The sponsors of the Superyacht Design Symposium 2019
The sponsors of the Superyacht Design Symposium 2019

Now in its eleventh year, the Superyacht Design Symposium invites the superyacht industry to share and compare concepts and experiences stimulating authoritative and, at times, controversial debate to positively influence future superyacht projects. The biggest names in superyacht design are joined by experts from the wider design community for two days of discussion about yacht design.

With the support of our valuable partners, the 2019 Symposium will take place in a new location: Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.

Confirmed partners so far are:

In Association with: Riva, Perini Navi, Audi

Event partners: Oceanco, Videoworks, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, Sabrina Monte-Carlo, Azimut Benetti, Clyde & Co, CRN and Masi.

Ski Cup partner: Perini Navi, Moncler, Technogym

Click through to find out more about each sponsor.

In Association with: Riva

The allure of the Riva name is undisputed: a legend of our time in the yachting world, it is a name synonymous with design and style. Riva has always been successful in renewing itself while preserving its core identity; remaining true to the past while investing in stylistic and technological innovation, and paving the way for enduring success.

Riva has developed a vast and diversified series of composite yachts in a few years, ranging from 27 to over 110 feet. In March 2019, the brand will return into the superyacht segment with the launch of the Riva 50 metres at our shipyard in Ancona. This yacht will be the first born of the Riva “Superyachts Division”, dedicated to the production of superyachts from 50 up to 90 metres long. The dream of a Riva superyacht in lightweight alloy and with a displacement hull is the legacy of Carlo Riva’s ambition and inventive drive to go beyond all limits and build the celebrated superyachts between the 1960s and late 1970s.

Riva is proudly supporting the Superyacht Design Symposium 2019 for the first time in association with Boat International Media, deeply committing into the development of future projects in superyacht design.

In Association with/Ski Cup Partner: Perini Navi

Perini Navi has been, for over thirty years, a worldwide leader in the design and construction of sailing and motor yachts. Over 60 per cent of the world's fleet of sailing yachts over 40m has been built by Perini Navi.

Perini Navi was founded in 1983 with Fabio Perini's first prototype of what would prove to be the most successful series of large sailing yachts in the world. It all started with a new vision of sailing: a vision of large yachts with ample living spaces and single handed handling. Originally located in Viareggio, Perini Navi expanded first in La Spezia, acquiring the Picchiotti shipyard, a pioneer in the design and build of luxury motor cruisers, and then in Tuzla, Istanbul. Its three state-of-the-art facilities have become synonym for quality and seaworthiness.

Perini Navi USA was established in Newport, Rhode Island, dedicated to brokerage and charter services for Perini Navi yachts, with the aim of providing a seamless point of contact for prospective buyers, and an unparalleled service.

In 2017 Faper Group, founded by Mr. Fabio Perini, opened the share capital of Perini Navi to a new investor: Fenix Sri. The entry of Fenix has paved the way for many new developments in Perini Navi.

One Brand, One Company

Since Autumn 2017 Perini Navi has merged its two brands into one. The group's motor-yachts, previously built under the Picchiotti name, will all fly the same flag as their sister sailing yachts and will all be sold, built and sailed with the Perini Navi logo.


The Perini Navi fleet consists of 62 yachts, 59 sailing and three motor yachts, with a dynamic range that varies in size from the 25m Elettra to the 88m Maltese Falcon.

In Association with: Audi

Audi Italy will be present at Cortina's Superyacht Design Symposium 2019, recognizing the event's ability to combine emotion, performance and exclusivity.

Locality partner since 2017, the four ringed brand’s activities in the territory are distinguished by a rigorous consistency with its brand values. Indeed Audi is examining far-reaching solutions which anticipate the future and define its direction, always with the maximum attention to different mobility needs, and to the role that it can play in a sustainable development perspective.

Accordingly the Ingolstadt car manufacturer is pursuing with determination all possibilities that lead to sustainable mobility, ranging from electrification to the use of alternative fuels without compromising performance. A commitment that today takes shape in the carbon neutral certification of an increasing number of production sites, in the increased efficiency of traditional engines, and in the development of electric, methane, fuel-cell, hybrid plug-in and mild hybrid technology. The path to zero emissions involves the commercialization of the Audi e-tron, the first all-electric car series, and by 2025 as many as 12 new all-electric models. This Brand strategy, defined as Road to zero emission, also includes the commitment made by Audi to support the One Ocean Foundation, a project focused on the conservation and protection of the marine environment and dedicated to environmental sustainability.

The Audi Group with its brands Audi, Ducati and Lamborghini is one of most successful premium manufacturers in the automotive and motorcycle sector. It is present in more than 100 world markets and operates 16 manufacturing plants in 12 countries. In Italy, the Audi brand ended 2018 as the premium brand leader for the 10th year in a row, with sales of around 63,000 registered vehicles. Audi Italy is the fifth largest sales market in the world after China, Germany, the USA and the UK.

Event Partner: Oceanco

Since its inception in 1987, Oceanco has specialised in building sophisticated custom yachts from 80 to 140 metres in length, offering a highly personal service to clients, with state of the art yacht-building facilities in the Netherlands complemented by a design, sales and marketing office in Monaco. All of Oceanco’s yachts built since 2007 have the distinction of appearing in “The World’s Top 100 Yachts” list; the 82 metre Alfa Nero, the 85.5 metre Seven Seas and 91.5 metre Equanimity, to name only a few.

The 85 metre Aquijo is Oceanco’s first delivery in 2016 and the industry’s largest ketch, which will soon be followed by an impressive and innovative 105 metre three masted Dyna Rig. Several superyachts are currently under construction and continuous research and development is wrapped around the constant search for new shapes, materials and technologies. Oceanco is conscious of the environmental impact of building, owning and operating a superyacht.

Oceanco is pleased to support the Young Designer of the Year Award again, in conjunction with Boat International Media. Winning this prestigious award is an important milestone in the career of student and trainee designers. At Oceanco, we follow new design talent with great interest and are pleased to be able to encourage and celebrate their vision.

Event Partner: Videoworks

Videoworks is a leading company in the field of Systems integration. It specialises in the design, production and installation of high-end home automation and audio/visual systems, software, networks, video surveillance and advanced lighting engineering systems. Thanks to its expertise and 360-degree experience, Videoworks can offer its exclusive clients a complete system architecture made of hardware and software with ad hoc after-sales contracts to always assist the client in every place/situation.

Its systems are easy to manage and are created with the purpose of offering the best experience to the end users who can boost their wellbeing and on board quality life. Videoworks’ staff is exclusively made up of audio/visual professionals, but also true longtime enthusiasts who contribute to creating their renowned concept of “artisan technology”. The company has international offices in Aalsmeer (The Netherlands) with its “Videoworks Europe BV” company, as well as in Ancona, London, Milan, Moscow and Viareggio.

Event Partner: Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour

A commitment to design excellence has put Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour firmly on the map. The largest of its kind in Europe, it is well-established as the place to discover world-class talent and exchange ideas with established makers, emerging innovators and luxury brands. Expansion has been a defining feature lately, with new ways to support and champion the best in international design.

For the ever-evolving world of superlative yachts, success is not founded on chance. It is almost always the result of great creativity and clever concepts. No wonder Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is such a relevant hub for yacht designers, architects, owners and style-seekers who fly in from all over the world to see what is on the style radar there. Whether seeking an aesthetic that is luxe or laid-back, nowhere else will they find such a high concentration of the greatest names in design, all at one address.

A wealth of creativity from over 600 international brands meets the exacting standards demanded by the marine marketplace and the needs of a savvy clientele. With a reputation for providing imaginative solutions for the world’s most prestigious yacht projects, this sophisticated collective is unseen anywhere else. Carefully selected for their impeccable credentials, 120 international showrooms present a treasure trove of peerless products for new-builds, as well as refits and refurbishments. High performance products, skilled workmanship and technical ability lie at the heart of the offering, while fresh approaches to colour, shape and pattern channel the rising spirit of individuality that is in the ascent.

Details like exquisite materials and finishes are at their best close up, and visitors can experience them in person on every floor, as well as seek out specialist expertise from the knowledgeable showrooms. Many have long-term relationships with designers and the collaborative nature of project work leads to impressive results. Bespoke work is another forte – with countless companies creating tailor-made pieces to give a point of difference, providing clients a rare level of access inside the creative process.

With strategic expansion on the horizon, some highly influential names moving in and the Design Avenue on the way, there is an exciting energy at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. With its undisputed momentum, it continues to evolve and develop with its confident approach.

Event Partner: Sabrina Monte-Carlo

Since 1999, Sabrina Monte-Carlo has become Monaco’s one stop destination for all yacht furnishings from furniture, to fabrics, tableware and decorative pieces.

The company now counts three stores in Monte-Carlo including a furniture and accessories showroom, a multi-brand tableware store, a Lalique shop and a showroom on the harbour of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

Drawing inspirations from the effortlessly chic Mediterranean lifestyle, the founder, Sabrina, developed a unique style characterized by elegance, contemporary lines, and vibrant colour schemes.

She is also helped by a team of 30 talented and multi-lingual professionals including interior designers, interior and naval architects, fabric specialists, tableware experts, graphic designers, logistics managers and a delivery team.

Sabrina Monte-Carlo aims to provide its clients with the most complete service, from research and advisory to the design proposal, the ordering process as well as the delivery and final installation. Its portfolio now includes over 150 yachts.

Event Partner: Azimut Benetti

Close to the celebration of its 50th anniversary, Azimut Benetti Group, the world’s leading builder of motor yachts, is proud to sponsor the Superyacht Design Symposium 2019.

The Company, whose disruptive attitude is recognized as a distinguishing feature, has been working for a long time with designers from a range of backgrounds (residential, retail and hôtellerie) in order to support the evolution of the DNA of its two brands, Azimut and Benetti.

The Group entails a full range of services offered to clients through owned companies: Lusben, for refit and repair, and Yachtique for assistance in interior design, décor, and exclusive marinas. Fraser Yachts, the number one company in yacht chartering, brokerage and yacht management is also part of the Group.

Continuing to nurture the corporate culture established by Paolo Vitelli at the time of the company’s foundation, Azimut Benetti still bases its strategic decisions on a set of fundamental values: ongoing research and product/process innovation, a broad-based presence across all markets, and respect for the inbred ‘Italianess’ of its products, fully aware that their being ‘Made in Italy’ represents a fundamental added value and is one of the reasons why Azimut Benetti products are unique, inimitable and so highly appreciated around the world.

Event Partner: Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co provides legal advice across every aspect of superyacht law. With over 20 years of direct sector experience, Clyde & Co understands the superyacht industry and its potential challenges, offering a boutique and tailored service to all of their clients.

From financing to negotiating a build, working with technical advisors to frame design and build requirements, advising on safety and operational considerations, Clyde & Co's experienced legal team can adeptly and discreetly support you through the lifecycle of your superyacht.

This specialised group of lawyers add value to their clients by using sector experience underpinned with legal knowledge to truly get the best results, even if this means having to address issues from a less traditional angle.

As a firm, Clyde & Co has a resolute focus on the core sectors of shipping, financing, insurance, aviation, energy, infrastructure, and trade. Combining their practice excellence and deep industry knowledge, they provide clients with a distinct competitive advantage, bringing together legal expertise, commercial insight and close professional support.