In England this week, Spirit Yachts completed and delivered the 33.9-metre Geist. The sloop-rigged yacht is the largest single-masted wooden sailing yacht to be built in the UK since Shamrock V in the 1930s. Photo: Spirit YachtPhoto: Spirit YachtHer owner requested that Spirit Yachts built one of the most environmentally-friendly sailing superyachts in the world fleet today. Making the owner's request a reality along with owner's representative and project manager Jens Cornelsen of Cornelsen & Partner, the team at Spirit Yachts installed a battery/shore powered air conditioning unit and water systems that only heats water on demand. Photo: Spirit YachtPhoto: Spirit YachtThe Spirit 111 is also one of few superyachts capable of cruising without professional crew thanks to her hydraulic deck hardware, sails made from recycled materials that can be operated via the carbon fibre mast and in-boom furling for short-handed sailing. A Torqeedo electric propulsion system will propel the yacht silently for up to 30nm at 8-knots from battery power alone. Whilst sailing, the propulsion system will regenerate the four BMW lithium battery banks by rotating the propeller shaft whilst the yacht is under sail.Photo: Spirit Yacht Photo: Spirit YachtSpirit 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 at regattas worldwide.” Photo: Spirit YachtPhoto: Spirit Yacht
Inside, Rhoades Young Design assisted with the interior design, which was conceived to be curvaceous and unique. Rhoades Young partner Jonathan Rhoades commented: “The brief was a combination of his love for furniture and organic architecture. 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. Whilst appearing simple these twisting forms are co-ordinated perfectly with the beautiful skylights above creating a calm and tranquil ambience. 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. It has been an absolute privilege to work on this project with the client and the craftsmen and women who created it.”Photo: Spirit YachtsWith exposed Sipo, teak and American Walnut timbers on show, the interior plan includes an open-plan saloon and galley, discreet doors and lighting systems both with sensor-activated operation. For accommodation, guests have the choice of two double ensuite aft staterooms or a starboard-side double VIP cabin. The forward cabin holds the spacious master suite, complete with curved sofas built into the side of the hull, a double bed and ensuite.
Rhoades Young designer Marcus Wright added: “It was a great privilege to represent the owner’s interests and ensure we delivered a yacht that surpassed his expectations. With the knowledge that Spirit Yachts can make absolutely anything in wood, it was a thoroughly enjoyable process to take Rhoades Young’s beautiful interpretation of an unusual brief and assist in the creation of such a work of art.”