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Pendennis completes Phase One transformation

An impressive sight greets visitors to Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth, as the yard is now almost unrecognisable from the previous facilities. Extensive development of the site commenced in February 2013, and has seen the previous singular construction hall replaced with two 90m halls alongside a further 45m double-width hall. This complements the existing 150m dry dock, providing a more flexible space for superyacht refit and new builds projects at the 6.5acre site.

The project has been many years in the planning, as joint Managing Director, Mike Carr explained “Since the company was founded over 25 years ago we have continually invested in the Falmouth site to respond to industry demands. When we founded the company in 1988 a 35m vessel was perceived as ‘large’ in the yachting industry! Over the years as yacht sizes continued to grow and refit demand increased the yard has needed to adapt. Since the last major yard expansion, which included the improvement of our dry dock facilities in 2004, the superyacht industry has changed dramatically. Over the past five years in particular Pendennis has seen an increasing demand for winter refits as well as an escalation in the average length of yachts globally. Henk and I recognised that we needed to improve our facilities to cater to this, and so the development plans have been a key consideration for some time.”


Heesen Yachts: Project Necto, 45m sportster is sold!

Heesen Yachts is proud to announce that the first 45m fly bridge vessel YN 17145 – Project Necto – is sold to a yacht connoisseur with a true passion for Heesen core values: Aluminium, speed and power.

This powerful sportster, the largest built by a Northern European shipyard, will be capable of thundering along at an impressive 30 knots thanks to her well-engineered all-aluminium semi-displacement hull and twin MTU 16V 4000 M73L engines. Speed and power combined with uncompromised luxury and comfort are the characteristics of this semi-displacement yacht that will have a range of 2.750Nm at 12 knots.

Frank Laupman of Omega Architects has created the exterior lines of the yacht. True to form Laupman has interpreted the Dutch shipyard DNA with a touch of innovation by introducing the ‘knuckle’ – a design element that interrupts the line of the raked bow and gives this new breed of Heesen — with its much sharper and narrower bow — a particularly aggressive look.

The interior décor of YN 17145 is by acclaimed Italian designer Cristiano Gatto who is currently working on his third project with the Dutch shipyard. The Owners chose a contemporary yet cosy design for the interior of their 45m sportster. Warm Canaletto walnut is the main veneer, which perfectly complements the light tones of Loro Piana fabrics and the warm colours of the different finishes; pale blue soft furnishings give a relaxed and light feeling to the yacht’s interior. Ten guests will be accommodated in five cabins: The full beam master suite is located on the main deck, while the four guest cabins – two twins and two doubles – are on the lower deck.

The Owners dedicated special attention to the outdoor areas of their new vessel; the ultra-spacious sundeck is particularly impressive. As an expansive 84-square metre area, completely free from fixed furniture, it is available for guests to carry out their morning exercise – yet another unusual and particularly remarkable design feature on a yacht of this size.

YN 17145 will be delivered to her Owners after intensive sea trials in the North Sea in January 2016.

The Pendennis Cup 2014

_MG_9885_1.0pendenniscupAs the yachts waited in anticipation on the still waters of Falmouth Bay a party atmosphere prevailed, with water balloons and cannons firing off throughout the fleet during build up start of the fourth race of the Pendennis Cup 2014. It seemed as though there would not be a contest at all as the wind held off, but just 15minutes before the race was due to be called off an off shore breeze started to build gradually edging across the bay – the final race was on!
_MG_9835_1.0A short course was drawn up by the Race Committee, with the initial leg sailing into the ‘Gylly Beach’ mark. Gusts of 12-14 knots combined with the shortened course created exciting close-quarters racing surrounded by a building spectator fleet in anticipation of the Red Arrows display. Velacarina had a great start flying first around the ‘Old Wall’ mark, sailing down to ‘Tango’. Kelpie, who was helmed by her Owner for the first time during the regatta, performed excellently. This lead pair were closely followed by Christopher, then the impressive schooners Adix and Mariette with Breakaway gaining from behind.
With tight sailing throughout the yachts rounded ‘Tango’ in dramatically close succession. However, it was to be Velacarina’s race, maintaining her lead throughout, storming first over the finish line and taking victory of the 2014 Pendennis Cup. Kelpie achieved her best result of the week, taking second place on corrected time, pushing her ahead of Adix and Mariette making her fourth overall and winner of the Spencer Rigging Schooner award. Christopher completed the week in second place overall, after her first week of racing in the UK. She was awarded the Ward Williams prize for Starting Prowess, with an impressive average starting record of just 7 seconds within her allotted start time throughout the week.
The competition between the Little Dennis yachts was no less exciting. The elegantly beautiful fleet of smaller classics had been closely matched all week, with Firebrand and Cerinthe tussling for the lead on each race. positionAll yachts were tight around each mark, with the final elapsed time less than 4 minutes between the first and last boat. Firebrand completed Race 4 just 20seconds ahead of Cerinthe at the final gun, but on adjusted time first place went to Cerinthe by a mere 20 seconds. Although Cerinthe and Firebrand finished the regatta equal on points it was to be Cerinthe’s victory, awarded first place in the Little Dennis Cup on the race count back system.
As the yachts anchored off Gyllyngvase Beach to watch the incredible Red Arrows display they were joined by several hundred smaller craft on the water, with tens of thousands of spectators on the beach and lining the coastal path. The Reds drew a love heart against the blue sky, the competing yachts blasted their canons and the surrounding spectator fleet sounded their horns in a glorious finale to the Pendennis Cup 2014.






Azimut 77S – Innovation for beauty’s sake

AZ77S_runningAzimut 77S, the new model in the S Collection by Azimut Yachts, is making its world debut at the autumn 2014 Cannes boat show.
With four boats already sold even before its launch, the 77S sets the new standard for sport boats. Naturally, it is Made in Italy.
Four boats sold in pre-launch: the Azimut 77S seems to have already taken the road to success in the wake of his younger brother Azimut 55S, the best-selling of which, two years after the launch, were produced as many as 40 units. The yacht embodies that special synthesis of stylistic innovation, technology, and functionality found in all the Italian boatyard’s latest models. The pivoting stern platform for maximum flexibility, the wave-piercing vertical bow – for the first time introduced with the Azimut 55S – the single large deckhouse window, the glazed roof, superior performance, and enhanced fuel efficiency thanks to three engine configuration coupled with Volvo Penta IPS transmission are just some of the main features.
AZ77S_saloneThe most striking quality of this new jewel in the Azimut Yachts S Collection is its streamlined silhouette designed by Stefano Righini. The furnishings and interiors by Carlo Galeazzi are the ultimate in style, with the polished Zebrano wood and hand-sewn leather rendering them breathtakingly precious. There is no doubt about it, Azimut 77S is beautiful.
Azimut 77S is also extremely functional, light-filled, and spacious. The salon and dining area are an explosion of natural light coming from the large lateral windows, the nearly three-metre wide glazed entry doors, the bow windshield, and most of all from the glazed roof. Azimut 77S is literally full of surprises.
The crew area is below deck to the stern. It includes two cabins and a bathroom with separate shower, accommodating up to three crew members. The owner cabin is at full-beam amidships and is a real spatial tour de force. The VIP cabin to the extreme bow is also spectacular, as are the two lateral cabins, obviously each with its own bathroom. Triumph of space on the sundeck too with and a large sunpad and a pilot station.
The innovative features of the Azimut 77S just keep coming, including the engine room. Instead of the more traditional two engines set up, the Azimut 77S is equipped with three Volvo Penta 900 HP Diesel engines, each with IPS transmission. The avant-garde solution means that the engine room is better organised and takes up less space. It also provides for maximum ease of handling and steering and ensures outstanding performance coupled with greater fuel efficiency. This model also has a specially designed keel for superior performance with a maximum speed of more than 36 knots and increased fuel efficiency of approximately 350 l/h at the cruising speed of 32 knots.
The new 77S joins the other upcoming season offerings – the Azimut Grande 95RPH and the Azimut 50 Fly – debuting at the September 2014 boat show in Cannes. The yacht embodies beauty and sportiness, further incontrovertible proof of Azimut Yachts’ role as “ambassador of Made in Italy boating worldwide”.

Heesen is proud to announce the launch of its first 40 metre ‘sportster’, christened M/Y Galatea.

Photo credits: Dick Holthuis Photography

On January 17th, during a private ceremony at the shipyard facility in Oss, YN 15640, the first 40 metre Heesen ‘sportster’, was launched and christened M/Y Galatea. She is the true incarnation of Heesen DNA; with advanced aluminium hull technology, powerful performance, uncompromising interior design and peerless Dutch consInterior Galateatruction standards. M/Y Galatea has the optimum balance of comfort and power: she may have marble bathrooms among her luxurious interior design features, but she’s still capable of 27,5 knots.

M/Y Galatea has been built for private use, with a requirement that the sun deck had maximum space for relaxing and dining. Her open flybridge layout gives a huge 85 square metres of deck space that includes a helm station and a shaded dining area that is protected even underway by glass side panels. Bespoke teak furniture, including a built-in teppanyaki grill, completes this upper deck. Inside, the 10 metre long saloon includes a large square lounge and a dining area aft adjacent to full-height glazed doors. With the doors open, guests can dine inside while enjoying fresh air and panoramic views. Ten guests can sleep in five cabins: there’s a full-beam main deck master, two full-beam VIP doubles and two twin cabins on the lower deck, all of which have marble ensuite bathrooms.

Frank Laupman of Omega Architects has created an interior design that has a distinctive personality based on a theme of Dutch expressionism. Contrasting woods, simple clean lines, marquetry and glass detailing create an atmosphere of calm, contemporary elegance.

The ride will be as graceful and luxurious as the interior; comfort and handling are further enhanced by Active Interceptor stabilizers and the very latest zero-speed Seakeeper gyro stabilizers.

M/Y Galatea will be tested in the North Sea and be delivered to her Owners at the end of March 2014.

Specifications YN 15640 GA Galatea


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This third hull of Azimut Grande Collection’s thirty-six metre yacht is 100% Azimut-Benetti quality. Unmatchable style, liveability, and unparalleled comfort; with a maximum speed of 39 knots and two lateral water jets, Rolls-Royce central booster, it is owner-customised down to the last detail. With the addition of the all-new “Crew Network” service, the after-sales services exclusively designed for Azimut Yachts owners expand even more.

The third unit of  Azimut Grande 120SLs built over the last two years is scheduled for launch this April 2014; it is an embodiment of the Azimut-Benetti Group’s production excellence. Made up of planing yachts over 30-metres, the Azimut Grande is the most exclusive Azimut Yachts collection. And, it boasts the Group’s most ambitious design to date: the 120SL, the product of Azimut’s high-performance hull design prowess and the boatyard’s skill in creating custom solutions. Azimut Grande 120SL offers the boatowner a wide range of options, catering specifically to the semi-custom boat market. Over the years, the Group’s offering has expanded to include an after-sales service network specially designed to enhance the boat owner’s enjoyment. One example is the complimentary Expert Captain Search and Selection service, part of the ‘Crew Network’ service available to all owners of +24-metre Azimut-Benetti yachts.

Azimut Grande 120SLAside from the location of certain integral yacht components, such as the engines, bilges, and main bulkheads, the boat owner has been given total freedom in the detailing of construction and decor. The overall concept and style of this new design are the work of Stefano Righini, with interiors by Carlo Galeazzi.

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As Paolo Vitelli, chairman of the Azimut Benetti Group says: “Azimut Grande represents a tangible response to the needs expressed by our boat owners: it is an appealing and distinctive line that doesn’t cut corners in terms of comfort and flawless performance. Rigorous trials and tank testing have helped develop a high performance keel that can cruise with ease, even in rough seas. Adopting water jet transmissions has significantly limited vibrations and noise, maximising on board comfort for the boat owner and guests”.

What is the aim of the new 120SL? To experience the sea and the yacht without limits, reducing the distinction between interior and outside until it practically disappears.


A goal which springs to life as soon as the gangway comes up: as soon as you climb on board, you’ll find yourself on the main deck. Here, the cockpit and the living area come together to form a unified deck, with commanding views at all times of the day.

This third example of the Azimut Grande 120SL retains all the features which the previous units were renowned for, adding three MTU 16v 2000, 2640 horsepower engines (2450 rpm), boosting the maximum speed to 39 knots.

The internal layout still includes a main saloon with its 60 square metres;  50 square metres of glazing and the additional operable skylight above – which reveals more than 15 square metres of sky and sea – provide an unprecedented sensation: the distinction between inside and outside virtually disappears, there is longer any difference felt between the two.

The liveability and expanse of the interiors is emphasized by opening the glazing which separates the living area from the cockpit to create a single space in direct contact with the sea.

The living area comes standard with a ten-person dining table and two sofas, it can of course be closed off and climate controlled.

The main deck is an area where boat owners can freely express their taste and personalise the furnishings. Drawing on the boatyard’s design experience, its technical staff are on hand to establish the boat owners’ desires and propose solutions that shape them and bring them to life.

The lower deck layout offered by Azimut is a perfect example of high liveability. The owner’s cabin measures 43 square metres, with 11 of these dedicated to separate his-and-hers bathrooms. The two glassed windows offer breathtaking sea views and fill the interiors with natural light.

The crew area with its three cabins – one with a double bed – serves to separate and insulate the owner’s cabin from the engine room, further ensuring quiet and comfort. The layout also includes three guest cabins: one VIP cabin in the bow with a double bed, and two cabins with twin beds amidships, each with a private bathroom. In addition, the lower deck is equipped with an additional day head for day guests.

All the interiors feature a play of contrasting light and dark tones in finishes and materials, with ebony and oak skilfully combined with fine leather and steel and glass elements. The lighting scheme employs recessed LED ceiling lights and spots with continuous intensity adjustment. Even the exterior is designed and constructed to offer the best possible vacation experience.Towards the bow, a small sitting room and two large sunpads allow for total relaxation, all the while ensuring the necessary privacy. Between the openable roof section over the saloon and cockpit, a flybridge creates an additional outdoor living area equipped with a steering station, Jacuzzi, and dinette sofa. At the stern, the swimming platform above the transmissions with stairs going up to the cockpit. The garage, among the largest in this category, can house a tender of up to 5.5 metres and two jet skis up to 2.9 metres in length.

The three MTU 2000 16V engines are coupled with three Rolls-Royce KaMeWa water jets, two lateral water jets, and a central booster jet for true thoroughbred performance: the maximum speed is 39 knots, with unexpected acceleration and handling for a unit of this size. This is due also to high-quality electronic assistance that uses original elements from propulsion and transmission producers, as well as an integrated Naviop system.In the bilge there is a passage of more than 21 metres going all the way to the engine room, making it possible to inspect the hidden elements of the boat.

With the new Azimut Grande range flagship, the Azimut Benetti Group reinforces its role as a leader in the mega yacht world, reasserting its capacity to anticipate the needs and requirements of the most demanding boat owners



Lunghezza fuori tutto Length overall 35.5 m (116’6’’)
Lunghezza scafo Hull length 29.00 m (98’5’’)
Larghezza al baglio Beam (at main section) 7.90 m (25’11’)
Immersione (a pieno carico) Draft (at full load) 1.70 m
Dislocamento (a pieno carico) Displacement (at full load) 158.00 t
Motorizzazione Engines 3 x MTU 16V 2000 M93 2640mHp (1939 kW)
Velocità massima (a medio carico) Maximum speed (at half load) 39 nodi/knots*
Velocità di crociera (a medio carico) Cruising speed (at half load) 32 nodi/knots*
Serbatoi carburante Fuel capacity 18.000 lt- (4755 Us gls)
Serbatoi acqua dolce Water capacity 3.000 lt (793 Us gls)
Cabine Cabins 4+3 equipaggio/crew
Posti letto Berths 10+5 equipaggio/crew
Servizi Head compartments 6+2 equipaggio/crew
Costruttore Builder Azimut Yachts
Design esterni e concept Exterior design and concept Stefano Righini
Design interni e concept Interior design and concept Carlo Galeazzi


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Azimut 86S by Azimut Yachts


Model 86S

The profile of the 86S will remind you of a sea creature attempting to break through the sea’s surface. A particularly narrow bow precedes a slender, aerodynamic body, characterised by square windows and double mirrored shark fin windows, that are synonymous with the S Collection. A third horizontal window also allows yet more light to penetrate into the yacht.

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Heesen Yachts- Galactica Star iPad App available now!

Heesen Yachts is proud to launch a new iPad App featuring the revolutionary 65m Fast Displacement yacht GALACTICA STAR!


The Pendennis Cup 2014: the UK’s premier superyacht regatta

_DSC0043 Pendennis Cup 2012 Nick Bailey_1.0Initially founded in 2008 the Pendennis Cup has grown year on year, creating a unique opportunity for classic and modern superyachts to showcase their sailing capabilities in the dramatic waters of Cornwall. Each of the four racing days usually brings its own unique set of conditions as Greg Perkins, Captain of Adela, explains: “Compared to other regattas we have competed in the racing is good as generally there is plenty of wind and the tidal waters make it tactically challenging. The shore side is great fun, with plenty of social events making for an exciting atmosphere.”

Once again race management will be provided by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club and supported by renowned sailing officer Peter Craig, experienced in managing international events such as the Bucket Regattas, the Maxi Rolex World Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race. Peter Craig reflected on his experience of managing the 2012 Pendennis Cup: “I’ve been involved in both grand prix and superyacht racing events for over 20 years now and 2012 was my first Pendennis Cup. It’s what sailboat racing should be with an emphasis on the fun aspect of the sport – competitive racing and fantastic parties, combined with the unique heritage of Falmouth, Cornwall.”

The 2014 Pendennis Cup will take place from the 26th-31st May in Falmouth, UK. The race days on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, are supported by a range of shore side social events providing a fantastic opportunity for the guests, sponsors and crews to reflect on the days racing whilst enjoying the best hospitality, entertainment and cuisine that Cornwall has to offer.

Pendennis Cup 2012 Richard Langdon_1.0An eclectic fleet is expected this year with Mariette of 1915 returning to defend her title, challenged by the impressive 65m three-masted schooner Adix who returns to the event for the first time since racing in the 2008 Pendennis Cup. Additionally we will see Pendennis-built performance sailing yachts compete against each other at the Cup for the first time: the iconic 1996 built Rebecca and the beautiful 46m Ron Holland ketch Christopher. Launched by Pendennis in 2011 Christopher raced exceptionally well at her inaugural regatta, the St Barth’s Bucket, the month after her launch. These yachts will be joined by local vessel Breakaway and the 26m Bermudian Ketch Velacarina, who has competed in the last three regattas, with previous winner Adela keen to return.

The Pendennis Cup fleet will be supported by an equally competitive group of smaller classic yachts, now known as the Little Dennis Cup, which is set to include Ed Dubois’ Firebrand returning to defend her 2012 title, alongside Pinnucia, Zarik and the 1928 Kelpie of Falmouth.

With a wide range of yachts still confirming interest, the Pendennis Cup 2014 looks set not only to provide a beautiful spectacle in the waters of Falmouth Bay, but potentially one of the most dramatic and closely-fought regattas yet.

PN. Pendennis Cup Falouth 2012 on board sailing yacht Velacarina

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