Philippe Briand reveals 90 metre sailing superyacht concept SY 300
by Miranda Blazeby
The mammoth 1,500 tonne ketch will have a 14 metre beam and will “outperform other sailing superyachts on the water,” Briand promised.
Unlike so many “sailing superyachts” which, Briand said, are “motor yacht with sails”, the SY 300 will be “an authentic sailing yacht”.
To this end, the design includes a sail area measuring a total of 10,160 square metres, including an upwind sail area of 3,560 square metres and downwind sail area of 6,600 square metres. In good conditions, Briand estimates a top speed of 20 knots.
Other key features include three decks, an inverted bow and 112 square metre flybridge intended for al fresco socialising. The flybridge has a dining table big enough to seat 16 guests, as well as a seating area with two L shaped sofas and low tables.
The three decks have been described as “uncluttered”, but owners will be offered a choice of a swimming pool and sun pads or sun loungers.
Interior layouts meanwhile are customisable to the tastes of the owner with initial plans including enough accommodation for 14 guests.
The full beam owner’s suite on the main deck includes his and hers bathrooms, an office and private terrace. Also on the main deck is a full beam saloon leading forward to a dining room on the port side and a bonus room on the starboard side.
The rest of the guest accommodation sits on the lower deck, alongside accommodation for a maximum of 17 crew. A full beam gym also sits on the lower deck, leading to an aft deck pool, spa, Jacuzzi and massage room.
Speaking about the design, Briand said: “Staying true to our name, this SY 300 design showcases a yacht with purpose that is in keeping with the authentic spirit of sailing.”
He added: “I picture it being ideal for a passionate sailor who wants to stay in touch with the water and the power of the wind. They could even take the helm of the yacht themselves.”