Nominations may be made by anyone and the only criteria are that sailors must have performed an "outstanding achievement in the sport of sailing" during the qualifying period of 1 September 2008 to 31 August 2009. Nominations should be sent in to ISAF by 12.00hrs (UTC) on Wednesday 9 September 2009 on the Official Nomination Form which may be found at http://www.sailing.org/29171.php.
A shortlist of nominations will be drawn up by ISAF from all those received by the deadline and those making the cut will go on to become the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2009 Nominees. The 130 ISAF Member National Authorities will then vote for one male and one female sailor who they believe merit the Awards.
The accomplishments of the sailors nominated each year are an inspiration - from windsurfers and dinghy sailors to offshore specialists, a nominee's achievements may be an exceptional series of regatta wins, a record breaking passage or a triumph against the odds. There have already been some remarkable achievements in our sport since September 2008.
The winners will be announced at an Awards dinner on Tuesday 10 November in Busan, Korea, the host city for the ISAF Annual Conference. They will be presented with the unique marble and silver trophy depicting the globe, crowned with five silver spinnakers representing the continents, together with a personalized Rolex timepiece.
The past nominees and winners of the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year include the highest achievers in the sport, with the winners' roll call reading:
|2008||Ben Ainslie (GBR)||Alessandra Sensini (ITA)|
|2007||Ed Baird (USA)||Claire Leroy (FRA)|
|2006||Mike Sanderson (NZL)||Paige Railey (USA)|
|2005||Fernando Echavarri & Anton Paz (ESP)||Ellen MacArthur (GBR)|
|2004||Robert Scheidt (BRA)||Sofia Bekatorou & Emilia Tsoulfa (GRE)|
|2003||Russell Coutts (SUI)||Siren Sundby (NOR)|
|2002||Ben Ainslie (GBR)||Sofia Bekatorou & Emilia Tsoulfa (GRE)|
|2001||Robert Scheidt (BRA)||Ellen MacArthur (GBR)|
|2000||Mark Reynolds & Magnus Liljedahl (USA)||Shirley Robertson (GBR)|
|1999||Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL)||Margriet Matthijse (NED)|
|1998||Ben Ainslie (GBR)||Carolijn Brouwer (NED)|
|1997||Pete Goss (GBR)||Ruslana Taran & Elena Pakholchik (UKR)|
|1996||Jochen Schümann (GER)||Lai Shan Lee (HKG)|
|1995||Russell Coutts (NZL)||Isabelle Autissier (FRA)|
|1994||Peter Blake (NZL) & Robin Knox-Johnston (GBR)||Theresa Zabell (ESP)|