>> 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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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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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
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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.”
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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.
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Interview of the month
Vivid snapped against the iconic
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
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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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
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
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 www.azureultra.com. MS
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MMRTC Basic Safety Training
DEVELOPMENT OF ceenc
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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YACHTING FESTIVAL CANNES 2017:
World Debut of the “Navetta 73”
New Flagship Of The Absolute Range
During the recent
launched the new
“Navetta 73”, at
its world launch.
Thanks to her
22,30 meters in
length, she is the
new flagship of the
“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
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
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Portomaso Marina, St. Julians STJ 4011, Malta
Tel: +356 21388050 Fax: +356 21389655
Credit: Absolut Yachts
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THE BEST END-OF-SEASON MEDITERRANEAN DESTINATIONS
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 Shutterstock.com / 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
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Creditline: Boat International
Gozo Bay. Picture courtesy of Shutterstock.com / JMAV.
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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,
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
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
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
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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
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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
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, westcoastint.com 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?
LIGHTWEIGHT WOMEN’S DOUBLE SCULLS
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
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 www.equiomgroup.com
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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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The Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2017 parties
THE WELCOME COCKTAIL
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 SUNSET PARTY
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
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
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
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
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,
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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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,”
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,”
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
ICS Chairman Calls on All Parties
to Ensure Successful Implementation of
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
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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Sustainability Agenda 2030
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://
sailing.org/news/42098.php. 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
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.
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
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
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
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
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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THE MALTA INTERNATIONAL
BOATS AND YACHTING AWARDS
Design, Innovation & Excellence
FRIDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2017
Radisson Blu Resort & SPA, Malta Golden Sands
IN COLLABORATION WITH
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
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’mbrpubications.net/9940 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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