Blue skies complemented the blue hull of Sea Eagle as she emerged from her paint shed at Royal Huisman this week.
Sea Eagle is a 142-foot (43.31-meter) sloop, with naval architecture by Germán Frers. With a fixed draft of 14’8” (4.5 meters), she’s intended for both personal cruising and regatta racing on occasion. Her owner intends to put her to good use in his home waters of Southeast Asia, too. Furthermore, he’s planning to make Sea Eagle available to Royal Huisman for special events there and elsewhere.
Sea Eagle’s owner is an experienced offshore sailor as well as a high-profile entrepreneur and philanthropist. He’s Samuel Yin, a Taiwanese businessman heading the Ruentex Financial Group, which has diverse holdings. He’s also renowned for creating the Tang Prize Foundation in 2012. It’s an international award recognizing influential researchers or institutes in the areas of sustainable development, biopharmaceuticals science, sinology (the academic study of China through language, literature, and history), and rule of law. The Tang Prize is named for the Tang Dynasty, characterized by prosperity and cosmopolitan culture.
Whether future Tang Prize winners will be invited aboard Sea Eagle, whose interior is by Rhoades Young Design, remains to be seen. For now, the 29-foot-beam (8.98-meter-beam) sloop is having her mast stepped, after which she’ll conduct sea trials. Details on the decor are not available.
In related news, Sea Eagle is the last Royal Huisman project to leave the current paint shed. In the coming weeks, the climate-controlled facility will be extended. The same is true for an adjacent construction shed. Come the fall, one shed will accommodate new builds and refits to 197 feet (60 meters). The other will accommodate projects to 295 feet (90 meters). Both, of course, will be climate-controlled and meet air-quality standards.