This year’s winners of the Classic Boat Magazine Awards, in association with Classic Marine, have been revealed during a Champagne reception at the Royal Thames Yacht Club.
Winners were voted for by the readers and this tenth annual event was a continued recognition of classic boat building and restoration excellence.
Restoration of the Year (over 40ft) was awarded to Santana. Built in 1935 and designed by Sparkman & Stephens, once owned by Humphrey Bogart, restored by East Passage Boatwright’s and Loughborough Marine Interests, Rhode Island, USA
Restoration of the Year (under 40ft) Mink. Built in 1941 Herreshoff Buzzard’s Bay 25 restored by MP&G in Mystic, USA
Traditional New Build canoe-sterned gaff yawl Artemis designed and built by Gannon & Benjamin, Martha’s Vineyard, USA
Spirit of Tradition over 40ft Wolfhound, schooner designed by Olivier van Meer, Holland, built by MB Yachts, Dorset, UK
Spirit of Tradition under 40ft Marlin Heritage 23, built by Cape Cod Shipbuilding, USA, based on Herreshoff’s Fish and Marlin classes
Powered vessels over 40ft Life Aquatic, 1952 Silvers motorboat restored by Stirling & Sons, Devon, UK
Powered vessels under 40ft First Light 26, designed and built by First Light Boatworks, Cape Cod, USA
The Classic Boat Yachtsman of the Year award went to fifth-generation Flensburg silversmith and owner of Robbe and Berking Silber, Oliver Berking.
There was also a posthumous Special Award, given in recognition of the contribution to the classic world made by former Classic Boat technical editor and naval architect Theo Rye, who died last year. Chris Barkham, skipper of the Fife Cambria, presented the award to Theo’s widow Sarah Pook.
This year Classic Boat launched a partnership with the Gstaad Yacht Club and a new award for Centenarian of the Year. The new award is open to any yacht in authentic condition that is more than 100 years old. The inaugural winner of the new award was the pilot cutter Jolie Brise.
To see the full list of award winners, runner ups and event images please visit http://www.classicboat.co.uk/spotlight/classic-boat-awards-2017-winners/