Awards for SY Black Pearl

SY Black Pearl was The Big Sailing Yacht winner of the World Superyacht Awards 2019

SY Black Pearl won the Award for Best Sailing Yacht 60m+ and the most prestigious Award Best Sailing Yacht of the Year. We are proud to be part of the SY Black Pearl team, as Naval Architects and the Dynarig/Sail plan designers.

The World Superyacht Awards Gala, organized by Boat International Media in association with Oyster Yachts, took place in the heart of London, in Old Billingsgate. Nearly 600 guests including superyacht Owners, designers, and builders were on hand for the dinner/ awards event.

SY Black Pearl, measuring 106.7-meters in length, is not only the world's largest private sailing yacht, she also has many unique and innovative features such as a state- of –the- art Dynarig sailing system, single- level engine room, and a hybrid propulsion installation with a high capacity battery bank allowing for a regeneration mode when under sail. With Exterior Design by Ken Freivokh and Nuvolari Lenard, Interior Design by Gerard Villate and Nuvolari Lenard and naval architecture by Dykstra Naval Architects/Oceanco, SY Black Pearl is both stunningly beautiful and a technological tour de force.

More information about SY Black Pearl: www.dykstra-na.nl/designs/black-pearl

From the World Superyacht Awards Judges:
Selecting the winner is not a matter of merely choosing the yacht that won its class by the greatest margin, as the Judges are required to consider how each of these vessels might have advanced the design, construction and appearance of future generations of sailing yachts, whilst also taking into consideration all the other elements that led to their selection as class winners. During discussions, it was clear that SY Black Pearl because of her technological advances, was selected as the Sailing Yacht of the Year. Perhaps the most notable aspect of this vessel was her capacity to provide all the space, facilities and luxury of a modern motor yacht, yet have the low fuel consumption and, hence, reduced environmental impact of a sailing yacht. The fact that Black Pearl, a yacht of 2,550 tonnes displacement, might cross the Atlantic without using any diesel fuel was central to the Judges' reasoning. As such, she provides an example to current and future owners of large yachts that it is possible to own such a vessel and, at the same time, also be environmentally responsible. This, the Judges felt, is a message worth broadcasting.

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Shabab Oman II and Cisne Branco in Scheveningen

Dykstra Naval Architects designed Tall Ships Shabab Oman II and Cisne Branco will be joining Sail op Scheveningen in The Hague!

Once again Scheveningen will be the finishing port of a major international maritime event. Dozens of large Tall ships will come to The Hague for the Liberty Tall Ships Regatta from 20 - 23 June. Many of these ships sail around the world and can only be seen at major international maritime events such as Sail Amsterdam. Many of these ships will be coming to The Hague for the first time. The Hague is the international capital of peace and justice and has an attractive nautical meeting point with Scheveningen port. The Liberty Tall Ships Regatta Rouen – Scheveningen 2019 will be a spectacular event. This event is the kick-off for a year of festivities around 75 years of liberation. A unique opportunity for The Hague, Scheveningen and the Netherlands to become the world's focus.


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Hetairos wins the Bucket

Hetairos Overall Bucket Winner 2019!

With a 1-2-3 scoreline to show for its crew's strong execution of plan, the 66.9m ketch Hetairos (Dykstra Naval Architects / RP designed), won the six-yacht Les Gazelles des Mer class and the Bucket trophy.

We were very proud to have 5 Dykstra designed yachts competing in this year's Bucket Regatta: Adela, Aquarius, Aurelius, Hetairos and Velsheda. This year's regatta was a special one for the Dykstra team as the company celebrates its 50th Anniversary.

The top two yachts in the six-strong Les Elegantes des Mers class exchanged leads on the first two days of racing and were knotted up in Sunday's race until the 56.2m ketch Aquarius untangled it all, winning to edge out the 39.3 J Class yacht Velsheda (Dykstra refit and optimization design) by one point in final scoring. Aquarius, built by Royal Huisman and designed by Dykstra Naval Architects, was brand new to racing.

"If you won your class at the 2019 St. Barths Bucket, you were doing something right and can be very proud," said Race Director Peter Craig at Sunday evening's Awards Ceremony. "Across the board, we had incredibly competitive racing."

St Barths Bucket Regatta 2019 was a great success thanks to the Bucket organization, Stewards and Friends of the Bucket... and last but not least all owners and crew participating!

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Dykstra Naval Architechts @ St Barths Bucket 2019

As an official Friend of the St Barths Bucket Regatta, Dykstra Naval Architects is pleased to see that 5 Dykstra designed yachts will be competing in this year's Bucket Regatta.
This year's regatta will be held from 21 - 24 March. A special one for the Dykstra team as the company celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year.

A Dykstra team of six, Thys Nikkels, Hilbert ten Have, Jeroen de Vos, Erik Wassen, Edwin Luijf and Anneliek van der Linde, will be joining the Regatta.

For more information about the St Barths Bucket: www.bucketregatta.com

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The team that created SY Black Pearl was awarded with the "Best Naval Architecture Sailing Yacht" Award at the Boat International Superyacht Design Symposium 2019 in Cortina.

Dykstra Naval Architects created both the hull envelope and the advanced DynaRig sail plan. At 106.7m overall SY Black Pearl is an enormous yacht built by Oceanco, with a hull that still manages to look sleek with enormous loads generated by a sail area in excess of 2,900m2 spread over three unstayed, rotating masts. The design mission was to deliver a top speed of 25 knots under sail and achieve it on a yacht with a 7.23m draft and 2,550 tons displacement at full load. In addition, the owner wanted a "zero impact" yacht capable of emissions-free cruising. To this end, the yacht has a sophisticated diesel-electric propulsion system optimized with an assist by Lateral Naval Architects using two main diesel engines and electrical motors connected to variable pitch propellers. Substantial battery capacity provide for house loads and peak shaving. Shaft generators powered off propellers that can be adjusted for optimal pitch at any sailing speed return carbon-free electricity to the batteries when the boat is under sail.


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