Ys and wherefores

YYachts will unveil the innovative Y9 and the brand-new Y7 at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September.

14 July 2022


German shipyard YYachts once again presents an exciting line-up at the Cannes Yachting Festival from 6 to 11 September.

The Y9, a 27.4-metre yacht will make its world premiere at Port Canto, Cannes.

The shipyard’s new flagship is a Bill Tripp design while the interior was developed by Norm Architects in cooperation with Design Unlimited and YYachts’ in-house design team. Right next to the Y9 lies a brand-new Y7.

YYachts is an innovative German shipyard that builds carbon sailing yachts between 70 and 100 feet in length and is one of the world’s leading addresses in this segment.

The YYachts’ credo is to reduce a yacht to her essentials in order to offer customers a reliable, safe and pure sailing experience.

At the same time, the yachts are built as sustainably as possible.



The yard’s new flagship, the Y9, is born from the ambitious idea of building a lightweight masterpiece of craftsmanship following the company’s philosophy to reduce sailing to its essentials and serving all customers’ needs.

With a length of 27.4-metres, the Y9 presents the same volume as a 100-foot yacht with a private owners’ apartment to offer maximum privacy, comfortable guest cabins and a large and flexible crew area.

With an exterior design and naval architecture form Bill Tripp the Y9 is built completely from carbon fibre optimising performance and making her extremely competitive.

YYachts’ founder Michael Schmidt says “With her length of 90 feet, the yacht has a good rating and with her interesting sail plan she is for sure able to win some trophies at the St Barths Bucket, the Superyacht Cup or the Maxi Rolex Cup.”

“The main focus for Y9 owners is spending time with family and friends on board. As a result, the 90-foot carbon sailing yacht is easy to sail even with a small crew.

“Her interior design fulfills and even extends all owners’ wishes for a family yacht with sufficient privacy while they travel the world.”

The owner also wanted to have a noise-free yacht at anchor. Therefore, YYachts uses solar panels at the sunroof plus hydro drives so that there is no need to use the generator at night.

The interior of the Y9 was jointly developed by two design studios. Norm Architects from Copenhagen and Design Unlimited from Lymington combined their architectural and yachting experience and created a Scandinavian elegant look for the Y9 that follows the principle of “soft minimalism”.

The owner has chosen smoked oak which conveys perfectly the feeling of Copenhagen design.



After three years, more than 10 yachts delivered and thousands of nautical miles, several YYachts owners and the shipyard’s technical team have developed some solutions to make a fine yacht even finer.

The Y7 is interesting for owners who race, so YYachts has slightly changed the helm and the position of the winches and also the self-tacking jib and its position.

Since every yacht YYachts delivers is unique, the shipyard has already developed many solutions and integrated them into various layouts.

Dirk Zademack, Managing Partner of YYachts, says “Talking to currently very interested customers for a Y7 proved that we took the perfect path.”

The interior of the Y7 – like the first model – is elegant and timeless, for which YYachts has already received the prestigious Wallpaper Design Award. Some of the upholstery, furniture and details, however, have been given more pronounced curves by the YYachts design team, resulting in a somewhat strengthened maritime overall impression.

YYachts will be at stand number SAIL 034 at Port Canto.



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