No matter how beautiful, sophisticated and stabilized a yacht is or how creative the design, few would dispute that the crew makes all the difference in a successful charter experience. More than a decade ago, Fraser Yachts instituted its annual Monaco Captains Awards. This year, about 300 people attended the black-tie event, now a staple on the busy Monaco Yacht Show calendar.
The energetic Patty Elkus, a founding member and board member of the International SeaKeepers Society, spearheaded the Women in Yachting & Ocean Advocacy Honorary Host Committee for the 2012 Bal de la Mer. Patty is a committed advocate for the health of the ocean and advancement of science.
At the 2012 Monaco Yacht Show, the International SeaKeepers Society bestowed its Seakeeper Award on Agnès Troublé, better known to the world as “agnès b,” designer and successful entrepreneur.
The Monaco Yacht Show is in full swing, and while the present is very much here and vibrant with an array of new yachts on display, many ponder what the future may look like. The dip in new yacht orders of the past few years has stimulated the fertile imagination of creators and designers, and it is more than fun to explore the possibilities.
The 22nd annual Monaco Yacht Show, September 19 to 22, 2012, promises to be a special edition. Organizers expect 100 yachts from 82 feet to 295 feet in length (25 to 90 meters), with an average size of 150 feet (46 meters), to fill valuable dock space in Port Hercules.
The newly launched Azimut Grande 100 makes its Monaco debut. It features sexy and sleek exterior styling by Stefano Righini and a custom interior by Carlo Galeazzi, featuring either a four- or five-cabin layout (the four-cabin layout yields the owner a spectacular two-story suite).
Newly launched in 2012 at the Southern Wind Shipyard in Cape Town, South Africa, Almagores II was commissioned by an Italian owner who is a passionate sailor. Exhibiting a clean and uncluttered exterior and interior by Nauta Design and naval architecture by Farr Yacht Design, Almagores II represents the first of the SW102 DS series.
With naval architecture by Mondo Marine, and exterior and interior design by Giorgio Vafiadis, this aluminum semi-displacement yacht shares the same technical platform as six previously built 134-foot (41-meter) tri-decks built by the yard, but has a different superstructure and design.
The newly launched 154-foot (47-meter) Lady Petra is the eighth to be delivered in Heesen’s award-winning 47m class. It was built for Frans Heesen, the founder of Heesen Yachts who previously had a 144-foot Heesen called My Petra. Bannenberg & Rowell did the interior design.
With exterior design by Couach’s in-house team and an interior by Jean-Pierre Fantini, the newly unveiled Couach flagship will no doubt attract attention. Built in infused glass Kevlar reinforced with carbon, this flybridge yacht can reach speeds up to 30 knots but also has a nice long range at cruising speed.
Ancona-based Italian shipyard ISA delivered the 164-foot (50-meter) tri-deck displacement motoryacht Bella Anna in the summer of 2012. Naval architect Andrea Vallicelli collaborated with ISA’s in-house team, and for the first time, François Zuretti worked with ISA on the interior design.
This 180-foot (55-meter) Amels is another world premiere. With exterior design by Tim Heywood, interior design by Laura Sessa and Moran Yacht & Ship as owner’s representative, she is the newest model in the successful Amels Limited Editions range that bridges the gap between semi-custom and fully custom yachts.
This new beamy aluminum tri-deck with accommodations for 12 guests in six cabins is the second yacht built by Trinity for this American couple. Designer Evan K. Marshall, who designed their previous 157-foot Lady Linda, created a playful interior using outstanding burl and a staggering selection of high-quality Italian marbles, custom furniture and colorful artwork.
Maidelle (project Midlandia) is Icon Yachts’ third 205-foot (62.5-meter) motoryacht. She follows Icon, delivered in 2009, and Baton Rouge, delivered in 2010. Built for an experienced owner, she features exterior styling by Redman Whiteley Dixon Design and a tasteful interior design from Cristiano Gatto.
Vertigo (Hull No. AY41) is the largest sailing yacht to date from New Zealand builder Alloy Yachts. Designed with modern lines by Philippe Briand, she has a stunningly elegant interior by Christian Liagre Interior Design, whose brief was to render her “Urban at Sea.”