Around 5pm on August 21, the 106.7-meter Oceanco Black Pearl, one of the largest sailboats and simultaneously one of the most expensivesuperyachts in the world, was spotted near the border post«Fort Konstantin» in St. Petersburg.
The sailboat, ownedby Russian businessman OlegBurlakov, arrived in Russia from Riga . BlackPearl sails under the flag of the Cayman Islands, but falls under a ruling passed in February this year to abolish customs security for ships temporarily brought into the country for non-commercial purposes.
According to the MarineTraffic website, the vessel docked at the passenger port on Vasilievsky Island.
The main pride of the sailboat is the 70-meter DynaRig pivoting masts. The sails themselves, which have a total area of 2,900 square metres, are fitted with flexible solar panels. In addition to the sun, the sailboat also supplies electricity to its own propulsion: it receives energy from the propellers rotating due to the incoming water flow. Battery capacity is enough for ten hours of autonomous operation of the life support, navigation and air conditioning systems.