Wauquiez Centurion 57 Wins, European Yacht of The Year 2015

The European Yacht of the Year is the most thorough competition there is for production boats, the only one that comprises 11 different magazines, from 11 different European nations, testing 25 yachts in five different categories, over two weeks in two different seas.

Following the running of the seatrials in the autumn of 2014, and the long jury discussions, the awards for the winners of the European Yacht of the Year 2015 were announced tonight, Saturday 17 January, the opening night of the Dusseldorf Boatshow.

The five categories comprise Performance Cruisers, Family Cruisers, Luxury Cruisers, Special Yachts, and, for the first time to reflect the growing interest in this sector, Bluewater cruisers. As usual, there were some close decisions, particularly in the Family Cruiser and Performance Cruiser divisions, where debates raged and voting was tight.

We’re pleased to report that in the Luxury Cruiser Category, the Wauquiez Centurion 57 was announced the winner. Centurion 57 Yacht of the year 2015
With the 57, Wauquiez is certainly sending out a clear message that it is back in the business of producing quality cruisers for discerning sailors. The Centurion 57 represents good build quality at a reasonable price, a comfortable and well-finished yacht throughout. It was also one of only a couple of yachts to venture out in the big seas and swells when the wind was up to a Force 7, and cope commendably with the conditions. It is not the most modern looking of the category, indeed the Berret-Racoupeau hull is taken from the seven-year-old 55 Pilot Saloon, but it is perhaps the most timeless, with the heart of a real cruising yacht. More versatile than radical she feels robust, well thought-out and finished with a warm and calm interior.

Some of the quotes from the panel of jurors included;

“Luxury is not just about show-off and this very classical yacht just proves it. As soon as you enter the saloon, you can feel you are in a very chic atmosphère. The square proportion of the design, the warm feeling of the leather, the neat work on the wood parts: everything you see, everything you touch makes it clear. This is true luxury.” Voile Magazine, FRA

“Good performance all round, very well built and with a good interior style, all at an interesting price”. Fare Vela, ITA

“In severe conditions the Wauquiez 57 proved to have just the right combination of skills. Strong, safe and still quite quick on her heels she was easy on the crew and refreshingly simple to sail. Her clever layout and a positively rich and warm ambience down below put her first on the jury’s list.” YACHT, GER

“The Wauquiez 57 comes in a classical style, no extravagant curlicue and it convinces on the sea (sailing abilities, cockpit layout) as well as in the harbour. A real luxury cruiser.” marina.ch, SUI

“A ‘safe’ choice maybe, but a just one, offering the best complete package of all. Good build quality, good sailing, everything works and is well thought out.” Waterkampioen, NED

“A sensible choice – a bit anonymous from the outside, but I fell in love when I came aboard, strengthened after sailing her in 30 knots + wind. A very good boat for sailing and living on board, she is as safe as a typical cruising boat, but with a lot better performance.” Seilas, NOR

 

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