30 May 2007 10:55 :Feadship
Yacht name: Vava
Length: 155 ft • 47 m
Builder: Feadship • #773
Architect: De Voogt
Photo: Christophe Oliva • Valencia • 15 May 2007
Christophe Oliva sent in these nice shots of Vava while down in Valencia for the America's Cup. Team New Zealand have now reached the Louis Vuitton Cup final. The winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup will race against Alinghi at the end of June for the America's Cup.
29 May 2007 16:03 :News
A dramatic brush fire swept across the hillside above Monaco on Monday, endangering dozens of villas perched on the exposed mountainside above the Grande Corniche road. Smoke and flames were clearly visible from the port as tourists and Grand Prix crew alike looked on in horror…
Firefighters battled the flames for hours before finally bring it under control late afternoon using their famous Canadair waterbomber planes, which first scooped up sea-water in the bay below and then dropped it onto the flames.
Meanwhile, the motorway to Italy and the Grande Corniche were closed to traffic, creating huge jams between Monaco and Menton. According to local TV news yesterday, amazingly no houses were damaged and no casualties reported.
The following sequence of 15 photos shows the progression of the fire between noon and 2.30 pm. The first photo, taken at 11.42 am in Port Hercule, shows the fire has not yet started. In the second photo, taken at 12.13 of Floridian leaving, smoke is already visible. In the third photo, taken at 12.32, the fire is raging above the Grande Corniche. By 2.30 pm the fire has skirted the hillside and is moving down on a small group of houses along the road from the Vista Palace Hotel…
26 May 2007 12:47 :Events
Could Lewis Hamilton bring off the impossible and win the Monaco Grand Prix in his first year? He knows the track having won here in Formula 3 & GP2. The pressure will be on his McLaren teammate Alonso to prove himself the better driver, and the two Ferraris are hardly likely to sit back and watch.
The stands are up, the roads have been resurfaced, the cameras are in place and the yachts have arrived. In great numbers. Amevi, Kismet and Ferdy are all new launches. Princess Mariana, Indian Empress, World is Not Enough and Floridian are also here with literally dozens of others. Racing starts on Thursday with the main event on Sunday. I'll try to add to the album in the next few days.
Also we have confirmation that Aurora has been renamed Aurore. The World is Not Enough is now just World is not Enough. Zaza is now Elle. Princess Elena has had a refit and now has a blue hull.
Yacht name: World is not Enough
Length: 139 ft • 42 m
Builder: Millenium Super Yachts
Architect & Stylist: Frank Mulder
Engines: 2 x 5400 hp Paxman diesels
2 x 4000 hp Textron Lycoming TF40 gas turbines
Top speed: 68 knots
Cruise: 50 knots
Photo: monacoeye • 22 May 2007 • Monaco Grand Prix
The fastest yacht of this size in the world returns to Monaco for the Grand Prix…
26 May 2007 12:44 :Codecasa
Yacht name: Ferdy
Length: 141 ft • 43 m
Builder: Codecasa • F68
Photo: monacoeye • 23 May 2007 • Monaco Grand Prix
Ferdy is the latest yacht built by Codecasa and launched earlier in 2007. It marks the 50th yacht over 80 ft built by Codecasa since 1970. The horns went crazy in Port Hercule when AC Milan beat Liverpool 2:1 in the Champions League final on Wednesday !!
26 May 2007 12:44 :Codecasa
Yacht name: Lady Sheridan
Length: 190 ft 4 • 58 m
Year: Dec 2006
Builder: Abeking & Rasmussen • # 6477
Stylist: Donald Starkey
Sisterships: Lady Sheridan • Kwikumat • Zenobia • Excellence III
Photo: monacoeye • St Jean • 20 May 2007
Photo: monacoeye • IYCA Antibes • 22 April 2006
Lady Sheridan is Abeking & Rasmussen's brand new release, which arrived in Antibes from the Lemwerder yard a couple of weeks ago. She looks like Zenobia but is a couple of feet longer.
21 May 2007 23:14 :Perini Navi
Breaking news: It is being reported that Lady Moura has run aground off the Port Pierre Canto in Cannes. The incident appears to have happened Saturday afternoon. According to a post on yachtspotter, she sent out a distress message on VHF saying she had run aground off Port Canto. She was listing 5 degrees and leaking fuel. She was then pulled off the 4.5m sea floor by a tug after the orange floating containment barrier, visible in the photo above, was placed around her. Guests and luggage were off-loaded.
By coincidence I happened to be in Cannes this [Sunday] morning, unaware of the accident. In the above photo taken at about 10 am (which happened to be in the background of another shot) she seems to be still listing, and the anti-pollution barrier was in place.
The area around Cannes during this period is extremely busy. Typically there will be 30 odd megayachts moored in the bay, with another 50-100 yachts over 30 m in length moored in the two ports at either end. Added to this are countless smalled craft, speedboats and tourist barges. There is a lot of movement with even the very large yachts such as Lady Moura moving around during the course of the day.
Update: The fuel was mopped up very quickly and Lady Moura is now safely in Spain for repairs.
Photo: monacoeye • 20 May 2007 • Cannes Film Festival
News source: PMY forum and yachtspotter
The 60th Cannes Film Festival opened on Wednesday and runs from 16th to 27th May 2007. It's one of the top yacht destinations, with media companies chartering many yachts and others just coming for the parties. Who was the mystery starlet (above) posing briefly at the Palais des Festivals, on Thursday? Yachts attending included the Perini twins Selene and Santa Maria, Polar Star, Montkaj, Tatoosh, Lady Moura, Sarah and a strange prototype called Proteus.
15 May 2007 18:59 :Feadship
15 May 2007 18:35 :Marinteknik Verstads
15 May 2007 18:32 :Grand Prix
15 May 2007 18:29 :Azimut
15 May 2007 18:21 :Other SY
15 May 2007 17:46 :Alalunga
13 May 2007 23:51 :Events
13 May 2007 23:49 :Cruise Ships
13 May 2007 10:52 :Ports & Places
Cruise Ship: Le Ponant
Length: 88 m
Design: Michel Bigoin
Builder: SFCN - Société Française de Construction Navale
Passengers: 64 • Crew: 32
Operator: Compagnie des Iles du Ponant
Photo: monacoeye • Nice • May 2007
Le Ponant is the size of large yacht but is really a cruise ship. Often visits Monaco.
Breaking news - 5 April 2008
Three-masted mini cruise ship Le Ponant has been seized by pirates in the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Somalia. France is looking into its military options with a regard to releasing the hostages.
No passengers were on board, but thirty crew, mostly French, were taken hostage.
The yacht was heading back from the Seychelles to the Mediterranean. It is a regular visitor to Nice and Monaco in the summer.
French Prime Minister François Fillon said, "it is a blatant act of piracy. We have relatively large military means in this area. We are mobilised to obtain the release of hostages as quickly as posssible."
France already has a military presence in neighbouring Djibouti.
Surveillance aircraft and ships from French-run anti-terrorist unit Task Force 150, part of Operation Enduring Freedom, have headed towards the area.
Although Le Ponant is the size of a large yacht, it can take 64 passengers, and works as a small cruise ship. It is operated by French company La Compagnie de Iles du Ponant, which is part owned by CMA-CGM, and mostly employs French crew.
The ship was designed Michel Bigoin, who also designed Phocea.
Le Ponant is one of few ships to cruise the Indian Ocean. The coast of Somalia is notorious for pirate attacks.
11 May 2007 10:03 :Baglietto
Yacht name: Athena
Length: 295 ft • 90 m
Builder: Royal Huisman • # 378
Design: Beeldsnijder • Dijkstra
Photo: monacoeye • Antibes • December 2005
Jim Clark, the owner of this three-masted schooner, is a keen sailor, also owns Hyperion and was a founder of Netscape and Silicon Graphics.
Athena was the world's largest private sailing yacht until the launch of Eos in 2006. Read More...
Name: HMS Echo
Length: 90.6 m
Builder: Appledore • Vosper Thorneycroft
Name HNLMS Snellius
Length: 297 ft 3 • 81.4 m
Builder: Royal Schelde Vlissingen
Royal Netherlands Navy's latest hydrographic ship.
You may have noticed a couple of warships in Port Hercule, if you've been watching notari.tv. In fact they appear to be two hydrographic ships, one British and one Dutch.
Turns out Monaco is hosting the International Hydrographic Organization's 17th Annual Congress. This institution was founded by none other than Prince Albert I, and has its HQ in Monaco. There is a cartographic exhibition finishing today 10 May 2007 in the Auditorium Rainier III.
08 May 2007 19:22 :Ports & Places
7 May 2007
14 March 2007: Similar work is underway on the Fort Antoine side.
11 March 2007: The quay assembly is complete on the casino side, including the old lighthouse jetty. The wet channel behind the quay has been filled in.
28 November: The whole quayside has been assembled. Now it's just a matter of filling in the back and smoothing over the gaps. Looking good…
25 August: The concrete block has been eased in to place, and looks like it will be the quayside.
23 August: A new arm has appeared on the contre-jetée (destined to be the future megayacht berthing area). I'm guessing it was built in France and was floated in, because it just appeared today. When the photo was taken they were tethering it with winches so this might not be its final resting place. That's Stargate, Moonlight and Moecca behind. (bottom photo)
06 May 2007 09:43 :Events
Bob's been busy at St Barths Bucket… Directly below are most of the entrants for this famous regatta which took place from the 29th March to 1st April 2007. Too many to list on the front page so they continue on to the May archive. Below that are more yachts from St Barths mostly taken around the event… Kaori came first in the overall rankings, in front of Avalon and Windcrest.
Photos: Robert Paylor • St Barths Bucket • 1 April 2007
06 May 2007 09:42 :Perini Navi
Yacht name: Maltese Falcon
Length: 285 ft • 87 m
Builder: Perini Navi, Turkey • # 2056
Naval Architect: Gerard Dijkstra
Styling and Interior: Ken Freivokh
Owner: Tom Perkins • US venture capitalist
Photos: monacoeye • Monaco • 13 August 2006 - September
The Falcon has landed! This 3-mast dynarig is certainly the yacht of 2006 in my book. The design of the masts is visually stunning and very fast. It's by far the biggest Perini Navi ever built. The sails are tucked up within the masts. Top shot from MYS.
06 May 2007 09:41 :Other SY
06 May 2007 09:41 :Other SY
05 May 2007 22:38 :Benetti Classic
05 May 2007 22:36 :Benetti Classic
05 May 2007 22:30 :Benetti Classic
05 May 2007 20:26 :Benetti Classic
05 May 2007 11:34 :Westport
05 May 2007 11:34 :Other SY
05 May 2007 11:33 :Events
05 May 2007 11:32 :Valdettaro
05 May 2007 11:29 :Broward Marine
05 May 2007 11:28 :Other SY
05 May 2007 11:27 :Helicopters
05 May 2007 11:27 :Other SY
05 May 2007 11:26 :Abeking & Rasmussen
05 May 2007 11:25 :Other SY
Yacht name: Safran
Formerly: Kingfisher • Skandia
Length: 60 ft • 18 m
Builder: Marten Yachts
Photo: Robert Paylor • St Barths • 2007
Safran was originally built for Ellen MacArthur as Kingfisher. Sailing single handedly she came second in the Vendee Globe 2000-1, then with Nick Maloney first in the EDS Atlantic Challenge 2001. Latest Route du Rhum skipper Marc Guillemot has now handed Safran back to the MacArthur team as he awaits delivery of a new, lighter Safran.
05 May 2007 11:24 :Other Photos
05 May 2007 11:17 :RB Dereli
05 May 2007 11:17 :Other MY
05 May 2007 11:17 :Other SY
05 May 2007 11:11 :Feadship
05 May 2007 11:10 :Other SY
05 May 2007 11:10 :Palmer Johnson
05 May 2007 11:07 :NQEA
05 May 2007 11:05 :Jongert
05 May 2007 11:04 :Other SY
05 May 2007 11:02 :Nautor's Swan
05 May 2007 11:01 :Intermarine USA
05 May 2007 11:00 :Helicopters
05 May 2007 10:59 :Westport
05 May 2007 10:58 :Palmer Johnson
05 May 2007 10:58 :Burger Boat
05 May 2007 10:57 :Nordlund
05 May 2007 10:57 :Abeking & Rasmussen
05 May 2007 10:57 :Holland Jachtbouw