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(May 2, 2005, AM) - International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine at the IYCM in Genoa, Italy. (May 2, 2005, AM) - Robyn Forma, Advertising Director of YV&C, David Legrand, Charter Marketing Manager of Fraser Yachts Worldwide, Captain Battaglia of M/Y Lady Lola, and Carmen Gonzalez, Senior VP of Sales & Marketing of YV&C during a YachtChartersMagazine.TV interview (in French) aboard M/Y Lady Lola. Watch the interview. (May 2, 2005, AM) - Kyri Kyriacou, Director, Anna- Maria Hernandez, Director, and Andreas Liveras, Chairman, of Liveras Yachts and p/v Annaliesse. Watch the YachtChartersMagazine.TV interview on board p/v Annaliesse. (May 2, 2005, AM) - David Legrand (l) of Fraser Yachts Worldwide with an aquaintance (we presume!). (May 2, 2005, AM) - Grisha Davida of the SuperYacht Conference and YV&C with Jay Rainey of The Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting (... (more)

Cognacs of France

If you aren’t yet ready to consider France heaven, it might be that you haven’t sampled the right bottle of cognac.  Writer Scott Rose here gives a primer on cognac culture and guidelines for finding the crème de la crème of cognacs.   A French expression that means ‘The Land of Plenty,” Le Pays de Cocagne, suitably describes the Charente region of southwest France, home to the king of brandies, cognac.  Charming villages dot the vineyard-rich countryside, churches and chateaux bear witness to history, and the rites of cognac production are central to life.     Local legend has it that the double distillation requisite to cognac was invented at the beginning of the 1600s by Le Chevalier de la Croix Marron, a pious nobleman.  Le Chevalier had a nightmare about the devil attempting to boil his soul out of him.  The first attempt failed, so the de... (more)

iPhone Surfing with Fast Pages

A vast majority of users of Blackberry, Blackjack, Pearl, Nokia, Treo, LG, Motorola Q, iPhone and all smartphones say they now use them solely for e-mail and text messaging with an occasional disappointing peak at the web. This failure is largely due to the hassle of typing lengthy web addresses on tiny keyboards, difficult downloads that often don't work and websites that are not user-friendly on mobile. To combat precisely this problem, says Chris Chilvers, CEO of The Fast Pages, a completely free and unique mobile web directory has been released "with lightning-fast access to thousands of the best most mobile friendly websites and even more touch-to-dial phone numbers." Called The Fast Pages or TFP, the directory will be particularly helpful for new iPhone users who may find their keyboard challenging at first. "iPhone users can now surf the web immediately without t... (more)

Ipadio’s iPhone App Makes Mobile Broadcasting and Audio Blogging a Breeze

[20 August – London, UK]- Ipadio’s new iPhone app, in the App Store now, gives users the choice between recording high quality audio for publication later or streaming their calls live to the web – on www.ipadio.com or straight to their own web site. For the first time, iPhone users can choose to live stream audio to their own web site or pre-record up to 60 minutes of audio and upload it later. Callers also have the option to use SpinVox voice to text conversion to produce title, tags and a transcript, plus all of the things you’d expect including adding photos from the phone, geolocating the call and automatically integrating with social media (Twitter, Facebook) and popular blogging platforms. Listeners can subscribe to each “channel” as a podcast in iTunes, within an ipadio account, via RSS or even old fashioned email. IPod Touch users can of course record and ... (more)

43rd Annual International Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting Was Huge Success!

St. Maarten SCYE2004 Photo Album 2004 Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show Photo Album 2004 Newport, RI Charter Show Photo Album 2004 Genoa, Italy Charter Yacht Show Photo Album 2004 M/Y Anson Bell at Chelsea Piers Photo Album 2004 Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting Photo Album 2003 (December 2-7, 2004) - On the scene on the beautiful island of Antigua, YV&C's editorial team inspected charter yachts of all sizes. The 43rd annual Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting in 2004 hosted more than 100 yachts in three marinas, including the newly refurbished Nelson's Dockyard. According to Afsaneh Franklin, show administrator, more than 550 attendees--charter brokers, agents, and press from all over the world- participated at this year's show. Also this year, YV&C published the first "official show directory" of the Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting. YV&C Favorites So far, on the second day of the show... (more)

St.Vincent and the Grenadines

Mention a Caribbean cruise and most people assume you’re talking about St. Martin / St. Barths or perhaps the Virgin Islands. People usually do not think of the Southern Caribbean which includes St. Vincent and the Grenadines. However, that is starting to change. “The Caribbean is the most beautiful place in the world” said one of the guests cruising aboard the M/Y WilPower (Click for password) , “and the islands of the Grenadines are so spectacular that there is no way to describe this with photos or words – you literally have to see it to believe it!” Couple this beauty with the economics of $2.60 EC to $1.00 US and fuel that in some places costs less than $1 per gallon and you have the makings of a great yachting destination. Add to that a great motor yacht like WilPower and you have an incredible charter experience waiting for you.      Wil Power's new owners, An... (more)

December Antigua Charter Yacht Show Will Be Big After Ft Lauderdale Interruption

YV&C'S Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting Photo Album 2004 Registrations are coming in stronger than previous years for the 2005 Antigua Charter Yacht Show. "We have some wonderful yachts exhibiting and many yachts showing for the first time. Preparations are well underway and if anyone needs help or advise with any aspect of this year’s show please give us a call or drop us an email, we are here to help make the show as productive as possible," says Antigua Show Management. "Most important we appear to be having a small problem with our internet server, therefore when you have registered online, please check that within two to three days your name is added to the list of attendees, yachts, agents, press, vendors etc. If you do not see your name appear please send us an email and verify that we have received your registration forms. Many than... (more)

St. Maarten Charter Yacht Exhibition 2005 Photo Album

YV&C International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine reports: St. Maarten Charter Yacht Exhibition 2005 Photo Album is updated daily during the show. Enjoy YV&C's live photo coverage and stay tuned for exclusive interviews from St. Maarten broadcast live on YachtChartersMagazine.TV ... (more)

Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting 2005 Photo Album

YV&C International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine reports: Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting 2005 Photo Album is updated daily during the show. YV&C - International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine'sCarmen Gonzalez (left) and Robyn Forma (right) with YachtChartersMagazine.TV's Andrea Boden attending the show (below). ... (more)

Makani

Jon Jepson, veteran Hawaii sea captain, welcomes you to preview a truly thrilling sailing experience aboard Makani, Honolulu’s newest luxury catamaran, whose technology and elegant amenities make her unique. Makani is a 65-foot lavish sailing cat built by Gold Coast Yachts in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. From stern to bow, port to starboard, no expense has been spared to make the world class Makani among the most maneuverable and fastest vessels crafted while still residing in a class all its own. Meticulously constructed using ultra-high technology, Makani employs foam-infused poly-carbon fiber, making the yacht up to 40 percent lighter. The 70-ft mast was created Southern Spars Racing of New Zealand. North Sails in Hawaii crafted the 3DL sails. The props were made by Gori of Europe. In gear they open up and, when sailing, they fold up similar to a squid for... (more)

Wild Thyme, First Benetti Classic 120' in Yacht Charter Markets

Just recently launched from the Benetti Shipyard in Viareggio, Wild Thyme is the first of the Benetti Classic 120’ series to become available to the charter market.  She is already in popular demand with plans to cruise the West Mediterranean this summer.  Leaving her home port on the French Riviera she will cruise down to Naples, Capri and Sicily and back again before heading to Dublin for The Ryder Cup in September - a debut season packed with new adventures.   Words such as understated elegance, classy sophistication with a chic, contemporary edge easily bring to mind the unique and beautifully tailored interiors you will find as you board Wild Thyme.  Cabinetry in highly polished rich cherry-woods feature throughout the yacht with the exception of The Sky Lounge, which features warm honey oak fittings, all of which are complemented by a colour palette of c... (more)