The 57.5 metre long Superyacht Twizzle just takes your breath away. It is simply beautiful, graceful, and swims with absolute authority. The design and technology is a tribute to the hundreds of designers, engineers, craftsmen, and fitters that created her in the Royal Huisman Shipyard in Holland. The crew keeps her trim, clean and tidy. It is, in short, a really beautiful sea creature. You can check out her pedigree on www.twizzle.org where they also describe the ship's committment to environmental issues. She has, for example, a yacht carbon offset policy to assure a zero carbon footprint. They fund projects, like a geothermal energy plant in Guatamala, to balance their diesel carbon emmissions.
This sphere image was taken at the Marina Port Sud superyacht wharf in Noumea just after I was aboard talking with the captain about his upcoming cruise through New Caledonia and Vanuatu. We went over his planned voyage using the cruising guides that Freddy and I produce.
Noumea is the capital and vacation centre of the Islands of New Caledonia in the South Pacific. Noumea is a "French" city, but the 91,000 inhabitants are a very mixed cultural group with French, Melanesian, Polynesian, Indonesian, Vietnamese, and lots of mixtures of these. Over 60% of the population of New Caledonia lives in Noumea.Noumea is a peninsula on the southwestern end of Grande Terre and the central business district (Centre Ville) is next to one of the best natural harbours in the South Pacific. The lagoon side of the peninsula has two picturesque bays with white sand beaches and is called Anse Vata and Baie des Citrons. These twin bays are the international tourism capital of New Caledonia with hotels, restaurants and bars on the landward side of "La Promenade".First settled by the French in 1854, Noumea retains close political ties with France. It has excellent schools and public facilities - parks, recreation areas, exercise paths, schools and medical facilities. Today it is the fastest growing city in the South Pacific. There are 23 hotels in Noumea ranging from one to five stars and over 100 Restaurants.