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What Will The Next Royal Yacht Look Like?

What Will The Next Royal Yacht Look Like?

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Project Albion

When the Royal Yacht Britannia was decommissioned in 1997 as a cost-cutting measure by the British government, not everyone was ready to say farewell. Built in 1954, HMY Britannia sailed more than one million nautical miles during her 44 years of service and hosted the likes of Sir Winston Churchill, Rajiv Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. Several attempts have been made to commission a new royal yacht with plans drawn up by British design studios Bannenberg & Rowell and Winch Design, but to no avail. For the 2020 Design Challenge, BOAT International put the task to a room of superyachting specialists at the Superyacht Design Festival in Cortina.

Project Albion

Team members: Steve Gresham, Fiona Diamond, Mike Fisher, Mike Brandy, Jarkko Jamsen and James Kandsch

The design: A 140-metre, three-masted sailing yacht with telescopic wing sails that allow the rig to concertina into itself when at anchor or cruising under power. High-profile guests stepping aboard can make use of its two helidecks: one retractable landing pad on the starboard side that doubles as an exhibition space, and another on the bow with a helicopter hangar beneath. Alternatively, there's a hydrogen-powered royal limousine tender named Lillibet (the Queen’s familial nickname)

Star features: At the heart of the yacht sits a grand, double-height ballroom for royal gatherings. Two-storey structural glass windows on either side offer sweeping sea views – the perfect backdrop to any royal occasion.

“Project Albion is a modern, forward-thinking sailing yacht, incorporating green features and technology, whilst maintaining a sense of grandeur and tradition” – Fiona Diamond

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