Mystery superyacht slips in to Mackay Harbour
THE magnificent superyacht Rochade crept quietly into Mackay's marina on Thursday afternoon.
According to tight-lipped crew members, bound by an iron-clad confidentiality agreement, the owners of the 47.5m custom-built Delta Marine vessel were not on board.
First mate Alex, who preferred not to supply his last name, said there were nine crew members on board the superyacht including himself, the captain, a chef, deckhands, an engineer and stewardesses.
Alex said Mackay was not on the official itinerary but the ship had been forced to moor for a couple of days due to bad weather at sea.
The superyacht's ultimate destination was Brisbane, where the crew was planning to meet the vessel's owners.
Built in 2011, the Rochade is one of the finest yachts at sea. The exterior is breathtaking and its interior is apparently luxurious.
The vessel houses 10 guests in an astonishing five suites and also has room for 10 crew members. There is space on board for informal and formal dining, an alfresco bar area and a top deck hot tub.
While it is quite difficult to point to the owner of the superyacht, an online database of the world's biggest yachts, superyachtfan.com, suggests the owners are Rob and Richard Sands, of Constellation Brands.
Constellation Brands is a Fortune 500 company producing and marketing more than 100 brands of wine, beer and spirits. Its annual revenue for 2018 was $6.028 billion USD.