Mega yachts battle to anchor

04 Jan 2013

MEGAYACHTS: Chelsea football club owner, Roman Abramovich, found himself battling it out with Quatar’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, for a place to anchor his megayacht off the coast of St Barts this week.

Mr Abramovich who, according to media reports, was visiting the island for his annual New Year’s Eve party, was forced to moor his yacht, Eclipse, alongside Mr Al Thani’s Al Mirqab, in front of the Gustavia harbour on the Caribbean island.  

Built in Germany in 2010, Eclipse measures 557ft, has a maximum speed of 22 knots and is the world’s largest privately owned yacht. She's said to be worth close to £1bn.

Also built in Germany, Al Mirqab measures 436ft and has a maximum speed of20.3 knots. Despite being smaller than Eclipse, she's still one of the world’s largest yachts. She was named the second most beautiful yacht in the world in 2008.

The run in soon turned in to a battle for the title of the most luxurious yacht, with both boasting multple jet skis and other watersports equipment and plenty more boys’ toys.

But, taking the trophy, Eclipse showcased her two swimming pools, several hot tubs, a steam room, two helicopter pads, a dedicated disco hall, a mini-submarine and a missile defence system.

Game over...