Superyacht UK Awards Lifetime Achievement Honour to Piers Wilson


Superyacht UK have created a new award to honour those who have made an outstanding lifetime contribution to the superyacht sector and, in particular, the aims and objectives of Superyacht UK (SYUK).

The recipient of the Superyacht UK Lifetime Achievement award is chosen by past and present Chairmen of SYUK.

Winner of the first ever award Piers Wilson started his career in the marine industry as Production Manager at Camper & Nicholson’s Northern Yard.

He then went on to establish Southampton Yacht Services in 1980 at Shamrock Quay with John Dean.

Classic yachts are very close to his heart and he soon secured projects such as

  • Ticonderoga (Herreshoff),
  • Belle Adventure (Fife)
  • Altair
  • Velsheda

Piers has also been heavily involved with 45m motor yacht refits, racing yachts such as Mari Cha and has worked with Vosper Thornycroft and Pendennis on numerous projects.

SYUK Chairman Mike Carr said: “Piers is a charming and enthusiastic man, who has great respect and following amongst his employees as well as industry colleagues. He is without doubt a true pillar of the UK superyacht sector and a worthy recipient of this lifetime achievement award.”

Receiving the award Piers added: “This award has come as a complete surprise to me and I am delighted to accept it. I have been very aware of the importance of Superyacht UK in promoting British companies’ interests in the marine market and I am honoured that my friends and colleagues have chosen me to be the recipient.

“I opted to change careers from the automotive to the marine industry forty five years ago and I can honestly say that I have never regretted that decision. The combination of technical challenges, commercial considerations, employment of highly skilled craftsmen and meeting extraordinary owners has ensured a fascinating career.”

The award was presented to Piers at the annual Superyacht UK (SYUK) Technical Seminar on Thursday 15 January 2015.