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Serious about sailing

Happy New Year dear readers!

Let’s make 2020 the year of sailing.  This month we discuss stakeholders, schooners and sailing events.


The key stakeholders and innovators of the sailing yacht industry met recently at The Yacht Club de Monaco to discuss the future of the sailing yacht sector. The summit, Life Under Sail, an annual event organised by BOAT International is designed and dedicated to sailing yachts and the sailing lifestyle.

Shirley Robertson OBE British sailor and double Olympic gold medallist hosted the event where speakers included leading shipyards, naval architects, experienced sailors, entrepreneurs, brokers and charter experts, all serious about sailing.


It can no longer go unnoticed that the sailing yacht sector is experiencing decline despite a small fraternity of committed owners.  An overview of the current state of the market was shared by Stewart Campbell, and reviewed with Barbara Müller, Ocean Independence, Will Bishop, Yachting Partners International, Fabrizio Sgariglia, Perini Navi and Enrico Chieffi, Nautor’s Swan.

Three key points were raised during the day:

  1. Next Generation of Sailors
  2. Sailing as The Environmentally Friendly Choice
  3. Engagement

The challenge ranged from the attraction and engagement of new younger owners, the advantages of sailing as the greener option and positioning sailing as a lifestyle experience to attract new owners to the sport of sailing.

Stewart Campbell considered how to generate interest and enthusiasm for sailing in the next generation with Michael Schmidt, Y Yachts, Henry Hawkins, Baltic Yachts, Stefano de Vivo, Wally, Andrea Micheli, Southern Wind and Jonathan Beckett, Burgess.

Looking ahead, Marilyn Mower, Editor-at-Large of BOAT International discussed the next leaps in design and technology with Raphael Biancale, BSB Artificial Intelligence, Jeremy Elliot, North Design Services, Alain Janet, Solar Cloth System, Engel-Jan de Boer, Lloyd’s Register, Marcello Persico, Persico Marine and Tommy Gonzalez, Fast Forward Composites.

Paola Trifirò owner of Ribelle the 33 metre Malcolm Mckeon Yacht Design sloop built by Vitters in 2017 spoke about her adventures over 40 years, five yachts, two oceans and four seas.

Supersize me.  Thys Nikkels, Dykstra Naval Architects explained the complexities of maxi dimensions in yachts of 100 metres plus.

Ocean expeditions are becoming increasingly popular for sailing yacht owners looking for adventure and the experience we,  as an industry are keen to promote. Peter Madej, Captain of Firebird , Andrey Yakunin, Owner of Firebird and Ashley Perrin, Racing Yacht Management and Antarctic Ice Pilot examined sailing in unknown areas with Shirley Robertson.

Sailing events were recognised as a key driver for new yacht sales and engagement with sailing yacht owners, existing and new.  Marcello Persico of Persico Marine expressed a core desire to see more regattas to attract interest from owners and sailors in the future.

Stefano de Vivo CCO Ferretti Group and Managing Director of Wally encouraged the industry to work together to halt a decline in sailing and encouraged the promotion of sailing as an experience to engage the next generation of owners.

“It is important to create a productive collaboration between the entire sailing yacht industry in order to conduct the market to a bigger appreciation and desire towards a more genuine sailing yacht lifestyle.”  Life Under Sail Delegate


Capri Classica 2019
Capri, 7-9/11/05/2019
Photo ©Francesco & Roberta Rastrelli protected by Copyright
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The International Schooner Association (ISA) has gained tremendous support from owners and industry since founded in October 2018.  At  a recent members dinner in London the 39 metre schooner Naema was awarded The Schooner Cup 2019 for her extraordinary performance in each of the three rounds of races in Capri in May, Monaco and St Tropez in September.

Capri Classica 2019
Capri, 7-9/11/05/2019
Photo �Francesco & Roberta Rastrelli protected by Copyright
Editorial use only for press release

The Schooner Cup Series Final Scores
1st:      Naema – scores: 12
2nd:     Elena – scores: 10
3rd:     Orianda – scores: 9
4th:      Puritan – scores: 6

Throughout this series of regattas, a sense of geniality and community has flourished, and it is the aim of ISA that this will continue to permeate through all of the International Schooner Association’s forthcoming regattas.

Classic schooners Orianda and Puritan are the most active schooners within the fleet and in 2020 will be available for charter at the following events:

May – Capri Classica

June – Les Voiles d’Antibes

September – Regates Royales de Cannes & Les Voiles de Saint Tropez.

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The Millennium Cup New Zealand 29 January – 1 February  www.millenniumcup.com

RORC Caribbean 600 Antigua 24 February – www.caribbean600.rorc.org

Superyacht Challenge Antigua 1 – 15 March – www.superyachtchallengeantigua.com

St Barths Bucket Regatta FWI 19 – 22 March – www.bucketregatta.com

Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta Antigua 1 – 7 April – www.antiguaclassics.com

Les Voiles des Saint Barth St Barths 12 – 18 April –www.lesvoilesdestbarthrichardmille.com

Palma Vela Palma 6 – 10 May – www.palmavela.com

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta Porto Cervo 2 – 6 June  – www.yccs.it

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The Superyacht Cup Palma 17 – 20 June – www.thesuperyachtcup.com

Newport Bermuda Race 19 June – www.bermudarace.com

The Candy Store Cup – 23-25th July – www.candystorecup.com

Perini Navi Cup Porto Cervo 26 – 29 August – www.yccs.it

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup Porto Cervo 30 August – 5 September- www.yccs.it

Les Voiles de St Tropez – end September (Dates TBC) – www.lesvoilesdesaint-tropez.fr

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