The 12th edition of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) with title sponsor Loro Piana, is scheduled to take place in Porto Cervo from the 3rd to the 8th of June, 2019 and is set to be more competitive than ever with 24 superyachts already pre-enrolled. Owners who wish to join the fleet, including simply for the Rendez-vous aspect without competing, have to register until the 2nd of May.
The 2019 edition of the Regatta will feature two important novelties: an extended duration, with an extra day to hold a cancelled racing if that happens, and the fact that multihulls of over 50 feet can now participate. With three multihulls already enrolled, Ad Maiora, Dragon and R-Six, they will race in their own category alongside any other multihull vessels that may register.
The largest yacht enrolled so far is Q, built by Alloy Yachts to a design by Ed Dubois and measuring 51.7 metres. Just two metres behind her, a 49.8-metre Perini Navi Silencio, returns to the Costa Smeralda after winning in its class at the Perini Navi Cup in 2018. Another returning winner is the 39.6-metre Baltic 130' My Song, owned by YCCS member Pier Luigi Loro Piana which won the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta last year and was recently declared Boat of the Year at the Italian Sailling Federation's Sailor of the Year awards.
The Southern Wind Rendezvous and Trophy returns to Porto Cervo for its 14th edition with a fleet of 10 boats currently pre-enrolled. Kiboko Tres will be making her debut in June. The yacht represents the second unit of the new 32-metre model, launched in October 2018 and now in the Mediterranean after completing the transatlantic journey from Cape Town where she was built.
The SW-RP90 All Smoke, designed by Reichel/Pugh and Nauta Design, will also make its regatta debut. The current holder of the trophy, the SW102 Seawave will fight to retain the title, while the SW82 Grande Orazio owned by YCCS member Massimiliano Florio, will compete on a level playing field with her sister ship Ammonite, returning from the Southeast Asia for the occasion.
A new trophy will be presented by the YCCS Commodore Riccardo Bonadeo and Pier Luigi Loro Piana personally, and will be dedicated to the memory of the engineer Willy Persico, a YCCS member and the father of all Southern Wind yachts.
Among the regular competitors in Porto Cervo will be the Wallycento Magic Carpet 3 owned by Sir Lindsay Owen Jones, the Wally 106' Open Season owned by Thomas Bscher and the Wally 94' Magic Blue owned by Antonio Cacace. All of the aforementioned are owned by YCCS members, and members Paola and Salvatore Trifirò, owners of the multi award winning Ribelle, an innovative design by Malcom McKeon, are also ready to do battle at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta.
It is worth mentioning that the event is not only about racing however; once back on dry land owners and their crews will enjoy, as always, a rich social programme.
Photos via YCCS.
It is impossible not to notice this eye-catching matte black 33.5-metre Mangusta 108 motor yacht Neoprene (ex: Naisca V), which has been recently sold. Dimitris Kyriazakos from Ekka Yachts was representing the buyer and Ed Dickinson and David Seal from Northrop & Johnson were representing the seller in the deal.Neoprene was built by Overmarine in Italy at their Viareggio shipyard in 2002. With a beam of 7.1 m and a draft of 1.2 m, she is powered by two MTU 12V 4000 M90 diesel engines, enabling her a maximum speed of 32 knots and a cruising speed of 25 knots. She features an exterior design by Italian studio Stefano Righini Design, with naval architecture by Andrea Bacigalupo and Overmarine. Her light-warm and neutral timeless interior design was created by Barth Italy, which was renewed from the last refit in 2017, thanks to Monaco Marine.The motor yacht can accommodate up to 10 guests across four staterooms, comprising a master suite with king-sized bed and walk-in wardrobe, VIP stateroom with a double bed, another double bed stateroom and a quadruple stateroom with four bunk beds. A crew of 5 members will take care of guests.There are sun-pads located on the foredeck shaded by an optional canopy with an outdoor dining space aft.
August 5, 2020
Let’s take a look inside the new 31.1-metre explorer yacht Archipelago, which is the fifth Darwin 102 to come from the Italian superyacht manufacturer Cantiere delle Marche.The boat has a steel hull and aluminium superstructure built to RINA Class standards. Her naval architecture and exterior styling comes from Hydro Tec.Francesco Guida is responsible for her interior design with a sea theme of white, blue and green. Archipelago offers accommodation for 10 guests across five en-suite cabins, including a large owner's suite on the main deck, 1 VIP stateroom, 2 double cabins and 1 twin cabin. The crew of 6 will provide luxury comfort for of guests. Vasco Buonpensiere, co-founder and Sales and Marketing Director of CdM, commented:We are very proud of launching the fifth Darwin Class 102' confirming that there is no other more successful explorer vessel’s model between 90 and 110 feet in the whole market.There is a large open-plan living room with dining area on the main deck. The upper deck has the storage for the yacht's Williams Dieseljet D565 tender and wheelhouse. Also here you can find the helm controls forward with the Captain's cabin immediately behind, followed by the cozy skylounge, which is ideal for close conversation.Archipelago is powered with twin Caterpillar Inc C18 Acert engines delivering 500kW each, which helps her to reach a top speed of 13 knots and a cruising speed of 11.5 knots. The yacht has an extensive cruising range of 4,700 nautical miles at 9.5 knots.
August 4, 2020
Grace is a 52.3 m luxury motor yacht. She was built as a Limited Edition 171 model by Amels and delivered in 2009. With Imperial Yachts representing the seller and Edmiston introducing the buyer, Grace has been recently sold. With a beam of 9.5 m and a draft of 3.3 m, she has a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. This adds up to a gross tonnage of 649 tons. She is powered by MTU engines of 1427 hp each giving her a maximum speed of 15.5 knots and a cruising speed of 13 knots. Grace's maximum range is estimated at 4500 nautical miles. The motor yacht can accommodate 12 guests in 6 cabins with an interior design by Nuvolari Lenard and an exterior design by Tim Heywood.Tim Heywood described:The larger the boat is, the easier it is to make it elegant. But then, I like the challenge of trying to apply the design formulas I’ve created to smaller boats. The Amels 171 as it was originally, now the 180, that to me features a lot of the details and design elements that I’ve created on the bigger boats.There are two jet skis, 6.5-metre tender, large swim platform, onboard crane, and the panoramic sundeck with its Jacuzzi and many other outstanding features.Greg Thomas, Imperial sales broker commented:Most of the Limited Editions superyachts have interiors by Laura Sessa, whereas Grace was created by Nuvolari Lenard Studio, so she has a special, unique touch and feel compared to other 171’s.The interior is decorated with leather, wenge wood, light white oak, Alcantara fabric and Capria leather. For the third third owner her last asking price was €23,000,000.
August 4, 2020
Turkish shipyard Sirena Yachts has sold its sixth 26.8m Sirena 88 flagship model, the largest in the Sirena range in less than one year from its debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival.The yacht has been recently sold to an American client. Constantinos Constantinou, Sirena’s Director of North American Sales said:The list of special requests and custom features that we’re implementing on this yacht is impressive, which reflects both our determination to meet our customers’ needs but also the flexibility of this particular model.There are upgraded MAN engines (1800 hp vs standard 1550 hp) and generators (40kW each vs standard 35kW). The hull has both zero-speed stabilisers and a Seakeeper gyro stabiliser. Commercial Director Ali Onger commented: The Sirena 88 is so popular because it offers the largest interior volume in its class. We’re talking about an 7.1-meter/23’2” beam; there is nothing else like that in this size bracket, without even mentioning its 25-knot maximum speed. And its range is impressive too: around 2,100 nautical miles at 9 knots. All these factors are serious advantages for our clients. Interior decoration is going to be different for each of the boats and they will reflect their respective owners’ needs. Its layout is also customizable, so long as the alterations do not interfere with technical aspects of the yacht.The vessel features naval architecture by German Frers and the interior design by Cor D. Rover. The model features 5-cabin layout with a master suite forward on the main deck and four guest suites below, however, usually there will be a second full-beam master suite on the lower deck. The flybridge layout has been re-created with a custom bar instead of the starboard side and features a unique seating and dining area.Constantinos Constantinou added:We're thrilled by the way the 88 has been received, which reflects the trend among owners seeking superyacht features in a more manageable size of yacht.The Sirena 88 offers the kind of volumes you would commonly find on a 100-footer or bigger. In actual fact, we are the only builders in this size range who can offer a twin-level master stateroom without sacrificing the 5-cabin layout. No one else has managed that and you really have to go up to 120+ feet to find anything similar. I see two main contributing factors to the Sirena 88’s success: firstly, the superb job done by our designers and engineers, evidenced by an Innovation award the 88 has received. The second success factor is our reputation and brand recognition. Sirena builds yachts of exceptional quality with impressive performance on the water with numerous innovations and unique features that are focused on safety and efficiency. This is being increasingly recognized by discerning yacht buyers and the yachting world alike.
August 3, 2020
Iman is a 59.3 m luxury motor yacht, built in Italy by Benetti and delivered in 2008. She has been just recently sold, with Nicholas Hidiroglou from Parsifal Yachting representing the buyer and Konstantin Kolpakov from Arcon Yachts representing the seller in the deal.With a beam of 10.4 m and a draft of 3.15 m, she has a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. This adds up to a gross tonnage of 996 tons. The vessel was built to comply to MCA and Lloyds Register standards.She is powered by MTU engines giving her a maximum speed of 16 knots and a cruising speed of 15 knots.Iman offers accommodation for 12 guests across 6 cabins, including a master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, 4 double cabins and 2 pullman beds. The superyacht features interior design, decorated with warm honey-coloured woods, such as rosewood, walnut, mahogany, teak, zebrawood, by the Italian Studio Massari and the exterior design by Stefano Natucci. The master suite looks more like a private apartment and the split-level suite includes a bedroom, witch features two separate bathrooms.The impressive main deck is styled with art deco features and offers for guests a huge entertaining and dining saloon.Iman, formerly I Dynasty, was sold in August 2017 for €29.5 million and came back onto the market in September 2018 with an asking price €26 million. In a while her asking price was reduced down to €23.5 million.
August 3, 2020