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The Oscars of Yachting – Cannes Yachting Festival 2018

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From 11 to 16 September 2018, yachting enthusiasts will descend on Cannes to attend the annual Cannes Yachting Festival. People who have travelled to Cannes will tell you of its alluring beauty – gentle hills, rugged cliffs, and wild rivers of Corniche d’Esterel. This captivating seaside town is famous for holding the prestigious annual film festival (Cannes International Film Festival) and is a playground for millionaires. Cannes also plays host to world-renowned events such as Palais des Festivals.

The glamour, charm and sophistication are synonymous with the high life in Cannes. There are few destinations that better symbolise the opulence of the southern part of France. The Cannes Yachting Festival 2018 will be the 41st edition, making it unquestionably, Europe’s leading in-water boat show where yachting marques will demonstrate and display a wide range of motor and sailing yachts, and even multi-hulls. More than 600 boats will be showcased across the two ports of Cannes: the Vieux Port and Port Pierre Canto. Yacht enthusiasts can look forward to around 100 new yachting models making their world debut.

In addition, the biggest international brokers and charter companies will present the key players on the second-hand and charter markets. Fans of superyachts can look forward to viewing these leviathan models gracing this prestigious six-day show. These can be found at the Brokerage and Charter Area at the Port Pierre Canto. Aside from the new models displayed, visitors will be able to witness exhibitions of boating equipment and service companies, too. Attendees can also discover a dedicated area for luxury goods, crafts and lifestyle at the Palais des Festivals.

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Visitors are ensured smooth commute between the two ports via a convenient sea shuttle service. However, in 2018, the event will offer new ground service accessible by visitors and exhibitors upon presentation of their admission ticket. What’s more, don’t forget to check out the popular Concours d’Elégance – an exceptional showcase of vintage and modern-day boats paying tribute to the rich history of sailing on the French Riviera.

The Cannes Yachting Festival is indubitably one of the largest boat shows in Europe and with a history dating back to 1977, you can imbibe all the heritage and culture that this destination beckons. Some 50,000 visitors are expected to turn up at this French Riviera, so it is best to plan your trip early to avoid disappointments.

Yacht Style magazine will be at the Cannes Yachting Festival from 11 to 16 September 2018, so see you there! For more information visit: www.cannesyachtingfestival.com

Aditus announces sponsorship of racing yacht Fugazi

Aditus, the world’s first luxury access platform for crypto-affluents, debuted as an official sponsor of racing trimaran ‘Fugazi’ at the February Bay Regatta in Phuket, Thailand. ‘Fugazi’ won line honours in all four races. This strategic partnership is the culmination of the close ties between Aditus and members of the Asian yacht racing community.

The Aditus logo, prominently featured on Fugazi

As one of the fastest trimarans in the regional circuit, the 37-ft Fugazi is a customised Phi 1100 that was originally christened ‘3itch’ in 2012. Designed by notable boatbuilders Danny Moore and Nigel Cross, the hulls were constructed in Bali, Indonesia before being shipped to Port Dickson in Malaysia where it was assembled and formally commissioned for service.

The duo drew inspiration from the Seacart 30 ‘Thor’ which held many podiums and line honours under the helm of owner Henry Kaye. As a result, it was designed for uncompromising speed in Southeast Asia’s light wind conditions. ‘Fugazi’ has a full carbon composite body that boasts a main hull and outriggers with dyneema rigging by Colligo Marine. While the mast stands at 59-ft and was fabricated from a single piece of Lorima carbon.

Subsequent upgrades include a stronger carbon daggerboard and back beam, T-shaped rudders for enhanced stability and a lighter mast to improve its performance in competitive sailing. Acquired by sailing enthusiast Dan Fidock and renamed ‘Fugazi’ last year, the Aditus logo is prominently featured on the speedy trimaran’s new mainsail, screecher, spinnaker and crew shirts.

“Despite my familiarity with monohull vessels, I’ve been looking for a fast sailing multihull that will be competitive in Southeast Asia,” explains Fidock. “In terms of why ‘Aditus’, working in the tech space, I am keenly interested in our Asian based world class blockchain projects like Kyber Network, OmiseGo, Electrify Asia and QTUM. A strategic partnership with Aditus will enable me to merge my passion for competitive sailing and ride the equally fast wave of blockchain technology with a formidable new collaborator.”

The Fugazi Racing team showing off their trophies from the Bay Regatta in Phuket, Thailand.

Aditus co-founder and CEO Julian Peh had this to say: “We are proud of how Fugazi performed recently in Phuket and we are very excited to have a common goal of showcasing a lifestyle proposition that is accessible to crypto-affluents. This will be made possible by our exciting new Aditus VIP initiative in the coming months.”

‘Fugazi’ will be participating in all major Southeast Asian regattas in 2018. Preparations are currently underway for the upcoming July Multihull Solutions Regatta and Phuket Race Week.

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Oyster Yachts in Liquidation

British luxury boat building company Oyster Yachts, established in 1973, has gone into liquidation. Based in Southampton, with a boat yard in Hoveton, Norwich and offices in Ipswich, Palma; Majorca; and Newport, USA; has announced 400 job losses. The number of job losses at each site is yet to be confirmed.

The company had previously reported how 2017 closed with a record £80m+ order book, and had made a significant splash at boot Düsseldorf 2018 in January by presenting its elegant Oyster 745 (22.74 meters) as the largest sailing yacht at the show. Cruising World magazine had honored the model as ‘Best Luxury Cruiser’ in its 2018 Boat of the Year Awards.

“It is with sincere regret that we advise that the Company has been unable to secure financial support to enable it to continue to trade at this time and it is looking at all opportunities available.” – David Tydeman, Oyster CEO Reports.

(Source: BBC, Oyster Yachts, boot Düsseldorf)

Numarine Sold its First Hull of the All-New 78HTS

Numarine Has Recently Sold its First Hull of the New 78HTS

European motor yacht shipyard headquartered in Istanbul, Numarine, is delighted to announce that its latest model 78HTS has been sold to a client in Hong Kong.

“The Yacht will be utilised in the USA, so the Client has to be comfortable with Numarine USA as well for the After-Sales assistance. This special yacht will incorporate some significant customisations that we will divulge when we launch her in late Summer of 2018.” – Numarine Sales & Marketing Director Antonio Caviglia

New Features of the new Sportfly Yacht

Based on the 78HT model, the 78HTS yacht is equipped with a completely new comfortable sports flybridge, with central upper helm station and four beautiful sunpads with tilt/recline backrests.

Powered by a standard twin-MAN V8 engine, with 1200 hp, Hull no.1 offers an optional twin-MAN V12 engine with 1550 hp that will allow the yacht to traverse at a maximum speed of 37 knots and cruising speed of 27 knots, ranging up to 400 nautical miles.

Thanks to the vast saloon, natural light can flow in gently and illuminate the spaces within, thanks to the oversized glazing above and laterally. After all, going on a coastal trip is all about relaxation and being with the people whom you are most comfortable with, will let you make the most of your day.

The heart of the design is also stretched to the saloon where the perfect entertainment space can host a large group of guests as well as sufficient space to place modern furniture and make socialising the heart of the trip.

If not enough, guests can also make their ways from the dining area to the bar, equipped with a large C-shaped sofa, or hop over to the oversized transformable sunpads at the bow for any number of guests to enjoy the sunshine.

Another notable onboard feature is the guest accommodation “comprising of three very generously appointed en-suite cabins, each outfitted with the finest fixtures and amenities. The crew cabin is placed aft, next to the galley where guests can enjoy a dinette,” according to Numarine.

Another important addition is the sportfly, which allows guests to enjoy the four large sunbeds and the fully equipped helm station in a favourable central position under the sun to ensure maximum comfort. The yacht is also fitted with a teak laid hydraulic bathing platform.

The galley is moved to the lower deck to offer even more space on the main deck alongside all four cabins. The full beam owner’s cabin includes a wide wardrobe space, an open plan bathroom, walk-in shower, separate head and twin basins to meet the basic necessities.

The “Silent Package” of the New 78HTS

The optional “Silent Package” uses lithium-ion batteries along with a smart energy management system and an intelligent multi-stage air conditioning system. Which means, the owner can sit at anchor and run all electrical systems, including air conditioning, audio/video, appliances, etc. in complete silence.

“This technical solution, along with the relentless efforts by Numarine Engineering is to reduce all sources of noise, vibration and harshness, has made the 78HTS a new benchmark for comfort on board, both in navigation, with luxury car noise levels, and when moored or anchored,” according to Numarine.

For more information on Numarine, please visit here.

Contest 67CS: The Bluewater Game-Changer

A very graceful and capable modern world cruiser with excellent flush working deck and walk-through double cockpit plan. The perfect pairing of performance and practicality.


Retaining Contest Yachts’ much-respected visual cues of flush decks, wraparound windows and coachroof overhang as start point, judel/vrolijk’s latest transition introduces an even more dynamic shaping. First, the yacht’s bulwark height was lowered and its freeboard lifted a little, then the bow was slimmed, the stern broadened and the under-hull aft flattened. This increased form stability – aided further by a new L-keel profile – and in the process, the centre of gravity was lowered and the vessel’s interior volume grew, substantially.

Extensively personalised styling ad detailing throughout, including here a humidor inset in saloon’s occasional table

Beautifully featured spacious, master suite aft

Reflecting Contest’s high-end customisation skills, the yacht’s interior arrangement is very flexible, comprising a four sleeping-cabin plan with options between a master suite aft or forward; galley midships or aft; and crew either housed forward or midships. The styling and fitting is to impeccable standards both in clever, fine interior design by Wetzels Brown and the yard’s own expert craftsmanship.

Construction combines Contest’s renowned, Lloyd’s certified, vacuum-infused, cored composites methodology with judel/vrolijk’s new lay-up matrix and grid system increasing stiffness while lightening weight. Again improving CoG, engine and generator have been brought further into the boat underfloor and well silenced under the specialist guidance of Van Cappellen. This expertise applies throughout, from a custom V-bracket in place of a vibration-prone P, to fastening and ducting methodologies, and frequency-driven ventilation for accommodation and machinery spaces. This is an exceptionally quiet boat.

Cruising at speed under easily managed asymmetric code sail

Further demonstrating the specific attention to engineering, there’s a dedicated, full height technical room centralising the balanced inverter/charger energy system and all other key electronic componentry. With this space insulated and temperature controlled, operation is optimised, management simplified. And in case of PLC failure, conventionally leading to a dead boat, a further failsafe system maintains services essential to getting back to harbour such as nav lights, comms and pumps.

Again for safety, feeding back to a single-point pump, the bilge has a stem to stern central line with outboard spurs in each of the five watertight compartments, all monitored and alarmed on the yacht’s touch-screen, full-management system. There are two further auto-back-up pumps should the temperature sensing indicate blockage and potential impeller burn out. There are also vacuum suction hoses running full length to remove other overflow or spills. This is all so well thought and delivered.

Tank management is simplified with automated swap-over valves; levels and pump activation again via touch screen control. Reducing risk and impact of contamination, the two fuel tanks have suction lines to evacuate surface water, and the engine, generator and heater have a separate height-staged feed point, so protecting priorities. Following Contest’s regular practice of full redundancy and always eased access, fuel and water filters are doubled and instantly accessible in the galley step for swift swap-over and immediate restarting.

This ease of access, operation and on-the-go maintenance typifies Contest’s meticulous approach to simplifying sophisticated systems, and there’s far too much to detail here. So how does she sail? Like a dream, even in the 30, gusting 40, knots of our test sail.

Single ruddered (twinned would be to disadvantage here with the 67CS sailing so flat) and with a Jefa steering system, the helm is pleasingly near finger-light yet full of feel, and the seakeeping very comfortable with good forward buoyancy. The tell-tale view forward is good and with her optional Hall carbon spars and North 3Di sails we reached along at 13 plus knots, then a healthy 10, close hauled at a remarkable 22° apparent.

A very impressive bluewater game-changer and a clear expression of the almost boundless difference between production and top end, semi-custom yachting.

Now easing ownership in Southeast Asia, Contest Yachts has engaged with Northrop & Johnson, Asia for full representation – from enquiry to commissioning and on-going yacht management.

For more information, visit Contest Yachts and Northrop and Johnson Asia.


Coastal Getaway: Majesty 125 MY Bliss

Sail onboard the 39m Majesty 125 super yacht

This November, Gulf Craft unveils the Majesty 125 superyacht model in the line-up of its Majesty Yachts product range, to provide customers in the GCC more options to go on a refine and repose sailing experience on water.

At 39m in length, the tri-decked Majesty 125 superyacht, also known as superyacht “M/Y Bliss”, is technologically advanced. Powered by 2x 2,600 MTU engines, the superyacht traverses on water at a top speed of 22 knots with a cruise speed of 17 knots.

Ranging at 3,000 nautical miles (at economical speed of 12 knots), M/Y Bliss oozes a timeless design and speed with ‘reliability’, ‘durability’ and ‘user-friendly functionality that Gulf Craft aims to provide every of their customers onboard the yacht, said Gulf Craft CEO Erwin Bamps.

As a sense of spaciousness is a hallmark of the marque’s design philosophy, and both internal and exterior areas have gone though a carefully design thinking process to exude “belle et classe”

The facade treatment of the superyacht M/Y Bliss is easily distinguishable by its streamlined abalone surfaces contrasting with the chic-looking and tasteful panelings in ebony, white oak, and maple.

Designed to be elegant as it is stylish, the Majesty 125 superyacht accommodates up to 14 guests and sits up to 14 passengers at the dining space.

From the cabin and the wet bar on sundeck to the swim platform transformer, other outstanding onboard features the fully-fitted main gallery, hot tub, jacuzzi, a tender garage with crane and nine exterior casual dining spaces.

So, setting out to sea becomes a smooth, effortless, and enjoyable process, and guests can relax and enjoy life out at sea in a calm and peaceful surround while looking out to the breathtaking sea view.

What continues to redefine On-Water-Lifestyle Experience is the new range of brilliant interior styling, featuring the bespoke lighting by Savage and Cantalupi, handcrafted in Venice, Italy. After a long expedition, what can be more pampering then to renew and lounge on the wet bar on sundeck and relish in that moment of quiet and comfortable ambience. The master en-suite comes equipped with a hot tub too.

What’s more, other convenient services, include the state-of-the-art Bang & Olufsen ‘smart home’ audiovisual system, Wi-Fi connectivity, amplifier, Apple TV and media hubs for passengers to extract the best experience while onboard the yacht.

So, whether you are going on a casual trip or a luxury voyage expedition, pick from the collection of the ocean-going Nomad Yachts, Silvercraft fishing boats, family cruisers or the Oryx sports yachts and cruisers to complete a wonderful living on water experience.

M/Y Bliss is developed and managed by Gulf Craft, famed as an innovative builder of luxury yachts and leisure boats in Emirates for 35 years, with a wide ranging portfolio consisting of premium crafts, measuring 27 ft to 155 ft in length.

For more information about the Majesty 125 M/Y Bliss, please visit http://yachtsasia.com or  www.gulfcraftinc.com.









Showboat Design Awards: Otam 35m Gipsy jets to first place

The annual Showboat Design Awards (SDA) celebrates the work of creative talents behind elegant and innovative yacht designs from international yacht design studios. Boasting sleek lines and unique performance, this year’s winner of the Best Naval Architecture category was the Otam Custom Range SD 35m M/Y Gipsy.

Intended to recognize naval architects who seamlessly marry efficient hydrodynamics with elegance, Otam Yachts — with over 63 years of history — snags first place for its models’ exceptional seaworthiness, efficiency and powerboating-based performances. The Otam 35m Gipsy is a three deck, 35m long, 7.8-meter beam yacht. Bespoke for an Italian owner who was searching for a full custom aluminium yacht, the tailor made yacht offers a sprawling amount of living space onboard. The interior layouts and exterior lines have been entrusted to famous international yacht design office Tommaso Spadolini.

With the entirety of interiors unique and customized in line with the owner’s personal taste, the Otam 35m Gipsy wears a full-bespoke suit. Together with their long standing Naval Architect Umberto Tagliavini, Otam Yachts brings a gift to the Otam 35.  This includes an extremely efficient semi-displacement hull that propels the Otam 35m Gipsy to a top speed of 20 knots, as well as a considerable range of over 2,000 nautical miles at 11 knots. The Otam range promises a soft and fluid ride through the waves, with complete safety and comfort.

Gianfranco Zanoni the CEO of Otam Yachts comments: “We really wish to thank and dedicate this important achievement to the Owner of M/Y Gipsy and his family. It has been an amazing experience for Otam shipyard to build such a different product translating the full owner detailed vision and way of living the sea into a real product. We wish to share this satisfaction together with our internal Team of direct Workers and last but not least with Mr Umberto Tagliavini from Marine Design Studio, with Mr Tommaso Spadolini for the important cooperation. “

The Otam 35m Gipsy is swift and speedy on sea, and surely does exceed expectations, making its title an extremely well deserved one.

For more information, visit www.otam.it 

SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS 2017: The ultimate luxury lifestyle event returns to Raffles Marina from October 5 to 8

Southeast Asia’s most anticipated luxury lifestyle event will be back in October 2017. The SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS 2nd Edition will take place from October 5th to 8th 2017 at Raffles Marina to close the F1 season in Singapore and coincide with China’s Golden Week.



After a successful first edition, the experienced and passionate team behind Asia Rendezvous Pte. Ltd is all set to surprise the public with an alluring set up. The four-day affair will combine everything luxury and fun. Visitors can look forward to world-renowned brand showcases offering unique customization options. Fine jewelry, curated leather goods and handmade watches are some items that will be available for personalization. On top of yachts, properties, supercars and classic cars, art and fashion, the event will offer a great selection of wining and dining options.

singapore rendezvous 2017

The second edition will be focused on creating opportunities for interaction in the luxury context. The partnering brands are being carefully selected to ensure an impressive impact on the VIP visitors. The event is curated to appeal to a broad audience of HNWIs. The day activities – kid’s entertainment, panel discussions and wine tastings – combine with the night parties to create a formula for the ultimate luxury lifestyle experience in Singapore.

singapore rendezvous 2017

Raffles Marina has been chosen as the strategic venue – providing the opportunity of sea trials thanks to its open water access, welcoming regional visitors being positioned close to Malaysia and offering high quality existing facilities.

The venue comprises of more than 5,000sqm of indoor and outdoor exhibition space, with flexibility for creative branding, promotion and advertising on land and water.
singapore rendezvous 2017

SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS is a pioneer in the luxury sector with its innovative approach to showcase brands and create upscale experiences. The 2017 edition is expected to welcome more than 10,000 visitors with over 30 yachts, 20 high-end property exhibitors, over 30 supercars and classic cars, and 20 luxury service providers.

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Watch the official inaugural edition aftermovie below:


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SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS Interview: Thibaut de Montvalon, Beneteau Group

The Lagoon 42 is about to make waves at the SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS, the luxury lifestyle event happening this week, October 20-23. Brought to Raffles Marina by Beneteau Group and Simpson Marine, the prestigious yacht will be on display during the 3-day event, as announced in Simpson Marine’s press release – read the full version here.

Making her debut at this lifestyle event is the Lagoon 42, an award winning model which was launched earlier this year in January 2016. Since her launch she has sold over 100 units and also won two awards. Her accolades include ‘Best Multihull Sailing Yacht’ award at Asia Boating Awards and recently winner of the Multihull category at Sailing Today Awards in Southampton Boat Show last month.

Before we immerse ourselves in the fun-filled weekend that will see the Lagoon 42 as one of the luxury yachts on display, we engage Thibaut de Montvalon, Director of Beneteau Group Asia Pacific in a brief conversation. He tells us about the brand’s growing presence in Asia and what is in store for visitors at the SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS.

Give us some background on the Beneteau Group ? How does it perform today on a worldwide basis ?

The Beneteau Group is the world’s number one sailing yacht builder – both mono and multi-hull – and a global market leader for motorboats. The Group’s strategic roadmap is based on four pillars: building on its position as the world leader for sailing yachts, continuing to develop its business on the motorboat market, expanding its range to include larger units and lastly, further strengthening its presence in the North American market.

These four strategic areas, which have been guiding the Group’s development for several years, are especially relevant as the global recreational boat market is growing again for the first time since 2008-09. This growth is being driven primarily by the upturn in the European market and continued growth in the American market. This buoyant environment has enabled the Group to improve its profitability.

As far as Asia is concerned, the Beneteau Group has a long term commitment to the region as it set up its first Asia branch back in 2005 in Shanghai, to focus on the Asian market and develop its market share in the region. Asia is still a rather small market for us as a Group but we believe in its future and we are committed to participate to its development.

Where are you based in Asia? In a few words, how is your dealership network organized ?

We relocated our Asia Regional Office from Shanghai to Hong Kong last year and took over the management of the Pacific area in addition to Asia. From our Asia Pacific office, we are now managing a network of 32 dealers – 18 in Asia and 14 in the Pacific –  ranging from Vladivostok, through Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia and French Polynesia! We are very proud to have the largest network of distributors in Asia and the Pacific and, just as importantly, incredible teams of professionals distributing and servicing our brands.

This is key in our strategy: we look for the best professionals in one market and we are building relationships for the long run. Another one of our objectives is to step-in early in a new market. We’re always scouting for emerging boating markets and we aim to take part in the development of the boating culture in these new destinations.

There has been a strong focus on the launch of the MONTE CARLO Yachts 80, how important is this range of motor yachts in Asia ?

Monte Carlo Yachts is strategic for us in Asia. There is a strong demand for luxury motor yachts in the region and a request for new, outstanding designs.

Asian yachtsmen and yachtswomen have high expectations and always look for the latest styles and values. This suits Monte Carlo Yachts beautifully as our yachts are made to be unique, namely thanks to the talent of Nuvolari & Lenard, our designers, and thanks to the innovative building process we are implementing in our Italian shipyard.

Additionally Monte Carlo Yachts offer unrivaled flexibility when it comes to customization. Once again we aim to build unique yachts perfectly aligned with each owner’s tastes and aspirations.

Our latest MCY 80, which was launched in July and presented at the Cannes boat show in September, is a pure example of this Monte Carlo Yachts promise: unforgettable lines and an outstanding level of finish in every detail. We are very pleased with her success and already have a yacht on the way to Asia for one of our customers. lagoon catamaran singapore rendezvous

The Lagoon range continues to enjoy strong success in Asia. It has almost become synonymous with catamarans. How do you explain the success of the Lagoon range ?

Lagoon is indeed a great success in Asia, and all around the world. We refer to Lagoon as the boating success story as the brand was launched in the 1980s, based on a vision according to which catamarans would become popular in the future. It was a gamble which Lagoon is winning. Catamarans are becoming increasingly popular especially in Asia as clients appreciate the volumes and stability you can find on such boats.

The reason why Lagoon is performing better than any other brand lies in three factors: the ingenuity of the design from VPLP, simply the best multihull designers in the world, which offers incredible space, is light and has good functionality while preserving performances at sea. The quality of the yacht is also essential as it is not an easy matter to build a catamaran. The physics and loads involved are complex; the ability to consistently build good boats is also challenging. The strength of the Lagoon brand through our thousands of loyal owners who are circumnavigating the globe as our best ambassadors and of course our distributors who, once again, perform an exceptional job at promoting and servicing our yachts.

Your group will be displaying a Lagoon 42 at the SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS, what are the specificities of this Catamaran ?

The Lagoon 42 is a new model launched in January at the Dusseldorf boat show. She has met her market as we have already sold more than 100 units of this particular model worldwide!

You can spot her  strong personality at first sight, combining modern, dynamic lines and flowing curves.  On board, the focus is on the living space, with incredible volumes, comfort and amenities. When it comes to sailing, the Lagoon 42 has already made a name for itself, to be performing outstandingly. This is namely thanks to the latest generation of rigging and the sail plan Lagoon has developed, which increases performances under sail while simplifying maneuvres.

The Lagoon 42 is presented for the first time in Asia at the SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS. 

What are the actions taken by the BENETEAU group to lead more Asians to discover and enjoy the yachting lifestyle ?

If I was to list all the actions we implement across Asia in terms of yachting lifestyle, the list would be too long! As you can imagine, through the years since we have been active in the region and thanks to our extensive distribution network, we keep a busy agenda! On the sailing front for example we are involved with a number of regattas all across Asia. In each of these regattas we aim to have one or two boats which we manage and we invite on-board guests and owners, to experience yacht racing together with our team of passionate sailors.

On a less competitive front we are partnering with sailing schools and charter companies to promote sailing culture and encourage people to go boating across Asia, during their holidays. On the power boat front we organize a sport fishing competition, called Barracuda Tour. We run Open Days, where we welcome guests and owners to experience our new models. We also organize Owner’s Rendez-Vous, where clients go to discover new destinations together as a group, under our supervision. And of course, we host numerous parties and dinners on board our yachts, at sea or in the marinas and yacht clubs. 

Chartering a yacht or looking at buying one, how do you tackle this sensitive question ?

In my opinion, this question is irrelevant. Owning a yacht and chartering one are as complementary as owning a property and visiting hotels, or spending holidays in resorts. I can think of many yacht owners who charter yachts on a regular basis.

I see charter as a stepping stone to becoming a yacht owner: you get to experience life on board, see how it feels, share the experience with your friends and family, try different types of boats. This is one aspect of yacht chartering. The other aspect is the ability to extend your horizon, discovering new boating grounds. Yacht charter is a means to combine the love of yachting with travels and holidays abroad. To that extent, I believe that Asia has some of the best boating destinations.

Your best experience on the sea in Asia ?

I recall two experiences. The first one is discovering Phang Nga Bay, in Phuket and Koh Lipe near Langkawi, as skipper of a sailing yacht (a charter yacht actually!) with my family on board. We invited our parents from Europe and cruised between Thailand and Malaysia. To me, cruising is simply the best and purest way to discover a new destination.

The second experience was yacht racing in the China Cup as crew for Michel Desjoyeaux. He is a famous skipper, a French sailing legend. I was, all at the same time, proud to get him participating in one of the Asian regattas with our Beneteau team and humbled to witness his talent, and experience as a member of his crew.


For more info and tickets, visit SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS website and SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS Facebook Page

Oceanic Yacht 76 GT

Oceanic Yacht 76 GT: New Delivery

In a span of five short months, Canados has not only built but also delivered its very first Oceanic Yacht 76 GT. What makes this time span so impressive is the fact that the yacht manufacturer stuck to the contractual delivery date despite the changes made by the client.

The 23-meter yacht is Rome-based manufacturer’s new entry-level model of Fast Expedition vessels. Thanks to a ‘displaning’ stepped hull, the yacht is able to provide comfort to its passengers at low speeds and even at 26 to 30 knots. The expansive outdoor space is also another positive design element of the yacht. Available in three or four cabin versions, owners can customise the borderline superyacht to their varying needs. To cater further to their desires, Canados even provides the option of two different main decks: a fully enclosed galley to the front or an American styled galley aft.

For the interior, the superyacht is fitted with two pantographic doors in the wide body wheelhouse as well as continuous lateral glass panels that fill the main deck with natural light. This gives guests the option of enjoying the view or some privacy as the crew runs the boat. Like other Canados creations, the lower deck is fitted with horizontal portholes that allows for more natural light to fill the space.

Apart from the many spaces where guests can relax, the Oceanic Yacht 76 is also able to hold three tenders within the tender garage as well as a four-meter tender on the swimming platform.

To learn more about the Oceanic Yacht 76 GT, visit Canados.

Benetti Unveils New Models: Monaco Yacht Show 2016

The Monaco Yacht Show is a wonderful opportunity for distributors and manufacturers to showcase their splendid creations. Benetti is one of the many yacht builders set to make use of this event to bring out its finest and shiniest new superyachts to the playground of the rich and famous. Straight from the Italian yacht builder’s Custom Line comes the Benetti MY Domani (above) and the Benetti FB 264, both of which will be on display at the Monaco Yacht Show.

We first take a look at the MY Domani that measures in at 45 meters. Spanning three decks, the yacht has four guest cabins that provide comfort and space for those on board. The upper deck plays host to the VIP cabin while the main deck houses the full beam owner’s suite, complete with a private terrace that gives you a view of the sea. Those looking for some fun under the sun can enjoy the sundeck that is split into three different areas. Choose between frolicking under the rays on a dedicated sunbathing space or cool down in the pool then enjoy a meal in the external dining area.

The Benetti FB 264

The Benetti FB 264

Slightly larger than the MY Domani, the Benetti FB 264 comes in at an impressive 63.5 meters. Boasting a steel and aluminum hull, it is clear the Benetti took inspiration from naval architecture. With four decks, designed by FM Architettura d’Interni, the superyacht is fitted with four guest cabins on the lower deck, much like the MY Domani. However with the extra space, Benetti was able to include one extra VIP cabin on the main deck with an 80 square meter owner suite on the upper deck. An external salon also takes its place on the upper deck, providing ample room for entertaining and dining. Those who love fitness will enjoy the sun deck. With a 4-meter swimming pool, gym and beauty area, we can’t think of a better place to get in touch with yourself.

For more information on the MY Domani and the MY FB264 at the Monaco Yacht Show, visit Benetti Yachts.

This story is also available in Bahasa Indonesia. Read it here: Benetti Memamerkan Model Baru: Monaco Yacht Show 2016

Hong Kong Debut: Galeon 500 Fly Powerboat

It has a brand new hull and a great deal of interior space on all three decks so it is no wonder the Galeon 500 Fly powerboat is a highly anticipated yacht. Set to arrive in Hong Kong later this year, the 16.2-meter yacht boasts a 725hp engine and a maximum load of 4,270kg. The award winning “European Powerboat of the Year 2016” is one that brings a series of innovations to the Galeon Range.Galeon-500-Fly-galley

With three distinct aft configurations to choose from, the 500 Fly is set to be a third generation yacht. The choices are endless: full-sized garage, sundeck, classic L-shaped sofa, crew cabin set-up or even a roto-seat option. The unique beach mode feature extends the width of the cockpit to almost 5.8 meters by dropping down both port and starboard sides.Galeon-500-Fly-galley-2

Up on the flybridge, one can choose between a wet bar, sundecks and a second helm station. The option of two different garage possibilities and powerful hydraulic bath platform allows for a range of engaging water sports possibilities. Thanks to glass doors that can be moved easily, the maindeck hides the saloon. A flush floor hides the cockpit area that is linked to the maindeck.Galeon-500-Fly-master-suite

Entertaining guests is a breeze with the help of an outdoor bar while the saloon is a well-lit area that provides a comfortable space to relax in. Below deck, guests have access to three cabins and two bathrooms that cater to up to six people. The master cabin is fitted with a double bed and a walk-in wardrobe along with an ensuite bathroom for added privacy. A VIP cabin on the bow provides two more guests with a series of skylights above the bed while a guest cabin is spacious enough for two. The guest cabin can also be converted into a study, wardrobe or additional leisure area should the need arise.

Kifaru Unveils New Suite 47

Designed by Luca Dini, the brand new Kifaru Suite 47 is a yacht that will appeal to those who cannot decide between a tech-savvy, sporty or luxurious yacht designs. The Suite 47 measures up nearly 14 meters and is described as a powerboat that derives its lines from the previous boats in the Kifaru family.

Keeping the Kifaru signature, the boat showcases a touch of retro style and a flush foredeck. For those looking to unwind, you will be happy to learn that the boat has a spacious sunbathing area in the cockpit thanks to the setees and a foldable table. Along with the sunbathing area is the galley with space for a sink and refrigerator, making it ideal for entertaining guests while the helmsmen’s station is located within the same area.

Described by the designer as a waterborne Bentley GT, the boat will be available in single and twin cabin versions that allow you to customise the interiors. Both versions will also include separate quarters for the crew members while the single cabin editions can be fitted with a galley and bathrooms. The interior of the boat will be styled with warm and inviting furnishings.

Migaloo Brings Submersible Yachts to Market

Spanning across a set of several yacht-submarine hybrid models and one very awesome ‘floating habitat’, Migaloo Private Submersible Yachts are coming up with a new conception of aquatic comfort that promises great things for the future. These yachts were made to fit the increasing desire and demand for privacy and personalization – because what else is more luxurious than staking out your own watery domain both over and under sea in one of these beauties? We of course love these beauties, as you can see from our coverage of luxury submarines.


The models range from the 72 meter M2 Yacht to the 225-283 meter (yes, that is seriously how big the company says it is) M7 Yacht, each with built according to U.S. Navy Subsafe safety standards, featuring amenities and traits that also appear on other surface yachts of equal size. Of course, the exterior and interior designs are completely up to the owner’s preferences.


But we should probably move on to the main dish – the Kokomo Ailand. This bespoke state-of-the-art megayacht just stokes up a person’s inner Poseidon or James Bond villain (that’s exactly what the Migaloo website references) as it slowly drifts across the water’s surface with its 117 meter long body. Being decked out with a jungle deck, pool, waterfall, palm, trees and vertical gardens is only the cherry on top to the whole package. For even more fun, check out the shark feeding elevator. Yep, you heard that right. Who needs the pool bar or outdoor cinema when you can have that for entertainment.


Migaloo was founded by professionals with several years’ experience in the industry, and boy do they know exactly what fuels any yacht-owner’s innermost desires. For more information, you can check out their website over at http://www.migaloo-submarines.com/.


Pininfarina-designed mega yacht makes its Monaco debut


The Ottantacinque is 85 meters long, weighs 2460 tons, boasts 5 decks and 2 swimming pools, yet, still manages to blend form and function.

Unveiled on Wednesday at the Monaco Yacht Show, the Ottantacinque is a partnership between Pininfarina, the styling studio famed for its work with Ferrari, and leading Italian mega-yacht maker Fincantieri.

“We already are among one of the few mega-yacht builders managing all the business activities, from sales to the product life cycle,” said Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri. “Now, thanks to this stunning project, resulting from the partnership with Pininfarina…we are a real Italian point of reference in a market that, as all luxury niches, highly demands the capacities and taste of our country.”

Ottantacinque interior

And the attention to detail and the craft’s wholesale embrace of the latest technologies will definitely reinforce Italy’s standing within the industry.

For instance, the Ottantacinque’s main deck boasts twin swimming pools that have been raised so that they’re level with the side bulwark.

This means that those bathing or reclining on sun chairs next to the pool can be sure of an unobstructed sea view. What’s more, the pools’ depth can be adjusted — deeper for serious swimming or completely flat so that the pools become a single 160m platform for hosting parties.

Ottantacinque pool

For Pininfarina, the project was all about the technology of beauty and distilling its understanding of the super rich in a way where simplicity and cleanliness always trumps complication and obvious design.

“The result is a sculptural floating home with elegant and dynamic areas, where style meets function, aerodynamics, on-board comfort, ergonomics. Every detail is designed to harmonize with the aesthetic theme of the yacht,” said Paolo Pininfarina, Chairman of the Pininfarina Group.

Ottantacinque deck

$88 million superyacht with helipad

Billionaires and other fans of seagoing style will be hanging out in Monaco this week to shop for superyachts like the Silver Fast, a sleek, floating luxury hotel that comes with an outdoor cinema, sauna, beauty salon, gym, and helipad for the price of US$88 million.

At the 25th edition of the Monaco Yacht Show, 121 superyachts with a total value of $3.3 billion will be on display for the 33,000 visitors who will be in the tony principality shopping for the latest water toy.

One of the stars of the show will be the Silver Fast, a sleek, silver bullet of a vessel singled out by Boat International as the most anticipated launch and the biggest new superyacht of the show.

Silver Fast Superyacht

Stretching 77 meters in length, the yacht can sleep 18 guests in eight cabins and reaches top speeds of up to 29 knots.

The vessel from Australia-based SilverYachts, is billed as the world’s largest and fastest aluminum motor yacht, with conventional propulsion in terms of length to speed ratio.

For the yachtless layman, however, it’s the interior features that offer the most wow factor. The sun deck, for instance, comes with an outdoor movie cinema and a glass-fronted eight-person jacuzzi.

Silver Fast Superyacht

The beach club comes with a full spa, including sauna, steam room, gym, massage room and beauty salon.

A bit chilly? No problem. The ‘winter garden’ is built with wraparound sliding glass panels for indoor, terrace dining.

And because, ‘what’s a superyacht without a place to park your helicopter?’ there’s a spot for that too.

Mercedes-Benz S-Klasse Cabriolet Monaco 2015

Last week, in a collaboration with Mercedes Benz, SilverYachts aired a promotional ad at the Frankfurt Motor Show, showing the luxury car parked on the yacht’s helipad as the vessel sped across the waters at 20 knots.

The Monaco Yacht Show runs Sep 23 to 26 – monacoyachtshow.com

BAC Marine Edition Mono Render

Got a Big Yacht? You need the BAC MONO Marine Edition

BAC Marine Edition Mono Render

Like the standard racer, the new Mono offers incredible performance but with the added bonus of easy winching onto a luxury yacht.

Set to make its global debut at the Monaco yacht show, the BAC Marine Edition Mono is aimed squarely at the super rich petrol head.

“Today’s super-yachts are paragons of exquisite taste, exceptional design, and the ultimate experience possible. It is only fitting that owners should be able to extend that experience beyond the vessel upon arrival,” said Andrew Whitney, Director of Strategy & Corporate Development at BAC.

The standard hand-built BAC Mono is already somewhat of a niche supercar. Conceived as a single seat, road-legal alternative to a full on Formula One racer, it has a 305bhp engine.

BAC Mono Marine Edition

However, because the car only weighs 580kg, that powerplant delivers 525bhp per tonne meaning a 0-100km/h time of 2.8 seconds, which makes it faster than pretty much anything else on the road, including a Bugatti Veyron or any current Ferrari.

The Marine Edition comes with its own carbon fiber crane arm that’s compatible with all yacht crane systems, and the car itself has been given designated chassis lifting points for use with a lifting cradle or for affixing to a helipad.

It’s also been given a special anti-corrosion coating in case a marine-based accident occurs. The final touch is an Environmental Control Container System in which the car can be stored while at sea and protected from the elements. The owner can fine-tune temperature and humidity levels depending on where he or she is sailing.

BAC Mono Marine Edition

The Marine Edition, although as simple as the standard edition — i.e., a single seat and an open Formula One style cockpit — can be customized inside and out based on the owner’s taste. Each example will be a bespoke, built-to-order car and prices will start at £500,000.

Yet despite the cost, the company is expecting the new model to be a hit, particularly in Asia and the US.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Nautica

The Rolls-Royce Phantom Nautica looks to the sea

Rolls-Royce Phantom Nautica

After Limelight and Serentity, unveiled earlier in 2015, Rolls-Royce will present a new version of its Phantom, the Nautica.

Inspired by the graceful lines of a yacht, it was designed and created by the brand’s Bespoke branch, onsite in its Goodwood workshop in England.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Nautica interior

The Rolls-Royce Nautica, a one-off model for now, is a two-tone Orchid White and Arabian Blue car that reflects the colors of the ocean.

Yacht references are aplenty, starting with the materials used for the Nautica’s interior, including a Tudor oak veneer along with boxwood inlays.

Rolls Phantom Nautica

On the passenger panel resides another anchor motif inlayed in the marquetry while the seats have been wrapped in Forest Fall leather with Navy Blue piping complemented by Tudor oak door capping.

Phantom Nautica interior

The whole is complemented by a compass specifically designed for this one-off Phantom that sits in the drawer on the central dashboard.

Phantom Nautica compass

Bespoke hasn’t disclosed who ordered the one-off Nautica Edition and how much of a premium it carried over a stock Phantom.

Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes 2014

Cannes Yachting Festival: 2014 guide

Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes 2014

Once again this year, the world’s latest and most exceptional seafaring vessels will be on display at the Cannes Yachting Festival, which takes place from September 9 to 14 in the French port city.

For luxury boating enthusiasts, it’s an event not to be missed. Here’s why.

World premieres galore

At the festival, visitors will get an up-close look at ships that have never before been presented to the public.

Among the 150 new models set to make their debut are the Benetti Tradition Supreme 108 (a hybrid diesel-electric model), the 58 HT Chaseboat by Otam (the brand celebrates its 60th anniversary this year), the Riva Mythos 133, the Lagoon 630 Motor Yacht (the first motor yacht from the French manufacturer), and the Beneteau Oceanis 60.

550 new boats on display

The Yachting Festival, which marks the start of the fall boat show season, gives boat lovers a chance to see some 550 brand new models and around 50 used ones, all of which will of course be available for test driving and for purchase.

Between sailboats and motorboats, mono-hulls and multi-hulls, there will be something for all tastes and (almost) all budgets.

New this year: a Shopping Village

Yachting enthusiasts are known for their appreciation of all things high-end. So it is fitting that the Palais des Festivals is also hosting a Shopping Village this year to showcase the collections of several luxury brands not necessarily specialized in nautical gear and attire.

The Cannes Yachting Festival takes place from September 9 to 14 at the Vieux Port and Port Pierre Canto in the French city.

More information: www.cannesyachtingfestival.com