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British Yachting Awards 2020: the winners

The winners of the British Yachting Awards were announced in a virtual ceremony on 3 December.

Hosted by Rob Peake, group editor of Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting, the ceremony featured a message from Luke Patience, Olympic silver medallist and a member of TeamGB at the Tokyo Games 2021.

The British Yachting Awards is supported by Coppercoat, GAC Pindar and Pantaenius.

The British Yachting Awards 2020 also featured Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting editors Sam Jefferson and Georgie Corlett-Pitt, as well as broadcaster Paul Heiney, renowned sailor and author Tom Cunliffe, Olympic sailing coach Mark Rushall, leading supporter of sailing Andrew Pindar, RORC chief executive Eddie Warden-Owen, SailJuice founder Andy Rice and Timothy Long, who this summer became the youngest person to sail around Britain solo, aged 15.

The digital ceremony revealed the year’s best cruising and racing yachts and dinghies, the best marinas, the greatest innovations in clothing and equipment, as well as the recipients of Outstanding Achievement of the Year, Event of the Year, Lifetime Achievement and our hotly anticipated Youth Sailor and Sailor of the Year awards.

Each winner is decided by a public vote – and more than 31,000 votes came in from around the world.

You can watch the virtual ceremony here:

The official British Yachting Awards website is here

Here is a full list of all the nominees and winners:

 

Cruising Yacht of the Year
Elan GT6
Beneteau Oceanis 41.1
Dufour 530
Moody DS41
Arcona 345
Grand Soleil 42LC

RUNNER UP Beneteau Oceanis 41.1
WINNER Moody DS41

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Multihull of the Year
Excess 11
Bali Catspace
Outremer 55
Neel 47
Windelo 50
Dragonfly 40

RUNNER UP Dragonfly 40
WINNER OUTREMER 55

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Bluewater Cruiser of the Year
Contest 55CS
Hallberg-Rassy 40C
Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 54
Boreal 47.2
Discovery 48R
Kraken 50

RUNNER UP Hallberg-Rassy 40C
WINNER Contest 55CS

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Performance Yacht of the Year
ClubSwan 36
Grand Soleil 44 Performance
Sarch S8
MMW 33

RUNNER UP ClubSwan 36
WINNER Grand Soleil 44 Performance

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Dinghy of the Year
Melges 15
The Foiling Dinghy

RUNNER UP Melges 15
WINNER The Foiling Dinghy

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Event of the Year
RORC’s Race the Wight
J-Cup
UKLA ILCA Nationals
RS Aero Nationals
Falmouth Sailing Week
eSailing GBR Nationals

RUNNER UP RORC’s Race the Wight
WINNER Falmouth Sailing Week

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Sailor of the Year
Richard Palmer & Jeremy Waitt
Simon Horsfield & Katie Burridge
Sam Davies
Sir Ben Ainslie
Dylan Fletcher

RUNNER UP Ben Ainslie
WINNER Sam Davies

©Eloi Stichelbaut – polaRYSE /IMOCA

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Youth Sailor of the Year
Santiago Sesto-Cosby
Bettine Harris
Matt Taylor
Tim Hire
Robert Richardson

RUNNER UP Santiago Sesto-Cosby
WINNER Bettine Harris

Photo: Paul Wyeth

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Equipment Innovation of the Year
Cyclops Marine smarttune
Raymarine Axiom+
B&G Zeus³S
OLAS Guardian Wireless Engine Kill Switch
Sailmon MAX

RUNNER UP B&G Zeus³S
WINNER Raymarine Axiom+

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Clothing Innovation of the Year
Gill Penryn Jacket
Zhik Apex
Musto LPX upgrade
Rooster 50N bouyancy aid

RUNNER UP Rooster 50N bouyancy aid
WINNER Musto LPX upgrade

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Marina of the Year
Fox’s Marina
Buckler’s Hard Marina
Northney Marina
Neyland Yacht Haven
Deacons Marina
Falmouth Marina

RUNNER UP Buckler’s Hard Marina
WINNER Falmouth Marina

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Outstanding Achievement of the Year
Spirit Yachts
RYA
Cruising Association
British Marine
Restart Sailing
Sanders Sails and other businesses

RUNNER UP RYA
WINNER Sanders Sails and other businesses

Sanders Sails and a conglomerate of volunteer businesses produced thousands of items of PPE for health workers

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