How do we define cruising at Cruising World? Generally, we leave it to our authors to decide and lead readers by their example. That's the case in this month's Osprey's Flight (see page 160), where you'll find Wendy Mitman Clarke with an interesting slant on the question when she wonders if she's falling short in some way.
The question has also become a sticking point for judges in our Boat of the Year awards competition in recent years because, frankly, the current cruising models on the market are as diverse a lot as ever. They run from seven-seas-cruisers at one end of the scale to daysailers-that-can-weekend at the other. This year, our judges frequently asked Mark Pillsbury, our senior editor and BOTY director, how they should judge a boat of one style versus a boat of another, and each time he told them to judge the boat on its own merits. How well did it fulfill its own design brief, and did it provide good value while doing so? Whichever boat did these best should be an award winner.