Authenticity and a passion for performance are the core principles behind Philippe Briand’s new sailing megayacht concept, the SY300.
Philippe Briand has unveiled the latest sailing yacht concept to come from his Londonbased design studio: the 90-metre (300-foot) SY300. With a traditional sailing rig, the 1,550-tonne ketch has been created to outperform other sailing megayachts on the water today, as well as to provide a head-turning aesthetic and ultimate comfort on board. The SY300 would be the ultimate prize possession for a passionate sailor who demands speed onthe water as well as exceptional design and style.
A TRUE LEADER IN THE NEW WAVE OF “GREEN” SUPERYACHTS
Unlike the growing number of sailing megayachts that are effectively motor yachts with sails, requiring engines to assist in propelling them through the water, the SY300 is an authentic sailingyacht in all aspects. It has been developed with a similar design approach to that used in smaller,high-performance racing yachts while boasting the hallmarks of Philippe Briand’s award-winningdesign pedigree, including clean, dynamic lines and outstandingly efficient naval architecture.
Being fully wind-propelled, the SY300 would be a true leader in the new wave of “green”superyachts; in particular, its hull-form characteristics and predicted performance would put theSY300 at the forefront of this cohort of vessels. Its remarkable hydrodynamic efficiency means morepower could be harnessed through underwater turbines to charge the batteries on board. In the bestconditions a maximum speed over 20 knots would be reached . Potentialy If 50% of the energy iscaptured it will be the equivalent of that produced by a 500 kW generator, while maintaining aspeed around 15 knots.
Driven by the pursuit of efficiency rather than opting for a faddish design, Philippe Briand chose aconventional two-masted sailing rig to complement the contemporary hull with its inverted bow, asthis proves to be the most effective. With its foremast towering 95.3 metres above the waterline, theSY300’s upwind sail area is 3,560m2, while its downwind sail area is 6,600m2, including a 3,500m2spinnaker.The design of the carbon fibre masts and rigging is heavily informed by the experience PhilippeBriand acquired during the development and construction of the landmark 67-metre S/Y Vertigoand 73-metre S/Y Sybaris, two of the most celebrated sailing yachts in recent history.
SPECTACULAR SUN DECK
The yacht’s length at the waterline is 78 metres, with a maximum beam of 14 metres. Although thesailing yacht design includes three capacious decks for ample guest space, Philippe Briand has beencareful to ensure well-balanced proportions deliver a sleek overall aesthetic. This includes aspectacular fly bridge in the flush sun deck, which covers an area of 112m2 and 14.8 metres in length.
The star attraction of the exterior, the fly bridge will be a magnet for friends and family tocome together, where up to 14 guests can experience the uniquely thrilling sensation of movementcreated by harnessing the natural power of the wind.Of course, full enjoyment of the SY300’s exterior can come at anchor or in port as well as whilecruising or racing.
The uncluttered decks are contemporary and allow stunning views of thesurroundings.
Each of the three decks offers guests a choice of swimming pool, paired withoversized sun pads or sun loungers.An enormous dining table in the heart of the fly bridge seats up to 16 guests, with superbpanoramic views and a removable bimini offering protection from the sun. The adjacent convivialseating area features two L-shaped sofas with low tables, while a more secluded seating area on theforedeck is perfect for a romantic sundowner or some private reflection time.INNER SPACEFinal interior layouts can be tailored to an owner’s desires, but initial drawings of the SY300 allowprovision for a large full-beam owner’s suite with his-and-hers bathrooms, an office and a privateterrace on the main deck. A vast, full-beam saloon leads forward to a dining room on the port sideor a play room on the starboard side, and a second door to the owner’s office.
A further six guest suites are located on the lower deck, as well as accommodation for up to 17 crew.A full-beam gym on the lower deck has sliding doors and steps leading up to the aft deck pool, andthe adjacent spa features a Jacuzzi and massage room.
Philippe Briand commented on the announcement of the SY300 design: “I am a purist at heart.Every Philippe Briand design is guided by the golden principles of balance, efficiency and performance onthe water, from the single-handed ocean sailing boats that I raced to victory in my early career, to some ofthe world’s best-known sailing superyachts. Staying true to our name, this SY 300 design showcases a yachtwith purpose that is in keeping with the authentic spirit of sailing. I picture it being ideal for a passionatesailor who wants to stay in touch with the water and the power of the wind. They could even take the helmof the yacht themselves.”