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Yachts attending the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

11 December 2021• Written by Holly Overton


Motor Yacht


Austal Ships ·  69.1 m ·  2003
Motor Yacht


Feadship ·  75.75 m ·  2009

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is back in what is set to be a nail-biting conclusion to the 2021 Formula 1 racing calendar as the championship hangs in the balance. Much like Monaco, the highlight of many a charter calendar, the circuit wraps itself around Yas Marina and will welcome a stellar line-up of superyachts moored stern to the track. Whether you'll be watching trackside or from the comfort of home, keep an eye out for the following yachts in port for the weekend...

Madame Gu

Credit: Feadship

Madame Gu is widely recognised as one of the most beautiful yachts afloat and was spotted pulling into port on Friday. The 99 metre Feadship was delivered in 2013 and, at the time, was the largest yacht ever delivered by the Dutch yard. She even scooped the award for Motor Yacht of the Year at the 2014 World Superyacht Awards for her slender design. Highlights include a helicopter that stows in a garage beneath the foredeck, a spa, disco and an armada of custom tenders. With an Empress Blue hull and ice white superstructure she certainly won't be hard to spot in the heart of Yas Marina. 


Asya started out as a speculative project at the Heesen shipyard in Oss under the name Project Hé. During her construction, she found an owner and the yacht hit the water in 2015 as the second hull in the shipyard’s restyled 47 metre displacement class. After spending this summer in the Mediterranean she has returned to Abu Dhabi in time to watch the spectacle of this year’s title-deciding Grand Prix race. The yacht features exterior lines by Frank Laupman with Heesen’s hallmark pelican bow, while interiors by British design studio Bannenberg & Rowell. Asya joined the market in August 2020 and is currently listed for sale with BlackOrange Yachts and Denison Yachting asking €21,900,000. She is also available for charter with Ocean Independence.


Saluzi is perhaps the easiest to spot in the lineup of yachts attending the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix thanks to her zany pink and blue paint job. The 69 metre superyacht began life as a mini luxury cruise ship named Tia Moana and was converted into a superyacht in 2012. During her conversion, Saluzi’s 37 cabins were transformed into 16 spacious staterooms that can sleep a total of 32 guests, with the addition of two Jacuzzis, sun pads, teak decking and a splash of paint to her hull and superstructure. Today, she is a popular charter yacht and one of just a few based in Asia during the winter. Her interior is vibrant and colourful, home to a piano bar lounge, karaoke lounge and a spa. She is available to charter with Camper & Nicholsons from $480,000 per week.

Ebony Shine

At 75 metres in length, Ebony Shine will be the second largest superyacht in the Yas Marina complex this weekend. She was built by Dutch shipyard Feadship in 2009 and christened Ocean Victory. Designed with entertainment in mind, highlights include a 12-person cinema, al fresco dining for up to 32 guests, a contraflow swimming pool on the sun deck and a full health club. Her interiors are from the boards of the late Alberto Pinto in collaboration with Italian designer Laura Sessa and her general layout features three lounges and six guest suites. She changed ownership in 2014 and was the largest yacht sold in that year according to BOAT Pro.


Rabdan was the first superyacht built by Australian shipyard SilverYachts. Constructed in aluminium and delivered in 2004, she cruised under the name Silver for five years until she found new ownership in 2009. Now under the stewardship of the Abu Dhabi Royal Family, the 73.3 metre superyacht is no stranger to the Arabian Gulf and can often be spotted yo-yoing between Yas Marina and Dubai. She remains an ultra-private vessel with a slender exterior by Espen Øino and an interior design by Danielo Silvestrin.


The 60 metre Lürssen superyacht Caipirinha has pulled into port after making her way from the Mediterranean where she spent the summer cruising. With exterior design by Espen Øino, she was delivered in 2009 and went on to win Yacht of the Year at the 2010 World Superyacht Awards. Since then, she has cruised under the names Katie Sue, Arkley, 5 Angels before she changed ownership and was renamed Caipirinha. Onboard highlights include a drop-down cinema screen in the main saloon, a library with a  baby grand piano, and accommodation for up to 12 guests.

Ocean Emerald

Credit: Camper & Nicholsons

Ocean Emerald is a striking superyacht designed by British architect Norman Foster. Built by Rodriguez Yachts, she hit the water in 2009 and is instantly recognisable thanks to her futuristic design and dramatic curved superstructure. She can accommodate 12 guests in five suites, including a full-beam master suite, two VIP cabins and two twins, each with an additional Pullman berth. A glass spiral staircase filters light to the lower deck and links all four decks together.

Code 8

Credit: Thierry Ameller

Code 8 is a 50 metre Benetti motor yacht delivered in 1996 and was the first hull in the Italian shipyard's Golden Bay series. Her interiors were designed by Francois Zuretti but a 2016 overhaul saw fresh styling by Adriel Design. Double sliding glass door lead from the aft deck through to the main saloon with a white oak floor and silk carpet greeting guests as they step inside. A secondary lounge on the upper deck houses two large sofas and coffee tables, a games table and a high-top breakfast bar. Code 8 can sleep up to 12 guests and 11 crewmembers. 


Lucien was built by British shipyard Sunseeker and is one of nine Sunseeker 121 models on the water. Unlike her sisterships, she was built with an extended aft cockpit and a large swim platform which adds an additional two metres to her length. Her interior, designed in-house at Sunseeker, features a unique configuration with a private dining room moved to the upper deck allowing for a much larger main saloon.

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