Florence is a city renowned for its renaissance art, fine dining and pretty piazzas. How fitting then, that on May 13th it celebrated another elegant art form by hosting the world superyacht awards. Yachts are truly beautiful creations that call on the remarkable skill, ingenuity and imagination of the world’s best designers and engineers.
In the striking Palazzo Vecchio, superyacht royalty came together to uncork the champagne and announce the 2017 winners recognized for their innovation and quality of design. From mesmerizing motor yachts to mega yachts that can take you to the ends of the earth, here are some the best and the brightest luxury sailing vessels that made the grade this year.
The World’s Best Sails and Motors
Two of the firm favorites of the night had to be the elegant Sybaris and the eye watering Dilbar. Sybaris came in first for being the ultimate sailing yacht, a testament to the taste of owner Bill Duker who designed each inch of space. The judges seemed to adore her feather light airs and comfortable capability out on the water.
Dilbar has long been turning heads for her impressive size, she was awarded the motor yacht of the year thanks to her sensationally ambitious build. Not only is Dilbar the largest ever motor yacht built in terms of gross tonnage, but the use of rare and beautiful materials in her interior, along with the biggest ever indoor swimming pool to be installed in a yacht – makes her a true contender and worthy winner.
The Most Impressive Intrepid Yachts
The Voyager award is always an interesting one, there is something remarkable about yachts that can battle the elements without smashing a single crystal chandelier. This year the 49-meter Glaze took home the trophy. Glaze had taken her owners on an action-packed tour of the wild and untamed North Western Australian coast where there were encounters with sharks, crocodiles, waterfalls, rapids, and whirlpools. The gorgeous yacht doesn’t even have a scratch on her.
Fabulous Refits and Rare Rebuilds
For yachts that have undergone an impressive facelift – Aquila walked away with the refit category prize. Shedding her skin as Cakewalk, the 85-meter superyacht has been born again and even boasts a staggering custom made chandelier that stretches across four decks. Quite fitting as she belongs to the Walton Family, declared by Forbes to be the richest family in the world.
From refits to complete rebuilds – the aptly named yacht Legacy sailed away with this highly coveted title. The owner was keen to create something worthy of exploring the world, leaving no stone unturned. To complete such a feat, an old Russian tug was saved despite being over three decades old. ICON yachts helped to turn Legacy into something incredible with SOLAS compliance, fully fitted helipad, and softened lines to help keep her looking slick as she sails to some of the world’s most remote places.
Pint Sized Perfection
The judges were super impressed by a superyacht that comes in mini size when they discovered Narvalo. They decided to create a special award for the pint-sized pocket yacht created by Cantiere delle Marche. The pretty little yacht won the award for quality and value thanks to her ample staff quarters, spacious deck space, and lovely lounges and dining saloon.
A Special Award for Inspiration
To end an evening of raucous applause and impeccable yachts there was a special award for the outstanding video made by Latitude. Superyacht owners are surely adventurers at heart and the sight of last year’s Voyager winner, Anil Thadani being stalked by polar bears and sailing within a hairsbreadth of whales in the frozen archipelago of Svalbard delivered a ripple of excitement to all those involved in the heady world of superyachts.