Cruising World and Sailing World magazines announced today at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md., their nominees for the 2011 Boat of the Year awards. The awards recognize and honor the best new sailboat models introduced to the North American market.
"The Boat of the Year nominees we have this year reflect a pivotal shift in the industry in that we have raceboats and daysailers that were designed with the intention to lure people back to sailing," Sailing World editor Dave Reed said in a statement. "The builders really thought about what would excite both racing sailors and new sailors. The variety of boats our judges will test next week is more diverse than I've ever seen."
Sailing World nominated 16 performance-oriented models for its awards. Cruising World nominated 20 boats, split into six categories.
The 2011 BOTY winners will be announced in the January issue of Cruising World and the January/February issue of Sailing World. Both magazines are set to hit newsstands in mid-December.
The 2011 awards mark the 27th anniversary of the awards for Sailing World and the 18th for Cruising World.