Athena: Inside the 79m Royal Huisman flagship yacht

Royal Huisman's £70m schooner heralds a return to the golden age of yachting

Athena, a three masted schooner, built by the Royal Huisman Shipyard of Vollenhove, Holland.

There is something about a schooner that ultramodern super yachts simply cannot replicate. With its classic styling, Royal Huisman’s Athena epitomises this romantic tradition, and nothing beats cutting through the water in this 79 metre super yacht, with the wind in both your hair and the sails.

Designed by Dykstra Naval Architects – with input from the uniquely talented Pieter Beeldsnijder – Athena has all of the charm of a classic yacht, but none of the creaky build quality and dated technology.

Instead, this three mast schooner, one of the largest sailing yachts ever created, boasts carbon fibre gaffs with in-boom furling, 2,500 square meters of sail power and a maximum speed of 19 knots (crusing speed of 16).

Renowned interior designer Rebecca Bradley has created a plush, traditional design for all of the rooms and cabins. Dark stained mahogany throughout helps to afford Athena a look and feel of grandeur that evokes a bygone era of sea voyages. And, with three levels and five cabins, there is plenty of room for up to 10 guests.

On deck, the vast expanses of space are divided into more intimate areas that have been designed to optimise outdoor living. The beautiful varnished teak joinery is crafted to an exceptional standard, and a 360-degree bird’s eye view can be found from the 58 metre, hydraulically-hoisted crow’s nest.

Athena’s on-board navigation system is unrivalled following a refit in 2011, and this update is yet another instance of Royal Huisman’s flagship seamlessly blending traditional yachting art with modern technology. If you yearn for a return to the golden age of yachting, then this £70 million throwback is for you.

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