The Who’s Who of the international boat business gathered at the gala Flagship Night, sponsored by the German publisher Delius-Klasing, to witness the awards of this year’s European Yacht of the Year contest. After thoroughly inspecting and testing the 25 nominated boats in Southampton and La Spezia, the international expert jury returned the following winners in these five categories:
Special Yachts: J/70
Nominated late as a substitute, the American designed J/70 swayed the panel with a flawless showing during the test days in Italy. Good acceleration, easy and precise on the helm, featuring a simple yet functional layout and a very effective sail plan, the J/70 will excite racing sailors and family crews alike. It’s the first J/Boat with a lifting keel, and it turned into a smashing success after also winning Boat of the Year honors in the US.
Winner, Special Yachts: The J/70.
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