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CONTENTS THE SUPERYACHT CHALLENGE ANTIGUA

THE EVENTS PLANNER 8

SPECTACULAR RACING

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A BUCKET LIST SPECIAL!

MONACO YACHT SHOW 2018 142 16

AN ENHANCED EXPERIENCE

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ANTIGUA CHARTER YACHT SHOW

SWIMMING WITH GIANTS

MAN AT THE TOP CPT. HERB MAGNEY

VOILES DE ST TROPEZ ASTILLEROS DE MALLORCA

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ASIA SUPERYACHT RENDEZVOUS CUP

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A STUNNING REGATTA

THE INDUSTRY MOVERS

CRUISING RAJA AMPAT

A RECOGNITION GUIDE

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THE JEWEL OF INDONESIA

BREXIT & YACHTING

MYSTIC SEAPORT

CoC UP DAY - MARCH 29TH 2019?

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YACHT NEWBUILDS

THE VIKINGS ARE COMING!

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ITINERARIES

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REFIT & REPAIR FACILITIES

MARINA PAPAGAYO

A GUIDE TO THE YARDS

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A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR ATER, WATER EVERYWHERE AND NOT A DROP

that by 2025 this will rise to 150 million tonnes, this consists of

to drink, unless of course it is in a plastic bottle!

many things, bags, sheeting, fishing nets & pots, bottles in fact

Over the past months there has been an increased

just about everything, including the latest addition, micro plastics.

stream of news on the plight of the Oceans and the role that

Take a look at this video:

waste plastic is playing in the destruction of the creatures that rely on them. The Oceans are taking a hammering from all sides,

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plastics, overfishing, global warming, coral bleaching, invasive

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species etc and all the fault of mankind. Without Oceans there would be no desire for Superyachts

But I would guess that 99% of the plastic is not coming from

and from a normal human vantage point all looks well apart from

vessels but from the land. As I drive along my local roads here in

the odd polythene bag or plastic cup that floats past when at

the UK, also whilst driving in other countries, local councils do

sea. You may well see a lot of debris floating around in your local

not seem to over-care about the rubbish dumped or thrown from

port or marina, they act like rubbish traps, or you may see the

cars. Bushes, in places, are adorned with plastic, the roadsides are

odd plastic bottle washed up on those usually pristine beaches

littered with the stuff and of course when a storm arrives it gets

that abound in the Mediterranean or Caribbean seas, but you do

swept or blown into the sea, or rivers that will eventually carry

not see tons of floating rubbish. This mostly builds up in the seas

it there. Having said that the UK, it is reported, is responsible for

and on the beaches of third world countries. Responsible ports

only 0.2% of the plastics finding their way out to sea. It is claimed

and marinas have a clean-up policy that will see a man with a

that 90% of the waste comes from just 10 rivers in Asia and

net or a rubbish clearing vessel daily cleaning the water’s surface

Africa. We have all seen the waterside towns where it is difficult

but during my travels, I have to admit to seeing many ports and

to see the beach for waste, surely as with saving the animals of

marinas where the rubbish is simply left to gather, mostly plastic.

Africa, education of people in these countries has to be made

It only has to be removed once. Once it has gone, it has gone,

a priority, stopping the use of bottles on yachts is not going to

either to a rubbish recycling company or sadly back out to sea. If

make one iota of difference to what ends up in the Oceans. My

you are in a marina that does not get cleaned, make a complaint

pet hate has always been fishing nets and pots, when lost these

to the management, or simply leave, it is really quite amazing

still catch and kill for a long long time, but if you have watched

how the loss of revenue can make individuals take notice! Could

the video above you will realise the damage that plastics, and

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now micro plastics, pose to our seabirds and the fish etc. that we

It is interesting to see fingers being pointed at yachts,

eat. The problem is now far worse than nets and pots and, unlike

possibly of all the larger vessels, yachts, especially the more

global warming, it is imperative that we resolve the problem now

recent launches, are cleaner and far more responsible with rubbish

before we get to a point of no return. Do your best to help, let

than most, with waste returned to port or given to an agent for

us as an industry be seen to be doing the best we can to protect

disposal and recycling. God forbid any crew member that gets

the Oceans.

caught throwing anything over the side. There are people trying

(You may note an advertisement on page 102 that strays

to convince yachts to go ‘plastic bottle free’, throw a bit of cash

somewhat from the norm of a prestigious yachting publication such

at it and every yacht could have a water filter installed with, I am

as this. Have no fear, we are not planning on running a classified

sure, bespoke bottles for use onboard, but this will not prevent

section at the back of Yachting Matters, but when I took the phone

more plastic getting into the seas. It will help crew though, just

call that led to this ad being placed I felt very much that the lady

think no more carrying those dozens of cases of water for storing

was genuine and the ‘old romantic’ in me felt like lending a hand.

in that spare locker on the top deck, an arm aching exercise.

g.) Who knows… it might yet have a happy ending.)

Looking at the statistics for plastic and they vary widely, a recent report, ‘The Future of the Sea’ estimates that there are 50 million tonnes of plastic in the seas today, the report states

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THE SUPERYACHT CHALLENGE ANTIGUA SPECTACULAR RACING, GREAT TUSSLES & COMPANIONSHIP (JANUARY 31ST – 4TH FEBRUARY 2018) BY LOUAY HABIB – PHOTOGRAPHY BY CLAIRE MATCHES

Y POPULAR DEMAND, THE EIGHTH EDITION OF THE

The Superyacht Challenge Antigua features yachts with a

Superyacht Challenge Antigua features an extended

minimum length of 24 m and attracts both modern and classic

programme of five races held over four days. The

yachts. Four impressive superyachts made their debut last year,

magnificent fleet took part in spectacular racing, with daily

and were amongst the first to commit to this year’s event.

pursuit races along the stunning south coast of Antigua. Warm

Danneskjold the 32 m sloop from the drawing board

trade winds and ocean swell produced ideal conditions. Designed

of Dixon Yacht Design, is a spectacular sight under full sail. The

to be solely for the pleasure of superyacht owners, their guests

34 m Spiip, designed by German Frers, had an outstanding debut,

and crew, the regatta is a wonderful celebration of sailing and

winning the Corsairs Class in 2016. Classic designs abound in the

parties with one clear objective; to provide all the facilities to

regatta, and returning for 2018 are two beautiful Hoek designs;

stage an ideal event for an exclusive selection of yachts, where fair

Arcadia the elegant 28 m sloop cutter, and the glorious 52 m

racing and good companionship are valued above all else.

ketch Elfje.

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RIGHT: SY REBECCA OPPOSITE PAGE: SY ELFJE

‘A fantastic regatta, with a great atmosphere. This is the

to Spiip and we had some great tussles with Adela and Elfje as

first big win for Spiip and the owner and crew are very happy’

well. The Superyacht Challenge Antigua is full on out on the water

commented Spiip navigator Campbell Field, after last year’s

and laid back ashore, the perfect combination.’

success. ‘Nilaya and Danneskjold are very similar in performance

Five races were scored using the new 2018 ORCsy Superyacht rule. Acadia was second in 2017 and made no mistake this year winning the Buccaneers Class with straight bullets. Spiip, successfully defended her Corsairs class win from 2017. Over five highly competitive races, Spiip won the class in the last race, and was voted by competitors and the race committee, as having competed in the Spirit of the Regatta, both afloat and ashore,

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PREVIOUS SPREAD: YACHT DANNESKJOLD

so we really know what the boat can handle, especially when we plan to visit the higher

RIGHT: SY ELFJE BELOW: A SMALL DOCKSIDE CELEBRATION

latitudes later this season’ commented Arcadia’s skipper Heinrich Muller. Paul Deeth, proprietor of Admiral’s Inn, and founder of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua, was at the helm of Marama for the regatta. ‘The regatta has stuck to the ethos of providing fair sailing and enjoyable social occasions. Designed solely for the pleasure of superyacht owners, their guests and crew, it is a simple recipe, and one that the organising committee has no intention of changing. Behind the scenes the committee and all the staff put in a tremendous amount of effort to ensure that the regatta is

managed marine park in English Harbour. Party prize winners are

enjoyable, and I know I speak for all of the sailors involved; it is

given awards at the Prize Giving held at the Admiral’s Inn, and

very much appreciated.’

they receive as much applause and cheers as the class winners.

Whilst the racing is conducted with the confines of

However the biggest cheer of the ceremony was for Spiip, and

safe and fair sailing, there are no inhibitions ashore. Every

not just for winning the Corsairs Class. The standing ovation

evening has a party with awards for the Famous Cook Off, the

was for their great contribution to the spirit of the Superyacht

best fancy dress and the Loudest Caribbean shirt. This year a

Challenge Antigua.

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ALWAYS LOOKED AT TAHITI AS A TROPICAL PARADISE,

It was in August a few years ago. I was going for a dive

a place with beautiful lush mountainous islands surrounded

and sitting in the tender with my gear on. We were cruising very

by crystal clear warm lagoons. When I moved here from

close to the coral reef in Moorea, on the ocean side, on a beautiful

Europe, I indeed discovered the most incredible scenic islands,

sunny day, watching a few flying fish move away from the boatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

but there was a great deal more to them than the eye could see,

route. While we were discussing the dive profile, we noticed a

it was hidden beneath the waves. As an avid ocean lover working

huge blow in the distance. Speechless, we went closer and waited

on Superyachts in my early days and having the opportunity to

for a few minutes. Suddenly, a few metres away, a Humpback

move to the South Pacific was a dream come true. I had also read

whale breached in a spectacular splash! None of us could believe

a lot about the dive sites in the region and the incredibly diverse

it. I had tears in my eyes from the absolute emotion of such a

marine life but I had never been prepared, nor imagined, that I

unique moment. I had dreamt of seeing whales since I was a child

would encounter giants in the sea.

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I took off my scuba gear, put my mask and snorkel on and went very slowly into the warm water so as not to scare the whale away. The Humpback was resting 10 m down, the water was very clear when I realised that it was actually a mother and her young calf. I had heard about them migrating to Tahiti from the Antarctic every year but never realised that watching them would happen so easily. The calf slowly swam to me, very close, watching me, moving around me for a few minutes, which felt like hours. I knew that a baby whale the size of a bottlenose dolphin could gain up to 100 kg per day during the first week of its life and that it was strong enough to hurt me with its tail. I could hear my heart beating loudly and was holding my breath. It felt like it was trying to make contact. I stopped thinking and although very impressed, I was never afraid as every movement made by the animal was so gentle. Our eyes met and it was pure bliss. Beneath, the 15 m giant mother humpback was quietly watching every detail of the encounter. She came up to

passion with guests on superyachts. The humpbacks visiting our

the surface to breathe; joined by her offspring and they started

waters come from Antarctica following a yearly migration of

swimming, slowly, a little bit further away from the tender. I could

approx. 5000 km. They leave the icy waters of the South Pole

sense the strong ties between the two of them. I will never forget

for the more welcoming waters of the islands of Tahiti to find a

this first encounter and still feel very moved when I think back.

mate or give birth in a protected environment. However, tropical

Since, I have learned a lot about whales by working with

waters do not offer them krill and plankton so they do not feed

scientists, swimming with them every year and sharing my

throughout the road trip journey. A pregnant mother can lose up

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to two thirds of her weight from the time she leaves Antarctica

is not highly developed making the place even more special. The

to the moment she returns with her calf more than six months

islands of Moorea and Tahiti are ideal spots to watch them in

later. Males, looking for a soul mate, sing under the water, alone

safety as the animals swim in natural sheltered areas. Joining these creatures is extremely safe as long as simple

and tirelessly, to let other individuals know that he is around. These incredible animals stay in French Polynesia between

rules are followed. The whales should be in a resting phase and

July and November every year and are becoming an interesting

are the ones deciding the encounter. We are entering their world

asset to the tourism economy of the country. Their population

and they may invite us to spend a special moment with them. It

is slowly increasing since the signing of the international

is not necessary to be a good swimmer or diver, almost anybody

whale moratorium in 1982 that prohibited commercial whaling

can fulfil this dream. I will never get tired of encountering these amazing 30

worldwide except for a handful of countries, which unfortunately, preferred not to sign the treaty.

ton animals and the mutual respect stemming out of every

These giants had come very close to extinction after a

encounter. Out of a bucket list, it is undoubtedly among one of

couple of centuries of continuous commercial hunting in the

the most incredible experiences one can live through. Oh… By the

various oceans of the planet. At the beginning of the 20th century,

way, that day when I saw a whale for the very first time, we all

they were more valuable dead than alive*. And yet, at a time

forgot we were initially going scuba diving!

where whales had become scarce, the world took a different industrial turn with the arrival of gas and petroleum by-products. It is thanks to major conservation measures and the

French Polynesia is a French territory and a developing

awareness of governments that these encounters are now

superyacht / charter destination. The territory consists of

possible. French Polynesia has been a sanctuary for marine

1% land and 99% ocean which is easily navigable during an

mammals since 2002 and is one of the only countries where

exploration cruise. Cruising the 118 islands is very safe and

swimming with cetaceans is permitted provided that a licensed

provisioning is excellent.

operator is with you to approach them respectfully. French Polynesia remains a remote location on the map where tourism

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INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: TAHITI – Faa’a International Airport •

French is the official language but English is commonly understood. Tahitian is widely spoken among the population.

An average of 60 Superyachts visit the islands every year. All usually requested services are available.

HUMPBACK WHALES: •

The country has been a whale and dolphin sanctuary since 2002 and it is allowed to snorkel with them if conditions allow (animals resting, not moving nor socialising).

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Christelle Holler has been living in French Polynesia for 14 years on the island of Moorea and 18 years in French Polynesia. Passionate about the ocean and a keen diver, she and her husband run Tahiti Private Expeditions, a company specialising in private dive expertise with superyachts as well as whale / dolphin watching services. Web: www.tahiti-private-expeditions.com

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MAN AT THE TOP – CPT. HERB MAGNEY

PT. HERB MAGNEY, THE EPITOME OF A CAPTAIN

That’s a great way to get to know your new owner.

of yachts and industry, began his maritime career during

Yes, as I mentioned he had previously owned Zoom ZoomZoom

his earliest years, swimming at age four, water-skiing at

and had grown up on the water. His family grew up boating and

six, buying his first sailboat at 11, scuba-diving at 15, and sky-

he has an 86 Princess on the West Coast, he has been chartering

diving and flying planes beginning at 16. Growing up in Arizona

large yachts for years and again wanted a large yacht of his own

and California, his four sisters taught him everything from ironing

and to be able to offer the best charter programme out there.

and cooking to table manners and treating women properly. Herb

Like the houses that he builds, they are not just houses they are

played every sport imaginable, but his true athletic love (besides

mansions, creating an experience. It isn’t about the yacht, it’s the

competitive sail boat racing) would remain rugby, which he has

whole thing, it’s the crew, the environment, the ambience it’s ‘La

played at high level, and coached professionally. His father, who

Vie’. It is amazing to be able to work with someone that shares

owned an electric motor company, trained him in the basics of

the same dream that I have had for the last 20 years.

fixing almost everything. Herb’s extensive vocational schooling, in almost every mechanical trade, added to a list of qualifications

That’s wonderful Herb but what makes Ocean Club so great and so

and experience that is enough to make your head spin, have

different from the rest?

given him a solid foundation for a truly impressive yachting and

The Crew, with a singular focus of what we are here to do and

business career spanning decades. Herb spins for us tales of his

that’s to be of service, we have to understand how to translate a

many adventures and advice on life and yachting, which he has

dream. We take someone’s dream and turn it into reality, it’s as

shared with a phenomenal cast of charter guests and friends

simple as that.

worldwide throughout his lifetime. I am sitting here in Fort Lauderdale at the Bahia Mar Captains Lounge in front of Herb’s yacht, the MY Ocean Club.

I see that the crew are working really hard today. Are you heading out on charter soon? We are, we are heading out Saturday for a charter pick up in

We are so excited to have you as our ‘Man at the Top’ and no one

the Bahamas on Wednesday and it’s wonderful, all arranged

Herb, deserves it more than you do.

through a broker that I have known for over a decade. Another

It’s an absolute honour. I have met up with Colin a few times

Captain talks to his friend the charter manager, he knows a family

and could not believe it when he dropped this invite into my lap!

who had been on the yacht he runs, they need a charter boat for a trip with his bosses partner. The Captain described the

You must have impressed him. How big is Ocean Club, she looks

family and the charter manager and the broker said ‘they need

awesome – and that brochure! It’s almost as large as the yacht! She

to go on Magney’s new boat’ and here we are. Everyone is

has some really innovative stuff onboard, there is the floating dock

incredibly excited.

that folds out and so many water toys. She is a 50 m Trinity, launched in 2009 as Blind Date, she became

Do you think it’s normal to refer to Ocean Club as Magney’s boat, a

Rockstar for a while and was chartered several summers in a row

bit of an honour that Herb?

by the current owner who was the former owner of Zoom Zoom

Yes, to a certain extent. A significant number of veteran brokers

Zoom and a yachtsman extraordinaire. He said to me ‘I need to

know I do things differently.That is what I set out to do 22 years

take this boat and turn it into the best 50 m charter programme

ago. The Ocean Club is a real team effort from the owner to the

there is – the Ocean Club, it’s where it all happens.’

vendors and brokers. If you want to successfully compete in any

Give us an hour and we become a 75 m boat, we

business, then you have to stand out from the mainstream. As far

become a luxury floating platform offering all of the water

as ‘Magney’s boat’, I am on point to make it happen for everyone

toys and relaxation a person could want, with the added bonus

involved. Just like other Captains. The brokers that have known

that visiting float planes can pull right up to the stern for

me for going on 22 years instinctively know that my focus will

quick transfers.

be their client and they do not get a troublesome call back, what they get is a call or email saying ‘amazing’, ‘perfect’ and ‘best

How long have you been the Captain of Ocean Club?

ever’. Those are the words that are used by happy charter clients.

I came onboard in the Fall of 2016, it was supposed to be a one

The words brokers want to hear, because my brand as you say

week delivery from Antigua and turned into a second week, then

(nothing new by the way) is spending attention to detail with

a third, then winter in St.Barts, then spring behind the house in

the clients and their dreams, plus working on and cherishing my

Miami and then ‘let’s take it to the Med’ and then the yacht was

relationship with the broker. My relationship with the charter

sold to the Charter client and current owner.

broker is one I always strive to enhance. My favourite action in

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RIGHT: HERB WITH BIG SISTER DOLLY BELOW: HERB WITH MUM SHIRLEY, DAD BURT AND SISTER CAROL

that effort is to include them as sponsors of my many firework shows that I love to do. I love fireworks, what a spectacular addition to a charter! That is why I love the Bahamas, I have put on some amazing firework displays there. That’s part of my branding. I do my displays from the beach. Brokers often want to give a ‘Thank You’ gift to their clients, Champagne, spa treatments, etc. I tell them about being the sponsor of the fireworks display. After I have painted the sky with fire, 100 m up for 10-15 minutes, I then tell the guests that the show was compliments of the Charter broker and the yacht. It is amazing, they always love it, they will always remember that special touch and of course never forget the broker either! What a fantastic bit of cross-marketing, very clever. I have known you a long time and I know you have a very commercial frame of mind compared to average Captains, how did that happen? It came about when I was in St Thomas and I did my first charter season on an Irwin yacht, No Problem, I set it up and it became successful the first season. It was sold many years later and became Sublime and was running very well until hurricane Irma put it to rest. I was also filling in on another Irwin at the Rat Haven Marina. I looked at other Captains on larger power

said go and work on tug or supply boats in oil fields in the Gulf of

yachts and began thinking, wait a second I have one engine,

Mexico and learn how to do things with boats that you will not

two generators, all these air conditioning units, two jet skis and

learn anywhere else.

there are three of us to look after eight guests and you have all of that and you get paid a whole lot more and you have more

Is that the famous 5% of what a Captain does, boat handling?

crew. I realised I needed to flip over and start learning how to

Yep and boy it can be the worst 5% of your life. It’s not about the

drive big power boats of 100 ft plus. I asked Captains that I really

20,000 sea miles, it’s that last 40 feet. That last two boat lengths

respected, how best to go about the task of learning how to drive

when you are for instance manoeuvring onto the Monaco Yacht

large motor yachts. The answer came time and time again, they

Club dock, when everyone is looking at you. Funny, that’s the most important bit and they only remember it when you mess up. I’m not negating the proverbial 20,000 miles it took to get to the dock, they are very important as well, however, not many people see that part, they only see the latest arrival. My time spent and being taught in the oilfield was invaluable. We learned how to do things with motor vessels that you cannot learn in yachting. Plus not many other places either. The best experience ever. You went to the oil fields to learn boat handling? I did, and I learnt well, I had been a commercial diver when I was in my 20’s which helped and before I knew it I was with one of the biggest marine construction companies around, Global Industries. After I had been with them for 48 hours doing inductions etc they sent me out as a second Captain on a 120 ft crew boat that

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MAN AT THE TOP – CPT. HERB MAGNEY

RIGHT: DSV EPIC MARINER

on Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. She was needing a new delivery crew, so a

BELOW: HERB AT HIS FIRST CHEF’S COMPETITION IN ST. THOMAS

friend and I signed up and we start heading towards the Dominican Republic, by the time we reach Ponce Puerto Rico, I am no longer the deck crew but the Captain. Following that, we arrive in St Thomas, I am no longer the Captain but the Business Development Guy. That’s when I met Nina Martinsen and Larry Ebbs of Flagship and pulled up with the rest of the Irwin fleet in Rat Haven and said let’s put this boat into business. They told me what I needed to do and so I did it, most of the time. At my first charter show I was the cook as well as the did 25 knots with 100 tons on the back, 20 passengers inside and

Captain and proceeded to knock their socks off. I had been in food

zero visibility coming out of Port Fourchon. Nowadays they close

and beverage before in the hotel business, I knew what it took. We

the port when the vis drops to zero, not then. We learned that

totally staged this Irwin and brokers came on board, I listened to

is what radar and radios are for. Plus we all moved real slow and

them and cherished and protected their clients as I understood

had lots of tires around us. I then moved to dive support vessels,

that important relationship of when families have holidays, it is

where I learned how to do what is called ‘Live Boating’ on a 110 ft

the most precious time they have out on the water fulfilling their

boat with no bow thruster. The hard hat diver goes off the front

dreams together.

of the boat into 30 to 250 ft of water and you have to follow him as he walks along the seabed. It takes some doing to have a boat

You developed such respectful and close relationships with your

in the middle of the ocean with no frame of reference and to not

brokers. Do you have charter brokers that you have worked with

run over the diver or drag him along the bottom at the end of his

consistently over the past 20 years?

hose. It really upsets them when it happens.

Of course, bless his soul one of my favourites was Tom Collins.

I would have 16 to 20 guests (divers) on board the boat, granted they were oilfield workers and dive support personnel. One key element that set me apart from the rest of the Captains in the fleet was that I looked after them. I made sure they had better food than they had on the last boat, they had clean linen, I would have bowls of cut fruit taken to those working out on the hot deck. It was more than not just serving a bunch of bad food that helped set me apart from the other Captains. The dive managers and supervisors would then say that they only wanted me on the job because the other Captains did not treat them with any respect, I understood them, I understood their needs. From there I became the ‘go to guy’ for Mike Brown, who to this day is the leading authority in the Gulf of Mexico for commercial dive operations, I followed him to another company, Epic Divers, after that. I had customers to look after, are they happy, are they well rested and looked after and achieving what they need to achieve? At the core, it was no different to yacht charter, they were people with a dream, they just wore a different uniform. Herb, tell me more about your career as a Yacht Charter Captain. I started as a delivery Captain. It is a story of rapid promotion I guess, this 68 ft Irwin sailboat yacht rolls into Turtle Cove Marina

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MAN AT THE TOP – CPT. HERB MAGNEY

RIGHT: AN ‘AMERICANISED’ SUNSEEKER PREDATOR

That first charter show at Crown

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changer. I like it that there are a

Bay in the fall of 96 was the game number still kicking around that I met all those years ago that are still in the business and doing well. I made sure to start by doing right by them and vice versa. How did you make the jump to the larger motor yachts? It was painful. I did this year of being the fleet relief guy in the oil fields, I did 12 different boats during the course of the year in the Gulf of Mexico, they could put me on any boat, I loved learning each

So is this your pitch to potential clients?

boat and having to get it ready for USCG annual inspections

Yes, we sold a number of new and used Sunseekers through

when I wasn’t walking divers. Always at the ready in that business

that network. We worked hand in hand with the great group at

as many times we would have six hours to get a boat prepared,

Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales, St Clair Shores, Michigan.

loaded, provisioned, equipment mounted and fuelled. Cpt. David Morrison and Crew! That’s good practice for a 24 hour turnaround on a charter boat.

Absolutely, Ron Montoya was our contact there, you couldn’t

Yes, it was go go go, get it done. After a year of that I was taking

work with a better bunch. I was taking folks out every week, night

a break between companies in New Orleans when one of my

and day and weekends, showing them what life could be like.

former rugby teammates said that I should fly to see them in San

They were from all over the country. Quite a few times we would

Francisco. I went back to the offices and the Port Captain had a

send them down to Miami to buy a brokerage boat, Ron was our

plane ticket they sent me, so off I went. It was July 1999, I had

agent and we would collect a percentage of the commission in

been in town 48 hours and word got out in the Marina district

San Francisco. If we sold them a new boat it was off to Poole,

and the St. Francis Yacht Club. (I had been member #5000 in the

England, for new construction. Sir Robert came down to see us

90’s). By Friday afternoon I am on a J105 race boat on the way

on a Saturday afternoon at Poole saying ‘I love what you are

to Valejo with some of my former sailing mates, I was back in the

doing by Americanising our product and helping us streamline

saddle. We raced that weekend and before the weekend was over

our sales instead of just complaining from the outfield’. What

one of the guys I used to race Star class with calls up and asks

an interesting man he was. We built a few yachts there and I still

me to run his Sunseeker. He had previously sold a company to

have the luggage that Sir Robert Braithwaite came down to the

Microsoft so he had funds and needed me to stay there and start

production floor one Saturday and gave to me.

a little charter company, the money was great so I did. At this point you are a Charter Captain, a Yacht Broker, a project Is that how you became a Broker?

Manager, a Fleet Manager, Estate Manager, basically the whole

Yes, I got my licence in California with City Yachts, Chris Kaplan

thing, how long did that phase last?

and her husband Paul Kaplan, they had been sailing friends –

Don’t forget, I also held lots of .com launch events for start up

and I have a 48 ft Manhatten Sunseeker available. The guy I am

companies as the Boss was also a venture capitalist. There were

working for had many high net worth individuals, .com friends

no two ends of the candle to burn, we just set fire to the whole

and he asked me to take them out to show them how to party

candle stick. San Francisco was on fire then.

on the water ‘Herb Style’ and we did. We showed them how much

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fun they could have, while we take care of providing the crew,

Obviously you did a good job, Sunseeker is one of the few builders

maintenance, insurance, dockage and it is hassle free for them.

that are still in business.

They simply had to tell us what they wanted and we would take

It was 1999 and we were just taking the Bay by storm, there were

care of it. We were doing complete yacht management in 1999

4-5 nights a week where I would be taking .com millionaires out

in San Francisco and no one else was.

on the bay and showing them a good time. We even chased the

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We spent a year a year in Arizona and got married on February 13th 2001 by a justice of the peace to speed the immigration process.

Tanya drives down and falls in love with the Captain?

We had a court house marriage with my Mom and Dad as

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Vineyard winery on May 19th 2001. It turned out to be a 10 day

beverage experience which helped. Then one evening we were out

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on a trip and one of the guests asked when we were going to get

from all over and during that year in Arizona I was selling wine

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their Vineyard in Napa. That had to wait, I had a family member

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RIGHT: HERB AND TANYA ON THEIR WEDDING DAY

You and Tanya have been married for 18 years and she has stood by

BELOW: HERB AND TANYA IN HERB’S CABIN ON ATA BEYRA – 1996

She stayed next to me right up until the point that we started a

you as you have moved up the ladder. family. Tanya and I ran boats together and our first charter client on a large power boat, a 98 ft Broward, was Charlie Townsend, at that time he was running for Vice Commodore at the New York Yacht Club. It worked out great because I used to race and tune a winning J105 in San Francisco for Don Trask, well it just so happens that Commodore Townsend is doing the cruise with his J105 and we had a great trip. How many years did Tanya work with you? She worked for me for a total of seven years, we ran a number of different yachts, different programmes, some charter, some private, some refit, we did whatever was needed. Then we had finished a project and I got a call from Mike Prado and Butch Pliske, they wanted me to deliver a 40 m jet ferry. I went to look at this 40 m Kvaerner Flying Cat that had arrived in Port Everglades covered in Arabic writing, I said ‘guys get some paint on this thing before somebody torches it!’ It had gone through a kind of refit at a local shipyard and I found it on the Dania Cut Off Canal and four Captains had done nothing but crash it. It took about a week to get the foreign flagged commercial ferry compliant, a team was sent over from St. Petersburg, Florida for training and by the time I got it to Tampa Bay and fine tweaked her I had been made Port Captain for a very interesting operation. A 450 ft Baltic RORO vessel converted to a 2000 person capacity Casino boat. Their idea was to anchor it in the ocean off Tampa Bay

high speed KA ME WA jet ferries, but they hadn’t opened as they

and they were going to run these ferries back and forth out to it.

couldn’t find anyone to drive the boats without hitting something.

The company had 1200 people and a couple of foreign flag SOLAS So here your commercial boat handling experience comes into play again. You have another fleet of boats but this time commercial vessels, hi-speed and gaming vessels which I imagine had their own complications. Oh my god yes, we built a fleet of boats from along the Eastern Seaboard, I managed to get seven boats and 70 licenced Captains who had to have a 100 ton licence to be a deckhand in our fleet. If they didn’t screw up I would teach them how to drive the propeller driven catamaran. We were running under the high speed code in Tampa Bay, the Coast Guard were making daily visits and I had to write the whole operational programme from scratch on what we were doing and how we were going to conduct ourselves. We were becoming the biggest passenger vessel operation in the south eastern United States, often hauling over 10,000 people in a 48 hour period.

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MAN AT THE TOP – CPT. HERB MAGNEY

LEFT: 40 M KVAERNER FLYING CAT

We were operating in coastal USA waters with two foreign flagged passenger boats, they said it couldn’t be done. It was a technicality, but it could be overcome by staffing with American Captains and running it to SOLAS standards which meant I had to run this thing with 11 people instead of four and it worked. We had a boat going for 14 hours a day, every hour, on the hour and on time, we were never more than five minutes off our schedule. It was awesome working with the Coast Guard, we proved the business model together. The programme called for the big casino boat to anchor nine miles offshore and we would

charge of all the security training for the fleet, we had over 1200

bring all sorts of people back and forth.

mariners and we needed to get everybody compliant. I went to Amy Morley and said ‘we need to set up shop in Tampa, we loaded

Was that another commercial success?

the trailers and set up on the casino boat to teach STCW on site

It was an amazing success, my wife came to work with me, she

at Bayborough basin in St Petersburg, Florida.

did logistics and human resources. Then the Coast Guard tapped me up and said I had to be the company Safety Officer as I was

Wow I guess that was the first time the Maritime Training Institute

the only one in the company with an upper level licence and they

went on the road to do training. Amy Morley was a visionary in

wouldn’t let us operate otherwise. They also pointed out that

so many ways and such a great lady and still very much missed

our retired FBI district director Joe Perez was fabulous as head of

by all of us.

security for the vessel but he didn’t have marine experience, so I

It is all about people, someone has a dream, why can’t we just do

am also in charge of all the Port Security, the ship security and in

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BELOW: TANYA AND HERB WITH BART AND BARBI O’BRIEN OF O’BRIEN VINEYARDS

Can you make any comments about the situation between American

to go over to check it out and I flew to Poland for the first visit.

Flag boats and the Jones Act, which is a huge topic of conversation

Then we decided it was time to call a surveyor and I called the

and how it affects American Crew?

best Polish surveyor I knew, Butch Pliske and dragged him over to

What is interesting and to dispel one myth, American Flag private

Gdansk for the survey. Everything went well and the owner and

yachts can have foreign crew. I have had foreign crew on some

his son came to town and we were soon down to negotiating the

of my yachts, you just have to have an American Captain. The

last $25,000 of the purchase price. Here is Dana Cambon, the

complexity begins with their Visa status and how much time

builder’s rep and the son of the guy who is going to buy it and

they can spend in this country, but this affects everyone who is a

the buyer says ‘we will flip you for it, the difference’. The owner’s

foreigner working, whether it is Jones Act or not, on water, or on

son is tasked with flipping the coin as his father said ‘You had

land and their taxation status, which has nothing to do with the

better flip good’. The favour went to the builder and the not too

Jones Act. When you are boating around the world you can only

happy father looked at his son and said ‘Boy that’s the last time

go to certain places for so long, it’s not just the USA.

I let you drive’.

Everybody has to pull their head out of the sand one day and at some point. I think a better understanding is needed.

Where next?

It would make sense if more Captains sought advice from the

Unfortunately that deal fell apart, but he still has a boat to this

maritime attorney, that is probably part of their boats operation.

day, he is still in boating. I remember our first yard period, he

I have always made it my practice when I have gone to work on

told me that I needed to run one of the boats he had chartered

a boat, whether for a week, a year, a day, to introduce myself

in the past, a sailboat. He had been chartering for 25 years in a

and find out how they (the owner and the attorney) wanted me

row and started with a sailboat. Well we were boat-less while his

to conduct my business and what to look out for. I am the risk

was in the yard and I suggested we return to his roots and take

mitigation guy and the point person for the owner, my number

a catamaran and spend a week down in the BVIs and so we did.

one job other than making their dream come true is to mitigate

What a great time.

the risk. A busman’s holiday? We have gone from sailboat racing to charter yachts, to building a

The family had so much fun on that trip just crashing around

charter fleet, to running a fleet of commercial high speed vessels,

the islands!

what was your next step? In 2005 Dana Cambon from Luke Brown was representative for

This sounds wonderful; I have dreams of going back to my roots and

a little tri-deck that was being built at the Conrad Shipyard in

chartering a small boat in the Caribbean. Speaking of family when

Poland, the guy I am working for, Neil Mac Pherson, asked me

did you start your family? We started our family roughly eight years ago, we had a condominium just north of Oakland Park on the ICW and we decided to sell that for grass and greenery so we moved out west and bought a house in Plantation. I am just blocks away from so many people in the community, brokers, Captains, vendors, charter managers and builders, the whole neighbourhood is littered with them. I remember when Connor was just about a couple of years old, I came back from a trip in the Bahamas and low and behold here is my son sitting butt naked on the couch with four charter brokers closing a deal. My best salesman, my son, is hard at work. Everyone on that couch that day, within a month, had booked a week of charter.

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MAN AT THE TOP – CPT. HERB MAGNEY

LEFT: YOUNG CONNOR IS FOLLOWING IN HIS FATHER’S FOOTSTEPS

Is Connor a sailor?

well-rounded, I couldn’t be more proud, anybody that meets him

He is, he has four boats in his possession, he has an old beat up

enjoys his company.

Laser that we take to the beach, he has a Force 5 that used to belong to me. I bought a set of plans for an Optimist for $25

Do you have any comments about yachting crew today?

online and I built a plywood and fibreglass Opti that is going to

The challenge they have is there was a huge generation of

be his. I launched it on the driveway and he goes into the garage

Captains and crew that grew up boating, I bought my first boat

and gets a screwdriver and starts tapping on the hull and I am

when I was 11 years old, because we were boating, my Mom and

like ‘What are you doing’, he is tapping on the hull the same way

Dad were members of the Power Squadron in California and even

he had seen Chris Pliske doing the week before, he was checking

though we were in Arizona we boated whenever we could. It has

the laminate work.

changed, the challenge for crew today is that this life on the water

The Opti is in the backyard waiting to be finished and we

is something we did from a young age because we had passion

have just procured a Hobie 12 so Connor now has four sail boats

and love and we did it in our spare time. We are ‘Watermen’ those

plus some radio controlled boats on the wall. He can walk up to

that grew up boating and living life on the water. Then it became

the podium at Blue Water Training, grab the sticks and drive their

our careers. The crew nowadays are coming from other walks

2 m practice boats around the pool and dock them as well as

of life, with different life skills and they are transitioning into

anybody else.

yachting as they see it as an amazing opportunity and a great return on investment.

I am glad to see you are taking care of raising the next generation of Captains and yacht crew.

When you say ‘a return on investment’, you mean for their own careers?

That’s what I am hoping for, he has been a mascot at the South

Yes, for enrichment of their careers and advancement in life. When

Plantation High Engineering Club since he was three. The last

I am hunting for a team, I look for someone that understands

couple years he had made his own cakes and brownies for his

being of service and if they understand this I will teach them

birthday and he is in his second year of Taekwondo and he has

boating. When I look at people’s resumes and I see their big list of

spent a couple of years in dance so he knows how to dance like

hobbies, I think of my hobby list which simply is ‘running charter

Fred Astaire and can defend himself and anyone else that needs

boats’. If I won the lottery I would be doing the same thing, I

defending, he understands tranquillity, calmness, culture and

would just buy a boat and not tell anyone, I would have a shadow

respect from his Taekwondo teachings. He is becoming incredibly

company own it and I would still run it as a Captain.

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RIGHT: FIXING A PUMP IN A SEWER IN A PREVIOUS LIFE CIRCA 1992

So before you turned Rockstar into Ocean Club, you were still able to bring the ‘Magney Magic’ to it all. We did, the new owner, the crew, we pulled it together and

BELOW: TANYA WITH MUNGO AND JERRY IN ST. THOMAS – 1996

knocked it out of the park. We were still Rockstar and the new owner said ‘Now we are going to bring it back, I have got this dream for it to have a different vibe’. He changed the name to Ocean Club, he bought more toys, tweaked this and that in the way we do things, created the different vibe, we spent the summer and the fall defining what we wanted to have, what was missing in the market place. We wanted the excitement, we wanted guests to leave thinking ‘what was it about the boat, we cannot describe it, it was just so cool, I want more. It needed to ooze the ‘Wow factor’. It is a pretty impressive ‘Wow’ just from the outside, not having been a Crew are coming into yachting with different skill sets and a

charter guest onboard myself, I can only imagine, I mentioned earlier

new perspective and they are applying land skills as best they can.

a photo I saw of that floating deck you have, I have never seen one of

What is tough for Captains is to enlist these people and then make

those before, did you invent that, looks like giant Lego set?

their dreams come true, if being on the water is not their dream

There have been a couple of folks that do pontoons or decks here

and not what will they be doing in their spare time, then it will

and there, but this is a great story, there is a company based in

just be a job. Owners and brokers who have been at this for a long

the UK called Nauti-Buoy, all the different platforms float and

time say that they need people to embrace this as more than just

are all part of a system that connects together. You can buy

a job and this is the disconnect that we are seeing nowadays. It is

squares, you can build ‘T’’ docks, you can build off to the side

the toughest and most subjective piece of the puzzle, to be fair.

and it is all inflatable, it’s very high quality, they have perfected it and their service is fantastic, I believe they won an award at

How long has the Ocean Club been active now?

METS a couple of years ago.

Literally 90 days. I was having a conversation with the Owner of the Ocean Club today and we were both very excited that we are

We have heard about all the yachts you have been on, and all the

seeing a culmination of our dreams come together. That dream

great relationships you have developed over the years, but what we

of having repeat clients and the charter brokers are all coming

haven’t talked about are the many wonderful places that you have

together to help us to make this dream come true.

taken yachts? I have spent alot of my time in the Bahamas, the Western

Is it your very first charter with her tomorrow?

Atlantic, the Caribbean, Western Mediterranean, the Adriatic and

No, when the boat was still Rockstar last summer, after it was

Western Greece, I haven’t been able to travel much to the rest

sold to the new owner, Barbara Müller of Ocean Independence

of the world, but to be honest there is so much history just in

put a repeat charter client our way. This guy had already been chartering on different yachts for weeks in a row in the SOF. He would get on a boat, not be happy, spend a week and get off. She thought I was a Captain that could handle this situation. He liked it so much with us, he extended it another week. He wanted to extend it a third week, which he had never done before, except we were up against the owner wanting to use the boat, I was stuck in the middle of negotiating with the charter guest not wanting to get off and the owner wanting to get on, while our turnaround time was down to a couple of hours.

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the Canadian and Eastern US Seaboards to support a lifetime

at Trinity Yachts, he is now a broker with Marine Max Yachts and

of exploration. The Caribbean is also full and rich in history and

I love that he still comes to lunch in the crew mess and enjoys

anchorages with beautiful places to go swimming and enjoy with

answering questions from us about this boat.

your family. The Bahamas are also absolutely magical, you can have a safe, secure and magical time in crystal clear waters and

Then we have the owner of the biggest fleet of offshore supply

enjoy all the toys and things that every boat has nowadays. Don’t

vessels in the world buying Westport, those ECO guys are

get me wrong, I love heading back and hitting Palma, which is

phenomenal.

just through the roof, if I could find a full time job there my wife

It will be interesting. Nobody saw the transition of commercial

and I would move.

coming into yachting, I did. It’s tough, America had some great yacht builders, it’s a very tough business because it is so

You would be in excellent company, half of the industry is already

subjective. We go to business school and we have a model and

based there!

we are going to build X,Y,Z and produce widgets in different sizes

There is good reason for that, kindred souls, oh so many kindred

but they are all within a framework, with a set scale and pricing.

souls, that’s what makes Palma great. We love the Western Med,

If you get in the business of taking somebody’s dream, well there

I have family ties going back to the 15th Century in France,

couldn’t be a bigger moving target and you start building one

strangely there are 39 villages with my family name in France,

year and by year two there is a whole new fashion line or whole

Magny. I started travelling the Caribbean in 1986 starting with

new load of electronics. They then want a whole lot of new

Bermuda, moved to Martinique, Guadeloupe and St Lucia, literally

changes but they don’t want to have to pay for them. The builder

living in those places, not boating but running resorts. Central

wants to stay in business and make it work, he is caught in the

America, Mexico, Israel and the Red Sea were amazing, but I

crossfire. Look at the trend started by Palmer Johnson, they have

also love to be hanging out in the Aeolian Islands and Sicily and

handed the baton overseas.

watching volcanoes erupt. As we all know, they have moved their operations over to Holland That’s nature’s fireworks for you Herb!

and are in fact now going to be working out of other people’s

Exactly! Where can you do that, it’s amazing, then you have the

shipyards, it is a very different company than it was when it was in

Adriatic and its history and to see what was so war torn in just

Wisconsin and I think a great loss to American Yachting.

the life time of my youngest deckhand, to regenerate back into an

To finish the question though, US North America doesn’t have as

amazing destination. Take Montenegro and Croatia, we can cruise

many builders, but what I do see happening is that we are really

there and look at all the wonderful places and things they have to

good at fixing stuff and we are seeing more and more South

offer and their yachting infrastructure and service are improving

Florida and East Coast Shipyards getting more orders on the

every year. It is amazing to see somewhere come from absolute

books and a little more business, maybe this is our opportunity to

deprivation to show the world just how quickly it can turn itself

shine and maybe we won’t be building them, but maybe we can

around given the chance.

still fix a lot of them, it’s all good business.

When you mention the Adriatic I would like to think of what

There is no coincidence that even the best of the legacy builders

yachting brings to it, in terms of wealth and job creation, it is

in Europe have now started adding refit divisions for their vessels

massive. Yachting in the United States, certainly in terms of yacht

and other vessels as it is such a compelling economic profile. Here

building, doesn’t flourish as much as it does elsewhere, do you have

in Fort Lauderdale alone, I live just down the road from Lauderdale

and thoughts on why this is?

Marine Centre, and talk about a powerhouse of a location, they

I will be honest, it is sad and I know most of the former US

work with outside contractors, again showing wisdom based on

builders won’t be back. We don’t share the amount of sea faring

experience of the marketplace.

history that other countries do. Plus we are a different society.

It proves itself to be a true model and there is a lot of wisdom

The majority of Americans don’t grow up near boating, let alone

there. I see that the South Eastern United States, due to climate,

yachting. We just don’t share the history like many others. Take

has an amazing opportunity to draw more. I see it escalating.

Trinity, a yacht builder that is unfortunately no longer here, the

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US market and buyers just won’t support building here. The

Tell me more about Ocean Club?

commercial side of coastal ship building is protected like the

We did the name change but before the video and brochure were

oilfield boats built by the same guys. I have called Billy Smith for

produced phone calls went out to a couple of brokers who we

questions because I am running one of the yachts he built while

had past relationships with and right off the back of these calls in

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December we closed two weeks of charter. They are both veteran

to that dream coming true for the client. Now that they have

repeat clients of the brokers. One broker tells me that her client is

had their dream come true, they are more likely to come back

a leader in the industry, a former yacht owner, you know him, he

and do it again.

knows you. So here is the opportunity with a few new crew and

Having been a veteran charter client himself, the current

a fresh yacht for us to hit it outside the park. We did. The other

owner knows this, he sat everyone down in January and said

client call tells his broker that the trip was ‘Perfect’. The broker

‘Listen that guy over there can put money in all of our pockets,

said he had never used the word ‘Perfect’ before. There is a high

he is going to pay for all of you and put tip money in your

probability he will be coming back as he loves the South of France

pockets and he is going to help pay for this great yacht and

and we will be there for the summer.

sustain the dream so that we can all continue doing this and this is fun.’ The crew knowing that they are a part of paying for

Can you make any comments about what you think about

themselves is an important part of the value system that I see,

profitability and how it relates to charters?

especially in the next generation of crew. It is very hard to find

Certainly, profitability does not mean making a profit. It means

affirmation in this digital society and if the crew can see and hear

what is the potential to make a profit. Very few yacht operations

and feel that they are part of the team that delivered the dream,

make a profit. They can however greatly offset the cost of

then that is their affirmation.

operations. It is very subjective and the majority of owners of

The biggest thing, over the years, that I am so proud of, is

yachts do not allow their yachts to be available enough time

that I cannot do it without my team, my main role is looking after

each year to generate revenue. Very few are dedicated to the task

their dreams, example, one of my former Chief Stews now owns a

of being a full time charter yacht, a commercial enterprise. That

yoga resort in Australia. I want this to spread, I help them and look

means rotational crew, like the commercial world and planned

after their dreams, they look after the guests dreams and revenue

maintenance and upgrades as opposed to deferred. The big

and the vibe on-board suits the owners dreams.

challenge is that we are not making a product and our service

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is aimed at the smallest fraction of the population. That’s tough.

What do you consider to be an optimal season in terms of weeks?

Here are two things, we are taking a very active crew and the

I spend a lot of time with a lot of new and existing owners of

asset, the yacht, which make up the combination to create the

boats and I tell them that realistically if you go at it and you really

dream. The yacht is our tool and we are going out to make a

do it well with the right team, then 10 weeks in a calendar year

dream come true and yes there is a fee for that, there is a value

is very attainable.

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In a calendar year, that’s even less than most, is this including

through Instagram and social media. We are very conscientious

owner usage?

about what we put out as there is a certain vibe we want to

No, owner usage is on top of that, if you get the 10 national

create. All the way up to the old school way of going out with

North American holidays, if you get those on charter then those

gifts and knocking on doors, whatever it takes.

BELOW: HERB WITH MARK ELLIOTT AND BRUCE MAKOWSKY USING THE NAUTIBUOY PLATFORM

are the weeks you should line up. That takes a lot of effort from the Captain and crew. Do you have a 10 weeks of charter and 10 weeks of owner’s usage? How many

rotation or anything to relieve burn out?

weeks can the crew realistically operate with optimum output?

There are certain number of the crew that take their 38 days of

There are some boats out there running successfully year after

vacation but they want to be on the boat and myself, when not

year that I know are doing over 20 weeks, but they plan it well.

doing a charter or an owners trip, I empower the crew to take care of the boat and operation and I take a break. We create a calendar

I guess I won’t see much of you in the Med this summer, you’ll be too busy.

and that way they know when they need to get off, the boat is

You might, I will be in one of the many anchorages on the South

not a prison, the doors are only locked at night.

of France or West Corsica or Sardinia as we already have a repeat client booked for August and there are several serious enquiries

The multi talents of Captain Herb Magney, are you a Business

kicking around. How else do I get charters booked? The example

Development Executive too?

is like what was done just yesterday, the charter manager and I

Exactly, it is the Ying and Yang of it all. Better for me to be telling

were knocking on various broker’s doors and looking them in the

the rest of the world about what we have to offer. Sad thing

eye with bottles of wine and boxes of chocolates, plus our flash

these days is I don’t get to do it as much because if I am saddled

brochure and telling them about the programme. Door to door

with administration and operations, I am not doing this sales job

sales and talking to the brokers in person and answering their

justice. Like the owner said, I am the boats best sales person. We

questions in person.

are working on that just like every aspect of the programme, we are constantly trying to enhance the plan.

Are you doing the same as you always have by working your personal relationships?

I am sure that young Captain Connor Magney will soon be stepping

Absolutely, we are also using social media, the boat has its

on board with his Service Record Book!

own Instagram group and Facebook. There are two or three

That will be coming, Connor will have his SRB, he has already

generations of a family that are going to charter a boat and we

demonstrated his boat handling skills at Bluewater training in the

are hitting them at all levels and my crew are direct marketing

pool and passed his STCW training.

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BELOW: CONNOR GETTING UP TO SPEED TO TAKE OVER FROM THE ‘OLD MAN’

Is that legal at his age?

Is he already taking care of celestial and navigating in his dreams?

We did it at home and he has passed the Junior version, he knows

Every night he goes to bed he is staring at the chart, you can ask

social and personal responsibilities, he has been through the

him anything and he knows it. He is learning celestial, he knows

drills, he has put on and blown up a life jacket, he is a awesome

how to use a set of binoculars, he knows how to pick up the

swimmer, he has used a fire hose, he has crawled in and out

moons, he can name their faces, when we are out and looking at

of rafts and knows how to put band-aids on and how to clean

the stars he is looking around because the brightest is the North.

wounds. The bonus of one of the neighbours working for Resolve.

He is gobbling it all up.

You have already said he is your number one salesman so obviously

I would rather be doing nothing else than working on the

he has the commercial aspect as well.

water, with boats, with crew, watching people involved and

Yes, he knows how to close a deal, he is a better closer as he has

experiencing the thrill from being around water, it is the greatest

had an early start. Mom has also brought him a very sensible and

thrill on the planet. When I see my crew out there and I see them

sound mind, with very linear thinking and an incredible balance

achieving what they want to achieve and doing what they want

and sense of detail. The two of us have funnelled our strengths

to do, that is fantastic.

You asked me before about the influence of the crew.

into Connor. He is going to get to do whatever he wants to do but he is also going to be serving apprenticeships at National

Obviously Ocean Club is going to be a big commercial, charter and

Marine, Yachty Rentals and on boats and by the time he is 16 he

personal success for you and your crew, but you haven’t stopped

will already be a master of small boat operation and navigation.

re-inventing yourself yet and you are still quite a young chap, what

Above his head under the top bunk is a chart of Caco Bay, the

do you see on the horizon – another Ocean Club?

southern coast of Maine. It is one of the most challenging pieces

It’s an interesting take. I would like to see an Ocean Club Med

of waterway on the Atlantic. This is what he learns every night

and an Ocean Club Western Atlantic, you take two sister ships

before he goes to sleep. He can use the phonetic alphabet and

and put them on opposite sides of the pond and I think ‘Bam’ we

name many parts of a boat.

have a good thing going here. One may have a more Caribbean, Bahamas and North American flavour about it and the other may have more of a Mediterranean, South of France feel about it. Whether it’s the photographs, the decor, patterns or styles but what brings them together is the type and level of service. You are getting what you expect, that is the key. Two bases for the same operation with more opportunities for the crew to advance. There are so many places we still need to open up, not only that but we need to get folks out to the Turks, to the Southern Bahamas, back to St Thomas, St Maarten, St Barts and the Virgin Islands. The best way to do that is with awesome charter boats and awesome teams living awesome dreams. You have just mentioned several islands that were the most badly affected by the multiple hurricanes late last year, did it affect your charter season at all? We did not do the Caribbean; we stayed in the Bahamas, which for a lot of reasons is one of my favourites. I have been to all of those islands and everyone of them has something amazing and special about it, the more as an industry we can talk about these places and what they have to offer and not focus on what is not there, it will all come back. I went down there after Marilyn and Hugo, it was a mess and that was 20 plus years ago, we didn’t have cell phones and internet, we had

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Learn. Learn as much as you can about your surroundings.

the people that came onboard did as well. With or without the

Situation awareness. One of the things I tell crew is that they

internet, you can still have a wonderful time, the ocean is the

have to commit when they come through the doors, they have

ocean. The same faces, tour guides and provisioners are still there,

to be able to say ‘please help me’ so that they know that every

they are the people that make the difference. The beaches and

member of the crew is there to help them and then they know

the weather are still there, the Caribbean has been around as a

that they are part of the team. It is also hearing themselves say

beautiful destination for a long while, it’s still there.

‘Please help me’. I promote the idea of crew learning as much as they can. There is so much more information available to this

Well chartering as we know it was created in Antigua in the

generation than you and I had. We had books, but these guys have

1950s and that island wasn’t too badly affected, a relatively small

so much. We are looking at people being able to achieve very

percentage of the islands suffered an extreme catastrophe, I think

quickly amazing highs in their careers and do incredible things

chartering is one of the viable ways to help the economies recover.

that used to take us 10 years. It is happening at light speed for

It gives everybody great confidence that, when they see somebody

these people and I don’t think they realise it. I don’t know who the

cruising their shores, it is one step in returning to normality.

leading body is, but thank heaven for the media that has come out. I remember when there were one or two periodicals that just

The Antigua Charter Yacht Show did well this year even though they

spoke about the boat and not the crew.

were a few yachts down on previous years, the St Barths Bucket is

Remember Charter Magazine, my father almost bought

going to have fewer yachts but the Island staged a brilliant recovery

a sail boat from the man that started this magazine in

to get their Christmas celebrations underway. We have talked a lot

Marina Del Ray, I had a copy with me from 1984 that I took with

about crew and the way you are able to motivate your crew. What

me to my first charter broker show in 1996, unfortunately the

kind of advice would you give up and coming crew about the best

hurricane got it, but even then they were trying. Look at Yachting

way to integrate themselves into the business and find the joy that

Matters, my God, the interest by people in that magazine, I

you obviously have?

only wish it were more widely distributed. The creation online

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RIGHT: OCEAN CLUB

of www.SuperyachtCaptains.com and the involvement of what,

the industry learn more about how to help and fine tune that

1450 plus active working Captains, it has created an open

family, that home environment on board the boat, this is what

dialogue for its members to go back and forth and share and

we need to define more as there is no other model like it, not

compare ideas, that did not happen just a few years ago, you

even the military.

have a problem you put it to the members and the answers are almost instantaneous. The formation of the Triton changed

What do you think about a future business. How about the Herb

how magazines are formatted today and how these magazines

Magney Method of Yacht Crew Viability and Leadership?

have become informational tools with information that crew

I have been trying really hard, I have handed out more copies of

can use. How we get the crew reading more and studying their

the MCA White Paper ‘Leading for Safety’ I believe than anyone

environment more – that is probably the challenge.

else. I personally printed 1000 copies to hand out at one of the

Professional yachting is now a well defined career and not

symposiums a few years back and now it is a hand out at the

just a hobby, we need to make sure we are protecting the crews

HELM courses as well, ‘Leading for Safety’ is one of the top 10

interest and not burning them out, it breaks my heart when I hear

leading tools for the industry,I have been handing it out like it

about crew that are just going to do it for two to five years and

was candy.

I am like ‘no, no do this for 20 years and then retire from it and then only retire to work in a different aspect of it’ That is how great industries have been formed. Look at

This would be a really good thing to publish on Colin’s www. SuperyachtCaptains.com forum. Do you know even I am not

aviation it was a hobby for rich people and then they started to

allowed access to it?

take people who would pay for a seat and now brokerages exist

I should hope not! I think I should tease Colin that it should be

that sell seats on private jets, there is the model right there, the

mandatory when joining the forum that you have to read it.

planes just go a lot faster and the air crew do not have to live onboard with each other.

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I don’t think I am wrong in thinking that SuperyachtCaptains.com

The biggest challenge in yachting is that we live with

is likely the largest communication tool for Captains that there

each other for months on end, it creates a very special dynamic

is, with more members than the PYA has at the moment by a

and very special challenge. When we as Captains and leaders in

long shot.

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I think it is and what is interesting is that each of us members

I wish that more Captains felt a bit more inclusive. There is a lot of

have probably got one or two other Captains that we talk to that

talk about the zero to hero type that some of the new licencing

don’t join anything like SYC, but they talk to us. They are members

structures have allowed to develop. Can you make any comments

by default. It is that ripple effect, if there are over 1450 members

about what you think about Captains and their career tracks?

it is likely that there are three times as many influenced by the

It reached a tipping point with zero hero, there was a lot of

exchange of information. We are all most probably talking to two

commentary on which system was best, USCG or MCA. The

or three more Captains and getting more information to share. If

industry needed to have some type of certification validation for

you look at that number versus how many licenced Captains there

the risk mitigation group to say this person can go on this boat

are out there, it is a significant portion of active Captains.

because they have the certification in X, Y, Z and have jumped through certain hoops. They had to have some framework, did

Even though it is a closed group is it a method of social media

they have time to trouble shoot it, no, but that’s evolution. Few

communication that is second to none, I am really glad to

people ever really got hurt with the zero to hero system, sure it

hear that you can feel the effects of participation on your own

was a little bit embarrassing because a few people got thrown

career. It sounds to me that the advice you are giving to crew

into situations because they had more paperwork than nautical

is that participation in the industry, whether direct or indirect,

knowledge or experience but that happens everywhere. Now we

is beneficial.

understand, I look now at the requirements for placement, before

It is one of the things I tell everybody and another is that ‘Silence

they would put a 200 tonne on a 500 job, now it has totally

is Consent’. Therefore if you have something that you want to

transposed, now it may be that on a 200 tonne boat you need a

communicate at whatever level then say it, if you don’t want to

500 ticket. We use an OOW to fulfil a bosons role historically and

bring it into a forum where it needs to be acknowledged, then I

going forward from that and before if it was a 500 tonne boat

will, I am happy to do it for half a dozen Captains down the dock

then the risk mitigation people would want a 1500 or 3000 tonne

that don’t have the time. If it is a voice by proxy I can represent

ticket. We have seen the flaws in the licence issuing department.

those half a dozen voices. If I can help someone out I will.

Now guess what, if you want to run my tender then you need

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BELOW: A VIEW OF OCEAN CLUB’S BEAUTIFUL TOP DECK

a yacht master 200 commercial because you are taking people

on the 12 m American Eagle, they had a bullet the first day and

out. We are applying that licence not to tonnage but where it is

we won the regatta with a second the next day. Great time. My

applicable, it’s a great licence to run the 10 m high performance

pinnacle was to be able to compete in the STAR Class Worlds in

tender. With specific training and practice.

1994. What a great event that was.

I am glad we have enough people around to create a pool of bodies

Everyone of the legacy boat builders are building large sail yachts,

that are overqualified for their work! So Herb we have spoken about

the new Black Pearl is going to cause excitement worldwide!

work, but what do you do for enjoyment out of work?

Can’t wait to see her myself! We have talked about a shadow boat

I run charter boats! There is nothing like building projects with my

for Ocean Club being something like a 50 foot sail boat, or a 50 ft

son, time with my wife Tanya and I also have fun with my other

catamaran. How much fun that would be for a night and day sailing

family, the crew on the boat

platform, simply just having another venue is an idea we are looking at, I am checking the pulses to see if anybody else gets excited.

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I dive, took my crew for a dive on the way back from St Barts. We

You are walking dangerously close to creating more new business sectors!

stopped at Conception Island and it blew their minds. For the last

There should be more new business sectors, more entrepreneurs

12 years my dive partner has been the chairman of the board of

creating avenues for people to get on the water. It is constantly

NAUI, David Ochs, Aqua Safari. He is a great charter dive guide

changing, it’s the last frontier, the last great adventure. When

who is very well known throughout the industry. The diving is

I look out on the Ocean I see endless adventure and see it

still fascinating, boating, in general, whether it is a power boat

constantly changing which keeps our minds active.

moving through the wateror sailing, I still sail but not enough, I

I see these business people creating stuff, yet when I get

sailed a lot in the past and sailing will return into my life. I used

them out on the water it is really weird because it is a dynamic

to race everything from the laser Heavy Weather Slalom Regatta

that they cannot control. In their business and industries they

to offshore IOR and tons of inshore ‘Round the Bouys’ regattas.

create control, they create parameters and measures, they

I jumped into a Classics Regatta in Newport a few years back

influence economies, countries and societies but when I get them

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RIGHT AND BELOW: OCEAN CLUB AND HER ARRAY OF ‘TOYS’

out on the water it all goes sideways due to the chaos created by

kick a Captain out of the wheel house but I do know a lot of

nature and the environment.

Captains that would kick a chef out of the galley! Larry Ebbs, my first great mentor in the charter world, he is the one who pointed

Really, you are at the centre of the universe Herb!

I got my first American Licence at MPT, although it wasn’t

control at any given moment, and yet so tranquil and so healthy,

my first license (I held a 25 m in Bermuda, the same for the

it is the coolest job in town and the coolest pastime to be out

French licence after I moved to Martinique. It was tough because

enjoying it one way or another. It is my business opportunity, they

of course it was all in French, including the practical’s. I have held

would have to peel my hands off the wheel to get me to stop. I do

a Mexican, Israeli, Panamanian and a Turks and Caicos licence as

have two other game plans. I am looking forward to having four

well. Basically most of the countries I have worked in.

weeks off and getting my DD4000, my U.S.C.G. Engineers ticket,

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that out to me when I was debating the options back in 96.

With something as dynamic as the ocean which is so out of

My current licence is a less than 3000 tons Oceans motor

I could then be an engineer on the same boat that I am Captain,

and a 500 ton sail endorsement, however I am turning in time

way too much work though. It is a good fall back plan plus there

for the upgrade to 4500 tons. Currently I am licenced with the

are a lot more opportunities for scheduled rotational positions in

Marshall Islands and Cayman and so I do not have any restrictions

the engineering sector.

on my ticket.

Why not go to the Culinary Institute and get yourself a Chef ’s

It seems that you are following the lessons that you are preaching

Certificate while you’re at it?

to your crew, you never stop learning.

I just want to point out that I don’t know a lot of chefs that would

Never stop learning, I have binders called ‘crew reading’, I tear

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MAN AT THE TOP – CPT. HERB MAGNEY

RIGHT: OCEAN CLUB’S BEAUTIFULLY APPOINTED MAIN SALOON BELOW: HERB WITH HIS CREW FROM OCEAN CLUB

apart Yachting Matters and other quality magazines, tear out any

call it the Programme because this is where we make a phone call

relevant pieces and stick them in front of the crew and say you

and hand them over to another Captain. It is a word of mouth,

need to read this. I have to be that model, to provide the books

personal reference Programme.

or information to help them achieve their goals. Crew have to invest in themselves to really be a part of

Are you actually teaching them the basic skills and right mentality

this industry. The guy you see walking down the dock has just

and then you are helping your fellow Captains by recommending

come from Boston, he grew up on the water, he grew up fishing

them a crew member?

in Boston waters and he is new to the industry. He did a couple

Yes, it is our apprenticeship programme, it’s unofficial but traditional.

of weeks of work on My Girl and he has worked a couple of weeks here with us and out of four or five candidates he rose to the top.

How many are female?

My first officer said ‘we have a candidate for the Programme’. We

As many as want to be. My deckhand Nichole, from the State of

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Washington, went to work in the food and beverage industry and

sometimes you have to ask yourself. Is the juice worth the

then she got hired by the Boss and worked on his 86 Princess as

squeeze?’ and that is why I do what I do. I have the best job on

a deck stew, he loved what she brought to the boat and she then

the planet and the testament is when I am out cruising with

went to work at his mansion. Then she went to his yacht in the

billionaires and they say to me ‘I want your job.’

Med last summer with us to try out a busy 50 m, to experience

I love this piece of classic literature because it puts it so

what life on a boat was all about. She liked it and came back and

simply and clearly. In the story, Mole and Rat are rowing up the

I talked to her, she is a tom-boy, I asked her what she wanted to

canal in Rat’s boat. They are discussing nautical things and life in

do and she wanted to try working on the deck and we welcomed

general when Rat is heard to utter, ‘Believe me, my young friend,

her to the deck world. She took to it and brought to it a sense of

there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as

energy that my other crew on the deck knew they liked. Last week

simply messing about in boats.’ So true, I will never forget that!

she had five male deck workers and she had got them all in line, she is on point, our deck hand was leading the boys as we didn’t

I know that you have a very busy day and it is incredible and a real

have a boson, she was leading and she did it exquisitely.

testament to how well you have organised Ocean Club to head out on your charter today and yet find enough time to devote to me. I

I am glad to hear you are not going to lack female leadership on

just want to thank you so much for making that time available, you

your programme?

really are a star Herb, a true ‘Man At The Top’.

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responsibility of the Chief Stew. No one has the pulse of the guests other that the Chief Stew. If I want influence and to scatter an idea I

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let the interior staff do it. They have a huge amount of responsibility and add a huge amount of value to the boat. What about female Captains? Female Captains are amazing, the hurdles they have to go through in this industry are quite incredible. The growth of women in ‘executive’ positions in the yacht industry far exceeds that in the normal population, in places like Silicon Valley something around only 3% of the echelons are women to this day. I think the statistics in terms of growth are considerably better in yachting. To be honest I think the female mind is better at providing service than the male mind. On board the Ocean Club, we do not believe

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in pigeon-holing. There is no male or female to the job description whatsoever, it has to fit their agenda. I hate to say it, but I do believe that there are Captains and Owners in this beautiful industry that still have trouble with that concept! Sure, we will never get rid of it but neither do we need to concede to it. I worked for a female owner and once I was struggling to work out how to ask something and she looked me in the eye and said ‘If you don’t ask the question the answer is always no’ and I use this analogy to this day.

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VOILES DE ST TROPEZ GALES, SWELLS & FICKLE WINDS 1ST – 8TH OCTOBER 2017 WORDS BY JOHN BURNIE PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL KURTZ

HE VOILES DE ST TROPEZ REGULARLY ATTRACTS

of the genre. Sir Lindsay Owen Jones, a multiple winner in his

entries of 300+ yachts – and the same was true for the

yachts throughout the Mediterranean, returned again with his

2017 edition of this famous if not eclectic gathering of

regular team to contest for the coveted Wally trophy. This class

splendid sailing yachts. The event gathers entries to the regatta

sails in its own group and of the 14 entries many of the yachts

that are always as diverse as they are unique. Up to 4000 sailors

were regular participants. The group included the brand new

regularly attend the event, arriving to sail on a wonderful mix of

and sensational Wally Cento Tango, skippered by Marc Pajot,

grand classic yachts, modern racers, cruiser racers, meter designs,

participating in their first regatta. All eyes were on here to see

keel boats, spectacular J Class yachts (None participating in 2017

how she performed against the earlier editions of this model.

due to race schedules – returning in 2018) and the iconic Wallys.

Thomas Bscher’s Wally 107 Open Season (also a multiple and

2017 heralded some important milestones as well as some

season winner) was in attendance as well as a host of other past

interesting entries. This edition was the 20th anniversary of

winners and competitors including Lyra, Galatea, Y3k, Magic Blue,

participation by the Wally Magic Carpet, albeit a third version

Nahita and J One.

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In the IRC classes (divided into 5 groups) Lionel Pean and Frank Cammas joined forces in the entry of Babsy, a Volvo 70 previously known as Puma / Sfs. Ferrari Dario brought his radical looking Maxi 72 Cannonball to contest as did George David with Rambler 88. There were 24 entries in the biggest class including Spectre (Peter Dubens) My Song (Pier Luigi of Loro Piana) Farfalla (Ross Warburton) Savannah (Hugh Morrison) Inoui (Marco Vogele) and La Bete which in a former life was Rambler 90. One of the great spectacles at the event was as always the four 15 m Class yachts TUIGA, HISPANIA, The Lady Anne and Mariska. These vessels, all 100yrs+ old, embody the golden age of yachting and compete as hard today as they did in an earlier time. The four yachts sail in the Rolex Trophy,

Nan of Fife and Chinook. And returning again were many other

a unique contest of their own. These vessels were complimented

regulars including Rowdy, Blitzen (Charles Dunstoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic with

by other famous great classic yachts of the age, all competing in

Ben Ainsliee on board) Stormy Weather, The Blue Peter and Gryff

separate classes, including Moonbeam III, Halloween, Elena Of

Rhys Jonesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Argyll. One yacht that has always to be mentioned

London, Aschanti Iv, Puritan, Iduna and the iconic Cambria.

is Ikra as it was her and Pride that created the challenge in

In the smaller classics there was a unique gathering of

1981 which became the Nioularge series, the predecessor of

boats including Chips (a Staring Burgess design) Olympian, Kelpie,

the current event. A regular in attendance, Ikra was competing


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this year against others of the time and style including France, Sovereign and Il Moro De Venizia. The remainder of the vast fleet is divided up into appropriate classes to cater for vessels like the Tofinu yachts, smaller keel boats as well as the raft of modern cruiser racers like Swan 53 Music (James Blakemore) Silveren Swan and Bam Bam VI. Another Milestone in 2017 was the Yacht Club de Franceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Autumn Cup. The club was celebrating its 150th anniversary and following Les Regates Royale in Cannes in the previous week


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yachts gathered on the Sunday to make the 21 mile sprint to St

although black flagged in their first race pulled off a series of

Tropez – their arrival heralds the beginning of the Voiles De St

first places indicating the power and dynamism of this new Botin

Tropez. In 2017 53 yachts took part in a steady breeze of 20 kts.

design. My Song and Rambler charged around the courses taking

First to arrive was the 55m schooner Elena of London. The 15 m

line honours, just failing to hold their time corrections on ratings.

Mariska crossed the line 12 minutes later followed by the 59.6 m

In the end it was Babsy (Lionel Pean and Frank Cammas) who

schooner Germania Nova just three minutes later.

stole the show in the big IRC class with Cannonball (rueing their

The 2017 Voiles de St Tropez was an unusual event due

first day penalty) drawing a second place with Rambler in third.

to the wind being either fickle or coming in hard as a bruising

In the smaller IRC classes James Blakemore with his regular South

gale. The ensuing swell following a gale combined with fickle

African crew on his Swan 53 Music again showed their form,

winds creates difficulties for yachts, particularly those of classic

wining two of their four races to take the class. In the green group

design which are not as weatherly as modern yachts. Despite the

the TP 52’s were having a ding dong battle and Renata prevailed

conditions all the yachts reported a sparkling contest in the bay

over Alizee with Arobas 3 completing the podium. Camomille just

and tacticians and navigators rose to the challenges. Cannoball

pipped Peter Harrison’s Tofinu Jolt in their class.

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In the Rolex Trophy Mariska finally prevailed to win the 15 m class despite retiring in one race where big seas were

Schuman calling tactics) and Magic Carpet in second and third split by only one point.

causing her damage. In the classic classes Moonbeam Iii took the

In conclusion probably one of the best traditions at Les

spoils ahead of Haloween and Elena Of London. Spartan with two

Voiles is the Club 55 Cup Challenge Day – held on the Thursday

first places saw victory over Olympian and Rowdy, again with two

or lay day. The challenge is a celebration of the original race that

first places prevailed over Blitzen. France held a good victory over

took place between Ikra and Pride around the Nioulargue Buoy

Ikra who despite two first places incurred a penalty.

in 1981. It was this challenge that created this ‘social’ event that

In the Wallys a huge battle as always was taking place

it is today. The rules are simple and the principle is a challenge

throughout the series between Magic Carpret, Galatea and Open

between two boats around a 15 mile course passing Portalet

Season but is was the Wally 77 Lyra that after six races finally

Tower, the Nioulargue mark finishing at the Club 55 for lunch.

took the spoils to place Open Season (with Olympic sailor Jochen

The winner will defend the trophy the following year – however

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if she wins again the runner up in fact will defend the following

competition is fierce with world renowned sailors participating.

year to avoid serial winners! In 2017 the challenge was between

However there still remains a Corinthian element and spirit that

Eugenia V and Hugh Morrison’s beautiful Pedric yacht Savannah.

is both attractive and rewarding for all those lucky enough to able

On a very windy day those of us lucky enough to be seated at the

to participate. Put it on the Bucket list if you have not!

tables in the Club 55 welcomed Hugh and his slightly damp crew with a celebratory glass of rose following their triumph. The Voiles de St Tropez is truly a unique event – a gathering of sailing yachts of such variety of style and genre. The

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ASTILLEROS DE MALLORCA A MOVING HISTORY BY DIEGO COLON

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HE FIRST SHIPYARDS THAT WERE DOCUMENTED

Astilleros De Mallorca was founded in 1942 under the

on the Island of Mallorca were located in Palma in

name of Astilleros de Palma S.A. by a group of businessmen,

the year 1230, at the time of the Island’s conquest

headed by Javier de la Rosa, the heart and soul of the project,

by King James I of Aragon. These shipyards were located outside

along with the famous boat builder from the renowned ‘Nicolau’

the city gates, in an area close to the current home of Astilleros

family, Pedro Nicolau, who was his right hand man. Between

de Mallorca.

them they gave the newly launched company the professional

It was at the end of the 19th Century that construction

support that was required. They embarked on a business venture

and naval repair had its golden era in Palma. Between the years

that would enrich Palma with a new shipyard that would be able

of 1863 and 1872, 267 vessels were built in Mallorca – a total of

to service and repair the merchant and Navy boats that used the

5729 tons and at that time Palma had an amazing ten shipyards.

area, they also undertook the modernisation of the many vessels

The boats that were most famously constructed by

belonging to the local shipping companies. Throughout those

Mallorcan shipyards were the ‘PAILEBOTS’. These wooden boats

years the nearby naval base was in constant use and the local

of approximately 30 m in length were built with the purpose

shipping companies had an important fleet of small boats that

of transporting merchandise to the mainland and they kept

were neccessary to cover the transport of passengers and goods

the main part of the building industry on the Island busy from

back and forth from the mainland.

the end of the 19th Century until the 1930’s. During the early

The esplanade that had been left free after the exploitation

years of this boom they only built sailing boats, however as

of the stone quarry that was used for the construction of the

engines were developed they equipped each sailing boat with a

port and of the ‘Paseo de la Riba’ was the chosen location of the

propulsion engine.

new shipyard, henceforth known in Palma as ‘La Pedrera’. Today it

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LEFT: PAILEBOT ‘VILLA DE ANDRAITX’ – A TYPICAL BOAT USED FOR LOCAL TRANSPORTATION WHICH BEGAN TO DECLINE IN THE 1950s BOTTOM: ASTILLEROS MARZO – 1968 OPPOSITE PAGE: THE ASTILLEROS SHIPYARD AS IT IS TODAY

would be set on the opposite side of the Paseo Maritimo to the sea, just as it reaches the Club De Mar as you exit Palma. Not long after the yard was established the Paseo Maritimo

In 1967, having just celebrated 25 years of the shipyard, agreements were finalised for the transfer of the facilities to Contramuelle Mollet, its current location.

was developed and a removable bridge was put in place to enable

In 1967 it was decided to rename the business Astilleros

vessels to enter and leave the yard and still allow the limited

de Mallorca to coincide with the relocation. The new shipyard

amount of traffic around in the 1950’s to use the new road.

had four slipways with a capacity of up to 1700 tons and

‘Naviera Mallorquina’ was perhaps the most important

a 100 metre outfitting quay that would allow the yard

shipping company that relied on the shipyard Astilleros de Palma for

entry into the growing building market for merchant ships

the renewal of its fleet, eventually building a total of 24 ships, the

without the limitations imposed on the length and beam in the

first of them, the ‘Cala Blanca’.

old shipyard. During this new start Astilleros de Mallorca built a new LPG carrier, product oil tankers, fishing boats, tugboats, passenger ships, RoRo container ships, a hospital ship and everything else associated with the repair of local merchantmen and at the time the small number of yachts. The hospital ship, named ‘Esperanza del Mar’ (Hope of the Sea), built for the ‘Instituto Social de la Marina’ and delivered in 1981, was the first of her class ever built in Spain and served for 30 years on the Saharan fishing grounds during which time she was involved in helping 3400 vessels and picking up 1720 shipwrecked sailors. In 1969, with some of the shipyards partners, and with the initiative of Javier de la Rosa, the construction of the Club de Mar began. These

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yacht sails under the name of ‘Adix’. This project was followed by five fishing freezer vessels for Mexican ship owners and an LPG vessel of 114 m and at 5700 gt she was the largest ship ever built in the shipyard. With the construction of this ship, which took place during a Europe wide decline in shipbuilding, numerous financial problems began which took the shipyard to the verge of bankruptcy. It was at this time that two new owners appeared, Jesus Freire and Fernando Santodomingo, both with extensive experience in shipbuilding and with their own shipyards in the bay of Vigo, in Galicia. It is not until 1992 that a change would be implemented that would transform the future of the Shipyard. It was the decision to abandon all commericial shipbuilding activity and dedicate the yard exclusively to the growing yacht market and to specialise in refit and repair. In 1995 the yacht Aldonza was delivered, a 32 m motor yacht designed by W. de Vries Lentsch that would be the last yacht built entirely within the shipyard. The market for the restoration of classic yachts was another area that gave the shipyard an international reputation due to the quality of the carpentry and cabinet making by the yard’s artisans. That was put to the test with the restoration of the schooner ‘Creole’, originally built in 1927. The restoration of classic yachts continued with two major projects; one on the motor yacht ‘Blue Bird’ which received the prize for the best refit of the year by the magazine ‘Boat International’ in 2008, and the reconstruction of the yacht ‘Hispania’, a 15 m international class that was the most important regatta yacht of King Alfonso XIII, built in 1909 in Pasajes. TOP: CIUDADELA 1948

facilities, which were the first in the Balearic

ABOVE: LAUNCHING ASMASA

refit and repair work for the yard and would

RIGHT: CREOLE

Islands, would be an important source of be instrumental in its future success. In 1975 the construction of the yard’s first modern motor yacht started; a 43 m yacht for the Gulf company, designed by Charles E. Nicholson. She is currently sailing under the name of ‘Berzinc’. Between 1981 and 1984 was a period of maximum shipbuilding activity for the shipyard with six vessels delivered; the first of them, the three-masted schooner ‘Jessica’, which marked a milestone in the history of Mallorcan construction, being the largest sailboat ever built on the Island and worldwide she was the largest schooner to be built since the 1920’s. At present this

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TOP: BERZINC ABOVE: BLUE BIRD ABOVE RIGHT: ADIX

In 2009, with the development of the STP haul out

produces. The current facilities are limited in space and means

area in the port of Palma, Astilleros de Mallorca began an

due to its location and therefore cannot offer space to the ever

expansion process with the creation of new workshops and

growing number of modern yachts of greater length. In the

offices that would provide services to the yachts that were

same way as what happened back in 1968, the time has come

docked there.

to change the location of the shipyard and build new facilities

The redevelopment plans for the future port of Palma will allow Astilleros De Mallorca to embark on another expansion

that will allow it to adapt to the new challenges that the current yachting market demands.

strategy for the Shipyard and allow it to keep apace with the constantly growing Superyacht industry and the vessels that it

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CRUISING IN SCOTLAND WILD, RUGGED & AWESOME BY CPT. CAMERON SPRINGTHORPE

PHOTOGRAPHY: CPT. CAMERON SPRINGTHORPE AND IAN LITTLE

HE WEST COAST OF SCOTLAND IS ALL YOU COULD imagine it to be, and more! Wild, rugged, awesome, the superlatives abound and yet in most cases, here they are truly warranted. In 2015 after many years working in the warmer, ‘milk run’ parts of the world my wife and I were excited to be heading back to my country of birth, where I hadn’t sailed since I was a child. Over the last few years I have had the blessing to be able to skipper various craft for charters around the West Coast and through the Caledonian Canal. Initially, I was aboard Elizabeth G a converted Norwegian Rescue Ship, only 23 m but a true little ship. Built to support the

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Norwegian fishing fleet during their winter excursions into the

even in the summer, however a great attraction of the area is

North Atlantic they would be at sea for up to three months at a

that you are rarely far from a sheltered anchorage and it is very

time, ready and able to rescue or tow any of the fishing fleet that

unusual to have any swell once tucked up inside.

had trouble back to Norway. I even heard tales of one of them

Holding varies dramatically so anchor watches/alarms

rolling 360 degrees and continuing without damage! Although

and a good searchlight are essential. Light pollution, as you

obviously taking charter guests around the islands we tend to

would expect, is non-existent and it is very easy to become

avoid this kind of weather, it is still reassuring to know that the

disorientated in pitch black when the breeze has picked up and it

vessel will cope with whatever is thrown at her.

is rainingâ&#x20AC;Ś being able to pick out the shoreline combined with a

When cruising in Scotland it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be long before you are reminded in no uncertain terms that you are no longer pottering

TOP: TALITHA ANCHORED IN CRAIGNISH LOCH ABOVE: OBAN TRANSIT MARINA TOP LEFT: VILLAGE BAY HIRTA LEFT: ELIZABETH G ANCHORED IN RHUM

very large scale on the radar and chart plotter is the best way of monitoring your position.

along the coast to St Tropez. The weather can turn in a matter of

Elizabeth G used an Olex chart plotter linked to the fish

minutes and you can be caught out in a blow, or be storm bound

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you travel, so after years of chartering this was very accurate.

The next yacht I ran was Spirit of Fortitude a 33 m Turkish

This combined with the previous tracks gave great assurance. I

built vessel, definitely more at home in the Med, but still quite

also found Antares charts to be useful, these are very large scale

capable when operated within her limitations.

charts made by enthusiastic amateurs, and yet are incredibly

I joined her in James Watt Dock Marina in Greenock, which

detailed. I have yet to find an error on one, they are only available

is one of the few places you can moor alongside with decent

for various anchorages around the West Coast of Scotland at this

shore power, James Watt Dock Marina is also sheltered and has

stage, which is not surprising when you consider how much time

deep water. Almost immediately we headed around the Mull of

and effort it must take to produce them!

Kintyre and up to Oban to prepare for our first charter.

Aboard Elizabeth G one of the four crew was an experienced

The first trip was 10 days, out to St Kilda and around

wildlife guide, this was a huge benefit for the guests and really

Skye and despite various technical niggles, the guests had a

added to their experience, having someone who knew the

memorable trip. Even with a 10 day trip the first priority has to be

different wildlife as well as where to find it and be able to guide

getting out to St Kilda as the weather can easily prevent this. My

guests on walks ashore was a great help. I highly recommend

relief skipper and crew managed to make it out there and were

employing the services of someone like this during your visit

then able to relax as they continued clockwise around the top of

unless you already have this knowledge aboard.

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Next charter we headed north to the Caledonian Canal for

you can tie alongside each night. Our passage from Oban up to

a complete change of pace. Strong tidal streams and poor holding,

Castle Urquhart on Loch Ness and back to Oban took six nights

coupled with shallows and rocks, made for an anxious night of

which is a minimum realistic time-frame for such a trip.

plotter watching as we dragged and reset multiple times before

Approaching the end of the season, we returned to the

being able to enter the canal the following morning. As soon as

Clyde as it offers an incredibly sheltered area with plenty to

you are in the locks it is all worth it though. Neptuneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Staircase

explore. Inveraray Castle is a magnificent inhabited castle and

is a series of locks that in a couple of hours lift you 20 m higher

there is a convenient ship mooring buoy which is generally

than sea level and by the time you emerge at the top your crew

available to moor to for a night, this is helpful as the anchorage

will be well practiced in line handling for all the subsequent locks.

shelves steeply. Portavadie, opposite Tarbert has a 4 star spar with

Feeling like you have entered another country, Sweden perhaps,

a small boat marina and the whisky distillery at Loch Ranza on

you pass through areas with forests right down to the waterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Arran is always worth a visit, giving you a few options for when

edge, sheltered lochs with anchorages, and enough places that

the weather is dricht.

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all the options available in one place. If your owner wants to test

BELOW: LOCH LOCHY

vessels are also available for whole boat charter.

the waters before bringing their yacht up, most of these charter Scotland is starting to wake up to the fact that visiting superyachts can be a great asset, but at the moment our facilities are still few and far between. Here I have listed the facilities that I am aware of and some of the things worth considering if you are heading this way, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a definitive list but should help as a starting point. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m also very happy to offer assistance to visiting yachts in any way that I can and can be contacted through my website www.YourSkipper.co.uk POSSIBLE CHARTER ITINERARIES Starting from and returning to Oban 10 nights

St Kilda, clockwise around Skye

10 nights

Outer Hebrides and Skye

6 nights

Inner Hebrides, bottom of Skye and Mull

6 nights

Caledonian Canal

3 nights

Mull, Iona, Inner Hebrides

The charter industry, which mainly operates out of Oban has really started to boom and we now have a good fleet of

Starting from and returning to James Watt Dock Marina,

crewed charter yachts of various styles working here. To help

Greenock

visitors to Scotland choose their cruise I have put together a

3 nights

website www.CruisesinScotland.com to act as a portal to view

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first responders and it is worth having a non-smart phone as the GPRS signal tends to be stronger. •

Provisioning is relatively easy with Bookers, Bidfoods and Tescos for large supplies, then there are numerous independent retailers for smaller speciality items.

Fuel can easily be ordered by truck in Oban or at Corpach basin, but there are not many other options. I suggest it is worth explaining to your guests, ideally before they arrive, that this is a different type of cruising. It took me a while to adapt and to realise that having the crew chamois down every time the rain stops was never going to be a winner, there is rarely any need to rinse salt off as we have an automatic rinsing system here.

ABOVE: LOCH NESS ON THE OLEX PLOTTER BELOW: LOCH NESS

THINGS TO CONSIDER • Tides can flow at 8 or 9 kts in places and can easily have a •

OPPOSITE TOP: STAC LEE AND BORERAY OPPOSITE BOTTOM: FORT AUGUSTUS

3 – 4 m range.

There are very few places where you can moor alongside once

Oban is well equipped with engineers as it is the hub for all the

you are over about 24 m and you grow used to spending almost

islands on the West Coast, however very few, if any, are used to

every night at anchor, as far as I know these are the only options.

the nuances of working on superyachts. •

Parts and supplies can easily be sent up from Glasgow by next

Oban Transit Marina

day delivery.

Only just opened summer 2017 it is a great facility for visiting

• All other usual facilities such as executive car rental, laundry,

Oban or picking up and dropping off, but is limited to a maximum

flowers etc are hard to come by at the moment and will need

three night stay.

good advance planning if they are important to your boss.

Max LOA

35 m (approx. weather dependant)

Power

32A Single Phase

Internet

None

• The GSM signal is patchy at best as soon as you leave Oban. Vodafone has the strongest signal hence why they are used by

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Oban North Pier

INDEPENDENT TPA AGENTS

There is an option for larger yachts to berth on the North Pier, however priority is given the ferry and it is almost always busy, plus you have the tide to account for and it is not always easy for guests to get on and off, it would be unusual to be able to stay

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more than a night here. Max LOA

80 m (approx.)

Power

63A 3 Phase

Internet

Town Wifi

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Dunstaffnage This is a well-protected marina close enough for crew and guests to enjoy Oban. Max LOA

60 m

Power

63A 3 Phase

Internet

Good Fast

Corpach Sea Lock Only accessible HW +/- 4 hrs the basin at the entrance to the Caledonian Canal is completely sheltered and would be a good place to base yourself whilst guests take the cable car up Ben Nevis or go on the ‘Harry Potter’ steam train. Max LOA

45 m

Power

32A Single Phase

Internet

Unknown

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Caledonian Canal The maximum dimensions for the canal are: Max LOA

45.72 m

Beam

10.67 m

Draft

4.1 m

Air Draft

35 m, but clearance under the Kessock Bridge on the Inverness Firth is lower at 27.4 m.

Power

Available in places, but shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be relied upon

Internet

Also available in places

Tarbert Harbour Tarbert is a lovely little fishing port and one of the most secure ports you can imagine. After winding your way in it opens up and there is space on the quay for large yachts. Max LOA

50 m

Power

63A 3 Phase

Internet

Good Fast

James Watt Dock Marina, Greenock Can accommodate large yachts alongside their long pontoon. It is well connected for guests to fly to, or for visiting Glasgow and is sheltered with deep water. Ideal for crew R&R and great for pick up, drop off Max LOA

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Power

63A 3 Phase

Internet

Good Fast

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Notes: Both Craobh Haven Marina and Ardfern Yacht Centre are planning

ABOVE: CORRAN SOUND

to increase their capacity in the coming few years.

LEFT: LOCH NESS

EMERGENCY HAUL OUT OPTIONS

BELOW LEFT: EILEAN DONAN CASTLE

Corpach Slipway Max tons

200

Max LOA

35 m

BOTTOM LEFT: THE APPROACH TO OBAN

Ardmaleish Max tons

500

Max LOA

70 m

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natural forces makes for the most compelling images in racing photography and filming. After university I was lucky enough to apprentice by assisting commercial yacht photographer Alexis Andrews for a few years. I would help him to shoot large motor yachts for their charter brochures. He shot film in those days and learning with that medium and working to his high standards were the best instruction I could ever have hoped for. You had to get every frame right in the camera! A discipline that is very uncommon now. At that time I started to develop my interest and abilities with moving images, sometimes filming short promos during Alexis’ still shoots. Clients liked this and the rise of the internet made marketing videos ubiquitous in a short time. Demand grew, but so did supply, as everyone seemed to jump into charter imaging, film and stills alike. So the trade started becoming saturated with people competing for every brochure job. The quality of work declined and so did the rate that clients would pay, people started delivering more work in less time with less quality. I still do quite a lot of photography for yachts, hotels, villas and brands but it’s no longer my main earner. The drone revolution also created a new crop of ‘experts’ and diluted the field even more. For full time imaging pros the difficulty is people who have a ‘day job’ and do this work part time at reduced rates because they are subsidised by other careers. They never sustain themselves and eventually leave the field. Then another such person comes along and takes their place for a while. It’s the nature of the beast nowadays and I have chosen to keep rates high and deliver the best work I can, rather than compete on price.

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Luckily Antigua and the northern Caribbean had a decent

they ceased sponsorship of the event in 2017. Iain and I parted

racing calendar by then and little did I know how rapidly it

ways amicably in 2015 and I run Acquafilms alone now. Filming

would expand to offer several events during every month of the

racing probably accounts for 70% of my work schedule and I

Caribbean winter. It was a natural fit and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been lucky enough

produce about a feature length film worth of content every year.

to call some of those regattas and their sponsors repeat clients.

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve found filming yacht racing very satisfying in three main ways.

It all started with forming Acquafilms in 2004 with a university

Shooting the action that takes place in the rough waters around

friend, Iain McGlashan, as my business partner and pitching to

Antigua and the Caribbean, portraying the events for private

and signing Panerai as a launch client at the Antigua Classic Yacht

clients, organisers or sponsors and developing friendships with the

Regatta in 2005. The Panerai relationship lasted 12 years until

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I’ve always wanted to deliver technically excellent images

In camera / lens stabilising has also improved greatly in that time

and in filming this means stability. The camera and the subject

and it helps to damp out the smaller movements in the image.

are both moving and nobody likes wobbly pictures. Given the

It’s not perfect, with judder from wind and airframe vibrations

rough sea state and fresh winds in the Caribbean it’s the biggest

and the shock of chase boats hitting waves intruding on the

challenge of the job. Floating around in a helicopter is hands down

images but it’s probably the best you can do without stepping

the best way to do things but even there you’re fighting airframe

up to a US$250,000 gimbal system that rents for US$2000/day

vibration and aerodynamic buffeting to keep the image stable.

without the operator, helicopter or chase boat!! So my skills and

Physically stabilising the shot is exhausting but a longstanding

equipment suit the budgets of events that lack major sponsorship

relationship with Greg Scott of Caribbean Helicopters maximises

or TV deals. It’s a small niche, but, that said, we often supply some

the quality of images I can get in a given flight time. The ability to

of the images for all the major sailing shows like Mainsail, World

use long lenses from a helicopter lets you tell much more of the

Sailing and Eurosport etc. and working with some of the top

story than you can with a drone where you are limited to a very

people in the industry has been really instructive and rewarding.

wide angle shot. Heli shooting allows dramatic through rig shots

The third platform for race shooting is the drone. They’re

of crew on the bow for example. You can’t get that (yet) with

everywhere and can even be launched from racing yachts while

the fixed wide lens of a drone. Chase boats are the other crucial

underway! Normally though, I’ll deploy them from the chase

shooting platform. They offer the low angle and the water is often

boat. They are great for getting establishing shots, for showing a

the star of these shots, hiding boats and crew behind big waves,

whole fleet, or to park over a mark and show manoeuvres from

spray off the bow and the ripples from wind rushing through the

above. You can also track a boat or a group of boats but you have

‘slot’ onto the leeward side of a boat. The penalty here is violent

to get close so that the action fills the wide angle lens. However

slamming in rough water. We often beat upwind and wait for

close equals dangerous with drones and I’m pretty conservative

boats to come to us. The cost of shooting from the downwind

with them as I never want to damage or injure anyone or

side of a boat is a lens full of salt spray causing most of the shots

anything. You’re blind at the sides and back with these things

to be taken from the upwind side.

so it’s key to be safe and aware of surroundings and to not fly

For the last 10 years I’ve relied on a handheld mechanical

if you don’t feel comfortable with the situation. A helicopter in

gyro system with four tungsten wheels that spin at 30,000 rpm.

a backpack, just amazing. Along with the over/under shots from

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I know nobody. The goal is to be friends with everyone at the end of that day! That means you have not pushed anyone inappropriately in order to get a shot. My approach is to sit back and watch at the start of the day and learn what happens where, when and with whom. I’ll slowly move from the safe back of the boat to the wet front of it, asking permission as I go. Shooting from the back, I’ll use my bigger cameras and long lenses to show the relationships and communications between the front and back of the boat. I respect what any crew tell or ask me to do – they are the experts and so far I’ve gotten some great shots with no big injuries and I plan to continue that way! Asking crew to

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a camera with a water housing, they add yet another angle that

wear GoPro cameras adds a first person feel and a few seconds of

you can get during a chase boat day.

footage from the bowsprit or jackyard of a big schooner is truly

Filming onboard is where the relationships with crew come

breathtaking! GoPros are the main tool on the wet bow of a boat

to play. You’ll only get access to certain areas if they know they

and I’ll use one on a three foot pole to shoot slow motion footage

can trust you. On some boats I know most people and on others

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Interviews with the characters involved are the backbone of many of the longer edits I do. They give those edits a narrative structure and make them watchable. The goal of these edits is not just to deliver the results but to find some of the stories that make sailing so compelling. It’s a real treat to talk with people who have made sailing their life, some are the finest thinkers in the sport and some simply want to enjoy sailing to the max. The pros deliver concise, considered answers – their day job is to analyse information and form a concise conclusion. Sailing, being a sponsor driven sport, they’re also versed in tv speak so you’ll often get the nuggets of what you need for an edit in one take. Being able to ask the world’s best sailors questions that you’ve been cooking up for years is an absolute pleasure and I’m usually surprised and intrigued by their answers, which often leads to more questions! After shooting, the day is only half over. We’re all used to instant information nowadays and the pressure is seriously on to deliver edits rapidly. This happens whether there is sufficient budget for me to work with a team or a separate editor or not. So many times I’ll shoot and edit on the same day. This works best for smaller deliverables like Instagram edits that are just a <1min montage to music. When interviews and narrative get involved, the days get longer and I’ll be up late until its delivered and approved by the client for publishing. When working for private superyacht clients I will often have short

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But now we’re all feeding and consuming from the social media beast. This means shorter edits that are promoted on FB, Instagram, YouTube and other channels in addition to the client’s website. It is a whole job in itself and more clients are realising that they need an expert if they do not already have one on their team. I work closely with such people to time and tailor my edits for their needs. The results are fantastic with instant statistics on the reach of the edit available and feedback in the comments for a qualitative signal on the edit. More than ever I’m collaborating with such people though it’s still a black art to many as the algorithms and trends seem to change daily. The ramifications of this rapid change have to be deciphered by these social media pros and acted upon or the client will be losing traction in the marketplace. After all that however, compelling content is still the driver of social media success and this is where I like to think that Acquafilms delivers.

dailies to show and a longer final edit at the end of the event.

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For bigger events I will have a team to work with. Collaboration

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like this is pretty gratifying and learning from new (and old) blood

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is fantastic.

Web: www.acquafilms.com

The final piece of the whole puzzle is delivery. It used to be on DVD’s for private clients or a website for public consumption.

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AJA AMPAT TRANSLATED MEANS ‘THE FOUR KINGS’, a name derived from the four major islands in the group nestled on the tip of Papua’s Birds Head peninsula. It’s an archipelago comprising over 1500 small islands, cays, and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Raja Ampat – Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo along with the smaller island of Kofiau. In the vicinity of the four mountainous main islands are hundreds of small islands to explore. In addition, the karst area is a beautiful and original natural phenomenon, with unique flora and fauna attractions whilst offering many opportunities to trek around the islands to find hidden waterfalls and ancient caves. Raja Ampat Regency is a new regency, separated from Sorong Regency in 2004 and home of the largest marine national park in Indonesia, Cenderawasih Bay, and a part of the West Papua (province) of Indonesia formerly called ‘Irian Jaya’. Renowned for its biodiversity, Raja Ampat encompasses over 40,000 square kilometres in the northeast seas of the

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Indonesian Archipelago where the Pacific becomes the Indian Ocean. The resulting currents stir up nutrient-rich water in the tropical climate, nurturing magnificent coral reefs and unparalleled marine life. Each of the islands – from the stark wave-pounded slopes that drop away beneath the karst cliffs of Wayag and Uranie to the deep, nutrient-rich bays of Mayalibit, Kabui and Aljui, to the ‘blue water mangrove’ channels of Kofiau and Gam, to the plankton-rich upwelling areas of Misool and the Dampier Strait – are home to unique assemblages of species that together add up to produce the most impressive species lists ever compiled for a coral reef system of this size. Yacht visitors will find a culture unique in the world that is home to the planet’s most diverse fish and coral resources. A cruising journey through Raja Ampat takes you through one of the world’s most exceptional marine areas with stunning sea and land scenes. ‘This place, Raja Ampat, is truly amazing – the diversity of activities we can offer our guests combined with the natural beauty and friendly people make Raja Ampat the perfect

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include a visit to North and West Waigeo where, if you’re lucky, you can see a traditional bamboo flute (suling tambur) performance. These performances usually take place during a religious festival, on Independence Day (August 17), and during visits from important officials or leaders. There’s interesting viewing of World War II caves on North Waigeo, where the Dutch and the Japanese armies built bunkers, and continues to be a place that local tribes will sometimes gather to perform a war dance. Another ancient attraction can be found on Tomolol, home of numerous caves with paintings of huge humans, palms and animals that are painted by ancient cave dwellers and are still in existence today. Nearby is the ever-flowing waterfall of Salawati… a sight not to be missed before departing the area. An interesting natural phenomenon can be TOP: SOUTH WAIGEO

cruising location for us. We love the place!’ happily noted a

seen every year-end in front of the Urbinasopen and Yesner villages

captain of a well-known 50 ft superyacht to Richard Lofthouse.

if you visit East Waigeo. A light comes out from the ocean

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and wanders around on its surface for about 10 –18 minutes, CRUISING DESTINATIONS IN RAJA AMPAT

then disappearing and only to be seen again at the following

Waisai is the capital city of Raja Ampat and located on Waigeo

year-end. Local inhabitants in both villages call this phenomenon,

Island. To get a sense of Raja Ampat history, other land attractions

the ‘Sea Ghost’.

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ABOVE: EXPERIENCING THE WONDER OF DIVING AT RAJA AMPAT RIGHT: HIGH QUALITY PEARLS CAN BE BOUGHT DURING YOUR CRUISE OF THE AREA

South Waigeo is a favourite destination for diving enthusiasts and not far from South Waigeo is atoll Kabui Bay. Also recommended is Saonek Monde, famous for its exotic beaches and underwater beauty, fishing and stunning sunsets. Similar to Wayag, the island has a distinct beauty and Salay dancing can often be viewed. Many types of birds can be viewed in the villages of Sawinggrai and Yenwaupnor.

BELOW: THE FAMOUS SEA TURTLE

Beautiful woven handicrafts are offered in Arborek, also a good place for snorkeling and for watching groups of swimming stingrays. Then if you continue to the Sawandarek area, there’s a white sand beach with beautiful coral, many sea ducks and other animals and just down the road you’ll discover a traditional village. On the West side of Waigeo, on Konfiau and Batanta, is the archipelago Wayag with good diving and snorkelling and gorgeous cruising waters. These small, uninhabited and incredibly picturesque islands, 30 km beyond Waigeo, also attract non-divers for its scenery, snorkelling and the challenge of scaling its highest peak, Pindito. Exotic locations like the Ayau Islands, a collection of islands within a very large atoll, are numerous and just waiting to be explored. Many of the islands in this archipelago offer an expanse of white sand with a white sandy sea bottom that connects Ayau Island with other islands. Not far from the sands are ‘special sands’ that the local community calls ‘zandplaat’, a unique habitat of local vegetation in Raja Ampat. Here you can also see the local community, especially mothers and their children, as they continue a long tradition of catching sea-worms or ‘insonem’.

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office in Raja Ampat. APS Indonesia was the first company to offer specialist superyacht shore support in the vast archipelago of Indonesia; now they are the first to open an office in the amazing Raja Ampat area (in 2017) which is supported by their HQ in Bali. ‘This is a huge but logical step for us’ said Lofthouse, ‘The team we have up in Raja Ampat has years of experience with

LEFT: SOME OF THE MANY SPECIES OF FISH AND CORAL THAT CAN BE SEEN WHEN DIVING BELOW LEFT: A CENDRAWASIH – BETTER KNOWN AS THE ‘BIRD OF PARADISE’

us around Indonesia and all are originally from the area, which gives us a massive advantage in local knowledge and a strong operational presence on the ground.’ ‘The feedback we at APS Indonesia get from the diving in Raja Ampat starts at ‘breathtaking’ and ends when our clients run out of superlatives! All of our clients, both owners and captains, rave about their Raja Ampat experience’, reports Richard Lofthouse. A main attraction of Raja Ampat is the seascape that reveals the most bio-diverse coral reefs in the world. Diving the many sites of Raja Ampat is an otherworldly experience where you can view over 1300 species of fish and 603 species of hard coral, which includes 75% of all known coral species in the world (and 10 times the number of hard coral species found in the Caribbean) along with a known 57 species of mantis shrimp and 15 mammal species. ABOVE WATER Above water is fantastic as well; islands cloaked in tropical jungle filled with unique flora and fauna, karst forests of rare orchids, sea eagles, tree kangaroos and beautiful birds. Being located right on the equator, the Raja Ampat islands boasts amazing natural rainforests and thousands of species A suggestion by the APS team and said to be a big hit with their guests is a visit to ‘The Pearl Farms’ by Atlas Pearls, located in

of birds, highlighted by the much sought after Cendrawasih, or better known as the ‘Bird of Paradise’.

the Alyui Bay area. There you will find some of the highest quality

‘After having the privilege of guiding boats through Raja

pearls in the world and a great showroom where pearls can

Ampat, I can honestly say it is my favourite destination in

be purchased.

Indonesia to cruise. The jungle, the people, and of course the seaways are magnificent. It is a challenge to service boats in this

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Are you a single gentleman, maybe a widower? Are you the owner of a large sail or power yacht? Would you like to share your lifestyle with a female partner over 60 years of age? Are you looking to find a best friend in a new acquaintance?

Raja Ampat is a pristine paradise where Mother Nature and warm friendly people will welcome you to all the exceptional

I am a 62 year old English widow with no children and no ties. I am 5’4” tall with grey/blonde hair and a well-rounded figure.

wonders of the islands-regency in West Papua Province. With all

I enjoy gourmet food, good wine and the finer things in life that success brings. I want to enjoy my retirement to the full with fun, laughter, music, song, dance, entertainment and more. Only the right partner can help make my dreams, and theirs, come true.

as on land and amidst the thick jungles, this is truly a place of

I am looking for a generous partner who will give me friendship and kindness and share with me a lifestyle that suits my needs and desires.

Captain Jimmy has lived in the area for several decades and suggests

I have my own company but I am nearing retirement and do not want to be lonely or bored in the years that lie ahead. I would like to spend those years living on a large yacht with a suitable partner who is the owner and maybe captain of the vessel also. I have a large wardrobe of clothes etc which I wish to have on board with me and I want to live and travel in style, or at least to the style I have become accustomed to on land.

the spectacular wonders above and beyond its waters, as well beauty, enchantment, magnificence and fascination. ‘TOP GUN’ GUIDES FROM APS serious consideration be given to having an on-board guide. The skills of the on board guide again come forward here to deal with problems on the captain’s behalf and in an empathetic and culturally effective manner, which is in addition to the special guide’s wealth of knowledge of the dive areas. As an example, Captain Jimmy says, ‘While cruising in some waters, local customs / laws might mean that villages actually own the water rights to their areas up to three miles off shore. The on

I do not particularly need to travel far as I have had a life of adventure. I would be quite happy just gently cruising around somewhere nice, safe and warm, with a partner that wants me with him and to share a life together… that would be perfect!

board guide will skillfully negotiate in these matters if and when

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itinerary we work together with captains to produce before they

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they come up’. ‘It is one thing to have the pre-planned cruising arrive; however, to ensure the owners and guests’ trip goes off with a high level of satisfaction, along with meeting the fine details required in viewing and activities in the best locations, it is highly beneficial to have an on-board professional guide’, adds Lofthouse.

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can rarely find anywhere else on earth, Raja Ampat truly offers

The best time to visit Raja Ampat is during the dry October-April

the ultimate cruising experience.

period, which is by contrast the rainiest period in western and

To those who appreciate beauty in every sense, Raja Ampat waits to welcome you to Indonesia’s jewel and ‘Heaven

central Indonesia. Due to the tropical climate of Raja Ampat rain and showers can be unpredictable, and of course, much less frequent during the dry season. It is still feasible to travel in other seasons, but

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the weather is often a toss-up as you can be under the sunshine

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while it is raining just past the horizon. Temperatures remain consistent throughout the year, averaging 25-32° Celsius, but humidity may make it feel hotter. With all its spectacular wonders inland, on the shore, on and beyond the waters, and distinct serene ambience that one

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MYSTIC SEAPORT

THE VIKINGS ARE COMING! BY GÖRAN R BUCKHORN

‘The Vikings are coming, the Vikings are coming’ – 1000 years ago, this cry would freeze the blood of every man, woman and child in a village and everyone, old and young alike, would head for the hills. However, when the Vikings will ‘invade’ Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut, this spring, it is under more peaceful circumstances. From May 19 to September 30, two unique exhibitions related to the Norse people will be on display at the Museum. The Vikings Begin: Treasures from Uppsala University, Sweden comes from the archaeological collections of Gustavianum, Uppsala University. This exhibition – never before seen outside of Europe – will be on a two-year tour in the USA, starting at Mystic Seaport, continuing this autumn to the new Nordic Museum in Seattle. Next year, it will be on display at the American-Swedish Institute (ASI) in Minneapolis.

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OPPOSITE PAGE: 7TH CENTURY VIKING HELMET © GUSTAVIANUM UPPSALA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM

N THE VIKINGS BEGIN, A NUMBER OF EXQUISITE, MORE than 1300 year old original artifacts from the centuries leading up to the Viking Age – regarded by scholars to be from about 750 AD to the middle of the 11th century – will be featured at the Collins Gallery, in the Thompson Exhibition Building, which

LEFT: DETAIL FROM 8TH CENTURY HARNESS © GUSTAVIANUM UPPSALA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM

is the newest addition to Mystic Seaport. Among the priceless artifacts from the Vikings’ rich culture are magnificent helmets, shields, weapons, and smaller treasures such as jewellery and objects with magical importance.

BELOW: DETAIL FROM CEREMONIAL 7TH CENTURY OBJECTS © GUSTAVIANUM UPPSALA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM

‘An opportunity to come to Mystic Seaport and have a first-person experience, standing face-to-face with a Viking helmet from the 7th century, just consider that for a moment,’ Nicholas Bell, senior vice president for Curatorial Affairs, said. ‘I believe that when you enter a museum and encounter artifacts with that kind of history, you open yourself up to a primal connection, to people who came before you.’ There are no written sources, no religious texts, or records of trade from the early Viking society. The objects in The Vikings Begin exhibition come from the graves of the rich and powerful, both male and female. ‘Analysed using new methods, these stunning artifacts reveal a level of sophistication previously unknown to researchers. The early Vikings’ spiritual world was rich and multi-layered. They farmed the land, but with a maritime outlook: coast, inland waterways, boats, and navigational skills were essential.

Dr. Hedin continued: ‘One particularly interesting type

They communicated with the rest of the world through trade

of object is the finely made weaponry. The Iron-Age society of

and travel, but simultaneously valued warrior skills. They were

the early Vikings was a farming economy – as were all societies

extremely skilled in two particular crafts: boatbuilding and metal

during this time. Given its position in the North, the Vikings’

work,’ Dr. Marika Hedin, director at Gustavianum, said.

agricultural economy was especially sensitive to changes in

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THE VIKINGS ARE COMING!

RIGHT: THE VINLAND MAP COURTESY OF BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY – YALE UNIVERSITY FAR RIGHT: 8TH CENTURY GLASS BOWL © GUSTAVIANUM UPPSALA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM

year 1000. The Vinland Map suggests that Norse knowledge of the New World existed within mainland Europe centuries before Christopher Columbus sailed west. While archeological discoveries have confirmed that the Vikings settled in America long before Columbus set his foot on the climate. When a few years of extreme weather struck in the mid500s, society seems to have changed. Competition for resources became more pronounced, and out of this came an increased

‘The map created a whole debate in American culture

emphasis on battle and warfare. As the warrior culture emerged,

about who came here first and what that stood for and what that

skills in battle became highly prized. This led to the manufacture

meant,’ Bell said. ‘The map allows us to tell a story about how we

of highly refined and often beautifully adorned weapons.’

are connected to Norse culture and to serve as a bridge between

Using their seafaring and warrior skills, the Vikings were

that deep remote history and the artifacts that will be shown in

successful both as traders and raiders when they left the Nordic

The Vikings Begin. On top of all that, this is the first opportunity

latitudes to explore foreign coasts and rivers. On their way they

since the1960s for Americans and visitors to the USA to see the

also colonised parts of the lands they visited.

map itself. Most of the people involved in this debate have never

‘Their settlements can be found along the Eastern shore

seen it in person. To see the parchment and the ink, allows us to

of the Baltic, along the banks of Russian rivers, in the Byzantine

better understand. There is so much more you can gain with your

Empire, throughout England and the Mediterranean, on Iceland –

own eyes.’

even as far away as North America,’ Dr. Hedin said.

Before leaving the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript

The Viking Age arose from a vacuum: the Western Roman

Library at Yale for Mystic Seaport, the Vinland Map was digitised

Empire had fallen long ago and Western Europe had been

with the help of high-end photography at the Institute for the

in disarray for centuries with no real dominating power. The

Preservation of Cultural Heritage (IPCH) laboratories at Yale’s

Carolingian Empire, ruled by the King of the Franks, Charlemagne,

West Campus. Using special software, the digital photos created

also known as Charles the Great or Charles I, had not yet found

images that showed the map’s surface texture and revealed

its momentum. However, as the Christian Church finally gained

information about the map.

power and Christianity reached the North, the Viking world

‘Reflectance transformation imaging, or RTI, is part of

would vanish. Luckily for us, The Vikings Begin will show the

a new scientific analysis of the map under way at IPCH’s

magical world of the early Vikings. Also on display at Mystic Seaport between May 19th and

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land, most scholars today believe that this assumed 15th-century map actually is a 20th-century forgery.

laboratories at Yale’s West Campus to better understand its material composition and the relation of these materials to

September 30th will be another invaluable piece of Viking history.

two medieval volumes with which the map was bound: part of

Science, Myth, and Mystery: The Vinland Map Saga, shown in

Vincent de Beauvais’s encyclopedia, Speculum historiale, and the

the Museum’s R. J. Schaefer Building, is an exhibition exploring

Tartar Relation, a history of the Turks, Mongols, and Tartars,’ Yale

the controversy of the Vinland Map. When it was first unveiled

News reported in February 2018.

by Yale University in 1965, the map immediately became one

The Science, Myth, and Mystery: The Vinland Map Saga

of the most valuable and controversial documents in the world.

exhibition at Mystic Seaport is presented in partnership with

Yale dated the Vinland Map to about 1440 – a provocative claim

the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University in

as the map depicts at its far western edge what we now know

New Haven, Connecticut.

to be Newfoundland, or Vinland as explorer Leif Ericsson called

The third exhibition coming to Mystic Seaport this year

this mysterious land, when he reached its shore around the

is Death in the Ice – The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition,

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RIGHT: 7TH CENTURY VIKING HELMET © GUSTAVIANUM UPPSALA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM BELOW: THE THOMPSON EXHIBITION BUILDING

which will open in November at the Collins Gallery in the Thompson Building. In 1845, to great international acclaim, Sir John Franklin led the Royal Navy’s sturdiest two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, into the Arctic to discover a Northwest Passage to Asia. Franklin and his crew of 128 men were never heard from again. Thirty-seven expeditions were launched from several countries in a decades-long effort to discover the fate of Franklin and his crew. Tantalising clues, including graves, provisions, Inuit tales, and a single handwritten note told a grim story, but the men and ships were never found. This most enduring of mysteries leapt back into the headlines in 2014 with the discovery of Franklin’s flagship Erebus. Two years later, Terror was discovered, each vessel incredibly well preserved at depths of less than 100 feet in the Arctic Ocean. Dives aboard the wrecks are rapidly changing our understanding of what befell Franklin’s expedition. This exhibition pulls together every strand of this epic history, including expedition materials from London, Inuit culture and knowledge that led to the wrecks’ discoveries from Canada, and artifacts raised from Erebus, seen for the first time in 170 years. Mystic Seaport is the only American venue for this remarkable exhibition. Death in the Ice is a travelling exhibition developed

around the world with an audience that otherwise doesn’t have

by the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Canada, in

access to that level of knowledge. We can be the centre point of

partnership with Parks Canada Agency and with the National

that dialogue, to help people engage and learn.’

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Maritime Museum in London, UK, and in collaboration with the Government of Nunavut and the Inuit Heritage Trust. ‘We cannot overstate the importance of Mystic Seaport as

Göran R Buckhorn is Editor of Mystic Seaport Magazine, a publication published by Mystic Seaport.

a place to experience history first hand,’ Bell said.’Mystic Seaport will increasingly be a platform to bring together experts from

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THE CAPTAIN’S LOG OF THE SAIL YACHT FIDELIS THE GREAT BARRIER REEF BY CPT. GUY FRASER

DAY 1: SATURDAY AUGUST 12.

DAY 2: SUNDAY AUGUST 13.

CAIRNS FAIRWAY DEPARTURE – STILL LOOKS SAFE WHEN

CAIRNS TO CAPE BOWLING GREEN CAPE.

YOU RUN AGROUND

HITCH IN WHAT?

‘You can’t take this next corner too slow, the sector laser

Steaming South past Hitchinbrook, the rugged coastline

lights off the Salt House will come into transit astern. As you

resembles the scenic Caribbean backdrop of the Pitons and/or

can see the fairway is well buoyed with synchronised lights, so

Dominica with lush forested peaks tumbling down from a tropical

it looks safe and still looks safe when you run her aground’…

sky. Hitchinbrook is the Great Barrier Reef’s largest island and due

comments Mick our midnight pilot outbound from Cairns Marlin

to draft and cruising restrictions for vessels over 35 m further

Marina. The channel was dredged to accommodate max.150 m

exploration to renowned Zoe Falls is off limits. Dunk Island, a

cruise ships. The pilots do take 200 m ships through the gauntlet

new luxury resort base where large yachts can anchor is a long

with millimetres under the keel. Precision navigation is the key

dingy ride away for a visit to the falls. Time to press on towards

word. Major environmental issues surround the constant dredging

the Yongala wreck.

required to keep port access open as dredged silt affects the Great Barrier Reef, also under major pressure from UV bleaching.

FOUR CONTINENTS UNITE Cruising further South the isolated barren windswept islands

WIGGLE IN WIGGLE OUT

reflect the bio diversity around Townsville. The trades are blowing

SY Fidelis four metre draft restricts movements to high

a gentle 15 knots. SY Fidelis shoulders into the wind driven chop

tide, allowing just enough wiggle room to squeeze out of the

with ease, not awaking our guests, well protected from the large

well protected and secure inner berth alongside Cairns Marlin

swell pounding the outer reef. After Patagonia, Cape Horn, Drake

Marina. Mick comments on crew sobriety, he has known midnight

Passage, Falklands, N & S Atlantic, Indian Ocean, cruising inside

commercial movements out of Cairns resulting in a crew fresh

the GBR is comfortable. Our guests have submitted to jet lag

out of the local pub. Our stay in the marina has been first class.

having converged in Cairns from four different continents.

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THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

been more reminiscent of Sapiens past survival techniques on the great Pangaea continent. Be sure to check updated regulations for areas off limits to pleasure fishing. A small Bonito is released along with a Sailfish and a very fat Barracuda. Fishing box ticked for the day, lines in and rods stowed away. Head TOP: MIGALOO – THAT WHITE FELLA TOP RIGHT: SS YONGALA IN HER PRIME BELOW: DIVING THE SS YONGALA

THAT WHITE FELLA

inshore following traffic scheme towards Magnetic Island. Drop

The local newspaper update ‘Keep your eyes open for Migaloo,

anchor off Cape Bowling Green. The settling trade winds make

the White Whale, he’s been frolicking in these waters for a week

for perfect conditions to dive the historic Yongala Wreck. A dive

now’ reporting on the mystic White Whale that inhabits these

permit is obtainable online along with a plethora of must read

waters on annual migration from Antarctica. The aboriginal

ever-changing regulations, most recently updated favouring large

name ‘Migaloo’ translates to ‘White Fella’ in their language.

foreign flagged cruising yachts.

Thought to be the only White Humpback in existence, the world was delighted when MJ (Migaloo Junior) surfaced in 2011,

WHERE DID SHE GO?

demonstrating again Mother Nature at her best. We follow in

120 passengers on the 3644 ton SS Yongala entered the

Migaloo’s social media wake unfortunately without an encounter.

Whitsunday Passage at dusk on 23rd March 1911 and disappeared, with speculation she sank during a severe storm between Bowen

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MAGNETIC ISLAND TO CAPE BOWLING GREEN NATIONAL

Island and Townsville. In 1943 an Australian Navy Minesweeper

PARK – YOU DO NEED A PERMIT

reported fouling her cables in 13 fathoms of water off Cape

The fish alarm sounds as a pelagic species has been fooled again

Bowling Green. It was not until 1970 the wreck was identified by

with rubber and plastic antics. A bone and sinew rig would have

a local diver and the site proclaimed a National Park. It is labelled

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and Aussie first mate Grant Keenan as the 17 foot jet tender is

LEFT: NORA INLET

being launched. Box jelly fish are out of season in winter months although, should the trade winds reverse to the North… do stay out of the water. Even equipped with a full body stinger suit, just one slap of a tentacle on exposed skin around the face mask area

BELOW LEFT: BLUE PEARL BAY BOTTOM LEFT: LANGFORD ISLAND

would have serious consequences. IT’S DARK INSIDE THAT FISH ‘There are some REALLY big fish down there’ proclaims a wide eyed Grant. ‘One of the best dives ever’ remark our seasoned dive guests. Zane Smitt, South African chief engineer dove straight on the opportunity to exchange the heat of the engine room for a cool underwater dive on the SS Yongala. There is a report of a very large resident potato cod half swallowing a Japanese diver. Big pelagic fish – Australian Bonito, Spanish Mackerel, Bull Shark, Big Eye Trevally and Turtles are in abundance, at home in the well preserved historic wreck. DAY 4: TUESDAY AUGUST 15TH. LANGFORD ISLAND TO HOOK PASSAGE, WHITSUNDAYS Drop anchor in the early hours of the morning off Langford Island, another well designated anchoring location in the Whitsunday Island archipelago. At sunrise, low tide presents a pristine sand bar, perfect for beach combing. A massive slick of floating coral spawn drifts past on the swift current. Explore by tender nearby Blue Pearl Bay off Hayman Island, Butterfly and Luncheon Bay off Hook Island. Depart at sunset with a Humpback cow and calf frolicking a biscuit toss off the bow. Anchor down after sunset, well protected from trades and swell inside Hook Passage. SY Fidelis is the first super yacht to register online for this newly designated anchorage. The rules and regulations are relaxing to allow ease of movement for large yachts visiting the GBR. Australia is full of opportunities for large yacht owners seeking safe cruising grounds abundant with natural beauty.

DAY 5: WEDNESDAY AUGUST 16TH. HOOK PASSAGE TO HAMILTON ISLAND. OUR SPIRITUAL CONNECTIONS REMAIN Peaceful morning, flat calm, a perfect day for planned excursion by foot to visit Nora Inlet and take the short interactive walking as a top dive site in Australia. Conditions are perfect 12 miles

trail to visit Aboriginal rock art and caves. For the Ngaro people

offshore for the dive.

life was good here, once upon a time. Coastal food was bountiful and the Ngaro people thrived until settlers arrived. Like so many

DAY 3: MONDAY AUGUST 14TH.

other indigenous Australians these people suffered. On the hike

CAPE BOWLING GREEN CAPE, YONGALA HISTORIC WRECK TO

recent cyclone damage is noticeable having taken it’s toll on flora

LANGFORD ISLAND

and fauna with many trees knocked down or simply blown away.

‘Rinse with vinegar and prepare for CPR’ These are Claire Bell

On our own spiritual quest, guests and crew complete the trail

(stewardess/UK registered nurse) instructions to dive leader

walk and continue further up the serene inlet by tender to explore

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RIGHT: THE MAGNIFICENT VISTA FROM PASSAGE PEAK

and fish, departing in good spirits knowing our next meal will be

FAR RIGHT: THE WORLD RENOWNED WHITEHAVEN BEACH

shoals and reef into the deep water anchorage off Qualia Resort,

BELOW: FISH ON RIBBON REEF

another masterpiece from the Mozart of Food, South African chef Rene Vogel. Sunset movement with night navigation between Hamilton Island, the strong current tugging on the anchor chain. DAY 6: THURSDAY AUGUST 17TH. HAMILTON ISLAND. BLUE AND SWELLING IS NOT NORMAL Called to the crew mess in the early hours of the morning, Kiwi bosun Dave Turpin complains of pain and swelling on his knee. UK trained nurse Claire makes observation of a small scrape below knee cap. Possible coral cut infection from the Yongala dive? Dave and Claire off early morning by tender to local medical clinic on Hamilton Island with further instructions from the clinic to visit mainland hospital for further assessment. Medical services on the

confirmed at the highly recommended Yacht Club. Guests ashore

GBR are excellent with medivac helicopters ready to fly 24/7 to

at sunset for a fabulous dining experience while interior crew

the remote outer reef areas. Response time can be as quick as 30

restock provisions at the local supermarket providing a good

mins. depending on location. Really good to know when sitting at

selection of fresh and frozen meat, fish, produce, dry goods and

remote outer reef anchorage 30/40 miles offshore.

beverages. As only a limited number of shopping bags fit on a golf buggy, focus is on selective purchasing.

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Mother and calf humpback sighted from tender approaching

DAY 7: FRIDAY AUGUST 18TH.

Hamilton Island marina. Hire a golf buggy and head for the Qualia

HAMILTON ISLAND TO WHITEHAVEN BEACH. TO INFINITY

5 star Hotel to lunch with guests. Beach front restaurant with

AND BEYOND

view of SY Fidelis riding at anchor. Australian and International

Early morning hike planned with energetic guest to Passage

yacht crew are invading the island for the weekend start to

Peak to view the magnificent vista spread out over the vast

Hamilton Island Race Week. The high wind forecast will make the

Whitsunday horizon. Chief Stew Nele Walters takes the wheel

start of race week a sporting event. Decision is made to stay an

of the golf buggy for hikerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s delivery to the trail head, Germanic

extra day on the charming Hamilton Island. Dinner reservations

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skill set. Scenic undulating walk from sea level to Lookout Peak through forested paths offers views of pristine isolated inlets. The summit is attained as the thermometer continues to soar. Stunning views to outer reef and islands is worth the morning energy output. Quick descent to air conditioned comfort of 5 star hotel for a coconut water refresher (fresh from the nut). Relaxing afternoon on a fishing and mud crabbing expedition, returning onboard without decrease in local fish and crab population. Deck crew Dave is kept under observation at Airlie Beach hospital on antibiotic drip. Steam up and anchor weighed for night passage threading into current and narrow passage anchoring off world renowned Whitehaven beach. DAY 8: SATURDAY AUGUST 19TH. WHITEHAVEN TO

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THE BOWLING STONES Guests go ashore to beach comb and dingy sail off a stunning Whitehaven beach. Higher winds and choppy seas develop during the day. With guests keen to dive on Bait and Hook Reef 40 miles offshore decision is made to make white knuckle night navigation dropping anchor in 60 m depth off Hook Reef with 25 to 30 knots trades blowing. Anchor drags like a bowling ball in a gutter channeling through the labyrinth of eroded deep water channels fed by strong currents funneling off the reef system as the tides change. The anchor fluke grabs the bottom with six shots of chain vibrating in the current. Lights from the on-site dive platforms make reassuring transit marks. Loads of wind, current and coffee get the deck crew through the night anchor watch. DAY 9: SUNDAY AUGUST 20TH. HOOK REEF TO RIBBON REEF. UP UP AND AWAY The highly recommended cruise through the magnificent channel between Hardy and Hook Reef is abandoned due to high wind and sea state. In calmer conditions a cruise into the reef system on a falling tide produces a waterfall affect over the converging

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reef channels in the narrow twisting coral passage. Windswept and red eyed newly joined crew member South African sparky Gareth McKintosh brings the anchor home, pinging it off the

TOP RIGHT: A BUTTERFLY NATIVE TO HAMILTON ISLAND RIGHT: DAMSEL FISH BOTTOM RIGHT: KOALA BEAR

bottom as this is not the best day to dive on the reef nor attempt passage through the scenic reef channel. Next best option is a leisurely downwind sail in a Northerly direction, as Fidelis starts her downwind passage back tracking past Cairns towards Lizard Island and Ribbon Reefs to snorkel, dive and fish along the way. DAY 10: MONDAY AUGUST 21ST. GERANIUM PASSAGE AND FEATHER REEF. ANY OLD REEF WILL DO Gently making way under sail towards the Ribbon Reefs, the opportunity for a late morning dive stopover at Geranium Passage before lunch sets up the appetite for a second dive at Feather Reef. The GBR is under tremendous pressure with UV bleaching and increased water temperatures affecting the world’s largest living organism made up of over 3000 separate reefs. Higher than usual temperatures caused by recent climate change has led to many corals expelling the symbiotic algae needed to survive in a process called ‘bleaching’. Within the damaged coral system are super corals that are regenerating confirming Mother Nature at her best to survive. It is wonderful to have the option to pull over and swim, kayak, snorkel or dive off designated reefs although do make sure to consult the charts and advise Reef Traffic Control of the yachts daily movements entering and departing the well defined Traffic Separation zones. BLAST OR NOT TO BLAST Human destruction of the reef is in the planning stages for commercial shipping interests being considered to blast channels through the fragile coral reefs offshore to allow cargo ships direct access to port facilities. An already alarming amount of coal dust residue is a threat to inshore reef systems near the major coal exporting ports. The good news is that during

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snorkel on nearby Lena Reef. Giant clams, turtles, Verdelly, Potato Cod and colourful reef fish abound. Sunset departure and inshore to anchor off Lizard Island 12 miles away. DAY 12: WEDNESDAY AUGUST 23. LIZARD ISLAND. ONLY LIZARDS HERE MATEY This island’s name derived by Cook as he commented the only living animal sighted were lizards when James hiked to nearby peak to survey a safe navigable route out through the infringing reef to deliver the compromised HMS Endeavour into the open water and onward to the pages of history. These islands are rich in cultural meaning to the Dingaal Aborginal people so Cook must have been in a great hurry not to notice the abundance of flora and fauna. High wind and sea conditions today are unfavourable for a journey to dive on the famed Cod Hole dive site off Ribbon Reef 10. Dive party May onward the winds bring cooler water and the UV bleached

head out to free dive on local inshore reefs. The afternoon consisted

corals are recovering. One can only hope the offshore interventions

of relaxation on pristine beaches. It is comforting to know that salt

to blast open the reef for increased commercial shipping are

water croc’s prefer silted cloudy water although do not be fooled,

shelved.

these islands are part of their natural habitat. Tours can be booked to visit the Lizard Island Research Station, where research is being

DAY 11: TUESDAY AUGUST 22ND.

conducted to monitor the health of the GBR.

FEATHER REEF TO ENDEAVOUR REEF AND RIBBON REEF 1. IT’S ONLY A SECRET UNTIL YOU TELL SOMEBODY ELSE Underway all day North towards Ribbon Reef 1 with night passage past Endeavour Reef named on behalf of James Cook’s ship running aground. When the HMS Endeavour foundered, it took days to kedge her off with the men manning the pumps night and day. Thanks to a quick thinking bosun a sail was lowered in the water and slipped over the damaged hull, slowing down the water ingress and trapping a large chunk of coral penetrating the hull, a last resort after all ballast including cannons were jettisoned to lighten ship in the battle to survive. The ship was dislodged from the reef and pulled ashore using the long boat with more sleepless days of hard work manning oars and pumps arriving to what Cook named Weary Bay. The ship made rudimentary repairs over

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House. Guests away to dive on the Lighthouse, an underwater free standing coral outcrop teeming with marine life. Josh Williams, UK second engineer stands by in the tender as the divers descend on the submerged pinnacle in contact by VHF. Afternoon free dive and

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DAY 13: THURSDAY AUGUST 24. LIZARD ISLAND TO FITZROY ISLAND. HOMEWARD BOUND An intrepid shore party make the heart pounding hike in the rising morning heat following the footsteps of Cook to sign the lookout register kept in a waterproof box on the summit. Emma McHale, Scottish stewardess leads the way forward, happy to exert physical energy in exchange for a morning away from the laundry. The physical effort is well worth making. The dive party continue

sent to a mainland recovery centre for initial medical assessment

to explore more inshore reefs while guests relax on the beach

and treatment then moved to Fitzroy to gain strength prior

and bathe in warm clear turquoise waters. Overnight passage

to releasing back to the sea. The turtles favourite food was

plan to sail South to Fitzroy Island. Depart under full sail into a

discovered to be California squid. Once fattening up with strength

magnificent setting sun with gentle breeze pushing Fidelis along

regained the turtles are released and monitored. Afternoon day

at 10 knots in the flat reef protected water towards Cape Flattery,

sail, sunset cocktails with whales breaching off in the distance and

one eye fixed on the depth sounder, the other on the chart.

a final dinner party with guests from Cairns ends the GBR voyage. SY Fidelis makes way on the midnight high tide to slip into

DAY 14: FRIDAY AUGUST 25TH.

her berth at Cairns Marlin Marina avoiding the shallow bits

FITZROY ISLAND TO CAIRNS. MY DADDY SAID TO GO TO REHAB

outside the synchronised flashing fairway lights, turning gently

Early morning arrival to anchor off Fitzroy Island for an excursion

to port at the Salt House transit light, safe and secure after an

to visit Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. As the GBR is under continued

exhilarating cruise.

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pressure from bleaching and cyclones, marine life is threatened with loss of habitat and food resources. Fitzroy Island is the final

A special thanks to the owner and family for making another

stop over for recovering turtles in the long process to healthy

incredible cruise possible and to the dedicated SY Fidelis crew

release. Often found malnourished and near death the turtles are

who made this voyage a booming success. Ever Onward!! Captain:

Guy Fraser

Mate:

Grant Keenan

Engineer :

Zane Smitt

Chef:

Rene Vogel

Chief Stew:

Nele Walters

Deck/Eng:

Gareth Macintosh

Stew/Nurse - Claire Bell Stew:

Emma Mchale

Deck:

Dave Turpin

2nd Eng. :

Josh Williams

Photo credits: Guy Fraser Grant Keenan Nick Debanks

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TAKE US HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE!

BY ROSEMARY PAVLATOU

N THESE DAYS OF GUESTS SPENDING HUGE AMOUNTS

them. This often seems to be an inconvenience but is imperative;

of money to charter yachts they don’t surprisingly select a

their age, nationalities, interests and wishes need to all be taken

yacht because they want to go ‘just anywhere’ on that specific

into account to ensure they are given the best possible options

yacht however wonderful and however great the crew, in the same way as they don’t charter just to use a specific marina or a specific broker or a specific airport and so on.

for their cruise. Often guests will have an abiding interest; water sports, cycling, nightlife, golf, archaeology or religion to name but a

All of these are important intrinsic elements, good food is

few, which they would like to be central to their holiday. Some

a defining element, but arguably most important is the itinerary

are adventurous and want to see everything, others want a low

which can really make or break the enjoyment of their time

key time leaving the yacht for a stroll and a little local colour.

aboard. There will always be a tiny minority, as there always has

Knowing this helps in basing the itinerary on those interests and

been, for whom the sea and the yacht are the reason for the

tailoring the itinerary to the individuals, not just offering the

charter and they will pretty much go anywhere as long as they

generic tour than everyone does. Those wishing for a low key,

are sailing with spray in their faces and for whom an itinerary

away from it all holiday, don’t really want to find themselves in

would almost be an anathema.

Mykonos in August and those who crave nightlife don’t want to

Very often the itinerary is a rather neglected element of

visit tiny islands where everything closes at ten.

a charter, often afforded last-minute status as a bit of an after-

Knowing what there is to see, how long it will take to get

thought when the charter has been more or less finalised. Or we

there, what will need a guide etc is key to ensuring the seamless

are asked for an itinerary for Greece per se. It is really a shame

experience most guests are looking for.

as a great itinerary, properly planned, helps the crew and adds so

Of course special events, individual experiences and special

much to the experience that clients have while with the yacht,

requests are all part of the planning and can all be provided – as

maybe it should be a more central feature. It also seems to fall

long as they are planned for.

between the broker, client and captain to deal with and unless

Last minute ideas are part of the process and some

any of them are really experts in the area, it is almost impossible

latitude can always be incorporated but it must be understood

for them to include what is really important, what is different and

the best guide, the best masseuse, the best table at a restaurant,

what is precisely to the client’s liking.

are not usually available at the last moment. But spontaneity

When building an itinerary it is imperative to have some knowledge of the clients to ensure that the itinerary will suit

most certainly has its place and can also, more often than not, be incorporated.

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Our own system is to offer outlines of suggestions which are often accepted and acted on. However a truly professional

Greece and Russia are the only countries to have such a large proportion of Orthodox population.

itinerary will be batted to and fro for a while, added to, reduced and options discussed for the experiences available and places of

SUMMARY OF ITINERARY

interest for the guests at each stop.

• • Day 1 Corfu

Of course, this is all weather permitting and sometimes an

• • Day 2 Cephalonia

entire alternative plan is made also in advance. Usually, however,

• • Day 3 Zakynthos

the change of plan is as spontaneous as the weather.

• • Day 4 Athens

Following is an example of an itinerary based on interest

• • Day 6 Syros

in religion in Greece. It takes in much of the country and clients

• • Day 7 Tinos

could embark in Albania and disembark in Turkey if required.

• • Day 8 Paros • • Day 9 Patmos

RELIGION IN GREECE

• • Day 10 Symi – Panormitis

The religion of Greek people is an important aspect of the Greek

• • Day 11 Rhodes

culture. The Greek population in mainland Greece and the Greek islands is Christian Orthodox per 98%. The religion of the rest of the population is Muslim, Catholic and Jewish.

Contact: Rosemary@A1Yachting.com

ITINERARY: 11 DAYS IN GREECE FOCUS: RELIGION DAY 1: CORFU 39°37‘06.67’N 19°55‘44.36’E MAIN PORT: CORFU BEST BEACHES: • One of the most beautiful and protected bays for anchorage, watersports and swimming is Paleokastritsa. They are mostly pebble beaches with crystal clear waters and protection from the wind. • If the weather is good Agios Georgios is a nice sandy beach and a little bit further down on the south west side of the island there are the sandy beaches of Glyfada, Agios Gordios and Halikounas. • Agni bay is also a very good place to anchor for swimming. The petite bay consists of shiny pebbles and a few patches of sand. There are three decent tavernas that are open only during the summer season and offer breathtaking views to the Albanian coasts. Wild vegetation and pebbles encircle the beach. TOP THREE REASONS TO VISIT: • Fine Dining. • Golf Course. • Lovely Anchorages.

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TOWNS / VILLAGES: • Corfu old town is a huge draw. Built by the Venetians, French and British, it is a place of great interest, with museums, beautiful churches – especially the 16th century Ayios Spyridhon and the orthodox cathedral of Mitropolis. Archaeological sites, two castles, shops and cafes are all in close proximity. • Kassiopi is a small picturesque fishing village on the north east of the island, which is cosmopolitan. • Lakones is a traditional village just above Paleokastritsa and close to Angelokastro Castle with lovely view points. • Doukades, a traditional village with taverns offering Fresh Greek cuisine. OF INTEREST: • Visit Achilleon Palace: The small palace was built in the 19th century for the Empress Elizabeth ‘Sissy’ of Austria who was fascinated by the Greek hero Achilles. • The Byzantine Museum: Located on Arseniou Street in Corfu town, it is one of the most significant in Greece. It houses exhibitions of the Byzantine Empire and Christian sculptures. It also houses the iconic painting ‘Noli me Tangere’ by Father Emmanuel Tzanes. CHURCHES: • Church of St. Spiridon: St. Spiridon is the Patron Saint of Corfu, and as such, this church is regarded the most important in Corfu. Built in 1589, its interior is decorated with impressive frescoes and icons. Inside is the preserved body of the Saint which was brought here from Constantinople after the city fell

Spilea which was one of the four entrance gates to the town.

to the Turks in 1453.

The church houses a collection of Byzantine frescoes and icons

• Cathedral Mitropolis: Built in 1577, this church was formally known as the Blessed Virgin Spiliotissa after Porta

from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, as well as the body of Saint Theodora.

DAY 2: CEPHALONIA

TOP THREE REASONS TO VISIT:

38°11‘08.34’N 20°29‘23.84’E

• Great Anchorages. • Lovely local cuisine.

MAIN PORT: ARGOSTOLI

• Picturesque villages, impressive settings and crystal clear waters.

BEST BEACHES:

TOWNS / VILLAGES:

• Best beach for swimming is Antisamos. The beach is renowned

• Argostoli is the capital town and the main port of Cephalonia.

for its natural beauty that consists of turquoise waters and a

It has elegant architecture and serves as a starting point

marvellous panorama of green hills and lush vegetation. Close

for excursions.

to Antisamos is the famous Melissani Lake. • ‘Myrtos’ beach – very beautiful and one of the most famous beaches of Cephalonia. • At the south part of the island is located the reddish brown sandy beach of ‘Xi’, a long beach partly organised and partly quiet and without any sunbeds, bars, etc.

• Fiskardo, a lovely small harbour where you can have a very good dinner and taste the famous Cephalonian wine. • Agia Efthimia is a picturesque fishing village and it’s harbour is the centre of attraction. • Sami is one of the prettiest villages of Cephalonia and is close to several beautiful beaches.

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OF INTEREST: • A private tour to the beautiful Melissani Lakes near Sami as well as the Drogati Caves which are worth a visit. CHURCHES / MONASTERIES: • The Monastery of Agios Gerasimos. Agios Gerasimos is the patron saint of the island and the monastery, where his body is kept, is located in Omaloi. Agios Gerasimos departed on August 15th, 1579 and the Patriarchate declared him a saint in 1622. On October 10th, 1581 they dug up his body, which was intact, giving off a pleasant scent. The procession of his body on August 16th is a major celebration of Cephalonia and it attracts thousands of people. • The Monastery of The Virgin Mary in Agrilia. This Monastery is dated back to the 18th century when in 1772 two shepherds

and their maid found the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary. The Monastery is located in the Agrillia region, near Sami, and has an incredible view to the beach of Antisamos and Ithaca.

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DAY 3: ZAKYNTHOS 37°46.900’N, 020°54.070’E MAIN PORT: ZAKYNTHOS BEST BEACHES: • The most popular beach is ‘Navagio’ (Shipwreck), a beautiful sandy beach on the western side of the island which gets very crowded during the season. • In Vassilikos there are very beautiful and tranquil beaches. • Gerakas has a lovely sandy beach. • Spiatza which is part pebble and part sand.

OF INTEREST:

• Laganas Bay has one of the most weather protected beaches

• Diving is a must as there are a variety of excursions.

on the island.

• A tour in Zakynthos town. Solomos Square is surrounded by a number of important buildings such as the Byzantine Museum,

TOP THREE REASONS TO VISIT: • Lovely anchorage in Keri and turtle spotting. • Navagio beach and Blue Caves. • Combines natural beauty and protected anchorages with nightlife and nice dining options.

the church of Agios Nikolaos and the square is the Cultural Centre of Zakynthos. • Visit Marathonisi which is a pristine island in the bay of Laganas, right opposite Limni Keriou beach. On the soft sand of Marathonisi, the sea turtle caretta-caretta goes to lay its eggs. There are also glass bottom boat cruises for the children.

TOWNS / VILLAGES: • Zakynthos town is the capital and main port of the island and it’s architecture is distinguished for its elegant Venetian and Neoclassical style. • Kiliomenos is a mountain village which is an ideal spot for walking. • Agios Leon is a small traditional village on the western side of the island. • Maherado is the second largest village of the island.

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CHURCHES / MONASTERIES: • St. Dionysios Church. This church, the biggest in the town, is dedicated to the patron saint of the island and it is located in the picturesque port of Zakynthos. It was built in 1948 and it resisted the earthquake in 1953. Its bell tower is very high and stands out among the different buildings making it recognisable as soon as you enter the port. Even if it hasn’t got any particular exterior characteristics, when entering it you will be impressed


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by the quantity of frescos, lamp holders and colours. Among the artists that contributed to the magnificence of this church are the painter Doxaras and Bafas who engraved the silver reliquary in which the relic of Saint Dionysios is kept. The bell tower, being surrounded by numerous lights, is lit up during the night to create a lovely view. • Virgin Mary Anafonitria Monastery. Located in the greenness it is a stop for many tourists. The medieval tower of the 15th Century that you can see immediately at the entrance, is very interesting. In the past it had been built to serve as a defence wall. Inside the church there is an icon of the Virgin Mary dating back to the 15th Century and it is of high value, coming from Costatinopolis. There are many frescoes on the walls too. Here St. Dionysios took refuge and lived as a monk. • Eleftheotria Monastery. As soon as you leave Macherado village, heading South you reach on the right the monastery of the Liberator Holy Mother (Eleftheotria). From outside it looks more like a castle than a monastery and the tower battlements are very characteristic as well as the white and red of the windows and the arches of which the building consists. The view from the monastery is toward the plain of Zakynthos and you will be charmed by the rich vegetation. Today it is a nunnery and it is possible to visit inside. • St. Markos Church. It is the only catholic church on the island. Built next to the Museum of Solomos and Kalvos, it looks like a single building since it is built in the same style.

• During the summer a Mass in English is celebrated every Sunday evening at 19.00.

DAY 4: ATHENS 37.9406° N, 23.6333° E MAIN PORT: PIRAEUS TOP THREE REASONS TO VISIT: • Plenty of sightseeing – archaeological sites, museums, etc. • Fine dining. • Excellent shopping and entertainment. THE CITY: With a recorded history of 3000 years, Athens is the capital of Greece and is among the most interesting places in the world. Actually Athens, Greece is the best destination for a city break as it has amazing sightseeing, including the world-famous Acropolis with

OF INTEREST:

the Temple of Parthenon, the New Acropolis Museum, the Theatre

• Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum.

of Herodes Atticus, the Ancient Agora, the Roman Agora and others.

• The Plaka.

After a full day walking around Athens city, do not miss a drink at

• The Ancient Agora.

night in the many hot spots. Centrally located in Greece, the city is

• Cape Sounio and the Temple of Poseidon.

also very convenient for day trips to other archaeological sites on

• Benaki Museum, Museum of Cycladic Art, National

the mainland and islands close by in the Aegean Sea.

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• The Byzantine museum. This museum was founded in 1914 and it houses an important collection of Greek ecclesiastical art dating from the 4th to the 19th century: Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons, sculpture, manuscripts, wall paintings, mosaics, wood carvings and many objects (cloth, coins, pottery). The museum is located close to Syntagma square. CHURCHES: • The Metropolis Cathedral of Athens is the spiritual centre of the Greek Orthodox Church and one of the most important holy sites in the city. It is dedicated in the Annunciation of the Virgin and construction work began in 1842. It is regarded as a masterpiece that contains three aisles, a dome and two towers. Right next to this glorious building lies the small 12th century church of Agios Eleftherios and it combines Romanesque and Byzantine styles.

Hephaestus, to survive intact since its foundation. • At the corner of Panepistimiou Ave and Omirou St, there is the

• The Church of the Holy Apostles is located on the western side

Catholic Cathedral of Saint Dionysius the Areopagite. Marble

of the Ancient Agora of Athens and it dates from the middle of

steps lead to the impressive interior of this church whose

the 10th century. This church is particularly significant as this

construction was completed in 1865.

DAY 5: VISIT AGIO OROS OR METEORA WITH A HELICOPTER FROM ATHENS

Serbian, Bulgarian and Russian. Other than the monasteries, there are

Mount Athos (Agio Oros), or Holy Mountain, is a

12 smaller communities of monks and many solitary hermitages.

UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a self-governed part of the Greek State, administrated by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. Mount Athos consists of 20 Orthodox monasteries and is also known as the Autonomous Monastic State of the Holy Mountain. It stands on the eastern peninsula of Halkidiki. Athos is accessible only for men, and only after the application for a permit based on religious goals, interests or anthropological study. In Athos is the oldest church of Protatos (10th century) with murals by Manuel Panselinos, the last great icon painter of the Macedonian school.

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METEORA Meteora is the most important monastic community in Greece after Mount Athos in Halkidiki. This natural masterpiece has revealed its unique beauty and glory throughout the centuries and captivates every visitor at first sight. The first monasteries were built with extreme care by the hermits during the 14th century and until recently Meteora was home to 24 monasteries that were placed on top of the huge rocks. Today, only six of them operate while the others are uninhabited and deserted. The surviving monasteries are objects of unique cultural interest attracting thousands of visitors every year.

DAY 6: SYROS 37°26.1’N, 24°56.8’E MAIN PORT: HERMOUPOLIS HARBOUR BEACHES: • Finikas beach in the bay of Finikas. It is a developed coast that gets very popular in summer. The bay has a good shelter from the northern summer winds. • Vari beach, to the south-east side of the island, is in the bay of Syros, ideal for families. • Galissas is a popular beach on Syros and has shallow water, many beach bars and is located approximately 5 km from Ermoupolis. It is in a small bay where the waters are safe, thus ideal for families. • Komito beach is small with crystal clear waters surrounded by olive and cypress trees. There are some umbrellas and sunbeds along the coast and it usually doesn’t get busy. • Agathopes Beach is on the south-west of Syros Island in Possidonia. This popular beach with a cosmopolitan essence is protected by the Ministry of Environment. It is a perfect spot for sunbathing and swimming. • Kini has a long sandy beach and crystal clear water. In summer, it gets popular with tourists and locals. TOP THREE REASONS TO VISIT: • Safe anchorages in all weather conditions with crystal clear water. • Great sites like the church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani, the Antiparos Cave and Lefkes village. • Wine tasting and fresh seafood restaurants.

developed sea settlement of unique architectural beauty, a great reminder of a brilliant past. • Ano Syros is now a part of Ermoupolis. The two towns gradually expanded to become one. Ano Syros is distinguished for its elegant architecture and sea view.

TOWNS / VILLAGES:

OF INTEREST:

• The beautiful town of Ermoupolis is the capital of Syros as

The Museum of Cycladic Art is located in Ermoupolis, near Miaouli

well as the entire Cyclades. It is a commercially and culturally

Square. It exhibits an interesting collection of Cycladic art and

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findings from the Cycladic period excavated in Syros and other

church and was built in 1828-1829. Here visitors may admire

Cycladic islands.

a unique Orthodox image of The Virgin Mary created by Dominikos Theotokopoulos (El Greco).

ORTHODOX CHURCHES: • Syros has many churches, both Catholic and Orthodox. Among

CATHOLIC CHURCHES:

them, the most impressive is the Orthodox Church of the

Among the most important catholic churches are the Church of

Transfiguration of Jesus. It has a basilica aisle with a dome and

Evangelistria in Ermoupoli built in the 19th century, the Church

was built in 1824, which makes it the oldest Orthodox Church

of Saint George in Ano Syros that was renovated in 1834, the

on the island.

Church of Saint Peter in Poseidonia and the Catholic chapels

• The Church of Resurrection was built in 1870 on top of

of Saint Pakou and Saint Stephen in Galissas. There is also the

Vrodado Hill, above Ermoupolis and offers a terrific view of the

Abbey of Capuchins with the Catholic Church of Saint John built

neighbouring islands of Tinos and Mykonos.

in 1635 and the Abbey of Jesuites with the Church of The Virgin

• Another historic Orthodox Church is the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, again in Ermoupolis, which is the second oldest

Mary of Karmilos that houses a large library of historic documents and manuscripts.

DAY 7: TINOS 37°32.19’N, 25°9.51’E MAIN PORT: TINOS HARBOUR BEACHES: • Kionia is a popular beach resort in close proximity to Chora. The sandy beach and the calm atmosphere attract many visitors. • Agios Fokas is a long beach with sandy and pebbled areas. It is located very close to Chora, which makes it very popular in summer. TOP REASONS TO VISIT: • For the Church of Panagia Evangelistria, the saint protector of Greece. • For the beaches. TOWNS / VILLAGES: • Pyrgos, the village of the marble artists. Lying away from the seashore and where a Venetian castle used to stand (the word ‘pyrgos’ in Greek means ‘castle’). Pýrgos is one of the largest villages of the island and definitely the centre of the marble art of Tinos. • Kardiani is a beautiful picturesque village built in the shade of luxuriant verdure of plane and olive trees and is certainly the greenest village of Tinos. It lies on the slopes of Mount Pateles, 16 km northwest of Chora.

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Cycladic island mostly attracts Greek pilgrims travelling there twice

The most important site is the Church of The Virgin Mary in the

a year, on March 25 and August 15, to visit the church of Panagia

town. Enchanting yet still unknown to the majority of tourists, this

Megalochari (the Blessed Virgin Mary).

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DAY 8: PAROS

capital, Parikia. Naoussa is considered to be one of the prettiest

37°07.5’N, 25°14.1’E

villages in the Cyclades. Despite the tourism development, this lovely village has managed to keep its authenticity, its

MAIN PORT: PARIKIA

traditional character and its charm, with its whitewashed and flowered little houses and its tiny whitewashed churches

BEACHES:

and chapels, surrounded by labyrinth-like narrow, stone

• Monastiri has a beautiful sandy beach with crystalline waters.

paved streets.

It is very popular for its beauty and can get really crowded

• Parikia has maintained its picturesque style and is typical

during July and August. It is also known to be a famous spot

of the Cycladic architecture. Its port connects Paros

where yachts come to anchor. It is located in Naoussa bay, the

with the mainland as well as the other Cyclades Islands. Parikia is

water stays at waist level for a good 100 metres and is good

built amphitheatrically around the port with whitewashed cubic

for snorkelling.

and flat roofed houses with coloured wooden doors, windows

• The beach of Kolimbithres is one of the most famous beaches

and balconies.

of Paros and is also located in the huge bay of Naoussa.

• Lefkes, one of the loveliest villages of Paros, is situated 11 km

Because of the large blocks of granite boarding it, sculpted

south east of Parikia. Lefkes has 500 inhabitants and is built

into strange smooth shapes by the sea and the wind over the

at an altitude of 300 metres above sea level, on a verdant hill

centuries, the small sandy coves are in line one after another.

covered with olive and pine trees. It offers a breathtaking view

• For water sports, Golden beach is great for windsurfing and

of Naxos Island.

Pounda beach is famous for kitesurfing. OF INTEREST: TOP THREE REASONS TO VISIT:

• The Venetian Castle of Paros in Parikia. This splendid Frankish

• Safe anchorages in all weather conditions in crystal clear waters.

Castle is one of the most enduring and striking monuments on

Great sites like the church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani, the

the island of Paros. It was built in the 1200s by the Venetian

Antiparos Cave and Lefkes village. • Wine tasting and fresh seafood restaurants.

Sanoudos. • Visit the Cave of Antiparos on the small nearby picturesque island of Antiparos. This interesting natural wonder is full of

TOWNS / VILLAGES:

stalactites and stalagmites which form different shapes. There

• The beautiful picturesque fishing village of Naoussa is located

are around 400 steps that lead to the heart of the cave which

in the northern part of Paros, 10 kilometres east from the

is around 100 metres deep.

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CHURCHES: • Next to the port of Parikia, stands the church of Ekatontapiliani (the church with the hundred gates), one of the most important Byzantine monuments in the whole of Greece. The Church, built in the 4th century AD, is dedicated to The Virgin Mary. According to local tradition, it was founded by Saint Helen, mother of Saint Konstantinos (emperor of Constantinople). Visitors entering the building can admire its dome and the old Byzantine icons. There is a Byzantine museum with a wide collection of important relics belonging to the church. • Located about 7 km away from Parikia is the monastery of Loggovardas, built in 1638. It is one of the most impressive monuments on Paros. Access is allowed to men only and visitors must be dressed decently.

DAY 9: PATMOS

monastery dominates the high cliff above the island capital

37°19.558’N, 026°32.743’E

and resembles a medieval castle. The monastery has been declared a world heritage monument by UNESCO. It houses

MAIN PORT: PATMOS

10 chapels, the Ecclesiastical Museum, embroidery and objects used for religious purposes.

BEST BEACHES:

• The cave of the Apocalypse was declared a world heritage site

• Livadi – Geranou is a nice place for anchoring and swimming.

by UNESCO in the year 2006. The place is also known as the

It has a sandy beach with some small pebbles and the water is

Holy Grotto and is an extraordinary example of a traditional

almost always calm.

pilgrimage centre of outstanding architectural interest. It is

• Kampos is the island’s most popular beach. It has crystal clear,

believed to have been the sacred cave where Saint Ioannis heard

transparent water and offers all the facilities of an organised

the voice of God and wrote the Apocalypse. In the cave visitors

beach, including a beach bar and water sports.

can admire the cross engraved by Saint Ioannis, as well as the three small cracks on the rock through which the voice of God

TOP THREE REASONS TO VISIT:

came, symbolising The Holy Trinity. A visit to the Cave is really a

• For it’s cosmopolitan, chic atmosphere.

unique and unforgettable experience.

• For its intensely spiritual character. • Beautiful anchorages nearby. TOWNS / VILLAGES: • The traditional settlement of Chora was built around the imposing Monastery of Saint John the Theologian during the 12th century. Chora flourished during the 16th and 17th centuries during which beautiful mansions and residences were built for the wealthy families of that time. • Sapsila is a nice seaside settlement that lies between Skala and Grikos. This village is tiny and quiet with only a few picturesque whitewashed houses and an attractive beach for relaxation. It doesn’t get very crowded and you will find all the peace you want here. OF INTEREST: • The Monastery of St. John, the most significant cultural and religious centre on the island. Built in the 11th century, this

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DAY 10: SYMI 36.5856° N, 27.8429° E MAIN PORT: YIALOS BEST BEACHES: • Agia Marina beach in the bay closest to the port offers a small piece of beach, organised with sun loungers and umbrellas and a good beach side restaurant. • Nanou Bay is only accessible by boat (although day boats do make stops here), fantastic water, well visited by yachts with a simple taverna on the beach. TOP THREE REASONS TO VISIT: • Calm and relaxing atmosphere. • Wonderful architecture. • Panoramic views. TOWNS / VILAGES: • Chora has been declared a preserved traditional settlement with the main features being the colours of the walls, the windows, the elaborate pediments and pebbled courtyards. • Pedi is a small seaside village with few houses, surrounded by olive trees and bushes. The beach is narrow but clean. OF INTEREST: Walking to the village and admiring the beautiful mansions that line the way. There is also an old Pharmacy with its original equipment and the archaeological & laographical museum.

the main monastery of Simi island, a monastery dedicated to the Archangel Michael. The exact construction date is unknown but,

CHURCHES:

according to an old manuscript, it existed in the 15th century. It

The Holy Monastery of The Archangel Michael Panormitis. The

is said that this monastery was built on the ruins of an ancient

village of Panormitis, to the south west of the main town, hosts

temple, but this has not been proved.

DAY 11: RHODES 36.44346805° 28.2316809° MAIN PORT: RHODES BEST BEACHES: • Anthony Quinn bay, beautiful deep water, a rocky beach with many sun loungers, lovely setting. • Lindos beach, sandy, very popular, lovely setting overlooking the village and Acropolis. • Mavros Kavos beach, difficult to reach by land, beautiful light sand and clear waters, the best choice for those looking for seclusion. • The long sandy beach of Tsambika, with its shallow turquoise waters, is among the best and busiest beaches of the island.

Under the imposing rock where it stands you will find the miraculous Monastery of Tsambika.

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TOP THREE REASONS TO VISIT: • Must visit Archaeological sites. • To visit and dine in the village of Lindos. • Top destination for watersports. TOWNS / VILLAGES: • Lindos is a traditional village with white sugarcube houses, set around a tranquil bay with golden sand and shallow water that is ideal for water sports. Lindos offers some excellent dining options in the evening. • The Medieval Town of Rhodes is a living monument, built by the Knights of St. John about six centuries ago. The imposing castle with the Grand Magister’s Palace, boasts some amazing mosaics, a museum, where the hospital of the Knights used to be, mosques, wide pedestrian streets,

Built by the Byzantines, in the 11th century, the beautiful Lady

fountains and innumerable shops and tavernas.

of the Castle is a fine example of stone masonry work made

• The New Town of Rhodes on the northern part of the island

by the Knights of St John.

offers everything a contemporary big city can offer. In the

• Moni Thari, near Laerma. This monastery is dedicated to the

market you will find shops, restaurants, bars and clubs. The

Archangel Michael near the village of Laerma, built around the

port of Mandraki, just across the great Castle’s main gate,

thirteenth century over much earlier foundations. There are

historically used to be a naval base.

some remarkable frescoes. • The Synagogue Shalom. It’s on the corner of Dosiadou and

OF INTEREST:

Simmiou street. It’s the oldest synagogue in Greece and the

• The Medieval Town of Rhodes.

only one out of the six that still officiates during the Jewish

• The Acropolis of Rhodes that is located on the hill of Monte

New Year and the Atonement Day when a rabbi is invited by

Smith on the west side of Rhodes Town offers great views of

the Jewish community. The interior follows the traditional

the Mediterranean sea.

Sephardic style and the ‘Teva’ (altar) is in the centre facing southeast towards Jerusalem. On the east side of the yard

CHURCHES / MONASTERIES:

there’s a sign where a fountain used to be with an inscription

• The most famous Orthodox monastery of Rhodes is Panagia

‘Kislev 5338’ (1577 AD).

Tsampika, located about 25 km south of Rhodes Town, between Kolymbia and Archangelos. The old monastery is built on top of a hill with gorgeous views to the sea and the surrounding area, while the new monastery, which is still in use today, is found on the road that connects Archangelos to Rhodes Town. • Filerimos Monastery sits on top of the hill above the village of Ialysos. Inside the monastery is the church of the Knights which features distinctive round domes. The church was built over the remains of an Early Christian basilica. It has four chapels. • The most important Catholic Church is the church of Saint Francisco (St Francis of Assisi) located in the old town. Its high bell tower is a symbol of Rhodes and from there the view is spectacular.

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MARINA PAPAGAYO A SMALL SLICE OF PARADISE BY BECCA GUILLOTE

HE SKY IS IMPOSSIBLY BLUE FROM ONE HORIZON to the other, broken only by a slow parade of puffy white clouds. As I step off the boat, a ray glides by a few feet from my feet and breaks the surface with its wing tips; I wave back. The chatter of friends enjoying the pool drifts down on the wind amid the chatter of parrots in the trees above. I amble down the dock, greeted by every passing worker and guest, and admire the diversity of boats gathered in this secluded corner of paradise. I love it here. The dock I am on belongs to Marina Papagayo, an impressive harbour tucked into the protective embrace of Peninsula Papagayo in the northwest corner of Costa Rica. It is auspiciously situated in the heart of some of the most stunning and least crowded cruising grounds in the world. Where howler

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monkeys offer a wake up service, the jungle climbs straight up from the sea, and kind generous people enrich every experience on shore. Costa Rica has been a popular land-based tourism destination since the 1980’s when the president, Oscar Arias, introduced his country on the world stage as a safe, welcoming

ABOVE: A HOWLER MONKEY LOOKING SOMEWHAT SHAMEFACED OPPOSITE AND BELOW: THE IMPRESSIVE MARINA SETTINGS

and eco-friendly travel destination. It is one of the most progressive nations in eco-tourism and conservation, with an impressive 23.4% of its land dedicated to national parks and protected areas. Costa Rica is home to over 500,000 species of plants and animals and an estimated 5% of the entire world’s biodiversity, despite a total landmass that could fit within the borders of Lake Michigan. The numbers may sound impressive, but it takes personal experience to truly grasp the awe and wonder of this place. We took advantage of the safe and secure dockage at Marina Papagayo and rented a car to explore some of Costa Rica’s 27 national parks, in hopes of catching sight of sloths, toucans and monkeys. Within a two-hour drive of the marina, we were immersed in dense protected rainforest crisscrossed with waterfalls plunging into a clear blue lake at the base of an active volcano sending wisps of steam and ash into the sky. The wildlife abounded, and in just a few days, we saw a three-toed sloth, two species of monkeys, several toucans, and about a thousand butterflies. The hardest

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ABOVE: JUST ONE OF THE MANY STUNNING VIEWS AFFORDED BY THE REGION

part was deciding what to do each day; watch monkeys

RIGHT: THE SPLENDID ISOLATION OF THE MARINA

It is not only the biodiversity that draws visitors

from a series of hanging bridges, ride horses to a secluded waterfall, hike through the rainforest or soak in the hot springs! to Costa Rica; it is also the people. The country maintains a large middle class and well-educated workforce under a stable democratic government. The literacy rate is an impressive 94.9% and many locals speak English, particularly those employed in the tourism industry. Costa Ricans, locally called Ticos, have a

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contagiously positive and laid back attitude about life.

off by the high incidence of lightning strikes in the southern part

They call it Pura Vida (‘pure life’). Not only is this phrase an effective

of the country, others may be worried about the availability or

life philosophy in Costa Rica, it has also become a greeting,

quality of services and amenities to meet their needs. These are

a response, a show of appreciation and an acknowledgement.

unfounded concerns at Marina Papagayo. Nestled at the edge of

In every day conversation, as a ‘hello’ or ‘thanks’, Ticos verbalise

a unique tropical dry forest, the Marina receives far less lightning

‘pura vida’, reminding others and themselves to stay optimistic,

storms than the southern coast of the country. The weather is

to be happy, to find balance. The result is tangible; in all of my

amenable all year, with reliable temperatures and a modest rainy

travels, I have never met a more generous and welcoming culture

season. The easy weather conditions make a convincing assurance

of people.

for yachts looking for a year-round home base.

Costa Rica has hosted land-based tourists for decades, but

The amenities and level of service at Marina Papagayo rival

many yachts still pass it by today. While some are perhaps put

those found at the most prestigious marinas in the USA. It is a

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deep-water harbour that can facilitate yachts from 35 to 220 ft, one of the very few marinas that can host mega yachts in Central America. For the boat, there is a high-capacity fueling station capable of dispensing 15 to 85 gallons per minute, electricity sources adaptable to a variety of power requirements, and a small but equipped chandlery. For the crew, there is a well-appointed gym, a quiet pool, an air conditioned conference room, and a gathering space with TVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, comfortable chairs and a pool table. The knowledgeable concierge team is available to ensure the guests in the marina have a comfortable and stress-free stay.

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Saturday nights, and many restaurants to sample, including one that serves arguably the best burger in all of Central America. In addition to the marina, the Papagayo Peninsula hosts a

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1400-acre geo-luxury facility that encompasses two prestigious resorts, an Arnold Palmer Signature golf course, 8 restaurants, 11 miles of coastline and 21 stunning beaches. The only Forbes fivestar resort in Central and South America, the Four Seasons offers guests unparalleled views, unforgettable wildlife encounters, exclusive luxury and extraordinary beaches. Weaving through the native forest on the Peninsula, the Arnold Palmer Signature golf course boasts dramatic water views on 14 out of its 18 holes and is a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. This devotion to the preservation of intact forest and bird habitat allows golfers the unique opportunity to see rare birds and other wildlife while playing one of the top golf courses in Central America. In contrast to many luxury developments, the peninsula’s The team can facilitate travel logistics, car rentals, provisioning

resorts merge with the landscape through their unobtrusive and

trips, private tours, or dinner reservations. The Liberia International Airport, just 30 minutes away, offers daily flights to San Jose and direct flights to several US cities. With the marina’s hassle-free transportation options, there is no better gateway to explore Costa Rica’s rugged and rich coast. It seems the marina has thought of everything. In fact, once settled into our slip, the variety of activities and facilities made it difficult to leave again. Our intention was only a short stop over, but we found ourselves extending our stay again and again, happily exploring the peninsula and region at our doorstep. There are mountain bikes for rent, nature walks through one of the last remaining corridors of dry tropical forest, live music on

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sustainable design. Under a unique covenant with the Costa Rican government, the peninsula is an environmentally protected area in which a minimum of 70% of its land will remain undeveloped in perpetuity. A macaw sanctuary will augment the already abundant bird life on the peninsula; a botanical nursery fosters endemic plant species; nature programs educate guests on

in the world and a dream for kite boarders. It is hard to imagine

the fragile ecosystem and amazing creatures that call it home.

anyone feeling bored here!

This unparalleled devotion to conservation not only keeps the

The sun slowly dissolves into the sea, sending beams of

peninsula’s wilderness in-tact; it also offers guests unforgettable

red and orange overhead. I sit on the terrace overlooking the

interactions with nature.

marina, a glass of chardonnay in hand. An iguana sits motionless

As we planned our time in the marina, it became clear

on the sidewalk facing me, soaking up the last rays of warmth; I

that the list of activities available to travellers in this region is

smile back. A group of jovial and somewhat sun-burnt travellers

almost embarrassingly long. From adrenaline inducing zip lining

strolls into the restaurant, already exaggerating the fish tales of

and 4-wheeling to world-renowned surfing and kite boarding,

the day and laughing with the captain of their charter. A young

there is quite literally something for everyone here. Trails for

couple scurry about on their 40 ft sailboat, preparing for an

hiking and biking crisscross the peninsula and a new Explorer’s

impending ocean crossing. Four friendly marina employees greet

Club offers morning and nighttime nature walks. For those of

me with smiles and pura vida on their way to receive the graceful

us that can’t get enough of the water, there is an abundance of

55 m yacht just entering the breakwater. There is something for

snorkelling, diving, fishing, and sailing. Two famous surf breaks,

everyone in this corner of paradise. I love it here.

Ollie’s Point and Witches Rock, are just across the bay. Bahia Salinas, 45 miles north of the marina, is the 8th windiest place

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LONDON BOAT SHOW 9 – 13 JANUARY 2019 www.londonboatshow.com

LES VOILES DE ST. TROPEZ 30 SEPTEMBER – 7 OCTOBER 2018 www.lesvoilesdesaint-tropez.fr

BOOT DUSSELDORF 19 – 27 JANUARY 2019 www.boot-dusseldorf.com

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ICOMIA WORLD MARINAS CONFERENCE ATHENS 25 – 27 OCTOBER 2018 www.greek-marinas.gr

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A NATURAL EVOLUTION TOWARDS AN EXHIBITION SET

that was begun four years ago by the Principality

INTO THEMATIC AREAS

of Monaco, a new area has evolved for the exhibition

From the 26th – 29th September in Monaco, clientele coming

of yachts that will be available for the 2018 Monaco Yacht Show.

from around the world will discover a show that will feature

Because of this the MYS will deliver a new layout for the yacht

thematic exhibitions. The most renowned shipyards and leading

exhibition designed specifically to enhance the experience of the

brokerages will exhibit in the water and along the quays; the

visiting Superyacht clientele.

service suppliers and manufacturers to the luxury market will

The MYS Organisers grabbed the opportunity created by the

display their services and finest products in the Parvis Piscine

new construction of Quai des Etats-Unis to optimise the show’s

air-conditioned tent, while under the air-conditioned tents of

Superyacht offering for builders and brokers and allow them to be

Darse Sud and Quai Albert 1er visitors will mainly meet nautical

placed on the quays facing their yachts that are for sale or charter.

services suppliers and yacht chandlers. Quai Jarlan will again

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showcase a part of the MYS tender exhibition as the Tenders

new potential clientele that we would expect to become future

& Toys zone, launched in 2017 on the Quai Antoine 1er, will

owners or charterers. In the past five years we have launched the

be enlarged to host around 30 exhibitors supplying, alongside

Monaco Yacht Summit, the MYS Gala Party, the Captains’ and

luxury tenders, accessories and nautical leisure goods. The Car

Crew lounge, the Car Deck, the Tenders & Toys section and the

Deck, where an exhibition of rare and prestige cars are displayed,

Starboard area. Over this time we have enhanced the MYS to

and the Starboard, the luxurious lounge area, will complete the

improve the experience of the show’s visitors. These projects were

Superyacht lifestyle offering on the Quai Antoine 1er.

also optimised by staging public relations events in China, New York and London with the sole intention of meeting the social

ATTRACTING NEW CLIENTS TO MONACO

elite and inviting them to Monaco’.

The high-end attendees at last year’s edition confirmed the endeavours of the show organisers to invite new potential clients or

3RD EDITION OF THE MONACO YACHT SUMMIT

their representatives to enjoy their first Superyacht experience and

On September 25th the Monaco Yacht Summit will again host

exclusively meet the top exhibiting companies participating in the

potential new Superyacht clients (or their representatives) to discuss

show. With the MYS Sapphire Experience programme, 160 ultra-

the key points to be borne in mind when chartering or purchasing

qualified individuals thus enjoyed a bespoke stay in Monaco, not

a luxury yacht for the first time. The 2018 Monaco Yacht Summit

only meeting with the exhibitors but also being allowed exclusive

will be presented with a new format, in a more casual and intimate

visits to the Superyachts displayed in Port Hercules. For 2018, the

ambiance than in the past enabling high-profile guests to discuss

MYS is already developing the services of this VIP programme

any topics they wish through an effortless flow of dialogue.

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calibre visitors can only be achieved hand in hand with the exhibitors according to Gaëlle Tallarida, Managing Director of

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.monacoyachtshow.com

the MYS: “The show must keep on developing solutions in close

Social media:

collaboration with the exhibitors. In 2014 the MYS started a new

Official hashtag: #mys2018

development programme of improved public relations activities

Twitter account: @mys_monaco

and marketing. Our challenge was – and still is – to serve yachting

Facebook page: Facebook/monacoyachtshow

insiders and promote the lifestyle aspects of superyachting to

Instagram page: monacoyachtshow_official

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THE ANTIGUA CHARTER YACHT SHOW 4TH – 10TH DECEMBER 2017 BY COLIN SQUIRE

HE ACYM THIS YEAR VERY NEARLY DID NOT TAKE

roofs of their properties as winds soared to over 150 miles

place, Hurricane Irma hit the Island of Barbuda on the

per hour. On Barbuda the hurricane left three people dead

night of September 5th-6th and totally destroyed it

and 95 per cent of all the buildings on the island were

I have featured a short piece from an editorial that appeared the

either destroyed or significantly damaged. More than half

next day as a reminder of the devastation, the people of Antigua

of the country’s residents were left homeless. For the first

had battened down and taken to the shelters and waited and

time in 300 years, there’s was not a single living person left

waited, but the hurricane changed course and missed the Island

on the island of Barbuda.

leaving minimal damage, a miracle maybe, many saw it as that.

Reconstruction is estimated to cost about $200m, and could take several years.

‘Hurricane Irma: For the first time in 300 years, there is

The

first

modern

record

of

Barbuda

was

no one living on the island of Barbuda. Irma was 378

when Christopher Columbus landed on the island on his

miles wide and was near the peak of its intensity as a

second voyage to the Americas in 1493. At the time it was

Category 5 hurricane when it made landfall and tore

populated with Arawak and Carib indians.

into the 62-square-mile island of Barbuda. Almost all the

Antigua and Barbuda together became a sovereign

island’s 1800 residents were evacuated to Antigua, and

nation on 1 November 1981, and it remains part of the

those that remained on Barbuda lashed themselves to the

British Commonwealth.’

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Because of the devastation caused throughout the Caribbean Islands a great many yachts did not make the journey to the

Maarten raised money, as did Steen Christensen in Palma who

area for the winter season and this caused a drop in the number

with his team raised funds, there were a great many individuals

of yachts participating in the show, but it was not as bad as had

that helped and help is still needed. Money was raised at the

been feared, in all 71 yachts were on the docks, enough to make

show itself specifically to help the residents of Barbuda, National

this another wonderful show, a show that was much appreciated

Marine with Tom Rowe in charge, held their annual ‘Yacht Dog Mix

by all of those that attended.

and Mingle Event’ with all profits given to the cause and the ‘Lets

There were on the docks many quite magnificent yachts,

Rebuild Barbuda Charity Event’ staged by the ACYM and Yachting

the 295 ft MY Nero, launched in China in 2007, an almost

Matters that between them raised EC$ 67,412.00 towards helping

permanent feature of the show over the past few years, the

the island. This event was supported by 26 sponsors, plus Captains,

140 ft trimaran Adastra, a futuristic three hulled motor yacht,

Crew and brokers. There were I am sure many dozens of people

also built in China and launched during 2012, she has proven

that helped to raise money for those that needed help, but the

herself to be a very seaworthy vessel with very low fuel

devastation was so great it is hard to imagine what the final costs

consumption, something we can all appreciate. Also the

will be before we see everything return to normal, it will without

223 ft MY Sycara which was built in Germany and launched

doubt take many years to accomplish. The sad thing is I returned

during 2010 was on show. The 180 ft SY Marie was also again

home last night and watched a programme on the devastation

featured, she is a beautifully crafted yacht from Holland and

and only a relatively small amount has been accomplished and

to complete the mix was the 145 ft Catamaran Hemisphere,

now the world has moved on, so quickly as it does in our modern

launched in the UK during 2011. These of course are only a few

age, once the media move away governments seem to forget their

of the yachts that took part but all interesting in their diversity.

commitments originally made to appease public outcry!

The events that took place in Barbuda, indeed throughout

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of ICON is a trustee, Captain Lucille Frye of BWA Yachting in St

The show held its traditional events, The Welcome Cocktail

the Caribbean over those terrible few days in early September

Evening, Informative Hours on each morning, The Concours De

created a need to help all of those Islands that were devastated,

Chef and Tablescaping Competition, The Nelsons DockYard Night,

organisations and individuals came to the fore, several related to

The Antigua Yacht Club Marina Night, The Falmouth Harbour

our industry, Mark Drewelow and ‘YachtAid Global’, Norma Trease

Marina Night, each of these evenings included fantastic yacht hops

and the ‘SuperYacht Aid Coalition’, ‘Serve On’ where Paul Rose

and dock parties. Each and every day yachts would hold brokers

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lunches, Sail Day took place on the last day when selected yachts

doubt that the yachts left to begin their winter season, possibly

took guests for a cruise and in the evening The Captains & Brokers

not to their normal cruising grounds, but with the thoughts that

Cocktail night took place at the newly refurbished Clarence House

all might not be as usual, but usual enough to enable the vessels

and to wrap it all up the much deserved ACYM Crew Party.

and their crews to offer wonderful destinations to their owners

I spoke to many of the attendees and despite the consequences of Irma everybody had a great show and I have no

and guests, possibly further south than in previous years, but as the old saying goes, the show must go on.

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STEWARDESS REBECCA KEARL

returned to the States where I realised everything was the same,

MY BROADWATER – 165 FT

but I was very different.

Rebecca, you were awarded ‘first in class’ last night at the awards

Psychology but the money for private education just was not

I wanted to go back to school and get my masters in for yachts over 164 ft. Could you tell us something about yourself

available. I had a friend who was earning a hundred thousand

and how you ended up on Broadwater?

dollars as a nanny in New York and I thought ‘how does that

I was born in a small town called Grand Junction Colorado

work’, she told me to look into it. I found a butler school in Denver

in the USA and went to school at the University of Colorado

Colorado, it was a 10 week programme and I went there and

where I studied broadcast journalism, which was the path I

learned the ins and outs of private service and while I was there

initially wanted to follow. As an 18 year old I had this longing to

an ex chief stewardess came and spoke about what it was like to

go abroad, so with that I graduated early and got an internship

be on boats. I wasn’t super interested, it sounded really nice, but

with the department of events and press at the US Embassy in

I just didn’t understand what it was even though she thought I

Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was incredible, I met so many different

would be great on boats. I was broke and thought it would be a

people from many different walks of life, I was so impressionable

risk, but she said I could stay with her and she would drive me to

at that stage. Fluency in Spanish was also a goal that I had

get my STCW every-day, she really believed it was the place for

wanted to achieve for myself, so a lot of things were completing

me to be. I stayed with her, got my STCW and I started working

in my life at that time. I worked for an incredible diplomat, who,

in the engine room on Cakewalk, it was day work, I was broke and

at 60, was so charismatic and dynamic for 20 different reasons,

needed money for rent, they wanted a boy really but I just asked

but also very earnest and honest about his life. He had a big

if they would consider me. I loved it.

influence on me and I stayed at the Embassy for six months

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It was a refreshing organic moment when I started and

and then I lived in Argentina, where I fell in love with the people,

began to really appreciate the grandeur and the beauty of what

the place and of course a man. I spent five years there and then

it is to be part of an environment that such a minute number

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LEFT: REBECCA KEARL

of people ever have access to. The spark and energy was just so good. I worked there for three weeks and the Chief Engineer asked

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if I wanted a job as the 4th Engineer, it wasn’t my route but he helped me get my job on my first boat as a stewardess, which was Huntress. I realised early on that the only creative outlet I would ever have would be table decoration and presentation, as let’s be honest, a lot of being a stewardess is pretty menial work. With that the owner of Huntress, I soon realised that table settings were her thing, she wanted her guests to experience beautifully set up tables, so I started trying my most creative design outlets on that boat and it followed me through. I then worked on a busy charter boat, the Mia Elise II, a boat that definitely separated the men from the boys. Going from a private programme to a charter programme was a great shock, but I loved it. My boyfriend and I always joke about it ‘there is no time to eat lunch’. You cannot explain it until you live it. People are paying $300,000 for a week and there is a lot of expectation and pressure there, it is exciting and really gratifying if you execute it.

I couldn’t believe the money or the work and realised that when you are able to create a unique environment, it happens at

I saw the business aspect and then all of a sudden I was

twilight when the lighting is perfect, candles are lit, canapés are

handed an envelope for $5000 as a tip and thought ‘What’, I just

coming out, the tables are set, the cocktails are ready and the

couldn’t believe it. Since then I have been given, by a guest who

cabins are being perfectly prepared as if they have never been in

helped me get into Pepperdine University, $10,000 which she

them for when they return, that is the experience.

sent to my house, she also gave all the crew including me $4000 at the end of her charter.

These people can afford anything, but creating an experience for them that is exceptional, that is gratifying.


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RIGHT: EKA FLORES

I create a different table setting every night and it has to build up to the final night, the guests sit down at this beautifully set table and have a three course meal, they do not even know that the stewardesses are there as it is done so seamlessly. These people work hard and their minds are running all of the time, they get to walk into a room and enjoy the experience you have created, that is the energy I have behind this. I also now work for the most incredible man in the industry, the Owner, he is a genius, he is kind, he is generous, he is dynamic and multifaceted, I cannot say enough about him, he is a 44 year old American and likes to be called Matt, no Sirs with him. The first thing he asked of me was to ‘keep it real’ I have worked for him for three and a half years now. I would like this to be my last boat, I got into Pepperdine to study Psychology last June and I deferred it for two years to

I found my first yacht in St Maarten in 2011, I could

enable me to save for it. I applied to do a Masters in Clinical

speak a little English which helped, she was 128 ft and they were

Psychology. Yachting is what I will do my essay on, it is really

looking for people, I had just finished the STCW and put my CV

interesting to be in an environment where you can have anything

in and two days later the Captain called me, he was from Spain

you want, beautiful yachts, beautiful cars, beautiful women, food,

and I attended an interview and he hired me.

the world is your oyster as you have every resource available to

I was the deck stew, I loved it but the sun was too much

you, but if you cannot organise your mind and remove distortions,

for me and I went back to interior work and took as many

where will you find happiness.

courses as I could fit in. On my second boat I was lucky as the

Psychology is interesting, as everyone is trying to find

owner was happy to pay for as many courses as possible and

happiness from things and relationships but happiness has to

I took advantage of this and did whatever courses became

come from within, it takes work, you have to cultivate a daily

available to me.

routine that makes you a better person, and especially in yachting,

I have worked on Party Girl and then Kisses before I went

that’s the reason I have done it as long as I have, that relationship

and did a season in England, I loved it. I then went to Alpha Nero

with myself is the most important one, if I don’t have it, I cannot

and then Yas, a very large motor yacht. I then did a temporary job

give it to someone else and if I am not good with me I cannot

on Project Jupiter, a Lurssen before deciding to go back close to

serve the way I need to serve.

home in Florida to work on a smaller boat. I really like this size of boat, between 50 and 60 m, it is the perfect size for me.

STEWARDESS EKA FLORES

On Three Forks we have 10 crew when we are on charter,

MY THREE FORKS – 161 FT

the captain, the engineer, three stewardesses, a chef, 1st officer, a

I am sitting with Eka who last night was winner for yachts between

as an all round helper.

bosun and a deck hand plus one extra we take on during charters 126 and 163 ft. Eka, can you tell us something about your life and how you became a Chief Stewardess. I am from Granada in Nicaragua and I grew up commuting

helped me to be creative as I used to sew all of my doll’s clothes

between Italy and Brazil which helped me to master five

as a child, I really loved to do crafts, I had a great imagination I

languages, English, Portuguese, Italian, French and Spanish. I

would make big houses for my dolls using cardboards boxes.

eventually moved to St Maarten and this is when my interest in

I only joined Three Forks on Tuesday and started to buy in

yachts began. Before that I went to university in Nicaragua and

stuff as soon as the Captain explained what we were getting in

I graduated with Business Administration with Hospitality, I then

to. I just looked around the shops for inspiration and started to

went on to do interior design at Boston University.

choose things and then decided to see what I could find on the

I began working with Continental Airlines, before joining a

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I thoroughly enjoy my job and the tablescaping is an extension of that, I guess my experiences as a youngster certainly

island, we hired a car and went round finding things I could use,

telephone company and then a string of hotels, I was in customer

I cut bits from bushes and trees and painted them, I cut up old

service and hospitality, I then became a bar tender and took

sheets from the yacht, I used clear bowls, candelabra, fire, empty

barista and flower arranging courses, the last of which appealed

whisky and wine bottles, a wheel, a port hole with the menu

to me as I had always been creative as a young child.

beneath it, it looked incredible.

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for me, and I have helped with many deliveries when there were

LEFT: NATHALIE HUET

only two of us, I was like the captain, we did France – Martinique – France – Thailand, and Thailand and Malaysia and then Thailand to Australia. I had to drive the boat, change the sails and do anything on it required of me, it was great fun. On this yacht I am officially the Stewardess but if the captain needs any help with maintenance I will also help. I can cook well but on this boat we have a really good chef, I have done many charters as the cook and stewardess, on small yachts one has to be versatile. You mentioned earlier about tips, well the biggest I have ever been given is $800.00 for less than one week’s charter, and it was my first ever tip and they were French people, they are not used to giving tips. You also mentioned my ambitions, well I feel I am 37 years old and will possibly go shore-side when I

a bit nervous when I think about these monstrous yachts that are

am 40. I love the ocean, I am single and when I move on I would

around us here and do not really wish to work on something that

certainly like to continue in the industry, there is a new marina

big. Whatever I do I prefer to be close to the surface of the sea.

being built in Nicaragua which I find appealing. As for tips the biggest one I ever received was $6000, it was

If you are on a big boat you can work with a great team but you are further away from the water, my passion is the sea, I want to

my second yacht, it was a 10 day charter, they rented an Island in

be in the sea for instance to clean the hull, on the big boats you

the Bahamas and only used the boat for day trips. How easy is that!

cannot do this.

STEWARDESS NATHALIE HUET

her last summer in the Mediterranean, she was shipped over here

MY VIGILANT 1 – 63 FT (CATAMARAN)

as deck cargo. Once the season finishes she will go back to the

Vigilant 1 is only five months old and we started chartering

Mediterranean, to Ajaccio, Corsica which I am looking forward I am on board Vigilant 1 which is a motorised catamaran and I am

to. I have spent two years in Corsica and it was perfect, you

sitting with Nathalie who has won the tablescaping competition for

have everything, the sea, the mountains and there is so much to

yachts under 125 ft. Tell us about yourself Nathalie. I was born in Sète, a small port town in the South of France and I just loved the sea from my childhood. I started to

explore with good food and good wine along the way. The Ancient Greek name for Corsica is Kalliste, which means wonderful, I consider myself to be a very lucky person.

work as a teacher in a Summer Camp, eventually becoming the director but in 2001 I met Dominique who became my partner.

And lest I forget, the winners of the Chefs Competition were:

He had just bought a boat and he asked me to work on his small 29 foot sailing yacht, so that is what I did. We sailed from France

YACHTS 164 FT AND OVER

to Thailand, stopping at every country or island that we liked, it

1st place CAITLIN KENNEDY – YACHT ANDIAMO

was fantastic. After arriving in Thailand, I was 27 years old then, I

2nd place KDN LYNE – YACHT ILLUSION

decided to change the direction of my life and to become a boat

3rd place TRAVIS FINCH – YACHT HANIKON

professional, I did not want to work in any other industry. I became a diving instructor, I had worked on the sea

YACHTS 126 FT TO 163 FT

but I realised that I did not really know what was under it and I

1st place HARRIET MANSELL – YACHT SARISSA

decided to learn to dive. The passion took control and I decided

2nd place PATRICK WEEKS – YACHT ELEONORA

to become a PADI diving instructor so that I could do the link

3rd place RENEE DREYER – YACHT GLADIUS

between my passion of teaching and that of the sea. I then joined the Dream Yacht Charter Feet, they are a large company and offer great opportunities to people. I started as a crew

YACHTS 125 FT AND UNDER 1st place TAVA SCHIB – YACHT VIGILANT 1

member, then stewardess and now I am a Captain with a 200 gt

2nd place MAX HERLACHE – YACHT WINDQUEST

ticket, my dream is to take my own boat and go around the world.

3rd place DEBORAH ROBERTS – YACHT LEGENDARY

Catamarans are my preferred yachts, mostly I have worked on yachts between 47 – 53 feet making Vigilant 1 a large yacht

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BOOK LAUNCH

ALL THE OCEANS

DESIGNING BY THE SEAT OF MY PANTS BY RON HOLLAND ARTICLE BY COLIN SQUIRE FIRST MET RON HOLLAND AT THE LAUNCH OF MIRABELLA V

with the biggest smile and a warm handshake. He immediately

in Southampton during 2003 and for those that are unaware

put me at ease as we tucked into a hearty fry-up before walking

she was, and still is, the largest single masted yacht ever built.

the short distance to his office.

Being the designer of such a vessel is an accolade in itself, she

We talked all day; covering his life as a youngster, his first

would have been a reference point in any yacht designer’s career,

designs, his love of sailing (especially racing), his involvement in

and Ron had been asked to lead the creative team due to his

the America’s Cup, his move from New Zealand to the USA and

history of designing many of the finest sail yachts ever built, be

on to Ireland, his famous designs, his ups and his downs, his move

they for simply cruising the world’s oceans or taking part in, and

into the Superyacht arena, where many of the world’s largest

winning, many of the world’s most rugged yacht races. I have

sailyachts have his fingerprints all over them.

to admit to sitting in awe watching his presentation of M5 (her

My editorial came out at 15 pages, pretty sizeable for a

more recent name). I mused on what sort of man Ron was and

magazine editorial, but it only covered just a few memories from

imagined him being a ‘difficult-to-approach’ creative genius.

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Message from the PYA Chairman Nick Simmons 2017 saw a major restructuring

• Large Yacht Qualification Panel

of the Professional Yachting

• International Association of Maritime Institutions

Association after the extraordinary

• MCA Large Yacht Code, renamed Red Ensign Group Yacht Code

general meeting (EGM) that was

• The French Government regarding the new regulations on social

held in March 2017.

charges for Seafarers

Following the decision to restructure the association, a Board of

This representation continues to increase as the yachting

Directors, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman were appointed. The

profession expands and additional regulation is enforced. The PYA

new structure enables the PYA to be more streamlined in its decision-

provides yacht crew, captains, management companies, and all other

making process, more efficient and more active across all sectors of the

associated professionals with a recognised ‘voice’ to influence, change

Yachting Industry. The 5 Directors specialise in the following areas;

and rewrite proposed regulation.

Exterior & Engineering, Finance, Interior Training, Member Services

GUEST (Guidelines for Unified Excellence in Service Training)

and a Non Executive. The board members are assisted by a number of

continues to develop, giving interior crew an industry recognised

elected Council Members.

Certificate of Competence (CoC) and a structured career path.

Sea Service Testimonial verification for members and non

All PYA members are entitled to career advice and have access

members has increased following the publication by the MCA of

to a confidential Membership Assistance Service. In 2017 this service

MIN 543 on the 5 April 2017, which the PYA assisted in drafting. Sea

dealt with some 140 cases, covering such issues as non-payment of

Service verification has increased by 40%, and a new IT system has

salaries, sexual harassment, bullying, unfair dismissal, and non-

been implemented to increase efficiency and decrease the time taken to

compliance of the Seafarers Employment Agreement.

verify sea time. This new system allows members to upload Certificates and supporting documentation to their own secure online area.

Membership continues to grow but it is essential that numbers increase in order to strengthen the standing of the PYA. The PYA

Legal Defence Insurance is now in place for all full members.

is working on behalf of all companies and individuals involved in

This is a new benefit and further details of the policy can be found on

professional yachting. It is a very active association that is working

page 170 as well as on the PYA website under Membership benefits.

proactively to influence policy and regulation. Your membership and

Over the last year, the PYA has represented the Yachting Profession

input to the PYA is valued.

with various industry bodies, including: • The Maritime Coastguard Agency

For more information on the PYA please visit www.pya.org or visit the

• Various Flag States

head office in Antibes.

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Crew Notes from the PYA The Yacht Rating Certificate By Carey Secrett, PYA

As part of their safe manning requirements, some yachts (usually over 200 GT) require certain crew to have a minimum certification

d. STCW Personal Safety & Social Responsibility 4. Be able to demonstrate at least 6 months yacht service including

level of Yacht Rating Certificate (YRC).

2 months sea service, all of which must be on vessels of 15 metres

Even if you don’t need a Yacht Rating Certificate for your

or above in load line length.

current yacht, it is worth your while getting one. Often yachts ask for it when recruiting, so if you don’t have one, you could miss out on a

EXEMPTIONS

future job opportunity.

If you have one of the following qualifications, you do NOT need to

For crew who are relatively new to the industry, the process of

complete a Yacht Rating Training Record Book, and the required 6

applying for the YRC can be complicated. This article provides all the

months of yacht service may be reduced to 2 months of days at sea

information you need to apply for the certificate.

on vessels of 15 metres or above in load line length.

REQUIREMENTS

Watch Leader Certificate with an RYA Competent Crew Certificate

Day Skipper certificate with an RYA Competent Crew Certificate

In order to qualify for the YRC, you must:

and/or higher RYA certificate

1. Be at least 16 years of age

Yacht Rating Course Completion Certificate

2. Have completed the Yacht Rating Training Record Book (see our

Yacht Master Offshore / Ocean

tips for completing this). You can download this from the PYA or MCA website. 3. Hold valid certificates for all 4 elements of approved STCW Basic

SEA SERVICE DECLARATION You will need to show evidence of 6 months yacht service (time

training, to include:

signed on the vessel), including 60 days at sea (any day that the boat

a. STCW Personal Survival Techniques (or RYA Basic Sea Survival)

leaves the port, is underway or at anchor). Note that all sea time must

b. STCW Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting

be from yachts and not from commercial vessels.

c. STCW Elementary First Aid

If you have a completed PYA Service Record Book, this will

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suffice as your sole proof of sea time. If not, you need to submit 2

forms of evidence:

DO write your date of birth in the format DD/MM/YYYY (not the American format)

1. PYA Crew Work Book OR MCA approved log book OR

Discharge Book OR Certificates of Discharge

either a British citizen, citizen of a Commonwealth country or

2. Original sea service testimonials which are signed either by the

an MCA approved signatory AND that the SAME person

Captain or the management company, showing clearly the sign on and sign off dates, and the actual days at sea. Your testimonials should include the contact details of the person signing them.

DO ensure that the person countersigning your application is

countersigns your passport photos. •

DO ensure that the sea service declaration is filled out in full and that original copies of the supporting documents are provided.

Testimonial templates can be downloaded from the PYA website.

TIPS FOR COMPLETING THE YACHT RATING TRAINING RECORD BOOK

CHECKLIST FOR YACHT RATING CERTIFICATE APPLICATION

The Yacht Rating Training Record Book includes a list of deck tasks

1. ORIGINAL completed application form. You can download the

and skills which you must demonstrate that you can successfully

MSF4340 Rev 0118 from the MCA or PYA website.

complete. You can download it from the PYA or MCA website. Each

2. Attested COPY of your passport (Do NOT send the original)

element needs to be signed off by a senior in command. In order

3. 2 x passport photographs. Put your name and date of birth

to avoid your TRB being rejected with your application, ensure that

on the back of both, and on the back of one, get whomever is

the tasks are signed off in real time and NOT all on the same date.

countersigning your application to write “I certify that this is a

Every box should have a signature. The TRB must be submitted in a presentable manner.

true likeness of Mr/Mrs/Miss/ etc…” and add their signature. 4. Proof of the required sea service 5. ORIGINAL ENG 1 or MCA-approved equivalent medical

GUIDELINES FOR COMPLETING THE YACHT RATING

certificate

APPLICATION FORM (MSF4340 REV 0118)

6. ORIGINAL STCW Basic Training Certificates

7. ORIGINAL Yacht Rating Training Record Book (unless you hold

DO complete the form in FULL, using BLACK ink and BLOCK CAPITALS

one of the certificates listed in the ‘exemptions’ section above)

DO send originals of your application form, certificates, sea

8. Only if you qualify for an exemption, the ORIGINAL of the

service and Yacht Rating Training Record Book, however….

relevant certificate to prove you are exempt from the Yacht

DO NOT send your original passport. Instead, you should provide

Rating Training Record Book and the additional sea time.

an attested copy, stamped, signed and cited as an original copy

either by the PYA, the master of your vessel (with CoC number),

DID YOU KNOW?

an MCA approved Nautical college or a public notary.

For new PYA members, the Yacht Rating Certificate can be provided

DO ensure that the name you write on the form is exactly the same

free of charge as part of their first year’s membership fee. The usual

as that on your passport

fee for this service for non PYA members is €80.

www.SuperYachtEngineer.com Engineers – to join for free visit the above website and click on ‘Apply for membership’

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Auditing the yacht’s Management System By Michael Lamb INTRODUCTION

AUDIT PROCESS

The successful implementation of a yacht’s management system

The audit should

requires accurate measurement by carrying out an audit of the

be carried out

system’s performance. The audit will build confidence that the

by a person who

system definitely works and identify which areas can be improved.

is properly qualified and independent of the activity or area being

Without conducting a proper audit, you will just be hoping for

audited. There should be an audit plan made in adequate time

the best. Audits can either be internal, when an organization

beforehand. It will include the scope of the audit, the anticipated date,

measures its own system, or external, when a regulatory body,

the start and finish time, and the resources required such as a guide

such as the Flag State or Classification Society, will measure the

for each area, documents and records, personnel to be interviewed

system against the required standards for certification. Examples

and activities to be observed. There should also be an audit schedule

of such standards that apply in yachting are the Large Yacht Code

showing the order and timing for interviews and audit activities.

(LYC), the International Safety Management (ISM) Code, the

The audit will commence with an opening meeting to confirm

International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code and the

the plan, explain the audit conduct and possible outcomes. The

Maritime Labour Convention (MLC).

auditor will be basing their findings on random samples and everyone

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PSC inspections and deficiencies

should be open and honest with them. Should the auditor ask how a certain activity is carried out, for example crew familiarisation,

Muster list and Fire-Safety equipment plan

they will expect to see familiarisation records and they will verify the

Security log records, 10 previous ports visited and their Security Levels and Declarations of Security

records by interviewing the relevant crew members. Should all this evidence not support what they have been told then they will probably

Official Log Book (OLB), Oil Record Books (ORB) and Garbage Record Book (GRB)

raise a non-conformity. A non-conformity is the non-fulfilment of a requirement.

Bridge and Engine Room Log Books

For one to exist there must be a requirement, a clear breach of the

Risk assessments, Permit To Work (PTW) and safe navigational practices

requirement and objective evidence that a breach exists. When a nonconformity is raised and if it is an isolated incident, it should not be

Emergency drills, safety meeting minutes and material safety data sheets (MSDS)

seen as a total failure of the system. Rather, it should be considered as more of an indicator that something may be a little off course

Planned maintenance and critical equipment list

and corrective action should be taken to get back on track. In case

Accident/defect reports and investigation

further investigation by the auditor reveals that the problem is more widespread, then a major non-conformity may be raised. This would

EQUIPMENT DEMONSTRATIONS

indicate a partial failure of the system and may lead to suspension or

Fire pumps and firefighting equipment

withdrawal of certification. Immediate action will have to be taken to

Oily water separator

downgrade it to a non-conformity.

Use of LSA for abandon ship and MOB

Once the existence of a non-conformity is agreed, the person

Emergency generators, lighting and switchboards

responsible for implementing the activity would be allowed a period

Remote closing of valves, dampers & ventilation

after the audit (14 to 30 days) to investigate what happened, the

Emergency steering

reason why and to ensure it is not more widespread. They will then

Watertight doors and fire doors

have to decide a corrective action plan, including measures to prevent

Ship Security Alarm System test

recurrence and the anticipated close-out date, all of which would need to be approved by the auditor. There will then be a further period

QUESTIONS TO ESTABLISH KNOWLEDGE OF

(approximately 8 to 10 weeks) for evidence to be collected and

Policies: Safety, Environmental, Security, H&S

verified before the non-conformity can be closed out.

Organisation, authority, lines of communication

Safety management responsibilities and duties

DPA & CSO contacts and duties

EXAMPLES OF THE AUDIT EVIDENCE SAMPLE

Security levels and duties

DOCUMENTATION AND RECORDS

Captains standing orders, grievance procedure

Certification – Flag, Class, lifesaving & firefighting equipment

Accident, near miss and defect reporting

Crew documentation – Certificates of Competence, Endorsements,

Document control

Basic Safety Training (BST) and refresher training, medical fitness, Seafarers Employment Agreement (SEA), Seamans

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Discharge Book (SDB), on-board familiarisation and Hours of

Michael Lamb has over 30 years of experience in the yachting industry,

Rest (HoR) records

including 10 years as a Captain. He has worked as a consultant since

IMO/ILO codes & conventions, flag, class and industry guidelines

2001 supporting many Yachts with regulatory compliance and he is a

Safety Management System (SMS) and Ship Security Plan (SSP)

practicing Flag Surveyor for two leading Red Ensign Administrations.

Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance (DMLC) Part I and

www.ismsupport.com

Part II

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Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP)

Garbage Management Plan (GMP)

Ships Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP)

Crew (SOLAS) training manual

Emergency towing plan

Recovery of persons from the water manual

Master’s review, internal audit & non-conformities, technical and

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Gourdon

HOW TO ESCAPE 'THE YACHTIE-SPHERE' Two day trips to get you away from the Antibes crew bubble Words and photographs by Carey Secrett, PYA It’s always surprising how many yacht crew there are in the South of

DAY TRIP 1: THE LOUP VALLEY AND ST PAUL DE VENCE

France whose experience of exploring the area is limited to getting

Set off in good time in the morning, and head for the pretty

the train to Cannes or Monaco to dockwalk. Antibes is perfectly

village of Valbonne. As home to many a captain and his wife,

situated to be able to visit some of the most beautiful towns and

it’s not exactly ‘out of the yachtie-sphere’, but it’s a great place to

countryside in Southern France, and there are many great trips

start your trip with a coffee and some people-watching in the sun-

that can be done in a day or a weekend.

drenched square. Ideally go on a Friday, when the bustling market

So get out of the Blue Lady, hire a car and go and discover some of the gems that are waiting on your doorstep.

stalls take over the town with their arrays of gourmet delights, crafts and clothes.

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Cascades Saut de Loup

From Valbonne, take the D3 through Opio and up to

swooping dangerously close to the village walls. After a wander round

Chateauneuf. Following signs for Gourdon, continue up the winding

the vintage sweet shops, the 9th Century Chateau de Gourdon, and

forested road as the views become more and more spectacular. Your

the narrow cobbled streets, stop for lunch at La Taverne Provençale,

first glimpse of the village, precariously perched on a cragged hilltop

where you can take in the stunning scenery whilst enjoying traditional

at an altitude of 760 metres, will leave you speechless. With panoramic

local cuisine.

views down over the Loup valley and on to the sea, Gourdon is best

After lunch, continue out of the village on the D3, in the

visited on a bright and sunny day. Flocks of paragliders circle above,

opposite direction to how you approached Gourdon. Stay on the

Chateau de La Napoule

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road until you reach a sharp right hand bend (D6). Take this road,

Head round the bay to the next town along, Théoule sur Mer.

and keep an eye out on your left hand side for the Cascades Saut

The ‘Circuit de l’Aiguille’ is a fairly easy 5km hiking trail which

de Loup and its small car park. Hidden from view from the road

provides magnificent views of the coastline. To start the walk from

is a spectacular waterfall, where the river Loup surges through the

the centre of Théoule, head along the beach on the ‘Promenade

dramatic gorge. If you go through the visitor centre, there are a few

Pradayrol’. After the snack bar at the end of the beach, a marked

viewing platforms to take in the cascades.

path leads up into the woods. If you want to, you can drop down

Next stop on the circuit is St Paul de Vence, reached from the

onto Gardanne beach for a swim mid-walk, but if not, continuing on

waterfall by continuing on the D6 until La Colle sur Loup and then

the path will bring you to an open picnic area with superb views of

following the D107. St Paul is one of the oldest medieval villages

the bay. Following the well-signposted route will lead you back to the

in the French Riviera, and is renowned for its impressive collection

town, bringing you out on Boulevard de la Corniche d’or via Chemin

of traditional and contemporary artwork. Wander through the

de la Calade.

meandering streets, dropping into the quaint galleries, ateliers and

For lunch, continue along the coastal road towards St Raphaël

shops, and don’t miss the old church, dating back to the 14th century.

until you reach the pretty resort of Agay. The beach here is open and

To round off your trip, drop down to the coast at Cagnes

sandy, and you can rent stand up paddle boards, pedalos or jet skis.

sur Mer, and enjoy a sundowner in one of the many beach bars

There is a good variety of restaurants to choose from – try the Maobi

along the waterfront. Try Le Cigalon or Art Beach for a chilled

beach club for good fish and seafood dishes.

waterfront ambiance.

After lunch, head back along the same coastal road you came from, taking in the scenery of the stunning Esterel region, its

DAY TRIP 2: BEYOND CANNES – THE CALANQUES TO AGAY

massive red rocks making a dramatic contrast against the blue of the

Once you get past Cannes in the direction of Marseille, the towns and

Mediterranean. Between Agay and Le Trayas, there are a series of

landscape change dramatically, and a day out along this piece of coast

calanques (or coves) tucked away from view of the road. If you see

feels a million miles away from Antibes. Take the A8 motorway and

some cars parked, it’s a good sign that down below will be a beautiful

come off at the Mandelieu turn-off (40). Follow signs for La Napoule,

secluded beach with wonderfully clear water to swim and snorkel

a beautiful coastal town with an old castle perched right on the beach.

in. These inlets are always fairly deserted, making them the perfect

You can walk around outside of the castle walls, and for a small fee go

location for a relaxing afternoon away from the crowds.

inside to see the garden. There is a café in the castle grounds, perfectly situated for a refreshment with a view.

Calanques at Le Trayas

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The GUEST program with Benetti in Tuscany

In February, a group of PYA GUEST-accredited trainers participated in Benetti’s 18th Yachtmaster event in the beautiful

interior team is with yacht owners and designers in order to provide

Tuscan countryside resorts of the Hotel Spa Castelfalfi and

several options for both newbuild and refit projects.

adjacent Tabaccaia Hotel.

Next, the contents and structure of the GUEST program were

The three-day programme of presentations to bring awareness to

explained to the participants, showing how GUEST creates a career

and demonstrate selected modules of the GUEST programme proved

path through the interior department from novice to Chief Steward/ess,

to be another huge success, not only for the participating interior crew,

leading to the Management and Leadership modules. The use of the

but also for the 200+ attending delegates, principally Captains, who were

onboard GUEST Interior Training Record Book was also explained.

enlightened about the necessity of expertly-created, industry-recognised training programmes for interior crew aboard Superyachts. Federica Brascugli from “Yachtique” started day 1 by welcoming everyone on behalf of Benetti interiors. She showed how Benetti Interiors

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Following this, Kim Woodey of KDW Training led a fun and interactive session on Housekeeping which took place in one of the hotel’s suites, with the bedroom and bathroom beautifully adorned with sumptuous linens generously provided by sponsor, Oliverihome.


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Kim’s intention was to assess the students’ observation powers. Did they have the eagle eyes necessary to notice the smallest of errors in the correct interior set-up? The session kicked off with a lively competition to identify the mistakes in the cabin and bathroom set ups. There was much discussion throughout and the final feedback showed an excellent level of attention to detail by all participants. The importance of knowledge of fabric and material care on-board was also discussed, eliciting an active sharing of ideas. Various turndown methods,

PHOTO: ROWAN SMITH

throw blanket folds and other fine touches to enhance the guests’ experience were demonstrated. This type of hands-on, interactive training is precisely what

Day 2 kicked off with a Team Building and Leadership session,

where

the

delegates

were

divided

into

teams,

is offered throughout the GUEST Program, offering in-depth

throwing themselves into the various exercises with passion, drive and

understanding of the highest levels of service, housekeeping and

enthusiasm. Karen Passman of Impact Crew (specialising in team and

organisational skills on both theoretical and practical levels.

leadership development onboard) ran the event with the support of the

The concurrently run Mixology session, sponsored and hosted by Mirko Sodi from the Campari Academy, demonstrated the creation

other GUEST trainers. The overall winners of the challenge were the ‘Fire Foxes’, who received their prizes during the Gala Dinner.

of some inspiring cocktails from a variety of ingredients including truffle

Accredited PYA GUEST trainer Angie Wallace of Purser

essences and maracuja syrup. Mirko expertly reviewed the basics and

Trainer presented a session on Destination Management. Effective

introduced the team to a few new twists on some classic cocktails.

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As an ex-purser, and now a Purser trainer, Angie has gained experience

The final afternoon’s Food Service session was run by Renata

beyond that of a Chief Stewardess, understanding the logistics involved

Balla, Cruise and Yacht specialist of the Luxury Hospitality Group. In

with guest trips, as well as the importance of safety and security considerations. She showed how presenting the information in an eye-catching and informative way and effectively communicating with everyone involved in the planning stages are essential to a successful guest trip. She encouraged the students to think ‘out of the box’, using their senses to provide guests with wonderful memories, making each cruise more exceptional than the last. The Etiquette and Communication module was presented by independent GUEST accredited trainer, Lynne Edwards, representing the PYA as their Director of Interior Training and bringing 35 years of experience in the Superyacht industry with her. Lynne highlighted the importance of communication between Owners, Management Companies, Crew Agencies, Captains, HoDs and all other crew and interacted with the students to highlight different forms of verbal and non-verbal communication and using the correct forms of address for titled guests. A short, light-hearted roleplay was enacted, led by Kim (playing the obnoxious Duchess of Fauntleroy) and ably assisted by volunteers from the audience, who played the parts of her wayward toy boy, the Captain and four stewardesses. Although done in a humorous fashion, the scenario highlighted the challenges of the cognitive dissonance experienced by interior crew when guests behave in a difficult way or when issues of alcohol and/or drug abuse are faced, along with possible sexual harassment – and the ways in which these challenges should be handled.

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the fun and interactive workshop, Renata highlighted the importance of having an eye for detail and symmetry in table laying and of planning and communication prior to and during service, particularly when practicing synchronised service. GUEST-accredited floristry trainer Sachiko Katsrada, of “Sachi Flowers” ran two Floristry sessions, during which she expertly explained the selection, preparation and care of cut flowers. She demonstrated how to make perfect floral arrangements with a few invaluable techniques and tips which are useful when creating floral designs for yachts. The participants worked in teams and using some techniques they had learned in the previous Leadership module, they had to create arrangements and bouquets which were used to decorate the entranceway and stage for the

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evening’s Gala party. Prizes were awarded to Sachi’s students for their

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demonstration of Creativity, Detail and Teamwork. Everyone surprised

• MCA Y4, Y3 & Y2 Modules

themselves with the wonderful displays they created after just 75 minutes of instruction. THE GUEST Program would like to thank its sponsors for providing some of the high quality materials and products which were used on the day. Infinito Designs (tableware for the service presentations); JAB Anstoetz Group (carpets, curtains and upholstery); Aqua dell’ Elba (beautifully designed fragrance diffusers); Oliverihome (bedroom and bathroom linens). Last, but not least a special word of thanks to Paola Caccavallo,

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Nicole Giannecchini, Karen Bauer, their team from Benetti for all their hard work in making this event possible.

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Celebrating 20 years in the Yachting Industry

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LEGAL DEFENCE INSURANCE FOR PYA MEMBERS In 2017, the PYA spent several months working hard to arrange LEGAL DEFENCE INSURANCE for all its FULL members. The good news is that this is now in place. This is a new membership benefit for crew employed in all departments. This insurance is to pay the legal defence costs, and only legal defence costs, for members of the Professional Yachting Association who have been investigated, charged, arrested or detained at home or abroad while undertaking their professional duties where no alternative cover exists and subject to the warranties and Exclusions set out in the Policy. The limit of indemnity provided by underwriters is 50,000 GBP any one occurrence with a 10% deductible of the final claim amount subject to a minimum of a 1,000 GBP any one occurrence. A full copy of the Insurance Schedule is available on the PYA website. All potential claims are to be made initially to the PYA office in Antibes who will then contact the brokers on your behalf. Under no circumstances are legal costs to be incurred without the prior consent in writing of the underwriters – Galleon Marine Insurance Agency Limited.

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Rough Guide to tax when working on a yacht By Patrick Maflin, Marine Accounts

At some point in the near future you will receive a letter from your

The majority of countries will have a rule written into their

bank asking where you are tax resident. These letters are part of

residency laws reflecting the establishment of a home, commonly

new measures that have been introduced to fall in line with the

referred to as a Permanent Place of Abode. This rule is by far the

Common Reporting Standard. Residency especially when working

farthest reaching and if you believe that you have established a home

on a yacht can be very difficult to determine, even for those who

then it is advisable to seek advice.

specialise in that field.

CENTRE OF VITAL INTERESTS RESIDENCY

This rule will consider you resident if your business, work and social

In layman’s terms if you are resident then you will be liable for tax in

ties all lie in the same country. France and Spain in particular both

that particular country and if you are non-resident then you are not

have specific rules focused on this. However New Zealand deem these

liable for tax.

to be ties. If they have grounds to believe you are resident and then

Each country has its own set of residency rules such as

identify that you have a business or strong social ties then they will

the Statutory Residence Test in the UK or the Bona Fide Residence

use this connected with another rule to formulate their argument for

Test in the US. These documents are deliberately confusing

you being resident.

and are voluminous. However most residency rules have

The Common Reporting Standard (CRS) has been a game

commonalities, which makes it possible to create a general set of rules

changer for yacht crew and it has only come into force recently. It is

that applies to all.

now so important to have a handle on your tax and residency status as the speed at which information is being shared by countries means

THE 183 RULE

that it is harder and harder to hide. Establishing residency in a country

The greatest misconception of all surrounding residency in the

means that you are liable for tax there. If you feel that you might be

yachting industry is the 183 Rule. It is surprising how many people

resident in a given country it would be advisable to seek advice.

believe that provided they do not exceed 183 days in any given country in a year that they will remain non-resident. This rule is

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only one of many, and you can spend relatively little time in a given country and still qualify as resident. In the UK for example under the

Any advice in this publication is not intended or written by Marine

3rd Automatic Overseas Test you can qualify as resident simply by

Accounts to be used by a client or entity for the purpose of (i) avoiding

spending more than 92 days a year in the UK.

penalties that may be imposed on any taxpayer or (ii) promoting,

It is nonetheless important to observe this rule, but it must

marketing or recommending to another party matters herein.

always be considered in a wider context.

PRIMARY RESIDENCE

DISCLAIMER:

If you establish a home in a given country you will be deemed resident

The PYA does not provide tax, legal or accounting advice.The information

on these grounds overriding any other rule. You can establish a home

in the above article has been written by a third party and provided for

even if you rarely visit it, if your wife or wife and children reside there.

information purposes only.You should consult your own tax advisors before

This is something that very few people give consideration to.

engaging in any financial decision.

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The 2017 PYA Christmas Ball…

… a night to remember!

Thanks to everyone who came to the ball and made it such a great night! We’re looking forward to 2018's event already! Huge thanks go to Burgess Crew Recruitment, MYBA and

2017's PYA Christmas Ball was the biggest one to date. A record

Kitts and Nevis Uniforms for their generous contributions to the cost

number of 220 yachting professionals and their guests came together

of the ball, without which the event would not have been possible, and

at the Carlton Hotel in Cannes to celebrate in style on Friday 15th

to Gourmet Deliveries, Riviera Wine and Lifestyle Events for kindly

December. Described by one guest as ‘THE Christmas ticket to have’,

providing their top-notch products and services for the event. It really

the PYA Ball has long been firmly established in the yachting calendar

was the best one ever!

as an unmissable event. The evening began with a drinks and canapé reception in the Côte Bar, and we were treated to live jazz music from Eric Fillou. Afterwards, guests moved to the iconic Grand Salon; an extravagant ballroom with gold and marble decor, ornate ceilings and chandeliers. The ballroom looked more beautiful than ever, thanks to the amazing flower arrangements and Christmas crackers offered by Gourmet Deliveries and the stunning lighting and staging generously installed by Lifestyle Events, a new professional events company established by yacht crew Mark Barrowman and Shelley Butler. PYA CEO Andy Crawford welcomed the guests and toasts were made with the sparkling wine kindly donated by Riviera Wine. This was followed by an exquisite 3 course meal accompanied by more live music. Meanwhile the photobooth opened and wigs were donned, poses were struck and much amusement was had. As one of the many modernising changes that have been made to the event in recent years, we now provide direct social media sharing stations, meaning that guests were able to immediately add their pictures to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. After dinner, the results of the fundraising raffle were announced. The lucky winners went away with some excellent prizes, kindly donated by yachting companies, including cases of champagne, cameras, weekends away, food hampers, gadgets, beauty treatments and more. The main event of the night was when infamous local band, Blah Blah took to the stage to play. Always a crowd-pleaser, the awesome foursome kept the dancefloor filled with their fantastic performance and energy.

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an MCA-approved Service Record Book in which the member’s Sea

Become a part of the only association to represent yacht crew

members who are now working ashore as managers, superintendents

around the world and benefit from:

etc. and wish to keep their CoC valid.

Service Testimonials will be recorded after being verified (at no extra charge) by the PYA to accurately prove time spent at sea. This category is also appropriate for formerly seagoing

• Sea Service Verification – the MCA requires all sea service for an NoE or revalidation to have been verified prior to submission

ASSOCIATE MEMBER – €75 PER YEAR

to them. If there are any problems with your sea time, the PYA can

This category is appropriate for those working at levels that do not

ensure these are sorted before your application. The PYA has been

require them to have a Service Record Book (SRB) or to have their

authorised by the MCA to verify yacht sea service in its Service

Sea Service Testimonials (SSTs) verified by the PYA. Instead, they

Record Book since 1994 – no other organisation has this track

receive the PYA Crew Work Book, in which they can have their sea

record, and as such the PYA Service Record Book is extremely

time stamped in by their captain. This can be used to show sea time

highly regarded by the MCA and in the industry.

for a Yacht Rating Certificate but cannot be submitted to the MCA.

• Training Record Book – if you are working towards your OOW and require an MCA Training Record Book, you can get one free

SHOREBASED MEMBER – €75 PER YEAR

of charge when you join the PYA (usually €30). The PYA will also

For those who are working in the industry but are not (or are no

provide you with advice on how to complete it.

longer) serving at sea and so do not need an SRB or verification of

• Yacht Rating Certificate – if you need a Yacht Rating Certificate

SSTs.

at the time of joining (as a Full member only), the PYA will do this for you free of charge (usually €80)

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RECEIVE PYA PUBLICATIONS

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on the most important issues in yachting.

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEE

• Advice – The PYA helps out its members on all sorts of issues, from non-payment of wages to unfair dismissal, regulatory queries to on-board problems and much more. With over 20 elected council members with a wealth of combined yachting experience, the PYA is here to support you at every stage of your career. • Careers guidance – The PYA can assist members looking to advance through their careers with help on certifications, qualifications and transitional arrangements. • Representation – The PYA is the only organisation committed to acting on behalf of professional yacht crew, ensuring that your voice is heard. It regularly seeks feedback from its members and take this to administration level to ensure that the future of the yachting industry reflects those who are actually working on-board. • Event invitations – Throughout the year, the PYA organises a range of extremely popular educational and social events. PYA members will always receive either free or discounted entry. • Special offers – PYA members benefit from a range of deals offered by its partners.

FULL MEMBER – €175 PER YEAR For those serving at, or working towards, officer level, for engineers from MEOL or Y4 upwards, for interior crew applying for a GUEST CoC, and for anyone else who needs to submit verified Sea Service and qualifications to the MCA. For these members the PYA provides

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Headquarters for the ASR Cup for the second year, the Sala Phuket Resort & Spa provided the best of accommodations,

ASIA SUPERYACHT RENDEZVOUS CUP A STUNNING REGATTA

(19th – 21st JANUARY 2018)

combining

rare

historical

Sino-Portuguese

architecture

with luxury hotel facilities. The glittering gem is situated within one of the most dramatic settings in Phuket on secluded Mai Khao Beach. The weather may have been a bit inclement but that didn’t stop the fun or the exciting and highly fought racing on the beautiful waters of Mai Khao Bay January 19th through 21st in Phuket, Thailand. The first superyacht racing started the next day, January 20th and SY Intrigue kicked things off by crossing the start line

HE PARTICIPATING OWNERS AND THEIR GUESTS,

two seconds early, causing them to have to restart – incidentally

captains and crews made this year truly special, said long-

at the opposite end to SY Aphrodite and SY La Numero Uno,

time ASR Cup organiser, Gordon Fernandes, heading up

giving them a big advantage with wind direction.

Asia Pacific Superyachts Phuket and Myanmar.

By first mark, Intrigue was half a leg in front of the others,

Starting off on January 19th was the Opening Day Cocktail

by second mark more than a leg ahead and by third mark had

Party aboard the absolutely stunning SY La Numero Uno, Perini

lapped La Numero Uno for the win. The final standing for the first

Navi’s first-ever constructed yacht.

racing day was Intrigue, Aphrodite and La Numero Uno.

Welcomed by hosts Mick and Som Cotter, upon arriving

The final day of racing proved to be both exciting and

by tender guests were introduced to world-renowned bartender

unique, getting two races in just after 1pm with great wind and

Salim Khoury (formerly of The Savoy), mixing up his famous

a few scattered showers. Race 1 of day 2 started off fantastically,

cocktail ‘The Blushing Monarch’, inspired by the late Princess

seeing a four second gap between Intrigue and Aphrodite by the

Diana. Ensuring a sumptuous cuisine matched the libations

second buoy. However, an unfortunate rip to the spinnaker of

was Executive Chef Fabrizio Demichelis of Phuket’s own Trattoria

Intrigue allowed Aphrodite to catch up and maintain distance,

del Buongustaio, serving up his incredible tapas throughout

coming in at the finish just two minutes behind. However,

the evening.

corrected time proved Aphrodite the winner, leaving both boats

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with one 1st and one 2nd place standing and La Numero Uno

finish with both Aphrodite and Intrigue coming in at 33:05.

with two 3rd place standings.

However, because each boat had the same standings prior to the

The final race was run on a straight up and down course

third and final race, and race three could not conclude the winner

using the updated handicaps, which created quite the unique

with an identical finish, a few quick phone calls were made to a World Sailing Technical Delegate, with confirmation that the winner of the second overall race would be named champion. It was luxury sailing yacht Aphrodite named as Overall Winner of the 2018 ASR Cup regatta after two days of intense and highly competitive racing on a course marked and accompanied by expensive motor yachts and pleasure craft. In the tightly fought races Intrigue was awarded 2nd place and La Numero Uno received 3rd. Day 1 racing was followed by the popular ‘ASR Challenge’ model boat competition between superyacht teams during the evening cocktail party. This year saw 10 teams battle it out for ‘The Challenge’ Model Boat-Build & Racing awards, with crew teams from yachts: Aphrodite; Sunrays 1; La Numero

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Uno; Intrigue; Darling; Aveline; Stereden; Seraph; Siam Princess;

Norraphat Plodthong and the wonderful officials from Tourism

and Sunrays 2.

Authority of Thailand for joining us for our Gala Dinner’.The Vice

It was tightly fought racing, but alas, there can only be one

Governor responded, ‘I am very honoured to be here for this year’s

champion and after a cheerful evening of laughter, enthusiastic

ASR Cup Superyacht Rendezvous. I want to thank the owners and

applauding and a few sunken model yachts, it came down to

captains for bringing their superyachts to Phuket and am hopeful

teams from Aphrodite and Seraph. After inspection of the yachts,

that they will return for next year’s event. ‘ Until next year!

>||

the intense battle began, ending after multiple heats with Aphrodite coming in first! Also winning an award, one ‘Best Model

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Boat Design’ was Darling. Congratulations to the winners and

PHOTO CREDIT: Asia Superyacht Rendezvous Cup

well done to all crew who participated, making this year’s ‘The Challenge’ one for the books! Attending yachts at the ASR Cup event included MY Aveline, MY Siam Princess, MY Darling, La Numero Uno, Aphrodite; SY Stereden-Ann-Esperanz, Intrigue and MY Sunrays. The vessels were a stunning vision as they manoeuvered into formation nearing sunset for a Dress Parade on Mai Khao Bay! In the evening the Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony was held on the lawns of the Sala Phuket Resort. Under a starry sky, owners, captains and VIP’s enjoyed the grand finale Gala Dinner, a delicious eight-course meal and libations, as the sounds of Mai Khao Bay’s surf melded beautifully with the stylings of the Colin ‘Illy’ Hill Band. During the Gala Dinner’s Awards Ceremony Captain Simon Blundell of Aphrodite happily accepted this year’s annual ASR Winner’s Cup, reclaiming his highly sought victory as the recipient for the second year in a row. ‘What magnificent racing… we loved it. This is what we are here for, to have sailing like that with company like you guys. It’s just as good as it gets. We can’t look forward enough to next year,’ enthused Captain Simon, adding, ‘The Feng Shui will now work better in our salon with two trophies and we’ll be back next year for a third!’ Gordon Fernandes took the stage and thanked participants, saying: ‘Cheers to all of our guests who came from near and far to attend, we are so happy to see all of your excited, smiling faces’, adding, ‘And of course much appreciation to Phuket Vice Governor

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THE INDUSTRY MOVERS THE YACHTING MATTERS INDUSTRY RECOGNITION GUIDE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; SNAPPED AROUND THE WORLD The full list of all those that have appeared within The Industry Movers section can now be found at www.yachtingmatters.com ANN AVERY & KATHLEEN MULLINS

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ANNIE NICHOLSON

BARNABY SKIPWITH

BILLY SMITH

BJORN BURKERT

BRIAN EARLEY & VANESSA HEWITT

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CPT. ANDY BURBIDGE

CPT. HEINZ WERNER KRODEL

CPT. JAN ROBINSON

CPT. RANDALL PETERSON & SARAH SEBASTIAN

DALLEN CRANOR & CPT. JOHN WISDEN

DAVID PRICE & ROSE JOLIS

DAVID WESTWOOD

DEAN DU TOIT & JOHN ALLEN

DORIE COX, PIPPA NICHOLAS & KAREN KELLY SHEA

EMMA STEGGLES, RICHARD MASTERS & KAREN LEGGETT

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LISA GREENBERG

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MAREK LANDA

MARK BINNIE & ANN MARIE MARTIN

MARK ROBINSON & AMI IRA

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STAVROS KATSIKADIS & DESPINA PSICHARI

SYLVIA WESTON

ALESSIA CORTESI

TED MARTIN & COSTAS CHARALAMBOUS

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CoC UP DAY – MARCH 29TH 2019? BY ANNA PERCIVAL-HARRIS

OU MAY BE ONE OF OUR MANY READERS THAT ARE

Currently, Brexit negotiations are ongoing, and there is

not UK citizens. You may not work on a UK flagged vessel,

much speculation on what form it will eventually take (‘Hard

or operate in UK waters. ‘Brexit’ may not have crossed your

Brexit’, anyone?). It is difficult to know exactly what will pan

mind since that remarkable day in June 2016, when you first heard

out, so many of the predictions and comments that follow are

that the UK had voted to leave the European Union.

speculation. I do not for one second profess to be a Brexit expert,

However, there are many factors that we, as an industry,

but here goes.

must consider in advance of a British Exit on 29th March 2019:

The issue that will hit Yacht crew hardest is that the majority

UK Certification and Training (how many UK CoC holders are

hold a UK Certificate of Competence (CoC). UK Maritime Training

there on board your yacht); Freedom of movement for your UK

and Certification has always been deemed to be of a superior

crewmembers; UK or Red Ensign Group flagged vessels and their

standard to many other countries, thus it became the adopted

cruising grounds.

country of the yachting community when it came to CoCs. A statement from Brussels on 19th January this year hints that the European Commission think otherwise: ‘In view of the considerable uncertainties (of Brexit), in particular concerning the content of a possible withdrawal agreement, all seafarers subject to Directive 2008/106/EC on the minimum level of training of seafarers and Directive 2005/45/EC on the mutual recognition of seafarers’ certificates issued by the Member States are reminded of legal repercussions, which need to be considered when the United Kingdom becomes a third country (a country not member of the EU). Subject to any transitional arrangement that may be contained in a possible withdrawal agreement, as of the withdrawal date, the EU rules in the field of minimum level and mutual recognition of seafarers’ certificates no longer apply to the United Kingdom. This has in particular the following consequences for the validity of certificates: • According to Article 3 of Directive 2008/106/EC, seafarers serving on board a vessel flying the flag of an EU Member State have to hold the requisite certificate of competency or certificate of proficiency (hereafter ‘certificates’) issued by that Member State, by another EU Member State or by one of the third countries recognised under Article 19 of Directive 2008/106/EC. The Member State of the vessel recognises the certificates issued to seafarers by the other Member States or the recognised third countries, for such certificates to be valid in that Member State. There are two distinct recognition procedures: • Article 3 of Directive 2005/45/EC provides that every Member State shall recognise the certificates issued to seafarers by the other Member States: the recognition of these certificates (by

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the Member State of the vessel) must be accompanied by an

arrangements for UK seafarers working on EU vessels, we are seeking

‘endorsement attesting such recognition’.

a continued system for the mutual recognition of professional

• Article 19(4) of Directive 2008/106/EC provides that a Member

qualifications, including licences and certificates.’

State may decide to endorse the certificates issued by the recognised third countries.

Hopefully this means the yachting community will not have to

As of the withdrawal date, the certificates issued to seafarers

ditch their UK CoCs and retrain under a new flag if they want to

by the United Kingdom can no longer be presented for an

work on Mediterranean based yachts!

‘endorsement attesting recognition’ by an EU-27 Member State

Some UK CoC holders are, unfortunately, already facing

under Directive 2005/45/EC. The ‘endorsement[s] attesting

difficulties with having their certificates recognised by an EU

recognition’ issued prior to the withdrawal date by EU-27 Member

member state. However, this may or may not be down to Brexit.

States under Directive 2005/45/EC of certificates issued to

In April 2017, the German authorities (BG Verkehr) ceased

seafarers by the United Kingdom will continue to be valid until

recognition of the UK Master (Code Vessels) <200 gt CoC for

their expiry. A master or an officer holding an ‘endorsement

crew operating in German waters. This had a massive impact on

attesting recognition’ issued by a Member State will be able to

the Workboat industry, as many Master <200 CoC holders were

continue working on board vessels flying the flag of that Member

skippering Crew Transfer Vessels working on the windfarms there.

State. However, they will not be able to change and work on board

There are a large number of yacht crew who hold this CoC, and

a vessel flying the flag of another Member State on the basis of

while not many of them are operating in German waters at the

their existing UK-issued certificates, given that the basis for the

moment, this could be an indication of what other member states

recognition of their certificates by that Member State (Directive

may do in the future.

2005/45/EC) would no longer be applicable.’ In short, UK CoC holders won’t be automatically recognised by the remaining EU member states. To serve on a French flagged vessel, for example, a crewmember would need to either hold a French CoC, a CoC from another EU country, or a CoC from one of the ‘third countries’ recognised by the EU. Any endorsements on a UK CoC by an EU flag state will remain in place, but only for use on vessels flying that country’s flag. The statement ends with a very pertinent comment: ‘Preparing for the withdrawal is not just a matter for Union and national authorities, but also for private parties.’ This means you! If you hold a UK CoC, you will need to prepare for March 2019 – what flag does your yacht fly? Do you have an endorsement on your CoC? However, Brexit is still a year away, and the significant sentence in the EC’s statement is ‘subject to any transitional arrangement that may be contained in a possible withdrawal agreement’ – i.e. this may not be the case by the time Brexit negotiations have finished. The UK Department of Transport have issued this statement: ‘The UK Government has been undertaking rigorous and extensive analysis work to support our exit negotiations, as a responsible Government should, in order to inform our understanding of how EU exit will affect the UK’s domestic policies and frameworks. We have been engaging with businesses and industry bodies from all sectors of the economy and all regions of the UK as part of this process, and we will continue to do so as we move forward. In terms of future

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The short term solution is that for workboats operating in

which new regulations could be put in place that you must

German waters, the Master should hold a minimum of a Master

adhere to. Will Malta see an influx of new yachts arriving on

<3000 gt CoC.

their register..? The MCA’s Large Yacht Register Unit were in attendance at the Monaco Yacht Show last September, and they

In January 2018, the National Workboat Association issued this

did not have any information to give us regarding proposed plans

statement:

to address this issue.

‘We are able to report that the MCA have reached a verbally-

When writing this article, I approached the MCA for

agreed solution to the situation. The MCA is now awaiting written

comment on the other issues I have covered, and they tell us this:

confirmation from BG Verkehr before the agreement can finally

‘Seafarer qualifications are issued and recognised in accordance

be formalised.’

with the international convention on the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) 1978, as amended. This

Helen McCormick, Associate Director (Claims & Legal) at CTRL

is an international Convention that is applicable to all seafarers

Marine Solutions Ltd told me:

working at sea.

‘This is the kind of action we could see being taken by the EU as

The UK will continue to recognise seafarer qualifications in

a whole in the future if the EU anticipates significant regulatory

accordance with procedures set out in the Convention, which will

divergence from the UK after we leave. The most practical solution

not be affected by our departure from the EU.

for our industry would probably be to keep regulatory standards

The statement issued by the European Commission on

in line across the UK and the EU and for the UK and EU to negotiate

seafarers training relates to European Union legislation which

and arrive at mutually acceptable standards in the event of

builds upon the international Standards of Training, Certification

disputes of the kind we have seen with the BG Verkehr.’

and Watchkeeping Convention. It clarifies that the UK will no longer be a Member State for the purposes of the legislation after

We, as UK citizens, have the luxury of not having to apply for

we leave the EU, but that provisions exist in the legislation for

visas to enter many countries around the world. Particularly in

continued recognition of certificates issued by third countries.

Europe, we can move around from country to country barely

The Government understands the need to ensure a

showing our passport at the border. This could all change

smooth exit from the EU, which is why we agree with our

when Brexit takes place – British Marine (the UK membership

European partners that a strictly time-limited implementation

organisation for the leisure, superyacht and small commercial

period would be mutually beneficial.

marine industry) have linked up with the RYA and Maritime Skills

In terms of our future arrangements with the EU, the

Alliance to deliver a unified message to the Government on key

UK is seeking a continued system for the mutual recognition of

issues, including immigration. We need to ensure UK personnel

professional qualifications, including licences and certificates.’

can continue to travel quickly and easily across the EU, and

The one positive for yacht crew is that your Euro will go

that the UK marine industry can maintain access to skilled EU

further in the UK – a devalued pound means time spent in the UK

workers. British Marine also hosted a visit from a Minister for

will be cheaper if you’re paid in Euros.

International Trade at the Monaco Yacht Show in September 2017

As I have already said, much of this could change in the

to meet with association members to hear about future trade

next 12 months, depending on how the UK government work

opportunities and requirements post-Brexit.

with the EU to agree a Brexit deal. I wouldn’t recommend

A few years ago, South African crew faced hard times when their visa requirements changed within the UK and EU. There

jumping ship just yet, if you have ties to a Red Ensign vessel, or hold a UK CoC.

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were tales of SA crew being fired from yachts because it was just too hard to organise the relevant paperwork for them when

Still, it’s food for thought.

cruising in the Med. Could this be the fate of British crewmembers in 2019? That said, what will be the fate of UK flagged vessels cruising EU waters? EU flagged yachts have the right to operate commercially in all EU waters, but when the UK leaves the EU, what will become of Red Ensign Group flagged vessels? About 80% of large yachts are currently registered in British Overseas Territories – if you work on a yacht registered with Cayman Islands or Bermuda, for example, it remains to be seen

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YACHT NEWBUILDS

PHOTOGRAPH: JEFF BROWN

SV GAME CHANGER LENGTH OVERALL – 69.15 M / BEAM – 11.5 M DAMEN DAMEN 2017 DAMEN

DIMENSIONS: EXTERIOR DESIGN: INTERIOR DESIGN: DELIVERY: BUILDER:

www.damen.com

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LENGTH OVERALL – 106.7 M / BEAM – 15 M KEN FREIVOKH DESIGN / NUVOLARI LENARD KEN FREIVOKH DESIGN / NUVOLARI LENARD / VILLATE DESIGN 2018 OCEANCO / DYKSTRA

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MY CID DIMENSIONS: EXTERIOR DESIGN: INTERIOR DESIGN: DELIVERY: BUILDER:

LENGTH OVERALL – 34.65 M / BEAM – 7.9 M FEADSHIP DE VOOGT NAVAL ARCHITECTS BANNENBERG & ROWELL DESIGN / MARTY LOWE 2017 FEADSHIP

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LENGTH OVERALL – 69 M / BEAM – 11.4 M FEADSHIP DE VOOGT NAVAL ARCHITECTS RWD 2017 FEADSHIP

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PHOTOGRAPH: BREED MEDIA

SY NGONI DIMENSIONS: EXTERIOR DESIGN: INTERIOR DESIGN: DELIVERY: BUILDER:

LENGTH OVERALL – 58 M / BEAM – 9.5 M DUBOIS NAVAL ARCHITECTS RICK BAKER LTD 2017 ROYAL HUISMAN

www.royalhuisman.com

PHOTOGRAPH: DICK HOLTHUIS

MY VANTOM DIMENSIONS: EXTERIOR DESIGN: INTERIOR DESIGN: DELIVERY: BUILDER:

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PHOTOGRAPH: FLYING FOCUS

SY AQUARIUS DIMENSIONS: EXTERIOR DESIGN: INTERIOR DESIGN: DELIVERY: BUILDER:

LENGTH OVERALL – 56 M / BEAM – 9.5 M DYKSTRA NAVAL ARCHITECTS MARK WHITELEY 2017 ROYAL HUISMAN

www.royalhuisman.com

MY BARBARA DIMENSIONS: EXTERIOR DESIGN: INTERIOR DESIGN: DELIVERY: BUILDER:

LENGTH OVERALL – 88.5 M / BEAM – 14.5 M SAM SORGIOVANNI SAM SORGIOVANNI 2017 OCEANCO

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MARINE INSPIRATIONS SEAMANSHIP TRAINING FOR AFRICAN STUDENTS ACH YEAR SINCE 2014 GROUPS OF LESS-ADVANTAGED

gain insight into the many aspects of shipboard life on sailing and

young Southern African sailors, ranging between 16 and

motor-yachts, the students are also offered an insider’s look into

19 years of age and students from either the Lawhill

the broader scope of the superyacht industry and the complex

Maritime Centre in Simonstown, the Sail Africa Sailing Academy

network of supply and assistance companies that provide backup

in Durban, or the Royal Cape Yacht Club Sailing Academy in Cape

for the yachts and crew. They are also introduced to many of the

Town, have flown from South Africa to Palma de Mallorca on a

historical and cultural aspects of Mallorca and the Balearic Islands

Marine Inspirations seamanship-training initiative focused around

during their stay.

either the dynamic Palma Superyacht Cup event in June, or a seamanship and maritime training programme in October.

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Travelling away from home and family for the first time, and often never having boarded an aircraft before, an eye-opening

The young sailors are selected based on merit and proven

experience always awaits the youngsters in the grand marinas,

aspiration from among their eager and envious classmates to

the old cities of Palma and Ibiza, within the bustle of the Regatta

spend fourteen days in Mallorca gaining experience, hoping to sail

Village and out racing and sailing on the waters of Palma Bay.

aboard one or another of the world’s most prestigious superyachts

The Marine Inspirations initiative, founded by semi-retired

and to share in the excitement surrounding either the tough

South African superyacht captains Phil Wade and Anthony Just,

duelling that takes place out in Palma Bay during Superyacht Cup

is designed to give aspirant young sailors from less-advantaged

regatta week, or as part of our other maritime programme.

backgrounds the opportunity to gain international hands-on

While seamanship and sail-training are the core purpose

experience in the practical maritime world, as an extension of

of the students’ visit to Mallorca, so as to learn-the-ropes and

their class-room learning curriculum or informal sailing-school

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To expand upon this aspect of guidance and orientation, the Marine Inspirations team also request from industry colleagues and local businesses that the students are allowed an ‘inner view’ of the workings and responsibilities of the crucial yacht suppliers and support-companies; like shoreside engineering firms, crew uniform suppliers, yacht painting companies, crew agents, yacht management companies, yacht brokerage companies, refit and repair shipyards, freight forwarding groups, and IT support organisations. With a brief ‘birds-eye-view’, attained over a short twoweek period, of the diverse career possibilities available within the yachting industry, it is conceivable that – after their first few years tutoring at home in Southern Africa or elsewhere in the world. The

of study and active sea-time – the young sailors may eventually

initiative is funded by generous supporters from the yachting and

elect to shift direction and specialise in one or other of the support

maritime industry.

sectors within yachting or the maritime field that may suit them

To qualify for the programme, students must express a

better. The Marine Inspirations team continues to advise and guide

firm desire to become sea-going mariners, either deck-side or

the students after they return home regarding this – once they

in the engineering sector. Their two weeks in Palma under the

start to move up the educational and sea-going ladder.

mentoring of Phil and Anthony and other experienced supporters

The captains and owners of many of the most prestigious

provides an action-packed focus on all aspects of seamanship and

yachts often generously invite the students to participate aboard

related practices, from the very basic rope-work skills, through to

their yachts during races, or to visit their yachts for educational

engine maintenance, deck maintenance, sail-handling, navigation,

tours during their stay. It has been known that the students have

helming, cooking, provisioning, and covering as well many other

been fortunate enough to end up as part of a winning regatta

critical shipboard tasks and practices.

team on the trophy-podium following regattas – proud moments

It can naturally be expected that certain young students entering school begin their journey into the maritime field with a

indeed for these young African sailors that have stepped abroad for the first time.

set goal and career-path in mind; however, during the two week

During the past four years the Marine Inspirations organizers

orientation aboard various yachts that they sail aboard or visit,

are proud to have mentored a total 39 young students in this way

the Marine Inspirations students sometimes find that they are

– in Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, and also in the Caribbean. The names

actually more drawn and better suited to other avenues of the

of all generous supporters of the Marine Inspirations philosophy

industry that they had not previously considered. The experience

and initiative are too numerous to list here definitively, but a very

gained on the Marine Inspirations programme therefore provides

special thanks goes out to all who have so warmly embraced the

a valuable guidance-counselling opportunity through which the

young Marine Inspirations sailors and encouraged their future

students can potentially redirect their tertiary maritime studies

endeavours in the maritime field.

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onto a more suitable and appropriate course once they finish at the maritime centres at age 18 or 19.

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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. Daniele Di Giampaolo 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 45,000 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: 45,000 m2 Docking area: 20,000 m2 Alongside berthing: Max 140 m Stern to berthing: Max 110 m Covered sheds: 12 x sheds up to 102 m LOA, brand new dry-dock shed 90 m LOA and 102 m covered graving dock inside the yard Tenting available: Yes Dayworkers allowed: Restricted Project office available: Yes

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 new painting shed in the fore-section opened in late 2015; in 2017 a keel pit for sailing and racing yachts with mobile keels was completed. The company is particularly renowned for its painting skills, whilst for engineering Amico & Co is an official contractor for leading companies such as MTU, Caterpillar, Northern Lights and Idromar. The company headquarters boasts a crew area equipped with satellite tv and Wi-Fi with 24/7 access by using the company provided crew badge. A dedicated multilingual concierge service caters for all accommodation, transport and any other client and crew requests. The yard is just minutes from central Genoa, a lively metropolis perfectly located for crews during their refit periods, with an international airport and great connections to all the major Italian cities and nearby ski resorts. The large number of clients who bring their yachts back to the shipyard for repeat work is testimony to the dedicated service and skill that Amico & Co 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 27 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

VIAREGGIO

LIVORNO

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

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:

SUITABLE FOR VESSELS OF: 20 M – 130 M IN HOUSE FACILITIES: Project management, engineering, mechanical, joinery, stainless steel.

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

MAIN LOCAL CONTRACTORS : All trades

not only performs ordinary maintenance work, but also deals with administrative formalities,

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

assistance to other Shipyards that need our Services.

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

the internationally recognised centres of yacht building excellence. The work is carried out by

the most common being class renewals and upgrades in compliance with register rules, and 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, 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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serviceshipyards

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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AGENTS

AGENTS

ALL SERVICES S.R.L Via Del Castillo, 17, Portosole, San Remo 18038, Italy T: +39 0184 533533 F: +39 0184 531035 E: as@as1980.com www.as1980.com Contact: Dr. Alessandro Sartore – Broker/Ship Agent

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 with offices in Imperia and Naples, has been assisting Yachts throughout the Mediterranean since 1980. Whatever your needs in all ports along the Cote D’Azur, the entire Italian coast and beyond, All Services are there for you.

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. Silver Jubilee – celebrating 25 amazing years serving the industry!

AGENTS

CARPETS

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

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

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.

DECK FITTINGS/SWIM LADDERS

GLASS AND TANK MONITORING

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

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

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.

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.

LAWYERS – MARINE SPECIALISTS

MARINAS

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

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

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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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.

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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

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

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

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.

Steered by over 40 years of experience we offer a superb knowledge of modern yacht paint and application systems to captains, owners, management companies, paint suppliers, applicators, insurance companies, etc.

PROPELLERS

REFIT & REPAIR

PIENING-PROPELLER Am Altendeich 83, 25348 Glückstadt, Germany T: +49 4124 916812 F: +49 4124 916852 E: pein@piening-propeller.de www. piening-propeller.de Contact: Mathias Pein – CEO & COB

ASTILLEROS DE MALLORCA Contramuelle-Mollet 11, 07012 Palma de Mallorca, Spain T: +34 971 710645 F: +34 971 721368 E: info@astillerosdemallorca.com www.astillerosdemallorca.com

PIENING-PROPELLER supplies complete propulsion systems, from gearboxes to propellers, including struts, for MEGA yachts and HIGHSPEED yachts. The company designs and produces various types of propellers from a diameter of 800mm upwards and shafts with a several length up to 16,000mm. PIENING-PROPELLER is ISO 9001/2008 certified by DNV GL

Our growing list of established clients help to justify our claim to be the Superyacht Repair Centre of the Mediterranean. Astilleros de Mallorca has four slipways to 74 m plus 220 m of outfitting quays and have expanded into the STP refitting area.

ROPES

STABILISERS

ARMARE ROPES Via Meucci, 3 Z.I. Aussa Corno 33058 San Giorgio di Nogaro (UD) Italy T: +39 0431 65575 F: +39 0431 621351 E: info@armare.it www.armareropes.com

NAIAD DYNAMICS UK LTD Unit 3 Nelson Industrial Park, Manaton Way, Hedge End, Southampton SO30 2JH UK T: +44 (0)23 92 539750 F: +44 (0)23 92 539764 E: ukspares@naiad.com www.naiad.com Contact: Steve Colliss – Sales Manager

Over 200 years in the production of high quality ropes, composite cables, running and standing rigging equipment, suitable for any kind of boat, from the smallest dinghies to the outstanding Super Yachts. We always develop and offer avant-garde solution because of our continuous investments in research and technological innovation. Furthermore, thanks to an important background, know-how and manual ability we are able to grant nice and strong handmade finishings and splicings, as well as customize any product.

INDUSTRY FILE

NETWORKING

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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Yachting Matters - 34 - Spring/Summer 2018  
Yachting Matters - 34 - Spring/Summer 2018