The magic of watching Formula 1’s only twilight race event at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit is an experience of power, beauty, and wonder, especially when viewed from the deck of a dockside superyacht. The heady mix of luxury, speed, and strategy under the stars fully embraces the yachting lifestyle for those who have planned well. To preview the yachts this year’s privileged attendees have secured, and to plan ahead for next year, read on.
SilverYachts Silver Fast
One long, gorgeous slip of a superyacht, Silver Fast is 77 meters/252’62” of chic, pampering 12 guests in 8 cabins accommodated by 19 crew. Espen Øino design with Vain Interiors’ impeccable furnishing choices, Silver Fast matches the luxury of the place. Perfect for viewing the Abu Dhabi F1 races, Silver Fast is equipped with stabilizers, deck Jacuzzi, gym, Wi-Fi, and a posh clutch of aft decks for watching the sun set on one of the most iconic settings of the series. Rates begin at €675,000/$650,000 per week and can be arranged through Burgess Yachts.
A majestic 74-meter/242.8-foot yacht built by Nobiskrug, Mogambo was launched in 2012. Interiors by London’s Reymond Langton Design are simple, contemporary, and welcoming, with lots of outdoor deck and entertaining space. Accommodating 12 guests in 6 cabins with 19 crew, Mogambo graciously welcomes a larger crowd of celebratory guests.
Austral Ships Motor Yacht Saluzi.
Boasting a stunning 2014 refit and dramatic graphics of her warhorse namesake, Austral Ships Saluzi offers spacious luxury for 32 guests in 16 cabins served by 32 crew on board her 69-meters-226-feet of indulgence. Tons of toys, spa and massage services, two Jacuzzis, gym, RYA personal watercraft training center, golf driving range, dive center, Yamaha waverunners, windsurfer, kayak, snorkel gear, towables, and two Castoldi jet tenders keep things active by day.
Open air cinema, autoshuffle mahjong table, transformable casino table, satcom, cellular, and WiFi keep evenings buzzing. Luxurious, contemporary interiors and zero speed stabilizers keep everyone comfortable no matter the conditions. Charters begin at $480,000 per week through Burgess Yachts.
A superb yacht charter choice for families and friends, the stylish Italian Benetti Meamina is designed for enjoying the outdoors while pampering guests with gorgeous interiors. Dressed in white with exotic dark wood trim and cabinetry, Meamina carries 12 guests in 6 cabins served by 15 crew. The split level master spreads out in lavish fashion, with a walk-in wardrobe, lounge, relaxation area, and steps up to the semicircular study with spectacular forward-facing views and door to foredeck.
The VIP cabin owns privacy on the bridge deck, with 2 double cabins and 2 twin cabins on the lower deck. A pair of Pascoe jet drive tenders, waverunners, jetski, surfboard, rendezvous scuba and snorkel equipment, with abundant water toys make active use of the gorgeous sea, with an RYA training center for personal watercraft. Elevator, gym, Jacuzzi, karaoke, Xbox, Nintendo, WiFi, Satellite, cellular and VSAT communications add to the extensive list of indoor activities, with a large cinema in the main salon. Oversize swim platform makes morning dips and afternoon dives easy to execute and comfortable to watch. Charter rates begin at $350,000 per week through Burgess Yachts.
Classic Motor Yacht Sherakhan
Presenting an era of grandeur with a distinguished profile, exquisite dining, and a beautiful 2005 refit, this classic 1965 Vuyk en Zonen yacht is the perfect choice for a sophisticated group. Accommodating 26 guests in 13 cabins attended by 19 crew, the handsome furnishings and abundant amenities elevate its status. Exquisite cuisine, extensive and creative kids’ programs, an 18-person Jacuzzi, and a clutch of water toys are all in Sherakhan’s wheelhouse.
Indulge in Finnish sauna, cold plunge, hot Jacuzzi, Swedish, hot stone, and Balinese massage, mani, pedi, and beauty salon spa treatments. Lavishly appointed with silks and velvets, the cabins each have an individual literature theme, from Hemingway and Tolstoy to Jules Verne and Emile Zola, with ready volumes to fit the mood. Waverunners, jetskis, fitness equipment, fishing equipment, and a glass bottom Jacuzzi are all on board. The 69 meters/228 feet of indulgence are at your complete disposal with rates beginning at $385,000 per week when chartering through Burgess Yachts.
Benetti St. David
A traditional 60-meter/198-foot yacht from the Benetti yard, St. David offers six cabins for 12 guests but accommodates up to 200 for race viewing. Alfresco dining deck, fly deck Jacuzzi, lots of sun beds and bars in both the salon and flybridge, St. David is also equipped with abundant diversions in electronics, entertainment, water sports equipment, and a sun deck transformation that changes into a nightclub. St. David charters beginning at €270,000/$318,370 per week.