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The biggest yachting news stories of September

6 October 2021• Written by Miranda Blazeby

From triumphant launches to extreme concepts, BOAT rounds up the most-read yachting news stories from September 2021.

1. Exclusive: First glimpse inside the interior of 222m private residence yacht Somnio

Taking the top spot for September was BOAT International's exclusive glimpse inside the interior of the 222m private residence yacht Somnio. Currently due for a 2024 launch, Somnio features a total of 39 customisable apartments on board which will be designed by Winch DesDesignn and Tillberg Design of Sweden.  

Winch's interior design concept for an apartment on Somnio

2. Norway: The 161 metre Viking-inspired superyacht concept with a “sky elevator”

In the second spot was the 161 metre sailing superyacht concept named Norway, which was unveiled by Kurt Strand Design. Taking inspiration from the “powerful square sails” of Viking ships, Norway features 96-metre-high carbon fibre Falcon rig masts with 6000sqm of sails covered in flexible solar cell foil.

The concept is inspired by VIking ships

3. Revealed: Malcolm McKeon and Mark Whiteley team up with Feadship on 77.85m superyacht design MM770

The news of Malcolm McKeon's 77.85m superyacht project, known as MM770, to be constructed at Dutch shipyard Feadship, was the third most read story in September. The project has been designed in collaboration with Mark Whiteley and is defined by a sleek profile and a largely timber-finished exterior running across five decks.

The MM770 superyacht concept was revealed in September
Credit: Sunreef Yachts

4. Introducing APEX: Lloyd Werft's 115m go-anywhere explorer with a 9,000 nautical mile range

Unveiled at the 2021 Monaco Yacht Show was Lloyd Werft's 115 metre explorer yacht concept designed for unlimited exploration. Capable of carrying two 20-metre tenders and reaching a 9,000 nautical mile range, APEX features a rugged exterior penned by The A Group and in-house naval architecture by Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven. 

APEX was revealed at the 2021 Monaco Yacht Show

5. Feadship reveals future-proof 81.75m superyacht concept named Pure

Also unveiled in Monaco was Feadship's 81.75 metre superyacht concept Pure. Featuring a sculptural exterior profile and open plan interior, Pure could be “built tomorrow with adventurous clients”, Feadship said. 

Pure was revealed by Feadship as the 2021 Monaco Yacht Show got underway
Credit: Guy Fleury

6. 35m motor yacht Siempre 'total loss' after fire

Earlier in the month was the news that the 35.2 metre Tansu motor yacht Siempre had been declared a total loss after catching fire and sinking in Marina di Olbia, Sardinia. Two fire brigade teams attended the scene and neighbouring yachts were forced to evacuate the area as fire teams began to tackle the blaze.

Siempre was declared a total loss

7. Tankoa reveals 76m Alberto Mancini-designed superyacht concept Apache

Tankoa also used the occasion of the 2021 Monaco Yacht Show to reveal its own concept; the 76 metre Apache. Complete with a double-walled glass-bottomed swimming pool suspended in the bow, Apache was designed inside and out by Alberto Mancini

Apache was revealed at the 2021 Monaco Yacht Show
Credit: Tom Van Ooosanen

8. Meyer Yachts enters superyacht market with ultra-sustainable 150m yacht concept ONE 50

Next up was another concept. Meyer Group announced at the Moanco Yacht Show that it is to enter the superyacht market with its first yacht concept - the 150 metre ultra-sustainable ONE 50. ONE 50 spans six decks with a 20 metre beam and a herculean volume of 15,000GT.

ONE 50 is Meyer Yachts' first foray into the superyacht industry

9. First look inside 65m Benetti superyacht Zazou

Following the Monaco Yacht Show, Benetti released new images of its 65 metre superyacht Zazou, which debuted at the show. The yacht's interior, which was previously under wraps, was designed by Dutch studio Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design and makes use of exotic marbles, light woods, and a soft palette of colour with hints of sky blue.

The upper deck saloon on board Zazou

10. CD100: The 100m movie-inspired superyacht concept revealed by Cantu Design

The tenth most-read news story of the month was Cantu Design's 100 metre superyacht CD100, which features an interior inspired by the owner’s love of cinema and film. The CD100 will be constructed in aluminium and steel, and accommodate up to 16 guests and 30 members of crew.

CD100 was designed by Cantu Design

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