1. How Russian oligarchs shaped the yachting industry


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Following the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, some Russians were able to amass vast fortunes putting them amongst the richest men in the world. According to Forbes, Russia currently has 77 billionaires despite the country's current economic crisis. In the past two decades, these oligarchs have been instrumental to the development of the yachting industry, setting a new benchmark as to what could be considered to be a megayacht. Here are some of the most advanced and industry-leading yachts that were commissioned by Russian oligarchs over the past two decades.



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Pelorus is a luxury motor yacht, built by Lurssen in 2003 to a Tim Heywood exterior design and Terence Disdale interior style. Measuring 114.5m, the vessel was commissioned by a Saudi Arabian billionaire before Roman Abramovich bought it at launch. Pelorus' highlights include two swimming pools and the vast sea-level platform that is created by opening the transom, as well as two helicopter pads. Other features include a movie theatre, dance floor, gym, spa and Jacuzzi.




British yacht designer Andy Waugh presented the 45m concept named Revolution. As with the projects ExpeditionEpiphany and Nouveau, the new concept pushes the boundaries of yacht styling. According to the designer, "it should appeal to the kind of client who is bored by traditional yachts and wants to stand out in the crowd and make a bold statement".




Eddie Jordan, the former owner of the Jordan Grand Prix Formula 1 team and current Top Gear co-presenter, has put his 47m yacht, Blush up for sale. Represented by Camper and Nicholsons International, Blush's asking price has been set at £19,500,000.



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Heesen Yachts has shared the new images of recently delivered superyacht Amore Mio. Official photoshoot of the 45m vessel took place in Gozo and Comino, Malta. 



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The most innovative yacht from Feadship, 83.5m Savannah, has been spotted in the South of France. Launched in January 2015, she was built by the Dutch yard to a design of CG Design in collaboration with Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects. The superyacht hosts a nine-metre swimming pool, an underwater lounge at port side, where guests can watch fish swim past, and a cinema. Moreover, Savannah boasts an exceptionally high-end tender bay finished in teak with a hatch that doubles as a mooring platform. After docking, guests can walk inside the garage and take the stairs straight up to the main deck.




Dennis Ingemansson is a Swedish superyacht designer, who is behind the 50m concept Follow the Sun, made in collaboration with the Turkish shipyard NedShip Group.  The concept focuses on ecological solutions such as 160+ square meters solar cells area and hybrid solution with additional e-engines for propulsion during slow cruising.




Italian shipyard Overmarine is proud to announce the launch of 42m Mangusta Oceano. The yacht was presented at the launch ceremony on 4th June and was attended by her owner and the mayor of Pisa. Alberto Mancini designed the vessel and put an emphasis on creating an open experience with the glazed surfaces becoming a source of natural light. The yacht's key feature is a sunbathing area with a swimming pool hosting an infinity-style waterfall. 



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Recently delivered Feadship vessel, 66.25m Vanish, has been spotted in Antibes after being seen in London last month. Styled by Eidsgaard Design, she is another superyacht which the Dutch yard has made in collaboration with the London-based studio following such projects as Tango and Halo. One of her highlights includes the large free-standing staircase that is flanked by a glass wall in the full-height atrium. Vanish also boasts two touch and go helipads and an outdoor cinema.




When one thinks of sports and physical activity onboard a superyacht, one's mind typically jumps to watersports or gym-based workouts. However, as owners' expectations grow with regards to the amenities that they require, new sports have made their way onto the water.

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