Sailing Yacht A
Sailing Yacht A, is the latest superboat to make its way into the expansive collection of industrialist Andrey Melnichenko, thought to be worth £8.5 billion.
It was seen undergoing tests and employing its sails for the first time in Strande, nearby Kiel, northern Germany, its shadow dwarfing other nearby sailing boats.
At eight-decks and with masts that are nearly 330ft tall, it eclipses the height of London’s Elizabeth Tower, which houses the Great Bell known as Big Ben, and has its own underwater lounge surrounded by thick glass.
It also boasts a digital control system that has a touch sensitive sheet of black glass, allowing the crew to raise and lower the sails and anchor with the swipe of their fingers.
Sailing Yacht A’s keel incorporates one of the largest single pieces of curved glass ever made at 193 square feet, creating an underwater lounge on the bottom deck, and it is powered by a hybrid diesel-electric system at a top speed of 21 knots (24 mph).
The masts were produced by Magma Structures based in Portsmouth, and were shipped out to the German port
After months of preparation work, the Sailing Yacht A finally took to the seas in northern Germany last month before today’s sail test. Mr Melnichenko, who has made his vast fortune with investments in coal, fertilisers and banking, was said to have put his other superyacht Motor Yacht A (pictured) up for sale, as he replaces it with the grander Sailing Yacht
It was built by leading shipyard Blohm + Voss in Hamburg, Germany, and designed by Frenchman Philippe Starck, a renowned contemporary designer who is responsible for the look of Melnichenko’s new toy, Sailing Yacht A.