Review: Sea Eagle Sailing Yacht
We take a look at the Sea Eagle, a beautifully engineered superyacht that cruises the world and participates in regatta’s along the way.
Sea Eagle is the direct result of Royal Huisman’s long-term commitment to developing business opportunities in Southeast Asia. She is the second yacht, in a Limited Series* of three and her owner Dr. Yin, who is a prominent Taiwanese businessman and philanthropist, is an experienced offshore sailor.
Dr Yin believes passionately that education is the driver of social progress and that we should give back to society by sharing what we know with others. This philosophy extends to his appreciation of sailing: “Sailing is a very special activity”, says Dr. Yin. “You can enjoy being relaxed on the sea or experience different scenery, you can be alone or witness things you’ve never seen before. It is the same as in life: it might not always be smooth sailing and there will be ups and downs. Nonetheless, as with life, it is very rewarding.”
Sea Eagle, a beautiful 43m (142ft) sloop was recently launched and will spend the summer cruising the Baltic states, exploring the jagged Fjords of Norway and enjoying Sweden’s myriad islands, before heading westward to the Caribbean. With her dark blue hull and “Chevy white” superstructure, the yacht is as stylish as she is performance driven. A high-aspect carbon fibre mast towers some 57m / 187ft above the water and carries upwind over 1,000 sq/m of standing sail. The fixed keel drawing 4.5m / 14.7ft and a displacement of around 200 tons will ensure a thrilling ride while under sail.
Well-positioned sightlines from the twin helm stations offer a commanding view of the uncluttered deck and sail plan. Guests are accommodated in the adjoining cockpit; this keeps everyone socially connected whilst under sail or when the yacht is at anchor. A unique awning-covered ‘tea deck’ and dining area also provides the perfect place for outdoor dining or shaded seating whilst under sail. An added feature of Sea Eagle is the aft ‘beach’ deck. Two steps down from the main deck, the transom opens out to reveal a large swim platform and full-beam staircase where the ‘beach’ and platform transform into a water playground. A 5.2m / 17ft Castoldi jet tender can be deployed from the transom garage by way of a hydraulically lowered ramp, providing the ideal launch pad for a day of water skiing or diving.
Sea Eagle’s interior design is by Rhoades Young. Quietly grained French walnut sets the backdrop for white oak floors, upholstered wall panels and birchwood accents, making for a calming, low-key and sophisticated ambience. Forward of the awning-covered center cockpit with upholstered seating, the main cockpit and entrance to the main deckhouse saloon are shaded by the generous overhanging coach roof.
Surrounded by large wrap-around windows and flooded with natural light, the spacious deckhouse features a cosy conversation zone and dining for a full complement of guests, as well as the interior helm position for navigation during inclement weather. From here, a staircase turns aft and leads below to two guest cabins and an expansive aft owner’s suite with private entrance to the stern ‘beach deck’.
Another staircase forward of the main deck saloon gives way to a lobby with three heavily insulated doorways: one leads to the day bathroom; one to the starboard side cabin, which can either be a gym or a VIP cabin; and the last to the crew area that includes the portside engine control room and ship’s office, allowing for convenient crew access to the engine room without intruding into the guest areas. A staircase from the crew quarters leads directly to the foredeck aft of the crew tender garage. Like all Royal Huisman yachts, close attention was paid to noise reduction and vibration to be hushed to library-like levels, even when the engines and/or generators are in full operation.
Reinforcing his trust in the shipyard, Sea Eagle’s owner, Dr. Samuel Yin has offered his full support by making his yacht available for presentations at various worldwide yachting events, including in his home waters in South East Asia. Viewed by Royal Huisman as a huge honour, this opportunity allows the yard to demonstrate around the world what the brand represents: the pinnacle of Dutch quality and the clear distinction between ‘what looks good’ and ‘what seriously is good’ in superyacht building. The last of this 43m series awaits a discerning client who is looking to take advantage of a proven design that offers a shortened delivery time and amortized cost savings, whilst allowing a choice of interior and exterior arrangements to personalize the design to a very high level.
Following the distinctive performance of the Germán Frers-designed Unfurled and Hyperion [overall winner and second in class respectively at the 2016 St. Barths Bucket Regatta], Sea Eagle, also designed by Frers, has entered the 2017 edition of the St Barths Bucket, a leading superyacht regatta.
Type ROYAL HUISMAN 43m
Naval architects Germán Frers
Interior design Rhoades Young
Length overall 43.31m / 142ft
Length waterline 37.91m / 124ft
Beam 8.98m / 29ft
Draft 4.50m / 15ft
Displacement 203 tons / 447,537lbs
The Tang Prize Foundation
Dr Samuel Yin, the owner of Sea Eagle, is also the founder of the Tang Prize. Named after China’s inspirational Tang Dynasty (618-907), The Tang Prize Foundation is a non-governmental, non-profit educational foundation that awards outstanding contributions in four fields, which aims “to encourage the world’s best and brightest to view in a new light the problems which face human civilization, and to dedicate themselves to bringing about positive change to the global community.”
With these goals in mind, Dr Yin founded the Tang Prize in 2012 through a multi-million dollar donation. It awarded its first year of prizes in 2014 in four major fields: Sustainable Development, Biopharmaceutical Science, Sinology (the study of China and its culture) and the Rule of Law.
Individuals or institutions who are judged to have made original, influential contributions to their field receive a cash prize and grant to promote ongoing development in their field. At an approximate US$1.56 million per category, the prize money exceeds that of the Nobel Prize. In the progressive spirit of philanthropy, Yin deliberately chose disciplines that complemented rather than eclipsed the famous Swedish awards.
Dr Yin studied history at Chinese Culture University in Taipei before receiving a Master’s degree in Business Administration at National Taiwan University and a doctorate in the same subject at National Chengchi University. He has supported various educational programmes for Chinese students and, in the early 1990s, set up the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University in Beijing, where he is a professor. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at National Taiwan University.
In addition to his academic achievements, Yin is an award-winning civil engineer and educator. He is currently chairman of Taiwan’s Ruentex Group, which has invested heavily in China, and chief development officer, chief technology officer and chief engineer of Ruentex Construction & Development.