Saylor Toy: A $3 Million Yacht

By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Thursday, April 12, 2007

After a few low-profile years, high-tech millionaire Michael Saylor is making a splash with a flashy new toy: A 68-foot luxury motor yacht. The 42-year-old CEO of MicroStrategy test-drove the party boat during Super Bowl weekend in Miami, and plans to dock it near his Washington Harbour apartment this month -- bringing an uncharacteristic jolt of South Beach bling to Georgetown's historic shores.

Saylor, best known as the man who lost $6 billion in a single day during March 2000, has kept to himself (aside from his trademark birthday extravaganzas) while bringing his company back to its pre-SEC investigation glory. Now it's back on track and Saylor's ready to play.

According to sources close to Saylor (who asked not to be named because they probably wouldn't get invited aboard), the bachelor boat-lover has selected one of the sexiest models ever built: the Italian-made Azimut, described as "the Lamborghini of the yacht world." The open-deck plan sounds like the company's S line, which boasts a top that opens like a convertible, cruises up to 40 mph, sleeps at least six and sells for $2.95 million.

Saylor picked the biggest boat that fits under the Potomac's lowest bridge -- but he still can't party in Georgetown water after hours: Because of late-night noise, the National Park Service restricts any boat from mooring in the harbor between midnight and 6 a.m. Will that put the love boat off course? Saylor didn't return calls for comment.


And then there were nine.

Yesterday we told you about Doha, the plucky mother duck who set off with her 10 new hatchlings from their nest at the U.S. trade representative's office -- and found immediate trouble in their new digs in a pond by the Interior Department. Seems the place was already home to some inhospitable mallards and geese, who went on the attack. Our colleague Korin Miller returned yesterday to find Doha frantically attempting to move to a safer place, but her babies unable to vault themselves out of the pond's steep surrounding ledge -- leaving them, yes, sitting ducks. And one was missing: Unclear if it was Portman, Zoellick, Barshefsky, Kantor or one of the others named after past trade reps.

Miller abandoned journalistic objectivity to build a makeshift ramp, but to no avail. She never dropped the webcam, so you can see the video at "This is a recurring problem," Interior spokesman Frank Quimby said. "We're contacting people who can relocate them."

Cold Night at Mount Vernon

It was a super-glam night at Mount Vernon, 300 guests mingling on the riverfront yard at a black-tie birthday party for the president. Except that it dragged on until dawn, the women were freezing in their strapless dresses and open-toed shoes, and the POTUS? Actually actor Bruce Greenwood.

Yes, it was another shoot for Nic Cage's "National Treasure" sequel, which has been filming all across the D.C. area this month. Tuesday night's, though, stood out for the number of extras employed, the late hour, and the fact that no major movie has filmed at George Washington's house since "The Pelican Brief" in 1993. Extras playing waiters passed real hors d'oeuvres, which no one was supposed to eat, but you know how it goes.

HEY, ISN'T THAT . . . ?

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger flustering the counter folks at a Foggy Bottom Starbucks yesterday, so much they had to redo his order. The Governator was here to talk environmental stuff at Georgetown.
  • Former White House counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke dining solo at Clarendon's Silver Diner Tuesday and (Post cronyism alert!) reading our colleague David Ignatius's novel "Body of Lies," which Variety says is going to be a movie starring Leo DiCaprio.
  • WTOP political commentator Mark Plotkin celebrating his 60th birthday at the Prime Rib Tuesday with Mayor Adrian Fenty, Vincent Gray, Jack Evans and D.C. Sports Commish Bill Hall. Apparently they really do spend their off-hours together.
  • THIS JUST IN . . .

  • Former Playboy model Willa Ford (remember her single "I Wanna Be Bad?" We don't, either) will play Anna Nicole Smith in a movie that begins shooting next week, reports Daily Variety. And Howard K. Stern is teaming up with baby daddy Larry Birkhead to prevent Smith's estranged mother, Virgie Arthur, from gaining custody of 7-month-old Dannielynn; another hearing is scheduled for tomorrow.
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