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December 01, 2022

Dates and race arena confirmed for the 37th edition of America’s Cup Match

AC37 Event Limited (ACE) has confirmed both the intended race area and dates for the 37th edition of America’s Cup Match in 2024.

The racing area for both the Challenger Selection Series and America’s Cup Match has now been agreed upon with Barcelona’s Capitán Marítimo and is set to the south of the city along Barcelona’s beachfront, affording the perfect natural viewing gallery right along the coastline.

A permanent exclusion zone for the duration of the racing has been agreed upon to ensure safety for both the competitors and the expected daily armada of spectator boats that will take the opportunity to see the AC75s and AC40s at close range.

For those on shore, racers could see the action just a few hundred meters off the beach depending on conditions.

America’s Cup Match will showcase a best-of-13 format, and will commence on Saturday 12th October with two races scheduled, followed by a further two races on Sunday 13th October 2024. Following a two-day break in the race, America’s Cup Match will recommence on Wednesday 16th October for one race.

Also confirmed is the date for the Women’s America’s Cup Regatta Final which occupies prime time viewing after the final race on 16th October 2024. Racing the new and exciting AC40 class set up in strict one-design mode, the sailors that get to the final of the Women’s America’s Cup will undoubtedly be some of the finest foiling athletes on the planet.

Grant Dalton, CEO of America’s Cup Events Limited, commented, “This is a significant event to plan for, with safety concerns at the top of the list for both spectators and competitors. I think the result is going to be something pretty spectacular with racing taking place in front of the beach.”

by: Annabelle Fox

December 01, 2022

Travelers to Seychelles no longer require COVID-19 vaccination

Travelers visiting the popular yachting destination Seychelles will no longer need a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or negative PCR test as of December 1st, 2022.

Visiting Seychelles does not require a visa, and the new change in COVID-19 health regulations makes for an uncomplicated, hassle-free stay.

Peter Alvis, general manager at Asia Pacific Superyachts, commented, “Visitors and holders of a gainful occupation permit (GOP) to Seychelles will still need to complete an online travel authorization form on the Seychelles Electronic Border System.”

This information includes the personal and travel information details of the passengers, which was previously provided on a paper form upon arrival at the airport, but is now in digital form. Travelers also need to provide a scanned copy of their passport, which can be uploaded via the system’s website or an app.

Additionally, foreign visitors will need valid travel and health insurance to cover potential COVID-19-related costs and GOP holders will need relevant coverage for potential health and COVID-19-related costs.

Berthing is available at Eden Island Marina once vessels have been cleared. International yachts and superyachts interested in cruising this archipelago comprising 115 Granitic and Coralline islands will find there are 42 granite islands in the Seychelles region.

Seychelles is also located outside the cyclone belt with no risk of contracting malaria, yellow fever, cholera, or other common tropical diseases and with a sublime tropical climate and has the potential for a carefree, year-round cruising season.

by: Annabelle Fox

December 02, 2022

AB Yacht Design & Naval Architecture unveils 60m sport fisher concept Project Canyon

AB Yacht Design & Naval Architecture, the British studio under designer Aristotelis Betsis, has unveiled a 60-meter (196-foot) sport fisher superyacht concept called Project Canyon.

The past few years have seen a wave of large-scale sport fisher superyachts, and demand for the traditionally American yachts has reached an all-time high across the industry.

The yacht combines the utilitarian and adventure-focused nature of sport fishers with the luxury of a superyacht. The exterior design is characterized by smooth lines and a modern aesthetic, with the tower fitting seamlessly into the overall design rather than dominating it.

“We always try to invest time in the development of concepts,” said Betsis, design director at AB Yacht Design & Naval Architecture. “Creativity comes best with freedom and concepts to enable us to create with just the necessary limits. We are a fresh studio, and we want to stay that way.”

She features an inverted bow and slender hull, bringing the owner and guests closer to the water and ensuring smooth cruising even on high seas. The yacht has a top speed of 22 knots, so she is capable of getting to off-shore fishing grounds in excellent time.

Internally, Project Canyon features the main dining on the owner’s deck aft, and on the bridge deck sits the main saloon, which offers stunning views. She can accommodate as many as 12 guests between six staterooms, with three doubles and two twins, both of which feature Pullman beds. The yacht’s interior is modern, with wood veneers, stacked stone, and tinted glass creating an earthy atmosphere. There are also plants situated throughout the interior adding a hint of natural color.

In addition to the shadow vessel, Project Canyon is home to Seabobs, wave runners, and a 5.15m (16ft) WilliamJet Rescue Tender.

by: Hannah Rankine

December 05, 2022

Falcon Tenders collaborates with Anna Borla to create a new limousine tender design

Falcon Tenders has unveiled a new collaboration with Italian designer Anna Borla Design & Yachts to create a new limousine tender design.

The new 10.5-meter (34-foot) limousine tender showcases an elegance and sophistication that has become synonymous with Falcon Tenders. The design features lean and crisp lines with a distinctive low profile and aerial symmetry.

A blend of futuristic details, such as circular vertical bow lights and a wraparound exterior LED, are mixed with traditional styling, from the shape of the hull to the classic port holes.

A glass ceiling panel is matched with vertical wraparound windows, keeping guests enclosed and comfortable in all sea states in an air-conditioned indoor environment. This is complemented by premium leather upholstery for a refined interior finish.

Anna Borla, the founder at Anna Borla Design & Yachts, said, “I wanted to bring a new level of interior comfort to the guest experience when traveling by limousine tender, from pop-up crystal drinks decanters and a bright, natural ambiance to the use of tactile fabrics and materials.”

From a service standpoint, the sustainably sourced teak used on the exterior deck areas also runs along the top of the boat, enabling crew easy access from bow to stern without interrupting guests seated inside.

As with all Falcon tenders, sustainable propulsion is at the forefront of the design, with a combustion, diesel-electric propulsion system or an all-electric version available, all of which occupy equivalent engine space. The hybrid and electric self-charging plug-in options bring the added bonus of emission-free transfers without compromising on comfort, style, or performance.

Mark Pascoe, co-founder, and CEO of Falcon Tenders commented, “I have always been driven by fresh ideas and concepts, keeping a keen eye on maintaining the highest quality of engineering and electrical systems. This all-new limousine concept keeps us on our path of innovation, and we are delighted to be collaborating with someone of Anna Borla’s talent.”

by: Annabelle Fox