Published: Tuesday, 16 May 2017

The 70m superyacht Sybaris from Perini Navi was named Best Sailing Yacht 2017 in both 40m plus category and overall at the World Superyacht Awards, held on May 13 in Florence, Italy.

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(Photos: Philipe Briand - Perini Navi award-winning SY Sybaris)

The Jury panel commented on their decision: “Sybaris not only impressed the judges with its sailing ability – particularly in light airs when many yachts of this size resort to mechanical power – but also in the yacht’s supreme comfort and optimum division of internal volume that entirely suits the owner’s needs. 

“Some technical innovations have already been mentioned, but there are more in that the sail plan, rig and underwater appendages were subjected to extensive CFD testing, which allowed detailed optimisation of rig, hull shape and appendages. Beautiful, capable, comfortable, and technically advanced. This is a yacht that was considered supreme for its purpose”.

The contemporary superstructure is topped with an impressive flybridge that is 18m in length. At 850 gross tonnes, Sybaris has wide-open interior spaces with an innovative layout and smart storage solutions. The exterior design is by Perini Navi design office and the interior design is by PH Design – the Miami-based studio’s first yacht project. 

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Perini Navi designed the new power management and the innovative self-driven captive winches of Sybaris.

Philippe Briand, the main naval architect of the yacht, has designed the hull, underwater appendages, rig, sail plan and main characteristics of this modern 70m ketch. 

Bill Duker, the owner of Sybaris, said: “Philippe Briand was selected to be the naval architect for Sybaris because he was seen five years ago as the person who would be regarded as the best naval architect today. The selection of Sybaris as the Best Sailing Yacht in the 40m plus category and the sailing yacht overall winner proves we were correct.”

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(Philippe Briand)

Philippe Briand said: “I enjoyed being part of this Design team and working with its highly talented members as Franco Romani of Perini Navi design office, PH Design, the shipyard Perini Navi and Bill Duker, the owner of Sybaris who brought this team together”.

Sybaris was also shortlisted as a finalist in six categories of the ShowBoats Design Awards, held in Kitzbühel in February 2017. She went on to take home more trophies, including titles for Best Interior Layout & Design and Best Lighting Design, as well as the award for Newcomer of the Year, presented to PH Design.