One of the largest sailing yachts in the world “A”, owned by the Russian billionaire, the main shareholder of the company “Eurochem” Andrey Melnichenko, worth 430 euros, docked in the port of Faliro (Athens).
The yacht had to drop anchor here, because, due to its large size, the vessel could not moor in any harbor of Attica.
Her huge masts, which are the largest ever made from carbon fiber, average 100 meters and protect the boat from a Category 2 hurricane!
The luxury yacht attracted the attention of passers-by who decided to take a walk along the embankment and the port of Faliro.
The yacht has a maximum speed of 20 knots and is capable of making a transatlantic crossing without stopping, covering 5320 nautical miles. It is equipped with two 4,827 hp engines. each.
The vessel is equipped with a digital control system and a large swimming pool with a retractable roof. It is planned that the ship will be operated by a crew of 54 people. Notable features of the yacht are a small submarine below and an observation room.
The exterior of the vessel was designed by the French industrial designer Philippe Starck. The Dutch shipbuilding company Dykstra Naval Architects was responsible for the rigging and keel of the yacht, the British company Magma Structures created the 90-meter masts (above Big Ben), and the sails were produced by the American company Doyle Sails. The sailboat includes eight decks, and one of the largest curved glass in the world weighing 2 tons is built into the hull – the sheet area is 58.8 square meters. m, according to Forbes.
Sailing yacht A, at 142.8 meters, is the largest in its category. She has been in our country since the beginning of summer, transporting the owner and his friends to the Aegean and Ionian Islands. From Corfu and Kefalonia to Sporades, Cyclades, Faliro, and then again to the Cyclades, then to reach the Dodecanese, the super-powerful and impressive ship of the oligarch Andrey Melnichenko amazes everyone in its path. Until the morning of last Friday, the boat, according to marinetraffic, was off the coast of Rhodes.
Melnichenko, the 49-year-old businessman of another Russian tycoon, Roman Abramovich, ordered the construction of a three-story ship in 2011 at a cost of at least $ 430 million. Her name is more than short, just a capital letter A – the first in the name of Alexandra, the wife of the owner of the yacht.
This is the second Russian mega-liner with this name. This was preceded by the construction of motor yacht “A” in 2008, which the Times journalist described at the time as the ugliest boat ever built, but the opinion of “everyone and everything” of the Russian businessman did not move.
The yacht “A” can comfortably accommodate 16 people, and the crew of 54 people will take care of the ideal rest of the owner and his friends. One of the most impressive and, perhaps, unique elements of a sailing boat is that in the tail part of the yacht’s hull, passengers have a unique opportunity to observe the sea abyss, since this part of the vessel is transparent – made of heavy-duty crystals.
Melnichenko’s fortune, according to the magazine, is $ 17.9 billion. He took ninth place in the ranking of 200 richest businessmen in Russia in 2020. The businessman owns the Siberian Coal Energy Company (SUEK) and EuroChem through the Cyprus-based AIM Capital. Both companies ended last year with a profit: SUEK’s pre-tax profit amounted to $ 2 billion, Eurochem earned $ 1.8 billion.