The HH66 sailed away from the competition, clocking high speeds and high comfort to take the title of Best Multihull and 2018 Boat of the Year.
From an impressive roundup of the latest and greatest innovations in sailing, we found four designs that sailed away from the competition.
Twenty knots of wind will make any good boat fun to sail, but to fully appreciate it, a taste of light air is required. When a boat is right, you can feel it, hear it and see the performance. It was with this understanding that our judges dived into our annual Boat of the Year sailing trials. Sailmaker Chuck Allen, naval architect Greg Stewart and boatbuilder Tom Rich powered their way through 10 new race boats over five days in Annapolis, Maryland, delving into the boats on land and drilling builders for details. Two hours (or more) on the water with each entry fueled long nightly discussions. The winners had to deliver on three basic criteria: design purpose, quality and performance. Four boats produced on all three counts, with one ultimately sailing away with the overall title.
If the goal is to simplify the experience for competitors and take away organizational barriers, strip your regatta plan to the bare essentials.
Each of the 37th America’s Cup challengers have taken a unique path toward developing their next AC75.
A winter worth of training in South Florida is serving the New York YC’s Youth America’s Cup team prospects well.
After a fast and furious Leg 1 of the Ocean Race, Leg 2 will get underway late and light on January 25.
Judges: Tom Rich, Greg Stewart & Chuck Allen
Highfield RIBs, the official RIB of *Sailing World*’s Boat of the Year
Walter Cooper for photography