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2011 BOTY AWARD NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
Cruising World and Sailing World magazines recently announced nominees for its 2011 “Boat of the Year” awards which recognize and honor the best new sailboat models introduced to the North American market.
“The Boat of the Year nominees we have this year reflect a pivotal shift in the industry, in that we have raceboats and daysailers that were designed with the intention to lure people back to sailing,” said Sailing World Editor Dave Reed. “The builders really thought about what would excite both racing sailors and new sailors. The variety of boats our judges will test is more diverse than I’ve ever seen.”
Aquidneck Custom Composites 11-Meter Trimaran; Alerion Sport 33; Beneteau First 30; Class 2M; Dragonfly 28; Gunboat 66; Hobie Mirage Tandem Island; J/111; Landing School 20; Nacra F20; Raider 2; RS 100; Tangara 28; Scandinavian 20; X-Treme 25; and Topaz Taz Race.
Cruising World nominated 20 boats, split into six categories:
Small Cruisers 30 Feet and Under: Presto 30, Beneteau First 30 and Hunter 27e.
Midsize Cruisers 30 to 39 Feet: Hunter e36, Dufour 375, Hanse 375 and Catalina 355.
Cruisers 40 to 49 Feet: Dufour 405, Jeanneau 409 and Dufour 45e.
Full-size Cruisers 50 to 55 Feet: Beneteau Sense, Moorings 50.5 and Jeanneau 53.
Premium Cruisers Over 55 Feet: Hylas 56, Southerly 57 and Beneteau 58.
Catamarans: Vision 450, Prout 50, Discovery 50 and Gunboat 66
The 2011 BOTY winners will be announced in the January issue of Cruising World and the January/February issue of Sailing World– both set to hit newsstands in mid-December. For more information on the BOTY awards, visit www.sailingworld.com and www.cruisingworld.com.
The SAIL Industry Leadership Award for 2010 was recently presented to Beneteau USA President Wayne Burdick whom Publisher Josh Adams remarked is a great leader and one who wears many hats, citing his previous experience as an owner of a yacht dealership, former presidency of Jeanneau America and his post at Beneteau since 1997 where he created an 80 percent growth in sales and production in just under five years. Burdick currently oversees a network of 30 dealers in 50 locations through North America.
In addition to his full time work at Beneteau, he was also recognized for his contribution to the greater industry at large. He has served on both the NMMA and Sail America boards, on sail show committees and as past president of the Connecticut Marine Trades Association.
Congrats, Wayne, for this prestigious honor!
SAILING MAGAZINE APPEARS ON THE PRICE IS RIGHT!
SAILING Magazine took a starring role on October 19 and was featured on the popular CBS game show, The Price Is Right. According to Executive Editor Erin Schanen, the magazine’s editors created the “Ultimate Sailing Showcase” exclusively for the show, where contestants guess the value of prize packages. The winner who is closest without going over takes home the gold.
SAILING editors chose some of their favorite products for the showcase which included his-and-her sailing gear from Harken Yacht Equipment, plus a new Hunter 22 sailboat, crewed charter and three-year subscription to SAILING magazine. In fact, the entire studio audience walked home with complimentary subscriptions, while home viewers had the opportunity to register to win one of 10 subscriptions via the show’s website.
For more information on SAILING’s grand TV debut, visit www.sailingmagazine.net
ISLAND PACKET ANNOUNCES NEW DEALERSHIP
Island Packet recently announced the appointment of Bay Breeze Yacht Sales of Traverse City, MI as its newest dealer. Centrally located near the Great Lakes, Bay Breeze will service the U.S. and Canadian sides of lakes Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario from its northern Michigan location.
"We cover a similar territory with our powerboat line, Nordic Tugs," Bay Breeze president Jay Kraft said in a statement, "We are well-known at the shows throughout the region. Island Packet is a wonderful complement to our powerboats, and we look forward to working with the hundreds of Island Packet Yachts owners already here in the Great Lakes."
Kraft and his father founded Bay Breeze in 2003. They had served boaters in various capacities for more than 30 years.
TARTAN AND C&C YACHTS RELOCATE, ANNOUNCE NEW OWNERSHIP
According to a recent release, Tartan and C&C Yachts have relocated their corporate offices, assembly operations, woodworking, finish operations, upholstery and a new 4750 square foot factory showroom to a new facility. The previous manufacturing factory will continue as its composites manufacturing location. The new factory is ideally configured for Tartan and C&C's team yacht building process, offering greater manufacturing efficiencies as well as quality improvement opportunities.
New owners are Steve and Stephanie Malbase who came into sailing after purchasing their first boat only two years ago, a Tartan 4300. Steve is a former investment banker and Stephanie, a former lawyer. A letter was recently sent to dealers that introduced the couple and identified three core goals including operating with a ‘customer first’ focus; create a working environment for all associates that leads to passion and pride in their work; and achieve a level of profitability, but only while achieving the first two goals.
“The changes here have been overwhelmingly positive,” said Tim Jackett, Tartan and C&C’s president and chief designer. “The new facility has been great, however the move has also been very beneficial to our lamination operations which remain in our previous factory. The positive developments here have helped us attract some of the best dealers in some of our most important markets. With the completion of the Newport and Annapolis boat shows, we are seeing very good sales activity and opportunities, resulting in an order book with some depth and one that is allowing us to establish a sales and production plan for 2011 that represents a substantial increase over the past two years. Not quite the glory days, but none the less a strong position heading into 2011!”
Bridget Driggs joins the National Marine Manufacturers Association's Washington, D.C., office
Bridget Driggs joined the National Marine Manufacturers Association's Washington, D.C., office as PAC and
special projects coordinator. She will be responsible for managing BoatPAC and assisting with the NMMA's
legislative conference, the American Boating Congress. Driggs comes to the NMMA from the National
Association of Home Builders, where she helped manage Build-PAC. She also brings legislative experience from
time spent at the Duberstein Group and the office of Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C. She is a graduate of James