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A look back at boot 2011
The water sports Oscars are awarded
Two top-class prizes were awarded at the opening weekend of the
Düsseldorf Boat Show 2011. The eighth “European Yacht of the Year” awards were presented as part of the traditional industry reception hosted by Delius Klasing, Europe’s biggest water sports publishing company, and boot Düsseldorf. The choice is initiated by YACHT magazine. Another international award, presented for the fifth time this year, is the “European Powerboat of the Year” prize under the aegis of Europe’s biggest powerboat magazine, BOOTE.
Jury, procedure and categories
Each year, the finest names in Europe’s boat industry are honored with the “Water Sports Oscars”: the international “European Yacht of the Year 2011” title is awarded in four categories, while the “European Powerboat of the Year 2011” prize is presented in six categories. The jury comprises the editors -in-chief and test managers of the eighteen leading yachting and powerboat magazines in Europe. Traditionally both prizes are awarded at the industry reception hosted by Delius Klasing Verlags and Messe Düsseldorf as part of the Boat Show. This year, publisher Konrad Delius and boot project manager Goetz-Ulf Jungmichel invited around 400 guests from the European water sports industry to the prize-giving ceremony.
Roughly 100 new yachts reach the market every year in Europe. However, only four shipyards could look forward to winning the title of “European Yacht of the Year” this year. From around 70 candidates the jury chose the five best craft in each category, carrying out extensive tests on each one. They assessed performance, comfort, construction quality, price -performance ratio, design and the unique selling propositions 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.
The following were nominated in the category of Family Cruisers: Bavaria Cruiser 45, Bénéteau Océanis 58, Comet 26, Hanse 445, Sun Odyssey 409. The title of “European Yacht of the Year” in the category of Family Cruiser went to: Sun Odyssey 409.
The following were nominated in the category of Performance Cruiser: Azuree 40, Dehler 32, Elan 350, First 30, JPK 1010. The title of “European Yacht of the Year” in the category of Performance Cruiser went to: Elan 350.
The following were nominated in the category of Luxury Cruiser: Contest 57 CS, Nordship 350 DS, Sirius 35 DS, Sunbeam 42.1, XC-38. The title of “European Yacht of the Year” in the category of Luxury Cruiser went to: XC-38.
The following were nominated in the category of Special Yacht: Corsaire 750 DASH, J 95, Knierim P33, M 34, Saffier 23. The title of “European Yacht of the Year” in the category of Special Yachts went to: Saffier 23.
The presentation of the “European Powerboat of the Year 2011” awards for powerboats was just as exciting. The specialist jury, consisting of the editors -in-chief of the seven leading European powerboat magazines, awarded the prizes in five categories plus an innovation award. All innovative products from the powerboat industry in the last year were tested and assessed. “The focus among this year’s award winners lies clearly on the consistent development of promising concepts,” commented BOOTE editor-in-chief Torsten Moench, characterizing the prize-winners.
The following were nominated in the sports boats 30 foot and under class: Catch 750, Frauscher Alassio, Hydrolift S 28, Quicksilver Activ 675 Open, Smartboat 23. The title of “European Powerboat of the Year” in the 30 foot and under class went to: Quicksilver Activ 675 Open.
The following were nominated in the sports boats 40 foot and under class: Bavaria 34 Sport, Flemming Corvette 340, Galeon 385 HAT, Jeanneau NC 11, North-Line 37 Wheelhouse. The title of “European Powerboat of the Year” in the 40 foot and under class went to: Jeanneau NC 11
The following were nominated in the sports boats 50 foot and under class: Absolute 43 Fly, Atlantis 44, Azimut Magellano 50, Bénéteau Monte Carlo 42, Sealine F 42. The title of “European Powerboat of the Year” in the up to 50 foot and under class went to: Azimut Magellano 50.
The following were nominated in the yachts over 50 foot class: Ferretti 570, Monte Carlo Yachts 76, Princess V 52, Sessa C 54, Windy Dubois SR 52. The title of “European Powerboat of the Year” in the over 50 foot class went to: Monte Carlo Yachts 76.
The following were nominated in the displacement hull class: Abim Classic 108, Bering 55, Consonat Noaber 47, Delfino 65 Classic, Holtermann 60. The title of “European Powerboat of the Year” in the displacement hull class went to: Holtermann 60.
This year, the innovation award went to: Air Supported Vessel. This remarkable new development from Norwegian company SES Europe is a hull that floats on a cushion of air like a hovercraft and, according to the manufacturer, can achieve fuel savings of up to 30 percent.
You will find detailed information about all the winners in the current issues of YACHT 5/2010 (in shops from 16 February) and BOOTE 3/2010 (in shops from 23 February).
Source: Press-Information YACHT & BOOTE
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