After thousands of votes cast by readers of the Yachts & Yachting magazine, the 2018 Yachts & Yachting Awards were presented during the London Boat Show.
Yachts & Yachting Editor, Georgie Corlett-Pitt greeted a buzzing crowd and celebrated a year of change and diversity, with records falling left and right, new products that have impressed, and individual and team performances that set new standards, the evening once again showed a sport going from strength to strength.
Photo of the year, as sponsored by Topsail, was a well contested category with some stunning marine imagery being nominated. Topsail ‘s Operations Manager, Laura Clothier was at the show to present the award to winner Ricardo Pinto.
Event of the Year was a close-run category, with a battle of old school and new. The Optimist 70th Nationals took out the top spot beating the new Sevenstar Triple Crown Trophy at Lendy Cowes Week. July 2017 saw the Optimists celebrate their 70th birthday with the National Championship attracting hundreds of youngsters to compete and some old faces in a special anniversary race. They can now add Y&Y Event of the Year award to the list of honours.
Another honour went to Alex Thomson who won the Pro Sailor of the Year award for his impressive second position in the Vendee Globe, despite early damage to his semi-foiling Hugo Boss Imoca 60. “It’s an honour to even be nominated amongst these huge names in sailing let alone win,” commented Thomson on receiving his award in front of the packed crowd. “I’m so pleased to have won this vote! I even beat Peter Burling, and Paul Goodison – he’s got actual Olympic medals!” he modestly added.
Foiling and foil technology continue to take hold as the technological leading edge of sailing with foiling sailors, boats and teams represented across the board. So, it wasn’t a surprise to spot a theme in boats voted for in each of our boat of the year categories, with the Beneteau Figaro 3 a clear winner in the Yacht of the Year category heralding a new era in one design production yachts. In fact foil assist or fully foiling boats locked out all three top spots in the boat of the year categories with the foiling TF10 picking up the award for Sportsboat of the Year and the SuperFoiler getting the nod for Dinghy of the Year.
The British Marine Award which recognises those who go above and beyond to promote the sport of sailing with this year’s winner being no exception. The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust has been doing amazing things to help young people who have had to deal with cancer to get back on their feet. This year hundreds of young people who have all sailed with the Trust, in recovery from cancer, took part in an extraordinary 2,400 miles sailing relay Round Britain challenge.
Yachts & Yachting magazine is now looking forward to Club of the Year award, which will be presented at the RYA Dinghy Show in March. This year we have teamed up with the RYA for this illustrious award and voting is now open at http://awards.yachtsandyachting.co.uk/rya
Pro Sailor of the Year: Alex Thomson
Amateur Sailor of the Year: Fiona Hampshire
Youth Sailor of the Year: Ben Hutton-Penman and Lucy Hewitson
Racing Performance of the Year: Emirates Team NZ
Event of the Year: Optimist 70th Nationals
Photo of the Year: Ricardo Pinto
Gear of the Year: Harken V Block
Kit of the Year: Musto Foiling Range
Dinghy of the Year: SuperFoiler
Sportsboat of the Year: Foiling TF10
Yacht of the Year: Beneteau Figaro 3
British Marine Award: Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust
Achievement of the Year: Conrad Colman
Outstanding Achievement Award: Tony Lawson
For more information about the Yachts & Yachting Awards visit the website.