News Nilaya, owner IMA Member Philip Balcaen, wins second consecutive Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous

Nilaya, owner ima member philip balcaen, wins second consecutive loro piana caribbean superyacht regatta & rendezvous.

It is the second consecutive year and third time in the past four years that the 111-footer Nilaya has won the trophy at the seventh annual regatta presented by Italian brand Loro Piana and co-organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and Boat International Media. Built by Baltic Yachts, Nilaya won all three races in Class A by an average of more than 6 minutes.

"It comes down to good management and, of course, a great owner," said tactician Bouwe Bekking. "Without a great owner you can't put a good team together and he puts a lot of emphasis on good team work. It's a combination of a couple of pros, a lot of friends, and a lot of history; we've been sailing together for nearly seven years now.

"The boat likes the medium to medium-heavy conditions we had this week," Bekking said. "The boat was well prepared. The owner bought all new sails. It just went well, the whole week."

Nilaya also won the Loro Piana Cup for winning Class A, as did the 38m P2 in Class B, the Swan 90 Freya in Class C and the 60m Perseus3 in Class D.

With a brisk wind of 13 to 20 knots propelling the 17 yachts around the 23-nautical-mile course set about the Sir Francis Drake Channel, P2 won its final race showdown with Ganesha to capture Class B.

The two were tied on points heading into today's finale, but the P2 crew signaled their intention to take no prisoners this morning when they fired their cannon-a 39-inch barrel, 2-inch bore armament that was captured from the French frigate Le Medee in 1801-upon leaving the YCCS dock. When they fired it again after finishing, everyone in ear shot knew the job had been done.

"The cannon has become our signature move," said Tony Rey, the tactician. "The poor fellow who has to fire the cannon has the hardest job because you don't want to misfire. But we had a great race with Ganesha, it seems it always comes down between us. Matt Humphries and the guys on Ganesha are incredible competitors. We like to think we're getting better and better at sailing P2. We all take pride in getting on the podium here. It's a big deal."

Don MacPherson's Freya also captured its second consecutive class victory and third in the last four years, winning all three races in Class C by an average of more than 5 minutes.

"It was a fantastic week, we did well because we're a crew," said MacPherson. "It was really good racing and we made very few mistakes. I attribute our success to the crew, they did a great job."

For MacPherson and crew it was their fifth consecutive victory in the past year. They started winning at last year's Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta, continued at the St. Barth's Bucket last year, then won the Rolex Swan Cup last September in Sardinia and finally the Rolex Swan Cup last week in Virgin Gorda.

MacPherson is no different than Nilaya's owner; there's always a new sail to purchase. "The new sail this week was the yellow A2 spinnaker. I think it was a great sail for us. We sailed quite well downwind," said MacPherson.

In Class D the 60m Perseus^3 completed its first class victory with a come-from-behind win. Perseus^3 suffered a problem with its roller furling system that prevented the crew from using the large headsail for half of the race's upwind work. The crew was able to get the issue sorted out in time to score a 45-second win over Action, the new 123-footer from Dykstra Naval Architects and built by Royal Huisman.

At the final awards Action, helmed by Olympic medalist Shirley Robertson with Volvo Ocean Race winner Ian Walker calling tactics, was presented the British Virgin Islands Trophy for best newcomer to the event.

All winners were heartily cheered by their peers at the final awards presentation, signaling a fantastic end to another successful Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous.

"The Loro Piana Superyacht regattas represent one of the highlights on both sides of the Atlantic and these last four days have been incredible," said YCCS Commodore Riccardo Bonadeo. "Here we have such a range of boats, from the smallest at 23 metres to the largest at 60 metres. We also have classic designs such as Wild Horses, to new boats, such as the Swan 115 Shamanna. I want to thank our title sponsor Loro Piana for supporting us and the owners who make all of this possible. I look forward to seeing you in June in Porto Cervo and in 2018 back here in Virgin Gorda."

In its 50th anniversary year, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda racing calendar continues in May in Porto Cervo with the Audi Italian Sailing League and the Mediterranean edition of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta.

Media Contacts:

YCCS Jill Campbell/Marialisa Panu [email protected] marina.yccs.com

Boat International Media Sadie Brown | Event Manager [email protected] www.boatinternational.com

About YCCS  The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda was founded in Porto Cervo, Sardinia in 1967 by current president H.H. the Aga Khan and a group of founder-members as a non-profit sporting association for fellow sailing enthusiasts. The YCCS is renowned for organizing international sailing events such as the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, the Audi Sardinia Cup and the Rolex Swan Cup as well as World and European championships for top one-design fleets. In recent years the Club has focused on promoting new superyacht events such as the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, the Dubois Cup and the Perini Navi Cup. The Club has also promoted international challenges such as Azzurra - the first Italian challenger for the America's Cup in 1983 which became a legendary Italian brand and was relaunched by the YCCS in 2009 with a victorious participation in the Louis Vuitton Trophy in Nice - the participation in the Volvo Ocean Race with a two boat campaign one of which had an all-female crew, and the motor yacht Destriero which to this day holds the transatlantic crossing record set in 1992. The YCCS continues to expand its activities and in 2012 inaugurated its winter base in Virgin Gorda overlooking the island's new YCCS Marina. The Club now runs regattas year-round on both sides of the Atlantic. 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Club's foundation and sees the launch of a new initiative, supported by Princess Zahra Aga Khan, in which YCCS adds its voice to the global conservation effort. www.yccs.com - www.oneoceanforum.org

International Maxi Association Legal Headquarters: c/o BfB Société Fiduciaire Bourquin frères et Béran SA - 26, Rue de la Corraterie - 1204 Genève - Switzerland

  • Nautic Shows
  • America’s Cup
  • Classic Yachts
  • Motor Yachts
  • Sailing Yachts
  • Superyachts
  • Yachts News
  • Destinations
  • Yacht Clubs
  • Boat Racing
  • Meta Yachts

Logo

Grant Dalton Wants to Make His Mark in Barcelona

Formula 1 meets america’s cup: high-octane worlds collide in barcelona, first edition of the cyclades cup in antiparos, barcelona chop challenges america’s cup contenders with two-metre swells, iconic j class yacht hanuman arrives for refit at holterman shipyard, flyingnikka takes on the 2024 regatta season with cutting-edge innovations, discover the new moody ds48: where luxury meets innovation on the open seas, the puig women’s america’s cup presented in barcelona, sailteam bcn presents it’s crew that will compete in the youth america’s cup, the most olympic trofeo princesa sofía by iberostar starts in mallorca, mazzella and nolot champions, with maeder as the super-champion of the european formula kite in the mar menor, maserati collaborates with vita power to create tridente, full-electric sustainability and unmistakable style: the new riva el-iseo, 222 offshore receive uim class 1 trophy in monaco, riva at the i.c.e. st. moritz – international concours of elegance 2024, timeless elegance, modern craftsmanship: the boatmaker channeling 1960s inspiration on a remote swedish island, yacht club de monaco celebrates 10th anniversary of new building and 40 years of hsh prince albert ii’s presidency, eco-friendly superyachts: leading the wave of sustainable luxury, mirarri enata luxury yacht: a bold move in futuristic vessel design, australia’s formula kite winner breiana whitehead takes top award to 53 trofeo princesa sofía mallorca, big swell greets early challenger rounds at the chile world cup, introducing the deep sea dreamer: a visionary concept by designer steve kozloff, jordi xammar and nora brugman, world champions in the 470 class with only six months until paris 2024, lorient maritime innovation: pioneering sustainable technologies, splash into adventure: the 11 best personal watercraft for high seas fun and play, the ocean race, virtual regatta and accenture launch metaverse experience, sailgp launches official digital collectibles, yacht club monaco marina metaverse – monaco, capital of advanced yachting, yacht manufacturer tactical custom boats completes the first nft sale on the blockchain for a new 110 ft yacht, 11th superyacht challenge antigua: back in action.

Johana Nomm

The 11th edition of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua has attracted ten magnificent superyachts, all set to race in the fantastic waters around Antigua. Ideal conditions are forecast for the regatta with blue skies, trade winds and Caribbean swell. As always, the Superyacht Challenge Antigua is designed to be solely for the pleasure of superyacht owners, their guests and crew. The magnificent fleet take part in five days of spectacular racing under the ORC Superyacht Rule. All of the boats and sailors racing at the Superyacht Challenge Antigua come from North America, Europe, Australasia, and the Caribbean Islands. Winners at the Superyacht Challenge Antigua receive barrels of rum, suitably filled. The Gosnell Trophy is the only trophy awarded and goes to the yacht, who in the opinion of the competitors and race committee, has competed in the Spirit of the Regatta, both afloat and ashore.

The 121ft Dyksra sloop Action, will be skippered by Josh Gilchrist. Returning after their debut in 2020. Action was built at the Royal Huisman Shipyard in the Netherlands. Action features naval design by Dykstra Naval Architects with an interior created by Rhoades Young. Farfalla

The 102ft Southern Wind sloop Farfalla, with Sam Laidlaw at the helm, will be skippered by Richard Chadburn. This will be Farfalla’s debut at the Superyacht Challenge Antigua. Built by the South African shipyard, Southern Wind and from the drawing board of Farr Yacht Design. Freya

The German Frers Designed Swan 90 Freya will be skippered by Joph Carter. This will be Freya’s third regatta having made the podium in 2014 and 2016. Built by Nautor’s Swan in Finland, Freya is familiar sight on the East Coast of the USA and in the Caribbean. Hetairos

The 218ft Dykstra/Reichel Pugh ketch Hetairos, is skippered by Graham Newton, and will be making their debut this year. Despite her classic looks with a plumb stem and sweeping counter, she is a thoroughly modern high-performance yacht built in carbon composite by Baltic Yachts. Hanuman

The J-Class Hanuman is a 138ft sloop designed by Charles E. Nicholson, skippered by Josh Luckhurst, and will be making their debut this year. Hanuman is a regular on the regatta circuit and is one of the most successful winning J-Class yachts on the water. Built by Royal Huisman shipyard in the Netherlands. Kamaxitha

The 180ft Dykstra ketch Kamaxitha, is skippered by Tim Urwin and making their debut this year. The Spirit Of Tradition ketch was built at the Royal Huisman Shipyard in the Netherlands. Designed by Dykstra Naval Architects, with a beautiful interior by Rhoades Young. Kawil

The 112ft Sparkman & Stephens sloop Kawil, is skippered by Robert Lloyd and taking part in their fourth regatta this year. Kawil’s debut was in 2015 and was a class winner in 2017 and 2019. Kawil was built by Derecktor Shipyards, South Florida USA. Nilaya

The 112ft Baltic Nilaya, with Filip Balcaen at the helm, is skippered by Rom Loopik. This will be Nilaya’s fifth regatta having won class in 2016 and 2019, as well as class runner up 2017 and 2020. Nilaya has been one of the most successful high-performance sailing boats launched by Baltic Yachts, particularly on the race course. Nilaya is designed by Reichel/Pugh and an interior from Nauta Yacht Design. Rebecca

The 140ft German Frers ketch Rebecca, is skippered by Rob Foxell with Grant ‘Fuzz’ Spanhake at the helm. This will be Rebecca’s sixth regatta including winning class at the 2012 edition and The Gosnell Trophy in 2019. Built at the Pendennis Shipyard, Cornwall, UK. Her eye-catching looks were designed by German Frers with an interior from Robin Black. A unique feature is the sole, made from antique Heart Pine salvaged from a North American mill built in 1711.

John McMonigall’s Oyster 82 Zig Zag, is skippered by Carl Raynes. This will be Zig Zag’s sixth regatta in a row, including winning The Gosnell Trophy at the last regatta 2020. From the drawing board of Humphreys Yacht Design. Zig Zag is the smallest yacht at the regatta but renowned for racing as hard as any of the largest

  • Superyacht Challenge Antigua

Johana Nomm

RELATED ARTICLES

French skipper charlie dalin wins new york vendée-les sables d’olonne 2024, 2024 ibiza joysail already has strong entry list, 80 boats from 8 countries to participate in the 51st conde de godó bmw trophy, olympic dreams fulfilled: dramatic conclusions at the last chance regatta, rising tides at palmavela: the provezza’s triumph and a showcase of maritime mastery.

spot_img

Subscribe to our newsletter

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

LATEST ARTICLES

Emirates team new zealand wraps up winter training while challengers face mixed conditions in barcelona, barcelona summer brings optimal conditions for america’s cup challengers, alinghi red bull racing and ineos britannia thrill in perfect barcelona conditions, editor picks, canadian beau lake introduces the tahoe ’14 and lugano ’14 electric runabouts, underwater adventure and exploration with deepflight’s super falcon 3s, driving performance on land and on water: 41′ amg carbon edition, popular posts, mirabaud sailing video of the century: celebrating 2 decades of passion, young designer of the year 2022: ioana valentina corcodel reveals 65m ophelia concept, the nacra15 world championships open in la grande motte, france, popular category.

  • Regatta 827
  • America's Cup 445
  • Motor Yachts 264
  • Boating 217
  • Superyachts 186
  • Sailing 181
  • Yachts News 174
  • Sailing Yachts 167

Logo

Seven-time Volvo Ocean Race veteran, Bouwe Bekking, called tactics on Nilaya and previously explained that, “the team on Nilaya has been together for a number of years, so I think that allows us to sail a superyacht like a smaller boat and that does make a difference. This regatta is very much in the style of gentleman’s racing, which produces a great atmosphere. Personally I like to race to win but I believe that the owners of the yachts really enjoy this style and that is great.” Bouwe commented this year that, “This is a really good [season] kick-off regatta. The sailing is important but the fun also helps put your team together, which is good for the owners and the crew because we have a good time, and that is what it is all about. Speaking to my owner he is really keen to do a Round Antigua Race, even if it is not part of the regatta. It would be nice to have a Superyacht Trophy and have a go at the record. Nilaya has sailed around the island at record pace but that was unofficial.”

The 2020 Notice of Race for the 10th edition was announced with the 2020 edition moving to a new date 11-15 March, just before St. Barths Bucket when many superyachts are in race mode.

About The Superyacht Challenge This ninth edition of the regatta is still proving popular with six Superyachts taking part, in two different classes. Designed to be solely for the pleasure of superyacht owners, their guests and crew, the fleet takes part in four days of close racing, using the International Superyacht Racing Rule. With daily pursuit races along the stunning south coast of Antigua and laid back social events, The Superyacht Challenge Antigua is a wonderful celebration of sailing.

Event Website

About the Builder Baltic Yachts

Nilaya Photo © Claire Matches

Tags: Antigua, Balcaen, Nilaya

facebook

  • CLASSIFIEDS
  • NEWSLETTERS
  • SUBMIT NEWS

Southern Spars Recruitment 300x250

Nilaya with Filip Balcaen at the helm - 2020 Superyacht Challenge Antigua, Day 3

Nilaya with Filip Balcaen at the helm - 2020 Superyacht Challenge Antigua, Day 3 photo copyright Claire Matches / www.clairematches.com taken at  and featuring the Superyacht class

facebook

  • CLASSIFIEDS
  • NEWSLETTERS
  • SUBMIT NEWS

 TEMO-1000 Electric Outboard

Line honours for Nilaya in the Rolex Volcano Race

yacht filip balcaen

Related Articles

yacht filip balcaen

Upcoming Events

Topinvesteerder Filip Balcaen: 'Alles is zeer duur. 't Is het moment om te verkopen'

yacht filip balcaen

De West-Vlaming Filip Balcaen vervelt van textielondernemer naar vastgoedbaron. Maar de nuchtere zakenman let op voor zotte investeringen. ‘Als iets niet lukt, stoppen we ermee. Afschrijven en wegwezen!’

Aan Flanders Expo in Gent is het een drukte van jewelste. Langs alle kanten stromen gepensioneerden toe om hun coronaprik te laten zetten. Iets verderop maakt zakenman Filip Balcaen (60) zich weinig zorgen over de coronacrisis. ‘Covid-19 verandert niet veel, maar versnelt vooral’, zegt Balcaen in het stijlvolle hoofdkwartier van zijn investeringsmaatschappij Baltisse. ‘Digitalisering, e-commerce, duurzaamheid: die tendensen waren voordien al aanwezig en zijn nu versneld. Maar fundamenteel is de wereld niet veranderd. Er zijn goede en er zijn slechte bedrijven.’

Balcaen heeft een neus voor goede bedrijven. De West-Vlaming bouwde Balta, het tapijtenbedrijf dat zijn vader Paul in 1964 oprichtte, uit tot een reus die hij voor 600 miljoen euro verkocht. Tien jaar later legde de Amerikaanse vloerbekledingsreus Mohawk - de eigenaar van het Belgische Quick-Step - een miljard euro op tafel voor Balcaens vinylfirma IVC.

Zoon van Paul Balcaen, die in 1964 het tapijtbedrijf Balta (Balcaen Tapijten) oprichtte. Verkocht in 2004 het familiale tapijtbedrijf Balta (Balcaen Tapijten) aan het Britse investeringsfonds Doughty Hanson. Verkocht in 2015 de vinyltak IVC aan het Amerikaanse Mohawk (Unilin), waarvan hij meer dan 3 procent bezit. Investeert met zijn investeringsmaatschappij Baltisse in private equity (House of Talents,...) en vastgoed (de helft in de VS, de helft in Europa). Aandeelhouder van de investeringsmaatschappij Pentahold, samen met de Belgische ondernemers Paul Thiers (ex-Unilin), Philippe Vlerick (UCO), Edmond Müller (Les Moulins de Kleinbettingen) en Theo Roussis (Ravago, KBC).

Dankzij die jackpot mag Balcaen zich miljardair noemen, al blijft de West-Vlaming de nuchterheid zelve. Naar vragen luistert hij gefocust en met toegeknepen ogen. Als Balcaen zijn DNA moet omschrijven, gebruikt hij begrippen als: no-nonsense, zeer discreet, hard werken. De suggestie dat hij in de coronacrisis meer tijd had om te zeilen met zijn zonen Louis en Simon, die allebei voor Baltisse werken, veegt hij meteen van tafel. ‘In de week wordt er niet gezeild!’, zegt hij streng. Op de vraag of hij nog een grote droom koestert, weet de zakenman niet meteen wat antwoorden. ‘Dromen doe ik feitelijk niet veel’, zegt hij droog. ‘Ik lig ook nooit wakker.’

Nochtans had Balcaen de voorbije weken redenen om wakker te liggen. De zakenman stapte totaal onverwacht op uit de raad van bestuur van Mohawk, waarvan hij nog altijd aandeelhouder is. Balcaen nam de beslissing uit onvrede met het ontslag van zijn vertrouweling Jan Vergote, die een promotie was beloofd. De ondernemer wil er niet veel woorden aan vuilmaken. ‘Ik handelde zoals het hoort. Als er zaken gebeuren die ik niet begrijp, ben ik consequent.’

Alle respect voor wat Bart Verhaeghe met Uplace doet, maar ik had het niet gedaan. Ik zou sneller de handdoek in de ring gooien. Voor mij moet het vooruitgaan.

Balcaens aandacht verschuift al langer van textiel naar andere sectoren. Hoewel het belang van 3 procent in Mohawk nog altijd zijn belangrijkste participatie is, richt zijn ‘family office’ Baltisse, dat hij in 2007 oprichtte, zich meer en meer op durfkapitaal (private equity) en vastgoed. Alleen al zijn vastgoedportefeuille is vandaag 1,3 miljard euro waard.

Een rusthuis in Zottegem, een woonwijk in Florida, torens in de Brusselse Noordwijk, een hotel in Namen en een herontwikkeling in Roemenië: de portfolio van Baltisse lijkt een onsamenhangend lappendeken. Wat is uw strategie?

Filip Balcaen: ‘Het verschil tussen Baltisse en andere investeringsmaatschappijen is dat we een stukje meer opportunisten zijn. We beleggen alleen onze eigen centen. We moeten geen verantwoording afleggen aan onze investeerders. Een zuivere ontwikkelaar belegt volgens de afgesproken regels met zijn aandeelhouder, wat veel beperkingen oplevert. Als we een grote opportuniteit in Londen, Frankfurt of Roemenië zien, springen we daar direct op.’

Alex De Witte (verantwoordelijk voor vastgoed bij Baltisse): ‘We hebben in zeven segmenten ervaring: kantoren, winkels, woningen, studentenhuisvesting, rusthuizen, hotels en logistiek. We doen van alles iets. Maar het zijn altijd complexe binnenstedelijke projecten op grote schaal.’

Balcaen : ‘Onze projecten kosten 20 à 100 miljoen euro. Dat zijn de bedragen waar grotere spelers naar kijken. Het verschil is dat we sneller kunnen reageren en beslissen. Kijk naar Seven (kantoorgebouw in de Brusselse Noordwijk, red.). De eigenaars wilden dat gebouw voor het einde van 2017 verkopen. Eind november begonnen we te praten en op 15 december stond het geld op hun rekening.’

Baltisse begon tien jaar geleden braaf met de ontwikkeling van winkelpanden en studentenkoten in Vlaanderen. Vandaag doet u vooral grote ontwikkelingen. Hoe brengt u die moeilijke megaprojecten snel ten einde?

We luisteren naar de overheid. voor onze site in namen wilden we alleen kantoren, maar de burgemeester wilde ook studentenkoten en een hotel. dat project loopt nu heel vlot..

De Witte : ‘We luisteren naar de overheid. In Namen hebben we een vervuilde site naast het station gekocht, waar we enkel kantoren wilden bouwen. Maar dan hebben we gepraat met de burgemeester, een sterke figuur (cdH-voorzitter Maxime Prévot, red.). Hij wilde ook studentenkoten en een hotel, maar geen winkels. Dat project loopt nu heel vlot. De koten hebben we al verkocht aan Xior, er komt een trendy hotel van de keten B&B en de Waalse overheid en het Rode Kruis zullen kantoren huren.’

Een project dat jarenlang aansleept, zoals Uplace, is dus niets voor u?

Balcaen : ‘Alle respect voor wat Bart Verhaeghe met Uplace doet, maar ik had het niet gedaan. Ik zou sneller de handdoek in de ring gooien. Voor mij moet het vooruitgaan. Ik heb soms bedrijfjes overgenomen die weinig of niet rendabel bleken. Als het niet lukte, stopten we ermee. Tja, afschrijven en wegwezen. Dat hoort erbij.’

U blijft ook kantoren ontwikkelen. Hebben die nog toekomst nu iedereen thuiswerkt?

De Witte : ‘Bij kantoren leggen we meer voorzichtigheid aan de dag. We bewaken de locatie streng. Al onze kantoorprojecten in België liggen dicht bij een treinstation. En Seven en Victoria (net als Seven een toren in de Brusselse Noordwijk, red.) zijn al volledig verhuurd. Maar in de Noordwijk blijft het opletten.’

Balcaen : ‘In het algemeen blijft het opletten! Covid-19 heeft de kantoormarkt aangetast. We denken dat die 20 à 30 procent kan krimpen. Naar nieuwe kantoren op goede locaties is er nog altijd vraag, maar andere kantoren worden moeilijk. Door corona zijn we veel voorzichtiger geworden met kantoren. Onze winkels hebben we vijf jaar geleden al afgebouwd omdat retail geen groeimarkt is, net als kantoren nu.’

Door de moeilijke kantoormarkt bouwt elke ontwikkelaar tegenwoordig woningen. Is daar nog veel ruimte?

Balcaen : ‘It’s getting crowded. Grote en kleine spelers zijn geïnteresseerd. De instapdrempel voor woonprojecten ligt lager. Dat maakt het voor mensen die vroeger niet in vastgoed zaten mogelijk om een appartementsgebouwtje te zetten. Daarom zoeken we net complexe, grootschalige projecten. Er zijn steeds meer institutionele beleggers (pensioenfondsen en verzekeringsmaatschappijen, red.) die grote pakketten woningen willen kopen. Dat kan niet iedereen aanbieden.’

In de VS ontwikkelt u enorme logistieke projecten rond Atlanta, de hoofdstad van Georgia. Hoe bent u daar beland?

Balcaen : ‘Ik hou van Amerika. De Verenigde Staten zijn een zeer ondernemersgezind land. Ik investeer zeer graag in België, maar als ondernemer is het toch veel eenvoudiger in de VS. Ik ben tientallen keren in Atlanta geweest omdat ik er met IVC een fabriek heb gebouwd en in de raad van bestuur zat van Mohawk (dat zijn hoofdkantoor vlak bij Atlanta heeft, red.). Waarom dan geen vastgoed? Atlanta is een van de sterkst groeiende steden van het land en een logistieke hub met de grootste luchthaven van de VS.’

Alles is zeer duur. Het is het moment om te verkopen.

Moet u nog naar atlanta reizen nu u ontslag nam uit de raad van bestuur van mohawk u noemde ceo en grootaandeelhouder jeff lorberbaum ooit een goede vriend..

Balcaen : ‘Mijn relatie met Jeff blijft goed. Hij heeft me al uitgenodigd om langs te komen bij mijn volgende bezoek.’

Uw belang in Mohawk is bijna een half miljard dollar waard, maar u beslist er voortaan niet meer mee. Zult u die aandelen verkopen?

Balcaen : ‘Mohawk is onze belangrijkste participatie. Op korte termijn verkopen is zeker niet de bedoeling, maar op langere termijn willen we wel een stukje afbouwen. Ik ken de vloerbekleding zeer goed, maar ik weet niet of mijn opvolger die ervaring ook zal hebben. Op termijn zal onze focus verschuiven naar private equity. Daarin willen we verder groeien.’

Baltisse heeft tientallen participaties, van het hr-bedrijf House of Talents over een Poolse glasproducent tot een Italiaanse diepvriesbakker. Is dat niet te veel?

Balcaen : ‘We hebben nu 35 dossiers. We zijn investeerders op lange termijn. Maar als een opportuniteit zich voordoet en de juiste prijs op tafel ligt, zijn we met niemand getrouwd. Mijn ideale scenario is dat we twee à drie grote bedrijven in handen krijgen. Ik wil niet alle eieren in één mand leggen, zoals met Balta en IVC vroeger. De grote private-equityhuizen zetten teams op die de bedrijven in hun portefeuille opvolgen. Dat wil ik ook, maar dat heeft alleen zin als je grote participaties hebt. We hebben dat twee keer geprobeerd met Desotec (West-Vlaams milieutechnologiebedrijf, red.), maar dat is niet gelukt.’

Desotec wordt na de recente overname door de Amerikaanse investeerder Blackstone gewaardeerd op 800 miljoen euro. Kunt u vandaag nog koopjes doen?

Balcaen : ‘Alles is zeer duur. ’t Is het moment om te verkopen! We vinden het verstandig om klaar te staan voor opportuniteiten. Maar als je ziet aan welke prijs Desotec verkocht is... We willen groeien, maar we gaan geen domme dingen doen.’

Is Balta terugkopen een optie? U kent het bedrijf uitstekend.

Balcaen : ‘Dat is niet aan de orde. Ik heb het bedrijf verkocht. De tapijtsector heeft zijn beste tijd gekend in de jaren 80, hé. Balta is nog altijd een van de beste vloerbedekkingsbedrijven van Europa. Maar de firma was beter ondergebracht in een groter geheel dat alle segmenten van de vloerbekledingsmarkt afdekt. Met enkel tapijten heeft Balta te weinig groeimogelijkheden.’

Veel ondernemers kopen tegenwoordig een voetbalploeg. Is dat iets voor u?

Balcaen : ‘(beslist) Nee. Filantropie vind ik wel heel belangrijk. Vijf jaar geleden vroeg iemand me of ik zijn project om een oogkliniek in Rwanda op te starten wilde sponsoren. Ik heb geantwoord: ‘Ik bouw die kliniek voor u.’’

Wat wilt u de komende tien jaar nog realiseren?

Balcaen : ‘Voortdoen. Osan deure doen, zeggen we in West-Vlaanderen. We willen dat private equity en vastgoed elk de helft van onze portefeuille uitmaken. En we hebben veel cash.’

Hoeveel precies?

Balcaen : (veert verontwaardigd op) ‘Moh! We hebben hier vandaag al veel te veel verteld.’

Meest gelezen

  • 1 Economen Willem Sas en Bart Van Craeynest: 'Als we nu niet hervormen, krijgen we over vijf jaar wel die superzwarte zondag'
  • 2 Goudhaantje van biotechbedrijf Argenx slaagt voor Amerikaans examen
  • 3 De must-reads van het weekend
  • 4 Familie Colruyt spil in betere bewaking Noordzee
  • 5 Startnota voor Vlaamse regering maakt komaf met erfenis van Lydia Peeters

Tijd Connect

yacht filip balcaen

Published on March 11th, 2022 | by Editor

No let up at Superyacht Challenge

Published on March 11th, 2022 by Editor -->

Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua (March 11, 2022) – The trade winds were still pumping for Race Two of the 11th Superyacht Challenge Antigua, with white water hissing at the rails of the magnificent superyachts. Compared to Race One yesterday, the wind had veered slightly to the east, giving some shelter in the lee of Antigua.

However, even inshore the wind speed was barely below 19 knots. Offshore out of the wind shadow, the breeze was consistently over 20 knots with a significant increase in sea state.

Class winners for Race Two were, the 112ft Sparkman & Stephens sloop Kawil, skippered by Robert Lloyd. The 112ft Baltic Nilaya, with Filip Balcaen at the helm, and the 218ft Dykstra/Reichel Pugh ketch Hetairos, skippered by Graham Newton. Additionally, note that the results for Race One have now been amended.

The Race Committee led by PRO Hank Stuart, chose a race area along the South Coast of Antigua with a deep-water mark four and a half miles offshore. The Buccaneers Class raced on a course of approximately 22nm with long reaching legs and a long beat, prior to a short reaching component to finish. The Corsairs and Privateers enjoyed a longer course of over 27nm, with the added thrill of a technical windward leeward component, along the south coast of Antigua.

yacht filip balcaen

Racing at the 2022 Superyacht Yacht Challenge Antigua on March 10-13 is open to superyachts in excess of 30 metres. The Gosnell Trophy is the overall award and it goes to the yacht, who in the opinion of the competitors and race committee, has competed in the Spirit of the Regatta, both afloat and ashore.

Details: http://superyachtchallengeantigua.com/

Buccaneers Class (Cruising Sloops) The 112ft Sparkman & Stephens sloop Kawil, skippered by Robert Lloyd was the class winner for Race Two. After two races the 121ft Dyksra sloop Action is the class leader with John McMonigall’s Oyster 82 Zig Zag in third. Kawil is taking part in their fourth regatta this year, having won class winner on two previous occasions.

Corsairs Class (High Performance Sloops) The 112ft Baltic Nilaya, with Filip Balcaen at the helm, scored their second race win to lead the class by four points after two races. The J-Class Hanuman did not compete today and Swan 90 Freya tore their headsail and retired to Nelson’s Dockyard with all crew safe and well.

Privateers Class (Ketch-Rigged) The 218ft Dykstra/Reichel Pugh ketch Hetairos took line honors and the race win by just 55 seconds after ORCsy time correction from the 140ft German Frers ketch Rebecca, skippered by Rob Foxell. With Fuzz Spanhake on the helm and Marc Lagessse as navigator, Rebecca executed the best start of the day, just two seconds shy of the B of the bang. It was great to see the 180ft Dykstra ketch Kamaxitha, skippered by Tim Urwin, out on the water. Kamaxitha was third but less than seven minutes off the race winner. Hetairos leads the class by two points midway through the series.

Source: Louay Habib

comment banner

Tags: Superyacht Challenge Antigua

Related Posts

yacht filip balcaen

Plus-size fashion show in Antigua →

yacht filip balcaen

Accident at Superyacht Challenge Antigua →

yacht filip balcaen

2022 Superyacht Challenge Antigua →

yacht filip balcaen

Skunked at Superyacht Challenge →

© 2024 Scuttlebutt Sailing News. Inbox Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved. made by VSSL Agency .

  • Privacy Statement
  • Advertise With Us

Get Your Sailing News Fix!

Your download by email.

  • Your Name...
  • Your Email... *
  • Email This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

yacht filip balcaen

2012 Rolex Volcano Race: Awards for Jethou yacht and Nilaya superyacht

  • Inspiration

Related News

Popular news this week, popular news this month, latest news.

  • Yacht Charter & Superyacht News >

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The Rolex party as well as prizegiving at La Canzone del Mare on Friday 25 May saw the second edition of the Rolex Volcano Race end up in real Caprese style as fifteen international crews toasted a week’s fascinating competing.  A mixture of amazing views of Capri ’s Faraglioni rock formations and a popular venue once owned by Anglo-Italian singer Gracie Fields, and treasured over the years by glitterati and thespians alike, offered a fitting finale to a spectacular week.

112ft superyacht Nilaya sails towards her line honours win Photo by RolexKurt Arrigo

112ft superyacht Nilaya sails towards her line honours win - Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

During the ceremony, the crew of Sir Peter Ogden’s Mini Maxi yacht Jethou (GBR) received the week’s most coveted prize – the Rolex Trophy and timepiece – awarded to the overall winner of Leg Two of the 400-nautical mile offshore race which started and finished in Capri and comprised a pulsating journey through the Aeolian Islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea .

The fastest boat on the water over Leg Two – Filip Balcaen’s 112-foot Supermaxi yacht Nilaya ¬ was awarded a Rolex timepiece after claiming line honours in a time of one day, two hours and five minutes.

The two celebrating crews have much in common: both are formed by an enthusiastic owner and a group of friends who have sailed together for a number of years, comprising mainly amateurs in addition to handpicked and highly-skilled professional sailors. Their respective paths to victory are the result of hard work and perseverance.

60ft Jethou yacht races upwind to the finish in Capri Photo by RolexKurt Arrigo

60ft Jethou yacht races upwind to the finish in Capri - Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Jethou Dominates Ogden’s 60-ft sailing yacht Jethou has frequently been the bridesmaid at Rolex yachting events, missing out on the prizes with luck deserting her at key junctures, from crew members falling overboard to split-second defeats. It seems this team of predominantly Corinthian sailors may have finally found the winning formula. Ogden commissioned an upgrade to his Mini Maxi over the winter, drawing on the advice of professional tactician Brad Butterworth. Jethou is now more powerful following a slight lengthening and the development of a new mast and sail plan. While the yacht’s enhanced prowess has rendered her faster and more responsive in light airs, the crew’s obvious bond and unity is an equally key component in this long overdue success.

The bulk of the Jethou crew is made up of Ogden’s friends and family, the professionals onboard playing a key role in helping develop the team’s confidence and skills. America’s Cup legend Butterworth brings a wealth of experience. “I’ve sailed with other famous sailors and he is one of the guys,” reveals Ogden. “He encourages the crew, shouts at them, but they love him. It is great to have someone who really knows what he is doing. He sees things in 3D that nobody else sees.” Ogden also pointed to the contribution of professional navigator Mike Broughton; “he got us round very safely and was excellent on weather predictions.”

The sailing was a riveting affair. Jethou yacht reached consistent speeds of 26 knots around the Aeolian Islands, the crew knee deep in water as the Mini Maxi flew past these ancient geological wonders almost like an aeroplane. At one stage, incredibly, she was ahead of two titans in Nilaya and Claus-Peter Offen’s 100-ft Wally luxury yacht Y3K (GER). Eventually, on the home stretch and as the wind speed picked up, these two larger yachts gained a narrow advantage over Jethou by virtue of their superior waterline length.

However, Ogden’s Mini Maxi finished an impressive 41 minutes behind the first boat home, enough to help her triumph on handicap, marking an impressive week which saw the crew claim the windward/leeward race in Gaeta and second place overall in Leg One of the offshore race, which ran 100-nm from Gaeta to Capri. In the combined scoring for the three events of the week, Jethou also came out on top. An emphatic winner.

For Ogden victory crowned a memorable week, which he concluded by celebrating his 65th birthday: “It is not a professional crew. I sail for sixty days a year, and they can’t all commit to this, so we have a roster and rotate, although they’ve all been with me a long time.” According to Broughton, who steps down as navigator for the forthcoming Giraglia Rolex Cup : “They are a great bunch to sail with, there’s lots of banter and they’re very happy as we’ve now won our last two races.” With her recent success, Jethou has thrown down the gauntlet to her Maxi rivals ahead of a competitive summer.

Line-honours winner superyacht Nilaya Photo by RolexKurt Arrigo

Line-honours winner superyacht Nilaya - Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Terrific team spirit Onboard the largest, heaviest and arguably most complicated yacht – the 112-ft superyacht Nilaya – the workings of the 16-man team are down to a tee. Cajoled by Volvo Ocean Race veteran Bouwe Bekking, who calls the shots and acts as the team’s commander-in-chief, the crew of predominantly Belgian and Dutch sailors are on an upward learning curve.

Owner Filip Balcaen is proud of the progress his largely amateur crew of friends have made over the past 15 years, having started out with little or no sailing experience. “Everything we have learnt and do today comes from the professional sailors,” admits Balcaen. The crew now almost function on autopilot. “A good crew should not talk a lot when something is happening as it is used to working together and in the case of an unexpected event should know what to do. This is the advantage we have of sailing a long time.”

Balcaen and Bekking’s relationship began back in 2003 during a successful Swan European regatta in Cowes. Ever since, Bekking has been the sounding board and inspiration for the crew, which includes four other professional sailors, all Volvo Ocean Race veterans. “The crew has progressed from a 56-ft yacht to an 80-ft yacht, and now this 112-ft yacht, and we know how to communicate,” adds Bekking. “Furthermore, it is a different relationship than that often found on other boats; we call each other up in between races and talk about a lot of things aside from sailing. We have a lot of respect for each other. If people make a mistake, we speak about it calmly and nine out of ten times it doesn’t happen again. It is about giving everyone self-confidence.”

The crew’s approach to sailing the luxury yacht Nilaya has been marked by a gradual evolution and a lack of fear at sailing such a large yacht. Bekking concludes: “A lot of people are impressed by size but the good thing about these guys is that they still approach their sailing as if on a small boat – that way they get the most fun out of it.” In a thrilling tussle during Leg Two of the offshore race, Nilaya pulled clear of the superyacht Y3K and Jethou yacht to claim a hard-fought and deserved line honours title. The entire crew stayed awake for the 26-hour journey, tired eyes and warm smiles greeted the sunset finish in Capri. Enjoyment clearly breeds success. And vice versa.

Luxury yacht Jethou sails towards the finish line in Capri Photo by RolexKurt Arrigo

Luxury yacht Jethou sails towards the finish line in Capri - Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Eclectic international fleet The galaxy of international crews comprised yachts from ten countries. Some entrants are perhaps more surprising than others. The 60-ft Mini Maxi yacht Wild Joe from Hungary, on the face of it, is an unlikely entrant. After all, Hungary is a landlocked country and hardly conducive to developing sailors capable of attacking the great offshore classics. However, that has not deterred the ambition of skipper Márton Józsa who acquired the 2002-built yacht back in 2009.

“We don’t have seas in Hungary, therefore we don’t have sailors with great ocean experience,” explains Józsa, “we have to build slowly with what we have. Most of the guys we have on the boat have come from small boats such as dinghies. They are learning to sail a big boat and for this reason we include some professional sailors to bring in more experience. This is the third season with this crew, and we are getting better and better.” Unfortunately for Wild Joe, the race ended in disappointment at the Aeolian Islands where an electronics failure forced the crew to withdraw from the race. Wild Joe will hope for better luck in the forthcoming Giraglia Rolex Cup.

Sailing yacht Nilaya with Capri in the background Photo by RolexKurt Arrigo

Sailing yacht Nilaya with Capri in the background - Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Márton Józsa, owner Wild Joe Crews from Austria , France , Germany , Russia , Spain , the USA and six Italian yachts completed the fleet. The German crew of Y3K owned and skippered by Claus-Peter Offen, President of the International Maxi Association (IMA) may consider themselves unlucky to have missed out on the major prizes, having pushed Jethou and Nilaya close and been the fastest yacht in both the inshore race and Leg One of the offshore race. The best performing Italian crew was Marco Rodolfi’s Swan 80 Berenice Bis, the overall winner of Leg One of the offshore race and expertly guided by tactician Tiziano Nava.

This second Rolex Volcano Race will be fondly remembered by all who took part, from the dramatic and absorbing sailing conditions during Leg Two of the offshore race, to the intense and hard-fought three-way chase for line honours, to the stunning sunset that greeted the first arrivals in Capri. The week’s most penetrating theme is that of friendship and how two crews with great camaraderie and longevity earned their moment in the sun.

Please contact CharterWorld - the luxury yacht charter specialist - for more on superyacht news item "2012 Rolex Volcano Race: Awards for Jethou yacht and Nilaya superyacht".

  • Charity & Fund Raising
  • CharterWorld News
  • Classic Yachts
  • Coronavirus
  • Cruise Ship
  • Ecological Yachts
  • Expedition Yachts
  • Expert Broker Advice
  • Feature Superyachts
  • Interior Design
  • Legal & VAT Yacht Issues
  • Luxury Catamarans
  • Luxury Gulet
  • Luxury Phinisi
  • Luxury Trimarans
  • Luxury Yacht Design
  • Luxury Yachts
  • Marinas & Harbours
  • Marine Ecology
  • Marine Electronics
  • Marine Equipment
  • Mega Yachts
  • Modern Yachts
  • Motor Yachts
  • New Launch Yachts
  • New To Charter
  • Open Style Sports Yachts
  • Private Jets
  • Sailing Yachts
  • Social Media
  • Sports Yachts
  • Superyacht Crew
  • Superyacht Photographers
  • Superyacht Products & Supplies
  • Superyacht Refits
  • Superyacht Reviews
  • Superyachts
  • Uncategorized
  • Yacht Builders
  • Yacht Charter
  • Yacht Charter Destinations
  • Yacht Charter Picks
  • Yacht Charter Specials
  • Yacht Delivered to Owner
  • Yacht Designers
  • Yacht Events & Boat Shows
  • Yacht Fashion
  • Yacht Industry News
  • Yacht Photos
  • Yacht Racing
  • Yacht Racing & Regattas
  • Yacht Safety Equipment
  • Yacht Support Vessels
  • Yacht Tenders
  • Yacht Videos
  • Yachting Associations
  • Yachting Awards
  • Yachting Business
  • Yachts For Charter
  • Yachts For Sale

Quick Enquiry

Superyacht news:.

Email Your Yachting News to: news @ charterworld.com

Motor Yacht LADY JJ

Aeolian Islands

The Monaco Yacht Show

Luxury Yachts At Events

Split In Croatia - Another Beautiful City To Visit While On Croatia Yacht Charter Holiday

The overall winner of the Rolex Volcano Race 2012: the 60ft Mini Maxi yacht Jethou

Rolex Volcano Race 2012: Line Honours Winner becomes the 112ft Superyacht Nilaya

Rolex Volcano Race 2012: Line Honours Winner becomes the 112ft Superyacht Nilaya

Rolex Capri Sailing Week/Volcano Race 2013 Format

Rolex Capri Sailing Week/Volcano Race 2013 Format

Rolex Capri Sailing Week Volcano Race 2013: Capricious conditions for Maxi yachts

Rolex Capri Sailing Week Volcano Race 2013: Capricious conditions for Maxi yachts

yacht filip balcaen

Luxury yacht DIANA II is ready to make your Italian charter dreams come true

yacht filip balcaen

Superyacht HAVEN is delivered by Lürssen, marking the dawn of a new era of superyacht design

yacht filip balcaen

Baglietto announces the launch of 52m superyacht DOPAMINE – the fourth in the T52 series

yacht filip balcaen

Feadship’s 92m superyacht PROJECT 1012 is named as superyacht DRIZZLE while on sea trials

Feadship’s 92m superyacht PROJECT 1012 is named as superyacht DRIZZLE while on sea trials

SES Yachts have released news of 33m motor yacht FAR NIENTE on her delivery

Baglietto announces the launch of 52m superyacht DOPAMINE – the fourth in the T52 series

Iconic sailing yacht HANUMAN arrives at Holterman Shipyard for refit

Sailing yacht GALMA – the first wallywind110 – is launched by Wally Yachts

Sailing yacht GALMA – the first wallywind110 – is launched by Wally Yachts

37m Gulf Craft Majesty superyacht OPTIMISM available for charter on both sides of the Atlantic

37m Gulf Craft Majesty superyacht OPTIMISM available for charter on both sides of the Atlantic

Royal Huisman delivers Project 406, the world’s largest true sportfish yacht SPECIAL ONE

Royal Huisman delivers Project 406, the world’s largest true sportfish yacht SPECIAL ONE

Feadship announce superyacht PROJECT 713: another milestone in their journey to environmental neutrality

Feadship announce superyacht PROJECT 713: another milestone in their journey to environmental neutrality

Superyacht SONICIAN available for charter in the Bahamas

Superyacht SONICIAN available for charter in the Bahamas

34m motor yacht ONE (ex.111.11) is launched by Van der Valk Shipyard in the Netherlands

34m motor yacht ONE (ex.111.11) is launched by Van der Valk Shipyard in the Netherlands

Columbus Yachts announce the launch of 43m motor yacht FRETTE

Columbus Yachts announce the launch of 43m motor yacht FRETTE

Superyacht Challenge Antigua

Bigger than Ben Hur

Preview 2020 superyacht challenge antigua.

The 10 th anniversary of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua has a record entry of fifteen superyachts and four J Class taking part. The 2020 Superyacht Challenge Antigua is the largest collection of superyachts that has ever raced in Antigua.

The Superyacht Challenge Antigua is designed to be solely for the pleasure of superyacht owners, their guests and crew. There is no overall winner, prizes for class winners and social events are barrels of rum, suitably filled. The Gosnell Trophy is awarded, after a vote by the competitors and the race committee, to the yacht that has competed in the Spirit of the Regatta, both afloat and ashore. The magnificent fleet will take part in four days of spectacular racing using the ORCsy rating system. With daily races along the stunning south coast of Antigua and laid back social events in the evenings. The Superyacht Challenge Antigua has one clear objective; to provide all the facilities to stage an ideal event for an exclusive selection of Superyachts, where fair racing and good companionship are valued above all else.

The Corsairs form a class of four stunning sloops, all built by Baltic Yachts. However, each one is from the drawing board of a different design house. The battle of the Baltics will have the largest sloop racing at the regatta, Pink Gin VI designed by Judel Vrolijk is 178ft (54m). The 112ft (34m) sloop Nilaya, with Filip Balcaen at the helm, is designed by Reichel Pugh. This will be Nilaya’s fourth Superyacht Challenge Antigua and will be defending their win in the Corsairs Class last year. The 108ft (33m) sloop Win Win designed by Javier Jaudenes is a proven race winner, and will be making its debut at this regatta, as the lightest boat in the class. The 112ft (34m) sloop Liara will also be making its debut, the McKeon design is sailed by Tony Todd.

The Privateers Class is formed of four sloops and two ketches, the largest is the holder of the Gosnell Trophy. The 140ft (43m) Frers Ketch Rebecca, which will be making a sixth appearance at the regatta. Peter Harrison’s 115ft (35m) Farr ketch Sojana will be in action for their third regatta. Four sloops will be making their debut at the Superyacht Challenge Antigua. The 128ft (39m) G2 designed by Bill Tripp is the largest sloop in the Privateers Class. The 100ft (31m) Frers designed Wally Dark Shadow, and the 108ft (33m) Missy designed by Malcolm McKeon will be competing. The Southern Wind sloop Aragon is the smallest boat in the class at 94ft (29m).

Five yachts will be competing in the Buccaneers Class including the largest schooner competing this year, the 182ft (56m) Adela which was built at Pendennis. Adela will be competing at the regatta for the sixth time with skipper Greg Norwood-Perkins. Adela has twice won class and was awarded the Gosnell Trophy in 2017. Adela is one of three Dykstra designs in the class. Debutants for the regatta will be two Dykstra designs both built at Royal Huisman; the 121ft (37m) sloop Action and the 169ft (52m) schooner Meteor, sailed by member of Monaco Yacht Club Eugene Rene. Two Oyster Yachts will be competing in the Buccaneers Class, the Oyster 885 Firebird will be racing for the first time. Racing for the fifth year in succession will be Oyster 82 Zig Zag, with John McMonigall at the helm.

Four J Class yachts form the strongest class fleet since the 2017 J Class World Championship. For news and results from the J Class racing at the Superyacht Challenge Antigua visit: www.jclassyachts.com

Spectacular action at the 10 th edition of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua is scheduled to start at 1100 local time (1500 UTC) on Thursday 12 th March with four days of exciting racing and fun filled parties ashore.

  • Heesen movies

65m Aluminium: Project Saturnus

yacht filip balcaen

Current Build Phase

The use and requirements of the future client determine the size, speed and GT of the yacht. After the first layout we start developing the general arrangement and building specs, followed by tank tests and engineering.

Staggering deck space

Saturnus is a 65-metre yacht with a Fast Displacement Hull Form. As a result, she has achieved what was considered impossible when thinking along conventional lines. Fortunately, Heesen does not. In a world where a 5 per cent gain is considered a triumph, this hull is more efficient than any other yet tested.

First impressions

Leave aside the technical and enjoy the lifestyle. Deck space is staggering with over 267 square metre on her three upper decks. The foredeck is both a helipad and sun terrace set over gull wing doors that open to reveal a full-beam tender garage.

yacht filip balcaen

Specifications

Hull type: FDHF

Exterior design: Omega Architects

Interior design: To be decided

Hull: Aluminium

Length over all: 65.00 metres / 213 feet 3 inches

Beam over all: 11.30 metres / 37 feet 1 inch

Draft (half load): 2.9 metres / 9 feet 6 inches

Tonnage: approx. 985 GT

Accommodations

Cabins: Full-beam Owner’s stateroom, VIP suite, four double guest suites

Technical Details

Maximum speed (half load): 24.5 knots

Range: 4,000Nm at 14 knots

Fuel capacity: 90,000 litres / 23,775 US Gallons

Fresh water: 30,000 litres / 7,925 US Gallons

Propulsion Details

Main engines: 2 x MTU 16V 4000 M93L

Maximum power: 2 x 3,440kW

Main generators: 2 x Zenoro, each 200kW

Bowthruster: HRP 165kW, electrically driven

Stabilisers: Quantum extendable, 2 fins, zero speed

General arrangement

yacht filip balcaen

Wheelhouse deck

yacht filip balcaen

FEEL INSPIRED? PLEASE CONTACT US:

Headquarters.

Mark Cavendish   Chief Commercial Officer

| Robert Drontmann   Sales Director

Heesen Yachts North America

Thom Conboy   Agent North-America, Mexico, Bahama's & Caribbean

Heesen Yachts

  • Privacy Overview
  • Strictly Necessary Cookies
  • Analytical Cookies
  • Cookie Policy

This website uses cookies so that we can provide you with the best user experience possible. Cookie information is stored in your browser and performs functions such as recognising you when you return to our website and helping our team to understand which sections of the website you find most interesting and useful.

Strictly Necessary Cookie should be enabled at all times so that we can save your preferences for cookie settings.

If you disable this cookie, we will not be able to save your preferences. This means that every time you visit this website you will need to enable or disable cookies again.

This website uses Google Analytics to collect anonymous information such as the number of visitors to the site, and the most popular pages.

Keeping this cookie enabled helps us to improve our website.

Please enable Strictly Necessary Cookies first so that we can save your preferences!

More information about our Cookie Policy

Filip Balcaen, ooit de tapijtenkoning van België, doet nu in alles

Alex Ruitenbeek

Als ondernemer werd Filip Balcaen groot met tapijten en vinyltegels. Als investeerder gelooft hij in spreiding van de risico's. Geurkaarsen, vastgoed, vuurbestendig glas, accountants ... de Westvlaamse kasteelheer ziet overal kansen.

Baltisse, de investeringsmaatschappij van Filip Balcaen, heeft 35 bedrijven in beheer, waaronder de Belgische PIA Group, dat een joint venture aanging met het Nederlandse accountantskantoor Brouwer.

Lees direct het artikel

Gratis proberen, meer bedrijfsleven, enige inschrijver renovatie van krammersluizen krijgt opdracht, volbloed rotterdamse staat voor verjonging van paardenpubliek, topman air france-klm over luchthaven parijs: ‘het is een ramp, elke ochtend opnieuw’, gaswinning boven schiermonnikoog mag toch doorgaan , schakel browser notificaties in.

Schakel browser notificaties in om meldingen te ontvangen op dit apparaat.

Browser notificaties inschakelen

U heeft browser notificaties voor fd.nl eerder geweigerd. Ga naar browser instellingen en sta browser notificaties toe voor fd.nl. De precieze handelingen zijn afhankelijk van uw browser.

U volgt een onderwerp

Wilt u ook meldingen ontvangen voor dit onderwerp?

  • Yachting World
  • Digital Edition

Yachting World cover

Island Fling cleans up at Swan Euros

Yachting World

  • June 30, 2003

Island Fling took line honours, class honours and the overall day's win at the S.Pellegrino Race Day at the Swan Europeans

Paul Winkelmann’s Swan 60 Island Fling won the S.Pellegrino Race Day, the first day of racing for the 54-strong Swan fleet at the 2003 Swan European Regatta in Cowes yesterday.

Winkelmann and his crew sailed away from the fleet at the beginning of the race to take line honours, Class honours and overall winner of the day on corrected time.

A forecast Force 4-5 with a clear blue sky enabled the Swan European Regatta to get underway in perfect conditions for some great racing. With the fleet split into two classes, according to Nautor’s own rating system, racing commenced under two starts with the larger boats in class A and the smaller boats in Class B. A 25-mile course for Class A and a 20 mile course for Class B was laid out, testing the crews ability to cope with the emerging tides and numerous obstacles that the Solent provides.

Damon Guizot’s Swan 53, Katrina crossed the start line first in Class A, but was almost immediately overtaken by Island Fling who showed all the experience and finesse gained after many years of competitive sailing. It became clear from the start that Island Fling was going to be hard to catch up, as the Swan 45s closed ranks behind and sailed almost in formation towards to the first mark. Island Fling rounded the mark 10 minutes ahead of the rest of the fleet, who were battling with the strong tide on approach. Flilp Balcaen’s Swan 56, Aqua Equinox, which has Nautor Challenge crew member Boewe Bekking on board, rounded the mark closely and just ahead of the Swan 45 pack and Ed Leask’s Swan 56 Magical. The gap increased between Island Fling and eventual second placed Aqua Equinox, resulting in a 15-minute lead around the third and final mark and an impressive finish some way ahead of the fleet.

In Class B, Stephen James’ hugely successful Swan 48 Jacobite recovered well from the general recall at the start, due to the majority of the fleet crossing the line ahead of the gun, to take the lead. As with Class A, tides played a major role and forced the fleet to take a line close to the mainland resulting in some clever tactics to get them around the first mark without being pushed onto it. Again Jacobite took the lead, closely followed by two Swan 44s Menenes and Saga, both of which achieved second and third place respectively in the small boat class in 2001. Jacobite managed to increase the lead to guarantee first place in the class.

Ben James, co-owner with his father, highlighted the importance of being at the top: “To win we have to be first around the course due to our rating but it was still good close racing. We made half a mistake and Menenes looked like they had it on us and then they would make a mistake and we got it back again!

“But I think that the best way to win a regatta like this is to keep trying to get a podium position – you don’t have to win every day but you have to be in the frame every day. This is exactly what we intend to do.” He added

The S.Pellegrino Race Day Prizegiving was held in the Regatta Bar in Cowes Yacht Haven, with trophies presented to the podium positions for both classes by Nautor’s Sales Director Mr Tom Blomgren and to the overall winner of the day, by S. Pellegrino UK Director, Mr Bill Dick.

1 Island Fling, Paul F. Winkelmann Swan 60 GBR

2 Aqua Equinox, Filip Balcaen Swan 56 BEL

3 Desperado, Richard Loftus Swan 65 GBR

4 Crackerjack, Keith Miller Swan 45 GBR

5 WISC, Glynn Williams Swan 45 GBR

1. Jacobite, Stephen & Ben James Swan 48 GBR

2 Menenes, Libby & Graham Deegan Swan 441 GBR

3 Saga, Alain Foulquier Swan 44 FRA

4 Flying Neleb, Frederico Garcia-German Swan 39 ESP

5 Xaossa, Jean-Michel Carpentier Swan 42 FRA

" - BEL 5012
Filip & Louis Balcaen
BEL
" " - BEL 5012
ClubSwan 50
PABLO ARRARTE ESP
Filip Balcaen Owner BEL
LOUIS BALCAEN BEL
WILLEM BOUWE BEKKING NED
GEERT DE JAEGER BEL
MAX DECKERS NED
PIET DOSSCHE BEL
KRISTIAAN ERARD BEL
Maria Sanchez Diez ESP
ROGIER VAN OVERVELD NED
GREGOR VLASBLOM NED

 

 
2000-2024
  •  

IMAGES

  1. Filip Balcaen in de RORC Caribbean 600 Race

    yacht filip balcaen

  2. 2020 Superyacht Challenge Antigua

    yacht filip balcaen

  3. Final prize giving at YCCS Piazza Azzurra

    yacht filip balcaen

  4. Filip Balcaen in de RORC Caribbean 600 Race

    yacht filip balcaen

  5. Filip Balcaen in de RORC Caribbean 600 Race

    yacht filip balcaen

  6. Filip Balcaen in de RORC Caribbean 600 Race

    yacht filip balcaen

VIDEO

  1. 1 2 3 4 Come On.... Mr beast yacht

  2. Riva Folgore 88 #shorts #yacht #shortvideo

  3. Antigua and Barbuda

  4. Docking 100ft Yacht #shorts

  5. Yacht Haven Super Yacht marina #shorts

  6. Docking a 100 ft yacht at the boat show

COMMENTS

  1. 11th Superyacht Challenge Antigua: Back in action!

    The 112ft Baltic Nilaya, with Filip Balcaen at the helm, is skippered by Rom Loopik. This will be Nilaya's fifth regatta having won class in 2016 and 2019, as well as class runner up 2017 and 2020. Nilaya has been one of the most successful high-performance sailing boats launched by Baltic Yachts, particularly on the race course.

  2. News: Nilaya, owner IMA Member Philip Balcaen, wins second consecutive

    Nilaya, owner IMA Member Philip Balcaen, wins second consecutive Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous ... Nilaya has won the trophy at the seventh annual regatta presented by Italian brand Loro Piana and co-organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and Boat International Media. Built by Baltic Yachts, Nilaya won all three races ...

  3. Full on at Superyacht Challenge Antigua

    Racing at the 2022 Superyacht Yacht Challenge Antigua on March 10-13 is open to superyachts in ... Filip (Balcaen) has many friends racing who are fully part of the team, they are as good as the ...

  4. 11th Superyacht Challenge Antigua: back in action

    The 112ft Baltic Nilaya, with Filip Balcaen at the helm, is skippered by Rom Loopik. This will be Nilaya's fifth regatta having won class in 2016 and 2019, as well as class runner up 2017 and 2020. Nilaya has been one of the most successful high-performance sailing boats launched by Baltic Yachts, particularly on the race course.

  5. Superyacht Challenge Antigua wraps up in Nelson's Dockyard

    The 112ft Baltic Nilaya, with Filip Balcaen at the helm, was the class winner. Runner-up was Don Macpherson's Swan 90 Freya and in third was the J-Class Hanuman. Nilaya's Boat Captain Rom Loopik commented: "The core of the Nilaya team consists of the Filip's friend complemented by a group of seasoned professionals that have been racing ...

  6. Nilaya is First In Class at the 2019 Superyacht Challenge Antigua

    Antigua_TransparentAntigua (February 3, 2019) - The ninth edition of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua kicked off the 2019 superyacht regatta season and featured four races for six 24 to 44m yachts all racing under the superyacht rule ORCsy. The Reichel/Pugh-designed 112' Nilaya, helmed by owner Filip Balcaen, took 1st place in Class C: Corsairs. ...

  7. Supermaxi Nilaya claims line honours at the 2012 Rolex Volcano Race

    Filip Balcaen's 112-ft Supermaxi Nilaya has claimed line honours at the 2012 Rolex Volcano Race following an enthralling Leg Two of the offshore race.Nilaya was the first boat to complete the 300-nautical mile course, arriving to a glorious sunset in Capri, after a challenging voyage through the Aeolian Islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea. She arrived at 20:05.06 CEST this evening, completing the ...

  8. Swan Europeans

    Class A. 1 Aqua Equinox, Filip Balcaen Swan 56 BEL. 2 Pulsar II, Ian Postlethwaite Swan 47 GBR. 3 Amnesia, Graham de Zille Swan 45 GBR. 4 Cuordileone, Leonardo Ferragamo Swan 45 ITA. 5 Alvine XIII ...

  9. Nilaya with Filip Balcaen at the helm

    Sail World - The world's largest sailing news network; sail and sailing, cruising, boating news

  10. Aqua Equinox wins Swan Euros

    The Swan European Regatta concluded yesterday with Filip Balcaen's Swan 56 Aqua Equinox taking overall European title

  11. Line honours for Nilaya in the Rolex Volcano Race

    Filip Balcaens 112-ft Supermaxi Nilaya (BEL) has claimed line honours at the 2012 Rolex Volcano Race following an enthralling Leg Two of the offshore race.

  12. Extraordinary in Antigua

    In the Corsairs Class, the 112ft (34m) sloop Nilaya, with Filip Balcaen at the helm, won Race Three, keeping their hopes alive of retaining the class win from last year. The 108ft (33m) Javier Jaudenes sloop WinWin was second. Third was the 112ft (34m) sloop Liara sailed by Tony Todd. The Class will be decided in the very last race.

  13. PDF Nauta Yachts Design, Brokerage and Charter

    January. Nikata faced seasoned campaigner Nilaya. Filip Balcaen's 34m/112ft Nilaya IS Seen very much as an inspiration for this new cruiser-racer movement. In between his cruising excursions, Balcaen has consistently won at the various big yacht events he has entered since the yacht's launch six years ago.

  14. Topinvesteerder Filip Balcaen: 'Alles is zeer duur. 't Is het ...

    Filip Balcaen (60) Zoon van Paul Balcaen, die in 1964 het tapijtbedrijf Balta (Balcaen Tapijten) oprichtte. Verkocht in 2004 het familiale tapijtbedrijf Balta (Balcaen Tapijten) aan het Britse investeringsfonds Doughty Hanson. Verkocht in 2015 de vinyltak IVC aan het Amerikaanse Mohawk (Unilin), waarvan hij meer dan 3 procent bezit.

  15. No let up at Superyacht Challenge

    The 112ft Baltic Nilaya, with Filip Balcaen at the helm, and the 218ft Dykstra/Reichel Pugh ketch Hetairos, skippered by Graham Newton. Additionally, note that the results for Race One have now ...

  16. Why this Baltic 115 launch, the latest in a growing fleet of cruiser

    Since the 2010 launch of Filip Balcaen's Baltic-built 34m/112ft sloop Nilaya, we have seen a surge in composite cruiser-racers of similar size, including the 33m/108ft Inoui and WinWin. "This ...

  17. Royal Ocean Racing Club

    Filip Balcaen, Owner Nilaya Credit: kevinjohnsonphotography.com

  18. 2012 Rolex Volcano Race: Awards for Jethou yacht and Nilaya superyacht

    The fastest boat on the water over Leg Two - Filip Balcaen's 112-foot Supermaxi yacht Nilaya ¬ was awarded a Rolex timepiece after claiming line honours in a time of one day, two hours and five minutes. The two celebrating crews have much in common: both are formed by an enthusiastic owner and a group of friends who have sailed together ...

  19. Bigger than Ben Hur

    The 112ft (34m) sloop Nilaya, with Filip Balcaen at the helm, is designed by Reichel Pugh. This will be Nilaya's fourth Superyacht Challenge Antigua and will be defending their win in the Corsairs Class last year. The 108ft (33m) sloop Win Win designed by Javier Jaudenes is a proven race winner, and will be making its debut at this regatta ...

  20. 65m Aluminium: Project Saturnus

    Saturnus is a 65-metre yacht with a Fast Displacement Hull Form. As a result, she has achieved what was considered impossible when thinking along conventional lines. Fortunately, Heesen does not. In a world where a 5 per cent gain is considered a triumph, this hull is more efficient than any other yet tested.

  21. Filip Balcaen, ooit de tapijtenkoning van België, doet nu in alles

    Filip Balcaen, ooit de tapijtenkoning van België, doet nu in alles. Als ondernemer werd Filip Balcaen groot met tapijten en vinyltegels. Als investeerder gelooft hij in spreiding van de risico's. Geurkaarsen, vastgoed, vuurbestendig glas, accountants ... de Westvlaamse kasteelheer ziet overal kansen. Baltisse, de investeringsmaatschappij van ...

  22. Island Fling cleans up at Swan Euros

    5 WISC, Glynn Williams Swan 45 GBR. Class A. 1 Island Fling, Paul F. Winkelmann Swan 60 GBR. 2 Aqua Equinox, Filip Balcaen Swan 56 BEL. 3 Desperado, Richard Loftus Swan 65 GBR

  23. Yacht Scoring

    Yacht Scoring is a web based regatta management, regatta administration and regatta scoring system that simplifies the task of competitor registration, event management, competitor and media communications while providing results in near-real time to competitors and the World following your event on the internet. ... Filip & Louis Balcaen: City ...