Italia Yachts 11.98 – European Yacht of the Year nominated


Grabau International is delighted to announce that the newly-launched Italia Yachts 11.98 has been nominated for the prestigious European Yacht of the Year Award in the Performance Cruiser category.

“One word says it all: Performance. This is by far the most important criteria here. So for a boat to succeed in this category first and foremost needs to sail almost. Speed ​​is not the only differentiator, though. Equally important is how to choose a candidate at maximum pressure, how ergonomically the cockpit is organized, how sensitive and responsive the rudder works, how well the sailplan can be adapted to changing conditions. And since cruising is part of the definition of a performance cruiser as well as the jury so judges the live-aboard comforts of the candidates. So do not expect one-trick ponies here.”

Here’s what the panel have to say about the Italia Yachts 11.98

Italia Yachts was founded on a line-up of more luxurious performance cruisers. But the still rather young brand is now investing in a second, decidedly sportier range. Fueled by winning the ORC World Championships for the 9.98 the 11.98 is the latest model, an even more pronounced design. It’s available in a race-oriented version or as a fast cruiser and it can even be fitted with a water-ballast to facilitate shorthanded racing. While her smaller predecessor looks rather frugal down below the 11.98 sports a light yet visually pleasing interior. Her hull lines are extraordinary, too. So many ways this is a real head-turner. And have you ever heard of a boat winning the ORC worlds in Class C immediately upon launch?”

The announcement of this year’s winners, will take place during the flagship night on the first evening of the boat Dusseldorf (18.-26.01.2020).

The Grabau International team will be joining the Italia Yachts team at the Cannes Yachting Festival between 10th and 15th September for the Cannes debut of the  Italia 11.98 and the European Yacht of the Year nominated Italia 12.98.

You can find us in Porto Canto, on stand SAIL130. Contact us today for your appointment to view. We also also delighted to offer an exclusive opportunity to jump the waiting list and buy the Cannes/Genoa Boat Show boat at a very special price. Full details can be found here.

For further information, brochures and price lists for this stunning range of yachts, please contact us.


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