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S/Y A, a 469-foot (142m) sailing yacht built at the Nobiskrug Shipyard in Germany, completed her sea trials in Gibraltar recently, alongside Blohm Voss’ M/Y A. Both megayachts were designed by Philippe Starck and are owned by Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko.

S/Y A, the largest private sailing yacht in the world, has 300-foot masts that are taller than Big Ben. The vessel, at an estimated worth of just over $465 million, has eight stories with a massive swimming pool, underwater observation pod and hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system, according to the Daily Mail.

“You often hear the phrase you either love it or hate it, but either way you have to admire the engineering boundaries that were pushed in the design,” Denison Superyacht broker Glynn Smith, who saw the sailing yacht twice while in build, said in a news release. “She’s something that’s never been done before, which highlights the capabilities of what can be done by our industry.”

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