FOUR AWARDS CROWN THE ITALIAN SHIPYARD AS WORLD LEADER.
At an event reminiscent of Oscar night on the Croisette in Cannes, Azimut’s yachts were crowned by an international jury with some of the most sought-after awards in the yachting industry.
They represent yet another acknowledgement of the shipyard’s ongoing major investments in research and development to consolidate and improve its position as world leader.
Organised by French magazine Yachts France in parallel with the 2017 Cannes Yachting Festival, the World Yachts Trophies are some of the most important awards in the yachting industry.
The award ceremony was held on Saturday September 16 against the sumptuous backdrop of the Carlton hotel in Cannes. The Cannes Yachting Festival, which kicks off the international 2017/18 yachting season, comes to an end with a veritable triumph for the Italian shipyard, testifying to unanimous appreciation of its models’ innovation and quality, after an extremely favourable reception by the market. In addition to the four awards, the organisers presented the shipyard with a special acknowledgement to mark the 40th anniversary of the Cannes boat show, for having attended the boat show right from the very outset and continuing to be one of its main exhibitors.
The Azimut 60 was awarded the Best Layout Trophy in the 50’ to 80’ category.
The result of a masterful design partnership between Stefano Righini for the exteriors and Achille Salvagni for the interiors, this unique yacht features totally innovative solutions.
The dinette offers unprecedented views of the sea, with cutaway gunwales and floor-to-ceiling windows, and in addition to dining, the space can also be used as a second lounge area by lowering the up/down table.
Below deck, the Azimut 60 has a layout with three cabins and three bathrooms. Borrowing from home design, the full-beam owner’s cabin in the centre of the yacht stands out for the striking one-off suspended design pieces. Expressing a strong personality, they keep up the play on flowing lines in the other settings, while providing a remarkably high level of storage.
Designed by the skilled hand of Stefano Righini, this unique concept wide body superyacht creates perfect harmony between flowing lines and unparalleled volumes for the segment. The vertical bow and big full-height windows, which rise from the hull and extend up into the superstructure, give the boat a sporty, edgy character and are its signature features.
The Azimut Grande 27 Metri presents a unique widebody concept in this category, with the owner’s suite on the main deck and the possibility of five cabins, in what is an almost unique feature for a boat this size.
The extensive use of carbon fiber, which Azimut has pioneered in all its collections, makes it possible to extend the space available without increasing the yacht’s weight, resulting in better performance in the water and unprecedented comfort onboard. The hard top, roll-bar, flydeck, superstructure and transom are pure carbon fiber, while the deck is hybrid carbon / glass fiber.
The Azimut Grande 35 Metri triumphed with the Best Interior Design Trophy in the 80’ to 125’ category.
Yet another recognition for the Shipyard’s flagship 35 Metri widebody, in which the shape of the interiors by Salvagni create sophisticated settings that express the new approach to well-being under the banner of calm and sophistication.
The elements that make this a masterpiece of interior design include the owner’s suite on the main deck, conveying a sensation of openness and lightness in which the big central bed becomes the main feature around which the entire space revolves. The highpoint of the owner’s cabin is its unique private balcony, which is unprecedented on a 35-meter yacht. Using a highly sophisticated mechanism, the section of the full-height window with a carbon fiber frame folds out, while the floor of the balcony extends from under the cabin, protected by automatic stanchions. The result is the Instant Balcony, with no uprights or other obstacles to spoil the panoramic view from the owner’s suite.
Finally the Azimut S7, the new arrival in the shipyard’s sports collection, won the Best Technology Evolution Trophy.
Stefano Righini continues to innovate the S collection by Azimut, with increasingly sporty lines that celebrate both style and space. An innovative layout, sumptuous materials and unusual decor by Francesco Guida make this yacht a true novelty in the industry. Carbon fiber and three Volvo IPS engines deliver unprecedented size and performance, plus the best fuel efficiency on the market. The use of carbon fiber in the superstructure and pivoting platform mean that the Azimut S7 is the only boat in its segment to deliver so much space and 2-meter headroom on both the main and lower decks.
This award is yet another recognition of the shipyard’s investments in technology and in R&D, including a post-curing oven for carbon fiber production at the Avigliana yard.