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The top 10 largest sailing yachts in the world

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Written by
Charl van Rooy

It has been some time since we took a closer look at the largest sailing yachts in the global superyacht fleet, and following the delivery of two new members in the Top 10 over the last two years, we could not think of a better time to have another look at the grand dames that make up this list.

1. Sailing Yacht A (142.8 metres)

Sailing Yacht A cruising Photo: M&N Yacht Consultant s.a.s

No super sailing yacht list would be complete without the mention of the ever-controversial and highly innovative 142.8-metre Sailing Yacht A. Officially classified as a sail-assisted motor yacht, Sailing Yacht A blends elements of both the sailing yacht and motor yacht segments and, in addition to those imposing 100-metre-high carbon fibres masts, therefore makes the cut for our ‘largest sailing yachts in the world’ list. Built by Nobiskrug and delivered in 2017, Sailing Yacht A is not only the longest yacht on the list, but at 12,558 GT is also five times larger than the second yacht in this definitive list.

2. Black Pearl (106 metres)

Black Pearl arriving in Gibraltar under sailPhoto: Nicholas Canepa

Designed and built to cross oceans under sail power alone, Black Pearl is widely considered as the largest sailing yacht in the world at 106-metres in length. Delivered to her owner in 2018 and built by the Oceanco shipyard in the Netherlands, Black Pearl, with her sophisticated energy-generation system and high-tech DynaRig setup by Dykstra Naval Architects is one of the most advanced yachts of her kind and was developed by her boundary-pushing owner together with a world-class design team.

3. EOS (93 metres) 

EOS anchored off CannesPhoto: Merijn de Waard / SuperYacht Times

At 93 metres, the 1500 GRT three-masted schooner EOS is the world’s second largest sailing yacht. She was launched by Lürssen in 2006 and has been operated since as one of the most private vessels in the world.

4. Athena (90 metres)

Athena sailingPhoto: Franco Pace

The 90-metre super sailing yacht Athena was built by the Dutch Royal Huisman shipyard in 2004. The superyacht’s exterior lines were designed by Pieter Beeldsnijder Design, with naval architecture by Dykstra & Partners and an interior by Rebecca Bradley Interior Design. Athena is one of the largest sailing yachts launched since the 1930s, and reaching speeds up to 19 knots, Athena can outrun most other sailing superyachts.

5. Maltese Falcon (88 metres)

2018 Perini Navi Cup Day 3Photo: Merijn de Waard / SuperYacht Times

One of the most iconic yachts of all time and certainly one of the most photographed in recent years, the revolutionary 88-metre Maltese Falcon is famed for her sophisticated automated square rigged DynaRig sail plan. Three towering free-standing rotating carbon-fibre masts hold 25,800 square feet of canvas on 15 square sails delivering exceptional performance, speed and manoeuvrability. The yacht, built by Perini Navi, was sold in August of 2009 to her current owner, who actively takes part in superyacht regatta's, showing off the yachts capabilities.

6. Aquijo (86 metres)

Aquijo under sail

Another Dutch sailing yacht making the Top 10 list is the 86-metre Aquijo by Vitters and Oceanco. Designed by Bill Trip' and launched in 2015, Aquijo is the largest ketch-rigged sailing yacht in the world with her mainmast towering an 88.4- metres above sea level. 

7. M5 (77.5 metres)

St Barths Bucket 2018 Day 4Photo: Jeff Brown / Breed Media

This superyacht was built in the United Kingdom by Vosper Thornycroft to a design of Ron Holland Design. The yacht underwent  a refit at Pendennis  where, amongst other modifications, the stern section of the vessel was redesigned and extended by 3 metres. Alongside this other exterior restyling work will include the installation of a side boarding platform. The interior aspects of the refit will see the main and lower decks undergo a complete restyle. M5’s main deck, in particular, will be completely transformed once all joinery is replaced to complement RWD’s new design.

8. Enigma (75 metres)

Phocea sailing in the MediterraneanPhoto: Benoit Donne

Sailing yacht Enigma (previously known as Phocea) was built as a single-handed race yacht, designed to compete in the Observer Single-Handed Trans-Atlantic Race. After crossing the Atlantic in 1976, she was converted to a cruise ship by the French shipyard DCAN. In 1999/2000 her owner, a well-known individual after whom the 105 metre Lady Moura was named, ordered a major interior and exterior refit at the Lürssen shipyard in Germany. The yacht was again sold in 2010 to her current owners. Enigma accommodates 12 guests in a master suite, one VIP, two double and two twin cabins, and sleeps 23 crew members.

9. Badis (70 metres)

Sybaris sailing

Badis (previously known as Sybaris) was built by Perini Navi and is one of the largest yachts delivered by the Italian brand in recent years. Completed in 2016, Perini Navi designed the superyacht’s exterior, with Phillipe Briand consulting on the naval architecture. PH Design fashioned her wood veneer interior. Badis can accommodate up to 12 guests in six staterooms consisting of a master suite and five doubles, all with en-suite bathrooms and entertainment centres.

10. Atlantic (69.2 metres)

Atlantic sailing in the Mediterranean Photo: Benoit Donne

The 69.24-metre Atlantic was designed by William Gardner and built by Townsend & Downey, Shooter Island, New York, in 1903. This replica was delivered in 2010 after having been constructed by following the drawings of the original schooner that was collected from various archives in the USA, amongst which the MIT Museum in Massachusetts, which Doug Peterson, acting as consulting naval architect, has digitised guaranteeing the authenticity of the lines and floatation.

The SuperYacht Times iQ Report

The SuperYacht Times iQ 2018 Report

Did you know that in 2017....

  • 180 new yachts over 30 metres were sold
  • 149 new yachts over 30 metres were completed
  • 443 yachts over 30 metres were under construction
  • 30% of the yachts under construction were available for sale
  • 20% of the yachts were owned by clients from the USA
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