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Beneteau and X-Yachts were the big winners in the cruiser categories in this year’s European Yacht of the Year awards presented on the flagship night of boot Düsseldorf, as previously reported on Afloat.ie.

This year’s winner in the Family Cruiser category was the Beneteau Oceanis 30.1, one of the stars of last autumn’s Southampton International Boat Show and the Beneteau stand at boot Düsseldorf alike.

BJ Marine are the Irish dealers for this touring yacht, which is built by Beneteau subsidiary Delphia Yachts in Poland and offers a remarkable degree of luxury and comfort despite its compact dimensions, as the jury determined.

X-Yacht’s new X4⁰ was picked by European Yacht of the Year judges as the best of the Performance CruisersX-Yachts‘ new X4⁰ was picked by European Yacht of the Year judges as the best of the Performance Cruisers

In the Performance Cruiser category, meanwhile, the winner was X-Yachts’ new X4⁰ which had its first media appearance at last year’s show. Judges liked the Danish boat’s readily available power alongside tasteful and comfortable furnishings.

European Yacht of the Year 2020 also recognised the ClubSwan 36 with the Winner Innovation Award, the Amel 60 as the best Luxury Cruiser and the Dealer 30 OD as top of the Regatta Yachts.

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Greystones Harbour and Irish Sea dealer BJ Marine is showcasing an extensive range of sailing yachts at the 2020 boot Düsseldorf Boat Show (18th – 26th Jan). Potential owners will be able to explore the award-winning Beneteau Oceanis 46.1 (2019 European Yacht of the Year Winner in the “Best Yacht” category) as well as the award-nominated Beneteau Oceanis 30.1 (2020 European Yacht of the Year in “Family Cruiser” category).

Making her show debut the Beneteau First 53 (2020 European Yacht of the Year nominee in the “Performance Cruiser” category) is a must for anyone wanting to experience high-performance cruising.

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Beneteau has officially unveiled the Antares 11, the French sail and motor boat builder’s largest ever outboard vessel.

And considering the huge popularity and affordability of outboard boats in recent years, it’s being touted by Irish Beneteau dealer BJ Marine as a very exciting launch.

Seaworthy, luxurious, spacious and versatile are words that the Antares 11 brings to life.

Three cabins, one of which is a true owner’s cabin; two x300hp engines; a foldout cockpit and huge amounts of natural light make it so much more than a weekender.

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The Antares outboard range has been BJ Marine’s fastest growing range in Ireland since 2016 with more new models coming to Ireland year on year.

The growth started with the Antares 7 and 8, based primarily on the exceptional value that the outboard configuration offered in comparison to the inboard diesel models, as well as the extra interior space that the outboards allow.

This led to the launch of the Antares 9 last winter, powered by twin Suzuki 200hp engines, which has already proven a strong seller — so much so that a brand new one is now in stock at BJ Marine’s Greystones office.

With the Antares 11, the dealer’s outboard offering can go to a whole new level.

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The boat model will be introduced and demonstrated at Nautic Paris this December and will be on display at Boot Dusseldorf in January.

The BJ Marine team will be on site for the full show at Dusseldorf to welcome people on board and discover this exciting new model — but plenty of information is already available to share with those interested.

BJ Marine also has smaller Antares models in stock with trade-ins available — easy boating getting more newcomers afloat every season.

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Among the firsts BJ Marine have brought to the Southampton International Boat Show this week is the new Flyer 10.

The flagship of Beneteau’s dayboat range is really a powerboat under the skin, blending style and comfort — across four large living spaces — with thrills courtesy of its large outboard motor.

A distinctive feature of the the Flyer 10 is its ‘smart walkaround’ concept that combines the easy movement and safety advantages of the walkaround, but with just one asymmetric walkway to port, offering greater deck and cabin space.

The foredeck also features a vast three-place sun pad, and there is a fully fitted galley which means real meals while enjoying life on the open water.

Available to order now, the Flyer 10 is expected to be in high demand with limited build slots available during the September boat shows, both last week in Cannes and now in Southampton.

Don’t miss the Beneteau Village at the Southampton International Boat Show, open till this Sunday 22 SeptemberDon’t miss the Beneteau Village at the Southampton International Boat Show, open till this Sunday 22 September

Also at the Beneteau Village SBS is the new Antares 9, which sets the stage for an exciting future of outboard sports cruisers.

The largest and sportiest to date from Beneteau’s Antares range, the 9 is the perfect boat for the couple or family who want a life onboard, says BJ Marine’s David Hoctor.

It’s also an incredibly popular option, sold out since launch in early 2018, but next available orders are coming on January 2020.

Contact BJ Marine for more, and to secure your access to the best deals on new Beneteau models, which include the UK debuts of the Oceanis 30.1 and Monte Carlo 52 cruiser.

With a wide range of boats to see in person — along with Conor Fogarty’s new foiling Figaro 3, Raw, on display — Ireland’s Beneteau distributors are part of what they describe as a “spectacular” at this year’s Southampton International Boat Show, which continues to this Sunday 22 September.

James Kirwan  +353 877712223
Mike Caplan  +44 7979 578238
David Hoctor  +353 85 8873445
John Harkness  +44 7564 366639
George Hill  +44 7815 561554

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Following its official launch in recent days at the Cannes Yachting Festival, Beneteau’s new Monte Carlo 52 makes its UK debut at the Southampton International Boat Show this week.

And Irish Beneteau distributors BJ Marine are on hand to show prospective buyers around the elegant, luxurious and contemporary yet spacious and bright design that ushers in Beneteau’s new ‘Smart Luxury’ generation of high-end cruisers.

The 16m Monte Carlo 52 boats a world-class design from Carlo Nuvolari and Dan Lenard (exterior line) and Andréani Design (interior accomodation), with a V-hull designed in partnership with MICAD.

BJ Marine general manager James Kirwan got his first look at the Monte Carlo 52 this past summer, and even beforehand was convinced that “its combination of style and stability makes it ideal for Irish boaters at home or further afield”.

The dealers are part of what they describe as a Beneteau “spectacular” at this year’s Southampton International Boat Show, which continues through to this Sunday 22 September.

Contact BJ Marine now to secure your access to the best deals on new Beneteau models, which include the Antares 9 and the UK debuts of the Flyer 10 and the Oceanis 30.1.

James Kirwan  +353 877712223
Mike Caplan  +44 7979 578238
David Hoctor  +353 85 8873445
John Harkness  +44 7564 366639
George Hill  +44 7815 561554

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Irish Beneteau dealers BJ Marine are welcoming their second day at the Southampton International Boat Show having already entertained many serious buyers interested in their latest models — particularly the Oceanis 46.1 and the brand new Oceanis 30.1.

Easy to sail but lively to helm, the Oceanis 30.1 makes a virtue of its small stature — small enough to trail, it opens up a wealth of possibilities for lake and river sailing along with coastal cruises and adventures on the high seas.

It also comes with unbeatable living space for its size, with a near two-metre headspace across its two double cabins, saloon, shower room and galley.

The Oceanis 30.1 is exclusive to BJ Marine and boat show boat is the only available for immediate delivery after the show.

The Oceanis 46.1, meanwhile, boasts all the features one comes to expect of a large cruising yacht — with a rare balance between elegance, usable space and performance.

Oceanis 46.1 at SBS

The stepped hull, retained from the Oceans 51.1, opens up an incredible amount of space inside — with room for eight guests and significant natural light right to the centre of the boat — while maintaining impressive seakeeping performance.

And clever customisable fittings make her easy to sail and comfortable to live in, appealing to a wide range of crews.

BJ Marine are proud to be part of what they describe as a Beneteau “spectacular” at this year’s Southampton International Boat Show, with their team on board throughout the show until next Sunday 22 September.

Contact BJ Marine now to secure your access to the best deals on new Beneteau models, which include the Antares 9 and the UK debuts of the Flyer 10 and ‘smart luxury’ Monte Carlo 52.

James Kirwan  +353 877712223
Mike Caplan  +44 7979 578238
David Hoctor  +353 85 8873445
John Harkness  +44 7564 366639
George Hill  +44 7815 561554

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Off the back of what they declare was their best ever year for sales of Beneteau outboard boats, Irish brokers BJ Marine were recently in attendance at the French builder’s global dealer conference in Valencia to get a special look at its fully Suzuki-powered range.

General manager James Kirwan told Afloat.ie: “The growth of the range of outboard boats inspired us to invest in our first ever Irish Barracuda Tour qualifier, an event that also supported by Viking Marine, our Suzuki partner in Ireland.”

Beneteau’s outboard range covers the Antares, Barracuda and Flyer models, from six metres up to the new Antares 11 which will be unveiled this winter.

“In particular, the Antares and Barracuda ranges offer the perfect versatility for use in Irish waters where rapidly changing weather and sea states are regular events,” Kirwan said.

“BeneteauBeneteau Barracuda with a Suzuki DF200AP outboard

Suzuki has been the outboard supplier of choice for Beneteau since 2013 and the French builder says its partnership continues to go from strength to strength.

Five Suzuki-powered boats were on the water in Valencia ready for dealers to test — including the new Flyer 10 and 7.

“We are very proud to work with and partner Beneteau,” said Daisuke Kawatari, general manager for Suzuki Motor Corporation’s European liaison office.

“Our partnership is a strong one and we are looking forward to taking it to the next level in order to continue to deliver the ultimate boat/engine packages for our customers.”

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Irish Beneteau dealers BJ Marine are looking forward to the arrival of the new Swift Trawler 41.

The Swift Trawler range has been one of the most successful in Irish waters, says BJ Marine’s James Kirwan, especially the original 42 and the 44.

This latest and final addition to the successful range of long-distance cruisers is 13.3 metres long with a 4.2 metre beam, combining seaworthiness with living space and comfort, and inherits the contemporary feel — and optimised hull design — of last year’s Swift Trawler 47.

Famed for stability and economy, the Swift Trawler has been particularly popular for sailors who are looking to take a step away from sailing and move to power.

What is incredibly exciting about the new 41 is the amount of accommodation that they have managed to pack in to the boat — up to seven passengers — as well as the option of the Sedan for our climate at home when the flybridge can sometimes be under-utilised.

James will be aboard the boat in two weeks for trials and will come back with a full report that will be of particular interest to existing Swift Trawler owners and those looking to crossover from sailing, as the Swift Trawler range always provides the answer to their needs.

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International Boat Industry is reporting that Hervé Gastinel has stepped down as chief executive of Groupe Beneteau with immediate effect.

Gastinel, who was CEO of the French boatbuilding group since 2015, has been replaced by Beneteau chairman Jérôme de Metz.

The move comes with a number of changes in the management board of the group’s boat division — and follows changes at other high-profile boatbuilders Sunseeker and Princess in the past week. IBI has more on the story HERE.

Beneteau is prepping for the unveiling of its new First Yacht 53 in September at Cannes, where Irish Beneteau agents BJ Marine will also have a presence.

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After two years of development, Beneteau’s First Yacht 53 will be shown for the first time at the Cannes Yachting Festival this September, followed by autumn boat shows in Genoa, Barcelona and in the US at Annapolis.

The 17-metre yacht — with a hull designed by America’s Cup veteran Roberto Biscontini and interior/exterior stylings by Lorenzo Argento — is a performance-ready vessel that aims for excellence in fast, comfortable sailing to meet the expectations of the most demanding sailors, according to the French luxury yacht marque.

Featuring a full plumb bow and a maximum beam further aft, the twin rudders promise perfect feedback to control the highly responsive hull.

The 2.5m or 3m draught (with lead bulb), as well as an optional carbon mast, are intended to give the First Yacht 53 the competitive advantage to clock up miles quickly.

“To achieve maximum thrills at the helm, we focused on balancing weight and balance under sail when we designed the boat,” Beneteau explains.

“We worked hard to optimise the position of the centre of buoyancy in relation to the centre of effort, guaranteeing a lively yacht under sail, responding quickly to the helm.”

Beneath asked “the best outfitters” to provide their top-performing products: North Sails for the sails, Harken for the deck gear, Lorima for the mast and Lemer for the keel. All were involved on the recent design of the Figaro Beneteau 3 with foils.

Upgrades for this newest in the First range include improved deck circulation with a layout emphasising the experience above deck, and a hull built using the infusion process.

“I have always looked for performance on the boats that I sail and build. The First Yacht 53 is a lot like me!” Biscontini says.

Beneteau yachts are distributed in Ireland by BJ Marine, which will be at Cannes to see the launch of the French marque’s other new arrival, the ‘Smart Luxury’ generation Monte Carlo 52.

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The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.

Competitions

The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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