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The 96m superyacht Vava II in Cape Town

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Superyacht Vava II in Cape Town, South Africa

The largest yacht to have ever been built in the UK, the 96 metre Devonport superyacht Vava II has arrived in the South African port of Cape Town after making her way across the South Atlantic from Antarctica with a stop in Chile. Launched in 2012 in Plymouth, England, the impressive six deck superyacht is the very last vessel to be constructed by the British shipyard Devonport before the company was acquired by Pendennis. She features naval architecture by Devonport, exterior design by Redman Whiteley Dixon, and sophisticated interiors from the French designer Rémi Tessier.

Her Swiss-Italian owner who as well as being listed as one of the top 100 wealthiest people in the world by Forbes magazine in 2013, is a keen yachtsman and sailor. After founding the professional sailing yacht racing Team Alinghi in 2000, he entered and won the renowned America’s Cup in 2003, bringing the Cup to Europe for the first time. Although details and images of her Tessier designed interiors are scarce, it is known that she accommodates a crew of up to 34. Amongst her many amenities on board are four tenders accommodated for in separate tender garages both aft and forward, as well as a helicopter landing pad and a large swimming pool.

By Charl van Rooy, photo by Shaun Pollock

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