It’s early June in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, and this area of the island is just stretching its limbs from its winter slumber. On the Costa Smeralda, the tourist season is particularly short, running only from now until mid-September, but it’s in these early weeks when the bays are quiet and the scenery is a fresh and luscious green, that the Captain of OHANA advises me it’s best to enjoy Sardinia’s coastline.
With a nearly all-Italian crew, I’m certain the advice I’ve received is accurate, and I board 50m SY OHANA from the dock outside the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda to get a taste of what life is like on board.
Captain Mattia, who has been part of the yacht’s story since her build was commissioned in 2010, welcomes me. Built by Fitzroy Yachts in New Zealand, to a design by Dubois and launched in 2012, this superyacht offers an impressive pedigree and Captain Mattia is proud of her credentials.
“OHANA handles like a small dinghy, it’s amazing for a superyacht. She is a pleasure to sail and her performance is incredible, I’ve had her going at 17 knots and been in total comfort.”
OHANA’s large aft deck leads into a sheltered cockpit area, covered by the flybridge above, and the large dining table here is a popular spot with guests for their evening meal. Steps on the port side lead up to the flybridge and I’m sure this is where I’ll be spending most of my time. Deep cushioned sofas flank the area on both sides and from here you have the best vantage point. The forward section of the flybridge features two helm stations – Captain Mattia calls this his office – and relaxing here whilst the yacht is manoeuvred and sails are raised, really makes you feel more connected with the yacht.
Glass sliding doors connect the cockpit to the interior within, and her décor is light and simple with whitewashed oak, and a stunning glass staircase down to the guest accommodation below makes for quite a centrepiece. OHANA can sleep up to ten guests in her five en-suite cabins and the whitewashed oak is carried through to the suites but enhanced by subtle lighting details and a carefully curated selection of black and white photography. The bathrooms offer a more indulgent feel however and are finished in marble with large, glass-fronted showers.
We cruised from Porto Cervo round to the neighbouring bay of Pevero and Chief Stew Neli Yordanova was happy to tell me more about OHANA’s facilities for charter guests over a coffee in the galley.
“OHANA is all about family and fun, and we encourage guests to relax on the formalities and make themselves at home. We have a great array of water toys including scuba dive equipment, stand up paddle boards, waterskis and wakeboards – which are great fun pulled behind our 12m chase boat, which has a top speed of 42 knots!”
OHANA’s Italian style extends beyond her flag state and Captain, to Chef Leonardo Gancitano, who was keen to share the culinary delights of his native country with me. Although Leonardo offers a varied cuisine on board and is able to cater to any specific dietary need, the flair with which he creates typical Italian dishes with a modern, international twist really is in a league of its own.
When not on charter, OHANA is a regular on the superyacht regatta circuit. As I disembark, preparations are being made for racing at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, which was about to get underway in the beautiful Costa Smeralda archipelago.
OHANA is available for charter with Fraser. Rates from €150,000p/w.
All images courtesy of Fraser Yachts