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|ISAF and Rolex Announce Nominees|
ISAF and Rolex have announced the Nominees for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2012.
ISAF received nominations for the 2012 Awards from across the world for sailors representing all aspects of the sport. The nominees are put forward based on achievements made during the qualifying period of 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012.
Only one nominee wins from both the male and female category and the names vying for the coveted and prestigious 2012 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award include several British sailors. Amongst the male nominees is Ben Ainslie nominated for his achievements in the Finn as London 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist and 2012 World Champion.
Amongst the nominations in the female category are Helena Lucas - London 2012 Paralympic Gold Medallist and 2011-12 ISAF Sailing World Cup Champion in the 2.4mR class, and RS:X windsurfer Saskia Sills who is current ISAF Youth Sailing World Champion and European Youth Champion. The nominated Brits face some stiff competition, including Olympic gold medallists from several classes, as well as from Loick Peyron (France), who entered the history books in January this year as he and 13 crew aboard the 40m maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V smashed the Outright Around the World Record to become the fastest men around the planet.
The winners are selected by the national governing bodies for sailing around the world. The winners will be announced at the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards presentation and dinner, taking place on 6 November in Dublin, Ireland.