|Winners: Jo Aleh, Polly Powrie (NZL), Mathew Belcher (AUS). Photo By: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo|
In a press release today, ISAF and Rolex announced the winners of the 2013 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards.
This years winners, pictured above, are:
Male: Mathew Belcher (AUS)
Female: Jo Aleh & Polly Powrie (NZL)
Congratulations go out from the Daily Boater to all the nominees, including this year's winners...
Belcher, the Australian Olympic and World champion in the 470 dinghy class, whose current winning streak stretches to an amazing 17 consecutive regattas, won for the first time after being nominated twice before in 2010 and 2012.
"It's a complete honour,” said Belcher during the awards ceremony held in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. "It's great recognition for this year and the efforts we've put in and the results we've achieved. I am very fortunate to have great support, from my coach Victor Kovalenko, crew and support staff.”
470 sailors were also rewarded in the female category of the Awards. The New Zealand pairing of Jo Aleh and Olivia 'Polly' Powrie are the current women's Olympic and World champions in the Class.
"I'm a little bit shocked,” said Aleh. "There were some amazing nominees this year and we are delighted to be part of this. We feel honoured to be part of the group."
"We haven't done this alone and we had some wonderful people behind us who have been truly supportive," added Powrie.
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards
The winners of the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards were decided by vote by the Member National Authorities (MNAs) of ISAF following a worldwide selection process that began with an open invitation for nominations. Two awards, one for a female sailor/crew and one for a male sailor/crew, were presented to the individuals who are deemed to have most distinguished themselves during the qualifying period from 1 September 2012 to 31 August 2013.
Past recipients of the Awards - which were launched in 1994 - have been drawn from the diverse disciplines of the sport: Olympic dinghy and keelboats, single-handed ocean racing, transatlantic record breaking, match-racing, America's Cup and windsurfing are all represented. In addition to the magnificent ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Trophy, each winner is presented with a Rolex timepiece.
The full list of nominees for the coveted and prestigious 2013 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards were:
Mathew Belcher (AUS) – Men's 470 World & Olympic Champion
François Gabart (FRA) – IMOCA World Champion & 2012-13 Vendée Globe Winner
Johnny Heineken (USA) – Kiteboarding World #1 & 2012 Men's Course Racing World Champion
Paul Larsen (AUS) – Vestas Sailrocket 2 Outright Speed Record
Ian Williams (GBR) – Match Racing 2012 Match Racing World Champion
World #1 Open Match Racer for 16 consecutive releases starting in January 2012
Jo Aleh & Olivia Powrie (NZL) – Women's 470 World & Olympic Champions
Deneen Demourkas (USA) – Farr 30 2013 World Champion – third consecutive title
Erika Heineken (USA) – Kiteboarding 2012 Course Racing World Champion
Raiya Al Habsi (OMA) – First Omani Woman To Sail in the Rolex Fastnet Race