Gerard Dijkstra receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Dutch naval architect Gerard Dijkstra, founder of Dykstra Naval Architects, has been announced as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BOAT International Design & Innovation Awards 2022.

His five-decades-long-career has resulted in a staggering portfolio of work from modern marvels, the likes of Maltese Falcon and SY Black Pearl, the Dynarig, to the classic styling of Athena, Hetairos, and Adix - and not forgetting his pivotal role in the revival of the J Class. He accepted his award at the Superyacht Design Festival in Milan to a standing ovation.

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SY Perserverance winner of two Awards at the Boat International Design & Innovation Festival in Milan. Best Naval Architecture Sailing Yachts and Eco Award!

The 39,6 mtr Custom plumb bow sloop is designed and naval architecture by Dykstra Naval Architects, with an interior by deVosdeVries design, and built by Baltic Yachts.

The naval architecture subcommittee found the contenders for this category to be a very strong group, with impressive innovation, technical achievements and sailing ability. All entries were similar-sized sloops, and all have their performance characteristics aligned with their mission. On final analysis, Perseverance 1 ticked the boxes for best performance in light air thanks to her advanced construction materials and methods, carbon-fibre spars and standing rigging. She scored extra points for a rig geometry that enables quick sail adaptation to match environmental conditions, thus allowing her to sail for long periods. The hull, lifting keel and rudder were devised via CFD analysis for a balanced helm and manual steering. Given her passage-maker mission, high bulwarks and deep cockpits provide extra safety for guests and crew.

It may seem that a sailing yacht entering the Eco category has an advantage, but the owner of the winning yacht went far beyond simply using sails. With his encouragement, the build team hit upon six methods of energy saving. One of the most interesting fuel-saving ideas lays in the elimination of individual seawater cooling pumps, replacing them with a shared central unit and using a frequency converter to control its speed and limit the flow of seawater to demand. Along with a zero-emission electric propulsion motor, waste heat recovery, auto controls on lights and AC zones, two small Tier III-compliant variable speed gensets and the free-wheeling propeller-charging batteries when sailing, Perseverance 1 has documented 70 litres per day diesel savings while operating in owner mode.

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SY Perseverance Winner of Best Sailing Yacht under 40 mtr Award and Sailing Yacht of the Year Award at the World Superyacht Awards in London, hosted by Boat International.

The title of Sailing Yacht of the Year is awarded to the yacht that is considered by the judges to be the most notable of the class winners in this year's sailing yacht categories.

The 39,6 mtr Custom plumb bow sloop is designed by Dykstra Naval Architects, with an interior by deVosdeVries design, and built by Baltic Yachts.

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Unveiling of 65 metre project "Aquarius II"

It is a great compliment when owners value the experience of their yacht so highly that the only material change they want is to build a larger version, with exactly the same team. Yet that is the story behind the decision of the experienced husband and wife owners of the 56-meter world cruising ketch "Aquarius" to create a stunning new 65m / 212ft 'big sister', "Aquarius II" . The team comprises owners' project manager Godfrey Cray, Dykstra Naval Architects, interior designer Mark Whiteley Design and superyacht builder Royal Huisman.

The owners' brief retains a strong emphasis on performance. "Aquarius II" will feature a state-of-the-art carbon rig and integrated sail handling from Rondal, structured luff sails, and a retractable keel for optimal stability under racing conditions. "Aquarius" was first in class at her St. Barths Regatta debut in 2019 and will be showing her pace once again this March. Hence the comment "After all, I want to keep winning Bucket races!" from her owner.

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SY Perseverance finalist in Design and Innovation Awards 2022

We are proud to share that SY Perseverance is a finalist for the upcoming Design and Innovation Awards 2022 by Boat International. The 35.8 m sailing yacht Perseverance will be competing in the categories:

• Best Naval Architecture Sailing Yachts
• Outstanding Exterior Styling Sailing Yachts
• Best Interior Design Sailing Yachts
• Eco Award

Naval Architecture and Exterior Styling: Dykstra Naval Architects
Interior Design: deVosdeVries design
Builder: Baltic Yachts

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