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The Sailing Yacht A (known until recently as project White Pearl) has recently been delivered by Nobiskrug to her owner. She is the world’s largest sailing yacht and is built for Andrey Melnichenko. Sailing yacht A is very large -
Like the Motor Yacht A, the Sailing Yacht A is designed by Philippe Starck, and some of her design features are similar to the current A. Her composite masts will be the largest in the world. She will be powered by a hybrid diesel-
Not much is known about the interior of sailing yacht A, but the interior is also by the design of Philippe Starkc. She is rumored to have an underwater observation pod. She accommodates 20 guests and a crew of 54.
A has some remarkable features: her three masts tower up to 328 feet (100 meters) above the water level, with a crow’s nest at 60 meters, there are 24 shell doors in the hull, her decks are connected by several elevators and sailing yacht A will carry a submarine. Her total sail area will be more than 40.000 sq.ft, or more than 3,700m2. A will reach a top speed of 21 knots, with a cruise speed at 16 knots.
In February 2017 the yacht was delivered to her owner. Her first destination was Kristiansand in Norway. See an amazing video of Sailing yacht A leaving Germany, hereunder.
Gibraltar media report that Sailing Yacht A was arrested in Gibraltar, following a claim of EUR 15.3 million by Nobiskrug. Nobiskrug is reported to have filed a claim for breach of contract, as the final payment of EUR 9.8 million has not been paid. There is also a dispute about other invoices, totaling EUR 5,4 million. The yacht was heading for Spain for further works to be carried out.
Andrey Melnichenko is one of the richest Russians, with a net worth of USD 13 billion (February 2017). He is is a Russian industrialist with businesses in the fields of fertilizers and coal.
He acquired the Siberian Coal Energy Company (SUEK) and the chemical company Eurochem. SUEK is Russia's largest coal producer, with a market share of 31%. Eurochem is Russia’s largest fertilizer producer. In 2012 Eurochem acquired the Belgium activities of BASF. Andrey Melnichenko was also one of the founders of TMK, a pipe and metallurgic company. In 1993 Melnichenko cofounded MDM Bank, which turned into one of Russia’s largest private banks. But he has sold his shares many years ago and is not involved in banking anymore.
Married to a Serbian model
Melnichenko is married to Serbian model Aleksandra Nikolic. Aleksandra Nikolic started as a fashion model, and later became member of the Serbian pop group Models. Alexandra met Andrey in 2003, and they wedded in 2005. Both Christina Aquilera and Whitney Houston performed at their wedding.
Andrey and Aleksandra Melnichenko own a large Boeing Business jet with registration MY-
Melnichenko owns many houses: a villa in Cap D’Antibes named Villa Altair, a US$ 12 million penthouse in New York and the US$ 40 million Harewood Estate in the UK. According to a 2008 building permit the Harewood Estate employs 14 gardening staff, 4 house keepers, 2 house managers and 3 security guards. Still it is not as expensive as Bill Gates’ house, which has an estimated value of US$ 120 million.
Melnichenko is is one of the main social investors and philanthropists of Russia. In 2016, he was given a special award for "good deeds" and charity works by the President Putin of Russia.
Motor Yacht A is an astonishing luxury yacht built by Blohm and Voss and designed by Philippe Starck and Martin Francis. It was delivered to Andrey Melnichenko at a reported US$ 300 million cost price.
Some sources mention that the name A is derived from the initials of its owner Andrey and his wife Aleksandra. However this seems to be just a co-
In 2013 Melnichenko’s company Hamilton Yachts Limited (which formally owns A) sued Dutch paint producer Akzo Nobel for USD 100 million over a bad paint job. Read the court documents about the paint problem here.
In May 2014 the yacht A was spotted in Honolulu, Hawai and in February 2015 she visited Porto Rico. SuperYachtFan spotted her near Antibes, France in the summer of 2015. In December 2015 the yacht A was at Palumbo Shipyard in Malta for a repaint. And in May 2016 she was near Monaco for the 2016 Formula 1 race. The photo’s of the Yacht A at this page are used with the permission of Tom Gulbrandsen. See more of luxury yacht A here.
The yacht A is not available for charter. But enquire now, for your ultimate charter experience on other yachts! Update: The motor yacht A was put for sale with an asking price of EUR 250 million or USD 300 million.