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Raffles Marina

Interview: Ray Parry, CEO Raffles Marina

Raffles Marina plays host this month to the highly anticipated SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS. While we have met several of our trustworthy partners who will be on hand to meet guests, we thought it is time that we introduce you to Ray Parry, the CEO of Raffles Marina. As the man behind Singapore’s first marina, Parry talks to us about the venue that will host the island’s largest luxury lifestyle event and what is in store for the marina.

Raffles Marina is the first marina built in Singapore. Could you tell us more about the history of the marina and its location?

It was the first modern recreational marina with country club facilities. The Club is 22 years old, and offers an international standard of berthing and facilities. Its location provides a gateway for cruising around local waters and up the west coast of Malaysia and Thailand, to Phuket and beyond. The location also offers stunning sunsets, as we are located on the western tip of Singapore.Raffles Marina

Raffles Marina is a big advocate of protecting the environment. Could you elaborate on the efforts made by the marina to help conserve the environment and marine wildlife?

We work with many partners regarding environmental issues. A recent study by NUS on marina environments found an enormous bio diversity of sea life in and around the marina, which was most encouraging. We also partner with various NGO’s including Biosphere Foundation, whose exploration boat MIR is home berthed at the Marina. Biosphere Foundation conducts research and manages environmental projects throughout Asia, from coral mapping to whale monitoring and sustainable fishing practices.

Raffles Marina has close links with Indonesia and has been advocating for more open cruising grounds between Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Please tell us more.

Raffles Marina has had a long and happy association with Indonesia, be it organizing in-house cruises, to exploring the extraordinarily diverse archipelago, or engagement with government authorities on recreational marine matters. We congratulate Indonesia for their recent far-sighted liberalization of their Marine Tourism sector, including the spectacular list of countries now granted visa-free access to explore this region.Raffles Marina

What specific yachting activities and services does Raffles marina provide to its members?

Both yachting and boating facilities are available at Raffles Marina. As well as secure and safe berthing, both on the water and in our stackable boat-house, we offer all the services required in a modern marina. Anything from utilities, Wi Fi, and fuel to guidance, regional experience and a great network of regional marinas, When ashore our boaters can enjoy the club’s two restaurants, pub, 19 bedrooms and a variety of meeting spaces.

We’ve heard a lot about the excellent food available at Raffles Marina. Could you tell us more about it?

Our Chinese Restaurant, Captain’s Table features Szechuan Cuisine. Captain’s Table has also recently begun to specialise in TCM-inspired dishes, offering significant health benefits whilst remaining satisfying and very tasty. Our Bistro, with Alfresco dining, meets all the needs of local favorites along with some memorable Western and Indian offerings. The Pub is the go-to place for cooling ale and one of the most spectacular sunsets that Singapore has to offer.Raffles Marina

What does hosting SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS mean to Raffles Marina?

We are delighted to be the host venue for SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS. It is a unique lifestyle show and we are excited to see the amazing variety and quality of participating organizations for visitors that has been coordinated by the event organizers

  • Could you share your best personal experience as the CEO of Raffles Marina?

There are many highlights. Amongst the best are the annual closing Dinners following our Western Circuit Sailing Regatta each year. This is a fun event jointly organised by Singapore Management University and Raffles Marina. Now in its 19th year, the event is Singapore’s biggest sailing regatta and traditionally on that final night, we hold an auction to raise funds in support of Sailability, sailing for the disabled community in Singapore. These funds go towards purchasing new boats for our disabled sailing community to get out on the water and compete at the highest of levels. To see sailors giving back so readily to advance their sport for others is always gratifying.

More info on the Marina on Raffles Marina’s website

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Beneteau Oceanis 62: Launching Soon

Launching soon is Beneteau Group’s Oceanis Yacht 62. This will be their first venture into the new 53-73ft luxury range. Through a strategic collaboration between Pierangelo Adreani, world-famous Italian designer and Berret Racoupeau Yacht Design, the yacht features a three or four-cabin layout, aft bathing platform, hull stripes and a tender garage. There’s a total of six sunbathing beds spread out across the stern, coach roof, foredeck and cockpit. The official premiere will be at the Cannes and Annapolis boat shoes this autumn. Get ready!

This article was first published in Yacht Style.

Giraglia Rolex Cup: 4 Part Photo Essay

We take you to the heart of Saint-Tropez to find out more about the Giraglia Rolex Cup.

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The view north across the Bay of Saint-Tropez during the Giraglia Rolex Cup. Inshore races take place at the start of the week, before the racers head for Genoa.

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On board with the classic yacht Mariska chasing the modern Maxi fleet ahead. The crew must work hard to handle the 108-year-old girl as she faces ever-changing weather conditions en route.

Round She Goesgiraglia-rolex-cup-round-she-goes

Magic Carpet Cubed was the first of 268 competing yachts to round the Giraglia. The favourite at the half way point, she had the punishing south-westerly wind to deal with on the home stretch.

Rays Of Hopegiraglia-rolex-cup-rays-of-hope

The classic yacht Lelantina heads towards the finish in Genoa after the gruelling 243 nautical mile journey. Will it be success or failure when she reaches the Italian Coast?

9 Asian Sailing Hotspots 2016

Sailing is not something new on the Asian sporting events calendar, and nor is recreational boating. The Republic of Singapore Yacht Club traces its history back to 1826, and the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club was founded in 1849. Today, sailing and yacht racing are well-developed sports in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. Indonesia, the Philippines, China, South Korea and Taiwan can fairly be called ‘emerging’ when it comes to sailing.

In the 19th century, sailing was the exclusive preserve of the colonial expatriate communities of the big trading cities – principally Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore. Today’s sporting landscape is a great deal more cosmopolitan, with nationals as well as ‘foreigners’ filling the membership lists of the clubs, and government initiatives helping to drive the grass-roots development of sailing as a sport, starting with youth programs and going on right up to Olympic participation.

NEP13_0732At the bigger end of the scale – the ocean-capable racing boats – Asia boasts a plethora of regattas that together constitute an informal ‘circuit’ stretching from the west coast of Thailand all the way across to the Philippines, and attracting international competitors from all over the world – hardly surprising when ‘dressed for sailing’ in this part of the world usually means shorts and t-shirts rather than heavy duty foul weather clothing!

Most recently, Asia has played host to a number of the world’s most highly visible professional sailing events. The Volvo Ocean Race has visited Singapore and China, and will stop over in Hong Kong during its next iteration. Malaysia and South Korea have hosted World Match Racing Tour events, and the Clipper Around the World Race has been to Hong Kong, China, Singapore and Indonesia. And don’t forget the Olympic Regatta at Qingdao in 2008.

Among the Asian nations, China has made the biggest impact on the Olympic scene, with two gold medals in consecutive Games. Hong Kong boasts just one, and the rest of the roll call have none although Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia are regular qualifiers. Predictably enough, different countries and places display different strengths when it comes to sailing.

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Historically speaking, Hong Kong has long been the epicenter of sailing and yacht racing in Asia. The China Sea Race, Asia’s ‘blue water classic’ from Hong Kong to the Philippines, has been a fixture on the calendar for over 50 years, and the number of races organized by Hong Kong’s principal yacht clubs in the course of a year is counted in the thousands. ‘Class’ boats such as Flying Fifteens, Etchells and Dragons make up big numbers for racing in Victoria Harbour, along with many top-end racing yachts and a huge number of cruisers and cruiser-racers. Boats from all the yacht clubs are welcome at each other’s regattas, and the sailing season is practically year-round. Many racing boats head south and west each year to participate in major regattas and races in Thailand and Malaysia.

Hong Kong’s biggest operational problem is lack of moorings – all the existing marinas are fully occupied and have been for many years, and there are no viable plans for new marinas under consideration.

The principal sailing clubs are the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Hebe Haven Yacht Club, Aberdeen Boat Club, Tai Po Boat Club, Lantau Boat Club, Discovery Bay Boat Club and the HK Hobie Fleet. Sail training and learn-to-sail courses are offered by almost all the clubs, and also at Government-run sailing centers. The governing body for sailing is the Hong Kong Sailing Federation, the Member National Authority where the big ticket items such as the Olympics are concerned, and the national body for training sailing athletes is the Hong Kong Sports Institute which currently designates sailing as an ‘elite’ sport, meaning that national funding is available for the development of Olympic and World Championship campaigns.CCR14_1343

Club-organized regattas and racing series include the China Coast Regatta, Spring and Autumn Regattas and the Top Dog Trophy series of pursuit races, and the Hong Kong to Hainan Race, all run by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHYC). Hebe Haven Yacht Club’s principal event is the Typhoon Series run on alternate weekends throughout each summer, the Port Shelter Regatta and a number of Saturday-afternoon series’ all through the year. It also includes in its annual program a 24hr Charity Dinghy Race, and offers sail training courses throughout the year. The Aberdeen Boat Club (ABC) organizes racing on the south side of Hong Kong, including the Waglan Series, and both the ABC and RHKYC have substantial dinghy and sail training operations from their alternate clubhouses at Middle Island (Tong Po Chau). All the Clubs’ courses range from Beginner to Racing Clinics levels.

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the Hong Kong Government operates five public watersports centres, offering a multitude of certification courses in dinghy sailing, windsurfing, dinghy racing and more.

Hong Kong is a fabulous place for sailing: it has an extensive and beautiful coastline, with sheltered waters as well as areas of feistier breeze. It’s hot in the summer, but never cold enough in the winter to stop the enthusiasts from getting out on the water. In fact, the only time that sailing gets shut down is when a T3 (or higher) typhoon signal keeps everyone ashore for reasons of safety and insurance.

In 2018 Hong Kong will welcome the Volvo Ocean Race to Victoria Harbour. With government backing, a visit from one of most important events in the sailing world will undoubtedly provide encouragement across the board for all sailors in Hong Kong, big and large alike.

Clubs, Marinas and Sailing Associations

• Hong Kong Sailing Federation www.sailing.org.hk

• Government Watersports Centres www.lcsd.gov.hk/watersport

• Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club www.rhkyc.org.hk

• Hebe Haven Yacht Club www.hhyc.org.hk

• Aberdeen Boat Club www.abclubhk.com

• Aberdeen Marina Club www.aberdeenmarinaclub.com

• Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club Marina www.cwbgolf.org

• Gold Coast Yacht & Country Club www.gcycc.com.hk

• Club Marina Cove www.clubmarinacove.com

• Discovery Bay Marina www.dbmarinaclub.com

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The area around Phuket and Phang Nga Bay on the west coast of Thailand is one of the premier cruising areas of Asia, and is making concerted efforts to attract international superyacht traffic from Europe and beyond, with the intention of becoming both the hub of the charter industry in, and the gateway to, Asia.

Thais have long been enthusiastic sailors, mostly because the King of Thailand, His Majesty King Bhumiphol Adulyadej, was once a sailor. As a young man he built his own dinghies, sailed across the Gulf of Thailand, and won a sailing gold medal in the South East Asia Peninsula Games in 1967. His daughter came second.

On the west coast of Thailand, from Phuket to Langkawi (Malaysia), and a sprinkling of islands provides delightful cruising grounds, and Phang Nga Bay is world-famous for its spectacular karst islands and ‘hong’ formations. Think James Bond Island, in The Man with the Golden Gun. Further afield, Phuket constitutes a convenient jumping-off point for cruisers wishing to visit the Mergiu Archipelago (Burma), the Andaman Island and Nicobar Islands (India), the Similan Islands (Thailand) or the west coast of Sumatra (Indonesia) for some of the best and most secluded surfing on the planet.

On the other side of the Kra Peninsular, high spots in the Gulf of Thailand are Koh Samui and Koh Phangan and their surrounding marine sanctuary, the Royal Varuna Yacht Club and Ocean Marina Yacht Club at Pattaya and Jomtien Beach, respectively, and the tropical idylls of Koh Chang and Koh Kut down towards the border with Cambodia.PKC14_1094

Thailand presents five major international regattas each year:

• Phuket King’s Cup, held in December in celebration of His Majesty’s birthday

• Phuket Raceweek, a ‘green season’ regatta in July each year and intended to take advantage of the summer southwest monsoon winds

• Bay Regatta – “a party on the move” – in Phang Nga Bay

• Top of the Gulf Regatta at Na Jomtien, which includes the Thailand Optimist National Championships and the Coronation Cup (another Royal occasion)

• Koh Samui Regatta – complete with coconut trophies, Brazilian dancing girls, plenty of breeze, and the splashiest closing dinner of them all.

The majority of the big boats in Thailand are owned and raced by expatriates, but at the smaller end of the scale there is a hotbed of talent in the Optimist and dinghy classes just waiting to shine. Noppakorn Poonpat (THA) won the Optimist World Championships at 20, and there are plenty of successors waiting to step into her shoes. The Thai Optimist Nationals is one of the hardest-fought of the regional championships, with (this year) 140 entries.TOG14_0068

The national authority, the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand (YRAT), is largely the preserve of retired Admirals from the Royal Thai Navy (and the RTN turns out every year to take the salute at the Phuket King’s Cup Sail-Past). Phuket, Koh Samui, Ocean Marina and the naval base at Sattahip are the principal centers for teaching young sailors.

Little-known fact: the Platu 25, designed by Bruce Farr in the early 1990s, was created for the waters and weather conditions of the Gulf of Thailand. A syndicate of local sailors commissioned the ‘pla-tu’ which means ‘mackerel’ in Thai.

Clubs, Marinas and Sailing Associations

• Yacht Racing Association of Thailand www.yrat.or.th

• Royal Varuna Yacht Club, Chonburi, Pattaya www.varuna.org

• Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Chonburi, Pattaya www.oceanmarina.asia

• Yacht Haven Phuket www.yacht-haven-phuket.com

• Boat Lagoon Phuket www.phuketboatlagoon.com

• Phuket Cruising Yacht Club www.phuketcruisingyachtclub.org

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Singapore is home to the oldest yacht club in Asia – the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club (RSYC), formerly the Royal Singapore Yacht Club, and founded in 1826. Situated at the southern end of Malaysia, Singapore is said to preside over the busiest commercial waterway in the world, and this has become a matter of import in recent years.

RSYC has its own facilities and marina, and so does Raffles Marina and the Singapore Armed Forces Yacht Club (SAFYC). The last sailing center in Singapore is the Changi Sailing Club, seemingly always under some sort of threat of redevelopment, but still alive and kicking today.

In 1923 RSYC became the guardian of the Lipton Challenge Cup, awarded to the Club by Sir Thomas Lipton. In recent years this was awarded to the aggregate winner of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta and the Singapore Straits Regatta. The latter event has fallen by the wayside as the Marine & Ports Authority of Singapore has imposed ever-more draconian restrictions on the operations of pleasure vessels, and particularly sailing yachts. Sadly, the Lipton Cup is now housed in the Singapore Sports Museum.Photo-By-Donovan-Ho-22

The top event in Singapore is now a mixed fleet regatta, the Western Circuit, organized by the Singapore Management University – a very active collection of students and alumni – and hosted by Raffles Marina. The Neptune Regatta is a small fleet that sails and races from Nongsa Point Marina in Batam to Pulau Sikeling in the Riau Archipelago. Technically this all takes place within Indonesia, but in reality it is a ‘Singapore’ event.

If big boats and club racing has waned in recent years, the activities of the government-supported Singapore Sailing Association goes from strength to strength. Sailing is a sport now on the school curriculum, and every year thousands of young people are introduced to the sport, sailing Optimist and Topper dinghies and maybe moving on to the 420 and Olympic 470 and Laser classes. Singapore has been a multiple medal winner at many sailing youth championships, and hosted the inaugural Youth Olympics in 2010. Eight Singaporeans have qualified for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Unfortunately, the young sailors don’t seem to graduate to bigger boats. Governmental initiatives are geared towards producing junior champions and hopefully Olympic medals, and the grown-up version of racing sailing is not on the agenda.

Singapore, which hosted an event in the Extreme Sailing Series for five years, also entertained the Clipper Around the World Race and the Volvo Ocean Race. There are world-class facilities in the shape of ONE˚15 Marina at Sentosa Cove (home to Asia’s number one boat show, the Singapore Yacht Show) and Marina at Keppel Bay. Singapore has the facilities, but not the space in which to sail. A country that once fielded teams for the Admiral’s Cup, can do so no longer.

Clubs, Marinas and Sailing Associations

• Singapore Sailing Federation www.sailing.org.sg

• Changi Sailing Club www.csc.org.sg

• Raffles Marina www.rafflesmarina.com.sg

• Republic of Singapore Yacht Club www.rsyc.org.sg

• ONE˚15 Marina Club www.one15marina.com

• Marina at Keppel Bay www.marinakeppelbay.com

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Malaysia boasts long coastlines on the west and the east of the country, peppered with historic towns and beautiful beaches, and sprinkled with jewel-like islands that make it a playground for the cruising sailor.

The west coast of Malaysia is 400nm from north to south, and includes the fabulous archipelago of Langkawi, historic Penang (“The Pearl of the Orient”), picturesque Pangkor and the beautiful old city of Malacca – which, along with Penang, is a UNESCO Heritage Site. Throw in a plethora of beautiful beaches, the blessing of equable tropical weather, and just ‘go sailing’. Pulau Tioman is the star of Malaysia’s east coast, and then the Anambas Islands if you are prepared to sail 130nm or so offshore.

Across the South China Sea there is the north coast of Borneo – the provinces of Sabah and Sarawak are Malaysia, too. This is known as ‘The Land Below the Wind’ on account of the lack of typhoons this far south, and here the attraction for sailors is not so much sandy beaches but history (Kuching), mountaineering (Mt Kinabalu) and the culture of the littoral Dayak tribes.

The national authority for sailing is the Malaysian Sailing Association (MSA), based in Kuala Lumpur, and operating a major dinghy training centre in Langkawi, which is popular with international visitors for training camps. The MSA also organizes the Liga Layar, a national match racing series.

Langkawi is very much the de facto center of sailing in Malaysia. It has three major marinas (Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, Rebak Marina Resort and Telaga Harbour) and is close to the border with Thailand, making the island’s Duty Free status very attractive to passers-by heading north, and also to boats voyaging south from Phuket in order to stock up on everything from gin to fuel. The Youth World Sailing Championships were held in Langkawi in early 2016, based out of the MSA facility.RMR15_3338

The principal private clubs in Malaysia are the Royal Selangor Yacht Club at Port Klang, which organizes the annual Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta, and the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, home of the Royal Langkawi International Regatta (RLIR). Both events attract entries of around 30 big boats. The ‘Raja Muda’ is a peripatetic affair featuring both coastal passage and in-port racing, travelling from Port Klang to Langkawi. It is a difficult and exhausting event over the space of a week – the sailing can be tough, but you need additional stamina for the social side of the event! The RLIR is an in-port event conducted amongst the fairy tale islands of Langkawi, but it is a one-off yearly event – the only other time in a year that racing takes place is when the Raja Muda fleet arrives. There are yacht clubs at Kinabalu (Sabah) and Piasau (Sarawak), as well as Tawau and Sandakan on the east coast of Borneo, but these are places to visit rather than establishments that organise regattas and racing.

In common with other SE Asian countries, the governmental initiative in Malaysia is geared towards youth development, dinghy sailing, and the eternal search for an Olympic medal. The Optimist class is strong all round the country, and sends young competitors to international events, but in common with other Asian countries, that’s as far as it goes – most governments, with the possible exception of Thailand – have not yet woken up to the huge economic potential offered by the promotion of sailing, boating, marine tourism and the full development of a leisure marine industry. Sailing in Malaysia does however benefit from the active participation of the Royal Malaysian Navy which owns and runs two 47’ racing boats, and the cooperation of the Royal Malaysian Police who provides exceptional backup services and materiel for major international big boat events.

The big boats and the clubs and events that they visit are pretty much self-sufficient. Training programmes to IYT certification are offered by Sail Training Malaysia (Pulau Indah Marina, Port Klang), and Asian Yachting Ventures at Port Dickson signs off on Asian Coastal and Yachtmaster courses.

Clubs, Marinas and Sailing Associations

• Malaysian Sailing Association sailmalaysia.org

• Royal Selangor Yacht Club www.rsyc.com.my

• Sebana Cove Resort & Marina, Johor Bahru www.sebanacoveresort.com

• Royal Langkawi Yacht Club www.langkawiyachtclub.com

• Telaga Harbour Park & Marina, Langkawi www.telagaharbour.com

• Rebak Marina Resort, Langkawi www.rebakmarina.com

• Sutera Harbour Marina, Sabah www.suteraharbour.com

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When China decides to get involved in something, they don’t do it by halves. In the case of sailing, that has meant an America’s Cup entry, a Volvo Ocean Race team, and any number of lavish-looking marinas constructed on the principle of “build it and they will come,” but more likely to be a marketing ‘hook’ for a surrounding property development. The encouragement of sailing often appears to be a ‘top down’ rather than a ‘bottom-up’ endeavour.

The most visible regatta in China is the China Cup International Regatta. This four-day event has a number of one-design divisions that includes a fleet of 30 Beneteau 40.7 yachts that can be chartered, as well as IRC racing divisions, but the top level Grand Prix boats are still missing. There are a number of other regattas, some on lakes and some on rivers, as well as a growing interest in match racing that is engaging sailors at the grass roots level. The China Club Challenge Cup is probably the most ‘genuine’ of the China regattas.

China still lacks a coherent, federal-scale, policy concerning leisure and pleasure boats. Until the day comes that you can confidently write “Private Yacht” on the registration application, and until you can sail out of Xiamen and back into Fujian knowing that the regulations are the same in both places, any development of a marine leisure culture will remain stalled, despite the excellent sporting example of two gold medals in successive Olympics.

The most visible yacht clubs in China do not necessarily have much to do with sailing.

Clubs and Sailing Associations

• China Yachting Association sailboarding.sport.org.cn

• Shanghai Boat and Yacht Club www.shanghaibyc.org

• Iron Rock Sailing Club, Xiamen www.ironrocksailing.com

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Indonesia is practically the definition of ‘archipelago’, and is making itself felt in the luxury charter market as an exotic destination. Komodo dragons and the Spice Islands beckon. For divers there is the Coral Triangle and the Raja Ampat, the most biodiverse marine ecosystems on the planet, and the Wallace Line, separating the ecology of the old world from Australasia,cuts through the middle of the country.

Indonesia hosts the Sail Indonesia Rally each year, with boats coming up from Australia, passing through the archipelago east to west by a different route every time, and then moving on towards Malaysia.

The Neptune Regatta departs Nongsa Point (directly opposite Singapore) and does a sort of ‘racing adventure cruise’ to the Equator and back every year – on the chart it’s an Indonesian event, but it is all Singapore-organized. There’s very little local recreational sailing going on, with the exception of the famous Sandeq Race for the local fishing boats along the west coast of Sulawesi. The Indonesia Sailing Federation regularly manages to get a qualifier into the Olympics.

Clubs and Sailing Associations

• Indonesian Sailing Federation

• Jakarta Offshore Sailing Club

• Nongsa Point Marina, Batam www.nongsapointmarina.com

• Sail Indonesia www.sailindonesia.net

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In the 1990s there was a flourishing sailing scene based around the Manila Yacht Club (MYC), Flying 15s, Dragons, and a fair collection of big boats. In 1994 the Philippine Easter Regatta attracted a 60-strong fleet that raced from Manila to Corregidor, and then on to Subic Bay. The MYC used to be the finish line for the China Sea Race, and many a salty tale was expanded over the bar on Roxas Boulevard. Glory days indeed.

Then the MYC stopped organizing races, the few remaining sailing members decamped to Subic Bay, and everything fizzled out by degrees. The biggest active club in the Philippines is now the Puerto Galera Yacht Club, which very deliberately does not take itself too seriously.

The Commodores’ Cup at Subic attracts 6-8 boats only, even when the China Sea fleet has just arrived – and departed. The Boracay Cup (preceded by the Subic-Boracay Race) should be the jewel in the glittering tropical crown, but rarely attracts more than a handful of entries

Clubs and Sailing Associations

• Philippines Sailing Association www.philsailing.com

• Puerto Galera Yacht Club www.pgyc.org

• Subic Sailing subicsailing.org

TAIWAN

It is only recently that people in Taiwan have been allowed to set foot on a beach. Fishermen went fishing, but the coastline was off-limits to all non-military personnel. There has been an entirely successful sailing and motor yacht building industry in the Kaohsiung area for three decades, producing boats that were strictly for export. Only.

With the easing of coastal regulations, a couple of small regattas have sprung up, organized by the Taiwan Sailing Association. The Penghu Regatta takes place in the delightful Penghu Islands in the Taiwan Strait, a place with plenty of wind that has long been popular with windsurfers from all over the world. The inaugural Taiwan Boat Show was a sell-out, and the second one (in March) followed suit. Brokers report good business. Watch this space.

Clubs and Sailing Associations

• Taiwan Sailing Association www.taiwansail.org

• Chinese Taipei Sailing Association www.sail-clubs.com

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The west coast provides challenging conditions for sailing – coastal mudflats for hundreds of miles when the 10m tide goes out. The east coast consists mostly of small squid-fishing villages. The south coast, from Mokpo to Busan via Jeju Island, is beautiful but with the exception of the Olympic Marina (1988) at Busan, ‘undeveloped’ in sailing terms.

Provincial authorities kick started the Korea International Boat Show in 2008, and inaugurated the WMRT Korea Match Cup in the same year. The Wangsan Marina near Incheon, was built for the 2014 Asian Games regatta, and was intended to become a public marina with amenities and services catering to domestic as well as international boaters.

A small number of races venture offshore: there’s one to Ulleung-do and Dok-do to the east of Korea, and one from Mokpo to Jeju if the weather permits. There’s an Admiral’s Cup regatta in Busan, and the Women’s International Match Racing Association has also been there.

‘Boating culture’ has been slow to develop in Korea, in spite of government initiatives to stimulate interest. Leisure time is a relatively new commodity in this hard-working country and, rather like China, Korea might do well to start at the bottom and work upwards, rather than the other way round.

Sailing Association

• Korea Sailing Federation www.ksaf.org

Jeanneau 54

Jeanneau 54 Yacht: Luxury Lifestyle

It all started back in 2004 with the development of the Sun Odyssey 54DS, which launched the luxury sailboat segment for Jeanneau. Next in the series to be rolled out was the Jeanneau 53, followed by the Jeanneau 57 in 2010, and the Jeanneau 64 in 2015. With more than 850 units of these large yachts being sold in the last 10 years, Jeanneau has become a market leader in the 50ft plus sailing sector.

Now the shipyard has gone one step further and appointed a dedicated team of designers and engineers to focus exclusively on these large units, thereby offering increased possibilities for customisation. The all-new Jeanneau 54 is the latest model on offer, featuring a chined hull and elegant deck profile that ensure seaworthy handling, as well as timeless looks. The renowned naval architect Philippe Briand has been responsible for designing Jeanneau’s sailing series since the 1980s – he is also the designer of many of the world’s most luxurious superyachts, including s/y Vertigo (67.2m) that was on display at the Singapore Yacht Show in 2015.

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Jeanneau 54

The shipyard has developed another partnership with a superyacht specialist, interior designer Andrew Winch, who is responsible for the aesthetics of both the 64 and the 54. Winch’s aim is to bring added sophistication and luxury to this new line of production yachts. His meticulous approach to every ergonomic detail, along with the selection of high-end materials, echoes the look and feel of his super yacht pedigree. The result is a production boat with the finish and beauty of a custom-built vessel. The success of these models has been substantially above all expectations, and Jeanneau has now invested heavily in the further development of the 50ft+ range, under the brand umbrella “Jeanneau Yachts”.

Innovative Design

The Jeanneau 54 boasts the longest cockpit in its class, making room for everyone to be part of the action on deck. Sun worshippers are catered for with a forward sun mattress integrated into the deck, an aft terrace including sun lounger seating, and comfortable armchairs with cup holders. The centre mounted drop leaf table comfortably accommodates the ship’s crew for al fresco dining, and provides a sturdy handhold or foot brace under sail. A convenient compartment in the base of the table provides storage for a life raft, keeping it accessible in case of an emergency, but out of sight so as not to distract from the clean lines of the boat.Jeanneau 54

In the saloon, a large U-shaped dining area is to starboard, which easily seats six and faces a good-sized settee with a bar cabinet and optional wine chiller to port. This is a concept that works well, with its high headroom and raised floor in the saloon. Large windows also mean there is more light and better views from inside the yacht. Every detail has been carefully studied and optimised for greater comfort on board.

Ingenious Galley

Long-distance cruising now boasts the same level of comfort as home. The Jeanneau 54 benefits from exceptional storage space, long drawers, dedicated spaces for large household appliances, and bins under the floorboards. Along with intelligent use of space, such as a microwave that slides out of a bulkhead and the fold-down counter that covers the three-burner stovetop, smart design makes for easy living. Luxurious Cabins The owner’s cabin is designed for onboard comfort, enhanced by top-of-the-line interior furnishings such as a large double armoire, a washroom with a separate shower, and flooring that is flush with cabin floorboards. Thanks to its forward position, the owner’s cabin features sea views courtesy of the large windows in the hull. Large opening hatches overhead and port lights fill the suite with plenty of natural light and air. The VIP cabins also come with plenty of headroom and easy circulation around the beds. Like the owner’s cabin, the VIP cabins feature an unencumbered view of the sea while seated on the bed. Storage space and a private washroom with separate shower compartment also make for stylish living.

Easy Handling

The Jeanneau 54 makes sailing and anchoring simpler and safer, due to its substantial double stainless steel anchor roller. “Safety first” design features include easy deployment of the life raft from the cockpit table without lifting or opening the transom. Retractable davits facilitate the launch of a large tender without taking up interior space and then, most notably, retract to disappear when not in use. All winches are set together at the aft end of the cockpit ensuring easy sail management from a single location and keeping the rest of the cockpit clear.Jeanneau 54

Multiple sail plans mean that the yacht can be adapted to every sailing preference and cruising location. Everything, from a self-tacking jib to a Park Avenue boom, is available. Motoring and maneuvering are made easy thanks to an easy-to-reach throttle lever and inclined engine panel. 360˚ docking with electronic throttle and pivoting pod is also available. A wide, fold-down swim ladder affords exceptional access to the water. The Jeanneau 54 has a choice of two auxiliary Yanmar power plants. A 75hp unit coupled to a sail drive should prove adequate for coastal use in relatively protected waters. For serious voyaging, we’d opt for the larger 110hp engine with a conventional transmission and shaft driveline to push this 37,840 lb. (17,164 kg) displacement vessel along with ease in rougher conditions.

In summary, the Jeanneau 54 with its generously sized cockpit, (over a third of the boat’s length), is an ideal yacht for both socialising and on-water activities. She has been well designed for her role as a cruiser, with a rig that is set up for easy handling when shorthanded.

Every aspect of the all-new Jeanneau 54 has been designed for easy living, and each detail and function has been considered so that it enhances life aboard and the overall cruising experience. Three of these yachts are now on their way to the Asia-Pacific region – one yacht has been sold to a client in Qingdao, one is going to Thailand, and the third will arrive in Sydney in time to be presented at the next Sydney International Boat Show (28 July – 01 August 2016).Jeanneau 54

This high quality sailing yacht comes with a competitive price tag, which is all thanks to the volume and the economies of scale that the Jeanneau shipyard can offer. The various options and semi-custom flexibility go a long way to meeting the requirements of demanding owners, thus giving Jeanneau its competitive edge in the big boat market.

Specifications

LOA: 16.16 m / 53 ft.

Beam: 4.92 m / 16 ft.

Displacement (empty): 17,164 kg / 37,840 lbs.

Standard keel draft: 2.24 m / 7’ 4“

Shallow keel draft: 1.77 m / 5’ 9“

Fuel capacity: 240L / 63 us gal (opt 480L / 127 us gal)

Water capacity: 724L / 192 us gal (opt 964L / 255 us gal)

Cabins: 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

Engine: Yanmar 75hp sail drive (opt: Yanmar 110hp shaft)

Mainsail (furling): 48 m2 / 516 sq. ft.

Mainsail (classic): 60 m2 / 646 sq. ft. Genoa (109%): 63 m2 / 678 sq. ft.

Self-tacking jib: 49 m2 / 527 sq. ft.

Asymmetrical spinnaker: 197 m2 / 2120 sq. ft.

Architects / Designers: Philippe Briand

Yacht Design / Andrew Winch Designs / Jeanneau Design

This article was first published in Yacht Style.

Singapore Rendezvous Royal Albatross

SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS Presents Entertaining Lineup

The highly anticipated luxury lifestyle event is all set to debut at Raffles Marina, with a line-up of specially curated activities. We are proud to present the next starring role for The Royal Albatross at The SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS that follows up on its appearance in the The Dark Knight.

Taking place over four days from 20th to 23rd October 2016, the SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS promises a luxurious line up: fine art, luxury timepieces, yachts, vintage cars, fine foods, champagne and luxury charters. The event pulls out all the stops to make this, one of the most experiential luxury showcases in the region.Royal-Albatross-Interior-Singapore-Rendezvous

Open to families and enthusiasts of luxury products, The SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS offers a taste of the finest things in life. Highlights include classic cars, yachts & catamarans, jazz music, panel conferences, live entertainment, kids adventure and sea trials during the day. In the evenings, visitors will be treated to Hed Kandi parties, access to the VIP Jet Lounge and live entertainment. The luxury lifestyle event will also be featuring the most spectacular tall ship in Asia, The Royal Albatross, among many other attractions.Royal-Albatross-Interior-night-Singapore-Rendezvous

The SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS promises to be a great weekend destination for visitors from Singapore and the region.

This story is also available in Bahasa Indonesia. Read it here: SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS Hadirkan Serangkaian Liburan

Review: Aventure Superyacht

Aventure is a 29m ketch built in 2011, designed by Patrick Balta and produced in Indonesia at the H J Baso shipyard along fine and proper lines. Finishing and interior fit out was completed in Thailand. The boat is a true testament to an owner’s desire to create a ‘modern classic’: the hull is all mahogany, she carries wooden spars, and the general ventilation is so efficient that there’s no air conditioning built into the boat. Superyachting au naturel. “Magnifique,” as Capt Michele Zircon would say. “This is a boat that is built to be beautiful, and built to bring beautiful adventures to the right people. She is truly l’Aventure.” This is not a marina boat afraid of some salt spray across the bow. This is a boat conceived for circumnavigation, and steeped in soul.

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On deck, Aventure sports an elegant and powerful ketch rig to drive her along in the lightest of breezes, an aft helm station, and the coach roof of the main saloon. There’s ample space for open air dining, socialising, and just sheer lazing about. There can be few better ways of enjoying a sea voyage than from a comfortable chair on the foredeck of Aventure, with a book to hand – Treasure Island, perhaps? All of the sailing systems – sheets, halyards, and a myriad of other lines – are manually-powered, and her captain is delighted for his guests to be involved with the operation of the vessel.

Saloon Dining Area

Saloon Dining Area

Below deck, Aventure has space for six guests. She features a large master cabin and two guest staterooms, each with queen-sized beds. All cabins are equipped with closet, mirror, en-suite washrooms and showers. The master cabin additionally features a small desk and working area and has its own entrance from the deck, aft. The other two guest cabins are accessible from the saloon. All cabins and common social areas are brightly lit through skylights, which add to the beautiful classic touch of the yacht.

Light and Airy Cabins

Light and Airy Cabins

Centrally located in the middle of the yacht is the spacious lounge area with a small library and a dining table that very comfortably seats all six guests. The interior has a bright, classic, yet contemporary vibe with light-colored furniture that beautifully contrasts with her deep mahogany and teak woods. The saloon also incorporates the central navigation station, from where the captain controls all major instruments and indicators. Get involved! You’ll be welcome! It’s a chic and relaxed atmosphere, perfect for sailing the stunning waters of South East Asia.

Aventure is equipped with all the latest gadgets, instruments and facilities you can expect to find on a yacht of her size and style, and she is ready and waiting to take you away for an adventure. Tomorrow.

 

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Text by Guy Nowell and Suzy Rayment

This article was originally published in Yacht Style 34

Review: Lady Thuraya Superyacht

She’s an elegant classic, but actually Lady Thuraya was custom built by Lubbe-Voss in Germany in 1982. This 31m beauty went through an 18-month refit starting in 2009, giving the yacht an ultra modern interior while retaining her classic exterior lines. Surely the best of both worlds?

From the dock, or the shore, Lady Thuraya stuns with an elegant silhouette that is richly complemented by her comfortable, contemporary, and chic interior. Guests enter through a gracious saloon combined with a comfortable dining area spanning the width of the yacht. The saloon features all-around windows, providing serene seascapes while underway or enchanting vistas at anchor. The internal helm station forward, will keep the curious passengers occupied during the cruise. The semi-open galley is only a step away, with Chef standing by to serve up the very finest cuisine – just ask, and it arrives.

Dining area in main saloon

Dining area in main saloon

This is an absolutely perfect superyacht for a family charter. Lady Thuraya accommodates up to eight guests in two double and two twin cabins. The master cabin offers a queen size bed and all expected amenities. The VIP double follows suit, just with slightly less floor space. Along with the two twin bunk cabins – one with two lower singles and the other with upper-and-lower bunks – all accommodation comes with spacious lockers, en-suite bathrooms, stereo, flat screen TVs and air-conditioning.

Helm Station

Helm Station

The comprehensive selection of onboard water toys includes a 6.4m tender, wakeboards, water-skis, tube, slide, doughnuts, snorkeling gear, dive station, and Laser and Optimist sailing dinghies. Indoors, there are board games for children (and grown-ups!), a library, entertainment center, and full international, internet and satellite comms to stay in touch (if you must). Capt Roel is very happy to encourage guests to get involved with sailing – both the small boats and the big one – but of course they don’t have to if they don’t want to. But seriously… what better way for some sailing newbies to get to grips with the ultimate transport experience?

Master Cabin

Master Cabin

For her Captain and crew, setting sail and entertaining guests is a dream come true. Roel is a lifelong sailor, an advanced diver, and an all-round watersports enthusiast. Add in a highly experienced crew of five, and a charter onboard Lady Thuraya is a luxurious adventure. This superbly appointed sailing superyacht recently arrived in Asia after voyaging all the way from Greece. She is, of course, available for charter.

 

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Text by Suzy Rayment and Guy Nowell

This article was originally published in Yacht Style 34

Review: Bliss Superyacht

This contemporary yacht marries style with the very latest in technology. A sparkling blend of speed, comfort and elegance. Bliss has an enviable track record at the major superyacht regattas, and at the same time is the perfect vessel for a luxury cruising charter.

Launched in 2009, the 37m yacht was designed by Dubois Naval Architects and constructed by Yachting Developments. Her 48.3m carbon fibre mast, furling boom from Hall Spars NZ and her lightweight hull and performance rig enable her to sail efficiently in almost any wind conditions. A large fuel capacity and generous space for food storage and refrigeration allow Bliss to remain entirely self-sufficient in remote locations for considerable lengths of time.

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Master Suite

The interiors were styled by the award winning Design Unlimited. Perfectly suited for six guests in three staterooms, the accommodation can be cleverly rearranged to sleep 10 by partitioning the full width master cabin to create a smaller master and two twin bunk cabins. The “His and Hers” en-suite in the master cabin become one for the master and one for the bunk cabins. The two queen guest staterooms convert to two twins with Pullmans. Each cabin has individually controlled air conditioning, heated towel rails, access to the vessel’s Kaleidoscope movie/music library, and a device docking station.

The expansive cockpit, with fixed bimini, has mobile shade blinds adaptable to any occasion – for stargazing, for dining, or for simple lazing. Just aft, there’s a separate convertible lounging area with large cushions for the sun-worshippers. Too hot? Cool off in the fresh water spa pool on the foredeck. Too bright? Enjoy the shade, while lounging in the cockpit.

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Galley

The stern platform provides easy access to the sea for a swim, kayak paddling, waterskiing and other wet entertainment. The jet tender will whisk you ashore to explore – scenery, local sights or shops, or the crew can take you for a snorkeling trip along the shore. Bliss also boasts a full-spec dive station.

Back on board, the Chef is ready to prepare personally tailored menus using the highest quality ingredients (and fresh local produce whenever possible). Every meal is special. Intimate dinners, big family brunches, or buffets for larger groups; whatever the time of day, the dining experience will certainly be a memorable part of your cruise aboard Bliss.

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Main Saloon

Whether you wish to cruise remote atolls in far off destinations in Asia, or prefer to mix it up with the fleet in a superyacht regatta in St Barts or Porto Cervo, Bliss is ideally suited for an exciting charter experience.

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Text by Suzy Rayment and Guy Nowell

This article was originally published in Yacht Style 34

Tack and Block: Onboard Spirit Sailing Yacht

In an effort, I am sure, to distract me from the obvious fear permeating through my bones, our skipper draws my attention to the Prime Minister’s palatial waterfront residence in Kirribilli. This gothic revival in the heart of Sydney Harbour has housed Prime Minister’s since the 1930s. A joke is made by a crew member about the recent appointment of millionaire businessman Malcolm Turnball as the new head of the country and the very fact he will, unlike most of the Prime Minister’s before him, actually be economising if he moves into Kirribiili House which, while almost opposite his trophy family home in Point Piper is not only less luxurious but worth considerably less also. With fingers at the helm of this glorious racing yacht I am still terrified. And here we pass Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise’s former home, another crew member points out, and the enviable properties of Westfield boss Frank Lowy, and designer Charlie Brown.

I am for a moment distracted, fingers loosen their grip on the vast steering wheel in front of me and the yacht quickly picks up speed and veers sharply to the left. Everyone is on their feet trying to balance. Panic, on my part, ensues as I try and steady the 70 foot racing yacht. And this is what happens, says my minder expertly levelling us out, when you take your eyes off the horizon. He still however won’t let me sit leisurely on the peripherals of the America’s Cup class yacht, Spirit, and I continue to apprehensively navigate through the harbor, very conscious of the efficient network of Sydney ferries in front and behind me racing to keep on schedule. It is only then I realise this is a lot louder than I thought it would be. I thought sailing was all about the silence of the sea? I keep turning my head to make sure I catch instructions down wind, heaven forbid I again lose control of the wheel and end up against Malcolm’s million-dollar jetty and on the nightly news.

Lovingly dubbed a sporting nation, sailing has always been an icon of Australia's summer sport calendar, particularly in the harbour city of Sydney

Lovingly dubbed a sporting nation, sailing has always been an icon of Australia’s summer sport calendar, particularly in the harbor city of Sydney

Watching the sail winched up is, I have to admit, extraordinary, and while I am staring hawk-like at the captain who quickly manoeuvres by me to repair a slight tear in the sail with tape, I am surprisingly calm and impressed at how stable he is not having to hold on to anything despite our constant moving. We finally reach a safe place to sail. I’m relocated to the arduous grinders to appreciate the feverish jump from one side of the yacht to the other at the command of “tack”, shouted by the captain, as the yacht increases its lift out of the water so we are effectively standing at a right angle, steadied by the force of the wind against the sail. For the first time I truly appreciate the silent beauty of sailing Sydney. Engines are switched off and we are at the will of the wind. Despite the ferries, random fishing boats and sole sailors all we hear are the waves crashing against the glory of this yacht and everyone is speechless.

We have glided under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and alongside the sail-inspired Opera House. We have hoisted sail outside Kirribilli, then along Shark Island, with a few tacks towards Manly, each water frontage suburb glistening under the sun. They are, without a doubt, worth every dollar. We reach a top speed of 13 knots with the top wind speed a comfortable 16kts to 18kts. Growing up in the harbor city I have always admired the ocean and its command over whoever braves its path. Having three times covered the start of the prestigious December 26, Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race, granted in a small media boat and once during one of the fiercest storms in the races’ history I prefer my feet firmly on terra firma. But after a couple of hours, Spirit reminded me of the beauty of sailing the sea, albeit with a very capable crew and on a leisurely weekday afternoon as opposed to a busy weekend in the harbor when the sailing traffic is definitely heavier.

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Built for AU15 million for the 1992 America’s Cup in San Diego, Spirit, or AUS21 was raced by Spirit of Australia. She placed 6th in the Louis Vuitton Cup and then returned to Australia. Following minor alterations the yacht was put into commercial survey and began operating as a corporate charter vessel. She underwent a full refit and mast replacement in early 2012 making her a very competitive rival to sister ship AUS40. Originally FRA40, AUS40 was built by the Challenge of the Antibes Yacht Club for the 1995 America’s Cup in San Diego. It wasn’t finished in time so did not race but was completed in 1998 and brought to New Zealand by the Swiss team FAST 2000 as a trial boat for the 2000 America’s Cup in Auckland. Sail NZ purchased the yacht following the 2000 Cup where it operated as NZL40 before being upgraded to NSW Maritime commercial survey standards and shipped to Sydney in November 2010.

Both yachts are part of the Sail Sydney fleet available for charter, team building, touring and night racing, and most importantly to introduce sailing enthusiasts at every level of expertise to what it is that makes the America’s Cup, the world’s oldest and most prestigious sporting trophy and ultimate yachting regatta, so spectacular. The four-man crew aboard Spirit during my sail has thousands of sailing experience between them. They have raced in some of the most fervent and dangerous races in the world and today are cool and calm, expertly moving through the amateur sailors and working in seamless unison to keeping everything safe and most importantly an experience for all those onboard.

I am sure my blood pressure has leveled out, as I am allowed to sit back and explore the technological craftsmanship of the yacht and dare I say I am actually enjoying the sail back into the harbour, disappointed my afternoon sailing experience is nearing an end. I spot our wharf and the gaggle of tourists and Sydneysiders who flock to admire the mighty AUS21 glide toward its berth dominating the skyline with its mast and sleek composition dominating its smaller neighbors. Feeling triumphant and confident I know this is an experience I’ll not soon forget, I am no longer terrified. Until however I am invited to participate in the Sydney Harbour Yacht Club fleet race, battling head to head against 40 odd other racing yachts. Touted as the Formula One on water this level of racing is perhaps more for the adrenalin-propelled sailor who revels in strategy, agility and competitiveness. Luckily I am due to fly back to Singapore the day of the race so maybe next time. And I say that in all honesty. Maybe next time.

The experienced crew of the Explore Sailing fleet introduce sailing enthusiasts at every level of expertise to what it is that makes the America's Cup so spectacular

The experienced crew of the Explore Sailing fleet introduce sailing enthusiasts at every level of expertise to what it is that makes the America’s Cup so spectacular

 

Staff Credits
Text by Simone Pitsis
Photos by Explore Group

This article was originally published in Yacht Style

Focus: Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2015

It is the race yachtsmen dream of and dread. The pinnacle of a career on the open water. The Sydney to Hobart yacht race, when the only thing assured is the starting date. And in keeping with its drama and unpredictability the 71st edition of the epic event held in December 2015 will be remembered as one of the toughest races in more than a decade.

After a harrowing first night of tempestuous weather and constant pummeling through punishing seas 31 boats retired from the race, almost one third of the starting fleet including Wild Oats XI, the defending line honors champion.

Kirsty Hinze-Clark, co-owner of Comance, receives the Rolex YACHT-MASTER II for her line honours win.

Kirsty Hinze-Clark, co-owner of Comance, receives the Rolex YACHT-MASTER II for her line honors win.

In what will be remembered as an epic edition of the race with line honors and overall winners of the major offshore races in the world taking part, there was a record number of international entries. In total there were 108 yachts competing, including 80 boats covering every state of Australia and 28 international entries representing 10 countries including mainland China, competing in the race for the first time.

But it was America’s Comanche who took out the coveted title, the first American yacht to win line honors since 1998 and the first international line honors champion since 2009.

Rupert Henry's JV62 Chinese Whisper (AUS), IRCO Division Winner

Rupert Henry’s JV62 Chinese Whisper (AUS), IRCO Division Winner

The spectacle that welcomes the start of the race each year belies the real life conditions that make this one of the most adventurous yet dangerous yacht races on the racing calendar. This edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart offered up a full range of conditions to challenge all competitors who exercised true seamanship. Under an ominous grey sky hundreds of thousands of well-wishers lined the picturesque shore. As night fell however, the race’s true colors took its toll on the competitors. The renowned southerly antagonized gale force headwinds and in a matter of minutes the crews were scrambling to react to the 180-degree shift in wind direction and battened down the hatches for what would be testing 18 hours.

Defending line honors winner, 100-foot maxi Wild Oats IX was among the casualties of the first night, dashing their hopes of adding another win to their historic eight-title collection.

 

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2015

This bode well for Comanche, co-owned by American Jim Clark and his Australian wife Kristy Hinze-Clark. The 100-foot maxi is deemed the fastest monohull in the world yet the Rolex Sydney Hobart title eluded the team in 2014 so they were back to settle an old score.

Despite the talent on board, it was never easy sailing for Comanche skipper Ken Read and his crew. Within nine hours of the start, the team incurred severe damage to their port dagger board which consequently took out one of the rudders impacting the steering system.

Read placed a call to the Cruising Club of Australia’s race director to report their misfortune; but Comanche’s race was not yet over. Once the sails were taken down the crew began repairing the damage and after discussing it with the watch captains all agreed the race should be finished.

Overall winner Paul Clitheroe and Balance Crew.

Overall winner Paul Clitheroe and Balance Crew.

The team persevered and demonstrated great teamwork, and soon pulled past leaders George David’s Rambler 88 on a high following their line honours win at the Rolex Middle Sea Race in October.

The 100-foot supermaxi became the first American entry to win line honors since 1998 taking out the title in 2 days, 8 hours and 15 minutes, finishing in front by more than 50 nautical miles.

“It was really grueling. Pure terror at one stage. Excitement and now just total joy. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done,” said Hinze-Clark, dockside at Constitution Wharf in Hobart admiring her well-earned, engraved Rolex Yacht Master II timepiece.

Attention then turned to who will take out handicap honors for the overall victory. And in a race that is decided on handicap, given certain weather conditions, there is good chance the overall winner would come from the mid-sized boats in the fleet; 2015 was no exception.

The overall winner would be Australia’s most famous financial guru Paul Clitheroe and his crew on board TP52 Balance.

The 52-footer launched a great attack, speeding down the NSW coast before being hit by the famed strong southerly that last hours and severely damaged the boat.

Craig Carter's Carkeep 47, Indian, back for a second shot at the race.

Craig Carter’s Carkeep 47, Indian, back for a second shot at the race.

But determination and a will to conquer the testing 628 nautical mile classic prevailed. It came down to the wire, with Clitheroe’s awaiting the arrival of the smallest boat in the fleet, the 34-foot Sparkman & Stephens Quikpoint Azzurro whose finish would determine the winner of the coveted Tattersall’s Cup.

“They kept me up all night. In what sport are you going to get a modern, carbon 52-footer up against a vintage 34-footer bought on a credit card,” said Clitheroe. “Either of us could have won it within five minutes.”

The crew were presented with the coveted Tattersall’s Cup and Clitheroe, the engraved Rolex Yacht Master timepiece.

“I started sailing at eight years old in a sabot, on a lake. But it’s stuff like this that makes you think this is an amazing sport,” he said. “It makes kids jump in a little boat and take on a healthy sport. In what other sport do you know that if you are in trouble in the middle of the night, your competitor is going to stop and come to help? I’m proud to be a part of our sport. I am proud of my team and the people in this community. I’m honoured to win this trophy and sail with these folks, my crew. It’s an absolute privilege.”

The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is testament to the fact every detail counts. After months of preparation, sailing more than 600 nautical miles and facing the most challenging conditions, once again it came down to a matter of minutes and sheer determination.

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This article was originally published in Yacht Style Magazine

Volvo Ocean Race Sails for Hong Kong in 2018

The next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, will see the sailing event visit Hong Kong. Over the course of nine months and 40,000 nautical miles (74,080 km) the fleet of sailing yachts will stop off at more than 11 host ports.

“For 43 years the Volvo Ocean Race has visited the majority of the world’s most prestigious and iconic ports, with one obvious exception and that port has possibly the most wondrous waterfront in all the world,” Jon Bramley, the event’s director of news said at a press conference in the city.

Come February 2018, the participants will be visiting the site of the former Kai-Tak airport that is now an ocean cruise terminal, during the 13th edition of the race for up to two weeks. Other cities hosting the race that starts in 2017, include Alicante, Spain; Newport, Rhode Island; Auckland, New Zealand; Capetown, South Africa and well as Lisbon, Cardiff and Gothenburg before finally ending in the Hague, Netherlands.

The route has yet to be confirmed by organizers where competitors will spend weeks at sea between ports piloting their identical 65ft monohulls through treacherous waters. The seven teams made up of members from 19 nationalities including China, Ireland, Argentina and Antigua participated in that edition of the race will survive on a diet of freeze-dried food and a maximum of four hours of sleep a day.

Athena: For Sale by Burgess

Care to own your own 90 meter sailing yacht? Now you can. Currently holding the title as the largest sailing yacht for sale and the fourth largest sailing yacht in the world, the Athena is your for the taking. With the help of Burgess, her original owner, who is an experienced yachtsman, is selling off the three-masted schooner that has both traditional designs and modern technology.Athena-exterior

Having set sail in 2004 and experienced a complete refit in 2011, the yacht is an example of the best Northern European shipbuilding. The late Pieter Beelsnijder and Gerard Dykstra & Partners, who happen to be talents in naval architecture, designed the yacht while the renowned Dutch shipyard Royal Huisman was behind the custom build.Athena-exterior-2

Her interior is a mix of functionality and elegance, with a generous mix of rich, soft furnishings and lightly stained mahogany. The three levels have several areas where guests can interact and relax, such as the bridge deck saloon, media room, spacious main saloon and formal dining room. Below deck, sit five cabins suitable, including the master suite with a separate study, walk-in-wardrobe and Jacuzzi tub in the luxurious bathroom, for 10 guests. Even her teak joinery is luxurious with beautiful varnished teak.Athena-interior

Two levels of the yacht provide privacy for guests who wish to spend their day at sea, either under the sun or comfortably shaded. Apart from a 360º bird’s eye view at 58 metres via the hydraulically hoisted crow’s nest, the Athena also has Panamax masts that are equipped with nearly 2,500 square meters of sail power, controlled at the touch of a button. Awarded Best Sailing Yacht over 40 meters and Best Sailing Yacht over 36 meters in 2005, the Athena has been used privately by her owner and also chartered by those who wish to enjoy a special sailing experience.

The asking price of the Athena is set at US$69,900,000 (€61,353,000) but is not for sale to US residents while in US waters. For more information, click here.

Giraglia Rolex Cup 2013

Saint-Tropez gears up for the 63rd Giraglia Rolex Cup

The Mediterranean’s oldest offshore sailboat race that started in 1953 is back for another go between the ports of Sanremo, Italy, St. Tropez, France and Genoa, Italy.

The 263 nautical mile race is named for the Giraglia rock off the northern tip of Corsica, by which the sailors will pass on their way to Genoa.

The first leg starts Friday, June 12 from Sanremo and the fleet-which is expected to exceed 200 yachts as often occurs-will then gather in the Saint-Tropez harbor for three days of inshore racing from June 14 to 16.

The most anticipated leg starts in Saint-Tropez on June 17, heading directly to Genoa via the Giraglia rock.

Both amateur and professional sailors from the Mediterranean regions of France and Italy are expected to take part. Defending champion is Swiss yacht “Tixwave,” a Swan 42 skippered by Bernard Vananty.

The fastest finish time belongs to Igor Simcic’s 100-foot Maxi “Esimit Europa 2,” who made it to Genoa in 14 hours, 56 minutes and 16 seconds in 2012. So far, the biggest fleet the regatta has seen is 220 in 2010.

Follow the race online: www.yachtclubitaliano.it

Giraglia Rolex Cup 2013

Star Clippers

Gourmet dining comes to luxury sailing yachts

Star Clippers

Starting this summer and through to October, Star Clippers is inviting celebrity chefs and sommeliers to board its luxury sailing cruises to concoct gourmet menus.

Passengers aboard the Star Clipper and the Star Flyer this summer will sail the Mediterranean in the company of world-class chefs including Bea Schulz, Otto Koch and Marcus Semmler, as well as expert sommeliers such as Olivier Assire, Nathalie Lumpp and Bruno David.

The chefs will work hand in hand with the wine experts to pair exquisite dishes with carefully chosen beverages.

The cruises, with a minimum length of seven days, are priced starting at €1,720 (around $2,340) per passenger including meals.

Star Clipper and the Star Flyer

The Star Clipper and Star Flyer can each accommodate up to 170 passengers and 74 crew members.

For more information and reservations, visit www.starclippers.com.

Alila Purnama

Cruises: sailing yachts offer authenticity, adventure

Cruises let us get away from it all, leaving our troubles and everyday life on the shore. For an even more dramatic change of scenery, forgo the massive ocean liners and book a berth in one of these authentic and charming sailing yachts.

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Cruise the Indonesian isles aboard the Alila Purnama

This traditional Phinisi ship, made of teak wood, measures 46 meters from stern to bow and has three decks. The Alila Purnama can accommodate 10 passengers along with its 16 crew members.

Guests are lodged in five luxury suites, including one with a panoramic view. Coral reef explorations and spa visits are among the activities included in the Komodo Isles or Raja Ampat cruises. A seven-day cruise for two people is priced at around $10,500.

Managed by Alila Hotels & Resorts: www.alilahotels.com.

Royal Clipper

Board the largest sailing yacht in service: The Royal Clipper

The majestic, five-masted Royal Clipper, measuring 134 meters, is touted as the largest sailboat still in service today. With the capacity to take on 227 passengers, the luxurious boat includes three pools and a gym. Depending on the season, the Royal Clipper sails through the Caribbean or the Mediterranean.

More information is available through Star Clippers: www.starclippers.com.

The Ponant

Cross the Atlantic on Le Ponant 

This three-masted sailing yacht, measuring 88 meters in length, accommodates 64 passengers alongside its 32 crew members in a refined ambiance. Passengers will find a pool, a sauna and two restaurants aboard the ship. Le Ponant sails through the Mediterranean in the spring and summer and in the French Antilles and Cape Verde in the winter. Twice per year, travelers can board the ship for a non-stop journey across the Atlantic (prices start at €1,250 or around $1,700).

More information is available through Compagnie du Ponant: www.ponant.com.

Lagoon 500

Explore the coast of Thailand in a catamaran 

Leaving from Phuket, an eight-cabin catamaran sails the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea, stopping at some of Thailand’s most exceptional island destinations, including the lagoons on Koh Phanak, the Koh Phi Phi beach, and Koh Lanta.

The 10-day “Thai Boat” cruise is available starting at  $2,800 per person. www.govoyages.com.

monohull sailboat

An active cruise in the Greek Isles

On a monohull measuring between 10 and 17 meters, a small crew takes passengers on a tour of the Greek islands from Santorini to Mykonos, giving them an opportunity to participate in manning the ship.

Passengers sleep peacefully in their cabins at night, and during the day they learn how to maneuver the craft using the sails. Swimming and excursions are also part of the experience.

The cruise is available through the French travel agency Comptoir des Voyages from May to October, with prices starting at €1,130 per person. www.comptoir.fr

Perini Navi 69m sailing yacht hull C2227

Perini Navi to Build Second Largest Yacht

Perini Navi 69m sailing yacht hull C2227

Launched nearly six years ago, the masterful 289-ft. Maltese Falcon remains Perini Navi’s crowning achievement.

While the yard has constructed many stunning yachts since then, none have approached the Falcon’s impressive length.

Now Perini Navi has signed a contract for a 226-ft. sailing superyacht, that, when completed, will be the second largest PN ever built, Superyacht Times reports.
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Phuket Inernational Boat Show 2012

Simpson Marine shining in Thailand

Phuket Inernational Boat Show 2012

Simpson Marine celebrate the end of 2011 with the delivery of 5 Lagoon catamarans and launch parties for their new owners at the Royal Phuket Marina.

A Swan 42 will also be bearing the Simpson Marine colours during the King’s Cup Regatta, the country’s most prominent sailing event to be held in December.

A yacht owners Rendez Vous will take place in the beautiful and pristine Andaman islands on Dec 16 to 17 which will enable Azimut and Lagoon owners to get together.
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Superyacht Montigne

Superyacht Montigne from Aegean Yacht for sale

Superyacht Montigne

Montigne was built in 2009 by Turkish yard Aegean Yachts, for an experienced yacht owner who hails from Southeast Asia and is available for sale via Simpson Marine.

She is the well-executed culmination of the many thoughts and experiences the owner has had when sailing in his other yachts.

The sailboat offers charter guests ample opportunity to enjoy the outside world is extremely generous when it comes to guest accommodations.
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