The awards recognise the remarkable ingenuity and innovation demanded by the design, engineering and construction of the world's finest luxury yachts launched or refit during 2016.
Sailing Yacht of the Year was awarded to SYBARIS, the 70m luxury sail superyacht built in 2016 by Perini Navi – designed as an ultra-large yacht designed to cruise the world in absolute comfort. SYBARIS was recognised for her sailing ability, particularly in light airs, supreme comfort and optimum division of internal volume, as well as technical innovations such as the sail plan, rig and underwater appendages.
There were three entries in the special Voyager's Award, recognizing the most inspiring explorer vessel, its potential for adventure and its travels. The winner was 49 metre Trinity Yachts-built GLAZE, undertaking a circumnavigation with the owners and their young family. Judges deems the destination of Australia's Kimberley Coast in North West Australia as worthy of GLAZE collecting this year's Neptune. On their scenic and unparalleled adventure, the family has explored the region's many remote inlets, habitats of whales, crocodiles and sharks, waterfalls on sheer, ochre cliffs, whirlpools, tidal rapids, Aboriginal cave art, and WWII wrecks.
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JOY won the title of Best Displacement Motor Yacht Between 500 GT and 1,499GT. At 70m, JOY is a masterful collaboration of two yachting powerhouses Bannenberg and Rowell for her exquisite exterior lines, and built by Feadship. JOY was recognised for her finely tuned combination of pioneering design, technical excellence and first rate construction. JOY was praised for her interiors by Studio Indigo and her clever use of space including the use of 'winter gardens' on three of the decks to maximise interior volume when closed, and allow for sublime alfresco living in balmy weather. With all her onboard amenities and watertoys, plus a talented crew of 17, JOY is a brilliant charter yacht and available in the west Mediterranean, Aegean and the awe-inspiring atolls of the Indian Ocean.
77m expedition yacht, LEGEND took out the Rebuilt category. A 24-year old ex-Soviet icebreaker, LEGEND was converted by ICON Yachts into a luxurious, world-roaming expedition yacht with Lloyds A1 Ice Class, and Polar classification, with full SOLAS and MCA 13-36 passenger status. Only the hull and her main engines remained of the original boat. The hull itself was extended by 3.6 metres with a remodelled stern to incorporate a bathing platform and 16-person swimming pool. The superstructure was modified to soften her lines but perhaps the most difficult aspects of the rebuild was the installation of a fully classified helipad with refuelling facilities.
One-of-a-kind explorer superyacht, LEGEND is available for charter in remote regions such as South America, Antarctica, Greenland, the Norwegian Fjords and the Arctic circle.
AQUILA took home the Refitted Yacht of the year award. Available for charter in the Mediterranean in summer and Caribbean in winter, 85.6m AQUILA, formerly the highly-awarded CAKEWALK, was built in 2010, designed and engineered by Derecktor. Where some owners would choose to build from new and wait three to five years, AQUILA's owners worked with Pendennis Shipyard in the UK on their dream vessel, which emerged from the shipyard after just 12 months. Interior styling undertaken by Redman Whiteley Dixon and Susan Young.
Of the other categories, one standout luxury charter vessel is worthy of mention: 72.5m (237.86ft) custom-built motor yacht CLOUDBREAK won its category Displacement Motor Yacht Between 1,500 GT and 2,999GT. CLOUDBREAK was built in 2016 by Abeking & Rasmussen with interiors by Christian Liaigre and exterior styling by Espen Oeino. CLOUDBREAK was designed by an owner who knew exactly what he wanted – an explorer-styled vessel tailored to his wish to practice adventure sports on land and sea at both low and high latitudes. It was specifically designed to operate in remote areas with helicopter facilities as well as a wide range of tenders and toys, sports gear, and a fully equipped ski-room.
With her sleek exterior and tri-deck design, CHASSEUR received the Judges' Special Award for Achievement. Delivered in September 2016, the judges believed CHASSEUR worthy for this special accolade due to her top rate quality following a difficult build period. As the first yacht to emerge from the newly reopened US shipyard Christensen, CHASSEUR was recognised for her seaworthy GRP hull powered by twin 1,650hp Caterpillar engines which allows a top speed of 16 knots and a respectable range of 4,000 nm while cruising at 10 knots.
For these and many more award-winning luxury superyachts available for charter world-wide, please get in touch with the charter experts at Luxury Charter Group.