Cruising World magazine announced today the winners of its 17th annual Boat of the Year awards. Topping this year’s list of winners for the most anticipated awards in the sailboat industry were the J/95 and the Leopard 38. The J/95 won the Domestic Boat of the Year award, and the Leopard was named Import Boat of the Year. Four other boats also won awards from an independent panel of experts who inspected and tested 18 nominated boats following the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland, earlier this year. Decisions were based on extensive dockside inspections and sea trials of the boats. All of the winners, along with the rest of the 2010 BOTY nominees and several other boats reviewed by the magazine’s editors, will be featured in the January issue of Cruising World.
In addition to claiming the Domestic Boat of the Year award, the J/95 was also named Best Weekender. “The judges were impressed with the J/95’s sailing performance, functional accommodations, and shoal-draft keel/centerboard,” said Cruising World senior editor Bill Springer. “At a time when many families are cruising waters closer to home, it’s the ideal weekender for nearby bays, and it’ll be up to longer coastal cruises when time permits.”
For more information on all the winners and other nominees, please visit Cruising World’s website www.cruisingworld.com