The European Yacht of the year is a award that is attributed to the best sailboat of the year in several categories:
Family cruiser; Luxury cruiser; Performance cruiser; Special yacht.
The jury is composed by boat journalists of many European magazines, one for each country : Germany - "Yacht"; Denmark - "Badnyt"; Sweden - Batnytt; Italy - Fare Vela; Norway - Seilas; Switzerland - Swissboat Yachting; France - "Voile magazine"; Netherlands - Waterkampioen; Austria - "Yacht Revue"; England - "Yachting world"; Spain - Yate.
All the pre-nominated boats (several in each category) are test sailed together in several locations by all testers. The voting results are announced in the Dusseldorf boat show, on this weekend.
The testers were unanimous in stating that this year was a very good year with many excellent sailboats. Some even had said that this year brought significant advances to cruising boats and better boats.
Take a look at the testing and at the nominated boats (we talked of almost all of them on the "interesting sailboats" thread):
Europas Yacht des Jahres aus Barcelona - YACHT: YACHT tv
Europas Yacht des Jahres - Teil 1 - YACHT: YACHT tv
Someone emailed me saying that the Elan 350 was the winner of the performance cruiser category
Well, I cannot say that I am surprised
Tomorrow the official results will come out.