82Isea&iISPRING-SUMMER 2011ways to make it more applicable to modern lifestyle." In asimilar style, the Countess design from Studio Delta is a 39m(128') concept, based on the traditional hull of the 69m (226')schooner Atlantic. Like the Tempus Class 150, Countess'rigging, interior and exterior have been designed to reflect atraditional 1930s yacht, but will incorporate modern systemsto ensure high levels of comfort on board. For example,climate control is specified throughout all guest and crewspaces. If she is built, Countess will function as a fully certifiedcharter yacht.As well as the more classic styles being brought to the table,increasing modernity, and even an element of the space age, isbeing seen in some of today's designs. Recent conceptspresented to the market include Phoenicia by Igor Lobanov andAnkida by Lila-Lou.Igor Lobanov presented Phoenicia to the market this year anddescribes the project as being explorative. The unusual shapeof the bow was inspired by ancient royal ships, and a keyfeature of it is the all-around deck with a pattern incorporatedinto its structure. The model is based on a 100m-plus (328')sailing yacht, with particular emphasis placed on a spacious aftdeck, which houses a heli-pad. In developing the 73m (240') Ankida concept, London-basedstudio Lila-Lou integrated the mast, sail and keel configurationwith the hull and superstructure. Her sail has been designedto allow the greatest surface area coverage and optimalpositioning in relation to the wind. Each mast has a boomrunning parallel to one another so they have the ability to slideforward and aft, a feat achieved by designing each boom in twosections. The sails can then be offset from one another when ona beat or reach, maximising the sail area for the conditions. Shealso features a magnetically levitated wind turbine thatsupplies power for the yacht's operation and general services. In buildThe aforementioned concepts all hint at the sort of designs wecan look forward to in the future, but it is the models that arealready under construction at yards that are keeping sailingyacht enthusiasts champing at the bit.There are many names synonymous with sailing yacht buildsacross the world: Royal Huisman, Dubois, Perini Navi, AlloyYachts and Vitters, to list just a handful. Sailing yachts arecreated by experts who live and breathe their design andconstruction, sharing the great passion possessed by theowners of these vessels, and always endeavouring to breaknew ground with their designs. A sailing superyacht is a verydifferent breed of vessel to a motoryacht as it is required tofunction under both power and sail and, in many cases, performin racing conditions while still providing a comfortable andluxurious home for guests. Clockwise from above:the 39m (128') Countess;Phoenicia; the 141m(463') Dream Symphony(side and aerial view);the 73m (240') Ankida(aerial views) Photography: Tempus Class (Courtesy of Humphreys Yacht Design)/Countess (Courtesy of Studio Delta)
SPRING-SUMMER 2011I sea&iI83newconceptsResponses to changing trends, technologies and demandsfrom owners have seen increasingly innovative and beautifulyachts being built. One notable trend over the last decade isthe popularity of large sailing yachts. Launches in 2010included six sailing yachts greater than 50m (164') in length,while the average length of sailing yachts launched the sameyear was 39.7m (130'). The longest sailing superyacht in the world is currently the92.9m (305') Eos, built by Lürssen in 2006, closely followedby the 90m (295') Athena, built by Royal Huisman in 2004, andthe 88m (288') Maltese Falcon, built by Perini Navi in 2006. Allthree will be significantly trumped in length, however, by the141m (463') all-wood schooner, Dream Symphony, which wasrecently given the green light for construction by Turkish yardDream Ship Victory. Work on the yacht begins this year and sheis due to be delivered in 2016. Dream Symphony's naval architecture is by Dykstra &Partners and her exterior by Ken Freivokh Design. Consideringthe vast quantities of wood that will be required for herconstruction, it is fortunate that Dykstra & Partners havepledged to use a unique technology using tropical woodsourced from renewable forests. Another 'biggest-ever' will be delivered in the form of thevoluminous 44.2m (145') catamaran Hemisphere, which isbeing completed at British yard Pendennis. Upon her launchin 2011, she will take the title of largest cruising catamaran inthe world.Continuing the theme of sailing yachts with large LOAs, inMarch this year Alloy Yachts launched the 67.2m (220') Vertigo,designed by Philippe Briand with an 'urban at sea' interior byCristian Liagre. She is not just the largest yacht built by theyard, but also the biggest luxury sailing yacht to be constructedin the Southern Hemisphere. Two other sailing yachts over 60m (197') making anappearance this year are the 66m (217') Dubois-designedsloop (unnamed at time of going to press) from Vitters,which launched in March, and the 66m ketch Panamax fromBaltic Yachts. The yachts being delivered now are, of course, those thatwere ordered before and on the brink of the recession. Assome owners are now opting for more modest investmentsin today's market, some decrease in the size of yachts is tobe expected in the future. However, despite the recenteconomic downturn, which had a profound effect on thesuperyacht market, sailing yachts are continuing to hold theirown on the order books. Maintaining its enduring appeal, thesailing yacht market seems set to continue sailing forth intoexciting new territories. nFor further information on sailing yachts and the CNI sales fleet see page80, or contact your nearest CNI sales broker, see page 6.