(949) 673-3515 x 135 | June 12, 2021

2016 Award Winners

…will be posted here as soon as they are announced!

 In an effort to strike a balance between trying to attract the premier wooden vessels in Southern California and wanting to recognize the most outstanding participants, two judging systems will be utilized.  A total of 14 trophies will be awarded.


Four “Show Awards” selected by a special group of four judges:

Newport Beach Mayor | Sheriffs Department Harbormaster | BYC Commodore | Wooden Boat Festival Chairman


Best of Show

Who will it be?

Best Sail Boat

Remember to Vote!

Best Power Boat

Judges Awards

Best Human Powered

Who will it be?


Festival visitors will vote for their favorite boat in each class.  A minimum of three vessels are required for the WBF to establish a class.  Classes may be added/deleted at the Festival Committee’s discretion.


  • Skiff/Rowboat (manpowered)
  • Skiff (outboard)
  • Kayak/Canoe (manpowered)

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  • Runabout (18’ and under)
  • Runabout (19’ and over)

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  • Sailboat (18’ and under)
  • Sailboat (19’ – 39’)
  • Sailboat (40’ and over)

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  • Cruiser (39’ and under)
  • Cruiser (over 40’)


In all award categories there are no criteria of the judging.  The judging is subjective and based on what the judge feels is the best in class and show.  However, a previous year Best of Show is not eligible for Best of Show the following year.

2015 BYC Wooden Boat Festival Awards


All attendees are invited to vote their choice in each of the 8 categories for People’s Choice awards.

Best Powerboat, Best Sailboat and Best of Show will all receive this gorgeous Black, Starr & Frost Retro Collection Stainless Steel Watch with Sapphire Crystal, White Dial and a Black Crocodile Strap—donated Black Starr Frost.


watch-smIn the Water:

  • Sailboats Over 50’
  • Sailboats Under 50’
  • Cruisers Over 45’
  • Cruisers Under 45’
  • Powerboats

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On Land:

  • Sailboats
  • Powerboats
  • Human Powered




Mayor of Newport Beach, Rush Hill, will make his selection from cruiser and powerboat entries.


The Balboa Yacht Club Commodore Glen Highland will make his selection from sailboat entries.


The skippers of all the entered boats will select the Best of Show for the 2014 Wooden Boat Festival.