Top 8 Largest Sailing Yachts in The World

Nothing screams luxury and extreme wealth as a massive superyacht. Among them, sailing yachts have a special place, often at the top of the food chain. Not only are they more expensive to build, but they also require more money to operate, due to the complicated rigging. With their impressive masts and amazing sail plans, they are the sight to be beholden. They catch the eyes not only of seasoned mariners but every person who has ever laid their eyes on one and these eight largest are some of the most impressive sailing ships ever built.

Apart from using the power of wing, the modern sailing yacht has very little in common with sailing ships of the old. Most of them employ DynaRig technology, allowing the crew to operate masts and sails electronically from the cabin. The new technology has almost eliminated the need for perilous climbs on the mast, often more than 300 feet tall, and reduced the number of crew needed to operate them.

Sailing Yacht A
Length: 142.8 meters
Design: Philippe Starck
Builder: Nobiskrug in Kiel, Germany

Officially listed as a sail-assisted motor yacht, Sailing Yacht A is, above anything else, a technological wonder. It is powered by a combination of two line shaft controllable-pitch propellers and three 100-meters tall masts made from carbon fiber, able to hold a total of 3,747 m2 of sails. It isn’t the longest yacht in the world, but it is the largest in terms of volume, at 12,558 GT. The yacht is owned by Andrey Melnichenko, a Russian industrialist and registered at Hamilton, Bermuda.

Black Pearl
Length: 106 meters
Design: Oceanco
Builder: Oceanco in Alblasserdam, Netherlands

Named after a legendary Captain Jack Sparrow’s ship from the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise, Black Pearl has three DynaRig masts, with a total of 2,900 m2 of sails. Its hull is made of steel, with an aluminum superstructure. The masts are made of carbon fiber. Black Pearl has won the prestigious Sailing Superyacht of the Year Award in 2019. The owner is Oleg Burlakov and she is registered at Cayman Islands.

Length: 93 meters
Design: Bill Langan
Builder: Lurssen in Bremen, Germany

Launched in 2006, Eos is a three-masted Bermuda rigged schooner. It is named after the Greek goddess of dawn. In 2012, a fire broke onboard the vessel, while she was near the island of Ormøya in Oslo, Norway. Nobody was hurt, but the yacht suffered a considerable She is owned by Barry Diller and registered at Cayman Islands.

Length: 90 meters
Design: Pieter Beeldsnijder and Rebecca Bradley
Builder: Royal Huisman in Vollenhove, Netherlands

A clipper-bowed three-masted gaff rigged schooner, Athena was the largest sailing yacht in the world at the moment of launching in 2004. It was built by Royal Huisman for internet entrepreneur James H. Clark. He tried selling it a coulee of times, with an asking price of $95 million, which was later reduced first to $75 million and finally in 2019 to $45 million. Athena is registered at Cayman Islands.

Maltese Falcon
Length: 88 meters
Design: Dykstra Naval Architects
Builder: Perini Navi in Tuzla, İstanbul

Built for Tom Perkins in 2006, Maltese Falcon was one of the first sailing yachts to incorporate DynaRig system for managing sails. It was originally launched in 1990 but found no buyers in the aftermath of the Gulf War. In 2008, Perkins sold it to Pleon Ltd, which started chartering her to celebrities like Tom Hanks and Hugh Jackman.

Length: 86 meters
Design: Tripp Design Naval Architects and Dölker + Voges GmbH
Builder: Oceanco in Alblasserdam, Netherlands

Aquijo is the largest ketch (a two-masted sailboat whose mainmast is taller than the mizzen mast) in the world. She was launched in 2015. Aquijo is owned by Kjell Ingeo Rokke, a Norwegian billionaire and is available for charter.

Length: 77.5 metres
Design: Ron Holland Design
Builder: Vosper Thornycroft in Woolston, United Kingdom

M5 was launched in 2005 as Mirabella V. she was commissioned by Joseph Vittoria, CEO of Avic car rentals. In 2013, she was sold and refitted at Pendennis Shipyard. Changes included carbon fiber rigging, reverse transom, and an extended stern. She remains the largest single-masted yacht ever built. The new owners also added a Carbon Cub seaplane on her stern.

Length: 75 meters
Design: Michel Bigion
Builder: DCAN in Toulon, France

Launched in 1975, Enigma is the oldest vessel on our list. At the time of the launch, she was called Phocea and she was the largest sailing yacht in the world until Athena was launched in 2004.

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