Starting off the winter season in the Caribbean, the Antigua Yacht Charter Meeting, from the 5th – 11th December, was dominated by CNI Central Agency yachts, including the 51.4m (168’) Lazy Z which stormed through the Concourse de Chef, with Emma Rye winning the main chef competition and the Caribbean Coffee competition, whilst the best table setting was awarded to Lazy Z’s Chief Stewardess Madurya Abitol. A triple Crown Winner!
The Superyacht Cup Antigua was held between the 12th and 15t December in Antigua. Sponsored by CNI, the race included CNI’s own central agency the 35m (115’) Sojana, which stormed through the fleet on the final day to win overall. The third and final race of the Superyacht Cup saw all the yachts finishing within 10 minutes of each other.
A collection of new listings hit the seas last month at CNI. Fernando Nicholson from CNI Miami announces the 33.48m (110’) Neta Marine Shanti as a new listing. This new Turkish Gulet is a beautiful classic design, high quality build. Boasting two master cabins and two further guest cabins, a large deck area for relaxing and entertaining, she is ideal for cruising. Georges Bourgoignie, also from CNI Miami, announces that the 49m (162’) Mystique from Oceanfast is available for sale. Built in 1988, and designed by Jon Bannenberg, she is offered for sale for the first time. Well maintained by original crew and owner since her launch, all her systems have been updated with the latest technologies. Craig Erickson announces the 30m (99’) Hargrave Katina as a new listing. Built by Hargrave Custom Yachts, she is a spacious and well appointed four stateroom yacht with superb interior areas on deck for entertaining and relaxing.
Staying on the US side of the Atlantic, Jim Wallace from CNI Palm Beach announces the completion of a 25m (82’) Trawler, which was full outfitted under direction of CNI and is preparing for a round-the-world-trip in 2008. Jim also announces the signing of a new build project with Abeking & Rasmussen. The vessel will be a new benhmark for yachts in the 60m size range, due for completion in 2010. Bill Sanderson, also of CNI Palm Beach announces the sale of the 31m (103’) Cheoy Lee Blue Sky, along with the sale of the 50m (164’) Andale, in collaboration with John Ciullo from the CNI Fort Lauderdale office.
On the other side of the Atlantic, Mike Payne of CNi Antibes announces the 25.1m Sedation from Sunseeker as a new listing. A stunning example of this successful Sports Cruiser, Sedation’s spacious accommodation is finished in Cherrywood and features four en suite guest cabins. Mike also announces the unique opportunity to purchase the new build Sunrise 45 from Sunrise Yachting due for delivery in Spring 2009. The Sunrise 45 comes from the pedigree designs of Paolo Scanu and Franck Darnet, whilst her engineering systems are provided by Valentijn of Holland. With her long range she is capable of transpacific distances but is also suitable for summer coastal cruising. She accommodates 12 guests in absolute luxury.
Simon Goldsworthy, of CNI Antibes, and Neil Cheston, of CNI Monaco, have jointly sold the 40m (131’) Antares from Royal Huisman in an in-house deal. Simon also announces the sale of the 38.1m (125’) Ligaya from Ocean Pacifico.
Expect to see some new names among existing favourites as the CNI charter division welcomes four yachts to the fleet. The 43.95m (143’) Heesen Sedation, built in 1997, is currently undergoing a complete refit and will be available Summer 08 in the Mediterranean. Another addition to the fleet is the 29.36m (96’) Serenity Now. Debuting at the Antigua Yacht Charter Meeting in December 07, she was built by Westship in 1991 and refit in 2006. She is available for charter in the Virgin Islands and Leeward Islands this winter and Summer 08.
The 29.75m (97’) Gigi by Hargrave also joined the US fleet. Built in 2005, she is available in the Bahamas this winter before heading to New England for the Summer season. Also debuting in the Caribbean this winter season is the 26.5m/87’ Monarch II from Johnson. She will be crossing to the Mediterranean for the summer season. Finally, the 24.4m (80’) Dolce Vita from Cantieri Arno is available in the Bahamas this winter before heading to the Med for a summer season.