Sailing World reveals 2011 Boat of the Year winners

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. — Sailing World magazine recently announced the winners of its 25th annual Boat of the Year awards. Topping this year’s field of winners as the Boat of the Year is the RS100 by RS Sailing (Hants, England).

The RS100 and five other new boats won awards from an independent panel of experts, who tested 17 nominees following the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md., in October. Selections were based on inspections and sea trials of all the boats. Sailing World’s January/February 2011 issue will feature all six winners.

Other winners in Sailing World’s 2011 Boat of the Year competition are:
— Best Crossover: Beneteau First 30 (Beneteau USA, Marion, S.C.)
— Best One-Design Keelboat: J/111 (J/Boats Inc., Newport, R.I.)
— Best Daysailor: C.W. Hood 32 (C.W. Hood Yachts, Marblehead, Mass.)
— Best Recreational: Hobie Mirage Tandem Island (Hobie Cat Co., Oceanside, Calif.)
— Best Grand Prix: Gunboat 66 (Gunboat, Newport, R.I.)

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