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Wicklow design is named 'Boat of the Year 2009'

22nd December 2008

Wicklow's yacht Designer Mark Mills has scooped a top prize in America with one of his fastest designs to date. The leading US magazine Sailing World has announced the King 40 by Summit Yachts as their 2009 Overall Boat of the Year. Topping the list of winners for Sailing World's 25th annual Boat of the Year contest was this IRC Racer/Cruiser from Mills Design, which won the award from an independent panel of experts who inspected and sailed the 17 nominated entries during the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis earlier this year.  Built by King Marine in Argentina, the King 40 has been a success on both sides of the Atlantic since its launch this spring.

Sailing World said “When SW's judges convened for their final deliberations after nearly a week of test sailing in Annapolis Md., there was little debate that the King 40, from Summit Yachts, is—from the keel to the top of its carbon rig—the quintessential raceboat… few boats we've seen and sailed can match the King 40 in terms of grand-prix performance at production-boat price. It's an ideal boat for windward/leeward racetracks and distance racing, and will reward a good crew and driver.” Team

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