The Superyacht Aquijo’s docking in the Port of Port Elizabeth will go down in history as its first ever visit to the Nelson Mandela Bay.
Aquijo is a first-class sailing vessel designed to cruise around the world. Owned by Norwegian Kjell Inge Rokke, (who also owns the research vessel REV Ocean, the longest motor yacht in the world at 183m), she measures 86m in length and is the largest high-performance Ketch in the world. Built through a first-time partnership between Oceanco and Vitters and launched in 2014, she is not merely a motoryacht with sails, her twin 90-metre masts carrying identical 1,192-square metre mainsails.
With all up, including code sail, her total sail area leaps to a staggering 5,051 square meters. The enormity of the project resulted in items such as shrouds, winches and jib sheets being custom made. The clean modern interior, designed by Dolker & Voges, was designed to be flexible with multi-purpose spaces and her large windows provide light and a connection to the outdoor spaces providing an all round feel of the ocean.
Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port Manager for the Port of PE, Rajesh Dana, said “The visit of the luxurious superyacht to the Port of Port Elizabeth reinforces the Port’s vision of being a “World Class Smart People’s Port” and promoting the increasing presence of maritime leisure and recreational activities in Nelson Mandela Bay.”
Dana added, “It is indeed an honour to be visited by this charming superyacht ahead of the 2019/20 Cruise Liner Season launch, paving the way for similar yachts to visit our beautiful city and sparking an interest in our residents to visit the port.”
Aquijo spent 2018 in South America, Patagonia and the South Pacific Islands. She later set sail to New Zealand and in the past five months has visited Vanuatu, Solomon Island, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. As she is constantly on the move, she does not have a “home port”. The crew is international, with several South Africans on board. Aquijo is also available for charter worldwide and any interested parties can contact Captain Gerhard Veldsman on Captain@sy-aquijo.com for consideration for charters to remote locations.
After leaving the Bay, she arrived in Cape Town on the 12th October where her masts dominated the V&A Waterfront.