As each year draws to a close, an important question arises: which two talented sailors will earn the honor and distinction of being named US SAILING'S Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year.?
US Sailing 2010 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachts Women of the Year US Sailing .
But before these two winsome sailors get the invitation to the always-lovely lunch at 37 West 44th Street, the road to the New York Yacht Club's Manhattan clubhouse starts with the official nominations, a shortlist of the year's stand-out sailing achievements. This list was released earlier this week, and a panel of respected yachting journalists will decide the winners, with the results expected in mid-January.
Here's a look at the 2010 shortlist:
US SAILING's 2010 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Award nominees:
Bill Brangiforte—Sunfish North American Champion
Adam Burns—Melges 24 North American Champion
Augie Diaz—505 North American Champion
Robert Douglas—Outright World Speed Record Holder
Tim Healy—J/24 World Champion
Stan Honey—Jules Verne Circumnavigation Record Winner
Jonathan McKee—Melges 24 World Champion
Rives Potts—Newport to Bermuda Race Winner
David Starck—Lightning North American Champion
George Szabo—Star North American Champion
US SAILING's 2010 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Award nominees:
Amanda Clark—470 Women's North American Champion
Claire Dennis—College Women's Singlehanded National Champion
Paige Railey—Kieler Woche Laser Radial Champion
Erika Reineke—Laser Radial Youth Women's World Champion
Genny Tulloch—Women's Match-Racing National Champion
Anna Tunnicliffe—Miami OCR Women's Match-Racing Champion
To offer a sense of how important this award is, here's a look at the winners from the last ten years (odds exceed 100% that you've heard of these sailors):
2009: Anna Tunnicliffe and Bora Gulari
2008: Anna Tunnicliffe and Terry Hutchinson
2007: Sally Barkow and Jeff Linton
2006: Paige Railey and Jud Smith
2005: Sally Barkow and Nick Scandone
2004: Jody Swanson and Paul Foerster & Kevin Burnham
2003: Hannah Swett and Augie Diaz
2002: Liz Baylis and John Kostecki
2001: Cory Sertl and Steve Fossett
2000: JJ Isler & Pease Glaser and Mark Reynolds & Magnus Liljedahl
Be sure to stay tuned for more information on this prestigious award, as it becomes known.
And today being Friday, aim your mouse at Sail-World's Sailing Videos of the Week. This week's highlights include footage from this year's Monsoon Cup, vintage Whitbread material, and Moth, Aussie 18-Foot Skiff and Hobie 16 carnage. Enjoy!
May the four winds blow you safely home,
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
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Two handed Transatlantic Race relaunched Claire A., The Two Handed Transatlantic Race relaunch has proudly been announced by the Royal Western Yacht Club of England. The race will start on Sunday 3rd June 2012 from Plymouth and finish in Newport, Rhode Island. The race, also sometimes known as TWOSTAR, will be open to boats between 27 and 60 ft and there will also be a separate class for Class 40's.... [more] Share this story
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The following program, Sydney GTS 43, is classified RGF John Curnow, It contains, strong adult themes, sexual references and occasional coarse language, too! Now the RGF stands for really good fun, which sums up the owner, just as much as it does the vessel itself. Additionally, another rating that the Sydney GTS 43 is bound to receive as well, is A+++ for keeping jobs in Australia.... [more] Share this story
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Annapolis sailor Breymaier takes on challenge in Barcelona world race Barby MacGowan, .While the rest of the country is gearing up for New Year's celebrations and finalizing 2011 resolutions, Annapolis resident Ryan Breymaier is preparing for his first-ever circumnavigation around the world as a participant in the double-handed Barcelona World Race... [more] Share this story
Coutts, Spithill, Koch, and Melges support new LYCS Foundation Joy Dunigan, New Lauderdale Yacht Club Sailing Foundation successfully hosted its inaugural benefit on Monday, December 6 to officially recognize its formation. The occasion was extra special, attracting some of yachting's most high-profile players, legends and renowned personalities.... [more] Share this story
Phuket King's Cup 2010: results are in and series leaders decided Tracey Johnstone, It was nothing short of great racing in the final day of the 24th Phuket King's Cup as the breeze did all that was predicted and more, and the best boats raised themselves to the top of the list. Wishes were granted across a number of classes. IRC1 class winner Matt Allen got his three wins in three consecutive cups. Racing class winner Ray Roberts' got his fourth King's Cup win and... [more] Share this story
2012 Vendée Globe officially launched Vendee Globe, The seventh Vendée Globe was officially launched by Bruno Retailleau, President of the Vendée Council at a press conference organised on Wednesday at the Paris Boat Show. With two years to go to the start, twelve projects are already complete, or in other words one more than at the same time in the previous edition, and we can already confirm the names of nine of them.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Trophy Series - Farr 40 World champion arrives in fine form Di Pearson, Rolex Trophy Series - Massimo Mezzaroma's Farr 40 world champion Nerone (ITA) gave the rest of the fleet a lesson in sailing on the opening day of the Rolex Trophy One-Design Series in Sydney today, the only yacht to sail consistently and start their campaign with a five point buffer over World's runner-up, Transfusion, after two races.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Trophy - Farr 40 fleet Italy v Australia take two Sam Crichton, The wind gods off Sydney Heads played cruel games today with the Farr 40 fleet contesting the Rolex Trophy waiting an hour and a half for their first start.... [more] Share this story
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RC 44 Cup Miami - Match Racing win to Team Aqua Bernard Schopfer, Chris Bake's Team Aqua won the match racing portion of the ORACLE RC 44 Cup Miami. Team Aqua then fended off repeated challenges from Artemis to grab the double championship.... [more] Share this story
Team Tunnicliffe's good news day Anna Tunnicliffe, Team Tunnicliffe had a day of good news.There were two announcements made: one, the shortlist for the US Sailing's Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, and two, the release of the new ISAF World Rankings.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Skippers to take on mighty Southern Ocean in 2nd leg Velux 5 Oceans, If the first ocean sprint wasn't hard enough, the VELUX 5 OCEANS is about to get a lot tougher. Howling winds, freezing temperatures, mountainous seas and icebergs await the five ocean racers as they leave the comfort of Cape Town and head into the bleak expanses of the Indian Ocean bound for Wellington in New Zealand. It is here they will encounter some of the worst weather weather conditions... [more] Share this story
2011 Melges 24 European Championship set for Aarhus Denmark Riccardo Simoneschi IMCA Int'l Chairman, International Melges 24 Class Association has announced the new date and location for the 2011 European Championship to be held in Aarhus Denmark from the 22th to 28th of July.... [more] Share this story
ISAF Publishes 2011 Supplement To The Case Book For 2009-2012 ISAF, ISAF Publishes 2011 Supplement To The Case Book For 2009-2012 - The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has published the 2011 Supplement to The Case Book for 2009-2012, which contains interpretations of The Racing Rules of Sailing.... [more] Share this story
RC 44 Cup Miami hits wind block Bernard Schopfer/MaxComm, Oracle RC 44 Cup Miami - After yesterday's wet and wild start to the ORACLE RC 44 Cup Miami, the regatta ground to a virtual halt today with a lack of wind.... [more] Share this story
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - Notice of Race published ISAF, Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - The Notice of Race for the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, the test event for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, is now available to download.... [more] Share this story
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Speedsailing Outright World Record ratified at 55.65 knots for Douglas Markus Schwendtner, The WSSRC has today ratified the last and final record from Luderitz, handing over the crown of Speedsailing to US Rob Douglas.... [more] Share this story
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