Most Notable Sailing Yachts Launched in 2021
In recent years, more and more owners have opted to build a sailing yacht as their next new project. Due to factors such as changing owner demographics and an increased awareness of the environmental output of yachting, an incredible amount of resource, engineering and design talent is being poured into the sailing sector. Superyachts.com takes a look at the most notable sailing yachts to be launched this year across the full spectrum of build size…
Of course, it is impossible to discuss this year in sailing without mention of Oceanco’s behemoth project 127m sailing yacht Y721. This three-masted schooner stole headlines as she was technically launched at the Dutch shipyard’s Netherland facility earlier this year. Set to become the largest sailing yacht in the world when she is launched (knocking Oceanco’s former flagship Black Pearl from the top spot), complete with rumours of celebrity ownership, it is not difficult to see why Y721 is Superyachts.com’s top new sailing yacht project of 2021.
Delivered by Finnish sailing yacht builder Baltic Yachts earlier this year, 45m PATH excels in every aspect of innovation and aesthetic. This sleek Baltic 126 world cruiser is powered by 60 square metres of solar paneling, offering exceptional living space and eschewing the traditional limits of sailing yacht design. Designed inside and out by German studio Judel / Vrolijk & Co., PATH flaunted her unparalleled credentials in luxury, performance and sustainability (built to IMO Tier III compliance) as the largest sailing yacht in the first dedicated sailing section at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show.
Launched in May 2021, the custom sailing yacht Tripp 90 debuted at this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival to much acclaim. Designed by Tripp Design with exquisite interiors penned by Winch, this 90-foot / 27-metre carbon sloop is a superb example of minimalist excellence in design. Taking inspiration from Scandinavian influences, through use of materials such as soft leather and light oak wood, Tripp 90 is proof that modern sailing yachts can more than excel their motor yacht counterparts when it comes to exceptional luxury design.
Another star of the Monaco Yacht Show’s new sailing yacht section was the Swan 120, delivered by Finnish sailing yacht leaders Nautor’s Swan and donning a German Frers design. Building on the successful platform of the original Swan 55 - one of the largest yachts to be built in fibreglass at time of build - the Swan 120 wowed enthusiasts with her clean lines, full carbon fibre construction and intimate living spaces. Interior designer Misa Poggi has created a striking balance between comfort and luxury with the use of the finest Italian textiles. A foldable swim platform aft allows for extra storage and ultimate connectivity to the sea - which after all, is what sailing is all about.