June 29 2011
When it comes to boats, aesthetics are crucial, and Anouska Hempel is proof of this. Her Beluga (pictured), a 28m traditional Turkish gulet, sleeps seven and is available to charter for the first time via Dalmatian Destinations (www.dalmatiandestinations.com; from €40,000 per week) in Croatia and Montenegro. This mahogany, black-sailed beauty has best bone china, Frette linen sheets and an enamel bathtub.
Also in the Adriatic as of August 30 is the Lady Britt, to charter through Edmiston (www.edmistoncompany.com; from €445,000 per week). Laden with artwork by Picasso and Chagall – and with a Raymond Blanc protégé in the galley and an alfresco cinema layered onto all the Dutch technical prowess – she is, according to Feadship head honcho Henk de Vries, the finest yacht the yard has built.
And then there’s Leonardo Ferragamo, owner of Nautor (www.nautorswan.com), maker of the famous Swan yacht. In Capri a couple of weeks ago, some of Ferragamo’s beloved racers competed in the inaugural 400-nautical mile Rolex Volcano Race from Gaeta to Stromboli. On September 5, expect the flock to decamp to Porto Cervo in Sardinia for the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup (www.rolex.com), a week-long regatta attracting to the Costa Smeralda a sizeable fleet of the biggest, fastest, most technologically advanced yachts.