International Superyacht Society Design Awards Nominees Revealed

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For the 22nd consecutive year, this October the International Superyacht Society (ISS) will be awarding accolades to some of the best new power and sailing megayachts. The ISS will also honor businesses and individuals for significant achievements within the previous year.

The categories and finalists for the ISS International Design Awards are:


BEST POWER, 24m to 40m

Diamond, 119 feet (36.2 meters); built by AB Yachts – Fipa Group and designed by the builder and Guido De Groot Design

Alaska, 98 feet (30 meters); built by Moonen Shipyards and designed by René van der Velden, Art-Line Interiors, and Diana Yacht Design

Aurelia (above), 121 feet (37 meters); built by Heesen Yachts and designed by Omega Architects, Dobroserdov Design, and Bannenberg & Rowell

O’Pati, 130 feet (39.6 meters); built by Golden Yachts and designed by Giorgio Vafiadis and Hydro Tec

Polar Bear, 102 feet (31.1 meters); built by Citadel Yachts and designed by the owner, Heidi Hechtman, and the builder

BEST POWER, 40m to 65m

Axantha II, 141 feet (43 meters); built by JFA Shipyard and designed by the owner, Vripack, and the builder

Galileo G, 183 feet (55.7 meters); built by Picchiotti and designed by Philippe Briand – Vitruvius Yachts and Perini Navi – Studio Genta

Kathryn V, 200 feet (61 meters); built by Lürssen and designed by Espen Øino Design, Adam Lay Studio, Jack Fhillips, and the builder

Lady Britt (above), 207 feet (63 meters); built by Feadship/Royal De Vries and designed by De Voogt Naval Architects and Redman Whiteley Dixon

Step One, 180 feet (55 meters); built by Amels and designed by Tim Heywood, Laura Sessa, and the builder



Mogambo, 241 feet (73.5 meters); built by Nobiskrug and designed by Reymond Langton Design

Musashi, 288 feet (87.8 meters); built by Feadship/Royal De Vries and designed by Sinot Yacht Design and De Voogt Naval Architects

Nirvana, 290 feet (88.5 meters); built by Oceanco and designed by Sam Sorgiovanni Designs and Azure Naval Architects

Numptia, 230 feet (70 meters); built by Rossinavi and designed by Studio Spadolini, Salvagni Architetti, and Axis Group Yacht Design

Tango, 255 feet (77.7 meters); built by Feadship/Royal Van Lent and designed by Eidsgaard Design and De Voogt Naval Architects

BEST SAIL, 24m to 40m

Antares III, 98 feet (30 meters); built by Yachting Developments and designed by Dixon Yacht Design and Rhoades Young

Rainbow (above), 131 feet (40 meters); built by Holland Jachtbouw and designed by Dykstra & Partners and deVosdeVries Design

Sarafin, 101 feet (30.8 meters); built by RMK Marine for Oyster Yachts and designed by Dubois Naval Architects and Oyster Marine

Two, 81 feet (24.7 meters); built by Alia Yachts and designed by Warwick Yacht Design

Windhunter II, 84 feet (25.7 meters); built by Aluboot and designed by Hoek Design and Mrs. Esra Güray



Fidelis, 184 feet (56 meters); built by Perini Navi and designed by Ron Holland Design and the builder

Hemisphere (below), 145 feet (44.2 meters); built by Pendennis and designed by Van Peteghem Lauriot Prévost, BMT Nigel Gee, and Michael Leach Design

Kamaxitha, 182 feet (55.4 meters); built by Royal Huisman and designed by Dykstra & Partners and Rhoades Young

Vertigo, 220 feet (67.2 meters), built by Alloy Yachts; designed by Philippe Briand and Christian Liaigre

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Cocktails, 157 feet (47.9 meters); refitted by Trinity Yachts, designed by Jeff Howard, Trinity Yachts, and Ginger Dearmas

Endeavour (a.k.a. J-Class yacht JK4), 130 feet (39.6 meters); refitted by Yachting Developments, designed by Dykstra & Partners, Adam Lay, John Munford, and Charles “Chas” Nicholson

Heavenly Daze, 106 feet (32.2 meters); refitted by Pendennis, designed by Wetzel Brown Partners

Ilona, 242 feet (73.7 meters); refitted by Amels, designed by Redman Whiteley Dixon

Titania (ex-Apoise), 232 feet (70.8 meters); refitted by Lürssen, designed by Espen Øino Design and Zuretti Interior Designers

The nominees for the ISS Awards of Distinction have not been released. However, there are five in total: the ISS Business Person of the Year, Excellence in Innovation, Fabien Cousteau Blue Award (for eco stewardship), Leadership Award, and Distinguished Crew Award.

UPDATE, OCTOBER 28, 2012: The winners were announced on October 26. They are:

Best Power, 24-40m category: O’Pati, built by Golden Yachts

Best Power, 40-65m: Galileo G, built by Picchiotti

Best Power, 65+m: Musashi, built by Feadship

Best Sail, 24-40m: Antares III, built by Yachting Developments

Best Sail, 40m+: Vertigo, built by Alloy Yachts

Best Refit: Endeavour, a.k.a. classic J-Class yacht JK4, refitted at Yachting Developments

Best Interior: Musashi, designed by Sinot Yacht Design

We’ll have in-depth stories on the Business Person of the Year, the Fabien Cousteau Blue Award winner, the Distinguished Crew Award winner, and the Leadership Award winner in the coming weeks.

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