When Royal Huisman launched the 295-foot schooner Athena in 2004, it was big news—not only because Athena was built for Internet guru Jim Clark, but also because she instantly became the biggest modern sailing yacht in the world.
Just two years later, she was eclipsed by Eos, a 305-footer from Lurssen that remained the world’s largest sailing yacht until just a couple of years ago (the 473-foot Nobiskrug A launched in 2016, and the 350-foot Oceanco Black Pearl launched in 2016).
Now, with Athena and Eos still ranked among the Top 10 biggest sailing yachts in the world, the two titans are coming together in the Netherlands, where they will be in the same place at the same time this autumn. They’re having refit work done at Royal Huisman’s refit division, Huisfit.
The meeting of Athena and Eos is a coincidence that’s nothing short of divine for yacht-spotters, who will have the rare chance to see two of the world’s biggest sailing yachts at once. It’s like attending a concert featuring Jay-Z and Beyonce. Or, perhaps, standing in the glow of the Cullinan and Excelsior diamonds, all 4,100 combined carats of them, at once.
Eos and Athena will both receive engine and genset overhauls, service on various systems, and new paint on their hulls, superstructures and rigs.
Athena is also scheduled to have the teak replaced on her main and bridge decks, an upgrade that should only add to her value, which is already substantial: Burgess currently has her listed for sale at an asking price of $45 million.
“There can be little doubt that returning clients are always a shipyard’s best ambassador,” Huisfit’s Bert Tromp stated in a press release, “so we are particularly pleased that this announcement concerns two of the world’s largest and most prestigious sailing yachts—both of them long-term Huisfit clients. Not only that, but we will have the privilege of working on the world’s fifth- and sixth-largest sailing yachts at the same time, which is quite an accolade for Huisfit.”