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“When the human element is considered, securing networks from cyber-attack is incredibly challenging.   Reducing human interaction with on board networks and computers by deploying a more standardized IT environment can minimize risks.”
-- Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink

Interview: Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink

Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink, discusses the pace and direction of high speed comms in maritime.Using metrics of your choice, put in perspective where we are today in terms of getting shipowners to adopt high speed communication solutions.The term broadband has been used in the maritime industry for at least a decade and if we are to follow the FCC’s definition which was upgraded to 25mbps from 4mbps (download) in 2015, then those high speed internet services are nothing of the sort.However, everything is relative.

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KVH Intros Unlimited VSAT Streaming Service for Yachts

KVH Industries, the mobile technology innovator and connectivity provider, has announced that it is introducing KVH Elite, an unlimited VSAT streaming service that delivers HD-quality, dedicated bandwidth to superyachts.The new KVH Elite streaming service is launching in November 2019 from Florida through the Caribbean, including the islands of the eastern Caribbean, with the Mediterranean expected to follow in 2020. This service, which is part of KVH’s fully global mini-VSAT BroadbandSM HTS network…

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UK Marina Operator Opens First Luxury Hotel

Yacht Havens Group, one of the UK’s leading marina owners, operators and developers, will make an ambitious move into luxury hotel accommodation with the opening of the Salt House Hotel at Troon Yacht Haven, Ayrshire, Scotland, in early 2020.With the Salt House Hotel, the Yacht Havens Group aims to capitalize on a growing niche for ‘relaxed luxury’ accommodation with an exciting ‘Scandi-Scot’ influenced collection of suites overlooking the stunning coastal setting of Troon Yacht Haven.Externally…

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Tickfaw 200 Powerboat Poker Run

Once more renowned for picking strawberries not royal flushes, Livingston Parish now hosts Louisiana’s largest poker powerboat run, Tickfaw 200, bringing performance powerboaters to the bayou state in springtime. “It’s the Baja 500 and the Iditarod of powerboating,” said Keith Cacioppo, a lifelong boater with a 30-foot cruiser who’s attended The Tickfaw 200 for 11 straight years.Cacioppo has never run the 200, but is one of hundreds of spectator boats charging the event with energy and cheers.“My boat couldn’t handle it,” said Cacioppa. “This is for the big dogs.

Wheeebo (Photo: Yanmar)

Yanmar's Debuts “Wheeebo”

Yanmar has developed a new marine activity called the Wheeebo, based around the concept that anyone can enjoy new experiences on the water. The development of the Wheeebo demonstrates the application of design thinking and rapid prototyping to discover the needs and difficulties that users themselves did not necessarily realize they faced and offer a solution that reflects the needs of the market. Users of the circular board lean in the desired direction of travel and onboard…

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Fusion Launches New Apollo RA670 Stereo

Fusion offers the new Apollo RA670, a marine stereo featuring a brilliant, optically bonded, full-color LCD display, Fusion’s Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology, Fusion-Link integration and control, multi-zone control in up to three audio zones and PartyBus capabilities when connected to a Wi-Fi or Apollo network; the RA670 is a powerful extension of the Apollo Series.The Apollo Series harnesses the power of Fusion’s DSP technology, designed to deliver premium audio  to all speakers in any environment.

Photo of Carolina courtesy of IYC

Broker sells four yachts in three months

Former big boat captain turned superyacht broker, Mark Elliott, sold four brokerage vessels during the first quarter of 2019, closing for $48 million. Three of the boats moved in March.Deals closed on M/Y Bella Una, a 127-foot Burger, as well as Christensen’s 164-foot M/Y Three Forks,124-foot M/Y Carte Blanche by Trinity, and 157-foot M/Y Carolina, a classic Feadship.The strong economy and consumer spending confidence demonstrate the yacht market has definitely bounced back. A veteran 20-year broker with IYC…

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Hall of Fame Marina gets new docks

Hall of Fame Marina in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. is expanding with new, concrete floating docks. With the permitting phase complete, dock renovation with Bellingham Marine will commence this summer, with construction completed in fall, to accommodate Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) 2019. As Hall of Fame provides dockage for FLIBS, the Westrec marina anticipates hosting more superyachts up to 160-feet.The new piers will be 150-feet in length. The footprint is changing with about 600-feet of concrete floating docks replacing 400-feet of wooden docks.

2018 Palm Beach Show by Lisa Overing

Forecast: Pretty Palm Beach Boat Show

The 34th annual Palm Beach International Boat Show, March 28 - 31, 2019, is one of the top five boat shows in the country. Situated on Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach, directly across the Intracoastal Waterway from Palm Beach Island, this is the last major international show of the season, attended by serious shoppers and key brokers and builders ready to make deals.With beautiful spring weather, Palm Beach is fast becoming everyone’s favorite, must-attend event, with some opting to skip the two February boats shows in Miami this year.

Project Phoenix 130 rendering by Lazzara Ombres Architects.

PROJECT PHOENIX. RISING 2020.

Project Phoenix Series is a revolutionary spec build, representing the collaboration of an American design and engineering team and a South Korean shipyard constructing the first superyacht in the world’s leading shipbuilding nation.Lazzara Ombres Architects of Tampa, Fla. partnered with BongChul “BC” Kim of GHI Shipyard to build their 130-foot, aluminum luxury sport superyacht design. With the vessel’s hull and superstructure now complete for the five stateroom vessel, interior and outfitting will commence with the vision of interior designer Alexandre Thiriat. Mr.

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YSA Design Interiors Ideas for Bellissima

Stand-out gastronomic attractions on board MSC Bellissima will be served up in spaces that YSA Design believes deliver a first shipboard example of contemporary industrial restaurant design, and in a re-envisioned version of the chocolaterie that proved such a hit on Bellissima’s predecessor. Named at a star-studded ceremony in Southampton by Godmother Sophia Loren in early March, the 5,686-passenger capacity, 171,598gt luxury ship is now on its maiden voyage to the Western Mediterranean. MSC Bellissima is the second ship in MSC Cruises’ innovative Meraviglia-class.

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New Dive Center Opens in Mergui Archipelago

Awei Pila, an exclusive resort set on a remote tropical island, has opened a SCUBA diving center in Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago, offering Open Water courses and certification to first-time divers.The Awei Pila Dive Center will provide all levels of PADI diving courses from DSD (Discover Scuba Diving) to DM (Dive Master), which can either be tackled at home by Internet ahead of traveling to the Mergui Archipelago or learned over three to four days at the resort, which lies on a pristine beach just a stone’s throw from hundreds of meters of live coral reefs.Courses can be conducted in English…

Geoffrey van Aller launched his own marine design firm, van Aller Yacht & Naval Design, in Ocean Springs, MS. Photo courtesy Geoff van Aller.

Whirlwind of change: Where’s Trinity Yachts' crew today?

Four key players of the disbanded Trinity Yachts, once the world’s sixth largest custom yacht builder, are working in new roles in yachting since the company’s break-up about four years ago.Billy Smith, Geoffrey van Aller, Jim Berulis and Phil Nuss rolled with the punches, just as they did when this author interviewed them at Trinity’s Cinco de Mayo crayfish boil celebrating their new Gulfport facility in Mississippi in May, 2006. In a region suffering after Hurricane Katrina toppled the Gulf Coast and sank New Orleans on August 29…

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Bargains, cool gadgets at Miami Yacht Show

Is there anything at Miami Yacht Show for under $1,000 besides parking? Stuff that nautical aficionados and mere mortals aspiring for the yachting lifestyle can actually afford? Fear not, there was something for everyone at Miami Yacht Show. Yachting Journal found the coolest deals for your vessel and man cave.LifeLite flashlight/laser/pepper spray launcherStop or I’ll shoot…pepper spray in your general direction?!? LifeLite is a nonlethal alternative to a firearm, and also looks and functions like a heavy duty flashlight.When depressed…

M/Y Minderella. Photo courtesy Of Merle Wood.

Perfect weather for Miami Yacht Show

While Wednesday was quite blustery and rainy, the Miami Yacht Show opened to clear skies on Valentine’s Day, for a gorgeous weekend of luxury boats and sun. In its new location, crowds seemed smaller, although lines for Uber frustrated some commuting by car from the Miami Boat Show on Virginia Key to the Miami Yacht Show’s two locations on Watson Island and One Herald Plaza. There was no wait for water taxis.Some prevailing themes stood out among the nearly 500 yachts in the brokerage show between the Venetian and Rickenbacker Causeways.

Miami Super Yacht Show on Watson Island 2018. Photo by Lisa Overing

Two Valentine's Day Boat Shows in Miami

If you love boats, there’s no better way to enjoy Valentine’s Day than in Miami, Fla. among 2,000 of the world’s most spectacular yachts and pleasure craft. With temps forecasted in the mid 70’s F, Miami welcomes the world to two different boat shows in three locations, Miami Boat Show and Miami Yacht Show, amid breathtaking views, exotic sports cars, beautiful, stylish women and hand-rolled cigars.In its first year downtown on Miami’s Biscayne Bay, the 31st annual Miami Yacht Show takes place February 14 -18. Many yachting veterans will miss the show’s location on Collins Ave.

IF the Pats Win: Belichick to Rename His Boat?

It’s been reported that Bill Belichick has changed the name of his boat to reflect the number of big game rings he has won.His boat – currently named ‘VII Rings’ (for his seven championship-winning seasons) – stands to be changed to ‘VIII Rings’ if his team comes out with the “W” this Sunday. Discover Boating, an initiative from the recreational boating industry designed to get people out on the water, is kicking off this weekend by offering Coach Belichick a FREE paint job on his boat to update the name and design if he adds another ring to his collection.In addition to the free paint job…

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ARKUP 75 floating home to debut at Miami Yacht Show

ARKUP is an innovation in marine luxury combining attributes of yachts, floating houses and waterfront villas. Poised to become a pioneer in a new coastal market of floating communities, this rectangular, bi-level, floating luxury home is self-sufficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly with next-to-no footprint.The prototype resembles a chic, Miami-Beach condo, abounding with natural light, abundant space and luxurious appointments. Immersed in tasteful, muted, monochromatic tones…

Bernard Pras, homage to Magritte: preassigned vantage point (Photo: YSA Design)

Nieuw Statendam Arrives with Artistic Edge

Around 2,500 original artworks aboard Holland America Line’s newest cruise ship look beyond simply working in sympathy with their seaborne surroundings to put the visual surprises of contemporary art at the center of the cruising experience.Developed by YSA Design and Art@YSA, curated art has been a special area of focus on board the 99,902gt Pinnacle-class vessel Nieuw Statendam, where it is seen as a key differentiator likely to catch the attention of new and repeat cruise guests alike.As with sister ship Koningsdam…

M/V Southern Star. West End Boat Parade New Orleans. Photo by Lisa Overing

Christmas Boat Parades Celebrate the Magic of the Season

It was not a silent night nor was a single star in sight, but the sky was bright - full of lights and blaring music and revelry as sailors celebrated Christmas on the water in New Orleans, La. on Saturday, December 15.Yachting Journal enjoyed reporting live from the 26th annual West End Christmas Boat Parade. Featuring over 36 boats and yachts in complete holiday splendor, the maritime holiday began with vessels lined up at the historic New Canal Lighthouse, proceeding on Lake Pontchartrain in a loop…

Captains, Crew Live Off The Grid With Marine CORE

Marine CORE, an innovative communications hub for yacht captains and crew, may change communication from sea. With four hotspots in one device, Marine CORE has a small footprint and tremendous capabilities, commanding communication in the U.S. and internationally.Distributed by Florida-based EC Ruff Marine for Agile Marine Solutions, Marine CORE deploys high-performance LTE service for HD streaming and Internet for constant communication with a strong connection in the air, on land and sea.

M/Y Namaste 2018 courtesy of Mangusta

Best Yachts, News from FLIBS

Nearly 2,000 megayacht captains blared their boat horns in unison for one full minute on Sunday night at exactly 6 p.m., a traditional symphony of ocean commotion signaling the official end of yet another FLIBS or Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.The consensus is the 58th consecutive FLIBS was one of the best shows in many years. Propelled by a strong economy and two, active hurricane seasons prompting new vessel purchases, repairs and refits, the five day show from October 31 - November 4 was well attended.

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Burnett Heads Boat Harbor Re-development

Sydney based BH Developments QLD Pty Ltd (BHD) has officially lodged a development application with Bundaberg Regional Council for a integrated marina and resort project, set to transform the coastal town of Burnett Heads into a vibrant tourism, lifestyle and leisure precinct.The proposed new Gateway Marina development is a high quality, mixed-use marina village located on the south western shore of the Burnett Heads Boat Harbor.Plans include a 318-berth state of the art marina with automated 24-hour fuel dock…

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‘ASR Superyacht Cup’ Returns to Phuket for 18th Year

The highly regarded Asia Superyacht Rendezvous Cup regatta dates of January 18-20, 2019 marks the return of the ASR Cup to the exclusive SALA Phuket Resort & Spa and pristine Mai Khao Bay Phuket for thrilling racing and exclusive events dedicated to superyacht owners and their guests and captains and crew. The 18th annual ASR Cup promises to be an even more spectacular event than in the past - filled with gorgeous cruising, camaraderie amongst owners and captains, unique parties and sailing superyachts in pursuit of winning the 4th annual ASR Cup Trophy.

Polk DSP (Photo: ASA Electronics)

ASA Electronics Introduces Polk Sound System

ASA Electronics has introduced a new marine sound system, the Polk Ultramarine Complete DSP Sound System.The system includes a brand new Polk UM2 stereo as well as a full suite of powerful Polk speakers and subwoofers. What sets this system apart is the Polk Digital Signal Processor (DSP) that uses a patented algorithm to automatically adjust and remaster music in real time.The Polk Ultramarine Complete DSP Sound System is a fully matched system, meaning each element is specially calibrated for each boat model to work together in the most efficient way possible.

Photos by Lisa Overing

Meet the Seabreacher Semi-Submersible.

Exotic marine toys abound at Winterfest Boat parade kickoffWith a yellow seahorse logo that resembles a Ferrari, Seabreacher’s Seararri semi-submersible made quite the splash on the New River during the kickoff for Fort Lauderdale’s Winterfest Boat Parade.With amazing demonstrations rising above the water and thrusting into the air like a bird, the Seabreacher can vector thrust, rising 25-feet high, out of the water. At 18-feet long, she seats two in an enclosed cockpit and runs 60 mph on the water.

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American Bass Expands Marine Audio Line

American Bass, USA, has introduced a series of speakers for use in boat stereo systems. The new offerings include the AB-MRE 7.2F, the AB-MRE 6.9F and the AB-MRE 6.5F, which have been designed to deliver optimal sound on the open water. The series is available for purchase on the manufacturer’s marine audio website.Bob Ahuja, American Bass chief executive officer, said, “Our speakers are highly engineered to exceed all marine use standards, but are available at a very competitive price.”American Bass offers a full line of amplifiers and full-range speakers for use in the marine market.

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It’s Party Time

Super yachts require super performance in everything from communication to entertainment. When it comes to the power of music from marine audio entertainment systems, the Garmin-owned, Fusion Entertainment is always at the cutting edge when it comes to quality, style and innovation. The company’s recently launched Apollo Series and Panel Stereo, along with the all-new black Signature Speakers are no exception.According to Chris Baird, managing director of New-Zealand based Fusion Entertainment…

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Amsterdam Attracts Superyachts

HISWA Holland Yachting Group and Port of Amsterdam announced in May 2018 their ambition to put Amsterdam on the map as a top destination for superyachts.The last two months more than 10 superyachts have chosen Amsterdam as their destination. They include Reef Chief, Aviva, Avanti, Forever One and Big Eagle.According to a press release from the port, the Amsterdam is attractive to owners and captains of superyachts on account of "the wide selection of berths located in the city centre…

All Photos Courtesy: Marina Palms and Glenda Ramos.

Yachting Life: Marina Palms introduces condo owners to yachting lifestyle

An almost primitive connection draws humans to the water. Calming ripples lapping at the shore wash away concerns. The curiosity of what’s over the horizon, accessible only by boat, lures one to the land’s end. That indigenous appeal is the business model of The Reserve at Marina Palms, a luxury, high-rise condominium with the newest, private marina in South Florida.With breathtaking water views, Marina Palms introduces a unique, yachting lifestyle with a boat club for residents of its new, affluent condo in vibrant North Miami Beach, FL.

Caffari named Bluewater Global Brand Ambassador

Bluewater will partner with record-breaking yachtswoman Dee Caffari, as the company's Global Brand Ambassador. The collaboration means that Dee Caffari will work closely with Bluewater to further raise awareness around the ocean plastic pollution issue, how that is linked to drinking water quality and how Bluewater’s existing solutions help solve these problems.“Dee Caffari is one of the greatest living sportswomen in history, who I deeply respect for her achievements both on and off the water," said Anders Jacobson, Bluewater President and CSO.

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Team AkzoNobel Completes Volvo Ocean Race

Recently, team AkzoNobel completed its first Volvo Ocean Race, concluding the final leg in second place and finishing fourth overall. The team finished on the podium on six of the eleven legs.During the race, the team was supported by two Damen Workshop Containers. The two containers leapfrogged each other across the 11-legs and 83,000 km of the round-the-world race, ensuring that team AkzoNobel had onshore support every step of the way.The provision of workshop containers was a natural way for Damen to offer support to the team.

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Watch Elf Classic Yacht Race Aboard Winnie Estelle

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is offering a special cruise aboard the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle to watch the 8th annual Elf Classic Yacht Race, taking place on the Miles River in St. Michaels, Md. on Saturday, September 29, 2018. The annual race is sponsored by the Classic Yacht Restoration Guild and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The Elf Classic Yacht Race spectator cruise will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. so that passengers can view the beginning of the race. Participation is limited, with advanced registration needed.

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GlobeSailor Launches Concierge Service at Sea

This week GlobeSailor has introduced the first concierge service available onboard. This service is offered to each of its customers from the moment they book their cruise.In collaboration with Generali Concierge Services, GlobeSailor now offers its clients a concierge service for their cruise. A personal concierge will be available 24/7 via email or telephone to help manage any requests you may have. This includes planning your vacation, through the entire duration of your cruise (regardless of destination)…

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MS EUROPA 2 Meets Breakdancing

Guests on board the luxury ship EUROPA 2 will to be enchanted by a unique performance that blends breakdancing and classical music. The internationally renowned “Flying Steps” dance group will make their EUROPA 2 debut in July, and will perform their dynamic “Flying Bach” show on a cruise that started yesterday in Monte Carlo, cruising the Mediterranean Sea to Palma de Mallorca. Under the artistic direction of Vartan Bassil, this breakdancing group from Berlin’s Kreuzberg district has become a network of over 30 world-class athletes who have danced their way to international success.

The 123’ motor yacht Temptation and the 198’ motor yacht Blue Moon represented some of the diverse chartering options in New England at the 2018 Newport Charter Yacht Show presented by Helly Hansen Newport. (photo credit: Billy Black)

Newport Charter Yacht Show Presented by Helly Hansen Newport

From June 18-21, the Newport Charter Yacht Show provided a four-day window of opportunity for brokers, managers and other industry professionals to acquaint themselves with 24 luxury yachts available for summer charter in the New England area. As well, it gave attendees a chance to network, share information and socialize on the docks and at seminars and special events, mixing business with a good amount of pleasure. “Everyone is ‘on’ and friendly here, like they’ve known you forever,” said Maggie Vale, a local broker with Churchill Yacht Partners who attended the show.

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Closest-Ever Volvo Ocean Race Starts Final Leg

After nine months of gruelling competition, the Volvo Ocean Race boats have started the final leg of the closest-ever contest in the round-the-world event’s 45-year history. As the seven competing Volvo 65s passed the Inmarsat-branded start line in Gothenburg, Sweden today, three teams were in a virtual tie for the ultimate crown, with everything to be decided in the 700nm sprint to The Hague. Two teams – MAPFRE and Team Brunel – now sit tied at the top of the overall leaderboard on 65 points with Dongfeng Race Team currently just one point behind them on 64.

Photo credits: SuperYacht Times provided by Port of Amsterdam

Amsterdam Becomes Destination for Superyachts

HISWA Holland Yachting Group and Port of Amsterdam are making real their ambition to establish Amsterdam more firmly as a major destination for superyachts. The diversity in berths located in the heart of the city centre, combined with excellent re-fit and maintenance facilities in the port area make Amsterdam a unique destination for superyachts. A quiet transformation has been underway in the superyacht world for some years now. Where the Mediterranean and the Caribbean used to reign supreme in terms of both facilities and interest…

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Reliant Yachts Unveils Unique New Build

Reliant Yachts of Newport, R.I. has announced a new build under contract for a 40’ tender utilizing the X series platform. Ewing continues, “The X40L is many things: superyacht luxury tender, car carrier, utility vehicle, landing craft, dining tender, scuba platform, water disco, floating galley, and jet boat … and I probably have left something out. The design was in collaboration with a client with specific and clear requirements for this boat, and I don’t believe we would have developed a design such as this without the creative push from our client”.

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FUSION Shifts Audio Entertainment Paradigm with Apollo Series

FUSION has announced the launch of the Apollo Series marine audio entertainment system.The flagship of the new Apollo Series, the FUSION RA770 is said to be the world’s first purpose-built marine entertainment system with a one-piece glass touchscreen display, featuring built-in Wi-Fi streaming, Digital Signal Processing Technology (DSP) and PartyBus capabilities. Featuring an optically bonded, full-color LCD display, the RA770’s one-piece glass touchscreen makes trying to locate the correct button a thing of the past.

Panel-Stereo (Photo: FUSION)

FUSION Rolls Out the Panel-Stereo

FUSION has launched a plug and play one solution marine entertainment system – the Panel-Stereo. Purpose-built for performance in both the RV and marine environment, the Panel-Stereo is an ultimate all-in-one audio entertainment solution. Combining all the elements required for excellent audio reproduction - Class D amplification, Fusion Digital Signal Processing (DSP), dual 3-inch speakers, a passive base radiator all inside a single tuned enclosure. Offering AM/FM, USB, AUX and Bluetooth streaming source options…

Photo courtesy of Sabrina Monte-Carlo

Yacht Chefs Contest at the Yacht Club de Monaco

As part of its training center La Belle Classe Academy, dedicated to the yachting professionals, the Yacht Club de Monaco has partnered with the yacht brokerage company Bluewater to organize, on April 5, a culinary contest for yacht chefs. This 2018 edition saw 12 leaders of different nationalities compete. All 12 are superyachts chefs onboard vessels over 40 meters, from which 5 fly the Monaco Yacht Club's flag: Rola (47m), Black Legend (50m), Sokar (64m), Royal Romance (92 m) and the very emblematic Lady Moura (105 m).

The Royal Australian Navy operated Sail Training Ship (STS) Young Endeavour will sail in the 2017 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

Young Endeavour to join the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Fleet

STS Young Endeavour is joining a race on every sailor’s bucket list, the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. While the 44 metre brigantine won’t be chasing line honours, she will play an important support role acting as the standby radio relay ship. Lieutenant Commander Mike Gough, Commanding Officer Young Endeavour said the southern ocean could throw up many perils, so the role of the Royal Australian Navy’s sail training ship was important. “The weather conditions on the southern ocean can be unpredictable and ships can get into trouble,” he said.

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The MYS Car Deck is Back on Track on Quai Antoine Ler

Set alongside the Quai Antoine Ier exhibition area with the MYS new Starboard lounge-exhibition area and the MYS Tenders & Toys, the Car Deck presents fifteen or so prestige vehicles, with some available for test drives by the Show’s premium clients. The renowned Italian car manufacturer Automobili Lamborghini returns to the MYS Car Deck to showcase two of its current model lines: the V12 Aventador S and V10 Huracán. Monaco Luxury Group also renews its presence at the Car Deck with models of some of the world’s leading luxury car brands Aston Martin, Bentley, McLaren and Mercedes-Benz.

Hatteras 45 Express Bridge Option Photo Hatteras Yachts

Hatteras Yachts plans 45 Express with Bridge Option

Hatteras Yachts will unveil plans for its new 45 Express with Bridge Option at the 2017 Yachts Miami Beach, which runs February 16-20. Featuring the proven offshore hullform, performance and amenities of the popular 45 Express and 45 Express Sportfish models, the Bridge Option adds an upper helm station and optional half tower or full tower. * Polished, anodized aluminum aft deck and forward rails. The 45 Express with Bridge Option also features the same stylish exterior, spacious cockpit and interior layout found in the other 45 Express models…

Australian Defence Force personnel participate in the Inter-Service Yachting Championships held on Sydney Harbour. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

Aus Navy at Home on Water in Sailing Champs

Navy sailors asserted their dominance for the second year in a row, by again winning the Australian Defence Sailing Association’s inter-service championship held at Rushcutters Bay in Sydney. Each service crewed Elliott 7 yachts in the three-boats-a-side team racing event that culminated in duels between top Navy and Air Force skippers. Sailing Association president Wing Commander Sean Ahern put Navy win down to the skill of their best sailor, Sub Lieutenant Chris Eddes. “The other Navy boats don’t tend to do as well but they seem to come out on top because Chris is such a good sailor…

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Volvo Ocean Race Legends Gather

The Volvo Ocean Race will celebrate 45 years of history with a Legends Race on the final leg of the 2017-18 edition from Gothenburg to The Hague, says a press statement. Any yacht to have featured in the Whitbread Round the World Race or Volvo Ocean Race, dating back to 1973-74, will be welcome to join the 2018 Legends Race. The race will be run over the same course, and around the same time, as the closing leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, which starts from Gothenburg on 21 June.

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Mercury Marine Ties-up with Supratechnic

Mercury Marine that it has entered in to an exclusive distribution agreement with Supratechnic Pte Ltd, one of the largest marine distributors in Asia, based out of Singapore. This partnership will allow Mercury to expand and build a regional distribution channel in Southeast Asia that will include all of Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei. "This new relationship will allow Mercury to further penetrate the commercial market in Asia, giving us the opportunity to grow both in product range and territorial expansion," said John Pfeifer, Mercury Marine president.

B&G will be providing vital race support to the organizers and crews of the race. Image B&G

B&G Selected Official Volvo Ocean Race Supplier

B&G will be an Official Volvo Ocean Race Supplier for the 2017/18 race. B&G will be the    heart of the entire fleet of Volvo Ocean 65 yachts with state-of-the-art navigation systems, tactical software and Grand Prix level  instrument systems. B&G will also be providing race support to the organizers and crews of the 2017 Volvo Ocean Race, which begins on the 4th October in Alicante, Spain. “Since the inception of the    world-renowned Volvo Ocean Race, every winning team has relied on sailing instruments from B&G,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO of Navico.

Simrad NSS evo3! Photo Simrad

Simrad NSS EVO3 Multifunction Display Unveiled

A new generation of    functionality and ease of use for offshore    performance  Egersund, Norway – The evolution of the Simrad brand built into  one multifunction display and then taken to    the extremes to satisfy    the    world’s    most demanding sportfishing  enthusiasts  – this is the Simrad NSS evo3. Announced today,    the    evo3 series    is the realization of the future of fishing, the connected vessel and boating electronics. The combined styling, technology  and performance of the units push new boundaries.

London's Tower Bridge opens its gates to welcome home fleet of Clipper Round the World yacht race, Saturday, July 30, 2016. Photo: Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

Clipper Yacht Race Ends After 40,000 Miles

London welcomed home the 12-strong fleet of the biennial Clipper Round the World yacht race, Saturday, July 30, 2016. Twelve teams celebrated the completion of the 40,000-nautical-mile ocean race — the world's longest — by sailing up the River Thames and under London's iconic Tower Bridge. The fleet began its parade at the Thames Barrier, and passed London landmarks such as Greenwich's Old Royal Naval College, The O2 Arena, Canary Wharf and historic Wapping. Tower Bridge lifted twice for the twelve teams…

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Boaterz 'N Bikerz Pacific Coast Rush

Boating industry bikers from across the country are throttling up this weekend for the official launch of "Pacific Coast Rush," a week-long escorted motorcycle tour from Seattle, WA to San Francisco, CA, including a two-day swing down to Big Sur and Monterey. As part of the "Boaterz 'n Bikerz of America Hull of a Tour" series originally launched in 2011, this summer's cruise kicks off Saturday, July 23 and features a full week of scenic mountain and waterway riding including stretches along the famed Pacific Coast Highway.

WSL Champion Mick Fanning Photo World Surf League

Mick Fanning Claims Victory at J-Bay Open

Three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) has won the J-Bay Open, stop No. 6 on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), defeating John John Florence (HAW) in an exciting Final in three-to-four foot (1 metre) surf at Jeffreys Bay. Today’s incredible victory comes a year after a dramatic incident during the 2015 J-Bay Open Final where Fanning was attacked on live television by what is believed to be a Great White Shark. “It’s definitely a very different feeling this win,” said Fanning. “There was a real emotional build up coming back here this year.

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First over the Line - Shetland Race

Arriving at 4.11am this morning, Solo 2, skippered by Rune Aasberg, is now flying the Bergen Shetland Blue Ribbon today as the first to finish this year’s race across the North Sea from Norway. With good wind conditions, Solo 2 reached up to 16 knots on the crossing to finish the race in just over 19 hours. The race started close to Marsteinen Lighthouse in outer Korsfjorden south of Bergen, on Wednesday, June 22 at 10 a.m. local time. A total of 34 yachts in the race are closing in on Lerwick with a steady arrivals expected throughout the morning.

Oracle Team USA  has won the last two America’s Cup competitions. Photo: Airbus S.A.S

Team Oracle, Airbus Team up to Build Flying Yacht

European planemaker Airbus Group SE has forged a technology partnership with Oracle Team USA as this championship sailing squad prepares to defend its title in the 2017 competition for America’s Cup – which is the oldest international sporting trophy of the modern era (born in 1851), and one of the most difficult to win. As Official Innovation Partner of Oracle Team USA, Airbus is sharing the know-how of its experts in areas such as aerodynamics, instrumentation, simulation, composites…

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Volvo Ocean Race Sails on Hong Kong's Horizon

The world’s premier round-the-world sailing event will visit Hong Kong for the first time after the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) announced Wednesday the city has been chosen as a host port for the 2017-18 edition. This will be the first time that Hong Kong has been a stopover for the VOR, although race organisers have been looking at the city, with its spectacular harbour surrounded by skyscrapers, for quite a while. ‘Iconic’ is a much-overused word, but the thought of a fleet of VO65s racing in Victoria Harbour is nothing short of mouth-watering.

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Unveiling VQ48 in St Tropez

Vanquish Yachts expects to introduce the new VQ48 to the general public in June. The presentation will take place in bustling Saint-Tropez. The exact date, time and location will be disclosed soon but we’re on course for the last week of June. The launch is being organised in close cooperation with our Vanquish dealer in Saint-Tropez, who knows the area, has a broad network and has extensive experience in sales and chartering. Guests at the launch event will also have the opportunity…

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Race 9 of Clipper Yacht Race to be Held in Qingdao

Crew members of Great Britain wave goodbye after setting off for Race 9 at the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, Today,  March 20, 2016. Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Renowned by many as one of the toughest features of the circumnavigation, the fleet departs Qingdao for The Seattle Pacific Challenge from China to Seattle, USA, on Sunday. The mighty Pacific Ocean is the world’s largest and at times, the closest humans to the teams will be those on the International Space Station some 300 miles above them.

Dominant Ian Williams and GAC Pindar triumph at WMRT Fremantle 2016 Photo GAC

Williams, GAC Pindar take the title at WMRT Fremantle

Fremantle – Six-time World Match Racing Tour champion Ian Williams and his GAC Pindar crew clinched victory in a hotly contested first race of this year’s season in Fremantle, Australia. The skipper beat Swede Hans Wallén and his Wallén Racing team 3-0 in the final, in convincing fashion. Williams dominated the event in a M32 high-speed catamaran, replacing the slower keelboats of previous years. A jubilant Williams said: “All of us on GAC Pindar are over the moon to have won the first WMRT event. The event was also the first WMRT test for Williams’ crew.

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FLIR Partners with Rockford Fosgate

Rockford Fosgate and FLIR Systems have partnered in the development of integrated audio solutions for the marine environment. The two companies will have products on display for demonstration at the Miami International Boat show to be held February 11-14. Visitors to the FLIR / Raymarine booth will have the opportunity to test drive and interact with Rockford Fosgate audio systems directly from Raymarine-branded multifunction navigation displays. The first model Rockford Fosgate will offer with Raymarine integration is the PMX-5 digital media receiver.

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Clipper Yacht Race: Making The Turn

Strong winds in the Da Nang New Discovery of Asia Race have led to some thrilling racing conditions for the Clipper Race fleet, with teams recording speeds of over 32 knots near the virtual mark at the most southern point of the course. The choppy sea state presents its own challenges for the crew but as the front runners begin their journey north, conditions are expected to ease slightly over the next couple of days as a high develops off the south of Japan. As Derry~Londonderry~Doire continues to lead the fleet, GREAT Britain and Garmin are in an ongoing battle for second place.

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Scenic to Build World's First Discovery Yacht

Scenic has announced the launch of the world’s First Discovery Yacht, the Scenic Eclipse. The new ship will embark on its maiden voyage August 31, 2018, sailing from Istanbul to Venice, followed by discovery voyages to the Americas, Antarctica, Europe and the Mediterranean, and the Arctic and Norwegian Fjords. Scenic Eclipse will be a six-star all-inclusive mega yacht. The Scenic Eclipse will carry 228 guests in 114 all-veranda suites, ranging from the 344 square foot Verandah Suite to the 2,500 square foot, two-bedroom Owner’s Penthouse Suite.

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Sydney to Hobart: US Yachts Dominate Field

American pair take advantage of leading contenders’ retirements following wild overnight storm to open up lead on Sunday, reports the Guardian. One in four entrants in the Sydney to Hobart have now retired from the race including favourite Wild Oats XI as US yachts dominate in first and second place. Sydney to Hobart front runners Comanche and Rambler are fighting hard towards the finish line with boat damage while more than a quarter of the race’s starting fleet has withdrawn.

Intellian to Debut New Satellite TV Antenna

The latest product to join Intellian’s i-Series antenna range, the i5P, will be unveiled at the METSTRADE exhibition November 17-19 in Amsterdam. Intellian, a producer of maritime satellite communication antenna technology, will display the newest addition to its TVRO portfolio during this year’s METSTRADE show. The all-new i5P creates a new size category of marine satellite TV systems. The system allows inland and coastal craft across Europe as well as vessels in the Mediterranean cruise sector to travel further and experience higher performance with a smaller antenna, according to the manufacturer.

Triton 6600/2 (Image: Triton Submarines LLC)

New Recreation Submersible Dives Deep

Triton Submarines LLC, a builder of personal submarines designed for yacht deployment, has launched a new submersible designed to dive to ocean depths of 6,600 feet, transporting passengers deeper than other models in its range. Announcing the new submersible was Triton Submarines CEO L. Bruce Jones, who unveiled plans for the new Triton 6600/2 at a press conference held at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on November 6. “We are excited about this new deep-diving acrylic-hulled sub that will dive twice as deep as our 3300 series submersibles,” Jones said.

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Free Seminar During Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show

Marine Marketers of America (MMA) is presenting a free seminar for members of the boating industry attending the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. Slated for Friday November 6 from 8:30 - 10 am at Bahia Mar's Grandview Room, the event includes a membership mixer, brief association meeting, and the seminar entitled, "Collaborative Consumption Strategies for Growing Boating: How Four Companies are Engaging Former Boaters and Attracting Newcomers to the Boating Lifestyle...

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Rolex Middle Sea Race: More than 100 Yachts

The 2015 edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, organised by the Royal Malta Yacht Club, will start this Saturday, 17th October, in Grand Harbour, Malta. For the second year in succession, well over 100 yachts will be competing, flying the flags of 22 countries. The 36th edition of the race has a record number of 11 canting keel carbon fibre flyers racing, and weather permitting all of these high performance yachts are capable of breaking the course record, which has stood since George David's Rambler 90 record run of  2007 (47 hours 55 minutes and 3 seconds).

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Volvo Ocean Race Partners with Yacht Racing Forum

The Volvo Ocean Race has agreed a three-year partnership with the Yacht Racing Forum. "We are delighted to welcome the Volvo Ocean Race as a long-term partner,” said Bernard Schopfer, the event’s CEO. "We have been working hard at developing a new structure for the Forum, with a new team of dedicated people, new partners, a beautiful venue and an exciting programme. Knut Frostad, the outgoing CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, has been an avid supporter of the Yacht Racing Forum since its debut in Monte Carlo in 2008.

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New Antenna for Wi-fi Internet Access Afloat

Digital Yacht's new, budget priced WL70 wi-fi antenna aims to bring reliable, long range wi-fi connectivity to an on board laptop PC or MAC, according to its manufacturer. More and more boaters want access to the internet afloat, says Digital Yacht. Marinas and ports as well as a large number of cafes, hotels, restaurants and service providers offer wi-fi connectivity, but that vital connection might be missed if moored or anchored away from the dock – especially when below deck about to enjoy a movie or catch up on email.

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ASA Electronics Expands Marine Audio Line

ASA Electronics, an international manufacturer of  audio and video electronics introduced the new MA200 app ready waterproof source unit with Bluetooth capabilities. This sleek, modern looking stereo gives boaters advanced features along with the durability needed to withstand life on the water, the manufacturer said. The MA200 has been designed with high quality, in-demand features to meet the needs of the marine industry. The stereo has 160 watts of power and features an AM/FM electronic tuner, rear auxiliary input and a pre-amp line out audio.

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Crystal Cruises Plans for Expansion

Crystal Cruises announced an expansion plan under new owners Genting Hong Kong that includes three 1,000-passenger vessels, its first new ships in decades. Plus, Crystal will expand into adventure, yacht and river cruising, and luxury jet trips. The three Crystal Exclusive Class ships will be about the same size as the 20-year-old Crystal Symphony and the slightly larger 2003-built Crystal Serenity. The line has signed a letter of intent with Lloyd Werft to build the ocean ships, which will have an unprecedented space ratio of 100 gross tons of space per guest, Crystal said.

GoFree Hooked fishing app.

GoFree Develops GoFree Hooked

GoFree – the provider of digital content and services and part of the Navico family of marine electronics brands including Lowrance, Simrad and B&G – announced today the development and release for Beta testing of new fishing app – GoFree Hooked. GoFree Hooked app for iOS is a mobile tracking solution for anglers, with the capability to record and share every fishing trip – whether from a boat or the shore. GoFree Hooked automatically saves the time, location and navigation track of each outing.

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New Waterproof Stereo Launched

ASA Electronics has introduced a new self-contained App ready/USB/Bluetooth enabled 3.5" waterproof stereo. This unique unit offers boating enthusiasts every stereo feature they are looking for in a compact, simple-to-use design. The 160 watt MS3A stereo is suited for boaters looking for a space saving, high performance system built specifically for the marine environment, the manufacturer said. Through JENSEN’s new jControl app, boaters will have the ability to control all of the stereo’s primary functions directly from their mobile device.

Online at Sea: Cruise Company Debuts Social Media Flat Fee

The advent of broadband at sea continues to expand, as German cruis brand AIDA introduces a flat-fee for social media networks onboard its ships. AIDA Cruises is introducing an Internet flat fee for social media networks on board its ships. For 4 euros per day, or 19 euros per week, passengers will be able to share their experiences on board with friends in popular social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or WhatsApp. “The use of mobile devices is continuously growing.

Yachting at Lerwick

Sailing Ahead at Lerwick!

Yachts competing in the annual Bergen-Shetland Race will arrive in Lerwick Harbour next week for the highlight of the port’s yachting season. Thirty competitors are expected to leave Norway on Wednesday 24 June and start reaching Shetland the following day. First across the line will receive a trophy, sponsored by Lerwick Port Authority, at Friday’s prize-giving at Lerwick Town Hall. The yachts, all Norwegian, will start the return race to Bergen at 11.00am on Sunday 28 June.

An Air Station Corpus Christi rescue swimmer is deployed for two rescues in the Gulf of Mexico and audio of a distress call from one of the mariners on VHF-16. (screenshot from USCG video)

Catamaran Race Starts with 2 Rescues

The U.S. Coast Guard brought two men to safety Thursday after a sailboat capsized 3 miles offshore and rescued another man who went overboard 11 miles offshore; all were participating in the first leg of the Great Texas 300. After being postponed due to Tropical Storm Bill, the 100-mile stretch from South Padre Island to Mustang Island of the Great Texas 300 began early Thursday morning. The race ends in Galveston. At approximately 11 a.m., a manmade a distress call on VHF marine band radio channel 16…

iPad apps designed for American boaters. NavPlay

NavPlay Debuts App for American Boaters

NavPlay, an innovative manufacturer of iPad apps for boaters, announced today its release of a new app designed specifically for American boaters – NavPlay US. Offering downloadable access to detailed NOAA vector maps, NMEA 2000 compatibility and WiFi-integration with onboard navigation and safety technologies, NavPlay US provides the tools needed to manage all aspect of yachting, right from an iPad, anywhere on a vessel. A powerful, robust and easy-to-use navigation app, NavPlay US allows boaters to download, plan routes and navigate using NOAA vector charts from Aqua Map.

Star Breeze

Windstar Debuts All Suite Power Yacht

Today at a christening ceremony in Nice, France, Windstar Cruises debuted Star Breeze, the second of the fleet’s three new all suite power yachts. The christening ceremony and pier-side champagne celebration mark the luxury yacht’s introduction to the Windstar fleet, and the start of its inaugural voyage through France, Monaco, and Italy. Wendy Perrin, TripAdvisor's first-ever Travel Advocate and the founder of WendyPerrin.com, was honored as Godmother of the yacht, successfully breaking a traditional bottle of champagne over the bow in front of a crowd of 250 guests…

Tin Hau Festival

Tin Hau Festival on 11 May 2015

Coxswains, owners and operators of local vessels are advised that arrangements for embarkation and disembarkation will only be made at the western side of the main pier of Tai Miu Wan, whereas the eastern side of the main pier will be used by licensed ferries. A ferry service between North Point Ferry Pier and the Tai Miu Wan pier will be operated on 10 May and 11 May 2015. Details of the ferry service will be announced by the Transport Department in due course. The Marine Department…