The 5th Annual Thunder On The Beach Super Boat International (SBI) Grand Prix race was filled with action and packed beaches. Team GEICO put on a fantastic show of endurance and speed to overtake Spirit of Qatar in the Superboat Unlimited Class and earn a first place finish. Finishing first in the Superboat class, Team STIHL battled all day with WHM Motorsports to achieve their victory. Nearly one hundred thousand spectators lined the beaches and hotels to watch the spectacular events and WSB team also takes a closer look.
The Koot 54 is built in Tunisia by a team led by Italian Designer Francesco Maria Giulini. The exterior is designed by the KOOT Design Team, the interior is a project of Arch. Francesco Maria Giulini, whereas the water lines are designed by the renowned Naval Engineer Sergio Cutolo. With its 16,5 meters in length and a beam of 4,9 meters, KOOT 54 is a yacht which offers unique uninterrupted spaces: the absence of cabins is compensated by a large lounge area directly connected to the upper deck communicating to the outdoor area and the sea.
Introducing the new flagship model in the Van Der Heijden steel yachts superior range, the 2400. Presented at the 2011 Düsseldorf Boat Show, the Superior 2400 has attracted a great range of attention from potential customers and the industry. The 2400 has been constructed in a hard-chine hull form. The slender hull with a flared bow and a gracious stern gives the ship a Superior appearance with great sea-going qualities.
New Windy T52 Super Tender combines exceptional pedigree and performance
Sporting triple IPS 600 Volvo Penta diesel engines, the T52 will boast a top speed of 46 knots, and cruising speed of 40 knots. It will also deliver effortless manoeuvrability and stability at low speeds, thanks to Volvo’s joystick control.
With a 4.5m beam, the cockpit offers generous seating including three separate racing chairs at the helm and three standing sports chairs with bimini shade. The open, walk-around teak deck also features a raised foredeck, and additional seating, sun lounger and hydraulic bathing ladder aft – perfect for race spectating, swimming or picnicking at anchorage. A head wi h shower is located below decks, along with a double berth.
One of the new generation of leaner, greener Windy models, the T52 employs vacuum injected moulding to produce a lighter, more fuel-efficient hull with a range of 450-480 miles. The sleek lines and rakish sheer of the T52’s distinctive hull will deliver an exhilarating but stable and dry ride.
Work on the tender is already underway and the first T52 is expected to be ready for sea trials
Content release and pictures courtesy of Windy Boats
Sometimes there are boat tests that are done that stand out from the usual tests done by the Manufactureres and leading industry bodies, and here is such a time.
From Italy to winter and back. The mission of “My Voyage” is the severest test for a new type of yacht: the Azimut Magellano 74
My Voyage sets out from Varazze: the extraordinary sea trial of the new Azimut Magellano 74, with Rosita Missoni as godmother also Italian national soccer team coach Marcello Lippi among the friends who came to hail the Magellano’s departure 4000 nautical miles in the heart of winter in the Mediterranean to experience the pleasures and intensity of slow cruising.
Prestigious testers for the Azimut Megallano: Vittorio Missoni and the pilot Heinz-Harald Frentzen Saturday, 21 November, at 6:00 p.m., the Azimut Magellano 74 left the dock of Varazze Marina under the eye of the Yacht&Sail Channel’s television cameras and an enthusiastic crowd. Thus began “My Voyage”, a 4000-nautical mile cruise through the heart of the Mediterranean that, taken in wintertime, represents a severe test (Magellano is designed to sail in any weather conditions and with moderate or rough seas). The trip is as ambitious as it is challenging: from Europe to Africa, from the Italian Riviera to France, the Costa Brava, Palma de Mallorca and Sardinia, and then Tunisia after coasting along the fascinating and wild Sahara coasts. The return to Viareggio is scheduled for December 15th after stops in Malta and Rome. A first tour that will offer the team on board a chance to rediscover the pleasure of “sailing for sailing’s sake”, at a cruising speed of 11-12 knots, a pace that will make it possible to live the sea in all its facets and an invitation to stop and appreciate nature by making the most of precious occasions for contemplation that would otherwise be wasted. Magellano’s particular design also offers the possibility of reaching speeds of 24 knots when necessary, a reserve of power that makes the boat even safer and more interesting.
The day began very early, with the official launch by Azimut-Benetti Group President Paolo Vitelli, who had the pleasure and good fortune to be flanked by an exceptional godmother like Rosita Missoni. Signora Missoni, in turn accompanied by her husband, the noted fashion house’s creator, Ottavio Missoni, helped personalize the boat with enthusiasm and extraordinary creativity, adding the finishing touches to the interior furnishings, all by the Missoni Home Division, with her own hands and a care that can truly be defined as “loving”. The list of personalities present at the event included Marcello Lippi – who with an Azimut 62 berthed at the Viareggio Marina is a great friend of Azimut Yachts – expressed words of admiration, highlighting the teamwork that made it possible to build such an advanced boat that combines the spirit of adventure with comfort, freedom and safety.
In the course of the morning yacht owners were able to tour the Magellano and experience for the first time its comfort and its outstanding sailing qualities. Mingling with VIPs and the public, perhaps the most excited were the members of the team behind the Magellano project and its design and construction, from Azimut Yachts CEO Federico Martini to Ken Freivokh, Bill Dixon and Luca Cristino, respectively the designer of the boat, the designer of the underbody and the head of the project. For all them and for Azimut Yachts, Magellano represents a big win. A new model that takes its place as the point of reference of a new segment, launched in a particular moment like the current one, and what’s more together with another seven models, all present in Varazze to give even more importance and meaning to the event.
At Magellano’s helm is Dag Pike, the noted English journalist, one of the world’s most expert seamen who was recently decorated with the title “Yachtsman of the Year”. For once his mission isn’t racing against time to set speed records but, on the contrary, to find a new dimension of sailing: slowly, savoring mile after mile the delights of an environment designed to enhance the pleasures of company, good food and being together. Sharing the adventure of “My Voyage” is Jessica Taylor, one of the few English women ship captains, Alex Pino, an expert sailor and close friend of Dag Pike, and Manfredo Pinzauti, a photographer who, free from maneuvers and shipboard duties, has the pleasant task of documenting the undertaking. His photographs will be posted on Flickr (account: Magellano My Voyage).
Magellano will be awaited in Tunisia by the cameras of Yacht&Sail Channel as well as an exceptional crew. Former Formula 1 driver Frentzen and Vittorio Missoni will board, plus Frank and Fiona Walker, an English couple with a rich professional curriculum: politics and diplomacy for him, television journalism for her. Both sea lovers, they decided to sail around the world and therefore enthusiastically accepted to be part of the Magellano project.
A diverse group of VIPs, creatives and sports champions, held together by a great passion for the sea. They will be the ones who truly put this new approach to sailing to the test. Along the coasts of the wild Tunisian islands they will experience the intensity of slow cruising, the pleasure of sharing the elegant concreteness of a large open space, the exclusive comfort of a boat built to multiply the emotions.
My Voyage’s partners include Missoni, which for the occasion dresses the Magellano with Missoni Home fabrics and the crew with its fashion creations, Caterpillar, which designed the engines selected for the Magellano by Azimut Yachts, and Gallinea, whose Innovation for Boats division realizes technical applications aimed at improving the onboard living experience.
Magellano is a boat that appeals to a broad public, that of lovers of the sea. For this reason Azimut Yachts wanted to share this event – lived with great intensity both on board and ashore – with all the fans, who can follow the cruise live online by connecting to the blog that posts the onboard accounts (http://magellanomyvoyage.azimutyachts.com). The blog in turn contains the links to reach the films shot during the days, posted on YouTube, as well as the images published on Flickr
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We wish to thank Azimut for the pictures and the content release and wish them luck on this exciting and benchmarking voyage with the Azimut Magellano 74.
Azimut have adopted techniques seen widely in the motor industry in developing a single one fits all approach. The VW group in the motor industry do this very well with models sharing the same floor plan but having different exterior design and brand badges. The 40s shares its hull and interior plan with its sibling the 38 flybridge that was launched at Southampton boat show in September, however in the technique mentioned early the exterior is redesigned top side to emphasis the S ranges sportier and sleeker styling .
Below are pictures of how Azimut adopted the same techniques on the 43S model in the recent past. The S range concept has given Azimut superb growth with 50 plus orders coming in the first year of the S range launch back in 2003 with the 68S and was a simple yet effective formula of offering the living and comfort of a flybridge boat in a more aggressive sportier looking and performance platform. The 40S comes with a luxury fitted twin cabin interior with huge view windows in all parts of this sport cruiser taken from its sibling the 38 flybridge. The 40s benefits from a slightly higher horsepower from its twin Cummins shaft driven engines that produce 480hp giving the 40s a 35 knot plus top speed. A final innovation feature of the 40S are the two solar panels integrated in the hard top which charge the batteries during day time without the need of an external generator or shore power.
Azimut have produced a successful cost saving innovation in adapting the flybridge and S range hull sharing to their production line that has attracted clients for both options in strong numbers.
Below are pictures of her big sister the 43S:
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