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Luxury Sailing Yacht Builder In A Class Of Its Own

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Was it really ten months ago that nearly two dozen of the largest luxury sailing charter vessels gathered in Porto Cervo, Sardinia for one of the most popular yachting events in the Mediterranean, the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta?

This past week, 28 superyacht vessels converged at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda base in Virgin Gorda for the third “Caribbean” edition of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, sponsored by luxury Italian brand Loro Piana.

If there is one yacht builder that stands out among all others at these events, it has to be Perini Navi.  Since the early eighties, Perini Navi has built luxury sailing charter vessels in a class of their own. To date, the company has built 52 yachts, measuring up to 88 meters in length.

Maltese Falcon Perini Navi sailboat racing seen from back of yacht - sails up - boat leaning left

Flagship of the fleet is the Perini Navi yacht MALTESE FALCON, delivered in 2006. A masterpiece of technology and design, the 88 meter yacht MALTESE FALCON is without equal.  At the 2013 Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta, Perini Navi will be represented by 38m cruiser/racer sail yacht P2, as well as the sleek and stylish 54m yacht PARSIFAL III

Other Perini Navi yacht charter vessels often available in the Caribbean include 56 meter yacht SALUTE, and the 50 meter yacht BARACUDA.


To charter a luxury sailing yacht in the Caribbean this spring, please contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at

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Luxury Yacht | Classic St. Tropez Yacht Charter Sailboat is Spooky Fast

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This month families everywhere are carving pumpkins and making scary costumes for their children, in preparation for All Hallow’s Eve on Oct 31st.  Keeping with this theme, we thought it fitting to profile a French yacht charter vessel with the perfect name – sailing yacht, HALLOWE’EN.

racing sailboat yacht halloween fife cutter st tropez caribbean yacht charter sailing

Yacht Specifications: 

  • SHIPYARD: William Fife
  • MODEL: Bermudan Cutter
  • YEAR: 1926
  • LENGTH: 68.9ft – 21m
  • BEAM: 14.5ft – 4.42m
  • ENGINES: 1x80hp
  • TOP SPEED: 11kts (20km/h.)
  • CRUISING SPEED: 8kts (15km per hour)
  • CONSUMPTION: 8L per hour (at cruising speed)
  • CREW: 3


Hallowe’en is a classic sailing yacht designed and is as fast as any spooky goblin or ghost.  She finished in 4th place overall, in a field of 68 yachts, on the 2011 AFYT racing circuit.

The yacht is available for both classic regattas (Trophée Panerai, Régates Royales de Cannes, les Voiles de Saint Tropez) as well as day charter for up to 12 guests.

With her uncluttered deck and timeless mahogany interior furnishing, SY Hallowe’en combines outstanding performance – up to 11 knots under sails – with gracious living.

Charter the ex Norwegian Racing Clubs official yacht and enjoy a unique sailing experience.

  • Hallowe’en is a coded vessel (SCV2) with all necessary safety requirements updated and certified annually.
  • On board cuisine catering to personal tastes with an emphasis on fresh Mediterranean produce.
  • Mediterranean Racing circuit covering French Riviera, Italy, Sardinia, Corsica, Barcelona, Majorca, Mahon, Monaco.
  • CD/IPOD stereo system with deck speakers
  • Zodiac tender with 15 horsepower 4 stroke engine.
  • Snorkel gear
  • Easy access to and from water via swimming ladder
  • New race sails 2010/2011


Other classic yachts for hire include sail yacht GERMANIA NOVA and Jackie Onassis famous yacht CHRISTINA O.  

For charter rates and more information, please contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at

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Smartphone App Promising For Yacht Charters

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Photograph of a man in a red t-shirt looking toward the camera.  A smartphone blocks his face, so all that the viewer sees is the camera on the back of a smartphone, with the man in the background.

Smartphone app, PositionIt


Researchers at the University of Missouri develop a smartphone app that determines location, speed, and direction of distant objects. 



The PositionIt app combines a smartphone’s GPS, compass, and imaging capabilities to calculate the exact location of distant objects and track their speed and direction.



Practical uses might include a single off-the-shelf device to replace various pieces of equipment carried by soldiers on the battlefield, or even by golfers to judge the distance to the green when playing golf.


Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, sees both fun and practical applications in her industry. 

“We envision crews using this app to track other vessels during Mediterranean yacht charter regattas, like the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta,” says Sheeder. 

“Can you imagine children on crewed catamaran charters in the Caribbean using the app to track a pod of dolphins or whales in the distance?  The advantage of a smartphone is that it provides so many tools in a single, affordable package.”



The researchers say the PositionIt app can calculate the exact location of distant objects, both when the size of the object is known and when it isn’t.  Additionally, the software can also track the direction and calculate the speed of a moving target, like a luxury sailing charter vessel underway, from a short video captured on the smartphone.


A prototype version of the targeting and tracking software is currently undergoing testing. Advances in smartphone hardware are also expected to improve the accuracy of the new app. Improvements in GPS accuracy, battery life, and camera resolution will allow the app to make even more accurate observations.



The next LORO PIANA SUPERYACHT REGATTA is scheduled for June 4-8, 2013 in Porto Cervo,  Sardinia. First launched in 2008, this regatta kicks off the Mediterranean cruising season and attracts an ever-increasing fleet of sailing yachts. For instance, 34 meter sail yacht ANNAGINE and the 57 meter Royal Huisman yacht TWIZZLE.


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