As impressive as multi-deck motor yachts are with their smooth cruising and recreational space, true seafaring enthusiasts often opt for the romantic choice of a sailing yacht. The beauty of sailing yachts is that they are more about the journey than the destination; those with a penchant for authentic seafaring experiences are attracted by the harmony between man and water that the vessels provide. From an ecological perspective, they are also the best choice since they generate a far lower carbon footprint than motor yachts. In fact, modern technology and innovative new designs have made sailing yachts extremely popular crafts for charter. We’ve selected our favourite 5 sailing yachts for charter, each of which blends a high yachting performance with the luxuries that one would expect of a modern charter yacht.
- S/Y FAR AND WIDE
Built in 2007 by Southern Wind, FAR AND WIDE is a delight to behold. The 30.2m sailing yacht blends state-of-the-art technology with timeless interior design to be simultaneously classic and innovative. Cutting-edge navigation instruments and a high-tech hull that is made of Carbon/Kevlar and Epoxy resin enhance her high sailing performance. Comfort is the main priority on FAR AND WIDE and eight guests can enjoy a large saloon with 360° panorama, dining area, and sumptuously furnished ensuite staterooms with up-to-date audio/visual systems throughout. The fun continues off the yacht with a great selection of water toys, including a 60HP Yamaha, a banana, a donut, two kayaks and water skis.
- S/Y DARK SHADOW
This 30.4m single sloop sailing yacht was built by the Monaco-based shipbuilder Wally and was launched in 2002. DARK SHADOW was built to combine ease of handling with comfort, so high-performance materials such as titanium, carbon fibre, and Kevlar were utilised to wonderful effect. The result is a vessel that is luxurious and can be enjoyed both in competitive regattas as well as for round-the-world cruising. The below-deck spaces follow the curved shape of the hull and are spacious with regular orthogonal sides, comfortably accommodating six guests and four crew. She would be a wonderful choice for a yacht charter in Sardinia – the island’s Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup takes place every September.
- S/Y THALIMA
THALIMA was launched in 2010 and quickly became the new flagship of Southern Wind Shipyard. An agile vessel that handles well enough to make her mark as both a race competitor and a bluewater cruiser, she is equally at home on the world’s oceans as she is cutting waves in regattas. Nauta Design was responsible for the general concept, interior design and exterior styling, which is innovative and precise with its clean lines. The 33.6m vessel offers enough open space for socialising but also offers attractive staterooms for eight guests. THALIMA is a sleek and polished sailing yacht that would perfectly complement glamorous surroundings, such as those on a Capri yacht charter.
- S/Y PTARMIGAN
Demonstrating the sophisticated exterior design and engineering work of German Frers, PTARMIGAN is stylish on the inside and outside. Her silhouette and high spec performance features – such as a carbon fibre deck and a carbon fibre mast and boom – make this 24.9m yacht a beautiful and streamlined vessel with fantastic sailing capabilities. The spacious living area is timeless and elegant with a wide range of entertainment equipment, which can be customised to the guests’ requirements. She’s a wonderful yacht for socialising and entertaining family and friends. The seven onboard guests will have just as much fun in the water with a Rib Eye tender, 40 hp Yamaha 4stroke outboard, towable toys, 2 wakeboards, inflatable paddle boards, inflatable kayaks and sport fishing gear.
- S/Y XNOI PERINI
Launched by the internationally renowned Italian builder Perini Navi in 2012, XNOI PERINI is a minimalist beauty. The 30.65m sloop prioritises functionality and performance over style, making her a refreshingly refined example of craftsmanship at its finest. She offers a taste of freedom and luxurious simplicity that few sailors can resist. Up to 10 guests can enjoy a large sunbathing area and a spacious cockpit, which doubles as an al fresco dining area with grand panoramic views. The main living area has a spacious U-shaped conversation area and the stylish staterooms are equally impressive with all areas enjoying ample natural light. XNOI PERINI is a truly modern sailing yacht that exudes a breezy and light, rather than ostentatious, personality.