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Sir Richard Branson just set a new record in the British Virgin Islands with his 105-ft. carbon fibre catamaran Necker Belle.

While manning the helm Branson had the distinction of captaining the largest multihull to ever participate in a BVI regatta.

While he didn’t actually win the race, he added one more honorific to his considerable list and got some great advertising for the stylish craft, which charters out at $100,000 per week. Originally built in 2003 it was relaunched in 2009.

Capable of over 20 knots while under sail and 18 knots under power, the Necker Belle recently emerged from a two-year refit at Australia’s Azzura Marine.

The yacht can accommodate up to 10 guests in four en suite staterooms and the main cabin’s lounge area, which can be converted to a double cabin, as well as a crew of seven.

The modern, beach-house style interior modeled on Branson’s 74-acre Necker Island retreat in the British Virgin Islands features a wine cellar and there’s an open-air cinema as well.

It also carries a three-person aero submarine for underwater fun. Via James List

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