The Athena

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Thanks for your kind comments on the previous post. After some research, I found out that this was no ordinary yacht but “The Athena”.
This is what www.yachtforums.com says:
She stands tall and proud; a testament to today’s technology and yesterday’s splendor. She’s Athena; goddess of the sea… and the most significant splash since the Gemini orbiter fell to earth. She’s not only the world’s largest privately owned sailing yacht, but she has single handedly resurrected the golden age of sail, while capturing the imagination of mariners worldwide. The brainchild of software developer Jim Clark, Athena has struck a remarkable balance of hi-tech materials and old-world craftsmanship with a 3-masted schooner of mythical proportions.

And from www.royalhuisman.com Athena represents four years of spirited teamwork, combining the unique talents of Pieter Beeldsnijder for exterior and interior design with the flawless naval architectural skills of Gerard Dijkstra & Partners. With these two talented legends and the shipyards’ own group of dedicated craftspeople the perfect shipbuilders ‘dream team’ was created and Athena will undoubtedly become part of yachting history.

The three mast schooner rig by Rondal provides some 2,500 sq, m of sail power and is complete with in mast furling for the topsails and in boom furling for the carbon fiber gaffs. Some 55 Rondal captive and drum winches allow lightning fast tacks under full sail whilst sails can be set and stowed at the press of a button (or two!)

Yet another royalty in Auckland…
It was disappointing that there was a fence along the yacht, so I couldn’t really show it to you in its full glory…

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