Saturday, June 1, 2019


1 June 2019: It doesn't matter if you have a big boat or a little boat, a giant motor yacht, or a huge racing sailboat. Generally, that boat-yacht-dinghy is the apple of your eye and, if you are like most of the boat people we know, the recipient of a lot of love and care. Here's a tale for the books - and a sad one indeed. 

The 130-foot My Song, designed by Reichel / Pugh and built in 2016 by Baltic Yachts, had been known for her glorious looks and race-winning performance. Not long ago she had set the Monohull Record during the 2018 RORC Transatlantic Race, but now she is lost freight in the Atlantic. 

The superyacht fell off a cargo vessel during her transportation from the Caribbean to the Balearics. During Saturday night (May 25) she was lost in the Mediterranean before reaching the Balearics, where she was due to be unloaded in Ibiza ahead of her appearance in the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta on June 4-8 in Porto Cervo, Italy. 

Her owner Pier Luigi Loro Piana had arranged for My Song to take part in the event he hosts, the 2019 Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, where she was a returning winner. Pier Luigi is an heir to the high end clothing company Loro Piana, which was founded in 1924 by his grandfather Pietro.
My Song was a wolf in wolf’s clothing. Her full-carbon hull displacing 105 tons (including the 36-ton lifting keel) was powered by a 56-metre-high Southern Spars rig with North Sails, propelling her to maximum speed of over 30 knots. Now she is road kill.

It is a sad end for the illustrious yacht that was the belle of the ball at the 2017 World Superyacht Awards, awarded the trophy for Best Sailing Yacht of 30-metres to 39.9-metres. With an interior and exterior styled by Nauta Design, she was packed with cutting edge design and technology and served as a comfortable yet feature-filled cruising yacht.
My Song had been declared Boat of the Year at the Italian Sailing Federation’s Sailor of the Year awards, a title she appears now unable to defend.
An Italian billionaire has likened losing his $58m superyacht to having his house burn down.

Last December My Song set a speed record in the RORC Transatlantic Race, completing the 3,000 mile race between Lanzarote and Grenada in an elapsed time of 10 days 5 hrs 47 mins 11 secs, shaving 1hr 19mins 48 secs off the previous monohull record.

Built by Baltic Yachts in Finland and launched in 2016, the state of the art monster is also a "best yacht" winner at the World Superyacht Awards.
Reports have put the superyacht's value at £30M.
The yacht was seen partly submerged and a salvage operation launched while Peters & May, the experienced logistics company in charge of transporting the yacht, confirmed an investigation was under way to determine how the incident happened.

David Holley, chief executive of Peters & May, said in a statement: "The primary assessment is that the yacht's cradle (owned and provided by the yacht, warrantied by the yacht for sea transport and assembled by the yacht's crew) collapsed during the voyage from Palma to Genoa and subsequently resulted in the loss of My Song overboard."

Now that's sad.

Until next time, 
                                          Fair Winds, 
                                             Old Salt

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