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Sea Cloud 96.35m (316'1") | 1931 Germany

Sea Cloud
Sea Cloud | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

When stockbroker and yachtsman Edward F Hutton married heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post in the 1920s, he introduced her to yachting aboard his three-masted schooner Hussar. Post and Hutton later built an even larger yacht, Hussar II, which was designed by Cox & Stevens and built by Friedrich Krupp in Kiel, Germany. Launched in 1931, it had panelled saloons and seven lavish cabins.

When the couple divorced Marjorie kept the yacht and renamed her Sea Cloud. She served as a patrol vessel for the US Coast Guard during World War II and in 1955 was sold to the Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Trujillo, who renamed her Angelita. After his overthrow, she was acquired by Clifford Barbour, who renamed her Antarna. New German owners rescued her from neglect in 1978, returned her name to Sea Cloud, and rebuilt her in Bremerhaven.

The yacht now charters in the West Indies during winter and in the Mediterranean in summer, operating with 60 crew and offering 34 cabins. She is featured in volume 3 of The Superyachts book.

  • Builder: Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft
  • Naval architecture: Cox & Stevens
  • Former names: Angelita, Antarna, Hussar II, Patria

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Maltese Falcon 88m (288'9") | 2006 Turkey

Maltese Falcon
The Maltese Falcon's automated rigging has yet to gain widespread appeal (© Roger Lean-Vercoe)

Built for the American venture capitalist Tom Perkins, and now owned by Elena Ambrosiadou, the three-masted schooner and iconic yacht Maltese Falcon is the second largest sailing yacht after Sea Cloud. Her pioneering Falcon Rig comprises three unstayed carbon-fibre masts whose carbon-fibre yards are fixed to the rotating masts. The 2,396 square metre sails are stored within the mast and set by extending outwards along the yards using automated controls.

The steel hull was originally built by Perini Navi in Tuzla, Turkey, but the project was cancelled. Following its purchase by Perkins, the underwater lines and appendages were modified by Gerard Dijkstra to maximise sailing performance. The yacht has topped 24 knots under sail. The interior by Ken Freivokh is as remarkable as her exterior (which he also drew) – a stunning marriage of industrial chic and hi-tech in which long sight lines and extreme comfort are aligned with a sense of open space. This astounding vessel is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 20.

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

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EOS 82.6m (271') | 2006 Germany

EOS | photo by Gordon Thomas

Few details are known about this schooner, which was built in Germany under conditions of great secrecy for her American owner, the television pioneer, film maker and Internet mogul Barry Diller. Her length is often quoted as being longer than the 82.6m figure used in this list but, in accordance with general practice, we do not believe that her bowsprit should be included in her overall length. EOS was refitted at Royal Huisman in 2011.

  • Builder: Lürssen
  • Naval architecture: Langan Design
  • Interior design: François Catroux

Athena 79.25m (260') | 2004 Netherlands

Athena | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Designed in the 1930s style of the Golden Age of yachting, the iconic yacht Athena was built by the Royal Huisman Shipyard in Holland. This fore-and-aft rigged yacht, built for US software developer Jim Clark, has a traditional clipper bow and counter stern and three closed decks.

Her traditionally panelled interior, designed by Beeldsnijder and Bradley, matches her classic exterior lines and locates the owner’s suite aft on the lower deck, next to the four guest cabins. The saloon and dining room are on the main deck and a sky lounge is located on the upper deck. Despite such traditionalism, the 1,080-tonne displacement yacht has state-ofthe-art sailing and internal systems. She has attained 19 knots under sail.

Athena, which often acts as a tender to Clark’s J-Class racing boat Hanuman, is featured in Volume 19 of The Superyachts.

  • Builder: Royal Huisman
  • Naval architecture: Gerard Dijkstra / Pieter Beeldsnijder
  • Exterior styling: Gerard Dijkstra
  • Interior design: Pieter Beeldsnijder / Rebecca Bradley

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M5 78.4m (257'3") | 2004 Great Britain

M5 yacht, showing her new profile with structural alterations after refit

Built by VT (formerly Vosper Thorneycroft) in Southampton, England, and displacing some 780 tonnes (165 tonnes of which is the keel) M5 (the iconic yacht ex-Mirabella V) is the world’s largest sloop and one of the most advanced sailing superyachts afloat. Designed by Ron Holland for Joe Vittoria, an American yachtsman well known for his smaller Mirabella and Mirabella III sloops which were built in a yard he established in Thailand, she primarily served as a charter vessel, accommodating 14 guests.

Apart from the luxurious full-beam master suite, there are six double cabins, a saloon, dining room, gymnasium and sauna. Her carbon-fibre mast is the world’s tallest, towering 88.3m and carrying approximately 3,717 square metres of sail. M5 is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 18.

Renamed M5 following a recent sale, the yacht was refitted at Pendennis where she has a new interior designed by Redman Whiteley Dixon, and a stern extension of 3.2 metres.

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

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Phocea 75.12m (246'5") | 1976 France

Phocea | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Amazingly, the 75.12m four-masted schooner Phocea was originally built in 1976 as a single-handed racing yacht, Club Mediterranée, with an eye on beating the single-handed transatlantic record. It was converted into a cruising yacht in 1986 for Bernard Tapie, a colourful French entrepreneur and one-time president of Olympique de Marseilles football team.

In 1999, she was sold to Mouna Ayoub (whose ex-husband owns Lady Moura). She changed the yacht’s name to Phocea and extensively rebuilt her at Lu?rssen Werft in Germany, with interior design by Jörg Beiderbeck and exterior styling by Tim Heywood. The yacht has achieved speeds of up to 20 knots under sail and can accommodate 12 guests. She was purchased by a group of private investors in May 2010 and remains available for charter. Phocea is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 14.

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

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Vertigo 67.20m (220'6") | 2011 New Zealand

Vertigo | photo by Chris Lewis

This 67m sailing yacht was commissioned by a first-time owner looking for extended cruising capability. The yard's, the designer’s, and New Zealand’s largest yacht to date, Vertigo features an ‘urban at sea’ theme with walls devoid of art. Black and white leather and tan linen furniture reinforce the design theme. Vertigo was named sailing superyacht of the year during the 2012 World Superyacht Awards.

Vertigo also houses a state-of-the-art classroom and an office and well as midships hull openings for watersports and toys. The crew quarters meet the anticipated ILO/MLC, 2006 requirements. She is featured in The Superyachts, volume 25.

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

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Ahimsa 66m (216'6") | 2011 Netherlands

The sail painting includes letters from the names of the owner's family | photo by Christopher Scholey

The largest Vitters to date, the 66 metre Ahimsa (ex-Aglaia) also boasts the tallest, most advanced sloop rig which reaches more than 80 metres above her deck, and a huge composite rudder from Green Marine. Naval architecture and styling is by Dubois Naval Architects with the interior designed by Redman Whiteley Dixon. The 66m Vitters yacht Ahimsa (ex-Aglaia) features unique, customised sail art. It is likely that she will race, but her owner is currently keeping her under wraps in and around Malta. A model of the yacht on display at the Monaco Yacht Show in 2010 showed a rather radical stern design.

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

Pilar Rossi 64.35m (211'12") | 1989 Turkey

Pilar Rossi
Pilar Rossi | photo by

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

Spirit of the C's 63.64m (208'79") 2003 Italy

Spirit of the C's
Felicita | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

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 12.7m allows large internal volume as well as side decks on which two people can walk side by side. Her flying bridge 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 bow seat or a 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

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