Archive for January, 2011
The Best Yacht Shows in 2011

This year’s yachting calendar is fuller than ever with a new international boat show being launched in Singapore, signaling a new surge of interest in luxury yacht charter in Asia.

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Two YPI Yachts are Nominated Finalists in this Year’s World Superyacht Awards 2011.

crewed yacht charterMARY-JEAN II and LIONHEART are through to the finals of the World Superyacht Awards 2011 in the Best Displacement Motor Yacht of 500GT to 1,299GT (approximately 50m – 59m) and Best Sailing Yacht in 30m to 44.99m size range categories. From an opening round of over 100 nominations just 64 have progressed, with two YPI yachts setting the standard.

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The forgotten coast: luxury yacht charter on the Italian Riviera

Its position north-east of the famous French Riviera means that the equally stunning Italian Riviera is sometimes, unfortunately overlooked on a private yacht charter.

Prefering to stick to known waters, a luxury yacht charter leaving any one of the numerous ports lining the Cote d’Azur tends to turn starboard and cruise around the popular resorts along the French Riviera.

But those deciding their own destiny on a private yacht charter, turning to the port side will discover that there are just as many beautiful beaches, stunning coves and delightful ports stretching the length of the Italian Riviera.

The coastline shares many similarities with its French counterpart, yet it has somehow managed to retain more of its natural beauty, and remains largely untouched. There are parts of the Italian Riviera which can compete with the likes of Saint-Tropez on the glamour stakes, of course, but on the whole the region is less sophisticated than the Cote d’Azur.

The Italian Riviera is the name commonly given to the coast of Liguria, one of Italy’s smallest but most intriguing regions. It curves eastward from Menton, the Alpes-Maritimes, to Tuscany.

It is, in fact a luxury yacht charter’s paradise, with spectacular scenery and glamour in equal measure. The most westerly section of the Italian Riviera is known as the Riviera di Ponente, or the coast of the setting sun, where wide beaches and clear blue seas can be found in abundance.

Highlights of this area of coastline include Ventimiglia, which is famous for its huge Friday market which spreads throughout the attractive town, and San Remo, a classic Italian seaside resort with great shopping and dining. There is even a majestic casino, built in 1904, in which to while away the evening after an afternoon’s sail on your own private yacht charter.

Genoa lies in the middle of the Italian Riviera, the country’s first port and a bustling town which has its own charm, but is probably best avoided on a luxury yacht charter. Much more appealing are the small, fashionable ports of Santa Margherita and Portofino, on the Riviera di Levante.

Portofino has long been regarded as the jewel of the Italian Riviera, and over the years has attracted an impressive glitterati of clientele from Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra in the 60s to current day celebrities such as Naomi Campbell, Jude Law and Kevin Spacey.

portofino italian rivieraThe hub of the village is undoubtedly the fishing port, which in the height of summer is packed with luxury yachts whose guests come to dine in the quaint restaurants lining the quay, as well as soak up the very Italian atmosphere which exudes from every cobbled stone and colourfully painted villa. For those lucky enough to catch a glimpse, there are even dolphins which can be seen playing in the waters beyond the village.

Another must for any luxury yacht charter is the Cinque Terre, an 18km stretch of rugged coastline which is home to the five old fishing villages of Monerosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Here, brightly-coloured houses cling to sheer cliffs in an area which was only linked to the outside world by a railway in the late 19th century. Cinq Terra, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, still remains largely traffic-free today.

No luxury yacht charter of the Italian Riviera would be complete without a visit to Finale Ligure, a charming resort which dates back to the 16th century, and is surrounded by large, white sandy beaches. The resort is home to a number of water sport centres offering windsurfing and scuba diving.

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