It has been a great success for the UK-based companies at this year’s World Superyacht Awards 2015, winning an amazing number of 8 coveted Neptune trophies. Reymond Langton Design, Dubois Naval Architects and Rhoades Young Design, as well as the architectural and design work of Superyacht UK members Vitruvius Yachts by Philippe Briand, Design Unlimited, Canark Marine and Redman Whiteley Dixon proved victorious on the night.
Naval architect and exterior designer of mega yacht Grace E, Philippe Briand, celebrated as the yacht received two trophies, making her a true star of the night. The breath-taking 73-metre vessel was awarded the ‘Motor Yacht of the Year’ and won in its category of ‘Displacement Motor Yacht of 1,3000GT to 2,999GT of Below 75m’.
Philippe Briand commented on the award: “Vitruvius Grace E has been a very special project as we really had to push the infamous envelope to create a yacht propelled by the diesel electric engine and we also had to integrate the azipods. This had never been done on a yacht this size. I am very proud of this yacht; she will be a reference for the industry and more importantly a safe haven for her guests. I was very surprised to win the Yacht of the Year award as the competition was very important.”
Sailing yacht WinWin was an amazing victory for Design Unlimited, winning two trophies – ‘Sailing Yacht of the Year’ and ‘Sailing Yacht of 30m to 44.99m’.
Mark Tucker, Founder of Design Unlimited remarked: “We are totally delighted at WinWin’s success in the Awards. WinWin has been a fantastic project and it is heart-warming to receive recognition from the judging panel for the amount of work that went into her.”
In addition, Design Unlimited, along with the architectural talents of Canark Marine, won the Judges’ Special Award in the Refitted Yacht category for the restored motor yacht Shemara.
Redman Whiteley Dixon was also one of the winners during this year’s 10th World Superyacht Awards with the 46,2-metre motor yacht Como, of which the studio was responsible for the interior. This beautiful vessel won its category for ‘Semi-displacement or Planing Two-deck Motor Yacht of 38m and Above’.
Speaking at the Awards Justin Redman, Founder of Redman Whiteley Dixon commented: “This is our sixth interior for this prolific yachtsman and we are thrilled to have been recognised for our creative response to a brief to create a masculine, contemporary environment for his very first FEADSHIP. The project has been an enormous success and we are most grateful indeed to receive this very important award for our work within this highly talented team.”