Alerion 30 sailing in Narragansett Bay RI.

The new Alerion Sport 30 turned heads at the 2016 boats shows and also captured the attention of many sailing magazines. We’re thrilled to announce that three major publications have nominated the Sport 30 for their annual design awards.

SAIL judge Zuzana Prochazka.

The Sport 30 was nominated for “Boat of the Year” by both Sailing Worldmagazine and Cruising World magazines. SAIL magazine chose it as a “Best Boats” nominee in the Performance Monohulls category. (In 2014, the Alerion 41 was awarded the “Best Boat” title in the monohull category by SAIL.)

Sailing World judges Greg Stewart and Chuck Allen.
Sailing World judges Greg Stewart and Chuck Allen.

Judging took place both on the water and at the dock during the Annapolis Sailboat Show in October. Judges boarded the boats along with show goers, opening the engine hatches, looking in storage compartments, and generally inspecting the fit and finish of this newest Alerion. Randy Borges, president of Alerion Yachts/USWatercraft, and Kristan McClintock, director of marketing, gave short presentations on the Alerion Sport 30’s design brief and answered all of the judges’ questions. The judges were particularly interested in the performance potential of the gennaker and carbon-fiber bowsprit, and were very curious about the optional Oceanvolt engine on the test boat.

Our dealer for the Chesapeake area, Ken Comerford and his team at Northpoint Yacht Sales, hosted the three teams of judges for test sails on the Chesapeake in the days following the boat show. “They seemed to love the boat,” says Ken.

The magazines will publish the results of their contests in their winter issues. In the meantime, if you’d like to know more about the Alerion Sport 30, give us a call!