The $160 Million Superyacht Owned By Britain's Richest Woman Sets Sail For The First Time

vava ii yacht kirsty bertarelli

Update: an earlier version of this story said Bertarelli and her husband were on board the ship. The article has been corrected.

The new $160 million superyacht (£100 million) owned by Kirsty Bertarelli, a songwriter and former Miss UK who recently became the wealthiest woman in Britain, just set sail for its maiden voyage, the Daily Mail reports.

The ship, Vava II, which took 200 craftsmen more than two years to complete, took off from Plymouth Sound Friday for the Caribbean.

Bertarelli and her husband Ernesto, a Swiss pharmaceutical tycoon, were not on board, a source familiar with the matter told us. It’s not currently carrying any passengers.

The vessel is 33rd largest yacht in the world and has a helicopter landing pad, lavish guest cabins and four boats to carry passengers to shore.

It was constructed under a veil of secrecy in Plymouth, referred to only as Project 55, the Daily Mail writes.

It costs nearly $400,000 just to fill the gas tank, according to the Daily Mail.

The Bertarellis are no strangers to the sea. At 96 meters, Vava II replaces their old 47-meter ship, called Vava. And Ernesto, who is the fifth richest man in Britain, has twice won the America’s Cup yacht race.

Together, the pair is worth about $11 billion.

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