French Boat Designer Wins World Match Racing Tour Design

A boat design submitted by leading French boat designer Adrien Jousset is amongst the seven winning proposals that will be made available to the World Match Racing Tour’s host venues. The design forms a key part of the series’ wider development plan which will see a further six new venues added to its current calendar of eight
regattas by 2013.
Jousset’s design, the AJ42 Match, is one of seven selected from 18 different entries submitted by pioneering boat design houses
around the globe. The new host venues being added to the Tour will select which boat design best fits their needs while existing venues will also be given the opportunity to update their fleet with one of the new designs.The designers were presented with a tough brief, namely to create a robust, cost-effective boat that is capable of delivering exciting, tactical and fiercely-fought racing across a range of conditions, from variable winds to differing depths and unpredictable currents. The designers were further challenged by the fact the boats need to test performance sailors yet be versatile enough for corporate and club sailors to give venues a diversified income from them.
Sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) with ‘Special Event’ status, the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) is the preeminent match racing circuit in the world. It attracts the leading sailors who fight not only for the title of World Champion but also for $1.75million, the biggest prize purse in sailing.

The brief gives designers the opportunity to make their mark in match racing and Jousset is excited to be part of the Tour and the new direction it’s heading in. “Sailing needs to be more exciting to have better media. This is a great opportunity to inject that  excitement.”

Terry Newby of Regatta International, who oversaw the submission of designs, said: “The World Match Racing Tour is delighted with the huge response it received to this brief and the fact it attracted some of the world’s best boat designers reflects the status of the Tour.”

One of the youngest designers to enter the competition, Jousset studied yacht and powerboat design at the Institute of Southampton and after graduating developed his expertise at top companies like Tony Castro and BMT Nigel Gee before being selected as a finalist in the Next Sly Contest for which he developed a 50-foot luxury sailing cruiser. Jousset then worked in the US at Ted Hood Yachts where, as head yacht designer, he was in charge of performances, systems, aesthetics, lines and 3D.

Jousset has worked with experienced designer Neal Pawson on his new design. “Working with Neal was really interesting because of his experience as a designer (OUT 95) and on the water (TP52, RC44). We also worked closely with a lot of other experts in the industry such as builders, sail-makers and riggers.”

Aware that an agreement with one of the WMRT’s event promoters will give him the best possible shop window in which to showcase his design, Jousset has designed an innovative boat that allows for easy and inexpensive transportation. A key priority was equipping the boat for the conditions in which it is likely to sail, namely lighter winds, close to shore.

In designing the boat, Jousset paid close attention to the visual appeal and its ability to deliver close, tense racing to the Tour’s global fanbase. “Media return through television is key to the sponsorship deals that fund the Tour. Therefore the AJ Match 42 includes two dedicated areas for the cameramen. This will enable unique footage to be shot in the thick of the action. Sailing needs to be more exciting to have better media. The World Match Racing Tour is now a great opportunity to inject that excitement.”

It is also a light displacement craft, which means it’s quick to accelerate and doesn’t lose too much power in the tack or gybe. With a weight of just 3100kg and a high ballast ratio, he expects action to be “fast and furious”.

Jousset said he also thought hard about the realities of match racing for sailors. “You want fast, exciting racing but you also have to keep in mind that teams don’t have much time to learn how to get the best out of the boat, perhaps only one session to know everything.”

To compensate Jousset wants his boats to be as identical as possible so any differences in performance are attributable to the crew. This has shaped his approach to construction, shape of hull, appendages, weight and weight distribution.

Regatta International’s Newby added: “We expect everyone to benefit. The designers will increase their profile while the Tour’s venues will be associated with world class sailors using the very latest match racing boats. For the Tour, it will continue to affirm its position to fans, broadcast partners and sponsors as the arena for exciting, innovative and compelling match racing.”


Exclusive: French firm to design a 246 foot yacht for Jobs

Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs has placed an order to a French design firm for a 246 feet (75 meters) long yacht, sources we’re unable to name told MacScoop.

Philippe Starck, the very famous French designer will have the honour and the challenging task to provide his design skills for Jobs’ ambitious project.

Sources have even provided some details on the design of the yacht. They specifically mentioned there will be a swimming pool and two big matress on the front side of it.

No word on how much this project will cost to Apple’s very charismatic CEO but sources told us the design of the yacht is handled by one of “the most expensive design firms out there.” No word either on which company was chosen to build the yacht.

In that move, Jobs joins the club of the IT industry’s billionaires who have built they’re own yacht. Among them, the two co-founders of Microsoft, Paul Allen and Bill Gates whose net worth are respectively about $16 billion and $50 billion. The first has a 413 feet yacht called Octopus (was the biggest at the time it was built) while Bill Gates was rumoured to have ordered a new yacht last year. We may also note Larry Ellisson’s 452 feet long yacht named Rising Sun.

Most of Jobs personal fortune was built during the past five years thanks to stock option grants from Apple’s board and more than doubled to nearly $5 billion when he sold Pixar to Disney last year.


RMK 50 Superyacht design by Omega Architects

RMK Marine has teamed with Omega Architects on a new 50-metre motor yacht concept that was designed to offer the ultimate connection to the ocean. The design of the RMK 50 superyacht focuses on gradual transitions and fluid lines in order to ensure that the meeting point of the yacht and water is barely visible.

RMK 50 Superyacht designRMK 50 Superyacht design

Still a the conceptual stage the 50m motor yacht RMK 50 features an extensive 13m-long open aft deck that stretches to the swim platform. Omega Architects has designed the entire main deck as a sequence of connecting spaces that end at the waterline’s swim platform, rather than designing them to define separate areas.

The RMK 50 yacht design offers a modern and masculine silhouette. The superstructure slopes down from the Wheelhouse deck to meet with the aft overhang, creating a unique semi-enclosed aft deck, offering privacy and protection yet still having a connection to the elements.

The saloon of the RMK 50 design connects effortlessly with the aft-deck area by including a bar at the far end and by placing the seating area of the saloon aft as well. This has created an open air feel to the interior by blurring the boundaries between the outside and inside.

The 50m superyacht concept will offer two variations for the interior. Option one will feature a VIP cabin with an en suite sky lounge, while the other will provide a large and luxurious owner’s suite and aft deck.

Omega Architects’ Frank Laupman stated, “We were invited to RMK due to our reputation for creating elegant, sleek, superfunctional yachts. In answering the request to given to us to design a new 50-metre yacht for the shipyard, we are aiming to reinvent our legacy of successes and give different meaning to a relationship with the sea for RMK.”

The RMK 50 motor yacht design was released at the 20th Monaco Yacht Show (MYS) held from 22-25 September 2010 at Port Hercules, Monaco.

RMK 50 Superyacht design by Omega ArchitectsRMK 50 Superyacht design by Omega Architects


Magellan Space Luxury Yacht Is Not Only a Stunner, but also Energy Efficient!

magellan space luxury yacht Magellan Space Luxury Yacht Is Not Only a Stunner, but also Energy Efficient!

One of the main attractions of traveling by a yacht is ‘sunbathing’ and in case of Magellan Space luxury yacht you just can not bargain for more, as it gives you every possible pleasure in the world that human mind can think of, including ‘sunbathing’ under bare sky!

The stunner has a double glass sliding solar roof which dismisses the need of extra power on the yacht and makes it energy efficient. If yacht makers figured a way to run the yachts by solar power then these babies would not require fuel and we know how badly we want to conserve fuel! The special salon in this yacht is covered from all sides with solar walls and it provides enough to run all the appliances on the deck. Magellan Marine AG created this yacht by taking luxury and fuel efficiency into consideration.


Only 30 such yachts have been made till now and people have already started craving to lay their hands on these babies! What makes it all the more enticing is its “Axe Bow Concept” that challenges the conventional designs of yachts and gives it a chic look and makes it space efficient as well!


42m Blue Navy motor yacht concept by UKI Design

UKI Design’s 42m superyacht concept called Blue Navy is a 42m vessel with a sleek modern displacement hull with aggressive lines and a bulbous bow.  Her bold exterior lines and shapes were further enhanced by the choice of using vertical side windows which also add natural light and a sense of space to her interior.  Her Naval architecture as well as styling is by UKI Design.

42m Blue Navy motor yacht concept by UKI Design42m Blue Navy motor yacht concept by UKI Design

The Blue Navy superyacht Concept by UKI Design features an open-plan layout with open decks and light-modern interiors. She will measure 41.75 meters in length overall and has a waterline length of 34.8m. She has a moulded beam of nearly 9m, offering plenty of internal volume and space. The maximum draught is 2.7m with a full load displacement of 320 tonne. Blue Navy is expected to have a maximum speed of 15knots and a cruising speed of 13 knots thanks to twin C32 Caterpillar engines at 850 hp each with an anticipated range of 4300 NM.

The yacht is expected to be constructed in advance composite GRP, with teak decking.

42m Blue Navy motor yacht by UKI Design42m Blue Navy motor yacht by UKI Design

Specifications of the 42m Blue Navy motor yacht concept by UKI Design
LOA: 41.75m (136ft)
LWL: 34.8m (114ft 2in)
Max Beam: 8.96m (29ft 5in)
Draught: 2.4m (8ft)
Draught (Full Load/Under Prop): 2.7m (8ft 10in)
Displacement (Full Load): 320 tonnes (705,000lbs)
Max Speed (Half Load): 15 knots
Cruise Speed: 13 knots
Range: 4,300nm
Fuel: 45,000L 10,000 US gals)
Water: 7,000L (1,500 US gals)
Construction: GRP/Composite
Engines: 2 x 850hp Caterpillar C32

Layout of the 42m Blue Navy motor yacht concept by UKI Design.Layout of the 42m Blue Navy motor yacht concept by UKI Design.


NEW X-Yacht : Xp 38

The eagerly anticipated Xp 38 is set to debut late summer 2011.
Following on from the Xp 44, the Xp 38 will encompass the same ground-breaking performance characteristics whilst maintaining the cruising qualities X-Yachts customers have grown to expect.
The new Xp 38 is a resized model of the Xp 44 which is still under development and yet sold in more than 20 copies – 5 months before planned launch.
The Xp range will be built with the use of advanced technology and can be characterized as trendsetting in the yachting industry.
The new Xp 38 has been developed utilizing the latest version of a Velocity Prediction Program to create a hull and rig package with a high ballast to weight ratio that offers high stability under a generous sail plan.
Together with her sail-handling design, the Xp 38’s performance may be easily enjoyed by a full race crew or whilst sailing short-handed.
Safety and Speed
X-Yachts’ world-class build quality is taken to a new level in the Xp models, using the latest epoxy E-Glass vacuum infusion process for maximum strength, stiffness and durability.
The famous X-Yachts steel frame structure has also been developed, with the new Xp designs featuring a carbon/composite keel grillage that ensures hull impact resilience and rig stability for safety and longevity.
Practical style
The Xp 38 features innovative space saving solutions such as a sliding chart table allowing for either a classic forward-facing navigation desk or an aft facing table, creating extra space in the saloon.
Apart from that, the standard Xp 38 is equipped and built with
  • vacuum infused hull
  • carbon composite keel frame for stronger but also lighter construction
  • discontinued rod rig
  • hydraulic backstay tensioner
  • composite steering wheels
  • under-deck furling forestay
  • twin-angled foot chocks for perfect helming position, but flush when not in use
  • removable bow anchor roller and optional carbon bow sprit
  • teak in cockpit
  • flush mounted skylights
  • folding mooring cleats
  • 30 l hot water container
  • shower in the cockpit
  • water cooled cooling compressor
just to mention some of the features.
Launch and price
The first series of 10 units are being offered for an introduction price of € 217,500 (ex VAT)
Xp 38 DIMENSIONS (Preliminary)
Hull length
Draft – standard
Draft – deep
Ballast – standard
Displacement – light
Engine diesel
Water tank standard
Fuel tank standard
SAIL AREAS standard (Preliminary)
Mainsail (Alloy Rig)
Mainsail (Carbon Rig)
Genoa · 106%
Spinnaker – All purpose

The Largest Sailing Yacht in the World – 141 m Superyacht Dream Symphony

Only a few months to go, and the construction of the largest, 141 m Sailing Yacht Dream Symphony will commence at the Turkish shipyard Dream Ship Victory. Not only she will be the largest superyacht in the world, Dream Symphony is also astounding with her all wood construction and an innovative, eye-capturing design created in collaboration between naval architects Dykstra & Partners and Ken Freivokh Design. Her launch is scheduled for 2016.

Superyacht Dream Symphony by night – Image courtesy of Dykstra & Partners

The Dream Symphony megayacht project started just after Dream Ship Victory shipyard have attended the 2010 Monaco Yacht Show and signed a contract for her design and construction. The contract was signed between the above mentioned naval architects Dykstra & Partners, her exterior stylists from Ken Freivokh Design and Valeriy Stepanenko, the Owner of Dream Ship Victory shipyard. On the 9th of February, the builders, designers and naval architects of the 141m Dream Symphony Yacht, met in Amsterdam to finalise the design and technical proposal under the direction of Valeriy Stepanenko.  Following excellent wind tunnel test results and approval of the exciting and quite unique concepts developed by the design team under the direction of Valeriy Stepanenko, the project has now received a full and enthusiastic go-ahead to move forward to construction. The keel laying will take place at Dream Ship Victory’s facility in Turkey later this Summer. Once launched, Dream Symphony megayacht, that has excited all of the yachting world, will take over the title from the currently longest superyacht EOS measuring 93 m.

Dream Symphony megayacht top view – Image courtesy of Dykstra & Partners

Megayacht Dream Symphony’s design has been described by Ken Freivokh as “classical with a twist”. The pictures in this article show Dream Symphony superyacht with wonderful traditional features, incorporating contemporary design and beautifully flowing modern lines. The project will boast excellent green credentials through use of carefully selected tropical woods as a totally renewable resource. As described by the shipyard themselves, their ships “are magnificent pieces of the man’s creation, a man who loves classics, who is romantic and who wants to experience the feeling of discover”. Dream Symphony luxury superyacht is promising to be a true masterpiece. The yacht will be created by “hands of many talented craftsmen, and employ the modern technologies in wood lamination, advances in sail control and other comfort providing systems.” This shows, that Dream Ship Victory are taking great pride in attention to detail and produce only the highest quality vessels.

Dream Symphony sailing yacht – Image courtesy of Dykstra & Partners

The company has a very strong reputation for creating some of the world’s most exclusive megayachts, such as the 65-metre classic schooner Mikhail S. Vorontsov. Her hull was built at the Dream Ship Victory shipyard in Turkey and earlier this year was transported to Balk Shipyard  in Netherlands. There are two other, very exciting yachts in construction at DSV’s yard. One of them is the 44 metre classic schooner Imagination and a 53.4 metre sailing yacht Princess Maria. All of these three yachts are scheduled for their launch in 2012.

Mega Yacht Dream Symphony side view – Image courtesy of Dykstra & Partners