The nominated sailors have been selected after the receipt of nomination forms from across the sailing world.
The winners will be unveiled at the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards Dinner and Presentation on 8 November 2005 at the Grand Copthorne Hotel in Singapore during the ISAF Annual Conference. Each winner will be presented with the prestigious ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award Trophy depicting the globe crowned with silver spinnakers and a Rolex timepiece.
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)|