After thousands of votes cast by readers of Yachts & Yachting magazine, the 2018 Yachts & Yachting Awards were presented last night, Thursday 11 January at the London Boat Show - and the Harken V Block Line was crowned 'Gear of the Year'.


The event was held on the British Marine Legends Stage at the London ExCel Centre and was extremely well attended by the sailing world's best and brightest. Yachts & Yachting Magazine Editor, Georgie Corlett-Pitt, kicked off proceedings in front of a packed crowd, looking back at a spectacular year, which has seen records smashed, innovations in kit and boats and some stellar performances from sailors and classes alike.

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Nominees for each of the 14 awards are selected by an expert panel of judges and a public vote selects the winners, often seeing an extremely tight battle for the top spots in all categories. The Gear of the Year award, previously named the Equipment Innovation Award, recognises the most impressive fittings, gadgets and tools to hit the market.  'Impressive' is definitely a description that fits the V™ block line, the highest performing, most efficient blocks Harken has ever offered.


2018 is the second year in a row a Harken product has claimed the coveted award, having won in 2017 for the Spinnaker Retrieval Wheel. Speaking from the award ceremony yesterday Harken UK MD Andy Ash-Vie thanked the Award's organisers, Yachts & Yachting Magazine; the public who voted for the V Block and worthy competitors in the category.

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Harken would like to congratulate the other award winners:  Pro Sailor of the Year: Alex Thomson, Amateur Sailor of the Year: Fiona Hampshire, Youth Sailor of the Year: Ben Hutton-Penman and Lucy Hewitson, Racing Performance of the Year: Emirates Team NZ, Event of the Year: Optimist 70th Nationals, Photo of the Year: Ricardo Pinto, Kit of the Year: Musto Foiling Range, Dinghy of the Year: SuperFoiler, Sportsboat of the Year: Foiling TF10, Yacht of the Year: Beneteau Fiagro 3, British Marine Award: Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, Achievement of the Year: Conrad Colman and Outstanding Achievement Award: Tony Lawson


To learn more about the V Block line click here, or for the product page click here



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