Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

That Riviera touch

Who's aboard the glamorous yacht that glided into Bangor Marina?

Speculation was growing in Bangor last night after a multi-million pound luxury yacht was spotted moored in the marina.

Could it be billionaire Roman Abramovich, trying to escape the controversial maelstrom caused by the news that the colourful Jose Mourinho has just quit as Chelsea boss?

Perhaps it was the Australian media tycoon Rupert Murdoch?

Or maybe it was his fellow countryman and multi-millionaire golf star Greg Norman, aka the Great White Shark?

One woman even called the Belfast Telegraph to suggest that Egyptian tycoon Mohammed Al Fayed was in town to check out a potential site for a new Harrod's store in Belfast.

But, no, no, no - and no.

After all that, it transpired that the Oceanfast-built 54m luxury liner, named Fortunate Sun, had been chartered by a group of wealthy Americans who are touring golf courses in the UK.

A spokesperson for the Coastguard last night confirmed that they had spoken to members of the crew on board the "pretty impressive" yacht.

"We were down there today talking to some of the crew," she said.

" The yacht was originally commissioned for the owner of a large drug company, but it has changed hands and is on charter at the minute.

"We understand that it is currently on loan to some Americans who are doing a tour of golf courses in the UK."

Fortunate Sun was last seen at the harbour in Tobermory Bay on the Isle of Mull, Scotland, according to the website www.yachtspotter.com .

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