Jul 012013
Oceanco Young Designer

Stefano Inglese – Oceanco Young Designer

The ShowBoats Design Awards honour the yacht industry’s most creative talents.

Now in its fourth edition, the coveted golden Neptune awards have quickly become a symbol of pride and distinction for the industry’s design professionals.

Nirvana Oceanco

Nirvana Oceanco

This year Oceanco sponsored the highly distinguished “Young Designer of the Year Award.”

Held on 21st of June 2013 at the Monaco Opera House, the award ceremony was a lavish affair presented by Boat International Media.  The judges voted Stefano Inglese to be the winner— among five other finalists—for his Project “Granturismo”.

Meanwhile, Oceanco’s acclaimed 88.5m MY Nirvana designed by Sam Sorgiovanni Designs, received the prestigious ShowBoats Design Award in the “Exterior Design and Styling Award – Displacement Motor Yachts 60m+ » category.
Apr 122011

Luxury Yacht Rental Cannes – South of France. If you’re thinking of visiting the South of France this year then your trip could not be complete without spending some time on a luxury yacht.

Moored in Cannes, there are dozens of yachts to choose from, from small private yachts wind powered yachts to large corporate motor entertainment yachts.

Sail into St Tropez in style and cruise the Mediterranean with a Sunseeker, Falmouth, Azimet or Planning. You decide…


Azimut luxury yacht 210

Azimut 75 luxury yacht Ref 210


Azimut 68s

Azimut 68s


Sunseeker ref 206

Sunseeker ref 206


leopard 27

Leopard 27


luxury yacht 42 metre

Luxury yacht 42 metre


Falcon 100 yacht

Falcon 100 yacht





 9:52 pm  Outdoor Living, Yachts
Nov 052010
Benetti Tradition 105

Benetti Tradition 105

Tradition becomes longer and reaches 105 feet with the Benetti Tradition 105.

Tradition 105’ is the second of seven models of the new Benetti Class range to be built by Benetti in its shipyards in Viareggio and Fano.

The great success obtained ever since the first model of the previous 100’ range has led Benetti to evolve Tradition into the new 105’ version, whilst maintaining its unaltered charm and has included it in the new Benetti Class fleet that consists of yachts ranging from 93 to 164 feet.








The profile design draws the feeling felt in the entire range of Benetti Class designed by Stefano Righini. Here he has managed to diversify each model, thereby creating seven unique boats with distinctive features and extremely innovative technological equipment, even though they form part of the same project.

The following features stand out when compared to the previous model: the grand, rectangular portholes on the sides, the large glass doors on the main deck, the extended hull and the new shape of the stern, which all lead to the high seakeeping performance and manoeuvrability of the new Tradition 105’ together with great benefits in terms of speed and autonomy.

The features are complete with the addition of the bulb, which turned the new Tradition into an actual yacht with navigation standards enjoyed solely by grand mega-yachts.

The layout of the new 105-footer is completely transformed, its greatest novelty lies in the two main decks due to the position of the engine room amidships moved to the stern.

The new range confirms the distinct value of the Benetti brand, distinguished as an icon of ultimate elegance.

Italian taste, historical tradition and technological innovation are best expressed on board all Benetti Class Range models, offered with two kinds of interiors, classic or modern style.

 7:00 pm  Yachts
Nov 012010
Sebastian Ripard on JARU

Sebastian Ripard on JARU 2010

The Rolex Middle Sea Race is a highly rated offshore classic, often mentioned in the same breath as the Rolex Fastnet, The Rolex Sydney – Hobart and Newport-Bermuda as a “must do” race. The Royal Malta Yacht Club and the Royal Ocean Racing Club co-founded the race in 1968 and 2010 will be the 31st Edition. Save for a break between 1984 and 1995 the event has been run annually attracting 25 -30 yachts. In recent years, the number of entries has rissen sharply to 78 boats thanks to a new Organising Committee who managed to bring Rolex on board as title sponsor for the Middle Sea Race.

The race is a true challenge to skippers and crews who have to be at their very best to cope with the often changeable and demanding conditions. Equally, the race is blessed with unsurpassed scenery with its course, taking competitors close to a number of islands, which form marks of the course. Ted Turner described the MSR as “the most beautiful race course in the world”.

Apart from Turner, famous competitors have included Eric Tabarly, Cino Ricci, Herbert von Karajan, Jim Dolan, Sir Chay Blyth and Sir Francis Chichester (fresh from his round the world adventure). High profile boats from the world’s top designers take part, most in pursuit of line honours and the record – competing yachts include the extreme Open 60s, Riviera di Rimini and Shining; the maxis, Mistress Quickly, Zephyrus IV and Sagamore; and the pocket rockets such as the 41-foot J-125 Strait Dealer and the DK46, Fidessa Fastwave.

In 2006, Mike Sanderson and Seb Josse on board ABN Amro, winner of the Volvo Ocean Race, the super Maxis; Alfa Romeo and Maximus and the 2006 Rolex Middle Sea Race overall winner, Hasso Platner on board his MaxZ86, Morning Glory.

George David on board Rambler (ex Alfa Romeo) managed a new course record in 2007 and in 2008, Thierry Bouchard on Spirit of Ad Hoc won the Rolex Middle Sea Race on board a Beneteau 40.7 and ALegre claimed line honours.

In 2009, Andres Soriano on board Alegre re visited Malta for the second time in a row and claimed overall handicap in IRC.  Line honours went to Mike Slade on board his super maxi “Icap Leopard”.

The largest number of entries was 78 established in 2008.


 11:09 am  Yachts
Nov 292006

Irish Offshore Sailing with ISORA

ISORA started after the war when Irish Sea racing was at an extremely low ebb, although there was a tradition of such races such as the Tranmere Sailing Club’s Midnight Race, run since 1907, and the Llandudno Race run by the Royal Mersey Yacht Club as a feeder race for the Menai Straits Regatta.

In order to revive interest in offshore racing, Peter Brett and Mostyn Vicars formed the “Merseyside and North Wales Joint Offshore Co-ordinating Committee” which laid the foundations of our present organisation. The following extract from the minutes defines its activities and make-up:-

” The purpose of the committee is to assist and encourage clubs in the Merseyside and North Wales area in the sponsoring of offshore races in the Irish Sea under the R.O.R.C. rating and time scale. The Committee, which is composed of representatives of the R.O.R.C. and certain local clubs, does not sponsor races itself. Offers from clubs in the district to sponsor such races will be very welcome, and every possible assistance will be given”.

The statement of intent has been the basis os all our subsequent activities. Originally the races were confined to those offered by the Royal Mersey, Tramere, Royal Welsh, Royal Anglessey and Royal Dee Clubs, but by 1960 the objective of widened interest was being achieved and extra races under the burgee of South Caerarvonshire Yacht Club and Holyhead Sailing Club were included. The Merseyside and North Wales Joint Offshore Co-ordinating Committee continued to provide a central administration for all this activity, which by 1963 increasedto no less than twenty-one races. Such a programme was beyond the scope of the secretariat and it was feared that the original object of fostering interest might well be defeated through inadequate organisation.

At the annual meeting held at the Royal Mersey Yacht Club on 14th October, 1963 the Merseyside and North Wales Joint Offshore Co-ordinating Committee was dissolved and a new body to be known as the North West Offshore Association (N.W.O.A.) was formed. A committee under the Chairmanship of Michael Tomlinson was elected and they declared their aim:-

” To organise, with the helpo of elected clubs, five offshore races each year. Four of those races were to be in excess of 70 miles, i.e. definitely offshore, and the fifth to be a R.O.R.C. race in excess of 200 miles.

Still based mainly along the Lancashire and North Wales coastline, N.W.O.A. continued along the lines laid down by the founders, although a sixth race – the Tod Trophy, was included at a later date to allow the ever increasing ‘B’ fleet to have racing while their larger sisters were away taking part in the annual R.O.R.C. event. Over the years it has become obvious that as well as good support for our races from the eastern shores of the Irish Sea, an increasing number of entries were from the Dublin Bay area. In 1971 these Irish entries equalled in number those from all other home ports.

It seems that once again the time had come to see if the N.W.O.A. needed bringing up to date, and so in line with tradition, a meeting was called at the Royal Mersey Yacht Club, to which representatives of almost every club around the shores of the Irish Sea were invited. It was suggested that it was time that the N.W.O.A. should widen its sphere of activity to include this whole area and representatives from the Ribble, Mersey, the Menai Straits, Anglesey, Cardigan Bay and the Isle of Man and the whole of Ireland’s east coast agreed that this was a good idea, and an attempt should be made to produce an integrated racing programme over this area.

It was decided to change the name to the “Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association” as the most suitable indication of the area in which the clubs are situated. It was also decided that it would be possible to extend the racing programme to include boats from the Isle of Man, the North of Ireland and the Ribble without seriously changing the traditional races (which had been enjoyed so much over the past few years), by including races which the clubs in these areas had run in the past and in which boats from each area should be asked to travel to starts away from home twice, take part in a R.O.R.C. race (or its small equivalent) as well as starting twice from their home ports. It was also agreed that in 1972 racing should be offered for a third class – namely class ‘C’ entries to which would be restricted to boats that had not got divided underwater profiles.

At the beginning of the 1972 season, Sandy Taggart from the Clyde approached the English part of the asssociation and asked if we would be willing to include certain Clyde races in our programme and this we agreed to do so. Since the early 70’s a week’s offshore regatta has become popular and developed – The Captains Cup in the South of the Irish Sea and the Comet Wheel Series on the Clyde. From these two events the bienniel ISORA Race Week evolved.


 2:35 pm  Yachts
Nov 292006
Nick-Thompson (GBR) gold 2010 Sail

Nick Thompson (GBR) secures the Laser gold medal on the penultimate day at 2010 Sail Melbourne

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is the world governing body for the sport of competitive sailing and is responsible for administration of the Olympic Sailing Regatta, the sailing events held as part of the Summer Olympics.

From its inception in Paris in October 1907, the governing body for the sport of sailing was known as the International Yacht Racing Union. On 5 August 1996, the IYRU changed its name to the International Sailing Federation (ISAF).

The International Yacht Racing Union (IYRU) evolved from the need for racing sailors to have a uniform set of rules and measurement standards. Since then IYRU/ISAF has developed a system of rules and measurement that are used world-wide in all sailing events.

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has a community – its members – the 116 national sailing authorities around the world, who in turn link into their own national and regional networks. ISAF has the ability to communicate with the global sailing world – and to enable the sailing world to communicate with each other – to disseminate and share information.


The objects and aims for which the International Sailing Federation, as the controlling authority of the sport of sailing in all its forms throughout the world, is established are:

(a) to act as and carry out the functions and duties of such authority;

(b) to promote the sport of sailing in all its branches regardless of race, religion, gender or political affiliation;

(c) to establish, supervise, interpret and amend the rules regulating sailboat racing and to adjudicate disputes and take any appropriate disciplinary action (including the imposition of appropriate penalties);

(d) to act as the supervising organisation for the sport of sailing, to grant and withdraw international or recognised status to or from classes of boats and to prescribe the relevant rules and measurement procedures;

(e) to act as the organising authority of the Olympic Sailing Regatta;

(f) to control, organise, conduct, license or sanction other championships, sailing events or activities;

(g) to examine, study, investigate, consider and report on all matters affecting the sport of sailing and any persons interested therein or associated therewith and to collect, analyse and distribute information, statistics, opinions and reports thereon;

(h) to represent and protect the interests of any member of the Federation;

(i) to convene, arrange, organise and hold regattas, races and competitions of all sorts, to create and stimulate interest in and publicise the sport of sailing, to convene, arrange, organise and hold exhibitions, shows, displays, meetings, seminars, conferences and discussions, and to provide prizes, bursaries, grants and awards for competitors and others;

(j) to provide administrative services of any sort whatsoever for any association, union, society, club, committee, body or person interested in or associated with sailing in any of its forms.

 2:30 pm  Yachts
Nov 292006
Cape Horners

Cape Horners

The International Association of Cape Horners is for sailors who have rounded Cape Horn.

Sir Robin Knox Johnson

Sir Robin Knox-Johnson first rounded the horn 40 years ago

Membership of the IACH is open to all those who have rounded Cape Horn under sail alone, in a recognised event (as approved by the IACH Committee) where the use of engines for propulsion is prohibited by the rules of the event.

The Horn rounding must be part of a non-stop passage of at least 3000 nautical miles and shall pass through fifty degrees south in both Pacific (or Indian) and Atlantic Oceans.

Crews of other sailing vessels rounding the Horn, where the voyage is not a recognised event, may apply for the voyage to be approved by the Committee. Each application will be vetted by the Committee and approved only by unanimous agreement that the voyage complies with the spirit, if not the detail, of the IACH Rules. Therefore, solo, or independent crewed, roundings must provide evidence that the passage took place

Membership is open to all nationalities who have participated in such events or roundings.

 1:06 pm  Yachts