Rolex Nominations Open

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Award season is upon us, and US Sailing is looking for the next Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year. Established in 1961 by US Sailing and sponsored by Rolex since 1980, the annual Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards recognize individual male and female sailors from the United States who have demonstrated on-the-water excellence at international and/or national events. Nominations are open to the public.

“Rolex in partnership with US Sailing matches our quest for excellence in competitive sailing. Being nominated for the Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards in a given year is recognition from our peers for excellence in sailing over the last 12 months,” says former US Sailing President and two-time winner of the Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, Cory Sertl. “The nomination process is an opportunity to hear from all sailors about who has impressed us over the last year across the variety of racing U.S. sailors have excelled in. We need to hear from you about who should be considered.”

Awards Criteria

• Awards recognize the individual male and female U.S. sailor who has demonstrated on-the-water excellence in the calendar year. Occasionally a skipper/crew duo has been recognized together.

• Nominees must be eligible to represent the USA under World Sailing regulations, and actually representing the USA at the event(s) for which the nominee is being considered for the award.

• Nominees must have won a major international or national event and/or performed at a high level consistently in multiple events against elite competition.

• There is no minimum age required to win the award.

• The awards are not based on career racing results (lifetime achievements) or philanthropic contributions to the sport.

To learn more about the awards’ criteria and submit your nomination(s), go to

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