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2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award nominees

From 470 World Championship to round the world record breakers

Tuesday September 28th 2010, Author: ISAF, Location: none selected

ISAF received nominations for the 2010 Awards from across the world for sailors representing all aspects of the sport. In deciding the nominees, the achievements of sailors made during the qualifying period of 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010 are taken into consideration. There can be only one winner in each of the two categories, male and female, and we are delighted to announce the names of those sailors now vying for the coveted and prestigious 2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award.

The 2010 nominees are:

Female
Kristin Boesse (GER) – Nine Time Kitesurf World Champion
Siripon Kaewduang-Ngam (THA) – Youth Olympic Games gold medallist
Blanca Manchón (ESP) – RS:X World Champion & Double World Cup Winner
Lisa Westerhof & Lobke Berkhout (NED) – 470 World Champions

Male
Antoine Albeau (FRA) – Professional Windsurfing Association & Formula World Champion
Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS) – 470 World Champions and World Cup winners (above)
Lorenzo Bressani (ITA) – Melges 24 and 32 Champion
Franck Cammas (FRA) – Record breaking offshore racer
Tom Slingsby (AUS) – Laser & Etchells World Champion
Ed Wright (GBR) – Finn World Champion and double World Cup Winner

The achievements of the 2010 Nominees are:

Female Nominees

Kristin Boesse (GER) – Nine Time Kitesurf World Champion

Kristin Boesse only began kitesurfing in 2001, but since then has established herself as the leading name in the business. In 2005 she won her first World title and then followed it up with a stack of awards across the disciplines, winning freestyle, wave-riding, slider and kicker, boarder-cross and course racing titles. In 2009, she claimed the IKA Course Racing title to bring her total to a phenomenal nine world titles. This achievement saw Boesse enter the Guiness Book of World Records in November 2009 for the most kiting world championship titles.

In 2010, she continued to make her presence felt competing on the circuit but focussed most of her attention on encouraging others to take up the sport. Boesse launched KB4girls in December 2009, a non-profit organization that created a worldwide clinic tour for female kiters. This year alone, she ran eleven clinics on a shoestring budget and coached more than 300 girls. The project is designed attract new girls into the sport, to enhance skills for the more experienced, boost self-confidence and motivate them to compete.

This determined woman is an outstanding athlete and is dedicated to promoting her sport, the environment and women’s participation.

2009 IKA Course Racing Champion

2009 Guinness World Record for most Kiting World Championship titles (9)

Freestyle
5 - Hua Hin Kiteboarding World Cup, THA - March 2010
4 - Palmolive Kitesurf World Cup, Freestyle, St Peter Ording, GER - July 2010
5 - Fuerteventura Kiteboarding PKR Super Grand Slam 2010, ESP - August 2010
3 - Kiteboarding World Cup 2010, Tenerife, ESP - August 2010

Waves
5 - Kiteboarding World Cup 2010, Tenerife, ESP - August 2010

Race
1 - PKRA World Cup, Paros, GRE - September 2009
2 - Hua Hin Kiteboarding World Cup, THA - March 2010
5 - Palmolive Kitesurf World Cup 2010, St Peter Ording, GER - July 2010
4 - Fuerteventura Kiteboarding PKRA Super Grand Slam 2010, ESP - August 2010


Siripon Kaewduang-Ngam (THA) – Youth Olympic Games gold medallist

It’s all about firsts for Thailand’s Siripon Kaewduang-Ngam and her achievements over the past year have placed her in the history books forever. Ngam started windsurfing when she was 13 and by the time she was 16 she was making her mark on the international stage. Ngam won the Asian Championships in January 2010 to claim her place at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Singapore sailing the Techno 293.

She may have been one of the favourites going into YOG but her sheer domination of the girl’s windsurfing event has earned her another spot in the history books as the first sailor from Thailand to ever be nominated for this award.

Eleven races were sailed in Singapore and the winner of an incredible seven of these was Ngam. She was unstoppable and didn’t finish any race outside the top ten. The gold medal was secured before the final day of competition so she can also claim to have won the first ever Youth Olympic Games sailing medal.

This star of the future demonstrated a cool head by sailing a conservative final race, reminding herself to “just think about crossing the finish line”.

Techno 293
1 - Asian Championship, Singapore, Techno 293 - January 2010
1 - Youth Olympic Games, Singapore, Techno 293 - August 2010 (won 7 of 11 races)


Blanca Manchón (ESP) – RS:X World Champion & Double World Cup Winner

In September 2009, Blanca Manchón was crowned 2008-09 ISAF Sailing World Cup champion after dominating the competition throughout the seven-regatta series. Manchón sealed the deal with a victory at the final regatta of the series, Skandia Sail for Gold in Weymouth, to bring her total of gold medals to four. This talented young windsurfer finished on the podium at every single regatta she sailed, an outstanding achievement.

Manchón claimed the silver medal at the 2009 RS:X World Championships in Weymouth, but it is gold that she really strives for. One year on and the RS:X fleet were in Denmark for the 2010 World Championship and this time Manchón was going to settle for nothing less than the top of the podium. It did not come easy and she had to dig deep to come from behind in the Medal Race to take the win.

Manchón is one of the busiest sailors on the circuit and sailed at six of the 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas, finishing on the podium at five of them. Second in Miami was her first medal followed by another silver in Hyères. She then claimed her first gold at the Delta Lloyd Regatta before finishing both Kieler Woche and Skandia Sail for Gold with the silver medal. The impressive consistency of Manchón secured her second consecutive ISAF Sailing World Cup win.

RS:X – Women’s Windsurfer
2 - RS:X World Championship, Weymouth & Portland, GBR - ISAF Grade W - Aug/September 2009
1 - Skandia Sail For Gold, Regatta Weymouth & Portland, GBR - ISAF Grade 2 - September 2009

1st overall 2008-2009 ISAF Sailing World Cup
1 - Bay of Cadiz - New Year Regatta Cadiz, ESP - ISAF Grade 3 - Dec 2009
2 - US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, USA - ISAF Grade 1- January 2010
3 - Carnival Trophy, Cadiz, ESP - February 2010 (ungraded)
6 - Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE, Palma de Majorca, ESP - ISAF Grade 2 - March 2010
2 - Semaine Olympique Francaise Hyères, FRA - ISAF Grade 1 - April 2010
1 - Delta Lloyd Regatta, Medemblik, NED - ISAF Grade 1 - May 2010
2 - Kieler Woche, Kiel, GER - ISAF Grade 1 - June 2010
11 - RS:X European Windsurfing Continental Championship Sopot, POL - ISAF Grade C1 - July 2010
2 - Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta Weymouth & Portland, GBR - ISAF Grade 2 - August 2010
1st overall 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup
1 - RS:X World Championship, Kerteminde, DEN - ISAF Grade W - Aug/September 2010


Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout (NED) – 470 World Champions

Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout make a formidable team and although they may not have a long history sailing together they have a talent to make it count when it matters. Teaming up in May 2009, the goal for this team is Olympic gold in 2012.

Westerhof and Berkhout kicked off the nomination period with a win at the 2009 Skandia Sail for Gold before going on to sail at five of the 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas. Their best performance was on home waters at Delta Lloyd Regatta where they won the silver medal in May.

The main target for this team in 2010 was the 470 World Championships at The Hague. The defending champions were set to make history if they could take home another gold medal and in a regatta that threw extreme conditions at the sailors, they showed their class. Going into the Medal Race one point behind the leaders, Westerhof and Berkhout sailed a tactical race to secure their gold medal. Two world titles for Westerhof is an exceptional achievement and the 2010 win for Berkhout makes her the most successful 470 sailor in the history of the class with five world titles.

Westerhof combines her sailing career with her professional career as an airline pilot, while Berkhout is dedicated to the future of the sport, working with children around the world to inspire them to take up sailing.

470 – Women’s Two Person Dinghy
1 - Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta, Weymouth & Portland, GBR - ISAF Grade 2 - September 2009
9 - US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, USA - ISAF Grade 1 - January 2010
15 - Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE, Palma de Majorca, ESP - ISAF Grade 1 - March 2010
15 - Semaine Olympique Francaise, Hyères, FRA - ISAF Grade 1 - April 2010
2 - Delta Lloyd Regatta, Medemblik, NED - ISAF Grade 1 - May 2010
1 - 470 Women's World Championship, Hague, NED - ISAF Grade W - July 2010
5 - Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta, Weymouth & Portland, GBR - ISAF Grade 2 - August 2010
8th overall 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup


Male Nominees


Antoine Albeau (FRA) – Professional Windsurfing Association & Formula World Champion

Since 1994, Albeau has notched up a staggering eleven world titles across many disciplines and also held the World Speed record at 48.7 knots back in 2008. During the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award nomination period, Albeau won the German leg of the 2009 PWA Tour, his sixth win from seven events, and he was crowned 2009 PWA Slalom World Champion.

In March 2010 he took on the Formula Windsurfing World Championship in Argentina and won that as well. Albeau was almost untouchable in Mendoza, winning seven of the 15 races and ending the series with a 27 net point lead.

Back on the PWA Tour and Albeau flew out of the blocks at the first event in Korea to take a win in May. This was followed by second place in Catalunya, first again in Fuerteventura and then another second at the World Cup event in Alacati, Turkey in August. This impressive achievement hands Albeau the 2010 Overall Slalom title with a regatta to spare, his fourth successive world title in this discipline.

Born in La Rochelle in France, Antoine Albeau was introduced at an early age to windsurfing by his father. Since his first outing at five-years old, using a cut down adult sail so it wasn’t too big for him, Albeau has become one of the most successful windsurfers in the history of the sport.

PWA World Tour
1 - Sylt, GER - October 2010
1 - PWA Overall Ranking Slalom Men 2009 - won 6 of 7 events in 2009
1 - Ulsan, KOR - May 2010
2 - Catalunya, ESP - June 2010
1 - Fuerteventura, ESP - July 2010
2 - Pegasus Airlines PWA World Cup, Alacati, TUR - August 2010
1 - PWA Overall Ranking Slalom Men 2010 (with a regatta to spare)

1 - Formula Windsurfing World Championship, Mendoza, ARG - March 2010

 

Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS) – 470 World Champions and World Cup winners

Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page are at the very top of their game and since they teamed up in 2009 have steadily exerted their authority on the 470 class.

With a gold medal from Beijing and four world titles to his name, Malcolm Page is a formidable crew to have at the front of your boat and since teaming up with Mat Belcher things could hardly be better. They notched up 28 straight race wins across the 2009 Australian summer regatta season and then turned their attention to the ISAF Sailing World Cup and the European season.

Belcher and Page sailed at all seven of the 2009-10 ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas, stood on the podium at five of them and led the Standings from start to finish. Their first victory came at Sail Melbourne in December 2009, followed by silver in Miami, silver at Delta Lloyd and gold at Kieler Woche before a final silver medal at Skandia Sail for Gold. This impressive set of results gave them an unassailable lead on the Standings and in September they were crowned 2009-10 ISAF Sailing World Cup Champions.

Belcher and Page were equally dominant at the 2010 470 World Championship at The Hague in the Netherlands. After an impressive performance, including five race wins, they had secured the gold medal before the Medal Race. Page can now count five 470 World titles and the accolade of ‘most successful male 470 sailor’. On 18 August they also rose to the #1 position on the ISAF Sailing World Rankings.

As well as his commitments to the 470 campaign, Malcolm Page also finds time to sail with the Estate Master Farr 40 team as trimmer. Regatta wins included the Rolex Trophy, the Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta, the Rolex Farr 40 pre-World Championship and fourth place at the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds in the Dominican Republic. He also is a member of the ISAF Athletes’ Commission and the Australian Institute of Sport Athletes’ Commission.

470 – Men’s Two Person Dinghy

4 - Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, Weymouth, GBR - ISAF Grade 1 - September 2009
1 - Sail Sydney, Sydney, AUS - ISAF Grade 1 - Dec 2009
1 - Sail Melbourne, Melbourne, AUS - ISAF Grade 1 - Dec 2009
1 - 470 Australian National Championship, Sorrento, AUS - ISAF Grade 3 - January 2010
2 - US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, USA - ISAF Grade 1 - January 2010
4 - Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE, Palma de Majorca, ESP - ISAF Grade 2 - April 2010
2 - Delta Lloyd Regatta, Medemblik, NED - ISAF Grade 1 - May 2010
1 - Kieler Woche, Kiel, GER - ISAF Grade 1 - June 2010
1 - 2010 470 World Championship (NED) - ISAF Grade W - July 2010
2 - Skandia Sail for Gold, Weymouth, GBR - ISAF Grade 2 - August 2010
1st overall 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup

Mat Belcher
1 - International 470 Spring Cup, Marseille, FRA - ISAF Grade 2 - April 2010
6 - Semaine Olympique Française, Hyères, FRA - ISAF Grade 1 - April 2010

Malcolm Page
1 - World Masters Games (Tasar 45+), Sydney, AUS - October 2009

Farr 40 Estate Master - trimmer
1 - Rolex Trophy, Sydney, AUS - December 2009
1 - Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta, Sydney, AUS - March 2010
1 - Rolex Farr 40 pre-World Championship, Dominican Republic - April 2010
4 - Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, Dominican Republic - April 2010


Lorenzo Bressani (ITA) – Melges 24 and 32 Champion

The Melges Class has a double champion in Lorenzo Bressani, a star performer in the Melges 24 and the Melges 32. Bressani is the man at the back of Melges Uka Uka Racing and the nomination period began for him with a win at the pre-Worlds in October 2009 and was followed up with sixth place at the Worlds. Adding these results to an already successful season, Bressani claimed first overall on the 2009 World and European ranking series.

The 2010 season began with a win at Key West Race Week and Bressani has posted an unblemished score card since. Key West was followed by the Italian Nationals, the Alghero regatta of the Volvo Cup circuit, the Estonian and Finnish Nationals and finally the big prize, the 2010 Marinepool Melges 24 World Championship sailed in Tallinn, Estonia in August. Bressani also won the world title in 2008 and is one of only two people to have won this title twice.

Bressani’s incredible win rate in the Melges 24 is complemented by his success in the Melges 32 fleet, where he sails B-Lin as tactician. In September 2009, Bressani’s team finished third at the Melges 32 Worlds in Porto Cervo, Italy and finished five of the next regattas on the podium. At two of these Bressani finished first, the Primo Cup Trophée Credit Suisse in Milan and regatta 5 of the Melges 32 sailing series. These results add up to first overall in the Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series 2010.

The Melges 32 was also selected as one of the classes at the ISAF Offshore Team World Championship. Bressani and the Italian team finished second overall.

Outside the Melges class, Bressani also sails as helm or tactician on the TP52 Luna Rossa in the Audi Med Cup Circuit and finished second overall at the X41 World Championship.

Melges 24 - Uka Uka Racing (helm)
1 - 2009 Melges 24 Pre-Worlds, Annapolis, USA - October 2009
6 - 2009 Melges 24 World Championship, Annapolis, USA - October 2009
1st overall - 2009 Melges 24 World & European Ranking Series
1 - Key West Race Week 2010, Key West, USA - January 2010
1 - Italian National Championship & Volvo Cp Alghero, Alghero ITA - May 2010 (joint winner)
1 - Volvo Cup Circuit Melges 24, Alghero, ITA - June 2010
1 - Estonian/Finnish National Championship (Worlds warm up), Tallinn, EST - August 2010
1 - Marinepool Melges 24 World championship, Tallinn, EST - August 2010

Melges 32 - B-Lin Sailing (tactician)
3 - Melges 32 World Championship 2009, Porto Cervo, ITA - September 2009
1 - 26th Primo Cup Trophée Credit Suisse, Milano, ITA - February 2010
5 - Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series 2010 - regatta 1, Lerici, ITA - March 2010
2 - Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series 2010 - regatta 2, Scarlino, ITA - May 2010
3 - Melges 32 European Championship 2010 - regatta 3, Cagliari, ITA - May 2010
2 - Melges 32 Sailing Series 2010, Audi Invitational - regatta 4, Porto Cervo, ITA - June 2010
1 - Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series 2010 - regatta 5, Malcesine, ITA - July 2010
1st overall Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series 2010
2 - ISAF Offshore Team World Championship - Audi Sardinia Cup 2010 (Porto Cervo, ITA)

TP52 - Audi Med Cup - Luna Rossa (helm in Marseille, Barcelona and Murcia, tactician in Cascais)
9 - Portugal Trophy, Cascais - 9 - Marseille - 9 - Barcelona - 7 - Murcia
2 - X 41 World Championship 2009, Scarlino, ITA - 2009


Franck Cammas (FRA) – Record breaking offshore racer

The lure of the ocean and the coveted Outright Round the World Record and Jules Verne Trophy has seen Franck Cammas fine tune his team and his machine after twice being forced to abandon the dream. In January 2010, he embarked on his latest record attempt aboard his 103-foot trimaran Groupama3. Less than two months later he was back and with a new world record of 48 days, 7 hours, 44 minutes and 52 seconds. Cammas led his nine crew round the official course distance of 21,760 miles at an average speed of 18.76 knots with a top speed of 42 knots. In total, the team sailed 28,523 miles, which amounts to an average speed of 24.6 knots. This phenomenal journey also secured the Indian Ocean Intermediate Record of 8 days, 17 hours and 40 minutes.

From the 103-foot trimaran, Cammas downsized dramatically to the Extreme 40 catamaran, competing on the Extreme 40 Series, before going another hull down to join the record books sailing the monohull Volvo 70, Groupama70. On 23 August, Cammas set out on the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race with a crew of ten, the first real challenge for a team testing the waters for a Volvo Ocean Race campaign. By 29 August, Cammas had another world record, setting a new time for the Round Britain and Ireland of 5 days, 21 hours and 26 minutes.

Cammas has completed 69 races on board Groupama boats, achieving 57 podiums and 31 wins. He has been named the ORMA World Champion six times and is always a formidable adversary, regardless of the challenge. A rigorous, talented, perfectionist Cammas leaves nothing to chance.

Groupama3 – 103-foot trimaran (+ crew of 9)
Round the World Outright Record (crewed)
Elapsed time: 48 days, 7 hours, 44 minutes & 52 seconds; 21760 nm, average speed 18.76 knots
31 January 2010 to 20 March 2010

Indian Ocean Intermediate Record
Elapsed time: 8 days, 17 hours and 40 minutes; 15 to 23 February 2010

Groupama70 – 70-foot monohull (+ crew of 10) - five of the 11 man crew were under the age of 30
Winner of Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - GBR (set a new Round Britain and Ireland course record
Elapsed time: 5 days, 21 hours and 26 minutes; 23 August 2010 to 29 August 2010; 1802nm, average speed 12.74 knots

Transmanche Race
Elapsed time: 20 hours; 21 May (17:45) to 22 May 2010 (14:45); 280nm, average speed 14 knots

SNSM Record
Elapsed time: 1 day 6 hours and 20 minutes; 18 to 22 June 2010; 320nm, average speed 11.8 knots

Groupama40 - Extreme 40 (+ crew of 3)
5 - Sète, France - May 2010
6 - Cowes, GBR - August 2010


Tom Slingsby (AUS) – Laser & Etchells World Champion

Tom Slingsby is an exceptional talent. He began the nomination period with a win at Skandia Sail for Gold 2009 and ended it in exactly the same way at the 2010 regatta. In between Slingsby won virtually every regatta he sailed in. In December 2009, he was back in Australia for the summer season in the Laser winning Sail Sydney and the Australian national title. He also picked up the Etchells national title in January and the Farr 40 national title in March.

Sailing as tactician on the Farr 40 Transfusion, Slingsby guided the team to second overall at the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds in the Dominican Republic in April before returning to the Laser and the European circuit of the ISAF Sailing World Cup. Slingsby sailed at three of the 2009-10 regattas and won them all: Delta Lloyd, Kieler Woche and Skandia Sail for Gold. He also picked up the bronze medal at the Laser Europeans in Estonia.

Between gold medals in the Laser, Slingsby travelled to Howth in Ireland with his Etchells team of John Bertrand and Andrew Palfrey. The team took charge from the second day of racing and with five race wins from the nine race series, they were able to sit out the final race and still be crowned 2010 World Champions.

The final fling for Slingsby was the Laser World Championship at Hayling Island in the UK and once again the Australian was dominant. He claimed his third Laser world title with a 36-point margin over the silver medallist.

Laser – Men’s One-Person Dinghy
1 - Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta, Weymouth & Portland, GBR - ISAF Grade 3 - September 2009 (W)
1 - Sail Sydney, Sydney, AUS - ISAF Grade 1 - Dec 2009
1 - Australian Laser Championship, Adelaide, AUS - ISAF Grade 2 - Dec 2009
1 - Delta Lloyd Regatta, Medemblik, NED - ISAF Grade 1 - May 2010
3 - Laser European Championship, Tallin, EST - ISAF Grade C1 - June 2010
1 - Kieler Woche, Kiel, GER - ISAF Grade 1 - June 2010
1 - Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta, Weymouth & Portland, GBR - ISAF Grade 3 - August 2010
5th Overall 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup (sailed 3 won 3)
1 - Laser World Championship, Hayling Island, GBR - ISAF Grade W - Aug/September 2010

Etchells
1 - Australian Etchells Championships, Belmont, AUS - January 2010 (bow)
1 - Etchells World Championship, Howth, IRL - August 2010 (bow)

Farr 40 – Transfusion, tactician
1 - Australian Farr 40 Championship (tactician, Transfusion), Sydney, AUS - March 2010
2 – Far r40 World Championship (tactician Transfusion), Dominican Republic - April 2010


Ed Wright (GBR) – Finn World Champion and double World Cup Winner

Ed Wright is one of the true heavy-hitters of the Finn class who pulls out top performance after top performance. Renowned for being one of the fittest sailors in the fleet, Wright relishes the power of the Finn and the technical challenges of the class.

Having already secured the 2008-2009 ISAF Sailing World Cup overall title, Wright finished the season with a silver at the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta. He then kicked off the 2009-2010 series in style, winning his first two regattas: the Rolex Miami OCR and Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE. Wright was off the podium in Hyères, finishing sixth, but then travelled to Split Croatia for the Finn Europeans where he took home the silver medal.

Wright finished off the 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup with a fourth from Delta Lloyd and fifth from Skandia Sail for Gold, enough to secure his second consecutive ISAF Sailing World Cup overall title, one of only two sailors to achieve this feat.

The primary focus for the Finn fleet in 2010 was the Finn Gold Cup in San Francisco in August. Wright showed his intent at the North American Championship in July by winning the gold medal. Back again in August and Wright barely put a foot wrong. At an event he had come so close to winning on numerous occasions, in 2010 he was not to be denied. After a consistent series he approached the Medal Race with a 13-point lead and powered off the start line to lead from start to finish. The Finn Gold Cup was his and a truly successful season concluded.

Finn – Men’s One Person Dinghy (heavy)
2 - Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta, Weymouth and Portland, GBR - ISAF Grade 2 - September 2009
1st overall 2008-09 ISAF Sailing World Cup
1 - US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, USA - ISAF Grade 1 - January 2010
1 - Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE Palma de Majorca, ESP - ISAF Grade 2 - March 2010
6 - Semaine Olympique Francaise Hyères, FRA - ISAF Grade 1 - April 2010
2 - Finn European Championship Split, CRO - ISAF Grade C1 - May 2010
4 - Delta Lloyd Regatta, Medemblik, NED - ISAF Grade 1 - May 2010
1 - Finn North American Championship San Francisco, CAN - ISAF Grade 2 - July 2010
5 - Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta Weymouth and Portland, GBR - ISAF Grade 2 - August 2010
1st overall 2009-10 ISAF Sailing World Cup
1 - Finn Gold Cup, San Francisco, USA - ISAF Grade W - Aug/September 2010

The Voting

The winners will be selected by the ISAF Member National Authorities, the national governing bodies for sailing around the world, who are now invited to vote for the one male and one female sailor who they believe most deserves the Award.

The winners will be announced at the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards presentation and dinner, which will take place on Tuesday 9 November 2010. The venue for the event is the Zappeion in Athens, Greece.

Each winner will be presented with the prestigious ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award Trophy and a distinctive Rolex timepiece.

Latest Comments

  • Blackburn 14/10/2010 - 20:53

    (Actually, this is in response to "100km/hr under sail") That should be *ante* - unless you're making an obscure pun............. What's with this ghastly "This discussion is closed: you can't post new comments."'?........................................... Did you get this software secondhand from the Chicoms? .......................................... From the lead: "The anti has once again been upped with the world sailing speed record over 500m which is now up to 54.10 knots."
  • Blackburn 13/10/2010 - 22:14

    No comments being allowed tonight (!) regarding the new Kite record. So I will just post this remark onto some other article! And, how did this Namibian 'channel' find its way to your 'Offshore Records', guys??? LOL ....................................................... Many have sailed faster than this, Who knows how many times... it has been on snow and ice, certainly, but "under sail" nonetheless. Why not install a refrigeration unit on that ditch in Namibia next season?.......................................... I think the kite fraternity realizes that their records are 'kite-specific" when descriptions like the following apply; quoting from above article: "he tested the speed sailing zone twice, on Friday and Monday, to familiarise himself with the area. This comprises a channel dug out parallel to the beach, which enables the full optimisation of speed records under sail."

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