Year in review: 2020's biggest yachting news stories

The past 12 months have produced several notable yachting news stories from around the world, ranging from triumphant launches to tragic events. BOAT rounds up the biggest news stories from 2020.


Svea found at fault in J-Class collision with Topaz

Credit: Carlo Borlenghi

The most read news story of 2020 was the shocking collision between the J-Class sailing yachts Svea and Topaz during the Superyacht Challenge Antigua in March. The 43.6 metre Svea was captured on video riding over the stern of the 42.6 metre Topaz, resulting in the injuries of three crew members. A report into the incident undertaken by the J Class Association later found Svea responsible for failing to keep clear as the port tack boat.


Nourah of Riyad capsizes in Greece

The second most read story of the year was the capsizing of Nourah of Riyad. The 70 metre motor yacht capsized while being hauled out for maintenance at a Greek yard and refloated shortly afterwards. Nourah of Riyad was later moved to another dock to undergo repair work.


Lürssen superyacht Nord launched

In third place was the launch and sea trials of 142 metre Lürssen superyacht Nord. Previously known as Opus, Nord hit the water for the first time in July at Lürssen's yard. Designed by Italian design studio Nuvolari Lenard, Nord features a number high-end features, such as a sports and diving centre on the lower deck, a large swimming pool, two superyacht helipads and a fleet of tenders measuring up to 15 metres.


High Court orders sale of Mangusta 165 superyacht Force India

Earlier this year, the news broke that the UK High Court had ordered the sale of the 49.9 metre Mangusta 165 superyacht Force India to enable the repayment of creditors. The sale of the yacht, which is linked to tycoon Vijay Mallya, was intended to pay back an outstanding loan payment of nearly €6 million to Qatar National Bank. However, little has been heard of the sale since. Watch this space in 2021...


Nobiskrug superyacht Artefact captured on maiden voyage

In March, the maiden voyage of the 80 metre hybrid superyacht Artefact attracted attention. The yacht was captured on its way to Gibraltar after departing its home yard Nobiskrug. Designed by Gregory C Marshall, the yacht hit the water at the yard’s Rendsburg facility in July 2019. Artefact is now the biggest-volume 80 metre superyacht in the world.


Royal Huisman flagship Sea Eagle II delivered

Image courtesy of Tom van Oossanen

The delivery of the world’s largest aluminium sailing yacht, Sea Eagle II, hit the headlines in July. The 81 metre Royal Huisman yacht embarked on her maiden voyage soon after to the Mediterranean. Sold in summer 2016, Sea Eagle II is the largest yacht ever built by the Dutch yard. Naval architecture was penned by Dykstra Naval Architects while Mark Whiteley Design collaborated on the exterior and interior design.


DIV Shipbuilding Group to build Espen Øino-designed 282m "private residence yacht"

In May, the news that DIV Shipbuilding group would build the Espen Øino-designed “world’s largest private residence yacht” caught the attention of BOAT readers. The massive 281.8 metre project Njord contains 118 private residences and a 500 square metre inflatable marina at the stern. Spread across 12 decks, Njord will have a beam of 33.5 metres and huge 81,000GT interior.


First look video: On board the 107m Benetti superyacht Lana

Credit: Jeff Brown

A first-look video on board the 107 metre Benetti superyacht Lana was released in October, showing the yacht on charter for the first time. The yacht, one of the largest ever built by Benetti, was officially delivered to its owner on June 18. The yacht is exclusively available for charter through Imperial and includes a beach club, Hammam and swimming pool on board.


Fire breaks out on board 48m superyacht Lady MM

In August, news broke that a severe fire had broken out on board the 48 metre superyacht Lady MM. The yacht was reported to have been travelling from Capri to Porto Cervo in Sardinia when the fire broke out. Footage captured below shows the extent of the fire from the Birdseye view.

Read on for our round-up of the biggest yacht disasters from 2019...


Inside the christening party of 75m Feadship Arrow

Image courtesy of Feadship

This collection of first-look images inside the christening party of the 75m Feadship superyacht Arrow was released in January. The ceremony was attended by the owner, guests and Feadship employees and culminated in the owner smashing a bottle of champagne against the hull.