- The crew of a superyacht dressed in designer clothes thrown away by its owner, a worker has said.
- The worker wrote in The Times of London that the owner “never wears the same shirt twice”.
- “The cheerful crew” “scrubbed the decks dressed in Armani cashmere sweaters,” the worker said.
The crew of a superyacht dressed in designer clothes that had been thrown away by its owner after wearing them only once, according to an industry insider.
write in The Times of Londonan anonymous worker with 20 years of experience in the superyacht business told the story of a superyacht owner “who, like the great tennis player Ivan Lendl, never wears the same shirt twice”.
The worker said the owner “didn’t understand the need for cabinetry in his master suite, saying, ‘I buy it, wear it, and throw it away’.”
They continued: “It helped explain why the cheerful crew aboard their yacht cleaned the decks dressed in Armani cashmere sweaters.”
The extravagances of superyacht owners came to the fore after Western nations sanctioned Russian oligarchs during the war in Ukraine. The sanctions are aimed at seizing trophies from oligarchs believed to have ties to the Kremlin, including yachts, private jets and luxury properties.
The superyacht worker writing in The Times also detailed the story of a crew who prepared fresh lobster every day for the owner of their yacht whether he was on board or not.
Separately, a superyacht captain told the Guardian that employees on board a wealthy Russian’s superyacht were forced to take polygraph tests to prove they had kept confidential information secret. Employees were also banned from taking photos or making drawings of the superyacht, the captain said.
Some oligarchs saw their yachts and private jets seized, while others scrambled to escape sanctions.
Last week, a Fijian high court issued an order to stop a Russian oligarch’s $325 million superyacht from leaving the island nation.