Owning or chartering a yacht is as much about the experience as it is the yacht itself and no sector within yachting gives more pleasure and or sees more passion than that of sailing yachts.
Following on from the recent sales of BUILD 395 ROYAL HUISMAN and MARI CHA IV, this year YPI Sailing, the specialist sailing yacht arm of YPI Brokerage headed by ex-sailing yacht captain, William Bishop, has gone on to conclude the sales of CYCLOS III, YII and MED SPIRIT.
What is the attraction?
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For the yachting aficionados, it’s the thrill of the race, the excitement of the challenge and working together as a team that makes the sailing experience so much more than anything motor yachts can offer. However aficionados are not alone when it comes to making up the number of sales and charters involving sailing yachts today. The attraction of sailing, it seems, has spread further afield.
“Being at sea on a sailing yacht is an entirely different experience to being on a motor yacht,” explains Head of YPI’s Sailing arm, William Bishop. “Sailing yachts allow you to enjoy the journey as much as the destination. There are few people not captivated by the beauty and grace of a sailing yacht gliding into anchorage at sail. They slice through the water with only the sound of the wind and the sea and nature itself. For many, sailing is about being a part of what is around you…and not just being an observer.”
"For many, sailing is about being part of what is around you... not just being an observer. "
Sailing yachts can be enjoyed by anyone wishing to buy or charter a yacht. Whether you are looking for the type of exhilarating performance offered by a carbon 100’ yacht or the majesty and comfort of the largest J-Class on the ocean, sailing yachts offer many things for many people.
“They are the ultimate in naval architecture,” explains Frédéric Laporte, YPI Yacht Management Director. “Sailing yachts are a part of the heritage, the myth and the love of the sea. They represent a vibrant marine history, an art and an industry that is developing faster than ever before.”
For many of today’s buyers and charterers, sailing yachts underscore an important shift in our sense of priorities when it comes to the world around us.
“Sailing yachts tend to be more economical to run than motor yachts,” explains Will. “It doesn’t matter how much you are worth financially, money saved on fuel is money that can be enjoyed elsewhere. They are also environmentally responsible. They use wind power, they recycle and store energy. ETHEREAL, for example, uses a hybrid electric-diesel propulsion system and lithium batteries that charge when the yacht is under sail. And these innovations come without any need for compromise on the luxury of the experience on board.”
Long gone are the days when sailing yachts meant cramped living spaces and hard work.
“Some sailing yachts are becoming increasingly popular for charter,” explains Head of YPI Charter, Vaniese Baldacchino.
“Yachts like ELEONORA and FAREWELL offer considerable space for guests, whether it is for dining, entertaining or sleeping, and are equipped with all the latest entertainment and communications technology. The crew on sail yachts offer the highest standards of service and they can be as present or as discreet as required. If guests wish to participate in the sailing, they are welcome to do so. If, however, they prefer to sit back and watch, there will always be someone to top up their glass.”
“All sail yachts have engines so they don’t have to rely on the wind,” explains Will. “Most sailing yachts can motor up to speeds of 10 knots. There also exists a hybrid between sail and motor yachts. Motor-sailers give owners and guests the freedom to cruise the yacht either under sail or under power at even greater speeds, as well as offering more deck space than traditional sail yachts and increased storage for water sports equipment.”
For yacht owner and entrepreneur Jan-Eric Österlund, the choice of yacht for his now famous two-year voyage around the world was critical. He told YPI: “Either type of yacht, motor or sail, would have allowed such a voyage of discovery to happen, but it was the harmony and balance provided by ADELE (the 54.9m Vitters seen below) that was key to the wondrous experience we all enjoyed.”
“Some of the world’s top sailing yachts, in all sizes, have been coming onto the market for sale,” says Will. “And they are selling. Yachts like PARSIFAL IV, WILLIAM TAI, VALQUEST and of course YII. And then there are a number of very special sailing yachts that are not publicly advertised for sale but which we know are discreetly looking for buyers. It is a very exciting time for those who are now ready to own a piece of yachting at its purest.”
Olivier Palayan, YPI Digital Strategy Manager and frequent regatta participant currently spearheading YPI Sailing communications, sees the opportunities on the market today as exceptional and probably on the verge of coming to an end. “When you see the increase in potential demand for sailing yachts but price reductions continuing and so much added value being put into so many of the vessels on the market today, it’s hard to see how for buyers it can get any better.”
Potential buyers can also benefit from the ‘YPI Try Then Buy’ offer which allows parties interested in purchasing one of the Group’s sailing yachts to test out the yachts first-hand by chartering on preferential terms and conditions.
“So many of our owners buy their first yachts this way,” explains Will. “We want to make sure our clients acquire a yacht that is right for them rather than ending up disappointed one year down the road. The ‘YPI Try Then Buy’ scheme is by far the best way of getting to know a yacht and how it performs.”
“The YPI Group has a long and successful tradition working with sailing yachts. Over the last 40 years, our specialist teams have bought, sold, managed, crewed and chartered some of the world’s most renowned sailing vessels,” explains YPI Group CEO, Philippe Hetland Brault. “One yacht I have many happy memories chartering is the beautifulSIGNE. For me, the real value for clients, whether they are buying or chartering a sailing yacht, is working with a core team in both divisions that genuinely understand and are passionate about sailing yachts. That’s what makes the difference.”
7 GREAT REASONS FOR OWNING OR CHARTERING A SAILING YACHT
1. Allows you the chance to experience and enjoy the journey as much as the destination
2. Much more apart of the heritage and tradition of yachting than motor yachts
3. More environmentally responsible than motor yachts
4. More economical on fuel than motor yachts
5. Delivers a more tranquil and relaxed experience than a motor yacht
6. Regattas bring owners and charterers together in fantastic locations for an unforgettable and exhilarating racing experience with a great sense of camaraderie and fun
7. Offers speed, space and luxurious comfort without compromise
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