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The biggest yachting news stories of August

2 September 2022• Written by Katia Damborsky

From triumphant launches to tragic disasters, BOAT looks back on the most-read yachting news stories of August 2022. Here's what you might have missed...

1. Watch: 39m superyacht My Saga sinks in Italy

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The 39.4 metre yacht My Saga  sunk in southern Italy, around eight nautical miles from Catanzaro Marina in the Gulf of Squillace. The yacht got into difficulty in the early hours of August 20 - the crew were then rescued and a tug attempted to bring the yacht into port, but worsening weather conditions eventually led to the yacht foundering stern-first. She sunk at around 1pm local time.

Read More/Watch: 39m superyacht My Saga sinks in Italy

2. Aria SF: 45m superyacht sinks following fire in Ibiza

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The 45 metre ISA motor yacht Aria SF  sunk off the coast of Cap Martinet, Ibiza, following a devastating fire that ripped through the yacht on August 11 in the waters of Formentera. Firefighters and rescue teams worked to extinguish the flames for several hours. They towed the yacht away from the busy waters of Formentera, but the still-smouldering vessel was deemed too dangerous to enter the port of Ibiza. She finally sunk three days after the blaze broke out.

Read More/Aria SF: 45m superyacht sinks following fire in Ibiza

3.NBA star's Kando 110 superyacht Infinity Nine launched

In early August, Turkish shipyard AvA Yachts announced the launch of the 35 metre Infinity Nine,  hitting the water in Antalya. Commissioned by NBA star Tony Parker, she is the second in the shipyards series of Kando compact explorer yachts, with a range of over 6,000 nautical miles and a volume of 320GT.

Read More/NBA star's Kando 110 superyacht Infinity Nine launched

4. Watch: 127m Oceanco Y721 begins transport through Dutch canals

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Hitting the water for the first time on August 2 in Alblasserdam, the 127 metre Oceanco Y721 has begun the journey to the yard’s Rotterdam facilities for the final stages of construction. Her three mighty masts were spotted in transit along Nieuwe Maas and have since been stepped as Y721 approaches delivery. 

Read More/Watch: 127m Oceanco Y721 begins transport through Dutch canals

5. Auction of arrested superyacht Axioma closes on 63 bids

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The 72.5 metre superyacht Axioma went under the hammer in Gibraltar with a total of 63 bids received. A statement issued by the Office of the Admiralty Marshal Supreme Court said that the "successful bidder will be selected by the Admiralty Marshal" and confirmed that the transaction would be finalised up to two weeks after bidding closed.

Read More/Arrested superyacht Axioma sells for $37.5M at auction

6. Watch: Feadship launches 118m Project 1010

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Feadship launched the 118 metre superyacht Project 1010 at its shipyard in Makkum in The Netherlands. The 4,999GT yacht marks a significant milestone for Feadship as its longest launch to date. The yacht’s midnight blue exteriors come from Espen Øino, while interiors have been headed up by French studio Zuretti.

Read More/Watch: Feadship launches 118m Project 1010

7. The most exciting new yachts at the Monaco Yacht Show 2022

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From 115 metre Ahpo to the 74 metre Kensho, BOAT takes a look at some of the most exciting new deliveries making their debuts at the Monaco Yacht Show. If you're heading to Port Hercule this September, these are the yachts that you should be looking out for.

Read More/The most exciting new yachts at the Monaco Yacht Show 2022

8. Watch: 33m superyacht goes up in flames and sinks in Ibiza

The Bilgin motor yacht Good Vibes caught fire on August 2 in Ibiza. According to local media reports, the superyacht was “sailing” through the Es Freus marine reserve between Ibiza and Formentera at the time of the incident. When the fire broke out, a commercial vessel stepped in to tow the boat to an empty dock in Ibiza port in order to help fire crews access the yacht.

Read More/Watch: 33m superyacht goes up in flames and sinks in Ibiza

9. Extra Yachts presents new 30m Villa X30 catamaran concept

Extra Yachts, a brand of ISA Yachts, has unveiled the first model in a new line of motor catamarans. Named Villa X30, the 30 metre multihull yacht features an interior and exterior design by Dutch studio Phathom and is characterised by high volume interiors and a fluid layout that makes full use of the 13.7 metre beam.

Read More/Extra Yachts presents new 30m Villa X30 catamaran concept

10. Goga: An exclusive look on board Benetti's first 37M B.Yond

Delivered by Benetti earlier this month, Goga marks the first unit of the 37M B.Yond series. BOAT discovers how the Italian yacht builder went beyond its comfort zone for its new steel-hulled line. 

Read More/Goga: An exclusive look on board Benetti's first 37M B.Yond