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23 July 2007, 12:00 pm
2007 World Sailor of the Year Nominations Invited
World Sailor Trophy
The winners will be presented with the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award Trophy and a Rolex Timepiece

ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards

Nominations are now invited for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2007 - the most prestigious award of recognition in the sport of sailing. Since the inaugural presentation in 1994, an exceptional list of the world's top sailors have been nominated for the awards.

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.

2006 Winners

Paige RAILEY (USA)
and Mike SANDERSON (NZL)
© Carlo BORLENGHI/Rolex


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)

For further information please contact: Tel: +44 (0)2380 635111
Fax: +44 (0)2380 635789
Email: worldsailorawards@isaf.co.uk
Web www.sailing.org/worldsailor

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