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Four people were reportedly injured when a superyacht owned by Irish media mogul Denis O’Brien listed while being relaunched from a dry dock in Italy.

According to Boat International, the 90-metre Nero was in the process of being moved out of the dock at Amico & Co in Genoa yesterday (Tuesday 10 September) when a support panel apparently gave way, causing the vessel to list dangerously in the dock on its port side.

It’s not yet known what damage has been caused to the popular charter yacht, part of the 1920s-inspired Corsair range, which was purchased by Denis O’Brien in 2014 for around €40 million and underwent a significant refit in Barcelona in 2016.

A statement from Döhle Yachts, which manages Nero, says the yacht listed at a 30-degree angle but "did not contact the dock wall and appears to have suffered only minimal damage".

The statement added that there was no risk to the environment and "no serious injuries" were sustained, with all crew safely disembarking after the incident, which is under investigation.

This story was updated on Thursday 12 September to include the statement from Döhle Yachts.

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The Port of Cork has advised of traffic delays on Cork’s city quays with the pending arrival of what’s being described as the world’s largest private yacht in the city this morning (Wednesday 12 June).

Le Grand Bleu arrived in Cork Harbour earlier this week as did fellow superyacht AIR, no stranger to the area.

Once owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, the 113-metre Le Grand Bleu has been in the possession of his friend and fellow oil business mogul Eugene Shvidler since 2006.

The Bermuda-flagged vessel is so sizeable that it even has room to carry two other boats on their own cranes: a 22-metre sailboat and a 21-metre powerboat.

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#Superyachts - Afloat.ie has learned that superyacht Christopher is moored in Dun Laoghaire Marina this morning (Monday 13 August) after passage from Belfast.

The 46m Ron Holland-designed cruising ketch previously sailed into Dublin Bay in June 2014, when it was considered Dun Laoghaire’s largest ever visiting yacht.

Since then the marina has hosted various other super-sized vessels — including the 35.8m Arcadia, a yacht sturdy enough to transit the Northwest Passage — which prompted Afloat.ie to ask whether a dedicated superyacht berth could be a realistic proposal for Dun Laoghaire.

Published in Dun Laoghaire Marina

#Tulip - Dun Laoghaire Marina yesterday (Friday 13 July) welcomed the arrival of the K&M superyacht Tulip for a brief visit.

Designed by German Frers Jr and launched in 2012, the luxury 88-footer has the appearance of a classic sloop above the water line, but below has a flat hull and rising keel that makes for top racing performance when required.

Tulip usually plies the gold and blue coasts of the Mediterranean, can be chartered with a crew of two and room for up to six guests across its three cabins — if money is no object.

Published in Dun Laoghaire Marina
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#CoolRoute - The growing superyacht market is a target audience of the new Cool Route initiative, which is pitching the string of coastal marinas between Ireland and Norway as a top-tier cruising destination.

But is the project’s research up to snuff? Not according to SuperyachtNews’ Rory Jackson, who argues that the scheme’s moves towards the premium superyacht tourism business are naive, and not based on accurate figures.

“[To] describe the opportunities provided by the superyacht market as ‘low hanging fruit’ highlights an incredibly ill-conceived understanding of how the superyacht market operates,” writes Jackson, who also queries the project’s strategy report on its high estimates for superyacht prices, whether to own or hire.

There can be no denying that the Cool Route has a lot to offer superyacht owners,” he adds. “But, any attempt to lure superyachts on an increasingly regular basis must not be rushed.”

SuperyachtNews has more on the story HERE.

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#AmericasCup - Lionheart sailed to the top place in the J Class in yesterday’s final round of the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta in Bermuda.

The team behind the Dutch yacht – which features Volvo Ocean Race veteran Bouwe Bekking as its longtime tactician – saw their consistent performance over the three days put them in good stead.

They will look to redouble their efforts next week to take home a specially commissioned relief map of Bermuda handcrafted by Latitude Kinsale, as previously reported on Afloat.ie.

Update 20/6: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that the J Class Prize was being contested in the Superyacht Regatta; instead, the J Class have their own regatta which began on Monday 19 June.

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#AmericasCup - Hanuman rebounded from a false start to claim victory in the first round of the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta in Bermuda yesterday (Tuesday 13 June).

Optimised for expected light conditions, the J Class fleet leader was quick despite the patchy breeze of 5-9 knots, catching up with classmate Velsheda after the first windward mark when their kite-setting failed, and passing Ranger to take the line.

Topaz, who also started near the committee boat with Velsheda and Hanuman, slipped down to fifth, while Lionheart overcame early struggles to place fourth.

All five yachts — plus Svea, expected to join the fleet today (Wednesday 14 June) — will be competing for their own J Class prizes next week, represented by exquisitely detailed 3D maps of Bermuda commissioned from relief chart specialists Latitude Kinsale.

Racing for the J Class among the larger superyacht fleet continues this afternoon with round two, and concludes with the third and final round tomorrow (Thursday 15 June).

In other news from Bermuda, Land Rover BAR Academy placed second in the final standings of the Pool B qualifiers in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.

The handpicked team now have a few days to prepare before the final series races from Tuesday 20 to Wednesday 21 June.

Update 20/6: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that the J Class Prize was being contested in the Superyacht Regatta; instead, the J Class have their own regatta which began on Monday 19 June.

Published in America's Cup

#Superboats – Having spent a week visiting Dun Laoghaire Harbour, the 46m superyacht Christopher that dwarfed the local 500 plus craft and several larger craft currently taking part in the Round Ireland race departed today and follows the anchorage of 37m motoryacht Katrion to the secluded waters off Glengariff, writes Jehan Ashmore.

Such large-sized and luxuriously appointed leisure-vessels visiting Irish waters, reflects not only the high-season, but also demonstrates the appeal of our wonderful scenic cruising grounds where the role of marina's and suitable sheltered seas benefit visitor alike and the local economy.

Christopher, a dark-bull hulled ketch from the design of Ron Holland cannot be easily forgotten even when witnessed in static mode moored alongside an outer-lying berth within Dun Laoghaire Marina.

The Cayman Islands flagged vessel was berthed close to the customs cutter, RCC Suirbheir, where she and her sister, RCC Faire are relatively frequent callers to the marina.

As for the motoryacht, Katrion, the white hulled 400 tonnes vessel launched from Feadship, a leading Dutch specialist of such luxurious leisure boats yesterday anchored off Glengariff having called as reported to Cork City Marina. Likewise her sheer size made an impact along local Leeside craft.

As previously alluded the 10-guest capacity visitor also flying the flag of the these Caribbean islands was due to discover the delights of Dingle, from where Katrion departed for Glengariff.

This she did as the vessel departed Dingle yesterday and took the passage to Glengariff along the spectacular rugged Kerry and Cork coastlines. This included a call to Knightstown, Valentia Island only accessible from the northern approaches due to the low-lying bridge linking the mainland at Portmagee.

Later the motoryacht made a transit through Dursey Sound before heading for her current attractive anchorage in Bantry Bay.

Glengariff is to welcome a considerably larger leisure seeker in the form of the 190m cruiseship Amadea due next month. As previously reported, there are seven callers scheduled this season, with the Phoenix Reisen operated ship to make a repeat call.

Beforehand another caller is expected the eye-catching cruise tall-ship, Club Med 2 due in September.

Published in Cruising

#TradeNews - Yacht sales are on the upswing in Britain, with one superyacht broker reporting five deals in a single week for a total of a whopping £32 million (€39.9 million), according to Mail Online.

While mega-rich elites in the Middle East made up the bulk of the buyers during the lean years of the recession, now the western market is re-emerging - with the latest sales going to a German, an American and two wealthy Brits.

The new buyers, from brokerage Edmiston, are following the trail blazed by F1 mogul Eddie Jordan, who recently took the keys to his 155-foot superyacht that was revealed earlier this year by manufacturer Sunseeker.

And all this is in addition to a reputed 15% rise in luxury yacht charters, fuelling an insatiable appetite for opulence on the waves.

Mail Online has much more no the story HERE.

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#MotorYacht - A striking looking Maltese flagged luxury charter motoryacht Lauren L, arrived this morning into Dublin Port to berth opposite the Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club marina, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The 2,991 tonnes vessel built in Germany by the Cassens Werft shipyard, firstly began a career as a cruisehip. Under the name Sun Bay II, she made her debut season cruising in European waters and where she made a call to Dun Laoghaire Harbour, berthing alongside the ferry terminal at St. Michael's Wharf.

Under her current role, Lauren L as a charter yacht, she is able to host cocktail parties for up to 150 guests and overnight accommodation for 48 guests and all in the lap of luxury.

Features of the near 90m long vessel includes a conference room and centre, library, lido bar as well as a formal dining room plus a bow-mounted helicopter pad to shuttle guests to and fro.

Lauren L has a crew of 32 and she has worked in destinations such as the Cannes Film Festival. To charter the luxury motoryacht for a single week, this will set you back a mere €695,000, so get that lotto ticket!

She is approximately twice the size of the 52 passenger capacity cruisehip Quest, which called twice last year to Dun Laoghaire Harbour, where the port resumed in bringing this sector back after a break of more than a decade.

Next week, Dun Laoghaire Harbour looks forward in welcoming the giant 2,620 passenger liner Queen Mary 2. The Cunard Line 151,400 tonnes flagship will be making her maiden 'Dublin Bay' call with an anchorage call offshore of the harbour.

 

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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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