9th Largest Yacht in the World Visits St. John

Sailing Yacht A April 15 2019

Image credit: Captain Brent Fox

Time and time again, I get asked if St. John is ready for visitors. Well on Monday, the ninth largest yacht in the world chose to visit St. John when it could easily visit any destination in the world. So if that doesn’t say that St. John is ready, I’m not sure what does.

Sailing Yacht A is 468 feet in length and owned by Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko, who is number 90 on the Forbes billionaire list. The yacht is referred to as being a “sail-assisted motor yacht” and is the largest boat of its kind in the world.

Here are a few random facts from Boat International:

  • 3,747 is the total sail area in meters
  • 100 meters is the height of the mainmast over water – This makes it taller than Big Ben.
  • 90 knots is the maximum wind speed the masts can withstand
  • The yacht has 54 crew members.
  • It has eight decks, multiple elevators, and garages for four tenders and a submarine. Yes, a submarine.
  • It has an underwater viewing pod that is moulded into the keel.
  • Sailing Yacht A cost more than $450 million to build.

As of 6 p.m. Monday night, Sailing Yacht A was anchored north of St. John near Whistling Cay, according to MarineTraffic.com. On Tuesday morning, it was located south of Lovango, across from Lind Point.

Here are a few pics taken Monday afternoon:

Sailing Yacht A Starboard Sailing Yacht A Stern

North of Peter Bay

North of Peter Bay

This isn’t the first time a Russian billionaire visited St. John with an impressive yacht. Le Grande Bleu visited back in 2015. Click here to read all about it and to see pics.

20 comments for “9th Largest Yacht in the World Visits St. John

  1. Ted
    April 15, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Just wanna see da sub

  2. Mark
    April 15, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Not really what I want to see when we come to STJ in a few weeks.

    • Trey
      April 16, 2019 at 10:01 am

      If you think this yacht is an eyesore, wait until you see the poop show that is Maho Bay now! Thought I was in Lauderdale.

  3. Mikes
    April 16, 2019 at 6:29 am

    It’s ugly as all get out. 450 mil obviously can buy neither class nor elegance.

    Nice name for a yacht too btw. Real creative.

  4. Jim
    April 16, 2019 at 7:58 am

    Built on the backs of the oppressed people of Russia.

  5. Jeanie
    April 16, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Ugly, eyesore, yuk!

  6. Bruce Brainerd
    April 16, 2019 at 11:58 am

    What a fugly Russian pos!

  7. Chris G
    April 16, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    I agree it is not all that to look at, however, would be great if they spent a lot of their billions on the Island – welcome the travelers! There is a saying – beauty is in the eyes of the beholder! Spend spend spend!!!

    • Laser Joe
      April 18, 2019 at 7:12 am

      Right. Only the Money matters. How a Russian fat cat compiles it within a Mafia State doesn’t. From a distance I mistook it for a warship. Masts are superfluous

  8. Minnesota Mike
    April 16, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    Wonder what the interior looks like?

    Not a ton of interior photos on google but apparently his other yacht was bomb proof?

    Who wants to be on a yacht and not be able to get bombed???

    I wouldn’t mind hanging on this dudes yacht for a bit though as it is better than the snow in MN!!!

  9. EDUARDO
    April 16, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    WHAT A MONSTROSITY. like other luxury yachts, do they drag their anchors all over the coral ? Has Maho really made a turn for the worse??

    • Rob M
      April 17, 2019 at 1:07 pm

      Yup… Maho is not the same. Was there 2 wks ago. Pretty disappointed with all the N. Shore beaches. Hurricanes were one thing, but I felt like doors have been opened to allow just about anything to happen to build tourism back up to where it was before the storms. Too much to fast.

    • Isla
      April 19, 2019 at 5:43 am

      Maho is garbage now; such an eyesore. It is so sad. It once was my favorite beach, I refuse to go there now. I also worry how the increased number of people will affect the turtles and sea life. I am sure they will litter, etc.

  10. Shelley
    April 16, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Money from fertilizer chemicals and coal. Know your Putin oligarchs.

  11. Kristine
    April 16, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    It really is ugly. It looks like a war ship, not a luxury yacht. But it’s good for the island. I hope he spent a TON of money.

  12. Carol
    April 16, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    That is literally the ugliest ship I’ve EVER Seen! Who would spend that much money on something so ugly! Ugh!

  13. Richard
    April 17, 2019 at 10:25 am

    If you tried really really hard you would be HARD pressed to create something any more UGLY !!!!

    • Kathy Millsaps
      April 17, 2019 at 12:11 pm

      I am sure the food is good thought.

  14. frank ruggirello
    April 17, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Find the designer and throw him overboard….

  15. Ed
    April 20, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    It has been in front of our house on VG for a few days and it grows on you. The first time I saw it I thought it was super odd. I now think it is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.

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