News & Events

Although the yachting community is scattered around the world, all its members have a few things in common: an absolute insistence on quality, a love of the ocean and an unquenchable thirst for adventure. In this section, you will find interesting news on what is happening in the seafaring world. For the yachting professional, there will be the latest technical reports, news about equipment and information about what is developing in the world’s best ship building yards. For more social and competitive skippers, we bring announcements of boat shows, trade fairs, expositions, contests and awards across the globe.

 

Bart’s Bash – Geared to Help Hurricane Victims

Bart’s Bash – Geared to Help Hurricane Victims

On the penultimate weekend of September 2017 thousands of sailors from all over the world set sail for the largest sailing race in the world – Bart’s Bash. The multi-venue event took place in 80 countries, and not only included sailing and yacht club members, but also windsurfing clubs, sea cadets, and even scout groups. It is an annual timed event that stretches across one nautical mile, and has been verified as ‘The largest sailing race in the world’ by Learn more
31st Pro Am Regatta Likely Cancelled at Bitter End

31st Pro Am Regatta Likely Cancelled at Bitter End

An iconic yacht club hailed by the New York Times as a ‘rollicking nautical village’ has sadly met its demise in the path of destruction laid by Hurricane Irma. Remote, Secluded, Idyllic Called Bitter End because it is the final island in the British Isles before the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean, the yacht club stretches across 64 acres of stunning landscape and is accessible only by water. Founded in the 1970s the club is known across the globe Learn more
Sailing Enthusiasts Flock to NY to Sail in Their Birthday Suits

Sailing Enthusiasts Flock to NY to Sail in Their Birthday Suits

Sailors with a love for fresh air over literally every inch of their bodies arrived from all over the world to take part in the very first World Naked Sailing Day. The event was held in August 2017 in Buffalo, New York, and organisers are hoping that this will be the first of many naked sailing events. Sponsored by Buffalo Rising, an online grassroots magazine, the festivities took place on Lake Erie. Founder of the magazine, Newell Nussbaumer said that Learn more
Texas Devastated After Sailing Accident

Texas Devastated After Sailing Accident

The sailing community in Texax, USA, and all over the world, is reeling after three Boy Scouts died after a sailing tragedy in East Texas on Saturday the 5th of August. The mast of their catamaran struck an overhead transmission power line and electrocuted the boys. Two of the Scouts, Heath Faucheux aged 16 and Will Brannon aged 17 died at the scene of the unfortunate accident. The third Boy Scout, Thomas Larry aged only 11, succumbed to his injuries Learn more
Setting Sail From Cornwall

Setting Sail From Cornwall

Matt Southwould is an English former-soldier from Plymouth, South Devon who lost his leg because of service-related injuries. Despite the challenges he faces every day as an amputee Matt is taking on the tremendous challenge of sailing 2,000 miles in an initiative organised by a charity that helps veterans heal emotional and physical trauma through sailing expeditions. From Desperation to Exhilaration After leaving the army Matt spent ten years suffering with various service-related injuries that took him in and out Learn more
Courageous Documentary Airs

Courageous Documentary Airs

The premiere of Courageous was aired on the 17th of June 2017 on NBC Sports Films. Courageous is a one-hour documentary that recounts the challenging feat of media pioneer Ted Turner’s brave attempt to win the America’s Cup in 1977. The special show was appropriately aired immediately after the NBC’s coverage of the very first race of the 2017 Finals of the America’s Cup. Learn more
The Americas Cup 2017

The Americas Cup 2017

The excitement is mounting for America’s Cup enthusiasts as the races set to start the end of May, and a new class is to be introduced. Analysts like Jack Griffin are having their say about what they believe can be expected, and here are some of the highlights: Land Rover BAR (GBR) Despite good starts the Brits are still on a losing streak. As they are generally able to manoeuvre and their crew work is sharp, the problem appears to Learn more
Lexus Launches Concept Sport Yacht

Lexus Launches Concept Sport Yacht

Lexus Fans Rejoice In 2015 Lexus was given the go-ahead for a major brand overhaul by its holding company Toyoda. Lexus, which is Toyota’s luxury vehicle division, would no longer be limited to being a car brand – it could now also be promoted as an indulgent recreation and lifestyle brand. This means that Lexus could start building a range of luxury boats in line with their already successful luxury motor vehicles. To launch the exciting new brand the first Learn more
Legendary Yacht Designer Passes Away

Legendary Yacht Designer Passes Away

Carlo Riva Will be Missed Italian yacht designer and builder Carlo Riva passed away on Monday the 10th of April 2017. Born in Sarnico, Italy in 1922, Riva had a full life that spanned across 95 years – many of which was spent on the water doing what he loved most and continuing the family legacy. A Family Business The Riva family were known as a passionate boating family since the 1800s when Riva Shipyard was established by Carlo Riva’s Learn more
Waves the Size of Buildings

Waves the Size of Buildings

Sailors Miraculously Rescued Two experienced sailors, an Irish man Nick Dwyer and his French partner Barbara Heftman had a harrowing experience when they were caught in treacherous seas on a broken yacht. The couple were on their way from New Zealand to Australia when the rudder of the yacht broke. The vessel started rolling when weather conditions changed and they experienced extreme winds and a heavy swell. The sailors activated the emergency radio beacon and waited for help to arrive. Learn more
The Trump Princesses

The Trump Princesses

After seeing designs for what was known as ‘the most beautiful yacht in the world’ in 1993, the then billionaire and the 45th President of the United States set his heart on buying her. Donald Trump wanted four decks, several lounges, a helicopter landing pad, a gallery filled with majestic palm trees and of course at least one swimming pool. He also requested that the yacht would be 420 feet long which would make her the largest yacht in the Learn more
Oceans of Hope

Oceans of Hope

Sailing for MS Awareness 60 Sailors with Multiple Sclerosis will be sailing around Croatia in May 2017 to show the world that living with MS is not the end of your life. A flotilla of ten yachts will take a week-long trip, and each yacht will be manoeuvred around the Dalmation Coast by six MS sufferers like Ingrid Robertson. She Likes to do Exciting Things A self-proclaimed adrenalin junkie, Ingrid Robertson from Christchurch is a stellar example of how not Learn more
Yachting Photo of the Year Chosen

Yachting Photo of the Year Chosen

Jean-Marie Liot took first place for his spectacular shot of the IMOCA 60 Safran yacht in mid-race at the 2016 Mirabaud Yacht Racing event. The seventh edition of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image competition saw 149 photographers from 25 countries around the world participating producing an extraordinary range of photographs. The exceptional collection of images presented the essence of the excitement of yacht racing season better than what words could hope to achieve. Capturing Savage Beauty The raw power of Learn more
Float like a Whale

Float like a Whale

Pioneering a Unique Propulsion System Sea creatures move through the waters of the ocean smoothly, fast and elegantly. The way they glide is beautiful and natural. There is no need for fancy propulsion systems, motors, jets, or even sails. From the delicate damsel fish to the majestic blue whale, marine animals use their tails to gracefully manoeuvre through the depths – regardless of their size. Mimicking the Movements of a Whale Canadian engineer Charles Bombardier became fascinated with the seemingly Learn more
Harvard Teaches Sailing to People With Disabilities

Harvard Teaches Sailing to People With Disabilities

Harvard University in Cambridge Massachusetts concluded a three-year pilot program with an official collaboration between Sail to Prevail and the University’s sailing team. Sail to Prevail is a not-for-profit organisation based in Rhode Island with the goal of using the sport of sailing to make positive change. The Mission Sail to Prevail believes that disabled people can use what they learn with sailing in their daily lives. Skills like leadership and teamwork are acquired through learning how to sail. These Learn more
Star-Studded Yachting in Newfoundland

Star-Studded Yachting in Newfoundland

Ben Affleck and Rick Hendrick Spotted (Maybe) Some stunning ships were seen around Newfoundland ports recently, and has had celebrity-struck locals speculating about who is hanging out in their town – and starting up a social media frenzy. Motorsports Boss, or Charter? The 50 metre unique yacht called Wheels that belongs to NASCAR’s Hendrick Motorsports boss Rick Hendrick, was recently spotted moored in the St. Johns Harbour for two days in a row over a weekend. Locals can only wonder Learn more
Top 10 Yachts at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show

Top 10 Yachts at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show

The Yachts Everybody Can’t Wait to see One of the most celebrated events in the sailing world is the annual Monaco Yacht Show. This year it is due to take place at the horseshoe-shaped harbor of Monte Carlos from the 28th of September until the 1st of October. For four days over 30,000 sailing enthusiasts will explore the docks to see the world’s latest and greatest super-yachts, the trends in technology and the breath-taking interiors. In a highly competitive industry, Learn more
Only the Best for a Diva

Only the Best for a Diva

Diva vocalist Mariah Carey has been taking time out from her busy schedule to enjoy the ocean. Carey’s billionaire husband to be James Packer is the proud owner of one of the most magnificent yachts in the world – the Arctic P. The Australian businessman reportedly forks out over US$340,000 every week to keep the Arctic P afloat and operational. The yacht used to be an icebreaker that went on major expeditions, and is known for having travelled further south Learn more
Some of the Most Expensive Yachts in the World Owned by Russian Oligarchs

Some of the Most Expensive Yachts in the World Owned by Russian Oligarchs

Exciting news in wealthy Russian yachting circles is the imminent launch of Russian billionaire industrialist Oleg Deripaska’s new yacht. The 50-metre long luxury yacht is called Selenga and is rumoured to have been sold to Deripaska for around a billion roubles. The Selenga is just one of many super expensive yachts that belong to Russian oligarchs. Here are nine more to be found on the oceans around the globe: The Eclipse – US$1.1 billion Measuring a whopping 163 metres in Learn more
Ghost Yacht FireFly not Abandoned

Ghost Yacht FireFly not Abandoned

Owner of FireFly Found The New South Wales Police Force announced that the owner of the recently abandoned yacht, the FireFly is safe and sound. The man apparently heard reports of the search for him in the media and reported his safety to the Newcastle Police Station. The Ghost Yacht FireFly An 8 metre yacht was discovered floating in shallow water at the popular nudist beach Samurai Beach, Port Stephens in Australia. The man who came across the vessel went Learn more
Getting Ready for Argentina

Getting Ready for Argentina

Young sailors from across the world are already gearing up for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, due to take place in Buenos Aires – the capital of Argentina. Sails are up, and training plans are in place for a thrilling programme on the South American shores. What’s happening? It all kicks off on the 1st of October 2018, and things are expected to be wrapped up by the 12th. Exactly 100 young sailors between 15 and 18 years old will Learn more
France’s Greatest Yachtswoman – Florence Arthaud

France’s Greatest Yachtswoman – Florence Arthaud

It was International Women’s Day recently, and what better time than to remember Florence Arthaud. Known as the ‘Little Bride of the Atlantic’, Florence sailed with some of the most respected French sailors, like Bruno Peyron and Jean Le Cam, who is a Barcelona World Race competitor. Arthaud and Peyron won the Transpacific in 1997, and she raced double-handed with Le Cam in 1996 in the Transatlantic AG2R, where they took second place. In addition to her competitive sailing accomplishments, Learn more
The Victory Braves Stormy Waters

The Victory Braves Stormy Waters

Viktor Rashnikov’s Victory in Auckland One of the biggest and most luxurious super yachts in the world docked in Auckland recently after travelling to New Zealand from Fiji. The Ocean Victory is a 140 metre yacht that belongs to the Russian oligarch Viktor Rashnikov. Treacherous weather conditions prevented the luxurious ship from arriving as planned at the Viaduct Harbour in Auckland, and it had to make an unscheduled stop at a quiet bay off Whangaparaoa Peninsula. Although it was too Learn more
Hansen Rescue Medal Awarded to Black Watch

Hansen Rescue Medal Awarded to Black Watch

Black Watch Receives Well-Deserved Medal for Heroic Rescue In June 2014 an emergency distress call was received from the Taylor 41 Wandrain. The boat had sustained serious hull damage and was taking on water. The Rocket Science, Black Watch and the Dorade responded to the mayday and the Black Watch dropped out of a race to go to the rescue of the Wandrian. A decision was made that the Black Watch would escort the Wandrain to safety at Bermuda. The Learn more
Seven new Sailors for the World Sailing Hall of Fame

Seven new Sailors for the World Sailing Hall of Fame

New Sailors Acknowledged At the International Sailing Federation‘s centenary celebrations in 2007 six intrepid sailors were introduced into the federation’s Hall of Fame. This year seven new remarkable sailors joined the ranks. Like their fellow members, these inspiring individuals have made noteworthy contributions to the world of sailing across the oceans and while onshore. They are the people who have helped form the world of sailing as we know it today. The magnificent seven Buddy Melges, USA – Hailing from Learn more
Superyacht Tenders and Toys are Expanding

Superyacht Tenders and Toys are Expanding

Exciting News for Yacht Owners The freedom of motoring across the oceans… Sundowners on the deck in a crisp ocean breeze… The opportunity to see dolphins and whales in their natural habitat… What more can a yacht owner want? Perhaps some top of the range products from Superyacht Tenders and Toys. As a leading international yacht tender and toy consultancy, the company supplies a wide variety of brands and offers global delivery. Yachting enthusiasts across the world look at Superyacht Learn more
Sailing for Justice

Sailing for Justice

The Open Ocean and the Chance of Change A 2,700 mile nautical race called the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers is going to kick off along the African coast in November and finish in the Caribbean in December. Although some of the top sailors in the world will compete, as usual, the non-profit organisation SailFuture has enrolled ten unusual crew members into this year’s race. No guards, no walls   Ten juvenile offenders were chosen to take part as crew members Learn more
Serbian Journalist Tragically Dies at Cannes

Serbian Journalist Tragically Dies at Cannes

Tragic Death of Journalist at Cannes Yachting Festival Although this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival was a roaring success in most aspects, it was also tainted with tragedy. A 30-year old Serbian journalist was killed when she allegedly jumped off a speeding boat during a demonstration. Although the authorities have not yet confirmed the make of the vessel involved, it has been claimed to be a MX-12 Grand Sport, a rib constructed by Italian shipyard Cantieri Magazzù and one of the Learn more
Cannes Yachting Festival’s Top Six

Cannes Yachting Festival’s Top Six

The Six Unsurpassed Yachts of the 2015 Cannes Visitors to the French Riviera were in for a treat at this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival. Several eye-catching yachts from some of the top yacht building companies in the world made an appearance at what is known as one of the top boat shows in the world. Glitz and glamour Some of the most glamorous yachting enthusiasts and celebrities make their way to the French Riviera for the Cannes every year, and Learn more
Princess Bea and Media Queen Oprah Love Yachting

Princess Bea and Media Queen Oprah Love Yachting

Prince Andrew of York's eldest daughter Beatrice has taken around 17 holidays in the past month, the most recent on Roman Abramovich's mega yacht Eclipse. Learn more
Tiny Town Earns Top Dollar with Yachting

Tiny Town Earns Top Dollar with Yachting

Savusavu is a little town in Fiji that generates quite a lot of revenue purely from the sailing industry. Learn more
Will Hannah White be the Fastest Woman on the Water?

Will Hannah White be the Fastest Woman on the Water?

Project Speedbird and Hannah White Attempting a Record Broadcaster, adventurer and avid sailor Hannah White has announced that she will attempt to break the current record and become the fastest female sailor in the world. Hannah hopes to do this, by sailing one nautical mile as fast as she can with a custom built boat called Speedbird. If she manages to break the record, Hannah will also achieve another record: becoming the very first woman to set a nautical record Learn more
Polluted Rio de Janeiro Bay Not Good Enough for Olympics

Polluted Rio de Janeiro Bay Not Good Enough for Olympics

The Rio Bay Has to be Cleaned, or Else… The 2016 Olympic sailing events are under threat if the Brazilian government does not take fast action. Alistair Fox, an official from the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) told The Associated Press that the events may be moved from Guanabara Bay if it is not cleaned up quickly. Fox expressed frustration at the lack of cooperation from Brazilian officials and said that ISAF would make sure things are done. Raw sewage, super Learn more
Wealthy Yacht Buyers Given Tax Leniency in New York

Wealthy Yacht Buyers Given Tax Leniency in New York

When New York’s new budget bill was revealed, it contained an obscure provision concerning yacht tax. The portion of a yacht’s price over US$230,000 is now exempt from sales tax in this US state. If you do the maths, this means that yacht buyers are let off the hook for amounts that could come to more than the average US citizen’s earnings in a year. Nobody knew about this before it happened, or even after it did Like many other Learn more
Team Vestas Wind Grounding – Report Says it was Human Error

Team Vestas Wind Grounding – Report Says it was Human Error

On 29 November 2014 a high-powered yacht racing in the Volvo Ocean Race crashed into the Carajos Shoals. Team Vestas Wind was grounded and could not continue the second leg of the race. The nine crew members on board were forced to abandon ship in the middle of the night and were rescued by the Mauritius coast guard the following day. The crisis unfolds The team was on its way to Abu Dhabi after setting sail at Cape Town harbor, Learn more
Paralympic Sailing Dropped by IPC – Sparks International Outcry

Paralympic Sailing Dropped by IPC – Sparks International Outcry

It was announced that the 2020 Games, scheduled to take place in Tokyo, will no longer feature Paralympic sailing. This shocking announcement ignited an international protest. The disability sports ambassador Geoff Holt started an online campaign with the aim of having the sport reinstated in the Games. Holt, who was the first quadriplegic to sail solo around Great Britain, hopes to have the decision overturned using the sheer weight of the opposition. Hope on the horizon The campaign includes a Learn more
The Future of Yachting is Black

The Future of Yachting is Black

An enigmatic, dark and futuristic looking stealth yacht slinked into San Francisco Bay recently. Beside the typically white and bulky pleasure yachts, this grand vessel looked like a sleek black greyhound in the middle of a pack of British bulldogs. The beautiful motor yacht anchored off Sausalito where boat enthusiasts and passers-by’s jaws dropped and their cameras lifted to capture the magnificent ship. The mystery unveiled Although not much was gleaned from its occupants, on further investigation it turned out Learn more
Is Spanish Sports Star Rafael Nadal Shopping for a Luxury Yacht?

Is Spanish Sports Star Rafael Nadal Shopping for a Luxury Yacht?

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal may be the next celebrity to succumb to the ultimate status symbol: a luxury yacht. The 28-year old athlete, widely known as the top clay court tennis player of all time, was seen spending an afternoon looking at a particularly luxurious vessel in France. Nadal and his girlfriend of eight years Xisca Perello were reported to look relaxed, in love and very interested in the luxury motor yacht. Blue Ice Docked at the Cannes, Blue Learn more
J’ade – Merge With the Ocean

J’ade – Merge With the Ocean

Members of the international jet set are constantly competing with one another in terms of exclusive and costly playthings. Super yachts are one of the most expensive status symbols and competition gets very interesting. Some of these high-priced toys sport a helipad (or two); some feature water slides, rock climbing walls and expansive movie theaters. Other yachts offer owners state of the art security systems and extremely opulent furnishings. Most have a bit of everything. Every now and then, a Learn more
It is Nearly Rolex Time Again

It is Nearly Rolex Time Again

The 35th Rolex Middle Sea Race is due to kick off on 18 October 2014 and promises to bring participants and spectators a week of thrilling action. The race starts and ends in Malta and comprises of a 977 km anti-clockwise trip around the biggest island in the Mediterranean, the Italian island Sicily. An Incredibly Scenic Route The route is extremely picturesque and has been described as ‘the most beautiful race course in the world.’ Participants will set sail at Learn more
Cannes Yachting Festival 2014

Cannes Yachting Festival 2014

One of the world’s leading luxury yacht shows, the annual Cannes Yachting Festival (Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes) is due to take place for the 37th time. The event is set to bring the best of the naval world to thousands of visitors from the 9th until the 14th of September 2014. With the picturesque Cannes as the ideal backdrop, the show is set across three exhibition areas and hosts close to 600 luxury yachts. The Industry Greats Gather Learn more