Designers and builders of sailing yachts greater than 100 feet (30.4 meters) are being tasked with creating vessels that not only are beautiful, comfortable and safe, but also achieve a high level of sailing performance. The proliferation of international superyacht regattas has upped the ante for owners who not only like their yachts luxurious, but also like to best their competition on the race course.
With styling by Tim Heywood and an interior by Redman Whiteley Dixon, Baton Rouge is a six-deck full-displacement yacht with every conceivable luxury. This 205-foot (63-meter) yacht includes multiple salons and dining areas, both inside and out, as well as accommodations for 12 guests in seven cabins including the 1,076-square-foot (100-square-meter) master suite.
Ilona is a well-traveled yacht, extensively photographed from Europe to the Far East, which is not surprising as her owner is an experienced yachtsman. Amels won a bid to build the Australian owner’s new yacht and the shipyard worked closely with project manager Captain Elworth to provide custom features such as a helipad that converts to a hangar.
This supremely elegant sailing yacht, designed by Ron Holland, is the largest single-masted yacht and the largest sailing yacht built in composite. The nearly 300-foot carbon fiber mast (291 feet to be exact) helps support a 36,000-sq.-ft. sail area, weighing about 3.5 tons, made by Doyle Sailmakers. The foredeck’s tender storage recesses double as a plunge pool and Jacuzzi.
Vava II is the largest yacht built in the UK. Her beautiful exterior lines by Redman, Whiteley, Dixon envelop an interior by French designer and minimalist master Rémi Tessier. After construction began, shipyard owner Babcock sold yacht division Devonport Yachts to Pendennis. Construction continued in the original location in Plymouth, now the Pendennis Plus shipyard.