The International Superyacht Society, established in 1989 as a global voice for the industry, has been handing out awards for superyacht design and leadership for 27 consecutive years. The celebration is the oldest awards ceremony in this segment of the yachting sector. Last evening, the following yachts received top honors:
Best Power, 24-40M: Jetsetter, built by Dynamiq, with design by Bannenberg & Rowell and Azure Naval Architects
Best Power, 40-65M: Chasseur (above), built by Christensen Shipyards, with design by the yard and VARO Interior Design
Best Power, 65M+: Faith, built by Feadship, with design by De Voogt Naval Architects, RWD, and Chahan Interior Design
Best Sail, 24-40M: My Song, built by Baltic Yachts, with design by Nauta Design and Reichel Pugh
Best Sail, 40M+: Sybaris, built by Perini Navi, with design by Philippe Briand and PH Design
Best Interior: Sybaris, by PH Design
Best Refit: Aquila (ex-Cakewalk), refitted at Pendennis, with design by RWD and Susan Young Interiors. On a related side note, at 281 feet (85.6 meters), Aquila has the distinction of being the largest yacht refitted in England. More than 1,000 craftspeople worked on her (above) for about a year. If you missed our coverage of her record-setting refit, you can read it here.
In addition to the superyacht design awards, the International Superyacht Society gives accolades to crew, business owners, and companies for various achievements:
Innovation Award: Kymeta and e3 Systems, for their joint efforts to bring flat-panel antennas to the yachting market
Business/Person of the Year: Derek Munro, founder of Superyacht Charities, which has raised about £200,000 (about $266,000) for a variety of worthy organizations since 2012
Leadership Award: Andrew Winch of Winch Design, for growing a two-person shop in 1986 into a global yacht, aircraft, and home design firm
Fabien Cousteau Blue Award: Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Florida, which focuses on sea turtle rehabilitation and conservation
Distinguished Crew Award: Capt. Marvin Wilson, who last year helped save thousands of lives, literally. For several months, he captained a medical ship in the South Pacific, covering 5,000 nautical miles and treating 7,000 people. Later in the year, he safely got guests and crew off their yacht when it suddenly caught fire at night.