The 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. 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.”
Her highly optimised aluminium hull was constructed at Dutch shipyard Bloemsma before completion at Pendennis in the UK. Launched in the spring of 2018, she is the second yacht from Andre Hoek’s Truly Classic 128 series, and her Swiss owners took a keen interest in all aspects of the design, both technical and aesthetic.
Having built up knowledge and experience of sailing over many years and vessels, through chartering and ownership, Vijonara’s owners provided numerous specific requirements in order to make her their perfect yacht.
Luxury French brand Hermès was engaged to devise the interior décor onboard Vijonara, with its signature tan leather and white stitching visible throughout the yacht. Understated and chic brushed metal hardware allows the tan and cream colour palate to stand out while repeated accents of blue are a nod to classic maritime tradition. The overall interior theme evokes the class and sophistication of a bygone era coupled with the very best in modern comforts and technology.
When announcing her victory, the Judges highlighted the build quality and outstanding craftsmanship of Vijonara – notably her woodwork – as well as her extremely good performance under sail, particularly in lighter breezes. The twin cockpit layout was also a hit with the Judges, though the “welcoming accommodation areas” were named as the most important factor in choosing Vijonara to take home the Neptune Award.