The Washington Redskins are currently 3-1 and in 1st place in the NFC East Division, heading into week 5 of the NFL regular season. What better way for team owner Dan Snyder to celebrate the squad’s early season success than to purchase a 224-foot superyacht?
The Washington Post recently reported Snyder’s recent purchase, Amels motor yacht LADY ANNE, one of the 100 largest yachts in the world. Snyder purchased the Mediterranean yacht charter vessel with a group of investors for approximately the same price that he’ll spend on two-thirds of his Redskins payroll for the year (or, as one sports journalist described it, "…the yacht cost $30 million less than it took to secure the rights to Albert Haynesworth in free agency!").
Motor yacht LADY ANNE was listed for sale at $86 million when it went on the market earlier this year, but sold for considerably less (sources estimate the price at or near $70 million – about one half of the cost to build the vessel).
The yacht was custom-made by Dutch shipbuilders Amels for Jerome Fisher in 2006 and named after his wife. Fisher co-founded the shoe company Nine West and sold his interest to Jones Apparel Group for $885 million in 1999. The couple lived the grand life in Palm Beach until 2008, when, according to the New York Post, they lost $150 million in the Bernie Madoff investment scandal.
The Fishers, who spent last month cruising on the LADY ANNE off the coast of France, did not respond to requests for comment about the sale.
Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charters reports no expense was spared on what is regarded as one of the finest yachts afloat. "The owners were intimately involved in every aspect of the yacht’s design…from period furnishings to modern pieces. The yacht has the unique feel of an early 20th century ocean liner.” The massive yacht boasts vast shaded outdoor areas, together with a large pool and sunbathing space. Indoors, there is a comprehensively-equipped gym, massage area, sauna, and home theater.
Accommodations include 6 beautifully-appointed staterooms, each with ensuite Jacuzzi bathrooms, for a maximum of 12 guests. The master suite is designed as a self-contained apartment with his and her bathrooms featuring rare, pure white Thassos marble, as well as a private study and adjacent VIP cabin.
According to Sheeder, there is no need to be an NFL team owner, or a fan of the Redskins to spend time aboard this yacht. Sheeder teases, "While we might offer a discount to fans of my hometown team, the Miami Dolphins, we will happily charter LADY ANNE to anyone who loves spending private time with their family and friends."
LADY ANNE is available for hire this winter in the Caribbean at a rate of $497,000 per week for year-end (Christmas/New Year’s Eve) charters, and $476,000 per week for all other weeks. The yacht returns to the Mediterranean for the summer of 2012 and is available at a rate of €497,000 per week for July, August, and special events (like the Monaco Grand Prix) and €476,000 per week for all other weeks. Food, drinks, fuel and dockage are extra expenses.
Other yachts built by Amels and available for hire include motor yacht IMAGINE, motor yacht SPIRIT, and motor yacht Bel Abri. For more information, contact Jana Sheeder at 305-720-7245 or 1-800-SAILAWAY (that’s 800-724-5292).
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