May 7, 2012
Epitomising the exclusivity of southern France’s yacht scene – Charles Simonyi’s superyacht docks at Port of Bregaillon!
Port de Brégaillon
With its deliciously warm climate, laid back atmosphere, twisting streets leading to historical sites, exclusive shops and top-class restaurants, all backed by an emerald mass of densely wooded hillsides, the town of La Seyne sur Mer, sitting comfortably on the Mediterranean coast, is typical of southern France.
Given that the town was fortified and defended by a young Napoleon Bonaparte combined with its prime position of the Med, it is hardly surprising that La Seyne sur Mer became and continues to be one of the most important shipbuilding centres in France.
Its long and lustrous culture of the sea is still very much at the heart of this pleasant southern French town, and its harbour, known as the Port of Bregaillon, remains one of the most picturesque points of the French Riviera.
Like many of the harbours on the Cote d’Azur and throughout the south of France, the harbour of La Seyne sur Mer is a popular spot for rich and elite boat owners to anchor their beautiful, luxury vessels.
Epitomising the intense exclusivity of harbouring one’s yacht in a harbour on the French Riviera, is the fact that Charles Siimonyi, the American-Hungarian billionaire and former boss of Microsoft, recently dropped anchor at the Port of Bregaillon in his grand and obscenely luxurious superyacht.
Simonyi’s yacht, known as the ‘Skat’, is one of the largest boats of its kind in the world, which, standing an immense 70 metres has a total of 20 staff on board. What is said to be the billionaire’s ‘pride and joy’, was built by Lurssen yacht architects, and, being so huge, is often mistaken as being a military vessel.
The Skat was the biggest known yacht to have ever docked at the small Port of Bregaillon, which has recently been renovated.
The former Microsoft’s stay at La Seyne sur Mer was short and sweet though, as no sooner has his super yacht had pulled up there to sort out some technical problems, it reportedly took off again, believed to be heading back to the Caribbean.