J/95, Leopard 38 Take Home Top Honors in Cruising World’s 2010 Boat of the Year” Awards
Cruising World magazine recently announced winners of its 17th annual Boat of the Year awards which were featured in the magazine’s January issue.
Top awards included the J/95 which took the “Domestic Boat of the Year” award and “Best Weekender,” while the Leopard 38 was named “Import Boat of the Year” and “Best Multihull Cruiser.”
“The judges were impressed with the J/95’s sailing performance, functional accommodations, and shoal-draft keel/centerboard,” said Cruising World Senior Editor Bill Springer. “At a time when many families are cruising waters closer to home, it’s the ideal weekender for nearby bays, and it’ll be up to longer coastal cruises when time permits.”
Added Springer, “The Leopard 38 is built to withstand the rigors of offshore passagemaking, and the accommodations plan is excellent.”
Other BOTY Award-Winners Include
Best Midsize Cruiser Under 40 Feet
Island Packet Estero
Best Full-Size Cruiser, 40 to 50 Feet
Best Premium Cruiser Over 50 Feet
BOTY Judges’ Bristol Award
Steve Taft Appointed to Sail California Sales Team
Sail California, Inc. announced that sailing icon Steve Taft has joined its sales team based in Alameda, California. A world-class sailor, Steve has an extensive background in the industry having been with North Sails for 18 years, and with Bay Maine Boatworks for the past 13 years.
“Steve’s experience as a competitive sailor, sailmaker, and boatyard manager give him a complete perspective on the sport, the yachts, and service required by Sail California,” said Sail California’s Norman Davant.