Sealine is back and Beneteau launches the latest addition to its Monte Carlo lineup, the MC4, with more models to come next year, plus there’s a new Jeanneau Leader 38: it’s Cannes Boat Show time

The Festival De La Plaisance de Cannes, or as it’s more commonly referred to, the Cannes Boat Show, kicked off in the south of France yesterday in searing sunshine – a far cry from the temperatures back in Blightly, which were decidedly autumnal.

Beneteau Group used the show to launch its new Jeanneau Leader 38, as well as the Monte Carlo 4, little sister to the MC5 launched earlier this year. Beneteau also announced that it will be launching an MC5S in spring 2014 and an MC6 the following autumn.

MBM also managed to step aboard the Magellano 53 and the Atlantis 50, both being marketed under the Azimut banner.

Elsewhere it was the turn of Sealine to discuss its plans for the future under the guidance of its new owner, the Hanse Group. Jens Gerhardt, CEO of Hanse Group, admitted to a room full of journalists that when he first made noises about buying the Sealine brand his friends and colleagues thought he was “insane”.

Luckily for Sealine, Gerhardt persevered and Aurelius AG, which owns Hanse Group, now has the intellectual property rights for the Sealine brand and six boat models.

The builder will now press on with plans to launch the Sealine F380 in Dusseldorf next year with more models to follow, including the possibility of a smaller Sealine in the not too distant future. Gerhardt said, “The range has to be enlarged downwards as well as upwards so we have to do something for that (the small boat) market as well.”

Read all about this year’s Southampton Boat Show, which starts on Friday.

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Pendennis, Burgess and IPC Superyacht Media have teamed up to host an exclusive party to meet Red Arrows pilots after their display at the Monaco Yacht Show. Following the announcement from Superyacht UK earlier this year that the Red Arrows will be flying once again at the Monaco Yacht Show, long term supporters Pendennis, Burgess and IPC Superyacht Media have signed up as Platinum sponsors of the event for 2013. As well as their involvement with the exclusive breakwater reception, providing one of the finest vantage points for VIP guests to view the display, the three Platinum sponsors have also teamed up to host a “Meet the Pilots” event, offering invited crew and guests the opportunity to party with the Reds at the well-known Monaco venue, Stars’n’Bars.

Toby Allies, Sales & Marketing Director at Pendennis commented: “Pendennis is delighted to be supporting the Red Arrows display in our 25th anniversary year. The event is a fantastic example of Great British excellence and we have been working closely with the display team’s Aeronautical Director to ensure a breathtaking display over Monaco harbour.  We, along with Burgess Crew Services and IPC Superyacht Media, are very much looking forward to welcoming the pilots to our celebration later that day.”

The Red Arrows aeronautical display is being organised by Superyacht UK in recognition of their 10th anniversary, and will take place over the Monaco Yacht Show on Thursday 26th September at 2pm.

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Dalian Wanda’s acquisition makes Sunseeker well placed to ride expected wave of boat buying in China. Sunseeker is now officially a Chinese-owned firm after Dalian Wanda today completed its £320 million acquisition of the Poole-based boatbuilder.
News of the takeover first broke in early June, with a confirmation coming on 19 June that the Chinese company, with interests in commercial property and tourism, was looking to buy the UK’s biggest boatbuilder.

Dalian Wanda is headed by Wang Jianlin, the owner a Sunseeker Predator 108 and reportedly China’s richest person. In a statement issued today, he said: “We are excited to embark on the next chapter in the development of Sunseeker’s business and look forward to building upon the company’s reputation of excellence. “Wanda is well positioned to help Sunseeker capitalise on the trend we see for China and other growth markets to contribute significantly to global expansion in the luxury yacht sector over the next few years.”

Dalian Wanda has taken a 91.81% stake in the company, with Sunseeker management holding the remaining 8.19%. Following news of the takeover in June, Suneeeker moved quickly to ease concerns that the company would be shipped offshore.

This was later underlined by the Chinese company, which said Sunseeker would remain headquartered in Poole and maintain its British production bases and workforce.
If predictions about boat ownership in China hold true – with one official estimate suggesting the number of boats could jump from 3,000 currently to 100,000 by 2020 – this deal places Sunseeker at the crest of a massive boatbuying wave in China.

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Race 8 was one of surprises, except for one, the result in the defining race of the LV Cup. Emirates Team New Zealand is the winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup and will be the Challengers for the 34th Americas Cup which starts on 7 Sept. But unlike the procession of wins that the score line suggests, this race was one of surprises, at least in the opening stages.

The weather threw the first curved ball at an event that has been dealt more than it’s fair share of hurdles. From too much breeze, to barely any and thick fog with it, Race 8 started in conditions that we haven’t seen before in San Francisco. As the fog rolled in under the Golden Gate Bridge the visibility was so bad that the TV helicopters couldn’t provide the overhead pictures that we’ve become so used to.

“It’s a little different coming into the pre-start when you don’t know where the other boat is,” said Kiwi skipper Dean Barker after the race.

A match race in the pre-start provided the next surprise as the two boats replicated the kind of jostling more commonly seen in monohull racing. But as the seconds counted down it was the Kiwis who got the better start once again, starting to windward and overhauling the Italians to the first mark. But just as we thought we’d seen it all in this one sided LV series, out came the code zeros for the downwind leg. The light conditions meant that foiling was not going to happen and both boats opted for the additional power that these furling sails provided.

Kiwis win LVC

Emirates Team New Zealand is the winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup and will be the Challengers for the 34th Americas Cup which starts on 7 Sept. But unlike the procession of wins that the score line suggests, this race was one of surprises, at least in the opening stages.

The weather threw the first curved ball at an event that has been dealt more than it’s fair share of hurdles. From too much breeze, to barely any and thick fog with it, Race 8 started in conditions that we haven’t seen before in San Francisco. As the fog rolled in under the Golden Gate Bridge the visibility was so bad that the TV helicopters couldn’t provide the overhead pictures that we’ve become so used to.

“It’s a little different coming into the pre-start when you don’t know where the other boat is,” said Kiwi skipper Dean Barker after the race.

A match race in the pre-start provided the next surprise as the two boats replicated the kind of jostling more commonly seen in monohull racing. But as the seconds counted down it was the Kiwis who got the better start once again, starting to windward and overhauling the Italians to the first mark. But just as we thought we’d seen it all in this one sided LV series, out came the code zeros for the downwind leg. The light conditions meant that foiling was not going to happen and both boats opted for the additional power that these furling sails provided.

 

But that was where the surprises finished and the familiar dominance of the Kiwis took over. By the bottom mark Emirates Team New Zealand was 1min 31 seconds ahead.

As the race unfolded the picture got worse for Italian fans. With the Kiwis sailing upwind at 19knots to the Italians 17knots the race was only going one way. By the weather mark the Kiwis had opened up a lead of 1000m as they turned to head downwind for the last time.

On this leg the breeze had increased to around 12-14knots and it was back to foiling with no code zero, at least not for the Kiwis. The Italians did hoist and set their zero but it was too little too late. The game was over for Luna Rossa, you could see it in their body language and hear it in skipper Chris Draper’s voice as he called for the gybes.

By the finish they were 3min 31seconds behind.

“It hurts bad to lose 7:1 but the Kiwis did a great job. We’re sad but proud,” said Chris Draper. For Barker, the win wasn’t a surprise as much as a relief, after a few scares along the way they had made it through the Louis Vuitton series to win for a third time and gain the right to challenge for the 34th America’s Cup. “It’s a step along the way,” said skipper Dean Barker. “This is all part of the preparation. We won the LV Cup but came up short in 2007 in Valencia so we’re going to be giving it all for the Cup.

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If you’ve spent the week sitting in a deserted office wishing you were on holiday like your colleagues, or counting down the days until you’re off, you have my sympathy. It doesn’t matter how hard it’s raining at Cowes Week 2013, or how little the breeze blows, the Isle of Wight in any weather is still more fun than the 0705 to Waterloo.

Having spent the day at my desk on the mainland drove that home. Knowing that I would be heading back to Cowes on Thursday should have made it easy to concentrate on the tasks I had set myself, but I made a fatal mistake. One click on the Cowes TV window on our website was all it took for my productivity, (and I have to say spirit), to take a dive as I watched the action off the RYS start line and the accompanied commentary.

Having said that, if your boss is away and you’re getting bored with tracking auctions on eBay, this year’s Cowes coverage is a superb way of making the hours slip by effortlessly. I only took a look to see if the weather forecast was going to cause problems again. Before I knew it I was playing catch up for the afternoon.A building high pressure system and the previous night’s forecast for light and fickle breezes had looked like they could trip up the racing for a second day at Cowes.

Conscious that the decent breeze could be out to the east, as it had been on the previous day, the race committee decided to take some of the bigger boats in the black group classes out into Hayling Bay where the wind was expected to be more settled. As it turned out, for the White group classes and smaller boats in the Black group that raced in the Solent as normal, the breeze delivered more than had been expected to leave these classes with more space than is normal during the week to play in. Everyone, it seemed was happy. Apart from, that is, us at our desks.

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The Broom armada brought the River Yare to a standstill on Saturday as the largest single gathering of Broom Boats prepared to form up according to the age of each boat.

The honour of leading the sail past fell to the 26ft Broads sailing yacht Bessie Bell, which was built for the company’s hire fleet in 1911, but there were lots of classic motorcruisers on show, too.

Once the fleet assembled slightly downstream of Coldham Hall they headed towards Broom’s Brundall yard and then on to Surlingham Broad before dispersing on the River Yare by Coldham Hall.

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On Wednesday 31 July at 9.30am, Trafalgar Square will host the official unveiling and naming of Great Britain’s yacht for the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Race. ‘Moored’ alongside one of London’s most famous landmarks, Nelson’s Column, and measuring an impressive 70ft, she won’t be hard to miss. She will remain there until Sunday evening 4 August, providing a rare opportunity for race enthusiasts to view the new Clipper 70 out of the water.

The ninth edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2013-14 starts Sunday 1 September from St Katharine Docks, London and is anticipated to be the biggest event in the race history. More than 650 people will represent more than 40 different nations on 12 brand new 70ft racing yachts designed by renowned naval architect Tony Castro, and will return almost a year later after completing the 40,000 miles route.

In other Clipper news, PSP has been appointed as the official logistics partner of the 2013-14 event for the third consecutive time.

PSP’s job is to ensure that boats and containers carrying vital maintenance equipment and spare parts will be, in the words of Frank Dixie, managing director of PSP, “Exactly where they’re needed, when they are needed.”

Founder and chairman of the Clipper Race, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said “I don’t think people appreciate just how vital it is to have a good reliable shipping company when running an international event like the Clipper Race.”

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Successor to the popular Princess 42 will launch at the 2013 Southampton Boat Show – Is this the best kept secret in the world of motorboats? MBM has learned that Princess will be launching a replacement for its all-conquering 42 flybridge at this year’s Southampton Boat Show.

The 42 was a monumental success for Princess, with over 300 built. So, with some refreshing honesty, “Big shoes to fill” is how Princess Yachts International is describing its new 43.

Looking to follow the same two-cabin layout as the outgoing 42, the 43 takes its styling and execution from more recent models like the 52. Sharp minimalist exterior styling mixes with a more contemporary interior. You can bet it will be a big boat, and with huge saloon windows the onboard experience should be sizeably impressive.

Up top the flybridge echoes the 52 with a wet bar and social seating aft. By the helm, there is more seating, converting to a sunbed. Twin transom doors and an optional high/low bathing platform are also offered.

Princess is renowned for introducing new models at very competitive levels and a base price of £390,000 exc VAT keeps the 43 within touching distance of the old 42.

The 43 will be available for viewing at the 2013 Southampton Boat Show on Berth M483.

Pick up the September issue (on sale 15 August) of MBM for full boat show listings for Cannes, Southampton, Amsterdam and many more. Plus, read reviews of the boats set to star this autumn, including the new Princess V48 and Fairline Targa 48.

Princess 43 Specification

LOA 47ft 6in (14.5m)
Beam: 13ft 11in (4.25m)
Displacement: 14.4tonnes
Engines: Twin Volvo Penta D6-370hp / 435hp shaftdrive
Max speed: 30 knots estimated
Enquiries: princessyachts.com

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Sam Goodchild has become the highest-ranking British skipper in the Solitaire du Figaro since the race went one-design in 1991. Finishing leg 4 in 13th, the Shelterbox skipper finished the 1,938 mile race in 11th overall – an accumulated elapsed time of 10 days, 7 hours, 59 minutes and 42 seconds – two hours, 31 minutes and 19 seconds behind race winner Yann Elies.

“The best part of my race was also the hardest part, sailing down the south coast of England under the spinnaker in around 30-40knots of wind,” said Sam. “It’s always nice to sail through home waters, though it wasn’t very kind to us this time – the wind was relentless for about 12 hours. Leg 4 was definitely the toughest leg and really showed us how easy we had it over the first three legs. I am surprised at how much my performance has progressed since the 2012 race, I did not think that I’d do this well and setting a new top ranking British position is the icing on the cake really.”

Making his way into the dock shortly after Sam, Magma Structures skipper Nick Cherry finished the 520-mile Leg 4 in 16th in a time of 2 days, 10 hours, 48 minutes and 58 seconds. Nick’s consistently solid results in the teens over the four stages of the race tonight saw him finish 17th overall – an eight position improvement on his 2012 Solitaire result.

 

22-year old Artemis Offshore Academy sailor Jack Bouttell (left) crossed the Leg 4 finish line in 21st, putting him 21st in the overall rankings and first in the Solitaire du Figaro (first timer’s) Rookie division. In winning, Jack has become the first ever British skipper to stand on the top of the Rookie podium.

“It’s incredible to have won the Rookie category. I didn’t like to think about whether I could do it, but now I have it’s awesome – I’m really pleased. I’ve definitely exceeded my own expectations,” said an elated Jack. “The last night was definitely entertaining, 30-40 knots with the kite launching through the night with low visibility and lots of fog – it was pretty full on.”

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