Dusseldorf (GERMANY), 23 January 2010. The year 2010 began with some important news for Italian sailing. Cantiere del Pardo, which has been producing Grand Soleil yachts for over 35 years, one of the jewels in the crown of the “Made in Italy” label, has won the “European Yacht of the Year” prize for its latest project: the Grand Soleil 46.
The prize is awarded every year during one of the most important international boat shows in the world, the Boot trade fair in Düsseldorf. The prize is coveted by all the yacht boatyards in Europe. The seriousness of the prize is certified by an international jury of representatives from 11 magazines, led by Yacht, which is viewed as the “Bible” of international sailing magazines (in particular in northern Europe). The journalists on the jury tried out numerous boats during the last few months, and chose 5 finalists for each category. They then announced their verdict during the inauguration day of the Boot Boat Show.
The Grand Soleil 46 trounced the other four models which had been selected in the “Performance Cruiser” category, dedicated to the yachts with the best performance.
“During a period of recession,” said a spokesperson for Cantiere del Pardo, “it is worth following a strategy of investment in research and development. We have a young, motivated design team supported by a team of labourers