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Ganesha's delighted owner Dr. Peter-Alexander Wacker celebrates with his crew in Palma
In a testing final day amid challenging conditions the ultimate outcome of the 2022 Superyacht Cup Palma could not possibly have been closer. The destination of the overall Superyacht Cup Palma Trophy remained in doubt until the end of the…
The 32m Farr-designed carbon flyer Kiboko with crew on the rail
Some big changes in fortune, along with a change in wind direction and the closest possible finish in one class, saw results in the Superyacht Cup Palma fleet set the scene for a dramatic finale after a day of frenetic…
The four superb J Class yachts got the party started with their own fleet start
The entire Superyacht Cup fleet made the Bay of Palma their arena today as Europe's longest-running superyacht regatta hit its stride with another day of sparkling Mallorcan sailing conditions. Pantaenius Race Day saw a slightly lighter breeze than Wednesday's opening…
The moment of impact between a massive supply ship and the berthed classic schooner
Friday morning's horror crash in Tarragona in Spain between a massive supply ship and the berthed classic schooner Eleanora (162ft) is now on YouTube in several versions. The shock of seeing such a vessel - one of the finest of…
The classic 162ft schooner Eleanora, one of the most beautiful boats afloat - until this morning
Until this morning, the 162ft (49.5m) classic schooner was one of the most beautiful boats afloat. But in Tarragona Marina in Spain today, some manoeuvring by a large red work-ship didn't quite go according to plan, and Eleanora floats no…
The superyacht Rendezvous ablaze in Torquay Harbour on Saturday 28 May
A €7 million superyacht was sunk on Saturday evening (29 May) after bursting into a “fire ball” in a Devon harbour, as Devon Live reports. The 85ft Rendezvous, built in 2010 by Princess Yachts, was carrying 2,000 gallons of fuel…
Super visitor - the 40-metre superyacht Phoenix at her berth in  Dun Laoghaire Marina on Dublin Bay
The 40-metre superyacht Phoenix arrived in Dun Laoghaire Marina on Monday, one of the first such visitors to Ireland's largest marina this season.  The brand new motor yacht was built in Italy by Benetti and delivered to her owners in…
Highland Fling XI won her class on Wednesday despite not being optimised for windward-leewards
Scheduled for day two of the IMA Maxi Europeans’ inshore/coastal racing were two windward-leewards. After a delay out on the Bay of Naples, the wind finally built to 8-12 knots from the west. After one aborted start due to a…
A group of Ukrainian protesters on a motor boat, most of them children, tried to block Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich’s 456-foot superyacht Solaris from docking at the Turkish port city of Bodrum on Monday, March 21, according to local media
A superyacht linked to sanctioned billionaire and Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich was met with a protest as it arrived at port in Bodrum, Turkey. Members of the Optimist dinghy Sailing Team Ukraine met the vessel in a small…
The world's largest sportfishing boat on the turn in Holland
Project 406, the world’s largest sportfishing boat, celebrated a milestone moment on 11 March with the turning of its hull. Designed by Dutch design studio Vripack, and under construction at Royal Huisman’s newbuild headquarters in Vollenhove, the Netherlands, the superyacht’s…
Sailing Yacht A
Italian police have taken one of the world’s largest yachts as the country continues to impound vessels and seize properties owned by Russian oligarchs. Reuters quotes the Italian government as saying the 143-metre Sailing Yacht A was sequestered at the…
A sailor who suffered a head injury during an incident last week while preparing to take part in this weekend's 2022 Superyacht Challenge in English Harbour has died. He was due to race aboard the 102ft luxury vessel Farfalla, according…
An artist's impression of the newest superyacht in the world - 80 metres - under construction in Italy
There are over 5,000 superyachts in the world, of which Russian oligarchs own a relatively small number – over 50 according to estimates. These are subject to sanctions by the EU and the USA and a number have been seized…
The owner and the all-star crew of the Farr 100 Leopard 3 enjoyed Sunday's breezy conditions
Following one of the biggest wind inshore regattas where racing pressed ahead regardless, this year’s St Maarten Heineken Regatta will be one which competitors will recall with a wry smile, bragging about 'how they survived it’. It was also the…
The superyacht Lady M pictured at Whitehaven in Cumbria in May 2017
A superyacht owned by a Russian billionaire businessman has been seized by Italian police in the same week as he was targeted by EU sanctions in the wake of the war in Ukraine. As the Guardian reports, mining magnate Alexei…
March 31st is the deadline for the announcement of the 2024 America's Cup venue
Leaks in boats are generally not considered a good thing, even if the recent case of a patriotic Ukrainian crewman trying to sink his Russian arms-manufacturing oligarch employer's superyacht in Mallorca as a protest against the Putin invasion drew widespread…

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