Hundreds of guests gathered in London at the Old Billingsgate for the 14th Boat International’s World Superyacht Awards. The names of the winners of the 17 awards are finally revealed. The total of 58 nominations for this prestigious recognition of craftsmanship, streamlined design, eco-friendly sailing, immaculately crafted interiors and groundbreaking technical advances are without a doubt the most expensive on the market. These superyachts are the best of the best and belong to 1% of the sailing elite.
Multi-Award Winning Black Pearl and DAR
Much has been said already in the past about the magnificent eco superyacht, Oceanco’s Black Pearl. Its excellent towering black sails is a majestic sight gliding through the surface. These sails can be erected in a mere 7 minutes and is a new benchmark for the superyacht industry regarding greener sailing. Even though this superyacht is also equipped with a diesel-electric hybrid system, this superyacht is designed to sail the Atlantic without a drop of fuel, combining the age-old tradition of sailing with modern superiority. Winner of the categories, Sailing Yacht of the Year as well as Sailing Yachts 60m and Above. Black Pearl shares the position of multi-award winner with Oceanco’s DAR.
DAR is the winner of both Motor Yacht of the Year as well as Displacement Motor Yachts 2.000GT and Above. Last mentioned category explores all the largest superyachts of the world, ensuring a tight challenge. DAR, however, gained the favour with its shark-like appearance and the magnificent onboard waterfall. The 400 meters of darkened glass also received recognition, as the privacy won while exploring endless panoramic views earned the judges’ favour.
Joey Kaempfer’s Rosehearty took the Voyager’s Award. A recent Antarctic odyssey including Trinity Island, Port Lockroy and Palmer Station, made Rosehearty a well-deserved winner of this recognition.
Other award winners
Another prestigious winner is a dream for the category Refitted Yachts. The vision which is now a personal luxury superyacht initially birthed as a cruise ship before some major conversions and a recent renovation, which increased the open deck space. Recognition was also given to the onboard helipad, which also serves as a basketball court.
The classic Haida 1929 built by Krupp Germania Werft and then rebuilt by Pendennis, earned the award for Rebuilt Yachts. Pendennis also received recognition for their immaculate work done on G2 receiving the award for Refitted Yachts as wells as for Vijonara. He won the category Cruising Yachts 30 metres to 59.9 metres.
This prestigious event is for the past 14 years, the combined effort between Boat International and Oyster Yachts and is a highlight in the superyacht industry. In the words of Co-Chief Executive Officer, Tony Euden at Boat International, “We’re privileged and proud to bring the superyacht community together, year on year, to officially honour and celebrate the world’s most exceptional yachts, the teams behind their creation and their owners. All those involved in this year’s entries deserve to be highlighted for their outstanding work and the winners should be immensely proud of their successes.”