The exceptional J/45 delivers an equally exceptional sailing experience in a luxury crossover racer.
The wind cooperated and sun beamed bright on five performance-sailing craft that impressed Sailing World’s team of judges and earned their respective awards.
From a diverse field of new performance sailing entries, vetted and sailed in perfect conditions in Annapolis in October, four favorites emerged as the best of the best. The overall winner, our 2023 Boat of the Year, is the one we’ve been waiting for.
Today we reveal the winners of our prestigious Boat of the Year Awards with the Beneteau First 36 earning our Boat of the Year for 2023. The 36-footer presented by Beneteau America (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) emerged as the judges’ unanimous favorite after a week of intensive reviews and sailing tests of 11 new performance sailing models in Annapolis, Maryland, in October.
Judges: Chuck Allen, Greg Stewart and Dave Powlison
Photography: Walter Cooper