The Jury

About us. Our work. Our passion

 

ABOUT US

The European Yacht of the Year Award is the most important, influential and most widely communicated boatbuilding prize worldwide. Often referred to as the „Oscar“ of yachting it reaches an international audience of several million sailing enthusiasts, boat owners and industry executives. Initiated by German sail magazine YACHT it was first presented at boot Düsseldorf in 2004. Today 12 magazines from all over Europe make up the jury, each of them the leading voice in their respective countries and respected beyond national borders. 

 

What makes the European Yacht of the Year Award so unique is the diversity and experience of its jury as well as the unique format. Editors and test experts come together four times every year to nominate the candidates and put all the boats through their paces in joint sea trials for several days in a row. Since the first outing the jury has sailed more than 40.000 nautical miles together to find the best new boats – an unparalleled exposure which is making sure that only tried and tested models can claim the much sought-after trophy.

Meet The Team

Jochen Rieker

Yacht - Germany

Roland Duller

Yachtrevue - Austria

Morten Brandt

Baadmagasinet- Denmark

Pasi Nuutinen

Vene - Finland

Loic Madeline

Voiles & Voiliers - France

Marinus van Sijdenborgh

Zeilen - Netherland

Alberto Mariotti

Vela e Motore - Italy

Lori Schüpbach

Marina CH - Switzerland

Axel Nissen-Lie

Seilmagasinet - Norway

Joakim Hermansson

Båtnytt - Sweden

Pancho Suner

Náutica y Yates - Spain

Toby Hodges

Yachting World - England

Procedure

In the first five months of each year all members of the 12-strong jury pre-select the most promising new sailing yachts. They upload specifications, sailplans and renderings as well as comments to an intranet. This database is the common source of information for the nomination process which takes place in June. Once the top candidates in each catgory are chosen the yards are informed and the seatrials are organized. They usually take place before or after one of the major in-water boatshows during fall, ideally one in Northern and one in Southern Europe to keep travelling and boat deliveries to a minimum. Each of the two seatrials lasts for up to 5 days, with regular debriefings every evening when the editors get back form the boats. The final decisions are taken shortly before FlagshipNight, the opening ceremony of boot Düsseldorf at the end of January. There the European Yacht of the Year Awards – together with the European Powerboat if the Year Awards – are finally presented to the public, followed by a wave of publications in print, online and social media. 

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