Social distancing might be a new and commonly used phrase in our everyday conversations since Covid- 19 came into our lives in March 2020, yet sailors the world over have been doing precisely that for centuries. For where else is better for escaping the crowds than far out to sea on your very own floating haven? Superyacht charters have seen a boom post-lockdown, with the rich and famous jetting off on private planes to enjoy some pampered luxury aboard some of the finest yachts on the seas.
Travel corridors and quarantine sanctions are putting a bit of dampener on travel and holidays this year, with mandatory face masks and social distancing in public areas enforced. At sea however, the stresses of the Covid-19 pandemic can be left on the quay. Celebrities under the glare of the spotlight have long been lured by the privacy offered by yachts, effectively socially distancing themselves from snooping paparazzi and passionate fans. Whether it’s billionaire owners such as Roman Abramovich and his fleet of ever-larger yachts - including the famous and gargantuan 162 metre Eclipse – or passionate charterers such as Beyonce and JayZ who are often spotted jetting off with their children for a sun-drenched yacht holiday, these floating luxury palaces offer everything they could need – space, seclusion and serenity. In this new era of social distancing, boating of all types and sizes is seeing a boom. So, which celebrities are we likely to see on yachts in 2020? Find all Luxury Yachts for Charter or Catamarans for Charter.
Rafael Nadal Cruises the Balearics in Great White
Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal is no newcomer to the yachting world, and has spent many a summer chartering yachts in the Mediterranean. So the delivery of his brand new Sunreef 80 Power superyacht in June 2020 couldn’t have come at a better time for him. The sleek 24-metre catamaran named Great White has been fully designed to suit the ocean-loving sportsman’s tastes, with a simple yet elegant styling, a huge 370 square metres of interior living space, and plenty of room for jet skis and other toys to be tucked away in the garage. Rafa and his wife Maria have been spotted enjoying their new pride and joy off the coast of the Balearics this summer, near his home island of Mallorca.
Conor McGregor Charters The Devocean
MMA and boxing champion Conor McGregor decided to start his newly announced retirement in style by chartering the sublime 36.8 metre Sunseeker yacht The Devocean and forgetting about the woes of 2020. In June of this year he was spotted aboard the distinctive, dark-hulled yacht which features a suite of dreamy amenities including a hot tub, large bar area and a huge dining space for some socially distanced meals with friends – The Devocean can accommodate up to 10 guests.
Tony Parker Awaits his New and Unnamed Kando 110 Yacht
Another sportsman looking to spend more time at sea is NBA star Tony Parker who is awaiting the arrival of his brand new AvA Yachts, 35 metre Kando 10. While we haven’t seen the yacht in all its glory yet, tantalizing images show a bold design with a bulbous bow, steel and aluminium hull and four decks. Inside and the yacht is said to be light and airy, with a contemporary styling, perfect for entertaining guests with plenty of space. So for Tony Parker and the rest of us hotly awaiting its launch in 2020, it’s a case of watch this space.
Sylvester Stallone is a Seasoned Yacht Charterer
The Rocky star has been chartering yachts for decades, and knows better than most how much privacy and seclusion you can find away from the crowded shores. Stallone, along with his wife and daughters, is often spotted along the French Riviera on yachts including 35 metre long Enchantress and more recently in 2019 the 53-metre Feadship Hurricane Run. The family often indulge in sporting activities onboard, from paddleboarding to canoeing, and snap photos of themselves in the on deck Jacuzzis. With social distanced holidays more sought after than ever now, will Sly and his family will be making the most of their yachting experience this year too?
David Geffen Isolates on Rising Sun
At 138 metres long, Rising Sun is one of those superyachts that truly stands out. Originally built for Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and owned by Hollywood billionaire David Geffen since 2010, she is one of the largest yachts in the world and is often spotted in both the Mediterranean and Caribbean. She rang in the New Year in the celebrity hotspot of St Barths, and has hosted high profile politicians and celebrities from Barack Obama to Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bezos to Katy Perry. In April 2020, David Geffen chose to jet off to the Grenadines to isolate aboard Rising Sun, allowing him to sit out the Covid-19 pandemic in style.
The Kardashian’s Enjoy Some Family Time
There are few celebrity lists which don’t include the Kardashian family, and yacht chartering is no exception. The family famously chartered the magnificent 100-metre yacht Tranquility in 2019 to celebrate Kylie Jenner’s 22nd birthday in style. With a full spa equipped with a Turkish bath, massage rooms, steam room and sauna, as well as huge swimming pool, multiple Jacuzzis and spacious staterooms, the yacht is fully equipped for catering to large groups. 2019 saw them cruise the glittering waters of Capri, Italy and while this year might mean a smaller, family affair, the Kardashian’s will no doubt relish the in social distancing offered on board a Mediterranean or Caribbean yacht charter.
Whether you’re considering chartering a boat and enjoying some quiet family time, or joining the likes of Rafael Nadal and buying a boat, Rightboat.com can guide you through every step of the process. Search through our yachts for sale, or get in touch with experienced charter brokers and start planning a trip which suits your budget and family. Get your boat or yacht listed for sale and charter across the world here -> List your boat for Sale or Charter.
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