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Word from the Architect: A Sky’s Sanctuary on Ouranos

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 14:00
Word from the Architect: A Sky’s Sanctuary on Ouranos “She is the primal Greek god personifying the sky” shared the Group Art Director Gian Marco Campanino. Although inspired, in a veiled manner, by the mythological meaning of ‘Ouranos’, the architect shares how he utilized this 50-metre canvas, to explore this abstract notion through design.

“No naturalistic figures of the sky were represented anywhere” confirms the designer.  Instead, the ethereal concept of the sky tells a story of darkness and light, space and texture, and the artistic harmony of contrast. 

“Darkness and luminosity were re-interpreted by dark Macassar ebony wood” shares Gian Marco Campanino. “In opposition to huge floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, full of light.” 

Designed to invite the rumbling cliffs of the Eastern Med to meet you at breakfast, a charter escape on Ouranos ensures the rustic elegance of your destination is every bit a part of your interior space. 

Texture and shape however, play an entirely abstract role on board Ouranos. “Delicate bright suede covered wall and ceilings; stillness of clear skies were translated into clean lines, to emphasize the sense of purity” shares Gian Marco Campanino, translating the artistic emblem of nature into each and every silhouette. 

Paying homage to this idea further is her ‘less-is-more’ aesthetic. As a 2016 build her contemporary space is masterfully executed through a minimalist white-black contrast, as well as punchy artworks “wisely placed all around the main ambients of the yacht, as accents to the pure interiors.” To recreate, in the very accordance to her name, a “gleam of the stars.” 

And yet, even with her stripped back interior persona, she retains her exterior character almost anywhere in the world. Whether melting into the rustic allure of Montenegro or the white washed walls of Mykonos, the pencils parts of Uniellé Yacht Design come alive in a cutting-edge body that breaks ocean waves in style. 

To match her modern allure, is her Admiral build. As one of the most silent yachts, in noise and vibration levels on the market, she whisks up to 12 guests across 6 rooms into a motionless cotton cloud escape,  at sea level. 

M/Y Ouranos is available to charter with IYC in the East and West Mediterranean throughout both summer and winter seasons. 

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Discussing the Rise of the Support Yacht with Imperial

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 11:00
Discussing the Rise of the Support Yacht with Imperial The world is getting smaller, and as the notion of experience becomes a focal pursuit of today’s superyacht owner, the solutions to cruising the world in new and interesting ways are presenting fascinating design discussions across the industry. One of the original creations that prove the rule is the DAMEN Sea Axe range, a shadow vessel which offers exploration, discovery and space to enjoy the water like never before.

We go in search of how these remarkable vessels came to be with the experienced view of Julia Stewart (Managing Director of Imperial) who oversaw the creation and career of Fast Support Vessel 6711 - a leading example of the Sea Axe Range.

What were the market demands that sparked the rise of the support vessel?

"While all superyachts nowadays are including the best of technologies and comfort, Support Vessels are offering another scope of options in addition. While building 6711 together with DAMEN, we kept in mind the main skill of a yacht of this type: being multifunctional, whatever the conditions and the destinations. Being multifunctional means that a support vessel must be able to welcome supernumerary crew or guests, or even cover the Owner’s last minute requests. It also means being fitted for all water sports expectations: superior Dive Center, even a submarine!

Another demand we see more and more on new build superyachts remains the helipad, but what about having a helipad if you are dependent on somebody to fuel your aircraft? All luxury superyachts don’t have the relevant space for such extra assets and when you’re in the middle of nowhere and you want to explore new places, you must rely on your team. This is why 6711 was built for: thanks to her on-board fuelling station, distance is no longer a problem. And we bet this will be the new standards in the future support vessels."

What makes the Sea Axe range, and the support lifestyle, stand out?

"Imperial acted as Owner’s Representative, Build Supervisor and since the delivery of 6711, we are the Operational Manager of the vessel. Above all, we are proud to have been one of the very first companies of the superyacht industry to believe in the new options represented by the Sea Axe range at DAMEN, and more generally by the Support Vessel design.

They have everything, so they already stand out: from the 275 sqm space on the First deck able to carry any type of tenders or water toys (even a submarine), to such amenities like the professional Dive Center fully-equipped including a decompression chamber, the onboard hospital, the 14m D-Value Helipad with its fuelling station able to welcome most of the biggest aircrafts available, we are proud to have given life to one of the most incredible support vessel currently cruising the seas. We can also mention her 360° Bridge with Helicopter Monitoring System or the interiors outfitted by the famous designer Mark Berryman who took a special care about the life on board, but definitely: the Sea Axe range is the dream for all your next journeys!"

How is bringing a support vessel to life entirely different from a traditional yacht?

"Definitely on the safety side: crew training on board a support vessel is different than traditional superyachts. A Support Vessel is above all a working yacht, sometimes not comfortably fitted for guests and it must work smoothly and efficiently in any conditions with an optimal level of communication between all crew and a strong patience to manage all stressful conditions."

How does a support vessel offer up a different avenue of adventure?

"The Sea Axe range is built for adventures, being limitless is in its DNA. To understand the new trend around the Support Vessel, you must accept that the rules are evolving in the industry and more than ever the 21st century will be one of the new explorers, far away from the classic destinations like French Riviera or Central Caribbean.

New owners or charter guests want to explore new territories, face their own fears and push their boundaries far away, they no longer consider their journeys as only relaxing on the sunpads. Thanks to this support range, you can dive remote islands in Greece or South-East Asia, explore underwater wonders thanks to her submarine, fly from an island to another in a helicopter, and create unforgettable family memories that a sole superyacht could not offer. Support Vessel is not only a new trend, it’s a new lifestyle."

Speaking on behalf of DAMEN, Victor Caminada - Marketing Manager at AMELS - explained, “At DAMEN, we have delivered 10 purpose build Support vessels and are a recognised leader in the market. At the moment, two more DAMEN Yacht Support vessels are under construction.”

Delving deeper into the capabilities, Victor offered an insight into the purpose itself, highlighting the autonomy, ability to carry more toys, the guest accommodation for large parties to travel together and safe helicopter operations; proving that these superyacht support vessels, are more than just back up boats but rather a new wave of thinking for adventurous owners.

Photo by Guillaume Plisson for Imperial Yachts Photo by Guillaume Plisson for Imperial Yachts Photo by Guillaume Plisson for Imperial Yachts

The Must-See Superyachts at the Miami Yacht Show

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 16:00
The Must-See Superyachts at the Miami Yacht Show From February 15th, the yachting community in Miami will return to Collins Avenue for the brand-new instalment of the Miami Yacht Show. With a wealth of yachts from 30 feet to 83-metres, this is our list of the must-see superyachts at the upcoming American exhibition.

Here Comes The Sun
The 83-metre Here Comes The Sun will be the largest contender across Collins Avenue, with stunning Tim Heywood exterior design and cavernous interior volumes offering not only space but a lasting impact following the striking first impression. The AMELS 272 is the result of an owner growing through the ranks and therefore has boundless expertise imbued into the project from every angle.

Rose Damen, AMELS Commercial Director, commented on the upcoming American debut, stating: “We’re very excited to introduce the flagship of our 55 to 83-metre AMELS Limited Editions range in Florida. Here Comes The Sun is a wonderful showcase of the absolute highest AMELS quality and finish.”

Grace E
Perini Navi’s breakthrough motor yacht with eco-credentials and global appeal, Grace E is one of the largest superyachts on display at the Miami Yacht Show and a standout example of true Italian style. This 73-metre powerhouse of technology is an award-winning masterclass in life on board, and with a launch date of 2013, is not only meticulously maintained, but a future classic given her timeless Philippe Briand design.

Available for charter with Burgess, Grace E runs on the theme of serenity, with a dedicated wellness deck with boundless amenities: such as a spa, jacuzzi, steam sauna, gym, hydrotherapy bath and treatment rooms to name a few. This notion of clean living reaches all the way to the engineering, from the ability to stay stationary without dropping anchor to minimising damage while cruising.

Mine Games
One of the finest Benetti yachts to grace Miami’s coast, Mine Games is a 62-metre motor yacht with undeniable style with a true sense of opulence running through the interiors. On display at the Miami Yacht Show with Galati Yacht Sales, this is the perfect platform to explore the American coast, the Caribbean and beyond.

Iron Man
One of the world’s most prolific superyacht builders, Benetti announced the launch of the Vivace 125’ ‘Iron Man’ in 2015; an advanced vessel befitting of the titular ‘genius, billionaire, playboy and philanthropist’ himself. The flowing lines, natural profile and three decks of Iron Man offer lifestyle par excellence and a sleek, modern aesthetic throughout the interiors.

Grey Matters
Designed by Nuvolari Lenard, the sleek and low-profile lines of the sporty Grey Matters were brought to life by Palmer Johnson in 2007 and stand available for charter with Burgess today. On display at the Miami Yacht Show, this 45.72-metre superyacht is a distinctive vessel with a highly-skilled crew of 8 to make even the most discerning guests feel at home.

The Superyachts.com team were lucky enough to step on board Grey Matters in Antigua, to get a closer look at life on board, click here.

With 1.2 million square feet of showcase, the Miami Yacht Show is preparing to set a new pace for the American market in 2018; all the while offering an insight into inventory on the water in the American yachting capital.

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Media Alert: Rare ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ Coming—First in 35 Years, Spokesperson Available

National Geographic News Feed - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 17:17

** Media Alert **

Rare ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ Coming—First in 35 Years

Spokesperson Available 

The cosmic trifecta of a supermoon, a blue moon, and a total lunar eclipse hasn’t been seen anywhere on Earth since December 1982. 

Ahead of the cosmic three-for-one deal on January 31st, National Geographic has published a sky-watchers’ guide that will help readers find the best viewing locations and learn what actually makes the moon turn red. This Wednesday, there will be a super-size full moon as well as a  total lunar eclipse and because of the position of the moon, it will take on a slightly reddish tone — more commonly referred to as a ‘blood moon.’

According to eclipse experts, the event marks the first time anyone on Earth has seen this celestial trifecta in 35 years — and the first time it’s been seen in the Americas in 150 years.

For the full story a click HERE.

**Victoria JaggardNational Geographic astronomy and space expert, is available for interviews today through January 31st out of Washington, D.C.

**Andrew Fazekas, aka the Night Sky Guy, is available for interviews today through January 31st out of Montreal, Canada.

Press Contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

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