Announcing Our 2012 BOTY Nominees

This year's contest includes 12 performance-oriented models, from the VX One Design to the Farr 400.

Sailing World

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The VX One Design is among 12 boats nominated for SW's 2012 Boat of the Year contest. For more about the VX One Design, click here.www.vxonedesignracing.com

At the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md., Sailing World—and our sister publication, Cruising World—announced nominees for the 2012 Boat of the Year awards. The BOTY awards recognize and honor the best new sailboat models introduced to the North American market.

The new sailboat models were examined by special nominating panels, consisting of each magazine’s editors and select members of the judging panels.

"This year's collection of nominees represents a broad cross-section of excellent cruising boats and high-performance ocean voyagers," says Herb McCormick, Cruising World's Boat of the Year director. "The judges are really looking forward to getting on the water and putting the boats through their paces."

Sailing World nominated 12 performance-oriented models for its awards: Performance Multihulls PT-11; Bavaria 32 and 54; Corsair Sprint 750 Mark II; Aquila RP45; VX One-Design; Farr 400 One-Design; Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 379; Dufour 445 GL; Topaz 14CX; Tartan 4000; and J/108.

Cruising World nominated the following 21 boats in five categories:

Compact Cruisers (30-35 feet)
· Bavaria Cruiser 32
· Hunter e33
· J/108
Mid-Size Cruisers, 36-40 feet
· Bavaria Cruiser 36
· Catalina 385
· Hallberg-Rassy 372
· Island Packet 360
· Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 379
Mid-Size Cruisers, 40-45 feet
· Bavaria Cruiser 40
· Beneteau Oceanis 41
· Dufour 445 GL
· Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 430
· Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 44DS
· Tartan 4000
Fullsize Cruisers, 45 feet and above
· Bavaria Cruiser 45
· Beneteau Oceanis 45
· Passport Vista 545
Cruising Multihulls
· Leopard 44
· Nexus 600
· Outremere 49
· Performance Multihulls PT-11

The nominated boats will now move on to the judging round. The Cruising World judges will focus on production boats laid out and equipped for coastal and offshore cruising and voyaging, while judges on the Sailing World panel will concentrate on boats designed and built with racing in mind.

The 2012 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. The 2012 awards mark the 28th anniversary of the BOTY awards for Sailing World and the 19th for Cruising World.