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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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Implementation of New Zealand’s biofouling regulations. (mandatory from May 2018)

28 September 2017

 

In May 2018, the Craft Risk Management Standard (CRMS) for Biofouling will go into effect. This new standard will require that all vessels entering New Zealand Territory arrive with a “clean hull”. The thresholds for what constitutes a clean hull is dependent on a vessel’s itinerary- “short stay” vessels are those intending to stay in New Zealand for 20 days or less and to only visit ports designated as Places of First Arrival, and “long stay” vessels are those intending to stay for 21 days or more or to visit ports not designated as Places of First Arrival. As superyachts often come to New Zealand for extended periods of time and/or visit areas of high ecological significance that are not designated Places of First Arrival (i.e. Milford Sound), most will fall into the long stay category, and will have to comply with more stringent biofouling thresholds. Under the CRMS, long stay vessels will only be allowed a slime layer and gooseneck barnacles as fouling on all hull and niche areas.

The thresholds for what constitutes a clean hull is dependent on a vessel’s itinerary- “short stay” vessels are those intending to stay in New Zealand for 20 days or less and to only visit ports designated as Places of First Arrival, and “long stay” vessels are those intending to stay for 21 days or more or to visit ports not designated as Places of First Arrival. As superyachts often come to New Zealand for extended periods of time and/or visit areas of high ecological significance that are not designated Places of First Arrival (i.e. Milford Sound), most will fall into the long stay category, and will have to comply with more stringent biofouling thresholds. Under the CRMS, long stay vessels will only be allowed a slime layer and gooseneck barnacles as fouling on all hull and niche areas.

As superyachts often come to New Zealand for extended periods of time and/or visit areas of high ecological significance that are not designated Places of First Arrival (i.e. Milford Sound), most will fall into the long stay category, and will have to comply with more stringent biofouling thresholds. Under the CRMS, long stay vessels will only be allowed a slime layer and gooseneck barnacles as fouling on all hull and niche areas.

Click to see or download a fact sheet regarding the CRMS and how superyachts can comply with the new regulations.

For more information, please visit MPI’s biofouling management page, where you can view a copy of the CRMS and specific guidance for recreational vessels.

Please feel free to contact Duthie Lidgard from Asia Pacific Superyachts +64 21 409 802 or email Duthie@asia-pacific-superyachts.co.nz with any inquiries regarding the CRMS and how you can comply. 

Emma Crawshay - New Agent

26 March 2017

 

 
 

Our newest recruit Emma Crawshay joins Asia Pacific Superyachts NZ freshly from a 5 ½ year stint on the 90 meter Royal Huisman, Athena. Whilst on board she progressed from stewardess, to chief stewardess and then finally Purser. She has completed countless shipyard periods, Atlantic crossings and trips through the Panama Canal, so knows exactly what it takes. For Emma “The move from purser to a yacht agent was made simpler having been on the other side of the fence with an insight of what goes on in the industry. I thrive on the fast paced lifestyle, not quite knowing what the next work day will bring.”

 

However, Emma wasn’t always interested in being in the superyacht industry. Originally Emma spent 2 ½ years studying towards a Computer Science and Business degree at Auckland University of Technology, she then decided to take a gap year to travel whilst she was still young. The rumours of being paid whilst travelling the world led her towards the superyacht industry. This then turned her intended gap year into 8 gap years! She explains “I want to help make the yachts time here as hassle free as possible, all the while supporting the crew by passing on local knowledge so that they can make most of everything this great city and country has to offer.”

 

Spending time on both motor and sail yachts, Emma knows her keels’ from her stabilisers’ and is well accustomed to the endless demands of keeping vessels afloat. She wants to ideally have “both crew and guests planning their next trip back to New Zealand before they even leave.”

 

New Zealand’s New Superyacht Refit Destination

03 March 2017

With New Zealand being the South Pacific Super Yacht hub for both refits and cruising, more vessels are feeling confident from many years of talk from fellow owners and captains to head to the southern hemisphere. Although many people outside of New Zealand believe Auckland is the only city for vessels to come to, this is becoming less of a “must go” place.  Whangarei, a city 2 hours north of Auckland, is opening its doors to the world of superyachts as an entrance to Northland and the Bay of Islands in New Zealand. Here in New Zealand, we believe that the whole world is situated in just our small country, and this all starts at the top in Northland and Whangarei.

 

Although this is a relatively unknown city of the world, Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand has seen the potential and opened a new office in Whangarei. Led by Karma Butler, an ex crew member, APS NZ has taken off already with a handful of vessels coming to Whangarei. Through this office, APS NZ is able to offer both refits and cruising opportunities for many different vessels. “When compared with Auckland, Whangarei is much more cost effective” says Butler. “Although, for many people, cheaper means not as good, this is not the case for Whangarei. This slower pace environment, offers a different style whilst upholding the best of New Zealand’s expertise and craftsmanship”, Butler continues, “All of the yards are in one area, there are no traffic issues, you’re right on the doorstep of the beautiful Northland beaches and the people are extremely friendly. Whangarei and Northland are not high rise cities and have a more relaxed and “beachy” lifestyle.”

 

New Zealand and Auckland in particular is a common destination for some of the best refits in the world and Whangarei is no exception. “With a variety of different shipyards some of which specialise in heavy engineering and large refits including a 2000 tonne capacity slipway as well as 40 tonne slipway, we can cater to it all. There are also sheltered berths of 120m, 67m and 36m, complete with a crane” reports Duthie Lidgard, Managing Director of APS NZ. With a large amount of knowledge surrounding Whangarei and Northland, Butler continues to explain that “Port Whangarei, is home to one of New Zealand’s largest travel lifts with it’s capacity being 100 tonne, with a maximum beam of 10 metres, that can do monohull or multihull, sail or motor vessels, as well as all tide access, wash down pads along with access to extensive hardstand or refit sheds, its an ideal place to come.” Contractors include only the best interior fit out services, superyacht paint companies and full marine engineering services, all of whom have workshops on site. There are two main marinas used for docking vessels: Marsden Cove Marina, which can take vessels up to 44m within the marina and Whangarei Marina which is the closest to the town centre and can take vessels up to 20m with a 3m draft. 

 

As a city, Whangarei offers a wide range of world class options for refits and is the ideal place to bring your vessel to refit and then to use as a base for cruising and chartering, as well as an entrance to the rest of the Northland which offers a wide range of activities for everyone. “Not only is Northland extremely beautiful, but it has some fantastic cuisine, great adventures and activities and allows you to immerse yourself completely into the New Zealand culture,” Reports Butler. With trips such as travelling to the top of New Zealand, Cape Reinga where the Pacific Ocean meets the Tasman Sea, to sand surfing down the Ahipara dunes, Northland offers it all.  From Whangarei you have easy access to the Poor Knights Islands where some of the best diving in the world occurs allowing you to see just some of what New Zealand has to offer. With beautiful water falls, Maori culture and the Waipoua Forest to explore the ancient Kauri forests, Whangarei allows this to happen for you easily, along with great fishing off the coast, white sandy beaches and surf. With a wide range of luxury accommodations, APS NZ are able to accommodate all that you desire to create an itinerary unique and special to you. Butler continues “Whangarei is the new Auckland, allowing not only world class refits, but world class treatment and experiences without the hustle, bustle and expense of the Auckland city life.”

 

Contact Duthie for more information: duthie@asia-pacific-superyachts.co.nz

 

New Zealand - The World In One Country

06 May 2016

 

New Adventures, New Passions, New Zealand

As one superyacht season draws to a close and the next appears on the horizon, it’s the time of year when many owners and captains consider their future cruising plans.

At this transitional time, there’s no better base to consider for your next adventure than the South Pacific,
with a focal point on New Zealand, according to Jeanette Tobin, an expert local agent at Asia Pacific Superyachts NZ and co-author of the Superyacht Explorer guide to cruising in the region.

To find out more read the full PDF

To learn more about how you can bring new adventures and passions into your superyacht cruising plans for the seasons to come, get in touch with Asia Pacific Superyachts NZ.


DUTHIE LIDGARD
duthie@asia-pacific-superyachts.co.nz


JEANETTE TOBIN
jeanette@asia-pacific-superyachts.co.nz

 
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