A superyacht which has brought crowds flocking to the Quayside has finally bid farewell to the region.
The £40m vessel Sovereign arrived at the new NE1 Newcastle City Marina, on Monday night, since when it has been seen by hundreds of people eager to catch a glimpse and take pictures.
The impressive yacht is thought to be owned by an American multi-millionaires who decided to stop off in Newcastle during a summer tour of Europe, a trip inspired by their daughter having walked along Hadrian’s Wall last year on a back-packing trip.
The vessel has a local connection with it captained by Dale Smith, who grew up in Elswick, Newcastle.
Sovereign finally left the Quayside this morning with bosses at the marina delighted at how its stay on the River Tyne had gone.
Adrian Waddell, operations director at NE1, said: “We do not know the owners’ itinerary. From what we understand they are going on to Scotland and taking some time visiting Baltic ports then heading down South and back to the States at some point.
“Everytime I have gone down to the Quayside, there have been throngs of people going down to see that boat.
“I think the fact that people have been flocking down to the Quayside to see the Sovereign and the 50-strong Dutch fleet that came over the week beforehand really shows the strong bond people have with the river and seeing really interesting things happen on it.
“Really for the city, the fact that an American owner has learned through his family that Newcastle is a really great place to be and has taken the time and trouble to come and see us and has stayed as long as a week really shows we have a strong offer in the city centre.
“It has been fabulous for the city.”
Of the vessel’s captain, Mr Waddell added: “He has had a fantastic time being able to bring this fantastic boat to his home city.”