Superyacht of the week: The Admiral Sail Gigreca

Launched in 2014, the 24 metre superyacht Gigreca is the very first vessel to be launched from the Italian Sea Group’s new sailing yacht division, Admiral Sail, marking the beginning of a new semi-custom sailing range. Showcased at the latest Monaco Yacht Show, she has been constructed in fibreglass and features naval architecture from Jacques Faroux and exterior design by De Benedetti & Fiordi in collaboration with the in house team at Admiral Sail Centro Stile. Our team joined the yacht for a seatrial two weeks ago in Italy.

The series offers a high level of customisation both inside and out, something in which the owner’s of Gigreca have clearly utilised in the fully custom hard top constructed from aluminium and glass. In addition, her hull also exhibits the personality of her new owners, with a dark metallic grey colour with dark red waterline stripes. The superstructure is painted beige while the hard top, aft rollbar and spars adhere to the same colour scheme of the hull.

Inside her interiors are extremely spacious and inundated with natural light from large windows throughout, giving her a bright, airy and welcoming atmosphere. Admiral Sail Centro Stile were also responsible for her interior design, and have implemented a rich yet sophisticated palette of natural colours and a range of precious materials.

In terms of accommodation, the same luxurious design continues through each cabin, accommodating her eight guests over a four cabin layout comprising of an impressive master suite, a VIP cabin, a double cabin and one double bunk cabin, all of which come with en suite facilities.

This layout is another mark of the owner’s own customisation, and comes in a range of spacious layouts to choose from.

The crew area is found below deck with direct access from the deck through a dedicated hatch. Though the Admiral Sail yacht does come with the option for a specially dedicated crew quarter for permanent crew living, the owner of Gigreca intends to sail the boat himself with the help of his family, thus eliminating the necessity of an especially large, dedicated crew area.

Moving on to her deck saloon, Gigreca boasts unmatched volumes for a sailing yacht of this size. The galley is attached to the saloon in order to form a large open space, and uses precious materials such as marble, onyx and a selection of specially worked on light, natural leathers, creating the ideal environment to relax, entertain, socialise and enjoy the best of on board living.

The vast volumes seen throughout her interiors are equally matched when heading to her outside areas, with most of the rigging hidden below deck. This leaves large areas dedicated to sunbathing, relaxation and dining, offering the opportunity to enjoy the very best of al fresco dining whilst encompassed by spectacular views. The central cockpit, at deck level, is split into two areas; aft is dedicated to the steering wheel stations and maneuvering, whilst forward is organised for guests, featuring a double teak and stainless steel table, an ample fridge and plenty of lounge areas besides the companionway.

Aft of the steering wheels, a flush deck area can be filled with cushions for sunbathing and relaxation, and from this area is the deck access to the opening transom and garage. The garage itself is one of the key features of the yacht, and is one of the largest garages to be found on a yacht of this size. Her size means that she is capable of hosting one water jet tender up to 3.2 metres in length, as well as a jet ski.

With regards to rig and sail handling the yacht can be easily sailed by a couple without the need of an actual crew, everything being ‘push button’ operated, and catering to the owners desire to sail the yacht himself with the help of his family. The standard carbon boom can host an in-boom furling main which can be operated from the two pedestals with an electric system, while the mainsheet has two fixed points on the aft rollbar and it’s managed by a magic trim, concealed below deck at mast level.

The non-overlapping standard foresail features an auto-tacking system which is served by a traveler and uses one halyard only to be operated. All the other halyards run below deck too, in order to leave flushed and clean side passages. The same concept has been followed while designing the foredeck, which is totally free from obstacles and features flush to deck ports and hatches, rollaway stemhead, cleats and fairleads, plus a towing winch that disappears below deck when not in use.

One of her additional unique features is her double engine configuration as opposed to the standard single engine seen in most other similar sailing yachts, allowing a fast performance without the compromise of performance under sail. Powered by two Yanmar 150hp engines and two fixed pitch propellers, she has a maximum speed under power of 13 knots, with a cruising speed of 11 knots.

By Gemma Fottles

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