Mike Edwardson rounds up his reports from the Antibes Yacht Show with a look at two great superyachts
During the four days at the Antibes Yacht Show I took a shine to a couple of yachts, the first being the Ron Holland designed sailing yacht Kestrel. This elegant 32.4-metre ketch is the result of a bold and highly successful initiative to create an ‘all worlds’ superyacht – one that combines exceptional levels of recreational amenity and accommodation space, with excellent sailing performance, high stability and an easy motion at sea. Everyone I chatted with was very impressed with this yacht and her asking price of €7.5 million. The Kestrel 106 is for sale through Watkins Superyachts.
My second interesting yacht at the show was the 2009 Leopard 46 Auspicious, with her three 2,450hp 16V 2000 M93 MTUs delivering a top speed of 33 knots. She has recently had a little work up top and now boasts a decent sunpad and seating area, rather than the dayboat ‘patio furniture’ previously installed.
In fact, it now looks exactly how Leopard had originally designed the space. On the inside, the boat has a light contemporary feel and is immaculately presented – all the finishes look like new, thanks to the hard working crew. She’s on brokerage with K&K Superyachts in Monaco.
A show is only finished when all the boats get together and sound their horns, and Antibes was no exception – an uplifting and surprisingly tuneful experience that never fails to stir the emotions. A big thank you must go to the show organisers for an immaculate event, and to the people of Antibes for their hospitality. As SuperYacht World enters its sixth year of existence, it was great to banter with friends old and new from the trade and to look forward to a great European superyacht season ahead.
Check out our gallery of images from Antibes, Day 3: