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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2005

Nominations are invited for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2005 - the pinnacle award of recognition in the sport of sailing. The ISAF World Sailor of the Year Awards were first presented in 1994 in London, Great Britain and over the past eleven years, an exceptional list of the world's top sailors have been nominated in recognition of their outstanding achievement.
The accomplishments of the teams or individuals nominated and those ultimately declared the male and female winners are an inspiration, symbolising the very best in the sport.

ISAF invites the world of sailing to submit nominations for male and female sailors, individuals or teams, who you feel should be included on the shortlist for the 2005 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards.

Numerous success stories have been seen over the recent months, and with three months before nominations close on 1 September 2005, the athletes nominated for 2005 will no doubt represent another extraordinary line-up of achievement in sailing.

One male and one female individual or team will receive the ultimate accolade of being awarded the title ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2005, with the winners unveiled at the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 8 November 2005 in Singapore. The sailors accorded the honour of ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2005 will be presented with the unique marble and silver trophy, depicting the globe crowned with five silver spinnakers representing the continents, and in addition each will receive a Rolex timepiece.

Nominations should be made on the official Nomination Form which is available on the ISAF website via the following link - www.sailing.org/worldsailor/2005nominationform.doc

Anyone may nominate a sailor provided that sailor has met the simple criteria of 'outstanding achievement during the period 1 September 2004 through to 31 August 2005'. Sailors nominated may represent any discipline within the sport of sailing, from dinghies to offshore, windsurfing to speed sailing, and their achievements may be as diverse as a record-breaking passage, a series of regatta wins or triumph against the odds.

Nominations close at 1000 hours UTC on Thursday 1 September 2005.

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:

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) Lee-Lai SHAN (HKG)
1995 Russell COUTTS (NZL) Isabelle AUTISSIER (FRA)
1994 Peter BLAKE (NZL)/Robin KNOX JOHNSTON (GBR) Theresa ZABELL (ESP)

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