Sailing yacht Sleighride, a sloop originally designed by Sparkman & Stephens and built in a joint venture between Eric Goetz of Bristol, Rhode Island (composite work) and Robert E. Derecktor of Mamaroneck, New York (joinery and systems). Launched in 1996, S/Y Sleighride is undertaking a major refit at Westerly Marine in California with her new owner. Project Sleighride is the first project in build that is designed entirely by Adam Voorhees Design.
The yacht Sleighride has always been a very large and fast day sailer with prepreg carbon construction, water ballast, a generous sail plan, and separate entertaining and working cockpits – on her first sea trial she reached speeds of 24 knots.
The new design brief for S/Y Sleighride undertaken by Adam Voorhees Design called for automated sail handling systems so the owner can take her out by himself, but also refined and luxurious spaces for entertaining and relaxing with lots of friends and family onboard. Reflected both inside and out, particular attention has been placed on the idea of comfortable living in multifunctional spaces that maximize versatility and heighten the relationship between the users and the nautical environment.
A sense of directness in the built form plus honesty in materiality combines with the latest technology to define an essential and exclusive experience of the yachting lifestyle.
Superyacht Sleighride will boast custom furniture pieces commissioned by the owner and interactive lighting details will also contribute to the uniqueness of the yacht. When finished, Project Sleighride will be 25m LOA with a 5.6m beam, weigh only 19 metric tons, and have a 230sq.m upwind sail area.