18 January 2024
After a successful inaugural edition in 2023 in which yacht owner and philanthropist Wendy Schmidt, YachtAid Global director Zoran Selakovic, and superyacht First Officer and DEI proponent Jenny Matthews were each honoured with a coveted Bowsprit award, The Honours 2024 has officially opened for nominations at thehonours.org.
Organised by The Superyacht Life Foundation and the Monaco Yacht Show, The Honours seeks to celebrate the inspiring people inspiring change both within and through superyachting and the superyacht industry.
The 2023 laureates epitomise the extraordinary positive impacts that owners, crew and industry can have both within the industry and outside it with industry initiatives, and philanthropic and humanitarian projects in which superyachting plays a central role.
Nominations are now invited for potential 2024 honourees, with the process open to anyone who can put forward a name or names of someone they feel deserves recognition for the work they have done or the change they have instigated.
Nominees can be anyone involved with superyachts or the superyacht industry, but above all, they should show a project, work or personal endeavour that demonstrates altruistic or progressive behaviour beyond personal gain or career development, such as advancing diversity and inclusion, sustainability and innovation, science and exploration, conservation, and philanthropy and support for local communities.
The complete list of nominees will be considered by an expert panel who will reduce the longlist to a shortlist, from which the final three laureates will be selected after an intensive day of judging by a panel of highly respected industry professionals.
The panel will be considering aspects such as nominees’ impact and achievements, their leadership and influence, their service and commitment, the innovation and creativity of their endeavours, and their integrity and character.
“The inspiring stories of our 2023 laureates and the extraordinary impacts they have had through their work and their initiatives are a perfect reflection of what this industry is capable of and the heart that beats within it,” says Dilan Sarac, Executive Director of The Superyacht Life Foundation.
“Now we call on the whole industry – and anyone beyond it – to nominate people they feel also deserve recognition for what they are doing and the impacts they have had. Anyone can be nominated, as long as what they have done demonstrates the capacity for the superyacht industry to do good or to instigate change.”
Adds Gaëlle Tallarida, managing director at the Monaco Yacht Show: “The Honours announced itself with a bang on the eve of the 2023 Monaco Yacht Show, and the awards have quickly found their place within the industry by celebrating the people at its heart.
Moreover, The Honours reflects the efforts of our industry to the rest of the world, showing both how progressive our industry can be and also how much desire to do good there is in the superyachting good life. We look forward to seeing another deep and diverse list of nominations, and can’t wait to host the 2024 laureates at the exclusive gala celebration on the eve of the 2024 Monaco Yacht Show.”
Do you know someone deserving of being recognised by The Honours? Nominations should be made by visiting the Nominate page on thehonours.org website, where you can also find more details on Honours evening and the ethos behind the awards.
For more information, please contact Dilan Sarac.