Premiere der Sea Bubble

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.

Segelkatamaran
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.

Hier geht es zu Alain Thébaults größtem technologischen Erfolg: Das Rekordschiff „Hydroptère“

Kornati Cup 2017 beendet | Kornati Cup Bavaria Nautitech Lagoon

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.

Segelregatta
Segelregatta

Life On Board: The Owner of Q on Refits & Regattas

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.

Life On Board: The Owner of Q on Refits & Regattas
Life On Board: The Owner of Q on Refits & Regattas
Life On Board: The Owner of Q on Refits & Regattas
Life On Board: The Owner of Q on Refits & Regattas
Life On Board: The Owner of Q on Refits & Regattas
Life On Board: The Owner of Q on Refits & Regattas
Life On Board: The Owner of Q on Refits & Regattas
Life On Board: The Owner of Q on Refits & Regattas
Photos by Quin Bisset
Life On Board: The Owner of Q on Refits & Regattas
Life On Board: The Owner of Q on Refits & Regattas
Life On Board: The Owner of Q on Refits & Regattas
Life On Board: The Owner of Q on Refits & Regattas
Life On Board: The Owner of Q on Refits & Regattas
Photos by Quin Bisset
Life On Board: The Owner of Q on Refits & Regattas

On the Market: Explore Norway On Lili This Summer

On the Market: Explore Norway On Lili This Summer

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.

On the Market: Explore Norway On Lili This Summer