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Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion

There’s been a buzz in Bristol harbor this week, with the surprise arrival of the 68m superyacht Archimedes, named after the most-famous mathematician and inventor in ancient Greece.

Quite a surprise for local residents who spotted her glossy (and ice-strengthened to withstand any weather conditions!) Corinthian blue hull gliding up the 10k river Avon last Sunday.

The towering yacht reported to be worth £75million and weighing in at 1,100 tonnes has been sitting in stark contrast to the city’s docks.  With crowds gathering ever since she docked, some angry at the extravagance it represents, bearing placards in protest and some in awe of its beauty.

Owned by 80-year-old US billionaire, philanthropist, and supporter of young people’s health and education research funds, James Simons is estimated to be worth £16billion and is the founder of New York City-based hedge fund firm Renaissance Technologies.  Described by the FT as the “world’s smartest billionaire.”

Archimedes boasts over 8 cabins, including a master suite, 4 double cabins, and 3 twin cabins; making her the ideal vessel to comfortably cater for 16 guests and crewed by a team of 18. With interior and exterior design created by Southampton based John Munford Designs, Archimedes features a high-tech stabilization system to reduce roll motion for smoother cruising and ‘at anchor stabilisers’ for when the yacht is at anchor for the continued comfort of passengers and crew.

In contrast to Bristol’s waters, the yacht was designed to cruise worldwide and endure not only the harshest elements but enable its passengers to enjoy amazing views, with a number of exterior areas to suit al fresco dining.

Bathrooms and en-suite staterooms continue the Greek theme, with Greek-inspired décor, the ultimate showcase of artisan mosaic marble floors.

Archimedes turned around in the 100m wide harbour between the Arnolfini, the M Shed and the Amphitheatre and headed back out to the lock gates in the early hours of Thursday morning (August 9th) with navigational help from Bristol Pilots and the Harbour Masters Office, making its quiet journey back up the River Avon and on to the next adventure.

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