Notes From The Editor

Editor's Note: Destination Delights & Regional Updates

We caught up with the Captain of Cloudbreak to discover the ultimate destinations of the Mediterranean this summer, shone the Marina Spotlight on Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina, and looked at some of the hot-off-the-press launches and announcements to come out of the industry this week...

With Summer slowly approaching, the welcome respite of a season under the sun calls for the ultimate run down of charter destinations.  As trends in luxury travel come and go, the Mediterranean remains the hub of luxury, adventure and discovery. Thus, we spoke with Cpt. Jim of Cloudbreak to find out what's on the agenda for a Summer in the Med. The Captain told us this was “a very difficult question to answer as there are many lovely spots to choose from.” High on his list though were the culture, history and beach-binding destinations of The Ionian Islands, Croatia and Venice, favored for their quiet anchorages and delicate afternoon breeze. Read more to explore the best of the region.

In a less assuming and magically undiscovered corner of the world is Abu Dhabi, the luxury hub of the UAE. Commanding the region as a hub of luxury, world-class service and alternative activities, beckoning beach days merge with private desert safaris and show-stopping cuisines that take Arabian favourites and serve an international twist. The place to dock? Yas Marina, our spotlight this week. Situated on the multi-purpose leisure, shopping and entertainment center of Yas Island, Yas Marina is the nautical hub of Abu Dhabi, a vibrant venue of dining, fitness and leisure facilities.

With our destination favourites aside, news from all corner's of the globe came in. From the Netherlands; the Heesen facility in Oss has launched the long-awaited YN 18750, more commonly known as Project Aster. The Owner, who was represented by Monaco-based Arcon Yachts, has christened the brand new 50m yacht Mas, we can't wait to see her officially hit the water and set sail with her new owner.

A Feadship refit also stole the spotlight. The shipyard is embarking on a rebuild of the iconic 1954 motoryacht Istros. This ambitious project will give the 42m build a brand new aluminium superstructure which retaining the vintage elegance of her original hull, we can't wait to see the developments of such a classic and timeless vessel.

Leading brokerage Burgess also announced an exciting partnership with one of Asia’s largest yacht importation, distribution and service organisations: Boat Lagoon Yachting. The new collaboration will be dedicated to providing world class superyacht services in Thailand, proving Asia remains an exciting and evolving region within the superyacht industry.

Following on from Asia's remarkable presence was our focus on this year's Singapore Yacht Show. Simpson Marine are celebrating their 35th Anniversary in style - the international brokerage is set to be the biggest exhibitor this year. We were fortunate enough to chat with Group General Manager, Richard Allen, about Simpson’s presence at the show, which kicks off today. Part 1 and Part 2  explore what's on offer. “Our line-up for the show gets bigger and greater every year,” shares Richard - read the article to find out more.

Last but not least, Philippe Briand announced his introduction of an exciting new project to the market - 90m self-sufficient megayacht SY300. The real exciting factor? SY300 represents a milestone in the in the newly emerging ‘green’ superyacht market. She represents a break from the growing number of sailing yachts that are effectively motor yachts with sails, instead employing a design approach utilised with smaller, high-performance racing yachts.