What sets the BOAT International World Superyacht Awards apart from every other boating awards event is simple: our panel of judges. The panel is made up of current or former yacht owners, bringing with them, collectively, hundreds of years of experience owning, running and managing superyachts.
The judges are not 'just' yacht owners, but knowledgeable, serial owners who have taken a keen interest in the design and build of their own vessels. It is their personal interest that drives the judging process and we owe the judges an enormous debt for their enthusiasm and generosity.
Hear chairman of the judges Dick Raper discuss the detailed judging process and tips on how to impress the judges in our Podcast Series with BOAT International's editor-in-chief Stewart Campbell.
Chairman of the Judges
Dick Raper, Owner of 38.8m Claasen sailing yacht Atalante
Carlos Ancira, Owner of 45m Benetti motor yacht Domani
Alan Dabbiere, Owner of 60m CRN motor yacht Constance
Bill & West Duker, Former owners of 52m Feadship Rasselas and 70m Perini Navi sailing yacht Sybaris
Joaquín Folch-Rusinol, Owner of 37.3m Heesen motor yacht Buka
Thomas Haffa, Former owner of 38m Sanlorenzo Motor Yacht 4H
Barry Houghton, Owner of 45m Sanlorenzo motor yacht Globas
Victor Muller, Owner of 35.4m Feadship motor yacht Highlander and founder of the Feadship Heritage Fleet
Jan-Eric Österlund, Former owner of 54.6m Vitters sailing yacht Adele
Kim Schindelhauer, Owner of 33m Baltic sailing yacht WinWin
John Symond, Owner of 73m Feadship motor yacht Hasna
Anil Thadani, Owner of 45m Timmerman motor yacht Latitude
Paola Trifiró, Owner of 33m Vitters sailing yacht Ribelle
Harry Vafias, Owner of 57m Benetti Motor Yacht AE Cap d'Antibes and 47m Feadship X
Kim & Sebastian Vibe-Petersen, Owners of 54m Perini Navi sailing yacht Parsifal III and 52m Alloy sailing yacht Q
Marco Vögele, Owner of 34m Vitters sailing yacht Inouï
Matthew Voorhees, Owner of 49.7m Feadship motor yacht Broadwater
Sten Warborn, Owner of 63m Feadship motor yacht Lady Britt
Roger Lean-Vercoe, Former Chairman of the Judges
Peter Wilson, Founding Partner of yacht project management company MCM