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Categories for the World Superyacht Awards

2020-08-05

All yachts nominated for the World Superyacht Awards 2021 must be at least 30 metres long (LOA). Yachts entered for the ‘new yacht’ classes must have been completed and delivered to their owners between January 1 and December 31, 2020.

The categories have been established in consultation with yacht builders and naval architects to allow yachts to be fairly judged against other vessels of a similar size and type. There are categories for displacement motor yachts, semi-displacement and planing motor yachts and sailing yachts. This distinction is made because these various types of yacht call for very different design and construction philosophies.

A further three categories are reserved for yachts that have been given major refits, have been completely rebuilt or converted and that were finished within the qualifying year. With the agreement of the Chairman, class boundaries may be redefined and classes may be amalgamated depending on the number of entries in those classes.

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Displacement Motor Yachts

We define a displacement yacht as a vessel that always displaces their own weight of water when under power at full speed. Gross tonnage is the deciding entry qualification in the displacement classes. Because of this, the yacht’s gross tonnage as well as length overall must be given.This category will be divided into sub-categories once nominations have been received.

Semi-Displacement or Planing Motor Yachts

We define semi-displacement and planing motor yachts as vessels that displace less than their own weight of water when under power at full speed. This category will be divided into sub-categories once nominations have been received.

Sailing Yachts

We define sailing yachts as vessels primarily powered by their sails. This category will be divided into sub-categories once nominations have been received.

Refitted/Rebuilt/Converted Yachts

This class is open to all yachts, motor or sail, over 30 metres that have undergone refits or rebuilds in the qualifying year. Commercial or other vessels that have been converted into yachts and re-entered service can also be nominated. With the agreement of the Chairman, class boundaries may be redefined and classes may be amalgamated depending on the number of entries in each class.

Voyager's Award

The Voyager’s Award is presented to the yacht that, in the opinion of the judges, completed the most inspirational cruise during 2020. Cruises that began in 2019 can also be nominated. The owner or a person nominated by the owner (for instance the principal of a charter party but NOT a member of the crew) must have been aboard for a significant proportion of the cruise. The Voyager’s Award will be judged not only on the voyage but also the way it is described in text, photos and other media.

Additional Awards

Motor Yacht of the Year

The motor yacht of the year is presented to a class winner in the motor yacht categories that is considered by the judges to be the most notable yacht of the qualifying year. No entry is required, or is possible, other than by entering the respective yacht category.

Sailing Yacht of the Year

The sailing yacht of the year award is presented to a class winner in the sailing yacht categories that is considered by the judges to be the most notable yacht of the qualifying year. No entry is required, or is possible, other than by entering the respective yacht category.

Legacy Award

The legacy award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the superyacht industry over many years. Any individual who knows the nominee on a personal level is permitted to make a nomination. The required documentation should include a CV of the nominee which, while touching upon his business activities, should give particular emphasis to his yachting career and achievements.

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If you have any questions about the awards, please contact Lucy Boorman

+44 (0) 20 8545 9335 | lucy.boorman@boatinternationalmedia.com

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