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Royal Huisman Marks Milestone with Hull Turning of World's Largest Sloop, Project 410
Royal Huisman, celebrating its 140th anniversary, has reached a significant milestone with the hull turning of Project 410, the world's largest sloop. This 85-meter marvel, also known as the "85m New World Sloop," represents the pinnacle of modern yacht design and engineering.Project 410, cloaked in secrecy, is a collaborative effort involving the yacht owner, Frers Design for the overall concept and naval architecture, and Wetzels Brown for the interior design. The engineering is handled by Royal Huisman's in-house team alongside expert co-makers. The project was initially unveiled at the St. Barths Bucket Regatta in 2022, but details have been sparse since then.The aluminum hull, constructed at Royal Huisman's expanded Hall 2 in Vollenhove, showcases the shipyard's commitment to pushing boundaries in superyacht construction. This latest milestone sees the main 61-meter section of the hull turned upright, a critical step in the vessel's development.The hull turning is a testament to Royal Huisman's engineering prowess and marks a pivotal point in the creation of the world's largest single-mast yacht. CEO Jan Timmerman highlighted the significance of this event, noting, "Four of the world's ten largest sailing yachts are either built by or under construction at Royal Huisman. This includes Athena, Sea Eagle, Project 410, and another large sailing yacht currently underway. These projects exemplify the advantages of large sailing yachts, such as the thrill of hoisting sails and cutting through waves, combined with advanced technologies for comfort and efficiency."Timmerman also emphasized the green credentials of these yachts, noting their ability to utilize wind propulsion and operate in an energy-neutral mode, a feature that allows for silent anchoring and efficient power generation. This approach continues Royal Huisman's legacy of innovation, initiated nearly two decades ago with the world’s first hybrid superyacht.The hull turning of Project 410 involved a meticulously planned maneuver using four cranes to lift and rotate the 200-foot aluminum structure over a canal adjacent to the shipyard. Once turned, the hull was placed on a cradle and moved back into the construction hall for further outfitting.With this phase complete, the focus now shifts to the installation of onboard systems and the completion of the bow section, which is being constructed separately. Concurrently, Rondal, a sister company, is progressing on the carbon boom, mast, and integrated sailing system.The completion of the hull turning marks a significant step forward in the journey of Project 410. As the yacht continues to take shape, it embodies the shipyard’s ethos of combining tradition with cutting-edge technology and sustainability. The Royal Huisman team, along with their partners, will continue to work towards delivering a yacht that is not only the largest of its kind but also a symbol of personal freedom and innovation.Royal Huisman is a Dutch shipyard established in 1884 in Ronduite, building and refitting custom luxury sailing and motor yachts at its shipyard in Vollenhove, the Netherlands.Credits: Royal Huisman
Helsinki Prepares for the Second Edition of the Roschier Baltic Sea Race
The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) is set to launch the second edition of the biennial 630-nautical-mile Roschier Baltic Sea Race on July 27, 2024. This prominent event, organized in collaboration with the Offshore Racing Alliance (ORA), features a diverse array of classes, including IRC, Multihulls under MOCRA, IRC Two-Handed, Class40s, and One Design Classes.Photo by Pepe KorteniemiRace Schedule:Wednesday, 24th July: Arrival of yachts in HelsinkiThursday, 25th July: 1900 - Helsinki Mayoral Reception (Banquet Hall, City Hall)Friday, 26th July: 1800 - Skippers Briefing (Roschier)Saturday, 27th July: Start of the Roschier Baltic Sea RaceFriday, 2nd August: 1800 - Prizegiving (Sipuli Talvipuutarha)Despite being in the midst of a solo circumnavigation challenge in the Southern Atlantic, ORA Commodore Ari Kansakoski extended a heartfelt invitation to the race, emphasizing the spirit and camaraderie that the event embodies. "From my current position at sea, I am with you in spirit, eagerly anticipating the sight of our home port in Helsinki bustling with eager sailors from every corner of the world," he commented via satellite.RORC CEO Jeremy Wilton expressed enthusiasm for the upcoming race, highlighting the event’s appeal to both returning participants and new entrants. "After the successful launch of the first race, the RORC is delighted to welcome back boats from 2022 and encourages more teams from the Baltic Region and the rest of the world to experience this unique offshore race," Wilton stated. He assured that professional race management and a warm reception in Helsinki would ensure a memorable event for all participants.Photo by Pepe KorteniemiSakari Kalske, one of the key organizers in Helsinki, also shared his excitement about the race. "I am thrilled and delighted to extend a warm welcome to sailors from around the globe. This race promises a journey full of tactical challenges and exhilarating competition," he said. Drawing from the first edition's success, Kalske emphasized the race's role in enriching Finland’s maritime tradition and expressed eagerness to celebrate the spirit of racing with international participants.Photo by Pepe KorteniemiThe Roschier Baltic Sea Race is a testament to the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s commitment to promoting global yacht racing. The nearly 24-hour daylight in the Baltic during summer adds a distinctive element to the race, challenging sailors with continuous light conditions. The event aims to attract a broad spectrum of participants, from seasoned offshore racers to enthusiastic newcomers.The race route, starting and finishing in Helsinki, is designed to test the skills and endurance of the crews, navigating through the picturesque yet demanding Baltic Sea. The event not only promises intense competition but also fosters international camaraderie and celebrates maritime heritage.Photo by Barry Pickthall PPLThe second edition of the Roschier Baltic Sea Race is poised to be a significant event in the 2024 sailing calendar. With meticulous planning, professional race management, and a welcoming atmosphere, the race aims to offer an exceptional experience for all involved. Credits: RORC
A Closer Look at New Custom Line Navetta 38
The recently launched Custom Line Navetta 38 (hull 001) introduces a new level of sophistication and design within the brand’s Navetta line. This custom-made yacht, measuring 38.76 meters in length and boasting a beam of 8.00 meters, reflects the pinnacle of Italian style and innovative engineering.Developed through collaboration between the Strategic Product Committee led by Piero Ferrari and the Ferretti Group Engineering Department, the Navetta 38 embodies Custom Line's commitment to quality, spaciousness, and comfort. The yacht features exterior styling by architect Filippo Salvetti and interior design by ACPV ARCHITECTS Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, blending timeless elegance with modern functionality.The Navetta 38 showcases a classic yet contemporary exterior design with clean, harmonious lines that blend seafaring tradition with refined luxury. The yacht’s exterior, characterized by simple and sculptural surfaces, emphasizes understated elegance and a strong visual presence.The interior design is equally impressive, with a focus on maximizing space and ensuring a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor areas. The yacht spans three decks, offering nearly 465 square meters of surface area. It accommodates 12 guests in five cabins, including a master suite on the main deck and four guest cabins on the lower deck, each designed for comfort and privacy.The interiors are bathed in natural light, thanks to extensive use of glass, particularly in the main salon and upper deck salon, where floor-to-ceiling windows create an airy, light-filled environment. The design employs a palette of neutral colors such as beige and ivory, complemented by natural materials like teak, oak, and leather.A standout feature is the three-dimensional oak ceiling with a ribbed structure, adding a touch of sophisticated originality. This design element harmonizes with oak or teak floors and contrasting inserts, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.The main deck integrates interior and exterior spaces seamlessly. The beach club and cockpit, covering over 70 square meters, are designed for versatility and functionality. The cockpit opens towards the beach club, featuring modular, freestanding furniture and all-glass parapets for unobstructed sea views.The 42-square-meter saloon on the main deck, designed by Antonio Citterio, offers a timelessly elegant setting with custom-made furniture. The dining area can seat up to twelve guests, with a focus on fluidity and natural light.The lower deck houses four guest cabins, each with private bathrooms, designed with natural materials and neutral tones. The crew quarters in the bow accommodate six staff members in three double cabins with bathrooms. The main garage aft can store a 5.65-meter Williams diesel jet tender and other water toys.The upper deck, measuring over 90 square meters, features a spacious outdoor lounge and a panoramic indoor salon. The sky lounge offers unobstructed views and natural light, with furniture designed by B&B Italia Maxalto. Forward, the sunset lounge provides a private space for relaxation with custom-designed seating and a solarium.The 65-square-meter sundeck is divided into four areas, including a teak-clad hot tub, lounge, and barbecue area, all offering 360-degree views.Powered by two MAN 1,400 hp units, the Navetta 38 reaches a top speed of 15 knots and has a range of about 2,800 nautical miles at an economical cruising speed of 10 knots. The yacht is SCR-ready, reducing NOx emissions by 70% and aligning with Ferretti Group’s environmental focus.Advanced technology includes Fratelli Canalicchio stern mechanical movement systems, Naiad stabilizer fins, Seakeeper systems for stability, and a sophisticated audio-video system by Bang & Olufsen. The helm station features advanced ergonomic design and integrated navigation systems, ensuring optimal performance and control.The Ferretti Group, led by Chief Executive Officer Alberto Galassi, is now one of the world’s leaders in the construction and sale of luxury yachts and pleasure vessels, with a unique portfolio of brands: Ferretti Yachts, Riva, Pershing, Itama, Mochi Craft, CRN, Custom Line and Wally.Credit: Ferretti Group
Lomac to Debut GranTurismo 12.0 at Cannes Yachting Festival 2024
Lomac Milano is set to unveil the revamped GranTurismo 12.0 at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2024. This world premiere marks a significant evolution of the renowned 12-meter model while maintaining the distinctive aesthetic of the Lomac brand.Scheduled for September, the Cannes Yachting Festival is a key event where major new yacht models are presented to an international audience. This year, Lomac will showcase the new GranTurismo 12.0, a redesign by Milanese designer Federico Fiorentino. The updated model features restyled lines and optimized water performance.Key updates to the GranTurismo 12.0 include a more robust and streamlined helm console, split driver’s seats for enhanced comfort and safety, and a refined bow seat integrated into the new console. Additionally, new cushions with exclusive patterns and contrasting edges contribute to the yacht's sophisticated appearance.The redesigned GranTurismo 12.0 enhances onboard comfort with a convertible bow sundeck and an aft area featuring a large foldaway table and C-shaped seating for six to eight people. The model also includes two large sundecks and a central walkway. The new T-Top made of fiberglass and composite materials, along with steel side and handrail grilles, reflect the range’s design features.Lomac’s in-house Technical Department developed the engineering of the GranTurismo 12.0, adhering to the #hullsupremacy philosophy. This approach aims to create highly efficient hulls that offer lower fuel consumption at similar speeds and weights compared to competitors, as well as higher speeds for the same fuel consumption.Powered by three Mercury V8 300HP engines, the GranTurismo 12.0 can exceed speeds of 50 knots, ensuring safety and control in various weather conditions.The new Lomac GranTurismo 12.0 will be showcased at the Cannes Yachting Festival from September 10th to 15th, 2024, and will be available for sea trials by appointment.Lomac was founded in the early 1960s in Milan. Today it is led by Paolo and Fabrizio Lo Manto, the third generation of the family, and offers a production that includes seven different series for 58 models, the result of the union of the highest technologies with careful craftsmanship. Lomac also produces and markets a wide range of original accessories to better customize your boat, and maintenance products created specifically for its models.Credits: Lomac
First Unit of the B.Now 67 Family Launched by Benetti
Benetti celebrated the launch of M/Y Iryna, a 66-meter custom yacht, at its Livorno shipyard on July 19th. This event marks the debut of the B.Now 67 family. The ceremony was attended by the owner and his family, emphasizing the ongoing relationship between the client and the shipyard.The B.Now 67 family represents Benetti's latest range, combining advanced design and construction techniques. The owner’s decision to continue with Benetti underscores his confidence in the shipyard’s ability to deliver high-quality yachts.Daniela Petrozzi, Benetti’s Sales Director, expressed gratitude for the owner's trust and praised the design team for their contributions. “We’re excited to announce the launch of the first yacht in the prestigious B.Now 67 collection. This event marks an extraordinary milestone for our shipyard and our esteemed owner, to whom we are deeply grateful,” Petrozzi stated.RWD, the UK design firm responsible for the exterior styling, highlighted the yacht's elegant and dynamic design. Mark Gardmer, Head of Exterior Design at RWD, noted the yacht’s graceful lines and Italian flair, which together define the B.Now series.Arcon Yachts, representing the owner, highlighted the successful collaboration between their team and Benetti. "We are proud to have successfully completed another purchase for our repeat client, working closely with Benetti to build Iryna to the highest standards," said a spokesperson from Arcon Yachts.The yacht’s exterior features the innovative Oasis Deck® concept, designed to enhance the aft cockpit with a built-in pool and a 270-degree field of view, transforming the space into a social hub. The hull and superstructure are finished in three shades of grey, complemented by extensive curved glazing that covers up to 70% of the vertical surfaces.Benetti’s Interior Design Department, led by Mariarosa Remedi, crafted the interiors with a focus on bespoke details. The owner’s preference for Visionnaire furniture is evident throughout the design. The interiors are finished with untreated leather, curly maple wood, macassar ebony, and marble-effect ceramic tiling, chosen for its ecological properties.Iryna’s six decks include a main saloon, a full-beam owner’s suite, two VIP cabins, and four guest cabins. The yacht also features wellness areas such as a sauna in the beach club and a gym on the main deck. With a steel hull and expansive outdoor and indoor spaces, Iryna is designed to accommodate up to 15 guests.Benetti aims to deliver Iryna to her owner by the end of summer, completing the project in under three years from the initial design concept.Founded in 1873, Benetti is the oldest Italian shipyard specializing in luxury yachts. Benetti designs, builds and sells composite vessels from 29 to 44m and steel and aluminum boats from 37 to over 100m. The fleet consists of five categories: Class, Oasis, B.Yond, B.Now and Custom to meet all the needs of the market. Benetti belongs to the Azimut|Benetti Group, the largest privately owned luxury yachting group in the world.Credits: Benetti