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Ainslie Names New America's Cup Yacht "Britannia"

Ben Ainslie named his new multi-million dollar America's Cup yacht "Britannia" on Friday, as he launched the revolutionary foiling AC75 he hopes will bring international sport's oldest trophy back to Britain.Ainslie's INEOS TEAM UK is aiming to challenge Emirates Team New Zealand for the America's Cup in Auckland in 2021 and the futuristic boat will soon be put through its paces on the waters of the Solent, near his base in Portsmouth, southern England.INEOS TEAM UK is the fourth team after New York Yacht Club's American Magic…

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Teignbridge Propels Interest at HRV1 Sea Trial

Torbay Harbour and Royal Torbay Yacht Club // Teignbridge Propellers hosted a group of members of the marine community recently to experience the HRV1 research vessel in action. Guests were able to see live-action, first-hand data onboard the  MCA category 4 coded catamaran. Back on shore at the Royal Torquay Yacht Club, Teignbridge explained how data from physical testing on-board HRV1 is coupled with numerical simulation tools in an integrated design workflow to deliver high performance propellers.

KVH’s high-performance inertial measurement units are being used to aid in performance metrics for American Magic’s AC75 race boat, Defiant. (Photo: KVH)

KVH Named Official Supplier of American Magic

KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) has been named an Official Supplier of New York Yacht Club American Magic, a Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup. KVH has installed advanced satellite-based and cellular-based communications equipment for the team’s chase boats in order to facilitate high-speed data transmissions. In addition, KVH is providing high-performance fiber optic gyro (FOG)-based sensors to aid in performance metrics for the team’s race boats.The connectivity equipment KVH installed on American Magic’s chase boats includes: the TracPhone LTE-1…

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YSA Design Chosen for SeaDream Global Yachting Club

YSA Design was chosen as the design partner for the SeaDream Yacht Club vessel SeaDream Innovation.Innovation will offer yachting lifestyle standards to guests occupying 100 ocean-view suites, developed around a one-to-one crew/guest ratio, five-star dining, generous outdoor spaces and inspiring itineraries. Formal announcement of the construction contract to shipyard group Damen allows YSA Design to disclose its pivotal role.YSA Design joined initial discussion of design ideas with the owner…

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Alamco Wins 'SeaDream' Contract

ALMACO will deliver complete cabin and catering areas on SeaDream Yacht Club’s 155m ultra-luxury expedition vessel that will be built by Damen.SeaDream's new ultra-luxury mega yacht, SeaDream Innovation, is the first new ship added to the fleet since 2001 and introduces the concept of “Global Yachting”, operating around the world including remote destinations in polar areas with its ice class credentials, as well as in tropical ports. ALMACO has been supporting Damen Shipyards…

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Nova Luxe Yachts Launches First Boat, Reports Performance

Nova Luxe Yachts recently launched its first boat and conducted sea trials at the Westshore Yacht Club in Tampa, Florida. Surrounded by media and prospective yacht buyers and brokers, the all-electric Nova Luxe 44 luxury power catamaran surpassed performance expectations and thoroughly impressed all who stepped aboard.Built using an Aquila hull, the spacious Nova Luxe 44 is powered by proven 50kW 1,400 rpm Torqeedo Deep Blue motors matched with high-capacity BMW i3 lithium batteries, a substantial rooftop solar array and small backup generator.

Left to right: Revelin Minihane, Tracy Crocker and Dustin Burrell (Photo: Evinrude)

Evinrude Named Official Engine Supplier of American Magic

Evinrude hasannounced that it has been named Official Engine Supplier of New York Yacht Club American Magic, a professional sailing team and Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup. Evinrude will outfit American Magic’s fleet of chase boats with 300 HP E-TEC G2 engines. In addition, Evinrude will provide the organization’s technical crew with a training course at its Sturtevant facility. Each engine will also be custom wrapped with an American flag-based design.The America’s Cup is the highest prize in sailing, and the oldest event in international sports.

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Yacht Club de Monaco and Torqeedo Team Up

The Yacht Club de Monaco has thrown down the gauntlet for the sixth annual Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge, banning all fossil fuels and asking competitors and the Monegasque community to strive for zero emissions during the 5-day event.Torqeedo has partnered with Yacht Club de Monaco to ensure that all boats involved in the organization of the event are 100% electric and will serve as the event’s Technical Sponsor.The Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge aims to inspire technical innovation by matching the creativity of young engineers with experienced manufacturers to design…

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…

Sailing-Stars & Stripes Team USA Joins Challengers for America’s Cup

Stars & Stripes Team USA has been accepted by holders Emirates Team New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron as the fifth challenger for the 36th America's Cup, which will take place in Auckland in 2021.The team was co-founded by sailors Mike Buckley and Taylor Canfield and represents the first all-American team in more than 15 years to compete for the oldest trophy in international sport, Long Beach Yacht Club said in an emailed statement."Our name is a nod to Dennis Conner's ‘Stars & Stripes’ campaigns that defined all-American America's Cup racing for decades.

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Ancasta Opens Portland and Poole Office

International boat sales company Ancasta has opened a new office in Portland and Poole. Providing a 24/7 brokerage service, the office run by Kevin MacDonald, offers the high service, quality of care and wide choice as traditionally delivered by Ancasta whether that’s buying a new, or previously loved sail or power boat. Ancasta’s new office is virtual which means that MacDonald works across the twelve marinas in the area from Christchurch to Bridport with The Royal Motor Yacht Club…

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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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RC44 Coming to Porto Montenegro

The Porto Montenegro Yacht Club has announced the RC44 Championship Tour which will kick-off the 2019 season in Montenegro, from April 10-14. This prestigious tour of one design boats began in 2007 and brings together sailing and business, allowing amateur helmsmen to compete with some of the world’s top sailors in some of the world’s most beautiful locations. The RC44 boats are a light weight construction, made entirely of carbon with a powerful sail plan to make exceptional downwind and upwind performances…

The Author, David Cunningham.

Marine Insurance: Protect Your Yacht, Yourself

All my life, I grew up around boats. My dad was a captain for 23 years, and I would travel on his ships throughout the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes. My first job out of college was in San Francisco, so naturally I bought a 30-foot sailboat and lived on it on the San Francisco Bay. In more recent years, I have enjoyed yachting with my family on the inland lakes of Virginia. No matter where you have launched your yacht, boating is an exhilarating experience. It can also be dangerous and fraught with risks.

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New Winter Berthing Offers for Porto Montenegro

Luxury superyacht destination Porto Montenegro has announced 7 months winter berthing for the price of 5.With the 2018 summer season in full swing, Porto Montenegro prepares its earlybird winter berthing special with additional discounts and privileges throughout the village for berth holders. All winter bookings made before the end of July 2018 can enjoy 7 months’ berthing for the price of 5, with an additional 15 percent discount applicable on selected berths.Also new this winter is the premium berthing option, offering berth holders a prime spot in the heart of the marina.

from the left, Giuseppe Palumbo, CEO of Palumbo Superyachts and Francesco Carbone, General Manager of Palumbo Superyachts by side ISA Classic 65 mockup at Louis Vuitton boutique (Photo: ISA Yachts)

Montenapoleone Yacht Club 2018

From May 14 to 20 Montenapoleone Yacht Club renewed its appointment, with a week of events dedicated to luxury and boating in the heart of the Milan Fashion District.For the fourth edition of the prestigious event, Louis Vuitton and Giuseppe Zanotti boutiques hosted respectively ISA Yachts and Columbus Yachts: a partnership made in the name of excellence and design creativity and destined to leave the mark.In the exclusive Milan space of Maison Louis Vuitton, iconic and exclusive…

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Mediterranean - A New Playground for IMOCAs

In line with a sports policy driven by its President HSH Prince Albert II, the Yacht Club de Monaco is organizing the first Monaco Globe Series early June, the first stage of the new IMOCA (2018-2020) Championship. The second will be the Route du Rhum in November which celebrates its 40th anniversary. With nine of the 60-footers already registered and one pending confirmation, the double-handed non-stop offshore race without assistance is a chance for competitors to rack up points towards selection for the Vendée Globe 2020.

 Lou Sandoval (Photo: NAUTIC-ON)

NAUTIC-ON Hires Sandoval for Business Development

NAUTIC-ON has named marine industry veteran Lou Sandoval as national director of business development. Sandoval, who serves on the boards of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, Sail America, Recreational Boating Leadership Council and the Chicago Yacht Club where he also serves on the executive board as the Vice Commodore. Most recently, he spent 16 years as a marine dealer principal at Karma Yacht Sales in Chicago. Under Sandoval’s leadership, Karma Yachts became a nationally ranked dealership, with a focus on superior customer service.

Torqeedo Deep Blue system (Photo: Torqeedo)

Torqeedo, BMW Cooperate on Emissions-free Drive System

Around the world with BMW i and Torqeedo technology: German sailor Boris Herrmann is planning to compete for the Yacht Club de Monaco in the Vendée Globe solo, around-the-world race in 2020 with the yacht Malizia. BMW and Torqeedo plan to support Team Malizia with lightweight construction and zero-emission drive technology.BMW has a record of technology transfer between competitive sailing and automobile manufacturing through their long history of involvement in the America’s Cup.