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The Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards are the highest award a sailor can receive in recognition of his/her outstanding achievements by the world of sailing. The Awards are presented every November to one male and one female winner.
Launched in 1994, the World Sailor of the Year Awards are recognized as the pinnacle award a sailor can receive in recognition of his/her outstanding achievements by the world of sailing.
The Awards are presented to sailors by sailors. Two Awards, one for a female sailor/crew and one for a male sailor/crew, are presented each year during the World Sailing Annual Conference in November. The World Sailing Annual Conference is a week-long series of meetings, which brings together the decision makers in the sport to debate the issues affecting the future of sailing. Sailors selected as nominees for the awards may represent any aspect of the sport.
You will see from the details of past winners that the recipients of the World Sailor of the Year Awards have been drawn from the many diverse disciplines of the sport.
Nominations for sailors may be made by anyone - the national governing bodies for the sport of sailing, class associations, World Sailing Committee Members, sailors and any other interested parties. A shortlist is then determined from all of those sailors nominated and these select few become the 'Nominees'. It is then over to the World Sailing Member National Authorities to determine the winners.
The winners are not announced until the night of the presentation when they receive the prestigious award and a Rolex timepiece. In past years the Award has been presented by the World Sailing Presidents of Honour, HM King Harald of Norway, HM King Constantine, HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and other renowned sailors.
The Awards Presentation is attended by the worlds top sailors, the leaders in the sport around the world, sponsors and other eminent guests.
2001 saw the announcement of Rolex as the title sponsor, who has joined World Sailing in the support of this pinnacle award.
|1994||Peter Blake (NZL) & Robin Knox Johnston (GBR)||Theresa Zabell (ESP)|
|1995||Russell Coutts (NZL)||Isabelle Autissier (FRA)|
|1996||Jochen Schümann (GER)||Lee-Lai Shan (HKG)|
|1997||Pete Goss (GBR)||Ruslana Taran & Elena Pakholchik (UKR)|
|1998||Ben Ainslie (GBR)||Carolijn Brouwer (NED)|
|1999||Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL)||Margriet Matthijse (NED)|
|2000||Mark Reynolds & Magnus Liljedahl (USA)||Shirley Robertson (GBR)|
|2001||Robert Scheidt (BRA)||Ellen Macarthur (GBR)|
|2002||Ben Ainslie (GBR)||Sofia Bekatorou & Emilia Tsoulfa (GRE)|
|2003||Russell Coutts (SUI)||Siren Sundby (NOR)|
|2004||Robert Scheidt (BRA)||Sofia Bekatorou & Emilia Tsoulfa (GRE)|
|2005||Fernando Echavarri & Antón Paz||Ellen Macarthur (GBR)|
|2006||Mike Sanderson (NZL)||Paige Railey (USA)|
|2007||Ed Baird (USA)||Claire Leroy (FRA)|
|2008||Ben Ainslie (GBR)||Alessandra Sensini (ITA)|
|2009||Torben Grael (BRA)||Anna Tunnicliffe (USA)|
|2010||Tom Slingsby (AUS)||Blanca Manchón (ESP)|
|2011||Iker Martínez & Xabier Fernández (ESP)||Anna Tunnicliffe (USA)|
|2012||Ben Ainslie (GBR)||Lijia Xu (CHN)|
|2013||Mathew Belcher (AUS)||Jo Aleh & Polly Powrie (NZL)|
|2014||James Spithill (AUS)||Martine Grael & Kahena Kunze (BRA)|
|2015||Peter Burling & Blair Tuke (NZL)||Sarah Ayton (GBR)|
|2016||Sanitago Lange (ARG)||Hannah Mills & Saskia Clark (GBR)|