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It has been a busy summer so far for yachts in Brodick Bay. But there was increased excitement last weekend when a US$100 million (£760,000) superyacht dwarfed even the largest of the other craft.
The 68m 222ft (68m) Archimedes is owned by American billionare James Simons, who is thought to have been entertaining family and friends on a tour of Scotland.
The yacht arrived from Rhu on Sunday and left early on Tuesday morning heading for Troon.
Built by Feadship in Netherlands at their De Kaag shipyard, she was delivered to her owner in 2008. Archimedes can comfortably accommodate up to 16 guests overnight in eight cabins, comprising a master suite, four double cabins and three twin cabins. She is also capable of carrying up to 18 crew onboard.
The yacht is equipped with an ultra-modern stabilisation system which reduces roll motion effect and results in a smoother more enjoyable cruising experience underway. This luxury yacht is also fitted with ‘at anchor stabilisers’ which work at anchor, increasing on-board comfort when the yacht is stationary, particularly in rough waters.
Other amenities include at anchor stabilizers, a gym, lift, air conditioning, dynamic positioning, swimming platform and a touch-n-go helipad.
James Simons, known as Jim, founded the hedge fund management company Renaissance Technologies in 1982 which has over US$20 billion (£15.5 billion) of assets under management. His net worth is estimated at US$ 15.5 billion (£11.8 billion) and he lives in Long Island, New York.
But Mr Simons is also a very active philanthropist. He founded the Simons Foundation, a charitable organisation which supports projects related to education and health, in addition to scientific research. He also founded Math for America, a non-profit organisation with the mission to significantly improve maths education in public schools.
Meanwhile, there was another first for Brodick Bay when the Waverley paddle steamer had its inaugural berthing at the new second pier last Thursday at the start of her summer sailings from Arran. It now means that the Waverley can berth in Brodick anytime and as is not reliant on using the same pier as the regular ferry.
The superyacht Archimedes dwarfs the other yachts in Brodick Bay. 01_B27bay01
The Waverley docked at the new pier on her first visit. 01_B27bay02
The Waverley now has to reverse away from the new pier. 01_B27bay03