Departing today Stornoway harbour at 9am today (Wednesday July 11th) and heading north up the Minch was the sleek Archimedes, reportedly worth $100 million and owned by US billionaire businessman and philanthropist James Simons.
It’s not known whether the owner was on board, but a private jet flew passengers into Stornoway airport yesterday (Tuesday).
And the luxury sailing yacht Farfalla came into port this morning. She’s a 102ft five-star sailing vessel built in 2014 and costing $81,500 per week, plus expenses, to charter.
Just eight guests share four cabins and five crew, including a private chef. She’s alongside in Stornoway from today for a week, her guests exploring the islands by land and sea.
The crew of five include experienced British captain Richard Chadburn, a first mate and engineer from Guernsey and hospitality crew from Australia, New Zealand and the Midlands.
The owner of the Archimedes, James Simons, an accomplished mathematician, founded the hedge fund management company Renaissance Technologies in 1982.
Using his mathematical abilities to make calculated investments, he has since amassed a net worth of $18 billion. According to Forbes Magazine, this makes him the 24th richest man in the world.
The Archimedes, registered in Bermuda, was built by the Dutch shipyard Royal Van Lent. It is capable of carrying 16 guests in luxury surroundings with a crew of 18 ensuring their comfort.
The vessel features nine bedrooms, a number of lounges, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a jacuzzi and even a gym. Unlike most ships of its type which can be seen touring the Caribbean, The Archimedes with an ice strengthened hull designed with the intent of visiting far-off places.
Simons has also used his considerable wealth to become a notable philanthropist with a number of areas of focus. He founded the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative in 2003, which has provided more than $380 million in funding to various projects. In 2004 He founded Math for America with the aim of improving base mathematics skills of children across America.