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July 2010

New build contract underway in New Zealand…

MCM is pleased to announce a new 39-metre expedition style motor yacht designed by René Van der Velden, which is immediately starting construction in New Zealand with MCM acting as the owner’s construction manager.

“This is our first collaboration with René, and it's great for us to get to work with designers with whom we haven't had the opportunity to work with before. This vessel is for a very experienced yachtsman who has already explored many special places, but was looking for a sturdier and larger platform upon which to be able to push farther and wider into the world’s remote corners”, says MCM’s Peter Wilson.

She will have a comfortable and contemporary Redman Whiteley Dixon designed interior with significant contributions by the owners. Alloy Yachts in New Zealand will soon be cutting metal on this elegant explorer and she is set to be cruising in the South Pacific in 2012.

MCM partners, Peter Wilson and Nigel Ingram will be at the Monaco Yacht Show (22-25 Sept) along with members of MCM’s Yacht Management team. A number of recent yachts that MCM has launched will be at the show: MARIE (55m), CALLIOPE (42.3m), NILAYA (34m) and another 40+ metre.

June 2010

Six new yachts launched in four months…

Following on from the successful handover of the 58.4-metre Dubois designed sloop, KOKOMO, currently in Tahiti – MCM has five superyachts either launched or very close to the slipways, including:
1. LADY B, a high-performance Dubois 44.7-metre cruising sloop, with a graceful low-profile, and a Rhoades Young interior, was handed over to her owner recently, and is already cruising with the owner on board in Norway. Her modern profile and metallic paint look stunning. Another in the long line of MCM/Dubois projects built by Vitters.

2. CALLIOPE, a Langan design New England style semi-displacement 42.3-metre motor yacht has been launched at Holland Jachtbouw and is currently going through the commissioning process under the watchful eye of Nigel Ingram. She will be handed over in the coming weeks, when the owner intends to take her to the Mediterranean.

3. NILAYA, a modern and elegant 34-metre carbon composite sloop by Nauta Yachts with naval architecture by Reichel/Pugh has been being put through her paces of the Baltic yard in the still very cold Baltic Sea. MCM's Nigel Ingram reports having worn everything he had in his sea-bag and still was looking for more layers. This performance cruiser is for a very experienced racing yachtsman. We have little doubt that he will be thrilled with her performance, and unlike much of his other yacht racing, he will surely enjoy the comfort this well appointed and beautiful teak interior will offer.

4. MARIE: Following these, the sixth launch for MCM in 2010 will be “MCM 151” – a 55-metre Hoek designed ketch in the throes of completion at Vitters. MARIE is a development on one of MCM's very successful previous yachts ADELE. She will launch in late June with a handover shortly thereafter.

MCM look forward to introducing a number of these magnificent yachts during the Monaco Yacht Show this year (22-25 Sept): MARIE (55m), CALLIOPE (42.3m), NILAYA (34m) and another 40+ metre, still under wraps, will all be there – a big show for MCM!

Meanwhile MCM’s yacht management division grows ever stronger, with offices in Newport, RI, and Palma de Mallorca. The fleet now includes the 40-metre composite motoryacht TRADING PLACES IV and the aforementioned CALLIOPE, LADY B and MARIE. We welcome them all on board and look forward to supporting them all as they ply the world's oceans.

December 2009

Kokomo Launched

The 58.4-metre KOKOMO was launched at the end of MCM’s 21st year in business. Designed by Dubois Naval Architects with interior by Redman Whiteley Dixon, she is set to be delivered by Alloy Yachts in late February 2010 – in time for her owners to watch the Louis Vuitton Trophy (9-21 March).

MCM founding partner, Peter Wilson says: “It was very exciting to see this, our largest yacht to date, roll gracefully down the slipway and be launched in Henderson and then to make her way to deeper waters on the Auckland waterfront for commissioning. Not only is this the largest launch for MCM to date but also for Dubois, Alloy, Southern Spars and Doyle Sails NZ.”

A number of other MCM new-builds, power and sail, are in progress due for launch between 2010 and 2012. One new order for a motor yacht of around 40 metres has just been placed – with MCM acting for her owner, initially in the yard selection process. Further details to be announced shortly.

Meanwhile the yacht management division, with offices in Newport, RI,
and Palma de Mallorca, adds boats to its fleet including ARTEMIS (ex SALPERTON). The previous (52m) KOKOMO’s new owner – who has named her KONKORDIA – has also selected MCM to manage her.

MCM has managed the construction of over 60 large yachts.

September 2009

The MCM Advocate 21st anniversary edition published: Monaco Yacht Show

The third and latest edition is hot off the press and winging its way to clients and media around the globe as the MYS draws to a close and preparations begin for Fort Lauderdale.
Opening with a market overview by MCM founding partners, Nigel Ingram and Peter Wilson – who also provides a diary of a typical day ‘on site’ managing a new construction on the back cover – an impressive list of milestone projects since 1988 shows the depth of MCM’s expertise and experience (America’s Cup winner to Superyachts).
Significant recent launches, managed by MCM, include the motorsailer / explorer yacht Hortense and classic-style sailing yacht Atalante. Ongoing new builds include the J Boat Lionheart, a 55m sistership to Adèle, the 43m motor yacht CII and the new 45m Paraiso soon to start at Alloy Yachts. The new Dubois designed Kokomo with an RWD interior is to launch at Alloy Yachts imminently – in December 2009 at the same time as the Dubois 45m sloop with a Rhoades Young interior Lady B will launch on the other side of the world at Vitters Shipyard.
Images (including a snapshot of Peter and Nigel, when racing professionals aboard Maxis 31 years ago) and news plus updates from MCM’s Yacht Operations Management (a growing activity) in Newport and Palma provide compelling reading, all complemented by a report on MCM over its 21 years in business.
MCM has managed the construction of over 60 large yachts both sail and power.

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June 2009

Superyacht Sailing in Sardinia

MCM's two founding partners sailed together on board Kokomo in Sardinia for both the Dubois Cup and the Loro Piana/Boat International Superyacht Regatta. Nigel Ingram was navigator and Peter Wilson the sail trimmer. Wilson describes the events:

"Six magnificent days of racing off the Costa Smeralda again confirmed what we already knew - of all the possible regatta venues in the world, Costa Smeralda remains at or close to the very top of the list!

The Dubois Cup, even though with just four boats racing (Kokomo, Ganesha, Moonbird and Nashira II) provided some excellent sailing for all. The prize giving at the YCCS was a night to remember with an elegant ceremony emceed by Ed Dubois, followed by a great musical performance by the band members of Dire Straits. That night (and the regatta itself) was also a fundraiser for Spark, which is a charity focusing on raising money for paediatric medicine and in particular, cancer research. I sincerely hope that the event was as successful in this mission as it was in every other way. All-in-all a wonderfully intimate regatta that coupled great racing with many opportunities for the owners and guests to get together for a post-race Campari to exchange war stories.

Following on a day later, the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta was a toughly contested battle that ultimately had the Briand/Huisman Gliss being crowned the winner. On board the 52m Kokomo we had some extremely close racing against the Tripp/Wally carbon fibre Saudade, often sailing within a boat length of one another all day long. The spectacle of crossing tacks with the likes of the classic schooner Meteor one minute and with the Wally sleds the next was really quite something. It is still amazing to see owner Lang Walker pushing Kokomo in much the same way was he does his Farr 40 race boat!  As navigator, Nigel certainly had his work cut out for him. Sailing around at 16 knots through rock strewn channels, some of which were rounding marks on a boat that draws almost 5 metres kept him on his toes, and on a couple of occasions, with an elevated heart rate! For Peter, trimming the 1,800 square metre spinnaker on the enormous aft deck winches in 25 to 30 knots of wind also necessitated total concentration and dexterity. He was pleased to end the regatta in one piece. The perfect sailing conditions for both regattas ranging from 5 to 10 knots all the way up to 35 knots of wind could not have been better even if one could have placed an order. We keenly look forward to participating on another MCM yacht in next year’s events."

MCM, celebrating its 21st birthday in 2009, was featured in the June edition of Boat International. Click here to read the three-page article (1.4mb) by Nick Jeffery for Boat International.

Erica XII launched

We were lucky with cold but mostly fine weather yesterday and at the end of a long day Erica was in the water, mast in and boom on. The wind tended to increase with rain/sleet squalls as the day went on and gave some problems with getting the mast set but the riggers did a great job and when we were finished the rigging was all hooked up and well on the way to being tuned; lengths all looked good. It was too dark by the time we finished for more photos but I hope that the attached pictures give a taste of an exciting and successful day. Most importantly the boat floats very nicely, on her lines both fore & aft and athwartships and with plenty of bottom paint showing all round. On Monday the freeboard measurements will be taken and the final 6 tonnes of ballast will be installed according to the results. We incline later this week with ABS and MCA surveyors present.

December 4th 2008

Erica XII on the move

A cold grey morning but Erica on the move anyway. Today she will be loaded on the barge (rig is already on) and tomorrow at 0730 departs for her proper environment. All looks great.

At the end of yesterday, Thursday, all loaded up and ready to move. Snow passed during the night so Erica will be on the move today.
Best regards, Nigel
November 11th 2008

‘MCM YACHTS’ WIN TWO SUPERYACHT AWARDS
IN MCM’s 20th year of Construction Management.

KEALOHA (above), the Claasen Jachtbouw/Hoek 27.5m sloop and NIRVANA (below), the Vitters/Dubois/GCA 53.5m ketch (and Monaco Yacht Show winner of the “Prix du Design”), both won their categories at the International Superyacht Awards during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. MCM were Construction Managers for KEALOHA and partially for NIRVANA, as well as two other nominees, RED DRAGON (52m Dubois) and ANGEL (25.4m Langan).

Nigel Ingram who oversaw both projects in The Netherlands says “It is quite a challenge to produce a relatively small volume, classically styled yacht such as KEALOHA, including all of the interior and systems features that are expected of today’s Superyachts while maintaining truly sparkling performance under sail. Congratulations to the Hoek/Claasen team for achieving this. The technical set up of NIRVANA was one of our most challenging projects to date with many new extraordinary features incorporated in this high volume, shallow draft hull form. Again congratulations to the Vitters/Dubois teams on this magnificent yacht and to GCA for her truly remarkable modern, interior”.

With over 60 yachts behind them in 20 years in business, the majority sailing yachts, Nigel Ingram and Peter Wilson, MCM’s founding directors are recognised in the industry by owners, designers, builders and captains as the ‘heavyweights’ who really know the business inside-out and add value to new build projects and ongoing operations management.
 
Two MCM new-build projects, motor and sail, will launch in 2009 and a further four in 2010.

September 2008

MCM Advocate Newsletter #2 is out!

This issue has updates on our latest projects and the following features; Kealoha's owners comment on their new boat, Yacht Management update, Out and About, and Ben Marshall Captain of S/Y Red Dragon has the last word.
 
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April 25th 2008

Lady B emerges from Gouwerok for her trip to Vitters

Lady B project page

December 17th 2007

A Huge Week for MCM in New Zealand

On Wednesday Peter Wilson watched the 84’ Langan designed Angel (left) being launched by Yachting Developments in Hobsonville. She then motored down the harbour to have the mast stepped before returning to the dock at the yard for final tweaking. She has been 18 months in the making, and Wednesday marked a significant project milestone.

No sooner had Peter watched Angel come to life when on Thursday, Alloy Yachts slipped Red Dragon (above) into the waterway in front of the yard and two tugs carefully shepherded her down the channel to Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour. Next week, her mast will be stepped and sails hoisted for the first time. At completion this will have been a 24 month construction process that Peter and the team at MCM have nurtured since inception on the drawing boards of Dubois Naval Architects back in 2005.

From now until February, the finishing touches of each yacht will be thoroughly checked by Peter and the yards' teams. Both yachts will undergo sailing, motoring and anchoring trials over the coming weeks, to ensure that all the systems are running perfectly before the key is ready to be handed over to the proud owners.


December 12th 2007

Boreas and Kealoha Progress

Boreas and Kealoha are both progressing well towards their scheduled deliveries under the watchful eye of MCM.

Nigel Ingram has been representing the Owners of both Boreas and Kealoha whilst the yachts have been under construction at Vitters Shipyard and Claasen Jachtbouw respectively.

Both yachts are from the board of Hoek Design and would be described as Modern Classics.

August 22nd 2007

MCM EXPANDS TO PALMA

MCM opens an office in Palma, Mallorca.

The new office establishes a European base for MCM in order to support all aspects of their yacht management services in Europe and in particular the Mediterranean.

With an expanding portfolio of clients whose relationship with MCM continues long after their yacht has been delivered, MCM felt it was strategically important to have a permanent presence in the Mediterranean.

MCM have delivered such striking and prestigious projects as the Dubois designed Kokomo and the Hoek designed Adèle to their enthusiastic owners, and then continued to support the owners with MCM’s Yacht Management services.

Andy McNab the director of MCM Yacht Management commented, “Our new office in Palma allows us the ability to provide the owners and captains with an extremely high level of local service both in Palma and throughout the Mediterranean.”

Ginny Standbridge will be running MCM Palma and will address the day-to-day needs at the Palma office. Ginny has a long history in the Superyacht industry and previously worked for MCM for six years in the Newport office from 1996 to 2002, before moving to Palma in 2006.

MCM Palma will support the whole range of Yacht Management services, but with particular emphasis on areas that are specific to the Mediterranean, including logistics, parts procurement and the all important local knowledge.

Palma is a key destination for Superyachts to prepare for the Med’ cruising season, undertake repairs and yard periods and use as a Mediterranean base.

The new offices are located in the hub of the marine district, near the Real Club Nautico, on Calle Veri.

Contact Details are:
Ginny Standbridge
MCM Palma
Calle Veri 5, 2*B
070011 Palma de Mallorca, Spain
t: +34 971 425 592
m: +34 606 011 747
e: mcmpalma@mcmnewport.com

June 16th - 19th 2007

Superyacht Cup 2007

Three MCM yachts - Paraiso, Timoneer and Kokomo, raced in this years Superyacht Cup and the New Zealand Millennium Cup held in Palma, Mallorca.


June 14th 2007

Ganesha is dominant Dubois

David Glenn Yachting World, 14 June 2007
 
Ganesha (ex-Zulu), the 38.9m sloop built by Fitzroy Yachts in 2005 leads the inaugural Dubois Cup after two races. Conditions in the Bay of Palma couldn't have been better for the seven yachts which completed two 12-mile pursuit races in winds which averaged around 12 knots. The Alloy Yachts built Kokomo of London is currently in 2nd with another Fitzroy Yachts build, Midnight, in 3rd.

The breeze favoured the 'lighter' boats in the fleet, by which I mean the sub-200 tonners. The first three yachts displace 185 tons, 182 tons and 164 tons respectively but aboard Lang and Sue Walker's 51.7m Alloy Yachts-built sloop we not only had to contend with a displacement of almost 400 tons but your author was one of more than 50 crew and guests aboard! Extraordinarily the yacht didn't seem that crowded with guests mingling on the flying bridge, the aft deck, the deck saloon and vast expanses of foredeck.

When I arrived onboard I was very politely told I was wearing 'the wrong trousers'. Blue shorts were the order of the day and I had inadvertently turned up in khaki. I was immediately forgiven then asked to pull on a nifty Kokomo race shirt which had us all looking like America's Cup heavies...

There was a phenomenal brains trust onboard with Lang Walker sharing the helm with Malcolm McKeon from the Dubois office, Peter Wilson from Marine Construction Management, skipper Adam Painter and North Sails man from Auckland, Paul 'Casper' Murray.

One of the advantages of yachts weighing over 300 tons is that they have to be fitted with AIS (automatic identification systems) so checking out the opposition on screen was a fun pastime in the absence of any ropes to pull - actually I did help retrieve the asymmetric sock, but that was about it. AIS gives a yacht's heading, speed, track etc and is a very useful way of observing the progress of the fleet - for a chasing boat it's a rather handy tool.

We were scratch boat for this regatta and as such started last in the pursuit sequence. By the finish of both races it was clear that the system was working fairly well and if we hadn't put a twist in the A sail on the first hoist and if we'd gone through the gybes problem-free we would certainly have been a couple of places better off.

The fleet was down on numbers partly because Barry Houghton's new Salperton, on her way from Alloy in New Zealand, was battling fierce weather in the Red Sea. Combined with a pit stop earlier in the trip she simply couldn't make it so Barry was aboard Kokomo with a number of other present and future owners of Dubois designed yachts, all of whom were able to compare notes. Barry's on his fourth Salperton and can't wait for the new one to arrive.

Also onboard was UK property developer and sailor 'Hutch' Hutchinson who had just completed a global circumnavigation in his Jeanneau 46. He too had a Red Sea story to tell. As they were sailing north he and his wife were approached by a boat-load of suspicious-looking individuals clearly intent on boarding them. He described how, just as he thought they would try to board, another yacht hove into view and their very unwelcome guests thought better of it - it was a close shave.

Superyacht regattas like this are about fun racing - but often the conversation on board is as riveting as the competition. On both counts the Walkers, Kokomo and their guests served us very well. The Dubois Cup ends tomorrow after two more races.

February 2007

Guests aboard Adèle

Nigel Ingram and David Glenn of Yachting World were guests aboard the 180ft ketch Adèle where they spent four weeks, at the beginning of this year, as she continued on a remarkable world cruise.

Read David Glenn's blog of their journey.

November 6th 2006

Adèle shines at Superyacht Society Awards

Adèle has received her third major award: the International Superyacht Society Award for Best Sailing Yacht over 36m.

This follows her success earlier this year at the Showboats Awards in Monaco and receiving the Boat International Sailing Yacht Performance Award in Venice.

“The fact that Ad
èle has won three prestigious awards is testament to the Owner, builder, designer and all involved,” says project manager Nigel Ingram of MCM.

“The Hoek Design team and Vitters Shipyard did a tremendous job on this project and the yacht has met her Owner’s requirements in every way. Ad
èle is now in New Zealand having logged close to 40,000 trouble free miles in her first year of service, mostly with the Owner on board. As the Owner’s representatives, we are very proud of this achievement.”

Delivered in June 2005 Ad
èle is a 54m (180’) ketch designed for worldwide cruising. She has classic lines with long overhangs, and is built to the highest standard in every regard.

MCM has been involved with Ad
èle for four years, from the drawing board through commissioning. She continues under the company’s operational management through their Yacht Management division.

Based in Newport Rhode Island, MCM was founded in 1988 by partners Peter Wilson and Nigel Ingram. They specialise in representing Owners throughout the design, construction and commissioning of large sailing and motor yachts. Recent projects include Kokomo, the 52m sloop just launched at Alloy Yachts, and Paraiso, which won the International Superyacht Society ‘Best Sailing Yacht' Award in the 23-36m category earlier this year.

Adèle project page for more information and photos


September 25 2006

Construction of latest superyacht - smooth sailing for MCM team

The design and build process of the recently launched Kokomo was managed by MCM, a company that specialises in representing owners throughout the design, construction and commissioning large sailing and motor yachts.

“It was clear that Kokomo was going to be a magnificent looking yacht right from the preliminary design stage”, says MCM partner Peter Wilson “Having previously worked with both Dubois Naval Architects and Alloy Yachts the owner was keen to reassemble that team, and then brought MCM onboard to take on the overall project management role. Kokomo sails beautifully and represents a tremendous accomplishment that we can all be very proud of.”

Wilson explains that MCM oversaw the project from conception through to commissioning on behalf of the owner. The company has also been awarded the operational management of the yacht, and will add Kokomo to their growing Yacht Management portfolio which includes Adèle, Paraiso and Cassiopeia.

In addition to the 52m Kokomo, the MCM team also has Red Dragon which is a sister-ship under construction at Alloy Yachts, as well as the 52.5m Boreas project at Vitters Shipyard in the Netherlands, amongst other current projects.

Visit the Kokomo construction management page for more information and photos.


June 29 2006

Adèle Wins ShowBoats Award

MCM congratulates the team behind Adèle for their triumph at the 2006 ShowBoats Awards.

A very special boat, Adèle was awarded the titl of Best sailing Yacth Over 40 metres at the 2006 ShowBoats Awards in Monaco .

Launched in June 2005, and described as one of the largest and most impressive ketches ever built, the 54.64m (180') ketch also received the Boat International Sailing Yacht Performance Award in April of this year.

The ShowBoat Awards, which seek to recognise the best of innovation, technology and diversity that characterises modern design, engineering and construction of luxury yachts, were presented at a ceremony in Monaco on 23rd June.

MCM has been involved with Adèle for four years, from drawing board to commissioning. The boat, which is owned by Jan-Eric Österlund, was designed by Andre Hoek, and built by Vitters Shipyard in Holland .

“Adèle was designed to accommodate the owner's desire for adventure cruising,” says project manager Nigel Ingram of MCM. “She offers both speed and comfort, maximizing power from a contemporary rig plan and large sail area both upwind and downwind, with narrow beam, relatively low freeboard, and exceptional quality of build and finish.”

Based in Newport Rhode Island , MCM specialises in representing boat owners throughout the design, construction and commissioning of large sailing yachts and motoryachts. The business was founded in 1988 by Peter Wilson and Nigel Ingram. Recent projects include Kokomo , the 52m sloop currently under construction at Alloy Yachts, and Paraiso, which won the International Superyacht Society ‘Best Sailing Yacht' Award in the 23-36m category earlier this year.


May 1 2006

Adèle Wins Boat International Award

Nigel Ingram was in Venice last night to witness the 55m (180') Andre Hoek Designed Ketch Adèle receiving the Boat International Sailing Yacht Performance Award - and to enjoy the festivities!

The powerful image of her roaring around Palma Bay during the Elvstrom Superyacht Regatta in Mallorca - showing just why she was the recipient of this prestigious award. Nigel Ingram, Peter Wilson and Andy McNab of MCM, were all on board for this terrific event last autumn.

Congratulations to Andre Hoek for designing such a swift and beautiful yacht.


April 11 2006

YII - Dixon Launched at HJB

This sleek high-performance Dixon designed sloop built by Holland Jachtbouw is now launched, rigged and undergoing sailing trials. This boat will certainly will be a thrill to sail - a fantastic achievement that will undoubtedly turn a few heads in the Mediterranean this summer.


February 16 2006

Paraiso Wins Superyacht Award!

We are thirlled to announce that Paraiso has been recognised by the Superyacht Society as the best sailing yacht in her category. This elegant modern classic has a beautifully crafted raised and fielded panel walnut interior, a high volume hull form which displays exceptional cruising performance. This symbolises a great collaboration between the Owners, the designer and the builder. We are extremely proud of the part we played in securing this seccess, and the regognition of the international panel of judges.

Congratulations to the Owner, Fontaine Design Group and Alloy Yachts.


December 1 2005

52m Kokomo progress

Things are happening at pace at Alloy Yachts - as you might expect with roughly 200 tradesmen and boat builders working on the project!

The results of the painstaking design and decision making processes are now clearly evident in the interior design and detailing. The owners are extremely pleased with what they now get to see in three dimensions rather than on a sheet of paper…

The cabins are about to be varnished and the electrical and mechanical systems are roaring along.

Everything is looking very good for a July launch.


December 1 2005

Nirvana 53m at Vitters

The 53 meter Dubois designed ketch that Vitters Shipyard are building, is in the fabrication stage at present. It's tough to get far enough away to get an overall view, but here are a couple of snapshots of what is going to be a fantastic yacht.

The shallower fixed draft requirement has necessitated a beamier yacht that would perhaps be typical from Dubois Naval Architects. When the hull form was tank tested, Ed Dubois was very pleased with the performance results. We look forward to seeing how close to the predicted performance she achieves in a full scale test during sailing trials in a couple of years.


November 30 2005

37m That's It

The 36.9m (121') Dixon designed high performance sloop is progressing very well indeed at HJB (Holland Jachtbouw).

The hull has had its first “proof coat” of paint and the very clean and handsome interior is well advanced and being installed with great care and attention.

The Marten Spars rig was recently delivered in good time for stepping in late winter/early spring.


September 19 2005

Adèle - Fulfilling the mission

After a fabulous Christening celebration, Adèle has been cruising in Norway and Sweden (Sognfjord, Lofoten and Svalbard). She is currently on her way down the Portuguese coast, en route for Palma Mallorca, where she will participate in the Superyacht Cup Regatta in October.



April 28 2005

Adèle is launched - rigs in

Adèle is in the water.

Adèle was moved out of the shed at Vitters Shipyard on April 20th, and a couple of days later, barged down the canal, launched and rigs stepped. A very impressive feat!

Once the details of the rigs have been sorted out and the sails bent on, she will undergo sailing trials. Now those pictures will be fun to post!


April 10 2005

Adèle is virtually completed

I don't think there are too many words required to accompany the magnificent images of the 55m (180') ADÈLE project that were taken at the completion celebration at Vitters Shipyard in Holland on April 2nd …

The Hoek Designed (Frans Moerbeek) raised and fielded panel mahogany interior has been magnificently crafted, and I think it's fair to say that there is hardly a piece of wood that is not curved on at least one axis throughout the entire boat!

Nigel Ingram has advised that ADÈLE will be moved from the shed at Vitters in a week or so and then go through the commissioning process prior to sea trials and her maiden voyage up to Spitzbergen in the Arctic Circle .

We shall post images of the launch, mast stepping and sailing trials as they become available. She will certainly be a sight to behold!


March 11 2005

Peter Wilson speaks at Yacht Vision '05

Peter Wilson was invited by the organizing body of YACHT VISION '05, to the Design Symposium in Auckland New Zealand on March 12th, to speak on the topic of "The Project Manager's Role" in today's super yacht projects. In addition to Peter, the speakers included the legendary Olin Stephens as well as Ed Dubois (Dubois Naval architects), Michael Peters (Michael Peters Yacht Design) and Michael Breman (Lurssen Shipyards).

The theme of the symposium was:

Forecasting our industry
Linking the theme of Future Vision we attempt to anticipate the fate of the Super-Yacht industry, in all areas from technology to spending habits.

Sector trends now and into the future
We will look at current trends within individual sectors and the way in which they are moving and interacting to gain an insight into their future status.

Macro drivers of our industry
We aim to look at macro drivers that have any impact, positive or negative, on the performance of our industry. Subsequently we examine the ways in which we can minimize negative effects and can capitalize on advantageous factors, which have a potential impact on the industry. The invaluable contributions of international industry leaders and world economists will help set the scene, inform and provide a multi-faceted approach to the varying sectors of the sailing world, allowing each and every person to take away with them, a breadth of knowledge and understanding of the issues and factors that drive the industry.

Analysis and discussion
We aim to engage in intensive analysis and discussion to get a global view of the industry. We encourage speakers from various countries and industry sectors to give their views and provide expert knowledge for a well-rounded analysis and insight into the Super Yacht industry.

The speech was well received and focused on all aspects of Project Management and Yacht Management. It was accompanied by a slide presentation of yachts, as well as images taken during his voyage to South Georgia Island in 2003.

In addition to the serious stuff, there were many delightful social events as well as a regatta using a fleet of Farr designed MRX's. Peter was selected as skipper of one of the boats and finished a creditable 3rd, narrowly beating Ed Dubois.

We are looking forward to Yacht Vision '08!


March 11 2005

Aventura launched

We are very pleased and excited to announce that the 33.2m (109ft) Fontaine designed sloop Aventura was lanched on March 11th, an unseasonably chilly day, in Skagen Denmark .

Congratulations to Danish Yacht, Fontaine Design Group and the tireless team of tradesmen, suppliers and subcontractors on this excellent accomplishment!