A New Contest For New Boats

This fall we immersed ourselves in boats, boats, boats. At the Newport and Annapolis boat shows, one panel of CW judges looked at a fleet of more than three dozen boats and, for the first time ever, nominated 22 to advance into the Boat of the Year contest. Then we set our team of experts loose for 10 straight days and in winds from 10 to 45 knots to peek behind bulkheads and sail their socks off. Here's what they found: