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In the calm of the night…..Black Jack crossed the Hobart finish line at 01:37
The Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race must be one of the most intensely-analysed offshore racing events in the world, providing four or five days of close-fought competition to be looked at every which way while the Northern Hemisphere is largely in a…
MENORCA MAXI 2014, © Jesus Renedo
The J Class will be joining the fun at Europe’s longest-running superyacht regatta in 2022. The J Class Association and owners unanimously chose the high-profile Mallorcan festival of sail as one of three events planned for their racing season next…
Congested Maxi start line on the Canale San Marco with the Basilica's famous bell tower in the background
The annual Venice Hospital Challenge grew a scale larger this year with an increased fleet of 16 maxi yachts. As usual, the race course was set in the magnificent, unique setting of the San Marco and Guidecca canals, with Venice’s…
Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones' Magic Carpet Cubed won today's race to claim IRC 1 overall
A most rewarding week two of Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez for the maxi yachts concluded today with an easterly eventually filling in to provide 45 of the world’s largest sailing yachts with a last opportunity to put points on the…
Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones' Wallycento Magic Carpet Cubed
The second half of Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez sets sail tomorrow exclusively for the maxi yachts. Organised by the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez in conjunction with the International Maxi Association (IMA), the second week of racing has a bumper turn-out…
The ClubSwan 125 Skorpios makes its racing debut in the Fastnet Race Week and will also compete in the Middle Sea Race in October
With just over three months to the start of the 2021 Rolex Middle Sea Race, the race to be on the start line on Saturday 23 October is heating up. As Afloat reported in May, fleet numbers are building nicely,…
Liquid Rehab is a huge three-decked craft that cruises at 24 knots and has a top speed of 28 knots. She sleeps 10 and has a crew of seven
Megayacht, superyacht – certainly bigger than any craft in Bangor Marina. Lying alongside the Eisenhower Pier in Bangor Harbour on the North Down coast on a recent visit, after a passage from the Clyde, the 39.62 m motor yacht, Liquid…
The frustrations of a challenging year were blown away on Thursday as a solid sailing breeze kicked in to help celebrate the opening day of the 25th anniversary of Superyacht Cup Palma. Near ideal conditions once again graced the Bay…
While the new Kinsale-conceived 206ft sloop will provide extensive comfort, top sailing performance is a priority
The largest boat currently racing in the Sovereigns Cup series at Kinsale is Conor Doyle's locally-based Xp50 Freya. For most of us, she's a biggy, and an elegant one at that. But if you were to exit Kinsale Yacht Club…
The 88m Maltese Falcon was the largest ever superyacht to race at the Superyacht Cup Palma in 2011. The cup celebrates its 25th year this July
With less than a month to go to the start of Superyacht Cup Palma’s landmark 25th anniversary, final detailed preparations are falling into place, according to organisers. The celebration of Europe’s longest-running superyacht regatta from June 23-26 has been carefully…
Nin O'Leary and the crew of Aragon on port tack in the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta
Royal Cork's Nin O'Leary together with Cian Guilfoyle of Dublin Bay and other Irish crew are lying third on Aragon in the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta this week. The Costa Smeralda put on its best show to deliver a second unforgettable…
“Vento” project: presented in Venice for the very first time the concept of a new 100 metre megasailer by Nuvolari Lenard which claims to be a realistic return to 'sustainable sailing'
A new 100-metre sailing superyacht can - and must - be environmentally friendly and have as little impact on the ecosystem as possible say the promoters of the NL 285 "Vento" project, presented by designers Nuvolari Lenard at this week's…
The 29m Aragon yacht (ex: Windfall ) was built in 2012 by Southern Wind and under Royal St. George skipper Mick Cotter set the 2019 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race record.She races next week at Sardinia's Loro Piana Regatta
Dublin Bay, Howth and Cork Harbour crews will race the latest 29-metre Aragon in Sardinia next week at the prestigious Italian superyacht Loro Piana Regatta. Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Cian Guilfoyle fresh from last week's RC 44 Cup as Afloat reported here,…
the moment a £65m superyacht crashes into dock . . . twice
A £65m superyacht crashed into a luxury Caribbean yacht club’s pier, causing ‘very significant’ damage, after reportedly suffering a computer malfunction. The 235ft-long vessel is said to be owned by Capri Sun juice tycoon Hans Peter Wild, but it is…
Phocea Ex-Club Med, the legendary 75m racing yacht built for Alain Colas and the 1976 Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Race burns in Langkawi Harbour
The 75.13-metre sailing yacht known as Enigma and Phocea caught fire yesterday off an island near Langkawi, Malaysia as Superyacht Times reports. While at anchor less than one nautical mile northeast of Pulau Singa Kecil (Lion Island), the 530 GT…
The philosophical concept of "less is more" acquires an added layer of meaning when Mark Mills applies it to the design of the new award-winning MD75 Karma. Like the stately homes of the 19th Century, the theory is that almost all the mechanical and physical work needed to keep this extraordinary concept at optimum performance is taking place out of sight
County Wicklow-based international superyacht designer Mark Mills has scooped another major trophy at the stratospheric end of the global sailboat design spectrum. Back in April, he was an "Sailor of the Month" awardee when his very advanced prototype Wally…
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