It’s funny how a yacht with styling that’s so polarizing can actually unite a group of her builder’s and designer’s peers.
The yacht known simply as A garnered an International Superyacht Society Design Award last week, beating out fellow nominees Anastasia, Dilbar, Eminence, and Madsummer, all of which are arguably more traditional in appearance. But that’s the beauty (no pun intended) of the competition: It takes into account innovative, even cutting-edge design elements, among other criteria.
And A certainly is innovative. Even if her look isn’t to your taste, I think you’ll agree that she is the very embodiment of custom construction. No cookie cutter looks, and likely something we’ll never see repeated.
A and the rest of the nominees in various-size power and sail categories were evaluated by 15 of the megayacht industry’s leading naval architects, builders, and brokers. That peer evaluation is what many of the winners cite in being proud – and even humbled, as in the case of CMN’s deputy manager, Thierry Regnault, and Andrew Winch Designs’ founder and owner, Andrew Winch, who walked away with two awards, as you’ll see in this full list of the winners:
Best Power, 24m to 40m: Allogante, built and styled by Alloy Yachts; naval architecture by Dubois Naval Architects; interior design by Donald Starkey Designs
Best Power, 40m to 65m: Slipstream (saloon pictured above), built by CMN; naval architecture by CMN; styling and interior design by Andrew Winch Designs
Best Power, 65m+: A, built by Blohm + Voss; naval architecture by Martin Francis; styling and interior design by Philippe Starck
Best Sail, 24m to 40m: Bristolian, built by Yachting Developments; naval architecture and styling by Philippe Briand Yacht Design; interior design by Emma Tabone
Best Sail, 40m to 65m: Mondango, built by Alloy Yachts; naval architecture by Dubois Naval Architects; styling and interior design by Reymond Langton Design
Best Interior: Slipstream