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The Sailing Yacht A is not your average superyacht

What’s a billionaire to do when he gets bored of his SGD417 million Motor Yacht A? Replace it with the massive SGD624 million Sailing Yacht A instead, of course. Designed by the renowned Philippe Starck and built by Nobiskrug, the submarine-esque Sailing Yacht A will soon make its way across the vast seas thanks to wealthy businessman Andrey Melnichenko.

Sailing Yacht A
Image: Andreas Jens

Powered by a hybrid diesel-electric package with controllable pitch propellers, the Sailing Yacht A is fast — 21 knots-fast at top speed, and when cruising, will travel at 16 knots. She also won’t be easy to miss on the waters thanks to her three towering 100-metre masts. At a lengthy 143 metres, her decks are as massive, each connected by several elevators and can even carry a submarine. On board, 54 crew members and 20 guests would have the privilege of setting sail on this futuristic-looking vessel.

Motor Yacht A
Motor Yacht A. Image: Philippe Starck

Melnichenko, who amassed a net worth of USD10 billion (SGD14 billion) is a Russian industrialist who made his fortune in the fertiliser, coal and banking sectors. You might have heard of him when he commissioned Starck to design the equally striking Motor Yacht A back in 2008. Though considerably smaller at 119 metres, it could achieve a higher maximum speed of 23 knots and a cruising speed of 19.5 knots and was famous for having bomb-proof glass and spa pools.

And if you’re wondering why the boat is simply named A, it’s to make the vessel appear first on shipping registries — smart move.

The Sailing Yacht A is not your average superyacht

Shatricia Nair

Managing Editor

Shatricia Nair has a passion for motoring, beauty, and wellness, and is perpetually knee-deep in the world of V8s, retinols, and latest fitness trends. She has nine years of experience writing for digital media, and her bylines have appeared in Prestige, and Augustman. She'll do (almost) anything for good chocolate chip cookies.


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