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Motor yacht VAVA II , the 96m (314.96ft) superyacht built by Devonport Yachts (rebranded as Pendennis Plus in 2011) has been delivered and set sail on her maiden voyage on Friday the 2nd of March 2012 from Plymouth Sound to the Caribbean .

Yacht VAVA II by Pendennis Plus

Yacht VAVA II by Pendennis Plus

The mega yacht VAVA II by Pendennis Plus reportedly cost USD 160 million (£100 million) to build and took 200 craftsmen more than two years to complete. The new VAVA II motor yacht is owned by Swiss/Italian pharmaceutical tycoon and billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli and his wife, songwriter and former Miss UK Kirsty Roper. (Kirsty Bertarelli). The 96 meter yacht Vava II reportedly replaces the Bertarelli’s old 47-meter Feadship motor yacht called launched in 1996 called Vava. Ernesto Bertarelli is owner of the ex-America’s Cup team Alinghi, which held the Americas Cup for 3 events.

Pendennis Plus 96 m Yacht VAVA II underway

Pendennis Plus 96 m Yacht VAVA II underway

Measuring 96m (314.96ft) yacht VAVA II is the largest privately owned yacht ever to be built in the UK and is 33rd largest yacht in the world. She is also one of the most technologically advanced and stylish yachts in the world with exterior styling by Redman Whitely Dixon and interior design by Remi Tessier . Some of the yachts special features include a helicopter landing pad, a large fold-down beach club, a variable depth swimming pool, beautifully appointed guest cabins and large tenders stored in large tender garages aft and forward, able to carry guests to shore.

Captain Brendan O’Shannassy commented during the build that: “It is so pleasing to see a yacht that retains the vision of the designers without compromise”.

96m Superyacht VAVA II delivered – the Largest motor yacht built in the UK sets sail for Caribbean on maiden Voyage

96m Superyacht VAVA II delivered – the Largest motor yacht built in the UK sets sail for Caribbean on maiden Voyage

The VAVA II luxury superyacht is the largest ever private motor yacht to be built in the UK, England and Britain. She has been built from steel with an aluminium superstructure and complies with SOLAS codes, able to accommodate 36 guests. She would make a magnificent charter yacht if she was ever put on the charter market.

The VAVA II superyacht (previously known as P55, or project 55) was christened on the 10th September 2011 in Plymouth and she underwent her sea trails in October 2011. She is now travelling via the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean on her maiden voyage.

Please enjoy these photographs of M/Y Vava II by Paul.

Features of superyacht VAVA II (ex Project 55) by Devonport Yachts (rebranded as Pendennis Plus in 2011)

LOA: 96m (314.96ft)

Naval Architects: Devonport Yachts

Exterior Design: Redman Whiteley Dixon

Interior Design: Rémi Tessier

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A superyacht measuring 314 feet long and owned by billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli and his wife, a former Miss U.K., docked in Lake Union Friday.

The VAVA II, reportedly in Seattle to refuel, is the 34th-largest yacht in the world, according to Boat International, a media group that serves the superyacht industry.

VAVA II, the largest privately owned yacht to be built in the United Kingdom, cost $160 million, features a helicopter landing pad, a swimming pool and six decks. It can accommodate 36 guests.

A Washington comparison: The yacht is longer than seven of the 23 Washington State Ferries.

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Bertarelli, 48, is a Swiss/Italian pharmaceutical entrepreneur who inherited the biotech company Serono after his father’s death in 1998.

His net worth is $12.2 billion, according to Forbes. His wife, Kirsty Bertarelli, 42, was crowned Miss U.K. in 1988 and is one of Britain’s richest women, according to the Daily Mail.

VAVA II’s recent ports of call were Honolulu and Port Townsend, according to Marine Traffic, a website that tracks maritime vessels’ locations and travels.

The VAVA II went through the Ballard Locks Friday afternoon without any issues, a Locks official said, though onlookers said it did almost hit the side of the chamber a few times.

Though it dwarfs the sailboats and dinghies often seen on Lake Union, the VAVA II isn’t the largest yacht to dock in Seattle waters. That prize likely goes to The Serene, a $330 million yacht owned by Russian vodka distributor Yuri Scheffler, which was moored in Elliott Bay in August 2013. The Serene is about 124 feet longer than the VAVA II.

It’s unclear how long the VAVA II will be in Seattle.

The yacht has a fuel capacity of 115,043 gallons, which provides a maximum range of 5,000 nautical miles at 14 knots.

According to the Daily Mail, refueling costs the billionaires $400,000.

Pocket change, really.

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WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A $160 million mega yacht has been cruising the Hawaiian Islands this month.

The VAVA II is owned by Swiss/Italian pharmaceutical tycoon and billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli and his wife, songwriter Kirsty Bertarelli.

Bertarelli had the yacht made as a gift for his wife.

How is this for size, the vessel is longer than a football field, equipped with a fold-down beach club, helicopter pad, six decks, swimming pool and can accommodate 36 guests.

The ship took 200 workers more than two years to complete. In 2012, it was reported that it took more than $400,000 to fill the yacht up with fuel.

The mega yacht has been spotted off Kailua-Kona, Lahaina and Waikiki. VAVA II spent last weekend cruising around the island of Maui. As of Friday evening the yacht was heading back to Honolulu.

In case you are wondering, the largest yacht in the world is the Azzam , which was launched in April of 2013 at 590 feet in length. Not much is known about the megayacht and it is rumored to have been built for a member of the royal family of Abu Dhabi. The cost a staggering $605 million.

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Kirsty Bertarelli’s new Megayacht

Kirsty Bertarelli, the richest woman in Britain and her husband Ernesto have bought the biggest motor yacht ever built in the UK, the 315-ft. foot Vava II. The $160 million megayacht, which now ranks as the 33rd largest in the world, was built by Devonport Yachts in Plymouth and boasts luxury interiors, a helicopter landing […]

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Kirsty Bertarelli, the richest woman in Britain and her husband Ernesto have bought the biggest motor yacht ever built in the UK, the 315-ft. foot Vava II.

The $160 million megayacht , which now ranks as the 33rd largest in the world, was built by Devonport Yachts in Plymouth and boasts luxury interiors , a helicopter landing pad, lavish guest cabins and four tenders.

With styling is by Redman Whiteley Dixon and interior design is by Remi Tessier, the vessel can accommodate more than 36 passengers.

The yacht features a fold-down beach club and a pool which can be varied in depth according to guest preferences. They plan to offer it for charter part of the year.

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Did you have a nice little New Year’s holiday? Did you watch the whole of Real Housewives of Salt Lake City in one big gulp? Maybe you drove somewhere new since flying is so complicated these days. Off to a ski resort a few hours north as the interstate flies, hm? Spent a couple precious hours on this earth drying out cold, wet socks from the last run down the mountain, maybe? Well, that all sounds lovely, but unfortunately for mere mortals everywhere, it will never be as lovely as what Leonardo DiCaprio is up to. 

Leonardo DiCaprio! He of the movies fame. You know, Titanic. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. Catch Me If You Can. The Revenant. Most recently, the Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up . This guy, would you believe it, was on a yacht. Of course you believe it. This guy loves yachts . The man simply cannot get enough of them. He is like an oenophile, traversing the lands, grabbing up whatever fermented grapes Dionysus has left us down here. Like, if there is a rare and elegant wine, he’s tried it or wants to try it—but with yachts. 

So this week he’s been chartering Swiss billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli ’s yacht, which is called Vava II, in St. Barts. The Vava II has its own Wikipedia page . It’s reported to cost $150 million and sleep about 50 guests and crew members, and frankly, that’s a lot for a boat! Those things are on water! 

Friend and capo of the fabled Pussy Posse Lukas Haas was there, as was DiCaprio’s girlfriend, 24-year-old Camila Morrone. Per the Daily Mail , they even went shopping with the editor in chief of British Vogue, Edward Enninful, which I imagine is something like shooting hoops with LeBron James.  

Before all the shopping and the lounging on deck chairs with Haas and the strolling around St. Barts, DiCaprio celebrated New Year’s on the island alongside Jeff Bezos and partner Lauren Sanchez, Drake, and yacht owner himself Bertarelli. It is where this historic photo was taken.

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The quiet 37-year-old leader of the Alinghi challenge, Ernesto Bertarelli, has created a syndicate that is an impressive blend of style and substance. Bertarelli made up the word “Alinghi” when he was young. It rolls off the tongue nicely. Alinghi represents “joy, dreams, a certain lightness, but also speed and action,” says Bertarelli. The team’s arresting logo resembles the wakes of circling boats, and its colors, black and red, represent the colors of Switzerland and New Zealand. Bertarelli is the CEO of the Serono Group, one of the world’s largest biotechnology companies, employing 4,500 people in 45 countries and reporting $317 million in net profit in 2001. Alinghi got off to a fast start in this America’s Cups with three quick wins, but weather delays have slowed the momentum event. On the fourth postponed day, ESPN’s Gary Jobson sat down with Bertarelli and Alinghi’s skipper, Russell Coutts (see separate interview). Jobson: Are the continual weather delays frustrating to you and the rest of the crew? Bertarelli: Oh, you know, we are here for racing so of course we prefer to race than to wait around. Jobson: Do you think the race committee could have gotten some races in? Bertarelli: Yesterday between 2 and 4 o’clock, we could have had a good race. The wind went up to ten knots; during the Louis Vuitton we raced any time there was more than seven. There were at least two hours where there was between seven and ten knots of wind. We could have raced yesterday. Jobson: Do you think the race committee should be leaving it up to the competitors whether to race or not? Bertarelli: I don’t think so. If we are ever lucky enough and strong enough to win this cup we will have an independent race committee. Jobson: Is this hard on your crew? You’re up 3 to 0, but is it hard to be just waiting day after day? Does it take away momentum? Bertarelli: Actually its OK. You know the three wins are far enough now that they are behind. The next race we basically start from scratch. We have to win two, they have to win five. That is the deal now. Jobson: How do you keep the momentum up? Bertarelli: Every morning 6:30; gym, weightlifting. Weather briefing at 8:15 and then we have the call we either go out, or not. If we don’t go out then it’s the next day 6:30. Jobson: Do you think the race committee and Team New Zealand are in collusion with each other? Bertarelli: Oh you’ve been in the America’s Cup long enough to know that it’s kind of a tradition and I’m looking forward to change that condition. I think the race committee should be independent. Jobson: Has sailing with Russell Coutts and his team of five lived up to your expectations? Bertarelli: Oh absolutely. Racing with Russell Coutts, Brad Butterworth, Murray Jones, Warwick Fleurry, Simon Daubney, I experienced myself as helmsman and we won the Farr 40 Worlds. Having Simon Daubney and Warwick Fleury trim for you is something else, I mean they basically drive the boat for you. They are the best crew in the world plus now we added Jochen Schumann, which is so different in style, but has integrated this team so beautifully that being in the middle of all that when it happens is the best experience of my life. Jobson: In every interview we’ve done with Russell Coutts, he always mentions Jochen Schumann so he must have a big influence. Bertarelli: Yeah there is a mutual respect there. Obviously everyone was wondering: you bring two big figures of sailing together in the same boat, what’s going to happen? There is a mutual respect and as I said they’re so different that they really work well together. It’s nice often to see Russell turn around and say “Jochen what do you think?” and Jochen launches the debate and Brad follows through and the whole thing comes together and you get the best sailing you can have. Jobson: Would it be better to just get the race going and let the time limit expire? Bertarelli: If the time runs out, it runs out. I think there was a very good question asked by [Warren St. John of] The New York Times the first day, “why don’t you give us some guidelines like you had during the Louis Vuitton?” You have a computer that tells us there’s enough wind. I mean tell us what is it that you are going to be doing? Don’t leave it up to the competitors, it’s not on. Jobson: Do you take pride in the people you have brought to this team? Bertarelli: Yeah, I’m really proud of the team we’ve been able to put together. Even the hard time we’ve had here for being criticized for putting this team together and the people leaving Team New Zealand and so forth. This is history. What we have shown is the quality of the sailing. And I really want to win the America’s Cup. To be remembered as the greatest America’s Cup sailing team ever, and this is what we’re working for. You get the best around and you go and have fun.

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Ernesto Bertarelli: The Team Alinghi mastermind who shook up the America’s Cup

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The Swiss billionaire shook up the America’s Cup with Team Alinghi. Is he tempted to rejoin the ever-more-radical competition? Matthew Sheahan found out

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When Ernesto Bertarelli’s Alinghi (SUI64) crossed the finish line for the final time in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2003, the Swiss 5-0 victory was more than just a decisive new entry in the America’s Cup history books. As the pharmaceuticals billionaire and his teammates hoisted the trophy above their heads, the America’s Cup was on course to change.

Ernesto Bertarelli was already famous in the sailing world for his team’s slick performances – and infamous in New Zealand for having poached the country’s top sailing talent. Four years later, in Valencia, his team defended the 32nd America’s Cup. But this time their win led to change of a different type.

Frustration, acrimony and protracted legal disputes followed in the build up to the 33rd America’s Cup. And when the racing finally got underway in February 2010 in giant multihulls, Alinghi was defeated.

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Since that loss Bertarelli has been out of the Cup and away from the spotlight. Instead, he returned to his own sailing aboard the fast, lightweight multihulls that have been his preferred style of racing for many years.

The Alinghi name continued in the Extreme Sailing Series, then GC32 Tour, and aboard the D35 cat which Bertarelli races on his home patch of Lake Geneva.

Bertarelli is different from many of the super-wealthy owners in the sport. A hands-on, talented and accomplished sailor, he is one of the few who can genuinely hold his own against the pros at a busy, high speed leeward mark rounding.

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When wingmasted cats became the new weapons of choice for the 34th America’s Cup, many speculated that Bertarelli would come back into the Cup. That speculation was reignited when he made a trip to Bermuda in 2017 where he was rumoured to have dined with several of his former friends and foes.

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In a rare and exclusive interview, I spoke to Bertarelli at his home on the edge of Lake Geneva on the eve of the biggest lake race in the world, the Mirabaud Bol d’Or, a race that he has won seven times.

I asked him whether he missed the America’s Cup? “It was hard to get away because I still really love the Cup. It is the pinnacle of our sport and it’s this particular event, which needs to drive our sport forward.

“So it was tough to leave it at a time when I thought we had done some great things. I thought Valencia 2007 had brought sailing to a very good place. It was also difficult to see it then go to a multihull, which is obviously a part of the sport which I also really love. It was tough to see that happen and not participate.

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“Having said that, I had won the Cup twice and by the end of the third campaign I was a little tired of the politics, the work that needed to be done in order to participate and, frankly, some of the characters. I had had enough. And so in that sense it was great to go back to sailing for fun, pure fun.

“I really don’t have any regrets and I think that Alinghi is in a good place. The transition also allowed me to look after some of the younger sailors here in Switzerland, build a team around them and now we have a very strong team. So we are pleased with where we have got to with Alinghi and the story is not over.”

Given his success in the foiling GC32s, where Alinghi’s successes include winning the 2019 world championships and taking the Extreme Sailing Series twice, was he interested in the SailGP circuit ?

“SailGP is interesting. The problem I see is that it’s not really a competitive series. With one owner owning all the boats it doesn’t quite do it for me. It’s a great opportunity for some sailors to sail these types of boats, but I don’t know where it is going to go really.

“I’m a lot more interested in what’s going to happen with the Cup and the new foiling boats that are being designed and built. I really hope that in New Zealand we’re going to have a competitive event.”

Temptation beckons

So how interested was he in getting back into the America’s Cup? “I was tempted,” he admits. “There were quite a few people that wanted to see Alinghi back in the Cup, and that includes sponsors.

“We are a competitive team, we know the game, the multihull and the AC50 class had started to get more settled. I felt that that would be an opportunity to get back into the Cup without reinventing the wheel, yet still with an opportunity to win based on skill rather than on funds and on engineering an innovative breakthrough.

“I think the danger every time you introduce a new class – and this has been a problem since Valencia – is that innovative breakthroughs become a lot more important than sailing skills and teamwork.

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An accomplished sailor, Bertarelli loves the thrill of competition and has always been a hands-on owner. Photo: Christophe Margot

“Research and development requires money, so this becomes the game. You still need people, but you need more engineers than sailors and this tilts the balance a bit too much towards design than on the water performance.

“Even though it’s fascinating to see these boats being created, and hearing and seeing some of the mock-ups and understanding what’s going on, you realise that most of the work is happening indoors. This was not exactly what I was looking for. I really enjoy going sailing.”

This might come as a surprise to some who would argue that the Alinghi team, with its deep pockets and reputation for having a sharp focus on success, was happy with the high spending arms race until it went against them.

Yet, a look back at the style of the campaigns, and the balance between design and sailing prowess, suggests that Bertarelli chose to spend his money on people rather than technology. The 33rd America’s Cup Deed of Gift Match is a good example of this.

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Bertarelli racing his D35 at the Mirabaud Bol d’Or. Photo: Loris von Siebenthal

“The DoG match was a very interesting experience and I have no regrets there, I learned a lot. And one thing I learned was that it’s very hard to compete if the rules are changed. In any Cup cycle you want to understand how the rules are going to be set, but the rules are never set upfront.

“It’s a little bit like walking into a casino. If the odds are too skewed on the side of the house, you’re not going to go back. The DoG match was more about how can we twist the rules to favour us versus the other guy.

“Ultimately our boat was a great boat and the basic structural platform was used in the next Cup. But when the wingsail came in I just said: ‘This is getting out of control. I’m going to have to spend another €30 million for a wingsail and it might not stop there because the rules might change yet again.’

“So we stayed with the conventional sail knowing that the wing was going to be a big element.“

Back to monohulls

Has he ruled out a move to the new AC75 monohulls some day? “I need to see what’s going to happen in New Zealand. Once one boat crosses the line we will know more. We will know who is in charge and who they choose as a Challenger. Every cycle is different.

“But, I like stability because I think ultimately the magic in the America’s Cup is the match. And for a match you need to try to find a ways to bring the teams together.

“In Valencia the magic of the event was that all the boats had their moments because they had a chance to be matched up to a bigger team. Today with the current class, unless you have a massive budget you have no chance.”

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Alinghi winning the America’s Cup as defender in 2007. Photo: Jose Jordan / Getty Images

As an owner who enjoys being an integral part of the team, does he think there is still a place for an owner aboard? “There is space for owners and I’d argue that you need an owner who is involved and understands the platform, understands what’s happening in the team and on the water, and then ultimately makes the right call for the Cup,” Bertarelli comments.

“I don’t think foilers are any different to any other boats. They’ll become safer. People are learning to sail them much better. The first time I sailed a foiler was around the Isle of Wight in 2015 against the British America’s Cup team. We were both on GC32s and we were both struggling. We were wiping out on the waves. It was physically painful.

“Now I sail the GC32 and the teams are very skilled and boats don’t wipe out anymore, at least only once in a while. We foil gybe and foil tack, and what is great is that sailing is more exciting.”

After an intense period in the spotlight of the America’s Cup with all the political arguments and public scrutiny, is he a different person now? “I hope I’ve changed. I think as you mature you learn more about yourself. You are able to take a bit more distance. Maybe I’m more aware of the sort of unnecessary friction that happens. I think I’ve grown to be less affected by it now.

“If I was in the Cup I’d want to make sure that there was not too much of that and accept it as a part of every relationship. So I think I learned to deal with things better.”

Having won sailing’s most prestigious trophy, twice, what drives him to carry on sailing? “It’s not so much the trophies which bring me back to sailing, but because sailing is both a mechanical and a team sport, when things happen at the highest level, I find it fascinating. I think it’s magic.

“Those moments where time stops and you’re in a different place. You’re in complete harmony with your team, your boat and the wind. You make the call and by magic the shift is there. We had that last weekend. We didn’t win, but for about half an hour we sailed perfectly. It’s a fantastic sport for that.”

How Team Alinghi changed the America ’ s Cup

Alinghi’s win in Auckland in 2003 signalled the end of Team New Zealand’s dominant reign. The Swiss victory in the 31st America’s Cup was the first and only time a challenger has won on its first attempt.

The 32nd Cup, as envisioned by Bertarelli and the brains trust at Alinghi, was very different. First, having won on behalf of a club in a country that had no ‘arm of the sea’, Bertarelli put the hosting of the event out to tender. More controversy followed.

Confirming the adage that ‘if you win the Cup, you make the rules,’ the show took root in Valencia, Spain. A new, public-friendly model was rolled out across the entire Valencian venue and the circus grew like never before.

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Celebrating Alinghi’s historic Cup win in 2003. Photo: Dean Purcell / Getty Images

While high fences and security cameras surrounded many bases, Alinghi opened their doors to anyone who fancied a look inside. A free to enter spectator area, a visitor centre with educational exhibits and simulators and a shop reinforced Bertarelli’s plan to turn the America’s Cup inside out.

On the water Bertarelli’s team won again, in the last event for the IACC monohulls in 2007. But negotiations for the next generation of boat for AC33 were derailed as a fierce argument over the validity of the Spanish Challenger of Record.

The Americans took Alinghi’s Société Nautique de Genève to court and won. The 33rd Cup bottomed out, leaving the match to operate under the most basic terms of the Deed of Gift, or DoG match as it is often referred to.

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Russell Coutts and Ernesto Bertarelli celebrate winning the 2003 America’s Cup. Photo: Nick Wilson / Getty Images

With only a few rules the arms race between defender Alinghi and challenger Oracle Racing ramped up as their designs went to the very edge of what was possible. A giant cat and a monster tri emerged.

But despite the mass of speculation these two America’s Cup leviathans triggered, when it came to it the racing in 2010 was an anti-climax. Only two races were required.

Larry Ellison’s Oracle Racing won, with Bertarelli’s former right-hand man Russell Coutts in charge. It was a bitter pill for the Swiss boss to swallow, especially as the event marked the first step for the Cup into a world of high performance catamarans, Bertarelli’s speciality.

Who is Ernesto Bertarelli?

Born in Rome in 1965, Ernesto Bertarelli graduated from Babson College and Harvard Business School, USA, before inheriting Serono from his father in 1995. The Geneva-based pharmaceuticals company was then worth around $100m.

As CEO and deputy chairman he turned the company into a multibillion-dollar biotech company specialising in reproductive health, multiple sclerosis, and metabolism. The company was sold to Germany’s Merck KGaA in 2006 for $13.3bn.

Bertarelli’s parents were both keen sailors and he was introduced to sailing early on. His sister Dona is also a keen racing sailor and owns the 140ft trimaran Spindrift as well as racing a D35 cat on Lake Geneva.

He lives in Gstaad and Geneva with his wife, Kirsty, a former Miss UK and a singer-songwriter, and their three children.

First published in the December 2019 edition of Yachting World.

That’s one big (and expensive) yacht: Vava II visits Boston

The Vava II in Boston Harbor on Monday.

This may be the one and only time that no one can use the joke, “We’re going to need a bigger boat.”

A massive yacht — so big, in fact, that it comfortably fits a helicopter on its upper deck — was spotted floating around Boston Harbor this weekend, and anchored near Peddocks Island .

The superyacht, called the Vava II, is said to be owned by Swiss billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli and his wife, Kirsty , a former Miss United Kingdom title-holder and singer, according to the Daily Mail .

The boat first set sail in 2012 and cost an estimated $150 million to build, according to reports. As of Monday morning, the roughly 315-foot vessel was moored near Long Wharf, not far from the city’s Harbor Walk, according to MarineTraffic.com , which tracks large boats and their travel routes on the open seas via satellite.

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Ernesto Bertarelli’s reason for cozying up to the city’s shoreline (if he is indeed on the yacht, which has not been confirmed) shouldn’t be surprising, even if the size of his boat is enough to make your jaw drop: The biotech entrepreneur apparently has ties to the area.

According to his biography on Bertarelli.com , the sailing enthusiast graduated from Babson College in 1989 , and he earned an MBA at Harvard Business School four years later. He also has a passion for yachts — beyond enjoying them for luxury purposes.

“In 2000, he founded the yachting syndicate Team Alinghi. In 2003, Alinghi won the Louis Vuitton Cup before beating Team New Zealand in Auckland to win the America’s Cup,” according to a profile about the famous graduate on Babson College’s website. “Bertarelli served as navigator aboard Alinghi in 2003 and as an afterguard runner and grinder on the boat in 2007.”

Rick Canale, whose family owns Exotic Flowers, said he prepared a large flower order for the crew on the yacht — though he didn’t speak with its owners or know who the delivery was for.

Canale said it’s not unusual for yacht owners to reach out to his business when they dock in Boston and ask for some fresh flowers to display on-board. This order, however, was a bit different, he said.

“They reached out to me, and when my driver came back [after the delivery] he said, ‘That’s the biggest one I have ever seen,’ ” Canale said, referring to the yacht. “They knew exactly what they needed and knew everything by name — quantities and all that — across the board.”

The Vava II in Boston Harbor.

This isn’t the first time that a massive vessel has turned heads as it arrived to Boston waters for a brief stay.

In 2016, a 288-foot-long superyacht , complete with a basketball hoop on deck, was docked in the city.

At the time, Boston police shared a picture of the boat on Twitter, and said it was owned by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. But the television personality staunchly denied those rumors — many, many times, in fact — by repeatedly saying he had no connection to the vessel.

As the Vava II bobbed around in Boston Harbor over the weekend, people blown away by its mammoth size shared pictures of it online:

View this post on Instagram Not every day you see a $150mm yacht with a fucking helicopter cruising into Boston Harbor. #vava #sail #helicopter #bostonharbor A post shared by Matt (@mjciampa) on Jul 30, 2017 at 4:12pm PDT
One of the yachts moored near Long Wharf has a helicopter on it. And people are doing tai chi on deck. So there's that. pic.twitter.com/IQxMAoBqSq — Eric Fisher (@ericfisher) July 31, 2017

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Leonardo DiCaprio is living it up in Miami, and was seen partying on Wednesday night on a Swedish billionaire’s yacht.

The “Titanic” star was spotted at biotech billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli’s floating bash aboard his $150 million superyacht, Vava II.

A source tells us DiCaprio — who split from Camila Morrone this summer, and has been linked to model Gigi Hadid — was hanging out with posse members Tobey Maguire and Helly Nahmad at the model-heavy bash hosted by his pal and de facto social director Richie Akiva.

We hear the party started after midnight and raged till 5a.m. with guests including Venus and Serena Williams, Jared Leto, art dealer Vito Schnabel, tennis pro Reilly Opelka, venture capitalist Vivi Nevo, diplomat Paolo Zampoli, and the requisite slew of “like one hundred” models.

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One source told us, “There were like a hundred models. I have literally never seen more models in my life, no one was ‘normal’ looking. It was models, models, models.”

Another source tells us, “There was a group of girls that were wearing beaded dresses with nothing underneath at all, no underwear. You could see everything.”

A source tells us DiCaprio was heard chatting with Bertarelli — whose estimated worth is $8.5 billion , and whose family foundation focuses on marine conservation — about “saving the oceans.”

The “Great Gatsby” star has his own foundation and is an environmental activist.

Then again, a report in Fast Company last year stated, “A superyacht with a permanent crew, helicopter pad, submarines, and pools emits about 7,020 tons of CO2 a year, according to our calculations, making it by far the worst asset to own from an environmental standpoint.”

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DiCaprio had previously attended a party on Bertarelli’s yacht over the summer in St. Tropez .

Earlier in the night, DiCaprio attended Sean Penn’s annual event for his Core charity at Soho Beach House, where “The Revenant” star auctioned off an art piece from his private collection.

The bash, which raised $1 million, brought out Diplo, Soleil Moon Frye, hotelier Alan Faena and Rande Gerber, and featured a performance by Wyclef Jean.

The private event took over the entire beach, leaving some Soho House members stuck indoors.

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“There had to be 500 people outside trying to get in,” says a source. “There were so many cops and security on site for the event. It was like Fort Knox.”

DiCaprio has had a busy week: On Tuesday, he was spotted partying with “beautiful women” and friends in the VIP section at a party for Stone Island’s 40th anniversary at Miami’s RC Cola Plant.

Earlier the same day, he was spotted at Art Basel, eyeing edgy art .

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Ernesto Bertarelli, between yachting and biotechnology

By Noah Miller

Published on May 6, 2015

Ernesto Bertarelli was born in Rome on the 22nd of September 1965 as the son of Fabio and Maria Iris Bertarelli. Four years after his birth he had a sister called Dona Bertarelli.

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The father worked for the Serono pharmaceutical company that was developing the hormonal fertility drug called Pergonal. He acquired shares in the company and by the early 1970s he was in control of it, renaming it as Ares-Serono. He decided to change residence in Geneva in 1977 and moved the company as well.

The first test-tube baby would be born with the use of Pergonal a year later and this propelled the company into celebrity, selling shares at the Swiss stock exchange in an initial public offering made in 1987.

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In the meantime Ernesto was studying at the Babson College which he graduated in 1989, after which he went to the Harvard Business School, receiving his MBA in 1993. Three years later he would be appointed as the CEO of Ares-Serono and during the same year the company releases Gonal-F, a synthetic infertility drug replacing Pergonal.

While in a holiday in Italy in 1997, Bertarelli met Kristy Roper, who was Miss UK in 1988 and was currently working as a songwriter, starting a relationship and getting married in 2000. They have three children together and currently live in Gstaad, Switzerland. Kristy is considered the richest woman in Britain after she became Mrs. Bertarelli.

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At this time the father of Ernesto was ill with cancer and thus he gave up leadership to his son. He died in 1998 and the ownership went to Ernesto and Dona who changed the focus of the company from pharmaceuticals to biotechnology and thus made it triple its revenues by 2006.

He described his work at the time thus: “2005 was a year of continued growth and business expansion. Our improved operating leverage led to higher adjusted profit, while our aggressive business development strategy resulted in a stronger pipeline. During 2006, we will maintain our focus on maximizing the potential of our marketed products, the efficiency of our business operations and the advancement of our most promising clinical programs.”

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Aside from the hormones discovered by the company for the treatment of female infertility, they also made improvements to the treatments of multiple sclerosis (Rebif) and growth hormone deficiency (Saizen).

Additional shares were sold to the New York Stock Exchange in 2000 and in September 2006 the 64.5 percent stake in the company held by the Bertarelli family was sold to Merck KgaA in Germany for the sum of $8.6 billion, leading to the creation of the new Merck-Serono company.

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When they gave up leading the company, the brother and sister focused their attention on the newly founded Bertarelli Foundation which is concerned with marine conservation and research of the life sciences in general.

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Another point of interest is the Waypoint Capital group which is a business enterprise for the managers and advisers of their funds and investments among which are included the Kedge Capital investment management firm in Jersey, the Northill Capital asset management business in London and Ares Life Sciences which makes investments in the fields of medical technology, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.

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Ernesto is an avid yachting enthusiast and in 2000 he founded the Team Alinghi yachting syndicate that won the Louis Vuitton Cup in 2003 as well as the America’s Cup. This was the first time a team won the trophy on the first attempt and the cup went to Europe for the first time with this victory. The sailors in the team came from different countries, Bertarelli being the only Swiss in the team and he served as navigator.

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The success of the team led to an award from the French President Jacques Chirac who awarded Bertarelli with the Chevalier de la Legion d’honneur title in 2003. He also received the Cavaliere di Gran Croce title from President of the Italian Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. They defended the title in 2007 when Ernesto was an afterguard runner and grinder, managing to beat Team New Zealand. Another race was organized after many legal disputes in 2010 in Valencia, Spain and with Bertarelli as the primary helmsman they lost the race against the USA 17 challenger.

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In the meantime Ernesto ordered a new yacht from Appledore Shipbuilders which had the Project55 hull and was launched in December 2008 with the name Vava II (his former ship was entitled Vava). Described as the longest, largest and most sophisticated private yacht ever built in Britain, the vessel was worth $100 million and had a length of 96 meters.

Ernesto isn’t the only sailor in the family, since his sister Dona also loves the sport and competed in an international women’s team on Lake Geneva. With a catamaran called Ladycat she won the Bol d’Or Mirabaud race in 2010 and she created the Spindrift sailing team the next year.

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In May 2013 a consortium was formed with Bertarelli as leader, Hansjorg Wyss, University of Geneva and Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne which bought the Merck Serono site in Geneva and created the Campus Biotech which wants to be a center of “excellence in the fields of healthcare, biotechnology and life sciences.” The campus became the core of a new neuroscience valley in Switzerland that held researches in the Human Brain Project and the Blue Brain Project.

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Between his sailing passion, his work at Waypoint Capital and his family life he is concerned about philanthropic endeavors, although his sister is the one mainly in charge with their foundation. The foundation merged in the FABER foundation and then a new Bertarelli Foundation was created to focus on the fields of charity, health, sciences, sport or culture with important projects being developed such as the sponsoring of the Center for Neuroprosthetics, the creation of the largest marine reserve in Chagos with the aid of the British government, the Swiss Sailing Grants and the Henna Pre-School in South Africa.

For his interest in sea life Bertarelli was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Marine Sciences in 2013 from the Plymouth University. Today his net worth is estimated at $8.8 billion according to Forbes and doesn’t have plans to stop since “it is clear we cannot stand still” as he put it.

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About Noah Miller

Noah is a professional journalist who has been specializing in the jewelry and watches industry since the early 2010s. He’s been contributing to Luxatic for more than eight years now, and he's also a contributor to well known publications like GQ, Esquire or Town & Country, and many watch and jewelry blogs. Learn more about Luxatic's Editorial Process .

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Elektrostal Localisation : Country Russia , Oblast Moscow Oblast . Available Information : Geographical coordinates , Population, Altitude, Area, Weather and Hotel . Nearby cities and villages : Noginsk , Pavlovsky Posad and Staraya Kupavna .

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Elektrostal Demography

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Elektrostal Population157,409 inhabitants
Elektrostal Population Density3,179.3 /km² (8,234.4 /sq mi)

Elektrostal Geography

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Elektrostal Geographical coordinatesLatitude: , Longitude:
55° 48′ 0″ North, 38° 27′ 0″ East
Elektrostal Area4,951 hectares
49.51 km² (19.12 sq mi)
Elektrostal Altitude164 m (538 ft)
Elektrostal ClimateHumid continental climate (Köppen climate classification: Dfb)

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Elektrostal Sunrise and sunset

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DaySunrise and sunsetTwilightNautical twilightAstronomical twilight
8 June02:43 - 11:25 - 20:0701:43 - 21:0701:00 - 01:00 01:00 - 01:00
9 June02:42 - 11:25 - 20:0801:42 - 21:0801:00 - 01:00 01:00 - 01:00
10 June02:42 - 11:25 - 20:0901:41 - 21:0901:00 - 01:00 01:00 - 01:00
11 June02:41 - 11:25 - 20:1001:41 - 21:1001:00 - 01:00 01:00 - 01:00
12 June02:41 - 11:26 - 20:1101:40 - 21:1101:00 - 01:00 01:00 - 01:00
13 June02:40 - 11:26 - 20:1101:40 - 21:1201:00 - 01:00 01:00 - 01:00
14 June02:40 - 11:26 - 20:1201:39 - 21:1301:00 - 01:00 01:00 - 01:00

Elektrostal Hotel

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Located next to Noginskoye Highway in Electrostal, Apelsin Hotel offers comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi. Free parking is available. The elegant rooms are air conditioned and feature a flat-screen satellite TV and fridge...
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Located in the green area Yamskiye Woods, 5 km from Elektrostal city centre, this hotel features a sauna and a restaurant. It offers rooms with a kitchen...
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Ekotel Bogorodsk Hotel is located in a picturesque park near Chernogolovsky Pond. It features an indoor swimming pool and a wellness centre. Free Wi-Fi and private parking are provided...
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Surrounded by 420,000 m² of parkland and overlooking Kovershi Lake, this hotel outside Moscow offers spa and fitness facilities, and a private beach area with volleyball court and loungers...
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Surrounded by green parklands, this hotel in the Moscow region features 2 restaurants, a bowling alley with bar, and several spa and fitness facilities. Moscow Ring Road is 17 km away...
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  1. VAVA II Yacht • Ernesto Bertarelli $150 Million Superyacht

    Her features include a helicopter landing pad. And a large swimming pool. The yacht carries an Airbus H145 helicopter. The helicopter has registration HB-ZVA. An Airbus H145 has a list price of US$ 8.5 million. The yacht's owner is Ernesto Bertarelli. In 2012 Vava II replaced the 'smaller' Vava. We believe that the old Vava is still owned ...

  2. The 96-meter yacht VAVA II in Gibraltar (owned by Ernesto Bertarelli)

    The yacht VAVA II arrived in Gibraltar in early June 2021 for a summer season in the MED.. VAVA was built by Devonport Yachts in 2012. Her owner is billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli, who sold his family's pharmaceutical company SERONO for $13 billion.. The yacht has some innovative features, such as anchor lockers to hide the anchor from view.

  3. Vava II

    30 persons. MY Vava II is the 97-metre superyacht commissioned by Swiss entrepreneur Ernesto Bertarelli in 2007. [1] Built by Devonport Yachts at Plymouth, England, the hull was built by sister shipyard Appledore Shipbuilders, both being owned by Babcock Marine. She was launched on 2 December 2009 and then taken to Devonport for the ...

  4. 96m Superyacht VAVA II delivered

    The new VAVA II motor yacht is owned by Swiss/Italian pharmaceutical tycoon and billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli and his wife, songwriter and former Miss UK Kirsty Roper. (Kirsty Bertarelli). The 96 meter yacht Vava II reportedly replaces the Bertarelli's old 47-meter Feadship motor yacht called launched in 1996 called Vava.

  5. Sighted in Barcelona: "Vava II" the superyacht owned by Ernesto Bertarelli

    The " Vava II ", a 96 metre motor yacht certainly does not go unobserved. We saw it docked in the port of Barcelona . Vava II was built by Devonport in the United Kingdom and launched in 2012. The superyacht's beam is 17.3 metres, its draught is 4.8 metres and it has a tonnage of 3,933 GT. The exterior of the Vava II was curated by RWD ...

  6. $160M superyacht sails into Lake Union

    A superyacht measuring 314 feet long and owned by billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli and his wife, a former Miss U.K., docked in Lake Union Friday. The VAVA II, reportedly in Seattle to refuel ...

  7. Ernesto Bertarelli

    Ernesto Silvio Maurizio Bertarelli (born 22 September 1965) is an Italian-born Swiss billionaire businessman and philanthropist. ... Bertarelli's new yacht, which was completed as Vava II by Devonport Engineering Consortium Ltd at Plymouth in February 2012. Honour Italy ...

  8. Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeff Bezos, Drake ring in NYE on St. Barts yacht

    We hear the night started with a dinner at Akiva's, but then moved to Ernesto Bertarelli's $150 million, 315-foot yacht, Vava II, at around 1:30 a.m.

  9. $160 Million superyacht cruises Hawaiian islands

    A $160 million mega yacht has been cruising the Hawaiian Islands this month. The VAVA II is owned by Swiss/Italian pharmaceutical tycoon and billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli

  10. Kirsty Bertarelli's new Megayacht

    Kirsty Bertarelli, the richest woman in Britain and her husband Ernesto have bought the biggest motor yacht ever built in the UK, the 315-ft. foot Vava II.. The $160 million megayacht, which now ranks as the 33rd largest in the world, was built by Devonport Yachts in Plymouth and boasts luxury interiors, a helicopter landing pad, lavish guest cabins and four tenders.

  11. Just Try to Keep Leonardo DiCaprio Off a Yacht, I Dare You

    So this week he's been chartering Swiss billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli's yacht, which is called Vava II, in St. Barts. The Vava II has its own Wikipedia page. It's reported to cost $150 ...

  12. Interview: Ernesto Bertarelli

    The team's arresting logo resembles the wakes of circling boats, and its colors, black and red, represent the colors of Switzerland and New Zealand. Bertarelli is the CEO of the Serono Group ...

  13. ERNESTO BERTARELLI • Net Worth $9 Billion • House • Yacht

    Ernesto and Kirsty Bertarelli owned a Bombardier Global Express XRS private jet.The jet has registration HB-JII. The private jet has a value of US$ 60 million. Update: in 2021 a brand new Bombardier Global 7500 with registration HB-JIT was delivered to Bertarelli.. Bombardier Global 7500. The Bombardier Global 7500 is a long-range business jet produced by Canadian aircraft manufacturer ...

  14. Ernesto Bertarelli: The Team Alinghi mastermind who shook up the

    Matthew Sheahan found out. When Ernesto Bertarelli's Alinghi (SUI64) crossed the finish line for the final time in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2003, the Swiss 5-0 victory was more than just a ...

  15. That's one big (and expensive) yacht: Vava II visits Boston

    The superyacht, called the Vava II, is said to be owned by Swiss billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli and his wife, Kirsty, a former Miss United Kingdom title-holder and singer, according to the Daily Mail.

  16. Leonardo DiCaprio parties on $150M yacht at Art Basel Miami

    Leonardo DiCaprio and other A-listers attended a party on biotech billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli's $150 million yacht, Vava II, during Art Basel Miami. One source said of the bash, "There were ...

  17. Ernesto Bertarelli, between yachting and biotechnology

    Ernesto Bertarelli was born in Rome on the 22nd of September 1965 as the son of Fabio and Maria Iris Bertarelli. Four years after his birth he had a sister called Dona Bertarelli. ... In the meantime Ernesto ordered a new yacht from Appledore Shipbuilders which had the Project55 hull and was launched in December 2008 with the name Vava II (his ...

  18. Alinghi

    Alinghi founder Ernesto Bertarelli and two-time Olympic champion Hans-Peter Steinacher announced the launch of the new Alinghi Red Bull Racing and presented its logo at the Société Nautique de Genève, the yacht club the team will represent. Red Bull Racing principal Christian Horner also participated live via satellite.

  19. Ernesto Bertarelli: My vision for the Americas Cup

    by Ernesto Bertarelli 7 Dec 2007 15:27 GMT ... In October of this year I went to New York to start a dialogue with the New York Yacht Club to examine what enthusiasm there was to make the event more relevant to today's sporting landscape. The Deed of Gift was, after all, written over 150 years ago at the NYYC and could not anticipate the ...

  20. 15 men brought to military enlistment office after mass brawl ...

    Local security forces brought 15 men to a military enlistment office after a mass brawl at a warehouse of the Russian Wildberries company in Elektrostal, Moscow Oblast on Feb. 8, Russian Telegram ...

  21. Time in Elektrostal, Moscow Oblast, Russia now

    Sunrise, sunset, day length and solar time for Elektrostal. Sunrise: 03:43AM. Sunset: 09:07PM. Day length: 17h 24m. Solar noon: 12:25PM. The current local time in Elektrostal is 25 minutes ahead of apparent solar time.

  22. Elektrostal, Moscow Oblast, Russia

    Elektrostal Geography. Geographic Information regarding City of Elektrostal. Elektrostal Geographical coordinates. Latitude: 55.8, Longitude: 38.45. 55° 48′ 0″ North, 38° 27′ 0″ East. Elektrostal Area. 4,951 hectares. 49.51 km² (19.12 sq mi) Elektrostal Altitude.

  23. Elektrostal

    Elektrostal , lit: Electric and Сталь , lit: Steel) is a city in Moscow Oblast, Russia, located 58 kilometers east of Moscow. Population: 155,196 ; 146,294 ...