Cayo Largo turned out to be a good place to check in.
An easy approach through a large gap in the reef and well-marked channel led to a decent marina. The azure water and white sandy beaches were a welcome sight after the upwind passage and I had a struggle keeping the crew from jumping into the bay. The deputy marina manager Embellio met us on the pontoon. Soon the authorities arrived. The Guarda Frontera Border control checked our despacho from Mexico, issued us with an internal despacho for Cuba and stamped our tourist cards. The customs officer had a less conventional outfit: short skirt, fishnet tights and heels.
She had a spaniel by her side, which jumped aboard. After various questions including how many mobile phones we carried and what type, our satellite phone was sealed in a bin bag with Cuban Customs tape around it.
The spaniel took a good look around, decided we were smelly but innocent and departed. Finally the health officer took our temperatures while the agriculture officer inspected our provisions, sifting through our rice for weevils. We were given a clean bill of health and welcomed into the country.
Cape Horn sailors and ditch diggers sacrificed all to make the path between the Atlantic and Pacific easier for the…. I could only laugh. Travis Rice, world-famous snowboarding pioneer, had just jumped into the Pacific waves to chase down his…. That night we ate at the marina bar, which served grilled fish, chicken and lobster while a local band serenaded us. The band was superb and it was very much the taste of things to come.
As budding revolutionaries, we sang along and soon knew the lyrics off by heart. Afterwards the waitress scraped the plates over the decking, straight into the open jaws of enormous tarpon fish below. They swallowed the chicken carcasses whole. We all stood transfixed when suddenly a scream went up: a crocodile had appeared on the scene. In my professional opinion, things have probably gone a little too far by that stage. Hummingbird is a Clipper 60 converted for expedition sailing by Rubicon3.
Once checked in we had a little more freedom to roam. We were given permission to cruise the Jardines de la Reine, an extensive coral reef system further east. There are no permanent settlements, just coral, mangroves and perfect white beaches. The nearest town is 80 miles away so self-sufficiency is essential and we became heavily reliant on our watermaker.
We were all sheltering from a strong north easterly in Cayo Cuervo, a huge circular island with excellent shelter inside. As soon as the wind dropped we set off for Cayo Algodon Grande. It was poorly charted so the dinghy went ahead and found a deep water channel into a mangrove-fringed lagoon. Once inside we had perfect solitude and set about exploring. The pilot guide mentioned a mile long dinghy channel to an abandoned holiday camp. Neal returned after an hour.
It had clearly silted up since Nigel Calder was writing 20 years ago. We made it ashore for sundowners and started ferrying everyone back to Hummingbird a little before sunset. The mosquitos were glad to see us according to Matt, Rod and Nick, who were in the last dinghy ride home. A typical street scene in the Cuban town of Trinidad, as viewed from a taxi wing mirror. After five days cruising this desert island paradise we made for civilisation. I employed my usual berthing tactic — seek forgiveness not permission — and tied alongside an official looking wharf. We had to anchor in the bay and take the dinghy in to the shallow marina two miles away, where the Guarda would meet us.
Three hours later we were checked in and two taxis arrived to take us into town: an immaculate pink Chevy and a red Cadillac. Trinidad is a much-loved time warp with a well preserved old town, ochre-coloured buildings and cobbled streets.
We were hoping to pick up some supplies but our first taste of Cuban supermarkets lacked promise. Long shelves were stacked one row deep with a single brand of tinned tuna. TOP 10 stories of the month. The yard also holds all the records for the largest yachts in terms of LOA with the Yacht Harbour recalls the largest 10 vessels of the builder for the moment. Washed by 9 seas and the Atlantic, Europe disposes of over nine hundred seaports, with many of them being worthwhile places to visit.
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The vessel is designed to support the new metre Feadship superyacht Lonian. The yacht features a helipad compliant for helicopters of 6 tonnes and up to D-value of 16 metres, and can accommodate five tenders the largest one makes 17 metres in length , and a generous selection of toys. The list comprises such disasters as heavy storm in Italian Rappallo and Hurricane Irma that caused severe damage to the Caribbean and Florida region in Rescue operation: 40m sailing superyacht My Song hauled out in PalmaThe Baltic Custom sailing yacht My Song that had fallen down from a cargo ship during transportation on May 27, was hauled out in Palma de Mallorca STP shipyard as part of the salvage operation.
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What you need to know about superyacht helipadsThe location of the helipad is usually determined by the aesthetics of the yacht design, and not by the potential hazards of turbulence and movement. Whether the owner chooses to locate it on the bow of the ship or at the stern, it has a strong influence on the layout of other decks.
The bow position influences the structure less and provides a landing when the stern decks are used to relax the guests. However, landing there is generally not possible when the boat is moving. Evo another Tecnomar yacht destroyed by fireItalian media have reported that the The incident took place in Marina di Carrara, Italy.
Fortunately, no casualties were reported. Made in Holland: five 90m plus superyachts by Feadship.
Feadship, one of the leaders of Dutch well-established yacht building industry, roots its history back to One hundred years later, in , the company that had first started as De Vries, Van Lent and De Voogt brands, was associated forming the new Feadship brand. As of , the global fleet of Feadship counted yachts, growing every year ever since. Today, Yacht Harbour lists 5 of the largest vessels built by the yard so far. Anna boasts an outstanding curve in the exterior design, connecting the main deck with the upper deck. Hatches in the topsides hint at a side-loading tender garage and a fold-out superyacht beach club, although those features are yet to be confirmed by the yard.
Trademarked with a top speed of 18 knots and cruising speed of 12 knots, Anna spent her maiden season in the Caribbean.
SymphonyLength: According to Marianne, Symphony was delivered to Maltese company, Sonata Yachting, a firm which conglomerate LVMH disclosed was a fully owned subsidiary in its yearly report. With her interior volume of nearly 3, GT, Symphony is able to accommodate up to 20 guests across 6 staterooms, including one full-beam VIP cabin, double owner's stateroom and additional guest cabins on the lower deck.
She is fitted with an outdoor cinema on her bridge deck and a golf tee located aft of the upper deck, which allows its guests to shoot specially designed, bio-degradable balls into the sea from the yacht. Other amenities comprise but are not limited to a gym, a beauty salon and massage room, multiple toys, six-metre contraflow, glass-bottom swimming pool with waterfall etc. Symphony reaches her maximum speed at 22 knots along with cruising speed of 14 knots.
Madame GuLength: 99 mYear: Madame Gu, reportedly built for Russian billionaire and Metalloinvest shareholder Andrei Skoch, was launched in as the largest vessel ever built by the Dutch shipyard. Andrew Winch styled her exterior, whilst De Voogt was responsible for the naval architecture. The interior, also designed by Andrew Winch, accommodates twelve guests in six cabins. The yacht's crew quarters are composed of 18 cabins for 36 members.
Techno wise, Madame Gu is powered by quadruple 3,kW MTU engines providing a top speed of 24 knots and a cruising speed of 22 knots.