Double Dutch delight as Oceanco wins motor and sailing yacht of the year awards

19 mei 2019

The HISWA Holland Yachting Group is delighted to announce that Oceanco has achieved the unprecedented feat of winning both the Motor Yacht of the Year and the Sailing Yacht of the Year titles at the World Superyacht Awards in London. The 90-metre Dar and 106.70-metre Black Pearl came out tops on a fine night for the Dutch, with the 36-metre Brigadoon from Moonen Yachts also winning her category. With five more Holland Yachting Group members nominated for prizes and the Netherlands winning the Eurovision Song Contest, this was a night to remember for the Dutch.

An iconic Grade II-listed building overlooking the River Thames was the location as the World Superyachts Awards recognised the finest industry achievements launched in 2018. The glamorous ceremony turned into a triumphant evening for Oceanco as the yard’s two entries not only won their respective categories but were also called back on to the stage at the end of the night to collect the most prestigious prizes of all, the Motor Yacht of the Year and the Sailing Yacht of the Year

Black Pearl sets green example
The latter was won by the Dynarig schooner Black Pearl. The WSA judges praised the 106.70-metre three-masted giant as “an example to current and future owners of large yachts that it is possible to own such a vessel and, at the same time, also be environmentally responsible. Black Pearl has the capacity to provide all the space, facilities and luxury of a modern motoryacht, yet have the low fuel consumption and reduced environmental impact of a sailing yacht.”

The fact that a yacht of 2,550-tonnes displacement might cross the Atlantic without using any diesel fuel was central to the Judges’ reasoning. They also loved the way that Black Pearl makes provision for the future integration of solar power generated from her sails when this emerging technology is ready for service.

The sculpture of DAR
The coveted Motor Yacht of the Year title also went to Oceanco, a prize that reflects how the winner has advanced the design, construction and appearance of future generations of yachts. After a secret ballot among the judges the 90-metre DAR came out ahead by a good margin, having already won the displacement motoryachts 2000GT and above category. They were especially impressed by DAR’s “sculptural lines and elegantly shark-like, ‘organic’ exterior styling. Almost 400-square-metres of darkened glass panels form part of her superstructure, allowing dramatic views from the interior while ensuring privacy when viewed from the exterior.”

The Judges also appreciated the complexity of installing the completely flush panels, each 1.8-metres wide and up to 3.0-metres in height, to the superstructure in a way that they are resistant to the inevitable movement of the yacht in a seaway. “DAR is a great yacht and a deserving winner,” they concluded.

Class win for Brigadoon
Another worthy Neptune winner was Moonen Yachts, which was awarded Best Yacht in the semi-displacement or planing motor yachts – 33 to 39.9-metre category for the 36-metre Brigadoon. The Judges were impressed at the way Moonen had precisely met the owner’s brief for a yacht with a “classic timeless look, embracing quality and reliability.”

The WSA report praised “the sense of brightness and external views from an interior that was sophisticated, comfortable and welcoming. Another plus was that her Fast Displacement Hull Form only requires moderately sized 1,417kW diesels to take her to a top speed of 16.5-knots, but at the same time, these deliver an enviable range of 5,000nm at 10-knots. Brigadoon is a well-constructed, attractive and sophisticated yacht that deserved to win her class.”

Bright future
Brigadoon was one of two Moonen motoryachts nominated for the World Superyacht Awards along with the 35-metre Beluga. Seven other launches by members of the Holland Yachting Group also reached the final stages, namely Aquarius (Royal Huisman), Irisha (Heesen), Promise (Feadship), Volpini 2 and Dancing Hare (both Amels) and G2 and Thalia (both Vitters).

“To have so many Dutch yachts in the global spotlight at the World Superyacht Awards illustrates why our members are such leaders in their field,” says HISWA Holland Yachting Group Export Director Jeroen Sirag. “For Oceanco to win both the main awards is an extraordinary achievement even in this most extraordinary of industries. It is a fantastic culmination to a great week in which Feadship, Oceanco and Royal Huisman have all expanded their facilities to meet ever growing demand. The Dutch are now responsible for a third of all new builds over 30 metres and recognised as the home of premium quality. There are sure to be more awards to come in the future!”

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