It’s been reported that “hundreds” of yachts have been destroyed by the catastrophic storms in Italy, especially in the country’s Liguria region – a popular spot for superyachts throughout the Med season.
The unusually powerful weather has led to 11 fatalities and is believed to have caused millions of euros of damage to coastal regions and property. Porto Carlo Riva in Rapallo, a marina which can host yachts up to 50 metres (164 feet) along the Italian Riviera, was hit particularly hard by 10-metre-plus waves.
The severe damage is reported to have been partly due to the destruction of the breakwater, reinforced in 2000 after a similarly strong storm, which was supposed to protect the tourist port. This let violent seas into the main marina and damaged or destroyed dozens of vessels – including, according to reports, those belonging to the family of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. Video footage shows the enormity of the situation.
Superyachts damaged or destroyed in Rapallo
Rapallo’s locals claim that of the 390 yachts and superyachts moored in the marina at the time, over half have been damaged or completely destroyed.
The ill-fated vessels, as reported by Superyacht Times, include:
- 37.8-metre (124-foot) Custom Line Suegno
- 1913 sailing yacht Sakara
- 1961 Feadship Eutopia
- 30-metre (98-foot) Benetti motor yacht Darling Boys
- 1975 Ocean 75
- Codecasa 35s Maria Carla
In Genova, along the Italian Riviera, 92-metre (302-foot) motor yacht Queen Miri (formerly Delma) and 52-metre (171-foot) motor yacht Harmony (formerly Toinie) collided after breaking free from their lines. Much of Venice is also submerged after rising flood waters.
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