Sailing World‘s annual Boat of the Year rules are simple: An entry must be a new design, and it must be presented, rigged, and ready for sailing, on the Chesapeake Bay, off Annapolis, Md., in October. An independent team of judges evaluates each entry against three criteria: design purpose, construction quality, and most importantly, how well it sails. The 2013 judging panel—sailmaker Chuck Allen, naval architect Greg Stewart, and boatbuilder Tom Rich—tested 15 new boats over the course of a week, in whatever conditions came to pass. This year we’ve got a bumper crop of winners, a good indication of the vitality of the sport and ingenuity of designers and builders.
|**2013 BOAT OF THE YEAR** J/70||**BEST DAYSAILER** Sparkman & Stephens 30|
|**BEST RECREATIONAL DINGHY ****** RS Venture **** ****||**BEST GRAND-PRIX ONE-DESIGN** MC38 One Design|
|**BEST CROSSOVER** Dufour 36 Performance||**BEST HANDICAP RACER** Ker 40|