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It is the month to celebrate romance and love or rather restorations and new launches. For at this time of year we look to The Classic Boat Awards as an opportunity to vote for what we believe to be the best built restorations and newly built classic boats launched this past year (i.e. 2016).


The Classic Boat Awards originally formed ten years ago in 2007 with the creation of “Restoration of the Year” to celebrate the extraordinary work carried out by Darsena Viareggio, Architect Studio Faggioni La Spezia on the 46.3 Metre Lulworth. It has since grown in categories, eight this year. It has been won by very modest 25ft sailboats as well as Big Boat Classics such as Lulworth.


The categories for Classic Boat Awards 2017 are the following:


  1. Restoration of The Year Over 40 Ft (12.1M)
  2. Restoration of The Year Under 40 Ft (12.1M)
  3. Traditional New Build Combined
  4. Spirit of Tradition Over 40 Ft (12.1M)
  5. Spirit of Tradition Under 40 Ft (12.1M)
  6. Powered Vessels Over 40 Ft (12.1M)
  7. Powered Vessels Under 40 Ft (12.1M)
  8. Yachtsman of the Year
  9. Centenarian of the Year sponsored by Gstaad Yacht Club (to be announced)


The list of nominated yachts has been compiled from readers and the Editors of classic boat magazine and so is largely influenced by the impartial public choice. The Classic Boat Editors and in-house team drew up the shortlist.


The judging process is taken from the shortlist of nominations and voting then begins on-line and is open to the public vote. Check out the shortlist of nominated yachts and vote for your favourite classic yacht restoration or new launch of the year at www.classicboat.co.uk/awards2017


YOU have the power to decide. Here is a selection of my favourite runners and riders from a few of the key categories:

Who rocks YOUR boat?




Restoration of The Year

Over 40 Ft (12.1M)


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Images of MARILEE

Credit: © Alison Langley













1926 Designed by NG Herreshoff, built by Herreshoff Mfg. Co 59 Ft (18m) Rig: Gaff Sloop


MARILEE is a NY40 Class, the penultimate of the 14 built for the Class originally commissioned by the NYYC. She underwent a two year two phase rebuild at French and Webb USA including the hull reshape and form, refastening and a complete new look interior which is so fresh and inspirational it is not to be missed. See more images at ny40marilee.com I promise you won’t regret it.

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Image of SANTANA

Credit: © Billy Black










1935 Designed by Olin Stephens built by Wilmington Boat Works 55.2 Ft (16.8M) Rig: Bermudian Yawl


SANTANA was once owned by Humphrey Bogart so has Hollywood looks and legacy. Built as a schooner she reverted to a yawl and was restored by LMI and East Passage Boat Works Boatwrights USA.


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Image of Altricia

Credit: © Hugh Hastings




1965 Designed and Built by McGruer. 41.8 ft ( 12.7 M)

Rig: Bermudian Sloop


ALTRICIA, an 8-M Tim Mc Gruer designed cruiser/racer which boasts a beautiful bright mahogany finish. Peter Methven the charming ex-BMF boss restored her at Mylor Yacht Harbour in the UK

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Image of Blitzen

Credit: © Emily Harris





1938 Designed by Olin Stephens, built by Henry B Nevins. 55.3 ft (16.8M) Rig: Bermudian Cutter


BLITZEN is a fast and purposeful racing machine with a successful first season in the Med behind her. One of Olin’s finest as he himself remembers. Re-build by Shermara Refit in Isle of Wight UK.


Spirit of Tradition

Over 40 Ft (12.1M)


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Image of Wolfhound

Credit: © Nic Compton





2016 Designed by Oliver Van Meer, built by MB Yachts 64 ft (19.5 M)

Rig: Bermudian Schooner


WOLFHOUND is a comfortable long distance cruiser. Commissioned for Steven Dews, the famous British Marine Artist and his wife for offshore cruising. She has the ability and comfort to travel far.

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Image of Spirit 47 CR

Credit: © Paul Wyeth









2016 Designed by Sean McMillian, built by Spirit Yachts 47.1 ft (14.3M) , Rig: Bermudian Sloop


SPIRIT 47CR is the latest from the Spirit yacht stable and built for comfortable fast cruising with accommodation for up to six. The sleek styling omits the deckhouse. The hull build is, as always from this yard, all wood, cold –moulded.

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Image of Pilot Classic 55




2016 Designed by Andre Hoek, built by Performance Classic Yachts 54.6ft (16.6M), Rig: Bermudian Sloop


PILOT CLASSIC 55 is simple and stunning. Hoek designs are always inspirational. Here is a modern yacht inspired by the timeless pilot cutter. Designed by Dutch designer Andre Hoek and built by British builder Performance Classic Yachts. It is semi-bespoke, built in foam core and nice and light. I can’t wait to see this on the regatta circuit!

Spirit of Tradition

Under 40 Ft (12.1M)




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Images of W- 22

Credit: © Billy Black













2015 Designed by W- Class, built by Artisan Boatworks. USA.



W-22. From the founder of the famous W-Class Racing Yachts: W-76 “White Wings” and “Wild Horses”, Donald Tofias brings you the W-22’s Filly and Colt. The W-22 Design is 22.10ft (6.8M). They are the smallest in the W-Class range, launched late 2015 and have quickly caught the eye of the superyacht fraternity looking for a handsome day sailor.

The W-22 is cold-moulded racing day boat based on Joel White’s Saskonnet design. They seat four and sail like rocket ships.   Look forward to a fleet of these at a Yacht Club near you.




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Image of LA 28



2016 Design by Berckemeyer Yacht Design, built by LA Yacht.


A revolutionary design this is curvy cold-moulded designed wooden cedar hull day sailor from the German lakes pushes the envelope in terms of classic design but we are going with it. She has a carbon rig and a code zero and will totally cause consternation amongst the race committees in the Med if she ever enters a classic yacht regatta!



Can YOU pick a category winner? Voting closes at midnight GMT on 15th March. Winners will be announced in the May issue of Classic Boat Magazine, on Sale 7 April 2017 and at The Awards Ceremony which will take place on 4th April at The Royal Thames Yacht Club (by invitation only).


Its up to YOU, we are all counting on your vote. Restoring, maintaining and building these yachts takes a rare level of commitment. Their current stewards and teams who have worked so hard to bring them up to this level of excellence deserve celebration and recognition.


Sponsors of the awards are Gstaad Yacht Club, Simon Winter Marine and Classic Marine, the chandlery and on-line business acquired in 2016 by Suffolk Yacht Harbour UK.


Cast your vote on classicboat.co.uk/awards2017


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Alice C I’ A Widdows is a Regatta Manager on the international yachting circuit providing yacht management, sailing logistics, shore support and 24 Hr. Concierge Services on the classic yacht regatta circuit. Want for nothing! A keen yachtswomen and self – confessed island hopping addict, preferably by boat. Meet our Classic Yachting Columnist. www.alicewiddows.com