Each year at the World Superyacht Awards, one special accolade is awarded to an owner. The Voyager's Award celebrates owners that have made extensive use of their yachts in long distance voyaging and exploration over the past few years. Here, we bring you the three finalists of the Voyager's Award.
Latitude proves that an explorer yacht doesn’t need to look like one, having successfully traversed all 3,500nm of the Northwest Passage despite not being Ice Strengthened. The trick, according to Bart Bouwhuis, creative director of Dutch design studio Vripack, is that the yacht needs to be designed with an explorer’s heart, a no nonsense attitude, and contain hundreds of smart solutions.
An explorer’s heart is certainly found in her owner, who took Latitude on a near 11,000-nautical mile trip that started in Fort Lauderdale and lead him and his family to New York, Newport, Rhode Island, Greenland and through the Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast.
It wasn’t easy for Latitude's owner and crew, who spent four months preparing the trip. They had to hire an experienced local captain and an ice expert to help them navigate, since Latitiude’s captain Sean Meagher had been warned the charts were inaccurate by miles. But their unique voyage brought the delights of the Northern Lights, the spectacle of watching wildlife like polar bears, and many close encounters with icebergs.
Subsequently, Latitude then passed through the Northwest Passage in an easterly direction, making this is a double voyage.