Le Jury that have chosen this year European boat of the year said:
The panel of judges assessed performance, comfort, construction quality, price -performance ratio, design and the unique selling criteria of each candidate. 'Performance levels were incredibly high this year. This made our decision very difficult in some cases,' said YACHT editor-in-chief Jochen Rieker, summarizing the current results. 'We were also impressed with the level of innovation shown by the boat builders and by their readiness to adapt elements from the regatta scene, for example,' added the yachting expert.
I think they are talking mostly about the choice for the Performance Cruiser. There was three truly great boats on that category, each of them deserving would have won, in a normal year. It is a pity that they had to compete in the same year against each other:
I am talking about the First 30, the Elan 350 and the JPk 10.10.
Take a look at the comments of the Swiss Jury:
The category of the performance cruiser was the most exciting this year. At the end, the Elan 350 won, because she has the best chances on the market. She combines classy sailing-performance with the comfort-needs of a non-professional crew.
It gives you a hint that the election was not easy and also that personally, if it was not for the market (price), we would have chosen another boat and I believe that boat would be the JPK 10.10, probably the fastest of all the boats involved. The boat is almost new and is already winning some major international races that were dominated by the A35, that is an incredible fast boat.
Compared with the Elan 350 the JPK is less of a cruiser and more of a racer. That does not mean that the JPK 10.10 is not a cruising boat and cannot be used for cruising. It can, but its interior and storage spaces are just not as good as on the Elan 350, that is, of course, a bigger boat.
So let's have a look at the JPK 10.10:
Some speed numbers taken from the Yacht magazine test sail:
40șTW with 15K wind = 7.0 60șTW with 15K wind = 7.2K 90șTW with 15K wind = 7.2K
120șTW with 15K wind (with spy) = 7.8K 150șTW with 15K wind (with spy) = 6.6K
These are impressive results, specially close to the wind.