The V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, is currently playing host to the largest single mast yacht ever built. In the past the V&A has hosted Larry Ellison’s motor yacht Rising Sun and Paul Allen’s motor yachts Octopus and Tatoosh but this sailing yacht M5 is truly magnificent as her mast can be seen for miles towering above the V&A attracting all to go and see her astonishing lines.
Yacht M5 (ex Mirabella V) was built by Vosper Thorneycroft, Southampton, Ron Holland design, in 2004 for Joseph Vittoria, former chairman and CEO of Avis, and later bought by Rod Lewis, a Texan Oil and Gas tycoon who is renowned as being the only “Gringo” with drilling rights in Mexico. The sloop rigged yacht was then refurbished in 2014.
The Isle of Man registered yacht is 77.6m in length, 88.5m mast, 14.82m beam, 10.2m draught and 1017 gross tons. The towering carbon fibre mast carries a sail area of 3717 square metres. Apart from the, jacuzzi (on deck), movie theatre, tender garage, swimming platform, dip pool – which doubles up as a parking bay for one of the tenders – and the luxurious full-beam master suite, there are six double cabins, a saloon, dining room, gymnasium and sauna, attended by 15 crew.
Then of course on the stern deck there is the float mounted Carbon Cub aircraft, based on the Piper Cub, and is modernised with light-weight carbon fibre components and a 180 hp engine – just in case you need to nip out for a pint of milk and a newspaper.
M5 and Mr Lewis, I hope that you have enjoyed your stay in Cape Town and wish you a safe and enjoyable passage across the seas to your next destination, and please do come back again soon.