Kennedy’s yacht Manitou shines at St Tropez
Published on October 12, 2017
As it has done since 1981, The Voiles de St Tropez has brought the yachting season to a close.
The event brought together some 4.000 boat lovers and 300 vessels, both classic and modern, for ten days of exciting races on the beautiful and challenging Mediterranean waters.
Among the special guests this year was the legendary Manitou, nicknamed the floating White House, which used to belong to president Kennedy.
“He slept here, surely, when he was on the boat.” says Guy Robinson, captain of the Manitou. “Buying it was probably one of the first things he did when he became president. He loved sailing, he was a naval officer and I think he had good relationship to the sea. Legend has it that Marilyn Monroe spent time here too, but I don’t know any more than that…”
The yacht is equipped with the usual portholes, and even a small fireplace – which came in handy during races on the Great Lakes. But the highlight is here, in the bedroom…
“This is the most famous part of the yacht: the bathtub, which Marylin Monroe might have famously used. Here it is, it’s the only shower room onboard. It may not be very convenient on a vessel, but you CAN use it. And here is the flare gun, I think it also belonged to the president. This is where you load it – in case of an emergency, you shoot and it lights up the sky… it’s pretty.”
At the grand old age of 80, the elegant, legendary vessel will continue harbouring its secrets and fueling admirers’ dreams for years to come.