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Nominations for prestigious World Superyacht Awards 2016 now OPEN

August 17, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Nominations for the 11th edition of the prestigious World Superyacht Awards are now open. To honour the best superyachts handed over to their owners in 2015, the next year’s event will take place on May 14, at a breath-taking new venue, which is expected to be unveiled soon.

The coveted Neptune trophy has become synonymous with excellence in superyacht build and design

The coveted Neptune trophy has become synonymous with excellence in superyacht build and design

Introduced in 2005, the World Superyacht Awards today represent the most coveted trophies in the superyacht industry. Recognizing the best in luxury yacht design and construction, the prominent silver Neptune statuettes will be presented during an exclusive gala evening, expected to be attended by an audience of yacht owners and senior industry professionals from all over the world.

Kim Schindelhauer, Owner of WinWin and winner of the Sailing Yacht of the 2015 Award

Kim Schindelhauer, Owner of superyacht WinWin and winner of the Sailing Yacht of the 2015 Award

Entries will close on November 30, 2015. To qualify, all yachts must measure over 30 metres in length and have been handed over to their owners between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

Nominations for Prestigious ShowBoats Design Awards 2016 Now OPEN

July 30, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Nominations for the prestigious ShowBoats Design Awards 2016 are now open. The event will be once again hosted by the Tyrolean Alps in Austria’s Kitzbühel on February 22, as part of the Superyacht Design Symposium‘s rich programme for industry professionals as well as superyacht owners.



The winners of the ShowBoats Design Awards 2015

The winners of the ShowBoats Design Awards 2015

Now in its seventh year, the coveted golden Neptune trophies have fast become a symbol of pride and distinction for the industry’s design professionals. They concentrate specifically on fundamental aspects of superyacht design, including  naval architecture, exterior and interior design, as well as interior layout, and recognize the specialist design skills of the industry’s most talented teams.

The winners of the ShowBoats Design Awards are selected by a jury composed of yacht owners, bespoke naval architects, designers and stylists from within as well as outside the marine industry and senior captain/project managers, all with expert knowledge in their specific fields.

Yacht designers, builders, as well as owners are encouraged to submit their nominations before October 28, 2015. To qualify, all yachts must measure over 30m in length, and have been completed and handed over to their owners between November 1, 2014 and October 31, 2015.

Everything ready for highly anticipated 10th World Superyacht Awards

May 08, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

This year’s 10th edition of the prestigious World Superyacht Awards is set to take place on the evening of Saturday, May 9, 2015 and guests of the event are beginning to arrive in the eclectic city of Amsterdam.

Neptune, a coveted prize of the World Superyacht Awards

Neptune, a coveted prize of the World Superyacht Awards

The awards are destined for yachts belonging to such categories as displacement motor yachts and semi-displacement motor yachts, sailing yachts, refit and rebuilt yachts, all handed over last year, as well as owners that have undertaken an remarkable voyage within the preceding two years. Winning yachts and their owners will be honoured with a Neptune trophy, recognizing excellence in superyacht build and design.

2014 Motor Yacht of the Year - Superyacht Madame Gu. Image credit to Superyacht Media

2014 Motor Yacht of the Year – Superyacht Madame Gu. Image credit to Superyacht Media

The judging panel, composed of experienced superyacht owners, were “quick to acknowledge that every finalist is a magnificent vessel in its own right, and that merely being singled out as a worthy yacht for them to consider is an accolade for its owner, designers and builder,said Roger Lean-Vercoe, Chairman of the Judges.

2014 Sailing Yacht of the Year - Superyacht Inukshuk - Image credit to Superyacht Media

2014 Sailing Yacht of the Year – Superyacht Inukshuk – Image credit to Superyacht Media

The event will start on Friday evening with a gorgeous cocktail party at the prestigious West-Indisch Huis. In addition to a glamorous gala evening on Saturday night, for which this esteemed group of superyacht owners, industry specialists and creative teams gather, guests are invited to explore the city’s cultural offerings and rich maritime history.

Moreover, guests are to visit the exclusive world-renowned shipyards: AMELS, Feadship, Heesen and Royal Huisman. Each yard will offer tours of their amazing facilities, together with a rich hospitality programme in the run up to the main event.

World Superyacht Awards 2015 Judges meet to decide the winners

April 01, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Last week in the fantastic Italy yacht vacation location – Trieste saw the judges of the World Superyacht Awards 2015 gather to decide the winners of the industry’s most prestigious prizes – the iconic Neptune awards.

Trieste continues to grow as a superyacht hub and offers an abundance of amenities.

A beautiful Italy yacht rental destination – Trieste continues to grow as a superyacht hub and offers an abundance of amenities.

The Judges’ Meeting is the culmination of a year-long judging process. Over the past twelve months, an independent jury comprised of 18 yacht owners and two industry professionals have travelled the globe to make personal visits to the finalist yachts in competition.

In addition to these visits, the judges each receive a hefty dossier containing over 400 pages of detailed information: photographs; statements from owners; designers and builders; as well as specifications and drawings of the finalists.

During the Judges’ Meeting, hosted at the Trieste Chamber of Commerce, the Chairman presented the finalists in each category and encouraged round-table discussion and deliberation amongst the panel.

Not only is the judging process a time-consuming and detailed procedure, but one that is carried out with extreme diligence by a knowledgeable and experienced jury to ensure a fair result. Following such a thorough process, there is no question that the 2015 winners can be extremely proud of their Neptunes, which have become synonymous with excellence in superyacht build and design.

Westergasfabriek is a renovated 19th-century industrial complex set in modern parkland, a stone’s throw from Amsterdam city centre.

Westergasfabriek is a renovated 19th-century industrial complex set in modern parkland, a stone’s throw from Amsterdam city centre.

Attending the World Superyacht Awards 2015

The winners of the 2015 Awards will be revealed in front of an international audience of yacht owners and the most influential players in the superyacht industry at the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam on Saturday 9 May.

Plus, news just announced! This year’s special tenth anniversary edition will open with spectacular, award-winning musical and theatrical entertainment – incorporating some incredible acrobatic acts fresh from a sell-out world tour.

In addition to the gala dinner and prize giving, guests are encouraged to extend their stay in Amsterdam and enjoy a full weekend programme of social events including the opportunity to celebrate this year’s finalists’ at the beautiful West-Indisch Huis, held in honour of the owners, builders and designers responsible for the shortlisted yachts, and inspiring shipyard tours hosted by the Event Partners.

The World Superyacht Awards return to Amsterdam in 2015 with the continued support of a collection of the world’s leading shipyards – Amels, Feadship, Heesen Yachts, Holland Jachtbouw and Royal Huisman and Global Aviation Partner Embraer Executive Jets.

Horizon RP110 motor yacht ESTHER 7 nominated for World Superyacht Award 2015

March 02, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Horizon Yachts is thrilled to announce that the RP110 motor yacht Esther 7 has been selected as a finalist in the World Superyacht Awards 2015 within the “Semi-displacement or Planing Motor Two Deck Motor Yacht – 30m to 37.99m” category. This is the second finalist status for superyacht Esther 7, who was also a finalist in the ShowBoats Design Awards 2015.

Horizon RP110 motor yacht ESTHER 7 nominated for World Superyacht Award 2015

Horizon RP110 motor yacht ESTHER 7 nominated for World Superyacht Award 2015

“We are extremely honored that ‘Esther 7’ has been chosen again as a finalist, this time in the prestigious World Superyacht Awards,” said Horizon Group CEO John Lu.Luca Dini perfectly captured her modern spirit with the interior design, and she is an exemplary yacht that showcases the best of what Horizon offers – quality, innovation, design and seakeeping.”

Superyacht Esther 7 - Exterior

Superyacht Esther 7 – Exterior

The Neptune trophy, the signature of the World Superyacht Awards, is awarded to the finest superyachts delivered to their owners in the past year – luxury yacht Esther 7 is to be judged alongside six other finalists in her category at awards ceremony held May 9th, 2015 in Amsterdam. Horizon will be eagerly awaiting the decision from the judges in May, and we ask all our friends to keep their fingers crossed that the Horizon RP110 super yacht Esther 7 will be a winner!

Luxury yacht Esther 7 - Interior

Luxury yacht Esther 7 – Interior

Two Neptunes for sailing yacht WISP with interior design by Rhoades Young

February 25, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Rhoades Young Design are thrilled to announce that the 47m classic sailing yacht Wisp has received two highly coveted golden Neptune trophies at the 2015 ShowBoats Design Awards. The Awards were presented at the prominent Superyacht Design Symposium in Kitzbuhel, Austria. 

Luxury sailing yacht Wisp with interior design by Rhoades Young - Photo by Cory Silken

Luxury sailing yacht Wisp with interior design by Rhoades Young – Photo by Cory Silken

INTERIOR DESIGN AWARD: SAILING YACHT 40m AND ABOVE

EXTERIOR DESIGN & STYLING AWARD: SAILING YACHT 40m AND ABOVE

Rhoades Young Design are very grateful to the owners of superyacht Wisp for allowing them to be involved in such a magnificent project and they are delighted to share this prize with their colleagues at Royal Huisman, Hoek Design Naval Architects and project manager Nigel Ingram of MCM.

Superyacht Wisp - Interior - Photo by Cory Silken

Superyacht Wisp – Interior – Photo by Cory Silken

Wisp Yacht - Cabin - Photo by Cory Silken

Wisp Yacht – Master Cabin – Photo by Cory Silken

Rhoades Young Design would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the other prize winners!

Main Characteristics of super yacht WISP

Interior Architect: Rhoades Young Design

Exterior Consultant: Rhoades Young Design

Naval Architect: Hoek Design

Project Manager: Nigel Ingram – MCM

Shipyard: Royal Huisman

Photography: Cory Silken

LOA: 47.65m

Beam Max: 9.50m

Displacement: 235 Tons

Launched: 2014

Three Neptunes for Feadship superyacht COMO at Showboats Design Awards 2015

February 24, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Feadship is thrilled to announce that superyacht Como won all three categories for which she was nominated at last night’s Showboats Design Awards. At a glittering ceremony in Kitzbühel, Austria, the 46-metre motor yacht Como received the golden Neptune trophies for Naval Architecture, Exterior Design & Styling and Interior Design.

Three Neptunes for Feadship superyacht COMO at Showboats Design Awards 2015

Three Neptunes for Feadship superyacht COMO at Showboats Design Awards 2015

Feadship congratulates all three of the key partners in this success – naval architect and exterior designer Ed Dubois, interior designer Redman Whiteley Dixon and luxury yacht Como’s owner Neville Crichton for the vision and commitment to excellence that has achieved this result.

One of the reasons why the Showboats Design Awards are such a pleasure to win is that they are chosen by an independent panel of owners, senior yacht crew and leading naval architects, designers and stylists from within and outside the marine industry. This makes the words of the judges in explaining their decision to present Como with not one but three Neptunes all the more special.

46m Feadship superyacht COMO

46m Feadship superyacht COMO

Here is a short summary of what they had to say in the different categories:

Naval Architecture Award for semi displacement yachts: Como is a prime example of optimisation both for efficiency and for seakeeping. The judges applauded the yacht’s displacement to length ratio and the way that Como runs with very little wake, even in tight turning circles.

Exterior Design & Styling Award below 500GT: The judges offered highlights and drawbacks of each contender for this award but Como was the only yacht which they described as having no failures or flaws in the beauty or working layout of her exterior decks. They lauded the shapes and colour scheme and also found Como to be the most innovative of the entries.

Interior Design Award – motor yachts below 500GT: The committee shortlisted 12 strong contenders for this award but Como stood out both for the lifestyle offered in her space planning and for her interior style, décor and finishes. According to the judges, every element of Como’s interior matched the design brief for a masculine yacht that supports entertaining on a grand scale.

Vitruvius-designed motor yacht GRACE E receives four Neptunes at ShowBoats Design Awards 2015

February 24, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Vitruvius Yachts Ltd is thrilled to announce that the breath-taking Vitruvius-designed motor yacht Grace E has won four Neptune trophies at the Showboats Design Awards 2015. Since her launch in September 2014, the striking 73-metre superyacht Grace E has been noted throughout the industry for her good looks, innovative cutting edge design, as well as her glorious interiors. Her owners wished a true holistic approach to the design: Silence is indeed golden.

Vitruvius-designed mega yacht GRACE E underway

Vitruvius-designed mega yacht GRACE E underway

As well as her beauty, mega yacht Grace E is recognised for her efficiency.  The Vitruvius hull is designed to be robust and streamlined giving her a long range with minimal impact on the environment.

The 6th edition of the Showboats Design Awards took place tonight, Monday 23rd of January in Kitzbuhl, Austria in front of nearly 300 superyacht industry experts and VIPS.  The ShowBoats Design Awards bring the specialist design skills of the superyacht industry’s most talented teams into the spotlight.  The coveted golden Neptune awards are the Oscars of the superyacht design professionals.

Luxury yacht Grace E is designed by Vitruvius Yachts Ltd, London. The naval architecture is done by Philippe Briand, she was built at the Picchiotti shipyard, Perini Navi Group in La Spezia.

Last night in Austria the team behind Grace E yacht won four highly sought after Neptunes  including:

  • Naval Architecture Award – Displacement Motor Yacht, by Philippe Briand
  • Exterior Design & Styling Motor Yacht above 500 GT, by Vitruvius Yachts LTD
  • Environmental Protection Award by Vitruvius Yachts LTD
  • Interior Design Award – Motor Yacht above 500 GT, by Remi Tessier Design

Vitruvius Yachts Ltd will shortly be making further announcements on new constructions with new partners and shipyards.

The team at Vitruvius Yachts thanks the panel of judges for the recognition of their work.

Motor yacht Grace E is currently available on the luxury yacht charter market.

Superyacht Design Symposium 2015 to start this weekend

February 21, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

This weekend will be marked by the start of the 2015 Superyacht Design Symposium. Another successful edition of this essential event for superyacht owners and industry professionals will take place at the quintessentially Austrian Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt, an exclusive 5-star resort in Kitzbühel.

Bio-Stanglwirt is the venue for this year's Symposium

Bio-Stanglwirt is the venue for this year’s Symposium

Now in its seventh edition, the Superyacht Design Symposium, hosted with the support of Gold Sponsor, Swarovski, continues to draw the biggest names in the industry for two days of lively interactive presentation and debate about prevalent issues in superyacht design.

Proceedings kick off on Sunday with a Welcome Cocktail at the exclusive Kitzbühel Country Club for all delegates, speakers and sponsors. The Symposium itself commences on the morning of Monday 23 February, presenting two days of designed-focused discussion and debate in a dynamic, open forum, attracting yacht owners and industry specialists from around the world.

Day one tackles issues such as, Exterior or Interior Design – Which Comes First? and Responsible Sustainable Yachting: Luxury that is Gentle with the Environment.  An expert panel of world class designers from within and outside the yachting industry including Rémi Tessier, Ian Stallard and Patrik Fredrikson of Fredrikson Stallard and Lady Tina Green, yacht owner and co-founder of Green & Mingarelli Design, will discuss Craft and Craftsmanship: The Building Blocks of Luxury at Sea.

Interior Designer Rémi Tessier takes to the stage on Monday

Interior Designer Rémi Tessier takes to the stage on Monday

Day two approaches Glass as a Construction Material: A Window to the Future and how this impacts the future of yachts structurally and visually. Is Audio Visual an experiential revolution or frustration in usage? Panellists Ameet Sarvaiya, CTO at Van Berge Henegouwen and Hans Konings, Head of Design at Amels will contemplate their ideas and explore how we can learn from other industries. Conclusively Piero Lissoni and Boat International’s Editorial Director Sacha Bonsor will summarise proceedings by reflecting on the discussions over the last two days.

As a result of the enthusiastic response to the breakout Technical Workshops that we instigated last year, a number of workshops for smaller groups of delegates will follow the panel discussions in the main room, allowing for more in-depth technical discussion.

The ShowBoats Design Awards ceremony and celebration party will take place on Monday.

The ShowBoats Design Awards ceremony and celebration party will take place on Monday

The ShowBoats Design Awards ceremony and celebration party will take place on Monday

During the final Symposium session on Monday afternoon, the 2015 ShowBoats Design Awards will bring the specialist design skills of the superyacht industry’s most talented teams into the spotlight. Honouring the craftsmen and innovators responsible for the most exceptional new superyacht designs on the water, the coveted golden Neptune awards have become a symbol of pride and distinction for the industry’s design professionals. The anticipated prize giving will be followed by celebrations in traditional Tyrolean style at a nearby mountain lodge where an Austrian banquet awaits, complete with schnapps, traditional Austrian entertainment and dancing into the early hours.

Inspired by the picturesque mountains, ski enthusiasts can take to the slopes to participate in the Blohm+Voss Ski Cup presented by Foil, hosted in the popular ski area of Oberndorf in Tirol – a charming village in the heart of the Kitzbühel Alps set halfway between St. Johann and Kitzbühel. Here they can take part in competitive skiing, winter games, music, Foil ski trial sessions and après ski designed to entertain ski enthusiasts and non-skiers alike.

Entries for 2015 Young Designer of the Year Award to close on January 9

January 07, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The entries for the 2015 Young Designer of the Year Award will close on Friday, January 9, 2015. The competition is presented by Boat International Media,  in partnership with the premier Dutch yacht manufacturer, Oceanco.

Yacht designers Dickie Bannenberg, Rob Humphreys and Andrew Winch join an expert panel of judges who will decide the 2015 winner

Yacht designers Dickie Bannenberg, Rob Humphreys and Andrew Winch join an expert panel of judges who will decide the 2015 winner

The Young Designer of the Year Award celebrates the best of superyacht design from the boards of student and trainee designers around the globe. With an impressive 120 registrations already received from students, recent graduates and design studio apprentices, the judges anticipate an exceptionally high standard of submissions for the 2015 competition.

Year on year, the competition continues to gain prominence within the superyacht industry and wider yacht design community. The Young Designer of the Year Award has propelled the careers of some of the yachting industry’s most exciting and innovative new talent, with an impressive collection of past finalists and award winners now employed in prestigious design studios all over the world. Many leading universities offering naval architecture and yacht design courses encourage competition entry. To name but a few, this year submissions have been received from students at Coventry University (England), University of Southampton (England), Art Center College of Design (USA), College for Creative Studies (USA), Politecnico di Milano (Italy) the University of Genoa (Italy) and Bangladesh University Of Engineering and Technology.

2014 Winner Raphael Laloux collects his prize on stage at the ShowBoats Design Awards 2014

2014 Winner Raphael Laloux collects his prize on stage at the ShowBoats Design Awards 2014

The 2015 task presents aspiring yacht designers with a realistic client request, set to encourage their creativity and test their technical skills. Entrants are challenged to expand an initial concept drawing for a 55-metre sailing yacht into a fully thought-out design including the design of the deckhouse (or deckhouses) and a complete general arrangement plan for the cockpits and all enclosed spaces.

The winner of the Young Designer of the Year Award will be presented with a gold Neptune trophy and a €5,000 cash prize at the ShowBoats Design Awards which take place on 23 February 2015 during the Superyacht Design Symposium. The coveted gold Neptune that will be awarded to the winner has become a symbol of pride and distinction for the industry’s design professionals. Its presentation at this prestigious ceremony will provide the winner with the unique opportunity to receive critical acclaim in front of an international audience of superyacht owners, designers and industry leaders, and to network among the most influential players in the yachting industry.

Five finalists, chosen by a jury drawn from the ranks of the most highly regarded naval architects and yacht designers, will be invited to attend the awards and will benefit from a host of incredible opportunities aimed at advancing their early design careers. They will receive complimentary access to the 2015 edition of the Superyacht Design Symposium and an all-expenses paid visit to Oceanco’s shipyard in The Netherlands.

Entries for the 2015 competition close at midday (GMT) on 9 January, 2015.