Friday the 13th is unlucky for some, however for Dutch shipyard Feadship it could not have been more rewarding at the virtual World Superyacht Awards 2020, where the luxury yachts NAJIBA, LADY S and PI won Neptune trophies for every category the shipyard was nominated for – including the highly coveted Motoryacht of the Year award.
The online ceremony was hosted in London and ‘attended’ by hundreds of invited guests from locations across the world. The panel of judges was composed entirely of superyacht Owners, who assessed the nominees over recent weeks.
58m/190ft superyacht NAJIBA was the first to win an award, receiving Displacement Motoryacht Between 500GT and 999GT. She was designed by Philippe Briand in conjunction with De Voogt Naval Architects, resulting in a top speed of 17 knots despite a beam wider than her competitors. Her fuel burn of just 137 litres/hour while cruising at 12 knots was approximately half the consumption of the other motor yachts in the same category. The ‘fresh and innovative’ interior from Studio Liaigre and ‘clean, harmonious exterior lines’ by Claudio Cicconetti also impressed the judges in combination with the high quality of construction.
Luxury yacht PI was next up for an award, taking the Displacement Motoryachts Between 1,500GT and 1,999GT category. The exterior by Jamsen and harmonious minimalist interiors by Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design complemented the ‘remarkable build quality’ and ‘superb design’, making her the unanimous winner. In particular the judges were impressed with the floor-to-ceiling windows without mullions, for an even greater connection between the inside and outside worlds.
The 93m/305ft motor yacht LADY S took first place in the Displacement Motoryachts Between 2,000GT and 4,999GT category: The Owners had considerable involvement in the project with veteran design teams Michael Leach Design and Reymond Langton Design. The innovative layout has fire pits on two levels, the largest glass sliding doors on any luxury yacht, a fully certified helipad deck and an abundance of elegance and harmony in the exterior styling. Inside, the judges found one special feature after another to admire, from the bridge deck gym with 180-degree views to the impressive beach club and the first Dolby 3D IMAX cinema ever installed aboard a luxury yacht.
After all of the categories had been announced, the audience discovered which vessel had won the prestigious title of Motoryacht of the Year – and it was PI that was awarded this honour.
Her ‘harmonious exterior lines, the sophistication of her Zen-like interior, and the extreme connectivity between interior and exterior’ secured the award, along with the exceptional engineering that made the full-height windows on the main deck possible. The judges agreed:
“[The] overall perfection of her construction and a degree of excellence… made Pi a worthy winner of this prestigious title.”