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RACING AND REGATTAS Changsha Regatta Phuket Raceweek America's Cup


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onnections between boating in Europe and Asia continues to strengthen with YACHT STYLE attending both the Cannes Yachting Festival and the Monaco Yacht Show. These two shows present the creme de Ia creme of the yachting community, and this issue previews some of the outstanding yachts that will be on show. (page 52) Ow· featw·e stories this issue also have a European flair. We talk to San lorenzo CEO Massimo Perrotti who took over the helm of this bespoke Italian motor yacht brand some 10 years ago. Sanlorenzo is strengthening its links to this part of the world with a new dealership agreement with Simpson Marine, Asia's leading yacht sales and brokerage company. Simpsons will become the exclusive Asian dealer for the Sanlorenzo shipyard and this strategic agreement will address the growing demand for Sanlorenzo's motor yachts and superyachts in the Asia Pacific region. (page 75) YACHT STYLE also visited several of the top superyacht shipyards in the Netherlands and discovered why this small country has such a world -renowned reputation for building superyachts. Having never visited Holland before, it came as an eye opener to see first hand the scale of the facilities of some of these shipyards and the universal quality of build of which the Dutch are so proud. Many Asian customers are now understanding the relationship between top class shipyards and top quality yachts - when buying a superyacht, price is not the only parameter. A tour of these shipyards gives an insight into what it takes to produce first class superyachts: both Royal Huisman and Feadship shipyards have recently produced superyachts for Chinese and Asian owners. (page 148) If you don't have the ready cas h to buy a superyacht outright, then charter one instead! Northern Sun is available for charter, and you can escape to the remotest corners of the 800 islands

of the Mergui Archipelago, spread across 14,000 squa re miles of the Indian Ocean. (page 118). Boating isn't only about superyachts. A trip on a narrow boat along the Grand Junction and Regent's canals in London shows that 'inner city boating' can also be a fun and 1·elaxing holiday. We call it 'Urban Charter'. Seeing London from the water is a totally new experience. (page 142) Talking of totally new experiences, sailing on a river is something all new for many young sailors in China. The first Xiangjiang River International Regatta and Water Carnival was held in Changsha in Jul y and supported by the Sports and Tourism Bureau of the Hunan Provence, the Changsha Municipal People's Government and local entrepreneur Tang Wei Zheng. The inaugural invitational sailing event was the first of its kind in China and was staged around Orange Island where a very large statue of Mao Zedong dominates the skyline. Over 150 sailors took part in the regatta, which included international crews and a number of top Chinese Olympic hopefuls, including Laser Radial sailor Zhang Dong Shuang who previously won gold in the 2010 Radial Laser World Cup. (page 44). Finally, YACHT STYLE would like to congratulate !an Walker and his crew on Azzam,

the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing entry and winner of the Volvo Ocean Race and Team Dongfeng for their podium place. This was Walker's third tilt at the world's; toughest yacht race. Azzam started as favourite and never failed to deliver, jumping into the lead on the first leg of the race and never relinquishing their position at the top of the scoreboard. Adding gilt to the gingerbread, as it were, Walker and his stalwart crew also won the In-Port race series and the IWC 24hr Speed Challenge, and Azzam's On-Board Reporter Matt Knighton picked up the prize for Best OBR. That makes four chee:rs for Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing! The VOR is now over for another three years, and we round up the highs and lows of the ultimate offshore sailing 1·ace. (page 60) We look fonv·a rd to seeing you out on the water as the Asian regatta scene swings into action! ~


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Our cover story looks at the history of Italian shipyard Sanlorenzo, with an insightful interview with CEO Massimo Perolli, who speaks to the magazine on his vision for the iconic brand, with a focus on Asia. We also speak with industry leader Paolo Vitelli, a Perotti admirer, about his steadfast approach to the yachting industry as CEO of Azimut Benelli Croup. Continuing with the European flavour we have a round -up of the leading Dutch Shipyards continuing to make an impact on the yachting industry with their innovation, consistency and endurance. Finally, and probably most relevant to our immediate audience is ow· detailed coverage of the recent announcements by the Thai Government of a new 12-month charter permit and subsequent financial investment in a bid to boost Thailand's status as a superyacht hub. We speak to key players across Thailand involved in talks with the government on this issue, who give us their insights into how the industry has developed and where it is heading. A must read for all those planning their yachting expeditions across the region this holiday season. We sea trial and review the latest offerings to arrive in Asia and

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TI-lE ASIA PACII=IC SUPERYACI-IT ASSOCIATION OPENING TI-lE ASIA PACII=IC TO SUPERYACI-ITS n 2009 five people got together following the inaugw·al supe1-yacht conference in Singapore to act on what was an overwhelming message from the conference. This message was to set up a body that would help the region grow as a whole by promoting ourselves as one destination, working together as a team to demonstrate that superyachts could come to the Asia Pacific and enjoy the stunning cruising we have to offer as well as be well looked after by the various services required by them. In April2011 the Asia Pacific Superyacht Association was launched as a not-forprofit Hong Kong company limited by guru·antee. Since then we have grown to appro1timately 60 members spanning 17 countries and most of the supet-yacht industry sector.


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A number of initiatives have taken place that have helped promote the region, not least the Asia Padfic Cruising Gujde, the second edition of whieh is being launehed at the Monaco Yacht Show in September. Aside from the publication there has been much behind the scenes discussion and br;nging together of businesses, allowing yacht owners, managers and captains, to be confident in the people they are using as agents, repair yards and such like. Overall the region has seen a significant growth in the number of yachts visi ting since APSA was set up though of course this cannot l>e attributed to ow·selves alone. There are many

orgarusations working to promote the industry around the region though it is fair to say APSA is the only one promoting the region as a whole rather than individual cou ntry interests. From the feedback we have received we are confident working as a team looking at the bigger pictw·e has its benefits to our members as well as local and visiting yachts alike. Of course, a number of challenges face any organisation and while we have done our utmost to keep politics out of what we do, when one is discussing mat.ters with government funded groups and governments themselves it is nigh on impossible to avoid this. The superyacht conference in Singapore in April this year ended with another definite view point in that, while it is accepted the region has everything required to look after visiting yachts, more needed to be done to join the dots to allow these services to be known and promoted. With this in mind APSA has had a hard think about what we are here for, bow we can best promote the industry and use our talents to stimulate further growth as well as working together to help improve infrastructure for these yachts. With this in mind we have decided to place a greater emphasis on the businessto-business side of things rather than working with govemment borues to affect change. Our thinking being, those involved with politics should stick to that and we, as business owneJ'S ourselves, aie better placed to work with bu.~inesses to connect them to each other, yacht owners and captains. With more businesses working together to promote the industt-y there will be times when ruscussions with governments will

take place as a result of local business pressure to make changes to help the local economy and with more direct business involvement we will he able to approach this with a clearer economic view as to why policies c:hange Tather than from a political standpoint. With APSA moving to a more B2B organisation we lhope to offer more visible benefits to our memhers 1~nd offer networking events, programs and publications that will rurectly benefit their businesses and help yachts enjoy an ea~ier time while cruising here. We will be ahle to work more closely with yachts themselves to help them have a greater time and have an easier operating enviro:nment. We will remain a not-for· profit organisation but members are increasingly wanting more froom their memberships so there is a Jeal need for more events and greater exposure in order to generate more for them and increase membership numbers to ensure APSA continues to grow and mov•e in the right direction. In terms of membership, we are cw·rent)y rev;ewing our membership stmctures to allow for this change and to simplify the benefits of being a member, making them clearer, Any not-for-profit organisation needs its members to be heavily involved with its activ;ties to succeed, and being more business-focused will allow the effects of peoples' involve1ment to he more clearly visible rather than the longer term less visible benefits to a business of government policy change. Any organisation needs to evoJve to survive and having listened to our members' needs, seen their Jeactions to various initiatives and hea1·d the views of pote:ntial members we hope the new rurection APSA is taking will help us grow and become a more significant voice in the region. Please do contact us for further information, we will be happy to discuss any of the above or new ideas with you. l\"

COLIN DAWSON Colin Dawsor is the managing director of lfhe George Group. His main role is a yacht insurance broker, running Expat Marine which is a joint venture partnership between him and Expat Services · an insu rance brokerage in Hong Kong with 40 years' experience in looking after the insurance needs of high net worth individuals and small to medium sized businesses. A marine insurance broker since 1990 he started specialising with yacht insurance in 199/' and looks after a global book of business catering for all sizes of yacht and aspects of the yacht industry. Colin, based in Hong Kong, is a keen sailor and is regularly seen at regattas and offshore races around the region. He is a member of the Roya l Hong Kong Yacht C lub where he sits on the organising committee of the biennial San Fernando Race, a 480 mile Category One offshore race from Hong Kong t() the Philippines. He is also a member of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Imperial Poon<~ Yacht Club. Colin is a director of the San Fernando Race Foundation, a charity that looks after a home for under privileged children in San Fernando and spends time administering the foundatron and raising funds to look after the housing and education needs of the 32 children there.

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COULD uring my six yeaxs in this amazing country I have. heard so many opinions from colleagues and different aclnrs in the yachting industry; brokers, shipyards, service companies and accessories suppliers. But most nf the time the disappointment and frustration is the same. Lack of infrastructure, lack of yachting education. On the one hand we all continually heru· economic figures in the media blast: "Indonesia, the 4th biggest country in the wo1·ld in terms of pupulation", "COP growth average of six percent for the last five years," "bet·ween 2009 and 2013 the number of Indonesian millionaires rose hy 62 percent." A year ago some analysts even $aid by 2030 or 2040 Indonesia could be the 4th strongest economy in the world. So yes it is absolutely normal the big players of the yachting industry have an eye on the Indonesian archipelago. But the grievances remain the same, if there is so much money in Indonesia, where is it? In my npinion Indonesia is the higgest and most beautiful sailing area in South East Asia and clearly has the potential to hecome the Cl'lte d'Azur of Asia. l bave, over the last six years, had the oppoHunity to observe an incredible increase of supeJYachL~ visiting lndonesian waters, some Lig name yachts who have shown their boats in Benoa Harbour, Bali, and Labuan Bajo an amazing Lay in the Flores, east Indonesia, and then finally in Raja Hampal, in Indonesia's West Papua province. f've observed many cha11er companies establish in Indonesia, operating smaller day tripping yachts to bigger 40rn luxury yachts. There is also an increase in catamaran shipyards and international. charter companies who see Ute potential and are getting into the market first. We in Indonesia, are aU very excited about these observations hut what is the reality of Indonesia becoming the next big thing in yachting in the region'? There is a serious lack of infrastructure with only two small marinas cunenlly in operalion. Batavia Marina in Jakarta, home of the Indonesian Yacht Show, is cun·enlly lbe only marina to offer a professional service meaning many yacht owners have to sail thousands of miles to access appropriate facilities. Then there is space. Indonesia has the space but nothing is yet available for yacht owners. Most of the hoats established in Indonesia are berthed eilber in front of their owner's luxury villa or are kept on moorings, for instance on Serangan Island in Bali which bas more lban 200 boats on moorings, we see the same thing at Labuan Bajo. As a new market the challenge is also the lack of competencies regarding technieians and crew, the good ones usually leave to work overseas for better salaries and conditions. Ironically Indonesia


j5 an old shipping and fishing country but they are nut always trained to the specific high standard of the yachting indus b)'. Another heavy point is the regulations of yacht registration and cruising permits in lndonesia, still very compLicated and with huge import taxes. We feel there is a definite consciousness of the government to change things and move in the right direction for the industry, but this takes time. But like most people, I believe nothing in Indonesia is impussihle. ln regards to all lbese difficulties, this is where the role of the broker or yacht dealer, paxticularly in an emerging country ljke Indonesia, is so impot1ant. It is a huge responsihility that we do our job properly and 80 percent of that involves educating new owners. There i$ a big difference between a buyer in a mature market like Europe or the US and iu an emergi ng market like Indonesia. What we have seen is that most of the huyers here are first yacht ownerll with no expetiences of ownjng a yacht and limited access to friends with yachts ur any specialised yachting industry. l n addition most buyers in Indonesia don't want to travel to view and sea trial the boats lhey want to buy, so there is a huge responsibility as a broker 1<1 give them all lhe information they need before going ahead with their purchase. We discovered recently the best way to a sale was to simply stock boats so buyet·s ean try befoJ·e their buy and avoid any disappointment hy purchasing sornetJaing they have never even set fool on. So our responsibility, as brokers, is to make sure new yacht buyers understand th e complexity and the costs associated with owning a yacht in this country consideting the cutTen! lack of professional services and infrastructure and the heavy paper wurk process.

Today we understand sales of big yachts are limited (120ft) for a few reasons; the lack of infrast:ruct11re and yacht owners in Indonesia today are only Ulsing their yachts for the day, rarely sleeping •On boaxd. II is again lberefore our responsihili ty to cunvince buyers into using theit• boats and exploaing lndone$ia. To do this we have mirrored an old, and very suc:cessful model initiated by Harley Davidson several years ago in Indonesia, organising a " Rall y" around the counh)'. We start by sailing down to Bali and Flores with 10 yachts, the first step in to the open sea and an opportunity to understand the real luxmy of yachting and exploring such a beautiful counh)' with family and friends, and more impm1antly leaJTI what their yach t can really do. It is only after events li ke this, yach t owners will start to be educated and perhaps consider upg.ading to a bigger yacht for more comfort in the sea. Either way the more exposure they have to sailing, the more educa ted they will become. ln an emerging market it is also essentja\, for the first boat. buyer, to bring smaller boats (35ft to 45ft) into the arena ready for delivery. Many yacht companies see the growth across Indonesia and target hig yacht sales, confident they will sell a uuperyacht at the first opportunity. This is not the c:ase. We have to build the market systemically and this is hy starting with small hoats and then eduoating olienls on how to upgrade. Indonesia still has a long way to go before it is the Meditet-ranean of Asia but I trust thjs country and its people. Working in an emerging market like Jnd•onesia is very challenging initially lmt the satisfaction of seeing the growth and knowing your clients are staa1ing to understand the "yachting lifestyle" is a unique sensation. ~

XAVIER FABRE As a young boy Xavier spent his weekends sea tria ling the new ships his father, an experienced sailor, was building. Fast forward a few years and each holiday was spent sailing the t"''edi terranean with his family. After completlng his federal sailing instructor license, he went on to complete a sailing coach course and then gained his professional captain's license. He sailed 10 years as .a caption in the Indian Ocean between the Mauritius, Madagascar, Seychelles and Reunion Island before becoming l:he techn1cal sailing director for the Mauritian sailing team and taking over the directorship of Croisier Australia, the Catamaran Cruise Specialist In Mauritius. In 2002 he movE!d to Dubai as a yacht broker and in 2008 moved to Asia, opening the first office of Simpson t-1arine in Indonesia as country manager. After a few years he set up ~ Marine International, as an excluslve dealer fo r Azimut Yachts in Indonesia.





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COME ON IN ' TI-lE WATER'S J=INE! ailing is a minodty sport. This is a statement of fact, not a vague suggestion. It's a good idea to get this into perspective. A couple of years ago, Russell Coutts visited Hong Kong, where I live. I was invited to lunch and afterwards rather proudly told a friend. Came back the question, "Who's he?" I am sure if I had said I had been lunching with Lewis Hamilton or Lionel Messi (l just Coogle-searched for 'very famous soccer player') he would have been suitably impressed. I used to think this was because almost every adult is familiar with driving a car and can therefore identify with an Fl driver, even just a little bit, and practically everyone has kicked a football at some time or other and therefore has a connection to Zinedine Zidane or any of the galaxy of soccer stars. Then I became not quite so sure - after all, none of us are ever going to get to race against Nico Rosberg and very few will ever play on the same pitch with Cr;stiano Ronaldo. So where is the immediacy then'? The connection? Maybe it is not so much a connection to the stars of Fl and the World Cup that matters so much as a disconnection from the upper echelons of the world of saiHng? Many sailors will remind you that they can show up at a rega tta and race against Olympic and World champions and rub shoulders with America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race veterans. (It's true and I did so just recently.) The champions of sailing may well be more accessible than the pros and heroes of any other sport. So where is the disconnect? Sailing has a reputation as an exclusive and expensive sport. It's true that a dinghy costs more than a football, but the exclusivity thing is a warped perception. In England, sailing is Hsted as the cotmtry's No.2 participation sport by numbers. (Angling is No.1 and I know which I'd rather be doing, hut I don't want to upset the anglers). T he actual cost of learning to sail is almost negligible. Public and government facilities open their doors wide and charge very Ettle in As ia as well as in Europe. No, there is something else askew in the perception, and in reality perception is more important than reality. How many times have you seen or heard sailing described as a pastime for millionaires? It's not - the owner might be a wealthy man, but his crew may well not be and an owner needs a crew just as much as a crew needs an owner - with a boat. I have been sailing for 42 years, in and on boats ranging from 8ft to 230ft. I am not dch, believe me.







And bow many times have you seen a yacht club with a sign on the gate that says 'Private: Members Only'? Ah, now we're getting somewhere nearer the truth. I saw one in Australia. It was a tiny and nondescript establishment, with a boatyard boasting nothing more than a few decrepit puddle-jumpe rs, a strong smell of antifouling and an equally foul reek from the public toilet at the gate. Come to think of it, it's not the sort of place I'd want to belong to anyway. Nevertheless, J found a member to talk to and for a brief moment looked forward to a seafarers' exchange involving salty ya1·ns, hands across the sea and so on - but his brusque opening conversational gambit was "You're not insured in our yard", so I left immediately. It was a disservice to the sport of sailing and hardly the way to encourage anyone to take up the activity. At entirely the opposite end of the maritime spectrum, I visited Hamilton Island Yacht Club. There, at the headquarters of one of the very best regattas in the world and where they can afford to be as exclusive as they damn well like thank

you, the polished plinth at the entrance proclaims, "Hamilton Island Yacht Club. All Welcome." I suspect that much of the time sailing is its own worst enemy·, hiding behind closed doors and building walls of exclusivity for no proper reason at all. One theory says members of a club pay fees and are therefore: entitled to something intangible that is not availa.ble to non-members. Scare too many people awaty, though, and eventually there will be no memh•ers. Might it not be a better idea to encourage people to come in, have a beer, and maybe venture otut on a sailing boat for the very first time? I have reminded myseli - when next I am in the bar of trny yacht club and when next I see an unfamiHar fac:e, buy at least two drinks, and listen to his tale. He may turn out to be the Ancient Mariner and kee1p me from the wedding, but equally he may be someone who thinks that sailing is an elegant, noble, thought pmvoking, tactical and (above all) fun sport he may be interested in pursuing. This p•erson is to be encouraged. This person should be: inh·oduced to the Hamilton Island's Yacht Club's rubric: All Welcome. !

GUY NOWELL Guy Nowell is YAC HT ST Y LI::'s l::ditor-at-Large, and a freelance writer on boating subjects in Asia. He is uniquely qualified to comment on sailing and racing, having visite d clubs and attende d regattas all over the region . He has opinions, and sometimes can't resist writing them down.


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N!;WS I Superyachts

BRIDGING OLD AND NEW Venice-based yacht interior designer, Garlant Marco, of design studio Watermarkdesign, has embarked on a brave project, completely overhauling the interior of a traditional dhow. Announced in 2014, Watermarkdesign has now released images of the project, the first luxury dhow motorboat with yacht specifications. Constructed at Qatar's Al Mannai Marine Al Ruwais shipyard the yachts appear to be traditional Arab sailing dhows, but have been fitted with

advance equipment akin to a modern superyacht. Two dhow-styled superyachts, a 30.35m and 3l.2m, built for Qatari clients, took two years to build by skilled traditional carpenters and have reportedly been launched. Project 3, a 33.2m under construction is set for delivery later this year and it is believed there are five more in production, including a 67m dhow-styled superyacht. Watennarkdesign typically make use of 3D scans of the existing hull and proposed relit to present to

owners. The interior space is then built in the pre-assemble factory in Italy and then shipped to Qatar for installation. The 150-tOimes solid teak dhow-styled superyachts can accommodate between eight and 10 guests. Moving engines from the middle to the: back to ensure low level noise, installing thruste:rs in the front and, full satellite navigati·on and communication system with auto pilot, not to mention the latest in safety and comfort, are all components of the upgrade.

Half century for Princess Princess Yachts, the British yacht brand based in Devo n, will showcase their on-going ded ication to design and innovation fused with quality craftsmanship, at this year's Southampton Boat Show. The Princess line-up will include 12 yachts from 39ft to 88ft, representing t he breadth of t he brand's range of luxury motor yach ts. The latest development in the range of dynamic 'sportsbridge' yachts is the all-new S65, delivering a thrilling sense of acceleration and control alongside a refined and distinctive style and design. The S65's spacious interior accommodates eight guests across four cabins, t hree of which are ensuite. With t he ga ll ey aft off the sa loon, and with a separate dini ng area opposite, the S65 has sli ding doors and a fully open ing window wh ich leads out to the cockpit, giving a heightened experience of outdoor living to make t he most of warm days and ba lmy evenings. With this flexible open plan style, t he new S65 is sure to delight. If you want to make the most of t he great outdoors, from al-fresco dining to soaking up t he sun and diving into t he sea, take a look at the V58 Open, the first in the next generation of Princess high-performance sports

yachts. The super sleek new exterior styli ng includes large fo rward hu ll windows, that flood the lower accommodation with light and provide breathtaking sea views from all t hree cabins. Set a ll on one level with an expansive seating area aft around a teak table, the open ma in deck is a fabulous space in which to enjoy t im e together with friends and family. Compan ion seating forward, adjacent to t he twin helm station, and a large sun pad aft complete the plentiful options to enjoy the open boating experience. Alongside the S65 and V58 Open, the Princess li ne-up will include the 72, 82 and 88 motor yachts and the Princess 43, 52, 56, 60 and 68 from the l=lybridge range. The sleek V39 and V48 sports yachts complete the display. The Southampton Boat Show will also provide a fantastic opportunity for the brand to continue their soth ann iversary celebrations. Founded in 1965 as Marine Projects, David King and two friends started the business with a senior 31 hull and deck moulding fitted out in their rented shed at Newport Street, Plymouth. Th is original yacht, Project 31, so ld for GBP3,400 and marked the birth of a prosperous new Plymouth sh ipyard.

AMELS ssM 'LIMITE[) EDITIONS' SUPERYACI-IT Amels Holland have .finalised the sale of a new 55m Amels 180, highlighting the enduring appeal of the highly successful 'Limited Editions' approach. Exterior design is by Tim Heywood, ensuring timeless lines that will pe1fectly complement Amels' proven pedigree and quality. Highlights of the Amels 180 design include an owner's suite with folding balcony, and the main saloon's port and starboard folding bulwarks, amplifying the inside-out feeling on board. At 25m long and covering 155sqm, the vast top deck can make a very strong claim to being the largest sun deck you'll find on any 55m yacht. "The continuing success of the Amels 180 and the whole 55m to 83m Limited Editions range has really continu•ed unabated," stated managing director Rob Luijendijk. "We're seeing strong interest in our offer from the Middle East, Latin America and renewed interest from Russia. Exchange rates have played a role with our clients in the US, but we believe the key to our success is our commitment to contimuously improve, listen to feedback from mmers, and strive for perfection." In September 2005 Amels unveiled the Limited Editions concept at the Monaco Yacht Show. Since then the company has built more than 20 Limited Editions yachts, completing each yacht on schedule as promised. This achievement is unprecedented, and proves how innovation in construction can revolutionise the superyncht sector. Now, 10 years later, Amels is preparing to introduce yet anoth•er member - the sixth - of the highly successful Limited Editions family at the Monaco Yacht Show 2015. www. amels-lwllmld. com


Gulf Craft Majesty 155 UAI:-based Gu lf Craft unveiled the Majesty 155, the UAI: shipbuilder's largest-ever, flybridge motor superyacht. Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Rashid AI Mu'allah, Member of the Supreme Council of the UAI: and Ruler of Umm AI Ouwain, Gulf Craft's largest and latest addition to its Majesty Yachts brand clearly demonstrates the company's continuous dedication to t he luxury yacht market. "Gulf Craft's track record has been consistently recognised on a global level," said Gulf Craft Chairman Mohammed Hussein AI Shaali. "The conception and creation of the Majesty 155 has further pushed our capabilities as a company, creating even higher expectations from our customers around the world: l:rwin Bamps, CI:O of Gulf Craft, believes the unveili ng of the Majesty 155 is significant for a number of reasons. "This important milestone demonstrates our commitment to exceed ing the ever-evolving needs and wants of global yachting enthusiasts," he said. "We understand that our customers have a genuine appreciation for opu lence. and wou ld like to experience the same lavish lifestyle and enterta inment on water t hat t hey do on land. The Majesty 155 was crafted to provide a tru ly deluxe experience thal has never before been avai lable from Gu lf Craft, as we continue our drive to gain market share." The UAI: is ranked among the top 10 yacht building nations, with Gulf Craft leading the yacht-building industry both regiona lly and globally. While Gulf Craft maintains a firm focus on the local and regional market sectors, international sales will make up 42 percent of t he company's overall business this year. The pioneering Majesty 155 is Gulf Craft's fi rst displacement superyacht. At 155ft (<t7m), t he Majesty 155 offers owners the experience of luxury and comfort at its very finest, from an ornately designed fountain on the sundeck surrounded by a spacious seating area where passengers can enjoy breathtaking views of the water, to a beautiful waterfall that cascades from the rear sundeck into the Jacuzzi situated on the upper deck. Onlookers of the Majesty 155 will be dazzled by the underwater lights that surround the waterline of the superyacht, illuminat ing its commanding presence as it sets sail into the open seas, while maintain ing a majestic night t ime stature within its berth. AI Shaali said whi le interest in yacht ownership is rising in the UAt and across the GCC, there is a need for businesses to provide related products and services to support the sector, not to mention the need for increased infrastructure. He said Middle l:ast governments should ease restrictions on t ravelling between stales to boost the region's tourism industry and support the fastdeveloping yachting and cruise market.



New superyacht builder Dynamiq Yachts, is en teri ng the market with three luxury yachts as part of its Dynami q range GIT {Gran Thrisomo Transatlantic), one of which was built at the Italian Sea Groupoperated CA shipyard in Marina di Carrara, and will debut at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show. The ecofriendly aluminium 40m Oynamiq 04 L, 38.6m Oynamiq 04 and 38.6m Dynamiq S4 (Sport) will be built to meet LY3 requirements and Rl ' A's Green Star Plus environmental standards. The desig11 of the yachts is created in Monaco, engineered by Dutch naval architects Azure, and in Italy. The brains behind the project, yacht designer and akhimov Yachts owner Sergei Dobroserdov <>ays the lineup is a new breed of all-occasion yachts, offering speeds up to 25 knots while also boasting a long-distance cruising range. In a new development within superyacht builds, clients will be offered an online configurator to customise their luxury yacht, choosing either a Deluxe Entertainers version of the vessel or a carbon fibre Sport Package, with a range of additions including crew uniforms and crew car to toys and tenders. Dynamiq 0 4, the base model super路yacht will be available for a September 2016 delivery. It comes equipped with MAN diesels and FORTJES pod drive propulsion, its interior fea turing a main deck saloon witl1 dining area, four to five guest areas and crew quarters. Ou tside it offers a l20sqm sundeck that can be split into an aft sunbathing area, an alfresco dining area with optional home theatre, a bar and barbecue zone, a spa pool, and an open area for sunbathing or ex terior gyrn.

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VIVACE 125 The Benetti Vivace 1.25' is th e second model of the Fast Displacement series to be launched and will make its debut at th e Cannes Yachting Festival 2015. The superyacht joins the Aagship Class Fast Displacement line, Veloce 140', and takes inspiration from its forerunners' construction technology, stylisti c features, and spatial layout. Benetti Class Vivace 125' is a composite and carbon construction yacht built at the Viareggio boatyard and is 38m overall with a beam of 8.3m, three decks and a sun deck. Stefano Righini has designed the F-125' with a sporty exterior employing generous amounts of hodzontal windows to accentuate the sleek lines. The Vivace's hallmark is a large cenlral design element at the sides enclosing the upper dec k stair. The interior layout has four VIP suites for eight guests, and the ful l-heam owner's apartments can he found f01ward on the main deck. T he Vivace 125' is equipfJed with carbon Azipul l 65C azipod transmission pods, expressly designed by Rolls-Royce for Benetti. The D2P_Displacement Planing<ll hull equipped with wave piercer was perfected by Benetti technicians for the Rolls- l~oyce propulsion pod by optimising all the stern tunnel thrusters and those elements impacting hydrodynamic coeffi cients. The result a greater improvemen t of the already enhanced propulsion efficiency of the pod drives. www. benettiyachts. it

The 91m superyacht Orchid built by Lu rssen with proj1ect management by Y.CO, has successfu ll y concluded her sea trials in the Ba ltic Se路a under perfect weather conditions, and is set fo r de livery in late summer 2015. Both exterior and interior design are by Raymond Langton Design. The exterior of Project Orchid is designed around creating a harmon ious ba lance. ~rom a distance, the sweeping curves arnd elegant proportions give the vessel boauty and e legance. Strong yet sculptun~d surfaces carefu lly styled create a marked c:ontrast with highlights and shadows giving the superstructure a unique form that subtly changes in different lights as the sun moves a<:ross the sky. The balance and proportion of the yacht's profile also allow for generous exterior decks that offer a range of options for guests to enjoy from sun-drenched open entertainment areas to more sheltered, intimate formal spaces. Project Orchid crew are now working closely with the yacht management and project c:oord ination teams at Y.CO, who organised the build throughout, to prepare the yacht for operational use. Whe路n delivered, Project Orchid will be privately used, heading first for Norway on her maiden voyage and for a crew training trip. ~rorn there she will make her way from J:::u rope Elcross the Atlantic to enjoy the sun for the winte r season between ~l orida, the Bahama~; and t he eastern Cari bbean islands.

Ni;WS I Industry

SUTL ENTERPRISE SUTL Enterprise Limited -formerly Ach!eva Limited - has become among the few marina-listed companies on the Singapore Stock Exchange. An IT and investment holding company in Singapore, SUTL officially changed its name after its successful launch into the marina and yacht chartering business in June 2015. First announced in August 2014, Achieva proposed the purchase of SUTL Marina Development which operates Sentosa's ONE 0 l5 Marina Club yacht chartering services. Achieva Limited has struggled with profits and are hoping a new business venture and focus will improve the company's overall financial standing. ONE 0 l5 Marina Club is a regular host for international and regional yachting events and a lifestyle club offering a fullmnge of club facilities including berthing. SUTL Marina is involved in marina consultancy from marina master planning to management and development and bas recently entered into an agreement with UEM Land Berhad (Malaysia's Puteri Harbour) to provide fee-based consulting services, including the design and review of the public and private marinas, superyacht area, fuel dock and the private clubhouse at Puteri Harbour.

Riviera Appoints Singapore Dealer Singapore's Reel Torque Yachts has been appointed the latest Riviera dealer in Asia t o help ser vice the growing family of Riviera and Belize luxury motor yacht owner s. The global Riviera dealer network spans 60 countries and t his latest appointment will provide additional support, assistan ce and social opportunities to thH growing number of Rivier a and Belize owners who keep their boa ts in South East Asia. Rivier a Chief Executive, Wes tv1oxey says the appointment of respected marin e industr y and ma rketing pro fessional, O livia Branson and her team wiill be warmly welcomed by owner s o f luxury Rivier a and Belize motor yachts in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and V ietnam . "Olivia Bra nson has an indepth knowledge of Riviera yachts, having been a Rivier a own er herself for 17 yea rs," he said. "She knows t h e ter r itory in timately, having chalked up over 20,000 nautical mi les crui~;ing and exploring th e water s o f Sou th East Asia aboard luxur ious, long-range Rivieras. Together wit h her family and friEmds, she is on t he wat er every week and understands the needs and concerns of boat owners f irst-hand." O livia Bran son said the diver se range o f Riviera - t h e 2015 Australian Marine lndus.try Expor ter of t he Year - caters to a range o f styles and tastes whil e retain ing the hallma r k Riviera attributes of blue-wate•r cru ising capabil ities, state o f the art technology and alfresco lifestyle designs. " From t he sport y and adventurous SUV seri es through to the stylish and sophistica ted spor t yach ts, the supremely seaworthy Flybridge collection, the new lux•Jrious and lo ng-range spor ts motor yacht design, and t he t imelessly classic Belize li ne ... t h ere's a luxury motor yacht t o suiit every boating aficionado wit h discerning and ind iv idual tastes and an appr eciation for quality craftsmansh ip," she said. "With Riviera we have a t ime-proven luxu r y motor yacht lin e with a 35-year heri tag:e in t he r egion that we will now proudly be represen ting, and this is a ver y positive move forwa rd for our dealership. "Riviera is admired on th e world st age for t he devotion o f its owners and there are• many who moor their yachts in Singapore and the region."

NEW GLOBAL AGREEMENT FOR NORTI-IROP Northrop & Johnson have announced a new global brokerage ag1·eement with Italian superyacht builder Mondomarine that will see it strongly support all Mondomadne projects and new builds moving forward. From helipads to beach clubs, the builder's unique new construction yachts have the hottest yacht features on the market. Spearheaded by dedicated Northrop & Johnson brokers on three continents; Philip Bell in Fort Lauderdale, Jonathan Browne in Antibes and Bart Kimman in Hong Kong, Northrop & Johnson and Mondomarine will jointly work on sales and marketing efforts for Lhe swift

and successful sale of the central agencies. Northrop & Johnson offers an extensive, industry leading sales and marketing program to yachts in its brokerage, new build and charter fleets. The comprehensive access to market intelligence, Northrop & Johnson's web presence, digital and media tools, in-house luxury publications and global reach, with 14 offices from Los Angeles to Hong Kong, will allow for the fast and efficient dissemination of information to the market to attract buyers. "The team and [ are looking forward to working with this impressive buildet· throughout the corning

boat shows, as well as integrating the yachts into the sales industry," says North1·op & Johnson broker Philip Bot:ll. Mondomarine started in 1915 as Cantieri Navali Campendla and since then has delivered 62 yachts. In 2013, it was acquired by Alessandro Falciai and Robet1o Zambdni and has built 20 yachts under its new ownership. Mondomat~ne has sold 20 yachts larger than 40rn in the last nine years; eight of these yachts were more than 50m. www. northropandjolmson. com

AZIMUT EXPANDS ASIAN MARKET Continuing with its investment across the Asian market, Azimut Yachts has signed a new dealership with Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG), one of the largest players in port activities in China. As of July SIPG will be the official Az.imut Yachts dealer in the Shanghai region and Zhejiang and ]iangsu provinces. Located in the SIPG Marina based in the North Bund Area, the new dealership follows the opening of Azimut Yachts Thailand, Azinml Yachts Indonesia and Azimut Yachts Hong Kong. www. azimt~tyachts. com

Thai Superyacht Hub The Thai Govern ment has confirmed details of a new 12·month charter permit ·to be issued by t he Ministry of Tra nsport · in a bid to boost Thailand 's status as a superyacht hub. The permit will allow insured boats over 30m mu ltip le e ntry into Thailand 's waters. Approval was confirmed for foreign-flagged superyachts to be able to apply for a spec ial charter licence to operate commercia lly in Thailand's waters, a move expected to provide a significant stimulus to yachting activity in South East Asia. Industry heavyweights are now gearing up to promote Tha iland to a ll existing supe ryacht owners and charter brokers, with the forecast b eing once charter activity increases in South East Asia, regional ownership will follow su it, with new yachts being brought to Phu ket as a home port. One of t he main autho rs of the proposal for t he new charter licence, Jean ·Marc Poulle t, said the economic impact for Thai la nd wou ld be "tremendous" over the coming years and he commended local aut horities for all their work. "I am absolutely de lighted with th is news," he said. "And that al l t he hard work from my coll eagues in the Superyacht Working Group has been worth it." Singapore Yacht Show owner, Andy Treadwell, one of the indust ry stakeholde rs d riving the discussions with Thail and's Minister of Trans port, said he believed the announcement was t he beginning of a major shift of char ter business to Asia in the winter seasons and t hat Tha iland was now a "highly attractive alternative" to t he Caribbean after a summer in the Mediterranean. "It's a fantastic resu lt for the yachting industry here, and we congratulate the Thai Government fo r the highly proactive stance they have taken with t his in it iative and t he speed with which t hey have approved it." Following this announcement the Roya l Ph uke t Marina announced plans for a five -year THBs billion investment to furt her t he governments' campaign. A development of hotels, luxury waterfront homes and water facili ties, including a dry stack facility enabling yacht owners to store vessels under cove r, will be built as part of t he marina expansion. T here will soon be well over 100 permanent superyacht berths across Thailand following considerable investment at the Yacht Haven and Phuket's Ao Po Grand Marina. And after much discussion t he inaugural Thaila nd Yacht Show has been confirmed by o rganise rs SY E Pte ltd, who also stage the annual Singapore Yacht Show, with t he event set to take place February 11 to 14, 2016, at Ao Po Grand Marina . The Thailand Yacht Show will bring together potential buyers as well as the charter brokerage community to t he Phuket marina, which has a capacity of 260 yachts up to lOOm in length. Foll owing a partnership agreement signed with the Marine Department of Tha iland's Ministry of Transport, t he event was the initiative of Thai land's Prime Ministe r Prayut Chan·o·cha who wanted to create an internationa l yacht show for Thailand, and make Phuket the principa l hub for superyachts in Asia. The Thailand Yacht Show will be critical to placing Thai land, a lready a popula r destination for luxury travel, on the internat ional yacht charter map. The focus of the show, will be on a ttracting potential charter clients to experience the luxury of a superyacht first-hand, as well as introduce charter brokers from around t he world to the wonderful opportunities in the region. More details in our Yacht [scape feature on Phuket

RECREATIONAL ISLAND Superyacht designer Henry Ward has proposed what could he the next musi-have accessory for charter yachts; a floating, folding platfotm - the multi-pw·pose Recreational Island. Compact and easily stowed in the tender hays of yachts the island platfo1m can be tailor made to suit the owners requirements. For instance slide out sun bed, bar and dining area, golfing platform, gla$S bottomed seating area. Because superyachts aren't luxurious enough already ...

NEW DIRECTOR FOR !ROYAL I-IUISMAN Roemer Boogaard, formerly eJCecutive director of KNRM (the Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution), has been appointed the new managing director of Royal Huisman replacing Alice Huisman, who now will assume the duties of executive director alongside chairman and fellow shareholder Jan Willem Doeksen. Boogaard has served in various positions in the Dutch maritime sector throughou t his career, including the Dutch Royal Navy from 1981-1997 where he became a senior naval officer. In 1997 he joined the Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution (KNRM) and his contribution to the organisation was fully acknowledged in 2007 with his appointment to eJCecutive director. "Every organisation needs to look to the strengthening of management if they are to maintain and eJCpand on their success", said Huisman, "and I am delighted to welcome Roemer Boogaard into a business which has a

strong order book across the full nange of our new-build and refit a ctivities. I wish to emphasise that there is no question of any roeduction in my commitment to :filoyal Huisman, our clients or our t1~am. Roemer's remit to take command of daily activities simply allows me more time to play to my st rengths." Huisman will now be a ble to focus on business development, marketing and client r•elationshi ps. At the same time, she will be on hand to offer her s uccessor advice and support b·ased on her unique experience of s·erving th e business in a vaJiety of noles over some 35 years. Aiongside Roemer Boogaard as managing director will be Ronald van Hulst, whose formidable 25 years of experience equips him p e1fectly as director of operations, and recently appointed finance director Harmen Peeters. www. royalhuisman. com

World Yacht Racing Forum 2015 The sailing world is changing fast. Flying boats, rigid sails. new events, new partners, new sponsors and new venues... Now composed of separate conference streams, the annual World Yacht Racing Forum is set to deliver important ideas and conc•9pts in three key areas that affect everyone in the yacht racing industry: the busine:ss, organisational, and planning aspects of the sport; the importance of design an d technology to d rive innovation and, for the first time, the role that risk management plays in the structure of the sport. The Yacht Racing Forum 2015 will attract kE>Y pe rsona lit ies from with in t he yacht racing industry: athletes, sponsors, event organisers, designers, technical supplie rs and anyone involved or just interested in yacht racing. "I t is the only time in the year when we can mee t other key stakeh•olders from the yacht racing industry in a friend ly environment, out of the pressure of a competition", sa id Sir Ben Ains lie . "The organisers of the eve nt, MaxComnn, Bernard Schopfer and his team have been involved in top level yacht racing evHnts for over a decade and I trust their ability to put in place a great event. I will be very happy to attend it again in the futu re if my sched ule al lows." Dobbs Davis and James G radwell, who hav<9 been working in yacht racing conferences s ince 2008, are part of the organiz·ing tea m and determined to take it to a new level. "Designers, builders and e nginems from various regions and cultures don't have many opportunities to meet," said Davis. "The yacht racing world is moving so fast, embracing new innovat ions such as rigid sails and 'flying' boats, that it is important to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and business for these new rea lities. There are still many clever oways to maxi mize the va lue of existing technologies, a nd the Forum will be an im portant discussion venue for these ideas as well." The World Yacht Racing Forum 2015, Geneva, Switzerland, 07-08 December


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Monte Carlo Goes Solar ~or the second year running, the Yacht Club de Monaco is set to host the Solarl Monte-Carlo Cup contest For competitive solar-powered boats, designed and driven by students From universities all over the world . Around 30 entrants are expected in the bay of Port Hercule, 100 years after the first motor-boat competitions were held in Monaco. The Solan Monte Carlo Cup puts the spotlight on a long established maritime trad ition of innovation and commitment by the Principality of Monaco and i ts yacht club to be a key player in the environmental protection field. Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM) President, Prince Albert II, is encouraging a new generation of revolutionary boats that are more respectful of the marine environment. YCM Vice President. Pierre Casiraghi, Prince Albert's newly married nephew, wishes to participate and is closely foll owing the construction of a boat that he will drive himself. "We at Solarl love innovations. and try to support them as much as we can." said director of Solarl and the man who initiated the project, Sergei Dobroserdov.

"Last year we had a huge success with t he f irst Solarl Monte Carlo Cup with 25 teams participating and almost 300 team members who came to Monaco from all over the world. Thanks to the Yacht Club of Monaco we have the opportunity to continue this year and organise the new solar racing. Monaco is pioneering in giving the new generation such an opportunity, while at the same t ime communicating the importance of renewable energy sources to preserve our planet." ~or three days these ·green' boats will participate in an original world championship, competing in a slalom course. Aeet race and one-on-one sprints. These revolutionary boats give the impression of Aying over the water. and are capable of speeds up to 30 knots- powered only by the sun. "It seems to me essential that we encourage any initiative in favour of the future of our in dustry." said YCM General Secretary, Bernard d 'Aiessandri. "This technology being developed by a new generation of engineers suggests it cou ld soon be applied to leisure boats. including the biggest yachts. A prom ising message for the future."

NEW NUMARINE DEALER IN TI-IAILAND Asia Marine Yacht Services (AMYS) has been the official regional distributor of Numarine in the Asia Pacific area since 2013. "For three years we have been successfully sem ng Numarine in Hong Kong," says Eric Noyel, AMYS CEO. "Given repeated enquiries from Thailand, we feel it is the right time to appoint an established and expelienced distributor. The first Numarine to arrive in Hong Kong immediately became an exceptionally popular charter vessel, so we are delighted to partner with charter operator Asia Marine, based in Phuket." Noyel believes the business/pleasure connection between Hong Kong and Phuket is a relationship that bears more examination: Phuket is the leisure marine hub of South East Asia for yacht charter holidays. It has a complementary season to Hong Kong's, and an increasing number of Hong Kong expatriates treat Phuket as a 'holiday home' destination, buying luxurious vilJas in which to spend a few months every year. It is also very easily accessible from Hong Kong. "Numarine offers a very spec tacular range of motor yachts, perfectly adapted to Phuket waters and the cruising grounds of the Andaman Sea," said Vincent Tabuteau, Asia Marine CEO. "Asia Marine has been operating charter yachts out of Phuket on day tours and overnight cruises for over 20 years, and we have seen the market increasingly asking for safe and well-appointed fast power yachts. We are delighted and honoured to have been appointed Numatine dealer for Thailand. This being a brand that delivers exceptional quality performance yachts at competitive prices while offering a tmly luxurious experience on the water." Numarine presently builds a range of 12 models ranging from 55ft to 130ft, as well as an all new line of futUJ·istic explore1· vessels at 20m, 30m and 40m overall. A total of four Numarine yachts have been sold in Hong Kong, and two more will arrive during the next six months, including a brand new model expected to he operating out of Phuket between December 2016 and March 2017.

Sunseeker lntern.ational recently announced the creation of a new powerhouse executive committee of specialists from aodiverse range of backgrounds to he! p drive excellence, efficiency and increase growth across the business. CEO Phil Popham, who joined the group in January, will lead the team and has ambitious plans to set Sunseeker on a new course and significantly strengthen its position as the number one global brand for luxury per-formance motor yachts. The team, a halanced mix of long team marine sector veterans and new talent from the luxury automotive, desig;n and aeronautical sectors, will place a clear focus on new product innovation and model development, aligned to world class manufacturing and support services across the business. Individuals will be responsible for driving continuovas improvement in the group's new model development program, design and engineering, prodluction, financial performance, HR, customer ser-vice, legal and sales capabilities. The new Executive Committee will comprise of Phil Popham, Cbiief Executive Officer; Hugues Jacquin, Chief Financial Officer; Sean Robertson, Sales and Marketing Director; John Braithwaite, Product Development Director; Thomas Klein, Operations Director; Clive Harrop, Director of Industrial Strateg;y; Jonathan Macklin, Quality and Customer Service: Director; Sian Thomas, Human Resources Director and Adrian Powell, General Counsel and Company Secretary. Sunseeker founder Robert Braithwaite will continue to suppo.rt the business and advise the executive team, c-ontributing his many years of invaluable knowlc~dge and experience. The group retains strong financial backing and support from its strategic share:holder Wanda Croup, which remains fully co1111mi tted to the long term development of t~tis quintessentially British brand, and to maintaining production at its cunent facilities in Poole. "I'm delighteod to be working with this strengthened exe•cuti ve team to achieve Sunseeker's ambitious growth plans," said Popham. "As an industry leading, world-renowned British brand, we are extremely well placed to take advantage of reco•vering markets in the Americas, renewed optimisnn in Europe, and exciting opportunities in the Middle and Far East. "We're continuing to grow our distributor network with new appointments throughout the world, and here ito the UK we're investing to improve our facilities wltich will house our latest generation of yac:hts to include four new models within the next 1:2 months alone. "Everything we do at Sunseeker is driven by our customers a nod our desire to conti nually set new standards for the industry, both in terms of the world class produtcts we create and the exceptional service we deliver. This is an exciting time for the group as we deve:top our next generation of models, and continue to strengthen the iconic Sunseeker brand around the world.";m


BOATING BUSINESS The leisure maTine and luxury boating business has been around in the western world for many years, hut it's something relatively new in Asia. Baggy Sartape, who has plenty of fi1¡st hand experience of the industry in Asia, has written a book, The Business of Boating in Asia. Whether you're looking to buy or sell a yacht, this easy-to-read guide simplifies the business side of boating in Asia, walks the reader through the complicated political history of Asian countries and provides information on how to navigate the different policy makers and market cultures. From the specifics of how this burgeoning business provides highquality employment for Asians, as well as tax revenue for governments, to basic boating tips for prospective buyers, this book provides the reader with a clear and thorough understanding of the emerging Asian yachting market. Originally from India, Sartape has been a resident of Hong Kong for the last 17 years and speaks Mandarin. He started his own business, Asia Boating Ltd, in 2005 and is the official dealer for Astondoa yachts fxom Spain and Karnic boats from Cyprus. He also runs a second hand brokerage and yachting products business.

Russian ingenuity and limitless wealth is in the spotlight this season with two massive undertakings in the pipeline. Russian businessman and designer Vasily Klyukin has plans to build the Monaco 2050, a futuristic luxury cruiser that doubles as a jet plane and helicopter that can take off and land like a Top Gun fighter plane. Klyukin, who has designed a number of highconcept yachts in the past, rep01tedly paid USD1.4 million to buy a ticket to fly into space alongside Leonardo Di Caprio on one of the first Virgin Galactic flights. While we can confirm no yacht makers are yet to put their hand up for the job (ironically named after the city and year Klyukin foresees the design being realised in) money is clearly no object, so watch this

space. The second project is by Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko who is reportedly building what will be the largest sailing yacht ever built at 147m. Melnichenko made his f01tune from banking, steel and fertilizer and if complete, this will be his second major project, following the build of the 118m A, designed by Philippe Starck and built by Blohm +Voss shipyard. Work began on the newest project in 2012 and secrecy has been paramount hut according to news reports the eco-friendly ship White Pearl, being built by Nobiskruh shipyard in Germany will be made of super lightweight, high-strength carbon fiber, house a crew of 66 people and will launch in July 2016. www.vasilrklrukin. com

Billion Dollc:tr Upgrade The seed was planted in 2008 and now Monaco has confirmed pla ns to ambitiously increase its size, and duly popu lation, by building a six hectare pla tform that will house a brand new neighbourhood of businesses, luxury villas and recreat ional facil ities. Not to mention a Mediterranean-style port with pedestrianised walkways, yachting berths and a showpiece of mega-architectu re. The !;:U 1 billi on platform will be bu ilt by !=ranee's Bouygues, local real estate mogul JB Pastor and four a rchitects as a consortium, over the next 10 years. The consortium will be in charge of financing, bui lding and commercialising t he extremely environ,mentall y-friend ly project, which is estimated to cost a total of !;:U 2 billion. !=or more than a centu ry the cramped mun icipality of Monaco has reclaimed all the la nd it can from the sea, and this project will be no d ifferent. Due to la unch in late 2016, Monaco's new neighbourhood is hoping to be complete by 2025 and by all accounts means Monaco, the qu intessential lavish superyacht hub in• l;:urope, may be able to attract even more luxury vessels and the bank accou nts of its owners, to its shores.

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The Million Dollar Prize The ISAj:-sanctioned World Match Raci ng Tour (WMRT) has announced the biggest ever prize purse in the history of the sport, a staggering USD1 million cash bonus for the ISAj: World Match Racing Champion, starting in 2016. The announcement followed the recent news of Swed ish company Aston 1-larald AB's acquisition of the World Tour. The WMRT is the longest running global professional saili ng series, now in its 16th consecutive season, and comprising 19 events around the globe, includi ng seven World Championship events. The new owner of the WMRT and C~O of Aston 1-larald AB. Hakan Svensson, said, "We are committed to creating a strong and financ ially rewarding career path for professional sailors on the World Match Racing Tour. The USD1 million bonus wil l hopefu lly encourage skippers and teams to compete on the tour at the highest level of racing." The current 2015-2016 tour will finish at the Monsoon Cup, Ma laysia, at the end of January 2016, after which there will be an abbreviated season created for the 2016 World Championsh ip to conclude in Marstrand, Sweden in late June or early Ju ly 2016. "Until 2004 the World Match Racing Tour season finished at Marstrand, and then the final event became the Monsoon Cup, in Ma laysia; said WMRT executive director James Pleasance. "However the Stena Match Cup Sweden has always been a flagship event of the World Tour and therefore it is fitting to move the finals back to Marstrand again." In addition to the Championship fina l moving to Marstrand in 2016, it was a lso announced that the 2016 Stena Match Cup Sweden will be sailed in M32 multi hull s, replacing the highly popular but now ageing DS37. The WMRT is sanctioned and recognised by ISAj: (International Sai ling j:ederation) and has ISAj: "Special ~vent" status. j:ormer champions and event winners include some of sailing's most famous names such as Russell Coutts, James Spithill, Sir Ben Ainslie, Terry Hutchinson, Peter Gilmour, ~d Baird, Magnus Holmberg, Ken Read, lan Williams and Taylor Canfield. The all-time WMRT Champion is ian Wi lliams who has won the tour and the t itle no less than five times.

ATLANTIC ~~NNIVERSARY REGATTA 2cn7-2018 The Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (Hamburg) and the Yacht Club Costa Smerstlda (Porto Cervo, Sardinia) are proud to announce theit路 cooperation for a unique offshore regatta series in 2017/2018. On the occasion of both clubs' anniversaries the participating yachts will sail from the Canary Islands. to the Cari.bbean in 2017 and on to Hamburg, Germany in 2018. In 2017 the YCCS, founded by His HighneHs the Aga Khan, will be looking back on 50 years of club history, while in 2018 the NRV will celebrate its 150th anniversary. The Atlantic Anniversary Regatta willl depart from the Canary Islands in November 2017 headed for Virgin Gorda (British Virgin Islands), where tlhe Yacht Club Costa Smeralda has its winter base. Depending on the size of the competing yachts and the wind conditions the boats are expected to atTive in Virgin Gorda after approximately two weeks. They will then have the oppottunity to take patt in the existing regatta circuit around the Caribbean, and including the popular Newpott Betmuda Race, which will take them to the Royal !Bermuda Yacht Club, the organiser of the 2017 America's Cup. In July 2018 the yachts will then leave Bermuda for their return jow路ney to Hamburg. The finish lin.e will await them just off Cuxhaven where the river Elbe flows into the Notth Sea. Expressions of interest are very welcome at this early stage. Entries will also be accepted for only one leg of the route. For the overaiJ winner of the series a unique prize is being created eBpecially for this occasion. During the fi1路st presentation of the anniversary program which took place at the NRV clubhouse in Hamburg, Germany, the Commodores of both clubs, Riccardo Bonadeo (YCCS) and Andreas Christiansen (NRV), crossed their burgees in order to officially seal the clubs' full reciprocity ag1路eement. www. atlanticanniversar:rregatta. com

BIG BOATS AND BLUE WATER Yacht Club Costa Smeralda has announced the new Maxi Yacht Rolex Caribbean Cup schedu led for April 20 16. It's going to he big, in more ways than one. In 1980 Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) organised the very first Maxi Yacht World Championship in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. Since then the event has grown into the quintessential annual competition for Maxi yacht5, with boats and yachtsmen fTom around the world racing each September on the Costa Smeralda and enjoying the hospitality of the worldrenowned YCCS. Now hear this: YCCS and Rol ex announce the Maxi Yacht Rolex Catibbean Cup, with the intention of extending the classic event to the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. Host venue will be at the Club's winter home in Virgin Gorda (British Virgin Islands) from 4th to 9th April 2016.

Racing will take place over five days on coastal courses set within the archipelago of the Virgin Islands and boats will be divided into categories ranging from the Mini Maxi and Maxi 72 classes to Supermaxis, with Wally and J-Ciass yachts a.lso expected to participate. The event will be organised with the support of the In ternational Maxi Association. The combination of first class sailing waters, steady trade winds and the elegant YCCS Clubhouse and Marina are set to provide the perfect backdrop to an extraordinary inaugural event. The Maxi Yacht Rolex Caribbean Cup will be a biennial event, altemating with the Sardinia regatta. This year's Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo is conti nuing to attract innovative and highly competitive fleets of Maxi racers, with some particularly impressive yachts expected for the 2015 edition taki ng place from 6 to 12 September. Be there, or be left on the dock!

PETE GOSS SAILS INTO KEPPEL BAY Keppel Bay Sailing Academy (KBSA) in Singapore welcomed the world-renowned yach tsman, Pete Goss MBE, and hosted a networking sail when he vis ited the marina recently. Coss is best-known for his heroic rescue of fellow competitor, Raphael Dinelli, during the 1996/7 Vendee Globe Challenge, a single-handed non-slop race around the wodd. KBSA instructors and students were thrilled to have the opportunity to meet the sailing legend. Coss's down-to-earth personality shone through as he captivated the audience with the highs and lows of his most daring expeditions. The group readily exchanged seafaring adventures, and bonded over a shared love of the sport on board the KBSA sailing yacht, Venture. "1 have not sailed in Singapore before, but having now done so with the KBSA students, I would like to return," said Coss. ''There is much more to experience, and r had a fantastic afternoon with a great hunch of people. I can see a sparkling future for the centre based on its location and a team of people who could not have been more friendly or professional."

L'Hydro]ptere and Solar Impulse L'l-lydroptere recently became the first flying hydrofoil to cross an ocean. The outright Transpacific Record was not beaten as weak wind conditions a long the route from Los Angeles to 1-lawaii d id not allow the trimaran to achieve high cruising speeds, but she arrived in ~lonolu l u after a crossing of more than 2215 nautical miles (41C>2km). Whi le Alain Thebault and his crew were sailing west-east across the Pacific, Swiss bu:sinessman and pi lot Andre Borsch berg was flying Solar Impu lse, t he first 100 percent solar energy powered aircraft, eastwards from Nanjing in China. also heading for 1-lawaii, allowin@: for the very un iq ue meeting of two remarkable vessels · one p•owered by energy from the sun, and the other by that of t he wind. Two high-tech platforms, both pioneers in t heir respective fie lds, and both promoting the same message: Use Clean ~nergy. For over 25 years, Theb ault has been pursuing a childhood dream to make sailboats fly.. !=rom t he first wooden models in the ea rl y e ighties, to absolute sai ling speed records in 2009, L'l-lydroptere has become tlhe ambassador of hyd rofoil saili ng boats. In 2009, t he l=rench trimaran became the fastest sailing vessel in t he world with an outright speed of over 100kph on flat water. Both L'l-lyd roptere and Solar Im pulse are projects supported by the Prince Albert II of Monaco l=oundation.

Always one for innovation and adventure, Goss added, "I am currently enjoying the downtime to pursue other interests, but I can feel the desire for my next challenge building up, so watch this space." Marina at Keppel Bay features world-class berthing facilities and fine gom·met restaurants as well as beautiful architecture and landscaping on a five hectare private island linked to the mainland via the 245m Keppel Bay Bridge. Built by international marina experts Bellingham Marine, the state of the art floating concrete pontoons can accommodate up to 168 yachts, including megayachts of up to 280ft.

The Keppel Bay Sailing Academy (KBSA) is an integral pa1t of Marina at Keppel Bay. It is the first sailing academy in Singapore to provide sailing courses accredited by the UK-hased Royal Yachtin1~ Association (RYA), and offers sailing courses as well as corporate sailing programs. The industry-leading RYA accreditation is an authoritative stamp on the international recognition of KBSA's qualified status and credentials, and its ability to conduct top grade sailing courses run by high ranking instru-ctors.

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Words: Suzy Rayment

he first Xiangjiang River International Regatta and Water Carnival was held in Changsha, China in July, 2015. Suppot1ed by the Sports and Tourism Bureau of the Hunan Province, the Changsha Municipal People's Government, and local entrepreneur, Tang Wei Zheng, the inaugural ' Invitational' sailing event was the first of its kind in China. Tang, a boat owner himself, is keen to promote boating and sailing in China, and sponsored the purchase of a fleet of one-design sailing yachts which included eight FAREAST 28R and eight FAREAST 18R sailing yachts. This 'first of its kind' river regatta included a number of dinghy classes with the help of the China Yachting Association, and the event was organised by Shenzhen Across Four Oceans Sailing Event Management (who are also responsible for the China Cup International Regatta). Staged around Orange Island where a very large statue of Mao Zedong dominates the skyline, over 150 sailors participated in the regatta. The bulk of participants were mainland dinghy sailors who were competing in the Laser, Laser Radial and 470 classes. Amongst them were a number of top Chinese


Olympic hopefuls, including Laser Radial sailor Zhang Dong Shuang, who had previously won gold in the 2010 Radial !Laser World Cup. Zhang, who is preparing for the pre Olympic trials in Rio, vvas on fine form and came first in her division. National Champion 470 sailors Lan Hao and Wang Chao, didn't perform as well as expected as they found river racing a lot more difficult than they had imagined. The majority of the international sailors pat1icipating in the one-design FAREAST 28R division were actually expatriates living in the Asian region. The Australian and Russian teams however did fly in especially for the event and their efforts were rewarded with podium finishes. Both of these teams have extensive experience of sailing on rivers, and this showed both on the water and in the final results. Sailing on a river is never easy, and the windless conditions on the first day and rain on the se•cond, made it even more difficult for the competitors. In the end it was the Australian team Yaehting Queensland skippered by Klade Hauschildt, and crewed by Paul Blundell, Hayden Johnson and Seddon Cripps who easily took 1st place for the FAREAST 28R Division and Team

Geleshan in the FAREAST 18R Division. The Aussie sailors were delighted with the overall results and Paul Blundell, sailing manager from the Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club commented that, "We came here to win and that is what we did. Our sailing school puts 300 kids a week through its training programs and we pride omselves on good sportsmanship. This is something that we try to instill in our young sailors. The two young crew members of ow· team Hayden and Seddon are successful graduates of our program and they are now Olympic coaches for the Australian youth teams. Winning this regatta validates our commitment to the sport, and we look forward to seeing sailing grow in China". The winning teams for all the divisions were awarded trophies and prize money, which was RMB12,000 for lst, RMB l O,OOO for 2nd and RMB6,000 for 3rd place.

"Staged on the Xiangjiang river in Changsha, over 150 Chinese and international sailors participated in this inaugural event. " Racing in the dinghy fleets was also affected by the conditions and light wind, and the courses were limited to one short windward/leeward on Day 1 and two short windward/leeward courses, followed by one long upwind course on Day 2. It was generally agreed that this is not the petfect time of year for holding such an event, and the scheduling of next year's regatta will be reviewed in the hope of finding more consistent winds and maybe a little less rain! Changsha is one of China's 20 most "economically advanced" cities and is keen to differentiate itself. Known as an important creative centre for TV, Changsha would also seem to be setting the pace for inland sailing in China. ~·

WINNING TEAMS !Dinghies Laser Men ·1st Wang Zili :2nd Xu Ming :3rd l in GUI Kun

!Dinghies 470 Men

FAREAST 28R 1st Yachting Queensland Skipper Klade Hauschildt, Crew: Paul Blundell, Hayden Johnson, Seddon Cripps


·1st Wang Zhi Gang, Wu Lin :2nd Mai Hui Cong, C hen Ze ~eng :3rd Ding Ming Liang, Liu Hong Ri

2nd Ruedo Skipper Michael Vasiliev and Crew: Alexander Shatkhanov, Vladimir Ganson, Dmitry Kolesnikov, and lrakli Mikeladze 3rd Shadowfax: Skipper Jim Gooding and Crew: Peter Botman, Keth Salkeld, and Lindsay Glaetzer

!Dinghies Laser Radial 'Women ·1st Zhang Dong Shuang :2nd Gu Min :3rd Guo ~an

!Dinghies 470 Women

FAREAST18F 1st Team Geleshan Skipper: Qu Qang Crew: Yao Yong, Wang Ying Wei, Liu Guang Kun 2nd UK Racing Team: Skipper: Zhang Meng Yuan Crew: ~u Shi Quan, Zhang Min Hang, and Xing Wei Wei 3rd Team Beijing Sailing Central Skipper: Vie Xiao Ming Crew: Huang Tao, Cheng Chen

·1st Wei Meng Xi, Xu Ya Ni :2nd ~eng Hui Min, Huang Li Zhu :3rd Zhang Meng Meng, Zhou Oian Qian


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2015 CAP~ PANWA I-IOT~L PI-IUK~T RAC~W~EK: SAV~D BY TI-l~ BR~~z~ Words: Guy Nowell


huket Raceweek was first run in 2004, specifically to take advantage of the southwest monsoon w[nds that Phuket enjoys dur[ng the summer months. This [s the low season for tourists - g1路ey and often rainy, but blowy. The theory is sound, but weather is weather and not someth[ng to command ot路 control. There have been 'off' years, and 2015 was one of them. Among sailors, it is well understood that as long there is good breeze on the last day of a regatta, all else will be forgiven and forgotten. Just as well because the start of the 2015 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek was trying in the extreme, with most classes having only one race on the score board after two days of a four-day regatta. The event started with a postponement flag, a 90-minute wait, and then just one race on the first day starting in a gentle 7kts which faded gracefully away as the afternoon wore on. This was especially galling as the wind had been raging in the 20kts to 30kts range all through the previous week! The second day was a washout except for one very short race for the two boats in the Grand Prix IRC Racing 1 div[sion - aga[n, no breeze. On day three the Race Officer went afloat to look for wind while the raci ng crews relaxed [n the shade of the palm trees beh[nd the Cape Panwa Hotel's Bamboo Bar at the back of the beach. It was a delightful way to spend a morning - the hotel is a glorious location for a regatta - and when racing did get under way only a couple of hours late, there was enough wind to run two races and start to make the score sheets look llke a regatta instead of just a one-off race.

Clockwise,from opposite top kft: ]essandra IT; Kantu.s' Bride; Sausiri Windstar; Beaux Esprits; all ready to party; the White M Cape Panwa Hotel; Kodo on the breeze; Fujin

A very strong outgoing tide made the starting sequences interesting, and many boats had problems trying to round the leeward mark, but most of all everyone was happy just to be racing once again. The last day saw 'normal service' resumed. Racing started at the appointed time, and all divisions set off promptly on courses around the various islands close to the south western corner of Phuket, providing a pleasant change from the usual diet of windward-leeward racing that dominates so many regattas. Two good races, and winding up at a finish line right in front of regatta headquarters and, as promised, everyone forgot the frustrations of the first two and a half days of the event. You just can't control the weather, and everyone accepts that. In reality, the 2015 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek lost half of its scheduled racing to unsuitable weather. There are, however, three things needed for the perfect regatta, and you can get away with just two of them - good wind, good race management, and good socials. Simon James was the Principal Race Officer, and made the most of every moment of racing breeze available. James and his team have a well-earned reputation for delivering good racing, and this occasion was no exception. The hotel premises and regatta headquarters are not only well-appointed - the Cape Panwa people know how to throw a good party, which they did on the Wednesday, Thuxsday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Live bands, prize giving ceremonies, exceptionally lavish buffet dinners and a highly efficient bar came along with the package. It was a tour de force, and the hotel management is to be congratulated. For sure, a good time was had by all. For the record, the Cape Panwa Hotel has signed up as host sponsor of Phuket Raceweek for another two years. Next year's regatta will take place 20 to 24 July 2016. ~


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ENGLISH SUMMER SAILING A very wet squib at the Portsmouth Louis Vuitton Americas Cup World Series demands questions about the stature of the Americas Cup he next iteration of the America's Cup has started in earnest. Not that it hasn't been serious stuff for a while as far as the Defender and the Challengers are concerned, but now we have had the first of the America's Cup World Series regattas, and the sailing public has had a chance to see who's who, what's what, and stat1 to form some opinions. The ACWS is sailed in AC45 catamarans; the same craft used prior to the last America's Cup, but with th e addition of foils. It is hard to escape the impression nearly everything is on foils these days, so much so that the aura of exclusivity that once surrounded anything with an 'America's Cup' label has been severely eroded. Since the advent of the AC72 megacats that the ever-resourceful New Zealanders first persuaded to 'fly' far better than was ever intended, the takeup and trickle-down of foiling design, technology and petformance has been nothing short of spectacular. There are already several 'foiling' classes racing, and more are planned, but strangely the America's Cup program is no longer at the forefront of the excitement. The present and rather strange America's Cup World Series- a sort of 'pre-qualifying' event that both is and isn't part of the America's Cup proper- is being sailed in 45ft catamarans. The America's Cup itself is slated to be sailed in 48ft cats, a marked reduction from the 62ft boats originally specified in the AC Protocol, and light years away from the 72-footers that contested the last event. AC Event Management maintain the reduction in the size of the boats is all in the interest of cost saving, increased financial accessibility and (hopefully) increased numbers of entries. So far, with only six challengers having filed an entry form, it doesn't seem to be working. Bruno Troubll!, the face of the Louis Vuitton Cup, the highly successful America's Cup Challenger Series he created in 1983, famously described the present incarnation of the event as "a vulgar beach event smelling of sunscreen and french fries," although that hasn't stopped Louis Vuitton reengaging as a sponsor of the AC after a short hiatus. So what exactly is happening with the Amet;ca's Cup? In a nutshell: after Oracle Team USA came hack from a 1-8 defic it in the 2013 event in San Francisco, eventually be11ting Emirates Team New Zealand 9-8, it was widely assumed the next AC would take place in the home waters of the defender, the Golden Gate Yacht Club- ergo, San Francisco. But after an age of agonising indecision the ACEA announced the 35th America's Cup would be held in Bermuda, in 62ft foiling catamarans (later scaled down to 48ft). Furthermore, the existing AC45 cats would be retrofitted with foils, and prospective challengers for the next AC would be required to participate in a pre-AC qualifying series, the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series, in which the Defender would also race.


There was $Ollie fairly fast, almOJt fiuiow, a11d very bri4 actio11 011 tl~e water at tl~e jirlt Louis Vuil1o11 An~erioos Cup World Series i11 Pornnwuth, UK

There were crowds at the Portsmouth LVACWS •event, but it is hard to give much credibility to a two-race rcgaua

The LVACWS regattas were slated to take place in Portsmouth, UK (July 2015), Gothenburg, Sweden (August 2015) and Bermuda (October 2015), with up to six further events planned for 20 16. In these regattas, results count towards standings that can be used to break ties at the end of the Round Robin series that will sta rt the elimi nation process of ultimately selecting a challenger to face Oracle Team USA in the 35th America's Cup, in Berm uda 2017. The Portsmouth LVAWCS regatta program allowed for two days of racing, two races a day. Four races only - a very small regatta by any standards, and very small indeed for something as trenchant as an America's Cup event. The first day's racing delivered sunshine, suflicient breeze for 'marginal foiling conditions', and a reportedly good crowd turnout. Sir Ben Ainsl ie, Britain and the world's most-decorated Olympic sailor, began his mission to take the Cup horne with a win and then a come-from-behind petfotmance for a second place in the second race to lead the six-boat field.

"The Portsmouth LVAWCS regatta program allowed for two days of racing, two races a day. Four races only - a very small regatta by any standards, and very small indeed for something as trenchant as an America~ Cup event. " And that was it. The next day, England produced the sort of summer weather for which she is famous and gale force winds cancelled the second half of the regatta. Ainslie's BAR Team was handed their two-race regatta victory on a plate. As a sailing event part of the bigger picture of the America's Cup, the event was a bitter disappointment. No doubt much will be made by orga nisers of the visitor numbers and the economic benefits for the Portsmouth area, but in terms of world impact the opening gambit that leads up to the next AC in 2017 was a fizzer, not a firework. Bob Fisher, seasoned observer of the America's Cup and not a man to mince words, remarked, " ... at least they stuck to the program as announced that's a first," referring to the glib propensity of ACEA to move the goalposts at will. The next LVACWS event will be in Gothenburg in late August. Just one week before, the Extreme Sailing Series St Petersbu rg regatta, will pump out up to 40 races over four days: which series will be the most interesting and exciting remains to be seen. Does the America's Cup command respect any longer, or has it become an ordinary and rather lackluster sporting spectacle? At the second ACWS event, in Gothenburg, Sweden, Emirates Team New Zealand were triumphant afterfour races and now lead the series overall. Land Rover BAR were third and Oracle Team USA finished in second place. ~


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eptember marks the start of the international yachting calendar with one of the most influential and celebrated in-water boat shows in Europe. More than 580 pt~vate yachts, chatter yachts, superyachts, motor yachts and sailing yachts will make up the grandeur that is the Cannes Yachting Festival, with an estimated 140 world, European and French premier yacht editions. Italian shipyard Azimut will present a fleet of 15 yachts, two of which will he world premieres; the Azimut Magellano 66 and the Azimut 72 with Princess Yachts unveiling its new 35m superyacht. Similarly the Benetti Vivace 125' will enjoy its world debut, as will Feretti Group's Custom Line 108, with the agile new Numarine 70 Flybridge motor yacht making its European debut and a new version of the Lagoon 620, Essence, showing also. Italian stalwart Sanlorenzo will show eight yachts, including the world premier of the SL86. A huge drawcat路d at the French Riviera's glamorous event is access to some of the world's largest motor and sailing vessels and a melee of famous visitors including noted diplomats and royals. This year the impressive line-up in and out of the water will not disappoint. The five largest motor yachts on show at路e the Baglietto 46m (46.3m) and Baglietto 4.3m (43.65m), Sanlorenzo's 460Exp (42.2m), Benetti's Crystal140 (41.94m) and Majesty 135 (41.15m) by Majesty Yachts. The top 5 largest sailing yachts to be showcased are Southern Wind Shipyard's Seawave

(31.78m), Oyster Marine LTD's Oyster (25m), Michael Schmidt Yachtbau's Brenta 80DC (23.99m), Advanced Italian Yachts' Advanced A80 (23.98m) and CNB 76 (23.17m) by CNB Yachts. Amid the continued financial crises in Europe and following last year's re-brand the Cannes Yachting Festival spread over three locations, the Vieux Port, the Port Pierre Canto and the Palais des Festivals, has remained solid, with organisers having developed a long term strategy to deal with the fluctuating market. The festival expects to welcome over 50,000 international visitors and introduces a new exclusively tailored program and rooftop club for VIP guests. As well as privileged access to the festival, helicopter transfers, courtesy cars and priority access to the yachts, Riviera Cat路d holders enjoy exclusive services such as a guided tour by show organisers to view the finest yachts from the water. Another addition to the program wiill be the first nautical Concours d'EMgance, a parade of rare vintage and modern day boats, providing a unique occasion for visitors to admire a fleet of the finest classic yachts, antique vessels and powerboats. And for the first time Cannes Yachting Festival goers will be able to take part in a 15-hour Stand Ulp Paddleboard Race. The night competition takes participants lOOkm along t:he famous Croisette, crossing the finishing line in the Vieux Port among Cannes' biggest yachts. )l'

More tlum 580 prioote yachts, dtarter yachts, stperyaclus, motor yachts and sailing yachts will make up the grandeur that is the Cannes Yachting Festival

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losely following its equally glamorous cohort the Cannes Yachting Festival, this year's Monaco Yacht Show is celebrating its 25th edition, and is expected to again flaunt an impressive collection of luxury superyachts from 25m to 90m, many premiet·ing at the show. This year the leading on-water superyacht expo is expecting 115 boats to showcase, of which at least 40 are being unveiled for the first time to the public. Held as one of the most prestigious yacht shows in the world, not to mention anticipated superyacht meetings in the yachting calendar, the show is again expected to host up to 35,000 superyacht aficionados in September. Since its grand launch in 1990 the Monaco Yacht Show has seen superyachts more than double in length and given the size of the opulent city-state, facilities to host these luxurious guests have evolved over the years also. The biggest changes for visitors this year will be newly allocated bet1hs alongside the Quai Rainier III that will welcome yachts over lOOm and meet the growing demand to accommodate these big vessels in the harbour. This will take the floating exhibition capacity to 121 super and even bigger yachts. The second change has been the relocation of th e historical exhibition areas of the Darse Nord to Quai Antoine ler, two air-conditioned tents spanning 2,825sqm, following renewal works of Port Hercule. Extending the show from Jet6e Lucciana down to Quai Rainier Ill, enables visitors uninterrupted passage

along the whole of the Port Hercule watetfro1nt with increased transportation services for show patrons. Highlights for the 25th show include huge visitor favourite Italian shipyard Benetti and their three yacht launches. The 11/ll, makes its world debut with twin owners's cabin and a plumb bow. Similarly the 60m steel and aluminium hulled Formosa makes its world debut, and energy efficient H, third unit of the Veloce 140' Fasll Displacement Series makes her European debut. Italian shipyard CRN will s howcase three new motor boats including Yalla and Saramour and the first F:ranck Muller Yachts 55 Open will also make its glamorous debut. Recently delivered Z, the 65.50m AMELS 212, will premier at the show, as well as fellow Limited Editions motor yacht Madame Kate. Burgess Yachts, celebrating ills 40th anniversary, will also be a favourite in Monaco with a range of yaclhts including the spectacular 85.lm Solandge. Sanlorenzo will showcase two superyachts including its first explorer model, the 460Exp. Another new launch will be Feadship's 46m Como, and for sailing enthusiasts, Wisp, a 4Bm elegant classic from Dutch builder, Royal Huisman. The Monaco Yacht Show gives the public llhe opportunity to see such an impressive array of top yachting companies, SJ;peryacht builders, brokerage houses, yacht designers, nautical suppliers, re:fit shipyards, luxury manufacturers and service providers, tenders or yachting fed•erations and associations. ~

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NANSI-IA IBAY INTE:RNAlriONAL BOAT SI-I<)W he third edition of the Nansha Bay International Boat Show, YACHT CN, is set to again impress visitors with their well-organised luxury yacht event. From October 15 to October 18, the doors will open to industry professionals and the public at one of the most influential boat shows in Southern China. Yacht CN has gained the reputation as a truly international boat show featuring an extensive selection of yachts an•d boats from around the world and the region, with visitors being able to access anything from a 20ft rubber dinghy to an 80ft luxurious yacht. Yacht CN 2015 will be held at its traditional venue, Nansha Marina, Guangzhou, with more than 130 wet berths and 30,000sqm of on-land display space, not to mention a special lifestyle sectiion displaying a cache of luxury goods such as cars, jewellery, watches and fatshion. This year there will be jetsurf and jazz band performa nces and a number of yacht and sailboat sea trials available to tl~e public. The 2nd "PRD Nansha Sailing Rally" will also be organised concurrently with the Nansha Bay International Boat Show. It will bring together yachts and sailboats from Hong Kong and Macau yacht clubs in a massive rally to Nansha.


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he greatly anticipated Ocean Marina Pauaya Boat Show wiii again aim to dazzle its visitors with a lal'ge range of yachting and leisure industry exhibitors. Organised by Ocean Properly Group, the show - which launched in 2012 will run from November 26 to 29 at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club, a premier marina resort complex with interna tional class marinas and yacht clubs, situated on the crescent beach of Jomtien, Pallaya. The show is expected to attract more than 7000 visitors this year with 105 booths (on land and in-water) representing many of the world's leading boating and luxury goods brands and will cover approximately 18,500sqm. This years' show will build on the huge success of the 2014 event that attracted more than 6000 visitors over three days. These numbers were up by almost 50 percent in 2013. This year visitors will enjoy free yacht cruises, on-water toy displays and jet pack flying board demonstrations with a highlight being able to access Ocean Emerald, designed by the world's renowned architect, Norman Foster, and one of the mostluxUJ·ious superyachts for charter in the Gulf of Thailand. The diverse range of yachts, marine accessories and marine products, as well as luxury products including property developments, cars and jewellery are expected to again complete the premier lifestyle offering from the Ocean Marina Pattaya 'Boat Show. In addition the Boat & Yacht Thailand 2015 Conference will be held in conjunction with the boat show providing an open platform for marine industry experts and boating enthusiasts to share their ideas. ~


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SO! J-IAINAN: TJ-IE: ULTIMATE: SUPE:RYACJ-IT RE:NDE:ZVOUS reated in response to a growing China yachting market and demand throughout Asia for yacht shows, the first edition of SO! Hainan will take place from December 3 to 6, 2015 in the prestigious Regis Hotel superyacht marina, home of the Sanya Yalong Bay Yacht Club. Over 200 leading Chinese CEO's and YIP's will be flown to Sanya, Hainan by business jets from across China. St. Regis Resort marina is situated within the Sanya Yalong Bay Yacht Club and offers 130 berths of up to lOOm with direct access to the Bay and China Sea. More than 80 superyachts and an amazing 10,000 visitors are expected to exhibit at the inaugural show, situated in the heart of China's Riviera. The show follows and complements the success of SO! Dalian, held in North China in June, with organisers China Rendez-Vous deciding to launch a similar concept in Hainan which has over recent years become the country's most important superyacht huh, representing the development of world class-facilities in response to the growing yachting industry in the region. SO! Hainan will provide a strong platform in which to present the industry and clients with a range of some of the world's leading shipyards, jet manufacturers and important leading luxury brands, interior designers, consultants and marina developers. The event also offers a comprehensive overview of the latest products and technological innovations.


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SO! DALIAN, E:NCOURAGING CJ-11 NA'S BOAT I E:S o! Dalian Beach Polo and Marine Lifestyle Show, took place over three days in June on the shore of East Port Marina, in the North of China. From sea trials, kids sailing classes and match racing on boats of all sizes to cocktails, beach polo, Champagne and gala dinners helped guests experience the boating lifestyle steadily attracting more and more Chinese. The biggest names in the yachting industry from China and overseas introduced their latest models to potential customers and sailing aficionados including Azimut, Beneteau, Lagoon, Monte Carlo Yachts, Jea.nneau, Bavaria, Ferretti Group, Blue Whale, Sea Stella, Prestige, Yamaha, Taiyi and Dufour. With a focus on sailing and marine lifestyle China Rendez-Vous, led by Delphine Lignieres since 2009, cements itself as one of the leading boat show organisers in China. "The ambition for 'SO! Dalian' is to promote and develop the boating industry in Northern China and to bring more people to the sea," she said. The premise behind this year's show was to introduce and promote new lifestyle activities to the: increasing Chinese upper-middle class in a quality envirorunent. SO! Dalian marked the first event of the year in China Rendez-Vous' 2015 calendar and the first of two flagship marine lifestyle events; SO! Dahan and SO! Hainan in December. In addition at this year's event, Vendee Globe, the world-renowned sailing race and its CEO David Brabis were in China to introduce to visitors the 2016 edition; a race around the world, single handed, non-stop and with no assistance. )\'


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Guy Nowell provides the short version D.Jf what happens when you turn the Volvo Ocean Race.. into a One Design event, and seven tea1ns set off to race all the way round the planet on the nine stages of the world's toughest crewed ojjrshore race. """"'''"'~

by VOR event and OBRs - Brian Carlin, Stefan Coppers, Corinna Halloran, Matt ~~onl Pinto, Yftlil Riou, Ian Roman, Amory Ross, Charlie Shoemaker, Fraocisc(Jt Luis Ainboa Sanchez

his is th e time the Volvo Ocean Race changed forever. Jn an altempt to contain costs and make the event more financially accessible to potential sponsors, the VOR became a One Design race, meaning that every competing boat was built by the same yard, came out of the same mould, and carried on board absolutely and exactly the same equipment. What had previously been part design competition, part arms race and part financing challenge became a simple battle between crews made up of some of the very best offshore racing sailors in the world. What nobody ever imagined or anticipated was the paper-thin closeness of the racing- not the sailors, the shore crews, the media and certainly not the race audience, following the event online during the racing and very much in person at the stopovers. Ian Walker led the first race into Cape Town a mere 12-minutes in front of Charles Caudrelier's French/Chinese Dongfeng Race Team after 6,487nm and 27 days. By then, half the sailing world was on the edge of its seat -and the other half was already on the floor. Walker and Azzam (Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing) were strongly favoured for the race, having been the first to throw their hat into the ring, the first to appoint an all-star ocean racing crew, and the first to start sailing their VOR 65 One Design. Then they ran away with a spectacular win in the Around Britain and Ireland Race by way of a warm-up, setting a new monohull race record in conditions just as testing as anything they met during the Volvo Ocean Race. The first leg, from Alicante to Cape Town turned out to be long and tactical. It involved exi tin g th e Mediterranean through the Straits of Gibraltar, passing the Cape Ve1路de Isla nds and negotiating the Doldl'Ums and the St Helena High. Dongfeng distinguished themselves by breaking and then replacing a rudd er, mid-Atlantic, and then fighting back to second place by Cape Town. The all-female crew, Team SCA, snatched sixth place from MAPFRE in the ~nal miles after th e Spanish team stalled under the shadow of Table Mountain.

Previous page: Living condi~ions 01~ a Volvo Oceatl Race boat consist of zmrele11ti1lg wet, ~ lifi: at a permaneat angk. Sometimes irtsu./Jerable heat, othenuise bone-chilling cold This page, from opposite top left: The race attracted huge munbers of spectators, both on the water at stopovers arm online; MAP FRE leads the charge out of Cape Tow•·~; an Abu Dhabi crew member catches another facefid of angry OC<~an; Team Vestas Wirm high and dry on the Cargados Carajos atoll in the bmian Ocear1; Team Brunet power towards an ever-distant ho11izon; MAPFRE and Bnmel match-race away from Cape Town in a 40kt blow

The next leg, from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi, started in 40 knots of breeze and the fleet headed towards the Agulhas Cunent, the Indian Ocean and a threatened cyclone. Dongfeng Race Team strffered a broken mast track, and solved it with another on-the-move repair. B:ut the real news story belonged to Team Vestas Wind for whom disaster struck on 29 November when they sailed slap bang onto the Cargados Carajos Shoal in the Indian Ocean. Skipper Chris Nicholson led his team to safety across the Bhark- infested reef in the middle of the night. In Abu Dhabi, Bouwe Bekking's Team Brunei finished first - by 15 minutes - and Dongfeng Race Team finished! second again. Leg 3 took the fleet from Abu Dhabi to Sanya, where Dongfeng shook off their bridesmaid's dress and stepped up for a win. What better place to do it than in Dongfeng Race Team's home port of Sanya? To get there required almost 24 days and the utmost patience - out of the Arabian Gulf, rounding S1i Lanka in frustratingly light air, crossing the Bay of Bengal and then tackling the frustrations of the Malacca Strait before finally punching through to the South China Sea. So far, three legs and three different wintners. Xabi Fernlindez and the MAPFRE team made it four from four when they won the next leg to Auckland. Early in the race Team SCA and Team Brunei took a flyer, heading north out of the Luzon Strait while the other four boats continued across the top of the Philippines. MAPFRE had problems with the boat's electronics and they were left effectively sailing blind before it was repaired. Yet again, the closing stages of the race saw a tightly packed fleet arguing out the inches as they raced into the City of Sails.

CkJckwi.1e from top left: Team Alvimedica :1 bowman malre .lome running; the search for more speed never stops on board Dongfeng; moments to savotu on Team SCA amd MAPFRE; Where$ the boat? Dongfeug shoulders through a wall of water; something clou to a 'break' on Team Bru.n.el

"The race from Lisbon to Lorient was conducted in the teeth of an Atlantic gale, and finished in l,ess than four days. Team SCA snatched an early lead, and held on to it, successfully negotiating the 'Costa do Morte' or 'Cape of Death' with its 40-knot winds and wild sea state. "

fan Walker's game plan was to be on the podium at the end of every leg. So far it was working and after crossing the Southern Ocean and rounding Cape Horn, Azzam put one hand on the overall trophy by winning the leg into ItajaJ, Brazil. Cyclone Pam forced the race organisers to delay the leg start by three days: three teams endured Chinese gybes and most suffered some sort of equipment failure in the Southern Ocean. The conditions finally improved and Team Alvimedica led the fleet around Cape Horn. Dongfeng Race Team's hopes were rocked, and eventually dashed, when their mast broke close to the Horn. They abandoned the leg, and made thei_r way to Itajaf under jury rig and engine after a brief stop in Ushuaia, Argentina. The first four boats were within 5nm of each other at the finish, but the Emirati team had made some small gains during the night and pipped MAPFRE for first place. After the extreme conditions of leg 5, the next stage from Itajaf to Newport, Rhode Island, eased up with supreme sailing conditions - and lots of seaweed. Dongfeng were back racing with a new mast, thanks to a spectacular effort from event logistics managers, GAC. After crossing the Doldrums, the Beet negotiated the Gulf Stream and the French/Chinese boat took the lead, winn ing leg 6 by just three minutes ahead of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing. Ian Walker resisted the temptation to chase more than one flyer in the closing miles of the race, sticking to plan and staying on the podium. Huge crowds waved the fleet farewell after a very successful first visit to Newport for the race. A high-pressure system above the Azores posed a

dilemma for the navigators: go south on a longer, supposedly faster route, or go direct to Lisbon on a course which could offer lighter winds. The leg had poignant memories for Team Brunei's Bouwe Bekking, whose boat Movistar sank on the same stage in the 2005-06 race .. However, he proved how successfully he has put that incident behind him wi th a 21-minute win over MAPFRE in Lisbon. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing recorded their first non-podium placing (5th) when local knowledge gained by s ix months' trainmg in Cascais the year before didn't run true to form. After a total rebuild of the ir wrecked boat, Team Vestas Wind returned. The race from Lisbon to Lorient was conducted in the teeth of an Atlantic gale, and finished in less than fou1路 days. Team SCA snatched an early lead, and held on to it, successfully negotiating the 'Costa do Morte' or 'Cape of Death' with its 40-knot winds and wild sea Htate. After seven races in which they had spent much of the time trailing their rivals, Team SCA finally enjoyed thei r moment of glory as leg winners. Team Vestas Wind made a fai_rytale comeback in second. Abu Dhabi Ocean Rac:ing, (almost) always on the podium, finished third and now had an unassailable lead on the scoreboard. The last leg featured a short hiatus- sta111 in Lorient, pull in for a pit stop at The Hague, and then sail on to the finish in Gothenburg. Team Alv imedica received thei r reward for their leg-on-leg improvement, grabbing an early advantage in the English Channel and buildling it gradually to lead the fleet into The Hague. After a short but manic pause at The Hague, the Turkish/

"Not only did ADOR win the Volvo Ocean Race, they also the in-port race series and the IWC Speed Challenge Record (550.842nm in 24hrs). Onboard Reporter M 路 the lnmarsat OBR Award for the VOR 2014-

American boat edged to victory in Gothenburg despite a frightening moment or two in the river Gota alv, when their boat parked up as the wind dropped away to nothing. For Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing the overall result was aheady in the bag, and another 5th place into Gothenburg was perfectly satisfactory. For both ADOR skipper Ian Walker and commercial director Jamie Boag it was a sweet moment. After two hard fought and unsuccessful tilts at the VOR, this put an end to the unfinished business. "Next weekend I'm driving a RIB at a junior regatta," said Walker. "I'm looking fonvard to that. A lot." Not only did ADOR win the Volvo Ocean Race, they also won the 10-race in-port series, and - to put the cherry on the cake a:s well as the gilt on the gingerbread - they won the IWC Speed Challenge Record with a run of 550.842nm in 24hrs approaching Cape Hom. ADOR Onboard Reporter Matt Knighton won the Inmarsat OBR Award for the VOR 2014-15, quite possibly the most challenging sports journalism job in the world. The jury is still out on whether the introduction of a One Design rule to the Volvo Ocean Race is a good thing. It is certainly a cost cutter, and it's not just the price of the boat. Because all the boats were the same and because they were intended to stay the same, VOR assumed control of all shore side and maintenance operations. A team that does not have to think about a designer and a builder before the race and a maintenance team during the event can afford to be much leaner than oth•envise. All that's needed is a crew and add water. On the downside, a One Design fleet fed huge amounts of (identical) weather data, and with AIS (Automatic Identification System) on board does tend to lead to everyone going the same way much of the time. Certainly with finish positions decided by minutes after thousands of miles of ocean racing, this is nail-biting stuff. Who will be back next time? Will there be a next time? Does the Volvo Ocean Race always h21ve to sail through Asian waters, or is a retmn to the roughty-toughty Southern Ocean route in order? Suggestions on a postcard, please. ~ Clockwise from top left: Here we go again - resUI.rt of another ocean leg; parade of sail; Abu Dhabi shmgs off another dre11ching; Jamie Boag atui Ian Walker celebrate att etui to wifinished business; strain muJ tiredness etclud i11to Walker~ face; thousands of miles of racing wuh tlu enemy right beside you

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he origins of Sanlorenzo date hack to 1958, when Italian yacht builder Giovanni Jannetti founded the Cantiere Navali San Lorenzo shipyard in Viareggio, Italy. The company's history spans over 50 years, and during that time the brand has gained a strong reputation for quality, reliability and timeless elegance. Having produced over 600 yachts, the company today ranks second in the 2015 Global Order Book which lists the world's top 10 superyacht builders. Now owned by Italian businessman Massimo Perotti, who became a majority shareholder in the shipyard in 2005, the company operates two shipyards in Ameglia and Viareggio. The Ameglia yard offers bespoke fibreglass planing and semi-displacement motor yachts from 76ft to 118ft, and fiberglass superyachts from 92ft to 126ft in c:omposite material. The Viareggio yard produces alloy and steel planing, semi -.displacement and displacement superyachts from 40m to 60m plus. Each yaeht comes with its own unique layout and d~cor, and is 'Made to Measure' for clients who demand nothing but the best. Sanlorenzo has recently expanded its footprint in China and Asia by entering into two new partnerships; one with Sundiro Holdings in China, the other with Simpson Marine Ltd.


Clockwise, from left: &nlorertzo Elite Days; &nloren.zo Steel64; &nlorettzo workforce; Cwuiere San Lorenzo 1958

KEY MILESTONES From 1958 all yachts produced by the Sanlorenzo shipyard were constructed in wood, it was only in 1995 that the first fibreglass yacht was launched. The SL75 set the scene for a new breed of Sanlorenzo luxury motor yachts, but it was not until the SL100 was launched in 1998 that Sanlorenzo established itself as a premier superyacht builder. The company expanded its operating facilities in 1999 by opening a new facility in Ameglia, La Spezia, loca ted in a nature park and the company's commitment to the environment was acknowledged when they received the ISO 14001 certification for Environmental Management. The next major milestone for Sanlorenzo was in 2005 when the ownership of the company changed hands and Massimo Perolli acquired a majority shareholding.

SANLORENZO FLEET Timeless classical beauty has always been the key feature of the yachts produced by the Sanlorenzo shipyard and the company's philosophy remains focused towards an undivided concentmtion on customers' requirements. Over the last 10 years Sanlorenzo has launched no fewer than ll important and significant new models, full of innovation and cutting-edge solutions, hut always defined by the Sanlorenzo style. These included three units of the SD92 {27m) and one SD112 (33.6m), all semi-displacement hulls in composite construction. The traditional flying bridge range of planing hull motor yachts includes the SL76 (23m), SL86 (26m}, SL96 (28m) and the SL106 (32m} which was the winner of the Italian Innovation ADI Award in 2011. In 2007, the 40Alloy was launched. This extraordinary yacht, with a lightweight aluminium hull and superstructure, is capable of reaching speeds of 27kts. Sanlorenzo was the fust builder to incorporate 'terraces' into the superstructure- now a common feature on supeqachts. Sporting such a thoroughly avant garde solution (at the time}, a total of nine 40Alloys were commissioned and launched.

SANLORENZO FLAGSHIP The 46Steel is the largest yacht ever built by Sanlorenzo. Constructed in steel and alwninium, and launched in Februa1路y ~~010, she was 44Steel, but was then changed to 46Steel (46 being the length of the wa terline), to beller balance the exterior outline. With a semi-wi.d e body, the yacht is a three-deck bulbous bow superyacht of 499GT, to remai11 under the 500GT SO LAS limit. Her elegance is complemented by unique characteristics such as the wide beach club with folding beach door lo water level and gym behind, and the Under Lower Deck, which is in reality a ftfth deck, fully walkable from engine room to bow which permits easy access to all the systems and equipment of the yacht. The 46Steel boasts a garage with a starboard side door that can host a 7m lender, and then there is the vast flying bridge, a properly multi functional sun deck shaded by a Sanlorenzo hard top with opening roof.

WORLD WIDE PREMIERES After two decades of uninterrupted success for the SL72 and SL82, Sanlorenzo has decided to refresh these two models, working with one of Italy's most reputabl e design companies, Officina Italiana Design, managed by Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta. The new SL86 motor yacht, unveiled at the Cannes Yachting Festival this year, is sure to be a hit with its innovative features, including a living area in the bow with sofas, table, chairs and adjustable sunshades. In the main salon, large windows allow guests to enjoy a sea view while seated, without compromising the classic Sanlorenzo exterior lines, and a Aoating glass staircase to the flying bridge has been incorporated into the main lounge area in a manner reminiscent of a piece of contemporary art. Below decks, and sound-insulated to no more than a whisper, the SL86 is powered by two MTU 12V2000 M94 (1,947 hp) engines and can reach a maximum speed of 32kts. Another world premiere during 2015 wiH be the first steel explorer super-yacht, the 460Exp at the Monaco Yacht Show. This will be the Bagship model of the Sanlorenzo Explorer range, and is designed by Francesco Paszkowski. At only 460 gross tonnes and 42m overall length, the 460Exp offers stability, security, autonomy, limited draft and a considerable agility for its categoq. lt is able to reach distant or rarely visited destinations and can navigate close to the shoreline. The Sanlorenzo Explorer offers substantial self-sufficiency and contains a large space on board to house different toys and equipment. The lower deck featu1路es a beach club with bar, sauna, fitness area, spa and an "endless swimming pool" in which guests can swim against an artificial current. The 460Exp is equippe:d with two CAT C32 Acert engines (1319 HP} capable of covering over 4000 non-stop nautical miles at an economical speed of llkts.

"Timeless classical beauty has always been the key feature of the yachts produced by the Sanlorenzo shipyard, and the company's philosophy remains focused towards an undivided concentration on customer requirements. "



To celebrate the lOth anniversary of Massimo Perotti's acquisition of Sanlorenzo, there is a new collaboration with American designer Clu路is Bangle and the CBA team who will be involved with the next generation yacht exteriors. This marks the beginning of a new chapter in the design for Sanlorenzo yachts, bringing a fresh 'voice' into the all-important creative process of these luxury products. While Chris Bangle is well known in the circles of car design - having lead the team of designers at BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce while Group Design Director of BMW for 17 years - this will be his first foray into the world of superyachts. Bangle's creative vision, design leadership and track record of successful innovation dovetails perfectly into the strategic goals of Sanlorenzo and the passionate expertise of their engineers, architects, and craftsmen.

In 2013 Sanlorenzo S.p.A. entered into a joi.nt venture with Sundiro Holdings to build a new range of yachts branded Sundiro Yacht for the China market. Sundiro Holdings are Simpson Marine's strategic partner to help develop the China market, Simpson Marine being the sole distl'ibutor of Sanlorenzo across Asia including mainland China, Hong Kong and Singapore. Zhao Xu Hong, Chairman of Sundiro Holdings Co. Ltd, was delighted to present the worldwide launch of the SY70 at the recent Gold Coast Boat Show in Hong Kong. The joint venture will allow Sundiro Holdings to produce yachts from 10m to 20m in China, as well as sell motor yachts from ~!2m to 62m built in Italy into the China market. The new joint venture has given Sanlorenzo a capital increase of EU30million that still allows the Italian majority shareholding of the company to remain in the hands of Perotti. Another strategic partnership is with Simpson Marine Ltd, who represent countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore and mainland China, and is now the exclusi路ve Asian distributor for Sanlorenzo.

ELITE DAYS Over 350 guests from all over the world were given the chance in 2015 to

interact with the whole Sanlorenzo range. Fourteen Sanlorenzo yachts were moored alongside main quay of Carlo Riva Port, which was specially leased for the occasion, allowing guests a unique chance to experience the Sanlorenzo fleet through on board visits and sea trials in beautiful Portofino Bay. The underlying theme of the 'Elite Days' was an effort to demonstrate Sanlorenzo's unique and bespoke philosophy, whilst offering the guests a variety of made to measure experiences. These included an opportunity to disassemble and reassemble a watch mechanism in a demontage show by IWC Schaffhausen's master watchmakers; the chance to create a personal fragrance under the guidance of Sileno Cheloni, the Master Perfumer and 'nose' of Florence's Aquaflor boutique; getting carried away by the elegance of the Rolls-Royce Ghost made available to guests as a courtesy car; driving wonderful classic cars along Portofino Bay in a rally; enjoying the thrill of flying a drone over Carlo Riva Port - or driving BMW's innovative C Evolution electric scooters. Guests were also invited to experience an art installation by Giovanni Frangi on board Sanlorenzo's 40m superyacht, the 40Alloy, whilst enjoying the delicate pairing of upstream salmon with Laurent-Perrier Champagne and the option to sample Diadema's finest Cuban cigars. A beautiful gala dinner was held for the guests in the historic Villa Cervara overlooking views of the Portofino coastline.

"Sanlorenzo has had a presence in the Asian market in the past, but this new partnership with Simpson Marine makes perfect sense as the companies share common values and vision," said Percotti. "Sanlorenzo represents a history and a future in which passion for quality, elegance and exclusivity becomes a common heritage, and we are ple,ased to see that our made to measure approach is proving very attractive to oul' customers across the Asia Pacific region."

Opposite: Sa11lorenzo SU36, be 011 display at the Camlt$ Yachti11.g Festival


This page: the beautiful Sanlore11zo SD l 06

MADE TO MEASURE Massimo Perotti became the Chairman and CEO of Sanlorenzo just ove1· 10 years ago, but this was not his first involvement in the boating industry. "It aU started with a chance meeting with Paolo Vitelli," says Perotti. "1 met the creator and driving force behind the Azimut brand when 1 was doing some part time tennis coaching ... 1 was studying for an MBA at Bocconi University, and when I graduated Vitelli invited me to work with him - and 1 did so for the next 25 years." Perotti arrived at Azimut with little knowledge or experience of the boating world, but the 1980s were heady times for the industry and he learned all he needed to on the job. "1 started working in the shipyard, and learning sales and production first hand. When 1 started at Azimut there were 25 staff - by the time 1left in 2004, the company had grown to a workforce of 3,000 with an equity rating that had climbed from EU200 million to EU650 million." By now, in his mid-40s, Perotti felt he had reached the point when he wanted 'more', so decided to branch out on his own. "Sanlorenzo S.p.A is one of the last expressions of exclusivity, and that was exactly the dimension 1 was looking for. 11 was the 'Made to Measure' approach to exquisite craftsmanship that attracted me. 1 wanted a company that I could develop in my own way. My father was an artisan who ran a small business, and although he worked hard and produced quality goods, he never really achieved the financial rewards that he deserved. But he believed in quality and that was a good life lesson for me.'' Perotti approached Giovanni Jannetti, founder of Sanlorenzo, in 2004 to buy the company but the owner wouldn't sell unless Perotti worked with him for one yem·. "Jannetti felt that 1 still needed to learn a lesson or two, before 1 could buy his baby. The first thing he said to me was that 1 needed to learn to slow down! 1 arrived all fired up from my experiences from Azimut and the acquisition and relaunch of the Benetti shipyard, but Jannetti felt that this was not the right way to approach the Sanlorenzo brand. He taught me how to run the company in a different way, the Italian 'slow cooking' way ... you go to a supermarket to buy fast food, but if you really want to enjoy the dining experience then you need to be involved in cooking the pasta, making the sauce and then finally eating the special dish that has been prepared. lt becomes a beautiful experience rather than a product to satisfy a need." Perotti goes on to give another example, "If you go out for dinner with a beautiful woman do you eat fast, or do you savour the experience and try to make it last as long as possible?" Perotti took over Sanlorenzo in 2005, and the first four years saw the company grow quickly. But then came the 2008 financial crisis, and hard times for almost everyone. "1 worked 16 hours a day, and we managed to maintain the company's position as one of the top superyacht builders in the world. Difficult times can create opportunities," he quips. The luxury yacht business is not an easy business to manage. "Boating is about passion, and you just need to look at the iconic brands such as Riva, or Ferrelli, to see that they were all started by passionate people - Carlo Riva, and N01·berto Ferretti. Superyachts are a very specialised product, and when your customer is spending EUlOmillion, they want to be looked after in the right way." Perotti doesn't want Sanlorenzo to be the biggest superyacht yard in

the world, but he is committed to producing the best quality yachts, and meet the needs of the most demanding of owners. "For me it is not just about the money; it is about the quality of life, and thtat is one of the reasons why the Sanlorenzo brand is important to me." Perotti believes it is this desire for quality that connects the Sanlorenzo brand to the Chinese boating market. "The Chinese are now enjoying the liner things in life. We have never been the first to enter an emerging market; instead, we wait until we feel there is a real understanding of quality. lf you have time for good cigars and single malt w·hisky then maybe you have time to enjoy the luxury of boating." Sanlorenzo's commitment to the East is very much in evidence these days with the new partnership with Sundiro Holdings, who are producing motor yachts in the 10m to 20m range for the Chinese market. The new SY70 had its worldwide launch at this year's Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show, and the yacht's interior designed by Chris Bangle has brought a fresh approach

Perotti believes it is this desire for quality that connects the Sanlorenzo brand to the Chinese boating market. "The Chinese are now enjoying the firwr things in life. " successfully combining the taste of the Orioent with 'classic Italian heritage'. Perotti believes Hong Kong is going to be their best market, but - with the rest of Asia opening up quickly - there is opportunity to expand to Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia all of whom are developing their own boating culture. Perotti, who had been looking for a Chinese partner for some time, says "1 was looking for someone who really understands what luxury and quality are all about. Our partner Zhou Xuhong, b~tsed in Shanghai, produces lop quality motorcycles. He understands why you need to pay more for luxury products, and with that understanding I belli eve our companies can grow in the right way." Sanlorenzo has also entered into another new partnership - with Simpson Marine Ltd, Asia's leading yacht sales and brokerage company. Mike Simpson and Massimo Perotti have known each other for many years, and "our partnership makes perfect sense," says Perotti. "We share common values and vision, and this partnership will p1·ovide the strategic services in Asia and back up that luxury yacht customers re:quire." Perotti sees the Asian yachting industry evolving rapidly. With such an east-west partnership in place this 54-year old veteran of the boating industry is ready to share his passion for quality, elegance and exclusivity with Asia. ~ w·ww.sanloren.zoyacht. com

Pi;OP L!; I Paolo Vitelli



aolo Vitelli, direct, powerful, a native of Turin, with a passion common to many true Piedmont natives: the mountains. A passion so strong it propelled him to revive old mountain chalets, creating the Champoluc luxut)' resort Hotellerie de Mascognaz, at the foot of Italy's Monte Rosa. But this is not Vitelli's only great interest or what has made his name synonymous with luxury and finesse. It is simply his love of boats that has transformed him into one of the world's most dynamic and famous Italian shipping entrepreneurs. In 1969, at 22 years of age, Vitelli founded the Azimut sas. firm as a charter company hiring out sailing boats. The following year, Azimut began to import and sell boats on the market before the production venture began from artisan-built boats to industrial production; from one single boat to a series of boats. After 10 years of steady growth Vitelli bought the Benetti firm, one of the most famous mega yacht builders in the world, solidifying his status in the industt)' as a visionary. Today the Azimut Benetti Croup is the most impottant European motor yacht builder and the leading mega yacht builder in the world. YAC HT STYLE met the CEO at the Azimut Benetti Yachting Gala staged in Portofino in June 2015.

WWAT WAVE BEEN AZIMUT BENETTI GROUP'S LATEST DEVELOPMENTS? We have launched several new models, all with a very high level of finish and quality. We sold 12 of our new 34 Atlantis; our new Azimut 54 also is having brisk sales. Another new model is the beautiful Azimut 84. We sold six or seven of our new 43 Magellano. We also have had three new orders for our flagship Magellano 76 that was presented as a world premiere at the Portofino Yachting Gala. Not new, but a consistent seller is the Azimut 116-we sold two of them recently, it is a veq popular boat. As for Benetti, we are booked for the next three years and we have new 01·ders pending.

WWAT IS AZIMUT'S SWARE OF TWE WORLD MARKET? We estimate our Group has a 12 percent share of the world's yacht market. We certainly have been doing better than our competitors, many of whom are suffering and disappearing. We are doing better primarily because we are a company very sb·ong financially, capable of going long without being hit. Many companies owned by financial institutions or bonowing too much money have been heavily hit. So we are taking the opportunity of the tide to gain market share and become stronger.

YOU SURVIVED TWE ECONOMIC CRISIS RATWER WELL. WWAT ARE TWE KEY ELEMENTS OF TWIS SUCCESS? We have always had the trust from our customers. They know we are solid and operating with a long-term vision. No doubt it is critical to keep up with new models and quality. Also, perhaps because of the crisis, we have chosen better dealers and because of the crisis, we have a more integrated team that is more efficient; we trimmed the fat. We are proud to be a family company and there has always been a lot of continuity. Azimut Benetti is not for sale and we are not dependent on the banking world.

YOU LOVE TO TALK ABOUT TWE " ITALIAN TOUCW", TELL US MORE? Italian design is all about enduring style, all around the wmld. People want Italian design, Italian quality, Italian craftsmanship, Italian fabrics, Italian brands, Italian food. So ... we have the opportunity to export our interpretation of luxury into the world without compromising our principles. I feel that everybody respects Italian luxury ... and Italian style and design are a symbol ofluxury all a1·ound the world. This is especially true in the fashion and yachting w01·ld.

BIGGEST CWALLENGE AWEAD? The biggest challenge as well as necessity ahead is innovation! The necessity to become more productive and ~oore cost-efficient now is pushing companies like ours to reinvest in the process of production. We are increasing the number of boat models, and therefore jobs, and are reinvesting money to improve the process, both in terms of efficiency and gaining a higher level of quality in the yacl~ts. As an example, 10 years ago, a boat was laminated by hand using glass ~md resin. Today we use infusion, which means no one is touching the resin amd no one is breathing in the resin, so it's better for the environment andl for the people. Because we now cut the glass using machinery- putting the glass on the mold and injecting the resin-the process is 10 times more en.gineered and sophisticated than it was 10 years ago.




I will cite a few. Az.imut Benelli was the fust to put big windows in the hull, to put the garage .in the back and to make a living area in the front of the yacht; and we were the fust to use a really large flybridge. And today we're seeing that people like to get closer to the water in every respect- justlook at how many yachts now have balconies opening from the side, bridges in the back and easy access to the water. PeoiPle want to be more sporty, they want to swim and they want to dine under the stars. In terms of technology, I would say cornfort has been the prime requirement in the last 10 years. If you consider the noise level on a yacht 10 years ago, today that noise is a fraction of what it was. We're also working on the stability of the yacht in bad weather and sea conditions if you're s~1iling or at anchor. People like innovation, but they don't want to abandon comfort.

WWAT IS YOUR GROWTH STRATEGY? MORE ACQUISITIONS AWEAD? It is not said that we have to grow, it is not said that we have to acquire companies in order to gr·ow. At the moment: we have the opportunity to grow because the market is good. When we see t!he market is stable, we might concentrate our effor1s into industrial orga1nisation, so acquisitions are not a necessity for growth. We take opportunities to enter new segments of the market primarily to give stability to OUJr group. Take for instance tbe acquisition of Fraser Yachts. This acquisitiion has enabled our group to provide Azimut Bennetti owners Fraser Yaochts' services; management and servicing of yachts, chartering of their yachts when not used.

Wl-tAT IS YOUR VIEW ON Tl-tE CI-t IN ESE LUXURY YACI-tT MARKET? I would say "work in progress". While there is a lot of interest from the Chinese in our yachts, our sales have gone down a bit there. We have even designed models with karaoke rooms and such to attract their attention, but in my opinion, the Chinese yachting mentality is simply not developed enough. Education about the benefits of yachting is key in the years to come. Benefits of taking your family and friends for a happy day cruise. Benefits of taking business partners on board. We trust that the Chinese market can burgeon at any time and we are fully prepared for such with a strong team and a well-organised dealership network across this huge country.

Wl-tAT IS YOUR SENTIMENT ON Tl-tE INDIAN BOATING SCENE? The Indian boating scene is behind eveTy market at the moment but it has a huge opportunity to catch up. It is behind China because China was quicker in building infrastructure. It is behind Brazil because they too have been building infrastructure and they love the sea. It is also behind Thailand, where we have a lot of marinas and tourists on the water. So India has to catch up not just in infrastructure but fill in the psychological gap and nurture a love for their water, which 1 see happening slowly but surely.


WITI-4 YOUR DAUGI-tTER IN Tl-tE COMPANY AND 1-tAVING AN OPERATIONAL ROLE, ANY PLANS 1r0 PREPARE A WELLDESERVED RETIREMENT? No I am not slowing down, I like working and I am passionate about my company. Naturally 1 enjoy boating, I had my own Azimut 103 for several years. However, thls summer I cruised aboard a brand new 93ft Delfino. We had 10 people on board and 1 am happy to say there was not a single defect even though we were the first to use the boat. We had an idyllic cruise all up and down the Italian coast, Sicily and the Amalfi Coast without one problem. Now, that made me proud to be owner of the company.

Hong Kong has a healthy yachting men tality, no taxes on yachts, yet there is a problem there with lack of berthing. We tried to work with the authorities there on a marina, but the bureaucracy is very conservative. They need a few years to even study a plan, let alone make a decision. Singapore wi th four marinas has been an interesting and growing market over the past years for Azimul. Malaysia has some buyers for big units. Thailand is becoming a charter destination and has an active boating

The market for pleasure boating is continuing t.o expand, but not as in the past. Growth will still take place thanks to developmten t in emerging countries, but in the West a phase of stabiljsation is anticipated, with a very low development rate. Competition in such a market becomes always more selective, and customers

scene. Indonesia has incredibly beautiful waters and potential, yet taxes

beeome more and more wary and hard to

are very hlgh as in China and there are not enough marinas in operation. Infrastructure is key to healthy market development. So overall, despite some serious infrastructure issues, we maintain a strong focus on South East Asia.

mistakes: you always have to be the best. The only change with respect to the past will be the fact that we will need to concentmte all ow路 energy on the quality of the product and services that we offer to our customers, always introducing more value to what we do. ~



There is no room for making any

n March this year, with plenty of celebratory aplomb but also a strict exhortati on to secrecy on the pat1 of attending press, the Italian Sea Croup announced a new partnership with luxury watch brand Franck Muller, the creation of Franck Muller Yachts, and the first build in the new FMY range, the Fra1tck Muller 55. When it comes to luxury brands- and yachts and watches are no exception -the key to visibility and character is differentiation. After all, all watches are expected to tell the time, and we rather hope that all yachts float. So it's when it comes down to the short strokes that we start looking for what sets the brands apart. Creating a yacht building division by rolling together a superyacht builder and a superluxe watch brand is a novel idea. And yes, look carefully and you can see the signature lines of a Franck Muller watch carried through into the lines of the FMY powerboat. So how did this marriage of elegance come about? The Italian Sea Croup is a relative newcomer to the ltalian superyacht scene, although that is not true of its constituent parts. NCA (Nuovi Cantieri Apuania) started building commercial ships in 1942, the Admiral brand launched its first 18m wooden vessel in 1966, and Tecnomar - another commercial builder - was founded in 1987. The three names came togeth er as a 'Croup' in 2013, under the enthusiastic direction of the Chairman, Giovanni Costantino. At th e same time a substantial injection of shareholder capital (reportedly in excess of EUlSm) allowed ISC to totally rebuild and refurbish the existing NCA shipyard in Marina di CatTara, just up the road from Viareggio, Tuscany. The Italian Sea Croup now boasts lOO,OOOsqm of pristine production facilities that look more like an operating theatre than a shipyard. An Italian journalist confided to us, " I pass hy here quite often, and drop in unannounced. Jt always looks like this."


"Creating a yacht building division by rolling together a superyacht builder and a superluxe watch brand is a novel idea. So how did thZ:s marriage of elegance come about?" Giovanni Costantino, Chainnwn Italian Sea Group (left); NichoU.S Ru.daz, Director FM Watches (secorulfrom right}; atul VJjPs at the unveiling of the FMSS m.odel

Pride of place within the Marina di Canara yard, within sight of the blinding white hillsides of the famous Carrara marble quanies, is the new shed with 'Franck Muller Yachts' on the dooJ~. The project is the creation of ISG's Chairman, Giovanni Costantino, and V:artan Sirmakes, owner and founder of Franck Muller Watches, and is designed to artfully blend the high-end worlds of luxury watches and luxury boats. First off the cab rank for Franck Muller Yachts will be the FM55 that had just been popped out of the mould when we visited ISG in March, and will be presented to the public at the Monaco Yacht Show in September. Viewing the newly-finished hull, and comparing it with the plans on display and the impressively shiny scale models, ISG/Franck Muller Yachts have come up with a boat with very attractive lines. Whether the lines of the boat have been inspired by the new line of yachting watches, or the other way round, is hard to tell - says Nicholas Rudaz, Director of Franck Muller. "Franck Muller creates aerodynamic watche:> with cmves, and we wanted to create an aerodynamic boat - inspiration carne from the watches." On the other hand ISG Sales Director Francesco CaJrbone revealed that "the watch was created for the boat ... with a curve, like a woman, a very sensual curve." Take your pick. What is special about this little craft, ancd what may well make it a huge success in Asia, is that it. is first and foremos:t a day boat. The 55 Open, of which three have reportedly been sold into the US, straight 'off plan', boasts a huge open cockpit and then an expansive sal oon beneath the foredeck. It is a big, elegant speedboat with bags of entertaining space. Carbone again: "It is a 'Lounge Concept'. We have gone right. away from the 'small galley, one small cabin, one medium cabin, one small bathroom' department, and opened up the interior. The design encompasses a huge open cockpit, a huge open foredeck space covered in sunpads, and the huge covered lounge. It's a party boat please, bring the champagne." A pair of Volvo 950 engines will push it up to 46kt.s, so you're going to go wherever you want to - fast. Whether it is putre serendipity, or whether Franck Muller Yachts' designer, Gian Marco Campanini, has been listening to the Asian whispers that keep taking about "day :boats, not weekenders", we could not ascertain, but on the drawing board the result is elegant, classy, and - yes -absolutely designed-for-Asia. The complete family of Franck Muller YEtchts will include 55, 68, 80 and 100 versions, with the 55 and 68 available a:s either Open or Hard Top. By the time the first Franck Muller Yachts 55 Open goes on show at Monaco in September, the craftsmen and artisans of the Italian Sea Group will have created something thoroughly different in ca:rbon, aluminium, glass and sapphire, and all yours for an estimated EU1.6m, which makes it exceptionally good value for money. There won't be a straight line in sight, and the attention to detail and finish will be as perfect as Swiss clockwork. ISG Chainnan Giovanni Costantino declares that "this is a boat built by artists, not by boat builders." And we just know it will be ready on time. ~ 1

Almost a blank carwas. Franck Muller 55 Oper~ h~tll no.] was on display to selected press in March, and the finished boot will be presented at the Monaco Yacht Show in September 2015



he 1aveua 28 is the 'new girl' in Ferretti's Custom Line range. It comes with several features that can been seen on her bigger sister, the avella 33 Crescendo, the flagship of the Custom Line Beet, but it also sports a number of entirely new features such as the innovative Dual Mode Transom system, patented by Ferretti Croup. This completely reconfigures the stem of the yacht by expanding the beach club area at the same time as providing easy access to the beach toys and tenders. There is also the use of extended glazed surfaces in the hull, which makes light and airy interiors, but best of all is the infotainment system that provides online fun for all on board. Alberto Galassi, the Ferretti Croup's CEO, introduced the Navetta 28 as a new chapter in the Ferretti Custom Line's adventure. "The Navetta 28 is a perfect blend of engineering, design, style and construction expertise and abilities, that harmoniously come together. The five models in the range are all cutting-edge innovative yachts that meet the needs and expectations of the most demanding owners." Starting from the top ...

Magnificen.t sweeping allrowul views arul sliding cuwed rear doors malre thi.1 upper deck salo011 and alfresco dining area the best place to be, day and night

SUN DECK The sun deck is equipped with a central cabinet that houses a grill, a sink, and - upon request - an icemaker and a refrigerator. The focal point is the mast, which stands tail and accommodates all electronic navigation systems. The sun deck can be furnished with several sunloungers in addition to the large sun pad and an armchair facing forwards. Ask nicely, and Ferretti will replace the sun pad with a Jacuzzi. UPPER DECK The panoramic upper deck is dominated by a circular glazed sliding door system embracing the dining area and connoecting the interiors to the outdoor areas in an effective and flexible way. The outdoor spaces are remarkably wide, thanks to the removable davit (which •can be reinstalled at any time if a second tender or a water toy needs to be pla.c ed on the flybridge) . A TV screen in the outer ceiling can rotate 180 degrees so as to be viewed from either the outside area and the indoor dining area. Guests at the extendable glass table are guaranteed a glorious 230 degrees vista through the surrounding glass panels - which can be opened up a full 120 degrees. The interior panoramic lounge features an L- shaped sofa, a low cabinet with a refrigerator and a second 32-inch TV screen, and backs on to the helm station, which is fully equipped with Simrad multi toouch displays. The helm station can also be accessed from the outer walkways, where two outdoor steering stations are located. The outer walkway also• leads to the sun pad located on the deckhouse. MAIN DECK Delightfully, the dominant element throughout this yacht is the natural light, and the main deck has continuous glazing f1:om bow to stern. A self-concealing TV screen is installed in the ceiling, and comes in anything &om 46 to 55 inches - you choose. LED lights create mood lighting and a front wall with horizontal slats separates the living area from the central lobby. A speciallydesigned full height storage cabinet houses all the glassware you could possibly need and sliding-top cabinets look after all the necessary Batware. The galley has absolutely everything install·ed, and includes a dinette area. Access to the galley is from outside, starboa,rd, and from the crew quarters below deck. Fonvards, a sliding door leads into a sec:ond lobby with day head to one side, and then into the master stateroom. This includes a walk-in wardrobe/ dressing room, closed by sliding doors, and the suite is fitted with low-rise furniture along both walls, affording unobstructed views of the sea. A writing desk and glass vanity set with LED-lit shelv·es on both sides of the bed create a cosy atmosphere. The fully-fitted owners' •ensuite is furnished with marble walls and a marble top, twin ceramic washhasins, shower and bath. Full length windows in here, too.




VIP ACCOMMODATION Down one level from the main deck, a central lobby leads to four VIP guest cabins, three doubles and a twin, all with ensuite heads and separate showers. The innovative and extraordinarily la1路ge (L4sqm each), mullion-free hull windows feature a very original design thanks to two 'invisible' pot1holes that are glued on the glass itself instead of being anchored to a fibreglass frame. Designed by AYT&D in cooperation with the Amaregroup, these special windows are hydrostatically tested and RINA-certified to obtain their Type Approval certificate, and then voluntarily crash and breakage tested by Fen路etti themselves. Huge quantities of natural light really are de rigeur on the Navetta 28.

BOW AND AFT DECK The extreme bow features an onboard hideaway, fitted with a dinette and a C-shaped sofa, a teak wood table, and a fonvard sun pad. A raised gunwale around the bow not only contributes towards safety, but also adds personality to the boat's profile, making the yacht's lines look considerably lighter. The main aJt deck features a multi-functional sunbathing area that can be configured in any number of different ways. BAT~ING


Now for the really clever part. We first saw the Dual Mode Transom (DMT) system demonstrated last year at the Genoa Boat Show by Ferretti's chief engineer. This is a design feature that is going to be a trendsetter. It is the perfect blending of a flood able garage, a bathing platJorm, and a beach club. Two pairs of hydraulic pistons, working either together or in opposition, allows the whole transom to be turned inside out. This allows float-in access to the garage, which can store a jet tender up to 4.45m. The central submersible platform can also become a comJortable surface from which to dive into the sea or get back on board, or it can also be used as a lift for water toys and other equipment. Opening the tTansom downwards and flush with the two side areas of the aft bathing platform creates a 9sqm 'beach club'. Now drop down the ceiling of the garage to become a floor, and extending the beach area by an additional 6m, makes a total area of almost l5sqm. It's a piece of design magic that deserves to win Ferretti plenty of new fans.

The circular Upper Deck paiU!ramic dining saloM lends itselfperfectly to a round di11ing table configuratiOJt. The sliding glazing can be encwsed 10 alklw guest$ iiiSilk to ILSe the HiFi wid the TV

E:NGINE:S AND PE:RFORMANCE:S The Navetta 28 comes equipped with MAN V8 l,200hp engines, giving a maximum speed of 16kts and a standard cruising speed of l3.5kts, translating into ranges of 400 and 650nm respectively. An 'economic' cruising speed of lOkts can give l,250nm range. New soundproofing, sound-absorbing and antivibration materials have been installed in order to afford maximum comfort for guests. All systems likely to run at night time have been installed at the extreme stern. Comfo1t is guaranteed by the electro-hydraulic stabilising fins with 'undenvay' and 'zero-speed' functions that are standard on this yacht. A pair of gyroscopic stabilisers can also be installed upon request - as is the case on the first hull - guaranteeing even more 'no-roll comfort' when the boat is at anchor.

INFOTAINMENT SYSTE:M More clever stuff. VOTIS (Videoworks One Touch Infotainment System), was developed by the engineers of AYT&D and Videoworks, and allows complete control of the entire entertainment system (installed in the main deck saloon) through an iPad. Goodbye to all those multiple remotes. The control system can be extended to the other areas of the yacht, and can also be integrated with the owner's or guests' other personal devices. This is not just a movie library- VOTIS can display onboard operational information and images from the yacht's CCTV system, surf the internet, access the digital entertainment library (of course) and even talk to shore stations. Last but not least, thanks to AirPlay technology and a Wi-Fi connection, A/V content can be shared and streamed into different areas of the yacht. This takes onboard infotainment to unprecedented levels -it is possible to listen to music while someone else is watching videos or movies in a different cabin or saloon, or share the same content in several different areas of the yacht right throughout the boat. It's clever, and it's complicated. I.f you are old enough to afford a Navetta 28 you'll need to hire a 10-year old onboard IT/AV manager as well. The Fenetti Custom Line Navetta 28 has inherited a number of solutions already in place on its sister and flagship Navetta 33 Crescendo, but also includes several innovations. With her unmistakable outer profile and elegant sensuous lines, this sophisticated yacht has been built with unrivalled craftsmanship, and is a true sculpture whose rounded shapes seem to have been moulded by the sea breeze itself. ~

SPEC I=ICATIONS !=erretti C stom Line Navetta 28 Len th: 24m (78.8ft) LOizr: : 28.31m (92.11ft) B am: 7m (23ft)

Classification Cat A ~C pleasure boat. Crew: 7

ON BOARD I Yacht Review (Lagoon 630 MY)



he Lagoon brand name is better known for its sailing yachts, but its recently launched Lagoon 630 MY and return to the motor yacht sector is set to change the face of luxury motor yacht cruising. Part of CNB, a division of the Beneteau Group, Lagoon is one of the world's largest sailing yacht producers. Asia has been an important market for the group, where catamarans are very popular due to their spaciousness and stability. From the beginning of this project, the Group aimed to produce an exceptional blue-water passage maker with accommodation and equipment that made living aboard feel both safe and elegant. The Lagoon 630 MY has certainly achieved this goal and since she was launched at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2014, has received unanimous praise wherever she goes. Designers Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot Prevost (VPLP) have an exceptionally strong record in multihull design, including Oracle Team USA, the winner of the hotly contested 2010 America's Cup. Peteghem and Prevost designed the Lagoon 630 MY and she has already proven herself to be reliable and seaworthy on long ocean passages. Lagoon selected Nauta Design to give the yacht a modern, comfortable look with elegant finishes providing the luxury modern boat owners are looking for in their yachts these days. The spacious catamaran is 63ft long and has a beam of 32ft, meaning a huge amount of space available for entertaining. The side decks are teak lined and with safety rails encircling the entire yacht you can literally run around the boat in total safety. The spacious trampoline area at the bow is the perfect spot to watch the world go by and listen to the sea rushing past. There is a seamless transition between outdoor and indoor spaces when you step onboard the yacht. The aft deck houses a comfortable lounging space as well as an alfresco dining area that can easily seat 12 guests. The aft deck is party central, housing its own bar, refrigeTator, ice maker and a huge barbeque. Continuing through to the spacious main saloon, two comfortable sofas can be found on either side, one with elegant coffee table that can expand to provide a comfortable indoor dining area for 10 to 12 guests. The sofa is paired with a multifunctional table and seating anangement. The chart table is positioned in the centre of the area, putting the navigator in a comfortable and strategically positioned location. With windows all around, the room is filled with natural light and guests have a full view of

Downstairs, the magic continues with a spacious galley more akin to the private kitchen in an upmarket residence. With a double fridge-freezer there is plenty of space for storing provisiom;, making it easy to whip up a dinner party for 12 guests. The two hulls also contain the guest and owner accommodation. The cabin anangement is fi•exible and can be changed depending on whether the yacht is for privat•~ use or for charter. The VIP cabins have raised double beds, dressing tables and ensuites. There is also an option for twin bunk accommodation, which comes with a dressing table and spacious ensuite. But the real show stop per on this yacht is the owner's long and spacious stateroom. Furnished with a queen-sized bed, the area has a separate seating area and dressing room, a1nd the ensuite bathroom boasts a glassed-walled shower, double sink vanity and enclosed head. All this luxury is then topped off with steps leading straight up to the swim platform for that early morning swim. Access to the flybridge is from the port side of the aft deck, up a flight of stairs equipped with stainless steel handholds. An electrically actuated hatch closes off the flybridge to help keep the aft deck dry during a rainstorm. Two Simrad multifunction display screens are at •each of the three helm stations; two on the flybridge aft, on either side, and o•ne in the centre of the forward saloon. The saloon station has a joystick instead of a steering wheel, while the flybridge stations are near a seating and :sunning area with a folding-leaf dining table to starboard, an outdoor kitchen and bar, and two sun pads perfect for a crowd or family getaway. In the hardtop there is a folding fabric sunroof, allowing the host to optimise or minimise the amount of sun coming through to the flybridge seating and sunning areas. Given the size of the yacht the boat is extremely fuel efficient and with just two Volvo 04 engines of 260 or 300HP to push her along, she is capable of top speeds of 16kts but cruises more happily in the 10 to 12kts range. The

wherever the yacht is heading.

fuel capacity of 3,000 litt·es is pe1fect for lontg distance cruising. The custom


Lagoon RIB tender is stowed on a hydraulic platform and at anchor with the tender deployed doubles as a small teak beach for swimmers. It can be lowered just beneath the water for youngster:; and those looking for a lift hack to the aft deck stairs after a swim or a snorkdling adventure. There are so many seating and sunning options it's hard to grasp the size of the Lagoon 630 MY. Simply put, the aft deck is a full247sqft and the total inside area is 893sqft - a great deal bigger tl~an many Hong Kong flats! From her wide open Nauta-designed saloon to her spacious weather decks, the Lagoon 630 Motor Yacht is a comfortable and luxurious platform. ~

The strikin.g lines of the Lagoon 630 MY make her stand out from the crowd. It is almost unimaginable that so nmch space, both interior and exterior, can be packed into a boat this size - something that can be achieved on a mtdtihull

The acc<Jmnwdatim• suites have obviously been borrowed from a very much larger yMht, arul the•u area is deliciously a1w disproportionately large. This is how you pack superyacht sp<U:iousness ir>to a pocket editio~>

"Peteghem and Prevost designed the Lagoon 630 MY and she has already proven herself to be reliable and seaworthy on long ocean passages. Lagoon selected Nauta Design to give the yacht a modern, comfortable look with elegant finishes . "

ON BOARD I New in Asia (Ferretti 650)

SUPE:R MINI SE:LLS 01=1= TI-lE: STOCIKS Compact superyacht, the Ferretti 650 represents the renovation of Ferrettis sub-70 yacht line en·etti, proud owners of several great yacht brands, are particularly proud of their oldest brand, Fenetti itself and their yacht range. This is where their heart lies as boat-builders, and as such they put their heart and soul in to any new member of the range. The Ferretti Yachts 650 is another result of the cooperation between Ferretti's own research, style and product development centre (Advanced Yachts Technology & Design), and Studio Zuccon International Project. Three were sold before the first hull was launched. The first to a buyer from China, the next to a buyer in Lebanon and a hard-top Bybridge version is on its way to the US this year. The hull sold to the Chinese buyer has already been featured in YACHT STYLE magazine - the so-called Tai He Dian - and was designed throughout (a testament to the flexibility of the hull and superstructure engineering) to be attractive to buyers from the Far East. Little things like round dining tables and reduced cabin space to provide room for cinema rooms or karaoke facilities as well as quite substantial increases in the public areas all make a diffet·ence if your boat is principally going to be used for business entertainment rather than extended cruises with the family. Like other contemporary designs, glazing predominates. Interiors are light, bright and stylish and materials and finish colours are generally designed with light in mind. The fly bridge offers most of the open space: the foredeck is the usual sloping sunpad, just forward of the internal helm station. This is placed well fonvard of the centre of the boat on the port side. The flybridge

helm station is placed well behind and on starboard, so two very different viewpoints there. The flybridge is compact, and has a rear seating area that mimics the style usually associated with coclkpit seating. Substantial enough. The cockpit itself is more generous, with lots. of space for just standing around and passing the drinks from the bar and the 1galley, both situated just inside the door from the cockpit. Very sociable. Th~~re's even a handy Rap on one of the rear windows allowing access to the galle:y even when the cockpit doors are shut. It's the little things sometimes that set ;good design apart from the rest. The rest of the saloon comprises the eight-seater saloon, the helm station and the companionway to the two double an<il one twin cabin, all ensuite. The seating part of the saloon is raised, as is the helm station, so care is needed walking past the bar to the sofas bey•ond as there are two steps to navigate. As befits a member of the pt·estigious Fenetti marque, the finishes and craftsmanship are of the highest quality and the entire finish and colour scheme have been revisited for this new member of the family. Two engine configurations are offered: twin 1015hp or twin ll50hp Caterpillar diesels. Depending on engine choice, your Ferretti Yachts 650 will cruise at 30kts and can get up to 33kts. You will have a range of 300nm, more if you nurse it, with the 3,700L fuel tanks. Finally, at the end, at the rear end, and i·n point of fact the stem, there is my favourite toy - the lowerable bathing pllatform-cum-boat lift adding considerable living space to the yacht and keeping it davit-free. It also creates a super little private and sheltered sun spot. )J'

"The cockpit itself is generous, with lots of space for just standing around and passing the drinks from the bar and the galley, both situated just inside the door from the cockpit. Very sociable... It's the little things sometimes that set good design apart from the rest."

As befits a member of the prestigious FetTCUi marque, the finisl~s arul craftsmanship are of tiiC highest quality arul tl~e entire finish and colour sciiCniC have been n'Visited for this new 11~mber of the family

SPECIJ=ICATIONS LOA 19.6/rn Max beam 5.25rn Draught l.!)Om Unladen displacement .54.8tonnes

Laden displacement 11 1.2tonnes Engines 2 x CAT C18 101::;1-ip Propulsion l ine Shaft Max speed

Cruising speed 27kn Range 2/0nm Fuel capacity 3./l Freshwater capacity :5.50 l Hull shape Deep V Hull material GRP

Cabins 5 • 1 Maxim m no. persons on board 18 Design Zuccon Inter national Project lines and interior, Ferret ti .L\YT te hnical engineer ing Builde:Jj Ferretti Ywchts

ON BOARD I New in Asia (fv1CY70 )

B~AUTII=ULLY DII=I=~R~NT Not just a sea-going luxury yacht, shes won awards for her engineering and build design onte Carlo Yachts' MCY70 is an amalgam of form and function that escapes most designers of almost anything. How do you make something beautiful and yet able to do the underlying job it is meant for? There always seems to be a compromise. Full-length glazing might weaken hull integrity in a high sea. Hugely decorative guest accommodation might make the superstructure top-heavy. Monte Carlo Yachts has looked stmight past this and worked hard on all aspects of the yacht to achieve their particular mixture of design and petformance. The hull, with its wide and high -flared sea-going bow, incorporates an advanced keel structure that features self-suppotting sandwich plating together with longitudinal reinforcements, a bow crash box, and extensive use of Kevlar in the areas of greatest impact. These all provide the MCY70 with a very solid but light shell. Then you take Monte Carlo Yachts' revolutionary build methodology. Almost everyone else makes the hull then releases a few skilled cabinet makers to build the interiors within the hull. All of them working in tight, dark confined spaces, with lots of measuring and re-measuring to make sure things fit. Not Monte Carlo Yachts. They build the interiors to tight, measured specifications out on the workshop floor. Larger numbers of skilled craftsmen can access their work from the outside and inside with space all around. Monte Carlo Yachts say this technique provides a better-fitting, closer-to-spec interior at a fraction of the cost and time taken in a conventional build-in-the-hull fitout. Indeed, "fitout" is the wrong word: it's a "fit in", because when the interior is finished, it is hoisted up and dropped into the empty hull, complete. The cabin roof and the


superstructure are then dropped on top, evoerything is fixed and the boat is ready for the paintshop. The needs of the helmsmen and crew atren't ignored. The upper helm station is deadcentre and the compact flybridge is narrower than the beam of the yacht, so there is excellent all-round vision. The flybridge's utility as a nice place to sit and enjoy the ride hasn't been forgotten - there's still plenty of seating to provide the helmsman with companionship and soft drinks while the passengers sip something perhaps a little stronger or just enjoy the sun. The MCY70 is built to take to sea and sail well and safely. Depending on engine and drive configuration chosen, nhe can move at a maximum of 33kts and will cruise at 24kts. The four tomnes of fuel in the tanks provide plenty of range at cruising speed. Not bad for an eight-guest plus two-crew motor yacht. The main saloon is compact to permit two decent width fore and aft external gangways because it is the outside of this boat that will appeal to owners in the Far East. The cockpit and :foredeck areas are both huge, accessible and usable. The cockpit is fully sheltered and the aft bulkhead completely folds away making the rear salooon and the cockpit one huge space. The foredeck is given the Monte Carlo Yachts treatment too. There are two huge sunpads yes, but, these aren't just for sunbathers. They are arranged around semicircular tables that rise out of the deck to provide open seating and dining for the entire complement, with recessed pop-up lights for evening meals or just reading in evening solitude. )J-

"The MCY70, like all Monte Carlo Yachts, is built to take to sea and sail well and safely. Depending on engine and drive configuration chosen, she can move at a maximum of 33kts and will cruise at 24kts." 11ut foredeck is given tlut Monte Carlo Yachts treatnutnt too. There are two huge s wipads ... arranged arowul semicu路cu.lar tables that rise out of tlut deck to provide open seatu~g and dir~ir~g for tlut entu路e complenutnt

ON BOARD I New in Asia (Numarine 102)



The flagship superyacht from Numarine has been redesigned by shifting the engine room aft and the crew quarters forward


ased in Istanbul, Numarine have an impressive 35,000sqm yard, capable of bullding yachts of all sizes, 100+-footers aren't small. Their latest 102, delivered in March, marks a design step upwards from its predecessors. The new Numarine 102 features fully re-worked glazing to the hull sides that has enhanced the exterior appearance and invited extra daylight. In addition, the crew accommodation and engine room have been switched around. The crew accommodation is now larger and more centrally located and the engine room is much further aft resulting in a very quiet ride. External design and naval architecture is by Design Studio Spadolini and Umberto Tagliavini, respectively. Can Yalman, also based in Istanbul, created the interior design and has been doing design for Numarine for many years. for a large yacht the 102 is as agile as it is fast. She provides comfortable cruising for all aboard. With a maximum speed approaching 30kts, the 102 was designed to go places efficiently, at speed and in style. Twin Caterpillar 1,825hp diesels drive the boat, supported by 12,580L of fuel, giving her a range of up to 500nm. Inside, a bright, beautifully appointed interior and a beam of over 23ft, boasts a wealth of space with a lavish lounge and dining area. To port, a fullyequipped galley offers direct access to both the saloon and side deck a.long with a conveniently located day bed. Further forward on the same level is the spacious owner's suite featuring a luxurious bathroom. The forward facing bed enjoys panoramic views thanks to the unique curved glazing. Steps lead down

to walk-in wardrobe space complementing th.e overall feel of space and luxury. Comprising two doubles and hvo twins, the other four guest cabins are equally well-appointed on the lower deck, all spaciolUS and all ensuite, benefitting from the abundance of natural light thanks to innovative glazing. The newly configured crew quarters comprise three single cabins, all ensuite, and a substantial sitting/relaxation area. Between the main and upper deck is the raised pilot house, full beam with a captain's armchair at the helm and a s.eating area with adjoining chaat table giving a true superyacht feel. The expansive flybridge is appointed for relaxation and entertaining, leaving to want, with sofas, cocktail tables, a bar area and space for sunloungers. The aft area of the fly bridge houses a tender/jetski/motorbike storage are;a complete with crane. Most of the usable space on this large yacht is inside or on top. The cockpit is modest in relative terms and the foredeck is almost negligible, although it has a very nice forward facing bench, long enough to lie on, or wide enough for three to sit and enjoy the bneeze even at full speed: the bridge behind will fend off most of the wind. The fly bridge is colossal. Fully half the l路ength of the yacht, it completely shelters the cockpit and provides seating for 10 or more at the dining table and a few more casual seats besides. The cabins and saloon, even the crew quat1ers, often pokey, are generous in size. This is not your casual day-trip boat, or even a weekender: it is capable of doing the big trips and the long crui ses, so all you have to do now is piek your first cruising ground and go. )}路

"For a large yacht the 102 is as agile as it is fast. She provides comfortable cruising JFor all aboard. With a maximum speed approaching 30kts, the 102 was designed to go places efficiently, at speed and in style. "

This is not yonr camal day-trip boat, or eve11 a weekender: it is capable of doir'(f the big trips and the lor'(f cntises, so all yoz. have to do rww i:; pick yoru first cmising gro:rmd and go

ON BOARD I New in Asia (Sunseeker 75)

EXTENDED CRUISI~~G IN COMJ=ORT AND ST"YLE The perfect space for relaxing in a secluded bay or cruising the coastline


unseeker has six ranges of yachts varying in length and style and purpose, and aU built to the highest standard of performance and craftsmanship, so where do you start? The Sunseeker Yacht Range begins with this boat, the Sunseeker 75, which in its design, build and performance has no need to defer to its larger sisters. The Yacht range are built for extended cruising, voyages where everyone needs some private space from Lime to time, where the cabins will be used for living rather than simply day-changing rooms, and where the galley will be producing more than sandwiches. 75ft long with 19ft beam, she draws less than a fathom at full load despite her 47-tonne displacement. With up to 5,000L of fuel and 1,200L of fresh water in her tanks, her twin diesels can get up to 34kts and can achieve a range of up to 325nm at a cmising speed of 25kts. The accommodation is all below. The guest cabins are fonvard, accessed by a circular staircase beside the in-saloon helm station. Three doubles and one twin, aU ensuite, all with in-cabin storage, the master cabin enjoying a full -beam mid-ships location. The crew accommodation is right aft, between the engine room and the transom and comprises a twin cabin and full head. Day space is not in short supply. The saloon, opening off the cockpit, presents a full -width sitting area with sofa seating for 10, then forward to an open-sided galley to pott, and an eight-seat dining table to starboard, just behind the raised two-seat helm station. The bulkhead behind the galley is large enough for a huge fixed video screen. All side walls are essentially

windows, and the z-shaped glazing that dominates the external appearance of the brand lets in all the light you could want, all around. Most unusually the crew cabin also has its share of the light and the view. The transom is almost all glazed. The Aybridge, as befits a yacht of this class, is also large enough to hold everyone on board and both Bybridge and cockpit can have a handy bar fitted, so no one has to go up and down the Bybridg路e ladder holding a drink, or more than one drink. Sofas and sunpads and the two-seat helm station make up the rest of the Aybridge space. Sunseeker have been building 75ft yachts for a while in this class, so what sets this new model apart from the past? The inside helm station and lowerdeck access is now slightly raised. This permits the cabin space to retain its headroom and also the installation of stabili!;ers. The enlarged engine room (pattly achieved by adding 400mm to the lemgth), takes those stabilisers and, if you like, larger engines. Want a hat路d-top f,or the Ayllridge? No problem. To this reviewer however, there's more than just more stuff. The design is cleaner and sharper, more line than curve, more angle than roundness, and the lines draw the eye out, giving the impression of size, more size even than this yacht provides, and it provides plenty for its eight guests. She also provides plenty of power and like all Sunseekers sits high on the plane, well forward of the wake-tTail, giving .a rather better impression of the full depth of the hull than when she's at rest. This boat is not for resting. She's a cJUiser. Cruise! ~

"The saloon is a full-width sitting area with sofa seating for 10, the galley and an eight-seat dining table to starboard, just behind the raised two-seat helm station."

TilÂŁ inside helm station arwl lower-deck access is raised to pennit tile cabin space to retain its luw:droom ami the installation of stabilisers

SPECIJ=ICATIONS LOA 22.98m Beam 5.73m Draught 1.63m Displacement 46.4tonnes

f:ngines Up to 3244PS Propulsion type Twin fixed-pitch propellers Max speed 34kn

Cruising speed 25kn Range Up to 325 nm Fuel capacity s.sool Freshwater capacity 1,200L

Ca~ ins 7 Ber hs 4 Hul material !=iberglass Sui der Sunseeker International

ON BOARD I New in Asia (Sun Odyssey 479)

SMOOT~ AND SUBTL~ SAILOR A 15m yacht with great lines, great comfort and great handling nother offering from the Phillipe Briand/Jeanneau stable, this new boat fits in between the shorter 449 and the 519 and replaces the successful469 in their line up. Benefitting from the most recent innovations, her elongated hull lines and moderate fTeeboard give the Sun Odyssey 4 79 an attractive look and delivers an exceptional performance at sea. The custornisable interior includes a showpiece saloon in the widest part of the 15ft beam and three or four cabins. In the three-cabin version, each cabin has its own head, with the forepeak cabin ensuite. The two aft cabins are below the substantial cockpit, which in signature ]eanneau style has as much deck space as possible, at the expense of non-functional sweeping lines common on some other designs. It is all the more usable as a result. The twin helm stations are just forward of a lowerable transom that provides a low diving platform. There's a central console in the cockpit with a leaf table that folds out to seat six in comfort and close enough to the helm to pass sandwiches and pies to the helmsman, as required, if you are eating as you cruise. All control lines terminate at the rear of the cockpit, pennitting singlehanded or small-crew sailing. Already popular with sailing charter firms because of the space and ease of handling, adverts are all over the internet even if Jeanneau's own publicity matetial is sparse. The decks are not the usual mish-mash of ropes, Enes, halyards and sheets and odd things tied on here and there: the control line routing design really does keep much of the


deck clear and usable when under sail and otherwise, and your passengers will appreciate not all having to be crammed into the cockpit all the time. It is always difficult, in Jeanneau's case, to discuss the interiors, because customisation of the interior space is so easy; it is therefore customised a lot and in particular the galley conliguration vaz路ies considerably from boat to boat. Uniquely, for new boat orders, the final details of finish and layout can be decided quite late in the build, as can, say, the electronics package chosen. In particular, the forepeak cabin can be buih to a variety of styles, including dividing into two double cabins each with an. ensuite head, thus raising cahin capacity from six to eight. Four heads on a sailing yacht. What next? Ease and comfort aside, it is a sailing yaocht and a fine one. The mast is a little under 17m high, and takes a 84sqm Code Zero, a more modest 140 percent Genoa at 60sqm and a 49sqm mains:ail. This is a large, high-aspect rig. If you want a furling mainsail, then it willl only be 38sqm. There are performance sail plans and pouering about tine harbour sail plans, including the option of a self-tacking jib. You pay your money and you make your choice. A Yanmar 54hp diesel handles insho re manoeuvering and foul-wind passages and the 240L fuel tank will take you most places you need to go if the wind isn't on your side. At 8 kts. The Z-pod engine-prop system permits touch sensitive docking, controlled by a joystick on the helm stations, the prop being able to swivel through 360 degrees and thus Lhmst from any angle, so adverse wind and tide conditions needn't be a major concern any more. )J'


\ "The signature just-in-time interior design is modular and allows the new owner great flexibility in customising layout and finishes alike. Similarly, the boat comes with a range of sail plans suitable for any anticipated use."

ON BOARD I New in Asia (l-latteras GT63)



Take this 40kts rocket for a spin and come back with a marlin outh East Asia, especially the South China Sea, abounds in excellent game fishing opportunities, opportunities hitherto overlooked by tourists and most serious pleasure boat owners alike. No-one is hunting the magnificent marine monsters that lie in wait for the suitably-equipped local game fisherman. Part of the reason being that this sport was developed by Americans in and near America, from New England down to the Florida Keys, and along the Californian coast, and this is where the market has grown and where most fishermen go. The fish however are everywhere. In practice, any deep water near any coast has big fish, but have you got the boat to go and get them'? This is whet·e the Hatteras GT63 comes in. This is a very large game fishing boat at 63ft. 40ft-plus boats are not uncommon and as game fishermen need to get into the deep water off the edge of the continental shelf (and in South East Asia that means going a long way offshore), so long range and big engines and plenty of sea-going boat to put them in are requit·ed. Unconventionally, (for the conventional motor yacht owner), the cockpit seems minimal - all the room on the boat is for'ard, whether above deck or below. The above deck fly bridge, with its even higher conning tower is set right aft, almost over the cockpit, and this is all to do with the helmsman having as much to do with landing the fish as the fisherman hanging on to the rod. At times the helmsman will be running back to give the fisherman slack Iine, and won't want to run over the fish. The Hatteras CT63 has got plenty of range and power. Comfortable cruising at 35kts gives it a range of 430nm, more than enough to get out, say,


to the oil rigs well-known to China Sea Race compe6tors, and back. In a hurry to get home with your prize fish? She will do over 40kts fully-loaded, if you don't care about fuel consumption. The cockpit is designed to accommodate !the usual fishing chair over the stern. On a raised semi-platform (which also leads to the hatchway and the steps up to the flybt~dge), is a canted-back spectatc•r bench that provides comfort on the long haul out and back, and a higher viewpoint to enjoy the sport. Inside the saloon is a dining table oppos1ite the bar/galley counter amidships, and a right-angled sofa aft. Then steps down to the lower deck and its four-cabin, three-head 6'6" headroom acc:ommodation. Two double cabins and two twin bunk cabins provide lots of roo~m for overnight and weekend voyages, or just somewhere to put the kids down for a nap as you head home at the end of a long day. You have the option of changing this cabin connguration, depending on need, but most of the designed-in options foe:us on the Bybridge which can be converted from the standard simple helming station into a seating, sipping and sunning space too - or in cooler waters, a fully-enclosed wheelhouse to give protec6on to the helm. Other options include chillers and live-wells for nsh or bait, and other deep water fishing necessities. The boat's hull is worthy of comment - you are going to be a long way offshore. The pronounced bow flare will handle the typical blue water seas with ease, helped by the 57ft waterline length. The aft tumblehome will make landing the big ones so much the easier. Coo·d fishing! ~

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"In practice, any deep water near any coast has big fish, but have you got the boat to go and get them?"


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ON BOARD I Charter (Northern Sun)

f you are looking for a personalised luxury cruising experience in Asia that comes with a sense of adventure, then Notthern Sun is the superyacht for you. Captain Lawrie has years of experience of cruising the best spots in Asia and he can take you and your guests to the very best dive locations in the region or visit some of the most secluded beaches on the planet. Northern Sun can accommodate up to 12 guests in five-star style and comfort. At 50m, she has an abundance of interior space making sure there is plenty of room for both privacy and social engagements. The main deck is entirely dedicated to entertainment spaces and its light and airy ambiance is conducive to comfortable relaxation and conversation. There is also a games table and piano for more social occasions. The lower deck features an impressive formal dining room and an adjoining library for relaxing with a good book. For communing with nature there is the aft salon and alfresco dining a.rea. The aft deck and the foredeck areas offer the perfect lounging space for watching the sunset or enjoying an evening cocktail before dinner in the formal dining room downstairs. The private top deck also offers a Jacuzzi, so]jtude and 360-degt路ee panoramic views of the natural beauty sunounding the yacht. A massive master cabin is stylishly furnished with a king size bed and the three double and two twin cabins will make everyone feel like YIPs. The


Opposite page, from top: Northem Su" in Phang Nga Bay, Phuket; Jacuzzi Oil the sruuleck This page, clockwise from right: Srmset over the Andaman Sea; VIP suite; onboard style aJ<d entertai.ning; the Library

Asian influence used throughout the yacht on Northern Sun's interior design can be seen in the elegance of tropical woods teak, makore and nana. Like explorers of a bygone era, the owners of Northern Sun have amassed their own collection of artwork, nautical antiquities and rugs from around the world and these treasures are exhibited throughout the yacht. The artworks depict shipping through the ages, from the clipper ships of the early 19th century to mid-20th century passenger liners. Many of the carpets on the vessel date f1·om the early and rllid-20th centur-y and are line examples of the craftsmanship of the traditional rug weavers of the Middle East. A beautiful ship's clock is also on board, which rings a bell every half-hour in proper nautical fashion. South East Asia is vet-y much a land of discovery, famous for its crystal clear waters, active volcanoes and magnificent variety of wild life. Deserted beaches and exotic cultures are waiting for those seeking an adventure. Try an elephant jungle b·ek, a scuba expedition, or a cultural visit to discover the traditional life of the local sea gypsy village. Exotic locations such as the Butang Islands just 27nm northwest of Langkawi offer exceptionally preserved coral reefs, or take a walk on one of the uninhabited islands of the Mergui Archipelago - made up of over 800 islands and spread over 14,000 square

miles of the Indian Ocean. These islands ar•e in such a pristine state that many are still uninhabited due to the country's isolation over the last 50 years. The islands are mountainous and covered by jun~gle, with spectacular waterfalls tumbling directly onto white sandy beaches,. fringed with coral reefs and teeming with wildlife. On board Northern Sun, an abundance of fresh seafood and local ingredients are crafted together by the chef to delight the senses and ensure the voyage is a gastronomic treat. Menu higl~lights include sea bass fillets with zucchini puree, steamed Swiss chard, chanterelle mushroom and shaved black truffles, or linguine with jumbo fresh water Bcampi and date tomatoes. Or try local favout~tes such as Thai salad with sweet potato chips, tofu and turmeric dressing, or Thai chicken with gal an gal and coconut milk soup ... all finished off with delicious desset1s that include caramel balsamic swirl ice cream, Limoncello souffl6 and luscious tropical fre!lh fruits. There is endless fun to be had with Northern Sun's extensive range of water sports equipment. Guests may enjoy snorkelling, kayaking, paddle boarding, Laser dinghy sailing, sea bobbing, wakeboarding, water skiing and fishing. If you are really adventurous then check out the latest water toy - a towet~ng inflatable water slide that is a full 1two decks high! ~

ONBOARD I Brokerage (ICON700)


are is the opportunity to buy a supeqacht with prestigious Dutch pedigree, outstanding technology and intelligent use of space that can be delivered within just 18 months. The £CON100, however, is one such exceptional prospect combining all these elements in a perfectly formed package, cwTently under construction at ICON and with design from multi-award-winning Ken Freivokh. It is presented by YACHTZOO, which comments this novel new build is "pushing the boundaries of yacht design and revolutionising the cruising experience." Known for its distinguished superyachts in the over-60-metre range including 62.5m MIY ICON and M/Y BATON ROUGE - ICON is cunently focusing its attention on what promises to be a gem of a new build project. With privacy and smart technology high on the agenda, the ICONlOO combines the stunning craftsmanship and maritime heritage for which the shipyard is known into a highly efficient space yet at a size that is practically unheard of for a custom-build Dutch shipyard of this calihre. At 29.2m and sleeping six to eight guests, the project is lovingly known as the 'ICON Baby' by the 140-strong consttuction team in Harlingen, which is building the vessel to the same technical standards as a much larger superyacht, with a diesel-electric power and propulsion solution. The fuel efficient, revolutionary system combines twin Hydrosta electric azimut thrusters with lithium ion battery generators to work in harmony, so during normal cruising the batteries are continuously charged and unloaded for propulsion. The result is optimisation of the diesel generators for low consumption, low emissions and fewer mnning hours. The experience for the owner is a smoother, quieter ride with no noise or vibration - both underway and at anchor - complemented by cancelling of motion sickness through the two-fin cruise and zero speed stabilisation system. Beyond technological advancements and a striking exterior profile, the ICONlOO offers impressive interior space in an arrangement that gives the feeling of being on a much larger superyacht.

Ken Frievokh is known for pushing boundaries and challenging the status quo on projects such as The Maltese Falcon; the ICONlOO follows suit. With careful consideration of the flow and te·chnical spaces onhoard, Freivokh's team created a spilt-level design lthat offers privacy and an efficient use of space. It has many features typ ical of a much larger yach t, including private interior dining, sun deck with Jacuzz i, outdoor dining with bar service, and garage storage of a 4.3m jet tender. " Most designs seen for yachts with a similar overall size and accommodation brief would follow ste reotypical layouts," says Freivokh. "For example, with a raised pilothouse configuration, the half-height space under would normally be dedicated to a technical s.pace and hence circulation to accommodation forward of such pilothouse would only be possible through a couple of corridors either side. Instead of blocking the space and circulation in this way, we proposed moving such technical space one deck down, freeing the full internal space to achieve a very handsome, open multi-level space." The overall feeling of space created by the multiple private areas is greater than the sum of its parts, not least from the generous use of glass and low solid bulwarks. These open up the living; space dramatically, inviting the surroundings inside through panoramic v·iews and a seamless insideoutside experience. In the full -beam owner's cabin forward on the main deck, a skylight further adds to the feeling of open ness. Freivokh comments that it has been a pleasure to find a shipyard such as ICON prepared to take on challenges in the innovative layout, structural solutions and new materials that will offer a ground breaking yacht to the marketplace. The ICONlOO is "pushing the boundaries of yacht design and revolutionising the cruising experience", say·s Neal Bateman from YACHTZOO. "For someone looking to buy a new superyacht under 35m that offers guest privacy, smart use of new techno·logies for economical and g1·een operations, and an outstanding use of interior space, it is hard to beat this new, soon-to-be ICONIC yacht." ~

The TCONJOO, with its st.riking exterior profile, has been bt<ilt by a world class team to the same technical standards as a mti.Ch larger superyacht, the exper~nce for Ul£ owner being a smootl~£r, q~ter ride with no 110ise or vibration

"For someone looking to buy a new superyacht under 35m... it is hard to beat this new, soon-to-be ICONIC yacht."



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he Amanpuri's crystal water glasses are going to be a little sparklier this year and the gold-coloured parasols will have an extra gleam because the superyachts are on their way to Phuket. In July this year, the Thai Government announced it would be offedng superyacht owners a 12-month charter permit, which means they can enter Thai waters at their leisw·e and offset the huge cost of cruising to Asia by offering their yachts for charter. As Phuket has the most vibrant sailing scene in Thailand, this tear-drop shaped island in the Andaman Sea, is sure to be their first port of call. In conjunction with these developments, the large superyacht charter companies stepping up their efforts to promote Phuket as a global charter destination. Superyacht powerhouse Burgess, having recently launched full operations in Asia, has an impressive fleet of at least six superyachts ranging from 32m to 73m available for charter in South East Asia this winter. Burgess Asia MD Ri chard Lambert is convinced of the area's long term potentia.!. "Just a handful of 'in the know' owners have long appreciated the exceptional cruising grounds and unique experiences that South East Asia offers up to visiting yachtsmen," he said. "Phuket and the surrounding islands have all the ingredients to become a world-class and widely renowned cruising destination. That idea can now become a reality." The tropical island has long been a favourite with holidaying supennodels and Hollywood stars, hut now is about to complete its Monaco makeover as the gleaming superyachts and thei.r owners take up residence in its marinas. While the decision from the Thai Government has been swift, Phuket has already been planning for the superyachts' arrival. Not only has the Royal Phuket Marina just announced its #DestinationRPM campaign, a USD150 million investment that includes two hotels, a condominium development, a mat~na expansion and children's zone; hut Ao Po Grand Marina has recently completed its own Marina Village with a five-star hotel, while Phuket Yacht Haven marina is undergoing a transformation to make it the biggest superyacht marina in Asia. On top of this the Siam Land Flying Co is set to build a new private jet terminal next to Phuket Airport. "The future is very


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promising for Phuket," says Khun Kasem Clhiarasomboon, managing director of AO Po Grand Marina. "Especially with the new welcoming government policy [that will help] put Phuket on the wodd yachting map." The annual Asia Superyacht Rendezvous, which takes place in December each year will provide another opportunity to showcase the very best of yachting i.n the region. After a successful 2014 event, the Rendezvous will again this year take place at the multi award-winning Kata Rocks Resm·t, a new luxury spa resort and the ideal host ve~•ue with breathtaking views over the Andaman Sea and stunning architecture·, which takes its cue from the latest in superyacht design. Singapore's yacht owners, who have long been fans of Phuket's waters, can now take advantage of these new glamorous facilities. Not only does a trip to Phuket give owners and their families the chance to have an adventure as they sail past Penang, Langkawi and on to the island of Phuket. But they can then spend the festive season using one of these :spectacular marinas as their base and tour some of the 30 sun-drenched islands only one hour &oro the mainland. Islands that will woo yacht owners to Thai waters include Krabi, Similan and Phi Phi. Access to these waterways has been made easier than ever says Phuket International Boat Show (PTMEX) co-founder Grenville Fordham. "Check-in formalities are now relatively easy, with the arrival of the Chalong one-stop centre and [check-in] can he done online in advance," he said. The only concerns that owners need to be aware of when cruising in these waters are avoiding the boats of local fishe1man while they are hauljng in their catch. Several islands, such as the Similan lslnnds, remain undeveloped. This group of nine islands, pa11 of Thailand's National Park system, provide some of the best scuba diving in the area. Yacht owners and charterers can enjoy swimming through coral-filled underwater tunnels at the famed Elephant Head Rock, or catch some rays on deck, spot sea ,eagles, manta rays and whale sharks i.n their natural sunoundings.

Cruising north visitors will discover Phang Nga Bay, which apart from playing host to the famed limestone karst that is James Bond Island, is also home to Koh Yao Noi. This is breathtaking anchorage well worth visiting, the pe1fect place to drop anchor and where visitors can spend time kayaking among mangroves and hiking or cycling along the rubber tree-lined nature trails. Krabi, a little further south, is also sure to be a favourite with yacht owners. Its secluded beaches and limestone cliffs provide the perfect backdrop to snorkelling, diving, island hopping or sunbathing. It has also seen development with the superyachts in mind as this is where Phuket Boat Lagoon have built their latest marina. The more adventurous may set their sights on the archipelago of Ko Phi Phi, which is famed for being the setting for Leonardo Di Caprio's film The Beach (2000) and is loved for its crystal clear waters and stalactite and stalagmite-filled caves. One resort that has celebrated Phuket's association with water is the Amanpuri ( This luxury hotel comes with its own fleet of boats, which it moors at Ao Po Grand Marina. "We wanted our guests to discover everything that Phuket has to offer in an adventurous manner," says Amanpuri General Manager Frederic Vamier. "It took us a few years to set up the fleet needed to provide the incredible tailor-made experiences that we now offer." The star boat, says Varnier, is a 90ft traditional Thai wooden boat. The floating villa has three spacious cabins and a Thai-style living sala on t.he top deck. Varnier says he is celebrating the new decision by the Thai Government to give 12-month visas to yacht owners. "It will help maintain Phuket as the hub for supeTyacht charter in South East Asia, and perhaps attract a set of clientele that will help keep the tourism industry alive." Amanpuri is just one of the five-star resorts providing yacht owners and those who charter their boats with some respite on land. If they want to explore the jungle, they can relax in one of the award-winning Tree Top houses at the newly opened Keemala ( or if they are looking for

something more permanent there is the Estates at Mont Azure development, which features 13 iconic properties overlooking the Andaman. With its glitt.ering hotels and shiny marinas it's clear Phuket is a luxury huh alTeady. Not only does it play hos.t to the Fl Powerboat World Championships, the Rolls-Royce-filled Andaoman Motorshow and PIMEX, yacht show organisers SYE Pte Ltd, who sta~;e the annual Singapore Yacht Show, have recently announced the Thailand. Yacht Show, set to take place Fehmary 11 to 14 at Ao Po Grand Marina. This latest yachting event in Phuket, follows a partnership agreement signed with the Marine Department of Thailand's Ministry of Transport. The Thaiiland Yacht Show is destined to become the focal point of the luxmy charter yacht business in Asia Pacific. And as you would expect the island is no•t short of services to entertain this glamorous clientele who either own or will part with hundreds of thousands of dollars to charter a yacht for a week. HeliThai (www. can provide helic:opter rides over the islands, the

Banyan T1·ee Spa has awru·d-winning treatments they can sample (banyanu·ee. com), and the five-star Trisara resmt serves up candlelit dinners on the beach ( Gulu Lavani, chairman of Royal Phuket Marina, is a man who knows only too well what these VIP clients are looking for. The founder of Binatone, who has five yachts himself, has spent several years lobbying the Thai govermnent on behalf of the yachting community. He believes Phu.ket as a destination is hard to beat. "Phuket and its surrounds offer cruising unmatched anywhere in the world and unlike Europe and the Carilbbean, Phuket offers sailing all year round. With the 12-month superyacht clharter permit we will see more superyachts looking away fTom the crowded anchorages [in the West and] Thailand and Phuket will be their destinatio1n of choice."

BY ROYAL DECREE On Thursday August 20 2015, the Harbor ~-1aster in Phuket received a Royal Decree to confirm it is now legally po~ssible for visiting superyachts to charter in Thai waters. The new one-year charter license is available for vessels of 30m and above and will allow superyachts to cruise and cc•mmercially charter in Thai waters within the one-year term. The new license, which will be issued by the Mini stry of Transport, must be applied for through an appointed agent in Thailand. JStar & Stapel, specialists in charter yaocht marketing, and one of the driving forces behind the three-year lobbying effort will be among the first companies assisting superyachts with the application for the Superyacht Charter License. Founder Rico Stapel desc:ribed the announcement as a "game-changing project for Thailand's yachting scene, and Asia generally."

Additional information by Burgess Asia Chairman Jean-Marc Poullet, Burgess Charter Manager and Broker Kum Kuen Woo, and Burgess Charter Director and Asia Liai.~em Caye ]oyeau-Bourgeois.




The legendary beaches on the west coast of Phuket, especially Surin Beach and the beautiful palm grove surrounding the Amanpuri Resort provide a stunning anchorage where those who feel inclined can access Phuket's superb golf courses and many of its best restaurants and beach clubs.

PATONG BAY Lying further to the south on the west coast, the bay is well protected and an ideal spot for anyone thinking of taking in Phuket's diverse nightlife. RAC~A


These two islands to the south of Phuket boast crystal clear waters and white sa11d beaches, especially in the deep cove of the Racha Beach Resort. A must for those who love diving and snorkelling, the islands are also known locally as one of the best spots for fishing. P~ANG


Sheer drop vertical cliffs, ancient mangroves, hidden lagoons and deep caves full of jade-coloured water all combine to produce some of the most spectacular scenery you're likely to come across. A protected site, tl1ese marvels are best explored via kayak or tender, which will give you an aweinspiring perspective. There are several great anchorages for superyachts, such as the Koh Hong group of islands. KO~


Adjacent to Ao Po Marina, this anchorage is a fantastic base from which to explore the local area, its beaches and resorts. At the southern end lies Cape Yamu and the spectaculat· t·esort and retTeat of Point Yamu by COMO, which is certainly wOtth a visit. KO~ P~l P~l

Beautiful anchorages abound awund this iconic destination, but chop anchor along the majestic cliffs of Tong Sai Bay for easy access to its vibrant village and stunning lookouts. The smaller island of Phi Phi Leh also merits a visit as the setting for The Beach (2000), the film that put Thailand on the map for a whole generation. Go early rooming or later afternoon before or after the crowd.

KRABI A vibrant beach with spectacular scenery, especially in front of the Rai Lei Beach or next to the gorgeous Rayavadee Resort, which nestles peacefully among the palm groves. The nearby Koh Dam islands provide a great snorkelling spot.



Drop anchor off the Six Senses Evason Resort for a day of luxury pampering. But do not. stay cocooned on hoard your yacht while you are here: exploring the interior of Koh Yao Noi provides visitors with a magical vision of another era, of rice paddies and of rubber plantations. Take time to soak up the atmosphere then head to one of its many restaurants to indulge in the very freshest seafood. Rent a tuk tuk, motorbike or car to explore the area and be sure to climb up to the Hill Top Bar of the Six Senses for a well earned sundowner with a breathtaking view.

Lying further to the south still, Koh Lanta iE• a large island with several fantastic beaches, especially the one lying in front of the Pimalai Resort, which itself has spectacular sunset views from its elevated position. KO~



Our southernmost preferred destination 60nm from Phuket. Escape civilisation and head to these islands teaming with fish and corals for peace, calm and a total return to nature.

BURGESS TOP TIPS FOR C~ARTERERS • Thailand's wonderful climate and sea breezes mean guests can forget how much closer we are to the Equator than the Meditenanean or the Caribbean. Ensure the yacht has plenty of shaded areas, lots of water on band and always use sun protection. • Pick anchorages close to jetties for ease of access to the shore. Some jetties are permanent; some are only seasonal. • Avoid the most popular islands, beaches and lagoons at peak tourism times. The tourist boats and ferries will anive around llOOO and depart at 1700. Visiting early morning or in the evening will not only ensure you have the place to yourself but will also show you the very best of these stunning locations, in the cool of the morning or as the sun sets. • Check the routes of th e long-tailed fishing boats and avoid dropping anchor overnight on their path - they make for fantastic photos but most are very noisy! • When you get ashore, explore the local seafood restau1·ants - Thai cuisine is renowned the world ove1· and several of the beac:h restau rants offer exceptional feasts in surprisingly simple heaeh hut surroundings. You will not find fresher, tastier (and sometimes spicier!) seafood anywhere else!




The Thai government is taking an active role to develop the marine industry, this is fantastic news for all areas of the industry and Thailand in general. The government's goal is to push Thailand as a major yachting destination in the region using a four-pronged approach. To achieve this government offices will be working closely with maritime industry leaders to increase berthing and establish potential locations for new marinas, develop and promote a new yacht show (the Thailand Yacht Show), bring in the one-year charter licence for superyachts (which they have already done) and review all other laws to encourage and support growth in the industry. W~AT ~AS T~E



Phuket has always been a popular yachting destination. The Phuket King's Cup Regatta is Asia's biggest and most popular regatta and has been runn ing (every year during the first week of December) since 1987. Initially, Phuket was popular with cruising sailing yachts, but then as it developed and became more known the number of permanently based yachts in Phuket has grown significantly year on year. There have been hindrances where previously vis iting superyachts have not been able to charter in Thai waters, but in August of this year a Royal Decree now confirms it has been legally approved for visiting superyachts to charter, which is a huge boost for the industry. This decree is both the result of a three-year lobbying effort by key members of the marine industry in Phuket and the willingness of the Thai authorities to attract superyachts and boost the luxury tourism industry. Thailand is a destination of choice for superyachts, offering stunning cruising grounds, picture pe1fect coastlines, Tha i culture, luxury hotels and restaurants. Until now a limited number of superyachts made the long journey from Europe to Thailand. This new legislation will create new opportunities for superyachts wanting to cha11er in Thailand and will bring increased revenue to the tourism and marine industry.

1-tOW IS Pl-tUKET DII=I=ERENTIATING ITSELI= IN Tl-tE YACI-tTING INDUSTRY I=ROM ITS NEIGI-tBOURS? Phuket has four firmly established marinas with marine infrastructure in place, some of our other neighbours simply don't have the capacity for yachts like Phuket does. Many yachts come to Phuket for refits, scheduled servicing and maintenance. A well-established refit industry has developed with haul out, in-water refit berths and all trades, parts and services available due to demand, Yacht Solutions has just opened a 540sqm yacht refit workshop, with designated areas for engineering, paint, wood and finishing.

1-tOW STRONG DO YOU EXPECT Tl-tE INDUSTRY TO BE IN Pl-tUKET IN Tl-tE COMING YEARS? The marine business, facilities and infrastructure is constantly growing and improving in Phuket. With the new government support, I expect it to thrive. Phuket will be the yachting centre of Asia.

WITI-t MARINAS EXPANDING IN Pl-tUKET Wl-tAT IS BEING DONE TO MAKE Tl-tEM MORE UNIQUE, OR MORE ATTRACTIVE TO YACI-tTSMEN AND WOMEN? All of the marinas in Phuket have recently been through or are now going through impressive expansions and upgrades. They are expanding and developing their onshore facilities to include waterfront residential developments, high tech offices, club houses, state of the art gyms and shopping complexes.

I=INALLY, YOUR TIPS I=OR YACI-tTING AROUND Pl-tUKET? Phuket has been recognised as a world class cruising destination for many years, with the majority of sailors vis iting during the 'high' season winter months. This period is noted for its favoured weather conditions that keep the skies clear, cruising grounds sheltered and beaches packed. However it is the 'green' season fiom June to October that is becoming a popular alternative, offering a rare glimpse of a quieter Phuket. In high season, plan your trips carefully so you avoid the day trip crowds, which tend to follow a regular daily schedule. U you get the timing right you'll have all the bays, beaches and islands virtually to yourself. Gareth Twist has vver 20 years' experience in the marine indUJtry. He is managing director of Yacht Solutions, Asia's leadi11g superyacht specialist servicing superyachts across the Asia-Pacific region.

Tourism brochures are misleading. South East Asia (known as SEA) is more than just the few tropical paradises or hot spots described by mainstream tour operators. SEA is a group of 10 countries with 630,000 million inhabitants speaking 16 different official languages and practicing- in peace - all major religions. It is a mosaic of contrasts and cultures, a vibrant region that hosts some of the top luxury hotels in the world, the best airport in the world and two Formula 1 Grand Prix circuits. It also boasts the largest tropical forests after the Amazon, 700 languages, dialects and minorities from mountain tribes to Sea Gypsies, historical splendours such as Angkor Wat, Pagan and Borobudur as well as some of the finest cuisines and best diving sites in the world. SEA is today the largest and most exotic cruising ground in the world and the fastest developing market for the yachting industry. From Myanmar to Papua New Guinea and from the Philippines to Sumatra, SEA covers a territory of 4,500,000 square kilometres with tens of thousands of islands. It is as large as Ew·ope and North Africa together; three time the size of the Mediterranean. However those who have attended international yacht charter shows can attest to how little information our overseas yachting partners have in hand concerning SEA cruising destinations. Yachting professionals generally know the renowned islands of Phuket and Bali but do not realise how far away they are from each other. They have heard about Borneo and Java from Joseph Conrad novels or Bw·ma and the Irrawaddy from Rudyard Kipling but they have no charter itineraries to propose to their clients, and no sales manuals about seasons, moorings, marina regulations and access. And some stereotypes remain - such as piracy; though not a single yacht has been attacked by pirates in this charter area in the past 20 years, and the hot streets of Bangkok or the Philippines when in fact most Asians are generally very modest and conservative. The good news is this will change in Thailand when (or where ?) the Tourism Agency of Thailand joins the private sector to market Thailand as the hub of marine tourism for the region and a major yacht charter destination. In Thailand yacht charter is a new tourism activity but it is generally regulated with marine laws applying to cargo ships.

However several working groups are conducting studies and consulling wi th authorities to adapt the national marin•e laws to yachting. The Thai government announced a series of measureE; that will help boost the activities; a large boat show in Phuket, the Thailand Yacht Show, licenses for foreign charter yachts, extended stay for yachts under refitting, a large worldwide marketing campaign aiming at all boat shows worldwide. As of today this is the situation:

FOREIGN FLAG YACJ.ITS • Yachts can embark passengers but cannot disembark them in Thailand (or vice versa). Yachts must pass a border such as Burma or Malaysia during their cruise. It is only 120 miles away from Phuket and is more difficult in Samui or Koh Chang hut very few foreign-crewed charter yachts operate there. • A new regulation has just been passed which gives a six month (renewable) stay permit to visiting foreign yachts. • The government has announced the establlishment of a yacht charter license for superyachts.

TJ.IAI FLAG CJ.IARTER YACJ.ITS: • No limit of stay for bare boat or crewed boats. There are over 200 Thai registered charter yachts in Thailand, however there are only a limited number of Thai registered superyachts. • Yachts over 16m must have a Thai registered captain. Thai flagged yachts must have 70 percent Thai ownership. • There is no import tax but a 7 percent VAT. With the development to come, the major tourism landmarks could soon reach over capacity. The futw·e endeavours will be the education of the crews and the protection of the environment. The pt~vate sector ought to join forces with the relevant government agencies to protect their own resources. It is the future challenge to tackle and preserve South East Asian destinations as some of the most popular yacht charter cruising grounds.

CHARTER DESTINATIONS: PHUKET THE HUB !=OR YACHT CHARTER Called the Riviera of the East, the Phuket/Krabi area hosts a total of six marinas with a total capacity of about 1,000 yachts including superyachts. Most marinas are under development and the total capacity could double within five years. Currently over 150 charter yachts from bare boats to crewed yachts are permanently based in Phuket and operate 12 months of the year. This number is increasing each year. Some say Phuket is victim to its own success and mass tourism has degraded the image of the destination. This is partly true ashore and in some of the most visited day-tripping landmarks. But outside the range and schedule of an average speedboat, anchorages remain pretty much deserted.

KOH CHANG In Thailand and in the northern end of the Gulf of Siam the Koh Chang Archipelago is the favourite cruising weekend for Bangkokians and is also the door to Cambodia. Though it is still at its early stage, yacht charter is developing in this area. Same seasons pattern as Phuket (one small marina).

KOHSAMUI East of Phuket in the Gulf of Thailand, Samui has a microclimate and the high season is during the south west Monsoon; a good alternative for the yachts that decide to operate a double season in Thailand.

BORNEO (MALAYSIA) The name Borneo invokes images of Joseph Conrad and pristine tropical jungle but it is very rarely associated with yacht chartering. Yet the seas surrounding Borneo are home to one of the best dive sites in the world. The Malaysian state of Sabah is an ideal den>arture point for yacht charter expeditions ranging from Sarawak, Brunei or Sabah (Malaysian Borneo).

INDONESIA MERGUI: MYANMAR (BURMA) Opened to the world some three years ago and tourism is developing very fast. The Mergui Archipelago is 120 miles north of Phuket and is now accessible by yacht. There are no tourism activities ashore and yachts must be autonomous. Cruises are generally seven to 10 days and start from Thailand though access from Ranong by air is now possible.

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ime was when the canals in London were very much to be avoided. Cast off highways of the Industrial Revolution, the narrow watenvays that had stitched together the fabric of economic Britain once carried millions of tonnes of freight all across the country. Coal and steel came out of the north and the Midlands and joined the fresh frui t and vegetables being transported into the great cities from the agricultural countryside. With the advent of the railways, the were gradually abandoned. In rural areas they merely ceased to be used and fell into a state of disrepair. Locks silted up, the watenvays became stagnant. Within the cities and among the increasingly derelict industrial buildings., 'down by the canal' became a byword for a t~sky and disreputable area. Bombs dropped during the Second World War razed much of London's East End and the resulting wasteland became ever more unsavoury. Fast forward a couple of decades and the, canals all over England have been enjoying a complete turnaround in fortunes, revamping what was previously an industrial tTansport network into a country-wide recreational facility. Canal cruising is cool, canal-side pu.b s and restaurants are seriously (and delightfully) upmarket, the canal towpaths are populated by walkers, runners and cyclists and the whole canal sce,ne across the country is burgeoning - and no where more so than in tbe beating heart of London. If you are in the mood for something completely different, hire a canal boat from Black Prince Holidays- just 6ft I lOin wide, which is why they are called 'narrow' boats and probably 60ft Ioong, but fear not, no previous experience required - and cruise through London on the Grand Junction Canal and the Regent's Canal. You don't want to be in a hurry - regulation speed on the canals is just 4kts. But if you g•o too fast you'll miss the whole point of a canal cruise anyway, which is all a.b out slowing down, unwinding, relaxing, enjoying the passing scenery, stopp,ing at every welcoming hostelry and waving cheerfully to everyone on the towpath and the bridges, at the restaurants and pubs along the way. Like wa•ving at trains, but slower. .. The western approaches to London along the Grand Junction Canal are gloriously bucolic. Trees and hedges comple'tely obscure the housing estates and light industrial parks and you may as we:ll be cruising through untouched countryside. Moor up and make friends with the coots and moorhens and maybe a family of swans and cygnets and th~m cross the bridge to a canal side pub - the Grand Junction A~·ms is a good pla,ce to stat1.


Getting closer to London, the waterside developments start to appear. Converted warehouses and gentrified industrial buildings, as well as elegant period residences that had no objection to the passing commercial traffic in days gone by. Life speeds up everywhere except on the canal and very soon you have slipped quietly through Kensal Green and Ladbroke Grove, passed gently under the arching Westway and are arriving in Little Venice, in Paddingt.on. Little Venice is a turning basin, or 'winding hole' - you need plenty of space to tum around a 60ft narrow boat. This is where the Grand Junction Canal ends and the Regent's Canal begins. This is the back door to Paddington Station, literally, and suddenly you realise you have anived slap bang in the middle of metropolitan London. Tie up here and catch a train to Land's End if you feel so inclined, but be sure to be back in time for a performance at the Puppet Theatre (on a barge, natw路ally) or an elegant meal at the Bridge House. Here, you are only moments from the West End. The Regent's Canal was one of the very last canals built in England, opening in 1820, and to connect the existing Grand Junction Canal to the Thames at a point where sea-going vessels could dock. The very last commercialu路affic to move along this stretch of water was, amazingly, in 1969. Departing Browning's Pool at the heart of Little Venice, the canal sets off through Maida Vale towards Regent's Park (hence its name), skirting past Decimus Burton's fabulous mansions and even London Zoo before arriving at the Feng Shang Princess floating restaurant - really! Next, welcome to the Camden. The de facto centre of social life on the Regent's Canal - imagine Piccadilly Circus on water. A plethora of loungers and al fresco bar patrons, huskers, su路eet performers, and onlookers turn a passage through the sequence of tluee locks into a piece of live theatre. It's relaxed and it's fun. Someone always wants to 'help' but may not know how, and someone else will be sitting on the bollards that you need to tie up to. It seems to be an unwritten rule that everyone is friendly along the canal - we only met one grumpy person in nine days' travelling.

"Canals all over England have been enjoying a complete turnaround in fortunes, revamping what was previously an industrial transport network into a country-wide recreational facility. Canal cruising is cool, and the canal scene is burgeoning all across the country. "

(Pteviou.s page) The Islington 1l1Mel - 900 yards of deepest darkest adventure (This pages from oppo.!ite top left) ca11Lllside, where you can park, drink, and dine; Lillie Venice; Feng Shang Princess floating restau.rant; The Bridge House, Browning's Pool; one of Decimus Bu.rton's villas in Regent:~ Park; a garden in Paddington

(Opposite page) St Pancras Station (This page, clockwise from top left) Open air markets just yards from the towpath; alfresco dining and drinkirlg beside the canal; a lttle ropework whimsy

Just beyond Camden lie St Pancras and King's Cross railway stations. Stop here to catch a train to Paris, or Edinburgh, and ask yourself - how else than with a canal boat can you park or find accommodation so close to the centre of the city - free? The Islington Tunnel is an adventure in its own right, when the lights go out as the canal burrows beneath the city streets for almost 900m before emerging into the sunshine again. From here to Victoria Park all the way down in the East End of London the canal is less 'tourist' and more 'history', but it is still a friendly place. A sense of sleeping calm emanates from the often shuttered waterside buildings awaiting conversion and renovation, and the slow speeds required to navigate the serpentine waterway put the brakes on the city's speed and allow the canal traveller to pause, observe, and enjoy. So you thought you knew London's parks? Hyde Park, St James's, Green Park and so on? For the record, the biggest public park in London is Victoria Park, created in the 1840s for the residents of the East End as a refuge from the ever-expanding urban sprawl. There's nowhere to expand to now, but Victoria Park remains inviolate, a huge oasis of greenery, a venue for open air concerts, and a much used and much loved open space. Mooting here, on either the southern edge of the park or in the Hertford Union canal to the east, once again belies the fact we are no more than a heartbeat away from the commercial heart of London. For the historically inclined, continue cruising through the East End all the way down to Limehouse and the lock entrance to the river Thames. It is a landscape of urban renewal from which many world cities could learn a lesson. Industrial buildings such as the Spratt's Dog Biscuit factory alongside the Limehouse Cut have become elegant residential complexes and the wasteland that was Stratford is now reborn as the London Olympic Stadium and Park beside the River Lee Navigation. There's an air of optimism in this part of London, where antique industtial installations such as the canalside gasworks are being re-imagined and re-worked as smart housing, and where areas flattened by the WW2 blitz have risen from the mbbl e as green spaces like Mile End Park - and you can marvel at all this, and more, from a slowly moving canal boat, with a mug of tea in one hand or- if you prefer - a bottle of good English beer. Arriving in Limehouse, we have come to the end of our London Cruise but actually we are only half way, because now we tum round to tTavel west again and magically, all the same places look entirely different from the opposite direction. Victoria Park, Regent's Park, Little Venice, Kensal Green and before you know we are back in the coun tryside again, and chugging very gently towards Willowtree Malina. Its been a week of serendipity, seven days of delighted discovery, and - paradoxically - the best wind-down that you can imagine in the middle of one of the most energetic cities in the world. There probably isn't an equivalent anywhere else. Next time you statt to plan a cruise, think of a canal cruise through the middle of London. You'll be surprised, amazed and delighted. And you'lllove every minute of it. ~ For canal boat hire in London (and the UK) contact

twas the Dutch who invented the concept of yachting. The word 'yacht' originating from the Dutch word 'jacht', meaning 'hunt'. Over time the concept of a yacht changed from meaning a light naval vessel for chasing pirates, to a p leasure vessel. used by wealthy Dutch merchants. And so began the use of yachts purely for pleasure, and fun. HTSWA Holland Yachting Group is a consortium of 45 Dutch shipbuilders and suppliers, all committed to putting the Dutch Superyacht Industry on the world stage under the umbrell.a 'Think Yachts, Think Holland'. Jeroen Sirag, export director of th e Holl.and Yachting Group says, "heritage, creativ ity and in novation are the pi liars that form th e foundation of th e superyacht itndustry and give Holland an unrivalled reputation for bui lding 'simply the be!st' in the world." Many Dutch shipbuilding companies started out as family-owtned businesses and many of them stil l are. This continuity of knowledge gives the shipbuilding industry enormous depth; eac h generation passes on to th e next the traditions and the passion for boat building. The Dutch can be stubborn, and are proud of it. This works to their advantage, as it is their determination to build the best, and never compromise on quality, which means they are able to meet the requirements of the most


Above Clockwise: Amsterdam can.als; Dutch wi11dmills; a11d Como built by Feadship Opposite Page: ~ spectactdar 88.5m Niroar~a; a11d Dick 11an Le11t CEO of the Va11 Len.t shipyard

demanding superyacht owners. Creativity is another positive trait, as it translates into boundless development, whieh allows them to be able to translate into reality many of the out of this world ideas that superyacht owners dream up. And to temper the mix, the Dutch do have a flexible side to their nature, which means that they are able to adapt to ever-changing regulations and client demands, turning unprecedented challenges and complications into 'run-of-the-mill' daily activities. Constantly finding innovative solutions for the things that have never been done before is a skill that makes this small country stand out. One of the oldest and most well known of the family owned superyacht shipyards is Feadship. Considered by many to be the Rolls-Royce of the shipbuilding world, Feadship traces its root:s back to 1849, when the Akerboom family bought a small shipyard o:ff the coast of the Netherlands to build and repair boats. They joined with the: Van Lent family in 1927, and then in 1949 together with De Vries, another family-based shipyard, founded Feadship. With a reputation par excellence, Feadship are leaders in the field of research and development and the yachts a1·e built with the future in mind. Feadship believes that the build process is just as important as the product itself, and they work hard to involve the client during the build. Over 450 yachts have been launched since 1949, and Feadship owners include royalty and celebrities from around the world; Gerald Ford, Charlton Heston, King Khalid of Saudi Arabia and Roman Abromovich to name but a few. The award-winning brand is gaining recognition in Asia with Feadship's sponsorship of the Asia Superyacht Rendez•vous in Phuket, and the recent tour of the 45m Helix to the Asian region, which lead to their first Chinese buyer. Some of Feadship's recent award-winning launches includes Hampshire II and Como for Neville Crichton. The most recent launches Moon Sand and Kiss will be on display at the forthcoming Monaco Yacht Show.

If it is a super sailing yacht you are looking for, then Royal Huisman is the shipyard yard to beat. Founded in 1884, this is another Dutch shipyard with family roots, and the new main shareholder Doeksen is another family run shipyard with a royal warrant. Alice Huisman is the fifth generation to be at the helm, and assisting her is the new managing director Roemer Boogaard who joined the company in June this year. ln 1976, the shipyard built the 65ft Flyer for Conny van Rietschoten, who entered the 1977- 78 Whitbread Round the World Race and won. Their success was repeated in the following Whitbread race (now called the Volvo Ocean Race) with van Rietschoten's 76ft Flyer II (1981), which took line honours in all four legs.ln 1984 the shipyard was awarded the Royal Seal by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, and became known as Royal Huisman. Over the years the shipyard has built some of the most famous maxi racing yachts, along with performance cruising superyachts that now compete in growing numl>ers, in the superyacht regattas around the world. Twizzle (57.5m), which was launched in 2010, recently participated in the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous, and the 43m German Frers designed sloop Sea Eagle commissioned for an experienced offshore sailor from Taiwan was launched in August this year. Whether it is a replica J-Class like Hanuman, or the 90m Athena (the largest yacht built by the yard), or even the new Ed Dubois 58m nicknamed 'The Beast', Royal Huisman continues to make history by building some of the best sailing yachts in the world. Amels is another company with a long history. Situated on the estuary of the river Scheidt, Vlissingen has long been considered the spiritual home of Dutch shipbuilding. When the Dutch navy moved out at the end of the 19th century, the Royal Shipyard de Schelde took its place, and the historic yard is the site of both Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding and Amels. Since 1918, Amels has launched over 50 luxury yachts, and today there are eight new superyacht projects underway, including the largest ever Amels-built yacht, the 83m Amels 272. Their Limited Editions range (55m to 83m) began as an idea to create the perfect balance between full custom and semi-custom, and the recently launched 60m Madame Kate will be on display at the Monaco Yacht Show. Holland Jachtbouw is a giant in the superyacht sailing world. Their recently expanded facilities based in Zaandam, located on the outskirts of Amsterdam, are turning out some of the most beautiful classic yachts in the world. The company has a superior reputation for top quality builds of innovative custom projects, and the skilled craftsmen take almost fanatical pride in their work to produce a world class product using efficient modern techniques and cutting edge technology, ultimately providing each client with an exceptional yacht at a realistic price level. Holland Jachtbouw enjoys close ties to the J-Class Association, and has become a partner to the (JCA) at a pivotal point in the history of this majestic class. The very latest J, Topaz, was launched from the shipyard in June 2015, joining her stablemate Rainbow who was launched ffom HJB in 2012. Exciting times lie ahead for the }-Class, which was recently invited to take part in the 2017 America's Cup, and also for Holland Jachtbouw, wbo have exclusive ownership of the rights to build two more J-Class yachts - J9 and Yankee. At the same time HJB are at the leading edge of modern builds and have a co-operation with Multiplast for the build of carbon composite superyachts - undoubtedly the future for superyacht builds. Superyachts to take you into the future are the speciality of the ultra modern shipyard, Oceanco. This state of the art facility is a privately owned custom yacht shipyard that builds full displacement yachts in the 80m+ range. Since its inception in 1987, Oceanco has built 26 custom superyachts up to 110m in length. Several lOOm+ yachts are currently under construction, and the company has the ability to simultaneously build five yachts in the 80m+ category (in various stages of design, engineering and construction), delivering approximately two yachts per year. In 2008 the company acquired more land

Opposite page: Royal H~tisman Shipyard, the 58n~ SY Ethereal b~tilt /ry' Royal Hltismar1; ] Ckw yacht Han~tman b~tilt by Royal Httisman; Roelar~ Frarwens, MD of Holland ]achtbottw

adjacent to their existing yard, and in 2010 they set about demolishing the old buildings and slips to make way for a new sltate of the art eovered dry dock, which now allows them to construct yachts up to 140m - indoors, until the moment they float out of the shed. Also in 21QIO the company was acquired by private investor Dr Mohammed AI Banvani, who is based in the Sultanate of Oman. Oceanco maintains a sales, design, nnarketing and communieations office in Monaco and its extended production facility (total of 8.2ha) is located in Alblasserdam, approximately 20km from Rotterdam, with unrestricted direct access via the inland waterway system to the North Sea. Some of the most famous yachts to have been launched by Oceanco include Alfa Nero (Y702) 82m, and the 75.5m Anastasia, whic:h was on display at the Singapore Yacht Show this year. Several Oceanco vessoels are currently under construction including a 106m and a 110m yacht. Heesen Yachts was the first Dutch shipyard to construct yacht hulls in aluminium. Since then the company has bec:ome a world leader in design, engineet~ng and construction of high-petformance motor yachts. Founded by Frans Heesen in 1978 in Oss, the breakthrough year for Heesen was 1988 when American entrepreneur John Staluppi commissioned Heesen to build a yacht that could do more than 50kts. The result was Octopussy, later renamed Octopussy 007, after the 1983 James Bond lfilm. In 1992 the shipyard expanded its business to include the constmction of traditional displacement yachts, and today they deliver superyachts in the 30m to 80m size range - and beyond. Over 35 years Heesen has delivered nearly 170 yachts, and the current fleet includes aluminium, steel, displacement, semi-displacement and the new revolutionary fast displacement des igns. The spectacular 65m Calactica Star received a number of awards after het路 launch, and in 2014 Heesen Yachts s igned their largest project to date, a 70m aluminum fast displacement yacht, eodenamed ' Project Kometa'. Built in collaboration with Espen Oeino, she will have a top speed of 30kts and is scheduled for delivery in 2016.

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Opposite page: AMELS Shipyard in Vlissingen Above: Albert Hakvoort reviews the technical drawir~gs with his staff, Wim ron der Valk; Eleg(lllt Continental series from the Van der Valk shipyard

Hakvoort is one of the smaller shipyards in Holland, but they have mastered the building process in steel, aluminium and wood, and build motor yachts and sailing yachts up to 65m in length and have a purpose-built facility for major refits. Situated in the beautiful and historic village of Monnickendam, the facilities include two enclosed and temperature controlled docking and construction halls, along with a metal workshop. In 1919 Albert Hakvoort purchased a shipyard, and then went on to lay down the firm foundations of a thriving business that would eventually put the name of Monnickendam back on the world maritime map. Hakvoort Shipyard started out building fishing boats, moving into the superyacht niche as the demand 19路ew. The yard has remained -firmly in family hands, passing down from father to son several times. T.n fact, entire families of craftsmen have worked at Hakvoort for generations, helping create an atmosphere of personal involvement in company and community allke. Another passionate Dutch yachtsman and watersports enthusiast, Wim van der Valk founded the company that bears his name and remains the driving force behind the shipyard. Located in Waalwijk, the shipyard was founded in 1968 and has built a rich heritage in both steel and aluminium motor yachts. The elegant Continental series is the signature product, and the shipyard has produced over one hundred yachts of this design. The yard has begun construction on an all -aluminium 24m semi-custom Continental Trawler 2395 Flybridge model that has been designed for the yard by Guido de Groot. Holland boasts some wonderful yacht designers as well as shipyards. Guido de Groot Design are specialists in innovative interior and exterior design of luxury superyachts. De Groot spent six years as a car designer in Paris with French ca.r manufacturer Citroen before launching Guido de Groot Design in 1997. Guido's passion for yachts began back in 1986 when he saw

the fourth "Highlander" close to completion at the Feadship De Vries yard. Awestruck by the majesty of this 45m maste rpiece, Guido started drawing yachts in parallel with his career in car des iign. The next decade was spent learning everything there was to know about luxury yachts. Mamix Hoekstra and Bart Bouwhuis are: the creative directors of Vripack. Since 1961, their office has created over 70100 designs including Star, which was built in China. Known for their high quality no-nonsense-go-anywhere

"Holland has an absolutely unique connection to the sea and the success of the superyacht industry in the Netherlands is most entirely due to the calibre of the Dutch sh~pyards. " ships that roam the seven seas, Yripack believe that good design shouldn't meet all requirements - rather, it should SUJ:pass them. The company's holistic approach is crucial when work ing with cutting edge design and technology and they believe they don't just design yachts; tl~ey 'engineer fantasies'. Holland has an absolutely unique connection to the sea, and the success of the superyacht industry in the Netherlands is most entirely due to the calibre of the Dutch Shipyards and suppliers who wave their wands and weave a kind of magic that tr路anslates into something beyond the best. 'll'


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emand for Caribbean real estate has doubled during the first six months of 2015 compared to the same period last year according to Caribbean luxury property specialist 7th Heaven Properties. Following the interest in the arc of islands that make up the Caribbean, by a flurry of celebrities, not to mention the first licensed casino in Jamai ca, the growth outl ook for the region is not only strong but appealing to new buyers. Not forgetting also the sun-sure activi ty in the region for yacht owners with the Caribbean and Bahamas offering some of the best tropical island cruis ing in the world. As a result of major external investment the region is now home to well equipped marinas and yachting facilities, not to mention the lifestyle that accompanies this. 7th Heave n Properti es analysed the flood of world-wide enquires including {rom the Un ited Kingdom, United States and Canada, finding a significant increase in interest across all price brackets for residential real estate in St Kitts and evis, Turks and Caicos Islands, Antigua and the Dominican Republic. Inquiries for properties priced from USD1 mill ion to USD2 million more than doubled, and a proportion of inquiries for properties below USD1 million increased from 39 to 44 percent. The Caribbean region covers various islands bordering the Caribbean Sea, the North Atlantic Ocean and surrounding coasts. Some islands in the region such as Antigua, Barbados, the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands have relatively fiat terrain of non-volcanic origi n, while islands such as Cuba, The Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Saint Lucia possess rugged towering mountain ranges. "Inquiries for Caribbean real estate have increased dramatically during the first half of th is year as economic growth in the US, Canada and the UK has stimulated buyer confidence," said 7th Heaven Properties managing director Walter Zephirin. "Growth in demand for Caribbean property has been underpinned by the impressive performance of the region's toUl路ism sector, particularly in locations s uch as the Dominican Republic and the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the continued success of high ly attractive citizenship by investment programs in St Kitts and Nevis and Antigua. "The outlook for th e second half of 2015 is extremely promising with a s trong sales pipeline. A succession of announcements on increasing airlift to the region and major resort developments l inked to Robert de Niro in Antigua and Barbuda and Leonardo DiCaprio in Belize, as well as the first licensed casi no in Jamaica have boosted the Caribbean's profile and enhanced its accessibility and appeal to buyers."


BARBADOS David Friedma n, president of Wealth-X, says Barbados is in a prime position to take advantage of the global demand for real estate in the region. Wealth-X provides prospecting data for financial instittutions, luxury brands and non-government organisations and have recently released the Wealth-X Caribbea n Wealth & Investment Report 201!). In Barbados, said Ftiedman, the government "introduced a special entry and res idence permit in 2014 that allows fol'eign nationals who invest USD2 million into Barbados real estate to establish residency. " Res urgent luxury real es tate markets in the Caribbean, and specifically Barbados, are in prime position to take adva1ntage of long-term growth trends in global UHNW demand for real estate."

"Inquiries for Caribbean real estate have increased dramatically during the first half of this year as economic g rowth in the US, Canada and the UK has stimulated buyer confidence. "

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Locally in Barbados, the trend for more investment and property portfolios is also being felt. Kieran Kelly, director of property agency Chestertons Barbados has 18 years experience in the fmancial services and luxury real estate sectors and agrees that 2015 "has been extremely good in terms of sales." Richard Young, director of the local office of Sotheby's International, says he is currently listing Platinum Bay, a new ultraprime development on the island's sought-after west coast, with villas from USD25 million, while private units in One Sandy Lane on the Platinum Coast, start at USD19 million.


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Having experienced a 105 percent luxury sales growth over the course of 2013 and 2014, Puerto Rico has been identified as one of the world's top emerging luxury real estate markets. A study by Christie's International Real Estate found the growth in the country, spurred by the establishment of its status as a tax haven in 2012, resulted in Puerto Rico's luxury real estate market rapidly ascending. " Investors have also been revitalising resort property and developing luxury residences, signaling that the Puerto Rican real estate market is ripe with opportunity," said Leticia Brunet Gonzalez, president of Trillion Realty Croup, Christie's fnternationa.l Real Estate affiliate in Puerto Rico.


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A su.ccession of amwwu:ement.s on increasing airlift 10 the regioll and major resort development.s linked to celebrities as well as the first licensed casillO in Jamaica have boosted the Caribbea1t's proftle and enhance.d its accessibility and appeal to brtyers T~E BA~AMAS

Last year Bermuda claimed the number one spot in a new list of the wo1路ld's top 20 islands for (UNHWI) real estate investment. And the growth continues. Real estate and business news website, World Prope1ty Channel, reported resort investments in the Bahamas had been highlighted by wealth management research firm, Sa vi lis, as being some of the hottest property investments in the world. Some of the properties incl ude the Baha Mar Resort, Atlantis Resort and Roya l Ocean Club. Ph ilip Button, managing director of property investment specialists Brookes & Co said investors are also looking for strong returns when it comes to the Bahamas. He said there was a" ... marked upsurge in interest (in the Caribbean luxury prope1ty market), with clients taking advantage of being able to pick up live star properties at reduced pri ces, in anticipation of prices increasing once more in the months and years ahead ." Other features which have been luring investors into the region is the Bahamas' tax incentives where property owners can take advantage of the residence scheme which offers no taxes on income, sales, estates, inheritance and real estate capital gains. T~E


A popular resort destination, the Dominican Republic is also one of the top Caribbean choices for property investors. Based on World Bank statistics, the Dominican Republic has been attracting the most tourists in the Cari bbean. Ris ing house prices are expected as foreigners including expatriates and retirees have been attracted to these prospects. According to Global Property Guide research, prices have steadily increased each year. Several other locations in the Caribbean such as Costa Ri ca, Honduras and Panama have also seen an increase in the number of lu xury residential developments such as Lomas del Valle in Alto Palomas, Santa Ana, a project aimed at attracting expats and locals who enjoy a safe and pampered, maintenance-free lifestyle. There is also increased accessibility with more direct Rights to these destinations, ensuring convenience for tourists and property buyers al ike. ~

MARit~AS Albany Marina, The Bahamas

Marina Fort Louis, French Caribbean Atlantis Marina, The Bahamas

Marina at Sandals Emerald Bay, The Bahamas

Abaco Beach Resort and Harbour Marina, The Bahamas marina

C:apella Marina, Marigot Bay St Lucia, Caribbean Resorts World Bimini, The Bahamas

C:asa de Campo Marina and li!esort, Dominican Republic Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour, Grand Bahama Island

Puerto del Rey Marina, Fajardo, Puerto Rico

Valentine's Resort and Marina, Harbour Island, The Bahamas

El Conquistador Beach Resort & Marina, Puerto Rico{. Conquistador/

Treasure Cay Beach Marina and Golf Resort, The Bahamas

Port Ferdinand, Barbados Riviera


The heartthrob of retro sports cars

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he difference between Morgan and other car manufacturers is -simply - tradition. From its inception, the company has been managed by the Morgan family. Since 1968, the Morgan Roadster has always been supported by a wooden structure, remaining faithfully unchanged for the past 50 years. The Rover V8 engine of Buick gave birth to the Plus 8 Speedster in 1968. And the V6 Roadster, which began manufacturing and sales in 2004, is the successor of this wonderful car.


BEYOND THE PLUS a DESIGN CONCEPT Even if you have experienced the Plus 8, which now stands next to the V6 Roadster, it will be almost impossible to tell that within the two-piece,

blind-like hood lies a brand new 'heart' powering the roaring sound of its engine. In fact, there is little difference in th.e outlook of the Plus 8 and V6 Roadster. If one does not look closely it is hard to differentiate the two. The same experience can also be felt within the cockpit. Morgan is also able to customise the centre console design to meet the needs and taste of clients. The driver seat is securely positioned in the car's cockpit and covered by a layer of beige-coloured leather but, what inu.-igues most people is that the passenger seat seems to be a bit higher. Right in front of the seat is a wellcrafted console with wood grain pattern. Of c:ourse, Morgan can customise the design of the centre console to client's preferences. The console comes fYom

well-known maker Smith, while the original aluminium alloy steering wheel is a Moto-Lita creation. In order to preserve the interior's retro design, the air-conditioner controls are placed unobtrusively; the sound system is also discreetly hidden underneath the console control panel. While some might find it inconvenient, this is a Morgan tradition. There is no single, convenient button that electronically opens up the roof of the convertible. You will have to use your own hands - more often than not, you'll have to depend on the help of others - to open the waterproof convertible roof, but at least it can be stored neatly on top of the boot so it does not distract from the beauty of the car.

The windows are effective in blocking the howling winds; however, once you roll them down, you will experience the pure joy of open-air driving that is difficult to find in many car models. The door's design enables the driver to rest his arm on it for the entire journey, a pleasurable experience that only comes with antique cars. Even if you're six feet tall, you can sit oornfortably in the V6 Roadster cockpit. Its all-new Ford gear box is very compact, thus giving way to more leg space. However, as there is no foot rest, your left leg has to rest lightly on the clutch. The only storage space in the car is at the back of the passenger seat, so you might want to purchase a luggage rac:k that can be fitted at the back of the car- a road trip necessity in an antique car.

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NOT A MODE OF TRANSPORT Driving the Morgan V6 Roadster should be a luxury, a form of pleasure derived from the pure mechanism action devoid of electronic system support. It is an acquired taste obtained from an antique sports car with a rather heavy clutch not everyone is accustomed to. However, other than this, the V6 Roadster is very easy to tame and drive. The Morgan V6 Roadster, however, is not for daily commute and it definitely is not meant to be one. Imagine a brand like Morgan, a wide road before you, a beautiful village scene and a picnic in the wilderness. This is the scenario that fits the V6 Roadster. To accelerate a V6 Roadster, which weighs less than a tonne, with a horsepower of 226, on a smooth road is as simple as stepping lightly on the accelerator. A stationary V6 Roadster only needs 4.9 seconds to reach a speed of lOOkm per hour. Although this cannot be compared to super sports cars, at least it is comparable to a normal sports car. Being lighter, shorter and with fittings set to the back, V6 Roadster has better stability than its predecessors.

First Malaysia Yacht Show (MYS) 2015, November 27 - 29 The inaugural Malaysia Yacht Show (MYS) 2015 will be host ed by Port Dickson, a beautiful Malaysia yacht charter destination, from November 27 to 29. Organized by its sister company PT Megawatt Asia, its sister event, Indonesia Yacht Show (IYS), had sin ce att racted more than 10,000 visitors and USD 100 Mill ion worth of pot ent ial busi ness in Jakarta in its past 2 editions, and now Malaysia Ya cht Sh ow (MYS) is ready to set the pa ce as one of the leading luxury yacht ing lifestyl e exh ibi tions in the region.




This unique yachting extravaganza will showcase the latest yachts and boats to the growing class of Malaysian millionaires with massive dispensable income. What To Expect At Malaysia Yachts Show 2015? o

More than 4000sqm worth of yachts, boats and luxury lifestyle exhibits.


More than USD$80 million worth of products would be on display.


More than 6000 international visitors are expected to attend this mammoth event.


An expected USD$600,000 of press and broadcast coverage.

The Malaysia Yacht Show is a high-profile exhibition of luxury ya chts serving as means of travel and also for the following purposes: leisure, lifestyle, sporting or collection. In the Admiral Marina and Leisure Club of Port Dickson in Malaysia, the exhibits will be presented to an audience of approx. 5000 visitors, consisting of industry professionals and enthusiasts. The event is considered one of the leading exhibitions of its kind in the region and serves mainly as a forum and communication network of the industry in addition to the presentation of the latest techniqu es and designs. The exhibition also benefits from the increasing number of millionaires and wealthy population groups in Malaysia. The place where the Marina Yacht Show takes place is strategically located at the Straits of Malacca. It is only a one hour's drive away from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur.

Its manipulation is also more dexterous compared to the traditional Morgan spotts car. Although there is enough power in the V•6 Roadster to push the car to overdrive, it still has good force performance:. Despite not being able to provide the comfort of a sedan, the V6 Road!lter is a huge improvement from its predecessor, the Plus 8. As long as you at:e a sports car fanatic, you will not find fault with the overall ride experience in the V6 Roadster. Lastly, let's talk about the V6 Roadster braking system, which may need some time getting used to. The time between stepping down the pedal to the braking action is a period of blurred moment. This kind of braking system is akin to that of a racing car - similar to a Por¡che 911 CT3 Cup - which requires a gradual force to be applied to the brake pedal. If you love the V6 Roadster, and if you have the determination, you will want to own it. Antique sports cars are such a rarity, particulaury in Asia, and Morgan is one of the few brands that can satisfy the nostalgia of sports car fans. It is that unique. )S


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NEW LIFE FOR OLD MASTERS New generation models, a superb ultra-chronometer movement and a completely new Oystejlex strap keep Rolex at the top.

ROLEX HAVE RENEWED TWO OF THEIR MOST ICONIC WATCHES with their product announcement at this year's Basel world. They unveiled new generation models and a new generation mechanical movement that sets a new standard of chronometric performance with criteria that surpass those of COSC (the Swiss official chronometer testing institute). While they were at it, they announced a new technical metal bracelet overmoulded with elastomer, called Oysterflex, patented by Rolex, that brings the comfort of elastomer and the resistance and strength of steel.


ROLEX YACHT-MASTER WITH OYSTERFLEX BRACELET First is the Rolex Yacht-Master. Launched in two sizes, 40 and 37, this is the watch leaders of today put on when going out on the water. Tt is black and 18k Everose go ld fitted exclusively with the innovative Oysterflex bracelet developed and patented by Rolex. This technical bracelet combines the robustness and reliability of a meta l bracelet with th e flexibility, comfort and aesthetics of an elastomer strap. At its core lies a superelastic meta l blade overmoulded with high performance black elastomer. Li ke previous Rolex Yac ht-Maste1路s, the Oyster case in l8k Everose gold includes a rotatable bezel fitted with a Cerachrom insert in black ceramic, new with this re lease, with polished raised numerals on a matt background. Master 37 uses ealibre 2236 and has the new silicon Syloxi ha1irspring, also paramagnetic and has a mainspt路ing reserve of 55 hours. As in all Rollex Perpetual watches while in use, the self-winding rotor keeps the power reserve at its optimum level, providing the precise tension required to maimtain its superlative accuracy. Both Rolex Yacht-Master watches enjoy the new Oysterflex titanium and nickel/elastomer bracelet that isn't j ust about strength and its sporting look. Withou t compromising robustness,

"The principal features of each wc.~tch were invented by Rolex founder, Hans Wilsdorf, between 1926 and 1956, and Rolex has rr.~aintained their leadership of the entire watchmaking industry ever sLnce. "


The Rolex Oyster Perpetual YachtMaster 40 uses calibre 3135, also a COSC-certified Chronometer Perpetual mechanical movement and displays the cun-ent date beneath the Cyclops lens that improves legibility. There is a power reserve of 48 hou rs. The hairspring is paramagnetic blue Parachrom. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-

waterproofness or reliability, it provides aesthetic looks and suppleness and comfort, and is equipped with a patented longitudinal cushion that stabilises the watch on the路 wrist. The dial matches the strap and the Cerachrom bezel, while the highly polished numerals and grad uation markers stand out strongly against the matt background. The broad Chromalight luminescent hands and hour markers contrast sharply with the black dial, providing excellent legibility in dayl!ight and in the long hours of the night, with only starlight to read by.

ROLEX DAY-DATE WITH NEW SUPER路 ACCURATE AUTOMATIC MOVEMENT Second is the Rolex Day-Date. It is known by some as the "President's Watch" for its adoption by more heads of state, leaders and visionaries than any other watch since its original release in 1956. The 2015 Day-Date retains this preeminent status by keeping the essential horological qualities that set it apart. The principal features were invented by Rolex's founder, Hans Wilsdorf, between 1926 and 1956, and Rolex has maintained their leadership of the entire watchmaking industJy ever since. The Day-Date has embodied this leadership throughout, and its exceptional presence has represented status and prestige for almost 90 years. Simple, functional and elegant, as ever, the 2015 Day-Date 40 has been revitalised by the introduction of a new mechanical movement, calibre 3255 which sets a new standard for chronometric performance. Calibre 3255 is a compelling example of avant-garde watchmaking technology, backed by 14 patents. This innovative movement offers fundamental gains in terms of precision, power reserve, resistance to shock and magnetic fields, ease of use and reliability. It incorporates the new Cluonergy escapement patented by Rolex, which combines high energy efficiency with great dependability. The new DayDate is available exclusively in 950 platinum or in 18k yellow, white or Everose gold, with a variety of elaborate new dials. Rolex has developed new high-technology methodology and equipment to test the precision of its Superlative Chronometers according to the new tolerances, and under conditions that are more representative of those in which the watch is actually worn, simulating the wearer's everyday experience. These exclusive chronometric tests complement the official COSC certification to which all Rolex movements continue to be


submitted systematically - and are carried out not on the movements alone, but on the assembled watches after the movements have been cased. As befits a watch that has conquered the world, the full-length day marker comes in 26languages including Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew and Russian; even Latin, making it a popular model in the Vatican. Full-length day-names have been found to be more intuitively-legible than abbreviations: the eye doesn't have to search for the data it requires. Both day and date markers move forward within milliseconds of midnight. This watch is the standard bearer of Rolex excellence. Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex, wasn' t satisfied his watches gained chronometer certification: he required "particularly good results" and since 1956 the Day-Date has carried the words "superlative ch1路onometer" on the diaL Official certification disappeared with the consolidation of the various Swiss watch rating centres in 1973 which established new and stricter standards. The wording remained, as a reminder of the pioneering role played by Rolex since 1910. With the new movement, calibre 3255, Rolex has established a level of chronometric precision that surpasses the level defined by COSC: twice as exacting as required for official chronometer certification. This reconnects with the heritage of this famous watch. The Day-Date is the last of the models created by the founder of Rolex to still he produced: it is their flagship and can be considered Hans Wilsdorfs ultimate achievement in pursuit of horological excellence. Worn since its earliest days

by successful pe:ople, people who know what they need, and what they don't, the Rolex Day-Date embodies the achievements and success of the leaders who wear it and who will keep on wearing it for many yeam to come. Calibre 3255

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THE MACALLAN RARE CASK Rare. Not occurring very often; notfound in large numbers and so of interest or value; unusually good or remarkable.

IN THE LUXURY SPIRITS a point of difference is everything. Whilst remaining fiercely loyal to their own brand, most of the whisky makers will admit that there is more than one half-decent drinkable scotch out there. A great deal of what is 'good' depends, seriously speaking, on taste - smoky and peaty from Islay doesn't suit evet路yone. There are Highland and Lowland malts, and they all have their fan clubs.

The Macallan are almost obsessive in the way they control the production chain of their whisky. This starts with the cultivation of oak trees in Spain and America to produce the wood for the casks in which the whisky will mature, lending the casks to the Spanish sherry bodegas in order to season them with oloroso sherry, and then shipping them to Scotland ready to be filled with The Macallan newly distilled spirit. Those



"The M acallan Rare Cask has been crafted from whiskies selected from 16 different cask profiles - the most ever used in a single Macallan whisk" The vast majority of malt whisky disappears into the well-known blended brands to give them flavour and only a small percentage ends up in a bottle with its own name on the label. This already makes single malt whisky 'rare' in its own right. So when a well-respected name such as The Macallan comes out with a whisky and calls it 'Rare Cask' one is inclined to sit up and take notice.

casks then slumber peacefully for years in the warehouses at the distillery; time matTies together the wood and the spirit and turns them into the finest of whiskies. Director of Fine and Rare Whiskies, David Cox, tells us that "wood defines the flavour of The Macallan, with over 60 percent of the character derived from the cask in which the wh isky is


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matured." And now some of those casks - a very, very few - have been identified by Master Whisky Maker Bob Dalgarno to contribute to The Macallan Rare Cask. "Rare Cask is about firstly identifying a selection of casks which can be called truly rare. Each of the cask styles result in different character, so each imparts its own distinct influence on the final whisky." What Cox and Dalgarno are really telling us is they have cheny-picked the best of the best from a collection that is already superlative. The

Macallan Rare Cask has been crafted from whiskies selected from 16 different cask profiles - the most ever used in a single Macallan whisky. Less than one percent of the casks maturing at the distillery have been selected for the creation of Rare Cask, and some of them are no longer available. Fine drinkin' must be the ultimate luxury in order to appreciate the whisky, you have to consume it. And then it's gone! The Macallan Rare Cask presents itself in the glass with a David Cox, Director of Fine arul Rare Whi.!ki~s

magically rich md mahogany hue, and on the nose offers vanilla and raisin notes which give way to hints of citrus fruits. And underneath, like the low notes of a musical chord, is a whole rack of spices - ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Now close yoUl路 eyes and concentrate, and the spices continue on to the palate, accompanied by woody vanilla and chocolate. David Cox iE~ also Director of Brand Education, and an expert in getting across the nuances of fine whisky to an often novice audience, but anyone who appreciates a drop of good single malt is going to be impressed with this whisky, and The Macallan are rightly proud of such a delightful offering. If complexity is the hallmark of quality, then the elegant Rare Cask bottle has hallmarks all over it.

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ITALIAN EXCELLENCE Portofino Marina hosted one of the most glamorous events on the nautical calendar, the Azimut/Benetti Yachting Gala. The eighth of its kind, the Group's whole fleet lined up for all guests to admire, respect and most fun of all; sea trial. The event in June, launched the Azimut Magellano 66, accompanied by a fashion show and in the evening, the famous Paraggi beach was transformed into the Azimut Beach Club where guests, following dinner and an extravagant yacht parade, were treated

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V~NIC~ The MCY105 was unveiled at a private preview in exquisite Venice in July, the same setting where five' years ago Monte Carlo Yachts launched its very fiJst yacht. A festival of elegance; lights, colours and sounds, celebrated the MCY105's iconic design and integrity. This model is predicted to be a resounding success in Asia as the first model on display was purchas•ed by a Hong Kong-based family. ~



AZIMUT'S INDONE:SIAN LAUNCJ-1 The grand launch of Azimut Yachts Indonesia took place at the end of August at the Jet Ski cafe, Pantai Mutiara, Jakarta. Italian yachting excellence was on display for all to appreciate, on a very special evening colored by Roberto Cavalli's latest collection. Not to mention all the very latest in supercar power from the Dream Club automotive community and Ferrari Owners Club Indonesia, on an evening proudly sponsored by Rolls -Royce and Lamborghini Indonesia. ~


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