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.

Racing Yacht/Sportsboat of the Year

A fast and furious collection of boats, often with big race podium positions to prove their performance. Many of these boats reflect the growing trend in short-handed racing.

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.

Event of the Year

in association with

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.

Marina of the Year

Honouring the marinas which go above and beyond in their offering to the sailing community. Here we pick the marinas that provide the best on onshore facilities, warm welcomes and options for sailors.

Sailor of the Year

in association with

From Olympians to amateurs, these are the sailors and crews whose performance on the water has impressed us this year.

Youth Sailor of the Year

in association with

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.

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.

Outstanding Achievement of the Year

Those invididuals or groups who deserve special credit for achievements on the water or ashore in 2019.

Lifetime Achievement

This category will be announced on the evening of our awards presentation, on 2 December, at the Royal Thames Yacht Club, and in the January issues of Sailing Today and Yachts & Yachting.