ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The editors at Cruising World and Sailing World have announced nominees for the 2018 Boat of the Year awards, the sailing industry’s premier program for recognizing the best new sailboat models in North America.
Nominated boats move on to the judging round, where they will be inspected and sailed by an independent panel of judges from each magazine, beginning at this week’s U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md., Oct. 5-9. Cruising World judges focus on production boats laid out and equipped for coastal and offshore sailing and voyaging, while Sailing World concentrates on boats designed and built with racing in mind.
“After two decades, the Boat of the Year awards have come to be recognized as the most prestigious competition in the sailing industry,” said Herb McCormick, Cruising World executive editor and Boat of the Year director. “No one else puts the fleet of new boats through their paces during dockside inspections and on-the-water testing. This year’s group of more than two-dozen nominees will face a rigorous examination from our independent panel of judges.”
“Our Boat of the Year testing is more than an annual awards program,” says Sailing World editor and Boat of the Year director Dave Reed, “It’s an opportunity for us to get into the latest designs and share the excitement and innovation with our audience. Every year, the diversity of new raceboats amazes me, and this year is no different. Our entries span from a 14-foot foiling catamaran to a 50-foot grand-prix one-design, so we’re looking forward to seeing what they can do under sail.”
The 2018 Boat of the Year winners will be announced in the January issue of Cruising World and the January/February issue of Sailing World, both available in late December.
2018 Cruising World Boat of the Year Nominees:
Jeaneau SO 440
Beneteau Oceanis 51.5
Corsair 760 Sport
Maine Cat 38
FP Saona 47
2018 Sailing World Boat of the Year Nominees:
Nautor’s ClubSwan 50
J Boats J/121
Fulcrum Speedworks UFO Foiler
Stilletto Catamarans XC
HH Catamarans 55
HH Catamarans 66