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The best sports you can do on your superyacht

The best sports you can do on your superyacht

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Basketball

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Superyacht Joy foredeck

Few and far between are the modern superyachts which don’t find space for some form of exercise. But, even if you have one of the best superyacht gyms around, when surrounded by stunning views and brilliant sunshine, there’s a lot to be said for working out in the open air. Luckily, there are a whole host of superyacht sports which will let you do just that…

Basketball

Thanks to the ever-increasing size of outdoor deck spaces it is now more than possible to fit a good-sized sports court on your superyacht. It is believed that the famously private superyacht Madame Gu has one but it will take a lot to beat that of 78 metre FeadshipHampshire II. Her owner is a great sports lover, as evidenced by his foredeck, which can be transformed into courts for basketball, tennis, badminton and football – as well as being used to land his helicopter, of course. There's a similar court on the foredeck of Feadship Joy, while the YXT Evolution support vessels from Lynx Yachts can be fitted with a basketball hoop aft.

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Yoga

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Beach yoga

A sunrise yoga routine needs very little space and is a great way to enjoy the calm before the storm of the day’s fun. The experts from London’s KX Gym suggest repeating the following simple routine for an invigorating workout that will improve flexibility and strength:

Start in a standing position, take three deep diaphragmatic breaths and, on the last inhale, raise your arms over your head. Bring your palms together with your chest open. Raise your gaze up to your hands.

Exhale and bend at the waist, keeping your core strong. Inhale and bring your gaze up and straighten your back. On the next exhale, place your hands on the floor in front of you and jump backwards into a press-up, plank position.

While holding this position, walk your hands out in front of you to challenge your core. Keep your breathing normal and brace your core muscles. Walk the hands out as far as you can while maintaining your form, then return your hands to the press-up, plank position.

On your next exhale, lower the press-up, then inhale and move into an upward dog position (chest up, hips down with legs active and strong).

picture: Gym Marine

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Padel

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Padel court on board Aviva

It's not everyday that a yacht's brief is centred around sports, and especially tennis. But on 98.4 metre Aviva, one of the largest yachts in the world, this was a goal from the outset. “Build a big yacht around a padel tennis court was the main brief” says the yard’s project manager Andreas Hering. The hybrid squash/tennis court is part of the owner's daily routine, who had before limited his travels to places where there was a court on shore. Now he can take his workout of choice everywhere he goes.

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