Video: the World Superyacht Awards 2015
by Risa Merl
The winners of the World Superyachts Awards 2015 were revealed in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in May this year. The gala evening attracted the leading superyacht designers, builders and industry members as well as yacht owners. Top accolades went to Grace E as Motor Yacht of the Year while WinWin took Sailing Yacht of the Year.
The awards name the best motor and sailing yachts in a range of sizes and also recognises the finest rebuilt and refitted yachts. Special awards are also given to the world-roaming yachts in the Voyager’s Award, which went to Arctic P for its amazing cruising adventure with the furthest voyage south ever undertaken.
Watch the official video from the 2015 World Superyacht Awards below:
The World Superyachts were conceived back in 2005 as a totally impartial and truly credible set of awards to recognise the very best superyachts of each year. The premier awards show in the yachting industry, winners are determined through a totally impartial jury processed, judged by current or former superyacht owners.
Over the past decade,129 highly coveted Neptune trophies have been handed out. Impressive – but not as jaw-dropping as the miles travelled by the highly regarded panel of judges.
“They don’t get paid, there’s few enough perks, and we interrupt their already crowded schedules with plenty of homework for meetings that require a good deal of reading and consideration. Then we ask them to fly all over the world to visit boats, sometimes in very inaccessible places,” says Roger Lean-Vercoe, chairman of the World Superyacht Awards 2015 jury.
“Nevertheless, they embrace their role with zeal and dedication. They are genuine yachting enthusiasts, with a profound knowledge of the subject and an enthusiasm for rewarding the genuinely exceptional – and that is what makes these awards so special,” he says. “A final day of judging in the beautiful city of Trieste, Italy, saw some robust debate, and it can be assured that none of these winners made it here without detailed and conscientious scrutiny.”
Special thanks goes out to the up-and-coming superyacht destination of Trieste, who hosted the World Superyacht Awards judges’ meeting, and to award sponsors: Mercedes-Benz, Embraer Executive Jets, Holland Jachtbouw, Clyde & Co, Royal Huisman, Admiral, Tansu, Esenyacht, Maybach Icons of Luxury, Heesen Yachts, Amels, Sabrina Monte-Carlo, Gassan and Feadship.