Two yachts belonging to US billionaires have taken up anchorage in Stornoway harbour over the weekend.
The arrival of Eos and Elysian, both constructed by the veteran luxury shipbuilders Lürssen of Germany, shows growing confidence in international travel, with the return of the super-rich to North Atlantic waters.
The 93-metre yacht Eos was, until 2017, the largest luxury sailing yacht in the world. Built in 2006, she’s a three-masted schooner with a top speed of 16 knots and accommodation for 14 guests and 25 crew.
She’s owned by internet and media billionaire Barry Diller, whose private jet flew into Stornoway airport yesterday (Saturday 21 May) at the same time as Eos was spotted in Stornoway harbour.
Mr Diller, reportedly worth $4.6 billion, built his fortune through broadcasting and movie production companies including Paramount Pictures, which produced films such as Saturday Night Fever and Raiders of the Lost Ark while he was CEO.
He’s now chairman of the online travel giant Expedia, among other companies, and celebrated his 80thbirthday in February. His yacht left Stornoway around 8pm last night, heading for the west coast of Scotland.
In the harbour today (Sunday) is the 66-metre Cayman Islands-registered superyacht Elysian, which crossed the Minch from Portree overnight.
Originally built as Ester III in 2014, she features what her builders call a ‘unique, distinct and masculine external profile’ and has features including a helicopter landing pad above the wheelhouse, a gym and a glass lift.
She’s owned by sports empire billionaire John W Henry, who owns the Boston Globe newspaper, the Boston Red Sox baseball team and, through Fenway Sports Group, a stake in Liverpool FC.
Stornoway airport is expected to operate late tonight for the arrival of private jets and a helicopter bringing passengers to the Elysian.
The pictures show Eos in Stornoway harbour and a Global Express jet at Stornoway airport delivering passengers to the yacht yesterday (Jason Spinks) and details of onboard facilities on both vessels (Lürssen).