World Superyacht Awards 2009 moves from Venice to London

Boat International Media are delighted to announce that the fourth annual World Superyacht Awards will take place at London’s historic Guildhall on Saturday 16th May 2009.

Situated in the heart of the City of London, this medieval building has been the epicentre of England’s commercial life for more than 800 years. The current building dates back to 1411, but the site was already in use from Anglo-Saxon times as a meeting place for the city’s guilds and livery companies.

The Awards ceremony will take place in the vaulted splendor of the Great Hall of Guildhall. Through the ages, countless royal and state visitors have been entertained within these five-foot thick 15th Century walls. The walls record the names and arms of every Lord Mayor and the Monarchs they served, dating back to the very first Lord Mayor of London Henry Fitz Ailwyn in 1189 during the reign of King Richard I.

The Hall also displays the funereal honors the City has granted to leading British political and military leaders: most notably the Duke of Wellington, Admiral Lord Nelson and Sir Winston Churchill.

The champagne reception and after party will be held in the Guildhall Crypts, offering the unique opportunity to socialize with an elite guest list of owners and leading industry professionals in the history-soaked atmosphere of the largest medieval crypts in London. The East Crypt predates even the Great Hall, having been built in the time of Edward the Confessor before the Norman Conquest (1042). The low vaulted ceilings are embossed with the coats of arms of the city and its foremost citizens, while the stained glass windows commemorate Geoffrey Chaucer, William Caxton, Sir Thomas More, Sir Christopher Wren and Samuel Pepys.

An international hub for both business and entertaining, London is a cosmopolitan city making it the perfect location for the World Superyacht Awards 2009. London's five airports and central location on the world’s flight paths will allow easier travel for our guests from all sides of the globe as well as the many superyacht owners based in the city.

“In response to the positive feedback we have received from superyacht owners, we have chosen 2009 as the year to move the event from Venice to a new city. By bringing the World Superyacht Awards to the magnificent Guildhall, a larger venue in the centre of the city of London, many more of the owners and teams responsible for all the nominated superyachts will be able to join us at the gala awards ceremony to celebrate the best builds of 2008." Tony Harris, CEO of Boat International Media

The World Superyacht Awards 2009 Finalists will be published online on Friday 23rd January and in the March issue of Boat International (on sale 12th February).

For further information on the World Superyacht Awards, please visit www.worldsuperyachtawards.com

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