Als sich sein neues Projekt, welches den Wassertransport in Städten revolutionieren soll, vorstellte, gab es viele Zweifler und Skeptiker. Für viele mutet es wie ein Akt der Verzweiflung an, so waren seine anderen Projekte wesentlich Prestigeträchtiger.
Schließlich war er einmal ein Star der Segelszene, als er 2009 mit seinem futuristischen Trimaran “Hydroptère” den absoluten Speed-Rekord auf 51,36 Knoten hochschraubte. Dennoch konnte der charismatische Franzose diesen Rekord nicht nutzten um zukunftsträchtige Foiler zu entwickeln. So setzte er wohl durch die Benutzung von V-Foilern auf das Falsche Pferd, mittlerweile werden ausschließlich L-Foils verwendet.
Katamaran auf dem Ozean
Allerdings erscheint das Wasser-Taxi-Thema nicht so abgedreht, wie auf den ersten Blick vermutet. So ließ der Erfinder verlauten, dass bald 100 seiner SeaBubble Menschen auf der Seine transportieren sollen. Durch die Vorstellung seines ersten Prototypen scheint er auf dem richtigen Weg zu der Erreichung dieses Zieles zu sein.
Der Mini-Foiler mit Elektro-Antrieb sieht noch längst nicht so sexy aus, wie die ersten Renderings vermuten ließen, aber offenbar funktioniert er technisch schon bestens. Das kleine etwa 16 Knoten schnelle Tragflächenboot soll den Wassertransport in den Metropolen der Welt revolutionieren. Paris macht den Anfang.
Der Vorteil für die Städte: SeaBubble ist im Vergleich zu Autos umweltfreundlich durch den Elektro-Antrieb und erzeugt kaum Wellenschlag. Allerdings hat Thébault auch angekündigt, dass für die nächste Entwicklungsstufe eine weitere Finanzspritze von zehn Millionen Euro notwendig ist, wie und ob diese zustande kommt steht derzeit noch völlig in den Sternen.
Vom 29.04.2017 bis einschließlich 04.05. fand der Kornati Cup in Kroatien statt. Der Kornati Cup ist eine international besetzte Segelregatta, die jährlich von Ende April bis Anfang Mai in den Kornaten in Kroatien stattfindet. Die zahlreichen Yachten, auf 200 begrenzt, machen diese Regatta zu einer der größten in Kroatien. Besonders die beiden Einheitsklassen Bavaria 41S und Bavaria 45 sind sehr beliebt. hier entscheidet nicht Material sondern Teamgeist und die beste Taktik. Auch die Katamaran-Klasse ist wie immer hart umkämpft, wobei dieses Jahr die Nautitech Katamarane die Nase leicht vor der Lagoon 42 hatte.
Die Ergebnisse der Regatta kann man auf der offiziellen Homepage des Kornati Cup 2017 einsehen.
Life On Board: The Owner of Q on Refits & Regattas
The elegant performance yacht Q is a modern icon of luxury, designed to create the perfect charter experience through renewed interiors and unparalleled freedom under sail.
Guest contributor Roxanne Hughes speaks to Owner Kim Vibe-Petersen about refits, regattas and bringing an exciting charter yacht back to the market.
Refit for Purpose "First of all we had the whole boat refit," explains Kim Vibe-Petersen, "we took most of the old interior out and gave it a new look. We made her lighter in colour, before this, she looked more like Disney World inside - it didn’t match with our Scandinavian style. We basically took all the varnish off the floor and gave them all a ‘white soap’ to give the Scandinavian look, added large white sofas, and we found very nice materials for the rest of it [...] We installed new 3Di Sails and had the rig tuned so she was fit for racing – the yacht has never raced before. At Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta we did pretty well, she performed very well and we were very happy with the result."
Charter with Soul "She’s already very popular but also, we always have a very good crew on board and we put the family soul into it. People see us as a family and how we use the boat and they say ‘ah, I would love to do the same thing with my family’. They want to race, and have holidays on board and parties on board and that’s what we sell – that’s exactly what we did at the Bucket.
We like to have a lot of guests on board and with crew & everything it can be 50, 60, people on a daily basis (at a regatta). It shows the boat performs and you can use it as a nightclub, you can use it as a holiday home, and you can move it around the world to where you want to have it. I think nothing can beat that.
If you don’t like the scenery today, you can make it different in half an hour, just move the boat to another anchorage, or move it from St Barths to New York – go see the Statue of Liberty, or sail around Martha’s Vineyard, or go to New Zealand! Be wherever you want to be. Go around the world and have Q wherever you want. Of course what I’m saying is nothing new but sometimes you have to remind yourself that this is the optimal summer house, because the views can be different everyday."
A Year Well Travelled "We haven’t used her so much yet, we’ve mostly been doing promotional charters and at the Bucket Regatta, but we have a week here and there planned. The boat has already been very busy on charter – she’s booked for the whole summer, it’s already back-to-back and that’s seldom found these days, for most owners they only get last-minute charters but we have all these bookings. When Parsifal was built we had bookings for a year in advance and with Q, it’s basically a year in advance again.
The programme is to possibly bring her to New York – we have some engines that need to be serviced – and we might go to Bermuda for the regatta & the America’s Cup. That’s what we plan at the moment. And then we go straight into the charter season."
Having style is all about simplicity, and the new refit of Q (formerly Mondango 2) has brought a new sense of space and comfort on board. Listed with charter for Camper & Nicholsons, Q will be sailing across the West Med this summer with a view on the Caribbean during Winter.
Having been in the water for only a few weeks, Imperial has today brought the latest Amels yacht Lili to the market for charter; available for guests looking to explore Norway and the West Med in style this summer.
Designed by Tim Heywood, with elegant interiors by Laura Sessa, Lili offers open spaces for up to twelve guests, as well as living areas designed for spending time together and enjoying life on the water; no matter your idea of luxury.
“Amels superyachts have proven their versatility within the charter industry and Lili is created to reply to the most exclusive requests on board thanks to her experience crew and her unique, bespoke exterior and interior layout,” explains Julia Stewart, Imperial Director.
Ready to create new boundaries in the 50-55m range, LILI will certainly establish new standards in the Charter industry and offer numerous options to her guests wherever the destination and conditions. She is built and managed on high standards, and it is a pride to welcome her in our Imperial Charter Central Agency fleet.”
Built from the Amels Limited Editions 180 range, Lili’s notable design features include a Beach Club and Gym, a Master suite with aft terrace for privacy and a huge 175 square-metre Sun Deck with an enviable four-metre swimming pool.
From Mid-July Lili is available for charter in the stunning waters of Norway, where clean air and exploration await before she arrives in the West Mediterranean, a region known for it’s style, glamour and effortless escapes. Click here for more information on chartering Lili this summer.
Top Superyachts to Charter at The Monaco Grand Prix
Since 1929, the Circuit de Monaco has played home to one of the most prestigious races in the world. This year from the 25th to 28th of May the principality will come alive, as it does each year to welcome Formula 1 to the winding roads of Monte-Carlo.
The best way to watch: from Monaco's glamourous yacht-lined harbour on your very own charter... sure to provide the most extravagent weekend in one of the world's superyachting capitals.
Martha Ann In a nod to Lurssen's timeless builds, all 70m of Martha Ann's iconic blue-hull ooze the kind of style and sophistication we've come to expect from a charter in Port Herclue. Mixing up classic carved woodwork with the most opulent and contemporary marble bathroom suites on the market, living abooad Martha Ann is the closest to regal living you'll get outside the palace. Available through IYC, spending the Grand Prix on board this superyacht makes for a more than exceptional experience.
Majestic Soft curves make Feadship's 61m, Majestic particularly distinctive from behind. Berthed in Monaco's port, she's sure to stand out from the crowd, with a skylounge, outdoor guest foyer and expansive sundeck spoiling the choice for where to watch the race fly by. By night, her interior transforms into an elegant entertaining space with ample space to host the most indulgent dinners. Majestic is available to charter with Burgess.
Double Down Fresh from a refit in 2016, 65m Double Down is an Italian masterpiece. Built by Codecasa in Viareggio, Italy, her European flair is the perfect match for Monaco's glamourous feel. With a highly-skilled crew able to accommodate 12 at sea and up to 80 guests quayside, TWW offer her for charter with the intention of providing the most memorable Grand Prix weekend and a stunning platform on which to endlessly entertain.
Apogee Classic elegance with a hint of je ne sais quoi is how 62m Codescasa-built, Apogee maintains exlusivity with an inviting appeal. Her magnificent mahogony interior is complimented by sweeping spiral staircases that lead to 22ft bar modeled after Monaco's very own Cafe de Paris, providing more than ample (and well suited!) space to entertain once you pull yourself away from the action. Available with TWW.
Mon Plaisir On the charter market with SuperYachtsMonaco is the 46m superyacht Mon Plaisir. From the top, down, her bridge deck sky lounge features a 65inch screen and karaoke machine to maximise time spent outdoors, whilst beneath, sterling silver, Elmo leather, Calacatta marble and walnut wood are the recipe for a Monaco charter with just the right amount of indulgence. Subtly showy with room for 10 guests, the plaisir (pleasure) on this Heesen-build could soon be all yours.
Die Dubrovnik Times berichtet von einem Yachtunfall, welcher sich in Kroatien zwischen Sipan und Dubrovnik am Montagabend ereignet hatte. Demnach kollidierten zwei Yachten miteinander. Laut der Zeitung kamen bei diesem Unfall mindestens drei Personen ums Leben, zwei wurden schwer verletzt und vier gelten immer noch als vermisst.
Alle Unfallopfer waren Insassen eines relativ kleineren Motorbootes, das auf dem Weg von Dubrovnik nach Sipan war. Bei ihnen handelt es sich um die noch recht jungen Betreiber und Angestellten eines erst im vergangenen Jahr in der Bucht Pakljena in Kroatien eröffneten Restaurants namens „Bowa“.
Die „Dubrovnik Times“ zitiert in ihrem Bericht den Hafenmeister von Dubrovnik, welcher aussagt, das Boot der Unfallopfer sei offenbar ohne Navigationslichter gefahren. Es wurde gegen 21.20 Uhr von einer größeren Motoryacht gerammt, und zwar vom Search-and-Rescue-Boot der Dubrovniker Hafenmeisterei. Das war für einen dringenden Krankentransport nach Mljet gerufen worden, einer Nachbarinsel Sipans, und befand sich zum Zeitpunkt des Unglücks gleichfalls im Kolocep-Kanal.
Im Rahmen einer groß angelegten Suchaktion wurde zunächst einer von anfangs noch fünf vermissten Bootsinsassen tot gefunden. Von den anderen vier fehlte bisher noch jede Spur. Die Wahrscheinlichkeit, dass sie den Unfall überlebt haben, dürfte daher entsprechend gering sein, dennoch geben die Behörden und Angehörige des Unfalls die Hoffnung nicht auf.
Wie und ob es mit dem Restaurant weiter geht ist natürlich noch völlig unklar.
A perfect example of traditional styling and sophisticated seafaring experience, St David has this week emerged from an extensive shipyard period following a major refit; bringing renewed elegance and cutting-edge updates to a classically styled motor yacht.
Project managed for the Owner by West Nautical, the extensive refit program (taking 22,421 man hours) included a complete service and update of everything from deck spaces to vital underwater works. We take a look at just some of the difficult tasks which has successfully maintained the career of this impressive charter yacht.
Sixty Metres of Renewed Style The 60-metre (196’85”ft) superyacht St. David has been in the Italian Sea Group yard in Carrara Italy - with WOSA Yacht Refit and Survey as the refit managers - with a view of returning to form and cruising the East and West Mediterranean this summer in style.
Her flowing Winch-styled exterior has been refreshed with new paint (matching Off White with Pelorus Bronze), new LED lights, and even more works across her external spaces. With refreshed Jacuzzi and Limo tender, a rebuilt swim platform and totally new glass throughout (to name just a few updates), WOSA has brought her up to immaculate standards.
New Life to On Board Experience Known as an exemplary charter yacht pre-refit, St. David is now back to entertaining guests on board with; a new galley service with updated flooring and look, newly updated Ozone treatments across all mattresses, updated air-conditioning, new carpet throughout the public room and brand-new marble in the guest showers with the remainder being polished.
Her interior is still meticulously maintained and as beautiful as the day she hit the water, thanks to a timeless style (also by Winch Design) imbued with light furnishings, dark wood highlights and a traditional take on stately living.
All vital underwater works have been updated as part of her Lloyds Intermediate Survey, bringing higher-level operations as well as a full engineering service and tender update; offering a smooth, enjoyable experience on board with an edge of added fun.
St. David is now back on the market and available for sale and charter with West Nautical; with still some openings left this summer.
An almost literal translation of heaven, Elysian is a custom-built 60-metre (196'10"ft) motor yacht from Abeking & Rasmussen, available to charter as a retro-contemporary living space on the water offering all the comfort humanly achievable.
World-Class Distinction For the most desired charter experience of unconfined freedom, connection to the outdoors an immersion into the heart of nature; Elysian, the winner of the International Superyacht Society Awards 2010 boasts a striking design from the outside in. From its sharp exterior by Donald Starkey to its luxe-living space by interior talents at Bannenberg & Rowell, this 2009 built 60m classic makes for the perfect escape with your guests as you charter the romatic shores of the Med or the picturesque oasis of the Caribbean.
Contemporary Luxe at Sea Available for charter with Denison Yacht Sales, this unparalleled vessel accommodates 12 guests in 6 cabins, including a full-beam master. Bannenberg & Rowell have accomplished a bespoke stylings here with sheer elegance and character. Refined to perfection; its rich golden hues that contrast with bespoke lime bar stools by Glyn Peter Machn, bolds structures and flamboyant light fixtures, all marry to create a contemporary living space like no other. Glass pannels offer an airy play with space, whilst flashes of citrus adorn the interior space made more ideal by the 16 crew members who offer a seamless charter experience unrivalled.
Life on Deck Large exterior deck space distinguishes Elysian as a charter choice for the outdoors, idyllic for relaxed gatherings with family, or entertaining friends for lazy summer evenings dining al-fresco, with dining space aft on both the bridge and main decks. Begin your day soaking up the sun on its open plan sun deck, where a large jacuzzi is complimented by sunpads, sun loungers and cocktail bar for mixology on tap, or reside to its state-of-the-art gym equipment as you overlook melting sunsets.
Endless Entertainment From the Master Suite that showcases a 152.4cm/60" flat screen TV, with surround sound & Kaleidescape to its futuristic Sky Lounge fitted with gradually changing coloured lighting in deep greens and electric blues create a unique ambience on board, featuring the best of high-tech modernism for a leisurely escape. A perfect atmosphere for entertainment, its Sky Lounge dining area adorned with funky spotlights and a minimalist colour palette offers an entitiy in itself on board Elysian.
Afternoons of Adrenalin Elysian showcases a mighty selection of 4 tenders, and a great array of water toys ideal for families. Her large swim platform, one of the most expansive for a 60m vessel, not only comes packaged with paddleboards, SeaDoo Waverunners, kayaks and Seabobs, but includes a 16-ft Hobie-Cat on the mast, perfect for a thrilling escape into adrenalin filled afternoos, as you skim the crystal waters of your chosen destination.
Power and Performance Elysian yacht has a steel hull with a aluminium superstructure with a beam of 10.70m (35'1"ft) and a 3.50m (11'5"ft) draft, with a cruising speed of 14.00 knots and a range of 4000.00 nm, this 2009 built German spectacle by Abeking & Rasmussen offers all the power and performance desired to match a host of amenities throughout, making your journey across European coastlines or Caribbean islands, an adventure of a lifetime.
Top Superyachts to Charter at The Cannes Film Festival
Between 17 to 28 May in the heart of Cannes, the Old Port will play host to those visiting the 70th Annual Film Festival as one of the most enviable events on the French Riviera. With an atmosphere that welcomes attendees with excitement and elegance, we take a look at the top superyachts still available for charter in this cultural hot-spot.
The Wellesley A seamless extension of one of Knightsbridge, London's most prestiguous hotels, 56m M/Y The Wellesley is an art-deco masterpiece; perfectly in tune with the film festival's glamourous surroundings. Laced with Italian Arabescato Corchia marble and showcasing the most impressive array of cigars, this 1993 Oceanco vessel was refit in 2016 making it the superyacht-match for a covertable Cannes charter, still available through TWW Yachts.
Coral Ocean Mirroring the French Riviera's vintage appeal, Coral Ocean is 73-metres of quintessential Lurssen. It's creamy-hull, as commanding as it's stature and size, is the perfect base to bask in the area's old charm. New to the charter market with Burgess and until recently, shrouded in secrecy, it's expansive 3-deck outdoor spaces are ideal for entertaining until the early hours.
Kismet A Lurssen giant from 2014, 95m Kismet has a reputation like no other. Available through Moran Yacht & Ship, her interiors by Reymond Langton are grand enough to compete with any surrounding, and her Espen Oeino exterior is as striking as the South of France's craggy coast. Boasting a number of titles, including a position in the Top 100, to spend time on board in Cannes, is to spend time on one of the largest and most admired charter yachts on the market today.
Here Comes The Sun A marriage of Tim Heywood's renowned exterior styling and Winch Design's dramatic interior style, the 83m Here Comes The Sun is another Top 100 entry available for Cannes that is sure to turn heads. New to the market in 2016, the Amels-built superyacht is an elegant retreat complete with a 24 man crew attending to your every need. Whether it's an on-deck dining experience or entertaining at sundown, Here Comes The Sun offers an extremely exquisite experience, available for charter with Fraser Yachts.
Astra Lazy moments resting on 55m Astra's never-ending sundeck could not be better suited to afternoons at Vieux Port. Immersing yourself in her jacuzzi and bar or tasting delights from her Teppaniaki grill are the best antitheses to the bustling crowds of Cannes. On the market with Imperial, by night enjoy a film or two of your own on her drop down screen before retiring to a Laura Sessa interior, as rich and indulgent as your surrondings.
Soy Amor Built by Benetti in 2014, 41m Soy Amor is a contemporary vision with an undeniable Italian flair. Her angles are sharp and interiors ooze sophistication, whilst 4 teak-decks are aplenty for enjoying the best of the Western Mediterranean sunshine. The ideal escape from a day of festival-frolics, relaxing on board against a backlit marble waterfall is more than tempting and more than possible with Moran Yacht & Ship.
Mit 12-15kn Seabreeze gab es am letzten Tag der European Sailing Series in Portoroz die windigsten Bedingungen. Es konnten wiederum 3 Fahrten gesegelt werden. Mit einem weiteren Laufsieg machte Andrea Racchelli ITA alles klar und siegte überlegen mit 20 Punkten Vorsprung auf Bo Pedersen DEN. Punktgleich auf Rang 3 folgt Robert Bakoczy HUN. Jörg Hotz SUI klassierte sich als bester Schweizer auf Rang 13, Michael Good SUI folgt auf Rang 19 der 33 Teams aus 15 Nationen. Hier gehts zur Facebook Seite der Veranstaltung.