressed stone, which are quite

from the vagaries of the above water world, the remains are

distinct from naturally occurring stone, were the first signs of the

extraordinarily well preserved and in far better condition than

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examined, indicated that their origins were from a number of places that illustrate influences on Pavlopetri from a variety of distant civilisations, not least trade with the Minoans in Crete. These have also helped to shed further light on the advanced Cretan civilisation. What makes the site remarkable is that it represents the earliest indication that exists of people living together in a town with such an advanced organisation. In many respects the house building techniques evident in Pavlopetri can still be found in buildings in the surrounding district. The team from Nottingham University, which carried out the most painstaking survey of the area, discovered this when they examined some of the older buildings still standing on adjacent land. Obviously these building techniques have been passed down through generations and ABOVE: COMPUTER SIMULATION OF A PAVLOPETRIAN HOUSE

would be expected of a similar land-based site. Even usually

must be successful as they have survived for centuries. The area

vulnerable materials such as wood were discovered intact by the

is a very significant earthquake zone, perhaps one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

archaeologists as they painstakingly sifted through the remains

most active, these buildings were built to withstand even the

BELOW: A COMPUTERGENERATED IMAGE OF HOW THE POT WOULD HAVE LOOKED FROM THE SHARD THAT WAS LOCATED ON THE SEA BED

on the seabed. The sea itself helps in the continual uncovering of

strongest quakes as houses are today.

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new artefacts, washing as it does, the shingle on the sea floor, and

The original boundaries of the town, as surveyed by

in so doing exposing new and potentially vital clues pertaining

the initial investigating team from Cambridge University in

to the towns origins. Some of the clues found are in the form of

1967, with nothing more sophisticated than snorkels and tape

weights used in spinning and weaving indicating, by their large

measures, identified some 15 buildings. During a recent new

number, significant textile production which would have served

survey an aerial view by helicopter proved the town to be at

as a basis for trade. Finds of thousands of pottery shards, when

least two thirds larger than previously thought and a substantial

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ABOVE: COMPUTER SIMULATION OF THE ANCIENT SETTLEMENT OF PAVLOPETRI BELOW: DIVERS CARRY OUT THEIR METICULOUS WORK

settlement for the time. Using cutting edge technology, never

trade. A flourishing maritime town meant that this waterside site

before employed for mapping underwater archaeological sites,

was of great importance and its protected position made it a

robotic survey equipment that films in 3D, allowed minute

good safe harbour for ships, which were not docked at quaysides,

examination of the remains. This survey will remain on file

but run up on the sandy shoreline. Being located on the southern

for other future archaeologists to interpret and will keep the

tip of the Peleponese meant the location was perfect for trade

present site information in-tact despite any new erosion. These

between East and West Mediterranean traders. Passing ships

images were used by film animators, in conjunction with the

would naturally travel very close to the town and would no doubt

archaeological team, to be interpreted to recreate the town in

have stopped to buy the goods on offer and hopefully sell some

images that give us all an exciting and unique view of the site and

of their own cargo.

its inhabitants.

Of course the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s people, affluent as they obviously

The building of Pavlotpetri took large amounts of

were, bought items from the traders for themselves and examples

investment at the time that could only be funded from lucrative

of pots and pithoi from Crete and other Mediterranean areas have been found. Interestingly, obvious copies have also been found that attest to the aspirations of perhaps the lower orders to own similar exotic items as those of the higher echelons of this society, and point to enterprising locals who made and sold the copies. Pavlopetri was a thriving, affluent town that had plenty of opportunity to capitalise on the wealth that purchasing sought after ornaments from traders brought them. The many shards from pithoi or storage pots indicates a very large trade as these vessels would have transported oil, wine and a multitude of other trading items. The logistics that this volume of goods would require was immense, requiring warehouses and accounts that would have necessitated record keeping

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and therefore some kind of written recording. This again puts Pavlopetri millennia ahead of what had hitherto been imagined to be the abilities of people during this period of history. Rock burial chambers have also been discovered which constitute the earliest indications we have of humans venerating their dead and keeping their remains close to them. Children were buried in the home, possibly to encourage fertility and the addition of further children to the household. Other, very ornate rock tombs, have been found around the underwater site and some have even been found in the hills overlooking the town. These would have been for those very important members of the community who were accorded special honours and given very elaborate burials. But how did this town suddenly vanish beneath the sea is the question that the archaeologists are struggling with. It seems clear that the most likely scenario is that of earthquakes and perhaps a tsunami. In this very earthquake prone area it is probable that the demise of the two was not a sweeping and theatrical one but a slow erosion of parts of the town and coast over a series of such events perhaps over hundreds of years. This theory also explains the reason why there is no rebuilding of the town as the land itself had been lost to the sea. Recent understanding of the importance of this site has lead to it being designated an area of archaeological interest and the site has been defined by permanent buoys which help to

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A WATERBORNE SAFARI CRUISING THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN COAST BY PAULA GIUSTI

HE SIMPLE TRUTH IS THAT YOU WILL NOT FIND A

the tourism sector. Most recently there has been an emphasis on

Southern African marina included on in any one of the

developing cruise terminal infrastructure as governments eye the

top 10 listings of superyacht destinations. These lists are

multiplier effect of welcoming international cruise tourists to their

dominated by marinas in Italy, Spain, France and the USA etc. that are touted as ‘elite destinations’ with infrastructure that cater to the extended lengths and draughts of these luxury vessels.

In Cape Town, South Africa, for example, the V&A Waterfront was announced as the preferred bidder of a US$ 13.6m

It is also true that the sheer size of some of the world’s

investment to build and operate a luxury cruise terminal over a

super yachts can see them relegated to commercial harbours and

20-year period. Similar efforts to attract appropriate investment in

not to the more comfortable yacht basins of Southern Africa. But

the Port of Durban are ongoing as cruise tourism shows an almost

that does not mean you cannot make the region a destination of

50 per cent increase in the area.

choice, or that it has nothing noteworthy to offer.

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shores, as well as selling the sector to the local markets.

Africa is turning its attention to the sea and the blight

Southern Africa is not seen as a traditional destination

of ocean blindness is slowly being cured. The next step should

for superyacht cruising, but the region is blessed with a number

arguably be the advancement of infrastructure that would prove

of attributes that could one day make it the next big thing as

conducive to the superyacht industry. Given the gamble that

more investment is being allocated towards infrastructure and

many African countries took in developing port infrastructure

word-of-mouth starts to work in its favour. Unlike the European

aimed at the offshore oil and gas sectors, which has slumped

coastline where marine tourism has a long history of development

severely over the last few years, it is being realised that a more

and where investment into marina facilities has assisted the

multi-sector approach would be prudent.

advancement of the superyacht culture, most South African

But, despite the lack of bespoke infrastructure the region is

marine infrastructure has focused on enhancing trade and the

very well-placed to host those wanting to experience a different

marine services sectors.

type of destination and is extremely well positioned for those

But, as African countries start to wake up to the

keen to venture further south towards Antarctica. Vessels should

opportunities that exist, more attention is being paid to those in

not feel deterred from visiting and can make good use of local

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ships’ agents to help them navigate the local bureaucracy that all

Giusti of Trade Ocean, a ships’ agency operating in South Africa

countries have in place.

and Namibia that has adapted to enable itself to work with these

Indeed, some of the most iconic and exclusive luxury

yachts. ‘Logistically and geographically it makes a good hub,’ with

yachts do include South Africa on their itinerary for very good

the city’s international airport offering good connectivity to and

reason. Recent visitors include the 96 m Vava II owned by Ernesto

from most international destinations.

Bertarelli as well as the 126 m Octopus owned by Paul Allen. The

In most cases she says that visiting yachts are accommodated

74 m Enigma owned by Aidan Barclay has even opted to call Cape

in the Victoria Basin along Quay 6 or Jetty 2 just outside the Table

Town ‘home’ for the past few months.

Bay Hotel and the V&A Waterfront shopping precinct. On occasion,

ABOVE: THE V&A WATERFRONT WITH THE SILHOUETTE OF TABLE MOUNTAIN IN THE BACKGROUND BELOW: THE VICTORIA BASIN

however, yachts may need to be moved into the commercial port FIRST STOP CAPE TOWN

when space is not available in these Waterfront basins. Attracting

Cape Town was hailed as the best city in the world to visit by the London Telegraph in 2016. Cape Town may not feature on the list of top 10 (or even 50) places to berth your luxury vessel, but being seen as the best city in the world to visit is acclaim indeed and, incidentally, South Africa is listed as the third best country to visit. Cape Town has pristine Blue Flag beaches; a number of famous vineyards to tour; great outdoor lifestyle activities to engage in and plenty of fantastic restaurants for the foodies. It has culture, music and history, as well as sporting events and relaxation opportunities that surpass many other destinations. As one of the country’s most notable maritime centres it naturally has excellent services to meet the needs of visiting vessels. From food to marine engineering, agency services and even the possibility of recruiting crew, the city should not be overlooked. ‘Cape Town makes an excellent home base for the superyacht sector,’ proclaims Paula

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ABOVE: THE ‘BOOMSLANG’ WALKWAY IN THE KRISTENBOSCH GARDENS

roughly 24 million visitors a year the V & A Waterfront is South

Cape Town provides an ideal opportunity to restock or undertake

Africa’s most visited destination, with its five shopping districts

maintenance before the trip.

offering everything from local designers to international brands, coffee shops, restaurants and bars cater for all tastes.

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Table Mountain, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World allows you to immerse yourself in the Mountain’s rich

With a slipway, synchro lift and even a dry dock available,

biodiversity if you are feeling energetic enough to hike up the

Cape Town also provides ample opportunities for maintenance

Platteklipp Gorge, but for those wanting a more sedate way to

and repair work to be completed should this become necessary.

marvel at the wonders of this mountain, a cableway offers a

Contractors with a wide variety of expertise can be called upon to

quick and convenient ascent. On the slopes of Table Mountain

undertake this work.

you will find the Kristenbosch Gardens where you can lose

The increased interest in Antarctica as a destination for

yourself amongst 7000 species of plants from South Africa. A walk

superyachts with ice class hulls makes the Port of Cape Town

along the Tree Canopy Walkway (affectionately known as the

strategic. Whether guests want to embark on the full journey

‘Boomslang’ meaning tree snake) the curvaceous steel and timber

from the tip of Africa or fly out to meet the yacht closer to the ice,

bridge rises through the trees and provides amazing views.

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ABOVE: THE NAMIBIAN GRASSLANDS RIGHT: THE LOCAL POPULATION ALWAYS WELCOME VISITORS TO THE REGION

EXPLORE THE COASTLINE

In 1908, railway worker Zacharias Lewala found a sparkling stone

Although the South African coastline does not include dedicated

amongst the sand that he was shoveling away from the railway

superyacht marinas, it does have eight commercial ports as well

line, once it was confirmed that it was a diamond, news spread

as one naval base that can and have played host to the needs

and hundreds of German miners descended hoping to make their

of vessels during a cruise. From west to east, the South African

fortune. By 1912 the area was producing 11.7% of the world’s

coastline includes ports at Saldanha Bay, Cape Town, Simon’s Town

diamonds. Large elegant houses were built and the new wealth

(naval base), Mossel Bay, Port Elizabeth, Ngqura, East London,

meant that, despite the harsh climate and isolation, miners

Durban and Richards Bay. As the country’s busiest container port, Durban Harbour has similar marine facilities to Cape Town and offers a more temperate climate year round for those not wanting to brave the Cape’s winters. South Africa’s neighbours on both the East and West coasts of Africa also offer unique opportunities for exploration. Namibia’s vast expanses of coastal desert and interesting attractions such as the ghost town of Kolmanskop near the Lüderitz harbour and the safari parks, provide visitors with experiences that are unlikely to be matched by anyone visiting the traditional destinations along the European coast. NAMIBIA AND ITS RICH OFFERINGS Namibia is potentially an undiscovered gem for the superyacht community that are seeking something different and agency services, particularly from the country’s bigger port of Walvis Bay, can be tailored to a vessel’s needs. In the dry barren stretches on the edge of the Namib Desert lie the bones of what was once a grand town Kolmanskop.

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ABOVE AND RIGHT: NAMIBIA’S STUNNING WILDLIFE IS A BIG TOURIST ATTRACTION

could afford every European luxury and a lively haven of German

BELOW RIGHT: THE GHOST TOWN OF KOLMANSKOP

was becoming exhausted. The town’s inhabitants rushed South

culture arose. In 1920, after World War 1 ended, richer diamond deposits were discovered further south just as the diamond field to create a new rush leaving their homes and possessions behind until in 1954 it was ultimately abandoned and left to the desert to be reclaimed and demolished by sand driven wind and the encroaching sand dunes. In 1980 De Beers restored some of the buildings and created a museum which has since become a big tourist attraction. Namibia with 26 parks and reserves makes its abundant wildlife one of its greatest tourist assets, the most famous being Estosha National Park, home to 114 mammal species. The wildlife boasts large herds of ‘plains game’ such as Springbok, Burcell’s Zebra, Gemsbok and Blue Wilderbeast as well as smaller numbers of Red Hartebeest and Mountain Zebra. It is also home to Lion, Cheetah and the elusive Leopard. Estosha is home to endangered species including Black Rhino, Oribi, Puku Antelope and Wild Dog. Guided tours to fit every appetite are available to ensure these are ticked off your ‘bucket list’. Indeed, with an established maritime and fishing sector, Namibia’s marine services are well equipped to step up to the challenges of meeting the specific requirements of their more discerning guests, arriving in floating homes. From the distinctive beauty of the deserts on the west coast – South Africa’s eastern neighbour, Mozambique offers a completely different experience.

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GREW UP ON THE SOUTH COAST OF ENGLAND WHERE long beach walks with four-legged friends led me, amongst other things, into experimenting with windsurfing and dinghy sailing. The smell of the sea became infused into my blood. It was a natural progression that led the ocean to become a driving force in my year’s Fine Art Foundation course. I allowed lashings of clay to mimick waves and incorporated liberal swathes of paint to sweep across my canvases illustrating the powerful and mesmerising seas that I had grown to love. Meanwhile, my trusty Nikormat eagerly lapped up sunsets and sails to add to my collection of hand crafted seascapes. In those early days the seed was sown and with my paints, chisels and camera equipment packed I took myself off for a Fine Art Honours Degree in beautiful Bath. Once there, three years

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of honing my photographic skills in the studio and dark room

mallets fashioned sizeable sculptures as I would stand surrounded

dovetailed with a growing sculpting expertise. Being blessed to

by the Court’s muster of elegant peacocks that would in turn fan

be in the home of rich, creamy Bath stone, I was also able to

their tail feathers in a show of male supremacy. This physical daily

follow a path in stone-carving. Set in several hundred acres of

life would set me up for the rigours of balancing multiple heavy

rolling Wiltshire countryside, Corsham Court, which had become

cameras and telephoto lenses on a moving platform at sea in the

my temporary home, was so inspirational and part of the college

unbeknown but fantastic years to come.

grounds. Landscaped by the futuristic Capability Brown the

With a degree under my belt I then beat a path to the

parkland was an open studio for me to play in. My chisels and vast

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my reputation amongst the rich and famous. A studio furnished me with space to both sculpt and photograph but the lure of salt spray, vast expanses of water, billowing sails and kinetic energy gave me itchy feet and so one day I picked up my apparel and headed to a place that offered everything that I desired, the Solent. I and my cameras revisited this yachting

rounding, I endeavour to frame compelling images to document,

haven almost every day, allowing me to develop my skill and

to illustrate, to inspire and to move my audience, the content

flourish further afield.

being amplified by the composition and treatment of the subject.

Today my blank â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;canvasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is a large expanse of water and a

By applying the use of Chiaroscuro, painting an image with light

set of race marks. With each wind shift, tack, gybe and close mark

in a slightly sculptural way is how I capitalised on my training

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and combining this with the technical aspect of photography has

world or the polo field, safaris to alligator swamps or simply

proved a winning formula for me.

looking down the barrel of my camera at a fully grown lion in the

I cut my maritime photographic teeth tracking the

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wild at ten paces!

renowned 18 ft skiff fleet powering down Sydney harbour in a 26

Being at the sharp end of yacht photography is certainly

knot Nor’Easter from the open sides of a helicopter. I am equally

exciting and sometimes the unexpected arises. Some years back a

at home using an airborne platform as on a white-knuckle ride

fleet of powerboats in the Pro V European Championship were to

in a chase boat which have served me well during my work as

lap the Isle of Wight anti-clockwise. As the leaders came back into

an event photographer during which I have been commissioned

the Central Solent our RIB was trickling along past Egypt Point at

by names such as Hugo Boss, Rolex, Jaguar, Garrard and clients

about six knots heading to one of the final turning marks around

featuring various Royals. Looking back I can recount two Olympic

which the fleet would pass as they did a show lap before crossing

Games, America’s Cups, Superyacht racing and Motoring Grand

the finish line.

Prix on Classic and World Championship circuits, all feature in

The two Italian crew in the lead boat, Panerai Ceramica,

the archives. My photography furnishes most of the international

saw a gaggle of camera lenses pointed in their direction as they

yachting publications, services advertising campaigns worldwide

approached. Keen for some extra publicity the pair altered course

and wall art that is often used for Superyacht interiors and homes.

at about 95 mph. Going at such speed they misjudged our wake

Such events have also produced a rich source of material

and it flipped the boat. Our press boat was laden with seven

for my interviews and a great many features for various lifestyle

photographers, causing it to be rather cramped, I elected to work

and marine titles. When not out on the water other pleasant

from the back, almost leaning over the outboard engine. When I

memories have been of taking images on the European classic

realised they were coming too close my reaction was ‘Click, click,

car circuits shooting the Aston Martin’s and Maserati’s of this

click’. The momentum barrel-rolled the 44 ft Pro Vee RIB about 25

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feet into the air, it landed on its side and was catapulted back into

shots. One brings to the act of photography all past on-the-

the air continuing along with its bow pointing to the heavens,

water experiences, reactions, emotions, compositions, style and

twenty feet above the water for what seemed an age, but in truth

technical know-how to produce an arresting picture in just

more like four seconds and then it just dropped out of the sky. It

fractions of a second.

was a fantastic sight and the two pilots luckily survived.

On the penultimate day of Les Voiles des St Tropez last

I had presumed the other photographers where taking

autumn I was on the Wally Division course. The fleet were

pictures too. That’s what we’re there to do! We photographers

approaching the line jostling for a good position. The Wally 80,

travel the world to capture la crème de la crème of images to

Tilakkhana, was pointing towards Ryokan 2 and bearing down.

excite and entertain those interested in the sailing world. But I

As the start beckoned I watched the bowman and my intuition

was the only person to snag the money shot.

told me they were heading for drama. As our photo boat rolled

On another outing, the 30 m Southern Wind yacht Illusion,

about in the chop I literally counted down the seconds, 3-2-1

misjudged its distance going into a Maxi start and T-boned

Bam! freezing each frame through the point of impact as bits of

the Swan 90 Kora 5. The crew were thrown across the deck

carbon splintered off. The shocked faces of the crew on Ryokan

and my lens freeze-framed the sequence with some cracking

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special moment that transcends the subject and place, a moment that is captured for generations to come. My work takes me to some interesting destinations. One day I could be test-driving a Superyacht tender at seventy knots on the Swedish fjords and on another I could be event photographer at one of twelve stopover ports for a year-long amateur roundthe-world yacht race. This over the years has produced some interesting photographic shenanigans; logistics being key to the smooth running. On one particular race the photo boat was allocated by each host city and as such was a lottery. In Cascais, Portugal the RIB was a modest 4.8 m with a 40 hp outboard engine laden with too many people.

The swell was particularly

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chasing the leaders was testing to say the least and keeping my gear from getting wrecked was not easy. In Jamaica a 100 ft naval vessel that was more attuned to chasing yachts carrying contraband was my stable platform for the day. When it was explained to the captain that my telephoto lenses couldn’t fill the frame with the desired fleet the 8 m RIB was catapulted off the transom James Bond-style with me and half the naval officers onboard to get a closer view. As I brandished my lenses the officers leapt to my rescue lifting me up so high by my lifejacket that my legs were going round like little pistons. I had to explain that this photographer spent her life photographing in such an environment and I did not need their help and to please put me down. Getting to a venue has not always been easy. In South Africa the fleet had to be held up as my connecting flight from Jo’burg to Durban was delayed and I turned up at Heathrow bound for Brazil one day only to find the travel person hadn’t booked the seat on the flight I had been given a departure time for. Once there the skipper on the press boat that should have been on nocturnal standby did a disappearing act. After a 5000 mile trip the leaders were missed. However, two ‘men-Friday’ allocated to flank my every move for the rest of my stay helped to lighten my camera-carrying load. You have to have an appetite for this sort of work and the life that goes with it. Plenty of energy and boundless enthusiasm is on the menu. I have accrued a rich archive of over a million images in the past twenty years that have captured many magical moments. The photos add an extra sheen to the life they have depicted. The Superyacht and J-Class regattas in Porto Cervo, St Barths Bucket, St Tropez, Palma, Cowes and Falmouth have featured prominently in my life by providing signature images. As this edition is at press six J-Class competing at this Spring’s St Barths Bucket will have been added to my repertoire. This year coincides with the launch of my prestigious Limited Edition of hand prints available to mark 15 years of J-Class race images. Scenes framing Velsheda, Endeavour, Shamrock V, Ranger, Lionheart, Rainbow and

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THE MIGHTY PANAMA CANAL AN UNEQUALLED FEAT OF POWER, PERSISTENCE AND INGENUITY BY LISA GREENBERG

ANKIND HAS ACCOMPLISHED SOME IMPRESSIVE deeds throughout the ages – taming jungles, exploring the four corners of the earth and blasting off into space to set foot on the moon. These all involved complex calculations, vast sums of money, and never-before-seen technology, but few equal the feat of what was accomplished in building the Panama Canal. Once completed, it saved shippers and travellers thousands of miles and weeks to months of travel time. The story of the canal reads almost like a modern-day made-for-TV movie. It involved international one-upmanship, death and disease and even a heroic leading character who easily could have starred in any western movie. It almost didn’t get built, was almost built in Nicaragua, and pitted the United States against other countries. Technology was required that hadn’t yet been invented, and determination was needed that hadn’t

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‘A finer body of men has never been gathered by any nation than the men who have done the work of building the Panama Canal; the conditions under which they have lived and have done their work have been better than in any similar work ever undertaken in the tropics; they have all felt an eager pride in their work; and they have made not only America but the whole world their debtors by what they have accomplished.’ Teddy Roosevelt

yet been conceived. Despite all this drama and heavy odds saying it couldn’t be done, the almost fifty-mile Panama Canal was completed and opened in August 1914. Over one hundred years later, it stands as a testament to the fertile imagination and dogged perseverance of man over seemingly insurmountable obstacles. BLOOD, TOILS, TEARS, AND SWEAT Almost since mankind began sailing ships around the world, they have searched for a faster, safer way to traverse the distances between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The trek around South America was long, arduous and often deadly. The explorer Balboa was the first European to survey this area. As early as 1529, plans were being drawn up for a canal through the narrow isthmus between North and South America that would enable Spanish explorers to return home with their treasures more easily, but these never came to fruition. In 1819 the Spanish government actually authorised the building of a canal and formed a company for this purpose. It wasn’t until between 1850 and 1875, though, that their surveyors began to assess, analyse and plot the most engineering- and cost-feasible route to move their ships through this land. They believed that three routes were practical – through former Spanish lands that would

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military might behind a Panamanian independence movement which achieved separation from Colombia on November 3, 1903. A perpetual lease on a ten-mile strip of land was quickly granted across the newly-formed state of Panama, and the way was finally cleared for America to take the lead on this project. THE BIRTH OF THE 7TH WONDER OF THE MODERN WORLD With the US in control, led by the old Rough Rider himself, Teddy Roosevelt, the project officially began with a formal dedication ceremony on May 4, 1904. Despite having to deal with outdated equipment from the French effort, construction proceeded and eventually achieved the goal of opening a passageway after ten long years. But the success of one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects in history came at a high cost of life and money. Over fifty thousand workers were involved in the project. They came from around the world, worked ten hours a day in unbelievably difficult conditions, and often met with illness and death. In response to these dire conditions, scientists would be spurred to invent ways to eliminate mosquitoes that carried deadly diseases like yellow fever and malaria. Although French engineer Lesseps had envisioned the canal as a sea level passage, the American engineer, John Stevens would eventually champion a crucial change in design to a lock THIS SPREAD: HISTORIC IMAGES OF THE CANAL UNDER CONSTRUCTION

eventually become Panama, across Nicaragua, and across the

canal, with a series of three sets of locks that would raise and

Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Mexico. In 1850 the United States and

lower ships 85 feet as they passed between the two oceans. The

Great Britain actually negotiated a treaty to reign over a canal

project would require excavating through a dangerous mountain

through Nicaragua, but that effort never went beyond the initial

range, dealing with torrential rains and resulting landslides,

planning stages.

surviving earthquakes, creating dams and man-made lakes to

These actions, however, caught the attention of a worldwide audience. An international company, La Société

to operate the massive lock mechanisms.

Internationale du Canal Interocéanique, was formed in 1876

Because of a terrain that included both mountains and

and negotiated an agreement with the Colombian government,

jungles, they were unable to find a direct east-west route, and the

because Panama was still a Colombian province at the time.

canal in fact runs due south at one point. Perhaps most dangerous

Although this company failed, French engineer Ferdinand Marie

was the Culebra Cut, a nine-mile stretch through a mountain

de Lesseps, the builder of the Suez Canal, formed another and

range. Heavy casualties were inflicted due to accidental dynamite

finally began excavating in 1880. After nine years and the loss

explosions and landslides. Some 240 million cubic yards of rock

of over 20,000 lives due to severe working conditions, landslides,

and dirt would need to be excavated and moved before the 3.4

earthquakes, yellow fever, malaria, and other tropical diseases,

million cubic metres of concrete could be poured.

this attempt failed and the company went bankrupt.

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provide the necessary water to fill the locks, and generating power

Keep in mind this was still the early 1900s, and must have

During this time, the United States was still considering

felt like using a plastic shovel to dig a trench across a huge beach.

the possibility of a canal in Central America to open access to

Technology would have to be invented at every turn to achieve

its burgeoning western territories. It abrogated the treaty with

the impossible. Newly-minted steam shovels were capable of

England and decided to move forward on its own. Once again, the

removing vast quantities of dirt, but the ancient railroad system

idea of going through Nicaragua was considered and abandoned

would need to be repaired and significantly upgraded before it

due to the threat of volcanoes. The US finally decided to purchase

was capable of transporting such massive weight. Much of the

the remaining assets of Lesseps’ company which had abandoned

excavated soil was used in the building of the Gatun dam, which

its efforts by then. The one hiccup was that the area was still a

resulted in the creation of Gatun Lake, one of the largest man-

Colombian territory at the time, and Colombia actually rejected

made lakes in history. The dam also generates electricity to run

an offer from the US. So Roosevelt threw America’s support and

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which guide ships through the canal. Extra soil was also used to create a military reservation, and to serve as the foundation for railroad tracks in the jungle. The Canal opened in 1914 at a human cost of another five thousand lives, and a financial cost of more than $350 million, making this the most expensive construction project in US history to that point. The Madden Dam was completed in 1935 to create Alajuela Lake, ensure a sufficient water supply, and further bolster the Canalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s status as a major trade route. New, larger locks were added in 1939 in anticipation of the need to transport warships during World War II. It has been recognised by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the seven wonders of the modern world, and has seen over one million ships pass through its locks. The United States operated the Panama Canal for 85 years, before turning it over to the Panamanian government in 1999. And Nicaragua? Well the Chinese are still working on a plan to build a canal there.

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RIGHT: FINAL STAGES OF THE BUILD BELOW: ONE OF THE FIRST VESSELS SLIPS THROUGH ONE OF THE LOCKS OF THE NEWLY COMPLETED CANAL

THE DAWN OF THE NEO-PANAMAX Early in the 21st century it was feared the Canal would no longer be able to hold the massive ships being used to transport modern goods. Instead of becoming outdated, though, recent Canal renovations by Panama doubled their capability to support larger cargo vessels. In 2009 a consortium led by a Spanish company, Sacyr Vallehermoso, won a worldwide competition to build new locks that are wider and deeper on the historic Canal, with a bid of $3.1 billion. Along with having to build without interfering with the operation of the original canal, this project ran into work stoppages, problems with the porousness of the concrete, the risk of earthquakes and cost over-runs that eventually resulted in a two-year delay beyond the estimated date of completion and missing the 100th anniversary of the Canalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening. These problems were resolved and on Sunday, June 19, 2016, over 70 heads of state were invited to watch a

upgrade will enable the Panama Canal to continue serving as a vital component of the worldwide shipping trade.

Chinese container ship becomes the first commercial vessel to

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make the passage between the two oceans using the larger locks

SAILING THE PANAMA CANAL TODAY

and tugboats as their guide instead of the locomotives. The new

Crossing the Panama Canal covers about 51 miles. There are three

locks are 180 feet wide and 1400 feet long. The Canal Authority

locks along the route â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Gatun, the Pedro Miguel and the

will still have to deal with ensuring a constant supply of water to

Miraflores. The locks themselves are 110 feet wide and 1050 feet

allow for safe transit, especially during time of drought. Because

long. About forty ships a day can move through the canal, which

shippers continue to search for longer, wider and higher vessels

means that approximately thirteen to fourteen thousand cargo,

to transport their goods, the future will determine whether this

tanker and passenger ships per year spend the eight to ten hours

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RIGHT: THE LOCOMOTIVES

it takes to pass through the entire canal, which operates 24 hours

BOTTOM RIGHT: A ‘MULE’ AT WORK

designed track system to guide ships through the pass, keep them

a day. Locomotives, or ‘mules of steel,’ run along a specifically centered, and help them stop when necessary. Specially trained canal pilots board each ship to guide it through the intricacies of the canal. As a ship nears the locks, cables are attached to the ‘steel mules’ which guide it through the various chambers. The ingenious lock design allows the water level to be adjusted strictly through the forces of gravity. Water flows in from man-made lakes created by dams at each lock, and flows out again to sea level channels. Significant rains in the region serve to replenish the 52 million gallons of fresh water utilised in each crossing. Every ship pays a toll and fees based on its size and cargo volume. These can run upwards of half a million dollars depending on the ship’s size, and up to $800,000 for a neoPanamax vessel traversing the new locks. Smaller vessels can expect to pay between $2000 and $30,000 in cash or wire transfer for tolls, inspection, security charge, and buffer, also dependent on length. The buffer may be returned if there are no other extraordinary charges. Transit may take anywhere from a few days to several weeks to schedule, based on the volume of ships utilising the Canal, a process which can generally be expedited with the assistance of a seasoned agent. Vessels will need to have appropriate paperwork and permits, as well as an inspection of their craft. Procedures for securing a hand line transit of the Panama Canal require that craft must have AIS capability, holding tanks, sufficient fuel, and a working horn or whistle, as well as a bathroom, shade and adequate provisions for the on-board pilot or advisor. The ship must be capable of maintaining 5-8 knots at all times. Vessels will also need adequate fenders and four linehandlers, as they will not have access to the locomotives, and may need to rent the appropriate length and size of lines. With its rich history in global politics, trade, and exploration, the Panama Canal remains one of the engineering marvels of the world. Sailors and tourists alike have come to appreciate its travel advantages, Central American charm, and the simple wonder of experiencing one of the wonders of the world.

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CHAMPAGNE AND CAVIAR PROVENANCE AND PEARLS BY GORDON HALL OO MANY WINE MERCHANTS THESE DAYS ‘GUARANTEE’ THE provenance of a case of wine or provide a particular vintage without really knowing its desirability or suitability for the occasion. When it comes to the acquisition of fine wine it is so important to be aware of its background, its origins and how or where it has been cellared. Regretfully it has been a surprisingly common practice for suppliers to Superyachts simply to provide the desired product without asking these vital questions. We know, we’ve had occasion to supply some of them from the UK and whilst we know all our wines personally we’ve never been asked to give this information. If not purchased directly from the Château or Domaine, then you really need to know and trust your merchant. In an ideal world the wine would only have passed from the grower directly to the merchant or into their bonded warehouse. More than two stops along the way are far from desirable and leave room for poor storage or even counterfeit goods in the finest and rarest wines. Some of the great names have ways of identifying individual bottles which helps confirm the authenticity of the wine if nothing else. For example Domaine de la Romanée Conti bottles are all individually numbered and Château Petrus has an especially discreet method of identification. Original wooden cases

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ABOVE: BELUGA CAVIAR

are like antique furniture and can also help build the picture of a wine’s journey, particularly in the case of very old vintages.

LEFT: GOLDEN OSCIETRE CAVIAR

Aside from establishing the trail of a wine, it’s also essential to consider the ‘drinkability’ of the vintage you are buying. Let’s take an example: a client asks for a bottle of 2004 Volnay, a disastrous year for red Burgundy and should be avoided, whereas the excellent vintages of 2009 or 2010 should be recommended if the wine is for drinking or the outstanding 2005 for keeping. That said, it’s always worth checking that the requested vintage is not a birthday or anniversary year, just in case it’s the date and not the wine that matters! An honourable merchant will do more than just sell, he or she will advise and inform too, building your palate profile along the way, even matching your dinner menu with the appropriate bottles.

Of the hundreds of different species of sturgeon, from which the eggs are harvested, just three are now generally

Equally important and digressing for a moment, is the

available and it is only in the Caspian Sea that the unique

provenance of your caviar. Food of the Gods, the very best caviar

combination of physical and climactic conditions are found for

was traditionally reserved for the Czars of Russia and Emperors

these magnificent aquatic dinosaurs to prosper.

of Manchuria. In Iran it was kept exclusively for the Shah and

Beluga is the largest of these splendid creatures and the

lesser mortals risked losing a hand if caught sampling its decadent

females can take up to 25 years to mature, some reaching up to

delights! Truly wild caviar is virtually a thing of the past now,

100 years of age. In length they can reach 5-7 m and in weight

largely thanks to pollution, poaching and over-fishing. Herein lie

500 kg is not out of the ordinary. They produce the most exquisite

more opportunities for skullduggery, check the source of your

and largest of grains that vary in colour from light to dark grey

caviar pearls as well as your champagne bubbles.

and have a mild, buttery flavour.

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silver or stainless steel which will destroy your precious pearls by oxidisation. A caviar dish set within a bowl of crushed ice is the perfect way to present caviar and it should be scooped vertically from the tin or dish. Not horizontally, please, as this might crush the grains. How much to serve? 25-50g per person, depending on how close your friends or how greedy your guests! Having chosen your preferred style of caviar the next important selection is the wine to accompany. Champagne, naturally, is a marriage made in heaven with caviar. The University of Reims has drawn a parallel between the fizz of the ocean and the fizz of Champagne, fine and persistent bubbles or pearls in both cases are a sign of pure quality and intense flavour. Classics such as Dom Perignon, maybe not ’59 as favoured by James Bond, rather 1996 or 2002 would be the order of the day. A little ABOVE: SEVRUGA CAVIAR

Oscietre comes next, a relatively petite fish weighing in at a mere 50-80 kg and requiring no more than 12-15 years to reach

2007 is an absolute delight. The family

maturity. The eggs offer a firmer consistency and come in a wide

have been based in the Champagne region

range of medium to large grain. The flavour is deeper and fuller

since the 17th century and are currently

with hues of light to dark brown according to the age of the fish.

one of the main owners of grand and

Occasionally a rare style appears that is ‘black as your hat’ in tone

premier cru vineyards. Their 17 hectare

and ultra-complex in taste.

holding is comprised mainly of Pinot Noir

Sevruga is the smallest and most common of the sturgeon

grapes. However the Grand Blanc, as the

and can produce after only seven years. The grain is small and

name suggests, is 100% chardonnay and

generally dark grey with a very rich, full flavour.

the luscious fruit comes from the Côte des

In addition to this glorious trio, is the exceptionally rare

Blancs and the Clos des Goisses. Hand-

golden caviar, highly prized due to its scarcity although the

picked and crafted from first press juice of

flavour is not necessarily superior. The pearls are a pale ivory

exclusively Premier and Grand Crus plots,

colour and experts are divided as to whether they come from

this gorgeous Champagne is aged for

an Oscietre of more than 60 years maturity or from any albino

a minimum of 5-7 years to develop

Beluga or Oscietre fish.

maximum complexity and bring out

Whichever style you prefer it is important to ensure both

the secondary and tertiary aromas

appearance and provenance of your caviar. Beluga is presented

that result from extended ageing

in an azure blue tin, Oscietre in golden yellow and Sevruga in

on lees. Pale golden appearance

regal red.

with a lively mousse and

Before serving your caviar, taste a little on the back of your

delicate nutty nose leads onto

hand in the ‘V’ between your thumb and forefinger. Simply take

an elegant, full-bodied palate

the eggs directly from your skin and pop gently in the mouth to

of ripe peaches and a rounded,

release and savour the delicate flavour. Afterwards rub the skin

lengthy finish. Perfect as an

on your hand, there should be no remaining smell. Unopened

apéritif or with caviar and all

tins may be kept in a refrigerator for about 2-3 months at a

things seafood.

temperature of 3˚C or 37˚F and larger sizes will benefit from being turned occasionally to redistribute the natural oils.

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less mainstream, Philipponnat Grand Blanc

Champagne

and

caviar may often be the star

Ready to dive in? Remove your caviar from the refrigerator

attractions but they can

around 15-45 minutes before serving but only open the tin

also play a supporting role:

at the very last minute. Remember the worst enemies of this

for a truly heavenly sensation

gastronomic delicacy are warmth and air. Caviar is very particular.

serve with scrambled eggs

Even the utensil used for serving is vital: choose from bone,

and lobster or some tiny

mother-of-pearl, Fabergé gold or amber, even plastic, but never

new potatoes.

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If not Champagne, or indeed vodka, then the perfect accompaniment for caviar simply has to be a great white Burgundy, again, the chardonnay grape but not over-oaked. Sometimes you just have to stick to the classics. An ideal partner would be a Chassagne Montrachet from Domaine Fontaine Gagnard. A small family producer with just 12 hectares of vineyards in Chassagne Montrachet, Volnay and Pommard. The jewels in their crown are tiny holdings of grand cru white CriotsBâtard Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet and Le Montrachet.

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Richard Fontaine, together with his wife Laurence (daughter of Jacques Gagnard) and daughter Celine, produce sublime traditionally made wines from hand-harvested grapes. Pure ripe fruit, gentle well-integrated oak and subtle minerality combine to give their individual style that works so well with caviar. Let’s not forget the white wines of Bordeaux are also superb partners ers for hâteau caviar. Domaine de Chevalier, Château Haut Brion and Château Fieuzal al are nd. All great names that spring to mind. three produce white wines that are a combination of Sauvignon Blancc and Semillon in varying blends. Domaine ine de wn for Chevalier is particularly well known its Graves white that is a blend of 70% gnon Sauvignon and 30% Semillon. Sauvignon solo will not get on with caviar but add an some luscious Semillon and they can really party together.

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BELOW: A VIEW FROM SHIRLEY HEIGHTS OF THE SHOW

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S YOU DRIVE OVER THE BROW OF THE HILL THAT

at 241 ft with Cpt. Tom Graham and the 185 ft The Wellesley

sweeps around and into Falmouth Bay you, for the first

with her job share Cpt. Graham Tindall, another yacht that always

time, catch sight of many of the 87 most beautiful

enjoys a good evening of fun with an owner, a cigar expert, who

charter yachts that the world has on offer, a surprising site as

enjoys supplying his guests, myself included, with a selection of

you will have no doubt just left the airport and meandered your

the best Havanas to be found. The smaller power yachts included

way through typical Caribbean countryside, the villages and

Sorana, 68 ft with Cpt. Jean-Marc Guevarra, Crystal Parrot 85 ft

fields of farm animals and egrets that live in harmony with them,

with the aptly named Cpt. Randy Boatright and the twin hulled

catching insects disturbed as they forage.

Ohana at 60 ft with Shannon Earle at the helm.

The yachts sit, awaiting the discerning Brokers that will

Sail yachts were not to be outdone, they came in many

be walking the marinas of English Harbour, The Yacht Club and

forms, the never to be forgotten Maltese Falcon with her unique

Falmouth Harbour and they all looked resplendent thanks to

profile and her Cpt. Robert Bell, the beautiful 180 ft Marie

the fastidious work of their hard working crew. The mix of power

and Wes Cooper and the smallest of the sail yachts the 45 ft

yachts, the 237 ft Axiomia with Cpt. Mark Giblin, one of the most

catamaran Vixen and Robin Maeder, of course also to be seen

successful charter yachts in the fleet, the retro 295 ft Nero and

and a vessel that took me on a day-sail, the retro schooner

her new Master Adrian Roche, famed not only as a great Charter

Germania Nova, 182 ft and Justin (The Cannon) Holvick, a

yacht experience but also for its wonderful dock hop parties, Siren

fabulous vessel that over the past few years has made the ACYM

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LEFT: ANN-MARIE MARTIN AND SIMON JOHNSON

their first stay-over before setting off to sail the Caribbean to the delight of guests and crew alike. There were many other fantastic yachts, too many to

BELOW: JENNY JANNION, PAUL DEETH AND DIANE FRASER

catalogue here, but you get the idea of the Show and why it draws in literally hundreds of Charter brokers from around the world, to inspect, to enjoy and to criticise, if criticism is in order. One enjoyable part of the Brokers week is to be fed during the daily on board lunches and often evening meals that push chefs, interior staff and crew to their limits of professionalism. All done in the hope that on returning to their offices around the world they will be able to recommend the yachts that they have experienced to their high net worth clients. It is as important to the Brokers to get it right, as it is to the crews of these exclusive floating resorts, a lot hangs in the balance for all concerned, including jobs and reputations, and it all starts here. The yachts have possibly already undergone a pre-season refit, following on from a busy summer season on both sides of the Atlantic, but the work never finishes for the deck crew. I always feel somewhat sorry for the gangway attendant; standing in the sun that, apart from the occasional shower, beats down on them relentlessly throughout the day, plenty of factor 50 and a good hat is in order here. The day for deck crew begins early, squeegees, shammyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and deck scrubbing brushes are their constant companions, even when finished, here, suddenly the heavens can open and it all begins again. Their day does not always finish early. Imagine your boss telling you that this evening you are to put on a fancy dress and make sure all guests

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are well catered too. Looking back in the years to come those

difficult, are not quite the same as on a large Superyacht. Good

nights will always bring a wry smile and it is a good incentive to

quality food, cooked to perfection and presented like a work

get a quality Captain’s ticket and have your own command, then

of art makes the grade, but on the big Ladies, well the galleys

you can inflict this amusing discipline on others less fortunate.

themselves have every conceivable piece of equipment installed

The stews are in no better a position, they also have to spring

to ensure that when a charter principal request the latest fad

clean the interior of the yacht every morning and make sure as

food, possibly that he came across just a short while ago in Davos,

visitors tour every crevice of the yacht, stray finger prints are duly

the Chef can smile and say no problem. Then he has to go online

removed, toilets are kept pristine and god forbid a stain on those

to some futuristic website to find out exactly what he has just

rather expensive carpets. Of course when it comes to party time

signed up to and produce. Being a Chef is not an easy vocation,

on board, after a quick wash and brush up deck crew are up and

remember most also have to feed the crew that can inhale food

at it, but for the girls it is a matter of perfection, make up and

and rarely compliment, but one that he can command a great

looking ones best, that is what I call dedication. I am not sure

salary for. If the food is not up to scratch during a charter you

but should not yachts provide the best make up available to the

can almost certainly say goodbye to those mega-tips that are

young ladies that inevitably adorn these palaces as an integral

common at the end of a successful cruise for all on board. But of

part of their employment contract. They should.

course, in the Caribbean getting the ingredients to create the best

Engineers, the dedicated men, and more recently, women

of cuisine is not that easy, the best steaks, the freshest fish (it is

who carry out this thankless task, mostly disappear from view

often said that most fish on board has flown further than it has

when there is action on board. Their job is just to keep it all

swum) the freshest vegetables, those simple things the guests

working, not only those expensive engines as their label attunes,

have requested that are not necessarily available locally, all of

but the galley, the cabins, the electronics for many, the tenders,

this has to be sourced and flown to the relevant destination, and

the cranes and all of those toys and let’s not forget the toilets, oh

quickly. Paperwork has to be completed, often in reams, customs

the toilets, the bane of every engineer’s life. Engineers earn their

have to be cleared and a great deal of money spent. But for a

salt and more than any other member of a good crew, apart from

Chef it is all worth it when he is called to the table, mostly when

the Captain and like Captains, are often kept on rotation, three

he would sooner be in his bunk, to applause and of course that

months on three off. A engineer has to be kept happy, after all did

final tip. Is it all worth it, of course it is.

I not read somewhere that a large modern yacht is as complicated

The Concours de Chef is now a staple of most Charter

as an Airbus A380, and on a yacht an Engineer has to know it all.

shows and it possibly originated here in Antigua many years ago.

Then we have the Chef, on the smaller yachts, where

All vessels are invited to take part, not everyone does, but it is an

expectations and the galley, where swinging a cat would be

accolade to win this prestigious award and can preclude many

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booked charter weeks. As mentioned, every size of yacht has

These ingredients could be sourced locally and having a

a different scale of galley, many Chefs on smaller vessels work

local supplier of quality was the order of the day. A Chef is only

alone in a confined space, on the larger vessels a full team can be

as good as the ingredients he has to work with, if it looks great

employed with space aplenty. Hence the competition in Antigua,

but tastes awful, under or over cooked, the wrong turf with the

as at the MYBA show to be held this year at Marina Port Vell,

wrong surf, or a starter that does not enthuse the pallet for the

Barcelona, is split by yacht length to give all involved a reasonable

main, or a dessert that does not clear the pallet enough to enable

chance of collecting the spoils on presentation night. The team

the dessert wine to strike the right notes, defeat follows.

of judges attend each competing yacht, score cards in hand and

But of course the Chef is out back, the table has to be

they are not unknown to think out loud. Perfection is the order of

presented perfectly, as do the Stewards and Stewardesses who

the day and a theme is given to the Chefs to adhere to, this year

are in the firing line of the very critical judges. Imagine having to

the entrants had to prepare a three course Caribbean surf & turf

keep the smile on your face as you hear criticism of your Chef,

luncheon with a tropical fruit dessert.

not easy and it is not unknown on the larger yachts to have each

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BELOW RIGHT: THE HISTORIC CLARENCE HOUSE

crew member linked into another crew member watching by a

only one glass of wine. They have to live for months without

hidden camera who gives radio instruction to ensure a glass is

seeing their wives and children, as do many crew, possibly the

filled, or a fallen knife is replaced instantly, nothing is allowed to

toughest task of all they have to endure. They have to keep within

go amiss as the team strives for perfection. The tables are also

budget and be good accountants, they have to come to terms

judged, Tablescaping is the technical term and whoever sets it up

with an encyclopaedia of rules and regulations and make sure

has to have the mind of a Sculptor, never wanting to produce two

they address, in our modern world, the foibles of the crew that

pieces of the same image, not easy to achieve and indeed often

have been handed the power to dictate, and if it all goes wrong,

the result of an over active brain.

and sometimes this happens and it is no fault of theirs, the buck stops with them.

THE RESULTS: YACHTS UP TO 126 FT:

On the final evening of the show the ACYM and MYBA held this year’s Soirée and auction in the setting of the

1st place P2 – Sheree Murrey

impeccably restored and historic Clarence House, that recently

2nd place Unbridled – Daniel Wright

played host to Prince Harry, it was well attended and money was

3rd place Toto – Lauren Loudon

raised for the English Harbour Charity that cares for the local children. Following this crew were also treated to another great

TABLESCAPING

night with entertainment supplied by Zoom Yachting Events,

1st place Toto – Charlotte Dell

nobody was forgotten.

2nd place Unbridled – Trista Pease

I can only admire the professionalism of all concerned, the organisers, the crew, the brokers, the marinas and the locals who

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all come together to make the ACYM the success again that it

1st place Excellence – Eric Davis

has been for over 55 years. On behalf of those who attended I

2nd place Remember When – Daniela Sanchez

applaud you all and sincerely look forward to edition 56 that will

3rd place At Last – Michael Power

be held between the 4th – 10th December 2017.

TABLESCAPING

Contact: www.antiguayachtshow.com

1st place Germania Nova – Katie Byng 2nd place Remember When – Bianca Frank YACHTS 164 FT AND OVER 1st place Trending – Charles Blacker 2nd place Elysian – Karl Elliot 3rd place Callisto – KDN Lyne TABLESCAPING 1st place Callisto – Olivia Cserjen 2nd place Mischief – Carli Botha Of course I have not mentioned the Captains, the Captain of a yacht has to be possessed of many facets, he has to be humble but firm, his crew have to enjoy working with him, something that is not always achieved but to climb the ladder of success his reputation is lauded and built in bars or on some despised social media site over many years. He has to speak many languages, know how to deal with officialdom, of which there is far too much. Far too many officials like to let it be known they are in charge, they have a job to do and can cause delay and problems, why, because they can. A Captain has to be diplomat, they have to mingle with others way above their station and they do it well and can tell a good story when dining with guests and remember,

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IN TRIBUTE – BETHANY SMITH 17.3.1998 – 14.3.2017 I took this photograph of Bethany at the 2016 ACYM, whilst sailing on Germania Nova. I feel it fully represents her love of sailing and the enthusiasm she had for her job. It is heart-wrenching to think that she is no longer with us after tragically falling from the yacht’s mast. Our magazine was going to press as we heard the news and after contacting her Mum she requested that we continue to publish and has written a short piece in honour of her daughter. Colin

“Bethany was a kind, talented, loving and passionate person. She lived her life to the full – she had a plan and she was making it happen. She loved the sea and everything to do with it, and she was happiest when she was sailing. I am honoured to have had her as a daughter and a friend. Bethany would want us all to make the most of what we have in our lives and not to waste a single precious moment.” Mum (Sarah Smith)

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A CRUISE AMONGST JEWELS

THE BEAUTIFUL ISLANDS OF ITALY BY FRANCESCO LUISE

ABOVE: VENTOTENE RIGHT: THE WATERS OFF CAPRI

O CRUISE THE ITALIAN ISLANDS IS CERTAINLY ONE

as they explore the local territory. Operating since 1847 out of

of the most exclusive experiences to be enjoyed in the

Naples, Luise has consistently showcased the region and in recent

Mediterranean. The islands are a world-famous mecca for

years have set up new office locations along the entire coast of

incredible natural beauty, exceptional food, and local folklore.

Italy, staffed by local experts, to expand the exclusive services

The clear blue waters of protected marine reserves teem with

they offer, including comprehensive concierge services and

dolphins and mythological creatures. It is here that yachts arrive

bespoke itineraries. Special consideration is given towards Italy’s

and guests marvel at the uncontaminated waters and step ashore to enjoy the islands’ fashions proudly displayed in their artisanal boutiques. The Tyrrhenian Sea is a favourite for superyacht Captains and guests alike due to safe anchorages, glamorous nightlife that is juxtaposed with ancient architectural masterpieces and areas where visitors can immerse themselves in the unique rich island landscapes that have sprung up over millennia from azure blue seas. It is in this landscape that the Luise Group has continued to assist superyachts

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LEFT AND FAR LEFT: PONZA BOTTOM: APPROACHING CAPRI

here the area of the Pontine are close, with Ponza and Ventotene the most prominent, renowned for their crystal-clear waters, productive fishing spots and protected marine areas. In fact, the Pontine are made up of six islands: Gavi, Zannone, Palmarola, Ventotene, Santo Stefano and the largest, Ponza. Ponza is famous for its magnificent reefs, antique winding streets and beaches and for its local distinct architecture. Of course, you cannot miss the small winding streets rich in the colours of the local artisanal shops. The most famous beach on magnificent islands and in particular those of the Tyrrhenian Sea,

the island, the Chiaia di Luna, boasts sand of the highest quality,

the Pontine near Rome, Capri and Ischia in the Gulf of Naples and

whereas the Baia Feola is known for its crystal clear natural pools.

the Aeolian in Sicily, which are considered to be among the jewels

Ventotene, Santo Stefano and Palmarola are among the most

of the Mediterranean. They offer an abundance of luxury ports

beautiful natural reserves in the world.

and marinas, extraordinary natural beauty and are rich in local traditions and culture.

From the Pontine a short cruise brings you quickly to the Gulf of Naples, approximately 30-45 miles based on the selected

For those coming from Rome, fresh from a visit to the

destination. Preferred itineraries for superyachts include Capri and

archeological and historical riches of the Roman Empire, the ideal

Ischia, the most famous islands in the area. Capri is well known

place to embark is at the port of Ostia, where alongside berthing

for its vivid nightlife, exclusive boutiques such as Bulgari and Louis

is available up to 65 m, or alternatively yachts may wait at anchor

Vuitton, the romantic Grotta Azzurra and long leisurely lunches

for guests to arrive, easing the burden for captains and crew. From

on the Faraglioni. The touristic port of Capri can accommodate

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RIGHT: CAPRI BELOW RIGHT AND BOTTOM: LIPARI

yachts up to 60 m with commercial yachts also able to use the commercial quay with permission from the Harbour Master. Just a few miles distant you have the island of Ischia, which enchants visitors with its natural beauty, the Giardino della Mortelle park and numerous thermal baths at luxury hotel resorts and spas. The port in fact is aptly called the Lacco Ameno â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Seventh Heaven Yacht Club.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Both islands boast world famous restaurants including the Dani Maison, with its two Michelin stars. Michelin di Ischia by Chef Nino di Costanzo or Da Paolino in Capri, are both famous for their romantic lemon groves that welcome guests upon arrival and provide shade for diners during lunch. From the Gulf of Naples, the tour continues to the

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Southern part of the Tyrrhenian Sea, in the direction of Sicily, with

largest island is Lipari where one can visit the Acropolis with its

a stop at the famed Aeolian archipelago made up of seven islands:

Neolithic bronzes which are an incredible example of Greek and

Lipari, Stromboli, Vulcano, Panarea, Salina, Filicudi and Alicudi. The

Roman culture. The Terme of San Calogero, which was put into

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RIGHT: ISCHIA BELOW: LIPARI BOTTOM: TYPICAL AEOLIAN ARCHITECTURE

use in 1872 and the 11th Century castle constructed on a singular

When one arrives in the Aeolian Islands the first thing

50 m high volcanic rock that hovers over the Tyrrhenian Sea, are

that enchants is the clarity of the water and the island’s peculiar

both majestic.

architecture. A typical Aeolian house is designed around a type of modular cube where other sections can be added horizontally or vertically. The result is a construction that resembles a prism, on one or two levels, marked with numerous doors and windows. White and various shades of light blue are colours you see throughout the islands. The land almost seems sunburnt, a typical characteristic of these volcanic areas and a reminder of the presence of Stromboli. Despite being an active volcano, excursions can be organised here. The ancient ‘citadelle’ called ‘castle’ by the Aeolian people, overlooks the historical centre and the ancient Acropolis is now home to a prominent archaeological museum, with its collection of masks, prehistoric, classical and maritime sections. Inside the fortress area the Cathedral, Norman Cloister and Archaeological Park are also worth a visit. The Patronal Feast on 24th August is dedicated to St. Bartholomew, considered the patron saint of fishermen. This feast is celebrated on every island of the Aeolians, but without doubt the festival takes place par excellence in Lipari on August 24th, with a procession that winds around the centre of the island and is complimented by fireworks that delight both children and adults alike. The feast itself takes place around the Marina Corta square which is illuminated by the magnificent display of fireworks, which are also set off from barges at sea to enhance

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RIGHT: PANAREA BELOW RIGHT: ISOLA VULCANO BOTTOM RIGHT: EOLIE

the spectacle. During these four days of celebration there are also quaint markets with local artists performing in the evenings. Inside Lipari’s historical centre sits St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral that is enriched by a particular silver statue which was sculptured in 1728 and placed in a small chapel to thank the Patron Saint for saving the inhabitants of Lipari from an earthquake that shook the island on 11th January 1693. This statue is adorned and carried in the procession on the 24th of August throughout the entire town to represent the gratitude of the citizens. Lipari is not only history; it is also tradition that can be discovered through its local products. Guests love visiting local vineyards and wineries where the modern means of cultivation and wine-making are fused together with the most ancient

Gusts shouldn’t miss a visit to the mud bath, a natural outdoor

methods of production. There they can discover the aromas,

sulphur mud pool, located very close to the port area. Next to

flavours and colours of local wines and typical specialties of

it and connected, sit the hot springs which are a must after the

the Aeolian cuisine such as capers, olives and local cheeses,

mud bath. In the small village on Vulcano island is a geothermic

surrounded by the green of suggestive landscapes, this where

centre, a private facility where guests can enjoy a soak in various

the sea really joins the sky. In the exclusive area reserved for guests at ‘Le Piscine di Eolo’, a display by the folkloristic group ‘Cantori popolari delle Isole Eolie’ can be arranged to enhance this unique backdrop. Since 1972 the the group have entertained and emotionally touched many generations of people. The magnificent island of Panarea is a natural reserve while the darling island of Salina, namely ‘salt mill’ in English for its production of sea salt, is also well known for its prestigious wine production of Malvasia delle Lipari, and its production of capers. Vulcano offers a natural pool of thermal mud and volcanic vents that fill the air with an intense smell of sulphur.

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LEFT: LIPARI BELOW LEFT: STROMBOLI

The typical colours and charm of the Aeolian island’s characterise the local handicraft and in particular the production of ceramics that are evident in the artisanal boutiques throughout

the

island.

Aeolian ceramics are made using ancient traditions that have regained strength and popularity

thanks

to

the

dedication and the work of a new generation, who have combined these old processing techniques with

modern

The

archipelago

technology. offers

its

visitors the possibility of visiting typical

ceramic

workshops

water temperatures in several different pools which are located

where local craftsmen create ceramic tiles, plates and other

inside a private lush green open garden. The facility also boasts

interesting objects that can be viewed as they are created and

an exceptional massage centre. For more active visitors, a hike up

it is even possible to request your own unique piece to be made

to the crater on Vulcano island offers one a chance to experience

to your design to remind you of your journey through this

a typical Aeolian landscape and the sulphur smoke on arrival

legendary seascape.

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makes for incredible sensory experience. Here there are breathtaking views of all the other islands in the area. A berth can be arranged in Vulcano at the ‘Baia Levante’ which is a private dock, located close to the main village and within walking distance from the start point for the excursion to the crater.

Contact: francesco.luise@luise.com

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AN AMAZING DESTINATION BY LINDA CARTLIDGE

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OATING AND SAILING HAS LONG BEEN ASSOCIATED

from the subcontinent 300 years later and spread rapidly.

with the Sri Lankan culture and heritage, its origins going

Buddhism and a sophisticated system of irrigation became

back centuries to the country’s fishing community.

the pillars of classical Sinhalese civilization (200 BC-1200 AD)

Sri Lanka, an island nation located south of the Indian sub-

that flourished in the north-central part of the island. Invasions

continent, was known earlier as ‘Ceylon’ and for many centuries

from southern India combined with internecine strife pushed

as the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’. Separated from India by a few

Sinhalese kingdoms southward.

nautical miles along the narrow Palk Straits, Sri Lanka is located

Sri Lanka has a rich history and is primarily a Buddhist

north of the east-west international shipping corridor in the Indian

country, invaded for its natural resources such as spices, gems,

Ocean and an amazing destination for superyachts.

elephants, natural harbours and latterly for its strategic location

It is widely believed the Sinhalese came to Sri Lanka from

in the Indian Ocean. Despite influence from the invaders, Sri

northern India during the 6th century BC. Buddhism arrived

Lanka has managed to retain her unique culture, language

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ABOVE: THE BEACH AT BERUWALA

(Sinhala), proud history and her gracious hospitality. Wherever

coast near the bottom tip of the island. Once the primary port,

you may go, you will always be greeted by smiles and the

much of the international shipping traffic was switched to

greeting ‘Ayubowan’ which translates as ‘May you live longer!’

Colombo, now the main port, in the late 19th century. A yacht

The intriguing culture and stunning natural coastal beauty

marina is under development in Hambantota and Sri Lanka also

of Sri Lanka is simply beyond description with both contributing

has plans of developing a port at Trincomalee. The international

to an increasing number of visiting superyachts. It’s no secret

airport is located at Katunayake, 35 kilometres north of Colombo.

now how less expensive Asian cruising destination regions are,

Highways and roadways around the capital are in good condition

as well as much less crowded and cleaner than the Med and

and being upgraded.

Caribbean destinations.

LEFT: THE VIEW OVER TO THE PORT OF GALLE FROM THE OLD FORT

Asia Pacific Superyachts Sri Lanka Managing Director,

The only port that can provide mooring for pleasure

Priyantha Perera, can advise on moorings and restrictions at Galle,

yachts in Sri Lanka is Galle Harbour, located on the southwestern

as space is limited. He notes there are important procedures for

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ABOVE: SUNSET OVER A BLISSFUL SRI LANKAN VISTA

Captains to be made aware: ‘For example, at the moment no boat

The proposed development to be carried out by the Sri

can cruise around the country at will without obtaining Defence

Lankan Port Authority (SPLA) is expected to provide a state-of-

Ministry & Sri Lanka Custom Approval. Although the Defence

the-art yacht marina to upgrade facilities as well as to attract

Ministry has relaxed its stance with regard to cruising around, you

more vessels. SLPA say it expects to provide berthing facilities

need to provide an itinerary of the cruise with full details of the

to passenger vessels of 300 m in length and cargo vessels of

guests on board the cruise to the Sri Lanka Navy and the Coast

200 m in length that have a depth of 10 m and 10.9 m,

Guard. You are not permitted to change the route at short notice

respectively by constructing breakwaters to cover the effects of

without prior approval from the Defence Ministry.’

waves in the Galle Bay area.

‘Sri Lanka Customs does not permit any beach landings

Priyantha shared an experience shared by several of the

to be carried out at the moment’, he added, ‘If any boat is

guests from the 301.84 foot custom Neorion motor yacht Queen

required to carry out a beach landing, a Customs Officer needs

Mira by while docked in the Port of Galle. ‘The visitors enjoyed a

to be either on board the boat or at the location intending to

Galle City Tour with a surprise ending, when on a safari to the Yala

carry out the beach landing; i.e. to supervise the disembarkation/

National Park they got more than they bargained for – first an

embarkation. Compulsory visas for all yacht crew are needed

unexpected viewing of an elephant crossing their path, followed by

in advance and all vessels calling into Sri Lanka are required to

a leopard!’ Wildlife is easily viewed on the island and a visit to Yala

appoint a local agent to complete their paperwork and for any

National Park offers a prime opportunity to see and take photos of

other requirements of the vessel.’

herds of wild elephants, leopards, reptiles and exotic birds.

Helicopter tours for privately owned helicopters are

Priyantha’s vast experience covers several decades of

permitted, reports Priyantha, with the condition that ‘No night

providing agency services to ships calling in the Ports of Sri Lanka.

flying’ is allowed. During flight times a Sri Lankan Air Force Officer

Assisting and providing service to the first superyacht to call under

must on board the helicopter at all times. This movement also

his company in 2011, he went on to become recognized as the

requires advance Defence Ministry clearance.

leading agent of service for superyachts calling in to Sri Lanka,

Regarding plans for future expansion, the director explains,

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reporting on visiting superyachts.

‘There are talks of plans to set up a marina that will accommodate

‘A visit by MY Queen Miri in November was followed in

the “big boats”, while the third phase of the Hambantota

January by MY Talisman and MY Intrepid was in Galle during

Port, located deep down in the Southern District and built by

the same time MY Talisman C was in Port. MY Laurel L called in

the Chinese, is also looking at constructing a cruise terminal

Colombo for Dry Dock Repairs and SY Hemisphere arrived in Galle

and marina’.

on 16th February 2017’, reports Priyantha Perera. Hemisphere

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THIS PAGE: JUST SOME OF THE WILDLIFE THAT CAN BE SEEN IN YALA NATIONAL PARK

is the world’s largest luxury catamaran. Launched in 2011, this

BERUWALA AND PASIKUDA

stunning 44.2 m (approximately 145 feet) sailing vessel was

Ideal conditions for sailing are during the season of October to

designed by Van Peteghem Lauriot Prévost.

March. The beautiful coastal resort area of Pasikuda which offers

These visits by superyachts over the past few months

one of the world’s most gorgeous beaches can also be explored

reflect the growing attraction to Sri Lanka, an attraction supported

during the months of April to September where the weather is

by a new initiative from the Government to entice more visitors

more favourable.

seeking unique tropical adventures. The Sri Lanka government has announced plans, with the launch of themed tourism development zones, of a public-private sector initiative backed by the Ministry of Lands, the Ministry of Tourism and the Sri Lanka Tourism Club – a government-recognised group of industry leaders. So, what are some of the more enticing cruising options and best time to visit? From October to April the bay is blue and the sea is calm with light winds and blue sky during the six months, with all the conditions right to enjoy some wonderful cruising experiences. CRUISING The main cruising destinations in Sri Lanka consist of the NorthEast coast and the Southern coast which boasts of some of the most pristine beaches of the world. Priyantha Perera can craft a unique itinerary for superyacht guests that can include one-ofa-kind events as well as sampling of the best of traditional Sri Lankan cuisine. Authentic experiences can be arranged, such as ‘Stilt Fishing’, found nowhere else in the world!

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Cruise along the beautiful coastal belt of Bentota and Beruwala with a stopover in a picturesque cove for a private swim or paddle board. Or, set off in the afternoon on a sailing cruise

ABOVE: PASIKUDA LEFT: TRINCOMALEE

– ideal for the adrenaline junkie and a memorable experience when exploring beautiful Barberyn Island. The island is perfect for snorkelling and a relaxing swim before enjoying a beautiful sunset

BOTTOM LEFT: TRADITIONAL SRI LANKAN STILT FISHING

while enjoying a glass of wine on the way back to Beruwala. GALLE AND TRINCOMALEE The serene waters of Galle and Trincomalee are perfect for dolphin and whale watching with the best time from August to March during the North East monsoon season. Highlights also include deep sea angling, whale and dolphin watching along with water sports such as surfing, scuba diving, kite surfing, jet skiing, rowing and kayaking along with paddle board and motor boat exploration. MIRISSA Mirissa is well known for its pristine beaches, water sports and luxurious villas; it’s also a harbour for starting off many water sports, sailing and cruising. BOLGODA LAKE The Bolgoda Lake is found in a prime locality within the city limits of Colombo a popular sailing destination. Located towards

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ABOVE: A HILL COUNTRY TEA PLANTATION RIGHT: A VIEW OVER GALLE BOTTOM RIGHT: THE OLD DUTCH MARKET

the South part of Colombo within the suburbs of Piliyandala, the Bolgoda Lake is considered one of the country’s largest freshwater bodies. Located along the lake is the Ceylon Motor Yacht Club, offering waterskiing, windsurfing and a number of motor boat activities that can be enjoyed by the more adventurous guests. The club represents Sri Lanka in a number of International events and takes sailing very seriously. YACHTING ALONG THE SOUTHERN COAST According to the season your voyaging can be from Trincomalee to Batticaloa and from Mirissa to Galle. Embraced with golden sunsets and the fresh saline breeze of the Indian Ocean, the Southern Coast is well known by locals and celebrated by visitors, which includes the less recognised towns of Weligama and Mirissa. After enjoying Sri Lanka’s unique shore attractions the visiting vessel could start off with a three day cruise, departing from Mirissa to Weligama Bay, Jungle Beach and Rumassala; and back to Mirissa. During the stay guests can go whale and dolphin watching, snorkelling, swimming and laze away on golden beaches. LAND ADVENTURES Hill Country Head into the Hill Country and the lush, rolling hills of the tea plantations, famous for exporting Ceylon black tea. The best way to travel is with a 4-wheel drive vehicle

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into the well-maintained national parks where you can capture

The turtle hatcheries collect eggs from the beaches and look

amazing images of wildlife.

after them until its time to hatch. Afterwards, they release the

The land offers palm-studded strips of sparkling coastlines

ABOVE: THE VIEW DOWN THE ELLA GAP

hatchlings to the sea.

reaching up to the luxuriant hills of deepest emerald. Exotically steeped in mystery, the vibrant culture of this deeply Buddhist

Hiyare Reservoir & Sanctuary

republic commands a closer look. A day or two of touring

A 600 acre, secondary lowland rainforest, fringing the Hiyare

provides many delights, including the following near Galle.

reservoir it is a haven to an amazing number of endemic flora and fauna.

Tour of the Galle Fort Declared as an UNESCO World Heritage Site for its unique

Kathaluwa-Purwarama Temple, Koggala

exposition of an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction

This temple built in the 13th century and influenced by Dutch and

of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the

British architecture besides the architecture of the Kandyan era.

16th to the 19th centuries. Arugam Bay Old Dutch Market

An easy-going beach village offering Sri Lankaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best surfing, great

The local bazaar stands on its 300 year old columns and tiled

lagoon trips and a variety of wildlife-spotting opportunities. Perfect

roof trading in fruits and vegetables of all descriptions.

place to unwind, eat seafood and enjoy a mellow party scene.

Martin Wickremasinghe Folk Art Museum

Ella

Martin Wickremasinghe (born in 1890) was one of the greatest

The rustic village sheltered in a serene valley awards a view

writers in Sri Lanka. He wrote many novels and scientific publications

through Ella Gap to the plain nearly 1000 m below; or across the

which depicted rural life and natural ecosystems of Sri Lanka.

coast to the Great Basses Reef lighthouse.

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Handunugoda Tea Factory Experience the flavours and techniques of the manufacture of the famous Sri Lankan tea. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no doubt Sri Lanka is set to attract more superyachts and Koggala-Habaraduwa Turtle Hatchery

right at hand to help is Priyantha Perera, welcoming enquiries at:

Watch the baby turtles at play and the endangered adult turtles.

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THE RORC CARIBBEAN 600 RACE 9TH EDITION – FEBRUARY 2017 BY JOHN BURNIE – PHOTOGRAPHY BY TIM WRIGHT

OME YEARS AGO, FOLLOWING THE ANTIGUA

The spectacle of the start off Fort Charlotte was enough

Charter Show and Christmas, I used to get the feeling that

to bring goose bumps to all watching or participating as the fleet

there was a slight ‘pause’ in the Antigua Caribbean Season

powered up towards the start line off the Pillars of Hercules, an

during January and February as the various vessels headed off

iconic image to be savoured. Two magnificent Schooners Adela

on a cruise. In recent years however there has been a complete

and Eleonora were entered in the Superyacht Class this year, both

reversal of that trend – in January and February the docks of

vying for the spoils in this magnificent challenge. Captain Greg

English and Falmouth Harbour are full to the brim.

Norwood Perkins and his team on Adela are a regular feature

Two recent events that have contributed to this change

of this annual offshore event. Having won her class in the past,

are the Antigua Superyacht Challenge which takes place at the

and almost winning the prestigious IRC overall trophy, Adela was

end of January and latterly the RORC Caribbean 600 which

looking resplendent after her recent refit at Pendennis. Perkins had

takes place during the third week of February. During this period

a top crew on board (many of whom are captains themselves)

Antigua has definitely become the place to be.

including Hugh Agnew, Joph Carter, Jules Salter, Alex Howard, Bear

Now in its 9th edition, the RORC Caribbean 600 attracted

Wynne, Neil Mackley and Scott Zebney to name but a few. It was

a record entry of 86 yachts including three yachts entered in the

good to see Pendennis Joint MD Henk Weikens still keeping his

Superyacht Division. This classic offshore race is unique in that

skills alive as a deckhand!

it is the only classic 600 mile event in the world that invites

No less a spectacle was the magnificent schooner Eleonora,

Superyachts to compete against each other, head to head, under

exhibiting all the romance of a maxi classic from another era.

IRC and CSA handicap.

Under the Captaincy of Brendan McCoy the yacht was on charter

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this year with a group led by David Aisher, Past Commodore of

able to finish the course in a reasonable time. The light airs did

the RORC and Past Rear Commodore Racing of the RYS. David

come as predicted – but so did strong winds that came from every

was admirably keeping up the tradition of a partial RORC team

point of the compass. In one notable 12 hour period the winds

clubbing together to make an individual and interesting entry. On

were consistently NW which meant that many of the fleet did not

board with David was Justin Slawson, Barney Sandeman, Kathy

have the usual wind shadow on the west side of Guadeloupe, one

Young from the New York Yacht Club and Prince Christophe,

of the race’s big obstacles in normal trade winds.

Prince of Schleswig-Holstein. Brendan McCoy has a broad and

In the Superyacht start sequence the easterly wind was

hardworking permanent crew on board including up-the-rig

light to moderate, but with enough breeze to fill the sails of the

‘danger man’ Mike Harrison from Annapolis. The yacht looked

schooners – and allowed Shamanna to power off the line looking as

splendid and traditional with its ensign and burgee in the Royal

though she meant business. Adela at the same time got the better

Yacht Squadron livery.

of Eleonora and eased away into a comfortable and extending lead.

The third yacht entered in the Superyacht class was the

Shamanna showed her modern pedigree design and sailed on to

recently launched Swan 115 Shamanna – no less magnificent

score a very solid race result. Snapping at the heels of the bigger

but somewhat more modern in design than the two schooners.

yachts in the grand prix racing fleet she claimed a very good win in

Owner Anders Nordquist and Captain Daniel Calascione have a

the Superyacht Division in a time of 3 days, 1 hour 44 mins 2 secs.

regular crew that race with them that featured well known Volvo

Eleonora had more work on to keep their massive hull moving in

sailors like Gurra Krantz and a mix of Maltese ‘mafia’ such as

the light air and, despite some exciting sailing and making a good

Christian Ripard, Christo and Tommy Ripard – as well as regulars

passage to Les Saints near Guadeloupe, the crew had to call it a day

such as Tim Davies, Jordi Henderson and Jareese Finch.

with poor prospects of making the finish in a reasonable time. There

One thing that really stood out in the build up to the 2017

have been unsubstantiated rumours and allegations made that

RORC Caribbean 600 was undoubtedly the weather pattern that

the ice and Rose wine had run out which was prejudicial to their

was expected to develop. With a complex frontal system passing

decision! Adela sailed on in the difficult and fickle wind conditions.

slowly over the Leeward Islands navigators and tacticians kept

Despite the crews best efforts she too eventually was forced

scratching their heads, fully occupied as to what would eventually

to make for home on the leg back to Barbuda, having rounded

unfold. Many of the heavier and slower yachts feared that the

Desirade and having sailed more than ¾ of the way though the

associated light airs in the system would prove their undoing and

course, a supreme effort considering the light air. One great thing

even though there is no timescale to the race they would not be

about the RORC Caribbean 600 is that the course allows yachts to

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make for home at various points if needed. No one wants to retire

port, bravely powering through a gap in the fleet to grab an early

from a race – but with a big crew and flights to catch, the options

lead. On board was Lionel’s Whitbread RTWR colleague from

to continue are not always realistic.

their winning yacht Esprit d’Equipe, Luc Poupon. Luc was also the

Almost everyone who participated in the race this year had

co-founder of Les Voiles de St Bart’s – another of the Caribbean’s

a story to tell. At the outset there was speculation that, due to the

stand out regattas. Leopard 3, with Captain Chris Sherlock and

light airs, the race could be won by a smaller yacht. How wrong

navigator Campbell Field immediately engaged with George

that was. Looking at the results the big boats certainly prevailed

David’s Rambler 88 with Brad Butterworth on board and a host of

and ‘the rich got richer!’ In a sense there were almost three races

sailing stars including Jan Dekker. Leopard 3 has beaten Rambler

that took place this year – the front of the pack that stretched

88 a few times in light airs recently – so there was an edge of

their leads, then a second and third batch of boats in Class 1 and

expectancy between the two maxi flyers. As it turned out the

2 who raced in very different conditions to score the next sets of

larger (or faster) yachts manged to stay slightly ahead for most

results, just behind the leaders.

of the course and as a result Leopard 3 had to play catch up to

The leading Multihulls, due to their speed, manged to sail

Rambler 88 for most of the race. In the end Rambler 88 took the

many parts of the course in a manner that was probably not that

spoils winning the class, with SFS second and Leopard 3 third.

different to a normal trade wind year. Most interesting is to look

Sadly Maverick was forced to retire.

at the trackers and compare Phaedo’s Rhumb line against slower

In the smaller classes the yachts were engaged in a

boats, particularly noting the third leg directly to Nevis from

completely different race of their own due to entirely different

the Barbuda mark, many of the smaller boats had a torrid time

wind conditions throughout the course. Despite these very

here, tacking or gybing in light airs on a leg that would normally

challenging conditions most of the fleet did managed to complete

be a fast broad reach in a straight line. This was to be the case

the race albeit taking up to 20 – 30 hrs longer than one would

throughout the race – boats had to sail in wind directions that

expect. The victors in the smaller classes were Redshift / El Ocaso,

were totally alien to any of the expected trade winds.

a well-known Caribbean yacht chartered by Robert Hillier, with

The MOD 70 multihull Phaedo, with Lloyd Thornburg

Jonty Layfield’s Swan 48 Sleeper (ex-Jacobite) runner up and Ross

on board with his usual crew including Brian Thompson, Miles

Appleby’s Scarlet Oyster third. Local Antiguan resident Bernie

Seddon and famous French sailor Michel Desjoyeaux, prevailed in

Evan-Wong participated in the race again on his Reichel Pugh

the multihull class again – but in a hotly contested race against

38 TAZ. Bernie and his regular crew finished a creditable 1st in

the foiling MOD 70 Maserati. The usual crew were on board

class and 5th overall. Special mention must be given to James

the Italian yacht including Giovani Soldini and Pierre Casiraghi.

Heald and Ben Harris competing two handed on James’s Swan 45

Amazingly the multihulls were close to the record time until the

Nemesis – they finished on Friday and came straight to the prize

last quarter of the race when the lighter air saw Phaedo finish in

giving – what stamina!

1 day 9 hrs 20 min 46 sec and Maserati a mere 12 min or so

The parties and prize giving held at the Antigua Yacht Club

behind her. The burgeoning multihull class had no less than seven

were memorable as usual. The RORC really does know how to run

yachts competing this year with a wide spectrum of design,

this regatta well – two great parties with a legendary race held

including Greg Slyngstad’s radical looking Fujin as well as Fred

in-between. The formula is truly excellent. I doubt many will rate

Ball’s classic looking Lucky Strike. Michael Butterfield was unlucky

the 2017 wind conditions as memorable in any fond sense (unless

to lose his rig (all crew safe and uninjured) on his Dazzcat Dazzla

you like racing in fickle wind) – but it made the course extremely

in a squall off St Martin – especially as this was essentially a very

challenging for the crews, helms, tacticians and navigators. The

light airs race.

RORC Caribbean 600 yet again has proved to be anything but

Class Zero attracted the usual clutch of world class sailing boats, including Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente and George Sakellaris’s

boring repetition. Here’s looking forward to the regatta’s 10th anniversary in 2018!

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Proteus. These two Maxi 72’s have dominated the high end of grand prix racing for the past few years and both have won the

Contact:

Caribbean 600 race before. Bella Mente was victorious this year

John.Burnie@berthon.co.uk

with Proteus chasing them closely to gain a second place. Another stand out spectacle, particularly at the start, was

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John Burnie was a Co-Founder of the RORC Caribbean 600 race

the canting keel class which included three Volvo 70’s, Leopard

with Stan Parson and Eddie Warden Owen, the CEO of RORC.

3, Rambler 88 plus the interesting and technical yacht with foil

He has participated in 8 of the Caribbean 600 races, winning the

appendages, the Infiniti 46 Maverick. On SFS (ex-Puma), Lionel

multihull class twice with Route du Rhum sailor Claude Thelier on

Pean showed courage and determination by starting inshore on

the Orma 60 REGION GUADELOUUPE (ex- PRIMAGAZ)

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miles of land over 181 islands smack in the middle of the Atlantic.

should be no surprise that it takes a whole island to create an

Some of the friendliest people in the world, Bermudians are

event worthy of the oldest trophy in international sport.

apparently not lacking in ambition either. in addition to hosting

The America’s Cup, stuff of legend at 166 years old, and

the America’s Cup this summer, with its Louis Vuitton Qualifying

pre-dating the modern Olympics by close to 50 years, is coming

and Playoff Series leading up to the main event, they are also

soon to the tiny island nation of Bermuda. Bermudians deserve

welcoming several additional sailing events – the Rendezvous Tall

their rightful reputation for hospitality, for they have stepped up

Ships Regatta, the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, the America’s

to the plate and have accepted their own challenge to pull off an

Cup Superyacht Regatta, and even a J-Class Regatta. This is

America’s Cup perhaps more exciting and better organised than

possibly the heaviest competitive and varied racing schedule

ever before – a logistical nightmare and sweet dream all in one.

ever seen anywhere, anytime. What a beautiful spectacle it will

Bermuda, a safe haven for pirates and sailors for eons and

be for those lucky enough to score some of the few, hideously

beloved by modern honeymooners and golfers alike, famed for

expensive accommodations on the island, able to charter a yacht,

pink sand beaches, diving, sportfishing, luxury hotels, world-class

or even fly in and out for the day, on one of the specially arranged

gastronomy – and of course, sailing – occupies but 21 square

daily charter junkets. And then you have the Superyacht crowd,

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expecting the highest level of everything they’ve come to expect

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worldwide. So how will they pull it off? In a word – partnerships. Without a doubt, the America’s Cup Event Authority team, headed by the dynamic lawyer and international sports organiser Sam Hollis, are incredibly well-organised themselves. Holding also the title and responsibility as General Counsel for the defenders, Team Oracle USA, Sam began his stellar AC career in 2010 in advance of the 34th edition in San Francisco. The stunning upset and hard-fought win by Team Oracle in 2013 began the journey to Bermuda. Sam’s leadership and teambuilding strategy has been extraordinary, an inspiration to create a powerful cooperative effort by governments, racing authorities, and yacht industry powerhouses unlike anything ever seen before in racing history. The Bermudian government has been inspired to take many extraordinary steps, including opening their island for charter for the first time ever, for a month before and after the America’s Cup. Bermuda’s Premier, the Hon. Michael Dunkley

catamarans with their towering wing sails achieving up to 50

emphasised the team spirit, saying ‘everyone here has come

knot speeds, sailing almost directly on shore. Infrastructure has

together to ensure that the 2017 America’s Cup will run like

been developed by building or upgrading three marina facilities

clockwork’. They have built a man-made island in the Bermuda

including the AC Marina on Hamilton’s Front Street, the Hamilton

Sound, housing the America’s Cup Village, which is home to the

Princess Marina and what the Premier calls the AC’s ‘beating

six team compounds, and offers front-row seats to spectators

heart’, the historic Royal Naval Dockyard. Modern mooring

and fans of the breathtakingly fast racing afforded by the new

systems have been added, in addition to portable and evacuation

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The three marinas will be home to another distinct partnership feature of the 35th AC, the Superyacht Program. Developed and marketed together with international yacht agency leaders BWA Yachting, the Superyacht Program is hosting 52 superyachts with exclusive and intimate access to the excitement of the America’s Cup. Coordinated by BWA VP for the Americas, Laura Esteve, they have created a package that includes dockage, added to a full schedule of racing and social events for superyacht owners that sets an exemplary standard of service and hospitality. The AC Superyacht Program offers the yacht and guests direct access to watch the excitement of the racing, from the deck of their VIP-flagged yacht, and

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Perhaps even more important, Laura and her 12-person

includes invitations to events such as the Superyacht Gala, Prize

strong BWA team onsite, with the support of local company

Giving ceremonies, cocktail parties – basically, anything desired

Bermuda Yacht Services, will offer concierge services to help

is possible – from riding on official AC chase boats to follow

with the complicated logistics of delivering essential supplies

the races, tours of team bases and the AC Village, personalised

such as provisions, fuel, accommodation and transportation. The

shopping or island tours, Front Street High Teas, playing tennis

Superyacht Program essentially bring the America’s Cup to a

or golf with world-famous pros, to invitations to meet the racing

personal level never before available to the yachting community.

teams and be part of press conferences, photo opportunities with

‘It’s has been like creating a family’ says Esteve ‘working with the

the AC Trophy Cup itself – the list goes on and on.

ACEA, who are so incredibly supportive, we now have a platform

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five bespoke boats that are being shipped to Bermuda beginning

Capt. Linebaugh for one, is convinced that between the

April 1st to support their contract to always provide four boats

ACEA, BWA Yachting, Insetta, with the help of many so capable

during racing events. This allows for a ‘hot’ spare vessel, should it

partners, and most importantly, the support of the warm-

be needed. They will also build a support facility, with spares and

hearted, capable people and government of Bermuda, they are

service items and bring in personnel, captains and technical staff

up to the job of hosting the world’s most exciting and oldest

to ensure their safe and capable participation in every event.

sporting event. ‘Yes, for sure, everything will stretched to the

Superyachts attending the America’s Cup regattas and

max on island during the AC, the entire grid, from water to fuel

participating in the Superyacht Program are not immune to

and electricity, the roads – but with the quality of the people of

the needs of intense advance planning. Laura Esteve and her

Bermuda, their education, above all, their work ethic and natural

BWA Yachting team have already been in constant contact with

sense of hospitality, I have confidence that they can deliver a

their clients for many months, working with them to make

world class event.’

their lists of requirements are available far ahead of arriving

So, fear not, fans of the history, tradition and grand

in Bermuda. The yachts will need to be stocked up with dry

spectacle that is the America’s Cup and yachting enthusiasts

goods and technical supplies and items that must be supplied

worldwide can feel confident that the 35th edition of 2017

on island such as produce, dairy and fresh fish or meats. Some of

on the scenic island of Bermuda will be an event like no other

these will need to be flown in or literally grown locally in order

– a class act, all organised and deliver safely, in ship shape and

to insure availability.

Bristol fashion. See you on the race course! And don’t forget

Captains have to also think of every necessity, as Capt.

your shorts!

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David Linebaugh, whose 45 m yacht Balaju is hospitality yacht for sponsors Butterfield Bank, noted ‘we had to do everything from

Author Norma Trease has participated in countless superyacht

acquiring a special dispensation from our Cayman Island flag state

regattas, and attended numerous America’s Cups since her first

to allow excess passengers aboard to watch the races, to adding

in Newport 1983.

extra service crew, and even installing extra ice makers – we know that ice will be one commodity in short supply on island.’

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Letter from the President Andrew Schofield is being removed from the agency’s service provision and is to be outsourced. This has huge implications for the PYA. We are gearing up to cope with a significant increase in the number of testimonials we verify. We take the task of sea service verification seriously. The service we offer is not that of ‘simple’ verification. The service PYA offers goes far beyond that narrow remit. The association has assisted countless crew with ‘sorting out’ their precious sea time in order to allow them

THERE IS NOTHING AS CONSTANT AS CHANGE.

to apply for the all-important NOE. With MCA withdrawing from

This old adage holds true for all walks of life. However, right

sea service verification, we look forward to helping many more crew

now in the world of Superyachts, change seems to be the only

with this important task.

thing happening.

HOSPITALITY PYA RESTRUCTURE

As we all know, all yachts stand on 3 legs; the Deck, Engineering

PYA is no exception. We are undergoing our own set of self imposed

and Interior departments. As part of the ongoing effort to maintain

changes. We came to the realisation that we had outgrown the current

the Large Yacht Code (LYC) there is currently a series of meetings

structure for governance of the association. So, after commissioning a

taking place to review and discuss necessary revisions. Yet, the code

management review, a decision to take the advice and adopt a modern

does not mention hospitality. However, it is pointless putting to sea

structure was put to the vote at our last AGM. We are now in the process

without the Interior department, the most important department of

of implementing this. We are breaking the work of the association up

all, being ready to provide the product of yachting, namely service,

into 3 main areas, namely Deck, Engineering and Interior. Our aim is

to Owners and Guests. Arguably, LYC is the obvious vehicle in

to allow efforts to be focused on these three main areas.

which to create a holistic overview for the operation of large yachts.

The new structure aims to allow the product of these focus groups to be implemented in a coherent way.

However, given that LYC is a collection of clarifications on how to apply International Conventions to Large Yachts, and that there is no International Convention on hospitality, LYC is deemed not the

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best receptacle. In an attempt to fill the gap, PYA will be working with

Amongst the many changes in rules and regulations is the

other key associations in Industry to publish and Yacht Industry code

announcement by the MCA that sea service verification on yachts

of Practice for Hospitality.

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What is the Professional Yachting Association? The PYA exists to represent and support professional yacht crew

to employers in conjunction with your CV. All full PYA members are

and has members from over 80 countries around the world. It is

issued with the Service Record Book upon joining the association.

a not for profit association that looks after the interests of crew,

The PYA Service Record Book is the original Service Record

and offers accurate, unbiased advice and support on certification,

Book, developed directly in conjunction with the MCA. The PYA’s

training, welfare, and regulation.

Sea Service Verification department is also the only one that adheres

The PYA is the ONLY organisation committed to helping professional yacht crew in this way.

to the stringent ISO Quality Management Standards. The MCA has declared that using the PYA Service Record Book is their preferred method for crew to record their sea service.

WHAT IS THE PYA DOING FOR CREW?

With the recent announcement by the MCA of its move to shift the responsibility of verifying testimonials away from its own staff,

CERTIFICATION:

using the PYA’s Service Record Book will avoid the significant delays

When trying to obtain a certificate of competency, the biggest

in issuing NoEs or CoCs which the MCA has said will ensue if they

problem yacht crew have is to accurately prove their time spent at

receive sea service testimonials not verified by the PYA.

sea. The PYA is authorised by the MCA to verify sea service, which is essential to progress your yachting career. We meticulously verify every sea service entry (both present

Put simply, the PYA Service Record Book makes the process of progressing your yachting career much easier and much quicker!

and retrospective) and stamp it into your official MCA-approved PYA Service Record Book along with your certificates. Submitting

If you are not a PYA member, we can still help you with your sea

the Service Record Book to the MCA removes the need to submit

service. We can verify individual testimonials on a pay-as-you-go

original testimonials with your application. It can be also presented

basis for you to present to the MCA. As from 1st January 2017, the

The voice of international yacht crew since 1991

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MCA has strongly recommended that all sea service is verified before

TRAINING STANDARDS

you send it to them. So even if you don’t want to enjoy all the other

The PYA takes the role of yacht crew representative very seriously

benefits of PYA membership, the association is still able to help you.

when it comes to quality training and professional development. The

The PYA is authorised to issue Yacht Rating Certificates

PYA is also an accreditation administration, and has accredited many

on behalf of the MCA and publishes an MCA-approved Training

courses including IT, Leadership and Management, Chef, Interior,

Record Book and Crew Work Book.

Security and the Superyacht Operations distance learning courses. The PYA encourages continuous professional education

INFORMATION:

through workgroups, seminars and also by being part of the

The PYA is managed by a board of 30 council members whose many

Yacht Qualifications Panel at MCA for the Deck and Engineering

years of combined experience in the yachting industry represent an

departments.

invaluable resource for crew. The PYA’s knowledge of training and

We work with the Royal Yachting Association on various

certification requirements for deck, engineering and interior positions

educational projects, including the onboard Personal Watercraft

is up to date, comprehensive and completely impartial.

Safety course for Owners and Guests, and more recently, following

Working with Maritime Administrations at all levels, the PYA is always first to hear the information that matters, and we accurately relay everything our members need to know. We can assist in queries regarding flag state, port state controls, regulation and much more.

demand for better training at this level, on the RYA/PYA Yacht Tender Certificate for entry-level crew. The biggest professional development provision the PYA has launched is the industry standard of training and certification for interior crew, ‘Guidelines for Unified Excellence in Service Training’ (GUEST©). It is the first time that the yachting sector has developed

REPRESENTATION

its own training standards and filled the recognised gaps in training

The PYA has helped many members with issues such as non-payment

needs with a progressional career path for an onboard department.

of wages, unfair dismissal, lack of contracts etc. The power that the

With the support of industry professionals such as Crew Agents

voice of the PYA has means that we are far better positioned to assist

and MYBA Charter Brokers, and with 22 busy Training Schools

crew when things go wrong than if they tried to represent themselves.

worldwide offering all levels of the GUEST© program, it has fast

The PYA consults with policy makers who write legislation

become an industry standard.

affecting the construction, operation and manning of large yachts. Over the years, PYA has participated in numerous workgroups and

JOIN THE PYA

steering committees to ensure the point of view of those actually

In order to continue the important work we do on behalf of yacht

working on board is known and understood.

crew, we rely on the support of crew becoming members. We can

The working environment of Seafaring is becoming more

work together.

interests and the PYA’s services have never been more important.

The bigger the PYA, the bigger the voice we all have in our industry. Be part of it!

CAREERS ADVICE The PYA encourages and mentors new entrants into professional yachting, as well as offering career advice to seasoned crew. PYA staff and council can assist crew at all stages of their careers, including updates on qualifications, career mapping, CV advice, help with applications for NoEs, Training Record Books and all aspects of Sea Service and Yacht Service recording. Attending and hosting regular seminars and workshops on various subjects worldwide, the PYA invites renowned industry professionals with topical and relevant information to inform crew of changes in policy and regulations that affect them.

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only make changes and improvements if the PYA and the crew all

and more regulated. Therefore the work we do to champion crew’s

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Announcement of appointment of CEO of the PYA As you are aware, the PYA Council and Executive have embarked

in a variety of senior maritime management roles will be invaluable as

upon a modernisation and restructuring of the PYA based upon

he leads and guides the PYA through this period of change.

the recommendations of a Management Review of the Association

Andy will have delegated responsibility from the proposed

carried out last year. The author of this Review was Capt.

PYA Board of Directors (presently the Executive and PYA Council)

Andy Crawford AFNI, Business Manager for the International

to handle the day to day running of your Association along with our

Association of Maritime Institutions (IAMI), which, as a part of

dynamic team of staff in the PYA office. As CEO, he will also be a

its responsibilities, manages the Large Yacht Examination system.

member of the Board and report on operational and management

In anticipation of the introduction of the new management

matters. This appointment is the first of a number of exciting

structure (to be voted on by members at the EGM on Wednesday 29th

developments for the Association that we intend to deliver over the

March 2017), the PYA Executive has asked Andy to assume on a part-

next 12 months.

time basis, the new role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the PYA

If you have any questions concerning the role of the CEO please

for the remainder of this year, at which time the appointment will be

contact the PYA Office and one of our Council members will be happy

reviewed. His wealth of experience as a Ship Master, Marine Pilot and

to respond to your queries.

NEW PYA MEMBERSHIP CLASSES AND FEES The PYA was founded 25 years ago by a small group of yacht

After almost 5 years without an increase in membership fees,

captains and has grown since into a powerful Association that

a new fee structure has been implemented which better relates to the

has earned significant influence with the authorities that govern

value of the services members receive. We have also abolished the

our industry and set the qualifications required to carry out our

joining fee and simplified the membership categories.

professional roles. As your Association has grown, our staff and systems have evolved and expanded so as to meet the members’ needs. We now

You can find details of the new categories and membership fees below. Please take the time to read the notes, which explain important changes to SRB procedures!

find ourselves at a turning point. In order to move effectively into the

We hope to see you soon in the PYA office as we continue to

next stage of its development and modernisation, the PYA needs to

support you and fellow members in your professional careers in the future.

increase its funding. Although the Association is still run by a volunteer council, it

FULL MEMBER – €175 PER YEAR

now employs 4 to 5 staff in its Antibes office. They assist members

For those working towards, or serving at officer level, for engineers

daily with advice and information concerning their qualifications,

from MEOL or Y4 upwards, for interior crew applying for a GUEST

careers, training and numerous employment issues, not to mention

CoC, and for anyone else who needs to submit verified Sea Service

the SRB team which works tirelessly to keep on top of the sea time

and qualifications to the MCA. For these members the PYA provides

verification procedures demanded by the MCA. Recent developments

an MCA-approved Service Record Book in which the member’s

in the MCA’s Sea Service Testimonial Verification procedures will

Sea Service Testimonials will be recorded after being verified (at

result in an increased workload for the PYA team and accordingly we

no extra charge) by the PYA to accurately prove time spent at sea.

anticipate increased costs for the Association in 2017 and beyond.

With the recent announcement by the MCA of its wish to shift the

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responsibility for verifying testimonials away from its own staff, the PYA’s service will enable Full Members to avoid the significant delays in issuing NoEs or CoCs which the MCA has said are likely to occur if they receive Sea Service Testimonials not verified by the PYA. This

SUMMARY OF PYA MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS MEMBERSHIP CATEGORY

Full Member

Associate Member

Shorebased Member

Nil

Nil

Nil

€175

€75

€75

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CREW WORK BOOK

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TRAINING RECORD BOOK (IF APPLICABLE)

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ADVICE AND SUPPORT FROM THE PYA

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RECEIVE PYA PUBLICATIONS

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PARTICIPATION IN PYA ACTIVITIES/ WORKGROUPS

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REDUCED / FREE ENTRY TO PYA EVENTS

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PYA-NEGOTIATED DISCOUNTS AND SPECIAL OFFERS

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VOTE AT GENERAL MEETINGS

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category is also appropriate for formerly seagoing members who are now working ashore as managers, superintendents etc. and wish to keep their CoC valid.

ASSOCIATE MEMBER – €75 PER YEAR This category is appropriate for those working at levels that do not

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEE

require them to have a Service Record Book (SRB) or to have their Sea Service Testimonials (SSTs) verified by the PYA. Instead, they receive the PYA Crew Work Book, in which they can have their sea time stamped in by their captain. This can be used to show sea time for a Yacht Rating Certificate but cannot be submitted to the MCA. Associate Members who upgrade their membership will receive a discount of EUR 100 on the fee for their first year as a Full Member. When upgrading, they may also have their accumulated SSTs verified and entered into their new SRB. (Note: This offer does not apply if membership as an Associate Member has already expired.)

SHOREBASED MEMBER – €75 PER YEAR For those who are working in the industry but are not (or are no longer) serving at sea and so do not need an SRB or verification of SSTs.

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TERMS • The Sea Service Testimonial verification process is available to

• A member whose membership has lapsed because of non-payment

paid-up, full members. Certificate entries are free, as are annual

may re-join by paying the appropriate annual fee. However, for

SST entries for those Full members staying on the same vessel or

Full Members there will be a ‘Late Submission Fee’ of EUR 25 per

SST entries which are dated and submitted within 12 months of

SST and EUR 15 per certificate payable in respect of any SST or

leaving the vessel. This is to assist the office in obtaining verification

certificate issued during the period when membership of the PYA

in a timely fashion.

had lapsed.

• Due to the increased administrative burden, there will be a Late

• At the request of the MCA, the PYA has agreed to carry out SST

Submission Fee of EUR 25 payable for the verification of any SST

verification for non-members. The cost of this service will be EUR

submitted to the PYA more than 12 months after leaving the vessel.

50 per SST with a minimum charge of EUR 100.

• If the correct annual fee has not been received, membership will expire one month after the due renewal date.

PYA PARTNERS (PREVIOUSLY KNOWN AS CORPORATE MEMBERS) The PYA do not just act on behalf of yacht crew. We represent the whole industry, from brokers to crew agents, to training providers and beyond. Help us continue to do so by becoming a partner of the PYA. In exchange for your support, we are able to promote your brand to our members, a worldwide audience of over 90 nationalities.

PARTNER LEVEL

LEVEL 1

LEVEL 2

LEVEL 3

LEVEL 4

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6-10 EMPLOYEES

11-20 EMPLOYEES

21+ EMPLOYEES

€250

€450

€700

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INVITATIONS TO CONTRIBUTE CONTENT WHERE RELEVANT TO PYA MAGAZINE SUPPLEMENT IN YACHTING MATTERS

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COMPANY DESCRIPTION ON PYA WEBSITE

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Important information for all sea-going crew: New arrangements for verification of sea service testimonials for presentation to the MCA

As from 1st January 2017, the UK Maritime and Coastguard

that SSTs from the superyacht sector should be verified by the PYA

Agency has introduced new arrangements regarding the

prior to being submitted to the MCA.

verification of Sea Service Testimonials (SSTs) for Seafarers

The PYA will continue to provide a SST verification service

under UK flag jurisdiction. In essence, the MCA is shifting the

(using the MCA-approved Service Record Book) as part of its

important responsibility for verifying Sea Service Testimonials

membership benefits to members along with all the customary help,

(SSTs) issued to all relevant seafarers in the superyacht sector

advice and supporting services. Certificate entry to the Service

away from the MCA’s staff.

Record Book and annual SST verification are provided free of charge

For twenty-five years the PYA has been approved by the

to all paid-up full members.

MCA to verify sea service recorded by its members in their PYA

For the first time, the PYA is now offering SST verification

Service Record Books. The PYA uses ISO-9001 quality management

for non-members on a ‘pay as you go’ fee basis per SST application.

standards for this process and, once verified by the PYA, the PYA

The cost for this service will be €50 per Sea Service Testimonial with

SRB is accepted by MCA normally without any further checking.

a minimum charge of €100.

Consequently this provides a fast and efficient way to apply for an application for a Notice of Eligibility (NoE) or for a Certificate of Competence (CoC) revalidation. The MCA is now expanding further the successful delegation of sea service verification services in the large yacht sector to suitably qualified outside organisations, including the PYA. This announcement demonstrates the continued confidence the MCA has for the integrity of the existing PYA service. The MCA has confirmed that if individual seafarers continue to submit un-verified SSTs directly to them, it will delay the issue of either a NoE or CoC significantly due to other priorities in administration processes. Therefore, the MCA strongly recommends

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“The PYA’s Service Record Book is the MCA’s preferred route for verifying sea service” Roger Towner, Registrar General Shipping and Seamen, Chief Examiner MCA


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Ballast water treatment on Superyachts – time to take action By Cathelco, British Ballast Water Treatment manufacturers One of the most important issues facing the owners of superyachts

water or installing a ballast water system. In the latter case, the system

this year is the question of whether they need to install a ballast

must be US Coast Guard Type Approved. It is worth noting that the

water treatment system. There is now some urgency in addressing

temporary AMS (Alternative Management System) designation will

this question as the IMO’s Convention for the Control and

be phased out in the near future as more Type Approved Systems

Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments was ratified

become available.

last autumn and will come into force in September 2017.

In the rest of world, the IMO recognises that it is impossible

Some people are under the misapprehension that the regulations

for all Superyachts of the stated size and ballasting capacity to be

only apply to large commercial vessels. However, if the length of your

fitted with ballast water systems by September 2017, but they will be

yacht is greater than 50 metres, or if it has a ballasting capacity of more

required to do so by their first scheduled drydocking after that date. If

the 8 cubic metres, then it will have to comply with the rules.

a Port State Authority official visits a yacht after September 2017, the

If your yacht is smaller than this, but travels from one ocean to

inspector can request to see an approved and certified Ballast Water

another, it will still be necessary to comply with the discharge standards,

Plan. This is a document which the yacht captain will have submitted

but these could be achieved by other methods such as ballast water

to the Flag State of the vessel for certification and will also been

exchange. However, it will still be necessary to have a Ballast Water

submitted to the Classification Society. If an approved Ballast Water

Management Plan and maintain a Ballast Water Record Book.

System is not fitted, the captain must provide evidence that they are

Things have moved more quickly in the USA where the US Coast Guard ‘Ballast Water Discharge Final Rule’ came into effect

in discussion with a recognised BWT equipment manufacturer with a view to having a system installed at the next drydocking.

in March 2012 and it is now illegal to discharge untreated ballast water in US territorial waters. There are four ways of meeting the US

WHAT BWT SYSTEMS ARE AVAILABLE FOR SUPERYACHTS?

legislation, full ballast water exchange, retention of ballast water until

Worldwide there are more than 50 manufacturers of BWT systems

discharged at a ballast water reception facility, the use of municipal

using various technologies to treat ballast water. Many of the systems

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are designed for large commercial vessels and cannot be scaled down

system would have to be type approved by the IMO or US Coast

to the relatively small flow rates of superyachts.

Guard to reach the D2 discharge standard. This is a long, complicated

Chemical based systems are not ideal for superyachts because there are obvious risks in storing and handling chemicals. Another

and expensive process, which would not make economic sense for the RO manufacturer.

factor is that the chemicals have to be neutralised before discharge

From a practical perspective reverse osmosis systems are not

in order to comply with MARPOL regulations, which means that

capable of producing water quickly enough for ballasting purposes. It

additional equipment is required for the BWT system.

is essential that the BWT system can be brought into action quickly

Another question that should be kept in mind is whether the equipment will operate effectively in all water conditions – fresh, brackish and salt. For instance, BWT systems based on electrochlorination do not work in fresh water without extra equipment. Some of the strongest contenders in the superyacht market are systems based on a combination of filtration and UV technology, which are compact, chemical free and easy to maintain.

to achieve the ‘fill rate’, which may be vital to the stability of the vessel in certain situations. This has implications in terms of Class requirements, because if a vessel has been approved to ballast and de-ballast at a particular rate and this has been changed through the use of a reverse osmosis desalinator, the safe operation of the yacht can be jeopardised. We also get questions regarding the use of fresh water and even grey water for ballasting purposes, but these are prohibited

WHAT ARE THE TECHNICAL CONSIDERATIONS?

by the current IMO regulations. In the US waters it is possible

The most frequently asked questions revolve around space

to use ‘municipal water’ under the USCG rules, but there can be

requirements for the equipment and how much power is needed.

complications as due to the chlorine and fluoride content, regulations

Because of the space limitations within superyacht engine rooms, the

vary from State to State, so it can be illegal to take on ‘municipal’

components are generally supplied in modular form for retrofits so

water in one place and discharge it another.

that they can be distributed in the available areas rather than being grouped together. However, there are exceptions where it may be

WHAT ARE THE MAIN STEPS IN HAVING A BWT SYSTEM INSTALLED?

possible to install a skid-mounted unit which simplifies matters.

As previously mentioned, by September 2017 vessels must hold an

With regard to power consumption, a typical BWT system

approved and certified Ballast Water Management Plan and provide

will have an average running requirement of 35 kW. As most chief

evidence that discussions are taking place with a recognised BWT

engineers will only want to use about 80-90% of their power load,

equipment manufacturer.

it may be necessary to upgrade the generator or run two generators together when ballasting is in progress.

Therefore, it is important to start a dialogue with a supplier as soon as possible. In order prepare a budgetary quotation they will

The good news is that most yachts operate in clear water so

need drawings of the yacht’s ballast water arrangement. This is will

minimum power is required to reach the D2 discharge standard.

usually be followed by a visit to the yacht and a walk through the

Commercial vessels in Shanghai, for example, would require full

engine room with the chief engineer to discuss specific requirements.

power to deal with the heavy sediment load.

The next step is a full survey, which enables the customer to submit

What about the flow rate of your existing pumps? The flow rates of ballast water pumps on yachts vary greatly and some

all the necessary technical information to the Class Body and Flag State Authority for Approval.

only have a capacity of up to 20m3/hr. However, the minimum

Once this is received the customer can begin discussions with

flow requirement for a ballast water treatment system is currently

the shipyard to arrange installation. If the BWT controls are to be

34m3/hr which means it might be necessary to look at replacing the

integrated with the yacht’s computer system, then this is the time for

ballast water pump.

your software engineers to liaise with the software engineers of the

Another important consideration is the pipework arrangement

company providing the system.

serving the ballast water pump. On many yachts the bilge, ballast and fire

When the system has been installed and commissioned there

main have a common manifold and contamination of the ballast system

is crew training to consider. Certified training for crewmembers is

is considerable. The solution, if space permits, is to install a dedicated

mandatory and required as part of the Ballast Water Management Plan.

ballast water pump, which eliminates the contamination problem and

By taking action now, yachts will be in a better position to plan

avoids major adaptations of the existing pipework/manifold.

for a trouble-free installation ahead of the rush to engage with BWT manufacturers as the deadline for compliance approaches.

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There are numerous reasons why reverse osmosis equipment cannot

For more information on Ballast Water Treatment on Superyachts,

be used for producing ballast water. The main reason is that the RO

contact Sam Wand on sam.wand@cathelco.com

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Of course, being fired by me did not stop XXX, so before he left us in Golfe Juan (and we left for the Persian Gulf) he used our

CAVEAT EMPTOR by C R Le Quesne, PYA Council Member

yacht’s stamp to put another entry into his DB, forged the dates and my signature in it, and also made himself up a testimonial, then forged the manager’s signature on it, and not content with being the 1st Mate on his fictitious trip, put himself down as Captain. He didn’t do things by half, did XXX…!! Bad timing, of course is everything….So he then sent it all off

CAVEAT EMPTOR (‘Buyer Beware’ in Latin) has been an

to the MCA to claim his NOE. That rang a few bells at the MCA, as

important legal concept for over two thousand years. Today it is

my DB was sitting on the same desk as his…..and also if you didn’t

having increasing relevance to the process of recruiting crew!

have your command ticket a) how could you be the Captain on the

Yes, misrepresentation and even fraud, is becoming increasingly

yacht and b) wasn’t someone else claiming that as well ..!

common and employers have to be ever more diligent in checking

It took a quick phone call from me to the MCA to find out

every aspect of a potential crew member’s dossier. Just as politics

what was going on and a letter from myself and the yacht’s manger

is entering a ‘post-factual’ era in which some believe that facts are

to truly f**k XXX up..!! He was banned from taking his Orals for

malleable rather than fixed, so CVs and even certificates cannot be

2 years and had his MCA record marked. He is now a well known

relied upon to the extent to which most of us are accustomed.

Captain, and I have heard that he has a terrible job getting his CoC

Those of us who have been recruiting crew for a while have always been aware that the ‘previous experience’ sections of CVs are liable to a little ‘polishing’ – with the applicant’s previous duties and

validated when trying to renew it, as they have to check out each and every one of his sea time testimonials, verbally with the signee..!! Do not ever lie about your Sea Time….!!

responsibilities being exaggerated (a little) to make him or her more attractive to the prospective employer, and we have countered this by

FROM A TRAINER

contacting the captain of the vessel, whom we may well have known,

1) During an RYA audit, and while sighting a deckhand’s Yachtmaster

to get the real story. However today CVs can include completely

CoC (used for the ‘safety boat cover’) it was noted that it did not

fictitious claims to have served on this or that vessel; sometimes

look right. The Captain had also reported the crew member’s lack

backed up by forged references.

of expected knowledge. The RYA were contacted to verify the

Forged certificates are also an issue but, from what I have been told, much rarer than the falsification of previous experience. To give an idea of the problem, here are some cases that have been reported to the PYA:

certificate and reported that they did not have the crew member’s name or CoC listed in the RYA system. Left it to the RYA and Captain to take further action. 2) An engineer came to me with an envelope stuffed full of cash and asked me to issue a Yachtmaster CoC – without having to do

FROM A SENIOR CAPTAIN

the course!!

‘About 2003/04 I took MY AAA, a 40 m yacht, to the Persian Gulf

3) A Captain (Romanian) proudly told me he had just passed his YM

as delivery Captain. I sacked the 1st Mate XXX just before I left, as

offshore exam – and boasted about how he had been using a forged

he was a pain in the butt and incompetent to boot, and so we did the

one up to that point. He even showed me the forged certificate!

delivery, with a new 1st Mate YYY. All was good and I left the yacht

4) Because, on a yacht with primarily Filipino crew, the Captain was

in Dubai after handing it over to YYY who was promoted to Captain.

concerned about the STCW basic training they had completed

So far so good.

as they did not seem to know anything, I was asked to talk to the

Six months later I had to renew my Class 4 as the new STCW

crew about career advice etc. After some coaxing, we discovered

regs were coming in, so I sent it off to the MCA with my discharge

that they had bought the STCW certificates in the Philippines (all

book with all the relevant stamps in it proving my sea time. The next

of the Filipino crew that was) and had not attended the courses.

week I get a call from the MCA asking me if I could prove that I was

5) We had a Filipino crew member who had attended at least two (we

the Captain of the AAA on the delivery trip, as another person was

believe more) STCW basic training courses under different names

claiming they were..!!

(this was before the MCA required photo ID and passports being

XXX, it seems, desperately needed that delivery trip, to get the

sighted at the start of the training to ensure that the person on the

sea time, to qualify to get a NoE to take his Class 4 Orals, as he had

course was who they said they were!!) She claimed she was paid by

been offered the job as Captain on the AAA when it got to the Persian

crew to attend on their behalf, as they did not have a good enough

Gulf, but only if he got his Class 4…!!

command of the English language to attend and pass the courses.

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is out of the country. They advised that if they can’t pursue the case

‘Ms. BBB was employed as temporary 2nd stew aboard MY CCC for

further then the file will be sent back to the UK police to follow up with.

just under a month during the 2016 summer season.

I have acquired his current CV which states he worked for me

Soon afterwards she circulated a CV showing that she had been

longer than he did and that he has his Yachtmaster which would have

employed as Ch. Stew from April until September. On this CV the

been impossible as he only joined the industry last year, so I was, and

captain of CCC was listed as a referee – but with the ‘wrong’ e-mail

am, concerned he has used my name to fraudulently write sea miles

address. Accompanying this CV was a written reference, supposedly

for himself. I contacted UKSA who he said he did the course with but

from the captain. This reference was in the form of an e-mail and it

they confirmed he never did the course there.

requested that all follow-up contact with the captain to be conducted via this ‘wrong’ e-mail address. It subsequently turned out that this ‘wrong’ e-mail address had

It’s only a lucky chance that the new boat was also run by the same employer; if it hadn’t been then he would have got away with the deception.

been registered by her boyfriend at the time – presumably for the purpose

So, while you might smile and think to yourself: ‘My goodness,

of providing false references. At that time the boyfriend was working for a

some people really have a nerve’ you also need to recognise that that

large and well-known brokerage and yacht management company.’

these stories are almost certainly just the tip of an iceberg and to ask yourself: ‘How much (or little) am I doing to independently verify the

FROM A CAPTAIN

information being supplied by candidates?’

‘A deckhand I fired in June this year for gross misconduct has now stolen my identity to further his employment options. About 1 month ago, I was contacted by my employer to ask if

Additionally, if you operate under an SMS you might do well to review the crew recruitment sections and try to decide if your verification procedures are adequate.

I had written a reference for him which I confirmed I had not done.

If you work with one of the ‘traditional’ and long-established

It turns out that a reference has been written by someone stating that

physical crew agents, you can reasonably expect that they will have

they are me. We have since found he has set up an e-mail address very

done much of the checking of certificates and references before they

similar to mine and used my name as the ‘Tag’ to the e-mail. He has

send you the CV. However, I always try to remember to ask: ‘Have you

also set up a Skype account in my name as further contact details.

met the candidate face to face?’ – and I’m surprised / shocked how

The crew agent contacted ‘me’ for a further reference and

often the answer is ‘No’. For me, this sets the warning bells ringing.

he then wrote back with a shining reference saying without doubt I

If you are using one of the multitude of on-line crew agencies

would recommend him and signs the e-mail with my name, they then

you cannot afford to make any assumptions at all and should verify

employed him.

every significant item of the candidate’s CV – remembering, of

I have reported him to the Police here in Golfe Juan and they confirmed to me that this is a prison sentence offence, although he

course, that any e-mail address shown on the CV may not be correct. As I wrote at the start: Caveat Emptor.

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Superyacht UK Technical Seminar 2017 Alan Cartwright, from Warsash, summarised the STCW Manila changes and gave an overview of the new structure for yacht engineering qualifications. Readers will be familiar with much of this but it was all new for the mainly non-seagoing audience. The information is all at www.pya.org if anyone wants to check it out. Jo Assael, of the Cayman Island shipping registry spoke to us about the new Large Yacht Code; not LY4, but the REG Code. The ‘Red Ensign Group’ (an inter-governmental group of UK and British dependent flags) decided at their last meeting that the Cayman Islands would run the secretariat for the next code revision. Accordingly workgroup meetings have already been held and the process is well underway with the ambitious target of a launch at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show. Jo invited any interested groups to get in touch if they wanted to be involved. Amazingly no representation from those that actually OPERATE superyachts were in the original

By John Wyborn, PYA Council member

working groups, MYBA or the PYA, for example. This has now, I believe, been addressed. The new code will combine the old LY3 code

I represented the PYA at the Superyacht UK Technical Seminar at

with the Passenger Yacht Code and allow for updates to the SOLAS,

the London Boat show this year. Superyacht UK (SUK) are part

STCW, Loadline and MLC conventions.

of a trade organisation, British Marine, which represents leisure

The next speaker was rather scary. I should rephrase that –

yachting companies and the wider boat building and marine supply

Tania Berry herself was charming but what she had to say we all need

sector in the UK. SUK is focused on UK-based service providers

to listen to. As a senior Electrotechnical Specialist at Lloyds Register

to our industry; brands like Pendennis, Sunseeker, Princess and

she embodies the depth of excellence that UK institutions offer the

Fairline and a host of legal, insurance and technical companies.

maritime world. We are all aware that we can now turn on our ovens

To be perfectly honest I was not expecting to enjoy it … but actually I DID!

or air conditioners from a neat little app on our iPhones and that US elections results can (allegedly) be rigged by hackers but have

I learned a new phrase, ‘Ambulatory Referencing’ (sounds

you really thought about the impact of digital connectivity on our

boring but actually it’s quite important so more of this later) and we

industry? Technology has moved very fast even in the last couple of

spent some time discussing the ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ of a concept design

years.

for a superyacht where the ‘back falls off’ and creates an independent autonomous ‘beach house’ (what!).

Tania outlined how classification societies are approaching this; explaining how the levels of connectivity at sea are described, from

The key note speaker was David Dingle, the Chairman of

fully manual to totally autonomous without human supervision. She

Carnival UK and also of a group called Maritime UK. The UK

explored the risk factors and what we should be concerned about. A

Government recently commissioned an inquiry into how to grow

superyacht was recently manoeuvring in harbour when the shore-side

the UK maritime industry in its widest sense (ships, ports, services,

technical support team were updating the software for the ventilation

infrastructure etc.). Chaired by Lord Mountevans, it reported in

system via satellite link. When the installation was complete the system,

September 2015. There were eighteen specific recommendations in

as was normal, rebooted. This had the effect of shutting down the main

the report, all of which were accepted by the government. One of

engines at just the wrong time! From operational concerns like this

them was to set up a body to represent and speak as one voice for the

to matters of security and privacy, there is a whole lot more we need

whole Maritime Industry; this is Maritime UK.

to be thinking about. Just for the record: superyacht crews are not

David gave an overview of the report and current progress, the

taught anything about this in their mandatory training. To be clear – I

superyacht sector’s importance in the UK maritime industry and of

don’t mean ‘not very much’, I mean NOTHING! This reinforces the

course referred to the threats and opportunities of BREXIT.

importance of good quality Continuing Professional Development.

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The next session was perhaps even scarier! It was a panel discussion between classification societies, flag authorities and superyacht designers and managers. They were discussing how they all deal with novel technologies and designs. As we know, the superyacht industry often pushes back the frontiers of the possible. As a backdrop to the discussion they used a PowerPoint loop of images showing a ‘concept’ design by Henry Ward Design and BMT Nigel Gee. This is for an explorer yacht which can split in two and provide a self-propelled ‘lodge’ with an owner and guest cabin, which can go into shallow water. Is this one vessel or two? What is its tonnage? What safety considerations are there? How does it fit into the code compliance framework? The panellists included: Jo Assael from CISR, Ben Geary from

This has caused (she didn’t say this, but I know!) much anguish and

LR, Lewis Northcott from RINA, Richie Blake from Dohle Yachts, who

frustration within the MCA. These shackles are about to be released

facilitated the debate and Alex Meredith Hardy from BMT Nigel Gee.

and this in itself presents quite an opportunity. So, back to that phrase,

Most of the detailed technical solutions have not been fully

‘Ambulatory Referencing’; what does it mean? In short it means that

worked out yet. The point of this was to show how the different

when an international convention is modified at the IMO, the text

agencies could work together to find a way through to get this built. It

of that change becomes law in the UK immediately. At the moment

really was a showcase of the sort of flexibility that the UK/Red Ensign

we have to wait for the change to be studied within the civil service

establishment can offer. This is also, of course, embodied in the very

and then a Statutory Instrument has to be written which may not

existence of the Large Yacht Codes themselves.

be identical to the IMO wording. It could, for example, set a higher

If you needed further convicting about the benefits of the

standard. Since the UK government has undertaken not to ‘gold plate’

‘red duster’, Katy Ware’s presentation would have provided it. As

international standards it makes sense to implement changes as soon

a director of the MCA with responsibility for Maritime Safety and

as they are passed at the IMO. This removes uncertainty, we all know

Standards, she is the UK’s permanent representative at the IMO.

what the law is from the moment it passes the IMO. It is not yet

Brexit, of course, looms large in her life at the moment and she gave

certain that this will happen but if it does then the MCA will be the

a candid and insightful overview of the dangers and opportunities

first UK government agency to do this. What a sensible idea.

that this poses. Over the years, the EU has ‘claimed competency’ over a wide area of shipping policy, including certification and manning.

It was an interesting day and I hope to go next year.

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Monaco Yacht Show 2016 report

The PYA rolled out its biggest ever programme of events at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show. Drawing on the successful format of previous years where we have run Continuing Professional Development Workshops and seminars for crew, we once again offered crew a broad range of hands-on, interactive sessions to get involved in. On the first day of the show, we kicked off proceedings with ‘The Role of a Superyacht Deckhand’, hosted by Captain Ian Biles. Wearing diving masks filled with cotton wool, the crew had to try and successfully navigate themselves around obstacles and through a ‘lightening hole’, without being able to see, to demonstrate how difficult simple tasks could be onboard in the instance of fire, and how to cope with such visual impairment.

One key piece of news was the formal announcement from the MCA was that it has asked the PYA to extend its existing Sea Service

Our second session was a collaboration between Richard

Testimonial (SST) verification service, making it available for the first

Falk from the Royal Yachting Association and Brad Robertson from

time to yacht crew who are not PYA members. The MCA made a

Superyacht Lifeguard, and addressed safety issues when using water

preliminary announcement about this at the 2015 PYA Sea Changes

toys with guests as well as lifeguarding skills to use in the case of

Seminar and confirmed at this year’s event that, with effect from 1st

emergency. This is an important area we need to generate more

January 2017, the job of SST verification for seafarers in the yachting

awareness of, and something that Brad and Richard would be happy

sector will be handled on their behalf by professional organisations

to discuss with crew in more depth.

including the PYA.

This was followed by our own Director or Training and

The appointment of the PYA to carry out this task on behalf of

Certification, Joey Meen giving a thorough overview to crew

the MCA is a clear demonstration of their confidence in the integrity

preparing for their OOW, clarifying the do’s and don’ts of completing

of the PYA’s existing verification procedures.

the Training Record Book, the correct steps to take to apply for the NoE, preparing for the oral etc.

This year’s Headline event also included a new component called ‘Laying the Blame: A Disaster at Sea’, which took the audience

Thursday brought with it the PYA’s Headline event – the Sea

through a dramatic scenario of a high-profile accident onboard,

Changes Forum, which took place at the prestigious International

looking at the areas which went wrong. The panel of experts

Hydrographic Organization. Attracting many Captains, heads of

demonstrated how yachts need to have not just a risk strategy in place,

department and industry experts, this was the place to be to find out

but a media and communications strategy in case of things going

all the latest updates from the MCA, RYA and PYA.

wrong. We finished the day’s events with a rooftop drinks reception

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overlooking the whole of the Monaco show in all its glory, kindly

The Results of the 2016 PYA Table Setting Competition

sponsored by Corkers Fine Wines! Our programme on the Friday focused on the interior

PRESENTATION, ACCURACY & IMPACT OF TABLE

department, starting with an interactive PYA GUEST Training

1st: Maltese Falcon

session hosted by Peter Vogel and Lynne Edwards (both approved

2nd: Burkut

GUEST trainers), demonstrating the art of laying a table. This

3rd: White Rose of Drachs

interactive workshop showed crew how to elevate their stewarding skills to the next level and how to provide an absolutely seamless

CREATION, SERVING AND TASTE OF COCKTAIL

service to the owners and charter guests.

1st: Burkut: ‘The Love Potion’

Our final event was the PYA Interior Sea Changes Seminar, which informed the attendees of all the latest news for interior crew

2nd Natori: ‘Tickle me Pink’ 3rd: Maltese Falcon: ‘Immersion’

and chefs. The highlight of the seminar was the results of the annual PYA Table-setting competition; judging of which had taken place

VARIETY AND TASTE OF CANAPES

on-board throughout the show on Wednesday 28th. This year, the

1st: Maltese Falcon

competition was raising money for ‘The Pink Ribbon Foundation’

2nd: Lady Nag Nag

which works towards the prevention, research and treatment of breast cancer. The panel of judges were extremely impressed with

PRESENTATION AND ETIQUETTE OF CREW

the standards shown by the participating teams in accordance with

1st White Rose of Drachs

the theme of ‘Pink Canapés and Cocktails’. The interior teams

2nd Lady Nag Nag

demonstrated exceptional creativity and flair with their table designs,

3rd Natori

and the cocktails and canapés served were fantastic. We would like to extend a huge thank you to all the boats

OVERALL COORDINATION OF TABLE AND INTERPRETATION OF THEME

that took part, and to our wonderful panel of judges. Thanks to an

1st: Maltese Falcon

extremely generous donation from the owner of the Maltese Falcon,

2nd: White Rose of Drachs

as well as other contributions from the participants, we are thrilled to

3rd: Lady Nag Nag

announce that the total amount raised for the Pink Ribbon Foundation came to a whopping €4282!!! All of the PYA events at the Monaco Yacht Show would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors. MYBA, Yachtii, Currencies Direct, Crew Asia, Deckers, Saltwater Recruitment, Maritime Skills Academy, Corkers Fine Wines, South Seas Yachting, Crew Training Solutions, Bluewater Yachting, JPMA and Securewest International. Thank you all so much!

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PYA GUEST Program

attends the Azimut Benetti 17th Yachtmaster event We were proud to have been part of the latest Benetti event, held at

right or not. Many of the participants mentioned that had been told

the Grand Hotel & Hotel Croce di Malta in Tuscany and celebrating

to do things in a different ways by their previous on-board mentors

the 17th Yachtmaster event for Benetti.

in the past, and that with the small amount of training we covered in

The PYA GUEST trainers held a number of interactive workshops with over 30 interior crew participating from the Benetti fleets. The attendees were all at various levels and the feedback from the workshops was extremely positive.

had more confidence than ever before in their careers. We could only offer a small snap shot windows of the full training modules that GUEST covers, however many of the

Wendy Murdoch, Chief Stewardess on board MY Lionheart,

participants asked for a 2-day workshop next time so they could

said ‘it was a great day and a benefit to ALL levels of crew’. She

benefit further by spending more time on discussions between the

went on to add that ‘it’s easy to fail junior crew, if you (as the head of

crew members.

department) don’t have the correct training and knowledge’.

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the short sessions, they felt they had learnt more in that one day and

Maya, a Stewardess on board MY Panthera, commented that

Certainly the general consensus was that without formal and

‘the GUEST certification program should be compulsory’, and

accurate training, the crew are left wondering if what they are told is

that ‘the day had improved her knowledge and made her feel more

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appreciated in the role’. Cristina from the Dedicato Project agreed by

Table Setting competition and with only two hours to set up the grand

stating that the workshops have given her ‘more self-confidence which

dining room, the teams did an amazing job!!

will give a better life on board for her, the crew and guests’. This is a feeling many of the attending interior crew said they

THE WINNERS… (DRUM ROLL)

have; that their role is not taken seriously or appreciated by other

1st Place Oriette Longinotti and Helena Oprea

crew members and is often magnified if the individuals are not

2nd Place Miriam Morrona and Sanja Marinkovic

feeling confident in their role. It’s a fact that the interior department

3rd Place Daniele Del Medico and Alessandra Andreone

is the 3rd leg of the Yachting stool. Without the interior department functioning as effectively and professionally as the Engineer and

Well done to everyone who participated. The winners were awarded

Deck departments, the owner’s experience (not to mention the care,

stunning gifts from Sambonet and Rosenthal.

maintenance and general interior operations) is not going to be in harmonious balance as it should be on board.

The evening gala was an incredible occasion with (nearly) everyone

Diana, a stewardess on board SY Dahlak, said that she ‘really

making the effort to dress up in some of the most amusing and

enjoyed the leadership and teambuilding session’, saying she ‘had

brilliant Alice and Wonderland fancy dress outfits, and with the hotel

never had any training in this before and found it really interesting,

lounges and bars all decked out with themed props and various acts,

and would benefit [her] hugely with dealing with crew’.

it was a lot of fun for everyone.

The service styles session (always a popular one) got glowing

Lastly, of course, a HUGE thank you to the sponsors who

reports as the participants agreed that it was fun and appropriate

make it possible for us to hold these events and of course to Benetti,

to daily duties, and with much misinformation about the right

who are wholly behind the PYA GUEST program and the benefits it

way to do things, the trainers gave them confidence by showing

offers to all, by hosting the PYA GUEST Workshop and by extending

them the technical aspects and how to make service easy, stylish

the Yachtmaster invitations to the interior department.

and professional. We were privileged to have been given amazing flatware to play with from Sambonet and their partners Rosenthal, Ercuis and Raynaud. Benetti set up a fun ‘cabin room’ for us to use for the cabin setup and turn down session, and with beautiful linens from Pratesi

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(who also supplied the table cloths and napkins) the session covered not only the eye for detail, but also how to setup the perfect cabin turn down for your guests. Everyone had a go and Campana from MY Emuna said she had ‘gained a lot’ from this session, as ‘there were many things [she] did not know’. JAB gave us some excellent products for the Care and Maintenance session, with Aqua Air providing us with the cleaning products and a demonstration. Many of the participants wanted more time on this and felt the session was too short for the amount of detail

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they wanted to cover and talk about. Maja from MY Saladus said ‘as a stewardess we do a lot of cleaning’ and that ‘for sure it would be good for all (interior) crew to be trained to this level’. A lot of laughs at the etiquette and communication session, where some of the horror stories and experiences were shared between the crew. The aim of the session was to give the participants the tools and know how on dealing with important and relevant issues they face on board. Both Federica and Diana mentioned that they found this ‘the most interesting session, as it is very important to discuss about the difficult situations we might have to face’. The grand finale to the day was the setting up of 20 (yes 20) tables for 200 guests who had been invited for the Benetti Gala night

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Superyacht Scuba Diving Safety Scuba diving is a rare and beautiful activity that connects

people with nature and completely emerges them in another world. It is also an extremely powerful way to engage people

and serviced annually. •

with the importance of preserving and respecting the seas and oceans of the world.

Make sure that all scuba equipment is correctly maintained

Do not allow the crew or an external contractor to be pressured into taking clients diving in borderline conditions.

Ensure that whenever a guest goes scuba diving that

There are certainly challenges and risks involved in organising

the entire deck crew are aware. All crewmembers with

diving for Superyachts but with proper training, planning and

responsibility must have adequate training. The Emergency

procedures these can be minimised; leaving you to be able to deliver

Assistance Plan for that particular area should be practiced

literally life changing experiences to your guests!

and understood by the necessary members of crew.

By following these eight simple steps a Superyacht can be well prepared for scuba diving:

Imagine this entirely plausible scenario. A busy and in demand Charter

Always establish whether guests will be interested in scuba

Yacht with scuba diving facilities is coming towards the end of a tiring

diving on a particular charter for proper planning. To deliver

and intensive season. They are nearing the end of a charter on the Cote

an unforgettable experience planning is going to be needed.

d’Azur when a request to go scuba diving from the senior member of a

Get help and start consulting with an external specialist

charter group comes in unexpectedly.

early. •

Try and find out the exact certification level, experience

Are you prepared?

(number of logged dives, date of most recent dive) and type of diving the client wishes to experience. •

If guests wish to dive you’re going to need to have an

Adapted from an article by Alex Diamond, Diamond Diving

Instructor or Divemaster organised well ahead of time. In

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the high season most of these people are going to be fully employed by a dive centre and thus not necessarily available. •

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No Double Dipping! Crew Mess Hygiene Rules By Kelly Harman – Shoreline Safety After working in the food industry for 18 years as an Environmental

• Have good order in the fridges. Don’t overstock, keep foods

Health Officer and the yachting industry for the last 3 years as a

wrapped, maintain the fridge temperatures (5 degrees or below)

food hygiene trainer, you get to hear all sorts of stories, good and

and always separate raw foods from ready to eat foods. Cross

bad. After spending time with interior crew and having lunch

contamination causes food poisoning.

onboard myself, it became apparent that crew mess hygiene rules

• The golden rule of food handling is don’t work with food if you

were not always a priority. Here are a few pointers to keep you bug

feel ill, especially if you have symptoms of sickness & diarrhoea.

free in the crew mess and to help you prevent the spread of food

By serving or handling food, including drinks, it is easy to pass on

borne illness onboard.

harmful bacteria or viruses that you may be carrying. You must stay well clear of food areas, including the crew mess and you must

• Good hand hygiene is key! Always wash your hands before helping

not return to work until at least 48 hours after your last symptom.

yourself to food in the crew mess; this means at break times, lunch

Often people think that once the vomiting has stopped you will be

times or even when you are just passing through to grab a snack.

ok; the truth is the bacteria can stay in your system for around 48

• No double dipping! So many times I see people sticking their fork

hours after you start feeling better. And don’t forget to wash your

or spoon into dishes of food, after they’ve licked it. Keep your saliva

hands thoroughly. In the yachting environment you all live in close

to yourself.

quarters, during a period of illness you should be isolated in your

• Always have separate towels, one for hands, one for crockery and

cabin and your roommate should go elsewhere if possible.

one for cleaning or buffing. I have seen on numerous occasions one

• Cleaning! Keeping the crew mess clean is equally important. Pay

tea towel being used for everything; hands, getting hot things from

attention to the main contacts points such as fridge door handles;

the microwave and buffing the surfaces after lunch.

light switches etc these are touched by everyone and can often get

• Think time. During food service, food must not be left out for

missed. Clean fridges out regularly and check for any out of date

extended periods of time. Food should be cooked, served and

food. Fridge seals often harbour food debris; bacteria and mould

consumed. Any leftovers should be put in the fridge, wrapped and

so make sure they are included in your cleaning schedule.

dated. There is a greater risk of bacterial growth where food is left out at ambient temperatures. • Leftovers also need to be managed carefully. Out of date food can easily cause food poisoning. Make sure leftover food is covered

Kelly Harman of Shoreline Safety provides professional food hygiene

and dated with the day of production and make sure it’s consumed

training that is MCA compliant. Kelly is a food hygiene expert and offers

within 1-2 days, particularly high-risk foods such as rice.

onboard hygiene audits, general advice, food safety management and

• If you are re-heating foods make sure this is done properly. Leftover

HACCP systems. All information that is provided by clients is strictly

foods generally contain more bacteria; by reheating it properly you

confidential. Further information and updates can be seen at www.

destroy any bacteria that may be present.

shorelinesafety.co.uk

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The 1st PYA Palma Social Event November 2016

On Saturday 5th November the PYA hosted its first ever social event for yacht crew in Palma. The last time we visited Mallorca for the Palma yacht show, the feedback we received was that the island’s yachties felt that the Antibes crew were getting all the fun when it came to PYA social events and that the Spanish contingent were missing out. So we listened to the crew and planned a great day and night out for the yacht crew of Palma to enjoy, completely free of charge for PYA members. After lunch on Saturday afternoon, we picked up our eager crew members from the centre of Palma and transported them to E-Karts in Festival Park, location of the indoor electronic go-karting track. After a welcome beer, the participants were split into 5 teams,

be felt throughout, and everyone was in it to win it. As one eager

each one comprised of a complete mix of ages, levels of yachting

deckhand commented, ‘I didn’t come here to come second!’

experience and positions on-board. The teams then took it in turn to do a practice round to get the feel of the karts (the PYA and its sponsors had treated the crew

There were some fast laps recorded amongst the 40 participants, but a few drivers moved themselves away from the rest of the pack.

to the fastest vehicles the track were able to offer, so they were pretty nippy off the mark and took a bit of getting used to!). The racers then

Drumroll please……..the results of the Grand Prix:

completed a qualifying round, and each person’s fastest lap time was

1st position – Kieren Nodea

recorded. Whilst each team raced, the other crew and sponsors were

2nd position – Paul Anderson

able to watch from a spectator platform and enjoy a drink together in

3rd position – Oli Johnson

the relaxed environment of the racing lounge.

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Once each team had raced and their position had been

After the adrenaline of the racing had subsided, we took everyone to

determined, the racers took to the track once more to establish who

Infuze Bar in Illetas, where we enjoyed a chilled evening of food, drinks

was the fastest driver of the day. The sense of competition could

and socialising. Whilst some people played a game of pool outside on the

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terrace, others enjoyed the fun selfie pod complete with silly costumes that we had laid on. With plenty of food and drink for everyone, it was a great end to a fantastic day. Rhys and Rhiannon at the bar couldn’t have done more to accommodate us, even baking us a PYA cake!

A FEW COMMENTS FROM THE PARTICIPANTS: ‘The go-karting was a fun way to break down the cliques and get us all mingling with people we wouldn’t normally chat with. That led on into the night, where the food, drink, pool and photo booth gave us an opportunity to get to know each other more in a chilled out way. I didn’t feel like I was ‘networking’ but went away from the event with new contacts and new friends.’ Jack, Deckhand

‘A big thanks to you and your team for organising the GoKarting & dinner. Really nice to have an event put on in Palma for those crew who don’t get to Antibes… much appreciated!’ Chef/stew, S/Y Cookielicious

‘I would like to thank you for a great afternoon. My crew from the sailing yacht Alexa of London enjoyed the afternoon. It was great to see this event in Mallorca.’ Captain, S/Y Alexa of London

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The PYA Christmas Ball 2016

their photo was waiting for them to collect and take home. Drinks and a selection of gorgeous canapés followed, whilst a live band played a sophisticated blend of jazz and soul music. The guests were then shown to their tables in the grand ballroom, which had been beautifully decorated with festive flower arrangements designed by Azur Flowers. Sparkling wine (kindly provided by Riviera Wine) and a welcome toast from PYA Director of Training and Certification Joey Meen followed, after which a fantastic three-course dinner was served.. Meanwhile, the superb Phly Boyz entertained us their unique style of high-energy acoustic music. The handmade

The 2016 PYA Christmas Ball saw the attendance of more guests than ever before in the event’s history! We welcomed a mixture of young and old, crew and shore-based professionals, different nationalities, ball veterans and PYA party newbies! Many people said that the 2016 Ball was the best one ever, so let’s continue this trend for the 2017 event! Upon arrival, the guests were able to have their photo taken by esteemed local photographer Alban Pichon against the backdrop of the beautiful Carlton Christmas tree. Everyone was thrilled that when they walked through to the drinks reception in la Côte Bar, a glossy print of

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crackers with gifts sponsored by Gourmet Deliveries added something

had an absolutely wonderful evening.Well done for putting on such a great party!’

extra special to the tables.

‘Thanks for yet another fantastic and well organised Christmas Ball!We had a

We had a fun photobooth where guests could play around with

great time and hope for many more in the future!’

props and fancy dress in front of the camera, and take home a print or

‘I just wanted to drop you a little email to say thank you for organising such a

upload the image directly to social media. The annual PYA Christmas

terrific PYA Ball on Friday, the organisation was fantastic from the timing, to the

raffle was a great success, with some brilliant prizes donated by our

band and every little detail had been taken care of, it was great thank you!We really

kind supporters.

enjoyed it and will be delighted to keep supporting the PYA in the future.’

The headline event of the evening was the ever-brilliant Blah Blah,

‘Thank you for putting on such a great evening! So much better than the last

who kept the dance floor crammed as we partied the night away until the

one I attended five years ago...well done’

small hours!

‘Super party well done – and two great bands!’

Thank you to all our guests for coming and making it the best PYA ball yet, and of course to our generous sponsors, without whom the event

‘Well done for putting on a great party last night – a huge success!’ ‘Thank you so much, it was such a fun night’

would not have been possible: Burgess, Horizons, Pantaenius, Gourmet Deliveries and Riviera Wine. If your company would be interested in sponsoring the 2017

The PYA would like to thank its kind sponsors of the ball, without whom it would not have been possible.:

Christmas Ball (or any other PYA events), please contact Carey on marketing@pya.org

A FEW COMMENTS FROM THE HAPPY GUESTS: ‘The whole night was perfection. The best ever ball to date!!! Really well organized and worth every penny’ ‘Thank you again SO much for the brilliant night last Friday – you really do know how to throw a great party, it was a great success and everyone I spoke to had a brilliant time!’ ‘Thanks very much for organizing everything for the PYA Christmas Ball – we

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IF YOU CAN KEEP YOUR HEAD WHEN ALL ABOUT YOU ARE LOSING THEIRS Rudyard Kipling

RIGHT: MY AVIVA

HE PAST YEAR HAS SEEN MANY SIGNIFICANT political events in Europe and the USA, and we are soon to have other important elections in France and elsewhere. In the UK, the strategy for Brexit is still undefined in any concrete terms. Brexit has been increasingly chaotic, affecting foreign exchange rates and potentially halting all but the most vital new investments. In the yacht management business, Nick Hill of Hill Robinson says ‘Everyone is more aware of political change in their business life, and the impact on yachting has been significant this past year or so’. Since the British decided to leave the EU, illustrious brands

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admired by mainland Europe and the rest of the world suddenly

back to yesterday, but the laws of history dictate – yesterday

became much more affordable. With the low pound and open

can never get better, only the future. US car manufacturers have

access into the single market, demand swiftly outstripped supply

been told to produce more cars and prepare for orders, a tough

for the export of luxury boats and cars. Jaguar Land Rover in the

ask with Toyota being the most popular US buy and the BMW

UK for example built more cars than any other builder in 2016,

manufacturing plant in the US being their largest global facility.

by far the majority for export.

While high profile immigration decisions make many shudder,

In the marine industry, sales in the UK leisure boat industry

and have repercussions for multinational yacht crews travelling,

have risen to their highest point since the financial crisis, and now

for tomorrow the President’s measures to reduce regulatory

nearly nine months since the Brexit vote, are still growing assisted

burdens on industry certainly favour the yachting industry. There

by the tailwind of a low pound. Britain’s luxury motor boat

is it seems plenty of optimism amongst US yards with the return

builders are major exporters, only 2% of Sunseeker’s vessels stay

to a more nationalist, if it were possible, America.

in the UK while around 80% of Princess’ boats go abroad. These

European or further afield charters may be taking a back

builders are seeking some sort of timetable, certainty from the

seat for British travellers, but in the US, ‘We at Northrop &

UK Government, on how future trade deals or any tariffs may be

Johnson think 2017 will be a banner year,’ Kevin Merrigan, CEO

introduced as a result of Brexit.

says enthusiasticaly, ‘the new Government is very pro-business

Crucially a fair amount of this activity is also down to

and we have seen a surge in the sale of well maintained yachts.

the US, still the largest boat market in the world, and could be

The charter market is bouyant and we believe the Med will sell

slowed if tariffs are introduced as has been implied by the new

out again this July and August. There will be an excellent supply

Trump administration. His call to ‘make America great again’,

of wonderful yachts available in New England and the Bahamas

resonates with a big proportion of the population who hark

but we expect pricing to be competitive.’

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BELOW: MY BURKUT

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There are some other promising global drivers. Possible

after adjustments take place to accommodate the new face of

easing of sanctions could spur wealthy Russians to enter the

politics. Our Pascoe enterprise fits in with this more stable longer

yachting market again, many high profile yachts are already

term view. With a strong order book and increasing market share,

owned by their countrymen and the Chinese and Asian markets

we are positive of the future. The fog on the horizon for anyone

are slowly growing, a macro trend apparently. Fiona Maureso,

like us that build for global and European markets is how complex

President of MYBA and Charter Director at Northrop & Johnson

borders, paperwork, taxes and import duties will become. At

France comments. ‘Emerging markets such as Asia are showing

the moment we can pick up a tender for refit anywhere in the

increased interest in yachting as we educate them with high level

Eurozone and just drive it back to our UK factory...and the reverse

marketing. Overall business is up and in general I think that the

with new products!’

news in the superyacht sector is positive and the word ‘busy’ is

Back in Europe, and while France and her Mediterranean

being used, especially in the USA now that the Presidency has

neighbours remain the most glamorous of yachting destinations,

settled down. From where I am in France, the Brexit effect is still

regulations and interpretation of tax laws are becoming more

a long way off. Closer to home we have the upcoming elections

challenging. The tax authorities are seeking to separate the vessel

but I think that the rather difficult times for yachting in France

from the owner, in particular for charters in European waters. With

may be reversed once these are over.’

the requirement for the vessel to register for VAT wherever the

With new builds, both in the US and Europe, the timescales

charter commences and cruises and with a fiscal representative in

are such that economic blips may not make a real difference to

that jurisdiction, some authorities have confused this obligation

the market. ‘Talking to owners I am working with, there seems to

extending it to corporation tax. ‘Of course it is the function of

be a general support for what’s happening in the Eurozone and

the authorities to ensure that any tax due is correctly paid and

we expect a positive view of the Brexit outcome in a few years

as such a transparent regime is advised’ states Nick Hill, however

from now,’ remarks superyacht designer and owner of Pascoe

the French Government has already attempted to enforce a 50%

tenders, Ken Freivokh. ‘Obviously some owners may disagree but

withholding tax on charter revenue prior to being paid to the

the general opinion seems to be that things can only get better

yacht ownership company if located in an offshore jurisdiction’.

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With this problem now appealed and dropped by the French, it is

links cannot be exaggerated, Cyprus has a long history as a

of particularly strategic interest that operators have been looking

centre of excellence for ship and yacht management and forms

to change their operational base out of France.

an increasingly active role in the industry.’

Keeping abreast of these constantly evolving regulations

Meanwhile, elections in the Netherlands, France and

can be a full time occupation, especially when the yacht is

Germany all take place this year with the next set of populists

sailing between numerous countries and needs knowledge of

and nationalists standing – the likes of Matteo Salvini and Beppe

each of the jurisdictions it happens to be visiting. ‘In today’s

Grillo in Italy, Geert Wilders in the Netherlands and Marine Le

charter market every captain and owner can only benefit from

Pen in France – all galvanised by Brexit and the Trump vote. It is

a professional management company to support them.’ states

unlikely that all of these candidates will be elected, but with a

Romina Rastelli, charter manager at Hill Robinson.

very uncertain outcome and the possibility of various coalition

Way beyond the day to day running, fuelling requirements

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governments, Europe’s future becomes more unpredictable.

and guest welfare, careful navigation of the local tax regulations

‘Looking ahead and with a view towards providing stability

are now required to enable unhindered operation and it would

for our customers it is no accident that our recent investments

make sense that these areas are left in the hands of specialists. ‘We

in operational facilities are based in the more solid and

offer our client’s best management practice, providing guidance

established centres of the maritime industry,’ Nick Hill points out,

on, for example, VAT structure, and advice on commercial or

‘our new offices in Monaco are at the centre of the Mediterranean

private lease arrangements. We have recently noticed an upturn

yachting industry and are complementing the brand’s expanding

in business due to political changes through the past year,’

presence in the USA and Europe including Cyprus, now one

says Stelios Kazamia from Hill Robinson’s Cyprus office, ‘our

of the most steadily growing economies in the European

regulatory regime is fully compliant with the requirements of

Union. Our advice continues to be as impartial as ever… enjoy

the EU and OECD. Following Brexit the economic and political

your yachting’.

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SUPERYACHT DELIGHTS HAVE NOTHING TO BEEF ABOUT BY IAN JARVIS LONG WITH MY WIFE CARLA, I FOUNDED

was not in yachting but in the commercial world of supplying

Superyacht Supplies in 2003; prior to that we ran a

hotels, restaurants and indeed supermarkets. The same potential

substantial food and drink business supplying both

demands but a moving ‘back door’ when it comes to delivery –

national and international markets. Although our roots were

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not only changing addresses but countries too!

in the national and international Meat Industry, over the years

We set out to provide the highest service levels and quality

we diversified into importing and trading canned goods, other

of products. Maintaining a team of individuals with specific skills,

foods and a wide range of drinks as well as exporting mainly to

not necessarily gained in yachting, investing in technology to drive

the continent.

performance up while driving costs down, we do not use online

We operated three main divisions: wholesale import

ordering as we believe in offering a bespoke service tailored to

and export; wholesale supplies to leading Supermarkets and

individual requirements. Truly Local but Global! Much importance

wholesalers, such as Metro a well know source for many in

is given to sourcing locally and we use local markets most days

the yacht industry and a division supplying restaurants and

too, when that makes practical and financial sense. But the specific

hotels. As well as extensive knowledge of the food industry we

demands of international clientele often means only imported

acquired a vast experience in logistics and at the peak of our

goods will meet the exacting standards demanded and our

company we were responsible for over 200 12 metre trailer

extensive experience in the import and export world confirms that

export movements per week operating several depots from

local is not always the most economic route. In our old company

London to Dundee in Scotland. Our business, one of the largest

we regularly bought UK product outside of the UK to re-import

independent drinks wholesalers in the UK, was sold in 2000

for clients and similarly sent products back from where they came,

and we used our food and logistics background and industry

with cost savings for all concerned. For the yacht industry Croatia

knowledge to start Superyacht Supplies. Little did we know

is a good example of the challenges of local markets. Firstly the

that our company and the industry would grow and develop in

local markets, understandably, are primarily servicing demand

the way it has and with it the need for ever more professional

from local consumers, restaurateurs etc., therefore not only is

provisioning services. Unlike many however our background

their selection geared to local cuisine and volume demands but

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many hotels etc. are pre-ordering as they know and predict their

suppliers because they were the best in their field producing

occupancy rates days if not weeks in advance when demand is

and supplying the very best produce and because they were

swelled by tourists. Not so for the unpredictable yacht market

accustomed to supplying demanding clientele such as Michelin

whose demands are for the rare (for Croatia), out of season,

star restaurants. In addition all our main suppliers were also able to

variety and for the larger yachts, volume. The local fresh fruit and

meet our special requests for the yacht market and could provide

vegetable markets for example are good, but unpredictable from

us with full traceability and compliance. Not once in 14 years

day to day and limited in their range if the more unusual are part

have we been asked to provide any evidence or audit of any of our

of our clients shopping list and there is a specific brand preference

suppliers, although we welcome chefs to visit them on fact finding

when it comes to general items or ingredients. Yacht Gourmet

and educational visits. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not so much a purchasing policy but a

Croatia is a subsidiary of our company and our director in Croatia

philosophy to source the very best from the very best.

Alessia Cortesi along with her husband and fellow director Marin

Take our award winning meat supplier, they only buy

are experienced ex yacht chef and chief engineer with great local

carcass meat (not boxed meat from international traders), they

knowledge which makes them ideally suited to advise when

know the farmers who reared the animals, setting down the

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;localâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; will be possible or with regard to the cost effective options

standards for Ethical Sourcing and Animal Welfare. With strict

of importing either by road or air given time, from UK, France

criteria being applied at every stage of the chain including how the

and Italy. We apply the same approach in the French Riviera and

animals must be treated, prior and post slaughter. Their philosophy

beyond.

is to source only the most natural products reared using the purest

For the past 14 years we have been surprised by the lack

farming methods. Farming in this way means that the best meat

of audits carried out on provisioning companies by yachts, charter

is ethically produced for flavour, whilst remaining in harmony with

brokers and management companies. In our previous business all

the countryside, year in year out, and as a consequence sustaining

our customers required audits to satisfy themselves that we were

the environment. They carefully select and inspect all of their

capable of supplying with good practice and in doing so that we

suppliers and can trace the meat we in turn supply to our clients

met all the legal requirements, held all the correct insurances and

from farm to plate. Some of it even comes from Ballindaloch

licences. Our clients had to satisfy themselves with the standards

Castle itself, home to the oldest Angus herd of all, where the

of who they were dealing with, but also that we were able to meet

cattle graze on ancient pastures, drink pure Highland water, and

the demands of their insurers and to guarantee full traceability of

come winter time feed on the barley draff from local distilleries.

their supplies, particularly when fresh foods are concerned.

The beef is left to hang in the ultimate dry ageing conditions, on

From the start we applied the same principles to the

the bone, for a minimum of 28 days, and the result is the tastiest,

yacht provisioning market taking for granted that this would be

most tender beef around. Three things are essential in the rearing

a requirement in the Superyacht market too, after all the level

of the best beef; environment, welfare, and using only selected

of clientele were even more discerning and probably even more

suckler herds. Diet and welfare have the greatest influence on

litigious if things went wrong. We set out to hand pick all our

eating quality and that is why our meat supplier has chosen, over

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standards, hence why they have to work with over 600 farmers to guarantee consistency. These carcasses are transported whole (with the bone) in to Aubrey Allen, holders of the Royal Warrant, where the magic of dry ageing happens under the expert eye of the Master Butcher and the concentration of flavours intensifies whilst the tissues are perfectly broken down for taste and texture. The result (and standards are strictly applied) is not only full traceability and consistency but quite simply the most stunning award winning beef. Most meat traders and retailers cannot offer this level of traceability or guarantee of provenance. SUCKLER HERDS Definition of suckler herds: The majority of beef eaten in Europe is dairy beef – that is to say a by-product of the dairy industry where cows must calf each year to produce milk for human consumption. Suckler herds are specially bred cattle for beef where the herd run the last twenty years, to work with farmers in areas of natural

together and the young calf suckle from their mother’s milk as

outstanding beauty with clear waters and lush pastures that are

nature intended.

far from industry and pollution. Only suckler herds that have been allowed to develop slowly, gently building muscle full of flavour to full maturity

Similar background and stories apply to all our fresh food suppliers with our offering of smoked salmon coming from the oldest established and renowned smokers in Europe.

with just the perfect amount of internal and external fat, but

The same care and attention is taken with all our products,

without the muscles being oversized to avoid wide eyed steaks,

meat, fish, from sustainable sources, caviar, etc. And we can

are accepted. The farms have full traceability so when the short

provide full traceability, something that may be hard to obtain in

journey to the abattoir is made the traceability passes on all

the local market.

the way down to us. The carcasses are graded on the bone by a government inspector and our meat supplier’s specification is so tight that only eight carcasses out of 100 beasts would fit our own

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BALLISTIC PROTECTION

AND SUPERYACHT TENDERS BY JOSH RICHARDSON HILST RUMOURS ABOUND ABOUT CERTAIN

on future custom builds for clients who feel that this would be

superyachts having bulletproof glass and ballistic

advantageous to them. In researching and designing these boats

protection I am not sure there are many superyacht

we have learnt some key lessons which are shared below.

tenders you can think of which have this, which seems strange as

As yacht tender designers, consultants, and project

surely tender transfers would be the time during which guests are

managers but not ballistics experts our first port of call was to

most vulnerable and an easier target?

a specialist supplier of firearms protection equipment who offers

We believe that at Superyacht Tenders and Toys we are project managing some of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first fully enclosed

services to the military as well as to private clients and they have guided us through the process.

custom limousine tenders with ballistic protection. In speaking to all of the premium custom builders suitable for very high end

BUILD AND DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS

limousine tenders it certainly seems we are tackling new ground

In the early stages of the design we needed to consider these

and we have learnt lots in the process.

key criteria:

Opinions on bullet proofing vary and it may all be a step

1. Where will the vessel be used and what is the threat level? For

too far into the world of James Bond or Jack Bauer for some, but

instance, if the vessel will be predominantly based in Europe,

the fact is that the need for this technology exists and it has

the threat is very different to a vessel based in the Middle East

become part of the superyacht world. We took on the challenge

2. Vessel specifications, in particular performance and weight.

of incorporating this protection into tender builds at the specific

How many people must the tender carry? How fast must the

request of our clients and we now have boats in build that are

vessel run and whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the maximum range it has to achieve?

able to withstand three shots within a 10 cm radius from an

3. Are there any constrictions imposed by the mothership (size of

AK-47 at a 10 m range. We now feel confident to offer this

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garage, capacity of crane etc.)?


BALLISTIC PROTECTION

Once these criteria have been considered, we can provide a tailor

so that occupants can get themselves to safety. The ability

made protection kit for the vessel, taking into account the full

to run away from threats is decreased the heavier and more

threat assessment and based on protection and performance

cumbersome the vessel is.

requirements. In order to achieve this package we work closely

Cruising areas are also important to review. For example,

with owners’ representatives and their security consultants

where the boat is located, is there more risk of a threat such

and discuss all aspects with them as it is key for all parties

as overhead shots, or should we design to the typical standards

to understand how the boats will be used and to work out a

of having all vertical surfaces at 100% protection but decks, roof

best practice.

and console at 45% threat level? Tough decisions to be made

For superyacht tenders the main issues in incorporating

BELOW: A CLOSE UP OF THE IMPACT OF BALLISTICS ON CERAMIC TILES

by anyone.

bullet proofing is adding weight, which impacts performance, and reducing the interior volume of the guest space due to the added thickness of glass and hull liners. Often this will also be constrained by the garage dimensions and crane capacity on the mothership. As a guide a 12 m ballistic limousine tender will weigh approximately 2000 kg more than a comparable non-ballistic tender, so the design of this boat, the buoyancy, engine and drive package are critical. The handling will have significant compromises as it will weigh around 30% more than a non-ballistic vessel (depending upon the threat level it is built to, see below). THREAT LEVEL Based off the client’s profile and consultation with security

THE MATERIALS

advisors we first agree on a realistic threat/protection level to

GLASS

work to. The most commonly used weapon in the world is the

Ballistic glazing is an important consideration in the design of

AK-47 Kalashnikov assault rifle. Even after almost seven decades,

a tender; bulletproof glass is typically comprised of multiple

the model and its variants remain the most popular and widely

sheets of silica glass laminated together with a non-polyacrylic

used assault rifles in the world due to its low production costs

interlayer between them. The use of a scratch-resistant spall

compared with contemporary Western weapons. It is estimated

panel (soft material mounted in the crew compartment of a

that over 100 million variants of the weapon are currently in

vehicle which serves to prevent fragments generated during an

circulation worldwide with the majority based in the Middle East,

impact from being accelerated towards the occupants) on the

Africa and the Far East – scary reading.

inboard surface offers 100% protection to crew and passengers

With superyachts travelling vast distances worldwide and the increased threat of International terrorism and modern

alike. This can be made to any shape and size but typical weight per metre of AK47 threat level glass is 84 kg.

day pirates, Superyacht Tenders and Toys have been advised to

It may be advisable to reduce the overall area of the

consider the AK47 assault rifle to be the biggest threat to the

glass to keep total weight down to a minimum. Security is

guests and crew of the vessel.

also increased with less glazing, as more opaque surfaces

In considering the threat level and the design of the boat

makes it difficult for the attacker to fix on a target. Flat glass is

it is important to identify which areas of the vessel need to be

often a lot more competitively priced and readily available

protected. Does the vessel require full protection? Can we protect

than the more aesthetically pleasing, curved panes so often

the ‘high risk’ areas of the vessel only (guest area, cockpit and

requested by designers so a balance needs to be struck between

engine bay)? With the added weight and cost of ballistics there

cost and design.

are compromises to be made, perhaps the largest of which would be whether to protect the whole vessel, or just to create a citadel

LEGION POLYETHYLENE FOR AK47 OR SIMILAR THREAT LEVEL

around the cabin.

Legion polyethylene can be used on marine vessels and other

On many occasions, reducing the ballistics protection to

secure areas where lighter weight ballistic protection is required.

key areas such as the cabin on limousines is preferred to keep

The Legion Polyethylene panels have a white finish to them and

vessel characteristics but alternatives can be suggested such as

can be encapsulated in an environmental coating to protect the

remote driving helms, cameras and increased communications

material from UV and everyday wear and tear. This material

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BALLISTIC PROTECTION

RIGHT: LEGION ARAMID

offers multi-hit protection (tested to 3 shots from 10 m in a 10 cm radius).

BELOW: LEGION POLYETHYLENE

LEGION ARAMID Legion aramid is a lower cost alternative to Legion polyethylene and is lighter in density and more malleable than steel or GRP armours. The material is predominately used for ballistic spall liners and is ideal for lower levels of protection. In layman’s terms an example of this could be a Kevlar curtain around a guest cabin on a limousine tender. Individual panels of bullet proof materials can be manufactured in ‘flat sheet’ form, or moulded to follow the design and contours of a vessel (SYTT preferred method). Lead time is typically three months for hull liners and ballistic glass so this needs to be considered when making decisions. CONCLUSION If considering ballistics protection, it is well worth planning for it as early as possible in the build process as it has significant implications on the design in terms of weight, performance and handling. Adding glass in the roof for example can make the limousine roll more at sea. That said, if considered from the very beginning and a boat with suitable buoyancy is chosen then it can be added with little effect on the owner. Ballistic protection adds increased sound proofing and has several positives for the owner’s and guests’ experience on board, most notably with heavy limousines being typically more comfortable at sea if well balanced. With advances in technology to include scanners, infrared cameras and heat proximity sensors there are increasing ways to anticipate and avoid being in the situation of having to rely on ballistics protection which would always be the preferred route. Finally, the nature of this subject means that key decisions need to be made on the threat level of the principal which is often beyond the pay scale of a captain, project manager or tender builder as compromises will need to be made somewhere in the build of a bullet proof tender and where lives can be involved this needs to be authorised by the principal. If bullet-proofing is something that is being considered for your projects then Superyacht Tenders and Toys can add significant value to your build.

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IN THIS EDITION: AMICO & CO ASTILLEROS DE MALLORCA LUSBEN MONACO MARINE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; LA CIOTAT

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AMICO & CO SRL

MICO & CO IS ONE OF THE VERY FEW MAJOR SUPERYACHT REFIT AND REPAIR

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

centres worldwide and has developed facilities at its Genoa yard to meet the precise requirements of superyacht refit and repair. Amico & Co can cater for all work, whether the project is just to refresh the paintwork or a major conversion that may take a year or more. The yard can handle any type or size of yacht including the latest generation of large sailboats. It also specialises in working on classic and antique yachts where dedicated care is required.

SUITABLE FOR VESSELS OF: 18 M – 170 M

Since 1991 the continual growth of the Amico & Co shipyard has given testament to its leadership

IN HOUSE FACILITIES: 12 paint-refit sheds, 24 berths max 140 m LOA, in-house departments: Engineering, shaft alignment, engine and generator servicing and reconditioning, ship’s technical systems. Paint work, from primer application to topcoat refinishing. Wood carpentry, teak decking and yacht interior refurbishment. Electrical workshop. Official services: MTU, Caterpillar, Northern Lights and Idromar.

in the refit & repair industry and the yard itself has a 30,000 m2 surface which includes 12 refit and repair

MAIN LOCAL CONTRACTORS: All trades Drydock: Max length of vessel 170 m Travel lift: 320 and 835 t Cranes: 18 t and 45 t Hard standing area: 30,000 m2 of docking and yard area Alongside berthing: Max 140 m Stern to berthing: Max 110 m Covered sheds: 12 x sheds up to 102 m LOA, brand new dry-dock shed 90 m LOA and 102 m covered graving dock inside the yard Yes Tenting available: Dayworkers allowed: Restricted Project office available: Yes

covered areas and paint sheds specifically designed for projects up to 102 m in length and equipped with forced ventilation systems to maintain necessary temperature/humidity/emission conditions. The company offers multiple dry-dock solutions: in 2014, Amico & Co inaugurated a new 102 m sheltered graving dry-dock with a 31 m airdraft inside the yard area, equipped with state-of-the art and environmentally friendly technical systems for paint overspray recovering and treatment, heating & lighting. The company also exclusively manages Dry-dock #2 in Genoa Port, a 200 m dry-dock suitable for two yachts of up to 90 m LOA, with a 90 m brand new painting shed in the fore-section opened in late 2015. The company is particularly renowned for its painting skills, whilst for engineering Amico & Co is an official contractor for leading companies such as MTU, Caterpillar, Northern Lights and Idromar. The company headquarters boasts a crew area equipped with satellite tv and Wi-Fi with 24/7 access by using the company provided crew badge. A dedicated multilingual concierge service caters for all accommodation, transport and any other client and crew requests. The yard is just minutes from central Genoa, a lively metropolis perfectly located for crews during their refit periods, with an international airport and great connections to all the major Italian cities and nearby ski resorts. The large number of clients who bring their yachts back to the shipyard for repeat work is testimony to the dedicated service and skill that Amico & Co 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 25 years. This is an indispensable tool for both the Amico & Co team and for the Client, who is kept constantly informed and who can monitor the state of progress of his project. Amico & Co has a long experience of working to meet all Flag State and Class regulations and interacts with important associations such as Confindustria and ICOMIA and was the first shipyard in Italy to attain the environmental management standard certificate ISO 1400.

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ASTILLEROS DE MALLORCA

STILLEROS DE MALLORCA IS A REFIT AND REPAIR SHIPYARD FOR LUXURY sailing and motor yachts. It was first established in 1942 and pioneered the construction of a great variety of vessels. In the early 90s Mallorca started to become the focal point for Superyachts that run both the Caribbean and Mediterranean seasons. Astilleros de Mallorca adapted to the requirements of this up and coming market and is considered today to be Mallorca’s Premier Shipyard. This recognition has been backed up by important awards such as the Boat International’s ‘Best Superyacht Refit’. The yard’s workforce is proud to conserve the rich heritage of the old artisan’s tradition while constantly keeping an eye on the future. Astilleros de Mallorca has recently invested heavily with the purchase of state of the art equipment, the latest in technology and new machinery. Also the redefined workshops have contributed to upgrade the facilities. The shipyard offers a full range of in-house services that include 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.

ASTILLEROS DE MALLORCA Contramuelle Mollet, 11 E-07012 Palma de Mallorca Baleares, Spain Contact: Diego Colon / Stefan Enders Tel: +34 971 710645 Email: info@astillerosdemallorca.com Web: www.astillerosdemallorca.com SUITABLE FOR VESSELS OF:

25 M+

IN HOUSE FACILITIES: Hull & structural work in: steel, aluminium, wood and composite plastics. Engineering: pipe-work, tanks, electrical and wiring, machinery overhaul and repair, shafts and propellers. Fitting-out work: joinery, furnishings, interior finishing, electronics, television, sat-com, sourcing/supply of fittings. Exterior work: hull cleaning and painting, deck refinishing, woodwork, sanding and varnishing. Exterior painting: afloat under cover, ashore under cover. MAIN LOCAL CONTRACTORS: All trades Slipways: 4 x Max length 74m, Beam 11.5 m Weight 1700 tons, Draught 5.5 m Cranes: 3 x Max weight of lift 20 t 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

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: 600 t Crane: 30 t Trolley: 250 t Trolley: 80 t Seafront area: 30,000 m2 Paint shed: up to 60 m Environmentally controlled and dust free Crew Accommodation: Yes REFIT & REPAIR – LIVORNO Travel lift: 300 t Yes Cranes: Trolley: 1050 t Floating dock: (110 m) 18,000 t Drydock: 145 m Ship lift: 2500 t Seafront area: 45,000 m2 Crew Accommodation: Yes

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HE LUSBEN REFIT & REPAIR FACILITIES AND ORGANISATION ARE BASED BOTH in Viareggio and Livorno and offer a wide range of services to cover all the assistance, maintenance and repair needs of superyachts and megayachts from 20 m to 120 m in length. The services that make Lusben your ideal partner include: • Refit and repair • Berthing • Documentation management and technical supervision • Across-the-board assistance In order to provide a comprehensive assistance service covering all owners’ needs, Lusben not only performs ordinary maintenance work, but also deals with administrative formalities, the most common being class renewals and upgrades in compliance with register rules, and assistance to other Shipyards that need our Services. Lusben performs significant mechanical, structural and interior refits, as well as providing the necessary support to upgrade systems, subdivision and insulation to meet the strict safety regulations in force for charter class vessels. All refit and repair services are performed with the support of marine engineers and specialised technicians. REFIT AND REPAIR SERVICES Refit and repair work is performed with the help of the best craftsmen in Viareggio and Livorno, the internationally recognised centres of yacht building excellence. The work is carried out by specialised workers for each individual area, with constant cost control. BERTHING Viareggio can offer over 15,000 m2 of water surface and moorings for about 40 yachts ranging in length from 20 m to 65 m. Livorno can offer moorings for 20 yachts ranging in length from 20 m to 65 m. Quality, financial transparency, good planning, superb craftsmanship, internal project management, full warranty on the jobs carried out and spirited co-operation with owners, owners representatives or yacht management and Shipyards. This is what has made the Lusben refit yard today one of the most successful and respected refit yards in the world.

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MONACO MARINE – LA CIOTAT

ITH SIX SHIPYARDS ON THE FRENCH RIVIERA LOCATED IN Monaco, Beaulieu Sur Mer, St Laurent du Var, Antibes, Golfe de St Tropez, La Ciotat, Monaco Marine can support and assist you during your stay in

MONACO MARINE – LA CIOTAT 46 Quai François Mitterrand BP 80039 13600 La Ciotat Cedex - France

(2000 t Yachtlift) with a total of 14 hard standing berths for them. It can also haul out boats

Contact: Vincent Larroque Group Sales Director Tel : +33 (0)4 42 36 12 12 Email: mmlaciotat@monacomarine.com Web: www.monacomarine.com

from 20 to 45 m (300 t travelift) and position them on 10 hard standing berths.

SUITABLE FOR VESSELS:

the area and beyond. Monaco Marine shipyard in La Ciotat is dedicated to superyachts and is today the largest facility of its kind in the Mediterranean. It can haul out yachts between 45 and 85 m

Thanks to the unique layout and transfer system of the La Ciotat shipyard, yachts can be hauled out or launched in less than a day, independently from one another. Monaco Marine shipyard in La Ciotat has gained the confidence of more than 100 yachts that have been serviced there since its opening in 2007. The specialised staff can perform any task from simple maintenance to complete refit and they can benefit from established relationships with leading contractors in various specialties. The yard can count on a proven track record of successful high quality paint jobs thanks to the qualification of its teams and contractors and to its unique 90 m paint shed equipped with a complete air ventilation and heating system. ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications are a further proof of Monaco Marine’s commitment to quality and to customer service. Our team of project managers will ensure a close follow up of your repair project and help you prepare for your next sailing while remaining available afterwards to assist you in any follow up you may need during the course of the season. The 6 shipyards of the group : Monaco • Beaulieu sur Mer • St Laurent du Var • Antibes • Golfe de St Tropez • La Ciotat

20 m – 200 m+

IN HOUSE FACILITIES: Project management, 3D modeling, hull & structural work in steel, aluminium & wood. Engineering: Electrical & wiring, pipework, mechanical, machinery overhaul, shaft & propeller, stainless steel. Painting. Interior finishing, carpentry. 24 hard standing berths MAIN LOCAL CONTRACTORS: All trades Max weight of vessel 300 t Travel lift: Lifting dock: 2000 ton Yachtlift® Cranes: Max weight of vessel 250 t Hard standing area: 45,000 sqm Alongside berthing: 1500 m Stern to berthing: N/A Covered sheds: 90 m hard standing paint shed Tenting available: Yes Dayworkers allowed: Restricted Project office available: Yes

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MID ATLANTIC YACHT SERVICES Rua Cons. M. da Silveira, 3, Horta, Faial, Azores PT9900-144, Portugal T: +351 292 391616 E: mays@mail.telepac.pt Contact: Duncan Sweet – Managing Director www.midatlanticyachtservices.com

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.

The one address for all crew/vessel needs in the middle of the North Atlantic, specializing in full services for Trans-Atlantic yachts crossing to Europe. Founded in 1993 Mid Atlantic can address all needs of Yacht Captains, vessel and Crew and provides customized shore support in all areas, be it a mid passage stop-over or as critical shore based support when cruising the Azores with owners and guests. Specializing in yacht agency, bunkered fuel, VAT payment/importation & chandlery. Advance notice of arrival always encouraged and appreciated.

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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

ALPHA YACHT SERVICES Marina Zea 64 akti moutsopoulou 18546 Piraeus Greece Mykonos island: 3 pigadia 84600 Greece T: +30 210 898 3590 F: +30 210 898 3115 E: info@alpha-group.gr www.alpha-group.gr Contact: Nikos Politis

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.

Alpha Yacht Services a member ofthe ALPHA MARINE GROUP of companies is a proven International companymanned by multilingual highly experienced and qualified marine professionals. We are known in the Eastern Mediterranean, offering a wide range of services throughout the entire region. We also have a FUEL company Alpha Marine Fuels with our own tracks we supply fuels at yachts around Greece.

CARPETS

DECK FITTINGS/SWIM LADDERS

TAI PING CARPETS EUROPE S.A Hôtel de Livry, 23, rue de l’Université, 75007 Paris - France T: +33 (0)1 53 45 90 65 F: +33 (0)1 40 20 90 71 M (France): +33 (0)6 09 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) 207 808 9659 E: xavierbonnamy@taipingcarpets.com www.taipingcarpets.com Contact: Xavier Bonnamy – Yacht Division Global Manager

MULTIPLEX GMBH Zur Westpier 3 28755 Bremen T: +49 421 8350 100 F: +49 421 67 88 68 Email: contact@multiplex.com www.multiplexgmbh.com Contact: Jan Reiners – CEO

Tai Ping Carpets is the world’s leading manufacturer of luxury custom carpets and has developed a special Yacht Division. Yachts recently delivered: MY Dilbar, SY A, MY Golden Odyssey, MY Mistral, MY Vertigo, MY Aquarius, MY Nero, MY Queen Miri, MY Aquila, MY Plvs Vltra, MY Albatross, MY Elixir, MY Kamino, MY Moon Sand II, MY Ocean Victory, MY Quantum Blue, MY Symphony, MY Infinity, MY Vava II, MY Ace, MY Musashi, MY Hampshire II, MY Grace E, MY Madame GU, MY Chopi Chopi, MY Stella Maris, MY Z, MY Como, MY Kiss, MY Hey Jude, MY Okto, MY Formosa, MY Madame Kate, MY Vanish, MY Moon Sand.

Multiplex GmbH was established in 1986 and specializes in the design and production of light weight marine composite solutions built from carbon fibre such as Sun Awning Systems and Swimming Ladders. Consistently supplying top notch services and products.

GLASS AND TANK MONITORING

LAWYERS – MARINE SPECIALISTS

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 LLP 105 Jermyn Street, St James’s London SW1Y 6EE, UK T: +44 (0)20 7283 9033 E: tony.allen@hilldickinson.com Contact: Tony Allen Palais Saint James, 5 avenue Princesse Alice, 98000 Monaco T: +377 9770 0460 E: david.reardon@hilldickinson.com Contact: David Reardon www.hilldickinson.com/yachts

Founded in 1974 TILSE Industrie specialises in the design, production and installation of marine glass to power and sail vessels in the Superyacht Industry worldwide. Amongst our many specialities is the production of curved glass that helps to complement the graceful lines of today’s modern yachts. Our well-known brands are FORMGLAS SPEZIAL® plane and bent glass, MICROCLEAR® heated glass made out of FORMGLAS SPEZIAL®, SOLARDIM® compound glass made out of FORMGLAS SPEZIAL® with dimmer function. NEW PRODUCT – fire-proof glazing A0/A60.

INDUSTRY FILE

AGENTS

Hill Dickinson’s yacht team is the market leader in the provision of legal services to the superyacht industry. In addition to its yachting and yacht finance capability, the firm’s expertise in all areas of marine law is internationally renowned.

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MARINE SCHOOLS MARINAS

NETWORKING

ANTIGUA YACHT CLUB MARINA Falmouth Harbour, Antigua T: +1 (268) 460 1544 F: +1 (268) 460 1444 E: aycmarina@candw.ag www.aycmarina.com Carlo Falcone - Managing Director

JPMA (JOHN PERCIVAL MARINE ASSOCIATES) Marine House, 86a Market Street, Hoylake, Wirral CH47 3BD, UK T: +44 (0)151 632 4000 F: +44 (0)151 632 4776 E: mate@hss.ac.uk www.sailorsworld.co.uk Contact: Anna Percival-Harris – Managing Director

Situated in Falmouth Harbour the marina is a complete facility ideally located for all services in the English and Falmouth harbour area. We can accommodate boats up to 400’, that draw up to 25’.

PAINT SURVEYORS

PROPELLERS

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

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

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.

PIENING-PROPELLER supplies complete propulsion systems, from gearboxes to propellers, including struts, for MEGA yachts and HIGHSPEED yachts. The company designs and produces various types of propellers from a diameter of 800mm upwards and shafts with a several length up to 16,000mm. PIENING-PROPELLER is ISO 9001/2008 certified by DNV GL

REFIT & REPAIR

ROPES

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

ARMARE ROPES Via Meucci, 3 Z.I. Aussa Corno 33058 San Giorgio di Nogaro (UD) Italy T: +39 0431 65575 F: +39 0431 621351 E: info@armare.it www.armareropes.com

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.

Over 200 years in the production of ropes, composite cables, accessories and high quality running and standing rigging equipment, in particular for Super Yachts. Fast deliveries, warranty of safety and reliability, customization of any product, ability to make particular handmade finishing and splicing, constant research of new production technology and innovative materials, these are all hallmarks of Armare.

STABILISERS

TEAK DECKS

NAIAD DYNAMICS UK LTD Unit 3 Nelson Industrial Park, Manaton Way, Hedge End, Southampton SO30 2JH UK T: +44 (0)23 92 539750 F: +44 (0)23 92 539764 E: ukspares@naiad.com www.naiad.com Contact: Steve Colliss – Sales Manager

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

Naiad Dynamics, recognized world leader in the design & manufacture of Ship Motion Control Systems and equipment for yachts of all sizes. AtRest® and AtSpeed® Roll Stabilizers, Advanced Ride Control Systems, Interceptors, Bow &Stern Thrusters, and Integrated Hydraulic Systems. OEM support for all Vosper, Naiad, KoopNautic and MDI systems

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Shorebased RYA/MCA training courses to Yachtmaster Ocean, MCA Deck and Engineering modules and STCW courses. Oral preparation for OOW, Master & Engineer Oral Exams, ISM related matters, Specialist supplier of Hydrographic Office and Publishers charts.

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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.


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Call Quantum today to discuss the stability and comfort of your superyacht. 8685 S.W. 30th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 T. +1 954.587.4205 M. +1 954.330.8081 F. +1 954.587.4259 E. marmstrong@quantumhydraulic.com www.quantumhydraulic.com

8685 S.W. 30th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 T. +1 954.587.4205 M. +1 954.330.8081 F. +1 954.587.4259 E. marmstrong@quantumhydraulic.com www.quantumhydraulic.com


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