The Maltese Falcon

Maltese Falcon passing Colombier The Maltese Falcon racing past Anse Colombier on St. Barths on a windy day with all sails up. She was incredibly fast and was soon out of sight.
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Maltese Falcon passing Colombier
Maltese Falcon at sail The Maltese falcon under sail between St. Martin and St. Barths
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Maltese Falcon at sail
Maltese Falcon in Falmouth The Maltese Falcon alongside the docks in Falmouth Harbour in Antigua. The masts ostensibly too the entire carbon-fiber production of one factory one year to produce.

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Maltese Falcon in Falmouth
Maltese Falcon at the dock The sails unfurl from the curved booms and the whole mast turns around it's axis in order to catch the wind at the correct angle.
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Maltese Falcon at the dock
Maltese Falcon Masts The massive unstayed masts soar above the docks at Falmouth Harbour in Antigua
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Maltese Falcon Masts

 

Photos of the Maltese Falcon just don't do her justice. The northern Caribbean is home to several of the largest yachts in the world, and many of the rest visit during the season. I've sailed and took the dinghy past some incredible sail and power yachts in various harbours and anchorages, but my first glimpse of the Maltese Falcon in natura (top left picture) took my breath away. I was anchored in Baie Colombier in St. Barths and took a look to the northwest, where one can see Île Fourchue and St. Martin in the background. The bow of the Maltese Falcon came into view and it moved with such speed that I thought it was a much smaller boat but much closer. Soon I realized what I was looking at and came to the realization that the Maltese Falcon was quite far away but moving at an incredible rate. The unique Dyanarig (now re coined as the Falcon Rig) was designed in the 60's in Germany and is a newfangled type of classic square-rigged vessel but without stays and with rotating mast(s); the Maltese Falcon is by far the biggest one of this type ever built.

The Maltese Falcon was for sale in 2009 at a bargain price of only €100 Million. I'm saving up those pennies and hoping that nobody will just buy her away from under me.

The pictures below were taken from the back deck of Zanshin I over the course of several minutes while the Maltese Falcon left the dock and then Falmouth Harbour under sail.

Maltese Falcon departing Falmouth Maltese Falcon departing Falmouth
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Maltese Falcon departing Falmouth
Maltese Falcon departing Falmouth Maltese Falcon departing Falmouth
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Maltese Falcon departing Falmouth
Maltese Falcon departing Falmouth Maltese Falcon departing Falmouth
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Maltese Falcon departing Falmouth
Maltese Falcon departing Falmouth Maltese Falcon departing Falmouth
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Maltese Falcon departing Falmouth
Maltese Falcon departing Falmouth Maltese Falcon departing Falmouth
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Maltese Falcon departing Falmouth

“Serene”

2013/03/13 Gustavia, St. Barths - While sailing into the main anchorage on St. Barths in order to clear in (and out) of small island I was captivated by the large megayacht “Serene” anchored well outside of the main anchorage and tucked in close to the shore in order to avoid the big northerly 3 meter swell which was slamming into the Caribbean. Most of the big boats don't do much for me, but the elegant lines and mirror-polish paint job of this boat really impressed me and I took a number of pictures while sailing by.
This yacht was built by Fincantieri in 2011 and is 440 feet long with 7 decks. The owner is a Russian magnate and the yacht is ranked the ninth largest in the world.

Wide stern Serene's wide stern offers huge amounts of room and the crewmembers look small in scale.
(2013-03-11 14:35:42 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/9.0, 1/80s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
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Wide stern
Wide stern of Serene The stern of Serene is wider than my boat is long!
(2013-03-11 14:35:45 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/9.0, 1/100s] ISO 100 Focus 15.00m)
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Wide stern of Serene
Many-storied megayacht The toy garage is opened on Serene and the megayacht is taller than my boat is long.
(2013-03-11 14:36:07 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 15.00m)
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Many-storied megayacht
Clean lines on Serene The megayacht Serene shows clean and elegant lines
(2013-03-11 14:36:15 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/200s] ISO 100 Focus 10.60m)
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Clean lines on Serene
One of the garages aboard Serene Some of the "toys" aboard Serene
(2013-03-11 14:36:21 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
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One of the garages aboard Serene
A veritable skyscraper - Serene The size of Serene is incredible - 4 visible decks in this picture and the megayacht doesn't begin to look top-heavy
(2013-03-11 14:36:23 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus 10.60m)
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A veritable skyscraper - Serene
The helicopter looks small! Serene is so large that the large helicopter on the foredeck looks relatively small!
(2013-03-11 14:36:30 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 21.10m)
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The helicopter looks small!
What more can be used to accent the foredeck of your yacht?
(2013-03-11 14:36:46 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/100s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
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Serene anchored off St. Barths Serene anchored off St. Barths
(2013-03-11 14:36:53 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus 7.94m)
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Serene anchored off St. Barths
Serence dwarfs the other megayachts in St. Barths The big swell forced all the megayachts in Gustavia on St. Barths to anchor outside, but Serene makes them all look like little tenders (and my boat, in comparison, looks like a small dinghy!)
(2013-03-11 14:37:20 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus 7.94m)
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Serence dwarfs the other megayachts in St. Barths
Helicopter on Serene Helicopter on Serene
(2013-03-11 14:37:21 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/100s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
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Helicopter on Serene
Serene and Club Med II in St. Barths The big Club Med II cruise ship isn't all that much bigger than the private megayacht Serene
(2013-03-11 14:37:27 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 4.73m)
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Serene and Club Med II in St. Barths
Serene Serene
(2013-03-11 14:37:29 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 3.76m)
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Serene
AIS Information on Serene I'd just passed Serene within 300 feet, now the AIS showed that the danger of colliding with Serene was over.
(2013-03-11 14:37:40 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/30s] ISO 100 Focus 0.50m)
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AIS Information on Serene
 
Megayacht Serene Panorama picture from 3 photos to capture the scale of the huge megayacht "Serene" at anchor off St. Barths.
(2013-03-11 10:21:26 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/500s] ISO 500 Focus ∞)
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Megayacht Serene

“A”

2013/03/15 Falmouth Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda - I noticed this behemoth while entering Falmouth Harbour the night before as it dwarfed the other boats present and the sharp bow and lines are quite distinctive and, even in the dark, I knew it was “A”, owned by Mr. Andrey Melnichenko, a (very rich) Russian. This yacht is quite unique and sparks a lot of emotion amongst sailors and non-sailors alike, see the Wiki page for more details.

Megayacht A Megayacht A
(2013-03-13 11:52:03 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 10.60m)
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Megayacht A
Megayacht A Megayacht A
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Megayacht A
Megayacht A Megayacht A
(2013-03-13 11:52:14 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 1/320s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
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Megayacht A
Megayacht A Megayacht A
(2013-03-13 11:52:29 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus 5.96m)
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Megayacht A
Megayacht A Megayacht A
(2013-03-13 11:52:47 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 5.96m)
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Megayacht A
Megayacht A Megayacht A
(2013-03-13 11:53:05 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 1/100s] ISO 100 Focus 5.96m)
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Megayacht A
Megayacht A Megayacht A
(2013-03-13 11:53:09 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 1/100s] ISO 100 Focus 3.76m)
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Megayacht A
Megayacht A Megayacht A
(2013-03-13 11:53:11 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 1/100s] ISO 100 Focus 4.73m)
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Megayacht A
Megayacht A Megayacht A
(2013-03-13 11:53:23 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 1/100s] ISO 100 Focus 7.94m)
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Megayacht A
Megayacht A Megayacht A
(2013-03-13 11:53:29 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 10.60m)
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Megayacht A
Megayacht A Megayacht A
(2013-03-13 11:54:08 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 7.94m)
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Megayacht A
Megayacht A Megayacht A
(2013-03-13 11:54:49 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus 5.96m)
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Megayacht A
Megayacht A Megayacht A
(2013-03-13 11:55:12 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus 3.76m)
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Megayacht A
Megayacht A Megayacht A
(2013-03-13 11:55:16 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 3.76m)
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Megayacht A
 
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