Sailing yacht Vijonara was presented with the 2019 World Superyacht Awards for Best Sailing Yacht (30m to 59.9m) at a spectacular ceremony in London. The 42-metre sloop stood out from the other highly regarded nominees in the category due to her being a near perfect example of a Modern Classic, commented the Judges, adding: “Vijonara exuded the charm and character, as well as a sense of luxurious comfort that one might expect in a great classic yacht.

Vijonara: the exteriors

Her highly optimised aluminium hull was constructed at Dutch shipyard Bloemsma before completion at Pendennis in the UK. Launched in the spring of 2018, she is the second yacht from Andre Hoek’s Truly Classic 128 series, and her Swiss owners took a keen interest in all aspects of the design, both technical and aesthetic.

Vijonara: the interiors

Luxury French brand Hermès was engaged to devise the interior décor onboard Vijonara, with its signature tan leather and white stitching visible throughout the yacht. Understated and chic brushed metal hardware allows the tan and cream colour palate to stand out while repeated accents of blue are a nod to classic maritime tradition. The overall interior theme evokes the class and sophistication of a bygone era coupled with the very best in modern comforts and technology.

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MCM co-founder Nigel Ingram, owners’ representative during Vijonara’s construction, commented: “We are very proud to learn that Vijonara won the Best Sailing Yacht 30m to 59.9m at this year’s World Superyacht Awards. These projects are a team effort; our congratulations go to the talented group of naval architects, designers, craftsmen and boat builders that created her – including, of course, Hoek Design and Pendennis. We are absolutely delighted the judges decided in Vijonara’s favour, as we feel that the team created something very special: a timeless and elegant spirit-of-tradition yacht with fine sailing characteristics and a well proven sea-kindly hull form. We would like to take this opportunity to thank her owners for the trust and confidence they placed in MCM to realise their sailing dream.”

All photos by Stuart Pearce