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The story of Lamina: A sailing yacht with soul

The story of Lamina: A sailing yacht with soul

Though a testament to the ships of old, this wooden sailing yacht is fitted out with the comforts of a modern-day superyacht, writes Tabby Wilson.

In 2020, taking to the ocean is no longer the experience it once was. With superyachts growing in size, capacity and capability, ultra-sleek and ultra-modern is the new norm, replacing the elegant masts and polished hulls that used to rule the high seas. Enter Lamina, a 65.2-metre wooden sailing vessel modelled on the traditional phinisi of the Konjo tribe. This stunning Indonesian ketch was finished in 2014 and lays claim to the title of largest wooden sailing yacht in the world, all while boasting all the amenities of a modern day superyacht.

Like all great ships, Lamina has a story. Hers began on a beach in Bira, Sulawesi, where the Konjo people had been building phinisi for centuries. Her majestic hull was completed after nine months, and then she was towed to Bangkok for two years and attended to by a team of experts to fit her rigging, mechanical system and sleek interior. Fast forward to today and she has spent five years sailing to some of the world’s most remote and pristine places.

Beneath the decks, the sailboat is home to a palatial 45-square-metre master cabin and six elegant guest cabins, each equipped with their own ensuite bathroom. With portholes designed to ensure optimal natural light and a simple, stylish design, the interiors of Lamina feel no different to that of a five-star hotel. Out in the open air, smooth teak decks, comfortable seating and shade from the fabric Bimini make for an ideal space to relax, eat and lounge.

Guests aboard Lamina have a host of activities and opportunities at their fingertips, from water sports to local experiences. They can dive and snorkel in some of the world’s best locations, from Raja Ampat to the Spice Islands, or try their hand at  waterskiing, wakeboarding, jet skiing or stand-up paddleboarding. On land, guides introduce guests to local villages on hikes and to watch wildlife like Komodo dragons and manta rays.

The real highlight of life on the phinisi is a hand-picked Indonesian crew of 20, who in addition to their excellent hospitality, deliver stories and soul in spades.

Aboard the graceful Lamina, a time-honoured saying comes to mind: it’s about the journey, not the destination.

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