2012 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award Nominees

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and Rolex announced their nominees for 2012 World Sailor of the Year with five nominees in both the male and female categories.
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The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and Rolex announced their nominees for 2012 World Sailor of the Year with five nominees in both the male and female categories. The international nominees showcased the sport’s range of athletes and were chosen based on achievements from September of 2011 to August 2012.

Three of the nominees in the male category came from Australia and are all 2012 Olympic gold medalists. They include Matthew Belcher and Malcom Page who medaled in the Men’s 470; childhood friends Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, who won the men’s skiff, 49er; and Tom Slingsby who raced the Laser. The other nominees are Olympic gold medalist Ben Ainslie of Great Britain who won in the Finn class and Loick Peyron of France who holds the Outright Around the World Record of 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes and 53 seconds.

Nominated in the female category are the 2012 Olympic gold medal winning Spanish women’s match racing team of Tamara Echegoyen, Angela Pumariega and Sofio Toro; Paralympic gold medalist Helena Lucas of Great Britain; 2012 ISAF World Champion in RS:X, Saskia Sills of Great Britain; and Olympic gold medalist in Laser Radial, Lija Xu of China.

The ISAF Member National Authorities select one winner each from the male and female categories who will be announced November 6 at the ISAF Sailor of the Year Awards in Dublin, Ireland.

For more information about the nominees, click here.

Photo courtesy of Rolex/Daniel Forster

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