The selection wasn't quite as large as in previous years. But it was still not easy. Instead of the usual 60 to 70 novelties of the current year, this time the task was to filter out the most promising and most attractive boats from around 50 potential candidates.
The selection took one day, for which the jury members of the participating sailing magazines from twelve European countries met this time at the YACHT editorial office in Hamburg. Now they are fixed!
The following yachts will take part in the tests off Port Ginestan on the Catalan coast - the venue for the final practical trials in the two previous years:
Category cruising boats
Nominated in the cruising boat category: Oceanis 30.1 by Beneteau
- Oceanis 1/30
- Impression 45.1
- Sun Odyssey 410 in the swing keel version
Luxury yacht category
Candidate for the boat building Oscar in the luxury yacht group: Oyster 565
- Amel 60
- Grand Soleil 42 LC
- Oyster 565
Performance cruiser category
X 4.0: The 40-year anniversary model from X-Yachts is fighting for victory in the performance boats
- Bente 39 *
- First Yacht 53
- RM 11.80
- X 4.0
*) Unfortunately, for logistical reasons, the Bente cannot be made available for the tests, which is why it will not be considered this year. If necessary, it will be pre-selected again for the best choice in 2021, provided that it is not displaced by more current and similarly attractive newcomers.
Category Racer / Cruiser
For the first time part of a separate group of racers / cruisers: the new J / 99 from J-Boats
- ClubSwan 36
- Dehler 30 or
- J / 99
- JPK 10.30
- SunFast 3300
This category is being advertised for the first time. Due to the high attractiveness of the new designs represented here, this year it replaces the group of special boats.
Category multihull yachts
Can she repeat her big sister's victory? Neel 47, nominated in the multihull yacht class
- Excess 15
- Lagoon 46
- Neel 47
Photos of all nominees and the jury's justifications can be found in the detailed report in YACHT 19 (from September 4th at the kiosk and in the station bookstore) and from Monday lunchtime on the English-language website of the European Yacht of the Year Award - right here!
Extensive YACHT tests on many of the candidates are already available as PDF downloads in our webshop, for links see below.