The line-up of Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2019 nominees has today been announced.
The three female and four male nominees have performed at the highest level over the last 12 months and continue to inspire globally. The 2019 Rolex World Sailor of the Year nominees are:
Delphine Cousin Questel (FRA) – 2018 PWA World Tour Slalom World Champion
Violeta del Reino (ESP) – 2019 Para World Sailing Championship Hansa 303 World Champion
Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN) – 2019 Laser Radial World and European Champion
Antoine Albeau (FRA) – 2018 PWA World Tour Slalom World Champion
Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) – 2019 470 World, European and Hempel World Cup Series Champions
Marco Gradoni (ITA) – 2018 and 2019 Optimist World Champion
Francis Joyon (FRA) – Route du Rhum winner
Stellar cast headline the 2019 Hempel Team of the Year Award line-up
World Sailing is pleased to announce a star-studded list of nominees for the 2019 Hempel Team of the Year Award, with entries from Australia, Switzerland and the USA in the running.
Switzerland’s Alinghi, the Australian SailGP Team, Wild Oats XI of Australia and the American boat Wizard all feature on the shortlist following their success over the last 12 months of high-performance international competition
The Hempel Team of the Year Award celebrates teams of two or more sailors who personify the sporting values of integrity, ambition, resilience and resourcefulness.
The shortlist was drawn up by Yann Rocherieux, Chairman of World Sailing’s Athletes’ Commission and World Sailing Board Member; Thomas Olsen Decorative and Yacht Marketing Director at Hempel, World Sailing’s Official Coatings Partner; Stan Honey, Chairman of the Oceanic and Offshore Committee; Eddie Warden Owen, CEO of the Royal Ocean Racing Club; and Andy Rice, leading sailing journalist.
Later this season the nominations for the Belgian Sailing Awards will be published – the Sailing Awards ceremonie is planned in Brussel, 21th of february 2020
Four nominees announced for World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award
The Blake Foundation, CNArenal/RCNPalma/CMSAP Can Pastilla/Federacion Balear de Vela, RYA/The Green Blue and SailGP have been nominated for the 2019 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 the World Sailing Sustainability Agenda 2030.
The winner will be announced at the 2019 World Sailing Awards on 29 October and will receive a $10,000 USD prize fund as well as an iconic perpetual trophy made from recycled carbon fibre (from an America’s Cup boat) and bioresin.