This was the kind of understatement we didn't expect to encounter in the Lone Star State: on our way into Austin to attend the Grand Prix of the Americas, the man sitting next to us on the plane – an Austinite born and raised – said, "There's gonna be a lot of wealthy people here." You know, as if Texas didn't have its fair share already.

Wealthy people need wealthy things to do and not-as-wealthy people to arrange such things for them. Case in point is My Yacht Club, which follows the Formula 1 parade and other rah-rah events around the globe, hosting guests and parties on yachts. In Austin the event group has had to change its schtick; there's no way to navigate one 150-foot motor yacht into Austin's Lady Bird Lake. MYC principal Nicholas Frankl told KUT News, "We spoke to the Army Air Corps. They couldn't lift it." We believe he meant the Army Corps of Engineers, but no matter, they couldn't lift it either.

So MYC has switched to a land-lubbers venue, The Long Center where Ballet Austin, the opera and the symphony perform. In case you readers are worried about how guests will manage without chiseled Italian deckhands in epaulets, not only has Frankl promised that "the elements of decadence and luxury and coolness and exclusivity are all there," guests will get to guzzle 24-karat gold-infused champagne. Because the stars at night just aren't as big and bright without it, obviously.


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      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sure you can argue it is their money and whatnot, but on the other hand it is just kind of douchey. I kind of believe that the Army Corps of Engineers probably could have done it, but it would just look bad for the government to do this for these types of guys, even if they footed the bill. Airlifting a mega yacht to a lake for a bunch of multi-millionaires and billionaires to party on probably would not sit well with the general public that is struggling to put food on their table every night. Get 3 or 4 of the biggest boats you can get in there and tie them up together and party, it will be just fine.
        Moreno636
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
        Why would the general public be out raged by the ACOE getting PAID for something? Would they prefer they just sit around and get paid??
      sensibility2
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they can move houses/homes, they can move a yatch. Get it to Houston and truck it in.
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        ELG
        • 2 Years Ago
        and Im sure you have emptied your bank account, drive a beater, sell all your possesions so that you could help out with this problem, right?
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        Okay...? I have problems of my own.
      Alex Bierstadt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh....but we can't let the Bush wealthy tax cuts expire because the rich folks can't afford it. Riiiiiigggghhhhttt.....
        dukeisduke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alex Bierstadt
        A lot of small business owners will be impacted (like Obama cares about that), and farmers and ranchers will be affected by the return of the old estate taxes, as they won't be able to pass family farms onto their kids, who will instead have to sell them, most likely to corporations
          Mike Kilpatrick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @dukeisduke
          Duke your a morion estate taxes kick in at $5 million.
        MONTEGOD7SS
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alex Bierstadt
        What do Bush tax cuts have to do with wealthy people from around the World? Do you somehow think that wealthy Americans are what is touring around the World following F1? I think you took a wrong turn at HuffPo, because you are as misinformed as all of them are.
      J
      • 2 Years Ago
      They can all gather in the Long Center, and whine about how oppressive life is under Obama.
      Ricky
      • 2 Years Ago
      YOLO
      Mike Kilpatrick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yea...so do all he participants have tiny penises or just the ******* with the boat?
        Randy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike Kilpatrick
        Either way you must be envious!
      Armon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey, at least they're spending their wealth. Good for the economy.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 2 Years Ago
      A bunch of wusses. Back in WWII, a crack German division actually took apart a battle ship in Africa and carried it to a lake and reassembled it there. Back in the days of the Vikings- One Viking troop sailed all the way up the Rheine river, until they couldn't go any further, and then carried their ships over land until they got to the Danube and dropped their ships into the Danube and sailed down to the Black Sea. Get to work, "job creators" !
        Dark Gnat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        That's because Vikings were awesome. There is no awesome in this article.
      Nathan Loiselle
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ha. Obviously this party wasn't meant for the truly rich. Everyone who's anyone who's rich knows they should have built a giant 150 foot yacht right there in the lake. Who cares what happens to it afterwards, they'll just sell it to poor people who don't know what to do with it either!
      The Angry Intern
      • 2 Years Ago
      They should have called Colonel Kilgore, bet he could have gotten that Yacht into the lake!
      k.naz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rich people problems... :D
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