Tunisia view sea mountains

Exploring Tunisia as a Superyacht Destination

Superyachts have been flocking back to the wonderfully exotic Tunisia after the over-cautious travel ban was lifted last year. We were very privileged to be invited for a tour by the Tunisian Ministry of Tourism and are happy to share the beauty of this northern African, French/British speaking country which is a mere 90 minute sail from Sardinia.

view over Sidi Bou said, Tunisia

Tunisia is blessed with several superyacht marinas, including Port Yasmine near Hammamet, Bizerte and Port Marina de Gammarth. They have been a popular destination, welcoming the Mediterrranean superyacht community for many years due to excellent quality duty free fuel, customs and immigration departments who make any paperwork as easy as possible, and as a provisioning stop to take advantage of Tunisia’s world class fresh local produce.

As well as the advantages of being a non-EU country so close to the Mediterranean, Tunisia is a hub of history and culture and makes a fantastic destination for owners and charter guests keen to explore outside the usual yacht spots. French is Tunisia’s second language and all residents are taught French from a very early age, as well as English in more recent years so there won’t be a language barrier with anyone you meet.

Street in Tunisia

Tunisia has a rich cultural heritage having been settled in by the Moors and the Romans. Carthage and its world famous ruins are breathtaking and only 30 minutes or so from popular Hammammet in the north. Hammammet also has fantastic shopping in both traditional souks and new, very modern shopping malls with lots of brands names you know and love.

view of ruins at carthage, Tunisia

The Bardo museum houses rich displays of Tunisian history within the walls of Husseinite palace, as well as an additional contemporary building added on to increase exhibition space. As well as Roman sarcophaguses, Punic jewels and precious cargo from a Roman ship wreck, the museum is home to the largest collection of mosaics in the world. These mosaics are astounding and must be seen in person to fully appreciate the sheer magnitude of work that went into these masterpieces.

Bardo Museum Mosaic

Sidi Bou Said is also very much worthy of a visit. This is the picture perfect, idyllic village you‘ll see in many depictions of Tunisia. Built on a hill over looking a lovely small leisure marina with stunning mountain ranges in view across the bay, this is the place to experience the Tunisian picture you probably have in your mind. Full of boutique restaurants you will be spoiled for choice and we definitely recommend visiting Café Sidi Chebaane for the best views, a great mint tea, and pastries to die for.

Beautiful top view of seaside and cafe terrace in Sidi Bou Said. Tunisia, North Africa

Moving south we start to find places made famous in some very recognizable TV and films. Monty Python’s Life of Brian was filmed in Monastir, in and around a Ribat (castle) that was also a monastery at one point. Whether you are a fan or not, we highly recommend a visit to this beautiful place.

Slightly further south, you will find El Djem and its huge and very well maintained amphitheatre. Registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 the amphitheatre continues to be a cultural centre with theatre, opera and a range of classical and modern music performed there. The Romans seem to know a lot about building practical and beautiful structures and the ambiance and sound quality in this epic architecture are exquisite.

the Roman Amphitheatre of El Jem Tunisia

A little further south again and its back to film sets from one of the most famous films of all time. Located at a place called Tozeur  you will find the film set for parts of the very first, original Star Wars: A New Hope, and the fictional Tatooine is also named after the real life city Tataouine in Tunisia. Tataouine also appeared in The X-Files – in the end of the The X-Files movie as Foum Tataouine, making this a double movie buff destination!

Town featured in Starwars in the Sahara Desert, Tunisia

While you are in the southern part of the country, at the start of the Sahara desert, you can experience all sorts of desert activities. Night camping, camel riding trips and 4×4 motor cross days are very popular and usually come with a team of local residents who will cook you traditional Tunisian cuisine in stone earth ovens, or you can bring your own provisions if you prefer.

Camel caravan going through the sand dunes in the Sahara Desert, Morocco.

The sublime team at Yacht Services Tunisia are the best superyacht contacts you could have in this area. Founders Kim and Duncan sailed into Tunisia 12 years ago and never left. They know every corner of Tunisian life and can take care of everything you could possible need during your visit. They also have great taste in wine and food so be sure to take advantage of their recommendations.

YS Tunisia have offices in Port Yasmine, Bizerte and Marina Gammarth, have excellent relationships with customs and immigration and can deal with all the paperwork before you even arrive. Then they can arrange for bunkering, provisioning and organise the most fantastic trips to some of Tunisia’s famous places.

Rows of colourful spices piled high in the Tunisian Souk

We particularly like the YS Tunisia ‘Follow Me’ program for yachts that wish to experience everything Tunisia has to offer. They meet you in the northern tip of Tunisia usually in Bizerte, and then follow your yacht along the coast line meeting up with you along the way to take you and your guests on cultural trips, picturesque viewpoints, shopping in the souks, and out to experience the delectable Tunisian foods at the very best restaurants. The same team follows you for the entire trip and is on call to help with anything you might need at a moments notice.

We can’t finish without mentioning the taste sensations on offer. Tunisia doesn’t import very much food at all and are almost self-sufficient. Most foods, herbs and spices are freshly and organically grown in their rich soils. They have excellent, I mean really excellent olive oil and their beef, lamb and chicken is also free range and chemical free. Tunisia is named after the Tuna run and the Med’s finest tuna skirt the coast and end up on the plates of locals and visitors alike.

Le Pirate Restaurant Sidi Bou Said Marina

We love that almost every coastal restaurant has its own little fishing team. Rather than commercial fishermen bringing in the catch of the day, each restaurant goes out in a little boat sand catches the fish they will need. The seas are clean and well stocked throughout Tunisia, and we enjoyed some of the finest fresh fish we have ever tasted. Yacht chefs regularly come and stock up their freezers with meat and fish and save an absolute fortune whilst buying some of the best produce in the world.

We hope you add Tunisia back into your travel itinerates for 2018 and for anything you need at all, we recommend you contact Kim and Duncan at Yacht Services Tunisia by emailing info@ys-tunisia.com, calling +216 98364875 or visiting their website ys-tunisia.com.

MYBA 2018 Superyacht Chefs’ Competition Winners Announced

The winners of the MYBA 2018 Superyacht Chefs’ Competition were announced on Thursday 26th April at a prize giving ceremony that was characterised by a plethora of smiling faces and loud cheers. The theme this year was “Finger Food” and the competition was fierce. After careful deliberation, the panel of judges drew up the list of winning chefs which you will find below…

Yacht Chef finishing plating up

Sherakhan ©Stuart Pearce

Yachts 56m and Over

1st place –  Lauren Everet (S/Y “SEAHAWK”)

2nd place – Toine Smulders (M/Y “SHERAKHAN”)

3rd place – David Keates (M/Y “JAGUAR”)

A special mention was given to Paul Hamilton of the M/Y “JOY”.

Table laid out at MYBA chef competition in Barcelona

Aiaxaia ©Stuart Pearce

Yachts From 43 to 55m

1st place – Andrea Compidonico (M/Y “VICTORY”)

2nd place – Phil Wallis (M/Y “MARAYA”)

3rd place – Karlo Kaleb (M/Y “AIAXAIA”)

There was also a special mention for Neil Walker of the M/Y “ELIXIR”.

exquisite finger food at the MYBA Charter Show

Heavenly Daze ©Stuart Pearce

Yachts Up to 42m

1st place – James Wright  (M/Y “AWOL”)

2nd place – Simon Whitelaw (M/Y “MANIFIQ”)

3rd place – Benjamino Quinton (M/Y “HEAVENLY DAZE”)

Congratulations to the winners and a warm round of applause for all the chefs that participated. Thursday afternoon included the revelation of the winners  of the table-scaping competition whose theme this year was “MYBA’s 30th Anniversary” and was open to the crew of the yachts with chefs participating in the Chefs’ Competition.

canapés at MYBA Charter Show

Manifiq ©Stuart Pearce

The winners are:

Yachts 56 and Over

1st place – Tabitha Lewtas (M/Y “JOY”)

Yachts From 43 to 55m

1st place -Katarina Markioli (M/Y “AIAXAIA”)

Yachts Up to 42m

1st place – Giverny Cowie  (M/Y “AWOL”)

Last but certainly not least, we have the names of the winners of the “Meet & Greet” competition which made its inaugural appearance at the 2018 Show.

Yachts 56 and over

1st place – Captain Dean Pilatti and crew (M/Y “JAGUAR”)

Yachts From 43 to 55m

1st place – Captains Simon Ladbrooke/Sean Read and crew (M/Y “ELIXIR”)

Yachts Up to 42m

1st place – Captain Tristan Mortlock and crew  (M/Y “AWOL”)

A special mention was made for Captain James Carlyle and his crew (M/Y “MANIFIQ”).

Food imitating art at MYBA Charter show Chef competition

Martha Ann ©Stuart Pearce

The sponsors of the 6th MYBA Superyacht Chefs’ Competition were as follows: Yachts International and World Wine Services, and to the prize givers, Luxury Hospitality Academy, Amandine International Chef Placement, Sabor Provisioning Barcelona, hello Yacht, World Wine Services, Yachts International, Port Vauban CCI, Linen Lintea and La Mère Germaine. 

WEBSITE: www.mybashow.com

Riviera Water Bike Challenge 2018 – Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation

After the success of last year’s inaugural Riviera Water Bike Race, Her Serene Highness, Princess Charlene of Monaco will be hosting the second annual Riviera Water Bike Challenge this June.

The Riviera Water Bike Challenge includes a mix of celebrities, athletes, Formula 1 drivers and the Prince and Princess. Competitors will race Schiller S1-C Water Bikes over a 20KM relay course between Pointe Ciappaira and the semi-floating harbour wall of the Port Hercules, Monaco.

Riviera Water Bike Challenge start of race with Prince Albert of Monaco

There will be 15 teams of 5 people and each team will consist of two elite sportsmen or sportswomen and three other team members. This years confirmed racers were announced by compere Eddie Jordan at the events charity gala which took place at the Yacht Club de Monaco and include:

Valtteri Botas (Formula 1 – Finland)

David Coulthard (Formula 1 – Scotland)

Kevin Crovetto (Gymnatics – Monaco)

Pierre Frolla (Freediving – Monaco)

Ludovic Giuly (Football – France)

Muriel Hurtis (Athletics – France)

Olivier Jenot (Skiing – Monaco)

Nic Lamb (Surfing – USA)

Charles Leclerc (Formula 1 – Monaco)

Estaban Lozada (Rugby – Argentina)

Dan Luger (Rugby – England)

Pastor Maldonado (Formula 1 – Venuzuela)

Felipe Massa (Formula 1 – Brasil)

Garrett McNamara (Surfing USA)

Percy Mongomery (Rugby – South Africa)

Ryk Neethling (Swimming – South Africa)

Valérie Nicolas (Handball – France)

Luciano Orquera (Rugby – Italy)

François Pienaar (Rugby – South Africa)

Paula Radcliffe (Running – United Kingdom)

Kevin Richardson (Zoologist – South Africa)

Rudy Rinaldi (Bobsleigh – Monaco)

Simon Shaw (Rugby – Angleterre)

Carlos Takam (Boxing – France/Cameroon

Ian Thorpe (Swimming – Australia)

Ulisses Jr (Bodybuilding – USA)

Marcel Van der Merwe (Rugby – Afrique du Sud)

Rick Yune (Actor – USA).

Riviera Water Bike Challenge water bikes lined up

The proceeds of the race and the recent gala will go to the Princess Charlene Foundation, a charity for children with an interest in sports. With Princess Charlene’s help young children will receive every opportunity to make their sporting dreams come true. The gala included an auction with lots donated by supporters of the foundation and included Bono’s guitar, an original Audrey Hepburn print, a Salvator Dali sketch, sporting memorabilia and the Prince’s personal bicycle. Over one million Euros was raised at the event.

The Schiller S1-C Water Bike is an extraordinary machine. Think premium bike meets ultra portable catamaran. Hailed as ‘the world’s most radically redesigned bicycle’ each bike is constructed out of marine grade alloys and stainless steel and can be assembled in less than 10 minutes. It has a compact footprint that will easily fit in storage holds, and is light enough to be carried by hand if needed.

To find out more about the Riviera Water Bike Challenge and Schiller Bikes please email sarrah@globalsuperyachtmarketing.com.

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Iconic wine book by onshore cellars

New ‘Iconic’ Book by Onshore Cellars Launching For the Yachting Industry

Iconic is the talk of the industry, as this year’s MYBA show in Barcelona Approaches. To showcase the top 100 wines to stock on superyachts, Onshore Cellars announce the launch of a brand new book, Iconic at MYBA on the 23rd April.

Onshore Cellars, following years of experience have listed in Iconic their top 100 all time favourite producers internationally, including some of the most interesting and exciting wines that they have ever come across.

Onshore Iconic Packshot Inner

Ed and Jess Dunnett first established Onshore Cellars in 2013 following many years of experience working on yachts. They opened a wine shop in 2017 based in Antibes in the centre of the old town offering customers an extensive range of wines, regular tasting evenings as well as the option to store wine in the large temperature controlled warehouse facility. Today’s team also includes Rosie Clarkson who holds her WSET Diploma and worked in the wine trade in London for 10 years and Rod Smith MW who has over 10 years of experience provisioning wine to yachts.

Owner of Onshore Cellars, Edward Dunnett, comments: “This book is designed to highlight the skills of the fantastic winemakers that we are lucky enough to work with, and the passion that shines through in their wines. Designed to appeal to the wine collector and enthusiast alike we hope you will enjoy this collection of interviews, stories and tasting notes as you partake in this journey with us.”

Onshore Iconic book cover wine wide

Following the MYBA Show Onshore Cellars will be offering collectors the chance to try each wine and the option of buying a case or just a bottle of each of the 100 Iconic wines featured in their book.

Onshore Cellars was the first to launch an online wine shop for the yachting industry. The website has both the option to get a quote and order online, making provisioning easy and simple. Iconic also has a fully interactive website to go alongside the book with over 1,000 wines available for delivery worldwide.

Onshore Cellars will be at stand 49 for the MYBA Show and is thrilled to be joined by Ridgeview Sparkling Wine from England, Angel Champagne and l’Orangerie liquor from Monaco, which are all brand new exclusive releases into the yachting industry.

If you would like to request a physical or digital copy of Iconic then please contact Onshore Cellars – info@onshorecellars.com

FunAir Yacht Joust

FunAir Yacht Joust – Be the Next Superyacht Gladiator Champion

Playing gladiator on FunAir Yacht Joust is simple – two competitors stand on top of a considerably stable platform that has a central beam suspended one metre above the sea/pool. They then take their joust poles and attempt to knock each other over in a battle to the splash!

Whether it’s fitness or fun you’re looking for you can find them both with FunAir Yacht Joust. Crew and charter guests can fight one on one battles or even team up and have a knock-out competition. Yacht Joust is engineered for all ages so it’s perfect for the whole family to try. Even better news – Yacht Joust is part of FunAir’s QuickShip range so it can be with you within a few days.

Glatiator Fighting FunAir Yacht Joust

There’ plenty of space on the 350cm x 50cm balance beam for adults and children to claim their territory and get their opponent into the water. Another great asset is that you can joust anywhere, you can tether the Yacht Joust to a location as it’s a free floating inflatable.

From small coves to the middle of the ocean you can secure the Yacht Joust anywhere for hours of fun. You could even set up the inflatable from the beach and attract a larger audience for your gladiator showdown.

It’s a short 30 minutes to set up the Yacht Joust, it’s an easy job for any crew and won’t take up a lot of their time. Taking the Joust down is even easier than setting it up and a great bonus – it folds up neatly to a much smaller size. You’ll always have space to fit this little yacht toy no matter the size of your vessel so there’s no need to miss out on the fun times if you have limited space or a smaller yacht.

Yacht Joust FunAir Yacht Toy

Special Features

30 minute set-up for maximum competition time.

Non-slip material on the entry steps and joust beam for a stable jousting stance and making sure all fun is slip free.

Handles, steps and beach entry netting are well placed, to ensure easy entry and safety.

Comfort Grip fitted on the handles for an easier to use joust pole and fair contest.

Yacht Joust is made from commercial grade 1000 denier reinforced PVC and non-slip PVC with FR and UV ratings.

3 year limited warranty on all FunAir inflatables.

Dimensions
Packed: 110cm x 75cm x 65cm
Inflated: 680cm x 100cm x 200cm
Poles: 184cm 
(end caps 42cm x 30cm)

Accessories
Two Joust Poles
Storage wrap
Lines
Pump
Repair kit
Outstanding customer service

To find out more email yachting@funair.com or visit www.funair.com/products/water-joust

FunAir Yacht Slide

Yacht Slide delivered in time to save a Superyacht Charter

The FunAir Hanger Yacht Slide is part of the in stock, QuickShip range at FunAir and fits all mid range superyachts with a rail to water height of four to six metres. It’s the lightest, fastest and easiest yacht slide to deploy for charter guests. Purposely engineered to provide maximum fun on the yacht, while taking minimal storage space and effort to deploy for crew.

Having saved many charters over the last three seasons, this FunAir Yacht Slide can be shipped globally within 24 hours. This means if you are a charter broker with a potential client who specifically asks for a slide, and the charter booking depends on it, only FunAir can ensure their dreams are delivered in plenty of time.

If you are a yacht owner, Captain or senior crew-member who needs a slide in a hurry to inflate the fun, then FunAir has the Hanger Yacht Slide in stock, in multiple locations globally to get you what you need, faster than ever before.

Special Features
Set up time is just 30 minutes.

You’ll find non-slip material on the steps for worry free fun.

The slide is made from ultra-slick, commercial grade vinyl with FR and UV ratings giving guests smoother sliding and even more fun.

There is no need for a cover sheet, which reduces weight and pack down size, and removes those sneaky, hidden areas that can trap water and risk mould on other products.

Rapidflate™ is FunAir’s patented system that Inflates and deflates FunAir slides six times faster than traditional methods.

316 stainless steel crane straps and reinforced crew lifting handles make sure handling is super easy, and there is minimal risk of rips or tears.

Integrated water distribution with a simple hose connection provides continuous water flow for the fastest sliding.

Every FunAir inflatable comes with a three year limited warranty.

Dimensions
Slide: 4M – 6.5M
Packed: 110cm x 90cm x 80cm, 158kg.

Accessories:
Rapidflate™ Pump
Blower
Storage Wrap
Repair Kit
Unbeatable customer service.

To find out more about custom Yacht Slides visit www.funair.com/products/yacht-slides

The Superyacht Show advert with a lady sat on a yacht looking out to sea

The Superyacht Show

Barcelona and One Ocean Port Vell continue to be in the superyacht limelight with the recent announcement of The Superyacht Show hosted by the Large Yacht Brokers Association (LYBRA) to follow straight on from the MYBA Charter Show (23 – 26 April 2018), and the Palma Superyacht Show (27 April – 1 May 2018).

The Large Yacht Brokers Association (LYBRA) has revealed plans for an exciting new superyacht show with a fresh, unique and appealing format. THE SUPERYACHT SHOW will take place from 2-5 May 2018 in OneOcean Port Vell, Barcelona. It will offer buyers and charterers, as well as their brokers and representatives, the opportunity to step on board some of the finest superyachts in the world, in an exclusive and private setting. Complementing the on-water display will be a hand-picked selection of some of the world’s premier luxury products and lifestyle brands.

Traditionally, boat shows have a strong business-to-business element whereby industry professionals come together to trade specialist products and services. These are essential elements for builders and operators, but they’re not conducive to creating a truly “luxury experience” for yacht buyers. THE SUPERYACHT SHOW will be a client-centric showcase that delivers the optimum buyer experience by attracting the highest quality superyachts and yachting companies, the most prestigious sponsors, global luxury brands, and the most discerning visitors. The quayside experience for the ultra-high net worth clients and their representatives is specifically designed to be relaxed, elegant and enjoyable.

Jonathan Beckett, President of LYBRA comments: “Our long-term plans are ambitious but also realistic. The idea of a client-focused show was put forward several years ago and we’ve been working on the details for quite some time. We have a great team in place and while our expectations for the first year are modest, I’m confident we’re laying a very solid foundation for the future. 2018 will see the participation of all our member companies and in 2019 we aim to incorporate a number of top quality shipyards and other exhibitors. Everyone is welcome to visit the show since our ultimate aim is to benefit the clients, brokers and the industry as a whole.”

Eric Blair, Secretary General of LYBRA adds: “The collective fleet of superyachts that LYBRA members represent for sale and charter is hugely significant. Our members are acutely aware of their responsibility to exhibit their client’s vessels at a time and place that is most likely to produce serious enquiries from qualified buyers. Over time, we therefore plan to develop the show into the definitive, pre-summer buying opportunity in the Mediterranean. The LYBRA members have both the ability and desire to bring together a world-class display. Our members’ long-term vision is not simply to create another superyacht show; their vision is to create THE SUPERYACHT SHOW.

The inaugural event will be held in the private marina of OneOcean Port Vell in the heart of Barcelona. Ignacio Erroz, General Manager of OneOcean Port Vell observes: “The luxury world is changing. Affluent clients are now increasingly driven by lifestyle experiences, creativity and individuality. They seek experiences that are inspiring and interesting. OneOcean Port Vell and our beautiful, vibrant city of Barcelona can offer an abundance of incredible things to see and do. We’re delighted to welcome THE SUPERYACHT SHOW and to host a world-class fleet that adds yet another attraction to the myriad wonders of our city.”

A strictly limited number of exhibitors and sponsors are being invited to participate in 2018. If you are interested in participating or would like further information, please visit: www.thesuperyachtshow.com

Dave on his Schiller Water Bike Endurance ride along superyacht route in Norway

Schiller Water Bike Endurance Challenge on Norway Superyacht Route

One Man and his Schiller Water Bike Complete a Record Breaking Journey Along the Norwegian Superyacht Route

Bike A Blue Planet

Endurance adventurer Dave Cornthwaite pedalled an astounding 1243 miles/2090 kilometres along the Norwegian coast, following popular superyacht and famous Hurtigruten ferry route, from Kirkenes to Bergen on his Schiller Water Bike.

His journey lasted for nine weeks, reaching its conclusion in October, and is a record-breaking distance travelled by water bike.

Schiller Bike by Norwegian coastline

© Emma Karembo Taylor

Describing his favourite destinations on this preferred superyacht route, Dave says, “The entire Norwegian coast is beautiful in its own right and the scenery changes every 200 miles or so as I headed south. The rugged, empty northern coast of Finnmark was the most remote part of the trip but I loved the coast of Steigen, which is peppered by an archipelago of thousands of islands, most with sandy white beaches and quiet coves.”

One of many reasons why Norway is becoming an increasingly popular charter destination, with many luxury yacht berths available, and an abundance of outdoor activities on offer amidst the unbeatable scenery.

Dave kitted out his water bike with a custom Schiller inflatable platform, easily strapped to the pontoons at four points, to accommodate the gear he needed to carry with him on his journey.

A Schiller Water Bike can bear weight of up to 900lbs, so there was ample scope for heavier items to be loaded. A handlebar extender was also added to enable Dave to sit upright whilst pedaling the long daily distances, rather than taking the standard ‘racing’ position which is great for your everyday water bike ride.

Northern lights & TeePee on Schiller Bike journey

© Dave Cornthwaite

Averaging an estimated speed of 3.8mph, Dave spent 7-9 hours on the water every day taking in the breathtaking landscapes of Norway and summed up his journey with the following.

Hours on the water: 376.7
Top speed: 10.7mph.
Average speed: 3.5mph (5.6kmph)
Whales seen: 13
Dolphins pedaled with: Over 400
Seals: 250ish
Puffins seen: More than people
Times a Hurtigruten ship travelled between Kirkenes and Bergen while I was pedaling like mad: 13
Films made: 67
No. of times people called me crazy: 654
No. of times people asked if I had bad weather: 786
No. of times I swore I’d never sit on a bicycle seat again: 987
World records? One – longest journey by water bike!
Size of my smile: infinite

This epic journey is number 14 of 25 that Dave will be completing as part of his project ‘Expedition1000’. A different form of non-motorised transport will be used for each adventure, and every one will cover a minimum distance of 1000 miles. Past expeditions have included skateboards, SUP’s and scooters.

Talking of adventure number 15 Dave tells us “I don’t yet have a plan for my next endurance adventure, but am currently resting up and considering creating a film/ book about the Norway trip, and I have a fairly busy speaking schedule around Europe to tell the tale of this journey.

“I live on a boat in London and my Schiller Bike is currently moored alongside, and I take it out for a spin most days. It’s a great way to go shopping and is a regular head-turner for anyone living by the river!”

Read the full details of Dave’s Schiller Bike Norway adventure and stay up to date with his future challenges by clicking here. davecornthwaite.com/waterbike/

Dave is victorious in Bergen at the end of his Schiller Water Bike Challenge

As the superyacht industry takes a stop towards sustainability it seems that the Norwegian community are rising to the challenge. It was reported in an article on www.inhabitat.com that Norwegian billionaire Kjell Inge Røkke, a businessman who started his career as a fisherman, has commissioned a yacht purely for marine research. The vessel will be able to scoop up around five tons of plastic every day, and then melt it down in an effort to help clean up the ocean.

The 180m Research Expedition Vessel (REV) will be built by VARD, designed by superyacht designer Espen Oeino and will be ready in 2020. Scientists and marine researchers will be invited on board to study and explore issues such as climate change, overfishing and plastic pollution, according to owner Rosellinis Four-10, a subsidiary of the Røkke family company TRG.

The eco-friendly Schiller Water Bike was developed with the daring belief that people should be able to bike across a blue planet. Designed with state-of-the-art engineering, the Schiller S1-C and S1 are simultaneously revolutionising yachting, water sports and cycling industries, enabling millions of people around the world to have an exhilarating, dynamic and safe biking experience on the water.

This is the next frontier in biking and water sports. One that has no learning curve (or paddles or uncomfortable seating in kayak hulls), and is accessible to all for fun, fitness, touring and adventure on almost any body of water.

With nearly one billion bikes around the globe built for land, Schiller is singularly focused on delivering its customers epic rides, trailblazing voyages and incredible sunset spins on a new aquatic terrain.

www.schillerbikes.com

davecornthwaite.com/waterbike/

miami yacht show 2018

Miami Beach’s Premier Luxury Yacht Show Receives  New Name and Logo

30th Annual Event Rebranded from Yachts Miami Beach to Miami Yacht Show;

Slated for February 15-19 along Collins Avenue

MIAMI, Fla. (November 15, 2017) – The premier in-water luxury yacht exhibition during Miami’s annual boat show week each February has received a new name and look. Formerly Yachts Miami Beach, the annual event is being rebranded as the Miami Yacht Show on Collins Avenue. 

Set to take place from February 15-19 in Miami Beach along Collins Avenue across from the legendary Fontainebleau and Eden Roc hotels, the show, now entering its 30th year, attracts a global audience to a spectacular display of yachts and marine products, including more than 500 new and brokerage yachts and a wide array of the latest marine technology and accessories.

Spanning more than a mile along the Indian Creek Waterway from 41st Street to 54th Street, the extraordinary yacht show covers more than 1.2 million square feet of space. In addition to the amazing display of yachts and accessories, the show features floating cocktail lounges, food and live musical entertainment.

“Like all leading global brands, this show is constantly evolving and adapting to best serve its audience,” said Mary Bender, vice president of marketing for Informa, the show’s producer and co-owner. “The new name and logo were designed to follow suit with our portfolio of boat shows. We worked collaboratively with our stakeholders throughout the process and expect the new brand to be well received in the yachting community.”

A new Miami Yacht Show website will debut this fall at MiamiYachtShow.com, along with the launch of Boat Show Market Place, a new online platform designed to allow attendees to more easily plan their visit to the show and schedule appointments with the exhibitors they most want to see. The new site will be fully optimized for mobile browsing.

The new website builds upon improvements introduced at last year’s boat show, including a new physical look and layout that delivered a more interactive and inviting sales experience and environment for guests and exhibitors. Show organizers also introduced a VIP Experience ticket that offers guests who wish to experience the show in celebrity style access to a floating, air-conditioned lounge with a premium open bar, gourmet food, a dedicated concierge to arrange appointments on board yachts and other special experiences.

In addition to its iconic Collins Avenue location, the Miami Yacht Show also includes an invite-only satellite display of superyachts on Watson Island at the Island Gardens Deep Harbour marina, which can accommodate yachts up to 500 feet. Yacht brokers can arrange transportation for clients between the two show locations.

Two different boat shows take place in Miami and Miami Beach during Presidents’ Day weekend in February. Informa manages and produces the Miami Yacht Show on Collins Avenue and co-owns it with the International Yacht Brokers Association. The event runs concurrently with the Miami International Boat Show, which is owned and operated by the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

For more information, call 954-764-7642 or 800-940-7642, or visit MiamiYachtShow.com.

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FLIBS 2017

58th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show  Receives Buoyant Reviews

Eager crowds experienced an upgraded show and more boats on display – FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (November 14, 2017) – The 58th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), the largest in-water boat show in the world, attracted a world-wide audience of approximately 105,000 international buyers, sellers and browsers who came to see the latest that the global boating industry has to offer and to do business in the “Yachting Capital of the World.” Drawing visitors from more than 50 countries, attendance at this year’s event was up 7 percent over 2016. 
 
Buyers had a larger selection to choose from, with an overall increase of 4 percent in the number of boats on display in the water, with a 9 percent jump in new boats under 100 feet and 10 percent growth in the number of brokerage (pre-owned) boats over 100 feet.
 
“Informa’s investments in the show delivered a superior visitor experience to previous shows,” said Andrew Doole, general manager of Informa, the show’s producer. “Excellent weather, a robust economy, realigned marketing efforts and a huge selection of new product offerings brought energetic crowds to the docks and exhibits daily.”
 
“We were very pleased with the traffic at this year’s show and the overall feeling of optimism among our brokers and clients when the show concluded,” said Sally Doleski, vice president of marketing for Ocean Alexander. “New docks, clear dock- markings for those trying to find their way through an incredibly large location, and increased variety for food and beverage options all added to the enjoyment of our guests at the show.”
The 58th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show spans more than three million square feet of exhibit space in-water and on land across seven locations including the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel & Yachting Center, the Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Municipal Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Sails Marina, Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Marina, and the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.
 
“It was a tremendous show, with high energy, brisk sales activity and great enthusiasm for our new boats – the 93 Motor Yacht and the 44 Open – as well as all our other yachts,” said Patrick Healey, president and CEO of Viking Yachts. Viking sold 13 boats from 37 to 93 feet at FLIBS. The company’s 15-vessel display drew more visitors than any previous Fort Lauderdale show – more than 7,000 over the five-day event. The New Jersey-based company also announced that a new 68 Convertible will debut at the Miami Yacht Show in February.
 
Other attractions at this year’s event included Take the Helm on-the-water boat handling classes from Carefree Boat Club, IGFA School of Sportfishing seminars, the Blue Wild dive and marine art show, and Hook The Future kids’ fishing clinics. 
 
“The 2017 clinics were better than ever and drew hundreds of families eager to learn how to catch more fish and have fun doing it together. We can’t wait till next year,” said Hook The Future founder, Capt. Don Dingman.
 
One of the Windward VIP Club’s attractive benefits was the dedicated concierge team, Delmay and Partners, who worked on behalf of VIP passholders to arrange various services including yacht tours, local dining reservations, private transportation and other conveniences.
  
“The 2017 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show brought an increase in visits to our displays and enabled us to enter into many strong negotiations and a number of sales,” said Randy Coleman, vice president of sales of Ferretti Group America. “Fort Lauderdale continues to be an important show for Ferretti Group as we see great attendance from our US-based clients as well as an increase in visitors from South America. Our South American dealers were very pleased with the outcome and recognize the importance of attending this show.”
 
The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) contributes $11.5 billion to the region’s economy and supports the sustainability of 136,000 marine industry jobs in South Florida.
 
The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show® is owned and presented by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida and managed and produced by Informa Exhibitions. Sponsors of the 2017 show were Audi, Budweiser, LaCroix, RAM, Smallwood’s Yachtwear, TAITRA/Taiwan Excellence, Ulysse Nardin and Yachting Pages Media Group. The Windward VIP Club was sponsored by Bank of America, Florida Luxurious Properties, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Gulfstream Yachts, and Luxury Law Group. 
 
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