A (sailing yacht)

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Sailing yacht A, starboard
OwnerAndrey Melnichenko, but seized by Guardia di Finanza
Port of registryHamilton, Bermuda
OrderedMarch 2011
Yard number787
LaunchedApril 2015
AcquiredMay 2017
IdentificationIMO number1012141[1]
StatusSeized by authorities
General characteristics
Tonnage12,558 gt
Length142.81 m (468.5 ft)
Beam24.80 m (81.4 ft)
Height~100.00 m (328.1 ft)
Draught~8.00 m (26.2 ft)
Installed powerVariable-speed diesel-electric plant
PropulsionLineshaft controllable-pitch twin screw
Sail plan3,747 m2 (40,330 sq ft) 3-mast schooner rig
  • Cruising: 16 knots (30 km/h)
  • Top: 21 knots (39 km/h)
Range5,340 nmi (9,890 km)

Sailing Yacht A is a sailing yacht launched in 2015.[2] The vessel is a sail-assisted motor yacht[3] designed by Philippe Starck (exteriors and interiors)[4][5] and built by Nobiskrug in Kiel, Germany for the Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko.[6]

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.[7] 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 the yacht was developed partially to be implemented on cargo ships and for commercial use.[8] 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.[9]

Sailing Yacht A was delivered by Nobiskrug on 3 February 2017, and left Kiel on 5 February 2017.[10][11][12] 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. Boat International called it "the boundary pushing superyacht".[3]

The yacht was seized by the Italian authorities on 12 March 2022 in the port of Trieste, due to the EU's sanctions imposed on a number of Russian businessmen as a consequence of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. A spokesperson for Melnichenko vowed to contest the seizure.[13]


  • Building site: Kiel, Germany[14]
  • 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[15]
  • Electric powerplant: four 14,050–24,050 rpm 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[6]
  • Emission treatment: Emigreen, 4 × diesel particulate filter (soot filtration) on diesel generators.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SY A (1012141)". LR Class Direct. Lloyd's Register.
  2. ^ "The best photos of Sailing Yacht A". www.boatinternational.com. Retrieved 2022-03-10.
  3. ^ a b "Exclusive: 6 facts about the build of Sailing Yacht A". Boat International. Retrieved 2017-09-01.
  4. ^ a b Martin Hager (2015-11-02), "Sailingyacht "A" - Ein bau der Superlative" (PDF), Boote Exclusiv, no. 6/15, pp. 8–11
  5. ^ "SAILING YACHT A | Luxury Sailing Yachts | Nobiskrug". Nobiskrug Superyachts. Retrieved 2021-10-15.
  6. ^ a b Amanda McCracken (November 2015), "Nobiskrug visit report", Boat International, no. 353, pp. 128–138
  7. ^ The World's tallest freestanding masts (PDF), Magma Structures
  8. ^ "Sailing Yacht A". www.superyachttimes.com. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  9. ^ Laura Nineham (2015-10-30), Facts about the build of Sailing Yacht A, Boat International
  10. ^ Chris Jefferies (2017-02-03), "Sailing Yacht A delivered by Nobiskrug", Boat International
  11. ^ Vesna Blötz (2017-02-03), Nobiskrug to deliver sail-assisted superyacht "Sailing Yacht A", German Naval Yards Kiel
  12. ^ Charl van Rooy (6 February 2017), "Sailing Yacht A delivered", SuperYacht Times
  13. ^ "Italy seizes Russian oligarch Melnichenko's Sailing Yacht A". Reuters. 12 March 2022. Retrieved 12 March 2022.
  14. ^ "Sailing Yacht A". www.superyachttimes.com. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  15. ^ "Diesel Engines for Patrol Crafts and FPBs".
  16. ^ Nicholls, Laura (July 2, 2020). "Tech 101: How superyacht exhaust after-treatment systems work". Superyacht Times. Archived from the original on 2020-08-08. Retrieved 2021-03-15.