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When people are invited to stop what they are doing

and think about the ocean, what it means to us,

and what we can do to help protect it

Quote of the Month

What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able

to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves?

This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and

without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous.

– Thomas Merton


Another stifling, hot summer is upon us. I am

planning on a holiday break in London and

Paris, as well as a sailing adventure around

the Aeolian Islands, while I am writing this


Rising out of the cobalt-blue seas off Sicily’s

northeastern coast, the Unesco-protected

Aeolian Islands (Vulcano, Lipari, Salina, Panarea,

Stromboli, Filicudi and Alicudi) are a little piece

of paradise, a seven-island archipelago offering

a wealth of opportunities for relaxation and

outdoor fun. Stunning waters provide sport

for swimmers, sailors, kayakers and divers,

while trekkers can climb hissing volcanoes and

gourmets can sip honey-sweet Malvasia wine. My favourite hot spot is Panarea,

the smallest and most fashionable of the Aeolians, attracting international jetsetters

and Milanese fashionistas for a taste of dolce far niente

I shake my head when I am at one of the few local yacht clubs on the Island,

watching the kids get ready for their junior sailing program, and there are a

bunch of parents rigging the boats. As a kid, we would have been incredibly

humiliated if our parents had rigged our boats for us. It was something we did

together, helping each other when necessary but taking responsibility for getting

the job done by ourselves. My mother’s total involvement was to hand me my

favorite floppy hat and some pocket money and tell me to have fun.

I had no one to protect me from doing something stupid, like getting fingers in

the way when attaching a boom or lowering a centerboard. And because no one

shielded me from difficulties or disappointments, I learned to stand on my own.

Trust me, I only held a fully loaded spinnaker halyard once as I released it when

dousing the chute. Smoked my hand, learned a lesson, as I was growing fast.

If I forgot to pack a sandwich or, more likely, forgot to stow it someplace dry, I was

the one with a soggy sandwich at lunch. There was no mommy-boat to fix things,

and I learned to carefully waterproof anything I wanted to eat later, and it wasn’t

a plastic bag back then, it was multiple layers of wax paper with a rubber band.

One of the special qualities of sailing is that it really does train kids to become

functioning adults. Sure, soccer and football and other sports help instill teamwork,

but that’s about it. Not much use in your adult life for bunt or place kick.

Sailing teaches you stuff you will use forever. I used knots I learned on the water

to tie some lumber securely to the roof rack of my car recently, and I have a

lifetime of familiarity with tools, paints, adhesives and the other stuff that kept

my boats together and afloat. Sailing prepares kids for life.

Sailing is a training ground that turns kids into adults, as long as adults leave them

alone. Let them win or lose on their own merits, not with someone snowplowing

their life. As a kid, I was expected by my parents to exercise good judgment and

good judgment often comes by making mistakes.

Mistakes are a part of the growing process and I have to admit, I am still a little

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By Martin Vella

Talking about one of the people in Malta with the clearest vision on how the future of healthcare looks

like, what we have managed to accomplish with digitization, and what yet must be done to improve

the state of health of all Maltese, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Healthcare Dr Chris Fearne is

always looking for ways to improve the healthcare system and making it work for all. In this interview he

tells us about opportunities and challenges lying ahead, and how we can be ready to meet them.

Talking about one of the people in

Malta with the clearest vision on how

the future of healthcare looks like,

what we have managed to accomplish

with digitization, and what yet must be done

to improve the state of health of all Maltese,

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for

Healthcare Dr Chris Fearne is always looking

for ways to improve the healthcare system and

making it work for all. In this interview he tells

us about opportunities and challenges lying

ahead, and how we can be ready to meet them.

MBR: Malta’s healthcare system is ranked

very highly, coming in amongst the top ones

in Health International Indices. What are

the defining aspects of the system?

CF: Malta’s public health system delivers a

comprehensive basket of health services to

all citizens for free. The system is consistently

placed amongst the top ones in the world.

Lancet, probably the best medical journal,

currently places us in the top ten.

Maltese citizens enjoy one of the highest life

expectancies in Europe, a very good gauge

of our citizens’ health and the quality of our

health services. More specifically, the country

is doing very well according to many of the

indicators of communicable disease and child

development. After many years facing a host

of issues such out of stock medicines and long

waiting lists for appointments and surgeries,

there is now a strong political commitment to

provide a healthcare system that is accessible

to all, of high quality, safe and sustainable.

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Scoring so high on Health Indices is a direct

result of the competence and dedication

of our entire staff, government’s everincreasing

investment in the health sector

and the effective leadership and vision of our

management team.

MBR: Mental health strategy and dementia

– what are your policies and how are they in

line with our ethos and social values?

CF: We have just recently published a mental

health strategy covering 2020-2030. Through

it we will be modernizing current policy,

refurbishing and strengthening our existing

infrastructure and following a clear road map

to achieve and preserve mental well-being.

For decades, mental health was grossly

underfunded and kept in the shadows of other

health services. This government has been and

will continue to be determined to do everything

to turn this round. With an investment of €6.4

million this year alone, Mount Carmel Hospital

will be undergoing a radical transformation and

refurbishment. Its wards are being equipped with

modern facilities and to the highest standards.

The strategy emphasises the shift from

hospital to community care, thus providing

more accessible care and preventing patient

institutionalisation. At the same time, a site for

an acute 100-120 psychiatric patient facility on

Mater Dei grounds has been identified.

Mental health clinics will be placed in primary

care settings, thereby integrating mental and

physiological care.

Four years ago it was estimated that over 6000

people were suffering from dementia. This

amounted to 1.5 per cent of the population

and is projected to reach 3.5 per cent by 2050.

This demographic will bring about a significant

demand not only on the health and social

care services but on society as a whole. The

National Strategy for Dementia in the Maltese

Islands (2015-2023) is aiming to implement a

number of measures in various management

and care areas. Its key objectives include

increasing awareness and understanding

of the condition, timely diagnosis and

intervention and staff development. This

strategy also aims to promote an ethical

approach to dementia management and care.

It also provides patients and their care givers

with the necessary psychological support. The

ultimate objective is to maximise the quality of

life in the circumstances of both patients and

their carers.

MBR: Can you provide some insights into

the local healthcare system, the Ministry’s

main policy priorities and the continued

efforts to improve quality of life for Maltese


CF: The key to an excellent health service

is a strategy that keeps patients’ needs at its

centre. For instance, we launched a national

diabetes strategy which widened the range of

free medicines, bolstered the distribution of

free diabetes sticks and created a new ward for

patients with complications in their legs and

feet. We also launched a national cancer plan,

opened a new oncology hospital and added

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more specialised medicines for different types

of cancers. In addition, using NDSF funds, we

are investing €10 million in capital funds in

our community health centres.

The IVF legislation amendments based on

pro-life principles will double the number

of surviving embryos. This service is now

available for free at MDH, and to a wider range

of applicants. Seen holistically, these measures

give a chance to many more couples to realise

their life dream of becoming parents.

To distance the threat that new resistances to

macrobiotics pose to the community, we are

rolling out anew, state of the art antibiotics

plan. During my address at the EPSCO meeting

in Luxembourg, I urged that Anti-Microbial

Resistance be given utmost priority in the EU

Health Agenda. This was also discussed during

the most recent Valletta Declaration Meeting

with EU Health Ministers.

Recently, Mater Dei Hospital was certified as a

co-ordination centre for European specialized

hospitals known as the European Reference

Network. This network comprises over 500

health centres and hospitals specializing in rare

diseases. In Malta, there are 3,539 registered

patients with rare conditions. Sitting in the EU

Maltese presidency chair has also given us an

opportunity to place rare diseases at the top

of the EU agenda. We shall continue to strive

to reduce the isolation of afflicted patients

through more support networks.

More generally, the government will embark on

the creation of a long term and comprehensive

strategic plan for healthcare covering the

years 2020-2030. The aim will be to ensure

accessibility to all through a smart programme

of national investment.

MBR: What steps are you taking to ensure

that our healthy living and wellbeing

systems remain sustainable?

CF: Sustainability is key challenge on the

desk of any health minister. Our health

system is both excellent and free and we are

determined to keep it that way. Indeed our

investment strategy takes its cue from this core

value. In parallel, we are actively working to

consolidate further Malta’s credentials as a

centre for medical tourism, precisely to shore

up sustainability

We are doing even more on this count.

The implementation of the Patient Charter will

continue to ensure free, efficient, top-quality

and sustainable health services accessible to

all. We shall also continue to invest in better

technologies, increase the health care work

force and care in the community.

As a government we will continue to upgrade

and strengthen the health infrastructure as

well as up our game in preventive screening,

awareness, educational campaigns. We

will also further increase the availability of

free medicines which treat more diseases.

Obviously, all this calls for strategic investments

to underpin a revision of existing processes

whilst shifting the focus of care away from

hospital to the community.

MBR: How are you fostering innovation so

that all Maltese can improve their wellbeing

and healthy living?

CF: Cutting edge healthcare innovation in

is one of our top priorities. We introduced

remote patient monitoring, kicking off with

diabetes patients on insulin, allowing them to

monitor their glucose levels. This new service

gives the patient an instant blood sugar level

reading which then triggers the software to

supply potentially life-saving information.

This system can also instantly inform the

doctor, family members and the hospital when

necessary. This year we plan to implement this

technology nationwide, eventually extending

it to patients suffering from other conditions

like lung and heart diseases.

Recently at MDH, ‘Mario’, our first robot,

delivered his first medicines. ‘He’ not only

does it more efficiently but also drastically

decreases the chance of error. Maltese doctors

are currently being trained in anticipation of

the introduction of robots assisting them in

surgeries at MDH. The first roll out will be in

prostrate surgery.

MBR: One of your key objectives is to bring

innovative drugs to the market more swiftly

and in a more cost-effective manner. Could

you please elaborate on the pathways you

are exploring to achieve this?

CF: When Malta chaired the Presidency of

the EU Council, we initiated the Valletta

Declaration and set up this group of ten EU

countries with the aim of lobbying large

pharmaceutical companies for better prices

on bulk purchases of public pharmaceuticals.

During our last meeting in July, we came

together to vigorously ensure that there is

sustainable pricing of new medicines coming

on the market. Through more streamlined joint

procurement initiatives we aim to provide the

best, most accessible and advanced healthcare

and medicines to all our citizens. We wish to

continue introducing innovative medicines,

but always insisting on full price transparency.

MBR: In what ways can digital healthcare

help Malta in tackling social inequalities on

life expectancy and the level of unmet needs?

CF: While we have made great strides in

health care in Malta, the advent of blockchain

technology, digitization and artificial

intelligence is set to revolutionize the system

out of recognition. Digital healthcare can

facilitate patient care, protect his or her

information, and monitor treatment across

hospitals and health centres worldwide. In

this respect we are truly headed to some

revolutionary times.

Digital technologies are supporting health

system efforts to transition to new models of

patient-centred care as well as help develop

‘smart health’ approaches which increase

affordability, improve quality and lower costs.

Blockchain, RPA, cloud, AI and robotics, the

Internet of Medical Things, digital and virtual

reality are just some of the ways that this

wave is radically transforming health care.

These technologies can help with diagnosis,

treatment, speed, quality, diagnostic accuracy,

care and more generally to improve the patient

experience. Investment in digitization can

lead to better usage of health data in research

supporting personalized care.

Allow me, however, a quick reality check.

Digital innovation is assisting and augmenting

health staff skills, not replacing them. It is

freeing up the time of highly trained staff

to focus on more valuable, patient-facing

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The strategy emphasises the shift

from hospital to community care,

thus providing more accessible

care and preventing patient

institutionalisation. } 7

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Recently, Mater Dei

Hospital was certified as

a co-ordination centre

for European specialized

hospitals known as the

European Reference


Continued from page 7

activities. The My Health system which stores

patient records electronically allows a family

doctor access to more than 60,000 patients.

MBR: Prevention rather than cure – which

innovations and projects can have an

impact on the future of public health?

CF: The Health Ministry, through the

Superintendency of Public Health’s Social

Determinants Unit, has secured social

funding to establish a national platform to

address social determinants of health. This

survey covers various topics such as quality

of life, tobacco, alcohol consumption, body

mass, illness, disability and the use of health

services and medicines. The data will enable

identification of health inequalities in Malta,

which in turn leads to overarching and crosscutting

policies. In other words, policy can be

shaped to increase prevention and awareness,

look out for a healthier community and rooted

in the cardinal principle of equity address

different needs of each strata of society.

Malta has recently registered the best Breast

Cancer patient survival rates due to top notch

quality treatment and care given to patients.

Hence, we are extending the breast screening

service to women aged between 50-69 to

once, every two instead of three years. Up

till now around 80,000 mammograms were

performed since the service was introduced

in 2009.

MBR: What remains to be done to improve

the state of health of the Maltese?

CF: Our vision is to actively promote a society

that fosters an environment conducive to

health and well-being. To attain these goals

the government will continue to build on the

current principles laid out in the National

Health Strategy for Malta 2014-2020 - to

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give every individual the opportunity to

lead a healthy and active life and to benefit

from equitable access to sustainable quality

healthcare services.

In the coming decades, the Maltese health

system will have to face a number of

significant challenges, including the increase

in population size as well as chronic conditions

such as obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart

diseases. More mental health problems will

certainly add further pressure on the system.

In order to address these challenges sustainably,

the health system needs to find effective solutions

with greater emphasis on prevention, increased

efficiency and improved use of resources.

MBR: At this key moment for the Ministry’s

agenda on the European stage, what is

your final message that you would like

to share with our local and international


CF: The Health Ministry believes in the

quality of its main resource, that is our

dedicated health staff. We aim to empower

them more, providing more access to training

and ground-breaking medical research

as well as access to the latest technology

and equipment. We shall strive to further

develop primary health care and the role

of specialized centres to put Malta on the

regional health map. MS

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} Feature: Superyacht Hacking


Inside the

secret world

of superyacht


Tales of successfully hacked superyachts

are be hard to come by. Owners

are reluctant to recount personal

experiences of loss to hackers and

their keyboards. As Tony Gee, associate partner

at cyber security firm Pen Test Partners says,

“There is very little proper knowledge about

yachts being attacked.” But this doesn’t mean it

isn’t happening.

Gee, along with Malcolm Taylor, director of cyber

security at ITC Secure, has opened up about

what causes a yacht to become compromised.

Such incidents, they say, are the result of a

trailing industry “playing catch up” with shrewd

hackers and slack cyber security. Both say it is a

growing problem. “There are industries that are

ahead on this issue and the nautical industry

is not one of them,” says Taylor. Gee agrees,

branding the business “massively behind” on

matters of security. “There is maybe a handful

of people out there who have got a view on this

issue,” Gee says, “but basically no-one is looking

at security on superyachts.”

The yachting community’s approach to the tech

revolution of the last 25 years bears significant

blame. As the internet has saturated more and

more of our lives, the priority of owners and

builders has largely been to transfer the latest

tech on to superyachts. Cyber security has been

left by the wayside, according to Taylor. “The

demand was for performance and somewhere

in the middle of that, the notion that we need

to worry about security was lost,” he says. “We

are much more capable than we are secure and

there’s a big gap between those two things.”

Newly launched superyachts carry a plethora

of cutting-edge tech, from the standard staples

of Wi-Fi, smart TVs and audio systems, to

connected lighting, drones, smart mirrors and

virtual concierges akin to Amazon’s Alexa that

can even place orders with the yacht’s chef.

“The problem is that much of this technology

is very vulnerable. There are a lot of ways for it

to be attacked,” Gee says.

Gee highlights one website,

which allows users to search for other people’s

devices online. It can also be used to search

for satellite communication systems and, Gee

warns, “more and more people” are using

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it to find the communication systems of

superyachts. Speaking at BOAT International’s

Superyacht Design Symposium in January,

Gee demonstrated how easy it is to log into

the satellite communication systems of a yacht

live onstage. He revealed it is even possible to

hack into the navigational system of a yacht

and re-write its location, tricking the yacht into

thinking it is somewhere else.

However, Taylor says such an incident is

“extremely unlikely.” Instead, he argues that

cyber criminals are targeting superyachts

for instant financial gain. “Some hackers are

motivated by ideological reasons but for most

cyber criminals, it’s how they make their living

– they want money.”

Taylor, who is brought in to aid and advise

hacking victims on asset recovery, can recall

many instances of owners who “lost seven

figures” through phishing fraud. In one such

case, the captain of a yacht received an email

asking for a $100,000 fuel payment. The only

thing that made it different from the fuel

company’s previous emails was its request to

pay the money into a different account. “The

hackers made the email look exactly the same

as previous ones,” Taylor explains. Caught

unaware, the crew made the transaction to

the false account, losing $100,000. Phishing

emails like these are common, Taylor says, and

successful when operated by skilled hackers.

“They make the emails look like they have come

from the right person and the right place.”

In the most extreme occasion he recalls, an

owner was defrauded of $11 million in one

transaction. But this was not your typical

phishing email. After hacking the yacht’s

systems, the criminals carried out a drawn-out

period of communication surveillance, gaining

access to negotiation conversations between

the owner and a broker. “The hackers realised

that the owner was preparing to buy something.

When the price had been agreed, they sent a

confirmation email asking for the money to be

paid into a bank account,” Taylor explains. “The

individual at that time was expecting such an

email and he paid the money.”

Taylor also reports cases of sensitive business

documents being stolen. Another owner had

“very personal photos” taken. “The hackers

began asking for money to send them back and

threatened to publish if they didn’t get it.” For

every one of Taylor’s stories, countless others

remain untold. “The thing about cyber-attacks

is that the ones you hear about are the tip of

the iceberg because people just do not want

to admit it.”

Sloppy security on board can be traced back to

two parties, Gee and Taylor agree; the owner

and the captain, but there is a tendency for

each one to shirk the responsibility onto the

other. “The captain has a responsibility to

ensure the technology is kept up to date and

maintained but they may not think that’s

their problem,” Gee said. For a yacht to have

watertight security, both parties need to take

responsibility. “Captains should care about

cyber security on board and owners need to

understand how secure their yacht is.” Simple

rules, such as ensuring the captain keeps a

clean USB for navigational purposes, which

is locked away after use, could dramatically

reduce a yacht’s vulnerability, the pair say.

Greater importance should also be placed on

training crew to deal with such situations.

“Something that owners, yards and yacht

management companies could certainly

improve on is training the crew,” Taylor says.

“They’re the ones dealing with the emails,

they’re the ones on the front line.”


• Ask the captain when the satcom and

navigation systems were last updated.

• Regularly audit charter yachts for rouge

systems and devices.

• Seek training for captains and crew on good

security practices.

• Seek assurances that smart devices cannot

interact with safety critical systems.


• Change default passwords for all systems.

• Test on board systems for issues.

• Train your crew on good security practice

such as where they can charge their devices

and what they can do with them while they

are on the yacht.

• Ensure maintenance windows for updates

are allowed. MS

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} Extreme Sailing Adventure





By Sailing-Yacht-Salperton

Some people buy a boat just for

glamour or racing. Others buy a

yacht to embark on the voyage

of a lifetime. The owner of 45

metre superyacht Salperton (now

Palmira) talks to Sam Fortescue

about his epic adventure in


Salperton sailed through mountainous Patagonia to reach Cape

Horn, where the Pacific and Atlantic tumultuously converge.

Image by LuisValiente from Pixabay

Having owned large sailing yachts for 21 years, Barry Houghton knew exactly

what he wanted when he commissioned Salperton. On delivery in 2009, the

45-metre sloop was already prepared for high latitudes, with extra heating,

vast tankage (22 tonnes of fuel and 12 tonnes of water) and eight freezers for

extended cruising.

Houghton spends 16 to 20 weeks per year on board, and was longing to see Chile and the

Falkland Islands. “I wouldd lived in Verbier, Switzerland, for 21 years, so I love mountains.

I wanted to go trekking first of all, so I combined that [at Torres del Paine National Park]

for three weeks prior to meeting the boat.”

He joined ship in Punta Arenas, after the yacht’s demanding downwind run from New

Zealand. “We underestimated the Roaring Forties – 24 days when the crew saw no one and

nothing. In that time, they had hardly any sail up; running downwind with just a small

staysail, hitting 25 knots – they must have been close to broaching many times.”

Obtaining their cruising permit from the Chilean authorities, the first thing they had to do

was to mend their blown-out mainsail in a makeshift tent on the commercial dock. But the

weeks of cruising that followed were sublime, in good conditions, Houghton remembers.

“I did not fill the boat with guests. The only people who came on were good friends I knew

well.” They cruised from anchorage to anchorage with a guide – a Yorkshireman who had

worked with famed sailor Skip Novak for many years. They would often hike for hours,

revelling in the wildness of the Beagle Channel.

With little love lost between Argentina and Chile, it was essential to stay in permitted

waters – the more so because Houghton wanted to continue on to the Falklands.

The highlights of the trip? “We had a close-range encounter with a condor,” he says. “It flew

within 20 metres of us; it had absolutely no fear. Also, the drama of the glaciers, without

any shadow of a doubt. And having the ability to hike in absolute nature, with no one and

nothing around. Just the pure splendour of nature, the remoteness and the silence.” MS

Courtesy: Boats International

We underestimated the

Roaring Forties – 24

days when the crew saw

no one and nothing.

Things took a dramatic

turn when the

downwind sail from

New Zealand to Chile

blew out the mainsail.

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By Miranda Blazeby

In this instalment of our creative Q&A series,

we profile Italian designer Tommaso Spadolini on

the inspiring city of Florence and designing the

fastest yacht in the world.

Source of inspiration?

My personal background – I was born and raised in a family of architects

and painters. Florence, the wonderful city in which I live, and my passion

for sailing - my long cruises and regattas allow me to find elements and

ideas that I later revise in design.

Spadolini at his studio in Florence

Toughest project?

Fortuna, the yacht designed and built for the King of Spain. Together

with Donald Blount, who developed the hull, we worked in a wind

tunnel in order to reach the project speed of 75 knots. It is the fastest

yacht in the world even now.

Image by MustangJoe from Pixabay

Photo courtesy of Tommaso Spadolini

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Florence based Tommaso Spadolini says he draws his

inspiration from the city in which he lives

Spadolini designed the fastest

yacht in the world, Fortuna

Your big break?

My first realised project was for the Barberis yard, for which I designed

the interiors.

Favourite yacht you designed?

Fortuna is still my favourite.

Most admired yacht designer?

I follow the designers that took their first steps in my studio.

Favourite yacht design?

The explorer concept – a yacht conceived and realised to make long

journeys and face any weather condition.

Favourite furniture designer?

I recently collaborated with Peter Marino Studio PMA whose great

innovativeness applies to yachting interior design.

Favourite building?

I am fascinated by the Sydney Opera House and the Guggenheim

Museum in New York.

Ultimate design fantasy?

A motor trimaran with ecologic technology.

If you were not a yacht designer?

I would be an architect. Or I would have like to have designed a vintage

scooter, or maybe a coffee machine or a vintage record player – why

not? MS

Credit: Boats International

} Special Feature


is becoming the yachting

capital of the world

Each year thousands of boats, both big and small, flock to the

Italian Riviera seeking a taste of la dolce vita. And right at the

heart of the action is the colourful city of Genoa. With a historic

port and marinas accommodating yachts up to 130 metres, it's

a hub of yachting activity and a portal to Italy’s romantic coastline. Not

only is Genoa home to a flourishing number of shipbuilders, the city

also hosts one of the world’s premier boat shows – and it's growing year

on year.

This year marks the 59 th edition of the Genoa International Boat Show

and aims to be bigger and better than ever. From September 19-24 the

city will be open for business as the world’s biggest boat show takes over

its historic harbour.

This year will showcase an even more expansive display of Italian

excellence. Inspired by the global success of Milan’s Salone del Mobile,

organisers want to push the Genoa International Boat Show beyond the

confines of the marina and host a number of events throughout the year,

transforming Genoa into the true capital of yachting.

Last year’s edition of the Genoa International Boat Show welcomed over

174,000 visitors, and 951 exhibitors from 27 countries, breaking its own

record as the biggest event in the Mediterranean for the industry. With

100,000 square metres of land and 100,000 square metres of water

already fully booked, it looks like this year certainly won’t disappoint.

And the good news doesn't stop there. The Italian boating industry is

on the rise for the fourth year running - a growth that is reflected in the

success of the Genoa International Boat Show each year.

This is a city that lives and breathes yachting. Showcasing Italy’s worldclass

excellence and unmatched maritime history, it's no wonder Genoa

is well on its way to becoming the capital of yachting. MS

Creditline: Boat International;

The 59 th edition of the Genoa International Boat Show will be bigger and

better than ever

The Capital of yachting.

Genoa, 19 - 24 September 2019 } 15

} America’s Cup


winning ways


Not only have Sir Ben Ainslie and his

INEOS Team UK been racing again,

they have had some hard-won

success, too...

It’s critically important not to get rusty. The next

America’s Cup takes place in Auckland in March

2021, and it will be raced in the foiling AC75

monohull. It’s a brand new class and the rules

forbid the launch of any boat before the end of

March 2019. So we needed to find something

for INEOS Team UK to race in this year.

T5, the test boat we created from a Quant 28,

is a great tool for understanding how the AC75

will work and funnelling that knowledge into

the design of our own America’s Cup boat. But

our sailors also have to stay current, sharp and

race-ready through the long design and build

phase that we are now in.

We wanted the sailing team to compete together

on an existing racing circuit. Initially we looked

at the TP52s, and some of the other America’s

Cup teams did choose to race in those boats. But

the only real similarity with the AC75 is the fact

that they are both monohulls.

So we looked around for alternatives. We didn’t

want it to cost a fortune either and it seemed

that the GC32 foiling catamaran fitted well – a

top speed of over 30 knots and relatively simple

systems let us concentrate on the racing. The

Extreme Sailing Series also uses the GC32 in

its Stadium Racing circuit, but while it’s a more

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Photography courtesy of Harry Kh/Ineos Team UK

The next America’s

Cup will take place

in 2021 in Auckland,

New Zealand.

commercial series orientated to spectators and

sponsors, we felt that the quality of the racing

was better on the GC32 Racing Tour. And

that had to be the priority: good, competitive

sailing in a foiling boat.

We still had to learn all the nuances of the

boat, though – the right time to try to get it

foiling, when to change modes, when to go

for the tacks and gybes and the detail of the

execution on all those manoeuvres. It’s the

same with any crew; there is a lot of teamwork

involved and everyone needs practice and a

good feel for the boat.

We joined the circuit at the second event in

Lagos, Portugal. Although we came third at

that event it was obvious that we lacked time

in the GC32; we were a long way from the level

of Franck Cammas and his winning NORAUTO

Team France. The expectations are always

high, and while we were frustrated not to be

performing better, the goal was always about

developing the team. To that end, we rotated

our sailing squad through all of the events in

order to give as many of our squad members as

much race time as possible.

The fact is that if you want to win in any class

you have to do the hours on the water. We

progressed massively through the season to

the point that we were able to really step up

and dominate the final event, in Toulon. That

we were able to improve so significantly while

rotating our crew was a real success and it feels

like we certainly maximised our experience on

the GC32 Racing Tour.

Being on the tour worked well towards our

ultimate goal of winning the America’s Cup.

To get this high-quality foiling racing under

our belts was invaluable for our campaign.

We challenged our sailors but also encouraged

the whole team to work together, including

our sailing team coach Rob Wilson, sailing

team manager Jono Macbeth, fitness coach

Ben Williams, the boat maintenance team of

Matt Adams and Aston Campion and the wider

team back at the Camber in Portsmouth. The

GC32 Racing Tour did an excellent job of that

this year. But next year we will step up to the

AC75 – and that will take things to a whole

new level. MS

Credit: Boats Int’l/Yacht Int’l

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} Sailing the Med: Rhodes

Exploring the wilder

side of Rhodes

By Holly Overton

Image by Josef Kotarba from Pixabay

With pretty bays and year-round sunshine, Rhodes is a popular

superyacht stop-off. Holly Overton steps ashore to discover how the

island’s wilder south side is undergoing a luxury eco-revolution.

Then ancient town of Lindos is 10 nautical miles away where you can dive into St Paul’s romantic heart shaped bay

According to Greek myth, when Zeus

defeated the Giants he decided to

divide the Earth between the gods,

only to mistakenly leave out Helios,

God of the Sun. It was agreed that the next

island to emerge from the sea would be his. The

following day, Rhodes rose from the Aegean

and has been sun drenched ever since. Of

course this is just an old folk tale, but the island

is statistically speaking one of the sunniest

places on earth, basking in sunshine 300 days

of the year. Locals call it “the island of the sun”.

This paints a rather idyllic picture of Rhodes

that’s a far cry from its party town reputation.

Your mind might wander to the boozy streets

of Falaraki with partygoers spilling out from

crowded bars every which way. But Helios’s

untainted island can still be found in the lesstrodden

south. Superyacht visitors seeking

solitude should head down the coastline where

the landscape turns much wilder, with rolling

hills clad in pines and cypresses, prickly pear

cacti sprouting at the roadside, and a smattering

of small fishing villages.

Hidden among this rustic landscape there is

luxury to be found at the Gennadi Grand Resort

- a beachfront oasis set between a pebbled shore

and rugged hills. This new eco-retreat is the first

of its kind on the island and is part of a new

wave of eco-luxury travel. Low slung-buildings

and a sloping green roof seamlessly blend the

hotel with the landscape while large floor to

ceiling windows bring the outside in and offer

endless views across the Aegean. Also among its

eco credentials, a clever water system is used

to fill the 161 private pools by desalinating

seawater. This eco-conscious ethos is at the

heart of the Gennadi Grand Resort.

“The biggest challenge is to find a way to

combine luxury with eco-friendliness and to

ensure as many of our everyday products and

amenities as possible are sustainable”, explains

sales manager Georgia Angeli of the resort’s

sustainability mission. “We are redefining

modern luxury in perfect harmony with the

surrounding environment”.

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Gennadi Grand Resort – This new eco-retreat is

the first of its kind on the island and is part of a

new wave of eco-luxury travel

Arrivals by sea can moor in the Port of Rhodes,

or, if you don’t mind getting your feet wet, drop

anchor in Gennadi Bay and tender into the

hotel’s pebble beach. After wandering between

sunken gardens and swaying palms, I check into

one of the resort’s beach chic suites, complete

with its own private pool and sea view. On the

sea-facing side of the hotel, I was greeted by

the golden display of the sun rising up from the

Aegean each morning.

‘Eco’ doesn’t mean having to sacrifice on

indulgence and the Gennadi Grand Resort is

the perfect example of this. A perhaps unlikely

foodie haven, substitutes for your on board chef

come in the form of 11 restaurants and bars,

ranging from fine dining to poolside snacking.

For the ultimate Greek experience the on-site

ouzeri is a must. This candle-lit underground

tavern serves up a Mediterranean menu of fresh

fish, such as sautéed sea bream or tuna fillet,

along with traditional dishes like Kritharoto,

the Greek answer to paella made with orzo

and Macedonian saffron. For dessert, try

Galaktoboureko, a traditional Greek pastry

stuffed with citrus fruit cream, topped with

kumquat and yoghurt ice cream and drizzled

with honey.

Among its eco credentials, Gennadi Grand

Resort boasts a green roof and a reverse osmosis

water plant to fill its 161 private pools

If you are looking to burn off some of the extra

calories there are few places more picturesque

to work up a sweat, with hiking trails scattered

across the surrounding hills. I take a rocky track

up to the ruins of a 15th century castle and am

rewarded with incredible panoramic views of

the coastline. Well-versed in the island’s flora

and fauna, my guide Nikos sporadically darts

off the path, returning with regional plants such

as thyme, sage and capers. As for the fauna,

other than the buzzing of cicadas, a lone goat is

our sole walking companion.

If you want to explore further the ancient

town of Lindos is 10 nautical miles away. Here

you can wend your way down narrow streets

shaded by vines and bougainvillea, dive into

St Paul’s romantic heart-shaped bay or hike

up to the ancient acropolis that dominates the

skyline. It’s steep but certainly worth it for

the view. Further afield, the small but pretty

island of Symi should be top of your list thank

to its colourful neoclassical houses, while

Fethiye on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast is also a

short sail away.

Superyacht stopovers should also head to the

island’s historic port which has welcomed some

of the largest yachts in the world, including

93m Mayan Queen IV, 140m Ocean Victory,

and 162.5m Eclipse. The Port of Rhodes (made

up of three harbours - Mandraki, Kolona and

Acandia) sits in the capital, Rhodes Town, in

the island’s busier North. The town is divided

into two parts, each with its own distinct

character. To one side of the port you’ll find

the cosmopolitan centre, with upscale shops

and waterfront bars welcoming passers-by for

an afternoon cocktail. To the other sits the Old

Town, encircled by medieval stone walls with

turreted entrances. Inside, colourful shops

selling local handicraft fill the 200 or so cobbled

backstreets. Throughout the summer season

the town is particularly lively while ferries

shuttling sightseers to nearby islands fill the

port’s waterways.

Rhodes is an island of contrasts with a clear

divide between its busy north and wild south.

Whichever your preference, guaranteed

sunshine and a long summer season mean the

island is perfect for a late summer getaway –

and one that no Aegean itinerary should be

complete without. MS

} Summer Event

Grimaldi Group

announces new,

innovative, ecofriendly

vessels at

their annual Malta

summer event


The Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, the Honourable

Dr Ian Borg as well as His Excellency Mario Sammartino, Italian Ambassador to

Malta, together with Dr Eugenio Grimaldi, Line Manager Italy – Malta Short Sea

Services of Grimaldi Group and Mr Ernest Sullivan, Managing Director of Malta

Motorways of the Sea and CEO of Sullivan Maritime Ltd

Mr Ernest Sullivan, Managing Director

of Malta Motorways of the Sea and

CEO of Sullivan Maritime Ltd,

welcomed guests to the annual

Grimaldi Group summer event in Malta held at

the Hilton Quarterdeck. Mr Sullivan introduced

Dr Eugenio Grimaldi, Line Manager Italy -

Malta Short Sea Services of Grimaldi Group

who addressed the clients, service providers

and local authorities. The Minister of Transport,

Infrastructure and Capital Projects, the

Honourable Dr Ian Borg as well as His Excellency

Mario Sammartino, Italian Ambassador to

Malta, were amongst the distinguished guests.

The Grimaldi Group are focused on creating

a shared value for the communities in which

it operates, whilst reducing environmental

impact, and operating in a sustainable way.

This is attainable through the development

of long, stable and positive relationships

with the Group’s partners. Developing and

implementing innovative projects contributes

to the improvement of the transport sector as

a whole. Increasing the capacity of the ships

means responding to market needs.

Malta Motorways of the Sea/Grimaldi Group

are very proud to have served the Maltese

maritime industry and the country’s economy

for fourteen years through their EU – Regular

Liner Shipping service that is backed by a fleet

of modern Ro-Ro vessels that guarantee a ‘Just

In Time’ service all year round. The Grimaldi

Group registered an incredible growth of

more than 50% in volumes during the last

five years.

Today, MMOS/Grimaldi Group offer very

competitive freight rates, and the highest

quality of maritime services to/from Malta

through the network of Short Sea Shipping

Services and weekly maritime connections

with daily service from/to Genoa, Livorno,

Salerno, Catania, Brindisi and Ravenna,

amongst several other ports.

The Grimaldi Group have recently undertaken a

massive investment program in retrofits for their

vessels, such works are granting the Group a

yearly saving of almost one million Tons of CO 2


with re-blading intervention on 38 vessels and 5

vessels have benefited from Re-bulb works.

In addition to the aforementioned retrofitting

program, the Grimaldi Group has also invested

in New Buildings. From May 2020 the Grimaldi

Group will take delivery of 12 giant hybrid-RoRo

vessels, equipped with large Lithium-ion batteries

to guarantee Zero Emissions in Port. Apart from

the great advantage of the zero emissions in Port,

these new vessels will also have double the load

capacity of the existing vessels in service taking

in over 500 trailer units. This will result in the

maximization of the economy of scale where

vessels will double their revenue intake whilst

maintaining running costs.

The Group exceeded a turnover of 3 billion

Euros in 2018. An incredible result achieved

thanks to their long-term investments, their

corporate belief in ‘Together we are better’ and

ultimately as a result of the continued support

and trust from their clients and local operators.

The Grimaldi Group, Naples is represented in

Malta by Sullivan Maritime Limited. Should

you require any further information please

visit or call on

+356 22995110. MS

Dr Eugenio Grimaldi, Line Manager Italy –

Malta Short Sea Services of Grimaldi Group } 19

} Underwater Drones



The best underwater drones

for exploring the depths

By Sam Fortescue

We’re used to seeing drones flying high, but they can dive

deep too. Sam Fortescue recommends the best underwater

drones for capturing marine life in high quality.


This ray-shaped box of tricks is capable of

descending to 30m on a 70m cord. The

PowerRay can stream HD video to your smart

device and shoot 4K video at 30fps as well as

hi-res stills – all lit with its built- in LED spots.

The Wizard package comes with sonar fishfinder,

bait delivery unit and VR headset.



This second-generation drone has five drives

for more manoeuvrability and a battery life of

up to two hours. It’s controlled wirelessly from

up to 100m via a buoy tethered by a cord. Set

a tilt lock for stunning 4K camera and 12mp

images at depths of up to 100m, using builtin

lights and optional colour correction filters.



Chinese outfit RoboSea has made a “cute”

drone in the shape of a bionic fish that uses its

tail for propulsion. Wireless control is achieved

from your phone via a sonar unit. BIKI has

infrared obstacle avoidance, shoots 4K video

and 16mp stills with image stabilisation, and

there’s a return-to-base button.



Decidedly more Jacques Cousteau than the others here, the Deep Trekker

can descend to 150m and work for up to eight hours on a 90-minute

charge. Upgrade to a 4K camera for HD video and 18mp stills. Rugged

and with built-in lighting, it comes with a remote.



Designed to film you during dives, iBubble is autonomous for up to

an hour in the water. It operates silently, using sonar to avoid reefs or

coral, with emission levels that don’t impact marine mammals. Twin

1,000-lumen lights adjust to diminishing light automatically.


Credit: Boats International

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transport, warehousing and third-party logistics at local and global levels. Our

experience, positive attitude and dedication to ethical values are our most

important assets, and through well-trained staff we are committed to delivering

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All freight and logistics solutions offered by O&S have one thing in common:

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needs of any customer are unique.

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} SY Concept Design



Superyacht concepts come in

all shapes and sizes – radical,

ordinary, revolutionary and

bizarre. We round up the

latest list of designs from the



The star attraction on board the latest superyacht concept from Nauta

Yachts is an expanding beach club dubbed “The Island” by the designer.

Sitting aft on the 78 metre yacht, the beach club features glazed transom

doors, a bar, underwater “nemo lounge” and fold-out terraces on port

and starboard. Accommodation is for a total of 12 guests, with the upper

deck completely dedicated to the owner’s accommodation.


Created by Canadian studio ER Yacht Design, this 65 metre go-anywhere

expedition yacht design is based on a modular concept. This means that

yacht features a number of removable modules or containers of differing

facilities, including additional accommodation, scientific laboratories

and extra storage for tenders and toys. Studio president Ivan Erdevicki

said the concept was inspired by the “wish lists” of previous clients.


Presented by Italian builder Cantieri Navali Santamargherita and designed

by Roberto Curtó, the 26.7 metre Bulldog 88 features a transformable

layout, with large and open living spaces. Key exterior features include

a large stern sundeck, including a 30 square metre beach club. The

upper deck also features a sundeck area of around 50 square metres and

includes a Jacuzzi situated at the bow for maximum privacy.


This 120 metre design from Hydro Tec has been described as the “natural

evolution” of the 80 metre Columbus Yachts flagship Dragon, which was

launched in March this year. Sporting “clean, crisp and sweeping lines”,

the concept features a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, with a

profile that “pays tribute to a bygone era of graceful ocean liners.”


A rare glimpse into the in-house design concepts at Feadship shows

a 65 metre steel and aluminium superyacht concept called Silence.

Designed with a female American client in mind, Silence is intended to

“facilitate partying by day, becoming zen by day." Key features include a

hanging pool aft, which is supported by a central glass structural pillar,

Hydroponic garden, crow’s nest and touch and go helipad forward. MS

Credit: Boats International

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} Deep Sea Secrets

Diving in the Mediterranean

often gets a bad rap – lack of

marine life, poor visibility and

hordes of tourists – but Risa

Merl discovers a spectacular

site hiding in a classic summer

cruising ground to tick off your

diving bucket list.




blue hole

inland sea


Don’t let this dive site’s proximity to

the shore fool you. Not only does

this spot blow stereotypes about

Med diving out of the water, it also

offers two stunning sites in one descent. The

natural rock formations of the Blue Hole Grotto

and the limestone lagoon of the Inland Sea are

linked by a beautiful series of small caves and

caverns, allowing divers to explore both.

Many dives start in the Inland Sea before

passing through the crevice of rock that

connects it to the open sea, heading over a reef

dotted with nudibranchs and then emerging

into the Blue Hole, one of the world’s most

amazing cave dive sites. “Sea life abounds,”

says Mikhail Umnov, owner of Starfish Diving

School on Malta’s east coast, who often guides

superyacht owners and guests to this site.

“There are big yellowfin tuna up to 1.5 metres,

dolphin fish and even octopus. Not only is

the sea life fantastic, but there is a beautiful

composition of rocks.”

The sites suit beginners and experienced divers

alike. “Open water divers can easily go on this

dive. It’s good for buoyancy control but it’s also

advanced, and technical divers enjoy it as the

max depth is 65 metres.”

Location: Near the site of the Azure Window,

a 28m natural limestone arch that collapsed in

March, off the island of Gozo, Malta

How to get there: It’s a 500 metre tender ride

from the Fungus Rock anchorage – far prettier

than it sounds

Depth: Up to 65 metres

Experience level: Open water to technical diver

Insider’s tip: The best time to go is in the early

morning when you can see a lot of sea life and

beat the dive boats, which come between 9am

and 2pm. MS

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Picture courtesy of

There are big yellowfin tuna

up to 1.5 metres, dolphin

fish and even octopus. Not

only is the sea life fantastic,

but there is a beautiful

composition of rocks.

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} Marine Electronics




what else can one

possibly want?

ECHOMAP Ultra 102sv combo, has

a bright sunlight-readable, keyedassist

touchscreen display and all the

tools needed for successful fishing.

It is integrable with premium BlueChart® g3

charts, BlueChart® g3 Vision cartography with

integrated data from Navionics®, Panoptix

LiveScope LVS12 sonar (no black boxes

required) and all the Panoptix range of allseeing

sonar transducers, besides supporting

the Panoptix LiveScope system. Moreover, it

enables the transfer of information gathered,

such as sonar soundings, routes and waypoints


PLUS units.

If that were not enough, its built-in WIFI unit

gives access to the all-in-one ActiveCaptain

app, which is internet downloadable free of

charge and enables access to this data from

practically anywhere, through a compatible

mobile device. Similarly, software updates, are

internet downloadable to the device, at one’s


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As one would expect, the ECHOMAP Ultra

combo may be easily disconnected and taken

home without the necessity of any wire

fiddling, given its quick-disconnect bail mount.

This marine chartplotter has superior sonar

capabilities and is equipped with:

• 10” keyed-assist touchscreen combo which

includes an all in one transducer for CHIRP

traditional and Ultra High-Definition

ClearVü and SideVü scanning sonars,

• Built-in support for all Panoptix sonars and

the Panoptix LiveScope scanning sonar

system, including the Panoptix LiveScope

LVS12 sonar,

• Share sonar, waypoints and routes with

ECHOMAP Ultra 10” and 12” units and with

ECHOMAP Plus 7” and 9” mall-units.

• Built-in Quickdraw Contours mapping

software instantly creates personalized

fishing maps on-screen with 0.3-metre

contours as you fish, which can be kept to

oneself, or shared with others by means

of Quickdraw Community on Garmin


• Built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity, compatible

with ActiveCaptain® app (which is internet

downloadable free of charge),

• MEA 2000® connectivity and support

for heading sensors, autopilots, digital

switching, FUSION-Link audio system and

much more. MS

Garmin products are available from:

Medcomms Ltd. 4, Msida Road,

Gzira, GZR 1401

T: 2133 5521, 2133 0147


} Section Title } 27

} Diving

By Angela Audretsch


Whether you're equipping your yacht for charter or just want to make sure it's stocked for yourself and

your guests, no toy box is complete without several sets of scuba dive gear for exploring the deep. With so

much on offer, we've navigated the market to bring you the best scuba dive gear to keep on board now...


The Ferrari of BCDs, the new BC1 takes quality

and detail to the next level, with titaniumcoated

D-rings, sand-resistant zips and even

quilted shoulder pads.



With extra-stretchy neoprene, the new 5mm

AquaFlex becomes a second skin. The seams

are sealed with liquid rubber and the threeway

zip seal prevents any chilly trickles.



Divers may joke that they don’t count as

“real” diving kit, but a rebreather enables

a transformative experience. Get closer to

wildlife and extend your bottom time by hours.



Available to pre-order now, these highly

innovative diving boots instantly connect to

a variety of modular fin-blades in different

performance parameters using ski-binding

technology. Game-changing.


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Breathe through your nose, enjoy a wider

field of vision and ditch the pressure points of

traditional masks.




Garmin’s first dive computer is smooth and

loaded with features, including surface GPS

navigation, colour mapping and multiple dive

modes. It also pairs with your smartphone.


Credit: BI

} Newport Regatta

12 Metre Pre-Worlds:



By Barby MacGowan

Photo Credit: Ian Roman

Nyala (US-12), winner in Vintage Division, at the 12 Metre

Pre-Worlds, part of Sail Newport’s Newport

In preparation for the recent 12 Metre World

Championship (July 8-13) in Newport,

R.I., a fleet of 16 12 Metres competed in

Sail Newport’s annual Newport Regatta

and counted it as their official 12 Metre Pre-

Worlds. After five races over two days (July

6-7), New Zealand (KZ-3), Victory ’83, (K-22)

Columbia (US-16) and Nyala (US-12) became

the names to beat, winning their respective

divisions, but not without a fight. This regatta

foreshadowed the intense competition to come

when 22 of these yachts – considered some of

the most iconic in the history of sailboat design

and spanning the decades between the 1920s

and 1980s – compete at the Worlds.

“It was unprecedented and awesome to see so

many 12 Metres together on Narragansett Bay

and Rhode Island Sound (where they sailed,

respectively, on Saturday and Sunday),” said

12 Metre Worlds Event Chair Peter Gerard,

“And it will be even more spectacular next

week when another six 12 Metres join the

racing, making it the largest gathering of 12

Metres since the 2001 America’s Cup Jubilee.”

The 12 Metres, most famous as America’s Cup

boats but also with ties to the Olympics in the

early 1900s, are divided into divisions based

mainly on when they were built. They are

Grand Prix (for 12 Metres built between 1983

and 1987 with winged keels), Modern (1967-

1983), Traditional (1958-1964) and Vintage


Photo Credit: Ian Roman

Victory ‘83 (KA-22), winner in Modern Division

After two firsts and a second on one Saturday,

Dennis Williams’ Victory ‘83 (KA-22) had

four points on Enterprise (US-27) going into

Sunday’s Modern Division racing. “We just

wanted to sail the racecourse as fast as we

could,” said Williams, who won Sunday’s first

race by 20 boat lengths or so and “never looked

back” after establishing an early lead on the

eight-mile twice-around windward-leeward

course. “In the second race, a start near the pin

end didn’t really work for us; we got pinned

out by Intrepid (US-22) and couldn’t sail the

course we wanted to sail. We finally got free

and ended up second but took a penalty (2

points) for fouling Challenge XII (KA-10) at

the weather mark.

“If you make a mistake you get shot out

the back; it’s pretty simple,” said Williams.

“You can’t find big boat around-the-buoys

racing like this anywhere else. There’s lots

of very close competition, and the boats are

technically challenging; it’s really a lot of

fun. We hope we can go out and show our

competitors the way around the course next


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} Interview of the Month





OF 73M



By Stewart Campbell

A billion-pound fortune has brought this

British tycoon a superyacht... but also the

chance to help thousands of ill children

and wipe out Lyme disease too, as he

explains to Stewart Campbell...

John Caudwell underpaid for his

superyacht Titania – and he feels bad

about that; the billionaire tycoon regrets

not paying many millions more. It’s

not something you hear often in superyacht

circles – or really in any circle. He lays out

the whole story over lunch on the main aft

deck of his 73 metre yacht as we ride at

anchor off Antibes.

It was 2010 and Caudwell was not enjoying

his first foray into serious superyachting.

Just months before buying Titania he had

purchased the 58.55 metre LürssenCapri on

the brokerage market, which he candidly

admits was “a dreadful experience”. He

thought about walking away from the deal –

and yachting. “If I could have cancelled Capri

I would never, ever have bought another big

yacht. I would become so fed up of it.”

In the bitter aftermath of that deal, he came

across an auction listing for a yacht called

Apoise. Another Lürssen, 67 metres long

(since extended) and fresh from a four-year

circumnavigation, it was owned by Dave

Ritchie, founder of Ritchie Bros Auctioneers,

the world’s largest industrial auction house.

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Ritchie wanted to sell Apoise and decided

to auction the yacht with the company he

founded – without a reserve.

And it was this that caught the eye of the

instinctive deal-maker Caudwell. “I wasn’t

looking for another boat, and I couldn’t really

believe it could be a genuine auction, but the

more I looked into it the more impressed I was

with the Ritchies and the way they operated,

and I thought this could be a very good deal.”

On the day of the auction, which took place at

the Ritz-Carlton in Grand Cayman, Caudwell

was the only bidder actually in the room. “It

was just me and five telephone bidders,” he

remembers. Bidding started at €20 million

and blew into the 30s before whoever was at

the end of those telephones started to waiver.

“I could see people dropping out one after the

other because the guys on the phones were

going quiet, and it ended up being just me and

one telephone bidder. It got down to half a

million bids, which is a lot of money but not in

boat terms, and I ended up getting it for a very

low price.” The hammer dropped at around

€34 million – roughly half the boat’s estimated

value. “I instantly felt really sad,” says Caudwell.

“I had come to really like the Ritchies and I had

bought the boat way too cheaply.”

Caudwell is not your average billionaire. He

proudly pays his tax, has pledged to give

away most of his wealth to charitable causes

and claims to be much more at home in a

one-star guest house (“as long as it’s clean”)

than a palatial five-star hotel. “Going into a

restaurant and ordering a bottle of wine that’s

even £200 would break my heart. It’s not me.

I did not do it. I don’t crave materialistic

things, although I have got a lot. I love this

boat but if I did not have it, as long as I could

go cycling and camping up in the mountains

there, I’d be fine.” He pauses at that. “Actually,

it would be hard giving up this boat.”

That’s no surprise – Caudwell is evidently

comfortable on board and has infused the

entire yacht with his own brand of easy

informality. The crew smile genuinely and

warmly at the boss as he asks about the menu

and requests a drink. There’s no stuffiness,

none of the upstairs/downstairs that can

make the onboard atmosphere rigid and

uncomfortable. It’s one of the reasons Titania

is such a spectacularly successful charter

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Image courtesy of Rupert Peace

Titania is heading to Thailand this winter, where

she will be available to charter through Burgess

The whole objective

was to turn it into a fun

boat with great food, a

happy, smiling crew and

all the facilities anyone

could want.

The Caudwell International Children’s Centre in

Staffordshire in the UK is due to open later this year

yacht, commanding €630,000 a week in the

high season. “The whole objective was to turn

it into a fun boat with great food, a happy,

smiling crew and all the facilities anyone

could want. If someone wants white, starchy

service they won’t get that here; it’s just all to

do with friendliness and efficiency. Of course

the service is first class though. My crew are

wonderful – they are very well paid and get

phenomenal tips.”

Charter comes first, Caudwell says, to the

point where he will cancel his own plans to

visit the yacht if a client wants to book it. “I

set it up to be a successful charter yacht right

from the beginning.” He amped this up with

a significant refit in 2012 that added a second

owner’s cabin on the upper deck, a gym on

the sundeck and an extension to the stern to

accommodate a beach club. All the toys are

on show the day I visit, with a full water park

floating off the stern and crew circling the

boat in Seabobs to help the guests flying down

the enormous 12.7 metre long waterslide.

Another of Titania’s USPs is the intense focus

on wellness, a Caudwell obsession. In 2014

he was diagnosed with Lyme disease and

Image courtesy of Christophe Paitrault

Business tycoon and philanthropist John Caudwell

ever since has been on a very public crusade

to get the government to take the tick-borne

illness more seriously. He says 11 of his

family have tested positive for the disease,

most devastatingly his 23-year-old son Rufus,

who requires full-time care. “It started with

[Rufus], who had it for 10 years but we didn’t

know he had it so we never got it diagnosed.”

In the course of interviewing doctors for the

Caudwell International Children’s Centre,

a new state-of-the-art facility at Keele

University in Staffordshire in the UK, which

is dedicated to researching, diagnosing and

treating autism, Caudwell discovered that

Lyme disease could be responsible for his

son’s condition. Other members of the family

then decided to get tested after recognising

the symptoms. Caudwell was the fifth to learn

he carried the disease. “I thought I had very

mild ME, but sure enough I tested positive for

Lyme as well. We ended up with the whole

family having it.”

Caudwell is now on a mission to raise money

for research and push it up agendas. “I would

be very disappointed if I died not having fixed

this Lyme disease problem. It’s horrific what

Vigilant about his health and diet, Caudwell is

also an enthusiastic cyclist

some sufferers go through. I cannot fix all of

them, but if I can fix the system, if I can get

the system responsive, then that’s the start to

helping people.”

One of the ways Caudwell manages his own

illness is through a strict, non-toxic diet. “Diet

is my number one weapon. I keep cleaning up

my diet more and more. Everything on this

boat is organic, there are no toxins in it at

all and there is almost no sugar. We do serve

bread but I never eat it. No bread, no dairy.”

He lets a few glasses of wine slip through

the net but will cut alcohol out entirely if he

feels “even the slightest bit off”. He certainly

looks healthy, and eats lunch dressed head

to toe in Lycra after coming back from a ride

to Eze in the morning. He casually mentions

conquering the Col de la Madone a few days

previously, which a later Google reveals to be

one of the most punishing ascents in world

cycling. Always at his side on these rides is his

girlfriend Modesta Vzesniauskaite, a former

Olympic road cyclist from Lithuania.

He estimates he spends a third of his life on

his charity work. Through Caudwell Children,

set up 20 years ago, he has helped more than

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} 2019 Rolex Middle Sea Race

RMS 2019

All photos courtesy of Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Strombolicchio, the northernmost mark of the Rolex Middle Sea Race

Courrier Recommandé, at the start of the

2018 Rolex Middle Sea Race

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Géry Trentesaux and the crew of Courrier Recommandé,

winners of the 2018 Rolex Middle Sea Race Trophy

Aegir passes Stromboli in 2016 Rolex Middle Sea Race

} 2019 Rolex Middle Sea Race

Solenn (L) at the start of the 2018 Rolex Middle Sea Race

Fleet passing the active volcano of Stromboli

Following last year’s special anniversary,

a downturn in interest in the 2019

Rolex Middle Sea Race might have

been on the cards. Far from it, it

seems. Some 38 yachts have already entered

the race, which starts on 19 October. This

matches progress at the same point in 2018,

when a record fleet of 130 gathered. 150 days

out from the 40th edition of its 606-nautical

mile offshore race, organisers, the Royal Malta

Yacht Club, look set for another celebratory

year. Entrants, to date, represent 16 nations

confirming once again the global appeal of this

stalwart in the international calendar.

Following last year’s stunning win by Géry

Trentesaux and the French crew of Courrier

Recommandé, it is small surprise that crews

from France are leading the way with seven

entries. Trentesaux, who famously announced

his retirement from offshore yacht racing after

victory in the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race, found

he could not resist the attraction of the distinct

challenge offered by the Rolex Middle Sea

Race, particularly in its 50th anniversary year.

Trentesaux became the third French skipper

to lift the substantial Rolex Middle Sea Race

trophy, following the victories of Antares in

1981 and Spirit of Ad Hoc in 2008.

French registered yachts this year include:

most notably, The Kid, the JP54 design

conceived and skippered by short-handed

sailing legend Jean-Pierre Dick (twice winner

of Barcelona World Race, four-time winner of

Transat Jacques-Vabre); as well as the welltravelled

25-metre Rogers 82, Aegir; Philippe

Frantz’s Nivelt/Muratet designed Albator,

which finished third overall (and first in Class

4) at the Rolex Middle Sea Race in 2018; and,

Gerard Ludovik’s JPK 10.80 Solenn (second in

Class 6 in 2018).

Another intriguing French entry is the 9.82m

(32-ft) multihull Skymy (pronounced ‘skimmi’).

The pre-preg carbon KM32fc catamaran is

currently in production at Magma Composites

based in Questembert, Brittany, and will feature

Z-foils to promote the possibilities of flying

inshore and skimming offshore. According to

the project team, the core aim is to embrace

high levels of safety in structure, stability and

flotation. The design concept incorporates

ease of handling through its sail and other

control systems, and, ease of transportation

and dockage via the push button ability to

fold and unfold the hulls. The team plan to

launch in September and undertake the Rolex

Middle Sea Race double-handed, with a crew

made up of Alain Duvivier, an accomplished

amateur who conceived the project, and

Gurvan Bontemps, whose expansive multihull

experience includes the Flying Phantom and

the GC32. The multihull course record of 49

hours, 25 minutes, 1 second set by Maserati in

2016 could be under threat.

Elsewhere, the fleet currently has a make up of

European entries from the northern, eastern,

southern and western regions, with boats

from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Germany,

Latvia, Malta, Romania, Spain, Sweden,

Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The

Russian Federation, straddling both Eastern

Europe and Russia, is another good source of

entries, as is the United States, for the moment

represented by regular entrant, Rambler, and

newcomer, Kiva, Mark Stevens’ Hinckley 51,

which is taking part in the Transatlantic Race

in June and the Rolex Fastnet Race in August.

The Australian entry and veteran of the

Rolex Sydney-Hobart, Tilting at Windmills,

is taking a second tilt at the Mediterranean’s

equivalent offshore classic after last year’s

creditable debut.

Follow the latest news and stories on the

Rolex Middle Sea Race social media accounts,

Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The official race hashtags are:

#rolexmiddlesearace & #rmsr2019.

The Rolex Middle Sea Race starts on Saturday,

19th October 2019 and the final Prize Giving

ceremony will be held on Saturday, 26th

October 2019. Entry Registration closes

on Friday, 27th September and crews are

encouraged to submit their entry forms at their

earliest convenience.

For further information, including the notice

of race, please visit www.rolexmiddlesearace.

com or contact the Royal Malta Yacht Club at MS

Courtesy: Royal Malta Yacht Club } 33

} Interview of the Month

I have always had a

charitable ambition

in life. When I had made

enough money in business,

I started to think what

I could do to help.

Continued from page 31

30,000 children from all walks of life. “The only thing that mattered

was that they had got an illness that was not being attended to by the

medical profession.” That could mean buying a £20,000 wheelchair

for a child with muscular atrophy or paying for an operation called

selective dorsal rhizotomy, which helps children with unresponsive

legs walk and even run again.

“I have always had a charitable ambition in life. When I had made

enough money in business, I started to think what I could do to help.

And I just thought what better than helping children who have had

no life, who’ve been born with terrible challenges in life. If you can

make their lives substantially better it’s not just them it helps, it’s the

family, it’s everyone.” He gestures around him, saying: “How can you

have all this and not provide for these children? If you landed from

outer space and looked down and saw me sitting on a superyacht and a

child lying on the floor with the family devastated and £20,000 would

transform that child’s life, how can that be something that’s acceptable

in a civilised society?”

Caudwell didn’t come from money, which may explain his deep empathy

with those who can’t afford five-star treatment. He grew up in Stoke-on-

Trent in the Midlands, one of two children. He does not recall being poor

as a child, but says he knows what it’s like “to only have beans on toast

for dinner and not being able to get warm because there’s no heating”.

Boats were an early fascination. His childhood home was on a hill and he

remembers tying lollipop sticks together to make rudimentary toy boats

and running them down the gutter. A canal at the end of the road meant

he could experiment with more complex craft – rafts lashed together with

planks of wood and oil drums. “I nearly drowned playing in that canal

when I was about four,” he says. “Someone fished me out.”

Caudwell at his charity’s fundraiser, the Butterfly Ball

Image courtesy of Wesley Webster

His entrepreneurial streak also developed early. One scheme saw him

growing worms under his mother’s bed to sell to local fishermen;

another was selling motorcycle clothing. He didn’t finish school,

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Image courtesy of Shutterstock

The canals around Stoke-on-Trent in central England provided some of

Caudwell’s earliest boating experiences

Continued from page 29

Nyala (US-12) won all of its races in Vintage Division, but skipper Mauro

Pelaschier said he will have to concentrate to stay ahead of the rest next

week. The last time he sailed in Newport was 36 years ago (1983) when

he was helmsman for Azzurra (I-4), the first Italian challenger for the

America’s Cup. “I’m really happy to be back in Newport where I started

my professional sailing life,” said Pelaschier, who has also sailed in three

Olympic Games. “My crew is all from Azzurra, too, so we are not only

a vintage boat but also a vintage crew,” laughed Pelaschier. “We have

sailed together in many regattas, so we always learn, learn, learn. Our

boat is competitive for sure, and the crew is ready.”

New Zealand (KZ-3) with Max Buerman at the helm, edged out

Kookaburra (KA-10), steered by Torben Grael in Grand Prix Division,

while Columbia (US-16) won Traditional Division over American Eagle


In ROAD TO THE WORLDS Waypoints Series Standings, the point

spread is close: Courageous (US-26) is leading with 87 points,

while Victory ’83 (K-22) is close behind with 84 points. They are

followed by American Eagle (US-21) and Challenge XII (KA-10),

each with 82 points.


The International 12 Metre Class’ 2019 World Championship will be

held in Newport, Rhode Island (USA) from July 8-13 and hosted by Ida

Lewis Yacht Club, the International Twelve Metre Association (ITMA)

America’s Fleet and the 12 Metre Yacht Club. It will be the largestever

gathering of 12 Metre yachts in the United States with 22 boats

from six countries competing. International teams comprised of elite

sailors, including America’s Cup veterans and Olympic medalists, will

represent Canada, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Norway and the United

States. The 2019 12 Metre World Championship fleet will span the years

1928 -1987, include seven America’s Cup defenders and challengers,

and be sailed on Rhode Island Sound, the site of nine America’s Cup

competitions from 1958-1983.


The 112 year-old International 12 Metre Class encompasses a living

history of racing yacht design by the world’s foremost naval architects

including Olin Stephens, Clinton Crane, William Fife III, Philip Rhodes,

Johan Anker, Ben Lexcen and more who pushed their designs to the

very limits of innovation. The resulting boats represented the pinnacle

of yacht development from 1907-1987 for the highest levels of

international sailing competition-- the Olympic Games (1908-1920) and

the America’s Cup (1958-1987). MS

} Newport Regatta

There’s lots of very close

competition, and the boats

are technically challenging;

it’s really a lot of fun.


Place Yacht Name Owner/Skipper Hometown Results Total Points

Grand Prix (One Design - 4 Boats)

1 New Zealand (KZ-3) Gunther and Maggie Buerman Highland Beach, FL/ 1 -3-1-1-1 7

Newport, RI, USA

2 Kookaburra II (KA-12) Torben Grael / Patrizio Bertelli Arezzo, ITA 2 -1-2-2-2 9

3 Legacy (KZ-5) Thomas Andersen / Jesper Bank Munkebo, Fyn, DEN 3 -2-3-3-3 14

4 Kiwi Magic (KZ-7) Johan Blach Petersen Aarhus C, DEN 4 -4 -4 -4 -4 20

Modern (One Design - 7 Boats)

1 Victory ‘83 (K-22) Dennis Williams, Hobe Sound FL/Newport, RI, USA 1 -2-1-1-4 9

2 Enterprise (US-27) Clay and Nancy Deutsch Newport, RI, USA 2 -1-4-3-1 11

3 Courageous (US-26) Ralph Isham / Steve Glascock / Alexander Auersperg / Ward Marsh / Arthur Santry Newport, RI 3 -5-3-2-3 16

4 Intrepid (US-22) Jack Curtin Toronto, Ont, CAN 6 -4-2-6-6 24

5 Freedom (US-30) Charles Robertson Guilford, CT, USA 5 -5 -5 -5 -5 25

6 Challenge XII (KA-10) Jack LeFort Jamestown, RI, USA 4 -9 -9-4-4 30

7 Defender (US-33) Tom Webster, Hilton Head, SC and Dick Enersen San Rafael, CA, USA 7 -6-9-7-7 36

Traditional (2 Boats)

1 Columbia (US-16) Kevin Hegarty / Anthony Chiurco Newport, RI, USA 2 -1-2-1-1 7

2 American Eagle (US21) Eagle 2019 Syndicate Middletown, RI, USA 1 -2-1-2-2 8

Vintage (3 Boats)

1 Nyala (US-12) Mauro Pelaschier/Patrizio Bertelli Arezzo, ITA 1 -1 -1 -1 -1 5

2 Blue Marlin (FIN-1) Henrik Andersin Kaunianen, FIN 2 -2 -2 -2 -2 10

3 Onawa (US-6) Jim Blanusha / Steven Gewirz / Louis Girard / Earl McMillen / Mark Watson Newport, RI, USA 4 -3 -3 -3 -3 16 } 35

} Interview of the Month

When I’ve got a boat

as good as Titania, the

thought of trying to build

a 110 metre boat, with

everything else I’ve got

going on in my life,

is too much. I am not a

hands-off person;

everything I do is very


Continued from page 34

instead opting to undertake an engineering apprenticeship, and by

the mid-1980s, as a thirty-something, he was running a successful car

dealership in Stoke. In the course of his business he heard about the

nascent mobile phone market and decided to contact US firm Motorola

to see what opportunities there were distributing the phones in the

UK. He eventually bought 26 handsets from the company, each costing

£1,350. It took eight months to sell the phones for £2,000 each. His

new company, Midland Mobile Phones, lost money for two years but by

1991 turnover had grown to £13 million. It was more than £1 billion

just nine years later. In 1996, Caudwell established mobile phone

retailer Phones 4u, which quickly expanded on the high street to 600

stores. In 2006, he sold the holding company, Caudwell Group, to a

pair of private equity firms for £1.47 billion, instantly propelling him

into the three comma club.

As his businesses expanded, so did his boats. In his 20s he had graduated

from makeshift rafts to canal boats, in which he cross-crossed the UK’s

expansive canal network with his young family. “I find the canals so

romantic. We did them when they still had their old industrial character.

We travelled with a stove pot, a chainsaw for cutting my logs up, and a

little petrol generator for driving the chainsaw. They were lovely times.”

He started thinking about going to sea proper in the late 1980s. He would

visit the Southampton Boat Show each year and spent a decade tyre-kicking

until eventually getting a deal he couldn’t refuse on a 20 metre Sunseeker.

Over the next decade that was upgraded to a 25 metre Sunseeker and

eventually a 29 metre model, which he still owned when he bought Capri

and Titania in 2010.

Naturally there’s a “next boat” on his mind. In a rare quiet moment he will

refine it further in his imagination. It will be a new build, formed around

three main requirements: the need to keep a helicopter permanently

on board; a substantial garage for a submarine; and somewhere to

house a folding-wing aircraft, “so you could launch it on the sea and

have an aeroplane taking off from the water”. He thinks this will push

the size up to around 110 metres. “I don’t really want a 110 metre

boat, but those kind of facilities will dictate the size.” But Caudwell is

in no hurry. “When I’ve got a boat as good as Titania, the thought of

trying to build a 110 metre boat, with everything else I’ve got going on

in my life, is too much. I am not a hands-off person; everything I do is

very hands-on.”

That’s as true of the Caudwell Collection, his property company that

is transforming a Mayfair street, to his charity commitments. “When

I sold the businesses, the intent was retirement. I didn’t know what

retirement looked like, but it was retirement. And I often joke that

the biggest failure ever in my life was the retirement because it’s

Caudwell founded the high street mobile phone retailer Phones 4u in 1996

and sold his company, the Caudwell Group, for almost £1.5 billion in 2006.

Audley Square House, in London’s Mayfair, is a property in the

Caudwell Collection

nothing like retirement!” I suggest he’s akin to a shark – he has

to keep swimming or he’ll drown. “I would like to be lazier, for

sure. But who is going to look after all those children with the

Caudwell Children charity? Who is going to sort out Lyme disease?

I’m enjoying my businesses and wouldn’t want to get rid of them.

But it’s a good life and I can’t complain. But do I have to keep

swimming? Not really. I would just like to be able to take my fins off

and tread water once in a while.” MS

Creditline: Boats International

Image courtesy of Shutterstock

Image courtesy of David Cabrera

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By Cynthia Attard

} Powerboat Racing

“Super team, super words

can describe this experience!”

– Clive Butler and Sammy Grima - El Diablo




El Diablo are in the VOOMQUEST

Enemed UIM V2 World Powerboat

Championship lead with 55 Points,

after placing first in Races 1 and 3 (20

points each) and third in Race 2 (15 points).

Race 3 saw another thrilling championship

race that brought us jaw-dropping action when

Interceptor Remax was in the lead for the first

9 laps, however El Diablo fought to reign

supreme and managed to conquer the first

position. Interceptor Remax currently rank in

second position, after placing second in Races

1 and 3 (17 points each) and fourth in Race 2

(14 points).

Whilst Friday’s race had to be postponed, it

was still a winning achievement for powerboat

racing champion and organiser, Aaron

Ciantar, as it was another successful event

that continued bringing awareness of the

VOOMQUEST international championship. A

huge thanks goes also to the main sponsor,

Enemed, who provides fuelling for all the

competing powerboats and all the other

sponsors who are making this event possible.

After the final podium, Aaron Ciantar said

“It was an incredible weekend, and although

we had to alter the programme, with great

determination and perseverance we still

managed all three races. Thankfully there

were no accidents, we raced fast and the teams

helped each other as and when required as

they were very supportive until the very end.

We also saw changes in the podium as now all

drivers have achieved a high racing standard,

and at this stage the results are an open book

as anything can happen.”

From his side, Kevin Chircop, Executive

Chairman - Enemed, had this to say “I am

positively surprised and impressed as to

how quickly drivers are improving their

performance from race to race. It’s a pleasure

to see a rotation of positions on the podium

and in the races and it’s evident that this title

is sparking more and more determination

from the drivers to win this world title. We

are building something unique here and as the

main sponsor and official fuel supplier to the

championship, I cannot be but pleased of how

things are evolving.”

Jean Marie Van Lancker, UIM Official and

Offshore President was also present and

described this as a top weekend as VQ has

proceeded in a very positive way and teams

are working hard and learning very fast

and this can be seen through different race

results and placings. “I have been travelling

for a couple of months now and can say

that everyone from all over the world is

interested in what we are doing here. I am

proud that there were no accidents during

the weekend as this shows that the teams

are becoming professional too. Last but not

least, I would like to thank Aaron Ciantar for

believing and trusting in me, together we

will take VOOMQUEST higher.” MS

Source: Malta Independent


national aquarium

The Malta National Aquarium project

is spread over approximately 20,000

square meters and consists of an

Aquarium, a public landscaped belvedere

on the promenade, a multi-storey car

park, facilities for local dive schools, catering

facilities including a beach club, a merchandise

outlet and a tourist information kiosk.

The Malta National Aquarium has 41 tanks

including reptiles, insects and amphibians,

amongst others, Mediterranean fish, including

fish commonly found in Maltese waters

together with replicas of historical artefacts

that one can find in the seas around the

Maltese islands.

The main tank of the aquarium houses species

from the Indo-Pacific Ocean, including black

tip sharks, zebra sharks, leopard sharks,

bamboo sharks, rays, eels and other exotic

species. The main tank is approximately 12

meters in diameter and has a walk-through

tunnel that allows visitors to experience the

fish at a much closer range.

All tanks are expertly themed to replicate the

underwater environment. Additional features of

the public aquarium include a laboratory, food

preparation room and quarantine facilities.

The Malta National Aquarium complex is in

an iconic curved shell structure in the form of

a starfish. The adjacent promenade provides

additional recreation facilities for pedestrians

including a children’s play area.


The Malta National Aquarium teamed up

with the iLearn Biology Team to prepare

high level educational programmes in line

with the Maltese National curriculum. We

also offer curricula related activities with the

Aquarium education team to supplement the

students’ visit.

We provide an array of public talks daily

which help promote awareness on essential

issues such as littering, loss of species and

conservation. This new concept of interactive

teaching will eventually help change the

traditional way of learning.


Our aim is to be the leading entity for

the preservation of the marine life and its

environment. We do this by instilling a

sense of environmental responsibility in our

visitors and members of staff. We practice

what we preach and therefore fully respect

the environment throughout our operations.

We have also improved the outlook of Qawra

point whilst protecting its picturesque natural


Through collaboration with various local

NGOs we have undergone a number of

projects to further promote awareness and

education amongst school kids and adults

alike. MS

Source: } 37

} Traditional Regatta

What it is,

where it is and

why you should

check it out!

By Melanie Drury

Are you going to the Maltese National Regatta? If you

haven’t properly considered it, you should. Here’s

one national event that is not only historic, but

also guarantees an atmosphere with a great deal of

excitement and local cheer.

Traditional boat racing has been going on in Malta since the

Middle Ages. While the details have changed considerably over

the years, today the regatta races are held twice a year on the

31 st March and 8 th September. Both dates commemorate the end

of foreign occupation or invasion: the British army and navy left

Malta on 31 st March 1979, while the 8 th September marks the end

of the Great Siege of 1565 as well as the departure of the French

occupiers in 1800.

The races are held in the Grand Harbour, with the fortifications

of Valletta, the Three Cities and Fort St Angelo as a backdrop.

Rowers from seven coastal towns compete in two categories

– one for professionals, and one for amateurs – with each

featuring five races of 1,040 metres each. Take a snack and a

couple of beers – this is a five hour affair but with lots to keep

you entertained, promise!

Each race features a different rowing boat, traditionally the

kajjik, frejgatina, dgħajsa tal-pass and dgħajsa tal-midalji, all

converted Maltese working boats. Points are awarded to the first

three placings and the club with he most points from the five

races wins the respective category.

Needless to say, there is a great ado about being the winners

in this traditional Maltese sport. Traditionally, the participating

clubs are the Birżebbuġa Regatta Club (Red-White-Blue), the

Kalkara Regatta Club (Green), the Bormla Regatta Club (Light

Blue), the Birgu Regatta Club (Red), the Senglea Regatta Club

(Red-Yellow), the Marsa Regatta Club (Red-Blue) and the

Marsamxett Regatta Club (Yellow) of Valletta.

The competition is fierce and supporters scream encouragement

from their viewing points (whether they can actually be heard

or not is another matter, but the support is certainly there!) Join

the large crowd of keen spectators on the water’s edge or on the

bastions of Malta’s historic fortified cities.

Don’t miss this colourful, lively and spectacular event full of local

flavour! MS

Credit: Drew Creative Studios





Melanie Drury was born and

raised in Malta and has spent a

large chunk of her life travelling

solo around the world. Back on

the island with a new outlook, she

realised just how much wealth her

little island home possesses.

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} London Boat Show

On board

Duran Duran’s icon

Panerai’s Eilean docks in London

By Lucia Ferigutti

Image: Guido Cantini/Panerai

Customers can now step on board sailing yacht Eilean

to shop Panerai’s new Sailing Chronographs.

Some might say that the sight of Duran Duran dressed in

fluorescent suits prancing on the bow of a boat in their now

iconic but outrageously kitsch music video 'Rio' was too great

a distraction to pay attention to the vessel they were actually

sailing on. But for any true boat lover, it is the beautiful yacht Eilean that

is undoubtedly the star of the show.

The 22-metre ketch boasts a storied past, first setting sail from the small

village of Fairlie, Scotland in 1936, built for Scottish steel merchants

the Fulton brothers at the famous William Fife & Son boatyard. In 1964

she was bought by Lord Shawcross, formerly the lead prosecutor at the

Nuremburg Trials, and spent summers cruising around the Balearics

before being sold ten years later, bought for use as a charter.

The new Panerai Sailing

Chronograph Gold Pam01020

is available to pre-order in

London on board Eilean.

Eilean heeling on in a gust, racing

It was in Antigua in 1983 that she had her shining moment, when the

British new wave band Duran Duran filmed their new music video

aboard. While 'Rio' and its ode to eighties glamour and excess helped

propel the band into the mainstream, Eilean was less fortunate. Shortly

after filming, she collided with a ferry breaking her mizzenmast, and

then sank on her mooring while waiting for repair.

Some 20 years later, having been dragged up a creek and left to rot,

she was discovered by Angelo Bonati, the chief executive of Panerai

watches, who fell for the boat's classic Fife lines. He took her to a

shipyard in Genoa, where she was restored according to her original

1936 specifications, found in the archives at the Scottish Maritime

Museum. In a fitting end to the tale, the restored boat and the band

members were reunited for the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta in 2010.

Where frontman Simon Le Bon, a keen sailor since the age of 11, took

the helm. MS

Creditline: Boat International } 39

} Ocean Vision

It’s time to supercharge our actions to

protect and regenerate the ocean, and what

better moment than World Oceans Day?

I’m thrilled to share our plans for a new

partnership between Ocean Unite and one

of the Virgin family’s latest additions, Virgin

Voyages, to push for protecting 30 per cent

of the ocean by 2030.


The ocean and the planet has never been at greater risk. Just a

few weeks ago, the UN released a truly terrifying report on the

state of life on Earth. A million species are at risk of extinction.

That’s about a quarter of all lifeforms on the planet, rising to

over a third for marine mammals and nearly a third for sharks. We have

already lost half of all live coral reefs and the rest will disappear within

decades as the ocean becomes hotter and more acidic. Plastic pollution

has increased ten-fold in a single generation.

Unfortunately we would better brace ourselves for more bad news. A

Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

being completed later this year will chart the unprecedented changes

happening as our seas and frozen places heat up. The Silent Spring

foretold in my youth is looming larger than ever over land, sea and ice.

But these warnings must be a call to action, not despair.

If we want our seas vibrant not silent we need transformational change.

That’s the clear message of the UN report. And that change is within our

power. The climate crisis is the third most destructive force behind the

biodiversity crisis, but the top two are our use of land and ocean and our

direct exploitation of its species. For the ocean that means excessive and

destructive fishing, and pollution from agriculture, mining, shipping and

plastics. These are all things we can do something about, and relatively fast.

We can and we must, because the threats to the ocean are not some future

prophesy, they are endangering people, livelihoods and nature now.

Business has a key role to play in this action, but not business-as-usual;

a new kind of business driven by purpose and partnership as well as

profit. At Virgin Voyages, we are determined to lead the way in the quest

for a healthy, protected, regenerating ocean. And at the heart of Ocean

Unite and Virgin Voyage’s joint mission to supercharge ocean protection

is our 30x30 vision: the goal to strongly protect 30 percent of the ocean

by 2030.

Our partnership got off to a flying – or, more accurately, diving – start

with our first ever collaboration which saw the first ever submersible

dive to the very bottom of the Belize Blue Hole, one of the ocean’s most

mesmerising and mysterious places. For me, it was an unforgettable

experience, and huge privilege, to plunge to the depths of this uncharted,

unknown jewel of the sea, and a profound reminder of just how much

we have to learn and to lose.

Continued on page 50

The red dock on Necker

made from recycled plastic

Image from Greg Rose

Image from Jussi Oksanen

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} Marine Environment / Health



By Rachel Baldacchino

The recent Sette Giugno fine and warm

weather presented a perfect occasion for

many to take their first season’s swim.

Unfortunately, as in previous summers,

as the season opens jellyfish also move in at

times scaring away some swimmers. This was the

situation for those who today went for a day’s

holiday at Little Armier bay which was filled with

jellyfish. Photographs of the jellyfish immediately

went on Facebook with many comments that

jellyfish were also spotted in other bays and

rumours had it that some might also be poisonous.

We spoke with biologist Dr Adriana Vella who said

that the sighted jellyfish was the Pelagia Noctiluca

species, which is practically the same jellyfish

that has been appearing every summer in waters

around the Maltese Islands. “As we already know,

even from experience, it is a type of jellyfish that

stings when made contact with. Therefore one has

to follow authorities instructions so that a person

knows how to react and if pain persists, should

consult a doctor. It is important that those stung

by a jellyfish should not apply vinegar, fresh water

or cover the mark with a bandage, but rinse with

sea water and apply ice or baking soda if this is

in hand.

Anyone seeing jellyfish in any bay is encouraged

to inform the authorities by giving details on MS


Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay

Yacht owner Ray Bartoszek holidaying in the sun.


By Grace Trofa

Ray-Bartoszek-FamilyRay, his wife Lydia and their

six children have enjoyed Big Sky to the fullest.

Ray Bartoszek tells Grace Trofa about

making memories with his family

on board 48-metre Big Sky, the

superyacht named after his favourite

ski resort in Montana.

I grew up in New York, went to the US

Merchant Marine Academy and sailed on

merchant vessels as an engineer and a deck

cadet – I could go into the engine room and

turn some wrenches, but I choose not to.

Big Sky is all we could have imagined and

more. She's had a recent remodel of the

interior; she is comfortable, warm and chic.

We like to believe we have the most toys of any

yacht this size – four Seabobs, a slide board,

four jet skis, a 10-metre Nor-Tech tender,

paddleboards and kite surfs.

I have six children. With my wife, Lydia, and

all of us on board, we have shared many

memorable moments. Watching my eight-yearold

son Owen and my seven-year-old daughter

Natalia jump off the 10-metre-high top deck is

a moment I will never forget.

We have a schedule of six trips a year with

time for eight to 10 charter trips. We picked

up Big Sky in Europe and although we love

cruising there, we all agreed the yacht would

get more use in the Bahamas. Staniel Cay is

where we usually anchor to have private beach

moments with family, swim with sharks, visit

Thunderball Grotto and have amazing warmweather

experiences. We have a private jet

so just four-and-a-half hours after leaving

Bozeman we are cruising on our yacht.

Our chefs do a lot of themed dinners with

costumes, which the kids really enjoy, and

later we watch movies under the stars. Right

now, the bloom is not off the rose for Big Sky.

We are all happy with the yacht, and watching

our children grow up right in front of our

eyes. MS

Credit: Boat International } 41

} Sailing Regattas

Top Mediterranean


The best places to race a

sailing yacht, from

Sardinia to St Tropez


29 SEPT - 6 OCT 2019

Marking the end of the Mediterranean yachting season, Les Voiles de

Saint Tropez is the Cote d’Azur’s most important regatta. Welcoming

4,000 sailors and more than 300 exceptional sailing yachts for a sevenday

meet, entrants include modern, classic and Wally yachts. The Voiles

celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2018.


1 - 7 SEPT 2019

2019 marks the 30th edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, where world

class sailing yachts compete against the stunning backdrop of Sardinia's

Costa Smeralda. The brainchild of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and

its president, the Aga Khan, the regatta is now an eagerly anticipated

annual event attracting a sizeable fleet of majestic maxi yachts to Porto

Cervo each september.

Image: Claire Matches


19 - 22 JUNE 2019

The Superyacht Cup is the longest running superyacht regatta in

Europe, a favourite with yacht owners, friends, captains and crew who

visit Palma de Mallorca annually for the four day event. With warm

early summer conditions and reliable sea breezes, the Bay of Palma

offers some of the most idyllic racing conditions in the Mediterranean. MS

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} Auto Review



By Miranda Blazeby

Bentley has unveiled a futuristic concept car designed for the

world of 2035 to mark its centenary anniversary.

Unveiled at The Home of Bentley

in Crewe, the autonomous and

completely electric Bentley EXP 100

GT represents the British brand’s

vision of future car design while preserving its


References to famous models from Bentley’s

past are seen throughout the sleek and

muscular exterior of the 5.8-metre-long car.

These include the round headlights that

overlap the grille in a nod to the Bentley

Blower and a rear resembling the famous

R-Type Continental.

Made from lightweight aluminium and carbon

fibre, decorative features are made from copper

and aluminium while the driver and passenger

doors are two metres wide and pivot outwards

and upwards to rise to three metres tall.

The Bentley EXP 100 GT has seen the brand

place sustainability at the forefront of its design

ambitions, with a zero emissions powertrain

and range of up to 700km. The exterior paint,

named “Compass”, is made from rice husk

ash, a bi-product of the rice industry, while the

cockpit is styled with natural materials such as

wood, leather and glass.

Bentley’s director of design Stefan Sielaff

said the concept “represents the kind of cars

we want to make in the future.” He added:

“Like those iconic Bentleys of the past, this

Like those iconic Bentleys of the past, this

car connects with its passengers’ emotions

and helps them experience and safeguard

the memories of the really extraordinary

journeys they take.

car connects with its passengers’ emotions

and helps them experience and safeguard the

memories of the really extraordinary journeys

they take.”

Head of exterior design John Paul Gregory

revealed that the concept was heavily

informed by the history of the brand. “The

starting point was our heritage. Bentley’s

history is peppered with amazing cars so that

was our first port of call.

“You start with the proportions. You stand a

good distance away from the car and you’re

able to recognise that it’s a Bentley, even just

from the silhouette.” MS

Creditline: Boat International } 43

} Ocean Risk Initiative



Every 8 th of June people are invited to stop what they are doing and think

about the Ocean, what it means to us, and what we can do to help protect it.

By Karen Sack and Chip Cunliffe

Ocean Unite and the AXA XL Ocean

Risk Initiative’s work is centred on

the Ocean every day, so we don’t

need to stop. Instead we wanted

to celebrate and share the story of our work

together to help regenerate ocean health.

Ocean Unite and an insurance company may

seem unlikely partners, but in fact we have a

lot in common. We are both future-focused,

data and science-led, and alarmed by the

unprecedented changes happening in the

ocean and what they mean for the future. We

also both know that dealing with challenges

of this scale will take multidisciplinary action

and alliances.

Human activity is now changing the ocean

faster than at any time in the past 65

million years resulting in major threats to

communities, economies, and ecosystems and

the resulting vulnerabilities and risks will have

significant consequences over time. The ocean

has absorbed about 30 per cent of our C02

emissions and around 90 per cent of the heat

from those emissions.

New research shows that the rate of ocean

warming has quadrupled since the late 20th

century, with increasingly more heat finding its

way down into the deep ocean. The knock-on

effects of these changes are huge, particularly

given that the ocean is home to some 80 per

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cent of all of Earth’s biodiversity. Fish stocks

are moving, habitats and ecosystems are being

degraded, storms are increasing in intensity

and sea levels are rising – in fact, it is projected

that by 2050, 800 million people will be at

risk of coastal flooding and storm surges. This

will have lasting impacts on food security and

population stability.

Image by Stefanie Ferchland from Pixabay

These emerging and intensifying ocean-based

threats have created a whole new category of

risk: Ocean Risk. Coastal communities in small

island developing states, developing countries

and other low-lying areas are especially

vulnerable. And these changes also are not

gender neutral. They have disproportionate

impacts on women and girls, so gender-based

solutions are critical. We need to identify

where and how the impacts of these hazards

can be reduced by taking pre-emptive action

that reduces exposure and vulnerability and

builds resilience to these changes.

Insurance is by definition an investment

to guard against potential future risk. The

insurance industry is constantly seeking out

data and knowledge to model forward and

price emerging risk. AXA XL launched its Ocean

Risk Initiative in 2017 to generate research,

communicate the impacts of the changes we’re

seeing in the ocean and to identify and develop

effective solutions.

With just 30 per cent of economic losses

caused by natural disasters currently covered

by insurance – and as little as 5 per cent or less

in emerging economies– closing the so-called

protection gap is a priority for governments

and the insurance industry in order to prevent

catastrophic levels of loss that can wipe out

decades of development and are impossible for

vulnerable communities to recover from.

Continued on page 46

Image by Walkerssk from Pixabay

} Newport Trophy Regatta

The regatta was started by Ida

Lewis Yacht Club during Newport’s

America’s Cup days as a fleet-racing

competition for all eliminated wouldbe

defenders and challengers for the America’s

Cup. The event has been held annually since,

typically hosting the 12 Metres in the Americas

fleet that make Newport their home.

This year’s regatta was comprised of three

‘round-the-buoy races – held on Saturday in

medium air and lumpy wave conditions on

Rhode Island Sound – followed on Sunday by

a race around Conanicut Island that was part

of the International Yacht and Athletic Club’s

Newport Cup regatta.

Columbia (US-16) won its Traditional Division

in a tie-breaker over American Eagle (US-21)

but also won the IYAC Newport Cup overall

when it was dual-scored for that race under

PHRF handicap. Columbia has been chartered

for the Worlds by Anthony Chiurco (Princeton,

N.J.) who helmed the boat while owner Kevin

Hegarty (Newport, R.I.) and his crew of 15

years sailed it. “Columbia is faster now than

she has ever been,” said Hegerty. “Every year

we tweak her to make her quicker, and we’ve

done a few things this year to really step it up.

In the knife fight that was the Modern Division

competition, Jack LeFort’s (Jamestown, R.I.)

Challenge XII (KA-10 led by only two points

over Dennis Williams’ (Hobe Sound, Fla./

Newport, R.I.) Victory ’83 (K-22). Challenge

XII and Victory ’83 both won two races in their

series. (Victory counted the around-the-island

race as one of its two.)

Johan Black Petersen’s Kiwi Magic (KZ-7), here

for the Worlds from Denmark, joined Gunther

and Maggie Buerman’s (Highland Beach,

Fla./Newport, R.I.) New Zealand (KZ-3) for

Saturday’s races in Grand Prix Division while

Legacy (KZ-5), chartered by Danes Jesper Bank

and Thomas Anderson for the Worlds, made

a last-minute decision to sail in the aroundthe-island

race. New Zealand, which won the

division, won all the buoy races but succumbed

to Legacy in Sunday’s race, finishing second to

Legacy’s first.

Newport Trophy Regatta

Showdown Won by Columbia,

Challenge XII and New Zealand

The Newport Trophy Regatta, hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club and held

on the weekend of 29-30 June for ten 12 Metres, gave a sneak preview

of the intense racing to come in July’s 12 Metre World Championship,

where 21 of the historic boats will compete.

“It was great to have three of the ‘plastic

fantastics’ out there, and today showed that

the boat handling of all three was phenomenal”

said New Zealand’s tactician Brad Read, adding

that a total of four Grand Prix Division 12

Metres will sail at the Worlds. “In general, it’s

really amazing that you have these boats from

so many generations competing 30 to 50 years

after they were originally built. We’re just so

fortunate that we have these great weapons to

go sailing on.”



The International 12 Metre Class’ 2019 World

Championship will be held in Newport, Rhode

Island (USA) from July 8-13 and hosted by Ida

Continued on page 47

Brad Read, tactician

for New Zealand

(KZ-3) accepts the

first-place trophy for

Grand Prix Division.

Photo Credit: SallyAnne Santos

The team of Traditional Division winner Columbia (US-16) at the Newport Trophy Regatta Prizegiving at

Ida Lewis Yacht Club. The team also won overall honors in the IYAC Newport Cup regatta. } 45

Photo Credit: SallyAnne Santos

} Ocean Risk Initiative

Continued from page 44

Ocean Unite and AXA XL (XL Catlin at the

time) alongside other partners, including the

IUCN convened the world’s first Ocean Risk

Summit in Bermuda in May 2018, bringing

together leaders in politics, finance, academia,

science, the ocean community and insurance

to deepen our understanding of the challenges

we will face from ocean derived hazards and

cultivate collaborative solutions. We explored

issues from national security and migration to

food security and global health, and what was

absolutely clear was how important it would

be for these different sectors to come together,

and to develop a common understanding and

language to combat ocean risk.

Since the Summit, AXA XL and Ocean Unite

have deepened our partnership. A new

Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance or

ORRAA, is being built, together with partners

including the Government of Canada, The

Nature Conservancy, Bank of America, the

UNDP, InterAmerica Development Bank (IDB),

Willis Towers Watson, Global Resilience

Partnership, Stockholm Resilience Center, and

the conservation organisation Rare.

The Alliance will bring multiple players

together to pioneer breakthrough insurance

and finance instruments that drive

investment into coastal natural capital, green

infrastructure, rebuilding marine biodiversity

and growing resilience to ocean change. It is

focused on addressing ocean risk and building

resilience in the communities that need it

most, particularly in vulnerable coastal areas

and small island developing states. It also

links well with the Sustainable Blue Finance

Principles that have been developed by the

European Union and WWF.

We were delighted when, with leadership from

Canada and France, the Alliance was welcomed

by the G7 Environment Ministers meeting this

past May in France. The ministers noted the

under-utilization of economic instruments and

supported ORRAA to expand knowledge, build

resilience and drive investment, innovation,

finance, insurance, expertise and – crucially –

political will. All 7 countries as well as the

European Union, Fiji, Mexico, Norway and

India agreed to become part of the Alliance.

Image by kolibri5 from Pixabay

We are excited about the ability for ORRAA

to pilot and scale solutions. Examples of

projects include working to promote resilient

and sustainable small-scale fishing practices

through the development of micro-insurance

products and micro-finance loans. Also, life

insurance policies for small-scale fishers,

benefiting the financial resilience of families,

particularly women. AXA XL and The Nature

Conservancy (TNC) are developing a Blue

Carbon Resilience Credit, giving both a carbon

and resilience value to mangroves, ecosystems

which are under particular threat.

The Alliance will also use insurance and finance

tools to incentivise environmental stewardship

for biodiversity, and the development of

sovereign and individual parametric insurance

measures for coral reefs and mangroves which

Image by Claudia Beer from Pixabay













will ensure swift payouts enabling faster

restoration, which is known to reduce harm to

both the environment and increase community


We are looking forward to working with our

partners as we build the Alliance over the

coming months and years. MS

Courtesy: Virgin

This is a guest blog and may not represent the

views of Please see

for more details.

This post is part of a series produced by Virgin

Unite in partnership with Ocean Unite, an

initiative to unite and activate powerful voices

for ocean-conservation action

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} Yacht Launch

Italian yard Permare has

launched the fourth hull in the

Amer Cento series.

The grey-hulled, 29.6 metre GRP yacht hit the water for the first

time on May 24 at the Viareggio based yard. While few details

have been released about the fourth model, it is known that the

yacht features exterior design and naval architecture by Verme






The interior meanwhile has been designed by Stefano Tini and can

accommodate a total of 10 guests in five cabins. The crew quarters allow

for a staff of four.

Described by the yard as possessing “a sober and velvety refinement”,

the 29.6 metre yacht features a grey hull and larger windows on the

main and lower decks. A propulsion package of 4 IPS 1200 Volvo Penta

engines provide a top speed of 32 knots.

The yacht will now undergo sea trials before it makes its debut at the

2019 boat shows. Permare also revealed that two additional hulls in the

series are in build at the shipyard.

The news comes after the yard revealed the third hull in the Amer Cento

series was under construction. MS

Courtesy: BI/Yachts

Continued from page 45

Lewis Yacht Club, the International Twelve Metre Association (ITMA)

America’s Fleet and the 12 Metre Yacht Club. It will be the largestever

gathering of 12 Metre yachts in the United States with 21 boats

from six countries expected. International teams comprised of elite

sailors, including America’s Cup veterans and Olympic medalists, will

represent Canada, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Norway and the United

States. The 2019 12 Metre World Championship fleet will span the years

1928 -1987, include seven America’s Cup defenders and challengers,

and be sailed on Rhode Island Sound, the site of nine America’s Cup

competitions from 1958-1983.

The 2019 12 Metre World Championship is sponsored by Château

d’Esclans – Whispering Angel, Grand Banks Yachts, Gurney’s Marina and

Resort, MJM Yachts, North Sails and Vhernier Milano. Official suppliers

include Bacardi, Barton & Gray Mariners Club, Code Zero, Harborside

Marina, Helly Hansen Newport, McMillen Yachts, Quantum Sails, Robbe

& Berking Classics, Sevenstar Yacht Transport, Stella Artois and Trident

Studio. Event venue partners are Clarke Cooke House, Ida Lewis Yacht

Club, International Yacht Restoration School, Newport Shipyard, Sail

Newport and Seamen’s Church Institute. For more information please



The 112 year-old International 12 Metre Class encompasses a living

history of racing yacht design by the world’s foremost naval architects

Photo Credit: SallyAnne Santos

The team of Modern Division winner Challenge XII (KA-10) at the Newport

Trophy Regatta Prizegiving at Ida Lewis Yacht Club.

including Olin Stephens, Clinton Crane, William Fife III, Philip Rhodes,

Johan Anker, Ben Lexcen and more who pushed their designs to the

very limits of innovation. The resulting boats represented the pinnacle

of yacht development from 1907-1987 for the highest levels of

international sailing competition – the Olympic Games (1908-1920)

and the America’s Cup (1958-1987). MS

Place Yacht Name Owner/Skipper Hometown Results Total Points

12m – Grand Prix (One Design – 3 Boats)

1 New Zealand Gunther and Maggie Buerman Highland Beach, FL/Newport, RI, USA 1 -1 -1-2 5

2 Kiwi Magic Johan Blach Petersen Aarhus C, DEN 2 -2 -2-4 10

3 Legacy Jesper Bank / Thomas Anderson Munkebo Fyn, DEN 4 -4 -4-1 13

12m – Modern (One Design – 5 Boats)

1 Challenge 12 Jack LeFort, Jamestown, RI, USA 2 -1 -1-2 6

2 Victory 83 Dennis Williams Hobe Sound, FL./Newport, RI, USA 1 -4-2-1 8

3 Courageous Ralph Isham / Alexander Auersperg / Arthur Santry Newport, RI, USA 5 -2-3-3 13

12m – Traditional (One Design – 2 Boats)

1 Columbia Anthony Chiurco / Kevin Hegarty, Newport, RI, USA 2 -1-2-1 6

2 American Eagle Eagle 2019 Syndicate Middletown, RI, USA 1 -2-1-2 6

For more information on the Newport Trophy Regatta or the 12 Metre Worlds visit or contact Peter Gerard at } 47

} Yacht Marina

Factors to consider when choosing a

Whether this is your first boat or your tenth, there are always various things which have to be taken into

consideration when choosing the Yacht Marina which you will use to berth your boat, as this will have a

significant impact on the enjoyment of your boat during the season.

Choosing the right Marina depends on

a number of factors ranging from the

size of the boat to your lifestyle. Every

boat is different and with it comes

different needs and requirements. Hereunder

we are going to list the main things which you

need to consider when choosing a Marina!


When choosing a Marina, one of the first things

which you must take into consideration is its

safety against bad weather spells. You should

check that it is not too exposed, so that is not

affected both by strong winds and continuous

passing vessels. A Marina which is exposed

will also make it difficult to berth your boat

at the end of the day when returning. Also if

you like spending the weekends sleeping on

your boat at the Marina, you might find it

uncomfortable if your boat keeps moving and

bouncing throughout the night. This excessive

movement will also put a strain on your ropes

and cleats. Apart from this, your marina needs

to be safe enough for you to sleep at night

during bad weather spells, knowing that your

beloved yacht is safe and well looked after.


Besides having to obviously have enough

water under your hull, water depth can have

an impact on the wave environment in and

around the marina, therefore an optimal water

depth is beneficial. Also, if the waters are too

deep, the mooring lines will be too heavy to

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put on and swell/ tides movements will have a

more adverse effect on your boat's safety.


The chosen marina needs to have the space for

your boat, but you also need to have enough

space to manoeuvre. Unfortunately gone

are the days where berths have ample space

between berthed boats. At the same time, one

has to keep in mind that having too much

space will make it harder to get the boat in

berth with a crosswind.


Some marinas offer pontoon berths, others

are stern to jetties, and others have finger

pontoons. They all have advantages and

disadvantages. Pontoons generally sit lower

in the water, and while this makes it more

comfortable to get on and off your boat, these

are generally unstable during bad weather

spells and when the stern is moored directly

onto the pontoon - the whole pontoon and

the boats moored onto it, become one whole

wave movement, which can be unsafe. Finger

pontoons are the most convenient to moor

on and shipside cleaning can be much easier

to perform. However, these are the least safe

in bad weather spells as sometimes it is the

finger itself that can cause damage to the boat.

Mooring stern to a fixed jetty usually means

stronger mooring attachments, and due to

the fixed height of the jetty, getting on and

off the boat can get more difficult in low tide

situations, unless the boat is equipped with a

proper hydraulic gangway.


The location of the marina is a very important

factor when making your choice, depending

on your boating preference. Is it within easy

reach of the places you like to go to? Is it well

connected to amenities? You should look out

for good cafes, entertainment spots, a few

retail outlets to keep the less participating crew

occupied while you are preparing the boat,

restaurants, and hotels for visiting guests, and

of course somewhere where to have a cold and

refreshing beer after a day of sailing!

The location greatly affects the enjoyment of

your boat. Also worth considering is the distance

to your favourite bays as this does not only take

more time but will also have an effect on your

fuel consumption. An extra 20 minutes on a

motorboat can easily mean an extra Euros100

every time you go out on your boat.



The convenience of the parking and loading/

unloading facilities can really make an impact

on the enjoyment of using your boat. A lot of

Yacht Marinas have parking challenges, seeing

the proximity of the land to the sea and the

fact that it comes at a premium.

Of course, spending a very long time trying

to look for parking, or having to carry a large

} Yacht Marina

number of heavy items to get to your boat can

easily dampen your mood for the rest of the

day. So paying that little bit extra for the berth,

but knowing that you will not have to face

these issues every weekend is well worth it.

Also, returning to a car which has been left in

the sun for a weekend in the blistering summer

sun, is not really appealing.


Stable electricity, good water pressure

and a decent wifi connection are essential

requirements for a yacht marina.

Modern yachts simply necessitate a good shore

power connection. Depending on the type of

boat, one could need various types of shore

power, and environmentally conscious marinas

might not allow the use of generators for a

lengthened period of time unless absolutely


Good quality pressured water is also key to

maintain the boat properly, being able to wash it

well, and fill up the tanks before going out. The

marina tariffs could already include normal use

of such facilities or else demand extra payment

for them. Make sure to check this out properly

before so as to avoid any nasty surprises.

Although not really a boating necessity,

unfortunately, the simplicity of boating needs

to be hindered with internet connections too.

It would be great if your chosen yacht marina

can also offer this necessary commodity. This

can sometimes be useful in order to be able

to go boating for longer periods of time and

still keep in touch with the office, or just to

update your social media fans with your status

or pictures, making them envious of your

yachting life! Power, Water & Wifi are essential

requirements nowadays.

One of the main benefits of berthing in a

marina is that you are constantly connected to

electrical power. In this way, your batteries are

always charged and there is no need to use a


Having water readily available means that

you can always have your tank full and your

boat clean. One must also check the tariffs

whether they are included in the berthing fee

or whether there are any extra charges.


Time is a constraint for everyone, therefore

being in a marina which is also a one-stop shop

is definitely a plus. Convenient access to all of

the boat owners' needs is essential. Things to

take into consideration are:

• where is the nearest fuel pump-out?

• are there any onsite maintenance facilities?

• can one find mechanics, marine electricians

and other experts readily available on site?


Are there nearby restaurants, supermarkets,

pharmacies, clean marina showers, toilets,

ATM's and other essential amenities? These

are all important factors which one needs to

take into consideration especially if you enjoy

spending a number of overnights on your boat.


After a day out at sea, or even if you are staying

on your boat, easily accessible and adequate

waste disposal is important.


A marina should be open on days and at hours

when they are most likely to be needed. Staff

should a lso be available on weekends and

public holidays. There should be overnight

security. It is also important for the marina to

be reachable by phone and marine radio, and

for staff to be around to help you if it is maybe

windy or with a technical problem.


Apart from having security overnight, there are

other factors to take into consideration:

• Does the marina have security gates and an

electronic access control system?

• Are there CCTV cameras that maintain a

record of events at the marina?

• Does the marina have a history of break-ins

or damage to vessels?

• Does the marina hold keys to vessels, and is

there a procedure for signing keys in and out?

Asking these questions, and knowing what

security measures are in place, will help you

put your mind at rest, that you and your boat

are safe.



The staff managing the marina must be credible

and can put you at ease. You must ensure that

the staff working there have a passion for boats

and are knowledgeable enough to be able to

help you and advise you on your daily needs,

whether they are maintenance issues or even

suggestions to make your trips more enjoyable.

Passion plays a very important part in the

marina and boating industries, and a marina

run by experienced boaters will reflect the

need of the boaters.



It is important to check what happens in an

emergency and whether there are the correct

response procedures in place in the case of a:

• Medical Emergency: All the staff should

be trained in emergency first aid and there

should also be the required first aid kit on

site including a Defibrillator and Oxygen.

• Fire Emergency: Marinas are also required

to have fire extinguishers, fire hose reels and

hydrants. Fire and emergency drills should

also be held on a regular basis so as to test

these procedures.

• Fuel Spills: For fuel spills, marinas are

required to have spill response kits on site

which include booms and absorbent pads to

contain and address the issues.

• Storms: It is important to ask how the marina

has faired through any strong storms in the

past, and what their response was. Also, how

vulnerable they are for future storms.


Boating relies on the environment, and since

marinas are vulnerable to the effects of climate

change, they should have a responsibility to

protect the environment with their operating

practices as well as to promote environmentally

sustainable boating. Ask questions, and make

sure that the marina which you choose to use

is environmentally friendly.


Cruising is fun and a great way to enjoy your

boat. Ask whether the marina has any reciprocal

berthing arrangements with other nearby

marinas, where you could berth for a couple of

nights at another marina at a discount.


Accreditation is a sure way of knowing what

type of service a marina provides. In the same

way, which hotels have a star rating so as to

categorize them, marinas have a Gold Anchor

Standard. Under this standard, marinas are

accredited against a strict and comprehensive

set of criteria that covers the physical facility,

its amenities and the services provided by the

marina management.

Accreditation and awards are an important

reflection of a marina's commitment to quality

and customer service. By readily submitting

themselves to third-party reviews, the marina

demonstrates its commitment to consistent

quality and service.


This last factor depends on both the budget

and the boat owner's need. Marina fees

reflect the location, services available,

security, convenience, and a number of other

considerations, mainly mentioned above. MS

Courtesy: Boatcare Ltd

Portomaso Marina Malta:

a Five Gold Anchors Destination } 49

} Ocean Vision

Continued from page 40

Our 30x30 Ocean Vision is based on the scientific assertion that 30 per

cent is the minimum level of protection needed for a thriving ocean

and planet. Protection equals regeneration and resilience, both vital

for countering the accelerating threats from global heating, industrial

fishing and pollution. And experts stress that large, networked marine

reserves are better than scattered islands of protection. Only these

vast, strongly protected ocean areas can provide real safe havens

where marine life can replenish and fortify itself. They are a proven,

scientifically-mandated opportunity to invest in our planet, and our own

present and future wellbeing, that we would be crazy to turn down.

Scientists have been calling for 30 per cent of the ocean to be strongly

protected for years, so why is just 2 per cent truly safe from the tentacles

of human exploitation? From the Arctic to the Antarctic, high seas to

the shoreline, and everywhere in between, we must create and enforce

marine sanctuaries able to protect the ocean from ourselves while

humanity works to clean up its act.

Ocean Unite and Virgin Voyages will not be shy in demanding far more

ambitious, concrete global goals and targets. Not only do governments

need to immediately scale up their actions – and enforce the protected

areas they have already promised – but they must unite to ensure the

30x30 goal is included in the new global deal on nature that will be

agreed at the 2020 UN Biodiversity Conference in Beijing. In parallel

to a massive ramp-up of action to meet the 1.5oC Paris Climate

Agreement target, delivering this 30x30 commitment will set in motion

the transformational change necessary to combat the unfolding climate,

biodiversity and ocean emergencies.

Richard Branson kitesurfing

Image from Jussi Oksanen






Virgin Voyages is doing its part by promising to be one of the cleanest

and most sustainable cruise line fleets in the world. We aim to embody

the “blue voyage” pathway pioneered by Ocean Unite and become an

example of how business and responsible ocean stewardship can go

hand in hand. Sustainability and ocean health will be at the core of

everything we do. We are eliminating single use plastics from the sailor

experience; using state of the art equipment to maximize energy and

water efficiency and minimise waste; sourcing sustainable seafood; only

offering reef-safe sunscreens; and finding creative ways to incorporate

recycled ocean plastics on board.

We intend to push the boundaries of sustainable travel and tourism,

allowing people to experience the beauty and bounty of the seas as part

of a proactive partnership for ocean protection. We will be working with

Ocean Unite to continuously advance the ocean health strategy and

enhance the sustainability of our operations. Following the example of

the work around the Belize Blue Hole expedition, the partnership will

also spearhead and support conservation initiatives in areas where we

sail and proclaim the 30x30 message across the waves.

The clear message this World Ocean Day is that it’s time to listen to

scientists, and the communities already being ravaged by the impacts

of a hotter, depleted ocean. Governments, business, civil society,

technology and the media need to join forces to give the ocean the

30x30 vision it deserves.

It’s wonderful to see Ocean Unite and Virgin Voyages embarking on this

journey together. It’s time for us all to get on board and deliver an epic

sea-change for the ocean. MS

Image from Discovery

Courtesy: Virgin

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