One of the world's biggest sailing yachts, Sailing Yacht A, is nearing completion. The vessel has just undergone further sea trials off the coast of Germany.

5 October 2016

New video of Sailing Yacht A leaving the Nobiskrug yard in Kiel, Germany, reveals the massive 469-foot superyacht is nearing completion.

The sail-assisted motor yacht has been designed by Frenchman Philippe Starck, and is being built for the Russian billionaire Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko.

It will replace the Melnichenko’s current vessel, Motor Yacht A, which is currently for sale with a price tag of $300 million.

Sailing Yacht A left the shipyard for sea trials earlier this month, nearly a year after it made its world debut.

The superyacht, which is reported to be costing Melnichenko $450 million, has eight decks and a unique underwater observation pod in the keel with 30cm-thick glass.

The hull is made of steel, and has now been painted grey.

It has a top speed of 21 knots, and is powered by a variable-speed hybrid powerplant with two lineshaft controllable-pitch propellers.

Sailing Yacht A also has three distinct carbon-fibre rotating masts, which were manufactured by Magma Structures at Trafalgar Wharf, Portsmouth.

The sails were made by Doyle Sailmakers USA.

The superyacht is designed to accommodate up to 20 guests and a crew of 54, and is expected to be completed in 2017.

22 October 2015

Sailing Yacht A, has made its debut, sailing in a series of sea trials off the coast of Germany.

The 142-metre yacht is being built for 43-year-old Russian billionaire Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko, one of Russia’s 10 richest people.

The mogul reportedly spent £292 million on the yacht, which he helped to design. The boat has eight decks and will have a crew of 54.

Dutch firm Dykstra Naval Architects was contracted for the ship design and the massive boat is under construction at German Naval Yards in Kiel, Germany.

One of the yacht’s several superlative design features is an enormous 193-square-foot curved glass observation pod in the vessel’s hull allowing the billionaire and his guests undersea views.

White Pearl or Sailing Yacht A

The boat also boasts three composite carbon fibre masts that are reportedly the largest and most technologically advanced free-standing masts in the world. It can also be powered by two hybrid diesel-electric engines and large electric motors.

Sailing Yacht A is scheduled for delivery in 2016. Melnichenko also owns one of the largest and most expensive motor yachts in the world, Motor Yacht A.

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  • AndrewB

    Ugliest yacht ever built?
    This has to be a joke.

  • Toffer99

    I hear that after it was built they couldn’t afford the sails.