S/Y A is the world’s largest Sailing Yacht.
Here are a few stats for you to marvel at:
Designer: Philippe Starck
Reported Value: $400m USD
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S/Y A was a major project from start to finish. Firstly due to her size but also because she is a sailing yacht. S/Y A is termed as a “sail assisted motor yacht”. The reason for this is because her sail area. displacement ratio is considerably lower than that of a pure sailing yacht. Basically this means the sails provide power but not as much as you would expect for a pure sailing yacht.
She has three unstayed Carbon masts. the largest in the world. The main mast measures 100m above the water line. That’s almost as high the London Eye!
Her total sail area is 3,747 Square metres. That’s equal to half a football pitch.
She carries upto 50 crew to look after her 20 guests and has a VERY cool glass observation area in the hull.
Because weight was an important factor in the build S/Y A has a very interesting power plant too.
Diesel Engines: 2 x MTU 20V 4000 M73L (3000KW)
Electric: 4 x 2800kw generators driving two Vacon 4300kw mineshaft motors.
This means she can sail with the diesel electric propulsion almost silently.
Her looks may not be to everyone’s taste but we LOVE the fact that the owner and designer had the vision to build something so different. Yacht design has come a long way over the years. Other than M/Y A (same owner), when she was delivered in 2008 there have been very few yachts ever to look so unconventional. For that, we are grateful.