FROM AUSTRALIA TO SPAIN
HALF WAY AROUND THE WORLD
Dockwise 'Superservant3' Lenghth 139 meters - Breadth 32 meters - Dept 8.50 meters - Deadweight 14.138 tons - Speed 14 knots
One day the owner of Masteka said 'Lets go to the Mediterranean for few years'! Yes, sure.
We embarked on a massive yacht transporter called Dockwise Super Servant 3 from Brisbane because of the danger and stress on the boat caused by a big ocean crossing like this we decided it will be easier and safer to transport the boat on a cargo. (Plus it only cost $136 000!! one way! ) For every boat travelling over 25 meters the crew as to travel too, all the systems can't get shot down for that long.
So the cargo sink in and all the yachts drive in. The cargo has balista and the water on deck goes so every boats end up dry on the deck of the cargo. It's an incredible piece of technology. It has sometimes fail and then it's disaster because the ship become imbalanced. For us everything went well in Brisbane when we loaded with 5 other boats. The boat sat on big timber blocks and is strapped down on the cargo's deck. The skipper and I lived on the superyacht and ate with the ship crew. We travelled like this for 8.5 weeks. With the best of luck another big yacht called Noblehouse travelled with us and another stewardess travelled with it! Awesome I had a partner in crime.
After a couple of days we came up with the crazy idea that we had all the material to build a swimming pool on the deck of the cargo. So we used the same big timber blocks, stuck them up and used 3m shrinking plastic with under water light. We put a big fire oz in directly pumping salt water in as we travelled through the pacific and the atlantic ocean! Brilliant. That was by far the best entertainment solution ever. Pool parties, reading, survival at sea the pool got many use. The Russian captain was a gem to accept such a madness but he did. 8 Russians officers and 12 Philippino crew where working on the ship.
We made it from Brisbane, pick up and drop off in Auckland, Costa Rica, Miami, Bahamas and finally arrived in Mallorca. Experience going through Panama Canal and across the equator!
We encounter many cyclones on the way, but never close enough to be awful but we average constant rolling of 18 degrees! meaning I slept in bed like a star fish otherwise I would roll out of bed!!
A ones in a life time trip which makes me forever look at big ships in a very different way.
PHOTOS BY SOPHIE THÉ AND CARL BRANDES