Notes From The Editor

Editor's Note: A Show-Stopping Week

Starting May with a bang, exciting news emerged from Germany: Lurssen-built giant Areti has been sold in an in-house deal, which is only just the start of an exciting Spring season and a week of show updates...

Areti was launched and delivered by the German building tycoon in 2017 subsequent to her commission by an experienced first owner. British studio Winch Design was brought in to orchestrate exterior and interior design; Andrew Winch previously described the vessel as “A traditional feel with an American classic twist.” We can't wait to see her set sail with her new owners.

Continuing a week of success, Tankoa Yachts have also made an announcement, with the launch of the 50m S501 Hybrid from the builder’s Genoa yard. Once the yacht has undergone a final fit out, dock trials and intensive sea trials, she will be delivered to her owner in time for the summer season and MYS 2019, where we look forward to seeing her. 

Reflecting on the 9th edition of Singapore Yacht Show, it seems for Simpson Marine, it was a roaring success. Following our conversation with Group General Manager Richard Allen, we reflect on the brokerage’s outstanding presence in Singapore who stated;  "We are committed to bringing in a variety of luxury yachts to cater for all different needs and desires of the Asian market.” 

Not only this, news came from the Gulf, the alluring and up-and-coming destination on the horizon for yacht owner's. Avid lover's of the glamorous Gulf will appreciate new legislation that has developed. The 5 Gold Anchors-awarded marina, Yas Marina, has received the long awaited status of official UAE entry point for international superyachts. The new procedure for entry will allow foreign flag vessels to avoid clearing through commercial entry ports, and instead cruise directly into Yas Marina and get clearance from the authorities stationed onsite.

M/Y Caipirina was the first vessel to berth in Yas under these new rulings, cruising into the marina on the 21st March. Her Owner spends around 6 months of the year aboard his superyachts in Abu Dhabi, so new clearance proceedings will mean a generous new incentive. We have high hopes for the destination, and have lots more to share on its progression.

Other much loved destination's at the office continue to bedazzle as a maritime hub. This time, the 2019 Antigua Bermuda yacht race which is already well underway. Spirits and sails are high as 21 highly skilled teams contest to be the first to reach St David’s Lighthouse, Bermuda. Tweet, Instagram or Facebook share your live updates with us if you're lucky enough to be on the shores, and on't forget to stop off at Carlisle Bay for a welcome respite after the race. 

Other parts of the world buzzed with excitement too. In the third installation of the renowned Versilia Yachting Rendez Vous at Viareggio, Tuscany, Perini Navi took to the stage. Perini Navi Chairman and CEO Lamberto Tacoli shared; "as a long-time ambassador of elegance, innovation and technology in the world, Perini Navi could not fail to attend an excellence-dedicated event like the Versilia Yachting Rendez-Vous which takes place in one of the most important nautical districts of the world." Keep an eye out for Perini Navi's 50 metre ketch Is A Rose (for sale with Perini Navi USA), the 46 metre ketch Antara and the 48 metre aluminium ketch Morning Glory.

Last but not least we take a look at the five biggest yachts headlining The Superyacht Show in Barcelona, showcasing jaw-dropping builds from some of the most reputable shipyards in the business.