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World Sailing Awards Nominations Open

World Sailing will award three new honors for 2018. Nominations are now open for Rolex World Sailor of the Year, but also for the following:

The Racing Sailboat of the Year Award for "outstanding boat design, innovative concepts and ground-breaking technological advancements that are changing the face of sailing, pioneering change across the world," will be presented to a boat that has been scored in an international race for the first time between January 1, 2017, and September 1, 2018.

The Team of the Year Award "will be presented to a crew of two or more sailors from any category of sailing and will celebrate their teams who personify the sporting values of integrity, ambition, resilience and resourcefulness."

The World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award "celebrates the effective execution or ongoing delivery of high-impact, highly replicable sustainability initiatives, aligned to the World Sailing Sustainability Agenda 2030."

Nominate your favorite male and female sailors at The last American to be so honored was Anna Tunnicliffe, in 2011 and 2009.

Nominations must be received "no later than 19.00 UTC on Saturday 1 September 2018." The awards will be presented on October 30 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, Florida.

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