The winners of the World Superyacht Awards have been revealed

By Rose Adams | 21 May 2018 | Wealth, Ocean

The prestigious ceremony commends the best in design, engineering and construction of the world’s finest luxury yachts

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Sailing into Florence, Italy on 19 May was this year’s edition of The World Superyacht Awards – the only peer-reviewed yachting awards in the world – recognising some of the most impressive luxury vessels on the planet. Presented by Boat International Media, winners competed in a plethora of categories, ranging from Voyager’s Award which honours the most inspiring expeditions by a superyacht, to the Judges’ Special Award.

A total of 18 Neptune awards were received by yachting greats as stand out winners included Multi-award-winning Feadship superyacht Faith which scooped two Neptune awards and the prestigious Motor Yacht of the Year award, and Baltic Yachts’ Pink Gin who also won two including the highest honour of Sailing Yacht of the Year.

This year two new categories were also introduced, Support Vessels and Sail-Assisted Motor yachts, in order to reflect the evolving nature of the superyacht industry. The former was awarded to Damen’s Game Changer for its helicopter landing, hospital facility and ability to carry or launch four specialist tenders, while the latter went to Nobiskrug’s Sailing Yacht for her innovations in sustainability

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 “The World Superyacht Awards celebrate the extraordinary creations of the superyacht industry.” Chris Downham, Boat International CEO, said. “We’re very proud that this platform celebrates truly exceptional yacht owners, shipyards and designers from around the globe. On behalf of the team at Boat International, we’d like to offer heart-felt congratulations to this year’s winners. Everyone involved should be immensely proud of their achievements and enjoy their success.” 

The awards are judged by a panel of highly experienced judges – all superyacht owners themselves – and led by committee chairman Hani Jabsheh. Victorious vessels included CRN’s 60m Constance, which won The Voyager’s Award for its work serving as both a home and learning space for the owners’ four young children during its eight-month journey through the Caribbean and the Pacific, and Vitters/Green Marine's Ribelle, a yacht which boasts a glass-topped saloon and interior design by architectural designer Rémi Tessier, with exterior design by Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design, which was awarded the trophy for Sailing Yachts 30m to 49.9mFerretti were also triumohant with their Custom Line Telli taking home the gong for Semi-Displacement or Planing Three Deck Motor Yachts.

Lang Walker scooped the reputable Legacy Award for his contribution to the development and growth of the sailing superyacht. Walker has long supported the Australian Olympic sailing team and Youth Sailing Academy, and has delivered over 240 successful real estate and yacht projects over the last decade, including the launch of his successful series of Kokomo sailing yachts and his first resort, Kokomo Private Island in Fiji.