During ISS’s Awards Gala’s 25th anniversary at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the International Superyacht Society announced the winners of the 2015 Design & Leadership Awards.
ISS represents since its foundation in 1989 the yacht industry, aiming to build alliances worldwide with regional and functional associations, to serve as a communications conduit for issues affecting the marketplace, owners, crew and industry members, and to recognise achievement as well as provide educational opportunities and networking events.
The ISS awards are meant to give recognition to relevant and outstanding products and personalities in the yacht industry. A peer-reviewed awards programme outlines the best leaderships, designs, businesses, innovations, ecological approaches, and crews of the year on a global scale.
This year’s Superyacht Awards
Award categories for superyachts and their overall design are divided into motor and sailing yachts in various size ranges, and two additional categories are dedicated to the best interior design and the best refit, for a total of seven categories (Best Sail 24-40m, Best Sail 40m+, Best Power 24-40m, Best Power 40-65m, Best Power 65m+, Best Interior and Best Refit). In the latest awards cerimony, however, six yachts were listed as winners, as the 51.8 metre Elfje deserved both its category award and the best interior award.
Here the list of the award winning yachts by categories.
Best Sailing Yachts
24- 40 metres: Win Win 33.04 m built by Baltic, with exterior design by Javier Jaudenes and interior design by Design Unlimited
40+ metres: Elfje 51.8 m, built by Royal Huisman, with naval architecture and interior layout by Hoek Design NA and interior design by Redman Whiteley Dixon and POD Interior Style
24 to 40 metres: Taransay 38.55 m built by Rossi Navi and designed by Studio Tassin Design
40 to 65 metre: Kiss 46.40 m built by Feadship with naval architecture by Dubois NA and interior design by Redman Witheley Dixon
60+ metres: Grace E 73.30 m built by Picchiotti – Perini Navi Group, with naval architecture by Vitruvius Yacht and interior design by Philippe Briand
Best refit: Talitha 82.6 m originally built by Krupp Germania Werft in 1930 and refitted with exterior design by Cox & Stevens and Interior design by Jon Bannenberg.
Best interior design: Elfje
Distinction and Leadership Awards
2015 Business Person of the Year: Timothy Hodgdon of Hodgdon Yachts
Excellence in Innovation: THEOcare Hygiene
Leadership Award: Tim Heywood of Tim Heywood Designs
ISS Fabien Cousteau Blue Award: Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation
Distinguished Crew Award: Dragonfly’s and Umbra’s crews for their relief work in Vanuatu.