Currently the 10th largest superyacht in the world and one of the most futuristic ones, the 142.8-metre sailing yacht A has been spotted in Monaco, reports The Sun. The vessel is owned by a Russian industrialist tycoon Andrey Melnichenko, whose net worth is estimated at $13.4 billion by Forbes.
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Estimated at about $500 million, the yacht was built by German yard Nobiskrug in 2017. Although her 142.8-metre LOA would give Melnichenko's new flagship the title of largest sailing yacht in the world, many experts rather consider her more of a hybrid between the two types due to her technical classification as a sail-assisted motor yacht.
Part of the renowned A fleet, the yacht features exterior and interior designs by Philippe Starck. With masts taller than Big Ben at nearly 100 meters in height, S/Y A reaches a top speed of 20 knots without using her sails.
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S/Y A boasts a digital control system that has a touch-sensitive sheet of black glass, allowing the crew to raise and lower sails and the anchor with a simple swipe.
The vessel offers accommodation to up to 20 guests as well as a crew of 54 across her eight floors. Shrouded in secrecy throughout her build and following her delivery, very little details are known about the amenities onboard the sailing yacht.
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Among the yacht's key known features is an underwater observation pod and a large swimming pool with a retractable roof located towards the bow of the boat. She is also equipped with a helipad.
Reportedly, Melnichenko also owns the $300 million motor yacht A, a custom Boeing 737 private jet as well as properties around the world, including a penthouse in New York City and a villa in the French Riviera. He lives a jet-setting lifestyle with his wife Aleksandra, former model and pop star from Serbia. The pair married in an opulent wedding in the south of France in 2005, which featured performances by Whitney Houston and Christina Aguilera.
Key annual event of the yachting industry, the Monaco Yacht Show, took place from 25 to 28 September this year. Traditionally, it featured the most impressive fleet of acclaimed superyachts and new-builds, even attracting a record-breaking number of exhibitors this year. The largest number in the show’s history, 600 companies came to energize the yachting market, drawing an encouragingly vast and committed clientele to the show.Check Yacht Harbour’s list of the TOP 10 most impressive superyachts seen at the MYS 2019’ edition here.The organisers report, after the 29th edition of the MYS, feedback from the exhibitors is pragmatic and positive: although the market could be stronger, positive signs are to be noted, including the higher number of private visitors present at Monaco’s Port Hercule this year. Furthermore, several sales deals have been closed after the show, such as 67-metre Heesen superyacht Project Sparta for 2023 delivery or 125-metre Project Jag signed by Lürssen.The MYS private concierge service invited over 211 VIP visitors (compared to 150 in 2018), linking them up with the show’s exhibitors and triggering over 50 yacht visits. The majority of the potential clients came from the USA, Russia, the UK, China and India. According to the exhibitors’ feedback, the definite trend in visitor profile comprises a broader range of countries and a wider age bracket.During the major event in the world of luxury yachting, some of the latest superyacht projects, technologies and joint ventures have been unveiled by the leading yards. The list of premiered concepts included among others Falcon Rig Gallery by Perini Navi or 70-metre superyacht project S702 by Tankoa.Bringing together some of the most outstanding vessels, the show increased in attendance this year by the albeit slight (31,565 visitors compared to 30,400 in 2018).This year’s edition of the MYS showcased 125 superyachts with an estimated total worth of around €4 billion, the most impressive fleet of vessels ever to be presented there. The superyacht exhibition included 44 new models and 14 megayachts over 70 metres in length, not to mention the 111-metre TIS and the 106-metre Amadea. Although the average length remained stable at 49.5m, the average price for a motoryacht exhibited at the show reached €37.8 million this year. 600 participating companies occupied a large section of Port Hercule, split into different themed areas. Yacht builders, brokers and designers set up their stands on the quaysides, close to their yachts. Tender and water toy manufacturers showcased no fewer than 55 pieces of equipment, with half of them presented for the first time. Their stands were mainly situated on the port’s Quai Antoine Ier, where the yacht show’s Car Deck displayed 30 collector or custom-built cars and motorbikes. The show’s many nautical equipment manufacturers and country pavilions were set up in tents on the port’s Darse Sud and Quai Albert Ier. The Parvis Piscine tent was dedicated to luxury products and services, with a fully revamped Upper Deck Lounge, reserved for the show’s partners from the luxury industry, spanned over 2 floors.On the eve of the MYS, 4 prizes were awarded at the 6th Monaco Yacht Show Superyacht Awards ceremony. The list of winners comprised three vessels. The 64-metre Sanlorenzo flagship superyacht Attila received the MYS/RINA Award for her design that complies with the environmental standards established by RINA. The brand new Lürssen superyacht TIS picked MYS Interior Design Award. Last but not the least, the 80-metre Abeking & Rasmussen Excellence won two prizes, the MYS Exterior Design Award, and the ceremony’s most prestigious award, the MYS Finest New Superyacht Award.The release expresses:The 2019 MYS carried a note of optimism, supported by its exhibitors' commitment to showcasing their finest products and services and by an increasingly varied final-client profile. The date has been set for next year’s event to confirm this positive trend on the Monaco Yacht Show’s 30th anniversary.
October 21, 2019
The 91.5-metre Oceanco superyacht Tranquility has been listed for sale via Camper & Nicholsons, who has been responsible for her charter management. The superyacht was acquired for $126,000,000 by Genting Malaysia Bhd in April 2019, as a result of corruption scandal linked to Jho Low.The long running saga around the yacht dates back to August 2018, when the Indonesian authorities seized Low Taek Jho’s superyacht at the request of the US Department of Justice, and transferred her to Malaysia. It is alleged, that the yacht was originally purchased by Low Taek Jho using money embezzled from the 1MDB state fund.Shortly afterwards, Tranquility was put on sale as a part of the effort to recover funds stolen by Low and his cohorts from the state fund, according to The Independent. In the meantime, the vessel’s maintenance had cost the government over $3,500,000 since her reclaiming in August 2018.After several rounds of sale process, the highest bid was received from Genting Group, a Malaysia-based investment holding and management company, engaged in
October 21, 2019
One of the leading Dutch builders, Heesen has announced the sale of YN 20067, a 67-metre steel FDHF fully designed by UK-based studio Winch Design. With her delivery scheduled to 2023, she is the third sale by Heesen in 2019.First presented at the Monaco Yacht Show 2018 as Project Avanti, this new design has captured the attention of the client with its dynamic architecture. The owner, an experienced charterer and yacht connoisseur, has appointed Arcon Yachts as project manager. The elegant sheer line of Project Sparta connects a strong bow to an inviting transom, trademarked with a stepped aft deck area with a five-metre infinity pool. The yacht also features a raised pilothouse conceived by Winch Design for a new-look sporty profile.With a top speed of 16 knots and FDHF devised by Van Oossanen, Project Sparta is said to be extremely efficient, too. She features a maximum range of 4,500 nautical miles at 12 knots. The superyacht features impressive interior volume of 1,200 GT. The layout is characterised by a full beam salon on the main deck. This feature, unique on a vessel of this size, makes Project Sparta a true pocket mega-yacht. The indoor dining area connects to the aft deck terrace, which is protected on both sides for optimal comfort, and allows for a smooth transition, both at anchor and when underway. Four guest suites are located forward on the main deck. Thanks to a sliding partition, the two forward cabins can convert to a full-beam VIP.An off-centre spiral staircase with glass elevator services all three decks. The lower deck houses a walk-in wellness area with oval Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gymnasium, as well as the crew quarters and galley.The owner has reserved the entire bridge deck for himself. Two suites are located one forward with its private outdoor lounge area located fore, and the other facing aft with access to the private terrace with outdoor dining and lounging.Meanwhile, the yard has just shared construction update on 60-metre steel Project Falcon. The builder also confirms that no less than 13 yachts are currently under construction at Heesen facility.
October 21, 2019
Dutch shipyard Royal Huisman partnered with ThirtyC design studio and Dykstra Naval Architects have introduced a 'double' superyacht concept during the Monaco Yacht Show 2019. The design concept complements the earlier revealed 88-metre sailing superyacht Lotus with a 70-metre companion vessel Lotus’ Shadow.A 'next-generation' twin project from the British design studio ThirtyC, ‘Lotus’ bridges the gap between the experience of sailing and the adventure of the motor yacht lifestyle. Designed with the combination of dual-mast DynaRig sailing yacht and rugged Support Vessel, Lotus aims at unbridled freedom for both the journey and the destination.The lightweight, high-tech 88-metre sailing yacht represents the primary vessel in this 'private armada', offering owners speed, precision sailing and the ability to cruise the world in comfort or compete in global superyacht regattas. This versatility is due to the world’s first twin-mast DynaRig structure, meaning Lotus has the potential to become one of the most technologically advanced and fastest sailing yacht of her kind on the water.Drawn with signature ThirtyC style, Lotus has been born out of collaboration with Royal Huisman and DynaRig specialists Dykstra Naval Architects. The project opts for complete customisation, open spaces, reduced complexity in terms of both rigging and crew as well as an engineering package that fits both luxury and agility on the water.Able to accommodate up to 16 guests across eight cabins and a master suite, Lotus features a 2,200 square-metre sail area and a top speed of 20 knots.As to the 70-metre support vessel Lotus’ Shadow, she is designed to prepare for the sailing yacht’s arrival at any given destination. She will be packed to the brim with toys, tenders, cars, helicopters and other items that enhance the experience of travelling the globe.The vessel is highlighted by a 1.312-square-foot space for housing tenders, toys, helicopters, cars and even a submarine upon request. Moreover, she would offer room for the crew of 18 and 8 guests across 4 cabins.The motor yacht side of the duo, the aggressively styled, futuristic and clean design of the support vessel works with the aesthetic of the sailing yacht to act as a complete package. On the water, the functionality of the support vessel also complements the lifestyle of the sailing yacht, bringing with it entourages, pilots, doctors, and any guides or team members to help make the journey more than unique.
October 18, 2019
Italian superyacht builder Ferretti SpA has announced its withdrawal from public listing of 30% of the company’s shares on the Milan stock exchange. The decision has been altered from the earlier course on returning to the listing.The group already considered a return to the stock market back in 2008 but then the process was hindered by global financial crisis. The current change of plans is stipulated by no sufficient valuation under current market conditions, despite a number of positive applications, the company says.The first auction with the participation of Ferretti on the Milan Stock Exchange was to take place on October 21. The company planned to put up a 30% stake. However, by the end of the IPO period, which lasted first from October 1 to 10, and then prolonged until October 15.Alberto Galassi, CEO of Ferretti SpAFerretti saw lowering of its indicative price range for shares from the initial target of €2.50 to €3.70 per share to only between €2.00 and €2.50. That said, it would have meant a market valuation of € 581 million instead of aimed €1.08 billion.Ferretti was acquired by Chinese industrial conglomerate Weichai Group in 2012. Under the Chinese management, the company succeeded to return from the crisis stage back to profit in 2017, paying off the debts through the activity of Riva and Pershing brands.Currently, Weichai Group controls 75% of the company’s stake, with 13% bought by an heir of Enzo Ferrari, the founder of the iconic Italian supercar maker, in 2016.However, in the new prospective, Alberto Galassi, CEO of the company, said in 2020 a share of about 30% might be sold to some new investor from Europe, reported Reuters.For the moment, The Ferretti Group comprises eight brands: Ferretti Yachts, Riva, Pershing, CRN, Custom Line, Itama, Mochi Craft and Wally, the latest acquisition closed in April 2019. The brands portfolio is set to produce 43 models altogether. Meanwhile, the company revealed at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2019, it had received an equity injection of €250 million from Weichai Group and Piero Ferrari through F Investments.
October 18, 2019