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Jeanneau 379 Wins Cruising World Overall Domestic Boat of the Year & Best Mid-sized Cruiser 35'-40'

Cruising World Announces 2012 BOTY Winners

Middletown, R.I. - Cruising World magazine announced today the winners of its 19th annual Boat of the Year awards. Topping this year's list of winners for the most anticipated awards in the sailboat industry were the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 379 and the Leopard 44. The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 379 won the Domestic Boat of the Year award, and the Leopard 44 was named Import Boat of the Year.

Three other boats also won awards from an independent panel of experts, who inspected and tested 22 nominated boats following the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md., earlier this year. Decisions were based on extensive dockside inspections and sea trials of the boats. All of the winners, along with the rest of the 2012 BOTY nominees and several other boats reviewed by the magazine's editors, will be featured in the January issue of Cruising World.

In addition to claiming the Domestic Boat of the Year award, the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 379, built for U.S. and Canadian markets in Marion, South Carolina, was also named Best Midsize Cruiser, 36 to 40 Feet. "The Sun Odyssey 379 was the whole package, a boat that sails exceedingly well with a smart, functional layout," said Boat of the Year director and Cruising World senior editor Herb McCormick. "The judging panel was particularly impressed with the boat's dual helms and outstanding maneuverability under sail and power."

Read the complete article at: http://www.cruisingworld.com/sailboats/boat-of-the-year/cruising-world-a...