Yesterday Sailing World and Cruising World magazines presented the Farr 395 One-Design and the Voyage 440 as overall winners of the prestigious 2002 Boat of the Year (BOTY) Awards.
The Farr 395 One-Design, a 39-foot racer/cruiser, was selected by Sailing World judges as the top performance boat of the year. The Voyage 440, a 44-foot offshore multihull, was the selection of Cruising World judges as the top cruising design of 2002.
Following the lead of noted sailing commentator Gary Jobson, marine industry professionals crowded under the boat show tent to raise glasses of Champagne Mumm and toast these leaders in the field. The Farr 395 and Voyage 440 head a lineup of 10 category winners in an annual award series that salutes the standout designs launched for the coming season.
"Each year, Sailing World and Cruising World hire separate, independent teams of experts to select the exceptional designs of the year. And it's not an easy task," said Sally Helme, publisher of these two leading sailing magazines. "This year judges tested a wide range of boats, from performance dinghies to 60-footers built for blue water. They sea-trialed each boat, scrutinized details, and debated the merits of every design to select this group of winners--the designs that define excellence in sailboat design and construction."