I have said for a long time that if you want to connect with the sea and feel more involved with the sailing experience, then you have to be onboard a sailing yacht, but those that are serious then I urge you to have a look at the Spirit 100, a vessel from Spirit Yachts. The fantastic team is lead by Sean McMillan who is the CEO and Head Designer. He established the brand in 1993 where his experience spanning over a decade designing and building classic yachts and as an experienced sailor himself, makes him a true master of his craft, and this shows in Spirit’s range of sailing and power yachts.
Here and now, I am going to present to you the Spirit 100’ Gaia which is a 30-metre superyacht that has been spotted by superyacht and sailing enthusiasts on the race circuits at the Loro Piana and the Superyacht Cup regattas. Now, this is not just an out and out racing boat, Gaia can be used for those who want to sail for leisure. She can accommodate six guests in comfort for when you need to recuperate and relax.
Below the main deck, you enter the main saloon that has four skylights that flood the cabin with natural light making it feel open. When you want to put your feet up the owner has access to their private cabin with two large beds, a dressing table and an en-suite shower. A further two guest cabins share an en-suite shower, with an additional skipper’s cabin and crew cabin.
In an interview with Superyacht News during the 2015 Palma Superyacht Cup, Gaia’s owner-helm explained what drew him to Spirit Yachts, “I have always had a love for wooden boats, and since I am from Stockholm I love the classical design of the square rig cruisers built for the Swedish archipelago, which are very beautiful boats.” He continues, “But unfortunately they are not very seaworthy boats outside of the protected archipelagos. I wanted something that was very similar in looks to the square rig cruisers but obviously bigger and more powerful.”
Skipper Tom Aiken has been working onboard Gaia for five years alongside two other permanent crew. Of Gaia’s performance on the race circuit, Tom comments, “Her best performance is in sub 14 knots, light winds is where she shows her true colours. Gaia is like a big 40-footer sail yacht and is easy to handle, although the crew has to be on top of it to ensure we perform to our best when racing. As a crew we take things seriously and we love a challenge, it’s all about the right balance of manpower, timing and teamwork.”
Sean McMillan adds, “Gaia was a particularly great project to work on as her owner was so flexible and a real joy to work with. He gave us clear guidance in certain areas but was realistic about the practicalities and was willing to be guided by our expertise in sailing performance and construction.”
Spirit 100’ Gaia is a superyacht that offers a traditional exterior with all the modern conveniences making her unique and a joy to own. Owning a wooden boat makes you feel special and makes you appreciate the ocean a lot more. Having the wind blow in your face ,hearing the ocean break and listening to the sails hold the wind is something that you need to experience at least once in your life. It is addictive.
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