Published: June 7, 2022 | By: American Luxury Staff

The yacht of Andrey Guryev – an EU and UK sanctioned Russian billionaire – is playing a bit of cat and mouse under sail. The yacht, named Alfa Nero, turned off its tracking equipment to avoid seizure. It is one of several yachts belonging to the country’s financial elite to go “black” on the high seas.

The yacht itself is an innocent wretch in all the excitement. Tall and deluded, the ship boasts 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 whom it shares some similarity due to an outside designer community – Alfa Nero measures in an 82 yards, or a hair above 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 knots. There are six cabins on this yacht, as well as accommodations for her 28 crew members. She has a stabilization system and can travel 5,500 nautical miles with a full load of fuel. The swimming pool turns into a helipad, a trick to save space.

Alfa Nero’s interior design style is quite opulent, with an overall formal style expressed through material choices and layout. Inlaid exotic wood floors and accents are among the most striking features of the interior design sensibility, with details occasionally reminiscent of violin making.

For those wishing to take a closer look, the vessel is available for charter in the Caribbean or the Mediterranean, depending on the season. His weekly rate fluctuates between $700,000 and $900,000.

Guryev is a judo master. Like many other Russian billionaires, he rose through the ranks in the perestroika time; in 2011, he owned 71% of fertilizer giant PhosAgro. Forbes and Bloomberg put his net worth at around $10 billion. He’s never spoken to the press, but maybe he wouldn’t turn down a meeting on the tatami. We will challenge him to a judo match and report back.