Joint venture of Damen and Porto Montenegro

A concession agreement for the shipyard in Bijela has been signed by the Damen Group, Porto Montenegro and the Government with the aim of transforming the former shipyard into a luxury yacht facility.

The Damen Group is a Dutch defence, shipbuilding and engineering conglomerate company based in South Holland. The plan is to rebuild 14 yachts in the first season 2020/2021, while in the fifth and sixth year they expect to reach full capacity of 100 yachts a year with an average employment of more than 400 people.

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RC44 Cup to Porto Montenegro

Since its launch in 2007, the RC44 Championship Tour has established itself as a key series to compete in the international yacht racing circuit.

This year over the second week of April the RC44 fleet came to Porto Montenegro for the first time. The RC44 was conceived by the America’s Cup legend Russell Coutts along with Slovenian designer Andrey Justin, the boats are a lightweight construction, made entirely of carbon. The powerful sail plan makes exceptional down and upwind performances both in light and strong winds alike.

The crew of each RC44 is made up of a 50/50 split between professional sailors with America’s Cup and Olympic medallist status and amateurs with the amateur owner always at the helm. After a mixed bag of weather the overall winner was Igor Lah’s  ‘Ceeref’ with the Slovenian team and British tactician Adrian Stead.

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Merry Christmas and New Year

Belated Christmas greetings which were delayed by a technical glitch, but we at MMS hope you had an enjoyable holiday and wish you the very best and a fair wind for 2016!

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Another first for Porto Montenegro

The Worldwide Yachting Association held its first event in Porto this year with an impressive line-up of yachts which provides a unique platform to network for brokers, agents and yachts operating in the Adriatic region.

As well as visiting the yachts on display, participants were invited to join seminars on the developing infrastructure and registration regulations in Montenegro and the wider Adriatic region.  Social events included a regional wine tasting hosted by Berba at Crush, a cocktail party at the Regent Hotel and further drinks on-board Sailing Yacht ‘Ryana’ (formally named ‘Queen of Andaman’) which has appeared in previous blogs.

All participants left knowing more about the region and the exceptional charter opportunities it offers.

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Olympic Medalists hit Porto Montenegro

At this time of the year there are several promotional parties at Porto Montenegro but one really stood out the other week!  It was held by the boutique Heidi Klein and as we were sipping our Prosecco a group of about twenty young men and women joined the party. We were informed by Porto’s PR Manager that they were all Olympic medalists sponsored by Speedo who were in Montenegro for a photoshoot.

The evening turned into interesting and inspiring encounters with wonderful young athletes who all had a story of sheer determination to be the best!  In particular a couple of female paraplegic members of the team had accidents during their swimming careers and came back to win more medals at the Beijing and London Olympics.

Another wonderful evening at Porto Montenegro!

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Superyact Rendevous in Montenegro

The Superyacht Rendezvous came to a spectacular close on 5th July after three days of some of the world’s finest superyachts showcasing themselves against the unforgettable backdrop of the Montenegro landscape.  This was the first time the event was held outside Monaco for the last 23 years which was certainly an achievement that Porto Montenegro can be proud of.

Perfect weather ensured Montenegro was at its brightest with sparkling waters and clear skies for guests to experience all that the delightful country has to offer.

A series of events took place after Embraer Executive Jets opened the Rendezvous.  The first evening included a Yacht Hop when guests took the opportunity to visit their neighbour’s yacht and at the same time a cocktail competition took place between them.

A unique Cruise in Company took place the following morning when the yachts sailed through the mountainous beauty of the Bay of Kotor whilst the media helicopter circled closely overhead capturing some incredible shots. The yachts lined up for their photoshoot and sounded their horns in triumph!

The pinnacle of the event was the Superyacht Rendezvous Party bringing the evening to a spectacular close.  With a drinks reception by Misahara, the jewellery designer, a sumptuous dinner at the elegant Porto Montenegro Yacht Club, guests danced late into the night.

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Superyacht Marina Award

Porto Montenegro has been awarded The Yacht Harbour Association’s (TYHA) Superyacht Marina of the Year Award 2015.  Tony Browne, Porto Montenegro’s Marina Director, received the award at the London Boat Show.

By this summer the extension of Jetty 1 should be completed which will provide 11 additional berths on the outside for yachts from 50 – 230 metres and more berths on the inside.  This opening will coincide with Porto hosting the Superyacht Owners’ Summit from 3-4 June 2015. In addition to this, Boat International’s annual Superyacht Rendezvous will then be making its way from Monaco to Montenegro for the very first time a month later.  This is quite a scoop as it was held in Monaco for the last 25 years.  No wonder Prince Albert of Monaco visited Porto last year to find out what was going on!

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Happy Christmas

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A star visits the Queen of Andaman

One of the most beautiful yachts in Porto Montenegro had the pleasure of greeting Sir Bruce Forsyth and his wife Wilnelia to a Hello magazine photo shoot on board.

On this trip to Montenegro, Sir Bruce who is 86 was relishing his new found freedom after 10 years of hosting “Strictly Come Dancing.”  Although Montenegro has seen many celebrities in the past, few are able challenge Bruce Forsyth’s time in show business.  In 2012, the Guinness World Records recognised him with having the longest television career for a male entertainer with a career spanning 74 years.

All at Porto Montenegro look forward welcoming him and his beautiful wife back to Montenegro.

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Thousand Island Race 2014

The second Thousand Island Race from the sailing club of Rijeka to Porto Montenegro will be hard to forget. Winds varied wildly along the Croatian coast from complete calm at the start to strong “Bura” winds raging to over 70 knots, resulting in two broken masts, several torn sails, but luckily no injuries.

In the battle for the top position Esimit Europe 2, as the fastest boat in the race, was ahead of the storm and with a somewhat weaker wind, were only able to get to the finish line at Porto Montenegro in 38:24:08 hours.

This was well behind last year’s record set by Hungarian Wild Joe of 28:41:06 hours.  Many of the crew said this was probably one of the hardest races they had done in their sailing careers. Before the second leg from Tivat to Rijeka, competitors were able to take part in a regatta around the beautiful Boka Bay which was joined by the Yacht Club’s Blu 26’s.

What was surprising was that we won our class and what was truly surprising was that we also won overall on handicap! A wonderful achievement considering we were a scratch crew consisting of Helena Brandejsova from the Czech Republic, Peter Wilkie, UK, Marko Marinovic, Croatia and of course me.  Marko, who I only met the morning of the race proved to be an inspiration to us all, an ex-professional yachtsman he was an invaluable tactician who also taught us that a spinnaker can be very versatile sail in the right hands. When the overall results were published we then realised that we had beaten Esimit Europa 2 which is one of the fastest and technologically most advanced sailing yachts in the world with a maximum speed of over 38 knots. It was skippered by Jochen Schumann who has three Olympic golds and one silver medal to his name and was also part of the team that won the 2003 and 2007 America’s Cup.

At the presentation ceremony Tony Browne, a director of Porto Montenegro responsible for the marina, Tony Browne, Director of Porto Montenegro said in his opening speech that he envisaged the Thousand Islands Race will eventually hold as much interest in the yachting world as the Sidney to Hobart race.  This one however, will always be memorable to our team.

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