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Miami Grand Prix Yacht Charter?  It May Happen!

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F1 RACING COMES TO MIAMI?

Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines….and captains, prepare to cast off!

Formula One (FIA Formula One World Championship), the foremost auto racing league on the planet, is actively scouting Miami, Florida (USA) as a possible site for a new Grand Prix race.  If Miami is selected as a venue, expect to see dozens of luxury yacht charter vessels lining the course, with thousands of spectators crowding the decks for a bird’s eye view of the action.

Four race cars on a winding street beside the ocean. Lalique and Black Label banners behind the cars as they whiz by.

According to a report by the Miami Herald, F1 execs visited Miami in November, and met with the mayor and government officials to discuss potential racing circuits and logistics for an annual event in the downtown area, along Biscayne Bay.

Events director for the city of Miami, Vicente Betancourt, says the goal is to add Miami to the Formula 1 season in 2020. “It’s like the Super Bowl of auto racing,” said Betancourt. “Hopefully we can make it happen.”

Will the amazing Michael Buffer possibly be the announcer for a Miami Grand Prix Formula One race?

Wouldn’t you love to see professional race car drivers like Lewis Hamilton, Bottas, Vettel, Raikkonen, or Verstappen…and high tech Mercedes, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati racecars on the downtown streets of sunny Miami?

This would be a wonderful boost for the South Florida economy, and it would provide corporate sponsorships from such companies as Amazon (founder, Jeff Bezos, graduated high school in Miami, Florida), Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Hotel Intercontinental, The Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Spa, The Forge, The Biltmore, Britto, Norman Braman, and 1-800 Yacht Charters.

 

GROWING THE GLOBAL AUDIENCE

Each year, from April through November, the Formula One’s series is comprised of 20 races in cities around the globe (Singapore, Budapest, Sao Paulo, Monaco, et al).  Currently, there are 15 road courses and five courses laid out on city streets.

Formula 1 is under new ownership (Liberty Media) and is looking to expand its U.S. presence.  Like professional soccer, F1 has a massive fan base across the globe, but lags behind other sports in the United States, like football, basketball, and NASCAR.  Currently, its lone United States Grand Prix race is  in Austin, Texas. Chase Carey, Liberty Media’s CEO of the Formula 1 Group, has been saying he wants another American race to join the one already held at the Circuit of the Americas, in Austin.  An event in Miami, or possibly Las Vegas or New York, has been publicly discussed.

Carey wants to see F1 grab a foothold in “destination cities” like New York, Los Angeles, Miami, or Las Vegas in order to create a week-long celebration capable of attracting people from all over the world.

 

WHY MIAMI?

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters believes Miami is a natural fit for a F1 event.

“Of all the races held annually by F1, the two premier events are staged in Monaco and Abu Dhabi,” says Sheeder.  “Both locations have courses along the waterfront, and thousands of spectators enjoy the race and the festivities from the decks of dozens of luxury yachts.  The Miami Grand Prix would duplicate that unique setting, as the course would pass through downtown Miami, along our beautiful waterfront area – and we have many superyachts that already make South Florida their home port.”

According to AutoGuide.com, Formula One filed on November 1st for a new trademark on a race event in Miami (as well as Las Vegas and New York). The next day, Sean Bratches, Formula One’s director of commercial operations, came to Miami, with his track engineers, and met with Mayor Francis Suarez and checked  out the city streets near the downtown area, along the waterfront. Betancourt, who has been in communications with F1 since May said nothing was finalized. “We’ve got to see if it works and what it would cost them to actually bring it out. I think the ball is pretty much in their court.”

Sheeder points out the idea of a major road race and spectator yachts is not new for the city. In the 1980’s, the Miami Grand Prix was a major annual event (but not affiliated with the F1 series).  “Private luxury yacht charter vessels would line up, stern-to the seawall in the area that is now the Bayside Marketplace, and spectators would watch the race from the deck of their superyachts. In the evening, many of the yachts would host private parties for the charterers, as well as the owners, drivers, and corporate sponsors of the racing teams.”


MOVE OVER, MONACO!

Sheeder is optimistic a new F1 week-long race event will become a marquee attraction for South Florida.  “Assuming the financing and logistics make sense for Formula One, a corporate hospitality Miami Grand Prix  yacht charter could easily rival the excitement of a Monaco Grand Prix yacht charter or an Abu Dhabi yacht charter.  Yes, Monaco has the edge thanks to many decades of exposure, but Miami could make a big splash.  We have the best weather, and the largest inventory of luxury yacht charter vessels anywhere in the world.  Throw in the sexy appeal of nearby South Beach with world-famous hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, and celebrities, and Miami is a world-class big-event town.”

Where else can you go to an upscale event, wearing little more than sandals and a bathing suit, where the best “seat” in the house is in an on deck Jacuzzi on a private luxury yacht???

women in white bikini tops sipping champagne in the hot tub of a yacht

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Attending a Grand Prix event on a yacht is the ultimate in corporate hospitality.  Come experience the excitement and glamour of Formula 1 racing in 2018.  For more information about a Monaco Grand Prix yacht charter, or to rent a yacht for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix or for any other F1 race, CLICK  https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/yacht-charter-special-events/sporting-events/

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New Benetti Veloce 140 Yacht DREW Available For Bahamas Yacht Charter

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Every once in a while, we find a hidden “gem” at a boat show that we can’t wait to share with our clients.  Motor yacht DREW is that type of yacht.

Benetti Veloce 140 DREW side profile

 

Launched in 2016, she is just the second hull in the new Benetti Veloce 140 series.  She made her charter debut at the 29th edition of  Yachts Miami Beach, the show that highlights private luxury yacht charter megayachts, and runs concurrently with the Miami Boat Show, now named Miami Yacht Show.  Yacht manager, Stacy Moss of Northrop and Johnson invited our company President, Jana Sheeder, onboard for a private viewing and an opportunity to meet the crew. After our inspection, Stacy was kind enough to put together an overview for our readers:

 

THE YACHT

Benetti’s 140-foot (42.6m) luxury motor yacht DREW was launched in 2016. This sexy, chic yacht is ideal for charter thanks to her impressively voluminous and stylish interior, her exceptional on-deck spaces and her fully stocked toy box with a variety of exciting water sports, tenders and more.

Five staterooms cater to up to 10 guests on board (yacht) DREW. The main-deck 900-square-foot master is located forward and offers a walk-around king-size bed, an 80-inch flat screen, massive windows that provide astonishing views and an en-suite his-and-hers master math with a large European rain shower. The four additional guest staterooms are located on the lower deck. All offer queen-size beds and en-suite bathrooms, among other amenities.

The main salon is a perfect place to entertain. A variety of seating options, a game table and a flat screen TV all are on offer. Just aft, an alfresco dining table for 10 is the perfect spot for breakfast. This space leads to the beach club, which houses all the yacht’s water toys and is a great place to relax, catch some rays or pop in the water.

Motor yacht DREW’s skylounge is equipped with a full bar, day head, incredible views from massive windows and a large wrap-around couch situated in front of an 80-inch flat screen, and dive into a movie. The skylounge aft offers alfresco dining for 10 and incredible views. DREW’s sundeck is divided into two sections, forward and aft. The aft deck has four large chaise lounges, two large removable umbrellas; forward is a large bar with seating for five, a dining table for 10 and a flat screen TV. The Portuguese deck, an extension of the sundeck, is outfitted with U-shaped settee seating for 10, a table,  four large sun pads and a Jacuzzi.

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Length: 43m/ 140 ft

Beam: 8m/ 27.10 ft

Draft: 2.43m/ 8 ft

Year: 2016

Guests: 10

Cabins: 5

Crew: 8

 

 

THE BAHAMAS

The owner of the yacht has decided the Bahamas is the perfect destination for his new yacht, and we couldn’t agree more.  Our biggest challenge when arranging a Bahamas yacht charter for a client is the difficulty to find a yacht that can accommodate a large family or multiple couples in the shallow waters of the Bahamas. You see, much of the Bahamian islands reside in shallow, sandy waters.  Large megayachts that can accommodate 8 to 10 passengers usually have deep drafts  meaning they sit deeply in the water – too deep to navigate in shallow coves.   Even though Drew has accommodations for 10 guests, she is only 140ft in overall length, and her draft is just 8 feet.  Hence, this Benetti Veloce 140 is the perfect platform for a superyacht experience in the Bahamas!

 

MAIN FEATURES

  • “Zen-like” interior
  • Five stylish staterooms accommodate up to 10 guests
  • Exquisitely modern interior style
  • Lounge seating provides ultimate comfort
  • Spacious, innovative forward covered-seating area with Jacuzzi – brings Portuguese-bow concept to another level
  • Beach club at water level
  • Contemporary full-beam master stateroom on main deck
  • Chic photography and unique artwork throughout
  • Toy-free decks
  • Zero Speed Stabilization system

 

TENDERS/TOYS

Towed tender

18.5’ (5.6m) Williams tender

Sensational waterslide

2 Seabobs

2 Inflatable paddleboards

Inflatable kayak

Snorkeling gear

Wakeboards

Towable toys

Assorted fishing gear – fully rigged

Drone

“Beach set up” tables and chairs

Exercise bike (connects to Wi-Fi for online workouts)

Rowing machine

TRX workout equipment

Medicine ball, core strengthening devices, yoga mats

Weights

 

CHARTER RATE

Based in the Bahamas for the summer, and most likely the Caribbean for the winter, her weekly charter rate is $160,000/wk plus running expenses, with no price change between low and high seasons or for holidays.

 

MOTORYACHT DREW WAS JUST SOLD.  WE ARE HOPING THAT SHE WILL REENTER THE LUXURY YACHT CHARTER MARKET.

 

Please check our inventory for another superyacht to fulfill your Superyacht Experience, or contact us right away at 305-720-7245 or via our 24 hour online booking form at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Power Catamaran Yacht QUARANTA – Offers Big Volume, Stable Ride

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IN TEN SECONDS

Motoryacht Quaranta

34m award-winning power catamaran with as much interior space as a 40m monohull superyacht.

Accommodates 12 guests in 6 cabins.

Available South of France or Adriatic

€119,000/wk for up to 12 guests.

 

power catamaran QUARANTA profile

 


THE STORY

Our associate, Romina Rastelli of Hill Robinson Yacht Management, reached out to us via email.  She wanted to remind us keep power catamaran QUARANTA in mind when providing families with yachting options this summer in the Mediterranean:

 

“Dear Jim, 

We are pleased to inform you that Quaranta will be available this summer in the South of France and Adriatic!

QUARANTA is the first motor yacht of the Curvelle Shipyard in Turkey. She is a winner of multiple prestigious design awards; although a 34m, 111′ superyacht catamaran, QUARANTA has as much interior and exterior volume as other performance monohulls in the 40m – 42m range.

(Your clients) will appreciate the huge windows in every guest cabin and the flexibility of the stateroom layout configuration. All cabins can be rearranged and combined to a variety of different layouts to specifically cater to the client’s needs. Double cabins, twin cabins, triple cabins are all possible. In total, there are over 20 different layouts.

Her key features include:

  • Flexible layout with over 20 different possibilities that can be changed on a moment’s notice,
  • Flexible cruising speed from 10 to 18 knots,
  • Guest interior and exterior space that is comparable with monohull yachts over 40m,
  • Lifting platform that can be used by guests to have more contact with the water,
  • Huge windows in each cabin.

Captain Paul Fraser and his crew look forward to welcoming your clients on board!”

 

WHAT WE LIKE

Romina knows we like to offer our clients superyachts with special features and great value.  The number one request by our clients with large families  – “Is there enough space for everyone to feel comfortable?”  Yacht QUARANTA is the perfect alternative for these clients.  With a 9 meter beam and 4 decks, private luxury yacht charter guests can about 50% more guest accommodation space than a comparable 30 meter monohull.  The mid and upper decks are wide open, as is the large deck area on the Main Deck.  This yacht is built for socializing!

Our favorite onboard feature is the unique lowering platform that doubles as beach club deck.  This platform can lower guests straight from the main deck and into the water.  That’s so cool and unique!

 

power catamaran QUARANTA lowering deck that doubles as beach club

 

THE RATE:

For the summer 2017 cruising season, whether in the South of France, or an Adriatic yacht charter, the yacht is offered at €119,000/wk plus running expenses – for both high (July/August) and low (June/September) season

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For reserve QUARANTA or any other yacht for your favorite date this summer in the Med, contact us at 305-720-7245 or via our convenient 24 hour online inquiry form at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Updated – Champagne Names – How to pronounce them?

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When Champagne gets transported into another country, it’s normal that the pronunciation is adapted to suit the language. However, if you’re curious how to pronounce Champagne names comme il faut (translated = properly)you’re in the right place.

Even if you’re quite confident with French, the names can sometimes be tricky as many originate from other countries such as Germany.

Tip: “on” and “om” sounds are usually nasal sounds in French, such as in Dom Pérignon.

  • Dom Pérignon  Dom Peh-ree-nyon (“g” isn’t pronounced) 
  • Veuve Clicquot – Verv Kli-koh (not voov)
  • Deutz – dirts (French pronunciation with a soft “r”)
  • Ruinart – Rwee-nar (not ruin-art)
  • Piper-Heidsieck – Pee-pay Ed-sick
  • Mumm – Moom / Mewm (with a long “u” — 000 — sound)
  • Pol Roger – Pol Roh-jeh (soft “j”)
  • Louis Roederer – Loo-wee Row-ed-er-ey
  • Bollinger – Bol-an-jey (soft “j”)
  • Moët et Chandon – Moh-et et Chan-dawn (not mo-way)
  • Taittinger — [ADDED BY Jana Sheeder of 1800yachtcharters] “TEH ton zhay”

The one that probably causes the most trip-ups is Moët et Chandon, which is pronounced moh-et eh chan-dawn – and not the commonly-said moh-way… oops.

Now you can confidently order a fancy bottle of Champagne (and impress the waiter) on your next holiday to France. >>

Remember.  The city of Cannes, France is simply pronounced “can” (not “con”).    The Cannes Film Festival is pronounced CAN, not cahn.

The next step?  Contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at 305-720-7245 or by filling out our convenient online contact form at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now/, and start planning your yacht charter vacation today!

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Who Knew???  Famous Phrases with Nautical Yachting Origins

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Many years ago, when we first started blogging about private luxury yacht charters, we would get bored writing about the same topics over and over –  “Here’s a new sailboat…,”  “Here’s a new motoryacht…,”  “Here’s a fun destination…”     Blah, blah, blah…

To jazz things up, our company President, Jana Sheeder would sometimes write blogs about off-the-wall, mostly nautical-themed trivia, which she labeled, “Did You Know…?

I thought I would take a stab at it myself.  So here goes…

DID YOU KNOW these common phrases all have nautical roots?

 

 

cup of coffee with white cup and saucer

Cup of Joe:

When newly appointed Secretary of the Navy Joe Daniels took his post in 1913, he banned wine and spirits aboard ships. So, the strongest drink aboard Navy ships was coffee.   Over the years, a cup of coffee became known as “a cup of Joe.”

 

 

brown and white guinea pig in a hammock with back legs sticking out

 

Shake a Leg:

This one is a little sketchy so I picked the explanation that sounded the best to me.  Some sources claim the phrase originates from the British Royal Navy.  Supposedly, officers would order sleeping sailors to throw a leg out from their hammocks to wake up! (Just a fun image…little guinea pig looks exhausted!)

 

a flying black crow on a sky blue background

 

 

As the Crow Flies:

In the 1700’s it was thought (and possibly true) crows like to be on dry land and will fly straight to shore, bypassing any obstacles in their path.  Ships would carry crows aboard, and in cases of poor visibility, let one free and chart the bird’s flight to shore.   [Sounds cool, but I’ll stick to Google Maps!]

 

Our modern fleet of private luxury yacht charter vessels serve way more than just coffee, and the crows have all been replaced with state-of-the-art radar and global navigation software!  Come enjoy the Superyacht Experience with your family and friends and book a yachting vacation today, with 1-800 Yacht Charters. Fill out our convenient online booking form at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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