September 8, 2019 – The largest sailing yacht in the world, more commonly known as ‘A’, has anchored in the Dubrovnik area near Lokrum island.
Andrey Melnichenko, the 97th richest man in the world according to Forbes and the ninth richest man in Russia, owns the largest sailing yacht in the world, which sailed to Lokrum island on Friday, reports Dubrovacki Dnevnik.hr.
Namely, this £260 million yacht is 142 meters long, can accommodate a crew of 54 people, 20 guests, has six rooms, eight floors, an underwater observation pod, three swimming pools and many other amenities such as a disco club and state-of-the-art equipment. Its masts stand taller than the Big Ben at almost 100 meters! However, many of its details have been kept under wraps.
The interior and exterior of ‘A’ were designed by Philip Stark, who modeled the yacht off of American warships, though its appearance was designed to defend itself against modern pirates. Renowned naval architect Martin Francis constructed the luxury motor yacht, which was built at the HDW shipyard in Kiel. The sailing yacht was ordered in March 2011, launched in April 2015, and acquired in May 2017.
The cost of building the yacht was about $500 million. With a length of about 142 meters and a volume of 6,000 tons, it is one of the largest private yachts in the world.
Melnichenko is married to the Serbian model Aleksandra, and the two have been declared the most glamorous couple in the world. Their wealth is unimaginable, and they admit that they afford just about everything they want. In the event they need to jet-set somewhere else while cruising on the ‘A’, the couple hops on their private Boeing plane which takes off from the yacht’s helipad. The plane even boasts the personal logo of the couple – the letter A, which represents the first letter of the name of both spouses. That logo is supposedly on everything they own – from their clothing and towels to the yacht sailing around the Dubrovnik area.
You can see photos of the yacht in Dubrovnik here.
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