The British Yachting Awards that were presented last night (Tuesday 11 December 2018) were a first for the year as Sailing Today and sister magazine Yachts and Yachting joined forces with presenting partner MUSTO to announce winners from every aspect of the sailing world.
Sailing Today covered that the year has seen a whole host of exceptional deeds with records falling left and right, new products that have impressed, and individual and team performances that set new standards.
Clearly the talent on offer inspired you, the sailing public, with thousands of you voting for your favourites in a diverse range of categories, from Cruising Grounds to Racing Performance. The votes in many cases were extremely tight, reflecting the strength of the sport and also its increasing diversity.
Gender parity and the need to redress the historic imbalance has been a hot topic. From the Volvo Ocean Race’s introduction of a gender rule, which actively encouraged female participation, to the continued drive to see the sport represented equally at the Olympic Games, we are seeing more women than ever before being given centre stage.
From Pro Sailor to Youth, this has been a year that women have been an absolute force in sailing. We have seen the first female winners of the Volvo Ocean Race in Carolijn Brouwer and Marie Riou, who, along with the rest of Dongfeng Race Team won our Racing Performance of the Year Award. Dee Caffari led a 50:50 male and female team packed with fresh young talent in the same event and was a clear winner with the public in our Professional Sailor of the Year category.
Elsewhere, Maria Stanley – the first female helm to win an adult RS championship – and Emily Mueller – Optimist National Champion – are both further testament to the strength of female talent. Finally, the panel has awarded both the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award and inaugural Under 30s Award to highly deserving female sailors.
Congratulations to all of the awards winners, you can read more in the February issue of Sailing Today magazine.
Amateur Sailor of the Year (In association with Pantaenius) Maria Stanley
Event of the Year (In association with GAC Pindar) Volvo Ocean Race
Pro Sailor of the Year Dee Caffarri MBE
Youth Sailor of the Year (In association with Musto) Emily Mueller
Racing Performance of the Year Dongfeng Race Team
Equipment Innovation of the Year Weens & Plath Crewwatcher
Clothing Innovation of the Year Musto D30 Impact System
Dinghy of the Year (In association with UKSA) Flying Mantis
Cruising Yacht of the Year (In association with Porto Montenegro) Beneteau Oceanis 51.1
Performance Yacht of the Year J/121
Sportsboat of the Year (In association with Seago) RS21
Bluewater Cruiser of the Year (In association with Culture Sailing) Discovery 54
Multihull of the Year (In association with Brunton Propellors) Lagoon 50
Charter Destination of the Year (In association with Seafarer) British Virgin Islands
UK Marina of the Year Weymouth and Portland Marinas
Boatbuilder of the Year Hanse Yachts
Outstanding Achievement Awards Tracey Edwards MBE
Under 30s Nikki Henderson