2019 BYA winner: J/99
With shorthanded racing more popular than ever in 2019, this category was packed full of potential winners, each of whom had shown their class on the race course. That most votes went to the J/99, however, is perhaps less surprising when you remember that the company took orders for more than 30 of its new model as soon as the plans were made public. The J/99 offers versatility, in that it is good for shorthanded and fully crewed situations, and it is a boat that plays to the real sailor out there, as tweaky as you like, yet stable in a blow and exciting to sail. The rise and rise of the J/Boats brand continues.