Aussie Sailing Awards open

Nominations have opened for the 2022 Australian Sailing Awards, with a number of different awards falling under three main categories.

Photography by Gregg Porteous

27 June 2022


Nominations for the 2022 Australian Sailing Awards are now open, with the annual event set to recognise clubs and members for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the sailing community over the past year.

The Australian Sailing Awards are the peak awards for the sport of sailing in Australia and act as a national celebration of sailing and its significance at a local, state and national level.

Nominees only need to submit one nomination for both State and National Awards, which must be submitted during the nomination period, from Monday 27 June to Sunday 31 July.

Nominations will first be judged for their relevant State Awards, with the winning nominations from the State Awards then put forward as nominees to the judging panel of the National Australian Sailing Awards.


The winners of the State Awards will be announced throughout August and September at in-person, state-based presentations.

The winners of the National awards will be announced at the Australian Sailing Awards and Hall of Fame Inductions Gala Dinner at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney on Friday 4 November.

Nominees will be judged for their achievements over the nomination performance period, 5 August 2021 to 31 July 2022 for both State and National Awards.

Following the COVID pandemic and a challenging period for the sailing community, the State and National celebrations will be hosted in-person once again.

In 2021 it was the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria who took out the title for Club of the Year, after hosting nine offshore racing events attended by more than 274 yachts and increasing training course participation by 76 percent.

Lisa Darmanin received the national award for Female Sailor of the Year for the second year running, while Mat Belcher and Will Ryan were crowned as the Male Sailors of the Year following their gold medal-winning performance at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Nominations close at 8pm AEST on Sunday 31 July 2022.

Nominate now for the following categories:

Individual Award Categories

  • Male Sailor of the Year
  • Female Sailor of the Year
  • Para Sailor of the Year
  • Youth Sailor of the Year
  • Offshore Sailor of the Year
  • Coach of the Year

Club Award Categories

  • Club of the Year
  • Instructor of the Year
  • Official of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year

Sport Award Categories

  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • SheSails Award
  • Sport Professional Award
  • Sport Promotion Award
  • Sustainability Award

Vote for Club of the Year here and all other awards here.

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