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One of the events I participate in whenever scheduling conflicts don’t get in the way is the Cruising World Magazine Boat of the Year competition. Not only do I get to sail some really nice boats, but I get to see what’s going on behind the scenes in detail. What’s new both in terms of equipment, but also build techniques and systems installations. Its a great opportunity for me to get up close and personal with an entire new crop of boats. The scan below, which comes from the actual Cruising World article shows me hard at work checking the technical aspects of a boats wine locker………….Sorry about the scan quality, but hey, go get the magazine and read the article if you want a good photo! The press release follows.
boty judging

Cruising World Announces ’11

BOTY Winners


Middletown, R.I. —

 Cruising World magazine announced today the winners of its 18th annual Boat of the Year awards. Topping this year’s list of winners for the most anticipated awards in the sailboat industry were the Catalina 355 and the Discovery 50. The Catalina 355 won the Domestic Boat of the Year award, and the Discovery 50 was named Import Boat of the Year.

Four other boats also won awards from an independent panel of experts, who inspected and tested 19 nominated boats following the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md., earlier this year. Decisions were based on extensive dockside inspections and sea trials of the boats. All of the winners, along with the rest of the 2011 BOTY nominees and several other boats reviewed by the magazine’s editors, will be featured in the January issue of Cruising World

In addition to claiming the Domestic Boat of the Year award, the Catalina 355 was also named Best Midsize Cruiser, 30 to 39 Feet. “The judges were impressed with the 355’s sailing performance, accommodations, and overall construction quality,” said Boat of the Year director and Cruising World senior editor Bill Springer. “This boat strikes a good balance between cruising comfort and sailing performance in a 35-foot package.”

The Discovery 50 cruising catamaran from England was named Import Boat of the Year as well as Best Catamaran. “The Discovery 50 is well suited to withstand the rigors of offshore passagemaking, and the judges thought it had the best owner’s cabin of all the boats they tested,” said Springer.

For more information on the winners and other nominees, visit Cruising World’s website ( 

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