Russian billionaire's megayacht 'may never leave the Baltic Sea because it 's too big'

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A superyacht built for a Russian billionaire oligarch with masts as tall as Big Ben may be too large to sail out of the Baltic Sea, it has been claimed.

There was worldwide publicity last week after billionaire Andrey Melnichenko’s stupendous 468 foot Yacht A went on sea trials for the first time off the German Naval Yards in Kiel, north of Hamburg.

The vessel boasts eight floors – with a helicopter pad on one of the decks – and an underwater observation room and is believed to be one of the world’s largest sailing superyachts.

The mammoth  sailing superyacht Yacht A, which has masts as tall as Big Ben. Russian media have reported it may be too tall to leave the Baltic Sea 

The mammoth sailing superyacht Yacht A, which has masts as tall as Big Ben. Russian media have reported it may be too tall to leave the Baltic Sea 

The 468ft-long vessel (right), owned by Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko, was built at a German shipyard but may now be too big 

The 468ft-long vessel (right), owned by Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko, was built at a German shipyard but may now be too big 

A map showing the three points, where the ship could leave the Baltic Sea. However, all three appear to be unsuitable routes 

A map showing the three points, where…

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