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The united colours of Docklands

03 May 2011

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Docklanders have been intrigued by the 50m super-yacht Tribu which arrived at Central Pier before the March Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Tribu was built in 2007 by Italian fashion billionaire Luciano Benetton and is special in the super-yacht world by being the first such vessel to be built to environmental green star standards.

As well as impeccable eco-credentials, Tribu is also notable for its robust and practical design.  She has been compared to a navy frigate or, as Mr Benetton is quoted as putting, a Land Rover of the seas. But, of course, on the inside, Tribu is sheer luxury.

Italian magazine Yacht & Sail, quotes Mr Benetton as saying: “It was the idea of the journey as a way of learning and exploration that pointed me in this direction.”

“I wanted a functional boat fitted to my objective: to sail everywhere, even in difficult seas and in less than perfect conditions. A boat for taking to the open seas in security, comfortable but sober, with fundamental attention paid to functionality and to the needs of navigation.”

Mr Benetton is reputed to have started his $5.7 billion business empire by hawking on his bicycle sweaters knitted by his sister.

Docklands News can’t tell readers why the yacht was in town and where she is heading to next.

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