Your Dream Sailing Yacht: Concept EGOIST by Philippe Briand

The new concept developed by bespoke Philippe Briand is different from the others recently presented to the yachting world. The main idea of the sailing yacht is simply fantastic: concept EGOIST implies that the owner will have a chance to “simplify their experience on board by having the exclusive use of their yacht”.


Egoist Aft

Sailing yacht EGOIST takes inspiration from a classic Eastern Seaboard sailing yacht, which can also be used to race but with an expert crew of only 2 members.

Having an extensive experience in designing racing yachts, Philippe Briand developed Egoist to be very fast and responsive. Another important idea of the concept is full customisation, to provide total freedom and pure pleasure of have things in the owner’s own way.


Egoist Front

Egoist exterior strip

Egoist exterior strip


Brief Specs

Hull length 30m
Hull beam 6m
Waterline length 25.80m
Draft 4m
Light displacement 45t
Full load displacement 55t

Rig dimensions:
I 35.50m
J 10.72m
P 36.50m-
E 11.95m
LP 11.20m

Sail Areas:
A.Spin. 700mq
Code O 300mq
Blade 180mq
Main 250mq
Upwind Sail area 430mq
Downwind Sail area 950m

Philippe Briand has received 31 international awards, and is currently working on a 28m series yacht, as well as three bespoke yachts from 55, to 90m. Meanwhile, there is a large selection of some stunning yachts by Philippe Briand available for private charters and at Regatta events around the world. Contact you preferred charter broker now for more information.

Bits & Bobs: Motorcycle Racing News Thus Far in 2017

The first week of 2017 has come and gone, and we are a week closer to the MotoGP bikes hitting the track again at Sepang for the first test of the year.

Though little of consequence is happening publicly in the midst of the winter break, there are the first few signs of activity.

So, after the jump is a round-up of the news from last week: most of the things that matter, all in one place.

Triumph to Moto2

Though this has been covered in depth elsewhere, it is worth pointing out the biggest news of recent weeks.

Rumors which emerged at Silverstone, that Triumph would be taking over as official supplier of Moto2 engines, gained further momentum this week, with confirmation that the British manufacturer is to supply a new 765cc triple engine for use in Moto2.

Testing is due to start in 2018, with the new engine to replace the current Honda CBR600RR unit from the start of the 2019 season.

Track talk

The Hungaroring is the latest in a long list of tracks hoping to host a MotoGP race in the near future. The circuit is currently undergoing major upgrades to the pit complex, grandstand and track, with additional run off being created in some corners.

Speaking to the Hungarian TV channel M1, the circuit CEO explained that the changes to the track were to be made in consultation with the FIM, to ensure that it complied with FIM standards for MotoGP. More on the upgrades to the Hungaroring on the Autosport website.

This is not the first time Hungary has aimed to host a MotoGP race. Work had started on the Balatonring in 2008, with the track due to host a round of MotoGP in 2009.

The global financial crisis put an end to that plan, the Spanish construction firm building the track running into financial difficulty, and the Forint, the currency of Hungary, collapsing in value.

The Motorland Aragon circuit initially took over as a temporary replacement for the Balatonring, but soon earned a permanent place on the MotoGP calendar. The Balatonring is now largely abandoned, as you can see from the Google Maps satellite image.

The Hungaroring previously hosted Grand Prix in 1990 and 1992. Mick Doohan won on a Honda in 1990, and Eddie Lawson won on a Cagiva in 1992.

Whether the Hungaroring will actually get a spot on the calendar remains to be seen. The tracks currently on the calendar nearly all have multi-year contracts to stage MotoGP rounds.

In addition, there are at least five or six other circuits lining up to take a spot on the calendar. Dorna has reached agreement to stage a MotoGP round in Finland from 2018 at the Kymiring, some 110 kilometers from the Finnish capital Helsinki.

A new track is being built at Tailem Bend in Australia, which also hopes to secure MotoGP. Work continues on an Indonesian round of MotoGP, though it is still uncertain whether this will take place at an upgraded Sentul or a new circuit to be built at Palembang in South Sumatra.

The Chang International Circuit in Thailand is also angling for a MotoGP round, and is hosting WorldSBK while it waits. Kazakhstan has a circuit ready and hopes to play home to MotoGP.

And expansion in South America also remains a possibility, with a new circuit in Chile, talk of another track in Argentina, and continual rumors of a return to Brazil.

Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta has said that he believes that MotoGP could hold a maximum of 20 rounds each year, but there is a lot of opposition from riders to this, who do not want the series expanded beyond 18 races.

New Partnerships, New Surfaces

There was good news for the Circuit of Wales. The new circuit to be built near Ebbw Vale in South Wales announced a partnership with the leisure firm EXTREME.

The British firm is planning to build an adventure sports park beside the circuit, housing a range of outdoor activities. The park would mountain park trails, a zip wire trail, paintball, a water park, and much more. There would also be restaurants and a hotel.

The circuit is still trying to reach a deal with the Welsh Government over underwriting the project. However, building an adventure park, which would attract visitors all year round, would be a significant contributor to the number of jobs in and around the Circuit of Wales.

Over in France, the Le Mans circuit was resurfaced before the winter break. There had been a lot of complaints about the old surface at the circuit, the track having lost most of its grip, and having a lot of ripples in several places, caused by the cars which also use the circuit.

The new surface was laid in a three-week period, the process being completed last December. The new surface now has just three joints in the asphalt, whereas previously they littered the track.

Galbusera Speaks to the Gazzetta

While everyone has been patiently waiting for the first interview with Jorge Lorenzo for the Spaniard to reveal all about his time at Yamaha, Ducati’s new signing has been very quiet in the media. A sign, perhaps, that Lorenzo’s departure from Yamaha was much more amicable than some had hoped.

If Lorenzo has not been interviewed – other than a few casual remarks to British publication Motorcycle News – others have spoken about him. Valentino Rossi’s crew chief Silvano Galbusera was interviewed by the Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport, the highlights of which were published by the Corse di Moto website.

Galbusera covered several subjects, stating that he expected the atmosphere within Yamaha to be a little more relaxed now that Maverick Viñales had taken the place of Jorge Lorenzo. Galbusera told the Gazzetta that was not sure how strong the Ducati would be with Lorenzo aboard.

“There will be races he will do very well and can win. But fighting for the title will be difficult.” Galbusera believes that Marc Márquez will once again by the most dangerous of Valentino Rossi’s rivals for the title.

Ten Kate Takes Delivery of New Blades

Finally, news of what racing teams really do over the winter. At the start of the new year, the Ten Kate team took delivery of their first shipment of 2017 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblades.

The new bike is more powerful than the machine it replaces, as well as being lighter, and uses revised engine internals aimed at making it more competitive.

Ten Kate are now hard at work turning the road bikes that rolled into their workshops into WorldSBK spec machines ready for Nicky Hayden and Stefan Bradl for the 2017 season.

Photo: © 2016 Tony Goldsmith / – All Rights Reserved

This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.

Victory Motorcycles to be Shut Down

Parent company Polaris Industries to close Victory over next 18 months to focus on Indian and Slingshot

Parent company Polaris Industries to close Victory Motorcycles over next 18 months to focus on Indian Motorcycle and Slingshot.

Winners revealed at the 2017 Motor Boat Awards

See who picked up the prizes at the 2017 Motor Boat Awards ceremony

Motor Boat Awards 2017
The awards ceremony took place on January 9 at Rosewood London

The prestigious annual Motor Boat Awards was celebrated last night at a gala dinner hosted by Motor Boat & Yachting magazine and sponsor Pantaenius Sail and Motor Yacht Insurance.

An audience of over 250 international guests saw the 2017 Motor Boat Awards presented to winning boats in eight categories ranging from Sportsboats and RIBs to 100 foot plus Custom Yachts. A further four boats were highly commended by the judges.

The Awards presentation was hosted by Motor Boat & Yachting’s editor, Hugo Andreae, and deputy editor, Jack Haines. A panel of five highly experienced marine journalists were responsible for sea-trialling all 47 finalists before selecting the winning craft. The international nature of the event was reflected with winners from Scandinavia, Netherlands, Italy and the UK.

The Finnish-designed Axopar 37 won the ‘Sportsboats and RIBs’ category, and was described as: “A boat with dazzling performance, effortless seakeeping and cutting edge style with a choice of deck layouts at a price that never ceases to amaze us.”

From Norway, the Marex 310 took the award for the ‘Sportscruisers up to 45ft’ category. Jack Haines commented: “This boat combines sociable deck spaces with clever detailing and a bright, roomy interior.”

Editor Hugo Andreae presented the award for ‘Sportscruisers over 45ft’ to the British designed and built Princess V58 for “delivering a truly intoxicating mix of style, sophistication and speed with a party boat deck layout”.

The ‘Wheelhouse & Cockpit Cruisers’ award went to the outstanding Boarnstream Elegance 1300. This Dutch built cruiser was said to have a stylish and practical deck design with a cool, clean interior that takes the best of Dutch steel boat building and gives it a modern twist.

The category for the best ‘Passagemakers’ was presented to the Italian built Azimut Magellano 66, a boat that encapsulates everything wanted from a passagemaker: masses of storage space, a safe deck layout and a hull that is comfortable across a wide range of cruising speeds.

The ‘Flybridges up to 55ft’ category was won by the British built Sunseeker Manhattan 52 for its “spectacular interior, rakish looks and strong performance. A boat bristling with inventive design”.

The British boat builder Princess collected a second award for its Princess 75 Motor Yacht in the ‘Flybridges over 55ft’ category. It was described as “a boat that doesn’t put a foot wrong in any department, with a genuinely entertaining driving experience and a top speed of 35 knots”.

Motor Boat &Yachting’s Custom Yacht specialist, Alan Harper, presented the ‘Custom Yachts’ award to the Italian built Riva 76 Perseo, commenting: “This is a yacht that combines exquisite detailing with effortless performance and a near perfect blend of cutting edge features and timeless style.”

This year the ‘Outstanding Service Award’, sponsored by Lombard, was presented to Landau UK. This category is based on direct feedback from Motor Boat & Yachting readers who said the company stood out for its concern for customer needs and its technical knowledge which helped customers enjoy their boating experience to the full.

The final award of the evening was the ‘Judges’ Special Award’, which for the first time went to an entire category of people, the 28,000 RNLI volunteers who deliver a world-class emergency service without cost to the end user or the tax payer for no reward and often at great risk to themselves. Hugo Andreae commented: “The skill, bravery and dedication shown by these volunteers in the most demanding circumstances is truly remarkable.”


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Despres: Time lost in Stage 7 is no disaster

Despres was right behind his two Peugeot squadmates after the rest day, but dropped to 14 minutes off Peterhansel in the La Paz – Uyuni test.
The Frenchman has also slipped behind Toyota Overdrive’s Nani Roma.
“Not so much happened,” said Despres, explaining the time loss. “We were in the off-piste, where apparently the track was better on the right – we were on the left, in the big … Keep reading

MotoGP: Triumph to be Moto2 spec engine supplier in 2019

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British company to replace Honda in 2019, reportedly will use 765cc three-cylinder engines

Triumph Motorcycles has signed an agreement with MotoGP rightsholders Dorna to be the Moto2 spec engine supplier from 2018, reportedly will supply 750cc three-cylinder…

ROX STAR is available for charter at America’s Cup

High performance sailing yacht ROX STAR is taking bookings for charter at America’s Cup in Bermuda in June 2017. Rox Star is a real head turner with glossy black hull and matching black sails and a very stylish interior.

Rox Star Main

Rox Star Main

The famous sporting event America’s Cup is the best opportunity to charter luxury yacht Rox Star, as she features an exceptional sailing performance. Participation in the 35th Cup in the Great Sound of Bermuda will certainly be very thrilling with the best sailors from all over the world competing for the bespoke trophy.

ROX STAR - Sailing

ROX STAR – Sailing

ROX STAR - Foredeck

ROX STAR – Foredeck

Charter guests will have an incredible opportunity to enjoy the sensational race, as there are the best seats reserved for them aboard – there is a large seating and sunbathing area on the foredeck of the yacht. Even interior design is perfect for enjoying the race – the main salon has large windows that provide great vistas. The main salon offers a sumptuous seating and dining area, and a bar.

ROX STAR - Salon view

ROX STAR – Salon view

Rox Star can sleep up to 10 guests in 5 well-appointed staterooms, including a full-beam master suite with marble steam Hammam and skylight that also provides private access to the foredeck above. Moreover, there are four guest cabins, each representing a famous rock star. Each cabin has a double bed and en-suite bathroom.

ROX STAR - Master suite

ROX STAR – Master suite

ROX STAR - By night

ROX STAR – By night

This is a brilliant opportunity to charter Rox Star and participate in one of the greatest sailing events in the world. To secure this yacht or to find out more about private luxury yacht charter please contact your preferred charter broker.

Recharge Wrap-up: Maine, UK owners sue VW over emissions cheat

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Jamie’s 1998 Suzuki Bandit 600 Cafe Racer 

Main specs: Engine, Carb, & Exhaust mods: Hel performance oil cooler. K&N individual pod filters. Dynojet stage 1 custom tuned to stage 3 with #120 main jet, needle set to #3, screw @ 3-3/4. Upgraded stiffer clutch springs. K&N crank case breather. Oil temperature gauge. Design Engineering exhaust wrap. Cafe racer endurance style muffler. Drivetrain, Barkes, & Wheels: Renthal gold SRS R4 chain and front sprocket (OEM -1 tooth). Supersprox Stealth gold dual design rear sprocket (OEM # teeth). Avon Distanzier tyres (front 120/70 – rear 160/60). Hel Performance braided brake lines. EBC sintered HH brake pads. Suspension & Steering: Hyperpro progressive front fork springs. Lowered front forks (to accommodate clip-ons and add to style). Clip-ons w/ Biltwell grips. Harley-sportster front fork gaiters/boots. YSS Z-series monoshock. Cafe racer bar-end mirrors. Electrics: DynaTek ignition coils. Custom leads and NGK-R boots. NGK CR9EIX iridium plugs. Cafe racer speedo and tachometer. AEM electronics wide band O2/lambda sensor (used to tune carb). Battery, ECU, and fuses all hidden under rear of tank . LED dashboard lights embedded in the headlamp. Cafe racer indicators and sleek taillight. Frame and bodywork: Custom subframe and leather seat professionally by Maven Industries. Satin black powder coated frame, fork tubes, swingarm, yolks, and other small parts. Tank stripped back to naked steel, mid-high polish, and waxed (new petcock fitted) . Polished foot peg guards.