2015 review: 12 months of yachting news
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January

Join us as we look back on the biggest yacht news of 2015, starting with January...

At the end of 2014 Bermuda was named as the host of the 35th Americas’s Cup, so in January we looked at the six reasons why it was chosen. America’s Cup hero Ben Ainslie was in the news after he had to be rescued by Richard Branson whilst on his honeymoon.

January was also a significant month for yacht news when we got the first pictures of recently delivered 51 metre Heesen MySky. The 101 metre  Kusch superyacht I Dynasty was also spotted on the move and Vitruvius yachts revealed the design for a new 50 metre.

January was also a month for news from under the sea. The catamaran motor yacht Thunderbird 2 was revealed to be capable of carrying a submarine, named Thunderbird 4 of course. Meanwhile Calypso, the research vessel of diver and marine conservationist Jacques Cousteau, was found in a state of disrepair amid a legal battle.

There were also some tragic stories of yacht fires. The classic Feadship Notorious was destroyed while undergoing major repairs, the 42.6 metre Lubenico caught fire at sea and a marina in Fort Lauderdale was forced to close after a fire destroyed two yachts.

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March

March was the month of the classic yacht restorations with news of three yachts being restored in the UK. 50 metre Malahne was re-launched by Pendennis after a painstaking restoration, 38 metre  Moon Maiden II was re-launched from Solent Refit after a major renovation and the Southampton yard also saw the arrival of 50 metre RS Eden for assessment before her refit.

Heesen had a busy start to the year and March brought yet more news from the Dutch builder with the delivery of 47m Asya. Benetti was also celebrating after the launch of three custom yachts.

Several interesting design concepts were revealed in March, including Echo Yachts' design for the worlds biggest ever trimaran and Lujac Desautel's concept Salt – an unusual 55 metre sailing yacht with glass facades and hull sections.

The saying ‘strength in numbers’ was given new meaning in March as 29,000 people joined the search for missing yacht and crew by sifting through satellite photos in search of a liferaft. And after eight years of looking,  Paul Allen and the crew of Octopus finally discovered the wreck of a long-lost WWII ship.

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April

ISIS has been making headlines throughout 2015, but in April a report allayed fears that ISIS could post a threat to superyachts in the Med.

In yacht news,  Baglietto launched its second 46 metre superyacht, while Hollywood glamour was the inspiration for the superyacht concept from Los Angeles-based design studio Adam VoorheesPastrovich also revealed the X-Easy concept, designed to cut down the number of crew.

One of the biggest stories in April was our report of  another yacht destroyed by fire, following a blaze in Bahia Mar in Fort Lauderdale.

On a lighter note it was revealed in April that one of the oldest yachts in the world could become a floating museum, plus there was an appeal to see if anyone could rescue classic yacht Caritas from being destroyed.

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May

May brought tragic news as a crewmember of 82 metre yacht Kibo was seriously injured after falling from the yacht. In response to this we looked at the 5 things every yacht owner needs to know about crew safety.

A high-speed boat crash hit the headlines but luckily the  teenager who was critically injured was reported to be ‘stable and improving’. In the same month,  58 metre luxury yacht Unbridled ran aground off Miami.

News of some impressive yachts was revealed in May, including much awaited photos of both the 140 metre Fincantieri yacht Ocean Victory and the extremely private 125 metre Maryah, as well as the delivery of the bright turquoise Princess 40M named Anka and Oceanco and Vitters' 85m sailing yacht Aquijo.

As excitement started to build for the upcoming America’s Cup World Series, footage emerged of Oracle Team USA in a jaw-dropping crash and tributes were paid to sailor Andrew Simpson on the anniversary of his death.

In destination news, a survey revealed  a superyacht boom in Fiji, with a 40% increase in the number of superyachts that visited the country in 2014.

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June

One of the memorable videos from June was a Norwegian advert created to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking alcohol while operating boats. The video went viral and was watched by millions.

June also brought us the christening of Francois Fiat’s luxury yacht Yersin and Boat International was live on the scene for the launch of ISA's 54 metre motor yacht Forever One. The 44 metre Feadship Moon Sand was filmed on sea trials and J-Class Lionheart was treated to a new paint job during refit.

There was another high profile yachting accident in June, when  a man died after a luxury yacht and RIB collided in the Solent. Meanwhile footage emerged of the yacht  Bellissima taking a beating during Hurricane Carlos just before she sank.

There was great news for yachts with plans to explore the east coast of Australia, when we revealed  plans to expand Spit Marina in Sydney.

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August

Feadship was well documented in August: photos showed the innovative  83.5 metre Savannah on her maiden voyage and the recently launched largest ever Feadship Symphony cruising in the med.  The same month saw CRN deliver its 55 metre superyacht Atlante.

In August we also brought you the exclusive story behind  Melnichenko's Sailing Yacht A and how this sail-assisted motor yacht is pushing the boundaries of technology.

It was a historic month when the expansion of the Suez canal was completed, which is great news for any yachts heading from the Med into the Indian Ocean.

More yacht related drama made headlines as  guns were seized and guests arrested on a luxury yacht in the Bahamas, plus there were  shocking photos and video as another superyacht sank in Greece.

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September

With the summer season drawing to a close, September was a busy month in the superyacht world.

Our top 10 yachts at the Cannes boat show displayed some prominent entries, including the superhero-inspired Benetti Vivace 125 Ironma__n. But despite the good showing of yachts the event was somewhat overshadowed by the death of a female journalist in a boating accident.

Two Italian yacht builders took the Cannes show as an opportunity to announce plans for growth. The Ferretti Group announced plans to invest €50 million to develop 27 new yacht models, while Azimut Benetti also announced new investment following strong growth. Other news from Italy came as the Italian government announced the sale of five luxury yacht marinas.

It was, of course, the Monaco Yacht Show in September and there was a flurry of yacht news unveiled at the show. There were 25 new yachts on display, 16 yachts for sale exhibited and top tenders and day boats presented. If you want to know what people thought of the event, take a look at what top brokers had to say about the Monaco Yacht Show.

At MYS,  Heesen revealed images of the ultra-silent project Nova and Tansu yachts revealed four new build projects underway at its yard in Istanbul.

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October

October saw a yacht crew hopeful become a hero during the flash floods in the South of France. The people on board an Israeli yacht also became heroes as they rescued 11 refugees from drowning in the Mediterranean. In the same month,  13 boats were destroyed in Boston.

Sea trial photos of the highly anticipated Sailing Yacht A were revealed as more details of the fascinating build came into the public domain. Steve Jobs' superyacht was also in the news again as Venus was back in the yard in France for more work.

With excitement building for the latest Bond film, MUB yachts revealed their fierce Calibre 102 metre yacht concept that looks fit for a Bond villain. Frank Gehry, renowned for creating some of the most unique buildings in the world, made his first foray in to the world of yacht design with the launch of unique sailing yacht Foggy.

As the yachting world expands further out off the beaten track, superyachts can be found in more remote destinations around the world. In October the  Port Takola Yacht Marina and Boatyard in Krabi announced plans for a superyacht marina, as Thailand looks to become a new superyacht hub.

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