Luxury private yachts have frequently visited Tasmania in recent summers.
This summer’s visitors included ARCTIC P and SOVEREIGN 3, both of which were alongside in Hobart last week.
ARCTIC P is owned by millionaire James Packer and she is on her way to Macquarie Island at present before continuing on to Antarctica.
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Packer is not on board, but some of his relatives are reported to be.
ARCTIC P arrived in Hobart on a bleak day, Monday 6 January 2014 and tied up at Macquarie Wharf No.5 for a few days before moving around to Macquarie Wharf No. 3.
It was from there she left on Saturday 11 January 2014, for Macquarie Island.
ARCTIC P anchored off Bruny Island on the Saturday night and then headed south into the open sea the following day.
She then suddenly turned around and returned to the River Derwent, where she anchored off Taroona.
She left there a couple of days later and is now well out to sea and bound for Macquarie Island.
ARCTIC P was built in Germany in about 1970 and was a powerful ocean-going tug.
Kerry Packer bought her and spent about 20 million dollars refurbishing her and transforming her into one of the world’s greatest luxury yachts.
She has a full-time crew of 38 is fitted with a swimming pool, helicopter landing platform and luxurious accommodation.
SOVEREIGN 3 arrived from Sydney and spent a few days in Hobart before nosing around in the waters off Bruny Island.
She has since returned to Hobart.