S/Y A released by Gibraltar courts

Following the recent arrest of S/Y A in Gibraltar after a payment dispute, Yacht Harbour has reported that S/Y A has now been released following resolution of the issue between shipyard Nobiskrug and Valla Yachts Ltd, the yacht’s owning company.

Lawyers acting for Nobiskrug had originally filed a claim against the yacht for a breach of contract. S/Y A spent two days moored in Gibraltar under the custody of admiralty marshals.

A spokesman for the owner commented, “This unfortunate incident concerning Sailing Yacht A is now resolved. The yacht will now be handed over to the owner’s project team and will leave Gibraltar shortly.”

With masts taller than Big Ben at nearly 100 metres in height, S/Y A had managed to provide a top speed of 20 knots without using her sails during her sea trials. The yacht is estimated to have a cruising speed of 16 knots, powered by twin 4,827hp MTU engines, which will give her a transatlantic range of 5,320 nautical miles.

The yacht boasts eight decks and her keel incorporates one of the largest single pieces of curved glass ever made at 193 square feet and weighing 1.8 tons. S/Y A is expected to be operated by a crew of 54.

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