17 January, 2020
Philippe Briand SY200: Beauty with zero-emission
Philippe Briand has unveiled the latest sailing yacht concept to come from his London-based design studio: the 60-metre (200-foot) SY200. With a traditional sailing rig, the 490-gross-tonne sloop has been created to outperform the other sailing yachts under 499 gross tonnes that are on the water today, as well as to provide a head-turning aesthetic and ultimate comfort on board. The Philippe Briand SY200 would be the ultimate prize possession for a passionate sailor who demands speed on the water as well as exceptional design and style. Unlike the growing number of sailing superyachts that are effectively motor yachts with sails, requiring engines to assist in propelling them through the water, the Philippe Briand SY200 is 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 the hallmarks of Philippe Briand’s award-winning design pedigree, including clean, dynamic lines and outstandingly efficient naval architecture. Being fully wind propelled, the SY200 would be a true leader in the new wave of “green” superyachts; in particular, the hull form characteristics and predicted performance of the yacht would put it in pole position of this new category of yachts. In optimum conditions, a maximum speed of over 20 knots could be reached and the yacht’s remarkable hydrodynamic efficiency means more power could be harnessed through its underwater turbines to charge the batteries on board. Theoretically, if 50% of the energy is captured by the turbines, it would provide power equivalent to that of a 500kW generator, while maintaining a speed of around 15 knots. Driven by the pursuit of efficiency rather than opting for a faddish design, Philippe Briand chose a sloop sailing rig to complement the contemporary hull with its slightly inverted bow, as this proves to be the most effective. With its foremast towering 83.5 metres above the waterline, the SY200’s upwind sail area is 2,000m2, while it’s downwind sail area is more than 3,000m2. The design of the carbon fibre masts and rigging is heavily informed by the experience Philippe Briand acquired during the development and construction of the landmark 67m S/Y Vertigo and 73m S/Y Sybaris, two of the most celebrated sailing yachts in recent history.
Photos by Philippe Briand