The yacht of Andrey Guryev — a Russian billionaire sanctioned by the EU and U.K. — has been playing a little cat-and-mouse under sail. The yacht, named Alfa Nero, has shut off its location hardware in order to avoid seizure. It is one of several yachts owned by the financial elite of the country to go ‘black’ on the high seas.
The yacht itself is an unfortunate innocent in all the excitement. Large and tricked-out, the vessel is possessed of undeniably pretty lines as her decks crescendo.
Built by Dutch yard Oceanco — the firm that produced Steven Spielberg’s Seven Seas, which appeared for sale last year, and with which she shares a certain similarity due to a commonality of exterior designers — Alfa Nero measures in a 82 meters, or a whisker over 269 feet, in length. She features a steel displacement hull with an aluminum superstructure.
Alfa Nero is capable of a top speed of 20 knots, and she cruises at 18. There are six cabins on this yacht, along with accommodations for her 28 crew members. She features a stabilization system, and can travel 5,500 nautical miles with a full load of fuel. The pool transforms into a helipad—a neat space-saving trick.
Alfa Nero’s interior design style is fairly opulent, with a formal overall style expressed by material choices and layout. Inlaid exotic wood floors and accents are among the more striking features of the interior design sensibility, with details occasionally recalling luthiery.
For those interested in taking a closer look, the vessel is available for charter in the Caribbean or the Mediterranean, depending on the season. Her weekly rate hovers between $700,000 and $900,000.
Guryev is a judo master. Like many other Russian billionaires, he climbed the ranks in the perestroika era; by 2011, he owned 71% of fertilizer giant PhosAgro. Forbes and Bloomberg peg his net worth at about $10 billion. He’s never spoken to the press, but perhaps he’d wouldn’t decline a meeting on tatami. We’ll challenge him to a judo match and report back.