Yachting Developments was announced as the winner of not one, but two awards at this year’s International Superyacht Society awards ceremony held in Ft Lauderdale. The Bill Dixon-designed Antares III was awarded ‘best sailing yacht 24-40 m’ and the iconic J Class Endeavour was recognised as ‘best refit’ for 2012.
Yachting Developments’ managing director Ian Cook was present at the awards and describes being ecstatic at the results especially as the 30 m Antares III was a special project having been built in less than 400 days.
“The passion displayed by all involved with the refit of the 39.6 m Endeavour, built in 1934, is very evident in the endresult,” adds Cook. “Both projects were made possible thanks to the foresight of the respective vessel’s owners and their teams.”
Yachting Developments was also delighted to see the 100 ft sailing super catamaran Quintessential (also known as Q5 or build number YD66) successfully launched and delivered to her owners in June. Since this time, the vessel has been well used by her owner and his family. During her maiden voyage from New Zealand to New York, Q5 has already logged over 11,000 ocean miles, enjoying a comfortable cruise through South Pacific island groups such as Fiji, French Polynesia, and Galapagos.
Cook also notes that Yachting Developments is again a platinum sponsor of the New Zealand Millennium Cup. “We’re looking forward to another great regatta in 2013.”