Numerous success stories have already been witnessed since the start of the nomination period on 1 September 2006 and with less than two months remaining until the close of nominations on 1 September 2007 there will no doubt be many more achievements which merit nomination.
Anyone can nominate a sailor and all nominations must be submitted on the official nomination form which is available on the ISAF website via the following link www.sailing.org/worldsailor/2007WSOYnominationform.doc
The accomplishments of the sailors who are nominated every year are an inspiration but ultimately there can only be two winners - a female and a male World Sailor of the Year.
Sailors nominated may represent any discipline of the sport of sailing, from dinghies to offshore, windsurfing to speed sailing and their achievements may be as diverse as round the world record breaking passages, a series of regatta wins or triumph against the odds, but must meet the criteria of 'outstanding achievement during the period 1 September 2006 through to 31 August 2007'.
A shortlist will be decided from all of the nominations received by the deadline and those sailors will go on to become the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2007 Nominees. The ISAF Member National Authorities will be then vote for those sailors who they believe merit the awards but the winners will not be announced until the night of the awards presentation on Tuesday 6 November in Estoril, Portugal.
The winners will be presented with the unique marble and silver trophy, depicting the globe crowned with five silver spinnakers representing the continents and a Rolex timepiece.
Paige RAILEY (USA)
Nominations close at 1000 UTC on Monday 3 September 2007.
The past nominees and winners of the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year include many of the highest achievers in the sport, with the winners' roll call reading:
|2006||Mike SANDERSON (NZL)||Paige RAILEY (USA)|
|2005||Fernando ECHAVARRI and Anton PAZ (ESP)||Ellen MACARTHUR (GBR)|
|2004||Robert SCHEIDT (BRA)||Sofia BEKATOROU and Emilia TSOULFA (GRE)|
|2003||Russell COUTTS (SUI)||Siren SUNDBY (NOR)|
|2002||Ben AINSLIE (GBR)||Sofia BEKATOROU and Emilia TSOULFA (GRE)|
|2001||Robert SCHEIDT (BRA)||Ellen MACARTHUR (GBR)|
|2000||Mark REYNOLDS and 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 and Elena PAKHOLCHIK (UKR)|
|1996||Jochen SCHÜMANN (GER)||Lee-Lai SHAN (HKG)|
|1995||Russell COUTTS (NZL)||Isabelle AUTISSIER (FRA)|
|1994||Peter BLAKE (NZL) and Robin KNOX JOHNSTON (GBR)||Theresa ZABELL (ESP)|
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