>> ON BOARD WITH LENNY RECANATI, OWNER OF SAILING YACHT VIVID Cécile Gauert interviews Lenny Recanati, owner of Vivid, who has lived sailing life to the full p.06

>> YACHTING FESTIVAL CANNES 2017: World Debut Of The “Navetta 73” New Flagship Of The Absolute Range p.14

>> EXPLORING THE WILD SIDE OF SICILY ON A SUPERYACHT: Risa Meri shows us why western Sicily is the gateway to a more remote Mediterranean adventure p.24

>> ALEX THOMSON & THE HUGO BOSS RACING YACHT: Alex Thomson is once again competing in the Rolex Middle Sea Race p.33

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Cover Story

On board with Lenny Recanati, owner of sailing yacht Vivid

Cécile Gauert interviews Lenny Recanati, owner of Vivid, who has lived sailing life to the full


Development of Excellence

Joseph Meli talks about MMRTC Basic Safety Training


Yachting Festival Cannes 2017

World Debut of the “Navetta 73” New Flagship Of The Absolute Range


Riva 56 Rivale:

The latest addition to an Italian icon; the first new model

from Sarnico since the passing of Carlo Riva

Sailing Adventure & Regatta

18 Yachting Regatta

Prelude to the Rolex Middle Sea Race

24 Exploring the wild side of Sicily on a


Risa Meri shows us why western Sicily is the gateway

to a more remote Mediterranean adventure

Rolex Middle Sea Race

32 Alex Thomson & the HUGO BOSS

Racing Yacht at the Rolex Middle

Sea Race 2017

MAINSAIL covers the legendary Alex Thomson, who is

once again competing in the Rolex Middle Sea Race

38 Epic Adventure, Beautiful Scenery

A double page bill on why the Rolex Middle Sea Race

is often called the world’s most beautiful yacht race.

once again competing in the Rolex Middle Sea Race

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Mainsail Paparazzi

34 In Pictures: The Loro Piana

Superyacht Regatta 2017 parties

Golden Age Series

36 GOLDEN AGE: The inside story of

history’s first explorer yachtsmen

Caroline White criss-crosses history from amateur

ecologists to charismatic aristocrats and war tourists,

how the first explorer yachtsmen blazed a colourful

trail and the new generation trailing their wake

MAINSAIL covers the legendary Alex Thomson, who

is once again competing in the Rolex Middle Sea Race

Rowing & World Sailing

42 Sport for Life: Igor Boraska

An interview with legendary rowing champion Igor


46 World Sailing

World Sailing’s Sustainability Commission commence

the journey to a sustainable agenda 2030 World

Sailing, the world governing body of the sport

Quote of the Month

“We clear the harbor and the wind catches her sails

and my beautiful ship leans over ever so gracefully,

and her elegant bow cuts cleanly into the increasing

chop of the waves. I take a deep breath and my

chest expands and my heart starts thumping so

strongly I fear the others might see it beat through

the cloth of my jacket. I face the wind and my lips

peel back from my teeth in a grin of pure joy.”

L.A. Meyer, Under the Jolly Roger

Editor’s Note

For over two years now we have been Malta’s most

authoritative, trusted and comprehensive magazine

for the boat and yachting industry, reflecting the

lifestyles of the maritime business and communal

society, who read the magazine, attend our events and

engage us online.

MAINSAIL past issues are well-informed and

collectable. They are specially thought out, edited and

designed at our head office in Birkirkara and call on a

selected team of top class contributors, high profile

partners, yachting journalists and photographers.

Devoted to the lifestyle of those who love the sea,

boats, yachts, yachting and the life surrounding them,

each issue we try to include also features about Living,

Style, Watches, Jewellery, Design Heroes, Beauty,

Speed, Wine and Gadgets. News for all things superyacht related; boats, toys, events,

adventures, travels, journeys, racing, and authoritative, current market data.

Using our intimate contact with superyacht owners we take you inside their lives and

where they travel to. We are a reliable insider for the luxury super yacht owner. A highly

dedicated travel section written by the best travel writers, including news, itineraries,

history, culture, and endless insider secrets – from hidden beaches to mooring marinas.

We try to bring our readers and advertisers high profile interviews, with a dedicated

brokerage advertising section.

Through the exclusive reviews for which we are renowned, with at least two major

boat reports per month, we put the reader right on board the magnificent boats being

featured. We have established MAINSAIL as the indispensable guide for discerning,

affluent readers and advertisers in the boat and also luxury yachting market.

To compliment MAINSAIL, we are celebrating this first year, Malta’s International Boats &

Yachting Awards 2017, which is set to become the essential event for boats and yachting

owners, designers, naval architects, project managers, interior specialists, agents,

distributors, sailors, builders and captains.

This meeting of minds where boat and yacht owners share and compare concepts and

experiences, embraces designers from all over Malta and beyond, sharing stories and

expertise, inspires the boats and yachting trail blazers of tomorrow. Attended by the

glitterati of the boats and yachting landscape, owners and industry will come together

in November for Malta’s International Boats & Yachting Awards 2017, a truly magnificent

gala evening, to recognise the newest breed of achievers, entrepreneurs and role models

in B&Y. As the foremost prize giving in the industry (the “Oscars” of the B&Y), the Lifetime

Achievement Award is the most coveted trophy to be presented to the most prolific

individual achiever in the B&Y industry.

An independent panel of judges and respected industry professionals choose the best

recognis​ed achievements that have occurred in the last year within the Maltese and

International ​Marine Industries and Services. This unique award event was conceived

over three years ago and we are proud we are bringing it to fruition to reflect our

increased focus on design and the innovation that accompanies it, as well as highlight

features that makes boats, yachting and the people behind them successful and smart

from an operational and organisational perspective.

Occurring appropriately right after the Rolex Middles Sea Race, this event is honouring the

creative talents, leading brands, top products, leading yacht designs, Malta’s International

Boats & Yachting Awards 2017 represent the most glamorous awards in the Maltese B&Y


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Yard, La Valletta Club, Malta Maritime Authority, Malta International Airport, Manoel Island,

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Interview of the month

On board with Lenny Recanati,

owner of sailing yacht Vivid

by Cecile Gauert

Two circumnavigations and 130,000-plus miles over 12 years…

Lenny Recanati has lived sailing life to the full with his 27 metre

sailing superyacht Vivid. The globetrotting entrepreneur shares the

many highlights with Cécile Gauert.

“It’s about nature. It’s about the fact that you turn

off the engine and just sail with the waves and the

wind and nothing else. It is the fact that, by the force

of nature, the boat is moving, which is incredible.”

Lenny Recanati loves being at the wheel, adrenaline

pumping through his veins, forgetting whether it

is cold or hot and losing track of time. “Nothing

comes close to this,” he says.

He likes the intimacy of his boat, the closeness

it fosters with family and friends, and reaching

out of the way places. He enjoys being a goodwill

ambassador with his boat and crew, who help

children in faraway villages. He always takes a camera

and captures images of the scenery and animals but

also of colourful markets and ceremonies. He’s

fascinated with other cultures and doesn’t allow

differences in language to get in the way of good

conversation, be it in Papua New Guinea, where

he met a local chief, or on a tobacco farm in Cuba,

where, in 2008, he smoked the best cigar of his

life, rolled by the godfather of Cuban cigars, Don

Alejandro Robaina himself.

Lenny Recanati, owner of sailing yacht Vivid

Recanati has spent a decade exploring the world on board Vivid

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He’s done this for more than a decade, on and off,

aboard the one and only boat he’s ever owned. He

says that, apart from his children, his experiences on

board Vivid have been the highlight of the past 12

years of his life. Yet he is thinking of parting ways

with the boat, which is listed for sale, a prospect that

fills him with mixed emotions. Recanati invested

heavily in her upkeep, following a massive refit at

Jongert in 2011/12 with another one that included

new rigging in the summer of 2016.

He’s just flown to New York from his home in Tel

Aviv with his wife, Shira, and we’re meeting 35

floors above street level. The view is that of avenues

glowing red from the brake lights of cars stretching to

a horizon hidden by glass and concrete. There isn’t a

mast or a sail in sight. Yet it isn’t such an incongruous

location for a meeting to discuss Vivid and the trips

they’ve taken around the world. New York is where

he was born and he has family here. He returned

to earn a master’s degree in business administration

from Columbia University, after a boarding school

education in the UK and undergraduate studies

in economics in Israel, where he grew up and did

his military service. He then put his education and

experience in various industries to good use and

followed in his family’s entrepreneurial footsteps.

Interview of the month > 07

Interview of the month

Vivid snapped against the iconic

Manhattan skyline

Forderer is the third captain that Vivid has had. By

the time he set sail for Greenland 11 years ago, the

boat had already had a brush with a hurricane and

made a transatlantic crossing from Tenerife, under

a different captain’s command. There was very

little wind and Vivid was running on fumes when

they finally reached St Barths, the skipper having

mistakenly filled only one of the boat’s two diesel

tanks. “He kept thinking there was something

wrong with the gauge,” Recanati says, “then he

realised there was nothing wrong with it.” Recanati,

who had a chance to share the experience with one

of his sons, nevertheless cherishes the memory.

It was also with one of his sons that he took a

skipper’s course. The experience rekindled his

childhood fondness for sailing. He had loved outings

with his father, who occasionally took a break from

the shipping business to sail on a friend’s boat. They

sailed for hours and then would go into town for

lunch, the son trying his hand at spearfishing from

the breakwater in the port of Haifa. But it wasn’t

until that course that the thought of owning a sailing

yacht entered Recanati’s mind. He looked at many

sailing yachts before Vivid. What he liked about this

boat, which was bigger than what he’d wanted at the

time, was how solid and well built she seemed.

“I am very particular and I look at small details. I

saw the craftsmanship was of very high quality and

I liked the deckhouse,” he says. “Looking back now,

12 years later, that deckhouse was the best thing

because it allows going to unlimited places, cold or

hot, and enjoying them.”

He knows that well as Vivid has sailed from

Indonesia and the Marquesas to the iceberg-laden

waters around Greenland, the Svalbard archipelago

and Antarctica. She’s done more miles than many

so-called explorer vessels and without the benefit of

special certification for extreme cold.

“Vivid is not an ice class boat or a racing boat, but

it has everything: it’s a good performance boat and

a very safe boat. We have been very careful and we

know how to navigate through ice.” He adds that

hiring experienced crew is a must and “a bit of luck

never hurts”.

Luck almost ran out on two occasions, once in

Thailand when a malfunctioning thruster and strong

winds and currents combined to steer the boat to

within a few feet of big rocks, and another time in

Drake Passage, which proved true to its reputation as

one of the world’s most treacherous bodies of water.

For the Antarctica trip, Forderer had tapped friend

and fellow sailor Ashley Perrin, who has since

founded Antarctic Ice Pilot. As it happens Perrin

was also on board for the trip to Newfoundland and

estimates she’s sailed about 1,000 nautical miles with


“Just as we passed Cape Horn, we were hit with 10

metre waves and 50 knot wind gusts. It was pretty

crazy,” Recanati says. “The guy driving the boat put

it in autopilot. The boat swung 180 degrees and the

mainsail ripped a bit. Ash and Tim took control and

steadied the boat. But the first half hour was very


Down below at some point, searching for something

in his cabin, Recanati was thrown twice and hit the

port window. When he put his hand to his forehead,

he realised it was covered in blood. “Mr Recanati, I

have to stitch you,” he recalls Perrin telling him, to

which he replied “Oh no you won’t”. In the end, she

treated the wound with biological glue.

Even so, that ranks among his favourite trips.

“The nature is overwhelming, everything is so big.

It’s something I’ll never forget.” Also among his

favourites are Raja Ampat, the Marquesas, Papua

New Guinea, Komodo and Svalbard. And Recanati

has other destinations on his to-do list – the

Northwest Passage, the Sea of Cortez and the west

coast of Australia among them.

He says he’ll take a break after Vivid is sold. His

grandchildren are babies, so it’s a good time for his

children to take a break from sailing also, and he

and his wife want to focus on other projects. But he

admits there will probably be another boat someday,

something a little bigger for more crew and guest

spaces. He knows for sure that it will be a sailboat

and look a bit like Vivid. “I love this boat,” he says. MS

Images: Getty Images; Alamy; 4Corners

Creditline: Boat International Newsdesk

Design Arrangements/Editing: Martin Vella

Recanati loves sharing his sailing

adventures with his family

The sailing yacht Vivid

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Yacht Charter

Sicily Yacht Charter


Marina di Ragusa

Chartering a yacht from Malta to visit the neighbouring island

of Sicily is an ideal way to holiday this summer. With the island

covering a vast landscape and seascape ranging from volcanic

mountains to lush green vineyards and crystal clear beaches,

your yachting itinerary around Sicily can be as varied as you want

it to be.

Here are a few suggestions of tried-and-tested Sicilian

experiences you might wish to take on board to ensure you

sample the best of the Mediterranean dolce vita, courtesy of

Azure Ultra.

Take a bike ride along the coast of Marina di Ragusa. Designated cycle lanes and

several bike rental shops make it safe and easy to discover this southern maritime

city on wheels.

The lungomare mediterraneo is yours to explore once outside the yacht marina,

with plenty of opportunities for ice cream stops along the beachfront. The Blue

Flag sandy beach by the marina offers clean waters for a refreshing swim, while

Piazza Duca degli Abruzzi – Marina di Ragusa’s main square – is laden with

cafeterias and restaurants with a view.


The quirky, quaint town of Marzamemi lies nestled on a stretch of coast between

Syracuse and Marina di Ragusa, with its azure waters featured among Europe’s

Top 10 Beaches.

Further inland from the marina is the laid-back and colourful town centre,

its whitewashed lanes dotted with quaint boutique fashion shops. Spend an

evening in the main piazza, which comes alive with live music entertainment

and al fresco dining. During the day you can hire a bike or scooter to explore

the surroundings, or alternatively you could embark on water sport adventures,

directly bookable from the beach.

Marzamemi’s speciality is homemade granita, which comes in a variety of

flavours. And if that weren’t tempting enough, the town also celebrates its sweettoothed

tradition with all-you-can-eat ice cream Fridays for €5.




The largest city of the ancient world, historical Syracuse hails from the 8th

century BC. Playing testimony to its ancient origins is the Doric Temple of

Apollo, reputed to be the oldest Greek temple on the island as well as the world’s

second oldest.

Inside the Syracusan quarter of Ortigia a short walk up, the historic gastronomic

market takes place every morning from Monday to Saturday. Here you can taste

all kinds of local delicacies, which include daily-baked bread, infused olive oils,

tomato paste, cured meats, cheeses and freshly squeezed blood-red oranges.

These savoury bites will surely whet your appetite, and before you know it, it’s

time to indulge in a cannolo – a true Sicilian delight.

Porto dell’Etna in Marina di Riposto lies further north at the foot of the Etna

mountain. This convenient berthing base makes for effortless exploration of the

island further inland.

Set off on a private excursion inclusive of personal chauffeur, where you can

sample premium Sicilian wines in vineyard surroundings, immerse yourself in

nature at Catania’s Botanical Gardens, take in the coast-and-mountain views

from charming Taormina, and witness the scenic Gorges of Alcantara on your


Renowned for its association with the cult film classic The Godfather, the

medieval hillside village of Savoca is only an hour’s drive from Riposto. Of

particular interest here is the legendary Bar Vitelli, the celebrated filming location

where you can order the tastiest granita ca ‘zzuccarata (granita with sesame seed

biscotto for dipping into) – best enjoyed out on the panoramic patio where the

monument to Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola stands proud.

For an additional touch of the sinister, visit the collection of 32 mummified

17th-18th century monks and dignitaries, housed inside Savoca’s Capuchin

Monastery further uphill.

Malta-based charter specialist Azure Ultra can create the perfect Sicily itinerary

tailored around your idea of a dream holiday in the Mediterranean. To make it

happen, get in touch with their experienced team on MS

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MMRTC Basic Safety Training


It is exciting times for the Malta Maritime

Industry as can be witnessed from

the continuous growth the sector is

experiencing. Our ports and harbours

have established themselves as a

very busy maritime hub. We have a

maritime flag which is the sixth largest

worldwide and the largest in Europe and

the Yachting and Superyacht sector is

showing concrete signs of growth.

by Joseph Meli

However, it seems that there is general consensus amongst the many stakeholders

that there is a significant shortcoming in qualified and skilled employees. To

ensure the survival and further development of Malta’s maritime sector, there

needs to be real and tangible investment in Maritime Education and Training.

This is where MMRTC – the Mediterranean Maritime Research and Training

Centre Society Cooperative, comes into the picture.

Having been established since 2010 as a DNV-GL Certified Centre, MMRTC

has a history of significant investment through the installation of two Full Bridge

Marin Simulators, servicing the training requirements of the Malta Maritime

Pilots. However, MMRTC is evolving further and committing its energy into

enhancing the maritime education and training available in Malta through a

substantial investment exceeding €2,000,000 which includes the construction

of a Maritime Training Institute, enhanced accreditation to offer MQF level

certificates and a more comprehensive programme of training and studies.

Construction of the new Maritime Training Institute is scheduled to start later on

this year and the new facility is expected to open its doors early 2019. Currently

MMRTC, which is a recognised and approved maritime training centre as per

Transport Malta requirements, offers its services to seafarers and shore based

personnel through the provision of over 25 different courses including STCW

certifications, Ship Handling, Commercial Vessel Regulation certifications and

bespoke training. However getting accredited with the National Commission for

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MMRTC Basic Safety Training > 13

MotorBoat Focus


World Debut of the “Navetta 73”

New Flagship Of The Absolute Range

During the recent

Cannes Boat

Show, Absolute

launched the new

“Navetta 73”, at

its world launch.

Thanks to her

22,30 meters in

length, she is the

new flagship of the

Absolute range.

“Engineering of beauty” is the advertising claim chosen by Absolute to represent

“Navetta 73”. The new flagship revolutionizes the actual idea of motor yacht,

offering functionalities, spaces and technologies which until yesterday were

realized only on considerably bigger yachts.

The Absolute Research and Development Lab. has in fact produced a design

showing innovative surfaces, immediately perceivable in the main deck and

underdeck. “Navetta 73” is a unique yacht in her range, which amazes without

getting away from the features of the Navetta family, here enhanced through the

bigger dimensions.

The corners offered by the hull outline at bow weaken the high walls and the

majestic decks: the dark windows find their place in the top-side, in harmony

with the ones of the aft area and with the round portholes. As a result, a balanced

arrangement skilfully lightens the impressive dimensions of this motor yacht,

creating also some amazing trick of the reflected light.

The dimensions of the Fly astonish: thanks to her 55 meters floor area, “Navetta

73” offers a limitless area that could be furnished according to the different

decorative solutions offered by the shipyard. The outside helm station finds its

place at flybridge bow: the backstairs that connects it to the internal helm station

creates a reserved and practical area for the crew. An elegant wet-bar is placed in

face of a dining area composed by a table, dining chairs and one of the sofas that

characterize the style, the elegance and the functionality of this Fly. The openable

Hard Top and a wide aft sunbathing area give this deck a unique usability.

Also the interiors are one of the strengths of this yacht, which implements the

values considered by Absolute as guidelines for its own products: comfort,

beauty, innovation and safety, in a word “full quality”.

One of the living’s main characteristics is the impressive windows’ vertical size.

The sight extends beyond the salon without obstacles, also thanks to the glass

access door to the cockpit. The four guests’ cabins are finely furnished with

natural elements like wood, crystal, leather and the precious Calacatta marble.

The utmost attention to the details and the interior finishing arise from some

valuable particulars, such as the bathrooms knobs made of Murano glass.

The Master Cabin is at bow, on a sort of halfway deck which creates a separate

and private area. This owner suite offers a unique sea-landscape and at the same

time it amazes thanks to the sophistication, dimensions and care of the finishing.

A wide double cabin and two Vip Cabins – one of which could be considered

as a second owner’s cabin – allow eight guests to live in elegance and the highest


The style of the interior mixes sophistication and sobriety with a decisive nature,

typical of the Absolute products.

If the whole yacht shows innovation, the engine is not an exception, since

“Navetta 73” is one of the first yacht in the world – the first one launched at

Yachting Festival Cannes – equipped with the new Volvo Penta 1000 hp D13-

IPS1350. The system grants silent movements and control of the consumption,

minimizing the environmental impact. The famous maneuverability skills are

enhanced in this motor yacht that flanks the helm stations with two further

outdoor helm stations: all four have the joystick.

Four thousand liters of fuel and a thousand liters of waters will finally ensure

long and peaceful journeys marked by the Absolute Global Project, a unique

and distinctive style characterizing the products of Mr. Sergio Maggi and Mr.

Marcello Bè, able to give a global navigation experience, that Absolute spreads in

every corner of the world. MS

Agents: Boatcare Trading Ltd.

Portomaso Marina, St. Julians STJ 4011, Malta

Tel: +356 21388050 Fax: +356 21389655;

Credit: Absolut Yachts

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Travel Destinations

Autumn sun:


by Elizabeth Finney

The small island of Gozo sits to the northwest of mainland Malta and is peppered

with sleepy villages that are punctuated with an astonishing array of historical

structures, from ancient temples to 17th century fortifications. Cocooned in

golden rock and sand beaches, visitors can swim and sunbathe, visit the beautiful

salt plans or partake in numerous adventure activities. Energetic pursuits aside,

Gozo also offers great food and wine in quirky restaurants, both around the marina

or tucked away in winding stone alleyways, making it a must-visit spot for

those exploring Malta by superyacht.

Average temperature: 21°C in October with highs of 24°C, 17°C in November

with highs of 20°C.

Gozo is well-known for its must-do scuba dive sites. There is a choice of 10

plane and shipwrecks to explore, as well as a network of winding caves and reefs

littered with colourful corals, sponges and fish. Additionally, visitors can still see

the Azure Window sea arch, which crumbled into the sea in March due to tumultuous

storms, as the fallen rocks have been reborn as a beautiful diving spot.

Non-divers can opt for rock climbing and abseiling adventures, sea kayaking

tours around the rocky coastlines or cycling excursions into the countryside.

Where to eat, drink and be merry: Victoria is 15 minutes away from the marina

by car and boasts a plethora of trendy high-end eateries, most of which are

tucked away in the smaller stone-walled streets. Don’t miss a trip to Maldonado

Bistro, which embues a rustic wine-cellar vibe and offers a menu featuring delicious

Gozitan octopus and homemade burrata starters. For the main, go for the

rabbit spaghetti with white wine, peas and garlic or the roasted rockfish with

apple slaw. Stay for cocktails and try the surprisingly good signature Maldonado,

a concoction of darm rum, cola, lemon, ice and red wine.

Closer to the marina, a popular option – and for good reason – is Tmun Mgarr,

where you will find fresh and locally sourced seafood alongside fine wines and

some meat dishes. Try the fresh Gozo asparagus and poached egg with rosti potatoes

followed by pan fried monkfish and a crisp glass of white wine.

Aerial view over the Citadella in Victoria city on Gozo island, Malta.

Picture courtesy of / Miks Mihails Ignats.

Where to moor: Yachts up to 60 metres can moor in Mgarr Marina, a great stop

off for people cruising from Malta to Italy up the eastern coast, situated on the

south-eastern coast of the island, and there is an anchorage outside the marina

for larger superyachts.

What to do: Oenophiles should head to the Tal-Massar winery to enjoy a wine

tasting session and a tour of the vineyards. Founded by American Carmel Hili in

1934, it now produces six varieties of red, white and rose. Enjoy all six alongside

some Gozitan galletti (crackers) with homemade dips, bread with Gozitan olive

oil and sundried tomato and local sheep’s cheese.

Head into Victoria, the capital of Gozo Island, to visit to Citadella, a fortified

city that was originally built in 1,500 BC, though the current walls date back

to 1622. Seeing the rolling hills of Gozo from the lofty heights of these ancient

ramparts is an inevitable highlight of a trip to the island. Boasting snapshots from

several different eras, you should make time to visit the palatial cathedral, the old

prison and the World War II air-raid shelters. If that’s not enough history for

you, head to the extraordinary Ggantija Temples. Listed as a UNESCO World

Heritage Site, they date back more than 5,500 years and are some of the world’s

oldest religious manmade structures, second only to Göbekli Tepe.

If you’re yearning for some home comforts, head to Patrick’s Steakhouse to try

some of the most succulent cuts of meat on the island. A true carnivore should

opt for the tasting menu, which comes complete with a wine pairing per course

and includes veal carpaccio with black truffle, Barbary duck breast and suckling

pig cutlets with a fiery whisky sauce – though you must note, this needs to be

books 24 hours in advance. Alternatively, you can’t go wrong with the Kobe-style

New Zealand sirloin steak.

Where to relax: Just 20 minutes from Mgarr Marina you’ll find the Kempinski

Hotel San Lawrenz, home to the best luxury spa in Gozo. With both signature

and Ayurveda offerings, you can choose a treatment that adheres to your needs.

Ayuverda refers to the use of ancient healing techniques and each of the treatments

is carried out by a therapist specially trained in Indian Ayurveda practices.

Treat jet lag and fatigue with the Voyage body massage, or to soothe painful

muscles and joints select the Elakizhi treatment. For something seriously indulgent,

opt for the Island Experience, which involves 90 minutes of full body massage

using juniper berry, rosemary and grapefruit essentials oils followed by hot

stones, skin cleansing and moisturising. MS

Hero picture courtesy of / Nicholas Bonnici

Creditline: Boat International

Gozo Bay. Picture courtesy of / JMAV.

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Maldonado Bistro, tucked down a rustic alleyway typical of

Gozo Island.

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Yachting Regatta

The Rolex Middle Sea Race

won by the South African yacht Hi Fidelity. The overall winner in ORC was

Optimum 3 Aspida from Greece.

Kristina Plattner with Morning Glory was to take line honours in 2013. The

overall the winner in IRC was Michele Galli with B2 while Johann Killinger on

Emma won in the ORC.

In 2014 Esimit Europa were in first to win Line Honours, whilst Maltese J/122

boat Artie was the overall winner of the IRC Category and the Rolex Middle Sea

Race Trophy for the second time.

The largest number of entries was 122 established in 2014.

The Rolex Middle Sea Race is a highly rated offshore classic, often mentioned in

the same breath as the Rolex Fastnet, The Rolex Sydney - Hobart and Newport-

Bermuda as a "must do" race. The Royal Malta Yacht Club and the Royal Ocean

Racing Club co-founded the race in 1968 and 2016 will be the 37th Edition.

Save for a break between 1984 and 1995 the event has been run annually initially

attracting 25 -30 yachts, however in recent years, the number of entries has risen

sharply to 122 boats thanks to a new Organising Committee who managed to

bring Rolex on board as title sponsor for the Middle Sea Race.

The race is a true challenge to skippers and crews who have to be at their very best

to cope with the often changeable and demanding conditions. Equally, the race

is blessed with unsurpassed scenery with its course, taking competitors close to

a number of islands, which form marks of the course. Ted Turner described the

MSR as "the most beautiful race course in the world".

Apart from Turner, famous competitors have included Eric Tabarly, Cino Ricci,

Herbert von Karajan, Jim Dolan, Sir Chay Blyth and Sir Francis Chichester (fresh

from his round the world adventure). High profile boats from the world's top

designers take part, most in pursuit of line honours and the record - competing

yachts include the extreme Open 60s, Riviera di Rimini and Shining; the maxis,

Mistress Quickly, Zephyrus IV and Sagamore; and the pocket rockets such as the

41-foot J-125 Strait Dealer and the DK46, Fidessa Fastwave.

2015 was more interesting in the fact that the fleet was more varied, with the

fleet consisting of different kind of boats from the big, professionally crewed

boats to smaller yachts with Corinthian sailors as well as two big multihulls, both

from the United States. One of these was Lloyd Thornburg’s Phaedo3, which

recently set a new world record in the Fastnet course, completing it in 27 hours

and 34 minutes. Phaedo3 claimed multihull line honours. The other multihull

was Peter Aschenbrenner’s 63’ Trimaran Paradox which has recorded speeds of

over 35knots in big seas during Atlantic crossings.

2016 will be remembered as a race of multiple dimensions. Recipient of the

Rolex Chronometer and Rolex Middle Sea Race trophy as Overall Winner

was Vincenzo Onorato’s Italian Cookson 50 Mascalzone Latino. Sweet success

having lost out by just nine seconds the year before. George David’s Rambler

88 from the United States took Monohull Line Honours for the second year

in a row and Giovanni Soldini’s Italian Multi70 Maserati won the Multihull

class setting a new race record in this category. In the Multihull Class all eyes

were on the contest between Lloyd Thornburg’s American MOD70 Phaedo^3

and Maserati. Maserati arrived in Malta with structural damage and could not

use its full foiling package whilst Phaedo^3 appeared to hold an advantage

and confirmed this by taking the lead right from the start as Maserati took a

more conservative approach to exiting Grand Harbour. Phaedo^3 appeared

unassailable but a catastrophic error in navigation resulted in Phaedo^3 being

denied the honour of smashing their own record. MS

The 2017 Rolex Middle Sea Race will start on Saturday 21st October 2017

Text Credit: Royal Malta Yacht Club

Photo Credit: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

In 2006, Mike Sanderson and Seb Josse on board ABN Amro, winner of the

Volvo Ocean Race, the super Maxis; Alfa Romeo and Maximus and the 2006

Rolex Middle Sea Race overall winner, Hasso Plattner on board his MaxZ86,

Morning Glory.

George David on board Rambler (ex Alfa Romeo) managed a new course record

in 2007 and in 2008, Thierry Bouchard on Spirit of Ad Hoc won the Rolex

Middle Sea Race on board a Beneteau 40.7 and Alegre claimed line honours.

In 2009, Andres Soriano on board Alegre re visited Malta for the second time in

a row and claimed overall handicap in IRC. Line honours went to Mike Slade

on board his super maxi “Icap Leopard”.

2010 saw the maxi yacht “Esimit Europa” take line honours over “Icap Leopard”

whilst the IRC Overall went to “Lucky” from the USA.

The Esimit Europa team were to win Line Honours again in 2011. The Maltese

boat Artie was the overall winner of the IRC category and the Rolex Middle Sea

Race Trophy.

In 2012 the Slovenian Maxi Esimit Europa II returned to claim line Honours

once again but the Rolex Middle Sea Race Trophy for first overall in IRC was

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Luxury Boat Focus: Riva 56

Riva 56 Rivale:

The latest addition to an Ita

The first new model from Sarnico since the passing of Carlo Riva is strongly influenced by the great Italian

designer’s legacy, writes Boat International Media CEO Chris Downham...

It’s not often that I get out of the office to go to the launch of a new model;

there are people better qualified than me to look at new boats, and often other

commitments make it a bit tricky. But every once in a while it works out, and so

when the invite came in to go to the premier of the new Rivale 56, and I had a

couple of days window there were no good reasons not to go and lots of positive

ones to schedule in the trip.

Most notably, this is the first new model in the Riva range since the passing of

Carlo Riva in April this year. As with other recent Riva launches, the responsibility

for this design fell to Officina Italiana Design — although the influence of Carlo

over the brand that bears his name is still powerful. As such, the opportunity to

make my first pilgrimage to the Riva facility and its spiritual home in Sarnico

was not one to be missed.

Riva’s base is about 90 minutes drive west of Milan on the shores of Lake Iseo,

but a world away from the hustle and bustle of Italy’s finance and fashion

heartland. It is a picturesque holiday town but with a manufacturing base;

Riva has been building boats around here for 175 years, and the facility is part

working production line, part sales room and all historic epicentre for the Riva

brand. The launch formed one element of a night that can only be described as

a full on party, held in the shipyard itself. In true Italian style it was done with a

combination of showmanship and passion.

And that’s not to mention Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi taking to the

stage later in the evening to perform a very competent rendition of The Eagles’

Hotel California. Following that segment I found myself reviewing my own

parameters for what the role of a CEO is.

The centrepiece of the night, though, was undoubtedly the arrival of the new 17

metre Riva motor yacht. This was a launch as performance art, revealing its name

as Rivale 56 — a moniker inherited from earlier model.

The boat appeared from behind a large floating mirrored box (complete with

eight avant grade dancers), which divided in two for the boat to emerge through,

just as the musical medley culminated in the Duran Duran classic A View To

A Kill.

If you are going to launch a quintessentially Italian boat in an Italian shipyard,

why not have a world class Italian chef, a good dose of drama, and a few hundred

of your closest friends partying until the early hours?

Ferretti Group doesn’t seem capable of doing things by halves, bringing in

Massimo Bottura from the three Michelin star Osteria Francescana in Modena

to provide the catering, a 16 piece band playing party classics, a top quality DJ

to spin tunes into the small hours, and rolling in the launch of an Abarth Fiat

500 695 Rivale limited edition (with a claimed top speed of 140mph) as part of

the programme.

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Sailing Adventure: Sicily

Exploring the wild side of Sicily

on a superyacht

by Risa Merl

With its rugged coastline, mountain trails and secluded grottoes, western Sicily is the

gateway to a more remote Mediterranean adventure – but Risa Merl can’t keep it to herself

The sun bakes down on the white-pebbled beach, necessitating a dip. Floating

in the empty bay, skin cooled by clear blue sea, it seems impossible that these

tranquil, untamed islands could lie within the Mediterranean. Ours is the

solitary yacht in view, swaying on its mooring under limestone cliffs that reach

towards the cloudless sky. It would be lonely if it wasn’t the exact level of solitude

I am seeking.

While some remote spots require intense efforts to reap the rewards of serenity,

the Aegadian Islands off Sicily’s rugged western coast have been right under our

noses all along. The islands are surprisingly easy to get to but feel worlds away

from other favourite Mediterranean hotspots. Often we feel so spoiled for choice

in the Med that we forget to poke beyond the lively cruising grounds of the

Italian Riviera and Côte d’Azur. But those who are enticed by nature, outdoor

adventure and privacy rather than by parties and retail therapy will be amply

rewarded with a meander along this stretch of coast.

There is something mythical and elusive about Sicily. It is steeped in fascinating

history, both of the man-made and natural varieties, predating Mafia ties and

the attached Hollywood movie lore. The Greek temples, smouldering Mount

Etna – Europe’s largest active volcano, which just this year reminded the world

she is still kicking – are tourist sites compared with the hidden gems that our

itinerary puts forth.

Those who have left their stamp on this island include the Phoenicians, Greeks,

Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, French, Germans, Spanish and British.

Though Sicily is undoubtedly Italian, this blend of cultures has left an amazing

amalgamation of architectures, heritages and, of course, the fresh fusion cuisine

for which Sicily is renowned. Palermo was once the capital of the Arab world,

and Arab-Norman and Baroque architecture define the buzzing city.

off Palermo. Kitesurfers put on a show in the steady winds, edging closer to the

boat and pulling flips as we cheer appreciatively. Leaving Palermo, we bear west

towards wilder Sicilian shores, aiming eventually for the Aegadian Islands. The

further west we go, the more we escape into simple living. Lo Zingaro Nature

Reserve is protected on land and sea, the lush park stretching seven kilometres

along the coast between the ancient clifftop village of Scopello to the east and

the beach town of San Vito Lo Capo to the west. The park can be accessed only

by foot or boat, so the beaches that are closer to the middle – and inevitably

take longer to hike to – are quiet even in the height of summer. And a tender

can beat the day trippers to the most secluded coves anyway. Those on board

looking to stretch their sea legs are spoiled for choice with a tangle of coastal and

mountain trails, the highest climbing 1,000 metres above sea level and providing

spectacular views. In spring, the park blooms with wild flowers, filling the air

with the scent of rare sea lavender.

Just a few minutes away, at the foot of Scopello, is the famed Tonnara di Scopello,

a former tuna fishery that had a starring role as a backdrop in Ocean’s 12. The

elegant main house and towering Faraglioni rock formations offshore certainly

give it a cinematic quality. Long ago ceasing operation, the Tonnara now operates

as a very pared down beach club. Each region of Sicily is famed for certain dishes.

The Palermo area is known for its pasta con le sarde, but there’s sfincione too,

a pizza that bears more resemblance to the thick crust American style than the

traditional Italian and is usually topped with anchovies. But the typical western

Sicilian food to try? Couscous. I can’t recall ever seeing this dish on an Italian

menu, but here it is everywhere, thanks to the African influences this region

embraces. For dinner that night, we partake of five courses of couscous in a

restaurant overlooking wind-thrashed Salinella Beach, around the corner from

This is where our escapade begins, as the 27 metre Benetti Sail Division yacht

My Lotty awaits in Palermo Marina, towered over by the Grand Hotel Villa

Igiea. We dine at this five-star hotel, which retains much of its original décor,

resplendent in chandeliers, frescoes and Art Nouveau furnishings. The Cuvée du

Jour is the most coveted table. Adjacent to the hotel’s main restaurant, this dining

room seats only 14, catered to by Chef Carmelo Trentacosti’s experimental take

on Sicilian fare. The five course sea inspired tasting menu features smoked squid,

red mullet stuffed with rock shrimp or whatever the fresh catch of the day might


The restaurant is a treat, but so is the Sicilian fare enjoyed on board MyLotty

– even more so the next day when we take lunch al fresco in a picturesque bay

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Faraglioni and Tonnara at Scopello, Sicily, Italy. Picture courtesy of / Gandolfo Cannatella

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Sailing Adventure: Sicily

island is set out of the path of typical tourist trails, and we are treated to a private

lunch in the garden, making the visit even more exclusive. This isn’t a restaurant,

but home cooking that’s better than you’d find nearly anywhere on Sicily. After

touring the museum and mystical island, it is a perfect way to end the tour.

Soon it is time to sail to the Aegadian archipelago. The trio of islands – Favignana,

Levanzo and Marettimo – are each beguiling in their own way. About nine miles

from Trapani on the mainland, Favignana is shaped like a butterfly and a sailing

yacht seems the perfect fit for exploring the quiet bays here. We glide in under

the peacefulness of sail, and once the clanging of the anchor subsides we are left

again in quiet bliss. We take the tender and tuck into Grotta Azzurra (after the

colour of the water), Grotta dei Sospiri (the grotto of sighs) and Grotta degli

Innamorati (lovers’ grotto), so named because of two identical rocks that stand

side by side against the back wall. Levanzo is the tiniest and least populated of

the islands. It is a favourite among nature lovers and photographers – the jagged

coast and the archway rock formation of Cala Rotonda undulating into the

distance. The island is so quiet, it’s hard not to be overwhelmed by the sound of

the waves crashing, or my own footfall on the stone trails. But I’m far from the

first to walk here, as evidenced by the cave art found in the Grotta del Genovese.

Discovered in 1949, the wall paintings are from the Upper Palaeolithic period

while decorative incised drawings might date back to the Neolithic period.

Much of the historic architecture has been preserved amongst the

Sicilian islands, contributing to their charm. Photo courtesy of

Demetrius Fordham.

the beach town of San Vito Lo Capo, which happens to host the Cous Cous

Fest every September. We have couscous with seafood, braised beef and even

couscous for dessert – a surprisingly delightful apricot flavour sealing off the

evening. Wilderness is served up in as many different ways to anyone exploring

Sicily on a luxury yacht, and this shoreline is different from the last – a wide

open, desolate and wind-beaten beach backed with angular cliffs. The area is

popular with rock climbers.

Nearby is what MyLotty’s Captain, Bruno Montalbano, describes as one of

the most beautiful places in northwest Sicily, one of the best Italian superyacht

destinations. “The little fisherman’s village of Monte Cofano is where you have

a quiet spot out of the traditional routes. It’s a nice spot for a swim and inland

trekking along the little pathway of Monte Cofano named Punta del Saraceno.”

Before heading further afield, Maura Zane of West Coast International, which

manages MyLotty, suggests a 30 mile detour northward to Ustica. “Why Ustica?

It is a very wild island with amazing waters,” says Zane. It’s known as the Black

Pearl of the Mediterranean and is actually a burned-out underwater volcano,

with only four square miles protruding above the surface. If it were entirely

visible, Ustica would match Mount Etna. Instead, it makes for captivating

diving – from caves to a site called Cape Gavazzi, the world’s first underwater

archaeological museum, where remnants from Roman-era shipwrecks can be

seen in 15 to 40 metres of water.

The furthest west Aegadian island, Marettimo, is a steep, rocky peak rising from

the sea. Its imposing form promises myriad hiking trails and expansive lookout

points. The town of Marettimo itself is petite with whitewashed houses and the

ruins of a Spanish castle that later served as a prison. There are no hotels here –

visitors not lucky enough to arrive by private yacht, but transiting on ferry, must

stay in accommodation run by local fishermen. Captain Montalbano suggests

anchoring at Punta Troia, to the north side, and visiting the old castle for some

peerless views and photographic opportunities. Or if the summer sun demands a

dip, then take to Punta Cortiglio in the south, “where you can have a nice swim

and fantastic snorkelling”, he says.

There are few discoveries more enjoyable than off-the-beaten-path beauty

spots, especially when they’re closer than you think. Ascending a rocky bluff on

Marettimo island, I gaze out at the coastline below, the empty coves, the lack of

civilisation – and I wonder what took me so long to get here.

My Lotty is available for charter with West Coast International from €28,000

per week, MS

Credit: Boat International; m/v Lotty; Sicily Office of Tourism; Sicily Travel

Set south in the Med, and therefore closer to the equator, Sicily’s season is happily

stretched. Come as early as April and linger into October, and you’ll still find

sunny, warm days – an improvement over autumn in the South of France when

the weather begins to turn. It makes for a longer diving season as well, ideal for

scuba enthusiasts looking to pack in more dives without extended travel times.

To soak up some history above the water, there is still one more stop before the

Aegadian Islands. Mozia is found off the western side of Sicily, further south

from the city of Trapani. Set in the Stagnone Nature Reserve lagoon between

Trapani and Marsala, this little island looks unassuming but its history stretches

back more than 2,700 years to when the Phoenicians built a trade outpost and

town. It is rare to see such well-preserved Phoenician ruins in Italy and a museum

on the island is devoted to displaying artefacts discovered here.

“We are able to have a very special welcome in Mozia,” says Zane of the private

experience that the windmill-topped island lays out for charter guests, “tasting

the local cuisine, custom made specifically for VIP clients.” This lagoon-bound

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The grottoes and pristine waters of Marettimo make for fantastic

swimming and snorkelling. Picture courtesy of Universal Images

Group North America.

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World Rowing Championship

WORLD ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS COUNTDOWN – The lightweight double sculls

The 2017 World Rowing Championships are just around the corner and we continue our series featuring the Olympic boat classes that will

be racing at Sarasota-Bradenton, USA later this month. Here are all the important bits on men’s and women’s lightweight double sculls.

Going by the statistics it looks like it’s France for the men and New Zealand for

the women. But who knows what has gone on since these rowers last raced in

July at the World Rowing Cup in Lucerne. We don’t want to jump to conclusions

so you decide for yourself. Who will be walking away with those gold medals?


The 2017 Season

• Poland raced at all three stages of the World Rowing Cup season as well

as at the European Rowing Championships and did not miss a single

podium. Weronika Deresz and Martyna Mikolajczak won the European

Rowing Championships and took gold at World Rowing Cup I, as well as

two World Rowing Cup silver medals.

• Fastest Final & Closest Finish: At World Rowing Cup II, China won gold

in 6:50.93. This was also the closest finish in any final for the lightweight

women’s double sculls in 2017. A time difference of 1.70 seconds separated

China in first from Poland in second.

• Two British crews raced at World Rowing Cup I and both medalled, one

in silver and one in bronze. One athlete from each of those two boats was

selected to create the combination of Katherine Copeland and Emily Craig

who went on to win bronze at the European Rowing Championships.

Katherine Copeland is the 2012 Olympic Champion in this boat class.

• The Dutch lightweight sculler, Olympic Champion and World Best Time

holder Ilse Paulis, joined forces with up-and-coming rowing star Marieke

Keijser, aged 20, and raced just once this season at the European Rowing

Championships. The newly formed duo won silver.

• At World Rowing Cup III, New Zealand’s new line-up raced for the first

time in 2017. Two-time senior World Champion and World Best Time

holder in the lightweight women’s single sculls Zoe McBride raced with

Jackie Kiddle. Together they registered the biggest winning margin this

season, 4.64 seconds.


• The lightweight men’s double sculls has been part of the Olympic

programme since 1996.

• Poland tops the all-time Olympic medals table with two Olympic gold


• Most World Championship wins: Italy (12 golds out of a possible 33 since


• 2016 Olympic Champions: France (Jeremie Azou & Pierre Houin)

• World Best Time: 06:05.36 set by South Africa’s John Smith and James

Thompson at the 2014 World Rowing Championships. MS

*For simplicity, these numbers include the results of both the former East Germany

(GDR) and West Germany (FRG) as well as those of the current unified state of

Germany (GER).

Source: World Rowing

Equiom to discuss

latest developments at

Monaco Yacht Show

The yachting team from international professional services provider Equiom

will exhibit at the Monaco Yacht Show, providing updates on the group’s latest

developments to clients and industry leaders.

Edward Leigh, Director – Yachting and Aviation, will lead the delegation at the

major yachting sector show, which takes place at the principality’s iconic Port

Hercules from 27 to 30 September. Almost 600 international companies are due

to participate in the event, which last year attracted more than 33,000 attendees.

During the show, Equiom, which recently surpassed $4bn in yachting and

aviation assets under administration, will detail its latest services, including

a new structure for chartering a yacht in Spain, as well as discussing industry

developments, such as new crewing regulations and the possible implications of

Brexit on the sector.

Mr Leigh said: ‘The Monaco Yacht Show is one of the industry’s major events

and it is important that, as a global leader in the sector, Equiom is present. Our

dedicated yachting and aviation team, established more than a decade ago,

comprises 30 professional experts worldwide offering a broad range of services to

private individuals and corporate clients, and this event provides an opportunity

to update the industry on our latest developments.

From left to right: Mark Young, Chris Cini and Daniel Gatt

‘Yachting is a constantly evolving sector and with our global presence and

expert knowledge, we are ideally placed to identify and respond to challenges

and opportunities, providing the right solutions for our clients. For example,

at Monaco we will be detailing a new service created in response to the issue of

matriculation tax when chartering a yacht in Spain.

‘We will also be discussing how new social security legislation for French seafarers

could impact on the industry when it comes into force, and offering clients

guidance to navigate the changes. Of course, the ongoing Brexit process will be

a major topic of conversation and Equiom will be offering its current analysis of

the possible effects on the yachting sector, both in Europe and globally.’

He added: ‘I look forward to meeting with existing clients as well as sharing

Equiom’s expertise with new contacts.’

Equiom will be at Booth QS99 in Darse Sud. To arrange a meeting at Monaco

or for advice on matters relating to yachting, contact Chris Cini, Legal Counsel

or Mark Young, Senior Manager – Yachting & Aviation. MS

For more information visit

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Rolex Middle Sea Race


sailing with Alex Thomson

at the Rolex Middlesea Race in Malta

HUGO BOSS and its local retail partner VF Group Malta will be hosting the

world-class sailing champion, Alex Thomson prior to his competing in the Rolex

Middle Sea Race aboard the HUGO BOSS Racing Yacht. Starting from the

Grand Harbour in Malta on the 21st of October, Thomson will be racing the

high-speed Imoca 60 class, which has been sponsored by HUGO BOSS for now

over a decade of success.

Alex Thomson is one of the most appealing yachtsmen of his generation, being

the youngest to win a round-the-world race along with setting three sailing

world records. Most recently in the 2016/2017 Vendée Globe, he cemented his

reputation with a podium 2nd place finish.

HUGO BOSS has sponsored ALEX THOMSON since 2003, boasting one

of the most successful and durable partnerships in the sport of yachting. As an

internationally successful organization, HUGO BOSS has become synonymous

with fashion and lifestyle, outfitting Alex Thomson and his team with highperformance

clothing for every imaginable type of weather condition, as well as

with high-fashion apparel for all their formal events and functions. The HUGO

BOSS Imoca 60 serves as a brand ambassador strengthening the perceived

association between HUGO BOSS and sailing while promoting the company's

spirit of modernity, elegance and confidence.

The Rolex Middle Sea Race, an event of prestige and grandiosity is a staple for

local industry in Malta and one of the world’s most renowned yachting events.

This October, the 38th edition will commence, hailing 53 yachts from 20

countries. Taking place in the ‘Crossroads of the Mediterranean,’ the course has

been described by Cognoscenti as the “most beautiful in the world” with its

spectacular seascapes, rugged islands, active volcanoes and raw beauty.

To support Thomson’s participation, VF Group and HUGO BOSS have

planned a series of initiatives in the run up to the start of the Rolex Middle Sea

race, all of which are being supported by Veuve Clicquot and global partner

Mercedes Benz. MS

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SY Event


The Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2017 parties


June 2017 once again saw another brilliant Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta take place at the

Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. Alongside all the fantastic racing, a glittering programme of

social events took place allowing old friends and regatta rivals to catch up against the stunning

backdrop of the Sardinian coastline. Boat International Media would like to thank our

sponsors and partners, Loro Piana, NetJets, Baltic Yachts, Pantaenius Yacht Insurance and Tai THE LORO PIANA OWNERS’ DINNER

Ping, for helping make the 2017 regatta a huge success.

The end of the first day of racing was marked by the highly anticipated Loro

Piana Owners’ Dinner held al fresco on the terrace of the Yacht Club Costa

Pictured: Owners and guests gather at the YCCS for the welcome cocktail


Laura and Pier Luigi Loro Piana, owner of My Song and deputy chairman of Loro Piana,

with Franziska Rickenbach and Marco Vögele, owner of Inouï.

Edoardo Tabacchi, deputy chairman of Perini Navi, and Lamberto Tacoli,

chairman and CEO of Perini Navi, with their wives.


The penultimate day of racing was celebrated with owners, guests and crew coming together for the

lively Sunset Party held at Phi Beach.

Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones, owner of the winning WallyMagic

Carpet 3, with his wife Cristina.

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Golden Age Series


The inside story

of history’s first

explorer yachtsmen

by Caroline White

From amateur ecologists to charismatic aristocrats

and war tourists, the first explorer yachtsmen

blazed a colourful trail. Now, says Caroline White,

a new generation follows in their wake...

The 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava

“Brandy, prussic acid, opium,

Champagne, ginger, mutton-chops

and tumblers of salt-water,” listed

Frederick Hamilton-Temple-

Blackwood, 1st Marquess of

Dufferin and Ava, in a letter to his

mother. This was the roll call of

remedies with which he was trying

to cure his (apparently sporting)

friend, Dr Fitz, of seasickness –

they were on board the Marquess’s

schooner Foam in 1856, making

a choppy passage from Scotland

to Iceland. Today, the pair would

likely have zipped in by plane or

helicopter to meet the yacht in

Scandinavia – leaving the crew to

endure the North Sea’s roil alone. But when the Marquess embarked on his

adventure, no such option existed.

“If you wanted to go off and see the world, having a yacht made that possible in a

way that no other means did,” says William Collier, managing director of classic

yachts specialist GL Watson. And so an off-grid transport problem – which

lasted until the end of WWII – created a long golden age for the explorer yacht.

For some, a yacht simply enabled long-range travel in comfort: in 1931 Lady

Yule and her daughter visited New Zealand, Australia and Miami on 91 metre

motor yacht Nahlin (pictured top). For others it meant expedience: after he’d

raced his Camper & Nicholsons schooner Wyvern in the first America’s Cup, in

1851, Lord Marlborough lent her to his son Lord Churchill, who sailed from the

Cape of Good Hope to Australia in the record time of 36 days (he was speeding

to the gold rush).

For others still, a boat was a ride to a far-flung shore: “Yachts went to the Crimean

War because it was fun, stuff was happening,” says Collier. “Lord Cardigan, for

instance, of the Charge of the Light Brigade, lent his yacht [Dryad] to a chum

who sailed out to watch the Siege of Sevastopol. Once the yacht was out there it

was also comfortable digs for Lord Cardigan.”

Then there are the true adventurers, such as the Marquess. The writings on his

voyage through Iceland and Norway are steeped in the charm that made him

a spectacularly successful diplomat. Amid the geysers he bumps into Prince

Napoléon Bonaparte – plus a vast entourage – and has his crew whip them up a

feast of game and plum pudding from his meagre stores, an incident he describes

with a what-else-could-I-do matter-of-factness. Later, he is pleasantly surprised

when the monarch and his entire cabal ditch their plans and follow his boat to

Jan Mayen and Spitsbergen. He’s an elegant and entertaining writer, chronicling

the evening sea “burnished, darkling into a deep sapphire blue against the

horizon”, and “contorted lava mountains, their bleak heads knocking against

the solid sky”.

Many of his ruminations are also salutary tips for owners going off grid today

– including the “rapid transformation” from heaven to hell that weather makes

at extreme latitudes and thus the all-importance of when to go. “[This] fully

accounted for the difference I had observed in the amount of enjoyment different

travellers seemed to have derived from it [Norway].” The Marquess published a

book of his writings, Letters From High Latitudes, which is still readily available.

Other yacht explorers left a broader legacy. The first yacht of Prince Albert I of

Monaco, the 200-tonne sailer Hirondelle, sparked a lifelong passion. He founded

Monaco’s Oceanographic Institute, tracked whales, studied fish and discovered

Princess Alice Bank in the Azores. During a 1921 speech at the Washington

Academy of Sciences, his language conveyed a raw wonder for “the awful spaces

of the ocean, which almost daily yielded tons of beings unknown to science –

abyssal cephalopods or pelagic crustacean”, and fish with “luminous organs”.

Prince Albert I of Monaco’s Hirondelle

Experience also placed Albert ahead of his time in understanding the effects

of over-fishing and “steam trawlers”. “The latter now graze the very soil of

continental plateaux, plucking off the sea-weeds and ruining the bottoms that

are fittest for the breeding, as well as the preservation, of a great many species.”

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Special Feature: Rolex Middle Sea Race

Epic Adventure, Beautiful Scenery

By Special Correspondent

defining moment of the race came at Favignana when Mascalzone Latino spotted

an opportunity to wriggle clear of the wind trap threatening to engulf the fleet.

It was an example of supreme race management. The crew had done everything

they could to keep themselves in contention during the early stop-start period.

Seizing their one opportunity to gain an advantage, they did so with verve.

Vincenzo Onorato, the owner of Mascalzone Latino expressed his delight

with the result. Despite being unable to participate this year, he was thrilled

with his team’s performance: “I am really very happy for this victory. We have

quite the same crew for many, many years. We won together six Worlds titles, I

can’t remember how many Europeans and many of the most important major

regattas in the world. The Rolex Middle Sea Race is the pinnacle of offshore

racing in the Med. We were looking to win for a long time and finally we have

proudly succeeded.”

In the Multihull Class all eyes were on the contest between Lloyd Thornburg’s

American MOD70 Phaedo^3 and Maserati. Maserati arrived in Malta with

structural damage and could not use its full foiling package. The crew also had

little in the way of trimaran racing miles under its belt. Phaedo^3 appeared to

hold an advantage and confirmed this by taking the lead right from the start as

Maserati took a more conservative approach to exiting Grand Harbour.

Phaedo^3 appeared unassailable as the two powerhouses escaped the clutches

of the windless north coast of Sicily and sped south towards Lampedusa. It was

just after Pantelleria that the rule “to finish first, first you have to finish” reared its

head – ugly or handsome depended which boat you were on. Phaedo^3 were on

track to win their class and seemed set to not just smash the existing multihull

race record but probably the outright one. Then came one of those moments.

Brian Thompson described it as an “own goal”; the only words to emerge from

the boat about what appears to have been a simple, but catastrophic error in


Brave about to pass Stromboli Volcano

The Rolex Middle Sea Race is often called the world’s most beautiful yacht race.

The circular course evokes strong emotions within every sailor who experiences

its charms. Imagery and stories abound of the scenery, wildlife and conditions

encountered. The 37th edition which started on Saturday October 22 proved

no exception, and added yet another epic adventure to the legend of the race.

The ramparts of Valletta were awash with colour as thousands lined the ramparts

of the fortified city to witness the start. The magnificent back drop of Grand

Harbour provides one of the most iconic settings in world sailing. The cannons

of the Saluting Battery, high above the water, added to the pageantry afloat

as flame, smoke and noise signalled the beginning of the race for 107 teams

representing 25 different nations.

The 2016 race will be remembered as a race of multiple dimensions, with the

only consistency being the inconsistency in the wind. Generally light for the first

24 hours, what ensued was as wide in its variety as it was complex to master. The

608 nautical miles will be recalled more for testing mental strength than physical

prowess over.

Recipient of the Rolex Chronometer and Rolex Middle Sea Race trophy as

Overall Winner was Vincenzo Onorato’s Italian Cookson 50 Mascalzone Latino.

Sweet success having lost out by just nine seconds the year before. George David’s

Rambler 88 from the United States took Monohull Line Honours for the second

year in a row and Giovanni Soldini’s Italian Multi70 Maserati won the Multihull

class setting a new race record in this category.

Mascalzone Latino’s overall win was impressive for the team’s ability to keep the

boat going in light airs. Smart tactics, superlative boat handling and exemplary

leadership from skipper Marco Savelli gave the team a fighting chance. The

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After passing Pantelleria, Phaedo^3 took a huge hitch to the east of the rhumb

line. Those following on the tracker assumed it was to gain a better wind angle

for the approach to Lampedusa. When the American multihull then turned

north-east at Linosa it became apparent that it was rounding the wrong island.

In having to retrace its steps to correct the error, Phaedo^3 turned an 11-mile

advantage into a 65-mile deficit, and left Maserati clear to snatch the glory.

Giovanni Soldini showed signs of bemusement after the finish: “A race is never

over until you finish. Anything can happen. When I saw that Phaedo had

tacked, I thought they had broken something. I wondered if maybe I should call

them on the radio to ask if they have some problem.” A good lesson in making

your own luck and why it pays never to give up however the odds appear stacked.

Rambler 88 was the clear Monohull Line Honours favourite. The Juan K design

is a powerful beast. With the long range forecast indicating the monohull record

would be unattainable, and unlikely to be challenged at the head of the fleet,

Rambler’s pre-race strategy was to do whatever could be done to lower their

rating to open the door to an overall win should the weather favour her.

The race began well, despite the 82-ft Aegir chartered by Clark Murphy owning

the start with an audacious manoeuvre. Once astride Sicily, Rambler’s quest

appeared to unravel as a pack of chasing yachts threatened its lead. Several yachts

even took advantage of the tricky conditions to get past the mighty Americans.

The highly experienced team held their nerve and were finally able to stamp their

authority on the race once out of the glue-like conditions off Stromboli. After

Favignana, Rambler extended to take the gun by nearly five hours from Danish

Volvo 70 Trifork.

Stepping ashore at the Royal Malta Yacht Club in Marsamxett Harbour, David

was in a buoyant but reflective mood: “The Rolex Middle Sea Race is always fun.

This is the most beautiful racecourse in the world. I would say this race was more

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Special Feature: Rolex Middle Sea Race

2017 Rolex Middle Sea Race fleet building steadily

With just under 25 days to go to the 38th edition of

the Rolex Middle Sea Race, the current entry list shows

every sign of matching the number and diversity of

yachts of recent years. One of a clutch of 600 mile

races, and firmly regarded as a classic, the Rolex

Middle Sea Race features high on most offshore racers’

“bucket-list” as a must-do event. With 38 yachts from

15 nations ranging in size from 35 to 72-feet entered

so far, the Royal Malta Yacht Club (RMYC) is looking

forward to once again hosting a highly competitive,

international fleet.

According to the RMYC Commodore, Godwin

Zammit, “Preparations are in hand to make the 2017

Rolex Middle Sea Race another truly memorable

and successful event. The Club is working hard on

the details to make sure everything is in place before

competitors arrive in October.”

The record fleet for the event is 122 set in 2014, and recent years have seen the number of participants regularly top 100 boats. Expectations are for a similar attendance

this year, especially given the continued surge in interest in offshore yacht-racing as evidenced by the latest editions of the Rolex Fastnet and Rolex Sydney Hobart.

The largest entries to date are the Maxi 72 Momo owned by Dieter Schön and the Marten 72 Aragon entered by Lucy Jones of Performance Yacht Charter. Momo

previously participated in the Rolex Middle Sea Race in 2015, when the German yacht came close to upsetting the line honours favourite, Rambler, crossing the

finish-line only 20 minutes behind on elapsed time. Momo would go on to win her class by over six hours and missed out on the overall title by two hours to finish


Shortly after crossing the finish line in 2015, Schön explained what a difficult race it had been: ““The start went well for us and I think we performed perfectly all the

way to Sicily but, as expected, the first night was very difficult to find the right way. We parked a few times, but we passed through the Strait of Messina very well and

we were super downwind to Stromboli. In front of Palermo, we parked for maybe five hours. We got going again but came to another stop at Lampedusa, so there

were a lot of parking lots around, which made it a difficult race to sail.”

The uncertainty of the weather is one of the reasons that the Rolex Middle Sea Race is so popular. It is a real challenge for navigators and tacticians to make the right

calls, and for crew to pace themselves throughout the 608 nm to rest when then can and to be alert and fresh when required.

Another reason people keep returning is the scenery. The course is a circumnavigation of Sicily, starting and finishing in Malta. It features a narrow strait, a myriad

of islands, active volcanos and corners that can bend or shut down the wind completely. George David, who set the monohull course record of 1 day 23 hours 55

minutes and 3 seconds in 2007 in a previous Rambler, remarked last year that: “The Rolex Middle Sea Race is always fun. This is the most beautiful racecourse in the

world and that is a fact. The islands on a clear day are spectacular and Stromboli always erupts a little bit. We keep coming back because of the beauty of Malta, the

hospitality of the people, the scenic views on the racecourse, and the wind which can be great and which can be frustrating.”

The smallest yacht on the entry list is an all-out pocket-racer. Crusader, all the way from New Zealand, is built in carbon-fibre and features a canting keel. Given the

right conditions, Crusader could be a real contender even if one has to go back to 2002 to find the last time a yacht of this size won the race on handicap. Crusader

will be competing in next month’s Rolex Fastnet Race, offering an early indication of potential form in the northern hemisphere.

The Rolex Middle Sea Race starts on Saturday, 21st October 2017 and the final Prize Giving ceremony will be held on Saturday, 28th October 2017.

Registrations close on Friday 6th October and crews are encouraged to submit their registrations at their earliest.

Credit: Pressmare Italia; Rolex Middle Sea Race


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Rowing > 41


Sport for life – Igor Boraska

Igor Boraska (CRO) at 2017 World Rowing Masters Regatta, Bled, Slovenia © FISA

Boraska first competed on the international scene in 1993 at the World Rowing

Championships in Racice, Czech Republic. At that time, he didn’t know that

he would spend 15 years competing at the elite international level. Now retired

from elite rowing, Boraska is making his first appearance at the World Rowing

Masters Regatta, currently taking place in Bled, Slovenia. Boraska says with a

smile, he’s “finally old enough”.

Boraska was first entered to race a masters regatta in 2007 in Zagreb, Croatia.

He was 37 and a B category masters, but was still a competitive rower on the

Croatian national team. “The guys who are masters in Croatia said, ‘come on,

you shouldn’t do it. You are too young, you are too fit’. I scratched my entry

for the single sculls and I waited all the way until this year, yeah ten years later,”

Boraska says.

But in those ten years, he has barely put down the oar. “I think it was never more

than a few weeks that I was without an oar. Even when I stopped rowing for the

national team, I always trained. Early morning, late afternoons, whatever. And

now I find it just natural to wake up a bit earlier and do a training session,” he


A regular competitor at the World Rowing Coastal Championships, Boraska

says coastal rowing is a natural transition for a coastal-born Croatian. He also

takes the opportunity to race in national events in Croatia and other events

around Europe and around the world. The Masters, he says, is the most fun

event. “It’s a different feel. No stress. When I am on the start, I don’t feel any

pressure.” No pressure, though, doesn’t mean it’s not competitive. “I see a lot of

crews who are really, really fast, even for senior standards. There are really lots of

crews that take it very seriously and if I want to beat them, I need to take my

rowing more seriously.”

Boraska has used Bled as a chance to reconnect with people he had not seen in

years. The first race in a double was the first time he had ever rowed together with

his double’s partner. After a 4th place finish, Boraska says they will step up their

training for next year. “I am training for the New York Marathon this year, so I

do more running than rowing. Next year I will have more rowing, definitely,”

Boraska says.

As he gets closers to 50 years old, Boraska does not seem to be slowing down, or

letting go of the oar and says it has been helped by the positive relationship he

has maintained with rowing.

“I know many people who really had a tough time, many, many more hours [of

training] than I did. In Croatia, we don’t have as many training hours as other

national teams. I don’t feel burned out, so that’s one of the biggest reasons [I’ve

stayed involoved]. Nobody is as fit as before, but considering our age, I think

we’re in pretty good shape,” he laughs.

With five races to do this weekend, Boraska is among the thousands of masters

rowers who continue to train and stay active even into their eighties. The

atmosphere at the masters regatta is full of energy and good competitive spirit.

Boraska sees rowing as keeping his body healthy, noting that his back hurt more

when he stopped rowing to train for other sports. “I would say that rowing

actually helps your body, helps the muscles and helps your back to have better

strength and actually to have less pain than ordinary people who are spending

more hours sitting working. They probably have more back pains than the

people you see here rowing at the masters regatta.”

Boraska sees all types of rowing as the perfect way to promote a healthy way of

life. And, he says, he’ll be back next year. MS

Credit: World Rowing

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Inside the tenth Azimut Benetti Yachting Gala

by Chris Jefferies

Azimut Benetti Yachting Gala > 43

IMO News

ICS Chairman Calls on All Parties

to Ensure Successful Implementation of

Ballast Convention

Esben Poulsson, Chairman of the

International Chamber of Shipping


the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).

The International Maritime

Organization (IMO) Ballast

Water Management (BWM)

Convention will enter into force

on 8 September 2017.

“The industry may collectively

need to spend around 100

billion U.S. dollars in order to

install the new ballast water

treatment systems that will be

required by law. We therefore

have to get this right.” asserted

Esben Poulsson, Chairman of

Mr Poulsson has called on shipowners, equipment manufacturers and

governments to co-operate to ensure that proper implementation of this

significant new regulatory regime will deliver maximum environment benefit:

“We need to ensure, so far as practicable, that the systems installed on ships

will indeed be fit for purpose in all known operating conditions worldwide.

We are therefore advising shipping companies that they should make it clear to

equipment manufacturers they will only consider fitting treatment systems which

have been certified in accordance with the revised IMO type-approval standards

adopted in 2016, even though this is not yet a mandatory requirement.”

adopted revised and more robust type-approval standards to be included

in what will soon become a mandatory Code for Approval of Ballast Water

Management Systems – the previous ‘G8’ Guidelines having been found by

shipowners to be inadequate in a number of key areas. IMO has recommended

that administrations apply these revised standards as soon as possible. However,

they will not become mandatory for new system approvals until 28 October

2018 and only systems being installed after October 2020 will be required to

have been approved in accordance with the new Code.

ICS has therefore developed some advice and information for shipping

companies in the form of answers to ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ which can be

found on the ICS website:


Shipping companies have been advised by ICS in these FAQs to put pressure

on manufacturers by only considering treatment systems for installation that

have been certified in accordance with the revised IMO type-approval standards

adopted in 2016. MS

Courtesy: IMO/ICS

ICS has welcomed the important decision, made by IMO in July, to adjust

the implementation dates of the Convention, so that existing ships (i.e. ships

constructed before 8 September) will not be required to install treatment systems

until the date of their first International Oil Pollution Prevention (IOPP) renewal

survey after 8 September 2019.

“We acknowledge the pragmatic approach to implementation taken by

IMO Member States who accepted the arguments made by ICS and other

industry associations that there is little logic, from an environmental protection

standpoint, in requiring thousands of ships to comply until they can be fitted

with systems that have been approved under the more stringent standards”

explained Mr Poulsson.

“Shipowners must make full use of this additional time to identify and invest in

far more robust technology to the benefit of the environment,” Mr Poulsson said.

“And in view of the significant concessions that IMO has now made in response

to the industry’s representations, shipping companies should not anticipate any

further relaxation to the implementation schedule.”

ICS believes that as a result of the industry’s intensive efforts to explain its

implementation challenges to regulators, shipowners will hopefully now have

the clarity needed to get on with the job.

ICS was previously ambivalent about encouraging flag states to ratify the BWM

Convention in advance of some serious implementation issues being fully

resolved. But now that the Convention is at the point of entry into force, and

in recognition of the actions agreed by IMO, ICS is now encouraging all IMO

Member States to ratify as soon as possible.

The ambitious intention of the IMO BWM Convention is to address the

problem of invasive marine organisms having damaging impacts on local

ecosystems through their transportation in ships’ ballast tanks. However, when it

was adopted in 2004 the technology required for ships to treat millions of gallons

of ballast water simply did not exist outside of a laboratory.

In October 2016, following a major industry campaign led by ICS over several

years, the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) finally

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Electronic Certification > 45

Sustainability Agenda 2030

World Sailing

commence journey to

Sustainability Agenda 2030

“We’re looking across the board from the social side of the sport, the

environmental and then of course the technology. In every area there are

opportunities to improve the sports sustainability.

“When you’re thinking as far ahead as 2030, you can really be quite ambitious

with your objectives. I think we’ve tried to be realistic with what we can achieve,

yet ambitious at the same time.”

Emily Penn, an ocean advocate and skipper who has spent the past decade

leading sailing expeditions to study, expose and tackle environmental challenges

also commented, “When having these discussions about sustainability, it opens

so many avenues and we’re lucky there’s a lot of opportunity. There’s a lot of

things World Sailing can do.

World Sailing’s Sustainability Commission have taken the first steps to creating

a ‘Sustainability Agenda 2030’ following their first meeting in London, Great

Britain from 29-30 August 2017.

The leading group of experts, chaired by Mike Golding OBE, were appointed to

the commission in June 2017 - click here to read more on the members. http:// The meeting at World Sailing’s Executive Office

brought the group together for the first time to discuss key issues relating to

sustainability within sailing.

Discussions and presentations were received on the circular economy, ocean

plastics, boat and equipment construction, event logistics, embodied carbon,

vessel strikes of marine fauna, accessibility, gender equality, and supply chains.

The Commission, made up of members with scientific, sporting and sailing

backgrounds, discussed where World Sailing, the world governing body of the

sport, can make change and influence the industry. Rules changes and phased

implementation were highlighted as two feasible areas of influence.

The result of the discussion was to create a ‘Sustainability Agenda 2030’ whereby

a vision for key objectives for the sport to be achieved by 2030 were discussed

prioritised and documented.

These vary between event standards, water quality standards, technical standards,

research, training, equality targets, reporting and partnerships.

World Sailing will present its ‘Sustainability Agenda 2030’ to the World Sailing

Council for adoption at the World Sailing Annual Conference in Puerto Vallarta,

Mexico in November 2017.

Furthermore, working with key stakeholders and members, World Sailing plans

to create a central resource base which will showcase sustainability related tools,

documents and information that is accessible to a global audience.

After the meeting, Golding commented, “It is remarkable to think about how

much is already going on [with sustainability within sailing].

“I think the main opportunities are around events and boat design, as World

Sailing has a fair amount of control and influence. So, working with events to

ensure better practices on how we think of our marine environment and one

another as human beings. And then also looking at how World Sailing can

inspire boat design to move in a new direction that’s not creating waste.

“I would like to see World Sailing as an organisation that has influence around

the world across the board on sustainability, particularly on protecting the marine

environment and waters of the world. We want to see measurable progress in

that and we want to see our sailing areas, our waters and our habitats for marine

species to improve.”

World Sailing released its sustainability strategy at the 2016 Annual Conference

in Barcelona, Spain. The strategy will ensure that World Sailing, its members

and partners have a framework that delivers fact-based tangible benefit across the

three pillars of sustainability - environmental, social and economic.

Following the identification of risks and opportunities, eight objectives to drive

the strategy have been set. These include:

• Protect and enhance sailing’s waters and the wider water environment

• Promote research into the impact of sailing on the environment

• Encourage a robust approach to sustainability across the sports and its

supporting affiliated industries

• Minimise World Sailing’s carbon footprint and promote resource efficiency

across the Sport

• Create a sound economic base for World Sailing and the Sport

• Provide and promote safe and collaborative working environments

• Develop diverse and inclusive operations, promoting sailing in an open

and accessible way to increase participation

• Communicate the benefits and importance of sustainability and facilitate

stakeholder engagement in the delivery of this strategy

Find out more and read World Sailing’s Sustainability Strategy at http://www.

World Sailing’s Official Technology Partner, SAP and Automotive Partner, Volvo

Ocean Race, Volvo Group and Volvo Car Group have pledged their support to

working with World Sailing on sustainability programmes. MS

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BOOK IT NOW: Ocean Liners

by Lucy Warne

Ocean Liners > 47

Motion Sickness

of the best motion sickness treatments

Regardless of how big your yacht is or how luxurious the owner’s cabin may be, the occasional bout of

seasickness can strike down every would-be sailor. So, along with your marine-safe suncream and insect

repellent, be sure to pack one of these great motion sickness treatments.

Peppermint Oil

According to ancient Chinese medical traditions

rubbing peppermint oil on the temples and roof

of the mouth can help relieve the feelings of nausea

caused by motion sickness. The fact that it smells

great and doubles up as a brilliant essential oil for

massages and foot baths is just another reason to give

it a try.

Peppermint oil, Aveda

Explorer sea sickness

relief band

Far more advanced than your average acupressure

motion sickness band, the Explorer sea sickness

relief band sends out a gentle electronic pulse from

the wrist to interrupt the nausea signals between

the brain and stomach. Effective in 90 per cent

of cases, the band is endorsed by the US Food &

Drug Administration and promises relief within

just 20 minutes with no side effects. The band uses

replaceable batteries and offers five different power

settings so it can be adapted for the severity and age

of the user.

Explorer seasickness relief band, Chemmart

Ginger root

For those who prefer natural remedies, ginger root

has long been known as an effective stomach settler.

There are plenty of ways to take it – ginger tea or

simply chewing on a piece of the root itself are the

most common. However, if you don’t like the taste

or are looking for something with a longer shelf life,

a jar of ginger root capsules will travel well and can

be easily added to your daily supplements.

Ginger root capsules 500mg, Solgar at Drugstore,


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For a more conventional medical treatment, opt

for Stugeron tablets. The active ingredient in this

common sea sickness treatment is also known as

cinnarizine – a type of antihistamine known to

prevent and relieve nausea, vomiting, anxiety and

headaches caused by motion sickness. This overthe-counter

treatment can be easily obtained from

most pharmacies and supermarkets and is suitable

for children over the age of five.

Stugeron15 tablets, Boots/Chemimart

Essential oils

If you’re travelling with children who are prone to

motion sickness and are looking for a treatment

which is natural but doesn’t involve swallowing

capsules then essential oils are the perfect answer.

The two most effective oils for sea sickness are

grapefruit and patchouli. Apply to pulse points and

dab a little around the neck area or shake a few drops

on to a tissue and inhale as required.

Patchouli oil, and grapefruit oil, 5ml, Fushi

Cannes Boatshow > 49


Inmarsat signs MoU

with Samsung Heavy Industries

to deliver applications for new build smart ships

Inmarsat (LSE: ISAT.L) has signed a ground-breaking Memorandum of

Understanding (MoU) with Samsung Heavy Industries (“SHI”), establishing

a relationship to leverage the ‘smart ship’ connectivity offered by Fleet Xpress at

the vessel construction stage.

The strategic agreement envisages the leading South Korean yard installing

Inmarsat-approved terminal hardware and offering applications to cover

remote machinery diagnostics and CCTV services, to leverage the satellite

communications platform’s capabilities from the moment the ship is delivered.

The new service, which has been christened ‘Smart Ship’ by SHI, will allow

owners to enhance efficiency by harvesting data from hull-monitors and

equipment sensors onboard in real-time, utilising Inmarsat’s dedicated

bandwidth for Certified Application Providers (CAPs).

“Uptake of Fleet Xpress has been phenomenal since its launch in 2016 with

over 10,000 vessels now committed to using the service,” said Ronald Spithout,

Inmarsat Maritime President. “This agreement with SHI represents a new

chapter in the story of smart shipping and the connected vessel.

“The Fleet Xpress service allows SHI to build-in new levels of vessel efficiency.

This agreement demonstrates that the most forward-looking shipbuilders

recognise collaboration as the key to shipping’s exploitation of the Internet of

Things. It is also further evidence that Inmarsat and its partners are driving

shipping towards value-added applications that are set to digitalise the industry

and modes of operation.”

Subject to a definitive agreement, SHI will retain remote connections to vessels,

while Inmarsat will support SHI’s services through a dedicated Certified

Application Provider subscription.

“Samsung Heavy Industries Co. considers itself to be a technology leader which

has always worked closely with owners to deliver ships that are smart, safe, efficient

and sustainable,” said Dr. Booki Kim, Director of Central Research Institute,

Samsung Heavy Industries & Construction Co. “However, the smart ship of

today demands intelligent solutions to cover remote operational management

and equipment monitoring, and continuous lifecycle services to extend its life.

As a global shipbuilder, SHI is partnering with Inmarsat in a mutual growth

opportunity to deliver more competitive, next generation satellite-based vessel


One of the most diversified builders of commercial ships in the world, SHI takes

pride in its role as a supplier of high-tech, high-value ships. Its position as the

world’s No. 1 builder of drill ships, Ultra Large Container Carriers, LNG carriers

and Floating Production Storage and Offloading helps support its additional

expertise in ship network systems, fuel gas supply and storage systems and ballast

water management systems.

Through its Certified Application Provider (CAP) programme, Inmarsat

aims to support and enable products that become part of an eco-system of

applications to broaden and enhance services beyond connectivity and enable

‘value-adds’ for end-users. Applications covering real-time analysis of data for

engine monitoring, weather information and fuel consumption rates can deliver

real gains in operational efficiency, safety and compliance, IT security and crew


The CAP programme is part of Inmarsat’s strategy to support the global adoption

of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the maritime market, using the unique Fleet

Xpress service.

Fleet Xpress seamlessly combines the power of Inmarsat’s Global Xpress

network, the world’s only high speed, mobile and globally available broadband

service from a single operator, with its ultra-reliable L band network by means

of the Inmarsat Gateway. The Inmarsat Gateway, with its rich set of Application

Programming Interfaces (APIs) provides application-triggered bandwidth, a

managed-cyber security solution and flexible third-party subscriptions on board

Fleet Xpress vessels. MS

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Design, Innovation & Excellence


Radisson Blu Resort & SPA, Malta Golden Sands





The Malta International Boating & Yachting Awards 2017

Celebrating Malta’s Boats & Yachting Champions

Created by MBR Publications Ltd in 2015, the Malta International Boating

& Yachting Awards recognise the best of the yachting and maritime industry

in Malta and internationally. Presenting the pre-launch party during a lavish

ceremony being held on board the Super Yacht ARESTEAS on Friday 27th

October 2017, the awards serve as a benchmark for the industry in the

Mediterranean region.

The Malta International Boating & Yachting Awards 2017 is the first event to

recognise the efforts and successes of Maltese and international yacht builders,

as well as companies focusing on the challenging Mainland Europe and also

tap into North Africa yachting market. Entering its 1st year, this prestigious

awards honours the best of the best in Maltese and international yachting for

their quality products and services. This year, the awards ceremony will be held

on the 20th November, 2017, featuring a select group of VIPs, HNWIs and key

personalities in the yachting industry.

The TM awards’ organiser, one of Malta’s premier business awards program

organiser, and event organiser with over experience delivering world-class

exhibition participation in Dubai and the Middle East, featuring local, regional

and international exhibitors with unmatched expertise and market knowledge,

has issued a final call for entries for the nominees for this year’s edition. Entry

packages and complete submission details on the awards are available from:

margaret’ 6743; 9926 0162.

MBR Publication Ltd’s commitment to ongoing innovation within the

exhibition industry has supported the rapid growth and development of a wide

range of business-to-business and business-to-consumer shows, and delivered

consistent satisfaction to exhibitors and visitors. MBR Publication Ltd’s works

with the leading trade bodies and industry associations to ensure that all

exhibitions deliver full value, and are built upon the real needs of their specific


From the glitz and glamour on the Marina, to the smaller boats, submarines and

jetskis, from powerboats to sailing boats and super yachts, you are sure to find an

award you wish to be nominated for. If gear and gadgets is on your mind, then

Equipment Supplies & Services categories available, and this event is the right

place for you! Here you will find every category imaginable from safety devices

to marine electronics.

There is no other bats and yachting award event quite like Malta International

Boating & Yachting Awards 2017, where fortunes will be launched and dreams

set sail. Don’t miss the final night celebrating the marine lifestyle champions,

with the industries latest and greatest showcased against the spectacular backdrop

of the Radisson Golden Sands.

“The Malta International Boating & Yachting Awards have been a highlight

for the region’s yachting industry and shall become the highlight of the boats

and yachting calendar since they are being launched and were created to

address the super yacht industry in particular, although the first edition gathers

a conprehensive category system unrivalled in its objectives and also its broad

vision. We’re delighted that the these Awards will be held following the Rolex

Middle Sea Race, where all of the industry’s leaders are gathered each year. It will

be a special occasion for everyone involved. This is not a politically driven cow,

but a genuine award programme created by people who have a passion and vast

experience in the baots and yachting industry.” – Martin Vella, Editor-In-Chief,

Managing Director, MBR Publications Ltd

“Welcome to a great launch this year of on board the SY ARESTEAS thanks to

Oceanus Marine Ltd and Yildizmar Yachting! This year we will get together and

plan to make our Islands a superyacht destination-Malta to celebrate the success

of the brands, builders, marina and clubs, companies and individuals. We are

glad to see that the increasing number of Maltese HNWIs have accepted this

lifestyle in the past years and tried to get more involved in the sailing regattas,

offshore cruising, boat parties and other sea-related activities. Hope all our

partners could be benefit from this potential market and enjoy the 1st edition of

Malta International Boating & Yachting Awards .“ MS

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