Last week at a luncheon that took place at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan, Caleb Paine and Daniela Moroz were presented the US Sailing Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards, respectively, for 2016.
For the second consecutive year both Paine (26, San Diego), an
Olympic medalist, and Moroz (16, Lafayette, Calif.), a prodigy in an up
and coming sport, were first-time winners of the coveted awards that
have been presented since 1961. The winners were selected by a blue
ribbon panel of sailing journalists and media and each was presented a
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master timepiece and a framed print of them
from US Sailing.
Moroz went one step better by becoming the youngest to ever win the
male or female award. Moroz was 15 years old last year—she turned 16
last month—when she burst onto the kitesurfing scene and ascended to the
top step of the winner’s podium.
The awards celebrate the accomplishments of the winners from the
previous calendar year. Moroz and Paine were among 18 nominees for both
awards who reflect the variety sailing offers as a sport for the ages.
Source: The United States Sailing Association