At 143 meters (469 feet) and a gross tonnage of 12,600, A is also the largest sailing yachts in the world, three years after delivery. A stands out for a groundbreaking and visually-arresting design and a focus on being environmentally-friendly.
As noted above, it’s probably just as stunning on the inside as it’s on the outside, but that we’ll probably never know. Melnichenko is unlikely to invite photographers on board or, for that matter, offer too many details about A to the media.
This explains why not much is known about the A, except for some general details regarding performance and exterior design. This, despite the fact that it's one of the most stalked (but rarely photographed out in the wild) superyachts in the world.
“Steel hull and steel superstructure with high-tech composite fashion plates that can be formed into any shape or size, a technology Nobiskrug has developed during the past 15 years in co-operation with classification societies and special subcontractors,” the German shipyard says of the proprietary technology in a brief description of A on the official website.
To guarantee maximum privacy and further emphasize this sleek outline, Sailing Yacht A comes with silver-metallic surfaces that reflect the outside and windows that look nearly invisible from afar. The metallic surfaces cover most outdoor areas, so that, from a distance, it looks like the entire yacht is more like a closed capsule than a regular yacht. This was designer Starck’s way of challenging “conventional aesthetics” and delivering a truly one-of-a-kind experience to guests.
The most interesting feature on the A superyacht are the three, slightly bent carbon fiber masts: they are the tallest freestanding masts in the world, each measuring about 100 meters (328 feet) above water. Each mast hosts sails bigger than a football field.
As beautiful and boundary-breaking as Sailing Yacht A is, its interiors remain a secret. Nobiskrug does say that it features a unique observation pod in the keel, where guests can take in the underwater views through 30 cm (12-inch)-thick glass. Spy shots confirm that A comes with a touch-and-go helipad and beach club at the rear, and what must be ample living spaces spread across the 8 decks.
Accommodation capacity is also another well-guarded secret, but reports in the industry claim A can house a crew of 54. With such an impressive crew and given the massive size of the superyacht, it’s safe to assume that A was built with large parties in mind and extended periods away from the proverbial maddening crowd.
Here is a look at Sailing Yacht A from afar, set to music as dramatic as the vessel itself.