World Superyacht Awards

Displacement Motor Yachts Between 500GT and 1,999 GT: HASNA

73.4/141ft motor yacht HASNA from Feadship is another family-oriented yacht packed packed with impressive design features and amenities. De Voogt Naval Architects and RWD produced her exterior styling, while the latter also produced her sophisticated interiors that feature a large beach club, a cinema, six cabins for 12 guests and a crew of 21.

Hasna. Photo by christo303

The outdoor areas have an 8-metre swimming pool on the main deck aft and lounges, sunbathing spots and alfresco dining areas ensure that everyone on board has plenty of place for guests to spread out and spend time on personal pursuits.



S/Y Vertigo:

2012 SAILING YACHT OF THE YEAR winner S/Y Vertigo

Vertigo was chosen for her ‘extremely stylish exterior lines, combined with the extremely high build quality and the solutions to the engineering questions which this complex design from Philippe Briand had posed. Vertigo provides the optimum balance between performance sailing and world cruising, with neither compromising the other.’ -The Judging Panel

After seven years and over 800,000 man-hours, Vertigo finally hit the water in February of last year. Built for European owners and their young family, the ketch-rigged aluminum alloy flybridge superyacht was designed for extended cruising — so much so that it even has a high-tech classroom aboard. Her modern interior — with plenty of oak, walnut, stainless steel and leather — reflects the owners’ desire for an «urban-at-sea» motif which seems to mesh well with the sleek lines of her hull and massive sails.

  • Length: 219.8 ft (67.20m) Beam: 41.1 Ft (12.53m) Sail Area: 57,371 sqft (5330 sqm)
  • Builder: Alloy Yachts
  • Naval Architect: Philippe Briand
  • Exterior Stylist: Philippe Briand
  • Interior Designer: Christian Liaigre Yacht Design


S/Y Vertigo:

See Sailing Yacht of the Year description above.

S/Y Hetairos:


With an interior inspired by the colonial-style Raffles Hotel in Singapore, ketch-rigged Hetairos is an interesting blend of old and new that pushes yacht construction into a new realm. Her super-light, high-tech cold-molded hull, reminiscent of those on pilot cutters from a bygone era, is made from prepreg carbon skins over a Corecell and Nomex core. Inside, her rich woodwork interior, painted white and stained dark, successfully creates the illusion of solid heft, but, in fact, is made from the lightest possible materials, including quality hardwood veneers layers atop carbon foam/fiber and honeycomb cores.

  • Length: 218.83 ft (66.70m) Beam: 32.8 ft (10.5m)
  • Builder: Baltic Yachts
  • Naval Architect: Dykstra & Partners Naval Architects/Reichel-Pugh Yacht Design/
  • Exterior Stylist: Dykstra & Partners Naval Architects
  • Interior Designer: Rhoades Young Design


S/Y Antares III:


«Antares III provided everything that made cruising a pleasure for her owner, including good sailing performance, a calm, understated interior, an ability to manage the yacht with just three crew, and good inter-connectivity between helm station, cockpit and pilothouse.» – The Judging Panel

Sloop-rigged superyacht Antares III, as it turns out, is deceptively high-tech. She’s almost a third lighter than aluminum vessels in the same class due to the innovative use of composites in her hull (post-cure epoxy Eglass/Carbon/Kevlar with an outer impact-resistant Kevlar layer) and carbon fiber in her rigging, spars and high-aspect rudder. Hydraulic furlers allow safe operation and further weight-reduction with a crew of only three. Inside, walnut plank floors, and plush sofas make for an understated but comfortable living space. In all, not a bad way to get around!

  • Length: 98.4 ft (30.00m) Beam: 23 ft (7.35m)
  • Builder: Yachting Developments
  • Naval Architect: Dixon
  • Yacht Design
  • Exterior Stylist: Dixon Yacht Design
  • Interior Designer: Rhoades Young Design

More images of all the winners can be found in the .

Source: World Superyacht Awards via BoatInternational

Voyager’s Award: CONSTANCE

Three entries were submitted to the Voyager’s Award, and 61m/200ft M/Y CONSTANCE from CRN was chosen as the winner: The eight-month cruise was undertaken by the Owners and their four children, who were taken out of school and educated on board by two teachers. Two nannies, a naturalist and 16 crew also accompanied the family as they embarked from Florida and cruised to destinations in the Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, the Panama Canal, Costa Rica, the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, and Tonga.

M:Y Constance

While on board, the children learned to Scuba dive and fish while also discovering more about photography and the world’s natural environments.

Judges’ Special Award:AVIVA

Abeking & Rasmussen superyacht AVIVA designed by Reymond Langton Design proved an exceptional example of the shipyard’s dedication to providing owners with custom-built interiors catering to their needs – which in this case meant incorporating an indoor padel tennis court. Two tons of sand were used to create the bounce and soundproofing and health and safety regulations needed to be carefully considered.

AVIVA. Photo credit Guillaume Plisson

The sophisticated interiors provide the perfect home for her permanent live-aboard owner, and the exteriors have an abundance of large and comfortable lounging and dining spaces that light up at night for ambiance.

Displacement Motor Yachts Below 500GT – 30m to 39.9m: DELTA ONE

Superyacht DELTA ONE from Mulder Shipyard came out ahead of the competition due to her balanced design, taking into account interior and exterior recreational spaces and adding features such as a large Jacuzzi tub and a choice of alfresco dining areas.

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Superyacht DELTA ONE

Designed by Claydon Reeves with naval architecture from Van Oossanen Naval Architects, her fuel consumption of 73 litres-per-hour at 10 knots was an outstanding feature for a yacht of her size.

Judges Commendation: SOPRANO

The judges were also impressed by 38.3m/126ft motor yacht SOPRANO from Hakvoort for her interiors by Felix Buytendijk, modernising the classic motor yacht for 21st Century owners and guests.

Hakvoort Motor Yacht Soprano

Motor Yacht of the Year: FAITH

Another Feadship superyacht earning accolades, 96.6m/197ft mega yacht FAITH is contemporary and timeless with an intimate evening atmosphere and a nautical theme. Of note is her engineering and technical areas, when are designed for optimal performance while crew and guest areas also impressed judges with the high quality of the construction.

FAITH in sea trials

Light plays an important part in the interior spaces: The 9-metre swimming pool on the main deck has a 68mm curved glass bottom to illuminate the beach club below, and this technical achievement was constructed by laminating five layers of glass with a clear foil. There is also a three-metre high skylight dome in the Master stateroom, while the beach club has three sides that open up to the natural environment to form a spectacular indoor/outdoor lounge.

The wood-burning pizza oven on the sundeck appears deceptively simple, requiring a design that cleans soot and other particles from its smoke. The attention to detail in all facilities and living areas ensured that M/Y FAITH won Motor Yacht of the Year.

Semi-Displacement or Planing Three Deck Motor Yachts: TELLI

Custom Line luxury yacht TELLI is a semi-displacement Navetta 33 series yacht with a sundeck whirlpool, fold-down terraces and sound dampening technology incorporated into the design. The result is a tranquil interior that blends out into the alfresco living spaces to form large guest areas perfect for parties.


Judges were particularly impressed by the use of teak decking which extended into the interiors, and the numerous sunbathing and seating areas across all three decks. Among the other innovative features is the stern door, which has a ‘dual movement’ design to act both as a swim platform to extend the beach club and as a way to create a drive-in tender garage.

Semi-Displacement or Planing Two Deck Motor Yachts 30m to 34.9m: LETANI

Letani anchored. Photo credit Feadship

34.7m/114ft superyacht LETANI was built by Feadship and received unanimous selection from the judges for her high quality, from the sturdy hull designed for family cruises and long-distance journeys to the interior detailing from Bannenberg & Rowell. The shallow draft allows M/Y LETANI to access smaller ports and anchor closer to beaches, while her engineering provides for efficient fuel usage regardless of distance travelled.

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The layout is designed for ease of use by crew as well as guests, and the interiors include a bistro dining area, a cosy television den and a children’s cabin efficiently designed to maximise space for play.

The Legacy Award: Lang Walker

Australian property magnate and philanthropist Lang Walker has owned several superyachts throughout his lifetime and worked closely with shipyards throughout their construction.

Sailing Yacht Kokomo III – Underway at Sea

His KOKOMO sailing yachts are one example of his love of the sea and creating personalised spaces, with each yacht increasing in size as he gained greater regatta experience.

Innovation has always been an important aspect in his builds and he has made history by being the first to use 3DL sails on a superyacht, commissioning the world’s largest spinnaker and building a 58.4m/192ft sloop with a 130-tonne lifting keel.

Lang was awarded the Order of Australia Officer (AO) in 2015 for his continued philanthropic endeavours: He has supported the Australian sailing team and the youth sailing academy as well as advocating for apprenticeship programmes within the yachting industry to ensure that skills are passed down to the next generation.

Refitted yachts: BROADWATER

Built in 2000 and refitted in 2007 and 2017, superyacht BROADWATER has been carefully maintained throughout her time as a charter yacht, when she earned a stellar reputation on the market thanks to her incredible facilities and professional crew.

Broadwater at anchor

The interiors from Adam Voorhees changed the layout to include an additional lounge and dining area behind the bridge, a sixth stateroom, a spa and a newly installed beach clubs as well as updates to technical systems. The exteriors also received an outdoor gym while guests also have new tenders and toys for adventures in the sun. The extensive refit was completed within eight months and the change of hull from white to navy has provided a cleaner more cohesive look by disguising the windows in the hull.

Judge’s Commendation: WHITE STAR

Trinity Yachts motor yacht WHITE STAR received a Special Commendation for her own refit, which updated her interior from her 2004 appearance to a contemporary beauty.

Sailing Yacht of the Year: PINK GIN VI

Taking awards in two categories, 53.7m/176.2ft sailing yacht PINK GIN VI from Baltic Yachts was designed by Judel/Vrolijk with interior design from Design Unlimited. Her carbon fibre hull and her 300 tonne 68m/223ft carbon mast produce a fore and aft deflection of only 76mm, with a displacement of only 250 tonnes – a prime example of what modern structural engineering can achieve.

Superyacht PINK GIN VI – Pink sails

A port boarding platform and a Master suite balcony increase the engineering complexity, and for this reason S/Y PINK GIN beat five other competitors for the Sailing Yacht of the Year award. Her ‘force feedback steering’ power-assisted system is another technological innovation that provides the helmsman information over a wireless link for accurate information on the yacht’s trim and balance.

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