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Auckland begins preparation for Americas Cup 2021

03 October 2017

 

With many confirmations surrounding the 2021 Americas Cup being made, superyachts are beginning to plan their cruise south to time it with this exciting event. Emirates Team New Zealand CEO, Grant Dalton, confirmed that the boat will be the AC75 Class and will be a 75-foot-high performance monohull. The design concepts of which will be published by the 31st March 2018.                                         

Greg Kelly of the New Zealand Superyacht Group said “Auckland normally hosts about 30 superyachts over 30m per year and hoped the Cup would lift that number to in excess of 80.  The superyacht industry is expecting a big boost from an America's Cup event should it be held here in Auckland. There are hopes the infrastructure that needs to be built to cater for the growing number of superyachts will be permanent to cater for an ever expanding market.”

Managing director of Asia Pacific Superyachts NZ, Duthie Lidgard, said he believes now with the Pacific becoming more of a tourist and cruising destination more boats will continue to make the effort to travel to New Zealand and with the extra added bonus of the cup many will make the journey down.”

"With the average vessel now up over 55m in length, the boats are adventuring more and New Zealand always seems to be part of their bucket list. We are already in talks with several vessels three years ahead of planning their trip to New Zealand and the win has increased interest in cruising and chartering in New Zealand waters," said Lidgard who ventured to Bermuda to watch the Cup earlier in the year.

With another event of this kind held in Auckland we would definitely need to see a new major development to ensure we have sufficient infrastructure, base facilities for challengers and new berths for visiting superyachts and he believes these changes will definitely occur.  “In the last 15 years since the last cup, cruising outside of the normal Mediterranean/Caribbean run is becoming more normal than the exception.  The rise of Expedition Style motoryachts is creating a long range cruising environment and the Pacific is still offering untouched cruising grounds.

''For the last four years our marinas have been at near maximum capacity for the superyacht visitation each summer, the Americas Cup coming to New Zealand will definitely see a much needed boost for the local industry over the coming years." 

Key dates to keep in mind:
30th November 2017: AC75 Class concepts released to key stakeholders
1st January 2018: Entries for Challengers Open
31st March 2018: AC75 Class Rule published
30th June 2018: Entries for Challengers Close
31st August 2018: Location of the America's Cup Match & The PRADA Cup confirmed
31st August 2018: Specific race course area confirmed
31st December 2018: Late entries Deadline
31st March 2019: Boat 1 can be launched
2nd half of 2019: 2 x America's Cup World Series Preliminary Events
1st February 2020: Boat 2 can be launched
2020: 3 x America's Cup World Series Preliminary Events
10th-20th December 2020: America's Cup Christmas Race
January & February 2021: The PRADA Cup Challenger Selection Series
March 2021: The America's Cup Match

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Buying ship spares in NZ - import or shop local?

21 October 2015
 
A trend is emerging with the influx of superyachts to New Zealand. The popularity of ordering ship spares off shore and importing them into New Zealand as 'Ships Spares in Transit'.


Despite numerous yacht chandleries and service agents around Auckland (and NZ), most visiting superyachts order ship spares from USA/Europe. Currently, ship spares can be imported into New Zealand under the vessels TIE(Temporary Import Entry) ensuring no tax or duties are paid.

Many of the crew have dealt with particular overseas marine companies throughout their career and are guaranteed familiarity, competitive pricing and fast delivery to where ever they maybe in the world, or possibly management companies dictate where ship spares must be purchased.

However incoming 'ship spares in transit' are now being scrutinized by NZ customs with vessels in the past ordering non spares(toiletries/personal goods/soft furnishing/paint) and claiming them under ship spares. This delays spares coming into NZ as many packages are now manually checked. In high season(Jan-March) we can expect up to a 3 week delay to clear some ship spares & have been cautioned by Customs that should the trend continue, each shipment will be physically checked. If one item is not an actual 'ships spare' the whole shipment will incur both duty & GST.

We regularly price check and compare prices in NZ/off shore. Yes there is a difference especially against the US/NZ$ however the difference is often the cost of freight & clearance by the customs agent of the goods into New Zealand.

We offer up to 40% discount on many shelf items in NZ directly from the importer/distributor in New Zealand. We don't charge GST on ship spares & the product is available to you now and you don't have to pay freight or clearance fees.  

So if you’re thinking of ordering bulk parts & consumables to New Zealand, get us to quote prior & don’t be caught having to pay duty & gst because you’ve included toilet paper in your shipment!!

See APSNZ at Monaco Yacht Show

18 September 2015

Make sure you make a time to meet us at the Monaco Yacht Show to talk over all the ways we can help to make your New Zealand experience a memorable one. We'll be onsite with agents from throughout the region, and we're looking forward to helping you get the best out of your time in the Asia Pacific, ready to help you get your new season planning underway. See us at QH28 Quai de L’Hirondelle.


To arrange a meeting email Duthie@asia-pacific-superyachts.com

 

 

Full service offering from ASPNZ

18 September 2015

Building relationships is central to everything we do and our team is our most important asset. We are not just agents and have have a full-service offering, also providing luxury tourism services, project management and owner’s rep support for new builds and refits, as well as running a full parts division. As part of the Asia Pacific Superyachts group we have a strong network throughout the Asia Pacific region, and serve yachts cruising the Pacific as well as here at home in New Zealand. Meet the team below...

Meet the team

Duthie Lidgard - Director, Project Management, Refit & Services

As a former superyacht captain, Duthie has had first hand experience of the fast-pace and demands of the industry. Using his yachting knowledge, Duthie leads the refit and services division of APSNZ as well as managing the company’s custom uniform arm Uniform Shelf. 

 

Janice Lynch - Yacht Support Manager & Itineraries

The go to for all shore support Janice is the lynch-pin (excuse the pun!) of all our agency work. With the end goal of making every visiting yacht’s stay seamless, there is no problem too big or small that Janice can’t solve. Janice also dreams up and plans the logistics of yacht itineraries.

 

 

Jeanette Tobin - Director & Luxury Tourism

Founder of Asia Pacific Superyachts, Jeanette heads up APSNZ’s luxury tourism arm, creating incredible bespoke experiences for visiting yachts thanks to an unrivalled list of contacts throughout New Zealand.

 

 

 

 

Spotlight on: Pets and Biosecurity

04 December 2014
As yachts become increasingly adventurous, more yacht owners and charter guests are choosing to bring their pets on board with them. New Zealand's biosecurity laws are very strict, but, with forward planning, bringing pets into New Zealand on board a superyacht is more than achievable.
Spotlight on: Pets and Biosecurity
If your yacht has a pet on board, make sure you talk to us about compliance with immigration rules, quarantine and biosecurity in New Zealand and around the South Pacific. We have worked with several yachts with pets on board, including M/YA , M/YThe Big Blue and M/YBelle Aimee and can also offer the services of a specialist superyacht vet if required. The more notice we have of the arrival of a pet, the better the end result.
 
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