On Saturday, Boat International Media held its 2010 World Superyacht Awards ceremony in London. Four charter yachts were singled out by the judges: the 107-foot Lurssen motoryacht Arkley, the 202-foot Viareggio Super Yachts motoryacht CandyScape II, the 161-foot Trinity motoryacht Blind Date, and the 105-foot sailing catamaran Necker Belle.
Arkley was a co-winner in her class for best motoryacht, with Candyscape II as the other co-winner. Judges cited Arkley for high standards of construction and installation, and Candyscape II for external deck areas, interior design, environmental engineering, and value for money. Arkely is managed for charter by Imperial Yachts, which managed her build and has loaded this 52-page brochure online. Candyscape II is part of the Edmiston and Company charter fleet.
Blind Date, while not winning best yacht in her class, received a special judges commendation. The judges explained that she is a series yacht (there are a good number of other 161-foot Trinity builds on the world's waters) but that she shows "improvements in layout, level of equipment, and build quality" compared with her sisterships. You might recall this exclusive interview that I snagged with the yacht's owner in November, just after the yacht launched. He was particularly proud of how he had changed the split-level master cabin design that Trinity offered other owners. (Blind Date's master is shown in the photo at right.)
Also receiving a special judges commendation this weekend was the 105-foot sailing catamaran Necker Belle, in the category of best refitted yacht. Owner Sir Richard Branson re-launched Necker Belle with much fanfare following work at the Azzura Shipyard in Australia, work that the judges said "transformed her from the mundane into a special craft."
Blind Date is part of the Peter Insull's charter fleet, taking up to 12 guests at a weekly base rate of $235,000. Necker Belle is marketed for charter by Burgess Yachts, taking up to 10 guests at a lowest weekly base rate of €60,000 this summer in the Mediterranean. Any reputable charter broker can help you book a week onboard any of this weekend's winning yachts.
A full list of World Superyacht Award winners is available at the Boat International Media website.