A (sailing yacht)

Sailing Yacht A is a sailing yacht launched in 2015.[2] The vessel is a sail-assisted motor yacht[3] designed by Philippe Starck (interiors, exteriors)[4] and built by Nobiskrug in Kiel, Germany for the Russian billionaire industrialist and philanthropist Andrey Melnichenko.[5]

Sailing yacht A, starboard
Name: A
Namesake: A
Owner: Andrey Melnichenko
Port of registry: Hamilton, Bermuda
Ordered: March 2011
Builder: Nobiskrug
Yard number: 787
Launched: April 2015
Acquired: May 2017
Identification: IMO number: 1012141[1]
Status: Delivered
General characteristics
Tonnage: 12,558
Length: 142.81 m (468.5 ft)
Beam: 24.80 m (81.4 ft)
Height: ~100.00 m (328.1 ft)
Draught: ~8.00 m (26.2 ft)
Decks: 8
Installed power: Variable-speed diesel-electric plant
Propulsion: Lineshaft controllable-pitch twin screw
Sail plan: 3,747 m2 (40,330 sq ft) 3-mast schooner rig
  • Cruising: 16 knots (30 km/h)
  • Top: 21 knots (39 km/h)
Range: 5,340 nmi (9,890 km)
Crew: 54

Its propulsion consists of a variable-speed hybrid powerplant with two lineshaft controllable-pitch propellers that is sail-assisted by a three-mast fore-and-aft sailing rig. The freestanding carbonfiber rotating masts were manufactured by Magma Structures at Trafalgar Wharf, Portsmouth.[6] Doyle Sailmakers USA manufactured the three fully automated carbonfiber/taffeta full roach sails. The furling booms were built in Valencia by Future Fibres. The rigging of this yacht was developed partially to be implemented on cargo ships and to be used for commercial use.[7] The vessel features an underwater observation pod in the keel with 30 cm (12 in)-thick glass. It is the largest private sail-assisted motor yacht in the world.[8]

Sailing Yacht A was delivered by Nobiskrug on February 3, 2017, and left Kiel on February, 5, 2017.[9][10][11] It exited the Baltic Sea in light mode on near-empty fuel tanks in order to clear the Drogden Strait with minimum draught. It underwent final sea trials and the final fit-out at the Navantia shipyard in Cartagena, Spain. According to media reports, Sailing Yacht A was handed over to the owner on May 4, 2017 in Monaco by the project team led by Dirk Kloosterman having completed her final sea trials in the Navantia shipyard at Cartagena, and final tests and inspections at Gibraltar.[12] Boat International called it "the boundary pushing superyacht".[3]

  • Building site: Kiel[13]
  • Builder: Nobiskrug
  • Naval architecture: Nobiskrug & Dykstra Naval Architects
  • Exterior design: Philippe Starck[4]
  • Interior decoration: Philippe Starck
  • Diesel powerplant: two MTU 20V 4000 M73L 2,050 rpm 3,600 kW lineshaft engines [14]
  • Electric powerplant: four 14,050–24,050rpm 2,800 kW hotel generators driving two Vacon 4,300 kW lineshaft motors
  • Transmission: superimposable/clutched diesel-electric transmission controlled by DEIF systems
  • Propulsion: Andritz Hydro / Escher Wyss & Cie. 5-bladed controllable-pitch lineshaft twin screw[5]
  • Emission Treatment: Emigeen, 4x DPF (soot filtration) on DGs.

See also


  1. "SY A (1012141)". LR Class Direct. Lloyd's Register.
  2. "Exclusive: 6 facts about the build of Sailing Yacht A". Boat International. Retrieved 2017-09-01.
  3. Martin Hager (2015-11-02), "Sailingyaht "A" - Ein bau der Superlativ" (PDF), Boote Exclusiv, no. 6/15, pp. 8–11
  4. Amanda McCracken (November 2015), "Nobiskrug visit report", Boat International, no. 353, pp. 128–138
  5. The World's tallest freestanding masts (PDF), Magma Structures
  6. "Sailing Yacht A". www.superyachttimes.com. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  7. Laura Nineham (2015-10-30), Facts about the build of Sailing Yacht A, Boat International
  8. Chris Jefferies (2017-02-03), "Sailing Yacht A delivered by Nobiskrug", Boat International
  9. Vesna Blötz (2017-02-03), Nobiskrug to deliver sail-assisted superyacht “Sailing Yacht A”, German Naval Yards Kiel
  10. Charl van Rooy (6 February 2017), "Sailing Yacht A delivered", SuperYacht Times
  11. "PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Sailing Yacht A's sails seen up in Monaco". Mail Online. Retrieved 2017-09-01.
  12. "Sailing Yacht A". www.superyachttimes.com. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  13. "Diesel Engines for Patrol Crafts and FPBs".
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