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Grand Soleil 44 Scoops Two Major Boat of the Year Awards

23rd December 2021

The Grand Soleil 44 model has just been awarded the prestigious Sailing World Boat of the year in the crossover category.

This follows its recent win as Cruising World Boat of the Year in the performance cruiser category.

That is two major awards for the model that only premiered last November 2020.

Irish sailors will have heard of the Grand Soleil 44, as the first of this new model was delivered to Bob Rendell from Howth in the Spring. Under the same name of his previous boat, Samatom, she won the first major regatta she competed in; Kinsale's Sovereigns Cup Coastal fleet 2021.

Bob Rendell's Samatom from Howth on her way to winning at the Sovereign's Cup 2021Bob Rendell's Samatom from Howth on her way to winning at the Sovereign's Cup 2021 Photo: Bob Bateman

The Grand Soleil is one of the 4 Key Yachting brands with agencies for both the UK and Ireland.

Mark Mansfield represents Key Yachting in Ireland. Mark can be contacted at [email protected] or at 00353 872506838 for further information on the Grand Soleil 44.

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Four-time Olympian Mark Mansfield is a Professional Sailor. He is Irish Agent for Key Yachting Ltd, the sole U.K. and Irish agent for J Boats, Grand Soleil, Nautitech Catamarans and the Tofinou range of boats. More on Mark here

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