New Zealand builder McMullen & Wing recently released the renderings and layouts for the partially completed steel expedition yacht Big Star. The custom 164-foot (50-meter) yacht has strong lines reminiscent of her predecessor, Big Fish, but the yard drew on the experience of the first build to improve upon the concepts and design.
Members of the superyacht industry fraternity gathered in Newport, Rhode Island, in August to liaise in a casual atmosphere outside the pressurized environment of boat shows.
From Team for Design’s Enrico Gobbi comes the latest design for Oceanco, the 285-foot (87-meter) Pantheon. Although it is common to have a private or semi-private owner’s area on one of the upper decks aboard a yacht this size, Pantheon includes a suite that stretches over two decks and includes a panoramic viewing area from the “glasshouse” on the top deck.
In summer 2014, Sunrise Yachts will deliver its newest 148-foot (45-meter) build: Project Sunrise. When a North American owner signed with the yard, the yacht was already under construction with only interior outfitting to be completed, which allowed a shorter-than-usual completion time.
Delta’s latest delivery, Invictus, will be a striking addition to the charter market. Named after the spirit of a 19th-century poem by William Ernest Henley, this 217-foot (66-meter) yacht features numerous windows and an extra-wide beam—43 feet (13.1 meters).
Therapy, the eighth in Sanlorenzo’s SD122 series, was recently launched in Viareggio. Built for a Turkish entrepreneur, this four-deck, 122-foot (37.2-meter) yacht is meant to evoke the image of the 1930s trans-Atlantic liners.
It was, with a nod to Red Sox fans, the sports comeback of all time. Emirates Team New Zealand, the clear leader early in the America’s Cup, was unable to stave off a late charge by Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team USA that suddenly found legs to sweep the final eight races and win the Auld Mug. In each race, the Kiwis were on match point and, for eight races, they lost to a steadily improving Oracle.
South African builder Southern Wind is hard at work on the third hull of the SW102, a raised-salon version of this sailing-yacht line. This yacht will have a slightly longer hull (it is expected to finish at 104 feet/31.7 meters), in part to make room for a garage capable of holding a 13-foot (4-meter) tender.
The International SeaKeeper Society (ISKS) will hold its annual Bal de la Mer gala event in San Francisco this year, the first in 15 years hosted outside of Monaco. In another first, the ISKS has chosen to honor a group instead of an individual. The Sargasso Sea Alliance (SSA) will be recognized for its work preserving the oceans.
One watcher called it “Iron Chef on the water.” There’s no doubt competition was fierce during the Newport Charter Yacht Show’s Culinary Competition. Chefs were split into two classes—Grande, for yachts 100 feet and larger, and Premier, for yachts smaller than 100 feet. Participating yachts could also enter the show’s first tablescaping competition.