Where can someone who is recognised wherever they go get away from it all? A superyacht, of course. Yachts owned by celebrities range in style and size, but one thing that unite these vessels is their owner's love for the sea.
The yachts owned by celebrities
Viva a Vida owned by Tom Brady
NFL superstar Tom Brady took delivery of a 16 metre custom cruiser from Dutch builder Wajer towards the end of 2020 after signing a $50 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Wajer 55S, christened Viva a Vida, sports a baby blue hull and is powered by three 435hp Volvo Penta engines guaranteeing a wild ride with speeds in excess of 40 knots. A walkaround centre console allows guests to make the most of the deck space available with stowage for SeaBobs and other toys concealed beneath the aft stairway. Below deck, the Wajer 55S offers accommodation for four. Other cool features include push-button fenders and an extendable swim platform. The 55S is the souped-up version of its older sibling, the Wajer 55, and comes from the boards of Dutch design studio Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design.
Vendetta owned by Billy Joel
The modern classic commuter yacht Vendetta is just one of the many yachts that Billy Joel has owned. The "Piano Man" is a yacht fanatic, to the extent that he's even a celebrity yacht designer. Designed by Doug Zurn, the 17 metre Vendetta was created to be a true replica of the classic gentleman's commuter launches that were popularised in the 1920s for their quick speed to run down the Long Island Sound and into New York City. True to the intended form of the vessels, Billy Joel told BOAT International that he has used the yacht to run from his home in Long Island to the City to perform in a concert. At one point, Billy Joel owned five yachts, including 29 metre Inace explorer yacht Audacious (re-named Miss Sarah J), which he converted to house a few of his motorcycles. Fresh from a refit, Vendetta has recently joined the brokerage market and is listed for sale with Fraser.
Great White owned by Rafael Nadal
Tennis ace Rafael Nadal is the proud new owner of a Sunreef 80 Power superyacht, which was delivered in June 2020. Nadal commissioned the catamaran after previously chartering a number of Sunreef catamarans and meeting yard founder and president Francis Lapp at the 2018 Cannes Yachting Festival. This is not his first foray into yachting however. Nadal previously owned a Monte Carlo Yachts 76 named Beethoven which he bought in 2016. Nadal has spoken openly about his love of yachting and his decision to invest in a yacht, telling Boat International, "Because I have a yacht, I am able to forget about everything and get away from that tiring stress. I do have a real passion for [superyachts]. It is rare that I see a superyacht from a distance and I don’t know its name. I know them all!"
Venus owned by Steve Jobs' family
Image courtesy of Guillaume Conti and Amandine Conti
Built for the late Apple founder, but sadly not finished before his death, Steve Jobs’ yacht Venus has become as famous as the man himself. Incredibly private, extremely high-tech and covered in glass, the 78 metre Feadship yacht is one of the coolest superyachts for yachtspotters to track. Venus recently underwent a refit in France, revealing more details including her Mac computer-packed bridge and her tender garage hosting a Pascoe tender.
Main owned by Giorgio Armani
Fashion designer Giorgio Armani has recently celebrated 40 years of life at sea and of course the fashion icon has a suitably stylish yacht. Enter the 65 metre Codecasa yacht Main, owned by Giorgio Armani, which has been designed inside and out with input from Armani. The exterior of the yacht is in an unusual dark green colour, which suits the angular, military inspired exterior lines. Inside, the yacht has a muted palette and features wow factors in a spiral staircase, gym, cinema and guest accommodation for 12.
Freedom owned by Roberto Cavalli
Much secrecy surrounded the construction of fashion designer Roberto Cavalli’s yacht until it was delivered in 2018. Built by Italian shipyard Cerri Cantieri Navali, the 27-metre Freedom was designed by Tommaso Spadolini in collaboration with her owner. According to Cavalli, the inspiration for the yacht’s design was the aesthetic of batman’s superhero batmobile. This explains the severe lines, jet black exterior and tinted windows which make up the yacht’s distinctive appearance. on board, Cavalli’s signature animal-print furnishings adorn the cabins and saloons. Freedom can accommodate six guests and three crew members and has two dining areas on board. Powered by three water jet engines, Freedom’s moderate size means that she can reach a top speed of 40 knots.
Seven Seas owned by Steven Spielberg
With such a cinematic name, it's no surprise superyacht Seven Seas is owned by legendary Hollywood director Steven Spielberg. The 86 metre yacht was launched by acclaimed Dutch builder Oceanco in 2010, and Seven Seas has one of the best superyacht pools among other notable amenities. The steel hulled yacht features interior and exterior styling by Italian design house Nuvolari Lenard and was most recently refit at Amico in 2016. She accommodates 12 guests and can reach a maximum speed of 20 knots.
Kando 110 owned by NBA star Tony Parker
In December 2018 Turkish yard AvA Yachts announced that it had sold the second hull in its 35 metre Kando 110 series to NBA star Tony Parker. Due for delivery in 2020, the steel and aluminium full displacement yacht will feature a bulbous bow and has been designed in-house. The 340GT yacht will accommodate 12 guests in six cabins with crew quarters for six including a separate captain’s double cabin. The four-decked yacht will feature a “light, contemporary interior décor” chosen by the basketball star and his wife, who are said to have put the yard through a rigorous selection process before choosing AvA for their new build.
Eos owned by Diane von Furstenburg
Launched by Lürssen in 2006, 93 metre sailing yacht Eos was bought by fashion designer Diane von Furstenburg and her husband IAC Chairman Barry Diller in 2009. The schooner features exterior design by Bill Langan and interior design by Francois Catroux with accommodation for 16 guests and 21 crew. Diller and von Furstenburg often use the yacht to host a star-studded group of friends with Bravo host Andy Cohen the latest celebrity spotted on this superyacht.
Astoria owned by David Gilmour
While rather more sedate and old-fashioned than some of the world's largest superyachts, the 27 metre Astoria has certainly seen its fair share of rock and roll behaviour. Owned by Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, the houseboat was built in 1911 for Fred Karno and designed so a 90-piece orchestra could play on its deck.
Gilmour bought Astoria in 1986 and converted it into a recording studio complete with three cabins, a kitchen, bathroom and large main saloon. Parts of Pink Floyd's last three albums, along with many of Gilmour's solo releases, were recorded on board and the boat is permanently anchored on the River Thames at Hampton in Greater London.