10 of the best superyacht spinnakers

January 20, 2015 Laura Nineham

A well-designed superyacht spinnaker is an essential accessory for any sailing superyacht and it can take months to decide on the right design. Some superyacht owners get inspiration from the boat’s name and commission an illustration of it or, in the boldest of moves, get her name written across the spinnaker as illustrated by Inoui below. Others give a nod to their homeland, like Firefly‘s orange spinnaker, whilst some simply want a chic design that complements the style of their superyacht.

These superyacht spinnakers vary in size, colour and design but all have one thing in common: they’re unique and they certainly make an impact on the water!

Here are 10 of the best superyacht spinnakers, in alphabetical order:

Aglaia

Aglaia spinnaker

Aglaia‘s spinnaker by Rick Tomlinson

The asymmetrical superyacht spinnaker on board Aglaia was designed by Norwegian artist Magne Furuholmen, the former keyboardist for 1980s band A-ha.

Che

che spinnaker

Photo of Che‘s spinnaker courtesy of Sunreef

Luxury catamaran Che boasts a yin and yang symbol on its superyacht spinnaker, a nod to the yacht’s balance between the opposing wind and water elements.

Christopher

Christopher spinnaker

Christopher‘s spinnaker by Nick Bailey

The 46 metre cruising ketch Christopher was built at Pendennis to a Ron Holland design in 2011, and carries one of the best superyacht spinnakers around.

Comanche

Comanche spinnaker

Photo of Comanche‘s spinnaker courtesy of Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Launched in October 2014, this photo of Comanche‘s striking superyacht spinnaker was taken at the 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The event marked Comanche‘s race debut, where she finished second behind Wild Oats XI.

Firefly

Firefly spinnaker

Firefly‘s spinnaker by Jeff Brown/Superyacht Media

Definitely one of the sauciest superyacht spinnakers out there belongs to 35 metre superyacht Firefly. The kite is orange for her owner’s country of origin, but as for the depiction on it, we can only speculate…

Ganesha

Ganesha spinnaker

Ganesha‘s spinnaker by Jeff Brown/Superyacht Media

A recent entrant on the regatta scene, the 46 metre Vitters sloop Ganesha is yet to chalk up a win. She certainly gets noticed though, carrying one of the best superyacht spinnakers: a massive depiction of the Hindu god.

Hanuman

Hanuman spinnaker

Hanuman‘s spinnaker by Jeff Brown/Superyacht Media

The spinnaker of J Class superyacht Hanuman is somewhat similar to Ganesha‘s in that it also depicts a Hindu god, but the two superyacht spinnakers create very different impacts.

Inoui

Inoui spinnaker

Inoui‘s spinnaker by Carlo Borlenghi

The superyacht spinnaker on Inoui says it loud and proud with the name – which means extraordinary in French – printed in bold font.

Marie

Marie spinnaker

Marie‘s spinnaker by Jeff Brown/Superyacht Media

There is no mistaking the Hoek-designed 55 metre Marie. And it’s not because of her striking superyacht spinnaker – famously she carries a deck cannon!

Seahawk

seahawk spinnaker

Seahawk‘s spinnaker. Credit: Studio Borlenghi/Francesco Ferri

We think the message on this superyacht spinnaker is: Seahawk is coming for you. The big 60 metre Perini Navi is another newby on the regatta scene – but is here to stay.

This post appeared first on boatinternational.com.

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