Exclusive: Sailing Yacht A released after Gibraltar arrest

21 February 2017 • Written by Chris Jefferies

Sailing Yacht A has been released by the Gibraltese authorities after a three-day seizure, it has been revealed.

The 142.81 metre Nobiskrug, which is one of the world’s largest superyachts, was impounded earlier this month after arriving into Gibraltar as the yard claimed that a final payment of €15.3million was overdue.

Sailing Yacht A departed from Kiel earlier this month

Speaking to Boat International, a spokesman for Sailing Yacht A said: “This unfortunate incident is now resolved. The yacht will now be handed over to the owner’s project team and will leave Gibraltar shortly.”

Styled inside and out by the legendary designer Philippe Starck and developed in collaboration with Dykstra Naval Architects, Sailing Yacht A is one of the most iconic superyachts in the world.

This sail-assisted motor yacht features three towering masts, each measuring more than 90 metres tall, and her palatial interiors spread across eight decks for a total interior volume of 12,700GT. Other key features include an underwater observation pod in the bow and a superyacht swimming pool on the upper deck.

Power comes from a pair of 4,827hp MTU diesel engines, which propel Sailing Yacht A to a top speed of 21 knots. When trimmed back to her cruising speed of 16 knots, she has a globetrotting maximum range of 5,320 nautical miles.

Further key details, including the general arrangement of the guest quarters, are still undisclosed, but it is understood that her crew quarters can house a staff of up to 54 people. Built for Russian owner Andrey Melnichenko, Sailing Yacht A is the follow-up to the 119 metre Blohm+Voss Motor Yacht A, which was launched in 2008.