Italy’s Marina D’Arechi Finally Finished

The newly completed Marina D’Arechi has been more than a decade in the making. Now fully done, it’s counting on a few advantages to attract boaters and yacht owners across the spectrum. It’s in proximity to the Amalfi Coast hotspots of Capri, Ischia, Positano, and more. It’s within a UNESCO World Heritage site. It offers homeporting and transient berths. And, it’s under Camper & Nicholsons Marinas management.

Marina D’Arechi is in the port of Salerno. Among its 1,000 berths are 80 for megayachts, both sail and power. Draft at its entrance is 26 feet, and the maximum LOA is 328 feet. With a basin exceeding 3.6 million square feet, it’s one of the largest marinas in the Med. Furthermore, Marina D’Arechi is an architectural attraction itself. Its breakwater, comprised of rocks, extends three-quarters of a mile, for example. The overall design is of an island connected to the shore by a bridge, too.

Even though it wasn’t completed until late last year, Marina D’Arechi has been welcoming megayachts for many months. Among the visitors last summer and autumn: the 230-foot Freedom, the 239-foot Yalla, and the 207-foot Irimari. Plans for the marina kicked off in 2000, with a decade-long delay before laying the first stone. The delay stemmed from legislative issues and the global economic crisis. However, by 2012 the first yachts were occupying berths.

Marina D’Arechi attracted Camper & Nicholsons Marinas’ attention in 2014. “When I visited the site back then, I could tell this project was something special,” says Dan Hughes, Camper’s business development director. The two companies kept in touch in the ensuing years. The marina’s developer then reached out when infrastructure completion occurred last year. Hughes terms the results “breathtaking” and adds that the staff is a significant benefit, too. “The service is friendly yet professional, which makes for a great atmosphere,” he explains. “All staff are fluent in Italian and English, with others speaking a third language. This is truly an international superyacht marina for the 21st century.”

With a restaurant, pastry shop, lounge, and more, the marina is additionally environmentally minded. Marina D’Arechi uses recycled wood for its pier decking, for example. The above-mentioned breakwater uses only real rocks. The facility also recycles water and waste.

One more benefit: Marina D’Arechi has a maintenance and repair facility. It includes a 220-ton-capacity yacht hoist.

Miami’s One Island Park Joins IGY Marinas Fold

The newly developed megayacht-only marina One Island Park, in Miami Beach, has new management. It’s now in the portfolio of IGY Marinas. This makes it the company’s first location in Florida.

Situated on Terminal Island, the marina boasts views of the downtown Miami skyline. It’s on private property, too, plus adjacent to a Coast Guard station. These lend a level of security for the owners that One Island Park is meant to attract. IGY Marinas says the side-to dockage can handle the world’s largest megayachts, upwards of 700 feet. Another attractive item is that the marina is exempt from Captain of the Port zone regulations. In brief, these regulations govern the movement of all vessels in a particular port. The exemptions means megayachts can arrive and depart at their leisure.

The name One Island Park may be familiar. If so, it’s because back in October, the marine-services agency BWA Yachting announced it was developing dockage there. BWA Yachting was managing the marina, too. BWA Yachting further established an office on site, to offer services like customs and immigration clearance, plus provisioning. Even with the change of management, the marine-services agency is remaining at the marina. In fact, BWA Yachting is serving as the exclusive agency providing concierge services and other support for yachts visiting One Island Park.

Both sailing superyachts and motoryachts can dock at the marina, which IGY Marinas is branding One Island Park – Miami Beach. The minimum water depth is about 40 feet. Despite the rendering above (which BWA Yachting provided last fall), the marina is fully operational and has been welcoming yachts. In the coming months, it will host special events, some related to Miami happenings. Notably, Art Basel Miami is in the area. In addition, IGY Marinas will have One Island Park participate in its community-outreach program Inspire Giving Through You.

SeaKeepers Giving Owners Underwater Video Cameras

If you’ve seen recent marine documentaries, you may have marveled at underwater video footage of significant-size species like sharks and rays. Imagine, then, capturing similar footage yourself, from your very own yacht. The International SeaKeepers Society will make it happen. In fact, the organization will give you a free underwater video camera, to help it capture much-needed shark and ray population data.

SeaKeepers is handing out BRUVS, or baited remote underwater video stations. Created by a division of the Australian government, BRUVS are used by researchers worldwide to survey fish. The cameras sit stationary on the sea floor and use bait to attract all sorts of species. Notably, they’re especially helpful in deep water, plus on coral reefs and in inter-reef areas. Furthermore, they help film big species like sharks and rays, which tend to avoid scuba divers or cameras under tow. Besides capturing images of fish, the underwater video stations take footage of their habitats.

Both species data and habitat data is important to SeaKeepers for this project. It’s providing BRUVS with the assistance of Florida International University. Together, they’re collecting data for Global FinPrint, reportedly the world’s largest reef shark and ray survey. (On a related side note, Global FinPrint is an initiative of Paul Allen, the owner of Octopus. He’s also a longtime SeaKeepers supporter.) According to the FinPrint website, “The research will improve our understanding of how elasmobranchs influence the coral reef ecosystem and how humans impact these species and their habitats. Ultimately, the consolidation of this collaborative global research into one single analysis will aid management and conservation efforts for life on the reef.”

Here’s how to participate. Contact Julienne Beblo, SeaKeepers’ associate director of programs. Following your conversation, within about a month, you’ll receive a free BRUV. SeaKeepers will train you and/or your crew on how to use the underwater video. Alternately, the organization will send a scientist to deploy it. Either way, you’ll start augmenting much-needed scientific data. Your BRUV will help researchers compare reefs from region to region. They’re examining factors like water temperature in affecting the number, types, and sizes of sharks and rays on these reefs.

Where the Superyacht Set Spends New Year’s Eve

The Christmas and New Year’s holiday is as big in yachting as it is in other travel sectors. Private and charter yachts head in droves to perennial hot spots like St. Barths. Others among the superyacht set head to additional warm-weather destinations throughout the Caribbean. This year is no different, judging from real-time vessel positions being broadcast via satellite. But, there’s always an exception to the rule, right? We found at least one unusual location for a high-profile yacht.

Here’s where some of the most famous yachts in the world are ringing in 2017.

ANTIGUA

Laurel: this 240-footer (above), in the hands of just her second owner since delivery in 2006, is enjoying the island used as a winter base by much of the superyacht set. On a related note, one major media outlet is reporting Laurel in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It’s likely a misunderstanding, though, of data that comes up on the satellite map. The map shows “St. John’s,” but if you look close, you see the words mark the capital of Antigua.

Bystander: this striking 138-footer resembles a 1930s workboat. The owner commissioned her to accompany his other yacht, the famous J-Class yacht Velsheda. That’s the two of them together, from 2009, in the photo below. So, it will likely come as no surprise that the sailing superyacht is in Antigua now, too.

Inukshuk: pronounced “in-ook-shook,” Inukshuk charters regularly in the Caribbean in winter. The 107-footer gets her name from the Inuit, an indigenous Canadian culture. “Inukshuk” refers to a pile of stones made to resemble a human figure. They served multiple purposes, such as a waypoint or a message for family and friends.

Bystander Velsheda superyacht set

PHOTO: mhobl/Flickr

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Octopus: South Africa isn’t exactly a hot spot for the superyacht set. Nonetheless, Octopus arrived here within the past two days. Interestingly, she arrived from yet another unusual African country, Namibia. Octopus’ owner, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, is renowned for supporting scientific and oceanographic research. So, perhaps the 414-foot Octopus is engaging in related activities in the region.

MUSTIQUE

Skat: this military-style 232-footer had been in Antigua during the week. She was still there at press time. However, satellite data shows Mustique as her destination by the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. It’s the same small island where the 202-foot Mary Jean II has been for a few days.

ST. BARTHS

The list of yachts dotting the waters of this Caribbean island reads like a who’s who of the superyacht set. There’s Aquila, Aquarius, Aspen Alternative, Eclipse, Lazy Z, Limitless, Luna, Le Grand Bleu, Gene Machine, Silver Shalis, and Symphony. And that’s just for starters. The yachts go on… and on… and on. We counted nearly two dozen yachts in slips in Gustavia and about as many at anchor.

IGY Marinas’ Inspire Giving Through You Restarts in February

The community-outreach program that IGY Marinas calls Inspire Giving through You returns in 2017.

Initiated earlier this year, Inspire Giving through You brings together the company’s corporate and marina employees, plus yacht owners, captains, and crew. They perform community-service projects in the areas where IGY Marinas’ properties are located. These include American cities like New York, as well as islands and towns in the Caribbean and Latin America. “Our mission for 2017 is to inspire even more members in the industry to join us in giving back to the destinations where we live, work, and travel,” says Tom Mukamal, IGY Marinas’ CEO.  

The first programs for 2017 occur on February 25, starting at these locations:

  1. Marina Santa Marta, in Columbia. Inspire Giving through You participants will help the non-profit Fundehumac rebuild its school ceiling. The organization provides education and other programs to children in need.
  2. Marina Cabo San Lucas, in Mexico. Volunteers will spruce up a school focused on social responsibility and human development. Tasks include purchasing desks and school supplies, painting the building, repairing the roof, and creating a recreation area.
  3. Rodney Bay Marina, in St. Lucia. Volunteers here will head out to a home sheltering children suffering from abuse, making it even more aesthetically welcoming. Adding a gazebo is one of the goals.
  4. Yacht Haven Grande and American Yacht Harbor, in St. Thomas. IGY Marinas staff and visitors at these two properties will build a Hydrologic Environmental Learning Center for a junior high school. The center will feature a greenhouse, raised planting beds, an orchard, as well as an outdoor science lab.
  5. Blue Haven Marina, in Turks & Caicos. You can help make an outdoor play area, complete with a sand pit and fence, for children with autism assisted by a local learning center.

IGY Marinas’ two St. Maarten properties have not yet revealed their Inspire Giving through You plans, although they will occur on the same date.

If your cruising plans will take you to any of these above-mentioned areas in February and you’d like to volunteer, contact Vivienne Yaple at IGY Marinas. You can also contact her to make a donation.

Inspire Giving through You efforts will continue elsewhere in summertime, too, just as they did earlier this year. We’ll provide details on those when they’re available.