THE Aurora, a world-class, Italian-built luxury cruise vessel captained by former Grafton man Terry Coombes.
THE Aurora, a world-class, Italian-built luxury cruise vessel captained by former Grafton man Terry Coombes.

Super Aurora has aura



THERE'S some great spots to watch Sydney's fireworks display light up the harbour on New Year's Eve but former Grafton man Terry Coombes arguably has the pick of the bunch.

Mr Coombes sailed into Sydney yesterday on board the 50metre European super yacht, Aurora. But he had more to do than just relax and watch the crowds of tourists crane their necks for a glimpse as he drifted into Sydney Harbour.

The 36-year-old has been employed as captain of Aurora for the past 14 months, at the behest of its European owners who regularly use the vessel as a base for their diving holidays around the globe.

But while sailing the great oceans of the world on a vessel valued at around US$20million sounds all glitz and glamour, Mr Coombes is quick to highlight the hard work put in by its nine crew.

"The boat has to be kept ab- solutely immaculate," he said.

"I mean it's hard enough keeping a hotel that doesn't go anywhere looking good let alone something that bounces around the world in 30-foot seas."

And the weekly rental price if you're interested ? a cool US$145,000.



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