Winners of HISWA Boat and Product of the Year 2015 announced

Korvet 14 CLR, Saffier Se 33 and RS Aero presented with awards
An independent jury chaired by Hugo van Wieringen named the Saffier Se 33 Sailboat of the Year and the Korvet 14 CLR Motorboat of the Year at the opening of the HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show 2015 on 11 March. The results of the vote for the HISWA Product of the Year were also announced, with the award going to the RS Aero Aquavitesse.HISWA 2015 will continue until Sunday 15 March in Amsterdam RAI

HISWA Sailboat of the Year
The winner among the sailboats was the Saffier Se 33. Jury chair Hugo van Wieringen, director of yacht design agency Azure Naval Architects, said of the Sapphire Sep 33: “She may not be a low-price option, but all her details are well designed and perfectly constructed, and she has excellent sailing characteristics.” The other boats nominated were the Winner 8, Beneteau Oceanis 35 and Pointer 25.

HISWA Motorboat of the Year
The jury chose the Korvet 14 CLR as Motorboat of the Year. According to jury chair Van Wieringen, she is “a successful combination of a seagoing vessel that can also be very quick when required. The Korvet has a delightful layout and is beautifully built.” Other nominees for the award were the Aquanaut Andante 438, Steeler Panorama Flatfoor 46, Vedette Hollander Trend 32 and XO 270 RS Front Cabin.

HISWA Product of the Year
In addition to Sailboat and Motorboat of the Year, a separate jury chaired by Jan Briek (chief editor of Waterkampioen magazine, which is published by the Royal Dutch Touring Club (ANWB)) also chose the HISWA Product of the Year from among four nominees. The choice finally fell on the RS Aero.

“The RS Aero is an ultra-lightweight dinghy for adults that is very easy to handle,” Briek explained. “At 30 kg, it weighs even less than an Optimist and represents the future of sailing. And if you are still not convinced, simply come and experience it for yourself.” The RS Aero will be exhibited at the HISWA InnovationLAB together with the other nominees for Product of the Year.

InnovationLAB
The HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show also marked the official launch of RAI Amsterdam’s new InnovationLAB platform. This took place right after the opening of the exhibition in the presence of the external stakeholders TNO, 3TU Federatie and Accenture.

HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show - fascinating for every boater
The HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show is the largest watersport event in the Netherlands, and represents the ideal moment to mark the start of the new sailing season. The 60th edition of HISWA will be held from 11 to 15 March 2015 in Amsterdam RAI.

More information is available on www.hiswarai.nl, twitter: @HISWAamsterdam and Facebook: HiswaAmsterdam. Additional information and the list of participants can be found on www.hiswarai.nl.

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