Sailing yacht

Zapata II, a 50 ft cruising yacht
A 60 ft IMOCA ocean racing yacht
View of a yacht club, Rostock

A sailing yacht (US ship prefix SY or S/Y) is a leisure craft that uses sails as its primary means of propulsion. Sailing yachts are actively used in sport and are a category of classes recognized by the International Sailing Federation.[1]


The length overall of sailing yachts ranges from 6 metres (20 ft) to over 70 metres (230 ft), with a majority measuring about 10 metres (33 ft); The cost of building and keeping a yacht rises quickly as length increases. In the United States, sailors tend to refer to smaller yachts as sailboats, while referring to the general sport of sailing as yachting. Within the limited context of sailboat racing, a yacht is any sailing vessel taking part in a race, regardless of size.

Modern yachts have efficient sail-plans like the Bermuda rig, which together with an appendage providing lateral resistance allow them to sail towards the wind.


These are the 9 yacht classes of the International Sailing Federation:

  1. Class40
  2. Farr 30
  3. Farr 40
  4. International Maxi Association
  5. J/111
  6. IMOCA 60
  7. Soto 40
  8. Swan 45
  9. Swan 60
  10. TP 52
  11. X-35
  12. X-41

See also

Media related to Sailing yachts at Wikimedia Commons


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