The European Yacht of the Year award was the centre of attention at Boot Dusseldorf Flagship Night. A jury consisting of test managers and editors-in-chief from the twelve leading European sailing magazines decides who received the prestigious prizes.
All 12 judges, comprising the boat testers and editors from sailing magazines across Europe, tested all the nominated yachts in La Rochelle and Barcelona last autumn. The five 2018 European Yacht of the Year winners were announced on the first evening of the Dusseldorf Boatshow, on 20 January.
All the decisions are taken by a majority vote of the jury members; a nationality rule makes sure that the jury members do not give an unfair advantage to candidates from their own country.
European Yacht of the Year Family Cruiser
The winner in the Family Cruiser category this year was the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 440. One of the features of this cruiser is a completely different cockpit design and deck that slope towards the stern. An all-round yacht that is comfortable and lively under sail.
European Yacht of the Year Performance Cruiser
The Clubswan 50 won in the Performance Cruiser category. The boat is available in a slightly optimized series version. The jury called it a sailing machine at its best.
European Yacht of the Year Luxury Cruiser
The Amel 50 came out on top in the Luxury Cruiser category. The modern long-distance sailing yacht impressed the jury with its protected cockpit, plenty of space for sunbathing, very safe operation and every comfort.
European Yacht of the Year Multihulls
The coveted award went to Neel 51 in the Multihulls category. This trimaran has a lightweight structure. The jury loved about the good way the boat handled while sailing during the tests as well as about the large volume of the three hulls.
European Yacht of the Year Special Yachts
The Beneteau Figaro 3 took first place in the Special Yachts category. The new model from French yard is considered to be the first hydrofoil yacht that is produced on a large scale qnd is said to sail up to 25 per cent faster than comparable boats.