Jeff Bezos Oceanco sailing yacht on the move

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Spotted: 127m Oceanco Y721 Koru on sea trials

14 February 2023• Written by Katia Damborsky and Holly Overton

The 127 metre Oceanco Y721, believed to be named Koru, has begun her first day of sea trials in the North Sea. She departed Rotterdam early in the morning of February 13. 

It comes after the record-breaking sailing yacht first hit the water in August 2022 at Oceanco's Alblasserdam shipyard and was transported to Rotterdam where her trio of masts was stepped. She later began transmitting as Koru on her AIS, which is a Māori word meaning "new beginnings".

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The three-masted schooner is set to become the world's largest sailing yacht when delivered later this year, ousting the current titleholder Sea Cloud from top spot. She is also the largest yacht to have been built in the Netherlands and will form the new flagship for her builder Oceanco. 

The yacht is believed to have been commissioned for Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.  Previously speaking to BOAT International, an Oceanco spokesperson said: "Oceanco values the privacy and confidentiality of all our clients and prospective clients and therefore does not comment on our involvement or non-involvement in specific projects."

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While her design team has yet to be confirmed, she features a black hull, white superstructure and classic exterior lines, which have drawn similarities to Lürssen superyacht Eos. Initial images suggest that Koru will have a large pool on the aft deck, as well as multiple areas for relaxing across her open decks.

The yacht is expected to be joined by a support vessel. Last month, Dutch shipyard Damen Yachting delivered its largest-ever support yacht Abeona.

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The project was first announced in 2018 and the hull of the superyacht was seen for the first time when she rolled out of the shed in October 2021. 

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Oceanco   127 m •  2023

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