Taranaki-built luxury yacht does well at European regatta
The last luxury superyacht built by a Taranaki company before its closure has had success at a European regatta.
Escapade, which was constructed by Fitzroy Yachts in New Plymouth in 2014, was one of 17 luxury crafts to race in the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta held on the Costa Smeralda in Northern Sardinia, Italy.
The 37.5m sailing yacht, owned by Swiss businessman Christophe Albin, won the first day's racing on the 24 nautical mile course.
It was the yacht's first attempt at a racecourse and followed a three-year world cruise.
Escapade took the overall third place in the Superyacht Class event, which took place earlier this month.
Fitzroy Yachts, which was set up in 1997, closed its boat building operation at Ocean View Pde in February 2014.
Escapade was the 11th superyacht built at the site, but the firm, which employed 120 staff, struggled to find orders after completing the yacht for Albin, who owns an electronics firm.
The site was bought by Port Taranaki a year ago and is now home to a company making luxurious pre-fabricated homes.
Manor Build, which has a site in Auckland, decided to make New Plymouth its home because the costs were lower.
The company employs five people in New Plymouth.
- Taranaki Daily News