Baltic sweeps the board at superyachting ‘Oscars’
Baltic Yachts dominated the Boat International Word Superyacht Awards 2022 with Perseverance being judged overall Sailing Yacht of the Year and Best Yacht in the 30m to 39.9m category and Path topping the 40m and above category.
The announcements were made at a gala awards ceremony at London’s historic Guildhall on Saturday May 21, where the results of judging 58 nominations in 22 categories and special awards were revealed.
A distinctive feature of the WSA is that the judging panel is made up of experienced current and former superyacht owners bringing an unusually high level of expertise and credibility to the assessment process. In all, the judges made 223 individual visits to nominated yachts.
Perseverance – ‘keep it simple design approach’
The judges found it difficult to choose between Baltic 146 Path and Baltic 117 Perseverance for Sailing Yacht of the Year, but the latter prevailed on the night, the judges praising her ‘keep it simple’ design approach for long distance cruising in remote areas and her use of an efficient diesel-electric propulsion system, which reduces her dependence on fossil fuels.
Both yachts fought off nominations from strong opposition. Henry Hawkins, Baltic Yachts’ EVP, said: “It was a great honour to represent the shipyard at the awards and I would like to thank the yachts’ owners for their vision and passion in bringing these complex projects to fruition.
“I am delighted that Baltic Yachts, its workers and the yachts’ designers have been recognised by the judges of these prestigious awards. It’s also a great lead into Baltic’s 50th anniversary celebrations which will take place throughout 2023,” he added.
With naval architecture by Dykstra Naval Architects, Perseverance’s neo-classic looks featuring a straight stem, traditional counter, deep bulwarks and deck houses skinned in oiled teak, bely her advanced composite hull and deck construction, lifting keel and powerful, easy-to-manage sailplan. Her fixed bowsprit enables a multitude of upwind and downwind sails to be set at the touch of a button. Dykstra describes her as ‘a pilot cutter with timeless elegance.’
Her interior is by deVosdeVries design featuring stained oak, dark oak trim and ‘industrial chic’ hardware. A lot of research was conducted to find ways to conserve power including using waste air conditioning energy to heat the yacht’s water system, developing smart lighting and aircon systems in individual cabins and rationalising the number of pumps in the yacht’s various systems.
The judges were also impressed by Perseverance’s diesel/electric propulsion system and ‘well-integrated technology that takes her batteries to full charge in 4.5 hours and permits eight to nine hours of silent running at anchor’. She can also charge her batteries while sailing by using her electric propulsion motor as a generator driven by her free-wheeling propeller.
Light Displacement 103 tons
Ballast 30 tons
Naval architect: Dykstra Naval Architect
Interior design: deVosdeVries design
Building on winning ways
These latest accolades bring to 31 the number of international design awards won by Baltic Yachts in 10 years. Yachts like Inukshuk, WinWin, Nikata, My Song, Canova and now Perseverance and Path, to name but a few, have accumulated an unrivalled number of top awards for naval architecture, design, innovation and interior expertise. Baltic Yachts congratulates owners, designers and our own build teams for these remarkable achievements.
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