"This may be be the biggest Boat of the Year event the magazine has ever held, with 19 entries, and it's a great lineup," said Bessinger. "Our smallest is a high-tech, foil-borne Moth class dinghy from Australia, the Blade Rider, our largest, the Beneteau First 50, designed by Philippe Briand. Our judges will be going through the boats from stem to stern dockside during the U.S. Sailboat Show, then putting them through their paces out on the Chesapeake the following week. To be able to test so many boats in a relatively short time span is an incredible opportunity, and we're looking forward to it."