Anticipation is high for the 2016 Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards, the most prestigious award of recognition in the dynamic sport of sailing, with just one week to go until the ceremony.
The announcement of the 2016 female and male Rolex World Sailors of the Year will be made on Tuesday 8 November at the Casa Llotja de Mar in Barcelona, Spain, the host city of World Sailing’s 2016 Annual Conference.
The winners will be decided by World Sailing’s Member National Authorities, attendees on the night and for the first time, the voting public.
On Friday 4 November at 12:00 UTC the public will be invited to cast their vote on sailing.org for who they believe is the worthiest recipient of the coveted male and female Rolex World Sailor of the Year title. Voting will be open for a period of 72 hours, allowing the public to have their say in deciding the winner.
The names vying for the coveted and prestigious 2016 Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards are:
• Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL)
• Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic (CRO)
• Santiago Lange (ARG)
• Giles Scott (GBR)
• Damien Seguin (FRA)
• Marit Bouwmeester (NED)
• Cecilia Carranza Saroli (ARG)
• Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA)
• Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR)
• Charline Picon (FRA)
Click here to find out more about the nominated sailors and their achievements.
The Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards is the most prestigious award of recognition in the dynamic sport of sailing. Since the awards inception in 1994, the trophy has proudly accumulated the names of those who have demonstrated unparalleled endurance, performance and accomplishment in sailing.
Beginning with Sir Peter Blake and Sir Robin Knox Johnston, the inaugural winners, the trophy reads like the definitive who’s who in sailing. There can only be one male and one female winner so who will join the list of sailing royalty in 2016?
HM King Constantine, World Sailing President of Honour, will announce the winners who will be presented with a unique marble and silver trophy depicting the globe, crowned with five silver spinnakers representing the continents, together with a Rolex timepiece.
Previous recipients of the Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award include:
• 2015 Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL), Sarah Ayton (GBR)
• 2014 James Spithill (AUS), Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA)
• 2013 Mat Belcher (AUS), Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (NZL)
• 2012 Ben Ainslie (GBR), Lijia Xu (CHN)
• 2011 Iker Martinez and Xabier Fernandez (ESP), Anna Tunnicliffe (USA)
• 2010 Tom Slingsby (AUS), Blanca Manchon (ESP)
• 2009 Torben Grael (BRA), Anna Tunnicliffe (USA)
• 2008 Ben Ainslie (GBR), Alessandra Sensini (ITA)
• 2007 Ed Baird (USA), Claire Leroy (FRA)
• 2006 Mike Sanderson (NZL), Paige Railey (USA)
• 2005 Fernando Echavarri and Anton Paz (ESP), Ellen MacArthur (GBR)
• 2004 Robert Scheidt (BRA), Sofia Bekatorou and Emilia Tsoulfa (GRE)
• 2003 Russell Coutts (SUI), Siren Sundby (NOR)
• 2002 Ben Ainslie (GBR), Sofia Bekatorou and Emilia Tsoulfa (GRE)
• 2001 Robert Scheidt (BRA), Ellen MacArthur (GBR)
• 2000 Mark Reynolds and 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 and Elena Pakholchik (UKR)
• 1996 Jochen Schümann (GER), Lai Shan Lee (HKG)
• 1995 Russell Coutts (NZL), Isabelle Autissier (FRA)
• 1994 Peter Blake (NZL) and Robin Knox-Johnston (GBR), Theresa Zabell (ESP)
by Daniel Smith – World Sailing