Yachting Australia Corporate Partner
Shortlist of Sailor of Year awards
ISAF and Rolex are delighted to announce the male and female sailors shortlisted for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2001, all of whom embody the diversity and spread of the sport, both geographically and in the sailing disciplines they represent.
It is difficult to imagine the physical, mental and emotional demands that these sailors have gone through to get to the elite level at which they perform, and in some cases have performed over a considerable number of years, dominating in their disciplines. There is no doubt that all these sailors deserve accolade for their accomplishments.
In reaching the shortlist, nominations were openly invited, with sailing clubs, classes, individual sailors and ISAF Member National Authorities proposing sailors. The Nomination Panel held a telephone conference on 6 September 2001 to determine the final shortlist in the male and female categories.
When it comes to determining the winners of the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2001, it will be the 112 Member National Authorities of ISAF - the national sailing federations of the world - who will vote for the winners. The Awards will be presented on November 13, 2001.
For the male and female winners, Rolex has commissioned a marble and silver trophy. A solid marble sphere depicts the world and is crowned by five silver spinnakers representing the continents. A Rolex chronometer will also be placed on the wrists of the sailors accorded the honour ISAF Rolex World Sailors of the Year 2001.
On confirming the shortlisted sailors for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2001, ISAF President Paul Henderson commented: "ISAF is very excited to, together with Rolex, be recognising the achievements of these outstanding sailors. These sailors are extraordinary and talented individuals who have reached the top echelons of our sport. I wish them all every success in the voting and on behalf of ISAF congratulate them on their achievements."
The shortlisted sailors are:
Sofia Bekatorou and Emilia Tsoulfa (GRE)
Ellen MacArthur (GBR)
Sari Multala (FIN)
Lee Lai Shan (HKG)
Grant Dalton (NZL)
Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA)
Torben Grael (BRA)
Heiko Kroger (GER)
Fredrik Loof (SWE)
Yves Parlier (FRA)
Robert Scheidt (BRA)