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Some more interesting information about the election, testing and the boats:
Every year up to 100 new sailing boats emerge on the European market, but only four yards are being honored with the “European yacht of the year” award.
“This year's tests in Ijmuiden/Holland and Barcelona were characterized by a lot of wind. During the boat tests, storms of up to 50 knots hit the North Sea, resulting in waves up to four meters high.
And over the Catalanian coast, winds blew with up to 6 Beaufort, creating a chaotic sea. There had never been such winds at the test dates before, a real endurance test for the boats, that all of them mastered well, some even exceptional.”, says Jochen Rieker, editor-in-chief of YACHT.
“In general, more emphasis was put on sailing performance. Not just the winners but every yacht we tested was fun to sail.
Furthermore, there is a very consequent development in several directions, such as comfort in the category of family-cruisers, or speed and fun in the category of performance-cruisers and special-yachts.
All in all it was a great year”, Rieker resumes.
"European Yacht of the Year“ in the category of Family Cruiser went to: Oceanis 45 (Bénéteau)
Bénéteau Oceanis 45
Dufour 445 Grand’Large
Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 379
"European Yacht of the Year“ in the category of Luxury Cruiser went to:
Oyster 625 (Oyster Marine)
Bénéteau Sense 50
"European Yacht of the Year“ in the category of Performance Cruiser went to:
Pogo 12.50 (Pogo-Structures)
Grand Soleil 50
„European Yacht of the Year“ in the category of Special Yachts went to:
Esse 750 (Josef Schuchters Sportboot AG)
Dinamica RS 940