Undoubtedly the most talked about build of the year, Sailing Yacht A has garnered much attention for her unique form, massive size and well-known owner. Built for Russian yacht owner Andrey Melnichenko, the boundary pushing Sailing Yacht A is a natural head turner. Her build at German yard Nobiskrug has been stalked by yacht geeks and mainstream media alike, and the constant coverage has produced some amazing photos. Now that the yacht has been launched and the first sea trial photos of Sailing Yacht A are revealed, we take a look at the best photos of Sailing Yacht A, including some brand new close-up photos of the stunning superyacht.
One of the best photos of Sailing Yacht A was shot as she headed out for sea trials. While Sailing Yacht A's owner Andrey Melnichenko calls her a "sail-assisted motor yacht", she is regarded by many to become the world's largest sailing yacht. Her formidable size of LOA 142.81 metres – and generous volume – is unmistakable in this photo, as she completely dwarfs the seaside town. The smaller yachts in the harbour and houses dotted along the shoreline look like mere toys compared to the imposing Sailing Yacht A.
Another of the best photos of Sailing Yacht A is one that shows the contrast between her new technology and design and the old world, as she is set as a backdrop against the traditional clipper Amsterdam Stad. The classic yacht is in the foreground, while the modern wonder that is Sailing Yacht A rides up behind, ready to pass the clipper, both literally and figuratively. They say a picture speaks a thousand words, and this one that highlights the huge differences between a beautiful classic sailing yacht and the ultra-modern Sailing Yacht A certainly says plenty.
This new photo of Sailing Yacht A gives an up close view of the yacht's bridge and wingstation, perched atop the superstructure. This photo illustrates just how big this yacht really is. Peer closely and see how tiny the captain looks up in the bridge. The human form gives a good scale to how large the yacht is around him, how huge the oval portlights are below, and how gigantic the yacht's booms and rigging is above. Sailing Yacht A has the tallest carbon masts in the world, in fact.
Newly released photos of Sailing Yacht A also gave a view of other parts of the yacht previously unseen. Take, for instance, the aft section of the yacht. Much like Andrey Melnichenko's motor yacht A, the yacht looks as though there isn't much outdoor space, but seen from behind in this video of motor yacht A, the preconceived notion changes. The same can be said for her sailing counterpart. You can see that there are layers of decks that enjoy outdoor space, and the top deck is glassed in, giving a view to the indoor-outdoor – but extremely private, of course – living that might be enjoyed on Sailing Yacht A.
One of the best photos of Sailing Yacht A to arise when she went out on sea trials recently was this shot taken from a drone video. The drone video of Sailing Yacht A is one of the six must-see superyacht drone videos. Fans of Sailing Yacht A should give it a watch to get a view for this incredible sailing yacht on the water. Her huge white form moves so gracefully along the still water that it's a surreal view, she almost looks like a artist's cut-out on pinned against blue water more than a superyacht. It's a beautiful sight indeed. The aerial video also gives a view at the foredeck of Sailing Yacht A and the outdoor living spaces here, which hadn't been seen from this vantage point before.
It was big news when the masts were stepped on Sailing Yacht A and we got to see what this formidable vessel would look like for the first time. It also made for one of the best photos of Sailing Yacht A to finally see the giant masts get stepped atop the giant yacht. Dykstra Naval Architects designed the rig on the three-masted yacht, while Philippe Starck, who also designed Steve Jobs' Venus, is working on the yacht's design.
Another milestone that also made for one of the best photos of Sailing Yacht A was the day she was launched. While she was still covered in this aerial view, it was still a treat to those who had been following her build to get a glimpse of her hull shape and imagine what might lie beneath. Sailing Yacht A's accommodations are spread out over eight decks, and she has a beam of 24.88 metres. She can accommodate 54 crew to take care of the seizable vessel, which will include amenities such as a touch-and-go helicopter pad.
Sailing Yacht A boasts the tallest carbon masts in the world, each measuring in at more than 90 metres long. The masts were built by Magma Structures in Portsmouth, UK, and this photo of the masts being delivered to their home on board the new superyacht is one of the best photos of Sailing Yacht A that surfaced this year. The masts will host sails that are larger than a football field – just one of the facts to know about the world's tallest carbon masts that's a useful bit of trivia for Sailing Yacht A fans.