Lang Walker AO was awarded the prestigious “Legacy Award” at the Boat International Media World Superyacht Awards for his contribution and philanthropic efforts within the superyacht industry, in a ceremony hosted on Saturday 19th of May in Florence, Italy.
The Legacy award is a part of one of the 20 categories recognised every year by Boat International, a renowned global organisation in superyachting, which acknowledges the most innovative and inspiring yacht designs and the talent behind these creations.
The elegant affair was hosted in Italy, in the city known as the cradle of the Renaissance, Florence, where Lang was recognised for his outstanding contributions and his extensive role in the design and construction of his superior and luxury yachts.
Each of the Kokomo series -three custom sailing yachts of 42 metre, 52 metre and 58.4 metre-, the construction of which he directly supervised, have evolved simultaneously with Lang’s competitive sailing career and experience.
His innovative approach to pushing the boundaries was also recognised, an example of which is his building of a 58.4 metre sloop with a 130-tonne lifting keel and his commissioning of the largest spinnaker in history; as well as being the first man to put 3DL sails on board a superyacht.
Lang’s passion for the creation of unique superyachts is also reflected in his multiple philanthropic efforts within the industry. The Australian Olympic sailing team and the youth sailing academy are just a few of the charities he supports. Additionally, when building his remarkable yachts, he has encouraged the implementation of apprenticeship programmes to teach the trades to the next generation of yacht builders.