Sunday, September 28, 2008

Maltese Falcon enters San Francisco

Photo by Erik Simonson:
The Maltese Falcon, the biggest privately owned yacht in the world, sailed into the San Francisco bay on Saturday. Considered the most technologically advanced yacht in the world, the 289-foot ship arrived as the tide was low enough to allow its 191-foot masts to clear the bridge by a mere 20 feet. The ship is owned by Belvedere billionaire, Tom Perkins.

Its arrival is part of a gala fundraiser in Tiburon for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Fundraising events include a dinner on October 4, with guest speaker Rupert Murdoch, and the Leukemia Cup Regatta on October 5, when 100 other ships will join the Maltese Falcon.

The super yacht boasts a 3-deck atrium with a circular staircase with clear glass floors, 5 staterooms, a passenger cabin, as well as a dining room and art studios. It will be anchored off of Belvedere.

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