July 31, 2007

Monthly News - July 2007

- pic of the month - Marcello Lippi chooses Azimut 62 Evolution

Azimut for Marcello Lippi

Saturday 16 June, at four o’clock in the afternoon, during the first Azimut-Benetti Yachting Gala, the new Azimut 62 Evolution was officially delivered to Marcello Lippi, ex-coach of the Italian National Soccer Team – hosted by lively TV show-woman Simona Ventura. The motoryacht chosen by the World Champion Coach is a 20-meter long boat that combines contemporary elegance and comfort in a unique mixture. Introduced in 2002, the motoryacht has been restyled in 2007 and shown in a world preview at the Düsseldorf Boat Show in January 2007.

Itama Trophy Rally Comes to an End

Passion, power and sporting spirit, these are the keywords that express how the first edition of the Bocche di Bonifacio - Itama Trophy - Rally raced for two days to reach the finishing line on June 30. The event proved to be extremely popular with the public, press and the institutions involved, who were able to enjoy the splendid landscapes and atmospheres of Gallura and Southern Corsica, where the various legs of the car rally took place. In this two-day event, the love for speed, engines and real character was shared and enhanced by the local main sponsor, Piero Bianco’s Bocche di Bonifacio Yachting, the Itama dealer for Sardinia, Piedmont, Lombardy and Liguria. In fact, the Sardinian dealer found in the rally world the same purity and uncontaminated emotion that the Itama style of yachting is famous for. And as such it was the Itama FiftyFive with its classic blue and white colours that distinguished the opening evening, welcoming teams and public to the spectacular scenario of Santa Teresa.

Pershing and Itama Family Party

It’s partytime for Pershing and Itama. Friday July 19 from 6pm until late all the employees and aides of the two Italian companies, plus their families, enjoyed an evening of fun and entertainment in one of Italy’s most important science and technology museums, the Balì Museum in San Martino – Saltara in the Puglia Region. All the guests had complete access to the Museum’s exhibition space, which includes more than 30 interactive exhibits that allow visitors to experiment with natural phenomena for themselves. Thanks to a series of optical illusions, apparent paradoxes, mechanical teasers and tricks of the light, guests soon found that discovering the laws and theories of science can be extremely entertaining. Adults and children also had the chance to visit the Planetarium which seats up to 50 people and the Observatory. Here, with the aid of a reflector telescope, guests were able to observe the night sky while two astronomers recounted the legends linked to the various constellations. Pershing, a company that has always believed in promoting local concerns, has been working together with the Balì Museum for some time now. This is why a year after the Pershing Prime Performance event the fascinating science complex again played host to the constructor of the splendid Pershing and Itama yachts.

Pershing Sea Show comes to an end

The Greek capital was the culmination of its first ever “Sea Show”, the tour organized to present a world preview of the shipyard’s latest creation, the Pershing 72. This initiative is a totally new way of launching a product in the yachting sector. Consisting of four stopovers in various marinas around the Mediterranean, the Sea Show has proved to be a huge success in terms of visitors, visibility and sales, and Pershing can now count on a full order book until the end of 2009. To wind up this original yacht tour, over the weekend of June 28 – 30, more than 250 guests, including owners, journalists and aficionados were invited to admire the 72 footer moored in the waters of the Flivos Marina in Athens. For the occasion, this newly opened and highly prestigious dock was transformed into an open air club. On the evening of June 28 Pershing welcomed its guests there with an “under the stars” dinner and an abundance of good food and music. Tilli Antonelli, the Pershing president, was there in person to play host. During the evening the shipyard’s brand new model was on display for the guests to visit and admire. The two days that followed, on the other hand, were dedicated to sea trials for the press and potential Pershing customers. Athens was therefore the last chapter in this highly successful Sea Show, a truly exceptional tour that began last April and has passed through some of the most picturesque marinas in Croatia, Spain and Italy.

Ferretti Custom Line Advertising Campaign Wins Pubblicita Successo Awards

The Ferretti Custom Line advertising campaign has won at the 18th edition of the Pubblicita & Successo Awards for the category “From Italy To The World”. Selected by the jury of “Pubblico” & “Pubblico Today” two influential magazines and newsletters for the international communication & advertising sector, the Custom Line Campaign won has won for improving and set off the Italian creativity in the international market through a timeless hot that enhances with elegance the concept of cruising aboard a masterpiece, tailored for the owner. The ceremony took place in Milan in the atmosphere of Villa Torretta and was attended by four hundred guests.

Ferretti Yachts, sponsor of the XVIII Ravenna Festival

In the evocative setting of the Marinara amphitheatre, the brand new Tourist Port of Marina di Ravenna, Ferretti Yachts its ship-owners a world-class musical experience: a concert given by Paolo Conte in the prominent Ravenna Festival for the performing arts. The concert of this singer-songwriter from Asti with a repertoire ranging from jazz to South American rhythms, merging with swing represents one of the most eagerly awaited events of the festival and one of the most prestigious opportunities for meeting other ship-owners of the Ferretti Yachts Owner's Club. After the concert, the hundred Ferretti Yachts guest have been invited to an exclusive dinner in an ad hoc venue on the port with a vista of a Ferretti 591 lighted up by special beam of coloured lights and set up with the infotainment systems of Bang & Olufsen. With this collaboration Ferretti Yachts combines passion for the sea and love for music at the highest artistic levels.

Atlantis Gobbi, Sea Luxury and Golf

An original weekend at the Varazze Marina celebrated the combination between two exclusive worlds that are usually separate: the sea and golf. On 5 and 6 May 2007, the first edition of the Mediolanum Sea Challenge was held. The leading characters in the event were Banca Mediolanum's best clients, confronting each other in an enthralling golfing challenge, Hole in 1. In particular, out of the 80 overall guests, 32 amateur players, regularly enrolled in the FIG (Italian Golf Federation) challenged each other in an exciting test of ability: From a tee positioned on the central pier of the piazzetta Esedra of Varazze Marina, they attempted in a single shot to get their ball in the hole, positioned on a 2.5 x 2.5 metre inflatable raft, covered with grass, first from a distance of 45 metres and then, much more difficult, from 137 metres. Up for grabs, a super-prize for an elite target, an Atlantis 35 yacht, the access model to the range. Among the numerous guests that participated, there were also many stars from show business and the sports world, who other than taking part in the competition, also had the opportunity to enjoy the exclusive atmosphere of the Varazze Marina and test the complete range of Atlantis 35, 39, 42, 47, 50 and 55.

Grand Banks Yachts Recognized for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction

The National Marine Manufacturers Association today announced Grand Banks Yachts Ltd. as a recipient of its CSI Recognition Award for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction. According to the NMMA, the company maintained an independently-measured standard of excellence in customer satisfaction of 90 percent or higher, based on information provided by consumers purchasing a new Grand Banks between July 2006 and June 2007. The award recognizes Grand Banks Yachts in the Inboard Express Cruiser Boats category, which accounts for every model in the company’s lineup. Grand Banks qualified for award consideration when it enrolled in the Marine Industry CSI (Customer Satisfaction Index) Program, implementing rigorous and ongoing measurement of satisfaction among its customers.

Riva Learning Tradition and Innovation

Today is the first school day for the 15 boys selected to be part of the brand new “Serafino Riva” Training School. Ferruccio Rossi, Riva CEO, and Francesco Frediani, VP Sales & Marketing, personally gave the starting signal to the first step of the 290 hours course that will take place in classes made out of former offices in the historic headquarters in Sarnico. The aim is to introduce the boys to the pleasure boating field and to the theoretical and practical aspects of Riva reality. The 15 selected, boys who have just got their degree in professional high schools or who have already experienced some jobs, will receive expressly realized work clothing. Until October 12th they will attend theoretical and practical classes hold by external educators from CISITA and by internal teachers, among which employees and chiefs of different departments at Riva. In this way the students will have the chance to learn the necessary competences and to directly practice them in the field. At the end of the training course, the students who will pass it will be employed by Riva with a provisional contract and a second edition for 15 more graduated will begin just after the first series of lessons.

Riva Trophy France

The exclusive panorama of the Côte d'Azur was the setting for the Riva Trophy Monaco - St. Tropez from 5th to 7th July 2007. Now in its second year, this event is already considered an appointment for the Riva family that owners of the brand simply cannot miss. The success of last year’s event proved the uniqueness of Riva Trophy France, making it an occasion the enthusiasts of the Riva world simply had to attend. Indeed, the majority of those who had the opportunity to enjoy the winning formula of last year’s event where at Riva Trophy 2007, too, in which an amazing 20 yachts took part, 10 of which of the current production. The yachts, together with the pleasure of cruising, were the real protagonists of three intense days in which a number of sports competitions alternated with pleasant moments in which guests met up to enjoy themselves, toasting the occasion with a glass of Veuve Clicquot. A welcome cocktail at the Yacht Club de Monaco marked the opening of the event which, the following day, moved to the elegant beaches of St. Tropez. A long morning cruise, during which the Reliability Race was held, took owners to the Plage des Jumeaux, where they were able to relax and have fun in the sun. As last year, in fact, Riva Trophy Monaco - St. Tropez provided an opportunity to reaffirm the brand’s bond with art, promoting the works of young, emerging artists, produced on the “Riva” theme. Guests were called on to consider the works, and express their preference. St. Tropez welcomed participants the following morning, too, when they had the opportunity to test drive the new models TT Roadster, TT Coupé and R8 put at their disposal by Audi, Riva’s partner on this occasion, together with Credit Suisse and Starwood’s Luxury Collection. In the afternoon, the yachts returned to the Principality, where the event came to a close with a cocktail with Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame and a gala dinner at the Yacht Club, during which the winners of the different competitions were awarded their prizes. The winner of the Trophy received the work of art elected last year as a prize.

Sunseeker workforce tops 2000

Sunseeker International is celebrating the recruitment of its 2,000th member of staff following the recent appointment of skilled deck fitter Graham Perryman (48) at the company’s shipyard in Poole, Dorset. Sunseeker’s on-going recruitment programme and continued planned expansion in Dorset further reinforces the company’s position as one of the region’s largest employer and world’s largest privately-owned yacht builder. A champagne celebration to mark this was held by the company’s operations director Wayne Moore on behalf of founder and managing director Robert Braithwaite. Also present was new recruit Graham Perryman from Swanage, and Dennis Barnes one of the company’s longest-serving employees. Dennis joined as an apprentice in May 1978 over 29 years ago and is now site production manager at Willis Way, one of the company’s 7 shipyards in Poole.

Sessa Marine Moulding Site Catches Fire

A fire that broke out at Sessa Marine's moulding unit has not altered production schedules. No one was seriously hurt in the fire but three employees suffered smoke inhalation and were treated in hospital. Fire fighters were called to the firm's yard in Cividate al Piano at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 27 June. The fire started at the Number 1 unit for moulding, where boats between 25ft and 30ft are manufactured. The moulds and equipment have been transferred into different areas to continue operation.

Riviera sales boom for new releases

Australian cruiser manufacturer Riviera has revealed that it has taken orders for 11 Riviera 45s since the boat made its world premiere at the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show in May this year, as well as 17 Riviera 41s since its launch in March. Sales of the two new models have amounted to nearly AUS$25 million, says Riviera.

Bavaria bought for €1.3 billion

The London-based Financial Times newspaper today reported the financial details behind yesterday's announcement by Bain Capital that it had acquired Germany-based Bavaria Yachtbau. According to the FT, Bain paid as much as €1.3 billion (US$1.8 billion, £896 million) for the sailboat and motorboat manufacturer. The announcement of Bavaria's sale comes after nearly five months of speculation about the outcome of the bidding process, which is believed to have involved as many as 15 potential suitors, including a number of potential industry purchasers. However, private equity firms involved in the deal speculated early on that the deal would be far too rich to stomach for trade buyers. Rumours about the prospective sale of the industry's highest volume producer of a single brand began to circulate in the boating and financial press coincident with the Düsseldorf Boat Show in February.

Sarnico acquires Giacomo Colombo

Italian boatbuilder Cantieri di Sarnico has reached an agreement to acquire the Giacomo Colombo shipyard in Menaggio, Italy, for an undisclosed sum. Founded by Giacomo Colombo himself in 1956, the company, which is based on the shores of Lake Como, initially served as a dealer for Riva boats and later moved on to develop its own line of fibreglass motorboats from 25ft to 44ft in length. Today the company has an annual production of around 40 boats per year, and employs a staff of 35 at two facilities in Menaggio and Bene Lario. Cantieri di Sarnico, which was founded in 1992 on the shores of Lake Iseo, builds open and hardtop powercruisers from 40ft to 65ft at a 10,000sq m shipyard in Capriolo. By the end of 2005, total production reached almost 250 units. According to a company statement, Giacomo Colombo will remain with the company for the next few years to ensure the continuity of the company's tradition for style and quality.

Sarnico makes key appointment

Cantieri di Sarnico has announced the appointment of Cristina Volpi as sales and marketing manager of the company. Volpi, who worked for the Italian company for more than 12 years, was previously in charge of communications as well as public and business relations.

Canados Enter a New Era

Canados, the long established Roman shipyard, announces that the European Private Equity Fund Balmoral Capital has acquired control of the company. The acquisition is in line with the fund's investment strategy to acquire companies with strong growth potential. To pursue its strategic objectives, Balmoral Capital has appointed Maurizio Baldoni as the new CEO and partner of the company.

Canados Wins 2007 edition of Showboats International Awards

The Canados 90 Open, after winning the Millenium Yacht Design Award 2007 as best yacht over24 metres, conquers with it’s interior original design the jury of Showboats International Awards winning the prize as best yacht in the category "Semi-Custom Motor Yacht Interior". The prize of the competition, now in it’s 18th edition, was held in 21 June in Monaco, during the annual rendezvous of the americam magazine Showboats International. Receiving the prize was Canados CEO Maurizion Baldoni and Portughese architect Luiz De Basto, who the project for the 90 Open, working in close contact with technical department of the yard.

July 30, 2007

New Model: Sanlorenzo SD 92

Sanlorenzo have launched the first of there new semi displacement line of motor yachts, what is a first for the yard in this series type of yachts. Built at the Viareggio shipyard, the new yacht has an estimated top speed of 18 knots and cruising at 16 knots. A 1700 nautical miles range is estimated at 12 knots. Interior accommodation is for 8 persons in 4 cabins. Crew cabins are 2 for 4 members.
Technical Data:
LOA - 27.60 m (90.5 ft)
Beam - 7.15 m
Draft - 1.80 m
Displacement - 83 t
Fuel Capacity - 16000 l
Water Capacity - 2500 l
Accommodation - 8 berths in 4 cabins, 4 crew berths in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x MAN V12 - 1100 HP
Speed - max 18 knots, cruising 16 knots
Range - 1700 NM at 12 knots

July 29, 2007

Project: Italcraft X 68

This project from Italcraft continues to offer classic modern lines and will fill the gap between the X54 and the 70 Drago models. Engineer Caputi designed this project with a classic line but with an approach to offer the usual modern flair associated with the Italcraft brand models. This model will distinctive itself for spacious deck spaces, semi covered side passageways and a fully hard top upper saloon and sundeck. A six or seven and two crew interior accommodation is planned in standard version. Power is provided by twin 1500hp MTU engines. Speed estimation is for a 40 knot max in standard shaft version, and 45 knots for the more performing Ultra surface propulsion version.

July 28, 2007

New Model: Tecnomar 120 Velvet

The latest Tecnomar Velvet 120 luxury yacht is the result of the shipyard’s long-lasting collaboration with architect Luca Dini. Its modern, dynamic and powerful lines combine with luxurious and sumptuous features. The interior design for the first 120 draws inspiration from the 14-15th centuries and imitates the Boulle technique, which takes its name from Andrè-Charles Boulle, the famous cabinetmaker who invented this distinctive style by decorating furniture with metal, brass and tortoiseshell inlays. Outside, the Velvet 120 yacht shows sharp and aggressive lines. Bright red hull and metallic gray superstructure add a modern contemporary touch to the entire yacht. The exteriors appear to be simple and stylish without frills or extra fittings, so that everything seems to create more space and allow freedom of movement. The cockpit is spacious and roomy with a comfortable sundeck placed at the end of the stern. Teak beams cover the deck, the side gangways and the forward deck house, which has been custom-converted into a landing pad for an Augusta 109 helicopter. The inside of the yacht can be accessed from the cockpit through a large glass door with dim crystal windows. The Pilot House is designed to allow the captain to access the bridge without necessarily passing through the guest area, there is also a separate stairway leading to the kitchen and to the crew cabins. As all Tecnomar a full custom design process making for the original taste of the owner both inside and outside is included.
Technical Data:
Registered length - 37.00 m (121.3 ft)
Beam - 7.20 m
Weight at half load - 115,000 kg
Fuel capacity - 11,000 liters
Water capacity - 2,000 liters
Speed - 29/33 knots estimated
Engines - 2 x MTU Series 396 2880hp
Project - Luca Dini
Construction Material - GRP
Certification - R.I.N.A. A 100 1.1 Y. Class certification: Maltese Cross

July 27, 2007

Boat Review: Alfamarine 58

Presented in the 2002 season, the Alfamarine 58 is an eighteen metre classic styled fully open sports yacht much loved by the Central and South Italian customer. But not only as classic open yachts are lately getting higher market rating. Classic in lines and design, the Alfamarine 58 is an evolution of the 55 launched in 1990 with a completely renewed stern and deck, and changed radar arch windscreen design. Performing to the limits for a sport yacht, the Alfamarine 58 is full of modern design solutions, based on one of the best deep Vee hulls in its size.
The exterior of this yacht speaks for the inside, as we have what is a classic interior layout with three cabins all with there own separate head. Master cabin is forward and two identical guest cabins feature mid ships with twin in line parallel berths each. Interior dining area is a comfortable C-shaped settee to starboard. Galley is to port and is hidden by clean wooden top, becoming invisible when the cooking is over. A crew cabin with shower head is located aft.
Outside cockpit space is one of the winners for the 58, featuring a C-shaped settee to starboard, one of the most spacious in this size dimensions. An exterior wet bar and galley is located to port, just behind the comfortable dark blue finished helm station. A four person sunbed is located aft. While another sunbed is located forward on deck. Tender stowage is on the bathing platform.
The Alfamarine hull and 58 in particular is designed around the highly rated Renato Sonny Levi and Franco Harrauer deep V-design. If you want head turning performance I suggest you take the optional surface drive and big 1360hp engine option, which allow for a 48 knots max speed.  But the standard Caterpillar 1000hp engines and shafts set up still give a nice 36 knots of top speed with thirty knots cruising. Sea keeping in both versions is excellent with shaft drives handling big heads seas easier thanks to the lower starting planning speed these deliver. Still the Arneson surface drives would handle most solutions in the best of manners and also provide for better fuel economy at fast cruise which equals to an extended range.
superb performing hull
cockpit space and comfort
railing as optional
Competition in the open sport yacht seventeen to eighteen meter segment is ever increasing, but when you want something looking timeless and classic the result comes down to a few builders.  Criteria here is for open style no hard sport yacht, and three cabins.  
Baia 54 Aqua - similar layout but more modern, flush deck, only with surface drives
Dalla Pieta DP 58 - modern design, only shaft drives, spacious crew or 4th guest cabin aft
Gianetti 55 Sport - extra 4th double cabin aft, very comfortable inside
Italcraft X 54 - 3rd cabin aft, nice cockpit layout, good hull and performance
Itama 55 FiftyFive - real classic yacht, similar layout with spacious galley
Sarnico 58 - aft third cabin, spacious interior saloon
Uniesse 57 Open - American sportfish style with Italian flair, comfortable cockpit
WILD CARD: Magnum 60 Furio - two cabins + crew, surface drives performance
The Alfamarine is a classic sports yacht for those who don't like to have a fashion boat, but something which is timeless and always good looking without forgetting modern design solutions as adapted in most of today's boats in this size dimension. If this is what you want I suggest you have a good look at the Alfamarine 58.
Technical Data
LOA. 18.46 meters (60.5ft)
Beam. 4.60 metres
Displacement. 22.000 kg dry
Fuel Capacity. 3200 litres
Water Capacity. 800 litres
Berths. six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines. 2 x Cat C18 1000hp, 2 x MAN V12 1360hp
Propulsion. Shaft Line, Arneson Surface Drives ASD 12, ASD 12L
Speed. 36 knots max 36 cruise Cats 1000hp, 48 knots max 40 knots with surface drives MAN 1360hp
Hull Shape.  Mono hedron deep Vee
Certification. CE A RINA
Picture Copyright Alfamarine. Data Alfamarine.

July 26, 2007

America's Cup - 33rd Edition Valencia 2009

22 days after Alinghi succesfully defended the cup in the Spanish city, the Defender confirmed the host city again for the defending of Yacht's most prized trophy, yesterday late afternoon. The cost for hosting the cup for the 2nd time is 150 million EURO. Already 4 teams have announced there challenge so far, being the following: > Challenger of Record, Club Náutico Español de Vela - Desafío Español > Royal Cape Yacht Club - South African Team Shosholoza > Royal Thames Yacht Club - TEAMORIGIN > Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron - Team New Zealand The new class rules of yachts will feature bigger sloop yachts of 90 feet and the new rules will be published on 31st October along with the event regulations. The Cup will be held in 2009 between May and July, 2 Acts pre-regattas have been announced, one to be held in Valencia in July 2008 and the other in Autumn in a disclosed location in Europe. On the other front, the legal battle saga of the USA Team Oracle represented by the Golden Gate Yacht Club and headed by software billionaire Larry Ellison continues in it's battle against the Defender new set of rules and the illegitimate role of Challenger of Record Desafio Espanol. Legal proceedings have already started in the supreme court of New York. On the sport front the American Team has just announced the guaranteed services of 3 times Cup Winner Skipper Russel Coutts. The legendary Kiwi skipper signed both as Skipper and CEO for the US Team.

July 25, 2007

Project: Apreamare 32 Open

The new Apreamare 32 Open from the Sorrento shipyard designed by Victory design continues the new traditional style. Joining the classic lines of the tradition Gozzo with modern features has been the focus for the project of this new model. Much detail has been taken to blend the harmonious deck with soft lines, creating a muscle traditional modern look. Outside a large cockpit with it's 2 aft settees and open space layout make the best use of space, while on the forward deck a spacious sunbed completes the exterior arrangement. Inside is an open plan layout, with double berth forward, C-shaped dining area, galley and separate head arrangement. Interior finish is characterized of precious mahogany wood. The new 32 Open is conceived with modern solutions joining the traditional lines of the Neapolitan Gozzo.

July 24, 2007

New Model: CNL Admiral 35

The new Cantieri Navali Lavagna Admiral 35, a 35 meter mega yacht made its launch on July, 5th at sunset. Attending the christening ceremony were the ship’s owner, accompanied by his family and friends, CNL’s President Annamaria Jaselli, Vice-President Laura Ceccarelli and General Director Francesco Ceccarelli, as well as Admiral management and workers. The celebration was performed with full respect for the marine tradition, including ceremonial draping's, the priest’s benediction, and the godmother’s ritual breaking of the bottle. Immediately afterwards, this splendid 35-meter vessel, accompanied by the fanfare of trumpets, touched the water of Lavagna harbour. Built out of light aluminium alloy the new planning Admiral 35 is powered by two MTU 2775hp diesel engines to reach a maximum speed of thirty knots. The exterior lines, designed by Centro Stile CNL, are sleek and harmonious, and the night-blue hull complemented by the silvery superstructure creates an extremely sophisticated look. The interiors designed by Luca Dini Studio are classic and elegant: oak’s depth for the walls and valuable wengé as flooring predominate throughout the vessel, except for the cream-coloured carpeting in the cabins. The main deck comprises the salon, with custom leather couches and brown leather armchairs, and the dining room, graced by a plate crystal table top resting on brown leather mountings, boasts chairs by Frau. A passageway between these areas reaches the generous owner’s cabin, with its marble elegant bathroom, completed with sauna. The kitchen, all in opaque white-lacquered cabinetry with marble counters is located on the lower deck, connecting to the dining room through a dumbwaiter. Completing the accommodations on the lower deck are two twin cabins in the stern, a two beds cabin on one side and a double cabin on the other. The crew quarters are on the aft, including the master’s cabin, two two-beds cabins, and a service door that connects to the engine room. A state-of-the-art gym is located in the stern and boasts a carbon-steel canopy that can raise to allow open-air workouts. An expansive fly-bridge is equipped with a table and couches for the ultimate in comfort and freedom while cruising.
Technical Data:
LOA - 34.98 m (114.7 ft)
Beam - 7.4 m
Draft - 1.3 m
Displacement - 123 t
Fuel Capacity - 24500 l
Water Capacity - 4400 l
Accommodation - eight guests in four cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V4000 M90 2775hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - max thirty knots cruise 28 knots
Range - 900 nm @ cruising
Construction - light aluminium 5083
Designer - CNL, Luca Dini, Magazini Associati
Class - ABS Maltese Cross A1 Y.S. AMS, MCA Compliant

July 23, 2007

Class 1 - Victory wins Arendal second GP, Qatar 96 takes important second spot

Top European Team in the Arendal GP, Foresti & Suardi from Italy taking 4th place

Victory 77’s Arif Saif Al Zafeen and Jean-Marc Sanchez took their second consecutive win of the season in the Norwegian Grand Prix to move 11 points clear in the overall world championship standings. Qatar 96 took second spot ahead of Victory 7 third place and now making two podiums in two races. Starting from second spot on the front row, Victory 77 were second into the first corner behind Spirit of Norway 10, but trailed the defending champions for four laps, making little impression. Then on lap five, Spirit of Norway hit trouble and slowed, with 77 grabbing the lead and gradually extending their lead over Qatar 96 over the next eight laps to win the 12-lap, 95.72nm Norwegian Grand Prix in 53mins 59.42secs. Important second consecutive podium for Qatar 96 very much in the title hunt and moves them into second equal place in the championship with Victory 7 and in a good position to challenge Victory 77.
The first of the European teams was Foresti & Suardi, with Giampaolo Montavoci and Marco Pennesi taking an important fourth place in their first race together and on Pennesi’s Class 1 debut. Also producing an impressive showing was the youngest pairing in Class 1, Tom Barry-Cotter and Pal Nilsen in Spirit of Norway 20, finishing fifth.
Outside of the top five, there was a trail of disappointment. Bjorn Gjelsten and Steve Curtis, looked to be in control of the race on the opening laps and on course to put their title challenge back on track, when Spirit of Norway suffered a broken water hose, forcing them into the pits and despite returning to the race, were able to salvage only five points when engine problems forced them to stop. Negotiator’s miserable start to the season continued, leading the long list of retirements; SeveneleveN, Jotun, VM Foresti & Suardi and Qatar 95 all stopping with technical problems. Victory team now head to Oslo for the Scandinavian Grand Prix on August 12, leading the title race, with Arif Al Zafeen and Jean-Marc Sanchez looking to make it three wins out of three.
1. Victory 77 – Al Zafeen(UAE)/Sanchez (FR)
2. Qatar 96 – Al Thani (QAT)/Nicolini (ITA) + 00.43,98
3. Victory 7 – Al Suwaidi (UAE)/Hendi (UAE) + 01.06,28
4. Foresti & Suardi 8 – M Pennesi (ITA)/ Montavoci (ITA) + 02.41,39
5. Spirit of Norway 20 – Barry-Cotter (AUS)/Nilsen (NOR) + 04.01,81
6. Spirit of Norway 10 – Gjelsten (NOR)/Curtis (GB) + 3 laps
Qatar 95 – Al Sulaiti (QAT)/L Nicolini (ITA) – dnf VM
Foresti & Suardi 2 – D Cirilli/K Olsen (NOR) - dnf
Jotun 90 – Zaborowski (NOR)/Tandberg (NOR) - dnf
SeveneleveN 18 – Polli (ITA)/Giorgi (ITA) – dnf
Negotiator 50 – Eker (NOR)/Parsonage (GB) - dnf
CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS – after round 2 of 8
1. Victory 77 – Al Zafeen(UAE)/Sanchez (FR) – 42pts
2=. Victory 7 – Al Suwaidi (UAE)/Hendi (UAE) – 31pts
2=. Qatar 96 – Al Thani (QAT)/Nicolini (ITA) – 31pts
4. Spirit of Norway 10 – Gjelsten (NOR)/Curtis (GB) – 16pts
5. Qatar 95 – Al Sulaiti (QAT)/L Nicolini (ITA) – 13pts
6. Foresti & Suardi 8 – M Pennesi (ITA)/ Montavoci (ITA) – 9pts
7=. SeveneleveN 18 – Polli (ITA)/Giorgi (ITA) – 7pt
7=. Spirit of Norway 20 – Barry-Cotter (AUS)/Nilsen (NOR) – 7pts
9. Negotiator 50 – Eker (NOR)/Parsonage (GB) – 4pts
10= Jotun 90 – Zaborowski (NOR)/Tandberg (NOR) - 0pts
10= VM Foresti & Suardi 2 – D Cirilli/K Olsen (NOR) – 0pts
(Championship points include bonus points allocated to teams for running engines for two consecutive races - one point, per engine, per race)

July 20, 2007

New Model: Baia 70 Italia

Presented as a project two years ago the Baia 70 Italia is the open evolution, without divisions. The patio saloon glass door completely disappears, joining the cockpit to the saloon and creating a single vast environment. When the door is closed, an integrated sliding door stands between the exterior and the interior. The large windows and roof that can be opened give the saloon light and an extraordinary feel of open space. A warm welcome is guaranteed with a mini bar, two comfortable sofas and a dining area. Undercover, light flows everywhere thanks to big rectangular sidelights perfectly integrated in the line of the hull. Surprisingly spacious is the master cabin boasting a wonderful panoramic view. The galley is fully fitted with 4 burners, 2 sinks and a full-sized fridge. The Italia 70 is a new sport yacht studied around comfort and freedom.
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.68 m (71.1 ft)
Beam - 5.65 m
Draft - 1.05 m
Displacement - 40 t
Fuel - 5500 l
Fresh water - 800 l
Engines - 2 x MTU 10V2000M93 1523hp, 1822hp, CAT C32ACERT 1825hp
Propulsion - Arneson surface drives
Project - Galeazzi

July 19, 2007

Class 1 - Arendal Norway Preview

The street circuit of powerboat racing, that is Arendal's Norway race which will take place this weekend. Over 200,000 people will gather in the fjords surrounding the race track hoping for a Norwegian win in what is the 10Th Anniversary for the town as a Class 1 venue.
Local's Jotun or Spirit of Norway will be the home favorites, but I am sure that UAE Dubai team Victory will have other ideas for the result of this race. The Victory team has a very successful record in Arendal, with former world champion Saeed Al Tayer taking 5 wins out of the 9 races held so far. This year started in a superb manner for the United Arab Emirates teams with Victory taking 1st and 2nd in Athens and the Qatar team taking 3rd and 4th.
The competition between locals Spirit of Norway and Victory Athens winner has already started off the course. The yellow card to the Dubai team over a squeeze start to the damage of the Norwegian team in the Athens race is pushing for further rules enforcement.
This weekend Grand Prix will take matters at it's place in the race course for the real competition.

July 16, 2007

New Model: Menorquin MY 145

Menorquin Yachts extends its range to include the new model MY 145, which fills the gap between the MY 120 and the MY 160. The MY 145 has been designed by renowned Italian Designer Tommaso Spadolin to have its own new personality and distinguished character whilst retaining all the range’s classic values and attributes for safety and family orientated product. The MY 145 incorporates new technologies that position it at the forefront of the nautical industry, the hull and deck are manufactured by a process of infusion which enables a very precise quality lamination of fibreglass and resin, the result is completely uniform without air bubbles and extremely robust. It is also designed to incorporate safety features with category A or Oceanic certification which is exceptional for a 14 metre size cruiser.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.99 m (45.8ft)
Beam - 4.45 m
Displacement - 16.5 tons
Fuel capacity - 1.695 l
Water capacity - 665 l
Berths - 6
Engines - 2 x 310hp max
Certification - CE A

July 13, 2007

Project: Marquis 420 SC

The Marquis 420 SC is the next model for the US marque with a design by Italian naval architects Nuvolari-Lenard. Head turning modern lines are the theme for the new model by the US builder and will feature a wide variety of color selection and a sport hard top with optional power sun roof. Interior accommodation is a 2 cabin spacious stateroom offer. Hull design is around Volvo's innovative new IPS and a 40 knots plus performance is estimated.

July 12, 2007

New Model: Carnevali 68

New model for the Carnevali Custom series the 68, is a 20 metre luxury motor yacht boosting performance and superior interior accommodation. The new Carnevali 68 is a natural evolution for the 65, and like the model it replaced is a custom construction where the client can personalize the yacht to his taste and purposes. Hand made construction but always in evolution to future market trends as is tradition for the Italian Adriatic sea yacht builder. In the external design the new 68 has been modified to the previous 65 footer, with the hull lines now more of a stream line design thanks to new large panoramic tinted side windows, adding light, privacy and superb views from the main cabins. The internal accommodation features 4 spacious cabins all with private en-suite. Crew cabin is situated aft. Studied to answer all queries, with the best in comfort, performance and personalization that a real custom needs to offer, the 68 promises to satisfy all owners request to what regards personalization with a variety of options offered. Innovation and style are the visiting ticket for the new Carnevali yacht, which produced a spacious yacht with superior seakeeping qualities and superb functionality.
Technical Data:
Length - 20 m (65.6 ft)
Beam - 5.4 m
Draft - 1.05 m
Displacement - 38,000 kg
Fuel - 4000 l
Water - 1000 l
Accommodation - 4 cabins, 8 + 1 berths, 1 crew cabin
Engines - 2 x 1015 HP Caterpillar
Speed - max 29 knots cruise 24 knotsft
Hull - variable vee with 15 degrees ad
Design - Max Design
Certification - CE A

July 11, 2007

Project: ISA Yachts 600 WF

ISA is proud to announce the sale of the brand new ISA 600, a twin screw displacement motoryacht 60,50 meters long with a beam of 12 meters, which will the largest ever built by the ISA shipyard in Ancona. With its steel hull and aluminium superstructure, the new ISA 600 is build up on 5 decks. Power is provided by 2 Caterpillar 3512 C DITA-SCAC diesel engines, which give a maximum speed of 16 knots and a cruising speed of 15 knots. The accommodation features the master cabin on the main deck and will include 4 cabins, 2 doubles and 2 twins, on the lower deck, one double cabin on the main deck and a VIP cabin on the upper deck. The new 60 meter Super Yacht stands out for its perfect harmony between stretched lines and extremely spacious and comfortable internal areas. The concept design is by Walter Franchini, while the project’s executive development is by ISA and Andrea Vallicelli. The new ISA 600 is scheduled for delivery in the Summer 2010.

July 10, 2007

New Model: Diano 22

Diano has launched its latest 22, a 22 metre custom motoryacht. The Riva Trigoso Genova shipyard launched the new M/Y named Lux, which as the shipyard tradition is entirely constructed in wood. As all Diano yachts the interior, furniture, fabrics, components and accessories were all chosen by its owner. The yacht has four cabins featuring an owner's suite amidships with adjoining bathroom, a forward VIP cabin, also with private bathroom, and two guest cabins. Crew quarters are located aft. Power is supplied by two MAN 1360 HP common rail engines and can reach a maximum speed of 29knots, cruising speed is at 26knots.
Technical Data:
Length - 22 m (72.1 ft)
LOA - 23.50 m
Beam - 6.04 m
Displacement - 65 t
Fuel Capacity - 7000 l
Water Capacity - 1500 l
Engines - 2 MAN 1360 HP Common Rail
Speed - maximum 29 knots, cruising 26 knots
Hull - planning

July 9, 2007

Project: Elan Power 48

The new Elan Power 48, is a sport open with an electric hard top. The Elan’s new power range flagship has many excellent qualities that will make her stand out in a very competitive market. The 48 Power is a spacious and comfortable yacht, on deck it features two sofas, sun-beds, small galley and a large aft deck, large port lights allow great brightness inside. The interior comes in two versions – with two or three cabins, and two separate heads and separate shower stall for the owner. Power is provided by two Volvo engines, and there is the choice of using the standard V-drive or installing the innovative Volvo Penta IPS system.

July 8, 2007

New Model: CNL Admiral 32

CNL has launched its new 32m (105ft) Admiral, the first of four new models soon to be launched. Hull no. 115 was launched into the water in the presence of the ship's owner and his family, the crew, CNL president Annamaria Jaselli Ceccarelli, vice-president Laura Ceccarelli, ad general director Francesco Ceccarelli. The Admiral 32 no. 115 is the first of four other vessels of 35, 32, 25, and 40 metres that will be launched soon. These are impressive figures for a yard that in only two years has doubled its production. The new 32 metre motor yacht has a planing hull built from light aluminium alloy and is capable of a maximum cruising speed of 30kt with twin MTU 2400hp engines. Its V-shaped keel is the result of a collaboration between CNL and Studio Bacigalupo, while the rest of the structure was designed by Centro Stile CNL and Luca Dini. The exterior lines are fully designed according to the shipyard's traditions as are the interiors, designed by CNL's Interior Design Department and the owner's architect. The main deck includes a salon and dining area with the owner's cabin at aft. The galley is found on the lower deck, connecting to the dining room through a dumb-waiter. It separates the guest area, comprising one VIP and two. This is a unique vessel expressing the owner’s taste, in perfect harmony with the Admiral philosophy.
Technical Data:
Length - 32 m (104.9 ft)
Beam - 7.1 m
Draft - 2.3 m
Fuel Capacity - 21,000 l
Water Capacity - 4,100 l
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V2000 M93 2400hp
Speed - thirty knots max
Hull Shape - planning modified Vee
Construction - Aluminium 5083 H111/H321
Project - Luca Dini exterior, Bacigalupo naval architecture
Certification - ABS Maltese Cross A1 Yachting Service

July 7, 2007

America's Cup - 33rd Edition Protocol Announced

The Protocol for the 33rd America’s Cup was revealed on Thursday afternoon, detailing the broad outlines of the next event. Among the highlights was the introduction of a new class of boat, to be 90 feet in length overall, sailed by a crew of around 20 sailors. The final design rule for the new class will be issued on or before 31 December 2007. The Challenger of Record is the Club Náutico Español de Vela which has agreed on the Protocol for the 33rd America’s Cup with the Defending Yacht Club, the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG). The Protocol was announced at a press conference in Port America’s Cup on Thursday at noon, by Michel Bonnefous, the CEO of the event organisers, Brad Butterworth, the skipper of the winning Alinghi team, and Hamish Ross, General Counsel of Alinghi. The venue for the 33rd America’s Cup has not been announced, but it was acknowledged that there is an existing relationship with Valencia and a host city agreement with the city is being pursued. The selection of Valencia, or an alternative European venue, will be made and announced on or before 31December 2007.

July 6, 2007

Project: WallyPower 70 2007

The first unit of the updated version model of the 70 WallyPower is underway at WallyEurope facility in Fano and construction is on schedule. All the interiors but the main salon have been fitted out, the main systems (generators, air conditioning, water makers) and propulsion system (engines with water jets) are completed. During this last week of June the glass and carbon fiber superstructure was completed along with the main salon, the teak is being laid on the deck, and painting of the hull will follow. The yacht is scheduled to leave the yard in the first week of August to undergo seatrials, delivery is planned for the end of the month. The new 70 WallyPower will be premiered in September.

July 5, 2007

New Model: Fairline 44 Targa Gran Turismo

Presented as a project last September Fairline presents the new Fairline 44 Targa Gran Turismo, which replaces the successful 43 Targa after 9 years of production. The new Targa continues the hard top philosophy of the bigger Gran Turismo models and joins new technology by adopting Volvo Penta’s revolutionary IPS (Inboard Performance System) with its unique forward facing dual propeller units, which deliver around 15% faster acceleration, 20% greater top speed, and up to 30% better fuel economy. Fairline admit that they were impressed by the new propulsion performance, fuel economy and ease of boat handling provided by the joystick manoeuvring control, that they designed this latest Targa around the IPS. The 44 Targa features a brand new deep-V hull design to make the most of the system and the boat has undergone two years of testing before starting production. This new model also features a patented hard top system, that rapidly converts the airy spacious cockpit into a cosy deck saloon at the flick of a switch. The luxurious accommodation both above and below deck includes a sumptuous master and guest cabin, day-access toilet, well equipped galley, large bathing platform and plenty of sunbathing space.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.68 m (44.8ft)
Beam - 4.01 m
Draft - 1 m unloaded
Displacement - 11.12t
Fuel Capacity - 996 l
Water Capacity - 320 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo Penta D6 370hp, D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS forard looking duoprop pods
Top Speed - 34 knots with IPS500 370hp

July 4, 2007

America's Cup - Alinghi Defends and Wins the 32nd Edition

Alinghi won the 32nd America’s Cup on Tuesday afternoon on the waters off Valencia. The Swiss Defender won its fourth consecutive race in dramatic fashion, by just one second, to win the Match 5-2.
This final race of the America’s Cup was befitting of what has been the closest, most exciting America’s Cup in recent history. Emirates Team New Zealand spent much of the race ahead on the advantage line, but with Alinghi in strong tactical position on the right hand side of the race course.
It was a perfect day for racing on the waters off Valencia, with the bright, warm, Valencian sun generating a strong 14 to 17 knot sea breeze until the final moments of the race.
That scoreline doesn’t reflect just how close the racing was. In each of the last three races Alinghi has had to come from behind to snatch its victory. None was closer than the last contest when the Swiss were barely able to hold on for a ‘photo-finish’ win over the challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand.
Shortly after crossing the finishing line to guarantee the successful defence, Alinghi President and afterguard member Ernesto Bertarelli hoisted the America’s Cup trophy over his head, his team at his side, in front of a crowd of nearly 40 000 who had gathered in Port America’s Cup to share in the excitement.
The Commodore of the Société Nautique de Genève, Pierre-Yves Firmenich, and Michel Bonnefous, the CEO of the organisers of the 32nd America’s Cup, were on hand at the prize giving to see the team members of Alinghi pass the trophy from hand to hand, one to the other.
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July 3, 2007

Project: Otam 45 Heritage

Italian boatbuilder Otam has restyled the external lines and deck lay-out of its Heritage 45 motoryacht to optimise the cohesion between shape, functionality and technology. The new windscreen has been modified in shape and size, and complements a new dashboard and sporty-look bridge. Its tread plate is made entirely of teak with wide staves resting on an underlying fibreglass structure. In line with Otam's philosophy the 45 also has features to reflect the owner's personality: a metallic hull and deck colour can be chosen for internal lacquering as well. The interior further features black walnut woodwork, a neutral fitted carpet with a coconut style weave and leather sofa. It is subdivided into a spacious cabin for the owner with a bath and shower ensuite, a convertible dinette and stow-able kitchenette, guest cabin and a guest bathroom with shower. Powered by two Cat C12 engines of 710hp the yacht can reach a maximum speed of 45kt, but a super sport option of two Cat C18 engines with 1000hp is also available - and this will reach maximum speeds of 56kt.

July 1, 2007

Sergio Carpentieri 1956 - 2007

As is often the case at such times, we all realise that we have lost someone very special and important to us. Sergio Carpentieri has left us in a collision on the start of the first round of the German Grand Prix of the Sea in  , a talented powerboat racer. Always a huge sports fan, Sergio Carpentieri, born in his beloved Naples on 20 October 1956, embarked on his sports career at a very early age. Rowing was his first love, a sport to which he was very much committed and in which he achieved outstanding results, winning two Italian junior championships and taking part in two world championships. With his indomitable spirit, at the age of sixteen he became captivated by water polo. Again the results revealed the champion in him and he immediately won an Italian junior championship. He was however attracted by speed and at eighteen threw himself into the world of rally driving, although as a true Neapolitan and fanatic of the sea, he soon moved on to offshore and powerboat racing. The first inshore races were in the shadow of that great champion Antonio Gioffredi and in 1975 came the first participation in the Class 3C trophy competition at Naples. From then onwards he concentrated on water sports and in an incomparable career spanning over 30 years he won four Italian offshore titles in the 3 litre, 4 litre and 6 litre categories. He also won three European offshore titles in the 6 litre class and was ranked third three times in the world offshore 6 litre class and in Class 2. In 1985 he won the Bastia-Viareggio-Bastia event. He took part five times in the Venice-Monte Carlo event and won it once alongside Michael Reagan (son of Ronald). In 2006 he finished fourth in the P1 SuperSport class on the FB Design Sunracer 38 boat. He was competing this season as constructor of the Shipworks Carpenter 38 boat with two Yanmar 480 engines, a boat made to a design by the engineer Angelo D'Ettore. He died suddenly yesterday, leaving an enormous void for all those who appreciated his smile, joie de vivre, cheerfulness and the sunny nature that is the birthright of the place where he was proud to live, Bacoli, the small town facing Pozzuoli. The world of Italian powerboat racing has lost one of its greatest representatives. A great man.

Powerboat P1 - German Grand Prix of the Sea, Tragic Accident on Day One

Sergio Carpentieri Team Carpenter
Teams pay their respect to Sergio

The first leg of the Powerboat P1 German Grand Prix of the Sea was cancelled following a racing incident at the start of the race in which pilot Sergio Carpentieri suffered fatal injuries following a start-lap collision with Fainplast. The Italian throttleman and owner of Team Carpenter was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. The crew of Fainplast and Sergio's co-pilot, Luca Nicolini were unhurt although Nicolini was taken to hospital, suffering from shock. The tragic accident was captured by an on board camera placed on the Carpenter boat and shows that this was a racing incident. The sequence of events is as follows: - Fainplast ( Number 64) made a very quick start - Carpenter (Number 03) was running behind to the starboard side - Fainplast then suffered a mechanical failure resulting in a broken propeller and causing a rapid de-acceleration - The collision then occurred with Carpenter hitting Fainplast, the momentum causing the Carpenter boat to barrel roll. At this point Sergio and his co pilot, Luca Nicolini were thrown from the craft. Nicolini, who was admitted to hospital suffering from shock, has now been discharged. 
With Day One overshadowed by the death of pilot and team owner Sergio Carpentieri, Powerboat P1 Management in consultation with the teams decided to race Day 2. The race will be dedicated to Sergio Carpentieri following yesterday's tragic accident. As a mark of respect for the much-loved Italian, a representative of each team layed flowers into the sea ahead of the race. In the Evolution Class King of Shaves continued there domination in this class as they won the German Grand Prix. This gave a narrow lead for the Fountain powerboat in this class. Wettpunkt.com had arrived in Germany as championship leader and looked certain to finish in second until a blown turbo midway through the race ended it's challenge and the team limped home in fifth place. OSG took advantage of this mishap to move into second but were robbed on the line by Outerlimits Powerboats or so it seemed! Infact, Outerlimits were disqualified for straying from the race course when the engines lost power, handing the runners-up place to OSG with Searex Germany third. The disqualification was a bitter pill to swallow for Outerlimits Powerboats who provided the crowds with a superbly enjoyable chase as Nigel Hook and Mike Fiore re-fired the engines and started to reel in the leading boats. In the early stages of the race this all-American boat had looked evenly matched for speed with King of Shaves, and more enthralling battles between these arch rivals look inevitable. The lone German entry, Searex, proved to be one of the stars of the show, much to the pleasure of the large crowds. The Fountain 42 piloted by Kurt Prufert and Siegfried Greve gave an impressive display in its debut race in the prototype class as did Limmi from Belgium who finished fifth. The Metamarine boats of Fainplast and Kiton made the decision not to run the race following the death of Sergio Carpentieri, who tragically lost his life during yesterday's first round of the Grand Prix. In the production Supersport Class Roscioli Hotels Roma posted another dominant performance. The win strengthened the Italian teams championship challenge although it was Buzzi Bullet that crossed the finishing line first, with Chinese entry, Sun Lik Beer, no more than a few boat lengths behind. Time penalties then demoted the British pair to second and Sun Lik Beer to third. Buzzi Bullet led from start to finish. 
The result means that Championship leaders Roscioli Hotels Roma have extended their lead with the 2006 champions ExtremeBoat losing ground, having struggled with a propeller problem. Buzzi Bullet moves up into second place. Until the penalties were introduced for breaking safety speed limits, the third place battle between Sun Lik Beer and Chart Leader Roscioli Hotels Roma had provided the large crowds with excitement throughout. On the straight, the Chaudron 41 of the Italian's had a clear advantage but in the turns the tables were reversed. Behind them, VoomVoom.com was starting to show the true potential of the Yanmar powered Hustler Slingshot closely followed home by the Maltese entry Chaudron 2. The competitiveness in the production class is emphasised when the Sunseeker XS 2000 cleverly took sixth place from Extremeboat in the final lap.