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SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, ORACLE TEAM USA and Penfolds announced a new partnership at a private event in San Francisco.  Penfolds has become the Official Supplier of ORACLE TEAM USA, the defending America's Cup champions, and will have their iconic collection of wines served at all team events and hospitality areas across the globe. At a special event in San Francisco, host city for the 34th America's Cup, Penfolds Managing Director Gary Burnand said, "This is a proud partnership for both Penfolds and ORACLE TEAM USA.  For Penfolds to be associated with the highest echelon of yacht racing is a natural fit.  For ORACLE TEAM USA it brings another luxury supplier that will elevate the quality of their hospitality experience. Together I am confident we will both win next September.  I also encourage our Penfolds customer family, including resta... (more)

Pacific Union International Supports Artemis Racing in America's Cup Competition

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Pacific Union International is pleased to announce its support of Artemis Racing, Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, through an exclusive marketing partnership.  Through this partnership, Pacific Union will offer its real estate professionals and clients unique content and hospitality opportunities. (Photo: The America's Cup, dating back to 1851, is the oldest and most prestigious trophy in the sport of competitive yacht racing. Pacific Union's support of Artemis Racing helps celebrate the historic arrival of the America's Cup to San Francisco.  "We found an amazing amount of synergy between the mindset of the Artemis Racing organization and the philosophy of Pacific Union," said Mark A. McLaughlin, CEO of Pacific Union. "We both have cultures of i... (more)

Crystal Offers New Ways to Explore the Pacific Coast This Spring

LOS ANGELES, March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On its sole Pacific Coast itinerary this year, Crystal Cruises has set more than 40 Crystal Adventures ashore, almost a dozen of them new.  From Vancouver to Los Angeles, the seven-day, April 29 Crystal Symphony voyage explores the Pacific Northwest and California coastlines with a bevy of new nature-loving, artful and historic shore-side options, such as: For Art and Film Fans: Explore private art studios and galleries, from glass-blowing in Seattle to the historic art colony of Sausalito.  See the real-life movie locations used in such film hits as The Goonies, Free Willy, and Kindergarten Cop. For Outdoor Adventurers: Zip line through dense Oregon forest near Astoria, over eight lines, and into a private lake. Follow Lewis and Clark's footsteps through the same dunes and fields they "discovered" outside Fort Clatsop. Sai... (more)

America's Cup and Live2media Bring Spectators Inside the Action

PLEASANTON, Calif., April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Newly launched Live2media, a provider of real-time audio to sports fans at live events, is proud to announce its partnership with the America's Cup. The partnership will give spectators watching the 34th America's Cup race from the shores of San Francisco the opportunity to truly get inside the action on the water through real-time live audio feeds offered by Live2media. Spectators will be able to select and listen to multiple channels from the Live2media Livecard™. Using the power of Near Field Communication (NFC) to unlock live conversations between a skipper and crew, expert commentaries and sound effects from the boats; Livecard gives enthusiasts and new fans a sense of being right at the heart of the action on the water. "It is a great privilege for us to announce our partnership with the America's Cup Event Au... (more)

WTTW National Productions to Present The Wind Gods

CHICAGO, April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wind Gods is a thrilling, action-packed 60-minute documentary telling the story of the 33rd America's Cup yacht race, in which Oracle Corporation owner Larry Ellison's American yacht USA-17, representing the Golden Gate Yacht Club, defeated the Swiss-owned Alinghi 5 yacht of Italian entrepreneur Ernesto Bertarelli.  Beautifully shot in high definition with unique footage of the famous race, the film documents Ellison's ultimately successful effort to bring the America's Cup back to the United States after 18 years.  The Wind Gods will be available via the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) beginning April 26, 2013 (check local listings). (Logo: (Logo: (Logo: (more)

Shellback™ Rum Named Official Supplier Of ORACLE TEAM USA, Defender Of The 34th America's Cup

SAN FRANCISCO, July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Today Shellback Rum announced distinction as the Official Rum Supplier of ORACLE TEAM USA, defender of the 34th America's Cup. As a proud sponsor of the defending America's Cup champions, Shellback Rum is bringing the spirit of nautical competition to markets across the country with a series of events celebrating yacht racing, all culminating at the America's Cup Finals, September 7-21. "ORACLE TEAM USA  is pleased to team up  with Shellback Rum, a brand whose nautical heritage and Shellback namesake naturally aligns with our sport, goals and passion for adventure," said Grant Summer, General Manager of ORACLE TEAM USA. "ORACLE TEAM USA strives for progression in competitive sailing as Shellback does in the rum category – it is a natural fit." The sponsorship coincides with Shellback Rum activations nationwide featuring si... (more)

WISeKey Becomes Official Fan App Supplier of ORACLE TEAM USA, Defender of the 34th America's Cup

GENEVA and SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/29/13 -- WISeKey, the bespoke Swiss digital security solutions company, was today named the Official Fan App Supplier of ORACLE TEAM USA, the sailing syndicate preparing to defend the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco this September. The WISfans© ORACLE TEAM USA app will allow fans to follow social posts from the sailors and team, providing even those without social media accounts a means to engage in real-time interaction with their favorite crew members. The app leverages the team's worldwide fan ecosystem (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, videos, photos, blogs, sponsor-supported social campaigns, etc.) to generate exciting, interactive and relevant content via a secure mobile app, with fun digital features such as biometric resemblance comparisons to ORACLE TEAM USA sailors. The first version of the app is sched... (more)

Le Palais Royal, the Most Expensive Palace in the U.S., Hits the Market in Florida for $139 Million

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Le Palais Royal, a magnificent, French-inspired Beaux Arts masterpiece that sits on Florida's Atlantic Coast, has just been listed for sale at $139 million, making it the most expensive palace in the continental U.S. currently on the market. Presented by William P.D. Pierce of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, the more than 60,000-square-foot palatial estate sits on over 4 acres and 465-feet of beachfront on Millionaires Mile. Le Palais Royal boasts a 492-foot private dock that can accommodate up to a 185-foot mega yacht, and an underground garage with parking for over 30 cars. Currently under the final phase of construction and slated for completion before the end of 2015, the price tag includes the finishing. "Le Palais Royal is to be the most expensive listing on the market in America, and was designed... (more)

Arabian Knights and Their Floating Palaces

Some of the largest, most opulent yachts in the world belong to Arab royalty and businessmen. Only one, Phocea, the largest privately owned sailing yacht in the world, owned by a woman, is available for charter. Arab royalty and oil sheiks, like most Western elite with a taste for a lavish lifestyle, are fond of adding a megayacht or two as part of their big ticket possessions since they constitute the ultimate status symbol. A mega or super yacht is defined as a private luxury cruising vessel that is at least 85 feet in length. Some currently being built are surpassing 450ft! At one time a 75ft boat was considered large. Now even 150ft is seen as modest. The cost can run in the tens of millions of dollars, and annual running expenses can add an average of 10-12% of the yacht's value. (September 21, 2005, Monaco) - Carmen Gonzalez and Robyn Forma with Lady Maura duri... (more)

Celebrity Yacht Charters From Monaco to Saint-Tropez

There's no place in the world that can compete with the glamour of the Côte d'Azur, and there's no better way to experience all it has to offer than from aboard a private yacht. That's why Ivana Trump has cruised there for more than 20 years, and describes it as "heaven on earth." Summer does not arrive quietly in the south of France. The season kicks off in a flurry of activity with two prestigious fixtures on the international social calendar: the Monaco Grand Prix and the Cannes Film Festival. Both take place on one of the most exclusive stretches of coastline in Europe - the Côte d'Azur. For decades the French Riviera has been synonymous with glamorous people and a jet-set lifestyle. During the summer months there are few places in the world that can boast more celebrities, more parties, or a more cosmopolitan atmosphere than this region of France. From hitting... (more)

Who Will Buy Larry Ellison's (World's Largest) Megayacht?

International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine - News  Coverage EXCLUSIVE GOOGLE NEWS by YV&C Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine's editor-at-large reports: Ever since Larry Ellison agreed last week to an unusual settlement to end the "derivative lawsuits" against him resulting from insider trading allegations dating back to 2001, a settlement which will cost $122.5M, the megayachting world has been abuzz with speculation as who could afford to buy the 452-foot Rising Sun megayacht from him – the world's largest yacht – and maybe help defray some of that expense. Bigger even than Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen's massive 414-foot Octopus, Rising Sun made her first visit to the South of France in May 2005 during the Cannes Festival and just prior to the Monaco Grand Prix and has been mentioned in the same breath as steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, owner of a $128M ho... (more)