Sailing Yacht A is now on its way to Cartagena after being impounded in Gibraltar over claims that the German shipyard, Nobiskrug, hadn't been fully paid for its work on the superyacht

23 February 2017

Sailing Yacht A left Gibraltar on Wednesday morning, 22 February, after being impounded over claims of unpaid bills.
The superyacht is now on its way to Cartagena to undergo further sea trials after its owner, Russian billionaire Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko, settled the outstanding bill with German shipyard Nobiskrug.
Sailing Yacht A will be delivered to Melnichenko later in the spring.

21 February 2017

One of the world’s largest sail-assisted superyachts, Sailing Yacht A,  has been impounded by the Gibraltar Port Authority over claims of an outstanding bill.

German shipyard, Nobiskrug is claiming that it still hasn’t received an outstanding payment of £13.3 million from Valla Yachts Ltd, the company which the yacht is registered to.

Just a few weeks ago, Nobiskrug announced that it had delivered Sailing Yacht A.

Its managing director, Holger Kahl said at the time that the 468-foot vessel was “undoubtedly one of the most visionary projects Nobiskrug has ever been involved in.”

Sailing Yacht A was impounded last week while it was on its way to southern Spain where the ship will undergo further sea trials before the internal fit-out continues at another shipyard.

The vessel, which has unique features such as underwater observation pod, hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system and state-of-the-art navigation system, is expected to be handed over to its billionaire Russian owner, Andrey Melnichenko in the late Spring.

Speaking to The Guardian, the Gibraltar Admiralty marshal Liam Yeats, said: “The vessel is under arrest and is currently at anchor in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.”

A spokesman for Melnichenko has described the incident as “a technical problem”.

He told the BBC: “We are confident that the yacht will be handed over to the owner’s project team in the coming days and this unfortunate episode will be over.”


6 February 2017

The German ship builder, Nobiskrug, has announced that it has delivered Sailing Yacht A.

Built for the the Russian billionaire, Andrey Melnichenko, the sail-assisted superyacht measures almost 143 metres (468-ft) and has a gross tonnage of about 12,600 GT.

Sailing Yacht A is one of the world’s largest and the most advanced superyachts, with unique features such as underwater observation pod, hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system and state-of-the-art navigation systems.

Sailing Yacht A on the water

Sailing Yacht A on the water. Credit: Olaf Eggert/Kiel

The vessel’s distinctive three masts are the tallest and most highly loaded freestanding composite structures in the world.

The mainmast towers 100 metres above the waterline.

Sailing Yacht A has been designed by Philippe Starck, who is known for creating unconventional vessels which challenges the expectations of conventional aesthetics.

He is responsible for Melnichenko’s previous superyacht, Motor Yacht A.

Working with the Owners Project Director, Dirk Kloosterman and his dedicated team, Nobiskrug believes Sailing Yacht A will become “one of the greatest PYC superyachts in the world in terms of design and technology”

Sailing Yacht A has now been delivered

The distinctive masts of Sailing Yacht A. Credit: Carl Groll

The German yard used a steel hull and steel superstructure with high-tech composite fashion plates that can be formed into any shape or size.

Commenting on the delivery, Nobiskrug’s managing director, Holger Kahl said: “Born from the desire of the owner to ‘push the boundaries of engineering and challenge the status quo of the industry’, “Sailing Yacht A” is undoubtedly one of the most visionary projects Nobiskrug has ever been involved in.”

“Thanks to her striking looks and innovative technology, Sailing Yacht A is unquestionably the most anticipated delivery of 2017. She will definitely change the future landscape of the Nobiskrug fleet as well as the future of supersail,” he added.

Sailing Yacht A is currently heading to southern Spain where she will undergo further sea trials as the internal fit-out continues at another shipyard.

The handover to Melnichenko is estimated to take place in the late Spring.

5 December 2016

Built for the Russian billionaire, Andrey Melnichenko, Sailing Yacht A is expected to be one of the most eagerly anticipated launches of 2017.

The 140-metre vessel has recently undergone further sea trials in Kiel, Germany.

Sailing Yacht A

It has been designed by Philippe Starck, who also designed Melnichenko’s Superyacht A which is currently on the market for $300 million.

Marine Electronics EU has pulled together some of the fascinating facts about Sailing Yacht A – perfect for impressing your mates down the pub!

Sailing Yacht A inforgraphic

The three masts on Sailing Yacht A have been built by Magma Structures at Trafalgar Wharf in Portsmouth.

They are the world’s tallest carbon composite masts and were designed by Dykstra Naval Architects in the Netherlands.

Sailing Yacht A inforgraphic

Sailing Yacht A may beat many records, but speed isn’t one of them.

Sailing Yacht A inforgraphic

Inside, Sailing Yacht can luxuriously accommodate up to 20 guests and a crew of 54.

A highlight is the 193-square-foot curved glass observation pod in the vessel’s hull.

Sailing Yacht A inforgraphic

Sailing Yacht A is reported to be costing $400 million to build, which is more than double the price of the New Titanic and more than the national defence budget of Estonia, Cameroon and Georgia.

It is expected to cost $40 million a year to run

Sailing Yacht A inforgraphic


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.