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Mirabella finds the bottom

Mirabella finds the bottom

Launched with great fanfare last year, Mirabella V — said to be the world’s largest single-masted sailing yacht — made news again when she ran aground in the Mediterranean.

The 247-foot sloop dragged anchor in heavy winds Sept. 16 and grounded near the entrance to Beaulieu sur Mer harbor on the French Riviera, according to Jacqui Beadon, in charge of chartering the superyacht.

Beadon didn’t know the extent of possible damage, but Mirabella was dry-docked in La Ciotat, near Marseille, in late September for a complete inspection.

The recovery operation required several engineers and teams of workers to stabilize the yacht while she was eased away from shore. A metal gantry was erected on deck to support her 150-ton lifting keel, according to reports. A small launch and the yacht’s tender helped push Mirabella off the beach during an equinoctial high tide, and she was under way under her own power by Sept. 18.

Designed by Ron Holland and built at VT Shipbuilding in the United Kingdom, Mirabella is owned by U.S. businessman Joe Vittoria, and chartered throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean. Her myriad amenities include a wine cellar, Jacuzzi, outdoor pool and outdoor cinema. She draws nearly 13 feet with her keel up — 33 feet with it fully down — and her 295-foot mast is capable of supporting some 4,080 square yards of sail.