The breeze blowing in front of Port Adriano on Mallorca is light, very light. On a conventional sailboat, you would now be using your engines to cruise into the bay of Palma and wait for the afternoon when the winds come in. On the Y7 BELLA the engines are switched off. The two-man crew sets the sails and with a pleasant calm the 22 meters lie down easily on their sides and start to move. “A sailing yacht must be light so that you can sail her even in light winds. She has to be comfortable and above all easy to use”. That says Michael Schmidt, Ex-Admiral’s Cup winner and Ex-owner of HanseYachts, who is currently at the helm of BELLA and whose shipyard she built. It is the fourth and thus one of the first deliveries from YYachts; in the meantime, the contract for construction number 12 has already been signed – only three years after the company was founded.
A displacement of only 29 tons and almost 300 square meters of sail let us progress quite well for the conditions. “Y7 owners,” says Michael Schmidt, “don’t have to worry about the perfect weather all the time. I am of the opinion that a yacht must be able to drive at a reasonable speed even in the lightest wind without starting the engine“. Reduced to just a few colours and materials, almost every visitor to the Y7 feels at home on board. Whether at sea or in port.