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Exclusive: the 98m Aviva in action for first time

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Charl van Rooy

Following her launch at the Abeking & Rasmussen shipyard in January this year, the 98-metre superyacht Aviva was put to the test yesterday out on the North Sea. The SYT media team caught her in action for the first time as she sliced through the waters off the German coast during sea trials as captured in these exclusive aerial photos by photographer Tom van Oossanen.

Aviva’s design is the work of design studio Reymond Langton, who also designed her owner’s smaller, 68-metre, yacht by the same name that was launched back in 2007. The team worked with Toby Silverton on the exterior of the yacht.

Her gigantic interior spaces are described by the yard as ‘mystical’. The layout was designed to incorporate a full-sized paddle tennis court that measures an impressive 20 metres x 10 metres x 6 metres.

The effects of her efficient hull shape, said to reduce drag by up to 20%, is clearly visible in these images as she powered through the calm waters off Wilhelmshaven driven by her hybrid propulsion system that allows for a top speed of 11 knots without the use of her main engines.

With outfitting on board virtually complete, Aviva is expected to be handed over to her owner upon successful completion of her sea trials.

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