Portsmouth, R.I. (LOG NEWS SERVICE) — US Sailing, the national governing body for sailing, has announced that it is accepting nominations from its members for its 2015 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards, widely acknowledged as the foremost individual sailing honors in the nation.
Through Nov. 30 each member of US Sailing may nominate one male and one female sailor they believe has turned in the most outstanding on-the-water performance during the 2015 calendar year.
Established in 1961 by US Sailing and sponsored by Rolex Watch, U.S.A. since 1980, the annual presentation of US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards recognize the individual male and female U.S. sailor who has demonstrated on-the-water excellence at international and/or national events to earn their place in the history of the sport.
The 2014 awards were presented to Terry Hutchinson of Annapolis, Maryland, and Stephanie Roble of East Troy, Wisconsin.
Roble, a first-time winner, joined 76 previous recipients, including Hutchinson and others who have earned the honor multiple times: Ed Adams, Betsy Alison, Sally Barkow, Dave Curtis, Dennis Conner, JJ Fetter, Allison Jolly, John Kostecki, Buddy Melges, Lowell North, Jan O’Malley, Jane Pegel, Ken Read, Cory Sertl, Lynne Shore, Jody Starck, Anna Tunnicliffe and Ted Turner.
At the conclusion of the nomination period a shortlist of nominees will be presented to a panel of accomplished sailing journalists who discuss the merits of each and vote by secret ballot to determine the individual award winners.
The winners will be honored in late February during a luncheon at New York Yacht Club in Manhattan, when they will be presented with specially-engraved Rolex timepieces.
US Sailing members can submit their nominations online through U.S. Sailing’s website at rolex.ussailing.org.