Some of the world’s largest privately-owned superyachts are docked in London for the start of the 2012 Olympics. A world away in size and grandeur from the vessels accustomed to cruising the River Thames, the yachts have a prime position to enjoy the Games.
London’s Canary Wharf has been transformed to accommodate the superyachts’ glamorous owners. VIPs and celebrities will be stepping onboard next week to enjoy the ultimate Olympic experience.
Co-founder of the Westfield Group, Frank Lowy, owns the 74-metre white superyacht, Ilona which recently arrived at Canary Wharf. Ilona can accommodate up to 16 guests and is crewed by 28. She boasts a cinema, a massage room, gymnasium and helipad, has a red carpet leading to the gangplank and an Australian flag proudly displayed from its stern.
The 126m Octopus is also docked in London at West India Dock and is currently the world’s eighth largest superyacht; owned by Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft. Octopus has a pool on board and two submarines. She also has side hatches at the water line open to form a dock for jet skis.
Superyacht advisory company, MGMT has been preparing for the arrival of the vessels in London for over a year and will be offering the best positioned berths, a 24-hour concierge service and access to all the major Olympic events.
Benjamin Sutton, director of communications at London-based MGMT, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic to see so many of the world’s most glamorous superyachts dropping anchor in the heart of London. With the Olympics starting this week, these magnificent yachts will be another visual spectacular for Londoners this summer.”