Sailing yacht

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An IMOCA 60, yacht of 60 feet.
Aerial view of a sailing yacht club and marina - Yacht Harbour Residence "Hohe Düne" in Rostock, Germany.

A Sailing Yacht (SY or S/Y) is a ship prefix used to identify a vessel that is privately owned and uses sails as its primary means of propulsion.

The category of classes sailing yacht is among those officially recognized by the International Sailing Federation.[1] This category includes within it the sailing boats that exceed 30 feet (over 9 meters), so in all respects similar to a yacht.


Sailing yachts can range in overall length (Length Over All—LOA) from about 6 metres (20 ft) to well over 30 metres (98 ft), where the distinction between a yacht and a ship becomes blurred. Most privately owned yachts fall in the range of about 7–14 metres (23–46 ft); the cost of building and keeping a yacht rises quickly as length increases. In the United States, sailors tend to refer to smaller yachts as [sailboats], while referring to the general sport of sailing as yachting. Within the limited context of sailboat racing, a yacht is any sailing vessel taking part in a race, regardless of size.

Modern yachts have efficient sail-plans, most notably the Bermuda rig, that allow them to sail towards the wind. This capability is the result of a sail-plan and hull design.


These are the nine classes of the International Sailing Federation.


  1. ^ "Classes". Retrieved 21 April 2012. 

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DPI (Discretional Points Imposed) is the annotation given in race results once the race committee has adjusted the result to reflect a breach in the sailing instructions by the yacht in question.