Philippe Briand is a visionary designer able to integrate new technologies with a contemporary style of boats, made up of essential lines and great formal cleanliness. This 90 meter sail yacht also presents a solution for harnessing theenergy producedby the motion of the hull in the water
by Rebecca Gentilini
PHILIPPE BRIAND IS CERTAINLY A LEADER IN THE WORLDof boat design, he always manages to conceive new ideas, often surprising like the ones we observe in the 90-meter long SY300. A project which has among its strengths both originality and the search for maximum performances.
It’s a 1,550- tonne ketch designed for a passionate sailor who demands speed on the water as well as an outstanding design. SY300is an authentic sailing yacht in all aspects. It has been developed with a similar design approach to that used in smaller, high-performance racing yachts while boasting clean, dynamic lines and outstandingly efficient naval architecture.
The peculiar characteristics of the hull shape together with its hydrodynamic efficiency allow an energy recovery from the underwater turbines, which could be used to charge the batteries on board. In the best conditions a maximum speed over 20 knots would be reached. Thanks to this system, 50% of the energy is captured, which is the equivalent of that produced by a 500kW generator, maintaining a speed of about 15 knots.
Driven by the search for efficiency, Philippe Briand has chosen a 3560 m2 sailing plan, which rises to 6600m2 thanks to a 3500m2Spinnaker. The design of the carbon fiber masts and rigging is heavily influenced by the experience Philippe Briand acquired during the development and construction of the famous 67-metre S/Y Vertigo and 73-metre S/Y Sybaris, two of the most celebrated sailing yachts in recent history. The yacht’s length at the waterline is 78 metres, with a maximum beam of 14 metres.
Philippe Briand has been careful to ensure well-balanced proportions to deliver a sleek overall aesthetic. This includes a fly bridge on the sun deck, which covers an area of 112m2. Each of the three decks can be equipped with a swimming pool and furnished with large umbrellas or sun loungers. An enormous dining table in the heart of the fly bridge can seat up to 16 guests, with amazing panoramic views and a removable bimini offering protection from the sun. The adjacent convivial seating area features two L-shaped sofas with low tables, while a more secluded seating area on the foredeck is perfect for a romantic sunset or some private reflection time.
Thecan be tailored to the owner’s desires, even if the initial drawings of this 300-footer yacht feature a large full-beam owner suite with his-and-her bathrooms, an office and a private terrace on the main deck, a large saloon, a dining room and a play room. A further six guest suites are located on the lower deck, as well as accommodation for 17 crew-members. A full-beam gym on the lower deck has sliding doors and steps leading up to the aft pool, whilst the adjacent spa features a Jacuzzi and massage room.
Philippe Briand commented on the announcement of the SY300design: «I am a purist at heart. Every design is guided by the golden principles of balance, efficiency and performance on the water, from the single-handed ocean sailing boats that I raced to victory in my early career, to some of the world’s best-known sailing superyachts. Staying true to our name, this SY300design showcases a yacht with purpose that is in keeping with the authentic spirit of sailing. I picture it being ideal for passionate sailors who want to stay in touch with the water and the power of the wind. They could even take the helm of the yacht themselves».
(Philippe Briand SY300: an innovative 90m sailyacht – Barchemagazine.com – GIUGNO 2019)