Sybaris is a superb 70-metre aluminium ketch built in the famous Perini Navi shipyard. Apart from being one of the largest sailing yachts ever built, it is regarded as a real masterpiece of naval technology and architecture.
Launched in 2016, the boat’s name harks back to the city in Magna Graecia which historians consider to have been one of the most important Greek colonies on the Ionian Sea and whose inhabitants were famous for their pursuit of life’s pleasures. The winner of many prizes in the nautical industry, including Sailing Yacht of the Year at the 2017 World Superyacht Awards, Sybaris was designed and produced by Perini together with the well-known naval architect Philippe Briand.
It is noteworthy on account of a number of unusual features: a completely automated sail plane of nearly six thousand square metres; a centreboard keel with a draught varying from 4.5 to 11.7 metres; an imposing 72-metre-high main mast made of carbon and Kevlar; and the largest flybridge ever made for a sailing yacht.
The interior was designed by the Miami-based studio PH Design, which has always furnished the shipbuilder’s houses. Natural light predominates in a setting whose main construction materials are titanium, leather, teak and oak, which in their turn form the background to Sybaris’ rich collection of artworks.
The team responsible for the designing of Sybaris have combined forces perfectly with the shipbuilder to create one of the most extraordinary sailing yachts ever produced. Sybaris herself continues to receive the attentions and plaudits of the nautical world, and of many others besides.
Viareggio, February 2018