Super Yacht “A” Arrives in Coral Bay

Over the past few weeks I’ve seen in the online-news that the Russian billionaire Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko was sailing around Cyprus coastline in his luxury super sailing yacht named  “A”.  I was so desperate to see it but I was always in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Well this morning we woke up to the yacht being docked in Coral Bay.  Quickly getting dressed and grabbing the camera and phone Phill and I jumped in the car and shot off to Coral Bay Beach and Corralia Beach to take photographs of this magnificent vessel.

At 468ft in length (length of 1 ½ football pitches), with ship masts nearing 300ft high(taller than Big Ben), ‘Sailing Yacht A’ is the world’s biggest sailing ship.  Cruise speed is 18mph, with a top speed of 24mph. The hull is made of steel, with a teak-finish deck. The ship is said to have cost the Russian Billionaire £360 million to build.

Interesting things about this sailing yacht:-

  1. Her three masts tower up to 328 feet (100 metres) above the water level, with a crow’s nest at 60 meters, there are 24 shell doors in the hull
  2. It took 4 years to build
  3. A helicopter pad can be found on one of the eight decks
  4. The length of the ship is 468ft –  the length of 13 London Buses.  It incorporates carbon fibre to keep the super vessel’s weight down
  5. She has 8 decks and features a 1 ft thick glass underwater observation area, located in the keel
  6. She accommodates 20 guests and a crew of 54
  7. Her decks are connected by several elevators and sailing yacht A will carry a submarine. Her total sail area will be more than 40.000 sq.ft, or more than 3,700m2.
  8. Bomb proof glass and 40 security cameras

The boats below sailing out from Coral Bay Beach are heading to the super yacht where the boats are docked within the actual yacht.  How amazing is that !! It can hold a submarine and 4 vehicles/boats!!

And even better the weather is still amazing here in Coral Bay – temperatures in the region of 24 degrees today and lots of people on the beach, sunbathing or taking a stroll and why not with these spectacular views today.

All Photographs by Fionna Morley

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Could it be a Coptic Storm

I think we could be experiencing our first Coptic Storm of the season although from reading the calendar detailing Coptic Storms in Cyprus we seem to be a bit early as it isn’t due until 26th November and yesterday saw the start of this one which was the 13th November – the calendar, I’ve been told is accurate to 2/3 days so not sure about this one.  Perhaps I could be wrong…..it’s not unheard of you know!! 

Anyway yesterday saw a very still sunny morning where not even a blade of grass or flower moved  in the morning sun turn into the windiest day every 2 seconds later – from leaving the chair outside to getting upstairs there was a gale and the garden furniture blew over with a very loud bang and the chair cushions ended up floating in the pool.  I quickly ran downstairs to drag the cushions out of the pool before they got a chance to sink and then moved all the furniture into a corner to avoid being blown back towards the pool.

Although the umbrellas weren’t up 2 of them are in shreds in some places where the wind has been so bad.  Lilo’s, balls and a few other inflatable items blew from one side of the garden into the pool and then out the other side.  I was amazed at the sheer strength of the wind.

Today there is no wind and the only evidence now is the number of leaves that have been blown of trees and bushes which have gathered in corners and in pools.  However, there is a haze over the sun today and the visibility is really poor.  Can’t see the sea from the balcony.  Take a look at the difference below:-

Believe it or not it is still sunny although the sky doesn’t look blue – all strange.

Screen Shot 2017-11-14 at 1.50.42 PMNow if I am right we are on Coptic Storm El Micness – maybe someone else can tell me if I’m right on this one or did we just go through a windy day and we aren’t on the 2nd day of a Coptic Storm – who knows!!

If you want to find out more about the Coptic Storms in Cyprus why not read my blog from earlier this year.

 

 

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