Constructed by the German shipyard Peene-Werft in 1992, the popular charter superyachtLeander Ghas been sold. Her original owner was Vice Admiral Sir Donald Gosling KCVO RNR, a member of Britain’s Royal Yacht Squadron, and was often used by the British Royal Family, notably Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip on a tour of Britain, as well as Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall in the Caribbean.
Following an enquiry from a private individual, Sir Donald has agreed to pass onLeander Gto new ownership. In regards to her new ownership, she will retain the same name and will maintain her distinguished blue hull. Furthermore, Captain Jules Cope MVO who took over from his brother Giles in July 2005 will remain in command along with his crew. Undoubtedly many prospective charter clients will be sorely disappointed that she will no longer be available for charter for the foreseeable future.
Leander Gfeatures naval architecture and exterior design by Kusch Yachts, whilst her interior was undertaken in a joint venture by Pauline Nunns Associates, Katalin Landon and Heinz Vollers. In 1998 she underwent an extensive refit with the Devonport shipyard, in which two of her decks were extended and she was modified to meet the then new MCA rules for yachts over 24 metres.
Sir Donald was represented by Peter Insull of Peter Insull’s Yacht Marketing during the acquisition ofLeander G. Insull also represented Sir Donald in his two previous yachts purchased, and has managed the commercial side of yacht charter in recent years, guided by Georgette Bouradjdi in Peter Insull’s Yacht Charter. Sir Donald is reportedly already on the search for a suitable replacement vessel.