Superyacht sails into Airlie Beach

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The largest superyacht catamaran in the world pulled into Airlie Beach on Monday afternoon, as a final stop on its three week trip along the Australian coast.

Owner of the vessel, Gavin Bladen, said the stop in the Whitsundays was short but sweet.

“Since we’ve cruised through the Whitsundays most of the crew have been exploring the town and restaurants, but I’ll be taking a slightly different vantage point of the area this afternoon with Adrenalin Rush in the passenger seat of their 1940s Tigermoth aircraft,” he said.

Mr Bladen used to call Airlie Beach home when he worked for Pro Dive from 1992-1993.

“It’s great to return and see the changes. I have very fond memories of Airlie and I’ve been looking forward to this stop for a long time,” he said.

“Yes, we’ll be back.”

Luke McCaul of Abell Point Marina was there to oversee the 44metre long Hemisphere docking and departing, and said the superyacht’s visit heralded the beginning of tapping into the superyacht market.

“It brings a lot of attention to have such a high profile vessel in Abell Point,” he said.

“It’s great promotion for the marina and attracts other super yachts to the area as well.

Mr McCaul added that Abell Point Marina was currently undergoing a dredging program under the direction of new owner, Paul Darrouzet, ensuring the marina was able to accommodate superyachts.

“The marina facilities have undergone a revamp and now tick all the boxes a superyacht looks for,” Mr Darrouzet said.

Hemisphere’s three week trip started at Lizard Island where the crew competed in the Black Marlin Classic, before cruising their way down through the Coral Sea to Airlie Beach.

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