The 14th edition of the World Superyacht Awards took place in London over the weekend, and plenty of charter yachts were among this year’s winners.
Hosted at the elegant riverside location of Old Billingsgate in London, the World Superyacht Awards attracted some of the most influential players in the superyacht industry for the prestigious awards ceremony on May 18.
The annual event sees awards in eighteen categories, and the winning superyachts have all been launched in 2018.
Presided over by an expert panel of judges, below are all the charter yachts which won at the World Superyacht Awards 2019.
Winner: Refitted Yachts
Originally launched by Krupp Germaniawerft in the year of her namesake, the 71m/233ft classic yacht 'Haida 1929' hit the waters last year with a complete refit from Pendennis Shipyard. Lasting 17 months, the refit saw Adam Kay and Cox & Stevens come together to breathe fresh life back into this beautiful classic yacht.
Around 110 tonnes of steel and 90% of her pipework was replaced, while her interiors were tastefully reworked to include a Hammam spa, massage room and a barber’s shop.
The judges commended the considerable commitment to her refit, which included reinstating her stairways and installing a large sundeck swimming pool, which is supported by beams that have been carefully integrated into the interiors.
Further adding to her authenticity, her original engines have been rebuilt to specification, rather than replaced, proving that this classic yacht has compromised none of her original charms.
Winner: Rebuilt Yachts
The Vitters-built 39m/128ft sailing yacht G2 took home the gold in the rebuilt yachts category, impressing judges with her new interior layout and sweeping deck. During her 11-month refit, G2 had 40% of her teak deck replaced, her caulking changed to grey, and her cockpit extended to create a larger dining area.
Her owner’s cabin also enjoyed a change in size, which involved the complicated process of moving some structural bulkheads.
The project took place at Pendennis Shipyard, with Tripp Design heading up the exteriors and naval architecture, while Nauta Design took care of the sloop’s interiors. The owners wanted a clean and modern look, with more natural light flooding in.
As a result, two new skylights were fitted, 11 larger portlights were installed in the guest cabins, and her interiors were upgraded to reflect a much more sophisticated, contemporary style.
Mimi La Sardine
Winner: Displacement Motor Yachts Below 299GT
Delivered earlier this year by Cantiere delle Marche, the 33m/109ft explorer yacht 'Mimi la Sardine' has already scooped up an award for her interiors at the 2019 Design and Innovation Awards.
At this most recent awards ceremony, however, she was commended for her 5,000 nautical mile range and long autonomy while at sea, giving her the perfect blend of luxury living and seaworthiness.
Nauta Design are responsible for both the interiors and exteriors of the motor yacht, and the judges praised her distinctive exterior and family-friendly interiors. They also enjoyed the yacht’s beach house theme, which puts guests instantly at ease and creates a ‘holiday atmosphere.’
Among the other winners, Oceanco enjoyed great success with two of their yachts; the 107m/350ft sailing yacht ‘Black Pearl’ and the 90m/295ft motor yacht DAR were awarded Best Sailing Yacht of the Year and Best Motor Yacht of the Year, respectively. DAR also won in the Displacement Motor Yachts 2000GT and Above category, while Black Peal stormed to victory in the Sailing Yacht 60m+ category.
In the Displacement Motor Yachts between 500GT and 1,999GT category, Benetti’s 69m/227ft superyacht SPECTRE impressed judges with her impressive speeds coupled with a timeless exterior from Giorgio M. Cassetta.
DAR was awarded Best Motor Yacht of the Year, while 'Black Pearl' won Best Sailing Yacht of the Year.
The judges also awarded Rossi Navi’s 62m/203ft superyacht ‘Utopia IV’ in the Semi-Displacement or Planing Motor Yachts 40m and Above category. The panel commended the yacht’s innovative approach to interior layout, which seamlessly incorporates a huge number of the latest facilities and features.
The World Superyacht Awards will be back again next year to shine the light on another superb selection of superyachts. If you would like to learn more about chartering an award-winning superyacht, please reach out to your preferred yacht charter broker.
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