Annagine is a 111-foot sailing yacht built by J.O.M., a Dutch entity created by the yacht’s owner. He started the company back in 2004, when he built an 85-footer that was also called Annagine. The new build was designed by Dijkstra & Partners and was constructed near the world-famous Holland Jachtbouw and Jongert shipyards during the global recession.
“A lot of people who work for Holland Jachtbouw and Jongert did work on this boat,” Capt. Chris Collins told me as we sat in Annagine’s cockpit. “Everyone needs extra work these days, and Dijkstra was on the boat almost every day to make sure things were going to plan.”
The result is a yacht by a builder that few people have ever heard of, but that looks every bit like a top-notch design in terms of style and finish alike. Annagine was among my personal favorites at the 2012 MYBA Charter Yacht Show in Italy, thanks not only to her stunning looks, but also because of her smart use of space.
For instance, there are three guest cabins aboard Annagine that can accommodate a total of six to eight guests. Many sailing yachts her size try to cram in a fourth guest cabin, leaving the cabins far smaller than the ones aboard Annagine. If you’re chartering with three adult couples, then I think Annagine’s cabins are going to be far more comfortable.
On the other hand, if you’re chartering with young kids, then I think Annagine’s cockpit is noteworthy. It’s a design that keeps the charter guests fully protected from the side decks, which means little kids would have to climb up and over a barrier in order to reach the yacht’s side rails (see the photograph at right). The design is not specifically a safety feature, but it is a nice bonus for anyone chartering as part of a family.
“The owner’s family has included guests who are young kids all the way up to 90 years old,” Collins says. “And one charter that we did last summer was for three weeks. Even during that long of a stay, the guests said the spaces felt big and comfortable.”
Annagine is available not only for traditional charters, but also for regattas and racing charters—and the crew love to sail fast.
“We’re all sailors,” Collins told me. “If there’s wind, then the sails are up. The designer thinks Annagine can get up to 20 knots. I’ve seen 17 so far, and we sail easily at 15 knots.”
The lowest weekly base rate to charter Annagine is €39,000. She is expected to finish the winter season in the Mediterranean and then move to the Caribbean if there is charter interest. Ocean Independence is the management company, and any reputable charter broker can help you book a week onboard.—Kim Kavin