The ISS Design and Leadership Awards

The Event

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Broward Center for the Performing Arts
201 SW Fifth Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312

The Industry Awards: Now entering its 30th year, the prestigious International Superyacht Society’s Design and Leadership Awards were created in 1990 to call attention to the outstanding achievements in the design and construction of large yachts.

Finalists for the Awards are selected from a comprehensive listing of all eligible vessels, over 25 meters in length, that were completed and delivered in the previous calendar year. Active Members of the International Superyacht Society without any conflicts of interest are called upon to select five finalists for each of the awards’ six categories.


The Awards

ISS Yacht Design, Leadership and Awards of Distinction

Yachts to be nominated by Yacht Builders, Designers & Refit Yards only

Eligible sailing vessels must be custom built and 25 meters (82ft+) and up
Eligible motor vessels must be custom built and 30 meters (98.5ft+) and up

Completed, launched and delivered between January of the previous calendar through December.

For questions regarding yacht nominations, please contact

  • Power 24m-40m
  • Power 40m-65m
  • Power 65m+
  • Sail 24m-40m
  • Sail 40 M +
  • Best Interior – Power or Sail
  • Best Refit – Power or Sail
Technology Award sponsored by awrd-logo
Nominations from the industry; ISS board members vote to determine finalists.

Open to every aspect of technological innovation in our Industry—the Excellence in Technology award is given to an individual or business that has demonstrated advancement in their technological endeavors within the previous year.

Leadership Award sponsored by awrd-logo
Nominations sought from ISS Board of Directors and the Previous Leadership Awards Winners whom also serves as the Judges with the previous year winner being the Committee Chairman - sponsored and presented by the Robb Report.

This Award honors an individual (or company) whose distinctive work and commitment to the industry has contributed to the growth of the superyacht community worldwide over the years. The Leadership Award is chosen by the Previous Award Recipients to honor a new award recipient to this distinctive group of Esteemed Industry Individuals.

Fabien Cousteau Blue Award sponsored by awrd-logo
Celebrating Active Stewardship of Marine Ecosystems—Nominations by owners and yachting industry; selection by panel of judges.

The ISS Fabien Cousteau Blue Award celebrates stewardship of marine ecosystems. Environmental leadership, global oceanic conservation and resource preservation are prerequisites for nomination. The integration of environmental technologies and resource management with the goal of setting achievable standards and models for wide adaptation in the design, engineering and building of large yachts—and the use of the Earth’s waterways—are essential criteria.

Distinguished Crew Award sponsored by awrd-logo
Nominations by the yachting industry; selection is made by a panel of judges.

Recognizes yacht crew whose distinguished acts of service best exemplify the standards to which professional yacht crew aspire within the previous year.

Artisan Award sponsored by awrd-logo
Nominations by the yachting industry; selection is made by a panel of judges.

Artisans are found in all aspects of yacht construction: holding a welding torch or a chisel, working with needle and thread or precious materials. Their work may be permanently on display in the finished vessel, or out of sight, reliably delivering the high performance we have all come to expect.

Business Person of the Year sponsored by awrd-logo
Nominations by the yachting industry; selection is made by a panel of judges.

The ISS Business (Person) of the Year is awarded to those demonstrating excellence in their area of superyacht expertise within the previous year.

ISS requests that nominations for "Awards of Distinction" be made prior to August 31, 2019.

Those nominating are requested to complete and submit the form following instruction provided therein; the form may also be printed and faxed to 954.525.4325. Once received, the nomination will be forwarded to the appropriate committee and ISS Board of Directors.

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