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Our B.V.I. Adventure is designed to give our family, friends and any other interested followers a look into the life of two expatriates making their way on the island of Tortola. Tortola is the largest island in the British Virgin Islands.

So, why did we move 2,000 miles away from our home in Knoxville, Tennessee? Michael accepted a position as the director of retail and international sales for a Caribbean clothing brand.



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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Stealth Yacht

This unusual yacht can be seen moving about the British Virgin Islands this week.  I remember seeing it last year.  The stories about the yacht swirled over dinner...  "I heard a Russian billionaire gave the yacht to his super model wife as a wedding present."  "No, I heard they're not married, but he did name the boat after her."  "Yeah, it's just her initial 'e' so no one knows who it is."  There is some truth in all of these tales...

Maybe you already know all about this yacht from reading an article in the Wall Street Journal a few months ago.  Oh, to be reporter Robert Frank on that assignment!

{photo credit: Todd VanSickle, BVI Beacon}

Andrey Melnichenko - the owner of the yacht with the single letter name "A" - is a Russian billionaire.  A few fun facts about the yacht:

- 394 feet long
- 3 pools on board

- A rotating bed in the 2,500+ square foot master suite

- 44 security cameras

- Wallpaper made from stingray hides  (yikes!)

- 35 member crew

- $300 million price tag

And would you believe that Melnichenko is about to have the second largest Russian yacht?  He will be de-throned when Roman Abramovich's 540-foot yacht named Eclipse hits the water soon.  We'll be sure to snap a photo when the Eclipse glides through the Sir Francis Drake Channel!


Anonymous said...

Here was the yacht when it moored in Sausalito - in the San Francisco Bay - link:

There was some drama when the police had to board the boat - drugs or something....

Amelia said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing...