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Les Voiles de St Tropez: Eternal youth

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Tuesday, 25 October 2011 11:11

Les Voiles de Saint Tropez celebrated what is already its thirtieth anniversary in style with another timeless event, which is sometimes confined to the stuff of daydreams. This latest week, dedicated to triumphant and seemingly eternal yachting, went like a dream, and it is impossible to tire of the spectacle, day after day, of the most beautiful yachts slipping across the water. It is intriguing to learn then that this desire for fine sailing dates back nearly 140 years. Beyond the rankings and other Trophies, most memorable has been the fine tradition which has gathered together over 4,200 sailors, skippers and owners, from all the world’s oceans, in a celebration of watersports. In their own way they have thanked Ikra, Pride, Patrice de Colmont and Saint Tropez for having, back in September 1981, had this simple idea to celebrate the glorious way of life in this magical gulf. Today it is a torch carried in the same spirit with enthusiasm by the Société Nautique of Saint Tropez.

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Affinity 90: Fishing on a Grand Scale

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Tuesday, 25 October 2011 11:11

If you laugh at those puny Escalades as you climb into your Hummer, the Affinity 90 is your kind of sportfishing boat. The 90 feet of LOA, 23 feet of beam, and 145,000-pound displacement will seem appropriate if you always turn down the 12-ounce queen-sized prime rib in favor of the one-pound king cut. And its four-stateroom, five-head layout will be just right, considering that you’d never opt for the two-story beach house when three stories are available. Excessive? Maybe impressive is the better word to describe this yacht, which proves once again that yes, size does matter.

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Project Monarch and Delta 70: Built to Travel

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Tuesday, 04 October 2011 17:08

Delta Marine is well known for its custom megayachts in excess of 100 feet, several of which are active globetrotters. But at one point Delta also built smaller, rugged expedition yachts in the 70-foot range. Good examples of the Seattle-based yard’s present and past are currently available for sale.

At 151 feet, Monarch boasts a 3000-n.m. range at 12 knots. (Photos courtesy of Stephen Cridland.)

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Horizon E54 AERO Sport Yacht

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Wednesday, 28 September 2011 17:08

is known for megayachts, like  , the recently delivered P130 model, as well as production yachts. It’s also known for trying something different, as witnessed by solar-powered models. In that same vein, Horizon is now focused on a new lower-emission production yacht, the Horizon E54 AERO.

The fuel-efficient Horizon E54 AERO is powered by selected twin Volvo-Penta 900 IPS engines.

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Extreme Sailing Series: Act 6: Two wins in a row for The Wave, Muscat as Stadium Sailing action delights Italian fans

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Saturday, 24 September 2011 17:08

Leigh McMillan’s team on The Wave, Muscat made it two in a row winning Act 6 of the Extreme Sailing Series™ in Trapani on the back of their Act 5 win in Cowes, UK.  It was an incredibly close finish to Act 6 – after 34 races in total, The Wave, Muscat took it with 283 points [11pts for a race win], just 9 points ahead of the French team Groupe Edmond de Rothschild on 274, and Oman Air, with Ben Ainslie at his first Extreme Sailing Series regatta, in third on 266.5. A mere 3.5 points behind were Max Sirena’s Luna Rossa, and only three points behind them Hagara’s Red Bull Extreme Sailing.  The compensation for Sirena and British helmsman, Paul Campbell-James, is that Luna Rossa’s result here elevates them to the top of the 2011 Overall Extreme Sailing Series leaderboard, 1 point ahead of Groupe Edmond de Rothshild.

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World Launch of the new Fairline Squadron 50

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Sunday, 18 September 2011 17:08

is launching the all-new at the . With its cleverly designed interior layout arrangement, the three cabin, two en-suite Squadron 50 flybridge motor yacht provides an unsurpassed amount of living space in its class.

Owners of the Squadron 50 will have a master cabin the size that would normally be expected on a yacht of 60ft plus. Panoramic hull windows and overhead glazing add natural light into the cabin, further contributing to the feeling of spaciousness. The two additional twin cabins comprise two beds which can be converted to doubles. An optional fourth-crew cabin with feature window is also available and is easily accessed from the cockpit, even when underway.

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Riviera 53: Offshore Aussie

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Sunday, 18 September 2011 17:08

Here are boatbuilders who believe in doing their homework. To design this new sportfishing/cruising convertible-style hybrid, Riviera spent two full years consulting with boat owners around the world. The international input enabled the Australian manufacturer make an offshore machine that’s distinctive on a few levels. In fact, the company has called the 53 its best boat yet. That’s a statement worth cocking an ear toward, considering that Riviera has launched about 4,800 vessels over the past 30 years.

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Southerly 57RS: Versatile Variable-Draft Passagemaker

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Wednesday, 14 September 2011 17:08

For anyone wrestling with the tradeoffs between deep-draft sailing performance and shallow gunkholing cruising capability, the Southlery 57RS, with its swing keel, might just be the right combination. The first swing-keel Southerly was launched by , an English boatbuilder, in 1978.

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