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Viktor Rashnikov’s Victory in Auckland
One of the biggest and most luxurious super yachts in the world docked in Auckland recently after travelling to New Zealand from Fiji. The Ocean Victory is a 140 metre yacht that belongs to the Russian oligarch Viktor Rashnikov. Treacherous weather conditions prevented the luxurious ship from arriving as planned at the Viaduct Harbour in Auckland, and it had to make an unscheduled stop at a quiet bay off Whangaparaoa Peninsula. Although it was too large to fit inside the nearby Gulf Harbour the ship could luckily eventually be accommodated at Silo Park Wharf at Auckland Harbour.
Big and beautiful
The world’s ninth biggest super yacht, the Ocean Victory is not just enormous, it is luxurious and exquisitely furnished. Seven decks stretching over 200 square metres are made of top quality teak. The lavish ship boasts every extravagant amenity including a helicopter landing pad, a movie theatre, a beach club, a spa, a gym – and also as many as six swimming pools.
Even though the Ocean Victory was biggest yacht to be constructed in Italy, it was done so under a veil of secrecy. According to the boat builders, the Russian owner demanded absolute confidentiality. Not many people have seen the inside of the elegantly appointed yacht, so it was a real treat for one privileged man during the Ocean Victory’s two month stay in Auckland. A Blenheim aviation engineer was fortunate enough to visit the yacht to work on Rashnikov’s helicopter. The fortunate fellow got a sneak peak at the yacht, which is usually held off-limits to visitors. According to the engineer the Ocean Victory is, ‘…bigger and better than anything you would see in the movies.’
The Ocean Victory’s owner Viktor Rashnikov is a steel and iron magnate and politician who reportedly has a net worth of over US$7 billion. It was not known whether the billionaire was on board when the yacht visited Auckland.