The Superyacht Aquijo’s docking in the Port of Port Elizabeth will go down in history as its’ first ever visit to the Nelson Mandela Bay.
Aquijo is a first class sailing vessel designed to cruise around the world. Owned by a European businessman, she measures 86m in length and is the largest high performance yacht in the world. Built through a first time partnership between Oceanco and Vitters, she is not merely a motoryacht with sails, her twin 90-metre masts carrying identical 1,192-square meter mainsails.
With all up, including code sail, her total sail area leaps to a staggering 5,051 square meters. The enormity of the project resulted in items such as shrouds, winches and jib sheets being custom made. The clean modern interior, designed by Dolker & Voges, was designed to be flexible with multi-purpose spaces and her large windows provide light and a connection to the outdoor spaces providing an all round feel of the ocean.
Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port Manager for the Port of PE, Rajesh Dana, said “The visit of the luxurious superyacht to the Port of Port Elizabeth reinforces the Port’s vision of being a “World Class Smart People’s Port” and promoting the increasing presence of maritime leisure and recreational activities in Nelson Mandela Bay.”
Dana added, “It is indeed an honour to be visited by this charming superyatch ahead of the 2019/20 Cruise Liner Season launch, paving the way for similar yachts to visit our beautiful city and sparking an interest in our residents to visit the port.”
Aquijo spent 2018 in South America, Patagonia and the South Pacific Islands. She later set sail to New Zealand and in the past five months has visited Vanuatu, Solomon Island, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.
As she is constantly on the move, she does not have a “home port”. The crew is international, with several South Africans on board. Aquijo is also available for charter worldwide and any interested parties can contact Captain Gerhard Veldsman on Captain@sy-aquijo.com for consideration for charters to remote locations.
After leaving the Bay, she will set sail to Cape Town.
Follow the world’s largest high performance ketch SY Aquijo on her latest adventure to Patagonia. Constructed by two top Dutch yards Oceanco and Vitters. Built light for speed, Aquijo preforms. At 86m in length and driven by her two 92m carbon fibre masts built by Southern Spares, Aquijo has achieved over 20+ knots of boat speed under sail.
The 86 m (282 ft) superyacht Aquijo was launched at the Oceanco yard in Alblasserdam. United States based Tripp Design Naval Architects designed the exterior of Aquijo, with interior design by Dölker + Voges GmbH.
As of June 2018, she is the largest ketch in the world.
She is available as a charter yacht – 550 000 Euros per week in high season.
Her length is 86 m (282 ft), beam is 14.48 m (47.5 ft) and she has a draught of 5.23 m (17.2 ft). The hull is built out of steel while the superstructure is made out of aluminium with teak laid decks. The yacht is Lloyd’s registered, issued by Cayman Islands. She has a sail area of 3,995m².
Owner: Kjell Inge Røkke
Kjell Inge Røkke is a Norwegian billionaire businessman. Røkke launched his business career with the purchase of a 69-foot trawler in the United States in 1982, and gradually built a leading worldwide fisheries business.
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