Thursday, November 10, 2011

Sailors of the Year Announced

An American and two Spaniards named ISAF Rolex World Sailors of the Year...

The winners celebrate. Photo: Diego Fructuoso/Team Telefonica/Volvo Ocean Race

Earlier this week in a ceremony in San Juan, Puerto Rico, three people were named the best sailors in the world. Two of them couldn't attend the ceremony because they were busy, um, sailing...

And the winners are...

American Gold

In the female category, 29-year-old Anna Tunnicliffe has been awarded the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year for a second time, having also achieved the honor two years ago. 2011 has been a good year for Anna who also became the ISAF Sailing World Cup champion in Women's Match Racing. Among other career highlights over the past couple of years, Anna won an Olympic gold medal in 2008 in the Women's Laser Radial class.

Third Time's the Charm
The Spanish sailing duo of Iker Martínez and Xabier Fernández, currently onboard Team Telefónica in the rigorous Volvo Ocean Race, were named ISAF Rolex World Sailors of the Year in the male category. The two Spaniards have been nominated for the award three times including this win, with the first nomination coming 11 years ago.
Congratulations from the team at the Daily Boater to the winners, as well as to all the nominees for even being considered for this prestigious honor.

For more information about the awards, the ceremony, and the nominees and winners, view the full press release from the International Sailing Federation.


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