40m Sunseeker superyacht Jelana runs aground off Corfu in violent storm
by Risa Merl
Bringing strong winds and a large swell, the severe storm wrought havoc on the NAOK Yacht Club Marina near Corfu Town. Jelana was battered by the powerful winds and pushed onto a shallow reef. The Sunseeker yacht ran aground just 20 metres from shore outside the NAOK marina.
Pictures shot by a local photographer show several yachts destroyed by the storm. Jelana fared better than some of the smaller sailing yachts near the marina, which sank when the storm hit the Greek island.
The four guests on board the Sunseeker yacht Jelana that ran aground were all able to make it to shore safely.
As can be seen in the photographs above, floating oil spill booms were deployed around Jelana to prevent pollution from occurring. Local reports state there were no injuries and no marine pollution caused by the storm.
The exact condition of Jelana is yet to be reported. The priority for local authorities was devising a short term plan to move the Sunseeker yacht to a safer location. After four days of being grounded, the yacht was freed from the rocks and able to be towed.
The 40.05 metre LOA Sunseeker yacht Jelana was launched by the British builder in 2011. Hull No. 3 of Sunseeker’s 40M series, she is designed and engineered in-house by Sunseeker International. Jelana can cruise at a speed of 19 knots with a range of 1,500 nautical miles powered by twin MTU 12V 4000 M93 engines. The semi-displacement hull yacht is constructed entirely in GRP, and she accommodates 12 guests.
Photographs by Nikos Stratigos