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Sailing yacht Vertigo leads winners at 2012 ShowBoats Design Awards

All factions of the yacht industry converged in Casino Square in Monte Carlo Friday night to celebrate the creative talents that brought the top yachts launched in 2011 to life. In this third edition of the ShowBoats Design Awards, designers, architects and even furniture makers joined by owners, builders and other prominent industry professionals, met for champagne in the entrance hall linking the Grand Casino to the Opera House before retiring to the opulent Salle Garnier for the awards ceremony.

The scaled-down replica of the Paris Opera House made for a surprisingly intimate gathering for the hundreds of attendees in the utmost of grandeur, while the evening’s presenter - BBC broadcaster and former tennis champion Annabel Croft - kept the awards flowing smoothly through the presentation of 21 Golden Neptune trophies.

Alloy Yachts’ 67.2m sailing yacht Vertigo was declared the evening’s big winner with designers Philippe Briand and Christian Liaigre taking home three Neptune awards for Exterior Design and Styling, Interior Layout and Best Recreational Space for Guest Use (for her novel midship lazarettes on the lower deck).

Also picking up multiple awards were Peder Eidsgaard and the design team behind Feadship’s 77.7m Tango, who received two awards for Motor Yacht Exterior Design and Styling and for the design of T/T Tango, much admired by the judges for an appearance that subtly matched its mothership while boasting supreme comfort and first-class construction.

Michael Leach Design swept two categories for Sailing Yacht Interior Design and Interior Layout for Hemisphere, sharing both as joint winners with Hetairos and Vertigo respectively. When both categories brought in a tie, the judges decided to award equal first places because the vessels concerned were so different.

Hetairos also picked up the win for her builder, Baltic Yachts, in the Design & Technology category for her diesel-electric drive train system featuring two 360-degree rotating thrusters that retract into watertight boxes.

Motor yacht Numptia won two Neptunes, for Naval Architecture thanks to Axis Group Yacht Design, and for Bespoke Furniture for Achille Salvagni’s design for the main dining room table.

Musashi’s subtle blend of Japanese design with Bauhaus and American Art Deco influences saw Sinot Yacht Design triumph in the Motor Yacht Interior Design 60m+ category, while Bartender and *Satori *took the smaller displacement and semi-displacement awards, respectively.

David Ostrander of Iluminus Design Group was in attendance to collect the Newcomer of the Year Award, presented for the restyling of the interior of motor yacht SnowbirD, and aspiring yacht designer Benjamin Julian Toth from Vienna, Austria, was declared the Young Designer of the Year for his project ReSeadence 50.

The night was far from over when the ceremony came to an end. The party stopped traffic in Casino Square as everyone made their way across to the equally Belle Epoque Hotel de Paris. The celebration continued in arguably the best room in Monte Carlo, the Salle Empire. Its gilded interior was a feast for the eyes to match the superb three-course dinner served.

The IT Girls injected a lively element with a burlesque show featuring singing, dancing and a saxophone soloist before the DJ turned up the tunes. Some took to the dance floor while others enjoyed fresh air and a cool drink on the terrace. It was a fitting end to the evening with yachting’s most iconic figures overlooking Monaco’s most iconic spot.

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