In the ‘Special Yachts’ category, the Saffier Se33 has been voted as ‘European Yacht of the Year 2022’. 24 boats were nominated in 5 categories and 5 boats were nominated in the ‘Special Yachts’ category. The awards have grown to include 12 judges from sailing magazines across Europe, each leading voices on boat testing in their respective countries. The Netherlands was represented by Marinus van Sijdenborgh de Jong of sailing magazine ‘Zeilen’. The yachts are all tested during trials which took place in Barcelona last Autumn. The result is the largest, most influential and widely respected boatbuilding prize worldwide.
Normally the awards would be presented at a special event during the opening evening of the Dusseldorf Boat Show in January. This year it was a virtual presentation on Friday 21 Januari 2022.
The jury report was full of praise: Saffier is another yard which will not rest on its laurels and keeps improving and improving. Just when you think it’s found the perfect daysailer formula, it adds more and more refinement, from the design to the first class finish throughout. The SE33 is an absolute joy to sail (and can provide a thrilling ride too), while the Dutch yard’s incredible sales figures bear witness to its looks and functionality. It’s really saying something when a yard can win the same prize in back to back years for a similar product. Chairman of the jury, Jochen Rieker from Yacht explains: “Following-up from the previous year winner, SE 27, the 33 not only follows a proven concept. She actually beats the high standards the yard has established. “In other words: She is not just bigger but that extra little better in any respect that there simply was no other choice than awarding the Dutch design again. And rightly so: stunning performance, great feel, loads of stability, beautiful lines and an interior that wants you stay longer than just for a day or so. Simply, absolutely, crazy wow!”
The current Saffier’s are developed by Dean and Dennis Hennevanger and Satellite Yacht Design. It is fantastic and a great honor when this work results in such a prestigious award.