Begunje na Gorenjskem/Düsseldorf, 24 January (STA) - The Elan 350 sailing yacht was awarded at the Duesseldorf Boat Show 2011 on Saturday the prestigious European Yacht of the Year 2011 title in the performance cruiser category (30-40ft), ski and nautical equipment maker Elan said on Monday.
The "Water Sports Oscar" winners for this year were chosen by representatives of 18 leading yachting and powerboat magazines in Europe, the company said in a press release.
Widely known as a ski manufacturer, Elan has also earned acclaim in the nautical field, most recently with its new sailing yacht Elan 350, the first 35 foot-long sailing boat with twin helm design.
Elan 350 was launched at last year's Internautica boat show in Portoroz, where it ranked third in voting for the best boat of the show. The Begunje-based company is currently building its 40th Elan 350.
Another model by Elan, the Elan 210, was also presented at the Duesseldorf show and was well received, leading to the first orders for the boat, which the company has nicknamed the "toy".
Elan had previously received European Yacht of the Year awards in 2006 for the Impression 344 and in 2007 for the Elan 340.