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News: BOTY announces nominees

October 7, 2011 by yachtlover
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Cruising World and Sailing World magazines announced today at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md., their nominees for the 2012 Boat of the Year awards. The BOTY awards recognize and honor the best new sailboat models introduced to the North American market.

The new sailboat models were examined by special nominating panels, consisting of each magazine’s editors and select members of the judging panels.

“This year’s collection of nominees represents a broad cross-section of excellent cruising boats and high-performance ocean voyagers,” says Herb McCormick, Cruising World’s Boat of the Year director. “The judges are really looking forward to getting on the water and putting the boats through their paces.”

Sailing World nominated 12 performance-oriented models for its awards: Performance Multihulls PT-11; Bavaria 32 and 54; Corsair Sprint 750 Mark II; Aquila RP45; VX One-Design; Farr 400 One-Design; Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 379; Dufour 445 GL; Topaz 14CX; Tartan 4000; and J/108.

Cruising World nominated the following 21 boats in five categories:

Compact Cruisers (30-35 feet)

Bavaria Cruiser 32

Hunter e33

J/108

Mid-Size Cruisers, 36-40 feet

Bavaria Cruiser 36

Catalina 385

Hallberg-Rassy 372

Island Packet 360

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 379

Mid-Size Cruisers, 40-45 feet

Bavaria Cruiser 40

Beneteau Oceanis 41

Dufour 445 GL

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 430

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 44DS

Tartan 4000

Fullsize Cruisers, 45 feet and above

Bavaria Cruiser 45

Beneteau Oceanis 45

Passport Vista 545

Cruising Multihulls

Leopard 44 yacht

Nexus 600

Outremere 49

Performance Multihulls PT-11

The nominated yachts will now move on to the judging round. The Cruising World judges will focus on production boats laid out and equipped for coastal and offshore cruising and voyaging, while judges on the Sailing World panel will concentrate on boats designed and built with racing in mind.

The 2012 BOTY winners will be announced in the January issue of Cruising World and the January/February issue of Sailing World – both set to hit newsstands in mid-December. The 2012 awards mark the 28th anniversary of the BOTY awards for Sailing World and the 19th for Cruising World.

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