A glamorous 40m super yacht sailed into Dunedin yesterday
bringing its two owners and five crew to see the city's
Captain Chris Wilson is one of ''four Kiwis and one nearly
Kiwi'' who operate the sloop, owned by American businessman
Larry Finch and wife Jan.
''They're very private people who like to look around town,''
Mr Wilson said.
The crew, which included a chef and stewardess, also got an
opportunity, taking turns to see the sights. For Mr Wilson,
Speight's brewery and surfing were high on the list.
The Auckland-built, United Kingdom-designed sloop had come
from Auckland, via Fiordland and Stewart Island.
''It sails really well,'' Mr Wilson said. He said the yacht,
which was Pacific-based and launched in 2005, had a
''traditional'' look inside, directing the Otago Daily Times
to its website which has a gallery of interior pictures
showcasing its ''elegant interior'' lined with walnut
It has been finished with ''unique fossil stone'' from the
owner's home state of Wyoming, and has fluted posts and
As well as a full-height dressing room to port and a
well-equipped office to starboard, it has two guest cabins
with en suites.
The forward crew area includes quarters for six, a crew mess,
separate office and laundry and fully equipped galley.
The yacht will leave in a few days for Akaroa, return to
Auckland to take part in a super yacht regatta next month and
then sail to San Francisco later this year for the America's