Dalton Hopeful To Set Sail With His Team

The signs of New Zealand making it to the next America’s Cup are looking quite good after the boss Grant Dalton gave thumbs up in his interview.

The head of the New Zealand team said that they are looking forward for the event and they are also hopeful about the Volvo Ocean Race campaign. He has taken some time for himself to get the funds for the competition for the year 2014/15. The total amount still left to collect is $27 million for the New Zealand team.

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CITADEL LAUNCHES EXPEDITION YATCHES

Citadel has launched a new line of exploration yatches that are sure to catch the eye of millionaires. This robustly constructed long-range vessel features an efficient, steel displacement hull with a bulbous bow, active quad-fin stabilizers, bow and stern thrusters and fully protected propellers and rudders. Powered by twin 685-hp Caterpillar C-18B diesel engines, she has a range in excess of 5,000 nautical miles. Her massive 28-foot beam offers over 3,000 square feet of interior living space, with the engine room and lazarette providing an additional 720 square feet.
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$16 MILLION MEGA YATCH IN BRISBANE

A $ 16 billion mega yachts came to the shore of Brisbane to add glamour to the city. At 31 metres long and 15 metres wide, the yacht has a solar surface area of over 537 square metres with 38,000 solar cells.

The 60-tonne vessel will be able to reach speeds of up to 25 kmh. Due to an array of lithium ion batteries, Turanor can sail for up to five nights without direct sunlight.

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BUILD YOUR OWN YACHT

Yachting Partners International has staged the second YPI Yacht Builders Seminar at the Monaco Yacht Club.

Following the success of the Feadship reunion last year, the company took the event as an opportunity to introduce those in attendance to FIPA Italiana Yachts. The Italian ship builder has been in operation since the 1970s but has remained a family-run business.

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DOES YOUR YACHT HAVE A CHAMPAGNE SHOWER?

Yacht builders say the demands of their super-rich customers are becoming increasingly eccentric. Clients demanded two helipads on one yacht, giant room-sized freezer compartments and even recording studios and operating theatres on others. “Nothing is unusual any more,” Mr Breman said. “We see ourselves as part of the entertainment business. We will do anything so long as it is not illegal or nautically questionable,” he added.

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RE-FET EXPO IN ITALY

From March 31st to April 2nd Coppino Street and the inner basins of Viareggio will host YARE – Yachting After sales & Refit Exhibition, the first international boat show committed to all the services following the purchase of a yacht.

During three days Viareggio will be a hub of the boating industry, thanks to this event aimed to all the industry operators, from builders to brokerage agencies, from designers to suppliers, from registers to marinas.

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X-YACHTS CRUISE TO AWARD

This year the European Yacht of the Year Award in the Luxury Cruiser category went to the company with SUCH a brief name, X Yachts, with their new Xc 38. They beat off strong competition from the Contest 57, the Nordship 350, the Sirius 35 and the Sunbeam 42.1.

Managing director Lars Jeppesen accepted the prize on behalf of the company on the first night of the Düsseldorf Boatshow. As usual, the jury for probably the most prestigious yacht-design contest in the world consisted of the managing editors and test experts from eighteen of the leading sailing magazines in Europe.

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SAILING ROUND CUBA

American sailors, in the form of the Sarasota Yacht Club, want to sail to Havana, Cuba. The fact that Cuba has been off-limits to American citizens for over 50 years only seems to make it more attractive, but their hopes will be dashed if they don’t get positive word from the US government this month.

Sailing to Havana in the Sarasota to Havana Regatta used to be a fine tradition, until it was stopped in the late 50’s because Fidel Castro’s takeover of Cuba and then the frozen relations between the USA and island.

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