From foiling top-spec racers to affordable entry-level sportsboats, what all these designs have in common is that they all offer something new, innovative or otherwise impressive to gain their position on the list.
Dinghy of the Year
Dinghies have long been a key feature for Yachts & Yachting and continue to form a significant part of the magazines features in each issue. These are the most innovative launches in the last year.
Charter Destination of the Year
From the Med to the Caribbean, we chose some of the finest locations to get your sailing fix when you are tired of the UK’s scenery, or just fancy a change of pace. From azure waters to adventurous cruising, our nominations are a disparate bunch.
Cruising Yacht of the Year
For heading across the channel and hopping across the coast of Europe or just weekends away with the family, these are the cruising boats that caught our eye this year.
Multihull of the Year
Multihulls are fast becoming the craft of choice for the cruising sailor wanting to get where they are going fast and with plenty of versatile accommodation options. Here’s our pick of the bunch launched in the last year.
Bluewater Cruiser of the Year
There is a growing number of sailors who want to go further and challenger themselves with some true offshore cruising. These are the boats that will best get you across the Atlantic, around a great cape or perhaps to the far north.
Youth Sailor of the Year
This is one of the most important awards we select, after all these are the youngsters that will go on to sail for their country, work in the industry or just remain top amateur enthusiasts. The Young Sailor of the Year award picks the best achievements of youngsters in the UK and across the globe.
Amateur Sailor of the Year
One of the finest aspects of sailing is that professionals and amateurs often compete side-by-side. As such the best amateur sailors are often good enough to turn pro. Here we select the amateurs that have impressed our editorial team this season while holding down a ‘normal job’.
Racing Performance of the Year
The Racing Performance award acknowledges the finest racing achievements from around the globe. A disparate group of nominees are listed here, but they have all impressed on the race course.
UK Marina Destination of the Year
Honouring the UK Marinas which go above and beyond in their offering to the British sailing community. Here we pick the marinas that provide the best on onshore facilities, warm welcomes and options for sailors.
Performance Yacht of the Year
These big boats are a typically disparate bunch. From short handed semi-offshore designs, to cruiser racers, there is a lot to choose from in this years crop of performance oriented keelboats.
Event of the Year
Our selections for the best sailing events of the year encompass a broad range of top-line events. Whether an impressive dinghy regatta, an inclusive handicap gathering, or top line professional round the world race. This award honours the events which have gone above and beyond in the last year to create something special.
Pro Sailor of the Year
From Olympians to America’s Cup sailors and singlehanded offshore record setters, these are the professional sailors who have impressed us this year.
Equipment Innovation of the Year
Sailing is filled with innovation and each year we see more designs to help sailors get the best from their boat. Whether safety devices, deck gear, or electronics, these are the bits of kit that look set make sailing better.
Clothing Innovation of the Year
Being cold and wet can make sailing a miserable experience, as can being too hot and sweaty. Kit innovation is essential to getting the most out of your time on the water – and ensuring you want to stay out there. Here are the clothing developments that have piqued our interest in the last year.