The seventh annual World Superyacht Awards revealed its winners on May 5, in the fabulous surroundings of the Çırağan Palace Kempinski, set overlooking the historic Bosphorus waterway. This prestigious event was attended by the superyacht industry’s finest.
During a gala evening attended by a distinguished guest list of superyacht owners, their families, friends and senior members of the superyacht industry, news broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky presented the prized silver Neptune awards to the owners of the finest sail and motor yachts delivered in 2011.
Sixteen coveted Neptunes and five Judges’ Commendation prizes, custom made for the occasion by Baccarat, were awarded to the winners on the night.
The nights’ big winners were…
The Voyager’s Award, sponsored by Alloy Yachts, was presented to the owners of the 46m motor yacht Golden Compass, whose inspirational 30,000nm world cruise began in the USA and concluded in Papua New Guinea visiting over 45 countries along the way.
The Legacy Award was presented to Neville Crichton, for his instrumental role in the establishment and growth of the New Zealand superyacht building industry, for his leading position in the world of sailboat racing, his generosity of spirit, and his inspiration to others in these fields.
THE FULL LIST OF 2012 WINNERS
MOTOR YACHT OF THE YEAR
DISPLACEMENT MOTOR YACHT 3000GT AND ABOVE
DISPLACEMENT MOTOR YACHT OF 1,300GT TO 2,999GT
JUDGES’ SPECIAL AWARD – INTERIOR DESIGN WITH THE WIDEST APPEAL
DISPLACEMENT MOTOR YACHT OF 500GT TO 1,299GT
Judges’ Commendation: Prima
DISPLACEMENT MOTOR YACHT OF BELOW 500GT
Judges’ Commendation: E&E
Judges’ Commendation: Karia
THREE DECK SEMI-DISPLACEMENT OR PLANING MOTOR YACHTS
TWO DECK & OPEN SEMI-DISPLACEMENT OR PLANING MOTOR YACHTS
Winner: Shooting Star
RAISED PILOTHOUSE SEMI-DISPLACEMENT OR PLANING MOTOR YACHTS
SAILING YACHT OF THE YEAR
SAILING YACHT IN 40M+ SIZE RANGE
Judges’ Commendation: Hemisphere
JUDGES’ SPECIAL AWARD – A NOTABLE CONTRIBUTION TO THE TECHNICAL ADVANCEMENT OF SAILING SUPERYACHTS
SAILING YACHT 30M – 40M SIZE RANGE
Winner: Antares III
Judges’ Commendation: Sarafin
Winner: Golden Compass