Antares III, designed by Dixon Yacht Design has won the won Best Sailing Yacht in the 24m to 40m category at the International Superyacht Society Awards.
In May of this year she also won the Best Sailing Yacht award in the 30 to 40 metre range at the World Superyacht Awards sponsored by Boat International magazine.
She was deemed a ‘clear winner’ by the judges offering ‘everything that made cruising a pleasure for her owner’, a real commendation for the skill of those involved.
The yacht, whose naval architecture and exterior styling where the work of the Dixon team was built in New Zealand by Yachting Developments with interior styling by Rhodes Young.
Bill Dixon is particularly pleased with his second award as in both cases the experienced and qualified judges have seen beyond what some might consider a relatively conservative profile and focused on the many factors that define a well-executed vessel.
The yachts owner was looking for a modern classic and a vessel which would be capable of extended offshore ‘exploration’ cruising and making fast passage times in considerable comfort.
The designers have translated these requirements into a yacht which has a beautifully balanced hull form and a long waterline length.
To satisfy the fast cruising demand Antares III was built from composite, which provided not just a considerable weight saving compared to aluminium, but had the additional benefit of allowing the design team to exploit every square inch of interior volume with the absence of structural frames which would otherwise have been required.