PORTSMOUTH, R.I.) – The most significant sailing performances of the year are being heralded by US Sailing with the announcement of the 12 men and six women who have been shortlisted for the 2015 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards.
The nominees will be reviewed by a panel of noted sailing journalists who discuss the merits of each sailor’s racing results before voting to determine US Sailing’s 2015 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year. The winners will be announced in mid-January and honored on Feb. 25, 2016, at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan, when they will be presented with specially-engraved Rolex timepieces.
Included on the list of nominees are two San Diegans, a northern Californian and a Santa Barbara resident. Nominees shortlisted for US Sailing’s 2015 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award: J/70 World Champion Bill Hardesty (San Diego, Calif.); Rolex Farr 40 World Champion John Demourkas (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
Nominees shortlisted for US Sailing’s 2015 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year award: US Women’s Match Racing Champion Nicole Breault (San Francisco, Calif.); Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta 470 Women’s Champion Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.).