Magazines announce Boat of the Year nominees

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Cruising World and Sailing World magazines announced the nominees for the 2015 Boat of the Year awards on Wednesday at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md.

The awards recognize and honor the best and newest sailboat models introduced to the North American market during the last year.

Special nominating panels, consisting of each magazine’s editors, examined the new sailboat models before the show started. The nominated boats will move on to the judging round, during which they will be inspected and sailed by teams of independent judges for each magazine.

The Cruising World judges will focus on production boats laid out and equipped for coastal and offshore cruising and voyaging. Judges on the Sailing World panel will concentrate on boats designed and built with racing in mind.

The 2015 winners will be announced in the January issue of Cruising World and the January/February issue of Sailing World. Both are set to hit newsstands in mid-December.

“This is a fantastic fleet of new boats for 2015, with everything from family-friendly small cruisers to true bluewater expedition boats to the latest designs in multihulls,” Cruising World senior editor and Boat of the Year director Herb McCormick said in a statement.

“Our judging team will have their work cut out for them during the dockside inspections during the show, but the real fun starts when we get to take these boats out sailing on Chesapeake Bay. That’s usually when our view of each boat really comes into focus.”