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A SUPERYACHT moored at Islay and Oban has sparked rumours the global singing star Beyoncé was on a visit to the Scottish islands on her Formation world tour, writes senior reporter Sandy Neil.
Mystery still surrounds the VIPs behind the smoked glass of the glamorous 60m Jamaica Bay Bikini, which has been spotted in ports close to Beyonce’s tour venues.
The luxury liner, flying the flag of the Marshall islands, berthed at Oban’s North Pier this week after visiting Port Ellen, Belfast and Liverpool, where the rumours first started.
The arrival of the 1,100 tonne mega-yacht in Liverpool coincided with the rhythm and blues singer performing at the Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester on the same day, July 5.
Liverpool is the nearest major port to Manchester, and passers-by wondered if ‘Queen Bey’ and her rapper husband Jay Z, apparently 2016’s highest earning celebrity couple, had parked at Liverpool’s Cruise Liner Terminal.
Rumours continued on social media when, on July 7, the ship appeared in Belfast on the banks of the river Lagan, when the Texan star was due to sing at Glasgow’s Hampden Park, and later at Croke Park in Dublin on July 9.
The 195ft long pleasure craft was then spotted off Kilnaughton Bay, and rumours were rife that Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter was visiting Islay. The Jamaica Bay then drew curious crowds when it moored in Oban on Wednesday and Thursday, looking more suited to the Caribbean than the Firth of Lorn. But at this time Crazy in Love singer was performing in Germany on July 12, and Switzerland on July 14.
Coming ashore, a discrete and tanned crew member refused to name those on board, but denied it was Beyoncé: ‘You wouldn’t recognise their faces,’ he said. But, then, he would say that wouldn’t he? So far, no one has reported seeing Beyoncé on or disembarking the Jamaica Bay.
You can track Jamaica Bay Bikini’s journey at marinetraffic.com.