Camper & Nicholsons sells sailing yacht Gaia
by Malcolm MacLean
Built by Spirit Yachts in 2007 in a lightweight wood epoxy and weighing less than 50 tons, Gaia is one of the fastest 100ft cruisers ever built.
While the yacht attracts attention on the water, in port Gaia becomes a magnet for the curious when her true scale becomes apparent. Although large, custom built, carbon-fibre racing and cruising thoroughbred superyachts are a frequent sight in marinas around the world, the classic heritage, craftsmanship and styling of a new Spirit yacht is extremely rare and is arguably more familiar and appealing than a conspicuously high-tech, high-performance sailing yacht.
To starboard of the entrance area, a double cabin aft and a single cabin share a roomy en suite shower room. Moving forward, the saloon is filled with light from three glass panels overhead and is totally devoid of any unnecessary frills. A comfortable tan leather sofa and a dining table opposite are all that is needed. However, there is a flat screen television hidden away, and surround sound music in all areas of the yacht. Forward of the mast, the owner's cabin stretches across the full beam with two large beds, a dressing table and an en suite shower.
Gaia was asking €3 million, VAT paid.