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34m flagship sailing yacht Spirit 111 launched

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Charl van Rooy

The 34-metre sailing yacht Spirit 111 launched at British yacht builder Spirit Yachts in Ipswich where the yard celebrated this milestone in the completion of its flagship vessel. The project, designed by Spirit Yachts with Rhoades Young collaborating on the interior, was overseen by Cornelsen & Partner who represented the owner throughout the construction process. Set for delivery this coming winter, the Spirit 111 will undergo final outfitting and sea trials over the next few weeks.Spirit 111 yacht launchPhoto: Waterline Media

The Spirit 111 is built as an eco-friendly yacht, and Spirit Yachts, together with the owner, has taken every measure to not only minimise energy consumption during operation but worked with responsibly-sourced and sustainable materials that left as small a footprint as possible during the construction phase. “...we have created one of the world’s most sustainable superyachts,” commented Spirit Managing Director Nigel Stuart.Spirit 111 yacht launchPhoto: Waterline Media

The Spirit 111 is equipped with a 100kW Torqeedo electric propulsion system that is powered by either a large lithium battery bank or the two generators on board. The yacht has the ability to operate without using any fossil fuels thanks to an energy regeneration system that charges the BMW battery banks while the yacht is under sail. Stuart further explained: “Using electric propulsion to regenerate the batteries whilst sailing, the yacht will be able to operate for up to four days at anchor without having to plug into shore power or start the two onboard generators. When the yacht crosses the Atlantic, as long as there is adequate wind, she will not need to consume any fossil fuels.” Spirit 111 yacht launchPhoto: Waterline MediaSpirit 111 yacht layoutPhoto: Spirit Yachts

Built for short-handed sailing with no professional live-aboard crew on hand, systems were designed to be as efficient as possible and includes Lewmar hydraulic deck hardware and OneSails GBR (East) 4T Forte sails made from recyclable materials. Spirit founder and head designer Sean McMillan commented: “A single-masted wooden yacht of this size that can be owner-driven is nothing less than a feat of engineering. The yacht’s impressive strength to weight ratio, a carbon rig and lightweight, performance sails will allow the owner to compete competitively in the Mediterranean regattas.” Spirit 111 yacht launchPhoto: Waterline Media

The unique interior was conceptualised by Rhoades Young and further developed by Spirit Yachts together with the owner. The flowing shapes and lack of portholes make for a strange layout, but this is all part of the design, as Jonathan Rhoades explains. “The client had recently visited Antelope Canyon in Arizona and this was the catalyst for the idea of the warm soft flowing walls creating unique focal points within the room. These elegant forms not only twist and peel to create counters but uniquely create the intimate backdrops for the highly detailed ‘steam pieces’ which blur the line between furniture and sculpture.”Spirit 111 yacht renderingPhoto: Spirit YachtsSpirit 111 yacht launchPhoto: Waterline Media

Continuing the power-saving philosophy, the Spirit 111 has virtually no light switches throughout her interior, with motion-sensors activating lights as needed. At night, this effect becomes even smarter, Stuart adds: “sensors under the beds will detect if someone is up and light the way to the nearest ensuite. If a guest starts to go elsewhere within the interior, the system will deduce which way they are going and light the relevant areas in a very soft warm light.” Spirit 111 yacht renderingPhoto: Spirit Yachts

Spirit 111 yacht renderingPhoto: Spirit YachtsThe interior arrangement allows for four cabins in total, with two guest cabins aft, a VIP suite forward of the saloon, and the master stateroom in the bow area.Spirit 111 yacht layoutPhoto: Spirit Yachts

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