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Northern Star Yacht

Author: Peter Yachtfan, Update: 2020-04-27

MY Northern Star III


John Risley

Yacht Length:

107m (351 ft)


20 in 10 cabins


40 in 20 cabins


Lurssen Yachts


Espen Oeino



Maximum Speed:

20 knots


Diesel Electric Propulsion


6,500 ton



Northern Star Boat Price:

US$ 350 million

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John Risley

Full Name:

John Carter Risley



John Risley Net Worth:

US$ 1.2 billion


Clearwater Fine Foods


April 26, 1948


Amy Gordinier-Regan


Michael Risley, Sarah Risley


Nova Scotia, Canada

Private Jet:

Bombardier Global 5000 (C-FFIJ)

Bombardier Challenger (C-FFIK)


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This is the 3th Northern Star built at Lurssen for John Risley. The first was a 63 meter built in 2005. She second was a 76 meter, built in 2009. Before that he used to own a 37 meter motor sailor, built at Palmer Johnson. He was also owner of the Huisman built sailing yacht Meteor. He sold Meteor in 2019.

John RisleyWho is John Risley?

He is the co-founder and President of Clearwater Fine Foods. He was born in April 1948. He was married to Judy, they divorced. He has 2 children (Michael and Sarah).

Clearwater Fine Foods

At the age of 28 he opened a small lobster retail company in Nova Scotia, Canada.

This turned into one of the worlds leading seafood companies. Clearwater is the largest holder of shellfish licenses in Canada.

The companies sells their sea products in over 40 countries. Clearwater has branches all over the world, including Glaciar Pesquera in Argentina and CLEARWATER FINE FOODS (EUROPE) LIMITED in the UK.

In 2016 Clearwater realized sales of more than US$ 600 m illion with an US$ 121 million EBITDA.

Columbus Communications

He is also co-founder of Columbus Communications, an Internet provider based in Barbados. He owned the company with Michael Lee Chin, the original owner of the yacht Quattroelle.  The company was sold to Cable and Wireless for US$ 1.85 billion.

John Risley Net Worth

His net worth is estimated at US$ 1.2 billion. This makes him one of the richest Canadians.


Risley in an active philanthropist, donating to the Canadian Youth Business Foundation and the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

In 2016 he donated US$ 25 million to an ocean research project at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

He also supported a student residence building at Dalhouse, named the John Risley Hall. Risley was named Officer of the Order of Canada.

Risley Residence

He owns one of the largest houses in Nova Scotia. His mansion is situated on a 300 acre ocean front forest land in Nova Scotia.

The Risley residence includes several buildings, stables, a large greenhouse  and has direct access to a golf course.

The house was built for oil tycoon Joseph Pew, founder of Sun Oil. Since his divorce, Risley built a new house with his girlfriend Amy.

Amy Gordinier-Regan is president of organic skin-care company Skinfix.

Private Jet

He owns a fleet of private jets. Including a US$ 50 million Bombardier Global 5000 (C-FFIJ) (Clearwater Fine Foods International). And a Bombardier Challenger (C-FFIK). He also owns  a Learjet and a Cessna.

Motor Yacht Northern Star

Risley is building a 107 meter expedition yacht at Kleven in Norway. The project is being built in a collaboration between Kleven and Lurssen.


The 107 meter project under construction was recently registered in the Norwegian shipping register as Northern Star III. She will be delivered in 2021.


The yacht will be powered by a diesel electric propulsion system. Her volume will be 6,500GT. She will accommodate 20 guests and a crew of more than 40.

2009 Northern Star Yacht (Bella Vita)

He was also owner of the 75 meters Lurssen built superyacht Northern Star. The luxury yacht was delivered in 2009 and built to a design of Espen Oeino.


Northern Star is powered by 2 Caterpillar engines. Which bring her a top speed of 18 knots. Her cruise speed is 15 knots. Her range is more than 6,000nm.


She can accommodate 12 guests and a crew of 22. She has an interior designed by Pauline Nunns. The yacht was sold in 2017 and is now named Bella Vita.

Dwight Schar

Her new owner is Dwight Schar. Schar is the founder of NVR, one of the largest home builders in the United States. Dwight Schar net worth is US$ 1 billion.

2005 Lurssen Polar Star

Risley also owned the 2005 Lurssen Northern Star, now named Polar Star. Is was the first yacht which he had custom built for himself.

The 63 meter yacht was delivered in 2005. Her volume is 1.495GT. She can accommodate 12 guests and a crew of 17.

Alexander Girda

Alexander Girda is the owner of the yacht Polar Star. He is a Russian billionaire, residing in London. He is co-founder of the X5 Retail Group (active in Russia). His net worth is US$ 2 billion.

Solandge Yacht

Girda is the original owner of the Lurssen yacht Solandge. At the time of delivery of Solandge he listed Polar Star for sale. But he never sold her, instead Solandge was sold to Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz. Prince Muqrin is the former Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. Rumor is that he was gifted Solandge by the Royal Family, as compensation for not being Crown Prince anymore.

Yacht Charter

The boat is not available for yacht charter. And she is not listed for sale.

John Risley Sources

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His Lurssen yacht, now sold and named Bella Vita. She is owned by Dwight Schar.

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The 107 meters Northern Star III, to be delivered in 2021.

Northern Star

An early rendering of the project.

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