Mega Yacht

I Mega Yacht più belli del mondo

50- Mondango 52.12m (171′)

built in New Zealand, 2008


The first in this list of the world’s largest sailing yachts is Q (ex-Mondango 2). The stunning Dubois 52 metre ketch from Alloy Yachts was launched in 2008 and was an award winner at the 2009 Showboats Design Awards.

This beautiful high performance sailing yacht has been meticulously designed and built by dedicated owners who have been involved in every aspect of her development.

Her modern and fresh interior design, by Reymond Langton, offers luxury accommodation for 10 guests.

Builder: Alloy Yachts
Naval architecture & Exterior styling:Dubois Naval Architects
Interior design: Reymond Langton


49- Luna | 52.27m (171’6″)

built in 1997, Italy


The 52.27 metre Luna (ex-Galaxia) was built by the famed Perini Navi yard in 1997 to ABS class and has an interior designed by the yard and Bernardo Chichi.

Launched as Liberty, this large sailing yacht has accommodation for 10 guests in five staterooms.

Builder: Perini Navi
Naval architecture & Exterior styling: Perini Navi
Interior design: Bernardo Chichi


48  Squall | 52.33m (171’8″)

built in 2002, Italy


Built by Perini Navi, designed by Dubois Naval Architects and with an interior by Rémi Tessier, Squall was launched in 2003.

This huge sailing superyacht is the epitome of style and contemporary loft style living afloat. Clean lines together with an elegant and simple interior blends the best of East and West. Intelligent use of space enhances clear sight lines throughout, resulting in a unique ambiance.

Squall sleeps 10 guests in one full width master cabin with en-suite study, bath and steamroom, plus two double and two twin guest cabins all with en-suite shower facilities.

Builder: Perini Navi
Naval architecture & Exterior styling: Dubois Naval Architects
Interior design: Rémi Tessier

47- Mikhail S. Vorontsov | 52.40m (171’11”)

built in 2013, Netherlands


Dream Ship Victory constructed the wooden hull of the 52.4 metre sailing yacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov in Turkey, before shipping it some 3,000 miles to the Balk Shipyard in the Netherlands for fitting out.

DSV brought in Dykstra & Partners to refine the hull, which has been formulated to provide maximum space inside while still turning in good sailing performance. Ken Freivokh is responsible for the interior design.

Aft is an owner’s suite, including sauna and office, with its own deckhouse. The guest suites follow forward, with steps leading into the main deck saloon – a large space with bar, television and seating that leads out to a protected guest cockpit.

Length Overall (includes bowsprit): 64.52m
Builder: Dream Ship Victory / Balk Shipyard
Naval architecture: Dykstra & Partners Naval Architects
Exterior styling: Valeriy Stepanenko
Interior design: Ken Freivokh

46- Erica XII | 52.52m (172’4″)

built in 2008, Netherlands


Erica XII is the fifth superyacht designed by Andre Hoek to be built by Dutch shipyard Vitters and one of the largest sailing superyachts in the world. Her hull design shows generous overhangs reminiscent of J-Class yachts, with a modern round bilged canoe body.

There are two steering stations on deck, the aft deckhouse being exclusively for the owner’s use. Apart from the owner’s suite, there are four further staterooms, all with en-suite facilities.

Builder: Vitters Shipyard
Naval architecture & Exterior styling: Andre Hoek
Interior design:Redman Whiteley Dixon

45- Zinat Al-Bihaar | 52.6m (172’7″)

built in 1988, Oman


Zinat-Al-Bihaar has always been a rather enigmatic yacht, having been built by the Oman Royal Yacht Squadron in 1988 to Lloyds class in mahogany.

Owned by the Sultan of Oman, her naval architecture is by Colin Mudie and exterior styling by Burness Corlett-Three Quays.

Length Overall (includes bowsprit): 60.99m
Builder: Royal Oman Yacht Squadron
Naval architecture: Colin Mudie
Exterior design: Burness Corlett – Three Quays

44- Fleurtje | 52.73m (173′)

built in 1960, Netherlands


Designed by Robert Clark, Fleurtje was built in 1960 at the renowned Dutch shipyard of De Vries Lentsch. She was previously known as Carita and then Argonaftis.

At 57 metres this sailing yacht has extremely elegant lines. The long overhangs at bow and stern, the rich Awlgrip blue hull and three Douglas Fir masts with stay sail plan, combine into a handsome profile.

Since her launch, Fleurtje has undergone four refits and been maintained to Lloyds class standards. Such is the degree of ongoing improvements that she is now, certainly, one of the finest three-masted schooners afloat, accommodating 12 guests in six staterooms.

Length Overall (includes bowsprit): 57m
Builder: De Vries Lentsch
Naval architecture & Exterior styling: Robert Clark
Interior design:Leila Kennedy

43- Atmosphere | 53m (173’11”)

built in 2000, Italy

atmosphere-sailing boat

Atmosphere is the third yacht in Perini Navi’s 53 metre series and currently 43rd in the list of the largest sailing yachts in the world. Designed to maximise the use of internal space, she offers exceptionally voluminous accommodation for up to 12 guests.

Her enormous ketch rig delivers some 15.5 knots in ideal sailing conditions, a performance also provided by her twin 1,257 horsepower Deutz diesels. Her interior is familiar and warm, with comfortable furniture, russet-tined fabrics and elegant cherrywood joinery. Her lower deck features a sauna and separate Turkish bath.

Builder: Perini Navi
Naval architecture & Exterior styling: Perini Navi
Interior design: Perini Navi

42- Jasali II | 53m (173’11”)

built in 1998, Italy


Launched in 1998, Jasali II (ex-Independence) is testament to the exterior and interior design skills and expertise of the team at Perini Navi. Refitted during 2008, this sailing superyacht offers accommodation for up to 12 guests in six suites and is capable of carrying up to 12 crew.

She has always been superbly maintained under management that has included regular equipment servicing, replacing any questionable systems, and upgrading to newer technology as and when it has become available.

Builder: Perini Navi
Naval architecture & Exterior styling: Perini Navi
Interior design:Budd Baty

41- Drumbeat | 53m (173’11”)

built in 2002, New Zealand


Built by Alloy Yachts in 2002 and designed by Dubois Naval Architects, the 53 metre Drumbeat easily met her owner’s requirement to combine good sailing performance with comfort, sea worthiness and space.

A unique design feature of the large sailing yacht is the layout on one level from cockpit through the saloon and dining area to the forward wheelhouse. This creates an expansive area for entertaining.

In 2005 the interior was redesigned to reflect the simplicity and beauty of the lines of this stunning sailing yacht. The colours, materials and furniture are designed for comfort. Lighting has been brought to the highest standard, giving the option of setting the appropriate mood to the saloon and throughout the yacht. The overall feeling is one of casual elegance for 10 guests in five staterooms.

Builder: Alloy Yachts
Naval architecture & Exterior styling: Dubois Naval Architects
Interior design: Dubois Naval Architects / George Spencer

40- Nirvana | 53.5m (175’6″)

built in 2007, Netherlands


Nirvana takes advantage of a large fly bridge sailing yacht experience but has an added, particularly interesting feature: a total draft of no more than three metres.

This has been achieved by developing a full-bodied hull form with generous beam, high ballast ratio and a pivoting centreboard to take the draft to 10 metres when fully deployed. This high aspect ratio foil gives efficient upwind performance, while the combination of generous beam and high ballast ratio gives excellent stability.

Builder: Vitters Shipyard
Naval architecture & Exterior styling: Dubois Naval Architects
Interior design:GCA / Josep Juanpere Miret

39-Parsifal III | 54m (177’2″)

built in 2004, Italy

Parsifal 3 yacht sailing

With a jet-black hull and white superstructure, Parsifal III’s stylish design exudes excellence while also maintaining high levels of comfort and practicality.

Her striking Rémi Tessier interior is highlighted by her blend of dark ebony woodwork, light sycamore, stainless steel and fine leather. Exquisite design and workmanship create an ultra modern and stylish feel for up to 14 guests and nine crew. She’s currently the 37th largest sailing superyacht in the world.

Builder: Perini Navi
Naval architecture & Exterior styling: Ron Holland / Perini Navi
Interior design: Rémi Tessier

38- Tiara | 54.25m (178′)

built in 2004, New Zealand


Tiara is an impressive sight under sail. Designed by Dubois Naval Architects and built by Alloy Yachts in New Zealand, she is an example of magnificent craftsmanship combined with meticulous design.

The big sailing yacht’s interior, designed by John Munford with a very positive input from the owner, is finished in flame mahogany wood with precision joinery typical of Alloy’s attention to detail. She is tastefully decorated with the finest fabrics and handcrafted furniture in an Art Deco style, designed and built by Patrick Gaguech of Nimrod, Paris.

Builder: Alloy Yachts
Naval architecture & Exterior styling: Dubois Naval Architects
Interior design: John Munford / Adam Lay

37- Marie | 54.6m (179’1″)

built in 2010, Netherlands


Delivered in August 2010, Marie is the sistership to the triple award-winning sailing yacht Adèle. Both yachts have similar hulls but are easily recognisable thanks to their respective paintjobs: Adèle is fully painted in white while Marie is painted in black. The interior of Marie is customized with a design by David Easton.

Builder: Vitters Shipyard
Naval architecture & Exterior styling: Andre Hoek
Interior design: David Easton

36- Adèle | 54.6m (179’1″)

built in 2005, Netherlands


Adèle is an exquisite 55 metre vessel designed by Andre Hoek and currently the 36th largest sailing yacht in the world. Her profile, deck layout and interior design are those of a classic ketch, but her all-aluminium construction, her carbon fibre masts and booms, modern rigging and sleek underbody assure superior performance.

Adèle has two guest staterooms forward of the lower saloon and dining area, as well as two aft. Nearer the stern is the master suite, laid out in an innovative arrangement that wraps around the base of the mizzen mast. The suite has a small library with settee and table, and a centerline companionway leads aft to a private cockpit.

Royal Huisman carried out a winter refit on Adèle in 2016, which included a systems overhaul, new teak decking and a fresh coast of paint on her bright red hull.

Builder: Vitters Shipyard
Naval architecture & Exterior styling: Andre Hoek
Interior design: Andre Hoek

35- Lamima | 55.57m (182’4″)

built in 2014, Thailand


Designed by Marcelo Penna, Lamima‘s construction began in early 2012 at the centuries-old boatbuilding village of Ara, Sulawesi, where tourists flock to see traditional methods still in use.

In 2014, the sailing yacht hull left Indonesia and headed to Thailand where the Italthai Marine Shipyard finished the build, including the bright and elegant interior décor and the rigging, which was supervised by top rigging experts.

There are seven large cabins, all with en suite bathrooms, accommodating 14 guests. There is also accommodation for 20 crew. The boat has been built using traditional ironwood mixed with light bleached oak panels, giving a modern finish “with an Indonesian flair”.

Length Overall (includes bowsprit): 65.2m
Builder: Italthai Marine Shipyard
Exterior and Interior Design: Marcelo Penna

34- Fidelis | 56m (183’9″)

built in 2011, Italy


Designed by Perini Navi’s in-house architects in collaboration with Ron Holland, Fidelis is entirely built in aluminium, including her two masts, the main one being 58.37 metre.

The contemporary interior is also styled by Perini Navi. It accommodates 12 guests in a full-beam master suite and four double guest cabins plus two Pullman berths.

Builder: Perini Navi
Naval architecture & Exterior styling: Ron Holland / Perini Navi
Interior design: Perini Navi

33- Rosehearty | 56m (183’9″)

built in 2006, Italy


Rosehearty is Perini Navi’s third 56 metre ketch to be launched. Built in aluminium, her high performance hull lines have been optimized with consultation from naval architect Ron Holland.

Her stunning interior was designed by famous French designer Christian Liaigre and combines classical maritime tradition with contemporary elegance.

Builder: Perini Navi
Naval architecture & Exterior styling: Ron Holland / Perini Navi
Interior design: Christian Liaigre

32- Panthalassa | 56m (183’9″)

built in 2009, Italy


Panthalassa is the eighth sailing yacht in Perini Navi’s 56 metre series. She was designed by Perini Navi’s in-house naval architects together with Ron Holland. With an innovative interior design by Foster and Partners, Panthalassa presents another example of the diverse capabilities of the Perini shipyard.

Foster and Partners’ approach has been to create light, simple, open interior areas, maximising the interior space of this 56 metre design. Perini Navi Chief Designer, Franco Romani developed the superstructure lines to create a stylish, aerodynamic, low profile, giving Panthalassa a fresh new look in comparison with the previous yachts in this series.

Builder: Perini Navi
Naval architecture & Exterior styling: Ron Holland / Perini Navi
Interior design: Foster + Partners

31- Melek | 56m (183’9″)

built in 2010, Italy


Melek was the 50th yacht to be launched by Perini Navi. Built in aluminium, this huge sailing superyacht is the 9th hull of the 56 metre series, which started in 2003 with Burrasca.

Melek, designed by Perini Navi in collaboration with Ron Holland, is ketch-rigged with aluminium masts supporting 1500 square metres of sail. The in-house designers were also responsible for the interior styling.

Builder: Perini Navi
Naval architecture & Exterior styling: Ron Holland / Perini Navi
Interior design: Perini Navi


30- Zenji | 56m (183’9″)

built in 2004, Italy


Zenji is a 56 metre ketch rigged sailing yacht built by Perini Navi and is immediately recognisable with her sleek, navy blue aluminium hull. Previously called Santa Maria, she was owned by Oracle’s Larry Ellison and accommodates 12 guests and eight crew. This superyacht boasts Perini’s trademark features of fully battened main and mizzen masts as well as in-boom furling and reefing.

Zenji currently occupies a spot one of the top 30 largest sailing yachts in the world.

Builder: Perini Navi
Naval architecture & Exterior styling: Ron Holland / Perini Navi
Interior design: Perini Navi

29- Silvana | 56m (183’9″)

built in 2008, Italy


Silvana is the sixth 56 metre sailing yacht launched by Perini Navi. She boasts an ultra-light, streamlined aluminium hull with maximum displacement optimised at 540 tonnes in order to guarantee both high sailing performance and extreme comfort.

Both masts, the 58.8 metre main mast and the 48.26 metre mizzen, are also aluminium, while the furling main boom is carbon fibre. The interiors, designed by the Perini Navi team, are based on an unobtrusive, classical elegance.

Builder: Perini Navi
Naval architecture & Exterior styling: Ron Holland / Perini Navi
Interior design: Perini Navi

28- Burrasca | 56m (183’9″)

built in 2003, Italy


Burrasca is at the large end of the highly successful range of Perini Navi/ Ron Holland Design collaborations from 43 to 56 metres.

No less than eleven individually-customised versions of this 56 metre ketch design have now been sold as a result of proven sailing performance and handling; beautifully appointed, luxurious yet flexible accommodation; and a solidly reliable engineering and systems platform.

Builder: Perini Navi
Naval architecture & Exterior styling: Ron Holland / Perini Navi
Interior design: Perini Navi

27- Bayesian | 56m (183’9″)

built in 2008, Italy


Bayesian (ex-Salute) is the 5th in Perini Navi’s series of 56 metre sailing yachts and the first to be designed as a sloop. Her 75 metre aluminium mast supports almost 3000 square metres of total sail area.

To compensate for the mast’s extra height and weight, the internal ballast was moved forward and length added to the swing keel, which, at full extension, gives Bayesian an exceptionally deep draft of 9.83 metres. The draft and low center of gravity make the yacht incredibly fast and stable at sea.

Builder: Perini Navi
Naval architecture & Exterior styling: Ron Holland / Perini Navi
Interior design: Rémi Tessier

26- Asahi | 56m (183’9″)

built in 2009, Italy


Asahi (ex-Riela) is the seventh 56 metre sailing yacht launched by Perini Navi. She boasts an aluminium hull and both masts, the 58.8 metre main mast and the 48.26 metre mizzen, are also aluminium, while the furling main boom is carbon fibre.

The interiors, designed by Rémi Tessier, are based on luxury and elegance combined with contemporary style, which is reflected in the use of a wide and rich variety of precious and refined materials; woods such as macassar, ebony, wengè, teak and leather.

Builder: Perini Navi
Naval architecture & Exterior styling: Ron Holland / Perini Navi
Interior design: Rémi Tessier

25- Selene | 56m (183’9″)

built in 2007, Italy


Selene (ex-Parsifal IV) is the fourth yacht in Perini Navi’s successful 56 metre sailing yacht series, designed in collaboration with naval architect Ron Holland. Her hull and superstructure have been built from aluminium to optimise displacement.

She features a very elegant innovation in her transom, which hydraulically opens to reveal a structural staircase ending with a wide swimming platform for guest access to the sea. Her modern art deco-inspired interior won the best sailing yacht interior award at the 2008 World Superyacht Awards.

Builder: Perini Navi
Naval architecture & Exterior styling: Ron Holland / Perini Navi
Interior design: Perini Navi

24- Adix | 56m (183’9″)

built in 1984, Spain


Built by Astilleros de Mallorca to an Arthur Holgate design, this three masted schooner was originally rigged with square sails on her foremast and was significantly shorter than she is today.

Christened Jessica by her original Argentine owner, she was subsequently bought by Alan Bond, winner of the America’s Cup in 1983, who renamed her XXXX after his brewery in Australia.

Sold again in 1990 to a Spanish banker, Adix was gutted and refitted in England under the direction of Paul Goss, her Tasmanian captain, and the naval architect Gerard Dijkstra. This included cutting the hull in half and adding a section, creating a different underwater configuration and lengthening her spas.

Length Overall (includes bowsprit): 64.86m
Builder: Astilleros de Mallorca
Naval architecture & Exterior styling: Gerard Dijkstra / Arthur Holgate
Interior design: John Munford / Alan Boswell

23- Athos | 56.08m (184′)

built in 2010, the Netherlands


Measuring 62 metres overall (including bowsprit) and designed by Andre Hoek, Athos has a phenomenal rig and currently the 23rd largest sailing yacht in the world. At 62 metres, the main mast is the longest built by Rondal and, like the 15 metre fore boom and 23.5 metre main boom, is made of carbon fibre. Athos sleeps 10 guests in an owner’s cabin and four guest cabins.

Length Overall (includes bowsprit): 62m
Builder:Holland Jachtbouw
Naval architecture: Andre Hoek
Exterior & interior design: Andre Hoek

22- Mondango 3 | 56.40m

built in 2014, New Zealand


Mondango 3 was built by Alloy Yachts as the successor to the 52 metre Mondango 2. She also features the same design team, with Dubois Naval Architects responsible for the exterior styling and Reymond Langton for the innovative interior design.

She can accommodate up to 11 guests in five cabins and also has space for 10 crew. Mondango 3 has a Southern Spars carbon fibre mast and sails from North Sails. Under sail she can easily exceed 16 knots. She also has an impressive range of 6,500 nautical miles under engine.

Builder: Alloy Yachts
Naval architecture: Dubois Naval Architects
Exterior styling: Dubois Naval Architects
Interior design: Reymond Langton Design

21- Atlantic | 56.43m (185’2″)

built in 2010, the Netherlands


Atlantic is a replica of the famous schooner built for Wilson Marshal, and helmed by Charly Barr. The original yacht was launched in 1903 and her record of the Atlantic crossing in 1905 (The Kaiser’s Cup) remained in place for many years.

The new Atlantic is based on the original design of William Gardner. She was launched in March 2008, and then underwent a lengthy and extensive fitting out programme. Her three 50 metre masts were assembled in late 2009, and support 1700 square metres of sail.

Length Overall (includes bowsprit): 69.31m
Builder: Graafship
Naval architecture: William Gardner / Doug Peterson
Exterior styling: William Gardner

20- Twizzle | 57.49m (188’7″)

built in 2010, the Netherlands


Built for a hugely experienced owners who were central to the project, Twizzle is laid out with a raised pilot house and fly bridge and is powered by some 1,780 square metres of sail, set on two carbon fibre masts. At 57.49 metres long, she’s one of the largest sailing superyachts in the world.

The main mast is 62 metres, which enables her to pass beneath the Panama Canal’s Bridge of the Americas, endows her with the title of ‘Panamax’ and identifies her as a true ‘go-anywhere’ world-roaming yacht.

Below the waterline of this 499 gross tonne beauty is a 3.8 metre draught keel which houses a centreboard that will enhance her windward performance, while 120 tonnes of internal ballast aid stability.

Builder:Royal Huisman
Naval architecture: Dubois Naval Architects
Exterior & interior design: Redman Whiteley Dixon

19- Creole | 57.8m (189’8″)

built in 1927, Great Britain

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Creole was built for the American businessman Alexander Smith Cochran but has a history that is interlaced with suicide, jealousy and murder.

Launched as Vira she was the largest yacht Camper & Nicholsons had ever constructed. Her Bermudan schooner rig was used so that the yacht could be sailed with limited crew who would not have heavy gaffs to pull up. She was used by the Royal Navy during the Second World War, and then returned to her intended use when Stavros Niarchos bought her in 1948.

She was rebuilt in 1958, and then purchased by Maurizio Gucci in 1983, who had her restored back at Camper & Nicholsons between 1984 and 1986. She became his pride and joy, later to be accompanied by Avel, another, smaller, Nicholson design. She is a regular on the Mediterranean regatta scene, based in Palma over the winter and used by the Gucci sisters during the summer months.

Length Overall (includes bowsprit): 63.03m
Builder: Camper & Nicholsons
Naval architecture & Exterior Styling:Charles E. Nicholson
Interior design:Giorgetti & Magrini / Alberto Pinto / Toto Russo / Sergio Bassi

18- Ethereal | 58.03m (190’5″)

built in 2009, the Netherlands

ethereal super-yacht-sailing-boat

Ethereal is probably the most energy-efficient and eco-friendly yacht afloat. She is owned by Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems. His brief to her designer, Ron Holland, included using new technologies and research in fields such as bioengineering.

At the heart of her many innovations is a hybrid electro-mechanical propulsion system that can re-charge her lithium-phosphate battery bank whilst under sail, rather than relying on generators. The energy stored in these batteries is sufficient to allow Ethereal to operate silently in “stealth mode”, raise anchor, hoist her sails and run the ship’s systems for extended periods.

Builder: Royal Huisman
Naval architecture & Exterior Styling: Ron Holland
Interior design:Pieter Beeldsnijde

17- Taouey | 58.1m (190’7″)

built in 1994, Italy


The 58 metre ketch Taouey was the largest Perini Navi at the time of her launch in 1994 and remained the queen of the fleet until the launch of Felicita West (now Spirit of the C’s) in 2003. She was refitted in 2006 and now sports a white hull.

Taouey is currently the 17th largest sailing superyacht in the world.

Builder: Perini Navi
Naval architecture: Perini Navi
Interior design: Perini Navi

16- Kokomo | 58.4m (191’7″)

built in 2010, New Zealand


At 58.4 metres, Kokomo is the second largest sailing yacht to be built by Alloy Yachts or, indeed, any other New Zealand yard. She also has the tallest mast ever made by Southern Spars and the largest set of sails from Doyle Sailmakers.

The third Alloy yacht under the same name to be built for this owner, she was designed by Dubois Naval Architects with an interior by Redman Whiteley Dixon and her black hull and white superstructure create dramatic lines for this fast cruising sloop.

Builder: Alloy Yachts
Naval architecture: Dubois Naval Architects
Interior design: Redman Whiteley Dixon

15- Hetairos | 59.9m (196’6″)

built in 2011, Finland


Dykstra & Partners Naval Architects were part of an international team of experts that came together to make this special project a success. Hetairos’s design features a plumb bow, long bowsprit, a traditional sheer line and long overhang.

A lot of attention has been given to the styling and design of the classic deck joinery, fabricated with the latest low weight and high tech materials. Similarly, for her interior, Rhoades Young Design undertook extensive research in order to design a ‘ground breaking’ light-weight interior.

Length Overall (includes bowsprit): 66.87m
Builder: Baltic Yachts
Naval architecture: Dykstra & Partners Naval Architects
Interior design: Rhoades Young Design

14- Seahawk | 60m (196’10”)

built in 2013, Italy


Launched in May 2013, Seahawk made her world premiere at the 2013 Monaco Yacht Show. With a focus on performance-enhancing technology and sleek lines, the 60 metre line ushers in a new generation of Perini Navi yachts.

The all-aluminium, ketch-rigged Seahawk features collaboration between Perini Navi’s in-house team and Ron Holland. She boasts a gross tonnage of less than 500 GRT and a displacement of 570 tons. Seahawk has two aluminium masts at 62 and 52 metres, and her sail plan totals 2,125 square metres.

French designer Christian Liaigre is responsible for Seahawk‘s elegant yet traditionally maritime-inspired interiors. The focus of her layout is centered around the the staircase, which unites the three levels of the yacht. Seahawk accommodates owner and guests in four en suite guest staterooms and a full-beam owner’s suite that has two beds on either side and can be divided by a sliding wall to convert into two VIP staterooms for chartering.

Builder: Perini Navi
Naval architecture: Ron Holland
Interior design: Christian Liaigre

13- Perseus 3 | 60m (196’10”)

built in 2015, Italy


Launched in June 2015, Perseus 3 is hull 56 in Perini Navi’s large sailing fleet, and she is the second hull to be launched in its new 60 metre series after Seahawk.

With a carbon fibre mast measuring 75.8 metres, Perseus 3 has one of the tallest carbon fibre rigs in the world. She can accommodate 12 guests in five cabins, including a full beam owner’s suite, which can be divided by a removable wall. She also carrys two 6.2 metre custom tenders.

Builder: Perini Navi
Naval architecture: Ron Holland
Interior design: Perini Navi

12- Spirit of the C’s | 63.64m (208’79”)

built in 2003, Italy


Spirit of the C’s (ex-Felicita West) is the second largest sailing yacht so far delivered by Perini Navi (after Maltese Falcon). This elegant Ron Holland design performs exceptionally well under sail, being able to achieve speeds of over 17 knots in optimum conditions.

At the same time, her ultra-wide beam of 12.7 metres allows large internal volume as well as side decks on which two people can walk side by side. Her flybridge is able to accommodate all 12 guests at once, while her bathing platform descends from the main deck to provide easy access to the water.

The most spectacular views are from the crow’s nest ‘lift’ that ascends 40 metres up the mast. The owner’s suite on the lower deck occupies the entire width of the hull and includes a small lounge, office, wardrobe, bedroom, large bathroom and separate toilet. Also on the lower deck, a further four en suite guest cabins are positioned towards the bow.

Builder: Perini Navi
Naval Architecture & Exterior Styling: Ron Holland / Perini Navi
Interior design:Nuvolari-Lenard / Perini Navi

11- Pilar Rossi | 64.35m (211’12”)

built in 1989, Turkey


Formula One racing legend Nelson Piquet’s yacht Pilar Rossi was initially built in Turkey as a relatively modest 33m Alucraft motor yacht, but his uncle is Brazilian naval architect Mauricio Piquet, and together they drew up a design to convert her into a sailing trimaran by adding outriggers and two masts of equal height made by Formula Yacht Spars in Lymington, England.

An extra 25m of length was added in a Brazilian shipyard. Her interior, decorated by Vivianne Piquet, accommodates 18 guests. She has crossed the Atlantic to the Mediterranean and returned to the Caribbean, but no details of her sailing ability are available.

Builder: Alucraft (1989) & Inace (2005)
Naval architecture:Vincenzo Ruggiero / Alberto Mercati / Mauricio Piquet
Interior design: Vivianne Piquet

10- Ahimsa | 66m (216’6″)

built in 2011, the Netherlands


The 66 metre Ahimsa (ex-Aglaia) was the largest Vitters to date when she was launched in 2011. She has a huge composite rudder from Green Marine, giving her great steering and manoeuvrability.

Her advanced sloop rig is one of the tallest in the world. The 83 metre carbon fibre mast was built by Southern Spars and delivered to the Netherlands in two pieces. The main sail can be hoisted in less than two minutes and it only takes 30 seconds to tack the yacht.

Ahimsa features unique, customised sail art designed by Norwegian artist Magne Furuholmen. The artwork on the Code 1 sail is the world’s largest artwork on canvas.

Builder: Vitters
Naval architecture: Dubois Naval Architects
Interior design: Redman Whiteley Dixon

9- Vertigo | 67.20m (220’6″)

built in 2011, New Zealand


The 67 metre Vertigo is the largest sailing yacht built in the Southern Hemisphere to date. She was commissioned by a first-time owner looking for extended cruising capability. Vertigo is also one of the largest superyachts in the world.

Vertigo’s Christian Liaigre designed, loft-style interior features an ‘urban at sea’ ambience. Sleek surfaces and a natural palette of black and white leather and tan linen furniture reinforce the design theme.

She boasts a 10 person Jacuzzi with retractable sun pads, as well as glass screens to offer protection from the wind. She has a midship hull opening for storing four tenders and a host of toys.

There is accommodation for 12 guests, as well as a classroom and office. Vertigo was named sailing superyacht of the year during the 2012 World Superyacht Awards.

Builder: Alloy Yachts
Naval architecture:Philippe Briand
Interior design: Christian Liaigre Interior Design

8- Sybaris | 70.00M (229’7”)

built in 2016, Italy


The second largest Perini Navi sailing yacht to date, Sybaris was built for the multiple superyacht owner Bill Duker and launched in 2016. The name comes from a Greek settlement in ancient Italy that was famed for its hedonism, feasts and excesses.

Featuring naval architecture and sailplan optimisation by Philippe Briand, this all-aluminium ketch can host up to 12 guests across six cabins. Interiors are by PH Design with a total internal volume of 870GT, while the crew quarters allow for a staff of up to 11.

Under power, Sybaris’s twin MTU 16V 2000 M72 diesel engines generate a total of 3,860hp, resulting in a top speed of 17.5 knots and a maximum cruising range of 5,000 nautical miles at 12.5 knots.

Builder: Perini Navi
Naval architecture/exterior design: Philippe Briand
Interior design: PH Design

7-  Phocea | 75.12m (246’5″)

built in 1976, France


The 75.12 metre Phocea was built in 1976 for single-handed yachtsman Alain Colas as Club Mediterranée. In 1986 it was converted into a cruising yacht for French entrepreneur Bernard Taipei.

She was then sold to Mouna Ayoub in 1999 and modernised at Lürssen. Renamed Phocea, the newly refitted yacht features interior and exterior enhancements by British naval architect Butch Dalrymple-Smith.

The yacht has accommodation for 12 and has reached a top speed of almost 20 knots under sail. She is currently available for charter and is the 7th largest sailing yacht in the world.

Builder:DCAN (1976) / Lürssen (1999)
Naval architecture:Michel Bigion / Pierrejean
Exterior styling: Tim Heywood (rebuild)
Interior design: Jörg Beiderbeck (rebuild)

6- M5 | 78.4m (257’3″)

built in 2004, Great Britain


Built by Vosper Thorneycroft in Southampton, England, M5 was launched as the iconic yacht Mirabella V in 2004. She remains the world’s largest sloop to date.

She was designed by Ron Holland for American yachtsman Joe Vittoria, who enjoyed sailing her for seven years before she was sold on.

The new owner renamed her M5 and she was extended by 3.2 metres in a refit at Pendennis before her relaunch in 2013. She also has a new interior designed by Redman Whiteley Dixon.

M5 has a displacement of 780 tonnes (165 tonnes of which is the keel). Her carbon fibre mast is an amazing 88.3 metres tall and can carry approximately 3,700 square metres of sail.

Builder: VT Shipbuilding
Naval architecture / exterior styling: Ron Holland
Interior design:Luciana Vittoria / Redman Whiteley Dixon (refit)

5- Athena | 79.25m (260′)

built in 2004, the Netherlands


Athena was built by the Royal Huisman Shipyard in Holland for US software developer Jim Clark.

Her advanced engineering means that the iconic Athena is able to sail in relatively light airs, while still offering the interior space normally only found on motor yachts. In stronger wind she has been credited as attaining 19 knots under sail.

Her three closed deck include a large owner’s suite, four guest suites, a saloon and dining room on the main deck and a sky lounge on the upper deck.

Length Overall (includes bowsprit): 90m
Builder: Royal Huisman
Naval architecture: Gerard Dijkstra / Pieter Beeldsnijder
Exterior styling: Gerard Dijkstra
Interior design: Pieter Beeldsnijder / Rebecca Bradley

4- EOS | 82.6m (271′)

built in 2006, Germany


EOS was built in Germany under a cloak of secrecy for her American media and movie mogul Barry Diller. She is a three-masted Bermuda rigged schooner and was refitted at Royal Huisman in 2011. After emerging from her refit she caught fire in Norway and had to return to the yard to be repaired.

Length Overall (includes bowsprit): 92.93m
Naval architecture:Langan Design
Interior design:François Catroux

3- Aquijo | 85.9m (281′ 9″)

built in 2015, the Netherlands


The highly anticipated Aquijo was the result of a collaboration between Vitters and Oceanco. Both Dutch yards worked closely with the owner’s representative to create a highly complex, performance-driven sailing machine that became the third largest sailing superyacht when launched.

She is an aluminium ketch-rigged yacht, and features a custom steering system. Aquijo’s interior layout provides clear sight lines thanks to her high-volume superstructure.

Builder: Vitters, Oceanco
Naval Architecture / Exterior Styling: Bill Tripp
Interior design:Dölker + Voges

2- Maltese Falcon | 88m (288’9″)

built in 2006, Turkey

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Maltese Falcon was built for the late American venture capitalist Tom Perkins, and is now owned by Elena Ambrosiadou. The iconic three-masted schooner is the second largest sailing yacht in the world.

Her Falcon Rig is made up of three unstayed, ‘weapons-grade’ carbon fibre masts, with a fully computerised sail and rotating mast system. The system has been dubbed a triumph of design, development and engineering and Maltese Falcon has topped an impressive 24 knots under sail.

The Ken Freivokh interior is a marriage of industrial chic and high tech. It features leather, glass, wood and steel as well as a modern art collection. She has accommodation for 12 guests and is available for charter.

Builder: Perini Navi
Naval architecture / exterior styling: Perini Navi / Gerard Dijkstra
Interior design: Ken Freivokh

1- Sea Cloud | 96.35m (316’1″)

built in 1931, Germany


Sea Cloud is the largest sailing yacht in the world. She was designed by Cox & Stevens and built as Hassar II by Friedrich Krupp in Kiel, Germany for Edward F Hutton and heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post. Following their divorce Marjorie kept the yacht and renamed her Sea Cloud.

Then, after serving during World War II, she was owned by the Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Trujillo, who renamed her Angelita, then by Clifford Barbour, who renamed her Antarna. She was rebuilt in 1978 by new German owners, who changed her name back to Sea Cloud.

She has 60 crew and 34 guest cabins and is now available for luxury charter all year round.

Length Overall (includes bowsprit): 109.5m
Builder:Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft
Naval architecture:Cox & Stevens
Former names:Angelita, Antarna, Hussar II, Patria


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