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Heesen Yachts announces sale of 47m motor yacht Project Hé (YN 16947)

July 16, 2014

Heesen Yachts is excited to announce that the 47m YN 16947 displacement motor yacht Project Hé was sold on June 13, 2014. Superyacht Project Hé will be handed over to her Owners in February 2015.

47m motor yacht Project Hé (YN 16947)

47m Heesen motor yacht Project Hé (YN 16947) - Photo credit to Omega Architects

Mark Cavendish – Sales and Marketing Director at Heesen Yachts – comments: “This is the fourth contract we have signed in the first six months of 2014. We are delighted to see that the market is finally picking up!”

Luxury yacht Project Hé is a yacht in the 47-metre class, a breed of Heesens that are icons of classic contemporary yacht design. Frank Laupman from Omega Architects recently restyled the elegant exterior lines giving this vessel a new look.

Her well-engineered round bilge hull with bulbous bow, powered by two MTU 8V 4000 M63, will ensure smooth and safe cruising in all sea conditions and a range of 4.000nm at 12 knots, while zero speed stabilizers will guarantee maximum comfort at anchor.

Heesen superyacht Project Hé - Saloon

Heesen superyacht Project Hé - Saloon- Photo credit to Omega Architects

The sophisticated interior is by London-based and multi-award winning studio Bannenberg & Rowell Design who are on their fifth successful collaboration with this Dutch superyacht builder. The fleet includes the 37m motor yacht Aurelia, 47m superyacht Elandess (now Raasta), superyacht Lady Petra and luxury yacht My Secret, and the 65m mega yacht Galactica Star.

Dickie Bannenberg explains how the B&R studio explored themes of purity and simplicity for this project, always confident that Heesen would interpret their concept immaculately as with their previous joint projects.

Guru designer Dieter Rams’ motto “to omit everything superfluous so that the essential is shown to the best possible advantage” guided Bannenberg & Rowell in their approach to the interior design of Project Hé. The project name ‘Hé’ in Chinese means ‘the simplest form of peace and harmony’ and Bannenberg & Rowell chose it to unify in one ideogram the essence of their design theme: simplicity as the ultimate form of sophistication.

Project Hé Yacht - Cabin

Project Hé Yacht - Cabin - Photo credit to Omega Architects

Twelve guests will enjoy a relaxing atmosphere on board where restful colors are combined with natural and discreet contrast finishes. An important role is played by the use of light: indirect lighting – concealed LED light strips and filtered light thanks to refined venetian blinds – create a unique atmosphere on board super yacht Project Hé.

Technical Specifications of YN 16947 superyacht Project Hé

GENERAL

Hull type: Steel round bilge, displacement

Naval Architect: Heesen Yachts

Interior Designer: Bannenberg & Rowell Design

Exterior Styling: Omega Architects

Classification: Lloyds   100A1 SSC YACHT   LMC UMS

Large Commercial Yacht Code LY2 / MCA

Hull: Steel

Superstructure: Aluminium

DIMENSIONS

Length over all: 46,70m / 153ft 2in

Beam over all: 8,83m / 29ft 0in

Draft: 3,07m / 10ft 1in

Displacement (50% load): 400 tons

ACCOMMODATION

Guests: 12

Cabins: Full-beam master suite , two double cabins, two twin cabins each with one Pullman bed

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Maximum speed(50% load): 15 knots

Range at 12 knots: 4.000Nm

Fuel capacity: 60.000 litres / 15.850 US Gallons

Fresh water: 20.000 litres / 5.280 US Gallons

PROPULSION DETAILS

Main engines: 2 x MTU 8V 4000 M63

Maximum power: 2 x 1.000kW

Gearbox: 2 x ZF 4661

Engine control:  MTU Blue Vision, three control stands

Propellers: Schaffran five blade fixed pitch Ø 1.600mm

Generators: 2 x Kilo-Pak, each 99kW

Bowthruster: ZF Marine 90kW, hydraulically driven

Steering system: Litton Marine Systems

Stabilizers: Naiad Dynamics, type 621 with 2 fins of approx. 3m², zero speed

Below is a choice of the luxurious charter yachts built by Heesen.

International recognition for super yacht GALACTICA STAR featuring Van Oossanen’s Fast Displacement Hull Form

May 23, 2014

Super yacht ‘Galactica Star’, the first vessel fitted with Van Oossanen‘s Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF), was honoured with the 2014 World Superyacht Award in the ‘Best High-Speed Yacht over 45 meters’ category, handed over on May 3. The jury stated that the award was granted because of motor yacht Galactica Star’s “technically innovative ‘FDHF’ (Fast Displacement Hull Form) design, developed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects”.

World Superyacht Awards 2014 Ceremony - Photo credits to Mark Sims, Superyacht Media

World Superyacht Awards 2014 Ceremony - Photo credits to Mark Sims, Superyacht Media

FDHF
Van Oossanen started the development of this new type of hull form in 2009. This was driven by their passion to develop vessels that are highly efficient both at lower cruising speeds and at high speeds. This resulted in a hull form that, compared to a hard-chine hull form, is 30% more efficient at cruising speeds and 15% more efficient at high speeds. In comparison to traditional round-bilge hull forms, significant improvements were also obtained both at cruising speeds and at higher speeds. Model tests confirmed these results and, in addition, revealed that a hard-chine hull form is only more efficient than the FDHF counterpart at fully planing speeds.

This hull form was called the ‘Fast Displacement Hull Form’ because the hull does not rely on the development of hydrodynamic lift for efficiency, but stays in displacement mode, also at high speeds. When the impact of these results became clear, Van Oossanen applied for, and obtained, a patent on the innovative elements of the design.

CFD analyses for the Fast Displacement Hull Form

CFD analyses for the Fast Displacement Hull Form

The development of the FDHF hull form was only just finalized when Heesen Yachts commissioned Van Oossanen to carry out the naval architecture design work for the ‘Galactica Star’ superyacht project. After a first concept study the benefits of the FDHF for this project, for which a minimum speed of 27 knots was required, became apparent and the first application of the FDHF was a fact. At this moment in time there are 12 further yachts based on the FDHF under construction, at 4 different yards across Europe.

World Superyacht Awards
The World Super Yacht Awards Gala took place on Saturday 3 May, in Amsterdam. The award ceremony was organized by Boat International Media and the awarded prizes are known as the ‘Oscars’ of the super yacht industry. The exterior design of superyacht Galactica Star, by Omega Architects, and the interior design, by Bannenberg and Rowell, were also given special attention by the jury.

Luxury motor yacht Galactica Star

Luxury motor yacht Galactica Star

Van Oossanen Naval Architects
Van Oossanen Naval Architects are specialized in the design of high-performance sail- and motor yachts, and merchant ships. One of their specific areas of expertise is the hydrodynamic optimization of these designs.

Heesen superyacht GALACTICA STAR awarded ‘Best Design of the Year’ at Asia Boating Awards 2014

May 21, 2014

Heesen Yachts is excited to announce that on Friday, May 9, 2014, their revolutionary 65m Fast Displacement Hull Form superyacht Galactica Star was awarded as the ‘Best Yacht Design of the Year’ in the 10th edition of the Asia Boating Awards.

Ms. ZZ Phang, Pen Marine – Heesen Yachts Agent South East Asia, Ms. Wei Shan, Managing Director – Asia Pacific of Parmigiani, Mr. Glen Watson, Editor-in-Chief of Asia-Pacific Boating Photo courtesy of Asia-Pacific Boating

Ms. ZZ Phang, Pen Marine – Heesen Yachts Agent South East Asia, Ms. Wei Shan, Managing Director – Asia Pacific of Parmigiani, Mr. Glen Watson, Editor-in-Chief of Asia-Pacific Boating Photo courtesy of Asia-Pacific Boating

The ceremony took place in Hong Kong at the spectacular Icon Hotel where Ms ZZ Phang from Pen Marine, Heesen Agent for Southeast Asia, received the award on behalf of the Owners of the yacht and Heesen shipyard.

Ms Phang comments: “Asia Boating Awards is the region’s most established and respected event of its kind. This year sees awards in 21 categories, showcasing Asian builders and international brands, as well as Asian regattas, marinas and yacht designers working in Asia. Galactica Star won the most prestigious award of all the 21 categories! I am truly honoured to have had the chance to receive this accolade on behalf of the Owners and the shipyard that built this magnificent vessel. It is now the seventh prize that Galactica Star has won and I am so proud to be part of this incredible success!”

Galactica Star yacht’s revolutionary Fast Displacement Hull Form that is 30 per cent more efficient than any other ever tested, has been devised by van Oossanen Naval Architects in collaboration with Heesen in-house naval architects. Her distinctive exterior lines are by the ingenious pencil of Frank Laupman from Omega Architects while the striking, dramatic interior is by famous Bannenberg and Rowell design studio. A top speed of over 28 knots but using 20 per cent less fuel than conventional yachts, a range of 4.200 nautical miles at 14 knots are just some of the impressive figures that make this vessel an award-winning yacht!

Below is a gallery for the outstanding charter yachts built by Heesen.

Asia Boating Awards 2014 Winners

May 15, 2014

The winners of this year’s 10th Asia Boating Awards were unveiled during a black-tie gala at Hotel ICON in Kowloon East on the first night of the annual Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show, which took place from May 9 to 11. The Awards are annually organised by Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating magazines.

Asia Boating Awards 2014 Winners

The Asia Boating Awards 2014 Winners

Bringing together industry leaders from Asia and around the world – as well as VIPs such as Dr. Cecil Chao, and Mr. Brandon and Mrs. Jenny Chau – the theme of the evening was The Great Gatsby, beginning with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails such as Grey Goose martinis and Dewar’s whisky, followed by a gourmet dinner, the awards presentations and performances by jazz dancers. Also on hand were representatives of the Hong Kong charity Yan Oi Tong, Chairperson Ms. Jenny Ng Ming-Chun and 1st Vice Chairperson Ms. Clarea Au Suet-Ming, who received a cheque for HK$100,000 on the charity’s behalf.

“This was a very special evening for all of the guests, nominees and, of course, the winners who have worked so hard to make their companies, brands and boats a success in Asia, especially in Mainland China. It was also a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the awards, as well as China Boating magazine,” says Glen Watson, Editor-in-Chief of Asia-Pacific Boating Magazine. “I want to thank all of the people working in the yachting industry, both here and abroad, and our sponsors for their continued support in cementing Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating as the region’s leading yacht titles.”

In recognising the growing China market and environmental issues, the 2014 awards featured three used categories: Best China Yacht Club / Marina of the Year, Best Brand Presence in China and Green Maritime Company of the Year. The prestigious Asia Boating Awards were presented in 21 categories, showcasing Asian builders and international brands, as well as Asian regattas and luxury yacht marinas.

The list of nominees came from online polling of Asia-Pacific Boating readers, with the winners determined by a panel of judges selected for their expertise as well as their ability to make informed, impartial decisions.

This year Parmigiani, K. Wah International Holdings, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Jebsen Fine Wines, Grey Goose, Dornbracht and Embraer were the event sponsors along with Baccarat, which provided the crystal trophies.

The 2014 Asia Boating Awards Winners are:

Best Asian Yacht Builder (25m and above)

Horizon Yachts, Taiwan / China

Best Asian Yacht Builder (15m to 24m)

Gulf Craft, UAE

Gulf Graft motor yacht Majesty 48

Gulf Graft motor yacht Majesty 48

Gulf Craft luxury yacht Majesty 63

Gulf Craft luxury yacht Majesty 63

Best Asian Built Yacht

NISI Yachts, NISI 1700 Vantage, China

NISI 1700 Yacht

NISI 1700 Yacht

Best Worldwide Custom Built Yacht

Benetti Yachts, Lady Candy, Italy

Benetti superyacht Lady Candy - Image by Jeff Brown/Superyacht Media

Benetti superyacht Lady Candy - Image by Jeff Brown/Superyacht Media

Best Worldwide Semi Custom Built Yacht (25m and above)

AMELS, Engelberg, The Netherlands

Amels LE180 superyacht Engelberg

Amels LE180 superyacht Engelberg

Best Worldwide Production Motor Yacht (25m and above)

Monte Carlo Yachts, MCY 86, Italy

Superyacht MCY 86

Superyacht MCY 86

Best Worldwide Production Motor Yacht (15m to 24m)

Sunseeker, Predator 80, United Kingdom

Sunseeker Predator 80 Yacht

Sunseeker Predator 80 Yacht

Best Worldwide Production Motor Yacht (up to 15m)

Princess Yachts, Princess V39, United Kingdom

Best Worldwide Production Sailing Yacht (15m and above)

Jeanneau, Jeanneau 64, France

Best Worldwide Production Sailing Yacht (up to 15m)

Solaris Yachts, ONE 48, Italy

Best China Yacht Club / Marina of the Year

Sanya Serenity Marina

Best Asian Yacht Club of the Year

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Hong Kong

Best Asian Marina of the Year

ONE°15 Marina Club, Singapore

Asian Regatta of the Year

Rolex China Sea Race, Hong Kong / Philippines

Personality of the Year

Arthur Tay

Best Yacht Design of the Year

Heesen, Galactica Star, The Netherlands

Galactica Star Yacht - Photo by Jeff Brown

Galactica Star Yacht - Photo by Jeff Brown

Best Asia-based Charter Company of the Year

Riviera Orientale-Yachting Society, Hong Kong

Best Asia-based Charter Yacht of the Year

70 Sunreef Power Damrak II, Poland

DAMRAK II - Main

DAMRAK II - Main

Green Maritime Company of the Year

Marina at Keppel Bay, Singapore

Marina at Keppel Bay positioned in the beautiful Asia yacht charter destination - Singapore

Marina at Keppel Bay positioned in the beautiful Asia yacht charter destination - Singapore

Best Brand Presence in China

Ferretti Yachts

Best Brand Presence in Asia

Azimut Yachts

A very successful World Superyacht Awards 2014 for Dutch yacht builders

May 14, 2014

No less than seven Dutch yacht manufacturers participated in this year’s 9th edition of the prestigious World Superyacht Awards gala evening, which took place in Amsterdam on May 3. The event was extra special for the prominent Dutch yards as it was the first time that the ceremony had taken place in the Netherlands. With 27 coveted Neptune trophies up for grabs, the Netherlands was the country that took home the most prizes.

Winners of the World Superyacht Awards 2014

Winners of the World Superyacht Awards 2014

Representatives from the international world of superyachts gathered at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam. As a sponsor of the World Superyacht Awards, the HISWA Holland Yachting Group was delighted with the number of prizes won by the Dutch superyacht sector. This achievement underlines the fact that the Netherlands leads the way in terms of the innovation, craftsmanship and quality of its superyachts.

Motor Yacht of the Year – Madame Gu / Feadship

Feadship luxury motor yacht Madame GU

Feadship luxury motor yacht Madame GU

Displacement Motor Yacht – 2000GT and above – Madame Gu / Feadship
1300GT – 1999GT – Sea Owl / Feadship

62m Feadship superyacht Sea Owl - Photo credit to Kees Torn

62m Feadship superyacht Sea Owl - Photo credit to Kees Torn

500GT – 1299GT – Event / Amels

Motor yacht EVENT -  Main

Motor yacht EVENT - Main

Below 500GT Sofia / Moonen (Judges Commendation)

42m Moonen superyacht Sofia

42m Moonen superyacht Sofia

Three Deck – 45M and above – Galactica Star / Heesen

65m Heesen superyacht Galactica Star - Photo credit to Jeff Brown

65m Heesen superyacht Galactica Star - Photo credit to Jeff Brown

Sailing Yacht – 40M plus – Ganesha / Vitters

Rendering of the 46m Vitters superyacht Ganesha

Rendering of the 46m Vitters superyacht Ganesha

Spirit of Tradition Award – Mikhail S.Vorontsov / Balk Shipyard

Mega yacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov

Mega yacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov

Judges Special Award – Inoui / Vitters

Vitters superyacht Inoui designed by Philippe Briand - Photo by Carlo Baroncini

Vitters superyacht Inoui designed by Philippe Briand - Photo by Carlo Baroncini

Contributing Sponsor
HISWA Holland Yachting Group was a contributing sponsor for this year’s World Superyacht Awards for the first time. The association’s marketing slogan ‘Think Yachts, Think Holland’ was creatively integrated as a branding concept within the range of food and drinks served to the guests during the programme. The sponsorship emphasised the HISWA Holland Yachting Group’s role as a Dutch host, and highlighted the Dutch superyacht sector in a creative way among the 600 international influentials present.

65m Heesen Fast Displacement Yacht GALACTICA STAR awarded at World Superyacht Awards 2014

May 06, 2014

Heesen is thrilled to announce that on May 3, 2014 the ground-breaking 65m Fast Displacement yacht Galactica Star won the coveted Neptune Trophy in the category ‘Semi-displacement or Planing Three-deck motor yacht of 45-metre and above‘ at the prominent World Superyacht Awards, the Oscars of the superyacht industry.

65m Heesen mega yacht Galactica Star

65m Heesen mega yacht Galactica Star

This prestigious event, making its debut in the Netherlands, was held at the Maritime Museum in Amsterdam where the industry leaders, designers, and superyacht owners gathered to celebrate the finest yachts of the year.

Motor yacht Galactica Star was chosen by the judges, who are all super yacht owners, as winner in this very competitive category for her unique ability to operate both in the displacement and semi-displacement modes.

Neptune Trophy for superyacht Galactica Star

Neptune Trophy for superyacht Galactica Star

Mark Cavendish, Sales and Marketing Director at Heesen Yachts, comments: “At Heesen we are very proud of this important recognition. First of all I would like to thank the Owners of Galactica Star: Without their vision and quest for technical innovation none of this would have been possible; and of course van Oossanen Naval Architects who devised the revolutionary Fast Displacement Hull Form that allows Galactica Star to be 30% more efficient than any other displacement hull of her size; Frank Laupman, who designed the beautiful exterior lines; Bannenberg and Rowell for the rich and elegant interior; and last but not least all the women and men at Heesen shipyard who worked so strenuously to deliver a vessel that is close to perfection. This Neptune trophy is for you all!”

Below is a choice of the superb charter yachts built by Heesen.

Winners of the World Superyacht Awards 2014

May 05, 2014

The newly crowned winners of a prominent Neptune trophy were unveiled at the 9th annual World Superyacht Awards on Saturday, May 3, 2014. The host city of Amsterdam, with its rich maritime history, offered a fitting backdrop as a distinguished audience of superyacht owners as well as industry specialists gathered at the Het Scheepvaartmuseum, Amsterdam’s National Maritime Museum.

Winners of the World Superyacht Awards 2014 celebrate with their Neptune trophies

Winners of the World Superyacht Awards 2014 celebrate with their Neptune trophies

The ceremony, which celebrates excellence in superyacht build and design, is the most anticipated event in the superyacht calendar. Throughout the evening, international broadcaster, Natasha Kaplinsky, presented a selection of prized awards to the owners of the finest sail and motor yachts delivered in 2013. A total of twenty-seven coveted Neptune trophies and Judges’ Commendation prizes, custom made for the occasion by Baccarat, were presented throughout the ceremony.

Motor Yacht of the Year was awarded to the 99m Madame Gu
The Motor Yacht of the Year Award honours the very best motor yacht delivered to its owners in 2013, chosen from amongst the winners of the motor yacht classes. Whilst size is not a factor in determining the victor of this award, this year the judges did select the largest yacht of those shortlisted. Built by Feadship–de Vries in Makkum, The Netherlands, with both exterior and interior design from Andrew Winch Designs, motor yacht Madame Gu is widely recognised as one of the most exquisite yachts afloat. It was not just appearance that swayed the judges; a superb quality of structural build, the design and installation of the mechanical elements and systems, and the perfection of interior joinery and decoration was absolutely beyond reproach. This resulted in a unanimous decision to name her as the highly deserved Motor Yacht of the Year.

Motor Yacht of the Year - Madame Gu - Image Credit Jeff Brown Superyacht Media

Motor Yacht of the Year - Madame Gu - Image Credit Jeff Brown/Superyacht Media

Sailing Yacht of the Year went to 32.64m Inukshuk
After much consideration of the two sailing yacht class winners – sailing yacht Ganesha and superyacht Inukshuk – the judges voted almost unanimously to select Inukshuk, a 32.6-metre sloop built by Baltic Yachts in Finland, as the winner of this prestigious award. Their decision was largely based on recognition that this yacht provides an optimal balance between excellent sailing performance and the high degree of comfort and customisation offered to its owner. Inukshuk’s elegant looks, which feature uncluttered deck spaces derived from the drawing board of German Frers, state-of-the-art sailing systems and the high standards of construction seen both in the structure of the vessel and its interior finish by Adam Lay Studio, were all factored into the decision.

Sailing Yacht of the Year - Inukshuk - Image Credit Jeff Brown Superyacht Media

Sailing Yacht of the Year - Inukshuk - Image Credit Jeff Brown/Superyacht Media

World Superyacht Awards 2014 Winners

Displacement Motor Yacht of 2,000GT and above
Sponsored by Holland Jachtbouw

Winner: Madame Gu
Madame Gu
Length: 99.00m
Builder: Feadship
Naval Architect: Feadship
Exterior Stylist: Andrew Winch Designs
Interior Designer: Andrew Winch Designs

Judges’ Commendation: Chopi Chopi

Luxury motor yacht Chopi Chopi by CRN

Luxury motor yacht Chopi Chopi by CRN

Length: 80.00m
Builder: CRN
Naval Architect: CRN Engineering
Exterior Stylist: Zuccon International Project
Interior Designer: Laura Sessa

Displacement Motor Yacht of 1,300GT to 1,999GT

Winner: Sea Owl
Length: 62.00m
Builder: Feadship
Naval Architect: De Voogt Naval Architects
Exterior Stylist: Andrew Winch Designs
Interior Designer: Andrew Winch Designs

62m Feadship superyacht Sea Owl - Photo credit to Kees Torn

62m Feadship superyacht Sea Owl - Photo credit to Kees Torn

Judges’ Commendation: Axioma (ex Red Square)

Length: 72.50m
Builder: Dunya Yachts
Naval Architect: Dunya Yachts
Exterior Stylist: Sterling Scott
Interior Designer: Alberto Pinto

Dunya MegaYacht Red Square - Profile Image courtesy of Dunya Yachts

Dunya MegaYacht Red Square - Profile Image courtesy of Dunya Yachts

Judges’ Special Award for technically advanced construction

Winner: Invictus
Length: 66.00m
Builder: Delta Marine
Naval Architect: Delta Design Group
Exterior Stylist: Delta Design Group
Interior Designer: Diane Johnson Design / JW Architecture

66m Delta luxury super yacht INVICTUS

66m Delta luxury super yacht INVICTUS

Displacement Motor Yacht of 500GT to 1,299GT
Sponsored by Clyde & Co

Winner: Event
Length: 60.00m
Builder: Amels
Naval Architect: Amels
Exterior Stylist: Tim Heywood Design
Interior Stylist: Laura Sessa

Motor yacht EVENT -  Main

Motor yacht EVENT - Main

Displacement Motor Yacht of below 500GT
Sponsored by Royal Huisman

Winner: CaryAli
Length: 39.16m
Builder: Alloy Yachts
Naval Architect: René van der Velden Yacht Design
Exterior Stylist: René van der Velden Yacht Design
Interior Designer: Lynne Grossman in collaboration with Redman Whiteley Dixon

39m explorer yacht CaryAli by Alloy Yachts

39m explorer yacht CaryAli by Alloy Yachts

Judges’ Commendation: Sofia

Length: 41.78m
Builder: Moonen Shipyard
Naval Architect: Stolk Marimecs
Exterior Stylist: René van der Velden Yacht Design
Interior Designer: Art-Line Interiors

42m Moonen motor yacht Sofia

42m Moonen motor yacht Sofia

Semi-Displacement or Planing Two-Deck Motor Yacht including Raised Pilothouse Designs
Sponsored by Admiral Tecnomar

Winner: Finish Line
Length: 36.70m
Builder: Trinity Yachts
Naval Architect: Trinity Yachts
Exterior Stylist: Yacht Next / Joanne Lockhart
Interior Designer: Yacht Next / Joanne Lockhart

Trinity Yachts superyacht FINISH LINE (Hull T-058) - Profile

Trinity Yachts superyacht FINISH LINE (Hull T-058) - Profile

Semi-Displacement or Planing Three-Deck Motor Yacht of 30m to 44.99m
Sponsored by Tansu

Winner: Cacos V
Length: 40.00m
Builder: Admiral Tecnomar
Naval Architect: Admiral Tecnomar
Exterior Stylist: Luca Dini Design / Admiral Centro Stile
Interior Designer: Admiral Centro Stile

Cacos V Yacht

Cacos V Yacht

Semi-Displacement or Planing Three-Deck Motor Yacht of 45m and above
Sponsored by Esenyacht

Winner: Galactica Star
Length: 65.00m
Builder: Heesen Yachts
Naval Architect: Van Oossanen Naval Architects / Heesen Yachts
Exterior Stylist: Omega Architects/ Heesen Yachts
Interior Designer: Bannenberg & Rowell Design

65m Heesen superyacht Galactica Star - Photo credit to Jeff Brown

65m Heesen superyacht Galactica Star - Photo credit to Jeff Brown

Judges’ Commendation: Vellmari
Length: 47.50m
Builder: Rossinavi
Naval Architect: Arrabito Naval Architects
Exterior Stylist: Team for Design by Enrico Gobbi
Interior Designer: Team for Design by Enrico Gobbi

Vellmari superyacht by Rossinavi - Copyright- Alberto Cocchi

Vellmari superyacht by Rossinavi - Copyright- Alberto Cocchi

Catamaran Award

Winner: Quaranta
Length: 33.70m
Builder: Curvelle-Logos Marine
Naval Architect: Incat Crowther Naval Architects
Exterior Stylist: Mauro Giamboi
Interior Designer: Alex Isacc

Curvelle QUARANTA superyacht - profile.jpeg

Curvelle QUARANTA superyacht - profile.jpeg

Motor Yacht of the Year Award
Sponsored by Embraer Executive Jets

Winner: Madame Gu
Length: 99.00m
Builder: Feadship
Naval Architect: Feadship
Exterior Stylist: Andrew Winch Designs
Interior Designer: Andrew Winch Designs

Sailing Yacht in 40m+ Size Range
Sponsored by Heesen Yachts

Winner: Ganesha
Length: 46.00m
Builder: Vitters Shipyard
Naval Architect: Dubois Naval Architects
Exterior Stylist: Dubois Naval Architects
Interior Designer: Newcruise

Rendering of the 46m Vitters superyacht Ganesha

Rendering of the 46m Vitters superyacht Ganesha

Spirit of Tradition Award
Sponsored by Feadship

Winner: Mikhail S. Vorontsov
Length: 64.50m
Builder: Dream Ship Victory / Balk Shipyard
Naval Architect: Dream Ship Victory / Dykstra Naval Architects
Exterior Stylist: Ken Freivokh Design / Dykstra Naval Architects
Interior Designer: Ken Freivokh Design

Mega yacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov

Mega yacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov

Sailing Yacht in 30m to 39.99 size range
Sponsored by Dream Ship Victory

Winner: Inukshuk
Length: 32.64m
Builder: Baltic Yachts
Naval Architect: Frers Naval Architecture & Engineering
Exterior Stylist: Frers Naval Architecture & Engineering
Interior Designer: Adam Lay Studio

Judges’ Special Award for advanced design and high quality construction

Winner: Inoui
Length: 33.44m
Builder: Vitters Shipyard
Naval Architect: Philippe Briand
Exterior Stylist: Philippe Briand Yacht Design
Interior Designer: Andrew Winch Designs

Luxury yacht Inoui - side view - Photo by Carlo Baroncini

Luxury yacht Inoui - side view - Photo by Carlo Baroncini

Sailing Yacht of the Year Award
Sponsored by Embraer Executive Jets

Winner: Inukshuk
Length: 32.64m
Builder: Baltic Yachts
Naval Architect: Frers Naval Architecture & Engineering
Exterior Stylist: Frers Naval Architecture & Engineering
Interior Designer: Adam Lay Studios

Yacht Conversion Award
Sponsored by Amels

Winner: Enigma XK
Length: 72.00m
Original Builder: Richards Shipbuilders
Refit Yard: Atlantic Refit Center
Refit Naval Architect: Macfarlane Yacht Design
Refit Exterior Stylist: Vitruvius Yachts
Refit Interior Designer: Vitruvius Yachts

Luxury explorer yacht ENIGMA XK

Luxury explorer yacht ENIGMA XK

Rebuilt Yacht Award
Sponsored by Amels

Winner: Keyla
Length: 45.30m
Original Builder: Trinity Yachts
Refit Yard: RMK Marine with project management by Mark Poirier
Refit Naval Architect: Trinity Yachts & RMK Engineering Department
Refit Exterior Stylist: Hot Lab Yacht & Design
Refit Interior Designer: Hot Lab Yacht & Design

45m superyacht Keyla refitted by RMK Marine and Hot Lab

45m superyacht Keyla refitted by RMK Marine and Hot Lab

Refitted Yacht Award
Sponsored by Amels

Winner: Auspicious
Length: 50.80m
Original Builder: Mondo Marine Refit Yard: Mondo Marine with project management by KK Superyachts
Refit Naval Architect: Mondo Marine
Refit Exterior Stylist: Cor D. Rover Design
Refit Interior Designer: Eidsgaard Design

Motor Yacht Auspicious (ex Streamline)

Motor Yacht Auspicious (ex Streamline)

Quality & Value Award
Sponsored by Hodgdon

Winner: Ileria
Length: 50.4m
Builder: Proteksan-Turquoise Yachts
Naval Architect: Proteksan-Turquoise Yachts
Exterior Stylist: Proteksan-Turquoise Yachts
Interior Designer: J.G. Verges Design

NB56 motor yacht Ileria

NB56 motor yacht Ileria

Voyager’s Award
Sponsored by Alloy Yachts

Joint Winner: Exuma
Length: 50.00m
Builder: Picchiotti / Perini Navi
Voyage: New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Micronesia, Palau, Sabah, Philippines

Super Yacht Exuma photo courtesy of Perini Navi

Super Yacht Exuma photo courtesy of Perini Navi

Joint Winner: Zeepaard

Length: 37.00m
Builder: JFA Yachts
Voyage: Circumnavigation through 39 countries

Zeepaard superyacht in Carribean - Copyrights Zeepaard

Zeepaard superyacht in Carribean - Copyrights Zeepaard

Legacy Award
Sponsored by Gassan Diamond

Winner: Sir Donald Gosling

Voyager’s Award

The Voyager’s Award credits superyacht owners who have undertaken a passage of an unusual or exploratory nature. This award, determined by the jury who have all cruised the world extensively, unusually resulted in the secret ballot creating an exact tie. Rather than breaking the deadlock to determine a single winner, the judges decided to award an equal first place to two owners who have both undergone extraordinary voyages – The owners of superyacht Exuma and luxury yacht Zeepaard.

Superyacht Exuma is a 50-metre motor yacht built by Picchiotti/Perini Navi to a design by Philippe Briand of Vitruvius Yachts. At the design stage, Exuma was specifically customised for cruising the more remote areas of the Pacific and her entry, written personally by the owner, catalogues an example of this: An adventurous voyage, made between 2012 and 2013, that started in New Caledonia and Vanuatu and progressed through the Solomon Islands to Papua New Guinea, Micronesia, Palau, and Sabah ending in the Philippines. Not only was the account well written and beautifully illustrated, it also displayed an enviable depth of knowledge of, and interaction with the various populations encountered throughout the itinerary. The judges considered it to be an excellent example of a cruise that deserved recognition.

Images of Exuma superyacht's navigation throughout the South Pacific and beyond

Images of Exuma superyacht's navigation throughout the South Pacific and beyond

Built by JFA Yachts in France in 2003, superyacht Zeepaard is a 37-metre expedition yacht designed for adventurous voyages. Her circumnavigation between 2009 and 2013, starting and finishing in the Mediterranean, certainly qualified as such, covering a total of 50,000nm and 39 countries. While the totality of the voyage was too long a duration to qualify for the Voyager’s Award, the judges extracted a portion which fell within the two year limit specified within the rules. Even so, this was an epic cruise. As the judges were to see from a small sample of the 40,000 or so images, it was clear that the owner, along with his family and friends, encountered incredible experiences everywhere they went, even in the rather more adventurous ‘pirate zones’, for which they were well prepared. This was a notable voyage of exactly the type for which expedition yachts were designed, and the judges considered it most worthy of a Neptune.

A small sample of over 40,000 images captured during Zeepaard yacht's circumnavigation of the globe

A small sample of over 40,000 images captured during Zeepaard yacht's circumnavigation of the globe

Legacy Award

The Legacy Award was presented to Sir Donald Gosling who, with over 60 years in superyachting – and counting – is the archetypal yacht owner. His love affair with the sea began at a young age and enrolling in the Royal Navy was a logical route for his career to take. In 1953 he acquired his first yacht which was followed by an array of pre-owned and custom yachts throughout the years. In 1993, Sir Donald Gosling’s current yacht, Leander G (named after HMS Leander – Sir Donald’s Royal Navy posting), was launched and she has been a much-loved staple of the superyacht scene ever since, welcoming both charter guests and Royalty on a regular basis.

Sir Donald Gosling

Sir Donald Gosling

The 2014 edition of the awards relocated to one of Europe’s foremost hubs of yacht design with the support of leading Dutch yacht builders; Amels, Feadship, Heesen, Holland Jachtbouw and Royal Huisman. Boat International Media would also like to thank Gold Sponsor, Embraer Executive Jets, Silver Sponsors; Dream Ship Victory, Esenyacht, Gassan Diamonds and Hodgdon, Bronze Sponsors; Admiral Technomar, Alloy Yachts, Baccarat, Clyde & Co and Tansu and Contributing Sponsors; Royal Delft, Sabrina Monte-Carlo, Spyker, Wajer & Wajer and Holland Yachting Group for helping to create a wonderful evening and for making the World Superyacht Awards a resounding success.

Superyacht GALACTICA STAR and CRAZY ME Yacht with naval architecture by Van Oossanen nominated for World Superyacht Award 2014

May 02, 2014

Two luxury yachts with naval architecture by Van Oossanen Naval Architects have been nominated for the 9th annual World Superyacht Awards: superyacht GALACTICA STAR and CRAZY ME yacht. The winners will be unveiled in Amsterdam on May 3, 2014.

Galactica Star Yacht with naval architecture by Van Oossanen - Photo by Jeff Brown

Galactica Star Yacht with naval architecture by Van Oossanen - Photo by Jeff Brown

The breath-taking 2013 motor yacht GALACTICA STAR (Project Omnia, YN 16465) is a 65-metre Fast Displacement (FDHF) superyacht concept vessel, built by Heesen Yachts to a design by Frank Laupman from Omega Architects. She can comfortably accommodate up to 12 guests in 6 stylish cabins and has a crew of 13. Among special features of this beauty belongs a sauna, hammam, as well as a large sunbathing area, which can be transformed into a touch-and-go heli-deck.

50m superyacht Crazy Me - Photo by Dick Holthuis

50m superyacht Crazy Me - Photo by Dick Holthuis

Launched by Heesen Yachts in 2013, the 50-metre superyacht CRAZY ME (YN 16250) is an outstanding twin propeller hard chine semi-displacement vessel, with exterior styling by Gary Grant Design and interior design by Cristiano Gatto. She offers elegant and comfortable accommodation to up to 12 guests in 6 beautifully appointed staterooms, including a spacious Owner’s suite, a VIP cabin, as well as 4 double guest cabins. The sundeck is fitted with a huge custom glass-bottomed pool.

The impressive shortlist of World Superyacht Awards 2014 finalists includes 62 of the finest new build superyachts delivered in 2013. The winners of the World Superyacht Awards will receive a highly coveted Neptune trophy during a gala evening and prize giving ceremony attended by an international audience of superyacht owners and influential players in the superyacht industry.

Nominees for 2014 Asia Boating Awards

May 01, 2014

The complete list of nominees for this year’s Asia Boating Awards has now been released, with some new and exciting entries, as well as some industry stalwarts. Asian yacht builders have been growing in global market share and are now starting to get worldwide media recognition. Representing Asia’s eagerly awaited event in the yachting industry, the 10th annual Asia Boating Awards will be held at Hotel ICON in Hong Kong on May 9, the same day that the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show opens at the Hong Kong Gold Coast Yacht and Country Club.

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In recognising the China market and environmental issues, the awards this year feature three new categories: Best China Yacht Club / Marina of the Year, Best Brand Presence in China and Green Maritime Company of the Year.

This year sees awards in 21 categories, showcasing Asian builders and international brands, as well as Asian regattas, marinas and yacht designers working in Asia. The pioneering Asia Boating Awards is the first event to recognise the efforts and successes of Asian yacht builders.

The list of nominees comes from online polling of Asia-Pacific Boating readers, with final winners being determined by a panel of judges selected for their expertise as well as their ability to make informed, impartial decisions.

Parmigiani, K. Wah International Holdings, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Jebsen Fine Wines, Grey Goose, Dornbracht and Embraer are the sponsors this year, along with Baccarat, which is providing the trophies.

This year, Asia Pacific Boating is inviting readers, yachting enthusiasts, yacht owners, yacht builders, marina operators, regatta organisers, yacht charter companies, brokers, and designers to submit their choices in each of the categories online. You may nominate in as many or as few categories as you wish. Or even just one. The top five nominees in each category, based on a plurality of nominations, will be sent to a panel of judges for their final consideration.

Nominations of Asia Boating Awards 2014 are now closed.

The complete list of nominees for the upcoming Asia Boating Awards 2014:

Best Asian Yacht Builder (25m and above)

Gulf Craft, UAE
Horizon Yachts, Taiwan/China
IAG Yachts, China
Kingship, Hong Kong/China
McConaghy, China
NISI Yachts, China
Numarine, Turkey
Sunbird Yacht, China
Sunrise Yachts, Turkey

Best Asian Yacht Builder (15m to 24m)

Bestway Yachts, China
Grand Banks, Malaysia
Gulf Craft, UAE
Horizon Yachts, Taiwan/China
McConaghy, China
Sunbird Yacht, China

Best Asian Built Yacht

Bestway Yachts, Venere 70S, China

Venere 70S yacht at full speed

Venere 70S yacht at full speed

Allegro Yacht, Allegro Flybridge 75, China
Grand Banks, 76 Aleutian RP, Malaysia

76 Aleutian RP Yacht by Grand Banks Yachts

76 Aleutian RP Yacht by Grand Banks Yachts

Heysea Yachts, Asteria108, China
Horizon, RP110 Andrea VI, Taiwan/China

Horizon RP110 superyacht Andrea VI

Horizon RP110 superyacht Andrea VI

IAG Yachts, IAG Electra 104, China
Kha Shing, Belize 54, Taiwan/China
NISI Yachts, NISI 1700 Vantage, China

Best Worldwide Custom Built Yacht

AMELS, Event, The Netherlands

Benetti Yachts, Lady Candy, Italy

Superyacht Lady Candy by Benetti

Superyacht Lady Candy by Benetti

Codecasa, 50s Framura 3, Italy

Codecasa 50s superyacht Framura 3 (hull C 120) by Codecasa Shipyards

Codecasa 50s superyacht Framura 3 (hull C 120) by Codecasa Shipyards

CRN, Chopi Chopi, Italy

Luxury motor yacht Chopi Chopi by CRN

Luxury motor yacht Chopi Chopi by CRN

Feadship, Sea Owl, The Netherlands

62m Feadship superyacht Sea Owl - Photo credit to Kees Torn

62m Feadship superyacht Sea Owl - Photo credit to Kees Torn

Heesen Yachts, Galactica Star, The Netherlands

65m Heesen superyacht Galactica Star - Photo credit to Jeff Brown

65m Heesen superyacht Galactica Star - Photo credit to Jeff Brown

Lürssen, Azzam, Germany

Azzam superyacht - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Azzam superyacht - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Moonen Yachts, Sofia, The Netherlands

42m Moonen superyacht Sofia

42m Moonen superyacht Sofia

Perini Navi, Seahawk, Italy

Luxury sailing yacht Seahawk

Luxury sailing yacht Seahawk

Royal Huisman, Pumula, The Netherlands

Royal Huisman Pumula superyacht - Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Pumula superyacht - Photo by Cory Silken

Best Worldwide Semi Custom Built Yacht (25m and above)

AMELS, Engelberg, The Netherlands

Amels LE180 superyacht Engelberg

Amels LE180 superyacht Engelberg

Azimut Yachts, Azimut Grande 120SL, Italy

Azimut Grande SL120 superyacht Hull no. 3

Azimut Grande SL120 superyacht Hull no. 3

Benetti Yachts, VELOCE 140, Italy

Luxury superyacht Veloce 140 by Benetti

Luxury superyacht Veloce 140 by Benetti

Codecasa, 42 Vintage Series Hull F75, Italy

Codecasa 42 Vintage superyacht Hull F 75 by Codecasa Shipyards

Codecasa 42 Vintage superyacht Hull F 75 by Codecasa Shipyards

Ferretti Custom Line 124, Italy
Heesen Yachts, Ventura, The Netherlands

Heesen superyacht Ventura (YN16050) - Photo by Dick Holthuis

Heesen superyacht Ventura (YN16050) - Photo by Dick Holthuis

Princess Yachts, Princess 32M, United Kingdom

Princess 32M Yacht by Princess Yachts

Princess 32M Yacht by Princess Yachts

Sunreef Yachts, 90 Sunreef Power, Poland

90 Sunreef Power Yacht

90 Sunreef Power Yacht

Sunseeker, 155 Yacht, United Kingdom

Sunseeker 155 superyacht Blush

Sunseeker 155 superyacht Blush

Sanlorenzo, SL96, Italy

Best Worldwide Production Motor Yacht (25m and above)

Delta Powerboats, Delta Yacht, Sweden
Ferretti Yachts 960, Italy

Ferretti 960 yacht

Ferretti 960 yacht

Horizon Yachts, E88, Taiwan/China
Monte Carlo Yachts, MCY 86, Italy

Luxury motor yacht MCY 86 by Monte Carlo Yachts

Luxury motor yacht MCY 86 by Monte Carlo Yachts

Pershing 82, Italy
Princess Yachts, Princess 88, United Kingdom

Luxury motor yacht Princess 88 by Princess Yachts

Luxury motor yacht Princess 88 by Princess Yachts

Sunseeker, 28 Metre Yacht, United Kingdom

Best Worldwide Production Motor Yacht (15m to 24m)

Astondoa, 63 Top Deck, Spain
Azimut Yachts, Azimut Magellano 53, Italy
Fairline, Squadron 78 Custom, United Kingdom
Ferretti Yachts 750, Italy

Ferretti 750 Yacht

Ferretti 750 Yacht

Jeanneau, Prestige 750, France
Marquis, 720 Fly, United States
Princess Yachts, Princess S72, United Kingdom

Princess S72 Yacht

Princess S72 Yacht

Sea Ray, L650 Fly, United States
Sunreef Yachts, 70 Sunreef Power, Poland
Sunseeker, Predator 80, United Kingdom

Sunseeker Predator 80 Yacht

Sunseeker Predator 80 Yacht

Best Worldwide Production Motor Yacht (up to 15m)

Beneteau, Gran Turismo 44, Italy
Fairline, Targa 48 Open, United Kingdom
Fountaine Pajot Motor Yachts, Summerland 40 Long Range, France
Jeanneau, Prestige 450, France
Marquis, 500 SC, United States
Meridian Yachts, 391 Sedan, United States
Monte Carlo Yachts, Monte Carlo 5, Italy
Princess Yachts, Princess V39, United Kingdom
Riva, Iseo, Italy
Sea Ray, 470 Sundancer, United States

Best Worldwide Production Sailing Yacht (15m and above)

Beneteau, Oceanis 55, France
Foutaine Pajot Catamarans, Victoria 67, France
HanseYachts, 575, Germany
Jeanneau, Jeanneau 64, France
Lagoon, Lagoon 560 S2, France
Leopard Catamarans, Leopard 58, South Africa
Nautor’s Swan, Swan 90S, Finland
Oyster Yachts, Oyster 575, United Kingdom
Sunreef Yachts, Sunreef 70, Poland

Best Worldwide Production Sailing Yacht (up to 15m)

Bavaria Yachtbau, Cruiser 56, Germany
Beneteau, Sense 50, France
HanseYachts, 385, Germany
Jeanneau, Sun Fast 3600, France
Leopard Catamarans, Leopard 48, South Africa
Solaris Yachts, ONE 48, Italy

Best China Yacht Club / Marina of the Year

ClearWater Bay Marina
Nansha Marina
Serenity Sanya Marina
Shenzhen Bay Marina Club
Visun Royal Yacht Club
Wuxi Taihu Shanshui Club & Marina
Yalong Bay Yacht Club

Best Asian Yacht Club of the Year

Aberdeen Boat Club, Hong Kong
Marina at Keppel Bay, Singapore
Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Thailand
ONEº15 Marina Club, Singapore
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Hong Kong
Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, Malaysia

Best Asian Marina of the Year

Ao Po Grand Marina, Thailand
Gold Coast Yacht and Country Club, Hong Kong
Marina at Keppel Bay, Singapore
Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Thailand
ONEº15 Marina Club, Singapore
Yacht Haven Marina Phuket, Thailand

Asian Regatta of the Year

Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race, Hong Kong / Vietnam
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek, Thailand
China Cup International Regatta, China
Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, Thailand
Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta, Malaysia
Rolex China Sea Race, Hong Kong / Philippines
Royal Langkawi International Regatta, Malaysia
Samui Regatta, Thailand
Sinan Regatta, China
Top of the Gulf Regatta, Thailand

Personality of the Year

Andy Treadwell
Arthur Tay
Enrico Zanella
Guo Chuan
James Li
Julian Chang
Roger Eastham
Simon James
Wang Jianlin

Best Yacht Design of the Year

AMELS, Event, The Netherlands
Benetti Yachts, Ocean Paradise, Italy

Luxury yacht Ocean Paradise

Luxury yacht Ocean Paradise

Beneteau, Oceanis 38, France
Codecasa, 42 Vintage Series Hull F75, Italy
Ferretti Yachts 960, Italy
Heesen, Galactica Star, The Netherlands
Jeanneau, Prestige 750, France
Lürssen, MY Solandge, Germany

85m mega yacht Solandge - Photo by Klaus Jordan

85m mega yacht Solandge - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Monte Carlo Yachts, MCY 86, Italy
Moonen Yachts, Sofia, The Netherlands
Perini Navi, Picchiotti 73M Grace E, Italy

73m Vitruvius mega yacht Grace E sold by Perini Navi Group

73m Vitruvius mega yacht Grace E sold by Perini Navi Group

Rossinavi, Ketos, Italy

Best Asia-based Charter Company of the Year

Asia Marine, Thailand
Boat Lagoon Yachting, Thailand
Elite Yachting Phuket, Thailand
Northrop and Johnson Asia, Asia
Riviera Orientale-Yachting Society, Hong Kong
Simpson Yacht Charter, Asia
Sunsail, Asia

Best Asia-based Charter Yacht of the Year

70 Sunreef Power Damrak II, Poland

DAMRAK II - Main

DAMRAK II - Main

Cloud 9, France

CLOUD 9 - Profile

CLOUD 9 - Profile

Dunia Baru, Indonesia

DUNIA BARU - Underway

DUNIA BARU - Underway

Exuma, Italy

Super Yacht Exuma photo courtesy of Perini Navi

Super Yacht Exuma photo courtesy of Perini Navi

Silolona, Indonesia

Silolona yacht at Sunset

Silolona yacht at Sunset

Vertigo, New Zealand

Green Maritime Company of the Year

Benetti Yachts, Italy
Marina at Keppel Bay, Singapore
Marlow Yachts, China
Princess Yachts, United Kingdom
Sunbird Yacht, China

Best Brand Presence in China

Azimut Yachts
Beneteau
Benetti Yachts
Ferretti Yachts
Jeanneau
Princess Yachts
Sunbird Yacht
Sunreef Yachts
Sunseeker

Best Brand Presence in Asia

Azimut Yachts
Beneteau Yachts
Benetti Yachts
Fairline
Ferretti Yachts
Horizon Yachts
Jeanneau
Princess Yachts
Sunreef Yachts
Sunseeker

Heesen Superyacht GALACTICA STAR awarded ‘Best Luxury Yacht’ at Arabian Business Lifestyle Awards 2014

April 30, 2014

The prestigious luxury yacht building company, Heesen Yachts is pleased to announced that the revolutionary superyacht GALACTICA STAR has received an award as the ‘Best Luxury Yacht’ at the Arabian Business Lifestyle Awards 2014. GALACTICA STAR yacht is a magnificent 65-metre vessel with aluminium hull and superstructure designed by Van Oossanen and Heesen Yachts Naval Architects and exterior lines by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects.

Best Luxury Yacht of 2014 award goes to motor yacht Galactica Star by Heesen Yachts - Image courtesy of Heesen Yachts

'Best Luxury Yacht' of 2014 award goes to motor yacht Galactica Star by Heesen Yachts - Image courtesy of Heesen Yachts

Arabian Business is the Middle East’s leading weekly business title – focusing on the English speaking and Arabic speaking business community. Arabian Business provides weekly in-depth analysis of the latest regional and international news and its influence on business in the Gulf.

On April 2, 2014 Arabian Business hosted its inaugural Arabian Business Lifestyle Awards. The event attended by over 600 of VIP’s at Dubai’s Montgomery Golf Club and was dedicated to distinguishing up-to-date trends and styles, from lavish cars to super yachts, arts, fashion, fine dining, sports and travel.

65m Mega Yacht GLACTICA STAR

65m Mega Yacht GLACTICA STAR

Toby Scruby, Al-Futtaim Marine, Heesen Yachts UAE agent, received the prize by Arabian Business Lifestyle Editor Salma Awwad and Joelle Mardinian from Maison De Joell.

“As the official agent of Heesen Yacht’s in the UAE, we were delighted to receive the “Best Luxury Yacht” award at this year’s Arabian Business Lifestyle Awards for Heesen’s Galactica Star. The event was dedicated to distinguishing up-to-date trends and styles, from lavish cars to super yachts, arts, fashion, fine dining, sports and travel, Heesen’s Galactica Star to have been awarded amongst the world’s most luxurious products is a well-deserved achievement”

Galactica Star superyacht has now won her fifth international recognition; after receiving the Best of the Best Award by Robb Report China, the Prix du Design from HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, the Nautilus award from Yacht Design Magazine and La Belle Classe from the Yacht Club de Monaco.