Oceanco and Vitters Shipyard have announced the launch of an 85m (279ft) Tripp Design sailing yacht. The project is the outcome of a collaboration between Vitters Shipyard and Oceanco and has until now been shrouded in secrecy.

Both shipyards worked together closely throughout the project. During the design engineering study, the specification was defined by the yards’ teams, in close cooperation with the naval architect Tripp Design and interior designers Dölker + Voges, and the owners and their representatives, Master Yachts.

A strong emphasis has been placed on performance meaning the vessel delivers the responsive handling of a much smaller yacht. These competitive sailing capabilities promise to come with a relative ease of handling. The shipyards say the yacht offers state-of-the-art technology and reliability, with exceptional space, comfort and luxury – a combination rarely found on sailing yachts.

Special attention has been given to the development of sailing systems, which had to be, first and foremost, safe, strong and light. This challenging project involved the custom development of winches, up to 40 tonnes, furlers and ground-breaking masts and rigging.

The unique steering system, developed by Vitters Shipyard, completes the sailing experience – by translating the hydrodynamic forces on the underwater rudder blades directly to the Fly Bridge steering wheels, this steering system provides the helmsman with immediate feedback, and sensitivity for the yacht’s movement.

Oceanco has brought to the project innovations and experience in building large custom power yachts in 80m+ range, and Vitters Shipyard has brought its vast experience in building large, high performance sailing yachts. Capitalising on each other’s strengths, the teams broke boundaries with not only the size, but also the complexity, of an extensive array of advanced systems.

The yacht has a clean, high-volume superstructure designed to blur the boundaries between inside social spaces and outside deck areas, with long, clear sightlines throughout. Layout is designed around a comfortably clear and modern interior that adorns four decks of common as well as discrete living areas, for both social and private use.

There is accommodation for 12 guests plus a compliment of 18 on board, divided over three decks. The interior in a modern styling by Dolker +Voges  has a light wood-tone, with remarkable stainless steel details  and colourful upholstery.