Meet the 2018 Winners of the World Superyacht Awards

Boat International Media hosted the 13th-annual World Superyacht Awards, the Oscars of yachting, in Florence at the Palazzo Vecchio last Saturday. Several Walpole members, including Winch Design and RWD were nominated for these prestigious awards, with RWD winning three, including the Neptune award for Motor Yacht of the year. 

Boat International Media is the global authority on superyachting, and the awards recognise the remarkable ingenuity and innovation demanded by the design, engineering and construction of the world’s finest luxury yachts. This year, the winning superyachts range from some of the most complex and challenging vessels ever built to magnificent explorer yachts, and include two new categories: Support Vessels and Sail-Assisted Motor Yachts, reflecting the changing nature of the superyacht industry.

A total of 68 nominations make up this year’s highly competitive class, with a total of 18 Neptune awards received by the winners. Multi-award-winning superyachts Faith and Pink Gin each took home two Neptune awards, both winning their individual categories, and going on to be awarded the highest honour of best Sailing and Motor Yachts (Faith winning Motor Yacht of the Year award and Pink Gin winning the Sailing Yacht of the Year award).

Uniquely, the Awards are judged by a committee of superyacht owners, making the World Superyacht Awards the only peer reviewed yachting awards in the world. The well-known and highly experienced judges, led by committee chairman and superyacht owner Hani Jabsheh, collectively bring with them decades of owning, running and managing superyachts.

Chris Downham, Chief Executive Officer at Boat International Media, said: “The World Superyacht Awards celebrate the extraordinary creations of the superyacht industry. 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 heartfelt congratulations to this year’s winners. Everyone involved should be immensely proud of their achievements and enjoy their success.”

Motor Yacht of the Year: Faith (Feadship)
Sailing Yacht of the Year: Pink Gin (Baltic Yachts)
Voyager’s Award: Constance (CRN)
Refitted Yachts: Broadwater (Feadship, refit: Lauderdale Marine Center)
Rebuilt Yachts: Genesia (Cantieri Navali di Termoli, rebuild: Cantieri Navali Chioggia)
Support Vessels: Game Changer (Damen)
Sailing Yachts 30m to 49.9m: Ribelle (Vitters/Green Marine)
Sailing Yachts 50m and Above: Pink Gin (Baltic Yachts)
Semi-Displacement or Planing Two Deck Motor Yachts 30m to 34.9m: Letani (Feadship)
Semi-Displacement or Planing Two Deck Motor Yachts 35m and Above: MR. OH (Azimut Yachts)
Semi-Displacement or Planing Three Deck Motor Yachts: Telli (Ferretti Custom Line)
Displacement Motor Yachts Below 500GT, 30m to 39.9m: Delta One (Mulder Shipyard)
Displacement Motor Yachts Below 500GT, 40m and Above: Seven Sins (Sanlorenzo)
Displacement Motor Yachts Between 500GT and 1,999GT: Hasna (Feadship)
Displacement Motor Yachts 2,000GT and Above: Faith (Feadship)
Sail-Assisted Motor Yachts: Sailing Yacht A (Nobiskrug)
Judges’ Special Award: Aviva (Abeking & Rasmussen)

The Legacy Award: Lang Walker

Next year’s World Superyacht Awards will bring more than 500 HNWI & UHNWI to London for a weekend of Awards and other celebrations.

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