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You are reading: The winners of the World Superyacht Awards 2017

The winners of the World Superyacht Awards 2017

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Rebuilt Yachts: Legend

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Legend, one of the three yachts entered for this year’s Rebuilt category stood out from the others. When an owner’s objective is to create a world-roaming expedition yacht with Lloyds A1 Ice Class, and Polar classification, an ex-Russian tug is a pretty good starting point, despite the vessel being 34 years old. This vessel had already been converted into a superyacht but the new owner’s additional requirement for full SOLAS and MCA 13-36 passenger status meant that only the hull, which was extended by 3.6 metres with a remodelled stern to incorporate a bathing platform and 16-person swimming pool, and her main engines could remain intact.

The superstructure was modified to soften her lines but perhaps the most difficult aspects of the rebuild, which was carried out by ICON Yachts, was the installation of a fully classified helipad with refuelling facilities while bringing her into SOLAS compliance. In the view of the judges, this was a highly successful rebuild that readied her for operations in high-latitudes, where she has already cruised.

Judges’ Commendation: RH3

This top-to-toe rethinking of a proven explorer into a comfortable, intimate family yacht that will soon embark on a circumnavigation brought RH3 a worthy commendation from the judges.

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Sailing Yachts 30m to 39.9m: My Song

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Six yachts entered this class, all of which were suitable for either superyacht racing or blue water cruising. The judges were therefore faced with a difficult choice in selecting a victor, but after lengthy discussion and careful consideration the secret ballot revealed the winner to be the 39.62 metre, My Song built by Baltic Yachts. Packed with cutting-edge design and technology this yacht was conceived by Nauta, who drew both her eye-catching exterior and her interior, while naval architecture and structural engineering was tackled by Reichel Pugh assisted by Gurit.

In view of this legendary team, the judges were unsurprised that this yacht performs so well on the race track, regularly reaching 20+ knots and boasting a top-speed in excess of 30-knots in optimum conditions. But perhaps more surprising to the judges was that she is also a comfortable, feature-filled cruising yacht with excellent facilities for on-deck and below-deck dining and relaxing, as well as three well-sized ensuite guest cabins, and an admirable crew area for six in the stern.

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Sailing Yachts 40m and Above: Sybaris

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Both yachts that qualified for this class were of extraordinary size, with one measuring 70 metres LOA and the second a massive 86 metres. The task of deciding the winner had been made easier by the large number of judges that had visited each yacht, but both yachts had impressed them and both yachts performed well under sail, so the decision was still a difficult one. But when the ballot sheets were counted it was the 70 metre Perini NaviSybaris that triumphed.

Her owner’s chosen designers working with the builder’s own talented in-house teams provided an impressive interpretation of the owner’s request for elegant low-profiled styling, uninterrupted internal volumes, and wide views of the water, and these elements impressed the judges. Realising a sailing yacht of this size called for technical innovation and the judges complemented the builder for the high performance electric winches and furlers that were crucial to this vessel’s sailing ability, while eco-friendly variable-speed generators that keep generator revolutions to a minimum in times of low demand added to the yacht’s appeal.

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