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January 2004

Article selected from our quarterly magazine dedicated to the largest and most luxurious boats with information, interviews, technical articles, images and yachting news



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Last November, on occasion of the Project 2003 International Conference in Amsterdam, the Ucina general secretary, Lorenzo Pollicardo, engineer, met with the top figures of the MCA, the English Maritime and Coast Guard Agency, to evaluate a possible agreement that may prove useful both as a priority for the drawing up of Italian Rules and Regulations governing Chartering (pleasure boats used exclusively for tourist charters) and, as its final aim, for streamlining a constructive common standard for super- yachts on an international level. The meeting was particularly successful, to the extent that a restricted technical commission was set up that will shortly carry out the necessary validation checks for the drawing up of a regulatory proposal to be presented by Ucina to the Italian Minister of Transport and Sailing.

At the annual appointment of the Super-yacht Society gala, Dr. Paolo Vitelli, president of the Azimut Benetti Group, received the "Awards for Leadership". The Azimut Benetti Group is the world's largest producer of yachts and Vitelli, as well as being at its helm is also president of Ucina, the Italian National Union of Boatyards and Sailing and Ancillary Industries. This prestigious acclaim had previously been awarded to other outstanding figures in the sector, including Wolter Huisman, German Frers, Olin Stephens and Herman Schaedla. Doug Sharp, president of the Super- yacht Society expressed all his appreciation for Vitelli's work from the seventies to date, from when the Azimut-Benetti and Ucina president started importing sailing boats from England and Holland, setting up a company called Azimut, to the present day with Vitelli himself at the head of the world's most important group in the sailing sector. The Super-yacht Society is the only organisation in the world to represent producers of super-yachts and is made up of individual members and companies in the sector, which each year intend to reward those who have stood out thanks to their contribution to the sailing world, in particular in the sectors of design, construction, repairs and refitting of super- yachts.

For the sixth consecutive year KVH has won the "Best Product Awards" offered by the US National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). The products giving KVH their umpteenth victory are Tracvision 4 and Tracphone 252. This United States company specialises in the production of avant-garde technological solutions for communications at sea and in particular in the development of satellite technology. The two apparatuses thanks to which KVH has gained the much sought-after NMEA award were specially studied and developed for the super-yacht sector and for military use. Tracvision 4 is an 18" aerial inside a radome, capable of capturing and tracking the satellite fully automatically and compatible with the TracNet 2 system, used for high speed internet communications and able to support reception of over 300 European and North American video channels. The other award winning apparatus, as mentioned above, is the Tracphone 252, a system for voice, fax and data transmission that uses the Inmarsat mini-M platform. The NMEA is an international organisation made up of professionals in the electronic industry, international and local distributors that aims to establish basic technical requisites for on board electronics, accepted on a world level. For more information about KVH products, take a look at their website

SEAS 2004
From 25 to 27 May 2004, Nice will host the first edition of Seas, a trade fair especially created for the super-yacht world, focussing on accessories and services for super-yachts. Seas is the only world event entirely dedicated to super-yacht services and equipment. So enthusiastic has been the response by companies working in this specific sector that the organisers are already predicting it will be a success. For more information about the event, please visit the website

The city of Fort Lauderdale in Florida recently saw the presentation of the "Design Awards" by the "Super-yacht Society", held at the same time as the annual Boat Show there. This is an important international award received by six boats, or to be exact, by their designers, each one from a specific segment. The winner of the best motor yacht in the 23 to 32 metre bracket was "Magpie", constructed by Lyman-Morse, designed by the "Setter Design Group". In the 32 to 43 metre segment the winner was "Seaflower", built by Feadship/Roay Van Lent, with the De Voolgt Naval Architects studio in charge of its exteriors, and interiors by the John Munford Designs studio. For motor boats over 43 metres in length the prize was awarded to "Skat", constructed by Lurssen, designed by Espen Oeino Design and, for the interiors, by Marco Zanaini. The best interior layout was judged to be that designed by Francoise Zuretti for "Lady Lola", built by Oceanco. In the sector of sailing boats between 23 and 36 metres, victory went to "Only Now", produced by CNB-France, whose interiors were again by Zuretti. And finally, for over 36-metre hulls, the award was won by "Borkumriff IV", built by Royal Huisman, designed by Gerard Dijkstra and John G. Alden, with contribution by the John Munford Design studio as interior designer.