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Classic Feadship MY Monaco for sale through Ocean Independence superyachttimes.com 31 May 11 Michael White and Peter Thompson from Ocean Independence have announced their appointment as central agents for the sale of a classic Feadship, the 37.90 metre Monaco (ex: Arkan; Matanthar). Built in 1982 by Feadship, she underwent a refit in 2006 and now features a stylish interior by Terence Disdale Design Ltd. She features accommodation for up to eight guests in four cabins which include; one owner’s cabin, one VIP and two twin cabins. Powered by twin Caterpillar engines, Monaco has a cruising speed of 14 knots and a top speed of 15 knots. She is now available for sale with an asking price of € 5,500,000.
Video Four yachts blaze at Port Camille Rayon, Golfe-Juan allboatsavenue.com 31 May 11 Four large yachts caught fire Sat 28 May 11, at 13.00hrs in Port Camille Rayon, Golfe-Juan. The yachts between 16-17m, caught fire on pontoon 23, South Wharf, and were equipped with fire-alarms and extinguishers. The boats were unmanned at the time of the fires. The wooden sailboat Linka was at least thirty years old. The other three boats were cabin cruisers Maya 2, Katcel, and Cool. They were moved offshore to avoid the fire from spreading to other units, and have in the meantime sank. A total of eight vessels were affected by the fires. 50 firefighters and 13 vehicles fought the fires and Antibes police are investigating its cause.
IPad finds a place on deck nytimes.com 31 May 11 Software to help sailors navigate their yachts have made computer tablets, particularly the iPad from Apple, a valued piece of equipment on deck. The apps, most of them available only for the iPad, work to ease planning and can be used to control a broad range of functions, including security systems and onboard environment. “We have already installed iPads onboard many superyachts as an add-on to dedicated control panels,” said Arjan Kleinveld, managing director of Van Berge Henegouwen Installaties, which customizes superyachts. He added that many of his customers requested the iPad for their new yachts as well. Sonia Kolesnikov Jessop.
Edmiston Names Mark Cornell CEO prnewswire.com 27 May 11 Mark Cornell (pic right) has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Edmiston & Company. Based out of Monaco, Cornell will oversee global business for the brand. Nicholas Edmiston (pic left), previously served as Chairman and CEO and will remain Chairman. Prior to joining Edmiston, Cornell spent over a decade with LVMH, serving as the President and CEO of Moet Hennessy USA since 2006. Prior to that, he served as the Chief Executive of Krug Champagne for four years, overseeing strategic development of the brand globally. Cornell received his MBA from the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1999. Press Release.
Crew member hurt in Antibes dies thetriton.com 24 May 11 Brendon Pyle, a 28-year-old 'free radical surfing yacht chef' from Warkworth, New Zealand, who suffered serious head injuries in Antibes earlier this month, has died. Information on a memorial service to be held in Nice 26 May 11 can be found on the “Brendon Pyle Fighting Fund” Facebook page. Riviera Radio reported last week that an 'Australian' sailor was in an Antibes hospital “after a drunken stunt went horribly wrong.” According to the radio station, a group of Australian and New Zealand sailors from a 65m yacht had been out for the night. On the way home in the early hours of May 10, two of them decided to attempt to ride in a rubbish bin down a flight of steps.
Harrods department store to sell superyachts insidelife.mondoraro.org 24 May 11 An unusual choice of marketing, but according to forecasts it could work to attract more wealthy customers to the world of superyachts. We are talking about the latest addition to the range of luxury items sold by Harrods department store of London in collaboration with specialized brokers Watkins Superyacht; devote some window displays to superyachts reproduced to scale, with technical info and giant screens. Yachting professionals will be on hand to describe in detail the superyachts to potential clients. Adrian McCourt, managing director of Watkins Superyacht said it is like simulating a "virtual Monte Carlo" at Harrods.
Film announcements are always more fun aboard a yacht nytimes.com 13 May 11 We’ve traversed the red carpets and the publicity stunts. But there is another side to the film festival here: the maritime side. We’re talking, of course, about yachts. Big ones and bigger ones, they crowd the harbor, drawing gawkers and aspirants (and Diddy). Really, no trip to the French Riviera is complete without a yacht party. So on Friday, we stepped aboard the Clara One for an introduction to WR Films Entertainment Group, a company founded two years ago by a Norwegian actor, Ryan Wiik. Mr. Wiik and his partners had leased the yacht as an office to announce their acquisition of a Norwegian best seller. Melena Ryzik.
China's thirst for luxury is a boom for yacht builders bbc.co.uk 08 May 11 Sat on the deck of a 60ft yacht Gordon Hui looks pleased with himself. Mr Hui, the boss of the Asia operations of UK yacht-builder Sunseeker, is poised to seal a massive deal worth up to £20m to sell five yachts - two over a 30m - to a mainland Chinese customer. "They've done their research. They are just coming to talk delivery times," he says at the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show. Mr Hui says the market in China for the deep-hulled, handcrafted luxury yachts that Sunseeker produces in Poole, Dorset has ballooned from "nothing" two years ago. Since then Sunseeker, which makes 230 boats a year, has sold around 25 yachts to Chinese customers. Katie Hunt.
Dartz Prombron' Nagel is the world’s first armored Sportback yacht puller bornrich.com 09 May Russian luxury car maker Dartz has teamed up with Gray Design to release the Dartz Prombron’ Nagel, the world’s first armored Sportback SUV designed for pulling yachts. The car will be launched in 2012. Designed by Eduard Gray of Gray Design, the car is built on the Dartz Prombron’ platform using the safe Kapsula technology. Like all Dartz creations, the armor makes it heavy enough to ensure a smooth ride when towing yachts up to five tones in weight and up to 15 meters in length. The 2000hp Nagel has a projected speed of up to 250 km/h to make sure the yacht owners get to their destination on time.
Americas Cup: Faster, slicker and more fun to watch nzherald.co.nz 07 May 11 When Oracle chief executive Russell Coutts unveiled his plans for a the 34th America's Cup, he promised an event that would appeal to the Facebook generation rather than the Flinstone generation. His plans included a move from traditional monohulls to ultra-high-tech wing-sailed catamarans, aimed at producing faster, more action-packed racing to appeal to a wider audience. Over the last two weeks his bold vision for the America's Cup has been taking shape on the waters off Auckland with organisers testing innovations that will be used during the lead-up world series and the event proper in 2013. Dana Johannsen.
Five ports in the Alpes-Maritimes hoist the blue flag nicematin.com 06 May 11 The Blue Flag, which annually recognizes the efforts of marinas to improve the environment, was awarded yesterday by the French office of the Foundation for Environmental Education in Europe. In France, the Blue Flag was awarded to 84 marinas, against 77 in 2010. Good news for the Alpes-Maritimes, an additional port was recognised, that of Marina Baie des Anges , bringing to five the number of awarded ports in the department. The other four have been approved for several years: Port Camille Rayon, Golfe-Juan; Port Pierre Canto in Cannes; Port Vauban in Antibes and La Napoule.
Call to end US taxpayer subsidies for yachts tax-news.com 06 May 11 Three bipartisan members of the United States House of Representatives, Mike Quigley, Tim Walz and Gary Peters, have introduced legislation to eliminate taxpayer subsidies for yachts. The mortgage interest tax deduction was established by Congress in 1986, and allows people to deduct mortgage interest for up to two mortgages, either or both of which can be for a yacht. The Ending Taxpayer Subsidies for Yachts Act would amend a tax provision that allows boat owners to write off their mortgage interest payments if they classify their boats as second homes. The Ending Taxpayer Subsidies for Yachts Act would limit the tax deduction to those who use their boats as a primary residence. As of the 2000 Census, only around 100,000 people in the US lived full-time on boats. Leroy Baker.
Superyacht Out joins CSO’s Riviera Charter Fleet superyachttimes.com 06 May 11 CSO Yachts have added the 47m superyacht Out to their charter fleet. Out was built by the Turkish shipyard Amtec in 2002 to a design of Soyaslan Design, and has had major refits in 2009 and 2010. Out now offers maximum interior and exterior volume, chic minimalism, a clean modern design and large square windows for maximum light. The luxury charter yacht can comfortably accommodate 12 guests, served by a crew of 10. MY Out is based in the south of France, and is available from €140,000 to €160,000 per week and is available at a special offer of €130,000 during the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix.
The world's 15 most expensive marinas sail-world.com 04 May 11 The three most expensive marinas in the world are all located in Italy. This is one of the findings to emerge from a ranking list recently compiled by Engel & Völkers, a real estate-turned-yacht-brokerage firm. Based on the mooring fees charged for a 55-metre superyacht during the high season Marina Grande on Capri is the most expensive at €2,585 per day. This is followed by Porto Cervo in Sardinia €2,574, then Marina di Portofino on the Amalfi coast €2,100. In fourth place is Puerto José Banus in Marbella on the Costa del Sol at €2,069 per day. In fifth place, at €1,643 is the Balearic marina of Ibiza Magna. France’s most expensive marina is Port de Saint-Tropez, in sixth place (€1,356). In 7th is Port Camille Rayon in Golfe Juan, €1,100. During the annual Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo, mooring fees soar to unprecedented highs of several thousand euros.
Charterminute launches 1st Riviera Luxury Charter Guide for iPhone and Android yahoo.com 03 Feb 11 Charterminute, the Mediterranean yacht charter company based in Antibes has released its first iPhone/Android App "Riviera Escape". "Until now, there was no app for chartering. Now you can browse your favorite destination guide and take advantage of luxury packages including all inclusive day charter packages and classic sailing races. Users can explore our Connoisseur guide, or browse our French Riviera beach selection to find the perfect spot," says Charterminute Manager Remi van der Deure. The Riviera Escape app also provides local content and insider tips.
French Olympic Week ends in the Bay of Hyères varmatin.com 01 May 11 It's done. The curtain fell on the 43rd French Sailing Olympic Week, which ended Saturday in the Bay of Iles d’Or with the medal races. The 43rd edition was deemed a scuccess, despite the lack of wind, and offered rewards for the best team in France of Peter Nantais Leboucher and Vincent Garos who won the 470 men. The Spanish pair of Tara Pacheco and Berta Betanzos won in the 470 women, the Englishman Ben Ainslie in the Finn class, Brazilians Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada in the Star class, Damien Seguin in the 2.4m, bruno Jourdren, Eric Flaguel and Nicolas Vimont-Vicary in Sonar and the British Niki Birrell and Alexandra Rickham in Skud.
Final day’s racing at Antigua Sailing Week 2011 yachtingworld.com 30 Apr 11 Today's 18-knot easterly seemed almost benign compared to the rush of trade winds that have been blasting through Antigua Sailing Week. There was some intense action amongst Start Boat A boats. The Race Committee set a series of tight coastal courses that had the competitors vying for clear air in the tightly compressed fleet for the last race of Antigua Sailing Week. Hugo Stenbeck's Dubois 90, Genuine Risk, left it until the last race to snatch overall victory in Class 1 from Richard Matthews' Humphries 54, Oystercatcher XXVIII by a single point.
Sail Power Proves More Popular Than Horse Power 24-7pressrelease.com 28 Apr 11 Are classic sailing yachts becoming more popular than their motor yacht rivals? Figures are suggesting that maybe owing to economic and environmental conditions people are making a move from motor to sail. William Bishop, Head of YPI Sail explains, "Being at sea on a sailing yacht is an entirely different experience to being on a motor yacht. Sailing yachts allow you to enjoy the journey as much as the destination." With the world becoming increasingly more eco-minded coupled with the current economic climate, more customers are leaning towards sailing vessels as opposed to fuel hungry motor yachts.
Personal items revealing J.P. Morgan's opulent life at sea to be sold cnn.com 27 Apr 11 Artifacts from the megayacht of 19th-century financier J.P. Morgan are to be sold this weekend at an auction set to reveal how one of America's most influential men enjoyed life aboard his second home on the high seas. Commissioned by Morgan in 1890, the 241-foot yacht "Corsair II" played host to many of the era's richest and most prominent figures, including U.S. presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft. Although the "Corsair II" has been long-since scrapped for parts, intimate items from the elegant, wood-paneled yacht will be auctioned Sunday in Boston. George Webster.
Sea-Alliance Group Exhibit Two Luxury Sunseeker Yachts at MYBA yahoo.com 26 Apr 11 Following the success of the Antibes Yacht Show at the beginning of the month, Sea-Alliance Group (SAG), the international maritime business, is showcasing two of its most luxurious Sunseeker charter vessels – MY Donizetti and MY Black & White - at the 23rd MYBA Charter Show in Genoa between the 2nd and 6th May 2011. The show is promoted by MYBA (the Worldwide Yachting Association), and is one of the most important international exhibitions dedicated to charter professionals and superyachts. In addition SAG will have MY AncorA, a Baglietto 43m, and MY Darsea, a Moonen 97, available to view in Genoa, both of which are managed by SAG and are available for charter.
Fraser Yachts announce three new yachts for charter pr-usa.net 24 Apr 11 Fraser Yachts announce three new yachts for charter in the Mediterranean for the 2011 summer season. The 54.4m M/Y Turquoise (pic) built in 2011, is available from €325,000 per week. The M/Y Audacia has come back after having a major refit in 2011, and can be chartered from either the West or East Mediterranean from €150,000 per week and on a daily rate of €10,000 during Cannes Film Festival or Monaco Grand Prix. The smallest of Fraser Yachts' newest luxury yachts for charter is the 33m S/Y Jazz Jr. built in 2009 with 4 state rooms sleeping 8 guests. Currently located in the Eastern Mediterranean it is available from €45,000 per week.
PYA agrees to lead training project for interior crew pya.org 22 Apr 11 Following a well attended public meeting at the recent Antibes Yacht Show and in response to interior crew, captains and training providers; the Professional Yachtsman's Association (PYA) has agreed to lead the development of a formal career structure for training and certification for interior crew. Until now there has been little formal training available for this role and the training that does exist varies widely in both its objectives and standards. The PYA will lead an industry working group that will create a formal structure for the training and professional development of interior crew, similar to the existing training route for deck and engineering crew The PYA aim to announce the results of this project at the Monaco Yacht Show later this year.
Marine Bodies Launch Boat Show Cost Calculator tax-news.com 22 Apr 11 International recreational boating body the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA), has welcomed the launch of a new tool for prospective boat exhibitors, which calculates the overall cost of participating in numerous industry trade fairs. Following expert development, German marine industry association DBSV has now made available the 'Boat Show Calculator,' which allows its users to calculate all costs involved in exhibiting at a boat show. All possible expenditure, from ceiling suspensions and power connections to forklift trucks and press material presentations, has been taken into consideration.
Co-operation between superyacht ports on French & Italian Riviera lepetitenicois.fr 22 Apr 11 A meeting will take place in Cannes May 5th to discuss a co-peration initiative between superyacht ports on the French & Italian Rivieras. Instigated by Rene Bouchet, a Monaco government advisor, it will bring together the ports of Monaco, St Tropez, Nice and Cannes before being gradualy expanded to include Antibes, Port Canto in Cannes and the Italian ports of Imperia, San Remo and Genoa airport. The aim is to co-ordinate safety, environmental and infrastructure services such as utility connections for yachts to improve customer satisfaction to improve the attractiveness for maritime tourism of the region.
German Billionaire Offers World's Fastest Long-Range Superyacht for €59 Million luxist.com 12 Apr 11 German eco-industrialist Guido Krass is offering to sell his 241-ft. Silver Zwei, the world's fastest long-range superyacht, for €59 million. Designed to the billionaire's specifications by Monaco's famed Espen Oeino, the Silver Zwei is about as an environmentally friendly as a yacht of its size and speed can be. That means high fuel efficiency, which is quite handy when crossing the Atlantic at a cool 22 knots. The yacht's light, airy interior has accommodation for 20 guests in nine cabins including a large owner's suite with private lounge and veranda deck. Jared Paul Stern.
Superyacht event returns to Fort Lauderdale bizjournals.com 11 Apr 11 What's billed as the largest conference for the American superyacht industry will return to Fort Lauderdale after a six-year hiatus. The American Superyacht Forum will be held over three days at the Hilton Marina, May 16-18. Fort Lauderdale is one of the marine industry's epicenters, but faced the challenge of redevelopment of waterfront locations during the real estate boom. The city is known for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which encompasses more than 3 million square feet of space at six sites. The ninth American Superyacht Forum is expected to involve 300 industry decision-makers and influencers, including shipyard managers, designers, captains, bankers, brokers and lawyers. It will be hosted by The Yacht Report Group and organized by Superyacht Events.
Fraser Yachts Presents Six New Luxury Yachts for Sale stockmarketsreview.com 11 Apr 11 Fresh out of the Cobra Sultan shipyard the S/Y Infinity (pic) 46m is a stunning luxury yacht. With construction overseen by David Legrand of Fraser Yachts, Monaco, she can accommodate 12 guests, 7 crew and has a cruising speed of 11 knots. Price: $13,299,000. The luxury megayacht Rob Roy 41.15m built by Horizon Yachts. Asking Price: $12,950,000. The S/Y Maria II 30. Asking Price: €5,300,000. The S/Y Atalanti 29.30m. Asking Price: $3,861,000. The S/Y Aiyana 25.00m. Launched just last year she is the first of a fleet of three sister ships. Asking Price: $5,950,000. S/Y Alia 82 is a 25.00m new build. Price: $5,950,000. Press Release.
Inaugural Singapore Yacht Show launches at Sentosa channelnewsasia.com 09 Apr 11 Singapore has taken a major step towards becoming the Monaco of the East, with the launch of the inaugural Singapore Yacht Show on Friday. This makes the island only the third city, after Monaco and Abu Dhabi, to stage both the F1 Grand Prix and a super yacht show. Twelve luxury yachts are part of the line-up for the inaugural show at One Degree 15 in Sentosa. The organisers put the show together at short notice. Andy Treadwell, MD of the Informa Yacht Group, said: "Three months is absolutely not enough time to organise a proper yacht show. But for lots of reasons we have done it and we are very pleased."
Berdych sets sail aboard Tuiga classic yacht atpworldtour.com 09 Apr 11 Monaco resident Tomas Berdych sailed on board the famous Tuiga classic yacht on Saturday ahead of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. Saturday marked the first day of training for the crew of Tuiga, the Admiral Vessel of the Yacht Club de Monaco, as it prepares for the 2011 Regatta season, which is highlighted by the Monaco Classic Week from 14-18 September. The Czech player is seeded fifth at next week’s Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, the first event of the European clay-court swing. He will open his campaign at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament against either a qualifier or Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela.
Port Vauban to get a ten year facelift nicematin.com 09 Apr 11 Antibes vice mayor Jean-Pierre Gonzalez presented a major transformation project for Port Vauban at the Antibes Yacht Show. “Very few locals walk on the port, let alone at Fort Carré. The idea is to exploit these assets," explained Gonzalez. A wide promenade in a figure of eight over 2.5km will be created with a retractable bridge "as in Barcelona", which would connect the Evadés de Guerre quay with Fort Carré. A new wharf to accommodate cruise ships will also be created. “We need about €180m for the dock, and €30m for the walk." The first tenders for the promenade project could be launched in 2012 with work commencing in 2013 or 2014. Florence Buades.
Yacht’s celebrity links keep interest buoyant at AYS telegraph.co.uk 08 Apr 11 No bull, here’s a boat that really could take you for a ride. Among the 80ft Sunseekers and high-speed catamarans lining the quayside for the 5th annual Antibes Yacht Show, one vessel really stands out. The 27m “Bull” superyacht boasts six berths including an “owner’s en suite stateroom” and “VIP en suite cabin”. Its a snip, with a list price of €3m, compared with the €6m it went for new 2007. “The previous owner is a little bit of a celebrity,” let slip Wyles Hardy & Co, the auctioneer selling the boat. It’s only one Bernie Madoff. Would you buy a second-hand pleasure palace from a convicted $65bn fraudster? Rupert Neate.
For Sale: Hong Kong’s Biggest Yacht wsj.com 07 Apr 11 Last week, one of Hong Kong’s richest businessmen put his 65m yacht, Ambrosia III, up for sale. The sale of the yacht, the city’s biggest, is being handled by Monaco-based brokerage firm Yachting Partners International. (The asking price was not disclosed.) It was built in 2006 for Ambrous Young (sometimes spelled Ambrose), who runs a diverse holding company called Young Brothers Development Company, a service business that’s involved in “infrastructure investment”. He’s extremely low-profile, but he’s probably best-known for his involvement in a U.S. campaign-finance controversy in the 1990s. Italian company Benetti made the boat. Jason Chow.
YCO announces partnership with Quintessentially superyachttimes.com 04 Apr 11 YCO is taking exceptional service one-step further through its new partnership with leading international luxury lifestyle company, Quintessentially. With ten years of experience in luxury concierge, Quintessentially offers a comprehensive service and a portfolio of specialist contacts. YCO was the first yacht company to launch its own complimentary in-house concierge department. As an enhancement of this service, the in-house concierge team at YCO will now be supported by the entire Quintessentially network, which has locals on the ground in the Caribbean, France, Italy, Miami and several other key yachting destinations.
Nero Superyacht Undergoes Major Price Reduction superyachts.com 04 Apr 11 The classically styled 90m superyacht Nero has recently undertaken a significant price reduction of €7,500,000 through her joint central agents at Merle Wood & Associates and Burgess. One of the most internationally recognised superyachts on the water, this distinctive 90m giant is a stunning example of high-quality yacht design and construction; often making star appearances at influential shows such as the Monaco Yacht Show. Built by Corsair Yachts in 2008, Nero is a yacht which encapsulates a bygone era of luxury yachting and offers consistent style and true sophistication both inside and out. B. Roberts.
The deVere Group sponsor the Captains Lounge at Antibes 5th Annual Yacht Show newschannel10.com 01 Apr 11 The deVere Group, the independent financial consultancy group, has announced that it is sponsoring the Captains lounge at the 5th Antibes annual yacht show in Port Vauban 07-10 Apr 11. Free drinks, free breakfast and free lunch will be served to the visitors. In addition, deVere is also organising a seminar titled "QROPS Transfer your UK Pension" in conjunction with leading QROPS provider Close on Sat and Sun 10.30 - 11.30. Paul Howard, Managing Partner of the deVere office in Nice comments: "We are glad to have the opportunity to be part of this prestigious event. We look forward to meeting the captains, their guests and other visitors over what will be an enjoyable and informative four-day event." Press Release.
Chivas ‘Diamond Sponsor’ at Antigua Sailing Week moodiereport.com 01 Apr 11 Chivas Regal has announced it is the sole Diamond Sponsor of the 2011 Antigua Sailing Week (ASW), taking place from 24-29 April. Increasing its corporate support from Gold to Diamond level sponsor, Chivas Regal confirmed it will maximise its presence at Antigua Sailing Week, by highlighting the shared heritage and premium status of both the event and the brand. “The renowned competition pays tribute to the sport of sailing which reflects the spirit of luxury and shared adventure, making it a perfect partner for our brand,” said Pernod Ricard Americas Travel Retail Vice President Travel Retail Marketing Quique Girones. Chivas will host an array of VIP events including the Captain’s Cocktail.
Tiger Woods puts his yacht on sale for $25 million yahoo.com 01 Apr 11 Tiger Woods' former wife has returned him his wedding gift of 155-foot yacht 'Privacy' and the troubled golfer has put it on sale for $25 million. Woods had bought the yacht for $20 million to give his former Swedish wife Elin Nordegren as a wedding present in 2004. But the Swedish model returned the yacht as she did not want to shell out more than $2 million a year for its upkeep. 'Privacy' is docked at North Palm Beach where local mega-yacht builder John Staluppi says Woods is asking too high a price. 'Unless he sells to someone who wants to brag that he's got Tiger's yacht, he'll get about $20 million,'' he said. IANS.
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