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:
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.