Yachting News

Victim of Somali Pirates Publishes Book

Posted: 30th Jul 2013

Written by: Kira Cochrane – The Guardian

Almost seven months after she was kidnapped from an island off the Kenyan coast, Judith Tebbutt stood in the bathroom of an opulent government building in Nairobi, wondering at her reflection. She had just been freed and was final... Read More

Kiwis Advance to Louis Vuitton Cup Finals

Posted: 29th Jul 2013

Written by: Duncan Johnstone – Stuff.co.nz

Team New Zealand have confirmed they will exercise their right to go straight to the Louis Vuitton Cup final, squashing speculation they may veto that to seek extra racing in the semifinals of the challenger series. Skipper Dean B... Read More

Welcome to our First Newsletter!

Posted: 26th Jul 2013

Written by: Sam Watson

We launched OnboardOnline.com at the end of January and what a year it’s been so far. We’ve seen tragedy and upheaval at the Americas Cup, the accession of Croatia to the EU, and major changes to VAT in France and Spain. It’s not ... Read More

Sailing Team Sues Over 'Race' Discrimination

Posted: 25th Jul 2013

Written by: Tom FitzGerald – The San Francisco Chronicle

Who is the African Diaspora Maritime sailing team, and why is it suing to delay the America's Cup finals, scheduled to begin Sept. 7? Charles Kithcart, the head of the North Carolina-based team, declined in a phone interview Tuesd... Read More

International Marine Certification Institute celebrates 20th anniversary

Posted: 24th Jul 2013

Written by: International Marine Certification Institute

On the 24th June 1993, the International Marine Certification Institute (IMCI) has been registered as a non-profit organisation in Belgium. Now, 20 years later, IMCI is the market leader of certification under the Recreational Cra... Read More

Panama Charges N. Korean Captain Over Weapons Smuggling

Posted: 24th Jul 2013

Written by: Harriet Alexander – The Telegraph

The North Korean captain of the ship stopped as it tried to enter the Panama Canal has been charged with smuggling weapons. Panamanian officials charged the unnamed captain and his crew on Thursday, in a sign of how seriously they... Read More

Jeanne Socrates is world's oldest female non-stop circumnavigator

Posted: 23rd Jul 2013

Written by: Nancy Knudson, Sail-World.com

Jeanne crossed the finish line in Victoria Monday 8th July between 2 and 3 am, and she tied up safely in Victoria Harbour. Jeanne set out from Victoria's Inner Harbour in her 11-metre cruiser Nereida on October 2012, on her third ... Read More

Kiwis Reach 44 knots

Posted: 19th Jul 2013

Written by: The Houston Chronicle

Emirates Team New Zealand set another top speed for America's Cup 72-foot catamarans, hitting 44.15 knots, or 50.8 mph, Thursday on San Francisco Bay. The Kiwis set the mark on the first reaching leg as they sailed alone around th... Read More

First Charter Yacht Show for Asia-Pacific Announced

Posted: 18th Jul 2013

Written by: eTurboNews

The organisers of the Singapore Yacht Show have confirmed the launch of a new charter yacht show, to be hosted annually at Phuket Yacht Haven in Thailand. The inaugural show, to be held in mid-December 2014, will combine all the b... Read More

Sevenstar Adds New Route to Caribbean

Posted: 17th Jul 2013

Written by: IBI News

Dutch yacht transporter adds new sailings from the Med to the Caribbean. Sevenstar Yacht Transport in the Netherlands has announced new sailings returning to the Caribbean after the summer season in October and November this year.... Read More

Adrian Ogler Joins Oceanskies

Posted: 17th Jul 2013

Written by: Oceanskies

We are pleased to announce that Adrian Ogier has joined the team at Oceanskies as a Director and Principal. Duncan Swanson, co-founder and principal of Oceanskies said, “It is great to have Adrian joining the team at Oceanskies. S... Read More

Kiwis Rout Italians in First Real Cup Race

Posted: 16th Jul 2013

Written by: Noel Randewich – Reuters

Emirates Team New Zealand soundly beat Italy's Luna Rossa Challenge on San Francisco Bay on Saturday in the first real race of the 34th America's Cup, which in recent days looked like it might never come off. Team New Zealand sped... Read More

Croatia Wants 100 Marinas

Posted: 15th Jul 2013

Written by: Dick Durham – Yachting Monthly

Up to an incredible 28,000 yachts will be sailing in the Adriatic by 2018, if the latest EU member gets its way. Croatia currently has some 50 marinas offering around 14,000 berths and the government is planning to double this by ... Read More

Man Swims 5 Hours for Help After Capsize

Posted: 12th Jul 2013

Written by: FoxNews.com

A Maryland man swam for hours to reach help for his family, including two children, after their boat capsized in a storm off Maryland’s Eastern Shore. John Franklin Riggs climbed rocks along the shoreline in the dark and knocked o... Read More

Yachting Iain Murray hung out to dry says Lester

Posted: 12th Jul 2013

Written by: Nick Walker, Newstalk ZB

Cup director Iain Murray is a man under pressure after a successful protest against two of his 37 safety recommendations. A jury has upheld Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa's protests, deeming he had overstepped his jurisdiction. B... Read More

Developers Slowly Return to Caribbean

Posted: 11th Jul 2013

Written by: Kris Hudson – The Wall Street Journal

A few brave developers are venturing back into the Caribbean luxury-hotel and resort market, one of the sectors hit hardest during the global real-estate downturn. But only developers with ample financing in the busiest markets ar... Read More

Consumers Again in the Mood for Super-Sizing

Posted: 10th Jul 2013

Written by: Brad Tuttle – TIME

After years of downsizing and making do, American consumers are going big once again. A sizeable portion of the population seems to have regained a stomach for spending in recent times. Not only has there been a noticeable increas... Read More

Tropical Storm Chantal Likely to Head for Florida

Posted: 9th Jul 2013

Written by: M. Alex Johnson – NBCNews.com

Tropical storm warnings were issued for Puerto Rico and other parts of the Caribbean on Monday as Tropical Storm Chantal chugged along a course that could take it near Florida's Atlantic coast by the weekend. Several other major C... Read More

Luna Rossa Pulls Out of Opening Race

Posted: 8th Jul 2013

Written by: Tom FitzGerald – San Francisco Chronicle

With a terse announcement posted on its website Saturday, Luna Rossa Challenge wrecked plans to unveil America's Cup racing Sunday on San Francisco Bay by saying it won't take part in the opening race. The Italian team said it wou... Read More

Simplified Visas for Croatia

Posted: 4th Jul 2013

Written by: Ultra Marine, Digital Journal

There had been fears from some quarters that with Croatia's impending accession to full EU member status, set for 1st July, non-EU citizens could suffer from new lengthy and costly visa application processes. To alleviate these wo... Read More

Industry Leaders React to Spanish Tax Reform

Posted: 3rd Jul 2013

Written by: Don Hoyt Gorman, Superyacht News

As news of Spain's course-change on the much-maligned Matriculation Tax on yachts circulates, key industry leaders and analysts provide SuperyachtNews.com with their exclusive reaction. Miguel Ángel Serra Guasch, Spanish tax attor... Read More

End to matriculation tax in Spain

Posted: 30th Jun 2013

Written by: Duncan Swanson

The Spanish media have reported that the Spanish Consejo de Ministros (Council of Ministers) has formally announced that it will end the imposition of matriculation tax currently payable on the hull value of yachts over 15 metres ... Read More

More glory for MY Loretta Anne

Posted: 25th Jun 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

Dubois Naval Architects win Best Exterior Design and Styling for MY Loretta Anne at ShowBoats Design Awards 2013. What a year for MY Loretta Anne! After winning Motor Yacht of the Year at the World Superyacht Awards in Istanbul, D... Read More

Ireland: Now an Attractive Yacht Destination?

Posted: 24th Jun 2013

Written by: Eoin English – Irish Examiner

Ireland's investment in some of its ports could bolster its attractive appeal for superyachts, according to one experienced superyacht captain. San Diego-born Christiana Virgilio, who has been captain of the €52m motor yacht Big E... Read More

Chinese billionaire buys 007's yacht maker

Posted: 21st Jun 2013

Written by: Alanna Petroff – CNN Money

Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin is making waves in the United Kingdom. His real-estate and hotel conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group is spending over £1 billion ($1.6 billion) on British yacht maker, Sunseeker, and a luxury London ho... Read More

Difficult Times in Charter

Posted: 20th Jun 2013

Written by: Richard Donkin – The Financial Times

Yacht builders and developers have been banking on a healthy charter market rejuvenating an industry that has become swamped by second-hand yachts and dominated by sellers looking for buyers. But chartering too has been forced in ... Read More

Greece May Speed Up Port Sale

Posted: 19th Jun 2013

Written by: Nektaria Stamouli and Alkman Granitsas – WSJ

Greece is considering speeding up the sale of the country's principal port as well as other assets as it scrambles to plug a giant hole in its sputtering privatization program, the head of the country's privatization agency said T... Read More

PlanetSolar Back at Work

Posted: 18th Jun 2013

Written by: Cammy Clark – Miami Herald

A sleek, 102-foot catamaran covered with silver solar panels that make it look like a Star Trek set captured the world’s imagination as it circumnavigated the globe powered only by the sun. The 584-day, 37,000-mile journey ended a... Read More

Sales to Rise Even as China Slows Down

Posted: 17th Jun 2013

Written by: Kenneth Rapoza – Forbes

China’s economy may be losing its momentum but the rich aren’t losing their appetite for big, shiny superstructure toys. The richer they are, the bigger the Ferretti docked in Hong Kong. The rich Chinese are definitely not losing... Read More

A Fresh Look at Marseille

Posted: 14th Jun 2013

Written by: Jeffrey T. Iverson – TIME

Marseille may be the oldest city in France, but it’s often dismissed as Paris's unruly, and rather less cultivated, little brother. Today, amid a flurry of urban renovation projects, Marseille is shedding this image and reemerging... Read More


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