05 July 2010

The Super Yacht Party - Phocea


Photographing a sailing yacht that is 246 feet long whilst she is wedged between other boats is impossible - at least it was for me - so this is the best I could do but do please click on the link to see the beauty of this wonderful sailing yacht at sea.

The Phocea was the host ship for the Super Yacht Party. She was built at the Toulon Naval Dockyard in 1976 for the well-reputed, single-handed yachtsman Alain Colas. Shortly after competing in the Observer Single Handed Transatlantic Race she was converted into the charter yacht Club Mediterrannee, and then in July 1997, she was purchased by her current owner, Lebanese Mouna Ayoub, ex-wife of Nasser Al-Rashid who owns the Lady Moura, one of the largest yachts in the harbour of Monaco. He partly paid for the $17 million refit of the Phocea, when he sold 'The Mouna', a 112 carat (22.4 g) record-breaking diamond.

The Phocea began her transformation into a luxury sailing yacht at Lurssen. Whilst retaining her unmistakable identity, she has undergone major interior and exterior upgrading. Her opulent interior includes some exquisite David Linley furniture. The Owner's suite, commanding fine views, is situated on the main deck whilst the VIP guest cabin and four other double cabins, all with full ensuite facilities, are located on the lower deck.

Phocea crashed into rocks off Sardinia in August 2005 while Prince and Princess Michael of Kent were aboard. Three people were seriously injured. The yacht was damaged below the waterline.

9 comments:

joanny said...

Stunning ship, beautiful sailing sky.

Joanny

joan said...

This ship is amazing. Any chance we could sneak on board?

Jilly said...

She's probably left port now, Joan and in any case the invitations were to other super yacht owners and unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately!) I'm not one of them! A google search should reveal the interiors.

Ola said...

great-this is the right word!

Chuckeroon said...

....so, a near miss recorded for Princeess Pushy. The Med can be very nasty when the seasonal storms blow up, as we read in the Bible and the Greek legends. It's not always sweet blue heaven.

Sharon said...

What an amazing (and costly) yacht! It has an interesting history too!

Bob Crowe said...

Wretched excess. Things like this, taken to their conclusion, cause revolutions or socialist political parties.

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Great looking boat and it's so clean. All too often white boats have that dirty grey tinge to them, but not this little beauty. They're not after new crew members by any chance?
Cheers,
Melbourne Daily Photo

Leif Hagen said...

Just breath-taking! What a palace on the water! Nice snaps of it, Jilly!

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