ITALIAN BUILDER ROSSINAVI launched the 49m Aurora at its shipyard in Viareggio in April, having launched the 50m Endeavour II in Pisa earlier in the year.
Nearly 400 guests attended Aurora’s launch ceremony on the pier, where a champagne bottle was smashed over the bow in a traditional christening ceremony.
As the yacht was lowered into the water, 500 balloons – in the Italy flag colours of red, white and green – soared into the air, before guests celebrated with a live band.
Aurora has a top speed of 21 knots and features a spacious, open- concept layout with three large social areas, including a ‘beach salon’. The beach area precedes an open dining space that is both private and exposed to the outdoors.
With exterior design by Fulvio De Simoni and interior by Achille Salvagni, the yacht has multiple expansive windows offering panoramic views, the result of two cuts – like two vents in a sports car – along the bow of the boat.
Aurora’s two owners’ cabins are each equipped with a large balcony, big enough for al fresco dining, while the garage can accommodate two tenders, jet skis and scuba diving equipment.
Enrico Gobbi worked on the exterior design and Achille Salvagni created the interiors of Endeavour II, which was launched in February and has a cruising speed of 12 knots and a top speed of 16.
The launch attracted 300 guests, with the boat displayed on a travel lift with the bow pointing toward the pier. Claudio Rossi, CEO of Rossinavi, and Gabriele Zucconi, Rossinavi’s Master Engineer, gave speeches.
Zucconi said: “Nomen Omen, the name is a presage. It recalls the essence of the first HM Bark Endeavour, the historical British research ship, the peculiarity of what the Rossinavi’s Endeavour II is born for: long cruising.”