Goddess of the sea breezes into Fremantle
Goddess of the sea breezes into Fremantle

It has hosted some of the world's most powerful people and top celebrities and, at 93m long, was built to impress.

Now the world's biggest sailing yacht, Eos, is docked in Fremantle Harbour after arriving yesterday for routine maintenance.

The $200 million, three-mast Bermuda-rigged schooner, owned by American television executive Barry Diller, will call the C Jetty home for two months before it sails to Asia and the Pacific.

Little is known about the yacht's interior, kept a secret by Mr Diller, but it is believed to boast a glass staircase and panoramic views astern.

Outgoing skipper Lucas Alexander said the vessel, launched in Germany in 2006, had six bedrooms and bathrooms and was like a big, high-end villa.

"I thoroughly enjoy it - the travel, exposure to foreign culture and the view of the great blue out my office window," Capt. Alexander, 35, said. "I have long, unstructured hours and an ever-changing itinerary. We have no set route but travel mainly between the Mediterranean and the Caribbean."

After two months at sea, the born-and-bred Sydney sailor yesterday handed over to new skipper Jerry Reed before flying home to Majorca, Spain, for two months relaxation.

Named after the ancient Greek goddess of the dawn, Eos weighs 1500 tonnes and its three masts rise to 61m. It can accommodate up to 12 guests with a 20-member crew and when sailing, cruises for about 300 miles at 12-14 knots.

Eos docked in Fremantle at the request of SuperYacht Base WA chief Rod Tweddle as part of a push to attract luxury vessels to boost tourism and the economy.

The West Australian

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