The 44-metre Hemisphere, completed at Pendennis in 2011, has been based at Airlie Beach’s Abell Point Marina for a cruise of the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef.
“Everyone at Abell Point has gone out of their way to make sure our stay went smoothly,” says Hemisphere’s captain, Gavin Bladen. “The Whitsundays is Australia’s premier charter ground and offers everything a superyacht needs to keep her guests entertained. From tropical islands, pristine beaches, beautiful and protected anchorages, access to fantastic diving in the Coral Sea, the Great Barrier Reef and the SS Yongala wreck, along with great sportsfishing opportunities and shore-based activities.”
The team behind Abell Point has been working with national legislators to increase superyacht access to the Great Barrier Reef, while the marina itself is undergoing a dredging programme under the direction of new owner Paul Darrouzet. “Abell Point is a great facility for yachts to prepare for trips out into the Whitsundays, or take a little down time for the crew,” he says. Berths stretch to 70 metres, with on-site concierge services, including a dedicated helicopter for transfers, provisioners and crew services.
“We have experienced a huge increase in Australian and international superyachts visiting the marina,” says Luke McCaul, Abell Point Marina marketing and business development manager.
The Whitsundays are home to Whitehaven Beach, Heart Reef, and the Hamilton and Hayman Islands resorts. There’s a private-jet terminal and local airports with connections to international flights via Brisbane to the south and Cairns to the north.
Hemisphere is the world’s biggest sailing catamaran with an interior by Michael Leach Design, and has been cruising globally since launch. You can read more about the yacht here. She charters through Burgess Yachts from $260,000pw.