The 2019 Classic Boat Awards winners, in association with Classic Marine, have been revealed in a glitzy ceremony at the Royal Thames Yacht Club, in Knightsbridge, London.
Celebrity guests included Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and renowned folk singer Jim Radford, who sang for the 130 guests, among them major figures from the global marine industry. Those present travelled from across Europe, the Caribbean, the USA and Canada.
Yachting historian and GL Watson scholar Martin Black was guest speaker and Chelsea Magazines group editor Rob Peake presented the evening. Royal Thames Yacht Club Vice Commodore George Ehlers was present, as well as Gstaad Yacht Club Commodore Manrico Iachia, who presented the Centenarian of the Year trophy.
Now in its 13th year, the Classic Boat Awards is a widely respected celebration of all that the magazine stands for, with the year’s best modern classic launches and restorations voted for by the readers.
Simon Temlett, Classic Boat’s publisher, said: “The Classic Boat Awards has grown over the past decade to become one of the key events for the classic world and a real celebration of the industry. This year’s event was as successful as ever and we are excited to see how the event can grow in future years.”
Marine group editor Rob Peake said: “The Classic Boat Awards celebrates outstanding craftsmanship and design, be that on a clinker rowing boat or a new J-Class yacht. This year we had a record 18,000 votes cast, which we see as a reflection of the growing interest in classic boats and testament to the quality of the work in the projects shortlisted.”
The evening’s headline sponsor was Classic Marine, the classic chandlery business owned by Suffolk Yacht Harbour. The marina, on the River Orwell in Suffolk, is a centre of classic boat activity, with a classic chandlery, classic boat yard, classic regatta as well as other related on-site services for classics new and old.
The evening was also supported by Simon Winter Marine, which offers a specialist classic boat insurance policy, and Astins Sailing Sculptures, which made the awards.