The 5 largest sailing boats in the world
If you’ve read about the largest yachts in the world, you will have noticed that only one sailing yacht managed to eke its way into the top 10. That’s because when it comes to the world’s largest sailing yachts, we’re not just talking about length but also height…
The masts on these megayachts can reach up to 100 metres, which makes them all the more impressive. After all, that’s 4 metres taller than Big Ben. In this article, we will explore everything there is to know about the world’s largest sailing yachts.
5. The Maltese Falcon- 88 metres
The Maltese Falcon was build by the Italian shipyard Perini Navi. Photo: yacht harbour
Shipyard: Perini Navi
Owner: Elena Ambrosiadou
The Maltese Falcon was brought to life in 2006 by the Italian shipyard Perini Navi for the late venture capitalist Thomas J Perkins. This yacht was the first to adopt the Falcon Rig sailing system which automated the sail furling systems. She can house 12 guests in her 6 guest bedrooms as well as a 17-person crew.
4. Athena- 90 metres
Athena is modelled on the classic sailing yacht, Creole. Photo: Boat International
Shipyard: Royal Huisman
Owner: James H Clark
This striking three-masted schooner is the flagship yacht of Silicon valley billionaire, James Clark’s personal fleet. She was delivered by the dutch shipyard Royal Huisman back in 2004 and remains one of the biggest private sailing boats in the world. This classic superyacht was modelled on another famous sailing yacht, Creole- a beautiful wooden sailing yacht built in 1927 for the Gucci family.
3. Eos- 93 metres
Eos was build by the German shipyard Lürssen. Photo: Lürssen
Owner: Barry Diller
In fourth place and reaching an impressive 93 metres is Eos; a charming three-masted schooner with a striking navy blue hull. She was built by Lürssen in 2006, and is one of very few sailing yachts to be built by the German shipyard. For 11 years Eos was the proud title holder of the world’s largest luxury sailing yacht until she was surpassed in 2017.
2. The Black Pearl- 106 metres
The Black Pearl is a three masted yacht with black sails. Photo: My Luxe Point
Owner: Oleg Burlakov
The aptly named Black Pearl is a magnificent 106 metre yacht with her iconic black sails which, despite covering 2788 square metres, can be ready in as little as 7 minutes. Another feature that has made this superyacht famous is the use of the DynaRig sailing system which gives the Black Pearl the ability to cross the Atlantic Ocean without using fuel. The Black Pearl also houses a glass lift, spa pool, hot tub and beach club cinema on board.
1. Sailing Yacht A- 142.81 metres
Sailing Yacht A is the world's largest sailing yacht. Photo: nobiskrug
Owner: Andrey Melnichenko
In first place is Sailing Yacht A. This futuristic, silver-metallic yacht reaches an astounding 143 metres in length and is owned by Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko who is also the proud owner of her counterpart “Motor Yacht A”.
Her length is not her only impressive feature; her three masts are classified as the tallest freestanding composite structures in the world. Her mainmast reaches 100 metres above the waterline which, if laid flat, would beat out Eos, Athena and The Maltese Falcon. Sailing Yacht A is also said to be equipped with an underwater observation pod, a hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system and state-of- the-art navigation systems.
Main image: Perini Navi
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