May 20 2019
As the only peer-reviewed yachting awards in the world and now in its 14th year, the prestigious ceremony recognised the ingenuity and craftsmanship of the most remarkable luxury yachts from across the globe delivered last year.
Hundreds of guests from the superyacht world gathered to be the first to hear this year’s winners.
Among the yachts taking home a coveted and world-renowned Neptune trophy were the sensational 90m motor yacht DAR and 106.7m eco-focused sailing superyacht Black Pearl, each winning two awards during the spectacular evening ceremony.
An outstanding 58 nominations across 16 categories were put to the independent panel of current and former superyacht owners, who collectively bring with them hundreds of years of experience in owning, running and managing superyachts.
Each yacht was scored on a variety of criteria including design, technical features, practicality and aesthetics. Richard Raper, Chairman of the Judges and owner of 38.8m Claasen sailing yacht Atalante, said: “It is an absolute honour and delight to get up close and personal to so many incredible vessels. The passion, energy and work that goes into crafting each and every one of the finalists is remarkable. It is no easy task pinpointing the winners but that’s what makes a Neptune so special.”
17 Neptune awards were presented during the glamorous evening at Old Billingsgate, London. Multi-award-winning superyachts DAR and Black Pearl each took home two Neptune awards, both winning their own categories and topping the night to be awarded the highest honours of Motor Yacht of the Year and Sailing Yacht of the Year, respectively.
The inspirational and popular Voyager’s Award was taken by 56m sailing yacht Rosehearty for her journey of a lifetime, which included King George Island just off the Antarctic mainland, and Deception Island, a volcanic cone emerging from the sea that can be entered through a narrow passage named the Devil’s Bellows.
The Legacy Award was won by His Highness the Aga Khan, for his profound contribution to yachting, from building a series of ground-breaking superyachts to staging America’s Cup campaigns and establishing the world-renowned Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.
Tony Euden, Co-Chief Executive Officer at BOAT International, commented: “We’re very privileged and proud to bring the superyacht community together, year on year, to officially honour and celebrate the world’s most exceptional yachts, the teams behind their creation and their owners. All those involved in this year’s entries deserve to be highlighted for their outstanding work and the winners should be immensely proud of their successes.”
The illustrious three-day event began with an exclusive welcome evening at Kensington Palace hosted by Stefano Ricci on Friday 17 May, followed by the main gala evening on Saturday 18 May at Old Billingsgate. Special guests were also invited to a selection of social experiences across London, curated and hosted by BOAT International.
World-leading British manufacturer Oyster Yachts has teamed up with BOAT International to be the principal partner of the prestigious World Superyacht Awards 2019. The World Superyacht Awards is set to return to London in 2020 and nominations are expected to open next month.