“Hundreds” of yachts destroyed after wild Italian storms

Coasts of Italy has been pounded by the waves of extreme weather, causing violent waves up to 10 meters and winds up to 180 km/h, breaking a lot of luxury yachts from their berths in Rapallo and killing at least 11 people. Local media are describing the landscape around the port of Rapallo as an apocalyptic.

It’s been reported that “hundreds” of yachts have been destroyed by the catastrophic storms in Italy, especially in the country’s Liguria region – a popular spot for superyachts throughout the Med season.

Rapallo Marina’s director told there were 390 yachts in the marina, with the half of them destroyed. There was storm barrier for 300 metres, rebuilt after the collapse in 2000, but it wasn’t enough for such an extreme event. City of Venice is reported to be 75% submerged. Among others, the yacht of Silvio Berlusconi was also damaged in disaster.

Superyachts damaged or destroyed in Rapallo
Rapallo’s locals claim that of the 390 yachts and superyachts moored in the marina at the time, over half have been damaged or completely destroyed.

Sky Italy also reports that a number of superyachts were washed ashore and Liguria Nautica notes that Portofino has been cut off completely after the only road to the village collapsed.

The ill-fated vessels, as reported, include:
37.8-metre (124-foot) Custom Line Suegno
1913 sailing yacht Sakara
1961 Feadship Eutopia
30-metre (98-foot) Benetti motor yacht Darling Boys
1975 Ocean 75
Codecasa 35s Maria Carla

In Genova, along the Italian Riviera, 92-metre (302-foot) motor yacht Queen Miri (formerly Delma) and 52-metre (171-foot) motor yacht Harmony (formerly Toinie) collided after breaking free from their lines. Much of Venice is also submerged after rising flood waters.