Often referred to as the Oscar of yachting, the European Yacht of the Year Award is widely considered the most important and influential boatbuilding prize in the world.
Initiated by German sail magazine YACHT, it was first presented at boot Düsseldorf in 2004.
Today 12 magazines from across Europe make up the jury, each of them the leading voice in their respective countries and respected beyond national borders — and they will make their decisions during the next boot Düsseldorf from 18-26 January 2020.
Previous X-Yachts winners in the European Yacht of the Year include the Xc 38 in 2011 and the Xc 45 in 2009, both in the Luxury Cruiser class.
More recently, the X46 was nominated in the Performance Cruiser class last year, and the X43 in the same category two years previously.
Meanwhile, the first race for the newly launched X4⁰ took place this past weekend.
The Silverrudder is one of the largest singlehanded sailing events, with more than 400 boats participating.
In this year’s edition, more than 50 X-Sailors were on the starting line to challenge themselves and their skills on a demanding 130-nautical-mile race course around the island of Funen in Denmark.
X-Yachts employee Anders Bastiansen was sailing with the X4⁰ Xelebration in the Large Keelboats category, and took second place with a time of 22:32:32.
The company's founders also took some time to return to the water in their first ever build from 1979 after a dedicated restoration project: