b'WORLD SUPERYACHT AWARD FORVIJONARAThe 42-metre sailing superyacht wows judges and takes home the 2019 Neptune Award for Best Sailing Yacht by combining a spirit of tradition with outstanding performance features. Sailing yacht Vijonara was presented with the 2019 World Superyacht Award for Best Sailing Yacht (30m to 59.9m) at a spectacular ceremony in London this weekend. The 42-metre sloop stood out from the other highly regarded nominees in the category due to her being a near perfect example of a Modern Classic, commented the Judges, adding: Vijonara exuded the charm and character, as well as a sense of luxurious comfort that one might expect in a great classic yacht.Vijonara was built under the supervision of MCM Photo : Stuart Pearceco-founder Nigel Ingram, who acted as owners representative on the project. Her highly optimised aluminium hull was constructed at Dutch shipyard Bloemsma before completion at Pendennis in the UK. sophistication of a bygone era coupled with the very bestVIJONARA was also a finalist in Launched in the spring of 2018, she is the second yachtin modern comforts and technology.from Andre Hoeks Truly Classic 128 series, and herfour categories of theWhen announcing her victory, the judges highlighted the Swiss owners took a keen interest in all aspects of thebuild quality and outstanding craftsmanship of VijonaraBoat International Design and design, both technical and aesthetic.notably her woodworkas well as her extremely goodInnovation Awards 2019:Having built up knowledge and experience of sailingperformance under sail, particularly in lighter breezes. over many years and vessels, through chartering andThe twin cockpit layout was also a hit with the judges, Best Exterior Styling for a Sailing yacht - WONownership, Vijonaras owners provided numerous specificthough the welcoming accommodation areas were Best Interior Design for a Sailing yachtrequirements in order to make her their perfect yacht.named as the most important factor in choosing Vijonara Best Naval Architecture for a Sailing YachtBy adding a bowsprit, the owners can enjoy the thrillingto take home the Neptune Award.Best Lifestyle Feature designsensation of lounging in the netting while underway. This new feature delivers Vijonara with plentiful additionalThe World Superyacht Awards is a peer-reviewedDue to the marked difference in styles and scale of power from carrying larger downwind sails as well asprogramme predominantly judged by experienced,the projects from largest to smallest, this category improved ease of handling with a reduced crew. passionate superyacht owners who have new-buildpresented the most difficult evaluation of the experience, making it uniquely credible and influential. competition. The yachts reconfigured deck layout moved the helm station forward of the aft deckhouse, which creates aMCM co-founder Nigel Ingram, owners representativeTo reach an objective conclusion, the judges scored the social atmosphere close to the centre cockpit and allowsduring Vijonaras construction, commented: We are veryentries in five equally weighted categories from visual easier communication between the helmsman andproud to learn that Vijonara won the Best Sailing Yachtimpact to practicality of decks to innovative design guests. The aft cockpit space has become a dedicated30m to 59.9m at this years World Superyacht Awards.features and all with regard to the clarity of the vessels owners cockpit. It is directly accessed from the ownersThese projects are a team effort; our congratulationsstated mission and owner objectives. The tally, by secret suite, which has been moved aft and features ango to the talented group of naval architects, designers,ballot, placed Vijonara on top thanks to the sweetness of integrated study in the deckhouse. craftsmen and boat builders that created herincluding,her lines, consistency of detail and the owners carefully of course, Hoek Design and Pendennis. considered revamping of the original deck layout to A gym has been added to the guest accommodation persupport extended cruising and a little racing. With the the owners request. We are absolutely delighted the judges decided in Vijonaras favour, as we feel that the team createdhelm situated in the centre of the boat, the aft deckhouse Luxury French brand Herms was engaged to devise thesomething very special: a timeless and elegant spirit- and its cockpit are the owners domain, and link directly interior dcor onboard Vijonara, with its signature tanof-tradition yacht with fine sailing characteristics and ato a unique two-level owners suite. His insistence on a leather and white stitching visible throughout the yacht.well proven sea-kindly hull form. We would like to takesloop rig and a bowsprit enhances both the traditional Understated and chic brushed metal hardware allows thethis opportunity to thank her owners for the trust andlook and the boats required performance by allowing a tan and cream colour palate to stand out while repeatedconfidence they placed in MCM to realise their sailingfurling Code Zero, while raising the toe rail disguises the accents of blue are a nod to classic maritime tradition. dream. height of the deck houses and fixed bimini while adding The overall interior theme evokes the class anda safety factor for blue water sailing.KOKOMO III'