With the weather warming up in the Mediterranean and preparations for the spring and summer events well underway, we take a look at the latest yachting news briefs….
The Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous, a truly spectacular event epitomising “the Loro Piana lifestyle,” is a unique sailing competition that saw a total of 23 yachts battle it out in the waters off Virgin Gorda, part of the British Virgin Islands archipelago. After three days of picture-perfect sailing, Nilaya (Class A), Freya (Class B) and Moonbird (Class C) were crowned winners in their respective divisions.
The fifth edition of the Hainan Rendezvous will be taking place from 27th – 30th March, welcoming a legion of high net worth elites to the docks of Sanya for the largest luxury yachting and lifestyle showcase in China. The largest yacht on display will be Lohengrin, measuring 49.10m. This custom-built superyacht was launched by Trinity Yachts in 2006 and will act as the flagship of the Chinese fleet.
Lomond Yachts’ Lady M was chosen to play the role of a well-known yacht from the 1990s, Nadine, and was used in the Leonardo DiCaprio film, The Wolf of Wall Street. Lady M’s classic design reflects the era well and she would have been considered one of the largest and most spectacular yachts on the market at that time. Lady M’s classic main salon and formal dining for ten set the tone for an elegant yachting experience. Honey-glazed maple joinery, rich fabrics and original artwork throughout the yacht create the ideal balance of style and serenity.
British chef Jamie Oliver and Royal Caribbean International have announced the opening of the first Jamie Oliver eaterie at sea. The company’s most innovative resort ships, Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, will feature a Jamie’s Italian restaurant. Oliver revealed he was “thrilled to debut my very first restaurants at sea on-board the new Quantum-class ships. Royal Caribben shares my approach to food and dining, which is to serve simple, fresh ingredients in a warm, inviting ambience. I couldn’t be more excited to bring my love of Italian cooking to their guests with Jamie’s Italian. It’s going to be brilliant!”
An elegant wooden sailing vessel from the past brought back to life by Anouska Hempel, Beluga One is now one of the most beautiful boats on the Mediterranean. She contains every hi-tech specification beneath the glow of her beautiful wooden surfaces, Vuitton trunks and cane shutters, whilst entertaining thirty to dinner is de rigeur. Beluga One has the languorous magic of an ancient Turkish gulet, reincarnated as if she had sailed in from a myth. Anouska Hempel’s designs are the realisation of fantasies, and her interior design of boats shows how innate economy of space and uncompromising performance can be allied with flawless elegance.
OceanStyle has announced its appointment as central agent for the sale of Otam’s 30.5m Millennium. Available for delivery in 2015, the Otam Millennium is designed by an impressive team of industry leaders, including interiors by Achille Salvagni, who designed the world-famous interiors of the 70m Numpita. All of the design work has been undertaken in close co-operation with the technical and design department at Otam, and so Millenium represents both fine features and high performance – the perfect synthesis of sophistication and innovation.
Zuccon SuperYacht Design
Exactly one year after opening its doors, Zuccon SuperYacht Design is ready to amaze the superyacht market with an ambitious new design. In the wake of the launch of the ZSYD 90 and the ZSYD 92 in 2013, Zuccon International Project’s “SuperYacht” brand launches a new 55 metre yacht – the new ZSYD 55 Febo. At 55 metres long, with minimal lines, the simple design of this striking yacht looks as if it’s intended for speed and high performance. But appearances can be deceptive, for the ZSYD 55 is precisely the opposite: a full displacement hull that travels at a leisurely pace and saves fuel, in line with the current trend of demand for low operating costs and fuel consumption.
Camper & Nicholsons
Camper & Nicholsons have announced Benetti has launched the Delfino hull no. 8 christened Mister Z, boasting the highest technical specification to date and built for a first time Belgian owner with considerable experience from years of extensive chartering. With all the features of a larger super yacht yet still of a size where he could comfortably drive it himself, Mister Z has been equipped for extended long periods of cruising with family, with the preference of anchorages instead of going from one marina to another. After having studied several other yachts, the Benetti Delfino proved to be the most suitable in her class combined with the pedigree and know-how of the yard.
Heesen Yachts announced that the 65m Galactica Star was awarded the prestigious “Best of the Best” accolade by Robb Report China. This was Galactica Star’s fourth international recognition in a month, after receiving the Prix du Design from HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, the Nautilus award from Yacht Design Magazine and La Belle Classe from the Yacht Club de Monaco. In addition to the revolutionary technology, the jury was also impressed by the beauty and elegance of the exterior lines by Frank Laupman, perfectly complemented by the luxurious interior design by Bannenberg and Rowell.
World Powerboat Championship
Finally, for those who are not partying all night, Ibiza is to host the Class 1 World Powerboat Championship. Ibiza is a new and exciting venue for this sport, joining Bulgaria, Italy and the UAE for the 2014 season, where the twin-engined raceboats of Class 1 – often thought of as the cousins of Formula 1 cars – can reach speeds in excess of 250kmph.