Feadship’s 326-foot (99m) M/Y Madame Gu won Motor Yacht of the Year in May at the 9th annual World Superyacht Awards in Amsterdam. With both exterior and interior design from Andrew Winch Designs, Madame Gu received a unanimous vote for the top motoryacht prize. The yacht also took top honors for best Displacement Motor Yacht of 2,000GT and above.
The 108-foot (32.6m) sloop S/Y Inukshuk built by Baltic Yachts in Finland won Sailing Yacht of the Year. It has an exterior designed by German Frers and an interior by Adam Lay Studio. Inukshuk also won for its class, Sailing Yacht 30-39.99m.
Other winners include:
Displacement Motor Yacht of 1,300-1,999GT: 66m Feadship M/Y Sea Owl, designed inside and out by Andrew Winch Designs
Displacement Motor Yacht of 500-1,299GT: 60m Amels M/Y Event; exterior styling by Tim Heywood Design; interior styling by Laura Sessa.
Displacement Motor Yacht below 500GT: 39m M/Y CaryAli built by Alloy Yachts; exterior styling by René van der Velden Yacht Design; interior design by Lynne Grossman in collaboration with Redman Whiteley Dixon.
Semi-Displacement or Planing Two-Deck Motor Yacht: 36.7m Trinity M/Y Finish Line; exterior styling and interior design by Yacht Next / Joanne Lockhart.
Semi-Displacement or Planing Three-Deck Motor Yacht of 30-44.99m: 40m M/Y Cacos V built by Admiral Tecnomar; exterior styling by Luca Dini Design / Admiral Centro Stile; interior design by Admiral Centro Stile.
Semi-Displacement or Planing Three-Deck Motor Yacht of 45m and above: 65m Heesen M/Y Galactica Star; exterior styling by Omega Architects / Heesen Yachts; interior design by Bannenberg & Rowell Design.
Sailing Yacht 40m and more: 46m S/Y Ganesha built by Vitters Shipyard; exterior stylist Dubois Naval Architects; interior designer Newcruise.
Catamaran Award: 33.7m S/V Quaranta built by Curvelle-Logos Marine; exterior styling by Mauro Giamboi; interior design by Alex Isaac.
Spirit of Tradition Award: 64.5m S/Y Mikhail S. Vorontsov built by Dream Ship Victory / Balk Shipyard; exterior styling by Ken Freivokh Design / Dykstra Naval Architects; interior design by Ken Freivokh Design.
Yacht Conversion Award: 72m M/Y Enigma XK, originally built by Richards Shipbuilders and refit at Atlantic Refit Center; refit naval architect Macfarlane Yacht Design; exterior styling and interior design by Vitruvius Yachts.
Rebuilt Yacht Award: 45m Trinity M/Y Keyla, refit at RMK Marine with project management by Mark Poirier; refit naval architect Trinity Yachts and RMK Engineering Department; exterior styling and interior design by Hot Lab Yacht & Design.
Refitted Yacht Award: 51m M/Y Auspicious, originally built and refit by Mondo Marine with project management by KK Superyachts; exterior styling by Cor D. Rover Design; interior design by Eidsgaard Design.
Quality & Value Award: 50m M/Y Ileria built by Proteksan-Turquoise Yachts, interior design by J.G. Verges Design.
Voyager’s Award (joint winners): 50m M/Y Exuma built by Picchiotti / Perini Navi, which traveled through New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Micronesia, Palau, Sabah, and the Philippines; and 37m M/Y Seepaard built by JFA Yachts, which completed a circumnavigation through 39 countries.
Legacy Award: Sir Donald Gosling
With more than 60 years in superyachting, judges called Sir Donald Gosling the archetypal yacht owner. In 1953 he acquired his first yacht, which was followed by an array of pre-owned and custom yachts throughout the years. In 1993, his current yacht, Leander G (named after HMS Leander, his Royal Navy posting), was launched. She welcomes both charter guests and royalty on a regular basis.
The World Superyacht Awards are presented by Boat International Media to celebrate excellence in superyacht build and design of the finest sail and motor yachts delivered in 2013.