Saturday 9th May saw some of the worlds best designed superyachts go face-to-face in one of the marine industry’s most prestigious annual awards ceremony. Boat International Media’s 2015 World Superyacht Awards took place in Amsterdam for its 10th edition, welcoming a plethora of esteemed designers, builders and owner’s who enjoyed a gala evening and the recognition of the last year’s impressive new builds and refits.
The most coveted award of the night went to the remarkable 73m superyacht, ‘Grace E’, which took the title for ‘Motor Yacht of the Year’. This superyacht broke new ground when she was launched in 2014 as the largest and most advanced of Perini Navi’s Picchtiotti Vitrivius series and has been widely acclaimed for her environmentally responsible cruising and extensive on board spa deck.
Sailing yacht of the year went to ‘Win Win’, a 33m vessel built by Baltic Yachts. Perfectly balancing form with function, she caught the judges’ eye with her offering of high-performance racing style combined with luxurious interior living areas.
The 47m Royal Huisman sailing yacht, ‘Wisp’ was recognised as the best ‘Sailing Yacht of 45m and Above’, described by her builders as fulfilling ‘her owner’s brief for a supremely comfortable cruising yacht that may also indulge in some ‘gentleman’s racing’'.
Superyacht Kismet took the prize for best ‘Displacement Motor Yacht of 75m and Above’. This Lurssen built, Espen Oeino designed motor yacht drew a lot of attention when she was anchored in the River Thames in November 2014 – perhaps due the silver jaguar at the bow of the yacht.
Another highly acclaimed yacht to hit the water recently is Feadship’s 46m Como, which was awarded best ‘Semi-displacement or Planing Two-deck Motor Yacht of 38m and Above’.
Sponsors of the event featured prominent companies from throughout the luxury yacht industry, including renowned builder’s such as Royal Huisman and Feadship, as well as superyacht law firm Clyde & Co.
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