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It’s that time of year again. As the Med season kicks into action, a summer of partying beckons. Whether it’s small intimate affairs or “big numbers” with no expense spared, most likely you will be looking forward to a mixture of both. But what makes a yacht party so special? Certainly its potential for lavishness. Look no further than Jordana Reuben Yechiel’s recollection of 3,000 fake cherry blossoms hand stitched to trees lining a yacht’s helipad for that. For me, the ability to host your friends in some of the most beautiful places in the world would be the main attraction.
For the less social, however, it is perhaps the chance of escape that appeals. I will never forget docking next to Giorgio Armani’s yacht in the Ionian Sea. While his guests partied on board, the Italian designer could be found in the corner of a deserted local taverna, glued to the football on local television. That’s the thing about a party on a yacht – anything goes, and everyone has a great time – on board or off.
How many of you correctly guessed the winners of this year’s World Superyacht Awards? A few of the judges’ choices might have surprised the bookies but one was a clear favourite: Dilbar.
I toured the incredible 16,000GT Lürssen in Barcelona with our judging panel and shared their sense of awe. She picked up two Neptunes at our ceremony in Florence and deserves every accolade. Whether or not you like the way she looks, whether or not you think she’s too colossal to be considered a yacht, there is no argument about the quality of her construction and the incredible achievement in design and engineering she represents.
Her exterior designer, Espen Øino, went home from Florence an especially happy man. I suspect a new trophy shelf is being constructed at his Monaco office right at this moment, after he was called to the stage no fewer than four times to help collect Neptunes for Dilbar (x2), Cloudbreak and Galactica Super Nova. “Gratulerer!” as (I think) they say in Norway