The original ‘super’ yacht, the J-Class may be a throwback to the golden age of sailing, but these titans of the sea continue to turn heads as they carve through the waves with grace and power. As the J-Class racing scene gathers momentum in the lead up to the 2024 World Championship, TIDE takes a look behind the lens of one of the most beautiful modern-day J-Class yachts, the 131ft (39.95m) Rainbow
Redefining high-performance cruising, the new generation of Swan 98 offers speed and luxury. Just as comfortable crossing oceans as hopping between shallow tropical islands, racing around headlands or navigating the fjords, the Finnish-built yachts are widely touted as the best of all worlds. TIDE speaks with Nautor Swan’s team to find out what the 98 is all about.
Invoking memories of a bygone era, the charm of the Truly Classic 128 has been proven by the realisation of four builds (and a fifth on its way). TIDE explores the success of the concept with Hoek Design and hears from the owners of the second hull in the series about the joy that Vijonara brings.
Superyacht is an evocative word-enormous craft with lofty rigs and loftier budgets, fully customised, complex creations. But the core values of what make a superyacht (luxury, style and personal expression)are not the sole preserve of custom vessels well in excess of24m....let’s take a look at the pocket superyacht.
When time is the ultimate luxury, what does a $2.5 million refurbishment of a sailing yacht look like? Patrick Gavin-Brynes, captain of the newly re-launched Sonny III, talks hydraulic systems, custom carbon-fibre rigging and hoisting 192 square metres of sail in under 60 seconds
The price put on superyacht charters is famously opaque, with unexpected add-ons making it hard to predict how much you’ll spend. Bypassing brokers and agents, the owners of Perseverance are taking a different approach, bringing bespoke yet all-inclusive packages to the ultra-luxury sphere.
At the dawn of the early Twenties, we find ourselves on the threshold of a new era in sailing; the America’s Cup enacted at speeds in excess of 40 knots and the drive towards environmental responsibility set against a backdrop of ever larger motor yacht builds. So, what does the future hold for the humble sailing yacht?
The insatiable desire for more than one hull continues unabated and whilst the industry seeks to meet demand, one yard at the sharp end of the market is already raising the bar. (utilising race boat technology to deliver high performance in a high- end package. Gunboat are targeting their 68’, 72’ and 80’ models to fill a gap in the market by combining the generous square meterage of the cruising catamaran with the thrilling performance of offshore racing multihulls.)