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The Determined Dozen

It started and ended on notes of uncertainty. When our Boat of the Year judging team commenced their work in mid-September at New York’s Larchmont Yacht Club aboard the X-Yachts X40, it was still unclear how many boats would be available to participate in the competition as the coronavirus raged on. And when the BOTY judges completed their work precisely seven weeks later in early November on Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts on the Corsair 880 trimaran—three days after an unprecedented Election Day—the results of the presidential contest were still unknown. So, yes, uncertainty indeed.

In between, however, in the blue Atlantic off Newport, Rhode Island; on sunny Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, Maryland; in mostly perfect conditions outside Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and in the Gulf of Mexico near another Sunshine State sailing mecca, St. Petersburg, another 10 yachts underwent dockside inspections and sea trials, bringing the fleet of nominees for the 2021 Boat of the Year awards to a nice, even dozen. We came to see that collection of boats as a very determined dozen, all of which overcame considerable obstacles in this time of COVID-19 to not only get prepared for the event, but also to set sail with our panelists in a safe, responsible manner.

We tip our collective hats to each and every one, along with our considerable thanks for their superlative efforts. We at were the lucky ones, for even though our fleet was almost precisely half of what it’s been in recent years, we enjoyed some of the best Boat of the Year sailing ever, across the board. And to test boats in a half-dozen venues, all of them classic sailing spots, was nothing less than a treat. The fact that we were blessed with near-perfect conditions for almost every test was

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