BOAT International Design & Innovation Awards winners

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The judges of the BOAT International Design & Innovation Awards 2025

11 June 2024 • Written by Hannah Rankine

In order to decide the BOAT International Design & Innovation Awards winners most fairly, we have adopted the same transparent judging as the World Superyacht Awards.

In this respect, we assemble a wholly independent jury comprised of acclaimed designers and stylists from within as well as outside the marine industry, all with expert knowledge in their specific fields.

The judges

Cristina de Basto - vice president, De Basto Designs

Jozeph Forakis - founder & president, jozeph forakis ... Design

Captain Chris Gartner - Black Pearl

Claire German - managing director, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, London

Fabrizio Giugiaro - president & creative director, Giugiaro Architettura

Tim Gosling - director, Gosling Limited

Cyril Le Sourd - co-founder, SPARK Marine

Sabrina Monteleone - owner, Sabrina Monte-Carlo

Marilyn Mower - former chairman of the awards; contributor and editor-at-large, BOAT International; editor, Life Under Sail

Merfyn Owen - partner, Owen Clarke Design

Guillaume Rolland - director of yacht design, Liaigre

James Roy - managing director, Lateral Engineering

Sam Sorgiovanni - yacht designer, Sorgiovanni Designs

Sally Storey - owner & design director, Lighting Design International

Giorgio Vafiadis - founder, Studio Vafiadis


Cecile Gauert - executive editor, BOAT International, BOAT International US

Charlotte Hogarth-Jones - features director and interior editor, BOAT International

We would like to thank the panel of judges for their dedication, commitment and support.

Nominations for the Design & Innovation Awards 2025 are now open and the winners will be announced at the Superyacht Design Festival 2025 in Kitzbühel.


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