December 31, 2017

Monthly News - December 2017

-pic of the month- Van Der Valk New Production Hall Opens

Azimut Benetti Leading Builder of Super Yachts Again

Italian Style is the key word behind the success of Azimut|Benetti Group, which is once again the world’s top builder of yachts measuring over 24 meters this year, according to the Global Order Book 2018, the international ranking of the 20 top boat builders published recently by prestigious magazine Boat International.  Over and above the extraordinary numbers 2840 m of Azimut Yachts and Benetti branded yachts and a remarkable 77 active projects the Italian shipbuilder confirms its natural leadership and excellence, built on strategic choices that have always proved, with passing time, to be the right ones.  A brilliant mix of creativity and pragmatism has seen the Group tackle an evolving business and market scenario, without affecting its commitment to three key paradigms: offering the best innovative technical solutions combined with the creative flair of designers and artisans; maintaining ownership within the family of founder Paolo Vitelli; and striving constantly to innovate with the creation of new trends and product categories.  “For us, Italian Style isn’t just a question of taste, but more an approach to work”, comments Giovanna Vitelli, Group Vice President, continuing: “We are proud to have achieved such a prestigious milestone for the 18th time running and proud to be an expression of that successful Italian entrepreneurial spirit which is appreciated the world over. It is a business culture nurtured by a set of essential assets, including ongoing reinvestment of profits to fuel growth, respect for the company’s people and partners, and the possibility of working with a medium to long-term vision of the business.”  “Such long-lasting success can only spring from consistency and continuity,” adds Paolo Vitelli, Group President and founder, “fed by ongoing work to develop and improve products and production processes, by project excellence, and by the industrial and financial soundness of our shipyards.”  The latest frontiers of the Group’s ability to innovate include series production with the extensive use of carbon fiber, as well as the technical partnership with Rolls Royce to develop a cutting-edge propulsion system, with important repercussions in terms of a 15-20% reduction in fuel consumption and greater onboard comfort.   Azimut|Benetti closed 2016-2017 reporting value of production standing at €710 million, continuing the growth trend of the last five years (+20% from 2011-2012 to 2016-2017).  The Global Order Book confirms its authoritative standing, providing an accurate annual performance report and publishing information on actual orders for yachts measuring 80 feet in length and over.

Benetti Wins Robb Report China Best of the Best

Benetti is proud to announce that the Fast 125’ M/Y Skyler has been awarded Best of the Best for 2017 under the 100-180 feet category by Robb Report China.  The 2017 Best of the Best award ceremony was held at The Peninsula Beijing hotel on December 1st. Organised by the Robb Report China, the Best of the Best awards are considered among the most prestigious in the Luxury sector in China. Skyler was selected and evaluated by a panel of highly skilled and specialized experts, formed of the readers and senior editors of this magazine. Skyler is the third unit of the Benetti Fast product line, built in composites and carbon at Benetti’s Viareggio shipyard, the Fast 125’ is a four deck semi-wide body yacht with a total of 5 cabins, a length of 38.1m and a beam of 8.3m. Skyler’s most impressive feature is its AZP C65 Azipull Carbon propulsion system. The Rolls-Royce pod system is the most technologically advanced on the market, and gives the 125-foot Benetti excellent fuel efficiency at low displacement speeds while allowing the yacht to reach a respectable top end of 22 knots. The pod thrusters not only deliver next-generation maneuverability and performance, but they allow Benetti to design the engine room farther back than most yachts its size, thus lowering noise and vibration and increasing the size of the four staterooms on the lower deck.  The sporty exterior was designed by Stefano Righini using an expanse of horizontal windows to accentuate the yacht’s streamlined look. Another key feature is a remarkable central element in the side of the superstructure that covers the access stairway to the upper deck. Her luxurious interior was designed by Redman Whiteley Dixon, based on the “Air” configuration, one of the three interior style options that Benetti offers to their Fast 125’ owners.  Peter Mahony, General Manager of Benetti Asia commented, “We are very honored to receive this award from Robb Report. As time goes on, Chinese customers are increasingly discerning with the technology and design of superyachts. We are looking forward to presenting more of our fleet to China, showcasing Benetti’s Italian excellence and state-of-the-art yacht making expertise.”

Beneteau New Export Director

Beneteau is pleased to announce the appointment of Denis Ricard as Director of Export sales. In his new role Denis will be responsible for the Beneteau business in Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and African English speaking countries. Denis Ricard has a long experience within the marine industry. He brings knowledge of different cultures and markets, he has lead several teams and developed different markets in Europe and Asia. After spending more than 15 years at Yamaha, Denis has run sales for nearly a decade at Zodiac, before integrating the consulting business. «I am extremely happy to have Denis in our team» says Luca Brancaleon, General Manager of Beneteau, «his experience, knowledge of the markets, motivation and method will be great contribution to our sales team.»

Beneteau Sea Drive Concept

On Saturday 2 December, Beneteau and Peugeot unveiled the result of a unique collaboration at the opening of the Nautic boat show in Paris. Global leaders in their respective industries, the two brands have combined their innovative technological know-how and forward thinking to create a pioneering steering station. The Sea Drive Concept promises to be a fantastic experience for visitors and will offer new perspectives on the future of motorboat driving. Try it out at the biggest boat show in France. While certain cars now boast lines and luxury inspired by the world of yachting, boats, on the other hand, are adopting ergonomic solutions and designs from the car industry. Resulting from a highly productive exchange between these two worlds, the demonstrator invented and designed by Peugeot Design Lab integrates Ship Control connected technology, recently developed by Beneteau,  in Peugeot’s i-Cockpit. This intuitive connected steering station, at the crossroads of the car and motorboat industries, offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy a unique immersive experience and to gain a glimpse of the future.

Beneteau New Director of Sales USA

Beneteau is pleased to announce the appointment of Jean Francois LAIR as Director of Sales Americas. In his role, Jean Francois will be responsible for the Beneteau business in Canada and the Americas. He will be based in Annapolis. Jean Francois has a long experience within the company and brings knowledge of different cultures and markets. After spending 10 years with Sunsail, Jean Francois has run export sales for more than a decade at Beneteau. "I am very glad Jean Francois will lead our business in the Americas" says Luca Brancaleon, General Manager of Beneteau. "His experience, attitude and product knwoledge will be a great contribution to our growing presence on the american territory."

Ferretti Group Ends 2017 with Record Numbers

After the award "Shipyard of the year", Ferretti Group consolidates its leadership by closing 2017 with extraordinary results. The number of yachts built by the Group's seven brands will reach, as of December 31, 159 units, an increase of 7.5% compared to the 148 boats built in 2016, which was already a record year with a 23% growth compared to 2015. The production value for the current year will be over 600 million euros. These figures, well above the industry's global performance levels, confirm the value of an industrial and commercial strategy that envisaged the launch of 24 new models in three years, with an investment over € 50 million in research and development by the shareholders, Weichai Group and the Ferrari family. The new Global Order Book for 2018 - the ranking of the 20 top yacht builders over 24 metres published by the UK edition of the prestigious “Boat International” magazine - confirms yet again Ferretti Group’s importance in the industry. In particular, the Group ranked first for number of projects sold or under construction, with as many as 87 under the Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Riva, Custom Line and CRN brands, 22,5% more compared to last year’s 71, and ranked second overall with 2,762 metres (9,061 feet) of super and mega yachts under construction. Mr Alberto Galassi, Chief Executive Officer of Ferretti Group, commented: "Even numbers bear an irrevocable beauty, and those of the Global Order Book tell an amazing story of Ferretti Group’s splendid growth, demonstrated also by the revenues and profits we achieved. Not only have we climbed the ranking, with about 2762 meters of boats over 24 meters sold and under construction, but we are world leaders by number of projects: 87. This would not have been possible without the investments and commitment in research and development, for each brand and for every hull size. These projects have always been realized on schedule and altogether stand for 159 yachts of excellence. Our strategy focuses on exclusivity and innovation, and the industrial and financial reliability of Ferretti Group."

Ferretti Yachts Double Win in China

Ferretti Yachts consolidates its strong position in Asia, confirmed once again, also overseas, as the leading brand of luxury yachts. This supremacy has been endorsed by two prestigious awards. The Ferretti Yachts 920 flybridge, one of the protagonists at the latest edition of the Cannes Yachting Festival, took the top prize in the Best Motor Yacht Under 100ft category of the Best of Best Awards selected by Robb Report China. The awards ceremony was held on 1st December on the magnificent backdrop of The Peninsula Beijing hotel. Guests included the top management of Trend Group and the publisher of Robb Report China, along with numerous celebrities, business executives, artists, and representatives of the most important brands. For the last ten years, the Chinese edition of the famous lifestyle magazine has selected its Best of the Best winners in the various luxury categories. Dedicated to connoisseurs of yachts, automobiles, hotels, timepieces, and wines, the Best of Best Awards is a prestigious event in which Ferretti Group brands and boats have often appeared amongst the winners. Just a few days later, another prestigious international recognition was awarded to Ferretti Yachts by Lifestyle Media Group, a well-known Chinese publishing group. The prize for the Most Premium Yacht Brand was awarded on the occasion of the eighth edition of the Fashion Power Awards. Ferretti Yachts has been present in China for more than twenty years, and four years ago it introduced the Tai He Ban version, designed for the Asian market and built according to the desires and tastes of yacht owners in the Far East. The gala evening took place on 9th December during China Rendez-Vous, the exhibition dedicated to excellence in international luxury goods, which took place in Sanya from 8th to 11th December. “These two awards give us particular satisfaction – double, I would say! Because they come from an extremely selective market that knows how to recognise the most exclusive Made in Italy products. And because they confirm the reputation of Ferretti Yachts at the worldwide level, as well as the value of a design philosophy that is distinctive, innovative, and eclectic, in this area which is strategic for us,” remarked Stefano de Vivo, Chief Commercial Officer of Ferretti Group. “The Tai He Ban layout is concrete testimony of the attention Ferretti Yachts reserves to China. We have studied interiors designed specially for business meetings, social gatherings, and entertainment events, combined with decor solutions conceived by the architects and designers of our Group. The response of the market has been beyond positive: we have already sold the third unit of the new Ferretti Yachts 920 with this exclusive layout.”

Moonen Sign New Refit Contract

Moonen Shipyards in the Netherlands has signed the contact for a significant refit project which is due to start at the beginning of December. Originally launched in 2007, the 29-metre fast displacement superyacht Ciao (ex. Nilo) is back at our yard for a range of technical and aesthetic upgrades. The main goal of the refit project is to install new CMC zero-speed stabilisers as Ciao shifts from hydraulic stabilisation to electrical. Moonen’s specialised engineers will also perform extensive maintenance and service on the propulsion drive, which includes a controllable pitch propeller system. In addition, work on the underwater body will be carried out such as replacing the anodes and giving her bottom two fresh layers of antifouling. “We’re delighted that the owner has chosen to have Ciao sail from the Mediterranean to Holland especially for this refit,” says Service Manager Eckly Hendriks. “Moonen has a strong image of craftsmanship and the owner is really keen on detail and perfection. As well as helping retain resale value, we also know all the ins and outs of the vessel. And the fact that Moonen has the option to temporarily import the vessel into the Netherlands was also beneficial to the owner.”  The project will require many different types of craftsmanship from carpenters to mechanical engineers. Moonen’s strong relationships with its subcontractors is also an asset, including in this case the manufacturers of the stabilisers (CMC in Italy) and the CPP system (Servogear from Norway). The refit will take around eight weeks, after which Ciao will spend the rest of the winter in Moonen’s acclimatised hall until the new season begins. Her captain will also stay close to his charge with all the facilities at hand to do his job.

Palumbo Enters in Mondomarine

The entry of Palumbo Group into Mondomarine, the historic shipyard of Savona for months in a crisis situation for which resolution has now reached the judicial liquidation phase, is official. With the lease of the Savona shipyard only for a period of six months, Palumbo Group will guarantee the restart of the construction sites, the immediate reintegration of nine employees and the objective of proceeding subsequently, following the desired final acquisition, the absorption of a large number of employees of nautical trade from Savona. After the recent acquisition of the ISA Yachts shipyard in Ancona, which soon became one of the Group's main superyacht production sites and is now in full operation, Mondomarine represents a new, important step for Palumbo in its strategic development plan, its own network of shipyards in the Mediterranean and, of course, the division dedicated to the construction of superyachts. Palumbo Superyachts Division, with the Columbus Yachts and Isa Yachts brands respectively oriented to the realization of custom and semi-custom yachts, is, in fact, a constantly growing company that draws strength from fifty years of experience in the Group's ship refit sector, from the passion , and its indisputable financial solidity.

Pershing and Poltrana Frau Tenth Anniversary

The set of suitcases and accessories in Pelle Frau “Meteorite” leather, created exclusively for Pershing, kicks off the initiatives to mark the tenth anniversary of a partnership that was also celebrated at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2017 with Pershing 9X. The fleet's new coupé, with a wealth of furnishings by Poltrona Frau, features a futuristic helm station co-designed by the two companies.  In 2007, the renowned Italian furniture and interior design brand Poltrona Frau made its déebut in luxury yachting as a partner of Pershing. The then latest addition to the fleet, Pershing 72, amazed enthusiasts with its fabulous interior design and a new, futuristic helm seat with grey leather upholstery. The entire project was the product of the collaboration between the technicians of the two companies, both located in the heart of the Marche region, in Mondolfo and Tolentino.  It was the beginning of an unprecedented partnership not only in the yachting world but also in the Italian industry as a whole. As everyone knows, sailing a Pershing is more like flying a fighter jet or driving a Formula 1 car, so why shouldn’t the level of comfort in the helm station be just as extreme?  Over the last 10 years, the two brands have developed a unique partnership, skilfully combining Pershing performance with Poltrona Frau style. This highly successful pairing reached its 10-year milestone in 2017, and to celebrate their long-standing and fruitful collaboration, Pershing and Poltrona Frau introduced some major new additions to their range at the latest edition of the Cannes Yachting Festival 2017, one of the world's leading yachting events.  The show saw the unveiling of the new Owner Set for Pershing yacht owners, a magnificent collection of one-of-a-kind suitcases, bags, trolley bags and other accessories made entirely in Pelle Frau “Meteorite” leather and created exclusively for Pershing.  This stylish range of accessories was crafted by Poltrona Frau using top quality natural grain leather and designed with the idea that these unique accessories would express some of the brand's key elements: speed, dynamism and innovation.  Pelle Frau “Meteorite” leather, featuring a mix of glossy and dull finishes and enriched by nuance mat tones in the grooves of the grain, has been hand polished on the grain surface to create the shining effect of pyrite (a stone with distinctive metallic crystals that change colour when exposed to the light). With their sophisticated elegance, these precious objects tell the story of the brand and speak to the taste of those who own them.  The Cannes Yachting Festival also set the stage for the launch of another creation born from this ten-year partnership, where the international début of the fleet's new maxi coupé Pershing 9X also provided the opportunity to unveil before enthusiasts the stunning helm station of the fleet's latest yacht.  The entire helm station of this coupé featuring aggressive lines and outstanding comfort and, as always, created by the yacht designer Fulvio De Simoni in partnership with Ferretti Group’s Product Strategy Committee and its Engineering Department, has been co-designed by the Pershing and Poltrona Frau teams in collaboration with De Simoni himself, all working together to create a new masterpiece that has already captivated the yachting market.  This alliance, born ten years ago, has been extended to much of the fleet over the years, including Pershing 72, Pershing 64, Pershing 80, Pershing 92, Pershing 108, the legendary Pershing 115 and the more recent Pershing 74 and Pershing 82. The joint venture has made such an impact on the yachting and Italian design worlds that it has even earned a place in a museum. In the Poltrona Frau Museum in Tolentino (Macerata), home to the company's headquarters, one of the seats made for the Pershing 72 is on display as a genuine example of industrial art. And in the “Interiors in Motion” section of the Poltrona Frau website it is possible to view a rich gallery of the products the two companies have co-designed from 2007 to the present day.  All eyes are now on the future initiatives planned by the two companies for these 10th anniversary celebrations, and the new and ambitious projects to come.

Princess State of the Art Sounds

World-renowned British brands Naim Audio and Princess Yachts have partnered together to deliver a revolutionary audio solution, rewriting the rulebook on acoustics for the luxury marine sector.  Naim have been meticulously designing and hand-building their audio systems for over 44 years from Salisbury in Wiltshire, delivering a deeper, more immersive sonic experience. This exclusive collaboration aligns the companies' shared values of expert engineering and craftsmanship, elegant design and the best in British manufacturing to deliver a class-leading audio experience on-board a luxury yacht.  At the heart of the custom-integrated Naim for Princess audio system is the award-winning range of Uniti all-in-one players. Featuring for the first time on the all-new S Class flagship Princess S78, a yacht that is distinctly cool and sophisticated and capable of propelling you to an exhilarating 39 knots. The compact Uniti Atom, fitted as standard in the yacht's sportbridge, saloon, cockpit and master stateroom, provides a perfectly synchronised multi-zone music experience. There is also a Premium upgrade encompassing a Uniti Star in the saloon, uprated speakers and additional zones in the foredeck, guest and crew accommodation areas. Those on board the S78 can relax and control the music and multi-room functionality on a smartphone or tablet using Naim Audio's dedicated iOS and Android app.  'Achieving seaworthy audiophile-grade music playback presented new challenges to both teams; new benchmarks in acoustic technology, engineering craftsmanship and expert in-house testing have resulted in a sonic performance befitting a Princess yacht, while matching the high standards set by both companies,' said Trevor Wilson, Managing Director, Naim Audio. Launched this year and drawing on 44 years of heritage and expertise in audio engineering, Naim Audio's Uniti range boasts a comprehensive feature-set and rich acoustics, delivering a powerful sound full of detail, clarity and musicality.  Designed to easily connect to a Wi-Fi network, the listener can enjoy a world of music from any source. Wirelessly stream downloaded music in high-resolution from a PC, Mac, NAS drive via UPnP or browse and play millions of songs through popular streaming services Spotify Connect and TIDAL.  Support for Apple AirPlay allows streaming of music from Apple iOS devices such as iPhone and iPad, similarly built-in Google Chromecast plays music directly from compatible Android devices and more than 300 audio apps. Internet Radio provides access to thousands of radio stations, while support for Bluetooth aptX HD enables high-quality and wireless streaming from compatible devices such as a smartphone or tablet. 'The official launch of what will be the most exciting audio collaboration in the marine industry will take place at Düsseldorf Boat Show, and we invite visitors, not only audiophiles, to the Princess display to celebrate this remarkable development,' said Kiran Haslam, Marketing Director, Princess Yachts.

Riva Awarded for Social Media Excellence

The Riva legend wins over new enthusiasts every day, including on the web. Indeed, it is for its brilliant management of social media channels that Riva has been awarded the prestigious Gold Trophy in the category “Cars and Yachts” at the “2017 World Luxury Award” in Monte Carlo. The award attests to the innovative energy of this legendary shipyard and its skill at successfully overseeing every aspect of its communications. The over 300,000 followers that enliven its Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Google+ profiles only serve as further proof of Riva’s supremacy in this sphere. The “World Luxury Award”, a guarantee of expertise and quality, is an independent forum with a dual objective: firstly, to improve standards of creative excellence in the sectors of advertising, design and multimedia and, secondly, to serve as a global Think Tank to develop state-of-the-art technologies in the luxury goods sector. Riva’s accounts, managed in collaboration with the Arachno agency, a partner of the Ferretti Group, were judged to be the best from among all the social media channels of all the major players in the luxury sector. Its broad user base, original tone of voice, high rate of engagement and the quality of its content have allowed Riva to surpass its competitors. Its wide range of subject matter is designed to be appealing to a diverse audience, dealing with topics from new products to the iconic models that have played an important role in making the story of “Made in Italy” famous throughout the world, and from important events to the latest news about the Riva Brand Experience.

Riviera Team Celebrates 2017 Achievements

The entire 580-strong team at Riviera, Australia's most awarded luxury motor yacht builder, celebrated a momentous 2017 with a Christmas party today at the company's Gold Coast headquarters.  Riviera Chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst thanked the team, saying the standout achievement of the year was the resoundingly successful launch and World Premiere of the Sports Motor Yacht collection, both the 68 and 72 models.  He said the launch was greeted with admiration by discerning owners and motor yachting enthusiasts as well as with glowing reviews by the worldwide boating media.  "You should all be proud of this extraordinary achievement," said Mr Longhurst. "The quality demonstrated in the new Sports Motor Yacht collection is reflected in the work that every individual does here every day.  "You can also be proud of the continued growth in the worldwide Riviera Family of luxury motor yacht owners.  "More than half of all our production in the past year has been exported and we are delighted that almost 100 motor yachting aficionados around the world have joined the Riviera family this year.  "This is a magnificent achievement and a great reflection on our entire team and on the dedicated worldwide dealer network we have developed."  Mr Longhurst said that Riviera will enhance first-class owner care through its active program of boating education, cruising in company and social events worldwide in 2018.  “In partnership with our dealers we look forward to creating many more memorable cruising experiences for the Riviera Family throughout 2018,” he said.  Riviera Sports Motor Yacht World Premiere - The Sydney International Boat Show was the venue for the World Premiere of the 68 Sports Motor Yacht and for a red-carpet celebration of the Riviera lifestyle for more than 400 guests.  In September the 68 Sports Motor Yacht travelled to make her European Premiere at the Cannes Yachting Festival alongside the 4800 Sport Yacht. The Sports Motor Yacht went on to star at the Genoa Boat Show in Italy and then at the Barcelona Boat Show in Spain.  Festival of Boating - In March, Riviera staged the largest-ever Festival of Boating at the company's headquarters on Queensland's Gold Coast. The event included the Queensland Premiere of the 4800 Sport Yacht and saw a record number of educational workshops and tutorials eagerly embraced by visitors over the three-day event. International boat shows - Northern hemisphere boat show season began for Riviera with a stunning eight-model display at the Miami International Boat Show, including the show Premieres of the 4800 Sport Yacht and 575 SUV.  In Dubai, Riviera Premiered its 6000 Sport Yacht to the middle east.  Riviera continued to showcase its world-class motor yachts in boat show displays across the United States, in Europe, Asia and South Africa as well as throughout Australia and New Zealand. Visitors to some 26 shows worldwide were given the opportunity to step aboard and experience the exclusive luxury that is Riviera.  The show year culminated for Riviera with a jubilant eight-model display at the world's largest boat show, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.  New model development - The company announced development of the magnificent new Belize 66 motor yacht during the Festival of Boating in March and work began immediately with a schedule for its World Premiere in 2018.  At the Sydney International Boat Show, Riviera announced the development of its first under-forty-foot motor yacht in nearly a decade the 395 SUV model scheduled for her World Premiere in 2018.  International awards - Recognition of the elite calibre of Australia's Riviera continued in 2017 with the Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht receiving the "Best Sportcruiser (above 45 feet)" at the prestigious Asia Boating Awards.  Commitment to training and human development - The year began with a strong increase in the company's apprentice intake, up to 74, reflecting an ongoing commitment to training, creating a new generation of master craftspeople. Riviera continues to lead marine industry training and enhance the lives of talented boat builders, marine electricians and carpenters, upholsterers and designers. Riviera owners around Australia came together in the lead-up to Christmas to stage a series of spectacular celebration mega raft-ups and share the real joy of being a part of the Riviera family.  On Queensland’s Gold Coast the team at R Marine Jones hosted 26 Rivieras to create a spectacular horseshoe raft-up. Whilst Martha Cove on Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay was the site for another mega raft-up of 24 Riviera motor yachts to welcome Riviera’s magnificent new 72 Sports Motor Yacht to her new home hosted by R Marine Jacksons.  In Western Australia, Riviera and Belize owners gathered in enthusiastic numbers to set a new Riviera world record on Perth’s Swan River with a very impressive 48 Riviera and Belize motor yachts all safely rafted up.  Festival of Boating - The company has also announced that the 2018 Festival of Boating will be held from May 24 to 27 in parallel with an inspiring display at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.  “We are proud to return to Sanctuary Cove next year and May 2018 will certainly provide great stimulus for motor yacht devotees to visit the Gold Coast,” said Mr Longhurst.  "The Festival of Boating provides Riviera and Belize owners with a wide choice of theoretical and hands–on boating education workshops as well as a signature social event on the Saturday evening.  "Everyone at Riviera is looking forward with great anticipation to an exciting and rewarding 2018, with the Premieres of our flagship Belize 66 and our sporty and adventurous new Riviera 395 SUV." 

Riviera Owners Stage Mega Raft-Ups

Riviera owners around Australia came together in the lead-up to Christmas to stage a series of spectacular celebration mega raft-ups and share the real joy of being a part of the Riviera family. In Western Australia, Riviera and Belize owners heeded the call in huge and enthusiastic numbers to attempt a new Riviera world record at Matilda Bay on Perth's Swan River.  Local Riviera and Belize Dealer R Marine Perth has hosted raft-ups for owners for the past 10 years.  The 2016 raft-up created a Riviera world record of 43 motor yachts.  By the time the raft-up was complete soon after midday, it was clear to everyone that they had created a new record in the world of Riviera - 48 Riviera and Belize motor yachts, all safely rafted up, ready for a fun-filled afternoon.  On Queensland's Gold Coast Broadwater, the team at R Marine Jones hosted 26 Rivieras to create a spectacular horseshoe raft-up in a man-made bay called the Marine Stadium.  Martha Cove on Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay was the site for a mega raft-up to welcome Riviera's magnificent new 72 Sports Motor Yacht to her new home.  Hosted by Victoria's dedicated Riviera and Belize dealership R Marine Jacksons on a sparkling Saturday afternoon, the raft-up brought together 24 Riviera motor yachts for an afternoon of Riviera family fun and camaraderie on the bay outside the Hidden Harbour Marina on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula.

Sunseeker Announces London Boat Show 2018 Guests

Sunseeker International is delighted to announce that English World Cup legend, Sir Geoff Hurst, and BT Sport’s presenter, Jake Humphrey will be the company’s special guests at the London Boat Show on 10th January.  Sir Geoff, best known for scoring the goals that helped to secure victory for England in the World Cup in 1966, will be opening the stand with founder Robert Braithwaite CBE DL and CEO of Sunseeker International, Phil Popham.  Sir Geoff Hurst secured his unique place in sporting history when he became the first and only player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final, a record that has stood for over 50 years. Knighted in 1998 and inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2004, Sir Geoff holds a special place in the hearts of football fans and has become an iconic sporting figure across the world.  Jake, an experienced and knowledgeable TV and radio broadcaster, will be Sunseeker’s official compère for the midday event. Currently the face of Premier League Football on BT Sport, Jake has been at the forefront of much of BBC Sport’s coverage for many national and international events.  Sir Geoff commented: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Sunseeker to celebrate the opening of their stand at the London Boat Show in January. Sunseeker is an iconic British company flying the British flag on a global stage with some magnificent products, it will be a real pleasure to help them launch what promises to be a really exciting 2018 for the brand.”  The full display for the London Boat Show 2018 includes two show debuts, the 76 Yacht and the Predator 57 MKII. The 76 Yacht will also be the largest model displayed at the Show, and will appear alongside a stunning collection of luxury yachts starting from 52 feet.

Van Der Valk New Production Hall Opens

Van Der Valk new hall will allow for the construction of new yachts over 40 meters and with up to three decks. The steel framing of the construction was finished some time ago, the walls were recently completed, and doors have just been installed. The new hall has already been integrated into Van Der Valk's production schedule: it will be used for three major projects in the coming months, including one refit.  We plan to provide more information about the new hall at the upcoming boot Düsseldorf boat show, where we will also present concepts for two new raised pilothouse models which are currently on the drawing table.

Van Der Valk Mark Extraordinarily 2017 Year

One of the most stunning launches of the past year was the fast displacement Anemeli. Showcasing the vision and ideas of a highly experienced owner, this 27-metre all-aluminium yacht also featured interior and exterior design by Guido de Groot and naval architecture by Jaron Ginton. Her stylish silver metallic colour hull has already won Anemeli many admirers, while her exceptionally spacious and well-equipped interior has been a pleasure to all who come aboard.  The 23-metre Flybridge Valencia features an exterior we designed in-house, which includes a modern, curvaceous shape requested directly by the owner and a classical interior by Guido de Groot Design. Intended primarily to sail the Baltic region, she features lots of comfortable indoor as well as outdoor spaces.  Also intended for the Baltic, the 26-metre Raised Pilothouse Forum has a folding mast that minimises her vertical clearance. She boasts an exterior by Guido de Groot and an interior by the owner’s own architect, providing a wealth of entertainment spaces and options.  Another striking delivery in 2017 was a 25-metre oceangoing Explorer characterised by interior and exterior design by Guido de Groot Design and naval architecture by Ginton Naval Architects. This full-displacement yacht with aluminium hull provides a substantial range and resistance to the harshest conditions.

Viking Seizing the Day

Congratulations to Rob Desmond and his team on the Viking 48 Day Sea. Day Seabrought a boatful of energetic anglers to the Inaugural Old Bahama Bay Wahoo Charity Cup ready to fish. Angler Andi DeYoung was the Top Lady Angler with a 48-pounder which was also the heaviest fish of the tournament. Day Sea also claimed Top Boat.  This two-day tournament is a not-for-profit event with all proceeds going to Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI. David and Lynne Henderson and the whole team on their Viking 60 Fragrant Harbor organized the tournament along with Old Bahama Bay Resort and Marina.

Viking at the Shootout

For the past three years, Captain Skip Smith has been building the most-talked about tournament in the Bahamas, The Production vs. Custom Shootout.  The 2017 Shootout was a huge success with Miss Victoria, a Viking 76, winning the tournament with four blues, five whites and a sailfish. During the event, 33 boats released 157 billfish in three days.  Due to an overwhelming response for the 2018 Shootout, the event will become invitation-only for 2019. Any boat entered in 2018 will automatically receive an invite to be a part of the 2019 tournament. All new entries for 2019 will be put on a waiting list. The 2018 tournament is filling up fast so this is your last chance to grab one of the coveted spots.  Held at the luxurious Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina, The Shootout has the best anglers, captains and crews. Add the age-old rivalry between production and custom boats and you have the fiercest competition of any tournament.

Viking No Debate

Mike Walsh's Viking 62 De-Bait-Able took 2nd Place at the 22nd Annual Florida Classic fishing tournament. Captain K.J. Zeher went three for four on sailfish with anglers Nick Lucov, Brian Komer and Phil Sate each releasing a fish. This event is held out of Fort Lauderdale and benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Zeelander At Art Basel

Zeelander are often seen as pieces of art, collectors’ items, especially since they are limited to only 30 pieces per model. Therefore, the connection between Art Basel and Zeelander is strong. Joining powers with the ‘My Yacht Group’ Zeelander ran a wonderful event with fine wine, caviar, cigars and the exalted company of Art Basel finest people.

Zeelander Sponsor at Kata Rocks

At the south coast of Phuket Thailand, Zeelander was present and proud sponsor of the Kata Rocks Super Yachts Rendezvous. Owners of supers yachts from all over the globe gathered at the wonderful event to connect and share their experiences.

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