The largest private luxury yacht built in Britain has been delivered to the UK's wealthiest woman, and her maiden voyage to the Caribbean is now underway.
On Friday, March 2, the 90 meter motor yacht VAVA II left the Devonport shipyard in Plymouth. The vast 314 foot superyacht – with a reported price tag of £100 million – was commissioned for former Miss UK Kirsty Bertarelli, 40, by her billionaire husband Ernesto Bertarelli, 46.
The Swiss pharmaceutical tycoon – reputedly worth £6.8 billion, making him the 81st richest man in the world and the fifth richest in the UK – had megayacht VAVA II built by Plymouth-based Pendennis Plus (formerly Devonport Yachts).
The Caribbean yacht charter vessel features a fold-down beach club and a pool which can be varied in depth to cater for guest preferences.
Superyacht VAVA II was designed by Redman Whitely Dixon, with interior styling by Remi Tessier. The yacht is built to SOLAS-36 passenger ship standards and will set a new standard in the charter market for 2012 and beyond.
Kirsty Bertarelli (formerly Kirsty Roper) won Miss UK in 1988 when she was 17. She now lives in Switzerland.
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