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26 September 2005, 09:11 am
Nominees Announced At 1500 UTC
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2005

The nominees for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2005 will be announced on www.sailing.org at 1500 hours UTC. The short listed sailors have all been selected based on the simple criteria 'outstanding achievement during the period 1 September 2004 through to 31 August 2005'.
Last year's winners Robert SCHEIDT (BRA) and Sofia BEKATOROU and Emilia TSOULFA (GRE) won from a shortlist of ten male and five female nominees.

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)

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