Nominations Open for Sailors of the Year

World Sailing invites you to nominate individuals, teams and organizations for the 2019 World Sailing Awards. The awards “celebrate outstanding achievement and exceptional contributions to the sport of sailing,” writes Daniel Smith, World Sailing’s director of communications.

Rolex World Sailor of the Year

Anyone can nominate male and female sailors in any discipline of the sport. Click here to nominate a sailor for 2019 Rolex World Sailor of the Year.

The sailors you nominate should have performed an “outstanding achievement in the sport of sailing between September 1, 2018, and August 31, 2019.” Nominations close at 17:00 UTC on August 31. World Sailing will draw up a shortlist, with the most inspirational achievers becoming the 2019 Rolex World Sailor of the Year Nominees.

World Sailing award winners
2018 Rolex World Sailors of the Year were Marie Riou (FRA) and Carolijn Brouwer (NED) of the Volvo Ocean Race-winning Dongfeng team, and Pavlos Kontides (CYP), who won the Laser World Championships in 2017 and 2018.
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World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award

The World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award “celebrates the effective execution or ongoing delivery of high-impact, highly replicable sustainability initiatives, aligned to World Sailing’s Sustainability Agenda 2030.” Corpus Christi Yacht Club in Texas won the inaugural award following the successful 2018 Youth Sailing World Championships. The Youth Worlds was the “first World Sailing Championship with a focus on ocean conservation and sustainability.” The 2019 winner will receive a $10,000 USD prize to support their sustainability initiatives and a perpetual trophy made from recycled carbon fiber from an America’s Cup boat.

Click here for the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award Nomination Form. Nominations will close at 17:00 UTC on August 23.

World Sailing Hempel Team of the Year Award

The Hempel Team of the Year Award will be presented to a crew of two or more sailors from any category of sailing. This award will “celebrate teams who personify the sporting values of integrity, ambition, resilience and resourcefulness.” In 2018, the inaugural award went to Dongfeng Race Team for their success in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race.

Click here for the World Sailing Hempel Team of the Year Award nomination form. The nomination period will close at 17:00 UTC on August 12.

World Sailing Boat of the Year Award

The Boat of the Year Award will “celebrate outstanding boat design, innovative concepts and ground-breaking technological advancements that are changing the face of sailing, pioneering change across the world.” It will be presented to a racing sailboat that has been scored in an international race for the first time between September 1, 2018, and August 12, 2019. Niklas Zennstrom’s Fast 40 Ran VII received the Boat of the Year Award in 2018.

Click here for the Boat of the Year Award nomination form. The nomination period will close at 17:00 UTC on August 12.

Selection committees will draw up shortlists in each category by early September. Nominees will be announced on sailing.org. The awards will be presented at the World Sailing Annual Conference in Bermuda on Tuesday, October 29.

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