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Meet the judges of the World Superyacht Awards 2017

All of the World Superyacht Award judges make extraordinary efforts to visit as many of the contending yachts as possible. They are also presented with a dossier containing a detailed brief on every yacht in the competition which includes a statement from the owner, designer and builder, together with pictures of the yacht and a specification list.

The panel gathers in early Spring to consider every yacht in detail. Each yacht is awarded marks under six headings, and the total of these marks determines the winners.

The World Superyacht Awards are distinguished by the fact that the winners are selected by an independent jury of current and former superyacht owners, all of whom have a profound knowledge of the subject and an enthusiasm for rewarding the genuinely exceptional.

Chairman of the Judges

Jan-Eric Osterlund – Former owner of the 54.6m Vitters sailing yacht Adele

  • Carlos Ancira – Owner of 37m & 45m Benetti Motor yachts Domani
  • Alan Dabbiere – Former owner of 34.9m Benetti motor yacht Constance 
  • Bill Duker – Owner of 70m Perini Navi sailing yacht Sybaris
  • Nick Candy – Owner of 63m Benetti motor yacht 11.11
  • Joaquín Folch – Owner of 37.3m Heesen motor yacht Buka
  • Thomas Haffa – Superyacht owner
  • Barry Houghton – Owner of 45m Fitzroy sailing yacht Salperton
  • Hani Jabsheh – Owner of 43m CRN motor yacht Hana
  • Henk Koster – Former Owner of 48.3m motor yacht Grace
  • Roger Lean-Vercoe – Former Chairman of the Judges
  • Victor Muller – Owner of 35.4m classic Feadship motor yacht Highlander & founder of the Feadship Heritage Fleet
  • Richard Raper – Owner of 38.8m Claasen sailing yacht Atalante
  • Kim Schindelhauer – Owner of 33m Baltic sailing yacht WinWin
  • Anil Thadani – Owner of 52m Benetti motor yacht Latitude
  • Paola Trifiró – Awaiting delivery of 33m Vitters sailing yacht Ribelle
  • Kim Vibe-Petersen – Owner of 54m Perini Navi sailing yacht Parsifal III & Parsifal IV 
  • Sebastian Vibe-Petersen  Owner of 54m Perini Navi sailing yacht Parsifal III & Parsifal IV 
  • Marco Vögele – Owner of 34m Vitters sailing yacht Inoui
  • Matthew Vorhees – Owner of 49.68m Feadship motor yacht Broadwater
  • Sten Warborn – Owner of 63m Feadship motor yacht Lady Britt
  • Peter A. Wilson – Founding Partner of yacht project management company MCM
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