Vela was launched in 1987 at Broward Marine (now Broward Yachts) in Saugatuck, Michigan as La Bonne Vie. She changed owners over the years and was known as Alla for some time before being renamed Vela. She underwent a refit in 2007 and is kept in very good condition today. The all-aluminium yacht reaches a top speed of 15 knots with her two Detroit Diesel engines. Here she is seen in the bay of St Tropez.