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Superyacht berthing at Rio Olympics 2016

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

​Ahead of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games which will be held in Rio de Janeiro from the 5th to 21st of August next summer, Brazil Yacht Services (BYS) has released a yacht logistics overview, detailing superyacht berthing and important information for superyachts during the event. Read More

Cuba welcomes first US yacht into marina

Friday, 14 August 2015

​The first US flagged yacht made her way into Cuban waters since the trade embargo between the two countries were implemented in the 1960’s, when a 78ft Numarine yacht, Still Water, docked in Marina Hemingway near Havana last week. The yacht carried 12 American guests as she crossed the Straits of Florida, having departed from Key West four hours prior. Read More

Superyacht El Mahrousa first ship to cross New Suez Canal

Thursday, 6 August 2015

​The 145.75 metre superyacht El Mahrousa, the oldest serving superyacht in the world, and 7th largest, officially opened the New Suez Canal today. Connecting the Mediterranean with the Red Sea, the Suez Canal has been extended by a new 35km section that runs parallel to the existing 164km long canal. Read More

Heesen superyacht Ilona spotted in London

Friday, 22 May 2015

The 37 metre all aluminium superyacht Ilona was spotted in London this week, where she hosted a brokers open day on the 19th of May. ​​ Launched in 2007, Heesen undertook all aspects of her design, collaborating with Omega Architects to complete both her interior and exterior design. Read More

Superyachts allowed to cruise New Zealand’s Fiordland pilot-free

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

For the first time in history, it is now possible to undertake a training course to gain a Pilot Exemption Certificate when cruising in New Zealand’s Fiordland. Developed in association with Southland’s Regional Maritime division, this exemption to pilotage laws is set to boost superyacht cruising in the country. Read More

Ease of superyacht visits to Indonesia to improve

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

​Asia Pacific Superyachts (APS) has recently reported several considerable changes to policy for visiting yachts to Indonesia which, the company state, is set to dramatically improve the ease of cruising in the region. Read More

New E-Visa on arrival for superyachts to Andamans

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

​A new E-Visa on arrival is now available at nine different airports in India. The new system comes from the Government of India in an attempt to welcome an increased number of tourists to the country and heighten interest from the superyacht industry in cruising India’s Andaman Islands. Read More

Superyachts new home in the Gulf of Siam

Friday, 10 October 2014

Koh Samui and the Gulf of Siam in Thailand have recently reported a steep increase in the amount of superyachts visiting the area this season. This area is one of the world’s newest destinations for superyacht cruising, and boasts a cruising season of 6 months. The rise in visitors demonstrates the ever increasing popularity of Asia to the maritime industry. Read More

Cruising the Banda Sea in Indonesia – Part II

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

​This is the second part of The Lighthouse Consultancy’s destination article on the Banda Sea, author Mike Veitch reveals more activities that can be found in this unique region. Read More

Cruising the Banda Sea in Indonesia– Part I

Monday, 8 September 2014

​This is another installment of The Lighthouse Consultancy’s series of articles focusing on superyacht cruising in Indonesia. The author, Mike Veitch is an experienced guide in Indonesia, who works exclusively with The Lighthouse Consultancy, forming part of the Consultancy’s extensive network of yacht support in the region. Read More

The 90 metre superyacht Dubawi visits Saint Malo

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The 90 metre Dubawi, owned by the ruling family of Dubai, was originally built as a small cruise ship in 1989. In 2007 the Dubai based shipyard Platinum Yachts started to convert Dubawi into a private luxury yacht. The conversion was completed in January 2009 and Dubawi made her public appearance at the Dubai International Boat Show, where I visited the yacht. Read More

Enigma XK partners with EYOS Expeditions

Thursday, 31 July 2014

​Luxury expedition yacht Enigma XK have announced a partnership with EYOS Expeditions. Beginning with the yachtʼs upcoming Antarctica season, 71 metre Enigma XK will work exclusively with EYOS on all its charters, aiming to introduce a level of luxury and adventure that until now has been unprecedented in expedition charter yachts. Read More

Two large sailing yachts visiting Ireland

Thursday, 24 July 2014

At, we always enjoy seeing photos of yachts in unusual places. This week, we received photos from Ireland, where two large sailing yachts made their way to Dun Laoghaire Marina, located in the historic harbour of Dun Laoghaire on the southern shore of Dublin Bay. Read More

SYX Special: Cruising in Antarctica

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The first organised passenger or commercial expedition to Antarctica was organised by Lars Eric Lindblad in 1966. Up until this point, the harsh yet fascinating continent had remained completely untouched by human civilisation, with no indigenous population and no record of being even seen my humans until the late 19th century. Read More

New waterside venue at Christophe Harbour

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

​St Kitts’ Christophe Harbour has welcomed the addition of a new standout waterside venue; SALT Plage. The exceptional St. Kitts development is being crafted from the ground up by an experienced superyacht owner, set on creating a marina which serves superyachts every advantage. The new beach bar in Whitehouse Bay opened... Read More

NZ Marine launch new collaboration to promote New Zealand to visiting superyachts

Monday, 31 March 2014

​New Zealand Marine today formally announced a new ‘Destination New Zealand Superyacht Attraction Initiative’, which will see the industry association partner with government bodies to jointly promote New Zealand as a destination for superyachts. With some of the parties having individually worked to develop New Zealand... Read More

Palma Superyacht Show exceeded all expectations

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

​Palma Superyacht Show 30th April to 4th May 2014 promises a fantastic show in prospect.In only the second year since it began, the 2014 Palma Superyacht Show is unquestionably fulfilling its potential as the Mediterranean’s most attractive ‘season opener’. From an international visitor’s perspective Majorca’s an attractive proposition. Read More

Time lapse video of superyacht Glaze in the Corinth Canal

Monday, 10 March 2014

Superyacht Glaze, built by Trinity in 2007, is seen here in a time lapse video, going through the Corinth Canal. The canal connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnesian peninsula from the Greek mainland. Read More

Rule change allows superyachts longer stay in the Maldives

Friday, 28 February 2014

​The Republic of the Maldives….February 27, 2014--Reporting on good news for tourist vessels visiting the Maldives, Mohamed Hameed of Asia Pacific Superyachts Maldives announces, “After two years of convincing work by our team, we finally can share the rule change for tourist vessels.” Hameed says this is very good news. Read More

Indonesia's Raja Ampat, an amazing superyacht destination

Friday, 28 February 2014

The Captains’ choice! Just ask the record number of Superyacht Captains that have cruised the Raja Ampat area in the last six months”, enthused Richard Lofthouse and Captain Jimmy Blee of Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia. Raja Ampat translated means ‘The Four Kings’, a name derived from the four major islands in the group. Read More

Asia Pacific’s growing marinas

Monday, 10 February 2014

Unlike Europe, marinas in Asia are more about safe berthing for your vessel as opposed to a destination in its own right”, reports Captain Nick Coombes, head of Asia Pacific Superyachts Malaysia based on Langkawi Island. “Very few marinas are located in popular tourist areas in Asia Pacific regions". Read More

First large visiting yacht makes her way to Sochi

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Major sporting events traditionally attract large yachts. During the 2012 Olympics in London for example, we saw several large yachts making their way into the city, such as OctopusSeanna, and Ilona. Earlier this week, the first large yacht visiting the 2014 Olympics, made her way to Sochi, the 92 metre Tatoosh. Read More

Tips for superyacht stays in Bali & Indonesia

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

As with most things in Indonesia, where there is yin there must be yang”, notes Richard Lofthouse and Captain Jimmy Blee of Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia. “On one hand, the beauty and adventures that cruising Indonesia presents are unparalleled in their diversity and escapism, a window into a different world." Read More

Indonesia – Top Activities in Cenderawasih Bay - Part II

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Welcome to another of The Lighthouse Consultancy’s series of articles focusing on the incredible cruising to be found in Indonesia. The author, Mike Veitch is an \experienced guide in Indonesia who works in close partnership with The Lighthouse Consultancy, forming part of the our extensive network of cruising guides. Read More

Indonesia – Top Activities in Cenderawasih Bay

Friday, 13 December 2013

Welcome to another of The Lighthouse Consultancy’s series of articles focusing on the incredible cruising to be found in Indonesia. The author, Mike Veitch is an experienced guide in Indonesia who works in close partnership with The Lighthouse Consultancy, forming part of the our extensive network of cruising guides. Read More

Increased entry period for international yachts visiting New Zealand

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

New Zealand’s marine and tourism industries will benefit in a number of ways following the Government’s decision to extend the temporary import entry (TIE) period for visiting superyachts and cruising yachts to New Zealand from the existing 12 months to 24 months. All goods coming into New Zealand, including yachts. Read More

Time lapse video of superyacht Glaze coming into Venice

Monday, 16 September 2013

Built by Trinity in 2007, the semi-displacement aluminum Glaze accommodates up to 12 guests in 6 cabins.​ With a vast sundeck and a sumptuous master suite and spacious guest cabins on the lower deck there is an abundance of space throughout.​ She is seen here in a time lapse video, entering Venice. Read More

Destination New Zealand book released

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

The New Zealand Marine Industry Association (NZ Marine) has published a brand-new information guide and directory for visiting superyachts and smaller cruising craft unlike anything else available in the world. Called Destination New Zealand, the book combines detailed up-to-date information of the regulatory requirements for vessels planning to visit New Zealand. Read More

Ambrosia becomes the largest superyacht to visit Macau to date

Thursday, 11 July 2013

LY Superyachts tells us that they have just assisted superyacht Ambrosia, on her visit to Macau. She is the largest superyacht to visit Macau to date. Ambrosia is one of the largest and most technically advanced yachts ever to have been launched by the renowned Benetti yard in Viareggio, Italy. Read More

Cruising the Komodo region in Indonesia - Part 2

Friday, 14 June 2013

This is the final part of Indonesia specialist The Lighthouse Consultancy’s article about Komodo National Park. Mike Veitch identifies more potential activities of interest for a cruise in the region, including a guided tour through Dragon Infested Highlands and snorkelling world class coral reefs. Read More

Cruising the Komodo region in Indonesia

Friday, 7 June 2013

This is the second part of The Lighthouse Consultancy’s series of articles focussing on cruising in Indonesia. After the last article featuring on Raja Ampat, this piece details the incredible Komodo National Park. The author works in close partnership with The Lighthouse Consultancy, forming part of an extensive network of yacht support in the region. Read More

Schooner Tara embarked on a new scientific adventure

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

On May 19th 2013, the schooner Tara embarked on a new scientific adventure: The Oceans Polar Circle expedition. Tara will travel 25 000 ams around the Arctic Ocean via the Northeast and Northwest passages, returning to Lorient in December 2013. ​The new challenge brings together biologists to focus on plankton biodiversity. Read More

A new scientific expedition in the Arctic on S/Y Tara

Monday, 13 May 2013

The polar schooner Tara will depart from Lorient on May 19, 2013 for a new expedition: Tara Oceans Polar Circle. A scientific adventure lasting seven months and traveling 25,000kms around the Arctic Ocean via the Northeast and Northwest passages. Supported by the CNRS, CEA, EMBL and other private and public partners, this mission unites biologists and oceanographers. Read More

Talking with Nigel Beatty about superyachts cruising in Japan

Monday, 22 April 2013

At the Singapore Yacht Show, SYT just met up with Captain Nigel Beatty, who is the president of SuperYacht Logistics. The company is based in different areas around the world, such as the UK, The United States, as well as Japan. In Japan we work with a lot of large superyachts cruising the region”, says Nigel. Read More

Cruising the Raja Ampat region in Indonesia, part 2

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

This is the final part of the Lighthouse Consultancy’s article about the incredible Raja Ampat region of Indonesia. Mike Veitch explains more potential points of interest for the adventurous yacht owner. One of the iconic dive sites in Raja Ampat “Manta Sandy”, is famous due to a consistent population of Manta Rays. Read More

Norway to attract more superyachts

Monday, 8 April 2013

Large cruise ships have frequented the Norwegian coast and famous fjords for centuries. A group of prominent Norwegians has started a project aimed at attracting more superyachts to the land of the midnight sun. Last week several players gathered in a constitutive meeting of the project called "Norway á la carte for Superyacts.". Read More

Cruising the Raja Ampat region in Indonesia

Monday, 8 April 2013

This is the first part of The Lighthouse Consultancy’s series of articles focussing on cruising in Indonesia. The author, Mike Veitch is an experienced guide in Indonesia, his company The Underwater Tribe works in close partnership with The Lighthouse Consultancy, forming part of the Consultancy’s extensive network in the region. Read More

Oyster World Rally – Galapagos Islands

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

After safely passing through the Panama Canal, the yachts taking part in the first ever Oyster World Rally have now sailed over 3000 miles and are currently 900 miles into the Pacific Ocean. The Oyster fleet has regrouped in the magical Galapagos Islands. Situated in the Pacific Ocean. Read More

Chartering a superyacht in Croatia with Navis Yacht Charter

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

With it's long history, excellent location, attractive Mediterranean climate, diverse landscape and rich cultural background, the Republic of Croatia has long since been a popular tourist destination. Having been populated by the first Croats since the early Middle Ages, the region has known many historically redefining times. Read More

In Pictures: The 112 Metre Le Grand Bleu in Cambodia

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

The 112 metre Le Grand Blue was built by Bremer Vulkan in Germany to a Kusch Yacht design. Since her construction in 2000 she has enjoyed the ownership of a host of famous and influential people. She was photographed here by SYT reader Morten Kvammen, in the bay of Koh Rong Samloem in Cambodia. Read More

Sherakhan's Arctic adventures

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Following our recent story on superyachts cruising in Antarctica, we learned that superyacht Sherakhan is now on her way back from King George Island, Antarctica. Sherakhan sailed down south via the East-coast of South America and visited Uruguay before heading down more south to the next stop; Port Stanley, Falkland Islands. Read More

Guadaloupe Islands, the true pearl in the chain of Lesser Antilles

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Somewhere hidden in the West Indies, between the Caribbean Sea and the Northern Atlantic, is a small group of islands that form a true pearl in the chain of Lesser Antilles, which has been inhabited from as early as 300 AD. When the original Arawak people settled there, the main island was called Karukera, meaning the Island of Beautiful Waters. Read More

Exploring the world's most rewarding superyacht destination

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

EYOS Expeditions has completed another highly successful season in the Antarctic this year. During the austral summer, EYOS provided expedition planning, leadership and management for several expeditions in the most challenging and rewarding destination a superyacht can reach. EYOS Expeditions led multiple charters. Read More

Carbon neutral yachting in Antarctica

Friday, 1 February 2013

Hanse Explorer, the 48m ice-class expedition vessel currently cruising in Antarctica, now features Yacht Carbon Offset as an option for all its charter guests. This means that clients can easily counteract the carbon footprint of their charter with equivalent emissions reductions from verified green energy projects. Read More

London set to remain popular superyacht destination

Friday, 25 January 2013

This Sunday will mark six months since the Olympic opening ceremony and six months since London become the superyacht destination of 2012. MGMT Yacht, the superaycht advisory firm and London yacht agent who were responsible for providing technical and administrative expertise to vising superyachts during the games. Read More

Time lapse video of superyacht cruising in Sydney

Monday, 14 January 2013

This video taken on board superyacht Masteka 2, gives us a good idea of what cruising around Sydney on a superyacht is like. Masteka 2 was launched in 2009 by Kha Shing as the first model in the Monte Fino 122 range. Her exterior was styled by Dubois Naval Architects, while the naval architecture was done by the in-house team of Kha Shing. Read More

Explore the Mexican Riviera on-board superyacht Aguila

Monday, 3 December 2012

OceanStyle by BURGESS has announced its appointment as central agent for the 22.25m (73ft) Sunseeker Predator, Aguila. Built in 2007, Aguila is based in Cancun, Mexico and can accommodate 10 guests in five cabins with weekly charter rates starting from €27,000 in low season ($28,000 in high season). Read More

Superyacht Twizzle to embark on ambitious Far Eastern cruise

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Twizzle is set to make a dramatic impact during an ambitious Far Eastern cruise, commencing with a centre-stage appearance at the 2012 Asia Rendezvous. Since her 2010 launch at Royal Huisman, the 57.5m (188.6ft) flybridge ketch Twizzle has seized considerable attention in both the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. Read More

12 Months of superyachting in Asia

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

The Indian Ocean and Asia region is fast becoming one of the best cruising grounds in the world – a fact well known to those of us who have cruised here for many years, but one only now becoming common knowledge. At first sight it may seem daunting... but there is an abundance of stunning cruising possibilities. Read More

Australia's cruising remarked as Idyllic

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Comprehensive itineraries are being developed demonstrating the cruising capabilities within this Great Barrier Reef region currently and by all reports what can be done is substantial and certainly leaves guests raving about their experiences. See exquisite turquoise waters and explore the abundance of natural playgrounds Read More

Escape to the sun this winter with NetJets

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

As the rain rolls in, the nights begin to draw closer, and the promise of another chilly winter – or a tempestuous one, at the very least – seems to be the only thing that’s certain, for those of us that can, chartering our own private jet for a destination promising some winter sun could be just the ticket. Read More

Feadship Helix first ever superyacht to cruise the Pearl River in China

Friday, 2 November 2012

The 45-metre Feadship Helix has become the first large foreign registered yacht to be allowed to cruise the Pearl River in China. Feadship has already made history this year by being the first ‘Western’ superyacht builder to receive orders from Mainland China. Moreover, Helix was the first brand-new Feadship to visit China. Read More

The Galapagos rediscovered by the Golden Fleet

Monday, 15 October 2012

In 1835, when English naturalist Charles Darwin explored the Galapagos Islands, who could blame him if he spent as little time as possible aboard his ship, the HMS Beagle? The 28 meter brig sloop was a type known as a “coffin brig” because it was tough to sail, and easy to sink. Flash forward almost 200 years to June 2012. Read More

Bill signed to encourage superyacht tourism to California

Monday, 15 October 2012

A band of yachting businesses made progress with legislation to ease regulatory barriers against superyachts cruising to California, also known as Assembly Bill 2005. Under current law, non-commercial vessels greater than 300 tons have to comply with onerous and costly reporting requirements prior to entering California waters. Read More

The 5th annual YSG / Cape Discovery Bali superyacht charity RDV

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Close to 500 people attended the charity party at Tulip Restaurant for the culmination of The 5th Annual YSG / Cape Discovery Bali Superyacht Charity RDV. The RDV is a 10 day maritime festival with various activities for attending Superyachts: Crew challenge dinghy race; round table Captain's forum; and Owners dinner. Read More

In Pictures: Superyachts in Capri part 2

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Capri is a small island in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the Sorrentine Peninsula, on the south side of the Gulf of Naples in the Campania region of Italy. Every year, many superyachts gather around the island, and anchor off the Faraglioni off the island's South Eastern coast. Conny Vuotto took this second series of superyacht photos for us. Read More

Brazil Yacht Services opens its doors

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Brazil Yacht Services, formed by professionals with over 40 years in the SuperYacht Industry, have opened their doors in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil Yacht Services offers a full support service along the entire coast of Brazil. Brazil is seeing an increasing number of visiting SuperYachts beginning to cruise this pristine coastline. Read More

Wealth of experience provided by APS to yachts visiting Indonesia

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Jimmy Blee spent the last 18 years as a renowned boat builder, vessels operations manager and is a legendary Superyacht Guide in Indonesia. Jimmy originally came from Australia on Queensland's east coast where he ran charter boats out of the famed Whitsunday Islands. The then Captain Jimmy left in 1989 to travel to Thailand. Read More

e3 assisting in providing cutting-edge communications in Antigua

Thursday, 2 August 2012

The Government of Antigua & Barbuda and Digicel recently launched cutting-edge Fourth Generation Long Term Evolution technology to 85% of the population. The Government and Digicel are partners in a collaborative project which will provide yachts with faster broadband than in almost any cruising ground anywhere else in the world. Read More

More photos of superyachts docked in London

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

From today, ten of the world’s biggest privately-owned superyachts have now arrived in London for the start of the 2012 Olympics. Dwarfing the usual array of maritime craft normally seen on the River Thames, some of the world’s biggest and most expensive superyachts never before seen in London have dropped anchor in the Capital. Read More

Last minute berths available at Portland Port for the Olympics

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Portland, the venue for this year’s Olympic and Paralympics sailing races, is taking shape as the superyacht hotspot this summer with multiple deep water berths and anchorages still available to superyachts. Only a couple of weeks ago Portland welcomed the stunning Lürssen 87 metre superyacht Ace. Read More

Superyachts making their way into London

Monday, 23 July 2012

A number of large superyachts have made their way to London, in preperation for the 2012 Olympic Games. The 126 metre superyacht Octopus is by far the largest private yacht ever to dock in the city. She is joined by the recently relaunched 74 metre Amels Ilona, and Benetti's Seanna and the Feadship F45 Harle. Read More

In Pictures: Superyachts in Capri

Friday, 13 July 2012

Capri is a small island in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the Sorrentine Peninsula, on the south side of the Gulf of Naples in the Campania region of Italy. Every year, many superyachts gather around the island, and anchor off the Faraglioni, a collection of large rock formations off the island's South Eastern coast. Conny Vuotto took these photos for us. Read More 

British Virgin Islands outline plans to develop marine related tourism

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Already acknowledged as the Sailing Capital of the Caribbean, the newly appointed Premier of the British Virgin Islands, Dr. the Hon D. Orlando Smith, OBE has introduced a number of initiatives to increase marine related tourism and Superyacht activity in the Islands. The first of these initiatives was to declare Gun Greek as a port of entry.  Read More

Video of superyacht Mary Alice II moving through the heart of Fort Lauderdale

Thursday, 5 July 2012

The Westport 130 is a highly popular semi custom superyacht series, of which over 30 units have been built to date. One of these, is the lovely Mary Alice II, currently for sale with Denison Yacht Sales at $ 9,400,000. This video shows how the yacht is moved from her berth in Fort Lauderdale, all the way through the city, to the ocean. Read More

Superyacht Australia disappointed by GBRMPA decision

Monday, 2 July 2012

Despite repeated requests to get a review of the Plan of Management on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) agenda, Superyacht Australia tells us they have been advised that once again, due to work pressures, this item has not made it to the table. This issue has been an ongoing one for the superyacht sector, with Superyacht Australia seeking to have two amendments made. Read More

Stunning cruising for superyachts in Samui

Monday, 2 July 2012

In the fascinating world of luxury yachts many of the world’s finest superyachts are discovering South East Asia and the incredible cruising waters of Thailand. A growing number of superyachts are streaming into the exotic island of Koh Samui situated in the Gulf of Siam and famed as the ‘Crown Jewel of Thailand’. Read More

Importance of Superyachts acknowledged by Queensland

Monday, 2 July 2012

Maryanne Edwards, CEO of AIMEX and Superyacht Australia, attended the recent DestinationQ conference held in Cairns on 25 - 26 June to ensure the voice of the Queensland Superyacht and marine sector was heard. The marine industry in Queensland employs around 8000 Queenslanders directly and contributes some $2 billion a year to the Queensland economy. Read More

Galapagos renewable project for Yacht Carbon Offset

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Yacht Carbon Offset has secured carbon credits from a renewable power station in the Galapagos Islands. These are available now on a first come first served basis for allocation to yachts that wish to select this project for their offset programme. Interested clients are invited to contact the company for a no-obligation quotation. Read More

Superyacht development to deliver jobs and economic benefits for Auckland

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Auckland is set to benefit from more marine industry jobs and growth in regional GDP following a decision on the funding of a commercial development to service superyachts. Yachts have become an increasingly familiar sight on Auckland’s waterfront in recent years with more owners recognising the level of expertise within the local industry. Read More

Moscow now within reach of foreign flagged superyachts

Friday, 25 May 2012

As of today, the inland waterways of the Russian Federation have opened up to superyachts, flying a foreign flag. This means that for the first time in history, foreign flagged superyachts will, in theory, be able to make their way to Moscow. Read More

Superyacht sector not overlooked by Tourism Australia

Friday, 18 May 2012

Superyacht Australia has over the past two years developed a strong relationship with Tourism Australia and is excited by the new Tourism Australia campaign targeted at high net worth tourists. Craig Davidson, General Manager Destination Development for Tourism Australia will be speaking at ASMEX, the Australian Superyacht and Marine Export Conference, about the importance and significance of the Superyacht Sector to Tourism Australia. Read More

Maldives superyacht cruising itinerary

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

The Maldives, one of the best and most fascinating travel destinations in the world, is fast emerging as a world favorite for a superyacht cruising journey. Arriving at the Maldives Archipelago superyachts will encounter groups of 26 atolls, with only a small number inhabited, making up the chain of islands waiting to be discovered. Read More

London is top destination for superyachts this summer

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

London has been named the best place to visit in the world for the first time but it's not hard to see why. Hosting the Olympics Games and celebrating the Royal Jubilee this year, London has been voted the hottest destination of 2012. In preparation, Royal Docks 2012 is gearing up to welcome superyachts from all over the world in less than 3 months' time. Read More

Cruising in Indonesia presented at Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference

Monday, 16 April 2012

Boat builder, vessels operations manager and a legendary superyacht guide in Indonesia for the past 18 years, Captain Jimmy Blee will share the "Ying and the Yang" of cruising Indonesia waters at the upcoming Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference to be held April 26-18, 2012. On the second day of the conference Jimmy Blee will take to the podium. Read More

Kaleva Yachting Services joins AYSS

Monday, 26 March 2012

The Association of Yacht Support Services (AYSS) has announced the acceptance of Kaleva Yachting Services Ltd, Vanuatu as a Full Member. Kaleva Yachting Services Ltd in Vanuatu act as agents to superyachts and cruising yachts alike, bridging visitors by boat to the friendly, rich islands of Vanuatu. Read More

Feadship Go arrives in Brazil

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

The 39-metre Feadship Go has arrived in Brazil: the first occasion that the world's leading builder of custom motor yachts has taken one of its superyachts for a tour in South America. Accompanied by senior members of the Feadship management team, the visit will give invited guests the chance to enjoy an exclusive private viewing of a Feadship. Read More

Asia Pacific set to become a preferred chartering destination

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Organisers of the Singapore Yacht Show expect Asia Pacific to become a luxury yachting hot spot, as global charterers shift their focus from traditional cruising grounds in search of more exotic cruising destinations. Private charters are becoming more popular in this region, according to the Singapore Yacht Show. Read More

Video of the world's fastest Feadship from Papeete to Moorea

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

See how this Feadship superyacht takes only 2 minutes to cover the 14 miles distance between the capital of Tahiti, Papeete and the nearby island of Moorea. Read More

Destinations special: Calivigny Island

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Having been a guest on a wide variety of superyachts, I always have “Could it get any better than this?” lingering in the back of my mind. With something bigger, better and more beautiful seemingly around every corner, one is eventually bound to discover the absolute pinnacle of luxury and freedom. Read More

Time lapse video of superyacht transiting the Panama Canal

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Last week we showed you a time lapse video of a yacht backing up into Bonifacio, Corsica. This week, we show you a time lapse video shot on board a superyacht transiting the 82-kilometre (51 miles) canal in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean (via the Caribbean Sea) and the Pacific Ocean. Read More

Superyacht’s historical tender visit to Sipadan Island

Friday, 13 January 2012

History was made in Sabah, Borneo during a superyacht’s trip to the protected island of Sipadan. The historic visit was announced by the general manager of Asia Pacific Superyachts Borneo, Alvin Teh, who organised the trip after gaining permission for superyacht Double Haven’s custom build CAT tender to go into Sipadan Island. Read More

Time lapse video of superyacht docking in Bonifacio

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

This time lapse video shot on board a 50 metre Proteksan superyacht shows the superyacht docking procedure in the port Bonifacio, on the island of Corsica. The port of Bonifacio is placed on the Bay of Bonifacio, a ravine of a fjord-like appearance, separated from the ocean by a finger-like promontory 1,500 meters (4,900 ft) long and 200 meters (660 ft) wide. Read More

Vicem Yacht and Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay team up

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Vicem Yacht, a Turkish shipyard delivering timeless boats and super yachts, and Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay, selected amongst the world’s 25 best hotels , have teamed up in a unique international marketing initiative. A number of Vicem’s yachts will be available to high profile clients of Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay. Read More

Further mooring berths being opened up in London

Monday, 21 November 2011

British Waterways in partnership with Canary Wharf Group is launching its superyacht berthing offer at the prestigious Wood Wharf, London location for the 2012 Olympic summer. The moorings at Wood Wharf offer berths for around 20 superyachts between 25 and 60 metre. Read More

New Indonesian maritime tourism law

Friday, 18 November 2011

The Yacht Support Group send news of probably the most important development in Asian Superyachting this year. Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has signed into law a new maritime tourism regulation that will change the face of yachting, not only within Indonesia but throughout the region. Read More

New super yacht infrastructure gives Cairns the edge

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

New infrastructure will boost the popularity of Cairns as the premium super yacht destination and gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. A state-of-the-art marine training college and new retail facilities at the Cairns Marlin Marina have opened this year, while the construction of two new super yacht berths is underway to cater for growing demands from visiting vessels. Read More

Voyage progress on superyacht Big Fish

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Only 15 months after her launch, Big Fish is now on her second trans-Atlantic crossing and nearing 45,000nm on her own bottom. On her maiden voyage she crossed the Pacific Ocean, transited the Panama Canal twice, chartered in Antarctica, and cruised in Tahiti, the Galapagos, the Amazon, Sweden and Norway, and the Caribbean. Read More

Royal Huisman superyacht Arcadia transits Northwest Passage

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

On 26th September 2011 the Royal Huisman-built 36m explorer Arcadia completed her east-west transit of the Northwest Passage – only the 159th vessel to do so in the 108 years since records began. Especially remarkable, Arcadia is no steel-bound ice breaker but an elegant luxury yacht, constructed from aluminium. Read More

The St. Lucia Ministry of Tourism announces policy changes

Thursday, 29 September 2011

The St. Lucia Tourist Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation announces that all new revised policies have been approved by its government to help stimulate growth and development in St. Lucia’s yachting sector. Several proposals presented by Yachting Director Cuthbert Didier have been sanctioned and will facilitate clearing in and out of the country, as well as an ease on taxation and many other added benefits to encourage cruising in its waters. Read More

The Cliff House Hotel in West Waterford, Ireland

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Steeped in history and carved into the coastline at Ardmore, The Cliff House Hotel in West Waterford, Ireland is a chic boutique hotel with 39 spacious rooms and suites featuring original Irish art and private balconies or terraces. The hotel features two moorings which are located directly in front of the property. Read More

Superyacht Australia launch new industry portal

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Due to the high level of enquiry and demand for greater access to information about the Australian Superyacht industry and cruising in Australian waters the peak national body Superyacht Australia has launched a new web portal Read More

MGMT announces superyacht berths at Wood Wharf for summer 2012

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

MGMT have announced availability of superyacht berths in London's Wood Wharf for the summer of 2012. "We are taking reservations now for what promises to be the most exciting and exclusive superyacht destination in London next year" comments Mark Upton, Director. Read More

Jet Ski ban from the anchorage at Store Bay, Tobago

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

After months of campaigning, jet skis look set to be banned from the anchorage at Store Bay, Tobago. The Tobago House of Assembly (THA) announced last month it wants to ban the operation of jet skis on Tobago's south west peninsula, stretching from Store Bay right into Buccoo/Plymouth, taking in Mount Irvine and Pigeon Point. Read More

Royal Docks superyacht berthing 2012

Monday, 4 July 2011

Royal Docks - London, in conjunction with Marina Projects Ltd, has announced plans for Royal Docks 2012, an exclusive Superyacht berthing facility which will be created for July and August 2012, right at the heart of the many events in 2012. Superyacht berthing is very limited in the London area and the large historic Royal Docks are a prime location. Read More

Unique position of superyachts requires new definition in Australia

Monday, 27 June 2011

Following on from the issues raised at the recent Superyacht and Marine Export Conference Superyacht Australia met in Canberra with the deputy CEO of Australian Marine Safety Authority, Mick Kinley. Read More

2011 Superyacht Captains Forum in Auckland

Monday, 23 May 2011

Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’ holds the inaugural Superyacht Captains Forum, on 15 – 16 September 2011. Delivered by a mix of world-class experts, this event’s programme focuses predominantly on two areas - navigating your superyacht to and cruising in the South Pacific. Read More

Superyacht Australia appoints new board member

Monday, 16 May 2011

Superyacht Australia Chairman Barry Jenkins announced today the appointment of Jim Livermore as a Director of SYBA replacing Dominic White who resigned recently from the Board. Jenkins said “Dominic has done an exceptional job as Secretary of SYBA and has been influential in ensuring the survival of this group. Read More

Superyacht Big Fish in Fort Lauderdale after 5 month circumnavigation

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

By the time superyacht Big Fish picks up her first summer charter this June in Sweden, she will have logged more than 35,000nm, the equivalent of 1.5 times the distance around the world at the Equator, all in 10 months since her delivery last July in Auckland. Big Fish is currently in Miami enjoying her first haul-out and bottom painting since leaving Auckland. Read More

USCG special statement regarding Somalia piracy

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

The International Superyacht Society (ISS) received the following communication from CDR David G. McClellan, Chief, Prevention Operations Department, USCCG sector Miami. This is critical information for persons either planning or knowing parties planning to sail in the area that transverses the seas off the coast of Somalia in the gulf of Aden and the Arabian sea south to the Mozambique channel and east to the coast of India. Read More

NZ Boatbuilders stand together after earthquake

Monday, 7 March 2011

The New Zealand marine industry is deeply grateful for the generosity, sympathy and support they have received from around the world since the Christchurch earthquake of 22 February 2011.The earthquake was confined to Christchurch and Lyttelton, and many businesses there are already back up and running. Read More

New seaplane service in the Caribbean

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Fly The Whale, a seaplane company, have recently introduced service in the Caribbean. Specifically, they fly passengers from the airports of San Juan, St. Thomas, and Anitgua to the waters of the North Sound, Virgin Gorda, BVI. This new service might just become the most convenient way to get to yachts in the North Sound. Read More

Superyacht Big Fish leaves Antarctica

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Jim Gilbert of Aquos Yachts sends in some stunning photos of the 45 metre superyacht Big Fish in Antarctica. She is about to reach the halfway point in her planned Polar Circumnavigation. “22,000nm in 7 months! I can't think of a yacht in history that has cruised so far in such a short amount of time on her maiden voyage”, says Jim. Read More

Octopus helicopter makes an emergency landing on water in Argentina

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

According to Reuters, a helicopter from Octopus "made an emergency landing on water in Argentina on Monday. A co-pilot was hurt when the helicopter came down on chilly waters in the bay off the southern Argentine tourist city of Ushuaia, a jumping off point for Antarctic cruises". Read More

Superyacht Brisbane floods update

Friday, 21 January 2011

A week on from the floods that decimated parts of Brisbane. “The River City”; and its residents are emerging from the disaster. Though vast parts of the northern and western areas of Brisbane were inundated by flood waters,  however the larger vessel and marine infrastructure and businesses situated on the eastern reaches of the river towards Moreton Bay sustained relatively little or no damage. Read More

Superyacht Tribu arrives in Australia

Friday, 21 January 2011

The most recent update in our series of following the 50.70 metre superyacht Tribu on her journey around the world comes from Australia, as Tribu has arrived in Hobart, Tasmania. "Arriving in Hobart was very exciting and rounding Cape Pillar and Tasman Island is an unforgettable experience", stated Captain Mosca. Read More

Slojo YAG Challenge: 2010 Transpacific Triathlon kicks off to benefit YachtAid Global

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

On Friday, December 10, 2010, owners, guests and crew of M/Y Slojo embarked upon the ultimate YAG Challenge—pushing the limits to see how much money they can raise to benefit YachtAid Global (YAG), a charitable organization that orchestrates superyacht deliveries of humanitarian and developmental aid to children. Read More

Superyacht Sydney celebrates 10-year Olympics Anniversary

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Superyacht Sydney - the NSW Superyacht Industry Association has launched its new 2011 edition website and new Directory of Services. The NSW Superyacht Industry Association has attracted over 300 superyachts to visit New South Wales, Australia and continues to be the leader in destination marketing in the region. Read More

Superyacht Singapore Association's 2010 mid year superyacht traffic report

Friday, 6 August 2010

In stark contrast to the first 2 quarters of 2009, the first half of 2010 has been amazingly encouraging in numerical terms. 80 was the prized target the SSA was aiming at for superyacht traffic growth this year. And the SSA have proudly registered a total of 54 unique superyachts (including locally-based ones) within the first 6 months. Read More

Visa changes to enhance superyacht stays in Maldives

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Asia Pacific Superyachts Maldives Branch was established by Mohamed Hameed, based on his 15 years of experience in the Marine industry. The General Manager is happy to share ‘good news’ for yachts returning to the Maldives or interested in a holiday exploring the area. Read More

Silver Zwei arrives at ONE°15 Marina Club at a Speed Record

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

The greenest (fuel consumption at 400 litres / hour) Superyacht at 73.5m in length, renowned as the fastest and most fuel efficient conventionally powered vessel in terms of length to speed ratio, Silver Zwei , Hanseatic Marine’s latest all aluminium high-tech superyacht creation is enroute to visit Singapore and cruise the nearby waters of Asia. Read More

First Moonen 84 to cross the Atlantic on her own bottom

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Etoile d’Azur, the seventh in the highly successful Moonen 84 series, crossed the Atlantic Ocean last December, from Gibraltar to Sint Maarten, via the Azores (3.350 nm). Delivered to her owner in May 2007, she is the first Moonen 84 to do so, proving that this “pocket-size superyacht” has the range and reliability worthy of the name. Read More

Superyacht Tribu crosses the Pacific and arrives in Tahiti

Friday, 19 March 2010

We have been regularly following the 50.70 metre superyacht Tribu on her tour around the world and news has come in from Captain Mosca and his crew, having just crossed the Pacific. Leaving the Republic of Palau, Tribu cruised 5000 nautical miles in 20 days and arrived in Marina Taina, located five miles west of Papeete harbor, on 7th March. Read More

Cairns remains a superyacht favourite

Monday, 9 November 2009

Superyacht Group – Great Barrier Reef’s (SYGGBR) recent visit to the annual Monaco Yacht Show has confirmed Cairns is developing a reputation throughout the world as a world-class superyacht destination with a world-class Marina and a comprehensive range of refit and repair facilities and services. Read More

Superyacht Tribu arrives in Micronesia

Monday, 9 November 2009

After a fascinating 22 days Pacific crossing, starting from San Diego at the end of September, Captain Luca Mosca and his Crew finally arrived with Tribu in Koror, Republic of Palau. Captain Antonio Gerini has once again joined the yacht, and will take Trubi on a cruise throughout Micronesia and Melanesia. Read More

Antarctica, a land of records

Friday, 7 August 2009

Truly a land of records, Antarctica is the highest, windiest, driest, and coldest continent on earth. It holds 84% of the continental ice in the world and 70% of the fresh water of the earth. Wild and unpredictable, the Antarctic Continent is surrounded by fierce seas and has a unique and generally impenetrable geography. Read More 

Super month for superyachts at Yacht Club Costa Smeralda

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Spending time under the warm Italian sun as it reflects off azure waters, all the while indulging your competitive spirit aboard an extravagant racing machine, is key to experiencing "La bella vita" Costa Smeralda-style. This June the waters off Sardinia’s northeastern coast witnessed a gathering of some of the grandest yachts on the planet for two events. Read More

Vripack superyacht visits design studio in Sneek

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Alumercia, an award winning 38m Vripack Explorer, arrived in Sneek on Thursday 18th June. This full aluminum yacht, built in the Netherlands and owned by a Dutchman, has traveled 105.000 nautical miles since she was launched eight years ago which can be compared to sailing around the world five times. Read More 

Luise Group clears first superyacht into the Marine Reserve of The Cinque Terre

Friday, 5 June 2009

Luise Group is pleased to announce that the company has recently cleared the very first superyacht, a 152ft Feadship, into the Marine Reserve of The Cinque Terre, on the Italian Riviera. Permissions have been issued by the local authorities speedily, thanks to the expertise of the local agent, Luise Associates Riviera. Read More

Vietnam delights, superyacht cruising

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Captain Jody Atterton took time to talk to, about a country so rich and diverse in history as it is in culture, with gentile people radiating a inviting smile everywhere you go. For those adventurous enough to cruise the exclusive waters of Vietnam, the experience alone will entice you back for more. Read More

Sardinia drops luxury tax

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Sardinia Yacht Services, leader in concierge and maritime agency services in Sardinia for the Luise Group, is pleased to communicate that the Sardinia Luxury Tax that has been in effect since 2006 has been scrapped. Read More

Ao Po Grand Marina, Phuket’s latest and most spectacular superyacht marina

Monday, 11 May 2009

With the official opening of the Ao Po Grand Marina, Phuket’s latest and most spectacular Marina development in the North East of the island, Yacht owners can now berth their superyacht there. Construction of the Marina,  with an impressive capacity of 200 berths, started in 2006, and the Marina is now open for business. Read More

Marina Cap Cana announces 2009 summer sport fishing season

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Excellent billfishing waters are a mere three miles from the entrance channel of Marina Cap Cana on the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic. White marlin have already begun biting with recent catches reported less than two miles from the main entrance channel and will continue to swim in the azure Caribbean Sea through June. Read More

Fantastic season opener for Camper & Nicholsons Marina in Grenada

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

After a successful Season Opening on the 20th of December 2008, it has been quite busy at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada. So far for the season twenty super yachts of one hundred feet or over have visited and another fifteen are expected to visit for the rest of January alone. Read More

A steep superyacht traffic increase for Singapore

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

A steep superyacht traffic increase for the F1 weekend brings new superyachts to Singapore and helps SSA reaching its yearly traffic objectives. An exciting season of top-notch lifestyle experiences complemented the historic 2008 Formula One™ SingTel Singapore Grand Prix, giving superyacht owners more reasons to come to Singapore for the season, from end-September all the way to December for the much anticipated Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 Singapore Stopover, the first and only South East Asian stopover leg. Read More

Camper & Nicholsons Marinas removes Cuban wreck

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

As a result of Camper & Nicholsons’ on going effort to clean up Port Louis Marina, Grenada has a new and rare tourist attraction to add to it’s collection of wrecks that serve as dive sights for scuba divers. The island currently boasts 16 wrecks and now a Cuban fishing vessel will become the 17th wreck in Grenada’s diving portfolio. Read More

Historic Portsmouth waterside site set for overhaul

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Portsmouth today confirmed its position as a fast changing city with a world renowned marine industry as the former VT Halmatic site in Portchester has been taken under new management. The site, to be once again named Trafalgar Wharf, is aiming to offer world class facilities accommodating marine businesses ranging from sailmakers and boat brokers to boat builders, boat storage and major refit works. Read More

Update: Piracy incident sailing yacht Tiara

Monday, 1 September 2008

The sailing yacht Tiara was the subject of an armed robbery that took place late on the evening of Sunday the 24th of August. While moored off the coast of Corsica, a motorised tender approached the yacht and four masked, armed men boarded the vessel and ordered the Captain to handover the contents of the ship’s safe at gun point. Read More

Piracy / Armed robbery incident in Corsica

Monday, 25 August 2008

At approximately 2340 (LT) on Sunday 24 August 2008 emergency response procedures were initiated on a YCO managed vessel located at anchor in Golfe de Porto Novo, Corsica (41°30’.3N 009°16’E). This was following an incident onboard where four masked, armed, men boarded the vessel and ordered the Captain to handover the contents of the ship’s safe at gun point. Read More

Piracy scare on Red Dragon’s maiden voyage

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

After leaving Auckland to a wonderful send-off from all the other yachts in the Viaduct Basin loudly sounding their horns, we headed north. The first 36 hours were wet and cold motoring into head seas, which the Dragon handled admirably. After that, apart from one windy night, it was light winds all the way to Bali, a trip which took just under 14 days.  Read More

Visa opens new horizons for superyacht industry

Tuesday, 29 April 2008

International superyachts can now charter in Australian waters thanks to the introduction of a new visa for foreign crew. The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, the Hon. Senator Christopher Evans will announce the new visa regime, which was an election commitment, in Cairns on 30 April 2008. Read More

The Grand Harbour Marina - Malta

Thursday, 7 February 2008

Camper & Nicholson’s Grand Harbour Marina, strategically located between the western and eastern Mediterranean, is offering world-class marina facilities to all sizes of yacht up to 100 metres in overall length. The harbour has a minimum depth of 5 metres and all repair and refit facilities are readily available. The Maltese climate has hot summers with cooling sea breezes and a mild winter climate. Read More

The Bahamas, the up and coming center for megayachts

Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Everyone knows about the Bahamas, an archipelago of 800 islands, miles of unspoiled pink sand colored beaches, clear tranquil turquoise waters, natures own virtual aquarium up close and personal. There is also the image of hoards of cruise ship passengers sporting color coded identifying wrist bands, crowding the straw markets, restaurants and casinos. That particular image is about to change. Read More

Yacht Club Costa Smeralda celebrates 40th anniversary

Tuesday, 16 October 2007

The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) had it all going on this September. Located in Porto Cervo, Italy, the club regularly hosts awe-inspiring events throughout the Mediterranean sailing season, but September 2007 stood out as a veritable festival of sailing. The occasion was the 40th Anniversary of the YCCS, established by his Highness the Aga Khan. Read More

Great Barrier Reef - The Cairns Marlin Marina

Wednesday, 26 September 2007

At the Monaco Yacht Show the SYT team had the pleasure of speaking to Michael Barnett of the Cairns Port Authority. Besides being the Manager Operations of the Cairns Port Authority, Michael also represents the Superyacht Group, Great Barrier Reef. The Cairns Marlin Marina is situated on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Read More 

Maverick completes voyage from Florida to Australia

Tuesday, 10 July 2007

The Maverick (ex Alexa S), one of Vripack’s famous Doggersbank Offshore designs, has recently completed an extraordinary voyage from Florida to Australia while towing their sport fishing vessel all the way. Read More

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Superyacht cruising in Mykonos

Monday, 29 June 2009

New immigration rules in Italy

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Grenada - De Savary is here to stay

Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Official opening of the Port Louis Marina

Thursday, 12 April 2007

Yacht Haven Grande opens in St. Thomas

Monday, 19 February 2007

Abely Wheeler circumnavigation completed